FOUNTAIN HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

IN TOUCH
Fountain Hills, AZ

November 2015

FHPC VISION & MISSION STATEMENTS
Our Vision:

Our Mission :

Living God’s love.

Reach out to all with faith and love.

calls us to . . .

From Director Christian Formation Debby DeBernardi
Let the redeemed of the Lord
tell their story”…

we have the opportunity to share God’s story. Psalm 96:3 says to
“Publish His glorious deeds among the nations. To tell everyone
about the amazing things He does.” Maybe the most vital piece
of Thanksgiving is telling stories of God’s goodness and greatness in your life! Yes! Thanksgiving remembers God’s action,
but even more gives witness to God’s character!

In prayerful listening to others, the Spirit
of God can shine so brightly in their
stories that they seem sometimes to be
blinded to God’s actions or maybe just
Many of you spend time in silence and service as you
not notice or give voice to the divine.
attend to God. Our spiritual growth, vitality and discernOne person had just shared
ment depends on our ever increasing openness and
some glorious stories
attentiveness to God in life. One practice that
then continued how encouraging it was to
helps all ages from the youngest to the
“Hearing what God has done in the life
teach students about being thankful. Voicoldest is the daily examen, a Spirit-led
of another person encourages the rest of
ing a deep longing to have his own soul
reflection. You review the day with
full of thankfulness, he was finding it
us and affirms the reality of faith.”
gratefulness!
Go to the website
difficult. I took the opportunity to ask
The Sailboat Church
www.fhpresbyterian.info under
him to close his eyes; to return to the
by Joan S. Gray
Christian Formation / Spiritual and
personal stories first shared, but this time
Faith Formation for an explanation of
with our Lord beside him. He was encourA church culture of story telling brings
the why and how of the practice in
aged to notice his feelings at the time and to
fresh wind of God’s presence and
word and on video. Laura Harbert from
stay with those emotions. In silence he bowed
movements!
Fuller Theological Seminary has done an
his head into his hands for awhile. A few tears
eloquent short video on the daily examen.
fell onto his trousers and then he raised his
head, eyes opened wide and he exclaimed, “Oh, God. I am so
Journaling is another way of slowing down to recollect your exgrateful!” There it is!
perience of God, your feelings and emotional responses. God’s
A heart of gratitude! His soul flooded with thanksgiving.
grace is always present and active even in the difficult, confusing
Being attentive to God in our own stories and our faith
community stories takes time for reflection, recollection, reexamination and even retreat. For when our lives and faith stories are
reflected upon, we notice how our story tells God’s story of love,
redemption, forgiveness, and grace! We tell our story and then the
story tells us about us …and about God! We get a glimpse of
God’s amazing love, presence and actions. How can we then not
be grateful? How can we not tell our stories because they show
and tell God’s story of love, redemption and His characteristics.
Anyone feel like singing Big Daddy Weave’s song My Story?
Seeing the elementary KidCommunity and their adult
FaithFriends grasp the awe-inspiring realization that God continues to write our stories as a part of His big story, is life-changing.
This awareness brings excitement and responsibility to share our
stories with others. For when we share our stories after reflection,

times. Reflect with the Holy Spirit on questions such as:




How have you seen God moving in your life and service?
What personal obstacle, difficulty or blessing have you
encountered this year where you sensed God go through
the experience with you? What does this say about God?
What is God dreaming in your heart regarding
your life, family and FHPC for 2016?
Remember: God has a story to tell through
your life and a main role to play in it!

My Story - God’s Story - Our Story
Psalm 107:1-2A says to “Give thanks to the Lord,
for He is good: His love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story”…

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Focus on Finance

OUR CHURCH STAFF
Rev. Bill Good
Pastor/Head of Staff

Rev. Stan Jones

Sept Income

$ 26,831

Budget

$ 31,675

Parish Associate

Sept Expense

$ 32,874

Budget

$ 34,486

Yr to date Income

$ 328,087

Budget

$ 320,875

Yr to date Expense $ 306,446

Budget

$ 318,546

Pastor Ken Brown
Associate Pastor

Debby DeBernardi
Director Christian Formation

Marta Ludwig
Administrative Coordinator

Debbie Fisher
Director of Music Ministry

Dorothy Parris
Pianist

Caryl Bates
Organist

Lynn Medley
Custodian

CHURCH TREASURER
Linda Lull
CHURCH SESSION
Class of 2015
John Brockelman
Helen Quigley
Terri Schmidt
Chris Young
Class of 2016
Sally Atchinson
Bob Lull
John Skewes
Arlene Stewart
Class of 2017
Mary Alice Bivens
Bonnie Hollabaugh
Aleyne Larsen-Craig
Helen Roesch
Ron Waldo
BOARD OF DEACONS
Moderator: Nancy Wulfmeier
Class of 2015
Ben Fast
Jack Morris
Ruby Pearson
Bev Watters
Class of 2016
Suzie McCready
Dorothy Rudack
Donna Sims
Nancy Wulfmeier
Class of 2017
Michele Hasley
Mary Lee Lehrich
Cynthia Linton
Linda Warren
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September income fell short of anticipated budget by $4,844. We
have continued to keep the expenses below budget so far. It appears that we are in a positive position comparing Actual Income YTD to Actual Expenses YTD, but we still have three months
remaining and concerns regarding additional
potential shortfalls.
Respectfully,
Linda Lull, Treasurer

On the Inside:
Debby DeBernardi, Dir. Christian Formation … .. .. .. . .
Focus on Finance .. .. .. ..… … … … .. . … .. . .. … . .. . .
“Blue Moon” Eclipse .. .. .. .. .. . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . .
Mission Ministry . . … . . . .. .. .. .. . . . .. . . . . … .. . . . . ..
Presbyterian Women .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . … .. . . .. . . .. ..
How Can You Help? … .. . . .. .. .. .. . . .. .. . .. . . . . . . . . .
Lockboxes for Seniors. .. .. .. … … … .. .. .. .. .. .. . . .. . ..
Not Yet a Member? .. .. .. . . . … . … . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . .
New Member .. … … … . … … .. . .. .. . . … . . .. . . . .. .
Invitation to Thanksgiving Dinner.. . . . . . . .. .. . . … .. ..
Celebrations .. .. .. .. . . .. … .. .. .. .. .. .. . . .. . . .. .. . . . ..
A Quiet Place.. .. .. . . .. .. .. . .. .. . . .. . . . .. . . . . .. .. . . ..
Live Nativity .. .. .. . . . .. . .. . . . . … .. . . . .. . . . .. .. . ...
Church Appreciation Sunday.. .. .. .. . .. . . .. .. .. . . . . …
Christian Formation .. . .. . .. .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . .. . . . .. .
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FHPC Foundation.. .. … .. .. . … .. .. . .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . .
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Library Footnotes.. … .. …. .…. …. …. …. …. …. …...
Music Ministry .. … … .. .. .. .. …. . . . . .. . . .. . . . . .. . ..
Member Spotlight...Did you Know? .. .. .. .. .. .. . . . … ...
Necrology for 2015… .. … .. . . .. … .. … . .. . . .. . . ……
November Birthdays .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . ..
Celebration Singers .. .. . . … . . .. . . . . . . . .. … .. . . . . ..

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November 2015

Super “Blood Moon” Eclipse
September 27, 2015 was the Korean Harvest Moon Festival and Joseph and Helen Doh
wore their Korean outfits to church. Joseph is holding a small plate of rice cakes, a traditional
dish for this holiday, they brought quite a few to the Fellowship time to share with the congregation. If you were looking to the east that night you would have seen the Super Blood Moon
Eclipse. See more information on page 10
The super blood moon eclipse is a gorgeous view. Since 1910, a supermoon lunar eclipse has
only happened five times, NASA reported. The last time was in 1982 and you won’t have
another chance to see one until 2033. What makes this event special is that it’s occurring
while the moon is at its closest point to the Earth, a stage in its orbit called perigee. This is

31,000 miles closer to
the Earth than at the farthest point in the moon’s
orbit, called an apogee.
While this is happening,
there will also be a lunar
eclipse where the Earth
comes between the sun
and the moon, causing
the Earth’s shadow to
cover the moon.
This will give the moon
a beautiful dark reddish,
coppery color. This special eclipse has also been
the source of many rumors and doomsday
prophecies, but astronomers and stargazers alike
are excited about seeing
a beautiful coppery
moon.

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November 2012
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In Touch

Mission Ministry

Terri Schmidt, Elder

"Love one another warmly as brothers
and sisters in Christ" Romans 12:10
As I read this Bible verse I think of all
those brothers and sisters in need. What
can I do to help these family members?
There is so much we can do, we can feed
them, clothe them, help them with education, learn more about their way of life.
We here in the Mission Ministry we are
doing this. Here are some of the things
we are doing.

2015 International Peacemaker
If you missed out on this wonderful and unique experience, let me fill you in on some of it. Pastor Edelberto
Valdes Fleites was brought to the United States to specifically
tour and relate his story to churches here in Arizona. He related things that his church is involved with, such as some of
the young peoples programs. He told us of the low crime rates
and how the state provides schools for the children's education.

and are in need of books for all ages.
The young lady asking for the books,
spends time on Saturdays reading to
the children and doing puppet shows
along with the readings. When they
are done reading them, they go into
their library for public use. We are
asking for any books, new or used for
any ages. They can be Church story
books or regular story books. You
can bring them into the office or contact Terri Schmidt.

Extended Hands Food Bank
After talking to the people at the Extended
Hands Food Bank, I found out that they are in great need
of personal items. They are in need of deodorants, shampoos, cream rinse, soap, tooth paste, tooth brushes, hair
brushes and combs, razors, shaving cream. They are also
in desperate need of canned fruit, and canned meats, peanut butter and jellies. Thank you to all of you who so
graciously give to this local mission project, every Sunday.
Thank you to Nancy Wulfmeier, Linda Warren,
Susan Lickman, and Susan Owens for helping with the
Friday Night Fish Fry on October 2nd. We will be helping out again on November 6th. The Fish Fry is available
on the first and third Fridays of the month, and if their is
a fifth Friday. The cost is $9.99 for all you can eat. It is
a great bargain as well as great fish.

Water for MANA House

He even had some music he shared with us as we ate. If anyone is interested in some of the things he told us, John Bivens
has copies of his presentation, that he will share with you. I
want to take this time to Thank John and Mary Alice for hosting Pastor Fleites at their home and making it possible for him
to speak at our church. Thank you also goes out to the PW
Women who baked cookies for this gathering. Thank you also
to Sandy Larson, Linda Warren, and Jo Nelson for your help
setting up and cleaning up.

Books for Bethel Alaska
We are still collecting books for children in the rural
area of Bethel, Alaska. These children have very few books

We have collected approximately 83 cases of
water for the homeless Veterans down at MANA House.
This water is so important to
these people, it can mean life
and death. Water is so important
especially here in the desert in
the summer time. We will continue to collect water during the
winter months also.
Thank you to those of
you who have donated money for this project. As the
money comes in, we send it to MANA House and they
purchase the water there for the Veterans.

Week-end Backpacks
We are continuing to partner with Church of
Ascension for this project. For anyone who would like to
help with this project, you can meet at the Church of Ascension parking lot and carpool down to Mesa to pack
these backpacks. These backpacks are filled with food
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November 2015
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Mission Ministry
for the week-end for these children. Many of these kids don't
have enough food for the week-ends and this helps until they
can come back for the hot lunch or breakfast programs at the
schools. There are many backpacks that come back to Fountain Hills for some of the children in need here.

High School Snack Bags
Thank you to all who are bringing in the breakfast
bars and crackers filled with cheese or
peanut butter, juice boxes, non refrigerated milk, and nuts. These are in great
need at the High School. The High
School does not qualify for the free
lunch program or the free breakfast
programs, so these snack bags are very
important to some of these students. It
is so amazing to me how many of these
children come to school hungry.

collecting the Turkeys on Sunday November 15th and
November 22nd for Thanksgiving. Then we will begin
collecting again in December on December 13th and on December
20th. We will gladly take all the non
perishable side dishes also, after all
what is a turkey without yams and
potatoes and stuffing and cranberries. Thank you to all who
make the holidays a special treat for those less fortunate.

May God continue to bless you all.
Mission Elder
Terri Schmidt

Thanksgiving Dinner
We will be helping Shepherd of The Hills Lutheran
Church again this year with their Thanksgiving dinner. Anyone wishing to help serve or help in the kitchen can contact
Terri Schmidt or call the office at Shepherd of the Hills and
leave a message for Julia. The number is 480-837-9532.
This dinner is for anyone who does not have a place
to go or who needs a meal. We welcome anyone who wants
to come and eat and spend a Thanksgiving meal with us.
As we get closer
to the Holiday Seasons we
will have more projects to
report on and to ask for
your support with.
So
keep tuned to this newsletter to learn more about the
upcoming events.
The old adage "It
takes a village to raise a
Child" is not far from the
truth today. There are so many children who need the extra
food that we can provide. We here in the Mission Ministry
try so hard to help the needy people here in Fountain Hills
first. Then we reach outside of town to others. God has
blessed so many of us, and we in turn, are expected by God
to help those in need. Thank you to all who help make our
Mission Ministry so successful.

Frozen Turkey Collection
We will be collecting frozen Turkeys and all the non perishable things
for both Thanksgiving and Christmas
dinners again this year. We will start

MISSION PROJECT –
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS/VETERANS
Our “Winter Project” to help our homeless Veterans by donating new sweatshirts and/or longsleeved t-shirts and socks is underway. Please
pick up one or more of these items the next time
you are in Target, Walgreens or CVS; they all have
them. Our homeless veterans will be in great need
for these items in the upcoming winter months. Delivery will be
made to MANA House in Phoenix probably in late November or
early December. I truly hope this project turns out to be as successful as our Summer Project was when we were able to make
a very large delivery of new t-shirts and socks to MANA House.
Hopefully we will also be able to make another delivery of
magazines, books, toiletries, CD’s, and DVD’s to the Veterans
Hospital/Home around the same time. We collect these items,
including gently used clothing, continuously throughout the
year. Deliveries are made when there are enough items collected to do so. There are two boxes for you to place your donations located at Church. One is in the Narthex on the table and/
or floor and the other one is in the Fellowship Center located on
the left side as you enter or you may also drop off any items at
the Church office and they will call me. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to just ask me. Many thanks to
those of you who have already donated some sweatshirts. Can’t
thank you enough.
Donna Sims,
Deacon

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Presbyterian Women
Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team for 2015-2016
Moderator, Maurene Gerson
Librarian, Barbara Oakeson
Vice-Moderator (Program), Sandi Thompson
Historian, Office Angels
Secretary, Bonnie Matty
Search Committee, (open)
Treasurer, Maria Berry
Membership Directory, Arlene Stewart
Publicity, Ilene Berg
Bible Study Coordinator, Maria Berry
Mission Coordinator, Sandy Larson
New Member Contact, Carol Fuls
Circle Leaders
Morning Circle, Suzie McCready, Joy Fick
Afternoon Circle, Martha Baxter
Evening Circle, Judy Irvin
Hooked on Books, Leader, Jan Hoff
Out ‘N About Leader, Nancy Wulfmeier

NOVEMBER EVENTS
November 6
November 3 & 17
November 12
November 16
November18

9:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m.
Noon

Coordinating Team Meeting, Adult Center, FHPC
Afternoon Circle, Fountain View Village
Morning Circle, Adult Center, FHPC
Evening Circle, home of Judy Irvin
Hooked on Books, Sally Atchinson’s home
Out ‘N About

NOVEMBER BIBLE STUDY
Absence of Water – Thirst and Longing
Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 42:1-2, 63:1; John 19:28

In the upcoming months we will describe one of the three PW
Circles in an effort to acquaint women not already attending a
Circle with the opportunity offered there. This month our Afternoon Circle is featured.

AFTERNOON CIRCLE began with a conversation at a
FHPC New Members meeting where Marty Baxter and Bonnie Matty realized they were unable to attend the existing Circle meetings because of time conflicts. They soon realized there was a
need for a third Circle when Elizabeth
Bugg asked, “Why don’t you have an
Afternoon Circle at Assisted Living?”
And that is why the Bible study group
meets there twice a month year round.
Some call it a circle of believers; others say it’s a caring group of ladies –
and sometimes a man - who like being together to pray and study the
Bible, to discuss current situations of
Marty Baxter

Christians all over the world, and to enjoy the laughter
and good feelings of loving people. And don’t be surprised to hear singing because it is a vital part of each
meeting.
Marty Baxter leads the Bible Study on the
1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in the Activity Room
next to the chapel on the 2nd floor. Other volunteers
also provide reflections. Prayer is a fundamental part
of their mission to support one another as well as
phone calls and birthday and get well cards. The International Fellowship of the Least Coin, an ecumenical
movement for peace and reconciliation, is supported.
Women from FHPC, Fountain View Village, and the
community at large are most welcome to join this
group of vibrant, committed Christians to continue
their journey with the Bible, meet new friends and
enjoy fellowship. Cookies and coffee are provided by
Fountain View Village thanks to our friend Ron
Waldo. The only request is that they all be eaten!!

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November 2015

PW HELPS WITH
FELLOWSHIP REFRESHMENTS
It is a joy for PW to provide refreshments in the Fellowship
Center between worship
services during the month
of November. Morning and
Evening Circles share the
responsibility.

HOOKED ON BOOKS
The Hooked on Books Reading Club
will meet on Wednesday, November
18th at 9:30 AM at the home of
Sally Atchinson. Barbara Oakeson
will review the book: "My Stroke of
Insight" by Jill Taylor. Books you
no longer want may be brought for the Book Exchange. All women interested in reading and discussing books are welcome to attend. For further information, contact Jan Hoff (480) 836-7551.

2016 READING LIST
Each year, following a thoughtful selection process of both
fiction and nonfiction, a PW of the Presbytery Committee
compiles a list of recommended reading. The list, and a copy
of each book on the list, is available in our church library for
your reading enjoyment. Popular selections include The Boys
in the Boat, Nine Americans and
Their Epic Quest for Gold at the
1936 Olympics by Daniel James
Brown and Spilled Milk by K.L.
Randis based on the true story of
a young girl’s abuse. If you have
read a book you think would
qualify to be on this list, share it
with Donna Yordy, member of
the selection committee, for consideration. Women who read
Ilene Berg
five or more books on the list are
recognized annually at both the FHPW and the PW of the
Presbytery Spring Gatherings.

Out ’n About—Out to Lunch
Out 'n About lunch group is planning on going to
the new Monroe’s at 13014 N. Saguaro Blvd on
November 18th at noon.
We will order from
the menu -- and receive separate
checks. Contact
Nancy Wulfmeier for
reservations.
837-3021

Read each one, think and count your blessings!
Some things to think about before it is too late. Some are sad, some comical, all are based on real-life episodes.
1. Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I'm working on for my Psychology class. When I asked her to
define success in her own words, she said, "Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile."
2. Today, I asked my mentor - a very successful business man in his 70s- what his top 3 tips are for success. He smiled and said,
"Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing."
3. Today, after a 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug. When I tensed up,
she realized I didn't recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said, "On 9-112001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center."
4. Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying. And just before he died,
he licked the tears off my face.
5. Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work. At 3PM I got laid off. On my drive home
I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too. A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we
chatted, and then he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.
6. Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother's hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent
words before she died. She simply said, "I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often."

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How can you help?

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Lockboxes for Seniors

Fry's Community Rewards Program
The more our church family shops at Fry's, the more monetary support our church will have. Won't you consider registering to allow Fry's to donate a portion of your grocery
expenditures to our church programs?

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How to Re-Enroll for the
Fry’s Community Rewards Program
* Go to www.FrysCommunityRewards.com
* Click on ‘Sign-In’.
Enter your email and password, click on ‘sign in’.
Click on your name (top right hand corner),
under ‘Account Summary’ scroll down to
“Community Rewards”.
Click on ‘Edit’ under Community Rewards.
Under Find Your Organization: Enter the NPO
number or name of organization then select
‘search’. (You can get the NPO number from
your organization.) It is #84123
Under ‘Select Your Organization’, click on the
circle next to your organization.
Click on ‘Enroll’

** FREE **
JUST CALL
THE CHURCH
OFFICE
837-1763

If you have re-enrolled correctly, you should see a
green box with ‘Your enrollment in the Community
Rewards Program has been updated. Thank you for
participating!’ You will also see the information listed
under ‘Community Rewards’ on your Account Summary page.

A saintly party
A priest told the children of his parish they could come trick-or-treating at the rectory, but only if they dressed up as a saint.
So a group arrived on the eve of All Saints’ Day: one dressed as St. Anthony, one as St. Joseph, another in a St. Clare costume—and then a child dressed as a dog.
“My boy,” exclaimed the priest, “you were supposed to come as a saint!”
-The Newsletter Newsletter
I did!” replied the child. “I’m St. Bernard.”
by Communication Resources, Inc

Not Yet A Member?
*If you are attending our church and don’t have membership in another church, you can join our church by profession
of faith and receiving the Sacrament of Baptism or, if you’ve already been baptized, you can join by reaffirmation of faith in
Jesus Christ.
*If you belong to another church, but would like to transfer your membership
to our church, we can arrange for a letter of transfer from your current membership
church to ours.
*If you are a winter visitor and are an active member of another church “back
home”, you can become an affiliate member at our church here and maintain your full
active membership there.
For additional information, please contact Aleyne Larsen-Craig at 602-625-6201, Sally
Atchinson at 480-837-1054 or call the church office at 480-837-1763.
Sally Atchinson

& Aleyne Larsen-Craig

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November 2015

New Member
Clarence ‘Butch’ Utter
Butch moved to Fountain Hills 4 ½ years ago from Middletown, N. Y. He was an engineer in a power plant for the state of New York for 33 years. In New York he ran stock
cars and loves to fish and hunt and cook. He has two grown sons and lives in the Village
at Town Center. He is looking forward to becoming more involved in our church activities such as the Men’s Club.
Butch chose this significant date, September 27 for his baptism because it is also his
birthday. He says he’s met quite a few members already and one in particular, Suzie
McCready. There were also eight neighbors from Village at Town Center celebrating Butch’s baptism,
membership and 68th birthday.

INVITATION
“FAMILY FEAST OF THANKS”
Thanksgiving Dinner
Saturday, November 21, 2015
4:00 p.m.

Hor’ doevres and sparkling cider in Fireside Room
Art Bazaar (See ad page 12)

5:00 p.m.

Dinner in Fellowship Center

On Saturday, Nov. 21st at 5:00 p.m. FHPC will be sponsoring a Thanksgiving dinner for the entire congregation. You will be able to sign-up to attend the dinner on the first three Sundays in November. The dinner
is free but when you sign up for the dinner you will have the opportunity to select which side dish or appetizer you wish to contribute to the meal.
It will be a wonderful evening that our members can spend together giving thanks for all of the blessings we
have received. This dinner will be replacing the Consecration Brunch that usually follows the Sunday, November 22nd morning service. Please put the date on your calendar.

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Celebrations

John Bivens, Sandy Larson, Rev. Helen Doh, Gary Oakeson, Rev. Joseph Doh and
Mary Alice Bivens share the Korean rice cakes in celebration of the Korean Full Moon Day

Did You Know about Our Quiet Place?

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November 2015

Stroll in the Glow
Preparing Hearts and Hands for Advent and Christmas:

Seeking readers & candle lighters for our Advent services
November 29
9:00 am 11:15 am
December 6
9:00 am 11:15 am
December 13
9:00 am 11:15 am
December 20
9:00 am 11:15 am

Seeking live nativity characters for
(shepherds, angels, 3 wise men, Mary & Joseph)
- Saturday, December 5th on the Ave of the Fountains
community event 5:00 pm to 7:00pm
- Christmas Eve December 24 4:00 pm Family Service

Enjoy being a part of the Big God Story in a fun creative way. Do
you love to sing? We have a place for you in our live nativity!
Contact Debby DeBernardi 602-570-7340 for more information!

Church Appreciation Sunday
On Sunday, October 25 Bob Lull and John Brockelman
were honored for the many hours they put in each and every
week here at FHPC. The wives, Linda Lull and Jean Brockelman
were presented with beautiful bouquets of red roses in gratitude
for sacrificing their time with their husbands for them to do
church work. Bob and John were presented with golden hammers inscribed with “Big Boss” and “Little Boss” Thanks from
FHPC to commemorate the gratefulness of the entire congregation. They were also presented with gift cards and season tickets
to our Pat Covault Memorial Concert Series. As a special surprise Andrey Lull sang the song “Look Over There” that brought
tears to many eyes.

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Christian Formation
Christian Formation Opportunities:
Sundays
10:15 AM Sabbath Day Bible Study
10:15 AM Elementary Life with God
11:15 AM Blessed Beginnings Nursery
11:15 AM Preschool Life with God

Wednesdays
• The Way on Wednesdays
(Sept-May)
12:00 PM Lunch & Bible Study
5:00 PM Elementary “Big God Story”
6:00 PM Bible Study

IN THE BEGINNING

Committed Youth Rehearsal
3:45 PM on Wednesdays

Women’s Bible Study Circles
(Sept thru May)
9:00 AM 2nd Thursday
1:00 PM 1st & 3rd Tuesday
7:00 PM 3rd Monday

Men’s Bible Study on
Thursdays
7:00 AM in the Adult Center

Spiritual Life Group
6:00 PM 1st & 3rd Monday

ART BAZAAR
Calling all our church artists to display and
sell your art at
our all church family

Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov. 21st
We’ll set up display tables in our Fireside Room
(formerly Youth Center)
4 p.m sparkling cider and appetizers in the Fireside Room
5 p.m dinner in the Fellowship Center
Some may choose to check out the art after the dinner as well
Contact Sally Atchinson, 480-837-1054
for further information or to reserve a space.

GOD
Each Sunday morning between our
two worship services about two
dozen people with inquiring minds
gather in the Adult Center at 10:15
for coffee, cookies, fellowship and
study of the Scriptures. We seek to
learn more in depth about God, his
son Jesus, and what the Bible tells
us to do as Christians to live out our
faith.
One of the values we share is the
opportunity to listen to each other as
we discuss our personal interpretation of the verses we read. Each has
a chance to ask questions without
being embarrassed. We enjoy differences of opinion which challenges
out knowledge of the Bible.
We are currently studying Genesis,
the first book of the Bible – “In the
beginning God…” Most of us have
heard several stories found in Genesis, but we are going well beyond
the Creation and the Flood survived
by Noah.
Everyone is welcome! You can start
at any time. Please join us for an
hour from 10:15 to 11:15. You can
leave in time for the “Casual Worship Service.” We hope to see you
there.
John Bivens

HELP WANTED!
Need volunteers for:


Cooking
Clean up after event
Running computer

Call church office 8371763. No experience necessary. We will train.
Don’t send resume, we
trust you. Many benefits.

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November 2015

From the Director of Christian Formation
The Blessings of the Backpacks brought several children from FHPC
and others from VBS.
Deacon Dick Smith from Church of the Ascension joined Debby DeBernardi to lead our congregation in a school year liturgy and prayerful blessings. Families received a school year notebook, back pack tag, daily
devotional activity, pencil and themed cards for parents to write notes of
encouragement to their children throughout the year. Eleven children
were present and nine children stayed for the Elementary
Life with God time following. Great fun with
Getting on Board with Jesus in His Disciple Ship!

A great big THANK YOU to the kids from
Wednesday Night KidCommunity and Shawn
Uphoff for the wonderful signs they painted.

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This and That
Written by Andy Rooney, a man who had the gift of saying so much with so few words. Enjoy.......

I've learned .... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me
as an adult.
I've learned .... That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.
I've learned .... That money doesn't buy class.
I've learned .... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
I've learned ... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
I've learned .... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
I've learned .... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
I've learned .... That love, not time, heals all wounds.
I've learned .... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church Foundation
“An Investment Today for the Life of Our Church Tomorrow”

Bequest Advantages:

Bequest Starting Point:


Your bequest can be unrestricted—
permitting FHPC Foundation to use
the funds where they are most
needed.
Your bequest can be restricted for a
specific purpose – program or committee.
Your bequest can be for a specific
amount or it can name FHPC Foundation to receive a percentage of
your estate.

Bequest Facts :

Contact your attorney to schedule
time to discuss your plans.
In advance:
1. Compile an inventory of assets.
2. Select key people you want to
involve.
3. Decide what to give family
members.
4. Consider a charitable bequest
to FHPC Foundation.



A bequest has no affect on assets or
cash flow during your lifetimenothing is payable until death.
A bequest is private.
A bequest can be changed – you can
change provisions in your will/trust
at any time – check with your attorney.

To learn more about the Foundation, contact a member of the Board of Trustees. They will be happy to answer
your questions and assist you in becoming a “LEGACY” member of the Foundation.
Foundation Board of Trustees
Barbara Oakeson
Matt Jefferson
Roy Nickel
John Skewes

480-837-5563
480-837-6001
480-688-8392
480-292-9021

Susan Phillips
Dawn Lau
Ben Fast

480-837-1225
480-837-2607
480-837-1119

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November 2015

FHPC Sunday Fellowship

Bob & Linda Lull

Althea Halchuck & Mary Morris

Bob & Elsie Hoffarber
Sharie Marx & George Mortimer

Ben & Melissa Fast & Heather Greco

Facebook
FACEBOOK PAGE: Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church
Go to our website and click on Facebook on our home page. When you are there also click on the like it
icon. When you do that you will get news feeds directly from our site whenever anything new is
added. It is just another way to stay connected.

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Library Footnotes
The Inspirational Writings of C. S. Lewis
is a four book volume including
• Surprised By Joy
This is a very subjective autobiographical account of
his transition from Atheism to Christianity. He begins with his boyhood and discusses each phase of
his changing heart toward God and toward Joy, his
description of what the Christian
life should be. In his words “What I like
about experience is that it is such an honest
thing. You may take any number of wrong
turnings but keep your eyes open and you
will not be allowed to go very far before the
warning signs appear. You may have deceived yourself, but experience is not trying
to deceive you.”

Reflections on the Psalms
He chooses themes and presents them posing the difficulties of Christians living up to the expectations or
puzzles of scripture. His themes include Judgement,
Cursings, Death, Praise, Nature, and more. C. S.
Lewis always gives you ideas to ponder, disagree
with or find new insight.

The Four Loves
Lewis has comments to make about all types of love
beginning with God’s for us...parental love, affection, eros, friendship, etc. but in his typical deep
thinking he acknowledges that his pondering might
not be of interest to everyone and he writes “Take it

as one man’s reverie, almost one man’s myth. If
anything in it is useful to you, use it; if anything is
not, never give it a second thought.”
I enjoy his questioning and suppositions. From the
book “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and
possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of
keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no
one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully around
with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all
entanglements, lock it up safe in a casket or
coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket
safe, dark, motionless, airless it will change.
It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable irredeemable. The
alternative to tragedy, or at least the risk of
tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly
safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love
is Hell.”
• The Business of Heaven
This book is a daily meditation collection of his writings. Most of
them are simply a paragraph or two.

Because all four of these books are
published in one volume it is hefty
book but worth checking out if you
enjoy a challenging read.
- Sally Atchinson

From harm to good
Squanto, the Native American, who helped the Pilgrims, has a background remarkable similar to that of Joseph in Genesis.
Years before the pilgrims arrived in America, English traders kidnapped Squanto and other Native Americans and sold them as slaves in
Spain. Incredible, Squanto was bought by monks, who set him free and taught him about Jesus. Later Squanto sailed to America. But he
had to wait years, so he worked as a stable hand and learned English. Finally able to travel home, he was devastated to find his tribe wiped
out by smallpox.
A couple of years later, the Pilgrims came ashore, tired, sick and having lost many shipmates on the way. Implausibly, they met an Englishspeaking Native American, who from his homeland to Egypt and from slave to expert leader, Squanto experienced God’s leading—even
when the path was littered with misfortune.
Using Squanto, God saved a whole community. What some intended for harm, God turned into good (see Genesis 50:20).
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

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November 2015

Music Ministry
I can't help but to reflect
robed and preaching from the pulpit, and in the seclovingly on those who have
ond service of the day, though the sermon is the
been a part of our church and
same, there is an absence of robe, of formality, but,
it's continued worship of God,
the sermon is ever so reverent. The music of both
His Son, Jesus Christ, and
services have the same meaning, though somethe Holy Spirit
times different instrumentation and
which moves
style.
The text of the first service
In Sync
our souls formay sing "Rejoice, ye pure in heart, reNeed another reason to join
ward.
joice, give thanks and sing" while the
the choir? Consider this:
Some folks have
second service sings "Bless the Lord,
Neuroscientists in Sweden
been here always,
Oh m y soul, worship His holy
discovered that singers’
and some folks
name!” The first service may sing "Oh,
heartbeats tend to synchrocome,
then
Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to
Debbie Fisher, Director of Music
nize, which leads to a sense
go. It's always
the end" the second service sings, "You
of emotional calm and bondinteresting to me, though, how a person
call me out upon the waters, the great
ing. “Joint action leads to
can feel about those who have been with us
unknown where feet may fail, and there I
joint perspectives”, write the
in worship here in this place. We have
find You in the mystery, in oceans deep,
researchers. “In other words,
singers may change their
shared something wonderful. There is just
my faith will stand." I know that I feel an
egocentric perspective of the
something about this place! Speaking for
inner joy in both services, and I find that
world to a ‘we-perspective,’
myself, I have never felt an absence of truth,
quite amusing. I always pray that God
which causes them to pernor the absence of an elevated Spirit when I
directs these services, that anyone comceive the world from many
experience worship here. That must be why
ing in may feel His presence from the
points of view.”
I feel, in my heart and mind, fortunate, being
music, the message, and all those who
So start singing—and enjoy
able to worship twice on Sunday with two
by His spirit are here, moving forward
the many benefits and blessservices that, quite frankly are the same,
together in this place. I also love when I
ings of being part of a choir.
(only oh so different)! They do, respectfully,
see people who feel comfortable enough
need to be both the same and, oh so differto come to either service knowing
ent! Just like all of us who worship in
that they may share something
Christ's name have similarities and differwonderful, something good.
ences which are to be respected. After all, we have
all been raised by different parents, in different towns
"Make a joyful noise to God, all the
earth! Sing out the honor of His name; Make His
and cities at different times, in different times. It's alright that the services are different! Most of the differpraise glorious."
ences in the services are in the music styles, and, of
Psalm 66:1-2
course, the food. Where in the first service there is no
food allowed, the second service makes time to fill
Deborah Fisher
your plate again. In the first service the Pastor is
Director of Music Ministries

Thanksgiving Beatitudes
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitation, because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary, because it means you’ve made a difference.
-The Newsletter Newsletter

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Member Spotlight …. Did you know?
Ron and Dorothy Christie have
been members of FHPC for 14
years. They moved to Fountain
Hills from Devils Lake, ND.
Ron was born in Devils Lake,
North Dakota and Dorothy was
born in Glascow, Montana.
Both attended school and
graduated from Devils Lake
High School. Dorothy has one
sister and Ron has four brothers. Ron attended and graduated from Jamestown College,
Ron & Dorothy Christie
a Presbyterian affiliated school
in Jamestown, ND.
After
graduation, they returned to make their home in Devils Lake,
where they owned and operated two super markets. Dorothy
worked for several years in Ramsey National Bank and also
helped to operate the grocery stores.
They had two children, a son Bruce and a daughter, Connie.
Bruce passed away in 2006. They have four grandchildren.
While living in Devils Lake, both Ron and Dorothy were active in Westminster Presbyterian Church. They are both ordained elders, sang in the choir for 30 years, and taught Sunday school, where Ron was the superintendant for several

years. Ron also served as church treasurer for 12 years and
Dorothy was active in the UPW.
Community affairs were an important part of Ron and Dorothy’s lives. Ron was president of the Chamber of Commerce,
president of the Rotary Club and served two terms as president of the ND Retail Grocers Association. Dorothy is a life
member of Beta Sigma Phi and served as president of the
local chapter and is a life member of the Eastern Star.
After retiring from the food business, Ron returned to college
and obtained the Certified Financial Planner degree, and continued to serve the people of the area in that capacity for 12
years.
Both enjoy golf and bridge, a highlight being Ron’s second
hole-in-one the day after his 80th birthday!
This past summer they took the family on an Alaskan Cruise
to celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary, a journey that
started many years ago as high school sweethearts.
Ron and Dorothy are happy to be members of FHPC, a beautiful church where all the member are friendly and welcoming.

Most expensive city to live in: Singapore
The new champion of the world, Singapore has recently beat out Tokyo for the title of
"most expensive city" for 2014.
Cars can cost between 4-6 times in Singapore what they cost in the US or UK
(for example, a Toyota Prius actually costs about $150,000.00 there).
Least expensive city to live in: Mumbai, India
At the other end of the spectrum, Mumbai, India, is the cheapest place to
live in the world, according to the Worldwide Cost of Living Index 2014.
For some perspective, a loaf of bread that would cost $3.36 in Singapore,
would only cost $0.91 in Mumbai.

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November 2015
Hospitalized? Call the church!

With deepest sympathy we list
those members who have passed
away in 2015.
Billy Neal
Sylvester Taylor
Marjorie Koepke
Dallas Shuck
Jack Schuler
Paul Barker
Mildred Aimone
Lorie Bayne
Neal Ipema

If you are sick, hospitalized or home recovering from illness, we want you to call the church and let us know! In a congregation like ours where people leave in droves for extended
summer months, it is easy for the staff, elders and deacons to
assume, when we don’t see someone, that they are simply
“vacationing away”. The truth is that some of you are sick and
we are not aware of it.
You can help us by simply letting one of the staff know of your
situation. We have an excellent support system in place due to
the diligent efforts of our deacons. Help us serve you by communicating your situation.

The world's oldest city: Damascus
There's quite a bit of controversy over which city gets to officially claim the title of "oldest continuously inhabited city."
With evidence of civilization that extends back over 11,000
years, Damascus in Syria is probably the safest bet.

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11/01
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11/02
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Louise Jones
Jack Morris, Jr
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