Fountain Hills, AZ

June/July 2016

Our Vision:

Our Mission :

Living God’s love.

calls us to . . .

Reach out to all with faith and love.

From Rev. Ken Brown, Associate Pastor
"Well‑known and
You can probably remember
when a certain fan sporting a
colorful afro-wig would hold
up a “John 3:16” sign at all
kinds of sporting events. During a classic match-up in College Football I
saw a slightly
different version
of that infamous
banner. There was a field goal attempt and one of
the fans in the end zone held up a sign that read,
“John 3:16 says, `WIDE RIGHT’.”
NO, that isn’t what the most famous verse in the
Bible actually says, but I had to admit that some
fan had clever timing.
The most important word in John 3:16 is NOT
what you might think. Most people would probably say “loved” is the key word in that great
verse. But I would have to respectfully disagree.
I’m convinced that the key term in John 3:16 is
one of its two shortest words. It is the word “so”.
The Message paraphrase had the right idea, expressing it like
this: "This is HOW MUCH God loved the world." It is the
magnitude of God’s love that is amplified by the word “so”.
So, imagine someone calling for the measurements of that
pesky little adverb.


“Hey, you surveyors, bring your tripods & GPS equipment and dare to calculate the acreage of that gigantic 2letter word `so’.”
Or “Hey, Rand McNally, draw me a relief map of the
mountainous little continent embedded in this marvelous
little adverb.
Or, “Hey, astronomers, calculate for me how many light
years would be required to describe the inner space between those two letters: “s” and “o”.
Think of it this way. John 3:16 packs the
most thrilling trinity of truths together in one
tight little bundle:
* God Loves
* God Gives
* God Saves
No wonder it is the first verse that translators
reproduce in any new language!

July 25-29


June 1 through September 2 Church office will be open
Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The office will be closed on Fridays.

In Touch

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Focus on Finance

Rev. Bill Good
Pastor/Head of Staff

Pastor Ken Brown

Apr. Income

$ 34,744


$ 32,108

Associate Pastor

Apr. Expenses

$ 36,253


$ 32,276

Marta Ludwig

Yr to date Income

$ 147,876

YTD Budget

$ 134,883

Yr to date Expense $ 130,148

YTD Budget

$ 133,923

Administrative Coordinator

Debbie Fisher
Director of Music Ministry

Dorothy Parris

Caryl Bates

Lynn Medley

Linda Lull
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
Class of 2018
Norm Collins
Yvonne Ellingson
Jerry Miles
Helen Quigley
Jack Reynolds
Moderator: Nancy Wulfmeier
Class of 2016
Suzie McCready
Dorothy Rudack
Donna Sims
Nancy Wulfmeier
Class of 2017
Michele Hasley
Mary Lee Lehrich
Cynthia Linton
Linda Warren
Class of 2018
Sandy Larson
Elvira Ruiz
Ray Schmidt
Bob Titus

We are into the slow summer months with many of our members out of town
until Fall. Unfortunately there is no slow down to the expenses, as utilities,
mortgage, payroll etc. must continue to be paid. We're expecting a shortfall in
some of the budgeted line items which couldn't be
predicted. The next several months will be tight.
We appreciate your keeping up with your pledges,
and hope you will continue to do so through the
summer months.
We will continue to monitor the expenses. Have a
great summer!
Linda Lull, Treasurer

On the Inside:
Pastor Ken Brown .. .. . … .. .. … . … .. .. .. . . .. .. .. .. … ..
Focus on Finance.. .. .. .. .. … .. .. .. .. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . .
Presbytery of PC (USA) … … .. . … .. . .. … . .. . .
Fountain View Village .. .. .. . . . .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. . . . . . .
Mission Ministry . . … . . . .. .. .. .. . . . .. . . . . … .. . . . . ..
Senior Living & Planning Expo.. .. .. .. .. .. .. . . . . . .. . .. .
Presbyterian Women .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . … .. . . .. . . .. ..
How Can You Help? … .. . . .. .. .. .. . . .. .. . .. . . . . . . . . .
Lockboxes for Seniors. .. .. .. … … … .. .. .. .. .. .. . . .. . ..
Not Yet a Member? .. .. .. . . . … . … . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . .
Congratulations Graduate .. . .. ...… … . … … .. . .. .. . ..
Columbarium U.S. Military Medallions . . . . . .. .. . . . . .. ..
Can you guess who…? .. .. .. . . . .. … .. .. . .. .. .. . . . . ..
Christian Formation/VBS .. . .. . .. .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . .. . . .
Pastor Bill’s Trip to Israel .. .. … .. .. . . . .. . . .. . . . . . . . . .
Thank you.. .. …. .. .. . . .. . . . .. .. . . . ……. .. .. . . . .. .. .
Library Footnotes.. … .. …. .…. …. …. …. …. …. ……
FHPC Foundation.. .. … .. .. . … .. .. . .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . .
Facebook. .. .. … .. .. .. .. . .. … .. .. . .. … … . .. .. .. .. . . ..
Music Ministry .. … … .. .. .. .. …. . . . . .. . . .. . . . . .. . ..
June Birthdays .. .. .. .. .. … .. .. . .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Member Spotlight...Did you Know? .. .. .. .. .. .. . . . … ...
Necrology for 2016… .. … .. . . .. … .. … . .. . . .. . . ……
Robinson’s new baby . .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. . . … .. . . . . .
July Birthdays .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . .. .. .
Blooming cactus .. .. .. .. . . .. . .. … .. .. .. .. .. .. …. . … ..


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Presbytery of PC (USA)
Up Date on Meetings with
Presbytery Administrative Commission
Your Session met with the
AC Tuesday, May 31. It
was a productive meeting as
we are about three months
into this Discernment Process with the Presbytery.

Therefore the AC will be sending a letter and questionnaire to the members who we can identify as not attending a small group meeting. They will be asking for
your input on leaving the PC(USA) or not. If you don’t
care and you just want to worship here with our family,
they need to know that.

Prior to this meeting we
learned that Rev. Richard
Nielson had resigned from
our commission. We had objected to him from the
beginning and received no consideration for our concerns.

Please return this questionnaire to them in a timely
manner. Your Session and the AC are diligently looking for God’s will for our church. We all have our vision of what that is. We need to know what your vision

With the AC, we held 12 small group meetings with
about 120 members participating, just under half the
membership. That group turned in 107 questionnaires.
Their analysis of the responses was essentially the
same as ours that I reported to you in my last installment i.e. about two-thirds in favor of requesting dismissal. We agreed that we need more feedback that
less than half the congregation provides.

If you are waiting for the AC to have a congregational vote, they are not planning on having one.
This is your chance to have your voice heard. Please
respond to the questionnaire.
John Brockelman, Clerk
For your Session

Faith is not being sure where you’re going but going anyway.
-Fredrick Buechner

Fountain View
Fountain View residents welcome Pastor
Ken for his monthly worship service. From
the left: Ruth Martin, Leanne Reynolds,
Pastor Ken, Mary Lou Dresser, Mary Morris, and Andy Hasley. Photo submitted by
Michele Hasley

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In Touch

Mission Ministry
Pentecost Offering
Funds raised from this annual
collection totaled $316 to date.
We thank all those who donated.
40% of these funds will remain
local as directed by the Mission

Fish Fry for EHFB
The next Extended Hands Fish
Fry when FHPC will be serving
is on Friday, June 3. Volunteers
Jack Reynolds, Elder
are always needed for this rewarding outreach experience.
Please contact Terri Schmidt if you are able to
participate - Or you can
come and enjoy all you can eat for only $9.99
including desert. Dinner is served from 4pm7pm at EHFB warehouse. The Food Bank is
also in need of mayonnaise and jelly to augment their donations of tuna and peanut butter. Bring some
along or include in the basket on Sunday morning.

Water For MANA House
MANA (Marine, Army, Navy, Air Force) House is a shelter in
PHX for homeless veterans. We continue to collect cases of
water to be donated to their “community.” As we march closer

and closer towards 100 degrees
and beyond, it becomes an even
more important mission project.
Please drop off the cases at the
church office. Thank you.

Max’s Closet
Is it time to clean out the cupboards and get rid of items that have not been used and
are almost outdated? Guess what? You can donate all of
those unwanted items to Max’s Closet. They will take
almost anything, even used appliances. If you need someone to come and pick them up for you please call (480)
580-2889. Their new address is 16743 E Palisades Blvd
Ste 103. Fountain Hills.

Mission Committee Invitation
Our committee holds an open meeting. Our
next meeting is on Monday, June 20th at
4:00pm in the church conference room. If any
member has a special mission cause and
would like to share it with us, please feel free
to attend or contact Jack Reynolds in the
church office.

June 11

“Independence on the Homefront”
*Food Sense A to Z
*Hiring for the Home
*Cardinal Home Healthcare

June 18

“The assurance of insurance”
*Property and casualty
*Long Term Care

June 25

A Living and Planning Expo
for Active Adults and Seniors
6 Saturdays this Summer
June 11 to July 16
10am to 12 pm
Fellowship Center
Reserve your place by calling the church office at

“The Benefit of Benefits”

July 2

“A little Help along the Way”
*Hearing Instruments
*Skilled Nursing
*Genesis Rehab

July 9

“The Transitions”
*Moving and Downsizing
*Selling your Home

July 16

“Independence through Assistance”
*Retirement Living
*Memory and Alzheimer’s
*Funeral Pre-Planning

In Touch

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Mission Ministry
So good
Summer is here and we are in the
middle of our Mission “Summer
Project for Veterans.” We are collecting short-sleeved t-shirt’s and
socks, hopefully through July and
anticipating delivery to MANA
House and
other Veteran facilities
A u -

socks. Please place your donations in
one of the two collection boxes, one
located 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. Also remember that these
items, along with magazines, gently
used clothing, DVD’s, CD’s, games

gust. Hot summer
months make living conditions extremely hard for
many veterans who are not fortunate
enough to be living in a facility but
living on the streets. A new clean tshirt and a pair of socks can make
all the difference to them. Please
consider this project when you are
out and about at our local
stores. They all have t-shirts and

and puzzle books, are collected and
delivered continuously throughout the
year. Deliveries are made when there
are enough items
collected to do
so. Thank you again
very much for remembering our Veterans.

At the communion rail, a man held out his
hand to receive the bread. His curious toddler by his side loudly asked, “Is it good,
Daddy?” He smiled and nodded yes.
Indeed, communion is a good gift from Jesus,
who wants us to remember his sacrifice for
us. “The next time you receive communion,
remember to “taste and see that the LORD is
good!” (Psalm 34:8, emphasis added).

Love’s many forms

Donna Sims,

A sincere thank you from me to all who have
kept and held me in their prayers.
Thanks a lot!
Donna Sims
The gift of yourself
If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet;
how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There
is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.
—Fred Rogers
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

Joy is love exalted; peace is love in repose;
long-suffering is love enduring; gentleness is
love in society; goodness is love in action;
faith is love on the battlefield; meekness is
love in school; and temperance is love in
—D. L. Moody
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

Thank you to Rev. Dr. David Bybee and wife
Heidi for everything you added to our worship services on May 1, 2016.

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December 2011
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In Touch

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

Presbyterian Women has completed another busy
season! We thank Maurene Gerson, Moderator and
Bonnie Matty, Secretary, for their dedicated and competent service on the Coordinating Team for the past
two years. Sandi Thompson served skillfully as ViceModerator (Program) for the 2015-2016 season providing interesting, informative and entertaining programs to our Gatherings. Maria Berry continues to
provide sound financial oversight to our organization
and our gratitude for her effort is heartfelt and endless!
We are looking for leaders who are willing to serve as
Moderator, Vice-Moderator (Program) and Secretary
for the 2016-2017 Coordinating Team. If you are interested in serving in any of these positions, or would
like to know more about CT, please contact Maurene
at 837-7843.

“Who Is Jesus?”
Synod of the Southwest Triennial Gathering will be
held at the Franciscan Renewal
Center, 5802 E.
Lincoln, Scottsdale, on October
There will be worship, Bible study,
fellowship, music,
meditation, workshops and free

time. Speakers include Judy Yates Siker, Kathy
Reeves and Amy Poling Sutherlun.
Registration is due by October 8, 2016. A special rate
for Saturday, October 29 only is being offered at
$76, which includes the entire day’s programs, plus
lunch and supper. Send registration information and
payment to: Susan McMichael, 227 W. 9th Place
South, Mesa, AZ 85201. Susan’s phone number is
480-969-6482 and her email address is
No refund will be granted on cancellations received
after October 8.

Morning Circle
Are you a morning person? It seems that each of us
has an innate clock that governs our body rhythms –
either you peak in the morning
hours or the evening hours. Morning Circle is designed for those that
love the sunrise and prefer to be
home (or have other commitments)
in the evening.
Morning Circle meets at 9 a.m. the
second Thursday of every month, September through
May. We’ve not been long from the breakfast table
so refreshments are seldom served. We do see lots of
travel cups because we know the value of keeping
A good amount of our time together is spent sharing
joys and concerns, knowing that if our conversations
are sensitive they are also private. New members
soon find lasting friendships and ways to be active in
our church family. We do, of course, take care of the

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business of planning for special events, mission
offerings, and whatever work needs our attention.
Bible study is our main focus and has historically
been led by a different Circle member each month.
However, we are excited about a new format for
the 2016-2017 season. Monique Reynolds, Morning Circle Leader for 2016-2017, will be leading
our monthly Bible study, “Who Is Jesus?” This
will be an interactive study and all participants are
expected to come prepared to participate. If you
subscribe to PW’s Horizon Magazine you have
already received a copy of the Bible study. If not,
you may order a copy for $10 by contacting Maria
Morning Circle welcomes new members as a great
way to build friendships, increase your knowledge
of the Bible, and work to strengthen the ministries
of our church! All without
baking or tidying up your
Devereux Thanks You!!
Some of the thank you notes
for the Easter baskets our
church family prepared and
delivered to the Devereux
Center are shown below.

Ilene Berg

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How can you help?

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?




How to Re-Enroll for the
Fry’s Community Rewards Program
* Go to
* 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 **

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.


#3 A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store but she couldn't find one
big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, ' Do these turkeys get any bigger?' The stock
boy replied, 'No ma'am, they're dead...'


#2 The police officer got out of his car as the kid who was stopped for speeding rolled down his
window. 'I've been waiting for you all day,' the officer said. The kid replied, Yeah, well I got here
as fast as I could.' When the cop finally stopped laughing, he sent the kid on his way without a
See page 18 for #1

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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Congratulations Graduate
is the
daughter of Don &
Martha Carillo and
the youngest of six
children. Leah was
born in Scottsdale
on May 27 (she
graduates on her
18th birthday!) and
baptized at FH
Church. Leah was
church programs (some members might remember Leah
and Baby Jesus in a Christmas program years ago) during
her early years and has helped a bit with VBS in the past.
She attend the Navajo Mission Trip in 2012 with Pastor
Bill and Debby DeBernardi. Leah has enjoyed traveling
with her family as well as participating in several European exchanges and hosting Sister Cities and Rotary Exchange students.

Leah has attended all 12 years in the Fountain Hills School
district and has excelled in sports, especially soccer. She
played several sports in middle school, but concentrated on
Soccer as well as Track & Field for 4 years at the high
school. Leah was on the FHHS 2014 Girls Soccer State
Championship Team, 2015 State Runner Up Team and
State Championship Team 2016. She also was on the State
Runner Up Track & Field Team 2014 and 2015 as well as
being on the 2016 Girls Track & Field State Championship
team. She has the School Triple Jump Record and is part of
the 4 x 100m Relay School record.
Leah also played club soccer for the Scottsdale Blackhawks
since 2009 and will continue her soccer career playing at the
University of Arizona.

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
Mother Teresa

We all need to look in our closets, drawers, etc. to find any tablecloths that were
taken home to be washed, and please return them asap?

U.S. Military Medallions
for our Veterans
for our Columbarium niches are now available. Please call or stop by the church office
for more information.


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Can you guess who these kids grew up to be?









Answers on page 19...

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Can you guess who these kids grew up to be?








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Christian Formation
Christian Formation Opportunities:
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

• The Way on Wednesdays
12:00 PM Lunch & Bible Study
5:00 PM Elementary “Big God Story”
5:30 PM Dinner & Bible Study

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
7:00 AM in the Adult Center

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

VBS FOR 2016 July 25-29, 2016
To register go to
our website: Click on the icon for Cave Quest.
Gift Cards
Home Depot
Ace Hardware
Cash Donations
Empty soda-bottles (any size) plastic
Flashlights (normal size)
Paper grocery bags
Sandwich sized zip-lock plastic bags

Decorators & set builders
Kitchen helpers
Assistant Crew Leaders
Crew Leaders
Material handlers
Pre-school leaders
Pre-school helpers
Registrars (one hour: first two days)

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Pastor Bill’s Trip to Israel

The children & I want to thank everyone for all
the prayers & love sent our way at the time of my
surgery. They had some immediate decisions to
make & we know your prayers sustained them &
me. I also thank all those on whom I can call for
assistance as needed. This church family is special and I am grateful for all of you.

There is not a flower that opens, not
a seed that falls into the ground and
not an ear of wheat that nods on the
end of its stalk in the wind that
does not preach and proclaim the
greatness and the mercy of God to
the whole world.
-Thomas Merton

Aerial view of Biblical Garden

Elder Bonnie Hollabaugh serving Communion

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Library Footnotes
The Grand Canyon Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery Reading list for 2016-17 is here and all the books are now in our
church Library, available for check out. You will find books to enlighten your mind, nourish your spirit, challenge your conscience, and entertain you.

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, Christopher Scotton. After witnessing the death of his younger brother
in a terrible home accident, fourteen-year-old Kevin is
sent with his grieving mother to live for the summer
with his grandfather in a coal town in Appalachia.
Kevin learns how to live with his grief with the help
of his grandfather and a boy who lives in the hollow.
The beach street knitting society and yarn club, Gil
McNeil. Jo Mackenzie, newly widowed with two
young sons and no money takes over her Gran's wool
shop in her sleepy seaside hometown. There, she
organizes a knitting group that meets every week to
trade gossip and support each other. The story is
heartwarming and funny.
Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline. Molly Ayer is
close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A
community service position helping an elderly
woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping
Molly out of juvie. As she helps Vivian sort through
her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she
and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be.
What they have in common is a little known episode
in American history--orphan trains.
The Aviator's Wife, Melanie Benjamin. Anne Morrow, a shy college senior hoped for a fairytale life
when she married Charles Lindbergh. Flying with
her husband made her a famous pilot. In spite of
other achievements she is viewed mainly as the aviator's wife.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie
Ford. Henry Lee, a widower of Chinese descent
finds a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel,
once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. The new
owner of the boarded up hotel has discovered the
belongings of Japanese people who were sent to
the internment camps. Henry recognizes the parasol of the Japanese girl, Keiko, with whom he was close friends
before her family was removed to a camp.
Mary Coin, Marisa Silver. In 1936 a young
mother resting by the side of the road in central
California is photographed by a woman documenting migrant laborers The result is one of the most
iconic images of the Great Depression. In the
present day, a professor of cultural history, stumbles upon a family secret embedded in the now
famous picture.
All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr.
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near
the Museum of Natural History, where he
works as the master of its thousands of locks.
When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind.
When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris. In
a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner
grows up enchanted by a crude radio he finds.
He becomes an expert at building and fixing
these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a
brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to
track the resistance. How their lives intersect is an amazing and
unforgettable story.
Continued on page 15…

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

Members of the Board of Trustees are available to answer your questions.
Give them a call!

Foundation Board of Trustees
Gary Oakeson
Matt Jefferson
Roy Nickel
John Skewes


Jean Ipema
Dawn Lau
Ben Fast


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Library Footnotes
Son of a Gun, a Memoir, Justin St. Germain. In
Tombstone, Arizona, September 2001, Debbie St.
Germain is shot and killed apparently at the hands of
her fifth husband. For the author the tragedy marks
the line that separates his world into before and after.
Justin tries to make another life for himself, but is
haunted by the murder. He returns to Tombstone to
make sense of his mother's life and death. This true
story is a parable for our time and our nation.
Crazy Woman Creek, Women Rewrite the
American West, Linda M. Hasselstrom, Gaydell
Collier, Nancy Curtis, eds. Crazy Woman Creek is
a collection of prose and poetry written by 153 real
women who live west of the Mississippi. They
write of the ways they shape and sustain their communities. Women recall harmony found at a drugstore, at a powwow, in a sewing circle. Lively,
heartfelt, urgent, enduring, Crazy Woman Creek
celebrates community -- connections built or strengthened by
women that unveil a new West.
Soldier Girls, the Battles of Three Women at
Home and at War, Helen Thorpe. The author follows the lives of three women over twelve years on
their paths to the military, overseas to combat, and
back home and then overseas again for two of them.
These women, who are quite different in every way,
become friends. We see their families, their lovers,

their spouses, their children. We see them work extremely hard,
deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones, and
struggle to stay connected to their families back home. We see
some of them drink too much, have affairs, and react to the deaths
of fellow soldiers. Deeply reported, beautifully written, and powerfully moving. The book is a solid chunk of American history.
Outcasts United, An American Town, A
Refugee Team and One Woman's Quest to
Make a Difference, Warren St. John. Without
the town's consent, Clarkston, Georgia was
designated a refugee settlement center in the
1990s, becoming the first American home for
scores of families in flight from the world's war
zones--from Liberia and Sudan to Iraq and Afghanistan. Suddenly the town was filled with
the strangeness of these refugees and their foreign ways. Luma
Mufleh, an American-educated Jordanian woman founded a youth
soccer team to unify Clarkston's refugee children and keep them
off the streets. These kids named themselves the Fugees. At the
center of the story is fiery Coach Luma, who relentlessly drives
her players to success on the soccer field while holding together
their lives-- and the lives of their families--in the face of a series
of daunting challenges.
Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine, Damon
When Tweedy entered medical
school, he envisioned a bright future where his
segregated, working-class background would
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Blessings bestowed
When author Gary Smalley asked 100 people to share how they knew they ‘d received their parents’ blessing,
they offered these memories of fatherly love:

My father put his arm around me at church and let me lay my head on his shoulder.
When my father faced a transfer at work, he purposely took another job so I could finish my senior year in
high school.
When I wrecked my parents’ car, my father’s first reaction was to hug me and let me cry instead of yelling
at me.
My father went with me to the store when I had to return a purchase I regretted.
My father let me practice pitching to him for a long time after work.
My father cried during my wedding because he was going to miss me being at home.

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Library Footnotes
become largely irrelevant. Instead, he found that he has joined a
new world where race is front and center. Tweedy examines the
complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must
navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and
medicine. Through the stories of his patients, he illustrates the
complex social, cultural, and economic factors at the root of
many health problems in the black community.
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Bryan Stevenson. Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the
Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in
need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and
women and children trapped in the farthest
reaches of our criminal justice system. One of
his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a
young man who was sentenced to die for a
notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The case drew
Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and
legal brinksmanship--and transformed his understanding of
mercy and justice forever.

The Family Store, From behind the
counter of an old fashioned stationary
store, Susan Harrison McMichael. Susan,
our friend from Mesa First Presbyterian
Church, who is active in Presbyterian women
at the local church, presbytery and synod
level, has written another delightful book!
This one is about the years her family operated a stationery store in Mesa. The new
venture seemed easy at
the beginning but proved
more difficult and interesting as Susan's family became a part of important stories and
events in their widely different customers'
lives. It was the kind of store we will never
see again.

Barbara Oakeson

Angels Explained by Children:
I only know the names of two angels. Hark and Harold.
--Gregory, 5
Everybody's got it all wrong. Angels don't wear halos anymore.
I forget why, but scientists are working on it.
--Olive, 9
It's not easy to become an angel! First, you die. Then you go
to heaven, and then there's still the flight training to go
through. And then you got to agree to wear those angel
--Matthew, 9
Angels work for God and watch over kids when God
has to go do something else.
--Mitchell, 7
My guardian angel helps me with math, but he's not
much good for science.
--Henry, 8

Angels don't eat, but they drink milk from Holy Cows!!!
--Jack, 6
Angels talk all the way while they're flying you up to heaven.
The main subject is where you went wrong before you got
--Daniel, 9

When an angel gets mad, he takes a deep breath and
counts to ten. And when he lets out his breath,
somewhere there's a tornado.
--Reagan, 10

Angels have a lot to do and they keep very busy. If you lose
a tooth, an angel comes in through your
window and leaves money under your pillow. Then when it
gets cold, angels go north for the winter.
--Sara, 6
Angels live in cloud houses made by God and his son, who's
a very good carpenter.
--Jared, 8
All angels are girls because they gotta wear dresses and
boys didn't go for it.
--Antonio, 9
My angel is my grandma who died last year. She got
a big head start on helping me while she was still
down here on earth.
--Katelynn, 9
What I don't get about angels is why, when someone
is in love, they shoot arrows at them.

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June/July 2016

Music Ministry
Music Ministry is a

Ellie Robinson helping Ms Debbie

"O Lord,
I love the house in
which You dwell,
and the place
where Your glory
- Psalm 26:8
Debbie Fisher, Director of Music

Christ's Peace,
Deborah Fisher
Director of Music Ministry

Hilltop from ‘home by another way’


Sally Atchinson
Richard Lau
Allen Pape
Elvira Ruiz
Jerry Cain
Leanne Reynolds


Terry Martin
Sandra Heunisch
Heather Greco
John Brockelman
Joanne Jones


Mary Morris
Sandy Myhr
Suellen Russell
Susan Titus
Joyce Babaian
Ruby Pearson

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Member Spotlight …. Did you know?
Dick and Dawn were born and raised in the same county
in the Saginaw Valley of Michigan. Dick was the youngest of four children. He lived on a farm and attended a
country elementary school with his sisters and brother.
Fishing, hunting, riding his bicycle and baseball were
popular activities growing up in this rural farm land.
Dawn was born the oldest of three children of a farming family and attended a
small elementary school in the town of
Breckenridge. She was active in Girl
Scouts, 4-H, dancing lessons and
church activities. Both Dick and Dawn
were surrounded with close ties to family while growing up. They met in high
school where Dick was a football
player and Dawn was a cheerleader
eventually becoming high school
sweethearts. Both attended and graduated from Ferris State College in
Northern Michigan.
Dawn attended Emerson Presbyterian
Church with her family and grandparents. Her Grandmother, Letitia, was
the church organist and an elder influDick
encing Dawn’s growth in Christian
On December 30, 1966, Dick and Dawn were married in
the College Chapel at Alma College, Alma, Michigan.
They will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary
this year.
After Dick’s college graduation in 1968, he was immediately drafted into the Army and was shipped to Viet Nam
in December, returning home December, 1969.
completed his commitment to the Army in Texas returning
to Michigan. Dick started his insurance career and Dawn
in banking in Frankenmuth, Michigan. They lived nearby
and started raising their family. Devin was their first born
son and Douglas their younger son. Soon they were all
involved in school and church activities as well as little
league, camping and Cub Scouts. Their sons as well as
Dick were baptized in the Presbyterian Church.
They took a leap of faith and moved to Arizona in 1982
without the encouragement of their families or most of
their friends. Leaving a home they had just built five
years before and quitting good jobs seemed a foolish thing
to do at the time. They moved to Fountain Hills to start
new opportunities and never looked back. Dick continued
his career in insurance and Dawn her career in banking.




The Laus transferred their church membership from
Michigan to FHPC. Both the community and the
church were just budding new opportunities. Dick and
Dawn have been active in the church since the beginning, both teaching Sunday School; Dick a Deacon;
Dawn an Elder and continuing their sons Christian education in the church. They
continue to serve the church
serving as greeters, ushers and
both on the Columbarium/
Biblical Garden Committee of
Trustees and Dawn serving as
a Foundation Trustee. The
Laus, older son, Devin, died
suddenly at the age of 30 in
2001. They turned their lives
over to God and re-evaluated
what was important.
Dick retired from insurance
after 40 years having worked
as an underwriter, manager
and company officer. He felt
fortunate being able to work
in a career he enjoyed.
Dawn Lau
Dawn changed careers after
20 years in banking and
worked for Mayo Clinic for nearly 20 years in fundraising. She loved the opportunity to raise funds for an
institution committed to the best in medical care, research and education. Dick says he worked in some
unusual jobs before he started his career. He had to
admit the strangest job he ever had was helping to debeak chickens and the hair raising job of roofing big
barns. Dawn can’t admit to any strange jobs, but the
worst one she ever had was hoeing weeds in the bean
fields along with her siblings and father on the family
farm. But, she did admit that it was a great way to get a
Since retiring, both Dick and Dawn love travel, spending time with their grandsons and spending time at their
little cottage in the summer. While their grandsons are
the best part of their lives, they also enjoy walking,
reading and Dick’s taking up golf again. They consider
FHPC their extended family. You may see them working in the Biblical Garden or the Courtyard Garden,
keeping them trimmed and tidy for your enjoyment.

A truck driver was driving along on the freeway and noticed a sign that read: Low Bridge
Ahead. Before he knows it, the bridge is right in front of him and his truck gets wedged under
it. Cars are backed up for miles. Finally a police car comes up. The cop gets out of his car and
walks to the truck driver, puts his hands on his hips and says, 'Got stuck, huh?' The truck driver
says, 'No, I was delivering this bridge and I ran out of gas.'

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June/July 2016
Hospitalized? Call the church!

With deepest sympathy we list
those members who have passed
away in 2016.
Patricia Culley
Ralph Berry
Gerry Hull

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.

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Newest member of Ty & Kristi Robinson’s family:
Aurora Cynthia Robinson

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Jack Reynolds
Jean Linzer
Bob Berg
Ilene Berg
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Dawn Lau
Jack Morris
Ken Brown
Dick Lau
George Burke
Debbie Fisher
Sylvia Burke
Dorothy Parris
Bill Good


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Bill Covault
Jean Ipema
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Dorraine Aggen
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Roger Essenburg
Mary Lee Lehrich
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Evelyn Hrunek
Dawn Lau
Violet Wieder
John Schopbach
Nancy Saine


Linda Moyer
Keith Coultrap
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Christopher Carillo
Deborah Fisher
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Susan Owens
Jon Trautman

Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church
13001 N. Fountain Hills Boulevard
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

In Touch is published monthly; deadline for each issue is the 15th of the month before publication.
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10 inch high cactus created this amazing bloom that lasts one day.
Photo courtesy of Barbara Oakeson

Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church
13001 Fountain Hills Blvd. - Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Phone - (480) 837-1763 Fax - (480) 837-1729
Office E-Mail Address:
Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Pastor/Head of Staff: Rev Bill Good
email: cell phone: 480-329-8090