Fountain Hills, AZ

August 2016

Our Vision:

Our Mission :

Living God’s love.

calls us to . . .

Reach out to all with faith and love.

From Ron Waldo, Elder
Have you gazed at our
town lately? Have you
noticed the amazing
mountains that surround
us? Have you been mesmerized by Four Peaks
with its backdrop of
bright reds and purples in
the morning? Our God
paints for us a new and
original design each and
every day.
If one has ever questioned the need of visual
art as a part of worship,
all he or she needs to do is look out the Fellowship Hall windows at God’s wonderful creation in all its awe-inspiring and
breath-taking beauty!
God’s priority on the visual is not just evident in His creation.
Throughout Scripture there are certain worship experiences
with stunning visuals to enhance the experience. This is the
powerful effect of the visual when it comes to worship services. “Visual art,” if you will, can appeal to our senses and
move our souls.
Throughout church history art has been used to draw people
closer to Christ and reveal His glory. In early times, drawings, paintings, and even stained glass windows were used to
spread the good news of Jesus Christ to those who were illiterate. Churches often designed their buildings in such a way
that those who entered would feel as though they were in a
holy place and different world. Columns and arches were


meant to point to the heavens so that one’s full attention
could be directed toward God and His beauty.
Our church is helping our congregation to “see” through
some visual elements added in our worship services. The
importance of visual art in worship cannot be overstated.
More and more churches are prioritizing visual and multisensory art in their gathering times.
I need to be clear that visual arts should never interfere
with the spoken word in our worship services. Paul’s
words still ring true, “But how are they to call on one in
whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are
they to hear without someone to proclaim him?” (Romans
10:14 NRSV), I want to be very clear when I say that visual art is meant to enhance and support the spoken message and never over-shadow it.
Most importantly, creativity that we use within a worship
service must be Spirit-initiated and Spirit-led. Only God
knows exactly who will be in those services, and only He
knows what they need to see in order to be reached. After
all, He is the creator through us and not the other way
around. When we allow God to create through us, He can
use it for His glory, and that is the best reason for anything.
Please think and pray about whether you have something
to offer our congregation by allowing the spirit to work
through your talents and joining the Visual Ministry that
takes place each Sunday. We have been blessed to have
Connor Cain with us throughout the summer, but he will
soon be back to college, and we would all be blessed to
have any of you share this special place in our service. I
know I would be.


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

June Income

$ 26,927


$ 34,408

Associate Pastor

June Expenses

$ 30,553


$ 32,526

Marta Ludwig

Yr to date Income

$ 207,301

YTD Budget

$ 205,800

Yr to date Expenses $ 193,794

YTD Budget

$ 200,175

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
Linda Warren
Class of 2018
Sandy Larson
Elvira Ruiz
Ray Schmidt
Bob Titus

Total income for the month of June is down by $7,481. This is a result of
Pledges for June coming in below budget by $3,163, and the result of a reduction in concert series tickets for 2016, which will have an affect for the next
several months.
Although we are trying to hold down the expenses
where we can, and we had a small cushion going
into June, the air conditioner in the Sanctuary and
Narthex finally gave out. My understanding is that
they were pretty old, we were lucky to have had
them last as long as they did. Thank you for continuing to keep your pledges and contributions coming in, and please keep our church in your prayers.
Linda Lull, Treasurer

On the Inside:
Ron Waldo, Elder .. .. . … .. .. … . … .. .. .. . . .. .. .. .. … ..
Focus on Finance.. .. .. .. .. … .. .. .. .. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . .
Upcoming Events . .. .. .. . … … … .. . … .. . .. … . .. . .
Mission Ministry . . … . . . .. .. .. .. . . . .. . . . . … .. . . . . ..
Presbyterian Women .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . … .. . . .. . . .. ..
How Can You Help? … .. . . .. .. .. .. . . .. .. . .. . . . . . . . . .
Lockboxes for Seniors. .. .. .. … … … .. .. .. .. .. .. . . .. . ..
Not Yet a Member? .. .. .. . . . … . … . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . .
Out with the old and in with the new….. …. …… . . .. .
Our Sanctuary .. .. … .. .. . .. .. .. .. .. … . … … .. . .. .. . ..
Columbarium U.S. Military Medallions . . . . . .. .. . . . . .. ..
Vacation Bible Camp 2016 .. .. . . . .. … .. .. . .. .. .. . . . . ..
Christian Formation .. . .. . .. .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . .. . . . .. .
Pastor’s Bible Fellowship . .. .. .. . . .. . . .. . . . . . . . . . ..
Slow down therapy. .. .. .. . .. .. . .. .. .. .. . . …. .. .. . . . ...
FHPC Foundation.. .. … .. .. . … .. .. . .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . .
VBS 2016 photos.. .. … .. .. .. .. . .. … .. .. . .. … … . .. .. .. .
Facebook .. .. .. . .. . . . .. . .. . .. .. .. . .. .. . . . .. . . .. .. . . . ..
Library Footnotes.. … .. …. .…. …. …. …. …. …. ……
Music Ministry .. … … .. .. .. .. …. . . . . .. . . .. . . . . .. . ..
Youth Choir … .. .. . .. . .. .. . .. . .. … .. .. . . . .. .. . .. . . ..
Member Spotlight...Did you Know? .. .. .. .. .. .. . . . … ...
Necrology for 2016… .. … .. . . .. … .. … . .. . . .. . . ……
August Birthdays .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . .. ..
Cave Quest Group Photo … . . .. . . . . . . . .. … .. . . . . … ..


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August 2016

Upcoming Events
Are you looking for interesting books to read this summer and fall? Are there books on your shelves
that you have read and are just taking up space? Here is an opportunity to swap some of your books that
are no longer needed or wanted for others you have been wanting to read.
FHPC is holding a BOOK SWAP MEET on Saturday, August 20
from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the Adult Center. Bring books to
leave, and take home others you want. There is no limit and no charge
for any books – that’s right, they are FREE! A donation basket will
be available to help cover the costs of the refreshments provided by
Hilltop Hospitality. Join in the fun of this book exchange and take
advantage of this exciting opportunity. Bring and Browse. Got a question? Call John Bivens at 480-837-4857 or email
Reading is fun!

Interesting Quote
God answers all our prayers. Sometimes the answer is yes. Sometimes the answer is no.
Sometimes the answer is, you’ve got to be kidding!
-Jimmy Carter

Hilltop Hospitality is sponsoring a free Popcorn, Pizza, Ice
Cream Bars and Lemonade Movie Night at 6:00PM on
Friday, September 23rd! Please plan on joining us for a fun
family evening! Sign-ups will be held in the Narthex
September 4th, 11th and 18th just to let us know you will be
attending and your favorite flavor of pizza!

The movie will be “Miracles

from Heaven”

How Do We Explain the Impossible?
“He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.” Job 9:10 (NIV)
Celebrate the beauty of everyday faith and hope. Miracles from Heaven is based on the true story of the Beam family
as they encounter God’s unfailing love and constant presence during an incredible journey from hardship to healing.

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November 2012
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In Touch

Mission Ministry
The Mission Committee met
in June and discussed upcoming disbursements to be
granted. At this meeting $300
was awarded to the active duty
military service initiative by
Donna Sims. Donna prepares
care packages for deployed
military men and woman with
supplies that are not normally
provided when they are sent
overseas. It is a wonderfully
Jack Reynolds, Elder
successful project that Donna
has been doing for many years and we thank her Christian outreach.

School Supplies
We are collecting School supplies again this year. We
will be collecting through August.. School will start August 8th and we will take it to the school as close to the
start as possible,
but will take all
supplies given as
we receive them.
The supplies we
will be collecting

spiral writing tablets, #2 lead pencils, erasers, crayons, Elmers glue sticks, colored pencils, and boxes
of Kleenex. This has been a project we have taken
on for several years because there are many children
that cannot afford these items and the schools do not
provide for them. We want to say “Thank You” for
helping us with this project again this year.

Water for MANA House
Thank you all who have so generously given cases
of water. We have given
over 20 cases of water so far
this summer. With our Arizona heat the homeless Veterans and those at MANA
House are in need of water.
We will continue to collect
water through-out the year.
Water is such an important staple for survival and is
a much needed item for the homeless.
Our next meeting will be on Monday, August 15 at
4:00 in the church office conference room. All are
invited to discuss mission opportunities for the balance of 2016.

Time to Pause
The Hebrew word selah (pronounced “say-lah”)
occurs 74 times in the Bible — all but three of them in
Psalms. Biblical scholars aren’t sure what it means, but a
few ideas have predominated: a musical interlude, a break
to ponder or “weigh” the passage just shared, an affirmation akin to “Amen.” Some scholars, noting connections in
Hebrew to the word for “lift up,” suggest selah may indicate a place to stop and exalt the Lord.
The website advises that we
combine these possible meanings: “When we see the
word in a Psalm or a Habakkuk 3, we should pause to
carefully weigh the meaning of what we have just read or
heard, lifting up our hearts in praise to God for his great
In the words of Psalm 24:10 (ESV), “Who is this
King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory!
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

10 Awesome Things
Money Cannot Buy

Common Sense

In Touch

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Mission Ministry
Our Summer Project for Veterans” was not the big success this
year as it was last year. But, with
two unexpected donations, the delivery made during the third week
of July made the project a huge success. We were
collecting shortsleeved t-shirt’s
and socks, with
a planned delivery to MANA
other Veteran
facilities before
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 t-shirt and a new pair of
socks can make all the difference to
them. We were able to pack a box
full with all new socks and three
boxes of brand new t-shirts, making
this summer’s Mission Project a
huge success.
Please also remember that these
items, along with magazines, gently

Stunning jet wash in morning mist

A month of Sundays

used clothing, DVD’s, CD’s, games
and puzzle books, are collected and
delivered continuously throughout the
year. Deliveries are made when there
are enough items collected to do so.
You can 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 located in the Fellowship Center on the left side as you

enter. Or you may drop off any items
at the Church office and they will call
me. Plans are already in the making for
our wintertime project for sending care
packages to deployed Troops as
well as remembering our local Veterans. Many thanks
for your support of
our Troops and our

“August is like the Sunday of summer,” an online meme proclaims.
But that means different things to
different people.
If you see Sunday as the end of a
week — a chance to sleep in, do
“nothing,” relax and play — then
August might be your downtime at
the end of a busy summer. If Sunday feels heavy because the onslaught of the workweek is approaching, then August may carry
the dread of falling leaves and falling temperatures.
But if you view Sunday as a fresh
start to the week, then August, with
a new school year and new church
programming around the corner,
can be exciting. And if you honor
Sunday as the Sabbath, indeed
“August is like the Sunday of summer,” God invites us to enjoy the
holy days and give thanks to him,
the Creator of all seasons.
- Heidi Mann

-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc


Tsunami of clouds

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December 2011
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In Touch

Presbyterian Women
Fountain Hills Presbyterian Women
was organized in 1997 and is connected with PW at the presbytery,
synod and church-wide levels of the Presbyterian
Church (USA). We are a group of women meeting, studying the scriptures and acting together in
shared love of God. We have been blessed with
great leadership and participation.

June) where information is gathered to share
with all groups.
The positions may be filled by co-leaders sharing
the responsibilities of the office.
To learn more about the positions of Moderator
and Secretary please contact Ilene Berg (837-3771)
or Pat Tuttle (837-3025).

We are looking for volunteers to serve on a Coordinating Team as Moderator and Secretary to
continue sharing the mission work efforts and
common interests of the active Circles and Special Interest Groups in our church. The commitment involves a monthly meeting (September-

Ilene Berg


Out ’n About—Out to Lunch

Hooked on Books will resume on Wednesday, September
21 at 9:30 AM at the home of Elsie Hoffarber.

Out n' About will be
having lunch at Eagle
Mountain Grill on
Wednesday, August
17th at noon. Please
call Nancy Wulfmeier
for reservations or
questions at 480-8373021.

For further information contact Elsie Hoffarber at 480-837-4518 or Carol Fuls at

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How can you help?

August 2016

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.
Raise your praise
Let praise — not merely thanksgiving, but praise — always form an ingredient of thy prayers. We thank God
for what he is to us, for the benefits which he confers and for what he is to us, for the benefits which he confers and the
blessings with which he visits us. But we praise him for what he is in himself, for his glorious excellences and perfections, independently of their bearing on the welfare of the creature. … When thou singest praise, all creation (in a manner) sings in thee and with thee.
— Edward Goulburn
-The Newsletter Newsletter
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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Out with the old and in with the new...

A new air conditioner was purchased for the narthex.
Many thanks to our anonymous donor.

Grace in, grace out
The computer acronym GIGO —- ‘garbage
in, garbage out”— describes how putting
wrong code into a machine will lead to faulty
output. Jesus offers a similar lesson in Matthew 15: “What comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person” (v. 18, ESV)
GIGO works the other way, too. If we put
good things (including the good news of
salvation) “in” our hearts, Jesus’ goodness
will shine “out” through our lives. And when
God’s grace enters and changes us, we’ll
also reach out and share that good news
with others.

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August 2016

Our Sanctuary
Last Sunday Pastor Ken suggested we make a “Thank Offering” expressing our great thanks that our air conditioning
has worked for over 40 years.
The AC in our worship center has failed. The Band-Aids
and patches have worked as long as they can. We are barely
limping along at the moment knowing that this can’t last.
The units need to be replaced. The Narthex unit was just
replaced for $10,800, through a very generous gift from a
church member. The cost of replacing the other units is
about $50,000.
Please prayerfully consider this opportunity to help our
church in a real practical and meaningful way. You are welcome to put your gift in the offering plate on Sundays or
send it to the church office. Be sure to put “AC” on the
memo line so that we know it’s a donation for the air conditioners.
Thanks be to God for bringing us thus far and thank you for
your consideration and generosity.
John Brockelman

Beautiful brokenness
We are bodies of broken bones. I guess I’d always known but never fully considered that being broken is what
makes us human. We all have our reasons. Sometimes we’re fractured by the choices we make; sometimes we’re shattered by things we would never have chosen.
But our brokenness is also the source of common humanity, the basis for our shared search for comfort, meaning
and healing. Our shared vulnerability and imperfection nurtures and sustains our capacity for compassion.
—Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

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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2016 VBS


Preschool cavers: Brielle, Solana & Meagan

Evan Cain
Logan Cain


Cave Quest Closing Sing-a-long

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August 2016

2016 VBS


Pastor Bill as Clark Cavern! You had to be there to appreciate his acting skills.

Ron Waldo, Bonnie Hollabaugh and Pastor Ken
Logan Cain’s crew

Jane Allen, Crew Leader with
one of her crew, Flynn

In Touch

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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

I finally caught a mouse.


Marilyn Humes &
Leanne Reynolds made
compass treats

Kitchen crew: Arlene Stewart, Ruby Pearson, Leanne Reynolds, Aleyne
Larsen-Craig, and Marilyn Humes

Pastor Ken as Jesus
helping sinking
’Peter’ (a.k.a. Carlos)
out of the water

Cheryl Kenna helping crew walk on water


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August 2016

Christian Formation
Pastor’s Bible Class
Taught by Pastor Ken
in the Fireside Room

Romans for Dummies
Beginning Sunday, August 7 at 10:15 a.m.
“Simplifying the Book of Romans”
Martin Luther had a mind like a steel trap and a
pen like a stiletto that slipped between the ribs of
his readers. In other words, he had a way of making an argument that was formidable and unforgettable. Like this:
“Should a tyrant succeed in destroying the Holy
Scriptures and only a single copy of the Epistle to
the Romans and the Gospel according to John escape him, Christianity would be saved."

“The letter to the Romans is a book that repeatedly changes the world, by changing people,”
Tim Keller insists. Romans wrestles with "the
problem of righteousness"; in essence answering
the questions "How can I get right with God" and
“What should my life be like after I do have a
relationship with God?”
We will examine the key
pivot points
in Paul’s letter to the
church at
Rome. It will
help you digest the amazing logic of
this key New

Answering God’s call
During a 2010 trip to report on famine-relief efforts in Kenya, Kristen Welch observed conditions unfit for living.
“How can you allow so much suffering?” she asked God. In return, he asked her the same question.
That prompted Welch to put her faith into action by launching Mercy House, a nonprofit organization that rescues
pregnant young women and their babies. The impact of Mercy House in Kenya — plus now the 19 other countries — is
“miraculous proof that God is made perfect in our weakness,” Welch says. “Who would have thought a ‘yes’ in 2010 would
make us the poster children that prove God can do anything with anyone?”

Pastoral appreciation
A pastor was near a group of his church members when he overheard them talking about various ministers who had served the
congregation. His ears perked up when he heard an older man say, “Whenever, someone asks me, ‘Which of our pastors did
you like best?’ my answer is always, ‘The pastor we have at any given time is my favorite.’”
The pastor who was listening in breathed a quiet sigh of relief.
God sends each pastor to us with his or her own set of spiritual gifts, and God works through each pastor’s gifts to bring us
God’s blessings.
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

In Touch

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Slow Down Therapy

Slow down; God is still in heaven. You are not responsible for doing it all yourself, right now.
Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past. Rest there. Each moment has richness that takes a lifetime to savor.
Set your own pace. When someone is pushing you, it’s OK to tell them they are pushing.
Take nothing for granted: watch water flow, the corn grow, the leaves blow, your neighbor mow.
Taste your food. God gives it to delight as well as to nourish.
Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set. They are remarkable for their steady pattern of movement, not their speed.
Quit planning how you are going to use what you know, learn, or possess.
God’s gifts just are: be grateful and their purpose will be clear.
When you talk with someone, do not think about what you will say next. Thoughts will spring up naturally if you let them.
Talk and play with children. It will bring out the unhurried little person inside you.
Create a place in your home…at your work…in your heart…where you can go for quiet and recollection. You deserve it.
Allow yourself time to be lazy and unproductive. Rest is not luxury; it is a necessity.
Listen to the wind blow. It carries a message of yesterday and tomorrow-and now. NOW counts.
Rest on your laurels. They bring comfort whatever their size, age, or condition.
Talk slower. Talk less. Do not talk. Communication is not measured by words.
Give yourself permission to be late sometimes. Life is for living, not scheduling.

Ladybug in the morning dew

Splash from a stone thrown into water during sunset

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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August 2016

2016 VBS

Linda Warren and Kristie Robinson with Emily & Aurora


Debbie Fisher, Music Director having fun with Cave Questers

Closing songs

Operation Kid to Kid Mission donations collected

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Library Footnotes
This powerful book is almost a “must read” for those who
wish to more fully understand the continuing conflict (1948
to the present) between the Palestinians and Israelis in Israel. The author, Sandy Tolan, is Jewish and writes that,
like many Americans, he was raised with just one part of
the history and knew only of Israel as a safe haven for Jews.
He knew nothing about the Arab side. This book is about
what he discovered during his many years of extensive and untiring research. I might add that “The
Lemon Tree” was on the PW reading list of 2015
and is in our church library.
Sandy Tolan’s credentials are impeccable. He has
written extensively for magazines and newspapers
and produced dozens of documentaries for National
Public Radio and Public International. He was a
1993 Nieman Fellow at the UC Berkeley Graduate
School of Journalism where he teaches international reporting.
The story of the Jewish Dalia Eshkenazi, born in Sofia,
Bulgaria and brought to Israel as an infant, and Bashir
Khairi, born in al-Ramla Palestine, on land once held by the
Khairi family for four hundred years and from which his
family was driven when he was six years old, was first
broadcast as a special forty-three minute documentary for
NPR’s “Fresh Air.” The response was overwhelming. He
said he’d reported from thirty countries for the past twentyfive years and the feedback from that single program was
greater than the total of all other stories he had produced.
He had obviously awakened a hunger for a deeper understanding of events which had transpired to bring people to
this very difficult and seemingly unsolvable situation.
The book opens with an account of Bashir and two of his
male cousins who, in July 1967, decided to take a trip back
to al-Ramia, a Palestinian town, half an hour north of Ramallah, from which their families had been driven nineteen
years earlier; now they were refugees. This event takes
place just weeks after the end of The Six Day War, which
had been resoundingly won by the Israeli army.
This was a sad, even traumatic journey. The young men
longed to once again see the homes in which they had lived
as children. They went to Yasser’s former home first,
knocked, and when a woman answered the door, told her
who they were and that they just wanted to see their former
home. She grew very agitated, started screaming and was
going to call the police. Yasser was totally devastated.
Next, they went to Ghiath’s former home, a two-story
house now turned into a school. The principal was kind,

invited them to tea and a tour of the school. Ghiath could
not stop crying.
Bashir’s home was the last stop. What kind of reception
would they receive? Nineteen-year-old Dalia Eshkenazi, a
student at the university in Tel Aviv, answered the door
and after Bashir told her who they were and that this had
been his childhood home, graciously invited them in.
From this meeting and the in-depth conversation,
they formed a long and often difficult friendship
with long years in between of no contact (Bashir
was often imprisoned), but they remained in contact in 2006 when the book was written. Often
disagreeing, they endeavored to find compassion
and understanding.
This book is not an easy read but is totally fair,
enlightening and compassionate. It tells of the
peaceful co-existence, before 1917, between the
Arabs and the Jews in a land where there was
cooperation and mutual respect.
Events after 1917, (England played a big role here) created
some problems although life was still somewhat peaceful.
When the State of Israel was created in July 1948, it
changed the lives of everyone forever. It was catastrophe
for the Arab population, Muslim and Christian, alike. We
read in-depth the history of the Khairi family as well as the
history of the Bulgarian Jews (forty-seven thousand in this
country of seven million). Interestingly, because of the
courage of so many of their citizens and the Orthodox
Church, the country’s Jews received a last minute reprieve. (The trains were already waiting to take them to
Poland). After the Second World War, forty-two thousand
of these Jews emigrated to Israel.
As Sandy Tolan mentioned, we in the USA, except for
rare instances, have been exposed to only one side of the
story. “The Lemon Tree” attempts to remedy this by explaining what really happened to the Palestinians. It is
heartbreaking and gives us real insight into why there is
such continuing and increasing rage on the part of the Palestinians and why the Israelis continue to be on the defensive making
Israel seem like an armed camp. Real
peace appears to be impossible.
After one finishes the book, there is
an important question to be asked
and discussed. Should people who
have been victimized themselves get Elsie Hoffarber
a pass when they in turn victimize

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August 2016

Music Ministry

Debbie Fisher

learning of His lessons and His love through
Christ, His Son.

The Music Ministry is
doing well in keeping music flowing through both
of our worship services.
We are hearing sermons that penetrate
our hearts, and we are able
to have such honest and
beautiful fellowship with
each other every Sunday
and throughout the week
that you hardly notice the

Watch in the bulletin and on the website for the
starting dates and schedules of our Celebration
Singers, Ringers and Pearwood Recorders in September. Looking forward to being together again!
"Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord;
give praise, O servants of the Lord, you that stand
in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house
of our God. Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
sing to His name, for He is gracious."

Starting in August 17, we are going to be building
two youth choirs, dividing them by age.
We will have ages 8 and up come in at 4:00 p.m.
after school on Wednesday's in the Fellowship Center, and ages 3-7 come in at 5:00 p.m. also in the
Fellowship Center. Our children are so valuable! They bring their young hearts into our presence, and how blessed we are to have
them. Please encourage those in your families, your
neighborhoods and your acquaintances to help us
build these choirs so the children can come and be a
part of our lives as we worship and praise God,

Psalm 135:1-3
Deborah Fisher
Director of Music Ministries

To worship is to sing
The worshiper who sings...drinks more deeply of the message of the hymns.
The gospel as found in our hymns is the same as that in the Scriptures.
The worshiper who sings...becomes more deeply involved in the service;
less of a spectator and more of a participant.
The worshiper who sings...draws more closely to those who worship with him.
The worshiper who sings...expresses faith by lifting his or her voice in praise to God.
The worshipper who sings...upholds the service, making it finer and richer for fellow
worshipers, the pastor, the church and God.


Do you like to sing?
Join us Wednesdays: starting August 17
Preteen/Teen Choir (ages 8 and up)
Wednesdays 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Children’s Choir (ages 3-7)
Wednesdays 5:00 PM to 5:45 PM
Snacks will be provided
FH Presbyterian Church
In the Fellowship Center
13001 N Fountain Hills Blvd 480-837-1763

Debbie Fisher, Music Director

In Touch

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Member Spotlight …. Did you know?
I was born on Christmas Day 1938 and grew up on a dairy
farm in a farming community in Minnesota, 45 miles north
of Minneapolis. Today that area is basically a suburb of Minneapolis, with housing developments, outlet shopping malls
and golf courses.
My grandparents were all Swedish immigrants. My father's
parents homesteaded the family farm
where I grew up. All my aunts, uncles,
and cousins lived within a 15 mile radius
and my paternal grandmother continued
to live at the farm. Family birthday parties, picnics and holiday celebrations
were frequent and I was blessed to be
part of such a large extended family.
I have to admit to being quite a "tom
boy" as a child. Loved all my "pets",
cows, calves, chickens, piglets, numerous cats/kittens, a team of horses and my
dog Scout.
Basically my father's
shadow, I was driving tractor at age 8;
and my favorite place to be was the
barns. I belonged to 4-H and my mother
managed to tame me long enough to
learn bread baking, which I demonstrated at the MN State Fair. My sister
and I helped Mom with her large garden
and learned how to can produce and making jellies and jams.
I attended a one room country school, the same one my father attended. A young child's brain is like a sponge absorbing information. In first grade we were not only reading
"Dick & Jane & Spot" but listening and absorbing science,
history, geography and math of the older grades.
After 7th grade the school was "consolidated" and we were
bused into town. This August I plan to attend the 60th reunion of my graduating class.
Going to college I received a degree in Medical Technology
and while doing research for the University.of MN, met my
future husband who was in medical school. We were married in 1961 and moved to Bismarck, ND in 1967. Tom was
a specialist in Ophthalmology and we built a large eye

clinic. He became a pioneer in developing intra ocular lens
following cataract surgery and he was a retina specialist as
I grew up attending the Baptist Church of which my grandparents were founding members. This August I will attend
the 150th anniversary of it's founding. I was baptized ( by
emersion) at age 10 and married
there in 1961.
Moving to Bismarck in 1967, we
joined First Presbyterian Church of
Bismarck. I taught Sunday School
and served three terms as Elder.
We were blessed with two sons,
Charlie and Eric. Both boys were
active in sports, football and hockey
which provided us a lot of fun.
Eric and his family currently live in
My birth on Christmas Day, 1938
was particularly special to my parents because the previous year on
Christmas Day they had brought their
9 month old son to the hospital suffering from pneumonia. That was
pre antibiotic days and he died 22
days later.
In 1991 our son Charlie returned, from
the then Soviet Union, where he had
achieved a masters degree in the Russian language. He
was in law school when he was diagnosed with cancer. He
suffered complications from the chemotherapy which destroyed his lungs. Christmas Day he was put on a ventilator
and died 22 days later.
So, the circle of life continues, trusting and knowing that
God has been and continues to be with me through it all.
We became "snow birds" in 1994, living at Rio Verde during the winter months and attending FHPC. In 2008 I became a full time resident of Arizona and a member of
Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church . I have served as Deacon and now as Elder.

My purpose
God has created me to do him some definite service …
I have my mission … he has not created me for naught.
I shall do good; I shall do his work …
I will trust him, whatever I am,
I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve him,
In perplexity, my perplexity may serve him.
If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve him.
He does nothing in vain …
He knows what he is about.
— John Henry Newman

A small laugh
“God warned a man named Lot to take his wife and
flee out of the city,” said the Sunday school teacher, “But
Lot’s wife looked back and was turned to salt.”
A curious boy then asked “What happened the
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August 2016
Hospitalized? Call the church!

With deepest sympathy we list
those members who have passed
away in 2016.
Patricia Culley
Ralph Berry
Gerry Hull
Dan Foster
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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.
All aboard!
When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark you
don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the
— Corrie ten Boom
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Matthew 25:21


Harold Hutchinson
Carol Hencz
Jerry Miles
Rodger Bachman
Ken Brown
Norm Collins
Letha Neely
Ben Owens


Maurene Gerson
Pat Ahrens
Byron Hodgson
Andy Hasley
Suzie McCready
Mary Ann Nickel
Wanda Collins


Charles Eberspacher
Lynn Medley
JJ Prokupek
Maria Berry
Kent Martinson
Richard Uphoff
Keith Junk
Margie Brown

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

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VBS 2016

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 – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Pastor/Head of Staff: Rev Bill Good
email: cell phone: 480-329-8090