FOUNTAIN HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

IN TOUCH
Fountain Hills, AZ

September 2016

FHPC VISION & MISSION STATEMENTS
Our Vision:

Our Mission :

Living God’s love.

calls us to . . .

Reach out to all with faith and love.

Pastor Bill Good
RETURNING TO “THE WAY”
All scripture is inspired by God and is useful
for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and
for training in righteousness, so that everyone
who belongs to God may be proficient,
equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy
3:16–17)

A great deal of our denominational discontent springs from a perception that the PC(USA) has turned away
from the Holy Scriptures which traditional Presbyterian confessions have held
as “our rule for faith and life.”
But, let’s be honest, many of us are far less familiar with
Scripture than we’d care to admit. The Bible remains the bestselling book in history and a Gallup survey reports that the average
American household has four copies. However, other research done
by the Pew Forum found in 2008 that only 16% of Americans read
the Bible each day.
If you find yourself in this group, help is on the way as we
return to The Way on Wednesdays by opening the unique bestselling multi-media curriculum, The Story.
The Story is intentionally designed to assist folks with a
limited biblical background in entering into God’s story from Genesis to Revelation and recognizing how their own personal stories
intersect with God’s. Consisting of 31 chapters of carefully-selected
scriptures sequenced in chronological order, The Story presents the
word of God in an engaging format, reading more like a novel than
a collection of ancient texts. Each week we’ll open a new chapter of
The Story together and dig into it powered by a companion DVD
segment and our own discussions.
In my experience as a preacher and teacher I have never
seen an easier or less intimidating way to gain biblical experience.
And, that’s why I’m so genuinely excited to lead us on this new
adventure. Here’s the thing – you can’t live the Bible if you don’t
know it. I see sharing The Story as a truly exciting opportunity to
inspire ourselves with “the inspired word of God” and to jump start
yet a new chapter in our ongoing family faith journey. I really hope
you’ll join me!
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UNDERSTANDING ECO –
Sunday, September 4th
Confused about ECO????
Why is our Session recommending ECO as our new
denominational home?
What are the essential tenets and beliefs of ECO?
What would it mean to our life here at FHPC to be
part of ECO?
What are the benefits of such a reaffiliation?
Your Session invites each and every member of our
family to an important gathering from 2-3:30pm on Sunday, September 4th in our Fellowship Center for the
presentation of “Understanding ECO: An Introduction
to the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.”
Using core ECO materials such as their
“Essential Tenets & Confessional Standards” and “ECO
Polity & Discipline” as well as other resources drawn
from the ECO website and personal interactions with
ECO officers and pastors, I will lead us into a broader
awareness and understanding of the exciting new possibilities which lie before us as members of ECO.
In order to prepare yourself for this important
event, I really recommend that you review the “Essential
Tenets” and “Polity” documents available on the ECO
website (www.eco-pres.org) and also on our website
(www.fhpresbyterian.info) under the tab “ECO Information,” and finally in hard copy in the church office.
After you have done your own research, and in
order to make our time together as meaningful as possible, I encourage you to send any questions to me at
fhpc.billg@gmail.com. I will endeavor to come prepared to answer them on Sept. 4th.
May God bless us as our journey into the future
He is continually making new continues.
Grace and Peace,

In Touch

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Focus on Finance

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

July Income

$ 43,570

Budget

$ 33,608

Associate Pastor

July Expenses

$ 31,940

Budget

$ 30,793

Marta Ludwig

Yr to date Income

$ 250,871

YTD Budget

$ 239,408

Yr to date Expense $ 225,735

YTD Budget

$ 230,968

Pastor Ken Brown

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 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
BOARD OF DEACONS
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
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July income exceeded budget, which was greatly appreciated. Summer months
can get slow on the income side, whereas expenses
never seem to. Although YTD actual income exceeds
actual YTD expenses, we have a major expense in
replacing 40 year old air conditioners. Thank you for
keeping up with your pledges, and please continue to
do so. We are also accepting funds to cover the cost
off the air conditioners, any help you can give would
be greatly appreciated.
Respectfully,
Linda Lull, Treasurer

On the Inside:
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Update on Presbytery of Grand Canyon .. .. .. . . . .. .. ..
Mission Ministry . . … . . . .. .. .. .. . . . .. . . . . … .. . . . .
How Can You Help? . .. .. . . . …. .. .. .. .. .. .. . . . . . .. .
Lockboxes for Seniors. .. .. .. … … … .. .. .. .. .. .. . . .. .
Inquiry Class
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Presbyterian Women .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . … .. . . .. . . ..
Minister to Your Minister .. .. .. . … . … … .. . .. .. . ..
Columbarium U.S. Military Medallions . . . . . .. .. . . . .
Book Swap . . .. .. .. .. .. .. . . . .. . . . .. … .. .. . .. .. .. . . .
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September 2016

Upcoming Events
MOVIE NIGHT!
Hilltop Hospitality is sponsoring a free Popcorn, Pizza, Ice Cream Bars and Lemonade
Movie Night at 6:00 PM 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.

UPDATE ON ADMINISTRATIVE COMMISSION
Progress is being made! We are now formally in negotiations with our Administrative Commission
over our Terms of Dismissal. At long last, we may soon know the cost of departing the PC(USA).
We received an initial Proposal from the AC on Monday, August 18th. Taking seriously their responsibility as your elected representatives, your session met the next evening to craft a careful CounterProposal which was, in turn, forwarded to the AC on Wednesday, August 20th. We are now back to a waiting game as we anticipate their next response.
We remain hopeful that, with continued graciousness and goodwill on the part of both parties, we
can bring these negotiations to an acceptable conclusion in time to bring the results before the Presbytery for
ratification on October 1, 2016.
I will keep you posted of our progress and pass the terms on to you as soon as we have
something of substance to share.
In the meantime, please continue to pray for your Session and the AC.
May God be with us.
John Brockelman

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November 2012
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In Touch

Mission Ministry
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.”
We collected 37 cases over the
past three weeks and they
have been delivered to FH
American Legion Post to be
Jack Reynolds, Elder
taken to
MANA
House. They are extremely grateful especially with this extreme
heat. Thank you to those who help
our vets.

Extended Hands Food Bank - An announcement by
the Food Bank that the fish fry dinners have been discontinued has met with concern by the Mission Committee.
We reached out to a friend close to the Bank and asked
what we can do. At the moment they are still assessing
their needs and will advise. However, food donations as
collected weekly in the baskets are still requested:
canned meat, mayo, peanut butter & jelly are in demand.

Calling all sewers!!!!

Haiti Outreach Project - Jack Reynolds had a
meeting with Sylvia Burke concerning our outreach
mission project in Haiti. Sylvia asked whether the
little girls at the project are in need of dresses. She
is aware that sewing dresses from pillowcases is
both cost effective and attractive. Sylvia has already
made six and has the pattern and skill available to
advise other members who might be interested. The
project has about 60 girls from ages 5 – 17. The
Mission Committee would like to undertake this
effort. If you have an interest in sewing some
dresses, please give your name to Marta in the
church office. Jack Reynolds may be going to Haiti
in December or will get the dresses to other visitors
to carry down. The girls will love them. See photos
below.
Mission Committee Invitation – Our committee
holds an open meeting. Our next meeting is on
Monday, Sept 12th at 4:00 pm 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.

Pillowcase dresses for Haiti

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How can you help?

September 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?

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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.

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 or Sally Atchinson.

Get Connected - - - Come & Join our Family!
Thinking of joining our church, but have questions, concerns or inquiries that you would
like to address?
Meet with Pastor Bill, Sally Atchinson and Aleyne Larsen-Craig for an Inquiry Meeting
on
Tuesday, September 27 at 4:00 p.m. in the Narthex.
If you are planning to attend, please call:
Sally Atchinson - - - - - -- 480-837-1054
Aleyne Larsen-Craig - - - 602-625-6201
Or the Church Office - - - 480-837-1763

Sally Atchinson

& Aleyne Larsen-Craig

No obligation to join - - - just friendly informational conversation about Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church.

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December 2011
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In Touch

Presbyterian Women
Triennial Gathering
Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Southwest
Franciscan Renewal Center
5802 E Lincoln
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
“Who Is Jesus?” is the theme for the October 28-30
event and Registration is due by October 8, 2016. Bev
Roselieb is the current Moderator of PW Synod of the
Southwest and she has extended a warm welcome to all her
friends at FHPC at the Gathering.

The cost for Saturday only is $76.
Send your payment to Susan
McMichael, 227 W 9th Place
South, Mesa, AZ, 480-9696482, msmcmichael@cox.net.
No refunds will be made on
cancellations received after
October 8.
Ilene Berg

Morning Circle will resume its monthly meetings in the Adult Center on Thursday, September 8 at 9:00AM. After a short business meeting, we will start this year's Bible Study: Who Is Jesus? What a difference a lens
makes.
Join us as we undertake this journey of the heart and mind to expand our understanding of who Jesus was and is.
The first lesson is Jesus according to Mark. Monique Reynolds will lead the conversation. In preparation, please
read Mark’s Gospel, Chapters: 1 - 16.
Afternoon Circle John the Baptist to be honored. Come on over!
Visit the afternoon circle at the Fountain View Village Independent living area!
Where? Independent chapel
When? The first Tuesday in September at 1:00 p.m.
When? That's September 6, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Why? To enjoy the fellowship of lovely ladies. To sing familiar hymns. To discuss Christian problems in today's
world. To think about a worship presentation. To pray together. To learn and honor John the Baptist.
What? Yes, all those activities go on in the short meeting.
Why? Because we like to get together.
Bring a friend!
Who? Anyone, everyone is welcome.
How? Call Marty 837-3275 if you need more information. Leave your number and she will call you back.
Evening Circle will resume its monthly meetings on Monday, September 19 at 7:00 PM.

HOOKED ON BOOKS

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. All are welcome to join
this fun group.
For further information contact Elsie Hoffarber at 480-837-4518 or Carol Fuls at 480836-2346.

Out n' About will be going to The
Hills Pizza & Desserts on
Wednesday, Sept.ember 21 at
noon. Please call Nancy Wulfmeier for reservations or questions at 480-837-3021.

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

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September 2016

Minister to your minister
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Accept them as persons.
Build them up. Say “thank you.”
Communicate with them.
Defend them when someone is trying to run them down.
Entertain them. They like to have fun, too!
Family. See that they have a family life.
Genuine. Be honest with them. Be yourself around them.
Honor them. Do not put them on a pedestal. But respect them.
Income. Pay them enough so that money doesn’t become a major concern.
Judge not! Don’t be judgmental.
Kind. Be kind to your ministers.
Love. See 1 Corinthians 13.
Maintain. Their families have the same needs as any other family.
Nurture. Help them grow in grace.
Offer to help. The list of things we can do is endless.
Pray for them. Lift up their names to God daily.
Quench not. Encourage them.
Rejoice in and with them.
Surprise them. There are so many ways.
Trust them. Believe in them
Understand them. Put yourself in their place.
Vacation. They need time away.
Welcome them into your home. Don’t wait for them to make the first move.
eXpend yourself, not them.
Yoke. Help them bear their yoke with grace and dignity.
ZAP all gossip!
—–East McKinney Christian Church
McKinney, Texas
-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.

In
InTouch
Touch

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Book Swap
Book Swap was a
huge success. Many
different genres were
brought in. Hundreds
of books were available to take home.
People left with bags
full.
The left over books
were brought to a veterans association.
Everyone who came
enjoyed it.

Our logo was
“100% off
all books.”

Perhaps we should be more proactive about removing temptations. Perhaps “lead me not into temptation” means “God, help me keep myself away from that which tempts me toward poor choices.” Amen!
— Heidi Mann
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

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Jen Young

September 2016

Horsewoman Extraordinaire

The Providence of God
The seed was sown long months ago,
And through the winter’s cold and snow,
We trusted that God’s care would bring
The green and tender blade in spring,
Which cherished by the sun and rain
Of summer, now has yielded grain
In autumn, when the reaper leaves
His cot to cut and bind the sheaves…
So God’s great mercies thus abound;
His love still brings the seasons round;
His blessings fill our happy fields,
And all our land its increase yields:
So if we serve him as we should,
Our Lord will give us all things good;
And he who doth the ravens feed
Much more will give us all we need!
— Author unknown
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Jen Young has been horseback riding for 20 years. She has participated
in the Special Olympics for several years winning many medals. This
year she won
Grand Champion
Special Olympics
Horseback Riding
March 2016
Horses Help, North Phoenix

Biblical Gardens

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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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 Bible Study
5:00 PM Elementary “Big God Story”
6:00 PM Bible Study

CALLING ALL
WOMEN

Youth Choir Rehearsal Wednesdays
4:00 PM Preteen/teen (ages 8 and up)
5:00 PM Children (ages 3-7)

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

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

Continued from page 1….
The Way begins again in our Fellowship Center on September 28th with
identical presentations at mid-day and evening. I invite you to brown bag your own
lunch and join us from Noon to one o’clock for the afternoon session, or to come
from 6-7pm when we will have a light snack to tide you over ‘till dinner.
Contact Marta in the church office to obtain your copy of The Story and get
started on your reading now.

A new season of Bible
Study with BSF begins
September 15th, 9 - 11
a.m., at Shepherd of the
Hills. We will be studying
the Book of John. There is
no charge but donations
are encouraged.
BSF, Bible Study Fellowship International, is nondenominational and all
women are welcome. We
begin the session together
with prayer, announcements, and singing and
then separate into smaller
groups for discussion of
the section of scripture
being studied. Following
small group discussions,
we come back together to
listen to a presentation of
the week to come.
For more information look
to the website or talk to
Sally Atchinson or Michele Hasley who attended
last year.

- Pastor Bill

I would like to thank everyone who helped to make this year’s VBS a huge success! We had 60 kids total and approximately 55 volunteers. The collaboration between Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
was truly a blessing, and we hope to continue this relationship into the future. I know
that the kids had a great time, and I also think that the adults come away from VBS
enriched as well – I know that I do. Being able to share Jesus’ love with a group of
children, and watching them soak up the information is truly a gift, and something that
is very treasured to me.
It is also the time of the year that we have to say good-bye to our summer interns,
Logan and Evan Cain. We have had a great time this summer, and they have been involved in many different areas of the church. They were an integral part of our VBS
preparation this year – helping out behind the scenes with setup and decorations; they were also part of the worship leaders for VBS,
leading the songs for the opening and closing parts of each day. They were able to experience preaching their first sermons, and were
also liturgists during one service. Evan and Logan were active in the music piece of the second service, and have been involved in
Bible studies and other aspects of church life over the past few months. I will say, personally, that I have truly enjoyed their company
– they have really touched my heart this summer. The boys have great hearts for God and also possess a heart for ministry and for
people – far beyond their years. We with them the best as they continue their studies at Azusa Pacific University, and hope to see them
back next summer! Thanks for everything! We will miss you!!
- Bonnie Hollabaugh, Elder Christian Formation

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September 2016

Hilltop Hospitality
Join US!
Hilltop Hospitality would like to invite new members to our group. We are a group that has fun
planning events throughout the year for the congregation, such as the Movie and Pizza night,
coming up soon, the Chile Dump at Christmas
and the Dutton's Musical Show in January. We
serve a fellowship of desserts on most Sundays
after the 9 a.m. service and a larger display of
goodies on the first Sunday of each month. We
feel this gives our congregation a chance to come
in, set down at one of the round tables with some
dessert, coffee or punch and meet new friends. If
you're interested, please call Helen Roesch (480837-2142) or just come to a meeting the second
Friday at 9a.m. in the Fellowship Hall and meet
our members and see what we are all about.
-Helen Roesch, Elder
Mary Martinson, Linda Warren, Jane Realdsen, Connie Harris, Chris
Young, Jen Young and Tony Harris.

Country with the highest average IQ: Hong Kong*
There are a lot of factors that can affect an IQ score,
ranging from national and personal wealth to simply
who makes the test.
As a result, these findings are highly controversial,
but seem to suggest that Hong Kong is the country*
with the highest IQ, at an average of 107 points.
*Hong Kong is a special administrative region of
China meaning that it falls within the sovereignty of
the People's Republic of China, yet does not form
part of Mainland China, and has it's own government.

World's most energy efficient city: Reykjavik, Iceland
All of the energy and heat used by the citizens of Reykjavik Iceland come from geothermal plants and renewable
hydropower, making it the most sustainable and energy
efficient city in the world.
On their mission to be completely free of fossil fuels by
2050, the city has also been replacing traditional buses
with hydrogen-fueled buses, from which the only emissions are water.

In Touch

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Miscellaneous
Slow Down Therapy...continued...
17. Listen to the song of a bird; the complete song. Music and nature are gifts, but only if you are willing to receive them.
18. Take time just to think. Action is good and necessary, but it is fruitful only if we muse, ponder, and mull.
19. Make time for play-the things you like to do. Whatever your age, your inner child needs re-creation.
20. Watch and listen to the night sky. It speaks.
21. Listen to the words you speak, especially in prayer.
22. Learn to stand back and let others take their turn as leaders. There will always be new opportunities for you to step out in
front again.
23. Divide big jobs into little jobs. If God took six days to create the universe, can you hope to do any better?
24. When you find yourself rushing and anxious, stop. Ask yourself “WHY” you are rushing and anxious.
The reasons may improve your self-understanding.
25. Take time to read the Bible. Thoughtful reading is enriching reading.
26. Direct your life with purposeful choices, not with speed and efficiency. The best musician is one who plays with expression
and meaning, not the one who finishes first.
27. Take a day off alone; make a retreat. You can learn from monks and hermits without becoming one.
28. Pet a furry friend. You will give and get the gift of now.
29. Work with your hands. It frees the mind.
30. Take time to wonder. Without wonder, life is merely existence.
31. Sit in the dark. It will teach you to see and hear, taste, and smell.
32. Once in a while, turn down the lights, the volume, the throttle, the invitations. Less really can be more.
33. Let go. Nothing is usually the hardest thing to do-but often it is the best.
34. Take a walk-but do not go anywhere. If you walk just to get somewhere, you sacrifice the walking.
35. Count your friends. If you have one, you are lucky. If you have more, you are blessed. Bless them in return.
36. Count your blessings-one at a time and slowly.

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

Hope you had a fun, relaxing, memorable summer!
Did you know your bequest to the FHPC Foundation can be unrestricted? This permits the Foundation Trustees to use the funds
to respond to requests expressing needs. You can still make a restricted bequest for a special purpose such as a program, committee or function.
Your bequest can be for a specific amount or it can name the FHPC Foundation to receive a percentage of your estate.
Provisions of your bequest can be changed at the time provisions in your will/trust are changed.
The Foundation must be notified of all provision changes to your bequest.

Foundation Board of Trustees
Gary Oakeson
480-837-5563
Matt Jefferson
480-837-6001
Roy Nickel
480-688-8392
John Skewes
480-292-9021

Jean Ipema
Dawn Lau
Ben Fast

480-837-1770
480-837-2607
480-837-1119

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September 2016

Music Ministry
We have had wonderful music through-out the summer
months! I want to thank all
of you who brought God's
message through music and
song. We have so many fine
people who love music.
There are always folks from
our congregation sending
their appreciation for your
musical presence in our
church. They also look
Debbie Fisher, Director of Music
forward to hearing the choir
and the bells along with our recorder consort and various
other instrumental additions to our worship services. To
hear our musicians soulfully attend the emotion of the music and to enhance our worship experience is truly wonderful, and for that we are
grateful.
So, let's get going! Celebration Singers rehearsal
begins Thursday, September 15, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.. I
am so proud to be a part of
this group. Some of our
singers have the experience
of singing chorally for
many years, singing with
great Conductors all over
the world. Some of our
singers have never been in
another choir, but, they
love to sing, and have quite
nice voices! We know that
with our rehearsal comes
interaction, engagement,
sometimes failed attempts,
but most often a great musical experience. We pray, we
sing, we laugh, we pray again, we try to sing the correct
notes at the correct time, and are always blending
harmoniously. We sing and decide together, and finish
rehearsal always stronger and healthier than when we began. We work our lungs and hearts, and we improve our
immune system. We help to lead the congregation through

hymn singing and prayerful endings. I look forward to
every rehearsal, and to seeing all who are able to share in
this remarkable gift of music.
We have some new and young voices joining our youngest
children's choir at our Wednesday afternoon rehearsals, and
have moved our older girls into a pre-teen/ teen choir that
they might add a different dimension and style. I hope to
have them in our worship services as soon as they are prepared. They are often adding to our 11:15 service with
dance, singing and playing tambourine with the band, and
touching our hearts every moment along the way. I thank
their loving and dedicated parents for getting them here!
Celebration Ringers will continue rehearsing on Monday
evenings from 5:30 - 6:30 pm beginning Sept. 26. This is
another fine group of musicians reading quite well, and
playing as many bells as their hands can touch. If you read
music well, or used to, or would like to learn, we will always squeeze you in
and elbow you as to
when to play until you
get the hang of it. It's
like playing one song
on the piano with 8-10
people, having to really
sense each others
movement and feel the
same pulse of the beat.
We have a lot of ability
in this group and would
love to have others join
in with us.

"My voice You shall hear in the morning,
O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You,
and I will look up."
Psalm 5:3
Deborah Fisher
Director of Music Ministries

Our real work
It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work, and that when we no
longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The
impeded stream is the one that sings.
— Wendell Berry, Standing by Words
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In Touch

page 14

Member Spotlight …. Did you know?
It is hard for me to compare my life today
to ninety years ago, growing up in a small
town in Iowa. I was the oldest of eleven
children. Times were tough during the
"Great Depression." We lived in a small
house at the edge of town. Once winter
was over, a neighboring farmer would
plow most of the yard for a vegetable garden - mostly potatoes. How I hated picking off those potato bugs! Those potatoes
were stored in a bin in the cellar, to be
used in the winter.
We ordered baby chicks from a hatchery.
They arrived by mail, chirping away.
Little did they know of their fate. I still
remember a chicken running around the
yard with no head - it was dinner that day.
We usually raised a runt pig and a runt
calf, donated by a farmer, to be butchered
in the fall. We fished in the Iowa River
for bullhead, catfish and carp, a large part
of our diet.
Sundays meant Sunday School, Church
and Christian Endeavor. We were either
Congregationalists or Methodists, depending on itinerant ministers.
I was sixteen when I graduated from the
Montour High School. Our class of
twenty-four was the largest class ever.
Now schools are consolidated and there
are no more "one-room" schoolhouses.
After high school graduation, I attended
Central Iowa Business for three months to
learn typing and shorthand.

Mary Wernecke
then and now

My oldest sister was living in Chicago at
that time. I moved to Chicago to be with
her. I still remember the excitement of
being on State Street celebrating the end of
World War II.
My first job was typing confirmations at
the Harris Trust and Savings Bank. Because I was not yet eighteen years old, it
was necessary for me to go to City Hall to
get my "Worker's Permit." My second job
as a secretary on LaSalle Street where I
learned about stocks and bonds and met
my husband of thirty-seven years. We
played golf in the summer, curled and
bowled in the winter.
After my husband's death, I moved to Arizona to be near three sisters and my
"snowbird brother and sister-in-law".
Before joining Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church, I attended Trinity Lutheran
Church and United Methodist Church.
Because Trinity Lutheran Church was
then held at Messinger's Funeral Home,
Pastor Don Schrage referred to it a
"Womb to Tomb".
I enjoy volunteering in the office with
Bobbi Dangremond. We fold the Sunday
bulletins. We laugh when Pastor Ken
reminds us he hears us chatting. Being a
member of FHPC is an important part of
my life. I have been blessed.

Chariots and horses
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses,” proclaims Psalm 20:7 (NKJV)). “But we will remember the
name of the LORD our God.” Do these antiquated modes of transportation make this verse irrelevant to use? Not if
we broaden our notion of chariots and horses.
Some trust in fancy cars, boats, bikes or snowmobiles for status or entertainment. Some trust in big
houses, expensive furniture or high-end fashion to feel important. Some trust in investments or a promised inheritance for security. Some trust in food, painkillers or alcohol to feel good — for a while. Some trust in military might,
academic degrees, sports, relationships and so much more.
Let’s help one another trust instead in the name — and trustworthiness — of God. Even the psalmist didn’t
do so alone; verse 7 says “we.” We need friends, Christian mentors and, above all, the Holy Spirit to assist us. In
God we’ll find our answers, our strength and our purpose.
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September 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
Ruth Martin
Georgene Fenley

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 FOUR STAGES OF LIFE:
1) You believe in Santa Claus.
2) You don't believe in Santa Claus.

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Matthew 25:21

3) You are Santa Claus..
4) You look like Santa Claus.

HAPPY SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS!
09/02
09/03
09/04
09/04
09/07

Linda Maples
Marilyn Humes
Greg Fisher
William Quigley
Toni Patterson

09/10
09/12
09/16
09/16
09/19
09/20

Barbara Hoverland
Bonnie Matty
Jerry Maples
Don Stark
Ann Stavely
Vivian Virden

09/23
09/24
09/24
09/27
09/29

Wallace Boysen
Sylvia Burke
George Mortimer
Butch Utter
Michele Hasley

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.
News and information should be submitted to the church office in hard copy, or email to
fhpc.marta@gmail.com Editor, Marta Ludwig; Proof Readers: Jean Ipema & Helen Roesch; Staff Photographers: Gary Oakeson & Michele Hasley;
Backpack Blessings Sunday, August 7, 2016
Pastor Bill with Ellie Robinson

My Backpack Weighs a Thousand Pounds
Jack Prelutsky
My backpack weighs a thousand pounds,
It’s fatter than a cow!
I don’t know how I carry it,
But do it anyhow.
It’s filled with books and papers
That my teacher says I needShe never lets me lighten it,
No matter how I plead.
Sometimes it tips me backward,
It’s a wonder I don’t fall,
Sometimes I have to stop and rest
And lean against a wall.
I tell you, from experience,
It’s not a lot of fun
When you have to lug a backpack
That’s about a half a ton.
From Jack Prelutsky’s collection,
What a Day It Was at School (Scholastic, 2006)

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