FOUNTAIN HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

IN TOUCH
Fountain Hills, AZ

October 2016

FHPC VISION & MISSION STATEMENTS
Our Vision:

Living God’s love.

Our Mission :
calls us to . . .

Reach out to all with faith and love.

John Brockelman, Clerk of Session
Happy New Year!
We are beginning a new
church year, it will be eventful and memorable. One
reason is we are considering
changing our denominational
affiliation. I had hoped to be
able to report to you by now
that the decision had been
made, but that is not the
case. Your session and the
Administrative Commission
are diligently and prayerfully working to see God’s will. I
assure you the prospective from the pew will be the same the
Sunday after the decision is made as it was the Sunday before. Call it PC(USA) or ECO, we are FHPC and we are a
family.
Moving forward, we have many activities planned for the
coming year. We begin with a movie night in September
(which will have happened before you read this) a Thanksgiving Dinner, Advent and all the joy of Christmas, which
begins with a Chili Dump and decorating our campus on November 26. We will elect new church officers in November
and they will face unique challenges in the life of this church
family going forward. Pray for them and for your current
church officers. You have many opportunities to be involved
in the life of the church to whatever extent you can. You

could trim trees with Building & Grounds, sing in the
choir or share your ideas for a mission project. There are
numerous opportunities to make a difference through
stewardship of your time and talents.
During the time I have been on Session at FHPC I have
been privileged to know and work with so many incredibly generous people, “Thank you all.” A few weeks ago
Pastor Ken asked that you consider giving a “Thank Offering” for our 30+ year old AC units. They have served
us well. We have 13 AC units on this campus and 8 are in
that 30+ year age bracket. We have received contributions for the units in the Narthex and Sanctuary of over
$33,500.00. Thank you to everyone who gave to that
need.
The opportunity still exists to support this effort, and with
the age of our AC units we will be talking about this for a
few more years. Please do what you can.
As we move forward, we will see a ”New Church”; we
will grow in our faith. Growth brings changes, every year
a new group of Elders and Deacons bring a new prospective to our thinking. This year we are looking at a different kind of change. Give the “New Church” a chance.
Our prayer from the start was to keep our FHPC Family
together.
Pray for our Pastors, Bill and Ken, Pray for our Elders and
Deacons and Pray for each other.
May God be with all of us.
John Brockelman

Substitute organist
The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were
expecting for repairs to the church building. Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist was sick and a substitute had
been brought in at the last minute. The substitute wanted to know what to play. "Here's a copy of the service," he said impatiently. "But,
you'll have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the finances."
During the service, the minister paused and said, "Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as
we expected and we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up."
At that moment, the substitute organist played "The Star Spangled Banner." And that is how the substitute became the regular organist!

In Touch

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Focus on Finance

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

Pastor Ken Brown

Aug. Income

$ 29,960

Budget

$ 33,358

Associate Pastor

Aug. Expenses

$ 38,891

Budget

$ 32,393

Yr to date Income

$ 280,832

YTD Budget

$ 272,767

Yr to date Expense $ 264,625

YTD Budget

$ 263,361

Marta Ludwig
Administrative Coordinator

Debbie Fisher
Director of Music Ministry

Dorothy Parris
Pianist

Caryl Bates
Organist

Lynn Medley
Custodian

CHURCH TREASURER
Linda Lull
CHURCH SESSION
Class of 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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Income in August was slightly below budget, with expenses exceeding budget.
Although we are managing to keep expenses down, due to timing, some line
items were paid ahead of schedule. We lost some
cushion as a result, but hope to start making up the
difference in the next several months. The air conditioning fund is building, but has not reached the total
funds needed to replace the old air conditioners.
Thank you for the donations we have received so far.
No doubt you are a caring congregation.
Respectfully,
Linda Lull, Treasurer

On the Inside:
John Brockelman, Clerk of Session .. .. . … .. .. … . … .. .
Focus on Finance.. .. .. .. .. … .. .. .. .. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . .
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Men’s Fellowship . .. . . .. .. .. . . . .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. . . . . . .
Mission Ministry . . … . . . .. .. .. .. . . . .. . . . . … .. . . . . ..
Presbyterian Women .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . … .. . . .. . . .. ..
Washington Monument. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . . .. . . . . . . . .. . .. .
How Can You Help? … .. . . .. .. .. .. . . .. .. . .. . . . . . . . . .
Lockboxes for Seniors. .. .. .. … … … .. .. .. .. .. .. . . .. . ..
Not Yet a Member? .. .. .. . . . … . … . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . .
Pastor Ken .. .. .. .. . .. . . . .. . .. ...… … . … … .. . .. .. . ..
Columbarium U.S. Military Medallions . . . . . .. .. . . . . .. .
This & That .. .. .. .. .. . . . .. .. .. . . . .. … .. .. . .. .. .. . . . . ..
Sermon Series: Heat Wave.. .. .. .. . . .. . . .. .. .. . . . . . . . ..
Christian Formation .. . .. . .. .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . .. . . . .. .
Concert Series 2017 .. .. .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . ..
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Music Ministry .. … … .. .. .. .. …. . . . . .. . . .. . . . . .. . ..
Member Spotlight. .. … .. .. . .. .. .. .. . . . . . … … .. . . . . .
Necrology for 2016… .. … .. . . .. … .. … . .. . . .. . . ……
October Birthdays .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . ..
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October 2016

Upcoming Events
Hearing and Health Wellness Presentation

Friday, October 14, 2016
3:00 to 5:00 PM Fellowship Center
Back by popular demand!
All are welcome.

Men’s Fellowship
There is going to be a gathering for FHPC men to re-acquaint and discuss the purpose and
agenda for this years' meetings. The date is Saturday morning, Oct. 8th at 9:00 am. This
will be an informal meeting with the hope of getting to better know
our fellow members and explore their opinions on the Men's Fellowship. We will meet in the Adult Center below the fellowship
hall at 9:00 am with coffee and pastries available. All men are
invited and encouraged to attend as the future of the group depends on their input.

God’s Creation: Interesting facts about our bodies

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November 2012
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In Touch

Mission Ministry
Have you heard about the
dresses being sewn for the orphaned girls in Haiti? Sylvia
Burke came up with the idea to
support the girls at Free The
Kids/Pwoje Espwa (Project
Hope) by making these
dresses. Jack Reynolds and
Pastor Ken are planning on
traveling to the project in late
October and will take the
dresses with them. It’s not too
Jack Reynolds, Elder
late to get involved. Contact
Marta in the church office or
Sylvia directly for more information.

Clock Radios for Changing Lives Center
The Committee has received the following message
from the director of Changing Lives Center in PHX:
“We now have over 90+ women and 40-45 children at
the CLC. That would be great news on its own but
when you add the fact that we have just recently started
an Overnight Emergency Shelter for women at the
CLC, that's an ENORMOUS Praise Report. We can
now take women and women with children off the
street and give them a place to be safe and escape the
harsh reality of the street for a couple of nights until
they stabilize and have the chance to see how our longterm program works..”
The message included a request asking whether FHPC
could supply 50 clock radios
for the apartments. The Mission Committee has approved
this request

Feeding Program for Haitian School

Margie Brown, Sandy Larson, Ilene Berg and Sylvia Burke

Water for MANA House
Thank you to all of you who have so generously given cases
of water. We have given over 60 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.

The main objective and outreach of Kiwanis International is caring for children around the world. In that
regard, FH Noon Kiwanis has requested that FHPC
join them in a feeding program for a school managed
by Free The Kids. The school serves 350 students but
their learning is curtailed by the effects of malnourishment. The school is in need of a kitchen building and
utensils. Kiwanis is focusing on providing a supply
chain for the food both from the U.S. in the form of
freeze dried protein packs and fresh local produce/meat
from the farm at Pwoje Espwa. The Committee voted
to support this project hopefully on an annual basis.
Our next meeting will be on Monday, October 10 at
4:00 pm in the church office Conference Room. All
are invited to discuss mission opportunities for the balance of 2016.

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In Touch

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October 2016 page 4

Mission Ministry
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS/VETERANS
Our Winter Project for Veterans and
deployed Troops is just around the
corner. Whatever you might think
of donating, the end of November is
the last date for collecting anything
for the Troops. However, donations
coming in
past that
deadline
will be sent
to MANA
House before the end
of the
year. The
main items we need this year again
are long-sleeved sweatshirts, dark
in color, sizes L, XL, and XXL, and
dark colored socks. For the veterans living on our streets, a new
clean sweat-shirt and a new pair of
socks can make all the difference to
them, especially during the colder
months.
Also, another delivery of magazines, books and puzzle books will
be made by the middle of October. These deliveries are sent to the
Veterans Hospital/Home in Phoenix. Deliveries of clothing, small
household items, etc., are sent to
MANA House in downtown Phoenix. Please remember that deliver-

The Greatness of God
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

ies 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.
Lastly, if you are one of our Churchconnected military families, please
make sure that I have the most recent
address and any rank change of your
loved one because in December,
Christmas cards will be sent out to all
of them. Again, many thanks for
your continued
support of our
Troops and our
Veterans.
Donna Sims,
Deacon

True identity
Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it
contradicts the sacred voice that
calls us the “Beloved.” Being the
Beloved expresses the core truth of
our existence….
Your true identity is as a child of
God. This is the identity you have to
accept. Once you have claimed it
and settled in it, you can live in a
world that gives you much joy as
well as pain. You can receive the
praise as well as the blame that
comes to you as an opportunity for
strengthening your basic identity,
because the identity that makes you
free is anchored beyond human
praise and blame.
-Henri Nouwen
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

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December 2011
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In Touch

Presbyterian Women
OCTOBER EVENTS
October 4
October 6
October 13
October 17
October 19

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

Afternoon Circle, Fountain View Village
PW Bible Study with Pastor Bill (Library)
Morning Circle, Adult Center, FHPC
Evening Circle, home of Maria Berry
Hooked on Books, Fireside Room
Out ‘N About, Vu on Shea Blvd

Afternoon Circle
Ketchup - That’s the subject!!!
It means to catch up on things. We’re going to ketchup on some Old Testament heroes and plain people. We haven’t been with them for a few months.
Would you like to visit?
1. Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 PM on October 4
2. Independent Chapel at Fountain View Village
3. Call 480-837-3275 if you need help.
4. Oh, yes, we’re really a nice group of ladies and we’d like to meet you.
Marty Baxter

HOOKED ON BOOKS
Hooked on Books will meet on
Wednesday, October 19 at 9:30 AM
in the Fireside Room.
Elsie Hoffarber will discuss the book
“Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance.
For further information contact Elsie
Hoffarber at 480-837-4518 or Carol
Fuls at 480-836-2346.

Out ’n About—Out to
Lunch
Out n' About will be having lunch
at the Vu on Shea Blvd. in the
Fry’s Shopping center on
Wednesday, October 19 at
noon. Please call Nancy Wulfmeier for reservations or questions at 480-837-3021.

This is one of the best explanations on the nature of God that I have ever seen...
A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber began to work, they began to have a good
conversation. They talked about so many things and various subjects.
When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said: 'I don't believe that God exists.'
'Why do you say that?' asked the customer. 'Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn't exist. Tell me,
if God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be neither suffering
nor pain. I can't imagine a loving God who would allow all of these things.' The customer thought for a moment, but didn't respond because he didn't want to start an argument. The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop. Just after he left the barbershop, he
saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard.
He looked dirty and unkempt. The customer turned back and entered the barbershop again And he said to the barber, 'You know
what? Barbers do not exist. ''How can you say that?' asked the surprised Barber. 'I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!'
'No!' the customer exclaimed. 'Barbers don't exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside.'
'Ah, but barbers DO exist! That's what happens when people do not come to me.' 'Exactly!' affirmed the customer. 'That's
the point! God, too, DOES exist! That's what happens when people do not go to Him and don't look to Him for help. That's why there's
so much pain and suffering in the world.'

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October 2016
When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was
laid on July 4th, 1848 deposited within it were many items
including the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society.
Praise be to God!
Such was the discipline, the moral direction, and the spiritual mood given by the founder and first President of our
unique democracy 'One Nation, Under God!
George Washington's prayer for America ....

On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in
Washington , D.C. , are displayed two words:

Laus Deo
No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors to the
monument are totally unaware they are even there and for
that matter, probably couldn't care less.
Laus Deo! Two seemingly insignificant, unnoticed words.
Out of sight and, one might think, out of mind, but very
meaningfully placed at the highest point over what is the
most powerful city in the most successful nation in the
world.

' Almighty God; We make our earnest
prayer that Thou wilt keep the United
States in Thy holy protection; that
Thou wilt incline the hearts of the
citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for
their fellow citizens of the United
States at large. And finally that Thou
wilt most graciously be pleased to
dispose us all to do justice, to love
mercy, and to demean ourselves with
that charity, humility, and pacific
temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of
our blessed religion, and without a
humble imitation of whose example
in these things we can never hope to
be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.'

So, what do those two words, in Latin, composed of just
four syllables and only seven letters, possibly mean? Very
simply, they say 'Praise be to God!'
Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848,
when James Polk was President of the United States, it was
not until 1888 that the monument was inaugurated and
opened to the public. It took twenty-five years to finally cap
the memorial with a tribute to the Father of our nation.

Submitted by Leanne Reynolds

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

In Touch
How can you help?

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Lockboxes for Seniors

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

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

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

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

He’s everywhere
A mother asked her little boy to please get the broom from the back porch. “But it’s dark out there!” he protested.
“Don’t be scared,” Mom said. “Jesus is out there. He’ll take care of you.” When the child looked skeptical, his
mother continued, “Jesus is everywhere. You’ll be safe.”
After a moment, the boy went to the back door and cracked it open. Peering into the dark he called, “Jesus, if you’re
out there, will you please hand me the broom?”
-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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August 2016

Pastor Ken
My commitment to helping that to happen is by setting a
good example. I am making a very firm goal to invite at least
one guest to every meeting our club will have over the next
year. We meet 24 times in a calendar year, so that means I
plan to bring more than 24 guests to our meetings during my
tenure as President.

“Pastor Ken, Why would you want to be the
President of Kiwanis?”
My favorite definition of a goal is “a dream with a time
limit?” Since I have been selected to be the President of the
Noon Kiwanis Club here in Town starting in October, I
thought I’d let you know why I would choose to take that on
and what I think I can contribute. After all, it’s not as if I
don’t have enough to do already!

I have asked myself over and over again, “Do I really believe
I can do that?” and my answer is, “I really do!” And I intend
to do it! You can hold me accountable to do it (and you can
help me out by coming as my guest, if I ask you or by volunteering to be my guest – hint, hint). I trust that many of those
guests that I invite will join me in what I hope to accomplish
by becoming members of this club that is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of the children of the
world.

This church has mandated that I reach out into the community and build relationships with community leaders and the
people whom they serve. Now I am one, as President of a
local club! Our Noon Kiwanis club is committed to making a
positive difference in the lives of the children of the world.

Second, I am challenging our club to donate at least $2,500
over the next year from our Charitable account toward a project that I have chosen to
spearhead: feeding 350 severely malnourished children in Haiti (the poorest
country in our hemisphere,
perhaps even in the world).

We do that in many, many ways. Club members volunteer
their time at various fundraising activities so that we can
have funds that we can donate to various organizations that
serve kids. Including the Eliminate project, which impacts
the lives of children in 3rd world countries all over the globe.
We also get involved in various service projects in Town and
in the greater Phoenix Valley where we can serve children
and their families. Our club has great people with big hearts
who care about kids. May their tribe increase . . . and I hope
to do my part to make that happen!
So how can I make a difference as the President of this club?
I’ve asked myself that question for the last eighteen months
or so and I’ve determined that there are two key ventures that
I’d like to lead our club in doing.
First, I am going to challenge our club to grow our membership by about 30% this next year. We have roughly 60-62
members at this time. We need more so that we can do more
to serve the children of the world. I would like our club to
commit to have more than 80 total members by May 31,
2017.

Free the Kids, an organization already active in Haiti
and inaugurated by Jack
Reynolds from our church family, operates a school with 350
kids in a remote part of the island. These 350 kids have been
evaluated by doctors and have been found to be severely
malnourished, if not starving. But Free the Kids does not
have the funding to feed these children. I can’t live with that,
knowing that I could do something about it.
Eliminating world hunger is way over my pay grade. I don’t
know how to tackle that problem. But feeding 350 hungry
children in Haiti seems do-able.
Continued on page 12...

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
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This and That

Youngest member Aurora Robinson with mom Kristi.

Big sister Elli Robinson

Jack Reynolds with his granddaughter Madison

Michele Hasley bringing Communion to Mary Morris

Fellowship with
Leanne Reynolds
Nancy Saine
Art Spalding
Jo-Ann Spalding

Judy Irvin always intensely engaged

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October 2016

Sermon series: Heat Wave, Burning Questions for a Hot Summer

Pastors Bill & Ken answered ‘burning questions’ in a casual discussion format instead of a regular sermon.

We will never forget...

Dorothy Parris with Barb Wyman

Goldie Demeter

Pat & Bill Covault

In Touch

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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 Brown Bag & Bible Study
6:00 PM Snack & Bible Study

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Youth Choir on Wednesdays
4:00 PM Preteen/Teen Choir
5:00 PM Children’s Choir
Women’s Bible Study Circles
(Sept thru May)
9:00 AM 2nd Thursday
1:00 PM 1st Tuesday
7:00 PM 3rd Monday

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

Preparing Hearts and Hands for
Advent and Christmas:
Seeking live nativity characters for
Christmas Eve Family Service and
Saturday, December 3rd on the Ave
of the Fountains Lighting of the
Avenue community event.
Enjoy
being a
part of
the Big
God
Story in
a fun
creative
way.
Do you
love to
sing? We have a place for you in
our live nativity! Contact the
church office for more information!

Pastor Ken

I have volunteered to lead the charge to do what I can to raise the money to feed these children. I can’t live with myself, if I don’t
try to do it.
Can it be done? I certainly hope so! It will take $33,000 to feed these 350 kids for
one year. The infrastructure is already in place to get the food to the country,
through the ports and to this school. But the money just isn’t there . . . YET!
I’m going to make a trip to Haiti at the end of October with Jack to see the need for
myself. I’ve been to Haiti once before, but I’ve never seen this part of the country. I
have never seen poverty in the United States like I witnessed in Haiti and yet I’ve
never seen raw hunger like I probably will witness on this trip to a remote village
in the foothills of that country. I’m sure it will only further break my heart for these
very needy children.
But, as a result of this trip, these kids will have names and faces, faces that I suspect I will never forget. Faces that will haunt me until I see this project through to
completion. Faces of kids who I believe that God has called me to serve to the best
of my ability and to marshal an effort
to make a dramatic and positive difference in their lives.
So ask me, “Pastor Ken, why would
you want to be the President of Kiwanis?” It’s very simple. I want to
make a positive difference in the size
of the club in Town that is committed
to making a positive difference in the
lives of the children of the world. I think that’s a pretty compelling reason, don’t
you?

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October 2016

2017 Concert Series
Pat Covault Memorial
Concert Series
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The Heartlight Show
(The Best of Neil Diamond
Performed by Jack Wright)
Jack is not an impersonator; he's a performer that took his time to put his heart
and soul into composing a certain style
of show that presents the life and music
of the legendary Neil Diamond in a
whole different presentation than just an
impersonator with a loud band.
Enjoy an intimate, sophisticated solo
performance by a performer with a natural voice that embraces the unique sound
of Neil himself. Memorable hit songs
and fan favorites are faithfully and powerfully expressed with guitar and piano,
supported by Jack’s rich re-creations of
Neil’s live show arrangements. They fill
the venue with the sounds and dynamic
energy of a full orchestra. “Being able
to sing Neil Diamond songs with a
voice that sounds a lot like his is a gift,
not an effort”. Jack Wright.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Rich Natole (Comic Impressionist)
and Ariann Black
(Female Magician of the Decade)
Rich Natole is an extremely multitalented comic-impressionist who ranks
with the greatest mimics of all time. His
“Voices Of A Generation“ show is a
people pleasing performance. Rich
showcases over 75 Celebrity Impressions in this fast moving, very funny,
family-friendly show.
Ariann Black has been a professional
magician & illusionist in Las Vegas for
over twenty years. Her show has elements from the 1900’s when touring
magic shows were extremely popular.
The show features her bird act where she
produces birds from thin air. She is currently 1 of only 7 people in the world
performing this style of magic. There is

also a section where she performs with
soap bubbles. This routine has a beautiful
message for people following their
dreams. She has received many accolades and
awards for her gift and unique talent in
the world of magic. She was awarded the
honor of “Magician Of The Decade” by
the International Divas of Magic. She was
also voted “Magician Of The Year” in
2011 by the International Conclave Of
Illusionists as well as “Female Magician
Of The Year” 3 times by the International
Magicians Society.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
”The Arizona Trio”
(A Musical Singing Trio)
Sing-a-long, laugh-a-long, clap-a-long
and smile-a-long as The Arizona Trio
celebrates a wide variety of musical nostalgia. From Roy Rogers and the Sons Of
The Pioneers to The Kingston Trio’s folk
music explosion………from Broadway
Classics to Nashville Country and Bluegrass to International songs of Canada,
Ireland and more. Then throw in some
Everly Brothers, The Four Preps and
some Mamas and Papas and you have a
complete variety of musical styles for all
to enjoy.
The Arizona Trio brings to you, three
award winning musicians, original song
writers and fun, family-style entertainment all while playing more instruments
than in previous tours. Six and twelve
string guitars, three different style five
string banjos and a hand-monica………
what?...... yes, a “hand-monica” and
more. So, sit back, relax and enjoy a
great evening full of musical memories.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Scarborough Fair
(A Simon & Garfunkel Experience featuring the Guthrie Brothers)

sion of “Cecilia”, prepare to fall in
love again with the music of Simon
& Garfunkel. The Guthrie Brothers
take the listener on a journey of one
of the world’s most recognized folk
rock duos. Through songs, stories
and trivia, Jeb and Jock blend their
rich voices together to weave an
enjoyable tapestry that leaves every
audience member smiling.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Dunlap and Pennington
Concert Artists
”Funny, entertaining and WOW can
they play”…..and play they do!
Mega hits of Broadway, cool Pops,
hot Jazz and stunning Classical favorites. Mix in their sophisticated
style, witty humor and extraordinary
talent and audiences jump to their
feet wanting more by the end of the
show.
Reviewer, standing ovations and
fans around the world agree on
Dunlap and Pennington. Accolades
they hear include “Stunning Artistry”, “Fantastic”, “Gorgeous”,
“This Show is a Hit” and
“Breathtakingly Beautiful”. Add to
that list from John List, Nova Singers, Nova Southeastern University
says, “These guys make Liberace
look tame!”, “Take your kids! Take
your parents! Take your friends and
neighbors – but take time to see this
show! You won’t regret it”.
Close your eyes – hear a Symphony
Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and Vegas Show Band all in one. Open
your eyes – discover two amazing
world-class keyboard artists that just
signed with PBS to do their first TV
special.
When ever stage sizes permits, large
video screens and multiple cameras
ensures you don’t miss any of the
live action, emotion, humor and
artistry that is Dunlap and Pennington.

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Library Footnotes
This past spring my husband Gary
and I took a cruise to celebrate our
55th wedding anniversary as well
as his 80th birthday. The dates
coincided with Easter which I
regretted missing at FHPC, but
fortunately there was a meaningful
worship service on board our ship
that morning. It was led by Rev.
Barbara Oakeson
James Shaw, a Lutheran pastor,
and retired army
chaplain and Colonel. At the conclusion of
the service, he invited everyone to morning
talks he would be giving on all sea days
(days when we were not stopping at a port).
On a transatlantic cruise, there are lots of sea
days. Space on the ship was at a premium
with many activities taking place, so we met
in the Saloon! (Sound familiar to you early
members of FHPC?) Each talk was based on
a well known hymn, exploring the author’s
background along with scriptures tied in with
the theological theme. Rev. Shaw had compiled all his research over the years in to a
book, Classic Hymns of Christendom: Fiftytwo Stories and Studies of Scripture which
Inspired the Hymns. He was not selling the
book on the ship – it could be ordered from

Amazon. I knew we already had some nice books with
stories about hymns in the church Library, but this one
goes much deeper by tying in more scripture references
with all the stanzas of the hymns. Feeling it would be an
important resource and worthwhile addition to the Library,
when I got back home I ordered it and was not disappointed.
The purpose of the book is to foster a growing appreciation of how God’s Word serves as the foundation for the
hymns of the church which have stood the test of time and
are loved by many. All the scripture references for each
stanza of each featured hymn make the
hymns even more meaningful. The book
contains information on the author/translator
and background as to why he or she wrote
the hymn followed by scripture behind the
phrases. You will be inspired to sing and
treasure these great hymns that have so profoundly influenced the Church. The contents
of this book can easily be adapted to serve
as a basis for devotions, classes, sermon
illustrations, and selections of hymns for
worship services. Check it out – you will be
rewarded.
- Barbara Oakeson

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

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

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wording to take to your attorney: “I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church Foundation said
funds or a percent of my estate for its most urgent needs as determined by the Foundation Board of Trustees.”
Federal Tax ID number: 46-2970452
Members of the Board of Trustees are available to answer your questions.
Give them a call!

Foundation Board of Trustees
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I Shall Not Need
Despite the traditional wording (“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want”), Psalm 23 declares that God provides
everything we need—not everything we desire.
“He makes me lie down…” Sometimes our busyness is useful; other times it’s how we feel in control or superior to
others. God knows we need to rest and sometimes must make us do so!
“He leads me beside still waters…” Although we often prefer noisy distractions, God knows we need quiet to hear
him and have our souls restored.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” Rather than a boast (‘Ha! See how God spreads a
banquet in my honor while others look on!”), this is a reminder that God wants us to dine with our enemies. We might not be
able to stand those people, but God pursues reconciliation.
In the process, “goodness and mercy...follow me all...my life.” That’s what we need the most.
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Music Ministry
I love standing in front of
our choir, hearing their
beautiful voices hit such nice
blends in preparation for
worship.
There are so many reasons
why I love this time of
year, and that is one of
them. I love the engagement with sound, and with
the constant interaction between expectation
Debbie Fisher, Director of Music
and reality, the drag and
the rush, the silence and sound. To be in constant
interpretation of the composer, the style, and the desired effect, all falling between joy and anguish. I love
it! There is nothing better than a well tuned chord,
and when the voice produces it, there is that certain
timbre that other instruments only strive to
reach. Also being an instrumentalist, I am well aware
of the blending where just the right amount of breath
is required to blend within a range of another manmade instrument. But the sung tone which includes a
constant change of vowel on a Divinely chosen
word, with just the right amount of breath and a good
ear bending pitch just right can result in a moment of
resounding elevation. Truly a God given experience,
and I am grateful for His kindness to us.
So, my beautiful sister has been going through Chemotherapy for the last nine months for bone marrow
cancer. She has had long needles injected through
her stomach to pull out her bone marrow that they

Continued from page 13… Pat

might then somehow make it cancer free. A month
ago, through transfusion, they re-introduced her bone
marrow into her body, leaving her with no immune
system for the month, which meant no germs whatso-ever. So, masks and covering suits were absolute
necessity. Tiny fevers rapidly brought her close to
death twice, so, of course, our nine month long prayer
intensified. Meanwhile, Dorraine, my beautiful
mother, has been living at Denise's, feeding her
horses, and various other animal herds that have
gathered in the alfalfa fields, all the while wearing the
protective gear so as not to bring in any dangerous
molds from grasses, etc.. So, in my last call two days
ago, my mom is home, and my sister has
gained enough strength to walk, feed the horses and
track the manure into mom's house when she
walked through the fields to visit. It felt so good to
hear the familiar family argument in the background
to "Get Your boots off...they are tracking manure!" "That's not manure...that's mud!" To hear
those simple words again when they were on hold for
so long, gave me so much more a grateful heart, and
a penetratingly grateful soul. Our prayer has been
so long and engaging, and I just feel the biggest
AMEN!

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
for brethren to dwell together in unity!"
Psalm 133:1
Deborah Fisher
Director of Music Ministries

Covault Memorial Concert Series for 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Around the World In A Bad Mood
(A One Woman Play)
A 90 minute fun and cleverly written one woman play, along with video, features the comedy of RENE
FOSS as a flight attendant, while saying......."being a flight attendant is rather like being a waitress on a
Greyhound bus - with no tips". She works for one of the largest U.S. Based Major Airlines and
boasts so much real material at her job that it only seemed befitting to take her singing and acting talent, into writing this fun and whimsical cabaret show.

Tickets for the
series on sale in
Church
office

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October 2016

Music Ministry
Chancel Choir Proficiency Test
In order to measure your level of proficiency as a member of our Chancel Choir, the following test has been carefully devised
for evaluative purposes. Read and reflect on each situation, and then select the option that would most enhance the quality of
the choir's performances.
1. You are in the choir processional and suddenly trip on your robe and fall down. You should ...
____a. Assume a kneeling position and break into fervent prayer.
____b. Pretend that you've had a heart attack.
____c. Crawl under the nearest pew.
____d. Begin speaking in tongues.
2. You are a soprano and count incorrectly. As a result, you boom out a high "A" a measure too soon. You should...
____a. Slide into an inspired rendition of "O for a Thousand Tongues."
____b. Look triumphant and hold that note for seven beats.
____c. Stop abruptly in mid-squawk, but keep your lips moving.
____d. Sink to the floor and try to crawl out of the choir loft as inconspicuously as possible.
3. After all those long, hard rehearsals, you show up twenty minutes late for the Christmas concert. You should...
____a. Enter the choir loft pretending to be a sound technician checking cables.
____b. Bribe an usher in the back to start barking like a dog, so that you can sneak in during the distraction.
____c. Attempt to enter through a window on the west wall during a loud anthem.
____d. Go back home and wait until next year.
4. The person sitting next to you in rehearsal had a garlic tamale for dinner. You should...
____a. Sing without inhaling.
____b. Complain of a lack of air, grab your throat and fall convulsing on the floor.
____c. Pass the offender a hymnal opened to "Purify Me. Lord."
____d. Say, “I detect garlic tamale on your breath. Do you have a recipe for that?"
5. While singing you discover that you only have one page of a two-page hymn. You should...
____a. Suddenly bow your head as if in prayer; repeat every time the missing page comes around.
____b. Fake the words by singing "Alleluia, watermelon, alleluia, watermelon."
____c. Improvise a descant to sing on "ah."
____d. Try to get a hymnal out of the rack with your foot.
PROFICIENCY RATINGS
Count the number of a's, b's, c's, and d's you checked and find your rating below.
4 or more a's-- You have mastered church choir etiquette--there is no more you need to know.
4 or more b's-- Your church choir reflexes are fairly well developed for a small to medium-sized church.
4 or more c's-- Your church choir knowledge is spotty, but you might be a help to a traveling evangelist.
4 or more d's-- We recommend soccer or group therapy counseling.

Look up
Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God of mind...As long as you are proud, you cannot know God. A proud
(person) is always looking down on things and people. And, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.
-C.S. Lewis
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Member Spotlight …. Did you know?
I grew up as a Sears Roebuck brat. Each
time my Dad received a promotion, Sears
transferred him somewhere else! This
had a huge affect on the person I am today. My Mother and I were born in St.
Louis, Missouri. I was only three when
we moved to Coffeyville, Kansas. My
Dad was from Bristow, Oklahoma and
met my Mom in St. Louis.
We moved during my young years to
Kansas and Iowa and back again as he
climbed the ladder in the Sears corporate
structure. One day my Dad walked into
my room with a globe and I knew I was
in trouble. He was being transferred to
Canada!
We located in Thunder Bay, Ontario on
the north shore of Lake Superior in February and were introduced to bitter cold.
I was eleven when all of this happened.
When we moved from Thunder Bay, my
Dad tried to soften the blow and booked
us passage on a lake liner traveling the
entire Great Lakes system to Toronto by
ship! A year and a half later we were
transferred to Calgary, Alberta and traveled by train across the continent.
Nancy
After I graduated from high school, I attended the University of Montana in Missoula where I joined
the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and I made life-long friends.
After graduation, I moved to Denver, Colorado where I lived
for the next 28 years becoming a die-hard Denver Bronco
fan.
While in Denver I enjoyed the opportunity to ski in the most
amazing places in Colorado like Vail, Copper Mountain,
Breckenridge and Aspen. I learned to ski in Banff and Lake
Louise while living in Calgary. I feel fortunate to have enjoyed the opportunity to ski in such beautiful places. Denver
offered so much including the Rocky Mountains, hiking and
white water rafting. I rafted on both the Green River and the
Arkansas.
My religious affiliations are as varied as my geographical
locations. I was baptized in the Congregational church in
Missouri. When we moved to Canada we attended the

United Church of Canada. In
Denver, I attended Cherry Creek
Evangelical Presbyterian Church
for many years. When I married
and moved to Naperville, IL, I
attended Knox Presbyterian PC
(USA).
I worked as an Administrative
Assistant/Office Manager for my
career. I worked in the stock
market for at least 15 years in the
mutual fund industry. I finished
my career working for the Territorial Managing Vice President
of Talbots where I received an
amazing discount. Probably my
favorite job was working in the
cafeteria in Yellowstone National
Park at Old Faithful. I was able
to enjoy the park as we hitch
hiked around the park dodging
the grizzlies and other wild life.
Life was safer then.
My Mother Emily, my sister
Debbi and brother Dale live in
Scottsdale and attend Valley
Presbyterian Church. Dale has
Saine
two children Brett and Katy. My
niece Katy is the mother of those precious twin boys that I
am constantly talking about. I joined Valley Presbyterian
five years ago on their pilgrimage to Israel. I suddenly had
a “calling” to get to know Jesus. Going to the Holy Land
was a thrill to explore the places Jesus preached and
walked. I could feel his presence around me at times.
I moved to Fountain Hills from Philadelphia in August of
2004 and then found myself divorced. I love Arizona and
the beauty of Fountain Hills surrounded by mountains. I
have been a member of FHPC since 2004. I especially
enjoy the music program we have in both services. I feel at
home in either service. I have been active in the Mission
Committee and working in the office. I enjoy ushering for
the Pat Covault Memorial Concert Series. My little dog
Shiloh and I are happy to be here.

In communion
In 1936, a group of pastors launched World-Wide Communion Day. Amid the Great Depression, they were looking for a way to meet
people’s spiritual needs and unite Christians in their dedication to Christ.
The observance, now known as World Communion Sunday, is held on the first Sunday of October. For eight decades, it has served as a
reminder that Christians around the globe share the same meal in remembrance of Jesus.
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Hospitalized? Call the church!

With deepest sympathy we list
those members and friends who
have passed away in 2016.
Patricia Culley
Ralph Berry
Gerry Hull
Dan Foster
Ruth Martin
Georgene Fenley
Susan Fuls
Mike George
John Wyman
Larry Hutcheson
Franne Worn

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.
Daily tasks
When I awoke this morning, I asked, “How shall I live this
day?” the answers were all around me:
The fan said, “Keep your cool.”
The ceiling said, “Aim high.”
The window said “Look outside yourself.”
The clock said, “Every minute is precious.”
The calendar said “Stay up to date.”
The door said, “Take advantage of opportunity.”
The floor said, “Kneel down and pray.”

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-Unknown (adapted)

XÇàxÜ à{Éâ |ÇàÉ à{x }Éç by à{ç _ÉÜwAÊ

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Matthew 25:21

HAPPY OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS!
10/01 Mary Wernecke
10/02 Martha Carillo
10/02 Ray Schmidt
10/03 Jacob Eberspacher
10/07 Carol Skewes
10/08 Andrey Lull
10/10 Mary Martinson

10/10
10/16
10/16
10/17
10/19
10/20
10/23
10/26

Monique Reynolds
Charlie Eberspacher
Donna Sims
Pete Herguth
Lana Busche
Martha Baxter
Joan Larson
Cecyl Herguth

10/26
10/27
10/28
10/29
10/29
10/30
10/30

Doug Katonak
Mary Holtan
Ryan Vawter
Bill Myhr
Jeanene Schopbach
John Kurkjian
Joyce Leo

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EVERYBODY, SOMEBODY,
ANYBODY AND NOBODY
This is a little story about four people:
Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done,
and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.
Everybody thought that Anybody could do it,
but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody
when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
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Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Pastor/Head of Staff: Rev Bill Good
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