Fountain Hills, AZ

February 2017

Our Vision:

Our Mission :

Living God’s love.

Reach out to all with faith and love.

calls us to . . .

Terri Schmidt, Elder

Happy New Year!
Yes, I know we are already a month
into 2017, but I want to explain to
all of you what our New and exciting New Year has in store for us.
We all should be excited for this
year to begin. We have so many
new and wonderful things happening
in our lives. Here is where all this excitement is coming
We are starting a new era in our lives,
church and country. There are so many new things coming
our way. God has promised a future filled with hope. In
Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans for Welfare and not evil, to give
you a future and a hope". This tells me we should be filled
with hope and joy, not fear and dread. I know so many people
out there are trying to spread doom and gloom, but this is a
happy time in our lives. We, as a Church and a Nation, have
taken a stand saying we believe in God and that Christ is our
We, as a Church, have decided that we
want people to know we believe in Jesus Christ and that we
will stand up to those who say that the Bible is just a teaching
tool and that they are just stories, not true facts. We have
committed to our Lord and Savior and will shout it from the
mountain tops. We believe Jesus was sent here to live as a
mortal, to die on the cross, and to take our sins away. We
believe in the Holy Trinity, and that Jesus is the son of God.
We have weighed carefully what the Presbyterian USA was
trying to tell us to believe, but we chose to stand on the word

of the Bible. We are moving into ECO (A Covenant Order
of Evangelical Presbyterians) with joy to be able to share
our beliefs with like minded people. This is such an exciting
time as we become familiar with our new family. I am so
excited that I am able to make this change with my Fountain
Hills Presbyterian Church Family. Join me in this excitement and we will be able to do great things.
Our country has elected a new President.
He is a Christian and I am sure he will lead us, with God's
help, in the direction we as Christians want our nation to go.
We as citizens of the United States of America need to pray
for God to help President Trump to guide our country where
God want us to go. We need to pray that he, as well as all of
our leaders, listen to what God is telling them. This is a new
era for us, a new beginning! According to "Google", the
Bible has over 84 verses talking of new beginnings. How
many times can you think of that the Bible is telling us of
Nations starting over or anew. How many times has God
talked to the leaders and told them of his plans for a new and
better nation.
Join with me and look forward to this
new era for both our Church and Country. Let us all lift up
our voices in prayer and pray for our Church and our Country, for nothing is too big for our God to handle. Remember
this is a new Year and we look forward to it with hope and
Corinthians II 5:17 says "Therefore, if anyone is
in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away,
behold the new has come."
Yes, we are looking forward to exciting times.
God Bless us All!
Terri Schmidt

February 17 & 18
Great stuff


48” TV Raffle

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Focus on Finance

Rev. Bill Good
Pastor/Head of Staff

Pastor Ken Brown

Dec. Income

$ 42,396


$ 34,258

Associate Pastor

Dec. Expenses

$ 52,069


$ 33,649

Yr to date Income

$ 416,597

YTD Budget

$ 396,400

Yr to date Expense $ 410,773

YTD Budget

$ 396,400

Marta Ludwig
Administrative Coordinator

Debbie Fisher
Director of Music Ministry

Dorothy Parris

Caryl Bates

Lynn Medley

Linda Lull
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
Class of 2019
Maria Berry
John Brockelman
Tim Halchuck
Bob Lull
Terri Schmidt
Carol Skewes
Moderator: Nancy Wulfmeier
Class of 2017
Michele Hasley
Mary Lee Lehrich
Linda Warren
Class of 2018
Sandy Larson
Elvira Ruiz
Ray Schmidt
Bob Titus
Class of 2019
Bonnie Matty
Mary Martinson
Louise Jones
Dorothy Rudack
Clarence Utter
Nancy Wulfmeier

We had a favorable ending to 2016. Although expenses
show we exceeded budget, we actually ended the year with
a surplus which was used to pay the 2017 annual insurance
premium, the January SRP bill, and transferring funds to
the Deacons, Hilltop and Pastoral Study Allowance. Line
items that would require a budget in 2017, but by paying
ahead, it allows us to present a balanced 2017 budget,
without decreasing any committee budgets. Thank you for
your faithfulness in your pledges and offerings, and to
Fountains Hills Presbyterian Church. We look forward to a Blessed 2017.
Linda Lull, Treasurer

I thought growing old would take longer.

I will never regret getting older. I know too many people
who never had that privilege.

On the Inside:
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Trendsetters .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . … .. .. . .. .. … .. .. . .. . . . . .. .
Presbyterian Women .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . … .. . . .. . . .. ..
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Pat Covault Memorial Concert Series …. .. .. … .. .. .. .. .. .
Good Wedding .. .. .. . … .. … ……. … .. .. .. … .. . . . . .
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Lockboxes for Seniors. .. .. .. … … … .. .. .. .. .. .. . . .. . ..
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February 2017

Upcoming Events
The 2017 Sweethearts Brunch
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Tickets: $12.00 each
The Men’s Fellowship will once again provide the men of FHPC a chance to show
the women in their lives just how much they mean to us. Of course, we are talking
about the annual Sweethearts Brunch, which consists of a catered brunch and some
wonderful entertainment. It all takes place on February 11 in the friendly confines of
our Fellowship Center.
This event is being planned and orchestrated by the very talented duo of Jim Bates and
Bob Titus. Considering past performances, you just have to know this will also be a
memorable experience.
Don’t miss it!!
Tickets for you and your sweetheart will be available in the Fellowship Center between 10:00 and 11:00 AM on January 29
and February 5. You can also buy tickets during normal working hours at the Church office from January 30 through February 8.

Rummage Sale & Bake Sale
February 17 & 18
48” TV Raffle
$5.00 tickets or $20 for an arm’s length
Come one, come all!

Save the Date
Sunday, March 26, 2017
7:00 PM
Jeff Dayton Concert

MONDAY, February 20
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm
Fireside Room
Sharon Madsen 602-684-1475
Peggy McMahon 480-452-4253

FH Community Band Concert
Tuesday, February 28
7:00 PM

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November 2012
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In Touch

Mission Ministry
The Mission Committee is extremely grateful for the generosity of the FHPC community.
The following
received assistance in 2016:
Extended Hands Food Bank /
Haiti Hurricane Relief and a
feeding program / AZ Brain
Foods / One Great Hour of Sharing / Church World Service –
blanket drive / Food for Kidz –
packing event / Gideon Bible
Jack Reynolds, Elder
Ministry / PHX Rescue Mission / Changing Lives Center /
Ft. McDowell reservation - aid to the elderly / One-N-Ten –
support to the LBGT community / Veteran’s First, Inc – a security camera for a Scottsdale women’s shelter / Christmas
dinner for 4 needy high school families / Donna Sims veterans & active duty care packages for the homeless.
Christmas Eve Offering – This year the Christmas Eve offering was designated for the Extended Hands Food Bank.
This has been a long-standing tradition at FHPC but, of
course, is reviewed annually. The collection yielded $2943
which exceeded last year. We thank all who so generously
gave to help the local less fortunate in our community.
Blankets Plus Mission Project
-- This year our annual Blankets
Plus Sunday will be observed on
March 5 with the Minute for
Mission presented the week before on February 26. This special offering provides a chance

to support a mission program which provides thousands of
blankets, as well as various building and agricultural tools
to those areas beset by disasters around the world. When
disaster strikes, people often need blankets – and much
more. They need food, shelter, safe water. And as the
recovery process unfolds, they need tools, training, and
other resources to help them rebuild their lives. In the past
year there have been earthquakes, flooding, tornados, and
wildfires either here in the U.S. or in other parts of the
world. Last year we collected $2766. Let’s see if we can
beat that.
Souper Bowl Challenge – NFL Football playoffs are upon
us. We don’t know whose playing but it’s bound to be
exciting and we can have fun in helping the less fortunate
by donating goodies during the annual FHPC food/cash
drive. On January 29 and February 5, we will have two
carts in the Narthex with the
team logos displayed.
the food in cart
of the team you
favor to win. In
each year past,
FHPC has selected the winning team. You can also make
a financial contribution. Write your team on the memo
line and place in the collection or drop off at the church
office. Extended Hands Food Bank will receive these gifts
and they are always very appreciative.

Want to help the children of Haiti without any cost
to you. Free The Kids is a registered charity with Amazon
Smile. When shopping on-line at Amazon go to the website: and set up an account if you don't have
one. If you do have one, go to the bottom in black and under Let
Us Help You on the right select Your Account. The go to Settings
and down towards the bottom select Change Your Charity. Type
in Free The Kids, Inc as your charity and we should be at the top
of the selection choice.
Free The Kids receives 5% of the cost of the order. Happy shopping!

In Touch

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February 2017
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Be a Trendsetter Through Education Partner
Many of you have generously and faithfully made possible wonderful experience for young
Trendsetters as they are engaged in service and leadership experiences at their schools.
Collectively you have managed this by donating a portion of your Arizona State Tax Bill to
Trendsetters via the Arizona Extracurricular Tax Credits.
Couples may donate up to $400
Single persons who owe Arizona Taxes may give $200 toward our endeavor.
We are joined in a politically correct way to direct our dollars toward inspiring and encouraging young students. Your donation is deducted from your Arizona Tax Bill.
For many years our dear friend and mentor, Rev. Stan Jones, loved and worked to make this opportunity possible for as many
sites as possible. With his passing, the momentum slowed. We are planning a robust and healthy campaign in February to continue Stan's legacy. Be watching for your opportunity to join this meaningful movement.
Trendsetters practice the following:
Motto: Be Kind
Slogan: Look for the best in yourself and others
... raising the bar for tomorrow's leaders.
Questions, contact Sharon Eiversen, cell 602-284-4723

Being young is beautiful but being old is comfortable
I found this timely, because today I was in a store that sells sunglasses, and only
sunglasses. A young lady walks over to me and asks, "What brings you in today?"
I looked at her, and said, "I'm interested in buying a refrigerator.” She didn't quite
know how to respond. Am I getting to be that age?
I was thinking about how a status symbol of today is those cell phones that everyone has clipped onto their belt or purse. I can't afford one. So I'm wearing my garage door opener.
I was thinking about old age and decided that old age is when you still have something on the ball, but you are just too tired to bounce it.
I thought about making a fitness movie for folks my age and calling it 'Pumping
Employment application blanks always ask who is to be called in case of an emergency. I think you should write, ‘An ambulance.'
The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.
Ah! Being young is beautiful but being old is comfortable.
Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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December 2011
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In Touch

Presbyterian Women
February 2
February 4
February 7
February 9
February 15
February 15
February 20

10 a.m.
11 a.m.
1 p.m.
9 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
12 noon
7 p.m.

Women’s Bible Study Guide with Pastor Bill
“Heartfelt Music Gathering” & Luncheon in Fellowship Center
Afternoon Circle, Ftn View Village
Morning Circle, Adult Center
Hooked on Books
Out ‘N About
Evening Circle, home of Maria Berry
eon beginning at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Room
sponsored by the Mary and Martha Ministry. Ladies,
please join us for food and fellowship. Sign up
sheets will be available on Sundays prior to the
Missions featured: Michele Hasley’s Grief
Ministry, and FHPC Library will have a table with
books to borrow. Please save this date for a lovely
program of hymnody.

Hymns That Touch The Heart
February 4, 11am


Did you ever wonder what inspired the hymnist to write their
beautiful lyrics? On February 4, Peg Inglis will share the heartfelt stories behind some favorite hymns. Says Peg,
“Hymns are some of our dearest friends, an integral part of
worship and often a comfort in difficult times.” According to
Peg, “Those who sing—pray twice.”
Peg, a member of FHPC choir and church, hails from the Finger Lakes area of NY. She graduated from the Crane School of
Music @Potsdam—a voice major-piano minor. A vocal music
teacher in the Public school systems for 30 years, she also
taught piano, performed in theater productions and still directs
and writes scripts.
In NY, Peg sings in the choir, teaches music to the
Sunday School classes and is a Deacon. “I feel so blessed to
have two very special church families,” she says.
Saturday, February 4 will be a “bring a salad” lunch-

Coming in March…

“Tea Time”
Saturday, March 4, 2017
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Guest Speaker, Mona Hodgson,
Award winning historical fiction
writer & children's author
of the “Twin Princess” series.
Director of prestigious
Mount Hermon Christian
Writer’s Conference.(CA)
Bring a friend...wear a hat!


Out ’n About—Out to Lunch

Hooked on Books will meet on
February 15 at 9:30 a.m. at the home
of Elsie Hoffarber.
Marilyn Pape will review the book "The
Horse Lover, A Cowboy's Quest to
Save the Wild Mustang" by H. Alan
Day. (He is a brother of Sandra Day O'Connor)

Out n' About will meet for lunch at Charleston’s on
Wednesday, February 15 at
noon. It is located at 17001 N.
Scottsdale Road (intersection
at Frank Lloyd Wright).
Please call Nancy Wulfmeier
for any questions...837-3021
and to let her know you will attend.

For further information please contact Elsie Hoffarber
on 480-837-4518.

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February 2017

The sixth annual Fountain Hills National Day of Prayer
gathering will be held on Thursday, May 4, at the Fountain Park amphitheater.

The Fountain Hills NDOP planning committee has created a
plan to involve all churches in a common prayer focus
throughout the year and not just on one day of the year.

Fountain Hills Christian Ministerial Association will host
People are asked to pray for four institutions that have great
the event. The program begins at 6 pm. At 5
influence in our country. They are military,
pm, complimentary hot dogs, beverages and
education, church and family. During the
The 2017 NDOP theme
desserts will be served at the event.
month of February, the focus is military.
“For your great name's
First Baptist Church Praise Team will proCommittee members request that individuals
Hear us... Forgive
vide music during the time food is served.
ask God to keep all the men and women of the
us... Heal us!'
Pastor Rod Warembourg, pastor of Desert
armed forces at home and abroad in His care,
Creek Fellowship in Fountain Hills, will be
keynote speaker.

The Bible scripture is
Daniel 9:19:
O Lord, listen! O Lord,
forgive. O Lord, hear
and act! For your sake,
O my God.”

The Christian Homeschoolers of Fountain
Hills will recite the Preamble to the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address, under the
direction of Susan Bovinette. Ms. Bovinette
has extended an invitation to all Fountain
Hills students interested in participating in
the recitation. Contact her at

to defend them day by day, strengthen them in
their trials and temptations, give them courage
to face the perils which beset them, and grant
them a sense of His abiding presence.

This year is the 66rd annual NDOP nationwide.
People from all states will be participating
around the country on that day. For more information about the National Day of Prayer,
go to

The National Day of Prayer Task Force states its mission is
“to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal
repentance and righteousness in the culture.”

Prayer for Our Military for February
From: SOTH National Day of Prayer Committee
Almighty God
We thank you for all the courageous men and women in uniform.
We ask for your divine protection for those who serve daily to protect our nation.
Please wrap your loving arms around them, their loved ones and families.
We pray for wisdom and knowledge for the leaders who are in command.
Be with the Chaplains who are appointed to deliver hope and spiritual strength to them.
We pray also for the veterans of our nation who have sacrificed so much.
We hold each person who serves, or has served, up in prayer.
Thanks to these brave Americans for the gift of freedom that is ours today.
Lord in your mercy hear our prayer.

Morskoi sand under a
microscope with a 300-fold

Giving credit where due?
Running late for a meeting, a man circled the block,
Looking for a place to park. Desperately, he raised his
eyes toward heaven and prayed, “Lord, if you’ll find me a
parking spot, I promise I’ll start going to church again.”
Just then, a car pulled out of a space right in front of the
Man. “Never mind,” he said to God. “I found one!”
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

In Touch

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Library Footnotes
The Divine Discovery by Jerry Maples
The Divine Discovery is a novel set in one of today’s
most chaotic areas, the Mideast. For centuries the
strongly held beliefs of the Christians, Jews, and
Muslims have turned this region into a
powder keg of instability. These opposing ethnicities have become so intense,
there is little hope for any lasting peace.
Improbable as it seems, Jerry Maples’
story finds a niche where these three cultures learn it is in the best interest of all to
cooperate in using a revered relic for the
betterment of mankind.
A splinter of the True Cross (upon which
Jesus was crucified) was found to retain a
quality that can heal the infirmities of
anyone, regardless of their religious beliefs. Those not Christian are mystified by a quality
which goes against their faith. But when it is found
to work, everyone who has an opportunity to possess
it will do whatever is needed to own it.
The novel takes place in Istanbul where history records that St. Helena actually returned from the Holy
Land with Christian artifacts, then given to her son
Emperor Constantine in 326 A.D. It is believed

many of these relics remained at that site after
the Ottomans razed the Christian Church and
replaced it with a mosque. A German philanthropist offered to fund the project of verifying
the age of the relics; but, when he learns of the
amazing healing power of the piece of
the True Cross, he steals it for the
wealth and power it can bring. A Jewish anthropologist and an imam of the
mosque also seek to steal it. Who will
end up controlling it? And, is it possible that competing religions can join
forces to use this relic for the good of
all mankind?

I wholeheartedly recommend this
book for enjoyable reading. There is
intrigue, mystery, and romance. You
will find it difficult to put down, because you
keep wondering what could possibly happen
next. You know the answer to the last question has to be affirmative, but you will enjoy
the journey with all the characters as it is
worked out.
- Vivian Virden



Especially when you are having fun! Come and join the fun at the Rummage Sale the
week of February 13 – 18.
We need you! What better way to enjoy the camaraderie of your Church family than
working together at this year’s Rummage Sale. We need baggers, cashiers, checkers,
greeters, food preparers, sales people and, probably, other helpers we haven’t even
thought of yet.
Of course, we also need stuff to sell. Please gather all your stuff together and start bringing it to church, or call the office
if you need pickup service. Remember, your stuff may be just the very thing someone else can’t wait to buy. Clothes,
jewelry, sports equipment, electronics, dishes, linens, books……… name it, we want it!
Don’t wait; sign up today. Volunteer forms are available in the Church Office, or at the Usher’s Station on Sunday
mornings or in the Fellowship Hall after Sunday church.

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February 2017

Pat Covault Memorial Concert Series 2017
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, 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
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”.

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

From their mesmerizing rendition of “Sound Of Silence” to
their playful version 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.

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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Pastor Bill & Carolyn’s Wedding

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February 2017

Christmas Eve 2016

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

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 Tuesday
7:00 PM 3rd Monday

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

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

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

“Why Should I Read What?
An Old Testament Survey

The Bible
Biblos = Greek for “Book” or “Scroll”
66 Books Total

Historical Books

1 Samuel
2 Samuel
1 Kings
2 Kings
1 Chronicles
2 Chronicles

Old Testament = 39 books

Poetical Books
Song of Solomon

Prophetic Books

New Testament = 27 books

Prophetic Books


Lamentations [P-Ex]
Ezekiel [P-Ex]
Daniel [P-Ex]


Post Exilic


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February 2017

FROM page 12...Pastor Ken...

G. K. Chesterton
"The central idea of the great part of the
Old Testament may be called
the idea of the loneliness of God."
The first use of the word "lamb" in the Old
Testament is in Genesis 22:7 where Isaac asks,
"Where is the lamb?"
The first use of the word "lamb" in the New Testament answers Isaac's question. It is John the Baptist
in John 1:29 declaring, "Behold the lamb of God . . .
The Old is by the New explained,
The New is in the Old contained.
The New is in the Old concealed,
The Old is by the New revealed.
The Old Testament is much longer ‑‑ nearly a 1,000
in the average printing, against the New Testament's
300. The Old Testament came into existence over a
period of more than a 1,500 years; the New, within
less than a century.

You are cherished
We must understand that God does not “love “ us without
liking us—through gritted teeth—as “Christian” love is
sometimes thought to do. Rather, out of the eternal freshness
of his perpetually self-renewed being, the heavenly Father
cherishes the earth and each human being upon it. The fondness, the endearment, the unstintingly affectionate regards of
God toward all his creatures is the natural outflow of what he
is to the core—which we vainly try to capture with our tired
but indispensable old word “love”.
- Dallas Willard, The Divine Company
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

The sheer number of stories in the Old Testament
seems to give preachers an edge. According to the
most conservative estimates, stories account for
30 to 40 percent of the Old Testament.
. . . R. C. Sproul says,
“I’m big on preaching from narratives because people will listen ten times as hard
to a story as they will to an abstract lesson.”
Indeed, more than 3,800 times the writers of the
Old Testament introduce their messages with
such statements as “the mouth of the Lord has
spoken,” “the Lord says,” “the Lord spoke,” “hear
the word of the Lord,” “thus has the Lord shown
to me,” or “the word of the Lord came unto me,
Richard Dawkins atheist:
"The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all
fiction: jealous and proud of it, a petty,
unjust, unforgiving control freak; a
vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser;
a misogynistic, homophobic, racist,
infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal,
pestilential, megalomaniacal,
sadomasochistic, capriciously

The gift that gives
Love ever gives,
forgives, outlives
and ever stands
with open hands.
And while it lives, it gives.
For this is love’s prerogative—
Too give, and give, and give,
- John Oxenham
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Music Ministry
The Celebration Singers have welcomed
new singers, and the
have welcomed new
We are
working together on
this very important journey to not only
prepare music for the
congregation to hear
of the glory of God,
Debbie Fisher, Director of Music
but to be involved with
the very core of music that speaks to our
souls. It's an amazing experience to be involved with people reaching for the same
prize. Please know that if you would like to
be a part of this kind of time together, our rehearsals are open to all! Requirements are
that love to seek the truth of Christ through
music and that you are able to stand on
The month of February brings good rehearsal
time to prepare for our Lenten season. We
will be having Vespers on Wednesday evenings throughout the Lenten season. This is
such a beautiful service, with beautiful music
that deeply touches points of our Christian

The 11:15 am service is doing well, enjoying
the return of many who come back to town
that enjoy that time of the service, and have
grown so fond of it, and of each other. We
appreciate Hilltop Hospitality setting up the
trays of cookies, cakes, and other things that
go so well with coffee, and the fellowship time
that occurs. What a fine group of people. They also linger through the 2nd service,
hearing the same sermon, but it often has additional points or expressions which make it
another valuable experience of worship. God's word, it's undeniably invigorating!

"Oh, give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His name; Make known His
deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him,
sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His
wondrous works!"
Psalm 105 : 1-2

Deborah Fisher
Director of Music Ministry

STAFFS’ Skills and abilities:
Senior Pastor
Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound;
Is more powerful than a locomotive;
Is faster than a speeding bullet;
Walks on water;
Gives policies to God.

Music Director
Clears a quonset hut;
Loses the race with the locomotive;
Can fire a speeding bullet;
Swims well;
Is occasionally addressed by God.

Associate Pastor
Is able to leap short buildings in a single bound;
Is as powerful as a switch engine;
Is just as fast as a speeding bullet;
Walks on water if the sea is calm;
Talks with God.

Church Administrator
Lifts buildings to walk under them;
Kicks locomotives off the track;
Catches speeding bullets in her teeth;
Freezes water with a single glance;
When God speaks, she says,
"May I ask who's calling?"

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How can you help?

February 2017

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.

The need for charity
The ancient English word for selfless agape-type love is charity, points out John Ortberg in Love Beyond Reason
(Zondervan.) It means expressing love in the form of pure gift, though it now has condescending connotations. “No
one want to be a ‘charity case.’” Ortberg writes. “But in the final run, the ultimate love comes to us as a gift.”
Agape love is necessary in human relationships too, writes C. S. Lewis, because “only the lovable can be
naturally loved.” He notes, “All who have good parents, wives, husbands, or children may be sure that at some times they
are receiving charity, are not loved because they are lovable but because Love Himself is in
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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 480837-1054 or call the church office at 480-837-1763.

Aleyne Larsen-Craig

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

You are invited to…
The 4th Annual Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church Foundation Corporation Meeting in the
Church Fellowship Center, Sunday afternoon, February 19, at 2:00 pm. As a member of
the Church you are a member of the Foundation. For the first time the nomination and election of Trustees will be conducted at the annual meeting. The current Board of Trustees will
present a slate of candidates. Nominations from the floor will be accepted. Members present will vote for two candidates for
three year terms.
The Financial and investment programs of the corporation will be reported. In addition, the Foundation gave a grant to the
Church Mission Ministry Unit and a report will be presented. A Q & A period will follow.
The Foundation thanks John Skewes for his service and welcomes Tim Halchuck as the new Finance Committee representative
to the Foundation.
Enjoy fellowship with the Trustees after the meeting and get all your questions answered.
Have you remembered the Church in your Will and/or Trust? If not, please consider it. The Foundation is a perfect charitable way to leave your mark and final testimony of your faith and value in our
Church. Your gift will help insure the future needs and ministries of the Church for years to come.

Foundation Board of Trustees
Gary Oakeson
Matt Jefferson
Roy Nickel
Tim Halchuck


Jean Ipema
Dawn Lau
Ben Fast


The FHPC Foundation is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Contributions to the FHPC Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
The Foundation’s tax ID number is 46-2970452

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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February 2017

Christmas at FHPC

In Touch

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Member Spotlight …. Did you know?
Donna Sims was born in the upper Northwest section of Iowa
where it snows a lot in the winters and has tons of mosquitoes
in the summers. Thank heavens my parents moved my sister,
my brother and me to Phoenix when I was 8 years old and so
this is where I grew up, attending Machan Grade School and
North Phoenix High School. My father was a member of the
original Arizona Highway Patrol, single digit badge number.
My father and his side of the family were Presbyterian’s and
my mother and her side were Methodist’s and I grew up as a Baptist, attending Bible Baptist Church on 7th Street
just south of Thomas, where my
mother was the Church organist for
many years. I was very active in the
Young People’s Group and the Choir,
and devoted many hours volunteering
every summer for Vacation Bible
School for many years. I also volunteered every summer throughout high
school as a Candy Striper at Good
Samaritan Hospital, and thus began a
lifetime of being a volunteer.
I married in the Fall following graduation and we had two little
girls by the time we moved to Southern California,
where I still call home. My husband had been in the
Army when we first met and he began a lifetime in the
construction industry and land development up to the time of
his passing. By then we had a son who actually can claim he
was named after John Wayne. Following a number of college
courses, I entered the legal field where I realized that being an
accountant was not for me. I loved my job, being able to help
people for nearly 30 years as a paralegal/legal secretary. Not
too many people can say they loved where they lived and loved
where they worked like I could – at the Beach. In my spare
time, which was not very much, I always managed a number of
personal hobbies, which included walking/running/hiking miles
and miles, never missing a single day, enjoying coin collecting
and my most beloved hobby was dancing, whether team dancing or competition, out on the dance floor was where and when
I was the happiest.


When I retired, I moved back to Arizona
to be near some of my kids. I can claim, as of
now, 3 kids, 4 grandkids and 6 great-grandkids. I
love living here in Fountain Hills and I love the
fact that I found the right Church for me, FHPC,
becoming a member in 2008. I have just finished
my second term as a Deacon but am still serving
on our Mission Committee. I brought with me all
my volunteer passion for
helping our Troops and
Veterans, which all began
years ago when one of my
grandson’s became a Marine and served in Iraq.
His words to me were
“Gramma, if you don’t
send it to me and my
friends, we won’t have it”,
and thus it has been quite
the journey for me still to
this day. In 2011, I was
honored by NBC Channel
12 when they selected me
as the first of five Statewide “Volunteers of the
Year”. Being interviewed and on the
local news was indeed an honor and an
occurrence I will never forget. In addition to this special honor, I was again honored
when selected as “Volunteer of the Month” here in
Fountain Hills a couple years ago.
In addition to all this, I have been fortunate through the years to have been able to travel
to many places around the world and lucky enough
to say that I have been to the Holy Land six times,
the most recent in 2008 and I can most certainly
lay claim to having a lifetime of “miracles” and all
are still unexplainable. I feel personally very close
to my Lord and Savior and give prayerful thanks
daily for His watching over me for all of my years.

The first city to reach a population of 1 million people
was Rome, Italy in 133 B.C.
There is a city called Rome on every continent.

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February 2017
Hospitalized? Call the church!

With deepest sympathy we list
those members who have passed
away in 2017
Norma Boysen
Harry Grider

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

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Matthew 25:21

The most bicycle friendly city in the world:
Groningen, Netherlands
By comparing cities along the criterion of average number of
bicycle trips made daily, one city reigns supreme:
Groningen in the Netherlands. In Groningen about 50 percent
of the population commute via bike daily, making
it the city with the greatest proportion of cyclists on the planet.


Melba Versaw
Roy Nickel
Emily Owens
Ben Fast
Susan Lickman
John Bivens


Melinda Stanton
Rose Marie Kramer
John Bacher
Tim Halchuck
Jane Haynes
Wendell Hinkley
Shawn Uphoff


Jacquelyn Miles
Josephine Nelson
Nancy Polgar
Barbara Oakeson
Tyson Robinson
Sandy Larson

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 Editor, Marta Ludwig; Proof Readers: Phyllis Rapp, Jean Ipema & Helen
Roesch; Staff Photographers: Gary Oakeson & Michele Hasley;

Men’s Sunday
Texts from the Earth
Bob & Andrey Lull

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