Fountain Hills, AZ November 2017

Our Vision:
Living God’s love. calls us to . . .
Our Mission:
Reach out to all with faith and love.

Carol Skewes, Elder
Paintings of Jesus, the Holy Mother, and the Saints?
Yes. But here I see real people whose faces shine
flourish with love and friendship. I see Dawn and Dick Lau,
After years of planning who quietly go about tending our beautiful desert land-
and much anticipation, scape. I see Bob Lull, working daily on air condition-
John and I finally real- ers, leaky roofs or painting the narthex. Ron Waldo
ized our dream vaca- spends hours per week outside his full time paying job
tion to Italy. While to put together the power point presentation for wor-
there, we saw many ship, updating our website and giving of his technical
beautiful works of art, architecture, gorgeous land- talent to those who seek it. Jack and Monique Rey-
scape and tasted wonderful food and wine. We saw nolds and many others have a true heart for assisting
and spoke with people from many parts of the world: orphans and other children in Haiti. Norm and Wanda
New Zealand, Shanghai, Ireland, England, Collins have helped where needed for
Germany, Italy and more. many years, and they give because God
has blessed them and they want to bless
While we were sad to leave behind this others. There are about 250 more people
exotic land, we were so glad to be back in our church family, members and
home. Home is where our friends are, friends, who give in 250 different ways.
where strangers speak our language.
Home is where we always know our bed We give of ourselves and our financial
will be comfortable, where we can find a resources not because we must. We
clean restroom and not have to pay to use have a choice. There are many ways to
it. Home is, well, home! spend our time and money. We at Foun-
tain Hills Presbyterian Church give to our
John and I feel the same way about our church home because we love. We love
church home. We saw many splendid our God, we love our friends here at
churches and chapels on our journey. Carol & John Skewes FHPC, we love the people of our
The Sistine Chapel has its famous ceil- community, our country and people in
ing painted by Michelangelo. Il Duomo has its splen- all parts of the world. And we give because we want
did dome, dramatic statues and art masterpieces on others to have what we have: salvation and an eternal
the walls and ceilings. Even humble churches have home with a loving and gracious God.
intricate mosaic tile floors hundreds of years old. We
could really appreciate the history, artistic talent, work- We have so much to be thankful for and so much
manship, vision and money it took to create these more we can do to further God’s Kingdom. We’re just
spaces. getting started! As your Stewardship Chair, I want to
thank you for responding to His graciousness in all the
But they aren’t home. Our church home is right here in ways you do. And thank you for generously pledging
Fountain Hills. While we may not have the lush gar- your time, talent and financial resources to enable
dens of the Vatican, ceilings of gold or works of the FHPC to flourish this upcoming year.
masters in our halls, we have many things I did not
see in those churches. I did not see the faces of God. - Carol Skewes
In Touch page 2

OUR CHURCH STAFF Focus on Finance
Rev. Bill Good
Pastor/Head of Staff
Pastor Ken Brown Sept Income $ 27,578 Budget $ 34,042
Associate Pastor
Sept Expenses $ 35,231 Budget $ 35,110
Marta Ludwig
Administrative Coordinator
Debbie Fisher Yr to date Income $ 308,261 YTD Budget $ 311,645
Director of Music Ministry
Yr to date Expense $ 315,036 YTD Budget $ 315,770
Dorothy Parris
Caryl Bates
Lynn Medley Now that the summer months are behind us, we should
Custodian see monthly income match or exceed budget. We con-
CHURCH TREASURER tinue to look for ways to decrease expenses whenever
Linda Lull possible. Thank you for your faithfulness in keeping up
CHURCH SESSION your pledges.
Class of 2017
Mary Alice Bivens Respectfully,
Bonnie Hollabaugh Linda Lull, Treasurer
Aleyne Larsen-Craig
Helen Roesch
Ron Waldo
Class of 2018
Yvonne Ellingson
Jerry Miles
Helen Quigley
Jack Reynolds
Class of 2019
Maria Berry
John Brockelman
Tim Halchuck
On the Inside:
Carol Skewes, Elder .. .. … … .. .. .. . … .. .. … . … .. .. .. . 1
Bob Lull 2
Terri Schmidt Focus on Finance.. .. .. .. .. … .. .. .. .. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . .
Upcoming Events: .. .. . … .. .. . … .. .. … .. .. . .. ..… . . .. 3
Carol Skewes 4
Mission Ministry . . … . . . .. .. .. .. . . . .. . . . . … .. . . . . . .
Operation Christmas Child .. .. .. .. . .. . .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. .. .. . 5
Women of the Church .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . … .. . . .. . . .. ..
Moderator: Linda Warren 7
New Photo Directory Shoot. .. .. …. .. …. .. . … .. . .. .. .
Class of 2017 8
Michele Hasley Library Footnotes.. … .. …. .…. …. …. …. …. …. ……
Celebration Singers . … .. … ……. … .. .. .. … .. . . . . . 9
Mary Lee Lehrich 10
New Members .. .. .. .. . … .. … .. . … .. .. . .. .. . .. .. . .. ..
Bonnie Matty 11
Jeff Dayton Concert . .. . . .. . .. . .. … .. . .. . . . .. .. .. . . ..
Linda Warren 12
Pat Covault Memorial Concert Series 2018.. .. .. . . .. .. .. .
Class of 2018 13
Mary Martinson Christian Formation .. .. … .. … … . . .. .. .. . .. .. . . . . . .
Art Bazaar: Calling all Artists .. .. .. . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Elvira Ruiz 14
Music Ministry .. … … .. .. .. .. …. . . . . .. . . .. . . . . .. . ..
Ray Schmidt 14
U.S. Military Medallions .. … ….. … .. … .. …. .. . . . . .
Bob Titus 15
Church Decorating & Chili Dump. .. .. .. … … … .. .. .. ..
Class of 2019 15
Not Yet a Member? .. .. .. . . . … . … . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . .
Louise Jones 16
Dorothy Rudack FHPC Foundation.. .. … .. .. . … .. .. . .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . .
Facebook. .. .. … .. .. .. .. . .. … .. .. . .. … … . .. .. .. .. . . .. 16
Clarence Utter 17
Meeting Christ at the Table .. .. .. .. .. . . . .. . . . . … . . . . . .
Nancy Wulfmeier 18
Member Spotlight...Did you Know? .. .. .. .. .. .. . . . … ...
****** Necrology for 2017… .. … .. . . .. … .. … . .. . . .. . . …… 19
November Birthdays . .. ... .. .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . 19
FHPC Communion Table .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . . .. .. … … . . 20
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Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving Dinner
Saturday, November 18, 2017

4:00 p.m. Punch in the Fireside Room
Art Bazaar (See ad page 13)
5:00 p.m. Dinner in Fellowship Center

On Saturday, Nov. 18th at 5:00 p.m. FHPC will be sponsoring a Thanksgiving dinner for the entire congrega-
tion. You will be able to sign-up to attend the dinner on the first three Sundays in November. The dinner is free but
when you sign up for the dinner you will have the opportunity to select which dessert, salad or veggie you wish to
contribute to the meal.

It will be a wonderful evening that our members can spend together giving thanks for all of the blessings we have
received. Please put the date on your calendar.

Men’s Group
You are invited to a special presentation will meet
for Breakfast and Fellowship
by Missionary Father Marc Boisvert
Pwoje Espwa (Project Hope) Haiti
on Saturday, November 11
8:30 am
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
At 6:30 pm At Phil’s Filling Station
in the Fellowship Center
Fountain Hills
Espwa schools provide affordable education to over 1200
resident and non-resident kids from Southern Haiti
The World Bank recently reported that more than 200,000
Haitian children lack access to any form of education.
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Mission Ministry
Free The Kids – Haiti. Other organizations that will receiv-
The Mission Committee dis- ing funding this year are: Donna Sims for veteran’s assis-
cussed the possibility of con- tance / Changing Lives Center / a Ft. McDowell Christmas
structing a spiritual labyrinth in project / One N Ten / Christmas meals for 4 high school
the prayer garden behind Fel- families in need / AZ Brainfoods / PHX Rescue Mission.
lowship Hall. There was much The Committee also voted to help defray the costs of Pastor
support for this and it was sug- Ken’s trip to Nepal. God Speed Pastor Ken.
gested that a cost/benefit feasi- Regarding our appeals for hurricane relief, we are pleased
bility study be done. Althea to report the following results: Texas Hurricane Harvey --
Halchuck was asked to chair the $3960 / Florida – Hurricane Irma -- $700. These donations
study and Monique Reynolds, have been sent directly to ECO churches in the affected
Michele Hasley and Susan areas.
Jack Reynolds, Elder Owens have already expressed
California Fires
interest in being included on the
Now the Committee has received an urgent request from a
study team. If anyone would like to participate in this study,
sister church is Santa Rosa, CA. The town has been com-
please contact Marta in the church office. The final study will
pletely devastated by the recent fires in northern California.
be presented to Session prior to the commencement of any
If your heart is touched by this dire need, please submit a
check to the church office made out to FHPC and put CA
Operation Christmas Child Fire in the memo. Your help sorely needed. Thank you.
There is still time to participate in the stuffing of the Christ-
mas shoeboxes for indigent children around the world. If you
have not yet done so, please pick up your box and follow the
simple directions. See the next page for more details. Assis-
tance is available from Ilene Berg (837-3771) or Marta in the
office if needed. Deadline for completion is November 13.
Who We Support
The Committee discussed this year’s budget
for charitable support. Funds have already
been distributed to the following organiza-
tions: Camp Tatiyee / Food for Kidz / EHFB /


It is that time of year when our Winter Project for Veterans and deployed Troops has begun. Items collected and delivered will
certainly make a difference to an active military member and/or a veteran who may be living in a facility or having to live on the
streets. The end of November is the last date for collecting anything to send to the Troops in time for Christmas. However,
donations coming in past that deadline will be sent to MANA House before Christmas for our Veterans. Again, the items we
are collecting for our Winter Project are long-sleeved sweatshirts and/or long-sleeved t-shirts, dark in color, sizes L, XL, and
XXL, and dark colored socks.
As reported in the October newsletter, MANA House came to my garage and made a huge pick-up of items collected. This
coming week, a pick-up and delivery of magazines, calendars, cd’s, books, and dvd’s will be made to the Veterans Hospital/
Home in Phoenix. Please remember that deliveries are made throughout the year when there are enough items collected to do
so. You can place your donations in one of our two collection boxes, one temporarily located in the Office and the other one is
located in the Fellowship Center on the left side as you enter. I will receive a phone call for any items left in the office and will
go and pick them up. As a reminder, items collected throughout the year are: gently used clothing, bedding, shoes, magazines,
cd’s, dvd’s, calendars, books, etc.
And it is the time of year to send out a reminder that if you are one of our Church-connected military families, please make sure
that I have the most recent address and any rank change of your loved one so that they can receive one of our Christmas cards
being mailed out in early December. Again, many thanks to one and all for your continued support for our Troops and our Vet-
Donna Sims, Mission Committee
In Touch
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Operation Christmas Child
Did you know that in 2016, a credit card which will allow you to track the desti-
10,065 Operation Christmas nation of your gift. As you check out, you will print
Child shoebox gifts were col- your unique label for a boy / girl ages 2-4, 5-9 or 10-
lected in Fountain Hills and 14 years of age to be attached to the shoebox. A re-
Scottsdale and sent to Indonesia, ceipt will be sent to your email address. If you have
Philippines, Ukraine and other questions about the procedure, stop by the church
sensitive countries?? Our Mis- office for assistance.
sion Committee has set a goal
If you don’t want to donate online, you can pick up a
this year to send 150 OCC shoe-
label with the box where you will specify if your gift
box gifts to children living in countries affected by natural
is for a boy or a girl of a specific age. An envelope is
attached to the label where you will insert a check for
This mission opportunity is a fun and gratifying way to help $9 payable to “Samaritan’s Purse” or $9 in cash.
spread the Good News of the Gospel throughout the world. Place the envelope inside the box at the top or along
Each child who receives a box the side before you return
also gets a copy of a booklet it. All boxes will be se-
in their own language titled cured with rubber bands
“The Greatest Gift” introduc- before they are delivered
ing them to Jesus. Where the to the distribution center.
resources are available the
Take a moment to pray
children are also invited to
for the child who will
attend the instructive 12-week
receive your gift that he/
discipleship program, “The
she will feel loved and
Greatest Journey” taught by
that your gift may be the
local pastors. The really excit-
beginning of a lifetime
ing part is when they share
relationship with Jesus
their experience with their
families and friends! Franklin
Graham calls this Evangelism, Operation Christmas
Discipleship and Multiplica- Child shoeboxes can be
tion! picked up in the Fellow-
ship Center or at the
Your special shoebox gift of a
church office during business hours. Your gift must
new toy may be the first gift the child has ever received and
be returned to one of the same locations before No-
represents one more child hearing about the Good News of
vember 13, 2017.
Jesus Christ. Use the instruction sheet included in each
shoebox to guide you in filling in the extra space in the box We praise God for His provision and allowing us to
with other fun toys, hygiene items and school supplies. Re- take part in this worldwide Gospel Opportunity.
member – no toothpaste and no candy!
“Go therefore and make disciples
A $9 donation to cover the cost of transportation as well as
of all the nations…”
a copy of The Greatest Gift Gospel booklet is needed.
Matthew 28:19
Go to to donate the $9 online using

Trinity Lutheran Church with Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (LSS-SW) is spearheading a Win-
ter Wonderland project for foster children in Arizona. All churches in Fountain Hills are being asked to
participate by providing toys and/or wrapping supplies for these children. The recipients will range in age
from newborns to 11. We are being asked to collect unwrapped toys and wrapping supplies and bring them
to our church office before November 3.
We also need helpers for wrapping the gifts on December 7 from 3pm to 5 pm (at 10201 S. 51st
Street, Suite 180, Phoenix, AZ 85044) and Helpers for the actual Winter Wonderland gift giveaway
(December 16, 10:30 to 2:30pm). If interested, please call the church office (Marta at 837-1763).
page 7 December 2011
In Touch page 6

Women of the Church
November 7 1 p.m. Afternoon Circle (Ftn View Village)
November 9 9 a.m.. Morning Circle (Adult Center)
November 15 9:30 a.m. Hooked on Books
November 15 12 noon Out ‘N About
November 20 7 p.m. Evening Circle, home of Maria Berry
November 28 5:30 p.m. M & M Women’s Ministry Meeting (Fireside Room)

Morning Circle will meet on Thursday, November 9,
at 9am in the Adult Center. We will be discussing Chapters
3 and 4 of Christ in the Psalms. Interested?? Please call
Monique Reynolds (336-382-8733).

M & M’s
2017 Christmas Gathering
Friday, December 8 at 6 P.M.
Fellowship Hall
Afternoon Circle
All FHPC members (including men) are invited The Afternoon Circle meets the first Tuesday, Nov 7 at
to attend. The main course will be provided but 1:00 PM in the Assisted Living Activity Room, Fountain
please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Rev. View Village. Our mission is Operation Christmas Child;
Don Lawrence, a retired local minister from we will pack Shoeboxes full of goodies of fun/healthy/
Christ Church, will be our speaker. spiritual interest. All supplies will be provided; just bring
your enthusiasm and packing skills to make children smile
Join us for dinner, music and a Christmas mes- as they open their boxes in our global community. Also, our
sage! study is Chapter 2 Christ -the Messiah, the King of Kings
using our Christ in the Psalms study guide. Our 1-hour
Reservations will be taken before and after ser- closes with singing a few hymns in the Chapel, the room
vices in late November, or call Monique Rey- next to us. Think of this as a time to be close to our God, as
nolds—336-382-1787 or Leanne Reynolds— well as, a time to share with friends. We are never too small
480-836-9552 for information and/or reserva- or too large to walk His walk; join us in our Christian walk
tions. together.

Out ’n About—Out to Lunch HOOKED ON BOOKS
Out n' About group is going to WeKoPa Golf Course The November “Hooked on Books” meeting will be
at Fort McDowell on Wednesday, November 15th at held on November 15th. at the home
noon. of Donna Yordy. The book to be re-
If the weather permits, we can be seated on the patio. viewed is “Sacred Hearts” by Sarah
Separate checks will Dunant and Monique Reynolds will be
be provided. Please our reviewer.
call Nancy Wulfmeier In addition, our hostess, Donna Yordy,
for questions and will generously bring out her treasured
reservations. collection of Christmas books that we are invited to
480-837-3021. borrow. They will certainly reinforce our Christmas
If you have any questions, please call Elsie Hoffarber,
480-837-4518 or Carol Fuls, 480-836-2346.
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PW Evening Circle
The November meeting of the Evening Circle will be held at
the home of Maria Berry 14923 E Summit Drive on November
20 beginning at 7PM. Maria will be serving the refreshments. “Get Ready
Our Bible Study lesson will be Lesson Three from Horizons
Bible Study “Cloud of Witnesses”. This lesson is “In Commu- Pick Your Date”
nity with the Living Word” and will be centered on Hebrews
and the connection for us with the traditional theology of the
past, while at the same time focus us on what new things Jesus
brings in his person, life and teachings. New Photo Directory
We will be meeting (at least in words and pictures) our new
young lady that we will be sponsoring as our mission commit-
ment for the next few years. Her name is Esthere and she is 13
Photo Shoot Schedule
years old. We are told that she was living on the streets with
her mother and her younger sister in Port Salut, Haiti. They November 16 1-8pm
didn’t know if they would eat, didn’t know if they would find a
safe haven to sleep and didn’t know if they would wake the November 17 1-8 pm
next morning. One of the Project Espwa employees heard of November 18 10am-5pm
their story and investigated. Shortly after, Esthere’s mother
gave her daughters a bed to sleep in, food in their bellies, and a
roof over their heads by bringing them to Espwa, but not with- More dates in January!
out tears in her eyes.
Esthere Phania is in school at Espwa. She loves to play with
dolls and jump rope with the other girls. She is a good big Go to our website:
sister to Westerline, and always looks out for her.
We look forward to hearing more about her and hearing from
her as the months and years go by.
Click on Photo Shoot
If you need a ride, need directions or need more information, and follow prompts.
please contact Maria at 480-836-2424 or Circle Chair, Judy Or you may sign up on Sundays
Irvin at 480-215-0827. Guests are always warmly welcomed. Nov 5 and 12
Just ask our newest member, Janet Scaggs.

Thank you, Veterans

On Veterans Day, we honor men and women
who’ve saved and sacrificed in one of America’s armed ser-
On November 11, 1918, America and her allies
signed a truce with German leaders, ending World War I. In
1919, President Wilson decided the United States should re-
member with gratitude the end of that war and honor military
members by marking Armistice Day or “truce” day. In 1954,
Congress changed the name to Veterans Day, honoring veter-
ans of every era.
Veterans Day highlights our
country’s quest for peace, justice and
freedom throughout the world. Follow-
ers of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, pray
for unity among all nations and for the
day when “nation will not take up sword
against nation, nor will they train for
war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4, NIV).

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Library Footnotes
Instead of reviewing a book in this issue, I am going to experience.
take the opportunity to use this space to write about our Now I will write about our wonderful church li-
Fountain Hills Presbyterian church book club, brary. To begin, the location and the hours
“Hooked on Books” and our church library. open with or without staff service.
Twenty years ago a most loved and admired The library is located in the Education
pillar of our church, Barbara Wyman, founded our Building on the south side of the campus across
unique, fun and delightful book club, which she from the playground. On Sundays the hours are
named, “Hooked on Books” which would appeal to from 8:30 a.m. until noon and it is self service
avid readers such as herself. only. On Monday through Thursday it is open
Most book clubs have a well-chosen book which from 8 am to 2:00 p.m. Staff service is available
everyone reads and then discusses in depth. That on Monday 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For self
certainly has its benefits. However, many people have service the following directions are for checking out a
very wide-ranging tastes in books and want to read just book.
what they want to read and perhaps give a book review or
a very brief synopsis of a book about which they are very 1. Remove card from pocket in front of book
enthusiastic. Some love history books, historical fiction, 2. Sign your name and check-out date
human interest, autobiographies , biographies, romance, 3. If you are not a church member, include you
mysteries, and books in other categories. telephone number
We meet on the third Wednesday of each month, Sep- 4. Place card in ‘book cards’ file box
tember through May. For many years the meeting began at 5. Please return book within three weeks
10:00 a.m. but for the last couple of years we have met at Our library is remarkably diverse and complete
9:30 a.m. because the third Wednesday of the month is and includes over 1600 books! Here is a list of all that
also the day of the lunch get together, “Out and About.” it offers: Book study aids, devotionals, theology, fic-
The later time had been a bit stressful for those who at- tion, literature, biographies, large print, children and
tended our 10 a.m. meeting and also went out to lunch. teens, Presbyterian Women’s Reading List, local au-
At times we meet in the home of one of our participants thors, Arizona literature and Christian magazines.
and at times it works out better to meet in our church’s Isn’t this an impressive list?
Fireside Room. I will share a few of the outstanding examples
We are a very friendly and convivial group and there is found in our library. Most are on the best seller lists of
always a little time just for visiting together. Beverages are the past year or two. “All the Light We Cannot See”
served with a light refreshment. There is a table upon by Anthony Doerr, very deservedly won the Pulitzer
which there are books brought to be shared. If the owner Prize. The characters are unforgettable and remarka-
of the book wishes to have it returned, her name will be in bly brave and resilient as they cope with extreme
it. If no name, just read it and pass it on. challenges and they meet the challenges so coura-
If you are new to the church and this is your first time geously.
to visit our group, we will all introduce ourselves as we Our June-July, August and September issues of “In
welcome you. Touch” had book reviews of books from the current
When we begin our meeting (after refreshments) we best seller lists. June-July featured “A Man Called
will be given an opportunity to speak very briefly, if we Ove” by Fredrick Bachman. August featured “Where
wish, about a book or books we have read and enjoyed. the Wind Leads” by Vinh Chung and September had
Then, Barbara Oakeson, Chairwoman of our church li- “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Wells. In every book
brary, will speak about books she has brought from the we find much to inspire us. All books reviewed in “In
library which may be of interest. Business is discussed Touch” are in our very complete library.
very briefly and then a poem is read and if a book re- Before I close, and to give another example of the
view is to be given, it commences. diversity of our library, I want to mention two remark-
No one is ever pressured to do a book review but many able and intensely enjoyable series which feature
find themselves so impressed by a particular book that women you will grow to love and admire so much (as
they are eager to share it. Often there is also a little time well as other characters in the book that you may find
for discussion after the review. yourself deeply attached). You may find yourself
Carol Fulls (480-836-2346) and Elsie Hoffarber (480- “Hooked” after reading the first book of each series
837-4518) are the Co-Chairs. If you have any questions that you will be so happy that there are so many books
we would be delighted to talk to you and answer them to so the stories can continue. But, you must begin with
your satisfaction. Our continuing goal is to make attending the very first book of each series.
“Hooked on Books” a thoroughly enjoyable, worthwhile
Continued on page 17...
page 9 November 2017

Celebration Singers Are Back!

Celebration Singers:
Bev Watters
Mary Alice Bivens
Jackie Miles
Susan Phillips
Jean Ipema
Jo Nelson
Terri Schmidt
Mary Lee Lehrich
Sandi Thompson
Debbie Fisher, Director
Leanne Reynolds
Matt Jefferson
Margie Brown
Helen Quigley
Jack Morris
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New Members

New Members were received on Sunday, October 15, 2017: from left to right:
First row: Gerry Carroll, Jim Carroll, Pat Willigrod,
Second row: Kathy Cole, Larry Cole, John Scaggs and Janet Scaggs

We were unable to print their biographies on the insert for the New Member Sunday and so here it is...

John & Janet Scaggs
John had a 21 year military career in the U.S. Air Force and then transitioned to a civil service career with the U.S. Depart-
ment of Agriculture Forest Service in Phoenix.
Janet a native of Massachusetts had a 24 year military career in the U.S. Air Force as well. She also transitioned to a civil
service career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service in Phoenix.
They moved to Fountain Hills in 2015. They enjoy attending musicals, going to the cinema, kayaking, hiking, traveling and
exploring the National Parks. Their church family has always been and will continue to be an integral part of their activities
and friends. Janet especially enjoys Bible studies and has participated in multiple mission trips.
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Jeff Dayton Concert
In Touch page 12

Pat Covault Memorial Concert Series 2018
January 9, 2018 presents. Clean comedy is next to impossible to find in to-
“Lasting Impressions” day’s world. STOP YOUR SEARCH FOLKS---YOU
starring Karen Grainger Born in Indiana, this extremely inventive and uniquely clever
** Female Vocal Impressionist with Musical young comedian travels the world bridging many gaps by his
Trio ** presentation of humor. Hysterically bringing together his
Enjoying a successful career impersonating such greats as realistic thoughts on the diversity of our multi-cultural soci-
“Reba”, “Celine Dion”, “Cher” and “Shania Twain”, she ety in North America today. You will roar with laughter at
realized her talent had no boundaries which lead her to create his takes on how we look at each other’s differences.
a fresh new show entitled “Lasting Impressions”. Audi- With special guest…….Priyanka “The Doc” Wali, a rising
ences are always spellbound by Karen’s skill at recreating San Francisco based stand-up comedienne. Not only is she
such diverse characters, capturing their voices as well as hilarious, she is also a practicing Internist (yes, a real medi-
their mannerisms. Karen will take you on a journey from cal doctor!) in the San Francisco area and truly believes that
today's new voices such as “Lady Gaga”, “Katy Perry”, laughter IS the best medicine.
“Pink” and “Adele”, all the way back to “Barbra Streisand”
and “Willie Nelson”. You won’t believe what you’ll be wit- March 6, 2018
nessing when she performs her signature duet featuring
“Michael McDonald” and “Patti LaBelle”! “Keyboard & Komedy”
starring Deborah Offenhauser
January 23, 2018 ** Concert Pops Pianist
The Tom & Shondra Show in with musical trio **
“ A Musical Extravaganza” Ready for clean humor and Piano with Pizzazz? When re-
nowned pianist, Deborah Offenhauser takes the stage, people
** along with additional musician – take notice!!!
Pianist / Vocalist ** Her talent, smile, stage personality and over 20 years of ex-
Some of what you will enjoy will come from the American perience, will keep you engaged throughout her show. You’ll
Songbook 40’s era of Frank Sinatra & Cole Porter, cool 50’s be thoroughly entertained with her full range of musical
favorites, rockin’ 60’s & 70’s with some songs from Sonny styles from classical to jazz, from easy listening to country,
& Cher, Nancy Sinatra, Neil Diamond and Tina Turner, to all while taking a familiar tune and giving it new life.
name a few. Add in a bit of country with Johnny Cash, a few Deborah’s music has been heard on the “new” hit TV show
beloved show tunes from the Broadway stage and a sprinkle “Madam Secretary” and “The Big Bang Theory” as well
of comedy and you’ll have a complete fun & family-friendly as an old favorite, “Desperate Housewives” plus “The
experience in “LIVE” entertainment. It’ll leave you cheering Weather Channel”. Since her music can be heard all across
for more! the world on various radio airwaves, be aware when travel-
February 6, 2018 ing as you might just hear a familiar sound.
“The Doo Wah Riders”
** High Energy Country with March 20, 2018
a Cajun Twist** “New Odyssey”
There is no one else like The Doo-Wah Riders. For over 40 ** 3 Guys – 30 Instruments **
years they have been riding their own patch of the musical When New Odyssey hits the stage be prepared for a polished
range throughout the west….well actually…..they can’t just trio that’s versatile, funny, novel, talented, family-oriented
say it’s only been the west coast anymore as The Doo Wah and awesome in presentation. New Odyssey has been to-
Riders are no strangers to being a part of performing for au- gether for over 30 years and has performed at literally thou-
diences all over the country sharing their sincere enjoyment sands of functions, always to complete satisfaction and rave
for connecting and having fun using the gift of music. reviews from every audience. They say the “secret for their
success” has been their ability to adapt to any audience.
February 20, 2018 Watching New Odyssey is an all-encompassing experience
presenting outstanding arrangements of almost every style of
“Dan Nainan” ( World’s Cleanest music while all performed on 30 different musical instru-
Comedian) ments. With a unique combination of great music, audience
** with opening female comedienne participating, sheer zaniness, mayhem you won’t find in
Dr. Priyanka Wali ** most shows, along with a few surprises during this
The only half-Indian, half-Japanese comedian in the world show…….every audience member will walk away wanting
offering up the diverse content and delivery this performer more!
page 13 November 2017

Christian Formation
Christian Formation Opportunities: • Youth Rehearsal on Wednesdays
Preparing Hearts
4:00 PM Children’s Choir and Hands for Advent
Sundays 5:00 PM Big God Story and Christmas:
10:15 AM Pastor’s Bible Fellowship Seeking live nativity
10:15 AM Elementary Life with God Women’s Bible Study Circles characters for Christmas
11:15 AM Blessed Beginnings Nursery (Sept thru May) Eve Family Service and
11:15 AM Preschool Life with God 9:00 AM 2nd Thursday Saturday, December 2nd
1:00 PM 1st Tuesday on the Ave of the Foun-
7:00 PM 3rd Monday tains Lighting of the
Avenue community event.
• The Way on Wednesdays • Men’s Bible Study on Thursdays
Enjoy being a part of the
(Sept-May) 7:00 AM in the Adult Center Big God Story in a fun
12:00 PM Brown Bag Lunch & Bible Study creative way. We have a
5:00 PM Elementary “Big God Story” place for you in our live
6:00 PM Bible Study nativity! Contact the
church office for more

We are so excited to announce Wednesday Children’s Choir is
extending to 5:45 pm with
Kid Tyme
Outside play time, snack time, Bible story time with costumes,
crafts & more!

Calling all our church artists to display and sell your art and/or published books at our
all church family
Thanksgiving Dinner
Saturday, Nov. 18th
Calling all
We’ll set up display tables in our Fireside Room
4 p.m punch in the Fireside Room
5 p.m dinner in the Fellowship

Contact Sally Atchinson, 480-837-1054 or 480-710-6956cell
for further information or to reserve a space.
In Touch page 14

Music Ministry
This is a very fun group to play in. From Renais-
Here we are in the month sance to Contemporary, the group plays Soprano, Alto,
of November! Good things Tenor and Bass Recorders.
are happening! You are The Recorders are easily purchased!
welcome to join in any of
the music programs while All these groups bring beautiful music into our worship
you are here. It is good for experience. Please consider joining in.
you! It is good for us!
You may give me a call, 480-688-0828, and I would be
"Celebration Singers" happy to let you know anything more you may want to
Rehearsal on Thursday eve- know.
ning, 6 to 7:30 pm in the
Sanctuary. "O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God
Debbie Fisher, Director of Music This fine group of with the voice of triumph."
singers provide music
every Sunday through May. Psalm 47 : 1
"Celebration Ringers" Rehearsal on Monday evenings Deborah Fisher
5:15 to 6:15 pm. Director of Music Ministries
This group of musicians keep their music reading skills in
great shape ringing our beautiful Malmark Bells.

"Pearwood Recorder Consort" Rehearsal on Thursday
afternoon 4:00 to 5:00 pm.

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

Exercising our gratitude muscles
Expressing gratitude isn’t just a good thing to do; it also appears to be good for us! Indiana University
researchers found that participants who performed gratitude-focused writing exercises felt uplifted and were
more likely to express gratefulness through generosity, even weeks later.
Furthermore, brain scans revealed increased gratitude-related activity even months down the road
(New York Magazine). Though the study was small, we seem to have a “gratitude muscle” that can be strength-
ened through exercise. If so, there may be more than we thought to the popularity of gratitude journals and
Mom’s insistence that we write thank-you notes. Not to mention the biblical call to “give thanks to the LORD,
for he is good”(1 Chronicles 16:34, for example).
Might God have hardwired us for gratitude—not only at Thanksgiving but year round—because it’s
good for us as well as for those we thank? To that, we respond, “Thanks be to God!”

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Annual Church Decorating for Advent


Please come on November 25 and help us decorate the church for Christmas.
The decorating will start at 9 a.m. We need inside and outside decorating done.

Hilltop Hospitality will have donuts and yogurt ready for you and of course
there is hot coffee, hot chocolate and tea at 9 a.m. with the Chili Dump starting
at 11a.m.

Please bring your pot of chili that will be put in a very large pot along with all
the other chili that is donated. That's why
it's called the "Chili Dump". Believe it
or not, it really tastes good! There will be
accompanying corn bread, honey butter, shredded cheese,
crackers, chopped onions, sour cream and dessert.



I was brought up in a Christian environment where, because God had to be given pre-eminence,
nothing else was allowed to be important. I have broken through to the position that because God
exists, everything has significance.
- Evangeline Paterson
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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,
Yvonne Ellingson at 480-471-1027 or call the church office at 480-837-1763. Aleyne Larsen-Craig Yvonne Ellingson
In Touch page 16

Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church Foundation

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


This is the third and final article explaining the operating procedures of the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church Foundation.

In thinking about creating a gift (funds of bequest) to the Foundation, have you considered what happens to your gift? What are
the procedures for distributing your gift? Here is an overview of what takes place with the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church
Foundation when this situation occurs.

1. Please notify the Church office of the death. The office will notify the Foundation.
2. The Foundation will contact the Administrator/Executor concerning the death.
3. The Document (Will and/or Trust) is read. The question of Probate is answered.
a. The Administrator/Executor informs the Foundation of the results.
b. If the document must go to Probate, the procedure is set aside until it has been resolved. Once that happens,
continue with step 4.
4. Foundation and Administrator/Executor resolve the details of the document.
5. When the document contains directions for the use of the gift, the Foundation notifies the Session and appropriate
Ministerial Unit (s).
6. If the gift is undesignated the Foundation notifies the Session and they determine the usage of the gift. The Session
completes a Foundation Request Form and submits it to the Foundation.
7. After all interested parties have approved the usage, the Foundation will distribute the gift.
8. The Foundation will notify the giving party as to how the gift was distributed and thank them.

The Foundation will be in hiatus from May 20th to September 15th. If you have any questions or want to get in contact with the
Foundation, please call the Church office. They will contact a Trustee who will get back to you.

Enjoy the summer!

Foundation Board of Trustees

Gary Oakeson 480-837-5563 Jean Ipema 480-837-1770
Matt Jefferson 480-837-6001 Dawn Lau 480-837-2607
Roy Nickel 480-688-8392 Ben Fast 480-837-1119
Tim Halchuck 978-618-7150

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.
page 17 November 2017

Meeting Christ at the Table

Scottsdale Presbyterian Church Christ Church, Goodyear

Old habits die hard in Presbyterian churches. So, despite the fact that it’s been almost a year since we relocated the
Communion Table from the Chancel to the main floor at the front of the Sanctuary, every so often someone still asks me about the
reasons behind this move. Reasonable enough -- after all, the table had been “up there” since 1983.
Did I just like it better on the floor? Or is there more to it than that?
The answer is, following the now 500-year-old Reformed Protestant tradition of which we are inheritors, it should never
have been “up there” in the first place.
Our historic forefather, Martin Luther, wrestled the church from the iron grasp of Roman Catholic autocracy to deliver it
into the hands of the Lord’s people. Contrary to the insulating hierarchy of the Catholic church of the 16th century, Luther
proclaimed “the priesthood of all believers;” meaning that, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all of us were capable of responding
faithfully to God’s initiatives and of communicating directly with our Lord in prayer. All of us, in Luther’s articulation, were
capable of approaching God directly.
In the sacrament of Communion the Lord draws us to the table of his inviting. The table belongs to Christ; but it is for his
people. “All are invited. All are welcome.” Saints and sinners alike (and we’re all a bit of both!) are welcomed into Christ’s
presence to receive from his hands the transforming gifts of the bread and the cup – nothing should be allowed to stand
between us. Including the steps to the Chancel. . .

Oh. . . and by the way, I do like it better. But now you know why.
Pastor Bill
(see our Communion Table on page 20)

Library Footnotes
...Continued from page 8

Ann B. Ross, who lives in Henderson, N.C., began her series of a middle-aged heroine in North Carolina with
“Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind.”
The other series is written by Alexander McCall Smith, a Scot who lived in Botswana, Africa, for years. It be-
gins with “The Number One Ladies Detective Agency.” Both series have heroines who find so much inner strength
as they meet so many continuing challenges. There is also a bit of mystery and humor in each book.
Again, isn’t our library impressive? Our library staff of Barbara Oakeson (480-837-5563) and Vivian Virden
(480-837-3650) will be glad to answer any questions, or you can visit our website at

- Elsie Hoffarber
In Touch page 18

Member Spotlight …. Did you know?
I was baptized in the First Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, older; my brother Bill was 10 years older, and I had
PA by the Rev. Dr. Clarence Macartney. What a welcome twin brothers who were 7 years older. Some people
that was to Presbyterianism! Although I didn't know it at the might say I was an "accident" ; but no, Divine Provi-
time Dr. Macartney was quite famous in the Presbyterian dence knew exactly what my family would need down
world. We moved from Pittsburgh when I was 4, so I actu- the road, and sent me to be that help that the others
ally grew up in the North Branch Presby- would need. Emily, Jen and I just
terian Church in Monaca, PA. I always returned from Fort Mill, South
loved church and Sunday School! Carolina, where we went to cele-
Along with my Presbyterian education at brate my only remaining siblings
church and Sunday School, I was also 80th birthday. From my mother I
greatly influenced by my mother who had also learned about service and giv-
been raised Roman Catholic. Although ing back. I learned early that we
she joined the Presbyterian Church in or- are here to help others - so it's not a
der to marry my father - Grandpa's edict! - surprise that in my family we had 1
her Roman Catholic upbringing was doctor, 1 nurse, and 3 teachers - all
shared with all of her children. My helping, serving professions. That
mother taught us to see evidence of God at leads me to my favorite hymn:
work in our lives. She called it Divine
Providence. So I grew up thinking that Here I am Lord.
what some people saw as coincidences or I, the Lord of sea and sky.
lucky breaks were really the work of Di- I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin
vine Providence. My life has been full of
My hand will save.
such events, and I always thank my I who made the stars of night,
mother for teaching me what to look for Chris Young I will make their darkness bright.
and how to recognize Divine Providence. In addition to learn- Who will bear My light to them?
Whom shall I send?
ing about Divine Providence, the other most important lesson
I learned from my mother is that there is nothing that we can't Here I am Lord. Is it I Lord?
get through if we all stick together. We had our share - I have heard you calling in the night.
maybe even more than our share... - of misfortune, but I al- I will go Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.
ways knew that we could make it through together. I grew up
the youngest of 5 children. My sister Gerry was 12 years You will sing this song at my Memorial Service - but I
hope many years from now!

Everyday Saints
Everyday things, relationships with other people, daily work, love of our family—all these may breed saints.
Jesus of Nazareth taught us to live every hour of the day as saints. Every hour of the day is useful and may lead to
divine inspiration, the will of the Father, the prayer of contemplation -holiness. Every hour of the day is holy. What
matters is to live it as Jesus taught us.
And for this, one does not have to shut oneself in a monastery or fix strange and inhumane [regimens] for
one’s life. It is enough to accept the realities of life. Work is one of these realities; motherhood, the rearing of chil-
dren, family life with all its obligations are others.
-Carlo Carretto, Letters From the Desert
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Hospitalized? Call the church!
If you are sick, hospitalized or home recovering from ill-
ness, we want you to call the church and let us know! In a con-
gregation like ours where people leave in droves for extended
summer months, it is easy for the staff, elders and deacons to
With deepest sympathy we list assume, when we don’t see someone, that they are simply
those members who have passed “vacationing away.” The truth is that some of you are sick and
away in 2017. we are not aware of it.
You can help us by simply letting one of the staff know of your
Norma Boysen situation. We have an excellent support system in place due to
Harry Grider the diligent efforts of our deacons. Help us serve you by com-
Mary Braund municating your situation.
Russ Larson
Cecyl Herguth
Richard Stockwell
Glen Ford Communing with nature
Amy Martinson
Ann Stavely In More Than Words (Westminster John Knox), Erin
Arlene Olsen Wathen tells of serving as pastor at a church where, following
Mary Morris communion, the children take the leftover bread outside for the
Wendell Hinkley birds. One day, Wathen’s own youngsters were playing church
Norma Shultz when they summoned her to a “meeting” for a new church plant.
Don Young The kids had planned everything: the building layout, an order of
Gordon Griggs worship, a prayer garden, a grand-opening picnic—and some-
thing else, which Wathen didn’t initially understand. Then her
heart swelled with joy, for she recognized that her daughter
meant the post-Eucharist disposal of bread, which clearly,
ÂjxÄÄ wÉÇx? g{Éâ zÉÉw tÇw yt|à{yâÄ áxÜätÇà‹A to the child, was a natural and assumed part of church: “[We
XÇàxÜ à{Éâ |ÇàÉ à{x }Éç by à{ç _ÉÜwAÊ need] a place,” the girl stated casually, “for the animals to have
Matthew 25:21
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Christ our feast
Christ is not only a remedy for your weariness and trouble, but he will give you an abundance of the contrary,
joy and delight. They who come to Christ do not only come to a resting place after they have been wandering in a wil-
derness, but they come to a banqueting house where they may rest, and where they may feast. They may cease from
their former troubles and toils, and they may enter upon a course of delights and spiritual joys.
- Jonathan Edwards
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Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church
13001 Fountain Hills Blvd. - Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Phone - (480) 837-1763 Fax - (480) 837-1729 Office E-Mail Address:
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Pastor/Head of Staff: Rev Bill Good email: cell phone: 480-329-8090