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Fountain Hills, AZ January 2018

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

Mary Alice Bivens, Elder
So What? . . . do we need to see occur for our
church committees and organizations to imple-
ment the Vision goals?
So What? . . . must we do for our programs, ser-
We Have A vices and ministries to be effective?
Vision – So What? . . . have we shared about our Vision
So What? and its affect on our Church mission?

So What? . . . commitments are needed by our
In November, we were Church family to enable us to be successful?
given a glimpse into what
the unique committee And, more importantly: So What . . . is GOD re-
chaired by Norm Collins envisioned for our quiring of us to fulfill His Vision?
church. Now it’s up to us, the members and
friends, to answer the question: So What? So - - - PLEASE add to your prayer list the small
Andy Stanley wrote in his book “Visioneering” . . . group of folks who will join me in wrestling with
“God’s Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining answering the question: So What?
Vision”: “Without vision, there is no relational,
financial, or moral compass.” Further: “A divine You will hear from us! Perhaps an exciting and
vision . . . is limited only by God’s potential and imaginative answer will be our Valentine!
resources.” WE are God’s resources! We are
now charged to take our moral compass and fig-
ure out what we need to accomplish for our Vi- Blessings,
sion to become a reality. Mary Alice Bivens

So What? . . . do we really see is our Vision for
this church community?
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OUR CHURCH STAFF Focus on Finance
Rev. Bill Good
Pastor/Head of Staff
Pastor Ken Brown Nov Income $ 32,894 Budget $ 36,942
Associate Pastor
Nov Expenses $ 34,888 Budget $ 35,321
Marta Ludwig
Administrative Coordinator
Debbie Fisher Yr to date Income $ 377,375 YTD Budget $ 384,508
Director of Music Ministry
Yr to date Expense $ 386,339 YTD Budget $ 386,651
Dorothy Parris
Caryl Bates
Lynn Medley The above numbers are as of November 30th, we have a
Custodian one month lag in reporting in the Church Newsletter.
CHURCH TREASURER As of this writing we have a $24,400 deficit compared
Linda Lull to November of 2016. We ended November 2016 with a
CHURCH SESSION surplus of $15,497, and ended November 2017 with a
Class of 2018 deficit of $8,964, creating the $24,400 deficit YTD.
Mary Alice Bivens We have five Sundays in December and hope to make
Yvonne Ellingson up some of this deficit by year end. Thank you for
Jerry Miles keeping up with your pledges and contributions. The church has many fixed
Helen Quigley obligations, but also needs funding to continue Missions, Evangelism, and
Jack Reynolds Outreach, and the joy of spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. Merry
Class of 2019 Christmas and Happy
Maria Berry New Year!
John Brockelman
Tim Halchuck Linda Lull, Treasurer
Bob Lull
Terri Schmidt
Carol Skewes
Class of 2020 On the Inside:
Nancy Grahlman Mary Alice Bivens, Elder .. .. … … .. .. .. . … .. .. … . … .. . 1
Joyce Leo Focus on Finance.. .. .. .. .. … .. .. .. .. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . .. 2
Kristi Robinson Upcoming Events: .. .. . … .. .. . … .. .. … .. .. . .. ..… . . .. . 3
Ron Waldo Mission Ministry . . … . . . .. .. .. .. . . . .. . . . . … .. . . . . . . .. 4
Stewardship . .. .. .. ….. .. … .. . .. .. . .. . .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. .. .. . 5
Presbyterian Women .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . … .. . . .. . . .. .. .. . 6
BOARD OF DEACONS Library Footnotes.. … .. …. .…. …. …. …. …. …. …… 8
Moderator: Linda Warren Sundays of Advent .. .. . .. … ……. … .. .. .. … .. . . . . . 9
Class of 2018 Live Nativity on Ave of the Fountains . .. … .. . .. . . . .. .. .. . 10
Mary Martinson Mission: Life of the Church . … .. .. .. . .. . . .. .. . . . .. . .. . . 11
Elvira Ruiz Pat Covault Memorial Concert Series 2018.. .. .. . . .. .. .. . 12
Ray Schmidt Christian Formation .. .. … .. … … . . .. .. .. . .. .. . . . . . . 13
Bob Titus The Same, Only Different by Pastor Ken … .. .. . . . … . 13
Class of 2019 Not yet a Member?.. .. .. .. … .. .. .. . … .. . .. .. .. .. . . … . 14
Louise Jones Music Ministry .. … … .. .. .. .. …. . . . . .. . . .. . . . . .. . .. 14
Dorothy Rudack U.S. Military Medallions .. … ….. … .. … .. …. .. . . . . . 14
Clarence Utter Sundays of Advent .. .. .. . ... … … … .. .. .. .. .. .. . . .. . .. 15
Nancy Wulfmeier FHPC Foundation.. .. … .. .. . … .. .. . .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . . 16
Class of 2020 Facebook. .. .. … .. .. .. .. . .. … .. .. . .. … … . .. .. .. .. . . .. 16
Michele Hasley Miscellaneous .. .. .. . .. .. .. .. . . . .. . . . . … . . . . . . . .. . . .. 17
Mary Lee Lehrich Member Spotlight...Did you Know? .. .. .. .. .. .. . . . … … 18
Bonnie Matty Life Line Screening . .. … .. .. . . . . … .. … … .. . . .. . . ... 18
Linda Warren Necrology for 2017… .. … .. . . .. … .. … . .. . . .. . . …… 19
January Birthdays . .. ... .. .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . 19
Chancel ready for Christmas Eve .. .. .. . . . . . . . . . .. .. … . . 20
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Upcoming Events
Men’s Fellowship will meet January 13 at 8:30 a.m.
in the Fellowship Hall. We’ll continue planning the
Men’s Sunday (January 28th.) and the Sweetheart
Brunch. (February 10th.)

We’ll need plenty of volunteers or conscriptees if Mary and Martha Ministry
necessary, to pull off these two great events. You
men have all been great about responding to our Our winter gathering will take place on Saturday,
church’s needs in the past and I’m sure this year will January 27 at 11:30AM in Fellowship Hall.
be no exception.
Our speaker will be Donna Goodrich and she will
Men’s Fellowship will continue the 2nd Saturdays in speak about the Freedom of Letting Go.
March, April and May. Thanks for your participation.
Reservations will be taken on the preceding Sun-
days. Let us know which potluck item you can share
Bob Titus
when making your reservation.

For ladies only.

The freedom of
Be a Trendsetter Through Education Partner forgiveness
Many of you have generously and faithfully made possible wonderful experiences for young
Trendsetters as they are engaged in service and leadership at their schools. For many years our Martin Luther King Jr. called
forgiveness “a permanent atti-
mentor and friend, Rev. Stan Jones, loved and worked to make this possible for as many sites as tude,” as opposed to “an occa-
possible. With his passing the momentum slowed. sional act.” Maintaining a for-
giveness mind-set leads to peace
We are thrilled to announce that Lisa Ristuccia has returned, taking time from her new work as and freedom.
Education Manager for the new OdySea Aquarium, to facilitate a thriving and growing Trendset- Author and pastor Max An-
ters Through Education Club at our neighboring Fountain Hills Charter School! By joining to- ders experienced that freedom
gether we can fund their service projects, field trips to service sites, shirts to identify their mem- in seminary. After cheating on a
Hebrew final, he was distraught
bership and a stipend for Lisa! and confessed his sin to God
Collectively we manage this by donating a portion of our Arizona State Tax Bill to TRENDSET- and the Professor. “I felt deeply
cleaned. Pure. Holy,” Anders
TERS via the Arizona Extracurricular Tax Credits. Couples may donate up to $400 and single writes in 21 Unbreakable Laws
persons who owe Arizona taxes may give $200 toward our endeavor. In a politically correct way of Life. “I wanted to laugh and
we can direct our dollars to inspire and encourage young students. Your donation is deducted cry at the same time. I wanted to
from your Arizona Tax Bill! run and jump and dance. The
burden was lifted. . . . I was
January 21st we will be here to facilitate your participation with us! There will be a short Minute free!”
for Mission, a display, some Trendsetters and an opportunity for you to ask questions before and By contrast, he writes, “if we
don’t ask for forgiveness when
after your Worship Services. You can check with your Accountants to be sure you can partici- we wrong someone, we lose our
pate...most everyone can! oral authority; the debris of sin
begins to accumulate in our
Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege than the raising of the next generation. hearts, choking our conscience.
See Deuteronomy 11:19, 21. . .Others know when we sin
against them, and if we don’t
Trendsetters practice the following: make it right, it hurts our repu-
Motto: Be Kind tation as well as God’s.”
Slogan: Look for the best in yourself and others
Statement of our shirts:..... raising the bar for tomorrow's leaders.
We will be in church on Sunday, January 21, 2018 -The Newsletter Newsletter
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Mission Ministry
yielded $1966.92.00. We thank all who so gener-
ously gave to help the less fortunate in our commu-
The Mission Committee is
extremely grateful for the
Souper Bowl Challenge – NFL Football playoffs are
generosity of the FHPC
upon us. We don’t know whose playing but it’s bound
to be exciting and we can have fun in helping the less
The following organiza-
fortunate by donating goodies
tions received assistance
during the annual FHPC food/
in 2017:
Jack Reynolds, Elder cash drive. On January 28 and
Extended Hands Food
February 4, we will have two
Bank / Haiti Feeding Pro-
carts in the Narthex with the
gram / AZ Brain Foods / One Great Hour of Sharing /
team logos displayed. Place the
Church World Service – blanket drive / Food for Kidz
food in cart of the team you
– packing event / Camp Tatiyee / PHX Rescue Mis-
favor to win. You can also
sion / Changing Lives Center / food to 8 needy middle
make a financial contribution. Write your team on the
school students / One-N-Ten – support to the LBGT
memo line and place in the collection or drop off at
community / Houston Flood Relief / Florida Hurri-
the church office. Extended Hands Foodbank will
cane Relief / California Fire Relief / Nepal Doctoral
receive these gifts and they are always very apprecia-
Student / Christmas dinner for 4 needy high school
families / Donna Sims veterans & active duty care
packages for the homeless / 150 Samaritan’s Purse
Christmas Shoeboxes to Peru / 122 cases of water to
MANA House / UMOM donation in memory of Carol
Christmas Eve Offering – This year the Christmas May God make your year a happy one!
Not by shielding you from all sorrow and pain,
Eve offering was designated for the Ex- But by strengthening you to bear it as it comes;
tended Hands Food Bank. This has been a Not by making your path easy,
But by making you sturdy to travel any path;
long-standing tradition at FHPC but, of Not by taking hardships from you,
course, is reviewed annually. The collection But by taking fear from your heart;
Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,
But by keeping your face bright, even in the Shadows;
A new you Not by making your life always pleasant,
The object of a New Year is not that we should have a But by showing you when people and their causes
New year. It is that we should have a new soul and a Need you most,
new nose: new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and And by making you anxious to be there to help.
new eyes. God’s love, peace, hope and joy to you for the Year ahead.
Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he
would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh - Author unknown
about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. The Newsletter Newsletter
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-G.K. Chesterton
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Support Our Troops
that deliveries of these types of items
This special project of bringing hope are made throughout the year when
and joy to our Troops and our Veterans there are enough items collected.
has been a special one and a personal You can place your donations in one
one for me for a long time. years ago of our collection boxes, one in the
when I became part of the Mission Narthex under the new Mission table
Committee, I was humbled at their de- and the other one is located in the
sire to help me with these endeavors through the past sev- Fellowship Center on the left side as you enter. I will re-
eral years. For my Winter Project, with the help of Mary ceive a phone call for any items that have been left in the
Lee Lehrich, Christmas cards were mailed to all of our Church office and I will go and pick them up. As a re-
Church-connected military members, those Stateside and minder, items collected throughout the year are: gently used
those who are deployed. Each card was filled with over a clothing, bedding, shoes, magazines, CD’s, DVD’s, calen-
dozen personal handwritten notes from the Deacons and dars, books, etc.
members of the Mission Committee. If I timed it right, all
should be received in time for Christmas. Again I wish to thank one and
all for your continued support
Our project of collecting sweatshirts, long/sleeved t-shirts of our Troops and our Veterans.
and socks fell a little short again this year but I am grateful
for those who were willing to be part of this project and Donna Sims,
submitted donations and I am grateful to the Mission Com- Mission Committee
mittee for its help. I believe overall, this project will end
up being a success for our Troops and our Veterans. Time
has passed for additional shipments overseas, but deliver-
ies will be made to our local facilities.

A delivery of 8 boxes of magazines, books,
puzzle books, calendars and DVD’s was
made this past week to the Veteran’s Hos-
pital/Home in Phoenix. Please remember

Flourish Stewardship Update
As of this writing, 136 giving units have pledged a total
of $312,324.00 for the 2018 calendar year. A heartfelt
THANK YOU to all who have pledged. For you who
have not yet pledged, we urge you to do so, so we can
better plan our budget for the year.

Our FHPC family has so much to be thankful for, and
my prayer is that our members and friends will flourish
as we continue to show God’s love to those who walk
through our doors and to all those in our community
and beyond.

Carol Skewes
Stewardship Chair 2018
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Presbyterian Women
January 2 5:30 p.m. M & M Women’s Ministry Meeting (Fireside)
January 2 1:00 p.m. Afternoon Circle (Ftn View Village)
January 11 9 a.m. Morning Circle (Adult Center)
January 15 7 p.m. Evening Circle, home of Maria Berry
January 17 9:30 a.m. Hooked on Books (Fireside Room)
January 17 12 noon Out ‘N About

The January 15, 2018 meeting of the Evening Circle
of Presbyterian Women will be held at the home Morning Circle
of Maria Berry 14923 E Summit Drive. The meeting Morning Circle will meet
will begin at 7PM with Althea Halchuck as our co host- Thursday, January 11 at
ess. 9AM in the Adult Cen-
Our Bible Study for this meeting will be Lesson Five ter. This month we will be
from the Horizons study book "Cloud of Witnesses". discussing Psalm 40 -
This lesson is titled "In Community with the Traditions A Christian Attitude.
of the Past". As we examine the tradition from which
Hebrews draws, and our own personal faith tradition, we Please read Chapter 7 in
lay another stone on the supporting wall of our faith. The our handbook - Christ in the
cloud of witnesses grows exponentially because we rec- Psalms. For further infor-
ognize the uncountable multitudes of those who have mation please call Monique
come before us. Reynolds at 336-382-8733.
If you need a ride, directions or more information, please
contact Maria at 480-836-2424 or Circle Chair, Judy
Irvin at 480-215-0827. Guests are warmly welcomed.
Mary and Martha Ministry
Our winter gathering will take place on Satur-
day, January 27 at 11:30AM in Fellowship
Hall. Our speaker will be Donna Goodrich and
she will speak about the Freedom of Letting
Go. Reservations will be taken on the preceding
Sundays. Let us know which potluck item you
can share when making your reservation.
Maria Berry Judy Irvin

Out ’n About—Out to Lunch HOOKED ON BOOKS
Out n’ About will meet on Hooked on Books will be meeting at the home of Bar-
Wednesday, January 17th at bara Oakeson on Wednesday,
noon at Chili’s Grill in Scotts- January 17th at 9:30 a.m. Carol
dale, 8612 E. Shea Blvd. just Fuls will review the book, “Five
west of the 101. Come one, Presidents” by Clint Hill, a Secret
come all and have a good time. Service Agent for President Eisen-
Please call Nancy Wulfmeier hauer, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixen
for information and reserva- and Carter. Please call Elsie Hof-
tions. 480-837-3021. farber, 480-837-4518 or Carol
Fuls, 480-836-2346.
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Afternoon Circle
New Year Greetings,
Afternoon Circle! Following
our Advent and Christmas celebra-
tions, it's timely to study and share
Chapter 2 Christ the Messiah &
Christ the King of Kings from the
Christ in the Psalms Guide. We'll
hymns of praise & worship in the

Let's join in opening 2018 in JOY
with our Lord! Welcome! Come!
Tuesday, January 2 at 1:00 PM -
Assisted Living Activity Room,
Fountain View Village.

For info, call 907-538-3223. Jane Allen, Leader





Athens, Greece Montpellier, France

Submitted by Suzie McCready ...more on page 8
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Library Footnotes
caretaker of a soon-to-be demolished recreation
Britt-Marie Was Here center, the fastidious Britt-Marie has to cope with
By Fredrik Backman muddy floors, unruly children, and a (literal) rat
The bestselling author of A Man Called Ove for a roommate. She finds herself being drawn
returns with an irresistible novel about finding love into the daily doings of her fellow citizens, an odd
and second chances in the most unlikely of places. assortment of miscreants, drunkards, lay-abouts
Britt-Marie can’t stand mess. A disorganized and a handsome local policeman whose roman-
cutlery drawer ranks high on her list of unforgivable tic attentions to Britt-Marie are as unmistakable
sins. She begins her day at 6 a.m., ‘because only as they are unwanted. Most alarming of all, she’s
lunatics wake up later than that.’ Although some given the impossible task of leading the su-
would call her passive-aggressive, she is not, not in premely untalented children’s soccer team to
the least. It’s just that sometimes people interpret victory. In this small town of big-hearted misfits,
her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is cer- can Britt-Marie find a place where she truly be-
tainly not her intention. She is not one to judge oth- longs?
ers-no matter how ill-mannered, unkempt, or morally Funny and moving,
suspect they might be. observant and humane, Britt-
But hidden inside the socially awkward, fussy Marie Was Here celebrates
busybody is a women who has more imagination, the unexpected friendships
bigger dreams, and a warmer heart than anyone that change us forever, and
around her realizes. the power of even the gentlest
When Britt-Marie walks out on her cheating of spirits to make the world a
husband and has to fend for herself in the miserable better place.
backwater town of Borg—of which the kindest thing
one can say is that it has a road going through it-she Easy and enjoyable reading,
is more than a little unprepared. Employed as the
Vivian Virden

A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspa- W
per and complained that it made no sense to go to H after
church every Sunday. A
He wrote: "I've gone for 30 years now, and in that T
time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons, but
for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of P
them. So, I think I'm wasting my time, the preachers A
and priests are wasting theirs by giving sermons at I
all". N
This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the T
Editor" column. Much to the delight of the editor, it
went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: C
"I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my N before
wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life
of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one D
of those meals. O
But I do know this:
They all nourished me and gave me the strength I
needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me
these meals, I would be physically dead today.
Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I
would be spiritually dead today!"

3D Mural In Poznan, Poland
page 9 January 2018

Sundays of Advent 2017

Celebration Singers

1st Sunday of Advent
Ken & Margie Brown
With grandsons
Isaiah & Jaden Joiner

2nd Sunday in Advent
Jack & Monique Reynolds with granddaughter Madison Reynolds
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Stroll in the Glow on Ave of the Fountains

Pastor Ken Brown, Jen Young & Jon Trautman
Chris Young, Bonnie Hollabaugh and Pastor Bill Good
Mary & Joseph:
Amanda & Alex Neaton and Kristi & Ty Robinson
Angels: Anabelle Good, Aurora & Ellie Robinson and
Emily Neaton

The big hit on Ave of the Fountains was the llama
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Mission: Life of the Church

Alex, Emily & Amanda Neaton Bonnie Hollabaugh with Ty, Aurora, Ellie and Kristi Robinson
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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!
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Christian Formation
Christian Formation Opportunities: The WAY on
Sundays • Youth Rehearsal on Wednesdays The WAY will resume on
10:15 AM Pastor’s Bible Fellowship 4:00 PM Children’s Choir Wednesday, January 10
10:15 AM Elementary Life with God 5:00 PM Kid Tyme 12 noon and 6 pm in the
11:15 AM Blessed Beginnings Nursery Fellowship Center
11:15 AM Preschool Life with God Women’s Bible Study Circles
(Sept thru May)
9:00 AM 2nd Thursday
Wednesdays 1:00 PM 1st Tuesday
• The Way on Wednesdays 7:00 PM 3rd Monday
12:00 PM Brown Bag Lunch & Bible Study • Men’s Bible Study on Thursdays
5:00 PM Elementary “Big God Story” 7:00 AM in the Adult Center
6:00 PM Bible Study

The Same, Only Different
by Pastor Ken
What a year! In January Jack Reynolds and I went to Haiti to
see the need for the feeding program up close and personal.
We had planned to go in late October 2016, but the hurricane
blew our plans to smithereens. So we settled for a trip in Janu-
ary 2017, instead.

Nepal, to my surprise, was much like Haiti. I found myself
telling people, “Nepal is Haiti with HUGE mountains!” Both
capital cities have choking traffic and choking poverty. But
Nepal had something else. Choking smog, too! The worst I’ve
ever seen!

When I got back, I made the mistake of telling my daughter,
“I didn’t buy a mask because I didn’t want to look like a tour-
ist.” She body-slammed that comment by pointing out the
obvious. “You’re 6 foot and white. How were you not going
After going to Haiti, I had no intention of leaving the U.S. to look like a tourist?” OOPS!
again in 2017. But God had other plans. In late summer, I
found out there was a need for someone to train pastors in One of the remarkable things about both trips is the favorable
Nepal. I told God, “Here am I, send me!” if you want to. . . . news coverage we received from the Fountain Hills Times.
He did! So I went in November, thanks to a loving outpouring They did 3 or 4 positive stories about the Haiti trip, before and
of good will and funding from many people in this church after. They also did 2 delightful stories about my trip to Ne-
family. pal, before and after. All unsolicited.

Barb Charzuk (who’s become a personal friend) came to me
and asked to do the stories, not vice-versa. Barb has always
"Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who done great stories about my role with the church and my stint
fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who as President of Kiwanis. I could not have asked for better
rejoice, but for those who love — time is eternity" treatment in the local paper.
Continued on page 17...
by Henry van Dyke
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Music Ministry

...and the beat goes on! The it takes, and who have been so valuable to this
next year is here! Just like church, and to God. I hope and pray everyone has
that! a wonderful New Year!
Actually, I could sing a few
more Carols, yet. I love "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth.
them. I love seeing people Worship the Lord with gladness; come into His
with such enjoyable conver- presence with singing. Know that the Lord is God.
sation grace our services, It is He that made us, and we are His; we are His
making the love of God people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His
more palatable, more real gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with
Debbie Fisher, Director of Music and definitely more audi- praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For
ble! I am at the church all the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures for-
through the week with all our rehearsals, and I enjoy ever, and His faithfulness to all generations."
the people, and the engagement so much! There is Psalm 100
possibility turned into probability. There is a constant Deborah Fisher
goodness moving through so many of you, I always Director of Music Ministry
feel blessed by your good effort in making music so
expressively. Music is such a mysteriously touching
experience, and to be with those that really know what

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 reaf-
firmation 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 Yvonne Ellingson at 480-471-1027 or call the church office at

Yvonne Ellingson

U.S. Military Medallions for our
for our Columbarium niches are now available. Please
call or stop by the church office for more information.
page 15 January 2018

Sundays of Advent 2017

3rd Sunday of Advent
Robinson family Ty and Kristi with Ellie and Aurora

Debbie Fisher, Director of Music
Mary, Did You Know
In Touch page 16

Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church Foundation

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

Mark your calendar and save Sunday afternoon, February 16, 2018 at 11 a.m. for the Annual
Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church Foundation Corporation meeting. The meeting will be held in the Church Fellowship
Center. As a member of the Church you are a member of the Foundation. The current Board of Trustees will present a slate of
candidates. Nominations from the floor will be accepted.

The Financial and Investment programs of the Corporation will be reported. In addition, the Foundation gave a grant to the
Biblical Garden and a report will be presented. A Q & A period will follow. Enjoy the fellowship with the Trustees after the

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.

Members of the Board of Trustees are available to answer your questions.
Give them a call!

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

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

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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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Continued from page 13…
The Same, Only Different by Pastor Ken JUST PLAIN NEAT INFORMATION..........

Another remarkable thing about both trips is the outpouring of Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it
love and support by this church family. You have blessed me never wears out and can
so richly by your grace and kindness. You folks raised the be recycled an infinite amount of times!
bulk of the $30,000 needed to feed the kids in Haiti for a year.
I didn’t expect that to be the case. I thought we’d see some Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in
significant donations from the community. But you pulled off the ground for thousands of years.
this remarkable feat yourselves and I will NEVER forget how
Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at
you did so much more than I ever dreamed you would.
only one end.
Then, something similar happened in regard to my trip to Ne- If you stop getting thirsty , you need to drink more water.
pal. You dear folks contributed significantly to make my trip When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts
possible and you did something more. When I came back, I off.
asked this church family on just one occasion to help purchase
an electronic library package from Logos Bible Software. for Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman
a doctoral student in Nepal that I had met. numerals.

Your response was nothing short of magnificent! We were Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters
and newspapers.
able to buy this young man a library of 2,000 books that he
can always have at his fingertips. Literally. It was a $3,000 Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by
investment, but a bargain because he got 25% off as a student. 61 percent. Drinking a glass of water before you eat may help
This doctoral candidate now has a resource that probably no- digestion and curb appetite.
body else in Nepal has. But you made it happen and I thank
you from the bottom of my heart. The song Auld Lang Syne is sung at the stroke of mid-
night in almost every English-speaking country in the
Yes, it was quite a year! Two world to bring in the new year.
humbling visits to two of the
poorest countries in their respec-
tive hemispheres. Plus meaning-
ful news coverage that speaks so
highly about the heart of this
church family for missions. Plus,
exceptional acts of kindness and
generosity that have blessed me
deeply. What a year!

“The Book Our Mothers Read”

We search the world for truth; we cull
the good the pure, the beautiful,
from graven stone and written scroll,
from all old flower-fields of the soul;

And, weary seekers of the best,
we come back laden from the quest,
to find that all the sages said
is in the Book our mothers read.
-John Greenleaf Whittier Aurora Robinson loves this church!
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc
In Touch page 18

Member Spotlight …. Did you know?
Shawn and I met in the 5th grade at Whittier School in we married in 1989 Shawn was ready for a different line of
Downers Grove, IL. It was 1975. Little did we know at the work. So, when I graduated from UIC in 1991, we moved to
time, that we would now be married for 29 years with 2 Norfolk, VA so Shawn could start her own sales and market-
beautiful children (and now a new daughter-in-law). When ing company. Her main customer was the US Navy Ex-
we got married in 1989, one of the change system so she spent a lot of
best wedding gifts we received was time and many miles driving to all the
from a friend from Kindergarten. It naval bases up and down the East
was a picture from a 6th grade trip to Coast.
Camp Edwards. Shawn had her As a Liberal Arts major looking for
arm around me, was wearing a work after the 1st Gulf War, I was only
Whittier School sweatshirt and my able to do some odd jobs but finally
hair was longer than hers. landed at The American Funds Group
We dated for a while in Junior High where I ultimately worked for 22
School (we broke up because she years. It was in 2004 when the Ameri-
thought I was too serious) but by can Funds moved us to AZ where they
the time we got to High School we were looking to open up a Customer
were just good friends. Her maiden Service center. I helped start up and
name was Watters so our lockers manage that center until it closed in
were close to one another and we 2015. Since then, I have been working
rode the same bus, so we saw each as an Operations Manager at the Van-
other a lot. When we graduated guard Group in Scottsdale.
from Downers Grove South High While I was raised as a Methodist and
School (Al Roselieb was Shawn’s we were married in the Methodist
band teacher and his son Doug was Church, Shawn has been a lifelong
one of my good friends), Shawn Presbyterian and I converted around
came to Arizona State and I joined 1994 when we were attending First
the Marines. Presbyterian Church in Norfolk
After a bachelor’s degree from
Trey, Shawn, Emerson & Richard Uphoff (one of the oldest in the country).
ASU and 4 years in the Ma-
We joined FHPC in 2005 and have
rines, Shawn and I both wound
up back in Chicago: her to work and me to school at the enjoyed watching both Trey and Emerson grow up in the
University of Illinois in Chicago. It was at that time that we Church. Shawn and I have appreciated all the love and sup-
rekindled our friendship and a “serious” relationship en- port the church has given our family over the years.
sued. We had fun in and around Chicago but shortly after

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based pre-
ventive health screenings will be in our community on Tuesday,
January 30, 2018 at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church. Ultra-
sound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease
include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke),
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the
heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm
Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men
and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems
Register online TODAY at and receive your “Community Circle”
discount and your Preferred Appointment!
page 19 January 2018

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
Amy Martinson
Ann Stavely
Arlene Olsen
Mary Morris
Wendell Hinkley
Norma Shultz
Don Young
Gordon Griggs
Nate McGuire
Carol Jenkins
Karen Ford

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Matthew 25:21

Resolve to “be there”
Let our New Year’s resolution be this: We will
be there for one another as fellow members of hu-
manity, in the finest sense of the word.
- Goran Persson
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc
Dedication of the 10 Commandments Plaque
Pastors Ken and Bill with Jackie & Jerry Miles

01/01 Bob Hoffarber 01/07 Joan Barker 01/16 Jen Young
01/03 Gayle Anderson 01/09 Linda Lull 01/22 Archie Babaian
01/03 Carol Fuls 01/13 Penny Junk 01/24 Tony Harris
01/03 Donna Yordy 01/15 Marge Bacher 01/25 Wilberta Robinson
01/06 Gerry Prokupek 01/27 Fred Hansen
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 & Helen Roesch; Staff Pho-
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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