First Presbyterian Church of San Bernardino

FIRST PRESS
Volume 48, No. 6 June 2011

This summer, a group of us will begin meeting on Tuesdays, noon to1 p.m., in the chapel to practice lectio divina, a way of praying quietly with scripture. This way of praying is simple and easy to learn, and is a wonderful way to listen for the voice of God through the biblical text. Many people have discovered this as a wonderful way to approach scripture -- not reading for information as much as for transformation, reading scripture like a love letter rather than like a textbook. This approach allows us to respond with our heart and soul rather than just our intellect, and to walk away with a word or phrase from scripture to carry with us in the coming day or week. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “The Word of Scripture should never stop sounding in your ears and working in you all day long, just like the words of someone you love. And just as you do not analyze the words of someone you love, but accept them as they are said to you, accept the Word of Scripture and ponder it in your heart...” Come listen with us for the Voice of the One who loves us best, and calls us to follow. We begin June 21, and continue each Tuesday.

book God’s Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The book itself is particularly appropriate for Pentecost Sunday, when we remember that the Holy th Spirit made it Friday night the 10 , 7:00 possible for all 9:00, we will be screening a movie called War Dance, about the healing those gathered to hear the power of dance and music for the word of God human spirit. The story is about a “in their own music and dance contest for young people in war-torn Uganda, and is a language.” Come experience the creativity of powerful and uplifting story. the Holy Spirit, the fun of summer, Child care will be provided here and the love of your church family by on site (they will have their own spending a day in playful and wormovie) and we will share popcorn shipful creativity. Sign up in the and floats. church office so we can order Saturday the 11th 9:00-2:00 enough lunch for you! we’ll host THE LAST OF OUR WORSunday the 12th we’ll celeSHIP RENEWAL WORKSHOPS! brate our Pentecost worship service, All year, we have been asking showcasing the textiles we dyed at God to open our eyes and our hearts, and we will ask it once more our May workshop, and the music as we create music and liturgy for a and liturgy we all created on SaturPentecost service like nothing you’ve day. It will be FULL of color and life ever experienced before! Kerri Lynn and rhythm and joy! You are invited to wear one of the Nichols will come and lead us in a bright colors of the rainbow, OR to day of growing closer to one anwear something from another culture other, and of creating music and that makes you glad. After this joyful words to praise God on Sunday. If you play an instrument, you are worship, we will share birthday cake, since Pentecost is the birthday of the urged to bring it. If you do not, you Church will be able to join the rest of us as This has been a wonderful year we play drums, chimes, and Orff of poems and clay and color, of instruments. The simple techniques creativity and imagination! Pentewe will use require NO experience cost weekend will be an amazing and NO musical background, and finish -- join us even if (especially if!) are appropriate for all ages. you haven’t been to any of the other We will be finding ways to exworkshops. press the themes in the children’s Don’t miss this year’s Pentecost weekend celebration -- June 10,11 and 12 – as we culminate a year of exploring hands-on connection with the arts as a way of deepening our worship.

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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF SAN BERNARDINO
1900 North D Street   San Bernardino, CA 92405  Office 882‐3308 FAX 882‐0888 

Presby Night at the 66ers
Arrowhead Credit Union Park Friday, July 8, 2011 Game Time: 7:05 p.m. 66ers vs. High Desert Mavericks Join us for Presby Night Out and enjoy 50¢ Friday & Harry Potter Night! Tickets are only $8 Hot dogs and quesadillas only 50¢ Soda and beer only $2.50 Reserve your tickets at the receptionist desk, on the website at www.fpcsb.net/66ers, or by contacting the church office at (909) 882-3308,
Sunday, May 22nd we welcomed four new members into the church. Sandra Bishop is originally from Ohio, and likes to spend time reading, doing puzzles, and spending time with her family, including five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is retired and volunteers for St. Bernardine’s Hospital. William and Bridget Lee are both originally from Korea. William is an office manager and a student of San Francisco Theological Seminary, who enjoys reading, ping-pong, and soccer. Bridget is a student pursuing her ME in Science, and she plays piano and organ, has in interest in photography, and practices judo. William and Bridget have two sons, Jonathan and Steve. Nora O’Toole was born and raised in New York City. She manages a team of proposal writers, and enjoys movies, reading and cooking. Nora has two grown daughters, and loves the beach.

The Rev. Dr. Sandy Tice   Pastor  The Rev. Eric Ledermann   Associate Pastor  The Rev. Noé Falconi   Ministry of Visitation  The Rev. Jim Huffstutler   Pastor Emeritus 

SUNDAY SCHEDULE
9:30 A.M.  Adult Ed. & Sunday  School  10:30 a.m.  Worship  Our Mission
It is the Mission of First Presbyterian Church of San Bernardino, inspired by the Holy Spirit, to proclaim the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through worship and celebration, and teaching and learning, so that lives are transformed and members are encouraged to use their special gifts to care for and value, as God's Beloved, each other and the community in which we live.

Bag Groceries Fri., June 17, 8:30 a.m. Distribute Food Sat., June 18, 8:30 a.m.

As of April 30, 2011

Actual

Budgeted

Over(Under)

Pledges Other Income Expenses Net Income

146,553.48 13,617.61 160,504.12 (333.03)

147,000.00 15,116.60 160,554.92 1,561.68

(446.52) (1,498.99) (50.80) (1,894.71)

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“We are incredibly grateful for your support and prayers!” So says a card from the administrators at Curtis Middle School addressed to the congregation. As the academic year comes to a close, this is what we have done to support the staff and students at the most economically challenged middle school in San Bernardino. Principal Marlene Bicondova came to greet the congregation and invite us to become involved. Tags on a Valentine ’s Day gift tree disappeared as members of the congregation were eager to provide longed-for articles of clothing for kids who were homeless and embarrassed to come to school. Funds collected for the project provided an Appreciation Breakfast for all teachers. Administrators collaborate to set up, cook, and clean up the breakfast themselves, thereby making it VERY affordable and personal, but this year the food did not have to come out of their own pockets. We provided breakfast burritos, fruit trays, beverages, and some festive ‘extras’ that helped the teachers know we are behind them. Christa Wallis and Pastor Sandy visited the staff lunch room Friday, May 6th, to cut and serve cake to teachers, and to get acquainted with them. What fun it was to meet the warm, dedicated, and passionate teachers who have chosen Curtis as the place to make a difference! We are looking forward with joy and anticipation to a deeper and more meaningful partnership during the next academic year. Please continue to remember the teachers and students and staff in your prayers.

A group of us will hop aboard the No. 4 Southwest Chief Amtrak train to Albuquerque on June 11th, to travel more than 14 hours and join another group from St. Andrews Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Hill in Northern California. For seven days we will join forces to work at Menaul School, a multicultural and Christian ecumenical school for 6th through 12th grade students with strong ties to the Presbyterian Church USA for more than 100 years -- see more at www.menaulschool.com. Menaul School depends heavily on donations and work groups coming to help keep the school functioning and prosperous. The kind of work we will be doing is mostly grounds work, as the students are not in session during the hot, monsoon summer months—a great time to paint, fix, and spruce up the place. While we will be commissioned by the congregation during worship on June 5th, we ask you to partner with us on our journey by holding us in prayer during our time. Please pray for stamina and strength -- spiritual, emotional, as well as physical -- and for God to truly work through us to do our part in supporting the ongoing ministry and work of Menaul School. We hope to be sharing our experience during worship June 26th, so be sure to come that Sunday! Those going on the trip include: Mark Adelson, Trevor Cummings, Molly Earp, David Grindahl, Nancy Horstmann, Larry Kistner, Melodee Kistner, Eric Ledermann, Bethany Rennard, Amy Rueda, Mindy Rueda, and Maggie Willis. Special thanks to the Mission Committee and the Youth Nurture Committee, and all who have given so faithfully to these ministries, for underwriting this trip and making it possible! We hope we will do justice to your generous contributions. Peace and blessings, The Mission Team

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I was talking with a good friend of mine who is also a minister, and he told me how he had gotten into the habit of asking the people in his congregation a peculiar question: “So, tell me, how has God been messing with your life lately?” At first blush, the question sounds almost flippant, disrespectful even. But, as I look at my own faith journey, I realize God has been “messing” with my life in the most productive ways I can imagine. God called me not only into the community of faith, but to serve in a particular capacity within that community. I could not have imagined myself serving as a minister! Believe me, that was a “God-thing.” In many ways God was messing with me, teasing out of me my own sense of call, helping me to realize my gifts and then discover ways to use them for the “common good,” as Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 12.7. As we close out our 2010-2011 ministry year, I have been looking over all we have done together and trying to discern how God has been messing with our lives lately, shaping us and changing us and loving us into new ways of doing and being. It is exciting, fun, scary, and even anxiety producing to look back. Over the past year we have married, buried, and baptized a number of people as a congregation. We have had to ask ourselves some difficult questions about our little part within the Body of Christ as we tried to craft a faithful budget, sought to design thoughtful educational and

nurture opportunities, and set out to create creative spaces to grow in our faith and connection, and all with seemingly diminishing resources! How has God been messing with us, challenging us, walking with us, and guiding us? Our youth have been to Purdue University to join over 5,000 other Presbyterians from across the country to worship, engage, grow, and challenge the status quo -- as is the gift of youth! They have learned about and sought understanding of four of the major religions that share space in the public life of our world: Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. They have almost read the entire book of Acts together during Church School on Sunday mornings - only a few more chapters to go as of this writing! Our Green Committee not only succeeded in their nearly two-year effort to make our campus more environmentally friendly with the installation of solar voltaic panels, but they have helped us be more efficient in our use of that energy with new thermostats, installing more efficient light bulbs, and helping all of us remember our responsibility to care for God’s precious creation. We, as a congregation, have given thousands of dollars to important ministries around the world and here at home through special offerings, the Mission Committee, and the ongoing work of the Board of Deacons. Thanks to the work of some very creative people, we received a grant

that allowed us to explore creative ways to worship and engage the Spirit of God in our daily lives. We have fed thousands through our Food Closet. We have cared for one another with hundreds of cards, phone calls, and pastoral visits -- thanks to dedicated people who willingly and selflessly share their Spiritual gifts of compassion, listening, and empathy. These are but a few examples of the ways we have sought to live and be the People of God. We have celebrated. We have mourned. We have lived. And all of it, we have done together. As we enter another season of our life together, as we enter into the summer season when many of us go different directions, and while others of us stay close to home and continue to gather, I look forward to discovering how God will continue to mess with us, encourage us, and open us to new opportunities in the coming ministry year. I pray that we, as a community, may continue to listen, pray, and discern together in order to grow in our faithfulness to the ministry to which we have been called by God through our Lord, our Shepherd, our Savior, Jesus. Thank you for the privilege of being on this journey with you this past year and in the year to come. Thank you for your faithfulness to God’s vision for us, and for allowing me to partner with you. Thank you for your willingness to partner with me, struggle with me, and celebrate with me. Peace and blessings, Eric

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Every now and then we become involved with a teaching principle that we feel you would find as fascinating as we do. One of those moments took place in our classrooms as we created our FPCCC Annual Art Show and Sale. It has to do with the developmental stages that children pass through in their drawings. There are basically five of these stages that can take place between the ages of two and six. By observing, we can learn a lot about how your child or grandchild is maturing! STAGE ONE Random Scribbling... The very young child makes arcs on the paper. They have no "visual" control over where the marks go. Here, however, the motor activity of using the entire arm is very important to their development. STAGE TWO Controlled Scribbling... Now, there are a greater variety of scribbles. The arcs get smaller because the child is using the wrist. There is visual control. The child looks at the drawing until it is finished. STAGE THREE Names Scribbling... There is no doubt in the child's mind about what his or her picture is. Adults, however, can't recognize it! Drawings are symbols of the objects, events or experiences that the child has had. This is an important step because the child is using abstract thought. The child can see the relationship between the marks on the paper and the symbol or object. STAGE FOUR Early Presentation... The drawings start to look like the objects they represent. Usually, the most important part of the drawing will be much larger than the rest. These drawings are still not adult pleasers, but they are very important to the child. Also, by this time, the child has naturally changed the grip on the drawing instrument to an almost adult grip. Objects that

are important to the child will appear. STAGE FIVE Preschematic... The progression goes on very naturally. Now, objects are more relative to size. There is a right side up to the paper and a base line develops, i.e., green for grass, blue for sky. By this time, the child is using the wrist and fingers and has mastered an adult grip on the drawing instrument. Authorities have observed that when a child is doing closed forms in his or her drawings, the child will be able to use closed forms in writing his or her name. If the child is in the early scribbling stages, the name will be scribbled. If this is the case, the child should not be forced to print letters because he or she is not ready. We find that the best thing we, as adults, can do is maintain an open attitude that is free of judgment. As soon as your child begins to identify symbols on the paper, he or she has no doubt as to what the drawing is. Therefore, your child expects everyone else to know what it is! If your child proudly shows us a drawing, and we can't recognize it, we will usually say something like, "Beautiful! Tell me about it." Perhaps we'll pick out a part of the drawing and comment on it. "My, you have a lot of wiggly black lines there," or "Red is my favorite color!" This encourages your child to tell us about the drawing without feeling judged on ability. Actually, our job as teachers and parents is easy! Let creativity develop naturally. Don't force, show how or judge. Make plenty of blank paper, paint, crayons, chalk, large pencils, etc. available to the children. Share the art room in Room 12! Keep in mind that the process is more important than the product. God gave each of us the ability to create. Enjoy it! Lynette DuClos Adelson

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As we celebrate Father’s Day, we likely see traits in our dads (or other father figures) that we hope to be known for ourselves: integrity, gentleness, a great sense of humor, a love of learning, a humble spirit. Amy Grant’s song “Father’s Eyes” tells of a young girl who wants nothing more than for others to recognize her father — and her heavenly Father — in her. “When people look inside my life, I want to hear them say, ‘She's got her father's eyes.’” What characteristics of God your Father are reflected in your eyes, heart and life? And what godly qualities would you like to cultivate?

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Amy Elizabeth Rueda Alicia Guzman Ruth & Jim Carter Erynne Arellano Raymond Direen Ron Zwolinski, Jr. Katherine Robershaw David Grindahl John & Carol Valentine Becca Jeanne Blanton Cal Senechal Jeanne Velliquette Jacob Cordova David Coyne Faye Marcey Jason Budd Bob & Marion Wiens David & Merry Beth Grindahl Tom Garza Katrina Johnston Sara Hibbs Shawn Lane Frank Davis Mark Edwards Danny & Doris Schiavone Pat and Sally Morris Jim Huffstutler Randy & Kristine French Ron & Wanda Skipper Donna & Harvey Feit Eric & Sindy Ledermann Christine MacEwing Ray & Beverly Snell Robert Short Brad & Amy Smith Rosemary Krause Sandy Garza
“Christian faith is a grand cathedral, with divinely pictured windows. Standing without, you see no glory, nor can imagine any. But standing within, every ray of light reveals a harmony of unspeakable splendors.” —Nathaniel Hawthorne

June 2 (Ascension of the Lord) Acts 1:1-11 Psalm 47:1-9 or Psalm 93:1-5 Ephesians 1:15-23 Luke 24:44-53 June 5 (7th Sunday of Easter) Acts 1:6-14 Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11 John 17:1-11 June 12 (Day of Pentecost) Acts 2:1-21 or Numbers 11:24-30 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 or Acts 2:1-21 John 20:19-23 or John 7:37-39 June 19 (Trinity Sunday) Genesis 1:1—2:4a Psalm 8:1-9 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Matthew 28:16-20 June 26 (13th Sunday in OT) Genesis 22:1-14 Psalm 13:1-6 Romans 6:12-23 Matthew 10:40-42

In conjunction with the Worship Renewal workshop, on June 11th during the educational hour, Carol Coyne will facilitate a class throughout the month of June. On June 5th, we will be introduced to drumming and other instrumental approaches to music in worship as we prepare for our Pentecost service. On the 12th, which is Pentecost, there will be a follow up to the workshop and a "rehearsal" for the worship service. Then, on the following two Sundays, the 19th and 26th, Carol will teach some Christian songs from various world cultures. Singing talent is not needed; this will be for fun!!! Please come and participate in this.

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Please keep our military members in your prayers. Seaman Mark Munz, US Navy, Iraq Sgt. Andrew Bonine, US Army, Ft. Riley, KS Pvt. Rachael Bonine, US Army, Ft. Riley, KS Staff Sgt. Will Drake, US Air Force, Langley AFB, VA Staff Sgt. Robert Bentley Wilson, US Army Schofield Barracks, HI WO2 James Bentley Wilson, US Army, Iraq Lt. Col. David Le Roy, US Air Force, Travis AFB, CA
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