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Fountain Hills, AZ
From Our Pastor PLUGGING IN. . .
Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. 1 Peter 4:9-10 I always conclude our new members’ orientation sessions with a heartfelt plea. I ask those in attendance as forthrightly as I can to look through our Newsletters and Bulletins and to pick out a couple of areas of fellowship and ministry that interest them. I suggest to them that they step out of their comfort zone, make whatever contact is appropriate, and “plug in” to our shared life here at FHPC. This, I tell them, is a sure antidote to feeling like an outsider. It is a way to make a fairly large congregation into an aggregation of smaller, more intimate ones. I do this because I have seen far too many folks make that first step toward entering into a church community, yet fail to make that next critical transition into becoming a part of that community. This generates a sad and all-toopredictable, outcome. Some of these folks remain ever on the margins of church life without ever experiencing the fullness they sought. Others simply drop from sight, remaining strangers terminally disappointed by failed expectations. All who were party to the potential of these relationships are reduced in very real ways when this occurs. The church loses complexity and personality. It loses the rich possibilities inherent in the God-given gifts that these folks bring with them. This is sad. The church member loses a sense of belonging, the joy of participation, and the satisfaction of blessings faithfully shared. This is painful. The indwelling kingdom of Jesus Christ loses energy. This is tragic. But, let’s expand this conversation a bit. Here’s a couple of questions: • Are you satisfied with where you find yourself in our community? • Are you “plugged in” to life here at FHPC? If you can’t answer “yes” to both these I am pleading with you to look carefully through this copy of “In Touch” in search of places to invest your gifts and talents. You’ll certainly find plenty of opportunity within the quickening rhythms of our fall activities. Why settle for life on the margins? It’s much richer here in the center of this joyful and vibrant community. Come claim your place. Come share yourself with the rest of us. Come plug in. Let’s light this hilltop up! Grace and Peace,
BARNYARD BONANZA: Saturday, October 22, 2011 2:00 to 5:00 PM Upper Parking Lot
Free Petting Zoo (barnyard) Free Pony Rides (Each Pony has its own Wrangler) Free Crafts for the little ones Free Refreshments plus Girl Scout Cookies for Sale! Costumes (and pets) welcome! Purchase a pumpkin and have your picture taken for free.
Free Haunted House
OUR CHURCH STAFF Rev. Bill Good
Pastor/Head of Staff
Focus on Finance
August Income August Expense $ 18,731 $ 17,806 Budget Budget $ 27,338 $ 26,481
Rev. Stan Jones
Director Christian Formation
Yr to date Income
$ 225,114 $ 221,620
Director of Music Ministry
Yr to date Expense $ 214,657 Difference $ 28,298
CHURCH TREASURER Bud Fuls CHURCH SESSION Class of 2011 Norm Collins Peggy Linkin Helen Roesch Class of 2012 John Brockelman Susan Phillips Terri Schmidt John Wyman Class of 2013 Charlie Eberspacher Susan Owens Jim Roy Donna Yordy BOARD OF DEACONS Moderator: Ruby Pearson Class of 2011 Ralph Berry Bud Fuls Linda Maples Chandler Roesch Class of 2012 Ben Fast Ruby Pearson Bev Watters Chris Young Class of 2013 Yvonne Ellingson Sandy Heunisch John Schopbach Donna Sims ****** Rev. Glenn Atchinson
The financials for the month of August reflect a positive income/expense ratio even though the budgeted amounts were skewed considerably higher. The budgeting process for August 2011 was based on last year’s records which included five Sundays versus this year where there were only four Sundays. This accounts for the large difference between actual and projected budget numbers. More importantly, the Year to Date ratio of income over expense remains at a very positive level over the projected budgeted ratio. This keeps us in a strong financial position for the remaining months. Respectfully, Bud Fuls, Treasurer
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RUMMAGE SALE: Save
On Saturday, March 3, 2012, we will have our church-wide rummage sale. We need for each of you to begin saving high quality merchandise that can be sold at this sale. If you have a storage area that we can use to store merchandise until March please call the church office. Otherwise, you will have to save your items until March. - Donna Yordy at 837-6169
It’s Here! It’s Here!
What a wonderful surprise we had in mid-August when a large number of boxes were delivered to the church office—it was the new wonderful fabulous FHPC cookbook! Even though the cookbooks arrived ahead of schedule they will go on sale immediately on Sunday mornings. Winter visitors need not worry we’ll have plenty available in the fall but you can also call or email us and we’ll reserve your copies. The cost for the cookbook is a bargain at $15.00. There is also a limited number of cookbook stands which sell for $1. In addition to getting a cookbook for yourself, we encourage you to purchase books for others on your Christmas and birthday lists! Remember the profits will support our Sunday Fellowship. An additional benefit of this project is the building of church community through “cookbook conversations”. After you try a recipe we urge you to seek out the recipe donor and thank him or her. Most people love to talk about their recipes and these “cookbook conversations” may help us to get to know each other in new ways. CLAF Committee: Chris & Jen Young, Committee Chair: 388-5075, Misschris_001@hotmail.com Helen Roesch: 837-2142, firstname.lastname@example.org Suellen Monahan: 837-1136, email@example.com Linda Warren: 837-9162, lwarren@TWAresearch.com
Time to Step Down Americans enjoy an abundance of freedoms. From what career we’ll pursue to what we’ll eat for lunch, we’re constantly making decisions about what we want out of life. So it’s hard to find peace when our plans go awry and our circumstances seem out of control. A wise person suggested, “For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.” What if we stepped down and let God be God? He created the universe, after all. Shouldn’t we trust him to run it?
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THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! The FH Presbyterian GOOD DEEDS DOZEN Outreach Program organized a yard cleanup September 10, 2011 for an elderly woman that was simply unable physically and financially to handle the job. Years of overgrowth had become a CODE VIOLATION with the TOWN. Lisa Kern, Organizer of the yard cleanup for The FHPC GOOD DEEDS DOZEN Mission Outreach Program found out about the violation and started to organize volunteers to help. Phyliss Kern with KERN REALTY donated water, Gatorade, ice and snacks, STARBUCKS donated the coffee, Carman and Jimmy with 1st CLASS LANDSCAPING and MAINTENANCE trimmed palm trees and cut the worst of the cactus and Kevin from FOUNTAIN HILLS CONSTRUCTION CLEANUP donated his dump truck so we could haul away the debris. Chris with SAM the BUG man sprayed the entire property for pest control. Additional hard working WONDERFUL volunteer workers included Chandler Roesch, Sue Lickman, Joel Nelson and his son Joel Jr., Neal Lyons and his wife Sherry and Robert Weidman. We completed the entire front yard. The truck was full!! We were all very hot and tired! We will be scheduling the backyard cleanup for October 22nd at 7am so please mark your calendars. Interested in helping? Please call Lisa Kern at 480-837-5833 or 480529-6518 After...
Things to remember to bring to the Mission Table on Sunday mornings..... Box Tops for Education Betty Crocker Coupons Campbell Soup Labels (UPC label only) Small toiletries Gently used clothing
Just Coffee: Caffeine with a Mission With the month of September begins the “Holiday Boxes” schedule which includes: separating, sorting and counting what is on hand to see how many more of a particular item that needs to be purchased; prepare boxes of Christmas cards to be signed (will be available in the Church office again this year) or from me; begin fundraising to help cover overseas shipping costs; purchase and ready a variety of snack items; put together 100 boxes that will later be filled; prepare shipping labels and customs forms. By the end of the month, my living room, office and garage will have a Holiday atmosphere and look to it. I am hoping that as many as possible will be willing to fill out and sign the cards that will be placed in each box. Last year as many as 12-15 different cards went into each box. Just imagine yourself as being the recipient of one of these Holiday Boxes so far from home, reach in and pull out a dozen or more signed cards from a dozen different people back home. Think that signed cards are important? You bet they are. Thank you to one and all that have helped throughout this year and are continuing to support this very important ministry. -Donna Sims The heat of summer in Arizona will soon end. We will be looking forward to the warmth of a hot cup of delicious coffee on a chilly morning. Make your coffee with the 100% Pure Arabica coffee from the growers and roaster of Just Coffee. The October 9th Home Coming Sunday will the kick-off for sales of 1lb. packages of Just Coffee. Available for purchase will be both regular and decaf coffee in whole bean or ground form. We guarantee you will be drinking the freshest coffee – always this year’s crop, always freshly roasted a few days before we receive it, and it is USDA Certifies Organic!
WHAT IS FAITH?
Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times. - Martin Luther
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Eyes on God
The move to our new home was very stressful on our puppy. As we sold our furniture and boxed up our belongings, he became increasingly anxious. When the big day came and the truck was packed, we took one last walk through the empty house. Unable to comprehend what was happening, our anxious dog stayed right at out feet. He could make no sense of his circumstances but trusted us to take care of him. During that traumatic time, he never let us out of his sight. That reminds me of King Jehoshaphat’s prayer when a mighty enemy advanced against him and the situation was desperate. Jehoshaphat prayed, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” (2 Chronicles 20:12, NRSV). God came through for his people that day, and he’ll come through for us, too, when all seems lost. Just stick close and keep your eyes on Him. - Kari Myers
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Ordination of Letha Neely as Elder
On Sunday, September 25th at a special session meeting eight wonderful individuals were accepted for membership into our awesome church family. Brooks Benjamin is joining by Reaffirmation of Faith. Brooks was born in Hawaii and raised in Newport Beach, CA. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Gayle, for 27 years and they have 3 daughters Amie, Kimberly and Kristen (who is attending ASU). Brooks has worked in the Real Estate business for 25 years and as a result of the recent bad economy his company relocated him to Arizona 10 months ago. He says he loves boating and is a frustrated photographer. Brooks saw our sign that says “imperfect people wanted” and thought “that’s my tribe!” Gary and Debby DeBernardi are joining by Letters of Transfer. Most of you already know Debby because she is our new Director of Christian Formation Ministries. Debby’s past experiences include various roles in nursing, education, and ministry. Debby and Gary live in Ahwatukee and have lived in Arizona for 32 years. They have two married daughters and three grandsons. Gary has a CPA practice and they both enjoy hockey, hiking, fishing, scuba diving, golf, books and spending time with their grandchildren. Debby says they are looking forward to forming new friendships in this church. Christian and Katja Hissler are joining our church by Reaffirmation of Faith. They came to Arizona 4 years ago from Germany and moved to Fountain Hills 3 months ago. Katja and Christian have 3 children, David, 14 years old, Johanna, 9 years old and Charlotte, age 6. Their children participated in our Vacation Bible School this summer. Katja is a Montessori teacher and Christian works for a German software technology company. Christian says that he loves that he can ride a bike to work all year round and see something beautiful every day here in our community. Katja says that she loves the fact that she doesn’t have to drive a manual transmission car because she had such a hard time in Germany driving the hilly terrain with a manual transmission. Kristina and Tyson Robinson are joining by Letters of Transfer. They are both from Iowa and met 10 years ago during their freshman year at Central College in Pella, Iowa. Tyson works at the Mayo Clinic as a Historical Unit Coordinator while Kristina is presently working at Four Peaks Fitness but is seeking employment in education. They have recently gotten very active with our youth group and Tyson has joined our Celebration Ringers. They enjoy watching movies, traveling, and they both have been competing in the Mayo Corporate Dragon Boat team. Kristi says that she will always welcome free cooking lessons because she has a lot to learn, and Tyson----well Tyson says he likes turtles!!!! Ellie Ruiz was out of town and unable to be here on New Member Sunday. She is joining by Reaffirmation of Faith. Ellie was born in Guatemala and came the US in 1975 and then to Fountain Hills in 1987 where she raised 4 children. She first came to this church 11 years ago with her friend Doug Katonak and is so excited to finally become a member. Ellie has two professions; she is a tax preparer and also a caregiver. She says that one job is for the money and the other job is food for her soul! We are so happy to add these wonderful new members to our church family. Please be sure to introduce yourselves to each one of them and get to know them better!
Susan Phillips, Elder
Tyson & Kristie Robinson, David Hissler (14) representing his parents Katja & Christian Hissler who were unavoidably detained, Debby & Gary DeBernardi and Brooks Benjamin with Susan Phillips, Elder. Ellie Ruiz not pictured.
Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team for 2010-2011 Moderator: Ilene Berg Mission Coordinator: Mary Alice Bivens Vice-Moderator (Program): Jan Hoff Historian: Barbara Oakeson Secretary: Linda Warren Membership/Yearbook Coordinator: Maria Berry Treasurer: Maria Berry Bible Study Coordinator: Evelyn Hrunek Publicity: Letha Neely
Coordinating Team October 7th meeting, at 9 A.M. held in the Adult Center. Meditation will be given by Letha Neely. Morning Circle meets October 13th, 2011 at 9 A.M. in Adult Center. Bible study will be led by Gerry Hull. “Greatly Honored Are The Mourners”. Meditation: Peggy Linkin. Evening Circle meets on Tuesday, October 25th at 7 P.M. in the home of Irene Cain. The Co-hostess will be Chris Young. Linda Warren will have the Bible Study. BIBLE STUDY HELP – FOR REMAINDER OF 2011 Schedule for Bible Study Leaders meetings with Stan Jones in the Adult Center at 10:30 A.M. are: Lesson 3 – Friday, October 28 Lesson 4 – Friday, November 18 Lesson 5—December 29 TRIP TO WINSLOW AND LEUPP Following are some of the high-lights on this 2-day trip. Friday, October 21st…..Meetings held in Winslow Presbyterian Church. Welcomed by Rev. Linda Worsnop. Followed by a talk on the history of Winslow. Saturday, October 22nd…..Presbyterian Church in Leupp. Theme for the day is “on Eagle’s Wings”. A representative from Menaul School in New Mexico, will give the key note talk. Plus, there will be the History of the Navajo People, and info on The Code Talkers and their training at Ganado, as well as other interesting and informative subjects…and planned activities. Transportation: Bus…round trip…$44.00 (box lunch & bottled water) Registration for Gathering…. $10.00 Over night options: … Quality Inn in Winslow….double rooms….$82.26 LaPosado……$109.00 Motel 6…..? Econo Lodge…..$69.00 This planned trip for the PW Women sounds like a MUST DO. More info and phone numbers will be available at the time of Registration……. These forms will be available at the end of August. The above info has been submitted by Donna Yordy.
RE-CAP October 21st & 22nd . . . trip to WINSLOW & LEUPP. This planned trip sounds like a must DO. For more info contact Donna Yordy. October 24, Monday at 5:30 P.M. FALL GATHERING – Drinks and dessert will be furnished by the Morning Circle. Bring a salad to share. November 4, Friday at 10:30 AM in the Fellowship Center of FHPC, CHURCH WOMEN UNITED will meet. Guest speaker: Director of our Trendsetters, Thru Education, Sharon Eivinsen. All women of the church are invited.
Hooked on Books will meet on Wednesday, October 19th, at the home of Mary Morris, 15711 Yucca Drive, Fountain Hills, at 10 am. Summer reading will be discussed by all so come prepared to share a bit about a favorite book read. Reminder to all--in November we'll have a group discussion of "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee (50th anniversary of the book's publication) so read or reread it soon. Have fun. OUT ’n ABOUT Out ’N About will meet at the VU Bistro near Fry’s Grocery Store at 12:00 noon on October 19. We’ll order off of the menu with separate checks which will include tip and tax. For reservations call Arlene Olsen at 837-4271 or Bobbie Dangremond at 816-6772. “THE HELP”
In August several of the PW Women attended the movie “THE HELP”. It is an adaptation from the book by Kathryn Stockett. This #1 Best Seller, and currently #1 at the Box Office, has been reviewed by our “Hooked On Books” Club. Prior to attending the movie, this outing consisted of dining together with much lively conversation. A fun time was had by all!! This is the second year this group has formed such an outing. This could turn into a yearly event, and if it does, we will keep you posted. FLASH. . . I would recommend you see this movie, and even better still, read the book. -Barb Wyman
A little girl was sitting on her grandfather's lap as he read her a bedtime story. From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek. She was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again. Finally she spoke up, "Grandpa, did God make you?" "Yes, sweetheart," he answered, "God made me a long time ago." "Oh," she paused, "Grandpa, did God make me too?" "Yes, indeed, honey," he said, "God made you just a little while ago." Feeling their respective faces again, she observed, "God's getting better at it, isn't he?"
NEW FACEBOOK PAGE
We have created a new Facebook page that is better than our initial trial site. PLEASE LOOK FOR THIS PHOTO OF THE CROSS IN FRONT OF THE ATRIUM for the correct page. Please sign up again as a friend there. When you are there also click on the like it Hopefully you will 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.
Not Yet A Member?
If you are interested in joining our church family, please see or call Susan Phillips at 480-837-1225 or call the church office at 480-837-1763.
Can you tell?
College Preparatory, Homeroom Officer, Biology Club, Investment Club, Maitre D’, Honor Certificate, Intramural Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Varsity Track, Cross Country, French Club, Spanish Club, Awards day Committee.
Who did this young man grow up to be ...
Some years ago, a newspaper profiled the lives of an elderly Christian couple. When the pair was first married, they decided to use their God –given gifts to help others. They focused primarily upon serving through their church and life-care retirement homes. Their love and service down through the years prompted a foundation to honor them for their caring philanthropy. Upon receiving their award, Mr. And Mrs. Davis Illingworth spoke of the motto that had been the guiding rule of their lives: “Count your blessings, and make your blessings count.”
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Christian Formation Council
Well fall is in the air again (hopefully) or maybe I should just say we are gearing up to welcome in our fall programming. First of all I want you all to notice the change in the title of our department. We felt that since we hired a “Director of Christian Formation,” this entitled us to an update in our name also. So at our meeting the Terri Schmidt, Elder first part of September we voted to change our name to something more sophisticated and updated. Now on to other exciting news….Where does someone who loves to talk, begin her ramblings? We had a fun summer, with a few gatherings and major events that brought lots of people both young and old to our church. We hope to continue with these fun events in the hopes of bringing in new families, so be sure and stay tuned to our columns and special printouts in the bulletins on Sundays. If you have family members, or neighbors, or friends who are looking for a place to call their Church…. please be sure and to include them in our fun. We love meeting new people. It has occurred to me, that most of you probably don’t know who is on our council. Those that have so faithfully helped me come up with these fun ideas and who I make work, so hard. So let me introduce you to some of my favorite people: Charlie Eberspacher, Paula Eberspacher, Carol Hencz, Sandy Heunisch, Michele Sivets, Shawn Uphoff, and of course we won’t forget Debby DeBernardi and Pastor Bill. This list would not be complete if I forgot to mention the person that makes me look so smart, Marta Ludwig. Thank you to all of you who make my job so much easier and so enjoyable. Now to get on with my news….. through a book by William Wilberforce called, “Real Christianity.” So if you have Tuesday mornings open and think this sounds like something you are interested in, come on by as the door is always open and the lights are on.”
Wednesday Evening Family Nights
Wednesday evening studies have started up again. We are close to the end of our 5 week Ron Bell video series. We start the evening with a Potluck dinner at 6:30pm with the whole family. Then we separate into groups: Adults, Children, Junior High, and Senior High, or as needed. Our next study will be a 6 week series with Dr. Tim Smith in a Journey Motif. This should be a fun and exciting few weeks. As you can see we are trying to make Wednesdays more family friendly and have something for all ages, so be sure to invite anyone and everyone to join us. What more could you ask for with good food, family, friends and good discussions.
Our nursery is in need of major updates. We need to replace the cribs due to changes in health codes. There are many other things that are going to be needing updated also. With Anabelle here, and hopefully more young families to follow, we will have to make sure we are up on current health code laws and regulations. We will be providing a wish list at a later date, so please be ready to help out if you can.
Men’s Bible Study
Attention all Men interested in fellowship while studying the Bible. John Bivens will be leading the study again this year on Thursday mornings at 7:00am. There will be coffee and sweet rolls to help entice you. The men meet in the Adult Center, so come and join them if this appeals to you. As I wrap up my ramblings, I want to take this time to thank all the people in the Church who have contributed so much to help with the Church’s Christian Formation. You all have been so great to help whenever I have sent out pleas. I want to ask all to continue praying as we try to continue to build our department. I also would like to take this time to say “thank you” to the people in all the departments that make our church run. If it takes a village to raise a child, how many more does it take to run and support our church? I have an idea that we have enough support to do it now, but we always have room for more. Terri Schmidt Christian Formation Elder ~Laugh Loudly~Laugh Long~Laugh Wholly~
Pastor Bill’s Bible Study
We are still journeying down the roads in Mark. We meet most Sunday mornings at 10:30 in the Adult Center. Pastor Bill has patiently led us and answered our questions and listened to our interpretations. We have helped each other grow and learn. We would love to have all who are interested in learning what Mark has to say to us, come and join us every Sunday morning right after fellowship. Mark has been a fun book to read and talk about, so come join in on our fun. As we read Mark, it is almost like watching a movie, so many subplots and lots of entertainment.
Koffee Klatch has started back up for the season. They meet most Tuesday mornings at 9:00am in the Adult Center. Reverend Stan Jones leads his faithful followers in some interesting discussions. This year he is leading the class
From the Director of Christian Formation
Brain development isn’t something most of us learn in school or seminary. This is an opportunity to educate ourselves so we can approach our family and ministry responsibilities with children and families equipped with knowledge of how God has designed the growth and development of children. Mark your calendars today – invite family and friends. I’m planning to see you there!
You are invited to Party like a Preschooler at our Barnyard Bonanza!
Free Petting Zoo (barnyard) Free Pony Rides
(Each Pony has its own Wrangler)
Free Crafts for the little ones
Free Haunted House
Wired for Success Early Brain Development Workshop Saturday, November 5 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Hosted by Fountain Hills Presbyterian
This free workshop presented by New Directions Institute and APS addresses new and cutting-edge developments in neuroscience and presents practical methods for stimulating healthy early brain development in children birth-5 years old. Many interactive experiences and video clips will reinforce the useful concepts. Great for parents, grandparents, caregivers, early childhood teachers. The same concepts may also be used for healthy spiritual development, so faith-based organizations will also want their staff and families to attend! Come and invite others to this high quality time! Don’t miss it! Register by calling Marta at 480-837-1863 by November 1st. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Free Refreshments plus Baked Goods & Girl Scout Cookies for Sale! Bring a non-perishable food item for Extended Hands Food Bank Purchase your pumpkins for the season at a great price and then decorate them for free!
Saturday, October 22nd 2:00 - 5:00 pm (Petting Zoo and Pony Rides 3:00 - 4:00 pm) Fountain Hills Presbyterian Parking Lot 13001 N. Fountain Hills Blvd. Costumes (and pets) welcome! Purchase a pumpkin and have your picture taken for free.
Children in Church The Sunday School Teacher asks, "Now, Johnny, tell me frankly do you say prayers before eating?" Debby DeBernardi, Director "No ma'am," little Johnny replies, I don't have to. My mom is a good cook.
By Norm Collins This year is really moving along, isn’t it? By the time you read this we will be into October. If you are like me, you would have the time go by a bit slower. But it won’t. We simply have to accept things as they are and be grateful for the time we have. Anyway, this being the beginning of Fall means we can’t be far from that event you all have been eagerly waiting for namely, the annual Stewardship Campaign! Yes, indeed, it is right around the corner. Because my term on the Session is coming to an end in December, we have a transition plan that will have Jerry Maples serving as the co-chair of this year’s campaign. As you might suspect co-chair is a euphemism for one who does 90% of the work, but has to share the title with someone else. That someone else is me. Seriously, I am extremely grateful to have Jerry involved. He is certainly well qualified for this role and has developed an excellent plan. Additionally, he is a member of the Finance Committee and is well aware of what it will take to move this church from where it is to where it needs to be.
Report from the Finance Committee
As I have said before, our church has some significant challenges in its future, but it also has many great assets – chief among these are a truly wonderful and highly skilled staff and a congregation that is loaded with talent, wisdom and a deep desire to serve God. We all know our collective aim is to see this church prosper in terms of expanding its service to God across our community. In closing, I encourage you to seek God’s counsel through prayer as you consider your monetary and volunteer commitments to Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church in 2012.
God will give us the answer if we ask Him the question and then really listen.
A Guide for Giving “I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc. is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little”. “If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditures exclude them.” - C.S. Lewis
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As our church family, you always come through for us, in the past years and now. These last few weeks have been... hard. Every day waking up knowing Benjamin would not live. There are no words for how much all of you have given us, or how much your prayers meant to us. We want you to know you brought comfort to his young parents, Eva and Ed and to our family knowing that we have so many people who genuinely care. So willing to reach out. And for that we can never thank you enough. Love, Tom & Terry Martin
I am writing this after the worship service which just welcomed the Celebration Singers back into worship after the summer break. I'd like to thank you on behalf of the Celebration Singers for all your loving, kind and supportive comments on their return into the worship experience! There are always fewer singers at the beginning of each season, and they are so joyful in welcoming each other but, they are always extremely happy when the other members show up! There is always warming-up and adjusting when re-uniting choral voices, determining blend, clarifying rhythms and tempos, though, unlike other choirs who perform a few times a year, a church choir must be ready to go within two w e e k s of rehearsal. They have a special strength, and a definite calm that comes from prayer, as we stand, singing a freshly rerather good choices in music. These kids have such good attitudes, and are truly committed to making something happen. When they get around each other it really does start happening! Their flexibility and willingness makes for a good rehearsal. Wednesday nights are great nights for those who love to fellowship awhile over such tasty potluck dishes, then be further challenged while studying the ways of Christ. Wednesday Evenings are very, very good! Soon, the "Pearwood Recorder Consort" will begin their rehearsals. This is a wonderful group of musicians, directed by Barb Wyman, performing music from all eras. We have soprano, alto, tenor and bass recorders being played by musicians who all play other instruments with great skill, yet, also love pla ying and exploring the historical ambiance of a musical instrumentation by playing compositions that are one hundred to one thousand years old and continuing through to some very contemporary pieces. It’s a wonderful group of musicians. If interested in joining this group, you may speak with Barb, or let me know, and we'll set you up rehearsing with us on Thursday's at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary music room. Thank you, again, congregation, for all your support. May we all continue to experience God in worship. Et exsultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo! And my spirit hath rejoiced in God, my saviour!
hearsed anthem. Thank-you, dear choral singers, and accompanist, for your hard push at the beginning of the choral season. Same to the new bell ringers, Tyson and Kristi Robinson, and their discipline in rehearsing new techniques in order to play with our long experienced ringers, and, in the kindness of those who are experienced, with sharing your patient attitude so that others might join with us in this beautiful form of devotion, praising God through music. Music that He, no doubt, inspired. As we continue welcoming those returning to worship here for the winter, we continue to extend an invitation to you. Please come join our music ministry while you're here! You will be surrounded by a warm group of beautiful people. You'll find the schedule of rehearsal times in the bulletin, or you may contact the office for further details. The youth band, "Committed," is working in a few new members, developing their sound with some
Deborah Fisher Director of Music Ministries
August 2011 page 14
An exciting new history of Fountain Hills, Rising Above the Rest – The Story of Fountain Hills, AZ was recently published and is available for check out from our church library. It was written and compiled by Alan Cruikshank, Fountain Hills Times publisher, and two of our church members – former Mayor Jerry Miles and Jean Linzer. The book relates the history of our town from its founding days in the late 60’s through 2010. Over 90 stories provide the backgrounds, highlights, and sidelights of our town’s people, businesses, organizations, churches, and town government. Besides providing the story of the beginnings of our own church, you will find that quite a few of our church members have played a big part in the growth of our town over the years as well as the quality of life we have here. Hundreds of color photographs add to this publication’s appeal. For those who would like to have their own copy, it is for sale at the River of Time Museum’s store located in our town’s Library building. - Barbara Oakeson
CALLING ALL MEN
The Men’s Fellowship at FHPC is inviting men to join us for food, fellowship, fun, and service (OK, so that doesn’t start with an ‘f’). The Men’s Fellowship group generally meets on the second Saturday of each month between October and May. We occasionally meet on the First or Third Saturday to accommodate special events. The meetings begin at 9 am with a hearty breakfast (courtesy of Chefs Jack and Phil), usually follow with a speaker, and end with fellowship. The meetings generally run 90 minutes. We have many events planned for this season including the traditional Christmas Decoration/ Chili Dump, Valentine’s Brunch, a good ol’ fashioned Barbeque, and many more. We are also involved in service work both here in Fountain Hills with the Helping Hands Food Bank, and in The Valley with the Phoenix Rescue Mission. So if you’re looking for a way to connect with other Christian men in our community, look no farther. Our first meeting is on Saturday, October 8, at 9:00 am. We hope to see you there!
Please contact Phil Katz at (480) 719 -7881 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
THE MAKING OF A SAINT
Why were the saints, saints? Because they were cheerful when it was difficult to be cheerful, patient when it was difficult to be patient; and because they pushed on when they wanted to stand still, and kept silent when they wanted to talk, and were agreeable when they wanted to be disagreeable. That was all. It was quite simple, still is, and always will be.
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Important information about addresses!
We are now mailing out the monthly newsletter to all members, affiliate members, friends and prospective members. It is very important that we have a correct address for you. It is especially important for those of us who have two addresses. Our computer program can maintain two addresses and if we know your months of residency here, the program knows which address to use for mailings. We mail out the newsletter in bulk mail. But if we have the wrong address, it gets returned to us and we are responsible for full postage for it and you miss out on the newsletter. Can you please help us and insure that we have the correct dates for your alternate address? Please call or email the church office with your information. 480-837-1763 or email@example.com. Thank you for your time and caring.
Hospitalized? Call the church! If you are sick, hospitalized or home recovering from illness, we want you to call the church and let us know! In a congregation like ours where people leave in droves for extended summer months, it is easy for the staff, elders and deacons to assume, when we don’t see someone, that they are simply “vacationing away”. The truth is that some of you are sick and we are not aware of it. You can help us by simply letting one of the staff know of your situation. We have an excellent support system in place due to the diligent efforts of our deacons. Help us serve you by communicating your situation.
With deepest sympathy we list those members who have passed away in 2011 Jack Hrunek Dick Patterson Ruth Sherick Molly Pitcher Ron Behrends Thelma Blake Eric Blake Jim Rudack Paul Brisbane Maida Navis Walter Breidenbach Bob Hutchinson Dick Dresser Sheri Atchinson Rinfret Winifred Anderson Ted Sherick
The Caledonian Society of Arizona
Since many Presbyterians claim Scottish or Scots-Irish heritage, we wanted to reach out to you and let you know that we have a Scottish heritage organization in the metro area. It is called The Caledonian Society of Arizona, and we meet on the second Thursday of the month at the Irish Cultural Center (ICC), 1106 N. Central Avenue, at 6:45pm. We have a brief business meeting, followed by a program relating to our heritage. Refreshments are then served and we use this time to visit. The Society has sponsored an annual Highland Games and Gathering for many years and in many locations. We are currently in Steele Indian School Park, at Third Street and Indian School. Our next Games and Gathering will be in March 2012. The last full weekend – right after St. Patrick’s Day! Please check out our website at www.ArizonaScots.com or join us for one of our meetings. We would welcome your visit and hope to earn your membership. We also put on an annual Robert Burn’s Supper and tickets are available through the web site. If the sound of the Pipes stir your blood, then you belong with us! Questions may be directed to me on 602-867-6507. - Jean Latimer, President
“Well done, Thou good and faithful servant…. Enter thou into the joy Of thy Lord.”
HAPPY OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS!
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September 11, 2011 Memorial Service
Pastor Bill in a special Communion service. Special Guests: Todd Brunin, Scott LaGreca (Fire Chief), Scott Trentice
Debbie Fisher playing TAPS at conclusion of service.
Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church 13001 Fountain Hills Blvd. - Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 Phone - (480) 837-1763 Fax - (480) 837-1729 Office E-Mail Address: email@example.com Office Hours: Monday – Friday : 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. www.fhpresbyterian.info Pastor/Head of Staff: Rev Bill Good email: firstname.lastname@example.org cell phone: 480-329-8090
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