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From Our Pastor PHONING IT IN. . .
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
There’s a term that’s used -- mostly with regards to athletes and musicians -- when a performance lacks commitment, when that player or artist isn’t truly present in their endeavor. Critical voices will comment that it looks like the performer is “just phoning it in,” implying that they are simply going through the motions without accessing their particular genius. I bring this up here because I think it sometimes describes our faith practices and our worship as well. Sometimes we are “just phoning it in.” Take the Lord’s Prayer, for example. We share it as part of our worship service almost every week; but if we’re honest, we all must own up to times when we’ve been reciting rather than praying. Times when our minds wandered. Times when we were “just phoning it in.” This, of course, is just a representative example among many possibilities. Lent is the highest of our holy seasons, a special time when we’re called: to honesty, repentance, and humble recommitment to the God who saves us. . . to examine ourselves and our relationship to Jesus, the Christ. . . to put the phone down. . . and pick our crosses up.
This year, let’s make a pledge to one another. Let’s show up. Let’s be fully present -- to the trial and the joy. Here are some opportunities you won’t want to miss: Sundays throughout Lent, 9am: We sit at the Master’s feet during our worship time as he teaches us the ways of discipleship in his “Sermon on the Mount,” the greatest and most demanding teaching of our Scriptures. Palm Sunday, April 1st, 9am: We follow our children joyfully waving palm branches as we take our places amongst the throngs cheering the Messiah’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem – on the back of a donkey! Maundy Thursday, April 5th, 7pm: We recall that fateful and final Passover meal transformed by the love of Christ into the Lord’s Supper. And, we remember our part in our Lord’s betrayal as we depart a shadowed sanctuary and a chancel draped in black. Good Friday, April 6th, Noon-2:30pm: Ancient music and dim lights draw us into a time of private reflection in our sanctuary. Self-guided bulletins help us find our place in the crowds gathering at the foot of the Cross. The Watchnight of the Resurrection, Saturday, April 7th, 7pm: Joining in the tradition of our Eastern Orthodox brothers and sisters, we gather in mourning in a sanctuary draped and darkened. At the mid-point of the service we will exit the building in search of our Christ, returning to find our lives – and our sanctuary – transformed. What had formerly appeared dark and foreboding is now brightly lit and blossomed with hope. Our first Easter celebration has begun! Easter - The Day of Resurrection, April 8th, 9am: Christ the Lord is risen today!! We sing our alleluias as we share our joy in worship and our fellowship in our traditional Easter Brunch afterward.
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MARCH 18, 2012 Gifts of Women Sunday Music coordinated by Barb Wyman and Debbie Fisher, our home grown Poet will read for us and a Drama message presenting the Struggles and Success of women with up to date information from our sisters around the world ~ A visit from the Women of Scripture and an all-women’s choir !
OUR CHURCH STAFF Rev. Bill Good
Pastor/Head of Staff
Focus on Finance
Jan. Income Jan. Expense $ 38,487 $ 31,977 Budget Budget $ 40,110 $ 36,797
Rev. Stan Jones
Director Christian Formation
Yr to date Income
$ 40,110 $ 36,797
Director of Music Ministry
Yr to date Expense $ 31,977
CHURCH TREASURER John Skewes CHURCH SESSION Class of 2012 John Brockelman Susan Phillips Terri Schmidt John Wyman Class of 2013 Charlie Eberspacher Susan Owens Jim Roy Donna Yordy Class of 2014 Gail Botsford Jerry Cain Carol Hencz Jerry Maples Letha Neely Trey Uphoff BOARD OF DEACONS Moderator: Ruby Pearson Class of 2012 Ben Fast Ruby Pearson Bev Watters Chris Young Class of 2013 Yvonne Ellingson Sandy Heunisch John Schopbach Donna Sims Class of 2014 Irene Cain Phyliss Kern Linda Maples Chandler Roesch ******
Rev. Glenn Atchinson Pastor Emeritus
Results for January income and expenses show a solid start on our new year. While January income was slightly behind target, expenses were also lower than expected—although a portion of that is attributed more to timing than savings. The first three months of each calendar year set the stage for the balance of the year, so hitting our income targets in January, February and March is essential. With one month ‘in the books’, so far we are on track to do just that. Respectfully, John Skewes, Treasurer
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April 1, 2012 Worship 9:00 AM April 5, 2012 Service 7:00 PM April 6, 2012 Private Reflection Noon –2:30 PM April 7, 2012 Watchnight of the Resurrection 7:00 PM April 8, 2012 Day of Resurrection Service 9:00 AM Brunch after worship
Easter Vigil Saturday
In God’s hands We are not the masters of our own destinies. We are Called to plan and strategize, to work and live active lives, To attempt things that are beyond us and tackle challenges That stretch us to the limit. Yet the outcome of our efforts, Even our ability to exert ourselves, is always in God’s hands. ——Carolyn Custis James, The Gospel of Ruth
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THANK YOU! The Missions committee is pleased to hear from all of you who have stopped at the JUST COFFEE table to express delight in the taste of the freshly brewed JUST COFFEE being served at Fellowship. The sale of this coffee goes to support our CARE and SUPPORT OUR TROOPS projects. Your support of JUST COFFEE allows the families of the growers and employees of Café Justo to receive medical benefits and sustainable wages. Rural Mexican Communities are being revitalized and families are able to stay together. Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church is now one of many Church Congregations across the United States who is striving to make a positive impact on both sides of the border. The decrease in illegal migration into Arizona saves lives. Please continue to support the Mission through your purchase of JUST COFFEE . ……..Don’t drink coffee but still want to support this project? Please consider the purchase of a bag of JUST COFFEE and donate it back to the church for Fellowship time use. EASTER BOXES FOR THE TROOPS Easter will soon be upon us. Would you like to take part in placing a smile on the faces of some soldiers living in tents at one of the most remote outposts in Afghanistan? Well, you can. Preparations are now happening to make these Easter Boxes a reality. On Friday, February 17, a sorting day took place in my garage. This is a time when all donations that have come in up to this point, are separated and placed into the proper individual containers. Once every single item is where it should be, it makes bagging and boxing a whole lot easier and faster. Have you ever wondered exactly what goes into any of the boxes headed for the Troops? In each and every box is a bag of dry toiletries, a bag of wet toiletries, handiwipes, pen, paper and envelopes, a puzzle book and magazines, snacks, t-shirt and socks and most important of all, a game of some kind. The deadline for gathering items for the Easter Boxes will be Sunday, March 11. Bagging and packing the boxes will take place the following week with mailing
1 lb…….$15 3 lbs …. $40
Violet Wieder, helper
On the bulletin board in the narthex is a thank you note from Church World Service commending us on donations totaling around $29,000 over the last 14 years. And displayed on the wall is a Blankets+ recognition banner for our past contributions. Thank YOU for your generous support!
out hopefully by March 20th. Many thanks again to everyone at FHPC who have continued to support this very important ministry. Current items needed: Easter snacks, batteries, small deodorants and small Gold Bond medicated foot powders (in the blue containers usually found only at Walmart.) - Donna Sims, Deacon
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OUR PASTOR Messenger of God
In Half Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls tells how her grandMother Lily, at age 10, and Lily’s younger siblings were Bringing cows in for milking when the animals suddenly Ran for high ground. Lily realized a flash flood was coming. She directed her brother and sister to climb a tree, where They clung all night as water and wind slammed against Them. Lily helped her siblings stay awake and hopeful. As Dawn broke, the water subsided and the children waded Home. Their mother prayed gratefully, telling them to thank their guardian angel. Young Lily protested that she Had saved them all. But her father answered wisely, “Maybe The angel was you.” The Hebrew word for angel literally means messenger. Through words and deeds, we all can be God’s angels for one another. The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc
There’s great promise in the scripture that heads up this article – it’s the promise of new life for those who show up and seek God earnestly. It’s clear that you can’t phone this one in. Come, join us and claim the promise.
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Bill Good
But she responded, “No, it’s not OK, but you can tell me I’m Forgiven.”Not ‘OK’ but ‘forgiven’ Since Thomas Harris’ popular self-help book I’m OK, You’re OK was first published in 1967, the title has become A cliche`, thanks to knock-offs and parodies. One is titled I’m OK, You’re Not So Hot. Indeed, it’s often in our nature to Be more accepting of our own behavior than of others. Yet at other times we’re too quick to dismiss a wrong done against us. When a wise Christian apologized to me for something she’d done, I immediately replied, “It’s OK.” But she responded, “No, it’s not OK, but you can tell me I’m forgiven.” Lent reminds us that none of us is perfectly “OK” in our relationships with God and one another. But thanks to God’s unconditional love, demonstrated through Jesus’ willingness to suffer even death for us, we’re indeed forgiven.
- Heidi Mann
Sink or swim
When a boat started sinking, the skipper shouted, “Does anybody know how to pray?” One man confidently answered, “yes, I do.” The captain nodded. “That’s good then,” he said. “You go ahead and pray. The rest of us will put on life jackets. We’re one short.” The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc
NEW FACEBOOK PAGE: Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church
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Such good music can come from such good sermon topics. I do so appreciate the challenging topics and the chosen scriptures which Bill draws his topics from when deciding the next direction in further illuminating God's word, exciting our souls into their energizing function. Choosing music that can support his chosen topic, accommodate our musical abilities and continue to further develop our music ministry has been a truly nurturing experience for me. I appreciate the living message, musically accommodating God's spoken word which is so thoughtfully and skillfully expressed. Whether the music is from a composer of a classic era, or one written by a contemporary composer still unknown to many, yet, whose musical style will touch us somehow through their choice of harmonious colors, or by the rhythmic experience of a syncopated passage, combined by the choice of text that the composer chose to elaborate upon which reiterates God's powerful and unique message of love, compassion, trust and comfort. The experience of this journey in music is truly one of a passionate nature, and I am so thankful for all the musical people I am blessed to work with on these musical selections. Thank-you, congregation, for the loving support and encouraging attention given to our talented Celebration Singers, Celebration Ringers and to our youth who make up the youth band, "Committed." How exciting to hear the band play the Prelude last month on the same Sunday the "Pearwood Recorders" played the offertory, each playing selections that accommodated the scripture, yet, written 400 years apart! Speaking of the youth band "Committed," how nice to have girls in the band. The boys appreciate their musical talent and abilities, which they certainly have. I taught a couple of the girls when they were little at school, and they used to chase a couple of those boys in tag. I always tease how they used to beat the boys up! All in fun! Ladies, by the way, it's OUR turn to occupy the choir loft and present music for….. "WOMEN'S SUNDAY" March 18th I so look forward to this worship service. I look forward to the musical selection for that Sunday one in which will feature a style we can all appreciate. Ladies, please remember to grab the gal next to you and bring her along. If you have never joined us in the choir loft for this event, please know you are WELCOME! I encourage you to come to our rehearsal Thursday, March15, at 7:00 P.M. in the Sanctuary. Please don't miss this wonderful opportunity to join us! Bring a water bottle! We are fully in our Lenten season, going on this journey toward the Easter experience. I must say thank-you, once again, to those of you who spend your winters here, enhancing our music ministry each Sunday, and who may be preparing to return to your other homes soon after Easter. You have been a blessing to our community of Believers. I'd like to invite those of you who can attend the great "Choralfest," sponsored by the Fountain Hills Civic and Cultural Association, on Sunday, March 25, at 2:00 p.m. This is a wonderful gathering of all the local and surrounding church choirs, including the Community Chorus, sharing 2 anthems each, and ending with the fabulous Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus." This will be hosted by the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church this year, with refreshments following. Please come support your "Celebration Singers" as they represent our church in this annual event. It is truly wonderful to hear all the music! Deborah Fisher Director of Music Ministries "O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; tell of His salvation from day to day!"
Sailing through life
A shallow life lives on its impulses, impressions, intuitions, instincts and largely on its circumstances. Those with profound character, however, look beyond all these and move steadily ahead, seeing the future, where sorrow, seeming defeat and failure will be reversed. They sail right through storm clouds into the bright sunshine which always awaits them on the other side.
- A.B. Simpson, as quoted in Streams in the Desert
An Irish blessing
May God grant you always A sunbeam to warm you. A moonbeam to charm you, A sheltering angel So nothing can harm you, Laughter to cheer you, Faithful friends near you—And whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you.
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Congregational Life & Fellowship
Rummage Sale…...March 3, 2012 Thank you to everyone for a successful event.
BASEBALL, HOT DOGS, APPLE PIE, LIGHT RAIL AND PRESBYTERIANS CLAF is sponsoring a trip to Chase Field (Phoenix) to see the Diamondbacks vs. the Giants on Saturday, May 12th @ 5:00 PM. We will meet at 3:00 PM at the Sycamore and Main St. /Dobson station in Mesa (free parking) and catch the light rail to the ballpark. Light rail tickets may be purchased at Walgreens ahead of time. Cost for game is $20.00 and includes your game ticket, hot dog and Pepsi. Sign-up will be the first 2 Sundays of March in the fellowship center after services. Please pay at the time of sign-up. If you would like to attend, but won’t be at church on these Sundays, you may contact Jim Stewart at 480-650-2340.
Tickets for the Entertainment Concert Series 2012
The Entertainment Concert Series at the F.H. Presbyterian Church now has single ticket purchases for all shows. Ticket sales kick off at 8:30 AM in the Fellowship Center on Sundays and again at 10:00 until 10:15 AM. You can also purchase tickets at the church office during the week 11:00 AM until 2:00 P.M. NO CREDIT CARDS. Church’ phone # 480-837-1763.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Highway Legends – Starring Jeff Dayton
(Formerly with GLEN CAMPBELL, LEE GREENWOOD & KENNY CHESNEY)
“MIKE & T”
(Formerly with LARRY GATLIN & THE GATLIN BROTHERS, THE JUDDS, HANK WILLIAMS JR., CHARLIE RICH, JERRY REED)
This will be a four-person presentation of music and stories from these main-stream musicians and singers who traveled the nation with some of the most legendary super-stars of country music. For many years, these were the important people behind these major artists. It is most impressive when you hear the accounts of the responsibility these top-rated musical talents were in important concerts all over the world. This is a real insight into the world of big-time country music.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
These Three Tenors Starring MICHAEL CROUSE/THOMAS STALLONE/RINALDO TOGLIA
We top off the season with a number one rated act in the history of this “Series”. In 2010 we first presented “THESE THREE TENORS” to incredible rave reviews. These are three of New York City’s greatest voices. They drew a total of over 20,000 people to our shows in 2010. We were barraged by accolades such as “Magnificent”; “Thrilling”; “Beautiful music”; “Superb voices”; and the best compliment of all: “Thank you for bringing such sensational entertainment to our community!” … Well, they are back.
Happy 100th Birthday Arizona!
Here are some fun and fascinating Arizona Facts!
1. Arizona has 3,928 mountain peaks and summits—more mountains than any one of the other Mountain States (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming). 2. All New England, plus the state of Pennsylvania would fit inside Arizona. 3. Arizona became the 48th state and last of the contiguous states on February 14, 1912. 4. Arizona’s disparate climate can yield both the highest temperature across the nation and the lowest temperature across the nation in the same day. 5. There are more wilderness areas in Arizona than in the entire Midwest. Arizona alone has 90 wilderness areas, while the Midwest has 50. 6. Arizona has 26 peaks that are more than 10,000 feet in elevation. 7. Arizona has the largest contiguous stand of ponderosa pines in the world stretching from near Flagstaff along the Mogollon Rim to the White Mountains region. 8. Yuma, Arizona is the country’s highest producer of winter vegetables, especially lettuce. 9. Arizona is the 6th largest state in the nation, covering 113,909 square miles. 10. Out of all the states in the U.S., Arizona has the largest percentage of its land designated as Indian lands. 11. The “Five C’s” of Arizona’s economy are: Cattle, Copper, Citrus, Cotton, and Climate. 12. More copper is mined in Arizona than all the other states combined, and the Morenci Mine is the largest copper producer in all of North America. 13. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, two of the most prominent movie stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, were married on March 18, 1939, in Kingman, Arizona. 14. Covering 18,608 sq. miles, Coconino County is the second largest county by land area in the 48 contiguous United States. 15. The world’s largest solar telescope is located at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Sells, Arizona. 16. Bisbee, Arizona is known as the Queen of the Copper Mines because during its mining heyday it produced nearly 25 percent of the world’s copper and was the largest city in the Southwest between Saint Louis and San Francisco. 17. Billy the Kid killed his first man, Windy Cahill, in Bonita, Arizona. 18. Arizona grows enough cotton each year to make more than one pair of jeans for every person in the United States. 19. Famous labor leader and activist Cesar Chavez was born in Yuma. 20. In 1912, President William Howard Taft was ready to make Arizona a state on February 12, but it was Lincoln’s birthday. The next day, the 13th, was considered bad luck so they waited until the following day. That’s how Arizona became known as the “Valentine State.” 21. When England’s famous London Bridge was replaced in the 1960s, the original was purchased, dismantled, shipped stone by stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it still stands today. 22. Mount Lemmon, in the Santa Catalina Mountains, is the southernmost ski resort in the United States. 23. Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch in Picacho, Arizona is the largest privately-owned ostrich ranch in the world outside South Africa. 24. If you cut down a protected species of cactus in Arizona, you could spend more than a year in prison. 25. The world’s largest to-scale collection of miniature airplane models is housed at the library at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. 26. The only place in the country where mail is delivered by mule is the village of Supai, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
27. Located on Arizona’s western border, Parker Dam is the deepest dam in the world at 320 feet. 28. South Mountain Park/Preserve in Phoenix is the largest municipal park in the country. 29. Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, located about 55 miles west of Phoenix, generates more electricity than any other U.S. power plant. 30. Oraibi, a Hopi village located in Navajo County, Arizona, dates back to before A.D. 1200 and is reputed to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in America. 31. Built in by Del Webb in 1960, Sun City, Arizona was the first 55plus active adult retirement community in the country. 32. Petrified wood is the official state fossil. The Petrified Forest in northeastern Arizona contains America’s largest deposits of petrified wood. 33. Many of the founders of San Francisco in 1776 were Spanish colonists from Tubac, Arizona. 34. Phoenix originated in 1866 as a hay camp to supply military post Camp McDowell. 35. Rainfall averages for Arizona range from less than three inches in the deserts to more than 30 inches per year in the mountains. 36. Rising to a height of 12,643 feet, Mount Humphreys north of Flagstaff is the state’s highest mountain. 37. Roadrunners are not just in cartoons! In Arizona, you’ll see them running up to 17-mph away from their enemies. 38. The Saguaro cactus is the largest cactus found in the U.S. It can grow as high as a five-story building and is native to the Sonoran Desert, which stretches across southern Arizona. 39. Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, grew up on a large family ranch near Duncan, Arizona. 40. The best-preserved meteor crater in the world is located near Winslow, Arizona. 41. The average state elevation is 4,000 feet. 42. The Navajo Nation spans 27,000 square miles across the states of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, but its capital is seated in Window Rock, Arizona. 43. The amount of copper utilized to make the copper dome atop Arizona’s Capitol building is equivalent to the amount used in 4.8 million pennies. 44. Near Yuma, the Colorado River’s elevation dips to 70 feet above sea level, making it the lowest point in the state. 45. The geographic center of Arizona is 55 miles southeast of Prescott near the community of Mayer. 46. You could pile four 1,300-foot skyscrapers on top of each other and they still would not reach the rim of the Grand Canyon. 47. The hottest temperature recorded in Arizona was 128 degrees at Lake Havasu City on June 29, 1994. 48. The coldest temperature recorded in Arizona was 40 degrees below zero at Hawley Lake on January 7, 1971. 49. A saguaro cactus can store up to nine tons of water. 50. The state of Massachusetts could fit inside Maricopa County (9,922 sq. miles). 51. The westernmost battle of the Civil War was fought at Picacho Pass on April 15, 1862 near Picacho Peak in Pinal County. 52. There are 11.2 million acres of National Forest in Arizona, and one -fourth of the state forested. 53. Wyatt Earp was neither the town marshal nor the sheriff in Tombstone at the time of the shoot-out at the O.K. Corral. His brother Virgil was the town marshal. 54. On June 6, 1936, the first barrel of tequila produced in the United States rolled off the production line in Nogales, Arizona. 55. The Sonoran Desert is the most biologically diverse desert in North America.
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Men's Sweetheart Brunch
It’s Still Here! FHPC Cookbook
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. - CLAF Committee
Not Yet A Member?
Our next Inquiry Class will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 6:00 PM in the Conference Room. Our New Member Sunday will then be held on Palm Sunday, April 1, 2012. 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.
CHURCH PICNIC AT McDowell Park
CHURCH PICNIC AT McDowell Park
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Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team for 2011-2012 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: Terry Martin
Coordinating Team Friday, March 2 meeting , at 9 AM, in the Adult Center. Morning Circle meets 9 AM Thursday, March 8th, in Adult Center. The Bible study leader will be Peggy Linkin, Circle leader is Carol Fuls. Evening Circle meets 7 PM Tuesday, March 27th in the home of Jeanene Schopbach (12232 N Gambel Dr) 480-816-0598. Cohostess will be Terri Schmidt, Bible study leader 7 Evelyn Hrunek.
BIBLE STUDY HELP – FOR 2012 Schedule for Bible Study Leaders meetings with Stan Jones in the Adult Center at 10:30 A.M. are: Lesson 8 —March 22, 2012 Lesson 9 — April 26, 2012
DATES TO REMEMBER Church Rummage Sale March 3 Gifts of Women Sunday March 18 Spring Gathering April 21 Church wide Gathering July 18
MARCH 18 Gifts of Women Sunday Don’t forget to celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday. You are invited to attend and bring a friend. It will be interesting and uplifting. Music coordinated by Barb Wyman and Debbie Fisher, our home grown Poet will read for us and a Drama message presenting the Struggles and Success of women with up to date information from our sisters around the world ~ A visit from the Women of Scripture and an all-women’s choir ! Don’t miss this one! March 18th 9:00 am.
Standing Room only was the message for anyone arriving late to the Winter Gathering. It was a lovely evening well planned by the PW Evening Circle. The fresh look on the tables with the sound of laughter filling the air! But, wait more than joy filling the air, it was a sound begging one to climb the hill and gather with the expectant faces of over 70 women in our faith community. Yodeling and Sage Investment advice would be offered on this evening. Our own music maker was striking the strings to the sound of ‘Country’ and what could have been more uplifting than our own Debbie Fisher sharing her glorious gift!
‘Weekender Project’ - Knapsacks for Kids PW women participated with the Church of the Ascension – ‘Weekender Project’ Mary Alice Bivens volunteered to work at the AZ Brain Food Center in Mesa - along with four other volunteers packing Knap sacks for Fountain Hills Children to take home over the weekends. This project feeds ‘at risk children’ identified by our schools Currently we serve over forty at risk children each week. The PW has taken this calling as a hands on ministry– Volunteers are needed – call Mary Alice Bivens or the church office.
What a night!!
March 2012 8 page OUT ’n ABOUT—OUT TO LUNCH
Our next date is March 21 at 12:00 noon at the Ahnala Restaurant in the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort. As usual we will order off the menu and receive separate checks that include tip and tax. Call Arlene Olsen at 837-4271 for reservations.
Debbie Fisher and yodeler, Madison Key
Hooked on Books... Women's reading
Group ...will meet on Wednesday, March 21st, at the home of Helen Rumsey, 17257 E Grande Blvd., #3, at 10 am . Evelyn Hrunek will be co-hostess. Elsie Hoffarber and Carol Fuls will review and lead a discussion of the book “In the Garden of Beasts” by Eric Larson. All women who enjoy reading are invited to attend. Gently used children’s books are being collected for donation to a shelter in Mesa and may be brought to the meeting.
Answers to last month trivia:
Pat Tuttle, Jan Hoff, Pat Covault and Suzie McCready
Tamar , Rebekah, Delilah, Yacheved and A Prophetess. Thanks for playing along!
Jan Hoff was ‘Pinned’ with the “Honorary Life Membership” award for all her wonderful works. How blessed we are to have her in our Faith community. Thank you, Jan for all you do and Congratulations! Leota Didier shared with all the women her amazingly interesting life as she gave her “Investing is not just about money’ talk following a scrumptious dinner.
Sharing with you …. “The whole world is, in fact, a text of sacred revelation. All experience has the potential to be revelatory, and God is singing one unending song seducing each of our hearts. So the call is to listen, to attune to the words God utters in the world. “ From - Lectio Divina – the sacred art…
Debbie Fisher, guitar and Jackie Miles,
Many thanks to the Men for a wonderful and WELL DONE Valentine’s Brunch. We all felt like Sweethearts.
Youth in Mission
Overcome Hunger! Teens hosted a Hunger Protest to bring awareness of this local and global need! Help overcome hunger in the world through God's love. We can either just feed people or be a part of God's Kingdom justice. Our teens learned, served and became a part of Kingdom social justice through participating in World Vision's 30 Hour Famine February 24-25. The congregation joined them through prayer and / or financial support. Together we can make a "global" difference and be part of lasting solutions to social problems!
We went hungry so that others do not have to! The teens did it! They fasted 30 hours as they learned about and served others! Raised $1178.00 to date to be part of the hunger solution to the country of Bolivia. Enjoyed tribal games to experientially learn about the effects of poverty, hunger and diseases on men, women and children globally. Packed 915 food bags to feed local children locally.
Terri Schmidt, Christian Formation Elder
~Laugh Loudly~Laugh Long ~ Laugh Wholly~
Wednesday Evening Family Night
We began our Lenten series in February, but you can still join in on the journey. Every Wednesday has some new and interesting facts to uncover and discuss in an informal setting. We begin the evening at 6:45 with a meal catered by “Phil’s Filling Station” for a small fee of $5.00 per person. We have a delightful meal shared with the young people before we go to our separate classes. There is a curriculum set up for pre-teen, Jr. High and High School as well as Adults. So you can see we welcome the whole family. So come on out and join in on an enjoyable fellowship opportunity. We will be waiting with doors opened. If you do not wish to share the meal, we will begin our programming at 6:30pm and you are welcomed to come learn with us. If you feel like sharing a dessert with us, we will welcome anything you want to bring.
a roll and delve into the study of Apostle Paul. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, stop by and join this men’s group.
Souper Bowl for Caring
Well we were unsuccessful in predicting the winner of the Super Bowl this year. By the way collections went we were predicting the New England Patriots to win. If you were like me you were disappointed in watching the New York Giants win the Super Bowl. But on a positive note, we did collect 84 cans of food and $30.00 for the “Extended Hands “food bank. Thank you to all who contributed to this.
As February ends and we start a new month, I praise God for the many blessings he has given us. We here in the Christian Formation Committee are busy building relationships with both young and old. I thank God for bringing Debby Debernardi to our church; she has been busy building relationships with the young people living close by. They have been coming to our Wednesday evening Family Nights and seem eager to learn and have fun doing it. To quote a famous movie line: “Build it and they will come.” Debby had set up a curriculum for the young people on Wednesday and had it ready for when they came. Here they are and we were ready. Now she is getting things ready for Sundays when we hope to start our Sunday classes for the young ones. We have some fun things coming our way and we have experienced some fun already.
We are gearing up for our VBS program this year. We will be having some sign up tables in the Narthex later this month. So if you are interested in helping again this year, we will love to have you join in on our fun. Shawn Uphoff and Paula Eberspacher will be overseeing this huge project again this year. THANK YOU Ladies!!!!!!
Are you looking for something to do on Tuesday mornings? If you have no plans, please come and join Stan Jones and his klatch of enthusiasts in their morning studies. This gathering begins at 9:00am on Tuesday mornings in the Adult Education rooms. Stan keeps this group of people enthralled with something exciting every week. It may be a book or some studies directly from the Bible, but the interchange is most interesting.
30 Hour Famine
By the time you get this newsletter, the youth will have completed our 30 Hour Famine. The money that was raised through pledges and donations were given to the “World Vision” organization. This money is used to help feed hungry children world wide. Thank you to all who helped made this a success. As I close for another month, I want to say Thank You to all who help make me look so good. My committee members are: Paula Eberspacher, Shawn Uphoff, Sandy Heunisch, Michele Sivets, Debby Debernardi, Charlie Eberspacher, and Trey Uphoff. These people give of their time and energy faithfully and I praise God for them every day. A big Thank you goes to this committee, for all of your hard work. God is so good and we have so much to be grateful for.
Pastor Bill’s Bible Study
As March begins, we are in the last chapters of Mark. We are eagerly waiting the embarking of our study of John. If it is nearly as rewarding as Mark was, we will be in for another treat. Come and join in on the experience of traveling through John with us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 in the Adult Education rooms. Learn more about the travels of Jesus through the Apostles words. We welcome all who wish to join us and we will promise to find you a chair.
Men’s Bible Study
Do you have a tee time at 10:00am on Thursday morning? Well you have time to gather with this group of men at 7:00am in their study of the Apostle Paul and still make your tee time. This group is led by John Bivens in the Adult Education rooms. They welcome all men who wish to join in on this fellowship. They sit back and have some coffee and maybe
Coming this Summer: 1. Global KidZ Camp for 1st-6th grades 2. VBS Operation Overboard 3. Teen Mission Trip to the Navaho Nation 1. Global KidZ - Kidz partnering with God through prayer for world impact.
Kids need a rock... on which they can depend. Jesus is our Rock. But how do we get to know Him, understand Him and form a bond with Him so that we trust Him? Through prayer. Parents, grandparents and leaders bring and accompany the kids in your life (1st-6th grades) to Global KidZ to deepen their prayer life in a camp setting. At Global KidZ, they will learn to listen for God’s direction and pray effectively for themselves, their community and their world. Where: United Christian Youth Camp, Prescott, AZ When: April 13-14, 2012 Schedule: Friday check-in at 6:30pm Retreat ends Saturday 6:30 pm www.kidZatheart.org to print schedule Cost: $85 ($75 if register 30 days or more before retreat) Interactive teaching and experiential prayer times, partnered with fun camp activities, make Global KidZ a weekend you won’t want to miss. Brochures available in the church office.
From the Director of Christian Formation
3. Teen Mission Trip to Navaho Nation July 15-21
The Navajo Nation is the world’s largest Indian reservation. Leader Treks is working with several small Navajo churches along the Arizona/New Mexico border. These sites are designed for groups who want a cross-cultural experience without leaving the United States. The trip is designed to individually develop each teen and unify the group. Only our group will be at the site. The benefits include teamwork, confidence, desire to study God’s Word, a vision for the lost, and motivation to grow the youth group. We will do a challenging work project in the mornings followed by leading a VBS / sports ministry in the afternoon. Of course “partying” with the locals with Navajo tacos and volleyball will be a delight! Pray now for God to prepare us using our own VBS opportunities, past work project skills, and Leader Treks pre-trip training called Passport and post-trip material called Mission Life. Leader Treks provides both leadership staff and college students being mentored who are desiring to go into youth work. Challenging, but the teens are surrounded with support for an empowering time with God and others. A minimum of 15 people (including leaders) are required! We encourage and invite all 7th through 12th graders.
2. VBS: OPERATION OVERBOARD:
Dare to Go Deep with God! Summer VBS is June 18-22 from 8:45 am - Noon Vacation Bible School is fast approaching and we are VERY EXCITED about this year's theme! Our VBS will run June 18 through June 22 from 8:45am through 12:00 Noon. Because VBS was so much fun last year, we have many returning volunteers! Having said that, we are still looking for others to help coordinate, assist and just be on campus to welcome the many families to our beautiful church. Please start watching the bulletin and announcements for lists of items that we are asking the congregation to donate. Of course, CASH donations are always helpful in order to get many of the items needed to make it fun and successful. Please contact Shawn Uphoff (480) 794-0872, Paula Eberspacher (480)837-4466, or Debby DeBernardi (480)837-1763 if you would like to participate or donate!
Teen Winter Camp
Winter Teen Camp was an Experience to Shape Lives and Remember Always!
We experienced music, skits, lots of free time for “The Swing”, basketball, ice surfing, coffee conversations, shuffleboard, pool, fosse ball, running in the cold only to warm up in the hot tub and great food! Yes, we even had steak and a psookie! The highlight was the speaker, Chris McGuire, challenging youth and adults about God’s design of who we are. We enjoyed seeing our leaders do skits as well as Tori winning the shaving cream balloon contest! Go Tori! For Debby, it was awesome to spend time with the teens hearing what they believe, the questions they have and the views & relationships shaping their lives.
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“Once upon a time, in a land far,far, away lived a beautiful maiden” – WAIT A MINUTE- the book, UNBOWED is not a fairy tale! It is, however, about a beautiful, intelligent woman, Wangari Muta Maathai who lived in the far away country of Kenya. UNBOWED is her memoir and one of the books on the Women’s Reading List because she was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Unknown to most of us Wangari Muta was born April 1st, 1940, the oldest female child of Kikuyu peasant farmers in the central highlands of Kenya, East Africa. On her journey of 60 years she not only tells of the happenings of her life, but also those of her country and the continent of Africa, as well. At the time of her birth, Kenya was a British colony and had been since the late 1800’s. The land was lush, green and fertile. Wangari loved the fresh water streams, the big fig trees and the rich soil of the land tended by her mother and brothers. As a child she saw the connection between nature and human life. This formed the basis for her future work as an environmentalist. Thanks to her mother she was allowed to go with her cousin to a primary school run by Catholic nuns. Later she attended a Catholic girl’s high school outside Nairobi, where helping in the lab sparked her desire to be a scientist. Because she had always been first in her class, she was one of 600 young people chosen to go to the United States to attend college in preparation for Kenya’s independence. Wangari said, “I was in the right place at the right time.” Her arrival in New York was full of new experiences – high buildings, elevators, escalators, strange food and unfortunately, discrimination. She was surprised there were “black people” in America. She was sent to Mt. St. Scholastic in Atchinson, Kansas, a girl’s college staffed by Benedictine nuns. (Later it merged with St Benedict’s, a boy’s college, to become Benedictine College which is still a small but well-respected institution of learning.) Wangari found life in Kansas much different than in Kenya. The school was more liberal, the landscape and seasons were different, but at the end of 4 years she not only had a degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and German, but she felt she had become Americanized and knew near-by Kansas City quite well. After 3+ years at the University of Pittsburg Wangari returned to a Kenya which had become an independent country two years before on December 12th, 1963. Her life in Nairobi as a college professor, a married woman and a mother of three was very busy but normal until she went back to her childhood home and saw what had changed. Native trees had been cut to make way for coffee and tea plantations leaving very little land on which to raise food. The wood cut from the trees had all been used, so cooking fires were small. Animals and people showed signs of malnutrition. The streams were full of top soil. Things needed to be changed! This was the beginning of the Green Belt Movement. Wangari established a network of rural women who were given seedlings and paid a small sum for every planted tree that lived. Trees began to be planted here and there, then in small groups and later wide belts of a thousand trees marching across the hills. This was to become Wangari’s life work and her outstanding accomplishment. At the time of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize, some forty million trees had been planted. Reading UNBOWED will inspire you and make you proud of what one woman can do for her country. Her life was not without unhappiness and trouble, even times of danger. An educated woman was not always respected nor appreciated in Kenya, but she was patient, persistent and committed and her influence has made a better life for many. -Rebah Hubbard
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.
March 2012 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 2012. Don Gallentine
“Well done, Thou good and faithful servant…. Enter thou into the joy Of thy Lord.”
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What’s your cell type?
The microscopic amoeba is a self-sufficient, one-celled Organism. White blood cells look much like amoebae yet serve the larger organism of which they’re a part. While the amoeba flees danger, white blood cells hasten toward it, working together to defend the body from disease. Individuals, the smallest units of the body of Christ, are like cells. They can either live for themselves or work together to serve the whole church. Although the body parts Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 12 (ear, eye, foot, hand) can’t live apart from the body, cells have that potential. Do you focus only on your needs, deriving benefits from the body of Christ but not helping it? Or are you a team member, giving of yourself to benefit the whole church? Paul calls such people ministers and deacons (see Romans 12:6-7; 16:1). The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc
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Come join our Vacation Bible School Team! Help us make VBS 2012 a wonderful experience for all. June 18-22, 2012 If interested contact Shawn Uphoff, Paula Eberspacher or Debby DeBernardi
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