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Fountain Hills, AZ
O come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! . . . O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
(Psalm 95:1-6)

June/July 2012

Yesterday, Marta brought me a copy of last year’s worship bulletin to utilize as a starting point for crafting next week’s service. No surprise there. This is an event to which I am quite accustomed. It happens every week. So, I thought nothing of it when she laid it on my desk. Only this week things were different. This week the paper was not the same size and it was folded in thirds, testifying to the changing season and our summer format. I found this break in my routine a bit jarring. Which led me to reflect upon how worship happens here at FHPC. Our friend, Tom Martin, is fond of telling me that I have the best job in the world . . . I only have to work one hour each week. While the sly smile that crosses his face when he drops that second line on me testifies to a certain (very bad!) sense of humor, there is a (very good!) point buried in his (very bad!) joke. Good worship such as we experience week by week here at FHPC just appears to happen effortlessly. But, it only does so after an incredibly committed cast of characters have worked diligently to create this illusion.

After a winter of worship as rich, warm and lively as ours has been it’s time to say thanks to that auspicious group of saints for their weekly contributions. So, here goes. . . a great thanks to: • Our Worship and Music Council participants who planned, prayed, and served in so many ways – both big and small (so that’s how that pen got in the pew rack!); • Our musician friends who rehearsed diligently and who sang, played, danced and directed from their loving hearts; • Our sound and (new) A/V team who worked so hard so that we might experience more fully; • Our greeters, ushers and helping angels who gave so generously of themselves to help folks feel at home; • Our Elders who brought honor to our Lord and grace to us by serving Communion each month; • Our liturgists who faithfully called us to worship, directed us in confession, led us in prayer and shared the word each week – not to mention the gracious lady who quietly coordinates this effort; • Our Faith Friends who volunteer as “on call” nursery attendants, caring for small children on those delightful occasions when their families come to join us. • Our Office Manager who lovingly prepared the printed bulletins and our Office Angels who proof-read, stuffed and folded. . . and proof-read, stuffed and folded. . . and proof-read, stuffed and folded. . . ; • Our Custodian and Buildings and Grounds Team who made sure the sanctuary was always at the ready; • Our loving family members who understood that beauty and truth are dear companions and who responded by gracing our worship with beautiful flowers; Continued on page 7...

Starting June 1st until September 3rd, the Church office will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The office will be closed on Fridays until Labor Day.

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Focus on Finance
April Income April Expense $ 39,551 $ 32,605 Budget Budget $ 36,810 $ 33,123

Rev. Stan Jones
Parish Associate

Debby DeBernardi
Director Christian Formation

Marta Ludwig
Administrative Coordinator

Yr to date Income

$ 148,223

Budget Budget

$ 146,790 $ 138,337

Debbie Fisher
Director of Music Ministry

Yr to date Expense $ 135,681

Dorothy Parris

Caryl Bates

Lynn Medley

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

The month of April (with 5 Sundays) was favorable for Income, and with four months now “in the books” we are slightly ahead of our YTD target (by $1,433). Expenses should still be considered generally on plan, as again we see some favorable expense variances more attributable to timing than true savings. Overall we remain about on Budget. Nice place to be with 1/3 of the year now behind us. Respectfully, John Skewes, Treasurer
A Father’s Love In all that you do, a dad’s love plays a part. There’s always a place for him deep in your heart. And each year that passes, you’re even more glad, More grateful and proud just to call him your dad! —Author unknown

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June/July 2012

Music Ministry
Once again the music staff and I would like to bid farewell to those of you traveling to your summer homes and your summer churches, where you have other family and friends who miss you while you are here, and will greet you with open arms as we will when you, once again, return to us. To Caryl Bates, our organist extraordinaire, you will be missed, as always. We appreciate you so. You have played beautifully, accompanying anthems, hymns, blending so well in partnership with Dorothy on numerous Preludes and Offertories, and offering such exuberant Postludes which have sent us out of the church into fellowship week after week. Enjoy your summer home in Colorado with Jim at your side. We'll see you in the fall! Dorothy, as always, you are so appreciated. Thank you for all your selections! You are such a fine church musician! We look forward to your music throughout the summer months as church keeps on happening, week after week We will enjoy having Barbara Wyman playing organ throughout the summer months as her schedule permits. We sure enjoyed hearing the organ duet Caryl and Barb played last month. All those hands, keys, pedals and feet working together! Nice job, ladies! With the season of rehearsals for the Celebration Singers, Celebration Ringers, and the Pearwood Recorders coming to rest for the summer, we welcome next, the summer session of solo's, duets, trios, etc., with new rehearsal arrangements, accompaniments, harmonies and the like, preparing to bring forth music into our worship service. We have a signup sheet in the choir room with a few spots still needing to be filled, so, stop by. Otherwise, give me a call and we will see what is available, and who is available to accompany, etc. The youth band “Committed” will be in rehearsal through the summer months, readying themselves to continue playing in our worship service, and sounding forth styles of the youth as they play music close to their hearts. It's always nice to work with them each week. They are a special group of the best kind of people we would want to invest in. They are loyal and dependable, sincere and honest. They love our church family, and appreciate the support you give them. They often talk of certain individuals who have impressed them, which I can totally relate to, for they speak of folks that have also impressed me. They watch as we live our lives dedicated to the works of Christ, and learn by the actions that support our faith. I'd like to thank their parents for driving them to rehearsals, week in and week out, and teaching them safely as they become old enough to drive themselves! (10 and 2, Jake, 10 and 2!) I will be here all summer, cleaning, filing, listing music in our library, and rearranging things in the choir room. We are making way for space needed as our Music Ministry grows. It's exciting! I will be studying more, practicing more, researching and choosing our music for the next season as we continue bringing forth music into our worship, music of praise and glory to God, and to His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. If you need anything, have any questions or would like to consider joining one of our musical groups, please give me a call. Have a great summer! Deborah Fisher Director of Music Ministries But now, O Lord, You are the Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.
- Isaiah 64:8

Constant and unchanging Summer’s arrival feels positive to many people but may not be smooth for all. Families who rely on regular school meals for their children must stretch grocery dollars further. Heat poses risks for elderly people who lack air conditioning. Work can be difficult to find in the summer months, and uncertainty looms for recent graduates. Meanwhile, concerns such as wars, natural disasters and health problems don’t take a summer break. St. Teresa of Avila (1515–1582) prayed, “May you be blessed forever, Lord, for being constant and unchanging, amidst all the changes of the world.” Her prayer is as appropriate today as nearly 500 years ago. When all around us is unstable and unreliable, God’s love and faithfulness are constant and trustworthy The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc

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Mission Ministry
CALLING ALL CHRISTIANS! Membership is open!
The Mission Outreach Group is working together to restore faith, hope and love to all places in need. So, no matter who you are, no matter where you've been and no matter what you've done - we want you to know that you are welcome to join us on this adventure of a lifetime! We are growing together as we get involved in all sorts of amazing and surprising Mission Outreach projects. Being part of this group is a great way to meet new friends and find a fun creative way to be the hands and feet of JESUS CHRIST here at the FHPC....come visit us at our next meeting May 8th at 3pm in the conference room of the office and see if you would like to join us to share your gifts, strengths, skills and passion!

The Mission Committee is happy to be able to give support to the youth in our church that are going on the Navajo Youth Mission Trip. We will be contributing to the sponsorship of 2-3 youth that are participating in this trip! Good luck to all of you! God's speed!

It was great news knowing our Easter Boxes made it to their destinations in Afghanistan. What a “warm and fuzzy” feeling we get, just knowing that these boxes were able to bring some smiles and happiness to 4 gals and 4 guys who are stationed in the far remote mountain areas of Afghanistan. With the summer months upon us, now is the time to begin thinking about what we can do for our deployed Troops at the end of the year. On Thursday, May 24, there will be another “Sorting Day” in my garage, of all the donations that have come in up to this point in time. Violet Wieder and Sandy Heunisch will be helping me divide and separate all items that have been stored in the “Troops Donations Box”. We thank all who have placed donations in the basket in the Narthex or who have dropped items off at the office to be picked up. Current needed items: dark t-shirts - sizes L & XL; chapsticks; and sunscreens. And lastly and most important, please remember to keep all of our Troops in your thoughts and prayers. - Donna Sims, Deacon

“Thank You”! The Mission Committee concluded the sale of JUST COFFEE on Sunday, April 15th. Your purchases of JUST COFFEE this past season, has contributed to improving the lives of the coffee growers living in the border town of Salvador Urbina, Chiapas, Mexico. In addition, the Mission Committee was able to raise $740.00 to support C.A.R.E.; Fountain Hills and Support Our Troops. Each of these organizations will receive $370.00 in support to their work. The Mission Committee looks forward to providing other initiatives for you support in furthering the work of Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church.

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June/July 2012

Mission Project
SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR STUDENTS At the McDowell Mountain Elementary School
Once again, the Mission Committee will work with McDowell Mountain Elementary School in Fountain Hills to provide school supplies to students who are faced with a financial difficulty at home. These items are for students in the grades KDG- 3. These items are among the basic needs for each child to work in the school environment. With some items, the school will disperse them by grade level needs and requirements. By donating these items, we help make it so no child feels unable to contribute to their classroom, or is made to feel left out by others. it is always an anonymous donation, known only to the families receiving our help that it comes from FHPC. Please do what you can to help the little ones again this fall! The list of needs---and what is NOT needed (due to surplus donations)--follows. As always, may we suggest you watch for coupons throughout the summer from office supply stores, Target, and Walgreens. There will be a couple of reminders in the bulletins at the beginning of July. Baskets will be placed in the narthex for easy collection of these items on the three Sundays before we take them to the school at the end of July. School Supply Collection Sundays will be July 15, 22, and 29th. Thank you in advance for helping!! - Susan Owens, Elder

* Ziplock bags--all sizes * Dry erase markers * Colored markers * Colored pencils * Yellow highlighters * #2 pencils only (others jam equipment!) * Sanitizing wipes * Kleenex * Thin pocket folders--red, green, blue, yellow * Glue sticks * Paper-- reams of white copy paper * Earbuds for I-touch (these are new to all grade levels so I know they can use some of them for sure)

* White Elmer's Glue in bottles * Crayons * Notebook paper * Scissors * Pink beveled erasers * Rulers

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Congregational Life & Fellowship

OldAn Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social

“Sponsored by CLAF” Fun times, Fellowship, Music while enjoying Sundaes, Cones, or even a Banana Split Along with all of your favorite toppings!

Cookbooks are available in the church office. Corrections page have been printed. Pick up your correction page on Sunday morning or in the church office during the week. Please pick up as many correction pages as cookbooks you have purchased.

FACEBOOK PAGE: Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church
Go to our website and click on Facebook on our home page. When you are there also click on the like it icon.

When you do that you will get news feeds directly from our site whenever anything new is added. It is just another way to stay connected.

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June/July 2012

Welcome Our New Members

Not Yet A Member?
If you are interested in joining our church family, please see or call Susan Phillips at 480-837-1225 or Gail Botsford at 412-613-3312 or call the church office at 480-837-1763.

Dave & Terri McDermid, Alan & Marilyn Pape, Kate Cox and Tom Martin

Elders, Susan Phillips and Gail Botsford

From our Pastor, page 1….
And last on this list, but first in order of importance, thanks to you – to all of you – who made real worship really happen. Thanks to you – to each of you -- who came in the power of the Spirit and who bowed your heads, reached out your hands, and raised your voices to speak from your hearts the praises of the One who called us together. We are –first and foremost – a worshipping community. That is who we are. That is why we exist. Our summer worship will surely look a bit different. That cast of characters I mentioned earlier will be much reduced. The choir loft will be empty. There will be more space in the pews (and the parking lot!). There will be no liturgist up front with me. The style will be a bit more casual. But how we worship is not nearly as important as that we worship! So, hang up your coats and dresses. Put on your sandals and shorts and come lend a hand. You can rest assured that – no matter the season – we’ll come together and make worship happen! Grace and Peace,

Note from the Pastor
Wednesday’s With Ozzie
Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) lived a short but vital life, leaving behind a powerful legacy of guidance for Christians ever since. After his death, portions of his lectures & sermons were eventually published as daily meditations. The resulting book, My Utmost For His Highest, has shaped countless lives and remained continuously in print since its initial publication in 1927. Join Pastor Bill in the Fellowship Center for 3 consecutive Wed. evenings (May 30, June 6 & 13) sharing a conversation with Oswald Chambers and with one another as we reflect on selected passages from My Utmost. Dinner will be served from 5:45-6:30. Class follows immediately afterward.

Rev. Bill Good

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Presbyterian Women
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 Next meeting: Friday, September 7, 2012, 9 AM, Adult Center

DATES TO REMEMBER Church wide Gathering July 18-22, 2012 Orlando, FL

A Summer Wish from All The Presbyterian Women We light this candle in remembrance of Christ who is with us always. Bless us all until we gather again in September . Take the Spirit of Christ with you wherever you go!
Ilene Berg, Moderator Mary Alice Bivens


2011 – 2012 In Picture Review.
Prayer Creator of branches, rivers, and stones, Of fiery flames and startling stars; Kindle the spark of your spirit within us; set our hearts on fire. Knit us together---the hands, feet, ears, and eyes and voices and yes, even the elbows and knees, until we become one body in Christ. Gather us together as your people, into one person in Christ. Your will be done, in earth and in heaven; world without end. Amen.

Barbara Oakeson

Maria Berry

Elsie Hoffarber

Barb Wyman

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The Weekender Bag program, in cooperation with the Church of the Ascension, is one of the mission projects of FHPC’s Presbyterian Women. This program involves the “bagging” of nonperishable foods, a $5.00 value per bag, which can be easily given to school children who otherwise would not have enough to eat over the weekend. This endeavor was begun by a young lady in Mesa after recognizing the need of kids participating the school’s free breakfast and lunch program not having enough, or any, food to eat on weekends. The Arizona Brain Food is the recipient of food items which are stored in a donated warehouse awaiting the “bagging.” Each Thursday – during the school year – volunteers gather and sort, organize and bag items which are then delivered to participating schools. Of the 1200 or so bags packed each week, 50 are brought back to Fountain Hills where they are delivered to the appropriate schools. Those from FHPC who have participated have found it both fun and rewarding and we look forward to another year assisting this program. Anyone wishing to help in the bagging, starting again the first Thursday in September, are welcomed; just contact any PW member for further information on doing so. We are always in need of financial assistance for this project as well. Many thanks to those women who “bagged” so far this year with a special thanks to the men who willingly assisted! While the Weekender Bag program is suspended for the summer, children in need will be able to receive food from our local Extended Hands Food Bank. Your continued donations throughout the summer will be of great assistance to the needy families in our community.

Elsie Hoffarber, Helen Rumsey, Carol Fuls, Linda Warren, Linda Capron, Jan Hoff and Donna Yordy.

Letha Neely and brother Loren Marshall

PW Gathering

Blessings until we meet again!

The Clothes Silo is also a mission project for Presbyterian Women. Each Spring clean and slightly worn women’s clothing is gathered and delivered to the Clothes Silo; a community wide charity program. Women who are recovering from various economic, emotional and or domestic difficulties and are in need of clothing suitable for wearing as they return to the workforce are eligible to receive what they require. This year we were successful in filling two SUV’s with your generous donations for which the Clothes Silo was very grateful. For those who wish to have a receipt for their donation, forms are available in the Church office. So, thanks again to all who so generously contributed to this project. -Mary Alice Bivens

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Denominational News
What’s Going On in the PCUSA?
(For discussion at General Assembly) WHAT: Should Presbyterian funds be invested in companies that profit from non-peaceful activities in Israel and Palestine? General Assembly will once again consider this issue. WHY: The PCUSA currently holds stock in many companies that do business in Israel and the West Bank. In July, an Overture will be discussed suggesting the divestiture by the church of its stock in Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions and Hewlett-Packard because they continue to sell their products for use in non-peaceful activities such as the construction of the “security barrier,” the destruction of Palestinian homes, roads and fields, and for the continued construction of illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The General Assembly’s Mission Responsibility Through Investment Committee (MRTI) has been successful in influencing some companies to change their corporate practices in Israel-Palestine to preclude the sale of goods and services which support nonpeaceful activities. SO WHAT: The act of divestiture is a non-violent way of disapproving the action of companies in which the PCUSA has invested funds. This action does not mean that PCUSA will discontinue investing in other companies who profit from doing business in Israel and Palestine. This is one way the PCUSA can put into action that it believes the destructive actions by the Israeli Defense Forces in the West Bank are not only illegal but also unjust, immoral and antihuman rights. IN ADDITION: A Palestinian led, globally active and another non-violent group is “Boycott Divestment and Sanctions” (BDS). This movement is directed to encourage individuals, and communities and organizations, to boycott – or not buy – goods produced in the illegal Israel settlements of the West Bank. One specific product is AHAVA – a cosmetic product claimed to be produced from the Dead Sea; in actuality made in an illegal Israel settlement in the West Bank. For a list of other such products, this information is found on the BDS web site. John Bivens, Elder Presbytery Commissioner

The six most important words in the English language are: “I admit I made a mistake.” The five most important words in the English language are: “You did a good job.” The four most important words in the English language are: “What is your opinion.” The three most important words in the English language are: “If you Please.” The two most important words in the English language are: “Thank you.” The one most important word in the English language is: “We.” The least important word in the English language is: “I.” The two least important words in the English language are: “I can’t.” The three least important words in the English language are: “You messed up!” The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc

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June/July 2012

Rev. Glenn Atchinson, Pastor Emeritus
Pastor Emeritus Glenn Atchinson at FHPC May 20!
We were very pleased and thankful to have our Pastor Emeritus, Glenn Atchinson, leading worship and preaching the sermon on May 20. The sermon title was "Keeping Things Simple." Pastor Bill shared the chancel with him as liturgist.

The Umbrella of Marriage Did you know that: *There are 66 books in the Bible? *Micah and Nahum are the middle books of the Bible? *3 John is the book with the fewest words? *Psalms has the most chapters? *There are 1,189 chapters in the Bible? *Psalm 117 is the middle chapter of the entire Bible? *Psalm 117 is also the shortest chapter in the Bible? *Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible? *There are 31,101 verses in the Bible? *Psalm 118:8 is the middle verse of the entire Bible? “It is better t take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man” (NIV). *John 11:35 is the shortest verse in the Bible? It has two words: “Jesus wept.” *Esther 8:9 is the longest verse in the Bible? It has 78 words.
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Lighting a unity candle, a common wedding ritual, symbolizes the bride and groom becoming one. The “I, me, mine” of each individual doesn’t disappear entirely, but the two are drawn under the umbrella of “we, us, ours.” When troubles inevitably come, the partners can take shelter together. Many years into marriage, a wife underwent medical tests for troubling symptoms. Her husband accompanied her to the follow-up consultation. Later, when a friend asked how the appointment went, the husband replied, “We have multiple sclerosis.” There was no slow, careful word-choosing. After years under the umbrella of marriage, the man’s pronoun selection was automatic: “We have multiple sclerosis.” His wife smiled, even as a tear fell. She would be neither under the umbrella alone nor left out in the rain. They would weather this storm together. —Heidi Mann

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Presbyterian Outlook
Changing how we age: the secret to longer, healthier lives
By Steve Proctor Social: The same MacArthur Foundation study found that social connections are the best predictor of happiness. Participating in group activities at senior living communities or connecting with seniors in the larger community can help create social fulfillment.

The famous American publisher Katherine Meyer Graham had it right when she said, “No one can avoid aging, but aging productively is something else.” She Spiritual: A recent study published in the Journal of recognized that our senior years are not a time to Psychology and Health revealed that people who atmerely sit back and pass the time, but are instead a tend a weekly religious service may decrease their time to thrive. Retirement communities across the risk of death by 20 percent compared to people who country are changing the way we think don’t attend services. Tai Chi, meditation, about senior living, recognizing that we philosophical exploration and appreciation have the power to change lives by helping “fountain of of nature are additional avenues that can seniors live more active and productive lifehelp provide spiritual fulfillment. youth” is less styles — ultimately creating a stronger about searching sense of fulfillment. The benefits of a proactive approach to senior living are hard to ignore. Retirefor a magic According to a MacArthur Foundation ment communities across the country are fountain that Study on Aging, which serves as the founhelping residents make the most of their dation for the Masterpiece Living approach keeps us young senior years by placing the right resources to senior living, how we age is only 30 perat their fingertips. Recognizing that not all forever and cent determined by genetics and 70 percent seniors share the same interests, it is immore about recbased on lifestyle, meaning that in order to portant to seek input from residents to live longer, healthier lives, we need to conunderstand what will empower them to ognizing that tinue to challenge ourselves and step outside become involved. the power to our comfort zones in varying aspects of our lives. stay youthful At Westminster Village, a continuing care retirement community in Dover, Del., lies within us. The same study also found that those who currently in the process of implementing were most likely to age successfully had the Masterpiece Living approach, one resithree characteristics in common: 1) They challenged dent aspired to share her love for yoga with other resithemselves physically and mentally; 2) they stayed dents. When yoga helped to improve a calcified spinal engaged in life with a network of friends and doing column and severe rheumatoid arthritis for 91-yearmeaningful activity; and 3) they used all available old Mabes Morrill, she made it her mission in life to resources to lower their risk of developing disease or teach yoga for free. Forty years later, she is bringing injury, including regular checkups, diet, etc. her practice to the residents of Westminster Village, as she aspires to transform more lives through yoga. A focus on four key pillars of well-being — physical, intellectual, spiritual and social — can help ensure Each one of us can learn a thing or two from Mabes that we are challenging ourselves in all aspects of our Morrill. Finding something that we’re passionate lives, creating the sense of balance that can lead to about, that challenges us physically, intellectually, optimal fulfillment. socially and spiritually, and that we’re eager to share with others, may not guarantee that we’re teaching Physical: Physical activity is one of the best things yoga at age 91, but it can help create fulfillment and you can do to age successfully, increasing brain balance in our lives. Perhaps the “fountain of youth” health and decreasing the risks for certain diseases is less about searching for a magic fountain that keeps such as heart disease and diabetes. us young forever and more about recognizing that the power to stay youthful lies within us. Intellectual: We spend more than half of our lives working and learning new things, but research shows STEVE PROCTOR is president and CEO at Presbythat our senior years are not the time to stop challengterian Senior Living. He has been with the company ing ourselves. Activities like crossword puzzles and for more than 40 years, and has served in his current language classes can enhance the brain’s ability to role since 1996. ( May 14, 2012) resist the onset of dementia.

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2012 Graduates

2012 Fountain Hills High School Graduates:

Devon Keenom Josh Jablonsky Emily Owens Gunnar Huckabay (absent)
We are so very proud of our 2012 graduates.

Are We There Yet? This age-old refrain of young travelers is followed by a second question: “How much longer?” How similar those queries are to the psalmist’s oft-repeated cry, “How long, O LORD, how long?” (Psalm 6:3b, NIV). Patience is an uncommon virtue these days. We’re anxious to get where we’re going or to get what we want. But think how much we miss while wishing we were elsewhere! In our rush to reach a destination, we fail to grasp lessons that can be learned only along the way. What blessings might you be overlooking in the here-and-now and the right-where-you-are? -Kari Myers

Achieving success
When Ralph Waldo Emerson reflected on true success, he didn’t mention fame, fortune or social status. Ponder his thoughts ---and your own definition of success: “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a redeemed social condition or a job well done; to know even one other life has breathed because you lived --- this is to have succeeded.”
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Out of Order! A confirmation teacher asked students to list the Ten Commandments in any order. One boy wrote “3, 6, 1, 8, 4, 5, 9, 2, 10, 7.”

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Christian Formation
Christian Formation
The heat is here and things are slowing down not only around town, but here in at the church too. We will not abandon those of you who tough out the summer heat, but we will be cutting back. So be sure and check updates not only here in the newsletter but also in the Presby-eblasts and the church Sunday bulletins. We will continue most of our classes, though they will be limited. teens will be busy with their curriculum, as well as the grade schoolers with theirs.

Mission Trip
Ten of our youth and 3 Adults as well as Pastor Bill will be traveling up to the Navajo Indian Reservation July 15th though July 21st. They will be near the small town of Houck, AZ. These young people have raised money to help with the expenses of their trip. We also want to say thank you to those who were so generous at the Silent Auction we had, as well as those who donated money to help out. These young people will teach VBS to some of their young people as well as help out with whatever projects that need to be done. They will be doing things such as painting, repairing buildings, or helping build things, they are not sure until they get there what will need to be done. Please keep our youth in your prayers as they embark on this great adventure. This will be a huge learning experience as well as show them how some of the less fortunate live. When they return, we will have an Ice cream social so the kids can tell you all about their experiences.

Men’s Bible Study
The Men’s Thursday morning Bible Study will continue on through the summer months. John Bivens will continue to head the group, as they take turns leading the discussions on their reading. If you are interested in joining this group, they meet on Thursday mornings at 7:00am in the Adult Educational Rooms. They are always looking for any new members who would like to join them.

Pastor Bill’s Bible Study
We are studying the Apostle John over the summer. We began this study last month and already have had some interesting discussions. We are still in the beginning of this book, so don’t feel you have missed out on much. We welcome anyone wanting to come and join in on our informative and lively discussions. We meet most Sundays at 10:30 am, after fellowship in the Adult Education Rooms. We will not be meeting on June 17th nor the month of July.

Koffee Klatch
Koffee Klatch has taken the summer off and they will not be meeting again until this fall. I will speak for all of those who attend, when I say they will miss their gatherings this summer. See you this fall!

Vacation Bible School
It is Vacation Bible School time again. We are looking forward to the curriculum “OPERATION OVERBOARD” Dare to go deep with God. This looks to be a fun and educational time for those attending as well as those involved. I want to send a big thank you to those who have volunteered to help out again this year. We are hoping to have more kids this year. We would love to have your kids, grandkids or neighbors with kids from 3 years old to 6th grade. If you are interested, you can call the church office or go to our Church website at and register. VBS will be June 18th- June 22nd. Then the Sunday of June 24th we will have as many children that can come, show us some of what they learned at VBS. As we all go on vacations and to summer homes, we need to be sure to continue to pray for our church members as we hit the roads. We will miss all of those who will be gone for the summer and will anxiously await your return. May God be with you and grant you’ll safe travel wherever you may go.

Wednesday Evening Family Night
We are going to continue to meet sporadically over the summer months. We will continue meeting June 6th and 13th, and then we will be off Wednesday June 20th because of Vacation Bible School. We will not meet again until the first part of August; we will let you know the start up times when it is closer to the time. But we will kick off for the fall season in August after school gets back into a routine. So for a couple of more weeks we will be meeting at 5:45 for a meal and then we will separate for our classes at 6:30pm. Pastor Bill has some great ideas for up coming discussions. The teens and pre-

Terri Schmidt Christian Formation Elder

~ Laugh Loudly ~ Laugh Long ~ ~~ Laugh Wholly ~~

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From the Director of Christian Formation
VBS Get all the children ready to dive into fun at Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep with God. Explore and experience God’s underwater universe at VBS! The adventure runs June 18 through June 22, from 9 am – noon daily at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church. This adventure includes regular Deep Sea Voyages into Bible fun and creative crafts, hands-on mission work, water science, and great music. Don’t forget the sunscreen for Water Day on Friday! To be part of the excitement at Operation Overboard! Visit the church website at or come to preregistration at the ramada in the Fountain Hills Splash Park on Monday, June 11 from 4:00 -6:00 pm. We will have pizza to eat as a family as you register for VBS and get your VBS music CD and T-shirt! scouts had planned and built along with friends. One is already a legacy with the new one ( see photo on back cover) adding to the ever-increasing vision of a quiet place for the soul. Not only will this be an area for prayer and meditation, it will become a rite of passage site for many. I was also struck by how many of our teens worked along side of Jake for hours on end to help with this project. I felt a warm embrace as God showed me His love in action with teens working diligently to prepare for and execute the mission fund raiser – many of them who knew they would be unable to go due to their previous family plans. Thank you church family for setting the example, coming alongside of their parents and continuing to encourage them along the way. Your legacy is already being lived out in the lives of our teens and children, Blessed with more kids…means more opportunities for people to be involved in continuing a legacy of love! Training and mentoring provided.

Navajo Mission Trip Spaghetti Dinner with Silent Auction Mission Trip FundRaiser was a huge success! The teens rocked the place as well as the GedALife Band. The joy of the Lord was their strength as they served and cleaned up with vigor and fun! 
The total amount to date donated and raised is now $7,611.00. The cost to each mission trip participant is now $210-250.00. We will also be hiking Canyon De Chelly to see the Indian ruins and eat out in Gallop, New Mexico on Friday before departing. 

 Thank You Thank You. Special thanks to the family of God for your continued donations, the community of FH, Chef Arlene, Auction Itemizer Helen Quigley and Community Networker Phyliss Kern! We will be hosting an ice cream social to “show and tell” all of you how God used your sacrifices and donations for His glory and the benefit of His Kingdom and this world. Watch for details!

Here are the immediate opportunities:
Sundays: Blessed Beginnings Nursery on – call volunteers. Signup and select a rotation that fits your schedule and still ensures relational ministry to our youngest ones. Two Preschool teams of 2-3 people for built in rotation of 1-2 weeks on then 1-2 weeks off. Wednesday Evenings: Fall for Elementary will begin with Kersplash! A fun, interactive time to experience how the church first began, the opposition the Christians met, and Paul’s journey on the high seas. Elementary KidCommunities will continue the water theme from VBS by beginning fall August 1 with a fun “water play and get to know you” evening! 2-4 more adults with occasional special events and speakers. Stir the waters about being a part of continuing the legacy…contact Debby at or call the church office to set up an appointment!

For the Sake of Others: Living and Leaving a Legacy Today I once again, with Bible in hand, walked down the steps, crossed over the bridge and then sat down to pray under the shelter of the gazebo that two of our eagle

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Where are They Now?
Michael Francis Carillo was recently commissioned as a 2nd LT in the United States Army following his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point on May 26, 2012. Michael majored in Nuclear Engineering Sciences. He chose Infantry as his branch and will report to Fort Knox, Kentucky in Spring 2013 after completing additional training. Michael has lived in Fountain Hills since 1991 and graduated from Fountain Hills High School in 2008. He is the son of proud parents Don and Martha Carillo.

Anthony Joseph Carillo was recently commissioned as a 2nd LT in the United States Air Force following his graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO on May 23, 2012. Anthony majored in Military and American History. He will report to Laughlin AFB in Del Rio, Texas this summer and will begin Pilot Training in February 2013. Anthony has lived in Fountain Hills since 1991 and graduated from Fountain Hills High School in 2008. He is the son of proud parents Don and Martha Carillo.

Blessed to be a blessing God promised Abram, “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you … so that you will be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2, NRSV). Especially on the Fourth of July, we in the United States remember that God has blessed us as a nation, too. That isn’t to say everyone here has an equal share of resources. Our government isn’t perfect, and our land isn’t necessarily more beautiful than any other place on earth. It doesn’t mean we alone model “liberty and justice for all” — or that we do so flawlessly. Rather, God’s promise to Abram and us means we aren’t to hoard our blessings. We are to share our wealth generously, cultivate liberty and justice, and pass on to the world the gifts we enjoy in this land. The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc

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Are you available on: ☐Wednesdays 5:00 pm ☐Wednesdays 6:30 pm ☐Sundays 9:00 am ☐Sundays 10:00 am Are you interested in: ☐Teaching ☐Games ☐Crafts ☐Snacks ☐Welcoming ☐Media ☐Music ☐Drama ☐Cleaning ☐ Laundry ☐ Decorating ☐ Small Group Facilitating ☐ Substituting OR☐ Monthly Rotation

What age level do you desire: ☐Nursery ☐Elementary ☐Preschool ☐Teen

Contact Debby DeBernardi 602-570-7340 or the church office to begin the conversation and journey.

No excuses When Jesus wanted to feed the crowds of 5,000 and then 4,000 people, his disciples instantly offered excuses. It would be too expensive. We won’t be able to get enough food. This is a remote place. Plus, it’s too late. But Jesus didn’t address any of those excuses. All he asked, in both instances, was “How many loaves do you have?” Then he miraculously satisfied everyone’s hunger, with leftovers to boot. Jesus doesn’t want our excuses, either. All he wants is us — and what we already have. Watch in amazement as God blesses that and uses it mightily. -Gregg McCaslin

The water's fine? While a tourist vacationed on the Florida coast, his boat capsized. Although he could swim, his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft and praying aloud. Spotting an old beachcomber on shore, the tourist shouted, “Are there any gators around here?” “No,” the man hollered. “They haven’t been around for years!” Relieved, the tourist began swimming leisurely toward the shore. About halfway there, he asked, “How’d you get rid of the gators?” “We didn’t do anything,” the beachcomber replied. “The sharks got ’em.”

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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 Thank you for your time and caring.

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Library Footnotes
Putting Away Childish Things by Marcus J. Borg Marcus J. Borg is a distinguished New Testament scholar and theologian and professor emeritus in the philosophy department at Oregon State University. Having authored nineteen books, this is his first novel. However, this is not to think that it is void of his Christian teachings, as he lets his characters take over that task as they live out their lives. Kate Riley, a popular religion professor at Wells College, a small college in a small town Wisconsin, is the main character. Erin Mattson is a first time student in Kate’s class and also a member of a very conservative student Christian group known as The Way. Martin Erickson, currently a professor at Scudder Seminary, had known Kate as a student in his religious classes at a small college years ago, when their friendship resulted in a love affair. It was the first day of a new semester when Erin Mattson walked into Kate Riley’s religion class, not knowing for sure if that’s the class she should take. She had heard it was a great class, but not by her friends in The Way. When asked to write about her connection to the Bible, she wrote that she accepts the Bible as inerrant and the source of all truth. But then she decided to be completely honest, and wrote: “Lately, I’m not so sure, such as passages about women not wearing gold and remaining silent, and I’m really confused about homosexuality. The Bible says it’s wrong, but it also says to love your neighbor. I guess I’m open to some other interpretations.” Erin had many one-on -one talks with Kate throughout the semester about faith and belief, and came to understand many scriptures in a new light. When Kate is offered the opportunity to apply for a oneyear position as a visiting professor at Scudder seminary next year, she knows that Martin Erickson is a professor there, even though they have not seen each other for many years. She wrote him asking if it would be appropriate for them to have a conversation about the position. She knew she must first speak with her department head about getting a one-year leave of absence. Because she was not yet tenured, it was an unusual request and not well received by any in her department. She went to Scudder to talk with Martin and he encouraged her to apply for the job. She knew she really wanted the job, but also knew she might be giving up the security of returning to Wells College. That was scary for her. Through the detailed accounts of Kate’s class discussions and her students’ questions and responses, the author is able to draw the reader into the classroom; Borg is teaching us through his main character, Kate. Questions and statements from the students are the same important issues dividing Christianity today. Kate does not hide her Christian beliefs when asked directly, but she leads the discussions so that her students and readers are compelled to come to their own affirmation of what they believe. This is a fascinating story of relationships with a bonus of insight into new ways of looking at our own beliefs. Are the Bible stories we learned in early Sunday School days still the basis of what we believe The book’s title echoes the words of Paul in Corinthians 13:11: “When I was child, I spoke as a child...but when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.” Other books in our library by Marcus Borg: Reading the Bible Again for the First Time The Heart of Christianity - Vivian Virden

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June/July 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 Don Tepfer Marjorie Rennie Esther D. Wilson Peggy Johnson
“Well done, Thou good and faithful servant…. Enter thou into the joy Of thy Lord.”
Matthew 25:21

Stillness can heal
“Be still, and know that I am God!”
(Psalm 46:10, NRSV).

People who seek silence and are open to God’s presence testify that such stillness and seeking can bring healing. Tension is relieved, stress begins to dissipate, one’s inner person feels refreshed and the nearness of God becomes a reality. In the depth of stillness, God’s power is present and restoring us to wholeness.
- Charles Ferrell
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Eagle Scout Project

Have you been to the back parking lot and seen the added Eagle Scout Project of Jake Eberspacher? It allows easy access to the earlier Eagle Scout Project (Benjamin Owens) of the Ramada. It is a lovely place for meditation and yes, you can see the famous fountain from there.

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