PresbyNews

Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 30, Number 21 October 11, 2005

625 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95831

916-428-3439

www.faithpresby.org

Faith Happenings

Sunday Services:

9:00 and 11:00

Graded Sunday School  P - 5th  9:00  

Adult Ed 9:30-1030am and 10:30-11:30am

Graded Sunday School P-5th   11:00

Munchies Bible Study 9:00am

CREW Bible Study 2-3pm

CREW

(Sr. High School Fellowship)

Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm.

Kelsey Ingalls 428-3439.

Munchies (Jr. High Fellowship) Game Night

Thursdays 7-8:30 pm.

Kelsey Ingalls 428-3439.

 

October 16 -22 Family Promise at Faith

October 16  CROPWALK 12:30pm

October 22 Ototo African Children's Choir at Faith

October 26 Presbyterian Women 10:30 Bible 11:30 lunch

October 30 Gifts and Passion class 12:15 -2:00pm

November 6 Operation Christmas Child 12noon to 3:00pm

November 6 Confirmation Class Session 2  4:00pm

November 16 Gifts and Passion class 7-8:45pm

December 3 An Evening in December (see Barbara Tracy)

SACRAMENTO CROP WALK

10 k, 5 k and Executive Walk (1k) 

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Registration 12:30 PM, Walk 1:00 PM

West Steps of the State Capitol

 

The CROP WALK is an annual event organized by local interfaith groups and other organizations. Held in nearly 2,000 communities in the U.S., the  CROP WALK has two purposes: (1) to raise awareness about people who must walk to find food, water, firewood, freedom and other necessities of life; and (2) to raise funds to help communities stop hunger wherever it exists. It is organized by local churches and by Church World Service.

Each event selects local organizations serving the needs of the local community to receive 25% of the money raised through the walk.

75% of the funds aid the work of Church World Service to:

  a.. Support sustainable self-help development projects - digging wells, providing tools and seeds, rebuilding homes, teaching a trade through micro-enterprise loans;

  b.. Meet emergency needs - such as hurricanes, floods, fires other natural and man-made disasters;

  c.. Aid Refugees (Includes resettlement in the U.S. through affiliate offices such as Opening Doors, Inc. in Sacramento);

  d.. Address root causes of poverty and powerlessness; 

  e.. Designations may be made by sponsors to other international relief agencies.

Please see John Sugar or Donna Touros if you are considering walking.  If you can't walk but would like to help serve water or put up signs, please call Conney Willis.  Finally, please give generously when asked to support a walker.

Family Promise October 16-23

 As you know, Family promise is coming to Faith October 16th at 5:00pm to October 23rd at 8:00am.

If you are a new volunteer or missed the training in April, please attend a brief training session after the second service on October 16. Any volunteers with questions are welcome to attend in Room 4 with Cynthia Crow and Sue Hooper.

              On Sunday October 23, after the 2nd service, there will be a debriefing in Room 4. If you have questions or comments about the week, we look forward to seeing you there. Per Sue Hooper 393-2633.

Cingular Wireless Update

 

                Bechtel Corporation has completed much of construction on the facility. A big thanks goes to Ken Finch and Howard Payne for overseeing their work while I was on vacation. Temporary connections have been made and the system has been tested and is up and running. There is still a lot of work to he done on the installation and a final completion date has not been determined. Currently the antennas and wiring are visible but will be covered with specially prepared flashing and painted to match the sanctuary structure. The control panels will he located behind a concrete block wall and locked to prevent entry.

                The Church received a check for $3,900 to cover the option on the lease ($1,000) and rent for the month of September ($2,000). Per agreement by the Session 10% ($300) was deposited into the reserve account 341 - Mission Misc, and 90% was deposited into 309 Major Maintenance.

            

Presbyterian Women

          Presbyterian Women began this year with a luncheon with both Pastors Jeff and Jim.  We learned about advanced care directives, choosing a spokesperson and how to talk with your fmaily and doctor about your wishes.  Please join us on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 to hear about Thirteen Common Money Mistakes Made in Retirement.  We meet at 10:30 am for Bible Study, and our meeting begins at 11:30 am.  Lunch will be provided. We are working on our Gift of the Heart Health Kits, so please try to bring hand towels and wash clothes to our October meeting.  We'd like to see you there, if you need a ride or have any questions, please feel free to contact Marthe Sweet at 427-1783.

 

HERE COME THE KINGS

 

Kings’ tickets are now available for three games: Wednesday, November 23 vs. the New Jersey Nets; Sunday, January 8 vs. the Indiana Pacers; and Friday, March 10 vs. the Memphis Grizzlies. Tickets are $25.50 each, and they are available on a first-come, first-paid basis. You must pay for the tickets now since the Kings require payment up front. Sign up in the narthex, e-mail Barbara Tracy (bjtracy@comcast.net), or call her at 428-0311. The limit is 6 per family per game.

 

CHICAGO

 

Faith family members are invited to attend the Sunday, March 12 Broadway Series production of Chicago. Tickets are $31.50 each. Mark your calendar now and look for the sign-up sheet soon. Call Barbara Tracy at 428-0311 if you have questions.

Faith Goes to “Evening in December

 

Many of you enjoyed the First Covenant Church’s An Evening in December last year at the Memorial Auditorium, and this year’s program promises to be just as exciting. Performances will take place November 30 through December 4 with both a matinee and an evening performance on December 3 and 4. I am planning a Faith Church group on Saturday evening, December 3, but I can get tickets for any performance for you. Tickets are $8. This is a great family activity, and I encourage you to take your children. I can get tickets before they go on sale to the general public if I purchase them before October 18. You may sign up either October 9 or October 16 in the narthex or call Barbara Tracy at 428-0311 on or before October 16. You can pay me when I bring you the tickets

Watoto Concert

 

On Saturday, October 22, Faith church will host the Watoto African Children’s Choir.  The choir consists of AIDS orphans who are traveling throughout the United States raising money for their orphanage. The concert is sponsored by the 15 churches of the South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership ( S. S. I. P.) who are asked to provide six homes to house two children and one adult each. (This a different choir than the African children’s choir that recently performed in our area) Tickets will be $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for children.  Charlie Tucker is the contact person at Faith if you have questions or want to volunteer to house performers.

Classes will be held on Sunday, October 30th from 12:15 to 2:00pm. (A pizza lunch will be provided for $3.00) and on Wednesday, November 16 from 7:00pm to 8:45pm.

Dear Faith Worshippers---UNICEF

 

Since 1950, American children have been Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF.  So far, their efforts have raised more than $123 million to help improve the lives of children around the world and to help build a better future for us all.  With just one of those dollars, UNICEF can immunize a child against measles for life, provide 33 children with a year’s supply of vitamin A to protect them from blindness or provide enough water-purification tablets to make five gallons of water drinkable.

            This year our children are being asked to become World Heroes.   Funds raised on behalf of UNICEF will be used to bring education, clean water, nutrition, immunizations, and emergency relief to children hit by Hurricane Katrina, the Southeast Asia tsunami, and starvation in Niger.  

            You are invited to help our Faith children make a difference by continuing the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF tradition on Sunday, Oct. 30.   Our children are invited to come in costume that day and trick-or-treat through the congregation at the designated time during both worship services.   We hope you will choose to support our children in helping other children worldwide through this quality program.

 

Sincerely,

Alice Parente                     Conney Willis                       Sue Kirk

Adult Education Elder       Mission Elder                   Christian Education Coordinator

What is Your Ministry Here at Faith?

 

There’s a photo hanging in my office that was taken a few years ago on a section of the Arkansas River which flows through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.  Six other friends and I took a thrilling raft ride one afternoon down some pretty intense stretches of rapids and had a picture taken to remind us of the experience.   

 

Already thinking about boats, I noticed the picture again this week and was struck that every single one of us in the boat, with paddles in hand, was working as hard as we could to guide that raft through those rapids.  To capsize on a stretch like that, if you know anything about rafting, would be more thrill than we paid for that day.

 

If you’ve been around worship here the past few weeks you know there’s been a bit more nautical talk than normal.  As we’ve explored the only way a church can really work, one of the things that I hope has become clear is that if we compare the church to a boat (or a raft), then it’s a boat filled with crew members and no passengers.  There wasn’t a single passenger in our raft that afternoon on the Arkansas.  Everyone in the boat was a crew member with an important job to do.  That’s what it’s supposed to be like in the church.

 

Some of you here at Faith clearly know the ministry to which God has called you to in the life of the church and are, even as I write this, faithfully and passionately pouring yourself into that ministry and finding joy in doing so.  I can think of dozens and dozens of people in this church to whom that applies, people serving each week as deacons, or teachers, or youth leaders, or administrators, or musicians…and the list goes on.

 

But others of you, for a variety of reasons, have been a bit more like passengers.  Perhaps you know God has given you the gifts, the time, and even the passion to serve somewhere in the church, you just haven’t been able to yet find your niche on the raft.  Or perhaps you’re serving somewhere in the church presently, but it feels more like drudgery than joy.

 

If you find yourself in these categories, we want to extend to you an invitation to participate in an upcoming 2-hour course we are calling Gifts & Passions.  The purpose of the course will be to help individuals better understand the gifts God has given to them and identify the passions that are in their heart so that they can discern how those gifts and passions direct them to serve in a specific ministry of the life of the church. 

 

Classes are currently scheduled for Sunday, October 30 (12:30) and Wednesday, November 16th (7:00).  To sign up for one or the other, either call the church office or fill out a registration form in the Narthex this Sunday morning.

 

Let me tell you clearly that one of my visions for Faith Presbyterian Church is that every single member of our community would discover the ministry to which God has called him/her and then give themselves fully to that ministry.  This, I have no doubt, is God’s design for the church.  If we see it fully realized, I can’t begin to imagine what amazing things we will see God do in and through this church.  It will make riding the rapids on the Arkansas seem dull in comparison.

 

I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday.

 

Grace & Peace,

 

Jeff

The Session will be putting the final touches on the proposed 2006 operating budget at its October 10 meeting.  Shortly thereafter both Pastor Chapman and the Session will be reaching out to the congregation with information about next year’s spending plan. 

 

As in recent years, the Faith Family will be asked to seek God’s guidance when making their financial commitment to the 2006 budget.  We will all be given pledge cards and will be provided the opportunity to turn them in at both worship services on Sunday, November 13.  There will also be a forum on the proposed budget between services on Sunday, October 30 so that any questions or concerns can be raised.

 

As we prepare for next year, we are all reminded of the momentum we all feel … increased attendance in worship, more and more new people are joining and calling Faith their church home, and seeing a renewed, vibrant approach to our collective commitment to mission.

 

Aside from calling an ordained associate pastor so that we might achieve our staffing levels which were in place before Pastor Buehler’s departure, the Session is considering opportunities to strengthen our infrastructure.  These include contracting out for our annual audit as well as providing the property maintenance people with some part-time paid help to keep up with the demands of our grounds and physical plant.

 

Good things are happening now; great things lie ahead.  Our church is an integral part of our lives, and we are all witness to the wonderful opportunity now before us to confidently step to the future, with God’s help, and make Faith even better. 

 

Thank you.  Please stay tuned.

 

Fred Noteware

Chair, Stewardship Committee

A Helping Hand Especially For Those Who Need It Most

 

Are you a Senior Citizen or are disabled and have a light bulb burned out that you can’t climb up to change?  A lock or latch that doesn’t work properly?  A faucet that needs to be replaced or just to stop dripping?  A toilet that runs, and runs, and runs… You get the picture.  Some of the most annoying mechanical systems in the world reside in our homes and many of us can’t fix or replace them.  Now you can have some help!  We are starting a new help ministry at Faith Presbyterian that will come to your home in the Greenhaven / Pocket area to help with these little problems for the cost of materials.  Many problems can be solved with no materials, but in those that require a new switch or valve or other items, all you pay for is the cost of the materials, the labor is free.  If there is something large we can’t tackle, we’ll let you know you’ll have to go to a professional for that service.

 

You can contact David Bilbo at 424-5222 to discuss your needs.

Workshop Offered at Faith: Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

           Detective Mark Bearor of the Elk Grove Police Department (also an active participant with his family here at Faith) will offer this free course here at Faith.  Questions answered in this session will include:

Join us on Wednesday, November 9th, at 2:00 here at Faith (Room 2).  Please feel free to invite others from the community you think may also be interested.  Questions?  Contact the church office.

Health Ministries

Healthy habits to prevent or reduce problems from Osteoporosis

 

You can slow the onset of osteoporosis or reduce its impact if you develop habits that build and strengthen bone.

 

It is best if you start healthy habits early in life, but it’s never too late. Habits that build and strengthen bones include:

·    Eating a nutritious diet that includes adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D. Both are necessary for building healthy, strong bones. Take supplements if you think you are not getting enough of these nutrients in your diet. The recommended daily calcium intake for adults is 1,000 to 1200 mg per day. Postmenopausal women need 1,200mg of calcium each day. The recommended daily intake for vitamin D is between 200 and 600 U per day. Calcium and vitamin D often are packaged together.

·    Getting regular exercise. Weight-besting exercises, such as walking, jogging, stair climbing, dancing, or lifting weights, keep bones healthy by working the muscles and bones against gravity.

 

To maintain healthy bones as an adult:

·    Don’t drink more than one alcoholic drink per day. Drinking more than this puts you at higher risk for osteoporosis.

.   Don’t smoke. Smoking puts you at higher risk of developing osteoporosis. Smokers lose bone density faster than those who don’t smoke.

2005 SENIOR INFLUENZA CLINICS

 

 Florin Mall "Drive Thro October 21      10:00a.m.--2:00p.m.

 65th St.Expressway, Sacramento, 95823

 

 Pannell Meadowview  October 25          10:00a.m.--1:00p.m.

 2459Meadowview Rd. Sacramento,  Ca.95832

 

 Centennial United Methodist   October 27 10:00a.m.--1:00p.m.

 5401 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, Ca. 95822

 

 Fruitridge Community Center    November 8   10:00a.m.--12:00p.m.

 4000Fruitridge Rd.  Sacramento, Ca.95820

 

There will be a $10.00 charge for the flu shot.  It will be provided free to seniors 60 years and older, and to persons who are chronically ill under the age of 60 --with a note from their physician.

Persons with Medicare Part B without HMO coverage may qualify for Medicare billing.  YOU MUST BRING YOUR MEDICARE CARD TO THE CLINIC.

Tetanus will be offered for $10.00. Pneumonia shots $35.00.

  

Presbyterian Women Honor Woman of Faith

             Our special person to be honored this month has traveled from the East to the West and in fact, all over the world. She began her life in Mansfield Ohio, attended schools there and later graduated from Nyack College in the state of New York. She met her husband on a blind date and must have been favorably impressed. They have enjoyed a long and happy marriage working and traveling together, and raising three daughters. Now retired from a very busy professional life she is enjoying spending more time with her children and with her six grandchildren, who are the joy of her life.

        She enjoyed a successful career working in various administrative positions. Later, she and her husband owned and ran a thriving Travel Agency here in Sacramento. This latter occupation took the two of them all over the world.

        Our honoree is a wonderfully warm, thoughtful and excited Christian woman. She is a walking testament to her deep faith. She is a quiet strong leader, known especially for her teaching abilities. Her talent for making the characters on the written page come alive and her bible study classes are enthusiastically attended.

        Faith Church has benefited from Mary’s leadership in Adult Education, in Presbyterian Women and many other areas of the church community. We are all much richer for having had Mary Patterson working among us, living her faith through the good and the bad times with an unwavering joy. We take joy in honoring MARY PATTERSON as our Presbyterian Woman of the month.

Meet Thomas Stahl

          Thomas Richard Stahl is helping Faith’s worship services by playing organ and piano until May Tucker is able to resume her duties. Thomas is a bureau chief at the State Department of Social Services and lives in the Pocket area. He graduated from U.C. Riverside with a major in organ. He was obviously a good student judging by the concert quality of his playing.  He will play organ and piano most Sundays at Faith, although he does have a few commitments, such as a church in Woodland.

 

Harvest Dinner and Silent Auction Results

Wow! What an incredible event this was.  If you missed the Harvest Dinner, you missed out on wonderful food, fellowship, entertainment and some awesome deals at the silent auction.  There were 150 or more people in attendance and everyone had a great time.  Entertainment for the evening was provided by Martin Beal and Company, who really jazzed the place up.  The Silent Auction earned over $3000 for the campership fund.

 

Special thanks to the crew that helped make this possible: Debbie and Nate Barton, Howard and Betty Lou Payne, David, Erin and Sarah Ainsworth, Paul and Betty Keller, Em Baker, Carey Kincaid, Barbara Brown and Walter McDaniel.  I want to thank Martin Beal and Company.  An extra special thank you goes to all our donors.  There were so many items donated, we needed 7 tables to display everything.  Finally, thanks to all of you who participated by bidding and buying!

 

Doran McDaniel, Elder, Fellowship

Annual Golf Tournament

 

What a great day for golf!  We had wonderful weather, fun playing golf and good food and fellowship for the day.  We had one of our largest tournaments with over 45 players participating.  I want to thank Don Sperling and Bill Baker for handling the tournament, Debbie Barton, Howard and Betty Lou Payne and Walter McDaniel for their assistance with the lunch, and all players and family members who participated in the fun event.

 

Doran McDaniel, Elder, Fellowship

Evan Becker Thanks

              I would like to thank everyone for their cards, phone calls and best wishes during my recent illness. I have returned to school but it will be another 4 to 6 weeks before I can play soccer or return to Bel Air. Thanks again for thinking of me.

Sincerely,

Evan Becker

From the Heart

 

    Thank you to all who have sent messages of prayers and healing.  It has truly touched my heart!  The unique cards are posted across the mantle and on the fridge.  I hope to be able to see you soon.

 

In God's Care,

Sue Kirk

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Worship Helpers

 

October 16

October 23

Worship Service

9:00am

9:00am

Worship Assistant

Sandra Trezise

Claire Pisor

Ushers

Marthe Sweet  Dallas Love

Mary Nabers  Marvette Swatzer

Greeters

Jim & Betty Park Melodi Andersen

Janet, David, Ross Leader

Sound

David Nash

David Nash

Coffee Preparers

Jim & Betty Park

Hal & Ilah Turner

Acolytes

TBA

TBA

Worship Service

11:00am

11:00am

Worship Assistant

Collette Benson

Brien Bell

Ushers

Richard & Gwen Markuson

George & Ruth Warner

Greeters

Glenda & Jarvis Arellano Ann Johnson

Chuck & Hilde Tetlow        Carey Kincaid

Sound

Ken Finch

George Warner

Coffee Servers

Marcella Fodor

Ruth Warner

Tellers

Kitty Tatro Jarvis Arellano

Barbara Powell Charlie Tucker

Acolytes

Dawn Balangan

Megan Reynolds

Published by Faith Presbyterian Church

625 Florin Road, Sacramento CA

(916) 428-3439, FAX 428-0248

www.faithpresby.org

Editing staff:

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Dianne Brown (Sierraskymktg@netscape.net)

Susie Hughes (susan_hughes@synectics.net)

Kathy Pehrson (kkpehrson@yahoo.com)

Marthe Sweet (marthesweet@earthlink.net)

Jeff Chapman, Pastor

Jim Zazzera, Associate Pastor

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