Faith Presbyterian Church
Volume 30, Number 10 April 26, 2005
625 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95831
8:30 and 11:00
Multi-age Sunday School 8:30
Sunday school, Adult Ed, Jr. High Bible Study
Graded Sunday School 11:00
(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.
Young Adult (College Age)
Sundays 7 pm.
Kelsey Ingalls 428-3439
May 15 - May 22 Faith Hosts Family Promise Homeless
May 15 - 2:00pm Beth Eigenheer Concert
September 16, 17, 18 Faith Family Retreat
Faith Fund Established for Romero Family
As many of you know, Esther and Kevin Romero lost their home and most of their belongings in a recent fire. The Romero family has been a part of the Faith community for some time now and many of you have expressed a desire to support them in some way at this time. If you would like to make a donation to a fund here at church which has been established to help them, please make a check payable to Faith Presbyterian Church and submit it to the church office (attn: Romero fund). Thank you.
New Adult Evening Class
Are you an ordinary person seeking God’s transformation?
This might just be a class for you! The Life You’ve Always Wanted: A Discussion, Video, and Bible Study by John Ortberg
When: Wednesdays 7pm – 8:30pm, April 27th – June 1st
Instructors: Alice Parente and Jim Zazzera
Please join us as we explore God’s desire to transform us and the “how” of spiritual disciplines for ordinary people.
The heart of Christianity is transformation—a relationship with God that impacts not just our "spiritual lives," but every aspect of living. This course calls us back to the dynamic heartbeat of Christianity—God’s power to bring change and growth—and reveals both the how and why of transformation.
Our time together will provide a road map toward true transformation that starts not with the individual but with the object of the journey—Jesus Christ.
As with a marathon runner, the secret to winning the race lies not in trying harder, but in training consistently—training with the spiritual disciplines. The disciplines are neither taskmasters nor an end in themselves. Rather they are exercises that build strength and endurance for the road of growth. The fruit of the Spirit—joy, peace, kindness, etc.—are the signposts along the way.
Sign up in the narthex of the church or simply come to class. We look forward to seeing you!
Pastor Jeff Says:
Why We’re Changing Our Times of Worship
As you may have already heard, the elders of Faith voted
recently to change our times of worship to 9:00 and 11:00 on Sunday mornings and keep those times the whole year round. This change will begin Sunday, June 5th.
When you ask people what they think about the schedule and times of worship you open up a can of worms. But that’s exactly what we did a few months ago. In this new chapter of Faith we really needed your input as we thought through a schedule that has gone through several change over the past few years so that we could find a permanent format which would work best for the most people.
After hearing from many of you, and after many hours of prayerful consideration, our leadership reached unanimous agreement on this schedule. A few of the reasons why we felt this schedule will best suit our congregation at this point are as follows:
Our children’s ministry, beginning June 5th, will no longer offer Sunday school between services and will work to enhance our program time during each service. As currently happens, children will be excused in each service after the Children’s Sermon for their program. Adult Education is currently working to adapt their programming to this new schedule. They are committed to continuing to have class offerings each Sunday even as we work to enhance our mid-week (i.e. Wednesday night) classes.
It is important that you know that those of us directly involved in this decision looked hard at the concerns, needs and preferences of the congregation as well as the concerns, needs and preferences of those in our community we are trying to reach. No doubt, this change will be cause for adjustment on the part of some of us. Thank you in advance for your flexibility. And know since it is our intention to minimize the number of times we change our Sunday morning schedule, we really did our best to try to find one that hopefully will suit us in the long term.
In the end, I pray that as we all have been looking more closely these past few weeks at worship in this current sermon series that, whatever time the service happens to start, we at Faith will all be working hard to offer a worship here that is more and more pleasing each week to our Father in Heaven.
I look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!
In Christ, Jeff
Participate in Spiritual Direction with Ann Johnson
Do you wonder, question, struggle, delight and at times stand in awe of God’s relationship with you and your’s with God? Would you be interested in sharing your experiences of faith with another for the purpose of recognizing and deepening your awareness of God’s presence in your life? If so, perhaps, you will consider entering Spiritual Direction with me.
I have completed half of a 3 year program to become a Spiritual Director. As part of the practicum I will be doing supervised practice as a Spiritual Director. I need several people who will commit to meeting with me individually at least one time a month for about an hour for the next year or so to explore his/her faith journey. The Direction is free and confidential. I have been blessed with support from Faith for the 3 year Internship for Spiritual Direction through the Bread of Life Center in Davis, and welcome the opportunity to serve
If you are interested please call me: Ann Johnson, 443-7376 (w) or 429-0731 (h). All inquiries will be held in confidence.
What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual Direction, an ancient ministry of the church, is a relationship in which one person assists another, or others, in attending to God’s presence and call....(Presbyterian Church USA)
Spiritual direction is a contact whereby someone accepts someone else as a guide on (a part of) their spiritual way. Someone seeks and accepts someone else as a guide on their own spiritual way and entrusts himself to his guiding authority....Spiritual guidance grew in a very natural way. Beginners looked for support from experienced fellow-travellers....(Gideon van Dam, Dutch Protestant Church, Netherlands)
Spiritual direction can mean different things to different people. Some people understand it to be the art of listening carried out in the context of a trusting relationship. It is when one person is trained to be a competent guide who then “companions” another person, listening to that person’s life story with and ear for the movement of the Holy, of the Divine. (Rev. Jeffery S. Gains, Presbyterian Church, USA)
Spiritual direction is essentially companioning someone in his or her spiritual life. Other ways of describing spiritual direction include holy listening, spiritual friendship, sacred journeying. (Janna Larson, Roman Catholic, USA)
....Today, the majority of directors are probably women. The marks of a director are love, kindliness and a real compassion. The language used is one of healing and growth rather than that of the law court with its judgement, practitioners are counsellors, confessors, and physicians of the soul, not judges. There is warmth and a lightness of touch. (Canon Peter W. Ball, Anglican Church, UK)
Discover How to “Live Life on Purpose”:
Attend Faith’s Fall Retreat
USA Today surveyed over 2000 people nationwide and asked this question, “If you could ask God one thing, what would you ask Him?” The overwhelming response was, “What is my purpose in life?” Do you know your unique purpose in life?
If you have ever thought about these questions, then you will not want to miss this year’s Faith Fall Retreat. God wants each of us to know our purpose and live it out! We are not an accident. Our designer has intentionally created us for a wonderful, powerful, and fulfilling purpose. Come and discover how God has designed us to live life to the fullest. Open up to your uniqueness and explore a life that truly can be filled with His presence, His power, and His purpose!
Our special guest, Ron Dotzler, co-founder of the Abide Network* in Omaha, Nebraska, will lead us in understanding the discovery process, discovering our own uniqueness, and then putting it all together! Make sure to mark your calendar for September 16-18 now for a unique experience worshiping God, learning and sharing with other members of the Faith family, and enjoying the beauty of Lake Tahoe.
While Ron works with the adults, our youth and children will also enjoy a special program designed just for them. Our teens will focus on the same topic as they spend time with John Siebug, Youth Director at Community Presbyterian Church in Vacaville. Many of our youth have already gained an appreciation of John from previous church activities. Our younger children will participate in their own special program under the direction of experienced Christian education teachers, and parents are welcome to utilize the services of our nursery for their infants.
Registration forms will be available in the narthex on May 8, and committee members will be available to answer questions, help complete forms, and take your deposit between services and after the second service Sundays from May 15 – June 12. The registration fee has gone up a little this year because of increased costs at Zephyr Point, but we do not want anyone who wants to attend to be left behind. Financial assistance is available for all Faith activities, and members and friends of Faith can feel free to speak confidentially to one of our pastors about scholarship assistance.
Ron and the Abide Network.
3335 Fowler Avenue
Omaha, Nebraska 68111
Mobilizing an incredibly bright generation of Christian leaders
who are extending faith, hope and love to an impoverished, criminal and disenfranchised inner city!
Abide Network is an inner city Christian mission serving children and families who live in helpless, homeless and hopeless conditions. We are transforming the inner city conditions of poverty and crime through the mobilization and development of Christian missionaries and programs!
Founders, Ron Dotzler - a white male from a small rural town in Iowa
and Twany Dotzler - a black female from the Washington D.C. area,
met in college, were married in 1980 and now have 13 children. For
8 years out of college Ron worked as a successful chemical engineer
with major computer companies while living in the suburbs. In 1988,
he and his family moved into the inner city of Omaha and reside in the
once condemned, but now refurbished, Abide Mission Center.
The community of north Omaha, a once thriving social and economic center, is now characterized by poverty, disinvestments and blight. This community has an acute lack of employment opportunities, concentrations of substandard housing, vacant and abandoned properties and families with very low incomes. Unemployment in the north Omaha district is 5 times the rate experienced throughout the city and 7 out of 10 (70%) residents meet the federal definition of low income and impoverished conditions. Approximately 35% of the population is well below the poverty level.
Today, more than ever, there is a great need for Christian workers and leaders. The few workers currently working in the inner city are some of the most dedicated and committed people. These Christian workers regularly deal with overwhelming odds, dangerous situations, minimal training opportunities and very few resources. This is why Abide Network has become so effective. We not only develop and train more workers for the inner city task, but we also offer support and resources so that what once seemed impossible is now achievable.
As a result, for the past 15 years, Abide Network has been involved in the support and/or development of 64 brand new missionaries and 24 brand new mission organizations. Abide has mobilized over 15,000 volunteers from 9 states into the African-American and Hispanic inner city communities of north and south Omaha. Some of the new mission organizations impacting the inner city include the Turning Point youth outreach center, the Good News Bears children’s club, HOPE Center for Kids, Compassion In Action women’s prison education program, Safe Haven Community Center for children and their families, Young Life youth program, Iglesia Destino and Destiny Children’s program.
Abide Networks efforts have received considerable recognition. Some of the awards presented to Abide Network and Ron and Twany Dotzler are: The Family of the Year Award (2003) - Family Services, National Army Reserve Award, Woodmen of America Award, Chicano Awareness Center Award, Nebraska Family Council Award, Keep Omaha Beautiful Award as well as an Ambassadors Award presented by the Governor of Nebraska, Ben Nelson.
Thank you for your partnership with Abide Network. Together we will transform the inner city conditions of poverty and crime through the mobilization and development of Christian missionaries and programs!
Together we’re building hope and making a difference!
Are your zucchini plants thriving and growing? Great if they are. If they are not, any of your garden vegetables are a welcome donation to Food Closet. Pick them small.
Food Closet Bags
The Faith Faithful have been doing a great job of bringing in paper grocery bags. Food Closet goes through hundreds each week. It would be helpful to the Food Closet volunteers if you would put the grocery bags into the receptacle bag flat and not folded. When they are folded, it takes volunteer time to unfold them since that is the way they need to use them.
Kings Play-off Game for Faith Mexico Mission Trip
The play-off game to support the Faith Mexico Mission Trip has just been scheduled by the NBA. The game will be: Sunday, May 1st, 7:30 p.m. start (leaders will arrive at 4:30 p.m. and volunteers will need to arrive at or before 5:30 p.m.). This will be a fun game to experience at ARCO and tickets will be near impossible to get, unless you're lucky enough to already have them. If you would like to help out the mission participants and help fund their work in Mexico, please let me know as soon as possible. I will try to distribute as many parking passes as possible this Sunday at Church. Time to step up for the mission folks and their challenge. Hope to hear from you soon. THANKS and
Christian Family Week May 8 - 14
Here are some ideas for Living Out Christ's Presence in the Family. Christ is with us always. Use the following practices and ideas within the life of your family as you live out and acknowledge that presence daily.
Worship God Together.
Sit together in worship. Talk about the service and things you heard, saw, learned, and noticed. Connect the worship service to your life in your home.
Read the Bible together.
Become more familiar with how to locate stories and passages as well as how the book is arranged. Talk about how the Scriptures remain relevant to our lives today.
Take time to pray as a family and as individuals. Share daily "highs" and "lows" with each other and with God.
Confess and Forgive one Another.
Tolerate one another's failures. Encourage each other.
Serve others together.
Look for ways that you can live out your faith by carrying out acts of service as a family. Live out the words of Jesus from Luke 10:25-37.
Offer hospitality and care to those you know as well as to strangers.
Listen and talk together about your lives.
Give all family members a chance to talk and be heard. Get to know each other.
Work against the things that destroy other people and God's creation.
Work for the things that affirm God's purpose.
submitted by Sue Kirk
( This list is adapted from "Growing in the Life of Christian Faith," commended to the church for information and study by the 201st General Assembly, Presbyterian Church U.S.A. )
Mission Trips 2005
Your Mission Committee, along with the Youth Director Kelsey Ingalls and Pastors Jeff Chapman and Jim Zazzera, are pleased to offer the following Mission Trip opportunities for 2005:
Youth Sunday is an amazing opportunity to worship God.
A couple of weeks ago Pastor Jeff gave a sermon about worshiping God throughout your daily life and in different ways. Youth Sunday fits well into this idea because the youth of the church lead the entire church service and it puts a new twist into worship. The service includes music lead by a worship band, the youth choirs, a sermon done completely by the youth, different types of prayer, and all the other aspects of a traditional worship service in one great experience. We plan on having some fun and exciting new ways to worship God and everyone is invited to join us. Youth Sunday is May 1st and the services are at the normal time, 8:30 and 11:00. Come and see what God wants to reveal to you that morning through our youth!
Junior High Mission Trip!!!!
What is better than Munchies…Munchies in San Francisco!!!! I may be a little crazy, but we are planning a junior high mission trip to Frisco this summer. Since kids have to be fourteen to go on the church mission trip without a parent, most of the junior highers don’t make the cut. To remedy this dilemma we are taking a five-night mission trip designed specifically for middle school kids. We are going through an organization called Center for Student Missions. Pastor Jeff used to go through the same organization at his old church and he always had a good experience. So on his recommendation we are trying this new trip at the beginning of the summer. The dates we are looking at are the 19th-24th of June. If you are a junior higher, than mark your calendar as the time of your life. If you are a member of the congregation, than mark your calendar as a week of prayer for our junior highers as they do God’s work in the big city. If you or your child are interested and have not received and application, please contact Kelsey Ingalls at the church as soon as possible. Hurry for new adventures!!!!
Sunday School News
Birthdays for April
David Simmons 4/13
Jason Rock 4/22
Sierra Brown 4/28
Mitchell Shahbazian 4/11
Kaylah Miller 4/2
Danielle Reyes 4/29
Youth Sunday will be May 1 this year with all the children and youth of the church leading the service. This annual event is one of the most inspiring services of the year. Our youth make us proud. Come and believe!
Children will be given a part or parts to practice and will meet on Saturday, April 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to rehearse. Participants will need to attend both services on May 1 to fulfill their parts. Questions? Contact Sue Kirk at 530-367-4572 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Living As Forgiven Children of God - Around the World in 5 Days
Last year we boarded our "plane" each morning and traveled to different and exciting countries each day to learn how God works in our world. This year we will be catching the Train!
We will be visiting Taiwan, Northern Ireland, Brazil, Zimbabwe and Nepal. We will travel the week of July 18 - 22 , 9:00 - 12:00. Mark your calendars and join us! Passengers, Conductors, Travel Guides - ALL A BOARD!
Summer Sunday School
This summer we would like to offer Sunday School for grades P-5 at both services. We will need teachers and leaders to make this happen. If you will be attending this summer please check your calendar and see what Sundays you are available to help in the Sunday School classes. Options can vary from each Sunday for one service, to one Sunday a month, to several Sundays over the Summer. A flyer will be coming home with a calendar/sign up attached. Please have your child return this to their teacher or Mrs. Kirk.
Youth Sunday May 1
Bible Workshop May 12 7-8:30
Bible Presentations May 15 11:00 service
Teacher Recognition May 22
First Summer Sunday June5
Family Promise Update
Our first week as a host church for Family Promise will arrive on May 15th! We have been working and planning to make this an enjoyable experience for all those involved. We have filled all the volunteer slots with more that 45 eager church members. On Sunday, May 15th, Sue Hooper and Cynthia Crow will be in Room 2 after the second service to answer any last
minute questions. If you missed our training held on April 20th we will have extra handouts and can give you a brief review of the program. At 3:00 the setup team will begin turning our classrooms into overnight accommodations for the guests of Family Promise.
On Sunday May 22nd, all those who participated in the first week are invited to the Choir Room for an informal debriefing to work out any bugs we may have experienced during our week. Conney Willis of the Mission Committee will be providing a light lunch.
The Family Promise Day Center located on the Loaves and Fishes campus would like donations of diapers and toiletry items for the guests. You may place them in the box in the entryway to Link Hall and we will get them to the Day Center. We would like to thank all those Faith members who generously donated sheets, games and books for our program.
Sue Hooper and Cynthia Crow
: FOUR REASONS TO EAT BEANS
1. Curb your cholesterol. Beans are a major source
of soluble fiber, which helps to remove cholestrol
from the body before it's absorbed.
2. Relieve your insulin woes. The soluble fiber in
beans also aids in the creation of insulin receptor
sites and helps to lower the amount of insulin floating through the bloodstream.
3. Fulfill your dietary needs. In additions to fiber, beans are high in protein, folic acid, potassium, iron, calcium, and B-vitamins. On the flip side, they're low
in cholestrol, fat and for the most part, sodium (stay away from canned beans unless they're low-sodium).
4. Delay your hunger. In general, beans digest slowly, causing a sustained increase in blood sugar while preventing frequent hunger pangs.
CPR class for beginners. Contact Mary Nabers @ 424-0736
Calling All Presbyterian Women
Wednesday, April 27
Presbyterian Women meet this month on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 11:30 am in Link Hall. This month our own Shirley Robertson will be presenting her story on hair. She asks that we each bring a picture of ourselves in a hairdo from another era. This month lunch, dessert and drinks will be provided. Our Bible Study Group, led by Mary Patterson, will meet before the meeting at 10:30 am. We will be studying chapter eight in the book AWhat She Said.@ If you are interested in the study group, join us at the church at 10:30 am.
Presbyterian Women meet the fourth Wednesday of each month, September through June. We have a different speaker each month and alternate brown bag and casserole lunches. We have a great group of women involved in the church and would love to have you join us. Please contact Lois Collinsworth at 683-2024 if you would like more information, or just come to a meeting and find out what it=s all about and how you can become involved. If you work and find yourself with this Wednesday off, or have time to join us, please feel free to do so.
Our next meeting dates are:
May 25 Brown Bag
June 26 Potluck
Beth Eigenheer Concert
My yearly student solo recital will be: Sunday, May 15th, 2005 – 2:00 P.M.
at Faith Presbyterian Church. I will be performing as well as my talented students. Kayla Swanson, daughter of Lisa Swanson will be graduating from the
M. Beth Eigenheer, Suzuki violin teacher, music therapist, performer
Faith Book Club
The next meeting of the Faith Book Club is on Thursday, May 18. 2005 at 7:00 PM. If you have any questions, or would like to join us, please contact Ilah Turner at 428-8716.
Transforming Fear Into Love
Twice in the last three years, Faith Presbyterian Church has sent members to attend the Peacemaking Conference. Attendees Conney Willis, Bill Frye and Marthe Sweet had their eyes opened to peacemaking challenges around the globe, and the exciting efforts from Presbyterians to make peace locally, nationally and internationally.
This year’s conference will be held at Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Participants will enjoy expanded opportunities to renew, to reflect and to engage the extraordinary challenges of our time. Programs are informative and enlightening, and each day ends with inspiration worship.
You can visit the website at www.pcusa.org/peacemaking/conferences/2005.htm, or talk to Conney, Bill or Marthe Sweet for more information, or call Conney Willis at 530-432-2318 or email at email@example.com. Funds are available to make the trip possible for anyone interested in attending.
Members of the Faith Family will have two opportunities to enjoy Rivercats baseball this year: Saturday, June 25 and Friday, August 12. Both games start at 7:05 p.m., and tickets are $16 each. Sign-up sheets will be available in the narthex starting April 17. Come, bring the family, and enjoy baseball Sacramento-style! Call Barbara Tracy at 428-0311 if you have any questions.
Off to the Music Circus Again
Faith Family members are invited to join others at this year’s Music Circus production of West Side Story on Thursday, July 21. Come and enjoy this Leonard Bernstein’s score and Stephen Sondheim’s evocative lyrics in this landmark of American theater. Tickets are $41.90 each, and a sign-up sheet will be available April 17. Call Barbara Tracy at 428-0311 if you have any questions.
Westminster Woods Dates
We’ve reserved space for the children and youth of Faith Presbyterian to attend camp at the Woods this year. While campers can go any week of their choice, these are the weeks that work around Vacation Bible School and Mission trips:
Camp Incoming Dates
Adventure Camp Grades 2,3,4 July 27 – 30
Sherwood Forest Grades 4,5,6 July 24 – 30
Railroad Camp Grades 7,8,9 July 10 - 16
Buccaneer Camp Grades 7,8,9 July 17 – 23
High School Camp Grades 9 – 12 July 17 – 23
Early Bird registration must be postmarked by March 15, to take advantage of the $25 discount. Registrations can be left at the church office for Registrar Conney Willis to mail or you may send your registration in directly to Westminster Woods, but please let know, so your child can be included in our list for camperships, which will be provided based on the number of children from Faith attending camp.
You can get in touch with Conney with questions or registration information at 530-432-2318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee Hour Volunteering
We'd like to add more volunteers so one group will prepare coffee after the first service and another group after the second! It'll be only once every other month and takes just about 40 minutes before and 45 minutes after the service.
Please call Doran McDaniel at 683-4687.
Bill/Dee Nicholas Debbie Barton
Dick/Betty McClure Wayne Burkinshaw
Barbara Powell Charlie Tucker
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625 Florin Road, Sacramento CA
(916) 428-3439, FAX 428-0248
Jim Park (email@example.com)
Dianne Brown (Sierraskymktg@netscape.net)
Susie Hughes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kathy Pehrson (email@example.com)
Marthe Sweet (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jeff Chapman, Pastor
Jim Zazzera, Associate Pastor
Worship 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
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