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PresbyNews

Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 30, Number 2 January 18, 2005

625 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95831

916-428-3439

www.faithpresby.org

Faith Happenings

Sunday Services:

8:30 and 11:00

 

Sunday school, Adult Ed, Jr. High Bible Study

9:45-10:45

 

CREW

(Sr. High School Fellowship)

Bible Study

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)

Bible Study

Sundays 7 pm.

Kelsey Ingalls 428-3439

 

 

January 21   Potluck & Game Night:

6:30 to 9 pm

 

January 23   Annual Congregation Meeting 9:40am

New Members Class 12:30 - 4:30pm

January 28  Beth Eigeneer Concert at Pioneer Congregational Church, 2700 L St.  7:00pm  Free will offering at the door.

 

January 29  S.S.I.P. Bowl-A-Thon noon to 2:00 pm

Crunchie Ski Trip 6:00am – 6:00pm

 

January 30  Pastor Jeff's Installation --3:00 pm

 

February 13  Endowment Fund Offering

February 13  First Parish & Pastor Potluck Parishes 1, 2, 3.

March 6   First Supper Club. Sign up now

 

Giving the Pastor A Piece of Your Mind

 

It’s been just barely three months since I arrived here at Faith.  In many ways, we are still just getting to know each other.  Like in any new relationship, I realize that there is still so much we have yet to talk about.

 

It has been a great encouragement for me in recent weeks to have some of you approach me and ask for some time to sit down and talk.  In some instances, people have had questions about something I have shared in a sermon.  Other times, there is an issue in life or in this church that is a source of concern or joy.  A couple of folks have wanted to get together for no reason other than to get to know me and to have me get to know them. 

 

I want you to know that these are some of the most enjoyable times I get to spend as a pastor.  In fact, one of the most important things I get to do is to sit with people and think about life together, the challenges and the joys, and how God fits into it all.  I know each time I do sit with somebody along these lines, there is so much God teaches me through others.  And perhaps, by his grace, I am able to offer some insight as well.

 

All this is really to say that if you ever wish to come and set some time to talk together, or to have me listen to some things that are on your heart or mind, I hope you will feel the freedom to do so.  I know, if for no other reason, I will help me become a much more effective and compassionate pastor of this church as I better understand the people of this church.

 

You can always call me here at church, or set up a time to come in and chat, or, if it’s they way you work best, even e-mail me.  Either way, I hope you’ll come give me a piece of your mind!

 

I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday!

 

Yours in Christ-

 

Jeff

Sunday Morning John Series Looks at “Images of God”

If you were in worship with us last Sunday you know that we finished our “Jesus Changes Everything” series and are now beginning a new series as we continue to work our way through the Gospel of John.  These next seven weeks our focus will be “Images of God.”  You may know that at the heart of John’s Gospel there are seven images that Jesus uses in his teaching to help us understand what God, revealed in His Son, is like.  Sometimes these images are called the “I Am” statements.  When Jesus spoke them he clearly intended for his listeners to make a connection to the story in Exodus 3 where Moses meets God in the desert at the burning bush and asks to know God’s name.  The Lord tells him that he is to be called “I Am Who I Am.”  Hundreds of years later, when Jesus says things like “I Am the bread of life,”  he is making a clear assertion to be God and letting his hearers know that since the Father and Son are one in the same, they can know God if they know Jesus. 

 

These coming weeks we will take a close look at these stark images and seek to understand what Jesus is trying to teach us about God through them.  As you come to experience God in worship and in His Word we trust that you will more clearly see how Christ is leading you to serve him and know him more deeply today.  The series will run as follows.  You may want to read ahead!

            -January 2 – Images of God: Bread (John 6:1-15, 25-71)

            -January 9 – Images of God: Light (John 8:12-30, chapter 9)

            -January 16 – Images of God: Gate (John 10:1-10)

            -January 23 – Images of God: Shepherd (John 10:11-21)

            -January 30 – Images of God: Life (John 11:1-44)

            -February 6 – Images of God: Way (John 14:1-14)

            -February 13 – Images of God: Vine (John 15:1-17)

Parish and Pastor Potluck Series!!

The Deacons are pleased to announce a series of potlucks, where Faith members and visitors can get to know the others in their parish, and have some time to meet and talk with Pastor Jeff.

The potlucks will be held in Link Hall from 12 until 2 on several Sundays over the next few months, and will consist of three parishes for each event.  The dates below cover all eighteen parishes.

Before your parish’s potluck, you’ll be contacted by your deacon to be sure you know which parish you are in, and the date of the event for your group.  There will also be a notice posted in the Narthex as an extra reminder.  But in the meantime, please check out the Deacon board in the hallway between the sanctuary and Link Hall, to verify which parish you’re in.

February 13: Parishes 1, 2, 3        March 6: Parishes 4, 5, 6             March 20: Parishes 7, 8, 9

April 3: Parishes 10, 11,12            April 17: Parishes 13, 14, 15         May 1: Parishes 16, 17

Oval: A Note to Parish 18    Your Deacon, Laura Zarembski, has regretfully resigned from as she prepares for the birth of her baby.  The parish has been temporarily reassigned until June, when a new Deacon will be nominated and will take over for Laura.  Your temporary Deacon will be contacting you shortly for introductions and to let you know when your Parish Potluck will be.  If you see Laura, please say hello and congratulations on the new baby!

 

Endowment Fund Offering

February 13

 

This year's Presbytery-wide Endowment Fund Offering focuses on the gift and expectations of Easton and Jeannie Long, who know of the needs the Endowment Fund was created to meet.

 

Easton Long is a retired Presbyterian minister who has served in the Sacramento Presbytery. Their gift is in the form of an annuity which provides a steady, predictable income to them during their lifetimes and ensures that their desire to help the Presbytery of Sacramento provide for new church development through the Endowment Fund will be honored at the conclusion of their lives. Others have provided direct testamentary gifts to the Endowment Fund as another way to continue participating this Mission.

 

As the population increases in the Sacramento Presbytery, one of the fastest growing in the country, the need for new churches and new church development will continue to grow, as well. We want to be ready for the challenges which now exist and which lie ahead. These gifts will be legacies to help meet those needs.

 

February 13, 2005, has been set for the offering at Faith Presbyterian Church to benefit the Presbytery of Sacramento Endowment Fund.

 

For further information regarding the Endowment Fund or gifts to the Endowment Fund contact

or Bob Connett, telephone (916) 421-0430 bobandlenore@earthlink.net

Museum Day

Saturday February 5th

10:00am to 4:00pm

 Free admission to the Zoo and 22 other local museums. Free bus transportation from the Zoo to Old Sacramento

Dear ARCOfaithfuls,    

The Kings celebrated 20 years in Sacramento and so captivated the crowd at half-time that we saw a marked reduction in concessions sales!!    Your efforts and tips (and a credit that Betty and I received for helping another group on Thursday) amounted to  a $1175 donation from Maloof Sports and Entertainment to support our Youth Ministry.  Thanks to Betty Keller and Pat Tatro for taking on the additional responsibility of handling the inventory and cash, respectively.     Thanks to Cindy Canaday for orgainizing the carpools and training the new runners.  Lisa Markuson and Heather Ravas recently celebrated their 18th birthdays and are doing some serious "pay-back" by helping at ARCO.  THANKS!!  Pastor Jeff and Sandee Trezise got their first taste of ARCO "fun" and we enjoyed welcoming them to the ARCOfaithfuls.  Also, special thanks to:

Audrey Liu, Jennie Fong, Greg Hood, Dr. Craig Yamada,  Lyman Lum,

Jeri Wormington, Debbie Granco, and Kristin Power, who don't attend Faith, but generously donated their time and talents to support our Youth.  Lyman Lum worked the condiments all alone and did a fantastic job.  Special thanks, Lyman!! 

 

If you have already signed up for our next trip to ARCO, next Sunday, January 23rd, THANKS!  If you have not, and think you can help out,  please contact Steve Canaday, Paul Keller, or Pat Tatro.  We could use about 10 more volunteers.  We will be working at the East concession stand which takes a couple of extra people.  I know there are a lot of special events and experiences being planned for our youth.  Your support at ARCO makes those plans possible and affordable for the youth parents.  THANKS again, 

 

Sincerely,                                     Steve Canaday, Paul Keller,  and Pat Tatro

When is the Next Confirmation Class?

 

Many of you have asked about when our next confirmation class will be held. We’re long overdue.

 

A new class will begin the Fall of 2005. There will be an informational meeting held in late summer for parents and students interested in finding out what the class will entail. We'll announce that date as it gets closer.

 

Jeff Chapman and Kelsey Ingalls will co-lead the class which will be open to all incoming 9th - 12th grade students. We hope you will make a note of this and watch for more information as the fall draws closer.

 

Questions? Please speak to Jeff or Kelsey

Session Will Begin Looking at our Sunday Morning Schedule

We would love your input!

 

As most of you are aware, there have been several changes made in our Sunday morning schedule (i.e. worship, adult education, Sunday school, etc.) over the past months.  Though excitement continues to grow surrounding our time together Sunday morning, we are aware that there have been some areas that have elicited some concern and friction. 

 

Because of the recent arrival of our new pastor, Jeff, and because we find ourselves in the middle of a program year with Sunday school, Session determined at their January meeting to not rush the process and to take the next couple of months to carefully examine all the issues and components in an effort to discern what might be the best schedule for Faith at this time.  Questions we will be considering include:

              -Times for worship services

              -Programming options for children, youth and adult education on Sunday morning

              -Music leadership in worship services

              -Summer worship schedules

 

If you have input you would like to share with the Session along these lines, we encourage you to speak with one of the people listed below.  If your concern, idea, or excitement is in a specific area, please share that concern with the person overseeing that particular area.

 

We look forward to where God is leading us.  We know that Sunday mornings is the central time of gathering for the people of this community and church.  Thank you for your help in making sure we find the best plan possible.

 

Staff & Elder Contacts:

 

-Pat Beal – Elder overseeing Worship and Music

              686-4814             pat.beal@comcast.net

 

-Alice Parente – Elder overseeing Adult Christian Education

              419-3403             vsas77@earthlink.net

 

-Don Lewis – Elder overseeing Children’s Ministry

              725-2810             donald.lewis@homeq.com

 

-Cameron Turner – Elder overseeing Youth Ministry

              428-8716

 

-Jeff Chapman – Pastor

              428-3439             jchapman@faithpresby.org

 

-Jim Zazzera – Associate Pastor

              428-3439    jzazzera@faithpresby.org   

 

New Members Class  “A Look at Faith”

Sunday, January 23 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

 

“A Look at Faith,” our next new members class, is scheduled for Sunday, January 23 from 12:30 to 4:30. Anyone interested in finding out more about Faith Presbyterian Church and membership here is invited to join Pastors Jeff Chapman and Jim Zazzera. A complimentary lunch will be served.

Among other things, we will explore questions like these:

If you are interested in taking part in this class, please contact Sue Nolan in the church office so we can save a place for you (428-3439 or snolan@faithpresby.org). We will provide childcare if you let us know in advance.

Questions? Please speak to Pastor Jeff or Pastor Jim.

Jim Zazzara Writes

Friends,

 

Lent has always been a time for reflection. It seems that, of all the times of the year – individuals are willing to take a bit more time and go a bit deeper into the life of the spirit. In that light – Pastor Jeff and I will be leading a class called “The Final Words of a Dying

God: The Seven Last Words of Christ.” It is our hope that everyone will take advantage of this opportunity and appreciate the presence of God and the support of brothers and sisters in faith.

What we are hoping for is more than just quiet reflection or scholarly exploration. We will spend a bit of time in fellowship and eating together, Jeff or I will offer some insights on one of the “seven last words” (or more properly – phrases) of Christ, and then all will be invited to reflect on how those insights might impact our lives today.

One special component of this study is that we will gather in small groups throughout the entire six weeks of lent – and stay with this same small group of people through the entire time. It is our prayer that we will laugh together, share stories of our lives, make new friends, and experience God in some new ways.

We trust that together we will find that Jesus’ “seven last words” are more than historical utterances but that these words somehow illumine our present day experience. The “Final Words of A Dying God” will begin on Sunday, February 13th from 9:45am – 10:45 am. and will continue for 6 weeks. We will also repeat the class on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

Please consider this opportunity to grow in faith.

In Christ’s love,

Jim

Health Ministries

 

Coming Up! Potluck & Game Night

Friday January 21 6:30 to 9 p.m.

 

Mark your calendars now and plan to attend this potluck and game night. Bring your favorite board, dominoes or card game along with a dish to share and join in this time of food and fellowship. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

A--I  Salad   J--S  Main Dish   T--Z  Dessert

Calling All Presbyterian Women

 

Presbyterian Women meet this month on Wednesday, January 26 2005 at 11:30 am in Link Hall.  Jeff Chapman, our new pastor, will be our featured speaker.  This will be a great chance to hear Jeff and meet him personally if you have not already done so.  Remember to bring a bag lunch this month, dessert and beverages 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 four in the book “What 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.

 

Our next meeting dates are as follows:

March 23             Brown Bag

April 27                 Casserole

May 25                 Brown Bag

June 26                 Potluck

Faith Book Club

 

The next meeting of the Faith Book Club is on Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 7:00 PM.  We will be meeting at Melodi Anderson's house (393-9990), 415 Bunkhouse Way to review “The Life of Pi” by Yann Martel. In February we will be reading "Ghost Riders", by Sharon McCrumb, and will meet to discuss it on Thursday, February, 17. If you have any questions, or would like to join us, please contact Ilah Turner at 428-8716.

 

 

Supper Club is Just Around the Corner

Looking for a way to meet more members of the Faith Family?  It’s time to be thinking of spring and our annual Supper Club Series.  We will begin the series on Sunday, March 6, continue with April 3, May 1 and conclude on June 5.  All dinners usually start at 6:00 PM and last for approximately two hours. 

 

There are eight people attending each of the dinners, and each month you will be rotating so that you have a chance to host, provide the salad, main course or dessert for the evening.  Each month you will be with a different group of people so that you have a chance to get to know them better during this period of time.

 

Please look for the sign up forms in the narthex and get your reservations in early so that we may get this off to a good start.  This activity isn’t just for couples singles are welcome.  If you have any questions about the Supper Club, please contact Doran McDaniel at 683-4687.

S.S.I.P. Bowl-A-Thon 2005 January 29

 Noon to 2:00 p.m.

 

Alpine Bowling Lanes, 2326 Florin Rd.

$3.75 per person, $1.25 for shoes.

 

Come all kingpins and gutter ball amateurs for a time of bowling, fellowship, and fun while raising SSIP donations.

 

And the rest of you can sign a pledge for our Faith bowlers.

 

Prizes: the church collecting the most pledges, the highest score by kids under 10, and the most strikes in a row.

A Very Special Concert

 

M. Beth Eigenheer, Faith church violinist is producing a concert on Friday, January 28th at 7:00 P.M. at Pioneer Congregational Church, 2700 L Street, Sacramento, CA.

 

This concert is the first one ever given in the Sacramento area by Beth Eigeneer and her pianist, Steve Cram, who is the music director at Grace Presbyterian Church in Walnut Creek.

 

This concert will honor American Composers. A free will donation can be made at the door

For information: (916) 422-1571 or ViolinBeth@comcast.net

 

Sunday School News

 

Birthdays!

 

 

Jane Campbell        1/4

Zara Greer                  1/11

Natalie Neufield        1/13

Austin Reynolds       1/2

Catherine Smith        1/30

 

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Sunday School Offerings

 

9:45-10:45

Multi-Age Sunday School  for Preschool - 5

Jr. High Sunday School for 6-8

Young Faith Singers for grade 2-8

Adult Sunday School

 

11:00

Younger Youth Sunday School for Preschool-2

Older Youth Sunday School for grades 3-7

 

All are welcome!  Come join us as we CARE ,DARE, FLARE and SHARE.  CARE enough to come prepared and ready to worship, DARE enough to look for Jesus in your world everyday and bring that experience back, FLARE - show your uniqueness in taking God's word and making it yours, and SHARE all this with a friend!

 

For January we will be sharing:

 

    Isaiah 60:1  

    Matthew 2:1-12

    Luke 4:16-22

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Prayer Wall Updates

 

    Prayers answered: One of our soldiers will be returning home soon.

 

    Please continue to pray for the safe return of all the men and women who are away from their homes and loved ones!

 

    If you have someone in the military , please bring in a picture or name and we will include them on our Prayer Wall.

                                                                                    Sue Kirk

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Thoughts for the next weeks:

Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.

Do not put a question mark where God put a period.

Joyce Hathaway gives Thanks

I am certain your prayers have brought my son through a perilous three weeks in the ICU. He is now in intensive re-hab--physical, speech, occupational and neurology. Though it may be months before we see the final outcome of his encephalitis, your continued prayers will carry him through his coming trials.

 

Joyce Hathaway

And so do Laura & Alan Zarembski

A heartfelt thank you to Barbara and Jim Tracy for hosting and setting up such a lovely baby shower for Baby Sarah May Zarembski in the midst of December's Christmastime flurry and festivities.

 

Alan and I were amazed and humbled by the love and generosity of Barbara & Jim, of those who were able to attend, and of others who showered us with gifts and loving wishes prior to and after the event.

 

It is truly wonderful to receive the love and support of our gracious church family!

 

--Laura & Alan Zarembski

A Day in the Life of Oak Park

Bethany Draeger, a 7th grader at Faith, was selected as one of ten photographers to display her photo at the Mondavi Center Saturday night.  Her photo was part of a display in the lobby, at the first performance of the year by the Sacramento Philharmonic.

 

The display was set up by the 40 Acres Art Gallery.  On October 15, 2004, A Day in the Life of Oak Park brought together over 100 photography students from Cosumnes River College, Sacramento High School, PS7, City College, Courtyard Middle School and CSUS to document the economic, educational and cultural transformation occurring in Sacramento's oldest suburb. Over 10,000 images were captured that day, with nearly seventy of the best images being selected for exhibition at the 40 Acres Art Gallery.  Bethany’s photo is the first shown at the gallery, right at the door when you go in! 

 

If you are interested in seeing this display, the exhibit will continue to be shown at the 40 Acres Art Gallery until January 22nd.  The gallery info is as follows:

Location:                                                                         

35th Street and Broadway
P.O. Box 5447
Sacramento, CA 95817

Hours:
Tuesday - Friday
12pm - 6pm
Saturday
10am - 5pm

Contact:
916.732.4673
http://www.40acresartgallery.org/Day%20in%20the%20Life.htm

or pround mother Suzie Hughes.

Two Notes from Georgianne Becker:

 

Georgianne’s email was incorrectly published recently in the PresbyNews. The correct address is georgiannbecker@sbcglobal.net

 

Also, an earring for a pierced ear was found on Sunday, Jan. 9th in the parking lot.  Anyone that lost it can call Georgianne at 393-5906.

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. 

 

 

 

January 23

January 30

February 6

February 13

Worship Service

8:30am

8:30am

8:30am

8:30am

Worship Assistant

David Leader

Roy Chastain

Terry Mangum

Janet Leader

Ushers

Dallas Love

Marthe Sweet

Donna Touros

John Sugar

Don/Jan Sperling

Bill/Em Baker

Greeters

Janet, David, Ross Leader

Em/Bill Baker

Ken/Patty Blomberg

Larry/Noreen Freund

Sound

David Nash

Don Sperling

Bill Baker

Don Sperling

Coffee Preparers

Glenda/Jarvis Arellano

Jeff/DiAnne Brown

Ann Johnson

Tom Busch

Worship Service

11:00am

11:00am

11:00am

11:00am

Worship Assistant

Kelsey Ingalls

Brien Bell

Claire Pisor

Vicky Chastain

Ushers

Roy/Vicki Chastain

Jerry/Priscilla Simms

Rick/Cynthia Crow

Gene Truax

Ken Finch

Greeters

Chuck/Hilde Tetlow

Carey Kincaid

Bill/Dee Nicholas

Debbie Barton

Dick/Betty McClure

Wayne Burkinshaw

Jerry/Priscilla Simms

Andeen Lovett

Sound

George Warner

George Warner

Joe Parente

Brien Bell

Tellers

Helen Christenson

Marilyn Becker

Bob Connett

Dick McClure

Kitty Tatro

Jarvis Arellano

Barbara Powell

Charlie Tucker

Notes from January Session Meeting

Our current membership is 408 with attendance at worship figures improving greatly— 320 at the January 9 services.

 

I auri Richardson, Deacon, reported plans were under way for parish meetings to be held in the near future.

 

Bruce Alexander reported on the progress of the audit and will be bringing a complete report at a later date.

 

Reverend Fado, Cynthia Crow, Sue Ilooper, and Connie Willis shared information and answered questions about the Family Promise program. This involves housing and feeding (breakfast and dinner with a packed lunch) for families. Before approving this program, it was felt the congregation should be made aware of the process and ask if anyone would care to volunteer.

 

Pastor Jeff has prepared a new Wedding brochure outlining procedures for weddings held here at FPC. A New Member class will be held on January 23rd and candidates for membership will meet with session at the February session meeting.

 

Adult Education is preparing a new approach for Lenten Studies. It will consist of 6 sessions with the same program being presented at the break between services and on Wednesday nights. The theme will be ‘The Seven Last Words of Christ.

 

The budget is being finalized and will he ready for congregational review at the Congregation meeting on January 23rd

 

The present Building Fund Campaign will end as of March 31st and a new campaign will be put into action. The balance of the loan is down to $184.000 and will be paid off in less than three years.

Submitted by Joyce Hathaway, Clerk of Session

Barbara Drainer Shares an Ethiopian Experience

 

My cousin, Joshua, who is 19, sent me a letter last spring, seeking a donation to help send him to Africa to do some missionary work. After he got back, he wrote this letter, which he sent to all who donated. In reading it, I felt it would be something interesting to publish in our Presbynews.

 

“This past year has been an amazing one. It has taken me places I never thought that I would be. First of all, I need to apologize for not getting you this letter sooner, because huge thanks is due for your help in sending me to Africa this past summer. Thank you so much for giving me an experience that changed my life.

 

Africa was like nothing I could have ever imagined, when you see the pictures on the news and movies it just doesn’t seem real but this summer for almost two months I lived right in the middle of the second poorest country in the world. Life in Ethiopia is almost indescribable. Ethiopia has the highest population of AIDS in the world and it has left its mark. Almost 80% of the country is under the age of 14 and the rest die young. The average life span of a person living in Ethiopia in right around 40 years. On the complete opposite side of the world I spent a summer sharing Christ with kids. I worked with Compassion International at one of their work sites in the city of Addis Ababa. I was the only teacher and I had 170 kids ranging is age from 3 to 24. This was one of the hardest things I ever had to do, teach English to people who knew none, no translator, no blackboard, no paper, no pencils. Just me. Oh yeah, and no toilet or water that I could drink. By God’s grace and only by god’s grace, I was able to teach them some of the basics and the basic gospel message. The second month turned out different than I expected. I got sick. Really sick. I caught some sort of bronchitis which turned into pneumonia, so I was in bed a lot. God was good and I was able to build relationships with many of the natives throughout this time.

When I arrived home, life did not slow down. As a matter fact it just got faster. I think I experienced the biggest culture shock imaginable, from Addis Ababa to my new home in Newport Beach. Life here in Newport has been a completely new experience to me. I am on staff at a large Presbyterian Church called St. Andrew’s. I love t but I do have to adjust to the culture. I thought Addis was bad, Newport is just as bad the other way. From Africa, I came from families who owned a donkey for transportation; to Newport Beach where the sixteen year olds are driving sixty thousand dollar cars. It is a world of its own, which makes the ministry here very unique. I work in the high school ministry and things are going great. Along with running a high school program I am going to school full time, still at LIFE Bible College. am trying to graduate in three years instead of four so I am taking a million classes each semester (next semester I have 25 units).

So my life is busy, busy, busy. Oh yeah, along with all this I have Meagan, my girlfriend, who takes up all the spare time that I possibly have. We are doing great. So with all this about my life I want to thank you again so much for sending me support for my Africa trip. Have a great Christmas and a great New Year.

By His grace and for His glory

Joshua Carstenen

 

 

By His grace and for His glory, Joshua 0. Carstensen   So my life is busy, busy, busy. Oh yeah, along with all this I have Meagan, my girlfriend, who takes up all the spare time that I possibly have. We are doing great. So with all this about my life I want to thank you again so much for sending me support for my Africa trip. Have a great Christmas and a great New Year.

 

By His grace and for His glory, Joshua 0. Carstensen

 

When I arrived home, life did not slow down. As a matter fact it just got faster. I think I experienced the biggest culture shock imaginable, from Addis Ababa to my new home in Newport Beach. Life here in Newport has been a completely new experience to me. I am on staff at a large Presbyterian Church called St. Andrew’s. I love t but I do have to adjust to the culture. I thought Addis was bad, Newport is just as bad the other way. From Africa, I came from families who owned a donkey for transportation; to Newport Beach where the sixteen year olds are driving sixty thousand dollar cars. It is a world of its own, which makes the ministry here very unique. I work in the high school ministry and things are going great. Along with running a high school program I am going to school full time, still at LIFE Bible College. am trying to graduate in three years instead of four so I am taking a million classes each semester (next semester I have 25 units). So my life is busy, busy, busy. Oh yeah, along with all this I have Meagan, my girlfriend, who takes up all the spare time that I possibly have. We are doing great. So with all this about my life I want to thank you again so much for sending me support for my Africa trip. Have a great Christmas and a great New Year.

 

By His grace and for His glory, Joshua 0. Carstensen

 

 

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Jim Park (jamespark02@comcast.net)

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

Worship 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.