Oval: PresbyNews  Faith Presbyterian Church  Volume 30, Number 1 January 4, 2005  625 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95831  916-428-3439  www.faithpresby.org

Oval:    City-Wide  Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration  January 16 6:00 p.m.    Faith members are encouraged to join other Sacramento congregations to demonstrate unity as we celebrate the life of this great man.     Co-sponsored by congregations across the city, the celebration will be held at the Capital Christian Center. (Jeff has more information.)

 

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 13 Older Adult Study Group resumes. 2:00  to 3:00 pm

                           

January 16 Mission Trip Planning Meeting After 11:00 am service

 

January 16 City-Wide Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration 6:00 pm

 

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

Crunchie Ski Trip 6:00am6:00pm

 

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

 

February 13  Endowment Fund Offering

 

Family Promise

 

The Family Promise program was presented to session for consideration at its December meeting.  If approved, Faith would become one of 12 local churches to join this national organization whose mission is to help communities mobilize to provide safe shelter, meals, and support services for homeless families and through programs designed to redress the underlying causes of homelessness. 

 

An Episcopal church in the Greater Phoenix Family Promise reports that “It is the perfect opportunity for busy families, singles, seniors, those with little or much time to give.  All talents and skills have been utilized.  Some volunteers cook, some entertain children, some stay overnight.  Each of our volunteers will tell you that they received satisfaction and blessings beyond what they were able to give.  The fellowship that our parishioners have experienced has created friendships and connections throughout our congregational family.  This has been the best opportunity to serve in the comfort and convenience of our own  church campus.  It has been very satisfying to be able to utilize our facilities in such a productive way.  It has made a difference in our congregation and our immediate community that we have experienced first hand.”

 

To find out more about this program read the article in the December 21st PresbyNews at www.faithpresby.org or check out the national website at www.familypromise.org.

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 A message from Pastor Jeff Chapman

Do I Have To Pay Taxes in Church? 

 

Per Capita Explained

 

Did you know that Faith Presbyterian Church is asked to pay $16.49 per member every year to our denomination?

 

Is this a church tax?  Well, not quite.

 

The fee, known as Per Capita, is a voluntary payment which congregations can make to help support the larger church.  As you may know, Faith is a part of a much larger body, the Presbyterian Church (USA).  As a connectional church we believe it is God’s desire that we share in mission, community and worship with those beyond the walls of our own congregation.  This certainly is to extend beyond Presbyterians, but our own denomination is a good place to start.

 

So where will the nearly $7,000 go that Faith plans to send in Per Capita payments in 2005?  A portion of it goes to support the General Assembly, the governing body of our denomination.  There it helps to fund, among other things, General Assembly meetings, staff, ecumenical work, office space, and other administrative costs. 

 

A much larger portion of Per Capita goes to our denominational mission budget where it helps fund congregational, national and worldwide missions.  Funds sent by Faith can end up helping, for example, plant a new church in a growing area of Sacramento, assisting a local ministry reaching out to older adults in North Carolina, and aiding victims of a natural disaster in Southeast Asia.  There are literally hundreds of ministries that receive support through these funds.  How exciting it is to know that dollars we send can have such a far reaching impact in our world!

 

The Session of Faith is asking this year that members consider making the Per Capita payment above and beyond your annual pledge.  If you choose to do so, it will help us use funds we have normally committed to Per Capita for the local ministry and mission of Faith.  If you are able, we would ask that you use the designated envelope in the front of your pledge box to make this payment of $16.49 per church member in your family (children of members and inactive members are not asked to pay Per Capita).  If we all were able to make this small extra commitment, it would amount to an extra $7,000 to use for God’s work here at Faith. 

 

Whether or not you are able to make this extra payment this year, at least be encouraged that funds being sent from this congregation in this small corner of the world are having far-reaching effects for the Kingdom!

 

By the way, if you want to know more about Per Capita, feel free to visit the PCUSA web page at www.pcusa.org/dollarsandsense 

 

I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday!

 

Yours in Christ-

 

Jeff


Jeff's Sunday Morning Sermon Series

 

John 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 continuing to work
our way through the Gospel of John. These next seven weeks our focus will be on
“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, John 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


 

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.

 

Health Ministries

SOUP UP YOUR DEFENSES

 

Are you feeling stressed this week?

Boost your defenses with vitamin C-rich vegetable soup!


Recent research supports the theory that harmful aspects of the physiological stress response might be mitigated with dietary intervention. In a study, daily consumption of a vegetable soup rich in vitamin C helped lower people's blood levels of molecules associated with stress.


The stress response can be good and bad, depending on the type and duration of stress. Intermittent, short-term stress may stimulate appropriate actions and provide interest and challenge when it comes to work or other tasks. However, chronic stress may weaken the immune system by keeping the body overstimulated for a prolonged period of time.

 

Mediate harmful effects of stress on the body by:


 

 

All In A Day’s Work--

 

Youth Group Meetings

 

 

 

Has it been a while since you have been to a youth group meeting?  Well if it has been, then let me paint a picture of what goes on in Link Hall every Wednesday and Thursday night.

 

 

Around seven in the evening kids come from all directions and congregate around the beanbags, ping-pong table, and fosse ball table. A few minutes after seven we all sit on the carpet, which is littered with beanbags, and we open in prayer.

 

After a few announcements about upcoming events and valuable information about the youth group, we get rowdy and fill Link Hall with yells and laughter as we play games. Around eight, usually among groans about the unfairness that we can’t play games all night, we get out snacks and have down time for a few minutes. Then we all group back together on the carpet once again to sing songs. Most of the kids really get into it by yelling, dancing, and worshipping God (once in a while they even sing!). 

 

After songs we settle down again for lesson time.  The lessons are as varied as the youth and their crazy lives.  We end in prayer and most weeks we share prayer requests with each other as we prepare to go our separate ways.

 

By nine on Wednesdays and eight thirty on Thursdays the fun is all over for the time being.  The youth slowly disperse to their own lives until we meet again the following week. 

 

But for me, it is all in a day’s work.

 

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.

 


.Jim Zazzera Writes:

Friends,

What follows is an excerpt from an email I received yesterday from Sandy Peirce, a member of a delegation from Sacramento Presbytery and the Joining Hands Against Hunger Delegation to India:

 Thank you, thank you for the prayers!  There is real sadness, grief and anguish over the loss of life, the devastation of villages, the loss of livelihood for so many fisherman here in India, as well as concern for the people of other countries who suffered terrible loss, too!  Our group was able to visit one of the villages that was partially swept away by the tsunami and met villagers who lost everything but their own lives.  Four children died on the beach as they were playing that day.  We saw "refugee" camps all along the road and met some of those folks who are now wondering about their future.  Food and clothing is being supplied in sufficient quantity where we were, but the victims are worried about housing, their livelihood (broken boats were on the village streets and hopelessly tangled nets in the trees)., the education of their children and how soon they will experience emotional, spiritual and economic recovery from this tragedy.

 

I don’t know about you, but one of my most heartfelt prayers is that I don’t grow callous to the loss of life and human tragedy. In an age of “reality TV” and non-stop news, I sometimes feel that I lose the capacity to connect with the pain of others. I never want to do that. I encourage us all to give financially (you can give online at pcusa.org – account # #DR000167), to pray passionately, and to ask God for the gift of compassion.

 

This is not the first – nor will it be the last crisis that a nation or this world will face. God is not distant from our pain:

 

God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him.

We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom,

courageous in seastorm and earthquake,

Before the rush and roar of oceans,

the tremors that shift mountains. (Psalm 46:1-2)

 

And so I pray. I pray that God will be a healer and protector. I pray that God will give us all compassion for one another. I pray that God will keep me praying for this world and its people.

 

In Christ’s Peace,

 

Jim

 

 

Dear ARCOfaithfuls,                                                                 from December 19th

 

We had some real heroes step up at the last minute to bail us out in the form of: Pam Rock,  Sue Kim, Ben Bagby, Justin Lee, & Dave Nichols.  Whee!! that was close!!  Also, thanks to Chuck Bell and Betty Keller for taking on the additional responsibility of handling the cash and inventory, respectively, and to Cindy Canaday for managing the carpools, and training and managing the runners.   Hats off to Jennie Fong, Holland Golec, and Carol Keller, who don't regularly attend Faith, but unselfishly donated their time and talents to support our Youth Ministry.  We also enjoyed working with Darren and Kathy Stoffel, and Myrna Jones, from Cordova High School Sober Grad Night Committee, who were training for their own ARCO game coming up tomorrow (12-21-04).  They were a big help. 

 

Our efforts generated a $1172 donation from Maloof Sports and Entertainment and with $11 in tips, that comes to $1183 in support of your Youth Ministry.  . Rest up for our next game,  Saturday night, January 15th, 2005, when the LA Clippers come to town.  Thanks for all your support, all year long.  See ya at Church and at ARCO. 

 

Sincerely,                 Steve Canaday, Paul Keller,  and Pat Tatro


 

ANNOUNCEMENT GRAB BAG!!

 

 

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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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

 


 

 

Alert -- Mission Trip Planning Meeting

 

Please join the Mission Committee January 16 after the second service to begin the planning for this year’s mission trips.

 

We're considering

 

 

Bring your calendars. If you have any questions, contact Conney Willis:  Conney@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

Please correct the correction…

 

Lindsee Tanimoto says her correct email address is Lindsee.Tanimoto@dot.ca.gov

 

 

 

 

 

Text Box: Presby-News  Published twice monthly by  Faith Presbyterian Church  625 Florin Road, Sacramento CA  (916) 428-3439, FAX 428-0248  www.faithpresby.org  Editing staff:   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.  Adult and Children's  Sunday School at 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.   

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Presby-News

Published twice monthly by

Faith Presbyterian Church

625 Florin Road, Sacramento CA

(916) 428-3439, FAX 428-0248

www.faithpresby.org

Editing staff:

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.