PresbyNews

Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 30, Number 6   March 15, 2005

625 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95831

916-428-3439

www.faithpresby.org

Faith Happenings

Sunday Services:

8:30 and 11:00

Multi-age Sunday School 8:30  

Sunday school, Adult Ed, Jr. High Bible Study

9:45-10:45

Graded Sunday School 11:00

 

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

 

February 16 - March 16  Lenten Worship 7:00pm No dinners.

March 20  Palm Sunday  Worship at 8:30am and 11:00am

March 20  Building Fund Pledges are collected

March 24 Maundy Thursday  Dinner at 6:00pm  Worship at 7:00pm

March 27 Easter    Worship at 8:30am and 11:00am Sunday School P -5. No Adult or Jr High SS between services

April 3    Spring Foreward

April 8 - 10   Faith Womens' Retreat

April 24 - May 1 Faith Hosts Family Promise Homeless


One Great Hour of Sharing

 

Witnessing to the healing love of Christ, in 2003, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance:

 

The Presbyterian Hunger Program increased efforts to bring together partner churches, advocacy groups and development organizations to develop common strategies to address hunger and poverty in the U.S. and internationally.

 

Through the Self-Development of People enterprise, PC(USA) provided a grant to a homogenous, breakaway group of Indian gypsies, who have never attended school and never had a permanent home.  With the grant, they were able to build a single shelter to house the entire community, increased their ornament making business, and expanded their milk production and distribution network.

 

All this is made possible by your donation on Easter Sunday to the special offering for One Great Hour of Sharing.  This offering gives you the opportunity to respond to the words of scripture found in 1 Peter:  “Serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received”.

 

 

 


             

Schedule of Lent 2005

 

On Sunday, February 13 over 100 adults gathered in Link Hall for the first meeting of adult bible study of The Seven Last Words of Christ. After 20 minutes of food and fellowship, Pastor Jim spoke about the first word: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Participants in small groups of eight to 12 spent the final 20 minutes of the hour sharing and discussing questions related to the study. If you were not able to attend, please don’t hesitate to drop in next week at 9:45 or on Wednesday night at 7:30. Sunday’s topic will be repeated the following Wednesday. 

Lent is the 40-day period of Renewal and preparation before Easter.  It begins on

Ash Wednesday.  For hundreds of years, Lent has been an important season for Christians to meditate, study, pray, participate in spiritual disciplines, and renew their vows to the Lord as they strive to increase their understanding of Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection. Our hope is that you, and others you might invite, would participate fully in the Lenten activities we have scheduled here at Faith.  May God renew us and prepare us to celebrate again all he did for us on the cross and at the empty tomb!

 

Lenten Series – The Final Words of a Dying God

Sunday mornings, Link Hall, February 13-March 20, 9:45-10:45

Wednesday evenings, Music Room, February 16-March 23, 7:30-8:30. 

Choose the Sunday or Wednesday option. Sign up today!

 

Wednesday Evening Lent Worship

Wednesdays, February 16-March 16

7:00

Palm Sunday Worship

Sunday, March 20, 8:30 & 11:00

 

Maundy Thursday Worship

(Celebration of the Lord’s Supper)

Thursday, March 24, 7:00pm

All-church dinner at 6:00 in Link Hall

 

Easter Sunday Worship

Sunday, March 27, 8:30 & 11:00


A PROMISE TO KEEP

Building Fund 3 year commitment March 20

 

       The $184,000 Sanctuary Loan will be paid off within the next 3 years with your help.  A recommitment to the Fund at the current level of giving will pay off the debt and provide some money for preliminary planning to update the master plan and initiate a dialogue among Faith folks about "what do we do now?".  The present 3 year commitment expires March 31, 2005, and pledge cards will be mailed to you to be returned on March 20th (Congregational Meeting Day).  

       When the Sanctuary Loan was secured in 1993, we promised ourselves to pay off the $735,000, loan within 15 years.  That is our Promise to Keep and we will do that with your help.

       If you have ideas or questions, please contact Fred Noteware, Elder for Stewardship


Zucchini Daze

If every Faith member dedicated the crop of one zucchini plant to the S.S.I.P. Food Closet, there would never be a shortage of tender, young vegetables. To encourage Faith gardeners, Capitol Nurseries has donated 48 zucchini plants. A free zucchini plant will given to each interested gardener on Sunday April 3. Take it home, plant it and wait for the crop. Contact Betty Park 442-6054 if you have questions.

 


 Pastor Jeff Says:

 

Our Brothers and Sisters Next Door

 

In my first interviews with Faith I asked about the location of the church in the Pocket.  One of the committee members described our location saying that we were right in the middle of “church row.”  When I first came to visit the church I immediately understood what she meant.  Not more than a few hundred yards separate five different congregations on this small stretch of Florin Road.  These two blocks may have the highest percentage of “steeples per people” in all of South Sacramento.

 

Though all of us in these various congregations are brothers and sisters in Christ, how easy it would be to never get to know one another.  This is, in fact, what often happens in communities across our nation as congregations worship across the street from one another yet, with the exception of bumping into each other at the favorite lunch spots Sunday afternoon following worship, never have contact with one another.  Personally, I hope that’s not the way it works out here in the Pocket.

 

In the last few months, at the leading of Alan Ginn, pastor of Chinese Grace Baptist Church, pastors from most of the Pocket churches have begun to gather together monthly for prayer, mutual encouragement, and the sharing of resources.  These meetings have been a great blessing to me personally.  I pray that they provide the beginnings of greater communication and connection between our congregations down the road. 

 

I would ask that you remember to keep our fellow Pocket churches in your prayers.  And, as opportunities arise, be open to occasions to connect in fellowship, worship and service.  After all, though the names on the buildings are different, the Lord we serve and the vision we share are identical.  We are going to be brothers and sisters for eternity.  Makes sense, then, that we might as well start getting to know one another now.

 

I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday!

 

Jeff


Parish and Pastor Potluck Series Continues

The potlucks are held in Link Hall from 12 until 2 on these Sundays

  March 20: Parishes 7, 8, 9

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

   May 1: Parishes 16, 17


Food Closet 35th Anniversary

 

Food Closet celebrates 35 years of serving families in need in South Sacramento. Emergency food aid went to 41,000 people in 2004 and 2005 may be even more active.

 

The celebration will be marked by a dinner on Wednesday April 27, 5:30pm, at the Japanese United Methodist Church, 6929 Franklin Blvd.  It will be a buffet with tri tip and roasted chicken, salad and beverages.  Tickets are $12 each.

 

Everyone interested in this local mission effort is urged to attend. See Betty Park or Lois Strong for tickets.

 


 

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:

 


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!!!!


All In A Day’s Work

 

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 worshiping 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.

 

Kelsey Ingalls


Dear ARCOfaithfuls,

 

How about that Mike Bibby!!  And, how about those ARCOfaithfuls!!  It was really fun to share that moment of victory at the end of the game with all the Faith volunteers and ARCO staff at the North concession stand last night.  We had a great night resulting in $1184 for sales, $41 in tips, and $60 for services loaned to Valley Soccer Club on Tuesday, for a total of $1285.  Great going!!  We all enjoyed welcoming Sarah Sugar and Edie Olaughlin to the ARCOfaithfuls.  They still had smiles on their faces when they left, so I expect we will see them again.  Thanks to Betty Keller and Jennie Fong for handling the inventory (which got a little complicated this time out) and to Chuck Bell  for being the main man on money, with closing help from Steve Canaday.  Our total cash was about $20,000.  Thanks to Cindy Canaday for managing the runners and starting the carpools from the Church.  Tom Busch and Michael Sugar did a great job on condiments (which also requires a lot of clean-up) and thanks to Jeff Kanner, who used his muscles to pack ice all night.  We had a couple of "surprise" volunteers in the form of Heather Ravas and Kevin Willis.  Thanks for coming out at the last minute to help out. Janet Leader helped us practice our "ARCOfaithfuls Wave", which was getting pretty good.  We had one volunteer who was turned back at the entrance because of a "uniform" issue.  White shirts need to be white and black pants need to be black, and that's the same rules for everyone who works at ARCO. Thanks to Josie Comphel, Alda Gray, Diona McClain, Debbie Granco, Jeri Wormington, Greg Hood, and Edie Olaughlin who don't regularly attend Faith, but donated their time and talents to support our Youth Ministry. 

                Our next game is Sunday, March 20th, a 6 p.m. start (volunteers need to arrive at 4 p.m.)  We can always use a few more people, so if you haven't signed up already, please contact Steve  Canaday, Paul Keller, or Pat Tatro. Thanks to everyone for their wonderful support all season long.  We think our last game might just be our best game

 


 

  7th Annual Retreat

of the

Women of Faith Presbyterian Church.

 

New visitor to Faith Church or a lifelong member?

We hope you’ll join us

In the beautiful hills overlooking Nevada City

For a weekend of rest, prayer, meditation and study…  a retreat!

 

All women are welcome – But space is limited

 Don’t wait - sign up today!

(In the Narthex between services)

 

April 8, 9 and 10

(Friday evening until Sunday early afternoon)

 

Cost is $145.00 -- $80.00 non-refundable,

But transferable deposit is required at time of registration

 

 This year's Retreat Leader:  Lucie Chalifour,

Our Journey:  Friendship as a Soul Path

 

Diamond Arrow Christian Center

Nevada City, CA

 

For further information please call

Lori Glasgow 419-5066 or Patti Bill 429-8770

 


Family Promise at Faith

May 15-22 (New Dates)

 

              We will host our first week for Family Promise from May 15 through May 22! Due to the Day Center not being finished, the start of the program was delayed, thus pushing back Faith's week (sorry for the inconvenience!).

              Each day will need a coordinator, volunteers to help with dinners (5 to 7 p.m.), evening teams for activities (7 to 9 p.m.), overnight teams, set-up and take-down teams.

              A white board will be set up in the Narthex April 24 so volunteers can sign up for this inaugural week. You'll be able to sign up for a specific day and activity. If you'd like choose your day/time/activity prior to April 24, please call Cynthia Crow at 392-9141 or Sue Hooper at 393-2633.

              DONATIONS: If you are able to donate twin bed sheets and pillowcases, children's books and coloring books, we would appreciate it. There will be a box labeled Family Promise outside the doors of Link Hall where you can place your donations.

              LOANS: If you are able to loan a portacrib, playpen, high chair, or booster seat for use during the week of May 15 through May 22, please contact Cynthia or Sue at the above numbers

Health Ministries

 


Calling All Presbyterian Women

Wednesday, March 23

 

Presbyterian Women meet this month on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 11:30 am in Link Hall.  This is Mission Month so we will be having four organizations explain their mission and how we can help.  The organizations include: The Sacramento Crisis Nurseries, Mustard Seed School, Wellspring Women=s Center, and a new Women=s Center at Loaves and Fishes called Sister Nora=s Place.  Our Bible Study Group, led by Mary Patterson, will meet before the meeting at 10:30 am.  We will be studying Chapter seven in the book AWhat She Said.@  If you are interested in the study group, join us at the church at 10:30 am.  This is a brown bag lunch so remember to bring your lunch, we will provide chips, dessert and drinks.. 

 

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:

April 27              Casserole

May 25              Brown Bag

June 26              Potluck

 


Faith Book Club

 

The next meeting of the Faith Book Club is on Thursday, March 17, 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 conney@aol.com.  Funds are available to make the trip possible for anyone interested in attending.


 

Property Maintenance Needs Your Help

 

We are putting together the 2005 list of those interested in volunteering to help maintain the landscaped areas in the excellent condition we have come to enjoy. We employ a landscape gardening company to mow the lawns and to perform other special tasks as requested. However, it takes additional volunteers in order to remove weeds, trim shrubs and trees, repair and replace sprinklers, paint and provide misc. repairs of our facilities.

 

This special list of volunteers is usually called for a Wednesday or Saturday work day at

various times to perform a variety of landscape and other activities. Chuck Beal has been assigned as group leader and Is responsible for calling the volunteers to see if they are available when work days are scheduled. If you are available only on a Saturday, or if another day is more appropriate, special assignments can be arranged. If you are interested in joining this group, please call either Chuck Beal at 686-4814 or Wally Smith, Property Maintenance Elder at 421-3525.

 

Even if you can spare only an hour or two occasionally, your help would be greatly appreciated and you would be helping to keep Faith Church looking great.


Sunday School News

 

Sunday School Lessons for March

  

March 20                        Jesus' Prayer in the Garden

                                            Luke 22:39-53

 

March 27                        EASTER

                                            (Butterfly Release)

 

_No bewtween services Sunday School. P-5 SS at both worship services.

______________________________________________-

 

Butterflies

 

    We will be releasing Butterflies on Easter Sunday!  The inchlings should arrive this week.  We will set them and then watch as they grow, and grow, and grow and...  then spin into their chrysalises.  A week latter we should see Painted Lady Butterflies emerge. This transformation takes about 21 days. 

 The students will be monitoring the progress in the Sunday School classrooms.  If you would like to take some home to watch the process up close, please let Sue Kirk know.

 ____________________________________________

 

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 conney@aol.com.


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. 

 


 

 

March 20

Palm Sunday

March 27

Easter Sunday

 

Worship Service

8:30am

8:30am

 

Worship Assistant

Doran McDaniel

Frank Abbott

 

Ushers

Bruce/Bonnie Alexander

Chuck/Brien Bell

 

Greeters

Terry/Patrice Mangum

Marthe Sweet

Janet, David, Ross Leader

John/Sally Ravas

 

Sound

David Nash

David Nash

 

Coffee Preparers

Ruth Warner

Ken/Margaret Finch

Hal/Ilah Turner

 

Acolytes

Samantha Parillo  

Bethany Draeger  

 

Worship Service

11:00am

11:00am

 

Worship Assistant

Brien Bell

Rick Crow

 

Ushers

Jerry/Priscilla Simms

Rick/Cynthia Crow

 

Greeters

Chuck/Brien Bell

Julia King

Ken/Margaret Finch

Jerry/Priscilla Simms

Caret Kincaid

 

Sound

Ken Finch

George Warner

 

Tellers

Helen Christenson

Marilyne Becker

Bob Connett

Dick McClure

 

Acolytes

Austin Whitted  

 Zoe Bill

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

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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.