Faith Presbyterian Church
Volume 31, Number 17 August 22, 2006
625 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95831
Munchies Bible Study 9:00am
CREW Bible Study 2-3pm
Sr. High Fellowship
August 23 Eagle Wings Concert 6:30pm
August 26 Saturday Youth car wash 9:00am - 1:00pm
September 9 Tradewinds II BBQ at Warner's
September 24 - October 1st Family Promise
October 1 Harvest Dinner and Auction
A Sundae Sunday
Everyone is welcome to attend an ice cream social at Faith on August 27 in the courtyard
Sharon Kincaid and her dad, Richard Willey, want to say thank you to the congregation for their prayers, good wishes, cards and offers to help over these past few weeks
Please come to the ice cream social after the second service on August 27.
Harvest Dinner & Auction
Coming your way October 1st, the annual Harvest Dinner & Auction! Join us for a catered dinner and great fellowship, followed by a fantastic auction and raffle! For those new to Faith’s family, all of us have gifts to share, as in time, talents, crafts, or vacation spots and can give those things to be auctioned. This event is a fundraiser for Campership Funds that can be used for Westminster Woods, Women’s Retreat and the Family Retreat. There will also be yummy desserts and as always, entertainment! So mark your calendars for October 1st, 5 pm and look for more info to come! Sally Ravas for information.
After the Sermon on the Mount…What’s Next?
Several of you have asked me these past few weeks, “What’s next? After spending much of last year in the Sermon on the Mount, where are we going to turn this next fall?” Well, a few weeks ago I finally got the chance to get away and do some long term thinking, praying and planning along these lines. So let me share with you some of where I feel led to preach in the coming months. As you’ll see, after spending much of last year in the New Testament, it seems only fair that we spend much of the next year in the Old.
September 10th – Fall Kick-Off Sunday – Please make sure you’re in town this weekend. Our Chancel Choir and worship band will be back with us. Our new Sunday school programs will kick-off. And I will focus the message (using Acts 2:42-47) that day on where I believe God is leading us this coming year. October 1, 8, 15 & 22 – Securing Good, Long Lives for Our Kids – We’ll spend four weeks in one of the most important chapters in the whole Bible, Deuteronomy 6. My aim will be to help us better discern how we, as parents and as a faith community, raise our children to become the people we (and God) want them to be. October 29 – Dreams & Visions – As part of our 2007 Stewardship Campaign, we’ll look together at the dreams and visions God has set for us as a congregation. Stewardship Commitment Sunday will follow the next week, November 5th. November 5, 12 & 19 – The Revolution of Jesus – Mission statements are all the rage these days. Ever wonder if Jesus has a statement? Well, he did. And I’m excited to look closely at texts from Isaiah 61 and Luke 4 where Jesus, himself, lays out the purpose for his coming. I can’t wait to look together at what this means for Faith. November 26 – Perpetual Turkey – This Thanksgiving weekend we’ll examine together how gratitude ought to look in the life of a Christ-follower. December 3, 10, 17 & 24 – Peeking Under the Tree – Beginning with the Hanging of the Greens on December 3rd, we’ll use this Advent season to look back and see what several Old Testament prophets foretold about Christmas before it even happened. I hope this fresh perspective on Christ’s birth will challenge and encourage us all.
Please know that I am as excited as I ever have been about preaching through these scriptures and topics. I know that we all, myself included, stand to be transformed in great ways if we are willing. As a part of that, if you are not already involved in a Life Group, I want to highly encourage you to prayerfully consider joining one this fall. Life Groups, as many of you know, are small groups of 3-10 people which meet weekly to study the sermon message more deeply, connect in friendship, and offer support and encouragement in day-to-day life. They have been amazing communities for many, many people here already.
Life Groups will begin the week of September 24th. Sign ups will be taken all through September. We plan to have another 15-20 groups to choose from. Many of you will want to return to the same group. Some may want to try a new group. Others will join for the first time. Everyone, we hope, will experience spiritual growth and formation in these communities. If you have any questions about these, please ask myself, Pastor Jim, or elder Alice Parente.
So, what’s next? To tell you the truth, I don’t really know what God has planned. But I can’t wait to find out.
Yours in Christ,
P.S. – I will be out of the office on vacation from August 21-September 3. I look forward to returning on that day refreshed and renewed and ready for whatever’s next.
Need A Ride ? Some People Do
There are many people who would like to attend Faith Church on Sunday morning but cannot because they are in need of special, timely, cost effective and reliable transportation. Frankly, this is a quality of life issue. Worshiping with those you know or want to get to know is a very special gift and one we often take for granted.
The Shuttle Committee has been investigating the purchase a 2002 Ford V-10 Bus from the Senior Center of Elk Grove. This vehicle has been used in their Dial A Ride program that transports seniors to personal appointments on a daily basis. Because of this unique opportunity the Session has authorized the Shuttle Committee to seek Individual Contributions TOTALING $36,500 for the purchase and three month operation of this bus. Stewardship and Finance committee will work to raise and manage funds in our 2007 operating budget to cover costs for maintenance and insurance.
This is not a part or the Stewardship Campaign for the 2007 budget and so we ask that any donations along these lines be considered above and beyond your 2007 pledge.
Please help us make this worthwhile project become a reality at Faith. We plan to provide this transportation free for the rider, but would gratefully accept any donations. This vehicle could also be used for Youth or Mission projects.
If you would like to make a contribution towards the shuttle, you can either contact Elder Pat Beal @ 686-4814 or simply send a donation, or place in the offering plate on Sunday, in the pre-marked envelope provided with the letter from Pastor Jeff Chapman. All contributions are kept confidential.
Food Closet Alert
Special needs this week:
Canned pork and beans
Bring one to church on Sunday
Choir Starts the Fall Season
The first rehearsal of the fall for the Chancel Choir will be on August 31st at 7:30pm.Choir members will be returning with renewed energy. Dennis Merwin urges anyone who wants to sing with the choir to come out on Thursday, August 31st and test the musical waters. Call Dennis at 424-5684 if you have questions
Joys and Concerns
Eagles Wings Concert
Mark Holstein and friends will give a concert at Faith August 23 at 6:30pm. These musicians give concerts to raise funds for Eagles Wings, a ministry in Zambia which works to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged children. Come with your picnic and listen to the group on Faith’s courtyard.
Have you been on vacation and missed a Sunday or two? We look forward to having you and your children back. In just a couple of weeks, we will start our fall curriculum. The count down is on and we hope your children will join us. Mark your calendars-we will be kicking off our fall Sunday school on September 10th!
Recently, the children have read and reflected on the story of feeding the 5,000 people. It is the only miracle recorded in all four Gospels. We specifically looked at John 6:1-14 and talked about times when people have reached out to us and when we have reached out to others. For the children, it was remembering the friend who forgot his/her lunch money or seeing their parents help somebody at the grocery store. One little boy specifically remembered his mom giving some money to the grocery clerk because the person in front of them was $2.00 short.
We also discussed that not all gifts are financial. Sometimes just sending a letter or giving somebody a hug is enough. When we reach out to others we are sharing God’s love.
The following individuals are extraordinary examples of sharing God’s love with others: Nick and Katie Kolitsos, Liz Shahbazian, Chris and Suzanne Fahey, Andeen Lovett, Gwen Markuson, Shari Reyes, and Rhonda Hankey. Each one of these individuals gave an hour of their time and taught Sunday school. We so much appreciate each one of them and give thanks for their dedication to the children.
It was a wonderful gathering of youth and adults for Kelsey and Donne’s farewell party. Thanks to Georgeanne Becker for all her hard work in putting together the party as well as the beautiful photo album that was given to Kelsey and Donne. Even though the youth program is now “Director-less”, it doesn’t mean it’s without direction! The Wednesday evening Crunchie events (Junior High and High School combined) will continue. On Wednesday, August 23 we will be joining others at Faith for a barbecue and Eagles’ Wings concert. On Wednesday, August 30, it is the end of the year pool party at the Richardson’s home and the following week we break back into our Wednesday nights for Crew and Thursday nights for Munchies. Our Sunday morning junior high Bible study during the 9:00 worship service will continue under the leadership of Kim Char. The youth program here at Faith is blessed to have a dedicated group of youth advisors that will continue to lead both programs until (SOON!!) the new Associate Pastor for Youth and Families comes to Faith. In the meantime, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call Cindy Canaday at 761-9111.
Restarting the Tutoring Program
Many of you know that for the past two years, I have been providing free math tutoring in any course from basic math through calculus to any student who shows up on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. We use Room 5 at the church, and students are welcome to show up any time between 3:30 and 5 p.m. I am more than willing to hang around until 6 p.m. if necessary. I will start these sessions on Tuesday, September 12. I would also encourage students to start coming as soon as possible even if they don’t have immediate problems. Math is a cumulative subject—what you learn today is dependent upon understanding what was presented yesterday. It becomes more and more difficult to “catch students up” if they wait too long to get started.
Betty Starr-Joyal is once again ready to help students in English. As a former high school English teacher, she is familiar with most novels taught at the high school level. She also is anxious to help students who may need assistance in passing the reading and writing components of the high school exit exam. Again, starting early is important. It is impossible to cover an entire semester in a few weeks, and students do not seem to recognize that they need help in English as easily as they recognize their needs in math. Betty will be present on Tuesday, September 12 at 3:30 p.m. Based on the interest and need that is demonstrated in September, she will schedule herself accordingly after that.
For both math and English, it is critical that students bring their books and assignments with them. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at 428-0311.
Older Adults Study Group
Our first meeting will be on September 6th and on each first Wednesday of the month thereafter. Final decisions on the choice of book will be announced at a later date. (Cost . $11) Sign-up sheets will be available in the Narthex on August 13th, 20th and 27th. All are welcome. Those of us who attended the sessions of the past 2 years are looking forward to the new season, and we hope many will join us.
The Next Tradewinds II Gathering
Set aside Saturday, September 9 for an afternoon of food, fun, and fellowship.
Where? George & Ruth Warners lovely backyard.
When? Saturday, September 9th
Time? From 4PM till 7PM
Meat will be furnished, but it is requested that those attending bring a side dish.
Reservations? Please call Ruth at 457-9156 OR Martha Smith at 421-3525 to let them know how many will be in attendance.
This will be the last get together before ole winter sets in, so let's try to have a great turnout. Please call Ruth or Martha as soon as you can, so that we can get a count. Thanks. Looking forward to a great afternoon.
Kudos to the Property Maintenance Volunteers
The 5th and 6th property maintenance workdays were held on Saturdays, July 8th and August 5th. It takes dedication and a lot of effort to keep the three acres looking good and many thanks and much appreciation to the special Property Maintenance Work Group volunteers for making this happen. Both work days consisted of trimming shrubs and trees, removing broken branches, doing weeding and placing bark in the memorial garden. In addition, repairs were made on the sprinkler system and Roundup was used on major weed areas. The work performed by these volunteers is in addition to the services provided by our landscape gardener. Those participating in the workdays were Chuck Heal, Colby Ainsworth and friend Shawn, Betty and Paul Keller, Howard Payne, Ken Pisor, Jim Tracy, Ken Finch, Steve Healow, Charlie Tucker and Wally Smith. If you are interested in joining this hard working group on an on-call basis to assist in keeping Faith’s grounds looking good, please give Wally Smith a call at 421-3525. It is not necessary to be an expert gardener to join this group.
Faith Has A New Name
It’s official, Faith Church is now Faith Presbyterian Church of Sacramento. When we filed for, and were approved as a corporation in 1978 our corporation name was Faith United Presbyterian Church. Several years ago complications arose with the use of the name “Faith United" in our corporate name. Our name conflicted with that of Faith United Presbyterian Church in Highland Park. Although each Church had a separate Corporate Number, it was apparent that we should probably change our name to eliminate any further possible conflicts. Therefore, in January 2006, we amended our Bylaws to change our name to Faith Presbyterian Church of Sacramento, and in April 2006 we amended our Articles of Incorporation to reflect the name change. The Secretary of State’s office approved the change in July, 2006. The IRS and the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) have also been notified of the change. The original conflict was brought to our attention by Bruce Alexander, an attorney and long time member of Faith Church, who has worked on several of the Church’s legal issues. The law firm of Murphy, Austin, Adams and Schoenfeld completed the process at the direction of a Session appointed Task Force.
Happy as a Crab
Shell out. Its good for your heart.
Need an excuse to splurge on crab legs, crab salad, ore cold crab cocktail on a hot summer night? How about avoiding heart disease and cancer? Crab meat in general, end crab legs in particular, are loaded with zinc, a powerful antioxidant that’s just been found to help ward off both health threats.
Getting your daily dose of zinc, up to 12 milligrams (mg) per day — can help protect you from cancer. In a recent study, these killers were linked not only to a lack of zinc but also to an excess of copper and a deficiency in magnesium, And being low on zinc made any problems with the other two minerals much worse. Researchers are still trying to determine whether the minerals were the direct cause of the outcome, but while they sort out the science, aim for 12mg of zinc daily from food. Can’t hurt, could help, and — if you’ve got a yen for crab -- it tastes terrific.
0f course, crab’s not the only good source of zinc. Oysters can’t be beat, and clams and lobster are high on the list, too. On a more wallet-friendly level, you'll find beneficial amounts at zinc in nuts, peanut butter, beans, poultry, red meat, whole grains, fortified breakfast cereals, and yogurt. And a multivitamin with minerals will fill in any gaps.
Broadway Series Survey
Are you interested in attending a Broadway Series production this year? I am more than happy to organize an outing, but I need your help. I do not know which show to schedule. I put out an e-mail asking the same question through Jim Park, and the responses I received were all over the board. Thus, I am seeking more input.
Here are the possibilities: Sweet Charity, Sunday, November 5; White Christmas, Sunday, December 31; All Shook Up, Sunday, January 28; Twelve Angry Men, Sunday, March 11; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sunday, May 20; and The Light in the Piazza, Sunday, June 17. I usually organize these on the same night that Jim and I have our season tickets so that if anything goes wrong, I am available to assist. However, we have had to change our tickets for November 5 to another date because of another commitment so we will not be present if that show is selected.
If you have not already communicated with me, please e-mail me at email@example.com or call me at 428-0311 if you are interested in any of these. I can only choose one so I am looking for the one that will draw the most people. I need to have at least twelve to make a group. Tickets vary in price depending on the show but are usually between $31 and $40 each.
Carl & Grace Vigren
7548 Greenhaven Dr.
Sacramento CA 95831
Sign Up to Help Family Promise
September 24 – October 1
You can sign up for our next week of Family Promise on the whiteboard on the wall opposite the church office. Volunteers are needed for dinner, evening activity, overnight teams, set up and take down teams, laundry and Coordinator of the Day (COD). If necessary, we will take sign-ups in the narthex on September 3rd.
If you have not volunteered but are interested, talk to someone who has or team up with them. If you have questions, call Cynthia Crow 392-9141 or Sue Hooper 393-2633.
Need To Hear Better – You Are In Luck!
Beginning last Sunday, those of you who use are hearing assistance devices may have noticed a change. New hearing devices! A special thank you to two groups at church that helped make this change possible. The Castaways and Tradewinds Fellowship groups each donated two new hearing assistance devices. Thank you for caring and making this very important project possible.
Organ And Choir Robes Find A New Home
As most of you know, music at Faith is a very important part of our worship experience. Last fall we gratefully received an organ donated by Winona Miles. We have been enjoying this new addition but at the same time wanted to pass along our good fortune to another church. Rick and Hope Brandsma who so graciously donated the organ that we had been using since our Sanctuary was completed, gave us many hours of pleasure and enhanced our worship service were hopeful that the organ could go to another church. We are delighted to tell you that our faithful organ has gone to help give pleasure and music to Trinity Presbyterian Church in West Sacramento. Thank you Brandsma’s for so generously sharing the musical instrument for our pleasure. Trinity also found a use for our former choir robes. Joe Faith, their new Director of Music told us that they were grateful and felt blessed to be able to share these wonderful gifts.
Notes from Session – August 14, 2006
Deacons are working hard to contact parishioners and make sure we are in contact with all our people. They are also working on the Prayer Blankets to be given to those who are ill, disabled, or in need of our prayers.
The list of games to be played at ARCO with the earned funds going to our Youth Program was approved.
Plans for the Christian Education programs for Adults is being reviewed and hopefully a new Christian Ed committee will be formed.
The proposed “Sunday Shuttle” program for transporting those who are unable to drive and have no means of going to church was discussed at length. Covering the cost of a vehicle and on-going operational costs were reviewed. It was suggested that perhaps an Individual Contribution program might provide the means to fund the project.
Congregational Forums regarding General Assembly will be held sometime later this fall.
The Stewardship Campaign plan was approved. A letter will be sent to the congregation regarding the campaign in late September with Commitment Sunday to be November 5th
The Associate Pastor Nominating Committee is hopeful of having a candidate to come and preach and have a congregational vote on his/her acceptance in the near future.
Property Maintenance Elder, Wally Smith has revised the Building Use requirement due to demands by our insurance carrier. It was the consensus of the session to retain the statement that the sale of personal and non-FPC church related items will not be permitted.
As soon as IRS affixes their stamp on FPC incorporation papers, we will be officially known as Faith Presbyterian Church of Sacramento.
Trinity Presbyterian Church of West Sacrament accepted the offer of our old organ and choir robes.
Attendance record is:
July 2 281 341
July 9 248 293
July 16 266 285
July23 250 199
July30 277 337
Average 264 291
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“O Lord, You’re Beautiful”
Song of the Month—September, 2006 by May Tucker, Director of Music in Worship
Composer: Keith Green October 21, 1953 to July 28, 1982
Nina Dramer sings for us on September 3rd, 2006 “O Lord, You’re Beautiful” by Keith Green. I am taking a giant leap of faith to tell you a story in this PresbyNews because it may reveal the real “May Tucker”! Please pray with me as you read.
The greatest tragedy of contemporary Christian music is its failure to honor its history. A “classic” song on Christian “hit” radio rarely grays around the temples. There are no “classic” Jesus music shows, “oldies” tours, or VH-1 Behind The Music specials. And yet the roots of today’s Christian music cry to be celebrated. Over forty years of this genre’s history has passed with little, if any, fondness. We have forgotten so many.
Enter Keith Green.
This man’s story is personal. I met Keith and Melody Green in 1977 in Arcata, California when he was touring with Last Days Ministries. This Afro, fiercely loud, white Christian singer literally knocked my socks off! I was in college at Humboldt State University, Arcata. Campus Crusade’s Josh McDowell introduced them with such fervor, “Christian ladies and Christian Gentlemen, Keith and Melody Green! Let’s give them several rounds of “Amen’s”. The Gym was rocking that night and I did not want to come just an hour prior. I started feeling the “hebe jeebies” all over and it was too “hippie” for me. I was brought up to be a bit more “respectable” with sacred music. God gave me a taste of the New Wine that night that transformed me spiritually and musically. “O Lord, You’re Beautiful” opened the worship that evening, and I will always remember how that song left me weeping because my faith, or should I say my “fear” of the Lord was the “the lamp that burns with Holy Fear”—as the lyrics were in the song.
Keith was a radical preacher, a former child television star, a confused spiritual seeker, a passionate prophet, a giant musical minstrel, and arguably one of the single most important artists in the history of contemporary Christian music. His music remains a staple for the spiritually aware and his power to influence three decades after his tragic and fatal plane crash (July 28, 1982) only substantiates Keith Green’s lasting charisma. Two of his children, the Smalley family and pilot, Don Burmeister went to heaven that day with Keith in the sky.
Keith Green was and still remains an enigma. His passions produced problems and possibilities. His fiery sermons and pointed proclamations fostered both fan and foe alike. In the mid-70s—my college years—his growing faith in Jesus caused friction in his quest for secular fame and fortune. In all of our conversations he remained a loyal and encouraging believer, a confidant, and a fellow musician whose musical prowess had indeed earned every drop of my respect. His earnestness and sincerity were evident in every note and word of every song he had ever written. In 1980, he upset an entire industry by giving away his records…for whatever a person could afford. I have several to prove to that fact. He remains one of the few original cuts who walked the talk. He housed dozens of homeless and helpless people. He waged a jihad within his heart in the eternal balance between law and grace—on this one, I, too, shared deeply as a follower of Christ. He was a noted Bible teacher, a loving father, a doting husband, and a fierce friend—I was lucky to be on the receiving end. No one was a stranger to Keith. We met once in 1977, letters and cards accompanied this life long friendship. Melody Green is just like that, too.
Keith Green was a legend on loan from God. The background here is essential to the understanding of this troubadour. When it comes to contemporary Christian music, I cut my teeth on Keith Green tunes after weaning from Ralph Carmichael and Andre Crouch’s nourishing musical bottles. From my initial taste of “For Him Who Has Ears To Hear” (1977) until the final recording of “Songs for the Shepherd” (1982), few artists in Christian music mastered the magic of Keith Green for me. He was an Elton John, pounding on the piano with unbridled passion. He was an Elijah, willing to war against idols both within and without the Christian community. He was a John the Baptist, a voice in the wilderness of a fledgling Christian music industry desperately seeking to build a kingdom without losing its soul. And at 28 years of age, God took him far too soon. Keith Green is worth keeping for me.
I plan to introduce one more song by Keith this month in addition to “O Lord, You’re Beautiful”. “My Eyes Are Dry” is another old favorite and I will work with the Praise Team so we can learn it together.
“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus…I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 3:8 & 13—Keith’s motto
Preston Tucker Featured
Natomas Magazine for August has an article on Faith’s Preston Tucker in the ExceptionalKids column. At age 12, he has accomplished many things. He received a Heroic Youth and Community Service Award from the county’s Youth Inspire program. He has done four Tour de Cure 25 mile bicycling fundraisers for the American Diabetes Foundation. He will receive his third degree black belt this summer.
Preston’s new project is developing a Power Point presentation titled “Project Peace: How Kids Can Make the World a Safer, Saner and More Tolerant Place. His goal is to show his presentation to as many middle schools as he can reach. Currently, he is raising money for a video projector through garage sales and car washes.
Building the Beloved
Breaking down the barriers of racism
A training to equip people of faith to be agents of change through worship, bible study, reflection and dialogue.
·Do you sometimes wish that the subject of racism would just “go away?”· Feel like “we did this in the 60’s and 70’s; why do we need to spend time with this subject again?’
Do you recognize that you would like to do more to makc things bettor but don’t know where to begin?
The Presbyterian Women affirm that racism violates God’s purpose for humanity and is contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ; therefore it Recognizes that racism is sin. Presbyterian Women are committed to fighting racism and to building inclusive and caring communities Throughout the PC (USA) and our world.
Join us for a wonderful day of fellowship and spiritual growth.
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Sierra Mission Partnership Conference Center
9985 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento CA 95827
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Linda Blagburn and Jimmye Jackson, San Francisco PresbyteryPlease bring your favorite finger food to share for lunch.
RSVP by Sept. 22 to firstname.lastname@example.org (916) 414-208
David & Janet Leader
Jim & Betty Park
Terry & Patrice Mangum
Pat & Kitty Tatro
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Hal & Ilah Turner
Dick & Betty McClure
Tom & Dorothy Hughes
Rick & Cynthia Crow
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Debbie & Nate Barton
Barbara Powell Charlie Tucker
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625 Florin Road, Sacramento CA
(916) 428-3439, FAX 428-0248
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Jeff Chapman, Pastor
Jim Zazzera, Associate Pastor
Worship 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
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