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PresbyNews

Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 31, Number 16 August 8, 2006

625 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95831

916-428-3439

www.faithpresby.org

Faith Happenings

Sunday Services:

9:00 and 11:00

Graded Sunday School  P - 5th  9:00  

Adult Ed 9:30-1030am and 10:30-11:30am

Graded Sunday School P-5th   11:00

Munchies Bible Study 9:00am

CREW Bible Study 2-3pm

Crunchies

(Jr. & Sr. High School Fellowship)

Game Night

Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm.

Kelsey Ingalls 428-3439.

 

August 5th - 12th  Mississippi Mission Trip

August 13  Mission Trippers tell their story

August 20 Young Families go to Rivercats

August 23 Eagle Wings Concert 6:30pm

September 24 - October 1st  Family Promise

October 1  Harvest Dinner and Auction

Pastor Jeff Says:

What a Ride on Sunday Mornings!

 

I’ll admit it.  For much of my life I have found it somewhat difficult, if not very difficult. to get too worked up about doing something I have done nearly every Sunday morning for the last 40 years, going to church.  That might sound strange coming from a pastor, but it’s the truth. 

 

At some point during my teenager years, when church-going was still a compulsory activity in our house, I began to lose interest in going to church, something which I used to look forward to as a child.  I still enjoyed the people at our church, but somehow the service itself, with all the predictable traditions and routines, began to fail to excite me.  During those years I don’t ever remember being all that disappointed when the benediction was said and the pastor indicated that we could go home. 

 

Of course, even as a kid I understood that the point of the whole deal was to gather as a church and to try and enter together into the presence of God.  I got that part.  It made sense to me, even sounded worthwhile.  The problem was, I don’t remember that ever happening.  I don’t remember ever meeting God in those services.  Maybe I did without knowing it.  In fact, I’m sure that was the case.  I just don’t remember it.

 

When you go into the scriptures and you read about instances where men and women had real encounters with the Living God, those experiences are anything from boring.  Something often gets burned up.  Usually there’s danger.  Sometimes somebody loses their life.  And in every instance, people leave transformed.  Coming into God’s presence in the scripture is anything but a bore.

 

Now, I recognize that for many of you (because you have told me this), gathering together for worship on Sunday mornings is an exhilarating and inspiring experience for you.  Every week, I have no doubt, people meet the Living God in the midst of worship in our sanctuary, usually in ways I could not have predicted or scripted.  And yet, too often, worship can also become routine and rote. 

 

Part of the challenge for us is to come into this community on Sunday mornings filled with anticipation.  I remember an old seminary professor once telling us that if we don’t come to worship expecting to meet God, we won’t.  If we don’t come anticipating something remarkable to happen, it won’t.  When you’re driving to church on Sunday morning, are you filled with that sort of anticipation?  If not, why not?

 

The longer I’ve been at this, the more I recognize that amazing things can (and do!) happen when people gather in community to seek God in their worship together.  Lives get reshaped.  Wounds get healed.  Belonging is experienced in a tangible way.  Lies get unmasked.  And the God of the universe, in ways we often don’t expect, meets us and blesses us profoundly.  I think this happens every Sunday morning here at Faith, right in the midst of the routine some of know so well.

 

Summer has been a time for many of us to be away, enjoying family and vacation.  I hope it’s been a great gift for you and you find yourself refreshed as summer draws to an end.  As the fall comes upon us, however, I would ask you to re-commit yourself, as a member of this faith community, to being here each Sunday morning for worship.  Along with others, will you come anticipating great things to happen, in you, in our church, and in our community as we are changed and then, each week, sent back out to the world.

 

As we come with this anticipation, I believe God will not fail us.  We will meet him.  He will be honored.  We will be transformed.  And maybe in even ways so vivid that even the teenagers among us may sense that God is doing something remarkable in our midst.

 

I look forward to worshipping with you this next Sunday and seeing what God will do!

 

Grace & Peace,

 

Jeff

 

Please Pray for Us

Natalie Crow, Paul Keller, Conney & Dwayne Willis, Pat & Daniel Tatro, Bill Frye, Christina Canaday, Michael & Sally Evey, Greg Rapier, Glenda Arellano, Bob Bagby, Rick Brandsma, Kimberly Char, Vicky & Marina Chastain, Shari & Natalie Reyes, Diana Williamson, Amy Bundock, Carol Keller, Jim, Aaron & Libby Zazzera, Barbra Liberty, Dwayne, Chonnie, Dylan & Megan Thiessen, Jon & Gary Cash, Colby Ainsworth, Aria Tactaquin, Liz Blomberg, Alexandra Powell, Richard & Kyle Markuson

As we seek to serve on the Gulf Coast

Saturday:  We’ll be flying to New Orleans, then taking vans to D’Iberville, Mississippi, where we’ll be getting into our tents around midnight.  Please pray for traveling mercies, and patience.

Sunday:  We’ll worship at the First Presbyterian Church down the road in Ocean Springs and taking a tour of the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina.

Monday - Friday:  We’ll be put to work restoring homes for people who have been out of them for nearly a year.  Thankfully the mucking out and the scrubbing with bleach is almost done, but there’s plenty of work for us all.  We’re told that the most important work we may be doing is listening to folks as they tell their stories.  Please pray for open hearts, willing hands and healthy bodies.

Saturday:  We’ll be packing up and heading to New Orleans for a quick sightseeing tour, then on the plane for our late-night arrival back into Sacramento.  One last prayer for traveling mercies, and we’ll be back to tell you all about our trip on Sunday morning.

 

And

Richard Markuson has created a blog for the Mission Trip? Go to http://faithmission06.blogspot.com/

for a running update on the mission trip and a history of the area.. Questions?  Ask Richard at

(916) 798-8826     richard@markuson.us

And

Welcome Home

 

This year Faith is sending a team of forty people on a mission trip to D’lberville, Mississippi. The team will be working to restore homes for people who have been out of them for nearly a year due to Hurricane Katrina. Aside from the physical labor the team will provide they also will be lending their ears and hearts to listen to folks as they tell their stories.  This is the largest group ever sent on a mission trip and promises to be one of extraordinary experiences.  Please join us in welcoming the team back on Sunday, August 13th. where they will share some of these experiences with the congregation during both services.  We also ask for continued prayers for the team for open hearts, willing hands and healthy bodies.

Mentoring

 

If this has caught your eye then please come to an informative

meeting about two exciting opportunities being presented to

Faith Presbyterian to mentor at risk youth.  One program is in

connection with our neighbor, Kennedy High School and the

other is with the Neighborhood Alternative Center. The meeting

with all the information is on Monday, August 21, 2006

at 6:30pm in Link Hall.

No obligation: Just come and get some information. Hope to

see you there!!

Sacramento Literacy Program

 

Want to change lives, one at a time? The Sacramento Literacy program can use you to help a fellow Sacramentan adult learn to read. Located at Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive, across the street from Sac State University, the program has taught many people how to read and write English since its inception in 1968.

 

There will be a tutor training workshop on Saturday September 9, 2006 at Fremont Presbyterian. Volunteers will get all the materials and information they need to start teaching others.

 

Call the Literacy Office at 456-0437 to say you would like to join the program.

Joys and Concerns

Young Families at Rivercats

          Sunday August 20 will be Faith and Family night at the Rivercats. All young families are invited. The game starts at 6:00pm. Contact Pastor Jeff Chapman at 428-3439 ASAP to reserve space for you and your family.

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.

 

 

 

 

Sunday School News

During the month of August, the children are studying Creation.  Many of the children recently went on a nature walk around the church.  The children were amazed by what they saw.  Often when somebody asks you to draw a tree or a plant, just one type comes to your mind.  However, as the children observed there are many different plant and trees species some with flowers and some without.  When the children further quieted their minds, they noticed squirrels, birds, butterflies, and tiny bugs.  God’s creation is truly amazing and when we take time to slow down for a few minutes, we realize that there is so much more than we often see.

 

I encourage you to do something enjoyable with your children.  Read the first chapter of Genesis together as a family.  Then, discover the wonder that exists all around you.  I guarantee that you will experience the same awe the children felt when they went on their nature walks. 

 

It is with our utmost gratitude that we thank the following individuals:  Gwen Markuson, Andeen Lovett, Erin Ainsworth, Sarah Ainsworth, Colby Ainsworth, Susane Fahey, Chris Fahey, Ileana Maestas, and Debbi Kanner.  Thank you for sharing God’s love with the children.

 

 

There will be a brief parent meeting after each service on August 20th.  We will be sharing the fall curriculum and introducing you to some of the teachers.  Please plan on joining us.

Adult Summer Sunday School

Philippians and Galatians

 

Explore the passion and intensity of the writings of the Apostle Paul as it comes to us through these powerful letters in the Bible. While engaging as a study of one of the most important leaders in the church, these two books give us insight into critical aspects of our own faith: freedom, joy, partnership and the power of God in our lives. Join us for any or all Sundays this summer as we explore new ways God may speak to us.

 

August 13th and 20th                                   Leaders – Jim and Barbara Tracy

August 27th and September 3rd    No Class

September 10th and 17th                           Leader – TBA

 

Study Books: The Bible and Interpretation Bible Studies: Philippians and Galatians by Stanly P. Saunders

 

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 approx. $10)  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.

 

 

 

K is for Kole Slaw

For lunch this week, shred a cool slaw to keep your fingers snapping.

 

The vitamin K in cabbage, spinach, Swiss chard, and other leafy greens may help keep your hands arthritis-free -- all the better for keyboarding card dealing, piano playing or knitting,

Try shredding your favorite leafy greens (about 4 cups) in a food processor, then toss with 14 cup low-fat mayo, 1 teaspoon vinegar, I teaspoon honey, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Feeds you and three favorite friends.

Until recently, vitamin K was known mainly for helping blood clot after a nick or cut. Now you can add it to the list of things that lower the risk of arthritis. In a study of older adults, those who had the most K in their blood were the least likely to have joint damage in their hands, and their knees got some protection, too.

 

The United States Department of Agriculture recommendation is at least 90 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin K a day for women and 120 mcg for men. You can get most or all of that in one serving of our Kole Slaw, depending on the greens you use.

 

 ·   One cup of shredded cabbage has about 100 mcg of vitamin K.

 ·   One cup of raw spinach has about 75 mcg.

 ·   One cup of Swiss chard has a whopping 299 mcg.

Not a slaw lover? A cup of asparagus has 144 mcg: a cup of broccoli, 93 mcg.

 

One caveat: Vitamin K can, interfere with blood thinners (warfarin and its ilk). If you take a blood thinner, talk with your healthcare provider — you need to be extremely cautious about K.

 

The Finance Committee

 

The Finance Committee is one of the many committees of Session that keeps the church running. There are many volunteers that through their support ensure that the many different aspects of the Finance Committee are met. The Finance Elder is responsible to ensure that these processes are completed and are timely.

 

There are four teams of two volunteers that make up the Teller’s group. These volunteers count and deposit the offerings from the Sunday services. Joyce Hathaway oversees the Teller’s and does the scheduling. They are: Bob Connett and Dick McClure, Charlotte Tucker and Barbara Powell, Helen Christenson and Marilyn Becker, Kitty Tatro and Jarvis Arellano. They all do a great job each week. Additionally, Joyce has served admirably as Clerk of the Session for a number of years.

 

The Pledge Secretary is Debbi Kanner who records all monies and gives credit to the proper individual. Debbi sends out semi-annual statements to those that pledge to the Operating or Building Funds and annually sends statements to all givers. Presently the income to date is $21,000.00 over the projected giving of $546,000 but this will slack off during the summer vacation months. The Building Fund loan balance is down to $104,000 and will be paid off within the next two years.

 

After serving as Finance Elder, Debbi took over as Pledge Secretary and does an excellent job. Since she has served for over five years, we are looking for someone new to volunteer as her back-up and eventually to take over.

 

Another volunteer position is the Church Treasurer, Bill Baker, who makes sure that all Church accounting reports are done on a timely basis and that all accounts are balanced, while conforming to proper accounting practices. This includes reconciling all bank accounts and keeping all committee leaders informed of their activities each month. Presently the budget is looking good. Our spending is under budget by approximately $21,000. However sometimes some budgets are not spent until the end of the year, so this could change. Bill does an excellent job and also provides technical assistance for sound once a month on Sundays. Also volunteering on this Committee is Jim Tracy, past Church Treasurer, who offers excellent advice and assistance. Our newest committee member is M.J.Hall.

 

The Finance Elder is responsible for the preparation of our Annual Budget, after input from all the committee leaders, for approval by the Session, which is then presented to the congregation. The Finance Elder is responsible to see that all monies not needed for daily operations are invested in non-risky investments such as Certificates of Deposit and money market accounts. In the absence of the Office Manager, the Finance Elder issues checks and sends in the payroll. This position (Finance Elder) is the critical link with all of these volunteers to be sure that any issues are promptly addressed. Teamwork from all of these volunteers is needed to keep all of these pieces running smoothly, resulting in a financially secure church.

 

Don Sperling, Finance Elder

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.

Retreat Goers: Please note that the remainder of your retreat registration fees are due August 15. Either Ilah Turner or Barbara Tracy will be available after both services on August 6 and August 13 to take your checks or you can mail them to Barbara Tracy at 7020 Havenhurst Drive, Sacramento 95831. Also note that no refunds will be made after August 10. If you need to cancel after that date, you will need to find someone to take your place in order to avoid losing your registration fees. This is our biggest retreat yet, and we’re all looking forward to fun, fellowship, and learning!

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Worship Helpers

 

August 13

August 20

Worship Service

9:00am

9:00am

Worship Assistant

Ross Leader

Vicki Chastain

Ushers

Bob McCarroll Ken Finch

Steve & Collette Benson

Greeters

Ken & Patty Blomburg

David, Janet & Ross Leader

Sound

Don Sperling

David Nash

Coffee Preparers

Donna Touros Julie Axell

Tom Busch

Julie Davies

Acolytes

Catherine Smith

 TBA

Worship Service

11:00am

11:00am

Worship Assistant

Lori Glasgow

Doug Johnson

Ushers

Rick & Cynthia Crow

Chuck & Brien Bell

Greeters

Bob & Tanya Anderson

Teri & Dave Williamson

Melodi Anderson

Sound

Brien Bell Ken Finch

Coffee Servers

Paul & Betty Keller

Glenda & Jarvis Arellano

Tellers

Bob Connett Dick McClure

Kitty Tatro

Jarvis Arellano

Acolytes

Maegan Davis

TBA

Published by Faith Presbyterian Church

625 Florin Road, Sacramento CA

(916) 428-3439, FAX 428-0248

www.faithpresby.org

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Jeff Chapman, Pastor

Jim Zazzera, Associate Pastor

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