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PresbyNews

Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 30, Number 26 December 20, 2005

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

CREW

(Sr. High School Fellowship)

Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm.

Kelsey Ingalls 428-3439.

Munchies (Jr. High Fellowship) Game Night

Thursdays 7-8:30 pm.

Kelsey Ingalls 428-3439.

 

December 21 Advent Dinner, Caroling

December 24 Christmas Eve Services. 5:30 pm family Service. 11:00pm Candlelight service

January 1 Faith Church will hold one service at 11:00 A.M.

Communion  will be served on January 8th not January 1, 2006.

Celebrating Christmas

Wednesday, December 21 ~ Dinner & Christmas Caroling

We’ll have a 6:00 dinner in Link Hall (food provided, donations accepted)

and then travel to sing carols to others in our congregation (many who are homebound)

Saturday, December 24th – Christmas Eve Services

5:30 – Family Service – Celebration geared for the whole family.

11:00 – Candlelight Service (Communion served at both services)

Sunday, December 25th – Christmas Morning Worship!

9:00 – Informal worship – A time of carols, reflection & celebration

       (No Sunday School or nursery care during this service)

11:00 – Family Worship – Chancel choir will help lead. 

    Sunday school for children and nursery care is offered.  Come celebrate with us!

 

Beneath the Tinsel

 

Christmas is a merry time of year.  For some of us, that is. 

 

I know you are aware that there are many among us for whom this season is quite difficult.  Some in our congregation are facing very hard circumstances in life, circumstances that no amount of eggnog will wash away.  Others are facing the first holiday season without the company of a loved one.  For them, the emptiness is tangible.  Others, though they understand the “reason for the season”, have never felt more distant from God than they do now.  They’ll sing “Joy to the World the Lord is Come!”, but it feels more like he left some time ago.

 

This is truly a very merry time for many of us.  But beneath the tinsel, there is still a lot of pain, a lot of struggle, a lot of doubt, a lot of grief.

 

A verse I was reminded of this week, and one I shared with our elders recently, is Ephesians 4:2.  Paul writes, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”  Bearing with one another.  Those are important words.  By them, I don’t think Paul means that we are just to put up with one another.  We’re not just supposed to tolerate each other.  Rather, I think he means that we are to bear each other up, to come alongside each other when life gets hard.  And we’re supposed to do it in live.

 

One of the many things about this congregation for which I give thanks is the enormous amount of “bearing up” that goes on.  Though we all look pretty good when we show up here Sunday mornings, I know full well that there are a lot of people sitting in our pews who are carrying heavy loads.  I also know that there are so many here who are so willing to come alongside the “burdened ones” (that’s all of us, by the way, at one time or another) and share in that load.

 

When Jesus came to earth at Christmas, one of the titles he was given was Emmanuel, which literally means God With Us.  One of the most tangible ways God is with us is when, in the Spirit of God, we come alongside one another and, with humility, gentleness and love, bear each other up.  When a church does this faithfully for one another it becomes like no other community on earth.

 

My prayer is that you and your family experience, in a real way, the joy and promise of Christmas.  I look forward to worshipping with you this Saturday night and Sunday morning!

 

Yours in Christ,

 

Jeff

 

P.S. – I encourage you to prayerfully consider a friend or neighbor you might invite to join us Christmas Eve, someone who may otherwise not get a chance this season to hear of the hope, grace and love of Christmas. 

 

 A Look at Faith

 

Want to explore membership at Faith?

 Come to this class on January 15 from 12:30pm to 4:00pm Led by Pastors Jeff Chapman and Jim Zazzera, you will learn more about the mission, values and vision of the Faith Congregation. There will be a complimentary lunch and free child care.

 

 

Pastor Jim Says:

 

Some of you have been kind enough to ask me about my recent running of the California International Marathon. (Thanks you so much – I finished!) Some of you probably wonder why anyone would do such a thing.

 

I am not an elite athlete (the “elites” finished the race at about the same time I was crossing the halfway point of 13.1 miles) – so I am not competing for that kind of glory. I am not raising money for any good cause – though I have done that before. Neither am I under any physical trainer’s orders.

 

So why run a marathon? Some people will tell you it is fun. (A few of those people may even be sitting in the pew next to you on Sunday morning.) Some people say it’s about comradery. Few people finish a marathon without running partners and some sort of informal “support team.”  Many will say it is about the challenge. They just need to do it before they die.

 

For me though, it is also about something else. It is about learning limitations, endurance, and dependence. In this way – the marathon is really not that much different from all the rest of life. It doesn’t take long to learn about limitations – trudging my 210 pound body over more than a few miles taxes my breathing, my knees, and my psyche. I know my body can only do so much. But with the help of friends and training – I have discovered endurance. Most recreational marathoners train their bodies to run at least 20 miles before the big race. Over the course of months and gradual increase in miles – one discovers that he or she can go infinitely farther than ever imagined. But the most crucial step for me is the discovery and exploration of dependence. Once I hit mile 22 I realized I could go no further on my own. Trust me, I was ready to quit! Once I got to the last stage of the race – I realized I needed something or someone outside me to keep me going. Some people have a friend who will “run them in.” Some of us are willing to try all manner of foods to help with that last stretch (Pretzels? M & Ms? Beer? – I know, sounds like a tavern.) Some people try visualization, mediation, any sort of self talk. The short of it is – those last steps seem to take a bit of outside intervention – it requires the runner to open up to dependence on others.

 

Two people I know who are runners sent me this verse as a kind of “mantra” for the marathon: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13- NIV). For me – I could not have completed the race without the strength and gift of the One who created and cares for me. It is dependence on God and God’s strength through all of you that helped me finish the race.

 

I know a lot of people who run marathons of different sorts. You all do. You endure long illness and death. You support a child through some difficult years. You hang in there with a relationship even when it gets rocky. You struggle with addiction and it effects on your life. You carry out a vision for an organization even when few others will share it with you. All of us travel many miles within our limitations and endure many challenges. Those who complete the race always discover dependence along the way.

 

So though the marathon may look like a triumph of the human spirit and body – I prefer to think of it differently. For me – it is a triumph of the Spirit’s work in me. May you too know that kind of dependence and companionship in the marathon we call life.

 

Peace,

Jim

 

End of Year Giving

 

 If you would like to make a special year-end gift to Operating, Building or some other fund and see it recorded on your Church Giving Statements for 2005, it must be received by the church office no later than Thursday, December 29th.  Please also be sure to contact either Don Sperling at 428-5374 or Deborah Kanner at 393-8835, to alert us of your transaction so a special deposit can be made

Opportunity to Lead in Sunday School Programs

 

    Passing on God's word - Christian heritage

    Spending time with your child they will remember

    Making a difference in a childs life

    Learning more about God's message

    Fulfilling your promise at a baptism

    Fresh way to seeing Jesus' words fulfilled

    Giving yourself a gift

 

We will need ten or more people to lead the Sunday School classes beginning the third week in January.  Any questions, after praying over this opportunity, please contact Pam Rock, Ann Johnson, Lisa Miller or Sue Kirk. 

  

Decemberfest

 

              What do cold weather, whipped cream, and worship all have in common…they were all a part of Decemberfest!!!  Decemberfest is a weekend put on by Westminster Woods Camp and Conference Center for high schoolers from churches all over Northern California.  About 150 teenagers converge upon Westminster Woods for a weekend of games, worship, camp food, cabin talks, songs, prayer, and hanging out.  It is an amazing 48 hours.

              This year our church sent ten kids and three leaders.  Four of our girls were in the same cabin and our six boys were in another cabin across the camp.  It was a blast hanging out in our cabins, but it was also really fun when we got to hangout with other kids at the camp.  Some of our kids had friends they know from summer camp that they reconnected with, and new friendships were formed too.  It seemed like everyone felt like they belonged there this weekend. 

For me, the best part of the weekend was seeing the youth from our church bond with each other.  It is trips like this that really help the kids feel like a group of friends.  I am really glad that I got to be a part of the fun and excitement of Decemberfest, and I look forward to going back and visiting the kids at summer camp in a few months.  Link to More Pictures

Christmas Giving Opportunities

A special offering will be taken at both Christmas Eve services, and will be split between Family Promise and SSIP.  As has become a Faith tradition, we invite you to bring peanut butter on Christmas Eve to be passed on to the SSIP Food Closet.

 

A Walk Through Bethlehem

An enthusiastic group enjoyed a good potluck dinner, did some crafts, and walked through Bethlehem. Various classrooms were transformed into scenes from the Christmas story from a Roman guard at the gate demanding coins for Rome to a manger scene to a bread baking demonstration, to playing a dreidel game. Lots of angels and first century citizens. Much credit is due many people, Pam Rock, Lisa Miller, Gwen Markuson, and others too numerous to mention. Go to www.faithpresby.org and look at the PresbyNews for more pictures.  More Pictures

 

Exercise Your Choices

 

Getting stuck in an exercise rut could put body and mind at risk.

  

Repetitive exercise routines may cause overuse injuries, and new research shows they may hurt your mental health, too. According to a study, people 65 or older who engage in four or more different kinds of physical activities each week are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than people who participate in one or no activities.

The causes of Alzheimer’s disease are unclear; the only clearly defined risk factors are advanced age and a family history of the disease However, evidence suggests you may lower your risk of Alzheimer’s with certain lifestyle choices, such as eating a heaithful diet, exercising regularly, and engaging in mentally stimulating activities. Nutrients that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s include omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins C and F, folate, and flavonoids, such as those found in colorful fruits and vegetables, tea, and dark chocolate. A recent study suggests variety in exercise activities may be protective, but not in people who have The APO-E 4 variant of the apolipoprotein E gene, a gene implicated in Alzheimer's disease risk.

Opportunities @ Faith To grow in faith

 

Wednesday Evenings

  December 21st  @ 7:30pm

Praying the Scriptures in Advent

You are invited this advent to take time to not simply study but to pray through the scriptures that lead us to the birth of Christ. Using an approach to bible reading and prayer called “lectio divina,” we will carefully attend to the bible reading for the day to discover what God has to say to our lives. 

 

Facilitator: Jim Zazzera

December 21st    John 1:1-14                     

The Word Who Comes

                                       

For the Choir          

              Singing schedule:

              Dec 24                 Christmas Eve 11pm service

              Dec 25                 Christmas Day Late service

 

                  

Mission Trip Planning Meeting

 

The Mission committee has been tossing around ideas for this summer’s mission trip, but we need to hear from you.  Would you prefer to join low-income families in building their homes?  Putting on a Vacation Bible School in beautiful Bandon?  Traveling to the Gulf Coast to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina?  Do you have a great idea to share with us, or just a lot of questions about mission trips?  Whether you have been on a mission trip many times, or you’re just wondering if it could be for you, we’d love to have you join us in Room 5 between services on Sunday, January 8.  If you have questions between now and then, please call Conney Willis at 530-432-2318.

Arco Results for the December 11 Game

 

While we  had plenty of ARCOfaithfuls at the game on Sunday, the Kings had a problem drawing a crowd.  Rumor was that less that 14,000 people showed up for a game that was sold out. This is a long-winded way of saying our sales were down. We did manage generate a $992.42 donation from Maloof Sports and Entertainment, and you can add $12.58 in tips from the fans, for a total of $1015 for the night.  Not great, but not bad!!

 

Thanks to Betty Keller and Audrey Liu for handling the inventory.  Thanks to Pat and Kitty Tatro for handling the cash, change, and closing out registers.  Thanks to Cindy Canaday for starting the carpools, and training and managing our runners.  Gwen and Richard Markuson teamed up to do a great job setting up and mantaining the condiment stations out front.  Special Thanks to:  Holland Golec, Audrey Liu, and Jeri Wormington, who don't regularly attend Faith, but in the Christmas Spirit of giving, donated their time and talents to help support our Youth Ministry.  I tried recruiting for both December games at the same time and was surprise to have some volunteers arrive to help out that I hadn't counted on (which was great).  I'll try to get better organized for our next set of games in January (8th and 15th).  You can help me by making sure your name is on the sign-up sheet when we talk or I give you your parking pass.  We had some first time ARCO volunteers (Jennifer Kincaid and Gayle Kinkennon) who both did a great job.  Hope to see you both out at ARCO again real soon.  Also, thanks to our home from college helpers (Sarah, Heather, and Kim) who spent some of their precious home time doing some serious payback to the Faith Youth Ministry.  Clean-up was very well done (special thanks to John Sugar for mopping up).        

 

Please let me know if you can help out for the games on January 8th and 15th (we still need quite a few volunteers).  I'll be distributing parking passes for both games on New Years Day at Church.  

Family Promise January 16-22nd 2006

 

You can sign up for this week in 2006 on the whiteboard on the wall across from the office. Volunteers are needed for dinner, evening activities, over night teams, set-up, take-down and coordinator of the day.

         If necessary, we will take sign-ups in the narthex December 18.

If you haven’t volunteered before but are interested, you may want to talk to someone who has. And we will have a training session on December15, 2006. If you have questions, call Sue Hooper 393-2673 or Cynthia Crow  392-9141

Journey into Freedom

For freedom Christ has set us free: Galatians 5:1

 

The Women of Faith will have their 8th annual retreat March 24 -26. (Friday evening to early Sunday afternoon)

The Rev. Joan Stock will lead the retreat. It is held at the Diamond Arrow Christian Center near Nevada City.

Registration begins February 5th. Cost is $150. Contact Ilah Turner for more information.

 

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Worship Helpers

 

December 25

January 1

Worship Service

9:00am

9:00am

Worship Assistant

Lori Glasgow

No Service

Ushers

David & Janet Leader

No Service

Greeters

Sande Tresize

Patty Boyd

No Service

Sound

David Nash

No Service

Coffee Preparers

Walt & Doran McDaniel

Jim & Betty Park

Acolytes

Emily Richardson

No Service

Worship Service

11:00am

11:00am

Worship Assistant

Alice Parente

Claire Pisor

Ushers

Chuck & Brien Bell

Richard & Gwen Markuson

Greeters

Ken & Margaret Finch Carey Kincaid

TBA

Sound

George Warner

Joe Parente

Coffee Servers

Paul & Betty Keller

Margaret Finch

Tellers

Helen Christenson Marilyn Becker

Bob Connett       Dick McClure

Acolytes

Trey Nohren

Maegan Davis

Published 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

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