PresbyNews

Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 32, Number 2 January 23, 2007

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

Munchies

(Jr. High School Fellowship)

Thursdays 7-9:00pm

Patrick Vaughn

CREW

Sr. High Fellowship

Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm.

Quinn Vaughn


Pastor Jim’s Column

 

As many of you know, last weekend I ran in the P.F. Chang Rock & Roll Marathon in Phoenix, Arizona. The great news is that I finished! Even better news is that many of you helped me in raising almost $5000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. A huge thanks to all of you.

 

I do have few thoughts that might be of interest to marathoners and non-marathoners alike. In the first mile of the race, making our way though the icy cold, we were greeted by Christians waving huge neon colored signs. There were about five signs, and most of the messages read something like this: “Follow Jesus, or you are ON YOUR WAY TO HELL!!!” A great send off for 37,000 people who hard worked for months with discipline and energy to run this race, don’t you think? In fact, quite a large number of the runners and walkers were people who were not only running for themselves, but had raised considerable amounts of money in honor or memory of someone with a horrible disease. As a Christian and pastor, what do I say to the young woman running next to me who asks, in all sincerity, “How can they say that to so many of us who are doing this for others?” As a Christian, what do I say about these people who are my brothers and sisters in Christ?  Interestingly, I heard no one berate the sign holders. (As for me, I wouldn’t have minded being a little bit closer to hell, just to get warm.)

 

In fact, running does have something to do with my faith. I remember the first time I decided to run a marathon and thought, “So many things have gone so easily for me in my life, here is something I am going to really have to work at.” Now it is true, that to complete the 26.2 mile event you have to work and train over many months. You have to be aware of what you eat before, during, and after the race. You have to learn more about your body, how it works, what it can handle. You have to discover and be guided by your limits.

 

But I discovered something I didn’t expect. Running (for me) is all about grace. No matter how much I train, no matter how hard I work, running is God’s gift to me. It is not about my achievement. You see, I didn’t create my body, nor did I give it the capacity it has for physical exertion. I don’t know if God will allow me to run faster. I don’t know if I will ever be able to run another step.  But all that I have been able to do is grace.

 

I know that I prayed to God at mile 3 when I thought, “maybe I should just stop.” I know I thanked God at mile 7 when I ran by the house I grew up in and was filled with fond memories. I know that I had serious conversation with God at mile 13 when I realized I had been running at a pace my body would not sustain for the next 13 miles. I know that I asked God to give me confidence at mile 16 when the finish line still seemed very, very far ahead. I know that I asked God to restore me at mile 19 when it seemed like my physical energy was at its lowest ebb. I know that God was present at mile 22 when I somehow was made aware that I was actually going to finish the race. I know I heard God’s voice in the woman running beside me at mile 24 as she simply said “Don’t give up…listen to your body.” And I know that it was God I wanted to thank when I crossed that finish line almost 5 hours from the start.

 

I used to make fun of those who felt they needed to go to God for everything and needed to thank God for everything. But I have changed. Grace means God has entered my life to pour out blessings. There’s nothing I can do to earn it and nothing I can do to prevent it. God just gives. God gives to all. (As Bono sings, “… blessings not just for the ones who kneel, luckily.”) I wonder if I would have liked the signs held by those Christians at mile one if they had said something like, “Every step you take is a Gift from God,” or “Jesus is Running With You,” because that is what it felt like. All of the training was important, but the grace was essential.

 

So Loving God, thank you. And my dear friends, thank you.

 

In God’s grace,

Jim


Stewardship Campaign Report

 

Debbi Kanner, Pledge Secretary, has reported the results of the stewardship campaign just completed in 2006.  There are 163 adult pledges for 2007 in the amount of $482,407.  The average pledge is $2960 and it is an increase of approximately 10% above the average pledge for 2006.  Nineteen children pledged $423.  It is wonderful that children now participate in regular stewardship.

 

Our pledging members have responded enthusiastically to the Dreams and Visions of the Session for 2007.  Other members give generously on a regular basis but do not pledge (we call this group “givers of record”).   These contributions, along with loose cash offerings each Sunday, interest earned from CDs and money market funds, building use donations and miscellaneous donations, form the operating income to support the mission of Faith Church.   We gratefully praise and thank all givers and donors for returning a portion of their income and assets back to God for his work in our world. 

 

We thank Debbi Kanner for her outstanding service as Pledge Secretary.   She maintains records of all givers in confidentiality and regularly reports summary information to the Stewardship Committee, Finance Committee and Session.

 

Stewardship Committee

Jim Hill, Elder


Smile…and Say Cheese!!!

 

It’s coming soon – Faith’s new pictorial directory of our church family! This long-awaited directory will help us connect names with faces. It will serve as an outreach tool and capture the history of our church congregation.

Please participate! All we ask is that you have your picture taken by the professional photographer and meet with a portrait consultant at the church. For the next several weeks we will be making appointments in the narthex after services, so be sure to sign up soon to get the best appointment to fit your schedule.

The scheduled dates for photography and portrait viewing are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Feb. 22, 23, and 24, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday March 9, 10, and 11. Please schedule your portrait appointment as soon as possible. Our new pictorial directory won’t be complete without you!


The Results Are In…..

Faith Presbyterian came in 4th. place for total dollars collected for the annual Crop Walk.  Our volunteers collected a total of $3,305.00.  And if you missed it, the Golden Tennis Shoe award this year goes to Demitrius Moore for collecting the most of all the volunteers.  We do however, want to  thank all the volunteers that so generously gave of their time and “walking legs” to participate in this fun event.

 Mission Committee


 

 

Parents Take Note!  Homebuilders May Be for You

 

If you’re the parent of a young child – babies through high-schoolers qualify! – Homebuilders is the Faith fellowship group for you.  We meet approximately 10 times a year to fellowship, sometimes with our kids, sometimes without.  It’s a great way to get to know other parents in the congregation.  Give it a try! (formerly called Young Families)

 

Here’s what’s coming up soon:

 

*Friday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m. – An adults-only potluck at Jeff and Esther Chapman’s home, 356 Bay River Way.  We’ll make the soup; you bring a side dish or dessert of your choice.  Our time will be spent getting to know each other and discussing activities for the coming year.  To attend, simply contact Esther Chapman at 421-8894 or ejchapman@sbcglobal.net.

 

*Saturday, Feb. 3, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. – “Ten Ways to Love & Freedom in Marriage” - A marriage seminar at Faith Church, featuring guest speaker Dr. David Gill.  Participants of all ages and stages of life are welcome, including non-members.  A few of our Homebuilders members saw Dr. Gill, an ethics writer, educator and consultant, speak last year and were very impressed.  This is a great investment in your marriage.  Childcare and lunch will be provided at the church.  Watch for an opportunity to register in the new year. 


Pocket Emergency Preparedness Fair

 You are invited to participate and volunteer in the The Pocket Emergency Preparedness Fair on March 10th , 10 AM to 2 PM, at Kennedy High School.  It will be presented by the PEP Interfaith Coalition, which includes us and five other churches in the Pocket area.  The Second Ward LDS church is the sparkplug. 

 This is a large event which includes classes on Flood Risk, Family Emergency Planning, School Emergency Plans, Neighborhood Emergency Training, and Neighborhood Watch, presented by various government departments and the Red Cross. There will be thirty two indoor exhibitors in the multipurpose room, and Fire Department, DART team, Swiftwater Rescue, and sandbagging out of doors.

 We will need about a hundred volunteers doing advance work, setup, hosting, parking, and running children’s events.  Our fair share of the event appears to be about twenty adult and youth volunteers, and about $300 in donations.  Can you help?  See Howard Payne at the desk in the narthex for more information.  


SIGN UP FOR SUPPER CLUB!

 

What is the Supper Club? Many of you may not know. The Supper Club is one of the best ways to get to know others at Faith in a social atmosphere. This is how it works. Supper Clubs will take place on the first Sunday evening of the months of March, April, May and June. We'll begin taking sign ups the first part of February. We then divide people into four groups of two people for a total of eight. Couples and singles can participate. We have four categories: host, main dish, salad and/or vegetable and dessert. Each month you will be with a different group of people. One month you will be asked to host, one to bring the main dish, one a salad and/or vegetable and one a dessert. On the month that you will be the host, dinner will be at your home. As host you will provide beverages, appetizers (if you wish) and bread or rolls. Everything else will be brought by others in your group. When it is your month to host you will contact your guests a couple of weeks before and let them know what time to come and directions to your home. Most of the time people can bring whatever they wish (they may have a specialty) or you may want to have a theme, such as a barbecue. On the other months you will be going to someone else's home and you will bring what is in the category assigned to you. By the time Supper Club is over you will know a little more about and have a connection to a couple of dozen people! Many friendships have begun this way. PLEASE do not hesitate to sign up or call me with questions. Supper Club comes around just once a year so don't miss out. A sign up sheet will be in the narthex at the Welcome Center. Elder of Fellowship, Kitty Tatro 393-4734

 


Be a Better Memory Maker

 

Think you are a multitasking whiz? That may be why your memory is slipping.

 

The more things you do at once, the less likely you are to remember any of them. Sometimes that is no biggie --- If you are flipping through a catalog and watching a sitcom, who cares? But if you are hunting for flights on the internet while talking on the phone and listening to the radio, well, good luck --- both the flight info and the conversation will be a blur. The solution is obvious: when something is important, be single-minded.

 

To sharpen your recall of new information, whether it is health instructions, vital dates or learning how to work your new cell phone, make it easy for your mind to absorb it. Limit distractions and focus on the matter at hand, not three other things as well. If other tasks keep popping into your head, stop and jot them down on a notepad. Then go back to what is really important. It’s a good bet that this time it will stick with you.

 

 

 


Children's Ministry

 

Thank you to all of the parents that attended the parent meetings on Sunday, January 14.  Your input was greatly appreciated!  For those of you that could not attend, we discussed the idea of offering children’s worship or children’s church during the late spring and summer months.  The children’s church would occur at the same time as the adult worship services.   The idea is that the children would hear the same Bible passages as the adults, but the message or sermon would be at a kid-level.

 

There are many ways the children can participate in Children’s Worship.  We will be having worship assistants, greeters, and acolytes.  In addition, we may have skits or puppet shows.  We even hope that from time to time members of the congregation will offer special music as a gift to the children.  The possibilities are very exciting! 

 

In Sunday School, we recently studied Jesus’ life as a child.  The children made various objects out of clay, they stomped on grapes to make grape juice, and even played some games that Jesus played when He was a child.  In the upcoming weeks, we will be studying John the Baptist and the beginnings of Jesus’ ministry.  There is always a schedule posted outside each classroom for your reference.  We encourage the families to continue discussing the Bible stories at home.

 

All of us are teachers of the children.  They watch you greet one another, they listen to you sing, and they smile when you say hello to them.  We would like to especially thank the following individuals for volunteering their time to teach our children:  Shari Reyes; John Popham; Ileana and Jeff Selling; Andeen Lovett; Pam Rock; Nick and Katie Koltisos; Cathy Healow; Chris and Susanne Fahey; and Ann Johnson.  Thank you for helping our children to become disciples of Jesus!

 

Finally, please mark your calendars-Vacation Bible School is scheduled for July 9-13.  Your kids will not want to miss the fun!

Melinda Lewis

 


Fill_the_void Help Starve Hunger

It seems that every day we read about more suffering in the world. Disasters. Tsunamis. Hurricanes. Earthquakes. Tens of thousands dead. Hundreds of thousands homeless. Millions in mourning.

 

29,000 children under age 5 die every day from hunger and disease.  World Vision's 30 Hour Famine is an international movement to fight hunger, and is our chance to change the lives of people in our youth group, hungry children and our world forever.  We have participated in this life changing event for about 10 years now and are choosing to continue a great legacy!!!! I encourage youth (7th – 12th grade) to choose to make a difference.

These students in our congregation are choosing to make a difference. They are getting ready to take part in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine. Because they are choosing to be a part of the solution, literally tons of food and other necessities will be provided to hungry and suffering children based on what they do.

 

In the coming weeks you’ll hear more about the 30 Hour Famine. And here’s where you come in. First, please pray for the Famine participants who will be participating in the Famine. Second, prayerfully consider how you can come alongside them and offer your financial support to help save kids’ lives. Third, join us for the “Break –fast” communion service on Saturday the 24th at 6:30pm and following potluck. 

 

So much to do. So little time. But by taking the time – just one weekend – we will be making a difference in children’s lives.

 

World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. We serve the world's poor— regardless of a person's religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

For more information about World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine, call 1-800-7FAMINE, or visit www.30hourfamine.org

 


Focus Report to Session:  Lay Ministry

 

The purpose of Lay Ministry is to engage new and current members in discovering their unique talents, abilities and passions to serve the church, the community and the world. Four Look @ Faith and Gifts/Passions classes were held in 2006.  Of the members who joined, approximately 58% participate in life groups; 61% serve in the life of the church; and 95% are still active, meaning coming to worship.  Lay Ministry will be working on streamlining the process of follow up and perhaps increases the number of classes offered.  Congregationwide, it is estimated that approximately 70% of the congregation participate in the life of the church; however, over a quarter of the members are not involved.  This is a significant number and will be the focus of Lay Ministry in the coming months. The first annual celebration for new members (those who joined in 2005) was held on May 21.  Rhonda Hankey’s suggestion for a way to involve more of the congregation in short or long-term projects (but not necessarily committee membership) resulted in the monthly Time and Talent Offering on the last Sunday of the month.  Good results have been achieved with this project.  It is a model of how one person can be involved in ministry without having to join a committee.  An increase in individual ministries has occurred as a result of the kickoff of the lay ministry effort at the 2005 Fall Retreat. 


January Session Highlights

 

It was voted to approve service of “Extended Communion” by deacons on

Sundays for which session approves the serving of communion in worship

services with the serving organized by deacons, following guidelines from the

Book of Order.

 

The nominating committee presented the following slate of nominees for elders and deacons for the congregational meeting on January 21:

·      Elders: Don Sperling, one (1) year term; Ken Finch, two (2) year term; Kim Char, three (3) year term; Rick Crow, three (3) year term; Bill Frye, three (3) year term; Walt McDaniel, three (3) year term.

·      Deacons: Erin Ainsworth, Patty Boyd, Vergie Cornelius, Deborah Dunn, Cathy Healow, Richard Markuson—all three (3) year terms

The 2007 budget will be finalized and prepared for presentation at the congregational meeting. Terms of call for the pastors will be placed before the congregation for approval at that time.

 

Elder Glenda Arellano will serve as commissioner to Presbytery meetings in 2007, with the additional commissioner position rotating among the remaining session

 


Dictionaries and Calendars    Thanks to all of you who have given 2007 calendars and dictionaries to Betty Park to distribute at Food Closet. They can use more if you have extras.


Next Family Promise Week is

March 18 – March 25

 

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 February 25 after the 1st and 2nd services.

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.

  



 


Jan23 ARCO Results for January 13th

 

Team chemistry is everything when it comes to a winning performance.  The ARCOfaithfuls have got it, and the Kings can't find it!!  In spite of the Houston Rockets trying to give away the game at the end of regulation,  the Kings managed to lose in overtime. We had a great team and our efforts earned a $1030, including $20 in tips.  Add to that $60 Betty and I earned at an earlier game and our total for the event is $1090.  The ARCOfaithfuls welcomed Lorraine Kim (Kent's sister), who was a fun and effective runner.  Special thanks to Cindy Canaday for starting the carpools from the Church, and training and managing the runners.  Pat Tatro, with help closing from Steve Canaday, handled the cash (we were slightly over) and Betty Keller and Audry Liu counted the inventory. Kitty Tatro, Claire and Ken Pisor, Lyman Lum, Betty, Audrey, and Richard Markuson came early and helped set-up. Thanks to Byron Tucker for maintaining the condiment station, and yours truly was the REALLY COOL ICE GUY.  THANKS to Audrey Liu, Lyman Lum, and Lorraine Kim, who don't attend Faith, but generously contributed their time and talents to supporting our Youth MinistryJon Cash broke in as a cashier and was excellent.  The clean-up was great (we had a lot of extra time because of the overtime and it was fun hanging in there for the end of the game).  Our next games are Saturday, February 3 and Sunday, February 11.  Since they are so close together, I am going to recruit and distribute parking passes for both games at the same time.  So, if you can work either or both games, please let me know and I'll get you signed up and provide you a parking pass. We had 29 people (could have used 1 or 2 more) and everything went really smoothly.  Point is: it really does take 30 people to make it work the way it should.  Hope you can make our February games.  After that, we are off until April.  See ya.  Paul Keller

 


The ARCO schedule of games for the Kings' 2006/2007 NBA season.  Faith received exactly the games that we asked for as follows.

7.    Saturday    February 3rd       7:00 p.m. start    Denver

8.    Sunday      February 11th      6:00 p.m. start    Seattle

9.    Friday      April 6th          7:00 p.m. start    Utah

10.   Friday      April 13th         7:00 p.m. start    Golden State

 

 

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Worship Helpers

 

January 28

February 4

Worship Service

9:00am

9:00am

Worship Assistant

Sarah Ainsworth

   Roy Chastain

Ushers

Marthe Sweet

Dallas Love

Don & Jan Sperling

Greeters

John & Sally Ravas

Donna Touros

Larry & Noreen Freund

Virgie Cornelious

Sound

David Nash

Bill Baker

Coffee Preparers

Donna Touros

Pat & Kitty Tatro

Acolytes

Conner Hankey

 Katie Teixera

Worship Service

11:00am

11:00am

Worship Assistant

Rick Crow

Glenda Arellano

Ushers

Roy & Vicky Chastain

Jarvis Arellano

Greeters

Bob & Barbara Powell

Debbie Barton

Rick & Cynthia Crow

Wayne Burkinshaw

Sound

Carroll Collier Joe Parente

Coffee Servers

Paul & Betty Keller

Dave & Laurie Richardson

Tellers

Bob Connett

Dick McClure

Kitty Tatro

Jarvis Arellano

Acolytes

Brendon Collins

Preston Tucker

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Susie Hughes (susan_hughes@synectics.net)

Kathy Pehrson (kkpehrson@yahoo.com)

Marthe Sweet (marthesweet@earthlink.net)

Jeff Chapman, Pastor

Jim Zazzera, Quinn Vaughn and Patrick Vaughn

Associate Pastors

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