Faith Presbyterian Church
Volume 31, Number 3 January 31, 2006
625 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95831
Munchies Bible Study 9:00am
CREW Bible Study 2-3pm
February 4 Project Paul
March 5 First Supper Club
Souper Bowl Sunday- February 5th
It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday!!!!! Are you ready for another year of yummy snacks, good football, and funny commercials? As you prepare for the big game, the youth groups ask you to prepare for another kind of Super Bowl. Souper Bowl Sunday is a national fight against hunger and poverty, and this year our youth groups are all ready for it. We will be collecting money and cans of soup in large soup pots after each service on the 5th of February. All the proceeds go directly to a charity of our choice, and we are going to donate to WEAVE (Women Escaping A Violent Environment), just like the last few years. This is an easy and effective way to give to a local charity, and we hope that you will all bring cans of soup or a monetary donation for our cause. So look for us outside the sanctuary after the church service, and enjoy the big game!!!
A message from Pastor Jeff Chapman
A Rare Opportunity this Saturday Night
I promise to try hard not to use this space to promote programs. But once in a while I can’t resist.
This coming Saturday night, February 4th, we have a rare opportunity to experience a very unique performance on the life and teachings of the Apostle Paul. Since other than Christ, there may be no one person in history who has impacted the world as much as Paul, it’s certainly a life worth knowing.
Project Paul, as you may already have read, is an innovative performance that explores the life of the Apostle through theatre, music, video and light. Jonathan Roberts, its creator and performer, blends evocative music and visuals with Paul's original writings to bring one of the world's greatest historical figures to life.
Since it is a personal expression of faith, this is a performance that lends itself to secular and religious audiences alike. In other words, this would be a great event for you to invite along friends you think might also enjoy the performance. It’s an experience that promises to inspire dialogue, generosity and creativity. You might want to schedule a stop at your favorite local coffee shop afterwards to debrief.
Though I have yet to see the performance myself, Jim Zazzera and I have both been eager to do so after we’ve been exposed to it’s content secondhand. So, if you’re not already committed, join us this Saturday, February 4th, at 7:00 in the Faith sanctuary. There is no charge for admission (though an free will offering will be taken for those who might like to contribute).
I look forward to seeing you Saturday night and then again Sunday in worship!
Grace & Peace,
P.S. – Here’s a few reviews of Project Paul:Project Paul clearly had the tightest collaboration I've ever seen... It's a risk taking piece, but [Jonathon] committed himself as a performer...and behind that all is, of course, the idea that he composed the songs. So he knew exactly the shape he wanted. You just don't see that very often. I can't imagine anybody else doing it the way he did it.
–Fred Gaines, playwright and director
All of the components--the narrative, the drama, the acting, the music, the video--are all equally strong. There's a lot of depth with this piece. It's unusual to find such a strong performance art piece with a religious or, in this case, a Christian theme...It really has a strong message and it's very engaging...
– Matt Turner, Yamaha Performing Cellist
...There's something for everyone. If the story of Paul is part of your faith, it's going to be an incredible experience...a kind of a worship, if you will. If the story of Paul is not part of your particular faith, you're still going to be completely entranced by a full-on, sensory, theatrical presentation.
– Kathy Privatt, Professor of Theater, Lawrence University
Senior Shuttle: We are exploring ways to provide convenient shuttle service for older adults in our church, who live in the Greenhaven/Pocket neighborhood. We will be sending out a survey with an upcoming newsletter to find out what kinds of needs we have for this service. The survey will also be available online and in the Narthex.
Village SWAP Program: We’re looking into starting a ‘swap’ program that will allow us to share some of our talents and helpful but unique items – such as 30 foot ladders – with other members of the congregation. The idea will be to set up a way for church members to list items or services that they would like to make available to others, and also to make notes of things that are needed. If you’re interested, please email Suzie at email@example.com – and watch for news on the program as it develops!!
Welcome the New Year with New Learning!
Upcoming Adult Education Opportunities
Older Adult Group –
We are studying Robert Benson’s The Body Broken and we meet on Wednesday, February 1 at 2 – 3pm at the church. Jim Zazzera is the instructor.
Adult Sunday School –
We are beginning a study of the book of acts and the Holy Spirit on Sunday mornings from 9:30am – 10:30am each week. Alice Parente is the instructor.
Wednesday Evening Classes –
Fruitful Living Workshop
February 8th, 15th, 22nd from 7-8:30pm
Get in the car! I mean it! Get in the car!
Our son ran back inside for his homework. Our youngest still couldn’t find her shoes.
I faked patience.
Finally we were off….first to drive the morning carpool, then a quick breakfast meeting with a client. If the traffic cooperated, I would have extra two minutes to dash some paperwork into our CPA. I would have to pray as I drive today….right after I return a few calls on my cell phone.
Into my life and yours God speaks….
“Now the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.” Galatians 5:22-23.
Our lives are busy…really busy. Whether you are a home maker, a CEO, a laborer, or a pastor, the demands of life can be enormous. In fact it seems the more earnestly we desire to work hard for ourselves and our families, the more our lives can rob us of the joy and peace for which we were created.
To meet the demands of the day, how often do you sacrifice the Fruits of the Spirit? Are you too busy, or distracted to really enjoy your life? Do you not have time enough to lavish love on those you hold dear? Does getting your ToDo list accomplished require giving up peaceful days? Does a life marked by kindness, goodness, faithfulness gentleness and self control seem a fine ideal, but not attainable?
It does not have to be so. The Fruits of the Spirit are God’s promise to the faithful!
As we put our faith in Jesus Christ, God increases our love, joy and peace. God produces the Fruits of the Spirit in us and through us. Living by these fruits becomes a spiritual discipline and an act of faith.
As God’s own people we can learn to increase the Fruits of the Spirit in our lives.
Faith Presbyterian invites you to join us for our upcoming Adult Education class:
a workshop for really, really busy Christians
February 8th through February 22nd
This is a powerful, three-part class designed for people who desire to produce the Fruits of the Spirit consistently and abundantly in their lives. It is an innovative and entertaining approach to living a more faithful, satisfying life. Fruitful Living begins Wednesday, February 8th at 7:00 in the Choir room.
Over the three Wednesdays we will consider, Fruitful Thinking, Fruitful Time Management, and Fruitful Relationships.
In this course we will consider your real life challenges – and the places where the Fruits seem hardest to produce. You will learn new tools and practice new skills for producing the Fruits of the Spirit especially there!
Come taste the sweetness of the Fruits of Spirit in your life!
Leading the class will be Rev. Lydia Richards, M.Div. CPCC. She holds degrees in Divinity. She is a nationally certified Executive Coach and has a unique blend of life experience – as a stockbroker, pastor, hospice chaplain, public speaker, wife and mother of five. Questions, please call Pastor Jim Zazzera at the church.
First Supper Club is Sunday March 5
We begin the series on Sunday, March 5, continue on April 2, May 7 and end on June 4. All dinners usually start at 6:00 PM and last for approximately two hours.
There are eight people attending each of the dinners, and each month you will be rotating so that you will have a chance to host, provide salad, main course or dessert for the evening. Each month you will be with a different group of people so that you have a chance to get better acquainted with more people.
Please look for the sign up forms in the narthex and get your reservations in early so that we may get this off to a good start. This activity is for couples and singles. If you have any questions about the Supper Club, please contact Doran McDaniel at 683-4687.
March 17 – 19
Zephyr Point is hosting a Couples Weekend under the auspices of Presbyterian Marriage Encounter. The weekend is guided journey for married couples of all ages, faiths and backgrounds. At restful, beautiful Lake Tahoe, you will hear a series of presentations by the two leader couples, one clergy and one lay, centered on their own experiences. You will be inspired to explore your feelings about yourselves as individuals and as marriage partners.
This is not a marriage clinic or a counseling session. There are no group discussions and you are not required to disclose any aspect of your marriage.
Your guides will be Pastor Darel and Joretta Griffin of Alta Loma; and Mike and Martha Bodlovich of San Pedro. They have done these presentations for 25 years.
Cost is $375 per couple. Accommodations are like a modern motel, private and comfortable.
Mission Trip Dates
The first mission trip is a return to the Fresno area to work with Self Help Enterprises in sweat equity homebuilding. To take advantage of the varied spring breaks in our area, we are planning two short trips that could overlap, depending on participant's schedules. The first part of the trip would be April 9-13, and the second from April 11-13. If you have questions about the trip, or to reserve a spot, please call Conney Willis at 530-432-2318 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The summer mission trip has been tentatively set for the second week in August, with the Gulf Coast as the destination. As soon as dates and locations are confirmed, Mission Committee will announce them to the congregation and begin taking sign-ups.
It is a tradition of Faith Church to present a Bible to every student in our third grade class and to those above third grade who have not yet received their Bible. We ask the students to start to familiarize themselves with their Bibles by memorizing the books of the Bible and the Lord's Prayer.
A letter was sent out to those students we thought would be participating. However, if you know of someone who would like to participate and did not receive a letter please let me know so I can contact them. Thank You!
Children's Christian Ed. Coord.
New Faith Giver Teams
Preschool to Second 9:00 Jaime Huff / ????????? / ???????
Third to Fifth 9:00 Nick and Katie Kolitsos
Younger children 11:00 ???????? / ??????????
Older Children 11:00 Andeen Lovett, Sophia Bagby
Please prayerfully consider if you can fill in any of our question marks!
Children’s Ministries –News and Review
35 Parents came together Sunday, January 22nd, in two separate groups after each service to hear our Children’s Coordinator, Sue Kirk and Elder for Christian Education, Pam Rock speak about up coming opportunities for both parents and children to be involved in Sunday School, Westminister Woods, Vacation Bible School, Bible Presentations for our 3rd graders, and other activities supporting our Children’s Faith Journeys.
Thank you everyone for coming together to foster Children’s Ministries. Please turn in surveys to let us know dates and times you can participate. Contact Sue Kirk. 428-3439 or Pam Rock, 393-1493.
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.
In the coming weeks you are going to hear lots more about something our Adult Christian Education leaders are calling Life Groups. For those of you totally unfamiliar with that term, here are some basics:
What are they? Life Groups are small groups of people (6-10 ideally) that commit to meet regularly to grow together in their faith in Christ.
Who can belong? These groups are open to anybody in our church or community who has this desire to grow in faith and is willing to make a commitment to the group.
What do they do? A typical Life Group meeting will include Bible study (based on the Sunday morning sermon),
fellowship, and prayer. Put simply, it’s a time for friends to seek together how to apply God’s Word to their daily lives.
What would I have to commit? Members are asked to commit for 7 weeks at a time. At the end of each seven weeks there will be an opportunity to re-commit for another session.
Would I be assigned to a group? No. Everyone is allowed to choose a group that best fits them. There will be mixed groups, men’s groups, women’s groups, morning groups, evening groups, etc.
Groups can meet at church, in homes, at a coffee shop, wherever works best for the group members. We
are hoping to begin with at least 15-20 groups and grow from there.
Why should I join? If you are seriously interested in following Christ more faithfully in your life, we believe that being a part of a Life Group is one of the best things you can do towards that end.
How do I sign up? The first opportunity to join a group will be on January 15 and 22 after worship. Groups will be posted in the church narthex and individuals or couples will be encouraged to sign up in a group that best meets their needs. Groups will begin the week of January 29.
I still have questions! Join us in worship on January 8 & 15 and you’ll learn more. Or, feel free to speak to Jeff Chapman, Jim Zazzera or Alice Parente. They would love to tell you lots more! (If you would like to learn how you could be a Life Group leader, we’d also love to talk with you.)
Winter Foods That Boost Health
Winter squashes such as acorn and butternut are high in potassium, a mineral your body needs to support cardiovascular, bone, and
kidney health. The RealAge optimum dose of this mineral is 3,000 milligrams per day. Add cubed or mashed squash to soups, stews, casseroles, and stir-fries for extra flavor and nutrition.
One cup of cubed squash contains almost 900 milligrams of potassium. Winter squash
varieties include acorn, spaghetti, butternut, turnip, hubbard, banana, and carnival. These
potassium-rich gourds can be baked, boiled or steamed until the flesh is tender. Serve up squash as a side dish by pureeing butternut squash with a bit of olive oil, lime juice, and nutmeg. Or, serve it up as the main course by making a savory soup out of butternut squash, carrots, apples, sweet potatoes, olive oil, chives and spices. Other good sources of potassium include dried peaches and apricots, potatoes, bananas, watermelon, tomato paste and yogurt.
Broadway Tickets to Chicago Still Available
A few are tickets left for the Broadway Series production of Chicago! on Sunday, March 12. Tickets are $31.50 each.
The last day to sign up and pay for tickets is Sunday, February 5, since my payment date is early February. If you want tickets and have not signed up, please do it now on the form in the narthex
Crafters needlework for fun and charity
If you knit or crochet or would like to learn how to, come join our friendly group that meet every
Monday from 1 to 3 (in Room 2 at the church). We share patterns, yarn, technical tips, and especially lots of caring fellowship. As well as creating pretty things for our family, friends and ourselves, we have several ongoing knitting ministries. Each stitch is a prayer for the newborns at local hospitals, for Maryhouse, for victims of Katrina in Mississippi, and for the Guideposts Sweaters for Kids project.
We look forward to seeing you there, or if you have yarn you'd like to contribute to Crafters, we welcome having that, too! Please phone Ruth Burkinshaw at 393-3169 if you have any questions.
Successful Mini-Week for Family Promise
We hosted Family Promise for the fourth time (1/15-1/22) and again had a successful week. We started with no families and so 30+ volunteers who signed up for Sun, Mon and Tues were not able to participate. On Wednesday a mother and her 2 boys ages 9 & 16 were welcomed to Faith and then another family on Friday, a mother and her teenage son. As in the past our volunteers talked about how much they enjoyed eating, playing games, or talking with our guests. One of our guests this week said that she was treated with nothing but love and respect by everyone she met from our congregation, from the youngest to the oldest members. It truly is a blessing for all involved, guests and volunteers alike.
Thanks to those who signed up for Sun, Mon and Tues but were not able to serve this time: Lindsey Kammier, Katie Jelicich, Ilah Turner, Margaret Finch, Nancy Mirkin, the Popham family, Rhonda Hankey, Bethany Presbyterian, Liz Shahbazian, the Chapman family, Georgianne Becker, Julian Rich, Bill Frye, Tanya Anderson, Gary Cash, Colby Ainsworth, and the Kincaids.
When we got the call that families were on their way, our COD’s (Coordinators of the Day) did a great job making sure that everything ran smoothly for their volunteer teams. Thank you to the following Faith members:
Marthe Sweet and her Wednesday team: Hal Turner, Kevin Hefner, Jeff Brown, Kyle Markuson, Janet Leader, Caryn Davis, Morgan Davis, Kori Davis, Audrey Sherfy, Paul and Betty Keller,
Jane Owen and her Thursday team: Marlene Calbo, Andeen Lovett, Joyce Hathaway, Nancy Mitchel, Emma Ebeling, Scott Peifer, Chuck Bell and Margi Willey.
Mary Nabers and her Friday team: Sandi Bilbo, Natalie Reyes, Shari Reyes, Vicky Chastain, Sally Ravas, Hilde Tetlow, Danny Helow, Jim Tracy, Nate Barton, Jo and Larry Thommen.
Gwen Markuson and her Saturday team: Ian Campbell, Roy Bagby, Molly Bagby, Lara Roach, Debbie Barton, Dwayne and Conney Willis. Thanks to Gwen for Saturday’s highlight: a craft activity making fleece scarves.
A special thank you to our behind the scenes crew: Gwen Markuson and Carol Eichelman for help with last minute set up on Wednesday; Ken Finch and Jim Tracy for Sunday take down; Julia King, Ann Johnson and Patti Bill for laundry, and our church staff who support the program in numerous ways during the week. Kudos to Wally Smith who faithfully moves our Family Promise refrigerator not once but twice each rotation!
Family Promise is back on track with a full house of 4 families now. They moved on to Rancho Cordova United Methodist Church where they have enjoyed the same love and support they receive at our church. Future church hosts are: Florin United Methodist, Trinity Episcopal, Carmichael Presbyterian, St. John’s Lutheran, Sierra Arden United Church of Christ, St. Mark’s United Methodist and the Unitarian Universalist Society. Our next rotation will be the week of April 9 to 15th. We hope you will take a look at the white board in the hall and sign up to be a part of this great mission of our church. Cynthia Crow and Sue Hooper
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.
Bob McCarroll Ken Finch
|Bill & Em Baker|
Ken & Patty Bloomberg Jean Kern
Larry & Noreen Freund
Jeff & Kelly Morang
|Jim & Betty Park|
Jarvis & Glenda Arellano
Dick & Betty McClure
Madline & Kurt Carpenter
|Joe Parente||Brien Bell|
Kitty Tatro Jarvis Arellano
Barbara Powell Charlie Tucker
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