Faith Presbyterian Church
Volume 31, Number 1 January 3, 2006
625 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95831
Munchies Bible Study 9:00am
CREW Bible Study 2-3pm
January 11 Older Adult Discussion Group
January 15 Family Promise Training 12:15.
Family Promise starts 5:00pm
January 15 A Look at Faith Class 12-4:30pm
January 29 Congregational Meeting 10:15
Faith’s week for Family promise is from 5:00pm Sunday January 15th to 8:00am Sunday January 22.
If you are a new volunteer, please plan to attend a brief training session after the second service on January 15, in Link Hall. Sue Hooper and Cynthia Crow will conduct the session and welcome any volunteers who have questions.
On Sunday January 22 after the second service, there will be a debriefing meeting in Link Hall. If you have questions or comments about the week, we look forward to seeing you there.
Why I’m Looking Forward in 2006
This New Year’s my family and I plan to be back in Omaha for a week. This will be our first trip back since we moved from Nebraska to come here to Faith in the late summer of 2004. If nothing else, I’ve got to go back once in awhile and experience near-zero temperatures to renew my appreciation for California winters!
I’m sure while we have an opportunity to re-connect with friends from our last church we’ll spend some time looking back and remembering all that God did during that time of our lives. My hunch is, however, that mostly I’ll still be looking forward.
You see, I’m eager for 2006. Some of my eagerness is for personal reasons. I can’t wait to see how my children will continue to grow and what adventures lay in store for my family. I’m excited to coach t-ball and soccer again. I’m looking forward to some planned vacations, including our first family Disneyland experience later in the year.
But I’m also eager for what is going to happen here at church. To be honest, I’m not really sure what 2006 holds for this congregation. God’s never been one to let me in too early on his plans for this or any other church. Still, I do have a sense that this year is pregnant with promise and opportunity for Faith.
Here’s a short list of some of the things I’m anticipating:
-The beginning of Life Groups this January. If you haven’t heard much about these new small groups yet, you soon will. I can’t wait to see what God does in people’s lives through these comunities.
-Watching more and more members of our church discover their God-given gifts and passions which will lead them into joyful service for Christ. I love seeing this happen!
-The opportunity to take four months to preach through the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). There is probably no greater section of scripture that more clearly outlines Jesus’ understanding for a life centered around following him. I can’t wait to get started.
-The continued expansion of our mission to the poor. Among other things, this past year brought the advent of Family Promise. This year I know God wants to stretch us even further.
-The planned arrival of a third pastor this coming fall. Who knows what new vision or leadership he or she will bring to this ministry?
-The continued expansion of our ministry to children and families. This has long been an area of the church close to my heart.
-The new faces who will walk through our doors. Every week God brings new people here (and people back who haven’t been here in some time!). I can’t wait to meet the new friends God will lead here.
Again, I really don’t know what God will bring. But I’m eager to find out. And, if nothing else, I’m certain that if we have eyes open to see and hearts willing to follow, we will see God use us in 2006 in unexpected and remarkable ways. I hope you see it the same way.
I look forward to worshipping with you this coming Sunday and serving alongside you this coming year.
Yours in Christ,
Monthly Prayer Gathering on January 4th
You are invited to join others from Faith on Wednesday, January 4th, from 6:00-7:00 in the Faith Sanctuary for a Gathering of Prayer. We will take time to pray together for our congregation, community and world. People are invited to participate at their own comfort level. We would love to have you join us. Questions? Please contact pastor Jeff Chapman.
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: Everything I needed to know I learned from small groups.
Well, not really – but for me so much of life is discovered in conversation will small groups of people. I have learned a great deal from books. I have gained new insights from sermons, lectures, and classes. I have gathered new information from my travels. But a lot of the really important stuff has been given to me by small communities of people. It could be a family, a circle of friends, a quick conversation, or a long evening of thinking together – but I have found myself nurtured and challenged by small gatherings of trusted people.
As a church, we have tried to create opportunities for people to benefit from this kind of opportunity – in committees, in classes, in prayer circles. But this month you will be hearing a lot about a new initiative into which you are being invited by the leadership of this congregation. We are calling these new groups “Life Groups” and it is our hope that every church member will take advantage of this opportunity to grow in faith.
Simply put, “Life Groups” will be groups of 6 - 10 people who will commit to meet weekly for 7 weeks at a time to reflect on Scripture, our lives, and where God is leading us. Each week will been an opportunity not only to learn but to pray for and enjoy each other’s company. It is our hope that people will commit to these Life Groups for a full three sessions – taking us into early summer.
You will hear more detail about these groups elsewhere in the life of this church. You will get more information about signups, Scripture teachings, leadership etc. soon. But let me leave you with this thought. It has been said by some that “we don’t so much interpret Scripture as Scripture interprets us.” Life Groups are many things – but one of the most important things about this process is that it gives us an opportunity to lay our lives before the God we know in Scripture and be guided, comforted, and interpreted by that God. It is one was of discovering how God gives meaning to our lives.
I look forward to sharing this experience with you.
We Thank Thomas Stahl
Thomas Stahl will be leaving his position as guest organist at Faith with the return of May Tucker to her regular duties as Director of Music in Worship. Everyone has appreciated Tom Stahl’s fine music, especially his offertory and postlude performances. Thank you for helping in Faith’s time of need.
8:00-9:00 PM January 4, 11, 18 KVIE Channel 6
WALKING THE BIBLE
Toward the Promised Land: Forty Years in the Desert
On three consecutive Wednesdays in January, best-selling author Bruce Feiler makes a 10,000-mile odyssey to explore the greatest stories ever told--in the settings where they occurred. His quest takes him to the birthplace of civilization, in search of Noah's ark, and more.
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 this month on Wednesday, January 11th 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 –
This gathering begins again on January 18th and two classes are upcoming.
January 18, January 25th, and February 1st from 7-8:30pm
Rob Bell’s “Nooma” Series Scripture Study and Video –
Explore basic faith themes in a creative and engaging way with themes like
Luggage: What difference does forgiveness make?
Flame: What is real love?
Kickball: What is missing from our lives?
Jim Zazzera is the instructor.
February 8th, 15th, 22nd from 7-8:30pm
Fruitful Living: A Workshop for really, really busy Christians
The course is a workshop for busy Christians who want God-in-Christ to shape their lives. The course includes these three segments:
Fruitful Time Management
The instructor will be the Rev. Lydia Richards a Presbyterian pastor and member of the Presbytery of Sacramento.
Saving Energy Dollars
The cost of maintaining our facilities continues to rise as the cost of goods and services goes up. We recently replaced our lights in the sanctuary and narthex and It was a time-consuming, costly process. It began with the removal of the narthex doors to accommodate the special lift equipment. Thanks to Bill Baker, Bert Brown, Ken Finch and Howard Payne for their assistance. Twelve hours later the job was completed, the lift equipment removed and the doors replaced. The cost for this job which included replacing 230 flood lights, spot lights, halide lamps, frost lamps, halide ballasts, 2000w dimmers and plywood for the lift and labor amounted to $5,145. Fortunately, this task is necessary only every four or jive years.
We are also experiencing higher costs for our utilities and services. For example, our SMIJD bill for the period November 11,2005, to December 13,2005, was $1,296. The bill last yearwas for $1,022. Some of this is due to greater use of our facilities, hut there have been instances where lights have been left on all night in some rooms. Lets all save energy and money by being careful to turn lights and heat off when not needed.
Wally Smith, Elder
Property Maintenance & Building
Need a bale of straw?
We have four bales free for the taking! Genuine Bethlehem stuff. For more information contact Sue Kirk (firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-367-4572)
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.
Children listen to Cheryl Finch
Cheryl Finch, a student at San Francisco
Theological Seminary and a member of our church, talks with the children and preaches the sermon here at Faith on January 1st, 2006
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.)
Paying Taxes in Church?
Per Capita Explained
Did you know that Faith Presbyterian Church is asked to pay $17.00 per member every year to our denomination? Is this a church tax? Well, not quite.
The fee, known as Per Capita, is a voluntary payment which congregations can make to help support the larger church. As you may know, Faith is a part of a much larger body, the Presbyterian Church (USA). As a connectional church we believe it is God’s desire that we share in mission, community and worship with those beyond the walls of our own congregation. This certainly is to extend beyond Presbyterians, but our own denomination is a good place to start.
So where will the over $7,000 go that Faith plans to send in Per Capita payments in 2006? A portion of it goes to support the General Assembly, the governing body of our denomination. There it helps to fund, among other things, General Assembly meetings, staff, ecumenical work, office space, and other administrative costs.
A much larger portion of Per Capita goes to our denominational mission budget where it helps fund congregational, national and worldwide missions. Funds sent by Faith can end up helping, for example, plant a new church in a growing area of Sacramento, assisting in hurricane Katrina relief in Louisiana, and aiding victims of an earthquake in India. There are literally hundreds of ministries that receive support through these funds. How exciting it is to know that dollars we send can have such a far reaching impact in our world!
The Session of Faith is asking this year that members consider making the Per Capita payment above and beyond your annual pledge. If you choose to do so, it will help us use funds we have normally committed to Per Capita for the local ministry and mission of Faith. If you are able, we would ask that you use the designated envelope in the front of your pledge box to make this payment of $17.00 per church member in your family (children of members and inactive members are not asked to pay Per Capita). If we all were able to make this small extra commitment, it would amount to another $7,000 we can use for God’s work here at Faith.
Whether or not you are able to make this extra payment this year, at least be encouraged that funds being sent from this congregation in this small corner of the world are having far-reaching effects for the Kingdom!
By the way, if you want to know more about Per Capita, feel free to visit the PCUSA web page at www.pcusa.org/dollarsandsense
The Healthy Heart 'Miracle' is Magnesium
Very few are aware of the enormous role magnesium plays in their body. In fact,
without sufficient magnesium your heart would stop beating and the doctors would then call it a 'heart attach' (the number one cause of death in America). You see, without adequate levels of magnesium, your heart suffers. Magnesium helps coordinate the activity of the heart muscle and the functioning of the nerves that initiate the heart beat. It actually helps keep coronary arteries from going into spasms, an action that can cause the intense chest pain known as angina. Magnesium may also play a part in reducing blood pressure by allowing the blood to flow more freely and relaxing the muscles that control the blood vessels.
Magnesium is one of the most important minerals in your body, activating over 300
different biochemical reactions, all necessary for your body to function properly. After
oxygen, water, and basic food, magnesium may be the most important element needed by your body.
Magnesium sources are green leafy vegetables, cereal grasses, barley, wheat rye and oats, almonds, cashews, peanuts and dried figs.
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.
Do You Have a Passion for the Heifer Project,
Crop Walk, or Mission Trips?
Do you have a passion for, or are you interested in a particular area of mission – the Heifer Project, Blood Drives, Crop Walk, Special Offerings, Mission trips, building relationships with local churches, or those devastated by the wave of hurricanes in the last two years?
The Mission Committee is looking for people who would be interested in coordinating these activities. Each project generally takes place once a year, and would not require attending regular monthly committee meetings, unless you wished to. There is a procedures manual, and people with lots of experience ready to walk you through any project you would like to help make happen. Some of our best experiences come about when two or more people share the same vision, and we would love to try to match you with a co-coordinator.
If any of these mission activities are of special interest to you, or if you have another area in which you would like to help Faith become involved, please call Conney Willis, Mission Elder, at 530-432-2318 or email at email@example.com.
Session Notes for December
Carolyn Jaynes was accepted as a new member.
The Annual Congregational meeting will be held on January 29, 2006 at 10:15 am. At the last Presbytery meeting, Pastor Chapman was elected to the Presbytery Council.
The Lay Ministry Committee is concentrating on ways and means of getting each person involved in the church in some manner. The classes “Gifts & Passions”, the “Looking at Faith” and resulting surveys have resulted in several people stating an interest in becoming active in some area of service.
Adult Education is moving forward on plans for Life Groups—small groups that will meet in various places at various times under the leadership of those who have volunteered for the service. Training will be January 22, 2006.
In conjunction with the Reincorporation process, there will be some minor changes made to the By-Laws relative to accommodating the Nominating Committee earlier completion process.
The Associate Pastor Nomination Committee reports several Personnel Information Forms have been received at this time.
The FPC Nominating Committee has met with several who have evidenced an interest in serving as an elder or deacon and is confident the vacancies will be filled shortly.
Submitted by Joyce Hathaway
The two elves are Pastors Jim and Jeff, just after the Advent supper and just before leading caroling on December 21st.
Singers treating in-home members to carols, conversation, and Christmas wishes were inspired in return by their responses and those of some of their neighbors as they listened to the singing and often joined in.
Tutoring in Math; Now Add English
Most of you know that for a while now I have been working with students who want help with math on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. It became a little more challenging this year after I stepped in to substitute for a principal for a “couple weeks.” That “couple weeks” has now been three months, but the end is in sight sometime in mid-January. Meanwhile, I am continuing to help students in math on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but we’re just starting a little later. We will start again at 4 p.m. on January 9; I’ll move it back to 3:30 p.m. as soon as I am back to retirement.
Betty Starr-Joyal, a retired English teacher from McClatchy High School who has been attending Faith regularly, would like to start working with me and helping any student who needs assistance with his/her English homework. Betty says she is familiar with just about any novel high school students read because she has taught them all, and she also can help students with writing assignments and other English homework. Neither of us knows what need exists in this subject field. Because Betty must arrange for transportation, it would be beneficial for her to know who plans to attend in advance of each session. If you would like to know more about what Betty can do for your son or daughter, please feel free to call her at 427-9054. If she is not home, leave a message and she will call you back. Barbara Tracy
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
Tickets to Chicago Still Available
There are still a few tickets left for the Broadway Series production of Chicago! on Sunday, March 12. Tickets are $31.50 each. I will have to pay for these tickets in early February so the last day to sign up and pay for tickets is Sunday, February 5. If you want tickets and have not signed up, please do it now on the form in the narthex. Any questions can be directed to Barbara Tracy at 428-0311.
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.
Marthe Sweet Dallas Love
|Mary Nabers Marvette Swayzer|
Carol & Howard Frank
|Jim & Betty Park|
Hal & Ilah Turner
Dick & Betty McClure
|Walt & Doran McDaniel|
Barbara & Jim Tracy
Glenda & Jarvis Arellano
Kitty Tatro Jarvis Arellano
|Barbara Powell Charlie Tucker|
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