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PresbyNews

Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 30, Number 16 July 19, 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

CREW

(Sr. High School Fellowship)

Bible Study

Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm.

Kelsey Ingalls 428-3439.

Munchies (Jr. High Fellowship) Game Night

Thursdays 7-8:30 pm.

Kelsey Ingalls 428-3439.

Young Adult (College Age)

Bible Study

Sundays 7 pm.

Kelsey Ingalls 428-3439

 

August 3       6-7:00pm Prayer Gathering

August 6 - 13  Mission Trip to Yucatan

August 7    Blood Drive at St Anthony's

August 7    1st Sunday Food Closet Bags

August 21  Informational meeting re Confirmation Class

July 24-31 Family Promise returns to Faith (new date)

July 18 -22 Vacation Bible School. 

September 4 Food Closet Bags on 1st Sunday

September 16, 17, 18  Faith Family Retreat

October 2  Harvest Dinner & Auction

October 8 Golf tournament

FAITH ALL-CHURCH RETREAT UPDATE

 

If you are planning to attend this year’s All-Church Retreat, you need to get your registration in now. If you have attended in the past and waited to register, that may not be possible this year. Only four rooms are left. Those wanting to go should call Ilah Turner at 428-8716 ASAP to reserve a room. If funds are an issue, please feel free to speak confidentially to one of the pastors about financial support. Funds are available for this purpose.

A Gathering For Prayer

All are invited to join Pastor Jeff on August 3 from 6:00-7:00 in the Faith Sanctuary for a time of prayer.  In addition to praying for our congregation, our community and our world, we will spend time praising God for his character and work in our lives.  Our hope is to hold these gatherings the first Wednesday of each month.  Even if you are only able to come for a portion of the time, please do join us.  Questions?  Speak to Jeff Chapman.

 

                              

Faith Presbyterian Church

A Guide for Prayer

August 3 , 2005

 

Ephesians 6:18 instructs us to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”  Please join others in this congregation this month in your prayer time as we lift up to God the needs, hurts and hopes of our congregation, community and world.  Below are some suggested items for prayer.  Certainly you know of other needs we can lift up in prayer.  Consider this a place to begin. 

 

Psalm of the Day – Psalm 46

 

Prayer Requests

For Our World

•           For world leaders in every nation, that they would serve with justice, compassion and integrity.

•           For our nation.  For our leaders: our President, Congress, and others, that they may rely upon God in their decisions. 

•           For our troops serving all across the world, and their families here at home.

•           For God’s intervention in the lives of the people hardest hit by the tsunami, and for the relief volunteers working to serve those in need.

•           For those who live in parts of this world where chaos reigns.  For refugees, and prisoners, and those persecuted for their faith.

•           For the peace in places where there is now conflict, particularly the Middle East, Pakistan, India, North Korea, Africa, etc.

•           For missionaries, known and unknown to us, that serve around the world to share the love of Christ.

•           For racial reconciliation in our nation. 

•           For Christians around this world who do not have freedom to worship and fellowship and are experiencing persecution.

•           For widespread repentance and renewal in our nation.

•           For our renewal and unity within the PCUSA.

•           For the environment of our world.  That people would become good stewards of our world.

•           For those who have been affected by natural disasters (tornadoes, floods, fires, etc.)

•           For those in the Yucatan (Mexico) we are going to serve this August in the village of Kantunilkin.

For Our Community

•           For those people in our community, many of them our friends, who do not yet know the hope and love of Christ. 

•           That the hearts in our city would be broken for the poor in our community.

•           For our mayor and other leaders in Sacramento, that they would serve with integrity and humility.

•           For an end to violence in Sacramento.

•           For unity of mind and spirit amongst the congregations in Sacramento.

•           For young people who are caught up in violence and/or drug and alcohol abuse.

•           For elderly in our city who have no family or                        friends.

•           For the ministries of Family Promise, Loaves & Fishes, SSIP Food Closet, and others who serve the poor of our city.

•           For people in our midst who are lonely.

•           For those who serve us in our community, including teachers, police officers, fire fighters, elected officials, etc.

 

For Our Ministry

•           That God would teach all of us here to be more faithful in prayer.

•           For our worship on Sundays, that our music, and preaching and prayers would bring glory to God For guests who come that they would sense the welcome of Christ in this place.

•           For our elders as they seek God’s leading in providing direction for our congregation.

•           For our deacons as they care for others in our community.

•           For our pastors, Jim and Jeff.

•           For our music ministry and it’s leaders (Dennis, May, etc.)

•           For our children and youth, that they would know the grace and love of Jesus.  For our leaders (Sue, Kelsey, etc.).  For our upcoming VBS.

•           For the mission of our church. 

•           For the small groups and adult classes that are forming or already underway.

•           That God would show us specifically how we are to serve those in our neighborhood and community.

 

For Our Congregation (People)

•           For our members who are now in the hospital or recovering from surgery or undergoing treatment. 

•           For those in our church family grieving the recent death of a loved one.

•           For those in our church family who are in the military, facing incredible tension at this time.

•           For marriages and families in our church.

•           For each of us to discover a ministry in which to serve according to our gifts and passion.

•           For those who are new to our church and still trying to connect and build relationships.

•           For those people in our congregation who may struggle with addictions.

•           For more and more bridges to be built between our older and younger members.

•           For parents who are working to teach their children about Christ. 

•           For our college students who are away at school, that God would lead them to find Christian fellowship.

•           For those who suffer from chronic illness.

•           For caregivers to have time to be renewed.

 

Continue to Pray for May Tucker and her family

As many of you know, our Director of Music in Worship, May Tucker, was involved in a serious auto accident                                                                                                      accident near Willets on Sunday July 10. Her father was killed. May and her mother suffered serious injuries

and were takento a hospital in Santa Rosa.

Son Preston did not suffer serious injuries. Byron was not with them.

 Please continue ot keep May and her family in your prayers during these difficult days. 

Notes of encouragement can be sent to May's home in Sacrameno.

Pastor Jeff Says:

"Remembering"

While I was away Sunday, July 10th, I had the opportunity to preach at Trinity Presbyterian Church in San Carlos, the church in which I grew up.  The last time I spoke from that pulpit was in 1983.  As a high school student I had just returned from our summer mission project to Mexico and I was sharing how I had seen God at work during the week. 

 

Let me tell you, my perspective from the vantage point has changed over the last 22 years.

 

Going back down the road you have traveled on this journey of faith and remembering where you have come from is something all of us should do from time to time.  Maybe more than any other area of life, in matters of faith hindsight is 20/20.  As a 17 year old back then I had very little idea about who I really was, and less idea about where God was leading me.  Looking back all these years, however, I can see that God’s plans in my life were being worked out all around me.  People came into my life by no accident.  Circumstances, I’m certain of it now, were orchestrated by God.  Even the most difficult trials I faced were all used by God to direct me towards Him, if I was willing to follow.

 

In some ways I’m not that different today.  I suppose I know a little more.  Hopefully my experience has taught me a few things.  I’m still making mistakes, but hopefully not the same ones.  But I still, at times, tend to wonder where God is leading me, or if he is leading me at all.  That’s why it’s still good for me to remember.

 

I believe that the farther back you honestly look in your life, the less able you are to doubt the faithfulness of God.  That’s why God always wants us to remember.  The Bible is full of God’s encouragement never to forget the ways he has been faithfulness in the past.  And so if this happens to be a time of struggle and discouragement for you, perhaps the best thing you can do is take a trip back in time to remember how, along the way, God has always been faithful.

 

I look forward to together worshipping on Sunday this God of ours who never lets us down!

 

In Christ,

 

Jeff

Family Promise

              As you know, our week for Family Promise is from 5:00pm Sunday July 23rd to 8:00am Sunday July 31st.

              If you are a volunteer and/or missed the training in April, please attend a brief training session after the second service on July 24. Any volunteers with questions are also welcome to attend. The training will be in Room 5 with Cynthia Crow and Sue Hooper.

 

              On Sunday July 31, after the second service, there will be a debriefing meeting in Room 8. If you have comments or questions about the week, we look forward to seeing you there.

                                          Sue Hooper & Cynthia Crow

Van Etten Thanks Faith

 

I would like to thank the members of Faith Church who have sent get well cards and have visited me in the hospital and at home during my recovery from hip surgery.

    Your prayers, concerns and well wishes are greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks,

Bill Van Etten

Lay Ministry Committee Meeting Dates

 

Attention anyone interested in joining the Lay Ministry Committee:  The meeting dates are set for the 3rd Sunday of the month following the second service (about 12:15).  However there is one exception. Because the Faith Fall Retreat concludes on Sept 18, Lay Ministry will meet on Sept 25.

Glenda Arellano [garellan@ix.netcom.com]

 

Dick and Flo Rieber

 

It’s my pleasure to introduce to you Dick and Flo Rieber.  They are 29 year residents of the Greenhaven/Pocket area and have been married 61 ½ years.  Dick worked for Standard Oil for 38 years and has been retired since 1985.  Flo was a stay-at-home mom.  For the last 20 years, she volunteered for the Sacramento Children’s Home and received a 5000 hours pin.  They have 4 children, 3 girls and 1 boy.  Two live in Idaho and two in the Pocket area.  Ruth and Carroll Collier, new members this winter, introduced them to Faith.    The fellowship, the singing, the preaching by two young inspiring ministers has lead them to join Faith.

                                                                            Session Sponsor Glenda Arellano

Confirmation Class Informational Meeting

August 21    12:30 - 1:15

 

We are past due for a confirmation class here at Faith, but we are planning on making up for lost years this fall.  Any youth going into the 9th grade or above are welcome to join us this fall and become members of Faith Presbyterian Church. Confirmation, as you may know, is the process by which young people can deeply explore their faith and consider church membership.  Pastor Jeff Chapman and Kelsey Ingalls will lead this course which will also include mentors for each of our students   The class will begin in early October, but we have an informational meeting on the 21st of August right after the second service.  It is going to be a short meeting to explain what the confirmation class will look like and to answer any questions you may have.  The informational meeting is simply to find out about the course and it is totally noncommittal.  Both youth and parents are encouraged to come to the meeting in August.  Jeff and I have some cool ideas for the class and we hope to see you on the 21st.  If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call either Jeff or Kelsey at the church. 

Notes from Session July 11, 2005

 

Richard and Florence Rieber were welcomed as new members of Faith.

 

Attendance records show a definite increase over last year’s figures.

 

Rev. Sandy Pierce from the Committee on the Office of General Assembly conducted a survey relative to training of Fldcrs and Deacons. General Assemble committee is working to establish training guidelines for churches nationwide.

 

Stewardship Secretary, 1)cbbic Kanner reviewed data for 2005 as to amounts given and the method used to record gifts. A new form for the statement was distributed and will be sent out twice a year.

 

Session will be holding a special wetting on July 25th to discuss the proposals from the Long Range Planning committee relative to items in the Mission Study

 

Fellowship Elder, l)oran McDAniel announced that there will he a pot luck dinner on Augusts 28 at 6:30. As well as the usual silent auction, a group of musical missionaries will be present. The group supports Eagles Wings, the Centre for Disadvantaged Children and a Love Offering will be taken to donate to this cause.

 

Appointment of a task force to work on completion of the re-incorporation and the audit of accounting records was approved.

 

Elders were requested to bring their “dream budgets” for 2006 to the August meeting.

 

Property maintenance continues to do miscellaneous up-keep chores about the building and the landscaping. Work day resulted in a great deal being done. Work is still in process with Cingular Wireless negotiations

Food Closet Temps

        Food Closet needs temporary help during the summer, Can you spare 3 hours (9:00am to noon)? Call Arlene to find out what day she needs you. 428-5290  Or just show up and help for an hour or two. Food Closet is at Bethany Presbyterian Church, Fruitridge Rd and 24th Street.

Sunday School News

Full-time office position open at Westminster Woods on our program staff Need great phone skills, attention to detail, computer experience, and a love for ministry. Call Sheila Denton (701)874-2426 x 613 or email Sheila@westminsterwoods.org to inquire.

 

Day at The Woods: You are invited to the annual Summer Celebration at Westminster Woods on Saturday August 6th from 1 -5pm. Walk the beautiful grounds, enjoy a delicious barbecue picnic, visit our outdoor labyrinth; and immerse yourself in the camp spirit as we sing and celebrate The day is free to all, but please call (707)874-2426, extension 0 or email info@westminsterwoods.org so we can cook for you.

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Children’s Ministry Meeting

 

              Who wants more children’s programs or activities? Well, come on over to a Children’s Ministry meeting on August 28 at 12:15New Faith members are welcome to come and brainstorm and have some fun discussing plans for the kids at Faith Church and beyond. You don’t have to have kids to help on this ministry team. Call Pam Rock at 393-1493 for information or to present ideas.

Birthdays

             

 

Sunday School Lessons for July

 

Take a quiet moment, read the Bible passage with your child.  Great discussion can follow!

                                                       Psalm 23                 God is Like a Shepherd

                                                       Matthew 23:37        God's Sheltering Love

                                                        Hosea 11 :1-4         God is Like a Loving Parent

                                                        Psalm 62:5-7          God is Like a Rock

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    Sunday School for grades P - 5 is offered at the 9:00 and 11:00 service.  During the 11:00 times the students are being taught some  uplifting and joyous songs by Esther Chapman.  Please come join us!  Last Sunday we  updated our "Helping Hands" wall.  Ask your child where their hand is?  If they did not have the opportunity to add it , please have them tell us

 

There is a sign up sheet for Sunday School on the door of the Room 3 office.  We have several volunteers but can use many more.  We will be setting a date to discuss the Sunday School program with the congregation.  This will be a time to come and see the curriculum, ask about our philosophy, or anything else that may come to mind.  Please watch for the date!

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Full-time office position open at Westminster Woods on our program staff Need great phone skills, attention to detail, computer experience, and a love for ministry. Call Sheila Denton (701)874-2426 x 613 or email Sheila@westminsterwoods.org to inquire.

 

Day at The Woods: You are invited to the annual Summer Celebration at Westminster Woods on Saturday August 6th from 1 -5pm. Walk the beautiful grounds, enjoy a delicious barbecue picnic, visit our outdoor labyrinth; and immerse yourself in the camp spirit as we sing and celebrate The day is free to all, but please call (707)874-2426, extension 0 or email info@westminsterwoods.org so we can cook for you.

Don & Sue Moak have a new address:

 

267 Mill Valley Circle South

Sacto CA 95835  Phone # same  515-4942

 

Tanya Anderson has a new E-mail address:    shinwusa@yahoo.com

Health Ministries

A Better Sandwich Choice

 

You may want to pass on the pastrami sandwich in favor of a peanut butter sandwich instead.

 

Frequently eating rod and processed meats, such as steak, cord cuts, and

pastrami may increase a person’s risk of colon cancer, a new study reports. Opt

for healthier protein choices, such as tofu, legumes, fish, nuts, seeds, and peanut

butter, and limit red meat servings to one or less per week.

 

               Approximately 150000 new cases of colorectal cancer are

diagnosed each year in the United States. Colorectal cancer is the third most

common type of cancer in both man and women and is responsible for roughly

57,000 deaths each year. In a recent study, people whose diets contained the

greatest amount of red and processed meats had the highest risk of colorectal

cancer. In addition to limiting red meat in your diet another way to protect the

health of your colon is to get adequate amounts of fiber. Aim for at least 25 grams

of fiber per day from whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables. Other risk

factors for colorectal cancer include having a family history of colon cancer; having

a personal history of colon polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, or diabetes; being

over the age of 50, inactive, or overweight: and using tobacco products or

consuming excessive amounts of alcohol. Make sure to stay on top of colon Cancer

screening as directed by your healthcare provider, too.

Get Gaither Tickets Now

 

Please get your Gaither Concert reservations in now by signing the sheet in the narthex. I will be placing an order this coming week in order to guarantee that we get the best possible seats. Although my contact indicates that I can get additional seats later, there is no guarantee that they will be as good or that they will be with the group. Tickets are $17.95 (and that includes a free CD). Checks should be made payable to Faith Presbyterian Church. If you have questions, call Barbara Tracy at 428-0311.

If you don’t sign up by July 23rd and still want to go, you can obtain tickets at the regular price plus a service fee by calling 916-528-8497. 

         

Rivercats on Friday, August 12.

Don’t forget that we have one more Faith outing to the Rivercats on Friday, August 12. Tickets are $16, and you can sign up in the narthex. The last day to sign up with be Sunday, July 23. Call Barbara Tracy if you have any questions.

Free Music in July

     Saturday nights in July from 6 -8:00pm at the Greenhaven Lutheran Church, 475 Florin Rd. You can sing along, dance to the beat or just enjoy the music. You can browse and even buy work by professional artists. Hot dogs and snacks can be purchased. Since it is outdoors, bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating.

 July 23 North of Disorder.   Favorite songs plus a lot of fun.

 July 30 Mercy Cries    Gospel songs all ages can enjoy.

Potluck and Music

 

An evening of food, fellowship and musical entertainment is planned for Sunday, August 28, beginning at 6:30 PM. Mark your calendars now so that you won’t miss this fun event.

 

A group of rnissionaries from Australia, Mark, Graham and Sonya, will be

with us and will be performing for us after the potluck. Their music sounds

a lot like Simon and Garfunkel and promises to be very entertaining.

 

The group is on a tour of the United States raising funds for Eagles Wings, a ministry that helps the poverty-stricken children and AIDS orphans of Zambia. All expenses for the tour are taken care of, so the Love Offering that we will be collecting will go entirely to Eagles Wings.

 

Please use the following breakdown when preparing your food for the evening:

A-E             Salad                  F-O Main Dish                      P-Z Dessert

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Doran McDaniel (683-4687)

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Worship Helpers

 

July 24

July 31

Worship Service

9:00am

9:00am

Worship Assistant

Janet Leader

Barbara Tracy

Ushers

Jim & Betty Park

Mary Nabers Marvette Swayzer

Greeters

Janet, David, Ross Leader

Em & Bill Baker

Sound

David Nash

Don Sperling

Coffee Preparers

Jim & Betty Park

Hal & Ilah Turner

Acolytes

Catherine Smith

Zoe Bill

Worship Service

11:00am

11:00am

Worship Assistant

Erin & Sarah Ainsworth

David Nash

Ushers

Walt & Doran McDaniel

John & Sally Ravas

Greeters

Barbara & Jim Tracy         Melodi Andreson

Jarvis & Glenda Arellano      Ann Johnson

Sound

George Warner

George Warner

Coffee Servers

Marcella Fodor

Ruth Warner

Tellers

Kitty Tatro     Jarvis Arellano

Barbara Powell Charlie Tucker

Acolytes

Nina Dramer

Samantha Parillo

Published by Faith Presbyterian Church

625 Florin Road, Sacramento CA

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Susie Hughes (susan_hughes@synectics.net)

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Marthe Sweet (marthesweet@earthlink.net)

Jeff Chapman, Pastor

Jim Zazzera, Associate Pastor

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