PresbyNews

Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 32, Number 15 July 24, 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

Crunchies (CREW + Munchies)

Summer Nites

Thursdays 7 - 9:00pm

 

July 28 - August 4  Mission Trip

July 29 Coffee with the Ethiopians

August 12th Mission Team Celebration

September 14 - 16 Faiths Annual Fall Retreat


Faith Pictorial Directories Have Arrived

 

        Remember way back in February and March when you had your portrait taken for our new directory? Well, the directories have arrived and are in the narthex for you to take home. Everyone whose photo appears in the directory has a copy of the directory with his or her name on it. We have some extra copies available and we’ll also place a couple directories in the Welcome Centers.


Faith Softball Team Wins Title!

Congratulations to the Faith Presbyterian Church softball team which, this week, won the church league championship.  In addition to winning the championship, they completed an undefeated season!  Well done!


 

 

Pastor Jim Speaks of Community

“The physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together.

 

I used to think we could invent community. Just spend enough time together, find a common purpose, create some ground rules, and start talking, listening and acting. I have since come to believe that real community is not at all possible to simply create – it is a gift. For Christians, this community is a gift of God.

 

Community constantly surprises me. I see community in the number of people who come to pay tribute to a friend who has died. I see community in service to people we don’t even know. I see community in the stark honesty some are capable of with people they trust. I see community in the mountains of prayer that are offered for those in need. I see community when the broken heart of one becomes the broken heart of all. I see community in the warm smile, the note of thank you, the simple gift. I see community when people really do care about the little things in each others lives. I see community at a hospital bedside and a wedding dance. I see community in a neighborhood cleanup or lively classroom.

 

In all my years I have never been able to create this connection. It always comes as gift. While I do not think community is restricted to the church – I believe its greatest potential is among people who know that it comes to us as God’s gift.

 

This month is my anniversary of four years among you. When I first came to Faith I thought I would be here a brief time – filling in the gaps between a marvelous string of pastors. But the community of Faith Presbyterian Church has enfolded me and my family. I can no longer imagine my life without this congregation. I suspect some day life will change and I will find myself part of another church community – but for now I am embracing the richness of God’s presence that I find here.

 

So thank you. And thank God. I am privileged and happy to one member of this community.

 

To again quote Bonhoeffer, “Christian brotherhood [community] is not an ideal we must realize; it is rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate.”


How Doth Your Garden Grow?

     If it doth prosper and you have a surplus of squash or other vegetables, bring them to church on Sunday and Betty Park will get them to Food Closet.                  


What Are Those Elders Up to Now?

Highlights from July’s Session Meeting

 

The following are some of the decisions which were made this month at Session and some of the areas of ministry which were celebrated.  We hope you share in the enthusiasm of Session in all that God is doing in our midst.  As a reminder, Session meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 in the east wing.  Unless otherwise determined, they are open meetings and church members are always encouraged to come listen in.  We’ll even share our snacks!

 

 

Pastor Jim’s Contract Renewed:  With great enthusiasm, the annual contract for our Associate Pastor, the Rev. Jim Zazzera, who serves as a part-time Stated Supply pastor, was renewed.  Faith is blessed to have Jim as well as the Revs. Jeff Chapman, Patrick and Quinn Vaughn and newly-approved Parish Associate Joan Stock as our pastors.

 

VBS Liftoff a Success:  Elder Pam Rock reported the success of this year’s Vacation Bible School, with full enrollment reached for both the day and evening programs.

 

I Recognize You!  With great excitement, Elder Dianne Brown distributed the first of the new church pictorial directories.  And with the expansion of the name tag stand soon to include children’s nametags, we will have no problem linking faces and names at Faith.

 

Seminary Intern Allowance Increased:  Due to a generous donation, the allowance granted to our seminary intern, Kelsey Ingalls will be increased to $2000 for the fall 2007 semester.

 

New Adult Education Classes Being Considered:  As the fall season approaches, Elder Bill Frye and his committee is busy considering classes and offerings on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.  Under discussion are alternative times for Sunday A.M. classes and flexing hours and series’ length for Wednesday classes.  Some ideas for classes include “The Bible from Scratch”— a Bible 101—to be taught by Pastor Jim, “Companions in Christ”—a spiritual formation activity as well as topics on Celtic Christianity and Judaism.   If you have ideas for class topics you would like offered at Faith, contact Elder Frye.


Sign Up to Help Family Promise

September 16 – September 23

 

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 , transport mattresses to the next church and  team leaders. If necessary, we will take sign-ups in the narthex on August 26.

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.


  3 VEGGIES THAT MAKE YOUR BRAIN YOUNGER

  Broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.  Consider them a facelift for your brain. That's because munching on veggies like these--which belong to the cruciferous family of veggies---could shave 1 to 2 years off your mind's age. Women who filled out a food intake questionnaire demonstrated some pretty significant memory muscles on tests when their questionnaires revealed a true love of all things cruciferous ( as well as leafy and green veggies, like spinach). Researchers speculate that nutrients like lutein and folate, found in abundance in food like spinach, may be part  of the reason for the brain benefits that cruciferous and leafy green veggies confer.


                                                           Children’s Ministry                

 

Ask, and it will be given to you (God listens when we pray).  Luke 11:9

 

I cannot even begin to explain the amazing ways God worked through me, the children, the leaders, and the community during VBS.  We had a phenomenal week!  As we stretched our program to accommodate more children I kept seeking guidance from God. When I thought it wasn’t possible to find one more volunteer, He would send not one person but two.  It is through God’s amazing grace that we were able to provide this unique experience for the children.

 

One child was speaking to his mother and he asked her from 1-10 how much did she like VBS.  She responded by saying about 9 out of 10 because it is tiring working it.  The boy responded, “Well, I like it 2 million out of 10!”   Another parent said on Thursday of VBS, “I want to pre-register for next year.”  

 

A special thanks to all of the individuals who made VBS possible…

 

Decorating:   The Devereux Family, Rachel Orr, Taylor Shahbazian, Kim Char, the

Lewis Family, the Rock Family, Skyler and Sierra Brown, Lisa and Kaylah Miller, Linda Jacob, Sue and Emily Potter, Erin and Sarah Ainsworth, Andeen Lovett, and members of CREW and Munchies.

Art Center:   Cathy and Danny Healow, Georgianne Becker, Skyler Brown, and

Rachel Orr

Cooking Center: Sandi Bilbo, Tanya Anderson, Kathy Ellis, Amy Bundock, Mary

Masterson, and Sierra Brown

Story Center: Kim Char, Jessica Mendoza, Alison Reynolds, Samantha Parillo, and

Megan Glavich

Music: Jeff and Esther Chapman, Steve Rock, Jon Cash, and Patrick Vaughn

Recreation:  Pam Rock, and Monica and Arica Ng

Discovery:  Don Lewis and William Devereux

Snack:  Joyce Hathaway, Jan Sperling, Gloria Bagby, and Steve Rock

Registration:  Mary Nabers, Marlene Calbo, Sue Hooper, Susanne Fahey, Maria

Rodriguez, Carol Keller, and Lisa Swanson-Miller

Travel Guides:  Erin and Sarah Ainsworth, Jordan Larson, Sue and Emily Potter, Glenda

Arellano, Amy and Thomas Devereux, Joey Healow, Esther Chapman, Paul Keller, Andeen Lovett, Maria Rodriguez,  Taylor Shahbazian, Jason and Austin Reynolds, Thomas Uebelhoer, Linda and Noland Jacobs,  Nina Dramer, Aria and Shane Tactaquin

Opening stories:  Patrick and Quinn Vaughn, Jim Zazzera, and Jeff Chapman

Photography:  Lauren Michelson

Nursery: Samantha Parillo

 

Thank you for sharing God’s love with the children!  ~ Melinda



Link Hall Welcome Center

 

Thanks to all who volunteered to serve in the new Welcome Center in the Link Hall

narthex. It will become operative on July 30th and will be active Monday through Friday, 9 am, to 1 p.m.

 

If you would be interested and did not sign up, call Joyce Hathaway, 391-0249, or Kristi Kampel at 428-3439. You would be most welcome.


New Website Nears Completion

 

        Any day now when you log on to www.faithpresby.org you’ll see our newly revised website! Take some time to read through the pages and let us know what you think. If you’d like to post information or photos on the site, please contact Jim Park at Jamespark02@comcast.net or DiAnne Brown at Sierraskymktg@netscape.net.


E-mail Notices

 

We use a program called Graphic Mail to send out notices of significant events that are coming up too soon for notification via the PresbyNews or the Sunday bulletin. Also included are events that need maximum publicity.

These notices come out about once a month so they do not clutter up your in-box.

If you did not receive the recent notice of Richard Willey’s memorial, it means that we do not have your e-mail address or you have changed your e-mail without notifying us. If that is the case, please e-mail your current e-mail address to jamespark02@comcast.net. Also some of you may have spam blockers so you need to set them to accept graphicmail.com.


 God at the Movies

 

Wednesday Night Movies at Faith - 7:00pm in  the sanctuary

 

July 25               Pursuit of Happyness

August 1             Bridge to Terabithia

 

Though not explicitly Christian, all of these stories are tales that tell of challenge, despair, and hope as we seek to live in this world.  Each week we will meet and view the film and discuss what insights we might discover about for own faith and life. Look for details in upcoming newsletters! Movies will be shown at 7pm in Link Hall.  Pastor Jim Zazzera will facilitate the discussion.

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Worship Helpers

 

July 29

August 5

Worship Service

9:00am

9:00am

Worship Assistant

Doran McDaniel

Helen Frisch

Ushers

Don & Jan Sperling

Walt & Doran McDaniel

Greeters

David & Janet Leader

Mary Nabers

Andeen Lovett

Sound

Don Sperling

Bill Baker

Coffee Preparers

Jim & Betty Park

Dave & Teri Eilliamson

Acolytes

Cole Fahey

TBA

Worship Service

11:00am

11:00am
     

Worship Assistant

Kyle Carpenter

Terry Mangum

Ushers

Dick & Betty McClure

Dick & Mary Patterson

Greeters

Rick & Cynthia Crow

Wayne Burkinshaw

Bill & Dee Nichols

Jack Warren

Sound

Kevin Roberson Joe Parente

Coffee Servers

Gwen Markuson

Bob & Georgianne Becker

Tellers

Joyce Hathaway

Helen Christenson

Barbara Powell

Marvette Swayzer

Acolytes

TBA

        TBA

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, Quinn Vaughn and Patrick Vaughn

Associate Pastors

Worship 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.

         

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