PresbyNews

Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 31, Number 13 June 27, 2006

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

CREW Bible Study 2-3pm

Crunchies

(Jr. & Sr. High School Fellowship)

Game Night

Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm.

Kelsey Ingalls 428-3439.

 

 

June 28 - July 4  Faith Fireworks Stand. Spend your money here and help fund the Faith Family Retreat.

Every Wednesday in July -- God at the Movies

July 10 - 14 VBS    VBS Program 7:00pm July 14


 

Faith Fireworks Stand

June 28 - July 4  open  8:30am to 8:30pm

Get your Fireworks from Faith and support the mission trip

The Faith Fireworks Stand is at the South East corner of S. Land Park and Florin Road in the California Bank parking  lot. Volunteers are needed. The Summer Mission Trip people are expected to work at least three shifts at the stand, Funds raised will help defer costs of transportation to Mississippi. Call Doran McDaniel to get a time slot in which to work


A Letter From Our National Leadership

 

As many of you know, the General Assembly (the governing body of our denomination which meets every other year) met this past week in Birmingham, Alabama.  The following is letter co-authored by our General Assembly Stated Clerk and our newly-elected General Assembly Moderator.  I include it here because some monumental decisions were made at this meeting which are addressed in this letter.  I encourage you to read it carefully.  If you have questions about these decisions, please don’t hesitate to contact Jim or me.  You can also find more information on the denomination website at www.pcusa.org.  In the days to come we will continue to do our best to keep you informed of decisions made at higher governing bodies of the church which impact our congregation.

 

As always, I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday.

 

Grace & Peace,

 

Jeff

 

To:  Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations

From: The Office of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

 

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

The Lectionary Psalm for today is Psalm 133: How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!

 

As the 217th General Assembly met together in Birmingham, it was remarkable to see Presbyterians from north, south, east, and west gathered together to discern the mind of Christ for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). We witnessed the work of the Spirit in and through the assembly, giving us a glimpse of our visible oneness in Jesus Christ. We give thanks that the assembly theme, “So Great a Cloud of Witnesses” (Heb. 12:1) permeated the community of faith within the convention center.

 

In this meeting, we saw commissioners and advisory delegates living out in word and deed their deep commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ, their passion to be living expressions of Christ’s love to the world, and their eagerness to be a part of the future God intends for the PC(USA). We experienced the Presbyterian process of doing things at its best. We observed people working fairly and treating each other graciously.

 

This assembly dealt with hundreds of items, and a few made headlines across the country. Most likely, you have read or will read about the assembly’s actions from a number of sources over the next many days and weeks, but we want you to hear about this important gathering directly from the General Assembly. That is why we are writing this letter to you.

 

We know of three particular decisions that made immediate headlines. Here is what the assembly did with each of them:

 

1. Israel/Palestine issues: This General Assembly acknowledged that the actions of the 2004 assembly caused hurt and misunderstanding among some Presbyterians and our Jewish neighbors. However, this assembly did not rescind the previous action on divestment. Divestment is still an option, but not the goal. Instead, this assembly broadened the focus to corporate engagement to ensure that the church’s financial investments do not support violence of any kind in the region.

 

2. The Report of the Theological Task Force on Peace, Unity, and Purity of the Church: With the approval of this report, the assembly did not alter our historic standards for ordination. However, it did make clear that more responsibility is to be exercised by sessions and presbyteries regarding the examination of candidates for ordination. By an overwhelming majority, the assembly also affirmed our covenantal partnership, our common theological roots, and the need for prayer in Christian communities as we make decisions.

 

3. The Trinity: The assembly received a paper that affirms “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” as the church’s primary language for the Trinity. The paper also lifts up other biblical images of the Trinity for study and use in worship.

 

We hope, over the months ahead, you will hear about the other items that did not make headlines (new church development, Christian education, evangelism, older adult ministries, homelessness, globalization, international mission, multicultural issues, disability awareness, and military chaplains, to name a few).

 

It was obvious to us that this assembly, like the church, had deep differences on a number of issues. But, the longer we were together, the more we realized how much we have in common in Jesus Christ and the more we realized we need one another.

 

The unity we seek for the church and the unity we experienced at the assembly is not just about coming to an agreement. It is also about being with each other in the healthy struggle to discern God’s will. It was that healthy struggle we witnessed at the assembly, and in that struggle we were blessed. God’s Spirit was with us. Not everyone will like what the commissioners did, but the spirit coming out of the assembly was something we think will be a blessing to the whole church. Indeed, we are convinced that God has a future for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). We invite you to join us as we move with renewed enthusiasm to doing God’s work in the world.

 

Yours in Christ,

 

The Reverend Joan S. Gray

Moderator of the 217th General Assembly (2006) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

The Reverend Clifton Kirkpatrick

Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)


Interested in Hosting an Exchange Student this Summer?

 

Several college-aged students from Great Brittan and the Czech Republic will be in the Sacramento Area for three months this summer beginning June 25th.  They are looking for host families.  These students have secured full-time employment, will pay some rent, and take care of their own food.  If you would be open to hosting one of these students, please contact Jeff Chapman.  For more information on the program, go to www.southwestern.com.


Old Batteries and Spray Cans

 

There is a box in Link Hall for your old batteries and spray cans.  We are no longer able to throw those items in the trash.  Mary Nabors has volunteered to take them to the county collection site.  Thank you Mary

AHOY CASTAWAYS!

Prepare yourself for the July 15th Zoofari!

 

Make reservations and payment no later than July 12. Contact us at 684-9697 or by e-mail   jalicekern@comcast.net

(We’ll be out-of-town through June 30.) ---  Bruce and Jean Kern

 

Meet at the front entrance of the Sacramento Zoo at 9:15

 

Tour by Zoo Docents Bruce Kern, Jean Kern and Jo Thommen

 

Wildlife Show by Zoo Interpretive Center Staff

 

Picnic lunch—Total cost $10.00

 


God at the Movies -  Coming in July! 

 

Save these dates for our Wednesday Night Movies at Faith:

July 5th                                  Walk the Line
July 12th                               Millions
July 19th                               The End of the Spear
July 26th                       Chronicles of Narnia

Though not all explicitly Christian, all of these stories are tales of hope, redemption, and transformation.  Each week we will meet and view the film and discuss what insight we might discover about our own faith and life.


Joys and Concerns

 

We have joy in hearing of May Tucker’s successful surgery to remove screws and a metal plate that were part of her post-accident repair.

 


 Sunday School News

 

We are truly grateful to the many individuals that have volunteered to teach Sunday School this summer.  We give thanks to Christine Mendoza, Cathy Healow, Pam Rock, John Popham, Esther Chapman, Mark Laybourn, Kevin Hefner, and Ann Leader for recently teaching the children.

 

In the upcoming weeks, many more people will begin their journey of teaching the children. I know the children are looking forward to the time when their parent(s) or neighbor(s) are going to teach their class. What a blessing it is to have so many wonderful people working with our children!

 

We are still looking for more help during the months of July and August.  Please prayerfully consider teaching the children.  It only takes about an hour and a half of your time (one half hour for planning, and one hour of teaching).  You don’t have to be an expert on the Bible; the curriculum is very user friendly and God will be right beside you to guide you through the process.  Please contact Melinda Lewis (916) 725-2810 or mlteach96@surewest.net for an opportunity to help the children and yourself grow in faith.  

 

 

Vacation Bible School – July 10-14th

 

 

Are you registered yet?  The countdown is on, less than two weeks to go, and we would love to have you participate in our program. 

 

This year we will be taking an exciting boat ride through the United States and we will be exploring the wonderful world of Mission.  The program is free for children that are 3-12 years old.  Please consider sending your children or grandchildren and inviting the neighborhood children as well.  There are plenty of registration forms in the Narthex, pick up a few or let Melinda know and she’ll send you the applications. 

 

Our next leader meeting will be on July 2nd after the second service

 For more information, please contact Melinda Lewis at mlteach96@surewest.net or at (916) 725-2810.    


New Addresses

 

John Morton

Sunrise Assisted Living at Laguna Creek

6727 Laguna Park Drive

Elk Grove CA 95758

phone #683-2768 (no answering machine)

Laura Albee 

6619 Halifax St

Citrus Heights CA 95621  

(916)  723-1480


 

 

 

 SLIP!

SLOP! SLAP!

and WRAP!!

 

This catchy approach to protecting your skin from the sun comes from the American Cancer Society, reminding children as well as adults to slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat and wrap on sunglasses to protect your eyes and skin from ultraviolet exposure.

 

When slopping on sunscreen one thin coat is just not enough. In addition to applying one coat of sunscreen about 20 minutes before going out in the sun, the Cancer Society recommends applying a second coat of sunscreen 20 minutes after you’re in the sun.

 

Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the ears, back of the neck, and exposed areas of the scalp. There are sunscreen sprays and sticks which can be helpful in reaching these often forgotten pails.

 

When applied properly, a sunscreen with an SPE of 30 blocks out all but one-thirtieth of the sun’s burning rays, which allows people to stay out in the sun 30 times longer than they normally would be able to without burning. But when sunscreen is applied too thinly, the sun protection can he as little as half of the SPF factor listed on the bottle.

 


June Notes from Session

 

Pastor Jeff led the group in discussing a portion of the book, “The Present Future”.

Membership is now 446.

The note on the sanctuary with a balance of $107,000, due September 1st will be renewed.

Baptism of John, Hayley, Sam, Will and Emma Popham was approved.

Since Pastor Jim Zazzera is a Stated Supply it is necessary to renew his contract each year. Session voted unanimously to the renewal.

Pastor Jeff has met with individuals at JFK High School, hoping the will be some way to work with the school.

Elder Pain Rock reported on her committee on Christian Education, Youth and it was approved of a gift for Sue Kirk who recently resigned. A celebration in her honor will be held on June 25th

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church has started meeting each Sunday in Link Hall All were urged to make feel welcome.

The “Town Hall” meeting seemed to be very successful and general opinion was that they should be held at least twice a year.

A task force has been selected to review the recent audit thru 2003. A firm has been employed to due a current audit.

Nineteen people have been attending the Look at Faith class and will be meeting with session in the near future.

 Attendance Update

 

                                        Last Year                          This Year

            May 7                     325                                     355

            May14                    353                                     312

        May21        273              313

     May28        330              320


       Average        320              326

 

 

             


Hymn of the Month—July 2006

“God of Our Fathers (the Ages)”—1876

 

Text: Daniel Crane Roberts                                                                 Tune: George William Warren

 

It is difficult to resist the desire to present to you a patriotic hymn for July.  Many of you have also asked about this hymn that you like so much.  Musically speaking: it is majestic with trumpet fanfares and reassurance.  After much thought, I am giving you a glimpse of the history of this glorious hymn.

 

This patriotic hymn represents a double celebration of America’s one-hundredth birthday.  The text was written in 1876 by a New England pastor in honor of the one hundredth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  The tune was written twelve years later in celebration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the adoption of the United States Constitution.

 

Daniel Crane Roberts, a thirty-four-year-old veteran of the Civil War, was born in Long Island in 1841.  He attended college in Ohio and served as a private with the 84th Ohio Volunteers during the War Between the States.  As the war ended, he was ordained as a deacon in the Presbyterian Episcopalian church, and shortly afterward as a priest.  He served for the next thirty years pastoring Episcopalian churches in New England, including a decade-long pastorate of St. Paul’s Church in Concord, New Hampshire.*

 

It was while serving as rector of St. Thomas Episcopalian Church in Brandon, Vermont, as the nation celebrated its one-hundredth birthday that Daniel penned this hymn.  It was later submitted anonymously to the committee for the Episcopalian Hymnal, and was accepted.  It is the ONLY hymn for which he is remembered.  The Presbyterian Hymnal Committee in Kentucky has revised the text in our Presbyterian Hymnal to be more gender-inclusive a few decades ago.

 

This majestic hymn is not the one to which it was originally sung.  When Daniel wrote “God of Our Fathers”, he set the words to the tune of the Russian national anthem!  It was twelve years later that George William Warren, a self-taught, brilliant organist, composed the stately tune with trumpet fanfares.  It was called NATIONAL HYMN, written to commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of the U. S. Constitution.

 

George Warren, lacking formal training, had originally pursued a business career.  But his natural talent soon shoved him into music, and he eventually became one of America’s premier organists.  During his career, he served various congregations in New York City, and he also composed anthems and edited Warren’s Hymns and Tunes as Sung at St. Thomas’ Church, in 1888.  He also wrote the tune GUIDE ME for the text of the great Welsh hymn, “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”.

 

When George Warren died in 1902, there was a feeling that no organist could play as well as he could, so not a SINGLE NOTE OF MUSIC was played at this funeral, which was attended by thousands.

 

“The God of our Fathers has appointed you to know His will, and see the Righteous One, and hear the utterance of His mouth”.  Acts 22:14 (Related to the conversion of Saul to Paul)

 

 

*Interestingly, this is the same church in which, in 2003, the very controversial Rev. Gene Robinson was ordained as Episcopalian’s first openly homosexual bishop. 

 


Opportunity to Serve

 

My 3 year term as Fountain Caretaker was up in May.  The job has become much easier since the remove of the trees that used to surround and overhang the fountain.  If you are looking for an opportunity to serve the Church and can do some simple water treatment and filter servicing tasks, this might be just the thing for you.  If you are interested or would like to know more about this opportunity,  please call me at: (916) 392-0304 or (916) 802-0307; or send me an e-mail at mrpentax@sbcglobal.net.

THANKS, Paul Keller



Time & Talents Offering

June, 2006 ~ Ministry Opportunities

 

 

Ministry Opportunity

Date(s) Needed

Approx. Time Commitment

Committee/Coordinator/Contact #

Coffee Hosts

1-2 people needed for each service to prepare and serve coffee & punch, and clean-up

 

 

Every Sunday – sign up for one, or as many as you’d like

 

1 hr (15 min prior to the service and 45 min after the service)

 

Fellowship

Kitty Tatro

916-393-4734

Family Promise

60 – 65 people needed throughout the week at the church, for multiple tasks: set up, interacting w/families, laundry, dinner team, overnight team, etc.

 

 

Sun. 7/16 – Sun 7/23

 

Most tasks: 2 ½ hrs

 

Overnight team ( two people each night) 10 hrs

 

Mission

Sue Hooper

916-939-7633

Cynthia Crow

916-392-9141

 

Faith’s New Library

2-4 people needed to set-up library location at church, organize current books, research new books to include, develop     “check-out” system

 

Project to begin in September 2006 & target completion June 2007

 

Flexible – as needed

 

Adult Christian Education

Gail Kinkennon

       916- 393-7529 (h)

Alice Parente

916-277-6747 (w)

  916-419-3403 (h)

 

Book Table

 5 people needed to rotate book table duty on Sundays (between & after services) to sell books recommended by pastoral staff, which compliment current sermon series

 

 

Every Sunday  - sign up for one, or as many as you’d like

 

 

1 – 1 ½ hrs each Sunday

 

Adult Christian Education

Gail Kinkennon

       916- 393-7529 (h)

Alice Parente

916-277-6747 (w)

  916-419-3403 (h)

 

 

Gifts & Passions Class

As many people that would like to come to discern their spiritual gifts and  passions, and  identify the ministry in which they are called to serve

 

Wed. June 28th

 

1 hr 45Min             (7:00pm – 8:45pm)

 

Lay Ministry

Glenda Arellano

916-393-9673

Dessert Coordinators – VBS Parents’ Night

4 – 6 people needed to bake &/or help w/set-up & clean-up

 

Fri.  July 14th (evening)

 

2hrs - 3 hrs           (set-up & clean-up)

 

Fellowship

Kitty Tatro

916-393-4734

 


Family Promise

        Faith’s week for Family Promise is from 5:00pm Sunday July 16 to 8:00am Sunday July 23. If you are a new volunteer, please plan to attend a brief training session after the second service on July 16 in Room 5. All volunteers are welcome.

              On Sunday July 23 after the second service there will be a debriefing in Room 5. If you have comments or questions about the week, we look forward to seeing you.

Sue Hooper 393-2633.


Faith’s Annual Trip To The Music Circus

 

Do you like musical theater? Then join other members of the Faith family and attend the Music Circus production of The Music Man on Thursday, August 10.  This age-old favorite is appropriate for both children and adults. Tickets are $42 for adults ($4 off the regular price) and $31 for children under 12.  Tickets are limited so sign up now on the sheet in the narthex or e-mail Barbara Tracy at bjtracy@comcast.net. You can also call her with questions or to sign up after May 4.


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Worship Helpers

 

July 2

July 9

Worship Service

9:00am

9:00am

Worship Assistant

David Nash

Doran McDaniel

Ushers

Bill & Em Baker

Don & Jan Sperling

Greeters

Kathy & Randy Ramos

Cheryl Hill

Jeff & Kelly Marang

Mary Lou Bailey

Sound

Bill Baker

Don Sperling

Coffee Preparers

Hal & Ilah Turner

Tom Busch & Julie Davies

Acolytes

Mitchell Shahbazian

 Spencer Hankey

Worship Service

11:00am

11:00am

Worship Assistant

Rick Crow

Glenda Arellano

Ushers

Rick & Cynthia Crow

Roy & Vicki Chastain

Greeters

Kurt & Madelyne Carpenter Melodi Anderson

Dick & Betty McClure

Terry & Dave Williamson

Sound

Joe Parente Brien Bell

Coffee Servers

Marcella Fodor

Glenda & Jarvis Arellano

Tellers

Barbara Powell Charlie Tucker

Helen Christenson

TBA

Acolytes

Maegan Davis

Kori Davis

Published by Faith Presbyterian Church

625 Florin Road, Sacramento CA

(916) 428-3439, FAX 428-0248

www.faithpresby.org

Editing staff:

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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, Associate Pastor

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