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PresbyNews

Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 30, Number 13  June 7, 2005

625 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95831

916-428-3439

www.faithpresby.org

Faith Happenings

Sunday Services:

9:00 and 11:00

Multi-age Sunday School 9:00  

Sunday school, Adult Ed, Jr. High Bible Study

10:15-10:45

Graded Sunday School 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

 

June 14 World Refugee Day at Westminster Pres.

June 26 Tradewinds Mexican Event -- Martha Smith or Dick McMillan for infor and to sign up.

June 28 - July 4    Faith Fireworks Stand

July 6 6-7:00pm Prayer Gathering

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

July 18 -22 Vacation Bible School. 

September 16, 17, 18  Faith Family Retreat

A Gathering For Prayer

 

All are invited to join Pastor Jeff on July 6th 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

June, 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.

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 Omaha.

•           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 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.

 

Pastor Jeff Says:

On Organs & Guitars

 

People these days are passionate about all sorts of things.  However, there is perhaps nothing that gets people more excited than music.  We don’t all appreciate the same kinds of music, but you’d be hard pressed to find somebody who cares nothing about music at all. 

 

Country music may be your thing.  It is for a growing number of us.  Maybe classical is what lifts your spirits, words and notes that have been around for centuries.  The crowds at the recent Jazz Jubilee here in Sacramento reminded us how many people are passionate about that kind of music.  Maybe rap is your thing.  Or opera.  Rock music, and its endless flavors, has countless admirers.

 

People who are both passionate about God and about music sometimes make the mistake of letting their musical tastes lead to battles in the church, particularly when it comes to worship.  It’s an easy thing to do, particularly when we forget who exactly, is the audience of worship (i.e. God). 

 

I thank God that Faith seems to be a place where folks have come to understand that worship is a place for a wide variety of expressions, especially when it comes to music.  I love the fact that so many here are so committed to making sure that in worship we offer music that can help all of us better worship God. 

 

As your pastor, I want you to know that I am committed to making sure that the sacred music of our Christian tradition (the old hymns as some of us might call them), continue to have a center place in our worship.  I want our children to be exposed to the richness of this music which, for very good reason, has survived the test of time.

 

At the same time, I want our church to welcome in new kinds of music and instruments which help many in our church, particularly younger generations, access God in a musical language which is fluent to them. 

 

It would certainly be easy to just do one type of music or the other, or to offer different kinds of services featuring different kinds of music so people could choose.  For one, I’m glad we don’t do that.  For one, it puts the emphasis of music in worship on our tastes and preferences.  And worship, remember, is not really about us.  And two, when we segregate our music in that way we all miss out on the breadth and variety of ways we can worship God.  I want our younger generations to learn the great hymns.  I also want those of us who have been around longer to be exposed to some of the music that creates godly passion in our youth.

 

This coming Sunday is, among other things, Choir Appreciation Sunday.  I look forward to worshiping with you as we give thanks for those in our church who tirelessly serve in the area of music, thank God for the gift of music, and continue to try and bring glory to Him with every note we sing.

 

Yours in Christ –

 

Jeff

 

Pastor Jim says that Summer Opportunities Abound!

 

As you begin to think about the summer and how you might deepen your walk with God and growth in fait, here are two possibilities to consider:

 

Life Changes:Transitions and Biblical Faith In the twenty first century, most of us acknowledge that life is fullof transitions. What some of us do not recognize is that Scripture isfull of stories of life transitions. Together we will explore how thepeople of the Bible were challenged by change in their lives, how Godwas part of their “life changes” and what difference that might makefor us today. Some of the topics we will explore are: birth, death,vocation, moving, relationship breaking and building, organizationalchange, and transformation. Please join us in this time of reflection,study, and  growth in relationship. We will explore these themes in a small group format with two options on Sundays. Session 1 is from 9:30am to 10:30am and Session 2 is from 10:30am to 11:30am. Small groups will have leaders trained for this task. This will be a unique time of Bible study and discussion, please consider making it part of your Sunday morning. God at the MoviesOn Wednesday evenings this summer, we will again hold our “God at the Movies” nights. Our summer movie nights have proven enjoyable in the past as we not only appreciate the films but ask questions that Hollywood might not always expect us to ask. “Where is God in this story?” “Can this film teach us anything about our life with God?” “What questions does this movie pose to which the Christian faith has an important response?” These are just a sampling of the questions we might ask ourselves as we view and discuss. Specific dates will be announced soon – so plan on making these evenings part of your summer fun!

New Deacons and Elders ordained or installed on May 29

Pam Rock; Jack Ferguson;Paul Keller; Claire Leader; Jo Thommen; Em Baker; Nancy Streukins; Jan Hill;                                                                                                                                 Glenda Arellano; DiAnne Brown

Faith Band plays for Jazz Sunday, May 29

 

and the Young Faith Singers did a Jazz Sunday gig.

To all our friends at Faith Presbyterian Church,

 

We wish to thank you for your outpouring of support and generosity following the devastating house fire on April 7th. Your concerns and gifts have renewed our faith and given us hope for a brighter future.

Sincerely,

                          Kevin, Ester, Seann, and Ian Romero

May Tucker is honored for her 15 years of serice to Faith Church. Her musical abilities have added so much to the quality of worship at Faith. She is the Director of Music in Worship.

Stewardship Briefing

 

On behalf of the Session and the Stewardship Committee, we want to express appreciation for the new and renewed financial commitments to the Building Fund.  While the prior thirty-six month pledge period ended on March 31, 2005 and the next three year pledge period began on April 1, 2005, some pledge cards have been delivered since so we will be giving you a further update very soon.

In the meantime, we wanted to reiterate a few points:

 

Building Fund and Operating pledges are distinct and separate commitments.  While some of us combine our giving in one check, it is important to remember the monies are accounted for, and used for, two different purposes.  (Building monies are spent to pay off our existing loan on the sanctuary and Operating funds go for salaries, insurance, etc.)  Our offering envelopes contain blanks to record how much of our weekly or monthly giving goes to each fund.

 

If you made a Building Fund pledge, please know you may begin making your payments effective April 1.

 

Thank for your generous contributions to our beloved Faith Church!  It is a pleasure to work with such a committed group of believers.

 

Fred Noteware

Stewardship Elder

A Celebration of Compassion

       World Refugee Day is being celebrated at Westminster Presbyterian Church on June 14 at 6:00pm. The Sacramento Interfaith Service Bureau and Opening Doors, Inc. are joining in presenting this event which gives thanks to the faith community for its continuing dedication to making Sacramento a welcoming community. Attendees will share a multi-ethnic feast and talents from three continents. Sandi at 492-2591 for more information.

 

Faith Fireworks

 

Faith will be opening the fireworks booth again this summer.  Sales begin June 28th at noon and run until sundown on July 4th.  All proceeds will go to support the Mexico mission trip. These are excellent fireworks so spend you money at the Faith Stand and support our mission.  Parking lot of California Bank, Florin and South Land Park Dr. Conney Willis for information.

Congratulations to Faith's Graduating Seniors

These include Emily Bagby, Amanda Becker, Jennifer Bell, Hailey Bill, Christina Canaday, Jon Cash, Matthew Frye

Alex Hughes, Lisa Markuson, Jennifer May, Alex Mirkin

Heather Ravas, Heather Rhyne, Sarah Sugar and Cameron Turner. (Not every senior is in the picture)

New Date for Family Promise

 

It was necessary to change our host week to July 24 – July 31.

We are trying a somewhat different process for sign-ups to volunteer.

      There is a white board on the wall across from the office where you can sign up for

dinner, evening activity, and overnight teams. We also need  volunteers for set up and take down,  coordinator of the day and laundry.

        We look forward  to another successful week for our guests and volunteers.

 Sue Hooper

Thank You from Mary Barber

       It’s tough to be ill but it is great to receive cards,

notes and prayers from people you admire so I wish

to thank all my friends for remembering me during

my recent back surgery.

Your thoughtfulness was very comforting.

                                                        Mary Barber

Mission Trips 2005

                  Your Mission Committee, along with the Youth Director Kelsey Ingalls and Pastors Jeff Chapman and Jim Zazzera, are pleased to offer the following Mission Trip opportunities for 2005:

 

Junior High Mission Trip!!!!

What is better than Munchies…Munchies in San Francisco!!!!  I may be a little crazy, but we are planning a junior high mission trip to Frisco this summer.  Since kids have to be fourteen to go on the church mission trip without a parent, most of the junior highers don’t make the cut.  To remedy this dilemma we are taking a five-night mission trip designed specifically for middle school kids.  We are going through an organization called Center for Student Missions.  Pastor Jeff used to go through the same organization at his old church and he always had a good experience.  So on his recommendation we are trying this new trip at the beginning of the summer.  The dates we are looking at are the 19th-24th of June.  If you are a junior higher, than mark your calendar as the time of your life.  If you are a member of the congregation, than mark your calendar as a week of prayer for our junior highers as they do God’s work in the big city.  If you or your child are interested and have not received and application, please contact Kelsey Ingalls at the church as soon as possible.  Hurry for new adventures!!!!

Sunday School News

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Vacation Bible School

                Living As Forgiven Children of God

   

    All Aboard!!  This year we will be traveling by train to Brazil, Nepal, Northern Ireland, Taiwan and Zimbabwe.  Do you have any knowledge of any of these countries?  Do you know of anyone who does?  We would love to have you/them come and share with the students.  VBS will be the week of July 18- 22 from 9-12.  Any one with knowledge of trains or willing to set up a model train for the week?

    Registration forms are now available in the Narthex.  Please sign up early and bring along a friend or two.

    There are several positions still available on our VBS team.  We need several Travel Guides( guiding students during the day), and assistants in the Art, Music and Recreation Areas.   Please contact Sue Kirk for more information (530-367-4572 or highlander@foothill.net).

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Internship Opening

 

Donne Ingalls has done a wonderful job for

the last two years as our youth ministry intern,

but he is ready to hand the reins over to another

 brave soul.  I am glad to report that he will still

 be helping out with the youth groups, and the next

 intern gets the awesome opportunity to work with

 him and all the other volunteers.  We have a thriving

youth program and the intern is a vital part of it. 

The position is ten hours a week and it is a salary paid

 position.  The job runs form the 1st of September

 through the 30th of June.  I did it for a year and a half,

 and I totally recommend it to anyone who is considering

 going into ministry.  If you are interested in applying

 for the position, please contact the church office for a

full job description and an application. Applications are

 due by the end of June and you will be contacted

 about the job by the end of July.  Please call the church

 soon for an application! 

 

Kelsey Ingalls

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How Doth Your Zucchini Grow? Betty Park's is doing just fine. You can put any home-grown veggies in the shopping cart in the narthex.

Health Ministries

 

Advice for Doctor’s Appointments

 

Focus on Follow-up Care

Maintaining heart health is an ongoing process and regular check-ups with your physician are an essential part of monitoring your treatment. This is especially important if you have

Conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.

 

You will get the most out of visits with your doctor by becoming an active participant in your own care. Be your own best advocate and:

 

·    Know your diagnosis and keep track of your symptoms

·    Take medications as prescribed and note side effects.

·    Talk to your doctor about diet and exercise.

·    Participate and ask questions during your appointments.

·    Be honest and alert your physician if you are experiencing difficulty following the prescribed treatment plan. Your doctor will work with you to create a program that you can stick with.

·    Call your doctor if you develop troubling symptoms or experience side effects from medications

 

Before Your Next Appointment

Before your next appointment prepare a list of questions regarding your condition and treatment. You are less likely to forget important points when you put them in writing. Be sure to include topics such as your symptoms, medication, side effects, diet, exercise treatment monitoring, and follow-up care. Arrange for a friend or family member to come with you to the appointment if you need support.

 

It is important for you to be able to speak frankly with your doctor and ask questions about your care- Take notes and don’t hesitate to ask your physician to slow down or to repeat a statement or to explain anything you don’t understand.

Calling All Presbyterian Women

Wednesday, June 22

Presbyterian Women meet this month on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 11:30 am in Link Hall.    Our Bible Study Group, led by Mary Patterson, will meet before the meeting at 10:30 am.  We will be studying chapter eight in the book AWhat She Said.@  If you are interested in the study group, join us at the church at 10:30 am.

Presbyterian Women meet the fourth Wednesday of each month, September through June.  We have a different speaker each month and alternate brown bag and casserole lunches.  We have a great group of women involved in the church and would love to have you join us.  Please contact Lois Collinsworth at 683-2024 if you would like more information, or just come to a meeting and find out what it=s all about and how you can become involved.  If you work and find yourself with this Wednesday off, or have time to join us, please feel free to do so.

Our next meeting date is:

June 26              Potluck

Next Tradewinds II Event

 

Sunday, June 26th has been chosen for our groups next get together.  And what a get together it will be!  If you can't go to Mexico, let Mexico come to you.  We will have an authentic Mexican dinner served in a private dining room of an "upscale" authentic Mexican restaurant located in Rocklin.  You will have your choice of 3 items off the menu.  None of them are of the "hot and spicy" variety.  Cost is $20.00 per person, inclusive!!  The name of the restaurant is Cha-Cha's Cocina Mexicana.

 

There will be a sign up sheet located in the Narthex at each service until Sunday, June 19th.  We plan to car pool from the church parking lot to the restaurant. Leaving about 4:15pm with dinner around 5:00pm Full directions to the restaurant will be provided.  For further information, please contact Martha or Wally Smith at 421-3525, or Dick McMillan at 428-2726.  A flier has been prepared and will either be handed to each member, or mailed to them.  This will truly be a different experience.

Faith Book Club

The next meeting of the Faith Book Club is on Thursday, June 16. 2005 at 7:00 PM.  If you have any questions, or would like to join us, please contact Ilah Turner at 428-8716.

Christian Music Call

***FREE CONCERT***

Now that I have your attention, here are the details.  According to their web-site, the Christian folk/acoustic/rock/pop group, Jars of Clay, will be offering a free concert at the “Straight Up Summer Jam” on July 23rd at 6pm at Arco Arena.  This group of four men met at Greenville College in IL where they were majoring in Contemporary Christian Music.  They chose their name as penned by the Apostle Paul in 1Cor. 4:7, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not us.” in order to help keep them humble.  Their latest project is a CD titled “Songs of Redemption”.  It is a collection of re-invented ancient hymns and spiritual songs, time-honored treasures providing assurance that hope remains constant through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.  It has a theme of restoration, focusing on the heart of the gospel message connecting the heart and mind through worship.

Other up-coming events:

*Sat. 7/16 Delirious (rock) and Lincoln Brewster (pop), Bayside Church – Granite Bay

              *Thurs. 7/2/-7/30 Spirit West Coast, (many great Christian bands)- near Monterey, www.spiritwestcoast.com

Please contact me, Tammi Whitted, at davntam@softcom.net for more information..

 

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Worship Helpers

 

June 12

June 19

Worship Service

9:00am

9:00am

Worship Assistant

Jim Park

Ross Leader

Ushers

Bob McCarroll & Ken Finch

David & Janet Leader

Greeters

Jim, Chris, Amanda Becker

Terry & Patrice Mangum

Marthe Sweet

Sound

Don Sperling

David Nash

Coffee Preparers

Tom Busch

Jim & Betty Park

Acolytes

Bethany Draeger

Sierra Brown

Worship Service

11:00am

11:00am

Worship Assistant

Ruth Warner

Nancy Remley-Johnson

Ushers

Rick & Cynthia Crow

Chuck & Brien Bell

Greeters

Teri & Dave Williamson

Rick & Cynthia Crow

Julia King

Sound

Brien Bell

Ken Finch

Coffee Servers

Dallas Love

Ruth Warner

Tellers

Helen Christenson

Marilyn Becker

Bob Connett & Dick McClure

Acolytes

Sarah Ainsworth

Taylor Shabazian

Gabriella McDaniel

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, Associate Pastor

Worship 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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