Faith Presbyterian Church
Volume 31, Number 6 March 14, 2006
625 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95831
Munchies Bible Study 9:00am
CREW Bible Study 2-3pm
March 14 - April 16 7:00pm Lenten Worship & Communion
March 22 PW Bag lunch meeting
April 9 Palm Sunday Worship 9 and 11am
April 9 7:00pm Cotton Patch Gospel
April 9- 16 Family Promise
April 13 Maundy Thursday Supper 6:00pm Worship 7:00pm
April 16 Easter Worship 9 and 11:00am
Dennis Merwin Brass
Dennis Merwin plans to enhance worship with a brass band on April 2nd and on Easter Sunday. He invites anyone who wants to join the brass ensemble to call him at 424-5684. Bring your horn and have a grand time.
Christian Education Opportunities
During Lent and Beyond
Sunday Mornings, March 5th – June 11th, 9:30- 10:30am
Beginnings: A Study of the Call of God in Genesis
A fresh look at the people, stories, and events in the book of Genesis.
Leader: Jim Zazzera
Room: Link Hall
Wednesday Evenings, March 8th – 22nd, 7:30-9:00pm
Nooma Video Series
A contemporary scripture/video reflection featuring pastor
March 8th “Trees” – on why we are here.
March 15th “Sunday” – on rituals vs. our heart.
March 22nd “Dust” – on God believing in us.
Leader: Jim Zazzera & Alice Parente
Room: E-1 (Choir Room)
Wednesday Evenings, March 29th – April 12th, 7:30-9:00pm
Praying With Scripture in Lent
A time to be simply guided in prayer by scripture using the process of “lectio divina.”
March 29th Philippians 2:5-11
April 5th Psalm 51:1-12
April 12th John 3:14-21
Leader: Jim Zazzera & Alice Parente
Room: E-1 (Choir Room)
Pastor Jeff Says:
My mom is great at writing notes. Growing up I’d find notes she had written to me in my lunchbox, under my pillow, on the table when I got home from school, all over the place. Sometimes they were reminders, making sure that I didn’t forget to feed the dog or take time that afternoon to rediscover the carpet beneath the mess in my room. But often they were just notes of encouragement, to let me know she loved me, or to apologize, or to tell me how proud she was of something I had done.
I saved those notes. I had this little glass jar in the back of my closet, buried deep where nobody else would dare venture, where I kept those notes along with other things that were important to me. It wasn’t that I went in there that often to read them. I didn’t. But I liked knowing they were there. They meant so much to me, I just couldn’t get rid of them.
Since I’ve been a part of this congregation I, once again, find myself the recipient of these sorts of notes. Just this week somebody wrote me one that was a great encouragement. It made my day, literally. What power there is in this simple act of kindness!
As I spent last week preparing for the sermon on Jesus’ teaching on words, I considered again the power words have, written or spoken, in our lives. When somebody takes even a few minutes to sit down and put a few sincere thoughts of encouragement on paper and then spends just the few cents it takes to mail it your way, what an impact those words can have. I have no doubt that there have been instances where a note like that has been the difference between life and death.
Let me encourage you to do something this week that I know many of you already do so well. Would you think of somebody in this congregation for whom you are grateful an appreciative, and write them a note? Maybe it’s a Sunday school teacher who does such a wonderful job with your kids, a choir member who blesses our worship week after week, a deacon who has shown special care to you and your family, a servant you know who spends countless hours behind the scenes making this ministry work, or even a new member or guest you just want to make sure feels welcome. Write your note and then send it off. You might not believe the impact it will have. It might even find its way to its own glass jar in the back of another closet.
Hebrews 3:13 says, “Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today.” How grateful I am to be a part of a congregation filled with so many who already do this so well.
I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!
Grace & Peace –
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Property Maintenance Still Needs You!
If you haven’t signed up for the property maintenance work group for 2006. This work group is responsible for assisting in maintaining the grounds and facilities of Faith Presbyterian Church. The group will work primarily on yard work (pruning shrubs and trees, repair sprinklers, weed planted areas etc.) hut may also be called on to perform minor plumbing or electrical work and assist in painting projects from time to time. There will be 12 work days in 2006. Call either Chuck Beal, at 686-4814, or Wally Smith, at 421-3525.
Food Closet Jobs
Easy work Just three hours a week will do it. Baggers are really needed. They fill grocery bags using a pre-determined list of items. Join the team and have fun too. Call Betty Park 442-6054
Pastor Jim does "A Quick Take on Fasting"
Lent (the season of church life we are now in) has through Christian history been associated with fasting, generally the refraining from eating in some way.
This week, I read an article from a church in which one of the leaders was commenting that Lenten fasting is about making ourselves suffer so that we can identify with Christian suffering. Given this point of view, the leader was (rightly) critical of the practice of fasting. Although one could make a case for identifying with the suffering of Jesus, I do not see fasting in that way. I like the way the Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church puts it, as a penitential practice, fasting is designed to strengthen the spiritual life by weakening the attraction of sensible pleasures. In simple English, fasting is letting go of things that have a hold on us in life so that we might be more joined to God. Though this might entail suffering, suffering is not the purpose of fasting. Fasting is about letting go of certain things so that we might more deeply embrace God. In fact, in Jesus always couples fasting with prayer as this practice is also part of developing our relationship with God.
And so we let go of things, we fast from certain experiences that get in the way of our life with God. We can fast from worry, consumerism, harmful memories, from having to be first. Fasting becomes all the more interesting and powerful when we consider what (or who) it is that has a stranglehold on us.
As we fast, perhaps we can begin to live these words attributed to Patrick of Ireland,
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
May we keep whatever fast we chose and find ourselves deep in the embrace of the Christ.
Faith Audio Operators-
Please join me in welcoming Carroll Collier as our newest Audio Operator. Carroll will be taking the 4th Sunday, 11 a.m. Worship
We are still looking for more volunteers to take either the 3rd or 4th Sunday 9 a.m. Worship, and someone to commit to the 5th Sunday 11 a.m. Worship. Thank you Carroll and welcome to our Audio Op team!
David Nash, Audio Coordinator
30 Hour Famine Report
By far the biggest youth event in February, and one of the biggest events the whole year, is the 30 Hour Famine. We had 26 kids and 6 adults participate in the famine this year. We started fasting at 1:00pm on Friday the 24th, and we didn’t eat again until 7:00 the following evening. This point of this event is to raise awareness for world hunger. The idea is that the kids starve themselves for several hours so that they can start to feel the hunger that millions of people all over the world go through every day. It is also a fundraiser to help prevent and lessen the effects of hunger worldwide. The kids raised over $3,200!!! We send this money to World Vision, a hunger and disaster relief organization, and they use it to help feed the world. It takes one dollar to feed, cloth, and educate one kid for one day. So all that money means there are a lot of kids being taken care of for a long time!!!
While we were at the church, for the 24 of the 30 hours, we had many things to do. We had three church services, 10 juice breaks (so the kids don’t pass out from lack of calories), a few hours of free time, 3 big games, 5 hours of sleep, 26 chalk drawings, and about 50 naps. But the highlight of the weekend was our trip out to Mather Community Campus. Mather is an old Air Force base that is now set up for families who have recently been homeless in the Sacramento area. We packed 50 lunches and handed them out to the kids that live there. It was very interesting to watch our hungry kids pack and serve 50 lunches to kids who don’t always get lunch. It was a good exercise in not taking blessings such as food and clothing for granted. We also had a fun time playing games with the kids at Mather and doing a fun craft. I am so proud of our kids! They worked hard for this fundraiser and during the event as well. I am also in awe of the advisors who all made it through another Famine!!!
Vacation Bible School will be July 10 - 14.
Sunday School News
Birthdays in March!!
Conner Frisch 3/2
Meghan Larson 3/27
Hailey Bearor 3/6
Jennifer Lawson 3/31
Lessons for March
Cloud of Witness Hebrews 11:1-12
Love, The Greatest Gift 1 Corinthians 13
Plucking grain on the Sabbath Mark 2:23-28
Man Through the Roof Luke 5:17-26
The Race Hebrews 12:1-2
Enduring Trails Hebrews 12:3-13
Jesus and the Sabbath Mark 2:23-28
Walking God's Way Matthew 5:1-2
Help Name the One Great
Hour of Sharing Fish
Over the last several decades, while One Great Hour of Sharing themes and posters have come and gone, the one unchanging presence for all but a few years in the ate 1990s has been the coin box in the shape of a fish.
Beginning next year, the coin box will not be the only fish in the sea of One Great Hour of Sharing resources. Making its debut in this year’s children’s materials is a new character, a little fish called—well, we don’t know its name yet, so we’re just calling it the Little Fish. It will be up to the kids in your Sunday school classes to participate in a contest to find a name for the Little fish.
How to Submit a Name
For each name that you wish to submit, send a card or letter to Name the fish, c/o One Great Hour of Sharing, 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, Kentucky, 40202-1396. Or send an e-mail with the words Name the Fish Contest in the subject line, to firstname.lastname@example.org pcusa All suggestions should be submitted by May 31 2006. Or submit to Sue Kirk.
Names will be judged on the basis of creativity and appropriateness If there is a special reason your class chose a particular name feel free to include it. The judges reserve the right to be swayed by these rationales.
In the event that more than one class submits the winning name, up to five classes will be declared winners. Whoever submits the name first will definitely be one of the winners, If there are more than five classes submitting the winning name, the other tour winners will be drawn at random from all those submitting the name.
What Will You Win?
The winners will be announced at the 217th G eneral Assembly in Birmingham in June,
2006. Aside from the fame and glory, the c lass(es) submitting the winning entry will receive a large stuffed version of one of the versions of the fish coin box.
More Sunday School Stuff
March 14 Bible Workshop with Pastor Jeff
March 19 Bible Presentation
(Parents — Have you
contacted Sue Kirk?)
April 16 Easter
May 7 Youth Sunday
July 10 –14 Vacation Bible School.
Heart Attack Procedure
A woman talks about her heart attack experience:
Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line. You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms.
60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. The pain in the jaw happened to me and woke me from a sound sleep. I was one of the fortunate ones. Trust me when I tell you its pain unlike anything you've ever experienced before. Given a choice between natural child birth and a heart attack, pain-wise, it's much easier to have a baby.
Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survived A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this tells 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life.
Read this... It could save your life!! Let's say it's 6.15 pm and you're driving home (alone of course), after an unusually hard day on the job. You're tired, upset and frustrated. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home. Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.
How To Survive A Heart Attack When Alone
Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two second without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.
Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.
What a glorious night we had at ARCO, last night. The Kings beat the Mavericks, the hottest team in the NBA, and arguably, became the hottest team themselves! The Kings also moved into the 8th play-off position in the West. We welcomed Liz Evey to the ranks of the ARCOfaithfuls. She turned 18 and couldn't wait to come out and help us. And, despite a slow start, we earned an $1138 donation (including $23.30 tip from our customers) for our Youth Ministry. Thanks to Betty Keller, Audrey Liu, and Jennie Fong for counting and entering the inventory. Thanks to Pat Tatro for handling all our cash. We had some last minute staff loses, but thanks to Liz Evey, and Carol Keller, who stepped up at the last minute, we still had enough volunteers. Thanks to Richard Markuson and Jeri Wormington for releasing their helpers to be runners and handling their jobs as solo acts. That really helped the cashiers. Thanks to Cindy Canaday for starting the carpools and organizing and managing the runners. We had a great representation of students at the game including: Christian Bagby, Christina Canaday, Jon Cash, Kim Char, Liz Evey, and Mickey Evey. . Thanks to Richard Markuson and Carol Keller for coming early and setting up the condiment stations. Thanks to our always COOL Ice Guy, Donne Ingalls. Lastly, thanks to: Jennie Fong, Audrey Liu, Jeri Wormington, and Dr. Craig Yamada, who don't regularly attend Faith, but generously donated their time and talents to support your youth. Everyone did a really nice job and the clean up was excellent as usual. Our last three games are on consecutive Sundays: March 26th, April 2nd, and April 9th, all 6 p.m. starts (volunteers need to arrive at ARCO by 4 p.m.). I'm going to take sign-ups for all three Sundays and distribute parking passes right up until game days. I'll be sending a confirmation to everyone who has signed up before each game. We need lots of volunteers for each game, so let me know your availability and I will get you signed-up and parking passes for the games you can work
Clem Stocker, a member here at Faith, died yesterday, Sunday, March 26th at his residence. Services will be held in L.A. Via Sue Nolan
Project Paul Thank You
To my friends at Faith Presbyterian:
Thank you for letting me share the production of Project Paul with you. I thoroughly enjoyed performing for you all and getting to know your community. I hope you found the performance inspiring or, at least, appreciated the new look at Paul’s ministry. I’m still heading east – I’m in Memphis, Tennessee – and I think back on Sacramento fondly. May God continue to bless your wonderful congregation. Thanks for your support.
In Christ, Jon Roberts
Shirley Burbank Thanks Faith Members
Thank you for all the beautiful cards and flowers in honor of my dear husband, Howard K. Burbank. So many of our church members were at the service and that is deeply appreciated.
PW Women's Mission Project
The women of Faith PW prepared 60+ Health kits as their Mission
Project. Other contributions were made to Loaves and Fishes, Mary
House, Sister Nora's and other charitable organizations.
These kits will be sent to Church Woeld Service to be distributed both
within US and other countries where there is great need.
Presbyterian Women’s Meeting
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Presbyterian Women will be meeting on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at 11:30 am. Last month we heard from Tricia Nelson form Sister Nora’s House, a new addition to the Loaves and Fishes mission. This month our speaker will be Carrie Commack from the Sacramento Monarchs. She will be tell us about the challenges which the women’s basketball team has had to overcome in order to win the national championship of the Women’s Basketball Association. Bible Study starts at 10:30 to discuss lesson 7, Holy Week, from the Horizons Bible Study For Everything a Season. Remember to bring your bag lunch, drinks and dessert will be provided.
Thanks to your donations we sent over 60 Gift of the Heart Health kits to Church World Service! As always, we will have our Bazaar table where you can bring anything you would like to get rid of, that someone else might enjoy. The only rule is that the buyer determines the price and the seller takes back any item which does not sell. All are welcome, please plan to join us. If you have any questions, feel free to call Marthe Sweet at 427-1783.
Many members of Faith have expressed their wish to participate in mission trips, but time and distance have made it impossible to reconcile with their schedules. Now it’s possible for everyone at Faith to participate in a one-day mission trip just up the road to help our neighbors through Rebuilding Together.
Formerly Christmas in April, the Sacramento chapter of Rebuilding Together makes an impact through providing necessary repairs free of charge to existing homeowners. These necessary repairs often include home modifications, roofing, plumbing, and electrical repairs and/or improvements - the goal is to provide a warm, safe and dry environment for low-income homeowners , enabling them to live independently and with dignity.
Please consider joining us on Saturday, April 29th as part of a building team from Faith. No particular skills are needed and all efforts are appreciated. If you have questions, please contact members of the Mission Committee, Jane Owen, John Sugar, Marthe Sweet, Sue Hooper, Carolyn Jaynes, Conney Willis, or Scott or Sheri Peifer who have actually participated in prior work days. Our volunteer list needs to be finalized by March 31st, so please let Conney Willis know if you’re interested by email at email@example.com or by calling 530-432-2318, or look for a sign up list in the Narthex beginning Sunday, February 26th.
Family Promise April 9 – 16
You can signup for this 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 and Coordinator of the Day (COD). If necessary, we will take sign-ups in the narthex on March 19.
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.
“Cotton Patch Gospel” Coming to Faith on April 9th, 6:00pm
As a fundraiser for FAMILY PROMISE the “Cotton Patch Gospel” will be performed at Faith on Sunday April 9th at 6:00 p.m. “Cotton Patch Gospel” is a retelling of the Gospels of Matthew and John set in the contemporary South, accompanied by bluegrass music.
It was first performed in New York in 1981. Christianity today said “Drop everything and go see the “Cotton Patch Gospel”. Your feet will be tapping and your fingers snapping.” The New York Times called it “an exuberant country western hoedown.” It’s a show that gets your toes tapping and laughs coming non-stop.
The play is being presented by the Broadway Playhouse-produced and directed by David McDonald. This is the same David McDonald who directed the “Best of Broadway” for many years.
Beginning Sunday February 26th tickets will be on sale in the Narthex after 1st and 2nd services. Tickets are priced $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
Come one, come all, bring your family and friends and enjoy this entertaining musical and raise money for Family Promise at the same time. All proceeds from ticket sales go the Family Promise.
Clem Stocker, a member here at Faith, died on Sunday, March 12th at his residence. Services will be held in L.A. Please keep Clem’s family in your prayers during this time.
The 2006 Peacemaking Conference will be held July 22-27 at Estes Park, Colorado. As an intergenerational event, there are engaging opportunities for children, teens and adults. If you are wondering if this might be for you and/or your family, please talk to the three members of Faith who have had a chance to attend: Bill Frye, Marthe Sweet, and Conney Willis. All will agree that the conference helped them to understand the extent of work of the Presbyterian Church for peace and justice, and how they could participate in that work. There are funds available to subsidize part or all of your travel by contacting Conney Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-432-2318.
Steve & Collette Benson r
|Jim & Betty Park|
Terry & Patrice Mangum Marthe Sweet
JPatty Boyd Sandra Trezise
Walt & Doran McDaniel
Richard & Gwen Markuson
John & Sally Ravas
Cynthia & Rick Crow Julia King
Barbara & Jim Tracy
|Ken Finch||Carroll Collier|
Paul & Betty Keller
Helen Christenson Marilyn Becker
Bob Connett Dick McClure
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Jim Zazzera, Associate Pastor
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