Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 32, Number 6 March 20, 2007

625 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95831


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


(Jr. High School Fellowship)

Thursdays 7-9:00pm

Patrick Vaughn


Sr. High Fellowship

Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm.

Quinn Vaughn

March 21, 28 at 6:30pm

Lenten Worship & Communion

March 23-25 Women's Retreat

April 1   6:00pm  Supper Club

April 5  Maundy Thursday   Dinner at 6:00pm.  Worship at 7:00pm

April 6  Good Friday  4:00pm through 8:00pm  Self Guided tour of the stations of the cross in Link Hall.

April 8  Easter Sunday   Services at 6:30am, 9:00am and 11:00am

Another chance at a picture for the Directory.


Were you unable to schedule an appointment to take a photograph for the new Faith Pictorial Directory? Don't worry...we've added another day for you! Our Olan Mills reps will be at the church Monday, April 2 to photograph from 3 to 8:20 p.m. You get a FREE 8"x10" color photograph for participating as well as a Pictorial Directory. And you don't have to be a member of the church -- everyone is welcome!If you'd like to schedule an appointment, call DiAnne Brown at 395-6129 or loook for the sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center table the next two Sundays.

Office Manager Sue Nolan Announces Retirement

Long-time Faith office manager Sue Nolan announced that she will be retiring on April 13th.  Sue has faithfully served in her current role since 1992.  Please stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to honor Sue and the work she has done so well in our midst.

Town Hall to be Held April 29th

Mark your calendars and plan on being here for another Faith Town Hall.  Last year, Session decided to hold at least two of these gatherings a year to give members of the congregation to ask questions or share concerns and joys with the church leadership (i.e. elders and staff).  The Town Hall will be held after each worship service that day.

Scnes from the March11 installation of Patrick and Quinn Vaughn

Pastor Patrick’s Column


A few Friday’s back Quinn and I were on one of our traditional Friday Sabbath hikes.  However this time it was a little different, we had a visitor along with us.  Tawnie the Chapman’s golden lab came along for the ride and the hike.  This was Tawnie’s first big hike in the wilderness and she was full of energy and excitement as labs often are. 

As we hiked along the trail Tawnie would charge off in front of us.  At first I was a bit nervous, you don’t exactly want to have to break it to two kids that you lost their dog, but as we went along I realized that Tawnie had no intention of running off.  In fact she would sprint ahead and then she would stop, wait, tip her head to the side and look back to make sure we were following her.  

Now, I know that all analogies fall short and this one certainly does but in those moments as we hiked along I thought to myself, Tawnie is a little like Jesus.  Always going before us but never leaving us behind.  Checking in on us and encouraging us with a hope filled glance or a smile (Tawnie seems to always be smiling).  Full of life even when we feel tired or defeated.

But, as I said all analogies fall short and as I observed Tawnie’s somewhat reckless energy, thrashing through bushes, taking wrong turns, attempting to go down dangerous slopes, and tearing roots out of the ground, I slowly began to see less of Jesus in Tawnie and more of me.  I thought of the many times that Jesus and God are compared to a shepherd in scripture and how often I am reckless in the use of my own energy.

Sometimes, I charge ahead of Jesus instead of walking with him listening to and learning from the Good Shepherd.  Other times, I need to be called back after making a wrong turn or wandering off the path that God has laid before me.  I, like Tawnie, need someone to pick the ticks out of my fur and to take care of me.  And, sometimes I, like Tawnie, need some discipline and correcting at times.  Finally, there are times when I charge off in front of Jesus depending upon my own energy and vision believing that I know the way, whether it be in ministry or in life.  I forget that Jesus calls his disciples to follow him.

Jesus calls us to follow him and he promises to be like the Good Shepherd of Psalm 23, leading us beside still waters and making us to lie down in green pastures.  Jesus promises us the gift of the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:29) and to always be with us (Matt. 28:20).  We aren’t sent out on the journey of faith to run wild dependent upon our own energy, like a golden lab frantically expends its energy.  Instead Jesus empowers us and enables our growth as we follow him.  In the power of the Holy Spirit as we daily commit ourselves to the discipline of following in the way of Jesus, I truly believe that our thoughts, words and actions are transformed.  Transformed into love . . . love for God, love for our neighbor and love for the stranger.

              Finally, Tawnie brought Quinn and me much enjoyment that day.  Her energy and exuberance that tilted head with what seemed to be a grin and undeniable fun brought me joy and laughter and reminded me that we too bring much joy to God.  God rejoices with choirs of angels as we make the decision to follow after Him even in our stumbling.  And, we can rejoice in the promise that Jesus is along side us every step of the way.    

Dear Faith Family,


I have made the decision to retire from the position of Director of Music in Worship at Faith Presbyterian Church after much thoughtful prayer and soul searching.  My last day of service will be April 8th, 2007 Easter Sunday.


I am grateful for the seventeen years of serving Faith Church.  Many friendships built and forged, much fun and music with members and friends, but most memorably, breaking ground and watching God’s hand at work in providing for and building the very sanctuary in which we are sitting and worshipping.  Besides fond memories, there have been many personal life challenges that the Faith congregation has held me up and indeed have been the wind beneath my wings.


Changes are hard but necessary for growth—both personal and organizational.  I have confidence that Faith Church will continue ahead, answering God’s call to further the work of His Kingdom here on earth.  I believe I can bid farewell with humility, as well as with pride because Faith and I are both stronger now since my first step inside (the sanctuary) Link hall on that spring day in 1990.


My new personal journey ahead is both exciting and challenging.  I will cherish the love, friendship, and support that Faith has given me as I face a new beginning.  I will sincerely keep Faith in my heart and in my prayers; and I kindly ask you to do likewise.  My family and I are still part of this congregation.  So, “Blest be the ties that binds…”—keep the music rolling!!


Abide in His grace and presence,

May Tucker, Ph.D., Director of Music in Worship





It's All In Your Head

Do you wait it out when throbbing headaches sideline you from your social calendar?

You're not alone on the bench.  Research shows that about 25 percent of people

with chronic pain--sometimes it's head banging--forgo medical diagnosis and treatment.

Find out if your head pain could be migraines, tension headaches, or some other type of

chronic noggin nuisance.

Keeping a stiff upper lip is fine for hangnails or Hallmark card commercials.  But pain that

takes you away from daily activities should be acknowledged and warrants medical attention if it's

sudden and severe or chronic.

So why the reluctance to get help, especially when some silent suffers have pain that interferes

with sleep or is severe or frequent?  Some researchers suspect that people have had it drilled

into their heads that pain medications are addictive and dangerous, so they prefer to tough

it out rather than risk getting hooked.  Other researchers speculate that people who suffer

 silently are convinced there's nothing that can be done about their pain.


But they're wrong on both counts.  PAIN MANAGEMENT--without addiction--is absolutely possible,

thanks to the miracles of modern medicine.  So if you're living a hobbled life, speak up and get HELP

Attention Musicians:


Easter is coming and here are some important rehearsal and performance dates:


March 22 Thursday        Clarksburg Bell Choir                   6:30pm

                                          Adult Choir                                    7:30pm

                                          Brass Band                                     8:00pm


March 24 Saturday         Brass Band                                     9:30am


March 25                         Adult Choir & Young Faith Singers         10:15am rehearsal for the 11:00am service


March 29 Thursday Rehearsal for Palm Sunday

                                          Clarksburg Bell Choir                   6:30pm

                                          Adult Choir                                    7:30pm

                                          Brass Band                                     8:00pm


March 31 Saturday         Brass Band                                     9:30am


April 1 Palm Sunday  Both services – Adult Choir, Bell choir and Young Faith Singers

                                          Rehearse at 8:15


April 5 Maundy Thursday. Adult Choir will perform at 7:00pm  And then rehearse with the Brass Band at 8:00pm in preparation for Easter.


April 8 Easter

                            Sunrise Service               Brass Band         6:30am.

Adult Choir and Brass Band rehearsal at 8:00am to play at both the 9:00am and 11:00am services.


Children's Ministry


We were blessed to have Pastor Jim visit and participate in our Sunday School classes a few weeks ago.  In fact, all four pastors have visited our classes in the past few months.  It is a gift to have such loving, caring pastors.  The children would like to thank each of them for their time and active participation in the lessons.


Over the next few weeks, the children will be learning about the miracle of  Feeding the 5,000.  It is amazing how one little boy’s lunch could feed so many people.  Please spend a few minutes reading the story and reflecting on how Jesus’ miracles have impacted your life.  Then, allow a child to tell you the story because studies show that children remember more by retelling a story in their own words.   


It is always a gift to work with the children.  They teach us so much each and every day.  Their enthusiasm, joy, and love for Jesus is contagious.  Thank you to the following individuals for sharing God’s love:  Paul Keller, Shari Reyes, Erin and Sarah Ainsworth, Ileana Maestas, Ann Johnson, Andeen Lovett, Vicky Chastain, Pam Rock, Lisa Swanson-Miller, Julie Axell, Jennifer Smith, Cathy Healow, Linda Jacobs, Nick and Katie Kolitsos, John Popham, Gwen Markuson, Conney Willis, and Chris and Susanne Fahey.  On a weekly basis, I hear parents comment about how their children love coming to church.  Who could ask for more than that?  I look forward to seeing you and the children on Sunday morning.  ~ Ms. Melinda




Three important dates:

  June 3rd –Youth Sunday

  June 10th – Children’s Worship Begins
   July 9-13th – Vacation Bible School


 March 25th C.E. Meeting between services.




Other opportunities for our children in this area and Elk Grove are Bible Study

Fellowship and AWANA.


Questions??? Call Pam Rock, C.E Elder at 393-1493 or Melinda Lewis, C.E. Director at 428-3439   ext 306.

Third Grader Hailey Popham receives her  own Bible on Sunday March 18


Send Your Kids With Us to Summer Camp!

Every summer we send many of our children and youth to Westminster Woods camp in Sonoma County for the time of their lives.  This summer we are hoping to send another bunch.  On Sunday, March 25th, a staff member of the Woods will be here after each worship service to meet with parents and kids about camp to answer questions and show a video of highlights.  You can also pick up, at that time, registration materials.  If you’d like to register on-line, go to  The early-bird deadline, if you want to save some money, is April 1st.  Know, as well, that we have scholarship money available for families who may need it.  Speak confidentially to one of our pastors if you need a scholarship.  We have group reservations at the following camps:

-Incoming 2nd-4th graders – Adventure Camp (A5b – July 25-28) – Pastor Jeff will be the speaker for this camp.

-Incoming 4th-6th graders – Sherwood Forest (SF5 – July 22-28)

-Incoming 7th-9th graders – Junior High Buccaneer Camp (B4 – July 15-21)

-Incoming 9th-12th graders – High School Camp (H4 – July 15-21)

Questions – Contract Patrick Vaughn about junior and senior high students and Melinda Lewis about children

Presbyterian Women


P.W. will be meeting the 28th day of March.

Our speaker will be John Hindman.  John and

his wife Maryann Toohey are Kairos Volunteers.

Curious as to what a Kairos Volunteer does?

Come and find out!!!

Bible study at 10:30

Lunch at 11:30.

Bring a sandwich this month.

What Are Those Elders Up to Now?

Highlights from March’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 Room 2.  Unless otherwise determined, they are open meetings and church members are always encouraged to come listen in.  We’ll even share our snacks!


Music, Music, Music!  Much of our comfort and joy in worship rests with the inspiration of our music.  As we prepare to thank some of our retiring staff--Dennis Merwin, chancel choir director, Carolyn Tillman, Young Faith Singers (YFS) director, and Gayle Alexis, accompanist for YFS—for their years of service, the Committee on Music Ministry is diligently working to replace these gifted people.  Rick Brandsma, Martha Smith (co-chairs), Brien Bell, Susan Kim, Fred Noteware, Ken Pisor and Liz Shabazian have been working hard to review our mission study, interview other churches about their music ministries both within and outside our denomination, and update position descriptions.  PS May Tucker is announcing her resignation in this issue of  the PresbyNews


And speaking of RETIREMENT!  Sue Nolan, our church secretary for the last 14 years will be retiring effective May 1, 2007.  We deeply appreciated Sue for the depth of knowledge she has about our church as well as her compassion and care especially for the older adults in our congregation.  We will miss her.  Plans for honoring Sue and her ministry will be forthcoming.


Sexuality and Ordination:  Starting the Wednesday after Easter, the pastors will be conducting a four-week Sunday sermon series and Wednesday evening forums on the issue of sexuality and ordination in the Presbyterian denomination.  The forums will include discussion, worship and sharing of the Lord’s Supper.  This is a major topic of conversation in our denomination now and you won’t want to miss one opportunity to hear and share in this discussion.  Pastor Jeff will be sending out a letter with more information the week before Easter.  Pray that all will attend with hearts prepared to listen and seek understanding from the various perspectives on this topic in which all four pastors will be sharing teaching and facilitating roles.


Presbytery Needs Us!  The Book of Order requires that the Presbytery annually review its balance of clergy/elder commissioner representatives.  For 2007, Faith is eligible to send four (4!) elder commissioners.  The next Presbytery meeting is May 8 in Woodland.


Caring and Compassionate Deacons:  For the first time, extended communion to those homebound (served on the Sundays we serve communion in the worship service) was provided to some of our members by Deacons Em Baker, Andeen Lovett and Pastor Jim.  In addition, they are making, praying over and distributing prayer lap blankets to those in need.   


Try to keep up with those fast-moving Pastors for Youth and Families!  In addition to all their great work with our Faith teens, Pastor Quinn is serving on the Presbytery Triennium planning team and Pastor Patrick is gearing up for the Westminster Woods season.  Look for registration and upcoming information on the Woods summer events at the March 25 worship services.  And we celebrated joyfully their installation on March 11!


Faith well-represented on the Presbytery level:  Pastor Jeff now serves at the chair of the Presbytery Council, Pastor Jim now serves on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry and Claire Pisor serves as the new recording clerk for both the Committee on Ministry and Presbytery. 


Training for new officers get underway:  On February 25 Pastors Jeff and Jim conducted the first session of officer training for our incoming elders and deacons. 


Other Bits & Pieces:

Joyce Hathaway was Honored by Faith's PW

Joyce has a remarkable life story  

Born and raised in Osborn, MO with two younger sisters who like to say, “after our parents had Joyce Ann, they decided to wait a long time before trying it again”. Her sisters are 10 years younger than she.

Joyce came from good solid Missouri stock. Raised on a farm by a family devoted to and active in the church.  She was raised with the love of God and family all around her. 

Her children will tell you that her stories include walking to school for miles in the snow; and in her case they were true!  Her trusty pony would strand her at times, but being a creative thinker, she was able to make due in any situation. As a teen, her pony was replaced with a horse—no car for this teen and to this day, she says we would be better off if we still used a trusty horse!

After high school and finding the love of her life in John Hathaway, Joyce left home to attend college where she worked before and after school to support herself.  This was quite a feat in those days when most young girls stayed home to help the family or married right out of high school.  After graduation from business college, she started her life-long career in banking.

When John joined the service and was stationed in California.  Missing the love of his life, he went back to Missouri to get her-- that was her BIG move away from home.  They were married, settled in Sacramento in the early 1940s and she has been an active community member ever since.

Her banking career soared here in California after settling in at Crocker National Bank (now Wells Fargo).  She worked at the main office on J street being promoted through increasing responsible positions from bookkeeper, to branch manager, and ultimately Vice President. 

She was active in many banking organizations. She was an officer with AIB (American Institute of Banking) where she organized and taught banking classes to up-and-coming bank executives.  She was also in demand and scheduled regularly to judge speech and debate competitions.

At home she was just mom to her three children, John, Cricket and Jim where they lived in Oak Park until 1969.  She overcame major challenges to raise her children, take care of a husband and become a successful career woman.  No horse, so the bus system was her main means of  transportation. Being the independent, can-do lady that she is, she hired a driving instructor to teach her how to drive when she was in her 50’s.  At that point John purchased a car for her so she wouldn’t drive his!  One her special times is cooking for her family. If you are ever invited over for fried chicken, pea salad and pecan pie, don’t pass up the opportunity!  

She tried her hand at several different “activities” including swimming lessons where she would practice her breathing technique in a pan of water in the front room only to find that her body wasn’t buoyant so even if she could take a breath, she would just sink to the bottom of the pool.  She also tried softball, but when trying to field a fly ball, broke her finger and that ended her softball career!  After moving to the Greenhaven area in 1969, she and John retired.  Never having learned to roller skate or ride a bike she decided that a great exercise would be walking the dog.  Well, this was good until one sunny day going over the over-pass on Gloria Drive, the dog decided to chase a cat and wrapped its leash around her legs and pulled her down breaking both her arms….so enough of walking the dog.  This is probably where she decided that serving others was her real calling. Her sense of humor and outlook on life always remained sunny and upbeat, even during these “testing” times! 

She always give 100% to every endeavor. Her everlasting qualities of devotion, enthusiasm, creativity and dedication have been at the heart of all her life and her successes.  These are the same traits she has shared with us here at Faith Presbyterian Church.

Do you have a career talent or experience

you’re willing to share?


If so, the Lay Ministry Committee invites you to sign up below so that

those searching for the right career field or looking to change professions

might contact you. We have so much talent to share in our church,

and this is just one more opportunity to make a positive difference in

someone else’s life.

What is involved? That really depends on you and the person who contacts

you. At a minimum, it might be simply a phone call. If more interest

develops and it is workable, it might mean a day of shadowing you on

the job. There are many options, and how it unfolds is entirely up to you.

We just want to help make the linkage. Retirees who have stayed current

in their fields are encouraged to participate.

              If you are interested in this project, please call Glenda Arellano 393-9679 or

e-mail to

If you would like to have your name listed along with your field of

expertise, please complete the form below and send it to the church

office or put it in the offering plate.


Field of Expertise

Phone Number

E-mail Address

Family Promise Founder Speaks in Sacramento


Faith Church has been involved with the local and national Family Promise organization for over 2 years.  It was 20 years ago in 1986 that Karen Olson brought together 11 church congregations in New Jersey to begin this program for homeless families called the Interfaith Hospitality Network.  This year the 8th National Conference will be held in Sacramento at the Sheraton Grand Hotel from April 20th to 22nd.  If you would like more information about the conference and the national organization you can obtain it on the national website at: 

Due to the Sacramento location of the conference, Karen Olson will be speaking to the volunteers of Family Promise in our area.  She will make her presentation at Carmichael Presbyterian Church on Sunday April 22nd at 7:00.  A dessert reception will follow at the church.  If you would like to attend please RSVP to Cynthia Crow by phone (392-9141) or email ( before April 15th.  It is very important that Carmichael Presbyterian know how many people will be attending. 

              The church is near the corner of Fair Oaks Blvd. and Marconi (1/2 block from the Carmichael Library).  Parking is in the rear.  Enter on the far left (west) side via Myrtle.



The ARCO schedule of games for the Kings' 2006/2007 NBA season.  Faith received exactly the games that we asked for as follows.

    Friday      April 6th          7:00 p.m. start    Utah

.   Friday      April 13th         7:00 p.m. start    Golden State


Worship Helpers


March 25

April 1

Worship Service



Worship Assistant

Claire Pisor

   Walt McDaniel


Bob McCarroll

Ken Finch

Mary Nabers

Marvette Swayzer


Jim & Betty Park

Bill & Em Baker


David Nash

Bill Baker

Coffee Preparers

Gary Cash

Pat & Kitty Tatro


Hailey Popham

 Jaclyn Mendoza

Isabel Chapman

Worship Service



Worship Assistant

Glenda Arellano

Lori Glasgow


Richard & Gwen Markuson

Renee Lasron

Melodi Anderson


Teri & Dave Williamson

Jean Kern

Dick & Betty McClure


Carroll Collier Joe Parente

Coffee Servers

Paul & Betty Keller

Dave & Laurie Richardson


Bob Connett

Dick McClure

Kitty Tatro

Jarvis Arellano


Kori Davis

Sophia Babgy

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