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PresbyNews

Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 30, Number 11  May 10, 2005

625 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95831

916-428-3439

www.faithpresby.org

Faith Happenings

Sunday Services:

8:30 and 11:00

Multi-age Sunday School 8:30  

Sunday school, Adult Ed, Jr. High Bible Study

9:45-10:45

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

May 15 - May 22 Faith Hosts Family Promise Homeless

May 15 - 2:00pm Beth Eigenheer Concert

September 16, 17, 18  Faith Family Retreat

New Adult Evening Class

Are you an ordinary person seeking God’s transformation?

This might just be a class for you!  The Life You’ve Always Wanted: A Discussion, Video, and Bible Study by John Ortberg

When: Wednesdays 7pm – 8:30pm, April 27th – June 1st

Instructors: Alice Parente and Jim Zazzera

Please join us as we explore God’s desire to transform us and the “how” of spiritual disciplines for ordinary people.

The heart of Christianity is transformation—a relationship with God that impacts not just our "spiritual lives," but every aspect of living. This course calls us back to the dynamic heartbeat of Christianity—God’s power to bring change and growth—and reveals both the how and why of transformation.

Our time together will provide a road map toward true transformation that starts not with the individual but with the object of the journey—Jesus Christ.

As with a marathon runner, the secret to winning the race lies not in trying harder, but in training consistently—training with the spiritual disciplines. The disciplines are neither taskmasters nor an end in themselves. Rather they are exercises that build strength and endurance for the road of growth. The fruit of the Spirit—joy, peace, kindness, etc.—are the signposts along the way.

Sign up in the narthex of the church or simply come to class. We look forward to seeing you!

it’s official!

Beginning June 5, 2005, Worship times will be:

Early service  9:00 a.m.

Late service   11:00 a.m.

Faith will continue These two service times Throughout the year.

We will not go to one Service during the summer.

Upcoming Sermon Series Announced…

How to Talk to God When…

 

It’s something we all have participated in, but still one of the most mysterious things we ever do in life is prayer.  We bow our heads and, with the words on our lips or in our hearts, presume that we are in some way communicating with the creator and ruler of the universe.  Imagine that! 

 

Ask the average person in the pews on Sunday mornings if they believe themselves somebody who is competent when it comes to praying and most of the time they will say they are not.  Most people, in fact, are even unwilling to pray out loud in groups because, as they would put it, “I’m not good at praying.”  Well, what does that mean?  How do you know if somebody is “good at praying”?  And to push the issue a bit further, what kind of words are we supposed to use when we pray?  Is there a right way and a wrong way to pray?  Are there certain things we should and shouldn’t talk to God about? 

 

In our next Sunday morning sermon series, beginning May 22nd, Pastor Jeff will help us use one of the greatest treasures we have in scripture, the book of Psalms, to better understand what we are trying to do when we approach God in prayer.  In the Psalms, we have been given a resource that is meant to teach us the language of prayer.  As we digest these timeless words we are given words that can express the full range of human emotion and context.  If you are somebody who would be interested in finding out how prayer might become more real, more meaningful, more rich in your life, this is series to which you will want to pay close attention.

 

The following titles and texts may help you better prepare as you come to worship these coming weeks:

            May 22 – Is That How You Speak to Your Father? – Learning to Pray in the School of the Psalms

            May 29 – How to Talk to God When You Want to Say How Much You Love Him (Psalm 8,18) – (Also, Jazz Sunday)

            June 5 – How to Talk to God When You Want to Say You Are Sorry (Psalm 51) – (Also, Communion Sunday)

            June 12 – How to Talk to God When You Are at the End of Your Rope (Psalm 40) – (Also, Choir Recognition Sunday)

            June 19 – How to Talk to God When You Are Angry with Him (Psalm 13)

            June 26 – How to Talk to God When You Really Aren’t Sure He’s Listening (Psalm 42)

 

Pastor Jeff Says:

It’s Not Our Church, It’s Their Home

If you’ve been around the church at all this week you know of the exciting things that are taking place.  This week marks the first time Faith Presbyterian Church has come up in the Family Promise rotation.  That means that some families, who for the time being are without homes of their own, are staying in our church facilities while they work to get back on their feet again.  Many of you, I know, are involved in supporting and serving these families in dozens of different ways, from cooking a meal to sleeping overnight at the church yourselves.

 

During the Family Promise training a few weeks ago, one of the things many of us heard about this ministry was that they encourage participating churches like ours to remember that during the week we host, “it’s not our church, it’s their home.”  Particularly for those of you who have been around this place for quite some time now, who have invested over the years in seeing this facility built brick by brick, that statement may initially have caught you off guard.

 

But what a great reminder!  Whenever God blesses his people, he always does it so that they, in turn, can be a blessing to others.  Way back to the beginning of the history of God’s people, God told Abraham, “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:2)  Whether it is abilities and gifts, financial resources, a beautiful church facility, or the Gospel of Christ itself, when we receive these blessings it is always with the understanding from God that we turn around and use them to bless those around us.

 

That is why I am so thrilled at the openness our congregation has demonstrated in welcoming these families to our home.  Faith has been so richly blessed in so many ways.  This is a great step we are taking in finding yet another way to be a blessing to others. 

And the wonderful thing is that in doing so, as we encounter Christ in these people we will serve, we will also receive great blessings.

 

If you are not able to assist in a direct way this week (there’s too many of us to do that anyway), please remember to pray for the families we will be serving, the ministry of Family Promise, Faith’s directors Cynthia Crow and Sue Hooper, and other homeless families in our region who have not yet benefited from a ministry like this one.

 

What a joy it is to serve a congregation so willing to continually discover how God is leading us to bless others beyond our own walls.

 

I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday!

 

Yours in Christ,

 

Jeff

Barbara Tracy has all the right stuff in the narthex for you to sign up.

Dear Mexico Mission Trip Supporters, participants and ARCOfaithfuls,

Sad Movies!!!  The Kings couldn't find a way to stop the Ray, and so their play-off hopes go away!  Barring a minor miracle (it could happen!), we've had our last event at ARCO with the Kings for this season.  This play-off game was special, as you all know, because we were working for our Mexico Mission Trip.  Well, we did fantastic!  Your efforts earned a $1216.12 donation from Maloff Sports and Entertainment and the generous Kings fans added $63.88 in tips to that, for a total of $1280 to support our mission effort.  We had a great crew!  Special thanks to Lily Dong, with help from Dwayne Willis and Dr. Craig Yamada, for managing our almost $20,000 in cash,  Betty Keller, with help from Jennie Fong, Dwayne Willis and Lily Dong for managing our inventory, and Ken and Claire Pisor and Lyman Lum, who came early and had everything ready when the volunteers arrived.  Thank you Connie Willis for orgainizing and starting the carpools, and Kelsey Ingalls for training the newbee runners.  We really enjoyed meeting and working with Patti (Diana's friend) and Scott Winnicker, who took this opportunity to be ARCO first-timers.  They both did a great job.  Kevin Willis and Scott Winnicker did the dreaded condiments in superb fashion and Gary Cash was our coolest of Ice-Guys !!   Hats-off to Jewel Hanson, ToiSan Malbough, and Nicole Hampton from the Bible Fellowship Community Church for helping us, AGAIN!  Also, thanks to Lily Dong, Jennie Fong, Greg Hood, Lyman Lum, Scott Winnicker, Jeri Wormington, Dr. Craig Yamada, and Patti,  who do not attend Faith Presbyterian Church, but donated their time and talents to support our Mexico Mission effort.  And, lastly, but certainly not leastly, thanks to Pastor Jeff for being the last cashier open, at the end of the game.  We have had a great and very successful season with the Kings at ARCO.  If anyone has any feed-back they would like to have considered for improving our ARCO experience and/or results, please share it with any one of us.  Thanks again to all the ARCOfaiths. 

Steve Canaday, Paul Keller, & Pat Tatro

 

We are mid-way through Christian Family Week May 8 - 14

Keep using the following practices and ideas within the life of your family as you live out and acknowledge that presence daily.

Worship God Together.

            Sit together in worship.  Talk about the service and things you heard, saw, learned, and noticed.  Connect the worship service to your life in your home.

Read the Bible together.

            Become more familiar with how to locate stories and passages as well as how the book is arranged.  Talk about how the Scriptures remain relevant to our lives today.

Pray.

            Take time to pray as a family and as individuals.  Share daily "highs" and "lows" with each other and with God.

Confess and Forgive one Another.

Tolerate one another's failures.  Encourage each other.

Serve others together.

            Look for ways that you can live out your faith by carrying out acts of service as a family.  Live out the words of Jesus from Luke 10:25-37.

  

Provide Hospitality.

            Offer hospitality and care to those you know as well as to strangers.

Listen and talk together about your lives.

            Give all family members a chance to talk and be heard.  Get to know each other.

Work against the things that destroy other people and  God's creation.

Work for the things that affirm God's purpose.

 submitted by Sue Kirk

( This list is adapted from "Growing in the Life of Christian Faith," commended to the church for information and study by the 201st General Assembly, Presbyterian Church U.S.A. )

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

Birthdays for May

Jackson McDaniel        5/9

Gabbi McDaniel            5/9

Benjamin Potter            5/29

Maegan Reynolds        5/6

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Sunday Lessons/Themes for May

May 15,22     The Spirit Sends the Church into the World

May 29            Celebration of Spirit

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Special Dates in May

  

May 12            7-8:30  Bible Workshop with Pastor Chapman

May 15            11:00 Service Bible Presentation

                        Vacation Bible Meeting after second service

May 22              Teacher Recognition and Luncheon

June 5            First Sunday of New Schedule   9 and 11 Worship

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

    Living As Forgiven Children of God - Around the World in 5 Days

Last year we boarded our "plane" each morning and traveled to different and exciting countries each day to learn how God works in our world.  This year we will be catching the Train!

 We will be visiting Taiwan, Northern Ireland, Brazil, Zimbabwe and Nepal.    We will travel the week of July 18 - 22 , 9:00 - 12:00.  Mark your calendars and join us!  Passengers, Conductors, Travel Guides - ALL A BOARD!

     There are several opportunities still available to join our VBS team.  We are looking for Travel Guides at several age levels, Art leaders, Music leaders,  Conductors, etc.  Please contact Sue Kirk or Pam Rock if you are interested in traveling with us.

Vacation Bible School registration forms will be available in the Narthex on the Sunday School table.  Please register early so we can plan accordingly.  Invite a friend, invite two!

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Summer Sunday School

 On June 5 we will begin our new schedule.  There will be worship services at 9:00 and at 11:00 with children's Sunday School offered at both services.  There is a letter that will be going home to the families of the students.  We are asking that each family volunteer to lead/assist two Sundays during the summer months.  What a terrific way to see what your child is doing in class and bolstering your own faith.  Parents/Grandparents are the primary Faith givers for children.  The church is here to support you and provide you with resources to make you comfortable and secure in this mission.  Volunteering in the classroom can only aid in this endeavor!  Any and all are welcome ----- Sue . Kirk.

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Special Dates

Bible Workshop           May 12         7-8:30

Bible Presentations        May 15            11:00 service

Teacher Recognition     May 22

First Summer Sunday    June5

 What is the Lay Ministry Committee?  What is the Outreach Committee?  And how are these Committees an important part of our church?

Simply put, Lay Ministry looks at the activities that happen inside the doors of our church, while Outreach looks at letting our community know about our church in order to bring them through our doors.

The Lay Ministry Committee has the objective of helping each member of our congregation identify their God given gifts and talents.  We ask you to think about how you would like to be an active member of the Faith Presbyterian Church.  We meet with prospective members, an give them an excellent lunch as a bonus.  We work with the entire body of the church as a part of the annual Ministry Fair.  Our September Fairs have been a joyous gathering of the ages and a great opportunity to see and hear about the various ways members support our church with their time, voices, and skills.  Yes it is just as much a skill to bring a beautiful voice to our choir, as it is to bring a strong back to work in our gardens.  Lay Ministry also provides a partial scholarship to a theology student; Cheryl Finch has been our scholar for the past three years.

Our Outreach Committee has presented the annual 4th of July Pocket Parade, a way to demonstrate our faith to our immediate community.  This is the group that works with local business leaders to prepare ads in the Pocket News and the Sacramento Bee, as well as update our information in various phone directories.  Greeters are trained and coordinated through this Committee, as is the pictorial directory.

Elders can serve a term of three years, and my term has come to an end.  I am delighted to have two new Elders stepping into my size 11 shoes.  Ok, neither of them have feet as large as mine, but they are both excited about their new positions.  Please reach out to congratulate Glenda Arellano, Lay Ministry Elder, and Diane Brown, Outreach Elder.

Family Promise Update

              Our first week as a host church for Family Promise will arrive on May 15th!  We have been working and planning  to make this an enjoyable experience for all those involved.  We have filled all the volunteer slots with more that 45 eager church members.  On Sunday, May 15th, Sue Hooper and Cynthia Crow will be in Room 2 after the second service to answer any last

minute questions.  If you missed our training held on April 20th we will have extra handouts and can give you a brief review of the program.  At 3:00 the setup team will begin turning our classrooms into overnight accommodations for the guests of Family Promise.

On Sunday May 22nd, all those who participated in the first week are invited to the Choir Room for an informal debriefing to work out any bugs we may have experienced during our week.  Conney Willis of the Mission Committee will be providing a light lunch.

The Family Promise Day Center located on the Loaves and Fishes campus would like donations of diapers and toiletry items for the guests.  You may place them in the box in the entryway to Link Hall and we will get them to the Day Center.  We would like to thank all those Faith members who generously donated sheets, games and books for our program. 

Sue Hooper and Cynthia Crow

Health Ministries

 May is Cancer Awareness month.

  Doctors are seeing an increase in skin cancer.  Here are some ways to help prevent skin cancer.

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 on thin coat is just not enough.  In addition to applying on 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 parts.

Mercy Ship News

 

Coby Somsen, the daughter of one of our former pastors, is serving as a nurse on the Mercy Ship Anastasis. As one of her supporters, Jim and I receive regular updates about her missionary experiences. I have found her these missives interesting and very informative, and the pictures she sends give us a glimpse into the lives of those she is serving. She is currently in Liberia. I have suggested to her that she should bind all of her updates in a book, and she indicates that others have made the same suggestion. I happened to think that some of you might also enjoy reading her updates. I have about two months’ worth, and there will be a few more before the ship goes into dry dock for the summer. I expect she will continue her updates once again when the ship returns to service. If you would like me to forward her messages to you, just send your e-mail address to me at bjtracy@comcast.net, and I will send you all her updates so far and future ones as I receive them.  ----- Barbara Tracy

Calling All Presbyterian Women

Wednesday, May 25

Presbyterian Women meet this month on Wednesday, May 25, 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 dates are:

May 25              Brown Bag

June 26              Potluck

Beth Eigenheer Concert

My yearly student solo recital will be:  Sunday, May 15th, 2005 – 2:00 P.M.

at Faith Presbyterian Church.     I will be performing as well as my talented students.  Kayla Swanson, daughter of Lisa Swanson will be graduating from the

 Twinkle Variations.        

              M. Beth Eigenheer, Suzuki violin teacher, music therapist, performer

Faith Book Club

The next meeting of the Faith Book Club is on Thursday, May 19. 2005 at 7:00 PM.  If you have any questions, or would like to join us, please contact Ilah Turner at 428-8716.

Westminster Woods Summer Camp!!!

One of my favorite things about summer when I was growing up was summer camp.  Every single summer from the time I was five years old I went to Westminster Woods and spent a week in the heart of God’s beautiful creation.  The Woods was like magic and I never felt closer to God then that one glorious week each year.  Some of my fondest memories as a kid include the pool, my counselors, the hikes, my fellow campers, the pastor’s talks at camp fire, the great songs, and countless other events that I got to experience during my time there.  The Woods helped mold me into who I am now, and I don’t know where I would be without that special place. 

As cheesy as all this sounds, it is true.  God has truly blessed The Woods and the exciting thing is The Woods still has spots open for this summer.  Kids from second grade through high school can sign up online for a week of camp and hopefully they will all have a life changing experience just like I did.  All you have to do is go to www.westminsterwoods.org to find dates, prices, and a registration form, or you can call The Woods at (707) 874-2426.  (Some camperships are available, contact the church for more information.)  Don’t miss this chance to sign your kid up for a great week at summer camp.You can also get in touch with Conney with questions or registration information at 530-432-2318 or conney@aol.com.

Kelsey Sturges

Coffee Hour Volunteering

We'd like to add more volunteers so one group will prepare coffee after the first service and another group after the second! It'll be only once every other month and takes just about 40 minutes before and 45 minutes after the service.

Please call Doran McDaniel at 683-4687. 

 

Worship Helpers

 

May 15

May 22

Worship Service

8:30am

8:30am

Worship Assistant

David Leader

Vicky Chastain

Ushers

Bob and Tanya Anderson

Don and Jan Sperling

Greeters

Larry and Noreen Freund

Mary Nabers Marvette Swayzer Mariln Becker

Sound

David Nash

David Nash

Coffee Preparers

Walt and Doran McDaniel

Jeff and DiAnne Brown

Acolytes

   

Worship Service

11:00am

11:00am

Worship Assistant

Lori Glasgow

Brien Bell

Ushers

Walt and Doran McDaniel

Bob and Barbara Powell

Greeters

Jerry and Priscilla Simms Marilyn Becker

Bob and Tanya Anderson Melodi Andeerson

Sound

Ken Finch

George Warner

Coffee Servers

Marcella Fodor

Jean Kern

Tellers

Helen Christenson Marilyn Becker

Joyce Hathaway Dick McClure

Acolytes

   

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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