Faith Presbyterian Church
Volume 31, Number 10 May 16, 2006
625 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95831
Munchies Bible Study 9:00am
CREW Bible Study 2-3pm
May 21 Elder-Deacon Ordination
May 24 & 31 Exploring the Da Vinci Code
May 28 Jazz Sunday
June 4 Pentecost Offering
June 4 Faith starts bus service
June 11 Choir Recognition Sunday
June 11 Town Hall Meeting at 12 Noon
June 28 - July 4 Faith Fireworks Stand. Spend your money here and help fund the Faith Family Retreat.
Every Wednesday in July -- God at the Movies
The Bus Is Coming... June 4, 2006
Faith is pleased to announce the beginning of a door to door, residence to church and return, transportation service for members and or regular attendees at faith who wish to attend the 11:00am Sunday morning service and have no alternate means of transportation or cannot afford alternate transportation.
This service will be provided at no cost to the rider.
Our beginning service area will include the Greenhaven- Pocket Area. You may sign up to drive between services or after the 11:00 am Service on Sunday May 21st. If you know of someone who would
benefit from this service; please call Pat Beal at 686-4814 and we will make arrangements to visit them at home.
The Pentecost Offering will be taken on June 4, 2006 at both services to further the reach of our church and the Presbyterian Church worldwide in ministering to children and youth.
The Pentecost Offering is the youngest member of the PC(USA) special offerings’ family, first received by congregations in 1998. Like the three other special offerings, it provides direct ways for congregations to support specific causes that help those in need.
Congregations are encouraged to keep 40 percent of the Offering to support work on behalf of children at risk. In our case, the funds reserved have gone to support Family Promise.
The General Assembly Council divides the remaining 60 percent among:
Please consider your gift to the Pentecost Offering, knowing that it will be used to support and grow the future of our church.
Exploring the Da Vinci Code
Facilitated by Pastor Jeff Chapman on Wednesday Evenings May 24 & 31, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Room El - Music Room
Millions have read the New York Times bestseller. Millions more will see the movie after its release this month. The author, Dan Brown, has been called everything from brilliant to a heretic.
The Da Vinci Code has certainly entertained and fascinated millions. But do the book and movie reveal long-suppressed facts, or merely intriguing fictional representations of ancient events? \Vas Jesus married to Mary Magdalene? Did he have a child? Was the Bible edited to make Jesus appear divine?
Join us (and invite others to come along) for this two week class which will involve riveting interviews, provocative questions, and relevant scriptures and history which help compare references in the book to historic and biblical Christianity. At the very least, we will all be given an opportunity to re-examine what we really believe to be true about Jesus.
Finally, A Chance to Ask That Question You’ve Been Wanting to Ask
Town Hall Meeting Scheduled at Faith
The leadership at Faith is going to hold a Town Hall meeting on Sunday, June 11th, after both worship services. The purpose of this time will be to give those in the congregation an opportunity to raise questions and issues with Faith’s staff and elders. In an effort to facilitate better and better open communication in our church, we are exploring the possibility of holding these types of gatherings on a regular basis. Please consider what questions or issues (either publicly or anonymously) you might want to bring that day. Your leadership will be all ears.
Pastor Jeff says:
Get Ready for a Whole New Kind of Offering This Sunday (May 21) at Faith!
A friend of mine who is a pastor at another church recently asked me what I thought were some of the challenges we were facing here at Faith. Of course, I first had to tell him about all the things that are going so well. But after that, I did share with him one area where I know we need some work.
“One of our biggest challenges,” I told him, “is a connection problem.”
“We’ve got a growing number of opportunities for people to serve God by serving others in our church and beyond in the community. We’ve also got a growing number of people who seem to be more and more ready to offer their time and abilities in service to God. Where we fail is that we don’t always do a good job of connecting the two.”
“But hopefully,” I told him, “all that is about to change.”
Some people on our Lay Ministry team have been working hard these past weeks to begin something we are going to call our Time & Talent Offering. Simply, here’s how it works. Once a month, often the fourth Sunday of the month, we will take time during our Sunday morning offering to present to the congregation opportunities for ministry and service. Some of those opportunities will be for service within our congregation. But others (we hope at least half) will be geared towards opportunities to serve those in need beyond our church.
A brief description of each opportunity will be given from up front during the offering, more information will be listed in the bulletin, and then representatives that know even more details will be available after the service has ended to answer questions and take sign-ups from interested individuals.
Sadly, the offering portion in most worship services is seen as solely a time to offer our treasure (i.e. our money). But Christian stewardship is so much more than offering a portion of our finances. As important as offering or treasure is, God also calls us to offer our time and our talents for service in his kingdom.
From my perspective, our church is filled with people who are eager and willing to respond to God’s call to serve others by using their time and talents. The challenge has been that many of those people, particularly those newer to Faith, don’t often know what opportunities exist for such service. We hope that this Time & Talents Offering will help make that connection.
As our vision statement so articulately declares, we are a community loving Jesus, building disciples, and serving all. I look forward to seeing how God particularly continues to expand that last part. For as we grow more and more into becoming the kind of church committed to giving ourselves away to ministry that serves others, we become more and more the kind of church God intends us to become.
I look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!
Grace & Peace,
Pastor Jim Comments on REPENT!
As I drive to the church from Rancho Cordova, I see a large message painted on a hillside with stones (or maybe chalk). The message says “REPENT CA!” I assume it is a call for all the citizens of California to repent of our various sins. I also assume (perhaps wrongly) that it is placed there by Christians – my brothers and sisters in the faith. Something disturbs me about this message, though I am not exactly sure what.
Last week I attended a conference where I heard two well known and powerful Christian speakers. Deep down, their beliefs probably differed very little from each other. Yet I was struck by the phenomenal difference between these speakers in their attitude toward the world. While their content was important – it was their approach to our culture that I found significant.
One speaker seemed to preach in almost angry tones about the world we live in. He was quick to point out the threat posed by so many things around us. He talked of “burying” those with whom he disagreed and asserted that he had little respect for an opponent who did not share his world view and intellect.
The other speaker also asserted the power of the Gospel in this world. Yet his message went something like this – “What would happen if we approached people with compassion? What would happen if we made it our central purpose to love the world and its people as God loves the world?” In both his attitude and words he demonstrated a clear openness to people of this community and culture.
We Christians are often good at pointing out what is wrong in the world around us. We quickly perceive dangers, problems, and sins. We are so worried about being polluted that we distance ourselves from this world. What would happen if our first approach was not to focus on those things but to offer compassion and love? What would happen if we gave up telling the world to REPENT and instead bandaged a wound, housed a refugee, listened to a neighbor, or fed a hungry woman? Maybe that would actually bring us all closer to Christ.
Maybe the message needs to be “REPENT CHURCH.” Old Testament prophets calling for repentance were talking to people already committed to the community of faith. John the Baptist was preaching to those who came out to be baptized. Perhaps we need to hear the words of repentance spoken to us. I know I do. I need to repent of my criticizing. I need to repent of my suspicion. I need to repent of my withdrawal. I need to repent of my fear. I need to repent of my unwillingness to engage this world in love.
Maybe that message on the hillside was for me after all.
Peace & Grace, Jim
Kelsey Sturgis Danny Healow Colby Ainsworth Nate Barton Natalie Reyes Lindsay Kammeier Julian Richardson Kevin Hefner Molly Bagby
Mentors: Jeff Chapman Gary Cash David Bilbo Sandi Bilbo Ilah Turner Bill Frye Hal Turner Lara Roach
The Confirmation Class was received into membership at Faith on April 30. These 8 young people have been in the confirmation process since September, 2005. As a result, they know more about the Presbyterian Church than most of the congregation.. They deserve praise for their devotion and hard work. Their individual mentors (standing behind them) also deserve praise for their diligence in helping the young people. More pictures in living color at www.faithpresby.org
Christian Education Opportunities
During Lent and Beyond
Sunday Mornings, May 21 – 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
God at the Movies - Coming in July!
Save these dates for our Wednesday Night Movies at Faith:
July 5th Walk the Line
July 12th Millions
July 19th The End of the Spear
July 26th Chronicles of Narnia
Though not all explicitly Christian, all of these stories are tales of hope, redemption, and transformation. Each week we will meet and view the film and discuss what insight we might discover about our own faith and life. Look for details in upcoming newsletters
Cheryl Finch Graduates! Faith’s own graduates from the San Francisco
Theological Seminary with Baccalaureate Services Friday May 19, 4:00pm at the 1st Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo.
Commencement Exercises Saturday May 20, 9:00am, at Bouick Field (at the seminary). Everyone at Faith congratulates Cheryl and wishes her well in her chosen calling.
Sunday School News
Teachers for April and May Sessions
9:00 Pre-2 Jaime Huff and Molly Bagby
2-5 Nick and Katie Kolitsos
11:00 Pre-2 Allison Reynolds, Kevin Hefner, Jason Reynolds
2-5 Andeen Lovett and Sophia Bagby
Birthdays for May
Nicholas Voskes 5/17
Jackson McDaniel 5/9
Maegan Reynolds 5/6
Gabbi McDaniel 5/9
Benjamin Potter 5/29
Vacation Bible School
July 10 to July 14 (ages 4- Fifth grade)
Look for sign ups coming soon in the Narthex!
Do you have the trivia questions answered for California yet?
The answers will be in the Presby News.
Lessons for May
Pentecost Acts 2:1-15
On Fire for Christ Acts 2:14-40
Whom do we follow? Hebrews 11
God encourages the followers Acts 2:1-4, 38-47
Timothy follows in Paul’s footsteps Acts 16:1-5 2Timothy 1:1-14
Lydia responds to the good news Acts 16:11-15
Summer Sunday School
We will need people to serve Christ by sharing with our children during the summer. We are going to be sharing the stories of Daniel, Esther and Jesus as a child. We will use 4 weeks to share each story. Please prayerfully consider this area in which to serve.
Sacramento Children’s Choir
On Saturday, May 20, at 7:30pm, the Sacramento children’s Choir will present a multi-cultural program: “It takes a Village”, at St. Anthony’s Church across from Faith Church. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. Tickets will be on sale at the door, or you can order them from Sheila at firstname.lastname@example.org. You should support these young people in their worthwhile enterprise. Liz Shahbazian for information.
In Living Color!
The web page has been tidied up and clutter reduced. Now, to see a complete set of pictures in color for most Faith events, go to www.faithpresby.org and click on “Pictures of Recent Events”. There you can click on links that will show you pictures of events such as the Confirmation Class, Women’s Retreat or Youth Sunday. The black and white photos in the PresbyNews do not do justice to our many program participants
Heart Reality Check
Worried about developing cardiovascular disease (CVD)? Tally up your risk.
People over 50 with two or more risk factors for CVD are 50 to 69 percent more likely to develop the life threatening condition later in life. Risk factors include obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
If you do not have risk factors for CVD by age 50, your odds of developing the condition and suffering a fatal heart attack or stroke are much lower and your life expectancy is greater than if you did have risk factors. But even If you have multiple risk factors for CVD) — obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes — it's never too late to start taking better care of yourself to reduce your risk. Adopt a healthy diet and exercise plan to get your weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol under control, and don’t smoke. All of these lifestyle choices will help you avoid diabetes and CVD while adding years to your life.
Top 5 Guilt-free Treats
Here are five fantastic food-free ways to give yourself a pat on the back:
· Give yourself a bouquet. Don’t wait around for a loved one to send flowers — celebrate your accomplishment with a seasonal arrangement.
· Take a bubble bath. Enjoy some quality time alone to honor your achievements A scented soak may be just what you need to stay dedicated to the healthy changes made.
· Enjoy a salon or spa treatment A pedicure, facial, or massage can lift your spirits -give you a more refreshed appearance.
· Plan a ‘night out’ that doesn’t revolve around dinner Enjoy a movie (minus clogging popcorn or check your newspaper for a fun cultural event, such as a concert, play or art exhibition.
· Splurge on a greet outfit in your new, smaller size. If you really feel like celebrating - if your budget allows buy a whole new wardrobe once you’ve reached your final goal.
May is Women's Health Month
As Mother’s Day approaches, May is an opportune time to focus on improving women’s health. The CDHS Office of Women’s Health (OWH) commemorates May 2006 as the fifth annual Women’s Health Month to encourage California women, girls and those who love and support them, to adopt healthier lifestyles. Women can live stronger, longer and healthier lives by taking preventive action to protect their health during all stages of life such as incorporating physical activity and healthy eating into a daily routine.
This year’s theme, “A Balanced Life is a Healthy Life,” acknowledges the challenges facing women in balancing the external demands placed on them and still remembering to take care of their own physical, mental and emotional needs. Women can improve their overall health by achieving a better balance between career, family and personal well-being. A healthy lifestyle is a key factor including regular physical activity, proper nutrition, regular cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes and cancer screenings and early treatment for physical, mental and emotional needs.
The month-long California observance encompasses National Women’s Health Week, May 14-20, sponsored by the U.S. Office on Women’s Health ( http://www.4women.gov/whw/ ).
Ways to Observe Women’s Health Month:
• Attend the women’s health lectures in the East End Auditorium, Building 172:
“Winning the Battle Against Chronic Disease”, 1to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9.
“Creating a Balanced Life”, 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31.
• Print a copy of the 2006 Women’s Health Month poster and a List of Events in your region.*
• Participate in a local women’s health event such as the Race for the Cure on May 13 in Sacramento. Check the Women Health Month Events* for activities taking place in your region of the state.
• Make a commitment to improved health by registering for a local women’s event.
• Email the OWH Web site* to friends and family throughout California to encourage them to participate in Women’s Health Month activities.
• Participate in National Women’s Check-Up Day on May 15 by visiting your health care provider or making an appointment to do so in the near future.
*Visit the OWH Web site at http://www.dhs.ca.gov/director/owh to download a poster, view a list of local events in your region and access additional information about Women’s Health Month activities.
NetWorkers Malaria Prevention Program Donations
Sunday, May 7, Presbyterian Women made a one-time effort to request monies for the Networkers Mother's Day Malaria Prevention Program. The Program was estabished by the Presbyterian Church USA to address the malaria problem. What is the problem? Malaria is a mosquito borne parasite that kills more than one million people each year. It is the number one killer of children in Africa and causes millions of premature deaths and miscarriages. Sleeping under insecticide treated nets is a simple inexpensive method of prevention. Networkers provides these nets along with malaria prevention education. Thanks to your generous donations, Faith Presbyterian Women sent a check for over $980 to the Presbyterian Church for the Networkers Project. What a wonderful Mother's Day gift! Thank You.
May Tucker Presents the Hymn of the Month – May, 2006
Near to the Heart of God
Words and Music by Rev. Cleland B. McAfee, 1866-1944
Life is often filled with unexpected problems and challenges. Sometimes the crises are so overwhelming that our faith is shaken with sadness, worry, and fear. Yet as Christians, we know God is our refuge and strength. His grace and the Holy Spirit help us strive to maintain composure and stability in spite of stress and difficulties. We can never escape the daily pressure and dark shadows in our lives but they can be faced with Jesus’ power. God also provides us the rest, comfort, joy, and peace that only Jesus our Redeemer can give. Because of this, we can live everyday with an inner calm and courage.
This is the message the Rev. Cleland McAfee in The first Presbyterian Church in Chicago expressed in this consoling hymn to himself and his family after the devastating deaths of his two young, beloved nieces from diphtheria. He was stunned, saddened, and shocked. Unable to face the news and function for weeks, his faith was shaken. He finally turned to God and to the Scriptures; he soon felt the lines and the tune of this hymn flow from his grieving heart. On the day of the double funeral he stood outside his brother’s quarantined home singing the words of the hymn as he choked back the tears. The following Sunday the hymn was repeated by the choir of McAfee’s church. It soon became the hymn widely known and has ministered comfort and spiritual healing to many people in times of need and suffering. When we sing this hymn today, take comfort in the text and the sweet melody. They are gifts from God.
“When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought joy” (Psalm 94:19)
Ice Cream Social
On Friday June 16, Belle Coolidge Library (Fruitridge and South Land Park Dr.) will host an Ice Cream Social from 6 to 8:00pm. There will be several flavors of ice cream (donated by Crystal) and toppings – all free. There will be family centered entertainment and a book sale. The purpose of the ice cream event is to kick off the Summer Reading Program by getting sign-ups early. The reading theme will be animals “Paws, Claws and Jaws”. Bring a folding chair and a blanket and enjoy the evening. Betty Park for information.
A New Audio Operator
Kevin Roberson is fully trained and is taking over the fifth week, 11:00am slot. He will substitute at 11:00am any week. With the recent addition of Carroll Collier, the audio station is fully staffed for every Sunday at both services. Why is this a news item, you ask? If we did not have these dedicated volunteers operating the sound panel, our worship services would be a mish mash of chaotic sound. They phase microphones in and out so that the various elements of worship can be heard by everyone in the sanctuary. Give them a kind word as you pass the audio station.
Family Promise July 16 to July 23
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 June 25..
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.
In Living Color!
The web page has been tidied up and clutter reduced. Now, to see a complete set of pictures in color for most Faith events, go to www.faithpresby.org and click on “Pictures of Recent Events”. There you can click on links that will show you pictures of events such as the Confirmation Class, Women’s Retreat or Youth Sunday. The black and white photos in the PresbyNews do not do justice to our many program participants.
Faith’s Annual Trip To The Music Circus
Do you like musical theater? Then join other members of the Faith family and attend the Music Circus production of The Music Man on Thursday, August 10. This age-old favorite is appropriate for both children and adults. Tickets are $42 for adults ($4 off the regular price) and $31 for children under 12. Tickets are limited so sign up now on the sheet in the narthex or e-mail Barbara Tracy at email@example.com. You can also call her with questions or to sign up after May 4.
This Summer’s Faith Rivercats’ Trips
Faith family members who love baseball are invited to attend join other church members at two Rivercats’ games this summer. Games dates are Friday, June 16 with the Tacoma Rainiers and August 5 with the Memphis Redbirds, and tickets are $17 each. The last game has fireworks after the game. Sign up on the sheet(s) in the narthex or e-mail Barbara Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org to guarantee yourself a spot. You can also call her with questions
Faith Family Retreat 2006
It’s almost that time again! For what, you say? Yes, it’s time to start thinking about this year’s retreat. Registration for this year’s Annual Faith Fall Retreat starts on May 14. This year’s event will once again feature programs for everyone in the family, and we hope to see some more new faces at this year’s special event. Mark the dates in your calendar now—September 15-17—at Zephyr Point in Tahoe. You do not want to miss this once-a-year event!
This year’s speaker will be Fil Anderson who will be giving us “Fuel for the Road of Life.” Fil is a dynamic speaker and an insightful author who will help us learn how to connect with God in the midst of everyday life and ministry. Fil will help us leave the road to exhaustion and discover the road to intimacy and transformation as we learn to live WITH God rather than FOR God. Fil is the Executive Director of Journey Resources in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and completed the Graduate Program in Spiritual Guidance at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC. Fil worked with Young Life for 25 years, serving as an area director and a regional director before becoming its national director of training.
Stephanie Saunders and Peggy Prior, the two dynamic ladies who led
our children’s program last year, will be back this year with another fantastic program for children. We are waiting for a final confirmation from Jon Sibug, a favo rite of our youth, who we hope will once again handle the youth component. A nursery program will be provided for those under three if needed. There will also be plenty of opportunity for you to explore the beautiful grounds at Zephyr and spend time with your friends and family.
The cost to attend will be the same as last year, $140 for adults, $70 for youth 10 – 17, and $35 for children 3-9. Children under 3 are free, and for large families, there is no charge for children after the second. Large families may want to consider a cabin rather than a single room and can talk with Barbara Tracy about options. Families that have other housing accommodations but still wish to participate in the retreat pay $72 for adults, $55 for youth, and $30 for children. To register, you need to complete the form that will be available starting on May 14 and pay a deposit (half the total) to reserve your spot. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis so register early to guarantee you a spot. We don’t want anyone who wishes to participate to be left out; financial assistance is available. If you would like financial support, please talk confidentially with one of the pastors. We are looking forward to the biggest and best retreat yet! Come and join us!
Peacemaking Conference has been cancelled.
says Conney Willis
John & Sally Ravas
Ken & Patti Bloomburg
Mary Lou Bailey
Hal & Ilah Turner
Rick & Cynthia Crow
Chuck & Brien Bell
Jeff & DiAnne Brown
Dave & Teri Williamson
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