PresbyNews

Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 30, Number 22 October 25, 2005

625 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95831

916-428-3439

www.faithpresby.org

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

CREW Bible Study 2-3pm

CREW

(Sr. High School Fellowship)

Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm.

Kelsey Ingalls 428-3439.

Munchies (Jr. High Fellowship) Game Night

Thursdays 7-8:30 pm.

Kelsey Ingalls 428-3439.

 

October 26 Presbyterian Women 10:30 Bible 11:30 lunch

October 30 Gifts and Passion class 12:15 -2:00pm

November 6 Operation Christmas Child 12noon to 3:00pm

November 6 Confirmation Class Session 2  4:00pm

November 13 Commitment Sunday

November 16 Gifts and Passion class 7-8:45pm

November 22  cumenical Service at Faith

December 3 An Evening in December (see Barbara Tracy)

         

Presbyterian Women

          Presbyterian Women began this year with a luncheon with both Pastors Jeff and Jim.  We learned about advanced care directives, choosing a spokesperson and how to talk with your fmaily and doctor about your wishes.  Please join us on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 to hear about Thirteen Common Money Mistakes Made in Retirement.  We meet at 10:30 am for Bible Study, and our meeting begins at 11:30 am.  Lunch will be provided. We are working on our Gift of the Heart Health Kits, so please try to bring hand towels and wash clothes to our October meeting.  We'd like to see you there, if you need a ride or have any questions, please feel free to contact Marthe Sweet at 427-1783.

Aiming at Something

Faith Elders Set Objectives for Coming Year

 

Somebody once said that if you aim at nothing that’s exactly what you’ll hit.  With that in mind…

 

Over the past few months, the elders of Faith Presbyterian Church (our Session) took time with their respective teams to prayerfully consider goals for this coming year (05-06).  Part of this reflection involved the review of our recently completed Mission Study, of which many of you took part.

 

It’s my hunch that most of you would be interested in knowing the aims of the current leadership of this congregation.  Though this isn’t an exhaustive list, here’s a sampling of some of the concrete goals Session teams envision seeing accomplished by August, 2006:

  Pastor Jim asks: "Formation or Information?"

 

Friends,

I have always really liked school. I have always liked reading new things. Always been interested in information. What I wish was that information (in and of itself) could change me. Knowing that I have high cholesterol doesn’t automatically make me eat better. Reading about different methods for installing tile doesn’t make me want to remodel my house. Understanding the latest in men’s fashion doesn’t mean I will necessarily look good. (Please, no jokes here.)

 

This same concern is true in Christian faith. Knowing the content of the Bible doesn’t mean I am a more faithful Christian. Understanding many methods of prayer doesn’t mean I spend much time “on my knees.” Believing that Christians are called to care for the poor doesn’t make me more compassionate.

 

I believe the issue is this – I don’t need more information but I need formation. I don’t (simply) need content in my head but a change in my heart. I don’t just need stories about God but I need a relationship with God.

 

Presbyterians have always put a high value on education – and I pray we never let go of that. What concerns me is that we do not always take that information and allow it to be used by God to change our lives. I like the way it is put in the Book of Romans “Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out.” (Romans 12:1, The Message)

 

What I really want is to be “changed from the inside out.” What I ask as a Christian is “Where does that happen in my life?” It has happened to me in times of crisis. It has happened for me when I have taken great risk. It has happened for me when someone I love has challenged me to become more than I now am. It has happened to me in surprising and unexpected ways. Usually I seek information – but what I really want is trans-formation.

 

How do we do that in a church? Do our classes really challenge us to change or do they simply affirm the status quo in life and faith? Does worship simply tell us about God or invite us to experience the living God? Is our mission work just doing tasks or involving us in ministry that taps into both our gifts and passions?

 

In this newsletter and elsewhere you will see listed many opportunities for growth. I hope we embrace these possibilities. There are scripture classes, sessions to discover gifts and develop ministries, mission projects, and small groups in which to explore you life of faith.  It is my hope that ALL of these opportunities become occasions for each one of us to be formed in Christ’s likeness.

 

Peace & Grace, Jim

 

Left over Halloween Candy? 

 

Bring it to Faith and it will go to Food Closet.  Betty Park for information..

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Another Successful Week for Family Promise

 

              Faith Church hosted Family Promise for the third time the week of October 16th. We had four families--a mother and father with a 10 year old girl and 3 year old boy; a mother and father with a 9 year old boy and 11 year old daughter; a mother and father with a 5 year old boy and a mother and father with a 4 year old girl--eight adults and six children.

              Over 70 volunteers participated in Family Promise this week.  The generosity of spirit that is shown by volunteers in filling shifts for each of our weeks is truly wonderful.  You are a joy to work with.  Our “hats are off” to you.  You are truly a blessing!

Meal Coordinator:  Mary Masterson

Dinner Teams:  Kathy & Randy Ramos; Roy, Mollie & Sophia Bagby (and their guinea pig Chugabuba); Lois Strong; Joyce Hathaway, Chonnie Theissen, Vernice Brooks; Bethany Church;  Ilah & Hal Turner; DiAnne & Jeff Brown; Ruth Burkinshaw; Em Baker; Paul & Betty Keller; Ruth Warner; the Thommen Family; Mary Nabers; Dian Frye; Marlene Calbo; Jennifer Smith; Lisa Swanson Miller and family.

Evening Teams:  Jenna Schultz, Nancy Mirkin, John Popham, Donna Touros, Rhonda Hankey, Laurie Richardson, Gwen Markuson, Sally Evey, Elizabeth Evey, Janet Leader, Chuck Bell, David & Sandi Bilbo, Sally & John Ravas, Lara Roach and Teri Williamson.

Overnight Teams:  Gary Cash, Scott Peifer, Gary Pado, Margi Willie, Bill Frye, Jane Owen, Glenda Arellano, Paul Keller, Larry & Jo Thommen, Sally Evey, Debbie Barton, and Connie & Dwayne Willis.

Coordinators of the Day:  Rhonda Hankey, Jane Owen and Marthe Sweet.

Set Up:  Carey & Sharon Kincaid, Rick Crow, John Warren.

Take Down:  Jim Tracy, Ken Finch, Joann Helmich, Ken Pisor and Rick Crow

Laundry:  Lara Roach, Ann Johnson and Julia King

              Thanks again to the staff, elders and Faith Congregation for your support and help. We look forward to our next Family Promise week January 15-22.  If you are interested in volunteering, just ask one of the above Faith members about their experience.  The sign up board is found in the hallway outside of the church office.

Sue Hooper and Cynthia Crow

 

HERE COME THE KINGS

 

Kings’ tickets are now available for three games: Wednesday, November 23 vs. the New Jersey Nets; Sunday, January 8 vs. the Indiana Pacers; and Friday, March 10 vs. the Memphis Grizzlies. Tickets are $25.50 each, and they are available on a first-come, first-paid basis. You must pay for the tickets now since the Kings require payment up front. Sign up in the narthex, e-mail Barbara Tracy (bjtracy@comcast.net), or call her at 428-0311. The limit is 6 per family per game.

 

CHICAGO

 

Faith family members are invited to attend the Sunday, March 12 Broadway Series production of Chicago. Tickets are $31.50 each. Mark your calendar now and look for the sign-up sheet soon. Call Barbara Tracy at 428-0311 if you have questions.

Opportunities @ Faith To grow in faith

 

Sunday Mornings

October 23rd – December 18th

Neglected Voices: Biblical Spirituality in the Margins

In this study we will listen to the voices of many of the “unknown” characters of the bible including Rahab, Baruch, Simeon, Phoebe and others. As we hear their voices we can hear God’s voice teaching us about things like new beginnings, trust, courage, and servanthood.

 

9:30am               Teacher:  Jim Zazzera

10:30am             Teachers: Claire Pisor, Hal Turner,

Sandy Trezise, Chuck Bell

 

Wednesday Evenings

November 2nd @ 7:00pm

An analysis of State Election Ballot Measures

Chuck Bell will guide us in a non- partisan fashion, examining the ballot measures for the November 8th Election and equipping us to vote as informed citizens. There will be ample time for discussion. 

 

November 9th, 16th, & 23rd @ 7:00pm

Nooma Film Series –

Questions About Life and Faith

Short films by Pastor Rob Bell and scripture reflections will help us explore some of the fundamental issues of

faith and life.

 

Teacher: Jim Zazzera

Rain: Where is God when bad things happen?

Trees: Do our lives have meaning?

Luggage: What difference does forgiveness make?

 

 

November 30th, December 7th, 14th, & 21st  @ 7:30pm

Praying the Scriptures in Advent

You are invited this advent to take time to not simply study but to pray through the scriptures that lead us to the birth of Christ. Using an approach to bible reading and prayer called “lectio divina,” we will carefully attend to the bible reading for the day to discover what God has to say to our lives. 

 

Facilitator: Jim Zazzera

November 30th               Luke 1:26-38                  

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

December 7th                 Mark13:24-37                

Signs of the End of the Age

December 14th               Matthew 11:2-11          

Who Are You Looking For?

December 21st    John 1:1-14                     

The Word Who Comes

 

Faith Goes to “Evening in December

 

Many of you enjoyed the First Covenant Church’s An Evening in December last year at the Memorial Auditorium, and this year’s program promises to be just as exciting. Performances will take place November 30 through December 4 with both a matinee and an evening performance on December 3 and 4. I am planning a Faith Church group on Saturday evening, December 3, but I can get tickets for any performance for you. Tickets are $8. This is a great family activity, and I encourage you to take your children. I can get tickets before they go on sale to the general public if I purchase them before October 18. You may sign up either October 9 or October 16 in the narthex or call Barbara Tracy at 428-0311 on or before October 16. You can pay me when I bring you the tickets

Classes will be held on Sunday, October 30th from 12:15 to 2:00pm. (A pizza lunch will be provided for $3.00) and on Wednesday, November 16 from 7:00pm to 8:45pm.

Dear Faith Worshippers---UNICEF

 

Since 1950, American children have been Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF.  So far, their efforts have raised more than $123 million to help improve the lives of children around the world and to help build a better future for us all.  With just one of those dollars, UNICEF can immunize a child against measles for life, provide 33 children with a year’s supply of vitamin A to protect them from blindness or provide enough water-purification tablets to make five gallons of water drinkable.

            This year our children are being asked to become World Heroes.   Funds raised on behalf of UNICEF will be used to bring education, clean water, nutrition, immunizations, and emergency relief to children hit by Hurricane Katrina, the Southeast Asia tsunami, and starvation in Niger.  

            You are invited to help our Faith children make a difference by continuing the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF tradition on Sunday, Oct. 30.   Our children are invited to come in costume that day and trick-or-treat through the congregation at the designated time during both worship services.   We hope you will choose to support our children in helping other children worldwide through this quality program.

 

Sincerely,

Alice Parente                     Conney Willis                       Sue Kirk

Adult Education Elder       Mission Elder                   Christian Education Coordinator

A Helping Hand Especially For Those Who Need It Most

 

Are you a Senior Citizen or are disabled and have a light bulb burned out that you can’t climb up to change?  A lock or latch that doesn’t work properly?  A faucet that needs to be replaced or just to stop dripping?  A toilet that runs, and runs, and runs… You get the picture.  Some of the most annoying mechanical systems in the world reside in our homes and many of us can’t fix or replace them.  Now you can have some help!  We are starting a new help ministry at Faith Presbyterian that will come to your home in the Greenhaven / Pocket area to help with these little problems for the cost of materials.  Many problems can be solved with no materials, but in those that require a new switch or valve or other items, all you pay for is the cost of the materials, the labor is free.  If there is something large we can’t tackle, we’ll let you know you’ll have to go to a professional for that service.

 

You can contact David Bilbo at 424-5222 to discuss your needs.

Workshop Offered at Faith: Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

           Detective Mark Bearor of the Elk Grove Police Department (also an active participant with his family here at Faith) will offer this free course here at Faith.  Questions answered in this session will include:

Join us on Wednesday, November 9th, at 2:00 here at Faith (Room 2).  Please feel free to invite others from the community you think may also be interested.  Questions?  Contact the church office.

Notes from Session

Alice Parente, our Elder for Adult Education discussed the importance of small groups within the church and possible means of encouraging the formation of such groups. In November a meeting will be held to find potential leaders for these groups.

Memberhip is now at 441.

Per Capita (a charge for each member from Presbytery) will be $17 in 2006. The pledge envelopes will have a special envelope for those who are willing to pay this amount.

All elders will be receiving a letter regarding the make up of session with a list of questions. Results will be known by the November 14th session meeting.

A meeting will be held to discuss Spiritual Direction and the support of FPC for this program.

Proposed budget for 2006 was $548,211. This incorporates the proposed salary for the position of Associate Pastor as well as the cost involved in the search. The APNC will be presenting the Church Information Form at the next session meeting for approval.

Session Retreat will be October 28th and 29th.

Stewardship Update

 

Dear Friends:

 

In the next few weeks, we will each be prayerfully considering our level of financial commitment for Faith Church's ministry for 2006.  Every family should already have received two letters from the church -- one from Pastor Chapman and one from the Session -- which endeavor to underscore both the blessings of giving as well as the budget priorities for next year.

 

On Sunday, October 30 (between services), Finance Committee Elder Don Sperling and members of the Session will be giving the congregation an update (at the Budget Forum) on the high points for the year ahead.  We will also be hearing from Paul Keller and Joyce Hathaway who will be sharing with us their own version of why they give to Faith Church.  Pastor Jeff has been addressing his sermons on the subject of money and giving back to God.  If there is one message I hope to retain from this year's stewardship program, it is the notion that it is not how much we give to the church, but rather it is how much of what God has given to us that we retain for ourselves.

 

Once again, please accept the appreciation of the Session for not only your generous contributions of the past but also for your attention to the ambitious 2006 operating budget which seeks a 17.4 percent increase to fully fund current expenditures and our vision for the future.   One of Faith's enduring characteristics as a body of believers is the ease with which we discuss money and financial matters.  Because we are well-informed and cheerful givers, we are comfortable looking within ourselves and seeking God's guidance when making our pledging commitments.  Thank you.

 

See you on October 30!

Fred Noteware

Stewardship

Health Ministries

Get Nutty, Snack on Nuts

 

Fall is a season of cooler weather, changing leaves, and bountiful nuts. That’s right; most tree nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, chestnuts, and pistachios) are harvested during the fall months. This means that now is the perfect time to rediscover the joy of these nutritional powerhouses.

 

What’s in a nut? These satisfying snacks are low in cholesterol and saturated fat and high in healthy monounsaturated fat, protein, and a variety of essential vitamins and minerals, including folic acid and niacin. Numerous studies suggest that nuts may be effective in preventing heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer.

 

Nuts can be eaten raw (fresh from the shell) or roasted, and can be used in cooking. Keep unshelled nuts in a cool place for up to a year. Shelled nuts can turn rancid more quickly and often require refrigeration or freezing. And remember that while nuts are good for you, their high fat content makes them potential diet busters.

Faith's Crop Walkers

  Faith Members Walk to Raise Funds

Nearly 30 Faith Presbyterian members participated in the Sacramento Crop Walk on October 16. The Crop Walk is an annual event organized by local interfaith groups and other organizations. Held in nearly 2,000 communities in the United States, the Crop Walk has two purposes:
1. Raise awareness about people around the world who must walk to find food, water, firewood, freedom, and other neces- sities of life.
2. Raise funds to help stop hunger wherever it exists
Crop walks raised over $15 million last year (over $41,000 in Sacramento) helping people in need in more than 80 coun- tries.
The slogan "We Walk Because They Walk" was selected because millions of people around the world walk long distances every day to: get water for daily needs, bring home food for their families, find safe shelter in times of war or disaster, find wood for fuel and fodder for livestock, go to school, farm distant fields, and find medical care when illness strikes.
The 10K walk started and finished at the State Capitol. Volunteers from a number of community organizations lined the route and provided water and snacks to keep the walkers hydrated. One participant noted, "We are so lucky to live where we do, many in the world walk this far just to go to school or get food and water."
We are lucky indeed!

ARCO Pocket Schedules

Ted Hansen, Maloof Sports and Entertainment, Charity Group Coordinator,  has provided me with about 100 Kings 2005/2006 season pocket/wallet/purse schedules.  They are 2.5" x 3.5" (folded), in color, have the complete Kings schedule, show the television coverage for each game, and have a handy seating diagram of ARCO Arena (just in case you get a chance to buy tickets).  I will have these schedules at Church the next few weeks and if you would like one, it's YOURS!!  I will also have some at our first game (Friday, November 18th) and the schedules are also available at ARCO.  I have all the parking passes for this season and it looks like we are ready to go.  Thanks for all your support in the past and we should look forward to another great season. 

Paul Keller

Watoto African Children's Choir

This spirited group gave an exciting and thought-provking concert at Faith October 22.

Faith recently hosted the Watoto Children’s Choir, a group of Ugandan orphans traveling internationally to raise funds for the Watoto Child Care Ministries which provides physical, emotional, educational and spiritual care to children who have been orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. To help sponsor a child ,or for more information, call (813)948-4343 or visit their website at www.watoto.com.

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Worship Helpers

 

October 30

November 5

Worship Service

9:00am

9:00am

Worship Assistant

Donne Ingalls

Janet Leader

Ushers

Bob & Tanya Anderson

Bob McCarroll Ken Finch

Greeters

Bill & Em Baker Marthe Sweet

Ken & Patty Bloomberg Jean Kern

Sound

Don Sperling

Bill Baker

Coffee Preparers

Walt & Doran McDaniel

John Sugar

Acolytes

Trey Nohren

TBA

Worship Service

11:00am

11:00am

Worship Assistant

Jim Tracy

Glenda Arellano

Ushers

Roy & Vicki Chastain

Walt & Doran McDaniel

Greeters

Bill & Dee Nichols      Debbie Barton

Dick & Betty McClure       Wayne Burkinshaw

Sound

George Warner

Joe Parente

Coffee Servers

Paul & Betty Keller

Gwen Markuson

Tellers

Helen Christenson Marilyn Becker

Bob Connett Dick McClure

Acolytes

Sierra Brown

Taylor Shabazian  Sarah Ainsworth

Published by Faith Presbyterian Church

625 Florin Road, Sacramento CA

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Marthe Sweet (marthesweet@earthlink.net)

Jeff Chapman, Pastor

Jim Zazzera, Associate Pastor

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