Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 31, Number 19 October 3, 2006

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

CREW Bible Study 2-3pm


(Jr. High School Fellowship)

Thursdays 7-9:00pm


Sr. High Fellowship

Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm.

Patrick Vaughn


October 15 Congregational Town Hall after both services

October 16 Family Promise Reunion

October  22  Budget Forum between services

November 5 Commitment Sunday

Dreams and Visions 2007


              What a fabulous time it is now in the life of Faith Presbyterian Church!  As I notice the vibrancy of our ministries and all those involved in them, I can’t help but think that we are hearing God’s call to us; that we understand more of His plans for our lives and the ministries at Faith.  We have received His blessings and we are passing them on to the world.  Wow!


              In keeping with exploring God’s plans for us, the Stewardship campaign for this fall is entitled “Dreams and Visions 2007”.  It is a collection of our church leadership’s plans for next year.  We have these plans to inform you:



           Yes, we need your financial support at Faith Presbyterian Church to meet the commitments of our many ministries.  But does our Father, the One who loves us beyond our comprehension ask us to give because He needs our money?  Or does he ask us to give so that our hearts can be changed, to walk a path more like that of his Son, the ultimate Giver.  I ask you to consider in prayer being a part of “Dreams and Visions 2007”.


Stewardship Committee

Jeff May



The Welcome Center does more than just Welcome!


If you are seeking information about coming events, want to get tickets, sign up for events, change an address, get copies of previous bulletins or sermons – go to the Welcome Center.


If you are looking for hearing assistance devices or you need to ask for a new name tag – go to the Welcome Center.


If you want to know who is or will serve as an Usher, Greeter, Coffee Host, Acolyte, Worship Assistant, Teach Sunday School, Prepare or Serve

Communion – go to the Welcome Center.


You guessed it – The Welcome Center is the place to either give or receive information, Brochures for each Committee will soon be available at the Center.


Please take a moment to stop by and check out our new Center.



Join us for an Important Town Hall this October 15th


As many of you know, these are crucial times in our church. 


You may have seen reports in the local and national media these past months that far-reaching and important decisions are being made in our denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA).  Many of you have asked me what these decisions mean.  Others have wondered how they will affect our congregation here at Faith.  These are very good questions.


By way of background, our denomination met for its bi-annual meeting (called the General Assembly) in Birmingham, Alabama, this past June.  Among other things, a decision was made at that meeting to adopt something called the Peace Unity and Purity Report.  This is a document that was the result of three years of hard work by a diverse task force appointed by our denomination to study issues that are tending to divide us.


The document is long and detailed (you can read the full document at  It has also created a great deal of controversy, much of it around a portion of the report which opens the door for local bodies in the church (e.g. Presbyteries and Sessions) to have more authority in determining standards for ordination.  In the past, the entire church has been subject to national standards.  It appears that may be changing.


Recently the Sacramento Bee reported on actions taken by our local Sacramento Presbytery (a group of 42 local PCUSA congregations) in response to the Peace, Unity & Purity Report and its adoption.  While there are many in our Presbytery that support this new direction, there are also many who are discouraged by it.  In the end, nobody knows what all this will mean for the future of our denomination. 


In light of these recent developments, Pastor Jim and I are going to hold a Session-sponsored Town Hall here at Faith on Sunday morning, October 15th.  We will hold two identical sessions, one after each worship service.  Our aim will be to give you more details about the decisions that have been made recently on the national and Presbytery level.  We will also share how we believe these decisions may impact this congregation.  If interest seems to indicate the need, following this Town Hall we will schedule further times to meet and discuss these issues.


I would invite all those who are interested to join us for this informative time.  In the meantime, please continue to pray for our church, our denomination, and its leaders.


I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday.


Grace & Peace –



Skipped Church Last Sunday?


Hear Pastor Jeff’s October 1 sermon on the web page

Click on the Audio Sermons link and click on the url:

Let Pastor Jeff know you listened.  We thank Joe Parented for setting this up.

Sunday School News by Pam Rock


     Wow!  Great blessings are happening at Faith Presbyterian Church.  We want to thank Melinda Lewis for getting us through the summer and now the first month of Sunday School.  Thank you for all your energy and love you give to our kids!!!!!!!

     We also want to thank all the Sunday School Teachers who are sharing their love and time with the children:  Shari and Natalie Reyes, Nick and Katie Kolitsos, John Popham, Andeen Lovett, Erin, Colby, and Sarah Ainsworth, Chris and Suzanne Fahey, Ileana Maestas, Debbi Kanner, Christine Mendoza, Ann Johnson, Gwen Markuson, Cindy Tom, and of course, Melinda Lewis.  Sharing God’s love in this day and age is so important.  Thanks all of you teachers who taking time for God and our kids.

      We also have Ellen Churcak refilling our worship tote bags so kids can have some things to do in church.   Thank you Ellen for sharing your time with kids at Faith Church

Youth News by Patrick


“For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake.  For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:5-6)


This past week we had the opportunity to meet with Munchies and Crew for the first time.  At those gatherings we shared with the kids our testimonies.  Our intent was that kids might see how God has been at work in our lives.  As we see it, our job as pastors is not to compete programmatically or to achieve the status of being “cool”.  Rather, we desire to proclaim Christ as his ambassadors.  Youth group is an opportunity not only for hanging out and having fun (which we love to do).  Rather, it is primarily an opportunity to share with youth the love of Christ and ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:17-21).  To be reconciled is to make whole.  We hope that youth group is a safe place for youth to explore and share the pieces of their lives and discover how God desires and provides for these pieces to be a whole.  Ultimately, it is our hope that youth would come to see themselves as ambassadors of Christ and ministers of reconciliation to their peers, families and community. 


Upcoming events:  Parent meeting @ 8:30 following youth groups on 10/12 (for Crew) & 10/11 (for Munchies), Jr. High fall retreat @ Westminster Woods November 3-5 (early registration 10/15) and Sr. High retreat December 1-3 @ Westminster Woods.


Caring for a parent, spouse or friend in a home setting-ensuring a safe environment and providing even the most basic care—can be overwhelming. If you help provide care to a family member or other loved ones, balancing the demands of work and home is a challenge. That’s why you should know about Family Caregiving from the American Red Cross. This affordable program features nine presentations designed to help people who care for others by teaching them to build skills, reduce stress, understand legal, financial, and medical issues and balance their responsibilities. Each presentation is just one hour, so Family Caregiving fits into even the busiest schedules. Plus, the modular program design lets you choose any presentation you need and take them in any order.


Home Safety, General Caregiving Skills, Positioning and Helping Your Loved Ones Move, Assisting with Personal Care, Healthy Eating, Care for the Caregiver, Legal and Financial Issues, Care for Loved One with Alzheimer or Dementia, Caring for a Love One with HIV/AIDS.

Cost for each module is $10.00. We are offering the program at Faith so that you will not have to go to the Red Cross Office. The nurses who are participating are all RN’s and volunteer for the RC. Contact Mary Nabers if interested. 424-0736 First classes will be given October 3 then each Tuesday thru the 24th. 1 pm—4pm and 6pm-9pm

The Sommerdorf's Thank You


I and my family would like to thank the people of the church for all of the kindnesses shown us at the loss of our beloved husband & father, Curtis Sommerdorf. A special thank you to Pastor Jeff for a very moving service as well as to May Tucker for her always lovely music & to Jeff May who sang so beautifully. Our gratitude to the ladies of the church who prepared refreshments & to all who in any way made Curt’s memorial service so very nice. We are forever grateful for your offered help, your comforting cards & telephone calls, the flowers & plants sent us. You opened your hearts to us & supported us at a most difficult time. Thank you all so much.


Beverly, Scott & Lesli Sommerdorf



 Heath Ministry


Skinny Quiz


Who has the slimmest waist? Meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians, or vegans?


According to anew study, vegans do. Vegans are vegetarians who not only forego eating meat, fish or fowl but also all foods derived from animals. However, the reason vegans tend to be slimmer may lie in what they do eat fiber. Lots of it. And that’s a habit you can easily duplicate. Fiber makes you feel full longer, and it seems to inhibit fat absorption. Broccoli pizza on whole-wheat crust, anyone?


Although it seems to help limit fat deposits, a meat-laden diet does just the opposite-- it actually can cause an increase in body fat, especially in the belly, one of the worst places for it to accumulate in terms of both your health and your self-image. In one cross-sectional study, meat-eaters had the highest body mass indexes BMIs the height-weight ratio that’s the gold standard for separating healthy weights from weights that are too high or too low. Fish eaters and vegetarians had lower BMIs than people who regularly ate meat, and vegans tended to have the lowest indexes of all.


One possible explanation is that high-protein diets may change the hormonal makeup of the body, altering body chemistry in a way that increases fat around the abdomen. Whatever the reason, the points clear: You have yet another reason to up your intake of fiber-rich fruits, veggies, and whole grains — a smaller waist.


Members and friends of Faith Presbyterian Church

(A Family Promise Host Congregation) are invited to the first Family Promise Family Reunion

where our volunteers and former guests will be honored


Monday, October 16, 2006

at The Sierra Health Foundation, 1321 Garden Highway

4:00 Gathering 4:15 Program 5:15 Refreshments& Reception

Here is the chance to see first hand what has happened in peoples’ lives touched by this outreach

ministry. Each host congregation and its volunteers will be recognized.


R.S.V.P. 443-3107 or 489-6964 or

Sue Hooper or Cynthia Crow for questions.


Family Promise of Sacramento helps homeless families achieve self-sufficiency

and regain a home for themselves and their children

through an interfaith hospitality network of diverse faith communities

The host congregations of Family Promise:

Bethany, Carmichael, Faith and Fremont Presbyterian Churches-

Congregation Beth Shalom, St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church

Florin. Rancho Cordova and St. Mark’s United Methodist Churches

Grace and St. John’s Lutheran Churches, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Sierra Arden United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalist Society

Faith Hosts Family Promise for 7th Time


Over 70 volunteers were involved in hosting Family Promise guests for the 7th time.  We had 4 families; a single dad with 2 boys, single dad with 1 son, single mom with 1 son, and 2 parents with 1 son.  The children, all boys, ranged in age from 5 to 12.

              We continue to be blessed by our congregation’s willingness to volunteer for this mission project.   Thanks to:  Rhonda Hankey, Marthe Sweet, Jane Owen, Mary Nabers, Sally Evey, the Jeff Brown family, Melinda Lewis, the Popham family, David Crow, Renee Larsen, Nancy Mirkin, Nancy Mitchell, Brenda Norris, Ken, Cheryl and Margaret Finch, the Chapman family, Scott Peifer, Chuck Bell, Virginia Northrop, Melodi Andersen, Audrey Sherfy, Tom Bush, Becky Bell, Georgianne Becker, Paul and Betty Keller, Judy Hey, David & Sandi Bilbo, Jeff May, Sally Ravas, Roy and Molly Bagby, Ruth Warner, Donna Touros, Janet Leader, Conney and Dwayne Willis, Lori Rapier, Kent Kim, Virginia Escalante, Lori Richardson, Debby Barton, Jo and Larry Thommen, Caryn, Kori and Megan Davis, Jim Tracy, Rick Crow, Kevin Willis, Vicky Chastain, Danny and Cathy Healow, Ann Johnson,  Wayne and Ruth Burkinshaw, and Gary and Richard Cash.

              We are also grateful to the staff, Elders and congregation for your support and help.  We know that there are inconveniences and we appreciate your willingness to work around them.

              Our last Family Promise week this year will be December 10-17th.  The board is available for sign-ups now.  Sue Hooper and Cynthia Crow


A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Hymn of the Month—October, 2006 by May Tucker, Director of Music in Worship


Composer:       Martin Luther                      November 10th, 1483 to February 18th, 1546


On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Church denouncing and discrediting the power of the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.  It marked the beginning of the Crusaders’ Movement called the Reformation.  Ultimately Protestantism was born.  The last Sunday of October is Reformation Sunday.  Many Christians today still observe this Sunday as the root of their faith and freedom from the bondage of the Pope and the practice of penitence in the Roman Catholic Church.  Many Christians consider Martin Luther as the Reformer, Bible translator, political leader, fiery preacher, and theologian.  But he was also a fine musician. 


Growing up in the little Thuringian village, young Martin listened to his mother sing daily.  He joined a boys’ choir that sang at wedding and funerals.  He became an excellent flautist, and his volcanic emotions often erupted in songs.


When the Protestant Reformation began, Luther was determined to restore worship to the German Church.  He worked with skilled musicians to create new music for Christians, to be sung in the vernacular.  He helped revive congregational singing and wrote a number of hymns.  Sometimes he even borrowed secular tunes to create hymns.


In a foreword of a book, Martin once wrote; “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.  It controls our thoughts, minds, hearts, and spirit….A person who….does not regard music as a marvelous creation of God…..does not deserve to be called a human being; he should be permitted to hear nothing but the braying of asses and the grunting of hogs”.


Luther’s most famous hymn is “Ein’ feste burg ist unser Gott,’’—“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”  Based on Psalm 46, it reflects Luther’s awareness of our intense struggle with Satan.  In difficulty and danger, Luther would often resort to this hymn.


This is a difficult hymn to translate because the original German is so vivid.  At least 80 English versions are available.  The most popular in America was done by Frederic Henry Hodge. But an older version appeared in the Pennsylvania Lutheran Church Book of 1868:


A mighty fortress is our God, / A Trusty Shield and weapons; /

He helps us free from every need, / That hath us now o’ertaken.


The British version of “A Mighty Fortress” is Thomas Carlyle’s translation:


A safe stronghold our God is still, / A trusty shield and weapon; /

He’ll help us clear from all the ill / That hath us now o’ertaken,


“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”. 

Psalm 46:1

“A Child Is Waiting” at Faith - Sponsorship Days are Oct 29th - Nov 5th


Miriam’s Story
Nine year old Mariam lives with her mother and two sisters in a one-room apartment in poverty stricken Gyumri, Armenia. Several years ago the girls’ father left the country to look for work, and never returned—leaving the family with no means of support.

Often, the best their mother could feed them was sugar water. Sona, the youngest, became so malnourished that her hair was falling out in patches.

Everything changed when the three girls were chosen to be sponsored. Mariam and her sisters now enjoy three good, hot meals a day at school. Mariam has become a diligent student who aspires to be a teacher. And the children know they are loved. Every letter from their sponsors is treasured, with the newest always tucked beneath their pillows.

You can make a difference

Today and every day, nearly 30,000 children will die, most from causes such as hunger or treatable illnesses—things that child sponsorship can prevent. By establishing a relationship with a child in need, you can answer God’s call to serve the poor. Sponsors demonstrate God’s love and transform a child’s life by helping remove the obstacles that poverty places in his or her path. Sponsorship changes the life of a child forever, and it can change your life, too!

Sponsorship changes lives

Child sponsorship transforms a life by providing basic necessities that help a child reach his or her God-given potential. Your gifts will provide access to things like:

Clean water

Better nutrition and agricultural assistance

Basic health care and immunizations

• School fees and materials

Economic development opportunities

We strive to demonstrate the love of Christ in our work. World Vision cares for the child and also strengthens the family and community to provide for the child’s continuing care. In this way, each child is equipped for the fullest life possible—physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

A faithful partner you can trust

With more than 50 years of experience in child sponsorship, World Vision cared for 2.6 million children last year through sponsors around the world. World Vision’s overhead rate is only 13%—reflecting our commitment to the highest standards of stewardship and responsibility.

Will you answer a child who is waiting?

You can change a child’s life! Visit our sponsorship table on Sunday October 29th and November 5th to see photos of individual children who are waiting and hoping to be sponsored.


For further information please contact Donna Touros at 399-8650 or email:




The ARCO schedule of games for the Kings' 2006/2007 NBA season.  Faith received exactly the 10 games that we asked for as follows.

1.    Friday      October 27th      7:00 p.m. start    Portland

2.    Sunday      November 12th    6:00 p.m. start    Toronto

3.    Sunday      November 19th    6:00 p.m. start    San Antonio

4.    Saturday    December 16th    7:00 p.m. start    Phoenix

5.    Saturday    December 30th    7:00 p.m. start    Golden State

6.    Saturday    January 13th       7:00 p.m. start    Houston

7.    Saturday    February 3rd       7:00 p.m. start    Denver

8.    Sunday      February 11th      6:00 p.m. start    Seattle

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

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




Worship Helpers


October 8

October 15

Worship Service



Worship Assistant

Doran McDaniel

    Janet Leader


Bill & Em Baker

John & Sally Ravas


Ken & Patty Blomberg Marilyn Becker

Bob & Georgianne Becker

Patty Boyd


Don Sperling

David Nash

Coffee Preparers

Donna Touros

Julie Axell

Tom Busch

Julie Davies


Jaclin Mendoza


Worship Service



Worship Assistant

Gelnda Arellano

Kyle Carpenter


Rick & Cynthia Crow

Bob & Barbara Powell


Terry & Dave Williamson Jean Kern

Kurt & Madelyne Carpenter

Melodi Anderson


Brian Bell Ken Finch

Coffee Servers

Paul & Betty Keller

Glenda & Jarvis Arellano


Bob Connett Dick McClure

Kitty Tatro

Jarvis Arellano


Samantha Parillo


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