Faith Presbyterian Church
Volume 31, Number 4 February 14, 2006
625 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95831
Munchies Bible Study 9:00am
CREW Bible Study 2-3pm
March 5 First Supper Club
Community Safety Meeting
There will be a Community Safety Meeting Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00pm. There will be discussion of safety issues at Kennedy High School. Pam Rock for information.
Pastor Jim Writes:
Fnally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
I was reminded of these words from the Book of Philippians in our recent “Fruitful Living” class on Wednesday night. I was also reminded how, so often, in the name of being “realistic” I take a negative or even cynical approach to life.
In my head, I believe God is present and available in all life situations – but something in me seems to focus on God’s absence and the enormity of the problems before me. Maybe this is because I resist those who say things like “Jesus will make it all OK,” as if our Lord were some sort of small–time producer of magic and not Sovereign of the Universe. It could be that I take some strange joy in being cranky. But maybe, really, I have just not trusted God enough to believe that Our Lord wills good things for us (and for all people).
My thoughts are tricky (I don’t know about yours) – and get filled with odd things – music from TV commercials, my latest obsession, petty problems, unnecessary anger. I do a lot of “beating myself up” about this – but I am not sure I take the time to do what the apostle says, to “think on that which is excellent.”
How could this happen? How can I focus on that which is “excellent,” “noble,” “right,” and “true?” One of the dictums of the computer age is “garbage in, garbage out.” Perhaps I need to consider what is coming in to my consciousness. It is not that I need to worry so much about getting rid of certain thoughts – getting to the point of fighting the “garbage.” What I can do – with the help of God – is replace the old with the new. What I read, what I watch, how I spend my time, who I spend my time with, all of these things influence the thoughts that live inside me. And all of these things influence not only how I think but how I live.
So I will be backing away from the computer more often, carefully considering my choice of TV programs, striking up more engaging and positive conversations, and spending more time meditating on the presence of God in all things. I hope in doing so I can have a more meaningful and fulfilling thought life. I hope in doing so I can draw closer to God.
May your thoughts be filled with knowledge of God’s grace,
Property Maintenance Needs Volunteers
The property maintenance work group needs volunteers for the 2006 year. This work group is responsible for assisting in maintaining the grounds and facilities of Faith Presbyterian Church. The group will work primarily on yard work (pruning shrubs and trees, repair sprinklers, weed planted areas etc.) hut may also be called on to perform minor plumbing or electrical work and assist in painting projects from time to time. If members are not available on the selected work days arrangements can be made for a special assignment on another day. Twelve work days were called during 2005 and it is expected that this will continue in 2006. If you are interested in assisting in this way, please call either Chuck Beal, who is the designated group leader responsible for calling the group together on projects, at 686-4814, or Wally Smith, the assigned Elder for the group, at 421-3525. We are grateful for any amount of time that can be contributed to helping maintain our buildings and grounds
Faith Women’s Book Club
Monday, February 20th 7:00 p.m.
Hostess: Martha Smith 421-3525
6724 Arboga Way
Book: "The Song Catcher" by Sharyn McCrumb
Discussion Leader: Jo Thommen
Snacks provided by: Becky Bell
March 20th "Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini
April 17th "Truth & Beauty: A Friendship" by Ann Patchett
May 15th "The Dante Club" by Matthew Pearl
All women are welcome Ilah Turner for information.
Bowling for Young Faith Families
The Young Faith Families group will get together for bowling fun on Saturday February 25, from 3-5:00pm at the Land Park Bowling Alley. Pam Rock for information.
Welcome the New Year with New Learning!
Upcoming Adult Education Opportunities
Older Adult Group –
We are studying Robert Benson’s The Body Broken and we meet on Wednesday, March 1at 2 – 3pm at the church. Jim Zazzera is the instructor.
Adult Sunday School –
We are beginning a study of the book of acts and the Holy Spirit on Sunday mornings from 9:30am – 10:30am each week. Alice Parente is the instructor.
Wednesday Evening Classes –
Fruitful Living Workshop
February 15th, 22nd from 7-8:30pm
Get in the car! I mean it! Get in the car!
Our son ran back inside for his homework. Our youngest still couldn’t find her shoes.
I faked patience.
Finally we were off….first to drive the morning carpool, then a quick breakfast meeting with a client. If the traffic cooperated, I would have extra two minutes to dash some paperwork into our CPA. I would have to pray as I drive today….right after I return a few calls on my cell phone.
Into my life and yours God speaks….
“Now the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.” Galatians 5:22-23.
Our lives are busy…really busy. Whether you are a home maker, a CEO, a laborer, or a pastor, the demands of life can be enormous. In fact it seems the more earnestly we desire to work hard for ourselves and our families, the more our lives can rob us of the joy and peace for which we were created.
To meet the demands of the day, how often do you sacrifice the Fruits of the Spirit? Are you too busy, or distracted to really enjoy your life? Do you not have time enough to lavish love on those you hold dear? Does getting your ToDo list accomplished require giving up peaceful days? Does a life marked by kindness, goodness, faithfulness gentleness and self control seem a fine ideal, but not attainable?
It does not have to be so. The Fruits of the Spirit are God’s promise to the faithful!
As we put our faith in Jesus Christ, God increases our love, joy and peace. God produces the Fruits of the Spirit in us and through us. Living by these fruits becomes a spiritual discipline and an act of faith.
As God’s own people we can learn to increase the Fruits of the Spirit in our lives.
Faith Presbyterian invites you to join us for our upcoming Adult Education class:
a workshop for really, really busy Christians
February 8th through February 22nd
This is a powerful, three-part class designed for people who desire to produce the Fruits of the Spirit consistently and abundantly in their lives. It is an innovative and entertaining approach to living a more faithful, satisfying life. Fruitful Living begins Wednesday, February 8th at 7:00 in the Choir room.
Over the three Wednesdays we will consider, Fruitful Thinking, Fruitful Time Management, and Fruitful Relationships.
In this course we will consider your real life challenges – and the places where the Fruits seem hardest to produce. You will learn new tools and practice new skills for producing the Fruits of the Spirit especially there!
Come taste the sweetness of the Fruits of Spirit in your life!
Leading the class will be Rev. Lydia Richards, M.Div. CPCC. She holds degrees in Divinity. She is a nationally certified Executive Coach and has a unique blend of life experience – as a stockbroker, pastor, hospice chaplain, public speaker, wife and mother of five. Questions, please call Pastor Jim Zazzera at the church.
First Supper Club is Sunday March 5
We begin the series on Sunday, March 5, continue on April 2, May 7 and end on June 4. All dinners usually start at 6:00 PM and last for approximately two hours.
There are eight people attending each of the dinners, and each month you will be rotating so that you will have a chance to host, provide salad, main course or dessert for the evening. Each month you will be with a different group of people so that you have a chance to get better acquainted with more people.
Please look for the sign up forms in the narthex and get your reservations in early so that we may get this off to a good start. This activity is for couples and singles. If you have any questions about the Supper Club, please contact Doran McDaniel at 683-4687.
Spring Break Mission Trip
Mission Committee is offering a sweat-equity program, that doesn’t require too much sweating! Our spring break trip to the Fresno area takes advantage of some of the best weather we get for outside work. If you are considering spending part or all of your spring break working with our spring break mission team and Self-Help Enterprises, please join us in Room 2 on Sunday, March 5 following the second service, as we finalize our plans for the April 9 – 13 Mission trip. If you have any questions between now and then, please call Conney Willis at 530-432-2318 or email email@example.com.
Presbytery of Sacramento Endowment Fund
Endowment Offering, March 5, 2006
Sacramento Growth Drives Need for New Churches
California continues to grow at a rapid pace, and nowhere is this more apparent than right here in the Sacramento area. During the 1990s, Sacramento County grew by 18%, faster than either the state or the nation. Over the next five years, 165,000 new residents will move to Sacramento County, with as many as 61,000 of these newcomers looking for a church home.
This year, 2006, marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sacramento at a time of similar growth and expansion. Its establishment was possible only through the outreach and generosity of interested individuals and other churches. Westminster Church continued that generosity through its own outreach and participation in the establishment of other churches in the Sacramento region, including Bethany Presbyterian Church and Fremont Presbyterian Church.
In 1997 the Endowment Fund was established by the Sacramento Presbytery to provide a way to carry on that tradition of generosity and participation by other churches. The Fund was created to buy land for church sites and provide grants for capital expenditures. Since that time, the Endowment has grown to $115,000 in assets. Recent research conducted by the presbytery indicates a prime location for a new church development is the Elk Grove area, which is now the primary focus for this endowment.
It is now our time to continue the vision of planting churches for the future. The first day of Lent, March 5th, is set for the 2006 Endowment Fund offering, and our congregation will be participating in this special offering. Our session invites you to prayerfully consider how God is calling you to support this strategic work in our presbytery and to give generously on Sunday, March 5.
Surprise Party for
Family and friends hosted a surprise birthday celebration for Ivey Lambert’s 90th birthday. By various ruses and misinformation, her friends got her into Link Hall. She still did not realize the party was for her until her family appeared.
March 17 – 19
Zephyr Point is hosting a Couples Weekend under the auspices of Presbyterian Marriage Encounter. The weekend is guided journey for married couples of all ages, faiths and backgrounds. At restful, beautiful Lake Tahoe, you will hear a series of presentations by the two leader couples, one clergy and one lay, centered on their own experiences. You will be inspired to explore your feelings about yourselves as individuals and as marriage partners.
This is not a marriage clinic or a counseling session. There are no group discussions and you are not required to disclose any aspect of your marriage.
Your guides will be Pastor Darel and Joretta Griffin of Alta Loma; and Mike and Martha Bodlovich of San Pedro. They have done these presentations for 25 years.
Cost is $375 per couple. Accommodations are like a modern motel, private and comfortable.
Vacation Bible School will be July 10 - 14.
Sunday School News
Noel Chapman 2/1
Collin Reynolds 2/11
Joey Healow 2/27
Kimberley Evans 2/17
It is a tradition of Faith Church to present a Bible to every student in our third grade class and to those above third grade who have not yet received their Bible. We ask the students to start to familiarize themselves with their Bibles by memorizing the books of the Bible and the Lord's Prayer.
A letter was sent out to those students we thought would be participating. However, if you know of someone who would like to participate and did not receive a letter please let me know so I can contact them. Thank You! --- Sue Kirk, Children's Christian Ed. Coordinator
Sunday School Lessons for February
Jeremiah and a New Promise Jeremiah 1:4-10, 31:31-34
Jesus Calls Disciples Luke 5:1-11, 27-28
Presenting a Gift Matthew 5:23-24
I Can See Mark 8:22-25
A take home leaflet is provided each week. The leaflet can be a starting point for discussion and faith sharing.
Each leaflet will tell you the Bible story for the session. Take some time torn egad the Bible story together from the leaflet. Help your children find it in your family's own Bible. Invite your child to tell you about the story, and listen for their interpretations and their questions.
It is easy to lose a leaflet in the shuffle of other activities. A special binder to store the leaflets may also help. Some families set aside a particular time during the week, perhaps Sunday evening, to take " time out" for storytelling, prayer, and faith activities. May God's loving presence bless you as you encounter the Bible together.
Meet the New Children's Leaders
Preschool to Second Grade 9:00
Third to Fifth 9:00
Nick and Katie Kolitsos
Preschool - Second 11:00
Third - Fifth
Please drop by and see what is going on in these exciting and energy packed classes!
A Healthy Heart: How It Works
Your heart is an amazing organ. It continuously pumps oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout your body to sustain life. This fist-sized powerhouse beats (expands and contracts) 100,000 times per day, pumping five or six quarts of blood each minute, or about 2000 gallons per day.How Does Blood Travel Through the Heart
As the heart beats, it pumps blood through a system of blood vessels, called the circulatory system. The vessels are elastic tubes that carry blood to every part of the body.
Blood is essential. In addition to carrying fresh oxygen from the lungs end nutrients to your body’s tissues, it also takes the body’s waste products, including carbon dioxide, away from the tissues. This is necessary to sustain life and promote the health of all the body’s tissues.
There are three main types of blood vessels:
· Arteries. They begin with the aorta, the large artery leaving the heart. Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood away from the heart to all of the body’s tissues. They branch several times, becoming smaller and smaller as they carry blood further from the heart and into organs.
· Capillaries. These are small, thin blood vessels that connect the arteries and the veins. Their thin walls allow oxygen, nutrients, carbon dioxide and other waste products to pass to and from our organ’s cells.
· Veins. These are blood vessels that take blood back to the heart; this blood tacks oxygen (oxygen-poor) and is rich in waste products that are to be excreted or removed from the body. Veins become larger and larger as they get closer to the heart. The superior vena cave is the large vein that brings blood from the head and arms to the heart, and the inferior Vena cava brings blood from the abdomen and legs into the heart.
This vast system of blood vessels arteries, veins and capillaries — is over 80,000 miles long. That’s long enough to go around the world more than twice!
Blood flows continuously through your body’s blood vessels. Your heart is the pump that makes it all possible.
In the next PresbyNews, February 28, there will be a discussion of signs and symptoms of a heart attack
Many members of Faith have expressed their wish to participate in mission trips, but time and distance have made it impossible to reconcile with their schedules. Now it’s possible for everyone at Faith to participate in a one-day mission trip just up the road to help our neighbors through Rebuilding Together.
Formerly Christmas in April, the Sacramento chapter of Rebuilding Together makes an impact through providing necessary repairs free of charge to existing homeowners. These necessary repairs often include home modifications, roofing, plumbing, and electrical repairs and/or improvements - the goal is to provide a warm, safe and dry environment for low-income homeowners , enabling them to live independently and with dignity.
Please consider joining us on Saturday, April 29th as part of a building team from Faith. No particular skills are needed and all efforts are appreciated. If you have questions, please contact members of the Mission Committee, Jane Owen, John Sugar, Marthe Sweet, Sue Hooper, Carolyn Jaynes, Conney Willis, or Scott or Sheri Peifer who have actually participated in prior work days. Our volunteer list needs to be finalized by March 31st, so please let Conney Willis know if you’re interested by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 530-432-2318, or look for a sign up list in the Narthex beginning Sunday, February 26th.
Your Associate Pastor Nominating Committee has been at work since early September, meeting each Monday night to discern God's choice for a new pastor to serve our church as Associate Pastor for Youth and Families. We began by preparing a Church Information Form (CIF), which details for candidates the position we seek to fill and the gifts and talents we desire in a minister of the word to fill this position. The committee completed its work on the CIF in early December and presented it to the Session of our church and the Presbytery's Committee on Ministry for approval. Both bodies accepted the CIF, with slight changes, for publication on the Presbyterian Church USA website. You can view the CIF at https://clc.pcusa.org/pcusaASPs/CIFQuery.asp?CIFID=09492.AD0. (If this address wraps, or is difficult to copy, you can also use this link:
In early January we began receiving Personal Information Forms (PIFs) from candidates who were matched to the position by their answers on their PIF and from candidates who reviewed our CIF and felt called to respond. We have reviewed approximately 60 PIFs and have selected the best candidates from that number. We have begun telephone interviews with those candidates. Following our initial telephone interview, we request a sermon tape from each candidate. We have enjoyed hearing their sermons and will be listening to several more in the coming weeks.
Following the initial telephone interview and review of the candidate's sermon tape, we prayerfully consider the candidate's "fit" for our church and the position we seek to fill. We will conduct a second phone interview with several of these candidates in the coming weeks, and from that number will determine which candidates we wish to invite for a visit for one-on-one meetings with the committee and with Jeff and Jim. We have much work yet to do, but feel confident that we are moving in the right direction and that our prayers and yours will be answered in the coming months with a wonderful new addition to our ministry.
We ask for the congregations' continued prayers as we work to discover the person whom God has called to serve us.
Cindy Canaday, APNC Chairperson
Family Promise April 9 – 16
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 March 9.
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.
Feb12 ARCO Results for February 12
I watched last night's game via the ComCast cable replay and the Kings are lookin' good. The ARCOfaithfuls were looking good last night, too. We earned $1125 including tips for the night. It is so great to have all experienced players on the team. Everyone did a great job. Special thanks to Betty Keller and Audrey Liu for counting the inventory, before and after the game, and getting the results into the computer. Thanks to Pat Tatro and Lily Dong for handling our cash and closing out registers. A lot of the cash registers were "over", but when Pat settled up in the moneyroom the difference between their number and our number was $.25 (twenty-five CENTS). Pat thinks that is the closest we have ever been. Even though the registers were off, our cashiers were "right on the money"! Congratulations cashiers. Thanks to Cindy Canaday for managing the runners and starting the carpools. Thanks to Richard and Gwen Markuson, with help from Kitty Tatro, who came early and set up the condiments, and Gwen and Donne Ingalls did a great job with condiments during the game. Rick Evey was a great solo act pouring drinks and running in the deli. Thanks to Pat and Kitty Tatro, Lily Dong, Audrey Liu, Jennie Fong, and Betty Keller for coming early and doing the set-up. Steve Canaday was our really COOL, ice guy, who also managed to find time to help run. The clean-up was great and we left the stand in a lot better shape than we found it. Finally, thanks to: Jennie Fong, Audrey Liu, Greg Hood, Lily Dong, and Claudia Neal, who don't regularly attend Faith, but volunteered their time and talents to support our Youth Ministry. Pastor Jeff must have had a good time because he is promising to come back on March 12. We could use about 20 more volunteers for Sunday, March 12th, so enjoy the break, take a look at your calendars and let me know if you can join us then. It is really a treat to go out to ARCO knowing that everything will run smoothly because of the great crew we have. THANKS!!!! See ya in Church.
“Cotton Patch Gospel” Coming to Faith on April 9th, 6:00pm
As a fundraiser for FAMILY PROMISE the “Cotton Patch Gospel” will be performed at Faith on Sunday April 9th at 6:00 p.m. “Cotton Patch Gospel” is a retelling of the Gospels of Matthew and John set in the contemporary South, accompanied by bluegrass music.
It was first performed in New York in 1981. Christianity today said “Drop everything and go see the “Cotton Patch Gospel”. Your feet will be tapping and your fingers snapping.” The New York Times called it “an exuberant country western hoedown.” It’s a show that gets your toes tapping and laughs coming non-stop.
The play is being presented by the Broadway Playhouse-produced and directed by David McDonald. This is the same David McDonald who directed the “Best of Broadway” for many years.
Beginning Sunday February 26th tickets will be on sale in the Narthex after 1st and 2nd services. Tickets are priced $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
Come one, come all, bring your family and friends and enjoy this entertaining musical and raise money for Family Promise at the same time. All proceeds from ticket sales go the Family Promise.
Words of Gratitude
We have received thanks for recent gifts from:
My Sister’s House – “your donation will assist in our ongoing services and our outreach efforts with Asian and Pacific Islander women and children impacted by domestic violence.”
Loaves and Fishes – “we are blessed to be the conduit through which flows the loving care of people like you.”
Medical Benevolence Foundation – “A toothbrush, a comb, a small toy, paper and pencil – these may have seemed like small items – but they were priceless to those who had lost everything. They showed people that you cared about them…”
Church World Service/Crop Walk – “This year, Faith Presbyterian Church was in the top ten churches at #6, raising $2292.00 with 23 walkers…thank you for your help with recruitment…”
Although we have many reasons for making gifts of time and money, it is good to hear back from those whose lives we touched, not just with our gift, but with our caring.
The 2006 Peacemaking Conference will be held July 22-27 at Estes Park, Colorado. As an intergenerational event, there are engaging opportunities for children, teens and adults. If you are wondering if this might be for you and/or your family, please talk to the three members of Faith who have had a chance to attend: Bill Frye, Marthe Sweet, and Conney Willis. All will agree that the conference helped them to understand the extent of work of the Presbyterian Church for peace and justice, and how they could participate in that work. There are funds available to subsidize part or all of your travel by contacting Conney Willis at email@example.com or 530-432-2318.
Buck & Sue Luetcher wanted to share this article with their Faith friends:
Life Is Short And Friends Are Few
One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the
country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people live.
They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be
considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?" "It was great, Dad." "Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked. "Oh yeah," said the son.
"So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.
The son answered: "I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the
front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to
live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who
serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We
have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect
The boy's father was speechless. Then his son added, "Thanks, Dad, for
showing me how poor we are."
Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen
if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about
what we don't have. Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your
Donna Touros John Sugar
|Bruce & Bonnie Alexander|
Mary Nabers Marvette Swayzer Marilyn Becker
Kathy & Randy Ramos
Hal & Ilah Turner
|Tom Busch & Julie Davies|
Bob & Barbara Powell
Rick & Cynthia Crow
Bob & Tanya Anderson Melodi Andersen
Jeff & DiAnne Brown
|Glenda & Jarvis Arellano|
Helen Christenson Marikyn Becker
Bob Connett Dick McClure
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