Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 31, Number 8 April 11, 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


(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.


April 9- 16 Family Promise

April 13 Maundy Thursday Supper 6:00pm Worship 7:00pm

April 16 Easter Worship 9 and 11:00am

Christian Education Opportunities

During Lent and Beyond


Sunday Mornings, March 5th – 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


Wednesday Evenings, April 12th, 7:30-9:00pm Last Session

Praying With Scripture in Lent

A time to be simply guided in prayer by scripture using the process of  “lectio divina.”

                           April 12th            John 3:14-21

Leader: Jim Zazzera & Alice Parente

Room: E-1 (Choir Room)

Wednesday Evenings, April 26th - May 17th 7-8:30pm

Understanding Islam


This four week workshop will be an opportunity to develop an understanding of Islam, the world’s second largest religion, practiced by more than 1 billion people in the world today. Our presenter will be Ms. Durriya Syed, a Muslim, a mother, member of Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims, and Board Vice-President of the Interfaith Service Bureau. Duriyya brings a wealth of knowledge and a kindness and openness that offers a marvelous opportunity for dialog and learning.


The class will take place at the church on Wednesday evenings from April 26th – May 17th, 7pm – 8:30pm. Please plan to be part of this very special event.

Mental Health Issues

There will be a Body, Mind and Spirit presentation of mental health issues Sunday April 30 at 12:15pm at the Saint Anthony Parish Memorial Center, 660 Florin Road.

Donald M. Hilty, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at UC Davis will be the presenter. Everyone is invited to attend this no-fee event.


 Pastor Jeff Says:

The Best Kind of Holy Week


One of the things about this congregation that first caught my attention, all the way back in Omaha, Nebraska, was the passion I sensed here among you to serve others beyond our congregation.  As I understand it, this was the heart of Walt Link, founding pastor of F.P.C., and others who helped begin this congregation nearly 40 years ago.  So long before our Session last year articulated that our vision was to Love Christ, Build Disciples and Serve All, Faith was already a congregation that was seeking to “serve all” in whatever ways it could. 


As I mentioned this past Sunday morning, it strikes me as fitting that this Holy Week as we celebrate the ultimate act of servanthood in the death of the Son of God on the cross, we also find ourselves serving in powerful ways.


As you read this, homeless families are being housed and fed in our own building this week.  They are being shown gracious hospitality by dozens and dozens of you.  And, in return, I know they are blessing all of us simply by the presence of Christ they help usher into our presence.


Also as you read this, a group of Faith teenagers and adults is doing construction work down south in Visalia.  They are using their spring break to serve others in this community.  Again, I’m certain they will be blessed as much as they are a blessing.


This Saturday afternoon, the day before Easter, some of us will meet here at the church from 1:00-3:00 to wash cars for people in our community.  We aren’t charging, or even accepting money, for this service.  We simply want to bless people with this random act of kindness.  Who knows what God will do, in our lives or in the lives of people we meet, through this simple act? 


Even more than all these scheduled events, I’m aware that there are countless ways all of you are out in the community this week blessing people you meet, helping neighbors, caring for those who are hurting, even trying to love enemies.   I hear examples of these sorts of things all the time and it makes me incredibly grateful to be a part of this congregation. 


Please understand, I don’t write these words so that we can pat ourselves on the back.  Rather, I write motivated by a heart full of gratitude.  For Christ is surely at work in this place, in all of our hearts.  The servant King, who would even die for the ones he came to serve, is alive in those who call him Lord, in those who serve as he served.


I look forward to serving alongside you this week, and worshipping with you this coming Easter Sunday morning!


Grace & Peace,



Vacation Bible School will be July 10 - 14.



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



Butterflies for Easter


    We have "set" our caterpillars!  Twenty one days and we will see the mystery of emerging butterflies.  You can keep track of their progress by coming by on the classrooms or checking out the enclosure on the Narthex table.

    On Easter morning we will set our butterflies free!  Talking about the butterflies with your children is another way you can share with them the miracle of the Easter season.


Youth Sunday is coming!  Watch for further announcements.



Lessons of Faith for April

Preschool -2


Jesus Enters on a Donkey        Matthew 21:1-11

A Last Meal Together                Matthew 26:17-29

Jesus Is Alive!                            Luke 24:1-12

On the Road to Emmaus            Luke 24:13-35

Choosing a New Disciple            Acts 1:12-14


Second to Fifth


A Woman Anoints Jesus            Mark 14:3-9

Emmaus Road                            Luke 24:15-35

Jesus Was with Us                   Luke 24:28-35

The Ascension                        Acts 1:6-26



Sunday School Dates

April 16 Easter

May 7  Youth Sunday

July 10 –14 Vacation Bible School.

A Day in the City


The kids here at Faith did an amazing service project this past weekend.  Eight of the youth from Crew and Munchies went on a daylong mission trip to San Francisco.  They showed up at 9:00 in the morning, which is really early for teenagers on a Saturday, and packed 150 sack lunches.  After we packed the lunches, we loaded into cars and drove down to the city.  We made two stops in San Francisco, and at both stops we handed out the lunches to people on the streets.  At the first stop we walked around for 45 minutes, and handed out about twenty of the lunches.  We then ate lunch ourselves and went to our second destination.  At our second stop the rest of the lunches were handed out in less than twenty minutes!  Then we loaded back into the cars and came back to Sacramento.  Over all it was a great trip!

              In the future we will probably have similar mission projects right here in Sacramento, but I think it was good to go to San Francisco this time so that the kids could get out of their normal surroundings.  I was very impressed by the maturity level of the youth on the trip, and how compassionate they were to everyone we met.  It was a little scary at first approaching strangers, but the youth did an amazing job.  I am very proud of them and look forward to our next outing. 


Kelsey Ingalls    

Health Ministry

Recognizing a Stroke


  During a BBQ a woman stumbled and took a little fall.   She assured everyone that she was fine and just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. 


  They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food.  While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.  Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital.  At 6:00 PM, Ingrid passed away.  She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ.  Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. 


A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally.  He says the trick is getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed and getting to the patient within 3 hours, which is tough


Recognizing   a   Stroke


  Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps. Read and Learn!


  Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify.  Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.


  Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:


  1. *Ask the individual to SMILE.


  2. *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.


  3. *Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE coherently.  i.e. . . It is sunny out today.


  If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.


  After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions.  They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last February.  Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage.

Presbyterian Women’s Meeting

Wednesday, April 27, 2006

Change in Speaker


Presbyterian Women will be meeting on Wednesday, April 27, 2006 at 11:30 am.  Last month we heard from  We have a change in our agenda.  Our speaker this month was going to be Gloria Bagby.  However, we got a call from Jennifer Kincaid asking if she could fulfill her senior project by giving a presentation on The Dangers of Heart Attacks for Women.  Gloria graciously postponed her talk to the fall so we could take advantage of this opportunity to hear from Jennifer.  Bible Study starts at 10:30 to discuss lesson 8 on Easter, from the Horizons Bible Study For Everything a Season.  A casserole, drinks and dessert will be provided.  Please remember to bring items for our Bazaar table.  All are welcome, please plan to join us.  If you have any questions, feel free to call Marthe Sweet at 427-1783.




We are a mixed group of singles and couples in the age range of those with adult children who are (mostly) launched and creating fleets of their own. Some of us work; some of us don’t. Some of us are retired; some of us “wannabe”. But all of us enjoy our group’s fellowship. Our events are varied and always great fun. They may be held at the church, or in a home, or out-and-about. We usually meet on the third Saturday of the month, but that’s sometimes flexible. Here are some of the up-coming events:

      Home potluck dinner

      Jazz Sunday picnic in the park

      Zoo tour and catered box lunch

      Bear River picnic

      “What’s for Dinner” dinner

      R Street Theater

      Christmas caroling

Please join us for great Christian social fellowship.

Call Ellie Boyce at 391-6361 or Brenda Norris at 437-2328 for further information.



Volunteers Needed at the Family Promise Day Center


There is a need for volunteers at the Family Promise Day Center on the Loaves and Fishes campus.  The shifts are five-hours, 10 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday, during April and May.  While at the Center, volunteering will vary.  You might answer the phone, help with homework, read to a child, hold a baby, help with a mailing, or other duties.  There are 43 five-hour shifts to fill at the Center during April and May.  Please volunteer for one shift.  Email me at rauensac@earthlink.net or call (916)419-1165.  Thank you.  Carol Rauen of St. John's Lutheran Church.


Rebuilding Together


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 conney@aol.com or by calling 530-432-2318, or look for a sign up list in the Narthex beginning Sunday, February 26th.



ARCO Results for April 2nd


Our 9th outing to ARCO this season earned $1190 for our Church youth.  I love the end of the season because everybody does such a great job and knows the drill.  Thanks to Betty Keller, Carol Keller, and Jennie Fong for counting the inventory.  Thanks to Pat Tatro and Chuck Bell for handling the cash and closing out cash registers.  Our money came out almost even when Pat got done settling up in the money room, so if your register was over or under, as usual, it all evened out.  Good job cashiers.  Thanks to Cindy Canaday for starting the carpools and managing (and training) our runners.  We welcomed Patti Bill and Mickey Ingalls to the ARCOfaithfuls and they were awesome.  Richard Markuson, Kitty Tatro, Carol Keller, and Walt McDaniel set up and maintained the condiment stations and were outstanding.  Steve Canaday reprised his role as our really cool ICEMAN.  Emily Bagby, Donne Ingalls, Mickey Ingalls and Gary Cash proved in a really big way that late is better than never.  Emily was our top dollar cashier!!!!  We got to work a new stand, East, which takes a couple of more people, but usually produces a few more dollars.  Thanks to the folks who were able volunteer at the last minute (like Georgianne Becker, Patti Bill, Mickey Evey and Gary Cash), to put us over the top on volunteer numbers, and Doug Fong, Jennie Fong, Jonathan Fong, Mickey Ingalls and Carol Keller, who do not regularly attend Faith, but volunteered their time and talents to support our Youth Ministry. 

Paul Keller 

Paul Keller Reports on the April 9th ARCO Game


First and foremost, let me thank you for all your support all season long.  Whether you worked one game or 10, every person at every game was a member of a terrific team of volunteers that worked together, in wonderful fellowship,  like a well oiled machine to get the  job at ARCO done in exquisite fashion.  One proof of that was the beautiful and tasty thank you cake that was presented to us by Margaret and Donna, the managers of the North Concession stand. We ended up with 35 volunteers last night, who generated $1145 (including $9 tips) for our Youth Ministries.  Thanks to Betty Keller and Jennie Fong for handling the inventory.  Thanks to all the cashiers, Pat Tatro (who handled all the cash), and Jennie Fong (who helped cash out registers) for coming in "Right on the Money" last night.  Great job!!  Thanks to Cindy Canaday for starting the carpools, training the new runners, and managing the runners during the game.  The ARCOfaithfuls welcomed two new volunteers, Margi Willey and Jane Findlay, who jumped right in and were great runners.  Thanks to Doug Fong and Carol Keller for setting up and maintaining the condiment stations and Richard Markuson for helping with the set-up.  Steve Canaday was our hardworking really COOL ICE-MAN.  Special thanks to: Doug Fong, Jennie Fong, Carol Keller, and Jeri Wormington, who don't regularly attend Faith, but generously donated their time and talents to support your Youth Programs.  Betty and I would like to thank Kelsey and the rest of the ARCO committee for the generous gift card to Paragary's (my personal favorite restaurants).   Actually, we should take you all out to dinner, because it is the ARCOfaithfuls who are the backbone of our ARCO fund-raising effort.  Every time I put out the call for help, you are there for me and the Youth Groups.  Please give yourselves a big pat on the back for an outstanding season of caring for our Church's young people.  I think the value of our youth programs was exemplified by the number of young people who  came out to help last night.  Eighteen youth program participants, past and present, were there last night paying back and support the current Crew and Munchies members and parents.  Way to go!!!  Don't forget the Mission to Mississippi will be working the first two home play-off games of the first round.  The funds raised by these games will be used to buy building materials and other needs to help rehab homes in Mississippi that were severely damaged by hurricane Katrina.  Please give some serious thought to supporting this effort, even if you do not plan to go on the mission trip.  It has been a great season and the leadership team looks forward to next year.  THANK YOU!!!,

One last time.   Paul Keller


Peacemaking Conference


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 conney@aol.com or 530-432-2318.


Worship Helpers


April 16


April 23

Worship Service



Worship Assistant

Lori Glasgow

Bert Brown


Don & Jan Sperling

Bob & Tanya Anderson


Janet, David, Ross Leader Bob & Georgianne Becker

Carol & Howard Frank

Marilyn Becker


David Nash

David Nash

Coffee Preparers

Tom Busch Julie Davies

Ann Johnson


Maegan Davis

  Emily Richardson

Worship Service



Worship Assistant

Rick Crow

Brenda Norris


Roy & Vicky Chastain

Renee Larsen Melodi Anderson


Glenda & Jarvis Arellano Bob & Tanya Anderson

Bill & Dee Nicholas

Debbie Barton


Ken Finch Carroll Collier

Coffee Servers

Glenda & Jarvis Arellano

Debbie & Nate Barton


Helen Christenson Marilyn Becker

Bob Connett

Dick McClure


Maegan Reynolds

Gabriella McDonald

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