Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 31, Number 9 April 25, 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 30 Mental Health Program at St Anthony's 12:15

April 30 Confirmation Class Presented 11:00am service

May 3 SSIP Dinner at Japanese Methodist 6:00pm Charlie Tucker for tickets

May 7 Youth Sunday

May 9 Presbytery at Colusa

May 15 Women's Book Club

May 21 Elder-Deacon Ordination


Dear ARCOfaithfuls,


The Kings are in the play-offs and so are the ARCOfaithfuls!!!!!!!!  Our two play-off games will be: Friday, April 28 - 7 p.m. tip-off (volunteers need to arrive at ARCO by 5 p.m.) and Sunday, April 30 - 7 p.m. tip-off (Volunteers need to arrive at ARCO by 5 p.m.).  Please check your calendars and let me know if you can help.  I already have the parking passes and will be getting them to you ASAP.  These should be fun games to work and to be at ARCO during the play-offs.  Proceeds from these games will support Faith's Mission to Mississippi.  Please e-mail, call me (916-392-0304 or 916-802-03070) or see me at Church.  THANKS,  Paul Keller

Chancel Choir sings at Easter behind Faith's traditional flower cross.

Pastor Jim Writes:


A few months ago I read an article about a woman who was taking a class on Islam. She was not a Muslim and not particularly interested in becoming one, yet she was eager to take the class. She wanted to understand what it meant to be a Muslim in today’s world. Oddly, though, she did not tell any of her friends about the class. As I remember, she was afraid friends would not understand or would even shun her for making such a choice. I find it interesting that anyone would not be supportive of another person’s learning.


Yet, I have been asked before, “Why should Christians study Islam?” There is so much to learn about our own faith, why would we want to spend precious time learning what it means to be Muslim? I have never really considered the question in great detail, but I can think of at least three reasons.


The first and most important reason is that Jesus calls us to love our neighbor. We are called to care for the people with whom we share this planet. In my mind, one of the best ways of loving a neighbor is to take an interest in her life. To learn more about what makes him tick. Understanding Islam can go a long way in helping us to love those we meet who happen to be Muslim – a doctor, a teacher, a teammate, a grocer, a classmate, or a next-door neighbor. Far from religion and spirituality being “off-limits” in our discussion, I believe it is a crucial topic of discussion with anyone we care to know beyond brief acquaintance. Learning about another person’s faith means we are willing to take a listening, learning, and loving attitude toward him or her.


The second reason to study Islam is that it helps us clarify and understand our own faith. Many Christians are afraid of looking at other faith’s because they fear their own belief will be called into question. Yet it is a sign of belief and trust in our God to be able to listen deeply to another person tell of his or her faith journey. As we begin to listen to a Muslim person talk about prayer – we understand more how we as Christians pray. As we hear a Muslim person explain the role of women in Islam – we understand more the role of women in our tradition. As we hear a Muslim person explain the role faith plays in Muslim societies – we ask questions about the role Christian faith plays in our own society. Having a Muslim person share his or her faith is a great gift to us.


A final reason to learn about Islam is to seek truth.  While we as Christians acknowledge the God’s definitive revelation is given to us in the person of Christ, we are not told that truth cannot be found in other places. All truth is God’s truth. While there may be much we do not accept or believe in Islam, we may also find new windows into truth as we look at this faith with openness and sincerity. There is much to be learned from Muslim people: commitment to the poor, discipline in prayer, awe and reverence for God, are a few of the things that come to mind.


In this spirit, I invite you to a 4-week series sponsored by the Adult Education Committee of our church. “Understanding Islam,” taught by Ms. Duriyya Syed, will begin this Wednesday, April 26, at 7pm. Please come to share in this time for dialogue, learning, and growth in understanding.


In Christ,



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 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.

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



Children release butterflies that they have watched develop from tiny larva during the Easter Season. Some took the larva home and watched them grow there.

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Youth Sunday is May 7



Sunday School children sing "Lord I lift Your name on High" during Easter Services



Sunday School Dates

May 7  Youth Sunday

July 10 –14 Vacation Bible School.

????? A Musical Moment with May Tucker ?????

Starting the month of May, there will be a column about the hymns and songs we sing in our worship.  Music being an integral part of our tradition in our services, a new hymn, or song will be introduced each month for us to learn/sing and praise the glory of God.  I will introduce the hymn/song and talk about the story of why and how the hymn was written in the PresbyNews.  It is a very interesting and informative way to be acquainted with the musical traditions of our forefathers.  Reading and learning about the touching and incredible stories about the hymns we sing will help us appreciate the hymn tunes and the texts.  I am looking forward to sharing with all of you the stories I know about many hymns/songs.  Stay tuned!  

Presbyterian Women’s Meeting

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Change in Speaker


Presbyterian Women will be meeting on Wednesday, April 26, 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.



 Session Notes for April


Some necessary work will be done on the sidewalks in front of the church.


It was suggested that a member of session meet with the deacons at their monthly meetings.


A new method of letting the congregation know when and where help is needed will be going into effect in May. Committee chairs will have their needs placed in the bulletin and anyone interested will complete the form and meet with the person requesting the assistant after the service.


Progress continues on the reincorporation process to remove the “United” from our legal title.


The Ethiopian Orthodox Church is interested in holding services at FPC They are a very new church and do not have a home church.


Samples of a new logo for FPC were discussed and the Outreach Committee will continue to work on this project. Plans for a Welcome center are underway which will provide info on various activities in the church.


Adult Ed—A study on Islam will be presented on Wednesday nights April 26-May 17.

Approximately 162 people are involved in the Life Groups. At the Fall Retreat

September 15-17, the speaker will be Fil Anderson, Executive Director of Journey

Resources and editor of “Running on Empty” will be the speaker.


CE. Youth—Recruiting for teachers for The summer sessions of Sunday School will begin soon. Curriculum is being considered for fall and it is hoped to be able to have teachers commit for only 3 or 4 months.


Youth—April 9th was the last game of the season at ARCO. Approximately $1,000 is earned at each game. The theme for Youth Sunday May 7th will be “Got Prayer?”


First vacation bible school meeting will be held May 7th after second service. The theme this year will be “Mound the World: A Visit to the USA. May21 will be the day to celebrate teachers—with cake between services!


Attendance Report

                                      2005                                           2006
         March 5                  283                                             372
         March 12                300                                             302

         March19                 401 (Palm Sunday)                   298

         March26                 609 (Easter)                             335

         April 3                    254                                           367


Cotton Patch Gospel was a Success


The April 9th performance of Cotton Patch Gospel was a successful fund raiser for Family Promise. Thanks to Barbara Tracy who spearheaded   the ticket sales and thanks to those who helped her. Ticket sales raised $2,270 with another $529 from a free will offering for a total of $2,790. Some 275 people attended the performance. Thank you all for your support.  Sue Hooper

Family Promise Benefits from Cotton Patch Gospel Performances

Thank you to the staff and members of Faith Presbyterian for hosting the Broadway Playhouse production of "Cotton Patch Gospel" for the benefit of Family Promise of Sacramento of which you are an important part. 1804 people attended the 12 performances, averaging 150 per performance. While there are still some funds to come in, it appears that a little over $20,000 will be cleared. $20,000 was the goal. It was difficult for the crew and cast to move to a different location each night and they ran into some sound problems, but it all worked out quite well. A special thanks to the cast who donated their time and talents to help homeless children and their families in Sacramento. - Don Fado, on behalf of the Board of Directors of Family Promise of Sacramento.


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.

Visalia Mission Trip

 (More pictures on the web index page www.faithpresby.org)

Easter is all about the resurrection and love of Jesus.  A small group of us got to share this love with others on a mission trip we took the week before Easter. Nine of us went to Visalia to volunteer for a group called Self Help Enterprises (SHE).  SHE is an organization dedicated to improving the living conditions of people in the San Joaquin Valley.  One of their programs includes building houses and selling them at a very low rate.  But part of the deal is that the home owners actually help build the house.  We had the amazing experience of working beside the homeowners and helping them build the home they would soon live in. 

We left on the Monday before Easter and arrived at the SHE headquarters where we would stay for the next few nights.  Then we worked all day Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  We did a few odd jobs, but most of our time at the job site was spent framing.  We framed two and a half houses that week.  After working we would head back to SHE for well-deserved showers, dinner, rest and fellowship.  Because it was such a small group, we got to opportunity to get to know each other very well.  It was neat to see the kids on the trip bond with the adults and people who didn’t really know each other make lasting memories.  By the time we headed back to Sacramento on Thursday night we were a close group of friends.

Not only was it great to see relationships build between the mission team members, but it was amazing to get to know the people we were working with at the job site.  Carlos was the foreman at the site.  He works for SHE as one of their contractors.  Carlos was one of the most patient people I have ever met, which was a blessing because most of us had never swung a hammer before.  Most of the other people there were homeowners.  It was a real privilege to get to talk to the homeowners because they all had interesting stories about their lives and their new homes.  We all felt very proud to get to work alongside such wonderful people and help make a difference in their lives.  But like most mission trips, I think the biggest difference was made in our lives as we got to know and care for our new friends.  It was an absolutely amazing trip and I feel blessed that I was a part of it.

I would like to let everyone know about a similar trip coming up.  In August we are sending a team of workers to Mississippi to help with hurricane relief.  As we all know the damage down there is unbelievable, and I have been told that we can’t even begin to imagine what it is like.  So we are going to try and do what we can by working down there for a few days.  This is going to be another amazing mission trip and we can’t wait to see how God uses the people from this church to do his work.  The best part about this trip is that you can still sign up for it.  Georgianna Becker is the person to get a hold of if you are interested in helping out down in Mississippi, or if you would like to make a donation for the cost of the trip and the supplies.  You can also call the church for more information.  Something everyone can do to be part of the trip to Mississippi is to pray for the team and the people they will be reaching out to.  We all thank you for your love and support.  Kelsey         

Faith Folks Wash Cars!


The day before Easter several volunteers from Faith braved the rain, wind, sun, and clouds (sometimes all happening at the same time) to bring a little cheer to members of our Greenhaven/Pocket Community. We washed cars – for FREE! Had the weather been drier we might have had a big crowd, but the folks who showed up were all very pleased to get something for nothing. Several folks tried to give us donations but we agreed not to accept any money. “We’re doing this just to do something nice,” explained one car-washer. What a great concept! Look for another Outreach-sponsored car wash coming up at the end of our hot summer.

Inter-Church Softball Games Schedule


 Date                 Time               Home                               Away          


 Tue 4-25-06  6:30 PM  Gloria Dei Lutheran       Faith/Bethany            

              (PIZZA)                                                   Presbyterian                                                                                     

 Tue 5-2-06   7:30 PM  Antioch Baptist                  Faith/Bethany            


 Tue 5-16-06  8:30 PM  St. Paul Baptist                     Faith/Bethany            


 Tue 5-23-06  6:30 PM  Paradise Baptist              Faith/Bethany            

              (PIZZA)                                                     Presbyterian                                                                                       

 Tue 5-30-06  8:30 PM  Faith/Bethany             Latin American Nazarene  


 Tue 6-6-06   7:30 PM  Faith/Bethany             Trinity Episcopal Spirits


 Tue 6-13-06  8:30 PM  Faith/Bethany             Gloria Dei Lutheran      


 Tue 6-20-06  7:30 PM  Faith/Bethany             Antioch Baptist          



 Tue 6-27-06  Playoff  or Make-up Game                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 Tue 6-27-06  Playoff  or Make-up Game                                         


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 favorite 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


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 30

May 7

Youth Sunday

Worship Service



Worship Assistant

Janet Leader

David Leader


Donna Touros John Sugar

Mary Nabers Marvette Swayzer


Larry & Noreen Freund

Virgie Cornelius

Jeff & Kelly Marang

Andeen Lovett


Don Sperling

Bill Baker

Coffee Preparers

Jeff & DiAnne Brown

Jim & Betty Park


Sophia Bagby

  Gail Bagby

Worship Service



Worship Assistant

Claire Pisor

Jim Tracy


Jarvis & Glenda Arellano

David NasLori Glasgow


Dick & Betty McClure

Wayne Burkinshaw

Kurt & Madelyne Carpenter

Ann Johnson


Ken Finch Joe Parente

Coffee Servers

Gwen Markuson

Margaret Finch


Kitty Tatro Jarvis Arellano

Barbara Powell Charlie Tucker


Sarah Aisnworth

Doran McDaniel

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625 Florin Road, Sacramento CA

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Marthe Sweet (marthesweet@earthlink.net)

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Jim Zazzera, Associate Pastor

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