Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 32, Number 1 January 9, 2007

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


(Jr. High School Fellowship)

Thursdays 7-9:00pm

Patrick Vaughn


Sr. High Fellowship

Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm.

Quinn Vaughn

Even if You’re Not Married…


I really do try to resist using this space to promote specific events, particularly programs, in the life of the church.  Sometimes, however, I just can’t help myself.


I’m thrilled to let you know that Faith Presbyterian Church will host a seminar entitled “Ten Ways of Love & Freedom in Marriage” on Saturday, February 10th.  Our teacher, Dr. David Gill, is a long-time professor of Christian Ethics and is also the author of six books.  One of his books is entitled Doing Right: Practical Ethical Principles.  It’s a study of the 10 commandments, a topic towards which he has put a great deal of study and thought, particularly in regards to how they apply to the ethics and relationships of our daily lives (marriage, for instance!). 


One of the ways Dr. Gill might put it is that the 10 Commandments provide the basic guidelines of a loving, covenant relationship between God and his people.  These, then, are ten basic ways to love somebody – God, or another person who is made in the image of God. 


Last year I had the chance to hear Dr. Gill give this very seminar at another church.  I was so impressed that I approached him at the end of the day to ask if he would be willing to travel to Faith and present it to our congregation.  He agreed.  Now he’s coming.


I want to ask you to consider taking part in this seminar on the 10th of February. (You can fill out the registration below and just get it back to the church office.)  Whether you’re married or not, my hope is that if you do participate, you will walk away having been amazed at discovering how the 10 Commandments, often thought of as an ancient list of laws, are really a prescription for healthy relationships in marriage and elsewhere.


We’ve tried to clear away many of the barriers that might keep people from coming.  A children’s program (and childcare for the youngest ones) will be made available that day.  Though this cost is $25 per couple or $15 per individual, if that doesn’t fit your current budget, confidentially let me know and we have scholarship money available.  Also, refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.


The most important thing in our lives is our relationships - our marriages, friendships, families, and our relationship to God.  My prayer is that this opportunity might help many of us deepen and enrich those relationships.


I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday!


Grace & Peace,




10 Ways to Love & Freedom in Marriage Seminar ~ Registration Form


Name(s): _________________________________________________________
Address: ______________________________       Phone: ___________________
Attending as:    q Couple ($25)       q Individual ($15)
   q I would like to speak confidentially to a pastor about a scholarship for this event.
Children Needing Childcare?  Please list ages: ___________________________





Election of Elders and Deacons

The Nominating Committee has completed the selection of candidates for the offices of Elder and Deacon for the class of 2010. Election of Elders and Deacons will be held at the annual meeting on January 21, 2007, at 12:15 p.m. After the Nominating Committee has presented the names of candidates for office, nominations may be made by any member with prior approval of the nominee. In addition to the election of Elders and Deacons, the 2001 Budget will he presented and there will be a vote on a change in our By-Laws to allow for the election of the Youth Elder for a three (3) year term instead of the present one (I) year term. Members of the Nominating Committee are: Tanya Anderson, DiAnne Brown, Margaret Finch, Mike Hankey, Paul Keller, Howard Payne and Wally Smith.


Candidates for the office of Elder Are: Don Sperling (one-year term), Ken Finch (two- year term), Kim Char, Rick Crow, Bill Frye and Walt McDaniel for three-year terms. Candidates for the office of Deacon are: Erin Ainsworth, Patty Boyd,Vergie Cornelius, Deborah Dunn, Cathy Healow and Richard Markuson. All

Deacon candidates are for three-year terms.



Parents Take Note!  Homebuilders May Be for You


If you’re the parent of a young child – babies through high-schoolers qualify! – Homebuilders is the Faith fellowship group for you.  We meet approximately 10 times a year to fellowship, sometimes with our kids, sometimes without.  It’s a great way to get to know other parents in the congregation.  Give it a try! (formerly called Young Families)


Here’s what’s coming up soon:


*Friday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m. – An adults-only potluck at Jeff and Esther Chapman’s home, 356 Bay River Way.  We’ll make the soup; you bring a side dish or dessert of your choice.  Our time will be spent getting to know each other and discussing activities for the coming year.  To attend, simply contact Esther Chapman at 421-8894 or


*Saturday, Feb. 3, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. – “Ten Ways to Love & Freedom in Marriage” - A marriage seminar at Faith Church, featuring guest speaker Dr. David Gill.  Participants of all ages and stages of life are welcome, including non-members.  A few of our Homebuilders members saw Dr. Gill, an ethics writer, educator and consultant, speak last year and were very impressed.  This is a great investment in your marriage.  Childcare and lunch will be provided at the church.  Watch for an opportunity to register in the new year. 

Kathy Keller Speaks at PW Meeting


Kathy Keller, our speaker for the January 24th meeting, grew up in Sacramento

She attended The Master's College in southern California, graduating with a degree in English.

Kathy has a teaching credential and taught English in Elementary and Secondary schools.

Kathy has been a Missionary in Tanzania for the last three years.  Kathy is on a 6 months home assignment and  will return to Tanzania in the near future.


Paying Taxes in Church?

Per Capita Explained


Did you know that Faith Presbyterian Church is asked to pay $17.00 per member every year to our denomination?  Is this a church tax?  Well, not quite.


The fee, known as Per Capita, is a voluntary payment which congregations can make to help support the larger church.  As you may know, Faith is a part of a much larger body, the Presbyterian Church (USA).  As a connectional church we believe it is God’s desire that we share in mission, community and worship with those beyond the walls of our own congregation.  This certainly is to extend beyond Presbyterians, but our own denomination is a good place to start.


So where will the over $7,000 go that Faith plans to send in Per Capita payments in 2007?  A portion of it goes to support the General Assembly, the governing body of our denomination.  There it helps to fund, among other things, General Assembly meetings, staff, ecumenical work, office space, and other administrative costs. 


A much larger portion of Per Capita goes to our denominational mission budget where it helps fund congregational, national and worldwide missions.  Funds sent by Faith can end up helping, for example, plant a new church in a growing area of Sacramento, assisting in hurricane Katrina relief in Louisiana, and aiding victims of an earthquake in India.  There are literally hundreds of ministries that receive support through these funds.  How exciting it is to know that dollars we send can have such a far reaching impact in our world!


The Session of Faith is asking this year that members consider making the Per Capita payment above and beyond your annual pledge.  If you choose to do so, it will help us use funds we have normally committed to Per Capita for the local ministry and mission of Faith.  If you are able, we would ask that you use the designated blue envelope in the front of your pledge box to make this payment of $17.00 per church member in your family.  Children of members and inactive members are not asked to pay Per Capita.  If we all were able to make this small extra commitment, it would amount to another $7,000 we can use for God’s work here at Faith. 


Whether or not you are able to make this extra payment this year, at least be encouraged that funds being sent from this congregation in this small corner of the world are having far-reaching effects for the Kingdom!


By the way, if you want to know more about Per Capita, feel free to visit the PCUSA web page at  




And Debbi Kanner Wants You to pick up your pledge envelopes in the narthex. And to fill out the amounts on the front of the offering
envelope so that she can allot the funds pledged to the operating budget and to the building fund. She assures everyone that she is only person who knows how much you have given.

If you did not receive a box of offering
envelopes,. call her at 393-8835 or call Sue Nolan at 428-3439

 Heath Ministry



Children's Ministry

Jesus – A child like you and me is the focus for January 2007!!!!

What an exciting way to start the New Year. Sunday School teachers only get to teach the children for about 30- 40 minutes a week. We hope parents, grandparents, and everyone involved with these kids can take time each day to talk about this lesson or other Bible readings in order to have a growing relationship with Jesus. The Lesson this month is from Luke 2:21-52.

Stories of Jesus’ Dedication

Glimpses of Life in Nazareth

Jesus with the Elders at age twelve

Memory Verse: “Jesus grew both in body and wisdom.” Luke 2:52

(Children that learn the memory verse can move two spaces on the game board)


January 14th there is a parent meeting to chat a few minutes about the Children’s

Program. Look for the time in the bulletin. We will meet in Melinda Lewis’s office.



PresbyNews Youth and Families Article

Pastor Quinn


A little message for Parents of Youth –

I just read an article in The Journal of Student Ministries which prompted some thought.  It suggested that, “kids who dine with their folks are happier, healthier and better students…Experts suggest that a regular family meal anchors a family – providing a calmer setting and some measure of good communication.” – Time, June 12 I share it with you because this past week I have been increasingly aware of the “behind the scenes” work my parents did in my life which has made a huge impact on my adult life, my relationship with God and my understanding of ministry. 


Both Patrick and I grew up having dinner as a family.  Patrick’s family ate around the kitchen dinner table each night whereas my family sometimes ate at the dinner table, others times in front of the TV and still others at the local fast food or pizza joint.  It looked different in each of our families but I now see that it instilled in us a habit of sharing life as we nourish our bodies for the work and play of the day.  It helped me to understand that the God of the universe dinned with us to show us his deep love relationship with us (Jesus ate with his disciples over and over again and continues to nourish us today around the table through the power of the Holy Spirit in Communion).  And it helped me to see that discipleship happens around the table.  As parents you are the primary “discipliners” of your kids and you can do it just like Jesus did; during a meal with his family. 


My point is that if you are a parent of a youth and you already eat dinner as a family don’t give up or if you don’t eat together as a family try your hardest to establish a habit of eating as a family as often as possible.  All of us, youth and adults alike, need down time, to be known and to be in a loving community.  This little practice of eating a meal together can help to meet these basic needs and has the potential of making a long lasting impact on your kid’s lives.  I am now thanking my parents for their commitment to being in relationship with us in this way.  Your kids may come kicking and screaming to the table (or act totally unengaged) but one day your kids may thank you.  I hope this comes as a source of encouragement in your life as a parent of a youth or as a youth yourself. 


ATTENTION ALL YOUTH - Mark Your Calendars

Youth Group starts again this week - Wednesday’s CREW from 7-8:30pm & Thursday’s MUNCHIES from 7-8:30pm.

30 Hour Famine – Friday February 23 to Saturday February 24th 7th-12th grade youth will be participating in 30 Hour Famine.

Visit our Youth Blog for up to date youth events, to connect with other youth and to share your prayer requests –




                            Collective Spirit Concert


The RSVP (Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace) will sing with Faith’s Chancel Choir on Friday, January 19, 2007 - 7:30 pm at Faith Presbyterian Church. The concert is free but donations will be accepted for PRC Compassion . Proceeds willbenefit Hurricane Katrina Relief.

The singers of RSVP have a rich background singing music of all styles and eras. “Collective Spirit” is a sampling of the sacred music that has meant the most to our singers through the years. Hear works by Byrd, Berger, Durufle', Lauridsen, Rachmaninoff, Biebl, and more. Come be inspired by the beauty and spirit of this evening.

RSVP singers are United Nations Friendship Ambassadors this season and will tour Louisiana this summer.  All concerts will benefit Hurricane Katrina Relief.  Proceeds from this concert will support PRC Compassion, a Louisiana based group of clergy who are coordinating efforts to support New Orleans residents as they work to rebuild their lives.

More information:           (916)624-9419

David & Shirley Robertson Have Moved to Texas

To all our friends at Faith Presbyterian Church, we will, of course, be making visits to Sacramento to see our family and, at that time we’ll try to visit Faith.  Thanks for all you have done for us!

David & Shirley Robertson

Dictionaries and Calendars       If you seldom use your print style dictionary, the people who come to the SSIP Food Closet will be very happy to get it. Bring to church and give to Betty Park.

Also your surplus 2007 calendars, which are eagerly picked up by Food Closet customers.

And bring your Food Closet donations on January 7th.


Bulletin Cover Sign-Ups for 2007 Postponed

You may have noticed that we are not yet taking sign-ups for individuals or families who want to sponsor a bulletin cover in 2007.  Currently, the Worship Committee and Session are considering re-formatting our current bulletin.  Once that process has been completed, we will again make bulletin cover sponsorship available.  Questions?  Contact Pat Beal or Deborah Dunn from the Worship Committee.

A Baby Shower for Sheri and Scott Peifer

Hosted by May Tucker, Esther Chapman, and Faith Presbyterian Church

2 pm, Sunday, February 18th, 2007


Link Hall



Baby gifts are registered: Goore’s, Baby R Us

Nursery colors: Sage green, honey-yellow (gold-like), and chocolate brown

I was invited to send in a picture to be used in an upcoming World Vision "A Child is Waiting" event mailer.  So I sent out postcards to all of our sponsors and we took a very last minute picture of our World Vision Child Sponsors on New Year's Eve between services. 


I apologize to those who were out of town, and to Hilde and Charles Tetlow for not getting their invitation in time...... but we did get a pretty good turn out with less than two weeks notice!


Faith Church members have sponsored 36 World Vision children during our two "A Child is Waiting" events in 2006.  Our next World Vision event will be held during two Sundays in May.  I pray that our Lord will lead you to join us in this wonderful ministry for children world wide.



Donna Touros


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

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


January 14

January 21

Worship Service



Worship Assistant

David Nash

   Janet Leader


Bob McCarroll

Ken Finch

Hal & Ilah Turner


Kathy & Randy Ramos

Carol & Howard Frank

Mary Nabers


Don Sperling

David Nash

Coffee Preparers

Donna Touros

Jeff & DiAnne Brown


Spencer Hankey

 Kori Davis

Worship Service



Worship Assistant

Chuck Bell

Doug Johnson


Richard & Gwen Markuson

Renee Larson

Melodi Anderson


Terry & Dave Williamson

Kurt & Madelyne Carpenter


Kevin Roberson Ken Finch

Coffee Servers

Ann Johnson

Mary Masterson

Virginia Escalante


Barbara Powell

Charlie Tucker

Helen Christenson

Marilyn Becker


Brendon Collins

Kaylah Miller

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