Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 31, Number 14 July 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


(Jr. & Sr. High School Fellowship)

Game Night

Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm.

Kelsey Ingalls 428-3439.


Family Promise July 16 - July 23

Every Wednesday in July -- God at the Movies

July 10 - 14 VBS    VBS Program 7:00pm July 14

August 2  Prayer Gathering 6-7:00pm

August 5th   Youth to Sun Splash

August 5th - 12th  Mississippi Mission Trip

Car wash to Support Mississippi Mission Trip


Maybe your car is getting dusty, but it’s just too hot to wash it.  Maybe you’d like to support the summer mission trip but haven’t had a chance yet.  If either or both of these are true, then the Summer Mission team is ready to wash your car and take your money on Sunday, July 23.  Bring your car to either service, give us the keys, and we will do our best to make your car shine.  All funds raised will go directly to pay for the expenses of taking 38 people to D’Iberville, Mississippi, where we’ll be working to help repair homes severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. 


Our Faith Family has supported us strongly in the past, as our teams traveled to the Central Valley, around the United States and to Mexico, reaching out to our brothers and sisters in Christ.  This year’s Summer Mission team thanks you for your generous support at the ARCO concession stand, buying and selling fireworks, and for planning ahead to bring us your dirty car so that we may build our team spirit and our spirit of service.

Pastor Jim says

 God is not what you imagine or think you understand. If you understand him, you have failed. This is one of the most intriguing quotes I have stumbled upon in a long time. It is attributed to Saint Augustine, one of the church’s most influential theologians, and comes from the fifth century.


Do you buy it? We Christians can be so focused on understanding God. We read books, we listen to sermons, we go to seminaries, we watch documentaries on the Dead Sea Scrolls…yet what do we know? And is what we know important?


You may find that this is an odd question for a pastor who is charged with overseeing adult education in the life of this congregation. Yet I think it is a good one. “Is what we know important?” Have we failed (as Augustine suggests) if we understand God? Maybe a better question is this one: Do we miss out on this Christian life if we spend all our time seeking to know about God and so little time knowing God?


For me, this is the core of what Christian education is about – knowing God. C.S. Lewis once addressed the notion of God as Trinity and asked (and I paraphrase) what is the good of talking about something we cannot truly imagine? “Well, there isn’t any good talking about him,” he states, “the thing that matters is being drawn into that three personal life, and that may begin any time - tonight if you like.” I agree, what matters is being drawn into God, being in relationship with God, loving God, connecting with God – use any metaphor you like. That is why I serve as a minister. It is why I do what I do here.


This summer we are viewing movies on Wednesday nights here at the church – at least partly to discover and be more drawn into God’s work and presence in the world. In a few weeks I will travel with 40 people to rebuild homes in a hurricane ravaged location in Mississippi – so that I can be part of God’s healing work in this world. Tonight I will say a prayer at dinner time – to embrace (an be embraced by) the one who comes to me as the bread of life.


Maybe we need a new definition of education – something that is not about what goes on simply in our heads (for those of you now throwing things at me, I am not saying that head knowledge is bad – only partial) – but something that invites God to embrace the whole of our lives.


If you understand him you have failed. Success, if we can really define it as such, comes not from our knowledge – but our willingness to let God know us.


Grace & Peace,


Old Batteries and Spray Cans


There is a box in Link Hall for your old batteries and spray cans.  We are no longer able to throw those items in the trash.  Mary Nabors has volunteered to take them to the county collection site.  Thank you Mary


Prepare yourself for the July 15th Zoofari!


Make reservations and payment no later than July 12. Contact us at 684-9697 or by e-mail   jalicekern@comcast.net

(We’ll be out-of-town through June 30.) ---  Bruce and Jean Kern


Meet at the front entrance of the Sacramento Zoo at 9:15


Tour by Zoo Docents Bruce Kern, Jean Kern and Jo Thommen


Wildlife Show by Zoo Interpretive Center Staff


Picnic lunch—Total cost $10.00

God at the Movies -  Coming in July! 


Save these dates for our Wednesday Night Movies at Faith:

July 5th                                  Walk the Line
July 12th                               Millions
July 19th                               The End of the Spear
July 26th                       Chronicles of Narnia

Though not all explicitly Christian, all of these stories are tales of hope, redemption, and transformation.  Each week we will meet and view the film and discuss what insight we might discover about our own faith and life.

Joys and Concerns


 Sunday School News



The children are remarkable and their pure joy for life is contagious. If you haven’t had the opportunity to work with the children, you are missing out.   Here are a few thoughts to share with you:

                            One girl recently shared that God was cheering for her.

                            A boy said, “I can’t help but sing songs to the Lord for he makes me feel extremely joyful.”

What great words!  I cannot emphasize enough how much fun it is to work with the children. 


During the months of June and July the children have been studying various Psalms.  The theme has been to praise and celebrate God.  In a few short weeks, we will begin looking at Genesis and studying God’s Amazing Creation. 


We truly are grateful to the many individuals that have volunteered to teach Sunday School this summer.  We give thanks to John Popham, Mark Bearor, Jennifer Smith, Anne Leader, Ileana Maestas, Conney Willis, and Gwen Markuson, for recently teaching the children.


There are still opportunities in late July and August to work with the children.  Please contact Melinda Lewis (916) 725-2810 or mlteach96 [at] surewest.net for an opportunity to help the children and yourself grow in faith.  



Vacation Bible School –Mission Around the United States


Mark your calendars – the VBS program is on Friday, July 14th at 7:00 pm.  If you are not busy, we would love to have you join us.  The children are adorable and I guarantee that you will enjoy the experience. 


Our Mission Project for the week is to collect food for the Sacramento Emergency Food Closet.  We are encouraging the children to bring in the following items:

If you would like to contribute to this project, please send some of the above items with your children during the Vacation Bible School week.  We will also gladly accept donations from the congregation members on Sunday, July 16th.   Thank you in advance for helping us to make our mission project a success!


Adult Summer Sunday School

Philippians and Galatians


Explore the passion and intensity of the writings of the Apostle Paul as it comes to us through these powerful letters in the Bible. While engaging as a study of one of the most important leaders in the church, these two books give us insight into critical aspects of our own faith: freedom, joy, partnership and the power of God in our lives. Join us for any or all Sundays this summer as we explore new ways God may speak to us.


July 2nd and 9th                               Leader – Virgie Cornelius

July 16th and 23rd                                        Leader – Bill Frye

July 30th                                                       Leader – Alice Parente

August 6th                                                     Leader – Chuck Bell

August 13th and 20th                                   Leaders – Jim and Barbara Tracy

August 27th and September 3rd    No Class

September 10th and 17th                           Leader – TBA


Study Books: The Bible and Interpretation Bible Studies: Philippians and Galatians by Stanly P. Saunders




Got Healthy Bones?

Even if you’re good about drinking milk and taking calcium, your bone future might not be as bright as you think. What's missing? Try folate.

Folate is a B vitamin — and one of the major good guys when it comes to stopping bad things. This vital nutrient reduces homocysteine, an amino acid with three black marks against it: It’s already been strongly linked to heart disease and Alzheimer’s and now it's tied to bone thinning in women

Getting enough folate to keep homocysteine in check is easer than it used to be, because so many grain products --bread, cereals, rice, pasta, and more — are now fortified with folic acid, a synthetic form of folate. In fact, many breakfast cereals supply 100 percent of the recommended daily amount (400 micrograms). But that probably isn't enough. Have a spinach dish or romaine salad with lentils, asparagus, chickpeas, or kidney beans and you might get close to the RealAge recommendation of 700 micrograms of folate daily. Unfortunately, a lot of women fall short. That's why it’s important to take a daily multivitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid. That extra amount will help keep your bones strong — and your heart and brain healthy, too.


* The long list of cereals fortified with folic acid includes everything from Special K, Smart Start, Kashi’s Heart to Heart, and Total too, and,  yes, Cap'n Crunch



David Bilbo can help you


   Some time ago, David Bilbo offered to do household repairs for any Faith Folk who need work done around the house and are unable to do it themselves. For example, these pictures show David making a successful repair on Jim and Betty Park’s whole house fan. David is quite accomplished in dealing with anything of a mechanical nature and can certainly help with most any problem. He makes no charge for his work.


   David has been disappointed, however, in the lack of requests to do repair work. For some reason, the Faith Folk have been reluctant to ask him for help. Perhaps it sounds too good to be true.  However, David is totally sincere in his desire to work on most anything for free.

   So come on, people, and make David happy by swamping him with pro bono work requests.                                                                                       424-5222      dbilbo@comcast.net


2006-2007 Horizons Bible Study

Annual Introduction to Presbyterian Women’s

Horizons Bible Study

San Francisco Theological Seminary



September 9, 2006


Author, Celia Brewer Sinclair will present an overview of the 2006 - 2007 study,

“In the Beginning: Perspectives on Genesis”



Presbyterian Women will charter a bus to San Anselmo. We need a sign-up of those interested.  We will (probably) meet at 7am at Westminster Presbyterian Church downtown Sacramento and enjoy the trip without the hassle of driving!

 Cost with lunch and drivers tip will be approximately $40. 


Sorry, bus is not handicapped accessible.

There are 48 seats -- first come first served!


Group Travel Coordinator is
Jean Rae Pilcher

6029 Hollyhurst Way

Sacramento, CA 95823-5251

(916) 428-9036   jeanpilcher@comcast.net

Please submit your name early, PAYMENT DUE BY

August 1, 2006

Sue Kirk Thanks You


Dear Friends of Faith,

    For the gifts of love, the flowers, the kind words and the reception, thank you!

     The gift of love will be used to create a memory garden off my back deck. This is the place where I watch deer graze and listen for the owls in the evening. 

      I was greatly touched by all the kind words and thoughts that were shared at the reception.  I will always remember the faces of the children that looked back at me last Sunday. 

    Thank you for the privilege of working with your children.  I will take many memories with me and cherish them forever.  I remain, as always,

                In God's Care,

                                Sue Kirk



Opportunity to Serve


My 3 year term as Fountain Caretaker was up in May.  The job has become much easier since the remove of the trees that used to surround and overhang the fountain.  If you are looking for an opportunity to serve the Church and can do some simple water treatment and filter servicing tasks, this might be just the thing for you.  If you are interested or would like to know more about this opportunity,  please call me at: (916) 392-0304 or (916) 802-0307; or send me an e-mail at mrpentax@sbcglobal.net.

THANKS, Paul Keller

Pastor's Jim Zazzera and Jeff Chapman were surprised with gifts of handcrafted, needlepoint stoles at the Faith Presbyterian Women's picnic, June 28 to thank them for all their support.

Ruth & George Warner and their daughters Linda & Kathy welcomed all the Faith Presbyterian Women to their home on June 28 for the annual P.W. pot luck picnic.  Ruth was surprised by the group honoring

her as the Faith P.W. Woman of The Year.  She was presented with a framed certificate and a short telling of some of her life's memorable times, her generous nature and loving heart.  Ruth was born in Okalahoma, later moved to California where she met and married George Warner in 1945.  After living in Lancaster, CA, they moved around a bit due to George's employment with the Department of Correction.


Ruth has always been an outstanding and tireless volunteer wherever she lived.

She cherishes her two daughters, Linda and Kathy, her 101 year old mother, Eula, her grandchildren and of course, husband George.


She was described as having incredible strength, soul and spirit.  Presbyterian Women are so grateful for her and all she has so gladly given to the group.  This was the hi-light of a wonderful day filled with fellowship, food and fun.


Family Promise

        Faith’s week for Family Promise is from 5:00pm Sunday July 16 to 8:00am Sunday July 23. If you are a new volunteer, please plan to attend a brief training session after the second service on July 16 in Room 5. All volunteers are welcome.

              On Sunday July 23 after the second service there will be a debriefing in Room 5. If you have comments or questions about the week, we look forward to seeing you.

Sue Hooper 393-2633.

Faith’s Annual Trip To The Music Circus


Do you like musical theater? Then join other members of the Faith family and attend the Music Circus production of The Music Man on Thursday, August 10.  This age-old favorite is appropriate for both children and adults. Tickets are $42 for adults ($4 off the regular price) and $31 for children under 12.  Tickets are limited so sign up now on the sheet in the narthex or e-mail Barbara Tracy at bjtracy@comcast.net. You can also call her with questions or to sign up after May 4.


Worship Helpers


July 16

July 23

Worship Service



Worship Assistant

Hal Turner

Janet Leader


Bob & Tanya Anderson

Donna Touros

John Sugar


Larry & Noreen Freund

Virgie Cornelius

Bob & Georianne Becker

Patty Boyd


Don Sperling

Bill Baker

Coffee Preparers

Ann Johnson

Jeff & DiAnne Brown


Jaclyn Mendoza

 Sophia Bagby

Worship Service



Worship Assistant

Kyle Carpenter

Brenda Norris


Renee Larson

Melodi Anderson

Glenda & Jarvis Arellano


Barbara & Jim Tracy

Debbie Barton

Rick & Cynthia Crow

Wayne Burkinshaw


Carroll Collier Carroll Collier

Coffee Servers

Nate & Debbie Barton

Gwen Markuson


Bob Connett

Dick McClure

Kitty Tatro

Jarvis Arellano


Dawn Balangan

Austin Reynolds

Published by Faith Presbyterian Church

625 Florin Road, Sacramento CA

(916) 428-3439, FAX 428-0248


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Jeff Chapman, Pastor

Jim Zazzera, Associate Pastor

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