Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 32, Number 12 June 12, 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



June 10 - 17 Family Promise

June 24 Car Wash to benefit Mission Trip

July 4  Pocket Parade

September 14 - 16 Faiths Annual Fall Retreat

Summer Mission Trip Plans

June 24 Car Wash

Now you have an excuse for not washing your car.  Save the dirt for the Mission Trip team members to take care of on Sunday, June 24th.  Just bring your dirty car to church on Sunday morning, and we'll wash it while you're worshipping.  All we ask in return is a donation in any amount you choose.  Funds raised will go to pay for mission trip costs and supplies.  If you're still thinking about going on the mission trip, please join us for the barbecue and team meeting following the carwash.


Join us for fun on the 4th!!!


For over a decade folks in the Pocket area have celebrated Independence Day with a “small town” parade and BBQ in the park. And for almost as many years Faith Church has been a part of the celebration. This year will be no different! Our Outreach committee has come up with an idea for an interactive float (that’s right…interactive!) that will add some excitement to the parade and draw attention to our church. Want to be a part of the fun? We need some folks of all ages to walk along the parade route next to the float (Lisbon School to Garcia Bend Park) and help out with activity. Curious??? Call or talk to Outreach Elder DiAnne Brown (395-6129) for details. It’s a short time commitment – 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4, that’s bound to be lots of fun!

              Help is also needed with the community BBQ (free to the first 500 folks!) at Garcia Bend. You’ll join other community volunteers to hand out food and drinks. Again, it’s a short time commitment – 10:30 until noon.

              Be a part of the 4th of July in the Pocket along with your friends at Faith Church!!!!

Buy Faith Fireworks


Faith’s Fireworks Stand will be open for business at noon on June 28th and from 9:00AM to dusk on June 29th through July 4th. Not only does Faith have excellent fireworks but you are supporting the mission trip and the Faith Fall Retreat. Better yet, you can volunteer to work a two hour shift at the stand. The stand is at its usual location in the California Bank parking lot, southeast corner of Florin Road and South Land Park Drive.


 Pastor Patrick Reflects about Faith youth.


Youth Sunday . . . Every Sunday


June 3rd was my first youth Sunday at Faith Presbyterian Church and what a joy it was to be a part of it.  Many people have expressed to me how God spoke through the youth as they led us in worship.  As much as I would like to say that Quinn and I had a big hand in assisting Greg, Amy and Kyle in preparing their messages or that Melinda and Pam carefully directed the children what to draw to lead us in prayer, I cannot.  Yes, we gave them suggestions and some guidance but the credit must be given to the youth of every age.  As people have thanked me, my standard response has been “I didn’t really do anything.”  It is clear to me and clear to many of you that God speaks loudly through young and old alike. 


Just think of Mary, Jeremiah, Timothy, Miriam, Joshua, Esther, David, and Elisha.  Not only did God empower these women and men to be witnesses and agents of God’s will, but they were also youth when God first called them into service.  Miriam, Moses sister, played a decisive role in Moses’ survival.  In chapter 2 of Exodus when Pharaoh’s daughter finds baby Moses floating in the river and is in need of a wet nurse it is Miriam, a young slave girl, who audaciously asks the princess, “shall I go get a Hebrew woman to nurse the child?”  She then goes and fetches Moses’ own mother to nurse him as Pharaoh’s daughter’s wet nurse.  Moses then goes on to survive the Pharaoh’s slaying of all the Hebrew male children to lead Israel out of slavery.  Jeremiah one of the greatest prophets of the Old Testament was called by God as only a youth to bear witness to God’s will to kings and nations.  Timothy as a boy became the Apostle Paul’s apprentice.  And, who can forget Mary, most likely only a teenager, called by God to give birth to God’s only begotten son.  Youth have always played important roles in leading and calling God’s people.  We have only to look at the scriptures to see that this is true and at our own Youth Sundays.


As I have reflected on this I am very appreciative of how much we value our youth at Faith Presbyterian Church.  You have hired Quinn and me as Pastors to the youth and Melinda as Director of Children’s Ministries.  You have protected the office of Youth Elder.  Yet, I wonder if we could not do more.  Though Youth Sunday may be a unique opportunity for our youth to lead us in worship, why should we reserve this for special occasions?  I have been challenged myself to think of ways that we can more fully involve those youth who are mature enough in their faith to lead us in worship on a more regular basis.  One more thing that has struck me is that leadership in worship does not just consist of having a youth read a scripture.  I would like to seek ways to more fully hear their voice and experience of God so that they can invite us in to new ways of hearing and knowing God.  It would be so much easier just to find a youth and plug them into “my” way of leading the prayer of confession or the call to worship, but to invite them to lead in new ways using their language and experience is so much harder.  For, it makes me work at listening and to actively seek understanding.  In the end I believe it is worth it because hopefully I have genuinely connected with someone different from me and maybe discovered something new about God causing me to grow in my own faith.  For I fear if we do not really listen and learn from our youth that we may be ignoring a prophet or apostle in our midst.  

How Do You Order Coffee in Ethiopia?

If you’d like to know the answer to this and other questions, we invite you to make a point of coming to the 10:00 coffee/fellowship hour this summer on June 24, July 29 & August 26.  On those dates, our friends from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (which meets each week in Link Hall) will join us for fellowship from 10:00-11:00.  We’ll share our coffee and they are planning to bring some traditional Ethiopian bread to share which they enjoy each Sunday.  We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity for further develop relationships with our brothers and sisters. 

Open Prayer Requests in Worship

Many people here at Faith have pointed out how they enjoy the opportunity to offer personal prayer requests in worship on Sunday morning.  The pastors have committed to making sure that at least once a month, typically on the 2nd Sunday of the month, that we will set aside time for individuals in worship to voice joys and concerns for prayer.  This is always a wonderful time to pray for one another.


Give your body a boost---with laughter


Why, for some, laughter is the best medicine.

Feeling rundown?  Try laughing more.   Some researchers

think laughter might be the best medicine, helping

you feel better and putting that spring back in your step.

"I believe that if people can get more laughter in their lives, they

are a lot better off", says Steve Wilson, MA, CSP, a psychologist

and laugh therapist.  "They might be healthier too."

Researchers aren't sure if it's actually the act of laughing that

makes the people feel better.  A good sense of  humor,  positive

attitude, and the support of friends and family might also play a role, too.

While we don't know for sure that laughter helps people feel better, it

certainly isn't hurting.

What happens when we laugh?

We change physiologically when we laugh.  We stretch muscles throughout

our face and body, our pulse and blood pressure go up, we breathe faster, sending

more oxygen to our tissues.

Another plus for laughter is it appears to burn calories.

Researchers found laughing 10-15 minutes burned 50 calories.


P.W. June Luncheon


Wednesday  June 27th @ 12:noon at Ruth Warner's

Please bring a salad, side dish or desert to share

BBQ Chicken and Beverages will be provided

RSVP to Ruth Warner 457-9156 or Kitty Tatro 393-4734

Bible Study @ 10:30 before the luncheon

If you would like to carpool, meet at the church @11:30

Nugget Receipts

It’s time to round up all those Nugget Market receipts and put them in the box by the church office door as soon as you can before June 15th. Ruth Burkinshaw will collect them and turn them in for the rebate that Nugget Market gives Faith church. There is a pause during the summer and you can start saving them in September. Over the years the rebate has amounted to a substantial amount of money for camperships.

 God at the Movies


Wednesday Night Movies at Faith - 7:00pm in  Link Hall


July 11                 Freedom Writers

July 18               The Queen

July 25               Pursuit of Happyness

August 1             Bridge to Terabithia


Though not explicitly Christian, all of these stories are tales that tell of challenge, despair, and hope as we seek to live in this world.  Each week we will meet and view the film and discuss what insights we might discover about for own faith and life. Look for details in upcoming newsletters! Movies will be shown at 7pm in Link Hall.  Pastor Jim Zazzera will facilitate the discussion.

Children’s Ministry



We want to thank everyone who was involved with Youth Sunday. It was wonderful to see so many kids involved in worship.


VBS is July 9th-13th. Lift Off! Soaring to New Heights with God

We will learn from Genesis, Luke and John.

You can contact Melinda Lewis at 428-3439 ext. 306 for registration. There are forms

near her office door. If you would like to help with this program please call Melinda,

Andeen Lovett, or Pam Rock.


Children’s Church started June 10th and was a wonderful experience for our kids. We want to thank Danny Healow for making the beautiful benches and table for this special time. This was for his Boy Scout Eagle project. What a blessing for us. Thank you God.


Sunday School for preschool through first grade was the Bible story from Jeremiah 1:4-8, and next Sunday, June 17th, the story will also be from Jeremiah: 18:1-6. Isaiah 6:1-8 will end the month.


We want to thank Carolyn Tillman for sharing her time and energy with our kids in a musical way. Praising God with the gift of music is such a wonderful blessing for Faith Presbyterian Church!!!!

Melinda Lewis, Director of Children’s Ministries




Important dates:


   July 9-13th – Vacation Bible School


Questions??? Call Pam Rock, C.E Elder at 393-1493 or Melinda Lewis, C.E. Director at 428-3439   ext 306.

Joyce Hathaway Completes 15 Years as Session Clerk

At our June Session meeting we took time out to honor Joyce Hathaway who has faithfully served as clerk of that body for fifteen years now.  The elders were unanimous in their deep appreciation for her compassion, care, leadership and guidance during that time.  As elders and pastors have come and gone, Joyce has remanded a consistent presence on our Session and her face and voice will be sorely missed around that table.  We are grateful, however, to have Claire Pisor immediately willing to step into that important role as Session Clerk.  Claire has begun her work in that capacity immediately


Past PW Moderators honored for their service                 Past and current PW Board members


Joyce Hathaway, PW Woman of the Year





Presbyterian Women had their last formal meeting of this term

with the installation of new officers.

Our own Cheryl Finch did the installation.


New Officers are:

Moderator            Mary Patterson

Vice Moderator    Margaret Finch

Secretary              Barbara Tracy

Treasurer              Dian Frye


P.W. Board Members are:


Hostess Chair              Vernice Brooks

Devotion Chair:           Marlene Calbo

Bible Study Chair        Mary Patterson

Greeters:                      Ruth Collier & Flo Rieber

Mission:                       Joyce Hathaway & Marilyn Becker

Nominating/Bazaar      Hilde Tetlow & Andeen Lovett

Publicity/Calling Tree: Mary Nabers

Sunshine Chair            Lois Chan

Computer/Misc            Kitty Tatro 

Faith Earns Summer Mission Money


  ARCO Faithfuls and Mission Trip participants earned $637 in support of our summer mission trip at the Monarchs' home opener. The ARCOfaithfuls welcomed Sue Hooper, who did a fine job assisting Richard Markuson with the condiment stations. As soon as I get the regular Kings' season schedule nailed down, we will start doing sign ups.  

Paul Keller

Homebuilders Camping Trip is Planned for June

June is a fabulous time for camping and our Homebuilders group has chosen a great location and date.  (Homebuilders is open to all but focused on families with children up through junior high.)  We have chosen the Greenhorn Campground located at the beautiful Rollins Lake and we will depart June 22nd and return June 24th.  We have spoken with the resort about availability and there are sites still available.  Before we reserve the sites, we need confirmation on those families committed on going.  The Greenhorn Campground is located approx. 62 miles from Faith Presbyterian Church.  Please respond ASAP by contacting Mark Bearor at 392-8546.

Are you curious about a particular career field? Do you want to know more about a particular field? Whether you are a high school or college student preparing for your future or an adult looking for a change in careers, someone from Faith may be able to help you. Check out the list below, look up the contact information in your directory, and give that person a call. He/she could provide information that will help you with your decision.




Career Field                                                                                                                                                     Name

Accounting and Business Management                                                                                                   Tracy, Jim

Agricultural and Public Health, Veterinary Medicine                                                                              Mayeda, Bryan Automotive Repair                                                                                                                                                                          Cash, Gary

Montessori School Ownership                                                                                                                    Mendoza, Christine Teaching, School Psychology, Working with Learning Disabled                                                                                         Miles, Winona               

Civil Engineering, Coast Guard                                                                                                                    Healow, Steve                

Computer Systems Programming, Water Resources Engineering                                                         Leader, David Elementary School Teaching                                                                                                                                                                          Leader, Janet  

Early Childhood Education and Development                                                                                          Barton, Debbie

Education: Elementary Teacher and Principal                                                                                           Boyd, Patty

Education: Teacher and Principal, all levels K-12                                                                                     Tracy, Barbara

Gerontology/Senior Housing and Services                                                                                               Piefer, Sheri

High School Counseling                                                                                                                               Healow, Cathy               

Human Resources and Safety                                                                                                                      Durfee, Rebecca            

IT sales                                                                                                                                                            Popham, John Respiratory Care                                                                                                                                                                          Ravas, Sally   

Music – piano and voice lessons, tutoring                                                                                               Tucker, May  

Nursing                                                                                                                                                            Becker, Georgianne       

Occupational Therapy, Hand Therapy                                                                                                       Bagby, Gail

Physical Therapy                                                                                                                                             Bill, Patti         

Smog Check program                                                                                                                                    Ling, Frank     

Structural Engineering                                                                                                                                  Evans, John   

Writing/Journalism                                                                                                                                        Chapman, Esther           






Name                                                        Career Field

Bagby, Gail                                              Occupational Therapy, Hand Therapy

Barton, Debbie                                       Early Childhood Education and Development

Becker, Georgianne                                Nursing

Bill, Patti                                                  Physical Therapy

Boyd, Patty                                             Education: Elementary Teacher and Principal

Cash, Gary                                               Automotive Repair

Chapman, Esther                                    Writing/Journalism

Durfee, Rebecca                                     Human Resources and Safety

Evans, John                                            Structural Engineering

Healow, Cathy                                        High School Counseling

Healow, Steve                                         Civil Engineering, Coast Guard

Leader, David                                         Computer Systems Programming, Water Resources Engineering

Leader, Janet                                           Elementary School Teaching

Ling, Frank                                              Smog Check program

Mayeda, Bryan                                       Agricultural and Public Health, Veterinary Medicine

Mendoza, Christine                               Montessori School Ownership

Miles, Winona                                        Teaching, School Psychology, Working with Learning Disabled

Piefer, Sheri                                             Gerontology/Senior Housing and Services

Popham, John                                         IT sales

Ravas, Sally                                            Respiratory Care

Tracy, Barbara                                        Education: Teacher and Principal, all levels K-12

Tracy, Jim                                                Accounting and Business Management

Tucker, May                                           Music – piano and voice lessons, tutoring

Pictures from Music Appreciation Sunday June 10


Dennis Merwin recalls his good Faith experiences as he prepares to retire.

Caroline Tillman says goodby to choir directing

Rivercats Game


Would you like to enjoy a summer evening out watching baseball at Raley Field? If so, consider joining other members of your Faith family at a Rivercats’ game. We have tickets reserved for the Friday, June 22 game with Tacoma and the Saturday, August 25 game with Fresno. Fireworks follow the Saturday game.


Tickets are $13 each, and you may sign up in the narthex. Contact Barbara Tracy at 428-0311 or if you have questions


Worship Helpers


June 17

June 24

Worship Service



Worship Assistant

Jim Tracy

Janet Leader


Bob & Tanya Anderson

Bob McCarroll

Ken Finch


Bill & Em Baker

Patty Boyd

Donna Touros


David Nash

David Nash

Coffee Preparers

Dave & Teri Williamson

Jim & Betty Park


Connor Hankey

Isabel Vhapman

Worship Service



Worship Assistant

Scott Peifer

Terry Mangum


Jarvis & Glenda Arellano

Roy & Vicki Chastain


Dick & Betty McClure

Terry & Dave Williamson

Jean Kern


Ken Finch Carroll Collier

Coffee Servers

Jeff & DiAnne Brown

Pat & Kitty Tatro


Bob Connett

Dick McClure

Kitty Tatro

Jarvis Arellano




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