Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 31, Number 21 October 31, 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


(Jr. High School Fellowship)

Thursdays 7-9:00pm

Patrick Vaughn


Sr. High Fellowship

Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm.

Quinn Vaughn

November 3-5 Jr Hi Retreat

November 5 Commitment Sunday

November 13 Loaves & Fishes 7 & 11:00am

November 15 PW Meeting

November 21 Community Thanksgiving Worship - Greenhaven Lutheran

November 24 Office Closed

December 1 River City Choral Christmas Concert 7:00pm at Faith

December 2 Hanging of the Green Rehearsal 9-10:30am

December 1-3 Sr Hi Camp at Westminster Woods


Committee is Forming to Look at Music Ministry at Faith

As some of you may know, our Chancel Choir Director, Dennis Merwin, has decided to retire from his position at the end of this choir season (June, 2007).  Though we are all saddened at this news, we also rejoice that we can continue to enjoy his leadership here for another eight months.  With news of this recent announcement, the Personnel and Worship Committees of Session have moved to form a committee to look at the long term goals and needs of our music ministry and then work to staff our ministry accordingly.  Rick Brandsma (Personnel Committee member) and Martha Smith (Worship Committee member) will co-chair this committee which will begin it’s work in November.  We all look forward to seeing how the magnificent tradition of glorifying God through our music will continue here at Faith.

Shuttle Service begins November 26th

We are ready to launch our Sunday Morning Shuttle Service.  We are grateful to all who have contributed with finances and person-power to make this happen.  The first Sunday we will be offering this service will be November 26th for the 11:00 AM Worship Service.

The Shuttle Service is available to those who have no other means of transportation or cannot currently drive themselves, and particularly for those who have special transportation needs, especially those who use wheelchairs, walkers or other walking aids.  Those using motorized scooters must, by law, be able to transfer to a seat in the bus for the ride.

When you sign up to ride you will be given full details as to how to call for a ride each week.

If you have questions, wish to sign up to ride, or know of someone who may wish to sign for rides, please call Pat Beal at 686-4814.

Also, bus drivers are needed so call Pat Beal to sign up for that. November 5 there will be a drivers meeting at 12:15

The Blessing of This Team


A couple of weeks ago, all four of your pastors took part in a Presbytery Pastors Retreat up at Zephyr Cove in Tahoe.  The retreat, held every fall, brings together pastors from Presbyterian congregations around our area for a time of learning, fellowship and community.  This was my second year attending, and I most enjoy the opportunity to connect with others who are doing similar work nearby. 


This year’s retreat was, unfortunately, very poorly attended.  25% of the pastors there were from one church, Faith!  The upside, however, was that the four us were able to spend some great time together, a timely blessing since Patrick and Quinn are brand new and we are all still getting to know each other.  Among other things, we spent an afternoon hiking together in Desolation Wilderness.  (See very rugged photo insert.)


I want to share with all of you that, as one of the four pastors called to serve you at this time, I find myself in the position of feeling tremendously

fortunate to serve as a part of this team.  One of the things I have always marveled at is how God consistently provides leadership for his church.  Once again, in this setting, he has been so faithful in bringing exactly the right people to serve Faith.


Since my very first day here I have been grateful for the leadership Jim Zazzera provides to this church.  Jim has been a trusted partner for me in the work of ministry here and I have, time and time again, drawn on his wisdom and experience and been inspired by his compassion for the people he serves.  I know that many of you would agree that he is a great gift to this church.


As you all are quickly discovering, Quinn and Patrick are also great gifts to Faith.  Their dedication to seeing kids come to trust in Christ is, I think, going to be used by God here to make an eternal impact.  Their passion for seeing Christ’s message taken, in tangible ways, beyond the walls of the church, has re-fueled that passion in me. 


I’m sure all of us have been a part of teams in the past where the chemistry and friendship have been lacking.  Though a task can still be accomplished in those instances, it makes it much more difficult and tedious when that is the case.  How grateful I am, therefore, to find myself as a part of a team here at Faith where there seems to be (at least to me!) great chemistry and camaraderie.  By the way, this is not only true of the pastors, but all the staff who serve here at this time.


Psalm 133:1 says, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together in unity.”  I can’t speak for anybody else, but this is how I feel when it comes to the people around me in this church - not only the pastors, not only the staff, but the entire community of this congregation.


I look forward – I really do! - to worshipping with you this Sunday!


Grace & Peace,



 Heath Ministry


Cancer Fighting Halloween Goodness


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; get into the spirit by putting your jack­o’-lantern Innards to good health use.

Pumpkin — a crop that typically peaks this month — is rich in beta carotene and studies show that a diet high in beta carotene may help reduce the risk of cancers, including breast cancer. Add cancer-fighting flair to your weekend pancake recipe by adding 112 cup of pumpkin and 3/4 ate teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Of course, no single food item fully guards against breast cancer, so don’t skip your mammogram. Early detection can make this dreaded disease enormously beatable.

Carrots, kale, cantaloupe, apricots, and papaya also are smart beta carotene chokes. It’s not clear whether beta carotene alone is responsible for the reduced center risk observed as a result of eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables. Rather, researchers suspect that beta carotene and other nutrients in whole fruits and vegetables work synergistically to produce an anticarcinogenic effect. To get a sampling of all the good-for-you nutrients and phytochemical that fresh produce has to offer, aim for four servings of fruit and five servings of vegetables each day.

Senior Flu shot Clinics

Cost is $10 for the flu shot. $40 for a pneumonia shot.

Fruitridge Community Center – 4100 Fruitridge Rd.  Nov 9  10AM – 2PM

Sears Drive Thru  Sears Parking Lot Nov. 12  10AM – 2PM

Centennial Methodist 5401 Freeport Blvd.  Nov. 20  10AM – 1PM

Pannell Center  2470 Meadowview Rd.   Dec. 19  10AM – 2PM

Children's Ministry


     Dear friends, have you ever heard of Elisha in the Bible?  Can you remember when you have received unexpected help?  Well, if you go to 2 Kings 4:1-7, you can read a story about a prophet and someone in need.  Parents can talk about the story with their kids and others can read and learn and think about how we as Christians can make a difference.  The children read that story this past week and the next week they will read another story about Elisha.  November 12th they will learn about David and Goliath.  Take some time with God.  He loves us. Let’s get to know him.

       We will be filling shoe boxes with little fun and needed items on November 12th.  They will be sent to those in need of a little extra something.  There’s a list in the Sunday school hallway on what to buy.  This is called Operation Christmas and we’ve been doing it for a few years now.  Bring a shoe box, or some items to fill a box, or hands ready to wrap and munch and fellowship!!!

     Our church is growing.  If you would ever like to teach or help with Sunday School let Melinda Lewis or Pam Rock know.  There are always different ways to help and Melinda and the teachers always seem to have fun ways to teach our children share the Bible.  We know there’s a lot of love and talent in this congregation….. so please don’t hesitate to stop by Melinda’s office or call.  Children’s Education EXTENSION is 306.


                                                               In peace,                                                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                 Pam Rock

Time & Talents Offering

October, 2006 ~ Ministry Opportunities


Ministry Opportunity

Date(s) Needed

Approx. Time Commitment


Family Promise

50 - 60 people needed throughout the week at the church, for multiple tasks: set up, interacting w/families, laundry, dinner team, overnight team, etc.

Sun 12/10 – Sun 12/17

Most tasks: 2 hrs

Overnight team ( two people each night) 10 hrs



Sue Hooper


Cynthia Crow


Safe at Home Program

Unlimited number of people with “handyman” skills needed to install grab bars & other safety equip. in homes of older adults

Begin immediately

Training & materials provided

2 – 3 hours twice a month

Sheri Peifer

(916) 798-7248

A Child Is Waiting                   World Vision Child Sponsorship

Looking for people with  loving hearts and willingness to share their blessings with a child in need  – sponsors and their families are encouraged to write letters to “their” child and will receive letters from the child

Begin immediately      $30 monthly financial commitment

No specific time commitment – minimal time monthly to write letters is preferred


Donna Touros

(916)  399-8650

Faith Pictorial Directory

Unlimited number of people needed to work on updating the directory; schedule photography appointments, assist during photographing process

Planning meeting TBD (Nov or Dec)

Actual project scheduled for Jan – Feb 2007

TBD – depends on the amount of people willing to commit



DiAnne Brown

(916) 395-6129


PodCast “Engineer”

A few people are needed to be trained to digitally record sermons and put them on the web so they can be downloaded.

Begin in the next couple months as soon as training is completed

Would work 1-2 Sunday services per month, plus additional time to upload recording to web.


Joe Parente

(916) 419-3403

The Warners Thank You

Words are inadequate to express our  family's gratitude for the  wonderful support and words of encouragement you, our Faith Family , have given us through a very trying time.  It eased the loss of our Mother  Eula Anderson to know that others loved her too.  Your expressed concern for George and his continuing health problems comfort us and we take great hope in a brighter future.  We thank you for your prayers!  God's love is present with us through others who serve him.  For that we are grateful.

George & Ruth Warner

Daughters:  Linda & Kathy


October 27 ARCO Results

While the Kings get to have these pre-season warm-up games, the ARCOfaithfuls have to jump right in and produce. We didn’t need any warming up, because we were HOT, right out of the chute.  Our gross sales were $17,000, and we earned $1060 (including $20.07 in tips).for our Youth Ministry.  The ARCOfaithfuls welcomed Jennifer Smith, Patrick Vaughn and Quinn Vaughn to their first ARCO experience.  Jennifer and Quinn were very accurate and productive cashiers, and Patrick helped with the money, doing change, pick-ups, and closing out registers.  That's what I call diving into the ARCO experience head first!!  Thank you Pat, Chuck, Jennie, and Steve for the wonderful job you do.  After Donna and I reviewed the yellow cards (register cash accounting slips) and compare the cash totals to the Money Room deposits, we were $.25 (25 cents) over.  I think that was a quarter I picked up off the floor.  Great going cashiers and the vast majority of you balanced to the penny, when we closed out your cash.  Thanks to Betty Keller for being Queen of the North (overall leader [and inventory person, and hot dog roller grill attendant]).  We had NO INVENTORY SHORTAGES.  Great job cashiers, runners and Betty!!  Special thanks to Richard Markuson and Sally Evey for coming early and preparing the stand for business.  We would NEVER have been ready when the doors opened without your help.  Every person really counted last night and we had a surprise blessing in the form of Pam Studarus, who made herself available at the last minute and really made a difference.  Thanks to:  Cindy Canaday for starting the carpools from the Church and managing the runners, Byron Tucker for doing a great job during the game of maintaining the condiment stations, and Jon Cash for being our VERY COOL ICE GUY!!!!, and Melody Tactaquin for helping close out registers. Our next game is Sunday, November 12, at 6 p.m. start.  Please look at your schedules and let me know if you can volunteer. THANKS for a very successful evening.  Paul Keller        


Hymn of the Month—November 2006 by May Tucker, Director of Music in Worship

“Count Your Blessings”

Text: Johnson Oatman, Jr: Born on April 21st, 1856 Medford, New Jersey, died on September 25th, 1922, Norman, Oklahoma.  He was at buried at Mt. Holly, New Jersey.

Music: Edwin Othello Excell: Born on December 13th 1851, Stark County, Ohio, died on June 10th, 1921, Louisville, Kentucky.  He was buried at Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois.

“For the Christian, gratitude should be a life attitude.”  My father always reminded me as I was growing up.  Thanksgiving Day is a historical celebration of the pilgrims and the Native Americans befriending each other, resulting in a scrumptious meal.  Yet giving thanks and counting our blessings are our privileges as Christians.  It takes oneself out of one’s shell to a higher level to recount the positive in one’s life.  The glass is always half full for the Christian.  God is faithful to us and to our needs.  He wants our complete surrender to His will.  It is nearly impossible to be faithful to Him at all times but we need to count our blessings everyday, not just on Thanksgiving Day.  He promises us Life: an abundant life.  God never proclaims that He will only grant us peaks in our lives; He allows valleys to try our faith and character.  Jesus’ sacrifice ensures us that God is still our ultimate comfort, peace, hope, and joy. 

The lyricist of this hymn, Rev. Johnson Oatman, Jr., was a prolific gospel song writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  As a child he became acquainted with the hymns of the church through the singing talents of his father.  He attended Herbert’s Academy in Vincentown, New Jersey, and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute in Bordentown.  He was ordained as a Methodist Episcopal minister at the age of nineteen, but his pastoral work was confined to local churches.  Though he wrote over 5,000 hymn texts, Oatman was busily engaged throughout his life in a mercantile business and later as an administrator for a large insurance company in New Jersey. 

This hymn certainly ranks as one of the more familiar numbers in our hymnals.  It is one of the songs that many of us first sang with gusto during our early Sunday School days, yet one that we still enjoy singing in our services.  Other gospel favorites by Johnson Oatman include "Higher Ground", and "No, Not One!"  “Count Your Blessings” has been considered his most famous hymn.  He expresses profoundly in the first two verses of this hymn the thought that counting our blessings serves as an antidote for life’s discouragements and in turn makes for victorious Christian living.  The third verse teaches us how to place material possessions in proper prospective when compared to the eternal inheritance awaiting believers.  The last verse reminds us of God’s provisions, help, hope, and comfort to the end of our earthly pilgrimage is the choicest blessing.                         

The composer of the music, Edwin O. Excell, was well-known composer in early gospel hymnody.  He studied with George Root.  At the age of twenty he became a singing teacher, traveling around the country establishing singing schools.  For twenty years he was associated with Sam Jones, a well-known Southern revivalist.  Excell was recognized as one of the finer song leaders of his day.  In addition to writing and composing more than 2,000 gospel songs as well as publishing about fifty songbooks, he administered a successful music publishing business in Chicago.  While assisting Gypsy Smith in an evangelistic campaign in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1921, he was suddenly stricken at the age of seventy and taken home to join the immortal heavenly chorus.

"Count Your Blessings" is generally considered to be Oatman's finest hymn.  It first appeared in “Songs for Young People”, compiled, and published by Edwin O. Excell in 1897.  It has been sung all over the world.  One writer has stated, "Like a beam of sunlight it has brightened up the dark places of the earth”.  Perhaps no American was ever received with such enthusiasm in Great Britain as this hymn.  The London Daily, in giving an account of a meeting presided over by Gypsy Smith, reported, Mr. Smith announced the hymn “Count Your Blessings”.  Said he, “In South London the men sing it, the boys whistle it, and the women rock their babies to sleep on this hymn”.  During the great revival in Wales it was one of the hymns sung at every service along with such Welsh favorites as "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah" and "O That Will be Glory".

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”  Ephesians 1:3

Sign Up to Help Family Promise

December 10 – December 17


You can sign up for our next week of Family Promise on the whiteboard on the wall opposite the church office. Volunteers are needed for dinner, evening activity, overnight teams, set up and take down teams, laundry and Coordinator of the Day (COD). If necessary, we will take sign-ups in the narthex on November 19

If you have not volunteered but are interested, talk to someone who has or team up with them. If you have questions, call Cynthia Crow 392-9141 or Sue Hooper 393-2633.

You can hear Pastor Jeff’s sermon on the web page www.faithpresby.org

Click on the Audio Sermons link and click on the url:


Let Pastor Jeff know you listened.  We thank Joe Parented for setting this up.

Or you can be really computer clever and

Get Sermons on iTunes!

Sermons on iTunes is better than via the feedburner site, according to Joe Parented.  People can “subscribe” to the free podcast.  Then within their iTunes program, they can “refresh” and the new sermon will come up.

Here is how to get the Sermon Series – Leaving a Legacy of Faith - on iTunes.

  1.. Install iTunes  Download from http://www.apple.com/itunes/affiliate  

  2.. Be online.  Open iTunes and go to the iTunes Music Store.  Create an account.  (You don’t have to pay anything)

  3.. Search the iTunes Music Store by using this phrase – leaving a legacy of faith.  Click on the graphic.

  4.. “Subscribe” to the free podcast called “Leaving a Legacy of Faith.”

  5.. There will be some prompts.

  6.. The “episodes” will then be downloaded to your computer.

  7.. Next week, you “refresh” the podcast and the new episode will download automatically.  No More Searching!

If you have problems ask a kid.  They do it all the time.  Or ask Joseph Parente (916) 798-7240

“A Child Is Waiting” at Faith - Sponsorship Days are Oct 29th - Nov 5th

Miriam’s Story
Nine year old Mariam lives with her mother and two sisters in a one-room apartment in poverty stricken Gyumri, Armenia. Several years ago the girls’ father left the country to look for work, and never returned—leaving the family with no means of support.

Often, the best their mother could feed them was sugar water. Sona, the youngest, became so malnourished that her hair was falling out in patches.

Everything changed when the three girls were chosen to be sponsored. Mariam and her sisters now enjoy three good, hot meals a day at school. Mariam has become a diligent student who aspires to be a teacher. And the children know they are loved. Every letter from their sponsors is treasured, with the newest always tucked beneath their pillows.

You can make a difference

Today and every day, nearly 30,000 children will die, most from causes such as hunger or treatable illnesses—things that child sponsorship can prevent. By establishing a relationship with a child in need, you can answer God’s call to serve the poor. Sponsors demonstrate God’s love and transform a child’s life by helping remove the obstacles that poverty places in his or her path. Sponsorship changes the life of a child forever, and it can change your life, too!

Sponsorship changes lives

Child sponsorship transforms a life by providing basic necessities that help a child reach his or her God-given potential. Your gifts will provide access to things like:

Clean water

Better nutrition and agricultural assistance

Basic health care and immunizations

• School fees and materials

Economic development opportunities

We strive to demonstrate the love of Christ in our work. World Vision cares for the child and also strengthens the family and community to provide for the child’s continuing care. In this way, each child is equipped for the fullest life possible—physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

A faithful partner you can trust

With more than 50 years of experience in child sponsorship, World Vision cared for 2.6 million children last year through sponsors around the world. World Vision’s overhead rate is only 13%—reflecting our commitment to the highest standards of stewardship and responsibility.

Will you answer a child who is waiting?

You can change a child’s life! Visit our sponsorship table on Sunday October 29th and November 5th to see photos of individual children who are waiting and hoping to be sponsored.

For further information please contact Donna Touros at 399-8650 or email: dtouros@comcast.net

The ARCO schedule of games for the Kings' 2006/2007 NBA season.  Faith received exactly the 10 games that we asked for as follows.

1.    Friday      October 27th      7:00 p.m. start    Portland

2.    Sunday      November 12th    6:00 p.m. start    Toronto

3.    Sunday      November 19th    6:00 p.m. start    San Antonio

4.    Saturday    December 16th    7:00 p.m. start    Phoenix

5.    Saturday    December 30th    7:00 p.m. start    Golden State

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


November 5

November 12

Worship Service



Worship Assistant

Walt McDaniel

   Vicki Chastain


Bob McCarroll

Ken Finch

Marthe Sweet

Dallas Love


Jim & Betty Park

Donna Touros

David, Janet & Ross Leader


Bill Baker

Don Sperling

Coffee Preparers

Pat & Kitty Tatro

Jim & Batty Park


Joey Healow


Worship Service



Worship Assistant

Lori Glasgow

Jim Tracy


Dick & Betty McClure

Richard & Gwen Markuson


Bob & Barbara Powell

Debbie Barton

Bill & Dee Nichols

Julia King


Joe Parente Kevin Roberson

Coffee Servers

Marcella Fodor

Margaret Finch


Bob Connett

Dick McClure

Kitty Tatro

Jarvis Arellano


Jackson McDaniel

Brenon Collins

Published by Faith Presbyterian Church

625 Florin Road, Sacramento CA

(916) 428-3439, FAX 428-0248


Editing staff:

Jim Park (jamespark02@comcast.net)

Dianne Brown (Sierraskymktg@netscape.net)

Susie Hughes (susan_hughes@synectics.net)

Kathy Pehrson (kkpehrson@yahoo.com)

Marthe Sweet (marthesweet@earthlink.net)

Jeff Chapman, Pastor

Jim Zazzera, Quinn Vaughn and Patrick Vaughn

Associate Pastors

Worship 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.


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