Detail of sanctuary stained glass
Announcements and Requests
Please submit items for the August issue of The SPIRE to Dee Henderson in the church office by Monday, July 27.
Summer Office Hours Started June 1
Justa Center Thanks
Thanks to Diane Nestlebush and Pat Floyd for delivering the items we’ve been collecting for the Justa Center. They report that the center is now in most need of summer clothing, bottled water, and personal hygiene items such as soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and toilet paper. Please leave your Justa Center donations in Carol Arseth’s old office. For information on how to send cash or other donations directly to the Center, go to the Justa Center website.
Food Bank Reminder
Summer vacation has started for Phoenix-area school children, so families who rely on the school lunch program during the rest of the year are now responsible for their children’s noon meals. When you are buying items to donate to the Valley View Food Bank for First Sundays this summer, please consider foods like peanut butter that are both nutritious and well-liked by children.
Next January, our church will again take part in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, this time as one of the host churches. First Presbyterian and our co-host, Shepherd of the Desert, will be responsible for the worship service and lunch for the week’s kickoff on Monday, January 18. Debbie Thompson and Beth Mabee will be heading up the team to work on this project; they will be looking for helpers as we get closer to the date, both for the worship service (which is run by lay people from the congregation) and for the lunch that follows. For more information about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, go to the World Council of Churches website.
Expanding Our Emails
Over the past two years, our church has collected the email addresses of members and regular attendees and invested in Constant Contact software to send out event reminders and death notices. In May, for the first time, we sent out an email survey – the electronic version of our Fellowship Dinner questionnaire. The response was so good that we are gearing up to do more.
The first step will be to allow people to register to attend and/or work at our dinners and other fellowship events via email in addition to calling the office or signing a paper list. If this proves to be successful, we will consider other possibilities as well.
If you are hesitant about publishing your email address in the church directory but would like to receive emails from the church staff, please send a note to that effect to Beth Mabee and she will see that you are added to the email list but not the directory.
- The Bridge group is officially on vacation. A future edition of The SPIRE will announce the resumption of play this fall.
- The Busy Bees have done such a good job of cleaning around the church campus that they will be taking a well-earned rest until the fall. Resumption of activities will be announced.
- The Prayer Partners will not meet until further notice.
Small Electronics Recycling
The speaker from eGreen IT Solutions at the April Fellowship Dinner told us that any electronic item with a cord or a battery can be recycled. Throw your dead gadgets in the recycling can in the Agua Fria Room and we will see that they are properly disposed of.
Church Directories/Annual Reports
2015 Church Directories and copies of the church’s 2014 Annual Report are still available to be picked up in the Courtyard entry and in the Narthex hallway; one copy of each per family, please. Please look at your entry in the Directory and notify Norma Mack if any of the information is incorrect.
The 2015 Flower Calendar still has openings available! Sign up to donate flowers in the church office during the week or in Swain Hall on Sunday. After services, the flowers are made into small arrangements that are given to ill or shut-in members of the congregation. We appreciate your contributions to this important ministry.
If you bring citrus to the church for others to pick up, please either leave it on one of the cement (not wooden) benches, or double-bag it; leaking juice is causing damage to the wooden bench just inside the gates.
Please do not leave aluminum cans in the Agua Fria Room any longer. Since Harry Wilson has moved to California, we have no one to crush the cans, store them for a year, and take them to be recycled. Any interested in taking over this job, please contact Rev. Davis.
We need more members to serve as Liturgists for our Sunday services. (Being an Elder is not a requirement.)
The task includes reading, with the congregation, the opening Call to Worship, and a little later, the Declaration of Pardon. A brief Prayer for Illumination is read by the Liturgist just prior to the reading of the first scripture lesson. That concludes the Liturgist’s responsibility.
An advance copy of Sunday’s worship guide is available by Wednesday for the Liturgist to use in making notes and reminders of when to stand and speak, etc.
If you’d like to know more about being a Liturgist, please call the church office at 623.974.3605.
Join Our Stephen Ministers
Are you a compassionate person, full of faith and trustworthy? Would you like to help, on a one-to-one basis, people who are going through a personal crisis? If so, the Stephen Ministers of First Presbyterian would like you to join them.
Don’t know how to be a Stephen Minister? We will train you through classes held here at the church by our Stephen Leaders and Stephen Ministers.
The meeting days for Stephen Ministers are now the second and fourth Mondays of every month, at 2:00 pm in Annex 3.
INTERESTED? Contact coordinator Rev. Dr. David Glenn Walker at 623.977.0930.
2015 Per Capita
The 2015 Per Capita rate is $31.00 per person. What exactly does that mean? The Department of the Stated Clerk at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) explains it this way:
The Westminster Confession of Faith says, “all believers are, therefore, under obligation to sustain the ordinances of the Christian religion where they are already established, and to contribute by their prayers, gifts, and personal efforts to the extension of the Kingdom of Christ throughout the whole earth” (The Book of Confessions, 6.058).
Per capita is a fundamental way in which all of the nearly 11,000 congregations and mid councils of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are connected and participate in the work of the wider church.
Because it is rooted in the connectional and covenantal nature of the Presbyterian church, as affirmed by the ordination vows taken by elders and ministers of the Word and Sacrament, per capita could be called the Presbyterian Covenant Community Fund.
How important is per capita? Per capita is as important as being Presbyterian! Per capita funding is how Presbyterians mutually share the costs of coming together to discern the Spirit’s leading for the future.
- It is how Presbyterians are trained to become better elders and ministers.
- It is how Presbyterians discern God’s call in their lives.
- It is how Presbyterians participate in the life of the wider church by serving on GA committees and commissions.
- It is how Presbyterians participate in the life of the Church universal as we commit ourselves to work and live in fellowship with “all persons in every nation” (Book of Order, G-4.0101)
To learn more about the history of the per capita offering, click here.
We need people willing to learn how to run the sound system and carillon and record Sunday services. If you are interested in helping out, even occasionally, talk to Bill Wentling, call him at 623.476.2426, or send him an email. You can also leave a message at the church office, 623.974.3605.
Please also let Bill or the office staff know if you are scheduling an event at the church that will require microphones, the projector in Swain Hall, or any other audio-video equipment setup. We would appreciate at least a week’s notice if we have the equipment on hand, and a month’s notice if we will have to rent or borrow anything.
The Lions Club “Recycle for Sight” program collects used eyeglasses, cleans them, sorts them by prescription strength, and packages them for distribution to people in need in developing countries where they will have the greatest impact. Lions accept prescription and reading glasses, sunglasses, and plastic and metal frames. They also accept hearing aids.
For more information, contact Bill Wentling, or visit the Lions Club website. You can donate your old glasses to the Lions by giving them to Bill or Tina, or drop them off in the Lions collection box in the church office.
Honor Flight Arizona recognizes American Veterans for their sacrifices and achievements by flying them to Washington, D.C., to see their memorials at no cost to the vets. Top priority is given to WWII veterans. Guardians fly with the vets on every flight to help them have a safe, memorable, and rewarding experience. For further information, talk to Bill Wentling, contact Honor Flight at 928.377.1020, or visit the Honor Flight Arizona website.
Lost and Found
If you have lost one of these items, please stop by the church office to claim your property:
- Blue metal water bottle
- Green crystal pierced earring
- Kokopelli charm
- Small flashlight
- Woman’s white cap