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Irvington Presbyterian Church

Fremont, CA

Many Branches, One Tree

August, 2012 (Part 1 of a 3 part series)

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Romans 12:4, 5) Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27)

Sundays Worship 10:15 a.m. (Nursery and Children Sunday School During Service)

Irvington Presbyterian Church is an organic, living being. Just as Paul the apostle said, we have various organs that function rather as the organs in a human body work together. Each part needs all the others. Here are some of the parts of the body:

Irvington Chinese Presbyterian Service: 10:15 a.m.

Weekdays at IPC

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Deacons Update

2 Mission is the heart of the church. Our Mission Team disburses the faith

IPC Deacons are the hands and feet. They take care of a lot of the nitty-gritty August Highlights work that keeps IPC alive and well. Each Deacon has a parish of ten or so Church Directory members whom they care for. Deacons prepare the bread and juice for communion; they arrange for coffee and snacks after worship and flowers in worBible Studies ship; they meet the needs of many in the church and community who are hurting and they prepare receptions for memorial services. As their name Inside this issue: suggests, the Deacons are leaders who serve. promise giving in the best way we can to strategically build the kingdom of God in the world. They arrange for Mission events in which a speaker tells Missions Update 3 us about what God is doing in other parts of the world. IPC Mission focuses Session News /Notes 4 on supporting work in places where people have not yet heard of Jesus. Last Youth Ministry 5 year, for example, we began to help support three new missions to Muslims. Music Ministry

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Children’s Ministry

6 In the next couple of months we will explain the Buildings and Grounds Team

Activities Update

7 (skeletal system), Church Alive Team (the nervous system), the Session

Congregation News

8 Team, the Christian Equipping Team (growing new parts), the Worship Team

Your Congregation August Calendar Mailing

(our face towards God), Stewardship and Finance (our digestive system?), the Tri-Cities Free Breakfast Program, our work at Hirsch Elementary School, 11 our fellowship groups, the Chinese Ministry and other parts of our vibrant 12 body that together give glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Warmly in Christ,

Pastor Michael


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DEACONS NEWS

August, 2012

- Peggy Handono

Moderator Shirley Murray opened the meeting with prayer and a devotion. The plan to have a new, secure and dedicated cupboard for Deacons supplies will be implemented soon. All new members and visitors who attend Sunday worship regularly were assigned to parishes. May God bless our IPC congregation and leaders with peaceful minds and compassionate hearts.

- Alishan Merjanian Dear friends! This is the start of a regular column where I share with you what is happening in our Music Ministry at IPC. This month I will begin by explaining the purpose of music in our church. In his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:15-20: "Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” According to this passage, what is the Lord's will for us, his people? How can we be wise? How can we make the most of every opportunity in these evil days? Simply, by singing and making music that comes from our hearts to the Lord and by always giving him thanks for everything that he has given us through Jesus! This is the goal of the Christian faith. God's intent is to overwhelm us with spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ; so that we will joyfully sing and give thanks to him, always, just as angels do! As your Worship Director, my goal is to help us remember God every time we gather together. I do not want us only to remember the truths you have learned about Him. I will use music to awaken our hearts and experience the goodness of the truth. I would especially like to focus on the most important of all truths: how great is our Heavenly Father's love for us. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, a most terrible death and received onto himself every punishment that might be due to us. He rose again to life, giving us an unshakable promise to bring us into new life, where every tear will be wiped from our eyes! I want us to believe this good news and to live as if it is true. In fulfilling my music ministry role, I want to help us sing, dance and shout in praise when we gather together to worship Him. My goal is to accomplish these tasks in a way that reflect our true faith and hope in God's promises for us. Just as Paul prayed for the church in Ephesus, I will pray daily for our Church using the same words found in Ephesians 3:14-21. Please join me: “Father, I pray that out of your glorious riches you may strengthen us with power through your Spirit in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith. And I pray that we, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”


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August, 2012

MissionS Update God’s Footsteps (2nd in a series) - George and Esther Manoukian Our loving God knew what was going to happen on April 1, 1960, in Beirut, Lebanon, when twentyone students, the eldest being 17, walked into eternity. Four hundred boys and girls were returning from an all-school excursion, when one bus crashed. Even though the principal had prayed for God's care at the start, God allowed this tragedy to take place, waking up the capital to think about eternity. They were buried in white caskets and we thank God. Why? Because later, during the civil war of Lebanon, thousands of young Christian fighters who had died for their country did not have the privilege of being buried in a casket. The civil war (1975-1990) was raging and the death toll was rising to 200,000 souls. Were they ready to face God? Forty days prior to this tragedy, my father had preached a sermon entitled, "God's Balm and Comfort in Grief." There were no words to depict the burning loss felt by the parents who were crying for out comfort and asking the question, "Did my son or daughter make it to heaven?" This question haunted us. As a result, Esther volunteered to teach English literature to 8th and 9th grade students, some of whom had lost a brother or sister. There were tears in the classroom and there was faith. The Lord led us to have a worship and prayer hour after school, on Fridays. The Holy Spirit was moving. Many students came to Christ. God was drawing men and women, boys and girls to Himself, comforting them in their grief. What about the 300,000 children in Lebanon? Were they ready? Through grief God put a burden on our hearts to pray for the lost children of Lebanon, knowing for certain that dark times would be the lot of this new generation. Through grief, God was guiding us to change direction and submit to a higher calling for the evangelization of the children of the Middle East. God had a plan to call out workers, on His schedule, under His sovereign guidance, to gather the precious children into His fold. We could not envision the future, but He knew. We did not have a plan, but He had. However, He had given us His love, His vision. It was no easy path, but it was His sovereign path. We had to obey in awe. What happened next? Read it in the September issue of Cornerstone.

East Bay/Silicon Valley Habitat for Humanity - Editors Over 25 years ago, the two affiliates were founded independently out of local grassroots efforts to face mounting shortages of affordable housing in our respective neighborhoods. As the housing challenges in the Bay Area have continued and grown more urgent over the years, the need for a united approach to those challenges has become more compelling. Today, both affiliates have joined forces and created homeownership opportunities for more than 380 families throughout our service area and 695 families worldwide — that’s more than 1,000 families served to date in the 24 year history! All of this made possible by organizations and people like us at IPC. Your prayerful contributions go to help support this chapter of Habitat for Humanity.


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August, 2012

Session News & Notes - Editors Finance - Don Carson

Christian Equipping - Lynnette Ariathurai

The General Giving trend for the period of January to mid-July appears to have leveled off. The projected deficit for this account is now small but further declines may occur based on previous year’s results. Expenses are on track for a balanced budget at the end of this fiscal year.

Vacation Bible School was very successful with 30 children in attendance. There were 23 faith decisions committed. The Thursday night ice cream social had 90 attendees. BLAST will focus on grades K-3 for the coming year and will now be from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. There is a revised job description for the Director of Youth Ministry .

Stewardship - Jeff Jaycox The Pledge Drive is being planned for November. There will be an article in October Cornerstone and sermons on “giving”. A request was made to include Faith Promise giving in the Pledge Drive.

Nominating Committee - Joe DiMaggio Progress on identifying potential candidates for the officers’ class of 2016. This work continues.

Building and Grounds - Dave Wegener

Missions - K and M Baksh

Work is continuing on a secure area for Deacons’ supplies in the Social Hall. Trees on the road side of the Social Hall will be trimmed to avoid falling branches. The Social Hall was broken into. This is being addressed with the security company.

Message and presentation of David Nowell from Hope Unlimited well received. Christine Bietsch from Compassion Network will present a brief message during worship in August. A Mission trip for next summer is being investigated.

Worship Committee - Pat Jeffries

Church Alive - Russ Pennelly

Ushers and greeters to meet greet and hand out bulletin before service. On Communion Sunday, Pastor will no longer serve communion. Young children will not come forward for blessing from the Pastor after Elders and Deacons are in position to serve the elements. A plan to celebrate the Lord’s Supper every Sunday was rejected.

The Church Picnic was very successful and well received. The next big celebration is the Church Olympics and Burger Bash on 8/18. Volunteers are needed for a successful event. Updates will be posted in the weekly bulletin. Session authorized a committee to prepare a draft layout for an updated Church Website.

Personnel Committee - Joe DiMaggio

Clerk’s Report - Ron Fong

Performance evaluations for staff are being prepared. Plans are underway to recruit a Youth Director to replace Anh, when he leaves.

Approval of minutes for the June 28 meeting were postponed to next meeting. IPC as a charter organization of Troop 102 is being asked to vote on a proposed boy scout council merger on August 29. The Mission Study Team is focusing on how and what to ask in the congregational survey. A motion was approved to reduce the Youth Director’s hours to reflect actual work. This was done in agreement with the Youth Director.

Pastor’s Report - Pastor Michael Pastor’s recovery after surgery is going well. Pastor is back in the praise band and will teach the class on Revelation beginning August 5. The July 21, new members class had four attendees as well as Pastor and two Elders.


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Youth Ministry 12Stones College Fellowship:

August, 2012

- Anh Truong

We are excited and blessed to have many of our college

students back for summer. This is the season for all of them to encounter and react to what Christ is doing in their lives away from home. We meet Wednesday nights for fellowship and to study the Book of Romans. We have a rotating 3-week schedule that meets for 2 weeks of Bible Study and the 3rd week, a fellowship outing around town. We'll be camping at Big Basin August 5 - 7.

12Stones Friday Night Fellowship:

Congrats and blessing to the class of 2012! With most of our students graduating from High School fellowship, we have transitioned them into the 12Stones College Fellowship. We'll be kicking off Friday Night Fellowship in a couple of months. Be ready to welcome a fresh wave of new of students and a new ministry.

IPC Sunday Youth Service:

Summer is a time of sun and fun. With many families on vacation, Sunday Youth Service has been light and quiet. We are still studying “Thrive (How to Survive Your Faith.) We have been making the best of Sunday Service with God's word and guidance.

Hirsch Kids Club - Carol Lynn This is a Christian after-school program established in February, 2009 and hosted in partnership with Harbor Light Church at the Hirsch Elementary School campus every Monday afternoon when school is in session. Volunteers and kids have fun with games and crafts and the bible is taught every other week. A volunteer, Lou, plays his guitar leading the kids in songs of praise and worship. The seeds of faith are being sown into these children’s lives and we feel blessed to be a part of it. All IPC and Harbor Light volunteers (teachers and helpers) enjoy a harmonious working relationship. We all love the Lord and share the same goal of bringing the gospel to children in public schools. This is a very successful program that has experienced exponential growth from 40 kids in 2009 to 70-80 kids in the last school year. The Lord’s blessing is clearly evident in this program. Our volunteerism here is greatly facilitated by the welcome, cooperation and enthusiasm of the Hirsch School Principal and the Fremont School District. In a little over a month from now, kids will be going back to school. That means we will resume our Kid’s Club at Hirsch, sharing the good news with some kids who know little or nothing about Jesus. As our Kids Club membership grows and as we lose some volunteers through attrition, we need new volunteers to step up and donate their time and talents to this ministry. We need you to volunteer a couple of hours every Monday when school is in session. A curriculum and supplies are provided and there are plenty of people who will be happy to mentor if needed. For additional information or to volunteer for the classes that begin this fall, please contact Carol Lynn or Jeanette Ollison. You will be blessed while you are being a blessing to these children.


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August, 2012

Children’s Ministry – Jeanette Beland V A C A T I O N B I B L E S C H O O L


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August, 2012

Activities Update Church Picnic - Russ Pennelly

IPC members like to get together for good fun and good food. Our Church Picnic was attended by more than 90 members who reminded themselves, once again, just how fabulous it is to break bread with other Christians. The weather was perfect, the food was delicious, the attendance was great and the fellowship was wonderful. Food galore: hamburgers and hot dogs cooked to order on our own backyard grill; salads and deserts by the score from our own kitchens were prepared by members. Servers, prep staff and lots of helpers from the Church Alive committee all pitched in. Special thanks for outstanding efforts from Darlene Neesham, Dave Wegener, Johnny Handono and Denise Pennelly. Cold drinks were provided by Dave King. Thanks be to GOD and I think He had a good time too. Adults visited and prepared food and tables. One by one families arrived with their covered dishes and picnic ware. The outdoor grill smoked at 400F. It was a truly a festive and memorable day. Participants from 3 generations played the 9-square game at the same time. MJ has a real winner here. The squares are still in place and useable; just bring a beach ball. Let us continue to build on this success. Help is needed to support and celebrate the IPC Olympics/Burger Bash on August 18th. We need a staff of 50 for the 5 planned events - Sumo wrestling, Ice Hockey, Archery, Skiing and Basket Ball. Volunteer to help the kids.

IPC Church Olympics and Burger Bash Saturday August 18, 2 to 5 pm


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August, 2012

Congregation News New Members

Deloris Anderson

David King

Nancy Olson-Angelo

Matilde Leon

Bob Chase Richard Craig Kathy Flenniken Johanna Furstner Kathy Jeffries

On Saturday July 21, Pastor Michael and Session welcomed four new members shown below with Pastor Michael (left to right) are: Michael and Gina Smith, Sonal and Daxesh Patelia.

Michael and Gina were recently married at IPC. They are the parents of son Samuel Jackson and daughter Dwight Lynn Jasmine Jackson. Laraine Madsen Michael is an avid 49er fan and loves to restore Wayne Neesham and build classic cars. Gina loves singing and Flora Putler is looking forward to John Randall being part of the IPC choir in the fall. In her spare time she enjoys sewing, crocheting and knitting.

Sandra and Stewart Brandon Alexis and Joe DiMaggio

Child Baptism Samuel (Sammy) Jackson was baptized by Pastor Michael during worship service on Sunday July 15. He is the son of Gina and Michael Smith. Sammy is in the 3rd grade at Gomes Elementary, likes building aircraft with Legos, playing soccer and is very good in art. Sammy has always attended church. This past Easter, he was able to “connect the dots” and accept Jesus after listening to MJ’s bible school presentation.

Sonal and Daxesh (Dex) were both born, educated and married in India. They migrated to the US about 5 years ago and have lived in Fremont for 10 months with their two young sons, Stavan and Ethan. Dex is a software engineer at eBay and Sonal is also trained as a software/computer engineer. She takes care of her family, loves to cook, read and learn new technologies. Paper quilling is one of her favorite hobbies. Dex, a devout cricket fan of the Indian National Team, is usually seen blurry eyed during the Cricket World Cup. When not talking software, he enjoys political discussions. We pray that the Lord will continue to grow and strengthen IPC with new members and families.

We are all given spiritual gifts from our Lord. If you are blessed with the gift of prayer or would like to develop this wonderful gift, contact: Pastor Michael or a member of the Prayer Team.


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August, 2012

Weekdays at IPC The Church office is open Monday - Friday each week from 8 AM to 12 noon, except on holidays. If you would like to meet with Pastor Michael, you may schedule an appointment by calling the office.

Highlights for August: August 7 National Night Out 7 PM

August 10 Church Alive Meeting at 7 PM

August 8 Mission Study Meeting at 9 AM

August 13 & 27 Home Bible Study at 7 PM

August 9 Mission Team Meeting at 6 PM

August 17 AMPED for Children at 7 PM

Tuesdays HANG10 DROP IN for pre-teen at 2 PM August 18 Church Olympics and BB at 2 PM Wednesdays Band Practice at 6:30 PM

August 21 Deacons Meeting at 7 PM

Wednesdays 12Stones Fellowship at 6:30 PM

August 27 iKidz Monday movies at 1 PM

Fridays Men’s Bible Study - Bay St Coffee 8AM

August 30 Session Meeting at 7 PM

Church Directory Pastor:

Rev. Michael Boyland

Chinese Pastor:

Dick Hwang

Youth Ministries Director :

Anh Truong

Address: 4181 Irvington Avenue P.O. Box 1336, Fremont, CA 94538 Phone: (510) 657 3133

Children Ministries Director: Jeanette Beland Worship Director: Organist: Office Manager:

Alishan Merjanian Daniel Khuc Frankie Cabral

Fax: (510) 657 7040 Email: ipchurch@pacbell.net Office Hours: 8:00 am —12:00 pm, Monday – Friday

Bible Studies Men’s Bible Study - Men meet with Pastor Michael at Bay Street Coffee Roasting Friday mornings from 8 am to 9 am to discuss selected Bible sections. All men are welcomed.

Women's Bible Study - This group that usually meets on Mondays, 9:30-11AM, in the McKowen Room is on vacation through the summer.

Home Bible Study - Regularly scheduled bi-weekly Bible Classes at Mary Ellen’s house on August 13 and 27. Contact Mary Ellen for additional details.


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August, 2012

Knowing Your Congregation

- Editors

David Mawuto has been attending IPC for the past nine months. Before emigrating to the United States, he attended an Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Togo. This country in West Africa is bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east, and Burkina Faso to the north. It extends south to the Gulf of Guinea on which the capital Lome is located. David was born into a Presbyterian family and attended church on Sundays with his parents Stephane and Dede Attiogbe and his four siblings. David feels very close to his family and missed them when he left home to pursue Economics at the University of Lome. While at Lome, an opportunity presented itself that changed the course of his life. David won a U.S. Green Card in the Lottery Program known as DV (Diversity Visa.) This program is a good opportunity for potential immigrants to obtain status as permanent legal residents of the United States. The program runs each year and provides 50,000 "Green Cards" to applicants randomly selected in a world-wide lottery process. David felt lucky and blessed to win this opportunity but couldn’t help reflecting on the sadness of being even further away from his family and friends. Fremont became the chosen U.S. destination for David; since his Uncle Victor owns a home here and arranged housing for him and his sister Kafui. During a stroll in his new Irvington neighborhood, God led David to us at IPC. Impressed with the praise group and choir, David made a decision to join both. He gave very little thought to the fact that he had never sung before an audience and embraced the opportunity to train with our Music Director. David now appreciates being part of the group that leads our congregation as we sing praises to the Lord; and we like listening to his melodious voice. Even though David attends church regularly every Sunday for as long as he can remember; he “really came to know Christ and accept Him in his life at age 15.” David shared that he was baptized during infancy and it was during a Bible Study Class that his faith in Jesus Christ was reaffirmed. We are impressed with David’s spiritual dedication and commitment to IPC. David is currently working as a teacher in pre-school. He also attends classes at Ohlone College preparing for a career in Engineering and following in his father’s footsteps. His Dad is a retired Environmental Engineer. David still misses his family a great deal, especially his oldest brother, Elom, with whom he feels a very strong bond. Elom has a congenital disability that restricts his mobility and David helped care for him when he lived with the family in Togo. It is very easy to like this polite young man with a winning smile and easy-going nature. He is very proud of his rich Togolese heritage and on special Sundays is easily recognized wearing his bright and beautiful Batik design clothing. We admire his ability to converse with his Uncle Victor or his sister Kafui in his native French or in the English of his new country. As we talked with David, it was natural to think of the great work the Lord is doing through our Missionaries as they spread the Word and bring families like David’s to faith in Christ. We are blessed to have David in our IPC family.


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August, 2012 Calendar


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Please Note: August 23 is the deadline for our September issue. All articles are to be delivered in writing to the church office or by email to: kandmbaksh@gmail.com. Cornerstone is the medium to keep your current and past congregation members informed of all activities at IPC. Your timely submissions are important to everyone.

Acknowledgements We appreciate the time and dedication of all who submitted articles and provided information for the August issue. Special thanks to David Mawuto for taking the time to share his history and to Jeane Garrett for her help with editing. You play a significant role as we work together in the name of Christ.

This month’s Cornerstone pictures were provided courtesy of:

Kamroon Baksh, Jeanette Beland Peggy Handono, Johnny Handono and Lucy Macelli Color printing provided by Ken Ariathurai.

Kamroon and Mustapha Baksh Your Editors


August 2012 Cornerstone