Pinnacle Presbyterian Church


Park Center to Lead Youth Confirmation at Pinnacle


The Fran Park Center for Faith and Life will play a role in Pinnacle Presbyterian Church's Confirmation Program. The continued goal of the Park Center is to provide superior theological education across all generations and this new role fits with our mission perfectly.

With that, Dr. Michael Hegeman will serve as lead teacher for the confirmands and their mentors with a curriculum that covers essential aspects of the Presbyterian church, the Bible and extended topics that are life-circumstantial. Also, Kelly McGinn will serve as the confirmation coordinator with plans to communicate with parents, confirmands and mentors, plan all activities and ensure all aspects of the program are on track for a wonderfully successful year.

Please join us on September 22nd at 11:30am in the Sanctuary Classroom 2 to learn more about this year's Confirmation Program. Contact Kelly McGinn to sign up. More information to come... stay tuned!

Caring for Creation Art Installation Receives State Award


Pinnacle Presbyterian Church is pleased to announce that our Caring for Creation Art Installation project has been recognized by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. In August members of the committee were presented the Voluntary Environmental Stewardship Program (VESP) cooper award. Congratulations to Carol Minchew and her committee.

Pinnacle Presbyterian Preschool will be conducting a SIMULATED emergency exercise on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. An exercise like this involves the introduction of a scenario, in this case an outsider threat, then role playing by the participants as they respond to the simulated emergency situations.  

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Support Our Young Adult Volunteer

We are so excited to announce that Andrew Avram has been accepted into the Young Adult Volunteer program (YAV). The YAV Program is an ecumenical faith-based year of service for young adults between the ages of 19-30. The program has been around for 25 years and has had more than 1,600 YAVs over that time frame.

A YAV could be placed in a site here in the United States or around the world for the year of service. YAVs are hooked up with a local agency working with them to address the root causes of poverty and reconciliation. In addition the YAV will have the opportunity to explore their own meaning of Christianity and how this applies to their own community.

Pinnacle, to the best of our knowledge, has not yet had a YAV until now.

We hope that Andrew will start a trend where our college age students will see this opportunity as a great way to continue their own faith journey in a very meaningful way.

At the end of the coming month Andrew will be packing his stuff and heading to Huanuco Peru, where he will meet his host family and start his work at the Lindero Ecological Farm and recreational center.

During his time there, Andrew will be doing a variety of things including helping out on the farm, working at the local restaurant, meeting and interacting with the local community, and helping with boys and girls at the recreation center. They even mentioned something about organizing small soccer tournaments for the kids which will provide Andrew, a college soccer player, with the added challenge of restraining himself from jumping in and playing along with them.

The Young Adult Volunteer Program is a part of the Presbyterian Church and along with the Presbyterian churches across the country does a lot to help each individual YAV make sure they are properly prepared for their year of service. This includes services such as fully funding travel and living expenses, in addition to helping college graduates with student loan payments. In addition to this however, there is also a financial piece that falls outside of what the programs can provide. Each YAV is tasked with coming up with $5,000 as a way to give back to the program that has done so much in preparation for their service. This is where we are hoping for Pinnacle’s help. If you would like to help support Andrew for this coming year you can give by writing a check to Pinnacle with YAV in the memo line or click here to donate electronically.  Any amount big or small would be greatly appreciated.

“I truly am greatly honored that I am able to share this next step in my life with the congregation that has been such a central part in my childhood. I know that when I leave in August, I represent not just myself, but the people of Pinnacle as well and I want you all to be as involved as possible. If you would like to stay updated on my adventures, during my trip I will be keeping a blog where I will be posting regular updates on my experiences. Pinnacle will keep you updated with a link to my blog once I arrive in Peru.” ~ Andrew Avram

Welcome, Chef Celine!


Pinnacle is delighted to welcome our new Chef, Celine Fabre. Chef Celine, French by origin, graduated from Le Cordon Bleu with high honors and was classically trained in France. Celine’s reputation has already been proven in our local community with Michaels Catering, Creations in Cuisine in Phoenix as executive Chef at the Venues Café in Carefree where she prepared her daily specials with a French twist.

Stop by the Table on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm and Sundays at 11 am, following our morning worship, for wonderful fellowship and a delicious meal.

On Sunday, May 12, Chef Celine will prepare a wonderful Mother’s Day brunch.

Let's Go to the Ballpark!

Sunday, March 24 is Pinnacle Day at the Ballpark! Join fellow Pinnacle families and friends for a fun-filled day at Spring Training in our private home base patio. The Arizona Diamondbacks will host Milwaukee Brewers at Salt River Fields, cost is $25 per person. Ticket can be purchased following worship on Sundays or can be ordered and paid for online. Tickets purchased online, can be picked up at the Church office.

In lieu of parking, ride to the field on a school bus with other Pinnacle peeps.
Bus will leave Pinnacle at 11:30 am and head back at 1:30 pm.

Sunday, March 24 - 12:10 pm
Salt River Fields


Update: Adult Beverages on Campus

The Session wishes to thank everyone who engaged in our congregation-wide discussion on PPC’s possible allowance of alcoholic beverages on our campus. After careful consideration of thoughtful congregational input, evaluation and discussion by the Session, it was clear there is a common desire for our campus to be one in which we wish all to feel welcome, comfortable and included. Therefore, it has been decided that our campus will continue to remain alcohol-free. It was adopted as a PPC policy.

We come together as God’s people, welcoming each person at different places in their walk of faith.

Dr. Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler joins Pinnacle's Music Department


Pinnacle is pleased to introduce Dr. Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler as Pinnacle’s new Associate Director of Ministries in Music and Arts/Organist.

A native of Poland, Ilona has been in the Valley for the past ten years. In addition to being a concertizing organist, Ilona was the Director of Music Ministries at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity for nine years and most recently the Associate Director of Music at All-Saints Episcopal. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Arizona State University where she was a summa cum laude graduate and student of Dr. Kimberly Marshall.

Ilona assumes her duties at Pinnacle beginning Sunday, January 27. In addition to organ/keyboard playing, she will direct our Cholla Chimers, Canyon Ringers, and Youth Handbell Ensemble. She will also assist with our adult handbell ensemble, Pinnacle Pealers. Ilona brings energy, passion, and a vast knowledge of church music!

As we welcome Ilona, I also give thanks to Larry Eisel and his time with us. Not only is Larry an extraordinary musician, but a kind, gracious man. Larry brought so much joy to our worship and we look forward to his involvement in our music making from time-to-time.

You can learn more about Dr. Kubiaczyk-Adler at 

Pinnacle Mission Group offers Alternative Gift Market


This year we are approaching our Christmas mission a little differently. As Presbyterians, we are a people rooted in the grace of Jesus Christ. It is our gratitude for God's grace that moves us to join in God's mission in the world as well as our communities closer to home. Click here to learn more.

Strategies for Tax Effective Annual and Legacy Giving

Sunday, October 7 | 11:30 am | Sanctuary Room 2
Presented by: Maggie Harmon, Ministry Relations Officer, Presbyterian Foundation

• Timing our gifts wisely based on new IRS tax laws and income expectations

• Multiplying our generosity through IRA gifts (70 ½ R.M.D. & Legacy)

• Stewardship: our response to God’s grace and commitment to Pinnacle’s  financial sustainability

• Donor Advised Funds: get your family involved

• Charitable Trusts: share the connection

Brought to you by Pinnacle’s Stewardship Committee and Pinnacle Presbyterian Church Foundation

Support Hurricane Florence Victims


Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has already arrived in the Carolinas to provide immediate aid to those affect by Hurricane Florence. Please consider a donation to help their efforts.  Give through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance directly, write a check to the church with PDA in the memo line or make an online donation via Pinnacle here.

2018-19 Concert Series Tickets Now on Sale


Pinnacle is pleased to celebrate the twentieth season of outstanding performances of the Pinnacle Concert Series.  This year the schedule includes a variety of musical styles and performers for all ages.  Beginning with the return of the enormously popular Phantom of the Organ, featuring guest artist Kristen Hertzenberg, the series will also include such perennial favorites as Celebration of Christmas and the Messiah. We will introduce some new performers this year, such as renowned composer of AZ Opera’s hugely successful Riders of the Purple Sage, Craig Bohmler and Friends, in concert, as well as The Phat Pack, in a powerhouse show of Broadway favorites. Returning this season are the boys of December ’63, featuring the music of Franky Valli and the Four Seasons.  We are featuring two evenings of exquisite choral music with three of Arizona’s own choruses: The Shrine of the Ages Choir from Northern Arizona University, Helios: A Modern Renaissance combined with the Phoenix Girls Chorus. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit

Harmony Ministries Port-au-Prince School Near Completion

The Harmony Ministries School in Port-au-Prince Haiti is getting closer to completion.  In preparation for students to return in September the doors, windows, and room dividers have finally been completed.  While their classrooms are simple, students are able to learn to read and write, discover math and science.  Most importantly that God loves them and wants them to learn!

Your donations and support have provided for this opportunity for these Haitian kids to learn and grow.  We are hoping that before school starts they will have new benches for each student and teacher desks.  Check out the pictures of all the work that has been completed this summer! Imagine each room with benches and smiling students ready to learn. Please keep the students and teachers in your prayers. 

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Pinnacle welcomes Evōk Chamber Choir from Houston, TX on June 24. The group will sing during 10:00 am worship in the Sanctuary and perform a concert at 1:00 pm in the Chapel. FREE

Evōk: Eclectic Voices of Kingwood
In the fall of 2012, a new and unique chamber choir was formed in the northeast area of Houston, Texas. In residence at Lone Star College-Kingwood, the choir was intentionally designed by its founder, Dr. Todd R. Miller, to be eclectic in nature, both in terms of choristers and repertoire. 

Evōk is made up of 14 singers from the Lake Houston area. By design, a small portion of the ensemble’s singers are music professionals excelling in their chosen area; the rest of the singers are exemplary voice students attending Lone Star College-Kingwood, a two-year college. This diverse mix of voices creates the unique sound of Evōk. Together, they sing an array of challenging vocal music, including Renaissance madrigals, sacred classics, secular art songs, and entertaining arrangements of popular music from different eras.  A majority of the music is sung a cappella, making Evōk a versatile ensemble for many events and venues, from the concert hall to churches and house concerts. In addition to its seasonal community concert performances, Evōk was recently the invited back-up chorus for Josh Groban’s sold-out concert at the Hobby Center in Houston.  

Evōk has toured widely in the US, including trips to South Carolina, Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as Texas.  They look forward to their upcoming tour of Arizona in June, 2018, where they will perform in Scottsdale, Sedona, Prescott and Glendale.  

Arizona Tour Themes and Repertoire:
In August of 2017 Hurricane Harvey destroyed or damaged a large swath of Houston, including the greater Kingwood area, where over 5000 homes were flooded.  Lone Star College-Kingwood encountered over 30 million dollars in damage, and six of its nine buildings were flooded or damaged. 

In light of this devastating event Dr. Miller has chosen repertoire built largely around the theme of water.  Water is powerful and necessary for life; it is also a destructive force.  Water is also a symbol of life and love, and the collective love demonstrated by the community through this tragedy has brought hope to an entire city even as it still struggles to recover.

Music for this tour includes modern choral arrangements of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge over Troubled Water, Dolly Parton’s Light of a Clear Blue Morning, Carly Simon’s Let the River Run, and the classic Somewhere Over the Rainbow.  Also included are new settings of various sacred texts, including O Vos Omnes and 1 Cor. 13 (Love Bears All Things).   Sacred and secular pieces are woven into smaller sets to create a narrative arc.   A sample of composers/arrangers whose music will be performed on the tour include:  Kim André Arnesen, Ēriks Eŝenwalds, Ola Gjeilo, Blake Henson, Craig Hella Johnson, Claudio Monteverdi, Stephen Paulus, and Joan Szymko.   

Pinnacle Announces Mission Outreach to Create Academy


Pinnacle’s Mission Ministry Group recently extended its mission outreach to include Create Academy, a two-year-old tuition-free public charter school serving low income families. Kelly Horn is Principal of the school and was formerly Director of Children’s Ministry at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church.

Create academy is a K-5 tuition free, public charter school with 137 students located in Phoenix off Highway 51 just east of Children’s Hospital. The school is dedicated to arts integration, project-based learning and social justice. Between 80-90% of the students are below the poverty level.  Some students live at UMOM family homeless shelter.

Through an arts integrated curriculum anchored in project -based learning, Create Academy aims to prepare all students for success in college, career and society by teaching students to collaboratively invent, design, and implement creative solutions that address society problems and injustices. Research shows arts integrated programs of study increase student achievement, decrease discipline problems, and increase student attendance across multiple schools and school districts. Another goal is to equip students with the basic academic and social skilled needed to succeed in a public middle school.

Pinnacle members will have an opportunity to make a difference at Create Academy through volunteering at the school, financial assistance and prayer support for teachers and students. Please look for the Arizona Public Education Tax Credit envelopes in the pew racks beginning Sunday, April 22. Bring your donation envelope on Sunday, April 29 or drop off in the church office no later than Friday, May 13.

We encourage you to support this important local mission project.  Help us build an emotional and spiritual relationship with the children and staff members at Create Academy.

Pinnacle Director of Elementary & Youth Singing Choirs Receives Award in Urban Education


Pinnacle's very own Katherine Talley, a 5th-grade teacher at Echo Mountain Intermediate School and demonstration teacher for the Center for Teacher Development, is the recipient of the Sontag Prize in Urban Education. The Sontag Prize in Urban Education is awarded to excellent teachers from across the nation. Congratulations, Katherine! Click here to read full article.




The Spiritual Art Commitee Needs Your Help!

We are gearing up for a very exciting new project that involves ecology and recycling of non-bio-degradable plastics. This project calls for as many CLEAN 16 oz water bottles as we can gather, including plastic tops from other bottles and containers.

Please see the guidelines for collecting bottles and bottle caps below:

  1. Please empty all water bottles before placing them in your kitchen size garbage bag (all bottles must be collected in garbage bags).
  2. Please remove and save all bottle caps (see below).
  3. Please save all colors of caps and tops from JARS AND BOTTLES (ie: mayonnaise, peanut butter, fruit juice bottles, soda bottles, etc.). We will use them to create colorful signage for the ecology project. Caps and tops can be tossed into a smaller bag for collection.
  5. Collect your bottles and keep them at home! Watch the bulletin for the date when you are able to bring them into the church. We are building a “Bottle Corral."

Thank you so much for your help in collecting supplies for this project!

Help Pinnacle Equip the Kitchen

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We're making good on a commitment made in 2012 to meet the dreams of families, cooks and gathering-minded folks for a church kitchen. Previous donations from the Tending the Promise campaign and those close to the project have already funded nearly two-thirds of the project. Construction has been completed. You can help us finish strong and equip the kitchen by pledging to underwrite the cost of specific equipment or with a cash donation. There are several items on our needs/wish list, please click the here to view the various ways you can help.

Park Center to Partner with Princeton

Pinnacle is pleased to announce a new partnership with External Princeton Theological Seminary (XPTS). Princeton has asked the Fran Park Center to be their proof of concept for a brand-new program called Certificate of Theological Seminary (C: TM + Online.) Eventually there will be many XPTS campuses throughout the country, but Pinnacle is the first.


The FPC is forming small cohort to participate in this online program which begins at the end of January, 2018. It’s a 14-week self-paced, online class that is a ‘peer-to-peer concept.’ This means that one does the course work online, but there is an open discussion among the group. Along with the online course work, there is a weekly ‘live class’ hosted by a Princeton Theological Seminary professor on one of four topics, but all four will be covered:

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Theology
  • World Christianity

The last part of the C: TM + Online program is the hypothetical case study that is part of the weekly module. This case study is also discussed at a meeting with the cohort on Sunday afternoon following worship. The ultimate goal of the C: TM + Online is completely in line with the Fran Park Center goals.

Please download the following pdf to learn more about this exciting partnership,
Certificate of Theology and Ministry Course Overview 2018

or log onto:

Making a Difference Informational Meeting

Pinnacle invites you to an information meeting on to learn more about this interfaith, three-day workshop for lay and ordained persons in ministry.

Wednesday, January 17 from 5:30-6:30 pm
Chapel Library

Ministry today requires the ability to inspire others to participate and to be involved, and the strength of mind to respond in new and difficult situations in a changing world. These challenges require that a minister listen and lead in new and creative ways.

Making a Difference: A Course for Those Who Minister provides you with new tools that empower you to deal effectively with those issues that are most basic, most urgent—the daily business of ministry, the spirit and heart of fully living out your calling, making thoughtful choices, relating powerfully to others, and having your life and ministry make the difference you want them to make.

This workshop is presented by The Mastery Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne McDowell and/or Dorothy Stingley at