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October 2011

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Session Digest
Stewardship Ministry Update
Financial Report
Evangemissions
Food Distribution Center
Pasadena Presbyterian Women
Fellowship
Calendar
Praise Kids
Family Connection
Marriage and Parenting Class
Antioch Youth
Library
Preschool
Deacon's Corner
Church Women United
Children's Church
Christmas in Trinidad and Tobago
The Metropolitan Ministry Tent is Coming!
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC
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From Me to You

“We also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope.”

(Romans 5:4)

Ever been stuck between a “rock and a hard place?”  
That’s a metaphor for being caught in a difficult situation that won’t change and held back by an obstacle we can do nothing about.

In the Bible, we read of several instances where people of faith in the One, True, Living God found themselves in circumstances that threatened to squeeze the very faithfulness (if not life) out of them. Some of them include:

David, pursued by Saul who wanted to kill him, had to choose on two occasions whether to kill Saul and end the threat, or “not lay a hand on God’s anointed;”  he chose to stay on the run and let God deal with Saul.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego (names given them by their idol-worshipping captors) were given the choice of worshipping the Babylonian King and gods or being tossed into a furnace heated 10 times more than normal:  they chose the “bar-b-que.”
Daniel was given the choice of continuing to pray to God or eating dinner with lions (he would be the main course!); Daniel chose the meal plan.
Jeremiah was told not to preach the word the Lord had given him, or he would be put in a miry well to die; Jeremiah chose to make mud pies.
Paul, arrested on trumped-up charges for preaching the Gospel, was faced with a conspiracy to assassinate him or an appeal to stand trial before the Roman Emperor and face a possible death sentence anyway; he chose the road to Rome.

Why am I sharing this?  

Because we all face times in our lives when we can’t fix what’s wrong, overcome obstacles, escape the situation, avoid the consequences, or change the course or circumstances:  at some point, we all get stuck between a rock and hard place!  The issue then isn’t so much how we got there, or what to do to get out; it is what we’ll be

Will we be faithful to keep faith in and pointing to Jesus with our lives in those circumstances?

The test of character is the ultimate test in the lives of those mentioned in the Bible, and so, in our lives.

In the Old Testament, “character” is also referred to as “integrity:”  

“The LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job?

For there is no one like him on the earth,

a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away from evil.

And he still holds fast his integrity,

although you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause."  (Job 2:3)

Faced with being stuck between a rock and hard place, staying faithful to Jesus, and sticking up for Him and His word, in spite of the pressures and consequences, is more important to God and to our life with and witness of Him, than finding a way around or bailing-out. 

Grateful to be standing in and for Jesus with you, His faithful saints at and as PPC!

In Christ,

Carl 

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Session Digestcolumns

August 23, 2011

The Session held its August Stated meeting on August 23 at 7 p.m. in the Boswell room.  The Moderator, Carl Crawford called the meeting to order with prayer.  A quorum was present.  In the absence of Elder Meilus, Elder Watts shared a devotion prepared by Elder Meilus based on Philippines 3:13-14 and Isaiah 43:19 reminding us to “press on toward the goal” and not to let the past dictate the future as “behold I will do a new thing.”

The following items were presented and acted on:
1. Kathie Schellhaas was elected Clerk pro-tem through November.
2. A motion was made and approved to write a PPC Policy Manual to support decisions not covered in the current 2011 Book of Order/Form of Government.  The previous FOG (prior to July 2011) will continue to be used when there are “gaps” in policies/procedures.
3. A power pole needed for the upcoming Metropolitan Ministry Tent is to be placed on Evangemissions’ wish list.
3. The Session approved updated Fellowship Ministry Description and Memorial/Funeral Reception Guidelines, a Thank Offering single service scheduled for November 20th, and a Valentine’s Prayer Tea to be held on February 11th for the Fellowship Committee.
4. Elders White and Meilus were elected commissioners to the Presbytery meeting of September 29th.

The meeting was adjourned with prayer at 8:12 p.m.

Complete Session minutes are public record and are available for review in the church office by any PPC member.

Kathie Schellhaas, Clerk pro tem

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Stewardship Ministry Update  

A part of something great!

We all want to be part of something great. When the Bucs won the Superbowl, everyone was a fan. The entire Tampa Bay area erupted in football mania. "Everyone loves a winner". And everyone wants to know someone famous and be part of something big, important. Well, if we are Christians, we are part of the body of Christ here on earth. We are all on the winning team! 

As it says in Colossions 3:1-7 "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived."

If we are dead, as this passage says, we won't need money or insurance for security.  But my mind and heart often forgets and focuses on the things that don't matter. I need to keep thinking about the fact that I've died and been raised with Christ. My old self is stumbling around like a zombie in a B-movie. But we are to get
rid of that old zombie life. Be part of the Church, Christ's body on earth.

As it says in Colossions 3:12-17: "Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

So let's continue to remind ourselves we are God's chosen people, dearly loved and loving. Whatever happens with the economy, earthquakes, or hurricanes, our lives are hidden with Christ in God. Thanks again to all who have given so faithfully and so well. God has blessed many through your gifts and continues to do so.

Tom Smith
Stewardship Chair

Pasadena Presbyterian Church Wishlist
Nature of Project Estimated Cost Received
Youth Sound Equipment (speakers, etc.) $1,500 0
Sanctuary Projector $4,000 0

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Financial Report

Year to Date 2011
Actual Income   $ 241,609.33
Actual Expenses $  233,078.61
Black +$    8,530.72

 

Financial Notes

PPC Foundation 
Pasadena Foundation $ 29,316.69
Wahl Scholarship   $ 51,401.73

Cash Available

Checking Account Balance: $58,008.45

Cash Reserves            

General Reserve MM                $29,856.86

Total Cash                    $ 87,864.86

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Evangemissions

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THIS JUNE WE WERE UNABLE TO WRITE MISSIONARY SUPPORT CHECKS
(And in following months have paid less than our committed amounts to each)

During the next 3 months, Evangemissions ministry would ask YOU to pray and support the following:

Support our Food Distribution Center with your prayers, donations of food and participation so Pasadena PC is “hands on” involved with feeding the physically and spiritually poor.
Support our Metropolitan Ministries donation tent and distribution efforts in November and December with your prayers, donations and participation.
Support our missionaries with your prayers and money so we can continue to keep our promise to them, our partners in mission.

In our first missions conference I remember, Pastor Larry’s message was “How God Keeps His Promises” and the scripture he used was Isaiah 41:10 – “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Larry’s reference in his sermon was to three ways God keeps HIS promise to us; (1) through a Supernatural event, miracle, something that only God can do (2) through US meeting the needs of others by serving them with love, compassion and sharing HIS Good News and (3) (possibly the most amazing miracle of all) by changing our hearts.  Trust what God tell us in Isaiah 41:10 and expect God to strengthen you!

It’s a great time to be active at Pasadena PC as “God upholds us with His righteous right hand”!

Metropolitan Ministry Tent opens First week of November – please let us know if you will help!

Gene Hammond for the PPC Evangemissions Ministry.

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Food Distribution Center 

God continues to richly bless the Food Distribution Center Ministry of Pasadena Presbyterian Church in ways that amaze those of us who participate in this ministry opportunity.  Once again I would point out that the need is very great.  The word is gradually getting out that we have opened our doors.  Three of us attended another food pantry to see how they did it.  We were amazed to learn that a church of 150 people is feeding, by the ministry of the Holy Spirit, 1,200 plus people every month.  We were privileged to minister to 14 families – 27 people on August 23rd and 19 families – 45 people on September 10th.  The need for workers is great, the harvest is plentiful.  Pray to the owner of the field to send workers into the harvest.

Proverbs 14:31 NIV.  31 He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. ~ King Solomon understood that the people of God should not look down on the poor but instead should show kindness to them.  Many people turn the other way and think that they have absolutely no obligation to help those who are less fortunate than they are.  Such people do not know that they are in reality showing contempt for God.  The ministry of the food distribution center seeks to treat every person who comes in the doors of the 123 house with honor and respect.  We seek to bless those who are needy and not to curse them.  

Some of you may be saying that we have plenty of people working in the Food Distribution Center.    This ministry always needs new people.  Come and volunteer.  We will show you how easy and gratifying it is to show mercy to people who are less fortunate.  We have seen God change people.  Some people have received Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  Others have been prayed for and even received His healing power.  Yes, there are those who have come for one thing.  Join us in blessing the needy who come through the door of the 123 house.  Let us trust God for the results.  

 Food costs money!  You knew that!  Last month we told you that this is a self-supporting ministry, meaning we are not a budgeted ministry.  We have been purchasing food from ”Feeding America“ at 18 cents a pound for frozen meat and 5 cents a pound for canned food.   

For more information, contact Russ Cabot at 727-343-8473 or Larry Hendry at 727-638-7246 for details.  The food will be disturbed from the 123 House on the 2nd Saturday and the 4th Tuesday from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

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Pasadena Presbyterian Women

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, 2011Presbyterian Women

Monday, October 3, 2011 @ 10:15 am         Communion at the Springs
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 @ 10:00 am        Council Meeting in Boswell
Monday, October 10, 2011 @ 1:00 pm         Hannah Circle will meet in Fellowship Hall
Monday, October 10, 2011 @ 7:00 pm        Rachel Circle will meet at Arlene Tomin’s home
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 @ 1:00 pm        Esther Circle will meet at Pat Edgington’s home
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 @ 1:00 pm        Ruth Circle TBA

In our circle meetings, we are studying the Book of James.  Please join us for a time of bible study and fellowship.  All women are invited to participate in one of the circles.  Please contact me at 302-0888 for more information.

OCTOBER 1, 2011 a Help Shop will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church in Largo, FL from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The cost is $8.00 per person (which includes lunch).  If we have at least 6 ladies interested in going, we will use PPC van.

LOOKING AHEAD to our Thank Offering Service which will be Sunday, November 20, 2011 during a combined service at 10:30 a.m.  Alma & Larry Oline will be our guest speakers, just returning from their Japan mission trip.  A light luncheon will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall.  All are invited to attend.

God’s Blessings to all,

Patricia Watts, Chairperson

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Fellowship

Fellowship Ministry did not meet in September (as I have spent most of the month in Pennsylvania visiting with family) and our next meeting will be Monday, October 17th at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  We do need volunteers to bring “goodies” and juice/punch each Sunday.  There is sign up sheets in the Fellowship Hall and we will be sending one to the Sunday School classes in various months.  We appreciate any donations (food or money) so that we may have fresh snacks at all times.

 If you have any suggestions that you might want to see take place here at Pasadena, please contact me at 727-302-0888 or talk with committee members, Vicki Danz, Patti Strong, Felicia Ragland, or Shirley Phillips. We do appreciate your input.  We hope to have more concrete news in our next newsletter.  Thank you!    

Patricia Watts, Chairperson

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Praise Kids

Praise Kids is a special club for children in pre-k through 5th grade.  The children grow closer in their relationship with Christ through Bible stories, crafts, skits, games, dress-up, and puppets.  Praise Kids meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00 in the elementary classroom.  

The classroom will be decorated with an actual Bible timeline throughout the year as the children discover each book of the Bible, as well as how the people answered God’s call in their lives.  October’s lessons include stories about Noah, Abraham, and Jacob.  October 26th is Movie Night.

If you need additional information about Praise Kids, or if you feel led to participate in this vital ministry to our children and families, please contact Leslie Hughes at

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Family Connection

*Who may Participate?
All parents and children.

*What is it?
Singing, teaching, interactive.

*When is it? 
Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 7:00 PM

*Where is it?
Fellowship Hall

Refreshments served. Nursery is available.

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Marriage and Parenting Class

Do you want to experience “oneness” in your relationship?  Do you have a desire to be Godly mates and parents?  Then this class is for you! 

This discussion-oriented class covers marriage and child-rearing issues in a biblical manner.  The class meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:00- 8:00 PM.  Each lesson is stand-alone, so you will be able to participate even if you cannot attend the class every Wednesday.  You may attend the class with, or without, your spouse.

Child care is provided for preschool children too young to attend Praise Kids.

Please contact Leslie Hughes, , for additional information.

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Antioch Youth News

The Youth group will be joining K-Life St. Petersburg.  K-Life meets at Bridgepoint Church, 5901 9th Avenue N, St. Petersburg.  More information about K-Life can be found on the K-Life website, http://stpete.klife.com, or by contacting the area director, Brian Wang.

The High School Club meets on Monday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00.  Small groups meet from 8:00 – 8:45 PM.

The Middle School Club meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00.  Small groups meet from 8:00 – 8:45.

There will be several special events throughout the month of October, including a “Halloween Club” for high school students, a Sonrise Run, and Friday Night Lites.  Please consult the K-Life website for more information.

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Library

WANT TO UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE BETTER?
The library has many books which can answer questions that arise when you are studying your Bible.

Don't let the word "dictionary" in The New Unger's Bible Dictionary get you mixed up. It actually is more than what is commonly thought of as a dictionary. Yes, its entries are listed in alphabetical order and there are definitions, but it has more than short definitions and pronunciations. Its 6,700 entries include outlines for every book of the Bible and entries for ideas, people and places. Supplemented with maps, and almost 150 color photos, for visual learning, it is compatible with the NAS, NIV, KJV and NKJV Bibles.

We can get new depth from our study through books such as Unger's. For instance, the Jewish people celebrated various festivals such as Pentecost (the feast of Weeks, feast of the Harvest, and the day of the first fruits), Day of Atonement, Feast of Booths and others. Unger's has many pages which explain them. Or, look up Matthias, the man who was chosen by lot to be the replacement for Judas Iscariot. You'll learn more about how the lot was cast.

Unger's is not just for looking up nouns-happenings, places and people. It also discusses such topics as prayer and faith. The entry for prayer has such subheadings as Scriptural Terms, History, Christian Doctrine (Requisites, Elements of Power), and Objections.  Or, it succinctly helps you understand the four crises which tested Abraham's faith.

Also, in the library are such books as Mysteries of the Bible, The New Bible Companion, The New International Dictionary of the Bible, The New Manners and Customs of the Bible and C.S. Lewis On Scripture which will help give you a deeper understanding of the Word. How to Study the Bible for Yourself, What the Bible is All About Bible Handbook (Meers) and many others are all available.

Laurie Smith
Librarian

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Preschool

September has been a wonderful month at your preschool ministry. We have 85 children enrolled this year. The children at Sonrise have settled into their daily routine and are having fun learning about how wonderfully God has created them.  We have been learning about the parts of the body, our five senses, and the gift of family and friends. The children enjoyed making artwork for the Kairos ministry. We had a special Grandparents day celebration and the Grandparents joined the children in the classroom. We are looking forward to a wonderful October! I thank God for the wonderful staff that we have here at the preschool ministry. Their love and care for the children and their families is evident each day. As we begin our school year, please join me in praying that the seeds that are being planted here each day will grow to give glory to God.  - Laura Woodard

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Deacon's Corner

Last month we encouraged you to greet someone new to you both before and after the service. It has been a blessing for our church to see more of you doing this. It is important that you share God’s love to all and there is no better place to start than here at Pasadena Presbyterian.

This is also a good time to remember that, although we may recognize someone, this does not mean that we know their names or that they know ours. This is why we encourage you to wear your name tags. If you do not have one, please give me a call or print your name on the “Name Tag Request Sheet” that is located in the Narthex on the table next to our name tag tree.

Please remember that your Deacons are here to serve you. If there is any need that we may assist you with, do not hesitate to call us.

In Christ,
Bill Schellhaas, Chair; Judy Bloomfield; Vicki Danz; Debbie Saathoff; Caeser Van Ardoy and Bill Wyess.

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Church Women United

WORLD COMMUNITY DAY, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2011

THEME: “Living Our Faith, Unlocking Action”

Lakewood United Methodist Church
5994 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street South, St. Petersburg, FL

10:00 AM

World Community Day, celebrated annually in the first week of November is an ecumenical service that brings us together to share our aspirations and challenges.  No reservations are necessary as there is no meal involved.

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Children's Church

In Mark 10:16 Jesus “took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.”  Children’s Church is a ministry that blesses our children, providing them with their own special time of worship.  The children are dismissed from the Sanctuary each Sunday, with the exception of Communion Sunday, during the 8:30 AM  service.

Please contact Leslie Hughes, , for additional information.

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Christmas in Trinidad and Tobego: Kids Explosion 2011

Once again PPC is collecting new toys for 1500 underprivileged children ages 3-13.

Our drive will start on October 9th and run through November 20th.  We will have donation bins located in the halls outside of the Sanctuary for your donations.

Please include a $5.00 (checks made out to All Nations Global Discipleship Ministries) or more donation to help cover the cost of shipping and other project costs along with your unwrapped toys.  Please no used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; no breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers.

Contact Pastor Anthony Oliver if you have any questions.

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The Metropolitan Ministry Tent is Coming!

YOU can help minister directly to those in need in our community.  The PPC/MM leadership team is looking for:

3 laptops to use for registration of applicants that will receive assistance  (gift or loan of the computers)  must be internet ready and capable of running registration software

Start up money – a few dollars here and there for a new electrical pole and service and some shell for roadway and tent

Volunteers:

  • Registration: People that can operate computers to register applicants  MTWT  10:00 AM to 2:00 PM  (pick an hour or more and a day or more days that you can work.  Send your email and phone number when you volunteer.  This will be inside the 123 house on Pinellas Way  Starting October 19 through November 18.  (you do not have to work every day or the entire time – just let us know what days and what times you can work.
  • Donation Tent:  People that can receive donations, possibly have their own drives or enlist their friends to do the same.  November 1st through November 19th. And December 1st to December 17th.   Work a few days and hours or as many as you can.  MTWTF hours of 3:30PM to 7:30PM  (3:30-5:30 and 5:30-7:30 shifts preferred but will take any time you have).
  • Drives:  Contact neighbors, businesses, churches and organizations to donate specific items (we’ll give you the list)
  • Distribution Saturday: November 19 and December 17 to help with various jobs distributing food and toys to poor families in our Fellowship Hall.  You must have worked either registration or the donation tent to qualify for working this distribution.
  • Prayer partners: Praying with those at the donation tent and distribution Saturday as well as praying for this ministry outreach on a regular basis.

Other churches, businesses and individuals to partner with us.  Perhaps you know a church who would take a day and work the tent (which would be a great day for their members to bring their donations by) We want this to be a community effort not just a Pasadena Presbyterian event.

For more information, please contact Gene Hammond or Pastor Anthony Oliver

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            
  8:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
August 28 66 47 113
September  4    54 49 103
September 11    77 40 117
September 18    56 43 99
September 25  75 46 121

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What's New At PPCNews

Attention

Due to the limited office hours and personnel,  you are asked to submit anything you need as an insert, flyer, etc. print ready 2 weeks prior to the date needed.  Sending an electronic file (MS WORD FORMAT) is preferred).

As always, Newsletter articles  are due by the 15th of the month for the upcoming month’s newsletter.         

Thank you.

Ppc office

Thank You

Thank you for the expressions of sympathy and prayers at the loss of my grandmother.

Leslie Hughes

Please Help Keep Our Facilities Nice!

Please do not put paper flyers or announcements on the walls! We have billboards for our various ministries and groups to use to post items. If you need somthing posted, please check with the appropriate ministry or group or the church office. Thanks for keeping our facilities nice!

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