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October 2012

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Financial Report
Evangemissions
Letter from Underground
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Calendar
Preschool
Antioch Youth
Children's Church
Praise Kids
Youth and Young Adult Game Night
Library
Fellowship Ministry
Parent's Night Out
Family Connection
Discipleship Ministry September 2012
Deacon's Corner
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC
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From Me to You

“I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,
so that you may approve the things that are excellent,
in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ."

(Philippians 1:9-10)

Having held our final scheduled town hall meeting (Sept. 23),  the formal “Period of Discernment” for our congregation has come to an end as per our covenant.  We have sought the Lord and His Word together in prayer for the last 4 months, hearing comments, receiving information and expressing our concerns about changes in our denomination’s Book of Order, and thus, in the faith and life we have in Christ  in and as the PCUSA. 

So, what have we learned?  And what is the Lord calling us to do about what we’ve learned? 

What’s next?

Well, it appears  that  while we’ve learned some things about the issues facing our PCUSA, we’ve learned more about ourselves as a congregation.  From the conversations of our town hall meetings to the responses in our church-wide Bible study,  we’ve discovered that we as a congregation are not yet together on the same page about the issues such as changes in ordination standards or even interpretations of Scripture and its authority. 

While we as a congregation hold to the Confessing Church  Movement  standards (i.e., the Bible is our ultimate authority, faith in Jesus is the only way of salvation, and church officers should be    faithful in marriage—marriage being between one man and one woman—or chaste in singleness), we don’t all agree that the changes in our denomination represent the same issues or challenges to our faith and its practice.   In other words, for some, the “line” has already been crossed by our PCUSA in falling-away from faithfulness to Christ and turning-away from God’s Word; for others, the “line” is yet to be crossed (perhaps if same-sex marriage is ever approved by General Assembly—which it hasn’t—yet); and still for others of us, the “line” may never be crossed:  being in the PCUSA is our denominational heritage, spiritual home and life-long commitment of  church membership--no matter what.   So, we at and as PPC are not yet on the same page—unified—in our views, understandings about and  decisions regarding the status of our life as a  congregation in the PCUSA. 

Unity has always been a challenge to the Church, even though we are endowed with it as an inherent gift of and by the Holy Spirit.  Our unity in Jesus and by His Spirit is what makes and keeps us His as believers and His Body.  Yet, for the past 2000 years, unity has often been the primary  casualty of our casualness as Christians:  we are ever-so quick to speak our own opinions and ideas, disagree disagreeably with others, and be slow to hear (and do) what the Spirit is saying to us in God’s Word (cf. James 1:19).  As Larry Osborne in his book, The Unity Factor, noted:  it is no “accident that Jesus predicted church growth, but prayed for unity.”

Our Session will have a called meeting on October 16 to consider  all of this—i.e., what we’ve learned, what the Lord is  showing us from His Word, and what next step He is leading us to take.  Please continue to pray, asking Jesus to unite us, direct all our hearts and heads to know and obey His Word,  agree in His Name, love one another, and continue to live faithfully for Him as and at PPC.

In Christ,

Carl

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Session Digestcolumns

 The Session met in a called meeting on August 25 at 2pm during our officer Convocation, in lieu of the stated meeting originally scheduled for August 27, due to impending threatening tropical weather.

A motion was made and passed to approve all receive all submitted reports and approve all recommendations as part of the Consent Agenda.  This motion included:

1.  Minutes of the stated Session meeting of July 24 and Congregational meeting of August 19

2.  Removal of Leo and Sheri Meilus from the active role at their request (joining another church)

3.  Approving July Financial reports

4.  Inviting the Rev. Dr. Nancy Kahaian, Transitional Presbyter of Tampa Bay Presbytery, to preach and conduct a town hall meeting on September 23 as part of our “Period of Discernment” to discuss changes in the PCUSA/Book of Order

The meeting was adjourned with prayer at 2:10pm.

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Financial Report 

 August 2012 Financial  Report

The Financials for  July show actual income $ 34,276.33 with expenses of $24,889.26 leaving us +$ 9,387.07 in the black 

FOR THE YEAR 2012
Actual Income   $ 215,862.58
Actual Expenses $ 227,939.23
Red -$ 12,076.65

 

Financial Notes

PPC Foundation *
Pasadena Foundation $ 28,036.27

Cash Available    Checking Account Balance      $ 31,824.44
Cash Reserves    General Reserve MM              $ 30,207.95
Total Cash         (Checking Acct Bal. & MM)    $ 62,032.39

*Values fluctuate with the stock market

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Evangemissions

Be BOLD, Be BRAVE, Be READY for the tent is here in November!  Once again, PPC is working with Metropolitan Ministries and we will have the donation tent on our property and needs volunteers to receive donations.  Volunteers also needed to register clients that are in need.  If you know of a needy family that needs help please give the names and contacts to Anthony Oliver or Gene Hammond.  If you are willing to work the tent M,T,W,T,F  3:30 – 5:30 or 5:30 – 7:30  or Sat 10:00 – 12:00 or 12:00 – 2:00.  Please give your name, phone number and email address if you have one to Gene or drop off at office.

To sign up, go to:
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0B4FABA82CA75-metropolitan/1628929

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Letter from Underground

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Food Distribution Center  

122 families (304 individuals) received 4,818 pounds of food.  Some of you might be saying to yourselves, “WOW!  That’s a lot of food.”  You might think that we are giving out too much food every month, spending far too much money.  Right!  Allow me to break it down for you; each family received less than 40 pounds and each individual received less than 16 pounds.

Now that I have your attention!  The ministry at the 123 house is much more than giving out food and asking for donations of time, money and food to help those who are needy.  This, as I have said before, is a faith based and Spirit led ministry.  It began with a dream just a year ago.  There was no food, no money, no location, no storage, no refrigeration or freezers.  A group of people who were led by God prayed and God responded. 

James, the half-brother of our Lord Jesus, wrote that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.  In fact, such prayers are life-changing.  A couple of months ago I addressed those gathered early about their walk with God, told them how they could receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, and then asked them to ask God for $1,000.00 for the ministry to purchase food with.  That sounded like a lot of money to them and to us.  But God heard and answered that prayer that same day.  As a result their faith and our faith was built up because faith comes from hearing the message of God.  Since then God has blessed us with some more money.  He even surprises us by doubling and tripling the amount we ask for.  I know that He knows that we need the money that He is giving us because He has plans for this ministry.

I have the pleasure of sharing Jesus with the crowd each time they show up and have had the joy of seeing new brothers and sisters into Christ Jesus.  We share the good news with those who come in for prayer and some of them receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.  Others have prayer needs.  Many people want a job.  Some have marriage problems and or health issues.  One young woman saw me recently and said, “I got the job you prayed for.”  A lady who was raised in a cult gave her life to Jesus recently.  We pray and God hears the request on their hearts.  We have a whole lot of hurting people out there and hurting people are the ones who hurt others.

We have a goal to have two teams of people to work at this vital ministry.  We need more workers brothers and sisters.  The harvest is full but the workers are few.  We need people like you to volunteer to shop, shelf, pack, carry, share, welcome, etc.  If you believe that God is tugging at your heart, please answer His call today.  You can contact Larry Hendry or me, Pastor Bob, or one of the others who are involved in this ministry for details. 

Have a blessed day with Jesus in your heart.       

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Women of the ChurchPresbyterian Women

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER  2012

Monday, October 1st @ 10:00 am                  Communion at the Springs
Tuesday, October 2nd  @ 10:00 am               Council Meeting in Boswell
Thursday, October 4th  @ 9:00 am Help Shop @ 1st Presbyterian (St. Pete)
Tuesday, October 9th  @   1:00 pm Esther Circle – Home of Sally Molsick
Tuesday, October 9th  @   1:00 pm Ruth Circle – TBA  
Monday, October 15th  @   1:00 pm              Hannah Circle – Fellowship Hall
Monday, October 15th  @   7:00 pm`             Rachel Circle – Home of Ann Carney

Circles meet from September through May and will be doing 12 studies on Daniel (Spiritual Living in a Secular World) by Douglas Connelly.  If anyone would like to join a circle, or if you would like to make one of your own at a different time, please contact me.

Ann Carney, Pat Edgington, Becky McLaughlin, Aristeia Sowa and Pat Watts will be attending the Help Shop at 1st Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg.  We will car-pool from the church, leaving promptly at 9:00 a.m.

KEEP THIS DATE OPEN – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH AT 10:30 A.M. we will have ONE service for our women’s Thank Offering.  Dave Moore, Executive Director of Beth-El Farmworkers Ministry, Inc. will be our guest speaker.  Lunch will be served for all after the service.  Just a little side note: Beth-El is where the socks are sent that we collect on our sock tree the end of November to the middle of December each year.  The socks are appreciated very much by those that receive them at Beth-El Mission.

 “Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is uncertain, today is here.  Use it wisely”.  Encourage one another every day and show God’s love through you, to others. 

Blessings,
Patricia Watts, Chairperson

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Preschool

The summer is over and the staff of Sonrise is busy with their new students helping them to grow in mind, body, and spirit. September has been a wonderful month at your preschool ministry. We have a full enrollment of 88 children with a waiting list for all classes.  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. We had a special Grandparents day celebration. The grandparents visited their grandchildren at school and had muffins that the children prepared for them. The children all sang a special song for their grandparents. 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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Antioch Youth News

Our Youth is partnering with K-Life of St. Petersburg.  Here is a description of K-Life taken from the K-Life website, http://stpete.klife.com.  Please visit the K-Life website for updated calendar and event information.

"Having thus a fond affection for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the Gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us."  I Thessalonians 2:8

High School K-Life:  Meets the following Mondays – Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Middle School K-Life:  Meets the following Tuesdays – Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – 6:30 – 8:00 PM

SPECIAL K-LIFE EVENTS:  K-Life Annual Fundraiser Banquet – Sunday, Oct. 28, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

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Children's Church

The children continue to grow in their faith through real-life application of Bible stories from Isaiah 40 and Luke 1.

Children’s Church is a worship service designed specifically for children in preschool through grade 5.  The children are dismissed from the Sanctuary each Sunday during the 9:00 AM service, with the exception of Communion Sunday.

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”  1 John 3:1

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Praise Kids

Praise Kids is held on Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:00.

10/3 – Jesus is Tempted by Satan
10/10 – Disciples Follow Jesus
10/17 – The Paralyzed Man
10/24 – Sermon on the Mount
10/31 – Movie Night

Children’s Church is a discipleship ministry for children in Preschool through 5th grade.

The children grow closer in their relationship with Jesus through Bible stories, games, and arts and crafts.

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Youth & Young Adult Game Night

Sunday, October 14

  • 5:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Meet in Fellowship Hall
  • Dinner served

Games that appeal to everyone!

You don’t have to be an expert gamer to participate!

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Library News

OCTOBER CAN BE A TIME TO REMEMBER THE SAINTS, MARTYRS AND MISSIONARIES

All Saints Day, otherwise known as All Hallows (hallowed means sanctified or holy), is celebrated on Nov. 1 and thus the day before it was shortened to Hallow's Eve and then Hallow-e'en and Halloween. Focusing on a Christian perspective, rather than a secular one for the month, October could be a time to look at the lives of other Christians, dead or alive, martyrs or missionaries to inspire us.

Beth Moore's Voices of the Faithful, books 1&2, can give us a glimpse of the modern missionary's dependence on God and give us examples to follow. These missionaries have written brief essays of the trials and triumphs which they and the people they serve have gone through. Although the book is arranged for daily readings, if you have not gotten your own copy of this book, take it home this month and read many of the vignettes and be heartened by God. Beth was exposed to the concerns of missionaries through her parents and childhood church. She met missionaries and was taught how to pray for them. Now, she and her family have traveled and ministered to  missionaries and decided to collect their stories to benefit us.

Another beneficial book is The New Foxe's Book of Martyrs. The original book was written in 1563 and became a classic. It has been updated to include martyrs in the 20th and 21st centuries and the writing modernized.

The Amazon book description for Jesus Freaks: Stories of Those Who Stood for Jesus, the Ultimate Jesus Freaks is: "This Gold Medallion-nominated book opens the eyes of a new generation to the persecution of

Christians around the world... It’s a wake-up call to prayer and to lives of unashamed faith, offering stories of martyrs past and present. The book was written especially for teenagers." But, any age can benefit from it.

Let's let the lives of other Christians uphold and strengthen us as we seek to follow Jesus.

Laurie Smith, Librarian

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Fellowship Ministry

We did not meet in September, however we did supply the lunch for our combined service on the 23rd of September.  Our cookies (dessert) were furnished by the Women of the Church.  Thank you so much for your help.  If you have any questions, input or suggestions for Fellowship Ministry, we would be glad to hear from you.  You may contact me or any of our members – Vicki Danz, Alma Oline, Aristeia Sowa, Patti Strong, Shirley Phillips or Felicia Ragland.

Our next project will be helping the women of the church with their Thank Offering service in November.  (See Women of the Church column in this newsletter for more details).

“Koinonia’s” primary meaning is “fellowship, sharing in common, communion”.   Christian fellowship is a key aspect of the
Christian life.  Believers in Christ are to come together in love, faith and encouragement.  This is the essence of Koinonia.

Patricia Watts,  Chairperson

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Parent's Night Out

WHEN: Saturday, October 27

TIME: 6-9 PM

WHO: All children 1yr. old through 5th grade

  • Children ages 1-3 drop off in classroom 5
  • Children ages 4-10 drop off in Fellowship Hall

Age-appropriate activities provided for all children.  Snack served.  No charge.

Please contact Leslie Hughes, , for additional information.

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Family Connection

Every  Wednesday, 6:30 PM,  Fellowship Hall

Family Connection is a family worship time designed specifically for parents and children.

Followed by adult Bible study from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in Fellowship Hall

Nursery care available for children not yet in preschool.

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Discipleship Ministry

Summer is over and classes are welcoming everyone back.  Just a quick reminder, any PPC member seeking to teach a new Sunday or Wednesday class needs to contact the Discipleship Chair.  Call me, and I will be happy to give you the
details of how we get new classes started.

Have you ever really wanted to do a mission?  We have some good choices for you and it is right here in our church.  We are looking for a few good people to help with Kid’s Club Wednesday nights. We are also in need of people who would like to teach a one hour class, or be a teacher’s helper.  There is also an opportunity to help during Parent’s Night Out; all you have to do is come.  These are good missions, the children are engaged, so there is no work to do, we just need enough adults to cover the number of children we have; much like when you went on a school trip and your mother came to help. 
If you can help with either of these missions, please let Leslie Hughes or me know. You will truly enjoy the children and the fellowship. 

“Only be careful and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” Deut. 4:9

Kathie Schellhaas, Discipleship Chair

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Deacon's Corner 

Do you know, that at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, we have a Deacons’ Fund that is available to members of the congregation and other families or individuals who suddenly find themselves in need? In this difficult time of extreme economical conditions, hardships become even more evident. So it is that we find that the fund is beginning to decline at a rate that will make it unavailable to aid in hardships.

Please take a moment to pray and consider making a donation to this fund so that we may continue to be of service to those who fall on “hard times” or are faced with a sudden financial catastrophe that will prove devastating.

Donations can be made using your offering envelope and marking “Deacons Fund” and the amount under “other” or by using the envelopes available in the pews and marking “Deacons’ Fund”.

Should you have any questions regarding the Fund, please feel free to ask any of the Deacons. We will also be
making presentations at the services concerning this which we have named “Dollars for Deacons”.

In Christ,
Bill Schellhaas, Chairman 

Your Deacons:
Bill Schellhaas, Chair; Judy Bloomfield, Vicki Danz, Debbie Saathoff; Caesar Van Ardoy and Bill Wyess.

If you have a pastoral or prayer need, give YOUR deacon a call!

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            
  9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
September 02 78 55 133
September 09 64 32 96
September 16 69 44 103
September 23  Combined 78

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What's New At PPCNews

Thank You

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ;
I would like to take an opportunity to say a heartfelt “Thank You” for the loving acts of kindness shown to Bob and me during the last three months of challenges with my back. 
Thank you for the telephone calls, cards, meals, etc.  And I thank you also for the prayers on our behalf.  This is truly humbling to me and God is proving Himself faithful once again.

In Christ’s love;
Linda Bellingar

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Claire and John Stahley, Sr. on their 65th Wedding Anniversary October 4, 2012!

Church Facility Usage & Harmless Agreement

If you have a group that is not a ministry of the church and you would like to use the facility, you must come into the office for a copy of the Guidelines  for Outside Users of Church Facilities and sign the Church Facility Usage and Hold Harmless Agreement.

We have been instructed that this is imperative by our insurance company.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Giving Statements

Giving Statements will be sent out upon request for the quarter. 

Everyone will receive  a final year statement at the end of the year for tax purposes.

Format for Submitting Information To Be Printed

  • Submit information 2 weeks prior to date needed print ready.
  • Send information as an Electronic File MS Word Format.
  • Newsletter articles are always due by the 15th of the month.
  • Newsletter articles should be in font no larger than 10.
  • Newsletter articles should be titled with ministry, month and year ie, “Stewardship February 2012”.

Sunday School Schedule

  • Childrenand Youth Classes: Elementary Room 209, Kathie Schellhaas
  • College/ Career Class: Room 206,Tom Smith IV
  • Friendship Class: Boswell, Tom Smith III
  • 1 Corinthians Adult Bible Study: Room 204, Pastor Bob
  • Creative Friendzy Class:  Room 201, Debbie Saathoff 

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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