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October 2014

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Financial Report
Stewardship
Fall Worship Service Schedule
Praise Chorus
Dismissal Update
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
PPC Fall Yard Sale
Calendar
Evangemissions
Somebody Cares Tampa Bay Donation Box Located In Front Parking Lot
Koinonia
Preschool
Praise Kids
Library
Young Adult Game Night
PRAISE KIDS AND YOUTH GROUP!
COLLECT ALUMINUM DRINK CANS TO HELP YOUTH GROUP
The Deacon's Developements
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC
Birthdays

From Me to You

"If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you."  (1 Peter 4:14)

The PERSECUTION of Christians is nothing new:  it started even before Jesus was crucified and resurrected (see John 15:16).  He also told His first disciples to expect it:

“If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:20).

Yet, I still don’t really expect it—nor have I ever really been persecuted (that I know of), nor do I want to provoke such a negative response to the Good News of the Gospel and wonderful, true life that is ours—anyone’s—when we accept Christ.  I mean, isn’t my life in and witness of Jesus simply all about His love?

Unfortunately, the world-apart-from-God doesn’t see it that way.  At best Christians are seen as stuck living in the past, with antiquated ideas from a book (the Bible) that doesn’t really matter anymore.  At worst, believers in Jesus are enemies—threats to a new world order that has its own ideas of what social justice is and who should be shown tolerance. 

No place is the persecution of Christians more prevalent and violent today than in Syria and Iraq.  Most estimates say hundreds of thousands have been forced from their homes, and tens of thousands have suffered physical abuse.  The number of believers in Jesus who have been martyred is probably in the thousands as well.

In an address at a “Defense of Christians” conference recently held in Washington, D.C., Princeton Professor Robert George said that Christians in the west and especially the U.S. are “too complacent to speak out against the persecution in the Middle East…We are happy.  We are content. We are not persecuted…Too often persecution goes on and we hear nothing—no voices raised by Christians” (in the U.S.)

In the face of persecution, Jesus commanded us to do two things:  “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). That’s easy to say, but very hard to do, especially if we are the ones being persecuted!

I am reminded, though, of at least one time, when prayers for those persecuting the Church did make a big difference: in a man named Saul, who met Jesus, who saved him and transformed him into the Apostle Paul (Acts 8 & 9).  Wouldn’t it be something if the Lord Jesus showed-up and saved those persecuting Christians today, and changed them into His Church of tomorrow?  I do believe nothing is impossible for and with God!

Not simply waiting on such miracles, though, we who follow Jesus in the U.S. need to pray more and do more TODAY for our sisters and brothers being persecuted now.  In fact, take a moment as you read this to pray for them now!

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep…Never pay back evil for evil to anyone… 

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:14ff).

Praying for you, and with you, for the Church of Jesus around the world!

In Christ,

Carl

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Session Digestcolumns

The Session met for our normal stated meeting on August 26, 2014. The following items were discussed/and or acted on:

1. Larry Oline was elected as Stated Clerk for another year.
2. It was decided to continue with one blended worship service at 10:30 a.m. Preceding this Sunday school will meet at 9:00 a.m. This decision was influenced primarily by the health concerns of Les Burrows.
3. The Session was reminded of the meeting with three members of Presbytery scheduled for September 23 at 7:00 p.m.
4. Two volunteers, Larry Oline and Gene Hammond, were elected as commissioners to Presbytery meeting on August 28 at FPC Winter Haven.
5. A place on PPC property for depositing used clothing and shoes for Somebody Cares Tampa Bay was approved.
6. New visitor and new member training was approved along with a new welcome brochure.
7. The financial report showed a positive balance in the operating account of $6,460.96 at the end of June.

Larry Oline, Clerk

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Financial Report 

Financial NotesAUGUST 2014 Financial  Report           

Account Name
Balance(as of 08/31/14)
General Fund Checking   $ 33,427.84   
Designated Fund Checking    $ 33,298.32
BIA Reserve:  
WOC MM $  6,190.29 
Gen. Res. MM   $15,553.37
BIA Res. MM   $51,197.64
  Total BIA   $72,941.30
   
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $35,310.94
PRESCHOOL MM    $50,464.88

 

OPERATING INCOME TOTAL    $14,719.25
OPERATING EXPENSE TOTAL    $22,004.34
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   -$  7,285.09

 

Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING INCOME YTD * $184,612.06
OPERATING EXPENSE YTD    $169,928.24
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        * +$ 14,683.82

 

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Stewardship

Soon we’ll be entering stewardship season at our church, which is when we particularly focus on the stewardship that each of us is doing all year long, and make plans for how to use what we are given in the coming year. In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, we learn that when God gives us comfort, we also comfort others with that same comfort. Many other blessings from God are like that - they are ours, but they are also ours to share. I encourage us to be good stewards by sharing comfort and other gifts God gives us, such as our time and our ideas, in the way that God wants us to share them.

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair

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Fall Worship Service Schedule

Beginning September 7, we will continue with ONE WORSHIP SERVICE at 10:30am in the Sanctuary.  Sunday School will be at 9am.

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Praise Chorus

PRAISE CHORUS
All Singers Are Welcome!  
Rehearsals will be Wednesdays 7-8pm in the sanctuary.  
See Carol Pilkington for details.

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Dismissal Update

 

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Food Distribution Center  

August Food Pantry Report

9,083 pounds of food was distributed to 295 families, which represents 825 individuals and includes 25 new families. 

Many of the recipients of food and prayer tell us that this ministry is a blessing from God because they did not know where their next meals were coming from. 

God has enabled this ministry to continue while many other food pantries in our city and country are closing their doors.  However, we need you to pray that the floodgates of heaven will open with meat and other foods.  This is the time of the year when food is much harder to obtain. 

We witnessed the power of God at the work in the lives of many people while they waited to come inside and to receive food and prayer.  Some of them began to pray for one another without our help.

I hope that you will ask God what you can do in this vital ministry and then to contact Larry or Barb Hendry, Pat Mancini and pastor Bob.  We need people who will sit down and talk with people who are waiting.  You do not need to be a trained counselor, just listen and rely on the Holy Spirit. 

In Christ Always;

TFDT

Food Distribution Ministry

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Women of the Church

 WOMEN OF THE CHURCH OCTOBER 2014

Communion at the Springs – Monday, October 6th at 10:00 a.m.

Committee Meeting – Tuesday, October 7th at 10:00 a.m.in the Boswell Room.

Rachel Circle – Monday, October 13th at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Arlene Tomin.

Sarah Circle (formerly Esther & Ruth Circles) – Tuesday, October 14th at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Alma Oline.

Mark this date down on your calendar – Saturday, October 18th from 9am to 1pm we will be having a fall yard sale in the Fellowship Hall.  All the women of the church are asked to be involved in some way.  We will need help Friday evening to set up and also during the day of the sale.  If you can spare an hour or two (or more) we certainly can use your help.  We will be selling a hot dog, chips and soda for $3.00 and will need help in the kitchen for serving.  The proceeds from this sale will be going to missions.

As you notice, we now have one day circle and one evening circle. If you would like to join either of the circles please contact Pat Watts. It is not a continuous bible study so any month that you would like to join us, we’d love to have you.

If you have any suggestions or ideas for future projects and/or events/programs, please

contact one of our present committee members: Ann Carney, Cookie Cottrell, Vicki Danz, Pat Drucker, Pat Edgington, Becky McLaughlin, Terry Odom, Alma Oline, Felicia Ragland, Aristeia Sowa or Pat Watts.

“Serve one another in love” (Gal. 5:13) and “Encourage one another”

(I Thess. 5:11; Heb. 3:13)

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PPC Fall Yard Sale

Saturday, October 18th , 9am-1pm
Hot Dog, Chips & Soda available for $3.00

You may bring your donations to the Fellowship Hall beginning Sunday October12th and place them on the stage.

Set up is Friday, October 17th at 5pm.
Help needed!

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Evangemissions

In Luke, twice (10:25, 18:18) Jesus is asked, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" Both times, Jesus offered a fourfold answer: love God with all that you are, love your neighbor (like the Samaritan loved his neighbor), do God's will by obeying his moral commands, and be willing, if he asks, to drop everything and leave it behind in order to follow him.

Is there a difference between how Jesus answers this question and how we usually do? We tell people to "invite Jesus into your heart as your personal Savior," an act undertaken using a formula called the "sinner's prayer." Or we say, "Believe in Jesus, and you will be saved." But Jesus never taught it that way. Whether he was telling the rich young ruler to sell all and follow him or telling a crowd near Capernaum that to do the work of God was to believe on him             (John 6:28-29) and he called people to abandon their own agenda and trust him. Trust calls for both belief and action.

Perhaps we confuse the beginning of the faith journey with its entirety. Believe in Jesus— invite     Jesus into your heart as your personal Savior as the first step.  Then, with God's grace, begin the  journey of discipleship, where you seek to love God with every part of your being, to love your neighbor as yourself, to live out God's moral will, and to follow Jesus where he leads you, whatever the cost.  Following Jesus involves submission to God at every step along our journey with Jesus, not just at its beginning.

Gene Hammond, Evangemissions Chair

Food Distribution Ministry

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Somebody Cares Tampa Bay Donation Box Located In Front Parking Lot

A donation bin to benefit our supported ministry Somebody Cares Tampa Bay is out front and ready to accept donations of clothes and shoes and useable household items as long as they will fit through the tamper proof door.  Please do not leave anything outside the bin.  It must fit through the door.  Thank you for supporting Somebody Cares Tampa Bay in this way. 

Evangemission  Ministry.

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Koinonia Ministry

Scripture commands us to be devoted to one another.   Romans 12:10 states, “Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves”. NIV

 “Koinonia’s” primary meaning is “fellowship, sharing in common communion”.  The first occurrence of Koinonia is in Acts 2:42.  “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer”.  Believers in Christ are to come together in love, faith and encouragement.

Koinonia Ministry met September 4, 2014 and finalized some plans that were discussed at our August meetings.
Praise Kids/Youth resumed their Sunday night meetings from 6:00-7:30 pm, gathering in the Fellowship Hall for snacks and fellowship, on Sunday, September 7th.   Volunteers are always needed Sunday evenings and if you are interested you can contact Laurie Smith @.   Family Fun Picnic will be held Sunday, October 19th from 4-7pm.  This is not only for the praise kids/youth families but for the whole church.  It will be a time for fun, fellowship and food.  Look for a flyer advertising this event with more details after Koinonia meets on October 2nd.  PLEASE plan to attend the picnic —who knows, maybe you will make a new friend or two!

Members of our Koinonia Ministry are: Cookie Cottrell, Vicki Danz, Ruth Gey, Zinet Kalis, Sandy Moore, Terry Odom, Alma Oline, Pat Mancini, Shirley Phillips, Felicia Ragland, Laurie Smith, Patti Strong, Dave Taylor and Pat Watts.

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Preschool 

September has been a wonderful month at your preschool ministry. The children have settled into their daily routine and are having fun learning about how wonderfully God has created them. We have reviewed our shapes and colors and discovered that people come in all shapes, sizes and colors! We have learned that God loves us all, no matter how we look. We also have been learning about the parts of the body, our five senses, and the gift of family and friends.

We are looking forward to a wonderful October!  The teachers will be meeting with the parents for conferences, and we will be preparing for our Fall Festival Celebration which takes place on Friday October 31st.  Everyone is invited to stop by and see our “Fall Festival Parade” in the parking lot at 9:10.

May the Lord continue to bless you and your loved ones.  – Laura Woodard

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Library News

GOD MADE A WONDERFUL CREATION-A BRAIN! (AND WHAT READING A BOOK CAN DO FOR IT)

A headline from the Huffington Post recently caught my eye: "7 Unconventional Reasons Why You Absolutely Should Be Reading Books" and I thought I would summarize it for you. If you want to read it yourself: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/12/health-benefits-reading_n_4081258.html

The article begins:"In a world of omnipresent screens, it can be easy to forget the simple pleasure of curling up with a good book....But the truth is that reading books can be more than entertainment (or a high school English assignment)." The benefits included, according to the article, an ability to understand the feelings of others, relaxation, helping your brain keep sharp, helping keep Alzheimer's away, sleeping better, becoming more empathetic, and easing depression (with self-help books). Each segment of the article quoted a scientific study.

" 'The brain is an organ just like every other organ in the body. It ages in regard to how it is used,' lead author Dr. Robert P. Friedland told USA Today. 'Just as physical activity strengthens the heart, muscles and bones, intellectual activity strengthens the brain against disease.' "

Well, I think that there is great benefit to reading (a librarian would, wouldn't she!). And, it is interesting that various types of reading material had different effects. Wish a study would be done on the effects of reading the Bible, Christian non-fiction, and Christian fiction!

Laurie Smith, Librarian

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Young Adult Game Night

Sunday 10/19/14— 5pm—8:30pm
Educational Wing—2nd floor

Come for a fun night of fellowship with the young adults of PPC! Exact activities and games are yet to be determined (but we usually play video games or board/card games). . .  Feel free to bring suggestions!

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PRAISE KIDS AND YOUTH GROUP!

6-7:30 P.M. Every Sunday
All ages: Pre-K-5th, 6th-12th Grade
Nursery care for ages 0-3 years.

Email Laurie Smith for more information: ppckidsandyouth@gmail.com.

Family fun day, October 19th at 4pm (entire church family invited)! Stay tuned!

COLLECT ALUMINUM DRINK CANS TO HELP YOUTH GROUP

Please bring in your aluminum soda cans (rinsed) and put them in the blue recycling bin, opposite the church kitchen door, as you come in to the Fellowship Hall. These cans will be sold to a salvage business and the money will go toward our church youth group.  Thank you!

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The Deacon's Developements

The Deacon’s Developments

*The Deacon’s serve Christ by serving others for His glory and purpose*

“The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17

Please call us with your prayer concerns
God loves you and so do we!

Please call us!
Vicki Danz
Threse Hammond
Terry Odom
Caesar VanArdoy

Please remember The Dollars for Deacons Offering Envelopes in the Sanctuary

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            
  One Service 10:30 am Total
August 31   76
September 07   73
September 14   80
September 21   70

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What's New At PPCNews

PRAYER REQUESTS

We try to stay on top of prayer requests and concerns.  If you know of someone who is ill in our church family, please let the office know.  Even if the office is closed you can still leave a voice mail.  If you have a pastoral emergency, you can always leave a voice mail at the Manse at 727-368-5588.
In the event that Pastor Carl is on vacation, we always record the substitute’s name and telephone
number on our outgoing voice mail message. Thank you for your help.

Important Policy Change

As a result of changes in our staffing, PPC facilities will no longer be open in the evening for meetings or groups on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and all-day on Saturdays.  If your meeting or group is affected by this new policy, you need to contact the church office to reschedule your use of the facilities to Tuesday or Thursday evenings.  If your group can’t change to meet on the nights when PPC is now open, you will need to contact Pastor Carl or find another location.  


Please Help Keep God's Facilities Nice!

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

Thanks for keeping God's facilities nice!

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

  • ENE (Esther, Nehemiah, Ezra) College/ Career Class: Room 206,Tom Smith IV
  • Run to Win: Room 204, Larry Oline
  • Drive Through Christian History in America: Chapel, Dave Taylor
  • The Present Word: Boswell, Tom Smith III

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