Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

October 2015

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From Me to You
Gracious Dismissal Update
Session Digest
Financial Report
Stewardship Ministry
Please Join Our Praise Chorus!
The Deacon's Developements
Collect Aluminum Cans to Help Youth Group
Koinonia Ministry
Sunday School Classes
Praise Kids & Youth Group
Sonrise ECLC
Library News
Women of the Church
Children of Thika
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You:

"He brought forth His people with joy, His chosen ones with a joyful shout. He gave them also the lands ... So that they might keep His statutes and observe His laws.  Praise the LORD."

 (Psalm 105:43-45)

At a town-hall meeting on September 13, 2015, a super-majority of our active roll members     affirmed that we as PPC believe the Lord is leading our congregation to be dismissed from our current denomination, the PCUSA.  Our pursuit of this change is so that we at PPC can continue to “keep God’s statues and observe His laws” as Psalm 105 says.

We do rejoice in the Lord, obeying His Word, doing His will, and so following Jesus

into the next phase of our life together as His flock!

The next step in the Gracious Dismissal Process will be for our Session’s Dismissal Commission to continue meeting with the Administrative Commission of Tampa Bay Presbytery to begin    negotiations for dismissal with our property.  A financial payment of some sort to Presbytery will be determined. We will have to create and transfer all our existing assets (land titles, bank      accounts, even computer domains) to a new non-profit corporation.  We will be starting a new church. This does mean we will be taking a new name for our congregation as “PPC” will remain part of the old corporation under the PCUSA.

What new name will God give us?

You know every time God gave a new name to someone in the Bible  (i.e., Abram to Abraham, Sarai to Sarah, Jacob to Israel, Simon to Peter, Saul to Paul) the change was more than just cosmetic:  the new name represented the new identity—the new person—into which the Lord was transforming each one.

Our dismissal also must be more than just putting up a new sign, applying a different label, or slapping-on another coat of paint:  it is our opportunity to humble ourselves and seek the Lord’s Word, will, power and love in Jesus to transform and renew us, and make us His new creations in Christ even more! 

“No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins”  --Jesus says in Luke 5:37ff.

May we each and all be and join together to ask Jesus to bless us with more of Him during this journey, to knit us solidly together in His love, and to use this dismissal process to lead us to   renewal in His Spirit, and so, a new, vibrant and even more fruit-filled life, with and for Him!

In Christ,


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Gracious Dismissal Update

The result of the survey taken of our active members present at the TOWN HALL MEETING on 9/13/15 was 79 for, 6 against dismissal, and 5 voting undecided-but-willing to stay with the majority.  Our PPC Dismissal Commission will continue to keep us informed of  developments and needs for prayer.

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Session Digest

The Session met on July 28 and September 8. The following items were approved or discussed.
1.       Amanda Shockey was approved and hired as the Financial Manager.
2.       Threse Hammond was approved and hired as Secretary.
3.       The Financial Reports for 7-31-15 were approved.

Respectfully submitted,    
Larry Oline, Clerk

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Financial Report

Account Name
Balance(as of 8/31/15)
General Fund Checking   $ 53,784.62
Designated Fund Checking    $ 37,418.72
BIA Reserve:  
WOC MM $    4,712.97
Gen. Res. MM   $  13,045.90
BIA Res. MM   $  44,726.47
  Total BIA   $ 62,460.34
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $    3,444.93
PRESCHOOL MM    $ 50,591.77
Financial Notes


OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   -$    9,456.60


Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        * - $   5,140.20

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

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Stewardship Ministry

We read in Psalm 133, “How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along!” One of the marvelous ways that occurs among God’s people here at Pasadena Presbyterian Church has been when our brothers and sisters have gathered together on our church-wide workdays to care for the things God has given us. I appreciate their generosity and unity as they improve and maintain the facilities God gave us so we can carry out His mission and enjoy and glorify Him in them. If you haven’t been able to come to one of the church-wide workdays, would you please consider becoming one of those people who volunteers when they can? Their contributions are also greatly valued, and if you would like some ideas on what can be done, please feel free to contact myself or one of our elders.

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair

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Please Join our Praise Chorus!

If you enjoy singing and would like to join with others singers helping to lead our worship, our PRAISE CHORUS would love to have you! 

Reading music is not necessary but would be helpful.

Practice is on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30p.m. and Sundays (when singing) at 8:15a.m. For information, call Carol Pilkington.

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The Deacon's Developements

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

“We serve Christ by serving others for His glory and purpose” 1Corinthians 12:25-27, 2Corinthians 3:5-6a, Romans 12:10-13


Please call us!
Barbara Gonzalez
Michelle Loy
Julie Gull
Threse Hammond
Terry Odom
Larry Hendry

Please remember The Dollars for Deacons Offering Envelopes in the Sanctuary

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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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Koinonia Ministry

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

“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 3, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  We held our Family Funday Sunday on September 20th.  This was a Back to School Pot Luck and Games for all ages from 4-7 pm. We had about 40 adults and children attend and fun was had by all.

November 15, 2015 will be the next Family Funday Sunday (more details in the next newsletter).  Watch for details on the event for December.

Praise Kids/Youth will meet Sunday evenings (the Sundays we do not have the Funday) from

6:00-7:30 pm, gathering in the Fellowship Hall for snacks and fellowship and then go to different classes.   Volunteers are always needed Sunday evenings and if you are interested you can contact Laurie Smith @.  

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

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Sunday School Classes

¨ Breakfast With Jesus: Teacher: Larry Oline at 8:30a in Fellowship Hall
¨ College/Career Class: Teacher: Tom Smith IV at 11a in Room 206                    

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Praise Kids & Youth Group

6-7:30 P.M. SUNDAYS
TRUNK AND TREAT at PPC Saturday, October 31 at 5:00PM

What does this mean? A new activity is gaining popularity in America for celebrating the secular holiday of Halloween. It is called “Trunk or Treat”  because people park cars in a parking lot,decorate the cars’ open trunks and pass out treats to any young people who show up on Halloween.

The Koinonia Ministry decided to do this as a way PPC can share the Good News of  Jesus with those in the neighborhood, those just passing by or any children who our members can bring. So we’ll give physical treats but aim to bless people with the best spiritual food! We’ll be in the circle drive around the cross tower Saturday, October 31 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

We need volunteers. We’ll need people who can decorate their trunks and pass out candy. The winner with the best trunk gets bragging rights! No scary stuff, please. Others would help talk to the kids and families and others to cook and serve and clean up. We could also use donated wrapped candy. The menu is hot dogs, chips, brownies and lemonade.  Email Laurie Smith for more  information:

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Sonrise ECLC

All of the staff has been excited to welcome back our families and their children to the preschool ministry. God has blessed us with 36 new families at our school this year!

 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 30th.  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, Director

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Library News


¨ These novels (just published in September) are available now in your church library: Jan Karon has added another novel to her A Mitford Novel series called Come Rain or Come Shine. It is about Father Tim Kavanagh’s adopted son, Dooley. According to the synopsis, "He has graduated from vet school and opened his own animal clinic. Since money will be tight for a while, maybe he and Lace Harper, his once and future soul mate, should keep their wedding simple." Will that include a potluck dinner and a wedding in the barn? You are invited to this country wedding.

¨ Wanda Brunstetter and her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter have co-written a novel called The Lopsided Christmas Cake. "A baking flop still manages to earn high bids from admiring bachelors at an Amish charity auction when twin sisters Elma and Thelma Hochstetler recreate their grandmother’s Christmas cake recipe in front of a live audience," according to the description.

Laurie Smith, librarian

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Women of The Church

October, 2015

Communion at the Springs – Monday, October 5th at 10:00 a.m.

Committee Meeting – No Committee Meeting this month.

Rachel Circle – Monday, October 12th at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Pat Watts.

Sarah Circle – Tuesday, October 13th at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Alma Oline.

As you notice, we have one day circle and one evening circle. This is not like a club – all women of Pasadena Presbyterian Church are invited to come to either of the circle meetings. We have bible study, fellowship and light refreshments. We do have a budget for each calendar year and your offerings help us to contribute to the missions that we support, local and foreign. If you want more details regarding Women of the Church, please contact Pat Watts. At our September committee meeting, we voted to give $500.00 to Pastor Anthony to be used at their discretion for their Trinidad mission.

Just a reminder of things not to do but how to be: Be prayerful, Be trustful, Be obedient, Be forgiving, Be faithful and finally Be a follower of Jesus.  Remember this thought – what’s important about any day is not what is ahead of us but Who is ahead of us.

 “Serve one another in love” (Gal. 5:13) and “Encourage one another” (I Thess. 5:11; Heb. 3:13)

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Children of Thika

The Children of Thika

The orphans in Thika, Kenya have been blessed with extra support recently - the generosity of the Breakfast with Jesus Sunday school class.  These donations, in addition to those of Sarah's Circle, the Women of the Church, and private donations from our church members, have helped provide food and school fees for Mary, Fridah, Benson, Edwin, and Rooney.  These children would still be living on the cruel streets of Kenya if not for the caring hearts of this church.  Check out the children's photos on  Perhaps you'd like to sponsor one of the children with $25/month or maybe you have a child or grandchild who would like to be a pen pal with one of the orphans.  Let me know how you'd like to get involved and I'll help you get started.

Jan Hinkle

Jan’s Mission
7665 Sun Island Dr. S. #203
So. Pasadena, FL  33707  
All donations are made to  Jan’s Missions.

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Sunday Worship Attendance

August 30 63
Sptember 6 71
September 13 107
September 20 62

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What's New At PPCNews

Facility Use Notice

PPC facilities are not ordinarily 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.  

Emails to the Church

If you are attempting to contact us at PPC, please make sure you are using the correct email address for us. Please use the email addresses listed in the Flyer.
If you are not receiving emails from us, please make sure we have YOUR current email address.

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.


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.

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!

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