Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

October 2017

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From Me to You
Financial Report
Wish List Update
Stewardship Ministry
Announcing Tuesday Night Live
Food Distribution Ministry
The Deacon's Developements
Koinonia Ministry
Praise Kids
Sunday School
Please Join Our Praise Chorus
Sonrise ECLC

Koinonia Ministry
Library News
Women of the Church
Children of Landless (Thika)
Vacation Bible School
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You:

 “Who are those who fear the LORD? He will show them the path they should choose.”

(Proverbs 25:12)

Hurricane Irma brought devastation to much of the Caribbean, northern Cuba and southern Florida.  By God’s mercy, we here in St. Pete were spared.  I know our deliverance was answered prayer; but I have no idea why God chose to hear us and not all the others in Irma’s path.  What is important now is to keep praying for those trying to recover, and along with our prayers, do what the Lord says to do to provide comfort and help to those still in need.

Instead of trying to figure out God’s decisions, I’ve come to realize that what Hurricane Irma did and left me with is the need to evaluate my own choices, and why I made them.  I chose, as did many, to stay behind and face whatever Irma would bring.  My family and I agreed that they should go to seek refuge near Atlanta—the Lord provided a wonderful Christian family who adopted my family into their own hearts and home:  that was totally a blessing and answered prayer!

Staying here for me, though, wasn’t an easy choice:  I didn’t want to be away from my loved ones, but I have been trained as a first responder (police officer), and more importantly, I wanted to help my family and church family pick-up the pieces and come back together after the storm:  more than the property and buildings, it was the Body of Christ that would need my care and support, and I theirs, to recover and continue to seek and serve the Lord in this place. 

Obviously, such decisions are always unique to circumstances, personal and individualized; and because we were spared a direct, destructive hit, I have the luxury now of self and situational post-storm analysis.  But even if we had suffered greatly (hardly fair to call power and internet being out for a few  days “suffering!”), I believe the Lord would still want His people to witness in love, word and deed in the midst of it all—after all, that’s just what Jesus did, suffering and dying on a cross in the midst of, and for, a sin-filled and broken world!

Perhaps the initial lesson about my choices regarding Irma is best summed-up by what Paul wrote to the believers in Jesus in Philippi:

“I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.
I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity;
in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry,
both of having abundance and suffering need. 
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:11-13)

With our family in Jesus at and as PPC, praying and looking for ways to share Jesus in loving word and deed with those still trying to recover from the storms!
In Christ,


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Financial Report

August 2017   Financial  Report


Account Name
General Fund Checking   $  26,541.35
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $  58,455.96
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  25,479.68
PRESCHOOL MM   $  25,801.39
Financial Notes



OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   - $   15,029.81


OPERATING BALANCE (+ OR -) YTD    -$   3,073.28

Deacon’s Fund                                                      $   1,355.81

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

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Wish List Update

Session has approved adding a new VIDEO PROJECTOR for our sanctuary to the WISH LIST.  If you would like to donate to this project, please make your check out to PPC, designated “Wish List Projector.”

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Stewardship Ministry

This week we have been surveying and repairing the damage to what we have lost to Hurricane Irma, but thanking God for so little loss of life and so little injury. Let’s be sure to praise and thank God for that, perhaps even as we feel the pain of what we have lost, as we read in Psalm 69:29-30, “But as for me—poor and in pain— let Your salvation protect me, God. I will praise God’s name with song and exalt Him with thanksgiving.” We should pray for those who have lost much, especially loved ones, in this hurricane and Hurricane Harvey. Let’s also continue to pray for and do what we can for our leaders, volunteers, first responders, and utility workers who are helping us recover from these disasters. We can show our gratitude by using what God has given us to continue His great rescue and cleanup mission for the whole world.

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair

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Announcing Tuesday Night Live


The people of Tulip Fellowship invite all of our Pasadena Presbyterian  Church friends to join us, so that we can grow in Christ together.

5-6pm:   “Galatians: The Majestic Grace of God”
Teacher:   Rev. Gary Hofmeyer
6-7pm:   Dinner with Vicki Danz
(Cost: $5 per person, and $10 per family
7-8pm:   “Galatians: The Majestic Grace of God”
Teacher:  Rev Gary Hofmeyer
                  “What is Reformed Theology: What do we believe as members of the ECO”—An RC Sproul Video Series
Led by Bill Hornbeck




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Food Distribution Ministry

Your Food Distribution Center Volunteers were there for the community before and after the storm! God has blessed us with an amazing, selfless, dedicated team. The Lord led us to be open as scheduled on September 9th and we have responded to requests for help since the storm. We helped 132 families, about 45% of the normal amount. We were happy we could make a difference for many families who might not have gotten what they needed before the storm or lost food during the storm and called us after. It is comforting and reassuring to people that we can be counted on just as we can ALWAYS count on our Lord Jesus Christ during difficult times!

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The Deacon's Developements

*The Deacons serve Christ by serving others for His glory and purpose*

                    "As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”   
 John 17:18

Please let us know how we can pray for you!
Barbara Gonzalez
Larry Hendry
Julie Gull
Michelle Loy
Threse Hammond
Terry Odom


Please remember The Dollars for Deacons Offering Envelopes in the Sanctuary

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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 7th in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00 a.m.    

Praise Kids/Youth will be meeting Sunday afternoons  from 3:00-5:00 pm, gathering in the Fellowship Hall for snacks and fellowship and then go to different classes.   Volunteers are always needed Sunday afternoons and if you are interested you can contact Laurie Smith.

Friday, September 29th we had an all church/preschool fall fest  in the Fellowship Hall.  We want to  continue  to get to know the preschool families and they would like to meet the church families.

Other activities for the church and preschool families coming-up are:  Trunk or Treat Saturday, October 28th – 5:00-7:00p.m.;  Preschool and church potluck and games – Friday, December 1st from 5:00-8:00p.m.; and  Hanging of the Greens – Saturday, December 2nd at 9:00a.m.

Members of our Koinonia Ministry are: Mac Boyd, Cookie Cottrell, Vicki Danz, Gina Driggers, Ruth Gey, Sandy Moore ,Nancy Nottoli, Terry Odom, Alma Oline, Shirley Phillips, Laurie Smith and Pat Watts.

Pat Mancini, Chairperson

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Praise Kids and Youth Group


We are now meeting from 3 to 5 p.m. each Sunday.

Praise Kids Club (PKC) and Youth/Young Adults offers Bible study, games, snacks and crafts, focusing on learning what the Bible says about living a life with Jesus as our Savior. Age appropriate lessons will be given in classes from 3 years old on up to young adults.

Leaders are Laurie Smith and Heather Smith (elementary), Nancy Nottoli (Preschool age); Gina Driggers and Mac Boyd 6th grade and up).


The leaders of Praise Kids Club and Youth/Young Adults invite you to become prayer warriors for the groups or be on a substitute leader list in case of illness. The prayer warriors would pray at specific times before, during and after, the Sunday gathering. We also need those who could substitute teach to volunteer.

Please contact Laurie Smith, Gina Driggers, Nancy Notolli,  Heather Smith or Mac Boyd if you feel you can fulfill any of these positions. Thanks!
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Sunday School

¨ Breakfast With Jesus: Teacher: Larry Oline at 8:30a in Fellowship Hall
     (Evangelizing the World Around Me)
¨ College/Career Class—Moneylife: Teacher: Tom Smith IV at 11a in Fellowship Hall

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Please Join Our Praise Chorus

Praise Chorus is recruiting. Practice is on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30p.m in the Sanctuary. Beginner singers are welcome!
For information, call Carol Pilkington.

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Sonrise ECLC

Family is not only the people we are related to by our blood lines.   We are brothers and sisters in Christ.  Thank you to all the Pasadena Presbyterian Church families and the Sonrise families that worked together to make our family picnic a success.  We are all one family and it is wonderful to see us all growing together and getting to know each other.  In the preschool, the children have been learning about what it means to be part of a team, working together, cooperating and getting along.  We have been learning Ephesians 4:32 Be Kind to one another.  Thank you for being such a wonderful example of God’s love to us through your kindness to each other and the way you welcome each other into fellowship. 

Moving forward, we are excited about the upcoming Fall Festival and Fall events.

Shirley McLeod, Director

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Fruitful Seniors

And now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.
Joshua 14:10b-11

Seniors are working longer, living longer, retiring later, and even going back to work after they retire. For some, retirement begins a downhill path in terms of health, joy, impact, and mental stimulation. Too few seniors “come to the grave at a full age, as a sheaf of grain ripens in its season” (Job 5:26).

Caleb was not such a senior. The Bible says in his 85th year he was as strong as he was 45 years earlier when Moses sent him, along with Joshua and 10 other men, to spy out the land of Canaan (Numbers 13). All the men were likely fit at age 40—after all, they had just walked from Egypt through the wilderness to Kadesh. But how many were just as fit 45 years later? Perhaps Caleb was inspired by Moses who died at 120 years: “His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished” (Deuteronomy 34:7). Our senior years should be as fruitful and productive as our younger years.

Be a good steward of your health. Plan on being able to serve God faithfully until He calls you home.

When I read this from Turning Point with David Jeremiah I immediately thought of you and me here at Pasadena.  A large part of us belong to this group of seniors.  Can we be faithful seniors.  I hope and pray so, we have much God has blessed us with to be a blessing to others.  Let’s be faithful and flourishing!

Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.


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Library News

Do you like to know what is happening with some of the characters that you have enjoyed in past novels? What has your favorite author written lately? Come to the church library.

In the latest offering, To Be Where You Are , A Mitford Novel, Jan Karon “weaves together the richly comic and compelling lives of two Kavanagh families, and a cast of characters that readers around the world now love like kin.”-jacket.

Christy Award nominee Dee Henderson’s new book Threads of Suspicion (An Evie Blackwell Cold Case) jacket describes the story: Since “Evie and her partner… (have) a deep conviction that ‘justice for all’ truly matters, they are unrelenting in their search.”

In Sins of the Past authors Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason join Dee Henderson with three novellas-Missing (Henderson); Shadowed (Pettrey); and Blackout (Eason).

October Song brings stories of Amish characters from Beverly Lewis’ popular books.

So, come to the library for the latest on characters and writers you have enjoyed before.

Laurie Smith, Librarian

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Women of The Church


Communion at the Springs – Monday, October 2nd at 9:45 a.m.

WOC Committee Meeting—Tuesday, October 3rd at 10:00 a.m. in the Boswell Room.

Rachel Circle – Monday, October 9th at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Felicia Ragland.  

Sarah Circle – Tuesday, October 10th at 1:00 p.m. at theHome of Alma Oline.

We have one day circle (that meets either at 12 noon or 1:00 p.m.) and one evening circle (that meets either at 6:30 or 7:00 p.m.). This is not like a club – all women of Pasadena Presbyterian Church are invited to come to either of the circle meetings. They are open to all women. 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 (727-302-0888) for further information.

“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 Landless (Thika)

Our next project is to install a 2,600 gallon water tank. When the seasonal rains don't come, the city of Thika stops provding water to homes. With 21 children needing drinking water and baths, we have to have access to clean water. Water sold by street vendors is unregulated and often contaminated. Thus, we're eager to get started on this new project.

Jan Hinkle

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Sunday Worship Attendance


Aug 27 64
Sept 3 98
Sept 10 Hurricane Irma
Sept 17 66
Sept 24 75

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What's New At PPCNews

Please bring in your plastic grocery bags for the our Food Distributions.
Bags can be put in the containers in hallway by patio. Thank you!

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  as  listed in the  weekly Flyer. If you send an email to us, but do not receive a reply, please call the OFFICE.
If you are not receiving emails from us, please make sure we have YOUR current email address.


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.

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 eveningsuntil 8:30pm.  If your group can’t change to meet on the nights when PPC is now open, you will need to   contact Pastor Carl to get keys and codes —you will be responsible for locking up and setting the alarm—or find another location off site.  

Please Help Keep God's Facilities Nice!




Dollars for Deacons Fund

Please Remember The Dollars For  Deacons Offering Envelopes in the Sanctuary.

Change of Address

If your address or phone number has changed, please let the office know.  This includes  your cell phone number and email address. Many times we are not informed of your new contact information and either we in the office are trying to get in touch with you or one of the elders or deacons have information to bring to you and cannot contact you due to the wrong information.  Please drop your new contact information on a slip of paper and place it in the offering plate or just call the office with an update. 

Thank you, The Church Office

Collect Aluminum Cans

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 youth ministries.  Thank you!

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