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November 2012

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Stewarship Ministry
Financial Report
Attention!
Evangemissions
Evangemissions Introducing Jan Hinkle of Jan's Mission
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Calendar
Preschool
Happy 10th Anniversary
Antioch Youth
Children's Church
Praise Kids
Youth and Young Adult Game Night
Library
Fellowship Ministry
Parent's Night Out
Family Connection
Christmas Caroling 
Samaritan's Purse Shoebox Dedication
Discipleship Ministry September 2012
Deacon's Corner
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC
Birthdays

From Me to You

“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed
from the hand of the adversary, and gathered from the lands."
(Psalm 107:1-3a)

What about your being a part of Jesus’ family at & as PPC gives you cause to give thanks to God?

Certainly, for all of us who have prayed to accept Jesus as Savior and entrusted ourselves to Him as Lord, we thank Him for saving us from sin, death and hell.  Psalm 107 (10, 13-14) notes:

“Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, bound in affliction and irons--
…cried out to the Lord in their trouble; andHe saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their chains in pieces.”

When we’ve been ill, injured, hurting, needing comfort, help and healing, we thank Jesus that He hears our prayers and is our Great Physician who is always there with and for us, to care and carry us through everything!  As Psalm 107 (19-20):

“They cried in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress.
He spoke, and they were healed— snatched from the door of death.”

When events, trials and traumas rock our lives and threaten to swamp and sink us, Jesus is there as Lord in and over everything!  Psalm 107 (29-30) exclaims:

“He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves.
What a blessing was that stillness as He brought them safely into harbor!”

Are we grateful to God for His provisions?  As Jesus’ Church, He has given and entrusted us with great facilities, and our wonderful staff to help us maintain and use our “rooms with a view of God;” and He blesses us each with the Spirit’s gifts to share Jesus with each other and the whole world!  Psalm 107:35-38 notes:

“The Lord also turns deserts into pools of water, the dry land into flowing springs.
He brings the hungry to settle there and build their cities.
They sow their fields, plant their vineyards, and harvest their bumper crops.
How He blesses them!”

God indeed blesses us!  Jesus is the truth and proof, and greatest blessing of all!

So, do we bless Him?  Do we thank Jesus, not just for all He does for our own lives, but for all He does to and for us together as His Church?

The refrain in Psalm 107, following every description of what the Lord does for us, is always:

“Let us give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love, and His wonderful deeds for us!”

As we enter His gates to be His together in worship and service, let us continue to do so thanking Jesus for all He has done, is doing and will do for us, so we can be His and here together, at and as His PPC!

In Christ,  
Carl 

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Session Digestcolumns

The Session held its Stated Meeting on September 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Boswell room. 
 
The following items were presented and acted on:

1. Laura Woodard presented her annual report of the Sonrise Preschool.

2. Elders Elect, Gene Hammond, Pat Mancini and Thomas Smith IV, were examined and approved for Ordination at both services on September 30th .

3. There being no action necessary from ministries, all reports were received and approved.

4. A Called Session meeting to follow-up the Period of Discernment was approved for 7pm October 16th.

5.  Elder White and Elder Moore were elected as commissioners to the Presbytery meeting of October 16th. 

Kathie Schellhaas, Clerk pro tem

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Stewarship Ministry

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NASB) - 17 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. 18 Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.

November 4 and 11 will be Stewardship Sundays. Pledges for 2013 will be dedicated on Sunday, November 11.

John Odom, Chair

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Financial Report 

September 2012 Financial  Report

The Financials for  September  show actual income $ 24,169.16 with expenses of $28,743 leaving us -$ 4,573.84 in the red.

FOR THE YEAR 2012
Actual Income   $ 240,031.74
Actual Expenses $ 256,682.23
Red -$ 16,650.49

 

Financial Notes

PPC Foundation *
Pasadena Foundation $ 28,258.48

Cash Available    Checking Account Balance      $ 28,547.39
Cash Reserves    General Reserve MM              $ 30,222.65
Total Cash         (Checking Acct Bal. & MM)   $ 58,770.04

*Values fluctuate with the stock market

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Attention!

The last day that we will record contributions for the 2012 tax year will be Sunday, December 23, 2012.

All contributions received after that date will be counted in the 2013 tax year

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Evangemissions

November and December are the months we team with Metropolitan Ministries to reach out with the love of Jesus through prayer, witness, food and toys.  Sharing food and toys with families in need gives us an opportunity to share Jesus with them as the greatest gift of all and gives us a great opportunity to share Jesus with our community as they donate the food and toys.  Last year we prayed for almost as many people dropping off donations as we did those receiving the food and toys.  We do need volunteers to serve at the tent receiving donations but there are many ways you can make this your holiday ministry opportunity!  Please see Pastor Anthony Oliver or Gene Hammond to find out more.

Not only can you donate toys and food dropped off at the tent or in the blue collection barrels outside the sanctuary but you can recruit businesses, schools, civic groups and faith organizations in order to meet the food and toy needs of the families we will serve. Start with your circle of influence (your child’s school, your workplace, your Harley club, Rotary Club, etc.) and then expand to people in your area who have the resources to make  significant toy/food donations.  Ask them to donate at the tent or give their donations to you to bring by so we will have all we need to serve our families in need.  Contact me if you need help in organizing or picking up.  Most needed items are Peanut Butter, Canned Meat, Large Boxed Cereal, Canned Fruit, Canned or Dry Beans, Dessert Mix, Rice and Macaroni “N” Cheese.  Cash or check donations can also be used to purchase items that are in short supply.  Christmas donations (for next month) that are in short supply are gifts for teenage boys and girls such as Target, Wal-Mart or other Gift cards and personal grooming items. The gifts collected at our tent are given to Pinellas County families.  Starting in November, the tent will be open M-F 3:30-7:30 & Sat 10:00 – 2:00. To sign up, go to: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0B4FABA82CA75-metropolitan/1628929

Please give of yourself as your time and talents afford.  There are so many opportunities at Pasadena such as  our Food Distribution Center, Pastor Anthony’s Trinidad Christmas gifts for children and many of your family and neighbors in need.  Getting your family and neighbors to join you in giving will multiply what you can give and allow you to help much more than you would with your gifts and most importantly it will give you a chance to let them know that Jesus loves them too!  Likely, Paul gave the advice to the Thessalonians that also applies to us.

Thessalonians 5:14-18 14 We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. 16 Rejoice always; 17 pray without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
We are praying, rejoicing and giving thanks for you brothers and sisters of Pasadena.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Evangemissions Introducing Jan Hinkle of Jan's Mission

We may not hear God’s Voice, but we know in our hearts what He wants of us.  God made Himself quite clear that He wanted me to start a mission in Nairobi to provide funding to educate some of Kenya’s orphans.  Now instead of begging on the streets, these 27 young men and women are in college and vocational schools.  Their goal is to become contributing members of Kenya’s society, to be self-supporting, and to help other orphans.  Theirs are success stories made possible by God’s Mercy and His Generosity.  To read about their lives, go to www.jansmission.com .  God has touched many hearts to support these young people in the career of their choice: one young man is in pilot’s training and is supported by a Michigan foundation; another is in law school and is supported by a New Jersey attorney; one is studying to be a teacher and another a journalist, while others are in computer training, beauty school, hotel management, and other courses.  It’s a pleasure to watch God at work.

In Christ,

Jan Hinkle

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Food Distribution Center  

God continues to bless the ministry of the Food Distribution Center of Pasadena Presbyterian Church. 

During the month of September 3620 pounds of food was distributed to 112 families or 258 people.  This means that each person received an ounce or two over 14 pounds.  Sounds like a lot until you break it down.  The good news is that many, if not most, of the people who began a year ago are no longer receiving food.  We can only speculate to the reasons why.

One Day the disciples of Jesus came to Jesus and told him to send the crowd of 5,000 men plus perhaps as many as 20,000 women and children away so they could purchase food to eat.  They told Him that it was getting late.  He told them to give the people something to eat and they let Jesus know that they did not have enough money to give each person a bite.  We know that Andrew brought a boy with 5 small loaves of bread and 2 small fish to Jesus.  But Andrew questioned what this could do among so many.  Jesus blessed the food, had the people sit down and the disciples distributed the food, as much as they could eat. 

The ministry of the food distribution center is to distribute the food that God has provided to people who are hungry, helpless, without work and are in need of the love of Jesus Christ.  The people who came to Jesus came for a variety of reasons, one of which was to force Him to become king.  He understood that they traveled around the lake for food.  We at the food distribution center are disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ and we also distribute the Word of God to people.  We tell them that God loves them and has a wonderful plan for their lives.  Like that vast crowd, the people whom we serve are focused upon the food that is here today and gone tomorrow.  We are privileged to share Jesus Christ with many of them, the Holy Spirit convicts them of sin and they repent and receive Him as Lord and Savior. 

We were excited at our last distribution when two young women received Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  Please pray that they will grow in God’s grace and become His disciples.  Can you imagine having a person walk in and tell you that they want to know Jesus better?  The opportunity is out there and many people know that they need a personal relationship with Jesus.  They only need some Christian to tell them the good news.

We would like YOU to join us in this vital ministry.  Leave a message for Larry Hendry, Pat Mancini, Gene Hammond or Pastor Bob and we will get back with you.

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Women of the ChurchPresbyterian Women

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER  2012

Monday, November 5th @ 10:00 am             Communion at the Springs
Tuesday, November 6th @ 10:00 am             Council Meeting in Boswell
Monday, November 12th @ 1:00 pm             Hannah Circle – Fellowship Hall
Monday, November 12th @ 7:00 pm             Rachel Circle – Home of Arlene Tomin
Tuesday, November 13th @ 1:00 pm             Esther Circle – TBD
Tuesday, November 13th @  1:00 pm            Ruth Circle – TBD 
Sunday, November 18th @ 10:30 am            Combined Thank Offering Service in Sanctuary – Lunch following in Fellowship Hall    

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, Becky McLaughlin & Aristeia Sowa attended the Help Shop at 1st Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg. 

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.

Our SOCK TREE will be in the hallway by the Patio from Sunday, November 18th through Sunday, December 16th.

 “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

We have had a wonderful October, learning about fall and celebrating all that God has given to us. Our Fall Festival celebration was a tremendous success. Thirty parents volunteered to plan, set up, host all activities, and chaperone the children. Our families are truly a shining example of fellowship and community.

As you all know this is a presidential election year. Here at Sonrise we are preparing for our own elections. Meet our candidates. Tutti the Giraffe is very loving, and his campaign slogan is “Make a Heart for Jesus.” Dakota the Donkey is very brave, and his campaign slogan is “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.”  You will know the results of our election in the December Alleluia News!

Speaking of December, Your Preschool Ministry is celebrating its 10 year anniversary! We will be celebrating 10 years of excellence in serving children and their families at our annual Christmas Pageant. Many ministries of  PPC are involved in planning this special celebration on Wednesday, December 19th at 6:15 p.m. in the sanctuary. Mark your

calendars and  join us as we tell the story of the birth of Jesus. The Praise band will join us in our celebration.  Cookies and punch will follow in Fellowship Hall. 

 May your Thanksgiving Celebration be blessed. Let us all remember to “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

 Laura Woodard

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Happy 10th Anniversary

Happy 10th Anniversary Sonrise ECLC!

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Antioch Youth News

Our Youth has partnered 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.

High School K-Life:  Meets the following Mondays – Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26 – 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Middle School K-Life:  Meets the following Tuesdays – Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 – 6:30 – 8:00 PM

YOUTH GAMES NIGHT – Sunday, December 2, 4:30 – 8:00 PM – PPC Upstairs Classrooms

"Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.”  1 Timothy 4:12

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Children's Church 

The children continue to grow in their faith through real-life application of Bible stories from  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.

“And he (Jesus) said: ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’”  Matthew 18:3

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Praise Kids

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

11/7 – The Parable of the Sower
11/14 – Rescued at Sea
11/21 – NO PRAISE KIDS
11/28 – Movie Night

Praise Kids 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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 4:30 – 8:00 PM

  • Upstairs Classrooms
  • Dinner Served
  • Games that appeal to everyone!
  • You don’t have to be an expert gamer to participate!

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Library News

IF YOU DON'T HAVE TIME FOR A BOOK, LISTEN TO A CD...

Spending a lot of time traveling? Tired of hearing the same news over and over on the news channel? Want to learn more about your Christian life? Have questions about the basics of your beliefs?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the latest additions to the library cd collection may be what you are looking for:

Your Time-Starved Marriage, Session 1: How to Stay Connected at the Speed of Life. The back cover states: "Do you feel overscheduled and underconnected? Would you love to bring back the rest and recreation you both crave? Do you wish there was a surefire way to create more meaningful time together each day? Reclaim your time together and all the relational benefits that go with it....(lessons) by relationship experts Les and Leslie Parrott."

What is Reformed Theology: Understanding the Basics, R.C. Sproul. "... many Christians want a better explanation of the concepts and beliefs that make up a Reformed perspective." (This was a donation, thank you!)

Three from the Ravi Zacharias International Ministry:

  • Violence in the Old Testament: "It has been said before that if the Old Testament were made into a movie, it would easily be rated R. How do we explain violence in the Bible? Should it cause us to question the Christian faith?" Dr. John Dickson
  • Witnessing to the Happy Pagan: "There are many people who engage in religious discussion because they feel as though there must be more to life. But what about those who are actually quite content with disbelief, those called happy thinking pagan(s)?" Ravi Zacharias
  • The Intolerance of Tolerance: "The more the world preaches about tolerance, the less tolerant we become." Ravi Zacharias

Laurie Smith, Librarian

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Fellowship Ministry

Our next project will be helping the women of the church with their Thank Offering service and lunch on November 18, 2012.  There will be one service that Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m.  Felicia Ragland will be chairing this luncheon so keep in mind you may be asked to contribute sandwiches (little finger sandwiches) or cookies and perhaps a fruit plate or fruit salad.  We appreciate any help you can give us.  Table set-up will be at 3:00pm on Saturday the 17th.  (See Women of the Church column in this newsletter for more details).

 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 meeting will be Monday, November 12th at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

“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, November 10

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 WILL NOT MEET ON WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21

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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Christmas Caroling 

CHRISTMAS CAROLING throughout the neighborhood  surrounding the church.

WHEN: Sunday, December 16th
4:00 -- Light Dinner
5:00 -- Caroling

WHERE:  Meet in Fellowship Hall

WHO:  All are welcome!

Songbooks will be provided.

Hot chocolate, mulled  cider, and cookies will be served in Fellowship Halfollowing the caroling.

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Samaritan's Purse Shoebox Dedication

Sunday, November 18,10:30am Service

Boxes for making shoeboxes will be available in the hallway outside the Sanctuary on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Discipleship Ministry

Have you ever really wanted to do a mission, but didn’t want to go out of the United States or been unable to put in hours of service?  There are good mission choices, that don’t take much time, don’t need hours per week, will bring Heavenly
rewards and are right here in our own church building.

We are experiencing a beautiful response to Family Connection and Praise Kids on Wednesday nights, and are bringing children and adults to Christ.  We are in need of more helpers.  We are looking for a few good people to help teach Kid’s Club Wednesday nights, which is a one hour children’s class, you can teach one night a month -- or you can teach four nights on a month of your choice.  All the lesson materials you need are provided. 

There are also opportunities to help during Parent’s Night Out, which is a part of Family Connection and Praise Kids -- all you have to do is come, no teaching involved. There is an opportunity to prepare snacks or just enjoy watching the children.  These are good missions, the children are joyful and engaged and we just need enough adults to cover the number of children that come.  If you can help with either of these missions, please let Leslie Hughes or myself know. You will truly enjoy the children and the fellowship. 

 Any PPC member seeking to teach a new Sunday or Wednesday class needs to contact the Discipleship Chair at 344-1323.

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Kathie Schellhaas, Discipleship Chair

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Deacon's Corner 

Please Remember The Dollars For Deacons Envelopes In the Sanctuary

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            
  9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
September 30  86 49 135
October 7 73 49 122
October 14 62 48 110
October 21 63 40 103

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What's New At PPCNews

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.

Sunday School Schedule

  • Elementary: Elementary Room 209, Kathie Schellhaas
  • Youth: DOFM Office, Leslie Hughes
  • College/ Career Class: Room 206,Tom Smith IV
  • Friendship Class: Boswell, Tom Smith III
  • 1 Corinthians Adult Bible Study: Room 204, Pastor Bob
  • Fruit of the Spirit:  Chapel, Debbie Saathoff 
  • Tested By Fire: Room 201, Patti Burrows

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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