Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

November 2013

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Stewardship Report
Revised August Financial Report
Financial Report
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Church Women United
Antioch Youth
Children's Church
Praise Kids
Fall Festival
Parent's Night Out
Family Connection
Youth and Young Adult Game Night
The Deacon's Developements
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You

“Freely you received, freely give."
(Matthew 10:8)


When I first heard it put that way, I remember thinking “What a great idea!  Instead of just saying “Thank You” to God for all His many blessings, I can give thanks by giving something He’s provided to share Jesus with others!”  Question then was:  What has the Lord given me to give?

We answer that in part every November at and as PPC by participating in our annual stewardship and pledge drive.  Everyone on our list of those who give (for whom we have addresses) should have received a 2014 pledge form and cover letter via

snail-mail.  If you didn’t receive a copy, you can still pick one up from the stations around the sanctuary or from our church office.  Pledge Dedication Sunday is November 10th—you can place your pledge form in the offering plate at either service that day.

As you pledge and give (and many do give without pledging—that’s OK: it just makes it harder for Session to predict income for our next year’s budget), your gift honors Jesus as Lord, and helps provide for our continuing witness and ministries at and as PPC. 

Your gift is now more important than ever! 

That’s because we are in a budget deficit for 2013. Session, in its church-wide letter last Spring, sought to make clear that our 2013 budget is deficit financed—that is, we do not have enough income from pledges, non-pledged giving, interest, fees, perpetual bequests, and the surpluses generated by our preschool, to fully fund this year’s budget; therefore, use of undesignated reserves and assets has been needed to keep our full staff and keep paying all our bills

To-date, we have sold the church van ($15K) and liquidated the PPC Foundation account (about $28K) to subsidize the 2013 budget:  total subsidy through September was about $43,000.

Your 2014 pledge, and the calculated 2013 average for unpledged giving, will be the primary factors determining what ministries and staff PPC will be able to have for 2014.  We will not be able to use much, if any more, reserve funds to help pay for the 2014 budget—meaning we need at least $43,000 in additional giving to keep all our staff and current ministry activities.

Please consider prayerfully what the Lord will have you do—and remember Jesus’ words: “freely you received, freely give.”

In Christ

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Session Digestcolumns

The Session met on September 24, 2013 for its regular stated meeting. The following items were discussed and/or acted on.

1. Discussion of the book, "I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church" was held. The chapter entitled "Choosing Now Rather Than Later" was discussed.
2. An insurance plan for the year was selected from two different plans.
3. The August financial reports were discussed.
4. Food collection plans were discussed. A pod will be on site October 30 to December 30, and will be manned by people from 3 to 7 p.m. We will need volunteers.

Respectively,   Larry Oline, Clerk

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Stewardship Report

The first three quarters of 2013 have been exciting for PPC; for our ministries and with challenges for the stewardship of our property and the gifts that God has provided.  Challenges for our property have included a major electrical short that damaged our air conditioning equipment and elevator, also an unexpected wind damage to the roof of our sanctuary.

As of August, year to date giving (excluding use of assets) is $118,270 and our 2013 year to date expenses are approximately $215,049 leaving us approximately $27,780 in the red (see corrected August financial report in this newsletter). Over the last decade, PPC has continued to draw on its reserves to cover a portion of our operating expenses.  This year’s shortfall between giving and operating expenses has been covered by closing PPC’s Foundation Account (about $28,000) and selling the church van for $15,000 (as also reported in Pastor Carl’s article).

Thank you for your faithful support of PPC through both your financial gifts and the gift of your time.  Your Session is committed to developing an adequately funded staffing plan that supports our current and future ministry opportunities. During this stewardship season, please pray for God to guide our Session as they chart the future of Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

John Odom, Chair

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Revised August Financial Report

Reported financials for August showed income* of $42,982.00
With expenses of                     $24,549.21
Leaving us                             +$18,432.79 in the black
PPC Foundation asset removed from August income:
$14,982.00   actual income
 -$24,549.21   with expenses of
Leaving us:      -$(9,567.21) in the red

(Reported) FOR THE YEAR 2013                                     Actual for the Year 2013
(Reported) Income      $231,269.74    -$43,000.00                 $188,269.74  Actual Income
Actual expenses          $215,049.25                                        $215,049.25                           
(Reported) Black        $  16,022.49                   Actual Red  -$  27,779.51

Cash Available Checking Account Balance*      $45,721.48
Cash Reserves General Reserve MM:              $13,321.08
Total Cash (Checking Acct Bal. & MM)          $59,042.56

*includes transference of about $28,000 PPC Foundation funds to General Checking

Financial Report 

September 2013 Financial  Report

Account Name
Balance (as of 9/30/13)
General Fund Checking   $28,588.46
Designated Fund Checking    $19,083.02
BIA Reserve:  
WOC MM $13,507.71
Gen. Res. MM    $15,408.59
BIA Res. MM   $53,486.25
  Total BIA   $82,402.55
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $44,932.25
PRESCHOOL MM    $50,350.02

OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   -$ 13,168.27


Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING INCOME YTD **       $209,389.51
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        -$39,684.02

Financial Notes

*Due to use of incorrect line items for some transfers in/out of our various accounts, the    
monthly and YTD totals have not been verified until now.  This month’s report contains the
corrected figures.
**Does not include 04/23/2013 Sale of Ford Van $15,000.00
Does not include 08/06/2013 PPC Foundation $27,827.73
Assets not included in YTD Income                  $42,827.73

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Food Distribution Center  

September Statistics: 231 families, representing 537 individuals, were served 8,530 pounds of food, of which 30 were new signups.       

Recipient’s Remark:
Virginia ~ “I would not know what to do if I did not have PPC’s Food Distribution Center.                            
Martha ~ “I am blessed that you are here.”
Karen ~ “I am impressed with the way they pray for me here.”

Your Food Distribution Center has signed aboard with taking a bite out of hunger in St. Petersburg, Florida, which originates at this church.  When you look at the above statistics, you can easily see that the need for food is greater than it was 2 ½ years ago when this ministry opened its doors.  This ministry not only provides people with food, but it also shares the love of the risen and ascended Lord Jesus Christ who is seated at the right hand of God the Father in glory. 

God has used a vital prayer ministry since the ministry first opened its doors.  Team members pray with people who come to us with a vast variety of needs.  God answers.  I don’t know how many times people come up and tell me, “You prayed for me two weeks ago and I got a job” or “I was healed as a result of prayer.”  In fact, people seek us out.  We don’t have to ask people if they need prayer.  They come to us.  A lady, along with her young daughter and son came to me only yesterday to tell me that the children’s uncle was doing much better with esophageal cancer.   Even the skeptics are coming around.

We still need your help!  Workers are needed.  Money is needed as the cost is increasing as is our client base. Above all, pray for the workers, the finances, the salvation and deliverance of the people, and for the will of God to happen. See Gene

Hammond, Pat Mancini, Pastor Bob, or Larry & Barb Hendry for details.  We would love to have you join us. 

      May God continue to bless and to keep you;

The Food Distribution Center team

Click here to start helping the Food Distribution Ministry:

Food Distribution Ministry

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Women of the ChurchPresbyterian Women 


Our Bible Study has begun. Currently there are 3 circles using this study but we would encourage other women to either join the ongoing circles or start a group of your own at a time more convenient.

Committee Meeting – Tuesday, November 5th   at 10:00 the Boswell Room.
Rachel Circle – Monday, November 11th  at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Kay Coletta.
Esther Circle – Tuesday, November 12th  at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Sunny Mendoza.
Ruth Circle —  Tuesday, November 12th at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Aristeia Sowa.

Study books “Exploring the Depths of God’s Love” by Dr. Charles Stanley are available in the church office.  These have been provided by the Women of the Church for your use.  Please let Terry Odom or Pat Watts know if you are interested in starting your own group.

VOLUNTEERS are needed on Saturday, November 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  The WOC are sponsoring a Fall Festival for neighborhood children, accompanied by an adult and children of families coming to our food distribution center that very day.  If you are unable to stay the 3 hours, we’ll appreciate the time you can spend with us that
morning.  Terry Odom and Alma Oline are coordinating this day which will not only have games but face painting, evangelism, crafts and of course, food.  (See article elsewhere in newsletter)

This is the first of many of our service projects we hope to accomplish in the months to come. If you have any
suggestions or ideas for future projects and/or events, 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.

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps”. Prov. 16:9
Write your plans in pencil and remember that God has the eraser!

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Church Women United

“Abiding in Community”
  LOCATION:   Westminster Palms, Palm View Building
939 Beach Drive NE
St. Petersburg, FL
TIME:  9:30 AM Registration, Program 10:00 AM
Continental Breakfast will be served
Parking is off Beach Drive between 9th and 10th Avenues


Something new at PPC?  Actually, there are many new opportunities around our church but here are 2 ways you can get involved and help others.

There is something new on our website!  Go, or look top left corner of the page and you will see opportunities to help others through giving of your time and talents.  Throughout the year these opportunities may change but you can sign up to help right on our website!

Click here to start helping the Food Distribution Ministry:

Food Distribution Ministry

Thanksgiving time is time to be thankful for how God has blessed us and to be thinking about how we can share our blessings with others.  This year donations from out where the tent was last year will be a PODS unit, where donations will go to own Food Distribution Center instead of Metropolitan Ministries. You and the Food Distribution Center are doing a great job and now  we can keep our donations right here at home in our own community.  Our biggest focus will be on doing food drives and    we would love for you to get in on the food drives.  You will be hearing more this month about how you can join in this effort.  When you see our new food donation logo you will know it’s us… including you!

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Thank You Jesus, for your Grace!  Thank you for equipping us to be a first responder.
1 Corinthians 12 tell us that God equips us all, with His spiritual gifts.  2 Corinthians 10 tells us that, God gives us

 resources to use and invest for Him. They are not to be hidden.  He wants us to cultivate them so we can produce much fruit.

Wednesday in Gene Hammond’s Bible Study at the 123 house, we studied James 2, and it tells us in verse 17, that Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove.
November will be another busy month at PPC, just check out the Alleluia Newsletter, there are so many different ways you can be a disciple of Jesus, A First Responder.  Call one of them this week, and get involved in God’s work, you will be blessed, I know I am.

Jesus wants us to trust Him as Savior then submit to Christ as Lord making us righteous with God, just like Abraham was made right with God by works.

Thank You, to all the different ministries we have at PPC, GREAT JOB!

Discipleship Chair,

Pat Mancini

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We have had a wonderful October, learning about fall and celebrating all that God has given to us. The children made art work for the Kairos ministry, and we have put out a food collection box to assist the PPC food distribution center in keeping the shelves stocked.  Our Fall Festival celebration was a tremendous success because of the 36 parent volunteers who made it happen! What a shining example of fellowship and community.

As the Thanksgiving Holidays approach, I reflect on all of the blessings the Lord has bestowed on us. I am in awe of His
generosity and the generosity of His people at the preschool ministry. The children have learned a song that says “Count your blessings, name them one by one, count your blessings see what God has done.”  My blessings are too numerous to print in this newsletter.

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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Antioch Youth News

Youth meets  on Sunday evenings from  6:00—7:30 PM.  Meet in upstairs classroom  206.
Youth is open to all students in grades 6—12.
There will be NO Youth Fellowship on  Nov. 24 or Dec. 1.
Youth/Young Adult Games Night —  Sunday, November 10, 6:00 PM, Upstairs —
                                                          Meet in room 206.  Light dinner provided.
Youth Bible Study and Fellowship
                        6:00 PM — Bible study and Fellowship — Upstairs classroom 206, 11/3,11/17


“Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits —
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”  Psalm 103:2, 5

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Children's Church            

The children continue to grow in their faith through Bible stories , assisted  by arts and crafts and puppets. This month’s lessons are taken from book of Genesis. 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.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children. 
Talk about them when you sit at home…”   Deuteronomy 6:5-7

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Praise Kids

Praise Kids is held on Sunday evenings, 6:30 – 7:30 .
There will be NO Praise Kids on Sunday, Nov. 24. or Dec. 1
November’s lessons center around how we are important to Jesus.

 November’s Lessons:
11/3 —  Jesus Knows All About Us
11/10 — Ask Jesus
11/17— Believe in Jesus

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

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Fall Festival

Mark your calendars for an exciting outreach opportunity!!!

DATE:  Saturday, November 23                                                                             
TIME:  10am to Noon

What is it? We are planning a children’s Fall Festival. We are going to invite the neighborhood children and the children that come to our Food Distribution Ministry to a time of fun, food, fellowship and evangelism.

Why? The Bible tells us in Mark 10:14-16, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” And He took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.

Who can help? Everyone… We will put you to work, but you will have fun!!!

If you have questions contact Terry Odom or Alma Oline.

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Parent's Night Out

WHEN:  Saturday, November 9th

TIME:  6-9 PM

WHO:  All children 1yr. old through 5th grade
Children ages 1-3 Classroom 5
Children Pre-K age 4– age10 Fellowship Hall

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

Contact Leslie Hughes, , for additional information.

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Family Connection  

Sundays 6:00 PM, Fellowship Hall

Family Connection is a family worship time designed specifically for parents and children. Worship is followed by adult Bible study from 6:30 – 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall. The Bible study is interactive and is fun no matter your level of Bible knowledge.  We are currently studying Colossians.

There will be NO Family Connection on Nov. 24 or Dec. 1

Nursery care available for children not yet in preschool.

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Library News

November 1st is All Saint's Day, a day to remember those Christians who have died a martyr's death. The books Foxe's Book of Martyrs and The New Foxe's Book of Martyrs (which updates the first book to the present time) are worth a look. Christians around the world are still being killed, jailed and leaving their homelands because their faith is more important to them.

In America, November should be a month when we also think about the Pilgrims in England who suffered religious persecution in the 1600s and came to the New World to worship the way they felt was right. Reading about the trials that these early Americans went through is a good way to be inspired to protect our freedom to worship. Can you imagine being jailed for your faith or worse, murdered? Can you imagine sailing across the Atlantic with over 100 others on a ship the size of a tennis or basketball court? The Pilgrim's persecution for their beliefs was bad enough that they chose to do this. Read Nathaniel Philbrick's Mayflower or George F. Willison's Saints and Strangers.

If you have children or grandchildren, help them understand that there is more to Thanksgiving than turkey and touchdowns. Here are some books: The Pilgrims of Plymouth, The Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving; Oh, What a Thanksgiving!; Thanksgiving, What Makes It Special; Give Thanks to the Lord; The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings;

Samuel Eatons's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy; and Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl.

Laurie Smith, Librarian

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Youth and Young Adult Game Night


SUNDAY,  November 13th , 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Upstairs Classrooms

Refreshments served

  • Games that appeal to everyone
  • Fun and fellowship!
  • Board games, video games
  • Ping pong, foosball
  • You don’t have to be an expert gamer to participate!
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The Deacon's Developements

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

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”   Romans 12:10-13

The goal for the deacons is for each of us to be servants of Christ. Each deacon has an assigned area (zone) of our church family that is our responsibility to shepherd. We will be getting in contact with you. We want to know how you and your family are doing physically, mentally but most importantly spiritually. If you have any concerns, please contact one of us.

We are in Christ’s service to you!!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Vicki Danz, Threse Hammond, Terry Odom, Debbie Saathoff, Caesar Van Ardoy and Bill Wyess

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Sunday Worship Attendance

  9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
October 06 52 46 98
October 13  58 54 112
October 20 56 36 92
October 27


35 86

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What's New At PPCNews

Oliver & Company CD Release Concert

Mark Your Calendars!

Friday, December 13th at 7pm in the Chapel

Shoebox Dedication

SONRISE PRESCHOOL —  Wednesday, Nov. 14

PPC CONGREGATION —  Sunday, Nov. 17

Boxes and supplies are located in hallway outside the Sanctuary.


Those parking on Pinellas Way for any church function must be aware of the parking signs.  The police will ticket anyone violating the parking signs.

If you are working in the Food Distribution Center, make sure you park in the lot by the Scout House.  This includes the families who are picking up food.

If you are coming to the Family Connection, please be mindful of the parking restrictions.

We want you to have a wonderful experience here at PPC.  We would hate for you to leave here having to pay for a parking ticket.

Thank You

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your prayers, cards and kind words during the sickness and death of my sister Janice. They were very much appreciated.

Laurie Smith and Family

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.

Dollars for Deacons

Please  Remember The Dollars For Deacons Envelopes

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

  • College/ Career Class: Room 206,Tom Smith IV
  • Friendship Class: Boswell, Tom Smith III
  • Revelation Adult Bible Study: Room 204, Larry Oline

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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