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November 2014

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Financial Report
Stewardship
Praise Chorus
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Calendar
Evangemissions
Somebody Cares Tampa Bay
Koinonia
Children of Thika
Preschool
Praise Kids
Library
Young Adult Game Night
PRAISE KIDS AND YOUTH GROUP!
COLLECT ALUMINUM DRINK CANS TO HELP YOUTH GROUP
Samaritan's Purse
The Deacon's Developements
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC
Birthdays

From Me to You

“God blesses us that all the ends of the earth may fear Him.”
(Psalm 67:7)

Do you count your blessings?  There are many good reasons to do so.

Focusing on God’s blessings focuses us on God.

We don’t always see the blessings God pours out on our lives—which means we don’t always see God at work in and around our lives. We live in an “easy” age of convenience where we take many of the things that make-up and add-to our lives for granted.  The air we breathe, water we drink, food we eat, money we have, homes we live in, family we love, churches we belong to and freedoms we enjoy are “just there” for us. We forget that “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17). Counting our blessings reminds us that God is the Creator, Provider, Protector, and Benefactor of our lives.

Taking stock of God’s blessings in our lives helps us value God’s blessing of life.

We are created for eternal fellowship with and worship of God.  Over-coming our sin and separation from God is what God did and blesses us with through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Every believer every day has the opportunity to point to and praise God for the most   precious and gracious gift of His Son!

Counting our blessings helps us see everything from God’s perspective.

Too often we define “blessing” from a self-serving point-of-view.   If it makes us feel good, look good, be happy or have our needs met, we say that’s a blessing.  But what about tough times, trials, difficulties, dilemmas?  Isn’t God at work blessing those experiences and events, too?  Of course, as Romans 8:28 declares:  “we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”  Counting our blessings helps us learn to count on God, and look to Him to work things out for His glory and our good in everything!

Remembering it is all from God helps us realize it is all for God.

This is the point and lesson of Psalm 67:7 above:  when we point to God and exalt the Name of Jesus for and in everything, others will see the greatness of God in and through our lives.  The blessing God is to us and the blessings God bestows on us in Christ are the invitation God extends through us for others to come to know, be saved, enjoy and glorify Him too. 

As we thank Jesus in everything (1 Thess. 5:18), everyone will see the blessing Jesus is!

May Jesus bless you and yours with more of Himself, and the gifts of His grace, mercy, peace, joy and love, this THANKSGIVING season, and always!  Thanking the Lord for His gift and blessing of you, His people and family at PPC!

In Christ,

Carl

REMINDER:   STEWARDSHIP/COMMITMENT SUNDAY IS NOVEMBER 9th! 

            Please bring your 2015 pledge card to either service.

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Session Digestcolumns

The Session met on September 23 and 30, 2014. The following major items were discussed or acted on:
1. The Session met with a committee of three men from Presbytery. Those men were Charles Perrine (Interim
Executive Presbyter), Charles Willard (Stated Clerk of Presbytery), and Jerry Smith (Chairman of COM). We all
introduced ourselves. They discussed the formation of a Presbytery committee to meet with the church and its
leadership, and explained the process. Patrice Hadley (Moderator of Presbytery) will appoint the five member
committee.
2. A fall yard sale on October 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. was approved.
3. Alex and Julie Paniagua, missionaries with OM in Costa Rica will give a minute for missions during the service on October 5.
4. Pledge Sunday will be November 9.
5. The financial report shows a positive balance of $14,683.82 through the end of August.
6. A motion was approved to return to two Sunday worship services--contemporary at 9 am and traditional at
11 am--contingent upon Les Burrows being able to resume his full duties as our contracted organist and choir director as assessed by the PPC Pastor (a medical release may be required if the Pastor deems it necessary). Once the way is clear, the Pastor will set the Sunday for return to two services with the congregation being notified at least two
Sundays prior.

Larry Oline, Clerk

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Financial Report 

Financial NotesSeptember 2014 Financial  Report

Account Name
Balance(as of 09/31/14)
General Fund Checking   $  30,114.64  
Designated Fund Checking    $  31,924.34
BIA Reserve:  
WOC MM $    6,193.80
Gen. Res. MM   $  15,565.81
BIA Res. MM   $  51,108.64
  Total BIA   $  72,868.25
   
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  40,240.10
PRESCHOOL MM    $ 50,475.93

 

OPERATING INCOME TOTAL    $ 18,672.50
OPERATING EXPENSE TOTAL    $ 24,194.25
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   -$     5,521.75

 

Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING INCOME YTD * $203,284.56
OPERATING EXPENSE YTD    $194,122.48
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        * +$     9,162.08 

 

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Stewardship

As we come to our church’s stewardship season, I’d like to draw our attention to the stewardship of our time and talents. These gifts are very personal, because they involve giving from our lives and hearts, and thus are a much-appreciated expression of our love for our Lord, and a demonstration of our love for each other by
improving the experiences and facilities we all share in common. Please consider accepting a request to help with something at the church, or asking Stewardship or another ministry how you can assist in meeting a need that you’ve identified. The giving of time and talents has been one of our great legacies at this church, and I hope that you will continue in it, or start for the very first time. Let’s continue honoring Jesus by obeying Galatians 6:2 - “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair

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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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Food Distribution Center

September 2014 Report of the Food Distribution Center

9,549 pounds of food distributed to 311 families, which includes 868 individuals and 40 new families.  55 of those families include 4 or more people. 

Your Food Distribution Center's Team celebrated 3 years of ministry with a picnic in mid-September.  We have come a long way from providing food for 17 families then to a high of 185 families now.  God has richly blessed us with money for food, with gifts of food and with workers who serve without complaining.  I am so blessed of being a member of this ministry.

Prayer is vital to this ministry.  We need you to pray for the team members and for the people who come to receive physical substance and spiritual blessings.  I am not sure who receives the most, the people who we serve or we who serve.  God blesses the people who come through us and in turn He keeps on blessing us through them and you.  If you want to be blessed contact Larry and Barb Hendry, Pat Mancini or Pastor Bob.  May God continue to bless and to keep you. 

TFDCMT

Food Distribution Ministry

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Women of the Church

 WOMEN OF THE CHURCH – NOVEMBER, 2014

Communion at the Springs – Monday, November 3rd at 10:00 a.m.

Committee Meeting – Tuesday, November 4th at 10:00 a.m.in the Boswell Room.

Sarah Circle (formerly Esther & Ruth Circles) – Tuesday, November 11th at

1:00 p.m. in the Boswell Room

Rachel Circle – Monday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Ann Carney.

 

Saturday, October 18th from 9am to 1pm we had our fall yard sale in the Fellowship Hall. We appreciate the help we had setting things up on Friday evening and during the sale on Saturday.  A big THANK YOU to Vicki Danz who organized the whole thing. We also sold a hot dog, chips and soda for $3.00. At this writing, we made a little over $300.00 which will be going to missions.  Thanks again for all the help to make this a successful day!

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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Evangemissions

November 2014

Deciding to tell others about Jesus can be a frightening experience however, it turns out that actually doing it isn’t very frightening at. In fact it is quite the opposite because being part of God’s plan gives you purpose and peace.  Since God does the work and you can’t fail because you are not responsible for the outcome only the action.  In fact, there should not even be an expectation that the person you share Jesus with is going to ask Jesus into their heart from your sharing on that particular day.  Think of your journey of faith.  It is unlikely you decided to follow Jesus the first time you heard the
invitation. God has prepared the person to hear a particular message that He has for you to deliver as a part of how He is connecting to the person in front of you.  If you pray, agree to be God’s witness and follow through, there can’t be a wrong way.  God will use whatever you say or do to show Himself to the  person to whom you are sharing, even if you make
mistakes the person rejects God’s message that you are delivering.  It is possible that someone can have a negative
reaction to your sharing but that is part of God’s plan too.  More likely, even if the person rejects God’s invitation to know Him, the person you are talking with will appreciate you caring enough about them to share your faith.  More importantly your sharing will be combined with the next time they hear the Gospel and God will work it together to reach out to them with His gift of love and salvation. 

Start with people God puts in front of you that are already searching.  They will be obvious; in tears or otherwise in distress from loss of a job, death or illness in their family or something else causing them to look for answers or help. They may ask; “why does God allow things like this to happen” or “I don’t know where to turn or what to do”.  Make a commitment to yourself and God now that you will be ready to answer this type of question when God opens the door of opportunity to you with a person that may be seeking Him for healing of their soul.  We’ve probably all asked these questions at one time or another so even if the person in need knows Jesus, it’s good to know that 1. Satan not God is evil, and behind evil deeds. 2. God allows people to choose between Him and evil. 3. Sin has consequences. 4. Prayer can avert disaster or protect certain individuals. 5. God brings good from the bad. 6. We won’t always understand why God allows bad things to
happen.  We should rely on the   Bible for our understanding of God. 7. You are better off surrendering your life to God, even though you don’t understand His ways, than to follow Satan, who is a murderer and liar (the Bible does not leave a third choice). 8. If you seek to know God and His ways.  He will reveal truth to you.  These are all in the Bible – look them up as a Bible study exercise.  It will help you and you will be ready to be His witness.

Evangecube Training Available – contact Evangemissions

Food Distribution Ministry

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Somebody Cares Tampa Bay

Dear Women of the Church,

Thank you for your support of Somebody Cares Tampa Bay.  The yard sale items you donated will help support the projects that are ongoing throughout the year.

*Our food program has provided over 1 million pounds of food.
*The Somebody Cares back-to-school program delivered over 20,000 backpacks with supplies to Tampa Bay families in need.
*CareFest took place on September 27th, it is a program in which we work closely with city officials, churches, and other
organizations to adopt projects throughout our communities to bless those who cannot help themselves – over 270 projects were completed by 3,000 volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to make a difference in the lives in their communities. 

With your support we are able to do all of this!  Thank you so much for sharing what God has given you.  We thank you for your continued support!

Remain blessed,

Daniel Bernard, President
Somebody Cares Tampa Bay

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Koinonia Ministry

KOINONIA MINISTRY

Scripture commands us to be devoted to one another.   Romans12:10 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 October 2, 2014 and finalized some plans that were discussed at our September meeting.
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 was held Sunday, October 19th from 4-7pm.  This was a great success and a beautiful day.  About 60 friends and members of Pasadena attended.  A fun time was had by all.  Special thanks to Terry Odom, Alma Oline, Laurie Smith and Mac Boyd for the great display of games to play, not only for the kids, but for the adults too.  Watch for the next one and be sure to attend. 

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

Pat Mancini, Chairperson

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Children of Thika

The Children of Thika

The sixteen orphans supported by Jan’s Mission—the Children of Thika, are studying hard in school but find time to play.  They’re just regular kids.  Sadly, they have no family to care for them.  Some parents were killed in a vehicle accident and some died of AIDS or other diseases.  Some parents simply abandoned their child for whatever reason.  And some parents’ whereabouts are unknown.  The children mourn, but they are blessed with the Comfort of Jesus Christ.  Violet, a fourteen year old street girl was saved from being accosted by some boys and brought to our house in Thika.  We had no idea how we were going to feed her or provide for her needs. I put her photo on Facebook and within three days friends offered to sponsor her.  She now has a safe place to sleep, gets three meals each day, has her personal toiletries and will start school in January at the beginning of Kenya’s school year.

All donations are greatly appreciated.

God is merciful.

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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Preschool 

We have had a wonderful October, learning about fall and celebrating all that God has given to us. Our parent teacher conferences gave the parents an opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher and discuss each child’s individual strengths and set goals for the rest of the year.  Our Fall Festival celebration was a tremendous success and I am very grateful to the 33 parent volunteers who participated to make it such a wonderful day for the children.

I look forward to November and our Thanksgiving Family Night on November 13th.

The children will sing a song that says “Count your blessings, name them one by one, count your blessings see what God has done.”  I am certainly grateful for all that God has done at Pasadena Presbyterian Church in the Preschool Ministry. May His Light continue to shine upon it and all of the families that come through these doors.

Wishing you a very blessed Thanksgiving. 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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Library News

JOURNEY IS A WORD THAT FASCINATES US

A journey is "traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time...(or) passage or progress from one stage to another" according to Dictionary.com. and is Christian symbolism, too. Christian preacher, philosopher and theologian Jonathan Edwards, in the 1700s wrote of our "journey toward heaven."

Our library has more than 25 books with "journey" in the title. Books helping us on our Christian journey include Cries from the Cross: A Journey into the Heart of Jesus (Pastor Erwin W. Lutzer); Strength for the Journey: Day by Day with Jesus (Joseph M. Stowell) and A Woman's Journey to the Heart of God (Cynthia Heald).

The Spiritual Journey of George Washington (Janice T. Connel) allows you to learn from his life while The Joyful Journey (Patsy Clairmont and Barbara Johnson et. al) helps Christians (women, especially) "renew their passion for Christ, bond with friends, and celebrate life with joy and laughter."

Fiction includes Journey: Legacies of the Ancient River (Angela Hunt); Love's Long Journey (Janette Oke); and Allison's Journey: Brides of Webster County series #4 (Wanda E. Brunstetter). Juvenile fiction works include The Immigrant Chronicles series, telling of young people's journeys to America and the Home on Stony Creek series (Wanda Luttrell).

Easy books include: The Secret Journey (Matthew 2:13-23) (Virginia Mueller) and Now You Can Read Bible Stories Abraham's Journeys.

Laurie Smith, Librarian

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Young Adult Game Night

Sunday 11/30/14— 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 days, planned for the future(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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Samaritan's Purse


Since 1993 Samaritan’s Purse has delivered some 69 million gift-filled shoe boxes to boys and girls in more than 130 countries. Samaritan’s Purse shares the Good News of God’s love with children and their families.
We will be collecting shoe boxes again this year. The boxes will be available starting the first of November.
Sunday the 23rd we will be collecting the boxes during both services.

Thanks for helping to spread God’s love to children in need.

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The Deacon's Developements

The Deacon’s Developments

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

Please call us!
Vicki Danz
Julie Gull
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
September 28   91
October 5   99
October 12   87
October 19   82

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What's New At PPCNews

A Note of Thanks

My Dear Friends,
God is Good All the Time!
I am not sure I can ever express the gratitude I have for all your prayers, positive thoughts, visits in the hospital, telephone calls and cards, during my two month journey in the hospital!
I continue to be overwhelmed by the hundreds, perhaps even thousands of people who have lifted my name in prayer and continue to pray! People praying from Texas, California, Georgia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Virginia, North  Carolina, South Carolina and Florida, and around the world! I have been reassured that there is so safer place than the palm of God’s hand: with His peace as my shelter, I rested in His plan.  Though my illness tried me, I learned what is true – with wisdom and grace, he carried me through!                                                                            

IHS  Les

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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