Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

November 2015

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Financial Report
Stewardship Ministry
Please Join Our Praise Chorus!
The Deacon's Developements
Collect Aluminum Cans to Help Youth Group
Koinonia Ministry
Sunday School Classes
Praise Kids & Youth Group
Sonrise ECLC
Library News
Women of the Church
Parent's Night Out
Church Women United
Fall Festival
Christmas Program
It's Shoebox Time
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You:

“In everything, give thanks.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)

It’s amazing how one, small, two-letter word can make so much difference.

Paul’s instruction here (God’s through Paul) directs us to give thanks “in” not “for” everything.  Why?  I thought as Christians we were always to thank God for things—isn’t that what we do at our national    celebration of Thanksgiving?

Maybe so:  it does seem that much of our civil holiday has to do with thanking God (or somebody) for what we have, the “blessings” of our material lifestyles and high standards of wealth and living.  Certainly, we also include being thankful for family and friends.  Maybe we express gratitude for our jobs, our    freedoms, those guarding our freedoms in our military, and the like; but to be candid, a lot of the attention on the day of Thanksgiving in this country goes to the candied yams and other feasts in which we indulge ourselves, as well as the parades and football games we watch, and the joy of just having another day-off.

I mean: have you ever been around the feasting table at Thanksgiving and heard anyone pray “God, I thank you for the wreck I had, the cancer I have, the divorce I’m going through, the stock-market slump and for the threat of nuclear annihilation?”  Probably not; but that is also where we who believe in Christ part ways with the world and should be different in the way we give thanks.

Certainly, we don’t give thanks “FOR” those difficult and distressing things; but, as I’m sure you know, thanksgiving for a Christian isn’t a simple, once-a-year, shallow show of appreciation for having too much of everything but trouble.  For us, giving thanks is a life-style:  a continuous feast on the joy it is to know the One, True, Living God personally and powerfully in His Son, Jesus Christ.  As we say, we praise God for who God is; we thank God for what God has done, is doing, and will do, for His own glory and our own good in Christ (Romans 8:28).

Thanking God for His blessings is, of course, where we start; but real thanksgiving is found in our attitudes and gratitude toward God “in” less than good situations and times.  Thanking God “in everything”—good or bad—is a statement of our love for God, trust in Him and His Word, and our genuine dependency upon the Lord who alone saves and makes something wonderful out of our lives to His glory (see Psalm 103). 

It is the unique opportunity and calling of believers in Jesus that we thank God “in everything” and not just “for” the good things that come our way.  That’s why it is so impressive to the world that Christians can celebrate thanksgiving all the time, in every circumstance:  remember Paul and Silas singing praises in the Philippi jail?  They didn’t thank God for the beatings they endured and the awful environment they were in; but they thanked Jesus that He was still there with them, working out His will through them, and for the sure and certain knowledge that no matter what happened in this life, they would be with Jesus in life     forever! (see Acts 16:25 and Philippians 4:11ff).

This Thanksgiving, may we truly give thanks to Jesus for being with us always (Matthew 28:20), working His will out and all things together for His glory and our good, in everything!

In Christ,

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Session Digest

The Session met for its regular Stated Meeting on September 22 at 7 p.m.  Some of the items that were discussed or acted on are listed below.

1. The Session voted to authorize the Commission to seek bids for a property appraisal.
2. Larry Oline was an elected Commissioner to a Called Meeting of Presbytery on
September 19, 2015 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in New Tampa, and had the 2014 Session Minutes of Pasadena Presbyterian reviewed.
3. The evote to hire Threse Hammond as Church Secretary was ratified.
4. Financial summary reports for June, July, and August were reviewed.
5. A maintenance contract proposed by United Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. was
6. Gina Driggers was approved to be the leader of Sunday evening young people meetings

Respectfully submitted,
Larry Oline, Clerk

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Financial Report

Account Name
Balance(as of 9/30/15)
General Fund Checking   $  41,927.06
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $  97,740.98
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  44,534.12 
PRESCHOOL MM   $  50,602.16
Financial Notes


OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   -$  11,590.50


Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        * - $   16,820.70 

Deacon’s Fund                                                          $    4,920.92

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

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Stewardship Ministry

In Psalm 50:12b, God tells us that “[T]he world and everything in it is Mine.” This verse helps remind me that stewardship is not about giving to God, but about using well the things that God has. Stewardship Sunday is coming up on November 15. Please
prayerfully consider what God is leading you to do with what He has entrusted to you.

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair

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Please Join our Praise Chorus!

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

Reading music is not necessary but would be helpful.

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

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The Deacon's Developements

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

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God   Philippians 4:6

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

Please remember The Dollars for Deacons Offering Envelopes in the Sanctuary

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Please bring in your aluminum soda cans (rinsed) and put them in the blue recycling bin, opposite the church kitchen door, as you come in to the Fellowship Hall. These cans will be sold to a salvage business and the money will go toward our church youth group.  Thank you!

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Koinonia Ministry

Scripture commands us to be devoted to one another.   Romans 12:10 NIV states, “Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves”.  “Koinonia’s” primary meaning is “fellowship, sharing in common communion”.  The first occurrence of koinonia is in Acts 2:42.  “They devoted themselves to the apostles’  teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer”.  Believers in Christ are to come together in love, faith and encouragement.

Koinonia Ministry met October 1, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The Praise Kids and Youth had a pool party at the Oline’s Sunday, October 4th.  A fun time was had by all who attended.   We held our Family Funday  on  Saturday,  October 31st. This was a Trunk and Treat where we had a drive through around the cross tower.  Cars were decorated and gave out different treats to children from the neighborhood.  Time was 5-7pm.  Hot dogs and drinks were served.  An update of how many attended will be in the December newsletter.

November 15, 2015 will be the next Sunday Family Funday.  It will be a fall fest celebration with games for all and a baked beans & hot dogs, etc.  Time will be 4:00-6:00 pm.

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoe Box collection will be Sunday, November 22nd.

December 13, 2016 we will present a Christmas pageant during the worship service, involving the

congregation and then have a pot-luck lunch following the worship service.  Watch for more details on this event in December newsletter and flyer inserts. 

Praise Kids/Youth will meet Sunday evenings (the Sundays we do not have the Funday) from 6:00-7:30 pm, gathering in the Fellowship Hall for snacks and fellowship and then go to different classes.   Volunteers are always needed Sunday evenings and if you are interested you can contact Laurie Smith @.  

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

Pat Mancini, Chairperson

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Sunday School Classes

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

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Praise Kids & Youth Group

6-7:30 P.M. SUNDAYS

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Question: "What is the purpose of the church?"

According to Acts 2:42 : 1) teaching biblical doctrine, 2) providing a place of fellowship for believers, 3) observing the Lord’s supper, and 4) praying.

Another commission in Matthew 28:18-20; & Acts 1:8: church is proclaiming the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 3:15 says the church is to both promote the gospel and prepare its members to proclaim the gospel.

So, what is the purpose of the church? Paul gave an excellent illustration to the believers in Corinth. The church is God’s hands, mouth, and feet in this world—the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-27). We are to be doing the things that Jesus Christ would do if He were here physically on the earth.
James 1:27: tells us that  the church is to be about the business of ministering to those in need. This includes not only sharing the gospel, but also providing for physical needs.

So, what grade would you give yourself, our church?

Teaching biblical doctrine              A  B  C  D  F

Fellowship                                    A  B  C  D F

Lord’s Supper                               A  B  C  D  F

Praying                                         A  B  C  D  F

Proclaiming the gospel                   A  B  C  D  F

Providing for physical needs        A  B  C  D  F

Scripture tells us we are to do ALL of these things not just one or two, so I’m guessing we can use some more fellowship, bible study and praying to be effective at sharing the gospel and caring for others physical needs.  We must be careful though, not to get so comfortable in our study and fellowship together that we fail to share the gospel with our neighbors and the world.  Get to know and pray for our missionaries and share the Good News with someone yourself – this week!  Yes, it’s scary sometimes but it’s our purpose for being a church and it becomes not so scary the more you do it.  Interested in learning to share your faith?  Ask someone in Evangemissions to help – or try this website. It’s a way to start the ball rolling.  Let’s raise our grade point!

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Sonrise ECLC

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.

We are looking forward to our Thanksgiving Family Night on November 19th. The children will sing a song that says “Count your blessings, name them one by one, count your blessings see what God has done.”  The Lord has certainly blessed our preschool ministry with many wonderful families who bring their children here. I pray that all of us remember each day that we are the hands, voice, feet, and ears of Jesus. 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


Thanksgiving can be a time for many things, including having fun and good food and visiting with family. But, it should also be a time to learn from our Christian ancestors who came to North America to be able to worship God the way they wanted to and not have to be in the Church of England to do it and remind ourselves and our loved ones that this November holiday highlights our need to thank God for our many blessings and that we need to have a relationship with God every day. Although there were many years of local celebrations of thankfulness to God, in 1789 the U.S. Congress proclaimed there shall be "a day of public Thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God...." Some of the materials in the library to help us remember include:

The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us About Loving God and Learning from History by Robert Tracy McKenzie is, according to Mark A. Noll, University of Notre Dame  a "clearly written and thoughtfully accessible book... combines solid historical treatment of early American Thanksgivings with a perceptive understanding of historical method in general, and it does so by underscoring the profound Christian stake in history. It is one of those rare books that is perfectly suited for young readers but also of real value to those of us who have been around for a long time."  Dr. McKenzie is professor and chair of the department of history at Wheaton College.

Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember by Barbara Rainey, co-founder of Family Life, speaker and author, is a  book about the heritage of faith and freedom that is celebrated in the national holiday of Thanksgiving and is meant to be read aloud to the family. A half-hour-long CD of Thanksgiving music is included.

Books on many reading and comprehension levels are also available for younger members of the family.

Laurie Smith, Librarian

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Women of The Church

Communion at the Springs – Monday, November 2nd  at 10:00 a.m.

Committee Meeting – Tuesday, November 3rd at 10:00 a.m. in the Boswell Room

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

Sarah Circle – Tuesday, November 10th at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Alma Oline.

Our Sock Tree will be up in the Patio Hallway beginning Sunday, November 29, 2015 through Sunday,

December 13, 2015.  Please bring new socks, adults and children to hang on the tree.  These socks will be taken to Beth-El Farmworkers Mission in Wimauma, FL to be distributed among the farm workers and their families working and living at this Mission.

As you notice, we have one day circle and one evening circle. This is not like a club – all women of Pasadena Presbyterian Church are invited to come to either of the circle meetings. We have bible study, fellowship and light refreshments. We do have a budget for each calendar year and your offerings help us to contribute to the missions that we support, local and foreign. If you want more details regarding Women of the Church, please contact Pat Watts (727-302-0888). At our September committee meeting, we voted to give $500.00 to Pastor Anthony to be used at their discretion for their Trinidad mission.

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

 “Serve one another in love” (Gal. 5:13) and “Encourage one another”

(I Thess. 5:11; Heb. 3:13)

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Parent's Night Out

Need a date night? Want to go shopping by yourself? Reputable child care hard to get? Parent's night out provides child care in a Christian enviornment. Nursery provided, as well as a light meal. Cost is $5 per child, with a maximum $10.00 per family. Ages walking through 5th grade (Please provide diapers if your child is not potty trained). Sautrday, November 14th, 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Call the church office (345-0148) to make a reservation, or email for more information.

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Church Women United

World Community Day
Westminster Palms
Palm View Building
939 Beach Drive NE
St. Petersburg
Registration @ 9:30am
Program @ 10:00am
Lunch - Free
Reservations to Pat Watts or Pat Edgington
By Sunday, November 1st

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Fall Festival

Mark your calendars for an exciting fall festival!

Date: Sunday, November 15
Time: 4 to 6pm
Where: Outside the church around the Cross Tower

What is it? It is a time of fun, food, fellowship

Why? The weather will be nice and we want to have some fun, spend time together, play games, laugh, eat and eat some more!

Who is invited? Everyone...Invite your friends. We will have games for all ages. Hotdogs, Baked Beans, Macaroni and Cheese, and whatever you would like to bring.

Hope to see you there!

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Christmas Program

We   will be having a Christmas Program on
Sunday, December 13th at 10 am and we need 5 people who would like to play angels (actors) and up to 14 people who would like to be speakers and Bible readers.

The name of the program is:

Heaven and Nature Sing

Heaven and Nature Sing combines worshipful narration, Bible readings, drama sketches and (lots of) singing to create a fresh and joyful examination of the birth of our Savior.

If you are interested in participated in this program, please contact Terry Odom As Soon As Possible

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It's Shoebox Time

What goes into the box is fun…what comes out is eternal!
Every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship---transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ!

Shoeboxes will be available for pick-up on November 1st.

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Sunday Worship Attendance

September 27 85
October 4 85
October 11 74
October 18 75
October 25 80

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What's New At PPCNews

Facility Use Notice

PPC facilities are not ordinarily open in the evening for meetings or groups on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and all-day on Saturdays.  If your meeting or group is affected by this new policy, you need to contact the church office to reschedule your use of the facilities to Tuesday or Thursday evenings.  If your group can’t change to meet on the nights when PPC is now open, you will need to contact Pastor Carl or find another location.  

Giving Statements

Giving Statements will be sent out upon request for the quarter. 

Everyone will receive  a final year statement at the end of the year for tax purposes.


We try to stay on top of prayer requests and concerns.  If you know of someone who is ill in our church family, please let the office know.  Even if the office is closed you can still leave a voice mail.  If you have a pastoral emergency, you can always leave a voice mail at the Manse at 727-368-5588.
In the event that Pastor Carl is on vacation, we always record the substitute’s name and telephone
number on our outgoing voice mail message. Thank you for your help.

Please Help Keep God's Facilities Nice!

Please do not put paper flyers or announcements on the walls! We have bulletin boards for our various ministries and groups to use to post items. If you need something posted, please check with the appropriate ministry or group or the church office.

Thanks for keeping God's facilities nice!

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