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November 2016

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Birthdays
From Me to You
Session Digest
Gracious Dismissal Update
Financial Report
Stewardship Ministry
Please Join Our Praise Chorus!
The Deacon's Developements
Koinonia Ministry
Praise Kids
Sunday School Classes
Sonrise ECLC
Trinidad Mission Trip
Evangemissions
Library News
Women of the Church
Food Distribution Ministry
Children of Thika
Operation Shoebox Child
Sock Tree
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You:

“Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.”
(2 Corinthians 9:10)

“GROW TO GIVE: GIVE TO GROW!” is the focus for our 2017 Stewardship Season.  Let’s take that phrase apart for a bit…

“GIVE”—Scripture is very clear that we give, first of all, because we have received:
We have been given forgiveness, new and eternal life in the Gift of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23).

We have been given the Gift & gifts of the Holy Spirit to share & grow as the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:4).

We have been given the very resources of heaven and earth to “fuel” the Gospel’s mission (Ps. 50:10).

We have been given all things to do what God says to do with His gifts to give Him the greatestglory in Christ! (1 Cor. 10:31).

“TO”—God gives us His gifts to accomplish His will:
We are stewards of God’s gifts:  we manage His resources according to His Word and plan (1 Pet. 4:10).

We are partners with God and His people, the Church, all over the world:  our surpluses and especially our sacrificial giving encourages and provides for other parts of the body of Christ to grow too (2 Cor. 8:1ff).

We are investors with God in His coming Kingdom:  we are to use temporal resources to make an eternal difference in the lives and destination (i.e., heaven) of others (Matt. 6:33).

“GROW”—God expects a return on His investments in and through us:
We should give faithfully, out of joy and love, because we show the world who Jesus is in our giving (2 Cor. 9:7).

We should give sacrificially, beginning with the tithe, because we declare God’s worth in our giving, and so invite others to Christ  (Malachi 3:10).

We should give expectantly, looking for God-sized results-- a bountiful harvest of souls brought to Christ as well as spiritual growth of those who give--as God will multiply our gifts beyond what we or the gifts are capable of doing, and so God gets all the glory (2 Cor. 9:10).

In advance of Commitment Sunday, a letter and PLEDGE CARD for our 2017 Operating Budget has been sent-out. Please prayerfully consider what the Lord is calling you to give to His Kingdom and mission through PPC for 2017.  Bring your 2017 Operating Budget Pledge Card for dedication on November 13th (or you can mail it in or bring it to the Office by that date).

May Jesus be honored and exalted through our faithful use of all the gifts He has given us to give, to His greatest glory!

In Christ,

Carl

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Session Digest

The Session met on September 27, 2016 for a regular monthly stated meeting. Elder Odom shared a devotional about how God supplies the needs of those who trust Him from 1 Kings 17:2-4. Shirley McLeod was introduced as the new Director of the Sonrise Pre-School. She shared about how God called her to serve Him at Pasadena Pre-School, about her family, about the faculty and the beginning of school, and about how excited she was to be here. The Session then gathered around her to pray for her, the school, and for her family.

The Session discussed and/or acted on the following items during the remainder of the meeting.

Elder Gene Hammond was authorized to retain a real estate attorney for the purpose of investigating and subdividing the property along Burlington Avenue. Funding will come out of the General Reserve Money Market Account.

Pastor Crawford was authorized to retain Drew Crawford of Boswell & Dunlap in Bartow for reincorporating Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

The contract for custodial services with Florida Maintenance will be terminated and a contract with Housecleaning by Vicki, Inc. for up to twenty hours per week effective November 1, 2016.

ECO requires an application with Pasadena Presbyterian Church. That application has been developed with the appropriate answers. It was moved and seconded to approve and send the completed application for membership in ECO.

A letter about becoming a charter covenant partner will be sent to the active roll members of Pasadena Presbyterian Church will be mailed after November 17, 2016.

Reverend Gary Hofmeyer of ECO will be invited to conduct ECO training classes for anyone interested during eight weeks from January 8, 2017, during the Sunday morning Breakfast with Jesus class in the Fellowship Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

November 13, 2016 was approved as Pledge Sunday with the theme, “Give to Grow”.

—Larry Oline, Clerk

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Gracious Dismissal Update

IMPORTANT PRAYER REQUEST
The Presbytery of Tampa Bay (PCUSA) meets on Nov 17.  At that meeting, the terms of our dismissal will be voted-on. 
Please keep  this in prayer—once Presbytery approves the terms, PPC will then vote to accept the terms, and to join the ECO.
When all of the terms are fulfilled, we will be dismissed to and received by the ECO.

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Financial Report

September 2016    Financial  Report

Account Name
Balance
General Fund Checking   $  40,611.15 
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $  84,740.13 
   
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $    52,600.57
PRESCHOOL MM   $    50,728.99
Financial Notes

 

 

OPERATING INCOME TOTAL    $   20,532.10
OPERATING EXPENSE TOTAL     $   21,796.21
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   -$     1,264.11

 

Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING INCOME YTD * $  205,476.12
OPERATING EXPENSE YTD    $  186,515.83
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        * +$    18,515.83

 

Deacon’s Fund                                                            $       3,415.31

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

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Stewardship Ministry

I was recently reminded of Proverbs 21:5 (TLB), “Steady plodding brings prosperity; hasty speculation brings poverty.” I was studying in the context of individual finances, but it occurred to me that sometimes it might seem like pledges to the church are like steady plodding. They require thought and determination and effort to keep. They’re not glamorous, and don’t offer quick results. Still, they have for many years been used by God to keep us witnessing for Him, so that people can know and worship and grow in Jesus. As we come to Stewardship season, please pray and consider how God would have us use the energy and finances He has entrusted to our stewardship. You should
shortly be receiving a letter with a pledge card, and we’d be honored to receive yours.

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair

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Please Join our Praise Chorus!

PRAISE CHORUS Is recruiting.

Rehearsals are on Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm in the sanctuary. 

Beginner singers are welcome!  See Carol Pilkington for details.

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The Deacon's Developements

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

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares of you.”   1 Peter 5:6-7 

PLEASE LET US KNOW HOW WE CAN PRAY FOR YOU!!!

God loves you and so do we!!

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

  

Please remember The Dollars for Deacons Offering Envelopes in the Sanctuary

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Koinonia Ministry

Scripture commands us to be devoted to one another.  
Romans 12:10 states, “Be devoted to one another in love. 

“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 6th  in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00 a.m. Our plans for a Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 29th from 5-7 pm were finalized.  A report will be in our next newsletter. 

Sunday, November 20th we will have the shoeboxes collected during the service.  The pre-school children and parents have been invited to this service.  The children will be doing some singing early in the service and then go to the Fellowship Hall for bible stories, crafts and cookie decorating.  Before the end of the service they will bring their shoeboxes to the front of the Sanctuary.

Other possible activities were discussed but nothing planned as of this writing.  We are looking forward to work with the preschool in different activities and will keep you updated on upcoming events.

Praise Kids/Youth will meet Sunday evenings (the Fun Day Sundays they do not meet) 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, Sandy Moore, Terry Odom, Alma Oline, Shirley Phillips, Laurie Smith and Pat Watts.

Pat Mancini, Chairperson

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Praise Kids

PRAISE KIDS CLUB AND YOUTH GROUP HAVE STARTED AGAIN FOR AUTUMN
We’re teaching the Bible on Sunday nights to kids (and giving parents a little time for themselves!) We teach the truths of the Bible through stories, games and crafts to the elementary and for older kids and those who have graduated, a discussion time.
Our schedule is basically 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. At 6 p.m. we offer a snack and time to gather and get to know each other. Then we break into groups to learn about Jesus. Even the kids in the nursery get an age-appropriate lesson.
Sometimes we have special events so keep up with us on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ppckidsandyouth/

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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 Fellowship Hall                   

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Sonrise ECLC

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Have you ever thought about what it means to be light?  It only takes a tiny light to illuminate the darkness. Darkness is the absence of energy. Light is the presence of energy. In your life, no matter who you are or where you are, you carry the energy or spirit of Christ to all those around you. That spirit is passed on from person to person, illuminating the darkness of their life. Each of us is critically important to God. We are important because we are His way of getting His love into the world. The best way to be light is to choose to love.  You carry the torch of God’s Love so today I pray that you choose love and let God’s light shine through you. 

In the preschool, our children are learning everyday what it means to love others by learning to solve their problems with words rather than violence. We are thankful for all the staff and volunteers who choose to love with their lives by serving the children and showing them the love of Christ.  We had a wonderful time at our fall festival and we are looking forward to our Thanksgiving activities.   Several of the preschool children will be participating in a special Sunday service on November 20th.  Hopefully, we will see you there!

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Trinidad Mission Trip

PASADENA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHEVANGELISM AND CHURCH PLANTING MISSION TRIP TO TRINIDAD, JULY 1-8, 2017

FAQS:

US Departure from:  Tampa

Destination:   San Fernando, Trinidad
Partners:  Pastor Anthony Oliver, Without Walls Outreach International

Plan: 

  • receive training in cross-cultural evangelism and follow-up discipleship
  • serve with church partners in Trinidad, going door-to-door doing direct, personal evangelism, and in ministries to help strengthen the host church
  • participate with church partners in evening studies and services
  • help our partners start new Bible studies and house churches in areas void of  evangelical witness and worship of Jesus Christ
  • be a part of a beginning church planting movement with a strategic outreach to the rest of the Caribbean and northern S. America
  • become more effective disciple-maker at home (USA) in your witness of and service to Christ!
  • Get to know Jesus better, love and serve Him even more!

Documents needed:
US Passport (also other notarized permits if under 18)
Disease Prevention:
Current Tetanus, Hepatitis A & B (recommended)
Cost:  $2,900
which includes: transportation from Tampa and in Trinidad, lodging & food in Trinidad, materials for evangelism and discipleship, follow-up funds for new and host churches

Deadlines:
Applications due December 31, 2016 with $200 non-refundable deposit*
50% of outstanding balance due March 1, 2017
100% of cost due May 1, 2017

For More Information or to sign-up:    
Contact Pastor Carl

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Evangemissions

The heavens open and the angels sing when we say YES to the Lord. Luke 14:23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. Through Faith Promise our church gives prayer and financial support to Living Bread International Church.  Apostle and Director Karen Dunham loves God and knows He is the God of the helpless and the hopeless who can change any life into a pure stream of praise to Him.

In 2003. She was told by a Jerusalem priest, “if you will feed these people [meaning the Palestinian refugees], ‘You can encourage them to return to God.” Against much oppression and advice Karen and her son Blake attempted to obtain housing in the city of Jericho where no one would rent to them. Later, they found one who would rent a house to them in a Palestinian refugee camp. So they moved inside the refugee camp. Karen and her son began distributing sacks of rice, along with Full bibles. They began small meetings to teach the Bible in her home, which grew to large weekly church services outside to hold the crowds. The Palestinians had never really heard the story of Israel and why they were in the land. They were fascinated with what the Bible had to say about the places around the city- they saw daily. Karen and her son received several death threats during this time…those coming to the weekly teachings had rocks thrown at them and were persecuted. They were bombed out of three separate homes, as well as, Karen’s car was blown up. They stayed and continued to help the poor, Gods love for the people told them no matter what happened they must stay and as a result planted many home educational centers learning about grace, peace, and truth.

In July of 2007 Living Bread relocated their “corporate headquarters” from Jericho to Jerusalem, accepting an NGO* status to duplicate the work that they were doing in Jericho in all 27 refugee camps. This was a huge door opening for Living Bread and the poor. They are now meeting with liaison officers and bringing education and aid in many cities and camps.

A broadcasting company took note of the “revival” that was occurring in Jericho and approached Karen a few years ago, suggesting that she begin a weekly television program. From that came the birth of the Door of Hope television broadcast, which was broadcast to 133 nations within the 10-40 window, as well as, in Israel, West Bank, Australia, America and Europe. Pastor Karen knows the promise of God will always come for you. He promised and it will happen, even if the promise comes for you inside a refugee camp. Living Bread is in many reconciliation projects throughout the land and keeps an office in Gaza, Jerusalem and Jericho. In United States the office is located in Cantonment Florida.

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Library News

READING TRENDS DIFFER, DEPENDING ON GENDER AND CHRISTIAN STATUS

When Americans read for something other than work or school, they prefer fiction (53%) rather than nonfiction (45%), according to a recent Barna Group survey, Christianity Today reported in May 2016 (http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2016/may/will-christians-read-beth-moore-first-novel-saint-silvanus.html). However, practicing Christians want nonfiction Christian books (35%) (rather) than fiction Christian books (18%).

CT continues: “Women read more than men—…and about twice as many women as men reach for Christian books, according to Barna.”

Although Christian fiction had been in a buying slump, sales were increasing. Religious presses sold 4.2% more in January 2016 than January 2015, according to statistics gathered by the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

AAP also reported that adult (secular) books sales went down 12.9% in the same period and childrens/young adult were down 20.4%. This was reported in the AAP June 27, 2016. http://newsroom.publishers.org/publishers-sales-down-at-the-start-of-2016-ebooks-decline
in the last five years, Bible and religious nonfiction sales are up 53%, Jonathan Nowell of Nielsen Books reports.” While the previous five years had only 9% increase.

In case you were wondering, ebooks were down 24.9% in the January 2015-2016 time period. Even though paperback books grew 4.3%, the sales of all books were down 6.7%. AAP doesn’t offer any reasons for the declines. ”Despite the advance of the digital age, 7 out of 10 adults still prefer a physical book, and they get their books most often from brick-and-mortar stores (33%) or from the library (24%),” CT writes.

Whether you want Christian fiction or nonfiction, come to your church library.
Laurie Smith, librarian

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Women of The Church

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH – NOVEMBER 2016

Committee Meeting – Tuesday, November 1st  at 10:00 a.m.in the Boswell Room.

Communion at the Springs – Monday, November 7th at 9:45 a.m.

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

Sarah Circle – Is not meeting in November

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. There is a copy of our budget for 2016 on our bulletin board in the hallway to the Boswell (or Patio). If you want more details regarding Women of the Church, please contact Pat Watts (727-302-0888).

The sock tree will in the Patio hallway from Sunday, November 27th thru Sunday, December 18th.  These socks will be taken to Beth-el Farmworkers Ministry in Wimauma.          

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

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

 

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Food Distribution Ministry

Food Distribution ministry REPORT SEPTEMBER 2016

451 Households, 1207 individuals, 10,735 pounds of food given out

I am amazed what God continues to do in the lives of people through your Food Distribution Center.  We have seen the power of God change the lives of people who come to visit us every month. Some of them have been healed, others have been helped. We see the smiles on faces of both men and women who were at one time distraught.

One man asked for prayer two weeks ago and came back last Saturday. He thought he was going to die of cancer. He had a negative test.

A mother of four continues to tell us that if it wasn’t for the food she receives from your church, both she and her husband would  not be able to make it, even with two jobs. It would be food or housing, not both.

The above lady has a daughter who came to us and received Jesus. She is a teenager, and has dreams of becoming a paramedic some day. She had been told she wasn’t smart enough. She is getting good grades and dreams of helping others.

Lives are changed and people continue to thank us and we convey their thanks to you.

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Children of Thika

Allow me to introduce you to Violet Achieno (17).  She grew up on the streets of Kenya and managed to escape sexual abuse several times.  To survive, she sniffed glue every day and cried most of the time.  Something in her heart (which we know to be the Holy Spirit) told her there was more to life than just

surviving, so she looked for help.  God sent John, our mission director.  He brought her to our home

exactly two years ago.  He taught her of the Love of Jesus Christ, and she was baptized in April of 2015.  She enjoys cooking for the other 21 children, and accepts a lot of responsibility for watching over the younger ones.  She also enjoys composing songs and sharing God's Word.

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Operation Shoebox Child

IT IS SHOEBOX TIME!!!
This is from Franklin Graham: “We praise God that last year we collected more than 11 million shoebox gifts! That means Samaritan’s Purse has delivered more that 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in over 150 countries and territories since 1993. This is all God’s doing!!

As you pack a shoebox and send it off with prayer, you are partnering with local believers around the world to share the Gospel. Thank you for your prayers and support.”

DEDICATION SUNDAY IS NOVEMBER 20th
Shoeboxes will be available for pick-up on November 1st.

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Sock Tree

Women of the Church Sock Tree

Collecting
November 27-December 18, 2016

To Benefit Beth-El Mission

All New Socks
 All Sizes
For Women, Men & Children

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            

Attendance
October 2 70
October 9 60
October 16 65
October 23 68

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What's New At PPCNews

Emails to the Church

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

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.


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!

Dollars for Deacons Fund

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

Collect Aluminum Cans

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

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  • Newsletter articles should be titled with ministry, month and year ie, “Library February 2016”.

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