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December 2011

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From Me to You

"The Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory.”

(John 1:14a)

Christmas we know is the celebration of the coming—the birth—of Jesus Christ.

The event itself, if not our celebrations of it, raises the question:  why did Jesus come, and come the way He did--born as a human?  John 1:14 answers that question in 3 ways.

First, Jesus came to REVEAL God: because of sin, we are always getting incomplete ideas about God or putting impostors (idols) in God’s place.  We never get God right:  we can never understand who God really is just by observing His handiwork in creation; and even when God revealed Himself and gave us His Law, we still couldn’t keep it completely to earn a way back to life with God. We “exchanged the Truth of God for a lie, and worshipped the creature (ourselves) rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:25).

So Jesus came to be with us as “the Word:” He is the one who translates the infinite, perfect, eternal, invisible God, so we can come back to God and truly know Him.  Jesus is the Truth:  He showed us who God really is, who we really are, what God expects of and wants for us—how to know and be forever with God! And it all began with His birth:   “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”

Second, Jesus came to REDEEM us: by becoming “flesh”—one of us—Jesus was able to live  the life we could never live:  a perfect life in the sight and to the glory of God the Father.   His perfection—i.e., being completely holy, without sin and never sinning—was the basis for the Father accepting Him as the substitute sacrifice for us, to make us right with God:  Jesus came to bring God to us and bring us back to God! 

“It was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us,…so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer the sacrifice (Himself) that would take away the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:17 NLT).

Third, Jesus came to RESTORE His glory in us:  all that was lost—the glorious life with God stolen from us by sin and death—is given back to us when we accept Jesus as Savior—His death on a cross in place of us, for our forgiveness—and ask Him to be Lord of our lives—to live, now and forever, to His glory!  
“And we beheld His glory—the glory as of the only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14b).

Christmas is about accepting and celebrating God’s free gift of total forgiveness, and life saving and changing love, which we can have now and forever--all because Jesus CAME!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Carl

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Session Digestcolumns

The Session met for its Stated meeting at 7pm on October 25th.

  • Session discussed developments related to the passing of the new BOO Form of Government;
  • Session approved changing the early service time from 8:30am to 9am.
  • Church officers completed the New Life Group Study and will offer training in this approach to discipleship to the entire congregation in January. 
  • Under the OMNIBUS motion:  a revised Teacher Statement of Faith form was approved from Discipleship;  Caroling was approved for Dec. 18, to be sponsored by Fellowship;  a single 7pm Christmas Eve service was approved (same format as last year) as recommended by Worship; single services (traditional format) at 10am were approved for Sundays  Dec 25 and January 1, 2012—no Sunday School both of those Sundays;  Communion was moved from January 1 to January 8, 2012 per motion from Worship.
  • A motion from Evangemissions was approved to begin a College Outreach Ministry led by Gene Hammond.
  • Session approved a new lawn service contract with Andy White to begin December 1, 2011.

***Session minutes are available for review in the Church office***   

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Stewardship Ministry Update  

Annual Pledge Season Ending

As I write this, Commitment Sunday is now just a day behind us. Our theme this year was "Give Generously", based on 1 Timothy 6:18 " "Instruct them to do good, be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share." The people at Pasadena have always responded generously and you have glorified God with your faithfulness, creatively using your talents and money for God. If you missed turning in your pledge for the year on that Sunday, please send it to the office so the Stewardship Ministry can create a realistic budget for the coming year. Pledging allows Pasadena to prepare a budget for its ministries and use your gifts wisely. Thanks again for all you do for God's glory here at Pasadena.

Last week I was listening to a preacher on the Internet as I exercised and heard a great analogy. He spoke of a wonderful family memory riding horses out in the beautiful open country of east Texas. And all the family had to do was get on the horse. And he said this is a lot like being a disciple. Jesus saves you, the Holy Spirit empowers you and God the Father prepares good works for you to do. All you have to do is trust God,  "get on the horse" and ride along with Him. God provides everything. We just have to let go of the worry, fear and control we cling to.

We have much to be thankful for at Pasadena. Our members have been giving faithfully in a very tough year. Our summer giving was a great blessing as God's people generously gave so we were "in the black" as autumn began, praise God. And look around at all God is doing with our gifts of money, time and our members' spiritual gifts. We have started a busy fall season and several new ministries to the community like food and prayer distribution and several have been led to Christ and have showed up to worship with us. You have glorified God and increased our faith by your faithfulness. You are showing yourselves to be riding along with God and doing His will.

Thanks again for all you do for God's glory here at Pasadena.      
Tom Smith, Stewardship Chair  

Pasadena Presbyterian Church Wishlist
Nature of Project Estimated Cost Received
Youth Sound Equipment (speakers, etc.) $1,500 0
Sanctuary Projector $4,000 0

Worship Band Keyboard  (NEW!)

$2,000

0

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Financial Report

The Financials for October show actual income $26,348.50 with expenses of 27,690.88 leaving us –$1,342.38 in the red.  

Year to Date 2011
Actual Income   $ 284.891.62
Actual Expenses  $ 284.859.60
Black +$          32.04

 

Financial Notes

PPC Foundation 
Pasadena Foundation $29,129.49
Wahl Scholarship   $51,087.96

Cash Available

Checking Account Balance: $51,552.44

Cash Reserves            

General Reserve MM                $29,924.99

Total Cash                    $81,477.42

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Evangemissions

This is the month we celebrate God’s greatest gift to us; sending His son Jesus to save us to eternal life in Heaven with our Heavenly Father.  What can we possibly do to show our gratitude and love for God? Accept His Gift of course but Love Him? Trust Him? Do what God asks?  Do we really love God for what He did for us?    There are many who do not understand God’s love and many who have not even heard of God’s gift.  When we share God’s gift, disciple and care for those God loves, that must make God feel we love Him.  There are so many exciting opportunities to serve here at PPC. The Metropolitan Ministries Tent and Distribution, the food distribution center, the new college outreach, our missionaries breaking new ground are just a few that Evangemissions is connected with and there are many more.  The fields are white with harvest and God wants to send more to harvest the fields.  Will you go?  Seriously, will you go?  You only have to briefly get to know our missionaries to know that being part of the “harvest” is the most rewarding thing you can do with your life.  You can bloom where you are planted!  This New Year, some of you will make the decision to make a difference and that will change PPC, St. Petersburg and the world.  This year, just say yes when God prompts you to step out and see what God can do with the time and effort you give.  If we live and act by faith we could see PPC on fire for God.  Wouldn’t that be great?  Let’s light the candles!
If you need help in any way, are struggling with anything, please share that with us or someone in our church      family.   Nothing is too small or too large for God who has answers, comfort and victory for large and small problems we face.  It would be our privilege to pray with you and see God pour out His love. Place your hand right here.  Do you know that God loves you, we love you and that we pray for you every Wednesday night?  Yes, we do – sometimes more often.  Let us know how we can pray for you. Merry Christmas!

Sandy Moore, Evangemission Chair

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Food Distribution Center 

Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you, [live in Me, and I live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of it self without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.  John 15:4

The more simply we depend upon the grace of God in Christ and wait upon the Spirit, the more we will bring fruit unto God.  We must trust Jesus for the fruit as well as for life.

Praise and Thanksgiving to our Lord Jesus! This is what the Lord has done with our Food Distribution purchase since 10/25/11. 

Purchased from Feeding America were 500 lbs of meat and 1000 lbs of canned goods and food.  As Larry and Barb were ready to leave feeding America the Lord provided a pallet of canned goods which was directly from Him because in the past there has been a shortage of canned goods and still is in all food banks.  Praise the Lord I can’t praise Him enough!  As the beat goes on, it came to checking out at Feeding America and we were told that we overspent on our account.  The Lord again showed his face. The repose of the clerk was we will give you credit.  Praise the Lord!  The church members stepped in and covered the deficit. 

St. Petersburg Free Clinic provided 12 trays of bread, 3 trays of pastries, milk, yogurt, and soda all for 11/12/11 distribution.

Parents Night Out on 11/12/11 and the Fellowship Committee were blessed with cookies and pastries.

We want to thank all of our church members that continue to supply much needed canned goods and cereal, and monetary donations.  Thank You! Thank You!

God is still working, again!  We praise Him!  A local neighborhood, Yacht Club Estates has organized a food drive to benefit the 123 House Food Distribution Ministry.  Bibi Allard from Yacht Club Estates delivered more than 300 food items on 11/14/11. 

Thank you Yacht Club Estates friends! 

Also Shirley and Buck Phillips donated with 2 trays of frozen fish on 11/14/11.  Thanks to the Phillips.

Fruits of the labor:  On 11/12/11, the Food Distribution ministry provided prayer and food for 109 people in 39 families.  We had 10 volunteers all excited to serve the Lord!

Please continue to provide donations.  We especially need canned soup, canned vegetables canned fruit and cereal.

Be a blessing; come and volunteer.  For more information, contact Russ Cabot or Larry Hendry for details

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Pasadena Presbyterian WomenPresbyterian Women

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER
Monday, December 5, 2011 @ 10:00 am      Communion at the Springs
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 @ 10:00 am      PW Council Meeting in Boswell
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 1:00 pm      Hannah Circle in Fellowship Hall
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 6:00 pm      Rachel Circle at the home of Doris Macomber
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 @ 12:00 pm    Esther Circle at Restaurant of Choice
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 @ 12:00 pm    Ruth Circle at Treasure Island Yacht Club

In our circle meetings, we are studying the Book of James.  Please join us for a time of bible study and fellowship.  All women are invited to participate in one of the circles.  Please contact Shirley Hartsfield @ 727-360-7373 our Circle Coordinator for more information.

Our Thank Offering Service was on Sunday, November 20, 2011 during a combined service at 10:30 a.m.  Alma & Larry Oline were our guest speakers, having just returned from their Japan mission trip.  A light luncheon followed the service in the Fellowship Hall.  All that attended, enjoyed the day.  A report of what the Thank Offering receipts were will be mentioned in the next newsletter.  Thank you one and all who contributed to this mission of Presbyterian Women.

The Sock Tree will be available from Sunday, November 20th through Sunday, December 11th.  Thank you all (congregation and preschool) for your generous donations in the past and for those you will be bringing this year.  Leo Meilus has been kind enough to volunteer to take these socks to Beth-El Farmworkers Mission in Wimauma, FL.  We will let you know how many socks we received in our next newsletter.

May the love, peace and joy of Christmas be with each one of you and your families during this season that we celebrate the birth of Jesus and continue through the coming year!  MERRY CHRISTMAS  AND  GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

Patricia Watts, Moderator

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Fellowship

Fellowship Ministry  did not meet in November.  Just a reminder of our December 18th caroling event.  We will come together for a light supper and then do some caroling after that  (see ad below).   Then on Saturday, January 21, 2012 we will have a “Trash & Treasures Sale” in the Fellowship Hall.  You may start bringing things for the sale after the 1st of the year.  We will be selling a light lunch that day and the sale will be from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. 
Proceeds will be divided among the various missions that we support and our local church.

We furnished the snacks for “Parents Night Out” on Saturday, October 29th from 6-9 p.m. and on Saturday, November 12th.  The next “Parents Night Out” will be Saturday, December 10th.  This event doubled from the first night and we look forward to a larger group of children at the December date.  

The above are set times for us all to get together and fellowship, one with another and may we all share and show Jesus in our actions and love for one another and encourage each other.

Christmas Blessings to one and all!

Patricia Watts, Chairperson

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Praise Kids

Praise Kids and Family Connection will not meet during the month of December.

They will resume on Wednesday, January 11th.  Watch for the complete schedule in the January newsletter.

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Antioch Youth News

The annual Youth Christmas party will be held on Sunday, December 18th, 3:00 PM.  Please bring a small gift, maximum value of $5.00, for the gift exchange.  The party will be followed by the Fellowship dinner at 4:00, and Christmas caroling at 5:00. 

Please visit the St. Pete K-Life website, http://stpete.klife.com/calendar.php, for December K-Life events.

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Library

"READ THE BIBLE; IT'S USER-FRIENDLY AND WE OFFER TECH SUPPORT HERE ON SUNDAYS"
That was one of the sayings written on church signs, from a collection recently emailed to me. After you have read your Bible, consider these new books and cds in your church library:

Not a Fan: The publisher's notes say, "Are you truly his follower or just a fan-or perhaps someone who doesn't even care about the difference? Not a Fan invites you to make Jesus not merely the object of your admiration, but the very center of your life. Through biblical teaching, anecdotes, and humor, Kyle Idleman explores what it means to truly be a follower of Christ. He also shares several powerful Not a Fan stories--testimonies from fellow followers who turned to Jesus..."

Christmas: The Message: Hear the Christmas story come alive as you listen to Mark Lowry read the Old Testament prophecies of Jesus up to the birth of the Christ. This audiobook includes the song 'Mary, Did You Know?' written and recorded by Mark Lowry as well as a bonus interview with Mark detailing the story behind the song and special Christmas memories.

Christmas in Two Acts, Focus on the Family Radio Theatre, audio/cd: The Gift of the Magi and Christmas by Injunction: One hour of entertaining, yet meaningful, O'Henry.

A Marriage Carol, Chris Fabry and Gary Chapman, Fiction: A small book, written with a nod to Dickens' Christmas Carol, about a couple whose marriage is heading toward divorce. On Christmas Eve, as the couple goes to the lawyer's office, an accident brings the wife to a special inn where she "begins a journey through her past, present, and future that will test how she views her lifelong love. There are two futures available. Which will she choose?" -book description.

Laurie Smith,  Librarian

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Preschool

November was a month for giving thanks to God for all He has blessed us with. We prepared our own Thanksgiving feast, celebrated together and gave thanks to God. Our Thanksgiving family night was wonderful. We had 250 people attend our dinner and over 300 people in the Sanctuary for the slide show of the children and the Samaritan’s Purse presentation. The children walked down the center aisle in the sanctuary with their Samaritan’s Purse shoeboxes and placed them at the “foot of the cross.”  Our staff and families contributed over 90 boxes to this ministry. What a blessing to see these beautiful children giving to needy children with their families support. The evening ended with songs of Thanksgiving.

Please join us for our annual Christmas Pageant on Wednesday, December 14th at 6:15 p.m. in the sanctuary. The Praise Band and the children of PPC will be joining us as we tell the story of the birth of Jesus.  Come and join us as the children tell the Christmas story and sing praises to our Newborn King. On behalf of the staff of Sonrise may you and your loved ones have a blessed Advent and Christmas. - Laura Woodard
May the God of Hope fill you with joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope in the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Laura Woodard

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Children's Church

The Sundays leading up to Christmas will be used to rehearse for the Christmas Eve pageant.  It is important that all children who are participating in the pageant attend these rehearsals. Children’s Church meets during the 9:00 AM service each Sunday, with the exception of Communion Sunday.  The children are dismissed from the Sanctuary for Children’s Church.

The children will also be singing at the beginning of the Preschool Christmas pageant on Wednesday, December 14th. 

There will be NO Children’s Church on Sunday, December 25th.  Have a blessed Christmas!

“’Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  TodayIn the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.’”  Luke 2:10,11

Please contact Leslie Hughes, , for additional information.

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Christmas Caroling

CHRISTMAS CAROLING throughout the neighborhood surrounding the church.

WHEN: Sunday, December 18th
4:00 -- Light Dinner
5:00 -- Caroling

WHERE:  Meet  in Fellowship Hall

WHO:  All are welcome!

Songbooks will be provided.

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

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Parent's Night Out

"Date night," dinner, movie, shopping...together? Do these seem like distant memories?

The ministry teams of PPC are offering child care at no cost to you on the following three evenings: Saturday, October 29th, 6-9 pm; Saturday, November 12th, 6-9pm; and Saturday, December 10th, 6-9pm.

The children will be supervised by approved PPC child care providers. Age-appropriate activities will be planned. A snack will be served each evening.

Ages 1-3: drop off in classroom 5

Pre-k through Grade 5: drop off in Fellowship hall.

Please contact Leslie Hughes at for additional information.

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Christmas Pageant

Rehearsals for the Christmas Eve pageant began in November during Children’s Church and Praise Kids.

All children in preschool through grade 5 are welcome to participate in the pageant. Please contact Leslie Hughes, , for additional information. 

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Discipleship

COMING SOON!

NEW LIFE GROUP DISCIPLESHIP STUDIES

Beginning January 8, 2012, for 4 weeks, all Sunday School classes and Wednesday night  studies will be led by Elders and Deacons  for the entire congregation to learn how to do basic discipleship with new believers.  More information and schedules will be available in the January newsletter.

Regular Sunday School and Wednesday studies will resume in early February.

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            
  8:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
October 30  57 41 98
November 6 79 49 128
November 13 61 51 112
November 20 10:30 Combined Service 98

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What's New At PPCNews

A Prayer

By Raine Mary Lester
Age 9

“Day by day I pray.  When I pray I say:  ‘Thank You God for this Day. 
Let everyone be safe.
That there be no trouble or accidents today. 
And thank You God for letting us be able
to get up this morning.’
In Your name we pray.
Amen.”

Thank You

From Hazel Kirsch:

Thanks for all the prayers, calls, cards and food.  A special thanks to Carl and Brother Bob for their hospital visits.
All were greatly appreciated.

Hazel, Carol & Doug

Trash and Treasure Sale

January 21, 2012 9AM to 2PM

Bring your trash and go home with your treasure!

Sanctuary Flowers

As of November 1, 2011 The price of Sanctuary flowers is now $35.

Winter Sunday School Schedule (Through December 18th)

  • Children’s Classes: Elementary (K-5th Grade)  Gospel Light’s Son World Curriculum Room 209
  • Youth Classes: Conquer Your Fear, Share Your Faith  Jason Cook  Room 205
  • College/ Career Class: Bible Study/ Life Application  Tom Smith IV  Room 206
  • Friendship Class: The Present Word   Tom Smith III  Boswell
  • Bible Study: The Parables of Jesus   Bob Bellingar  Room 204/li>
  • Creative Friendzy Class: Living the Questions in Matthew  Room 201

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.

READ THIS!!!! (It's very important!)

Beginning with the January Newsletter we will no longer be sending out paper  newsletters unless you have requested one.  We ask that you call the office (345-0148) or send an email to PStrong@pasadenapc.com by January 15, 2012 and let us know if you would like a paper copy mailed to you.  An electronic copy is always available on the church’s website at www.Pasadenapc.com. We will also be able to print a copy for you if you stop by the church office during regular business hours.  The cost of producing and sending paper copies is quite expensive.  Our operating budget can no longer sustain this cost.  Thank you for your cooperation. 

The Office

Church Envelopes for 2012

Please call the church office or send an email to PStrong@pasadenapc.com if you wish to receive contribution envelopes for 2012.  There will also be a sign up sheet in the side hall outside the Sanctuary.

Attention

December 18th will be the final date for donation posting credited to 2011.
Please be sure to get your year-end offerings in early to be credited for 2011!

Sock Tree

Presbyterian Women's Sock Tree will be available to hang your socks on. It will be located in the hallway to the Boswell Room from Sunday, November 29th thru Sunday, December 13th. These socks will be taken to the Beth-El Mission to by distributed among the children and adults. This has been an ongoing mission for many years and we thank you for your contributions.

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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