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December 2012

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Stewarship Ministry
Financial Report
Attention!
Evangemissions
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Calendar
Preschool
Happy 10th Anniversary
Antioch Youth
Children's Church
Praise Kids
Library
Fellowship Ministry
Parent's Night Out
Family Connection
Christmas Caroling 
Advent and Christmas Events
Deacon's Corner
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC
Birthdays

From Me to You

“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to all on whom His favor rests."

(Luke 2:13-14 NIV)

What is Christmas?

--A “holiday” or a “Holy day?”  About “lights” or “The Light?”

--About getting or giving:  gifts or The Gift?

--Being together as family or as God’s Family, the Church?

--The coming of Santa the jolly ol’ elf or Jesus the Son of God?

If you said “well, in practice, it’s both” you’d be right:   today’s world and our own culture makes no real distinction between the commercial and Christian celebrations of Christmas—WHY?

The answer, in part, is found in Second Corinthians 11:14: “even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”  The devil’s agenda all-along has been to put himself in place of God, and put his counterfeits for God, Jesus, the Bible, and even worship, along with, if not in lieu of, the Truth of the One, True Lord of all (2 Cor. 4:4).

--Satan’s ultimate goal is to rob God of His glory in Jesus Christ!

Contrast that with the reason Jesus came and became one of us.

-- He came to show us who God really is, to glorify the Father, & give us new life to live to His glory, too!

"The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14)

--Jesus came to “save His people—all of us--from their—our--sins” (Matthew 1:21)—thank God He did! 

   By His death on a cross, Jesus died for us all, and shed His blood to wash-away all our sins! (1 John 1:7). 

--Rising again, Jesus beat sin, death, the devil—and all the lies of the devil! 

Jesus said "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)

--And in the power of His resurrection, Jesus makes us into new creations, giving us a whole, new, holy love-life with Him, now and forever!

“God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

All of this is God’s greatest gift to us in Jesus:  it’s ours if we pray, confessing our sins and need for Jesus as Savior, and ask Him to come into our life as Lord:

“as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).

That’s why the first thing the angels did after Jesus was born was give God the glory!

And that’s why the angels still glorify God and rejoice when anyone is born again in Christ!

“though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory” (1 Pet. 1:8)

May the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ shine on and live through you, so that you may continue to live for Him,  to His glory, this Christmas and forever!

In Christ,

Carl

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Session Digestcolumns

The Session held its Stated Meeting on October 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Boswell room. 

The following items were presented and acted on:

  • An announcement to the congregation was approved. This will be placed in the bulletin and on the web site to explain one-on-one Elder visits of members in which we will address concerns from our Period of Discernment and answer any questions the members may have.
  • Reports from Session ministries, including the September financial report, were received and recommendations, including Minutes for Mission and Stewardship Speakers for October and November services approved.
  • Vacation times for Pastor Crawford were approved for Nov. 19th -25th & Dec. 26th – Jan. 2, 2013. 

Kathie Schellhaas, Clerk pro tem 

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Stewarship Ministry

2013 PLEDGE UPDATE

37 Pledges received to date totaling $131,030

For 2012, we received 44 pledges totaling $147,366

If you haven't already turned-in your pledge, please mail or bring the pledge form to our Church Office as soon as possible!

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Financial Report 

October 2012 Financial  Report

The Financials for  October show actual income $ 17,954.98 with expenses of $ 32,109.33 leaving us -$14,154.35 in the red.

FOR THE YEAR 2012
Actual Income   $  257,986.72
Actual Expenses $  288,791.56
Red -$    30,804.84

 

Financial Notes

PPC Foundation *
Pasadena Foundation $ 28,158.48

Cash Available    Checking Account Balance      $ 14,707.30
Cash Reserves    General Reserve MM              $ 30,239.88
Total Cash         (Checking Acct Bal. & MM)   $ 44,947.18

*Values fluctuate with the stock market

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Attention!

The last day that we will record contributions for the 2012 tax year will be Sunday, December 23, 2012.

All contributions received after that date will be counted in the 2013 tax year

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Evangemissions

           December Evangemissions
"Built on the Rock" - Matthew 7:24-27

The Leaning Tower of Pisa. It's a visual marvel, but it's also a monument to the disaster that can happen when proper construction methods are not followed. One of Jesus' parables challenges us with the question of whether we who claim to be His followers are off-center, like the Tower of Pisa. As Christmas and a new year approach us let us consider what kind of life, and therefore what kind of church, are we building? 

These verses at the end of the Sermon on the Mount, which was preached by our Lord Jesus himself outlines the requirements for those who want to be His followers. He is speaking mostly to Jews, who are steeped in the tradition of the Pharisees and other teachers of the Law. The message and the kingdom that Jesus taught was quite revolutionary, and contrary to all they knew, just as it is to our culture now. Jesus was in essence calling His followers to live a transformed life that was evidenced by a complete change in behavior that was different than the world. (The Sermon on the Mount includes all of Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7.) Some have said that to obey all of Jesus' teachings in the Sermon on the Mount is impossible and can't be done. They are right. But the good news is that in Jesus it can be done, for with Christ all things are possible! With this key distinction in mind, consider 4 thoughts on how to build a life, and therefore the church, that God wants.

First, determine the purpose.

Different buildings serve different purposes. But what is the purpose of the Christian life, and the church? Verse 24 gives us the answer: to hear Jesus' words and put them into practice. The purpose of the church is to make people into disciples of Christ.

Second, get a plan.

After determining the purpose of a building, the next step is to get a plan drawn up. But if the plan isn't right, then the building won't stand as intended. The plan for the Christian/the church is God's perfect word! Any other plan will cause our life to crack, crumble, lean, and fall over.

Next you set the proper foundation.

The foundation is critical, because if the foundation is not solid, no matter how beautifully built the rest of it is, it will still eventually fall. For the Christian and for the church, that foundation is Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:11, "No one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ." And Matthew 7:24-27 reminds us that the basic attitude of life must be grounded in the facts of God through Jesus Christ.

Finally, how secure is it?

How does it stand up to the storms of life - the seasons, trials, and even failures? For the Christian, what will remain after all the trials of this life will be what is built for God's purpose, according to His plan, and standing firmly on the foundation of Jesus Christ. The life we eventually live will be the life we build.  Is our life and our church being “Built on the Rock”?  (from Sermon Notes from Keith Sisney)

From Gene Hammond, EM chair pro-tem

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Food Distribution Center  

The food distribution ministry gave out 4,103 pounds of food to 134 families, who represent 316 people, who received approximately 13 pounds of food each.  We are seeing a steady increase of needy people coming through the door of the 123 house each month.  More people are asking for prayer each time the doors are open.  A great number of the people who are prayed for have given up hope and are going through severe crisis in their own lives.

One of the highlights in the month of October was a young woman who came into the prayer room.  Pastor Bob had shared the Gospel and had come back into the 123 house afterward thinking that his message had gone in one ear and out the other, without any effect.  He was shocked when she came in and said that she wanted to know how she could receive Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.  This young woman then added that she didn’t know if the Bible was or was not God’s Word.  Some verses of Scripture were shared with her and she then accepted it as fact and gave her life to Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior.  I note that her father-in-law, a pastor had given her and her spouse some Bible Study materials which they had laid down somewhere.  She told us that when she got home, she was going to call him and tell him that she was now a member of the family of God.

Some of you may think that there is no place for you in this ministry.  You’re wrong!  You may say that you do not have the strength to work at this ministry.  However, you can pray for the staff doing the work and for those receiving help.  Pray that we would always show the love of Christ to each person who comes, that we would share the Good News of Jesus boldly and without any fear. 

Once again, you can contact Elder Gene Hammond, Larry Hendry, Pastor Anthony or Pastor Bob. 
God bless you!

P.S.  2nd Saturday of November stats are in.  All I will say for now is that we had more people to distribute food to and many more people to pray for.

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Women of the ChurchPresbyterian Women

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTH OF December  2012

Monday, December 3rd @ 10:00 am             Communion at the Springs
Tuesday, December 4th @ 10:00 am             Council Meeting in Boswell
Monday, December 10th @ 1:00 pm             Hannah Circle – Fellowship Hall
Monday, December 10th @ 6:30 pm             Rachel Circle – Home of Pat Watts
Tuesday, December 11th @12:00 pm            Esther Circle – Lunch @ T.I. Yacht Club
Tuesday, December 13th @ 12:00 pm           Ruth Circle – TBD 

Circles meet from September through May and will be doing 12 studies on Daniel (Spiritual Living in a Secular World) by Douglas Connelly.  If anyone would like to join a circle, or if you would like to make one of your own at a different time, please contact me.

Our SOCK TREE is available for you to bring socks until Sunday, December 16 so bring plenty of socks.  As we have in the past, these socks will be given to Beth-El Missions in Wimauma.  The Pre-School will also be participating in the sock tree and we do appreciate their donations and love to see the excitement on their faces when they hang the socks on the tree.   WEDNESDAY – DECEMBER 19TH  the pre-school will be presenting their Christmas program in the Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m.  This will also be a time when we at Pasadena will acknowledge the 10th anniversary of Sonrise Preschool.  Please plan to attend to show our appreciation to Laura Woodard, Director and the teachers.

 “Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is uncertain, today is here.  Use it wisely”.  Encourage one another every day and show God’s love through you, to others. 

May the peace, love and joy of the Christmas season bless all of you in the coming year!
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!

In Christ’s Love,
Patricia Watts, Chairperson

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Preschool

Happy
10th Anniversary
Sonrise ECLC!

 

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Antioch Youth News

Our Youth has partnered with K-Life of St. Petersburg.  Here is a description of K-Life taken from the K-Life website, http://stpete.klife.com.  Please visit the K-Life website for updated calendar and event information.

High School K-Life:  Meets the following Mondays:  12/3, 12/10, 12/17  – 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Middle School K-Life:  Meets the following Tuesdays:  12/4, 12/11, 12/18 – 8:00 PM

YOUTH GAMES NIGHT – Sunday, December 2, 4:30 – 8:00 PM – PPC Upstairs Classrooms

"How can a young man keep his way pure?  By living according to your word.”  Psalm 119:9

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Children's Church 

The children continue to grow in their faith through real-life application of Bible stories from  Luke 3.

Children’s Church is a worship service designed specifically for children in preschool through grade 5.  The children are dismissed from the Sanctuary each Sunday during the 9:00 AM service, with the exception of Communion Sunday.  There will be NO Children’s Church on Sunday, December 30th.

“...I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-ll

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Praise Kids

Praise Kids is held on Wednesday evenings, 7 – 8 pm (6:30 Family Connections!)

Praise Kids is a discipleship ministry for children in Preschool through 5th grade.

December Schedule: 
December 5th — Celebrate His Birth
December 12th — Announcing the Savior
December 19th — Children will sing “Go Tell it on the Mountain” during the preschool pageant.

PRAISE KIDS WILL NOT MEET Dec. 26th through Jan. 9th.  It will resume on Wed., Jan 16th.

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Library News

TAKE TIME FOR STUDY AND RELAXATION THIS CHRISTMAS

Before you choke your December to do list with too many items, pencil in time for yourself-time to study about the birth of Christ and time to relax with a good book or movie. Come to your library for: Bible commentaries on the books of Matthew, Luke, etc. Just ask the librarian.

  • The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus (Lee Strobal) and the Case for Christmas.
  • The Nativity Story (DVD) A dramatized but straight-forward narrative of the events in the Bible surrounding the Savior's birth.
  • Mystery of the Three Kings (DVD) Thought-provoking look at their origins, gifts and influence.
  • Giving Thanks (DVD for 4-8 year olds) Two Chuck Swindoll, faith-building stories about giving and receiving.
  • The Bridge: A Novel (Karen Kingsbury): a Christmas story about a hundred-year flood, lost love, and the beauty of enduring friendships.
  • The Great Christmas Bowl A wife and mother struggles to meet all her Christmas obligations, including making this last Christmas for her youngest child, who is about to leave the nest, the most memorable. Will she remember the true meaning of Christmas?
  • A Song for the Season (DVD w/Naomi Judd, Andy Griffith, Gerald McRaney) An uncle and niece move, but just when their lives seem to be on the upswing, a decision is made that might change everything.
  • The Fourth Wise Man (DVD, Martin Sheen, Alan Arkin)  For 33 years a man and his servant pursue Jesus, always missing him. His gifts used up from helping the needy, the man finally encounters Christ on Easter Sunday.
  • Christmas at Harrington's (Melody Carlson) (only 192 pages) After being imprisoned on false charges, Lena Markham's released---penniless and friendless. When her secondhand red coat lands her a job as Mrs. Santa, she thinks life is getting better. A story about fresh starts!

Laurie Smith, Librarian

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Fellowship Ministry

Fellowship will be in charge of the refreshments for the decorating of the Sanctuary on Saturday,     

December 1, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  On this same date at 2:00 p.m. there will be a memorial service in the Chapel for Eleanor Lazenby and our committee, along with the Women Of the Church will be in charge of the reception following the service.  We could use some help setting up the Fellowship Hall in the morning.  If you can come to help with the decorating, we can set up the tables at that time.  Your help will be very much appreciated.

Sunday, December 16th we will be having a CHILI supper after the caroling.  Come one, come all!  (See Ad elsewhere)

Our next meeting will be Monday, December 10th at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

“JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON”

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Patricia Watts,  Chairperson

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Parent's Night Out

WHEN: Saturday, December 15

TIME: 6-9 PM

WHO: All children 1yr. old through 5th grade

  • Children ages 1-3 drop off in classroom 5
  • Children ages 4-10 drop off in Fellowship Hall

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

Please contact Leslie Hughes, , for additional information.

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Family Connection

Every  Wednesday, 6:30 PM,  Fellowship Hall

FAMILY CONNECTION WILL NOT MEET ON WED. DEC. 19th through WED., JAN 9th. WEDNESDAY MINISTRIES WILL RESUME ON WED. JANUARY 16th.

Family Connection is a family worship time designed specifically for parents and children.

Followed by adult Bible study from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in Fellowship Hall

Nursery care available for children not yet in preschool.

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Christmas Caroling 

CHRISTMAS CAROLING throughout the neighborhood  surrounding the church.

WHEN: Sunday, December 16th
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 Halfollowing the caroling.

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Advent and Christmas Events

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS EVENTS: 

     12/1             Hanging of the Greens, 9 AM                             12/19    Sonrise Preschool Pageant &

                                                                                                            10th Anniversary Celebration , 6:15 PM  

    12/2             First Sunday of Advent
                        Communion Sunday                                          12/22     Metro. Ministries Distribution, 10 AM

                        Youth/Young Adult Games Night, 4:30 PM                                 PPC Pageant Rehearsal, 11 AM            

           
     12/8             123 House Food Distribution, 10 AM                  12/23    Fourth Sunday of Advent

                                   
     12/9             Second Sunday of Advent                                 12/24    Christmas Eve Service & Pageant, 7 PM

     12/15           123 House Food Distribution, 10 AM                  12/25    Celebrate our Savior’s Birth...

                        Parents’ Night Out, 6 PM                                               Merry Christmas!

     12/16           Third Sunday of Advent

                        Cantata, 11 AM

                        Christmas Caroling, 5 PM

                        Chili Dinner, 6 PM

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Deacon's Corner 

Please Remember The Dollars For Deacons Envelopes In the Sanctuary

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            
  9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
October  28  63 57 120
Nov 4 80 48 128
Nov 11  60 47 107
Nov 18 (1 service)    (1 service)   95
Nov 25 (1 service)    72

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What's New At PPCNews

From Our Elders

Our recent period of discernment was to seek God’s will for us as a PCUSA congregation. After prayerful consideration, the Session has determined that our next step is to immediately begin one-on-one visits with each PPC member.  Based on the town hall meeting and other interactions with our members, it is clear that there is some misinformation and misunderstanding concerning the issues before us.  The purpose of these visits is to answer questions and address any concerns that the members may have.  While these meetings are being conducted, Session members will continue to actively discern what other actions need to be taken.

Church Facility Usage & Harmless Agreement

If you have a group that is not a ministry of the church and you would like to use the facility, you must come into the office for a copy of the Guidelines  for Outside Users of Church Facilities and sign the Church Facility Usage and Hold Harmless Agreement.

We have been instructed that this is imperative by our insurance company.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Giving Statements

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

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

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

  • Elementary: Fellowship in Fellowship Hall
  • Youth: DOFM Office, Leslie Hughes
  • College/ Career Class: Room 206,Tom Smith IV
  • Friendship Class: Boswell, Tom Smith III
  • 1 Corinthians Adult Bible Study: Room 204, Pastor Bob
  • Fruit of the Spirit:  Chapel, Debbie Saathoff 
  • Tested By Fire: Room 201, Patti Burrows

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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