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December 2013

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From Your PPC Session
Financial Report
Food Distribution Center
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Evangemissions
Discipleship
Preschool
Antioch Youth
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Praise Kids
Parent's Night Out
Family Connection
Library
Youth and Young Adult Praise Kids Christmas Party
Sock Tree
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC
Birthdays

From Me to You

“For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord."
(Luke 2:11)

We know the STORY.

We know the WHO:  Joseph, Mary, shepherds, angels, wisemen, kings, and Jesus:

“you shall call His name Jesus” (Matthew 1:21)
We know the WHAT:  Immanuel, God the Son, the eternal Word, is made flesh—born:
"BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD
AND SHALL BEAR A SON,
AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,"
which translated means, "GOD WITH US” (Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14, John 1:14)

We know the WHERE:  Bethlehem in Judea:

“As for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity” (Micah 5:2)

We know the WHEN: 

“When the fullness of the time came,
God sent forth His Son,
born of a woman, born under the Law” (Galatians 4:4)

And we know the WHY:

“For He will save His people from their sins"  (Matthew 1:21)

We know all that—so what is MISSING?

Too often the answer is US:  people who “come and worship Him” (Matthew 2:2).

I don’t mean those who come to our “birthday for Jesus parties” on Christmas Eve;

I mean those who don’t celebrate His coming into this world because they haven’t yet received Him into their lives, as Savior and Lord:

“As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God,
even to those who believe in His name,
who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man,
but of God” (John 1:12)

We can know the story, know all about Jesus, but still never have personally met the Author and Perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12:2) — Jesus!
Isn’t that what Christmas is for—for all to meet, pray to receive, know, live for and with Him?

Celebrating, with you, Jesus’ coming and becoming one of us, to die on a cross for each one of us, and to rise again, so we can be His and be with Him, now, every day, and forever!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Carl

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Session Digestcolumns

The Session met on October 22 and 29. Listed below are things discussed and or voted on.

1. We discussed at length the financial condition of the church.
2. The Mission conference will be held on March 23, 2014. Raquel Whipple will again lead in worship with singing. A single worship service at 10:30 a.m. will be held and a lunch after the service.
3. Larry Oline and Pat Mancini were elected as commissioners to Presbytery meeting on November 14 in Winter Haven, with Sandy Moore as alternate.
4. Due to surgery on her shoulder, activities of Vicki Danz will be unavailable for several weeks. Bill Wyess will be asked to cover up to two additional hours per day in order to attempt to fill this gap.
Please pray for these needs.

Larry Oline, Clerk

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From Your PPC Session, November 2013

To our PPC Congregation:

Greetings in the Name and love of our Lord Jesus Christ!
May Jesus our Savior continue to bless you and multiply His gifts through your life, to His glory!

We, your elders, are writing to give you an update on our church’s current financial status and the 2014  operating budget we are preparing.

To date, we have received 41 pledges for 2014, totaling $139,330  (we had 42 pledges for $147,510 in 2013).  We thank the Lord for you and your continued generous and sacrificial giving.  Combined with our other estimated income sources, we anticipate a total of $272,200 for 2014.

While this income estimate is impressive for a congregation of our size (average worship attendance is 110), it will still fall far short of what is needed to maintain our current ministries and staff.  Having used our available non-designated reserves ($15,000 van and $28,000 PPC Foundation)  to maintain our cash flow in 2013, we no longer have the ability to fund a deficit budget.  For 2014, if we make no changes in ministries and staff, we would have an estimated unfunded deficit of $66,000. 

After much prayer and seeking God’s will, in order to balance our 2014 budget to live within the means the Lord has provided, we are ending three staff positions, effective on the dates specified:  Maintenance Director part-time (currently staffed by Bill Wyess—Dec. 1),  Housekeeping/Custodian full-time (currently staffed by Vicki Danz—Dec. 1), and Director of Family Ministries part-time (currently staffed by Leslie Hughes—Dec. 16).  It is heart-breaking to have to let these three people—who we love—go,  as they have  each made valuable  contributions in their ministry on and as our staff. 

While this action will balance our 2014 operating budget by reducing our expense total to $272,145, it will also create a great need for all in our congregation to step-up and take-over the ministries and tasks which will no longer be carried-out by staff.  Your participation in and commitment to PPC is now more important than ever!

We have also prepared a sign-up sheet available around the sanctuary and in the church office. On it, you will see some of the ministry and activity needs that will now have to be carried-on and out by our congregation.  We ask that you prayerfully consider this list, and ask the Lord to show you where to plug-in and take-on some of these opportunities for service.  Check the ones you are led to do, and please return the page to our church office by December 15th.  The elders responsible for the ministries under which your choices are found will contact you to enlist your participation and help direct your service.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, suggestions or helpful ideas, please let your zone elder or our Pastor know.   We, your Session, believe the Lord has assembled us as His Body here, just as He designed and desires, for such a time as this (1 Corinthians 12:4-27).  We know you are His and here to continue to help us all be the people and church Jesus wants us to become and be, to His glory!

In Christ our Head, Lord and Savior,

Your Session

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Financial Report 

October 2013 Financial  Report

Account Name
Balance(as of 10/31/13)
General Fund Checking   $22,233.98
Designated Fund Checking    $15,789.98
BIA Reserve:  
WOC MM $13,510.31
Gen. Res. MM   $15,423.32
BIA Res. MM   $52,951.25
  Total BIA   $81,884.88
   
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $46,278.48
PRESCHOOL MM    $50,360.70


OPERATING INCOME TOTAL    $19,016.75
OPERATING EXPENSE TOTAL    $25,371.23
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   -$   6,354.48

 

Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING INCOME YTD **       $228,314.77
OPERATING EXPENSE YTD    $274,444.76
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        -$46,129.99

Financial Notes

*Due to use of incorrect line items for some transfers in/out of our various accounts, the    
monthly and YTD totals have not been verified until now.  This month’s report contains the
corrected figures.
**Does not include 04/23/2013 Sale of Ford Van $15,000.00
Does not include 08/06/2013 PPC Foundation $27,827.73
Assets not included in YTD Income                  $42,827.73

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Food Distribution Center  

October was a record breaking month for your Food Distribution Center. 
We served 236 households, 552  individuals, with 28 new signups, 8,366 pounds of food.

As you know it is the month of November, the month on which Thanksgiving Day occurs in the United States of America.  It is appropriate that we offer a prayer of thanksgiving to the triune Lord God Almighty (Abba Father King Jesus Holy Spirit).  God has indeed blessed this vital ministry to the tune of thousands upon thousands of    dollars.  Those of us who began this ministry  almost 2 1/2 years ago never imagined that we would see the stats that I have just given you.  Our duty is simply to be faithful to God and He alone blesses us.

Abba Father!  We thank You for blessing the Food Distribution Center with willing workers, finances, food sources, and the hundreds of people that have been blessed through this vital ministry.  Lord, we acknowledge that there have been times when our faith has wavered, but You have come through.  We just want to thank you for meeting our needs and the needs of the people who come through our doors.  We pray that they will see the love of Christ in us and that they all would receive Your Only Begotten Son, Jesus, the Christ, as their own personal Lord and Savior.  Thank you Lord Jesus for this ministry.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

As you know the Food Distribution Center has joined with Stick it to Hunger in distributing the food that is collected.  You an help by collecting food in your own neighborhoods. Of course, we do not turn down helpers  either.  Contact Gene Hammond or Larry Hendry for information.

Click here to start helping the Food Distribution Ministry:

Food Distribution Ministry

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Women of the ChurchPresbyterian Women 

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH - DECEMBER, 2013

Our Bible Study has begun. Currently there are 3 circles using this study but we would encourage other women to either join the ongoing circles or start a group of your own at a time more convenient.

                                Communion at the Springs – Monday, December 2 nd at 10:oo a.m.

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

Rachel Circle – Monday, December 9 th at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Pat Watts.

Esther Circle – Tuesday, December 10 th at 12:00 p.m. at the home of Pat Edgington

Ruth Circle – Tuesday, December 10 th at 12:00 p.m. at Leverocks Restaurant

Study books “Exploring the Depths of God’s Love” by Dr. Charles Stanley are available in the church office.  These have been provided by the Women of the Church for your use.  Please let Terry Odom or Pat Watts know if you are interested in starting your own group.

Our Fall Festival on Saturday, November 23 rd was very successful.  A big vote of thanks to Terry Odom and Alma Oline for coordinating this event.  A special thanks to all the men, women and teenagers who volunteered their
service to make this a successful event.  We had 16 children with adults attend this event.  Look for things to come when we, as a church, can all work together to make things happen.

The Sock Tree will be in the hallway by the Patio beginning December 1, 2013 through December 15, 2013.  Socks will be sent to Beth-el Farmworkers Ministry in Wimauma, FL. (See ad elsewhere in newsletter)

Our Fall Festival was the first of many of our service projects we hope to accomplish in the months to come. If you have any suggestions or ideas for future projects and/or events/programs, please contact one of our present
committee members: Ann Carney, Cookie Cottrell, Vicki Danz, Pat Drucker, Pat Edgington, Becky McLaughlin, Terry Odom, Alma Oline, Felicia Ragland, Aristeia Sowa or Pat Watts.

CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOURS.  HAVE A SAFE, HEALTHY AND

A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Evangemissions

Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:6,7:

"For God...made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us."

Have you ever thought of yourself as a jar of clay? Jars of clay hardly ever draw attention to themselves. But what they contain is always the attention getter. In our case, we as believers in Christ (because His light has shined in our hearts), have in ourselves the absolute treasure of the knowledge of His glory. Also remember that clay jars, in order to be useful, need to be refined and purified by the refiner's fire (Malachi 3:2, 3).

Have you noticed the pod on the church property north of the church? Each of us can serve and share in the ministry of gathering food for the food distribution ministry. Sign up to help at the pod for some time and be blessed. Share the treasure God has put within you for His glory.

Larry Oline, Chair

Click here to start helping:

Food Distribution Ministry

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Discipleship

Satan Still Exerts Some Influence In This World

This time of year the evil one likes to make a mess out of what the kingdom of God is doing. With the help of the Holy Spirit, please pray that the devil will not penetrate our churches, and leaders, and the world.  Ask God to help us spread the Good News of the Kingdom.

The devil has been defeated, and “the prince of this world now stands condemned” (John 16:11).   He has been partially restrained — tied up (Mark 3:27). Jesus overcame Satan’s world (John 16:33), and with God’s help we are overcoming it, too (1 John 5:4). But not everyone does. In this age, the kingdom contains both good and bad, both wheat and tares (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, 47-50; 24:45-51; 25:1-12, 14-30). Satan still has influence; we still look forward to a world and a time in which God’s will is done perfectly rather than partially.

Discipleship Chair,
Pat Mancini

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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 dinner with our families and the children led us in prayer. After dinner we went to the sanctuary where 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.
Along with Samaritan’s Purse, the preschool ministry continues to collect food for the food bank as the children have learned that Jesus has told us to help those who are not as fortunate as we are.

As we begin the month of December the children are learning about Advent and how we are preparing for the birth of Jesus. Please join us for our annual Christmas Pageant on Wednesday, December 18th at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. The Praise Band 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

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Antioch Youth News

Youth meets  on Sunday evenings from  6:00—7:30 PM.  Meet in upstairs classroom  206.
Youth is open to all students in grades 6—12.

Youth/Young Adult Christmas Party/Games Night— Sunday, December 15, 4:30 PM — Fellowship Hall

Youth Bible Study and Fellowship—6:00 PM — Bible study and Fellowship — Upstairs classroom 206 — 12/1, 12/8

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.”  2 Corinthians 9:15

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Children's Church            

The children continue to grow in their faith through Bible stories ,arts and crafts and puppets.
December’s lessons center around Jesus, the Savior.

12/8 — The Promised Savior; 12/15 — Jesus is Both God and Human;
12/22— Good News!  Jesus is Born;  12/29 — We Give the Gift of Worship 10am Service

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.

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign:  The virgin will be with child and will
give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”  Isaiah 7:14

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Praise Kids

Praise Kids is held on Sunday evenings, 6:30 – 7:30 .

Christmas Party Sunday, December 15th

December’s Lessons:

12/1 — An Angel Told Mary About God’s Plan
12/8  — We Welcome Jesus
12/15 — Christmas Party, 4:30 PM — Fellowship Hall

The children grow closer in their relationships with Jesus through Bible stories, games, arts and crafts, and puppets.

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”  Luke 2:11

 

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Parent's Night Out

WHEN:  Saturday, December 14th

TIME:  6-9 PM

WHO:  All children 1yr. old through 5th grade
Children ages 1-3 Classroom 5
Children Pre-K age 4– age10 Fellowship Hall

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

Contact Leslie Hughes, , for additional information.

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Family Connection  

Sundays 6:00 PM, Fellowship Hall

Family Connection is a family worship time designed specifically for parents and children. Worship is followed by adult Bible study from 6:30 – 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall. The Bible study is interactive and is fun no matter your level of Bible knowledge.  We are currently studying Colossians.

There will be NO Family Connection on December 15th.

Please join us for the Christmas  Party at 4:30 PM

 

Nursery care available for children not yet in preschool.

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Library News

CHRISTMAS SEASON IS THE TIME TO EXPLORE THE DVDS AND CDS IN THE LIBRARY

"Always winter but never Christmas." Who wrote the original novel which has been made into several movie
versions? (See the end of the article for the answer).

If you are looking for some good CDs for your road trip this year, or just to listen to at home, the library can offer you these:

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Produced by the Focus on the Family Radio Theatre.  Christmas in Two Acts. (two stories by O'Henry) The first is The Gift of the Magi, the famous tale of the newlyweds who love each other so much. The second is Christmas by Injunction which is a humorous tale of unexpected generosity and the miracle it brings to pass.

Another is Adventures in Odyssey's Christmas Classics. It includes a retelling of O'Henry's story, titled Gifts for Madge and Guy. The comedic timing and plays on words have made it one of our family's favorites for years.

DVDs are not just for kids. To study Christmas you might choose The Case for Christmas-the Film by Lee Strobel; or The Twelve Words of Christmas by Louie Giglio; or, for music, Third Day Christmas Offerings Live in Concert. We also have

several seasonal fiction DVDs.

Many Christmas DVDs for children are available. Some are a retelling of the Christmas story while others focus on Christian virtues which especially come into play at this time of year. (But the kids just think they are having fun, so don't tell them they will learn something!)

You can enjoy several versions of the movie we quoted at the beginning of this article. Who said "Always winter but never Christmas," is a quote from C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Did you guess right?

Laurie Smith, Librarian

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Youth and Young Adult Praise Kids Christmas Party

SUNDAY,  DECEMBER 15th, 4:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

Covered dish dinner
Pizza Provided!

  • Bring a gift to exchange — maximum $5
  • Games will be set up in Fellowship Hall
  • Gaming upstairs for Youth/Young Adults
  • This will be a fun time of fellowship!

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Sock Tree

THE SOCK TREE, SPONSORED BY THE WOMEN OF THE CHURCH,  WILL BE AVAILABLE TO HANG YOUR SOCKS ON IT, LOCATED IN THE HALLWAY TO THE BOSWELL ROOM FROM SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1ST  THRU SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15TH

THESE SOCKS WILL BE TAKEN TO THE BETH-EL MISSION TO BE DISTRIBUTED AMONG THE CHILDREN & ADULTS

THIS HAS BEEN AN ON-GOING MISSION FOR MANY YEARS AND WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            
  9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
November 03 65 47 112
November 10  58 54 112
November 17 58 44 102
November 24 51 48 99

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What's New At PPCNews

Attention

We will not be publishing a January 2014 Newsletter. We will have a January Calendar at the pick-up stations in the sanctuary. We will not be mailing the calendar out.

Important Policy Change

As a result of changes in our staffing, PPC facilities will no longer be open in the evening for meetings or groups on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and all-day on Saturdays.  If your meeting or group is affected by this new policy, you need to contact the church office to reschedule your use of the facilities to Tuesday or Thursday evenings.  If your group can’t change to meet on the nights when PPC is now open, you will need to contact Pastor Carl or find another location.  

Oliver & Company CD Release Concert

Mark Your Calendars!

Friday, December 13th at 7pm in the Chapel

Attention

Those parking on Pinellas Way for any church function must be aware of the parking signs.  The police will ticket anyone violating the parking signs.

If you are working in the Food Distribution Center, make sure you park in the lot by the Scout House.  This includes the families who are picking up food.

If you are coming to the Family Connection, please be mindful of the parking restrictions.

We want you to have a wonderful experience here at PPC.  We would hate for you to leave here having to pay for a parking ticket.

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.

Dollars for Deacons

Please  Remember The Dollars For Deacons Envelopes

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

  • College/ Career Class: Room 206,Tom Smith IV
  • Friendship Class: Boswell, Tom Smith III
  • Revelation Adult Bible Study: Room 204, Larry Oline

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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