Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

December 2014

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Financial Report
Praise Chorus
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Children of Thika
Praise Kids
Young Adult Game Night
Sock Tree
Help Hang the Christmas Greens
The Deacon's Developements
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You

“God…in these last days has spoken to us in His Son”

(Hebrews 1:1-2)

What a remarkable verse!

For people who say they’ve never heard God speak, this is a direct statement that He has already spoken.  Are we listening?  That’s an important question!

First, what did God say?

He said “Jesus!” and “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). 

Why did He speak Jesus to us?

Because God is too infinite for our finite and sin-corrupted minds to hear and get it right.  We needed a Translator.  We needed someone who could make God real, knowable and known to us in ways we could see, touch, hear, understand, believe and trust (1 John 1:1-3).  So, God sent Himself to us, in His One and Only, Eternal and Begotten, Son.

What did God say to us in Jesus?

“I love you.” 

I thought everyone already knew that—so why did God have to say it in Jesus?

Because we don’t know it, and we don’t listen to God. 

Our “sins have made a separation between us and God” (Isaiah 59:2). 

Try yelling across the Grand Canyon:   it echoes a lot, but no one on the other side hears what you say.  Instead of yelling, God spoke Jesus to us to show us, by His having to come-over to our side, that we are indeed apart from and not listening to Him.  He says “I love you, but you need to hear what I say has happened to you:  you’re lost--gone away from Me.  Come back, turn around, agree with what I say; accept My love and My forgiveness in My Son.  He is the Way back, to bring us together again; He is the Truth of Who I am and who You are; and He is the Life I want you to have with Me, now and forever” (John 14:6).

So what do we say back to God? “I love You too!” How do we say that?

From our hearts and with our mouths, praying to receive God’s free gift of Himself, His  forgiveness, life and love, in Jesus (Romans 10:9); and by showing God we love Him by doing what He says (John 14:15).

What happens when we do that—tell and show Jesus we love Him?

We call that …  CHRISTMAS!

May the Word of Christ dwell richly within you (Col. 1:16), giving you great joy (Luke 2:10), peace (Luke 2:14), and an unquenchable love to share the Word of Jesus with the whole world!

Merry Christmas!     


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Session Digestcolumns

The Session met on October 28 for its monthly stated meeting. Various items were discussed and/or acted on as shown below.
1. A discussion was held concerning the possibility of moving the starting time for the  Contemporary worship service from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in order to give more time for Sunday school classes. No decision was made and the subject will be revisited in December.

2. The active membership roll was reviewed and updated.

3. A motion was passed to authorize payment of $2500. from the BIA general reserve money market account or sufficient reserve account toward the 2014 per capita to   Presbytery.

4. Elders Larry Oline and Gene Hammond were elected as commissioners to the November 20 Presbytery meeting at St. Andrews in Dunedin.

5. The financial report through September 30 showed a positive balance of $9,162.08.

Submitted by Larry Oline, Clerk

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Financial Report 

October 2014 Financial  Report

Account Name
Balance(as of 10/31/14)
General Fund Checking   $   36,781.49 
Designated Fund Checking    $   31,489.23
BIA Reserve:  
WOC MM $     6,186.22
Gen. Res. MM   $   15,582.00
BIA Res. MM   $   50,740.43
  Total BIA   $   72,508.65
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  39,098.28
PRESCHOOL MM    $ 50,486.64
Financial Notes


OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   +$   8,912.76  


Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        * +$  20,057.27


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Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our church this year, through time, talent, and finances. I’d also like to thank everyone who turned in a pledge form. If you have not done so yet, please prayerfully consider doing so at your earliest convenience. As Sergio Gonzalez recently reminded us, these pledges help each of us, and help our church, wisely  budget, and thus use what God has given us for His glory to reach people around the world with His love. I look
forward to seeing what God will do in our community with our good use of what He gives us. As we read in 2 Corinthians 9:10, “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.”

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair

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Praise Chorus

All Singers Are Welcome!  
Rehearsals will be Wednesdays 7-8pm in the sanctuary.  
See Carol Pilkington for details.

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Food Distribution Center

Stats: Served 345 families, 987 individual, 28 new families,

55 families with four or more members - 9,836 pounds of food.

Yes, the Food Distribution Team is busy despite the forecasts that the economy is doing so much better.  Every pantry we hear people who have had answered prayers for healing, for jobs, etc.  But we hear something else too.  "If it wasn't for the food that you give us, we would be living on the street."  You have no idea as to how many "Thank Yous" that we receive.
The important thing here is that God is being honored and glorified by the ministry that is being done at the historic 123 house.  We are always in need of workers.  As you may or may not know is that two of the men who put hours in this ministry, due to medical issues, have been side-lined.  Note that some of the women are handling thousands of pounds of food each week.  Your pantry is not a one day event twice a month, but there are hundreds of hour in preparation for the pantry.

Yes, we need money to purchase food.  Our meat source has not been coming through as well as we would like them to nor are we purchasing everything at Feeding America.  Any help that you can give us is deeply appreciated more than once. 

In Christ Always - Your Food Distribution Team.


Food Distribution Ministry

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Women of the Church


Communion at the Springs – Monday, December 1st  at 10:00 a.m.

Committee Meeting – Tuesday, December 2nd at 10:00 the Boswell Room.

Rachel Circle – Monday, December 8th  at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Pat Watts.

Sarah Circle – Tuesday, December 9th at 12:00 noon at the Treasure Island Yacht Club. (Reservations should be made with Alma Oline (344-8783) no later than Thursday, December 4th.

Our Sock Tree will be in the Hallway to our Patio beginning Sunday, December 7th through

December 21st.  Please bring new socks, children’s, men and/or women’s to hang on the tree.  Last year we had over 300 pair of socks as not only our members and friends donated but the Pre-School and Cub Scouts also contributed. These socks will be going to Beth-El Farmworkers Ministry in Wimauma.

As you notice, we now have one day circle and one evening circle. If you would like to join either of the circles please contact Pat Watts (727-302-0888). It is not a continuous bible study so any month that you would like to join us, we’d love to have you.

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.

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

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

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Deciding to tell others about Jesus can be a frightening experience however, it turns out that actually doing it isn’t very frightening at all. In fact, it is quite the opposite because being part of God’s plan gives you purpose and peace.  Since God does the work and you can’t fail because you are not responsible for the outcome only the action.  In fact, there should not even be an expectation that the person you share Jesus with is going to ask Jesus into their heart from your sharing on that particular day.  Think of your journey of faith.  It is unlikely you decided to follow Jesus the first time you heard the invitation. God has prepared the person to hear a particular message that He has for you to deliver as a part of how He is connecting to the person in front of you.  If you pray, agree to be God’s witness and follow through, there can’t be a wrong way.  God will use whatever you say or do to show Himself to the person to whom you are sharing, even if you make mistakes or the person rejects God’s message that you are delivering.  It is possible that someone can have a negative reaction to your sharing but that is part of God’s plan too. More likely, even if the person rejects God’s invitation to know Him, the person you are talking with will appreciate you caring enough about them to share your faith.  More importantly your sharing will be combined with the next time they hear the Gospel and God will work it together to reach out to them with His gift of love and salvation.  Start with people God puts in front of you that are
already searching.  They will be obvious; in tears or otherwise in distress from loss of a job, death or illness in their family or something else causing them to look for answers or help. They may ask; “why does God allow things like this to happen” or “I don’t know where to turn or what to do”.  Make a commitment to yourself and God now that you will be ready to answer this type of question when God opens the door of opportunity to you with a person that may be seeking Him for healing of their soul.  We’ve probably all asked these questions at one time or another so even if the person in need knows Jesus, it’s good to know that 1. Satan not God is evil, and behind evil deeds. 2. God allows people to choose between Him and evil. 3. Sin has consequences. 4. Prayer can avert disaster or protect certain individuals. 5. God brings good from the bad. 6. We won’t always understand why God allows bad things to happen.  We should rely on the Bible for our understanding of God. 7. You are better off surrendering your life to God, even though you don’t understand His ways, than to follow Satan, who is a murderer and liar (the Bible does not leave a third choice). 8. If you seek to know God and His ways, He will reveal truth to you.  These are all in the Bible – look them up as a Bible study exercise.  It will help you and you will be ready to be His witness.

Evangecube Training Available – contact Evangemissions


Food Distribution Ministry

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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.  Honor one another above yourselves”. NIV

 “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 November 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Several events have been planned for the month of December.  Another family fun and game night took place on November 23rd.  We will give details in the January newsletter.
Praise Kids/Youth have been meeting Sunday evenings 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 @.  

December 21st we will have a family fun night to celebrate Jesus’ birthday.  Christmas music and singing, Jesus birthday cake, also will have luminaries around the outside of the church.  This event will take place from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.  Families and friends are invited to attend.  Watch for flyers on Sunday mornings during December.

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

Pat Mancini, Chairperson

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Children of Thika

The Children of Thika at Christmas

The Children of Thika ministry is planning a special Christmas celebration for the sixteen orphans in Kenya.  The children are not familiar with the Santa concept, instead they are focused on celebrating the birth of
Jesus Christ.  Through the generosity of contributors, we are able to buy food for a special Christmas day meal which will include MEAT!  We hope to be able to buy a gift for each child, perhaps the first Christmas gift the child has ever received.  Please keep these children in your heartfelt prayers.

God is merciful.

Jan Hinkle
Jan’s Mission
7665 Sun Island Dr. S. #203
So. Pasadena, FL  33707
All donations are made to  Jan’s Missions.

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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.  The children processed into the sanctuary with their Samaritan’s Purse shoeboxes and placed them at the “foot of the cross.”  Our staff and families contributed over 70 boxes to this ministry. What a blessing to see these beautiful children giving to needy children with their families support. Each class sang some songs of Thanksgiving to our families and to God. We ended the evening with cookies and punch in Fellowship Hall. A big thank you to the hospitality ministry who set up the refreshments and so graciously served them.
As we begin the month of December the children are learning about Advent and how we are preparing for the birth of Jesus. As a service project for December children in the preschool ministry will be bringing in socks for the sock tree that the PPC women’s ministry prepares for the migrant farm workers.Please join us for our annual Christmas Pageant on Wednesday, December 17th 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

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

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Library News


Everyone is busy this time of year, but reminding yourself of what this holiday is really about should be paramount. New to our library is Finding the Messiah (Jane Rubietta), described by the publisher as, "Through artfully told daily devotions, Rubietta leads readers along a twenty-eight day journey into the heart of Advent, in search of the living Messiah. Reaching past the holiday veneer of tradition, pageantry, and glitz, she draws readers far into the spiritual depths of Christmas, where Christ can be born again into souls. This deeper approach to devotion is still accessible reading for just five to ten minutes a day."

Other book and, DVDs which are good for keeping our eyes on what this holiday should be about are the book The Case for Christmas: A Journalist Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger (Lee Strobel)  and the DVD The Twelve Words of Christmas (Louie Giglio). For children, the DVDs Buck Denver Asks...Why Do We Call It Christmas? and The Crippled Lamb (Max Lucado).

If you do have a few moments to relax after investigating the true meaning of Christmas, the library has many Christmas-themed novels and DVDs to relax with, including these new ones: Silent Night/Holy Night: Mystery and Christmas combine in two Colleen Coble novels published in one volume. Characters from the Rock Harbor series appear in Silent Night while those from Aloha Reef are in Holy Night. Also, The Christmas Cat (Melody Carlson), and the DVD Max Lucado's The Christmas Candle.

Laurie Smith, Librarian

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Young Adult Game Night

Sunday — 5pm—8:30pm
Educational Wing—2nd floor

Come for a fun night of fellowship with the young adults of PPC! Exact activities and games are yet to be determined (but we usually play video games or board/card games). . .  Feel free to bring suggestions!

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6-7:30 P.M. Every Sunday
All ages: Pre-K-5th, 6th-12th Grade
Nursery care for ages 0-3 years.

Email Laurie Smith for more information:

Family fun night (4-6pm) planned for December 21st!

Sock Tree




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Help Hang the Christmas Greens

Help hang the Christmas Greens!

Saturday December 6, 10 am to Noon

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

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The Deacon's Developements

The Deacon’s Developments

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

Have a Christ-filled Christmas!
God loves you and so do we!!

Please call us!
Vicki Danz
Julie Gull
Threse Hammond
Terry Odom
Caesar VanArdoy

Please remember The Dollars for Deacons Offering Envelopes in the Sanctuary

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Sunday Worship Attendance

  9:00 a.m 11:00 a.m. Total
October 26 One Service at 10:30 a.m 110
November 2 62 36 98
November 9 52 29 81
November 16 34 38 72

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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. Please use the email addresses listed in the Flyer.
If you are not receiving emails from us, please make sure we have YOUR current email address.


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.

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.  

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!

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 January 2015”.

Sunday School Schedule

  • ENE (Esther, Nehemiah, Ezra) College/ Career Class: Room 206,Tom Smith IV
  • Run to Win: Room 204, Larry Oline
  • Drive Through Christian History in America: Chapel, Dave Taylor
  • The Present Word: Boswell, Tom Smith III
  • Praise Band Class: Room 201, Dave Pilkington

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