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December 2015

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Birthdays
From Me to You
Session Digest
Financial Report
Stewardship Ministry
Please Join Our Praise Chorus!
The Deacon's Developements
Collect Aluminum Cans to Help Youth Group
Koinonia Ministry
Sunday School Classes
Praise Kids & Youth Group
Evangemissions
Sonrise ECLC
Library News
Women of the Church
Parent's Night Out
Christmas Program
Reception
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You:

“God sent forth His Son”
(Galatians 4:4)

God is a Missionary.  That’s the reason for, and story of, Christmas.

The whole of Scripture testifies to the fact that God is relentless, compassionate, intentional, determined and loving in His pursuit of us and our lost souls. Because God alone is worthy of our worship, He wants all people to know Him.  He deserves the greatest glory from our lives (1 Cor.10:31).

But people (all of us) chose to “exchange the truth of God for a lie, and worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:25).  We all have sinned and fallen short of giving God the glory He deserves in worship (Romans 3:23).  The result of our sin is separation from God (Isaiah 59:2).  This  separation is deadly in every way and it will last forever (Romans 6:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:9).  As a consequence, condemnation is the destiny of all who remain apart from God, under the curse of and  enslaved to sin, and under the sentence of judgment (Revelation 20:15).  That’s the bad news.

The GOOD news is that God doesn’t want anyone to wind-up spending eternity away from Him (2 Peter 3:9).  He created all people to know Him in truth and worship Him by the indwelling of God the Holy

Spirit (John 4:23).  What is needed is a WAY back to God and to be made “good enough” (i.e., righteous) to be in fellowship again with Him (Romans 3:21-26).

That WAY is not something you or I could ever figure-out, concoct, invent, earn or achieve (Ephesians 2:8-9).  Only God is big enough, powerful enough, holy enough and loving enough to reach and rescue us, and bring us back to Himself (2 Corinthians 5:18-21).  What we could never do, God did:

“In the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law,
in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5).

At Christmas, we have the worldly tradition of giving and receiving gifts.  This was, or should be, based on the Gift God gave in sending us Jesus His Son (John 3:16).  As with any gift, it isn’t ours until we receive it (John 1:12):  we are saved only by believing God and God’s Word, depending on Jesus and His life, death and resurrection alone for God’s forgiveness, and  so personally praying to accept His Gift and offer of salvation in Jesus (John 14:6). 

That’s who Christmas is about:  Jesus!  That’s why Jesus came:  God sent His Son to bring us back, to   restore us to life with and for Him, so we could be His now and forever!  And that’s what we who believe in Jesus celebrate at Christmas:  receiving, and so giving, the Gift of Jesus!  He said:

“As the Father has sent me, I also send you” (John 20:21)

Christmas is about God sending His Son to us,
and His sending us now with the Gift of Jesus to the rest of the world!

May the joy of truly knowing Jesus, having received Him as Your Savior and Lord, and having the Greatest GIFT in the world to share with the world, be yours, in fullest measure, to God’s greatest glory, this Christmas and always!

In Christ,

Carl

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Session Digest

The Session met for its normal monthly Stated Meeting on October 27, 2015 at

7:00 p.m. Items discussed or acted on are listed below.

1. The search for an organist/accompanist has not been very fruitful. In light of that, the Session agreed to defer any  additional  action at this time.

2. The firm of Fogarty & Finch has been contracted to do a property appraisal.

3. Upcoming events for the church (Trunk or Treat on October 31, Fall Fest game on November 15, Heaven and Nature sing and Pot Luck lunch)  Dec 13 were approved.

4. Evangemission ministry voted to support the missionary outreach of Kevin Odom with $500. More may be approved if the need is still present.

5. The Financial Summary for September was reviewed.

Respectfully submitted,

Larry Oline, Clerk

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Financial Report

Account Name
Balance(as of 10/31/15)
General Fund Checking   $ 34,980.30
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $ 95,499.09
   
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  46,945.39
PRESCHOOL MM   $  50,612.55
Financial Notes

 

OPERATING INCOME TOTAL    $ 17,085.49
OPERATING EXPENSE TOTAL    $ 22,405.44   (corrected)
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   -$  5,319.95  

 

Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING INCOME YTD * $214,415.95
OPERATING EXPENSE YTD    $210,290.47 (corrected)
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        * +$    4,125.48 

 

Deacon’s Fund                                                            $     4,957.09

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

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Stewardship Ministry

While talking to God in 1 Chronicles 29:17, David said about a gift he and his people were giving for God’s work, “I know, my God, that You test the heart and that You are pleased with what is right. I have willingly given all these things with an upright heart, and now I have seen Your people who are present here giving joyfully and willingly to You.” This verse and those around it made me think about what is in my heart when I give. It also reminds me how encouraged I am by the way that God has moved the hearts of many here at   Pasadena Presbyterian Church over so many years, to support His ministry here, glorifying Him and bringing people to God. Thank you for taking part in this, and for confirming your intention to be generous with what God has given you by turning in your pledge forms. As we come to the close of this year and wonder what plans Jesus has for us next, let’s remember to give to Him from our whole lives with an    upright heart.

Thomas Smith IV, Stewardship Ministry Chair

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Please Join our Praise Chorus!

If you enjoy singing and would like to join with others singers helping to lead our worship, our PRAISE CHORUS would love to have you! 

Reading music is not necessary but would be helpful.

Practice is on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30p.m. and Sundays (when singing) at 8:15a.m. For information, call Carol Pilkington.

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The Deacon's Developements

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

“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”   John 1:14

WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A CHRIST FILLED NEW YEAR!!!

God loves you and so do we!!

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

Please remember The Dollars for Deacons Offering Envelopes in the Sanctuary

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COLLECT ALUMINUM DRINK CANS TO HELP YOUTH GROUP

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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Koinonia Ministry

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 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.   November 15, 2015 Sunday Family Fun Day was a typical fall afternoon for our Fun Day.  We had games for young and old around the cross tower and plenty of food.  Hot dogs, chili, macaroni & cheese, baked beans and lots of goodies for dessert.  We had about 45+ in attendance and a fun time was had by all.

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoe Box collection was Sunday, November 22nd.  We will post in our flyer how many boxes were collected.  The preschool always brings theirs on their family night (November 19th).

We will be Hanging the Greens on Friday, December 4th at 4:00 pm.  Volunteers are always welcome!

Parent’s Night Out will be Saturday, December 12th.  We had about 15 children on our first PNO on November 14th.

December 13th, during the worship hour, we will have a play “Heaven and Nature Sing” with the congregation participating in different carols.  After the service we will be having home-made cookies and drinks in the Fellowship Hall.

Praise Kids/Youth will meet Sunday evenings (the Sundays we do not have the Funday) from 6:00-7:30 pm, gathering in the Fellowship Hall for snacks and fellowship and then go to different classes.   Volunteers are always needed Sunday evenings and if you are interested you can contact Laurie Smith @.  

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

Pat Mancini, Chairperson

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Sunday School Classes

¨ Breakfast With Jesus: Teacher: Larry Oline at 8:30a in Fellowship Hall
¨ College/Career Class: Teacher: Tom Smith IV at 11a in Room 206                    

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Praise Kids & Youth Group

PRAISE KIDS AND YOUTH GROUP
6-7:30 P.M. SUNDAYS

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Evangemissions

Evange-missions December 2015
God CAN CHANGE THE WORLD – through you!

Where is your faith calling you to serve Jesus? Maybe it is in our Food Distribution Center,   a short-term trip to Trinidad.  As a volunteer this summer for VBS, having “big faith” with a generous Faith Promise to support our missionaries at our Missions   Conference coming up in March, helping out with parents night out or Praise Kids.  Perhaps, something as simple as sharing your faith in Jesus as your personal savior with someone next door. 

The Missions and Evangelism Ministry here at Pasadena hopes to help you deepen your faith by serving the lost, the lonely, and the least of the world. Jesus calls us to "Go" and share his gospel and serve the poor and hurting, making this world more like His kingdom.
You’re invited to jump in and experience the abundant life by answering God's call on your life to serve from Tampa Bay to Trinidad, from St. Petersburg to San Jose (Costa Rica), from 123 Pinellas Way (food distribution) to the 17,508 islands that make up Indonesia and all the places you and all of our missionaries serve.

Will you?  Please be praying at this time of the year when we celebrate God’s Gift of His Son Jesus about how you will share the Gift and the gifts God has given you.  We would love to know how God answers you for this specific prayer!
Merry Christmas! from your Evangemissions ministry, all of our missionaries and those who are now included in the Kingdom of Heaven – because you shared Jesus!

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Sonrise ECLC

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 80 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 167th at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.  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

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Library News

BERENSTAIN BEARS EXAMPLE OF BRINGING FAITH INTO EVERYDAY LIFE

So often at Christmas, we focus on good things but not the best. We decorate, gift, party and tinsel our way through the

Christmas season. These are all good things, but the most important thing is to share Jesus with our friends and family.

The son of the creators of the Berenstain Bears discovered this for himself. The Berenstain Bears are a series of over 300 books which has been educating young children in morality, safety and other issues for over 50 years since Stan and Jan

Berenstain created the anthropomorphic bear family. But the tone was always secular. Following Stan's death, Jan and one of their sons, Mike, chose to write the Living Lights series of Berenstain Bears with a focus on Christian themes.

According to a 2011 article in The Christian Post, Mike had been seeking God since he was a child. He  was raised in a secular home and searched spiritually in college.

Later he was introduced to the Bible after sending his children to a Quaker school. He began reading it, accepted Jesus, and was baptized in a Presbyterian church.

Mike said, "I felt that we are called upon to use our talents in service for God." In a ChristianBookPreviews article, Mike says, "By dealing with religion through the fun and laughter of the Berenstain Bears, we hope to nurture these families in their goal of raising children secure in their faith.”

Like Mike, who decided that it was important to show his Christian faith in his work, we need to find ways to share our faith with others. Maybe one way you can do this is to find a book in our library to suggest to a friend or family member or to nurture your faith.

Laurie Smith, librarian

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Women of The Church

Communion at the Springs – Monday, December 7th   at 9:450 a.m.

Committee Meeting – No Meeting in December. 

Rachel Circle – Monday, December 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the home of

Arlene Tomin. 

Sarah Circle – Tuesday, December 8th at 12:00 p.m. at the Treasure Island Yacht Club.

Our Sock Tree will be up in the Patio Hallway beginning Sunday, November 29, 2015 through Sunday, December 13, 2015.  Please bring new socks, adults and children to hang on the tree.  These socks will be taken to Beth-El Farm workers Mission in Wimauma, FL to be distributed among the farm workers and their families working and living at this Mission.

At our November committee meeting, we voted to give $500.00 to Kevin Odom to help him reach his goal of $16,562 before going on his 11 month-11 countries’ mission with Adventures in Mission.

As you notice, we have one day circle and one evening circle. This is not like a club – all women of Pasadena Presbyterian Church are invited to come to either of the circle meetings. We have bible study, fellowship and light refreshments. We do have a budget for each calendar year and your offerings help us to contribute to the missions that we support, local and

foreign. If you want more details regarding Women of the Church, please contact Pat Watts (727-302-0888).

Just a reminder of things not to do but how to be: Be prayerful, Be trustful, Be obedient, Be forgiving, Be faithful and finally Be a follower of Jesus.  Remember this thought – what’s important about any day is not what is ahead of us but Who is ahead of us.   

CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS TO ALL AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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

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

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Parent's Night Out

Need a date night? Want to go shopping by yourself? Reputable child care hard to get? Parent's night out provides child care in a Christian enviornment. Nursery provided, as well as a light meal. Cost is $5 per child, with a maximum $10.00 per family. Ages walking through 5th grade (Please provide diapers if your child is not potty trained). Sautrday, December 12th, 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Call the church office (345-0148) to make a reservation, or email for more information.

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Christmas Program

YOU ARE INVITED… AND INVITE YOUR
FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!
To our Christmas Program on Sunday, December 13th at 10 am.
The name of the program is:
Heaven and Nature Sing
Heaven and Nature Sing combines worshipful narration, Bible readings, drama sketches and (lots of) singing to create a fresh and joyful examination of the birth of our Savior.
   We are so excited to share the story of Jesus’ birth with you!

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Reception

RECEPTION FOR THE CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
DATE:   December 13
TIME:   11:15 am, after the Christmas Program in F. Hall
WHAT:  Cookies, Cookies, Cookies
WHY:    We want to celebrate with all our family and friends!
We would like everyone to bring 2 dozen of their favorite Christmas cookies to the fellowship hall to share after the program. Please have copies of your recipe, in case someone would like to make your delicious treat. This will be a short time of fellowship!!

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VBS

VBS 2016…ALL READY!
YES, WE WILL START THE PLANNING IN JANUARY… SO PRAY ABOUT HOW YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INVOLVED.
Contact Terry Odom if interested:

Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            
Attendance
October 25 80
November 1 72
November 8 79
November 15 77

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What's New At PPCNews

Gracious Dismissal Update
Please pray for Tampa Bay Presbytery meeting Nov 19.  They will consider a new policy for the current administrative commissions  (ACs) working with 3 area churches.  If passed, the new policy will ensure that the contracts for dismissal negotiated by the ACs with the churches will not be subject to further appeal in the PCUSA system once the Presbytery votes to approve the contract.  The new policy will
also extend the so-called “reversion” clause from 5 to 10 years—meaning if a dismissed church tries to affiliate with a non-Reformed denomination, all property will then revert back to the PCUSA. Our PPC Commission will continue to provide us with updates and requests for prayer as developments warrant.

No Poinsettias

We are not placing orders for live poinsettias for Christmas this year.

Facility Use Notice

PPC facilities are not ordinarily 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.  

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.

PRAYER REQUESTS

We try to stay on top of prayer requests and concerns.  If you know of someone who is ill in our church family, please let the office know.  Even if the office is closed you can still leave a voice mail.  If you have a pastoral emergency, you can always leave a voice mail at the Manse at 727-368-5588.
In the event that Pastor Carl is on vacation, we always record the substitute’s name and telephone
number on our outgoing voice mail message. Thank you for your help.


Please Help Keep God's Facilities Nice!

Please do not put paper flyers or announcements on the walls! We have bulletin boards for our various ministries and groups to use to post items. If you need something posted, please check with the appropriate ministry or group or the church office.

Thanks for keeping God's facilities nice!

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