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January 2011

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From Me to You

Having died to that by which we were bound…
we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter."
(Romans 7:6 NAS)

With the New Year, we often turn our thoughts to what we’d like to change about ourselves, our relationships, even the world around us.  Many people even make “resolutions” that help identify what they’d like to do or how they’d like to be different, and then to be accountable to reaching those goals.

Too often, though, such aspirations expire with the real challenges and costs of change:  that diet I committed myself to (after all the sweets and treats of Christmas) really only lasted until I saw all those snacks at a super bowl party;  that determination to get-up 30 minutes earlier and pray never quite survived the “snooze” button on my alarm clock;  that promise to spend more quality time with family just seemed to always get preempted by work and its demands—you know how that goes!

As someone observed:  we are creatures of habit—whatever we’ve done, we tend to keep-on doing, no matter how much we desire and need to change!

Yet, if I read the Bible correctly, effecting change is really what God does and seeks to do in our lives in Christ.  Doing things just because “that’s how we’ve always done it” isn’t necessarily right in God’s sight or pleasing to the Lord; in fact, as Paul notes in Romans (quoted above), the opposite is true--in Christ “we serve in newness of the Spirit.”

When we pray to accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, He comes into our lives in the Person of God the Holy Spirit, who sets us free from any and everything that seeks to:

  • hold us down—away from God (i.e., sin),
  • hold us back—keep us from growing in Christ and devoting ourselves totally to Him, and
  • hold us up –keep us from serving and sharing the Lord today.

To start this new year in Christ, we should be asking Him what changes He wants to make, and be ready and willing to say “yes!” to whatever He says, even if some of what is on His “to do” and “to be” lists are things we’ve never thought-of or done before:

NEWNESS is how we live with Jesus NOW and for Him FOREVER!

Looking forward to all the new things Jesus will do in and through us in 2011 to bring others to Christ, to His eternal glory!

In Christ,

Carl

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Session Digest: November 30, 2010columns

The Session held its Stated Meeting on November 30th at 7:15 p.m. in the Boswell room.  Elder Schellhaas presented the devotion on the relationship of internal congregational health to church growth, and encouraging and building a healthy, loving church.

The following items were presented and acted on:

1. A Financial Response Plan letter to the congregation was approved.

2. Nomination Committee recommendations to the Session were presented by Elder Schellhaas.  Session approved a Congregational meeting for January 30 (following 1 service at 10:30am) to request that Session be resized to nine active members from the current 12.  (We have 3 vacancies which have remained unfilled even though 30+ members of the congregation have been asked by the Nominating Committee).  A new Nominating Committee will also be elected at that meeting.

3. The Internal Review of 2009 Financial Data, conducted by Don Davis, was approved with thanks to Don for a superb job, well done.

4.  It was reported that this year’s Samaritan’s Purse donations were a huge success and the Metropolitan Ministries tent was successful at Thanksgiving and will continue for Christmas (through December 22).

5.  Approval was given for one Family-oriented Candlelight Service Christmas Eve 7pm.

6.  Elder Andy White was elected Commissioner to the Presbytery meeting December 2nd.

Meeting was adjourned with prayer at 9:15 p.m.

Complete Session minutes are public record and are available for review in the church office by any PPC member.                                                                     

Kathie Schellhaas, Clerk pro-tem

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Stewardship Ministry Update: Finishing the Year with Thanksgiving

Special Year End Push!

We want to thank all of you who have given so faithfully during this “great recession”. Many Christian charities' and ministries' balance sheets are in bad shape this year. Pasadena also has fallen more than a month behind its budget. We need to help every member realize our financial position so we can work together to catch up and eliminate our deficit of nearly $50,000. With your sacrificial one-time gift we can finish this year strong with a balanced budget. Each of us has an opportunity to give together to bless God’s ministries here at Pasadena.

And those ministries are growing. Pasadena just gave 242 shoe boxes to Operation Christmas Child; over 20 members ministered in Trinidad on a mission trip; this year we had 135 kids attend our Vacation Bible School and 42 accepted Christ as Savior. Community Nursing and Helping Hands programs are going strong, helping our members and the community. And this year we began hosting the Metropolitan Ministries holiday collection tent. Sunday School, Women in the Word (Beth Moore), Life Groups, Monday Craft Group, Presbyterian Women’s Circles, Praise Kid’s Club, the Youth and Worship Band, Praise Chorus and choir are among the many ministries that help bind us to one another.

Pasadena Presbyterian is blessed by the generous, even sacrificial giving of our congregation. The harder the times, the more your gifts mean. Your true sacrifice will please God and encourage His body here; would you please prayerfully consider giving over-and-above for the start of 2011.  It has been a tough year for many of us but together we can honor God here at Pasadena.

Facilities Report

Had to repair a broken window on Pinellas-Way-end of hall and a leak in Boswell roof but the big news is the chapel will be tented soon for termites.

Tom Smith, Stewardship Chair

 

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

 

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Financial Report: November 30, 2010

The Financials for November show actual income $22,988.54 with expenses of $29,891.85 leaving us $6,903.31 in the red.                    

Year to Date 2010
Actual Income   $323,038.49
Actual Expenses $370,353.24
Red $  47,314.75
Financial Notes
PPC Foundation 
Pasadena Foundation $ 27,682.07
Wahl Scholarship   $ 49,959.36

Cash Available

Checking Account Balance: $36,469.46

Cash Reserves            

General Reserve MM                $29,507.87

Total Cash                   $66,077.33

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Evangemissions

Tent Talk From Metropolitan Ministries Donation Tent

  1. With tears in his eyes a middle aged gentleman said; “I need prayer – there has been a suicide attempt in our family and we are all broken up”.
  2. A smile warmed her face; “I thought I had asked Jesus into my heart before but since praying with you I feel a great weight has been lifted from me.  I want to help out in the tent”.
  3. From his pickup truck, he called on his cell phone; “I’m from out of town and I don’t know anyone here and I’m not sure where you are - can you give me directions to the church”?
  4. Four times he called with a thankful and encouraging tone in his voice, the last on Thanksgiving to say; “I want to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving”.
  5. A stepfather brought four teenagers to the tent; “I’m trying to be a good step father”.
  6. A warm smile covered his face; “here is my phone number, call me if I can help.”

The Rest of The Story

  1. He gave us two generous checks and said; “I used to go to church here but I’ve gotten out of the habit of coming.  I would like to come back.”
  2. She said; “my husband and I are separated, my boys are angry and I can’t find work.  I’ll take any job I can find to pay the bills. The church where I’ve been going is giving me a hard time because I am going through a divorce.  Would your church be accepting of me?”
  3. He pulled up to the tent in his shiny new truck with out of state license tags; “here are some groceries I want to donate and I’d like to help a struggling single parent give their kids a good Christmas.  Please call me if you know someone like that."
  4. With much joy and thankfulness in his voice he said; “I just want you to know how much I appreciate the Thanksgiving Dinner you folks provided for us and how much it encouraged us.  What a blessing you have been and I want you to know I won’t forget this. God bless you!”
  5. The stepfather continued; “I’m giving the two girls $100 to go shopping for food to donate and please give the boys something to do to help here at the tent.”  The boys sorted food and put up Christmas lights on the tent. After 1-1/2 hours the girls returned and said; “It took us forever to spend the money our dad gave us on the food that was on your list.  I never realized you could buy so much for $100 – then the store gave us a discount so we had to go back and buy more!  People who can’t afford Thanksgiving dinner must really need help.  We’re exhausted!” One of the brothers said; “now go in the storage unit and sort the food – we already did ours.”
  6. Smiling he added; “Thanks for showing us God’s love today with your prayers and gifts of food, it really opened my heart to see that God wants me to come closer to Him.”

The top set of numbered accounts above go together with the second set of the same number, completing the first story.  Odd numbers are from those making donations and even numbers are from those receiving help from our Metropolitan Ministries donation tent.  Did you notice from the first part of the story that it’s hard to tell who the poor are?  We all struggle and are in need of the same thing; God’s love, grace and salvation.   When we help others God helps us too. There’s not so much difference between us.  When we see the needs of others we realize how much we are in need of a closer relationship with God and how much we depend upon Him. It’s a short step to fall from our security to desperation if we don’t have a growing relationship with God.  If we love God He is always there to catch us and carry us in His arms.  When we are strong in God He may say; “now, get up and go help that brother or sister and tell them I love them and to come to Me.  To do outreach and love others you just can’t help but let God reach you with His love too. May God bless you as you help others and grow closer to Him!

Gene Hammond, EvangeMissions

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Pasadena Presbyterian Women

THE PURPOSE OF PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN:

FORGIVEN AND FREED BY GOD IN JESUS CHRIST AND EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, WE COMMIT OURSELVES. . . . .
To nurture our faith through prayer and bible studyPresbyterian Women
To support the mission of the church worldwide
To work for justice and peace
To build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (USA) and witnesses to the promise of God’s Kingdom.

 Activities for Month of January 2011 at Pasadena
                                Monday, January 3rd  at 10:00 am                                Communion at the Springs
                                Tuesday, January 4th  at 10:00 am                                NO PW Council Meeting
                                Tuesday, January 11th  at 10:00 am                              Esther Circle – at the home of Becky McLaughlin
                Tuesday, January 11th  at 1:00 pm                                Ruth Circle – at the home of Aristeia Sowa
                Thursday, January 13th at 7:30 pm                                Hannah Circle – Library
               
We are saddened to report that Rachel Circle has been dissolved.  Any member of Rachel Circle is invited to attend Esther, Ruth or Hannah Circles.  Hannah Circle meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm for those of you who work and are unable to attend a day circle.  Esther Circle meets at 10:00 am in the homes as well as Ruth Circle meets at 1:00 pm in the homes on the 2nd  Tuesday of the months from September to May.

PRAISES TO OUR CONGREGATION FOR THE RESPONSE TO OUR SOCK TREE.  WE RECEIVED 180 PAIRS OF SOCKS WHICH WERE TAKEN TO BETH-EL FARMWORKERS MINISTRY IN WIMAUMA, FL TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO THEIR FAMILIES.

Please take note there will be NO council meeting in January.  We will resume in February on the 1st of the month.

In Christ’s Love,

Patricia Watts
Moderator

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Faith Community Nursing

For your consideration from the Faith Community Nurse:

“It is not good for man to be alone.” Genesis 2:18 NIV.  The celebrations of faith and family during Christmas is over, yet attention to family is just as important in January as it was in December. Since the family of the 1950’s is no longer the norm, we as a church need to ask what it means to be “family,’ how we support families and how we reclaim its importance.

“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” Proverbs 24:3-4 NIV
We live in a mobile society and many of today’s families are spread out over many miles, making connections and support difficult. If your family is split apart, look to your friends, neighbors, and church family for support in your daily life. Learn from them, tap into their wisdom, and reap the benefits of those relationships. How are your supported? Who helps you make it through the week spiritually, physically, and mentally?

“Now, dear brothers and sisters, I appeal to you by the authority of the LORD Jesus Christ to stop arguing among yourselves. Let there be real harmony so there won’t be divisions in the church. I plead with you, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.” 1Corinthians 1:10 NLT
Families, whether blood related or spiritually connected, are not without conflict. Whatever the disagreement, use some common tools to work through the difficulty. Really listen to the thoughts, feelings, and wishes of the other person. Discuss differences of opinions and agree to disagree. If approached properly, conflict can strengthen families by hearing and understanding others. How do you handle conflict? How do you build your family?

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:31-32 NLT
Any connection you have with others will include both good and bad times. To strengthen your relationships with family, remember to rejoice with them as well as support them in times of need or disagreement. To nurture your relations, know that forgiveness can nurture as much as praise.  How do you nurture your family?

References/resources: www.focusonthefamily.com; Dr. James Dobson provides information on all age stages from the faith, developmental, and relational perspective; www.frc.org; Family Research Council (1-800-225-4008) promotes marriage, family, and human life through national policy; www.familyeducation.com/home/; Family Education Network provides activities for children ages 0-18, advice for parents, and information on current family issues; www.familyvillage,wisc.edu/; Family Village: A Global Community of Disability-Related Resources offers information on a wide variety of family issues.

Debbie Rivard, RN, FC

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Fellowship

Your Fellowship Committee has been persevering since the illness of Elder Ruth Hansell.  We will continue to do so now that Ruth is sitting at the Banqueting Table with the Lord in Paradise.

Our get together this month will be the last Sunday of the month, January 30th.  We will be having a barbeque luncheon following the combined service and Congregational Meeting in the Fellowship Hall.

Reservations MUST be received by calling the church office by Wednesday, January 26th in order to accommodate everyone.  We need to have enough food and tables set up prior to Sunday the 30th.

Patti B. Strong, Committee Member

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Praise Kids

The children took part in the Sonrise Preschool’s annual Christmas pageant, singing “Go Tell it on the Mountain.”  The children worked diligently on the Christmas Eve music and pageant that proclaimed the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Thank you to all of the children, volunteers, and parents who helped ensure the success of both events!

Praise Kids will continue through the month of January, meeting on Wednesday nights from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Our January curriculum will continue with “Fruit of the Spirit” with a focus on new life in Christ.  All children in Pre-K through 5th grade are welcome. 

Leslie Hughes, DOFM

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Youth

December was a busy month for the Youth.  The month began with the Hanging of the Greens in the Sanctuary.  The service project for the month was helping in the distribution of the food and toy items collected through the Metropolitan Ministries tent on-site. The light of Jesus was spread through the neighborhood surrounding the church during the Christmas caroling event held on the 19th. 

Winter Jam will be January’s highlight event, taking place at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa on January 15th.  The event starts at 6:00 PM, and doors open at 5:00 PM.  Transportation will be available via the church van  at 4pm.  Winter Jam features Christian bands, including the Newsboys, David Crowder Band, Kutless, Francesca Battistelli, Newsong, Sidewalk Prophets, Chris August, and Chris Sligh. 

Copies of the January Youth calendar will be available on the Youth bulletin board, located just inside the main entrance to the church.

Leslie Hughes, DOFM

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Prayer

Prayer is the backbone of anything we do in the name of and for the Lord.  It should be our first and last passion.  The Psalmist states that the Lord inhabits the praises of his people. Psalm 22:3

Please join us in the narthex at 8am to pray for our pastor, our church family, our needs and to praise the Lord.

Your commitment does not have to be every week.  You do not have to pray out loud.  Our church is in real need of prayer as are our nation and families.

Patti Strong

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Beth Moore Study: Get to Know Jesus the One and Only

How did it feel to walk the dusty roads of the Holy land with the incarnate son of God?  Can you imagine walking where He left footprints and hearing Him actually speak?   Come along with us on a life  changing journey through the hills of Galilee with the Teacher, across the lake with the Master, and finally, on the road with the Savior---His face set toward the cross. All you will need is your bible and workbook, a desire  to study his word daily, a jug of the Living water, and a sturdy pair of sandals.

On Wednesday, January 5th, at 6:30, Women in the Word, will begin a new study of the Gospel of Luke. This is an in-depth interactive study that includes personal daily assignments, group sessions, and large group time to view Beth Moore's video lectures.   These lectures are taped on location in Jerusalem and the places where Jesus walked in Israel.

To sign up  please contact Carol Pilkington.

To be able to have the materials ready and assignments of groups, please register by January 1st.

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Deacon's Corner

As your Deacons, we are here to serve you in any way possible. If you are in need of prayer or just someone to talk with you, call your Deacon. If you are planning to enter the hospital, are ill, or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to call us. We are here for your spiritual support, being of service you is our mission.

Please also remember that, should you need it, “Helping Hands” transportation is available to and from church services by contacting Bill Wyess.

In Christ,

Judy Bloomfield, Vicki Danz, Debbie Saathoff, Bill Schellhaas, Caesar Van Ardoy, Bill Wyess

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            
  8:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
December  5    94  58 152    
December 12  73 64   137
December 19   87  81 168  
December 24  (one service)     206
December 26   (one service)     61

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What's New At PPCNews

Free Lunch!

That’s right:  Our PPC Session is sponsoring a new monthly lunch with Pastor Carl and Donna.  The next one will be on Sunday, January 9th, following the 11am service. Participants will go out to eat at a restaurant near-by PPC (to be decided).  Space is limited to the first 6  who sign up.  Please call the church office to register no later than Thursday, January 6th.

Monday Hobby and Craft Group

We want to thank all who made our Christmas Sale a huge success.  We were able to donate $400 back to the church.

Cookbooks are still able to be purchased in the
office during the week and from Vicki and Patti
in the fellowship hall on  Sundays.

Anyone wanting specific jewelry, you can still order it from Vicki.

We have an over-abundance of plastic bags right now.  So please recycle them at the stores.

Have a Happy and Blessed New Year!

The Crafters

Monday Hobby and Craft Group Lessons

 Look & See what is being taught on Monday mornings at the Craft Group.  Shirley Phillips, our resident artist, teaches painting to one or more willing students at any given time.  All you need to bring with you is a desire to learn.  Here she is with some of the work (Fishers of Men, Set Your Eyes on the Rainbow & Water God’s Garden) that she helped Pat Mancini paint. If you are interested, call Shirley

Thank You Note

Thank you seems so small to say to my Church Family for all the prayers, cards and food we      received after Harold’s death.  A special thanks to the Presbyterian Women for the wonderful, warm reception we had following the Memorial Service.  You could just feel the love and many comments were made about this.

Also, thanks to Presbyterian Women for the lovely floral  arrangement they had at the reception and also in church in loving memory of Harold. 

My love to all of you.
Patricia Watts

Thanks

I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and cards during my illness and recovery. You all have been a great blessing to me.

God Bless,
John V. Stahley, Sr.

Thank You

Thank you Congregation!

We have shipped nine more boxes to our troops!!

God’s Girls Reunion Group

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