Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

January 2012

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Stewardship Ministry Update
Financial Report
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Antioch Youth
Children's Church
Parent's Night Out
Deacon's Corner
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation."
1 Peter 2:2 (NIV)

It’s an axiom of spiritual life and growth in Christ that to make disciples we have to become disciples.

Discipleship is all about becoming complete in Christ (Col. 1:28).  Central to our growth and becoming more like Christ is knowing and so doing God’s Word—the Bible.  It is safe to say that without a daily, life-changing study of what God says, bearing fruit by making disciples is virtually impossible, because:

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true
and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out
and teaches us to do what is right. It is God's way of preparing us in every way,
to be fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT)

While many long-term church members have “heard it all before” and then some when it comes to Bible stories, it is what we know and do with what we know—how we obey God’s voice in His Word—that the Holy Spirit uses to make us different, and so make a difference in the world around us.  Too many times, even our best curriculum and teaching methodologies in the church have unintentionally resulted in making us great students of the classroom, but very incomplete and inadequate as          disciples in the real world.  Living the Word comes from spiritually-sound study habits—which must include personal application (see James 1:22).

SO, our Session, at the recommendation of our Discipleship Ministry, is offering everyone at  PPC the opportunity to get “back to the basics” of personal, life-transforming Bible study.  For four weeks,

beginning January 8 through February 2nd, 2012, we all at PPC will be joining-together and   going-through what we’re calling “New Life Study Groups.” Our elders and deacons, who went through this training in October, will be leading all of our Sunday School classes (elementary through adult), all Wednesday Night study groups (kids and adults), and also will offer a day-time study on Thursdays

(3-4pm).  We will all be using the same passages and answering the same questions each week:

--Passage for week of:  January 8—John 1:19-34;  January 15—John 3:1-16; 

                                          January 22—John 10:1-16; and January 29—John 21:15-19;

--Questions (same each week):   1) What did you like about this passage? 2) What did you not like or find confusing? 3) What does this passage teach about people/us? 4) What does this passage teach about God? 5) How will you live-out (apply) this passage—what does the Lord want you to do with what He has said? (be very specific);  6) Who will you tell about what you’ve learned?  You can grab a piece of paper, your Bible and 15 or so minutes to answer the questions prior to each week’s class (PLEASE DO THIS HOMEWORK!).   Blank study forms will also be available in the pick-up stations around the sanctuary and the church office if you prefer to use them.

Why so basic a Bible study?  Because Session believes the Lord wants us all to literally be on the same page, and all be able to initially follow-up people led to faith in Christ through each of our lives. 



--That’s referring to each one of us:  We each must know and do God’s Word, more and more, so the Lord can use us to help lead others to faith, life and growth in Jesus, too!

“Those who obey God's word really do love him. That is the way to know whether or not we live in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Christ did.”  (1 John 2:5-6)

Grateful to be learning, knowing and doing what God says with you, His people by and of His Holy Word, at and as PPC!  

In Christ,          


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Session Digestcolumns

November 2011

The Session held its November Stated Meeting on November 29th at 7:00 p.m. in the Boswell room.  Elder Schellhaas presented a devotion starting with 1 Kings 19:11-13 that thoughtfully
led to remembering when we have seen the power and glory of God.

The following items were presented and acted on:

  1. New Life Study Groups schedule was planned and approved.
  2. It is planned that a letter will be sent to the Congregation regarding 10A.
  3. The preliminary budget was reviewed and will be finalized in December.
    Pastor’s vacation request for the week of December 26th through January 8th was approved.
  4. Leslie Hughes was elected as commissioner to the Presbytery meeting of December 1st.
  5. Approval was given for Pastor Anthony to send a letter asking the Congregation for financial help for the Anthony’s trip to Trinidad in January.                                    

Kathie Schellhaas, Clerk pro tem                  

***Session minutes are available for review by any church member in the church office***

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Stewardship Ministry Update  

Thank You!

Pasadena Presbyterian is blessed by the generous, even sacrificial giving of our congregation during 2011. The harder the times, the more your gifts mean. Your true sacrifice pleases God and encourages His body here.  It has been a tough year for many of us but together we can continue to honor God here at Pasadena through our serving and giving.

Your Stewardship Ministry


Pasadena Presbyterian Church Wishlist
Nature of Project Estimated Cost Received
Youth Sound Equipment (speakers, etc.) $1,500 0
Sanctuary Projector $4,000 0
Worship Band Keyboard  (NEW!) $2,000 0

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Financial Report

The Financials for November show actual income $23,169.92 with expenses of $28,182.26*leaving us–$5,012.34 in the red.

Year to Date 2011
Actual Income   $ 308,061.56
Actual Expenses $ 313,041.76
Red -$      4,980.20


Financial Notes

PPC Foundation 
Pasadena Foundation $28,134.29
Wahl Scholarship   $48,944.42

Cash Available  

Checking Account Balance: $45,976.72

Cash Reserves             

General Reserve MM                $29,958.74

Total Cash                   $75,935.46

*includes annual insurance renewal initial payment of $6,846.06

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January, 2012

Happy New Year from your Evangemissions Ministry!

Let’s start the new year with praises for a few of many of God’s blessings during 2011!

PPC missionaries and opportunities to share Jesus with the world

PPC food distribution center and opportunities to share Jesus locally

PPC sponsorship of Metropolitan Ministries Donation Tent and Registration Center

PPC college outreach start up and two band-night benefit concerts at the tent by Oliver & Company – these events were attended by college age adults and many from our neighborhood

Community partnerships with Victory Estates and Causeway Isles Yacht Club Estates – donation drives for both Metropolitan Ministries Tent and the Food Distribution Center

PPC (YOU) for sharing your time and talents

Let’s continue the new year with prayers that we see and do what opportunities God provides for us!

"The light that shines furthest, shines brightest at home."
- Oswald J. Smith

Gene Hammond

Sandy Moore, Evangemissions Chair

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Food Distribution Center 

Praise God!  Our Church held another successful Food Distribution.  Fourteen volunteers were blessed to be as blessing.  Sixty three families with a total of one hundred and seventy one individuals were presented with food plus other miscellaneous items (toiletries etc.) 

All families joyfully participated in prayer.

Pastor Anthony Oliver is helping each of the volunteers to become more like Christ.

“Thank You Pastor Anthony!  P.P.C. is blessed to have you and your Family in our congregation!

If you would like to be a blessing come and volunteers.  For more information, contact Russ Cabot or Larry Hendry for details.

We are looking for peanut butter donation or anything you would like to donate. 

Thank you, for all your help and donations.  God Bless You!

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Women of the ChurchPresbyterian Women


Thursday, January 5, 2012  @ 10:00 am      PW Council Meeting in Boswell
Monday, January 9, 2012 @ 1:00 pm                         Hannah Circle in Fellowship Hall
Monday, January 9, 2012 @ 7:00 pm                         Rachel Circle at the home of Ann Carney
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 1:00 pm                       Esther Circle at the home of
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 1:00 pm                       Ruth Circle at the home of Ruth Gey

In our circle meetings, we are studying the Book of James.  Please join us for a time of bible study and fellowship.  All women are invited to participate in one of the circles.  Please contact Shirley Hartsfield, our Circle Coordinator, for more information.

We are happy to report our Thank Offering received was $800.00.  Thank you one and all who contributed to this mission of Presbyterian Women.

We received 212 pr. of socks this year from the Sock Tree.  A big thank you to our congregation and preschool for the generous donation of socks.  Leo Meilus has been kind enough to volunteer to take these socks to
Beth-El Farmworkers Mission in Wimauma, FL

Save the date:  Saturday, February 11, 2012. 

Patricia Watts, Chairperson

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On Saturday, January 21, 2012 we will have a “Trash & Treasures Sale” in the Fellowship Hall.  You may start bringing in things for the sale the week of January 9, 2012..  A light lunch, consisting of hot dog, chips and soda, will be available that day for $3.00.  The sale will be from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Proceeds will bedivided among the various missions that we support and our local church.  (Ad may be found elsewhere in the newsletter.)

Keep Saturday, February 11, 2012 available on your calendar.  This will be a Valentine’s Tea and will be open to both men and women.  We will have entertainment, basket raffle and fun and fellowship.  More details will be in the next newsletter.  This will be from 1:00 PM - ???

The above are set times for us all to get together and fellowship, one with another and may we all share and show Jesus in our actions and love for one another and encourage each other.

Happy & Healthy New Year to one and all!

Patricia Watts, Chairperson

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Antioch Youth News

The Youth continue to meet with K-Life St. Petersburg.  K-Life meets at Bridgepoint Church, 5901 9th Avenue N, St. Petersburg.  More information about K-Life can be found on the K-Life website,, or by contacting the area director, Brian Wang.

The High School Club meets on Monday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00.  Small groups meet from 8:00 – 8:45 PM.

The Middle School Club meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00.  Small groups meet from 8:00 – 8:45.

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FICTION: Sisters of the Quilt is a trilogy by New York Times best-selling author Cindy Woodsmall. Written in a

captivating  way, she delves into the life of Hannah Lapp, a young Amish girl  who seeks to discover whether her life should be in or out of the Amish community. Many  of those who reviewed it said it was difficult to put this trilogy down. The three books are When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes and When the Soul Mends.

DVD: Veggie Tales: Sweetpea Beauty: Jesus looks at how you are on the inside, not how you dress and act. Infused with silly songs, this movie will interest girls (though boys will like it, too). It is about friendship and inner beauty.

NONFICTION: I Never Thought I'd See the Day! Culture at the Crossroads by Dr. David Jeremiah. Western civilization is in decline and Dr. Jeremiah examines "this accelerating cultural shift" and how "it might impact us all. These trends and events include: marriage becoming obsolete; the Bible marginalized; spiritual warfare intensifying; America turning its back on Israel and other signs. Dr. Jeremiah believes that this downward spiral can be reversed, "but only if we all, one person at a time, return to God with our heart, our manner of life, our dedication to genuine worship, in serving others, in our giving, and in prayer."

Laurie Smith, Librarian

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It was in January of 2003, that the preschool ministry was born. That January the school was in the first phase of preparation. I was going through the procedures to obtain a license, and the school did not even have a name. On Sunday January 26th 2003, I had the privilege of meeting the congregation for the first time. I spoke to you about tithing your time, talent and treasure to support the opening of this new ministry. You shared your time and talent in so many ways. I remember the day when so many of you came in on a Saturday to help paint the classrooms. It was February 1st, the day the space shuttle Columbia exploded on re-entry. We stopped our work to pray. You were so generous in choosing an apple or an angel from a board that was set out in the hallway. Each apple and angel listed a supply and the money needed to purchase it. Your generosity from a $5.00 gift to a $100.00 gift was the seed that helped this ministry to grow. It is hard to believe, but the first graduates of Sonrise will be entering High School this year!

As we begin our registration for the 10th year on January 30th 2012, we are not only licensed, but a Nationally Accredited School. We are full to capacity this year and we have served and ministered to over 800 children and families since the school’s inception. We are blessed to have a staff of 9 dedicated Christian teachers who educate our students and teach them about the love of Jesus through action, word and prayer. It is amazing to see what God can do when we all work together for His Glory!

Speaking of working together for His Glory, the Christmas Pageant was awesome! What a blessing to have so many church ministries working  together to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The Praise Band led us in worship and song and the Children’s Church Ministry sang a prelude to the pageant led by Leslie Hughes. The Preschool Ministry presented the story of the birth of Jesus through song and a Living Nativity while Sonrise alumnae Leighton Levering narrated the story. The Fellowship Committee hosted a reception of cookies and punch for the 400 people who were in attendance. Thank you all for your prayers and support. Wishing you a very blessed New Year as we continue to work together for Christ wherever and whenever He calls us! –

Laura Woodard

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Children's Church

Children’s Church is a worship service designed specifically for children in pre-k through 5th grade.  The children are dismissed from the Sanctuary each Sunday, with the exception of Communion Sunday, during the 9:00 AM  service.

There will be no Children’s Church on either Sunday, January 1 or January 8.

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matthew 19:14

Please contact Leslie Hughes, , for additional information.

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Parent's Night Out

WHEN:  Saturday, January 28

              Saturday, February 18

              Saturday, March 10

TIME:  6-9 PM

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

            Children ages 1-3 classroom 5

            Children ages 4-10 Fellowship Hall

Age-appropriate activities for all children. 

Snack provided.  No charge.

Please contact Leslie Hughes at for additional information.

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The many opportunities in our mission work for service and sharing the word is but one of the driving forces behind an opportunity open to the whole congregation that has been Session approved.  That opportunity will come in January in the form of our New Life Groups, held for four weeks, where you can quickly learn how to do basic discipleship with new believers.  These sessions will be
held in Sunday School classes, Wednesday night classes and an afternoon opportunity at 3:00 p.m. on
Thursdays.  You don’t have to be a teacher or have special talents to share God’s word, you just have to be
there and He will do the rest.  What a blessing for all, thank you Elders and Deacons.

 Another opportunity that has been ongoing this fall and will continue is the K-Life Youth group that is open to our youth of middle school and high school ages.  Anyone in the congregation can invite a relative, for instance a grandchild, niece or nephew in this age group, to take advantage of K-Life through our church.  K-Life is a community-wide, interdenominational Christian ministry of
discipleship and fellowship.  They work to teach and encourage kids to be strong in the Lord in spite of all the negative pressures they face today; and the kids will meet many others just like them from the schools they
attend.  If you are interested in a relative of yours joining K-Life, please contact Leslie Hughes.

 “Then the Lord said…now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” Exodus 4:8-12.

Kathie Schellhaas, Discipleship Chair

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Deacon's Corner

The New Year has arrived and Christmas is past. Please remember that wonderful feeling of love and joy that we experienced during the Christmas season and make every effort to continue that path throughout, not just the year, but forever. It is what we, as Christians, should maintain. There is a certain inner glow that radiates out to the rest of the world as we walk with Christ every day. We have received His Grace through his love and we, therefore, are commissioned to spread it everywhere to all whose minds are open to accept Christ.

Always remember that, when we share God’s Love, it is always returned tenfold.

Please also remember that, as your Deacons, we are here for your needs. Should help be needed, do not hesitate to call us.

In Christ,

Bill Schellhaas, Chair; Judy Bloomfield; Vicki Danz; Debbie Saathoff; Caeser Van Ardoy and Bill Wyess.

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Sunday Worship Attendance

  9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
December  4   81 60  141
December 11   70  62  132
December 18  82 55 137

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What's New At PPCNews

Save the Dates!

2012 VBS: June 11-15

Trash and Treasure Sale

January 21, 2012 9AM to 2PM

Bring your trash and go home  with your treasures!

Donations may be brought in beginning January 9th.  Please place your donations on the stage in the Fellowship Hall.

All money earned from this sale will go theGeneral Fund of PPC and Missions

Lunch of a hot dog, beans, chips and soda will be available for the cost of $3.00.

Sanctuary Flowers

As of November 1, 2011 the price of Sanctuary flowers is now $35.

Thank You

A Big PPC thank you to the Monday Morning Craft Group for their hard work and dedication for the Christmas Craft Sale. Their talent and your generosity netted $400 which went to the Faith Promise Account. Ladies, we appreciate you and all you do for PPC.

January Sunday School Schedule

  • Children’s Classes: Elementary Room 209
  • Youth Classes: Room 205
  • College/ Career Class: Room 206
  • Friendship Class: Boswell
  • Bible Study: Room 204
  • Creative Friendzy Class:Room 201

All classes will use the New Life Bible Studies.  Classes will be taught by our elders and deacons.

Thank You

The Taylor Family would like to thank the Food Distribution Ministry for all they have done to help them.

Dave, Cathy, Rob & Noah Taylor

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."

READ THIS!!!! (It's very important!)

Beginning with the January Newsletter we will no longer be sending out paper  newsletters unless you have requested one.  We ask that you call the office (345-0148) or send an email to by January 15, 2012 and let us know if you would like a paper copy mailed to you.  An electronic copy is always available on the church’s website at We will also be able to print a copy for you if you stop by the church office during regular business hours.  The cost of producing and sending paper copies is quite expensive.  Our operating budget can no longer sustain this cost.  Thank you for your cooperation. 

The Office

Church Envelopes for 2012

Please call the church office or send an email to if you wish to receive contribution envelopes for 2012. 

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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