Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

January 2017

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From Me to You
Financial Report
Stewardship Ministry
The Deacon's Developements
Koinonia Ministry
Praise Kids
Breakfast for Jesus
Sonrise ECLC
Trinidad Mission Trip
Library News
Women of the Church
Food Distribution Ministry
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You:

“If any are in Christ, they are new creations. 
The old has passed away; behold, all things are becoming new!”
(2 Corinthians 5:17)

2017!  New Year!  New Us—you and me!  New CHURCH!

That’s right:  in just a few weeks, our dismissal should be completed, and we will be reincorporated and rechartered as a brand new church!

WHAT will be new?

· Not our name—that will stay the same (at least for now);
· Not our facilities—although we might continue to put on a new coat of paint in some places;
· Not our on-going ministries—Preschool, Sunday School, worship, Session, Deacons, Koinonia,
Stewardship and Evangemissions will all stay pretty much the same (at least for now; Food

Distribution may stay at once-per-month—we’ll see);

What WILL be new--beyond a new SIGN (eventually)-- is our emerging identity and life together as a part of the ECO:  Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.  To help us get on the road to getting there, our Breakfast with Jesus 8:30am Sunday School class will be focusing on the ESSENTIAL TENETS of the ECO from January 8 – February 26.  The Rev. Gary Hofmeyer, H.R., will be leading the discussion about what the tenets are, where they are found in Scripture, and how they are presented in the Westminster Confession.  This opportunity to get familiar with our ECO “DNA” is open to all and especially recommended for our church officers (elders and deacons, active or resting).

Is that ALL that will be new?

That depends--it is up to each and all of us to choose:

Þ whether we learn, grow and implement new ways of showing and sharing Jesus in love with our community and around the world, and become a FLOURISHING congregation again,

Þ OR we just change our sign and keep pretty much just doing the same old/same old and expect something different to happen (aka Einstein’s definition of insanity).

One thing I am sure of, as NEW CREATIONS in Christ, Jesus wants us to choose the former:  learn, grow and let Jesus build His church (Matthew 16:18)!  That is why we need to come up to speed with our new ECO home and identity; and it is also the reason going on the trip or partnering with our team that is going to Trinidad in July is important:  we need to learn, relearn and put into practice here what the Lord teaches us while in mission there; remember  MISSION IS A LIFESTYLE, NOT JUST A TRIP!

Looking forward, upward and outward to all Jesus will do in, with and through us as His NEW CREATIONS in 2017!

In Christ,


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Financial Report

November  2016    Financial  Report

Account Name
General Fund Checking   $  32,902.55
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $  77,605,29
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $    54,221.01
PRESCHOOL MM   $    40,747.65
Financial Notes



OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   -$     4,606.11


Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING INCOME YTD * $  243,025.84
OPERATING EXPENSE YTD    $  232,928.55
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        * +$    10,097.29


Deacon’s Fund                                                            $       2,776.31

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

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Stewardship Ministry

In Acts 10:4 an angel told Cornelius, “Your prayers and your acts of charity have come up as a memorial offering before God.” Around Christmastime and the new year, we often think about (or a deluge of mail forces us to think about) giving to charities. Thinking of charitable giving as a way to present an offering to God helps change my thinking. Further, this quote by C. S. Lewis from “Mere Christianity” reminds us what charity originally meant: “Charity means ‘Love, in the Christian sense’. But love, in the Christian sense, does not mean an emotion. It is a state not of the feelings but of the will; that state of the will which we have naturally about ourselves, and must learn to have about other people.” How is God calling each of us to ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ (Matthew 19:19b) ?

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair

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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 very blessed and a Christ filled New Year!!


God loves you and so do we!!

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


Please remember The Dollars for Deacons Offering Envelopes in the Sanctuary

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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. 

“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 December 6th  in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00 a.m. 

Preschool Christmas Pageant was December 15th at 6:00 p.m.  It was, as always a joy to watch the children act out in narration and song the Christmas story.  Thanks to Terry Odom who was in charge of the music.  A wonderful night for all.

Looking ahead the youth will be going to Winter Jam on January 14th, an evening of Christian music, testimonies and worship with youth from all over the Tampa Bay area.  At this writing, date was not known for sure.

Praise Kids/Youth will meet Sunday evenings (the Fun Day Sundays they do not meet) 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, Sandy Moore, Terry Odom, Alma Oline, Shirley Phillips, Laurie Smith and Pat Watts.

Pat Mancini, Chairperson

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Praise Kids

The elementary-age kids learned the Lord’s Prayer these past weeks, memorizing it a verse at a time. To illustrate the meaning of each verse, we used stories from the Bible. To reinforce it all, there were games and crafts and fun and snacks. The kids under 5 had fun learning Bible lessons suited to their age.

Youth has been studying from The Story NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His people; Author - Adam Barr

The youth enjoyed our Christmas party on December 18th where we baked and decorated cookies, and played games. They are looking forward to Winter Jam on January 14th!!

We’re on to another adventure in the new year, so join us at 6 p.m. Sunday evenings! Keep up with us on Facebook:

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Breakfast for Jesus

BREAKFAST FOR JESUS Sunday School Class will be focusing on the ECO’s essential tenets  with Rev. Gary Hofmeyer teaching January 8—February 26, 2017.

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Sonrise ECLC

New Beginnings

“No one can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending”
This quote made me think of how often we want to start over.  During the holidays, my children and I were playing games with the wii.  If we did not do well on a game or we did not like the outcome, we just reset the game and did it over.  Life is just not like that.  We don’t get to go back and start a new beginning.  We make mistakes along the way and sometimes we get a chance to make them right but other times we have to live with the consequences and decide how it will change us in the present.  We can’t change the beginning BUT we begin again, right where we are with the choice to make things better in our lives.  We all make mistakes and fall short of who we want to be but who we become is all about the choices we make when we are walking through the hard things.  This is relevant to all of our lives but in the preschool it is the reality of daily living.  Children don’t come with the skills they need to solve all their problems.  They hit, say mean words and sometimes throw a temper tantrum. They are not that fond of sharing and occasionally forget to use their manners.  We expect it because it is our job to help teach them these life skills.  Our hope is that they learn we all make mistakes and we probably will for the rest of our entire lives.  But when we make a mistake, we have a choice to start again a little wiser and better equipped to make a better choice.  No matter your age or stage in life, anyone and everyone can start today to make a new ending.  If you have not chosen Christ as your savior, doing so can change the course of your life.  If you do know Christ but your life is not what you want it to be, consider focusing on the only one who can lead you in a different way.  He wants an intimate, close friendship with each of us and knowing Him makes all the difference.

Shirley McLeod, Director

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Trinidad Mission Trip



US Departure from:  Tampa

Destination:   San Fernando, Trinidad
Partners:  Pastor Anthony Oliver, Without Walls Outreach International


  • receive training in cross-cultural evangelism and follow-up discipleship
  • serve with church partners in Trinidad, going door-to-door doing direct, personal evangelism, and in ministries to help strengthen the host church
  • participate with church partners in evening studies and services
  • help our partners start new Bible studies and house churches in areas void of  evangelical witness and worship of Jesus Christ
  • be a part of a beginning church planting movement with a strategic outreach to the rest of the Caribbean and northern S. America
  • become more effective disciple-maker at home (USA) in your witness of and service to Christ!
  • Get to know Jesus better, love and serve Him even more!

Documents needed:
US Passport (also other notarized permits if under 18)
Disease Prevention:
Current Tetanus, Hepatitis A & B (recommended)
Cost:  $2,900
which includes: transportation from Tampa and in Trinidad, lodging & food in Trinidad, materials for evangelism and discipleship, follow-up funds for new and host churches

Applications due January 15, 2016 with $200 non-refundable deposit*
50% of outstanding balance due March 1, 2017
100% of cost due May 1, 2017

For More Information or to sign-up:    
Contact Pastor Carl

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The relationship that we have with Jesus changes us forever.  It is a relationship that grows and matures in us the more deeply we get to know and put our trust in Him.  Our relationship with others brings about changes too.  Think of people in this church that you have grown to love.  They make a difference in your life because you love them and they love you.  The same is true with our missionaries that we have come to know.  Rex, Alex and Julie, Kevin and others warm our hearts because we have come to know and love them.  It’s no different with families and individuals in our preschool and community.  We don’t know to love them and they don’t know to love us because our relationship has not developed to that point yet but relationships are at the heart of all growth and at the center of building a more flourishing church.

Let’s look at Jesus’ Model in Building Relationships. Jesus began His ministry by enlisting a group of fisherman – men who had a common bond around their work and life style. While Jesus was not a fisherman, He was not far removed from them in the social order. He went to where they were to call them. He did not call them to where He was. He enlarged the group later by adding a tax collector; again, someone with similar social status. More significantly, Jesus made the effort to connect, to bond with these men. Note that there was a progression from common background to a common friend, Jesus. People often need to move from a relationship with people to a relationship with Christ. 

Are you willing to help us be a more flourishing church?  We are looking for people who are brave enough to build relationships that changes things forever.  Building your relationship with Jesus is most important of course, but also building a relationship with one or more of our covenant partners (members), missionaries, and one or more people in our community that are not part of our church family.  This will take time but if you are seriously willing to change things forever, you will need to make a commitment to start building relationships.  Currently, we are sharing bible stories and singing songs with nursing home elders, praying for and encouraging missionaries, volunteering at the food distribution ministry, singing in the chorus, visiting people in their homes, cooking breakfast for Sunday school, supporting our preschool with their daily needs, giving rides to church with those who don’t drive, sending birthday, get well and encouragement cards, maintenance to building and grounds and much more.  There is much more that can be done to build relationships in our church community and our city.  By building relationships people start trusting us and trusting that the way we treat them is because of the relationship that changes us forever is the one we have with Jesus.  It’s not that difficult; KNOW JESUS, KNOW NEIGHBORS, SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW.  You have what it takes!

Mark Sunday March 26th on your calendars.  It’s our Mission Sunday!  Details in February Newsletter.

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Library News


Reading books or listening to books on cd can be a very good way to start your new year. In addition to reading the Bible itself, listening to or reading books which talk to us about our Christian life and what the Bible has to say about it would be one of the best ways to grow in faith.

Timothy J. Keller, pastor of the Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and ordained by the Presbyterian Church in America, understandably explains how a Christian life ought to be.

The library has several new items from Pastor Keller:

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness: The Path to True Christian Joy (Audio cd) “What are the marks of a supernaturally changed heart?” Pastor Keller studies the Bible letters to the Corinthians and discovers, according to the description of this book, now cd, that. “A truly gospel humble person is not a self-hating person or a self-loving person, but a self-forgetful person,” 

The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God (paperback) shows how modern culture has come to include many incorrect ideas concerning marriage. “With insights from Kathy, his wife of thirty-seven years, (he) shows marriage to be a glorious relationship that is also misunderstood and mysterious…” the description says, “ This book shows everyone—Christians, skeptics, singles, longtime married couples, and those about to be engaged—the vision of what marriage should be according to the Bible.”

Laurie Smith, librarian  


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Women of The Church


Communion at the Springs – Monday, January 2nd at 9:45 a.m.

Rachel Circle – Monday, January 9th at 7:00 p.m. at TBD. 

Sarah Circle – Tuesday, January 10th at 1:00 p.m. at TBD.

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).

The sock tree again was a huge success. We collected 190 pairs of socks between the Preschool and the Cub Scouts and these were taken to Beth-el Farmworkers Ministry in Wimauma lovingly by Phyllis Poirer. Thank you Phyllis!

 “Serve one another in love” (Gal. 5:13) and “Encourage one another”(I Thess. 5:11; Heb. 3:13)

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Food Distribution Ministry

Food Distribution ministry REPORT NOVEMBER 2016

313 Families  880 individuals  9, 355 pounds of food given out

Our families enjoyed extra blessings of insect repellent, dryer sheets, sun block, and band aids. We also had a blessing table with clothes & some household items. If you have any clothes or household items that are new or gently used. please bring them to church.

Our message in November was to give thanks and glory to the Lord for all He has done for and through the Food Distribution!

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Sunday Worship Attendance


December 04  67
December 11 88
December 18 56

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What's New At PPCNews

Offering Envelopes

OFFERING ENVELOPES for 2017 are available for pick-up in the side hallway.  Please note:  we no longer use names or numbers on the boxes and envelopes, so any box will work for you—just put your name on the envelopes as they are used.  Please do not pick up a box if you are not going to use it;  envelopes are also available in the pew racks for any given Sunday.

Please bring in your plastic grocery bags for the our Food Distributions.
Bags can be put in the containers in hallway by patio. Thank you!

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  as  listed in the  weekly Flyer. If you send an email to us, but do not receive a reply, please call the OFFICE.
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.

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 eveningsuntil 8:30pm.  If your group can’t change to meet on the nights when PPC is now open, you will need to   contact Pastor Carl to get keys and codes —you will be responsible for locking up and setting the alarm—or find another location off site.  

Dollars for Deacons Fund

Please Remember The Dollars For  Deacons Offering Envelopes in the Sanctuary.

Collect Aluminum Cans

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 youth ministries.  Thank you!

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 Ariel and font no larger than 10.
  • Newsletter articles should be titled with ministry, month and year ie, “Library February 2016”.

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