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February 2010

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From Me to You:

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”(Romans 8:38)

As I write this article, I’m sitting by the bedside of my 80+ year old mother, as she is going to be with the Lord.  I’ve certainly been in this position with many others and their families over the past 27 years of pastoral ministry.  It is different, though, to go through it now, not as a pastor, but as a son.

Losing a loved one is certainly difficult.  I am so grateful that Mom accepted Christ, and she and we know where she’s going!  That makes this difficult time somewhat more bearable, even if it is still hard to comprehend.  Having lost parents, in-laws, friends as well as members of the churches I’ve served, I can say that knowing Jesus and His promises of being immediately in eternal life with Him at death sure lessens the helplessness I feel, and dispels any hopelessness.  There is life after this life with Jesus for all who have prayed to receive and trusted in Him!

That is the triumphant note the Holy Spirit trumpets through the Apostle Paul in Romans 8.  The answer to the question (above) “who can separate us from the love of Christ?” is a resounding “no one and nothing!”  Jesus died and rose again, defeating sin, the devil and death.  Because of Him and what He did, we who believe in His Name know that nothing—“not death nor life, angels or demons, the past, present or future—nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord!” (Romans 8:38-9).

Still, for now, losing a loved one through death means being separated from them.  That is hard. It hurts, and it triggers a process known as grieving.  Good grief is the emotional reaction and road to healing through a loss;  by it, our minds and hearts are restored, much as our flesh is put back together after a cut—from the inside out.  For us as believers in Jesus, we have for our hurts and losses the special “balm” of His presence in the person and power of His Holy Spirit, and the promises of His Holy Word.  So at a death, we grieve “yet not as those who are without such hope” (1 Thess. 4:13).  For Christians, God’s sure and secure promise is that we will see each other and be together again in eternal life with Jesus!  As hard as it is to say “goodbye” for now, we know it is only temporarynothing can or will separate us from Christ, from being His and with Him together forever!

As Christ’s people, then, it is so important for us to live and share that Good News!  The world right around us and all around needs to know:
When the earth quakes, His love is unshakeable!
When finances fail and plans falter, His love is unchanging!
When death takes a loved one away, His love is unending!

February is “love month” with Valentines’ Day being a center part.  I pray we at PPC will continue to live in and live out God’s “love that will not let us go” in Jesus, so the whole world can know, life with and for, and have hope in Jesus too!

In Christ,

Carl

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Session Digest: December 15, 2009

The Session met in the Boswell Room at 7:00 p.m for the Stated Meeting in December. The Moderator was Pastor Carl Crawford, who opened the meeting with prayer. A quorum was present. Also present were Deacons-elect: Ceasar Van Ardoy, Judy Bloomfield, Bill Schellhaas, Bill Wyess, Vicki columnsDanz, and Debbie Saathoff. Elder Hughes shared a devotional based on the words of 2 Corinthians 9:15.

Testimonies were shared by each Deacon-elect. Several questions were posed to each of them which were correctly answered. A motion was made and approved that each of the Deacons-elect be ordained and installed during both worship services on January 10, 2010.

Other items of importance that were discussed and acted on were the following:
a. The Annual Corporation meeting, chaired by President Steve Edwards was conducted.
b. Copies of the proposed 2010 Budget were distributed, discussed, and approved.
c. With the approval of former Pastor Rhett Talbert, a continuing scholarship be established for needy families of the preschool of $2000. from the Beth Talbert Memorial Fund was approved. The remainder of the fund was approved to be used to assist in the purchase of a van.
d. The balance on November 30, 2009 was $33,712.35.
e. Christmas bonuses for non-ordained staff were approved.
f. The Missions Conference was approved for March 17-21, with Pastor Anthony Oliver speaking.
h. A free community outreach (singing, movie, popcorn) was approved for January and February in the Fellowship Hall.

The meeting closed with a season of prayer at 9:12 p.m. 
Larry Oline, Clerk

(Complete Session minutes are public record and are available for review in the Church Office by any PPC member)

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Financial Report: December 31, 2009

The Financials for December show actual income $23,739.21 with expenses of *$41,770.29 leaving us $18,031.08 in the red.      

*Actual expenses for the month of December include, but are not limited to, end of the year payments, 4th quarter payments and payroll tax transfers.

                                                 

Year to Date 2009
Actual Income   $392,438.49
Actual Expenses $376,757.32
Black $  15,681.17
Financial Notes
PPC Foundation 
Pasadena Foundation $  26,743.32
Wahl Scholarship   $ 49,945.67

Cash Reserves             $115,391.20

Columbia Theological Seminary Scholarship Fund
Current value of fund $8,193.53
Gifts placed into fund $8,001.92

 

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Children's Church

Children's Church

The worship in Children’s Church will concentrate on the ministries of Jesus, specifically how Jesus was by nature God, yet humbled himself and became a servant – to both God and man.  The children will learn the attributes of being a servant, and how they can serve God in their lives each day.

Children’s Church is a worship service designed specifically for children in kindergarten through 5th grade.  The children are dismissed from the Sanctuary during the 8:30 AM service each Sunday, with the exception of Communion Sunday.

“But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you:  to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.”  Joshua 22:5

Leslie Hughes

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What's Happening in the Antioch Youth Group

Valentine's Day Dinner

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Discipleship Ministry: New Wednesday Night Study coming in January – “The Purpose Driven Life”

A groundbreaking manifesto on the meaning of life.

Led by Carl Treleaven, the study will be every Wednesday at 7PM starting on January 13th 2010.

The most basic question everyone faces in life is “why am I here?” “What is my purpose?” Self-help books suggest that people should look within, at their own desires and dreams, but Rick Warren says the starting place must be with God and his eternal purposes for each life. Real meaning and significance comes from understanding and fulfilling God’s purposes for putting us on earth.

This book helps readers understand God’s incredible plan for their lives. Warren enables them to see the big picture of what life is all about and begin to live the life God created them to live.

The Purpose-Driven Life is a manifesto for Christian living in the 21st century...a lifestyle based on eternal purposes, not cultural values. Using biblical stories and letting the Bible speak for itself, Warren clearly explains God’s five purposes for each of us:

  • We were planned for God’s pleasure, so your first purpose is to offer real worship.
  • We were formed for God’s family, so your second purpose is to enjoy real fellowship.
  • We were created to become like Christ, so your third purpose is to learn real discipleship.
  • We were shaped for serving God, so your fourth purpose is to practice real ministry.
  • We were made for a mission, so your fifth purpose is to live out real evangelism.
This long-anticipated book is the life-message of Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church. Written in a captivating devotional style, the book is divided into 40 short chapters that can be read as a daily devotional, studied by small groups, and used by churches participating in the nationwide 40 Days of Purpose campaigns .

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Life Groups

Life Groups meet on Sunday Night, Wednesday Night, Thursday during the day and Thursday evening.

The early church experienced true Christian fellowship in small groups that met in homes for bible study and prayer.  Join this powerful ministry.  Get connected to God and fellow believers!

Experiencing the Cross: Your Greatest Opportunity for Victory Over Sin

Author: Henry T. Blackaby

Description: Although the cross is God’s decisive deed in human history, the full meaning of it is far too much for a mere human mind to grasp. But through Henry Blackaby’s careful examination, the cross becomes not a doctrine, but an experience. You’ll be overwhelmed with the utter significance of Christ’s death, leading you to a stronger sense of God’s power in your daily life. Steeped in the Blackaby distinctive of constant encouragement toward your personal experience of God, and firmly rooted in Scripture, this book exposes the tragic result of a casual attitude toward the sin in our lives that made the cross necessary. Learn to surrender to the deeper dimensions of the cross, so that nothing can block the Lord’s presence and power in your life!

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Mark It Down: Taking it to the Streets

Clear room for Thanksgiving and Christmas 2010.

Yes, it is early but important.

In the ensuing months Anthony Oliver, our missionary in residence, will likely tap you on the shoulder and ask you if you will volunteer a couple of hours that could change your life.

"You will never be the same,'' he said to one volunteer, his voice of enthusiasm clear. A huge claim, it might be said, but more truth than you can wrap your arms around.

"Taking it to the Streets,'' an offshoot of Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa, passed out groceries, including turkeys and chicken and gifts for toddlers to teens, low income families holding onto the bare necessities with few materialistic blessings.

Eight hundred or so volunteers from local churches, youth groups and others were involved in the distribution.
Led by the Oliver family (Anthony was one of the leaders), Pasadena had 10 volunteers, a solid number considering few knew about the new program in Pinellas Park.

October was the deadline for low income families to sign up.

But that wasn't the end of  it. Pastor Brian Pierce and his staff received another 1,000 or so calls leading up to the distribution.

"We had to turn them away,'' he said. It  hurt...it hurt more than you can believe. We couldn't  handle that many.'' Pierce had a shaky past as a drug user and drug dealer before he found the Lord, a witness who can relate to the difficulties in life.

In two other ministries, Pasadena feeds the homeless monthly and offers prayer. The church has recently started a food pantry.

"Taking it to the Streets,'' builds on most ministries. Extended prayer is held in large tents at the site on 47th Street N in Pinellas Park. Groceries fill a cart. Toys and games overflowing. Prayer is offered to all.

One couple spent 40-42 hours apiece in the tent during the Christmas seven-day distribution. Another Pasadena member worked in the tent in the morning and went to his job in the afternoon.

After one 10-hour day in prayer, a Pasadena man said he drank three bottles of water, held so many hands and weeped for so many he was hoarse. "I felt inadequate, but so spiritually uplifted at the power of prayer and the words God led me to say. Even now my heart aches for so many  -  single moms with families, diseases, unemployment, drugs. Two faced murder in their family. Two children watched one of them.''

Maybe you are not a prayer warrior and feel more comfortable in a dozen or so jobs, including gathering the toys and food from storage before or after each day, or simply taking down names, shaking a few hands and greeting each person and making them feel important.

Other than providing food to a dozen other ministries year around, it fed 300 homeless three meals a day during recent cold snaps when the temperature dipped into the 40s. Each person was picked up in a bus and returned on  a bus.  The ministry put out an emergency plea for  blankets, jackets, sweaters during the January crunch and the community responded.

So when Anthony Oliver or his family and others tap you on the shoulder  later this year, don't say 'no.' There's a hidden beauty to service,  one not easily described. That blessing will be yours.

Bob Chick

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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 February 2010 at Pasadena
                              Monday, February 1st  at 10:15 am                   Communion at The Springs
                                Tuesday, February 2nd at 10:00 am                 PW Council Meeting—Boswell Room
                                Monday, February 8th  at 7:00 pm                   Rachel Circle—Fellowship Hall
                                Tuesday, February 9th  at 10:00 am                                Esther Circle—Sunny Mendoza’s Home
                                Tuesday, February 9th  at 1:00 pm                   Ruth Circle—Aristeia Sowa’s Home
Another Circle, named Hannah has been started and meets in the evenings.  Time and place to be determined each month.  Contact Vicki Danz (347-3617), Felicia Ragland (345-6396) or Brenda Taylor ( 542-0012) for further information.

Our Christmas Trees had greetings from 11 families and the proceeds were $171.00 which was sent to CASA.  Thank you all for your part in this fundraiser.  Christmas Greetings from the following:
JUDY BLOOMFIELD, PATTY & LES BURROWS, ANN CARNEY, CARL, DONNA, STEPHEN, CANDACE & DAVID, RUTH HANSELL, ALICE & CHARLES KEATOR, DORIS MEDUNA, PHYLLIS & BILL POIRIER, FELICIA RAGLAND, ARISTEIA SOWA AND PAT & HAROLD WATTS.  Again thanks for your support in this worthy cause!

Saturday, February 20th St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sun City Center will host the Twentieth Annual Gathering of    Presbyterian Women.  Ann Barnwell of the Synod of South Atlantic will be our speaker.  She will be discussing what the future is for Presbyterian Women.  Registration and fellowship will begin at 8:30 a.m.  The procession of Banners and the Worship and Communion Service will begin at 9:30 a.m.  Registration fee ($7.00 which includes fellowship breakfast and lunch) must be made at your next circle meetings and given to Ann Carney asap.  Registration deadline is February 13th.   We will be car-pooling and will have to leave the church between 7:30 and 7:45 am. Let’s have a good representation from Pasadena.

In Christ’s Love,
Patricia Watts, Acting Moderator

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Biographies of Christians Can Teach and Inspire You and Your Children

Observing and talking with other members of the body of Christ helps me want to be a better Christian. To see how they have handled their struggles; to see the choices they have made; and to be inspired by their courage has been a blessing to me. I may also be encouraged by a broader range of people who have lived for Christ in former times and/or other places, and contemporary Christians who I wouldn't have the chance to meet. The way to learn about some of these Christ-followers is through their biographies. Here are just some testimonies which may be found in the church library:

For Adults:

  • Abraham Lincoln The Man and His Faith (Owen)
  • Surprised by Joy (C.S. Lewis)
  • Quiet Strength (Tony Dungy, also available on CD audiobook)
  • Men of Science Men of God Great Scientists Who Believed the Bible (Henry Morris)
  • Rebel with a Cause Finally Comfortable Being Graham (Franklin Graham)
  • Amy Carmichael ("The Irish missionary to India whose life and writings continue to touch the world," who was also a poet, hymn writer and author)
  • The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers
  • When the Foundations Crumble (Larry Oline, from our congregation)
  • By the Way... (Virginia Rhoades, also from our congregation)
  • Joni (at age 17 she broke her neck, lost the use of her arms and legs; learned how to do artwork holding a brush in her mouth; and, how to trust God)
  • Courageous Christians Devotional Stories for Family Reading (60 2-page stories, also good for those without families)

For Children:
Biographies of:

  • Presidents Lincoln and Washington,
  • Sojourner Truth,
  • George Washington Carver,
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder,
  • Joni Eareckson Tada
  • and others, such as John Perkins "Beaten and betrayed, John never gave in to hate. Instead he responded with God's love." (cover)


Laurie Smith,
Librarian

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EvangemissionEvagemission

In Romans 10:14-15, Paul says:  “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can they preach unless they are sent?  As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’”

As we move forward into this new year, 2010, we begin to look forward to our Missions Conference – a time where we spotlight and honor the missionaries that we, as a congregation, support through our Faith Promise.  Please mark your calendars for the upcoming conference that kicks off on Wednesday, March 17th, with a potluck dinner in Fellowship Hall.  There will be a combined service on Sunday, March 21st, at 10:30 AM, followed by a time to meet and greet the missionaries in Fellowship Hall.  We look forward to highlighting a new missionary during the “Minute for Missions” during both services each Sunday leading up to the conference.

Please continue to pray for all of our missionaries, with a special emphasis on our Haitian missionary, Henoc Lucien. 

Leslie Hughes, Chair

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Faith Community Nursing

February seems an appropriate month to focus attention on healthy hearts. Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women? Did you also know that Friday, February 5 is National Wear Red Day? It is the day each year the American Heart Association dedicates to building awareness of heart disease risks as well as raising funds for research and education on behalf of women everywhere.

The American Heart Association has created a FREE 12  week online nutrition and fitness program that can make over your heart.  You can access the program at www.goredforwomen.org/Betteru  Simply create your login name and password and begin the program. I will be beginning on January 18; by the time you read this, I will be two weeks into my healthy heart makeover. Ask me how it’s going, hold me accountable and then join me.  Heart disease is really very preventable if you make a decision to lower your risks and then move from decision to action. Heart disease has risk factors you can control and risk factors you cannot control. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chances of developing heart disease leading to a life altering heart attack or stroke. The risk factors over which we all have control through healthy lifestyle choices include: cholesterol, blood pressure, smoking, physical activity, obesity, diabetes, stress, birth control pills, alcohol and illegal drugs. Those risk factors that are out of your control include: age, gender, heredity, race, and history of a stroke. The www.goredforwomen.org/Betteru website has a heart check-up profile. It will take you less than five minutes to answer the questions (the profile will ask for your blood pressure as well as cholesterol and triglyceride numbers). Once you have completed the profile, the site will compute your answers and provide you with your risk of developing a heart attack in the next 10 years as well as a personalize action plan for a healthy heart. Please take advantage of this FREE resource from the American Heart Association. If you do not have or use a computer, let me know and I will be happy to get you some written healthy heart resources.

Thank you for your participation in the blood pressure checks. The screenings take place on the second Sunday of every month before and after Sunday School in fellowship hall. We average 38 people per screening. Some of you have actually taken your cards to your physician so he or she can better evaluate your blood pressure. Good Job!!

Thank you too for your participation in the monthly educational programs. We average 25 people per class. We have had classes in Weight Management, Stress Management, Lighten Up with Laughter and Advanced Directives. Classes are held on the third Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8PM in the chapel. We begin on time and end on time and would love to have you join us.

The Health and Wellness Ministry has secured various medical equipment items thanks to generous friends like Ed Smead, Don Davis, Vicki Danz, and Judy Bloomfield. We have walkers, crutches, canes, a wheelchair, and potty chairs. They are available to meet your needs.

“I pray that out of HIS glorious riches HE may strengthen you with power through HIS Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…” Ephesians 3:16,17

Debbie Rivard, RN, FCN        
Church Phone: 345-0148

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Preschool

We had a wonderful January at the preschool ministry. The children learned how the  wise kings followed a star to find the King of all the world who was Jesus. Our bible studies continue with the baptism of Jesus by John. The children learned what it means to be baptized.  They even baptized their baby dolls! We will begin to study the life of Jesus and His ministry in the coming weeks.

Thank you to Debbie Rivard who has so graciously provided and continues to provide very valuable continuing education credits for our preschool staff in the area of health. We look forward to her parent education seminar in February!

Registration has begun for the 2010-2011 school year. If you or anyone you know is of preschool age and is interested in attending, please invite them to call me for a tour of the school.

Thank you for your prayers for this very important ministry and the 86 families who walk through these doors each day.

May the peace of Christ be with you

Laura Woodard

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Helping Hands Ministry

Pasadena Presbyterian Church has started a new church-sponsored outreach ministry called the “Helping Hands Ministry.” We are providing the following services to those in our congregation and eventually to the community at large. We will initially provide, but not be limited to, the following services:

  • Specific home maintenance projects
  • Specific yard maintenance projects
  • Specific home cleaning projects
  • Rides to and from church functions

We are looking for volunteers of all ages to assist in this important giving ministry. Everyone in our church family is strongly encouraged to participate by providing services according to your abilities. Your gracious help is most appreciated.

If you would like to volunteer, or are in need of any assistance, please contact Bill Wyess at 360-7095.

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Sunday Worship Attendance

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  8:30 a.m.    11:00 a.m.  Total
January 3 99 71 170
January 10 115 74 189
January 17 111 74 185
January 24 102 90 192

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What's New At PPC

Thank You

From Pastor Carl and family:

To all who have shared their condolences and cards upon the death of my mother, thank you for your kindness and love. She is with Jesus now, and I look forward to seeing her in eternity with Him, without the terrible effects of Alzheimer's.

God Bless
Pastor Carl

Special Thanks

To the Pasadena Presbyterian Congregation:

Please know my deep appreciation to all who are supporting Pasadena’s on-going short-term, missions program through your donations for my book BY THE WAY…,  a choice for personal reading or gift giving.

How vivid are my memories of a trip to Ecuador several years ago. Though not up to current travel, I have you in my prayers for success in this mission to Ecuador, truly a land of rich history, verdant beauty, and colorful people. I hope you will continue to help make this mission trip possible.

Yours in faith,
Jennie RhoadesNews

Support Our Troops

Pasadena Presbyterian Church is again collecting items for our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. They may be dropped off at the visitors booth on Sunday.

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