Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

February 2014

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Congregational Meeting
Financial Report
2014 Budget
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Praise Kids
Youth and Young Adult Game Night
The Deacon's Developements
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You

“What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also,
so that you too may have  fellowship with us;
and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ."
(1 John 1:3)

We have a new ministry of our Session. 

Actually, it is the off-spring of two previous ministries:  discipleship and fellowship.

This new, combined ministry is now called “Koinonia”—the same word used for “fellowship” in the letter of 1st John.

In the article in this newsletter in which the Koinonia ministry is introduced, they note “Koinonia's primary meaning is “sharing in common communion.”  As 1st John explains,  it is our new love-life with Jesus, by His grace, that creates and shapes our love-life now with one another, as His church.  Our new Koinonia ministry is devoted to helping us grow in both discipleship and fellowship in Christ—one cannot really exist or be all the Lord wants it to be without the other, and neither can we!

Every church has at least one core reason its members come and stay together. For larger churches, that “glue” is usually their ability to offer many classes, activities and groups--“programs” as we often call it.  For smaller churches (like ours), people usually are brought and held together by their mutual sharing, bearing with and caring for one another—the practical expression of Koinonia.

I believe the Lord has led us to this new expression and emphasis in our Body life at and as PPC just exactly because it—Koinonia—is so very basic and essential to our growth, health and fruitfulness in Jesus.  While we used to see ourselves in Christ, and how Jesus was in us, as more of a programmatic church, today we need to get back to the basics of what being His church really means:  it means being in love with Jesus, and each other, and showing and sharing His love with the world!

When it comes right down to it, the essential characteristic of life in and for Jesus is love: 

love that is from God, for God, relational, personal, out-going, up-growing, and brings people to Jesus, and together to serve, show and share Him!

“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal” 1st Corinthians 13:1 declares; “if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, … but do not have love, it profits me nothing.”

Looking to grow in Jesus and in our Koinonia with, from and for Him more, with you, His loved ones and family, at and as PPC!

In Christ,


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Session Digestcolumns

Session did not meet in December so there is no report this month. 
Larry Oline, Clerk


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Congregational Meeting

The Session has called a CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

For Sunday, February 23, 2014.  The purpose of the meeting is to elect 3 members-at-large to the 2014/2015 Nominating Committee.

The meeting will follow a single, combined service at 10:30am

Sunday School will be at 9am

A CHILI lunch will be provided for all in F. Hall after the meeting.

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Financial Report 

December/Year-end 2013 Financial  Report

Account Name
Balance(as of 12/31/13)
General Fund Checking   $19,434,93
Designated Fund Checking    $21,650.69
BIA Reserve:  
WOC MM $11,766.04
Gen. Res. MM   $15,452.62
BIA Res. MM   $53,030.71
  Total BIA   $80,249.37
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $46,106.22
PRESCHOOL MM    $50,381.73

OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)    -$ 8,678.42


Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        * -$53,177.89

Financial Notes

  *Does not include 04/23/2013 Sale of Ford Van $15,000.00
Does not include 08/06/2013 PPC Foundation $27,827.73
Assets not included in YTD Income                  $42,827.73

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2014 Budget

2014 Budget Summary:
Income Budget %
Pledges $139,070 51.5
NP Env. $63,000 23.3
Loose 6,000 2.2
SpSch 48,000 17.8
Other $14,200 5.3
Total $270,270  
*if needed: Gen Res MM PPC Found




Balance (INC-EXP):

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Food Distribution Center  

12/07/2013 – 127 families - 300 individuals - 4,402 lbs

12/21/2013 – 147 families - 336 individuals - 6,047 lbs

Totals          274                  636                     10,449

Your food distribution center, located in the 123 house, had another record breaking month in December 2013.  We have been averaging 12-15 new families every time we give out food.  I will point out to you that the January 11th distribution concurred. 

We were paid the highest compliment in December.  My wife and I were invited to a neighbor’s Christmas open house.  One of the other guests, a man who attends their church was there.  He is a recipient of food from us.  The man asked me if I knew why we have been labeled by the people as the best food pantry in St. Petersburg.  I guessed that we give them more food than any other pantry.  He said, “NO!” and then quickly added, “It is because you are the pantry that loves us!”

Jesus once told His disciples that all men and women would recognize us as His disciple because of our love for one another.  It is true that there is a whole lot of TLC put into each distribution.  We have people who carry bags for the people.  They are greeted by at least 6 or 7 or more of the workers.  We treat them how we would want to be treated.  Our motive for doing the food distribution center is to obey the calling of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Paul said that love must be our motive.  We love the people who come to us only because Christ first loved us and has given us love for the people He sends our way.  One lady told me this morning, the first distribution of 2014, that she depends upon our generosity. 

As we look forward to serving Jesus during 2014, we are in need of your prayers, of any physical or financial help you can give us.  On behalf of the food distribution team, I would like to invite you to come and to see the food distribution center in action.  We are asking God to provide 12,000 cans of food this year, $2,000.00 per month, more people to shop for food, more people to work behind the scenes.  You can talk to the elders about how you can serve or call Larry Hendry or Pastor Bob.

Let us continue, brothers and sisters into Christ Jesus, to feed the hungry, heal the sick, free the imprisoned and to bring glory, honor and praise to Jesus.

A special thanks to everyone who participated in any way in taking bite out of hunger in November and December last year.   

Your food Distribution Center needs You.



Click here to start helping the Food Distribution Ministry:

Food Distribution Ministry

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Women of the ChurchPresbyterian Women 

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH - February, 2014

 Communion at the Springs – Monday, February 3rd at 10:oo a.m.

Committee Meeting – Tuesday, February 4th at 10:00 the Boswell Room.

Rachel Circle – Monday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Arlene Tomin.

Esther Circle – Tuesday, February 11th at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Sunny Mendoza.

Ruth Circle – Tuesday, February 11th at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Elizabeth Coleman.

Congratulations to members and friends of Pasadena Presbyterian Church, the Sonrise Preschool and the Cub Scouts for their donation of socks.  We received 428 pairs of socks (the highest ever collected). Socks were delivered to Beth-el Farmworkers Ministry in Wimauma, FL. by Felicia Ragland and Pat Watts.

Another undertaking spearheaded by our committee was a Samaritan’s Purse buy a goat project.  We received $503.00 from the women (and men) of Pasadena and were able to purchase 7.19 goats.  Thank you one and all!

Our Fall Festival was the first of many of our service projects we hope to accomplish in the months to come. We will be spearheading clean-up each month of the kitchen.  Please respond “yes” if you are called to ask to help. If you have any suggestions or ideas for future

projects and/or events/programs, please contact one of our present committee members: Ann

Carney, Cookie Cottrell, Vicki Danz, Pat Drucker, Pat Edgington, Becky McLaughlin, Terry Odom, Alma Oline, Felicia Ragland, Aristeia Sowa or Pat Watts.

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

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

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Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, "if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the
ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them." (2 Corinthians 5:17).

When we begin to trust what Jesus has done for us by giving himself as a sacrifice on the cross, being buried, and rising again from the dead, our heart is changed. We have a relationship with Jesus. Our sins are forgiven. We have new life. We pass from death to life. It is all God's doing. God gives to us the privilege of ministry to others so they too can be reconciled to God and have peace. "Therefore, since we have been justified (declared righteous) through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Praise Him!

Larry Oline, Evangemission Chair

Food Distribution Ministry

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Koinonia Ministry

(We have combined Discipleship and Fellowship Ministries and formed the above ministry.  A description follows)
“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.

A powerful example of what Koinonia should look like can be found in a study of the phrase “one another” in the Bible.  Scripture commands us to be devoted to one another (Rom. 12:10); honor one another (Rom. 12:10); live in harmony with one another (Rom. 12:16, I Peter 3:8); accept one another (Rom. 15:7); serve one another in love (Gal. 5:13); be kind and compassionate to one another (Eph. 4:32); admonish one another (Col. 3:16); encourage one another (I Thess. 5:11, Heb. 3:13); spur one another on toward love and good deeds (Heb. 10:24); offer hospitality (I Peter 4:9) and love one another (I Peter 1:22, I John 3:11, 4:7, 4:11-12).  That is what true biblical Koinonia should look like.

Praise Kids/Adult Bible Study continues Sunday evenings from 6:00pm-7:30pm.  Laurie Smith and family have taken the responsibility (with help of others) to keep this an on-going ministry.  Praise to God for the blessing of the Praise Kids ministry as Laurie has said it is going well.  Beginning February 9th, in the Chapel,  Dave Taylor will have a 12-week class at 10:15am on “Drive thru History – America”.  There is a sign up sheet beside the flyer on the bulletin board in hallway leading to the Patio.  Please sign up and if we have enough interest, we may be able to also have a class during a weekday.

God is awesome as Terry Odom has graciously accepted to be the coordinator for VBS.  More details will be forthcoming.  We will need volunteers before and during the week of VBS.  VBS will be the week of June 9-13.

Members of our Koinonia Ministry are: Cookie Cottrell, Vicki Danz, Zinet Kalis, Sandy Moore, Terry Odom, Alma Oline, Shirley Phillips, Felicia Ragland, Laurie Smith, Patti Strong and Dave Taylor.  Co-Chairpersons are: Ruth Gey, Pat Mancini and Pat Watts.

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FEBRUARY 9, 2014

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Praise Kids

Come to Praise Kids Club and the Adult Bible Study each Sunday!

Kids age 3 years to 5th grade will encounter Jesus each week through stories, movies, songs, games, arts and crafts, puppet shows, skits and a variety of other activities geared toward children in pre-k through 5th grade.  Bible study skills will also be taught.

Parents and adults have an opportunity to learn, too, in their own class.

6-6:15 p.m.  Snack, Fellowship Hall

6:15-6:30 Family Connection--People of all ages are part of Christ's family. This is a time to worship and get ready for the weekly Bible lesson. Children and parents and other adults can participate together in Fellowship Hall.

6:30-7:30 p.m., the kids will go upstairs for the Bible story and Bible verses with story telling, games and crafts.

6:30-7:30 Parents and other adults will have their own time in Fellowship Hall to learn about the Bible and how to apply it to their lives. Tom Smith III is the facilitator.

If you have any questions, please call Laurie Smith at .

Hope to see you this Sunday!

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Library News


Valentine's Day, Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays, even the Super Bowl, can become springboards for reading that can enrich your faith in Christ by learning about people's lives and beliefs. Here's a calendar of suggested reading for February from your library:

Feb. 1 & 2 Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Super Bowl: Former Tampa Bay Bucs and 2006 World Champion Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy, a possible inductee into the Hall of Fame (you'll know by the time you read this!) is also, by all accounts, a strong Christian. He, along with Nathan Whitaker, has written several books, including Quiet Strength A Memoir and Uncommon Finding Your Path to Significance.

Feb. 12, Lincoln's birthday: Read Abraham Lincoln The Man & His Faith by G. Frederick Owen; another good read is Courageous Christians Devotional Stories for Family Reading. This book also mentions, in addition to Lincoln, George Washington and George Washington Carver.

Valentine's Day, Feb. 14 One Home at a Time (Restoring the Soul of America Through God's Plan for Your Marriage and Daily) by Dennis Rainey; Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot; The Berenstain Bears Treat Others Kindly by Jan & Mike Berenstain; Go, Jade, Go, Tony and Lauren Dungy; You Can Be a Friend, Tony and Lauren Dungy; .

Feb. 17 Washington's birthday: George Washington's Sacred Fire (An enlightening, engaging, and long overdue correction of the falsehood that Washington lacked faith. --Rodney Stark, Baylor University)

Black History Month: Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. (board book for toddlers); George Washington Carver: Man's Slave Becomes God's Scientist.

Laurie Smith, Librarian

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Youth and Young Adult Game Night

Sunday, February 16th, 5–7 p.m.

Location TBA

Come for a fun night of fellowship with the young adults of PPC! Exact activities and games are yet to be determined (but we usually play video games or board/card games). . .  Feel free to bring suggestions!

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The Deacon's Developements

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

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in

affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”  

Romans 12:10-13


God loves you and so do we! Please call us with any spiritually or health concerns!

We are in Christ’s service to you!!

Vicki Danz, Threse Hammond, Terry Odom, Caesar VanArdoy and Bill Wyess

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Sunday Worship Attendance

  9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
November 03 65 47 112
November 10  58 54 112
November 17 58 44 102
November 24 51 48 99

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What's New At PPCNews

Important Policy Change

As a result of changes in our staffing, PPC facilities will no longer be 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.  

Oliver & Company CD

CDs Available in the Office
Cost is $5.00
Cash Please


Those parking on Pinellas Way for any church function must be aware of the parking signs.  The police will ticket anyone violating the parking signs.

If you are working in the Food Distribution Center, make sure you park in the lot by the Scout House.  This includes the families who are picking up food.

If you are coming to the Family Connection, please be mindful of the parking restrictions.

We want you to have a wonderful experience here at PPC.  We would hate for you to leave here having to pay for a parking ticket.

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.

Dollars for Deacons

Please  Remember The Dollars For Deacons Envelopes

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”.

Sunday School Schedule

  • College/ Career Class: Room 206,Tom Smith IV
  • Friendship Class: Boswell, Tom Smith III
  • Revelation Adult Bible Study: Room 204, Larry Oline
  • Drive Through Christian History in America: Chapel Dave Taylor

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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