Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

February 2015

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Financial Report
Traditional and Praise Chorus
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Pasadena Presbyterian Church Evangelism and Church Planting Mission Trip to Trinidad
Children of Thika
Praise Kids
February 15th Funday Sunday to Feature Super Games; So Meet and Eat
Young Adult Game Night
Vacation Bible School
The Deacon's Developements
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You

"If any wish to come after Me, you must deny yourself, and take up your cross and follow Me.”(Mark 8:34)

The season of Lent (beginning on Wednesday February 18—service 7pm) is a time for commitment.

Commitment is needed whenever the challenges ahead are great, the time needed to work through them is long, and the outcome is worth our total investment and effort.  Lent reminds us of the commitment Jesus made to go to and through a cross:  to die for us and rise again to offer us forgiveness from and eternal life with God.  Lent calls us to renew our commitments to live, giving ourselves totally to Christ.

Denying yourself” is the first prerequisite for our commitment to Jesus.  This can only happen as we see Jesus as “worth it:”  as we fall deeper in love with Him, and find Him even more precious, valuable and worthy of our lives than ourselves or any other one or thing.  Commitment requires  surrender:  we must decide to put Him first, and so ourselves second—or last—in everything.  We must choose whether we are going to make life about ourselves or about Him:  “Am I living for what  I get—to have my needs met-- or for His praise and glory?”  The first step in committing ourselves to Christ is “letting go and letting God” have the reigns;  it is surrendering ourselves to Christ, choosing to make our lives about Him and not ourselves.

Take up your cross” follows as we then let Jesus redefine why we’re His and here.  A “cross” is not just a burden to bear—it is a purpose to fulfill and a ministry to carry-out:  Christ’s purpose and His ministry through our lives.  The “cross” requires us not only to keep surrendering ourselves, but to continuously accept God’s will and pursue it over our own.  God has a specific plan, design and  purpose for each of our lives in Christ:  that’s why Jesus refers to it as “your cross:”  it is something only each one of us is here and called to do;  no one else can fulfill God’s will in and for our lives—we each are therefore important to God’s plan and have a place in and part to fulfill as Christ’s body, His Church, in ministry on this earth.

Follow Me” is the ultimate goal for and expression of our commitment to Christ.  “Follow” means He leads:  Jesus sets a direction—a purposeful course for us to walk with and live for Him.  He isn’t  interested in wasting our lives in His time to do things which don’t matter for eternity or give glory to Him—He leads, we “follow.”  That  also means we are willing to do and go whatever He says, whenever He says to go and do it:  “it” including His great command to us as His Church to “go and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19).  

Commitment to Jesus Christ is the main challenge before us today. 

Are you committed to denying yourself, taking up your cross

And following Jesus with your all?

May our faithfulness to Jesus continue to show the Truth and true value of our faith in Him, and give Him all the glory, now and forever!

In Christ,


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Session Digestcolumns

The Session met on November 25 and December 16, 2014. The following items were approved and/or discussed.

1. The active membership roll was updated. Keith and Susan Bingham, Mandy Brandt, Christopher Trivigno, Ruth Terhune, and Laura Schuetz were removed from active membership per our attendance policy. At the end of December of 2014 there were presently 133 active members on the roll.
2. The 2015 operating budget was approved. It is reasonable and in order with the pledges that were made.
3. The annual meeting of the PPC Corporation was held. Officers were elected for 2015. They are Pat Watts, President; Kathie Schellhaas, Vice President; Larry Oline, Secretary; and Arlene Tomin, Treasurer.
4. The PPC Gracious Dismissal Committee consists of John Odom, Chairman; Leslie Hughes; Tom Smith III; and Alma Oline. They have asked the Presbytery for a meeting in the early part of 2015.
5. The Financial Report at the end of November showed a positive balance of $16,829.00 in the operating account.
Larry Oline, Clerk

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Financial Report 

December 2014 Financial  Report     

Account Name
Balance(as of 12/31/14)
General Fund Checking   $   33,914.97
Designated Fund Checking    $   32,229.16
BIA Reserve:  
WOC MM $     6,192.63
Gen. Res. MM   $   13,104.74
BIA Res. MM   $   49,745.83
  Total BIA   $   69,043.20
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  42,166.86
PRESCHOOL MM    $ 50,507.71
Financial Notes


OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   -$   6,224.76 


Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        * +$  10,604.24

*includes $45,351.29 in income  to PPC from Sonrise Preschool

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Stewardship Article February 2015

We give a hearty thanks to everyone who has turned in a pledge form. Our church has been blessed not only by our members’ generosity, but also by their faithfulness to contribute what they have pledged. God is faithful in supplying us with what we need, and our members demonstrate that to everyone by trusting in Him for the resources they need for themselves and for contributions to Christ’s church. We look forward to seeing what God does as we bring to Him the gifts of time and talents and treasure that He gives us, remembering that it is “God who gives the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:7b).

Thomas Smith IV, Stewardship Ministry Chair

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Traditional and Praise Chorus


If you enjoy singing and would like to give your talents to the Lord, singing groups for both services would love to have new members.
Reading music is not necessary and you don't have to come every Sunday (Perfect for snowbirds!).

Practice is on Thursdays from 7-8p.m. and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. for the traditional service choir and,for the contemporary service, it is Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m..

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Food Distribution Center

366 households, 1.012 individuals were served 9424 pounds of food.  26 new families were added.

As you may take note, the FDC was busy during the month of December with distributing food on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month and in giving out Christmas Gifts for several children.  A number of us went to one of the motels on 34th Street and provided them with food for Christmas and toys for the children.

We are in need of money, food and volunteers.  Larry and Barb Hendry are off for a couple of months due to Larry’s health challenge.  We need people to talk with Elder Gene Hammond about volunteering for the pantry.  Join us on the 4th Saturday in January.  Your life will be changed.  We also need people who will pray for the pantry from 9:00 to 2:00 during Food Distribution.  We have people praying at the pantry but we need people praying for the workers.  Thank You!

Food Distribution Ministry

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Women of the Church

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH – February, 2015

Communion at the Springs – Monday, February 2nd  at 10:00 a.m.

Committee Meeting – Tuesday, February 3rd at 10:00 the Boswell Room.

Rachel Circle – Monday, February 9th  at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Arlene Tomin.

Sarah Circle – Tuesday, February 10th at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Virginia Adams.

Thanks to the Pre-School, the Cub Scouts and our members and friends here at Pasadena for the amazing contributions to our sock tree.  We had 434 pairs of socks that went to Beth-El Farmworkers Ministry in Wimauma. Congratulations to all for your wonderful support.  Leo Meilus, former member, who lives near Beth-El picked up the socks and delivered them for us.

We have added Jan’s Mission to our other mission support.  Look at our board in the hallway to the Patio to see the picture of Benson Barasa and Jan’s note of thanks!

Some New Years resolutions based on things not to Do but based on how to Be are as follows: Be prayerful, Be trustful, Be obedient, Be forgiving, Be faithful and finally Be a follower of Jesus.  Remember this thought – what’s important about this new year is not what is ahead of us but Who is ahead of us.                       

As you notice, we now have one day circle and one evening circle. If you would like to join either of the circles please contact Pat Watts (727-302-0888). It is not a continuous bible study so any month that you would like to join us, we’d love to have you.

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

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

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On Sunday March 15th we will hold our annual missions conference.  The theme of the conference this year is, as pastor and author Art Beals has said; “When the saints go marching out!”  You will remember that this is the time you have the opportunity to make a Faith Promise.  A Faith Promise is a little different than a pledge in that your promise is just between you and God.  Yes, you let us in on it so we can make our missionary support budget but it is up to you and God and the faith that God gives you that He will provide for your needs plus your Faith Promise amount. Funding from Faith Promise is the only way we support our missionaries financially so this puts all who make a Faith Promise in direct partnership with our missionaries, an invested and obedient participant in the Great Commission that Jesus gave all of his followers immediately before ascending into Heaven. Matthew 28:16-20.

Acts 1:7-9 also gives an account of the Great Commission.  …He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.…   

We can look at this as if our Jerusalem is St. Petersburg, Judea is Florida, Samaria perhaps Trinidad, Costa Rica, Honduras and the remote parts of the world perhaps far away countries like Jerusalem, Indonesia.  Through Faith Promise and our missionary partners we are Jesus’ witnesses in all of those places. 

At the missions conference Racquel Whipple will be bringing us a message through worship music and some of our missionaries will be sending video messages to us and this year you will have the very special privilege of hearing testimonies from the Food Distribution Ministry.  We hope to hear personal testimonies from both volunteers who operate the ministry and those who the ministry serves.  The Food Distribution Ministry is not supported by Faith Promise but through contributions marked specifically for that ministry.  Both this ministry in “our Jerusalem” and to the remotest parts of the earth are part of Jesus’ Great Commission. Thank you for your continued prayer and financial support for both.

The missions conference will conclude with a big celebration in Fellowship Hall.  Details and arrangements are still being made but be sure to mark this on your calendar and be there on Sunday March 15th to share in this dynamic worship and commitment experience as we are reminded that before the Saints Go Marching In – we are commanded first to be “Marching Out”.  For our Lord, you will want to be there – when the Saints go marching out!

Gene Hammond for your  Evangemissions Ministry


Food Distribution Ministry

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Pasadena Presbyterian Church Evangelism and Church Planting Mission Trip to Trinidad

July 10-18, 2015

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
¨ participate with church partners in evening evangelistic services
¨ help our partners start new 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!

Documents needed:  US Passport (also other notarized permits if under 18)
Cost:  $2,800  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 March 1, 2015 with $200 refundable deposit (less non-reclaimable  expenses)
50% of outstanding balance due April 10, 2015
100% of cost due May 25, 2015

For More Information:          Contact Pastor Carl

Koinonia Ministry

Scripture commands us to be devoted to one another.   Romans 12:10 states, “Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves”. NIV

 “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 January 9, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Several events are in the planning stages for the upcoming months.  Our family fun night on December 21, 2014 celebrating Jesus’ birthday was again an enjoyable evening.  We had invited numerous families that come to the Food Distribution Center to join us in making colorful luminary bags which were then placed all around the church grounds, even our property line facing Pasadena Avenue.  After a light supper of meatball sandwiches and singing Happy Birthday to Jesus with our birthday cake, we then all went outside to carol.  We had some rain but it didn’t dampen our spirits in any way.

Our next family fun night will be February 15, 2015 from 4-7pm.  Watch for flyer prior to this event.  ALL members and friends of Pasadena are invited to come and join in the fun.

Praise Kids/Youth have been meeting Sunday evenings 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 @.  

December 21st we will have a family fun night to celebrate Jesus’ birthday.  Christmas music and singing, Jesus birthday cake, also will have luminaries around the outside of the church.  This event will take place from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.  Families and friends are invited to attend.  Watch for flyers on Sunday mornings during December.

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

Pat Mancini, Chairperson

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Children of Thika

The Children of Thika

Pack your bags and be sure your passport is valid.  Let’s take a mission trip to Kenya. The March 5th flight to Nairobi of $977 is the lowest I’ve ever paid.  Hotel rooms are approx. $55.  The 3-day safari to the Masai Mara is $390 all-inclusive.  We’ll spend time with the 17 orphans in Thika and a few days in Nairobi.  Total cost will be around $2000.  We’ll return March 17th.   Let me know if you want to join me. or 765.461.1419

Jan Hinkle

Jan’s Mission

7665 Sun Island Dr. S. #203

So. Pasadena, FL  33707  All donations are made to  Jan’s Missions.

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We had a wonderful January at the preschool ministry. The children learned about the wise men following the star to where Jesus was and how they worshiped Him. They decided that we too wanted to follow Jesus and worship Him too. We will begin to study the life of Jesus and His ministry in the coming weeks.

The children were busy in January learning about the winter season and the animals that God created that live in cold areas. We thanked Him for penguins that swim in the icy regions of the north, and bears that hibernate in winter.

The police and fire department will be visiting us in February and teaching us about safety. I look forward to sharing our experience with you.

Registration has begun for the 2015-2016 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.

May the peace of Christ be with you – Laura Woodard

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Library News


The month of February is a good month to focus on relationships. While the church library has many good books and cds on marriage relationships (before, during and after), other relationships are also in its scope. Most importantly, of course, is relationship with the Savior, Jesus Christ.

Max Lucado's Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference, the unabridged cd/audiobook version is helpful. The description is: Though there are many upsetting events in the world ”... you and I have been given an opportunity to make a big difference. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope? Infiltrated all corners with God's love and life? We are created by a great God to do great works. He invites us to outlive our lives, not just in heaven, but here on earth. Let's live our lives in such a way that the world will be glad we did."

Also available are these books: Tony Dungy's The Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People and Teams That Win Consistently (in hardcover and cd); Dennis & Barbara Rainey's Parenting Today's Adolescent Helping Your Child Avoid the Traps of the Preteen and Teen Years; Janet Parshall and Sarah Parshall Perry's When the Fairy Dust Settles A Mother and Her Daughter Discuss What Really Matters (topics include beauty, perfectionism, relationships and others) and Hayley

DiMarco's  Mean Girls: Facing Your Beauty Turned Beast (Its description: "Mean girls might be around forever, but that doesn't mean they have to torment you. You can avoid fear, hurt, and embarrassment.") More books will be displayed in the hall and shelves for this topic.

So, it's time to look at our relationships. Let the library help you be your best through Christian authors who find their wisdom in the Bible and have found ways to express it.

Laurie Smith, Librarian

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February 15th Funday Sunday to Feature Super Games; So Meet and Eat

Meet (4-6 p.m.) in Fellowship Hall
While table games are planned, some games will be more "physical." How about "Human Bingo”? And everybody loves balloons...come see what SUPER ideas the Koinonia Ministry has planned for you! Invite your friends!

Eat (6-7 p.m.) in Fellowship Hall
Tacos with all the fixings (and vegetarian-type "meat" tacos, also)

There will be no Youth Group or Praise Kids Club that night.

Koinonia Ministry

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Young Adult Game Night

Sunday — 5pm—8:30pm
Educational Wing—2nd floor

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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6-7:30 P.M. Every Sunday
All ages: Pre-K-5th, 6th-12th Grade
Nursery care for ages 0-3 years.

Email Laurie Smith for more information:


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 church youth group.  Thank you!

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Vacation Bible School


 Can you believe it is that time of year again?

We are in the planning stages and we will need your help to make this VBS successful.

Please mark your calendar for June 8 – 12.

For more information and/or to volunteer please contact Terry Odom @ . (More exciting information to come.)



The Deacon's Developements

“I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”   Psalm 121:1-2

Please call us!
Vicki Danz
Julie Gull
Threse Hammond
Terry Odom
Caesar VanArdoy

Please remember The Dollars for Deacons Offering Envelopes in the Sanctuary

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Sunday Worship Attendance

  9:00 a.m 11:00 a.m. Total
November 23 54 55 109
November 30 42 45 87
December 07 50 41 91
December 14 47 39 86
December 21 75 29 104
December 24 7pm Service 101
December 28 One Service 53
January 04


53 107
January 11 53 39 92
January 18 56 42 98
January 25 54 58 112

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What's New At PPCNews

Cub Scouts

The Cub Scout Pack will be hosting a Bake Sale between services in the side hall on Scout Sunday February 8th. Please support our Cubs and take home dessert.

Thank you!

Thanks to everyone for helping me and for your thoughts and prayers.  It is very much appreciated. Thanks.
Your Church Friend
Nancy Nottoli

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. Please use the email addresses listed in the Flyer.
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.

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.  

Please Help Keep God's Facilities Nice!

Please do not put paper flyers or announcements on the walls! We have bulletin boards for our various ministries and groups to use to post items. If you need something posted, please check with the appropriate ministry or group or the church office.

Thanks for keeping God's facilities nice!

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.

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 January 2015”.

Sunday School Schedule

  • ENE (Esther, Nehemiah, Ezra) College/ Career Class: Room 206,Tom Smith IV
  • The Book of Daniel: Room 204, Larry Oline
  • Drive Through Christian History in America: Chapel, Dave Taylor
  • The Present Word: Boswell, Tom Smith III
  • Praise Band Class: Room 201, Dave Pilkington

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