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February 2016

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Calendar
Birthdays
From Me to You
Session Digest
Financial Report
Stewardship Ministry
Please Join Our Praise Chorus!
The Deacon's Developements
Koinonia Ministry
Family Funday
Sunday School Classes
Food Distribution Ministry
Items Needed for PPC Food Distribution Center & Amanda Nottoli’S Girl Scout Silver Award
Evangemissions
Sonrise ECLC
Library News
Women of the Church
Children of Thika- Jan's Mission has grown!
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 10) 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.  It is why we are going through a dismissal process.  

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,

Carl

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Session Digest

The Session met on December 15, 2015 for its normal Stated meeting and on January 12, 2016 for a Called meeting. Listed below are items discussed or acted on.

1. The 2016 Budget was approved. Based on the pledges received to date it is very encouraging. It will also probably be revisited again in April of 2016.

2. The slate of officers of the Pasadena Presbyterian Church Corporation met and elected the following officers: Pat Watts, President; Kathie Schellhaas, Vice-President; Larry Oline, Secretary; and Arlene Tomin, Treasurer.

3. A meeting with the committee from PCUSA Presbytery and PPC committee will be held on    February 24, 2016.

Respectfully submitted,

Larry Oline, Clerk

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Financial Report

December 2015 Financial  Report            

 

Account Name
Balance(as of 12/31/15)
General Fund Checking   $ 25,102.18
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $ 89,517.95
   
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $   48,239.07 
PRESCHOOL MM   $  50,634.03
Financial Notes
OPERATING INCOME TOTAL    $  15,878.00*
OPERATING EXPENSE TOTAL    $  21,958.24*
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   -$     6,080.24*

 

Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING INCOME YTD * $ 249,978.13*
OPERATING EXPENSE YTD    $ 255,998.90*
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        * - $      6,019.96 

 

Deacon’s Fund                                                            $  2,339.67

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

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Stewardship Ministry

In Hebrews 6:10, we are told, “For God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you showed for His name when you served the saints—and you continue to serve them.” Our church shows love for God by serving one another, and one of the ways we’ve done that is by taking care of the things God has given us that we use in common. Keeping our building and grounds in good order is service to the saints, because our brothers and sisters use the buildings and grounds for God’s glory. We should remember that with gratitude when we use the buildings and grounds, and also consider how God wants us to show love for His name by serving the saints.

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair

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Please Join our Praise Chorus!

If you enjoy singing and would like to join with others singers helping to lead our worship, our PRAISE CHORUS would love to have you! 

Reading music is not necessary but would be helpful.

Practice is on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30p.m. and Sundays (when singing) at 8:15a.m. For information, call Carol Pilkington.

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The Deacon's Developements

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

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”        2 Corinthians 1:3-4 PLEASE LET US KNOW HOW WE CAN PRAY FOR YOU!!!

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.  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 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Parents Night Out was cancelled for December 12th – not enough interest.  Parents Night Out was be held January 16th from 6-9 pm.

December 13th, during the worship hour, we had the  play “Heaven and Nature Sing” with the congregation participating in different carols.  This was very uplifting and funny too.  A big thanks to Terry Odom and cast for doing a great job.  After the service we had home-made cookies and drinks in the Fellowship Hall.

January 31st Family Fun Day will consist of bowling at 10 Pins at 4:00 pm and then back to the church by 5:30 for a Chili Supper and Salad.  We will offer Vegetarian Chili as well as regular Chili.  All are welcome to either join us for bowling or just be the rooting section and then back to church for supper.  If you can’t make it to the bowling alley then just join us for supper between 5:30 & 6:00pm.

February 21st Family Fun Day will be Game Night at 4:00pm followed by dinner around 6:00pm  The menu will be roast chicken, macaroni & cheese, salad, rice and cupcakes.  This is for the whole congregation to have fellowship and a fun time too with the games for all ages.  Watch for more details in a flyer that will be distributed before this event.

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, Zinet Kalis, Sandy Moore, Terry Odom, Alma Oline, Shirley Phillips, Laurie Smith, Dave Taylor and Pat Watts.

Pat Mancini, Chairperson

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Family Funday

FAMILY FUNDAY SUNDAY FEBRUARY 21ST TO BE GAME TIME
Come play games again in Fellowship Hall!
On Feb. 21st at 4p.m. we will gather to play games for all ages. There will be a roasted chicken supper at 6 p.m. with mac and cheese, rice, salad and dessert. So invite your friends and family!

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Sunday School Classes

¨ Breakfast With Jesus: Teacher: Larry Oline at 8:30a in Fellowship Hall
¨ College/Career Class: Teacher: Tom Smith IV at 11a in Fellowship Hall                   

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Food Distribution Ministry

Food Distribution Ministry Report for 2015

God led 4,162 Families to PPC in 2015! In response, your Food Distribution Center volunteers distributed 135,443 lbs. of food to help feed 11,562 Individuals. However, the food that was distributed was not the most important part of the
ministry. We had the opportunity to show Jesus’ love to each person, to offer eternal salvation through the acceptance of Jesus as Savior, and to invite those guests to our Church . So many of our Church member volunteers have done just that with a smile, a hug, words of kindness and encouragement, friendliness, hospitality, an invitation to Church, song, and prayer.

We would love to see every Church member participate in 2016. Come join us any 2nd or 4th Saturday of each month any time from 8:30-1:30. You only need to bring a smile and a desire to let the light of Jesus shine through you ! If you are not able to get out, you can pray over the many prayer requests we receive. God is calling all His people to serve Him joyfully. We look forward to seeing you in 2016!

Blessings... Your Food Distribution Center Ministry

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Items Needed for PPC Food Distribution Center & Amanda Nottoli’S Girl Scout Silver Award

You may purchase items & place them in one of the labeled collection boxes at ppc in the narthex, table in courtyard hallway or in the nursery. Donate an item by april 10, Amanda will make 50 bags to earn her Girl Scout Silver Award. Bags then go to PPC Food Distribution Guests and Girl Scout Troop 352.  

Questions?  Contact Nancy Nottoli 

GOAL — COLLECT 50 OF EACH ITEM BELOW:

* facial tissue pocket packs       
* hand sanitizer travel size
* bandaids
* neosporin
* deodorant
* tooth brushes
* tooth paste

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Evangemissions

1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

Next month – March 13th is our annual missions conference.  Perhaps because travel cost makes attendance of most of our missionaries impractical, missions focus Sunday is a more accurate

description but it is and has long been an important day in the witness of our church.  This is the day we receive Faith Promise Cards that you share the commitment you have made with God to support missions & evangelism.  That allows the E & M ministry to create a budget for the next 12 months.  Perhaps even more importantly this is a day that represents our commitment of

partnership which includes the financial support but also our commitment to know who our

missions partners are, who they minister to, how to pray for them and sometimes even to join them in short-term missions trips to encourage them and become involved in the partnership by being there and serving as a short-term missionary. Would you take the next 6 weeks leading up to missions Sunday and get to know and pray for our missionaries and our partnership with them?  Following is a list of our missionaries and website addresses for your exploration & preparation. Type the web address in your browser – I’m expecting you to do a little work on this. There could be a quiz next month J.  I think it will help you know and pray for some very important partners of this church.

All Nations Global Discipleship  (this is Anthony and Judy Oliver – don’t need a website for them)
Heart to Honduras                     www.hth.org
Living Bread International           www.livingbreadchurch.com
Operation Mobilization               http://omusa.org/stories/article/we-are-julie-and-alex
Pioneers – Indonesia                 http://www.pioneers.org/custom-pages-full-view/indonesia
Somebody Cares Tampa Bay    http://www.sctb.org
South East Asian Relief             http://www.searusa.org/
St. Pete Free Clinic                    http://stpetersburgfreeclinic.org
Vision of Hope Haiti                  www.vohmhaiti.org
Wycliffe Bible Translators          http://ubglobal.org/where-we-work/staff/roger-and-marilyn-reeck/
Kairos Prison Ministry                http://kpmifoundation.org/index.php

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Sonrise ECLC

I am excited to announce that the Kindergarten Readiness Scores for the State of Florida have come out for the 2014-15 school year, and Sonrises’s Kindergarten Readiness Rate is 100% for the children that graduated from our school last year. That rate reflects the number of students who were ready for Kindergarten when they left Sonrise. What a  tremendous achievement for our school! Congratulations to our VPK team of teachers who have done a tremendous job as always in preparing their students for Kindergarten.

Registration has begun for the 2016-2017 school year. If you or anyone you know is of preschool age and is interested in attending a quality preschool, please invite them to call me for a tour of the school.

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

May the peace of Christ be with you - Laura Woodard

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Library News

IT'S FEBRUARY, SO THOUGHTS TURN TO LOVE, RIGHT?

Love doesn't have to mean the ooey gooey greeting-card-type! Even though this is the month for Valentines, and the stores have been decorated with hearts and pink and red for ages, let's look at some books which can help us love our neighbors, family and the guy who cuts us off in traffic; and, best of all the originator of love-God!

Author of the Love Language books and a pastor, Gary Chapman, has written extensively about love. On the back cover of Love is a Verb, he says, "...love isn't just a feeling. Love is a choice, and love is something we all need to do."

In Love As a Way of Life, Chapman "shows how genuine love can direct your interactions with other people, leading to positive change in their lives and yours. You’ll learn how the seven traits of love–kindness, patience, forgiveness, courtesy, humility, generosity, and honesty–work together to transform your approach to everyday encounters with others."

In Chapman's book The Love Languages of God, he says, "The God of the universe speaks your love language, and your expressions of love for Him are shaped by your love language (...) Learn how you can give and receive God’s love through the five love languages: words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, acts of service, and physical touch."

The library has other authors who have written about love including Dr. Gary Rosberg (Choosing to Love Again Restoring Broken Relationships); John Ortberg (Love Beyond Reason); Franklin Graham (Rebel with a Cause) and Ruth Bell Graham (The Prodigals and Those Who Love Them).

Laurie Smith, librarian

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Women of The Church

Communion at the Springs – Monday, February 1st  at 9:45 a.m.

Committee Meeting – Tuesday, February 2nd at 10:00 a.m. in the Boswell Room. 

Rachel Circle – Monday, February 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Pat Watts. 

Sarah Circle – Tuesday, February 9th at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Virginia Adams.

Our Sock Tree was in the Patio hallway for three weeks and we collected 264 pair of socks. These socks were taken to Beth-El Farmworkers Mission in Wimauma, FL to be distributed at Christmas among the farm workers and their families working and living at this Mission.  Thanks to our members, friends and the preschool for their donations and thank you to Phyllis Poirior for taking the socks to Beth El Mission.

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.

Just a reminder of things not to do but how to be: Be prayerful, Be trustful, Be obedient, Be forgiving, Be faithful and finally Be a follower of Jesus.  Remember this thought – what’s important about any day is not what is ahead of us but Who is ahead of us.   

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

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

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VBS

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
TO BE DETERMINED
BARNYARD ROUNDUP…Jesus Gathers Us Together!
THEME VERSE:   “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want”  Psalm 23:1
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THIS VBS A SUCCESS! PLEASE CONTACT TERRY ODOM @ IF YOU CAN HELP.  YOU WILL BE SO BLESSED!!!!

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Children of Thika- Jan's Mission has grown!


God sent us two precious teen-aged girls for protection.  They literally had to run for their lives from three street boys to avoid being sexually accosted.  They ended up hiding under a tarp covering a small kiosk next to the clothing kiosk owned by John, the young man who manages the mission in Thika.  When John and the children in our mission passed by the kiosks on their way home from church on Christmas Day, the girls ran to him crying.  He brought Catherine (15) and Mercy (12) home and gave them some milk to calm them down.  He listened to their frightening stories.  After texting me the situation, we decided the girls were not safe on the streets and were welcomed into our family.  Both girls were born to street parents and have lived their entire lives on the streets.  Can you imagine?  More info about the girls is available at www.jansmission.com or will be provided upon request.  I need sponsors who will provide $25/month to pay for food and personal items for each girl and a sponsor who will provide $40/month to pay for each girl's school fees.  Maybe you have a friend who would like to become a sponsor.  Maybe you want to teach a child or grandchild the importance of helping those in need.  Sponsoring one of these girls would be a great way to help.  Let me know if you have any questions. 

Blessings, Jan Hinkle

All donations are made to  Jan’s Missions.

***JAN WILL BE IN KENYA the first few weeks of MARCH***

Please keep her in prayer!

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            
Attendance
December 27    70
January 3 82
January 10 83
January 17 86
January 24 90

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What's New At PPCNews

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 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.  

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.

PRAYER REQUESTS

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.


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!

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