Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

February 2017

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From Me to You
Financial Report
Stewardship Ministry
The Deacon's Developements
Koinonia Ministry
Praise Kids
Sunday School
Sonrise ECLC
Library News
Women of the Church
Food Distribution Ministry
The Children of Landless (Thika)
Vacation Bible School
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You:

“But I tell you that every careless word that people speak , they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned”
(Matthew 12:36-37 NASB)

FAKE NEWS—that term is being bandied-about so frequently now-a-days; but what does it mean?

I grew up in an era when news was considered to be at least factual if not truth.  Today, though, it seems even what is called “news” is full of opinions, misinformation, propaganda and sometimes just plain lies.  In an age when technology has made communication not only instant but global, words matter now more than ever!

Of course, words have always mattered to God!

· “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made” Psalm 33:6 asserts.
· “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” Psalm 119 declares.
· “In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God, and the Word was God” John 1:1 notes.
· “For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe” says 1 Thessalonians 2.

God’s own WORDS create, heal, save, cause, direct, command, inform and transform. His WORD not only has power, it is power (Hebrews 1:3).  And above all, God’s WORD is truth (John 17:17) and true—now and forever (Luke 21:33)! 

That’s why we at PPC are becoming a part of the ECO:  God’s WORD matters to God, and to us!  As we have been learning in our Breakfast with Jesus class, an essential ESSENTIAL TENET of ECO is the inspiration, authority and transforming power of God’s Holy and eternal Word of Life—aka the Bible! 

Because God takes His own WORD so seriously, that’s why He holds us—made in His image—accountable for all our words, as Jesus said (Matthew 12 above):  God’s WORD matters to us, and OUR words matter to God!  As Christians, we in particular have the highest standard—Jesus--for both our conduct and for our words:

“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such aword as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29).

People are getting enough fake news from every source today;  it’s been that way practically from THE beginning, as the devil is the creator and continuing source of all “fake news!” (John 8:44).   It is imperative, therefore, that everyone around us, those who see how we live and hear what we say every day, should never be getting anything “fake” from or through us, ever!  

Let us resolve to speak only God’s truth in Jesus’ love (Ephesians 4:15); then we will see Jesus build us—His Church!

In Christ,


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Financial Report

December 2016    Financial  Report

Account Name
General Fund Checking   $  28,887.26
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $  78,764.97
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $    56,215.20
PRESCHOOL MM   $    40,756.27
Financial Notes



OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)    -$     2.391/93


Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING INCOME YTD * $  261,313.81
OPERATING EXPENSE YTD    $  252,010..01
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        * +$      9,303.80


Deacon’s Fund                                                            $       2,451.31

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

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Stewardship Ministry

In February, we often think of love. God tells us about His love through 1 John 3:1, ‘Look at how great a love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children. And we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know Him.’ Even though we have sinned against God, He still loves us, and gives us so many things to take care of. Let’s use them well so that we can glorify Him and be His ambassadors to the people in the world who don’t know Him yet.

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*

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that
you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”   Romans 15:13



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 will meet February 2nd 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.

The youth did not attend Winter Jam on January 14th due to illness and conflict of schedules.
Praise Kids/Youth will meet 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 @.  

Members of our Koinonia Ministry are: Mac Boyd, 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

At Praise Kids we are studying the fruits of the Spirit. Learning through fun, games, and crafts, we take the Bible bit by bit to memorize verses and hear the Bible stories. We learned how Paul went through a lot of suffering but knew joy in the Lord; we illustrated love with the story of the Good Samaritan. By the time you are reading this we will have done even more lessons, matching up a Bible story to a fruit of the Spirit. We start with snacks at 6 p.m. Sundays in Fellowship Hall, followed by the lesson, games and usually a craft.

The Youth meet at the same time and also start with a snack in Fellowship Hall. Keep up with us on Facebook:

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Sunday School

¨ Breakfast With Jesus: Teacher: Gary Hofmeyer with ECO at 8:30a in Fellowship Hall
¨ College/Career Class—Moneylife: Teacher: Tom Smith IV at 11a in Fellowship Hall
¨ Elementary age children’s Sunday school begins at 9:00a in classroom 3

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Sonrise ECLC

On March 30th, the preschool will be having a Family Night and Fund Raiser.  We are raising money for some new classroom furniture, learning toys and computers for the pre-k. We would also like to have wall murals for some of the community areas.  You are welcome to attend our event.  Come to hear the children sing, meet our preschool families and bid on items we have at the auction.  You can help support the preschool ministry by donating items for us to raffle off.  If you own a business or know of a business that would donate goods or services to support this ministry, please contact the office at 727-344-1584.  Raffle tickets will also be available if you would like to purchase them in advance.  Thank you for all that you do to make the Sonrise Early Childhood Learning Center a successful ministry of this church.

Shirley McLeod, Director

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Continuing the discussion from last month about relationships that change things forever, this month we look at Luke 2:49  where as a 12-year old boy when Mary and Joseph could not find Jesus after leaving the feast of the Passover, they sternly and concerningly questioned him as to why he stayed behind to talk with the teachers and elders in the temple. His answer was; “"Why is it that you have been searching for me?" He replied; "did you not know that it is my duty to be engaged upon my Father's business?"  Jesus wasn’t being a defiant youth as you will note in verse 51 “Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.” And 52 “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”

1. Growth takes time. Jesus went through the same period of childhood and adolescence that we must. Sometimes we're in so much of a hurry to get on with life, that we are tempted to skip the growing up part. We're "twelve going on twenty." God is not in such a hurry. He is more interested in the process of spiritual growth than just its eventual achievement. He is with you, training you, parenting you, helping you as you grow in Him.

2. We experience a tension between our responsibilities to God and to our fellow men. Sometimes those responsibilities conflict so much that we must choose one or the other. Jesus experienced the same tension and there were times that he had to choose to serve God rather than man. Ultimately, Jesus makes very clear where our ultimate allegiance must lie: "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters -- yes, even his own life -- he cannot be my disciple" (14:26).

3. We must often submit to those who are our inferiors. It is rather amazing that Jesus would return home to Nazareth and submit to parents who, though they loved him, had no real grasp of who he was and what he was called to do. Yet he did submit and obey them because that was God's plan for the present. Don't be surprised if you are called to submit to an employer, patriarch, spouse, or military commander who is your spiritual, mental, or moral inferior. That, too, is part of Christian discipleship.

4. We need God's grace upon us. Ultimately, we are not dependent upon our skills or our wits, but God's grace. We can go far in this world on our native, God-given abilities. But to succeed in the Kingdom we need -- we must have -- God's favor upon us. His charis, his anointing, his gifting. As Moses said to the Lord in the wilderness. 
From JesusWalk

Evangemission Sunday – March 26, 2017  Keynote speaker, Phil Fogel past director of D &D Missionary Homes.  Worship Service at 10:00 AM - BBQ lunch following in the courtyard/Fellowship Hall.

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Library News

PRESIDENTS LINCOLN AND WASHINGTON WERE CHRISTIANS WE CAN ADD TO OUR SPIRITUAL HEROES LIST. Presidents Abraham Lincoln and George Washington both were born in February (but not on the third Monday, of course, as many celebrate now), were leading the United States at crucial times in our history, and are still respected as great persons. If you want to see how the national government and various states designate the days to honor them (and now other presidents), look at the Wikipedia entry "Washington's Birthday."

But if you want to study the faith of Presidents Lincoln and Washington, check out these books from our library:
For adults:

  *   Lincoln's Devotional (based on The Believer's Daily Treasure)
*   Abraham Lincoln: The Man and His Faith
*   Abraham Lincoln: Great American Leader
*   The Spiritual Journey of George Washington
*   George Washington's Sacred Fire
For the young:

  *   Abraham Lincoln: God's Leader For a Nation
*   The Light and the Glory for Children: Discovering God's Plan for America from Christopher Columbus to George Washington
*   George Washington's Journey of Faith

Laurie Smith, librarian  

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Women of The Church

Communion at the Springs – Monday, February 6th at 9:45 a.m.

Rachel Circle – Monday, February 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Pat Watts.  

Sarah Circle – Not meeting this month.

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).

 “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

In 2016 your Food Distribution Center ministry team served 4,822 families and distributed 139,492 lbs. of food. Most importantly we shared prayer, the love and light of Jesus, and the opportunity for every new guest to receive Jesus as their personal savior. Several of our guests became regular volunteers. We have also been blessed with several veterans who serve our ministry faithfully.

2017 will be an exciting year! We were recently selected by Feeding Tampa Bay to be participants in a new program called “Farm to Fork”.  “Farm to Fork” will provide the delivery of fresh produce for our guests along with recipe cards and include training modules for our team members. The Lord gave us a vision of a fruit/vegetable stand last year which was affirmed by our selection into this new program ! Thank you, Lord for your vision, guidance, and abundant blessings. May we continue to give you glory in all we do !

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The Children of Landless (Thika)

On my visit to Kenya last December, I bought a house in Landless.  Yes, that's the name of the village three miles east of Thika.  So now we are the Children of Landless.  I hope to go back to Kenya in March to see the contract work being done to convert the house into an orphanage.

At 18, Ruth is one of my oldest girls and is the older sister to Solomon and Fridah.  Their father died of AIDS a year after their mother died of the same disease.  They had been a normal family with all three children attending school.  One day when they came home from school, they found that their father had died, and people had ransacked their home, taking everything out of it.  For days, the kids wandered the streets until they met our director who was working with other street children.  They explained their situation, and John asked if I could find sponsors for them.  God mercifully provided, and they joined our family.

With donations, we purchased a sewing machine in December.  Ruth was selected to learn to sew so she could mend the children's clothing, make pillowcases and curtains, and eventually make items to sell.  "Tailoring" could provide a good income for her in the future.  She's a gentle and patient young woman who keeps her pain to herself, not wanting to burden anyone else with her problems.  Please pray for Ruth.

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Vacation Bible School

Theme Verse: ‘Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57

 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 5 - 9.

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

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ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians

These are the foundations that propel us forward.

Our Mission

To build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Our Core Values

Jesus-shaped Identity:
We believe Jesus Christ must be at the center of our lives and making disciples of Jesus at the core of our ministry.

Biblical Integrity:
We believe the Bible is the unique and authoritative Word of God, which teaches all that is necessary for faith and life. The prominence of God’s Word over our lives shapes our priorities, and the unrivaled authority of the Bible directs our actions to be in concert with Christ’s very best for our lives. 

Thoughtful Theology:
We believe in theological education, constant learning, and the life of the mind, and celebrate this as one of the treasures of our Reformed heritage.

Accountable Community:
We believe guidance is a corporate spiritual experience. We want to connect leaders to one another in healthy relationships of accountability, synergy, and care.

Egalitarian Ministry:
We believe in unleashing the ministry gifts of women, men, and every ethnic group.

Missional Centrality:
We believe in living out the whole of the Great Commission – including evangelism, spiritual formation, compassion, and redemptive justice – in our communities and around the world.

Center-focused Spirituality:
We believe in calling people to the core of what it means to be followers of Jesus – what “mere Christianity” is and does – and not fixate on the boundaries.

Leadership Velocity:
We believe identifying and developing gospel-centered leaders is critical for the church, and a great leadership culture is risk-taking, innovative, and organic.

Kingdom Vitality:
We believe congregations should vigorously reproduce new missional communities to expand the Kingdom of God.

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Sunday Worship Attendance


December 25 53 
January 01 64
January   08     70 
January 15  79
January   22 74 
January 29  86

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What's New At PPCNews

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!

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