Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

February 2018

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From Me to You
Session Digets
Financial Report
Stewardship Ministry
Tuesday Night Live
Food Distribution Ministry
The Deacon's Developements
Praise Kids
Sunday School
Sonrise ECLC
Koinonia Ministry
Library News
Women of the Church
Jan's Mission
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You:

From Me to You:
“The Godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon,
for they are transplanted into the Lord’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God.
Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green.”
(Psalm 92:12-14 NLT)

This month (February 17 to be precise) marks the first anniversary of our dismissal to the ECO. 

ECO’s mission is “to build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.”  We joined ECO because we share that vision and the Biblical theology that underlies it; and we were looking forward to how this change would bring about a revitalized, fresh and flourishing life for us together in Christ.

What will be new?” I wrote in an article at that time; I, along with many on Session and in our congregation, really expected and looked forward to the newness of life in Christ that becoming a part of ECO would bring.

So, what is new?

A year later, I find it challenging, if not disconcerting, to try and answer that question for myself and for our church.  It seems the demands of what we are already doing are enough that we are doing well to just keep doing the same things.  I hope that doesn’t mean we are “insane”—doing the same things over and over, but expecting different results (supposedly an Einstein quote); we do, however, need to get different results or fruits for our efforts, if we are to flourish as I believe Jesus wants us to.  In the words of a recent song by the Christian group Casting Crowns:

We know we were made for so much more than ordinary lives;
 It's time for us to more than just survive:  We were made to thrive!”

Your elders and I are continuously seeking the Lord about newness of life in Him that will produce a vital and flourishing PPC church.  “Flourishing” means different things to all of us; for me it boils down to one thing:  making disciples who make disciples (Matthew 28:19).  In fact, from all my prayers, studies, pondering and puzzling over 44 years in ministry, it has become apparent to me that both personally and corporately, the one missing ingredient in any and all formulas for flourishing remains the same, summed-up by the question:  where is my disciple?

It really is so plain and simple:  when I’m not discipling someone, everything I do to supposedly grow in Jesus just stays within me.  It is like eating without exercising:  while I may feel full, healthy, happy and satisfied, all I’m really doing is packing on the pounds; I’m not using the “fuel” for my body to do more.  

The same is true for Christ’s body, the church:  although we study, worship, have fellowship, take part in important ministries and do amazing church programs, if it doesn’t pass through us individually to another person directly, and help that one or ones come to know and so grow in Jesus, and so make disciples of others too, then it just isn’t going to obey God’s Word and result in fruitful flourishing.

 “Under Christ’s direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly.
As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow,
so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love” (Ephesians 4:16 NLV)

Praying we all continue to live, grow, go, sow and reap as the flourishing disciples and church Jesus wants us to be!

In Christ,




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Session Digest

The Session met for their normal Stated Meeting on December 19, 2017. Listed below are things that came out of that meeting that we all need to be in prayer for.

1. The 2018 Preliminary Budget was approved. Pray that God will supply our needs.

2. Reviewed Church Internal Financial Review and the response of the contracted  Bookkeeper.

3. Please be in fervent prayer for our January 23, 2018 that will be devoted to planning and Scripture.

Larry Oline, Clerk of Session

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Financial Report

December 2017   Financial  Report

Account Name
General Fund Checking   $  28,789.91
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $  53,270.85 
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  16,392.40
PRESCHOOL MM   $  20,819.95
Financial Notes



OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   - $    1,590.38


OPERATING BALANCE (+ OR -) YTD    -$   17,584.97

Deacon’s Fund                                                    $      1,597.81

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

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Stewardship Ministry

In Genesis 13:17, God tells Abram to walk throughout the land He has just promised to Abram. It seems that God wanted Abram to explore the breadth and richness of the good things He had given him. Let’s each of us do that, at least in our minds, with the riches God has given us in Jesus, including our church - the people and the buildings.

If during that process or at another time, you think of something to do for God’s glory, whether it be an activity or outreach, or a way to maintain what we have, please be sure to contact myself, a member of the Stewardship ministry, or an elder or deacon, so we can use well what God has given us!

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair    

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Tuesday Night Live

The people of Tulip Fellowship invite all of our Pasadena Presbyterian  Church friends to join us, so that we can grow in Christ together.

6:30pm:   Dinner in the Boswell Room
           (Cost: $5 per person, & $10 per family)
7:15pm: “The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards”
            Teacher:  Rev Gary Hofmeyer
            “Heidelberg Catechism”
            Teacher:   Bill Hornbeck




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Food Distribution Ministry

2017 was another God filled year with your Food Distribution Ministry! Praise and glory to God several new guests received Jesus as their personal savior! In 2017, we served over 2800 families in the community by distributing more than 103,000 lbs. of food God provided.  We can’t wait to see what God has in store for 2018. Please continue to pray for God’s lead and the continued strength and resources for His work to be accomplished.

Philippians 4:13 I can do everything through Him who strengthens me.

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The Deacon's Developements

*The Deacons serve Christ by serving others for His glory and purpose*

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish,
and it will be given you. This is my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit,
showing yourselves to be my disciples.”  John 15:7-8

The goal of the deacons is for each of us to be servants of Christ. Each deacon has an assigned area (zone) of our church family that is our responsibility to shepherd. We want to know how you and your family are doing physically, mentally, but most importantly spiritually.

Have a year filled with the love of CHRIST!!

God loves you and so do we!!
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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Praise Kids and Youth Group


Praise Kids Club and the Youth Group will have started the second semester of the 2017-2018 year when you get this newsletter. And, several of those who grew up in the program are helping to teach the next generation.
It was about 25 years ago when the Smith family came to Pasadena Presbyterian Church and we enjoyed many years in Praise Kids Club (PKC) with our children as students and, eventually, I was one of the teachers. Over the years people whose names you know-- Carol Pilkington, Donna Crawford and Leslie Hughes and others-became the teachers. This program has been there for the kids for about 35 years, started by the late Pastor Marty Harkey.
Currently, my daughter Heather and I and Nancy Nottoli work with Praise Kids Club. Gina Driggers and Mac Boyd (both alumni of the Youth Group) work with the youth/young adult group.
We would love to have you bring your kids and grandkids to be with us from 3-5 p.m. Sundays. The two groups will be studying God’s word. Those in PKC use story-telling, crafts, and games to spark learning while the older ones have field trips, Bible study and fun times.  They recently went to Winter Jam.

Watch for scheduling on Facebook and email Or call the church office if you want to know what is being offered.

Laurie Smith

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Sunday School

Breakfast With Jesus Teacher: Larry Oline

8:30am in Fellowship Hall

(Bible Study)

Come have breakfast with us at 8:30am and stay to study God’s Word at 8:45am. Class ends at 9:45am to give you plenty of time to get to the sanctuary for Worship at 10:00am. Come and grow closer to Christ in 2018!

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Sonrise ECLC

It’s February!  We are learning all about love and friendship at Sonrise Early Childhood Learning Center.  We are learning about what it means to be a good friend.  In preschool, that means we are learning not to hit our friends, push them and say mean things to them!  Hopefully as adults we already know those skills!!!  But the Bible says so much about friendship. Friendships are a vital part of our life and emotional health.  Jesus gave us the definition of a true friend: "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you" (John 15:13-15). Jesus is the pure example of a true friend, for He laid down His life for His "friends." What is more, anyone may become His friend by trusting in Him as his personal savior, being born again and receiving new life in Him.  That is our most vital and important friendship in life.  Proverbs has a lot of wisdom to share regarding friends. "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity" (Proverbs 17:17). "A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24). The issue here is that in order have a friend, one must be a friend. "Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses" (Proverbs 27:6). "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another" (Proverbs 27:17).  Our friendships with people are so important.  We need a friend who will tell us the truth in love, who can speak into our lives and help us to grow. 
Recently, someone I love died.  She was an amazing Christian woman and I know she is dancing on streets of gold and having a wonderful time.  My heart is sad at the loss of a friend in my life.  She was my tough love friend. She loved me enough to tell me when I had a bad attitude or that I needed to adjust my thinking.  In the moment, I may not have appreciated that quality!!! In fact, I remember one time when she called me stubborn like a bull dog!  However, she was right and I grew as a person so much because of her genuine love and friendship for me.  When she died, I felt so grieved for all the things that I did not tell her!  I know that she knew that I loved her but I wish I had expressed to her how much she meant to me.  So let me encourage you, first to accept the friendship of Jesus and second to reach out in friendship to others.  If you have a close friend, make sure that you tell them how much they mean in your life.  Be the kind of friend that tells the truth in love.  We all have room to grow and we need people to love us enough to tell us we need to grow. 

Shirley McLeod, Director

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Plan to attend our Mission Sunday March 18th and pray about making a faith promise.

Want to be part of a growing, vibrant and healthy church?

1. Handle conflict biblically, humbling and healthily.

2. Live in the present and love the future more than the past.

3. Be Awesome to be around.  Be energizing to those around you.

4. Welcome outsiders and focus on them not ourselves.

5. Don’t expect non-Christians to act like Christians – Culture is not the enemy it is our mission field.

6. Risk what is for the sake of what might be.

7. Make a decision – don’t hide behind bureaucracy.

8. Act on what we talk about doing for our church, community and for Jesus.

9. Realize we need change – we are not ok just as we are.

10. Focus on God and growth will happen.  Lead people to Jesus and not to our awesome church.

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Library News


The four holidays have not coincided since 1945, notes Jim Stingl in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. And the calendar won’t have both dates falling on these other holidays again until 2029, he discovered. Some years Ash Wednesday has fallen on Valentine’s day but not in the same year that Easter fell on April Fool’s Day.

No matter when Lent and Resurrection Sunday fall, for Christians Lent can be a time to think more deeply about the most special action of our Savior-his resurrection! Perhaps some of these books may help us delve into a faith study or help us teach children.

Before and After Easter: Activities & Ideas for Lent to Pentecost; The Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection; A Lenten Place: Observing Lent at Home; Teaching and Celebrating Lent-Easter. For the young: Lent Is for Remembering.

You may want to share with the children you know books which point to kindness or the love of God while they are hearing so much about love in their secular world: The Berenstain Bears Show God’s Love; God Gave Us Love; Jesus Loves Me; and You Can Be a Friend.

Laurie Smith, librarian

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Women of The Church


Communion at the Springs–Monday, February 5th at 9:45am.

WOC Committee Meeting-Tuesday, February 6th @ 10:00am in the Room 204.

Rachel Circle Meeting–Monday, February 12th @ 7:00pm at the home of Arlene Tomin.  

Sarah Circle – Tuesday, February 13th @ 1:00pm at the home of Pat Edgington.

I would like to report that we received 189 pr. of socks on the sock tree and these socks were taken to Bethel Farmworkers Mission in Wimauma by Bill Poirier Sunday after church on December 17th.  A big thanks to all who contributed socks and to Bill for delivering them to Bethel. 

We have one day circle (that meets either at 12 noon or 1:00 p.m.) and one evening circle (that meets either at 6:30 or 7:00 p.m.). This is not like a club – all women of Pasadena Presbyterian Church are invited to come to either of the circle meetings. They are open to all women. 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) for further information.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.

Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.”Prov 3:5-6

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Jan’s Mission—Kenya

We have once again been blessed by the addition of two more precious children.  Our mission house father came across Juliet and her little brother Hope as they were scavenging through heaps of trash looking for food.  John brought them to the mission home, let them bathe, gave them food, and put them in clean, safe, warm beds.  Having been born to a street woman, the children had never slept in beds before.  They are now enrolled in school and ready to start their new lives.  The Olines are sponsoring Juliet, but a sponsor for Hope is still needed for his food at $25/month.  If you are interested in sponsoring Hope, tell Jan.

With sincerely appreciation for your prayers and support,

Jan Hinkle

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Sunday Worship Attendance


Dec 03  80
 Dec 10    76    
Dec 17  60 
Dec 24  60
Dec 24  80
Dec 31  65   
Jan 07  70
Jan 14  72

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What's New At PPCNews

ECO: 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.

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.  

Please Help Keep God's Facilities Nice!




Dollars for Deacons Fund

Please Remember The Dollars For  Deacons Offering Envelopes in the Sanctuary.

Change of Address

If your address or phone number has changed, please let the office know.  This includes  your cell phone number and email address. Many times we are not informed of your new contact information and either we in the office are trying to get in touch with you or one of the elders or deacons have information to bring to you and cannot contact you due to the wrong information.  Please drop your new contact information on a slip of paper and place it in the offering plate or just call the office with an update. 

Thank you, The Church Office

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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