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March 2011

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Session Digest
Stewardship Ministry Update
Financial Report
Evangemissions
Pasadena Presbyterian Women
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Children's Ministry Update
Praise Kids
Youth
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Deacon's Corner
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From Me to You

You sent a gift more than once for my needs; not that I seek the gift itself,

but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.”

(Philippians 4:16-17)

Faith Promise: that is what we call our financial support for our missionary partners.

Some years ago (ask Russ Cabot for specifics) PPC was led by the Lord to move our funding of missionaries out of the operating budget to an “over-and-above” on-going offering.  Pledges for missionary support are received each year during our MISSIONS CONFERENCE.  This year’s conference will begin with a “kick-off” service at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday March 9 (also Ash Wednesday) led by our Missionary-in-Residence, Pastor Anthony Oliver.  Many of our missionary partners will then join us on MISSIONS SUNDAY, March 13, for Sunday School (9am) and a service at 10:30 a.m. with a key-note address by Pastor Jay Molina of Metropolitan Ministries.  Additional details of the conference are in the Evangemissions article in this newsletter.

Back to Faith Promise:  it has been a clear testimony of the Lord’s faithfulness to provide, and the faith of those participating in Faith Promise to give, that support has continued for all (now) 19 missionary partners without cuts or interruptions for the past several years.  As always, we would love to partner with and help meet the financial needs of many more missionaries—there is always room to grow to give so more can go! 

The design and desire of Faith Promise is to exercise and grow the faith of the giver to seek and trust the Lord for His provision and the faithful use of all His gifts.  It is giving, not because we have it to give, but because God has it and wants us to partner with Him as good stewards of all His gifts to fulfill His will.  As we know:  “where God guides, God provides.”

Really, the pattern and practice of Faith Promise is no different from any other way we give, including our offerings and tithes to the operating budget of the church:  it is all about, from and because of our faith in Jesus!  As the Holy Spirit through Hebrews tells us:

“without faith it is impossible to please God,

for those who come to God must believe that He is,

and that He rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).

The “reward” God gives for our faith-filled giving is incredible: 

first and always, we seek and so see more of Jesus—He is always our “reward!”
our missionary partners are blessed by our partnership of prayers and provision!
others around the world in places we will never know or go are brought to faith in    
Jesus—they become our “nieces and nephews”—our “inheritance” in heaven too!
God is glorified as the Name of Jesus is proclaimed throughout the world!

Look for the letter coming shortly containing your 2011-12 Faith Promise pledge card. 

Please prayerfully consider what the Lord wants to do with and through you, as you partner in His Great Co-mission!

In Christ,

Carl

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Session Digest: November 30, 2010columns

The Session met on January 11 at 7 p.m. in the Boswell Room. The meeting was moderated by Pastor Carl. After prayer and a devotional by Sergio Gonzalez on leadership, the following items were discussed and acted on.

1. For the budget of 2011 each personnel position was reduced by ten percent except the nursery worker.

2. The full time positions of Managing Executive Secretary and Clerical Assistant will be eliminated after one month with a one month severance payment. The position of Clerical Assistant will continue until the hiring of a part time church secretary is filled.

3. A part time bookkeeper and a part time church secretary will be hired.

4. The pastor's salary was reduced to $39,150. (a ten percent reduction) with a total package of $68,082. This will be up for approval at the annual meeting on 1-30-11.

5. The end of 2010 year financial report showed a negative balance of $32,307.27, a checking account balance of $51,382.42, and a total cash balance of $81,038.83.

6. A bake sale for youth was approved for February.

7. Vacation Bible School dates of June 13-17 with no tuition, but with donations, were approved.

8. A summer camp for June 20-27 with professional teachers and tuition was approved.

9. The Missions Conference on March 13 with Jay Molina, the Director of Metropolitan Ministries, as speaker was approved.

10. The Ash Wednesday service on March 9 will be about the persecuted church.

11. Pastor Oliver will be asked to speak at both services on February 20, Youth Sunday.

12. A Session retreat will be held on February 26 in the Boswell Room from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

13. Pastor Bellingar was approved to chair the annual meeting when the subject of the Pastor's salary is discussed.

—Larry Oline, Clerk

Any member of Pasadena Presbyterian Church may read the minutes upon request in the office.

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Stewardship Ministry Update

Stewardship Ministry Update: Working together as one body in Christ

Several of our members are jobless and suffering, so we'd like to remind everyone that the Samaritan's Fund helps church members and the Deacons' Fund helps those outside the church.

If you have any suggestions or questions about stewardship matters, contact a member of the ministry (Don Davis, Kathie Schellhaas, Thomas Smith, Dave Terhune, Arlene Tomin, Andy White) or email the church office (PStrong@pasadenapc.com).  We have already received a suggestion from a member that, if you have gold jewelry, it can be converted to money. Thank you for your support as we work together in all things for God’s glory.

Facilities Report

Dave Terhune was able to help save the church $1,600 by cancelling a needless winter inspection of the AC. Dave also put in a lot of extra effort to get the church’s lighted sign on Pasadena Avenue working again.

Wish List

We are still hoping to fund, through special gifts, the items listed below. In future issues we will explain more of these items. One is a new projector for the sanctuary. Our current one is getting old, dim and difficult to see in daylight (much like yours truly). Newer ones are much brighter and will make words to songs and mission movies easier to see.

Tom Smith
Stewardship Chair

Pasadena Presbyterian Church Wishlist
Nature of Project Estimated Cost Received
Youth Sound Equipment (speakers, etc.) $1,500 New item
Sanctuary Projector $4,000 New item

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Financial Report: December 31, 2010

Financial Report

The Financials for January show actual income $61,959.82 (includes some annual pledges paid in full) with expenses of $28,607.09 leaving us $33,352.73 in the black.                        

Year to Date 2010
Actual Income   $ 61,959.82
Actual Expenses $ 28,607.09
Black $ 33,352.73

 

Financial Notes

PPC Foundation 
Pasadena Foundation $ 28,560.35
Wahl Scholarship   $ 50,349.36

Cash Available

Checking Account Balance: $84,639.90

Cash Reserves            

General Reserve MM                $29,597.40

Total Cash                   $114,237.30

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Evangemissions

Sunday March 13th is Evangemission Sunday – please reserve the date

Several years ago, we were charged with holding a missions conference each March.  This year the    conference date is March 13th.  On that day we will have a combined Sunday so everyone can attend all of the events.  Sunday School will be at 9:00 AM and Worship Service will be at 10:30 AM. Missionaries will be speaking in the Sunday school classes and Pastor Jay Molina will be our keynote speaker at the combined worship service.  After the service, a lite lunch will be served in fellowship hall while you visit the missionary  exhibits there.  Please note that the main event is sharing dinner and conversation with the missionaries that are there. Take time for this and you will be blessed indeed.

A very important part of our missions conference is making a faith promise.  This is the way most of the support we raise at PPC is done for missionaries.  You will receive more information by mail on this but please pray about making a faith promise this year.  God has so blessed us all through this opportunity.

Following are the missionaries and agencies we support through Faith Promise and mission giving:

  • Campus Crusade
  • Heart to Honduras
  • Intervarsity
  • Kairos
  • Living Bread Church
  • Mission India
  • New Missions
  • Operation Mobilization
  • Pioneer Indonesia
  • Southeast Asian Relief
  • Somebody Cares Tampa Bay
  • St. Petersburg Free Clinic
  • Tree House
  • Vision Of Hope Haiti
  • Underground Network
  • Wings of Victory
  • Wycliffe Bible Translators

Perhaps this will be the year for you to become more involved with mission and evangelism.  Much is happening around the world to be concerned about and the Gospel is the only answer to our world’s many problems.  It’s exciting and rewarding to know that PPC is partnering with missionaries locally and in the far points of the world to tell people how Jesus loves them and how they should turn to Him for peace, love and eternity rather than to violence, hate and hopelessness.  If you really want to make a     difference in the world for now and forever, supporting our missionaries is about as effective as anything you could do. Perhaps one possible exception that would be more effective than supporting a missionary is for you to become a missionary.  You can be a missionary, you know—it’s just telling others what  Jesus has done for you and that He can do great things for others too. Expect great things,  God has promised us this if we follow Him!

Wednesday  March 9th  6:30pm       Mission Week Kick-off Service     —  Chapel
Sunday March 13th 9:00                    Sunday School missionary visits
Sunday March 13th 10:30                  Missions Sunday Worship Service
Sunday March 13th                            Missionary exhibits & lunch (right after worship service) 
                                                                — Fellowship Hall

Your Evangemissions Ministry team welcomes you to celebrate missions Sunday with us and become more involved this year.  You will be greatly blessed!

Gene Hammond

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Pasadena Presbyterian Women

THE PURPOSE OF PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN:

FORGIVEN AND FREED BY GOD IN JESUS CHRIST AND EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, WE COMMIT OURSELVES. . . . .
To nurture our faith through prayer and bible studyPresbyterian Women
To support the mission of the church worldwide
To work for justice and peace
To build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (USA) and witnesses to the promise of God’s Kingdom.

Activities for Month of March 2011 at Pasadena
Tuesday, March 1st at 10:00 a.m.                 PW Council Meeting
 Monday, March 7th   at 10:00 am                Communion at the Springs
Tuesday, March 8th  at 10:00 am                Esther Circle – Pat Edgington’s Home
Tuesday, March 8th  at 1:00 pm                  Ruth Circle –  Elaine Luke’s Home
Thursday, March 10th at 7:30 pm                Hannah Circle – Library

*   PLEASE NOTE  *
Our Birthday Program/Luncheon/Family Fashion Show is going to be SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2011.  We will begin at 10:30 A.M. in the Chapel for our program.  We will have a speaker in the Chapel.  More information on this will be coming to you in the April newsletter. Reserve this date so you won’t miss the Salad Luncheon and Family Fashion Show, featuring our own models with clothing they’ve picked out from Beall’s Department Store.  Pat Drucker (545-3974) and I will be coordinating this program.  My phone number is 302-0888.  Please contact one of us if you are willing to model (families are encouraged).  We want men, women and children (any age) to be models.  There will be fringe benefits so think about it and “step up to the plate” and volunteer. THANK YOU!

Presbyterian Women of Tampa Bay’s Spring Retreat will be May 2nd to 4th.  Keep these dates open so you are able to attend.  More details will be in the April newsletter.  If you haven’t attended a spring retreat before you don’t know what you’re missing.  A good time to make friends from other churches in our area and also the Peace River Presbyterian Women who will be hosting the retreat this year.  It’s a fun time and in a beautiful setting.  Pray about it and watch for details in a later newsletter.

In Christ’s Love,   

Patricia Watts,  Moderator

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Faith Community Nursing ~ Health and Wellness Ministry

“Jesus replied: Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37 NIV

Your brain is one of the most important organs in your body since it coordinates all of the body’s functions and thought processes. Without it you couldn’t walk to the store, read your grocery list, count out your change, or hide the chocolate when you get home. It controls involuntary actions such as the beating of your heart and voluntary actions like dialing a phone. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can happen to anyone and create many challenges for families living with TBI.

Those at highest risk are children 0-4 years old, 15-19 year olds, and military personnel. Although many injuries come from risk-taking activities such as sky diving or race car driving, many stem from normal actions of work and play like driving a car, playing a sport, or even falling at home. Long term effects of TBI include problems with memory, managing emotions, and risk of brain disorders in later years.

Decreasing the chance of an injury is easy with some basic safety practices. Wear seat belts to cut down on head injuries in the event of an accident. Have your children wear helmets when they ride bikes or rollerblades. Remove the clutter or throw rugs in the homes of your parents and older adults to prevent falls. A simple fall or blow to the head in any of these situations can cause severe complications requiring months or even years of rehabilitation with no guarantee of recovery.

If an injury does occur, watch the victim for signs of blurred vision, confusion, a severe headache, or repetition of questions or statements after the fall. Contact a doctor or visit the emergency room to determine the severity of the injury. Additional serious signs of a TBI might include violent vomiting, seizures or even loss of consciousness. As with other conditions, a timely visit to the emergency room is essential for long term health.
(Source: Brain Injury Association of America www.biausa.org/ and Seasons of Wholeness Monthly Themes and Programming for Faith Community Ministry)

“I will give you a wise and understanding mind such as no one else has ever had or ever will have!” 1 Kings 3:12 NLT

Debbie Rivard, RN 

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Children's Ministry Update

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS NEEDED FOR CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
VBS and Praise Kids Club need some of your "recyclables." If you could turn in empty canisters from hand wipes (the cylindrical-shaped ones) and clean blue, pink or green egg cartons, they can be turned into crafts by the children.

Also, we need people to prepare items for VBS crafts. The tasks would include counting, sorting, cutting, etc. in your spare time at home.

Please contact Laurie Smith for details.

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Praise Kids

The children participated in the Youth Sunday service on February 20th, singing “Awesome God,” and teaching the hand motions to the congregation.

The gospel was presented during the month of February, and we PRAISE GOD that 6 children invited Jesus into their hearts!  The children were presented with children’s Bibles on a subsequent week, and were taught about discipleship as new believers.  They had a chance to put the new Bibles to use, and were challenged to read them on a regular basis.  Please pray for these new believers!

Praise Kids is a time where the children can grow deeper in their faith through Bible stories, arts and crafts, games, and fellowship.  The curriculum is designed for children in pre-k through grade 5.  The children are continuing their study in the Fruit of the Spirit.  Since we have 6 new believers, I thought that this statement from Jesus was appropriate:  “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5).” 

Praise Kids meets every Wednesday evening in the 2nd floor elementary classroom from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  There will be NO Praise Kids on Wednesday, March 9th, so that the children may attend the Ash Wednesday service.

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Youth

The Youth would like to offer a special “thank you” to everyone who contributed in any way to the success of the Youth Bake Sale/Silent Auction.  Because of your faithfulness to the Youth of this congregation, we were able to raise $541.00 that will directly benefit the Youth throughout the year. 

We praise God for the worship music provided by the Animus Victor Band during the 8:30 service on Youth Sunday.  The Youth of the church also served as ushers and greeters.  It is wonderful seeing the Youth leading worship, according to 1 Timothy 4:12 which says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”

The featured Youth event in March is a Youth Praise and Worship rally, which will take place in the Chapel on Saturday, March 19th, at 6:30 PM.  The event will feature the Animus Victor band, and will be an exciting night of praise and worship.

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Library

LU HARKEY'S BOOK, CHURCH COOKBOOK, CHONDA PIERCE AND ANITA RENFROE DVDS WILL BRING JOY

If you'd like time to just settle down and spend some time with friends, here's your chance. Three of our items are by two very funny and entertaining women. One is from a wise and wonderful one. Another is from a group of friends. Sit back and relax.

The first item is a book by Lu Wayland Harkey, Prisms of Life Experiences of God's Grace and His Presence in Our Lives. Many of us remember when she was here at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, where her husband, Marty, was the pastor. Her kind and gentle ways and her strength that come to mind are evident in the chapters. More than just stories, these are vignettes from her real life that showed her circumstances "that had to be God!," (working in her life), she says. "Experience a glimpse of the grace of your heavenly Father and His good plans," the jacket states. Such chapters as God's Timing which is "A return to school strains the family income, and the need for a new coat for a growing child leads to growth in faith" will help you grow in faith. It's a good read.

Check out the Pasadena Presbyterian Church Family Heritage Cookbook which was donated to the library in memory of Ruth Hansell by the Monday Hobby and Craft Group. Ruth helped compile the book and was active in the craft group. The recipes are from members of our church, so reading them is like exchanging recipes with pals. (They are also available for sale in the church office.)

Need a good laugh? We have two DVDs from Chonda Pierce and one from Anita Renfroe, both Christian comedians. Anita Renfroe is the wife of a Baptist pastor and the mother of three children, grandmother of one and has been a regular commentator on Good Morning America. She told CCM.com (Christ. Community. Music. Magazine.com), "...And it is amazing that once you offer up all the stuff that God has hard-wired inside of you, He loves to do things that you could never imagine.Comedy is that for me—a wonderful surprise. The fact that I get to deliver some of that comedy through music is pure joy.” Both she and Chonda Pierce are involved with the Christian Comedy Association and have music as part of their shows, though Anita Renfroe's is more often a parody. Chonda Pierce has appeared many times at the Grand Ole Opry, segments on satellite radio and is a spokesperson for World Vision. Anita Renfroe can be seen on YouTube and in comedy spots for Kraft Foods.com. The library has Chonda Pierce's Did I Say That Out Loud? and This Ain't Prettyville and Anita Renfroe's Big Ol' Sweet Iced Tea DVDs.

Laurie Smith

Librarian

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Preschool

As many of you know, Sonrise is a Nationally Accredited School. We recently had a visit and thorough inspection from a representative for the National Accreditation Commission.  It is with great pleasure that I report to you that the school has met every standard set forth by NAC.  The accreditation person was very impressed with what we are doing here at PPC in the preschool ministry, and stated that we should be nominated for National School of the Year!

I would like to thank Sarah Smith, who has updated the school’s web-site and has arranged for it to be accessed on Google. Please feel free to “Google” us.

God continues to bless the Preschool Ministry in so many ways. I am grateful for His guidance and the support of the many people who help the school continue to be a thriving ministry here at PPC.

Laura Woodard

Director

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            
  8:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
February 6 104  77  181
February 13 92   69 161
February 20 101 69 170 

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Thank You

Thank You!!!!

The Youth would like to thank everyone who donated baked goods, purchased baked goods, or gave a monetary donation to the Youth fund. The $541 raised through the bake sale will directly benefit the Youth.

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