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March 2012

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Stewardship Ministry Update
Financial Report
Evangemissions
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Fellowship
Calendar
Antioch Youth
Library
Preschool
Children's Church
Parent's Night Out
Praise Kids
Discipleship Ministry
Deacon's Corner
VBS 2012
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC
Birthdays

From Me to You

When they had arrived and gathered the church together, they began to report all things that God had done with them and how He had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles." (Acts 14:27)

We too often think of MISSIONS only as sending-out those called to share the message of Christ with the world.  Actually, MISSIONS is a two-way street:  those who go out also come back to share with their senders (us) the amazing things God is doing to bring people around the world to Christ.

Sharing the stories of what the Lord is doing around the world is a blessing to us and vital part of our partnership with our missionaries.  We certainly want to know that our investments of prayer and finances in and through our partner missionaries are bearing the fruit for God’s eternal Kingdom.  We also need to hear their stories of how God is showing up, shining through, making a difference and saving souls—that helps rekindle the “fire” in our hearts for Jesus and sharing Him too.

In fact, we can learn a lot from our missionaries about how the Lord is reaching out and getting through to various people groups around the world.  As we know, today, we don’t have to go far from our own homes or neighborhoods to encounter people from all across the globe; the same challenges and obstacles our missionary partners face in sharing Jesus across the ocean are what we now face across the street.  So we can learn how to better connect and share the Gospel with those right around us, by listening to and learning from our missionary partners—which is exactly what we are going to do on March 25th.

Our annual PPC MISSIONS CONFERENCE will be held on the last Sunday of March (March 25th).  At the recommendation of our Evangemissions Ministry, we will be having one service at 10:30am.  Our

MISSIONARIES who can attend will each be sharing testimonies of the Lord’s work through them in their various fields; we will also have special music provided by Racquel Whipple, a professional Christian singer; and  we will close with a season of prayer for our missionaries, and for them to pray for us as well.

Prior to the 10:30am service, from 9am on, everyone will be gathering in the FELLOWSHIP HALL to meet and greet our partner missionaries, talk with them personally about their work, and see their displays.  THERE WILL BE NO SUNDAY SCHOOL (a nursery will be provided).  Following the worship service, our Evangemissions and Fellowship Ministries will provide lunch for everyone, and we will have still more opportunities to talk personally with our missionary partners.

Please remember our MISSIONARIES AND MISSIONS CONFERENCE in prayer.  Also, please pray and ask the Lord about how He wants you to  be a partner with them.  As you probably know, we provide financial support for our missionaries through “over and above” giving called FAITH PROMISE.  A FAITH PROMISE pledge card will be available for you to fill-out and put in the offering plate that day (or bring it by the Church office); this is particularly important this year as our FAITH PROMISE contributions have been down about 40%--we sure don’t want to have to stop our financial support of any of our 19 wonderful, precious MISSIONARY PARTNERS!

Grateful to be a partner in the Gospel, here and around the world, with you, Christ’s missionaries at and as PPC!

In Christ,          

Carl

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Session Digestcolumns

January 24, 2012

The Session met for its Stated meeting on January 24, 2012 at 7 p.m. The meeting was opened with prayer and a devotion from 1 Corinthians 1:17, 18, 22-24. The following items were acted on/and or discussed.

1. A policy on renumciation of jurisdiction by PPC members, and the rationale for that policy was approved.
2. It was approved that there will be no adult Sunday school classes on Mission Sunday, March 25, 2012. That will give more time to fellowship with missionaries and their displays in the Fellowship hall.
3. Racquel Whipple was approved to sing in the combined worship service on Mission Sunday, March 25.
4. An Annual Congregational meeting was approved for February 19, 2012 for the purpose of electing three people to an officer nominating committee beginning at 2 p.m. This meeting will be followed by a "town hall" meeting to discuss the decisions our denomination has made, and the direction it is going.
5. Elders Tom Smith and Andy White were approved to be delegates at Presbytery on February 25, 2012.
6. The financial report showed that 2011 ended with a deficit of $7,444.39.

The meeting was closed with prayer at 9:25 p.m.
Larry Oline, Clerk

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Stewardship Ministry Update  

Pasadena Presbyterian Church Wishlist
Nature of Project Estimated Cost Received
Sanctuary Projector $4,000 0
Worship Band Keyboard  (NEW!) $2,000 0

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Financial Report

The Financials for  January show actual income $29,120.78 with expenses of $32,014.46 leaving us –$2,893.68  in the red.

FOR THE YEAR 2012
Actual Income   $ 29,120.78
Actual Expenses $ 32,014.46
Red  -$    2.893.68

 

Financial Notes

PPC Foundation 
Pasadena Foundation $28,925.49
Wahl Scholarship   $50,597.42

Cash Available  

Checking Account Balance: $41,174.20

Cash Reserves             

General Reserve MM     $30,028.54

Total Cash                   $71,202.74

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Evangemissions

“...everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made...You are my witnesses declares the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen" (Isaiah 43:7, 10).

Each month this year our ministry plans to share Scripture passages that relate to evangelism and missions in the Alleluia News. We encourage each of you to read the verses each month, ask God what He wants you to learn, and then be willing to apply them.

These verses show how God has graciously loved each of us and has given us the joy and privilege of being a display of His glory through the things we say and do. May each of us be faithful in displaying God's work in us.

Remember: Mission Sunday, March 25, 2012. No adult Sunday school that day. Visit the mission displays in the Fellowship Hall. Combined worship service at 10:30 a.m. Lunch after the worship service. Be in prayer for our
missionaries as they come to share with us.  

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Food Distribution Center  

If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you {See John 15:1-10}.

When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.

I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love [continue in His love with me].

From July 2011 to December 2011 PPCFD Ministry has taken in $2570.00. We ended in December with $4.62. Our ending balance for January is $497.62. Miracles still happen.

Ø Bearing fruit, When Thomas first came to us; he had lots of physical problems. He found hope in Jesus. He looks a lot better and is telling others to pray, and how the power of prayer can change your life. His wife was struggling with cancer and now she is back to work. She also donates food items to our pantry.

Ø Patti’s husband was in the hospital with a heart attack and they removed a kidney, she asked our mission group at the 123 house to pray for healing. She also donates money, when she can.

Ø Jeanette came to us because she lost her job. She found hope and she informed me that God has provided a job for her.

Ø Tara came to us in a wheel chair, now she visits us in a walker.

 We had a full team during the month of January. God blessed 52 Households that total 134 individuals.
Ø Big thanks to everyone who donated the washing machine, chest freezer, refrigerator, money, food, clothing and for all of your prayers.

Friends; Did you know that for every dollar you donate, we can purchase either 5 cans of food or 5 pounds of meat? Keep up the good work. Thank You!

* Please pray for Russ Cabot’s total recovery.

*All the praise goes to the Lord!
For more information call Larry Hendry for details.

Pat Mancini

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Women of the ChurchPresbyterian Women

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH

Monday, March 5, 2012 @ 10:00 am            Communion at the Springs
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 @ l0:00 am             PW Council Meeting in Boswell
Monday, March 12, 2012 @ 1:00 pm            Hannah Circle in Fellowship Hall
Monday, March 12, 2012 @ 7:00 pm            Rachel Circle at the home of Pat Watts
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 @ 1:00 pm            Esther Circle at the home of Hazel Kirsch
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 @ 1:00 pm            Ruth Circle at the home of Pat Drucker

Our Valentine Social on Saturday, February 11th was very successful.  Under the leadership of Vicki Danz and her helpers, the room was tastefully decorated in a Valentine’s Day theme; the food was delicious, as always, and served beautifully. There were approximately 55 in attendance and everyone enjoyed the fun, fellowship and great entertainment.  We were so happy to have the men join us, as they accompanied their sweethearts, and some parents of our Sonrise pre-schoolers.

Mark your calendars and reserve this date!  Saturday, May 19, 2012 will be our Birthday Celebration which will begin in the Chapel with the awarding of the Honorary Life Membership, special music, special guest speaker and worship in word and song.  After the service in the Chapel we will then go into the Fellowship Hall where we will enjoy a salad luncheon (again yummy food)  with a style show to follow.  Men are invited too!  More details as to speaker, etc. will be in the April
newsletter.  Fashions will be from Bon Worth and we will need models (all shapes and sizes) so please contact Felicia Ragland who will be coordinating the style show.

Patricia Watts, Chairperson

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Fellowship

Fellowship Ministry did not meet in February.  The Valentine’s Social which was the combined efforts of the Women of the Church and Fellowship Ministry was very successful.  Under the supervision of Vicki Danz, we had a number of volunteers who helped with set-up, including decorations, clean-up and bringing sandwiches and cookies for this event.  It was a fun day and all those in attendance (approximately 55) enjoyed the food, fellowship and entertainment.  We had two baskets to raffle (one for women and one for men) and numerous door prizes.  Thanks to all who made this a very fulfilling day! 

Our next event will be the Easter Brunch.  This will take place right after the 9:00 a.m. service in the Fellowship Hall.  No Sunday School that day.  If you go to the 11:00 a.m. service come at 10:00 a.m. and enjoy the Brunch before worship.

Our next meeting will be Monday, March 12, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Patricia Watts, Chairperson

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Antioch Youth News

The Youth continue to meet with K-Life St. Petersburg.  K-Life meets at Bridgepoint Church, 5901 9th Avenue N, St. Petersburg.  More information about K-Life can be found on the K-Life website, http://stpete.klife.com, or by contacting the area director, Brian Wang, bwang@klife.com..

The High School Club meets on Monday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00.  Small groups meet from 8:00 – 8:45 PM.

The Middle School Club meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00.  Small groups meet from 8:00 – 8:45.

“Wilderness Camp” is scheduled for March 2-4 and March 16-18.  This is an overnight trip that includes praise and worship, camping, and hiking.  Registration forms are available on the Youth bulletin board outside the church office or on the K-Life website.

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Library

WHO DID YOU SAY THAT WAS? CAN I GET A WITNESS?

One of the definitions of witness is "to give evidence of." Just like talking to a good Christian friend may support our walk with God and witness to us, so may reading about the lives of  great Christians, either contemporary or in the past. Or, sometimes we need to think deeper about the biblical characters we study and finding a good summary of their lives can help.

When you are reading the Bible, it can be helpful to check a reference to understand how a particular person fits into the history of God's people.  This might be a great time to look up that name in the Who's Who in the Bible, Great People of the Bible and How They Lived and other books. Take a look at Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them, Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible and Really Bad Girls of the Bible (all by Liz Curtis Higgs), Every Woman In the Bible (Sue Poorman Richards) or All the Women of the Bible in the library.

Looking at the lives of more contemporary Christians is another reason to check out books on heroes of the faith such as these: Amy Carmichael A Life Abandoned to God (Sam Wellman). She was a missionary to India for 55 years in the early 1900s and a prolific writer. Or, you could read short bios in Courageous Christians Devotional Stories for Family Reading. But, you don't need to have a family to read about the 60 Christians who are each given several pages in that book. They include such people as Abraham Lincoln, Gladys Aylward, William Tyndale, Tom Landry, John Newton and others.

One name that just about any American and many around the world would know, who is a great Christian and worthy of reading about, is Billy Graham. The library has many books by and about Rev. Graham. The newest is Nearing Home: Life, Faith and Finishing Well. The book description says, "In Nearing Home this man of faith-now in his nineties-explores the challenges of aging while gleaning foundational truths from Scripture. Billy Graham invites us to journey with him as he considers the golden years while anticipating the hope of being reunited with his wife, Ruth, in his heavenly home that eclipses this world. 'When granted many years of life, growing old in age is natural, but growing old with grace is a choice,' says the author. 'Growing older with grace is possible for all who will set their hearts and minds on the Giver of grace, the Lord Jesus Christ.' "

Laurie Smith, Librarian

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Preschool

We had a “whole lot of love” being shared in the preschool ministry during the month of February. We celebrated our love for our family and friends, our love for Jesus, and Jesus’ love for us. We had a beautiful service in the Sanctuary to mark the beginning of Lent. The lesson taught us to be proud to be a Christian, and the cross was a sign to the world that wanted to share the love of Jesus. The children were then called forward one at a time to receive the crosses they had made. Each child was called forward with these words “...Jesus has called you by name.”  When the child heard their name they came forward and were asked if they would wear their cross as a sign to the world of their love for Jesus. When they responded the cross was hung on their neck. The spirit of the Lord was truly present in the Sanctuary, as each child, in awe of what was happening came forward to receive their cross and pledge to show the world their love for Jesus. I was so blessed to lay hands on each child and tell them that Jesus loved them. I was reminded of the open heart, innocent acceptance, and faith without question that children have. Let us together pray that each of us may forever embrace the love of Jesus with an open heart. We ended the service singing “I Love You Lord”. Their acceptance of Jesus reminds me of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians in which he writes, “We live by faith not by sight.” (Corinthians II, 5:7) May we all walk by faith that is as innocent as the faith of a child. Join me in praying that the seeds that are planted in the preschool ministry of Pasadena Presbyterian Church, be deeply rooted and produce a lifetime of love and commitment to Jesus Christ. May each and every one of you have a blessed Lenten Season, and be brought closer to our Lord and Savior, who has redeemed the world and saved us by His Grace.  – Laura Woodard

***We are currently enrolling for the 2012-2013 school year. Please invite any families that may be interested in attending to contact me for a tour of the school.  There are brochures available for distribution in the preschool office. 

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Children's Church

The children are continuing their walk through the Old Testament during Children’s Church.  The children’s worship is designed specifically for children in Pre-k  through 5th grade.  The children are dismissed from the Sanctuary each Sunday during the 9:00 AM service, with the exception of Communion Sunday.

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

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Parent's Night Out

WHEN:  Saturday, March 10

TIME:  6-9 PM

WHO:  All children 1yr. old through 5th grade

            Children ages 1-3 classroom 5

            Children ages 4-10 Fellowship Hall

Age-appropriate activities for all children. 

Snack provided.  No charge.

Please contact Leslie Hughes at for additional information.

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Praise Kids

Praise Kids continues to meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.  The children begin the evening in Fellowship Hall at 6:30 PM with Family Connection.

March’s lessons continue with a study of the Bible “heroes” of the Old Testament, including Solomon, Elijah, and Elisha.  The LAST night of Praise Kids will be Wednesday, March 21st.

Praise Kids is open to all children in preschool through grade 5.  Please contact Leslie Hughes, , for additional information.

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Discipleship Ministry

The New Life Class is continuing on Wednesday evenings in the Fellowship Hall.  The study is on the Passages of the Gospel of John.  It is a continuation of the New Life Groups and has been formed to give everyone who wasn’t able to participate during the month of January an opportunity to practice and learn how to encourage and teach new believers to study the Bible through this easy to use format.  Each member of the class can participate in leading the group until it becomes comfortable to be a leader.  Practice of the format in this way is intended to become second nature as you read every verse of the Bible, studying meaning and purpose within the verses and naturally encourages introspection and spiritual growth.  This method can then be used to help new Christians lean and understand how the Bible is just as pertinent to our life today as it was when it was written.  If you did not get an opportunity to attend one of the January New Life Group classes you are invited to join this Wednesday evening class.

An ongoing opportunity that is continuing is the K-Life Youth group that is open to all our youth of middle school and high school ages.  Everyone in the congregation is also encouraged to invite a relative, for instance a grandchild, niece or nephew in this age group, to take advantage of K-Life through our church.  You can also invite your child’s friend to come too.  This ministry to our Youth is free, and is a community-wide, interdenominational Christian ministry of discipleship and fellowship. They work to teach and encourage kids to be strong in the Lord in spite of all the negative pressures they face today; and the kids will meet many others just like them from the schools they attend.  The youth that attend are enthusiastic about the program and opportunities offered in weekly meetings, activities and service projects.  If you are interested in a relative or your child’s friend joining K-Life, please contact Leslie Hughes.

“Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I believe in your commandments.”  Psalm 119:66

Kathie Schellhaas, Discipleship Chair

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Deacon's Corner

Winter is almost gone and spring is just around the corner. With the approach of spring it brings to mind new beginnings and hope. The Easter Season will always remind us of the joyous resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal life with him.

With that in mind, let us always remember to share his love with all, for his love is what sustains us. We are his servants and are to serve others in his love and will. “As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” John 13:34. This is a clear statement and instruction by Jesus and it is our mission in life.

Please do not hesitate to call your Deacons if you are in need, for we are here to serve you. Also remember to contact Bill Wyess should you need transportation to church events or other services of the Helping Hands Ministry.

Bill Schellhaas, Chair; Judy Bloomfield; Vicki Danz; Debbie Saathoff; Caeser Van Ardoy and Bill Wyess.

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VBS 2012 

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS AND PEOPLE WHO CAN COUNT, CUT, ETC. NEEDED FOR VBS CRAFTS

The children who will be coming to Vacation Bible School need people to prepare items for VBS crafts long before it starts. Tasks would include counting, sorting, cutting, etc. in your spare time at home.

Also needed:

  • Buttons
  • Canisters from hand wipes (like Wet Ones which are cylindrical)
  • 35mm film canisters
  • Plastic coffee cans

Please contact Laurie Smith for details.

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            
  9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
January 29   82 52 134
February 5  73 62 135
February 12  137                  72 209
February 19 71 56 127

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What's New At PPCNews

Save the Date!

2012 SonRise National Park VBS: June 11-15

PPC Membership Policy

(adopted 1/24/2012 in response to Book of Order changes)
If an active member of PPC willfully chooses to participate in the life of another congregation in the Tampa Bay area for a period of 6 months or longer in lieu of participating in worship and fellowship at PPC, that member may be removed from the active roll by Session.  Session shall  attempt to contact and counsel the member regarding their obligations to continue in active membership at PPC in accordance with G-1.0402.  Session may remove the member from the active roll if it is determined that the lack of participation in PPC is not due to mitigating circumstances (including health, school, or military deployment).

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 February 2012”.

January Sunday School Schedule

  • Children’s Classes: Elementary Room 209, Laura Schuetz
  • Youth Classes: Room 205, Kathie Schellhaas/Sandy Moore
  • College/ Career Class: Room 206, Bill Schellhaas/Bill Wyess
  • Friendship Class: Boswell, Tom Smith III
  • 1 Corinthians Adult Bible Study: Room 204, Larry Oline
  • Creative Friendzy Class:  Room 201,  Patty Burrows
  • New Life Study Group: Chapel

Please Help Keep Our Facilities Nice!

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

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