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March 2013

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Financial Report
Evangemissions
PPC Evangelism and Church Planting Mission Trip
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Calendar
Fellowship Ministry
Preschool
Holy Week Schedule
Antioch Youth
Children's Church
Praise Kids
Library
Parent's Night Out
Family Connection
Youth and Young Adult Game Night
Deacon's Corner
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC
Birthdays

From Me to You

“Jesus said ‘Come!’ And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”
(Matthew 14:29)

PPC is going to Trinidad!

A team from our church will be going July 12-20 to partner with Pastor Anthony’s church and with other believers in San Fernando to share the Gospel, evangelize the lost and help start new house churches where there are none.  Starting now, our PPC team is being trained to raise partners for prayer and financial support, lead others to Christ using 5 different methods, conduct initial discipleship of new believers, and gather new believers together to become reproducing congregations.  This sounds incredible, and certainly something most people in the pew would never even think about attempting;  so what makes our team, any and all of us, want to do that—leave the comfort of our homes and pews to share Jesus with people way across the Caribbean sea?

Well, what made Peter get up and get out of his boat?
The answer, in short, is in the phrase:  he “came toward Jesus.”

Our desire to know Jesus better, show, serve and share Him more, is what moves us to surrender our wills, obey God’s Word, exercise our faith, overcome our fears and follow Him anywhere, all the time.  As Paul wrote:

“I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of

knowing Christ Jesus my Lord,for whom I have suffered the loss of all things,

and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ…  

that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection.” (Philippians 3:8-10)

We will end this month (March 31) celebrating Jesus and His RESURRECTION—His victory over our sin, death and the devil.   Before that, at our annual MISSIONS CONFERENCE (March 17), we will celebrate His calling in and for each of our lives—the power of His resurrection to make us His witnesses (Acts 1:8), His ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20), His disciples who GO and make disciples (Matthew 28:19).

Going, to show, serve and share Jesus, is the acid test of our faith in and faithfulness to Him.

Are you willing to go—across the street or around the world—to come closer to Jesus, and help others do so, too?

I hope so—I pray so!  I pray that Jesus will continue to be glorified in and through each of us, and all of us together, as we are, by the power of His new life, even more, Jesus’ church in Jesus’ mission!

In Christ,
Carl

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Session Digestcolumns

The Session met on January 22, 2013 for their regular stated meeting at 7 p.m. After prayer by the Moderator, Pastor Carl Crawford, and a devotional from 1 Samuel 1:2-8 by Tom Smith IV, the following items were discussed or acted on:
1. Larry Oline and Leslie Hughes were elected as commissioners to Presbytery meeting in Lakeland on February 9.
2. John Odom and Pat Watts were elected as commissioners to Presbytery meeting in Zephyrhills on March 9.
3. A short term mission trip to Trinidad in July 2013 was approved. Pastors Oliver and Crawford will lead this trip which will be for the purpose of evangelism and church planting.
4. The financial report for January showed an approximate negative balance of $10,000. for the month.

The meeting was closed with a season of praise and prayer.

Respectfully submitted,   

Larry Oline

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Financial Report 

January 2013 Financial  Report

The Financials for  January show actual income $ 24,840.21 with expenses of $32,362.65  leaving us -$7,522.35 in the red.

FOR THE YEAR 2013
Actual Income   $ 24,840.21
Actual Expenses $32,362.65
Red -$7,522.35

 

Financial Notes

PPC Foundation *
Pasadena Foundation $ 27,879.59

Cash Available    Checking Account Balance      $13,803.47
Cash Reserves    General Reserve MM              $ 15,268.00
Total Cash         (Checking Acct Bal. & MM)   $ 29,071.47

*Values fluctuate with the stock market

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Evangemissions 

EVANGEMISSION COMMITTEE REPORT

Please plan to attend the upcoming Pasadena Presbyterian Missions Conference on March 17, 2013. Mission oriented groups will set up displays in the Fellowship Hall. Plan to visit with them and make them feel welcomed and learn of their ministries. A single worship service at 10:30 am will follow. Pastor Anthony Oliver will be preaching and Racquel Whipple (the same as last year) will provide special music. A lunch will be provided in the Fellowship Hall following the worship
service. Please pray and plan to attend!
Paul wrote to the church in Corinth the following words in  1 Corinthians15:58, "Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." We should encourage each other to follow these special words. David also had some similar words of

challenge in Psalm 62:1,2. They say, "My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken." The condition of the world around us demands that we as

people who trust in Jesus have to remain firm and always give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord.

Larry Oline, Evangemission Chair

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PPC Evangelism and Church Planting Mission Trip

Announcing PPC Evangelism and Church Planting Mission Trip to Trinidad, July 2013

Further information to follow (including dates, costs, schedules)

Team size is limited. If you are interested in going, contact Pastor Carl to reserve your place on the "pre" list.

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Food Distribution Center  

January 2013

181families, 513 Individuals, 7,500 pounds of food

New families continue to come and to register at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church Distribution Center.  New families mean more food and more food means that we need more funds to purchase the food with.  The closing of many of the Sweetbay grocery stores means that there will be less food available.  Pray that God will provide both food and money so that we can continue to meet the needs of hungry people.

I write this article, after having spent about six hours at the 1st pantry distribution in February, where God showed up BIG TIME.  A lady came and asked to come in early because she had to go to the hospital to see her sick mother.  Two of our team prayed with her for her mother.  The lady came back and told us that her mother got better at the time of prayer.  The woman was able to swallow and to eat.  They had planned on putting a feeding tube in her.

A man came for prayer in the 123 House and afterwards came outside to the prayer tent.  He had already been prayed for.  He told us that his back was hurting.  Then he asked to help us lift boxes.  When we explained that might not be good for him, the Spirit led us to pray for this man’s back.  Once again God performed.  He told us that the man had certain problems in his lower back and then pointed out that his neck had been hurt also.  We began to pray, until one of our numbers was moved to ask him if there was someone he had not forgiven.  The Lord touched his heart.  He prayed for forgiveness and assurance that he was and is a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

God wants to do imaginably much more than you or I can even imagine and to show us that He loves the people that come for food.  They need spiritual food more than physical food.  God has placed us here to minister to the needs of the people.

Yes, we need volunteers.  You are the volunteer that we need.  All you need to do is to show up and the Lord will do the rest through you.  Let Gene Hammond, Larry Hendry, Pastor Bob and others know and we will invite you to become a member of this team. 

God Bless and Keep You;

The Food Distribution Team    

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Women of the ChurchPresbyterian Women

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2013

Monday, March 4th  @ 10:00 am                   Communion at the Springs
Tuesday, March 5th  @ 10:00 am                   Council Meeting at the home of Pat Watts
Monday, March 11th @ 7:00 pm                    Rachel Circle – Home of Felicia Ragland
Tuesday, March 12th @ 1:00 pm                    Esther Circle – Home of Sally Molsick
Tuesday, March 12th @ 1:00 pm                    Ruth Circle – Home of Aristeia Sowa
Hannah Circle is no longer meeting.  I would encourage the members to join one of the two day circles or the    evening circle.

Circles meet from September through May and will be doing 12 studies on Daniel (Spiritual Living in a Secular World) by Douglas Connelly.  If anyone would like to join a circle, or if you would like to make one of your own at a different time, please contact me.

SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 16, 2013 was our Valentine’s Tea/Luncheon. We had 35 men and women in attendance.  Eddie Hoehn and son Tyler (13) was our entertainment and gave us a wonderful concert with their acoustical guitars and Tyler also giving us some renditions on his mandolin.  They were both very talented and very inspirational.  We also played some games and had a lot of gifts raffled off.  All in all it was a very good afternoon.  All I can say is those of you who did not attend – missed a very good day! 

Next project will be the Birthday Celebration on Saturday, May 4th.  Watch for more details in later issues of our newsletter.

“Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is uncertain, today is here.  Use it wisely”.  Encourage one another every day and show God’s love through you, to others.

In Christ’s Love,
Patricia Watts, Chairperson

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Fellowship Ministry

Saturday, February 16th at 1:00 p.m. we assisted the Women of the Church in their Annual Valentine’s Tea/Luncheon.  We had 35 men and women in attendance.  Excellent entertainment.  Eddie Hoehn and his 13 year old son Tyler had a very inspirational hour of song accompanied by their acoustical guitars.  Tyler also favored us with his very capable mandolin playing.  A fun afternoon for all who attended.  Good food, fun and fellowship!

Our ministry continues to help, when we are able, with the Parent’s Night Out gatherings – the next one being February 23rd from 6:00-9:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  We can always use more help!  The one for March is scheduled for the 23rd.

Fellowship Ministry now meets the first Monday of every month in the Fellowship Hall at 2:00 p.m.  If you are interested in

joining this ministry we welcome you and any suggestions you might have.  We will not be meeting in March but plan to meet, April, May & June.  Our next meeting will be April 1st (and that’s no joke) in the Fellowship Hall at 2:00 pm. 

“Koinonia’s” primary meaning is “fellowship, sharing in common, communion”.   Christian fellowship is a key aspect of the Christian life.  Believers in Christ are to come together in love, faith and encouragement.  This is the essence of Koinonia.
Patricia Watts,  Chairperson

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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 2013-2014 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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Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday Cantata @ 11am Service

Maundy Thursday Service with Communion @  7pm

Good Friday Contemplation and Prayer at Home—No Service

Resurrection Sunday Services @ 9am & 11am (No Sunday School)

Continental Breakfast Between Services with Egg Hunt for the Children

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Antioch Youth News

Our Youth has partnered with K-Life of St. Petersburg.  Here is a description of K-Life taken from the K-Life website, http://stpete.klife.com.  Please visit the K-Life website for updated calendar and event information.

High School K-Life:  Meets the following Mondays – March 4, 11, 18, 25  — 7:00—8:15 PM,  as well as Friday, March 15, 9:00—11:00 PM.

Middle School K-Life:  Meets the following Tuesdays – March 5, 12, 19, 26  – 6:30 – 8:00 PM

K-Life Service Project — Pinellas Hope, Saturday, March 16, 11:00 AM—1:00 PM

YOUTH GAMES NIGHT – Sunday, March 17, 4:30 – 8:00 PM – PPC Upstairs Classrooms — Dinner provided

“How can a young man keep his way pure?  By living according to your word.”  Psalm 119:9

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Children's Church 

The children continue to grow in their faith through Bible stories about the life of Jesus, specifically about his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, his death,  and his resurrection.

Children’s Church is a worship service designed specifically for children in preschool through grade 5. 

The children are dismissed from the Sanctuary each Sunday during the 9:00 AM service, with the exception of Communion Sunday. 

“’Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’”    Mark 1:17

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Praise Kids

Praise Kids is held on Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:00.

3/6  — A Widow’s Small Gift
3/13 — The Entrance of the King
3/20 — Movie Night
3/27 — Spring Break — NO PRAISE KIDS

Praise Kids is a discipleship ministry for children in Preschool through 5th grade.

The children grow closer in their relationship with Jesus through Bible stories, games, and arts and crafts.

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Library News

HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN YOUR FAITH IN JESUS: A FEW SUGGESTIONS FROM YOUR LIBRARY

The Apostle Peter says in I Peter 3:15 that we should "...sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you ..." and your library has   resources to help you explain why you believe that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.

Josh McDowell is a Christian writer, apologist and evangelist who was an agnostic in college and decided to write a paper disproving Christianity. However, as he looked at the facts, he became a believer. He has written over 100 books. Our library has some of them, including Reasons Skeptics Should Consider Christianity, Guide to Understanding Your Bible, The Resurrection Factor, and Evidence that Demands a Verdict.

Lee Strobel, Christian author and pastor, wrote about his journey to becoming a Christian in The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus . The book includes summaries of interviews with 13 Evangelical authors "defending their view of the historical reliability of the New Testament," according to Wikipedia. He was a journalist with The Chicago Tribune and an atheist when he decided to look into Christian claims, according to his website.  In addition to that book, we have The Case For Christmas: A Journalist Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger and The Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection.

Also available: What the Bible is All About, Dr. Henrietta C. Mears; Understanding the Bible, John R. W. Stott; C.S. Lewis on Scripture, Michael J. Christensen; What Was God Doing on the Cross?, Alister E. McGrath; Jesus' Final Warning: Hearing the Savior's Voice in the Midst of Chaos, Dr. David Jeremiah and others.

Laurie Smith, Librarian

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Parent's Night Out

WHEN: Saturday, March 23

TIME: 6-9 PM

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

  • Children ages 1-3 drop off in classroom 5
  • Children ages 4-10 drop off in Fellowship Hall

Age-appropriate activities provided for all children.  Snack served.  No charge.

Please contact Leslie Hughes, , for additional information.

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Family Connection

Every Wednesday, 6:30 PM,  Fellowship Hall

FAMILY CONNECTION WILL NOT MEET ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27th.

Family Connection is a family worship time designed specifically for parents and children.

Followed by adult Bible study from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in Fellowship Hall

Nursery care available for children not yet in preschool.

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Deacon's Corner 

Please Remember The Dollars For Deacons Envelopes In the Sanctuary

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Youth and Young Adult Game Night

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
SUNDAY, March 17, 4:30 – 8:00 PM
Upstairs Classrooms

Dinner Provided

Games that appeal to everyone
You don’t have to be an expert gamer to participate!

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            
  9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
February 03 74 70 144
February 10 125

68

193
February 17   72 51 123
February 24  66 61 127

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What's New At PPCNews

Resurrection Day Egghunt

SUNDAY, MARCH 31st, 10:15 AM

For all children age 1 through grade 5

Parents and children will meet in the Chapel

Continental breakfast immediately following  the 9am Service in Fellowship Hall

Newsletter Update

Many hours are spent putting this Alleluia Newsletter together.  The newsletter does not seem to be read byeven those to whom we mail it.  We no longer qualify for bulk mailing.  So the cost of mailing it comes under first class mail.  In addition our contributors do not honor the 15th of the month deadline for submitting their articles which causes last minute delays.

Our questions to you: Do you wish to continue to have the Alleluia News each month?  Would you just like to have the monthly calendar compiled which you could pick up on the first  Sunday of the month or access online? If so, you must phone the Church Office and tell us that you wish to continue to have the Alleluia Newsletter or Calendar by March 15th.  Call 727-345-0148 and we will add your name to the list. Thank you.

Church Facility Usage & Harmless Agreement

If you have a group that is not a ministry of the church and you would like to use the facility, you must come into the office for a copy of the Guidelines  for Outside Users of Church Facilities and sign the Church Facility Usage and Hold Harmless Agreement.

We have been instructed that this is imperative by our insurance company.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

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.

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”.

Sunday School Schedule

  • Elementary: Fellowship Hall, Leslie Hughes
  • Youth: Fellowship Hall, Leslie Hughes
  • College/ Career Class: Room 206,Tom Smith IV
  • Friendship Class: Boswell, Tom Smith III
  • 1 Corinthians Adult Bible Study: Room 204, Pastor Bob
  • Fruit of the Spirit:  Chapel, Debbie Saathoff 
  • Tested By Fire: Room 201, Patti Burrows

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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