Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

March 2014

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Beginning of Lent (Ash Wednesday) Service
Financial Report
2014 Mission Service
Special Prayer Service
Vacation Bible School
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Praise Kids
Youth and Young Adult Game Night
The Deacon's Developements
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You

"1 I, Paul, am a prisoner of Christ Jesus because of my preaching to you Gentiles. 2 As you already know, God has given me this special ministry of announcing his favor to you." (Ephesians 3:1-2 NLT)

Mission is personal.

We know that because God came to us Himself, in the person of His Son, Jesus;

We know it because God the Holy Spirit comes into our lives, personally and powerfully,

when we accept Jesus as Savior and Lord;

And we know it because God sends His people—each of us--in person to bring others to Christ:

“We are Ambassadors for Christ!” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

On Sunday, March 23rd, we will gather to celebrate God’s calling and work of mission with, as and through us, His Church.  Our annual MISSIONS CONFERENCE will begin at 9am with displays in our Fellowship Hall, where we will meet and greet many of our partner missionaries, up-close and in person.  Our single special worship service will begin at 10:30am. Our keynote speakers will be Pastor Anthony Oliver and his wife Judy, our PPC Missionaries-in-residence and with whom we have partnered in two mission trips to Trinidad.  Christian recording artist Racquel Whipple will again lead us in worship with songs.  Lunch for all will follow in Fellowship Hall.

Because mission is personal, the Lord Jesus calls and equips each of us to be involved, and to take-part in, mission.  Sometimes He calls us to go; all the time He calls us to pray for, give to and help send those He has brought us together with, as our missionary partners.

FAITH PROMISE is the name given to our PPC partnership with and financial support of our   missionaries.  It is called “FAITH” Promise because it is to be giving “over-and-above” our regular tithes and offerings—by faith receiving and sharing the additional financial resources the Lord provides so we can partner with those He has called and led into full-time missionary service.  You will be receiving a brochure in the mail prior to our CONFERENCE which has more information and contains an annual pledge form.  Please pray about how the Lord wants you to partner with our missionaries through FAITH PROMISE; then fill-out and bring-in the pledge form on March 23rd.

One day, when we are in eternity in the presence of the Lord, someone will come up to you and say something like “Thank you for praying, giving, sending and going, to share Jesus with people around the corner and around the world.  I’m here, with Jesus and you, because you did!”
That’s about as personal as it gets!

Looking forward to celebrating all the Lord Jesus is doing through our missionary partners, with you—HIS MISSIONARIES—at and as PPC!

In Christ,


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Session Digestcolumns

The Session met on January 28, 2014.
Listed below are several items that were decided or discussed.
1. A Session and Deacons retreat was scheduled for Saturday, February 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2. John Odom and Larry Oline were elected as commissioners to Presbytery that meets in Spring Hill on Saturday, February 8.
3. A congregational meeting was scheduled for Sunday, February 23, following a single combined worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school will be at 9:00 a.m.
4. The Discipleship and Fellowship Ministry committees have been combined and will now be called Koinonia.
5. The financial report for the end of 2013 showed a negative operating balance of $53,177.89. This does not include the income from the sale of the van of $15,000.00 or the income from the PPC Foundation of $27,827.73.

Respectfully submitted,   Larry Oline, Clerk

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Beginning of Lent (Ash Wednesday) Service

7pm March  5  — CHAPEL

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Financial Report 

January 2014 Financial  Report

Account Name
Balance(as of 1/31/14)
General Fund Checking   $24,370.75
Designated Fund Checking    $22,843.57
BIA Reserve:  
WOC MM $10,169.76
Gen. Res. MM   $15,465.81
BIA Res. MM   $53,080.71
  Total BIA   $78,716.28
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $54,767.63
PRESCHOOL MM    $50,392.42


OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   +$  6,975.45


Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        * +$ 6,975.45

Financial Notes

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Thank you to everyone who completed the “2014 Opportunities to serve the Lord” forms.  If you have not yet been contacted, we should be calling on you soon.  We are working on a plan to take care of key areas of our church that need continuing care.  These areas are 1) weekly cleanings for the kitchen in the fellowship hall, 2) on-going minor maintenance of the church building, 3) on-going support of our computers and network and 4) sprucing up our grounds.

If you did not complete an opportunities form (or haven’t heard from us) and have a desire to help in any of these areas, please call John Odom.

John Odom
Stewardship Ministry Chair

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2014 Missions Conference









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Special Prayer Service




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Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School
DATE:  June 9-13, 2014

TIME: 8:30 – 12pm

THEME: Gangway to Galilee – Jesus gives Amazing Gracee

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God”  Ephesians 2:8

     We are in the planning stage of VBS!
We need to have our teachers and assistance
       in place to assure that we can have a successful VBS.

So please be in prayer on how YOU can help.

If you have any questions, please call Terry Odom

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Food Distribution Center  

January was a record breaking month for your Food Distribution Center.  We served 292 households, 730 individuals, with many new signups, 9,023 pounds of food.

Your Food Distribution Center has headed into 2014 at full force.  God continues to bless us with the necessary funds. 

Some of you may not know how much time and work goes into one food pantry.  It takes at least 60 work hours of preparation and another 60 hours in serving on the day of distribution.  Preparation includes: picking up food at the Free Clinic weekly, shopping at Feeding America as needed, purchasing food at local retailers as needed, packing bags, ordering food, putting away food, etc. Currently 15-22 people are involved in this vital ministry. 

Did you notice how much food was given out in January?  We might round it up to about 4 tons.  Two and a half years ago we opened our doors by serving 18 family units.  You may have noted that we are near the 150 mark.

Where do we get the volunteers?  God sends the people that we need to prepare for each pantry and to work at distributions. 

Where does the money come from?  God provides it through you and others.  Recently we received a
generous gift from Wells Fargo.  Some people collect food in their neighborhoods.  Many of you bring food on Sunday mornings.  Once in a while we receive extra food from our sources.

Where do we store the food?  Shelf food is stored on shelves and carts in the 123 house.  We have 4 upright and 4 chest freezers, plus two refrigerators.  Often these are packed to capacity and we have to turn down
additional food.  

What can you do?  You can pray!  You can give financially!  You can serve!  You can encourage! 

May God continue to bless and to keep you!

Click here to start helping the Food Distribution Ministry:

Food Distribution Ministry

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Women of the ChurchPresbyterian Women

Communion at the Springs – Monday, March 3rd at 10:oo a.m.

Committee Meeting – Tuesday, March 4th at 10:00 the Boswell Room.

Rachel Circle – Monday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Pat Watts.

Esther Circle – Tuesday, March 11th at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Becky McLaughlin.

Ruth Circle – Tuesday, March 11th at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Pat Drucker.

NEW CARPET INSTALLED recently in Fellowship Hall.  The next time you go to the Fellowship Hall take a look at the stage and the stairs where we have new carpet.  This project was funded by the Women of the Church from the generous bequest left to the women of Pasadena Presbyterian Church by Ruby Bortz.

A group of women recently cleaned out the women’s closet (which has become sort of a “catch all”) in the hallway into the Fellowship Hall.  While some  were doing that work, others were checking the kitchen refrigerator to make sure there was nothing out-dated so if and when the health inspector comes, the church will not be written up.  This was always checked on by staff and now we, as a congregation, are responsible.

Please respond “yes” if you are called to ask to help. If you have any suggestions or ideas for future projects and/or events/programs, please contact one of our present committee

members: Ann Carney, Cookie Cottrell, Vicki Danz, Pat Drucker, Pat Edgington, Becky

McLaughlin, Terry Odom, Alma Oline, Felicia Ragland, Aristeia Sowa or Pat Watts.

“Serve one another in love” (Gal. 5:13) and “Encourage one another”

(I Thess. 5:11; Heb. 3:13)

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Listen to some inspiring words from Deuteronomy 7:6-8. "For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of peoples. But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath (promise) he swore to your forefathers that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery." I know these words were addressed to Jewish people. But I believe we can see His same work for each of us. He has been faithful for us and is worthy of praise. We too are loved, promised, and redeemed from our slavery to sin. That love compels us to love, obey, and serve Him.

 Be planning to attend and be praying for the Missions Conference on March 23. Anthony and Judy Oliver will be speaking. Lunch will follow the combined worship service. 

Larry Oline

Evangemission Chair

Food Distribution Ministry

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Koinonia Ministry

“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.

ADULTS OF ALL AGES AND STAGES OF LIFE ARE WELCOME SUNDAY NIGHTS FOR BIBLE STUDY.  An evening Bible study in a small, informal group setting is being offered each Sunday from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Tom Smith III is the facilitator of this class.  The study will be the New Testament, especially Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  PRAISE KIDS is also every Sunday evening.  (See article on Page 9)  Laurie Smith and family have taken the responsibility (with help of others) to keep this an on-going ministry.  Praise God for the blessing of the volunteers involved.  Dave Taylor’s class is being held in Room 201 (the theatre room) upstairs.  Please use the elevator and he has 10 more sessions.  The class begins at 10:15am on “Drive thru History – America”.  This is a DVD presentation.

Plan to attend the Easter Brunch which will be held between the 9:00 and 11:00 am services.  An Easter egg hunt will also be held for the children.

God is awesome as Terry Odom will be the coordinator for VBS the week of June 9-13 with aftercare offered these five days.  We will need volunteers before and during the week of VBS.  (See article

Members of our Koinonia Ministry are: Cookie Cottrell, Vicki Danz, Zinet Kalis, Sandy Moore, Terry Odom, Alma Oline, Shirley Phillips, Felicia Ragland, Laurie Smith, Patti Strong and Dave Taylor.  Chairpersons are: Ruth Gey, Pat Mancini and Pat Watts.

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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 also learned about the community helpers who are our friends. We had a visit from the police
department and fire department and learned about their roles in the community and how they can help us.

As we prepare for the Lenten season we are discussing the life and miracles of Jesus and how he lives in all of our hearts.  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 2014-2015 school year. If you know of a place where you can distribute brochures, I will be happy to provide them for you. 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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Praise Kids

Kids age 3 years to 5th grade will encounter Jesus each week through stories, movies, songs, games, arts and crafts, puppet shows, skits and a variety of other activities.  Bible study skills will also be taught.

Parents and other adults have an opportunity to learn, too, in their own class.

6-6:15 p.m.  Snack, Fellowship Hall, kids, parents and adults coming to the Adult Bible Study

6:15-6:30 p.m. Worship and get ready for the weekly Bible lesson. Children and parents and other adults can participate together in Fellowship Hall.

6:30-7:30 p.m., the kids will go upstairs for the Bible story and Bible verse with story telling, games and crafts.
6:30-7:30  p.m. Adults will have their own time in Fellowship Hall to learn about the Bible and how to apply it to their lives. Tom Smith III is the facilitator.

If you have any questions, please call Laurie Smith at .

Hope to see you this Sunday!

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Library News


Large, colorful, meaningful illustrations and small stories of how learning to read has changed individual's and people group's lives jump out of the pages of The Alphabet Makers, a recently donated book. It has stories of how alphabets were created; and how Christianity's spread is intertwined with literacy. You are able to read this newsletter, thanks to our alphabet having been created.

This book is a presentation of the Museum of the Alphabet in Waxhaw, NC. Cameron Townsend, the founder of Wycliffe Bible Translators, Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL International) and JAARS (formerly Jungle Aviation and Radio Service), built the museum over 20 years ago so that people could realize how important it is to have a people group's language in written form.

This book, as the museum does, focuses on people all over the world, throughout history. For instance, Mesrop Mashtotz created an alphabet in the Fifth Century A.D.. He wanted to strengthen (his country) Armenia, the first 'Christian nation,' against other religions and preserve ethnic unity... (then he and a bishop) translated the Bible and set up schools." 

Sequoyah, a 19th century North American Cherokee Indian, though illiterate, created a writing system....He tried "making a picture of each one of thousands of words...He drew symbols with pokeberry juice on chips of wood. But his wife, angered by his neglect of the family, threw the chips into a fire." Sequoyah decided to try a method using syllables .. and succeeded.

Korean King Sejong (1397-1450) created an alphabet that would be easy to use so the people would be literate; but some leaders objected. "The use of the alphabet for a translation of the Bible helped popularize it," but not until almost the 20th century.

Missionaries taught young Indians in Peru to read. These young Indians foiled a group of unscrupulous settlers who tried to use a fancy sewing machine warranty to swipe tribal land!

Laurie Smith, Librarian

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Youth and Young Adult Game Night

FRIDAY March 14, 5:30—8
Educational Wing—2nd floor

Come for a fun night of fellowship with the young adults of PPC! Exact activities and games are yet to be determined (but we usually play video games or board/card games). . .  Feel free to bring suggestions!

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The Deacon's Developements

The Deacon’s Developments

*The Deacon’s serve Christ by serving others for His glory and purpose*

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”   Romans 12:10-13

We Are Your Deacons and We Love You and We Want to Pray For YOU!!

Please call us with any prayer concerns!
Vicki Danz
Threse Hammond
Terry Odom
Caesar VanArdoy
Bill Wyess


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Sunday Worship Attendance

  9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
February 02 71 58 129
February 09 88 88 176
February 16 73 63 136
February 23 Combined Service 97

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What's New At PPCNews

Important Policy Change

As a result of changes in our staffing, PPC facilities will no longer be 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 evenings.  If your group can’t change to meet on the nights when PPC is now open, you will need to contact Pastor Carl or find another location.  

Oliver & Company CD

CDs Available in the Office
Cost is $5.00
Cash Please


Those parking on Pinellas Way for any church function must be aware of the parking signs.  The police will ticket anyone violating the parking signs.

If you are working in the Food Distribution Center, make sure you park in the lot by the Scout House.  This includes the families who are picking up food.

If you are coming to the Family Connection, please be mindful of the parking restrictions.

We want you to have a wonderful experience here at PPC.  We would hate for you to leave here having to pay for a parking ticket.

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.

Dollars for Deacons

Please  Remember The Dollars For Deacons Envelopes

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

  • College/ Career Class: Room 206,Tom Smith IV
  • Friendship Class: Boswell, Tom Smith III
  • Revelation Adult Bible Study: Room 204, Larry Oline
  • Drive Through Christian History in America: Chapel Dave Taylor

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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