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March 2016

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Birthdays
From Me to You
Session Digest
Financial Report
Stewardship Ministry
Please Join Our Praise Chorus!
The Deacon's Developements
Koinonia Ministry
Family Funday
Sunday School Classes
Food Distribution Ministry
Items Needed for PPC Food Distribution Center & Amanda Nottoli’S Girl Scout Silver Award
Evangemissions
Sonrise ECLC
Library News
Women of the Church
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You:

“Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father,

so we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4)

The resurrection of Jesus Christ means many things. 

Jesus rose to exactly fulfill God’s Word (prophecy— Jonah 1:17, Hosea 6:2, Matthew 12:39, 16:21).  His resurrection demonstrates that He, and He alone, is God’s true Christ (Luke 24:21-27, 46; Acts 2:32-6).  The resurrection of Jesus is the premier basis for our own assurance of salvation and eternal life through faith in Him (1 John 5: 9-12).

Jesus rose in victory over sin, death and the devil (1 Corinthians 15:57; Hebrews 2:14).  His resurrection set us right again with God (justification by faith in Jesus’ obedient and atoning sacrifice on the cross—Romans 4:25).  The resurrection of Jesus is the  authenticating witness of God that through faith in Jesus and His death for our sins,    we are indeed forgiven (Acts 10:39-43)!

Jesus rose to set us free from sin—its guilt (Curse), condemnation (God’s judgment) and punishment (death and eternal separation from God—Romans 8:1-2; Galatians 3:13-14; John 5:24).  He rose to set us free from the devil (Luke 4:18; John 8:32,36; 1 John 3:8-9; 4:4).  He rose to make us free to worship, love and live for God! (Ephesians 1:5; 2 Corinthians 5:15; 1 John 4:19)!

In a phrase, then, the resurrection of Jesus bring us, and bring into us who accept Him, His new life (Romans 6:4-11)!

Resurrection life of and in Christ includes:  a real, personal, loving, growing and lasting friendship with God;  a complete, total, always renewing and reviving make-over         (2 Corinthians 5:17—we are new creations by and in Christ); a true belonging to and place in Jesus’ family as His Church (Romans 8:15-17);  a missional purpose for our lives now (to glorify God in every way, Psalm 96; 1 Corinthians 10:31) and the power to do so (by the Holy Spirit 2 Timothy 1:7); and an eternity with God and other believers in Jesus which will be more wonderful, thrilling, fulfilling and incredible than we can begin to comprehend—all with unstoppable peace and never-ending joy (Revelation 21:1-7)!

That is why we CELEBRATE the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

—not just on Resurrection Sunday, March 27, but every day!

And that is why we must show and share Him, in all we think, say and do, with all     people, everywhere:

—Jesus is worth it!    He has risen, indeed!

Ever so grateful to share Jesus and life in Him together with you—His saints alive at PPC!

In Christ,

Carl

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Session Digest

The Session met for their regular stated meeting on January 26, 2016. The following items were discussed and/or acted on:

1. The financial report for the end of the year 2015 was reviewed.

2. A May Youth Sunday service will be held on May 8.

3. The 2015 annual statistical report was approved.

4. The annual “Ash” Wednesday anointing service was approved for February 10, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the chapel.

5. Elder Gene Hammond was elected as commissioner to the Tampa Bay Presbytery meeting on February 20, 2016.

Respectfully submitted,

Larry Oline, Clerk

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Financial Report     

Account Name
Balance(as of 1/31/16)
General Fund Checking   $    31,535.34    
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $    87,841.57
   
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $    56,179.19 
PRESCHOOL MM   $    50,644.08
Financial Notes
OPERATING INCOME TOTAL    $  27,694.98*
OPERATING EXPENSE TOTAL    $  18,975.64*
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   +$     8,719.64* 

 

Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING INCOME YTD * $ 27,694.98*
OPERATING EXPENSE YTD    $ 18,975.64*
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        * +$    8,719.64  *

 

Deacon’s Fund                                                           $    2,384.67

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

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Stewardship Ministry

In Ephesians 2:10, we read, “For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” As we prepare for Easter, I encourage us to consider works God has prepared on the grounds and buildings He has entrusted to us. These works glorify Him by showing that we value what He has given us as gifts, and serve others by aiding and encouraging them.

Two opportunities are available in March:

—> Weeding Day on Saturday, March 5 from 9 A. M. to 10 A. M.

  — We will be weeding the interior courtyard pavers.

—> Work Day on Saturday, March 19 from 9 - 11:30 A. M.

— Sanctuary cleaning

— Gardening

— Kitchen/Fellowship Hall cleanup

— Replacing light bulbs

All the church would welcome your presence.

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair

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Please Join our Praise Chorus!

If you enjoy singing and would like to join with others singers helping to lead our worship, our PRAISE CHORUS would love to have you! 

Reading music is not necessary but would be helpful.

Practice is on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30p.m. and Sundays (when singing) at 8:15a.m. For information, call Carol Pilkington.

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The Deacon's Developements

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

“If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen”  1 Peter 4:11

PLEASE LET US KNOW HOW WE CAN PRAY FOR YOU!!!

God loves you and so do we!!

Please call us!
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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Koinonia Ministry

Scripture commands us to be devoted to one another.   Romans 12:10 states, “Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves”. NIV

“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.

Koinonia Ministry met February 4, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Parents Night Out was held January 16th from 6-9 pm with 10 children in attendance.  Parents Night Out was cancelled for February – not enough interest.  The next Parents Night Out is scheduled for Saturday, March 5th from 6:00-9:00pm.  We will plan on having it the first Saturday of every month.

January 31st Family Fun Day bowling at 10 Pins Lanes and then back to the church for a Chili Supper and Salad.  We had 35 people attending and it was a fun night.

February 21st Family Fun Day was a Game Night at 4:30pm with dinner following.  We had 30 adults and children attend this fun night.

March 13th Mission Sunday Lunch – the youth will provide the table decorations. EvangeMissions will provide Meat Loaf and Chicken and the congregation will provide side dishes and dessert.

April 17th there will be a Youth-sponsored Spaghetti Dinner – more details in the next newsletter.

Praise Kids/Youth will meet Sunday evenings (the Fun Day Sundays they do not meet) from 6:00-7:30 pm, gathering in the Fellowship Hall for snacks and fellowship and then go to different classes.   Volunteers are always needed Sunday evenings and if you are interested you can contact Laurie Smith @.  

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

Pat Mancini, Chairperson

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Family Funday

FAMILY FUNDAY MARCH 13th MISSION SUNDAY COVERED DISH LUNCH

On March 13th after worship services we will gather for lunch in Fellowship Hall. Evangemissions will provide the main course of meat loaf and chicken and you can bring a side dish or dessert.  This is an opportunity to learn more about the missionaries we support. Invite your friends and family to come! 

A big thank you to our youth for providing the table decorations.  

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Sunday School Classes

¨ Breakfast With Jesus: Teacher: Larry Oline at 8:30a in Fellowship Hall
¨ College/Career Class: Teacher: Tom Smith IV at 11a in Fellowship Hall                   

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Food Distribution Ministry

God fed 393 families, 1,083 individuals, 11,725 pounds of food through your food distribution ministry during the month of January.

Note: Your Food Distribution Center is always in the need of people to come and volunteer to help in this vital ministry.  We need people to pack bags, unload and shelve food, carry bags for older people, do various jobs in the 123 house, work in the fellowship hall during the pantry, to come out and pray with people and/or to greet them. 

Note: Your Food Distribution Center is in need of a box truck to go and to pick up the food items from our suppliers.  We also need prayer warriors at your homes to lift up the team on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month and to pray for the safety of those who go out and to pick up the food.  Pray for our protection from those who are not of the faith and might get upset.  Of course we always are in need of both monetary and food donations. 

Thanks for everything you do!  May Jesus Christ bless you!

 

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Items Needed for PPC Food Distribution Center & Amanda Nottoli’S Girl Scout Silver Award

You may purchase items & place them in one of the labeled collection boxes at ppc in the narthex, table in courtyard hallway or in the nursery. Donate an item by april 10, Amanda will make 50 bags to earn her Girl Scout Silver Award. Bags then go to PPC Food Distribution Guests and Girl Scout Troop 352.  

Questions?  Contact Nancy Nottoli 

GOAL — COLLECT 50 OF EACH ITEM BELOW:

* facial tissue pocket packs       
* hand sanitizer travel size
* bandaids
* neosporin
* deodorant
* tooth brushes
* tooth paste

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Evangemissions

Matthew 28:18-20

The church is seen by many as a social organization but the Bible does not say that is what it is.  We cannot forget that our purpose is not simply to have fellowship, worship, sing and preach.  If you have a relationship with Jesus, you individually, and we as a church, are part of the awesome body of Christ that is called to bring the good news of the true life He offers to the world.  This work is not just for foreign missionaries but for every believer and church.  Our mission field includes our family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and our community.

Before returning to heaven, in the Great Commission Jesus promised to be with us until the end of the age.  He does not send us out to do His work on our own but assures us that the Holy Spirit will be with us and in us to accomplish this work.  With this power and honor comes responsibility to use what we have been given to do the task He has given us.  Everything we need; courage, energy, resources and opportunity Jesus has provided for us to accomplish our calling. How will the knowledge and understanding of this, change the way we live our lives to accept this calling?

The Bible is very clear that the Great Commission includes our involvement in our own circle of influence but it is also clear that we are to reach out beyond our own community.  Short-term mission trips and supporting missionaries who serve beyond our reach is one way we do that here in our body of believers.  Sunday March 13th is our Mission Sunday and this is the time of year you have opportunity to make a Faith Promise – the way we support our missionaries.  We ask that you fill out a Faith Promise card only to help us budget the financial commitments we make as a church to our missionaries but a Faith Promise is a commitment just between you and God.  You promise to give and have faith that God will provide the resources. We encourage you to make a Faith Promise commitment with God and share the financial commitment with us for budget purposes but even more importantly make a commitment with God to be spiritually and physically involved in the Great Commission in your everyday life.  What could be more important than being part of the Lord’s kingdom work of transforming brokenness and giving new life.  May His Spirit work powerfully through you!

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Sonrise ECLC

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 Lent and Resurrection Sunday 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 2016-2017 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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Library News

MOVIE RISEN HAS A NOVEL WITH ADDED STORY

At the time I was writing this article, the movie Risen had not been shown in theaters yet. I hope it is a good movie which makes people think about Christ and what it means to be a Christian. It is a blend of truth and fiction, such as Ben Hur and The Ten Commandment movies were (We don't know what searching was done for the body of Jesus or the effects that search had on those involved.)

One good sign is that an award-winning Christian author, Angela Hunt, was chosen to write the companion novel. The Florida resident has written over 130 books (Christian fiction, children's books and non-fiction) and won acclaim, including the Christy Award, so the novelization should be a good read.

Many times a movie is made because a novel has been so popular  and my problem with that is that the producer usually changes the novel's plot to fit the way he or she thinks the story should go when it is a film. The book is coming as the movie comes to theaters, but, yes, the book is different from the movie, this time, too. This time it may be a good thing.

Nora St. Laurent, on her blog The Book Club Network (psalm516.blogspot), notes that Hunt's book is based on a story by Paul Aiello, who also wrote the screenplay with Kevin Reynolds. St. Laurent says that the novel switches viewpoints between the Roman soldier and a women who had met Jesus, which the blogger found very beneficial.

St. Laurent adds a quote from Hunt, “The character of Rachel, who adds so much to the story... is a creation of Paul Aiello, the screen writer, but her role had to be cut from the movie due to time constraints. I’m happy that she lives within these pages and adds an additional point of view!” 

So, let's hope that both the movie and the book are well-done (and that the part of Rachel had not been cast and then thrown on the cutting room floor!) Come to our library to borrow the book!

Laurie Smith, librarian

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Women of The Church

Committee Meeting – Tuesday, March 1st at 10:00 a.m. in the Boswell Room. 

Communion at the Springs – Monday, March 7th at 9:45 a.m.

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

Arlene Tomin.

Sarah Circle – Tuesday, March 8th at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Alma Oline.

As you notice, we have one day circle and one evening circle. This is not like a club – all women of Pasadena Presbyterian Church are invited to come to either of the circle meetings. 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.

Just a reminder of things not to do but how to be: Be prayerful, Be trustful, Be obedient, Be forgiving, Be faithful and finally Be a follower of Jesus.  Remember this thought – what’s important about any day is not what is ahead of us but Who is ahead of us.   

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

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

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VBS

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
TO BE DETERMINED
BARNYARD ROUNDUP…Jesus Gathers Us Together!
THEME VERSE:   “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want”  Psalm 23:1
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THIS VBS A SUCCESS! PLEASE CONTACT TERRY ODOM @ IF YOU CAN HELP.  YOU WILL BE SO BLESSED!!!!

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            
Attendance
January 31 105
February 7 88
February 10 22
February 14 106
February 21 76

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What's New At PPCNews

Thank You

Thank you from Dave Taylor & family for the care that was showered on us by our church family.

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 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.  

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.

PRAYER REQUESTS

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.


Please Help Keep God's Facilities Nice!

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

Thanks for keeping God's facilities nice!

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