Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

March 2017

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From Me to You
Financial Report
Stewardship Ministry
Very Important Notice
The Deacon's Developements
Koinonia Ministry
Praise Kids
Sunday School
Please Join Our Praise Chorus
Sonrise ECLC
Library News
Women of the Church
The Children of Landless (Thika)
Vacation Bible School
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You:

 “You shall be My witnesses, both in Jerusalem and Judea…even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8 NASB)


Not that mission is confined to just one month or Sunday:  we know mission is a LIFE-STYLE,  not just a trip!

On Sunday March 26, we will celebrate our partnerships in mission as and during our 10am worship service.   We will enjoy several personal and video presentations from our mission partners; we will dedicate 2017 FAITH PROMISE pledges; and we will also receive God’s Word through a long-time missionary servant, Phil Fogel.  Phil led the D & D Missionary Homes ministry here in Pinellas Park for many years.  He is the perfect person to share God’s Word with us about being faithful partners with our partners in mission.  Details of the day, including a church-wide lunch, are in the Evangemissions article of this newsletter.

We at and as PPC (now ECO PPC!) have had and continue to have an amazing heart for missions.  The faithful prayers for all our mission partners, and the grace-filled, over-and-above giving to Faith Promise for financial mission support continues to be a true testimony of how Jesus has moved us to join Him in His global mission through our wonderful partners!

Mission, though, is also not just a one-way—give-and-pray for partners—street.  More and more, we need our partners not only to pray for us, but to help us reach our own “Jerusalem and Judea”—friends, neighbors and city—with the saving love and Good News of Jesus.  Missionaries living “out there” have the experience, wisdom, compassion and courage to reach the unreached around the world; we need what they have been given by the Lord to reach the unreached right around us!

That is also why I have come to value leading folks “out there” on mission trips.  It is the best way I know of teaching, training, equipping and empowering those of us who don’t live “over there” to be missionaries right here!

But, when we aren’t able to go and be a part of the Lord’s world-wide harvest of souls and expansion of His Church, having missionaries come to us is the next best thing for our own growth and “flourishing.”

Please pray for and plan to participate in this year’s mission Sunday, March 26h.  As a very special “addendum” to that day, we will also be having Rev. Karen Dunham of the Living Bread International Church (recently persecuted and burned-down in Jerusalem) here as our guest preacher on April 2nd. I know you will want to invite folks to come on both Sundays; and as always, I pray we all have more and more opportunities to invite people to faith in Jesus, each and every day!

Grateful to be IN MISSION with YOU—Jesus’ witnesses here and around the world!

In Christ,


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Financial Report

January 2017   Financial  Report


Account Name
General Fund Checking   $  34,748.94
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $  78,764.97
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  25,763.99
PRESCHOOL MM   $  65,595.10
Financial Notes



OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   -$         265.33


Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING INCOME YTD * $   22,273.79
OPERATING EXPENSE YTD    $   22,539.12
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        * -$         265.33


Deacon’s Fund                                                           $ 2,556.31

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

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Stewardship Ministry

In February, we often think of love. God tells us about His love through 1 John 3:1, ‘Look at how great a love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children. And we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know Him.’ Even though we have sinned against God, He still loves us, and gives us so many things to take care of. Let’s use them well so that we can glorify Him and be His ambassadors to the people in the world who don’t know Him yet.

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair

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If you are presently an active member of PPC/PCUSA and have NOT returned your enrollment form to be a covenant partner (active member) in the new PPC/ECO, you MUST do so before February 27th.  Those currently on the PPC/PCUSA active roll who have NOT turned in the form  by then will be placed on inactive status for 6 months as of March 1, 2017.  Those wishing to remain in a PCUSA church need to have their  membership transferred by March 1, or notify the office of your intent to be transferred.  You will then be placed on inactive status and reactivated for transfer. If you are presently an active member and have turned in your form, you can disregard this notice!

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The Deacon's Developements

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

“Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”   Ephesians 4:15-16

Let’s celebrate: our new beginnings as an ECO church!!!


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. 

“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 will meet March 2nd in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00 a.m. 

The Youth in December had a Christmas Party at Gina Driggers’ home, baking cookies, played games and had a gift exchange.  They also helped in putting up the Christmas decorations in the Church.  They are also planning on attending Missions Sunday as a group to know more about missions.

Praise Kids/Youth will meet Sunday evenings  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: Mac Boyd, Cookie Cottrell, Vicki Danz, Gina Driggers, Ruth Gey, Sandy Moore, Terry Odom, Alma Oline, Shirley Phillips, Laurie Smith and Pat Watts.

Pat Mancini, Chairperson

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Praise Kids

Praise Kids Club (PKC) is the name of the ministry to children from nursery age to fifth grade. The Youth meet at the same time, enabling us to reach all the way to young adults in our ministry.

All this happens Sunday nights beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a snack for all. PKC and youth gather in Fellowship Hall while the youngest are in the nursery.

The Youth are studying the Bible in chronological fashion from a book called "The Story." It is the Bible all the way, just rearranged.

PKC and the nursery age kids are continuing to study the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23,  "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;" in age-appropriate lessons. Each "fruit" has been discussed in light of a Bible story which shows each trait.

Crafts, games and fun help the kids learn more about Jesus and the Bible in PKC and the youth are able to do fun field trips, sleepovers and other activities.

If you know anyone in these age groups, help them to join us!

Laurie Smith, Heather Smith, Gina Driggers, Nancy Nottoli and Mac Boyd

Keep up with us on Facebook:

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Sunday School

¨ Breakfast With Jesus: Teacher: Gary Hofmeyer with ECO at 8:30a in Fellowship Hall
¨ College/Career Class—Moneylife: Teacher: Tom Smith IV at 11a in Fellowship Hall
¨ Elementary age children’s Sunday school begins at 9:00a in classroom 3

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Please Join Our Praise Chorus

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

Beginner singers are welcome! Reading music is not necessary.
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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Sonrise ECLC

At Sonrise ECLC the children are busy learning about the life of Jesus and His love for them.  What an important message that is for all of us!   We are also getting ready for our Spring Family Fundraiser by learning songs to sing to the families that join us.  We will be having an auction and raffle on March 30th.  Raffle tickets will be available for church families to purchase ahead of time but you are also invited to our event.  You can help support the preschool ministry by donating items for us to raffle off, attending our Spring Family night or by purchasing raffle tickets ahead of time.  The children are very excited to sing to the families of the preschool and church!

Shirley McLeod, Director

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Missions Sunday is on March 26th at 10am

God calls us all to take the Good News of the Gospel to the ends of the earth. One of the ways we do this is with prayer and treasure for our missionary partners. Come celebrate what God is doing with our mission partners, our prayers, Faith Promise and mission giving. Phil Fogel will be our keynote speaker at the 10:00 service. Phil is past president and director of D&D Missionary Homes. During Phil's time ther missionaries looked forward to resting and recharging while they took a break from the mission field. As a fomer missionary, Phil understands very well how important it was to care for our missionaries returning from the field. You will be encouraged by this servant to the Lord's servants to be part of God's mission.

After Mission Sunday worship service, come to Fellowship Hall & the Courtyard and enjoy some grilled burgers, hot dogs and sides with a few of our missionaries. Ask them for their prayer and praise report and let them know how much you love them and love being their missionary partner. Don't forget to pray about making a Faith Promise. Faith Promise giving supports about 90% of the funding we gifve our missionaries and special mission projects.

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Library News

C.S. Lewis is one of the greatest writers who explained Christian concepts so that we can see what we are called to do to have the Christ-honoring life we should. Some of his writings need to be studied while others are easier to read. Here are quotes on the value of going to church:

In the Weight of Glory, a compilation of nine sermons he gave, Lewis writes, "No Christian and, indeed, no historian could accept the epigram which defines religion as 'what a man does with his solitude.' It was one of the Wesleys, I think, who said that the New Testament knows nothing of solitary religion. We are forbidden to neglect the assembling of ourselves together. Christianity is already institutional in the earliest of its documents. The Church is the Bride of Christ. We are members of one another."

In Mere Christianity, he writes: "There are three things that spread the Christ life to us: baptism, belief, and that mysterious action which different Christians call by different names-Holy Communion, the Mass, the Lord's Supper.

"If you have once accepted Christianity," he continues, "then some of its main doctrines shall be deliberately held before your mind for some time every day. That is why daily prayers and religious reading and churchgoing are necessary parts of the Christian life. We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed."

Come to the library to see what insights you can get from C.S. Lewis.

Laurie Smith, librarian  

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Women of The Church

Communion at the Springs – Monday, March 6th at 9:45 a.m.

WOC Committee Meeting – Tuesday, March 7th at 10:00 a.m.
Rachel Circle – Monday, March 13th at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Arlene Tomin.  
Sarah Circle – Tuesday, March 13th at 1:00p.m. — location TBD.

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.

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

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

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The Children of Landless (Thika)

The March spotlight for Jan's Mission is on Diana Achieng.  In 2012, while living on the streets of Thika, Kenya, with her 3 year old sister Britney, Diana, then eleven, was approached by a man who offered to take Britney home with him to raise.  The girls were born to a street mother who had abandoned them, so Diana knew this was a rare opportunity for at least one of them to get a home.  Diana said good-bye to her sister and struggled on the streets alone.  About a year later, Diana was told by other street kids that her little sister was seen back on the streets in another Thika neighborhood.  Diana desperately searched for Britney but was told she had been taken home by another man, John Ochieng.  Diana searched until she found John (who is now our mission director) and was taken to see Britney.  It was an emotional reunion.  Diana joined our family and can now be Britney's big sister again.  In January, Diana started high school at Thika Garrison H. S. in Landless, Kenya.

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Vacation Bible School

Mighty Fortress: In Jesus, the Victory is Won!

Theme Verse: ‘Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57

Can you believe it is that time of year again?

We are in the planning stages and we will need your help to make this VBS successful.

Please mark your calendar for June 5 - 9.

For more information and/or to volunteer please contact Terry Odom (more exciting information to come)

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ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians

These are the foundations that propel us forward.

Our Mission

To build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Our Core Values

Jesus-shaped Identity:
We believe Jesus Christ must be at the center of our lives and making disciples of Jesus at the core of our ministry.

Biblical Integrity:
We believe the Bible is the unique and authoritative Word of God, which teaches all that is necessary for faith and life. The prominence of God’s Word over our lives shapes our priorities, and the unrivaled authority of the Bible directs our actions to be in concert with Christ’s very best for our lives. 

Thoughtful Theology:
We believe in theological education, constant learning, and the life of the mind, and celebrate this as one of the treasures of our Reformed heritage.

Accountable Community:
We believe guidance is a corporate spiritual experience. We want to connect leaders to one another in healthy relationships of accountability, synergy, and care.

Egalitarian Ministry:
We believe in unleashing the ministry gifts of women, men, and every ethnic group.

Missional Centrality:
We believe in living out the whole of the Great Commission – including evangelism, spiritual formation, compassion, and redemptive justice – in our communities and around the world.

Center-focused Spirituality:
We believe in calling people to the core of what it means to be followers of Jesus – what “mere Christianity” is and does – and not fixate on the boundaries.

Leadership Velocity:
We believe identifying and developing gospel-centered leaders is critical for the church, and a great leadership culture is risk-taking, innovative, and organic.

Kingdom Vitality:
We believe congregations should vigorously reproduce new missional communities to expand the Kingdom of God.

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Sunday Worship Attendance


February 05 83
February 12 64
February 19 79

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What's New At PPCNews

Please bring in your plastic grocery bags for the our Food Distributions.
Bags can be put in the containers in hallway by patio. Thank you!

Emails to the Church

If you are attempting to contact us at PPC, please make sure you are using the correct email address for us  as  listed in the  weekly Flyer. If you send an email to us, but do not receive a reply, please call the OFFICE.
If you are not receiving emails from us, please make sure we have YOUR current email address.


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.

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 eveningsuntil 8:30pm.  If your group can’t change to meet on the nights when PPC is now open, you will need to   contact Pastor Carl to get keys and codes —you will be responsible for locking up and setting the alarm—or find another location off site.  

Dollars for Deacons Fund

Please Remember The Dollars For  Deacons Offering Envelopes in the Sanctuary.

Collect Aluminum Cans

Please bring in your  aluminum soda cans (rinsed) and put them in the blue recycling bin,   opposite the church kitchen door, as you come in to the Fellowship Hall. These cans will be sold to a salvage business and the money will go toward our youth ministries.  Thank you!

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