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April 2011

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Stewardship Ministry Update
Financial Report
Evangemissions
Pasadena Presbyterian Women
Fellowship
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Faith Community Nursing
Children's Ministry Update
Praise Kids
Youth
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From Me to You

If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord,
and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead,
you will be saved.”
(Romans 10:9)

The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the definitive and cornerstone belief of all who would claim His Name as Christians.  It is what declares Jesus is the one true Lord, God the Son, the only Savior for the world; it is the historical turning-point for our salvation, and the standard and resource for our living for and with God, now and forever.

When Jesus rose and the tomb was left empty, God displayed the sovereign power of His total victory over sin, the devil and evil, and death.  Jesus did and does it all for us—all that is left for us to do is accept God’s free gift of forgiveness and eternal life in Christ by doing what Romans says:  “confess” and “believe.”

Confessing, here, means personally and publically “owning” all my sins and agreeing with God that I’m guilty and deserving His judgment for them;  and it means “owing” all my salvation to Christ:  Jesus died in my place, shed His blood to purchase my pardon and cleanse me of all my sins.  No works of my own—not even attending and joining a church—can or ever will save me;  only by accepting    Jesus--putting my faith in Him alone as Lord and Savior--confers and applies God’s gift of salvation to me.  This “owning” and “owing” is done from our hearts, with our minds, and by our mouths—for other believers and for the world to hear and know:  from the “get-go” we are witnesses for Christ!

Believing is both the humbled decision to accept God’s Word, the Gospel of Christ, who Jesus is and what He did, as true;  and it is acting-on/living-out that belief—here specifically the truth that “God raised Jesus from the dead.” 

Life in and for Christ is victorious and glorious!  Joy and faith-filled!  Fruitful--as in Christ lives in us (Galatians 5:22ff) and full of fruit—as His life and love are passed-on to others through us (Matthew 28:19).  All of this is possible and ours because of the fact and power of Jesus’ resurrection, which transforms and energizes us to know, grow, show, serve and share Him—to His glory!

Becoming a Christian is really a simple matter--it isn’t joining a religious club or church, affiliating with a philosophy or political party, nor the result of being born in the western “Christianized” world.  We become Christians by being born again--“confessing” and “believing” as Romans says, accepting and receiving the LIVING JESUS into our lives as Savior, and living with and for Him alone as Lord.  That’s it!

If you’ve never done that—prayed to accept Jesus and put your faith in Him alone—you can do so right now:  talk with God--tell Him you agree with Him about your sins; you turn from your sins, trust in Jesus alone--His death and resurrection--to save you; and invite Jesus to be your Lord and Savior now and forever!  Then thank Him for His unending, life-changing and victory-bringing love for and in you!

Hallelujah!  He is risen!  Jesus is risen indeed!

Grateful to be joyfully praising Jesus with you—His victors at and as PPC!

In Christ,

Carl

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Session Digest: November 30, 2010columns

The Session met on the morning of February 19, 2011 at 9 a.m. in the Boswell room. The Moderator, Pastor Carl Crawford, called the meeting to order with prayer. Elder Meilus led a devotion relative to how God works to overcome troublesome times in our lives.

The following was discussed and/or acted on:
1. The Annual Statistical Report for 2010 was distributed.
2. The Budget for 2011 as approved was received.
3. Maundy Thursday services on April 21 were approved. A traditional service 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. and a contemporary service 7:00 to 7:45 p.m. will be held with communion served at each service.
4. Elders Smith and White were elected to be commissioners to Presbytery on February 26 at Cedarkirk.
5. Ileen Revit, the present pre-school bookkeeper, was hired to be the part-time church bookkeeper at ten hours per week.
6. Elders White and Schellhaas volunteered and were approved to be members of the nominating committee.
7. At the conclusion of the meeting, after a season of prayer, the Session met for another four hours in a planning conference.

Larry Oline, Clerk

Any member of Pasadena Presbyterian Church may read the entire minutes in the office.

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Stewardship Ministry Update

Springtime in Paradise and Resurrection Sunday is coming!

And Lent is here. If you’re like me, you’re a bit confused about Lent. Sad or glad? Or perhaps sad and then glad? To fast or not to fast? What to give up? How to balance repenting of my sins with gratitude for grace. Sometimes I try to play God instead of being grateful for what God has done for me. Trying to act good instead of accepting forgiveness and letting our gratitude to God result in good.

I’m also beginning to think that Lent is about memory. It’s the season to remember we were sinners; remember we are saved. Ashes and fasting are nothing in themselves unless we use them to remember we were slaves to sin. As  Roberto Rivera y Carlo says: “Lent has been called the "springtime of the Church." Christians were called upon to examine their lives and repent of their sins. They were to recall the vows they made at their baptism and recommit themselves to living in a way that was consistent with those vows.”
Springtime brings me joy. Winter is over and life begins anew. I’ve  just learned that the early Catholic church did not allow fasting on Sundays, even during Lent, because Lent was for remembering our previous state of sin; but Sunday “trumped” Lent because Sunday was for remembering  the resurrection and our deliverance from sin. So, this Lenten season, let’s not give, or fast, from guilt but give to remember the joy and gratitude for the wonderful gift God gave us.

As an early church leader, John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople in the fourth century, renowned for his “golden mouth”  said: "Let the mouth also fast from disgraceful speeches and railings. For what does it profit if we abstain from fish and fowl and yet bite and devour our brothers and sisters? The evil speaker eats the flesh of his brother and bites the body of his neighbor. "  Perhaps the best fast is refraining from sin. Often we cling to our favorite sins tighter than to our favorite snacks. Sometime we give possessions away easier than we give love away.
As John Chrysostom also said about giving: “ And joy is the appropriate attitude with which to help others because acts of generosity are a source of blessing to the giver as well as the receiver."  So give joyfully, remembering all you have been given. Give responding and remembering; we have so much to be thankful for.

Tom Smith
Stewardship Chair

Pasadena Presbyterian Church Wishlist
Nature of Project Estimated Cost Received
Youth Sound Equipment (speakers, etc.) $1,500 New item
Sanctuary Projector $4,000 New item

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Financial Report: December 31, 2010

The Financials for February show actual income $22,287.47 with expenses of $23,000.72 leaving us     -$ 713.25  in the red.              

Year to Date 2010
Actual Income   $ 84,247.29
Actual Expenses $ 51,607.81
Black $ 32,639.48

 

Financial Notes

PPC Foundation 
Pasadena Foundation $ 29,089.00
Wahl Scholarship   $ 50,349.36

Cash Available

Checking Account Balance: $84,541.64

Cash Reserves            

General Reserve MM                $29,633.57

Total Cash                   $114,175.21

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Evangemissions

Evangemissions – What Can I do?

We just had our Evangemissions conference last month. Perhaps what you got out of it was that we need your money to support our missionaries both in other countries and here at home. Yes, it is true that we need financial support and as a church, God has certainly blessed us with good support over the years but there is something even more important you can do. You may be surprised that every one of you can do this and IF every single one of you were to do it we would have such an impact on our community and the world that I’m sure you would read about it in the papers and see it on the nightly news. What could this one thing be that could change our church, community and the world?

Pray! Yes, that’s it.  I don’t mean just to throw up a general cover-all prayer now and then, but to commit to pray for our church, community and the world and to do what it takes to know for what to pray and how to pray.  Now that’s different, isn’t it?  It might take some research to find out what our church needs to be prayed for.  It would take some getting out of the house to find out what our neighbors are in need for prayer and it might take a notepad by the coffee table to write down some places in the world that are in turmoil, some looking them up on the internet so you can pray specifically for those needs.   It sounds like work and it is but it’s the most powerful thing you can do.  Prepare, then prayer.  Don’t you think that will be more effective than; “Dear God be with those people in need”?  God knows the name of each person in an area we will be praying for but I believe God wants us to know something about that area so we can be connected in a more direct way.  You can start right in your own pew at church.  Look down the row or across the aisle and ask that person if there is anything you can pray about for them this week.  If you don’t know their name, don’t be ashamed to ask.  Write it down and pray for them every day that week.  The next Sunday ask them how they are, and if the thing they asked you to pray for them about has improved.  If so, ask them what else you can pray about. If not, keep praying. Don’t give up easily when you ask.  Say; “think about it during church and write it on a piece of paper or tell me at the end of the service, I really would like to pray for you”.  Make sure you are ready to share something that you need prayer for too.  If we start praying for each other, it’s hard to tell where we might go and how good things might get!  Then when we get so good we can’t stand it we can start working on the rest of the world.

In case you want to pray for our missionaries now too. Please check out their websites. 
http://www.hth.org
http://www.ccci.org
http://www.intervarsity.org
http://www.kairosprisonministry.org

http://www.livingbreadchurch.com

http://www.missionindia.org

http://www.newmissions.org

http://mnnonline.org/article/8805

http://searinc.tripod.com

http://www.sctb.org
www.stpetersburgfreeclinic.org
www.treehouseyouth.org
http://www.vohmhaiti.com
http://tampaunderground.com

www.wycliffe.org

Prayer – it’s a powerful thing! 

Gene & Sandy for your Evangemissions Ministry

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Pasadena Presbyterian Women

THE PURPOSE OF PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN:

FORGIVEN AND FREED BY GOD IN JESUS CHRIST AND EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, WE COMMIT OURSELVES. . . . .
To nurture our faith through prayer and bible studyPresbyterian Women
To support the mission of the church worldwide
To work for justice and peace
To build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (USA) and witnesses to the promise of God’s Kingdom.

Activities for Month of April  2011 at Pasadena
                                Monday, April 4th at 10:00 am                       Communion at the Springs
                                THURSDAY – April 7th at 10:00 am             Council Meeting - Boswell
                                Tuesday, April 12th  at 10:00 am                    Esther Circle –  Bettie Ehman’s Home
                Tuesday, April 12th  at 1:00 pm                      Ruth Circle –   Beverly Cole’s Home
                Thursday, April 14th at 7:30 pm                      Hannah Circle – Library
               
Our Birthday Program/Luncheon/Family Fashion Show is going to be SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2011.  We will begin at 10:30 A.M. in the Chapel for our program.  Jerry Trask, Executive Director at D & D Missionary Homes will be our guest speaker.** Reserve this date so you won’t miss the Salad Luncheon and Family Fashion Show, featuring our own models with clothing they’ve picked out from Beall’s Department Store.  Pat Drucker (545-3974) and I will be coordinating this program.  My phone number is 302-0888.  Please contact one of us if you are willing to model.  We want men, women, teens and children (any age) to be models.  The fringe benefits will be 15% off on clothing that is modeled, so think about it and “step up to the plate” and volunteer. THANK YOU!

** Please bring canned or dry items that have a decent shelf-life for D & D’s food pantry.  They also can use disposable diapers and baby food items.

Presbyterian Women of Tampa Bay will hold their spring retreat May 2nd to 4th.  Keep both of these dates open so you are able to attend.  If you haven’t attended a spring retreat before you don’t know what you’re missing.  A good time to make friends from other churches in our area and also the Peace River Presbyterian Women with whom we alternate  hosting the retreat and this year it is Tampa Bay Presbyterian Women in charge.  It’s a fun time and in a beautiful setting.  Pray about it and see the details on our bulletin board.  Several of us are planning to go so, if you think you are interested, please let me know before April 15th when reservations should be in.  If you have any questions, please contact me and I will be glad to answer them.  There may be some help with the cost of reservations so if this may be something to hinder your decision, please contact me regarding this also.

In Christ’s Love,

Patricia Watts,
Moderator

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Fellowship

Resurrection Sunday Brunch
April 24, 2011
9:45am—11:00am

Your Fellowship Committee will be providing a lovely continental brunch between services on Resurrection Sunday.  Come and join us for fun and fellowship while the little ones participate in The Resurrection Egg Hunt (there is no Sunday School).

We would like to thank the ladies of the Presbyterian Women who so graciously provided us with a new freezer for the kitchen in the Fellowship Hall.  It was desperately needed and they said “Let’s get one.”  In a matter of hours we had a commercial freezer.  Thank you PW for all you do for our church.  You are a blessing and actual grace.

Fellowship Committee

Faith Community Nursing ~ Health and Wellness Ministry

“I am in pain and distress; may your salvation, O God, protect me.” Psalm 69:29 NIV

Allergies are unusual, irritating, and potentially dangerous reactions of the immune system to a normally harmless substance. These reactions occur in about one out of every three people. They will attack the respiratory tract, digestive tract, or entire body, but the type and severity of the reaction will depend on the individual’s level of sensitivity to the offending substance.

There are three categories of allergic reactions. Mild reactions are localized and include a rash, watery or itchy eyes, and congestion. Moderate reactions can spread beyond the original site of irritation and cause severe itching and difficulty breathing. The worse reaction, anaphylaxis, affects the whole body and is rare but life-threatening. Within minutes severe swelling will make breathing and swallowing difficulty, and may include abdominal pain, vomiting, and mental confusion. Persons severely allergic to bees, shellfish, or peanuts should carry a dose of epinephrine to quickly reverse this reaction

Since allergies can’t be cured, it is important to determine and avoid the triggers for allergic reactions.  Triggers can be environmental (wind, pollen, poison ivy, pollution), chemical (Perfume, smoke, cleaning materials, latex rubber, medications), or foods (Shellfish, peanuts, wheat, milk, soy, strawberries, eggs). In addition, do not overlook items from the surroundings like animals, mold, bee stings, or dust.

Whether an allergy is diagnosed through the medical testing of a physician or the detective process of an individual, finding the source of the allergy is like solving a mystery. Be observant to symptoms and the activities leading up to them. Look for connections between a reaction and any changes in diet, environment, or product use. Also consider others and eliminate bring potential triggers into public venues whenever possible. Through the process of elimination, irritants can be discovered and reactions prevented.

Then the LORD said to him, “...you will have a son of your own to inherit everything I am giving you.” Genesis 15:4 NLT

Studies have shown that allergic tendencies may be inherited. If neither parent has allergies, a child has about a 15% chance of developing them. The chances increase to 30-50% if one parent has allergies and to 60-75% if both parents have allergies. This inherited tendency only means the child will react to allergens.  You child may or may not react to the same allergens as you so it is important to monitory your child for allergic symptoms, obtain a diagnosis, and find the best control for the allergic reaction.

(Sources: HON approved http://allergies.about.com/ and Seasons of Wholeness Monthly Themes and Programming for Faith Community Ministry.)

BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC   SUNDAY APRIL 10   9:30am-11am  Fellowship Hall

Debbie Rivard, RN, FCN

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Children's Ministry Update

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS NEEDED FOR CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

VBS and Praise Kids Club need some of your "recyclables." If you could turn in empty canisters from hand wipes (the cylindrical-shaped ones) and clean blue egg cartons, they can be turned into crafts by the children.

Also, we need people to prepare items for VBS crafts. The tasks would include counting, sorting, cutting, etc. in your spare time at home.

Please contact Laurie Smith for details.

***RESURRECTION EGG HUNT   APRIL 24  10:15am  ***

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Praise Kids

The children continue to grow closer to Christ as they learn more about Him each Wednesday evening during Praise Kids.  The Old and New Testament lessons show how the fruit of the Spirit develops in each of us as we are obedient to God's calling in our lives.

Praise Kids provides fellowship and discipleship opportunities for children in pre-K through grade 5.  The group meets each Wednesday evening from 6:30 – 8:00 PM in the elementary classroom upstairs.

“... and a little child will lead them.”   Isaiah 11:6

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Youth

The Youth service project for the month of April involves assisting with the Resurrection Egg Hunt.  The Youth will be involved in several off-site activities, including a Youth fellowship luncheon, as well as a Christian concert.

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Library

PREPARE YOUR HEARTS FOR RESURRECTION SUNDAY WITH LIBRARY RESOURCES :

Here is a partial list:

  • Where Jesus Walked- Experience the Presence of God   New to the library, it features more than 150 full-color photographs taken by internationally-known Ken Duncan. Bible passages and paragraphs from well-known authors such as Ravi Zacharias, Bill Bright, Billy Graham, Beth Moore, John Calvin, John R. W. Stott, John Ortberg, Max Lucado, William Barclay and E. M. Bounds are included.
  • Cries from the Cross A Journey Into the Heart of Jesus, by Erwin W. Lutzer, Moody Church Senior Pastor, studies the last words of Christ.
  • The True Easter Story The Promise Kept: Teaching in Israel, historian Ray VanderLaan explains ancient Jewish holidays and customs and how God keeps his promises. (VHS or DVD)
  • Jesus' Final Warning: Hearing Christ's Voice in the Midst of Chaos:  David Jeremiah, using the Book of Matthew, "...offers perspective and timely insights from the Lord Jesus to comfort, encourage and challenge His Church." (book description)
  • Just Like Jesus: Max Lucado writes, "What if for 24 hours Jesus wakes up in your bed, walks in your shoes, lives in your house, assumes your schedule?...What if for one day Jesus lives your life with his heart?" Study guide included.

For children:

  • The Best Thing About Easter (Christine Harder Tangvald): Leading little children from the cultural trappings of Easter (eggs, bunnies, etc.) to the real meaning of Resurrection Sunday, this book uses modern but soft artwork and easy sentences.
  • The Very First Easter; The Tale of the Three Trees (book and DVD); Benjamin's Box; The Story of Jesus for       Children (dvd); The Parable of the Lily; Veggie Tales An Easter Carol (DVD), etc..

Laurie Smith,
Librarian 

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Preschool

Our theme in March was farm animals. We learned that God created many different types of animals. We had many activities and stories relating to farm life. We made our own butter, and even had a special farm day. We ended the unit by having a real farmer come to the school with his animals!
On Ash Wednesday 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 we love Jesus. Each child was called forward with these words “…….Jesus has called you by name.” 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. We ended the service by singing “I Love You Lord”. The children’s 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 at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, grow deep roots 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 2011-2012 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 and on the shelf in the
hallway. 

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Deacon's Corner

Coming into the Easter Season, your Deacons want to be sure everyone who wishes to attend services will have a ride if needed. “Helping Hands” is available to you should you need it. Please contact Bill Wyess for transportation to and from the church.

Beginning April 10th we will once again begin using our name tags during service. The name tag rack will be back in the inside of the narthex by the entry door for convenience. You are encouraged to pick up your name tag and use it. If you don’t find your name tag, please call me or let me know at church and I will make one for you. We urge you to make use of the tag rack so that your tag will always be conveniently stored for your use.

Please always remember that, as your Deacons, we are here to serve you in any way possible. If you are in need of prayer or just someone to talk with, call your Deacon. If you are planning to enter the hospital, are ill, or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to call us. We are here for your spiritual support, being of service to you is our mission.

In Christ,
Bill Schellhaas, Chairman

Judy Bloomfield, Vicki Danz, Debbie Saathoff, Caesar Van Ardoy and Bill Wyess

Vacation Bible School

This year's Vacation Bible School (VBS) is Gospel Light's Son Surf Beach Bash.  The theme verse for the whole week is John 14:6

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” 

This year's VBS will be held from June 13th – 17th, 8:45 AM – Noon.  Aftercare will be provided. 

Registration information is available on the church's website.

A VBS Training Convocation and teacher sign-up will be held from 12:00 – 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 10th

An overview of the curriculum will be presented, and this will be an opportunity for volunteers to sign-up. If you want to help with VBS this year please come to this meeting! 

Teacher training will be held on Sunday, May 15th from 12:00 – 1:30 PM.  Curriculum will be handed out, teaching strategies will be discussed, and the curriculum will be covered in detail. 

A make-up seminar for teachers will be held on Sunday, May 22nd, 12:00 – 1:00 PM. If you are interested in volunteering for this year's VBS, please contact Leslie Hughes.

Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            
  8:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
February 27  155 75  230
March 6  82   63 145
March  9 Ash Wednesday 37
March 13 Combined   135
March  20     87 66   153

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What's New At PPCNews

Car Wash

Pack 301 Cub Scouts is holding a car wash to raise funds to support their post-school year summer activities.  On Saturday, April 2 between 10 am and 2pm, our Cubs will be washing cars at the Hess gas station located at 3001 66th Street North.  The Cubs will perform their work on a  donation-only basis.  Your support will be appreciated.

Resurrection Egg Hunt

WHEN:  Easter Sunday 4/24/2011

WHERE: 

Children will meet in the Chapel at 10:15, following the brunch in Fellowship Hall

Easter Flowers

It is time to order Easter Flowers. There will be forms in the Sunday Flyers.

Thank You

SPECIAL THANKS TO CHRIS ADAMS FOR PRESSURE CLEANING THE 6710 MANSE AND THE PPC SANCTUARY ENTRANCE!

Watch your May Newsletter

For a very important event! The Boy Scouts are having a Spaghetti Dinner  May 14th.

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