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April 2012

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Stewardship Ministry Update
Financial Report
Evangemissions
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Fellowship
Calendar
Holy Week at PPC
Resurrection Egg Hunt
2012 Nominating Committee
Antioch Youth
Library
Preschool
Children's Church
Parent's Night Out
Praise Kids
VBS 2012
VBS Volunteer Training
VBS Registration Information
Graduation Sunday
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC
Birthdays

From Me to You

"When they had carried out all that was written concerning Him, they took Jesus down from the cross and laid Him in a tomb. But God raised Him from the dead;"
(Acts 13:29-30)

When we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, what are we really celebrating?

Certainly, it is not bunnies or “Easter eggs,” the spring equinox or rebirth of “mother nature” after  winter; simply and concisely put, on RESURRECTION SUNDAY, we join Jesus in celebrating new life—a new love-life with God!

Jesus died for the sins of the whole world (John 1:29).  Our sins—yours and mine—nailed Him to the cross; but He took all our guilt before God away by dying in our place, and shedding His blood to cleanse us and make us right again with God (1 John 1:7).  That reset things—everything—between us and God, like wiping a record or slate clean: Christ’s death makes it possible for us to return, repent and come back to God (Acts 3:18-19; 1Peter 3:18).

If that was all Jesus did for us, though, it would not have been enough: we would have still been left to try and live a worthy, perfect life ourselves, in our own strength—which is never possible (Galatians 2:16); so, to complete our redemption (i.e., being bought and brought back to life with God), Jesus also rose from the dead: His new life brings us back to life and love with God too!

In rising from the dead,

  • God showed that in Jesus our forgiveness was complete—His death completely purchases our pardon—we can add nothing to it, nor take anything away from what Jesus did on the cross:
    “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting our trespasses against us” (2 Corinthians 5:19).
  • Jesus beat sin, death and the devil:  His victory over evil, and His triumph over the “insurmountable” wall of death, means we can now live new lives from, with and for God too!
    “the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so, consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:10-11)
  • Jesus brings us into eternal life with Him—as we accept Him, pray to repent and receive Him alone
    as Savior, and give Him our lives as our Lord:
    "For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:40).

Love—from and for God, life—a new, fresh start with God’s mercies making every day a new day for the rest of our lives, and eternity with God—life forever with Jesus and all who have believed in Him!

--No wonder we can’t help but rejoice, and praise Jesus for His resurrection!

Looking forward to our doing that together as and at PPC—praising Jesus, not just on Resurrection  Sunday, but every day—because that’s what His rising from the dead means and brings!

In Christ,          

Carl

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Session Digestcolumns

 The Session met on February 28, 2012 for its Stated monthly meeting. After prayer by the Moderator, Carl Crawford, the following items were discussed or approved.

1. Approved using the Wahl Scholarship funds, as needed, as a loan to the operating budget for income.

2. The Financial Report for January showed a negative balance of $2,893.68.

3. Activities for Easter were approved. They are: a 9am communion worship service on Palm Sunday, April 1, with a Choir cantata at 11am (no communion); Maundy Thursday service on April 5 at 7 p.m.; Regular services on Resurrection Sunday, April 8, but with no adult Sunday school, an egg hunt for children, and a brunch for adults in Fellowship Hall.

4. A Session/Deacon retreat is being considered  for April 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

5. Andy White was appointed chair of the 2012 Nominating Committee.

Larry Oline, Clerk of the Session

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Stewardship Ministry Update  

Older Brother or good Steward?

Tithing is much easier and more clear-cut than stewarding our time, talents and assets. With tithing you can tell when you are done (tithing means 10%, right? Simple math, at least with money). 10% Gods', 90% ours.  

But being a steward says that ALL of what you have is God's and we are to be taking care of it. And, what is to be our attitude when we do this? An unknown thinker said, "Generosity consists not in the sum given, but the manner in which it is bestowed." What is in our heart, when we give?

So, what does God want from us stewards? I'm not sure, but this Lenten season God has been making me re-think the story of the Good Samaritan.

The younger brother goes out and wastes money on riotous living while the older brother stays home and does his chores dutifully. When the younger brother returns, the older is incensed, not joyful. Why? Because the expense of getting his younger brother back (the fatted calf, robe, ring, station in life), takes away from his share of these. Remember, the younger brother already used up his share of his father's wealth, reducing his father and brother's good name and standing in the community.

The older brother fusses and fumes at the unfairness of an expensive party for his ne'er-do-well brother. Maybe it's because the older brother wanted stuff too much-wanted things more than he  wanted to love his father or brother. Maybe he had begun to think of the father's estate as his already. Maybe he thought of it as his security. But don't we think of God's blessings as our stuff? Our health, wealth and family are given us by God but often we take them as our birthright, forgetting  we didn't create ourselves or our circumstances. And any and all of God's blessings can stand in the place of where God should stand in our affections.

As I write, next week is our annual missions conference. Let us stay focused on the younger brothers of this world who are estranged from their Heavenly Father. We, as the responsible older brother, should see they are our responsibility. The Bible repeatedly assures us that whatever time and expense it takes, loving our prodigal brothers will be well worth it in the end. And all our Father has will be ours. Even better, it will be theirs, too.

Suggestions?

If you have any suggestions or questions about stewardship matters, please contact a member of the ministry (Don Davis, John Odom, Thomas Smith, Arlene Tomin, or Andy White) or email the church office.  Thank you for your support as we work together in all things for God’s glory.

Tom Smith, Stewardship Chair

 

 

Pasadena Presbyterian Church Wishlist
Nature of Project Estimated Cost Received
Sanctuary Projector $4,000 0
Worship Band Keyboard  (NEW!) $2,000 0

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Financial Report 

The Financials for February show actual income $19,716.68 with expenses of $25,183.42 leaving us –$5,466.74  in the red.

FOR THE YEAR 2012
Actual Income   $ 48,837.46
Actual Expenses $ 57,197.88
Red  -$    8,360.42

 

Financial Notes

PPC Foundation 
Pasadena Foundation $29,460.53
Wahl Scholarship   $51,784.59

Cash Available  

Checking Account Balance: $35,273.15

Cash Reserves             

General Reserve MM    $30,061.21

Total Cash                    $65,334.36

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Evangemissions

David wrote in 1 Chronicles 16:23-25, "Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nation, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;..." And the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 67:5-7, "May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us. God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear him."

These are not verses about how to be good physical farmers and get good physical crops. They are encouraging verses to each of us about how our lives can be spiritually fruitful for His glory. It involves each of us praising God through what we do and say. That is the goal of our committee, to help people praise God for who He is and what He has done. We are thankful we can declare His glory among the nations.

Don't forget Missions Sunday, March 25. it will begin at about 8:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall where several of our missionaries will have displays. There will not be any adult Sunday school that day. Then at 10:30 a.m. we will have a combined worship service with the missionaries speaking and special music from Racquel Whipple. A lunch in the Fellowship Hall will follow. Be praying for that day and what God wants use to Promise Him by faith.

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Food Distribution Center  

"You're all I want in heaven! You're all I want on earth! When my skin sags and my bones get brittle, God is rock-firm and faithful. Look! Those who left you are falling apart! Deserters, they'll never be heard from again. But I'm in the very presence of God— oh, how refreshing it is! I've made Lord God my home. God, I'm telling the world what you do!”  Psalm 73: 25-26

Most people who come to the 123 House are looking for real answers to many of life’s problems, but some people aren’t.

"Do not give that which is holy (the sacred thing) to the dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample upon them with their feet and turn and tear you in pieces." Matthew 7:6

Building Relationships

Danny came to us at PPCFDM on Tuesday specifically asking for prayer.  He attended the 123 House Wednesday night Bible study and gave his testimony.  He said he found love at the 123 House, and after being prayed over, came to the conclusion that he needs to get busy reading God’s Word, fellowship with other believers and spending more time with Him in prayer.

Tara and Jim look forward to prayer every time they visit the 123 House.  She is having kidney dialysis less often.  Please pray that she gets her hearing back.

  • For the Month of February we served 184 individuals and 84 families and gave out 3,170 pounds of food.
  • We would like to thank all the volunteers and everyone who supports this ministry.  They are truly God’s lambs.
  • Sonrise Early Learning students brought food to the Food Distribution Center to help those in need.
  • For more information call Larry Hendry for details. We need volunteers!
  • Please pray for Russ Cabot’s total recovery.

All the glory goes to our Heavenly King!
And thanks to our Pantry Volunteers,  especially Pat Mancini

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Women of the ChurchPresbyterian Women

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTH OF April

Monday, April 2, 2012 @ 10:00 am               Communion at the Springs
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 @ l0:00 am PW Council Meeting in Boswell
Monday, April 9, 2012 @ 1:00 pm  Hannah Circle in Fellowship Hall
Monday, April 9, 2012 @ 7:00 pm  Rachel Circle at the home of Arlene Tomin
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 @ 1:00 pm               Esther Circle at the home of Sunny Mendoza 
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 @ 1:00 pm               Ruth Circle at the home of Pat Drucker 

Mark your calendars and reserve this date! Saturday, JUNE 2, 2012 (new date) will be our Birthday Celebration which will begin in the Chapel with the awarding of the Honorary Life Membership, special music, special guest speaker and worship in word and song. After the service in the Chapel we will then go into the Fellowship Hall where we will enjoy a salad luncheon with a style show to follow. Men are invited too!

Our guest speaker is Janice Hinkle who has been doing mission work in Nairobi, Kenya for many years. Janice volunteers in the church office on Thursday mornings. She will be going on another mission trip the end of March for 10 days and will tell us about the work she has been doing there with the children. It will be interesting to hear all that she has done and continues to do in Kenya. You don’t want to miss it. Fashions will be from Bon Worth and we will need models (all shapes and sizes) so please contact Felicia Ragland who will be coordinating the style show.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S CHURCHWIDE GATHERING IN ORLANDO, FL—JULY 18-22, 2012
(Anyone interested in going, please contact Aristeia Sowa for more details)

“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. 

Have a Blessed Resurrection Sunday and a blessed month.
Patricia Watts, Chairperson

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Fellowship

Easter Brunch – Sunday, April 8th – will be served at 10:00 a.m. Menu consists of quiche, fruit, croissant and sweet rolls, coffee and juice. Please call the church office by Wednesday, April 4th with your reservation.  This will help us prepare food for this event.  No Sunday School that day. If you go to the 11:00 a.m. service come at 10:00 a.m. and enjoy the Brunch before worship.

Our next meeting will be Monday, April 9, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Patricia Watts, Chairperson

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Holy Week at PPC

April 1, Palm Sunday    
9:00am Service with Communion
10:15am Sunday School (Some classes begin at a different time. Check with teacher.)
11:00am Sanctuary Choir Cantata “Who Do You Say That I Am?” (Lloyd Larson)

April 5, Maundy Thursday    7:00pm Communion Service (traditional format with Sanctuary Choir) in the Sanctuary.
Nursery available.

April 8, Resurrection Sunday
9:00am Family Service
10:15am Brunch (No Sunday School) & Resurrection Egg Hunt for the Children
11:00am Traditional Service

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Resurrection Egg Hunt

Sunday April 8th
Immediately following 9:00 AM service there will be a Resurrection Egg Hunt for all children age 1 through grade 5! The children will meet in the Chapel.

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2012 Nominating Commitee

Our 2012 NOMINATING COMMITTEE is receiving suggestions for the next classes of elders and deacons. If you would like to suggest an active PPC member for consideration, please talk with  Andy White, Cesar Van Ardoy, Pat Watts, Threse Hammond, Pat Mancini, or Chris Wyess.

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Antioch Youth News

The Youth continue to meet with K-Life St. Petersburg.  K-Life meets at Bridgepoint Church, 5901 9th Avenue N, St. Petersburg.  More information about K-Life can be found on the K-Life website, http://stpete.klife.com, or by contacting the area director, Brian Wang, bwang@klife.com..

The High School Club meets on Monday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00.  Small groups meet from 8:00 – 8:45 PM.

The Middle School Club meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00.  Small groups meet from 8:00 – 8:45.

April K-Life Highlights:

April 13-14    Salt & Light Weekend – Middle School & High School

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Library

BOOKS, DVDS OFFER WAYS TO SHOW CHILDREN TRUE MEANING OF JESUS' RESURRECTION

Jesus used stories and analogies to help the people understand why He had come to earth. Many Christian children's books use stories and analogies, reinforced by physical illustrations, to help children understand the meaning of Jesus’
resurrection and the library has a great selection for you:

The Legend of the Sand Dollar: An Inspirational Story of Hope for Easter by Chris Auer, is one such book and is new to our library. Living in Florida, many of us have heard that parts of the shell of this sea animal may remind us of events in Christ's life. The open spaces in the shell remind us of the nails and spear which pierced Jesus. The little pieces inside look like doves which symbolize hope given in the resurrection of Jesus. There can also be seen the star, poinsettia and Easter lily. This book ties these symbols of Christ's story in with a fictional story of a modern-day girl who needs to find the hope of Jesus and her cousin Jack who shares that hope with her. The book is illustrated with gorgeous paintings by Ric Johnson and is mainly for 4 to 8-year-olds.

Other available books which tell what the celebration is really about include:

  • The Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs
  • An Easter Gift for Me by Crystal Bowman
  • The Very First Easter by Paul Maier
  • My Easter Basket: And the True Story of Easter by Mary Manz Simon
  • The Easter Story by Patricia A. Pingry
  • The Week That Led to Easter (Arch Books) by Joanne Larrison.

DVDs include:

  • The Jesus Series- The Easter Read and Share DVD Bible
  • The Jesus Movie: Read and Share DVD Bible.

If you need more help telling children of the hope of Jesus, read Sharing the Easter Faith with Children: Helping Children Observe Lent and Celebrate Easter by Carolyn C. Brown, a Presbyterian Certified Christian Educator with over 30 years' experience.

Laurie Smith
Librarian

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Preschool

March was a wonderful month at the preschool ministry. We learned about the many different types of people that live in the world, and how God has created each and every one of His children to be unique and special. We also learned that God created many animals that live in all different places in the world. The children enjoyed a visit from the animal farm. They had the opportunity to visit with different farm animals and to touch and groom them!

Over 200 people joined us for family night. We shared a meal, saw a slide show presentation of the children, and watched as the children sang songs and played musical instruments to music from all around the world. May your lives be blessed with the love of God and all of the gifts and beauty that He gives to us each and every day in this beautiful world that He has created! Wishing you and your loved ones a very blessed Easter Celebration.

 Laura Woodard

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Children's Church

Children’s Church is designed specifically for children in Pre-K through 5th grade.  The children are dismissed from the Sanctuary each Sunday during the 9:00 AM service, with the exception of Communion Sunday.  April’s lessons will center around Solomon – his kingdom and wisdom.  The children will have the opportunity to hear the gospel on Resurrection Sunday.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5, 6

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Parent's Night Out

WHEN:  Saturday,  April 21 and May 19

TIME:  6-9 PM

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

            Children ages 1-3 classroom 5

            Children ages 4-10 Fellowship Hall

Age-appropriate activities for all children. 

Snack provided. No charge.

Please contact Leslie Hughes at for additional information.

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Praise Kids

Praise Kids continues to meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.  The children begin the evening in Fellowship Hall at 6:30 PM with Family Connection.

April’s lessons continue with a study of the prophets and kings in the Old Testament, including Isaiah, Hezekiah, and Josiah. April 25th is “Movie Night.”

Praise Kids is open to all children in preschool through grade 5.  Please contact Leslie Hughes, , for additional information.

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VBS 2012 

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS AND PEOPLE WHO CAN COUNT, CUT, ETC. NEEDED FOR VBS CRAFTS

The children who will be coming to Vacation Bible School need people to prepare items for VBS crafts long before it starts. Tasks would include counting, sorting, cutting, etc. in your spare time at home.

Also needed:

  • Buttons
  • Canisters from hand wipes (like Wet Ones which are cylindrical)
  • 35mm film canisters
  • Plastic coffee cans

Please contact Laurie Smith for details.

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VBS Volunteer Training

Sunday, May 6, Noon – 1:30
Sunday, May 13, Noon – 1:30

Volunteer training will include:

  • Overview of the curriculum
  • Safety procedures
  • Pick up curriculum

All volunteers should plan to attend one of the training sessions.

Please contact Leslie Hughes, ,for additional information

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VBS Registration Information

Online registration is open –VBS only

Sunday, 5/6 Registration for VBS  aftercare and summer camps opensfor PPC members

Wednesday, 5/9  Registration for VBS  aftercare and summer camps opens for Sonrise Preschool

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Graduation Sunday

We Need Your Help to Find All Our 2012 Graduates!

GRADUATION SUNDAY WILL BE ON JUNE 10TH

WE NEED  information for a brochure for the bulletin…

+Name of person graduating from high school or college (including December graduates)

+Name of school, degree, honors, awards, sports, clubs, interests, future plans; state relation to you

+A good quality photo

+The graduates can be you, your son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild, etc.- any person that has a direct connection with a member of our church.

+Deadline is Sunday, May 13th. Please contact Laurie Smith.

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            
  9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
February 26  66 71 137
March 4 68 66 134
March 11  75          56 131
March 18 78 55 133

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What's New At PPCNews

PPC Membership Policy

(adopted 1/24/2012 in response to Book of Order changes)
If an active member of PPC willfully chooses to participate in the life of another congregation in the Tampa Bay area for a period of 6 months or longer in lieu of participating in worship and fellowship at PPC, that member may be removed from the active roll by Session.  Session shall  attempt to contact and counsel the member regarding their obligations to continue in active membership at PPC in accordance with G-1.0402.  Session may remove the member from the active roll if it is determined that the lack of participation in PPC is not due to mitigating circumstances (including health, school, or military deployment).

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”.

January Sunday School Schedule

  • Children’s Classes: Elementary Room 209, Nancy Nottoli
  • Youth Classes: Room 205, Kathie Schellhaas
  • College/ Career Class: Room 206,Tom Smith IV
  • Friendship Class: Boswell, Tom Smith III
  • 1 Corinthians Adult Bible Study: Room 204, Larry Oline
  • Creative Friendzy Class:  Room 201,  Patty Burrows

Sunday Envelopes

Our Counters are asking for your help.  Please use your envelopes and note where you would like your donation to go...ie: General Fund, Food Distribution, etc.

This will eliminate any confusion and frustration.

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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