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April 2013

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Financial Report
Evangemissions
Nominating Committee
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Calendar
Fellowship Ministry
Preschool
Newsletter Update
Antioch Youth
Children's Church
Praise Kids
Library
Parent's Night Out
Family Connection
Youth and Young Adult Game Night
Deacon's Corner
2013 VBS
From Your PPC Session
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC
Birthdays

From Me to You

“You have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again,
but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!"
The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,
and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ,
if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” (Romans 8:15-17)

ONE of the first results of the RESURRECTION of Christ, and so receiving Jesus into our lives as Savior and Lord (John 1:12) is we experience a new, true life of FREEDOM.

Unlike the artificial, counterfeit freedom the devil offers and the world pursues,  FREEDOM IN JESUS means we are no longer held by sin, influenced by evil, or driven as slaves to self.

Instead, we are forgiven, pardoned, cleansed, renewed, reformed—transformed—so we can live “no longer for ourselves, but for Him who died and rose again on our behalf” (2 Corinthians 5:15). 

This new life and LIBERTY of living with and for Jesus is described in many ways throughout the Bible.  Jesus sets us free:

FROM       TO
Trying to prove, improve or work our way into heaven   Accepting Jesus and His perfect life given for us
Galatians 2:16-20; Philippians 3:7-11
Trying to be good enough so God might then love me  Accepting Jesus and His love as I am
John 3:16-17; Romans 5:6-11; 1 John 4:8-10
Trying to be a good or better Christian  Letting God’s goodness be the new me in Jesus
Galatians 3:3, 5:1-25
Trying to work things out myself, on my own,  and make the world work out for me   Letting go and letting God: knowing and doing what God’s Word says; relying on His Spirit
Matthew 6:25-33; Romans 8:26-30; James 4:13-17
Trying to change myself and the world   Letting God’s love in Jesus change me & the world
Matthew 5:43-48; 1 John 4:11-12, 5:1-3
(ARE YOU LOOKING UP THE VERSES???)

This list “from…to” isn’t meant to be exhaustive:  it’s just a start—the basic difference Jesus makes when we surrender ourselves to Him, accept His sacrifice for all our sins, believe in and resolve to live in the power of His resurrection, and rely upon Him—God’s Holy Word and Holy Spirit—to fill up our lives with the new, true, amazing life of Jesus—to His glory!

Praying with and for you—saints in Jesus at and as PPC--that we don’t return to living as slaves to sin and self, and subject ourselves to spirits trying to rob and bind us; but that we continue to live FREELY IN AND BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, according to God’s WORD, and in love and life,

together, with and for Jesus—to His greatest glory!

In Christ,
Carl

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Session Digestcolumns

The Session met for their regular stated meeting on February 26, 2013. After some encouraging words from Pastor Carl Crawford about what God has done and is doing around the world, and a humorous but serious devotional from Philippians 1:9 and Colossians 3:1-19 from Gene Hammond, the following items were discussed or approved.

1. A congregational meeting was called for March 17 after the morning worship service for the purpose of electing three people to the nominating committee. Elders Sandy Moore and Pat Mancini were elected as Chairman and Vice Chairman of that committee.
2. The Boy Scout Troop and Pack 301 were re-chartered.
3. A meeting of the Session was scheduled for March 19 for the purpose of finalizing the 2013 budget.
4. Minute for Mission videos were approved for worship services on March 3 and 10.
5. A report from the Presbytery meeting of February 9 was given.
6. A single worship service for prayer and praise was scheduled for April 14.

The meeting was closed with a season of prayer and praise.

Respectfully submitted,

Larry Oline, Clerk

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Financial Report 

February 2013 Financial  Report

The Financials for February show actual income $ 22,684.83 with expenses of $ 21,682.20 leaving us +$ in the black $1,002.63

FOR THE YEAR 2013
Actual Income   $ 47,525.04
Actual Expenses $ 54,044.85
Red -$-6,519.81

Financial Notes

PPC Foundation *
Pasadena Foundation $ 27,883.64

Cash Available    Checking Account Balance      $ 16,625.57
Cash Reserves    General Reserve MM               $ 15,294.20
Total Cash         (Checking Acct Bal. & MM)   $ 31,919.77

*Values fluctuate with the stock market

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Prayer Service

Sunday April 14

We will have 1 service focusing on prayer at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.

Sunday School will be at 9a.m.

Our elders and deacons will be leading in prayer during the service, and available after the service to pray with and for any and all who request prayer for any need.

Session has called a  CONGREGATIONAL MEETING following worship April 14 for the purpose of the congregation voting to concur  with Session’s decision to reduce the Pastor’s salary by 3% for the remainder of 2013, along with a general 3% salary/wage reduction for all PPC staff.

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Evangemissions 

EVANGEMISSION COMMITTEE REPORT

In Psalm 105:1-7 David wrote these words of praise, “Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, O descendants of Abraham his servant, O sons of Jacob his chosen ones. He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth.” These words were actually recorded in 1 Chronicles 16:8-14, and later in that chapter are the words, “Then all the people said ‘Amen’ and ‘Praise the Lord’” May each of us resoundingly agree with these words of praise of David.

Part of our making known among the nations what he has done, was our Missionary Conference on March 17. Our challenge coming from the conference is for each of us at PPC to select a missionary that we each support and spend regular time in prayer for them. Also ask God what He wants you to give as financial support to our missionaries by faith, and then be faithful to that promise. (i.e., “Faith Promise!”).  The Lord is faithful to each of us.

Please be in prayer for the upcoming short term mission trip in July to Trinidad under the leadership of Pastors Crawford and Oliver. He wants you to support those who go by giving and praying.

Larry Oline, Evangemission Chair

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Nominating Committee

PPC members are invited to suggest names of active members to the NOMINATING COMMITTEE as possible candidates for elder or deacon. 

Our 2013 Nom Com members are:  Sandy Moore, Pat Mancini, Cesar Van Ardoy, Tom Smith III, Felicia Ragland, and Glen Hamilton.

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Food Distribution Center  

During the month of February your Food Distribution Center gave out 6,242 pounds of food to 176 households that represent 454 needy people.  By the way that 6,242 pounds of food was handled by at least 8 different people before it was given out.  The need for money, food, workers, counseling and prayer continues to grow.  You have learned from more than one person how God has heard and answered prayers for healing, for jobs, for family relationships. 

Why do people give money to your Food Distribution Center?  Why do some people come and work almost all day two Saturdays a month?  Why do some other people spend over 200 hours of work getting ready for the two food distribution days?  Why should any of us spend time helping people who we do not even know?  Why are we giving out food to people who don't even attend this church or any other church?  I have asked myself these questions and so have others.

I would urge you to read Matthew 25:34-40.  I am not going to tell you very much about this passage.  You need to read it and discover the reason Jesus gives for feeding the hungry.   We do not do it because we get paid, which we don't.  We don't do it because we want to build muscles, although some of us are.  We do not do it because we want recognition, which we have received.  We are involved because we want to obey and to please HIM and HIM alone!

I would ask you to pray for this vital ministry and to ask God what He would have you to do in this ministry.  We pick up food every Tuesday and Wednesday.  We have people who pack food on the Thursday evening prior to the pantry.  Other people carry food to their cars or homes.  The harvest is plentiful and the workers are few.  Call Larry Hendry, Gene Hammond,

Pastor Anthony, Pat Mancini, Pastor Bob and others to take part in the harvest

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Women of the ChurchPresbyterian Women

Monday, April 1st  @ 10:00 am                       Communion at the Springs
Tuesday, April 2nd  @ 10:00 am                     Council Meeting in Boswell
Monday, April 8th @ 7:00 pm                                         Rachel Circle – Home of Arlene Tomin
Tuesday, April 8th @ 1:00 pm                                         Esther Circle – Home of  Pat Edgington
Tuesday, April 8th @ 1:00 pm                                         Ruth Circle – Home of  Pat Drucker

Circles meet from September through May and will be doing 12 studies on Daniel (Spiritual Living in a Secular World) by Douglas Connelly.  If anyone would like to join a circle, or if you would like to make one of your own at a different time, please contact me.

SATURDAY –APRIL 27th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall we will have a “Spring Clean-out Rummage Sale”.  Women of the Church will be cooperating with the Fellowship Ministry.   You may start bringing things to the
Fellowship Hall AFTER APRIL 14TH.    Look for more information under Fellowship Ministry.

SATURDAY – MAY 4TH  -  WOC BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.  Gathering will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel.  John Morgan from Metropolitan Ministries will be our guest speaker.  Salad luncheon and style show to follow in the Fellowship Hall.  Bring canned goods and non-perishable items for PPC Food Distribution
Center. 

 “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. 

In Christ’s Love,
Patricia Watts, Chairperson

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Fellowship Ministry

SATURDAY – APRIL 27, 2013 we will co-host with Women of the Church a Spring Cleaning Rummage Sale in the Fellowship Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  You may begin bringing things to the church after April 13th and NOT BEFORE.  We will be doing a light lunch, consisting of hot dog, chips and drink for a price of $4.00.  This will be served from 11:00 am to closing.

Our ministry continues to help, when we are able, with the Parent’s Night Out gatherings – the next one being April 20th  from 6:00-9:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  We can always use more help!  The one for May is scheduled for the 18th.

SATURDAY – MAY 4, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. we will co-host with Women of the Church the PW Birthday Celebration.  John Morgan from Metropolitan Ministries will be our guest speaker during our program in the Chapel.  After the program we will go to the Fellowship Hall for a salad luncheon and a style show.  This is open to all church members – male and female.

Fellowship Ministry now meets the first Monday of every month in the Fellowship Hall at 2:00 p.m.  If you are interested in joining this ministry we welcome you and any suggestions you might have.  We will not be meeting in March but plan to meet, April, May & June.
Our next meeting will be May 6th  in the Fellowship Hall at 2:00 pm. 

“Koinonia’s” primary meaning is “fellowship, sharing in common, communion”.   Christian fellowship is a key aspect of the Christian life.  Believers in Christ are to come together in love, faith and encouragement.  This is the essence of Koinonia.
Patricia Watts,  Chairperson

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Preschool

OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR the 2013-2014 school year continues.

To begin the enrollment process, please call the Preschool office, 344-1584 to schedule an appointment.

Many classes are full or filling-up—if you plan to enroll, please call asap!

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Newsletter Update

Many hours are spent putting this Alleluia Newsletter  together. 

The newsletter does not seem to be read by even those to whom we mail it.  We no longer qualify  for bulk mailing.  So the cost of mailing it comes under first class mail.  In addition many of our contributors do not honor the 15th of the month deadline for submitting their articles which causes last minute delays.

Our questions to you: Do you wish to continue to have the Alleluia News each month?  Would you just like to have the  monthly calendar compiled which you could pick up on the  first  Sunday of the month or access online? If so, you must
phone the Church Office and tell us that you wish to continue  to have the Alleluia Newsletter or Calendar by April 15th.  Call 727-345-0148 and we will add your name to the list. Thank you to the 14 people who have notified the office to continue receiving the newsletter.

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Antioch Youth News

Our Youth has partnered with K-Life of St. Petersburg.  Here is a description of K-Life taken from the K-Life website, http://stpete.klife.com.  Please visit the K-Life website for updated calendar and event information.

High School K-Life:  Meets the following Mondays – April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  — 7:00—8:15 PM.

Middle School K-Life:  Meets the following Tuesdays – April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30  – 6:30 – 8:00 PM
                                                                        as well as Friday, April 12, 8:30—10:30 PM

DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT — Middle and high school — Saturday, April 20, 1:00—5:00 PM           

YOUTH GAMES NIGHT – Sunday, April 14th,  4:30 – 7:00 PM – PPC Upstairs Classrooms — Dinner provided

“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth.”  Ecclesiastes 12:1

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Children's Church            

The children continue to grow in their faith through Bible stories about the life of Jesus, specifically about his reappearance to his disciples.Children’s Church is a worship service designed specifically for children in preschool through grade 5.  The children are dismissed from the Sanctuary each Sunday during the 9:00 AM service, with the exception of Communion Sunday.

“...Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’”  John 21:29

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Praise Kids

Praise Kids is held on Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:00.

Praise Kids is a discipleship ministry for children in Preschool through 5th grade.                                                                      

April’s Lessons:
4/3 — Jesus on Trial
4/10 — New Life in Jerusalem
4/17 — Jesus’ Farewell Promise
4/24 — Movie Night

The children grow closer in their relationships with Jesus through Bible stories, games, and arts and crafts.

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Library News

SERIES OF BOOKS ARE POPULAR WITH PUBLISHERS AND READERS

Many Christian fiction books nowadays are part of a series. The newest series in our library is Susan May Warren's PJ Sugar Novel series. In the first book, Nothing But Trouble, PJ returns to her hometown for a fresh start but gets entangled in a mystery. As the publisher's description says, "She also discovers that maybe God can use a woman who never seems to get it right."

Dragons are a popular topic, and we have several series which are good for both teens and adults. Bryan Davis' series, Dragons in Our Midst, is a contemporary fantasy series which "inspires...(you) to dig deep within to find ... God-given strengths and use them to overcome any obstacle," according to the book description. The Sword of the Six, by Scott Appleton, originally was self-published but sold so well that in 2010 he made a contract with AMG Publishers and wrote more in the series. It is also a fantasy but is set in ancient times.

Robin Jones Gunn has a number of series available, for both teens and adults. Christy Miller, Katie Weldon, Sierra Jensen and Sisterchicks are four of her series. All of them have modern settings.

Another popular genre is the so-called "bonnet books." According to Salon, an online magazine, Christian writer Beverly Lewis is credited with starting the trend with her book The Shunning in the early 90s. Coined bonnet books because the woman on the cover, being Amish, wore a small, white bonnet. Now, the term has been widened and includes other stories of people in a plainer, simpler kind of life, whether modern or another era. Wanda Brunstetter is another popular "bonnet" writer.

When talking about series, Karen Kingsbury and her modern-day, extremely popular fiction must be mentioned, as does Jan Karon (The Mitford Years, Father Tim). Dee Henderson and Terri Blackstock have thrilling series. C.S.Lewis (Perelandria, The Chronicles of Narnia) and Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins (Left Behind) are other series authors.

No matter what your interests, you'll find it in the library.
Laurie Smith, Librarian

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Parent's Night Out

WHEN: Saturday, April 20

TIME: 6-9 PM

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

  • Children ages 1-3 drop off in classroom 5
  • Children ages 4-10 drop off in Fellowship Hall

Age-appropriate activities provided for all children.  Snack served.  No charge.

Please contact Leslie Hughes, , for additional information.

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Family Connection

Every Wednesday, 6:30 PM,  Fellowship Hall

Family Connection is a family worship time designed specifically for parents and children.

Followed by adult Bible study from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in Fellowship Hall

Nursery care available for children not yet in preschool.

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Deacon's Corner 

Please Remember The Dollars For Deacons Envelopes In the Sanctuary

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Youth and Young Adult Game Night

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
SUNDAY, April 14, 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Upstairs Classrooms

Dinner Provided

Games that appeal to everyone
You don’t have to be an expert gamer to participate!

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2013 VBS

2013 VBS  JUNE 10—14

4/14 — VBS Online registration form available on church website

5/5 —   VBS Aftercare and PPC Camp registration open for PPC members

VBS Volunteer Training/Luncheon, 12:15 PM

5/13 & 5/14 — VBS Aftercare and PPC Camp registration for preschool families, 9:00 AM

5/22 — VBS Volunteer Training, 7 PM

6/2 — VBS Volunteer Commissioning

6/9 — VBS Setup

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From Your PPC Session

“I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope”  (Jeremiah 29:11)

We, the Session of PPC, believe that God has a glorious future and bright hope for us at and as PPC.

We believe that He has brought us together and given us each other, including our staff, so we can serve Jesus together and realize the future He has for us.

We believe the Lord has provided us with His Spirit, gifts of His Spirit, and abundant gifts to give and share, to build up His Body at and as PPC.

We believe we are on the right path, to becoming the new creations and future church He has planned for us tobe:  Jesus’ Church in Jesus’ mission!

Therefore, we, your Session, believe the Lord Jesus wants us to do the following to faithfully follow Him, and walk on together into the wonderful life and works He has for us ahead, to His greatest glory!

Our current staff is an important part of our church, our redevelopment and future growth.  Our Session will continue to consider staffing designs and positions to help the growth of our congregation today, and for the future.

God has blessed us with financial resources sufficient to meet and successfully weather the drought of our current operating budget deficit.  The generous, faithful and sacrificial giving of our congregation is an amazing blessing and tremendous witness to the worthiness of Christ!  We will continue to rely upon God’s provision through our congregation’s giving as the core for meeting our year-to-year operating budget.  For 2013, we will continue the previous years’ Session strategy of using our undesignated reserves to help fund our operating budget, until by the growth of our church, we reach 100% funding of our budget through our congregation itself.  We will use the undesignated funds of the PPC Foundation and the General Reserve Money Market to fully fund our current budget for the rest of 2013.  All PPC staff salaries/wages will also be reduced by 3% effective April 1.

We are diligently praying, working for and expecting an acceleration of fruitfulness and growth beginning in the last half of 2013, as we reap the benefits of training and deploying our mission team to Trinidad, following-up the harvest the Lord reaps through our VBS, and continue in ministry and mission through our Food Distribution Center, worship services, discipleship ministries, and so, through the lives of everyone at and as PPC.  Our focus continues to shift from bringing people to church, to being the church and reaching out to those around us (and around the world) to make disciples every day.  What the Lord does through each one of us in our daily lives and relationships forms the basis for our life and future life together in Christ as His PPC.  Session is committed to the retooling and redesign of Session to better help everyone in our congregation take their place, do their part, and find further growth and fruitfulness in the ministries of mission to which each and every one at PPC is called.  By the end of 2013, we plan to implement new strategies, structures, teaching and training, so we all can be more fulfilled in our lives with Jesus, and be more effective witnesses for Him—prayer being the starting and continuing key.

We choose life over death, community over isolation, fun over drudgery, bold over mild, frontier over fortress,now over later, and we invite you to join us in discovering and living out those choices.  Trusting in the Lord for His future of glory to Christ, and with gratitude for you, your prayers and participation at and as PPC

The Session

"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

"My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.” (John 15:7-8)

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            
  9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
March 03  73 65 138
March 10 64

49

113
March 17   Single Service Mission Sunday  133
March 24  Palm Sunday 79 76 155

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What's New At PPCNews

Church Facility Usage & Harmless Agreement

If you have a group that is not a ministry of the church and you would like to use the facility, you must come into the office for a copy of the Guidelines  for Outside Users of Church Facilities and sign the Church Facility Usage and Hold Harmless Agreement.

We have been instructed that this is imperative by our insurance company.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

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.

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

  • Elementary: Fellowship Hall, Leslie Hughes
  • Youth: Fellowship Hall, Leslie Hughes
  • College/ Career Class: Room 206,Tom Smith IV
  • Friendship Class: Boswell, Tom Smith III
  • 1 Corinthians Adult Bible Study: Room 204, Pastor Bob
  • Fruit of the Spirit:  Chapel, Debbie Saathoff 
  • Tested By Fire: Room 201, Patti Burrows

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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