Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

April 2014

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Financial Report
April Schedule
Vacation Bible School
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Praise Kids
If You are a Middle Schooler or a High Schooler...
Youth and Young Adult Game Night
The Deacon's Developements
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again
to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
(1 Peter 1:3)

The “resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” means and brings many things to the world and into our lives.

First:  Jesus died for all our sins—the sins of the whole world.  He alone lived a perfect life in obedience to God and fulfilling God’s will and Law; therefore, Jesus alone is the acceptable sacrifice, who gave His life in place of us, purchasing our pardon, cleansing us of our all guilt by the shedding of His blood, and so showing and being the Way—and only way—back to God (1 Peter 18-21).

Because Jesus died, I am forgiven, when I believe in Jesus as God’s only Son,
the Savior for and Lord of all, and accept His sacrifice for all my sins!

Second:  the resurrection of Jesus is the most powerful “big bang” ever in the universe!  It shows God’s almighty power—Jesus’ total victory—over sin, death and the devil!  Because He rose again, we who  believe in Him are “born again”—literally given  by God a whole new, clean start in life, and actually a whole new life, to live—now and forever--with and for “Him who died and rose again for us”(2 Cor. 5:15).

Because Jesus was raised, believing in Him I am raised too—made a new creation by Jesus,
and given a new and eternal love-life with God!

Third:  this new life is characterized by a “living hope.”   Now a lot of people “hope” for a lot of things—  “I hope to win the lottery,”  “I hope to find a spouse,” “I hope this winter will finally end!”  That kind of wishful/wishy-washy dreaming is not what the Bible means. “Hope” in Scripture and in our lives as    Christians is based on factthe resurrection of Jesus, on truththe Word of God and His promises, and on power—God  working all things together to fulfill His plan and will, to His glory and for our good!

Because of His resurrection, I can now trust in, lean on, depend upon, talk with, and learn from Jesus,
“do-over,” do-right, really live and look forward without fear to the future God has prepared,
and will give, to all who believe in and belong to Jesus!

That’s what, why and WHO we celebrate on April 20th this year—in fact, we rejoice in Jesus and His  resurrection all year ‘round, and for all our years to come, until we see Him face-to-face!

Looking forward to doing that with you, His beloved at and as PPC, who have a living hope in Jesus too!

In Christ,


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Session Digestcolumns

 The Session met on February 25 and discussed or approved the following items.
1. Devotions were shared from Elders John Odom and Gene Hammond.
2. We spent some time discussing our recent officer convocation.
3. Notice was given of a gift from the Ralph and Billie Llewellyn estate. We will decide where to use it.
4. Praise God for bringing Larry and Barb Hendry and Helen and Julie Gull as new members by reaffirmation of their faith in Christ.
5. The Elders and Deacons will be paired to serve as prayer partners each Sunday at the closing of each worship service.
6. A report from commissioners to the Presbytery meeting of February 8 was handed out and discussed.
7. Pastor Anthony Oliver and Judy Oliver were approved as the speakers at the worship service on Mission Sunday, March 23.
8. A letter from Presbytery appointing David Hosick from First Presbyterian as our COM liaison was handed out and reviewed.
9. Two elders, Sandy Moore and Gene Hammond, were appointed to serve on the officer nominating committee, with Gene as the chairman.
10. On March 30 a single worship service was approved to be conducted by the elders and deacons.

Respectfully submitted,
Larry Oline, Clerk

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Financial Report 

Financial NotesFebruary 2014 Financial  Report          


Account Name
Balance (as of 2/28/14)
General Fund Checking   $24,239.29
Designated Fund Checking    $16,239.07
BIA Reserve:  
WOC MM $10,172.02
Gen. Res. MM   $15,478.57
BIA Res. MM   $52,780.71
  Total BIA   $78,431.30
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $62,224.65
PRESCHOOL MM    $50,402.08


OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   +$   2,077.00


Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        * +$ 9,052.45 


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If you did not complete an opportunities form (or haven’t heard from us) and have a desire to help in any of these areas, please call John Odom .

John Odom
Stewardship Ministry Chair

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April Schedule

  April 13, Palm Sunday
9:00am Service
10:15am Sunday School
11:00am Cantata  “He Has Risen”

April 17, Maundy Thursday
7:00pm Communion Service

April 18, Good Friday
Quiet Reflection at Home

April 20th
Resurrection Sunday
9:00am Service
         Brunch and Egg Hunt
11:00am Service
(No Sunday School)

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Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School
DATE:  June 9-13, 2014

TIME: 8:30 – 12pm

THEME: Gangway to Galilee – Jesus gives Amazing Gracee

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God”  Ephesians 2:8

     We are in the planning stage of VBS!
We need to have our teachers and assistance
       in place to assure that we can have a successful VBS.

So please be in prayer on how YOU can help.

If you have any questions, please call Terry Odom

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Food Distribution Center  

A man came to me during one of the February distributions and handed me $100.00 in cash.  He and his wife stopped by to give us a donation.  They had been helped by God’s Food Distribution Center at the 123 house.  He told me that God had blessed them through our ministry and he wanted to give a gift so that we could keep up the good work. 

A woman came to the last food pantry and wanted to thank one of the prayer team members for praying that she would find a job; the prayer was answered in a couple of days.  A man came in and asked for me; he told me I had prayed for his head ache to go away; it did – three days later he had another head ache and a stranger asked him if he could pray for his head ache; it went away.

I share these things with you because God is at work through this ministry and it is vital, not only

because we give out physical nourishment, but because God is working in the hearts of the people who are ministered to.  We have seen people who wanted nothing to do with God ask for prayer and begin to grow in His grace.  This is why we are here.

Some of you may have heard that we are in need of funds, which is a constant.  Yes we are!  The food bill is on the rise.  We are not able to get canned goods from Feeding America like we did before they closed the Clearwater warehouse.  This means that we are paying in the neighborhood of 50 to 60 cents a can instead of 18 cents.  Canned foods drain the bank account rather quickly.

I would ask you to join me in praying for $3,000.00 per month.  Pray that God would show you what you can do to be a part of the solution.  We always need workers.  We always take cash.  You may give through the church.  Memo: Food Distribution Center.  But, do not give less to the ministry of the church or forget the mission budget.

Into Christ Jesus Always;


Click here to start helping the Food Distribution Ministry:

Food Distribution Ministry

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Women of the Church

April 2014

Committee Meeting – Tuesday, April 1st at 10:00 the Boswell Room. 

Communion at the Springs – Monday, April 7th at 10:oo a.m.

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

Esther Circle – Tuesday, April 8th at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Wilma Calvert.

Ruth Circle – Tuesday, April 8th at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Aristeia Sowa. 


We are still studying the book entitled “Exploring the Depths of God’s Love” by Charles Stanley.  If you would like to join either of the circles please contact Pat Watts . It is not a continuous lesson so any month that you would like to join us, we’d love to have you.

Don’t forget the Easter brunch Sunday, April 20th.  If you attend the early service, please stay and enjoy the fellowship.  If you attend the 11:00 am service, come early and have brunch and enjoy the fellowship as well.  Also an Easter egg hunt too during this time.

Please respond “yes” if you are called to ask to help. If you have any suggestions or ideas for future projects and/or events/programs, please contact one of our present committee

members: Ann Carney, Cookie Cottrell, Vicki Danz, Pat Drucker, Pat Edgington, Becky

McLaughlin, Terry Odom, Alma Oline, Felicia Ragland, Aristeia Sowa or Pat Watts.

“Serve one another in love” (Gal. 5:13) and “Encourage one another” (I Thess. 5:11; Heb. 3:13)

Christ is Risen!

Christ is Risen Indeed!

Happy Resurrection Day to all of you!        

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There are certain repeated phrases in the Scripture that are such a blessing and are inspiring. One of those phrases is "..., But God..." Look at what Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:3-5. He said, "All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us  alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved."

God's marvelous grace is our only hope. Where is the place for good works. They come in response to God's grace as He works in us and through us to others. Look at Ephesians 2:10. "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
Praise Him for what He so faithfully does.

Larry Oline

Evangemission Chair

Food Distribution Ministry

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Koinonia Ministry

“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.

ADULTS OF ALL AGES AND STAGES OF LIFE ARE WELCOME SUNDAY NIGHTS FOR BIBLE STUDY.  An evening Bible study in a small, informal group setting is being offered each Sunday from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Tom Smith III is the facilitator of this class.  The study will be the New Testament, especially Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  PRAISE KIDS is also every Sunday evening.  (See article on Page 9)  Laurie Smith and family have taken the responsibility (with help of others) to keep this an on-going ministry.  Praise God for the blessing of the volunteers involved.  Dave Taylor’s class is being held in Room 201 (the theatre room) upstairs.  Please use the elevator and he has 10 more sessions.  The class begins at 10:15am on “Drive thru History – America”.  This is a DVD presentation.

Plan to attend the Easter Brunch which will be held between the 9:00 and 11:00 am services.  An Easter egg hunt will also be held for the children.

God is awesome as Terry Odom will be the coordinator for VBS the week of June 9-13 with aftercare offered these five days.  We will need volunteers before and during the week of VBS.  (See article

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

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Happy Birthday Mrs. Woodard

April 22nd

***We are currently enrolling for the 2014-2015 school year. If you know of a place where you can distribute brochures, I will be happy to provide them for you. Please invite any families that may be interested in attending to contact me for a tour of the school.  There are brochures available for distribution in the preschool office. 

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Praise Kids

Kids age 3 years to 5th grade will encounter Jesus each week through stories, movies, songs, games, arts and crafts, puppet shows, skits and a variety of other activities.  Bible study skills will also be taught.

Parents and other adults have an opportunity to learn, too, in their own class.

6-6:15 p.m.  Snack, Fellowship Hall, kids, parents and adults coming to the Adult Bible Study

6:15-6:30 p.m. Worship and get ready for the weekly Bible lesson. Children and parents and other adults can participate together in Fellowship Hall.

6:30-7:30 p.m., the kids will go upstairs for the Bible story and Bible verse with story telling, games and crafts.
6:30-7:30  p.m. Adults will have their own time in Fellowship Hall to learn about the Bible and how to apply it to their lives. Tom Smith III is the facilitator.

If you have any questions, please call Laurie Smith at .

Hope to see you this Sunday!

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If You are a Middle Schooler or High Schooler

Come and learn about Jesus and have a good time every Sunday night. Mac Boyd, and Elder and Youth class teacher, leads this group for those who are in middle or high school.

This group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the high school class room. Come and bring friends!

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Library News


How Good is Good Enough?, by Andy Stanley, answers many questions people have today about how to get to Heaven and why the popular "good people go to Heaven" theory just does not work. It is a new donation to our library. Rev. Stanley is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and the pastor of North Point Community Church in Atlanta , Ga.

He points out that, "Smart, educated, accomplished men and women from just about every nation on earth are banking their eternities on (this) theory.

He continues, "Why? Well, I'm not sure. My assumption is that everybody is preoccupied with making a living, falling in love, having kids, and whatever else they are doing. Nobody's got time to think about heaven. So they don't."

You may have a friend or family member who fits this category. You could read this small book to see if buying one to give them might be good. Easter (or, since that name has been taken over secularly, Resurrection Sunday) may be a time when people who have not accepted Jesus as their savior may have their consciences awakened. With an easy reading style and chapters such as "Grading on the Curve," or "A Question of Fairness," you may find some ways to help you explain it to others or, even to deepen your own faith.

Laurie Smith, Librarian

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Youth and Young Adult Game Night

FRIDAY March 14, 5:30—8
Educational Wing—2nd floor

Come for a fun night of fellowship with the young adults of PPC! Exact activities and games are yet to be determined (but we usually play video games or board/card games). . .  Feel free to bring suggestions!

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The Deacon's Developements

The Deacon’s Developments

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

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all Comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Please call us with any prayer concerns!
Vicki Danz
Threse Hammond
Terry Odom
Caesar VanArdoy


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Sunday Worship Attendance

  9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
March 02 71 53 124
March 09 71 48 119
March 16 73 50 123
March 23 Combined Service 99

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What's New At PPCNews

Important Policy Change

As a result of changes in our staffing, PPC facilities will no longer be open in the evening for meetings or groups on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and all-day on Saturdays.  If your meeting or group is affected by this new policy, you need to contact the church office to reschedule your use of the facilities to Tuesday or Thursday evenings.  If your group can’t change to meet on the nights when PPC is now open, you will need to contact Pastor Carl or find another location.  

Oliver & Company CD

CDs Available in the Office
Cost is $5.00
Cash Please

Racquel Whipple CDS

Radquel Whipple CDs will be available in the office for $5

Contact the church office to place an order

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.

Dollars for Deacons

Please  Remember The Dollars For Deacons Envelopes

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

  • College/ Career Class: Room 206,Tom Smith IV
  • Friendship Class: Boswell, Tom Smith III
  • Revelation Adult Bible Study: Room 204, Larry Oline
  • Drive Through Christian History in America: Chapel Dave Taylor

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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