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April 2015

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Financial Report
Stewardship
Traditional and Praise Chorus
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Calendar
Evangemissions
Want to Go to Trinidad
Koinonia
Children of Thika
Preschool
Praise Kids
Library
PRAISE KIDS AND YOUTH GROUP!
COLLECT ALUMINUM DRINK CANS TO HELP YOUTH GROUP
Vacation Bible School
The Deacon's Developements
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC
Birthdays

From Me to You

"He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said." (Matthew 28:6)

Have you given thought to just what the ressurection of Jesus Christ means to you?
The Apostle Paul, having met the resurrected and ascended Jesus on the road to Damascus, could not deny or forget the fact of it: the reality of Jesus being raised from the daed completely consumed and continuously transformed his life!

Consider these samples from Paul's letters showing just what Jesus' ressurection means & does

  • "If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins." (1 Corinthians 15:17).
    Only the loving sacrifice of Jesus and His perfect life could atone for (i.e., remove, erase and break the hold of) oour sins. How did Paul (and how do we) know that Jesus' death was the acceptable ransom offered on our behalf, in our place, to God? How do we know that we are not saved by our works? Because God said so, by raisng Jesus to life again!
    "He was delivered up because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification." (Romans 4:25).
  • "Christ, having been raised form the dead, is never to die again: death no longer is master over Him." (Romans 6:9)
    How do we know that Jesus really is "the resurrection and the life" as He said (John 11:25)? He is the only person to ever come back from death NEVER TO DIE AGAIN! It is Jesus' victory over sin, the devil and death that makes us overcomers and not the overcome, when we believe in and accept Him.
    "Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!" (1 Corinthians 15:57)
  • "Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:4)
    How do we know Jesus was raised? Because as Paul experienced and learned, when we receive Jesus, we are born again into his everlasting life by God the Holy Spirit. His life is indestructible and its purpose (to glorify God thorugh the redemption of lost souls) is undefeatable. That's why Paul ived a bold, fearless Spirit-and-fruit-fillled life-- It was Jesus living in Him!
    "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." (Phillipians 1:21).
  • "But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep." (1 Cor. 15:20)
    What does His resurrection mean for us today? Jesus became th first of the "fruits" those who will live and reign with God forever. There is a great reunion coming! Paul lived for the day when he would get to see Jesus "face to face" (1 Corinthians 13:12, Philippians 3:10) He also lived so that there would be many other "faces" in heaven, because the Lord Jesus worked and witnessed through his life (1 Thessalonians 2:19). We experience & demonstrate the reality of Jesus and His ressurection as others become "fruits of His harvest" through us too (John 15:16).

We serve a RISEN SAVIOR and REIGNING, RETURNING LORD! HALLELUJAH! AMEN!

Grateful to be living a new life in Jesus with you, His new creations at and as PPC!

In Christ,

Carl

PS: The earliest Christians greeted each other on the day they celebrated Jesus' resurrectiong by saying "He is risen! He is risen indeed!" The word Easter is actually the corruption of the name of a Babylonian spring/fertility goddess, Istar. This season, let's try the spiritual rather than the secular greeting as we celebrate Jesus together!

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Session Digestcolumns

The Session met on February 24, 2015 for its normal monthly stated meeting. Listed below are items that were approved or discussed.

  1. Elder Pat Watts volunteered and was approved as the Chairperson for the 2015 Nominating committee. Other members of the committee will be elected from the congregation.
  2. The Session approved up to $2000 for the purchase of a new sound system for the Claxton Chapel. Financing will come from the recently received Walter & Maxine Perry bequest funds and a plaque will be purchased for the chapel regarding this use of some of the bequest funds.
  3. Walter and Maxine Perry left a bequest of $7,350.74 to the church with no restrictions on its use. A letter of appreciation was sent to the Perry family.
  4. The financial report shoewd a positive balance in the operating funds of $1,854.20 at the end of January 2015.
  5. A congregational meeting was approved for March 15 following the single worship service for the purpose of electing three members at-large to the 2015-2016 Nominating Committee.

Larry Oline, Clerk

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Financial Report 

The February Financial Report is unavailabe for publication due to technical problems. We hope to have all financial reports ready for the May Newsletter.

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Stewardship

If you did not have an opportunity to come to our church workday on March 21, e are planning other opportunities to care for our facilities during the year. Many of the tasks involve regular maintenance, such as changing the light bulbs when they go out. Please consider if God is aksing you to take part in the stewardship of the property that he has given us. Even if you can only do a small task, God is glorified, and all of His Church is helped!

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair

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Traditional and Praise Chorus

IF YOU LIKE TO SING, PLEASE JOIN THE 2ND SERVICE CHOIR or 1st SERVICE PRAISE CHORUS   

If you enjoy singing and would like to give your talents to the Lord, singing groups for both services would love to have new members.
Reading music is not necessary and you don't have to come every Sunday (Perfect for snowbirds!).

Practice is on Thursdays from 7-8p.m. and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. for the traditional service choir and,for the contemporary service, it is Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m..

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Food Distribution Center

7,913 pounds of food were distributed to 240 families. 19 new families are included here. Note that this represents 640 individuals.

You can see that the food pantry is approaching 8,000 pounds of food a month mark. Every time we distribute food we hear the need of peole. We have a success story. One lady decided to do something about her situation so she started a cleaning service. She now has several people working with her. She continues to come to the pantyr, but not for foodd, but to take the food to those who cannot get out out by themselves. I recall she proudly told me what was happening in her life. By the way, she said that we prayed for her and God heard and answered her prayers. God continues to be at work among us. My prayers are that God would send workers to the pantry and continue to supply the food and money.

Into Christ Jesus Always, Your FDCT

Food Distribution Ministry

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Women of the Church

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH – April, 2015

Communion at the Springs – Monday, April 6th  at 10:00 a.m.

Committee Meeting – Tuesday, April 7th at 10:00 a.m.in the Boswell Room.

Rachel Circle – Monday, April 13th  at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Arlene Tomin.

Sarah Circle – Tuesday, April 14th at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Virginia Adams.

The WOmen of the Church will be furnishing different plants to be put in the Patio Garden sometime between March and April. Jan Hinkle (who does a lot of the gardening around the church) has given us a diagram of what to do and where to plant the pieces she has designated for the different areas of the Patio. This will bring some color to the patio area. We will let you know when this has been completed so you all may enjoy a few minutes in the "quiet".

How are we doing with some New Years Resolutions we had listed in our February newsletter article? Just a reminder of things not to do but how to be: Be prayerful, be trustful, be obedient, be forgiving, be faithful, and fnally be a follower of Jeus. Remember this thought - what's important about this new year is not what is ahead of us but who is ahead of us.

As you notice, we have one day circle and one evening circle. This is not like a club-- all women of Pasadena Presbyterian Church are invited to come to either of the circle meetings. We have bible study, fellowship and light refreshments. We do have a budget for each calendar year and your offerings help us to contribute to the missions we support, local and foreign. If you want more details regarding Women of the Church, pleas contact Pat Watts. In January we gave money to our Deacon's Fund and in February we gave money to our Food Distribution Center.

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

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

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Evangemissions

The pastor noticed little Johnny was staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the church. So the pastor walked up, stood beside the seven year old, and said quietly, "Good moring son."

"Good moring pastor" replied the young man, focused on the plaque. "Sir, what is this?" Johny asked.

"Well son, these are all the people who have died in the service," replied the pastor. Soberly, they stood together, staring at the large plaque.

Little Johnny's voice barely broke the silence when he asked quietly, "Which one sir, the 9:00 or the 11:00 service? Remember, if our church wants a better pastor, better elders and deacons you can get them by praying for the ones you have.

Some church members who are singing "Standing on the Promises" are just sitting on the premises. If the savior leaves you as you are and where you are, from what has He saved you? Let someone know how kowing Jesus has changed you. Thank you for making a Faith promise. If you didn't - it's not too late. It's good for us all to remember tha we are called to be witnesses, not lawyers.

We celebrate Easter on April 5. Jes Lives! Look and be ALIVE for HIM! He has risen.

Gene

 

Food Distribution Ministry

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Want to Go to Trinidad?

A mission week in Trinidad is being offred for the last week of July. Although PPC is not sponsoring a trip this year, anyone interested in going can talk directly to Pastor Anthony.

Koinonia Ministry

Scripture commands us to be devoted to one another.   Romans 12:10 states, “Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves”. NIV

 “Koinonia’s” primary meaning is “fellowship, sharing in common communion”.  The first occurrence of Koinonia is in Acts 2:42.  “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer”.  Believers in Christ are to come together in love, faith and encouragement.

Koinonia Ministry met January 9, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Several events are in the planning stages for the upcoming months.  Our family fun night on December 21, 2014 celebrating Jesus’ birthday was again an enjoyable evening.  We had invited numerous families that come to the Food Distribution Center to join us in making colorful luminary bags which were then placed all around the church grounds, even our property line facing Pasadena Avenue.  After a light supper of meatball sandwiches and singing Happy Birthday to Jesus with our birthday cake, we then all went outside to carol.  We had some rain but it didn’t dampen our spirits in any way.

Our next family fun night will be March 22, 2015 at 7pm in the Chapel. A live concert with Freddie Langston will be held and after the concert -- cookies, etc. outside of the Chapel (weather permitting). If need be, we will go into the Fellowship Hall if it is raining. THe public is invited as well as members and friends of Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

On April 5th a Resurrection Egg Hunt for ages 1 thorugh 5th grade will be held between services. April 19th will be the next Sunday Fund Day Family Pot Luck Dinner and Rocket Blast Off at Azalea Park - 5:00-7pm. May 17 will be Sudnay Funday - Christian Rock Concert and food trucks from 4-7pm. More details on the May event will be in the next newsletter. Look for flyers on these events around the stations in the Sanctuary. 

Praise Kids/Youth have been meeting Sunday evenings from 6:00-7:30 pm, gathering in the Fellowship Hall for snacks and fellowship and then go to different classes.   Volunteers are always needed Sunday evenings and if you are interested you can contact Laurie Smith @.  

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

Pat Mancini, Chairperson

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Children of Thika

The Children of Thika

My visit to Thika, Kenya was on of the best trips I've taken. God's Mercy and Courage were obvious throughout the long flights, many motorbike, matatu, taxi, and tuk-tuk rides, and the beuty weather that greeted me each morning.

The higlight of the trip was when a new orphan joined our family. Stanley, an 8 year old street boy, "happened to bump into us" one night in his search for food along Thika's streets. The following morning, Stanley ws eating breakfast with his fifteen new brothers and sisters in our house. He'll start school right away. Praise the Lord for sending us this precious child. Check out our website www.childrenofthika.com for photos of little Stanley and the other children supported by this mission and by members of my church family. Blessings, Jan

Jan’s Mission
7665 Sun Island Dr. S. #203
So. Pasadena, FL  33707
jhinkle19@tampabay.rr.com  
All donations are made to  Jan’s Missions.

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Preschool 

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 and contact me for a tour of the school. There our brochures available in the preschool offic..

FYI: Our silent auttion and raffle on March 18 raised almost $3,600!

May each and every one of you have a blessed Lenten Season, and be brought closer to our Lord and Savor, who has redeemed the word and saved us by His Grace.

Laura Woodard

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Library News

HELP YOURSELF TO A HELPING OF HELP!
Do you need encouragement? Humor? Ideas? If you do, here are some titles of non-fiction books you can find help from in your library:

In Encounters with Jesus, Pastor Timothy Keller shows how the characters Jesus met and how he dealt with them can be lessons for our lives.


You Bring the Confetti: God Brings the Joy by Luci Swindoll. The Amazon product description reads: "We can trudge through life or celebrate it. To celebrate it results in joy. Lucy Swindoll's book is a wisdom-filled enthusiastic trek through the meaning of joy and how to appreciate every moment."


Courage for the Chicken Hearted Humorous and Inspiring Stories for Confident Living: Becky Freeman and four other women wrote in the Introduction: "As you read it, we are praying that the words will inspire Chicken Littles everywhere to stand up tall, look heavenward, and declare, 'Even if the mountains should crumble into the sea, even if the sky really does fall, God will be my strength and confidence.' "

Hidden Keys of a Loving Lasting Marriage by Gary Smalley. A combination of some of his earlier titles, this book shows that "good marriages don't just happen. They take both husband and wife working together to understand, appreciate, and honor one another. "
Laurie Smith,
Librarian

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PRAISE KIDS AND YOUTH GROUP!

6-7:30 P.M. Every Sunday
All ages: Pre-K-5th, 6th-12th Grade
Nursery care for ages 0-3 years.

Email Laurie Smith for more information: ppckidsandyouth@gmail.com.

COLLECT ALUMINUM DRINK CANS TO HELP YOUTH GROUP

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

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Vacation Bible School

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

 June 8-12

Camp Discoveery...Jesus at work thorugh us!

Theme verse: We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19

We need your help to make this VBS a success! Please contact Terry Odom @ if you can help. You will be so blessed!

 

 

The Deacon's Developements

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petititon, with thanskgiving, present your requests to God."Phillipians 4:6

Please call us!
Vicki Danz
Julie Gull
Threse Hammond
Terry Odom
Caesar VanArdoy

Please remember The Dollars for Deacons Offering Envelopes in the Sanctuary

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            
  9:00 a.m 11:00 a.m. Total
March 01 58 42 100
March 08 59 49 108
March 15 One Service   78
March 22 56 44 100

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What's New At PPCNews

Important to Note!

Our office clerical assistant and bookkeeper, Patti Strong, will be away recuperating from surgery during the month of April.

Our office Angels will do their best to fill-in, answering the phone and doing light office work during regualr office hours (M-Th. 9am-noon).

We are also very grateful for Treasurer Arlene Tomin and voluteer Barb Hendry who will be doing our bookkeeping during this time. Check requests will be processed as normally as possible (turn in by 9am Monday, check available We. afternoon.) However, there also may be delays in processing -- and don't expect any last minute checks to be written.

  • If you call the office and get the answering machine (during office hours), please leave a message! We will get back to you as soon as we can!
  • If you have an emegency (after office hourse), please call Pastor Carl and leave a message.
  • If you send an email to Patti, she will not read it until she returns in May. Please send your emails to Carl. If you do not get a reply (email doesn't always get thorugh,) please give him a call.

Publication may also be impacted. We may not publish a complete May newsletter, and requests for printing may take a while to fulfill. Information about these and any other office operational matters will be given in our weekly (hopefully!) flyer.

Above all-- please pray for Patti: that her surgery is successful, and her recovery is quick and complete.

Address or Phone Number Change

If your address or phone number has changed, please let the office know. This includes your cell phone number and email address. Many times we are not informed of your new contact information and either we in teh office are trying to get in touch with you or one of the lders or deacons have information to bring you and cannot contact you due to the wrong information. Please crop your new contatct information on a slip of paper & place it in teh offering plate or just call the office with an update.

Sanctuary Flower Orders are Suspended Until Further Notice

Emails to the Church

If you are attempting to contact us at PPC, please make sure you are using the correct email address for us. Please use the email addresses listed in the Flyer.
If you are not receiving emails from us, please make sure we have YOUR current email address.

PRAYER REQUESTS

We try to stay on top of prayer requests and concerns.  If you know of someone who is ill in our church family, please let the office know.  Even if the office is closed you can still leave a voice mail.  If you have a pastoral emergency, you can always leave a voice mail at the Manse at 727-368-5588.
In the event that Pastor Carl is on vacation, we always record the substitute’s name and telephone
number on our outgoing voice mail message. Thank you for your help.

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.  


Please Help Keep God's Facilities Nice!

Please do not put paper flyers or announcements on the walls! We have bulletin boards for our various ministries and groups to use to post items. If you need something posted, please check with the appropriate ministry or group or the church office.

Thanks for keeping God's facilities nice!

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 January 2015”.

Sunday School Schedule

  • ENE (Esther, Nehemiah, Ezra) College/ Career Class: Room 206,Tom Smith IV
  • The Book of Daniel: Room 204, Larry Oline
  • Drive Through Christian History in America: Chapel, Dave Taylor
  • The Present Word: Boswell, Tom Smith III
  • Praise Band Class: Room 201, Dave Pilkington

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