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April 2018

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From Me to You:

"Why is it considered incredible among you if God does raise the dead?” (Acts 26:8)

April this year begins with the resurrection of Jesus Christ—aka Easter—on April 1st—no joke!

Historically, however, some have claimed that Jesus rising from the dead was just a joke—a whimsical hoax made-up by disciples who were overwhelmed by grief and loss when their leader, Jesus, was shockingly crucified.  If the resurrection of Jesus is just a made-up story, then the last 20 centuries of Christianity has been based-on a lie—the biggest sham and scam in history;  then, as Paul wrote:

“if Christ has not been raised, we of all people should be most pitied” (1 Corinthians 15: 17,19).
While few would dispute Jesus was a real, historical figure, and a good person, everything about Him beyond that—whether He was God’s Son, whether He told God’s truth,  whether could and did die for the forgiveness of the world’s sins, and whether He is alive—depended and depends upon the reality and truth of His resurrection.

For almost 2000 years, people around the world have heard of this amazing, unprecedented, historical event; upon hearing, they have had to make a decision

believe--accept Jesus and trust in who He is and what He did for the salvation of our souls and assurance of having eternal life with God, OR
not believe--and so keep trusting in some other god(s), religion, philosophy or way for salvation, if there is any eternity and way to be living in it at all.

Having modern medical technology and seeing people resuscitated and literally brought back from being dead should make our acceptance of the resurrection of Jesus easier—but it doesn’t:   miracles are always hard to explain!  Explaining them, though, isn’t the point:   believing them, and believing in the One, True, Living God of the Bible who does miracles, is!

That’s why God not only raised Jesus but proved the reality of His resurrection by having Him meet with His followers—alive—after His death. As verification of this unmatched, mightiest miracle, three days after being crucified, the original disciples of Jesus witnessed Him alive;  within a couple of months, the number of first-hand witnesses, seeing and meeting the resurrected Jesus, rose to “more than 500” (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).

OK:  so, do we still see and meet Jesus alive today?
Absolutely—but not as those first witnesses did:  we meet Jesus, see Him and know He is alive through the “eyes” of faith—by making the choice to believe God, agree with God, trust in His Word (the Bible) and pray to invite the risen Jesus into our lives as our personal Savior & Lord!

“though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of our faith the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:8-9)
Believing in Jesus means believing in His resurrection:  Jesus can’t be Savior for and Lord of all—God the Eternal Son-- if He wasn’t raised and isn’t alive! The Good News and TRUTH is,  of course,  Jesus lives—Praise God! And because He lives, we who believe in Him do live with and for Him now, and we will live forever with Him, too (Romans 4:24-5; 6:4;                                1 Corinthians 6:14; 15:1ff; 2 Corinthians 4:14)!

Praising God with you for the resurrection of His beloved, one and only Son, Jesus—our risen Savior, reigning Lord, and returning King!

In Christ,

Carl

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Financial Report

Account Name
Balance
General Fund Checking   $  25,415.98
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $ 57,930.19
   
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  23,775.45
PRESCHOOL MM   $  20,823.32

 

OPERATING INCOME TOTAL    $   21,787.00
OPERATING EXPENSE TOTAL    $   30,082.29
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   - $     8,295.29
Financial Notes

Deacon’s Fund                                                   $      1,727.81

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

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Stewardship Ministry

“When the leaders lead in Israel, when the people volunteer, praise the Lord.” (Judges 5:2)

Thank you to all of our volunteers who came to help with the workday we had recently, in which we got to glorify God through many planned projects! Together, we power washed sidewalks and walls, cleaned Fellowship Hall's chairs, tables, and kitchen, installed visitor parking signs, and replaced lightbulbs outside the chapel. We can praise and thank God for this part of His family, showing our love for Him, each other, and our community by taking care of and making good use of what He has given us.   

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair    

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The Deacon's Developements

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

And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the
resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all Acts 4:33

PLEASE LET US KNOW HOW WE CAN PRAY FOR YOU!!!

God loves you and so do we!!
Barbara Gonzalez
Larry Hendry
Julie Gull
Michelle Loy
Threse Hammond
Terry Odom

Please remember The Dollars for Deacons Offering Envelopes in the Sanctuary

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Praise Kids and Youth Group

KIDS, YOUTH LEARN ABOUT JESUS WITH AGE APPROPRIATE LESSOONS SUNDAY AFTERNOONS
The Praise Kids and youth/young adult events are usually every Sunday during the school year, 3 to 5 p.m.. The afternoon begins with snacks and then the age groups are separated and each class is taught an age-appropriate Bible lesson.

They use several ways to teach the Bible stories and Bible verses to the elementary class. They play active games and make crafts as well as listening to the Bible story. Heather Smith is in charge of the story presentation and games and Laurie Smith plans and teaches the crafts.

The Middle/High school class currently is reading The Story, a chronological organization of the Bible. Gina Driggers and Mac Boyd are the leaders. They often do different things like going out to eat, or to a movie, Winter Jam (the Christian concert), etc. The preschool class hears a Bible lesson geared to their abilities and plays games, especially ones which help bring the lesson or the week’s Bible verse home to them. Nancy Nottoli is their teacher.

Check out facebook at fb.me/ppkidsandyouth or email ppckidsandyouth@gmail.com

Laurie Smith

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Sunday School

Breakfast With Jesus Teacher: Larry Oline

8:30am in Fellowship Hall

(Bible Study)

Come have breakfast with us at 8:30am and stay to study God’s Word at 8:45am. Class ends at 9:45am to give you plenty of time to get to the sanctuary for Worship at 10:00am.

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Sonrise ECLC

ALL ARE WELCOME

On Thursday, April 19th @ 6:00 p.m., the Pre­school Ministry will have a student performance and slide show followed by an Auction and Raffle. You are invited to join us and be part of the fun! If you are unable to attend, we are offering you several opportunities to be a part of our Auction and Raffle and support your preschool ministry. Tickets will be available Sunday, April 15th in the church hallway. Tickets will also be available in the pre­school office from 9a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

For more information,  contact the School Office at 344-1584.

Thank you for your support!
Shirley McLeod, Director

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Evangemissions

What are you doing??

James 1:22-25 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

An old mountaineer and his wife who were sitting in front of the fireplace one evening just whiling away the time. After a long silence, the wife said: "Jed, I think it's raining. Get up and go outside and see." The old mountaineer continued to gaze into the fire for a second, sighed, then said, "Aw, Ma, why don't we just call in the dog and see if he's wet."
Uggghhh! We're so lazy sometimes! One thing that has really been on our hearts recently is doing more doing and less talking about doing! God wants us to be doers not talkers.
God has a specific purpose for our lives at such a time as this. Let's start giving Him our all. There's so much work to be done!

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Library News

WYCLIFFE BIBLE TRANSLATORS BOOK TELLS FASCINATING STORY OF BRINGING GOD’S WORD TO THE WORLD

In 1917, William Cameron Townsend, a young missionary, went to Guatemala hoping to spread the Word of God. But many of the people he met knew only the indigenous language and he realized that giving Spanish language Bibles to non-Spanish speaking people was useless.  Townsend and others spent 10 years learning the indigenous language, creating an alphabet and translating the New Testament into the heart language of the people there.

They named a training group in 1934 after John Wycliffe, the man who translated the entire Bible into English in the late 14th century for the common people. Townsend later founded Wycliffe Bible Translators which celebrated 75 years in 2017.

Roger and Marilyn Reeck, two Wycliffe translators PPC supports, recently gave a copy of the book Till All Have Heard to Pasadena to share the story of the organization which has brought the Good News to so many people groups in the world.

It is an interesting book which is easy to read, using very short articles to explain its history and many photos and stories.

Several pages are devoted to Wycliffe U.S.A.’s Mobilization Center (also known as Wycliffe Discovery Center) opened in Orlando in 2002. Interactive computer activities, dramas, and hands-on experiences for kids and adults are available to the public. It also helps Wycliffe staff around the world by providing needed services.

A motivating verse in the book is “If you speak to people in words they do not understand, how will they know what you are saying? You might as well be talking into empty space.”  I Corinthians 14:9 (NLT)

Laurie Smith, librarian

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Women of The Church

Communion at the Springs–Monday, April 2nd at 9:45am.

WOC Committee Meeting-Tuesday, April 3rd @ 10:00am in the Boswell.
 
Rachel Circle Meeting–Monday, April 9th @ 7:00pm at the home of Felicia Ragland.  

Sarah Circle – Tuesday, April 10th @ 1:00 noon at the home of Pat Edgington.

We have one day circle (that meets either at 12 noon or 1:00 p.m.) and one evening circle (that meets either at 6:30 or 7:00 p.m.). This is not like a club – all women of Pasadena Presbyterian Church are invited to come to either of the circle meetings. They are open to all women. 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 that we support, local and foreign. If you want more details regarding Women of the Church, please contact Pat Watts (727-302-0888) for further information.

GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU AND MAY WE ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE FOR JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOR!

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VBS Planning

VBS…ALL READY!
YES!!! WE ARE PLANNING FOR THIS YEAR’S VBS… SO PRAY ABOUT HOW YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INVOLVED.
PLEASE, Contact Terry Odom if interested

VBS 2018, JUNE 4 - 8 Registration Dates:

Early Registration begins:

Sunday, April 29 for PPC Church Members

Monday, 4/30 and Tuesday, 5/1, 9:00 AM for Preschool Families (A table will be set up in hallway for registration on these dates)

Open Registration begins on May 2

Turn in completed applications to the church office.

Online registration www.pasadenapc.com.

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Graduates

We Need Your Help Finding All Our 2018 Graduates (and June through December 2017 ones, too)!

We need information for a brochure to be included in the announcement sheet:

+Name of person graduating from high school, trade school or college (including August and December 2017 graduates); city and state the school is in; city and state they live in; their relation to you and the parents’ names.

+ Name of school, degree, honors, awards, sports, clubs, interests, hobbies, any volunteer work or membership at PPC and/or their church, future plans.

+ Don’t worry about how the information is worded; it will be rewritten to fit the brochure style.

+A good-quality photo (may be emailed)

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

+Please contact Laurie Smith (leave message) or the church office.

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Boxtops for Education

WE ARE COLLECTING PINK BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION BUT NOT CAMPBELLS LABELS
Continue bringing in the pink “Box tops for Education.” A local school, Rawlings Elementary in Pinellas Park, is collecting them to redeem to benefit the school.  We will donate those you bring in PPC’s name. The box tops can be found on many products and are not the actual top part of a box but a pink rectangle with the words “Box tops for Education” and a yellow pencil graphic.

Do not bring in Campbell’s labels any more. The Campbells company has ended its program, citing declining participation in the
program.

The Women of the Church continue to collect postage stamps for a good cause. Remember, only bring in stamps with monetary designations (numbers) or the word “Forever.” They do not need  ones designated “non-profit,” etc. Leave at least one half inch of envelope paper around the cancelled stamps.

Place the pink box tops and stamps in the basket located in the courtyard  hallway, near the door to the sanctuary.
Thanks

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COOL! A  SPRING TREASURE SALE TO HELP THE FELLOWSHIP HALL A/C FUND

Time to collect from your closets; glean from your garage; remove from your rooms! Koinonia is having a Spring Treasure Sale Saturday, April 28 at 8 a.m. to benefit the air conditioning fund.

Bring your items to the stage in Fellowship Hall or the Boswell Room starting April 15th, but not before,.

The Women of the Church have decided to give the money made at the Treasure Sale to help save up for future air conditioning needs!

The two air conditioning units for Fellowship Hall are not getting any younger. They’ve been needing repairs and eventually replacements.

Fellowship Hall serves so many PPC groups’ functions, it is very important to keep our cool (by keeping the a/c running)!

Plan to attend the Spring Treasure Sale, as well as donate items!

Thanks! The Koinonia Ministry

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            

Attendance
March  4    84
March 11    83       
March 18   70
March 25    72 (Palm Sunday)

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What's New At PPCNews

ECO: These are the foundations that propel us forward.

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Our Mission

To build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Our Core Values

Jesus-shaped Identity:
We believe Jesus Christ must be at the center of our lives and making disciples of Jesus at the core of our ministry.

Biblical Integrity:
We believe the Bible is the unique and authoritative Word of God, which teaches all that is necessary for faith and life. The prominence of God’s Word over our lives shapes our priorities, and the unrivaled authority of the Bible directs our actions to be in concert with Christ’s very best for our lives. 

Thoughtful Theology:
We believe in theological education, constant learning, and the life of the mind, and celebrate this as one of the treasures of our Reformed heritage.

Accountable Community:
We believe guidance is a corporate spiritual experience. We want to connect leaders to one another in healthy relationships of accountability, synergy, and care.

Egalitarian Ministry:
We believe in unleashing the ministry gifts of women, men, and every ethnic group.

Missional Centrality:
We believe in living out the whole of the Great Commission – including evangelism, spiritual formation, compassion, and redemptive justice – in our communities and around the world.

Center-focused Spirituality:
We believe in calling people to the core of what it means to be followers of Jesus – what “mere Christianity” is and does – and not fixate on the boundaries.

Leadership Velocity:
We believe identifying and developing gospel-centered leaders is critical for the church, and a great leadership culture is risk-taking, innovative, and organic.

Kingdom Vitality:
We believe congregations should vigorously reproduce new missional communities to expand the Kingdom of God.

Thank you!

A great big ‘thank you’ to Nona Davis, for crocheting warm hats for our guests at food distribution.  Nona buys the yarn to make the hats, and could make many more if she had more yarn.  She would like to make hats now for next winter, so if you have any yarn, even small amounts of any color, you could give her, she would appreciate it.  You can give it to Mary Davis at Church. Thank you.

Campbells Boxtops

WE ARE COLLECTING BOXTOPS BUT NOT CAMPBELLS LABELS
The Women of the Church are collecting the Boxtops for Education found on many products but not Campbells
Label. The Campbells company cites declining participation in the program and is ending it.
Meanwhile we have found a local school, Rawlings Elementary which will take the Boxtops for Education. So, please bring those pink rectangles in to help the school in the name of the church.

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  as  listed in the  weekly Flyer. If you send an email to us, but do not receive a reply, please call the OFFICE.
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.


Facility Use Notice

PPC facilities are not ordinarily 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 eveningsuntil 8:30pm.  If your group can’t change to meet on the nights when PPC is now open, you will need to   contact Pastor Carl to get keys and codes —you will be responsible for locking up and setting the alarm—or find another location off site.  

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.

Dollars for Deacons Fund

Please Remember The Dollars For  Deacons Offering Envelopes in the Sanctuary.

Change of Address

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 the office are trying to get in touch with you or one of the elders or deacons have information to bring to you and cannot contact you due to the wrong information.  Please drop your new contact information on a slip of paper and place it in the offering plate or just call the office with an update. 

Thank you, The Church Office

Collect Aluminum Cans

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 youth ministries.  Thank you!

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