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May 2010

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Please Note
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Children's Church
Stewardship Update
Wednesday Night Women's Bible Study Group
Pasadena Presbyterian Women
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Evangemissions
Missionary in Residence
Faith Community Nursing
Preschool
Vacation Bible School
We Need Your Help to Find All Our 2010 Graduates!
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What's New at PPC
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From Me to You:

"Jesus died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves,
but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.” (2 Corinthians 5:15)

Jesus didn’t die and rise again just so we could come to church. 
To say that might cause consternation to some, but it’s the truth:  getting people to come and sit in a pew, and become part of a religious organization wasn’t what Jesus had in mind as He was beaten and nailed to a cross.  He died not to bring people to church but to bring us back to God (1 Peter 3:18).  

Likewise, Jesus wasn’t raised from the dead just so we could sing ho-hum hymns, sit through boring Sunday School classes, eat pot-luck dinners, and have a nice life.  In the power of His resurrection, He beat sin, death and the devil.  When we accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, Jesus brings us into His new life, and brings His new life into us. We are transformed (Romans 12:1-2)—made new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17)--by the saving, forgiving, healing, triumphant power of God!

The new life we now live is with and for Jesus, our living Lord: He isn’t at our “beck and call;” instead, we are and should be at His.   That means we don’t go to church—we ARE His Church, His body, His representatives, servants and witnesses, in and to all the world (Acts 1:8). 

So, getting people to church isn’t His goal—getting the Gospel out to people, so they can repent, believe in Jesus, be saved and live forever in God’s eternal kingdom, is!

Jesus died and rose again so we could be His Church, in the power of His resurrection, to show Him to and share Him with the whole world!

To get the Gospel to the whole world, through the obstacles, opposition, barriers and fears facing us, is a God-sized task, and certainly takes the extraordinary power of God (Acts 1:8).  That’s why we as believers and as Christ’s church must constantly stay connected to Him—abide in Him—if we truly want to live for Him, in His victory, strength and to His greatest glory.

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” (John 15:4)
That’s why there is a church—why we go, belong to and take part in the work and witness of the local family in Jesus we call “our” church:  daily, personally and with each other, we stay “plugged-in” with Jesus (Acts 2:42ff), and so have the power of His resurrection transforming, refreshing, reviving, directing and working through our lives, to know Christ and make Him known!

Please join me in asking the Lord Jesus to continue His transforming work in our lives, so His life may show, shine and be shared even more, to many more, through us, in the power of His resurrection!

In Christ,
Carl

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Session Digest: March 23, 2010

columnsThe Session held its March Stated meeting on March 23 at 7 p.m. in the Boswell room. The Moderator was Carl Crawford, who called the meeting to order with prayer. A quorum was present. Elder Hughes shared a devotion from Isaiah 53, Ezekiel 37, and the hymn "Jesus Paid It All".

The following items were discussed and acted on:

  1. Rick and Kathy Paterson were received into membership by reaffirmation of faith after sharing their testimonies and answering affirmatively the questions for membership. Their two children, Ashley and David were admitted to the baptized roll.
  2. Patti Strong was hired to work part time in the church office.
  3. The contract with our Missionary in Residence, Anthony Oliver, was extended for one month.
  4. The Session approved spending up to $1300. for half the cost of a new roof for the scout house.
  5. Pastor Carl Crawford was given a continuing education leave May 17 to May 31, when he will be meeting with Campus Crusade leadership in SE/Asia and India. Pastor Bob Bellingar was approved to preach and be on call while he is gone.
  6. Elder Schellhaas was approved as Chairman and Elder Meilus was approved as Vice-Chairman of the Congregational Nominating Committee.

The meeting adjourned with a season of prayer at 9:35 p.m.

Complete Session minutes are public record and are available for review in the church office by any PPC member.

Larry Oline, Clerk of Session

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Financial Report: March 31, 2010

The Financials for March show actual income $24,618.11 with expenses of $37,854.09 leaving us $13,235.98 in the red.                    
                                                                            
NOTE:  Increase in expenses is due to three pay periods in March.

 

                                              

Year to Date 2010
Actual Income   $107,303.08
Actual Expenses $102,246.28
Black $    5,056.80
Financial Notes
PPC Foundation 
Pasadena Foundation $  26,724.63
Wahl Scholarship   $ 49,945.67

Cash Reserves             $120,077.22

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Please Note

Pastor Carl will be away on Session-approved continuing education leave in India May 17 – 31st.  He is participating with Campus Crusade for Christ India and SE Asia in a regional consultation on church planting movements in Bangalore and Chennai.  Pastor Bob Bellingar, H.R., will be preaching 5/23 and 5/30, and will be on-call for any pastoral emergencies at PPC.  Pastor Bob can be reached at 278-1678.  Please keep Pastors Bob and Carl in your prayers!

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Please Note

Pastor Anthony will be away on a set-up trip to Trinidad May 20-29th.  He will be meeting with our host church partners for our PPC trip there in July.  Please keep Pastor Anthony in your prayers!

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Children's Church

Children's Church

Children’s Church has now ended for the summer and will resume after Labor Day.  There will be a special children’s message during the 8:30 service throughout the summer (except for Communion Sundays).

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”  Proverbs 22:6

 

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Stewardship Update

A Risky Business

Does God want you to take risks? Risking money in a greedy hope of gain is bad stewardship and wrong on many levels, but there is another type of risk. God is asking us to invest in the eternal by giving, when He has richly blessed us, enriching others and glorifying Him in the process.  

Saving is often right, and much more biblical than borrowing. However, we also must trust God to provide for us. In these difficult economic times, the human tendency we all feel tugging on us is to be safe, save, and don't take any risks. Because we naturally fear being fired, we may even try to work longer hours there and thus give less time to help in Vacation Bible School, for example. Or fears tell us to keep as much as possible by not spending, even what we usually tithe or give to God. Charities, churches and missions all over have felt the pinch as God's people have cut back. While it is understandable that a person who is out of work cannot give, the rest of us are tempted to keep our friends close and our money closer. 

I have to remind myself of Jesus' beautiful illustration of the flowers of the field in Matthew 6:25, right after he teaches his disciples to pray. He then asks:
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
 
So I'd like to again thank God for Pasadena's givers who glorified God by being so faithful in a bleak economy. Our church is seeing great faithfulness and good stewardship in these tough times but we will do and become so much more if we trust God to continue to bless us.
 
Tom Smith, Stewardship Chair

Pasadena Presbyterian Church Wishlist
Bature of Project Estimated Cost Amount Recieved

Youth sound equipment (speakers, etc)

$1,500 new item

 

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Wednesday Night Women's Bible Study Group

Three times a year, the Ancient Israelites traveled to the temple in Jerusalem, NOW IT’S YOUR TURN, join us on April 21st at 6:30 for “Stepping up:  A Journey through the Psalms of Ascent” that explores Psalms 120-134.   Through this study you will gain a new appreciation for the life of faith as a journey to greater fellowship with and worship of God.  The more we unveil our faces to God and bare our soul to Him, expressing what is on our hearts, the safer we will feel with Him, and the closer we’ll draw to him.   

Each Wednesday night, we have a women’s bible study group that has blossomed, transforming lives, changing hearts, teaching and leading women to be who God has designed her to be.   We are finishing up our study of the Fruit of the Spirit on March 10th and I want to share with you some of the words expressed to me about what this study has meant to some of the 35 women who have been attending each week. 

“for me personally, there have been two Wednesday evenings recently that Beth Moore's study was just what I needed. And, our small group leader epitomizes how God so graciously works in our lives and changes us to be the person HE wants us to be. I have learned from the other ladies as well.....I appreciate it all!”

“I have been out of serious bible study for years, this study has brought me back to the word, a deeper fellowship with God and a changed heart.”

“This study has been an answered prayer to for me.”

“I am so thankful and feel so blessed for this time to learn so much and have so many great examples of the type of woman God wants me to be.

“I have learned so much and know that I am right where God wants me to be.”

Please join me on our next journey in God’s Word,

In his love
Carol Pilkington

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Pasadena Presbyterian Women

THE PURPOSE OF PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN:

FORGIVEN AND FREED BY GOD IN JESUS CHRIST AND EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, WE COMMIT OURSELVES. . . . .
To nurture our faith through prayer and bible studyPresbyterian Women
To support the mission of the church worldwide
To work for justice and peace
To build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (USA) and witnesses to the promise of God’s Kingdom.

Activities for Month of May 2010 at Pasadena
                                Monday,  May 3rd  at 10:15 am                      Communion at The Springs
                                Tuesday,  May 4th  at 10:00 am                      PW Council Meeting – Boswell Room
                                Monday,  May 10th at 7:00 pm                        Rachel Circle – Fellowship Hall
                                Tuesday,  May 11th at 10:00 am                     Esther Circle – Treasure Island Yacht Club
                                Tuesday,  May 11th at 1:00 pm                       Ruth Circle – Restaurant

Another Circle, named Hannah has been started and meets in the evenings.  Time and place to be determined each month.  Contact Vicki Danz (347-3617), Felicia Ragland (345-6396) or Ruth Hansell (343-1568) for further information.

PW Birthday Celebration is Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel.  Our guest speaker will be Robin Powell, newly elected Tampa Bay PW Moderator.  Robin is one of the younger members of Presbyterian Women and we would encourage all women of the church to try to attend this celebration.  Special music will be furnished by Donna Crawford, accompanied by Bernie Barker.  After our program, we will have a salad luncheon in the Fellowship Hall, furnished by our women of the church.  We will need some kind of a head count in order to prepare enough food.  After our lunch, we will have a style show with fashions from Bon Worth and modeled by some of our members.  There is no charge except a monetary birthday gift for Presbyterian Women USA to give to the many mission projects which have asked for grants.  Checks should be made out to Presbyterian Women and envelopes will be available the day of the meeting and also Sunday, May 9th.

JUST A REMINDER – ALL WOMEN (MEMBERS OF PASADENA) ARE AUTOMATICALLY MEMBERS OF PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN.  WE WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET INVOLVED AND MAKE IT A POINT TO COME MAY 15TH TO HEAR ROBIN POWELL, NEWLY ELECTED MODERATOR OF TAMPA BAY PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN – A  VIVACIOUS AND ENERGETIC YOUNGER WOMAN.

In Christ’s Love,
Patricia Watts, Acting Moderator

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Library News

WHAT MEDIA AND PERSONAL INTERACTIONS EACH DAY AFFECT YOUR WALK WITH CHRIST?
That question came to my mind after hearing that one of my daughters was analyzing her use of mass media for a mass communications class. They were to record each media use for seven days, including time, type, purpose and other factors. They were to use 15 minute segments in a 17-hour day, equally 476 segments. The media were Internet, radio, TV, iPod, print, movie or none; choosing if it was "for entertainment or informational purposes, such as for research or work." It made me wonder how my time was used in learning and telling about my Lord.

They were to "turn the data we collect into information that will yield practical insights about how we consume or use mass media." So, in a Christian analysis, how are we using the time God has given us? How much of the input into our lives is Christian?

I want to challenge myself, and you, to keep a log for seven days, starting on a Sunday. Since our purpose will be to see what is influencing us in our Christian walk, let's change the categories a bit. We will study all our interactions with communication. So, to the above categories of media, we need to also add the in-person ones such as sermons, speeches, contact with friends, neighbors and strangers and the phone (whether talking, texting, etc.). We also need to note whether it was a Christian contact, movie, radio program, book; cd, audio book or the Bible or secular. Then add up the various categories.

This might seem rather daunting, but try your best. As the professor wrote, "This project is only as good as the data you enter."
Laurie Smith, Librarian

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EvangemissionEvagemission

EvangeMissions = evangelism + missions

Evangelism can be defined as “telling and living the good news of Christ’s salvation.”  Paul says in Titus 2:7-8, “In everything set them an example by doing what is good.  In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”  Paul is telling us that our words and actions, as Christians, must be above reproach.  People must see something “different” about us – something that non-Christians don’t have.  Sometimes the best gospel we preach to others is the evidence that we show them that Christ is alive in us through what we say and do.

Leslie Hughes, EvangeMissions Chair

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Missionary in Residence: Go With Us to Trinidad

Trip Details:

  • Leave: Friday  July  9, 2010
  • Return: Friday  July 16, 2010
  • Sign up by: Sunday May 2, 2010
  • Sign Up Deposit:  $100
  • Total Cost:  $1,750

Ministry  Details:

  • Church Planting Opportunities
  • Community Outreach Work
  • Strengthening Local Churches
  • Orphanage Visit
  • Street Outreach

Pastor Anthony, Judy, Phillip and Michael are leading a Pasadena trip to Trinidad this July 9th—16th.  They have been missionaries in Trinidad for many years and now they want to take us there on a short-term mission trip.  Please go with us to Trinidad this summer.

This is a great trip for a first time mission trip as Trinidadians speak English and the people are very friendly. Trinidad is the southernmost of the Caribbean islands, 7 miles off the coast of Venezuela, South America. A population of 1.5 million made up of people of African, East Indian, Chinese, Syrian, Lebanese, Portuguese, British and French decent. With all the different racial, religious, and cultural heritages, you'll find it is like taking 5 mission trips all in one! It is like you are going to the Caribbean islands, India, the Middle East, China and England!

Don’t say no to this trip without first attending Pastor Anthony’s Wednesday night Evangelism class at 7:00 PM. The class is EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT. Trip is open to youth (with parent or responsible adult) and adults.  Flying American Airlines to Port of Spain airport in Trinidad leaving Friday July 9th and returning Friday July 16th.  Even if you decide not to go you can be on the prayer team and anyone desiring to know how to share Jesus should attend the Wednesday night equipping classes.  In class you will find out why Anthony has that big smile on his face.  Fair warning though, it just could be contagious.

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Faith Community Nursing

May is national stroke awareness month. Did you know that stroke is the #3 cause of premature death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer? Knowing  what the warning signs and risk factors of stoke are as well as how to reduce your risks will enable you to make healthy lifestyle choices. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel to the brain is either blocked by a clot or the vessel burst which prevents the part of the brain affected from getting the blood and oxygen it needs. When a stroke is the result of a clot which obstructs the flow of blood to the brain, it is called an ischemic stroke.  When a blood vessel bursts and prevents blood flow to the brain, it is called a hemorrhagic stroke.

The five SUDDEN signs of stroke include: (1) SUDDEN numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body. (2) SUDDEN confusion, trouble speaking or understanding. (3) SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes. (4) SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination. (5) SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause. A stroke is a medical emergency. Know these warning signs of stroke and teach them to others. Every second counts. If you or someone with you has one or more of these signs, IMMEDIATELY call 9-1-1. Also check the time so you will know when the first symptoms appeared. It is essential to take immediate action. There is a clot-busting drug call Tissue Plasminogen Activator or tPA, that can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke IF taken within three hours of the start of symptoms. Lifestyle choices that put you at risk for a stroke include: high blood pressure (that’s why we do the monthly blood pressure screenings in fellowship hall), tobacco use, diabetes, carotid artery disease, TIAs, atrial fibrillation or heart disease, high blood cholesterol, obesity and physical inactivity, excessive alcohol intake and illegal drug use. Nine ways you can reduce your risk for stroke: (1) Know your blood pressure (that’s why we do the monthly blood pressure screenings in fellowship hall) and work with your doctor to lower it. (2) Find out from your doctor if you have atrial fibrillation. (3) If you smoke, STOP. (4) If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. (5) Find out if you have high cholesterol. If so, work with your doctor to control it. (6) If you are diabetic, follow you doctor’s recommendations carefully to control your diabetes. (7) Include exercise in the activities you enjoy in your daily routine. (8) Enjoy a lower salt, lower fat diet. (9) KNOW THE SYMPTOMS OF STROKE.

“Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you…When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.”
Proverbs 4:6,12 NIV

Debbie Rivard, RN, FCN

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Preschool

We have had a terrific time in April planting seeds and watching them grow into flowers and vegetables. We are so grateful to God for providing us with the beauty of flowers and the nourishment of the food that grows from the earth.

In May we will learn about all of the creatures of the sea that God has given to us. We look forward to our parent appreciation breakfast. It is a time to thank the parents for all of the great things they have done to help us here at the school.

The last day of school is June 3rd.   Graduation will take place on this day. Many of our graduates have been our students since they were two years old. We will miss them. Please pray for all of our graduates and their families as they move on to their next adventure in the world. I pray that the seeds that have been planted here at Sonrise will blossom into beautiful flowers that will be a testimony to God’s awesome love. May their hands and feet be the hands and feet of Christ, may their eyes and ears be the eyes and ears of Christ, and may His light shine in them for the entire world to see.

I am so privileged to be able to serve the children and families of the community in this very special ministry. Thank you all for your support and prayers.  Have a wonderful summer and I look forward to seeing you all in August.
May the Grace, Love, and Peace of our Glorious Savior be with you and your family. 

Laura Woodard

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Vacation Bible School

At Hero HeadQuarters, kids will meet five unlikely Bible heroes who are often overlooked. They were not famous leaders or called by God to perform amazing miracles—yet their small acts were used by God to do wonderful things! Help kids discover that if they’re willing to be used by God in any situation, no matter how big or small, they can make a difference. With God’s power at work, they can be heros right where they are!

  • A servant girl speaks up, and God’s power heals Naaman.
  • Shepherds see baby Jesus and tell everyone about the Savior.
  • An army officer goes to Jesus, and Jesus heals his servant.
  • A boy shares his food, and Jesus feeds more than 5,000 people.
  • A young man shows courage, and Paul lives to serve Jesus.

Dates:  June 14 – 18

Registration for church members will begin on April 30th.  Please save your coffee cans – they are needed for crafts.  Volunteers are needed.  If you feel that God is calling you to be a part of this ministry to the children in our community, then please contact Leslie Hughes.

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We Need Your Help to Find All Our 2010 Graduates!

GRADUATION SUNDAY WILL BE ON JUNE 13TH

WE NEED…

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

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

+A brief biography about the graduate

+Deadline is Monday, May 31st, Please contact Laurie Smith.

+This is a special time for all graduates. We look forward to this celebration!

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep
  8:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
April 4 150 114 264
April 11 86 72 158
April 18 85 56 141
April 25 126 65 191

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What's New At PPCNews

Fellowship Ministry Needs You!

Come join us in making 2010 a fantastic year of Fellowship at PPC.

Volunteers are needed for the Fellowship Committee (Ministry). Please contact Vicki Danz or Patti Strong if you are interested in helping us.

Thank you to those who helped with the Missions Fair lunch. God knows who you are. You are a blessing to PPC and we love that about you.

Vicki Danz

National Day of Prayer: Thursday, May 6th

A few weeks ago a Federal judge declared that the National Day Of Prayer is unconstitutional. It is unlikely that such a ruling will stand; but it does show us how much more we really need to pray for our country!
In the Tampa Bay Area, a community-wide, Church-wide prayer festival will be held at Brighthouse Stadium in Clearwater, FL  (Drew St. & Hwy 19).  It begins at 7:00 p.m.

Let's pack the stadium with prayers and praise, in worship and witness of Jesus, our Savior and the Lord of all the nations!

Craft Sale

The Monday Morning Hobbies & Craft Group cordially invites you to our Craft Sale Sunday, May 2nd in the Fellowship Hall.

Please join us for coffee and goodies.

Coffe Cans for VBS Crafts

Please bring us your used coffee cans and plastic soda bottles. We would prefer the plastic coffee containers. While it would be best to have the ones that have handles and have almost two pounds in them, we could use the smaller one pound variety, also. Please bring them to the library or the art room.

Thanks,
Laurie Smith

Church Women United

May Fellowship Day: Friday, May 7, 2010
Stewar-Isom Memorial C.M.E. Church
1820 Walton Street South, St. Petersburg
Lunch Reservations ($3.00): Call Laura Prosser

Thank You

To my church family; I would like to tell you all how very Blessed I was to have our PPC Family to encourage me during my recent surgery. To all of you who prayed for us, brought us meals, and for all the get well cards; Thank You all and may God Bless You. 

From the Heart;
The Gonzalez Family

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