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May 2012

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Congregational Meeting
Stewardship Ministry Update
Financial Report
Evangemissions
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Fellowship
Calendar
Antioch Youth
Library
Preschool
Children's Church
Parent's Night Out
Praise Kids
VBS 2012
VBS Volunteer Training
VBS Registration Information
Graduation Sunday
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC
Birthdays

From Me to You

"Contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. For certain persons have crept in unnoticed…ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”  (Jude 3-4)

Even before the early church celebrated its centennial, Satan was already hard at work trying to deceive, distract and destroy believers in Jesus and their beliefs and practices.  Much of the New Testament is written in fact to counter and combat the devil’s lies and attempts to disable and dismantle the church from within.  Jude’s letter is a clear and compelling call to resist and overcome such attacks, then and now, by “contending earnestly for the faith.”

What does “contending” mean?  Unfortunately, many times it comes out either as contentiousness, discord and division, or as voicing one’s objections—being “heard”—but then just acquiescing to the prevailing popular (or even majority) view.  Neither response is what the Bible means.

“Contend” means to hold words and deeds accountable to the standard of God’s Word.  It is rightly handling the “sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17) which alone is able “judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).  It is “speaking the Truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15)—not  to condone sin or condemn others, but to let the Holy Spirit convict hearts (John 16:8) and convince sinners everywhere to “repent and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15).

Your elders and I whole-heartedly believe that the Lord Jesus is calling us at and as PPC to “contend earnestly for the faith” now more than ever.  The focus of the fray is the recent changes in our denomination’s Book of Order, which have threatened to replace the Biblical and traditional standards for ordination and conduct of church officers with a “local-option” approach--right out of the book of Judges:  “everyone did what was right in their own eyes” (Judges 21:25).  These changes are being used by some within the PCUSA to try and move the whole denomination even further away from Biblical faith in Jesus, and the historical principles and practices of our Reformed Faith—specifically, the authority of Scripture as the infallible rule for our faith and practice (PCUSA Book of Confessions, 6.002, 6.010, 7.113).  What, then, is the Lord Jesus calling PPC to do to “contend for the faith?”

Our PPC Session has been and continues to be prayerfully considering various responses for us as a congregation.  No course of action for PPC has been determined or decided at this point.  Instead, our Session has been led to the “next step” of calling a congregational meeting on Sunday, May 20th at 2pm in the Sanctuary.  In addition to electing officers (elders and deacons, classes of 2015), active members will be asked to vote on whether or not to engage in a congregation-wide season of prayer and Bible-based study, to seek the Lord’s wisdom, will and direction for us all--technically called a “period of discernment.”  A letter from our Session giving further information is being sent to all active members, and will also be available on our web site.

This isn’t a battle I would have chosen, nor a fight I consider all that good to have to fight.  “Contending” for me should be how we continue to show and share Jesus in love with the unbelieving world so many more can come to accept Him, be saved, and serve Him as Savior and Lord. Nevertheless, as an officer of the PCUSA, I am committed to working to further the “peace, unity and purity” of the church (PCUSA Book of Order, W-4.4003g), so that our denomination, and our PPC congregation, clearly and uncompromisingly continues to obey, honor, exalt and glorify our Head—Jesus Christ.

Looking forward to what Jesus will do to build His church—including us at and as PPC!

In Christ,          

Carl

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Session Digestcolumns

The Session met on March 27, 2012. The following items were discussed and approved.

1. A letter to the congregation concerning a three month period of discernment and prayer was approved and will be mailed around May 1.
2. A congregational meeting will be called for on May 20. The purpose of this meeting will be to vote on the period of discernment and prayer and to receive the report of the nominating committee.
3. A letter to a number of people who no longer attend was approved. After additional review and verification of these members, this letter will be sent to them concerning their membership status.
4. The February financial report showed expenses exceeded income by $5,466.74.
5. The joint Session and Deacon convocation, originally scheduled for April 28, will be rescheduled sometime in the summer of 2012.

Larry Oline, Clerk

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Congregational Meeting

The Session has called a CONGREGATIONAL MEETING  Sunday May 20, 2pm in the Sanctuary
To elect elders and deacons to the classes 0f 2015, and
To vote on entering into a fromal “period of discernment,” covenanting  together to seek the Lord’s wisdom, will and direction for our future as a congregation.  Information on the “period of discernment”  is available in the Session’s letter to active PPC members, and on the PPC web site.

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Stewardship Ministry Update  

A SPECIAL THANK YOU! TO ALL WHO HELPED WITH OUR SPRING CLEAN-UP-THE-GROUNDS DAY!

Pasadena Presbyterian Church Wishlist
Nature of Project Estimated Cost Received
Sanctuary Projector $4,000 0
Worship Band Keyboard  (NEW!) Purchased! Praise the Lord!

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Financial Report 

MARCH 2012 Financial  Report

The Financials for  March show actual income $19,501.25 with expenses of $25,818.14 leaving us –$6,316.89  in the red.

FOR THE YEAR 2012
Actual Income   $ 68,338.71
Actual Expenses $ 83,016.02
Red -$14,677.31

 

Financial Notes

PPC Foundation 
Pasadena Foundation $29,195.76
Wahl Scholarship   $51,319.84

Cash Available  

Checking Account Balance: $28,546.71

Cash Reserves             

General Reserve MM    $30,092.99

Total Cash                    $58,639.70

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Evangemissions

Evangemissions Chair Larry Oline

 In John 3:35, 36, Jesus told His disciples, "Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life,..." The twelve disciples had just returned from a Samaritan city with food to eat. It was their primary concern. They had probably complained about the price of food and said that four months more, when the harvest comes, the prices would go down.

 While they were gone, Jesus had just spent time at the well talking with a Samaritan woman about her spiritual needs. She was so overwhelmed with that conversation that she went back to the same city and told others to come and see a man she thought could be the Messiah.

Jesus was not looking at physical fields when he spoke to his disciples. He was looking at all the Samaritan people coming toward them out of the city.

May each of us take seriously the urgent message of Jesus, to open our spiritual eyes to those around us that are in need of eternal life. If you have not already done so, please ask God what He wants you to do as a faith promise, and then obey Him.

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Food Distribution Center  

We rejoice in our Father our Daddy.  Praise to you Abba Father!  For all you do at our pantry.

Most families that we encounter at the 123 house need a Daddy.  To direct, discipline, teach, love, and protect them.   Who are they looking for? Abba Father our Daddy!

This is why we are at the 123 house two times a month.  To show the lost the way to Jesus, so they can have a Daddy of their own, Abba Father!

Big thanks to Mrs. Hice’s Pre K class at Sonrise and all the children and families who donated items to  P.P.C.F.D.M. "And a little child will lead them." Isaiah 11: 6

The month of March we ministered to 69 families - 125 individuals – distributed - 2,078 pounds of food. 

Big thanks to Pasadena Presbyterian Church Family, all the pantry volunteers, and the Outreach Team for all their hard work, prayers, donations, and support. 

Luke 10:2, 20 Amplified Bible (AMP) "2And He said to them, The harvest indeed is abundant [[a]there is much ripe grain], but the farmhands are few. Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."

The Message (MSG)
"18-20Jesus said, "I know. I saw Satan fall, a bolt of lightning out of the sky. See what I've given you? Safe passage as you walk on snakes and scorpions, and protection from every assault of the Enemy. No one can put a hand on you. All the same, the great triumph is not in your authority over evil, but in God's authority over you and presence with you. Not what you do for God but what God does for you—that's the agenda for rejoicing."

For more information call Larry Hendry

Pantry hours are 2nd Saturday & 4th Tuesday From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Food distribution for church members will be at 8:30 am on both days.

Pat Mancini,

Praise Abba Father

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Women of the ChurchPresbyterian Women

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTH OF MAY

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 @ l0:30 am PW Council Meeting in Boswell
Monday, May 7, 2012 @ 10:00 am               Communion at the Springs
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 1:00 pm               Hannah Circle in Fellowship Hall
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 12:00 pm             Esther Circle will meet at the T.I. Yacht Club  
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 12:00 pm             Ruth Circle will meet for study & lunch (TBD) 
Monday, May 21, 2012 @ 7:00 pm               Rachel Circle at the home of Ann Carney 

Mark your calendars and reserve this date!  Saturday, JUNE 2, 2012 is the date for  our Birthday Celebration which will begin in the Chapel @ 10:30 a.m. with the awarding of the Honorary Life Membership, special music, special guest speaker and worship in word and song.  After the service in the Chapel we will then go into the Fellowship Hall where we will enjoy a salad luncheon with a style show to follow.  Men are invited!

Our guest speaker will be Jan Hinkle who has been doing mission work in Nairobi, Kenya for many years.  Jan volunteers in the church office on Thursday mornings. She has recently returned from another mission trip for 10 days to Nairobi and will tell us about the work she has been doing there with the children.  It will be interesting to hear all that she has done and continues to do in Kenya.  You don’t want to miss it.

Fashions will be from Bon Worth and our own models will be wearing the fashions personally selected by them. Felicia Ragland will be coordinating the style show.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN CHURCHWIDE GATHERING IN ORLANDO, FL
JULY  18-22, 2012
ANYONE INTERESTED IN GOING, PLEASE CONTACT ARISTEIA SOWA FOR MORE DETAILS

“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. 

Blessings,
Patricia Watts, Chairperson

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Fellowship 

HALLELUJAH!  A delicious Resurrection Sunday brunch was enjoyed by approximately 75 members and friends of PPC.  Under the supervision of Vicki Danz, volunteers prepared the food, tables, etc. for all to enjoy a time of fellowship with one another.

Again, with Vicki’s expertise and the Women of the Church, we are preparing a reception after the Memorial Service for George and Barbara Ragland on Sunday, April 22, 2012.  Service is at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel with the reception following in the Fellowship Hall.

We continue to participate with the Parent’s Night Out activities each month.  We will be helping in the preparations for the PW Birthday Celebration program, luncheon and style show on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. with lunch and style show following the program in the Fellowship Hall.

“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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Antioch Youth News

The Youth continue to meet with K-Life St. Petersburg.  K-Life meets at Bridgepoint Church, 5901 9th Avenue N, St. Petersburg.  More information about K-Life can be found on the K-Life website, http://stpete.klife.com, or by contacting the area director, Brian Wang, bwang@klife.com.

The High School Club meets on Monday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00.  Small groups meet from 8:00 – 8:45 PM.

The Middle School Club meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00.  Small groups meet from 8:00 – 8:45.

May K-Life Highlights:

May 11 Leader Fellinfo Celebration  – Middle School & High School

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Library

AWARD-WIINNING ANN TATLOCK STORIES ABOUT MODERN SITUATIONS IN LIBRARY

Winning awards may sound like a fun byproduct of working in a career you enjoy, and it probably is. But, for award-winning Christian fiction writer Ann Tatlock, her purpose for writing is not to win awards. According to her website, "I’m trying to tell the truth not as I might happen to perceive it, but as the Bible reveals it. Fiction—telling a story that isn’t true—is an excellent vehicle for talking about what IS true. And yes, Virginia, in this age of relativism, there is an Absolute. His name is Jesus."

Tatlock was awarded the Christy Award for All the Way Home. The Christy Award is one of the most noted in the Christian writing world. It, of course, was named after the novel by Catherine Marshall and for "her contribution to growth of the fiction Christians love to read," The Christy Award website explains. The award promotes the continued betterment of Christian fiction.

The website Fantastic Fiction says, "She has also won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association 'Book of the Year' in fiction for both All the Way Home and I'll Watch the Moon. Her novel Things We Once Held Dear received a starred review from Library Journal and Publishers Weekly calls her 'one of Christian fiction's better wordsmiths, and her lovely prose reminds readers why it is a joy to savor her stories.' "

She was a writer and editor for Decision magazine from 1987-1992, before writing fiction full time. "I find great satisfaction in my work, and I especially enjoy hearing from my readers. In addition to writing, I also teach at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, and online through the Christian Writers Guild."

Tatlock's latest novel, Travelers Rest will be published May 4. The library has most of her works listed above. New to the library are Promises to Keep and A Room of My Own.

Laurie Smith,

Librarian

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Preschool

The Preschool Ministry began April by celebrating Palm Sunday. We lined up in the Sanctuary, waved palm branches, and sang “Holy, Holy, Holy Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” as a child playing the role of Jesus walked down the aisle. To help the children learn about the Last Supper, the teachers washed the children’s feet, and then they broke bread and drank grape juice together. We praised Him in prayer and song and prepared for the great celebration of Easter. We are so happy that we have Jesus in our hearts and in our lives.

In our science unit we have been 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.  As the PreKclass prepares to graduate on June 1st, let us pray together that the seeds of God’s love that have planted in their hearts, will blossom into beautiful flowers that will be a testimony of God’s love for all of His children. May the Light of Christ shine in all of our students!

I am blessed to be able to serve the children and families of this 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 Lord be with you and your families.

Laura Woodard

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Children's Church

Children’s Church is designed specifically for children in Pre-K through 5th grade.  The children are dismissed from the Sanctuary each Sunday during the 9:00 AM service, with the exception of Communion Sunday.  Throughout the month of May the children will learn about:

  • The consequences of sin (King Ahab)
  • Trusting God (Elijah)
  • God hearing our prayers (Elijah)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

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Parent's Night Out

WHEN:  Saturday, May 19

TIME:  6-9 PM

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

            Children ages 1-3 classroom 5

            Children ages 4-10 Fellowship Hall

Age-appropriate activities for all children. 

Snack provided. No charge.

Please contact Leslie Hughes at for additional information.

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Praise Kids

Praise Kids continues to meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.  The children begin the evening in Fellowship Hall at 6:30 PM with Family Connection.

May’s lessons center around the prophets Jeremiah and Daniel. 

May 16th will be the last Wednesday of Praise Kids until the fall.  We will have a CELEBRATION NIGHT with a covered dish dinner and ice cream sundaes, 6:30 – 8 PM.

Praise Kids is open to all children in preschool through grade 5.  Please contact Leslie Hughes, , for additional information.

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VBS 2012 

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS AND PEOPLE WHO CAN COUNT, CUT, ETC. NEEDED FOR VBS CRAFTS

The children who will be coming to Vacation Bible School need people to prepare items for VBS crafts long before it starts. Tasks would include counting, sorting, cutting, etc. in your spare time at home.

Also needed:

  • Buttons
  • Canisters from hand wipes (like Wet Ones which are cylindrical)
  • 35mm film canisters
  • Plastic coffee cans

Please contact Laurie Smith for details.

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VBS Volunteer Training

Sunday, May 6, Noon – 1:30
Sunday, May 13, Noon – 1:30

Volunteer training will include:

  • Overview of the curriculum
  • Safety procedures
  • Pick up curriculum

All volunteers should plan to attend one of the training sessions.

Please contact Leslie Hughes, ,for additional information

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VBS Registration Information

Online registration is open –VBS only

Sunday, 5/6 Registration for VBS  aftercare and summer camps opensfor PPC members

Wednesday, 5/9  Registration for VBS  aftercare and summer camps opens for Sonrise Preschool

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Summer Camp

PPC SUMMER CAMP IS COMING!!

2 Camp Weeks –6/18 – 6/22 – Outdoors Camp, 6/25 – 6/29 – Beach Camp

All children age 3 (by June 1) through just completed kindergarten are eligible to participate.

Tuition is $75/child/week.  Camp hours are 9:00 AM – Noon.

You may enroll your child in either one or both of the camps. 

The registration form is available on the church website, or in the church office.

Tuition is due at registration.

Registration dates:

Sunday, 5/6                      PPC Church members

Wed., 5/9, Thurs., 5/10     Sonrise Preschool families

Monday, 5/14                   Open registration

 

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Graduation Sunday

We Need Your Help to Find All Our 2012 Graduates!

GRADUATION SUNDAY WILL BE ON JUNE 10TH

WE NEED  information for a brochure for the bulletin…

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

+Name of school, degree, honors, awards, sports, clubs, interests, future plans; state relation to you

+A good quality photo

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

+Deadline is Sunday, May 13th. Please contact Laurie Smith.

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            
  9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
March 25 (Combined Service @ 10:30am)  107
April  1   101 84 185
April  8   120          112 232
April 15  69 51 120
April 22  87 48 135

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What's New At PPCNews

Teacher Recognition Sunday

May 20th, 9:00 and 11:00 Services

PPC Membership Policy

(adopted 1/24/2012 in response to Book of Order changes)
If an active member of PPC willfully chooses to participate in the life of another congregation in the Tampa Bay area for a period of 6 months or longer in lieu of participating in worship and fellowship at PPC, that member may be removed from the active roll by Session.  Session shall  attempt to contact and counsel the member regarding their obligations to continue in active membership at PPC in accordance with G-1.0402.  Session may remove the member from the active roll if it is determined that the lack of participation in PPC is not due to mitigating circumstances (including health, school, or military deployment).

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

  • Children’s Classes: Elementary Room 209, Kathie Schellhaas
  • Youth Classes: Kathie Schellhaas
  • College/ Career Class: Room 206,Tom Smith IV
  • Friendship Class: Boswell, Tom Smith III
  • 1 Corinthians Adult Bible Study: Room 204, Larry Oline
  • Creative Friendzy Class:  Room 201,  Patty Burrows

Sunday Envelopes

Our Counters are asking for your help.  Please use your envelopes and note where you would like your donation to go...ie: General Fund, Food Distribution, etc.

This will eliminate any confusion and frustration.

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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