Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

May 2013

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Financial Report
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Fellowship Ministry
Antioch Youth
Children's Church
Praise Kids
Parent's Night Out
Family Connection
Stewardship Ministry
Deacon's Corner
2013 VBS
Graduation Sunday
Youth and Young Adult Game Night
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You

“You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord:  live as children of light

9for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth;

 10 and find out what pleases the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:8-10)

How would anyone know you or I are Christians?

--Because they saw us going to Church?  (Was that just on Easter, Christmas or for a funeral?)

--Because we have “Honk if you love Jesus” bumper stickers and fish symbols on our cars?

--Because we carry a New Testament in our purse, and a “Come to Jesus” tract in our shirt pocket?

--Because we help build houses for the homeless, fill grocery bags with food for the hungry, and donate our old used clothing for the needy?

--Because we smile at everybody and say “God bless you” when people sneeze?

While some of that is certainly fine and good, it probably isn’t what the Bible means and describes as being a true believer in Jesus Christ.

The Ephesians passage (above) points out that living as a Christian is, first and foremost, living a new, transformed and transforming life:  we were, before and without Jesus,  in “darkness” which includes living under the influence of sin and without a true love-life with and for God; now, having repented of our sins, and having prayed to accept Jesus as Savior and received Him into our lives as Lord, we are now “light in the Lord”—Jesus lights up our lives and shines through in every area, always, like a lighthouse shines and points the way to safety for others!

Am I living a life like that? Am I living an authentic Christian life?

Ephesians challenges us to consider how our lives “consist of all goodness, righteousness and truth”—three pretty comprehensive and compelling words that we could make mean almost anything, according to our own individual standards and personal preferences.  That’s why, though, Jesus is and sets the standard—these words describe His life and tell us how our lives are to genuinely, winsomely and compellingly point to Him!

--“Goodness” isn’t so much about us being “goody-goodies” or “good enough” to qualify and get into heaven, as it is showing Jesus is good (the best!) and how He lived, the good He did, even His death for our sins and rising again to beat sin, death and evil--that is the nature and character of our new life with and in Him.

--“Righteousness” isn’t that I make myself right with God, but I trust in Jesus to do that; AND because I do, He helps me live right, and get right with others!  (That’s called “reconciliation”—see 2nd Cor. 5:18ff).

--“Truth” isn’t what I or the majority or the world decides and calls “true:”  it is who Jesus is, and what He says in His Word—the Bible:  “Your Word is Truth!” (John 17:17).

Jesus is the standard—and it is our calling, challenge, privilege and responsibility as believers in Him, and those in whom He lives, to “find out what pleases the Lord” and do it—live it.

When and as we do, the result is others will come to know and live with and for Him, too;

--That’s when we will know we are living an authentic Christian life:  life where Jesus shows, shines in and is shared through us!

In Christ,     


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Session Digestcolumns

March 19, 2013

The Session held its regular Stated Meeting on March 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Boswell room.  Meeting was called to order with a reading from Colossians 3:12-17 and prayer.

The following items were presented and acted on:
1.Motion was made for approval of Leslie Hughes to preach and lead services on May 19th.
2. By consent it was agreed to reconvene Tuesday March 26th.
Meeting was adjourned at 11:30 p.m. with prayer.  Kathie Schellhaas, Clerk pro tem

March 26, 2013

The Session held a meeting at 7:00 p.m. to continue business from March 19th, in the Boswell room. 

The following items were presented and acted on:
1. Motion was made and carried to adopt the revised 2013 budget that includes a 3% reduction
for all staff with the exception of the Nursery worker, effective at the next pay period, and an informational letter sent to the congregation.
2. Motion was made and carried that the Church Van will be sold with the stipulated value of at least $10,000.  UPDATE:  the van was sold for $15,000 on April 19th—PTL!!!
3. Motion was made and carried that a Congregational Meeting be called for the purpose of voting on a 3% reduction in the Pastor’s salary.
4. Motion was made and carried that a Fellowship Luncheon will be served April 14th after the Congregational meeting.
Meeting was adjourned with praise and prayers at 9:25 p.m.  Kathie Schellhaas, Clerk pro tem

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Financial Report 

March 2013 Financial  Report

The Financials for  March show actual income $ 21,398.45 with expenses of $ 23,870.79 leaving us +$ in the red $2,472.34

Actual Income   $ 47,525.04
Actual Expenses $ 54,044.85
Red -$-6,519.81

Financial Notes

PPC Foundation *
Pasadena Foundation $ 27,848.71

Cash Available    Checking Account Balance      $ 14,153.33
Cash Reserves    General Reserve MM              $ 15,330.23
Total Cash         (Checking Acct Bal. & MM)    $ 29,483.56

*Values fluctuate with the stock market

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Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 the following to the church in Corinth. He was also writing Pasadena Presbyterian Church. He wrote, "But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?" God chooses to spread the sweet fragrance of the knowledge and understanding of Jesus through each of us through what we do and say. It is the same fragrance to everyone. But some will not respond and will be

separated from God. Some will respond and will have eternal life in abundance with God. Who is equal to this task? Do you feel competent in your own self efforts to do this? It can not be done through our self efforts. It is God's Spirit in us that makes us competent and able. In 1 Corinthians 3:5 it says, "Not that we are competent in ourselves, but our competence comes from God."

Thanks for making the recent Missions Conference a success. We are grateful for your participation. Our faith promise total for supporting our missionaries to date with 29 pledges is $26,492. This amount is almost the same as last year. If you have not turned in a faith promise, please do so. We will publish a list of our supported missionaries after we meet. Select one and pray for them.

Larry Oline, Evangemission Chair

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Food Distribution Center  

The need for food continues to be one of the major needs in this country.  Your Food Distribution ministered to 172 households in March which represents 416 individuals.  We gave out 6,616 pounds of food, which is equal to 3 long tons.

The greatest need that the people have who visit us is found in the lyrics of a song that George Beverly Shay made famous, “People Need the Lord.”  We continue to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with people who think they are saved but don’t know if they are, but hope they are Christians.  The Holy Spirit continues to draw people to the 123 house for physical and spiritual food.  One person was set free from being in bondage for most of her life.  Another lady is convinced that her mother was healed.  People have studied the Word of God with us and other people have begun to talk about the Lord openly. 

Please pray for more funds and food.  We are in need of another freezer, either upright or a chest one.  Workers are needed to help us
during the month of May when many of the women will be away on the VDC weekend. 

I am reminded of Jesus’ command to the disciples to pray to the Lord of the Harvest for laborers.  The harvest is ripe and the laborers are few in number.  If you can help us out, give Larry Hendry or Pastor Bob a call, or leave a message for us at the church office. 

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Women of the ChurchPresbyterian Women

Monday, May 6th  @ 10:00 am                        Communion at the Springs
Tuesday, May 7th  @ 10:00 am                        Council Meeting in Boswell
Monday, May 13th  @ 7:00 pm                               Rachel Circle – Home of  Barb Sentelle
Tuesday, May 14th @ 12:00 noon                        Esther Circle – T.I. Yacht Club
Tuesday, May 14th  @ 12:00 noon                         Ruth Circle –  Home of Jan Smead

Circles meet from September through May and will be doing 12 studies on Daniel (Spiritual Living in a Secular World) by Douglas Connelly.  If anyone would like to join a circle, or if you would like to make one of your own at a different time, please contact me @727-302-0888 or my cell @727-656-8513.

SATURDAY –APRIL 27th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall we had a “Spring Clean-out Rummage Sale”.  Women of the Church cooperated with the Fellowship Ministry.   A light lunch was available from 11:00 am to closing for $4.00.  Proceeds from this sale is going toward the Trinidad Ministry team.  More information on the proceeds, etc. will be forthcoming in the June issue of our newsletter.

SATURDAY – MAY 4TH  -  WOC BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.  Gathering will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel.  John Morgan from Metropolitan Ministries will be our guest speaker.  Salad luncheon and style show to follow in the Fellowship Hall.  Bring canned goods and non-perishable items for PPC Food Distribution Center.  This is open to all members and friends of PPC.  Men and women are encouraged to attend.

We are winding down for our regular season but be watching for some new and exciting things to be on the agenda for the coming year.

 “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. 

In Christ’s Love,
Patricia Watts, Chairperson

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Fellowship Ministry

SATURDAY – APRIL 27, 2013 the Rummage Sale was held in the Felowship Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  A light lunch, consisting of hot dog, chips and drink for a price of $4.00 was served from 11:00 a.m. to closing.  Proceeds from this sale will be going to the Trinidad Ministry team.  Proceeds, etc. will be published in the June newsletter.

Our ministry continues to help, when we are able, with the Parent’s Night Out gatherings – the next one being May 18th  from 6:00-9:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  We can always use more help! 

SATURDAY – MAY 4, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. we will co-host with Women of the Church the WOC Birthday Celebration.  John Morgan from
Metropolitan Ministries will be our guest speaker during our program in the Chapel.  After the program we will go to the Fellowship Hall for a salad luncheon and a style show.  This is open to all church members and friends – male and female.  The Women of the Church will be personally handing out invitations to this event.

Fellowship Ministry now meets the first Monday of every month in the Fellowship Hall at 2:00 p.m.  If you are interested in joining this ministry we welcome you and any suggestions you might have.  Our next meeting will be Monday, May 6th and  the one in June will be on the 3rd.

“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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We have had a terrific time in April learning about farms. We learned about the animals God has given to us and even had   real farm animals come to the school! We planted seeds and watched them grow into flowers and vegetables. We are 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, and even have MOSI  come to visit us and give a sea life presentation! We are having a parent t appreciation breakfast in May 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 May 30th.  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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Antioch Youth News

Our Youth has partnered with K-Life of St. Petersburg.  Here is a description of K-Life taken from the K-Life website,  Please visit the K-Life website for updated calendar and event information.

High School K-Life:  Meets the following Mondays – May 6, 13  — 7:00—8:15 PM

                                                Friday, May 3 — 9:00—11:00 PM

Middle School K-Life:  Meets the following Tuesdays – May 7, 14  – 7:00 – 8:15PM
YOUTH GAMES NIGHT – Sunday,  May 5,  4:30 – 7:00 PM – PPC Upstairs Classrooms — Dinner provided

“How can a young man keep his way pure?  By living according to your word.”

Psalm 119:9

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Children's Church            

The children continue to grow in their faith through Bible stories about the life of Jesus, including his ascension and the Holy Spirit. Children’s Church is a worship service designed specifically for children in preschool through grade 5.  The children are dismissed from the Sanctuary each Sunday during the 9:00 AM service, with the exception of Communion Sunday.

“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God boldly.”

Acts 4:31

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Praise Kids

Praise Kids
Praise Kids is held on
Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:00.

 Praise Kids is a discipleship ministry for children in Preschool through 5th grade. 

5/1 — God’s Family Grows
5/8 — A Lame Man Walks Again
POT LUCK DINNER IN FELLOWSHIP HALL                                                                    

The children grow closer in their relationships with Jesus through
Bible stories, games, and arts and crafts.

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Library News


One of the longest running Christian series for teens is the Christy Miller series and its spinoffs, by Robin Jones Gunn. She began writing the first Christy Miller book following a youth group trip she chaperoned. The girls were camped at the beach but wanted to be in the tent, reading. While that sounds good, Gunn thought that they were reading books with poor morals and situations. So, she set about to write one that was something they would want to read but that was about Christian girls facing real life. She had her church girls critique every chapter. It took two years to write it this way, but it has sold millions, all over the world.

Up until then, as a mother of young children, Gunn had only written a children's series called Mrs. Rosey Posey. But her book for teens became popular and she ended up writing 12 books in the Christy Miller series. That series has been republished several times. She said in an interview that she always prays to God for direction on what to write next and, later, felt He wanted her to write a series on Christy Miller's friend, Sierra Jensen (also 12 books).  Then, there was a single book called Departures which slightly overlaps the two series, taking place one summer when both girls take vacation trips. It has mini novels for Christy and Sierra and one mini novel by another writer, in one volume.

But, fans wanted to know if Christy married longtime friend Todd, so she wrote the Christy and Todd The College Years series of three books. Christy's best friend, Katie Weldon, recently received a series of her own.

But wait, there's more: Gunn's stand-alone books for women, in which other characters from these series pop up (but you don't have to know them to enjoy the books) include Love Finds You in Sunset Beach Hawaii and Cottage By the Sea, both with some of Sierra's continued story, though the latter is more about other women characters; and Canary Island Song (Todd's dad is in it).

Gunn has written 82 books, Wikipedia says, including a series for adults, Sisterchicks. Our library has Sisterchicks on the Loose and Sisterchicks in Gondolas.

Laurie Smith

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Parent's Night Out

WHEN:  Saturday,  May 18

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 provided for all children.  Snack provided.  No charge.

Contact Leslie Hughes,, for additional information.

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Family Connection

Every Wednesday, 6:30 PM,  Fellowship Hall

Family Connection is a family worship time designed specifically for parents and children.

Followed by adult Bible study from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in Fellowship Hall

Nursery care available for children not yet in preschool.

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Stewardship Ministry

Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)

3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

Please take a moment to enjoy the new flowers around the Cross Tower, the Celebration Garden, the rose garden and the courtyard.  A special thank you to Laurie Smith, the Monday Morning Crafters and the others who donated the flowers and their time to spruce up the grounds and plant the beautiful flowers.”

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Deacon's Corner 

Please Remember The Dollars For Deacons Envelopes In the Sanctuary

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Graduation Sunday

We Need Your Help to Find All Our 2013 Graduates!

WE NEED  information for a brochure for the bulletin…

+Name of person graduating from high school, trade school or college (including December 2012 graduates); city and state the school is in; city and state they live in. Don’t worry about how it is worded, it will be rewritten to fit the brochure style.

+Name of school, degree, honors, awards, sports, clubs, interests, hobbies, future plans; write the person’s relationship 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 20th. Please contact Laurie Smith, 544-7237.

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2013 VBS

2013 VBS  JUNE 10—14

4/14 — VBS Online registration form available on church website

5/5 —   VBS Aftercare and PPC Camp registration open for PPC members

VBS Volunteer Training/Luncheon, 12:15 PM

5/13 & 5/14 — VBS Aftercare and PPC Camp registration for preschool families, 9:00 AM

5/22 — VBS Volunteer Training, 7 PM

6/2 — VBS Volunteer Commissioning

6/9 — VBS Setup

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Youth and Young Adult Game Night

SUNDAY, May 5, 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Upstairs Classrooms

Dinner served

  • Games that appeal to everyone
  • Fun and fellowship!
  • Board games, video games
  • Ping pong, foosball
  • You don’t have to be an expert gamer to participate!

Sunday Worship Attendance

  9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
March 31  134 58 192
April 7 53


April 14 Single Service 94
April 21 70 42 112

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What's New At PPCNews

Church Facility Usage & Harmless Agreement

If you have a group that is not a ministry of the church and you would like to use the facility, you must come into the office for a copy of the Guidelines  for Outside Users of Church Facilities and sign the Church Facility Usage and Hold Harmless Agreement.

We have been instructed that this is imperative by our insurance company.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

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 February 2012”.

Sunday School Schedule

  • Elementary: Fellowship Hall, Leslie Hughes
  • Youth: Fellowship Hall, Leslie Hughes
  • College/ Career Class: Room 206,Tom Smith IV
  • Friendship Class: Boswell, Tom Smith III
  • 1 Corinthians Adult Bible Study: Room 204, Pastor Bob
  • Fruit of the Spirit:  Chapel, Debbie Saathoff 
  • Tested By Fire: Room 201, Patti Burrows

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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