Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

May 2014

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Financial Report
Graduation Sunday
Vacation Bible School
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Praise Kids
If You are a Middle Schooler or a High Schooler...
Young Adult Game Night
The Deacon's Developements
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You

“The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Prisca greet you heartily in the Lord,
with the church that is in their house." (1 Corinthians 16:19)

This verse highlights the amazing growth and spread of the early Church.

As documented in the Book of Acts:

As people heard the Good News of Jesus, they prayed and accepted Him as Savior and Lord, becoming “believers” (Acts 2, 5:14)

As “believers” grew by getting to know and do God’s Word, they became “disciples” who reproduced spiritually by leading others to faith in Jesus and helping them grow to be and make disciples as well (Acts 6:7)

Disciples” were gathered together by the Holy Spirit to be a local family or household of Christians—i.e., a church (Acts 16:5)

Churches” then were started all across the areas we know today as the Middle East and Mediterranean (Acts 19:10)—from “Jerusalem, to Judea and Samaria, even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

Thus the whole BODY of Christ grew and spread, because Jesus did what He promised to do—build His Church! (Matthew 16:18).

The Church, though, is not a building.

Today, if we were to ask the average person on the street in the USA “what is a church?” we would most likely hear it is a house—a place some people go to on Sundays to worship.  While that is true in form, it is not true in substance:  the church is not a building—it is the Body of Christ.

One key reason churches are struggling in the USA today is because we’ve fallen away from the Biblical understanding of church as a household rather than just a house in which to meet.  When that happens, evangelism becomes attractionism:  we “build it so they will come” or “build it better so they will come back.”  Instead of being stewards of our facilities, we become more like managers: cutting budgets instead of developing our gifts; relying on rituals and programs in place of relationships; squabbling over lawn care instead of caring for each other--and we hire staff to take care of it all so we don’t have to!  In the end (and “end” means the decline and death of churches), we can become so preoccupied with being or staying in business (“surviving”), that we miss doing the business Jesus saved and created us for:  i.e., to show and share Him with the world outside of our walls!

I’m concerned that in today’s culture of apathy, if not antipathy, toward Jesus and especially churches, unless we who are believers in and disciples of Jesus repent, and allow the Holy Spirit to renew and remake us—particularly how we understand ourselves and what we do as the Church—we may well miss out on the greatest opportunity ever to bring Jesus to others and bring others to faith in Him, here and around the world!

Looking for, and forward to, that revival in my own life, and in our life together at and as PPC--Jesus’ Church!

In Christ,


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Session Digestcolumns

The Session met on March 25 at 7 p.m. The following items were discussed or acted on.

1. A meeting of the corporation (all the elders) was held to fulfill the requirements of the State of Florida.    All present officers were re-elected.
2. A mission related yard sale was approved. All proceeds will go to support missions.
3. A gift from the Llewellyn estate of $2500. will be used to remove the old TV in the chapel, purchase a new one, and install it.
4. Kay Coletta was received into the membership by a transfer of her membership. She is presently singing in the choir.
5. On April 17 the Session will meet to receive four confirmation candidates.
6. The baptism of Faith Crawford (Carl and Donna's granddaughter) was approved for the 9 a.m. service on May 11.
7. The financial report was approved that showed a year to date positive balance of $9,052.45 in the operating account.

Respectfully submitted,
Larry Oline, Clerk

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Financial Report 

Financial NotesMarch 2014 Financial  Report

Account Name
Balance(as of 3/31/14)
General Fund Checking   $31,850.88
Designated Fund Checking    $23,236.63
BIA Reserve:  
WOC MM $  7,174.43
Gen. Res. MM   $15,492.22
BIA Res. MM    $52,286.71
  Total BIA   $74,953.36
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $68,495.00
PRESCHOOL MM    $50,412.77


OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   +$ 1,957.71  


Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        * +$11,010.16 


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If you did not complete an opportunities form (or haven’t heard from us) and have a desire to help in any of these areas, please call John Odom .

John Odom
Stewardship Ministry Chair

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Graduation Sunday

We Need Your Help to Find All Our 2014 Graduates!

We need information for a brochure for the bulletin…

+Name of person graduating from high school, trade school or college (including December 2013 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, any volunteer or membership at PPC and/or their church, 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 18th. Please contact Laurie Smith,.

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Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School
DATE:  June 9-13, 2014

TIME: 8:30 – 12pm

THEME: Gangway to Galilee – Jesus gives Amazing Grace

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is
not your own doing; it is the gift of God”  Ephesians 2:8

     We are in the planning stage of VBS!
We need to have our teachers and assistance
       in place to assure that we can have a successful VBS.

So please be in prayer on how YOU can help.

If you have any questions, please call Terry Odom (347-5754) 

Aftercare: Noon-5:30pm
Cost:  $50.00 Per Child         
Child should bring a lunch.
Limited to the first 50 children!

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Food Distribution Center  

The center served 242 families, 611 individuals, 8,632 pounds of food in March.  This equals 14.13 pounds per person or .45 pounds per day.  We average 24 new families per month. 

What are we doing when we give out so much food?  The obvious answer is that we are giving the recipients a helping hand, hope, making it a little easier to cope with the issues that they are going through.  Of course it gives the home team joy in knowing that we touched a few lives in the name of Jesus Christ by supplying some of their many needs. 

What are we doing when we give out so much food?  The apostle Paul reminds us in the Book of 2nd Corinthians that we are giving, not because God wants us to give, but for an entirely different reason.  He says that our giving results in thanksgivings to God the Father.  I note here that this is the reason 20 plus people work so hard getting ready for a food pantry and serve the people; the chief end of mankind is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.

I recall that Jesus said that whatever we do for others is being done for Him.  We give money and food to bring God the glory, the honor and the praise.  You and I are able to give because He supplied the seed (money) to the sowers (us).  This is why we thank God for you for providing so much money to feed the hungry; may Jesus Christ be praised.  In Christ Jesus! 

Click here to start helping the Food Distribution Ministry:

Food Distribution Ministry

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Women of the Church


Communion at the Springs – Monday, May 5th at 10:00am

Rachel Circle – Monday, May 5th at 7:00pm  at the home of Arlene Tomin.

Committee Meeting – Tuesday, May 6th at 10:00am in the Boswell Room.

Esther Circle – Tuesday, May 13th at 12:00 noon at T.I. Yacht Club  

Ruth Circle – Tuesday, May 13th at 12:00 noon at T.I. Yacht Club

(This is the last circle meetings until September and Ruth and Esther Circles will meet together for lunch at the Treasure Island Yacht Club on Tuesday, May 13th) 


We are still studying the book entitled “Exploring the Depths of God’s Love” by Charles Stanley.  If you would like to join either of the circles please contact Pat Watts (727-302-0888). It is not a continuous lesson so any month that you would like to join us, we’d love to have you.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped clean the kitchen on Monday, April 28th.  Many hands made the job go quickly.

Please respond “yes” if you are called to ask to help. If you have any suggestions or ideas for future projects and/or events/programs, please contact one of our present committee members: Ann Carney, Cookie Cottrell, Vicki Danz, Pat Drucker, Pat Edgington, Becky McLaughlin, Terry Odom, Alma Oline, Felicia Ragland, Aristeia Sowa or Pat Watts.

“Serve one another in love” (Gal. 5:13) and “Encourage one another” (I Thess. 5:11; Heb. 3:13)

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Peter, an unschooled ordinary man, spoke to thousands of God-fearing Jews from every nation under
heaven in the city of Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. He said, in Acts 2:22-24,

"Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God's set      purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.  BUT GOD raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him."

This is another of the wonderful "But God" verses in the Bible. At this Easter season, praise God for what He has done and is doing.

Thank you for your faith promise pledges to support our missionaries. If you haven't turned in your pledge, please do, so we can plan for missionary support this year.

Larry Oline

Evangemission Chair


Food Distribution Ministry

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Koinonia Ministry

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

ADULTS OF ALL AGES AND STAGES OF LIFE ARE WELCOME SUNDAY NIGHTS FOR BIBLE STUDY.  An evening Bible study in a small, informal group setting is being offered each Sunday from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the
Fellowship Hall.  Tom Smith III is the facilitator of this class.  The study will be the New Testament, especially  Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  PRAISE KIDS is also every Sunday evening.  (See article on Page 9)  Laurie Smith and family have taken the responsibility (with help of others) to keep this an on-going ministry.  Praise God for the blessing of the volunteers involved.  Dave Taylor’s class is being held in Room 201 (the theatre room) upstairs.  Please use the elevator and he has 4 more sessions.  The class begins at 10:15am on “Drive thru History – America”.  This is a DVD presentation.

Terry Odom is the coordinator for VBS the week of June 9-13 from 8:30 – 12:00 noon with aftercare offered these five days.  The theme is Gangway to Galilee.  Registration begins the first week of May for church families and the second week of May for the pre=school families.  If you would like to volunteer the whole week, part of the week or just a day, contact Terry. 

We will have a Mother’s Day brunch (between services) on Sunday, May 11th.  The men will be preparing the brunch for the women – so ladies come and support the men.  We will also be having a brunch on Father’s Day/VBS

Celebration (between services) on Sunday, June 15th.

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

Scripture commands us to be devoted to one another.

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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 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, 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 theentire 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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Praise Kids

Kids age 3 years to 5th grade will encounter Jesus each week through stories, movies, songs, games, arts and crafts, puppet shows, skits and a variety of other activities.  Bible study skills will also be taught.

Parents and other adults have an opportunity to learn, too, in their own class.

6-6:15 p.m.  Snack, Fellowship Hall, kids, parents and adults coming to the Adult Bible Study

6:15-6:30 p.m. Worship and get ready for the weekly Bible lesson. Children and parents and other adults can participate together in Fellowship Hall.

6:30-7:30 p.m., the kids will go upstairs for the Bible story and Bible verse with story telling, games and crafts.
6:30-7:30  p.m. Adults will have their own time in Fellowship Hall to learn about the Bible and how to apply it to their lives. Tom Smith III is the facilitator.

If you have any questions, please call Laurie Smith at .
Hope to see you this Sunday!

Praise Kids will stop for the summer. The last meeting will be Sunday, May 11.

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If You are a Middle Schooler or High Schooler

Come and learn about Jesus and have a good time every Sunday night. Mac Boyd, and Elder and Youth class teacher, leads this group for those who are in middle or high school.

This group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the high school class room. Come and bring friends!

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Library News


People have asked me for years, "Will Jan Karon write any more about Father Tim or Mitford, NC?", referring, of course, to the fictional series sensation she created, beginning in 1994 with the book At Home in Mitford. We now know the answer is "Yes!" September 2, 2014 is the release date of her next book and we will have it. Here is the preview of Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good: The New Mitford Novel, given on Amazon:

"After five hectic years of retirement from Lord’s Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors. While glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing: a pulpit. But when he’s offered one, he decides he doesn’t want it. Maybe he’s lost his passion.

"His adopted son, Dooley, wrestles with his own passion—for the beautiful and gifted Lace Turner, and his vision to become a successful country vet. Dooley’s brother, Sammy, still enraged by his mother’s abandonment, destroys one of Father Tim’s prized possessions. And Hope Murphy, owner of Happy Endings bookstore, struggles with the potential loss of her unborn child and her hard-won business.

"All this as Wanda’s Feel Good Café opens, a romance catches fire through an Internet word game, their former mayor hatches a reelection campaign to throw the bums out, and the weekly Muse poses a probing inquiry: Does Mitford still take care of its own?"           

The AP wrote in February that Ms. Karon has signed up with G.P. Putnam's Sons for "two more installments." Putnam is an imprint of Penguin Random House.

There are over 40 million Mitford and Father Tim novels, children's’ books, and CDs in print. The Mitford Years series ended in 2005. Ms. Karon then continued the Father Tim character in novels in 2007 and 2010. Her website is

Laurie Smith, Librarian

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Young Adult Game Night

FRIDAY May 18, 5:30—8
Educational Wing—2nd floor

Come for a fun night of fellowship with the young adults of PPC! Exact activities and games are yet to be determined (but we usually play video games or board/card games). . .  Feel free to bring suggestions!

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The Deacon's Developements

The Deacon’s Developments

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

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all Comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Please call us with any prayer concerns!
Vicki Danz
Threse Hammond
Terry Odom
Caesar VanArdoy


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Sunday Worship Attendance

  9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
March 30 One Service 82
April 6 67 56 123
April 13 78 53 131
April 17 Maundy Thursday 53
April 20 110 62 172
April 27 63 40 103

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What's New At PPCNews

Monday Crafters

Attention Crafty People! The Monday Crafters are accepting new members.  If you enjoy making things, and enjoy Christian Fellowship, please come to the Fellowship Hall on Mondays from 11am until 2pm.  Bring your lunch and ideas.  Men and Women are welcome.

Important Policy Change

As a result of changes in our staffing, PPC facilities will no longer be open in the evening for meetings or groups on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and all-day on Saturdays.  If your meeting or group is affected by this new policy, you need to contact the church office to reschedule your use of the facilities to Tuesday or Thursday evenings.  If your group can’t change to meet on the nights when PPC is now open, you will need to contact Pastor Carl or find another location.  

Oliver & Company CD

CDs Available in the Office
Cost is $5.00
Cash Please

Racquel Whipple CDS

Radquel Whipple CDs will be available in the office for $5

Contact the church office to place an order

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

  • College/ Career Class: Room 206,Tom Smith IV
  • Friendship Class: Boswell, Tom Smith III
  • Revelation Adult Bible Study: Room 204, Larry Oline
  • Drive Through Christian History in America: Chapel Dave Taylor

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