Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

May 2016

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Gracious Dismissal Update
Financial Report
Stewardship Ministry
Please Join Our Praise Chorus!
The Deacon's Developements
Koinonia Ministry
Food Distribution Ministry
Sunday School Classes
Children of Thika
Sonrise ECLC
Library News
Women of the Church
Graduation Sunday
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

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 go 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  from, with and for Jesus, our living Lord: He isn’t at our “beck and call;” instead, we are and should be at His (2 Cor. 5:15).   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). 

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 worship, 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, make Him known and make disciples (Matthew 24:19)!

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 through us, to many more around us, and around the world!

In Christ,

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Session Digest

The Session met for their regular monthly Stated meeting on March 22, 2016. Listed below are some items that were discussed or voted on.

1. Elder Odom submitted his report as a commissioner to Presbytery on 2/27/2016.
2. Pastor Crawford submitted a Continuing Education Leave report.
3. The financial summaries for January and February were reviewed.

Respectfully submitted, 
Larry Oline, Clerk

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Gracious Dismissal Update

Our PPC Commission met with the Tampa Bay Presbytery AC again on April 21st, continuing negotiations for the terms of our dismissal.  The meetings are confidential, so please do not ask our Commission members for information.  Additional  information will be provided to  everyone as developments warrant.

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Financial Report

 March 2016    Financial  Report

Account Name
Balance(as of 3/31/16)
General Fund Checking   $    44,233.33
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $    91,184.91
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $    69,959.61
PRESCHOOL MM   $    50,665.57
Financial Notes



OPERATING INCOME TOTAL    $   28,212.00*
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   +$    9,190.81* 


Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING INCOME YTD * $  74,600.18*
OPERATING EXPENSE YTD    $  56,553.92*
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        * +$ 18,156.26 *


Deacon’s Fund                                                           $    2,484.67

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

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Stewardship Ministry

God has given us many gifts here at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, and among them

surely are the grounds and buildings that He has given us. Even greater, however, is the gift of   generosity that God has freely distributed to our hearts. We’ve seen this generosity in action at our recent Weeding Day and Work Day, and similar events that have come before. We’ve also seen it in day-to-day work that keeps God’s gifts performing God’s mission. Like David in 1 Chronicles 29:17, I have seen us giving to God joyfully, and I praise and thank Him for enabling us to do that. Let us be grateful and praise Him for His goodness!

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair

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Please Join our Praise Chorus!

If you enjoy singing and would like to join with others singers helping to lead our worship, our PRAISE CHORUS would love to have you! 

Reading music is not necessary but would be helpful.

Practice is on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30p.m. and Sundays (when singing) at 8:15a.m. For information, call Carol Pilkington.

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The Deacon's Developements

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

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you”        1 Peter 5:6-7


God loves you and so do we!!

Please call us!
Barbara Gonzalez
Larry Hendry
Julie Gull
Michelle Loy
Threse Hammond
Terry Odom


Please remember The Dollars for Deacons Offering Envelopes in the Sanctuary

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Koinonia Ministry

Scripture commands us to be devoted to one another.   Romans 12:10 states, “Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves”. NIV

“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.

Koinonia Ministry met April 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Parents Night Out has been scheduled for Saturday, May 7th  from 6-9 pm.

Sunday Funday was April 17th when the youth held a spaghetti dinner for the congregation.  We had about 50 attend the dinner and a luscious dinner was served by our youth to show appreciation to our congregation for their support of our youth program.

Coming up in May – May 8th Mother’s Day, the youth will be in charge of the service that day.

Praise Kids/Youth will meet Sunday evenings (the Fun Day Sundays they do not meet) from 6:00-7:30 pm, gathering in the Fellowship Hall for snacks and fellowship and then go to different classes.   Volunteers are always needed Sunday evenings and if you are interested you can contact Laurie Smith @.  

Members of our Koinonia Ministry are: Cookie Cottrell, Vicki Danz, Gina Driggers, Ruth Gey, Sandy Moore, Terry Odom, Alma Oline, Shirley Phillips, Laurie Smith, Dave Taylor and Pat Watts.

Pat Mancini, Chairperson

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Food Distribution Ministry

Served 296 families (36 new families), which is 1071 individuals, 13,516 pounds of food, which is equal to #6 3/4 tons of food.

Kind of mind staggering when one thinks about it.  You need to know that it is even more so when we talk with people who tell us that we made the difference between them having a roof over their heads or no food on the table.  We have people come to the pantry, who work and spend most of what they make on housing.  I would also point out that most of the people who come are highly appreciative.

A growing number of food recipients are helping distribute the food on Saturdays.  Some of them are coming and packing bags, others carry them.  We have young people handing out numbers, both from our church and from the recipients of God’s blessings.  The food pantry has been blessed several times by people who used our services, had a financial blessing, and gave back to the ministry of the pantry.

May God bless. keep and protect each of you;
Your Food Distribution Team!

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Sunday School Classes

¨ Breakfast With Jesus: Teacher: Larry Oline at 8:30a in Fellowship Hall
¨ College/Career Class: Teacher: Tom Smith IV at 11a in Fellowship Hall                   

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God created us so that there would be a group of people who would give Him the glory He deserves. A rebellion began in the Garden of Eden, yet God set out to redeem sinners. By His marvelous sovereign wisdom, He called back people who rebelled against Him to a place where they could give Him glory. His goal in salvation is to bring believers to glory and let Christ stand as the preeminent One, receiving worship and praise forever.

Now do you understand why you were saved? It wasn’t just to keep you out of hell or to make you happy. The ultimate reason God is conforming us to Christ’s image is so we will be able to give glory to the One who is most glorious.

That Christ is “the firstborn among many brethren” is a beautiful thought. Christ didn’t have to make us His brothers. He could have made us His servants. He didn’t have to bring us into His family, but He did. Even though God wants us to glorify Him and His Son, He also desires intimacy with us. He is redeeming us to be one in essence with Himself. We are brothers and sisters of Christ!

God gives us joy, peace, and a future in heaven. Those are all elements of His grace to sinners. But it’s not our happiness or our holiness that is the apex of the divine purpose—it is glorifying the Son. Christ is the central point of redemptive history, not you. Therefore, if God saved you, He will glorify you to fulfill His purpose in bringing you to salvation. God’s plans don’t get thwarted. If they did, He wouldn’t be God.

So the purpose of salvation is to conform us to the image of Christ so we can forever exalt the One who is over us.

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Children of Thika

The children in Thika supported by Jan's Mission are on school break, but they will continue to go to school for special tutoring.  Poor kids.  Fortunately, they enjoy school and take learning seriously.  There's no TV or video games at home to entertain them, so they have more fun at school playing with

Two of our children left the house in the middle of the night on March 1st and have not been found yet.  Little Mary, supported by Pat Watts, is only eight years old but was lured away by one of our teenage boys.  The mission director continues to search Thika and outlying villages, talking with street families and handing out flyers with photos of our two children.  We will now offer a reward for information as to the children's whereabouts. We are very concerned and ask for your prayers.



Sonrise ECLC

It has been a wonderful year full of laughter, sharing, and learning. The parents did a tremendous job with our spring raffle and auction. They raised $4,100 and had a lot of fun.

The money will be used to paint the classrooms which have not been painted in ten years, as well as some playground repairs and upgrades.

A big thank you to the hospitality committee of Pasadena who did a wonderful job serving the desserts.  What a wonderful gift you are to the preschool ministry.

The last day of school is Friday June 3rd.  Graduation will take place at 12:00 on this day.  We have families who have been with us for 10 years, and their youngest children are graduating this year! We will miss them and all of the children who will be moving on. 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.

Our VPK classrooms are full with a wait list. Our two and three year old classes still have some openings.

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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Library News


Recently the late Chuck Colson  received the William Wilberforce award which honors men and women who make a difference against social ills, combat injustice and serve as an exemplary witness for Christ, as Wilberforce did. As John Stonestreet noted in Breakpoint Daily, an email column and radio commentary,, Colson would have resisted being nominated for this award “because he was one of the humblest men I ever knew.”

Colson “spent 30 years…traveling to the world’s darkest places to bring Gospel hope to prisoners. He fought tirelessly for criminal justice reform.” Stonestreet continues, “But he shrank from praise…(b)ecause Chuck knew he was vulnerable to the greatest of sins: Pride.” His talents had brought him to high offices quickly in his life and, as he said, pride blinded him.

In 1976, when a friend read Colson a chapter on pride from C.S.Lewis’ book Mere Christianity,  he realized his sin and gave his life to Christ. Colson has said, “A proud man is always walking through life looking down on other people and other things ... As a result, he cannot see something above himself  immeasurably superior-God.”

Colson’s “books—Born Again, How Now Shall We Live?, Loving God—challenged millions to take seriously the lordship of Jesus as the grounding of a truly Christian worldview,”  Stonestreet notes.

“Ten years ago …, Chuck said this: “As I think about my life, the beginning of the prison ministry, our work in the justice area, our international ministry that reaches one hundred countries, and the work of BreakPoint, I have come to appreciate the doctrine of providence. God's divine intervention orchestrates the lives of His children to accomplish His good purposes.

“And that,” Chuck said, “leads to the greatest joy I've found in life.  . . . to see how God has used my life to touch the lives of others, people hurting and in need.”

Laurie Smith, librarian

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Women of The Church


Communion at the Springs – Monday, May 2nd at 10:00 a.m.

Committee Meeting – Tuesday, May 3rd at 10:00 the Boswell Room

Rachel Circle – Monday, May 9th at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Pat Watts

Sarah Circle – Tuesday, May 10th at 12:00 p.m. at the O’Bistro Restaurant 

Just a reminder of things not to do but how to be: Be prayerful, Be trustful, Be obedient, Be forgiving, Be faithful and finally Be a follower of Jesus. 

Remember this thought – what’s important about this new year is not what is ahead of us but Who is ahead of us.                       

As you notice, we have one day circle and one evening circle. This is not like a club – all women of Pasadena Presbyterian Church are invited to come to either of the circle meetings. We have Bible study, fellowship and light refreshments. We do have a budget for each calendar year and your offerings help us to contribute to the missions that we support, local and foreign. There is a copy of our budget for 2016 on our bulletin board in the hallway to the Boswell (or Patio). If you want more details regarding Women of the Church, please contact Pat Watts (727-302-0888).

 “Serve one another in love” (Gal. 5:13) and “Encourage one another”

(I Thess. 5:11; Heb. 3:13)

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June 13-17
BARNYARD ROUNDUP…Jesus Gathers Us Together!
THEME VERSE:   “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want”  Psalm 23:1

Registration begins May 1st, and will be available here.

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Graduation Sunday


PPC will be honoring our graduates at the service on June 26th. Once again we are creating a brochure showcasing them in the announcements sheet. Here is what we need:

  • First and last names of person graduating from high school, trade school or college (including Summer & December 2015 graduates)
  • What the degree is (high school diploma; master’s, bachelor of science, etc.); name of school; city and state the school is in
  • Major and minor, if applicable  
  • Your name; their relationship to you and their parents’ names; city and state the graduate calls home
  • Honors, awards, sports, clubs, interests, hobbies, any volunteering; membership or volunteering at PPC and/or their church
  • Future plans
  • A good-quality photo (may be emailed)

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

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

Deadline is Sunday, May 29th. Please contact Laurie Smith

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Sunday Worship Attendance


April 3 79
April 10 90
April 17 63
April 24 64

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What's New At PPCNews

Thank You

I want to thank everyone that helped me meet and pass my Silver Award goal and for providing supplies and money for donations. My goal was 50 necessity bags and I received 150. Thank you for your support!

I especially want to thank Pastor Carl, Threse Hammond, Barb Hendry and Laurie Smith for their help.

Amanda Nottoli

Facility Use Notice

PPC facilities are not ordinarily open in the evening for meetings or groups on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and all-day on Saturdays.  If your meeting or group is affected by this new policy, you need to contact the church office to reschedule your use of the facilities to Tuesday or Thursday 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.  

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.


We try to stay on top of prayer requests and concerns.  If you know of someone who is ill in our church family, please let the office know.  Even if the office is closed you can still leave a voice mail.  If you have a pastoral emergency, you can always leave a voice mail at the Manse at 727-368-5588.
In the event that Pastor Carl is on vacation, we always record the substitute’s name and telephone number on our outgoing voice mail message. Thank you for your help.

Please Help Keep God's Facilities Nice!

Please do not put paper flyers or announcements on the walls! We have bulletin boards for our various ministries and groups to use to post items. If you need something posted, please check with the appropriate ministry or group or the church office.

Thanks for keeping God's facilities nice!

Dollars for Deacons Fund

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

Collect Aluminum Cans

Please bring in your  aluminum soda cans (rinsed) and put them in the blue recycling bin,   opposite the church kitchen door, as you come in to the Fellowship Hall. These cans will be sold to a salvage business and the money will go toward our youth ministries.  Thank you!

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.
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  • Newsletter articles should be titled with ministry, month and year ie, “Library February 2016”.

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