Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

May 2018

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Financial Report
Stewardship Ministry
Food Distribution Ministry
The Deacon's Developements
Praise Kids
Sunday School
Please Join Our Praise Chorus
Sonrise ECLC
Koinonia Ministry
Library News
Women of the Church
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

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

  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 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 Digest

The Session met on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 for a stated meeting. The following information was discussed and/or acted on.

1. Two Elders, Gene Hammond and Tom Smith IV, volunteered and were elected to the 2018-19 Nominating Committee.

2. Elder Hammond reported that a buyer may be interested in purchasing two vacant lots on  Burlington Ave N and building on them. Elder Hammond will keep us informed.

3. Pastor Carl asked each of the elders a question, which each of them responded. The question was, “If you could only do one thing as ministry personally and with passion here for Jesus, what would it be?” The answers had to be specific (what, how, where, and who if it involved more that just them). The answers needed to include a time-frame, and the goal or what they hope to accomplish.

4. We reviewed the minutes of a congregational meeting on March 11, 2018; minutes of a called meeting of the Session to welcome Linda Bellingar as a covenant partner on March 25, 2018 by reaffirmation of her faith in Christ; Minutes of a March 1, 2018 Koinonia Ministry report; and a financial report as of February 28, 2018.

5. Pastor Carl shared an update on the TULIP group. Because of upcoming treatments for cancer, Pastor Gary had to resign as their leader. TULIP will continue to meet with lay leaders preaching on Sundays at least for now.

6. The next stated meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on April 24, 2018 at the Olive Garden restaurant with regular business being conducted by evote.

Larry Oline, Clerk of Session

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Financial Report

March   2018    Financial  Report

Account Name
General Fund Checking   $  13,174.42
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $  53,250.16
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  23,596.16
PRESCHOOL MM   $  20,825.09


OPERATING INCOME TOTAL    $   unavailable
OPERATING EXPENSE TOTAL    $   unavailable
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   $   unavailable
Financial Notes

Deacon’s Fund                                                   $   2,747.81

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

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Stewardship Ministry

“Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.” (Psalm 90:12)

I’ve had many chances to praise God as I’ve seen His people here cheerfully working and donating towards His work and the care of the good things He gives us. Let’s remember to continue being good stewards of our time. It’s one of the good gifts God has given us, and we want to use it well. Let’s consider what God would teach us through the psalm above. We’ll honor God through what we do with our lives.

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair    

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Food Distribution Ministry

In April, your Food Distribution ministry provided 5,200 lbs. of food for 192 families composed of 522 individuals.

Every month we are blessed to meet 20-25 new families.  Pat Mancini and Jan Hinkle follow up with phone calls to welcome the families, invite them to our church, and offer to pray with them.

This past Saturday we offered the Salvation or Re-dedication prayer to almost 200 families which Pastor Carl prayed with us on two Sundays. Just think how many more people may see the prayer that either plants the seed or results in someone receiving Jesus as their personal Savior! Pastor Bob and our food    distribution guests  read the prayer together during opening  Saturday morning.  

Another great praise came that afternoon when Linda, a new guest, accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior!

We are so blessed that the Lord has given us this opportunity to serve Him and bring Him glory, honor, and praise !

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The Deacon's Developements

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

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of
unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth
you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Romans 15:5-6


God loves you and so do we!!
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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Praise Kids and Youth Group

The Praise Kids and youth/young adult events are usually every Sunday during the school year, 3 to 5 p.m.. The afternoon begins with snacks and then the age groups are separated and each class is taught an age-appropriate Bible lesson.

They use several ways to teach the Bible stories and Bible verses to the elementary class. They play active games and make crafts as well as listening to the Bible story. Heather Smith is in charge of the story presentation and games and Laurie Smith plans and teaches the crafts.

The Middle/High school class currently is reading The Story, a chronological organization of the Bible. Gina Driggers and Mac Boyd are the leaders. They often do different things like going out to eat, or to a movie, Winter Jam (the Christian concert), etc. The preschool class hears a Bible lesson geared to their abilities and plays games, especially ones which help bring the lesson or the week’s Bible verse home to them. Nancy Nottoli is their teacher.

Check out facebook at or email

Laurie Smith

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Sunday School

Breakfast With Jesus Teacher: Larry Oline

8:30am in Fellowship Hall

(Bible Study)

Come have breakfast with us at 8:30am and stay to study God’s Word at 8:45am. Class ends at 9:45am to give you plenty of time to get to the sanctuary for Worship at 10:00am.

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Please Join Our Praise Chorus

PRAISE CHORUS Is recruiting.

Rehearsals are on Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm in the sanctuary. Beginner singers are welcome!  See Carol Pilkington for details.

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Sonrise ECLC

God is doing amazing things in the preschool!  Our auction raised over $7,000 to renovate the playground. That is such a wonderful blessing.  Thank you to all the church members who helped support our auction by making donations or buying raffle tickets.  Thank you to Leslie Hughes for all her work with the auction committee and for doing our sound.  Thank you to the koinonia ministry for serving the families that attended the event.  Everything was so beautiful and well done.  Our next step is to form a playground committee so that we can best decide how to use the money! 

In our classrooms, we have been learning about all God’s creatures.  We have been watching the life cycles of both lady bugs and butterflies.  Soon we are going to release them to fly away but it has been so much fun watching them change.  
It is hard to believe that this year is coming to a close!  We are getting ready to practice for our pre-k graduation.  One change this year is that the preschool is offering 7 weeks of summer camp.  Our summer camp starts June 11th and runs through July 27th.  We are looking forward to having a lot of fun this summer!

Shirley McLeod, Director

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The Kiss of Life

This is a place where people can come as they are.
We don’t pretend to have it all together, and we don’t expect you to either! No matter where you are in your spiritual journey, you are welcome here. This is a place for people to explore their faith, grow in their relationship to God, and connect with others.
When you walk through our doors, you can expect someone to say “Hello!” Kids will have a safe and fun time learning about God and His love for them and there will be a few ways for you to find what the Bible has to say about real life. Maybe something new to apply to your life.

We hope you’ll be encouraged, knowing you’re not alone. Maybe you’ll stay awhile—grab a coffee or enjoy some food, get to know other people. Take a step in your journey of faith.  Find out what God has planned for your life.

How would you feel about being a part of this?  If you would be interested in creating a place like this please let me know.  It will take a lot of work, faith, prayer and sacrifice.  Do you really want it? Do you really believe our church could make a difference in people’s lives?  If so please let me know. I’ll be waiting to hear from you. 

Gene Hammond

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Library News


The Acts of Faith Book Series by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke  presents characters in the times of the Book of Acts. As a weblog of Elizabeth Campbell Books explains, “The stories are full of characters readers of Acts will recognize, but the stories are centered on the lives of everyday people who are drawn into the early community of believers and whose lives are directly affected by the events described in the New Testament book.”

She continues, “There is a lot more to these novels than a good story, though. I found that they made me think about Acts from a different angle. And the stories really made me think about my own faith and walk with God. The characters are believable and the problems they face are problems that readers can readily identify with, despite the fact that nearly 2000 years have passed since events at the crux of the novels.”

Thanks to a generous donor the library now owns the three-book series: The Centurion’s Wife, The Hidden Flame and The Damascus Way.

Laurie Smith, librarian

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Women of The Church


   WOC Committee Meeting-Tuesday, May 1st @ 10:00am

   CWU May Friendship Day – Friday, May 4th @ 9:30am (see information on

   WOC Bulletin Board)

   WOC Communion at the Springs–Monday, May 7th at 9:45am

   Rachel Circle Meeting–Monday, May 7th @ 7:00pm at the home of Ann Carney.  

   Sarah Circle – Tuesday, May 9th @ 12:00 noon at the home of Aristeia Sowa.

We have one day circle (that meets either at 12 noon or 1:00 p.m.) and one evening circle (that meets either at 6:30 or 7:00 p.m.). This is not like a club – all women of Pasadena Presbyterian Church are invited to come to either of the circle meetings. They are open to all women. 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. If you want more details regarding Women of the Church, please contact Pat Watts for further information.




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VBS Planning

PLEASE, Contact Terry Odom if interested

VBS 2018, JUNE 4 - 8 Registration Dates:

Dear Parent,
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is coming!  The dates are June 4-8, 8:30AM – 12 noon. ONLINE REGISTRATION IS HERE!

This year’s VBS is available free of charge. We request donations from those who feel led to give. 

Please DO NOT use this form if you want AFTERCARE. Because of the fee, aftercare registration must be done using the physical form. If you want the printable version of this form to turn in, click here and bring the form to the church office.A registration table will be set up in the hallway outside the church office.  Payment for aftercare is required at registration. The fee for after care is $75.00/week/child.  This fee is used to support the program, including certified child care fees. Aftercare for your child will be available on a first-come first-served basis to the first thirty children. Please pack a lunch for your child if they are attending aftercare.

It is the responsibility of the parents to check all of the snacks prior to the first day of school. If your child has any food allergies, please make arrangements for an inspection with Terry Odom at .

We look forward to another Christ-filled week with your child.

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We Need Your Help Finding All Our 2018 Graduates (and June through December 2017 ones, too)!

We need information for a brochure to be included in the announcement sheet:

+Name of person graduating from high school, trade school or college (including August and December 2017 graduates); city and state the school is in; city and state they live in; their relation to you and the parents’ names.

+ Name of school, degree, honors, awards, sports, clubs, interests, hobbies, any volunteer work or membership at PPC and/or their church, future plans.

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

+A good-quality photo (may be emailed)

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

+Please contact Laurie Smith (leave message) or the church office.

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Boxtops for Education

Box Tops for Education are being collected by Pasadena PC WOC to give to Rawlings Elementary in St. Petersburg.

Although the  program started out by collecting tops from General Mills cereal boxes, the “clips” now can be found on hundreds of items such as paper products, produce, office supplies, household cleaners, frozen and refrigerated items, waste bags, tableware and snacks and other items. Check for a list of products you can find them on and coupons to use.

Cut them or tear them off the products  (it does not have to be neatly done) and bring them to church. The collection basket is the same one used for postage stamps (in the hall near the patio).

The Box Tops for Education program donates 10 cents a symbol for each one the school collects.

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The bakers in the church will be busy again this May!
A bake sale silent auction will be held May 6 before and after church to raise money for the Youth Group to do some special events. Please let Vicki Danz or Laurie Smith know what you will be bringing for sale.
Don’t forget to come bid to buy the special goodies, too!

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Sunday Worship Attendance


April  1    98 (Easter) 
April  8       81     
April 15   78 
April 22      72 

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What's New At PPCNews

Emails to the Church

If you are attempting to contact us at PPC, please make sure you are using the correct email address for us  as  listed in the  weekly Flyer. If you send an email to us, but do not receive a reply, please call the OFFICE.
If you are not receiving emails from us, please make sure we have YOUR current email address.


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.

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 eveningsuntil 8:30pm.  If your group can’t change to meet on the nights when PPC is now open, you will need to   contact Pastor Carl to get keys and codes —you will be responsible for locking up and setting the alarm—or find another location off site.  

Please Help Keep God's Facilities Nice!




Dollars for Deacons Fund

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

Change of Address

If your address or phone number has changed, please let the office know.  This includes  your cell phone number and email address. Many times we are not informed of your new contact information and either we in the office are trying to get in touch with you or one of the elders or deacons have information to bring to you and cannot contact you due to the wrong information.  Please drop your new contact information on a slip of paper and place it in the offering plate or just call the office with an update. 

Thank you, The Church Office

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.
  • Newsletter articles are always due by the 15th of the month.
  • Newsletter articles should be in Ariel and font no larger than 10.
  • Newsletter articles should be titled with ministry, month and year ie, “Library February 2017”.

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