Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

June/July 2017

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From Me to You
Session Digets
Financial Report
Stewardship Ministry
The Deacon's Developements
Koinonia Ministry
Praise Kids
Sunday School
Please Join Our Praise Chorus
Sonrise ECLC
Library News
Women of the Church
Vacation Bible School
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You:

“One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts”
(Psalm 145:4)

VBS (aka Vacation Bible School) is coming!

This year we will be hosting VBS from June 4th (“Kick-off” Sunday) through Friday June 9th, with a VBS CELEBRATION on Sunday June 11th.  This year’s theme is “A MIGHTY FORTRESS”  from the great hymn by the same name.

VBS is one of the most effective ways we at PPC reach-out and minister to our community.

Each year, we have 80 or more children register to participate.  Many of those come from our SONRISE PRESCHOOL; more and more, though, we are also seeing children from our surrounding neighborhood signing-up and joining-in. 

We all are praying for ways to connect with those around us, to share Jesus and His Gospel with them.  God is answering those prayers by literally having the “fish” (even little ones) jump into our boat! 

Jesus said "Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch."
So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in
because of the great number of fish.” (John 21:6)

God is preparing a great “catch” for PPC this summer: 

--Are you a part of the fishing crew?

With a greater number of children coming to VBS, we need ALL HANDS ON DECK! 

If you haven’t already signed-on to volunteer, please contact Terry Odom, VBS Director.  Even if you can only help a part of one day, you are needed, and you will be blessed for helping the little children come to know Jesus! 

"Let the children come to me. Don't stop them!
For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Luke 18:16)

Grateful to be a covenant partner with you in seeing the Lord bring many more children, of all ages and stages, to faith and life in Him!

In Christ,


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Session Digest

The Session met on April 28, 2017 for the regular stated meeting. Listed below are items discussed and/or acted on.
1.  An updated list of ninety charter covenant partners, and those on a six-month inactive status were presented for information.
2.  A listing of the articles and by-laws, and officer classes for the congregational meeting on April 30, 2017 was reviewed.
3.  Elder Gene Hammond, with Elder Larry Oline as an alternate, were elected as commissioners to the ECO Presbytery meeting on May 15, 2017 at Indian River Presbyterian Church in Ft. Pierce, Florida.
4.  Elders Gene Hammond and John Odom were elected to investigate some possible realtors for the sale of some sections of our property.
5.  An amount of $5000 was approved to be transferred from General Reserve MM and placed in PPC Dismissal to cover on-going costs.

Larry Oline, Clerk

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Financial Report

April 2017   Financial  Report

Account Name
General Fund Checking   $  27,901.83
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $  56,688.95
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  82,840.69
PRESCHOOL MM   $  25,779.69
Financial Notes



OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   -$        319.70


OPERATING BALANCE (+ OR -) YTD    +$ 3,140.67



Deacon’s Fund                                                           $ 2,568.81

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

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Stewardship Ministry

We read in Galatians 6:9, “So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.” God has given us the ability to keep that command, and I am grateful that our church has so many who exemplify it.

The next church workday will be on Saturday, Jun. 24 from 8:30 A. M. to 11 A. M. Please come and help us glorify God by taking care of what He has given us here at the church. Thank you for your continued work for the Lord. 

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair

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The Deacon's Developements

*The Deacons serve Christ by serving others for His glory and purpose*

                    “The Lord your God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great
delight in you. He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you
with singing.”     Zephaniah 3:17

We hope you have a blessed and relaxing summer!
Keep in God’s word and enjoy His creations.

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 May 4th in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00 a.m.    

Praise Kids/Youth will be meeting once a month during the summer.  Look for their article elsewhere in the newsletter.  They will be back to their regular schedule beginning in September.  Volunteers are always needed Sunday evenings and if you are interested you can contact Laurie Smith.

Next meeting is June 1st.

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

Pat Mancini, Chairperson

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Praise Kids and Youth Group

Praise Kids Club and the Youth will pursue a relaxed schedule with one meeting a month until autumn. Look for us on Facebook at PPC Kids and Youth for announcements.

Laurie Smith, Heather Smith, Gina Driggers, Nancy Nottoli and Mac Boyd

Keep up with us on Facebook:

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Sunday School

¨ Breakfast With Jesus: Teacher: Larry Oline at 8:30a in Fellowship Hall
     (Evangelizing the World Around Me)
¨ College/Career Class—Moneylife: Teacher: Tom Smith IV at 11a in Fellowship Hall

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Please Join Our Praise Chorus

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

Beginner singers are welcome! Reading music is not necessary.
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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Sonrise ECLC

What a wonderful school year, filled with lots of learning and new adventures not just for the children but for the director as well!  I feel very blessed to be a part of Sonrise Early Childhood Learning Center and I am thankful that God placed me here.  The preschool team is one of the best groups of people I have ever had the privilege of working with.  I am looking forward to next school year and walking in the fullness of all that God has for Sonrise ECLC.  We are looking at expanding our extended day program to include an art program, soccer coaching and many other fun activities.  We are implementing a character education program to help us be more intentional about teaching the children about being a team, showing respect, loving God and loving each other.  So here is to rejoicing about happy endings and new beginnings.  From all of the preschool team, we hope you have a wonderful summer!   
Shirley McLeod, Director

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Evangelism is dying in many churches today and no, that’s not an overstatement.

Look at the data. You’ll likely find that only one person is being reached with the gospel for every forty to sixty church members. You will find that conversions have declined precipitously. And where you find numerical growth, you are more likely to find that the growth is transfer of Christians from one church to another. That’s not evangelism. That’s sheep shuffling.

So why should evangelism be one of the highest priorities in our church? Though the reasons are many, allow me to share seven of them.

Because Christ commanded it.  Matthew 28:18-20

Because Christ is the only way of salvation.  John 14:6

Because Christ died for the world. John 3:16

Because churches that are not intentional about evangelism typically are weak in evangelism. 

Because churches tend to obsess inwardly when they fail to move outwardly. 

Because churches become content and complacent with transfer growth. 

Because evangelistic Christians actually grow stronger as better discipled Christians. 

Are we truly sending out our members to evangelize those in our community. The Great Commission has fast become the Great Omission.

Evangelism is dying, churches are dying, people are going to hell without Christ.

It is the greatest tragedy today.  What can be done about it?

from an article by THOM S. RAINER - Lifeway

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Library News

 JAN KARON AND OTHER FAVORITE WRITERS' BRING FAVORITE FAMILIES' STORIES TO YOU Books can become like old friends and we wish to hear more about what the characters we've come to know are doing. In the next few months three of your favorite fiction writers will have books coming out.:

Jan Karon's fans begged for more of the Mitford series and the fourteenth novel, To Be Where You Are, will be out Sept. 19. As the Amazon review states, she "weaves together the everyday lives of two families and the cast of characters that readers around the world now love like kin."

June 1 is the release date for The Farmers' Market Mishap: A Sequel to the Lopsided Christmas Cake by Wanda E Brunstetter and her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter. A "light-hearted" tale set in an Indiana Amish community where twin sisters Elma and Thelma run a general store.

June 6 is the date for Karen Kingsbury's new book Love Story. It features the Baxters and tells the story of how John and Elizabeth fell in love. Thirty years later Elizabeth died of cancer. Will their grandson's request to put it in a heritage project open painful wounds or help John heal?

Laurie Smith, Librarian  

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Women of The Church

Communion at the Springs – Monday, June 12th at 9:45 a.m.
Communion at the Springs – Monday, July 10th at 9:45 a.m.  

Rachel Circle – Monday, July 10th at 6:30 p.m. at the home of  

Arlene Tomin. Informal get-together for food and fellowship.  

Sarah Circle – Tuesday, May 9th at 12 noon at the home ofAristeia Sowa.

The circles and the Women of the Church committee will resume meeting in September.  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 (727-302-0888) for further information.



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

“Encourage one another” (I Thess. 5:11; Heb. 3:13)

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Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School…
Remember: In Jesus, the victory is won.
“Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 15:57

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ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians

These are the foundations that propel us forward.

Our Mission

To build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Our Core Values

Jesus-shaped Identity:
We believe Jesus Christ must be at the center of our lives and making disciples of Jesus at the core of our ministry.

Biblical Integrity:
We believe the Bible is the unique and authoritative Word of God, which teaches all that is necessary for faith and life. The prominence of God’s Word over our lives shapes our priorities, and the unrivaled authority of the Bible directs our actions to be in concert with Christ’s very best for our lives. 

Thoughtful Theology:
We believe in theological education, constant learning, and the life of the mind, and celebrate this as one of the treasures of our Reformed heritage.

Accountable Community:
We believe guidance is a corporate spiritual experience. We want to connect leaders to one another in healthy relationships of accountability, synergy, and care.

Egalitarian Ministry:
We believe in unleashing the ministry gifts of women, men, and every ethnic group.

Missional Centrality:
We believe in living out the whole of the Great Commission – including evangelism, spiritual formation, compassion, and redemptive justice – in our communities and around the world.

Center-focused Spirituality:
We believe in calling people to the core of what it means to be followers of Jesus – what “mere Christianity” is and does – and not fixate on the boundaries.

Leadership Velocity:
We believe identifying and developing gospel-centered leaders is critical for the church, and a great leadership culture is risk-taking, innovative, and organic.

Kingdom Vitality:
We believe congregations should vigorously reproduce new missional communities to expand the Kingdom of God.

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Sunday Worship Attendance


April 30 68
May 14 80
May 7 87
May 21 71

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What's New At PPCNews

Please bring in your plastic grocery bags for the our Food Distributions.
Bags can be put in the containers in hallway by patio. Thank you!

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.  

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!

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