Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

June-July 2010

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Financial Report
Children's Church
Stewardship Update
Pasadena Presbyterian Women
Faith Community Nursing
Vacation Bible School
Join Us at Sunday School
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You:

"What more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jepthah, David, Samuel and the Prophets” (Hebrews 11:32)

Heroes—we all have them and aspire to be like them.
The dictionary defines them as “legendary figures endowed with great strength or ability…admired for their achievements, noble qualities, and great courage.”  In the Bible, “heroes” are depicted as women and men who have faith in the Lord and through whom the Lord does extraordinary things.

Not all heroes get recognition, however; some of the most significant ones are “unsung:” their courageous, selfless acts go unnoticed by all but a few, and their names are mostly unknown, except to God, of course!  God sees and knows all that we do, in our lives, and as believers in Jesus, in faith and faithfulness to Him.

God’s heroes have well-known names like Noah, Sarah, David, Ruth; they also have names like—well—just like yours and mine.  Some of God’s heroes have their stories recorded in the Bible; a lot more are living out their life’s story to the glory of Jesus today.

Becoming God’s heroes, the people of faith in Christ through whom God does show-up and accomplish many things to His glory, is the theme and focus of our Vacation Bible School this summer at PPC.  Over 100 children participate in VBS each year—about half come from our Sonrise Preschool families, and the other half from our community at-large.  Each year, many children pray to accept Jesus as Savior and Lord for the first time; many more are given a real “boost” in their love-life and walk with Him as Lord.

What makes our VBS work is, of course, the faith-filled service of so many in our church family who volunteer in a kaleidoscope of ways—they are real heroes of faith in Jesus, putting their faith in Him to work, and letting Him minister in and through their lives.  Many even give up a week of their annual vacation just to help out!

How about you?  Don’t you want to be someone’s faith-filled “hero?”  There are so many ways to serve in our VBS—just give director Leslie Hughes a call (481-6705).  You may not feel or look like a hero (capes are optional!), but you will be one to 100+ children seeking to know and grow in Jesus!

Grateful to be a part of God’s company of heroes we call PPC!

In Christ,

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Session Digest

columnsThe Session held its April Stated meeting on April 27, which began at 7:05 p.m. in the Boswell Room. The Moderator was Carl Crawford, who called the meeting to order with prayer. A quorum was present. Elder Gonzalez led in a devotion on God's view of sin from the book, "Experiencing the Cross", by Henry Blackaby.

The following items were discussed and/or acted on:

1. The existing contract for the Missionary in Residence with Pastor Anthony Oliver was continued from July 1, 2010 to July 30, 2011.
2. The ordination of Brenda Taylor as Elder was removed and she was removed from the active roll at PPC under the provisions of G-6.0702-3.
3. Michael James Watts and Emily Grace Nieves were baptized on April 25, 2010 and were added to the baptized roll.
4. Steve and Joy Edwards were removed from the membership roll at their written request.
5. Karen Dunham, one of our supported missionaries in israel, was approved and will be speaking at PPC at both services on June 27.
6. The PPC Corporation officer status will continue as it is at this time with Vice-President Paul Rivard representing the Corporation. This is due to the resignation of Steve Edwards, the former President of the Corporation.

The meeting adjourned with prayer at 9:10 p.m.

Kathie Schellhaas, Clerk Pro-tem

Complete Session minutes are public record and are available for review in the church office by any PPC member.

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Financial Report: April 30, 2010

The Financials for April show actual income $24,268.41 with expenses of $30,483.94 leaving us $6,2150.53 in the red. 

Year to Date 2010
Actual Income   $131,571.49
Actual Expenses $132,730.22
Red $    1,158.73
Financial Notes
PPC Foundation 
Pasadena Foundation $  27,027.79
Wahl Scholarship   $ 50,045.67

Cash Reserves             $111,515.97

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Children's Church

Children's Church

Children's Church has ended for the summer, but there WILL be a children's message each Sunday during the 8:30 AM service.

"Hear, O Israel:  The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children."  Deuteronomy 6:4-6

Leslie Hughes

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Stewardship Update

Great Investment

"Win during in the good times and no way to lose in the bad times" the radio commercial blared. Another financial advisor telling us what we want to hear. That we the stuff of the world is The world is asking us to invest ourselves here, in the things of the world, but God is asking us to invest in the eternal by giving, enriching others and glorifying Him in the process.  
The headline today was stock market down over 300 points. The financial pundits say that we are officially in a "market correction". Lately when the market corrects I feel God correcting me. Its easy when things are good to trust in the world and forget about God. But when the things of the world begin to fail and fall away I'm reminded of something Gene Hammond  said at one of our mission conferences. He said something like the only investment that can't fail is when you give to God. You will bring God glory and enrich others in the process. God want's us to give, not because He needs the money but because we need to give. To give up, let go and trust in God.

Remember Jesus' beautiful illustration of the flowers of the field in Matthew 6:25, right after he teaches his disciples to pray. He then asks:
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." 

Tom Smith, Stewardship Chair

Pasadena Presbyterian Church Wishlist
Bature of Project Estimated Cost Amount Recieved

Youth sound equipment (speakers, etc)

$1,500 new item


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Pasadena Presbyterian Women


To nurture our faith through prayer and bible studyPresbyterian Women
To support the mission of the church worldwide
To work for justice and peace
To build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (USA) and witnesses to the promise of God’s Kingdom.

We recently had our PW Birthday Celebration in the Chapel with Robin Powell, newly elected Moderator of Tampa Bay Presbyterian Women as our guest speaker.  Robin encouraged us as Presbyterian Women to get involved (whether you do the Horizon magazine Bible Study, or a Beth Moore Study or any other bible study) and join actively and financially in our local PW’s. Following our meeting in the Chapel we all enjoyed a salad luncheon, in the Fellowship Hall, followed by a Style Show featuring our own models with fashions from Bon Worth.  The Birthday Celebration is one of the larger mission programs that Presbyterian Women worldwide are involved in. We had about 40 in attendance and the offering received was $950.00.  Thanks to all our women who helped make this an eventful day.

Presbyterian Women have just finished their Bible study on “Joshua, A Journey of Faith” and are looking  forward to the new Bible study: “Journeys Through Revelation Apocalyptic Hope for Today” which will begin with our circle meetings in September.  Pastor Carl will meet with us each month after our council meetings to help those leaders of the bible study with each lesson. We do appreciate all that he has and will contribute with his study helps and look forward to the coming year.

June, July and August are the months that Presbyterian Women take a time for spiritual    refreshment and a time to reflect and relax.  Our monthly circle meetings begin again in     September thru May.  We would invite any of you women not actively involved to “give us a try”. (Watch for a list of circles in the August Alleluia News)  Any suggestions, comments or anyone who would enjoy leadership, please give me a call @302-0888. 

In Christ’s Love,
Patricia Watts, Acting Moderator

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Library News


Come see what we can do for your summer!

Latest novels
:Take Three (Above the Line Series, Karen Kingsbury); Secrets Lies & Alibies (Patricia Rushford)

Books for Dad: The Long Snapper: A Second Chance, a Super Bowl, a Lesson for Life (about Brian Kinchen); Shattered: Struck Down But Not Destroyed  (MLB pitcher Frank Pastore)

Book for Mom: How Do You Tuck in a Superhero and Other Delightful Mysteries of Raising Boys

For July 4th: George Washington's Sacred Fire; Sinful Silence When Christians Neglect Their Civic Duty

DVD for Mom & Dad: Amazing Grace; Fireproof

DVD for kids: Veggie Tales: Abe and the Amazing Promise

Audio cd books for the trip: The Story of Little Tree (for kids); Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance (Tony Dungy)

Book to keep kids reading this summer: The Game and the Glory (Michelle Akers; women's soccer star); Simple Science for Kids (God Made Our Bodies; God's World of Animals, etc.); I Wonder Why Camels Have Humps

Children's Story Time: Parables for Kids Eight contemporary stories based on best-loved Bible parables (Danae Dobson and Dr. James Dobson

Recipe for cake: we have 'em

"How to" crochet book: yep

Book NOT to read in a hurricane: The Elevator (Angela Hunt)

Laurie Smith

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"If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ."  1 Peter 4:11  The members of the  missions team going to Trinidad is relying on God's strength to enable them to do great things for Him in Trinidad.  But they are still in need of finances to get them there and back.  Evangemissions is sponsoring a church-wide bake sale auction and picnic to help the Trinidad Missions' team defray the cost of going on the trip.

What:  Church-wide bake sale auction and Picnic

When:  Sunday, June 6th

Bake sale auction:  Will take place between 1st and 2nd services

This will be a "silent auction" - bid sheets will be available to bid on each item. Please provide your favorite baked goods - pies, cakes, cookies - your favorite recipe! There will be a picnic immediately following the 2nd service in the courtyard and Fellowship Hall - we will be grilling!

Tickets will be available outside the Sanctuary to purchase your meal in advance - the cost is whatever God leads you to donate! :)

Please plan on being a part of this fellowship and fund-raising event!


Leslie Hughes, EvangeMissions Chair

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Faith Community Nursing

As we begin these lazy, hazy days of summer, I thought it appropriate to share some tips for healthy lifestyle choices specific to Sun Safety, Beach Safety, and Hurricane Preparedness. Sun Safety: Did you know 1 in 5 persons will develop skin cancer in their lifetime and more than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year? Be wise as you enjoy our Florida sun. WEAR SUNSCREEN along with sunglasses and a hat to protect yourself.
The sun is strongest between 10am and 4pm. Apply a sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher, choosing products that provide protection against both UVB and UVA rays. Reapply sunscreen after swimming, perspiring, and toweling off. Stay in the shade whenever possible and learn you’re A,B.C.D.E’s of skin cancer detection. A: Asymmetry is suspicious; B: Border with jagged edges is suspicious; C: Color, a mole that is more than one hue is suspicious; D: Diameter, if larger than a pencil eraser, it’s suspicious; E: Elevation, if raised with an uneven surface, it’s suspicious ~ Call your doctor with any suspicion of skin cancer ( 
Beach Safety: Make sure everyone in the family knows how to swim and NEVER swim alone. Drink plenty of water even if you are not thirsty. Your body needs water to stay cool. Know the signs of heat stroke: hot, red and usually dry skin, changes in consciousness, rapid, weak pulse and rapid, shallow breathing. If you suspect heat stroke call 9-1-1 and move the person to a cooler place. When at the beach wear eye protection, sunglasses with labels that indicate they absorb at least 90% of UV sunlight. It is also important to wear foot protection (
Hurricane Preparedness: Know your home’s evacuation level. Determine escape routes from your home and places for the family to meet. Have an out-of-state friend as family contact, so all family members have a single point of contact. Make plans now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate. Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones. Check your insurance coverage ~ flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance. Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit. Use NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace battery every 6 months as you replace batteries in your smoke detectors. Take First Aid, CPR and Disaster preparedness classes ( Safety information is like an insurance policy ~ it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Have a safe and enjoyable summer!

“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” Daniel 12:3

Debbie Rivard, RN, FCN

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Vacation Bible School

"Don't anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in love, in faith and in purity."  1 Timothy 4:12

When:              June 14 - 18,  8:30 AM - 12:00 noon

Who:                Children age 3 through completed 5th grade

Registration:    Forms are available in the office

Set-up:             Commissioning of volunteers will be on Sunday, June 13th during worship

                        There will be a kick-off luncheon followed by a praise and worship service for all volunteers immediately following the 11:00 service.

                         Room set-up will take place during the afternoon.

Celebration Service:           A family celebration service will take place on Sunday, June 21st during the 8:30 service.

                        The children will sing the songs they practiced during the week.

                        Volunteers will be recognized.

                        There will be a reception in Fellowship Hall following the 8:30 service.

Please plan on being a part of the outreach ministry to our community.  If you have not yet volunteered, and feel God leading you to be a part of this ministry, it is not too late! Contact Leslie Hughes, or just show up ready to work!

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Join Us at Sunday School

NURSERY  (under 2 1/2 yrs only)
—Elaine Cahill, Coordinator

—Felicia Ragland, Asst. Coordinator

            Room #5


Pre-School (2½ to 5 yrs):
“Bible Stories”

—Teacher: Nancy Nottoli

            Room #3

Elementary (K-5th grade):
—Teacher: Terry Odom

Upstairs Classrooms

Creative Friendzy

-Teachers: Patty Burrows

                   Debbie Saathoff

 Room: 204 

Middle School (6th-8th):

—Teacher: Jason & Christine Cook

             Room #206

High School (9th-12th):
“Hot Topics”

—Teacher: Barbara Gonzalez

             Room #208

“RC Sproul”
Defending Your Faith DVD Series

—Teacher:  Dave Pilkington

Room:  Chapel

June 6th through August 22rd

(Rooms beginning with “2” are on the second floor of the Educational Bldg)

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Sunday Worship Attendance

  8:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
May 2 113 69 182
May 9 92 68 160
May 16 105 52 157
May 23 97 56 153

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What's New At PPCNews

Thank You!

The Taylor family would like to thank all those who prayed and took part in returning Noah to his church family. Thanks as well to the Helping Hands Ministry for their continued help.

God is good


Thank you Congregation!

Seven boxes have been shipped to our troops as of 5/22/2010

God’s Girls Reunion Group
Phyllis, Joy Nancy, Barbara,
Clo and Shirley

Monday Moringing Hobby and Craft Group

We would like to thank everyone who helped us with our Craft sale in May.  We were able to raise $500 for our missions and $300 of that went to sponsor Pat Mancini, Sandy Moore and Zinet Kalis for the Trinidad Mission trip.
Thank you too for saving your CLEAN plastic grocery bags for us.  We are making tote bags to send with the missionaries.
God bless you all.

Coffe Cans for VBS Crafts

Please bring us your used coffee cans and plastic soda bottles. We would prefer the plastic coffee containers. While it would be best to have the ones that have handles and have almost two pounds in them, we could use the smaller one pound variety, also. Please bring them to the library or the art room.

Laurie Smith

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