Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

June-July 2012

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Stewardship Ministry Update
Financial Report
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Antioch Youth
Parent's Night Out
Praise Kids
VBS 2012
VBS Registration Information
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You

"Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”  (Ephesians 5:21 NIV)

With the concurring vote of those present at our congregational meeting on May 20th, PPC is now undertaking a “period of discernment” to seek the Lord’s Word, will, leading and direction for our future as a Presbyterian church.

One of the key principles that makes and marks us as Presbyterians is our understanding of how we are and are to be in a committed and accountable fellowship with each other in Christ.  On the individual level, Scripture refers to this relationship as being and becoming Christ’s disciples: we seek to grow in our faith and life in Jesus by worshipping together, studying God’s Word together, and serving together to show Jesus to, and share Him with, the world! Corporately, we do the same as Christ’s Church—locally as part of our own Pasadena Presbyterian congregation, and as a member church in Tampa Bay Presbytery, which in turn is a part of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), which is also a part of the world-wide Church or Body of Christ.

Scripture (both Old and New Testaments) makes it abundantly clear that our connections with each other in Christ are vital and necessary for our growth, health, productivity and witness in the Lord. In particular, it is how we connect—that we “submit to one another” as Ephesians 5:21 notes (above)—that determines how well we benefit from, and bless, others in our togetherness as Jesus’ Church.

Submission (some Bibles use the phrase “being in subjection”) is not about “lording it over” others (see 1 Peter 5:3) or being coerced or intimidated so others can be “in control;” rather the New Testament meaning is that we “entrust and commit ourselves” to those to whom God has given the responsibility to protect and prosper us.  That includes submitting to civil authorities (1 Peter 2:13), bosses (1 Peter 2:18), wives to their own husbands (Ephesians 5:22), to our church leaders (Hebrews 13:17), to the wider Church (Galatians 2:2), and of course, first and foremost, to God in Christ (James 4:7). 

In our Presbyterian church, our leaders are referred to as “presbyters” (pastors and elders, or in our new terminology, teaching and ruling elders). Our church’s “operational manual” called the Book of Order explains:

“Presbyters shall come together in councils in regular gradation. These councils are sessions, presbyteries, synods, and the General Assembly. All councils of the church are united by the   nature of the church and share with one another responsibilities, rights, and powers as provided in this (PCUSA) Constitution. The councils are distinct, but have such mutual relations that the act of one of them is the act of the whole church performed by it through the appropriate council. The larger part of the church, or a representation thereof, shall govern the smaller” (PCUSA Book of Order 2011-13, F-3.0203).

In terms of our local congregation, it says:

“The members of a congregation put themselves under the leadership of the session and the higher councils (presbytery, synod, and General Assembly). The session is responsible to guide and govern the life of the congregation. The session leads the congregation in fulfilling its responsibilities for the service of all people, for the up-building of the whole church, and for the glory of God” (PCUSA Book of Order 2011-13, G-1.0103).  

This principle of submitting to one another in the love of Christ is why we need a period of discernment to discern and so do His will together.  It is also why we will be having representatives from our Presbytery as partners with us in this process: we need to be careful to do all we can to listen to and learn from each other in Christ—“in abundance of counselors there is victory” says Proverbs 11:14.

Looking forward to how the Lord will use our connections and fellowship in Him to show us, as His church, His way to greater victory, vitality and for a greater witness of Him, here and around the world!

In Christ,        


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Session Digestcolumns

The Session met at 7 p.m. on April 24, 2012. The meeting was opened with prayer by the Moderator, Pastor Crawford. Elder Pat Watts led in a devotional about a "conversation with God", based on some verses from  2 Samuel 22:31,  Proverbs 3:5, and Hebrews 2:13. After consideration and discussion the following items were noted or approved.

1. Session concluded its annual review of the active roll.  Contacts by deacons and letters from Session were sent to members who have not been attending PPC for several months or longer.  As of May 1st, our current active roll is 155. 2. A congregational meeting is called for May 20 at 2 p.m. for the purposes of 1) considering a four month period of discernment  to pray, study and confer together about changes in the PCUSA, and 2) receiving the report of the Nominating Committee to elect officers, class 2015.
3. The financial statement from last month showed a short-fall of $6,316.89.
4. Leslie Hughes was approved to preach both services on Mother's Day, May 13, 2012.
5. Vacation leave for Pastor Crawford was approved for July 2-15. Pastor Bob Belingar will be on-call during that time and preach  Sundays July 8 and 15.

Larry Oline, Clerk

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Stewardship Ministry Update  

Pasadena Church was blessed when more than 15 faithful servants who answered the call and joined together for our

Spruce-Up the Grounds Day on Saturday, April 21st. Starting before sunup, people came ready to work and quickly filled up five trailer-loads of plant debris. Palm fronds from the front field and off palm trees, dead bushes from in front of the sanctuary, and vines which were crawling up trees were loaded up and hauled away. Weeds which had planted themselves in the patio area also were attacked. Trash was picked up, pine needles raked and mulch spread around the roses. One participant had been told by a preschool parent that he and his daughter enjoy taking pictures of each other with the roses which certainly was encouraging.

People who worked Saturday even brought food and drinks to share, and we had some yummy breaks all morning and had hot dogs for a nice lunch after the work was done. Thanks to all who helped. Its a great encouragement to all of us that so many committed members gave their time and energy on a Saturday morning.

Tom Smith

Stewardship Chair

Pasadena Presbyterian Church Wishlist
Nature of Project Estimated Cost Received
Sanctuary Projector $4,000 0
Worship Band Keyboard  (NEW!) Purchased! Praise the Lord!

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Financial Report 

APRIL 2012 Financial  Report

The Financials for  April show actual income $30,846.70 with expenses of $27,570.84.14 leaving us +$3,375.86 in the black.

Actual Income   $ 99,285,41
Actual Expenses $ 110,586.86
Red -$11,301.45


Financial Notes

PPC Foundation *
Pasadena Foundation $29,046.86
Wahl Scholarship   $51,022.61

Cash Available  

Checking Account Balance: $30,914.32

Cash Reserves             

General Reserve MM    $30,092.99

Total Cash                    $61,007.31

*Values fluctuate with the stock market

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Evangemissions Chair Larry Oline

David wrote in Psalm 145:10-12, "All you have made will praise you, O Lord; your saints will extol you. They will tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all men may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom."

These verses follow two verses that tell why we as His saints want to praise Him. The Lord is gracious, compassionate, slow to anger, rich in love, and good to all. When we praise the Lord with our words and deeds to others, it is in response to what He has done and is doing in us. That is the purpose of our committee, to bring praise to Him so that all men, women, boys, and girls will know of Him and His splendor.

We, as a committee, want to thank each of you for responding to the faith promise pledge recently. Presently our church gives $43,500. per year to 16 ministries. The total faith promise to date is $26,492. per year. We will not give more than is coming in, which means that we may have to decrease the amounts we are giving. Please pray about what God wants you to do. He gets all the glory!   

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Food Distribution Center  

Our Food Distributions Ministry main concern is leading families and individuals to Christ.  We want them to experience God’s unmerited favor, and experience true forgiveness of their sins and follow Christ.  This does not happen overnight!  Most times it is on God’s timing not ours. 

Please (Join us in praying) help pray for all the families (God has graciously allowed us) to serve, God knows who they are.   God will reward you. 

Ephesians 2:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
8For it is by free grace (God's unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ's salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;

2 Corinthians 6:1Amplified Bible (AMP)
1LABORING TOGETHER [as God's fellow workers] with Him then, we beg of you not to receive the grace of God in vain [that merciful kindness by which God exerts His holy influence on souls and turns them to Christ, keeping and strengthening them--do not receive it to no purpose].

The month of April we ministered to 66 families – 120 individuals – distributed - 1,791 pounds of food. 
We are always in the need of helping hands in this vital ministry.  Come out and Join us.
Some Good News is that a few of our families have gotten work and have moved on.


For more information call Larry Hendry.

Food distribution hours for church members will be at 8:30 am on both days.

Pat Mancini,  I know God forgives!

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Women of the ChurchPresbyterian Women


Saturday, JUNE 2, 2012 is the date for  our Birthday Celebration which will begin in the Chapel @ 10:30 a.m. with the awarding of the Honorary Life Membership, special music, special guest speaker and worship in word and song.  After the service in the Chapel we will then go into the Fellowship Hall where we will enjoy a salad luncheon with a style show to follow. Men are invited! There is no charge for the luncheon; however we encourage you to bring a non-perishable item for our food pantry. 

Our guest speaker will be Jan Hinkle who has been doing mission work in Nairobi, Kenya for many years. Jan volunteers in the church office on Thursday mornings. She recently was on a mission trip for 10 days to Nairobi and will tell us about the work she has been doing there with the children.  It will be interesting to hear all that she has done and continues to do in Nairobi. You don’t want to miss it.

Fashions will be from Bon Worth and our own models will be wearing the fashions personally selected by them. Felicia Ragland is coordinating the style show.

Details on the offering received will be posted on our bulletin board and in the August newsletter.  Circles will not be meeting until September.  These will be listed in the August newsletter.  Our Bible Study will be on the book of Daniel.

JULY 18-22, 2012

“Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is uncertain, today is here.  Use it wisely”.  Encourage one another every day and show God’s love through you to others.  Have a restful and refreshing summer!

Patricia Watts, Chairperson

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Antioch Youth News

The Youth continue to meet with K-Life St. Petersburg.  K-Life meets at Bridgepoint Church, 5901 9th Avenue N, St. Petersburg.  More information about K-Life can be found on the K-Life website,, or by contacting the area director, Brian Wang,

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Library News


After you have perused the library shelves in the hall, go in the door. If you are at church during the week, we keep the door closed so that the air conditioning will stay in the room and protect the books, DVDs and audio CDs. Here's what you can do this summer:

R stands for relaxation. Try a Christian novel. Like suspense? Try authors Terri Blackstock or Ted Dekker. Feel-good-novels? Read Jan Karon's The Mitford Years. Check for Karen Kingsbury's latest novel at the end of June: Coming Home: A Story of Unending Love and Eternal Promise (The Baxter Family). The product description says, "This stand-alone novel will serve as either a grand introduction or a beautiful conclusion in the saga of the Baxter Family...Ultimately, in this portrait of family love, the Baxters cling to each other and to God's promise of forever."

E stands for edify. That means, according to Merriam-Webster, "to instruct and improve especially in moral and religious knowledge." Try classics like  The Pilgrim's Progress (John Bunyan), Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis), The Cross of Christ (John R.W. Stott); or newer offerings: The New Manners and Customs of Bible Times (Ralph Gower) or any of the late Chuck Colson's books.

A stands for audio. The library has a growing collection of audio/books on CD and audio recordings on CD. If you are going to be in the car a lot or working around the house or going on walks w/your Walkman, check the library for fiction and non-fiction titles.

D stands for diversion. Have some fun this summer. Haven't seen Courageous, Amazing Grace, Fireproof or other movies? Or laugh with Christian comediennes Chonda Pierce or Anita Renfroe. Try one or all of these DVDs this summer....

Laurie Smith,


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Parent's Night Out

The next Parents’ Night Out will be held in August.  Please look for details in the August newsletter.

Please contact Leslie Hughes, , for additional information.

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Praise Kids

Praise Kids will not be meeting during the summer.  It will resume on Wednesday, September 12th.

Praise Kids is open to all children in preschool through grade 5.  Please contact Leslie Hughes, , for additional information.

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VBS 2012 


The children who will be coming to Vacation Bible School need people to prepare items for VBS crafts long before it starts. Tasks would include counting, sorting, cutting, etc. in your spare time at home.

Also needed:

  • Buttons
  • Canisters from hand wipes (like Wet Ones which are cylindrical)
  • 35mm film canisters
  • Plastic coffee cans

Please contact Laurie Smith for details.

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Summer Camp


2 Camp Weeks –6/18 – 6/22 – Outdoors Camp, 6/25 – 6/29 – Beach Camp

All children age 3 (by June 1) through just completed kindergarten are eligible to participate.

Tuition is $75/child/week.  Camp hours are 9:00 AM – Noon.

You may enroll your child in either one or both of the camps. 

The registration form is available on the church website, or in the church office.

Tuition is due at registration.

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Sunday Worship Attendance

  9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
April 29 51 46 97
May   6 70          53 123
May 13   71 52 123
May 20 61 61 122

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What's New At PPCNews

PPC Membership Policy

(adopted 1/24/2012 in response to Book of Order changes)
If an active member of PPC willfully chooses to participate in the life of another congregation in the Tampa Bay area for a period of 6 months or longer in lieu of participating in worship and fellowship at PPC, that member may be removed from the active roll by Session.  Session shall  attempt to contact and counsel the member regarding their obligations to continue in active membership at PPC in accordance with G-1.0402.  Session may remove the member from the active roll if it is determined that the lack of participation in PPC is not due to mitigating circumstances (including health, school, or military deployment).

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

  • Children’s Classes: Elementary Room 209, Nancy Nottoli/Leslie Hughes
  • Youth Classes: Kathie Schellhaas
  • College/ Career Class: Room 206,Tom Smith IV
  • Friendship Class: Boswell, Tom Smith III
  • 1 Corinthians Adult Bible Study: Room 204, Larry Oline
  • Creative Friendzy Class:  Room 201,  Patty Burrows

Please Help Keep Our Facilities Nice!

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

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