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June & July 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
Evangemissions
Children of Thika
Library News
Women of the Church
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You:

1 The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord…
3 Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established…
9 The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”

(Proverbs 16:1,3,9)

What does God have planned for you?

Graduation is a time to celebrate accomplishments, mark transitions, and anticipate the future. 

Each year, we at PPC join in recognizing and appreciating our graduates on “graduation Sunday” (which will be June 26th this year). 

As our graduates process down the aisle in their caps and gowns, their hearts are warmed by our support even while their minds are racing ahead, preparing for their next step in life—whether to college, graduate school, the work force, etc.  For them and for all of us, God’s unfolding plan is both  a wonder and a mystery.

God does have a plan for each and all of our lives!  Consider the verses from Proverbs 16 listed above.  As much as we may make our own plans, determine our own ways, and even think we are doing what God wills, as believers in Jesus we know that if it doesn’t come from the Lord, stand the test of Scripture, and receive confirmation through the Spirit and the counsel of the Body, we aren’t likely to be doing what God wants. 

God does have a plan for each and all of us.  Scripture attests to the Truth that God is also working out that plan in and through our lives. We are to seek out, surrender to and serve that plan:  doing what God wills honors God and brings God’s best into our lives.

So, what does God want--what is your next step with the Lord?

Following Jesus means we are always seeking to keep up, stay with and serve Him today.  We call our life with Him a “walk” because in following Him we are on the go, as Jesus is going, and taking each step as He leads. 

In his study, Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby notes that taking a next step with the Lord means looking for where God is and is revealing Himself to be at work in the world around us;  then, we are to seek God about His invitation to join Him in His work there;  finally, we are to say “yes” to God and His will, whatever it is and however much it costs, because following Jesus is the plan God has for our lives, whatever the specifics may be.

God’s plan is not a mystery, and His will is not unknowable; in fact, it delights God that we delight in Him, obey His Word and fulfill His will.  Seeking the Lord, abiding in Him, and doing what He says when He says to do it are the joys of living in and living out the plan of God:

For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD,
'plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Looking forward to all God plans and will do in each of our lives, and in our life together, as His Pasadena Presbyterian Church!   

In Christ, 

Carl

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Session Digest

The Session conducted an e-vote meeting in lieu of their regular monthly Stated meeting in April. Listed below are some items that were discussed or voted on.

1. Approved membership transfer of Jack, Carol and Jackson McGaughey to the Gulfport Presbyterian Church.
2. Approved March 2016 Financial reports.
3. Received and adopted the Koinonia Ministry reports for March and April.

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

 April   2016    Financial  Report

Account Name
Balance(as of 4/30/16)
General Fund Checking   $    43,724.07
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $    88,499.58
   
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $    83,478.88
PRESCHOOL MM   $    50,675.63
Financial Notes

 

 

OPERATING INCOME TOTAL    $   20,010.45*
OPERATING EXPENSE TOTAL    $   20,388.75*
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   -$         378.30* 

 

Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING INCOME YTD * $  94,360.63*
OPERATING EXPENSE YTD    $  76,832.67*
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        * +$ 17,527.96 *  

 

Deacon’s Fund                                                            $    2,719.67

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements
IF YOU WOULD LIKE A 1st QUARTER 2016 GIVING STATEMENT,
CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE

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Stewardship Ministry

Among the gifts God has given us are gifts of life and time. I’d like to encourage us to consider how to use them well. There are many ways that we can put our time and life in service to God, such as volunteering for an hour, a day, or a week to teach children about Jesus at VBS. Even if we are in a situation where there is not a lot we can do, we can choose to do what we can in a way that glorifies God. After all, in 1 Corinthians 10:31, we read, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

I look forward to glorifying God along with you in the upcoming months all the way through eternity!

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*

Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him
 for God is our refuge”        Psalm 62:8

PLEASE LET US KNOW HOW WE CAN PRAY FOR YOU!!!

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 May 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. 

May 8th Mother’s Day, the youth led the service that day.  The mothers in attendance received a small devotional booklet with a pen and then the youth gave out red roses at the end of the service to all the women.

Watch for inserts in flyers with any events that may be coming up during the summer.  Koinonia Ministry will not meet during June or July.  Next meeting is scheduled for August 4th at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

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, and Pat Watts.

Pat Mancini, Chairperson

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Food Distribution Ministry

Report from your Food Distribution ministry

April 09 – 204 families (24 new), 541 individuals, 5,279 pounds of food.
April 23 – 199 families (21 new), 500 individuals,5,751 pounds of food. 
Total         403 families (45 new), 1041 individuals, 11,030 pounds of food.

BLESSING ONE:

Our God, the God and Father of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, continues to bless the food distribution center.  For instance, Barb wanted you to know that your food distribution center was awarded an upright freezer from a grant request application that we completed through Feeding Tampa Bay, which is a wonderful blessing.

BLESSING TWO:

One individual, who shall remain anonymous, recently talked with two of us about giving to the ministry of the pantry.  He was being blessed by receiving money from an estate and another source.  This person told us that if it had not been for the pantry He would have either been out on the street or else he would not have had any food to eat.  I would point out that he blessed the pantry with a substantial amount of money.  He said he will no longer receive food from us as others need it.
Thanks for all you do;
The food distribution center 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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Evangemissions

In an article by Professor of Evangelism and Missions at Southeastern Seminary, Chuck Lawless listed and elaborated on Why Churches Talk the Great Commission but Don’t Do It

1.   They talk the language without letting the biblical texts “sink in.” 

2.   They are not committed to this task. 

3.   They see the Great Commission as a task for full-time ministers or missionaries. 

4.    They do not really believe nonbelievers are lost. 

5.    They settle with partial obedience to the Great Commission. 

6.   They tell members to do the Great Commission without teaching them how. 

7.    They fail to see the world around them. 

8.    They don’t know missionaries. 

9.    They confuse “sheep swapping” with the Great Commission. 

So what do you think?  Can we do better?   Please put this list on your night stand by your bed and use it to pray that our eyes and our hearts are opened to being the evangelist and missionaries God has called us to be.  Let us know how we can help you in knowing how to do the Great Commission.  Just imagine what God would do through us if we made ourselves more available to His call for us as a church.

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Children of Thika

Let me tell you about Edah Akoth, our oldest child in the mission.  Edah was orphaned at a young age and was taken in by a man who tried to get several children off the streets of Thika.  He rented some rooms for the children to stay in, and he paid their school fees.  But soon his money ran out, and the children were forced back into the streets. 

In May, 2013, Edah met John (the young man who runs our mission in Thika) as he was witnessing to other street children.  She explained her situation to him and asked to be taken in.  She then became the second child to join our mission family.

She doesn't like to talk about the death of her family, so I don't know many details of her life before she joined the mission.  She does admit to sniffing glue when she lived on the streets.  She said it helped her escape the fear she faced every day.

She would like to be a neurosurgeon or a nurse.  She's very responsible and is often asked to watch over the younger children.  She takes her education seriously.  She's my go-to gal when I visit the mission because I know she can be depended on.

Blessings, Jan

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Library News

C.S. LEWIS’ THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS IS 75 YEARS OLD THIS YEAR

Many of you have heard of the book The Screwtape Letters and, I hope, most of you have read it. It was first published  75 years ago and, according to Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, was a monumental milestone in C.S. Lewis’ writing career. Lewis was, as Wikipedia notes, “a  British novelist, poet, academic; medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist” (one who explains reasoned bases for Christianity, defending it against objections). Many know him now as the author of the Chronicles of Narnia.

Daly sums up the book The Screwtape Letters succinctly in his April 27, 2016 blog DalyFocus, “In this classic, Lewis    re-imagines Hell as a gruesome bureaucracy where a senior demon, Screwtape, corresponds with his nephew and apprentice, Wormwood. The younger spirit’s assignment is to corrupt a newly converted Christian young man living in London during the tumultuous days of World War II. Through the letters, Lewis examines Christian morality, temptation, and good and evil.”

Originally published in 1941 in The Guardian, an Anglican weekly periodical,  and as a book in 1942, it still sells about 150,000 copies a year. Daly notes that Lewis had  The Guardian pay his earnings to a fund for the widows of Church of England clergymen. Much (perhaps 90 per cent) of Lewis’ lifetime earnings for all his writings were given to a charitable fund he later set up.

It was a tiring and difficult project for Lewis to write The Screwtape Letters. In an interview he later said, “…. making goods ‘bad’ and bads ‘good’ gets to be fatiguing.”

This might be a good time to re-read, or read for the first time, some of Lewis’ works which will strengthen your Christian walk. Check them out of the church library.

Laurie Smith, librarian

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Women of The Church

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH – JUNE 2016

Communion at the Springs – Monday, June 6th at 9:30 a.m.

Communion at the Springs – Monday, July 4th  at 9:30 a.m.

Communion at the Springs – Monday, August 1st at 9:30 a.m.

Our circle meetings and our committee meetings are not held during June, July and August.  I would like to say that even though we do not meet officially during this time that we are always there for all the women of the church as you are all part of WOC.  Check out our bulletin board for any updates on the missions we serve or anything of importance to our women.

I would like to report at our Committee Meeting on May 2nd, we voted to give the Food Distribution Center $500.00 and also $500.00 to the Deacons Fund. All women of Pasadena Presbyterian Church are cheerful givers and we do appreciate that.

Also I would like to report that the Church Women United May Fellowship Day was held Friday, May 6th and it was a very interesting and motivating morning.  We met at Paradise Lutheran Church on Treasure Island which is a beautiful setting right on the water. Pat Edgington and myself represented Pasadena Presbyterian Church – this is an ecumenical group and any denomination can be part of this organization.  Pat is our delegate.

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 is not what is ahead of us but Who is ahead of us.

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

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

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VBS

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

Registration available here.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THIS VBS A SUCCESS! PLEASE CONTACT TERRY ODOM @ IF YOU CAN HELP.  YOU WILL BE SO BLESSED!!!!

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            

Attendance
May 1 76
May 8 75
May 15 58
May 22 57

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What's New At PPCNews

Thank You

Our thanks to Becky McLaughlin for her tireless work in the church office and her service to the Lord. Becky has been an Office Angel for many years and has recently  decided to pass the baton to pursue a long-deserved retirement. You are a joy and an inspiration! 

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.

Congratulations

CONGRATULATIONS To KRISTIAN RAMLOCHAN On winning FIRST PLACE In the Red Belt Division Of Martial Arts In the State of Florida! Kristian will compete in  NATIONALS In   July!

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.

PRAYER REQUESTS

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.
  • 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 2016”.

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