Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

August 2012

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Stewardship Ministry Update
Financial Report
Missionary Karen Dunham of Living Bread Ministries
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Antioch Youth
Fellowship Ministry
Parent's Night Out
Praise Kids
Trash and Treasure Sale
Congregational Meeting
Period of Discernment: Special Service
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You

"The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” 
(James 5:16)

Prayer.  I sure don’t do enough of it!  I’m not exactly sure how it works, either; but I believe what the Bible says, as quoted from the book of James above.

I have to believe that verse:  we just saw God answer the prayers of many who had been interceding for our 220th PCUSA General Assembly.  “Restraint” is the word I use to characterize how our commissioners deliberated and decided: 

  • Marriage officially remains as it has always been understood in the Bible and by our Presbyterian Church—between one man and one woman—although we are now going to do the “Presbyterian thing” and have a committee study it and report back to the next General Assembly in two years.
  • Approval (by what is called an “authoritative interpretation”) was not given for ministers to conduct same-sex weddings.
  • Divestment from Israel-related firms was not required; instead, the commissioners charted a more moderate course of promoting investment in both Israel and Palestinian companies.
  • And in an inspired, “unrestrained” moment, our General Assembly approved establishing “1001” non-traditional (i.e., house-type) church plants or worshipping communities here in the U.S. 

How did all this come-about?   One word:  prayer!  Wow!  Just about the time I was ready to give-up and stop praying, God answered, and now challenges me to get-down and dig-in through prayer even more! 

It all reminds me of the story Jesus told about a widow petitioning a judge. Jesus is recorded sharing this account in Luke’s Gospel, to show His disciples that they should “always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1ff).  According to that passage, if such persistence sways an unsympathetic judge, then “how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11).

Not that prayer is getting God to give me what I want:  the fundamental requirement for any and all prayer to be answered is that we ask “not my will but Thy will be done!” (Matthew 26:39, 6:10).  Prayer is two lovers—God and us--sharing our hearts in love; through prayer we pour-out our deepest concerns, thoughts and desires to God, giving them and ourselves over to the Lord, to align our hearts with His.  Praying in accordance with His Word and will, God answers our prayers to His glory and for our good (1st John 5:14-15).

"If  you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”  (John 15:7).

In this “period of discernment” during which we at and as PPC have committed ourselves to be  diligent in praying for our congregation, Presbytery, and denomination, I am persuaded once more to do exactly that: PRAY  “in faith” (James 5:15, Matthew 11:24), “earnestly” (James 5:17), “fervently” (Acts 12:5), “alertly” (Colossians 4:2) and “without ceasing!” (1st Thessalonians 5:17). 

--God hears and answers our prayers, FOR SURE!

Grateful to be a prayer partner for and with you, His  PPC prayer warriors!

 In Christ,


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Session Digestcolumns

The Session met on June 26 for their monthly stated meeting. After prayer and sharing some Scriptures with one another, the following actions were taken.

1. Based on recommendations from the Discernment Task Force, a "road map" and "primer" were approved for distribution. Pastor Carl will write a cover letter.
2. A letter of "dissent" was developed and approved to be sent to the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This was a formal resolution recording where PPC objected to the Benefits Plan providing coverage for same-gender partners and their children.
3. A payment of one-half of the per capita ($1600) was approved to be sent to Presbytery for 2012.
4. The financial position of PPC as of 5/31/12 showed a positive balance of $ 23,234.09 for the operating account.
5. A contract was approved to repair the Sanctuary air conditiong system
6. Session approved the transfer of ~$28,000/ of the PPC Foundation from a stock fund to a bond fund.
7. A revised list of financially supported missionary ministries for 2012, based on the amount of faith promise pledges, was approved. It involved dropping some of our previous giving from the list. That list will be posted on the mission's board across from the office. The total of the proposed giving for 2012 is $26,700
8. Because of the time of discernment Pastor Carl has cancelled his approved continuing education plans for September.

Larry Oline, Clerk

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Stewardship Ministry Update  

John Odom is the new Chair of Stewardship.

We thank the Lord for Tom Smith III and his dedicated service to the Lord, PPC and our Stewardship Ministry.

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 


June 2012 Financial  Report

The Financials for  June show actual income $15,999.93 with expenses of $32,174.47.14 leaving us -$16,174.54 in the red.

Actual Income   $ 163,982.42
Actual Expenses $ 168,222.23
Red -$4,239.81


Financial Notes

PPC Foundation *
Pasadena Foundation $27,931.12
Wahl Scholarship   $51,022.61

Cash Available  

Checking Account Balance: $39,090.63

Cash Reserves             

General Reserve MM    $30,148.88

Total Cash                    $69,239.51

*Values fluctuate with the stock market

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Evangemissions Chair Larry Oline

In 2 Corinthians 9:13 it says, "Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else." Causing men and women to praise God in every nation is our goal. Psalm 117:1 says, "Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples." As we learned recently while listening or watching an audio/video tape from Dr. John Piper, the word "peoples" is not a mistake. It refers to the approximately 11,000 language and cultural groups in the world. It is our desire and passion that all these people groups will extol and praise our God. And Jesus said in Matthew 24:14, "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations (language groups), and then the end will come." May each of us be faithful to pray and share with others so this goal can be reached.

A new list of financially supported missionaries for 2012 was approved, based on the amount of faith promise pledges. Some ministries were dropped from our previous support. The new list will be posted on the mission's board across the hall from the office.

Possible mission oriented dinner meetings on the first Wednesday evening of each month are being planned and developed.

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Missionary Karen Dunham of Living Bread Ministries

Pastor Karen Dunham will be speaking on August 22nd at 7pm in the Claxton Chapel.  Pastor Karen has a ministry in Jerusalem.  Living Bread is one of the missionaries that we sponsor in our Faith Promise giving every month.  Please come and hear this most dynamic speaker.

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Food Distribution Center  

Missions is a cross-cultural movement aimed at helping people stop making much of themselves and Missions is calling the world to do what they were created to do, namely, to enjoy making much of God forever.  If missions  does not reach a people with the gospel of the glory of God in the face of Christ, God will be dishonored and the people will be miserable - forever. Therefore we are driven by two motives (which turn out to be one): the glory of God, and the good of man. They are one because praise to God is the consummation of pleasure in God.  Start making much of their Creator.

Missions is telling the nations (all peoples) to praise God and then giving them evidences that this is good to do and showing them how God has made a way for sinners to do it because of the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ. Missionaries don't just say Psalm 117:1, "Praise the LORD, all nations!" They also say Psalm 147:1, "Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting." We don't just say, "Praise the true God, through his Son Jesus!" We give reasons. We explain who he is and what he is like and how he has worked in history and spoken to us in the Bible and in his Son. We give reasons for why praising God is the only safe and satisfying response to God. We make clear: Not to praise is to perish.

Month of June Praise the Lord always!
We ministered to 86 families, 225 individuals

Praise the Lord always!

Pat Mancini                                         

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Women of the ChurchPresbyterian Women


Our Birthday celebration was held June 2nd and a good time was had by all who attended.  Congratulations to Terry Odom who received the Honorary Membership award, presented by Ann Carney.    (Pictures from the celebration are on the WOC bulletin board)  We received $650.00 for the Birthday Offering which was very good for the attendance we had.  Approximately 35 were served at the salad luncheon.  Kuddos to Glen Hamilton who accompanied his wife Lois and was the only man brave enough to attend.  We had invited men and women to this celebration.  He’ll never tell what you missed!

The following is a list of our current circles, their leaders and the time they meet.  We invite all women to attend a circle.  If, for some reason, the times do not suit anyone, we would be more than willing to form another circle at the time more suitable for those concerned.  Please contact me if you would like to join us.

Esther Circle – Leader, Pat Edgington– Meets 2nd Tuesday @ 1:00pm in homes
Hannah Circle – Leader, Vicki Danz – Meets 2nd Monday @ 1:00pm in church
Rachel Circle – Leader, Ann Carney – Meets 1st Monday after 2nd Tuesday @ 7:00pm in homes
Ruth Circle – Co-Leaders, Alma Oline & Pat Drucker – Meets 2nd Tuesday @ 1:00pm in homes

Circles meet from September through May and will be doing 12 studies on Daniel (Spiritual Living in a Secular World) by Douglas Connelly.

 “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 month of August!


Patricia Watts, Chairperson

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WHEN:  Monday, 8/20, 9:00 AM

              Tuesday, 8/21, 9:00 AM

WHERE:  Fellowship Hall

Drop off your preschool children, then join us for a time of fellowship.  Meet fellow parents and church staff!

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Antioch Youth News

SUNDAY, 8/19, NOON – Meet at the church for bowling at Ten Pins Lanes.

This event is open to both Youth and young adults.

We will stop for lunch on the way.

K-Life is continuing to meet throughout the summer at the K-Life house.  Please contact the K-Life area director,, for additional information. Please  visit the K-Life website,, details about locations, staff, contacts, and events.

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Library News


When you are in the middle of a series or just want to read something new from your favorite author, it can be difficult to wait. You can look on the Internet, look at the author's websites and glean bits and pieces, but, sometimes, nothing new will be found. That is the case with one very popular author.

A friend was recently inquiring about when the third (promised) Father Tim Series novel would be published by author Jan Karon. Father Tim was the main character of the wildly-popular, Christian and award-winning Mitford Series. These nine books also led to several other books, such as the cookbook and books of treasured quotes, etc. She had even written four children's books. Karon had decided to continue writing about the priest, now retired, and wrote two books, Home to Holly Springs and In the Company of Others. Three years span the time between the release of these two books, the last being introduced in 2010. If the Amazon ratings can be used as a guide, the Company had a variety of stars, not the mostly high marks she has gotten for years. Perhaps next year another will come out? Those who have enjoyed her wholesome yet thought-provoking work can only hope. Meanwhile, go to her website which plays dreamy Irish music, look at the pictures she and her daughter took in Ireland several years ago and reread the Mitford Series from your church library.

Another author who gained some popularity is Dee Henderson. She has written 15 novels, award-winning and popular, including the O'Malley Series and Uncommon Heroes. Her genre is Christian mystery and drama (my definition). While her website is not fancy, it does say that her next work, Full Disclosure, will be out in October 2, published by Bethany House (its website is To celebrate, there are give-aways and posts from the author. On her official website, Henderson says she has had a serious neck injury which has limited her writing and would appreciate our prayers.

Meanwhile, the filming for the second Beverly Lewis book-turned Hallmark channel movie (The Confession) was taking place in March in Winston-Salem, N.C. We have the first (The Shunning) on DVD. Stay tuned…

Laurie Smith, Librarian

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Fellowship Ministry

Fellowship ministry has taken a little break for the summer but will be meeting again Monday, August 13. 2012 in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m.

Keep in mind the Trash & Treasures Sale – Saturday, August 4, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  (See the advertisement elsewhere in the Newsletter).

On August 19th there will be a unity service again beginning at 10:30 a.m. with lunch to follow in the Fellowship Hall.  Our ministry will be over-seeing the details of the lunch for this Sunday.

“Koinonia’s” primary meaning is “fellowship, sharing in common, communion”.   Christian fellowship is a key aspect of the Christian life.  Believers in Christ are to come together in love, faith and encouragement.  This is the essence of Koinonia.

Patricia Watts

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Trash and Treasure Sale

Trash & Treasure Sale

August 4th, 9am—2pm

Hot Dog, Chips & Soda Lunch for $3.00

 All Proceeds go to the Church!

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Congregational Meeting

A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING has been called by Session for SUNDAY AUGUST 19 in the Fellowship Hall following the single worship service.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive the report of the Congregation’s NOMINATING COMMITTEE and proceed to elect 3 elders to the Class of 2015. 

An insert with statements from the 3 elder nominees will be included in the weekly announcement FLYERS for Sunday August 12 and 19.

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Period of Discernment: Special Service


We will come together for SUNDAY SCHOOL at 9:30 a.m.  

A single WORSHIP SERVICE will begin in the sanctuary at 10:30 a.m.

In place of a sermon, we will move over to the Fellowship Hall for a Congregation-wide BIBLE STUDY.  STUDY SHEETS for the Bible Study will be available at the pick-up stations around the sanctuary and from the Office.   Everyone is asked to pick up a sheet and answer the questions to prepare for our study time together.

Following our service, there will be a CONGREGATIONAL MEETING.

Following our meeting, LUNCH  FOR ALL will be provided in Fellowship Hall.

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Parent's Night Out

WHEN: Saturday, August 25th, 6-9 PM

The children will be supervised by PPC approved child care providers.  Age-appropriate activities will be planned.  A snack will be served.

Ages 1-3 – drop off in classroom 5

Pre-K through Grade 5 – drop off in Fellowship Hall

Please contact Leslie Hughes, , for additional information.

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Praise Kids

There will be a Praise Kids Fellowship Pot Luck Dinner on Wednesday, 8/22, 6:30 PM, in Fellowship Hall.  Bring a dish to share!

Praise Kids begins 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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Sunday Worship Attendance

  9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
May 27   80 41 121
June 03 87 44 131
June 10   81 43 124
June 17    80 34 114
June 24   60 27 87
July 01  65       53 118
July 08     83 36 119
July 15   58 40 98
July 22 Combined  Service  81
July 29   67 37 104

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What's New At PPCNews

Thank You

The Nottoli, Stahley and Pilkington family give God all praise and Glory for Anthony Stahley's miraculous recovery.  We thank God for all of your love, support and most of all  for your prayers for Anthony's life.  We know that God's purpose and plan will be carried out and appreciate all your prayers for further recovery in his health and wisdom for all that is ahead.

NOTE: Anthony’s birthday is August 25th.  Happy Birthday Anthony!


To our re-elected and now installed DEACONS, CLASS 2015 Vicki Danz and Bill Wyess

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.

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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