Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

September 2010

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Stewardship Ministry Update
Financial Report
Pasadena Presbyterian Women
Faith Community Nursing
Children's Church
Life Groups
Wednesday Night Women's Bible Study Group: Women in the World
Join Us at Sunday School
Wings of Victory International Ladies' Retreat
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You

“As you are going, make disciples of all the nations, baptizing…

and teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matthew 28:19)

September is the “kick-off” month for many of the annual Christian Education ministries of our PPC. Sunday School classes start and restart;  L.I.F.E. groups begin again;  Youth and Young Adult gatherings regather; Wednesday night studies for all ages and stages roll-out and take-off; PPC Presbyterian Women Circles (studying Revelation no less) circle-around to a new year for study and growth in the Lord.   All of these ministries are provided by our Lord Jesus in and through our congregation to fulfill His command to “make disciples” (see reference above). 

Disciples are essentially students; the root-word “matheytay” in Greek means “one who follows, learns from, and becomes like the master.”  Rather than just make converts who adhere to a religion or club members who sit in pews, Jesus is about saving and transforming our lives so that His life is in us, and passed-on to others through us.  Disciples of Jesus, Biblically, are those who know Him personally, increasingly and deeply; and so, they are those through whom others become disciples of Jesus, too.

Discipleship doesn’t just happen with conversion.  The title to a classic book, Disciples Are Made, Not Born (Walter Henrichsen), spells this out.  Becoming a disciple of Jesus requires us to take-on the “disciplines” of life in the Holy Spirit, so that we take-in the Person of Jesus—His character and conduct.  That means daily spending time studying and applying God’s Word, practicing Jesus’ presence in worship, and seeking God’s wisdom and will in prayer. The “disciplines” of discipleship also include seeking fellowship in Christ with other believers, and showing and sharing Christ, serving Him in word and deed in the world. 

Becoming a disciple of Jesus, though, is not just an independent study course; to really learn to follow Him, point to Him in everything, we need someone who has been there, or at least is getting there ahead of us.  We need to be discipled; and the person Jesus raises up to do that is called in Scripture a “teacher.”

“God gave some as…teachers, for the equipping of the saints for (their) work of service” (Ephesians 4:11ff).

Teachers are not just “facilitators,” “conveners,” “group leaders” or “gurus.”  They are flesh and blood examples of what it means to be, and live as, a disciple of Christ.  What they say and do in life, even more than what they know, is what shows and shares Jesus—and helps us know Him better, and learn to live for Him more and more, too. 

We are blessed at PPC to have the TEACHERS the Lord has raised up to help make us disciple-making disciples of Jesus Christ.  Pray for them; come, get to know and learn more of Jesus from and with them, as we start our new Christian Education year!

Thanking God with you for His gift of our teachers!
In Christ,

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Session Digest


BREAKING NEWS: The Session is delighted to announce the hiring of Leslie Hughes as our new Director of Family Ministries (DOFM) at PPC.

Leslie will be responsible for overseeing Sunday School, Wednesday night Praise Kids Club, Youth Ministry, ministry to Preschool families, and a variety of additional discipleship events.

The DOFM is a part-time, 25 hour/week, annual contract (July-June) position. Leslie begins September 1st and her office will be in Room 207 (former Youth Ministry office). Her office hours are flexible.


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Stewardship Ministry Update: Balcony People

Author Joyce Landorf calls people who encourage others "Balcony People"; people who heal us with their loving, perceptive affirmations. Like applause from the balcony, they offer us the healing antidote of affirmation.  

Where I work, upper management sent out an email last month, asking us to affirm our co-workers in these difficult times. Even more so, in the body of Christ, we should "do everything with kindness and love." (2 Corinthians 16:14) to encourage those who "work" with us in the fields for Christ. A good example from the early church was Barnabas, who first appears in Acts 4:36.  Barnabas was a "balcony person." His real name was Joseph from Cyprus but he was nicknamed Barnabas, which means "son of encouragement." Barnabas greatly encouraged the early church by selling his land and giving all from the sale to the church. Later he went on to encourage a new believer named Saul and stuck by him through many trials. He and Paul traveled a lot, evangelizing. Without Barnabas, Paul might have remained Saul. 

Let's all do what we can to encourage rather than evaluate; to applaud rather than sit and judge critically. To give with faith and fervor is a great encouragement to all the church. The investing world's returns have been meager and fraught with risk, but laying up treasures in heaven is always a safe place. 

The financial report this month shows us running in the red. Our church needs "balcony people" now to encourage and grow God's people here at Pasadena. We hope you've returned from vacation, rested and ready to resume giving and growing in faith. Like Barnabas, let us give and gain what we cannot lose, encouraging the church now and for generations to come.

Tom Smith, Stewardship Chair

Pasadena Presbyterian Church Wishlist
Nature of Project Estimated Cost Received
Youth Sound Equipment (speakers, etc.) $1,500 New item
Sanctuary Projector $4,000 New item


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Financial Report: July 31, 2010

The Financials for July show actual income $17,829.05 with expenses of $33,325.51 leaving us $15,523.46 in the red. 

Year to Date 2010
Actual Income   $213,347.14
Actual Expenses $230,032.68
Red $  16,685.55
Financial Notes
PPC Foundation 
Pasadena Foundation $ 26,589.61
Wahl Scholarship   $ 49,719.36

Cash Available

Checking Accound Balance: $29,334.93

Cash Reserves            

General Reserve MM                 $54,720.96

Gen. Reserve CD #5997 $12,277.64

Total Cash                    $ 96,433.53

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"The Lord had said to Abram, 'Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you.  I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.  I will blessed those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all the peoples on earth will be bless through you.'  So Abram left, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him.  Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran."

God called Abram, and Abram obeyed.  Have you ever thought about how history would have been different had Abram not obeyed God's command?  God has a plan for all of us (Jeremiah 29:11), and God definitely had a plan for Abram -- even at the age of 75!  Pray about where God is calling you to serve Him, and how you can be a blessing to others  -- no matter how young or old you are.

EvangeMissions = evangelism + missions

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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.

 Activities for Month of September  at Pasadena
Tuesday, September  7th at  10:00 am                           Council Meeting – Boswell
Tuesday, September  7th  at 11:00 am                           Bible Study Helps w/Pastor Carl
Thursday, September 9th at 7:30 pm                             Hannah Circle – Fellowship Hall
Monday, September 13th at 7:00 pm                             Rachel Circle - Fellowship Hall
Tuesday, September 14th at 10:00 am                          Esther Circle – Pat Edgington’s Home
Tuesday, September 14th at 1:00 pm                             Ruth Circle –  Madeline Leroy
Saturday, September 25th at 2:00 pm                            Ladies Tea, Fellowship & Prayer

This month begins our new Bible study for this year – “Journeys Through Revelation Apocalyptic Hope for Today”.  Pastor Carl will be meeting with us the first Tuesday of each month through May to help the leaders of the Bible study with each lesson.  This will begin at 11:00 a.m. so anyone is invited to sit in our Council meeting at 10 a.m., if you so desire, or just be there at 11 a.m. in the Boswell Room.

Presbyterian Women Leadership Training Opportunities - 2010 Help Shop Theme:  HOPE FOR TODAY.  Thursday, September 9th at First Presbyterian Church, Crystal River or Saturday, September 11th at Hope Presbyterian Church, Winter Haven.  Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.  If anyone is interested in going contact information is posted on our bulletin board.  Also, read the Tampa Bay Tidings (newsletter of the Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of Tampa Bay) for more information on these Help Shops.

RESERVE THE DATE – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH AT 2:00 P.M.   Ruth Hansell and her committee will be having a ladies tea with fellowship and prayer in the Fellowship Hall.  RSVP to Ruth at 343-1568 or call the church office at 345-0148.

In Christ’s Love,
Patricia Watts, Moderator

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Library News


Just starting out or in the prime of your life, you can find valuable help to face the financial world in which we Christian Americans live.


  • The Financially Confident Woman by Mary Hunt
    Amazon Book Review: "This isn't your typical book about finances and budgeting. Mary Hunt and her family recovered from devastating debt in the '80s--a debt incurred secretly over years of using credit card after credit card, compounded by the spectacular failure of the business she started with her husband. There's a strong religious component to her beliefs about money and responsibility, but she comes across as upbeat and modest, rarely dogmatic (except about the evils of easy credit). She encourages openness about money problems, and there's a sense of genuine caring in her writing that eliminates the distance between her and the reader--a quality she's put to good use with her Cheapskate Monthly newsletter. This is one of the best books you can buy--regardless of your gender--about the financial pitfalls of modern life and how to climb out of them. "
  • A Tip a Day with Ellie Kay: 12 Months' Worth of Money-Saving Ideas by Ellie Kay
    "This purse-sized guide shows families how to save money on everything from groceries to vacations, life insurance to investments, and clothing to housing. Ellie understands the need to save - she is the mom of seven and has lived to tell about it!" product description
  • The 15-Minute Organizer by Emilie Barnes
    Bestselling author and time–management expert Emilie Barnes gives women the basic strategies they need to survive in today’s busy world. Realistic and practical, each chapter offers proven methods for taking the stress out of meal planning, housekeeping, finances, holiday shopping, and more.

Book on CD:

  • Debt-proof Your Marriage: How to Achieve Financial Harmony by Mary Hunt
    Hunt helps couples learn the principles of acceptance, freedom, safety, and honesty in money matters. Debt-Proof Your Marriage covers everything couples need for managing their money harmoniously, including how to reconcile different money behaviors and beliefs; let go of financial fears; understand the basics of practical money management; share financial work between two people; manage roller coaster income; successfully live debt-free. Hunt's essential guide will help couples protect both their marriage and their money.

Laurie Smith, librarian

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Faith Community Nursing

September Focus from Faith Community Nursing

“O LORD, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be disgraced. Save me, for you do what is right.” Psalm 31:1 NLT

Mental health is something we take for granted until there is a problem, and then we struggle with where to turn for help. The stigma attached to mental health issues makes us reluctant to seek help so we just pretend everything is OK.

 Mental illnesses can affect people of any age, race, religion or economic status and are one of the leading causes of disability in the world. Without treatment, they can result in unemployment, homelessness, incarceration, or suicide. Some of the many conditions considered mental illness are:
ADHA                           Eating Disorders            Phobias
Anxiety Disorder           Learning Disabilities      Post traumatic Stress
Bipolar Personality        Obsessive/Compulsive     Schizophrenia
Dementia                       Behaviors                        Substance Abuse
Depression                     Panic Disorders             Suicide

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses. Symptoms of clinical depression include: persistent feelings of “emptiness”, sleep disturbances, inability to concentrate, memory problems, changes in appetite, loss of pleasure or interest in things that were once enjoyable, irritability, loss of energy, and feelings of hopelessness.  Depression can be experienced because of a chemical imbalance, environmental factors, or stress (

In Ecclesiastes we read, “Meaningless!” says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.’ These words describe how most depressed people feel. In a subsequent chapter it says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” We can’t separate our physical, mental, and spiritual health. Only when we seek wholeness through our Creator do we find true joy. Joy or wholeness can only be found at the foot of the cross and the empty tomb. It is OK to seek medical help but don’t forget to seek spiritual help too.

Debbie Rivard, RN, FCN

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I am very excited to be back. The pre-school staff has worked hard preparing for the 82 children who will be blessing us with their presence this school year. We are ready, the classrooms are ready, and we are up and running. I especially want to thank Deacon Dave, Eva Smith and Patti Strong for all of the support they have provided us in preparing. We look forward with joyful anticipation to the many blessings that this new school year will bring us. I look forward as always to see where God will be leading this ministry, and how he will help us to minister to the many families in our care. 

Please keep our families and staff in prayer as we begin this new year of blessings.  We are ever mindful that Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:5 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.” 

How blessed are we to welcome these 82 children in His name.

Administrator,  Laura Woodard

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Children's Church

Calling all Children Pre-K to 5th Grade:

Children’s Church will be starting up on Sunday, September 12th, 2010 at the 8:30am Worship Service.  We will go to the chapel before the sermon and will meet up with Parents at 9:30am in the Fellowship Hall where we will go for a craft and/or snack.  We have some exciting materials for our Worship time which include Bible verses, puppet shows, games, and crafts to help us learn about God and His Love for each one of us through His Son Jesus.

Any Questions please see Donna Crawford.

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Life Groups

The New Study “Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear ”, by Max Lucado, will kick off with a Pot Luck Dinner in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, September 12th.  There will be two groups, one Sunday Night and one Thursday evening. Please see the calendar for all dates and times.

David Pilkington, Discipleship

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Wednesday Night Women's Bible Study Group: Women in the World

“Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”   Revelation 1:3
This blessing is yours this fall as you commit to studying Revelation and  take to heart what is written.  “ Women in the Word”  starts this Fall on Wednesday nights with a new Study “ Here and Now...There and Then” , a Beth Moore Study on Revelation.    Wherever you are in your walk with the Lord, if you are willing to approach the Word with a humble attitude to learn something new and want to enlarge the love of God in your heart, then this study is just for you!    

Beginning  Wednesday, September 8th at 6:30, in the chapel, we will start together with a fellowship time and then begin our DVD series “Here and Now..There and Then”.   The cost of the workbook is $10.00.   You can sign up by filling out a registration form that will be available at the church, or contact any one of the “Women in the Word” Team:   Carol Pilkington -, or Terry Odom - 347-5754, or Chris Wyess - 360-7095 or Barb Hendry - 224-5081.    Please sign up as soon as possible, so we can have workbooks ordered and ready for the first meeting.    

Childcare will be available with the nursery, up to 5 years old.  Our Praise Kids Club program for Kindergarten through 5th Grade will run every Wednesday at the same time.

One exciting new part of our “Women in the Word” Wednesday Night Study, will be a mission outreach emphasis that we will incorporate each month.    Some of the projects that we will be working on will be the “ShoeBox” ministry, outreach to the Homeless, Pregnancy Center project,  and Christmas toy mission.    Your Women in the Word Team will be coordinating this each month and will give you information to help you participate.   

We are blessed to have a wonderful church family to study God’s word together, to serve Him and to give Him all the Glory and Honor for everything!

In Christ Love,

Carol, Terry, Chris and Barb

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Join Us at Sunday School

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


Middle School (6th-8th):
—Teacher: Jason & Christine Cook
Room: 206

High School (9th-12th):
“Hot Topics”
Room: 208


—Teacher: David Pilkington
Room: 205                                                        

—Teacher: Tom Smith  
Room: Boswell

—Teacher:  Larry Oline
Room: 201

Teacher: Sergio & Barb Gonzalez 
Room: Chapel

 —Teacher: Patty Burrows, Debbie Saathoff
  Room: Room 204

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

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Wings of Victory International Ladies' Retreat


SEPTEMBER 24, 25, 26

ISAIAH 40:31

WHERE: 3468 E. Riverside Drive
                  Ft. Myers, FL. 33916

CHECK IN BEGINS: Friday, 9/24 .... Dinner at 7 P.M.

FINAL SESSION ENDS .... Sunday, 9/26 at 3 P.M.
Come early if you can.  Wed. and/or Thurs.  Help set up and intercede.

COST:  $50 includes 2 nights and 6 meals.  Also gifts and prizes.
Scholarships are available and will be confidential
An offering will be taken to help with expenses which are NOT covered.
Donations toward the Retreat are appreciated and tax deductible.

Mailing address: Wings of Victory International
                                 3468 E. Riverside Drive
                                 Ft. Myers, FL. 33916

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS.  SPACE IS LIMITED.  REGISTRATION ENDS SEPT. 15.  If you wish to share accommodations with your group, register them all together and we will do our best.  No promises.  First registrations get preference.

Coordinator:   Elizabeth (Liz) Cabot
Liz has facilitated many Ladies Retreats as well as WOVI's. She and her family were missionaries in Nicaragua for years and in other parts of South America.  Liz will be one of several dynamite speakers.  What a wonderful time of refreshing for each of you!

BRING: Linens and pillow.  Possibly some air mattresses.  You will be in houses and may need to double up. PAJAMA PARTY TIME!! 
Gift of $5 or less for your "Secret Sister".
Bible, note pad, comfortable clothing, walking shoes.
Teachable Heart, Anticipation, Excitement, and a great big SMILE!
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About this area:  The Caloosahatchee is a mile wide here.  The Tarpon St. Pier is one block away.  Evan's Pizza is one mile away where we will have 4 meals.  Evan is Barbara's Son and serves lots more than pizza.  This is "Old" Ft. Myers.  A 2 story house across the street was built by Zane Gray's boat captain.  Evan's home next to it is over 100 years old.  This is a wonderful area for walks.  Downtown is 2 miles away.  It's about 5 miles to Edison's Home with Henry Ford's home next door on Royal Palm lined McGregor Blvd.

WE CAN HARDLY WAIT TO SEE YOU!  Make reservations for you and your friends NOW!


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Sunday Worship Attendance



  8:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
August 1 76 53 129
August 8 66 35 101
August 15 72 45 117
August 22 78 54 132

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What's New At PPCNews

Fellowship Ministry Needs You


Volunteers are needed for the Fellowship Committee (Ministry). Please contact Ruth Hansell or Vicki Danz if you are interested in helping us.

Thank you to those who helped with the Missions Fair lunch. God knows who you are. You are a blessing to PPC and we love that about you.

Don’t forget to bring your healthy appetites for our first Fellowship Dinner on September 15th at 6PM.  We will be having Chicken Caesar Salad and Strawberry Shortcake.  Make your reservations by filling out the forms in the Announcement Flyer by September 5th.

Monday Moringing Hobby and Craft Group

The last day to submit recipes for the Pasadena Presbyterian Family Heritage Cookbook will be the Sunday before Labor Day, September 5th!

Thank you for giving us your treasured family recipes to share with your church family.

Remember to bring your clean plastic grocery bags for us to recycle into tote bags which we sell to the community.  Place them in the yellow plastic tub outside of the restrooms in the main hallway. 

God bless you all for your help.

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