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September 2012

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Stewardship Ministry Update
Financial Report
Evangemissions
Food Distribution Center
Women of the Church
Calendar
Preschool
Antioch Youth
Children's Church
Praise Kids
Back to School Bash
Library
Fellowship Ministry
Parent's Night Out
Family Connection
Period of Discernment: Special Service
Discipleship Ministry September 2012
Deacon's Corner
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC
Birthdays

From Me to You

“Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
(Matthew 6:33)

One of the articles our elders and deacons consulted during our August CONVOCATION was titled “Getting the Kingdom right to get the Church right” (Mission Frontiers, July-August 2012, pp. 6-8). The author, Steve Smith, noted that Jesus used the word “kingdom” over 100 times, while using the word “church” only twice.  “Jesus’ entire ministry was focused on initiating the Kingdom of God” he wrote.

So, are we?  Is everything we do in our own lives, and in our life in Christ together as PPC, all about and for God’s Kingdom?   How would we know that we are putting His Kingdom first?

One quick way to tell:  are we putting Jesus, the King, first?

Colossians says “all things have been created through Jesus and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church” (Colossians 1:16-18).
When we look at our lives, can we see Jesus there, in every aspect, at every moment, in every thought, word and deed?   If not, then we are not living fully for the King and His Kingdom!

Another way to tell:  who will be in the Kingdom because of us and the witness of our lives?
Revelation 7:9 pictures one moment in the Kingdom when “a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, (is) standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” 

How did that multitude get there? It’s certainly correct to say “by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 2:8); but how did they come to know and place their faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord?

THROUGH US—YOU AND ME!  Jesus said: “you shall be My witnesses … even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

That’s why, as Steve Smith also notes, from the book of Acts through Revelation, the word “church” is used almost three times as much as “kingdom.”  The CHURCH, you and I together in and for Jesus, are “at the heart of God’s Kingdom plan” Smith writes.   We as the Body, Bride and Witness of Christ, are the ones through whom Jesus reaches out to the world and invites people to repent and believe in Him, and become part of His Kingdom!

So, if people aren’t coming to Christ—i.e., being “added to you”--through our lives and life together as Christ’s Church, it probably means one thing:   we aren’t putting and keeping Jesus the King and God’s Kingdom first.  Steve Smith notes “It is easy for church to subtly shift the focus from the King and His Kingdom, often becoming obsessed with themselves and their own successes, structures or traditions…When we focus on Church first, we get Kingdom wrong.”

Have we done that?  Are we at and as PPC seeking our own wants, instead of what Jesus wants for us?  Are we preferring our own ways, instead of the way in which He wants us to go?

If so, we must repent:  turn around, turn loose of ourselves and any idols, return to Jesus and put Him and His Kingdom first.  “Jesus was launching a Kingdom so radical in nature that we must realign our whole concept of what God wants to do in and through us, especially in how He will do it.  This includes how we live as church” Smith notes.

Praying that we all at and as PPC will be so willing, open, humble, loving, trusting and committed, that we will continue to do all Jesus says, go whenever and wherever He leads, follow Him without hesitation and with our all, and so become all He wants us to be, as His Church, for His Kingdom, and to His glory! 

In Christ,
Carl 

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Session Digestcolumns

The Session met on July 24 with the following items either discussed or approved.

1. The Session will meet with Rev. Dr. Nancy Kahaian, the Transitional Presbyter of the Tampa Bay Presbytery, on August 14 at 7 p.m. in Room 201. She will be invited to preach at a single service on September 23 and to address a town hall meeting afterward.
2. August 19 worship service will be a single service at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary and then in the Fellowship Hall for a Bible study from Jude 1-25; Hosea 2:1-23; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; and Revelation 18:1-8 and a lunch to follow.
3. The nominating committee recommends Gene Hammond, Tom Smith IV, and Pat Mancini as candidates for Elder. The election will take place after the worship service on August 19.
4. A planning retreat for the Elders and Deacons will take place August 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be a time of prayer, and discussion of our  mission, unity, ministry structure, and the status of the period of discernment.
The stated meeting was closed with a season of prayer.

Larry Oline, Clerk

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Stewardship Ministry Update  

Psalm 50: 9 - 11

9 I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens,

10 for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.

11 I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine.”

John Odom, Chair

 

Pasadena Presbyterian Church Wishlist
Nature of Project Estimated Cost Received
Sanctuary Projector $4,000 $25
Worship Band Keyboard  (NEW!) Purchased! Praise the Lord!

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Financial Report 

July 2012 Financial  Report

The Financials for  July show actual income $17,603.83 with expenses of $35,012.22 leaving us -$17,408.39 in the red.

FOR THE YEAR 2012
Actual Income   $ 181,586,25
Actual Expenses $ 203,049.97
Red -$ 21,463.72

 

Financial Notes

PPC Foundation *
Pasadena Foundation $28,191.91
Wahl Scholarship   $51,022.61

Cash Available  

Checking Account Balance: $22,123.04

Cash Reserves             

General Reserve MM   $30,190.79

Total Cash (Checking Acct Bal. & MM) $52,313.83

*Values fluctuate with the stock market

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Evangemissions

Evangemissions Chair Larry Oline

David, in Psalm 40:1-3, wrote, "I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord."

 When we read these verses and think about them, isn't that exactly what God so graciously has done for each of us? This is all about God and what He has done. "…he turned...heard...He lifted...he set...and gave...He put." We all were stuck in slime, mud, and filth with no hope when Jesus came along and turned to hear us calling for mercy.  When I was reading these verses I thought of Bartimaeus, a blind man in Jericho (Mark 10). He cried out to Jesus in his blindness and asked for mercy. Jesus stopped and turned to the needs of Bartimaeus, recognized his faith, and healed him physically and spiritually. I am sure Bartimaeus praised and praised God for what He had done for him.  That is a picture of what Jesus has done for each of us.

 Our response to His work in us is to praise Him with words and deeds.  "Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord." May that be true for each of us.

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Food Distribution Center  

John 15:7-9 Amplified Bible (AMP)

7 If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.

8 When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.

9 I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love [[a]continue in His love with Me].

The Lord is so good to those who believe in Him and pass on His good news.

Want to visit the pantry and maybe find something you would like to do for the Lord.   Just stop by any second and fourth Saturday of the month and we will be happy to see you.

The month of July the Lord has fed 86 families and 225 individuals. All the praise goes to you Abba Father.

Respectfully,

Pat Mancini 

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Women of the ChurchPresbyterian Women

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER  2012

Thursday, September 6th  @ 11:00 am          Council Meeting in Boswell
Monday, September 10th  @   1:00 pm         Hannah Circle – Fellowship Hall
Monday, September 10th  @   7:00 pm`        Rachel Circle – Home of Pat Watts
Tuesday, September 11th  @   1:00 pm         Esther Circle – Home of Pat Edgington
Tuesday, September 11th  @   1:00 pm         Ruth Circle – Home of Aristeia Sowa   
Saturday, September 22nd @  9:00 am         Help Shop @ Village Presbyterian Ch.

Circles meet from September through May and will be doing 12 studies on Daniel (Spiritual Living in a Secular World) by Douglas Connelly.  If anyone would like to join a circle, or if you would like to make one of your own at a different time, please contact me.

If you would like to know more about Presbyterian Women two help shops will be offered in September and October.  The one in September will be Saturday the 22nd at 9:00 am.  Details are on the bulletin board.  The one in October will be Thursday, October 4th at 9:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg.  If you are interested in attending either one of these help shops, please contact me for further information or details. 

PLEASE CHECK OUR BULLETIN BOARD FOR VITAL INFORMATION.

KEEP THIS DATE OPEN – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH AT 10:30 A.M. we will have ONE service for our women’s Thank Offering.  Dave Moore, Executive Director of Beth-El Farm workers Ministry, Inc. will be our guest speaker.  Lunch will be served for all after the service.

“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. 

Blessings,

Patricia Watts, Chairperson

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Preschool

Sonrise Preschool
      started on August 20, 2012 at full capacity. 

PTL!

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Antioch Youth News

Our Youth has partnered with K-Life of St. Petersburg.  Here is a description of K-Life taken from the K-Life website, http://stpete.klife.com.  Please visit the K-Life website for updated calendar and event information.

"Having thus a fond affection for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the Gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us."  I Thessalonians 2:8

K-Life is a community-wide, interdenominational Christian ministry of discipleship and fellowship for youth and their families. Through a variety of activities (weekly clubs, small group Bible studies, mission trips, ski trips, and monthly events), K-Life kids grow in their faith and have lots of fun in the process. They learn that following Christ and discovering His plan for their life is the most exciting adventure of all and that they can count on friendship and support from leaders and peers who care.

K-Life works alongside churches and families in the community to teach and encourage kids to be strong in the Lord in spite of all the negative pressures they face as teenagers. K-Life networks kids from different churches, and those without a church affiliation, to build positive, Godly relationships that can withstand the negative peer pressure so prevalent in today's youth culture.

SPECIAL K-LIFE EVENTS:  Monday, September 10 – Kick Off Club, High School, 7 – 8:45 PM
                                                         Tuesday, September 11 – Kick Off Club, Middle School, 7 – 8:45 PM

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Children's Church

Children’s Church is a worship service designed specifically for children in preschool through grade 5.  The children are dismissed from the Sanctuary each Sunday during the 9:00 AM service, with the  exception of Communion Sunday.
The children continue to grow in their faith through real-life application of Bible stories from 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, and Isaiah.  The children will participate in the “Back to School Bash” on Sunday, September 9th. 

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matthew 19:14

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Praise Kids

Praise Kids begins Wednesday, September 12th,

7:00 – 8:00 PM.

9/12 – Esther

9/19 -- Nehemiah

9/26 – Jesus tempted by Satan

Children’s Church is a discipleship ministry for children in Preschool through 5th grade.

The children grow closer in their relationship with Jesus through Bible stories, games, and arts and crafts.

Please contact Leslie Hughes, , for additional information.

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Back to School Bash

WHO:  All children and Youth

WHEN:  Sunday, September 9th, 9:15 AM – 10:45 AM

The children will be dismissed from the Sanctuary during the 9:00 AM service.

Breakfast will be served in Fellowship Hall
The children will enjoy activities in Fellowship Hall, followed by a movie in the theatre.

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Library News

CHILDREN LEARN ABOUT THE BIBLE WITH DIFFERENT STYLES OF BOOKS

Children need to be introduced to the Bible in ways that they can understand. Learning styles differ from child to child. Some learn best through pictures. Some through hearing. Some benefit both ways. Jesus used word pictures in His parables to help people understand what He was saying. As we try to teach the truths of the Bible to children, it is good to remember this. Some children cannot read a long sentence but can understand it when a person reads a long sentence to them. They can understand when they hear the information written at a grade level higher than they can read for themselves. Sometimes you should read above the grade level of the child so he/she can learn to hear how it sounds to read and can absorb facts above his/her reading level. The library offers books which will help children understand Bible truths in different styles and many grade levels.

The library offers books which are written at various levels for their reading ability. One is from the Zonderkidz line of I Can Read! books-Level 2 Reading with Help and is called Jesus: God's Only Son. Level 2 is "High-interest stories for developing readers." The story of Jesus from the garden to His ascension is told in easy-to-read sentences and boldly illustrated.

The Adventures of Jesus Illustrated features a mixture of pictures in the "comic book style" of putting the speaker's words in speech bubbles. Bible chapters are interspersed with this action narrative. This is for more accomplished readers, due to the sentence length, but can be read to a younger child. A similar publishing style which can interest children comes fromJapan. It is called manga and is similar to a comic book. The library has several books and series in this style, including Manga Messiah and the Manga Bible series.

Beautiful illustrations can catch a child's eye and interest him in the story. Lavish, soft paintings  and the Bible facts about Jesus as a baby, child and youth are woven into the book Children's Story Bible When Jesus Was Young.

Many of us learn more when we know the context of the story in the Bible chapter we are reading. To give children a visual resource for the customs, peoples and tools of Bible times, check out the DK Eyewitness Books Bible Lands. DK (Dorling Kindersley) uses its distinct style of non-rectangular, subject-shaped photographs on white page to direct readers to the essentials of what is being studied. Photos of statues, foods, ancient tools and other items are in sections such as The Israelites, Clothing, Money and Trade. DK, as a reviewer in Booklist points out, "reinvent(ed) nonfiction books by breaking up the solid pages of gray type... reducing the text to bite-size, nonlinear nuggets that were then surrounded by pictures that did more than adorn—they also conveyed information. Usually full color, they were so crisply reproduced they "seemed to leap off the page." Even grown-ups will get plenty out of this book, as will the children.

Laurie Smith, Librarian

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Fellowship Ministry

Our Trash & Treasures Sale – Saturday, August 4, 2012 grossed $609.00 which was divided between local church and our Faith Promise. 

Our ministry was in charge of the lunch that was served after the one service and congregational meeting on Sunday, August 19, 2012. 

Our next meeting will be held Monday, September 10, 2012 at which time we should be finalizing some discussions we had at our August meeting with regards to some proposed activities.  We will keep you posted.  Please read the newsletter as there is always a “wealth of information” on the pages.  If you have any questions, input or suggestions for Fellowship Ministry, we would be glad to hear from you.  You may contact me or any of our members – Vicki Danz, Aristeia Sowa, Patti Strong, Shirley Phillips, Alma Oline or Felicia Ragland.

Our next project will be helping the women of the church with their Thank Offering service in November.  (See Women of the Church column in this newsletter for more details).

“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,  Chairperson

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Period of Discernment: Special Service

The next single service for our Period of Discernment will be September 23, 2012

Sunday School will be at 9am

Worship will be at 10am.  Rev. Dr. Nancy Kahaian, Transitional Presbyter of our Tampa Bay Presbytery, will be our guest preacher.

A Town Hall Meeting will immediately follow worship in the sanctuary.  Nancy and representatives from Presbytery will be on-hand to listen to our concerns and to answer our questions regarding the changes in our PCUSA Book of Order, recent General Assembly actions, and how Presbytery is responding.

Lunch for all will follow at noon in the Fellowship Hall.

***General information about our Period of Discernment can be found in handouts around the sanctuary, in the church office, or online.***

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Parent's Night Out

WHEN: Saturday, September 22th, 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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Family Connection

Begins Wednesday, September 12th, 6:30 PM, in the Chapel

Family Connection is a family worship time designed specifically for children.

Followed by adult Bible study from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in Fellowship Hall

Nursery care available for children not yet in preschool.

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Discipleship Ministry September 2012

Meeting has been moved due to Labor Day.
New time is September 10th @ 1:30pm.

Kathie Schellhaas, Chair

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Deacon's Corner

Our deacons are: Bill Schellhaas, Chair; Judy Bloomfield; Vicki Danz; Debbie Saathoff; Caesar Van Ardoy and Bill Wyess.

If you have a pastoral or prayer need, give YOUR deacon a call!

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            
  9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
August 05 62 32 95
August 12  64 38 102
August 19 Combined 10:30 am 80
August 26 61 42 103

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What's New At PPCNews

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.

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

  • Childrenand Youth Classes: Elementary Room 209, Kathie Schellhaas
  • College/ Career Class: Room 206,Tom Smith IV
  • Friendship Class: Boswell, Tom Smith III
  • 1 Corinthians Adult Bible Study: Room 204, Pastor Bob
  • Creative Friendzy Class:  Room 201, Debbie Saathoff 

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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