Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

September 2016

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From Me to You
Session Digest
Town Hall Meeting
Gracious Dismissal Update
Financial Report
Stewardship Ministry
Please Join Our Praise Chorus!
The Deacon's Developements
Koinonia Ministry
Praise Kids
Sunday School Classes
Sonrise ECLC
2016 Toy Drive
Additional Items Needed for Trinidad
Library News
Women of the Church
Food Distribution Ministry
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You:

“"When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God with the Levitical priests carrying it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it.”
(Joshua 3:3)

Our time is almost here.

Like the people of Israel who, after wandering in the desert, finally were led to the banks of the Jordan river, ready to cross into God’s promised land, so we of PPC are at that point in our walk with the Lord:

--poised to cross over and into our new life of promise!

Our Session has received a preliminary report from our PPC Dismissal Commissioners indicating that we are in position to complete the process and join our new Presbyterian family.  There will be several things to do in preparation for our “crossing,” and there are several more steps to take before we will actually get across and become a newly chartered church.  More information about what’s next and details of our dismissal contract will be forthcoming from Session, as the Commission of Tampa Bay Presbytery permits.  What we of PPC need to do now more than ever is pray! pray! pray! and keep our eyes on Jesus!  And we need to stick-with and encourage one another too:  often the most difficult part of a long journey is the last few steps!

Here are a few gleanings from Joshua 3 that can help us keep keepin’ on and finish this part of our walk as we follow Jesus into the new life He has for us:

· “the officers went through the midst of the camp” (Joshua 3:2)—the Lord gave the people their marching instructions through the officers;  our elders will be doing the same for us—if you have questions or comments as we move on together, be sure to contact your elder or deacon; and please keep praying for them!
· “When you see the Ark of the Covenant…then you shall set out” (Joshua 3:3)—the Lord was very specific about how the crossing would happen:  the people would follow Lord—specifically, the ark (the representation of the Lord’s presence).  For us, we can only go through this dismissal and rechartering process because we are convinced that Jesus is leading us to do so.
· “The Levitical priests carrying it” (the ark): The priests did this so everyone could see and follow together; the priests would also have the responsibility of leading the people in worship during the transition.  For us, this means we follow Jesus first, with and in worship:  Praising the Lord!  Together seeking His presence, wisdom, grace and favor; and encouraging one another’s faith in and faithfulness to Him!
· “Consecrate yourself, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you:”  Above all, we go across into the new congregational life the Lord has for us with joy and great expectations!  Jesus is leading us this way because He wants to show us more of Himself, and so, show and do more in, with and through us, to His greatest glory!

Not too much longer, now, and we will be entering the new and next phase of our life together in Jesus!  Looking forward to all Jesus has for us together ahead!

In Christ,


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Town Hall Meeting

on the draft terms for our DISMISSAL
Sunday September 25, 11am Sanctuary
Hosted by our PPC Dismissal Commission


  •  Transfer all Session records to PCUSA historical society
  •  $140,000 financial support to Presbytery of Tampa Bay
  • 10 year reversionary clause
  •  PPC joins a validated Presbyterian denomination


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Session Digest

Session Did not meet in July—no report to provide this month.

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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

June 2016    Financial  Report

Account Name
General Fund Checking   $    41,700.78
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $    91,172.28
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $    64,370.32
PRESCHOOL MM   $    50,697.14
Financial Notes



OPERATING INCOME TOTAL    $   20,585.80*
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   -$      2,440.43* 


Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING INCOME YTD * $  134,457.26*
OPERATING EXPENSE YTD    $  121,821.97*
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        * +$    12,635.29* 


Deacon’s Fund                                                            $      2,068.31

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

July 2016    Financial  Report

Account Name
General Fund Checking   $    53,561.16
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $    86,182.15
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $    46,367.95
PRESCHOOL MM   $    50,707.88
Financial Notes



OPERATING INCOME TOTAL    $   37,914.76*  (includes $20,000 rollover from preschool)
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   +$    18,256.81* 


Operating Income YTD:
OPERATING INCOME YTD * $  172,322.02*
OPERATING EXPENSE YTD    $  141,478.92*
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or – YTD)        * +$    30,842.10*  


Deacon’s Fund                                                           $    2,754.31

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements                                      

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Stewardship Ministry

We read in 1 Timothy 6:18 about believers, “They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” I thank the Lord that He has worked in us so consistently to be generous and ready to share, and pray that we will continue to do so. Let’s be rich in doing good so that we can prepare for our eternal future.

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*

“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for He is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under His care.”        Psalm 95:6-7


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. 

“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.

Watch for inserts in flyers with any events that may be coming up during September. Koinonia Ministry did not meet in August as scheduled due to illness and vacations.

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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Praise Kids

We’re teaching the Bible on Sunday nights to kids (and giving parents a little time for themselves!) We teach the truths of the Bible through stories, games and crafts to the elementary and for older kids and those who have graduated, a discussion time.
Our schedule is basically 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. At 6 p.m. we offer a snack and time to gather and get to know each other. Then we break into groups to learn about Jesus. Even the kids in the nursery get an age-appropriate lesson.
Sometimes we have special events so keep up with us on our Facebook page

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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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Sonrise ECLC

Shirley McLeod

Shirley McLeod is the new director of Sonrise Early Childhood Learning Center.  She has been involved in Early Childhood Education since 1991. 
She received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and continued on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. 
She received a teaching certificate through the state of Virginia in 1991.  She taught Kindergarten, First and Second grade as well as serving as secretary for the Chesapeake Reading Association and writing elementary math curriculum for the city of Chesapeake. 
She taught pre-k at Saint Petersburg Christian Preschool.  She earned her Director’s Credential through the state of Florida and was the director of Saint Petersburg Christian Preschool for
14 years before coming to Sonrise Early Childhood Learning Center.  She has a passion for education and enjoys training others to teach higher level thinking skills in developmentally appropriate ways. 

Family is very important to Shirley. Her husband, Howard, is the Media Specialist at Indian Rocks Christian School.  They have been married since 1993 and have two children, Marena, who is a senior in high school and Aiden, who is a first grader.  They also have guardianship of a two year old, who will be attending Sonrise ECLC.  Her desire is to support families by helping to prepare children for future success in life not just academically, but spiritually, emotionally and physically.


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2016 Toy Drive

Toys for 3,000 Under-privileged Children
Boys & Girls Ages 1-13

 Boys:                                            Girls:
Remote cars & trucks                             Dolls  (black & white)                                                          

Toddler toys                                            Soft dolls                                

Board games                                            Toddler toys

Basket ball                                               Board games

Soccer balls                                             Play sets (kitchen & tea)                                        

Footballs                                                  Doctor play sets

Water blasters                                          Lego set

Tennis racket sets                                   Tennis racket sets

Doctor play sets                                      Back pack

Boy figurine                                              CD Walkman

Lego set                                                   Pocket radio

Boy tool set                                              Electronic games

Back pack                                                 Watch                             

CD Walkman                                            Tricycles (UNASSEMBLED)

Pocket radio                                             Bicycles (UNASSEMBLED)

Electronic games                                      Skate Boards

Watch                                                       Scooters

Skate board                                             




Do not include:  Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures, breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers.
Include with your donation:  a gift of $5 or more (make checks out to All Nations Global 

Discipleship Ministries) to help cover shipping & other project costs. Total cost of shipping is $700.00.              Deadline is NOVEMBERR 8th 

                             100 PASADENA AVE N, ST. PETERSBURG, FL


Or call Pastor Anthony

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Additional items Needed for Trinidad

Pastor Anthony would like to start a mosquito spaying service from his church in San Fernando.  This would greatly help reduce the spread of virus such as zika and denge fever.  Their church needs at least one if not two portable      THERMAL FOGGING MACHINES.  New they cost $900 each.  If the Lord leads you to help and give with these   foggers, please make a church out to ALL NATIONS GLOBAL DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRIES;  you can drop off your donation by putting it in Pastor Anthony’s box in the PPC church office.  God bless you!

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Oh boy, do I like to solve problems and get things done!  I guess it’s a way to be in control, bring praise to myself and make me think I’m doing my part.  Solving problems and accomplishing success is important and we should all be willing to do our part at home, church, work or whatever we are involved in but sometimes we take it too far and apply that to the central part of being a follower of Christ.  All too often we want to work for God as an advisor – put ourselves in charge!  The problem is; God IS the boss, the leader and advisor.  God knows ALL the questions and the answers.  That doesn’t mean we should just sit on our hands, God has plenty for us to do but we must trust him to solve the problems and accomplish the progress and He wants us doing as His Word says and as the Holy Spirt works in our heart.  We will be much happier that way!
 One night at a Dwight L. Moody evangelistic meeting in Brockton, Massachusetts, a young man stood up to testify about his confidence of salvation.  He said, "I am not quite sure," meaning that he wasn't really certain that God would save him from his sins –– and then he continued, "But I'm going to trust, and I'm going to obey" –– meaning that he planned to trust God for his salvation and to do what he could to obey God's will.

"I'm going to trust, and I'm going to obey."  Daniel Towner was the song leader for that meeting.  He was so impressed by the young man's testimony that he wrote down those words and stuck them in his pocket.  Later, he wrote a friend, John Sammis.  In his letter, he told about the young man's testimony and included the young man's words:  "I am not quite sure, but I'm going to trust, and I'm going to obey."

Sammis quickly transformed those words into a hymn chorus:  "Trust and obey, For there's no other way To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey." Soon he had five stanzas to go with the chorus, and he sent them to Towner, who composed the tune that we still sing today.

Are we trusting and obeying God?  There is no other way, to be happy in Jesus!

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Library News

This is the September issue of the newsletter, so why am I writing about LOVE? Although you won’t find heart-shaped greeting cards at the store at this time of year, you might want to think about how love is what we are supposed to show in all our relationships-even with the rude clerk, the know-it-all coworker, the son, daughter or husband, or the people in the apartment above you!
As Dr. Gary Chapman, in his book Love As a Way of Life, challenges us to learn seven habits “when we decide to become authentically loving people.” His list is: kindness, patience, forgiveness, courtesy, humility, generosity and honesty. “These seven traits are not vague feelings or good intentions. ..They are basic, practical traits that are doable in everyday life. Yet the results of making these traits a habit is remarkable: satisfaction in relationships.”

You probably remember that Chapman is the author of The Five Love Languages books in which he defines the five primary ways we give and receive love: words of affirmation; quality time; gifts; acts of service and physical touch. He notes that the seven traits of a loving person in this book “are not an add-on” to the five but “are the foundation for every language of love.”

So, set aside some time to read this book thoughtfully. It is filled with stories to illustrate his points; questions to help us think; and Bible verses.

Laurie Smith, librarian

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Women of The Church


Communion at the Springs – Monday, September 5th at 9:45 a.m.

Committee Meeting – Tuesday, September 6th at 10:00 the Boswell                    Room.

Rachel Circle – Monday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m. at the home of

                    Felicia Ragland.

Sarah Circle – Tuesday, September 13th at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Aristeia Sowa. 

As you notice, we have one day circle and one evening circle. This is not like a club – all women of Pasadena Presbyterian Church are invited to come to either of the circle meetings. We have bible study, fellowship and light refreshments. We do have a budget for each calendar year and your offerings help us to contribute to the missions that we support, local and foreign. There is a copy of our budget for 2016 on our bulletin board in the hallway to the Boswell (or Patio). If you want more details regarding Women of the Church, please contact Pat Watts (727-302-0888).

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 about every day is not what is ahead of us but Who is ahead of us.  Keep Christ always first as He first loved us and we love Him.                     


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

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

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Food Distribution Ministry


212 Families ( 18 new)         

565 Individuals     

4,797 lbs. distributed 


216 Families ( 24 new)   

557 Individuals    

6,319 lbs. distributed 


428 Families served ( 42 new)

1,122 Individuals

11,116 lbs. distributed

Praise the Lord ! We had another new guest receive the Lord as his personal savior! Linda Woolsey-Adams had the blessing and privilege to pray with our new brother John. It was an especially emotional experience for Linda as it was 3 days after Steve’s 20 year old granddaughter Jenna lost her earthly life. God was comforting Linda as he used her to bring another lamb into His fold.  We continue to be amazed and in loving awe as we see God work in this ministry.

Then there are the times that we talk with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are not only in need of food and financial blessings but are going through real trials and tribulations.  We pray with people who are suffering loss and with those who are going through extreme health issues and problems with loved ones.  The ministry of the Food distribution center is to love the people who come to our doors with the love of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Unto Christ Jesus Always;
Your Food Distribution Center Team


Sunday Worship Attendance


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

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What's New At PPCNews

Thank You

 I would like to thank everyone for your prayers, cards, visits and calls during my recuperation. I know the prayers are what brought me through this time of trial so easily.  

Love, Ann Carney

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.

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.


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!

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