Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

September 2017

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From Me to You
Financial Report
Note: Change in Bookeeping
Announcing Tuesday Night Live
Stewardship Ministry
Food Distribution Ministry
The Deacon's Developements
Koinonia Ministry
Praise Kids
Sunday School
Please Join Our Praise Chorus
Sonrise ECLC
Library News
Women of the Church
Vacation Bible School
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You:

“Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad. Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually.”

 (1 Chronicles 16:10-11)

SEEKING the Lord always precedes and underlies SERVING the Lord.

Jesus is interested first and foremost in our friendship and love-life with Him: He puts our being His and being with Him ahead of doing anything for Him.

If we try to do for Him without first coming to, knowing and abiding in Him, we will quickly find ourselves tired, frustrated and confused, as if we are paddling up-stream on our own (which in fact we are).

God requires us to seek Him in order to serve Him!

“O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” 

(Psalm 63:1)

Wanting God—desiring Jesus first—is what it takes to have and keep Him in first place.

When we put works ahead of worship, activities ahead of abiding, we quickly find ourselves out of gas and in great need for refilling and revival. We can’t do anything for God until He’s everything to us!

“If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven,  will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

(2 Chronicles 7:14)

Seeking God’s face keeps us facing upward and outward with God in view.

Continuously increasing the intimacy of our love-life with Jesus is prerequisite to having and keeping a clean heart, clear conscience, willing mind and an open, obedient life in the Lord.  God transforms our “land” around us as He transform us—makes us His new creations in Christ.  

God works through us after and as He works in us!

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”

(Matthew 6:33)

Doing before delighting is like pulling the trigger before we have the target in sight: 

“ready, fire, aim! ”  Acting before abiding almost always results in us doing things in the wrong way, at the wrong time, or just doing things God doesn’t call or want us to do.  We can get so busy and diverted that our fruitfulness suffers and our joy in Jesus is lessened or lost—all of which leads to a diminished witness and love-life with the Lord.

Before we “busy” ourselves with the things of our church’s life and doing things for Jesus, let’s make sure we are increasingly and deeply desiring, delighting in, listening to and loving Him!

Seeking to serve Jesus to His glory with you, His saints at PPC!

 In Christ,


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Financial Report

June 2017   Financial  Report 

Account Name
General Fund Checking   $  19,050.97
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $  52,968.98
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  69,783.14
PRESCHOOL MM   $  25,790.45
Financial Notes



OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   -$    3,378.30


OPERATING BALANCE (+ OR -) YTD    -$   8,894.27

July 2017   Financial  Report


Account Name
General Fund Checking   $  31,672.47
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $  56,781.88
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  54,221.01
PRESCHOOL MM   $  25,795.92
Financial Notes



OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   +$ 21,565.67


OPERATING BALANCE (+ OR -) YTD    +$ 11,956.53


Deacon’s Fund                                                          $ 1,355.81

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

**Includes $25,000 annual roll-over from Preschool Surplus Funds

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Note: Change in Bookeeping

SESSION has approved a request to resign from Amanda Shockey, our PPC Bookkeeper.  Amanda will be in transition through Sept 15 as she hands-off our bookkeeping to Dotson Accounting Services. If you need to contact PPC about donations or PPC finances, please email our church Treasurer, Arlene Tomin.

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Announcing Tuesday Night Live


The people of Tulip Fellowship invite all of our Pasadena Presbyterian  Church friends to join us, so that we can grow in Christ together.

5-6pm:   “Galatians: The Majestic Grace of God”
Teacher:   Rev. Gary Hofmeyer
6-7pm:   Dinner with Vicki Danz
(Cost: $5 per person, and $10 per family
7-8pm:   “Galatians: The Majestic Grace of God”
Teacher:  Rev Gary Hofmeyer
                  “What is Reformed Theology: What do we believe as
                  members of the ECO”—An RC Sproul Video Series
Led by Bill Hornbeck




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Stewardship Ministry

Many thanks to our enthusiastic volunteers at the last Workday. We straightened parking lot signs, cleaned the courtyard, gardened and weeded, and decorated Fellowship Hall for the graduation celebration.

This work reminds me of 1 Thessalonians 1:3: “We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your work of faith, labor of love, and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ…” Praise the Lord for making us willing to labor for Him!

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair

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Food Distribution Ministry

This summer was a very busy time for your Food Distribution Ministry. We provided more than 29,000 lbs. of food to approximately 802 families. We were blessed to meet 106 new families which are recording breaking high numbers. Thank you Lord for your provisions. Thanks to the Lord, we are flourishing by sharing the good news, love, and light of Jesus ! Another young man received Jesus as His savior last month! Your ministry has become a church within your church. The Word and a message is shared at 9:00 Saturday morning, prayer requests are taken and prayed for throughout the day. Love, hugs, and smiles abound. Thank you Lord for choosing PPC to serve You!

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The Deacon's Developements

*The Deacons serve Christ by serving others for His glory and purpose*

                    “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.
And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”   
 1 John 3:16

Please let us know how we can pray for you!
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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Praise Kids and Youth Group


The new time will be from 3 to 5 p.m. each Sunday, beginning in September.

Praise Kids Club (PKC) and Youth/Young Adults offers Bible study, games, snacks and crafts, focusing on learning what the Bible says about living a life with Jesus as our Savior. Age appropriate lessons will be given in classes from 3 years old on up to young adults.

Leaders are Laurie Smith and Heather Smith (elementary), Nancy Nottoli (Preschool age); Gina Driggers and Mac Boyd 6th grade and up).


The leaders of Praise Kids Club and Youth/Young Adults invite you to become prayer warriors for the groups or be on a substitute leader list in case of illnes. The prayer warriors would pray at specific times before, during and after,  the Sunday gathering. We also need those who could substitute teach to volunteer.

Please contact Laurie Smith, Gina Driggers, Nancy Notolli,  Heather Smith or Mac Boyd if you feel you can fulfill any of these positions. Thanks!

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Sunday School

¨ Breakfast With Jesus: Teacher: Larry Oline at 8:30a in Fellowship Hall
     (Evangelizing the World Around Me)
¨ College/Career Class—Moneylife: Teacher: Tom Smith IV at 11a in Fellowship Hall

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Please Join Our Praise Chorus

Praise Chorus is recruiting. Practice is on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30p.m in the Sanctuary.
For information, call Carol Pilkington.

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Sonrise ECLC

We are happy to welcome all the Sonrise families back for a new school year.  It's been a very busy month for us.   We would like to thank Keely Irvin for painting the beautiful mural in our hall.  Keely is also a teacher assistant in one of our classrooms.  If you haven't seen the mural, please come back to the preschool to see it.
We are looking forward to a church/preschool family picnic on Friday, September 29 at 5 .  Please come join us and get to know the families of the preschool as well as the staff.  It is sure to be a lot of fun and we would love to spend time with the church families.  
We are looking forward to a new school year with great anticipation for what God will do through the church and preschool.  

Shirley McLeod, Director

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Those in Christ Shall be Made New

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

1 Thessalonians 4:16
The longest verifiable lifespan on record is Jeanne Calment who died in August 1997 at the age of 122 years, 164 days. The youngest person in the top-ten longest-lived people died at the age of 116 years, 45 days. Remarkable, but nothing in comparison with Methuselah who died at the age of 969 (Genesis 5:27).


We know of two people who did not die physically: Enoch (Genesis 5:24) and Elijah (2 Kings 2:11). For the rest of humanity, the statistics are 100 percent: We all will die—except Christians living when the Rapture occurs (1 Thessalonians 4:17). The same thing that causes physical death—the curse of sin—means that sometimes death is not pleasant. Sickness and injury leading to death remind us that surely this is not the norm, not what God intended. Indeed not. The day is coming when “there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying … no more pain.” Why? Because God has said, “I make all things new” (Revelation 21:4-5).

Have no fear of dying or death. In Christ, you—your body, your health, your life—will be made new.

I don’t so much pray that my death will be without pain, but that it will be without doubt.
John Piper

We all have doubts from time to time even doubting Thomas when he first heard that Jesus had risen  (John 20:24-29)  What about you?  Do you have doubts?  When you do I suggest you start with 1 John 5:13 “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life”. 

Related scripture to know and share:  1 John 1:4 - 1 John 2:1,13,14,21,26 - John 21:24 -1 Peter 5:12 - 1 John 3:23 - John 2:23 -John 3:18 - Acts 3:16 - Acts 4:12 -1 Timothy 1:15,16 - 1 John 5:10 - 1 John 1:1,2 - Romans 8:15-17 - 2 Corinthians 5:1 - Galatians 4:6 - 2 Peter 1:10,11 
Bring someone with you!

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Library News


The 21st century is separated by many years from “Bible times,” and those years have created vast differences in lifestyles from those lived by people in the Old and New Testaments. Because of these differences, we sometimes struggle to understand the nuances that could help us get the most out of Bible passages. Here are two books from your church library that will help you understand the lives of those in the Old and New Testament:

Food At The Time Of The Bible: From Adam's Apple To The Last Supper, by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh, offers an illustrated way to learn these facts. As one reviewer wrote, “This is a book that gives us the social history of food in Bible times: e.g. how wine was made, dining customs in Jesus' days, grain and how that was made into bread, the symbolism of daily bread etc. All this is valuable background information that sheds light on the Hebrew / Jewish culture of Old Testament and Jesus' times.” The reviewer continues, “Though a seminary graduate, I was learning information I never dreamt I could learn, and it was information that opened up New Testament Scriptures to me.”

Another book in our library is The Food and Feasts of Jesus: The Original Mediterranean Diet with Menus and Recipes, by Douglas E. Neel. The book’s description says, “From elaborate holiday feasts to a simple farmer’s lunch, the book explores the significance of various meals, discusses key ingredients, places food within the socioeconomic conditions of the time, and offers accessible recipes for readers to make their own tastes of the first century….This book opens a window into the tumultuous world of the first century and invites readers to smell, touch, and taste the era’s food.”

Feeling hungry for knowledge? Then dig into one of these books!

Laurie Smith, church librarian

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Women of The Church


Communion at the Springs – Monday, September 11th at 9:45 a.m.

Rachel Circle – Monday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Felicia Ragland.  

Sarah Circle – Tuesday, September 12th at 1:00 p.m. in the Club House at the home of Alma Oline.

There will be no WOC Committee meeting in September. We will meet Tuesday, October 3rd in the Boswell Room at 10:00 a.m.

We have one day circle (that meets either at 12 noon or 1:00 p.m.) and one evening circle (that meets either at 6:30 or 7:00 p.m.). This is not like a club – all women of Pasadena Presbyterian Church are invited to come to either of the circle meetings. They are open to all women. 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. If you want more details regarding Women of the Church, please contact Pat Watts (727-302-0888) for further information.

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

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

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Children of Landless (Thika)

Things "they are a-changin" in Landless, Kenya. All four sides of our security wall have been rebuilt, repaired or completed.  The boys' dormitory is finished, and our ten boys are settled in.  The new, larger septic tank is installed.  The drive gate has been raised to keep rainwater from flooding our compound.           

The garden has provided us with corn, kale, and spinach, and we ate our first bunch of bananas from our tree.
The children of Jan's Mission are recovering from an outbreak of scabies.  Poor kids.  Since scabies is contagious, it didn't take long to spread from one child to another.  Nine of our children got it before the medicines started working.  Thank you, Patti Strong, for the money to buy the necessary meds.

Since much of Kenya is home to the mosquito that causes malaria, and there are no screens on the house windows, one of the goals for my November trip is to have screens installed on all windows, cost permitting.

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Sunday Worship Attendance


May 21 71
May 28 65
June 4 61
June 11 87
June 18 75
June 25 72
July 2 63
July 9 57
July 16 60
July 23 47
July 30


August 6 54
August 13 75
August 20 76

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What's New At PPCNews

Please bring in your plastic grocery bags for the our Food Distributions.
Bags can be put in the containers in hallway by patio. Thank you!

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.


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.

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 eveningsuntil 8:30pm.  If your group can’t change to meet on the nights when PPC is now open, you will need to   contact Pastor Carl to get keys and codes —you will be responsible for locking up and setting the alarm—or find another location off site.  

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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