Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

August 2018

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From Me to You
Session Notes
Financial Report
Stewardship Ministry
Food Distribution Ministry
The Deacon's Developements
Praise Kids
Sunday School
Please Join Our Praise Chorus
Sonrise ECLC
Koinonia Ministry
Library News
Women of the Church
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You:

“Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” 
(Hebrews 10:24-25)

Do you remember how you learned to ride a bike?  While it was up to us, individually, to learn to balance and propel it, we didn’t start off in isolation.  Universally, there was someone beside us—usually steadying the bike and walking alongside to keep us from going off-course.  Then, when that big moment came, and we tried our first solo, that someone—probably Mom or Dad—was there to pick up the pieces as we discovered there was more to learn about stopping and getting off.

Growing in Christ can be like that.  While no one can walk our own personal walk in the Lord for us—we must each pray to accept Jesus, and learn to be and make disciples ourselves—we don’t follow Christ in a vacuum.  God, in saving each one of us by grace through personal faith in Jesus (Ephesians 2:8-9) also brings us together to be His family in Christ—Jesus’ earthly Body—His Church.

Our purpose as Jesus’ Church is to glorify Him and edify each other—build up one another in our faith-walk and life-work in Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:11).  Like learning to ride a bike, we need each other to help steady us, keep us on the right path, and pick each other up, dust each other off, and encourage one another to get back on that “bike” when we crash.  The reward along the way, as well as at the end of our “race,” is getting to know Jesus better, and help others come to know and grow in Him, too.

Coming together to encourage one another is one of the real distinguishing marks of being Jesus’ disciples and His Church.  It is one of the defining differences Jesus makes in and through us as our Lord and Savior.  Of course, it is always our choice—and certainly one of the devil’s prime strategies—to make our assemblies and gatherings something other than encouraging, up-lifting and honoring of Christ; but, Scripture reminds us there is a better way and much better  use of our life’s time: 

“let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification, according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29).

Churches and church groups can actually be different from the rages and ravages of the unsaved world; we of all people can actually be encouragers of one another in Jesus.  That is what God has made us and called us to be at and as PPC.

Grateful to be “stimulated to love and good deeds” with you!

In Christ,


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Session Notes

The Session met for the regular Stated meeting on May 22, 2018. The following list shows items or interest.

1.   The Session, at the encouragement of ECO, will consider a part of a study called “Becoming a Flourishing Church”. With Elder Larry Oline leading the study, beginning on June 26, 2018, we will study “Meeting #2: Part 1, “Flourishing as a Disciple”.
2.   The Session voted to approve a recommendation from the Evangemission Ministry to begin a church café. It will begin with the Preschool Summer school on June 13 through at least July 25 on Wednesdays. It will primarily be a time for parents of summer school children, after dropping their children off, to enjoy delicious food, special coffees, and fellowship from 8:30 a.m. to about 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The emphasis will be to build relationships. Funding comes from the budget of the Evangemission budget. Please be in prayer for this new outreach effort.
3.   The Session voted to hold a congregational meeting after the morning worship on June 10, 2018 for the purpose of electing new officers. For Elders the names of Sergio Gonzalez, Bill Schellhaas, and Gina Driggers have been submitted. The names for Deacons are Terry Odom, Threse Hammond, and Mary Davis.
4.   The Session approved Pastor Carl’s vacation request for July 23, 2018 to August 7, 2018.    During that time John and Terry Odom will give a Christian Community talk on July 29, 2018 and Pastor Anthony will preach and conduct communion on August 5, 2018
5.   The Session approved a request from the Stewardship Ministry that Ben Coe be approved to upgrade the Prayer Garden as part of his duties to become an Eagle Scout. 

The Session met for their regular stated meeting on June 26, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Pastor Carl moderated the meeting with a quorum present. Listed below are things of interest.

1. We welcomed three newly elected Elders. They are Gina Driggers, Bill Schellhaas, and Sergio Gonzalez.

2. Elder Oline led in an ECO recommended study called “Flourishing”. He opened with prayer. He used the inspiration of Scripture verses from Psalm 92:12-15; Acts 2:41-47; Ephesians 4:11-16 and Romans 12:4-8, and shared what it means to be a “Flourishing Disciple”. We also watched a video on the same subject. Elder Odom volunteered to lead the next study at the next stated meeting on July 24, 2018. Several Elders and Pastor Carl prayed to close our study. Pray for the future studies.

3. The Session voted to approve the recommendation of the Sonrise Preschool to use rooms 204 and 209 as additional Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten classrooms.

4. An invitation was received from FPC Bartow (Pastor James Hatch) to join a Mission Affinity Group meeting at their church on August 25, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m. The Session voted to accept that invitation and some will attend that meeting.

5. The Session voted to approve extending Pastor Carl’s vacation from July 25, 2018 to August 12, 2018 and to approve Pastor Gary Hofmeyer preaching at the morning worship on August 12, 2018.

 Larry Oline, Clerk of Session

Session minutes are open records and available to any covenant partner of PPC upon request.

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Financial Report

May   2018    Financial  Report 

Account Name
General Fund Checking   $  27,537.64
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $  54,797.26
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  17,078.19
PRESCHOOL MM   $  20,828.57


OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   +$   5,161.96**
Financial Notes

Deacon’s Fund                                                      $   3,503.81

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements
**This includes a $5,000 transfer from PPC Designated Funds

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Stewardship Ministry

We read in Psalm 24:1-2, “The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the Lord; for He laid its foundation on the seas and established it on the rivers.” We belong to God in many ways, and He’s entrusted to us some of His belongings, such as the church grounds and buildings. Let’s continue to use and take care of them so that we glorify Him, know and love Him more, and help others know Him!
Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair    

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Food Distribution Ministry

It has been a different kind of year, somewhat unpredictable, (just like life) at the Food Distribution Ministry. January-March were very busy with 229-244 families each month. April dropped to 192 families and May , which usually begins the climb for the year, dropped to 191 families. So we thought, surely June will be way up with the children out of school ! Not so, we dropped to 173 families ! And we started thinking, Lord what does this mean ?
We see His answer now, I am in control, have faith, follow Me !
Last month a lady came in and said, "I love coming here, Jesus is everywhere!" And that, my brothers and sisters, is the most important attribute we want to ensure we demonstrate, the love and light of Jesus !
This past Saturday ( July) 209 families visited us ( up 36) and we had an over abundant supply of meat for all. We even had to buy another freezer! All praise and glory to God !
One guest who has been coming since November 2011 sat with me this past Saturday and told me our pantry stands out as the best. I asked Claudette what makes us different and she said:
1.   Our spirituality demonstrated by word and actions.
2.   We are the most organized.
3.   We carry the bags to the car.
4.   We provide a place to sit outside.
5.   We invite guests in to our church to provide hospitality, a comfortable chair, air conditioning (most of the time :), friendship, individual and group prayer.
6.   We provide meat.
7.   Our bags have a good variety of food.
8.   Our volunteers are loving.
9.   Every guest is made to feel deserving and treated like friends.
10. We greet and call our guests by name.
11. We make restrooms available.
We give God all the glory, honor, and praise that He has entrusted us with this ministry and leads every volunteer in His way. We are deeply encouraged to try to live up to the message He sent through Claudette and we know the most important aspect of the ministry is our spirituality. Please continue to pray for us and help when you can.
Matthew 25:34-36 Then the King will say to you on His right "Come you who are blessed by my Father, take your inheritable, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me."


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The Deacon's Developements

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

“So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”  Romans 12:5

We want to thank Julie Gull for her time as a Deacon, we will miss her!
We would like to welcome Mary Davis and thank her for saying YES to God’s calling!


God loves you and so do we!!

Please remember The Dollars for Deacons Offering Envelopes in the Sanctuary

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Praise Kids and Youth Group

The Praise Kids and youth/young adult events are usually every Sunday during the school year, 3 to 5 p.m. The afternoon begins with snacks and then the age groups are separated and each class is taught an age-appropriate Bible lesson.

They use several ways to teach the Bible stories and Bible verses to the elementary class. They play active games and make crafts as well as listening to the Bible story. Heather Smith is in charge of the story presentation and games and Laurie Smith plans and teaches the crafts.

The Middle/High school class currently is reading The Story, a chronological organization of the Bible. Gina Driggers and Mac Boyd are the leaders. They often do different things like going out to eat, or to a movie, Winter Jam (the Christian concert), etc. The preschool class hears a Bible lesson geared to their abilities and plays games, especially ones which help bring the lesson or the week’s Bible verse home to them. Nancy Nottoli is their teacher.
Check us out at

Laurie Smith

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Sunday School

Breakfast With Jesus: Teacher: Larry Oline at 8:30am in Fellowship Hall

(Bible Study) Come have breakfast with us at 8:30am and stay to study God’s Word at 8:45am. We are currently studying the book of ACTS. 

Class ends at 9:45 to give you plenty of time to get to the sanctuary for Worship at 10am.

We would love for you to come join us!

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Please Join Our Praise Chorus

PRAISE CHORUS Is recruiting.

Rehearsals are on Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm in the sanctuary. Beginner singers are welcome!  See Carol Pilkington for details.

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Sonrise ECLC

Sonrise had seven weeks of summer camp with as many as 50 children attending.  We learned about the ocean, dinosaurs and had an Olympic Field Day celebration with families.  The parents seemed very positive about having summer camp available for their children.  It was a very fun time.  The church offered a café ministry to the families every Wednesday and we had a lot of positive feedback from our parents.  It was a blessing to both my staff and the parents who enjoyed coffee and fellowship.  We also had a visit from our accreditation team.  The accreditation team had many good things to say concerning our church and preschool.  It was their findings that we substantially met or exceeded their expectations. 
We are looking forward to growing as a ministry.  We added a classroom in the library and increased our capacity by 8 children.  Huge thank you to the people who worked together to make that happen in such a short amount of time, especially Gene Hammond and Anthony Oliver.  Thank you for your support and help to make the preschool ministry successful. We are very grateful.
Shirley McLeod, Directo

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So how can we have a vision that we are not worshiping a small God and pass it to our community?
One good diagnostic question to consider is: Do I have a wonder in the presence of God? Is my worship grounded in a healthy fear—a humility in light of how great the creator God must be? We need to honestly ask ourselves those questions. There’s no technique that we can use to get the largeness of God back in front. It’s really going to be a wonder that captivates our soul that comes from meditating on creation, spending time with Jesus in the Gospels, and it all contributes to a wonder that comes out when we’re telling people about God.

Our world is crying out for a vision of God where they just stand amazed. We’ve given them pat answers. We’ve given them four ways Christianity can be more practical in their lives. We’ve given them apologetics answers. But none of that stuff is helpful until the soul has been captivated by wonder at whoever created us and the world we live in—the God that was behind the scandal and the mystery that was Jesus himself

From an article by Paul Pastor   

Gene Hammond

Mission Chair

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Women of The Church


WOC Communion at the Springs–Monday, August 13th at 9:45am


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.



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Boxtops for Education, Postage Stamps

Did you know that used postage stamps can have value to others? Ultimately, they will probably get to a stamp collector (called a philatelist) by way of a charity which sells them to companies which sell to beginning collectors. Also, they won’t end up in the landfill.
The stamps which are sold for charities are called kiloware because they are dealt with in bags or packets.
If you care to donate your posted postage to the women of the church, here’s how:
1. Look at your mail carefully. Only “Forever” or stamps with value numbers on them are needed, NOT non-profit or bulk.
2. Each stamp needs to have 1/3 to one half inch of paper all around the perforation.
3. Carefully open the envelope  by lifting the flap and also the side where it is glued to leave enough paper. This can
become second nature after a little practice. Stamp collectors are picky about the condition of stamps and want a paper edge left until a dealer can correctly remove the stamp.
4. Gently tear off the stamp with paper all around it.
5. Place your stamps in one of the baskets in the hallway near the patio entrance to the church. You will see examples of correct and incorrect stamps hanging from the basket. Box Tops for Education may also be placed in this basket. (See the May church newsletter online for details on that).
6. The women of the church send the stamps to charity.

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Jan's Mission - Kenya 

I'm happy to report that all of the children in Jan's Mission have received the set of four malaria vaccinations that will increase their resistance to malaria and diminish the effects of the disease if a child contracts it.  A big thanks goes to the First Congregational Church of Kokomo, Indiana for its generous donation to pay for these vaccinations.

Wendy (sponsored by WOC and Breakfast with Jesus) and Peter (sponsored by Arlene) have been baptized.  Two other children are taking discipleship classes to prepare for their baptism.

Juliet (our newest little girl) is sponsored by Larry and Alma.  She's adjusting well and is excited about going to school for the first time.  Her little brother is fearful of his new life.  Having to learn good behavior in preschool is tough for him, just as it is for many American children.  LOL

In November, we will have three children graduate from high school.  They all want to further their education; Solomon wants to be a mechanic, and Violet and Ruth want to go into the tourism business.

My plan had been to add two toilets and two showers in the house for our 13 girls who are presently sharing one toilet and one shower.  But with all due respect to Kenyan contractors, I don't trust them to alter the walls of the house.  So my new idea is to add a one-room dormitory with bathrooms identical to the boys' dormitory.  We'll lose outdoor playing space, but we'll avoid having the roof fall in on the children.  So the start of that project will be my goal when I visit the children this November.

Seven of our children have joined the Scouts.  Britney (sponsored by Pat Watts) and Fridah (sponsored by the Smith family) are pictured here:

With love, Jan Hinkle

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All Nations Global Discipleship Ministries Inc.

Dear Partner in Mission,
We would like to say thank you to all who have helped in our Trinidad project and for the prayers and sendoff for Phillip and Michael to New York. Thank you for your contributions.
Anthony & Judy Oliver
PPC Missionaries

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Sunday Worship Attendance


April  29 71
May 6 64
May 13 65
May 20 68

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What's New At PPCNews


SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 FRIDAY from 5:00pm to 8:00 pm                         
SONRISE PRESCHOOL AND CHURCH PICNIC—please sign up by calling Church office
MENU:Hamburgers, hot dogs, chickens fingers, baked beans, salad, chips and drinks.

OCTOBER 14, 2018 SUNDAY 11:30 am to 2:00pm
Church Office (727) 345-0148

Thank you!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL…was such a success because of all the wonderful volunteers!!! Thanks so much for serving Jesus!!!
“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever” Psalm 107:1

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.  

Please Help Keep God's Facilities Nice!




Dollars for Deacons Fund

Please Remember The Dollars For  Deacons Offering Envelopes in the Sanctuary.

Change of Address

If your address or phone number has changed, please let the office know.  This includes  your cell phone number and email address. Many times we are not informed of your new contact information and either we in the office are trying to get in touch with you or one of the elders or deacons have information to bring to you and cannot contact you due to the wrong information.  Please drop your new contact information on a slip of paper and place it in the offering plate or just call the office with an update. 

Thank you, The Church Office

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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