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April 2017

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Birthdays
From Me to You
Financial Report
Stewardship Ministry
Very Important Notice
Food Distribution Ministry Report
The Deacon's Developements
Koinonia Ministry
Praise Kids
Sunday School
Please Join Our Praise Chorus
Sonrise ECLC
Evangemissions
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:

“Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature;
The old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

(2 Corinthians 5:17)

If there is one verse in Scripture which sums up the personal, practical impact the resurrection of Jesus Christ has and makes in our lives when He is invited in, it is 2 Corinthians 5:17.

For countless people who have prayed and received Jesus into their lives as Savior and Lord, the change He makes, instantly and continuously, is profound and miraculous. You’ve known, as I have, people who have become believers and been immediately and permanently changed—freed from  addictions, relieved from guilt, cleansed from all sin, delivered from despair, restored from  brokenness, redeemed from past mistakes, renewed in mind, body and relationships.  For some, the change is not quite as sudden or dramatic, but like a sunrise, their lives glow brighter and brighter with the personal presence of Jesus every day.

Being “in Christ” is one of the Apostle Paul’s favorite phrases. (If you want to do an interesting Bible study sometime, take an inventory of how often he uses it.) This phase means 1) the individual act of placing one’s faith and trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord, 2) living in His Presence and for His purposes and glory every moment of every day, and 3) Jesus, by God the Holy Spirit, living in us.

Because Jesus is living in us and us in Him, “the old things passed away.”  “Old” in Scripture often refers not to age or time, but to the sinful and broken state of things away from God.  The “old” things are everything for which Jesus went to and died on a cross.  “Passed away” is like turning a page and starting a new chapter in a book:  it means literally putting something out of sight so that it no longer has any influence or effect.  God did that with all our sins when Jesus took them and died, shedding His blood to cleanse us and forgive us (1 John 1:7, 9).  When God looks at us now “in Christ,” He sees the love, sacrifice, holiness, perfection and grace of His Son covering us:  our sins are no longer in His sight (see Psalm 103:8-13).

The power of Jesus’ resurrection is the same power God releases to make us new and renew our lives in and for Christ.  “Behold” in Scripture is always the equivalent of a loud-speaker resounding “LOOK!  GOD IS AT WORK HERE!”  (For another interesting Bible study, look up all the places “behold” is used in Scripture).  The empty tomb was a “behold” moment; so were the initial encounters the disciples and followers of Jesus had when they first met Him alive, risen from the dead.  “Behold” is a great word describing our experience when we are brought to meet and put our faith in Jesus,  personally (see John 1:14).  You’ve seen (I hope) the look on others’ faces just after they prayed asking Jesus to come in and be their Savior and Lord:  that’s  “Behold!”

“New things have come” is, of course, the summation for the rest of our lives in Christ.  The list of those “new things” is inexhaustible—it literally is brought up and out on every page of the Bible.  Paul’s letter to the Colossians is a great place to start to find out all God is making new in, around and through us in Christ:  Jesus is “the beginning,” it says, “the first-born from the dead, so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything” (Col. 1:18).

As we celebrate this month (and every day!) Jesus, His life, death, sacrifice, resurrection, reign and one day (maybe soon) return, let’s ask Him to continue to make us His new creations, each and all, personally and together as His Church, to His greatest glory!

JESUS IS RISEN!  HE IS RISEN, INDEED!  PRAISE THE LORD!

In Christ,

Carl

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Financial Report

February 2017   Financial  Report

 

Account Name
Balance
General Fund Checking   $  31,844.82
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $  76,322.43
   
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  25,768.93
PRESCHOOL MM   $  68,082.43
Financial Notes

 

 

OPERATING INCOME TOTAL    $   n/a (report not available)
OPERATING EXPENSE TOTAL    $   n/a
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   $        n/a

 

Deacon’s Fund                                                           $ 2,786.81

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

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Stewardship Ministry

We read in Judges 5:2, “When the leaders lead in Israel, when the people volunteer, praise the Lord.’ We can praise the Lord, because our church is blessed with leaders who lead and people who volunteer.

                              Would you please consider being one of the people who volunteers for our church workday on Sat. April 1 from 9 - 11 A. M. ? Together, we can honor God by taking care of what He’s given us. Thank you for glorifying God and showing our love for Him and each other through service and prayer.

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair

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VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE

If you are presently an active member of PPC/PCUSA and have NOT returned your enrollment form to be a covenant partner (active member) in the new PPC/ECO, you MUST do so before February 27th.  Those currently on the PPC/PCUSA active roll who have NOT turned in the form  by then will be placed on inactive status for 6 months as of March 1, 2017.  Those wishing to remain in a PCUSA church need to have their  membership transferred by March 1, or notify the office of your intent to be transferred.  You will then be placed on inactive status and reactivated for transfer. If you are presently an active member and have turned in your form, you can disregard this notice!

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Food Distribution Ministry Report

Your food distribution center distributed 7,803 pounds of food during the month of February to 226 families (23 first timers) and 578 individuals.  We continually praise God for His provisions and are awed by what He has entrusted to us.  All the glory goes to God, from Whom all blessings flow.  We are able to provide each family with 5 to 6 packages of meat in addition to a full bag of groceries, plus bread, sweets and other extra items.

A lady came to a recent food pantry who was asked if she were a Christian.  She knew  about Jesus but she did not know Jesus.  She had never received Christ as her Lord and Savior.  She was introduced to Jesus.  When she heard the message, she surrendered her life to him.  Floods of tears of great joy flowed from her eyes.  She was a new creation.  Her smile was contagious to all who talked with her.

We are much more than a mere food pantry that gives out physical food.  Anyone can do that.  But only the Body of Christ has the pleasure of sharing Jesus.

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The Deacon's Developements

*The Deacon’s serve Christ by serving others for His glory and purpose*

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.”     John 15:16-17

Let’s celebrate: our new beginnings as an ECO church!!!

PLEASE LET US KNOW HOW WE CAN PRAY FOR YOU!!!

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.

Koinonia Ministry will meet April 6th in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00 a.m. 

The Youth are planning on attending Missions Sunday, March 26th, as a group to learn more about missions.

There will be a Resurrection Egg Hunt after church on Resurrection Sunday—April 16th for all children!

Praise Kids/Youth will meet Sunday evenings  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 @727/544-7237.  

Members of our Koinonia Ministry are: Mac Boyd, 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

Praise Kids Club (PKC) is the name of the ministry to children from nursery age to fifth grade. The Youth meet at the same time, enabling us to reach all the way to young adults in our ministry.

All this happens Sunday nights beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a snack for all. PKC and youth gather in Fellowship Hall while the youngest are in the nursery.

The Youth did a service project recently but are continuing their Bible study in The Story.

PKC kids have finished  studying the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23, and have gone on to other Bible lessons.

Crafts, games and fun help the kids learn more about Jesus and the Bible in PKC and the youth are able to do fun field trips, sleepovers and other activities.

If you know anyone in these age groups, help them to join us!

Laurie Smith, Heather Smith, Gina Driggers, Nancy Nottoli and Mac Boyd

Keep up with us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ppckidsandyouth/

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Sunday School

¨ Breakfast With Jesus: Teacher: Gary Hofmeyer with ECO at 8:30a in Fellowship Hall
¨ College/Career Class—Moneylife: Teacher: Tom Smith IV at 11a in Fellowship Hall
¨ Elementary age children’s Sunday school begins at 9:00a in classroom 3

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Please Join Our Praise Chorus

If you enjoy singing and would like to join with other singers helping to lead our worship, our PRAISE CHORUS would love to have you! 

Beginner singers are welcome! Reading music is not necessary.
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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Sonrise ECLC

Thank you for all your support for the preschool fundraiser.  We were able to raise money to buy new toys for the classrooms. The children had a wonderful time singing for their families. Thank you for all those who helped with the parent reception and purchased raffle tickets. 
April is a special month in the preschool.  Easter is one of the most significant Christian holidays.  The children are learning about the Easter story.  They are learning that Jesus loves them so much he would rather die than live without them.  They are celebrating that Jesus rose from the grave and He is our hope. Even though egg hunts and bunnies are a lot of fun, we are learning that those things are not what Easter is all about.  It is all about the love God has for us and how Jesus rose from the grave.  
No matter what you are walking through today, I pray that you remember that the same power that lifted Jesus Christ from the grave lives in you.  That is a lot of power because the resurrection of Jesus conquered our worst enemy, Satan, and solved our most terrible problem, sin.  There is hope and power to overcome the greatest problems in our lives by knowing and following Jesus Christ. Happy Easter to all of you.  

Shirley McLeod, Director

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Evangemissions

Mission Sunday is over, you may or may not have made a Faith Promise but no doubt, you do know that we are told to take up our cross and follow Jesus and we know that we are supposed to go make disciples. Now what? 

If you are serious about wanting to follow Jesus, please pray about two things: Where to go? What to give?

Where to go?

We have seen a lot of opportunities from ministries that need our help, the bulletin board outside the church office is full of our missionaries and ministries that offer opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. How does that affect you? Is there some place that God wants you to minister in a short term, long term or even a lifetime ministry opportunities?

With so many opportunities, we need to pray that God will impress upon our hearts a passion to work in a specific area, we need to be sure that we are serving where God wants us. Some of the opportunities that are available: Mission trips - Food Distribution Ministry - Vacation Bible School

What to give?

One of the greatest acts of obedience is to return some of your financial blessing back to God to be used for his purposes. We need to pray that God will show us how he wants us to give to his work. Maybe God wants you to pay for your trip to the mission field, maybe he wants you to help pay for somebody else to go, he may tell you to help pay for something specific but if you are willing God will show you a place to play an important part.

Our world has a heartache, it is hungry and it doesn’t even know what it needs, it is our job to go help by offering them the hope that is found in our Savior.  Right now let’s just get started by praying.  Pray that God will show us what he has for us to do and be ready when the opportunity arises.  But pray, expectantly, believing that God is going to show you soon and that you will be ready, willing and faithful when the opportunity is given to you.

Be ready to act and put what we learn into action in our communities, workplace, our nation and around the world. Ask God where he wants us to go and what he wants us to give.

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Library News

ENCOURAGEMENT AVAILABLE, JUST FOR THE READING The Bible says we are to "encourage one another and build up one another..." in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 and many people have written of their experiences on their journey to and with Christ. They have been "prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you..." 1 Peter 3:15 But, do we take time out to listen to (read) them so we can be encouraged and strengthen our relationship to the Lord?
Here are just a few of the many books in the library about those who have had a book or books written about them to share their Christian testimony:
+The General Was a Lady: The story of Evangeline Booth (leader in the
+Salvation Army, known for her work with soldiers, homeless, mothers,
+children and alcoholics.) A Pilgrim who Made Progress The Life Story of
+John Bunyan (English writer and Puritan preacher best remembered as the
+author of the Christian allegory The Pilgrim's Progress.) Born Again
+Charles W. Colson One of the Watergate felons, he found Christ when he
+got in trouble and began a life of serving those in prison and as an
+evangelist) Several books about Joni Eareckson Tada (author, radio host, artist, paraplegic, evangelist to the "disability community.") A number of books about Billy Graham, Ruth Bell Graham, his wife, and Franklin Graham, their son, and their lives and ministries A number of books about Corrie tenBoom (the Dutch watchmaker who helped Jewish people escape imprisonment and death in World War II) Books by Bethany Hamilton (professional surfer who lost an arm to a shark) and Michelle Akers (champion American soccer player) Others are in the Juvenile Biography section.
Laurie Smith, church librarian

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Women of The Church

Communion at the Springs – Monday, April 3rd at 9:45 a.m.

Rachel Circle – Monday, April 10th at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Felicia Ragland.  
Sarah Circle – Tuesday, April 12th at 1:00p.m. at the home of Pat Edgington.

Women of the Church have been saving cancelled stamps and box top education labels and sending them to the Duval Home for years.  We received word that they no longer need them so we had to find another source.  We have found a place that will take the cancelled stamps but not the education labels.  I am asking if anyone knows where they might be using the education labels so that we could continue collecting them and we could provide an organization with the labels. I would appreciate any help you can give us.

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. If you want more details regarding Women of the Church, please contact Pat Watts (727-302-0888).

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

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

CHRIST IS RISEN! CHRIST IS RISEN INDEED!

EASTER BLESSINGSS TO ALL!!!

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Vacation Bible School

Ages 3 years to completed 5th grade.

MIGHTY FORTRESS:  In Jesus, the Victory is Won!

Theme Verse: ‘Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory

through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57

We are in the planning stages and we will need

your help to make this VBS successful.

We still need elementary and preschool teachers, escorts for elementary children, classroom assistants, kitchen help, and prayer warriors.

Please mark your calendar for June 5 - 9.

For more information and/or to volunteer please contact Terry Odom (more exciting information to come)

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ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians

These are the foundations that propel us forward.

Our Mission

To build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Our Core Values

Jesus-shaped Identity:
We believe Jesus Christ must be at the center of our lives and making disciples of Jesus at the core of our ministry.

Biblical Integrity:
We believe the Bible is the unique and authoritative Word of God, which teaches all that is necessary for faith and life. The prominence of God’s Word over our lives shapes our priorities, and the unrivaled authority of the Bible directs our actions to be in concert with Christ’s very best for our lives. 

Thoughtful Theology:
We believe in theological education, constant learning, and the life of the mind, and celebrate this as one of the treasures of our Reformed heritage.

Accountable Community:
We believe guidance is a corporate spiritual experience. We want to connect leaders to one another in healthy relationships of accountability, synergy, and care.

Egalitarian Ministry:
We believe in unleashing the ministry gifts of women, men, and every ethnic group.

Missional Centrality:
We believe in living out the whole of the Great Commission – including evangelism, spiritual formation, compassion, and redemptive justice – in our communities and around the world.

Center-focused Spirituality:
We believe in calling people to the core of what it means to be followers of Jesus – what “mere Christianity” is and does – and not fixate on the boundaries.

Leadership Velocity:
We believe identifying and developing gospel-centered leaders is critical for the church, and a great leadership culture is risk-taking, innovative, and organic.

Kingdom Vitality:
We believe congregations should vigorously reproduce new missional communities to expand the Kingdom of God.

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            

Attendance
February 26 87
March 5 77
March 12 75
March 19 73
March 26 91

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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.

PRAYER REQUESTS

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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  • Newsletter articles should be titled with ministry, month and year ie, “Library February 2016”.

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