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October 2018

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From Me to You
Session Notes
Financial Report
Stewardship Ministry
Volunteers Needed
The Deacon's Developements
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Sunday School
Sonrise ECLC
Evangemissions
Koinonia Ministry
Library News
Women of the Church
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You:

“Behold, now is the day of salvation!"
(2 Corinthians 6:2)

In his book titled “I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church,” the Rev. Paul Nixon quotes the verse above and notes:  
“There are people all around us who have been living in isolation from God and their neighbors most of their lives.  How long do we intend to wait before offering them ministries and relationships through our churches that can help them to reclaim their best selves, to discover the joy of Jesus’ way, and to fall more deeply in love with the God who loves them?”

His point is to highlight both the opportunity we all constantly have to share Jesus with others right around us, as well as to flag the tendency we all have to put-off such sharing—i.e., procrastinate.

Some procrastination occurs when churches start to shrink in size, and so shrink-back from reaching-out due to fear, stress, lack of energy or just plain grief due to loss.  Other reasons include expecting only staff and clergy to do it, needing some kind of “study” to show us who to reach and how to reach them, or waiting until our church gets its “act” together better--so we feel better about ourselves first. 

Good thing the early church didn’t fall into those traps and excuses!

As Paul in his letter notes “NOW” or TODAY “is the day of salvation!”  This shows he and the first believers in Christ realized the urgency of getting the Good News of Jesus out to a broken, hopeless, helpless, falling-apart, apart-from-God world.  In a way, those first generations of Christians saw themselves as first-responders:  going-out, getting involved, rendering aid, doing all they could, to show and share Jesus with those who were dying (literally) to meet Him!

“When people get caught up in great salvation movements of God” Nixon notes in his book, “they tend to choose NOW over LATER.  They come to feel a holy urgency about their work.”

So, how about us—you and me at and as PPC?

If we are waiting on others to get back into the race first before we get the Gospel out, or if we’re waiting on others to bring new believers into Jesus’ family before we start making disciples here, it may be that’s the reason not much happens or will happen:  waiting on others instead of doing what the Lord already told each of us to do is one of the best ways the devil has to stop a church dead in its tracks.  The “NOW” and “TODAY” of the Gospel applies to each of us and all of us:  it is not one person’s, or someone else’s job!

Ask the Lord “what can I do—what do you, Jesus, want to do to reach another through me, today?”

And if you don’t feel the urgency to even ask that, then pray for the Holy Spirit to light a fire in your heart with God’s love for the lost:  believe me, the fire they feel is anything but love (see 2 Peter 3:7).

Praying we all choose NOW over LATER in showing, serving and sharing Jesus!
In Christ,

Carl

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Session Notes

The Session met for their regular stated meeting on August 28, 2018. The following items may be of interest to you. Please keep fasting and praying.

1. The Session spent some time studying the ECO “Flourishing” study, part 4, called “APEST”, an acronym for Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd, and Teacher, from Ephesians 4:1-16. Elder Hammond will lead the next study.

2. Elder Driggers was elected as a representative to the school board.

3. It was approved to have a boundary survey done relative to the 6720 and 6710 houses, and if possible to have the check come from designated funds.

4. It was approved that a direct appeal be made to the congregation for prayer and fasting relative to the financial needs of the church and school. Elder Smith will make announcements the next two Sunday mornings.

5. A congregational meeting is called for on September 16, 2018 for the purpose of approving the sale of the 6720 house (where the Olivers presently live).

6. Elder Hammond was elected as a commissioner to Presbytery at Crossbridge Church in Miami on September 28,29, 2018.

7. Pastor Crawford was given, at his request, continued leave on November 12-18, 2018 and    vacation leave November 19-25, 2018 with Pastor Gary Hofmeyer  on-call for pastoral needs and preaching on November 18 and November 25, 2018.

Respectfully submitted,     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

AUGUST 2018    Financial  Report

Account Name
Balance
General Fund Checking   $  16,595.43
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $ 48,579.64
   
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  3,466.72
PRESCHOOL MM   $  1,831.27

 

OPERATING INCOME TOTAL    $   18,282.84  
OPERATING EXPENSE TOTAL    $   23,233.77 
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   -$     4,950.93 

 

OPERATING INCOME TOTAL    $155,968.10 ytd
OPERATING EXPENSE TOTAL    $192,109.59 ytd
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   -$  36,141.49 ytd

Financial Notes

Deacon’s Fund                                                      $   2,113.81

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

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Stewardship Ministry

When I think about the prayers, fasting, and rich generosity the congregation showed in response to the elders’ appeal that the congregation join us in prayer, fasting, and giving, I’m amazed. Thank you to everyone who responded. God really has richly provided through our needs through the sacrificial gifts of His family, our family, here at the church. We read in 1 Chronicles 29:14, “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? For everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your own hand.” How wonderful it is that God has given us so much that we can give so much back, and even more wonderful are the generous, cheerful hearts that He gives us, and the pleasure we give God when we do His will.

If you still feel God leading you to give to the general fund, or the ‘All In’ fund the elders have established, showing that we’re ‘all in’ and fully believe God still has a plan for this purpose, it’s not too late. (You can write ‘All In’ on your check’s memo line or an offering envelope.)

If you aren’t able to give ‘over and above’, we certainly understand. Please continue your regular giving as you are able; we’re very grateful for your faithfulness to God and to us, and we certainly depend on it!

We also depend on your prayers, talents, discernment of God’s will, witness to the world, and more. Your contribution, whatever it is, is helping us be more like Jesus, as we read in Ephesians 4:16, ‘From Him [Jesus] the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.’

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair    

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Volunteers needed

WHERE:   GULFPORT REHABILITATION
1430 PASADENA AVENUE SO.
727-344-8525
WHEN:    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2018
TIME:       1-3 PM
WHAT:     OPEN HOUSE - VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT THE FACILITY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO VISIT RESIDENTS IN THEIR ROOMS TO TALK, PRAY OR JUST LISTEN. CONTACT GENE HAMMOND IF YOU CAN SERVE!
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SERVING ELDERLY RESIDENTS, PLEASE JOIN US FOR GULFPORT REHABILITATION’S OPEN HOUSE TO LEARN ABOUT CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES.
ALMA OLINE, PAT MANCINI AND GENE HAMMOND SERVE TWICE A MONTH HERE WITH A DEVOTIONAL HOUR.

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The Deacon's Developements

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

“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love
mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”    Micah 6:8

 

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

God loves you and so do we!!

Barbara Gonzalez          Mary Davis    Threse Hammond

Larry Hendry                  Michelle Loy    Terry Odom          

Please remember The Dollars for Deacons Offering Envelopes in the Sanctuary

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Praise Kids and Youth Group

Ants and bees are creatures God created and have a purpose on earth. That’s what Praise Kids Club has been studying.  Proverbs 6:6 says, “You lazy people, you should watch what the ants do and learn from them.” (ERV) Easy-to-read version.

Learning about bees taught us about being specially made to do good works which God has planned for us (Ephesians 2:10 was used).

These groups meet from 3-5 p.m. Students are separated into appropriate groups following a snack. Active learning games and crafts help students grasp the lessons.

Call Laurie Smith for details.

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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 study God’s Word at 8:45am. We are currently studying the book of ACTS. Class ends at 9:45. Come join us!

“What Did the Sermon Say?”: Facilitator: Pastor Gary Hofmeyer at 11:15am in Fellowship Hall (Informal discussion) Everyone is invited to a 30-45 minute fellowship and conversation based on the Sunday sermon.

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Sonrise ECLC

In our hallway, you will see our kindness tree.  This is a family project to promote acts of kindness among our church and preschool families.  All of our preschool children are represented with their handprint leaves.  We did this because we are learning that we can change the world with our own two hands.  To participate in our family kindness project, church members and parents from our preschool can choose to pull a green paper from the envelopes on our tree.  The papers have fun, kindness promoting activities that you can do together.  Leave the handprint and envelope on the tree so that we can refill it with new activities.  If you take pictures of the acts of kindness we will post them so that the children can see the fun, kind activities that our preschool and church families are doing.

                                      SONRISE ECLC

The Kindness Tree

Pull a green paper from the envelope and choose an act of kindness. (Leave the handprint and envelope).

Do the activity for someone else.

Take pictures if you would like and drop them off or send to

Shirley Mcleod so that all of the children can see the kindness that is happening!

Have fun with your family making others smile!

Shirley McLeod, Director

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Evangemissions

Last month at our congregational meeting, I spoke to our dwindling numbers and income and the opportunities to build relationships with our preschool families.  I’m concerned, optimistic and passionate about this and since the EVANGEMISSIONS ministry should be leading the charge on reaching out, perhaps a little bit guilty. So, where do we go from here?

The elders have been doing an ECO study called Becoming a Flourishing Church that I’m sure will soon be shared with you.  There are 6 meetings, some videos and some homework.  Among other things, in that study it talks about being missional and attractional as a church. What is missional and attractional? There are hundreds of articles and books that will give you information on that and some in our study, but I’d like to give you a visual as how I see the two working together and being one effective church.

The missional function of a church is like an aircraft carrier.  It is sent into battle with a mission, loaded with troops, aircraft and weapons to carry out sorties (missions).  Jet fighters and bombers go into enemy territory to attack the enemy and free the oppressed or defend the homeland.

The attractional function of a church is like an aircraft carrier too.  Before any carrier is ready for battle it must be in good working order, fully serviced, staffed and armed for battle.  Like the carrier, the attractional function is to equip the church for battle with biblical preaching, teaching, fellowship and attracting and training enough troops to maintain the ship and carry out the sorties.

At the present, I believe we are like an aircraft carrier that is not quite ready for battle.  We are short on troops and the ship needs some maintenance.  So, how do we ready ourselves for battle?  Well, perhaps we need to discover and do the maintenance that has been neglected, recruit and train troops and put on the “full armor of God” (I know you have heard that part before) so we are equipped for the battle.

I will leave you with that visual image to pray about ways we can maintain, recruit and train and equip without going into details because all our leaders must work together with you to plan, prepare and carry out this mission.  I am optimistic that we will put our ship into the ready and then action to become the church God desires and plans for us to be.  I pray you are optimistic and looking forward to that too.

You may think we are moving backwards by selling the 6720 house but to use another boating term, consider this as a “heaving to” moment.  A lot of sailors think that “heaving to” is a heavy weather tactic but it is much more than that.  In addition to being a way to deal with heavy weather it is also a tactic that buys you time.  It could help rest a tired crew, allow waiting out a fog bank to clear, make repairs or allow you to wait for daylight to get into an unfamiliar harbor.

Over the next few months, look for indications and promise of progress and more than just observing; pray for God’s supernatural power of revival and ask God to show each of us what he wants to do with each of us to become a productive crew member.  There may be some “heaving to” along the way and that’s ok as long as it’s for rest, charging your batteries, and understanding that we’ll soon need “all hands-on deck”

James 3:4 Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.

Ahoy, mates!


Gene and the Evangemissions Team

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Library News

SOON YOU WILL BE ABLE TO MEET OLD FRIENDS IN THE LIBRARY

Such as C.S. Lewis:

He writes: “The Christian doctrine of suffering explains, I believe, a very curious fact about the world we live in. The settled happiness and security which we all desire, God withholds from us by the very nature of the world: but joy, pleasure, and merriment, He has scattered broadcast. We are never safe, but we have plenty of fun, and some ecstasy. It is not hard to see why. The security we crave would teach us to rest our hearts in this world and oppose an obstacle to our return to God: a few moments of happy love, a landscape, a symphony, a merry meeting with our friends, a bathe or a football match, have no such tendency. Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home.”

Such as Charles R. Swindoll, in Flying Closer to the Flame, speaks of Psalm 139:7-10:

“Wonderful, comforting thought: We and He are  supernaturally interwoven and inseparable. Wherever you or I go, He goes. Whatever we think, He knows, In fact, He oversaw our conception and He gave us our personality as well as our physical makeup.”

Come in and find your own favorite writers soon, when the new library is opened.

 Laurie Smith, librarian

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Women of The Church  

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH – OCTOBER 2018

           WOC Communion at the Springs–Monday, October 1st at 9:45am

           Rachel Circle — Monday, October 8th @7:00pm at the home of  Arlene Tomin

           Sarah Circle — Tuesday, October 9th @ 1:00pm at the home of Alma Oline

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 for further information.

GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU AND MAY WE

ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE FOR JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOR!

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Boxtops for Education, Postage Stamps

WOC COLLECTS USED POSTAGE STAMPS, “BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION” TO BENEFIT OTHERS
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 

Dear beloved church family:

During my upcoming short visit to Landless, Kenya to see the children in Jan's Mission, I plan to:
1. buy items the children need and some things they don't need (toys, drawing paper, candy)

2. treat them to chicken/chips and pizza/soda

3. look at the possibility of adding a girls' dormitory

4. visit their elementary school and meet their teachers

5. hand out 110 t-shirts and 122 other articles of clothing I'm taking

6. give lots of hugs

There are no school pictures taken in Kenya, and my kids have no parents to take photos of them as they grow.  So I went through all of the photos I've taken of them and had copies made of individual photos.  Each child will have at least 15 photos in his/her album.  The photos are placed in chronological order to help the children see how they have changed since their first day in our family.  It will be a joy to watch their faces as they go through their albums.

As always, your prayers will be most welcome during this journey (and anytime).

Love you all,

With love, Jan Hinkle

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Food Distribtuion

On Tuesday, August 28th, the 123 House, the Boy Scout House, and a shed were affected by a lightning strike that resulted in  electrical issues that ruined 2 freezers, 1,000 pounds of meat, several lights and ballasts, a lightning-arrestor, and some wiring. Our God was so FAITHFUL to us by giving us His PROTECTION. The lightning strike caused electrical issues that could have resulted in a fire. Our God PROVIDED just enough meat for the September 8th Food Distribution to 195 families even though we had lost 1,000 pounds of meat. We had exactly 1 package of meat left after distribution! Our God sent an angel from Duke Energy who PROVIDED the new wire that safely restored our electricity and prevented further damage. Our God PROTECTED the other 11 freezers and refrigerators. Psalm 91:14-15 tells us:

Because he loves me, says the Lord," I will protect him for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

We Thank and Love you Lord and give you all Glory, Honor, and Praise ! 

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            

Attendance
September   2 86
September   9    70 
September  16 71
September  23   46

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What's New At PPCNews

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

OCTOBER 14, 2018 SUNDAY 11:30 am to 2:00pm
SONRISE PRESCHOOL AND CHURCH SPAGHETTI DINNER—please sign up by calling
Church Office
MENU: SPAGHETTI AND MEAT BALLS, SALAD AND DRINKS

A Big Thank You

A BIG THANK YOU for coming Friday night to the picnic and also for those who couldn’t come and prayed for a successful and good time with our preschool families.  I think that everyone who came had a great time.  Making friends & being friends, it was a great night.  Thank you church!

We had a lot of fun being the Story Land Room for the Preschool/Church Picnic with Diane Long as the story teller and Nancy Nottoli, Veronica Stahley and Laurie Smith helping kids make crowns or color pictures about Jesus and Tom 3&4 greeting families on Friday evening. We enjoyed all the kids and parents and were happy to let them know they can check out materials from the library, even as it is still having its collection brought in.

A big THANK YOU to the Smith family and to all who volunteered their time to setting up the new library and creating a special event for the children.  A little more work remains but Laurie will soon be inviting you to take a short trip to see the transformation of this new and improved “space”.  Look for and respond to that invite!

REMINDER: The Preschool’s Harvest Festival is Friday, October 26th 9am—12 noon. Come out and enjoy the parade at 9:00am and games in Fellowship Hall.

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.  

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.

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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