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March 2019

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Stewardship Ministry
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Sonrise ECLC
Evangemissions
Koinonia Ministry
Library News
Women of the Church
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You:

 “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you…
in view of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now”

(Philippians 1:3, 5)

Pastor and author John Piper says we have three choices in responding to the Great Commission of Jesus to “go and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19); we can:

 1) go       2) send      or      3) disobey Christ.

Partnership is a foundational part of mission and being a missional church. There is no such thing as “lone-wolf” missionaries or doing mission alone. Going is difficult if not impossible long-term without senders (Romans 10:15).  Senders are like the supply line which keeps an army on the march and equipped to win the battle (2 Corinthians 9:12-15).  

Many of us at PPC have been on mission trips; all of us have been and are mission partners.  Partners participate in the mission in direct, real, vital ways—most importantly, prayer.  Without prayer, there is and will be no going and growing mission.  In Colossians 4, Paul notes: 

“Devote yourselves to prayer…praying at the same time for us as well, that God may open up to us a door for the word” (4:2-3).  The first, foremost and continual way we participate in the mission of the Gospel is through prayer!

Next, we also partner through giving.  As good stewards of God’s gifts, we give—invest—in the coming Kingdom of Christ by providing resources for discipling mission (2 Corinthians 8:1-7).  At PPC, the direct way we partner in mission through our gifts this is what we call “Faith Promise.”

This month, in conjunction with our annual Missions Sunday (March 17), you will receive information and pledge cards to partner with more than a dozen missionaries and mission agencies currently supported by our church.  Please pray about what the Lord is leading you to give to partner financially with them and invest in the Kingdom through them for this next year (2019-2020).  Our Faith Promise pledges and offerings will be received during the service on March 17.

Please know that partnering in mission is also going in mission.  As we “give to go” we all will also share in the rewards—inheritance-- of souls saved, lives changed, churches planted, and Jesus proclaimed and glorified around the world!  (2 Corinthians 9:8-11).  When we stand before Jesus’ throne in His Kingdom, it will be to His greatest glory if we are standing with others who came to know Him through our going, giving, sending and prayers (Rev. 4:11, 7:9).

Grateful to be a partner in the mission of the Gospel with you, Jesus’ saints at PPC!

In Christ,

Carl

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Session Notes

The Session  held the first stated meeting of the new year on January 22.

Among the action s taken were:

¨ Approved sending a letter to the PPC family describing the planning process Session has been going through since June 2019 to help PPC become a flourishing church.  Also approved having a “roll-out” of our action plans on Sunday Feb. 24 during worship and at a luncheon afterward.  Additionally, 2 “minutes for ministry” will be given during the prior 2 Sundays to provide a glimpse into the rollout.

¨ Update on sale of 6720 House was provided by Gene Hammond.  Additional meetings with the City of St. Pete are being scheduled to determine a way through to gaining City approval to sell the house and other PPC property.  This process may take until August 2019.

¨ Approved having the Rev. Karen Dunham be the key-note speaker at our annual missions celebration on Sunday March 17. 

¨ Approved Pastor’s request for vacation March 11-18.

Submitted on behalf of
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

JANUARY 2019     Financial  Report

Account Name
Balance
General Fund Checking   $   43,416.38
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $   45,743.22
   
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  26,969.62
PRESCHOOL MM   $    2,492.11

 

OPERATING INCOME TOTAL*  
$ 59,669.00 $ 59,669.00 ytd
OPERATING EXPENSE TOTAL* $ 25,087.11 $ 25,087.11 ytd
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)     $     34,581.89 $     34,581.89 1 ytd

 

Deacon’s Fund                                                     $    2,423.81
*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

A complete copy of the 2019 Operating Budget 

Is available upon request from the Church  Office.


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Stewardship Ministry

We read in 1 Kings 8:56, “May the Lord be praised!...Not one of all the good promises He made through His servant Moses has failed.” In the Old Testament, we see that God kept His promises to Israel. This encourages us that God will also keep His promises to us. After thanking the Philippians for their gift to God and him, Paul wrote, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) Trusting that God will give us what we really need helps us be good stewards, people who use what He gives us for His glory.

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair    

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The Deacon's Developements

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

“Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always”
1 Chronicles 16:11 

Happy Spring!!

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

PRAISE KIDS CLUB STUDIES PRAYER

How did Jesus pray? When can I pray? What is prayer? Where can I pray? And many other questions about prayer are what the kids in Praise Kids Club have been finding answers to in February.

If you know of kids in your neighborhood or family who would come to Praise kids, contact Laurie Smith.

Kids are divided into appropriate groups and enjoy snacks, games and crafts in addition to the lesson and Bible verse.

They meet on Sundays from 3 to 5 p.m.

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Sunday School

The Good Book study will continuing in March. We will meet at 9:00am in the Chapel and continue our 8 week study facilitated by Gene Hammond. Don’t worry if you have be unable to come until now. God said, “It is very good” and Sarah and Isaac said, “It’s not too late.”

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Sonrise ECLC

The preschool has been enjoying the warmer weather and seeing the flowers bloom in our butterfly garden.  We purchased a new playhouse that Larry Hendry built for us.  We love it and are so very thankful for all his hard work.  We also added musical instruments on our playground.  They are chimes in the shape of flowers and we really love them. These were items that we fundraised for last year.  They add and so much joy for the children.   Thank you, Gene Hammond and Larry Hendry for building and installing our new equipment.

Registration for the Fall is in full swing and some of our classrooms are already filling up!  We are also preparing for 7 weeks of summer camp.  We still have a few openings, if you know any preschool age children that would enjoy coming in the summer. 

Our family auction is coming up in April.  We are doing things a little different this year.  We are creating a lot of theme baskets that will be part of our raffle.  More items will be in the raffle this year than ever before, giving church families more choices and a wider range of items  to win.  Stay tuned for more details.

Shirley McLeod, Director

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Evangemissions

Why we support missions:

For over 15 years every March, our church has celebrated our partnership with our missionaries with a Missions Sunday.  During and after Missions Sunday we receive Faith Promise commitments as our way of financially supporting our missionaries.  If you have ever wondered why, here are a few reasons.

The early church is our example

It was a direct command from Jesus for the early church to carry the good news to other places. New churches were established in the region and beyond by these early believers.

Missionaries Work On Behalf Of US as Their Supporters
In chapter four of the book of Acts, Paul told the church that he knew that it was God who took care of him. Yet, God used the people in Philippi to be the agents of that provision. Because of the gifts of the Philippian believers, Paul said that God would put the fruit of his own ministry to the account of the church in Philippi.

People Need To Hear The Gospel

God is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9). His plan is that those who already know the Gospel share it with those around them. God could have chosen any means to propagate the story of redemption; however, He chose current believers to be the ones who shared Christ’s love with others.

Jesus Requested Prayer For The Laborers

Jesus said that we should pray that the laborers would step up to the task and accept the challenge of carrying the Gospel to the people.

We Are Commanded To Go

Some of the last words of Christ before He ascended to heaven was that we should go and carry His Word to the world. In Matthew 28:19 and 20 Jesus said to go into the whole world with the Gospel, teach the hearers and baptize believers.

Who Will Go? Who Will Send?

Paul wrote in Romans 10 that preachers were needed to carry the Gospel. Who will go to preach? Then Paul follows up the question of “who will preach” by asking “who will send them?” The church and current believers have the responsibility to support those who are going into the world with the precious Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our Part

What will your part in missions be? We should all be sharing the Gospel with those around us. But, does God want you to be more involved by committing to full-time ministry? Even if you are not called to be a missionary on a foreign field, you can help the cause of missions by supporting missions through our church. This support can come by way of prayer, finances, or time and labor for the work of the ministry.

From Gene & your Evangemissions Team.

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Library News

THE MINISTRY TO SEND THE GOSPEL ALL OVER JAPAN BY RADIO WAS GUIDED BY GOD, ALMA OLINE’S BOOK SHOWS
Getting the message of Jesus Christ to the people in Japan has always been a challenge and one that Steve Tygert wanted to take on. His parents were missionaries to Japan who had a strong belief that radio could be a very effective evangelical tool. Young Steve, as he studied at a Bible college in the states, saw the many benefits of using the technologies becoming available in the 1960s and felt the Lord leading him back to Japan to work on a Japanese Christian radio ministry.

Now our very own PPC member Alma Oline has written about Steve Tygert’s work as a radio missionary pioneer in Japan in the 1960s to the early 1990s in her new book Friendship Radio God’s Amazing Direction and Provision.

Various challenges such as funding, technology, government regulations, staffing and what program style would be appropriate for the Japanese people were overcome by Steve and other radio missionaries. The book shows how God blessed them with answers to the prayers of His people. Learning how God has worked through people and circumstances, when the situation looks doubtful, is one of the many benefits of reading this book.

You may purchase a copy of Alma’s book in the library (Boswell room), while copies last.

Laurie Smith, librarian

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Women of The Church  

          
WOMEN OF THE CHURCH – March 2019

WOC Communion at the Springs–Monday, March 4th at 9:45am

                    
Rachel Circle — Monday, March 11th @ 7:00pm at the home of Ann Carney

Sarah Circle — Tuesday, March 12th @ 1:00pm at the home of Aristeia Sowa

          
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 - New Ghana Project 

"What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer."  Does that sound familiar?  It comes from Pat Watts' favorite song.  Pastor Anthony, Sister Judy, and I are asking you for your prayers for our new project in Ghana.

The 150 children in this small village had nothing to do but chase rats through the overgrown vegetation surrounding the village.  Phase 1 of our project is to build a 3-room school with two outhouses, four biotech toilets, an open-air dining room, and a concrete block kitchen (as required by the government).  The rooms will be used on weekends for vocational training.  Phase 2 and 3 would consist of adding three more classrooms, a church, and a fellowship hall for community gatherings.

"To God be the Glory for the things He has done."  Doesn't that sound familiar too?

With love,
Jan  

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            

Attendance
February     3 67 
February   10     67 
February   17     78

                            

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What's New At PPCNews

VBS

VBS…will be here soon!
June 3-7
YES, IT IS THAT TIME!!! WE ARE
PLANNING FOR THIS YEAR’S VBS… SO PRAY ABOUT
HOW YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INVOLVED.
PLEASE, Contact Terry Odom if interested.

Thank You!

A great big ‘thank you’ to Mary Davis, Diane Long, Alma Oline and Vicki Danz for getting the new pictorial directory off the ground by directing and overseeing member portraits taken in Fellowship Hall. We should have a completed directory by May and appreciate everyone’s participation in its making. When you see them, please be sure and say, “cheese” and give them a big Thank you!

“Confessions to Scripture & Scripture to Confession”

We are continuing our small group study of the Bible and the confessions led by Pastor Gary Hofmeyer at 3pm Wednesdays in the Boswell Room. Please check the Sunday flyer for updates. Come join this small group as we grow together in faith and fellowship.

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!

Format for Submitting Information To Be Printed

  • Submit information 2 weeks prior to date needed print ready.
  • Send information as an Electronic File MS Word Format.
  • Newsletter articles are always due by the 15th of the month.
  • Newsletter articles should be in Ariel and font no larger than 10.
  • Newsletter articles should be titled with ministry, month and year ie, “Library February 2019”.

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