Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

January 2019

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

From Me to You:

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
(Romans 12:2)

Change:  If there is one thing you would like to change about yourself, what would that be, and why?

The New Year is often viewed as an opportunity to change.  For many folks, January 1st brings an invitation to start over, chart a different course, make or at least try to make some things different in and about their lives.  Countless such “new year’s resolutions” will be made, and a few may even be kept and accomplished.

Real change, though, is what God offers us in the person and work, and Gospel, of His Son, Jesus Christ.  God is the expert when it comes to making us over—after all, He made us all!  He knows just who He designed us to be; and He works not just on the outside—altering cosmetic appearances—but inside of us:  God in Christ, by His Holy Spirit, according to His Holy Word, makes us, and all things, new!

That’s why God calls us in Christ to change:  

· Change our direction--from running away from God and heading into an eternity without Him, to coming back to God, being forgiven for all our sins, by accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord.  In the Bible’s terms (2 Peter 3:9), that’s called “repentance.”

· Change our minds—from thinking things the way the world apart from God does (aka “according to the flesh”), to knowing God in His Word, doing what He says, even taking on the mind of Christ.  The Bible (Romans 12:2 above) calls that “renewal.”

· Change our hearts—from making things all about ourselves, living selfishly and inwardly, to making everything in and about us point to God:  loving God totally, and giving Him all the glory from our lives!  In the Bible (Ezekiel 36:26) that is “revival.”

· Change our ways—from wanting what we want and doing things however we desire, to becoming complete in Christ (Colossians 1:28) so our lives are completely serving Him.  The Bible views that—showing and sharing Jesus in all we think, say and do—as “regeneration.”

God does want and works for us to change so that we will have true life abundantly, and live to His greatest glory.  That is why He sent Jesus:  He can do what we can’t do, and never will, ourselves—save and transform our lives.

Looking forward to 2019 and the changes the Lord will make, so that His good, acceptable and perfect will continues to be realized in and through us all, as and at PPC, to His greatest glory!

In Christ,


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Session Notes

The Session met for their regular stated meeting on December 11, 2018. Shown below are items that were passed or discussed.

1. The price of the 6720 Burlington Avenue property was approved at $207,000.

2. The lot line needs to be determined and  a sewer clean out valve has to be installed so the property can be sold.

3. Once those items are completed, the proceeds from the sale will be placed in a special fund.

4. Top priority after the sale of the property will be to install smoke detectors on the second floor and to repair the air conditioners of the chapel and second floor education wing. The initial loan will be renegotiated.

5. Twenty-seven pledges totaling $129,815 have been made.

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

NOVEMBER 2018    Financial  Report

Account Name
General Fund Checking   $  13,331.64
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $  53,636.76
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  19,261.08
PRESCHOOL MM   $    1,811.72


$ 24,346.89 $ 233,779.47 ytd
OPERATING EXPENSE TOTAL* $  18,724.18 $ 265,605.16  ytd
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)     $     5,6.22.71 -$     31,826.69  ytd
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  19,261.08  
PRESCHOOL MM   $    1,811.72  


Deacon’s Fund                                                      $   1,963.81
*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

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2019 Budget Summary

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Stewardship Ministry

We read in Isaiah 11:1 a prophecy about Jesus: “Then a shoot will grow from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit.” During the hard days of the Roman occupation, it seemed hopeless, as Jesse’s family, and all Israel, had been cut down in defeat. However, God still created a new beginning for everyone by bringing Jesus into the world. As we celebrate Advent, Christmas, and a new year, let’s ask the Holy Spirit to help us remember how Jesus came for us, and is coming for us, and consider how God wants to make new beginnings for us and those around us. 

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair        

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Food Distribution Ministry

What a great way to end the year at the Food Distribution Ministry ! On December 8th, a guest who has been coming since 2017 received Jesus as her personal savior ! We praise God and give Him the glory ! We thank you Lord for letting us be your witness.
Another guest, Bridgette, who has been coming to us since 2014 said she has been blessed by our ministry so much. Bridgette said since she has been coming here everything in her life has gone up and up and up !
Praise you Lord Jesus Christ !
The Lord brought 2,516 families to us in 2018 and He provided 85,680 lbs. to distribute.
We are also hearing praise reports of many answered prayers. Thank you to our prayer warriors for their faithfulness, their witness, and their encouragement to others.
Thank you PPC family for your generosity, for the many dedicated volunteers and your continued prayers and support.
Psalm 35:18 " I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among throngs of people I will praise you".

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The Deacon's Developements

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

“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth”  James 3:18


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


During the Sundays in December the children in Praise Kids Club studied the story of Jesus’ birth, including the angels’ announcement to the shepherds in the fields.  The verse for the month was in Luke 2:12. The children made an angel which took several weeks to paint.

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.

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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. Come join us!

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Sonrise ECLC

 New Beginnings

“No one can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can  start today and make a new ending”

This quote made me think of how often we want to start over.  During the holidays, my children and I were playing games with the wii.  If we did not do well on a game or we did not like the outcome, we just reset the game and did it over.  Life is just not like that.  We don’t get to go back and start a new beginning.  We make mistakes along the way and sometimes we get a chance to make them right but other times we have to live with the consequences and decide how it will change us in the present.  We can’t change the beginning BUT we begin again, right where we are with the choice to make things better in our lives.  We all make mistakes and fall short of who we want to be but who we become is all about the choices we make when we are walking through the hard things.  This is relevant to all of our lives but in the preschool it is the reality of daily living.  Children don’t come with the skills they need to solve all their problems.  They hit, say mean words and sometimes throw a temper tantrum. They are not that fond of sharing and occasionally forget to use their manners.  We expect it because it is our job to help teach them these life skills.  Our hope is that they learn we all make mistakes and we probably will for the rest of our entire lives.  But when we make a mistake, we have a choice to start again a little wiser and better equipped to make a better choice.  No matter your age or stage in life, anyone and everyone can start today to make a new ending.  If you have not chosen Christ as your savior, doing so can change the course of your life.  If you do  intimate, close friendship with each of us and knowing Him makes all the difference.

Shirley McLeod, Director

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I hope you haven’t given up on making resolutions because it is important to set goals that you intend to achieve.  So, take advantage of this shiny new season and do some goal-setting.  Suggestions below:

1.Every day, I will prioritize God first, others second, myself last. Mark 12:30 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength”.  Jesus has given you your most important resolution to make and to keep.  If God is your priority, then your year will be successful even if you don’t reach some of your other goals.

2. I will commit to actively pursue spiritual growth.  Meet regularly with a small group, accountability partner, and/or mentor, Read  the Bible, Commit a time to praying every single day.

3. I will strive to maintain a healthy balance between home and work. Choose one day per week that you will devote the entire evening to your family for dinner and time together, Choose one day off per week that you will not check email at all.

4. I will cultivate personal and work relationships. Send one Thank You note every month. Take your spouse on a vacation, just the two of you. Connect with an old friend each month. Dedicate extra time to hospital/home visits.

5. I will improve my physical health. Get at least 7 hours of sleep 5 nights each week, cut out sugar except for holidays and your birthday, go to the gym or walk 3 times per week, find a “fitness” partner. Take it slow and don’t hurt yourself getting fit. Enjoy the exercise you do!

6. I will commit to the development of my people skills. Just as it is important to continually grow spiritually, it is also important to spend time learning and improving how to communicate with and show love and compassion on a personal level. 

7. I will devote time to improving the health of my church. Find and keep sight of the vision of your church, Stop comparing. Our church is different than other churches. Celebrate the wins, big or small. Become more mission-minded, both locally and internationally. Help recruit more volunteers.  Get involved in one of the ministries of your church and help them accomplish goals for growth and health.

8. I will invest in my church. Encourage church leaders and volunteer to do something yourself that you see that needs to be done.  Disciple other church members into growing spiritually and personally, Invest in the gifts of your fellow church members, learning the ways they’d like to improve and help them achieve their goals.

9. I will spend time on my personal development. Don’t forget about yourself outside of work and family. As easy as it is to wrap up your identity in these things, keep in mind that you have a unique identity in Christ. Take time to rest and restore your mind and soul. Learn a skill you’ve always been curious about. This could be anything from building furniture to watercolor painting to flying a plane… get creative! Devote time each week to a hobby you thoroughly enjoy. Go on an adventure. You can find adventure in St. Pete or in the Grand Canyon, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. If you don’t already have a Bucket List - make one.

10. I will get organized. It can be difficult for your goals to remain attainable when things get messy. Let’s be honest, life will always get messy at some point. Make this goal something you come back to in those times of messiness to help you regain focus. Create a system for managing finances.  Leave work every day with a clean desk.

Seriously, new year’s resolutions are a good thing any month of the year but January 2019 might just be the best time to make, keep and enjoy the fruits of your resolve to make a difference in your life, the life of others and the life of your church.  Keep up the Good Work!  From Gene & your Evangemissions Team.

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Library News

1. Did you make a New Year’s  resolution to study the Bible or focus on studying one person in the Bible? The church library can help you fulfill that one: A large part of our collection is books which help you study either a single book or a topic or a Bible character. We can try to help you find what you need.
2. Did you know that reading strengthens and stimulates your brain? Exercising your brain and seeking to get closer to God can happen when you check out  books on topics in the Bible.
3. Did you know that if you set aside a reading time with your younger children or grandchildren, they will find that it is worthwhile to set aside time for it in their life?
4. What would happen if you and your spouse or you and a friend got together to read and then talk about what you just read, even if they are totally different topics, you may be surprised that you can still share and be interested in what the other has read, and they in you.
5. Try reading Christian fiction. Now you can find many genres besides romance: there are mystery, suspense, fantasy to name a few.
6. Pick a Christian author and see what they have to say that speaks to your life: Try C.S. Lewis or Timothy Keller or Beth Moore, for example.

 Laurie Smith, Librarian (btw we are now right beside the church in Boswell)

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Women of The Church  

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH – January 2019

WOC Communion at the Springs–Monday, January 7th at 9:45am

Sarah Circle — Tuesday, January 8th @ 1:00pm at the home of Pat Edgington

 Rachel Circle — Monday, January 14th @ 7:00pm at the home of Arlene Tomin

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.

Thank you to all who brought new socks to put on our sock tree this year.  We collected 222 pair of socks. These socks will be delivered to Beth-El Farmworkers Ministry in Wimauma, FL. Thanks to Bill Poirier for delivering these socks to Beth-El after our service on the 16th.





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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 

As you may recall, Edah graduated from training in May and immediately got a job.  She is living independently in a nearby village.  This month, Ruth, her brother Solomon, and Violet (photo) completed their high school education and await the results of their national exam before applying to vocational schools.  My hope is that they score so high that they will get full scholarships to a college.  In the meantime, they are earning money by doing laundry for neighbors to help with their support.

God in His Mercy has provided money to complete the girls' bathroom project.  It will consist of two full bathrooms (toilet, sink, and walk-in shower) and two laundry rooms.  The smelly outhouse will be removed and a new septic tank installed.  The twelve girls presently share one toilet and one shower, so they are eager to get the ball rolling.

My next project will be to let the children raise chickens for eggs.  Right now, the children get seven eggs each month.  Since it's an inexpensive source of protein, it would be good to offer eggs more often.  We might end up paying more for chicken food than we would to buy eggs from the market, but an additional benefit is the opportunity for the children to learn the right way to raise chickens.

Keep those prayers lifted for us.  Love to you all.

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Sunday Worship Attendance


November  25 53
December    2   69
December    9        61
December  16     85

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What's New At PPCNews

Our NEW Church Directory Won’t Be Complete Without You!
Free 8 x 10 PORTRAIT for participating families.

Please come to Fellowship Hall on your appointment date and time.

Please allow 1 hour for your photography session.

Free Directory for participating families.

Specially priced portraits and frames.

Portraits available in Full Color, Black & White, and Sepia.

Immediate viewing of digital proofs in the Boswell Room after your photography session.

Credit Cards Accepted

Note: Sign ups concluded in December for Covenant Partnersand regular visitors. We are unable to accommodate additional families that are not already scheduled for January 18 or 19, 2019.

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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