Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

November 2018

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From Me to You
Session Notes
Financial Report
Stewardship Ministry
Volunteers Needed
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:

“Fight the good fight of faith.”
(1 Timothy 6:12)

Your Session just completed a 6-part study provided by the ECO called “Becoming a Flourishing Church.”  The final part was to start to develop an action plan for our church’s growth--Session came together to do that in a workshop on Oct. 20. 

Amid all the prayers, diligent work and serious discussions, one question kept circling around in my mind—something I heard a missionary and pastor talk about a few years ago:

--What is the difference between a cruise ship and a battleship?

We’d think the answer would be obvious, but apparently it isn’t for many churches.

Cruise ships are designed to carry passengers in comfort, usually on a round-trip to nowhere.

Battleships have trained crews and definitive missions:  they are there to make a difference.

Cruise ships have cruise directors whose job is to keep the passengers entertained and happy.

Battleships have officers who make sure every crew member knows his or her duty, is properly equipped, trained and is able to carry-out assignments as part of a team.

Cruise ships hit ice bergs and sink;   Battleships take torpedo hits, fix them, and fight on.

Cruise ships are for relaxation and sight-seeing;  Battleships are built to win wars and change the world!

So, which are we at PPC—a cruise ship or a battleship?

If we take seriously Paul’s letter to his “fellow soldier” and disciple, Timothy, we are and are to be a battleship:  we are to fight “the good fight of faith”—which means doing all we can to get the Gospel of Jesus out to the world, to win people to Christ in His love, and make disciples who make disciples.

To be victorious, battleships need good officers and dedicated crew members--two of the characteristics I believe we do have at PPC in our leaders and church family.  Battleships also need ammunition and fuel to take the fight to the enemy:  in our case, “ammunition” is the Spirit’s gifts given to each of us to use in Christ’s service; “fuel” is the financial provision God gifts each of us with, so we can give to move our “ship” along, to win souls and transform lives in Christ.

Currently, though, PPC is facing a “fuel” shortage—we’re heading toward a year-end deficit of $45,000 in the “red.”  Over-coming that deficit will be vital to continuing on our mission at “full steam” in 2019; additionally, pledging for 2019 (November 11 is Pledge Sunday) will be critical to the “battle” plans we are making for next year and beyond. 

As members together of this “crew,” we all need to step-up, take our places, do our part, and give as the Lord guides and provides, so that this “battleship” will continue to bring the Good News of Jesus to others, here in our “home port,” and around the world!

Thankful to be sailing for Jesus with you, His “crew” of the I.H.S. (In His Service) Pasadena Presbyterian battleship!

In Christ,


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Session Notes

The Session met for their regular stated meeting of September 25, 2018. Shown below are items that were passed or discussed.

1. Elder Hammond led in the “ECO Flourishing” study #5 and opened with prayer. The Session discussed  our survey responses to six church competencies designed to help us evaluate the state of our congregational life: Identity Declaring, Risk Tribalizing, Disciple Making, Incarnational Messaging, Leader Releasing, and Multiplication Organizing.  Flourishing study #6 will be a Session workshop for developing an action plan to work toward PPC revitalization.  It will be conducted on October 20 from 9 a.m. to noon.

2. An update was given on the financial position of the church and school.

3. As a result of the approval of the congregation for the sale of the 6720 Burlington property hiring a realtor was discussed . It was agreed that a proposal by Pastor Oliver to paint and repair the exterior of the home at 6720 Burlington for $3500 be approved.

4. Elder Pat Watts was appointed by the Moderator to serve on a worship team being formed with Carol Pilkington to work on plans and enhancements for our worship services.

5. Pastor Oliver has been invited to speak at the morning worship time on October 21 before he and Sister Judy return to Trinidad.

6. Some of the Session will attend a “Mission Affinity Group” or MAG meeting of other central Florida ECO churches at the invitation of FPC Bartow on November 10th.

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

Account Name
General Fund Checking   $ 36,747.18**
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $ 67,446.89
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  12,425.08
PRESCHOOL MM   $    1,831.42


OPERATING INCOME TOTAL    $   47,049.00 
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   +$    6,866.73


OPERATING INCOME TOTAL    $211,803.58 ytd
OPERATING EXPENSE TOTAL    $232,386.80 ytd
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)     -$  20,584.22 ytd

Financial Notes

Deacon’s Fund                                                      $   2,113.81

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements
** QuickBooks shows $14,973.29—difference due to fund transfers among accounts

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Stewardship Ministry

In Matthew 25:23, in the parable of the talents, to the servants who use their talents well, the master says, ‘Share your master’s joy!’ I was thinking just now that it seems from this parable that Jesus cares a lot about our using what He gives us, and sharing His joy. As we enter stewardship season, this is a good chance to consider how to use well and joyfully all of the resources in our lives, including time, talents, and treasures. We may find ways to use what we’ve been given outside the church rather than inside. That’s OK - it’s called outreach! On the other hand, you may be in circumstances where you can’t do much more than pray. That’s OK, too - you’re called a prayer warrior! “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.”
(1 Corinthians 10:31)

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair    

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Special Need

Pastor Anthony and Sister Judy Oliver will be returning to TRINIDAD in mid-November.  They have a SPECIAL NEED upon their return: the house in which they will be living in Trinidad needs a water tank and pump, costing about $1,200. 

If you would like to contribute, make your check out to: PPC, designating it “For Trinidad Water.”

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The Deacon's Developements

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

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will
for you in Christ Jesus.”   1 Thessalonians 5:18 


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

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

We are learning about being thankful in the preschool and we have a lot to be thankful for.  We are really enjoying our new classroom.  It is a beautiful room and it is filled with joyful, excited children.  Our enrollment capacity has increased from 68 to 76.  We have also extended our hours to help more families that work. 

We are also grateful for all the volunteers from the church that helped with the family picnic, the preschool harvest festival and the Thanksgiving feast.  A few of our families have commented on how they notice more connection with the church and they are enjoying it.  We are also very grateful for the Thursday morning coffee café.  The staff and parents have said how much they look forward to Thursday morning for the coffee and the fellowship.

We are saying goodbye to two of our staff members, Michael Baribault and Sarah Hosford.  They have both been a wonderful, caring part of our team.  They will still be around to visit and possibly sub for us but they will be missed.

I pray that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with their family and friends!

Shirley McLeod, Director

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During September and October, Pastor Carl preached several times out of the book of Revelation.  The sermons contained great information for us because it is important to look at the letters sent to the 7 churches and see that there was a context in the first century, and still is now and for the future.  We must understand that (“Keeping the lamps lit” - Rev 1:13) no church has a light of its own.  Jesus pours in the oil. We must stay connected to Jesus or our flame will go out.

Now look at Revelation 1:17. “Then he placed his right hand on me….”  Our faith must rest in the person of the resurrected Jesus Christ – not the teachings or the things we can or cannot understand.  The deeper our commitment to Jesus, the deeper will be the truths He reveals. We cannot build our church or share the gospel effectively unless our relationship with Jesus is strong.  Jesus loves each one of us.

Close your eyes, in darkness get a good look at yourself – all your dreams, hopes, disappointments, addictions, areas of sin, there you are.  See the risen Lord in your mind’s eye and he is touching you and saying to you; “I love you, I forgive you, I am here for you. You are the reason that I came, and I was dead, and I came back to life”.  If you have never before turned your heart and soul over to him, this is the moment.  Submission begins at the cross. 

If you have turned your life over to Jesus, think about what that means.  Jesus isn’t the man upstairs.  He is the risen, magnificent matchless sovereign Savior of the world – who when he speaks, we are muted, we have nothing to say.  And when we see him, as we will someday, we will fall at his feet.  It is that God we worship and have a loving relationship with!  It is that God who can fill us so full that we can’t help but share him with our community and the world.  One can’t share what one does not have.  If you have trusted in Jesus, you have it!  Let Jesus take you deeper! Shine Jesus Shine!

Gene and the Evangemissions Team

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Library News

“People who read books—fiction or nonfiction, ­poetry or prose—for as little as 30 minutes a day over several years were living an average of two years longer than people who didn’t read anything at all” reported Brandon Specktor in a Reader’s Digest article
The information came from surveys conducted by the University of Michigan’s Health and Retirement Study. tracking retirees for 12 years from 1992 to 2014. Yale School of Public Health researchers studied the information on more than 3,600 men and women over the age of 50.

Specktor also said they found that “book readers who reported more than three hours of reading each week were 23 percent less likely to die between 2001 and 2012 than their peers who read only newspapers or magazines.” Why? “Unlike, say, skimming a page of headlines, reading a book (of any genre) forces your brain to think critically and make connections from one chapter to another, and to the outside world, he said.

But the article says that even reading newspapers or magazines is better than nothing. “Reading anything that fills your mind and exposes you to new words, phrases, and facts seems to carry mental benefits.”

The article did not say whether the survey narrowed the reading matter into further types. But we can hypothesize that if it had, that reading the Bible and Christian nonfiction and fiction could be shown to add even greater benefits to the makeup of one’s mind. Come on into the library and find what interests you.

 Laurie Smith, librarian

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Women of The Church  

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH – November 2018

WOC Committee Meeting—Tuesday, November 6th at 10:00am in the Boswell/Library

WOC Communion at the Springs–Monday, November 11th at 9:45am

Rachel Circle — Monday, November 12th @ 7:00pm at the home of Felicia Ragland

Sarah Circle — Tuesday, November 13th @ 1:00pm at the home of  Pat Edgington

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.

We will be putting up the sock tree again this year to give the socks to Beth-El Farmworkers Ministry in Wimauma.  The tree will be in the Patio hallway from Sunday, November 25, 2018 through Sunday, December 16, 2018. New socks for men, women and children are needed.  Thank you all for your contributions.



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Praise Kids & Youth

“Since 65% of people are visual learners according to the Social Science Research Network, one of the best ways to drive the message home is through visual content,” as an article by Rachel Gillett says on

Praise Kids Club and the Youth Group have been learning about God, using visuals.

The little kids have been learning about God through the wonderful insects, birds and animals God has made. Proverbs 6:6 says, “Go watch the ants… Watch what they do and be wise.” This is only one of the verses studied. Other times bees, owls and other creations of God were featured.  Animal crafts and games help the children learn the Bible verses and stories. God has brought more students to this age group, quite a blessing!

The youth are applying this idea by studying the Bible truths in the Action Bible. As the publisher’s website says, it is “ illustrated with stunning art from Marvel and DC Comics artist Sergio Cariello, The Action Bible is the perfect Bible for today’s visually focused culture.”

Alma Oline, Nancy Nottoli, Gina Driggers, Mac Boyd and Laurie Smith are the teachers and wonderful volunteers.

Praise Kids and Youth are Sundays from 3 to 5p.m.

If you would like to be a volunteer, you could become a substitute, or help with snacks or a class helper. Even a little of your time once in awhile will be a blessing. Please call Laurie Smith (727) 544-7237 and leave a message.  

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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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It's Shoebox Time


“Declare His Glory Among the Nations…” Psalm 96:3

Through our Operation Christmas Child project, God has given us unparalleled opportunities to touch the lives of millions of boys and girls in over 150 countries. Many of these children have never received a gift and never heard the true meaning of Christmas-until they open shoeboxes filled with gifts from people like us! As you pack a shoebox and send it off with prayer, you are partnering with local believers around the world to share the Gospel. Thank you for your prayers and support.”



Shoeboxes are now available for pick-up in the hallway just outside the sanctuary.

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Jan's Mission - Kenya 

When you read this, I'll be handing out 100 pounds of school supplies, clothing, undies, and gifts to the twenty-three orphans in Landless, Kenya, five who are supported by members of PPC.  The children will have an early Christmas this year.

 While there, a decision will have to be made as to whether to send ten of the younger ones to a Nairobi orphanage where they would live and go to school or to build a girls' dormitory on the property.  The eight oldest, the two siblings, and the two five-year-olds would remain at the mission home.  The increasing cost of school fees vs the cost of construction will be considered.  Please pray that my decision will be according to God's Will.

Thank you, my church family, for your financial support, for your encouraging words, for your prayers, and for caring about these precious children.  Your love means the world to me.


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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


September 30   81 
October   7   64
October     14    73 
October  21 73

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What's New At PPCNews


Please come join us for the Hanging of the Greens on Saturday, December 1, 2018.
Please contact Gina Driggers if you will be bringing children, we will have a nursery for them.

Calling all Singers!

We are looking for singers to participate in PPC’s Christmas Cantata on December 16, 2018 in the sanctuary. Please join us as we make a joyful noise! We are also looking for an accompanist.  See Carol Pilkington for details.

What Did the Sermon Say Group Will Break for the Holdiays

The “What Did That Sermon Say?”  group will take a break for the holidays.  
Last meeting will be after worship on November 11.
Meetings will resume in January 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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