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September 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
Please Join Our Praise Chorus
Sonrise ECLC
Evangemissions
Koinonia Ministry
Library News
Women of the Church
Sunday Worship Attendance
What's New at PPC

From Me to You:

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
to receive power and riches and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing.”
(Revelation 5:12)

What is Jesus worth to you?

I know that’s a peculiar question, but it is something the world around us wonders about.

Everything in this world is assigned some value by someone.  For things we buy, they’re worth what they cost (or what we are willing to pay for them).  For many jobs, they’re valued at what the employee is paid (but who can put any price on something like parenting???).  Sometimes, things are considered valuable because of age—like antiques (so why doesn’t our MTV-driven culture highly value seniors like so many other societies do?)  Unique and high-quality items—one-of-a-kind—are called rare and sometimes irreplaceable (so why don’t we all value each other more???).

What then about Jesus—how do we know His worth??

· He is God the Son from “before all things”(Colossians 1:18)— He is age-less!
· He is the only begotten Son of God who came to us and became one of and for us
(John  3:16)—He is unique!
· His “job” is to be the Savior for the whole world (John 4:42)—match-less!
· He gave Himself on a cross for all our sins and paid the debt we could never repay
ourselves (Col. 2:14)--He is price-less!
· His blood redeems us and cleanses us from all our sins (1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 1:10)
—He is perfect and irreplaceable!

If we know Jesus is PRICELESS, how do others get to know that—and Him—too?

We as His Church show His worth to the world:

--In our WORSHIP:  not how but WHO we worship is what matters!

--In our STEWARDSHIP:  not how much but how FAITHFUL & FRUITFUL we are in using all God’s gifts!

--In our DISCIPLESHIP:  not just how well we know God’s Word, but how much we DO WHAT HE SAYS!

--In our FELLOWSHIP:  not just if we have fun but share JESUS in LOVE together!

Most importantly, though, we show how much we value our forgiveness, salvation and  love-life with Jesus in how often and how well we GIVE HIM AWAY—show and share Him with others, and invite others to faith and life in Him!

One of the reasons too many people reject the free offer of eternal life in Christ is unfortunately because we who have received Him don’t show His worth.  Our lack of zeal, commitment, sacrifice, joy in and love for Jesus can be a major impediment to those who need Him.  That’s why Scripture tells us:
“walk in a manner worthy of the Lord” (Colossians 1:10).

Grateful to continue to show the matchless worth of Jesus with you as and at PPC!

In Christ,

Carl

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Session Notes

1. Even though two second floor rooms had been approved for Preschool new rooms, the fire marshal noticed there were no required smoke detectors that were electronically tied into the main system of the church. There was not time for these smoke detectors to be installed and it would be expensive. In addition parents of new students would not have time to find and enroll their children elsewhere. It was decided to convert the library into a classroom because it had a smoke detector, but an additional door into the adjoining room would have to be constructed. The present library would move to the Boswell room. A motion was approved to do this work. That work was done and the new classroom is being used. The library is quickly taking shape.

2. Elder Odom led in the second study of ECO recommended Disciple Design. Each elder was paired with another. Each pair of elders filled out the form, shared their written responses, and prayed together. Elder Hughes volunteered to lead the next study entitled APEST (Apostolic, Prophetic, Evangelistic, Shepherd, Teacher).

3. Several elders will attend the MAG (Ministry Affiliate Group) in Bartow on August 25, 2018.

4. Upon further evaluation, it was discovered that Unit #2 of the chapel air conditioning system needs to be replaced, but Unit #1 is okay. Further action was tabled.

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

July   2018    Financial  Report

Account Name
Balance
General Fund Checking   $  9,267.54
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $ 50,685.10
   
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  6,650.52
PRESCHOOL MM   $  5,830.82

 

OPERATING INCOME TOTAL    $   18,875.30 
OPERATING EXPENSE TOTAL    $   29,128.88
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   -$   10,26075

 

OPERATING INCOME TOTAL    $151,581.74 ytd
OPERATING EXPENSE TOTAL    $168,780.76 ytd
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)   -$17,199.02 ytd

Financial Notes

Deacon’s Fund                                                      $   2,113.81

*Amounts are from QuickBooks reports reconciled to bank statements

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Stewardship Ministry

We read in Psalm 36:7, “God, Your faithful love is so valuable that people take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.” God has given us many valuable material things, and has blessed our church with many generous people. Still, surely the most valuable thing He’s given us is the gift of His Son, Jesus, as a great expression of love. The love within our church family, and from our church family to the world around us, which we cherish, is another great gift of God (1 John 4:7). Let’s continue to celebrate and share Him!

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 Deacons serve Christ by serving others for His glory and purpose*

“So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”  Romans 12:5

We want to thank Julie Gull for her time as a Deacon, we will miss her!
We would like to welcome Mary Davis and thank her for saying YES to God’s calling!

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

God loves you and so do we!!


Please remember The Dollars for Deacons Offering Envelopes in the Sanctuary

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Praise Kids and Youth Group

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH: TIME TO BRING CHILDREN TO PRAISE KIDS & YOUTH/YOUNG ADULTS

Mark your calendars, make a memo on your phone and tell Alexa to make a reminder for Sunday, September 9th     from 3 to 5 p.m. That will be the first day of the new school term for Praise Kids Club and the Youth Group, the church’s programs to share the love of Jesus with our younger friends, age 3 years to college age.

Kids are separated into age-appropriate groups after they enjoy meeting together for a snack. The Bible lesson, Bible verse and teaching are all tailored for each age group which comes. Active games give younger students another way to remember the points of the story and the memory verse. Crafts provide yet another learning tool which is fun and memorable.

The youth will study the Bible with The Story, a chronological organization of the Bible. This group will also attend such events as eating out or going to a movie to change things up a bit for special Sundays.

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 stay to study God’s Word at 8:45am. We are currently studying the book of ACTS. 

Class ends at 9:45 to give you plenty of time to get to the sanctuary for Worship at 10am.

We would love for you to come join us!

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Please Join Our Praise Chorus

PRAISE CHORUS Is recruiting.

Rehearsals are on Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm in the sanctuary. Beginner singers are welcome!  See Carol Pilkington for details.

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Sonrise ECLC

It has been a very eventful time for the preschool.  We updated our logo to go on our handbook, t-shirts and totes.  Church members are welcome to purchase our logo t-shirts if they would like.  See Threse for order forms.

We renovated the library and turned it into a pre-k classroom thanks to the hard work of the PPC members who cleaned, organized, moved furniture and pulled together to make things work out for the families who had contributed to the preschool.  Our pre-k classrooms are full with a few openings in our part time three year old classrooms. 

We started a summer camp program and during the summer, we passed our accreditation.  Accreditation is an intense process meant to ensure that the quality of our program is

We are looking forward to our church and preschool family picnic on September 21 from 5 to 8.  We hope that you are able to join us and meet the preschool families. 

Shirley McLeod, Director

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Evangemissions

From the Old Testament to the New worship and evangelism are linked together. You see it with the Psalmist when he called Jewish worshippers to, "Declare his glory among the nations…" It's what Daniel did when he gave God credit for the one who could interpret Nebuchadnezzar's dream. It's what a hesitant Jonah did when he preached to the receptive Assyrians about the one true and living God. It's what Paul did when he revealed the identity of "the unknown god" to the philosophers at the Areopagus in Athens.

This brand of worship comes with a certain amount of risk. Great men and women of God throughout history have taken great risks by praising God for his redemptive plan and then proclaiming it to those who don't know him.
Let's be honest, we have nothing to lose proclaiming God's goodness in a room full of singing believers. But we have everything to lose when we proclaim his goodness over coffee with a skeptical family member, neighbor, classmate or co-worker.
Singing praise songs is easier than sharing the gospel. Both are important forms of worship. The difference between them is risk. But this brand of worship is worth the risk. It's worth getting mocked or marginalized. When we worship God by sharing the message of his Son to those who don't know him we are seeking to build his heavenly choir with new members. As the Apostle Paul wrote, "All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God." 2 Corinthians 4:15

Whether you are a worshipper or worship leader learn how to share your faith and then do it. If you don't know then let’s learn.  If you do know how then get crackin'. Sing loudly on Sunday morning with your praise songs. But also belt out the good news with your life and lips everyday to everyone around you.
Let's not just be Sunday morning worshippers!

Greg Stier is the Founder and President of Dare 2 Share Ministries International. 
https://www.dare2share.org

Gene Hammond

Mission Chair

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Women of The Church  

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH – SEPTEMBER 2018

          WOC Committee Meeting—Tuesday, September 4th @ 10:00am in the

          Boswell Room

          WOC Communion at the Springs–Monday, September 10th at 9:45am

          Rachel Circle — Monday, September 10th @7:00pm at the home of  
          Felicia Ragland

          Sarah Circle — Tuesday, September 11th @ 12:00 noon 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 - Kenya 

The children in Jan's Mission are starting their last school term of the year.  In Kenya, children go to school for three months, are out for a month, attend for three months, etc.  The children attend "tuition" for two weeks during term breaks to polish up in classes they need extra help with.

This month, Edah will finish her medical assistant course.  She already has a job and will soon be independent.  We have three other children graduating from high school in November with hopes of taking college classes.  Violet and Ruth want to take a course in tourism.  Since there is rarely a tourist in Thika, I hope to convince the girls to be more practical and take a vocational course, such as hairstyling, sewing, food service, or maybe computer training.  Solomon wants to be an auto mechanic, which is a wise choice with so many old cars still lumbering down Kenya's roads.

During my April visit, I saw the kids cooking on a charcoal jiko (cooker) in the kitchen.  It definitely wasn't safe with little ones running in and out of the house.  So I had the kids design and build an outdoor kitchen, common in Kenya.  To save money, they used the iron sheets taken from our old roof.  It looks like they did a good job!

With love, Jan Hinkle

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Cafe Ministry

CAFÉ MINISTRY

The Preschool Café has moved to Thursday mornings.  I know a lot of you can’t come because of other commitments and that’s just fine but I’m letting all of you know because we depend upon your prayer support.  We are just building relationships and we’ll be starting all over with some of the new parents that visit the café – if you can come, we will start at 8:00 AM.  We have some snacks already that a couple of our regular crew are bringing so no need to bring anything except yourselves if you want to help.  Alma Oline and I attended the preschool orientation and Shirley let us give them an invitation to attend the café and we also made invitation to come help out at the Food Distribution.  Please pray that we can build relationships of trust that Jesus comes through our love for them and for Christian preschool parents who would be willing to disciple other parents.  Thanks to Shirley for allowing us to invite the parents and for coming and encouraging her staff to visit the café when time allows.  Please pray for the new school year to be an opportunity to point families to Jesus.

Gene Hammond

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep                                            

Attendance
July     29  60
August  5      60
August 12       63
August 19 56
August 26   59

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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

What Did that Sermon Say

BEGINNING AUGUST 26  “WHAT DID THAT SERMON SAY????”—an informal 30-45 minute discussion and study based on the Sunday sermon.  Pastor Gary Hofmeyer will be leading this time in the Fellowship Hall immediately following worship.  Everyone is invited to join in the fellowship and conversation.

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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