Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

June-July 2019

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

From Me to You:

"11And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists,
and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service,
to the building up of the body of Christ.”  (Ephesians 4:11-12 NASB)

This will be one of the most significant summers for PPC in years. 

I know:  summer is usually  “down-time,” with vacations, rest, winding-down after VBS week, and the like.  But this year it will be different.

At some point over this summer, you, the covenant partners (active members) of PPC will take definitive steps to follow our Lord Jesus into the future He has planned and is preparing us all for.  The first step will be the election and then installation (and ordination if that is appropriate) of the next class of elders and deacons:  the servant-leaders of our church!  As an ECO church, the responsibilities of our officers are greatly expanded, along with greater freedom to follow the Lord in individual ministries and with greater creativity in our corporate ministries.  You’ve been hearing about “action plans:” all that means is that each officer is to be a growing disciple of Jesus who makes disciples, beginning with our church.  Elders lead by doing ministry instead of just planning and making decisions; deacons lead by forming the protective, supportive and healing “web” of Jesus’ own care and love which undergirds our church family.  As our new servant-leaders join with those who are continuing in office, it will be exciting to see how Jesus deepens our love in Him, walk with Him, and work for Him, and moves us on toward becoming the FLOURISHING CHURCH He is making us to be!

The next significant step occurring this summer will be the nomination, election and then starting to work of a PASTORAL NOMINATING (aka “search”) COMMITTEE.  As I am planning to retire on September 1, 2020, the PNC (as it is called) will have the awesome responsibility of seeking the Lord and navigating by His Word and Spirit through the process which will lead to the calling of a new pastor for PPC.  A lot more about this will be communicated over the summer, but it will begin with the PNC’s election once the Congregation’s NOMINATING COMMITTEE is ready to present the candidates the Lord has laid on their hearts.  Just a note—with the ECO, the NOM COM can recommend as many (or few) covenant partners to be at-large members of the PNC as the Lord leads; Session, Deacons and PW get at least one nominee each to the PNC.  The rest “at-large” are to be elected by the congregation.  Additionally, there is no process or forms in the ECO for the PNC to follow/use; the PNC will have to develop its own version of a “church information form” to present PPC to potential pastor-candidates; and the PNC will have to determine its own methodology of conducting a search:  in the ECO there is no “pool” to “fish” from.  All of this means we all need to pray, pray, pray for our NOM COM and those who will be serving on the PNC.

Lastly, this summer begins a new phase of ministry for me.  In the past, when the Lord led me to a new call and church, I was followed immediately by an interim minister provided through the presbytery.  In the ECO, there isn’t such an automatic provision or process:  I get to be my own interim—meaning I’m moving to a support and encouragement role, and will not have anything to do with the PNC (unless they want something from me).  I see this interim-work much as David saw his role during the transfer of the kingdom of Israel to its new king, Solomon.  David dedicated his remaining kingship to preparing things so Solomon could begin with a “clean-slate” and have what he needed for his own successful kingship.  That’s my main job now:  do what I can to help you, our PPC family, get ready for the next pastor the Lord has for you, and get things here as ready as I can for that pastor to come in and be and do the best ministry possible, from and for the Lord.

So, summer—here we come!  It may get hot, but the glory of what the Lord is doing with us all here in the next few months will be worth the extra effort, sweat, tears and prayers on all our parts!
In Christ,


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Session Notes

The Session met for a stated meeting on April 23, 2019. Listed are some items that were discussed and some motions that were passed.

1. The Sanctuary air conditioning needs were discussed. The cost for a new and installed air conditioner is approximately $32,000. A proposal was made to continue to worship in the sanctuary as long as possible, then move to the chapel for worship services and commit our remaining reserves to the air conditioning needs of the unit in the chapel if needed. In the meantime, an appeal for gifts will be made to the members of the church. Elder Tom Smith IV was approved to make an appeal to the congregation during the worship service on April 28, 2019.

2. The sale of the property on 6720 Burlington is still in progress.

3. Elders Gina Driggers and Tom Smith IV shared some ideas relative to beginning a Pasadena Ministry Center, staffing the center, and the financial needs to fund that center. They moved that Pastor Drew Grubbs be invited to meet at a called meeting of the Session. It was approved.

4. Elder Sergio Gonzalez volunteered to serve on the congregational nominating committee for 2019-2020.

The Session met for a called meeting on May 9, 2019 in order to meet with Pastor Drew Grubbs.

The Session met with Pastor Drew Grubbs of Youth Ministries United. Discussion was centered on beginning a Pasadena Ministry Center. No decisions were made at that time as a quorum was not present.

Respectfully submitted,

Larry Oline

Session minutes are open records and available to any covenant partner of PPC upon request.

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Financial Report

APRIL  2019 Financial  Report

Account Name
General Fund Checking   $   40,479.97
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $   53,866.04
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $   44,410.71
PRESCHOOL MM   $      5,000.73


$ 21,775.50  $ 128,239.64
OPERATING EXPENSE TOTAL* $ 18,658.94     $   92,767.60 ytd
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)     $     3,116.56     $    35,471.94 ytd


Deacon’s Fund                                                     $    1,888.95
*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

In 2 Corinthians 8:12, when talking about giving toward a particular charitable project in his time, Paul wrote through the Holy Spirit, “For if the eagerness is there, it [the gift] is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.” That has been a great encouragement to me. We don’t have to give on the basis of some lavish or extraordinary standard, according to what others do or can give. Instead, we can prayerfully discern what God wants us to give while putting faith in Him, and trust that He is pleased with that.

On a slightly related subject, please prayerfully consider Session’s recent appeal for donations towards replacing A/C units. We still could use your financial gifts. Also important are your prayers for the raising of money, the work to be done with it, and the workers. If you feel the Lord leading you to make a financial gift, please put on the envelope or check, “All In/AC”. Thank you for all you do for the Lord!

Thomas Smith IV
Stewardship Ministry Chair    

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The Deacon's Developements

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

“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me—put it
into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”  Philippians 4:9

May the God of peace be with you this summer!!

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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Sunday School

“Breakfast With Jesus” (Bible Study) has resumed. Teacher: Larry Oline at 8:30 in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to come have breakfast at 8:30am and stay to study God’s Word at 8:45am. Class ends at 9:45am.   

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Sonrise ECLC


Wow!  This year has flown by!  We were so very blessed to raise over $4,000 at our fundraiser, thanks to the help and support of our church families and the preschool families.  We used the money to improve our management systems for our records and tuition payments as well as for curriculum and learning supplies for the classroom. 

In June and July, we are looking forward to summer camp with snow cones and water play days!  Most of our classes are full for the summer and we have so many fun activities planned.  We are making ice cream and butter and having a visit with a petting zoo while we are learning about the farm!  The Rowdies Mascot, Pelican Pete is coming. Seabird Sanctuary is bringing Rufus, the screech owl.  Boyd Hill is doing a reptile show and Magic Suzie is doing a magic show!!!  Our summer is packed full of fun!

Shirley McLeod, Director

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1. Christians must engage in personal evangelism at home and evangelistic missions abroad, demonstrating a genuine love for God and all people.

2. Christians must be passionate in being present in the lives of lost people, ministering to them at their point of material and spiritual need.

3. Christians must verbally and persuasively proclaim Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit.

4. Christians must leave the results to God, resting assured in His promises that our labor is not in vain and that His Word will not return void!

Yes, the summary is up front this month, hoping you will not give up before you get to it.  Even if you don’t go on, you’ve already been exposed to the truth of evangelism & missions – now the article 😊

The mission of the church is simple: Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you (Matthew 28:19-20)).

Jesus expects every follower to be involved in making disciples of all the nations. The Gospel must be preached to the poor, to the privileged, to the prisoners, to the proud, and to people who have never heard the Good News of Jesus Christ. The command is clear—all peoples.

Many people believe that preaching of the Gospel is reserved for those who have been called as professional ministers in the church. Preaching does not just mean standing behind the pulpit or in front of a big crowd of people.

In the New Testament, the word “to preach” is one of the root words for evangelism (Luke 4:8). Every believer is to proclaim Christ in order to evangelize the sinner (2 Corinthians 5:18-20). Such proclamation comes from a heart of love (2 Corinthians 5:14).

God is love (1 John 4:7); and love is of God (1 John 4:8). It was love that prompted God’s only Son to die for men and women to receive eternal life. The Christ-follower should be known by how well the fruit of love is displayed toward others (Galatians 5:22) Nowhere is this love more apparent than when we share the Good News of Jesus with those who are lost. Such love for God and for others is a sign of the power of the Holy Spirit working in the life of a Christian.

Evangelism is sharing our salvation testimony and letting others know that Jesus died for them, too. Evangelism is the beginning point of making a disciple. Discipleship is more than merely membership with names on the church’s roster, though membership in a local church is important for fellowship. Jesus Christ did not say go and make members, but rather go and make disciples of all the nations. Disciples are followers and imitators of the Lord Jesus Christ. They are those who are willing to obey His commandments.  Are we among them?  I pray that we are!

From Gene & your Evangemissions Team

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Library News

“Reading for as little as 6 minutes is sufficient to reduce stress levels by 60%,” according to a study by Dr. David Lewis, Sussex University, UK (2009). He found that reading slowed the heartbeat, “easing muscle tension and altering the state of mind.”
His findings (in 2009): Reading is “68% better at reducing stress levels than listening to music; 100% more effective than drinking a cup of tea,” (a British doctor? My my) ! “300% better than going for a walk and 700% more than playing video games. (the last one is a no-brainer, I’d say). The figures and findings were found in Canada’s National Reading Campaign. a Toronto-based non-profit organization to make reading a priority for Canada.

I’d like to hypothesize that Dr. Lewis would have found even more stress reduction (among a smaller subset, unfortunately) if he had  figures showing how much stress reduction Bible readers have. And, reading Christian fiction (which gets better every year) or Christian nonfiction, added to the Bible readings surely would help, too.

Please come to the Library in the Boswell Room to make tests of your own stress reduction. (We even have a “comfy chair” area, thanks to Vicki Danz.)

Laurie Smith, librarian

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Women of The Church


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

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

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.





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Food Distribution Ministry

At the end of March, the Food Distribution Ministry team and family shared a fellowship dinner and what we thought was to be a "meeting" to resolve some task issues. We were praying for wisdom and discernment. James 1:5 "If any of you lacks wisdom he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him." James 3:17 describes genuine wisdom: "But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere." God showed us early in the "meeting" that our prayer discussion and the several witness accounts from our volunteers of the Lord's presence, love, and sovereignty in and through this ministry are what is important. 

Pat Mancini called our new guests from March to welcome them, pray with them, and talk to them about Jesus. Three of the guests received Jesus as their personal savior ! This past Saturday another new guest received Jesus ! We praise God and give Him the glory for touching their hearts. Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast."

The summer is usually busy with the children out of school. Please call Larry Hendry for details if you can volunteer during the week or on distribution day. Blessings to all !

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Congregational Meeting

Session has called a meeting of the congregation for Sunday, June 9, following worship. 

The purpose of the meeting is to receive the report of the Nominating Committee and elect 4 elders and 2 deacons.

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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 - New Ghana Project 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The school in Ghana is closer to completion with the building of the kitchen, dining room, and toilets.  Ground tests have to be done before drilling for the well can begin.

To keep up-to-date on the project, check the photos on my new website

In Christ, Jan

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Sunday Worship Attendance



April  28   60    
May     5  71  
May     12 67
May     19 57

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What's New At PPCNews


VBS 2019, JUNE 3 – 7
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes
in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Alma's Book

In 1969, my first husband, Steve Tygert, and I sailed from San Francisco to Japan, arriving on October 6th that year. Steve was always interested in radio ministry. After years at two radio ministries, in 1986 he began working on establishing Friendship Radio, using cable radio. I have written a book on how the Lord led in his vision for this ministry, his illness, and homegoing. Also, how God’s Word sustained us through the years of struggle with cancer. If you are interested, you can purchase from me (there are some books in the library) for $10.00. This gives you a break in the book cost, and no S&H! Or, you can purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and WestBow Press.    Alma

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.


Due to on-going technical problems, we have changed our email distributor for our PPC prayer list.   We are now using Gmail instead of to send out our  prayer concerns by email.  We will continue to receive requests using our church     secretary’s email.  Please do not send in requestsusing the new Gmail address.  Thanks!

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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