Pasadena Presbyterian Church



Alleluia Newsletter

February 2019

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From Me to You
Session Notes
Financial Report
Stewardship 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:

 “If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”    (2 Chronicles 7:13-14)

PPC needs your prayers!

I believe the Lord is calling each of us as His disciples at PPC to FLOURISHmeaning to deepen our personal relationship with Him, excel in our worship of Him, broaden our loving fellowship with each other in Him, and greatly extend the Gospel’s outreach to and impact in our community and beyond for Him.

I believe the Lord is working in and among us to bring about the FLOURISHING future He has prepared for us together as PPC (Jeremiah 29:11; Acts 1:8).  I see His hand continually at work in preserving, renewing, shaping and growing us as His church (John 15:6; Matthew 16:18).  I know His Holy Spirit is working mightily in, among and through us, to accomplish God’s will, uphold His Word, share the Gospel, show God’s love in Christ with others, and give the greatest glory to Jesus (John 16:14; Romans 15:5-6).

Everything ahead, however, depends upon one thing right now:  prayer.

PPC has had a history of a deepening personal and corporate prayer life with the Lord.  Today, the need for prayer, individually and together, is greater than ever before.  I addition to daily concerns for what is going on in the world around us and beyond, we have a need right here to increase the volume (as in frequency), breadth and depth of our prayers!   Our congregation is facing not only the continuing challenges, trials and temptations all believers face, there is also set before us an unprecedented opportunity for witness and for growth right here—an opportunity we will not reach unless we go there in prayer!

Several of our elders, deacons and others are (re)starting a prayer movement among us right now.  This is in addition to the email prayer chain our secretary, Threse, moderates on a continual basis.  If the Lord is leading you to join with others here to go deeper, wider, longer and more passionately in prayer, especially for our PPC,  please let John Odom, Sergio Gonzalez, Larry Oline or any of our officers know!

I believe God’s Word to Israel in 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 is His directive to us today: if we at PPC will humble ourselves and PRAY, Jesus will hear, answer and continue to bring us into the incredible future He is preparing us for.

Grateful to be a prayer-partner with you—His people called by His Name at PPC.

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 proposed sale price of the 6720 Burlington Avenue property was approved. 

2. The lot line needs to be determined and  a sewer clean out valve has to be installed so the property can be sold.  Negotiations with the City of St. Pete are continuing.

3. When sold, proceeds from the sale will be placed in a designated fund for distribution as Session approves. 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.

4. Twenty-seven pledges totaling $129,815 have been received for 2019—this is about $15,000 below what was budgeted for 2018.

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

DECEMBER   2018    Financial  Report

Account Name
General Fund Checking   $   8,715.47
Designated Fund Checking   (includes BIA) $  46,124.89
PRESCHOOL  Checking   $  19,214.20
PRESCHOOL MM   $    2,491.90


$ 18,053.00  $ 268,192.47 ytd
OPERATING EXPENSE TOTAL* $ 15,964.03  $ 282,947.18 ytd
OPERATING BALANCE (+ or -)     $     2,088.97    -$   14,754.71 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

What can we get for Jesus for Valentine’s Day? He tells us about how we can show our love for Him in John 14:21, “The one who has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me. And the one who loves Me will be loved by My Father. I also will love him and will reveal Myself to him.” Jesus loves us first, so we can’t earn His love, but we can show it by helping out our brothers and sisters in Christ, and taking care of what He’s given us here. Praise and thank the Lord for what He has blessed us with!  

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*

“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to
love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  Micah 6:8

Have a Christ Filled and Joy Filled Year!!

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

Since the students were learning about the birth of Jesus in December, we are continuing in January with the story of the Wise Men (they worshiped him and gave him gifts when he was about one and a half to two years old, scholars say). We continued with learning how to pray like Jesus and study Scriptures about Jesus.

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

Beginning Sunday, February 17, 1019 at 9:00am the Breakfast With Jesus Bible Study will move to the Chapel and begin an 8 week study facilitated by Gene Hammond of how The Good Book is relevant to you through real life situations. Bring a friend with you!

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Sonrise ECLC

Kindness Matters

It’s February!  We are learning all about love and friendship at Sonrise Early Childhood Learning Center.  We are learning about what it means to be a good friend.  In preschool, that means we are learning not to hit our friends, push them and say mean things to them!  Hopefully as adults we already know those skills!!!  But the Bible says so much about friendship. Friendships are a vital part of our life and emotional health.  Jesus gave us the definition of a true friend: "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you" (John 15:13-15). Jesus is the pure example of a true friend, for He laid down His life for His "friends." What is more, anyone may become His friend by trusting in Him as his personal savior, being born again and receiving new life in Him.  That is our most vital and important friendship in life. 

Having a few close relationships adds quality, purpose and meaning to our lives whether we are young or old. One of the worst feelings is to feel alone and lonely, isolated from others.  It is important for all of us to make it a practice of reaching out in kind and loving ways to others.  It is the example Jesus set for us and it is our challenge daily to live in a way that reflects how much He loves and values people.  Too many of us fail to establish true, authentic relationships where we are known, and we trust other people with our “stuff”.  As a senior in high school, I was voted the “friendliest” senior in our yearbook.  I threw away that yearbook because the friendliest senior did not feel like she had any friends.  I was a sad, suicidal, angry teenager whose home life was an absolute mess and no one even knew.  That is not honest or authentic relationship.  I learned as a college student and adult to establish real relationships that changed my life.  I also learned that nothing is more life changing than being genuinely known and loved.  My challenge to you, is to reach out to those around you.  Find ways to be kind and to get to know people.  When you hear gossip, shut it down because nothing destroys trust more than gossip and slander.  Instead, make it a point to speak words of encouragement to and about other people.  You can choose to focus on the negative.  Look for it and I guarantee you will find something wrong in everyone.  But you can also choose to focus on the positive strengths of others and you will find that also.  After all, everyone you meet is someone God created, and He loves.  He created all of us with strengths and weaknesses and not one of us did He make perfect.  Choose to look for and speak about the good.  Find new ways to be a true friend.  It will enrich your life and the lives of those around you.

We created a kindness tree display that gives families challenges on different ways they can be kind.  There have been church families that have enjoyed participating and it has been so much fun.  In February, our focus is on friendships, building new ones, strengthening old ones and choosing to be kind and loving to others around us.  Feel free to walk through the preschool and take some kindness challenges off our tree. 

Shirley McLeod, Director

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As we were walking out of Suncoast Rehabilitation center after visiting Threse’ mom, I greeted an elderly lady sitting in a wheel chair with an incredibly pleasant and friendly look on her face; “how are you today”.  To which she replied; “blessed and highly favored”. Her smile and those words lingered in my thoughts.  You and I may not think of being in a nursing home in a wheel chair as “blessed and highly favored” but it can be if that’s where you are and you realize that God has blessed and favored you.

God’s blessings upon his people do not mean that we won’t have to endure pain, suffering, and loss in this life. When Mary was greeted by the angel, she was called favored. The Lord chose Mary as a vessel to give birth to the promised Messiah. This great honor was not without struggle. Mary’s integrity was called into question and Joseph came close to divorcing her. God called her favored, and yet from a human perspective, it looked as if she had been unfaithful. Paul was used mightily by God. He was led by the Spirit to write Scripture. He was used to work miracles, take the gospel to foreign lands, plant churches, and raise up leaders. Yet he was forced to flee for his life; he was beaten; he was arrested, and ultimately executed. The blessing and favor that have been secured for us by Christ do not exempt us from trials. They keep us strong during testing. They keep our feet in the fight. They keep our eyes on Christ from whom all blessings flow. If you have ever uttered the words ‘blessed and highly favored’ about yourself as a child of God, do not stop. Just remember that the statement is not a reality because you say it. Say it because in Christ, it is your reality.

From Gene & your Evangemissions Team.

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Library News


They are all celebrated in the month of February! Valentine’s Day is the holiday for love, of course; Presidents Day kicks off Engineers Week since surveyors and engineers have claimed Washington as one of their own. Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were both born in February (even though various holiday commemorations have us celebrating the birthdays on different days, depending on which state you are in

Anyhow, here are some great books, movies and audios:

+ Abraham Lincoln The Man & His Faith (G. Frederick Owen)

+ George Washington’s Sacred Fire, (Peter A. Lillback) Years of research into Washington’s and his family and friends’ writings, show his Christian faith.

+ Fireproof (DVD): The story of a Firefighter Captain and his wife whose marriage is breaking up. Can he rescue his wife’s heart?

+ The Love Dare: “A 40-day-challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love.”(cover quote) From Fireproof movie.

+ Growing the Marriage of Your Dreams (Max Lucado, audio book) “…practical advice, straight from God’s Word…” (cover)

+ Debt-Proof Your Marriage (Mary Hunt, CD) “In this practical guide, Mary Hunt helps you bring the principles of intimacy, the foundation for harmony and debt-free living, into money-management.”

+ Love Comes Softly (Janette Oke) The fictional story of a woman and a pioneer family)

+ The Berenstain Bears: Show God’s Love; The Forgiving Tree; Lessons in Love.

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 – February 2019

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

WOC Committee Meeting - Tuesday, February 5 at 10:00am in the Boswell Room.

Rachel Circle — Monday, February 11th @ 7:00pm at the home of Felicia Ragland

Sarah Circle — Tuesday, February 12th @ 1:00pm at the home of TBD

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.



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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 

Pastor Anthony, Sister Judy, and I are joining forces to build a multi-purpose building (church, school, training center, and community center) in the Volta region of Ghana where the Olivers have started a mission.  Four acres have been purchased.  We'll keep you posted.

Breaking news just in!  Two young girls have joined our mission family and no longer have to face the dangers of street life!  Mercy was being threatened by street boys when John, our mission house father, walked upon the scene.  He immediately took Mercy to our home. 

 The second girl was being raised by an uncle and had just graduated from high school.  When he tried to molest her, she ran away to the streets.  John noticed that she looked clean but seemed to be confused and lost.  After he talked with her and understood her situation, he welcomed her into our mission family.

There's a third girl named Gloria, probably 10-12 years old, who John had seen wandering the streets of Thika.  When he went back the next day to get her, he couldn't find her.  He will continue looking for Gloria to bring her home to us.

 With the mission family growing, I am in need of more sponsors.  A one-time donation for any amount would be great at any time.  To provide food and toiletries for a child, $25 is needed each month.  A monthly donation of $50 would help me pay the child's school fees.  Money is always needed and any amount is sincerely appreciated. 

Thank you for your prayers and encouraging support.

In Christ, Jan

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Sunday Worship Attendance


December   23       51
December  30     49
January     6     64   
January      13       72
January     20     67
January   27     69

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What's New At PPCNews

Books Available!

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


Plan on attending a luncheon in Fellowship Hall Sunday, February 24 after the

10am worship service. Announcements and updates with details to follow. Thank you.

“Confessions to Scripture & Scripture to Confession”

We are staring a new small group led by Pastor Gary Hofmeyer that will have it’s first meeting at 3pm Wednesday, February 6 in the Boswell Room to study the Bible and the confessions, Please check the Sunday flyer for updates. Come join this new small group as we grown together in faith and fellowship.

Thank you

Your cards, calls and visits have been an encouragement to me as God heals me from my surgery. It is my hope to return to worship soon and your faithful prayers are appreciated more than you know. I miss you all and am thankful for my church family. Blessings, Pat Watts

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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