The Newsletter

The monthly newsletter for the First Presbyterian Church of Spring Hill, Tennessee.

July 2014

From David's Desk

I want to thank Anna Johnson and her VBS staff for their hard work, it was a smashing success. I had people tell me that their children loved our VBS and wanted to come back every year. I have seen our Vacation Bible School change dramatically over the years – from the days of tents and over 100 kids drifting in from all over town to meeting inside with 40 or 50 children, the folks who have put themselves out for the children have always succeeded in making VBS about the children. Success is not about numbers; it's about loving sacrifice and what children take away from their time in our care. Our faith challenges us to measure success in ways that are completely foreign to the world. Christians are known by their love, and we are challenged by our Lord to show that love in the same way Jesus showed His love – to folks who were rejected and left to their hopelessness. I think the children who came to our VBS knew they were loved for who they were – they were not numbers on an attendance board, they were God's children and worthy of the efforts put forth on their behalf. I hope those children remember their worth to us and to God for the rest of their lives.

Yours in Christ,


Prayer List

Please keep our sick and shut-ins in your prayers: Billie Galloway, Liz Jacobs, Margarette Marsden, Juanita Roberts, Frankie Sims, Jim Victory, Helen Wade, and Jean Webster.

Special Offering

On July 20th we will be receiving a special offering to support the efforts of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program of the PCUSA. The PDA responds to emergencies with personnel and funds, often remaining in place while other programs are forced to move on. We have taken this offering for several years to "pay forward" our support of the PDA rather than reacting to emergencies. Please consider taking part in this very special offering.

PW News

The monthly Birthday Outing is on July 9th at 11:30; the venue has been changed from the Old School Café to Fulin's at the Crossings. There will not be a regular Bible Study meeting in July.

Looking ahead at some dates:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 13th – the Birthday Outing
  • Monday, Aug. 25th – PW Luncheon at Gayle Alley's home; meet at 11:30 at church and carpool to Gayle's.
  • Sunday, Sept. 14th – PW Bake Sale – drop off baked items on Saturday the 13th
  • Monday, Sept. 22nd – our regular meeting at 1pm in Fellowship Hall. We will begin a new study entitled "Reconciling Paul."
  • Saturday, Oct. 11th – The Flea Market. You can drop-off items for the PW's sale on the 9th or 10th.

Who's at Our Church?

Many of you might not know that our church has several guests who regularly use the building – that's why there are cars here at different times during the week. From Alcoholics Anonymous to the Precept Bible Study to The Living Word Church group we have opened our doors to noncommercial and service organizations. We have been blessed with considerate guests, and they have been blessed by your support.

Guess Who

June's "Guess Who?" – Josh Hogan

July's "Guess Who?"

  • My birthday is this month.
  • My wife and I are deeply into the high banks and oppressive heat of Talladega.
  • We celebrated when Wilson Sawyer opted for UT.
  • OK, I'm an engineering geek, but aren't you glad to have one when something needs designing or fixing?
  • What's that my wife's driving!? (If his middle name were Matthew or Morpheus or Mustafa it would be totally appropriate as well as ironic. – D)
  • Gosh, my name means sore finger or felon (well, mine means beloved woodcutter – d).