The Newsletter

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

December 2014

From David's Desk

I heard a story on NPR about the psychological and physical bases for the Black Friday frenzy. The excitement and anxiety to be around a zillion other people and their cars is grounded in the same part of the brain that gives rise to the “fight or flight” response we have to stimuli. So, when you hear that the price is low and quantities are limited that part of the brain starts firing off; and, advertisers know it. It turns out the Black Friday ranks 5th or 6th as far as times to get the best price (the days before and after Christmas are best), but that doesn’t matter when our brains are telling us it’s now or never, or don’t let someone else get the deal. The anticipation and urgency of the Advent season are different; what we are looking forward to is what God is doing in Christ – or job isn’t to make it happen, it’s to respond to this promise. There shouldn’t be anxiety surrounding Advent, no one is going to get our stuff or a better deal; our sense of urgency has to do with expressing the joy and the grace that we have known in Jesus Christ. I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving, and I hope will join your church family in the celebration of the Advent Season.

Yours in Christ,

David

Prayer List

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

Jake and Reed

Our church family is invited to celebrate the wedding of Jake Warf and Reed Agent. This joyous occasion will be held at 4:30pm on Saturday, December 20, at the Walker Memorial Baptist Church, 1350 West Main Street, Franklin, TN. A reception will follow the service in the church’s fellowship hall.

Christmas Parade

The Spring Hill Christmas Parade will pass directly in front of the church on Dec. 6, and as we have done in the last couple of years we will be offering parking and refreshments. If you are able to help park cars or serve refreshments please come take part; we would also appreciate donations of tubs of hot chocolate, cookies, and the fixin’s for chili pies (snack sized Fritos, chili, and shredded cheese).

Congregational Meeting

There will be a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, December 7, immediately following Worship. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the recommendations of the Nominating Committee. The Committee will be offering three nominees for Elders of the Class of 2017. The floor will be open for nominees.

PW News

Here are some upcoming PW events:

  • Dec. 10 – Birthday Outing to the Grecian Pizza restaurant; bring items for 10 gift baskets for shut-ins; the baskets will be delivered after the lunch.
  • Dec. 14 – Bake Sale to support our nursery worker; donated items can be dropped off on the 13th, 1:00-3:00; the proceeds from the Sale support the nursery by paying for our nursery worker.
  • We want to thank everyone for all your support and help during the year, and make sure that all of the women know that you are invited to join in the fellowship, worship, and service of the PW. Everyone have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Guess Who

November's "Guess Who?" – Jean Webster

December's "Guess Who?"

  • My birthday is this month.
  • OK, space is limited so a couple of clues:
  • I’m tall, long haired, and quiet, but I don’t mind singing (though softly – D).
  • I share the name with a queen and a whole era.