The monthly newsletter for the First Presbyterian Church of Spring Hill, Tennessee.
Several years ago, on an "All in the Family" episode Archie Bunker was angry and worried over the fact that "Meathead" didn't want to baptize his grandson. It worried Archie because he felt that the child would be excluded from heaven by the fact that he had never received baptism. So eventually he took the baby, without the parents consent, to a Roman Catholic Church and performed a "baptism" himself with some of the holy water. It eased Archie's mind, and if I remember correctly, it was considered a heart-warming moment in the course of that show. This show raised several questions about the nature of Christian baptism, why is it performed, who should perform the sacrament, and what obligations are placed upon those who take part in the rite. Baptism is an act of the church family; it tells everyone around that this person is accepted into the family of believers because Christ in His grace has accepted this person. On the 11th we remember Christ’s own baptism in which He identified with us and was shown to be the Son of God. I encourage y’all to read the baptism accounts in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and imagine how God’s grace in Christ’s baptism enlightens our own.
Yours in Christ,
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.
On January 4 we will ordain and install Elders in the class of 2017. Trey Alley will be ordained and installed; Deborah Collins and Shelby Smith who are already ordained will be installed. We appreciate these folks stepping up to serve their church and thank David Handley and Angela Johnston for their service as they rotate off active duty. The first official act for Trey as an Elder will be to serve communion during Worship.
First of all, the PW would like to thank the congregation for its participation in Presbyterian Women’s support of church programs; from the Bake Sales to the Flea Market, your help has been key. In our December Bake Sale we took in $400 which goes to Worship nursery worker’s compensation – many thanks! Upcoming events in January are the Birthday Outing on the 14th (the place will be announced in worship), and our regular meeting for Bible Study and Fellowship on the 26th. All of the women of the church are encouraged to come and join with the PW.
The Presbytery of Middle TN, our Presbytery, will meet for a called meeting on January 10 to consider amendments to the Book of Confessions and the Book of Order. The Book of Confessions amendment is the addition of the Confession of Belhar to the confessions the PCUSA considers authoritative. There are 6 amendments being considered to the Book of Order dealing with ordination standards and processes, child protection policy, and our relationship with other religious groups; but the one that will get the most press is the marriage amendment in which same sex marriages will be recognized and can be performed in states where they are legal. If you would like to see the amendments, there is a copy in David’s office or you can read them online at www.pcusa.org/resource/ga221-proposed amendments-constitution/.
December's "Guess Who?" – Victoria Thompson
January's "Guess Who?"