The Newsletter

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

April 2015

From David's Desk

Hope; that’s one of the greatest things we are offered in Christ’s Resurrection. And this hope isn’t only about life after death (though that’s a mighty big “only”); part of the hope we are given is that our lives make a difference when we follow Jesus Christ. It’s not something we think about on Easter in the face of the relief we feel that our Lord is alive, but when Jesus was raised from the dead everything He did and said was important was raised up as well. The inclusion Jesus showed to people who were considered outcasts, the forgiveness He showed to people who were written off as lost causes, His questioning the expediency and cruelty of the Judean and Roman authorities, and His calls for peace and love were all vindicated and shown to be the will of God in Christ’s resurrection. Death, in all its forms, was defeated by the Resurrection of our Lord, and the challenge was laid down before us as His followers to reject the hopeless ways of death.

As a church we face some interesting challenges where the hope of Christ’s Resurrection can offer us direction and comfort. Folks who are upset by the recent amendment of the Book of Order concerning gay marriage are predicting the death of the PCUSA. In our own congregation concerns over attendance and the budget have many folks wringing hands in fear (myself included). But, if we as Spring Hill Presbyterians and American Presbyterians are willing to act on the hope of Christ’s resurrection rather than our fears I believe that God will bring fruit to our efforts. We will not all agree on what should be done, but acting together in respect and love will show that we follow a living Lord rather than a dead past.

Yours in Christ,

David

Prayer List

Please keep our sick and shut-ins in your prayers: Billie Galloway, Liz Jacobs, Margarette Marsden, Juanita Roberts, Jim Victory, and Jean Webster. Also keep Marnie Pewitt, June William’s sister, in your prayers.

Holy Week

Join with the church family in remembering the death and resurrection of Christ during Holy Week. On Friday evening at 6:30 we will gather to remember Christ’s Passion through readings and music in our Tenebrae service. On Saturday the PW will gather at 10am to decorate the church, and at 6:30 we will decorate the Christ Cross with lilies. The Easter Sunrise Service with Grace Episcopal and Peace Lutheran will be in our church at 6:30am followed by breakfast refreshments. Then at the 11:00 Service we celebrate through Worship and the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Please join in the celebrations of the most important week of our Lord’s ministry and our history as a church.

PW News

The PW will join together April 8 for our monthly Birthday Outing at the Henpeck Market – we’ll meet at the church at 11:00 and carpool. On April 27 we will get together in Fellowship Hall for our regular monthly Bible study and fellowship; we are also going to consider flooring options for the Sunday School wing. All women of the church are invited and encouraged to join with us.

Fun and Playschool

There are still openings for the 2015-2016 school year in both the Tuesday/Thursday and Wednesday/Friday sessions. The tuition will be $90 a month. Registration will be on August 11th, but you should contact Connie Stevens at church (931-486-2642) or her cell (931-797-5020) in advance to get your child’s name on the list. If you know of anyone with a child 3years or older and potty trained, please let them know.

Guess Who

March's "Guess Who?" – Juanita Roberts

April's "Guess Who?"

  • My birthday is this month.
  • I must talk somewhere.
  • Farm and dairy work just fell into my lap (I hear she’s good at it – D).
  • I have learned to coordinate the movements of my fingers and feet on that electronic Rube Goldberg machine in the sanctuary.
  • My sister and I bookend the “out-going” spectrum.
  • My hair is brown so I don’t know why David calls me a “red headed devil” (she’s surrounded by gingers, and I’m being ironic – D).