The monthly newsletter for the First Presbyterian Church of Spring Hill, Tennessee.
Man, it’s hard to believe that we’re already gearing up for a new school year (I’m sure the teachers in our church family don’t need the reminder). Maury County begins on the 3rd; Williamson starts on the 10th (first full day), and our Fun and Play School’s first day is the 13th. I remember when school started after Labor Day and ran all through May. I have no nostalgia for that schedule. I wish we had the time in Fall and Spring like they do now; it breaks up the year and gives you a better chance to beat some crowds at the beach or Disney World. But, I always was a clock watcher in school, ready to dash at the last bell. Now time won’t slow down, and I’m always surprised to see it’s already the end of the day. According to a story I heard a couple of years ago there’s a biological reason for time feeling differently as we get older, but I still would like to go back and savor the long hours I used to hate (except for Mrs. Reichenbach’s class, she was a drag).
‘Knowing 20 years ago (or 50 years ago) what we know now’ just isn’t a possibility because we wouldn’t understand the knowledge. What do you think those teachers and our parents were trying to make us see? What they “knew now,” when they were old enough to appreciate what they learned. That knowledge just didn’t resonate with a younger, immature mind. It’s remarkable that humanity makes any progress at all since most of us have to mature enough just to understand what our elders are trying to teach, and then we still have to get to the point where that knowledge makes any difference.
If the lessons of parents and teachers, who can see, take time to appreciate, can you imagine how patient we need to be with one another to grasp the full implications of Christ’s teachings? The church family is made up of folks at every level of maturity and understanding; on top of that, in our impatience or anger we forget how Christ would have us respond to one another. For this reason every one of us needs a second (and third and fourth) chance; this is the reality of our faith and the challenge of our lives together. Christ’s love requires nothing less than constant forgiveness because that’s what He does for us. That’s what those difficult passages about forgiving someone 77 times or 70x7 times (depending on which gospel you’re reading) are about. If ‘one last chance’ is all we are willing to give we’d better hope Christ doesn’t think the same way.
Yours in Christ,
Please keep our sick and shut-ins in your prayers: Billie Galloway, Liz Jacobs, Juanita Roberts, Jim Victory, and Jean Webster. Also keep Marnie Pewitt, June William’s sister, in your prayers. Chris Hogan and his family need our constant prayers as well. Remember Ronnie Lankford in your prayers as he battles cancer.
Please keep the Beasley family in your prayers in the death of Carla Beasley on July 10. Carla had been in bad health for some time.
The PW Bake Sale to support our Children’s Church program will be held on Sunday, August 9. Drop-off for your donation of baked goods will be on Saturday the 28th from 1:00 until 3:00; this gives us time to bag items and price them. Thank you for donations and support. The August Birthday Outing will be on the 12th; we will meet at Tito’s, located on Port Royal Rd. If you need a ride from church call Norma Hicks at 615-545-9330. The PW luncheon is on August 24 in Fellowship Hall at 11:30; all women of the church are invited to attend. Bring a covered dish or dessert. Drinks, plates, and utensils will be provided. Also, Ken Beckman will be joining with us to talk about the flooring in the Sunday School wing. Our first Bible Study meeting for the 2015-2016 year will be on September 28 at 1:00; we would love to have all the women of the church join us. Don’t forget the Flea Market in October; dates will be announced later.
July's "Guess Who?" – Chris Hogan
August's "Guess Who?"