The monthly newsletter for the First Presbyterian Church of Spring Hill, Tennessee.
I’m glad that most of the old hubbub about Halloween has finally died down. You know what I’m talking about, the stuff about demons and devil worship and all that. The folks that worried about that stuff forgot, I guess, that Christians don’t act from fear; we act from the assurance that God is in charge and the worst stuff that we can imagine is no threat to God. And, as God’s children we are not subject to any of the ghouls and goblins our imaginations or superstition can conjure up. Halloween has been transformed by modern Christians into a fun and candy fest – just what it ought to be. The more important day that we often forget about is November 1, All Saints’ Day. We owe it to the saints who have come before us, and those who work among us, to cast our fear aside and follow their lead in courageous service, and enjoying the gifts of God – like Reese’s cups.
If y’all have paid attention to Geoff’s reports in the Newsletter and before the congregation you know that this year has been financially challenging; it’s turned better here lately, but it’s still tough. I want you to know that the Session and Budget Committee are working on next year’s budget with some imagination and a realistic eye. We’ll come to you soon with our proposals for next year, and we will be asking for your continued support through your pledges. I think you will be happy with the work of these folks.
Yours in Christ,
Please keep our sick and shut-ins in your prayers: Alice Campbell, 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. Keep Shannon Helgren in your prayers as she recovers from surgery.
There will be a Congregational Meeting on November 8 immediately following Worship to elect 3 people to serve with the Elders who rotating off Session as a Nominations Committee. The Committee will bring 3 nominees for the class of 2018 to the Congregation for their consideration at a future Congregational Meeting.
Again, the PW would like to thank everyone for your help in making the Flea Market and Sale a success – your time and donations were a blessing.
The Birthday Outing will be on the 11th; we will meet at church a little before 11:00 and go to Puckett’s in Columbia. On the 23rd at 1pm we will have our regular meeting – all women of the church are invited to attend this time of Bible study and fellowship.
On December 9th we will have our Birthday Outing at Grecian Pizza by Walgreen’s; on that day we will celebrate Gayle Alley’s birthday and put together Christmas baskets for our shut-ins.
The Spring Hill Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5; as we have done for several years we will welcome visitors by offering parking at the church (not on the lawn) and providing refreshments. Jill Uhrine is heading up this effort, and she hopes to expand on our efforts. We will be asking for volunteers and donations of hot chocolate and other things as the date gets closer.
Rehearsal for the Christmas Pageant begins on November 29. If your children or you are interested in taking part in the Pageant please see Anna Johnson.
The Center of Hope, a shelter for domestic abuse victims, needs diapers (sizes 3 and 4), baby wipes, and baby shampoo/wash. If you are able to help bring your donations to the church library and they will be delivered to the Center.
On November 8 Spring Hill Memorial Park is hosting a service recognizing those who have served our country through their military service. The program begins at 2pm in the chapel at the funeral home.
Bible trivia from Genesis: Nimrod
Funny Trivia: "Joseph served in Pharaoh's court."