The monthly newsletter for the First Presbyterian Church of Spring Hill, Tennessee.
Much of the talk about spirituality versus religion is a justification for doing as we please while feeling good about our souls. The problem with this is Christianity was not born to cater to our need to simply take care of ourselves; we are called by Christ and Paul, and the other writers of the New Testament to a body of believers that is bound together by interdependence. The relationship we have with Christ is the exact same kind of relationship we are to seek with others. Christ is not vindictive, neither are we to be vindictive. Christ forgives, so we are to forgive. Christ bears with our shortcomings and bears our pain, so we are to bear with others. Christ loves us in spite of our sinfulness, just so we are to love. This is more than sentiment, and in no way some lifeless ideal – it is real, and we who know Christ know what it is like. To strive to show this love in everything we do is no less than exactly what we are supposed to do as Christians, and the effort gives our actions truth and meaning. If we think we can do without these relationships we need to re-read the words of scripture; in fact, there are many within the culture of American Christianity that need to re-read scripture. I have had the opportunity to live with these issues recently because of the lectionary passages from I Corinthians 12-13 and there is nothing in these important words from Paul that allow us to discount the relationships we live in as members of the church, and portraying these relationships as somehow an obstacle to our spirituality is to misunderstand the Christian spirituality given to us in the Bible. See you in church.
Keep a weather eye out, the worst ice storm I remember came in February.
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.
On January 3 we will be ordaining and installing the people elected to serve as the class of 2018 on Session. Ken Beckman and Shannon Helgren will be ordained and installed, and Brenda Hogan will be installed since she has already been ordained. We want to thank these folks for taking on leadership roles in our church family. The Elders who are rotating off Session are Jim Crawford, Laura Purtle, and Jill Uhrine – we appreciate your service during some very interesting times in our church’s life.
On January 17 there will be a congregational meeting to receive the proposed budget for 2016; congregational approval is necessary because of changes to the Pastor’s salary and benefits package. If you haven’t pledged yet please do so because the Session needs those figures to finalize the budget.
After an eventful last few months the PW is settling in to our normal routine. This month will have our two regular events: the Birthday Outing and Bible Study. On Feb. 10 we will be going to Tito’s Restaurant on Port Royal Rd. for the Outing; we will be celebrating Phyllis Anderson’s birthday. Our regular meeting is on Feb. 22 at 1pm in the Fellowship Hall; Sarah Harris will be leading our 5th lesson in our study series called “Come to the Waters”. All women of the church are invited and encouraged to attend all PW activities.
The Souper Bowl Offering was started in 1990 by youth groups in South Carolina and has spread across the country. In 2015 the offering generated over 8million dollars in donations, all of which are used locally to support community hunger programs. We have taken part in the Souper Bowl Offering for years with our proceeds going to support The Well here in Spring Hill. We encourage everyone to give, whether it is a monetary gift or gifts of dried and canned foods they will all be reported to the Souper Bowl website and then transported to The Well. We will be receiving the offering on February 7 during Worship.
Just a heads-up.
January's "Guess Who?" - Ethan Johnson
February's "Guess Who?"