The monthly newsletter for the First Presbyterian Church of Spring Hill, Tennessee.
The Gospel passage for April 3 is John 20:19-31; part of the passage is the famous "doubting Thomas" story, but this passage also contains John’s version of Jesus’ giving the disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit. In John the Risen Lord appears to a frightened group of followers who were wondering if they had misplaced their hopes and if they were going to be hunted down to suffer their leader’s fate. Jesus brought the disciples peace and hope, and a commission to act in His name.
The disciples’ fear is understandable, they had seen the Messiah crucified – but the Messiah was not dead. Sometimes we are inclined to fear for ourselves and our nation, and even our church – but the Messiah is still alive and offering us the gift of the Spirit.
The faith that we have received by God's grace through the witness of those first disciples makes us disciples. We share their hope and the work of making that hope real in the lives of people who wonder if the Messiah is real. Whether we are up to our calling will be judged by the fruits of our faithful actions today and the days to come.
Please read the flyer on page 3 from Ken Beckman, our Elder in charge of Congregational Care; this is for information, but also a call to serve your church family with the boldness of a disciple empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Yours in Christ,
Please keep our shut-ins in your prayers: Alice Campbell, Billie Galloway, Liz Jacobs, Juanita Roberts, Jim Victory, and Jean Webster.
We would like to thank everyone for all the kindness that was shown for Sid's retirement and 75th birthday party. So many cards, kind words and attendees; he treasures each and everyone. We thank the church for a place to gather.
Sid and Ruth Cantrell
The Birthday Outing will be on April 13 at Fulin’s in the Crossings at 11:30. Two birthdays will be celebrated: Claudette Cayton and Norma Hicks. The Bake Sale is on April 10; please drop off your food donations on Saturday 1:00-3:00 so that we can price and label the baked goods. Proceeds from the Bake Sale support our worship time Nursery worker. The regular PW Bible Study will be on the 25th.
With graduations there are several openings in both classes of the Fun and Play School for the 2016-2017 school year. The classes are Tuesday and Thursday or Wednesday and Friday. Students need to be 3 years old and potty trained.
March's "Guess Who?" - Pat Campbell
April's "Guess Who?"