The monthly newsletter for the First Presbyterian Church of Spring Hill, Tennessee.
Isolation is one the harshest penalties that can be laid upon human beings. We long for the fellowship and acceptance of other folks. We know that to be separated by others is punishment: inmates would rather risk the danger of being around other prisoners than endure the isolation and relative safety of solitary confinement, simply to have some semblance of fellowship. We also know that to choose to live in separation from others is a signal that something is wrong within ourselves; anxiety and depression drives us to our own rooms afraid to put forth the effort to interact and work with others. We know that isolation is a state that makes our lives miserable, and often meaningless.
We were created as people who need others, the most poignant part of the story of creation is God recognized we needed one another, we needed companionship. God's will through Abraham was for a people to rise up as a faithful nation through whom all people would know the blessing of the Lord. Jesus Christ made the calling of men and women to share His mission an integral part of His ministry; He then instructed them to carry on His work, bound together by the love that He and the Father had for them. Even when we long for solitude, some quiet, it is so we that may recoup or refocus ourselves in order that we may clear our minds to again be with others.
To counter feelings of isolation we must reach out, and that reaching out should begin here. I’ve heard folks talk about feeling excluded in church – maybe they needed to open up and reach out to someone else. Sometimes we see folks who are alone in our midst – extend to them the hand of fellowship and break their isolation as a hospitable disciple. Openness and friendliness doesn’t come naturally to everyone (it really doesn’t for me), but being with others is the beginning of who are and what we do as Christians, and practice makes perfect. Talk to Shelby about what you can do as a greeter or Deborah as an usher.
Please take note of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance offering on June 19. The Session decided several years ago to receive a special offering for the PDA rather than reacting to each disaster and risking “special offering fatigue”.
Yours in Christ,
Jim Victory, Tereasa Alley’s father, died on May 30 after a long illness. Mr. Victory was 78 years old. Please keep Tereasa and her family in your prayers. Mr. Victory’s funeral was on Friday, June 3.
Zack Hickman, Don Hickman’s father, died June 1 in his home in Franklin; his funeral was on the 4th. Mr. Hickman was 96 years old at his death. Please remember the Hickman family in your prayers.
Please keep our shut-ins in your prayers: Alice Campbell, Billie Galloway, Liz Jacobs, and Jean Webster.
Continue to lift up Marnie Pewitt and her family in your prayers as she struggles with cancer.
The PW Birthday Outing is cancelled this month because of people being out of town; we will plan next month’s outing at our regular meeting on June 27.
The PW has organized a matinee outing to Chaffin’s Barn Theater for Thursday 7/28/2016 to see “Route 66”, a musical. The cost is $19.00 which includes ticket, tax, coffee, tea or soft drink. If interested, please call Sarah Harris at 615-418-9987. She will be making reservations in the next few days; 13 people have signed up and this should be a lot of fun.
Victoria Thompson graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia Academy on May 14. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a Tennessee Scholar. Victoria plans to attend Lipscomb University in the fall. Marygayle Alley graduated from the radiology program at Columbia State and then went on to pass her certification exam in May.
May's "Guess Who?" - Sarah Harris
June's "Guess Who?"