September 9, 2020
Spring Hill United Church of Christ
Please continue to financially support the church with your tithes and offerings. Our financial needs will not wait until our return to normalcy.

Options of sending your support:
  • Drop off at the church office (call 683-4870 for hours open)
  • Use your personal bank bill-pay to send checks to the church.
  • Mail checks to the church office (4244 Mariner Blvd., SH, FL 34609).
  • On-line giving: click on the yellow PayPal button below.
The first week of September had a great event to introduce the Church Gathering. Rev. Donna Ives conducted a beautiful Vesper Service at Pine Island. Over 20 people enjoyed music, communion, message and a gorgeous sunset. Thanks to Donna and all the people that helped out.

Should anyone need pastoral services please contact Marty at the office or one of the pastors.

A thank you to Helen D’Angelo for leading us in prayer.

Lisa talked about our financial condition. We have been paying all our bills, but it is running close.

On Saturday we had a Council workshop to work on plans for the next few months. Rev. Ives presented plans for the next four months’ services. Barb (vice-moderator) talked about the exit interview she and the rest of the committee conducted. After her report considerable time was used for church council and congregation members to share their feelings about it. We thank all that participated. Again, the Gathering Committee’s plan was reviewed and found to be workable with the reminder that if Covid-19 conditions in the area change the plan will change as needed. We started to talk about fundraisers and really made no decisions.

There are three committees we need: Interim Search Committee, Profile Committee and Pastoral Search Committee.

  • The Interim Search Committee will be made up of three members: one Council member and two Congregation members. If you would like to serve on this committee send Marty Hodgkins an e-mail and she will put you on the list to be voted on at the Sept. Council meeting. This committee will work with the district minister. The work will start Oct 1st.
  • The Profile Committee will create a new profile of the church. This time it should not take as much time to do as the last one. The Florida Conference has made it easier to create. This committee will be made up of two Council members and five Congregation members. If you would like to serve on this committee send Marty Hodgkins an e-mail ( and she will put you on the list to be voted on at the Sept. Council meeting. This committee will work with our District Minister, Council, and Congregation. The work will start Oct 1st.
  • The Pastoral Search Committee will interview and select a settled minister. This committee will be made up of two Council members and five Congregation members. If you would like to serve on this committee send Marty Hodgkins an e-mail and she will put you on the list to be voted on at the Sept. Council meeting. This committee will start after the profile is finished.

The Bylaw Committee will be meeting again to clarify some language in the document.

The first in-house Sunday service went great. Rev. Jerry Jones led the service with the help of music by Dave VanHorn, and electronics by Enrique Martinez. Also thanks to Donna, Chance, Cindy, Alice, Gale, Lisa, Barb, and Otto for their contributions to the service. Thank you to all the other people that helped make this first in-house service a big success. This week’s donations were $3,442 which is the highest I have seen in a long time - this sum resulted from 30 donations, but remember this was the first week of the month and that is generally the largest for the month (budgeted monthly amount is $14,000). We could use that every week. To those who donated and those who are going to - a big THANK YOU. Our Sunday service had 30 people in Fellowship Hall and 7 in the parking lot listening on the radio station. The service was also viewed 123 times on Facebook and YouTube.

If you would like to have a seat for
Sunday’s in-house service please contact
Marty at the office for reservations
before noon on Thursday. 
Rev. Donna Ives will lead the service this Sunday.
Rev. Donna Ives will preach for us
this Sunday, September 13, 2020
This Sunday service can be enjoyed in one of three ways:
  1. in person (You need to call Marty at the office to make reservations as seating in Fellowship Hall is limited.),
  2. by FM radio in the parking lot (the station will be given out on Sunday morning)
  3. In the comfort of our homes - the service will be uploaded to our NEW YouTube channel early Sunday afternoon - channel link and details will come with the sermon outline on Friday.
Protocols for Regathering
 In-door Worship
Reservations will be required for services in Fellowship Hall.

Phase 1: September 13, 20, 27 - 30 people in attendance
Please call the church office to reserve your seat!
We request that all people call each week by
Thursday at 11:00 a.m. for the upcoming Sunday service in Fellowship Hall.

Phase 2: October 4, 11, 18, 25 - 40 people in attendance
Phase 3: November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - 50 people in attendance
Phase 4: December 6, 13, 20, 27 - 60 people in attendance for 2 services (provided we have enough attendance to support this).
Last February the Social Justice & Community Engagement Ministry started a partnership with Spring Hill Elementary to provide healthy snacks for teachers to distribute to children to give them a much needed boost to focus on learning.

We are pleased that we can resume our "Food for Thought" program with the school. When you drop off food items for Loaves & Fishes," please include single-serving snack items such as applesauce, fruit snacks, goldfish pretzels, cereal etc. The administration is very grateful for our continued support of the children and teachers at SHES. We also were able to drop off a dozen backpacks, many art supplies, and information about "Loaves & Fishes" to the school. 

If you have any questions, please contact Marty Hodgkins at 352-610-4286. 
KUDOS to our Loaves & Fishes Ministry - Click on the link below to read the article in the Hernando Sun.
Thank you for your generous giving to the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and we hope you will continue to give.

The food pantry dates of operation are the first and third Saturday of each month. The next date of operation will be this Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon, for drop off AND pick up.

Chance, Enrique, Lisa, Gale, Cindy, and Alice

SHUCC Men's Club,
Due to COVID-19 it has been a long time since we have crossed paths. Our lives have been enormously disrupted. Hopefully, we will re-gather on Saturday September 12 at 9:00 AM in Fell. Hall. I write this with caution, and do under- stand our meeting is dependent upon
COVID-19 protocols at that time.

  • Wear a face mask
  • Make every effort to properly space ourselves in order to keep our time together both safe and short.

We will not be able to use the kitchen to prepare and serve our usually hearty breakfast, so coffee and donuts will be provided. This will be a good time to plan our 2020-21 agenda.
PLEASE RSVP to me at
 Until then be well,
Jerry Jones, Men's Club President
If you would like to have someone added to the Prayer Chain, please call Gloria Bulau at 352-686-3312 or send an email to Your request will remain confidential.
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David L. Hockelberg, age 78, passed away on August 29, 2020. He was born on July 15, 1942 to the late Raymond and Margorie Hockelberg in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is survived by his son, Jason; daughters, Patricia & Caroline; three grandchildren. He will be missed by family and friends.
9/12 - John Evola
9/13 - Victor Quintero
9/16 - Sue Mattson
9/16 - Cindy Sprouse
9/19 - Margaret Violette
9/23 - Morris Greco
9/24 - Jean Pawlaczyk
9/25 - Rich Matthews
9/28 - Beverly Stephens
9/30 - Raina McDannold
Please remember to say Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary to the above. If I have missed anyone, please let the office know.
PLEASE PRAY FOR.......Sherrie Raymond, Scott Harris, David Pulliam, Cindy McElroy, Gail & Tom Calabro, Becky Bock, Myrtle Helfers, Nancy McKenney, Ann Miller, Virginia Tooker, Connie LaMorte, Eric Wolf, Loree Rose, Carrie Haggerty, John Haring, Tristan, Karen Emerson, Marcia, Aida, Patty, Jim Fairchild, Eaton family and Kathy Scheible.
Local hospitals and our church are in need of face masks. Lawannah Strongbear is reaching out to the sewers in our community. Lawannah is willing to buy the supplies needed. The pattern for the masks can be ordered off the internet or can be purchased at Joanne's. If you need more information, please contact Lawannah at 417-545-1033, or email She is also willing to come by and pick them up.
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No Matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. JESUS didn't reject people, neither do we.
4244 Mariner Blvd.  
Spring Hill, FL 34609