WHAT'S HAPPENING at Spring Hill UCC
NOVEMBER 13, 2019 OO
Well, it's that time again when we have to make up our budget for 2020, where did the year go? Last Sunday, we listened to Rev. Jerry Jones talk about 2019 and all the concerns we faced and how we met them. We are now and will be for awhile conducting our services and meetings in Fellowship Hall. Our insurance claim is in review stage but we have to make a budget to fit the many needs of our church. The Stewardship Committee met and prayerfully came up with a bare bones budget which will soon be ready for you to go over. The important tool that they had to work with, was this years pledges and other areas that provided funds. As of this writing we have received 41 pledges (thank you) but are short of last year and what was projected. So, please, if you haven't turned in your pledge card yet, please put it in the offering plate Sunday. The pledges that have been received represent 1/3 of what is needed for 2020.

Happier news, a great big thanks to Lisa and her group for a wonderful time last Saturday night. I got a chance to try food that I had never tasted before. There were about 50 people having great fellowship, good food, and music for the generations.

We will once again be closing Fellowship Hall from December 3rd thru December 7th, in order to set up for the Christmas Bazaar and the Bazaar itself.

Pastor Robin and Marty will no longer be in Fellowship Hall. They have moved back to the main building. Marty has a new office (the first office as you enter the building), and Pastor's office is the same. Your mail boxes and the copy machine will stay where they have always been, also that room is going to be a conference room.

I know, as always the Bazaar committee could use gift certificates, baskets and items for baskets. They would be happy to make up the basket for you or if you would like to donate some cash they would be glad to purchase needed items. Baskets and items for the Bazaar can be dropped at any time now.

And, let's not forget the cookie walk. I know they will need more cookies than you could dream of. Remember no chocolate chip (my favorite), must not be store bought and 6 dozen if you can. As I remember last year they needed more cookies.

A lot of volunteers are needed so please sign up, remember THIS IS THE LARGEST FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR.

Last, but not least have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
Larry
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THE GIVING TREE PROJECT
The Missions Team will be supporting 25 needy children at Pine Grove Elementary School with Christmas gifts this year. That means a total of 50 gifts. A tree will be in church on Sunday, November 17. White tags will have clothing suggestions, and red tags will have toy suggestions.

Tags will include the name, age, gender, sizes, and giving ideas for each child. Please choose a tag or tags and purchase the suggested gift or gifts.

If you purchase a toy, please leave it in the box, wrap it with wrapping paper, and attach the tag from the tree to the outside of the package using scotch tape.

If you purchase clothing, please remove the entire store tag from the gift and place it in a GIFT BAG (not box). Then attach the tag from the tree to the outside of the gift bag using scotch tape. Leave shoes in their box, wrap with wrapping paper, and attach the tag from the tree to the outside of the box using scotch tape. Please do not include the gift receipts.

Please make certain that you let us know which child you have selected by FILLING OUT THE SIGN-UP SHEET ON THE CLIPBOARD BY THE TREE. A list of instructions will be available by the sign-out sheet for your convenience. A member of the Missions Team will be near the tree to assist you in signing out your gift tags. If you are unable to go shopping, they will also receive your donations (whether large or small) and shop for you. Whatever you can donate is appreciated.

BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR NAME OFF ON THE SIGN-UP SHEET WHEN YOU HAVE RETURNED YOUR GIFTS.

RETURN YOUR GIFTS TO THE CHURCH BY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8th.

We had most of the gift tags taken from the tree last year, and we feel confident that this will happen again this year. Thank you in advance for what you consistently do for these children. You are the best!

If you have any questions, please call Sharron Herzog at 352-596-2551.
UPCOMING WEEK SCHEDULE
Wednesday
1:00 p.m. - "God Talk" Bible Discussion Group
5:30 p.m. - Choir Practice
6:45 p.m. - Diaconate Team Meeting
Saturday
9:00 p.m. - By-Laws Committee Meeting
Sunday
Transgender Day of Remembrance Sunday
11:30 a.m. - Social Justice Team Meeting
Tuesday
10:30 a.m. - Hospitality Team Meeting
6:00 p.m. - Book Study -
" There, There " by Tommy Grange will meet at the Raymond's home
MISSING ANY DISHES? 
There is a stack of leftover dishes (Tupperware, pyrex, etc. and most are
very nice dishes) from previous church dinners/ fellowship times that were
never picked up. If you may be missing a dish or more, please check in
Fellowship Hall kitchen as soon as possible. 
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Bazaar and Cookie Walk Update

Three weeks from Friday (December 6) is the first day of our Annual Two-Day Christmas Bazaar and Cookie Walk! Lynda and I are grateful for the exceptional team of volunteers that have been helping with ideas and much of the behind the scene planning, but now we are coming down to the wire. With the remaining time we have left we need everyone who is able to lend a hand.  Please speak to either Lynda or Patti or sign up on one of the sheets on the back table in the sanctuary.
We are still looking for donations of the following items:
1.         Baskets Raffle
Completed Baskets – Filled theme baskets (sheet with suggested ideas are on the table  in back of the
church)
Items to fill a themed basket
Empty baskets (medium and large size)
2.        Hungry Tummies Café’
Canned sodas and bottled water
Small bags of chips
Individually wrapped packages of crackers to serve with soup
Rolls for the sandwiches
Breakfast pastries
3.        Country Store/Bake Shop:
Homemade Breads (quick or yeast)
Baked Goods
Special Candies and Nuts
Jam filled pastries
Fudge (flavors other than chocolate or peanut butter)
4.        Arts & Crafts: hand-made Items for home and garden; wood, glass, and other materials
5.        Busy Fingers:  Hand sewn, knitted or crocheted items
6.        This-n-That:  Miscellaneous holiday items that don’t fit in the above categories

Additionally, we are looking for items to be donated that can be repurposed into holiday centerpieces and decorations.
You can drop off you items any time the church is open (9 -2 Tuesday through Friday) between now and the Sunday before the Bazaar.

And, please don’t forget we need you to bake your favorite cookies for the Cookie Walk!

And finally A BIG THANK YOU in advance to everyone who helps make this event so successful every year. We could not do it without you!
We are planning to have a  Thanksgiving Day Dinner here at the church on Thanksgiving day for all that would like to attend. Please sign-up if you plan to attend. If you can help with donations for this meal, there is also a sign up sheet for that. Both sign-up sheets will be on the back table.
ALL ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THIS TIME OF THANKSGIVING WITH YOUR CHURCH FAMILY !
Looking for Volunteers and Donations for our Annual Christmas Bazaar & Cookie Walk. Please click on the link below for a list of Basket ideas. Thank you in advance for your help!
CHURCH OFFICE E-MAIL:
Please be sure to change in your Address Book the office e-mail address to: shuccoffice@gmail.com
(the office no longer can receive e-mails
at the old address)
Building abundant lives by sharing the LOVE of Jesus.
Serving this week
Music :
Kurt Glacy     
Greeters :
Gloria Bulau & Janet Kaesemeyer
 Door Greeters
Bruce & Debbie Rafnell
Ushers
Leni Butler & Beverly Stephens
Liturgist
Marty Hodgkins
Acolyte
Makayla Marcum
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Sherrie Raymond, Scott Harris, Dick Jones, David Pulliam, Hazel McElroy, Cindy McElroy, Gail & Tom Calabro, Grace Wieser, Carrie Haggerty, Becky Bock, Mabel Ellam, Myrtle Helfers, and Mike Quinn, Nancy McKenney, Ann Miller, Betsey Ketcham, Linda Price and Henry Browning.
There is a "Toys for Tots" collection box at the back of the church?
 Collections will be through December 17.
Happy Birthday to.... .
LaRetta Thompson (11/13)
Carol Castagna (11/16)
Donna Ives (11/16)
Leni Butler (11/18)
Kurt Glacy (11/20)
Randy VanSlyke (11/25)
David Heady (11/30)
Happy Anniversary to.... .
11/17 - Ken & Irene Nicholas
11/25 - Ron & Trish Phillips
Please take a moment to wish those listed above a Happy Birthday or Anniversary!
If we missed your birth-date or Anniversary date,
please contact the church office so we can update our records.
Bring into the church for RE-CYCLING:
USED INK CARTRIDGES &
CELL PHONES
There is a drop-off bin in Fellowship Hall in the front right corner of hall.

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PLASTIC BAGS
Including grocery bags, produce & bread bags, cereal box liners, ice bags, newspaper sleeves, bubble wrap, etc.
There are two large boxes in the Fellowship Hall narthex. 
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.
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4244 Mariner Blvd.  
Spring Hill, FL 34609
352-683-4870