May 11, 2022

Spring Hill United Church of Christ
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Hello Beloved Community!

I want to start out by saying a huge thank you to all of you for the outpouring of support that I have received around my seminary graduation. The party on Saturday night was so much fun, and kudos to all of you for pulling off such a wonderful surprise. I have enjoyed reading your cards, emails, and messages and I have been overwhelmed by the beautiful gifts that I received. Thank you to everyone who had any part in this at all, you brought me more joy than you will ever know…because I can’t find words adequate to express it! I love all of you!

I do want to provide you with an ordination process update. I had a meeting with the regional committee on ministry on Tuesday. The meeting went really well and they are recommending me for Ecclesiastical Council! Now that they have made that recommendation, I will have my Ecclesiastical Council in September. This is the final step in the Ordination Process other than an ordination service. This is a very exciting time and I want to keep you updated all along the journey.

Bible Study resumes today, and each Wednesday there will be two opportunities for you to participate. We will be meeting at 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm, so feel free to join us for either. We will focus on the text that will be used for the sermon the following Sunday and this will allow us an opportunity to take a deeper dive into the scripture for the week. We will be meeting in the Spirit Room of the main building.

This week we will begin our Easter/Pentecost Sermon series that will run through July 31. The theme for this week is going from being troubled and fearful to being at peace. The focus text for this week is John 20:19-23 and it is the story of Jesus appearing in a locked upper room.

Lastly, this Sunday we will have two local agencies set up at tables in the lobby sharing information about the services that they provide. One agency will be The Vincent House and the other agency is the Hernando County Department of Health. I hope you will all stop by and see them either as you come in or as you leave on Sunday.

I hope that you all have a great week!

Love ya…Mean it!



Great News!!!!

Chance completed his meeting today with the Regional Committee on Ministry and they are recommending him for Ecclesiastical Council! ANOTHER BIG STEP TOWARDS ORDINATION!!

Your Council on Ministry met last Sunday with the following results:

  • Lilly Browning has agreed to serve as Clerk replacing Brian Knowles. Lilly also serves as Co-Ministry Coordinator of Missions and Social Engagement. She also coordinates Loaves and  Fishes, our food pantry program. Her husband, Henry, has worked ongoing to improve the church grounds. 
  • -Our finances were in the black for the month of April
  • Our June Council Meeting will be dedicated to budget preparation for next year.
  • We will have an All-church Retreat in June. Watch for additional information and plan to attend. Your voice is needed as we plan!


Barb Boley, Moderator

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The Universal Christ

How A Forgotten Reality

Can Change Everything

 We See, Hope For, And Believe

By Richard Rohr

Starts this coming Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 11:15 a.m.

Globally recognized teacher Richard Rohr brings to light the relationship between Jesus and Christ. Most know who Jesus was but not the Christ. Rohr addresses how our understanding of Jesus and the Christ have been limited by culture, religious debate, and the human tendency to put ourselves at the center. Jesus’ life was meant to declare that humanity has never been separated from God except by its own negative choice. This forgotten truth can restore meaning and hope in our lives. In other words, this is the God we can all believe in! Books can be purchased on Amazon ($14.99) paperback new or used (sometimes lower price). If you don’t have access to the internet, contact Linda Bixby at 352-442-7710 and I will order you a book. If interested please contact the church office to sign up so that we may plan accordingly. On May 15 you will be given a brief introduction to the basics of the Eastern theology in which the universal Christ emerged and a study guide of the weekly readings. Please join us on this incredible journey of encounter with the universal Christ. We will meet in the Spirit room. 

Bible Study starts today,

Wednesday May 11, 2022

at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

in the Sanctuary Spirit Room.

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Starting this Saturday, on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month we will be working on the church grounds (mowing grass, pulling weeds, etc.).  If you can help out, we would love to have you join us.  We will meet at 7:00 a.m. - hope to see you here!


Did you know that last week was Hurricane Preparedness Week? 

Be ready for hurricane season. Today you can determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and review/update insurance policies. You can also make a list of items to replenish hurricane emergency supplies and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the coming hurricane season. If you live in hurricane-prone areas, you are encouraged to complete these simple preparations before hurricane season begins on June 1. 

Make an Evacuation Plan

A wide variety of emergencies may cause an evacuation. In some instances you may have a day or two to prepare, while other situations might call for an immediate evacuation. Planning ahead is vital to ensuring that you can evacuate quickly and safely, no matter what the circumstances.

Link to Evacuation plan Guidelines
Link to Hernando County Evacuation Map
Hurricane/Disaster Supply Checklist


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If you are considering joining our church family and want to find out more information about us, please mark your calendars and plan to attend the SHUCC Explorers Luncheon on May 22nd at 11:15 a.m., following worship.  A Sign-up sheet is in the lobby.


Sunday Attendance Check-In

Please remember to register your attendance each Sunday morning at the Welcome Desk. We strive to keep an accurate attendance each week. 

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If you are an Amazon Prime member or just shop regularly at Amazon. com, you can designate part of your purchase price to go to your church! This happens through AmazonSmile program - the Amazon foundation gives 0.5% of your purchase price to the charity of your choice, and you can designate Spring Hill United Church of Christ as your charity.

Instead of going to as you normally do, navigate to It looks just like Amazon's normal site, except it will tell you to designate a charity of your choice. Click on "My Account" and look for the option to "Designate My Charitty" or "Change my Charity", do a search for our church.

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My Dear Friends,

There is a ZOOM conversation this evening (5/11) at 7 p.m., and I’d like to take just a moment to explain why I hope that you and members from your congregation will attend (please feel free to share this invitation with your church’s contact list, as you see fit).

The “Collage Ministry” team of First United Church of Sarasota will be leading us in conversation about “Living Into Our Covenants as Open & Affirming People.” Some of our churches in the conference are Open & Affirming, and some are not. It is my hope and prayer that ALL of our churches will have the opportunity to receive insight as to more effectively and lovingly serve as neighbors, sisters, and brothers in Christ to all members, families, and allies of LGBTQ+ persons.

I KNOW YOU ARE BUSY - which is why I’m excited that our conversation plans to focus on what churches as a WHOLE can do (as opposed to expecting pastors and leadership to carry the work alone).

For these reasons, I hope you will join us.

The ZOOM ID is

Thank you for all that you are and all that you do. I hope to see you soon.

Neal Watkins

Minister for Congregational Life

Florida Conference, UCC

PLEASE PRAY FOR..Sherrie Raymond, Scott Harris, Myrtle Helfers, Carrie Haggerty, Kathy Scheible, Janet Pruitt, AJ, LaRetta Thompson, Jill Thompson, Addy Hackl, Melody, Steve Whitney, Ted Shepherd, Sandy Parker, Matthew Browning & family, Del Fillmore, Jimmy Patton, Debbie Bogoslofski, Beverly Gethen, the Ukranian People, Rev. Jones and Kazmierczak families and Jennifer Mattson DeGroff,

(If we need to take a name off the Prayer list, please let the office know.)

If the answer is “Yes”, please wear it so everyone knows your name.
If the answer is “No”, please sign the sheet by nametag rack in hallway or call the church office at (352) 683-4870.

If you would like to provide altar flowers (In Honor of / In Memory of / To the Glory of God, etc.), there is a flower sign-up sheet on the hallway bulletin board - price per bouquet is $27.00.

The Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry will be open on the first and third Saturdays each month from 9 am - 11 am. The Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry ministry helps us reach our hungry, worried and lonely neighbors with a little bit of food, and a whole lot of love. Thank you to all who give food, finances and/or time to this outreach.

We are in need of the following:
Cereal / Pasta and sauce / Canned pasta /
Canned fruit / Canned veggies / Peanut butter /
Jelly / Crackers / Canned meat (tuna, chicken etc.) Macaroni and cheese / Rice / Beans / Canned soup, chili, stew, etc.
Our Food for Thought program provides snacks for kids at Spring Hill Elementary. This helps the kids concentrate and learn, as well as relieving a financial burden of the teachers, who would normally provide the snacks from their own funds. When you donate to the food pantry, include non-sugary cereal, goldfish crackers, and other non-sugary snacks.
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The Sunday worship service will be uploaded to our page each week.


5/11 - Linda Bixby

5/12 - Jerry Thomas

5/13 - Sandy Parker

5/16 - Katia Valdeos

5/18 - Lynette Grabowski

5/18 - Dick Mattson

5/18 - Raja Spanos

5/24 - Gale Raucher

5/29 - Joann Edmonds


5/11 - Dave & Lorraine Boylan

5/15 - Larry & Lynda Spaulding

5/16 - Betsey & Alex Ketcham

5/16 - Karen & Linda Schrader

Please remember to say Happy Birthday to the above.
If we have missed anyone, please let the office know.


If you would like to have someone added to the Prayer Chain or be part of the Prayer Chain, please call Gloria Bulau at 352-686-3312 or send an email to Your request will remain confidential.

If you would like Chance to visit you, please call him at
  • Mondays: 9:00 am -1:00 pm (Chance will be in the office / Marty works from home)
  • Tuesday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Marty) / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Chance)
  • Wednesday: Administrative Day - Office is Closed to outside calls and visits - unless an emergency. We will have a volunteer come in on that day. (9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Marty) /11:00 am - 7:30 pm (Chance)
  • Thursday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Marty) / Chance is off
  • Friday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Marty and Chance)
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Please continue to financially support the church with your
tithes and offerings.
Building abundant lives by sharing the LOVE of Jesus.
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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.

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Spring Hill, FL 34609
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