"WHAT'S HAPPENING"
at
Spring Hill United Church of Christ
September 8, 2021
In-person Worship
this Sunday, September 12, 2021. 
 ALL the following protocols need to be followed:
 
  • If you don't feel well, STAY HOME
  • Attendance limited to 40 including the support team ( Pastor, Sound crew, Ushers, Deacons etc...) Does NOT include those attending from the parking lot, that number is limited only by available space to park
  • Temperatures will be taken - any above 100.4 will NOT be permitted to attend
  • Tracking of those in attendance including vaccination status.
  • Mask will be worn at all times
  • Service time will be limited to 45 minutes MAX. 
  •  NO coffee hour or loitering after service
  • Fellowship hall to be sanitized after the service
  • Communion Sundays we will continue the use of the disposable cup with wafer and the trash will be collected immediately after communion. 
 
The committee will continue to monitor the numbers for Hernando, Citrus and Pasco counties.
Tuesday evening the Council of Ministry had a very positive meeting. We will continue to monitor COVID trends in Hernando County, but as of yesterday the numbers were looking better. Hence worship protocols will remain in place. Please call the church office to confirm your attendance.

August was a good month for income with over $15,000 in offerings and rentals. However, we are still about $15,000 below our budget. If you would like more information, please contact Rich Ives or Marty Hodgkins.

As of now, the October 2nd Rummage Sale is still on! Council suggests extra safety protocols: mandatory masks for inside shoppers, one way into Fellowship Hall for shoppers and one way out, and limited number of shoppers at any given time. Shannon Maxwell has several vendors lined up. There is still a need for volunteers. Please check weekly E-Blasts for updates.

Ideas for future activities abound! In the meantime, there is much work to be done to beautify our grounds. Mowing, trimming, weeding…every little bit helps. If you can only give 15 or 30 minutes, that is a gift! Communication is key as we move forward. If you have ideas, suggestions, concerns, or questions, do not hesitate to contact your church leaders.

So….keep calm and move on! Be safe! Be generous with your time, talent, and treasure! Be hopeful! Most of all take good care of yourself!
SANCTUARY UPDATE
They are progressing nicely!
Pictures taken 9-8-21 
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Portico
Hello Everyone!

The theme for the worship services this month is focused on the “power of WE!” Rev. Donna Ives did a beautiful job of kicking off this month-long mini-series last Sunday and I am looking forward to continuing this theme the rest of the month. You know, the old adage that says “none of us is as strong as all of us” is so true. I get so excited when I think about all the possibilities ahead of us at SHUCC and those possibilities are endless if WE, with the help of God, all work together.
 
This Sunday we will take a look at the early church in the book of Acts and how their unity allowed them to change the world around them. One person alone could not have accomplished all that the early church accomplished and the same is true for us here at SHUCC. So often in churches I think we are guilty of “silo” type thinking. When God calls us to a ministry, so often we look at ourselves individually and we think, “there is no way that I could do that” or “if I tried to do that I would fail” and so often we give into that feeling and we just say, “I am not going to do it, maybe someone else will.” That is “silo” thinking. Well friends, you are not a silo, and you are not alone. If God has called you to a type of ministry, step out in faith and take the lead. Your courage to step up may be just what someone else is waiting on to take initiative themselves. Just think, you could be the reason that someone else follows God’s call on their life. What a gift!
 
Several years ago, when I got up enough courage to follow God’s call to ministry, it was the people of SHUCC that stood behind me and encouraged me to listen to God’s still speaking voice…and you have all been with me every step of the way encouraging me to continue the journey. So, I can speak from experience when I say to you that WE will support you as you strive to follow God’s call on your life.
 
Rev. Donna Ives shared some ways that you can get involved in the work and ministry of SHUCC and I encourage you to consider ways that you can help. Is God calling you to leadership in the church? There will be several open positions on the church council coming up in 2022, maybe one of them would be a great fit for you. Are you gifted with the ability to sing or play an instrument? Don’t be afraid to step up and say so…you never know…there may be a whole worship band in our midst, and we didn’t know it because no one has been the first to step forward. The list could go on and on because there are so many ways to serve at SHUCC. We ask that you prayerfully discern what it is that God is calling you to at SHUCC and let us help you, encourage you, and support you as you live into that call. We need you! The ministry that we have before us is bigger than any one person, or one committee, or one council. It is going to take all of US to do the work that WE have been called to do as a congregation. Remember…” none of us is as strong as all of us!”
 
Yours in Service,
Chance
Bible study will begin next Tuesday, September 14th from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

We will be following the Revised Common Lectionary’s (RCL) gospel lessons. Because we at SHUCC generally follow the RCL, the Bible study readings will be both in harmony with the church calendar and the weekly message from the pulpit.

Any questions call Jerry Jones at (616) 302-5981 or daclamrev1@gmail.com.
On Wednesday, September 15 at 12:00 noon, we will meet at the Wellington restaurant for lunch. Perhaps you remember before the pandemic we met at the Wellington on the third Wednesday of the month to have lunch together. We are planning to begin this monthly luncheon in September.... so mark your calendars. We hope many of you will consider joining us. We will need to make reservations so please contact Helen D'Angelo (352-277-3409), Addy Hackl (352-382-0919) or Gloria Bulau (352-686-3312). The deadline for reservations will be Monday, September 13. We look forward to sharing a meal and conversation with you.
The Worship Team and Diaconate have come up with a plan for Sunday worship for the next several months. Rev. Donna Ives will be leading worship on Communion Sundays. Chance Martinez-Colon, Member in Discernment, will lead us on the other Sundays.
SPIRITUAL DEEPENING OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN
Begins on Thursday, September 16, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
All women are invited to participate in an eight-week spiritual deepening workshop. During our time together you will learn and practice our time-honored Christian disciplines. Prayer, community building, meditative reading and the sharing of our reflections are the practices we will use during our time together. Our goal is to deepen and strengthen our prayer life and our relationship with God. There is no cost! The only requirement is your commitment, an open heart, and a desire to grow in faith. Bring a folder to hold your weekly handouts, and a pen or pencil. Please contact our host, Helen D’Angelo at 352-277-3409 to register.

Facilitator: Linda Bixby
Retired UCC Christian Education Specialist and MACUCC Partner in Education
BA in Liberal Studies: Major: Religious Studies  Minor: Philosophy
MA in Theology, Assumption College, 2000.
Our Hernando County students are back to school as of 8/10/2021. The principal of Spring Hill Elementary School has indicated that our “Food for Thought” program is still vital to the school!

Families of many students are food insecure. For too many children, school breakfast and lunch are often their only healthy meals of the day. Thus an afternoon snack (applesauce, crackers, animal cookies, fruit snack, etc.) is most welcome! Thank you for continuing to support this important ministry!
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.
COMPASSIONATE CONNECTIONS
 
Until COVID hit, the Deacons sponsored a ministry called “Compassionate Connections”. People were invited to sign up for various forms of assistance to one another, such as giving rides to appointments, providing meals, making visits, caring for pets, cleaning, yard work or minor repairs, and there were clever miscellaneous things church members came up with too.
 
But many of the volunteers have drifted away and now we have a member of the congregation who soon will be in need of meals - especially things which can be frozen - and rides to appointments. Until we can get this ministry back on its feet, please email the church office (shuccoffice@gmail.com) if you would like to volunteer for this current need. Let us know what you are able to do, and we will get back to you. Many thanks!

Due to the updated CDC Guidelines, we will require everyone to wear a mask during worship on Sunday!
Due to our Covid-19 restrictions for Sunday worship,
the Church Profile Workshop scheduled for September 12th
has been cancelled.

Instead, members of the Profile Committee will be handing out forms with the questions for which congregational input is needed. These forms will be handed out again next Sunday.
 
The committee is asking that each individual fill out a form and either return the completed form the following Sunday at worship service, by e-mail or mail to the Church.
 
Your participation is needed to complete the church profile and is appreciated. Let’s duplicate the tremendous response we had for our initial information request. 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
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. Please drop your donations off at the Food Pantry on the 1st and 3rd Saturday mornings between 9 and 11 am. The church office can no longer accept donations.
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.
PRAYER CHAIN:
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 deergloria@tampabay.rr.com. 
Your request will remain confidential.

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAY's
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
SEPTEMBER ANNIVERSARIES
9/12 - Tom & Carol St.Clair
Please remember to say Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary to the above. If I have missed anyone, please let the office know.
Can you spare some time to help maintain our church lawns? We sure can use your help. Please contact Larry
at 352-293--4736.

Spring Hill United Church of Christ - YouTube PAGE
The Sunday worship service will be uploaded to our page each week.
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PLEASE PRAY FOR....Sherrie Raymond, Scott Harris, David Pulliam, Myrtle Helfers, Nancy McKenney, Eric, Greyson Mathews-Wolf, Carrie Haggerty, Tristan, Patty, Jim Fairchild, Kathy Scheible, Ray & Joan Posney, Janet Pruitt, Sharron Herzog, Randy, Brittany, Horst Hackemer, MaKayla, Kelly Trask, Ashley & family, Donna Spaulding, Zach, Nancy, Theresa Stockford and Carolyn Chase family.
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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
352-683-4870