April 28, 2021
"WHAT'S HAPPENING"
at
Spring Hill United Church of Christ
A few months ago, a colleague sent an email asking if I would willing to write a poem for “Pitching Our Tents” a new anthology focused on the work of justice and peace for all humanity. Peace Cathedral in the Republic of Georgia. Peace Cathedral is the intentional coming together of Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities constructing a mosque and a synagogue attached to their church building, a spiritual home for Abrahamic faiths, including Sunni, Shia and Sufi Muslims. The Muslim house of prayer will be called Masjid As-salam - مسجد السلام (Peace Mosque), and the Jewish home will be called Beit Kneset ha-shalom בית כנסת לשלום (Peace Synagogue). In addition, there is a Centre for Interfaith Dialogue, an interfaith adult library and a children’s library with programming and summer camps.
 
The pilgrimage program brings people to visit the Republic of Georgia to learn about the hopes and struggles of people of all of these faiths.
 
Peace Cathedral was established as First Baptist Church of Tbilisi in 1867. Its history is full of bold stands in support of oppressed minorities, and it frequently is endangered by religious extremists. It embraces full gender equality, lay and ordained. A current ministry is compassionate care for Transwomen, whose lives and livelihood are jeopardized by even more violence during Covid-19. Involved in interfaith work for more than twenty years, it has the confidence of Muslim, Jewish, Yezidi and other religious traditions in a context where the more dominant Christian culture often responds with violence against many minorities.
 
I share the poem because in many ways we too cannot (The Church in America) “see” each other, embrace our common journey or acknowledge that we have far more in common than anything that has the potential to divide us. Some like to focus on our slight differences rather than acknowledge that we all seek to love God, our neighbor, children and the world.
 
Remember, that regardless of how we feel in a particular moment, we, Spring Hill United Church of Christ, are better together. One church. One Team. One people of God. Hope is Ever Present. This poem will be part of the anthology.
 
Hope is Ever Present
Justo González II
                                                  
We often cannot see
We are on same journey.
All aspiring to
           love
care for our families
  and live in peace.
 
For thousands of years
there has been suspicion
and fear. The flames
of hatred stoked,
the anger clouds our eyes.
 
Hope is ever present.
      Do not despair.
 
We are on the same journey.
We bring the best of who we are,
and share who we are with each other.
 
Peace Cathedral connects us.
We are siblings of the Sacred.
Our call is to stand together.
 
God rejoices when Peace begins to reign.
 
We have journeyed this far,
and we have much farther to go.
Yet, when we are United as One,
we are unstoppable.
 
Peace. Be. With. You. 
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."
WINSTON CHURCHILL
 
A BIG THANK YOU TO:
  • Lisa and Keith Books for finding us someone to install the security cameras.
  • all who worked on the Rummage Sale.
  • Lynda Spaulding and Marty Hodgkins for separating the unsold items into items good things and the other type.
  • Tom who loaded his truck and brought the unsold to a charity.
If I forgot anyone I am sorry, and thank you.
 
Lynda and I had a chance to work the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry last Saturday and we enjoyed the time we spent. I am sure Lilly could use more help. Why not you?
 
We have another contractor who submitted a bid to repair the Sanctuary.
 
The Nature Coast Bridge Club may start back up in July.
 
Chance Martinez preached Sunday and it was nice seeing him back with us. Thank you Chance, and we had top attendance for the year so far (60). 
 
WE NEED HELP BADLY!  There is a section of soffit on the end of the church that needs to be fixed before it causes a big problem. It is about 25-30 feet up from the ground.
 
We need members for all of our ministries so please step up and join one of them.
 
Blessings to all,
Larry
April Council Meeting Tonight,
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
at 7:00 pm in Fellowship Hall

Sunday, May 2, 2021
5th Sunday of Easter
This service can be enjoyed in a variety of ways:

  1. In person (please call the office each week to make reservations as seating in Fellowship Hall is limited)
  2. FM radio in the parking lot on Sunday morning (the station will be given out each Sunday morning)
  3. In the comfort of your home - the service will be uploaded to our YouTube channel Sunday afternoon - channel link and details will come with the sermon outline on Sunday morning.
A Big Thank you to Otto for videotaping the service on his IPAD. Please click below to view!
LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS!
Please call the office
(352-683-4870) if you would be willing to cover the office on
Friday, May 14th .

Thank You!
We have someone looking for a ride to church on Sunday mornings. She lives in the River Country area (right off 19). If you are willing, please call Marty in the church office.
Thank You!
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. 

The food pantry is open on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month
from 9:00 am - 11:00 am.
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.
Please continue to financially support the church with your tithes and offerings.
PASTOR
Rev. Justo Gonzalez, II
justoshucc@gmail.com

ADMINISTRATIVE ASST.
Marty Daly
shuccoffice@gmail.com

Office Hours:
Monday: Marty works from home
Tuesday: 9 am-12 noon
Wednesday: 9 am - 12 noon
Thursday: 9 am - 12 noon
Friday: 9 am - 12 noon
(Administrative hours will be from 12 noon - 1 pm
(office will not respond during this time)
Face Mask 2
MASKS ARE REQUIRED
in the buildings at all times!

Be sure that your
nose and mouth
are covered!
Remember
to wear you
NAMETAGS
ON SUNDAY!

If you don't have one,
please call Marty at
352-683-4870
and request one.
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.

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Sunday afternoon for you to watch
whenever it is convenient to you. 

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APRIL BIRTHDAYS
4/30 - Clara VanHorn
MAY BIRTHDAYS
5/1 - Rich Ives
5/5 - Martha Herbert
5/6 - Sharron Herzog
5/9 - Cindy VanHorn
5/12 - Jerry Thomas
5/13 - Sandy Parker
5/16 - Katia Valdeos
5/18 - Lynette Grabowski
5/18 - Richard Mattson
5/18 - Roger Spanos
5/24 - Gale Raucher
5/27 - Jewel Horn
5/29 - Joann Edmonds

MAY ANNIVERSARIES
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 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, Myrtle Helfers, Nancy McKenney, Ann Miller, Eric Wolf, Carrie Haggerty, Tristan, Patty, Jim Fairchild, Kathy Scheible, Ray & Joan Posney, Baby Dakota, Janet Pruitt, Sharron Herzog, Randy, Brittany, Horst Hackemer, Sandra Roberge, Virginia Tooker, MaKayla, Kim DiGregorio, Theresa Stockford and Kelly Trask.
Building abundant lives by sharing the LOVE of Jesus.
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