November 18, 2020
"WHAT'S HAPPENING"
at
Spring Hill United
Church of Christ
New Beginnings: They are both exciting and scary.

Dear Friends:

As I begin this journey alongside you as partners in all that is to come, I have been reflecting on the hymn, “This Is a Day of New Beginnings.” The hymn calls us to remember the past and to dare to move forward together. Exciting and scary times. I’ll do my best to ramp up exciting, creative ministry opportunities. I will also keep you abreast of things that can be viewed as scary. Leadership and I will collaborate and invite you to work with us. We are team. We succeed together and fail together.

This Is a Day of New Beginnings. The future is calling us to dare to live into what God intends. I know that most of us are also more comfortable with what is or was (even if not so great) and that which we know. This is usually true especially when we are invited to trust and walk in the darkness until we come to experience the Light of Christ as we ponder, reflect, dream, pray, discern, collaborate and experience new things.  

Most of us would prefer to say, “You do your thing. I’m praying for you. I’ll wait for you here until you find the Light and open the door for me/us to join you.” We like the things the way they are even if there is so much more beyond our comfort level. 

I want you to know that I will respect the traditions of the community. I will do everything that I can to honor the past, the rituals of the community and our traditions. Yet, I will not be enslaved by them. Life is happening right before us. What was yesterday may not be today. We are constantly changing even when we object or wish that it hadn’t changed or would just stop. 

Change is not going to wait on you or me. I was born in the era that all phones were attached to land lines. Phones were rotary dials that you put your finger in them and turn every number one at a time. It was exciting when push button phones came into being. Some loved those changes and others hated the fact that they could no longer pick up the phone and talk to the operator and ask them to connect you with your party. And let’s not even talk about party lines. 

Change is happening as you’re reading this. Let’s not freak out about change. Remember, I’m committed to stability and not to making swift or rapid changes. Yet, we all know that with every transition comes things that you’ll love, others not so much, and some that you will not be pleased with or prefer those changes will go away. I’m NOT here to institute radical change. I am here to discern with you as we move into the future.

I invite you to join me singing the hymn:

“This is a day of new beginnings, time to remember, and move on, time to believe what love is bringing, laying to rest the pain that's gone.

For by the life and death of Jesus, love's mighty Spirit, now as then, can make for us a world of difference as faith and hope are born again.

Then let us, with the Spirit's daring, step from the past, and leave behind our disappointment, guilt and grieving, seeking new paths, and sure to find.

Christ is alive, and goes before us to show and share what love can do. This is a day of new beginnings; our God is making all things new.”

Together, we can make all things new and live into what God intends for us. If leadership or I do something that troubles you, please don’t share that with others. Let’s make sure we model healthy communication and relationships. Please share your concerns with me. I’m easy to talk to and I will listen. Going to others doesn’t work. 

Warmest regards,
Pastor Justo 
Pastor Justo is planning to be in the office for appointments on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If those times do not work with your schedule, please give him a call to arrange another time.

Cell phone number:
716-989-9207

E-mail address:
justoshucc@gmail.com
Please continue to financially support the church with your tithes and offerings.
Options of sending your support:
  • Drop off at the church office (call 683-4870 for hours open), or put in offering plate on Sunday.
  • 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.
That’s correct the best is yet to come. We are about to start a new venture. The trip may be difficult but it will be worth it.

Sunday we said so long and best wishes to Chance and Enrique, as Chance will starting his internship. Enrique was our tech guy and will be sorely missed.

We also thanked Rev. Jerry Jones, Rev. Donna Ives and Chance Martinez Colon for taking over the spiritual needs of the congregation while we were looking for a new Pastor. (Personally I would be remiss if I didn’t say the cupcakes were great.)

The next Council Meeting will be by Zoom on November 30th at 7:00 P.M. Should you have anything you would like me to bring up at the meeting please let me know. It looks like we will have a short agenda.
We are still looking for a Treasurer and Team leaders for Missions and Diaconate. Both ministries are very important to our church mission. (If you don’t want to chair the committees they would love to have you join them in their endeavors.)

This Sunday our new Pastor, Rev. Dr. Justo Gonzalez II, will be preaching. If you attended last Sunday’s Service he delivered an uplifting introduction. Don’t forget to make reservations with Marty in the office as space is limited.

We still have items in our Christmas Bazaar room for sale. Please stop by to browse or shop.
Blessings,
Larry
CONNECT AND SHARE

During this difficult time of Covid, together we can support one another and our hurting faith community. We invite you to consider making a monetary donation in Memory of / Celebration of a loved one or a special blessing. This will be shared with your church community each week thru the E-blast. Donations will go into the General Fund. They must be earmarked “Connect and Share” and sent to the church office. If you have any questions, please contact Helen D’Angelo at 352-277-3409
IN HONOR OF TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK
Rev. Dr. Justo Gonzalez II will preach for us
this Sunday, November 22, 2020
This Sunday service can be enjoyed in one of three 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 early Sunday afternoon - channel link and details will come with the sermon outline on Friday.
Worship services are also on the church website: http://www.shucc.org/sermons/
It's Annual Medicare Enrollment time! If you need help or have any questions on the various plans available, please feel free to contact Elaine Sammon, (our church Financial Secretary). For everyone she signs up, she will give a donation to our church.
Through our "Food for Thought" program, we are in 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.

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.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY IN GIVING
TO OUR FOOD MINISTRY.
We ask that you continue your generous giving - below is a list of the food items that we need:
canned nonperishable food items       
canned spaghetti/ravioli
breakfast cereal    
bottled water
pop tarts
canned fruit
bath soap
ramen noodles
tuna
instant potatoes
dried beans
rice
canned soups
The food pantry dates of operation are the first and third Saturday of each month from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon, for drop off AND pick up.
PRAYER CHAIN
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 deergloria@tampabay.rr.com. Your request will remain confidential.
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NOVEMBER
11/18 - Leni Butler
11/25 - Randy VanSlyke
11/30 - David Heady
11/19 - Ken & Irene Nicholas
11/25 - Ron & Trish Phillips
Please remember to say Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary to the above. If I have missed anyone, please let the office know.
  • Continue to wash your hands, socially distance and WEAR A MASK
  • In case of emergency, remember to keep your cell phone handy so you can call someone if you fall or have any type of accident.
PLEASE PRAY FOR.......Sherrie Raymond, Scott Harris, David Pulliam, Gail & Tom Calabro, Becky Bock, Myrtle Helfers, Nancy McKenney, Ann Miller, Eric Wolf, Loree Rose, Carrie Haggerty, Tristan, Patty, Jim Fairchild, Kathy Scheible, Ray & Joan Posney, Baby Dakota, Janet Pruitt, Dick Mattson and Sharron Herzog (fell and broke hip).
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