"WHAT'S HAPPENING"
at
Spring Hill United Church of Christ
September 15, 2021

In-person Worship
this
Sunday, 9/19/21
with
Chance Martinez-Colon
(Member in Discernment) 
 ALL the following protocols need to be followed:
 
  • If you don't feel well, STAY HOME
  • Attendance limited to 50 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.
SANCTUARY UPDATE
They are progressing nicely!
Pictures taken 9-15-21 
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Sanctuary Pews
Dear Friends,

I hope that you are all having a great week so far. By the time you read this, Rev. Dr. Jerry Jones will have already conducted the first weekly Bible Study and if you were not able to attend this week, I hope that you will try to join in the coming weeks as your schedule allows. The ladies’ luncheon is tomorrow (Thursday) and I hope that all of you have a great time of fellowship. These are two great ways for you to get connected and for us to continue to build community here at SHUCC.

This Sunday, as we continue our mini-series on the concept of WE, our focus text will be 1 Corinthians 12:12-30. I invite you to spend some time before Sunday reading it and reflecting on that passage and prayerfully discern what it is saying to you personally. WE are the body of Christ here at Spring Hill, and all of us have an important role to play in the work and ministry of the church. There are some parts of our physical bodies that are not seen and likewise, there are parts of the church body that aren’t seen either. For example, on Sundays, you will typically see and hear the liturgist, the supply Pastor, the acolyte lighting the candles, and the greeters. But, there are many more people working behind the scenes to make sure that we have everything that we need for our weekly services. These include, but are not limited to, Enrique developing the worship slides, Marty Daly working on the announcement slides and making sure the liturgist has what they need, as well as taking reservations for worship during this pandemic, the Marlene making sure that the banners are in place and appropriate, and also that we have liturgist each week, folks making sure the building is clean and ready for service, and the countless number of people who pray for this congregation daily. This is certainly not an exhaustive list, because there are so many things that must happen in order for our corporate worship service to happen and just because someone is not seen does not mean that they are any less important. All of us are important. We have all been given different gifts for a reason. I pray that you will search yourself and discern what gifts you have and how you may use them here at SHUCC. We need you! It takes all of us working together as a body, to do the work that God has called us to do.

If you are just not sure how you can help, please don’t hesitate to contact someone on the council or Marty Daly in the office. Marty would be happy to guide you to someone who can help. During this liminal period while we are waiting on a settled Pastor to be called, it is more important than ever that we come together.
Love ya…mean it!
-Chance
Second Church Profile Survey:
The Church Profile Committee requests you return the second survey addressing desired attributes of our future pastor, handed out the past two Sundays and by e-mail, this coming Sunday. The committee needs to incorporate this information into the final draft profile so we can forward to Council for approval by September 28th
Bible study
Tuesday 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall.

We invite all to join!

Any questions call Jerry Jones at (616) 302-5981 or daclamrev1@gmail.com.
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.

The Women
at the Well Study Group is cancelled
due to lack of interest.
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.
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.
Invitation to a gathering of the FL Conference
EcoJustice Ministry Team

Over the next several weeks, you will be hearing about (and invited to participate in) the formation / development of several ministry teams that are intended to help develop community and provide resources /support for the local churches of the Florida Conference that embody the values and missions of the Florida Conference as determined at Annual Gatherings over the last few years.
 
On Wednesday, September 22nd at 7 p.m., I would like to invite you to join a conversation about the formation of a Florida Conference Environmental Justice Ministry Team. While your participation in this conversation does not require you to become a member of this ministry team, we hope that all clergy and laity interested in joining, hearing about, or impacting EcoJustice Ministry of the Florida Conference will join us (or be in touch!) through this ZOOM link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/3616878295 .
Rev. Dr. Bob Shore-Goss will lead this conversation. He is a retired UCC clergy/theologian and serves on the UCC Environmental Justice Council. We he served as the pastor of the North Hollywood MCC United Church of Christ, the church was recognized as the first Christian Justice Church of the denomination. Shore-Goss received a Th.D. from Harvard University in Comparative Religion and Christian Theology and self-identifies as a Buddhist-Christian. He has led numerous workshops for UCC Annual Gatherings, the Parliament of World Religions (2015) and individual churches of several denominations on creating sustainable spiritualities of faith communities for long-term commitment for eco-justice.
 
Please do reply to this email with any questions you may have.
 
I look forward to seeing you soon.
 
Neal Watkins
Minister for Faith Formation
Florida Conference, UCC
772-559-0875

Due to the updated CDC Guidelines,
we will require everyone to wear a mask
during worship on Sunday!
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!
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
9/16 - 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
Please remember to say Happy Birthday to the above.
If we 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.
Link:

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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, and Theresa Stockford.
Please continue to financially support the church with your
tithes and offerings.
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