February 17, 2021
"WHAT'S HAPPENING"
at
Spring Hill United Church of Christ
Today, Ash Wednesday, February 17th, we began our Lenten journey. Because of Covid, we’re doing our Ash Wednesday service differently. After all, we all know that we live in a different world than what was our reality in January or February 2020.

With Covid, our Ash Wednesday service has changed. We will not gather throughout the day or evening in person to receive Ashes. Rather, we have pre-recorded an Ash Wednesday service that is available by clicking on the video below or by going to our YouTube page. The link below will take you there.
 
This is the first time in my 31 years (as of April 7th) of ministry that I am not placing ashes on individuals in person. Truly, the world has changed.

We’re not doing the in person service because I could not come up with a way to ensure that everyone would be safe using common ashes and anointing individuals.

This time of the liturgical calendar is about self-reflection over the next 40 days as we move towards Resurrection Sunday (Easter).

Lent calls us to be honest with ourselves and our God. We’re not perfect. Don’t strive for perfection because you’ll die and still won’t achieve that unrealistic goal. We all have our insecurities, doubts, and struggles. We strive to do our best and to be open and honest with our God.

Lastly, most people try to give something up for Lent. That’s cool. However, let me also invite you to take something on as an alternative to giving something up. Look at yourself and ask, what are the things in my life that cause uncertainty or fear? What is the thing you absolutely don’t want to do? Maybe, you can embrace something along those lines.

If you love children, maybe becoming a volunteer that holds babies to give them the warmth and love they need. If you’re a dedicated meatetarian (opposite of vegetarian) maybe try cooking with tofu or another plant based protein alternative. In other words, try something new and challenging for you rather than giving something up.

You are loved, prayed for and uplifted.

Blessings,
Pastor Justo
Rev. Justo González II
Virtual Ash Wednesday Service
“Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.”
― Mark Twain
 
Greetings everyone. Sorry I have been negligent these past few weeks by not sharing all that has happened. (Nothing much really happened.) 
 
The stewardship committee met to bring you the final draft of the 2021 budget. The budget is a bare bones one and that means we will have to tighten our belts. “This was the first time I’ve seen the Actual 2020 numbers pressed together. I had visions of the COVID damage being a lot worse. If we got through that, we should be able to take on anything,” commented Rev. Jerry Jones. We are thankful for all of the people who are supporting the church.
However, we could use a wee bit more.
 
We will be having another rummage sale on April 10th. This means we will need help - and lots of it. Should you have anything we could use please let Shannon know.
 
Council Meeting will be on Tue. Feb. 23rd. I am making up the agenda. So, if you have something you would like to add to it please let me know.
 
We will try to get the Easter schedule out in next week’s Blast.
 
Church attendance has been on average 35 – 40 + people each week. We still have room in Fellowship Hall for more, so come and join us. Please let Marty in the office know you are coming.
 
If you have any ideas for fund raising please let me know. Also, if you have any ideas for gathering safely in addition to Sunday service please share them. Some suggestions have been having coffee and conversation outside after the service, a small luncheon for a limited number of ladies in Fellowship Hall, and ”dinners of 16” similar to the “dinners of eight” we previously held. These would take place in Fellowship Hall with those attending separated in socially distanced small groups.
 
A special thanks to Lilly for removing the sofa from the grass next to the dumpster and for heading up the Loaves and Fishes ministry. A thanks to Shannon for cleaning up the mess around the dumpster.
 
Another special thanks to the Men’s Club for their donation of funds to get the security cameras installed. Does anyone know of a handyman that could do this job?
 
With Love and Blessings,
Larry
HAPPINESS
CONSISTS OF A SOLID FAITH
GOOD HEALTH
AND A BAD MEMORY
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 above.
COVID-19 VACCINATIONS UPDATE
The Health Department is currently focusing on other Community Vaccination sites at this time, which places churches down the list of receiving vaccines. So, we encourage everyone registered with the church to seek out other vaccination sites, if possible. We will let you know more when we know.

If you have pre-registered with the church and you are one of
the lucky ones that have received your vaccination or have an appointment to receive, please let the office know, so we can take you off of our registration list.
Thank you!

Join us on Sunday, February 21, 2021
1st Sunday of Lent
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 Friday.
Just in case you missed it -
Worship services are also on the church website: http://www.shucc.org/sermons/

Due to technical difficulties with the camera, we were unable to record the service from last Sunday, February 14th.
We apologize and hope to be up and running this coming Sunday.
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.
Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry is in need of peanut butter and paper bags. When you go grocery shopping, please ask for paper bags and donate them to the food pantry.

Check out our new banner, which will appear in front of the church at Mariner a day or so before the first and third Saturday of the month.

Thank you so much for your love and generosity to our siblings in the community.

Some stories involve older folks taking in kids and grandkids due to job loss. One woman stopped by who had lost her husband to COVID, and became very sick herself. She's recovered, and alone. This 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.
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.

Spring Hill United Church of Christ YouTube PAGE
Spring Hill United Church of Christ page Link:

The weekly worship service will be uploaded by 3:00 p.m. on Sunday for you to watch
whenever it is convenient to you. 

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FEBRUARY
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...
2/18 - Chuck Corbett
2/18 - Dave Helfers
2/21 - Jill Svoboda
2/22 - Frank Matthews
2/22 - Linda Naugle
2/23 - Pat Castagna
2/24 - Richard Hackl
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, Gail & Tom Calabro, Becky Bock, 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 and Joan (Lilly's sister).
CURRENT CHURCH OFFICE HOURS:
Monday:
Marty works from home and is available.
Tuesday:
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Pastor Justo has open office hours from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday:
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Thursday:
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Friday:
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Administrative Hours will be from 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm (office staff will not respond during this time)

Pastor Justo’s schedule varies, so if you need him you can
 call or text him: 716-989-9207
  Send him an e-mail:

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