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       You are invited to take a sensational trip to

                          ANCIENT ROME

                    JULY 12 - JULY 16, 2015

             South Plains Presbyterian Church

                          5:30-8:10 p.m.



Travel Itinerary:


Each evening you will become a member of one of the GREAT FAMILIES of Christians in Ancient Rome. You will become part of history as you see, hear, touch, and taste was it was like to live as a follower of Jesus in Rome in the first century A.D.


You’ll walk the Appian Way to explore ten Marketplace shops in the Forum, then visit the Apostle Paul (who is under house-arrest) and his friend Timothy, meet a Roman senator and magistrate, and come into the presence of Nero, the emperor.


You’ll attend a Muppet-style puppet show each evening to learn the Life Lessons Paul teaches us. You’ll compete in exciting Roman games in the Circus Maximus and be crowned with a laurel wreath when you win.


You’ll have time with your Roman family and a chance to explore Paul’s Life Lessons. Teens and adults will attend Schola (School) for an astounding presentation on culture and Christian life in Ancient Rome.


Each evening includes a delicious meal (think Italian! – yum!) from 5:30-6 p.m. Following dinner all will participate in Extollo, a time of praise and worship.


Registration for ROME: LIFE LESSONS FROM PAUL will begin on May 3. Registration forms are available in the narthex of the sanctuary, in the church office, and in fellowship hall. Please take registration forms to share with family, friends, and neighbors.


This is an experience for every age, from 2-100. We’ll happily welcome anyone who is 100+, too! Questions? Please contact the church office or contact any of the directors for Rome: Life Lessons from Paul - Mary Anne Fitzgerald, Bob Tracinski, Pat Valentine, and Hattie Douglas (from our partner congregation, Union Grove Baptist Church).



Reflections From the Pastor PDF Print E-mail



If I were to ask you: what are the three major festivals of the church?

How would you respond?


The first major festival of the church year is of course Christmas.

Christmas, as you know is the festival of the birth of our Lord and Savior. We

celebrate it with carols and gift giving, decorations and poinsettias.


The second as you might guess is Easter. That is the celebration of the

death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We celebrate this festival with a weeklong

reenactment or remembrance of Jesus’ trials, suffering, death, and resurrection.

The symbols of Easter are the cross, palm branches, lilies, and the

empty tomb.


But what is the third festival? For most Christians, the third goes unnoticed

or not acknowledged. It usually occurs around the time of Mother’s

Day, Memorial Day, graduations, and the beginning of summer vacations. It

tends to be overshadowed in the festivities surrounding the social calendar.


The third festival is Pentecost. Pentecost occurs seven weeks following

Easter. It represents the 50 days that tradition tells us Jesus spent appearing

to the disciples before ascending into heaven. According to the Book of the

Acts of the Apostles, following Jesus’ ascension to the right hand of the Father,

the disciples gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem. This was the room

where they celebrated the Passover meal with our Lord before his arrest. It

was here they gathered, prayed, selected one to replace Judas, and then something

amazing happened.


As the disciples were praying, a strong wind began to blow, and there

appeared over the heads of the disciples tongues of fire. On this day, the Holy

Spirit was given to the church; and through its power, the disciples were able

to leave the upper room, and boldly proclaim the good news of the risen

Christ. Pentecost is the birthday of the church.


This year, Pentecost falls on Sunday, May 24. This is also Memorial

Day weekend. I encourage you to think of some way you can acknowledge

Pentecost for yourself. The liturgical color for Pentecost is Red. Some people

choose to wear red that day, giving the sanctuary the appearance of a sea of

fire. People have used red balloons, or red crape paper to decorate their

homes or the church. Christians have even shared birthday cake as a means of

remembering the gift of the Holy Spirit and God’s establishment of the church.


This year, let us not let Pentecost go by without celebrating the

church’s birthday. Let us pray that this year, the Holy Spirit will fall afresh

on South Plains Presbyterian Church, and set us on fire for the gospel and the

Kingdom of God.






Mission Crafters PDF Print E-mail



A unique hands-on mission program of South Plains Presbyterian Church April 19, following 11 a.m. worship Known very formally as South Mission Crafters and Benevolence Society (informally called Mission Crafters), this group meets the third Sunday afternoon of each month during the school year. The group gathers to prepare new projects, continue projects begun at home, and pack items for shipment.


The purpose of Mission Crafters is to create useful items for distribution through Presbyterian Benevolence Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and other mission and charitable programs. The group annually dedicates the many items that have been made during the year.


Mission Crafters Dedication and Mission Focus Sunday will be June 7, 2015. If you have been working on caps, sweaters, blankets, gowns, quilts or other items, please have them at the church by May 31 so they can be included in the dedication. Thanks to all who have been working to provide for this very special mission outreach.


One of the interesting local projects of Mission Crafters is creating a hand-made sampler for each family that moves into a new Habitat for Humanity home. The samplers include the logo for Habitat for Humanity and are stitched with the name of the family. The personalized sampler serves as a housewarming gift from South Plains Presbyterian Church and is presented at the dedication of the home.


In 2014, Mission Crafters added a new project to provide mini-layettes for a clinic/birthing center in Haiti. Each set will include a baby cap, a gown, a flannel blanket, as well as a plastic grocery bag, all in a zip-loc bag. We have learned that plastic bags are scarce and much treasured in Haiti! These kits will be delivered to Haiti by volunteers working with Building Goodness Foundation and other mission projects.


Patterns for knit and crocheted caps and blankets, children’s gowns, and Habitat samplers are available through Mission Crafters. Please let Shirley Chronister, Lyn Johnson, or Pat Valentine know if you are interested in assisting with any of the group’s ongoing projects.


South Plains Mission Crafters has become known for its hands-on ministry in which many other churches and individuals join. You are invited to become a part of Mission Crafters. 

Library Update PDF Print E-mail

Library Report by Bob Tracinski


Thanks to all those who contribute their books. Recent donations to the Library include many Bibles and the following titles:



• New Testament in Modern English, translated by J. B. Phillips.


• Dartmouth Bible • Layman’s Parallel Bible, published by Zondervan


• With Wings of Eagles by William B. Oglesby Jr.


• Joshua: Man of Fearless Faith by W. Phillip Keller


• What Happens When Women Pray by Evelyn Christenson


• The Story of Job by Jessie Penn-Lewis


• Chronological Charts of Church History by Robert C. Walton Y



ou can find these publications and more than 375 books . . . In the Church Library. 

PW News Update PDF Print E-mail

Presbyterian Women News – May 2015

Join us to celebrate our final PW meeting of the 2014-15 program year. We will be gathering for a potluck followed by the Horizons Bible study of Lesson Nine of “Reconciling Paul: A Contemporary Study of 2 Corinthians”. We will also be receiving the offering for the PW Birthday Celebration. Newcomers are always welcome!
Two options are available: Monday, May 11 at 10 a.m. at Kellee Eastwood’s home – 4 Fleetwood Drive – 589-2705. Please let Kellee know if you will be attending so she can add you to the Lake Monticello gate list. Monday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Barbara Shaffer’s home – 25 West Lake Forest Drive – 207-4355. Please let Barbara know if you will be attending so she can add you to the Lake Monticello gate list.
If you would like to carpool for either of these gatherings, please contact Barbara Shaffer.
We are also looking forward to installation of our PW leadership for our 2015-16 program year on Sunday, May 31, at the 11am service. I am grateful for the time and talents shared by the women involved in leading our organization. Many thanks go out to Barbara Cain for her faithful service as Treasurer and to Joan Drake for her faithful service as Secretary. And we express our deepest thanks and heartfelt remembrances of the many faithful years of ministry of dear Marion Thompson.

     Moderator – Kellee Eastwood

     Vice Moderator and Secretary – Barbara Shaffer

     Treasurer – Marguerite Matics

     Historian – Molly Channell

     Corresponding Secretary – Bettie Mohler

     Equal Exchange Mission Coordinator – Kellee Eastwood

Our new Bible study for the 2015-16 program year will be the Horizons study “Come to the Waters”. Water plays a central role in the stories of scripture, from the chaotic waters of creation to the River of Life in Revelation. In this study, we will explore some of the Bible’s more than 800 references to water. Just as water nourishes our bodies, so the scriptures on water nourish our souls. We are looking forward to beginning this study .in September. Please let us know if you would like a copy ordered for you!


Bits 'N Pieces PDF Print E-mail


• Bettie Mohler: new phone 434-995-5510
• Sunday School Teacher and Chaperone and Nursery Helper recognition Sunday is May 17.
• The last day of Sunday School for the 2014-2015 school year is May 24.
• The Adult Sunday School class Lenten study of the art in the Sistine Chapel was astounding. Bob Tracinski made an extremely professional presentation over 4 weeks with superb photography and a fascinating, detailed account of the making of the Chapel and the significance of the art. It was visually stunning, informative, thought provoking and awe-inspiring. Thanks to Bob for a first rate presentation and all the work he put into making the class so rich and enjoyable. South Plains is lucky to have such talented members to share their gifts.
• Hymnsing May 31st. Come 10 minutes early to sing your favorite hymns. Richard Lakes will lead us in song.
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