South Plains Presbyterian Church

Honoring our traditions and building the future

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Every Sunday morning, the South Plains congregation gathers together to celebrate the most joyful event in history, the resurrection of Jesus from the dead; God’s awe-inspiring victory over sin and death.

We are a celebration people. We love to celebrate births and baptisms, confirmations and professions of faith, special birthdays and anniversaries, graduations and marriages, honors and recognition. Do you have a joy to share? Let’s celebrate. We like to include our happiness in Praise and Prayers during our worship service; and, of course, we break bread together afterwards, eating of the bounty provided by the Lord and shared generously by many in fellowship hour. Come, partake and see that it is good for brothers and sisters to dwell together in peace, sharing our joys and dividing our sorrows.

August 17, 2014 - Sharon & Bethany Reitsma PDF Print E-mail
Sharon & Bethany Reitsma Playing “Largo in D Minor” -Bach on August 1, 2014

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Church Pictorial Family Album

We are producing a pictorial family album.  This directory is helpful putting names to faces, and certainly for new members.  Photography dates are September 11, 11am - 5:30pmSeptember 12, 2pm - 8:30pm and September 13, 10am-5pm.  You may sign up for an appointment in the church office beginning August 17, or you may sign up on line by going to the South Plains website and clicking on the link -


If you are signing up in the church office on Sundays, have some dates and times in mind that are convenient for you.


You will receive a complimentary 8x10 portrait and directory for participating.  Additional portraits may be purchased at the time you are photographed.


If you are unable to make an appointment on those days, you may submit a picture by email or bring one to the church office.


We’re also soliciting pictures showing events in the church to be included in the directory.

Any questions - Center of Excellence Team toll free number:  1-866-756-0281

Reflections From the Pastor PDF Print E-mail


Betty is divorced with three children. The youngest, five year-old Timothy is autistic. Living in a depressed region of West Virginia, she was unable to find work that would enable her to provide proper care for Timothy. She owns her own home, but it was falling apart around her. The bathroom floor was rotting out, and her front porch was falling down. Betty was at a loss as to what to do. She was a common person, no different from you or me. She had the same feelings and needs as you and me. Yet, she found herself in dire straits. I met Betty several years ago when I volunteered to participate in a mission trip. That spring she had reached the end of her rope. She knelt down on her knees and prayed that God would help her. Two weeks later, a knock came to her door. When she opened the door, she found two men standing there. They introduced themselves and told her of the mission outreach program. She was one of the chosen projects for that summer and they wanted to look at her house. They were the answer to her prayers. She did not solicit this help. In fact, she knew nothing about it.

That summer, volunteer work crews put a new roof on Betty’s house, re-built her bathroom, painted the outside, and built a deck to replace a fallen down porch. However, that was not the only miracle that occurred. Remember Timothy, Betty’s autistic son. Timothy had never spoken a word or acknowledged anyone’s presence. He could not focus his eyes. They were in constant motion. He had not responded to a single human being ever, apart from his mother. There was a volunteer with us whose name was Glen. He had a mustache and a goatee that was as white as cotton. When Betty brought Timothy in to meet everyone, he looked at Glen. He focused on Glen. His eyes ceased to flutter. Timothy reached out, touched the goatee, smiled and pulled his hand back very quickly. Glen in turn, took Timothy’s hand, brought it back, and rubbed it against his whiskers. Timothy, the five-year-old-autistic boy who had never responded to a living soul, giggled. I venture to say that there was not a dry eye in the place. Simple, beautiful, wonderful things can happen when we put our own self-interest aside and say, "Here I am God, use me." Where can God use you?

Pastor Kevin

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Adult Bible Study starts again September 7th.

This coming session we will be studying "The Life of Paul for Today" by Lyle D. Vander Broek,published by the Westminster John Knox press. 

Some of you may remember this study from a few years ago when we dipped into it for the Lenten season Bible study. Now we plan to explore the life of Paul and the New Testament more completely. 

Throughout the Bible Study we will study the Word, consider commentaries, and apply historical and archeological information to what we read and learn. Please consider joining us for this exciting journey in the life of Paul and the early Christian church. 

Everyone is welcome. We look forward to growing together in the Spirit.

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We had special visitors on Wednesday, May 7. The Rev. and Mrs. J. Edward Gayhart were on their way to Staunton and stopped by to see South Plains.

The last time they were here, Marion and John Thompson greeted them and took them to fellowship. Rev. Gayhart served here in 1952-53 and lived on the top floor of the Manse. Rev. Gayhart said that the congregation he served at South Plains mostly consisted of workers at the nearby farms. Some of the owners of those farms attended Grace Episcopal.

He is now retired and serving as a part-time Chaplain in Louisville, KY.  Ed and Marge loved seeing the sanctuary, so impressed that it is always open. They had a tour of Kirk Hall and were overwhelmed by the building and how much we have grown as a congregation.


MASSANETTA SPRINGS BIBLE & CHURCH MUSIC CONFERENCES - Glory to God is the title of thenew Presbyterian Hymnal. This will be the theme of the upcoming Church Music Conference (August 3-9). The Church Music Conference is one of the finest in the nation, offering training for all church musicians. The Bible Conference (August 3-8), a retreat of preaching, teaching and praise, is powerful and inspirational.

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Join us on Monday, September 8 at 9:30am in the Kirk Hall Choir/Music Room for our daytime Presbyterian Women Bible study and meeting. 

For those of you who can’t make a weekday daytime Bible study, we are forming a Lake Monticello/Palmyra area PW Circle in the evening. We will be meeting on the second Monday (rather than Tuesday) of each month (September through May) at 7pm at group members’ homes. Our first meeting will be on Monday, September 8, 7pm, at Molly Channell’s home. If you would like to join this group or would like further information, please contact Barbara Shaffer 207-4355.

Our 2014-15 Horizons Bible study for both PW groups will be “Reconciling Paul: A Contemporary Study of 2 Corinthians”. Author Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty invites us to read Paul’s letter afresh in light of today’s issues. We will consider concepts of shared partnership, power in weakness, healing, reconciliation, and love both in Paul’s time and in our world today. Please join us as we gather together to learn from Paul, the Holy Spirit, and each other in the upcoming year.

Stamps for Missions - Please continue to bring in your stamp donations to the large goblet bowl in Fellowship Hall. These stamps are sent to Peggy Renhold and her Sunnyside team who sell them to dealers. The sale of the stamps was $4,266.78 in 2013, and the funds went to Presbyterian Churches in the Congo to purchase church school materials, pictures, and helping with expenses for conferences and workshops for pastors and students.

Commemoratives (can be Forever stamps), the larger or special subject postage stamps, are desired by dealers. The Forever stamps that are sold in grocery stores, etc. that have a flag and are very commonly found are not requested as they are so common and therefore cannot be sold. Please trim stamps, leaving 1/4 to 1/2 inch of single thickness of envelope. No need to soak the stamp from an envelope (that can damage the Forever stamps especially. Foreign stamps are welcomed, as well as picture postcards with stamps.

Please remember to visit our Equal Exchange Coffee/Chocolates cart in Fellowship Hall - your purchase of delicious items helps both farmers to earn a living wage and Presbyterian Women’s mission  project - a double benefit.
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