South Plains Presbyterian Church

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SUMMER WORSHIP SERVICES

 

For the summer months of July and August, 2017,

we will have one, combined worship service at 10:00 AM

 
Reflections From the Pastor PDF Print E-mail
 
 

One of the most famous quotes attributed to Benjamin Franklin is: “Nothing is certain except death and taxes.” Since April 15th has come and gone, it must be that other certainty that I draw our attention to in this article. Death is the one thing that unites us all, regardless of our station in life. Yet, it is the one certainty that we are most uncertain about. We do not talk about it with our friends or families.
 

Throughout the years, I have witnessed families struggle with funeral details following the death of a loved one. In the midst of the shock and grief, the funeral details are difficult to focus on. However, I have seen families most comforted when their loved one provided their wishes in advance.
 
This month I wish to encourage each of you to think on these things, and to write them down, or share them with your loved ones. Below are questions that I encourage you to consider:
 
  • - Do you have a particular funeral home you desire? Have you made prearrangements?
  • - Do you wish an earthen burial or cremation? If earthen burial do you have a grave plot? If cremation, what should be done with your ashes?
  • - Do you have a particular outfit you wish to wear (my mother was buried in her nightgown and robe)?
  • - Where would you like your service to be held (funeral home, church, graveside, etc)? Is a particular minister or person you would like to preside?
  • - What hymns would you like the congregation to sing? Do you desire special music? If so what and who would you like to sing?
  • - Are there scriptures/poems/reading you are particularly fond of that you would like the minister to use?
  • - Do you desire military or other fraternal rites?
  • - Are there particular individuals you wish to serve as pall bearers?
  • - What would you like to have included in your obituary?
 
I know this is a topic that we often choose to avoid; yet, knowing your wishes will bring great comfort at the moment of this certainty. Through Christ, we know that when we depart this life we will enter into a glory that is beyond our imaginations. We will receive a new body, we will be reunited with our friends and family who have crossed that threshold before us, and we will see our redeemer face to face.
 
Yet, in our homegoing, we leave others behind. One of the greatest gifts we can give to our families is to make our wishes known, removing from them the stress of trying to determine what they might be. Take a few moments. Jot down a few notes. Share a few words. It will be a blessing to you and yours.
 
Peace,
 
Pastor Kevin
 
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Worship and Music News Update PDF Print E-mail
NEWS FROM YOUR WORSHIP AND MUSIC COMMITTEE AT SOUTH PLAINS
 
 
A reminder that we will worship on Sundays during the months of July and August in a combined service at 10:00 a.m. We look forward to seeing you then!
 
The Choir is now on a summer break until after Labor Day, but we will enjoy providing occasional special music during the summer months.
 
The Worship and Music Team ministry at Heritage Inn Assisting Living at Pantops will be continuing throughout the summer on Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m. We welcome members and friends of South Plains to join us, any Friday morning you are available, for worship and lots of hymn singing. For more information, please contact Joanne Addotta at (434)589-4941.
 
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Presbyterian Women News

 

We have ordered the new 2017-18 Horizon’s Bible Study – “Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews” by Melissa Bane Sevier and are excited to resume our Bible studies and fellowship time each month, starting in September! Please let us know if you would like a study book ordered for you.


In nine lessons, Ms. Sevier invites us to explore major themes found in Hebrews, relate these themes to other parts of our faith tradition, and then tie them together with the overarching motif of community. Join hundreds of thousands of thoughtful Christians who will be sharing this study together in the coming months.

In September we will be meeting on:

Monday, September 11 at 9:30 in Kirk Hall
Tuesday, September 12 at 7 p.m. at Barbara Shaffer’s home at Lake Monticello

We always welcome new members to join us at any point during the program year for Bible study, mission work, sharing each others’ joys and sorrows, and growing together in faith as Christian women.

For more information, please contact Kellee Eastwood at 589-2705 or Barbara Shaffer at 207-4355.
 
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Library Report

 

 

 
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BITS ‘N PIECES

 
• SPPC’s friend, Nancy Summerlin has written “Holy Politics:” A Christian’s Guide to Political Discourse. For more information, visit www.holypolitics.com.

• Fluvanna County habitat for humanity is recruiting new “regulars” construction volunteers. A training day is scheduled for August 11 at 8am. Habitat is also in need of crew encouragers to welcome and check in volunteers each construction day. To learn more: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 434-589-3752
 
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