South Plains Presbyterian Church

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Reflections From the Pastor PDF Print E-mail

Four years ago, you called me to be your pastor. You graciously welcomed my family into your community. This congregation opened its arms to us and gave me a wonderful opportunity in ministry.

For some time now, I have been struggling with the Holy Spirit moving in my heart. I feel led to accept a call to become pastor of the Collierstown Presbyterian Church, Lexington, VA. I have wrestled with the Holy Spirit in this decision. However, I truly believe this was God’s choosing more than my own.

By the time you get this letter, the Session will have been made aware of my decision. I have asked the Session that at the annual congre- gational meeting on Sunday, January 21, 2018, the congregation act upon my request to dissolve our relationship. My call as your pastor will end on January 31, 2018. My last Sunday at South Plains will be January 28, 2018. The Committee on Ministry of the Presbytery of the James will be in contact with the Session providing guidance and support in the coming weeks.

Throughout my ministry at South Plains, I have learned a lot and grown enormously. I have had the opportunity to work on areas of weak- ness as well as hone some God-given talents. I thank the members of this church for this opportunity and for all of your support and prayers these past four years.

We have made many close and timeless friendships with the mem- bers of this church. Although our relationship will change and I will no longer be your pastor, we will always be your friends. We know that this news is unexpected and difficult, yet it is times like this that we are called to trust in the providential wisdom of God. Through such trust, we can come to terms with our new relationship and understand God’s purposes.

It is my prayer and hope that you will continue the ministry that God has begun in you. I know that you will always be beacons of hope and love in this community. As you move forward, I know you do so with the Spirit of God giving you vision, strength and energy. You have potential beyond your awareness, and I know that through the leadership of the Session you will continue to be a bright spot in the Kingdom of God.

In the Spirit of Christ,
Pastor Kevin
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Worship and Music News Update PDF Print E-mail

We are excited to announce that Otto Pebworth will begin as our Interim Director of Music at the Wednesday, September 27 choir rehearsal. He will be playing the organ and directing the choir for the 11am worship service, allowing Margaret to retire from the responsibilities of anthem selection and choir rehearsal and direction. Margaret has offered to continue to play the organ for the 8:30am worship service so that music can still be a part of the worship experience; and we are pleased to accept her offer. The choir will not be singing at the 8:30am service during this interim period, but we expect there will be occasional special music offerings provided.


Our Music Director Search Committee will continue the process of working toward finding a permanent Director of Music. Please keep this committee in your prayers during the search process, as we are one of many churches looking for an organist.


The Worship and Music Ministry at Heritage Inn Assisting Living at Pantops meets Fridays from 10-11:30am 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. Come make a joyful noise to the Lord with the residents at Heritage Inn!

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Presbyterian Women News


Joanne Addotta will be leading us in Lesson Five of the new 2017-18 Horizon’s Bible Study – “Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews” by Melissa Bane Sevier.

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 January, we will have two meeting options: Monday, Jan. 8 at 9:30 a.m. in Kirk Hall Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at Marguerite Matics’ home at 9 Morewood Place, Lake Monticello If you do not live at Lake Monticello, please call Marguerite at 441-6708 so she can give your name to the main gate.

Each lesson can stand on its own, so if you have missed any lessons, you will still enjoy joining the Bible study at any point during the program year. We welcome new members to join us 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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  • Beverley Turner sends her love to South Plains. She is now in the main building at the Colon- nades and her apartment number is 236, same phone.

  • MANY THANKS! We are appreciative of all the folks who came out on Saturday, December 2nd to help with decorating the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall for Advent and Christmas. Also thanks to those who came to help with the big task of cleaning up the leaves around the church grounds. Special thanks to Julie and Frank Keplinger for organizing the decorating and to Steve Anderson for coordinating the cleaning of the grounds and to Lucille Campbell and Bernice Gibson for providing delicious refreshments to keep us going.

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