South Plains Presbyterian Church

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Morning Worship will be held Sunday mornings


at 10:00AM in June, July and August


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The slow, lazy days of summer and vacation, gardening, and baseball games are beginning. It’s that time of year when the markets and roadside stands are full of fresh flowers and vegetables: tomatoes, squash, corn, zucchini, egg- plant, and beans, as well as peaches, plums, and berries. We receive the bounty of God’s good creation.

Dave and I, probably like many of you, will make entire meals of these fresh vegetables and fruits. We both especially enjoy tomatoes, from the large, meaty “Big Boys” that are great on hamburgers and BLTs to the small, cherry tomatoes that you can pop into your mouth right off the vine. It’s at this time of year, though, when our argument about tomatoes intensifies. Dave is what I would call a tomato snob. When the season is over, he refuses to eat the hot- house tomatoes offered in grocery stores. Well into autumn, I’m selecting the “vine-ripened” ones, pausing over tomatoes that look beautiful, hoping to make the summer season linger. I have to admit, I’m usually disappointed.

Dave’s position on tomatoes has a certain theological soundness. It acknowl- edges, for example, that we depend upon an agricultural grace from God’s good earth. There is also the gift of the seasons, acknowledging that each sea- son brings richness and promise. The liturgical color for this season is green – a time for both growth and spiritual reflection. It is a time when we rest, but also grow in maturity in our faith and service to God. This is a particularly im- portant time in the season of South Plains. So I ask this of you: When you are casting your fishing line into the surf, swinging gently in your hammock under two big oak trees, or baking all those zucchinis into zucchini bread, say a prayer for the Mission Study Team, let your mind wander into what you imagine the future of this church to be, create a composite for the kind of pastor and elder leadership you would like to see in the church and to be a part of. Imagine how you might serve God and this church in a new way. We’re no hot-house Christians, beautiful on the outside, but ultimately disappointing to those who taste of us.

In the gospel of John, Jesus says: I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. We are ripening on the true vine – Jesus Christ. May our ripening bear much good fruit at South Plains.

In Christ, Jewell-Ann

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You won’t want to miss worship on August 26 when the congregation will join in the dedication of Mission Crafters’ collection of items that have been knit, crocheted, quilted, and sewn in the past months.   The annual Mission Crafters’ dedication is an opportunity for the entire congregation to celebrate the connection between South Plains and local, regional, and worldwide ministries.


As always, the church will be brightly decorated with Mission Crafters’ handwork.


The purpose of Mission Crafters is to create useful items for distribution through Presbyterian Medical Benevolence Foundation, Church World Service, Habitat for Humanity, and other mission programs.   All items are knit, crocheted, or stitched by members of the South Plains congregation and friends of the congregation around the country.

What started as a ministry of knitted baby caps has expanded to include other useful handmade items.   Since South Plains began its baby cap program over ten years ago nearly 20,000 baby caps have been sent to Mission Hospitals around the world…to Haiti, Grenada, South America, North America, Africa, Madagascar, and beyond.   Baby caps save lives and link us forever to babies and mothers we’ll never know.    Caps have been provided by South Plains members and friends, Presbyterian churches around the country, and knitters in Virginia, as well as Delaware, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Arizona and more.


Across the years Mission Crafters has met requests for other handmade items.  We rejoice that in stitching and sewing baby caps, gowns, blankets, sweaters, and quilts we are extending love to babies, children, youth, and adults in Jesus’ name.     We celebrate the work of the Maternity Center in Haiti where each new mother will be given a “Welcome Baby” kit, including a blanket, a baby gown, and a baby cap.    Handmade sweater and cap sets are shared with children through the programs of Medical Benevolence Foundation, a medical mission project of the Presbyterian Church (USA).     These sweater sets are a tangible way of sharing warmth and love with children around the world.

South Plains has shared a connection with Charlottesville/Albemarle and Fluvanna Habitat for Humanity programs for many years.   Mission Crafters provide each Habitat family with a personalized handmade sampler on the day of dedication of their new home.


Come join in the celebration of Missions and Mission Crafters on August 26, 2018.

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Our wonderful, hard-working choir will be on break from June through late August. I would love for other South Plains Presbyterian musicians to step up and take a turn providing special music during the anthem time, or for a prelude or postlude. By “musician,” I mean anyone who loves music, would like to sing, play an instrument, or be in a small ensemble. All ages welcome! Solos, duets, maybe a quartet at times; the variety will enhance our summer services and make them memorable. You do not need any special training, just the interest and the courage to get up in front of our very welcoming congregation and share your music to the glory of God. I am happy to work with you, to accompany you, practice with you, help you pick a piece of music to sing or play. I will have a sign-up sheet on top of the organ. Feel free to email me, call (leave a message if I do not answer), or text.

Blessings, Paula


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Library Report


What do Diane Bish, James Herriot, and Bart Ehrman have in common?

They’re all represented in our Church Library thanks to generous donations from members and friends of South Plains. Bill Hitt of First Presbyterian Church gave us a DVD of world-famous organist Diane Bish playing here in Charlottesville in 2014.

THE JOY OF MUSIC is a half-hour video that includes performances by Bish and brief glimpses at First Presbyterian, the campus at UVA, Monticello, Michie Tavern, and the Inn of Court Square – plus brief performances by local musical groups, such as the Alberti Ensemble and the Jubilate (Jue-bill-lot-tee) student choir of University Baptist Church.

Bish is known for wearing sparkly shoes so the camera can better focus on her feet as she pumps the organ pedals. James Herriot is the pen name of James Alfred Wright, a British veterinary who wrote ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL that was the basis for a hit BBC series with the same title. After writing four best sellers, Herriot took a break of ten years before writing EVERY LIVING THING, the book that is now in our Library.

Bart D. Ehrman chairs the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In his book LOST CHRISTIANITIES, Ehrman explored the great variety of Christian beliefs and practices that were winnowed out as the early church organized around one consistent system. In the LOST SCRIPTURES, a companion to LOST CHRISTIANITIES, Ehrman provides the actual text of more than three dozen writings that did not make it into the New Testament, thus providing a thought-provoking glimpse of the many different pathways discussed and ultimately rejected by early Christian leaders.


You can find these and 613 other fascinating books and DVDs in the Church Library – just go downstairs in Kirk Hall and turn right.

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--Sophie Wayner played “Amazing Grace” at our service on June 24. Well done, Sophie!


--A Mission Study Team, chaired by Don Ramirez, consists of Lyn Johnson, Jay Chronister, Travis Taylor, Kellee Eastwood, and Leah Wayner. Their immediate goal is to work with the congregation in September regarding the hiring of a permanent pastor for SPPC.


--Bible Conference and Church Music Conference at Massanetta Springs, July 22-28. Deadline for early bird registration is May 31 to save $40 on registration fee.


--Do you need help at home or require assistance caring for a family member? Lisa Climer would like to recommend a trustworthy and experienced friend who is retiring from her public school position and seeking part time work as a private sitter/companion. Please contact Lisa if you are interested.


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