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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Each year as December rolls over into January, as one year ends and a new year begins, we become filled with energy and excitement. As the big ball drops, we reflect on the events, the stories, the challenges and celebrations of the past year, and we look forward to new beginnings, new opportunities, and new challenges. We make our new year’s resolutions in hopes of change, of better things.
I would like to share with you two new opportunities that I will be offering to members and friends of South Plains.
First: our Brown Bag Book Club, which meets every Wednesday at noon, finished Shirley Guthrie’s “Christian Doctrine” in November. After taking time off for the “holy-days,” we will begin again on January 11, at noon. The next book we will be studying is “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving. Mrs. Irving is a racial justice educator and writer who works with other white people to transform confusion into curiosity and anxiety into action. As her husband, Bruce, likes to say, “It couldn’t have happened to a whiter person.”
The book cover states: “For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she did not understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then in 2009, one “aha” moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan.
In the current cultural climate and tension over race, gender, and other divisive issues, this comes as a timely opportunity to grow in both faith and understanding. If you would like to embark on this journey, then I invite you to purchase a book and join us on January 11.
Second: recently some of our church family have approached me requesting that we add a second Adult Sunday School class. Both the Christian Education Committee and the Session have given me their approval to do so. Beginning on January 8, during the Sunday School hour, I will offer an adult class focusing on current events. Communications Resources Incorporated has developed “The Wired Word,” a digital curriculum written weekly by an interdenominational group of pastors and educators.
They choose the topic on Monday, and on Thursday we will receive the material for the following Sunday’s class. Therefore, I have no way of knowing what the future topics will be, but here is a list of recent studies:
Nov. 27 (Serendipitous Grace) “Grandma’s Accidental Thanksgiving Invitation to Wrong Teen is Serendipitous for New Friendship”
Dec. 4 (The Human Condition) “For Some Cubans, Fidel Castor’s Death Doesn’t Signal Change”
Dec. 11 (Your Morality Score) “China Launches System to Reward or Blacklist Citizens, Based on Their Behavior”
Dec. 18 (Hopelessness) “Santa Shares a Deeply Human Moment Granting a Child’s Final Wish”
Each Thursday, participants will receive the student’s version via email, enabling you to be prepared for the Sunday class. If this is something that captures your interest, please let me know ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ),and I will put you on the email list to receive the first installment. This class does not replace the current Adult Sunday School Class, but is an addition to the Sunday School program.
Pastor Kevin
Retirement News PDF Print E-mail



We celebrate Eleanor Dickerman and her nearly thirteen years of dedicated service to South Plains Presbyterian Church as organist/choir director. Eleanor has had a lifelong career in music, beginning with teaching stringed instruments and orchestra in the Charlottesville school system, playing in the Municipal Band of Charlottesville (principal flutist), and organ lessons with Robert Goodale. Eleanor has enhanced our worship services through her ministry of music. Eleanor’s final Sunday playing the organ and leading the choir will be Sunday, January 15. Please join us in expressing thank you, but not farewell, to Eleanor. She plans to worship with us and to continue to assist with the music library.


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We have received thank you notes from grateful recipients of the caps, blankets, gowns, sweaters, samplers, and more created by the Mission Crafters group.
1) from Family Health Ministries (Haiti) - Thank you so much for the lovely hats, outfits, and baby blankets. I know the new mothers will cherish them. We will give them out in the birthing center in Tombe Gateau and share with families at our other clinics. Your gifts of love are greatly appreciated.
2) from Church World Service - Thank you so much for the hats and blankets and sweaters you sent for distribution as needed. We have shared many of those items with families in the United States who have recently suffered from extreme floods and devastating fires.
3) from Habitat for Humanity - Thank you for providing the samplers for the families as they move into their new homes. The personalized samplers are a very special gift.
As we begin a new year, YOU are invited to participate in the ministry of Mission Crafters. All the work is quite simple -knitting, sewing, stitching. Easy patterns are available. Fabric and threads and yarns are available. Most work is done at home, with no deadlines! Some members of the group meet on the third Sunday of the month (most months) at noon to coordinate, determine priorities, and work together for a couple of hours.
THANKS to all who have contributed to the ongoing work of Mission Crafters - officially known as the South Plains Presbyterian Church Mission Crafters and Benevolence Society.
Worship and Music News Update PDF Print E-mail
Come, celebrate the start of the New Year by offering our praise to God. The Worship and Music Ministry Team wishes to thank all of the members of the congregation who have so faithfully, through the past year, participated in worship services. Our congregation is blessed to have numerous members and friends involved in activities such as: ushering/ greeting, reading Scripture, assisting with Time for Children, providing special music, providing flowers to enhance the sanctuary, decorating the sanctuary for Lent, Easter, Advent and Christmas, and participating in our weekly worship services at Heritage Inn. Your participation helps to enhance the worship experience for everyone.
Sunday, January 1 - combined worship service at 10am. Guest preacher will be the Rev. Gordon Lindsey.
Sunday, January 8 - installation of new Elders and Officers. Choir singing at the 8:30am service.
Sunday, January 15 - choir will sing at the 11am service. This will be Eleanor Dickerman’s final Sunday with us as organist and choir director. Please be sure to express your appreciation to Eleanor.
Sunday, January 22 - choir will sing at the 8:30am service.
Sunday, January 29 - Hymnsing will be held beginning 15 minutes prior to each worship service. Choir will sing at the 11am service.
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Presbyterian Women News


You are invited to join us in studying Lesson Four of our new Horizons Bible study: Who Is Jesus?
– According to John. At our December meeting, we decided to hold off on this important lesson until our January meetings.
Two options are available:
     Monday, January 9 - 9:30 a.m. in Kirk Hall at South Plains.
     Tuesday, January 10 – 7 p.m. at Molly Channell’s home – 2165 Beaverdam Road, Keswick (207-3598).
If you would like to carpool for either of these gatherings, please contact Barbara Shaffer.
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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• Fluvanna Singers’ Concert at Carysbrook. December 3, 7:30pm and December 4, 3pm.
• No Sunday School classes on December 25 or January 1.
• Christmas at Massanetta Springs. Dinner and a concert on December 3, 6pm. More information at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
• “Join us at Camp Hanover for a wonderful Christmas as a candlelit trail winds through the woods, transporting you back in time. Along your journey, meet other travelers, shepherds, kings and angels. Immerse yourself in the greatest story every told.” This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Mary Beth Smyth: 250 Pantops Mtn Road, CL2316, Charlottesville 22911 434-972-2656 
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