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
        The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. (1 Kings 19:11-13)
 
Each summer, I sit down and plan out my worship texts for the coming year. As I was doing so recently, I chose the passage from which the above verses are taken. As I was reading it, I recalled a personal experience.
 
In 2008, the church I was pastoring was conducting Vacation Bible School. During one evening’s program, the community and surrounding area were placed under a Tornado Warning. That evening, there were more than thirty tornadoes recorded. Many communities and farmers experienced great devastation. Thankfully, no one was harmed. Parents were calling and wanting to come and pick up their children. I assured them that they were safer sheltered in the basement of the church, rather than out on the road while we waited out the storm. It was incredible to watch as the radio and television reporters tried to keep everyone abreast of the storm’s intensity and location. After arriving home from VBS, I stood in the backyard and watched the swirling clouds building in concentration, the flashing of lightening, the churning of the wind, and the roaring of thunder all around. It was easy to see how the power of the storm could lead the people of antiquity to see in it the power of God.
 
It was the ancient belief that storms represented the presence and the power of God. Moses met God in the midst of a storm cloud on Mt. Sinai. Jesus was surrounded by a great cloud at the transfiguration. The sky grew dark and the earth shook on Good Friday. Elijah went to the mountain; and he expected to find God in the storm cloud, the earthquake, or the fire.
 
However, it was not in the storm that Elijah found God. It was not in the wind that tore at the mountains. It was not in the earthquake. Nor was it in the fire that raged on the mountain. Rather, in a calming whisper, God was able to get Elijah’s attention. God’s presence in our lives is not a terrifying, frightening experience. Rather, God calms our storms and reduces our anxieties.
 
In the busyness of our lives, we need to stop and spend some quiet time with God. With all the noise around us, we need to turn off the TV, the stereo, the telephone and the computer, and sit quietly and listen for God to speak. It is in the whispers and the sighs that God will fill us with his peace. As the storms rage around us and the winds churn and roar, we can have serenity. Jesus tells us not to be afraid because he will give us a tranquility that will ease our stress and fill us with joy and love.
 
Pastor Kevin
 
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Family Bible School Information

 

 


 

 
Fellowship PDF Print E-mail
 
 
If you are enjoying the fellowship of your church family after each
service, please consider providing snacks every once in a while.
Nothing has to be fancy and coffee has already been made. Signup
sheet on the kitchen door. Ask Bernice Gibson about joining
the Fellowship Committee. It takes a village here too!
 
February Fellowship
 
February 5 8:30 Sue Tracinski
          11:00 Kellee Eastwood
 
February 12 8:30 Mary Anne Fitzgerald
           11:00 Lynn Anderson
 
February 19 8:30 Leah Wayner
           11:00 Linda Harrison
 
February 26 8:30 Barbara Higginbotham
           11:00 Pat Valentine
 
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Worship and Music News Update PDF Print E-mail
NEWS FROM YOUR WORSHIP AND MUSIC COMMITTEE AT SOUTH PLAINS
 
 
WORSHIP AND MUSIC NEWS - JUNE 2017
 
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

 

On Sunday, May 7 Presbyterian Women will be celebrating the Birthday of Presbyterian Women by hosting both Fellowship Hours. We will be remembering a number of women from South Plains who were active in Presbyterian Women over the years and made a difference in the life of the church. Please enjoy a piece of birthday cake and special refreshments with us! Our final PW meeting of the 2016-17 program year will be a combined group potluck gathering at Kellee Eastwood’s home at 4 Fleetwood Drive, Lake Monticello, 434-589-2705. It will be on Monday, May 8 beginning at 5:30 p.m. If you live outside Lake Monticello, please let Kellee know so she can provide your name to the gate. Please bring a dish to share, other than a dessert. If you would like to carpool, please contact Barbara Shaffer . We welcome all ladies of the church to join us for this fun fellowship event! Beginning in September, we will start up the new 2017-18 Horizon’s Bible Study – “Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews” by Melissa Bane Sevier.
 
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

 
• We have a new custodian by the name of Earnest Gaines Jr.
 
• Seminary For A Day: Saturday, September 23, 8:30am to 4pm. Choose from 12 workshops. Two keynotes. Get a taste of what seminary is like. Connect with old friends and new. Union Presbyterian Seminary
 
• Reconciliation and Embracing Aging Fall Retreat, September 28, 2017. Camp Hanover, 9am-3pm. Keynote Speaker is Rev. Dr. Samuel Adams, Professor of Old Testament, Union Presbyterian Seminary. Breakout Discussion Groups will follow the Keynote Address. Save the Date! Registration information and carpool information to follow. Flyer is in fellowship hall.
 
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