This Week's Bulletin Announcements -May 19, 2013THE FLOWERS are given to the Glory of God and in memory of Loren and Ona Mae Tomlinson and other loved ones by Molly Wagner.
WE REJOICE with Billy and Gayla Wiik in the marriage of their son, Joel, to Darby Ulery on May 12 in New Orleans.
The chalice that we are using for today’s service was painted by Virginia Otts. We rejoice with Virginia, daughter of Elizabeth and McCrary Otts, who will be celebrating her first communion today. Virginia and her parents participated in a presbytery-wide communion workshop here at SHPC on Saturday, April 20 in preparation for this special milestone.
Pentecost Offering – All money that is collected through this year’s Pentecost Offering will go to our Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega. Please be generous in supporting this effort; your gift will directly affect the lives of those under our care. Envelopes are in the pews.
The following young people will be confirmed today, May 19. We praise God for calling them, baptizing them, and granting them the gift of faith. We pray that he would continue to guide and nurture them in their journeys! A reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall following the service.
Bryan Trent Avery ( Trent ), son of Brandy & Mike Avery
Mentor : Dick Coats
Andrew Whitehead Ayers, son of David & Linn Ayers
Mentor : Kendall Dexter
Bryan Kimbrough Ayers, son of David & Linn Ayers
Mentor : Steve Forwood
William Sumner Harper (Billy), son of Amanda & Ben Harper
Mentor : Billy McLean
Hunter Tyson Ray, son of Elizabeth & Paul Ray
Mentor : David Ayers
Current Issues Sunday School Class: Billy McLean will lead the class on “An Emerging New Paradigm of the Faith.” You are welcome to join us in the Terry Room in the Edington Building at 9:00 a.m. for this challenging series!
Discovery Bible Class meets at 9:15 in the Conference Room. We are finishing up with the topic of “Resurrection Hope” and the struggles of the early Christian Church against all adversity, but with perseverance. Our study in May is in First and Second Peter, with the theme being “A Call to Holy Living.” Come to our class and participate in the discussion that follows the Lesson taught by any one of three or four different leaders . . . You’ll be glad you did!
Heads up! Be on the lookout for Read Em’ and Roll Em’, a book and film Sunday school class that begins in June. In prep for the class, you might want to purchase the first book, Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler. A few copies will be on sale ($10) in the church office and a couple of copies will be available in the church library, but play it safe—order a copy today on-line or from a local book seller. The July book will be Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and in August we’ll be reading Extraordinary Ordinary People by Condoleezza Rice. Join us for Read Em’ and Roll Em’ this summer and watch for more information coming soon! Questions? Contact Linda Parker or Andrea Hall.
A list of adult Sunday School opportunities for the summer term is available in the narthex and main hallway. See Andrea Hall with any questions.
Newsletter deadline is tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.
Presbyterian Women’s annual scrapbook has been completed and is on display in the Library.
To our wonderful congregation and staff: I am so thankful to each of you for your prayers, cards, calls, food, flowers and every other gesture of love and support. It has helped me tremendously. My husband, Royce, our daughter, Tamara, our son, Royce III and my entire family are so very grateful for your continued prayers, love and support. Thank you and much love, Pat Ray
We are starting a “Prayer Shawl Ministry” here at Spring Hill and hope any and all knitters or crocheters will join us. This has been a very useful and appreciated endeavor at various churches in Mobile and it is hoped we can accomplish the same results. An organizational meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 21st in the Quilters’ Room in the Bullard Building at 10:00 am. Please join us or call Marcy Harris, 343-8422 for further information.
The Quilters have made more wreaths. Please feel free to pick one up to give to a friend or neighbor. These wreaths are hanging on the wall in Room 203 of the Bullard Building.
The Launch is the Presbytery of South Alabama’s summer camp for children in grades 1-5. It will be held June 23-27 at Blue Lake in Andalusia . The theme this year is “The Launch: Back in Time,” and you won’t want to miss it! Cost is $250 if postmarked by June 1, and scholarships are available. All children of all faith backgrounds—or none at all—are welcome, so consider inviting (and sponsoring?) friends, grandchildren, and neighbors. For more information, go to www.providence-pc.org and click on the link for “The Launch” or see Andrea Hall. High school and college students may apply to be counselors, and adult dorm parents are also needed!
Did you know? The chapel is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 am - 1:30 pm, unless a service has been scheduled there. Enjoy this small, quiet place for private prayer and meditation. Invite your friends and neighbors to come.
It’s almost time!! Vacation Bible School is just around the corner! Kids age 4-grade 5 are welcome to join us on an adventure to Athens as we learn about Paul’s dangerous journey to share the truth. VBS will take place here at SHPC June 10-13. Online registration is NOW OPEN—please see the church website for details.” Questions? Want to volunteer? See Andrea Hall.
PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING The new Ronald McDonald Family Rooms located at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital is in need of volunteers. This is a special place of peaceful respite within the hospital provided for family members and care givers of pediatric patients. Volunteers provide valuable services to these special family members while enjoying a unique opportunity to help families of pediatric patients. Family Room Volunteers serve throughout the year, seven days a week 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. in three to four hour shifts. Contact: Liz Calci 251-694-6873, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rmhcmobile.org
Our Yellow Barrels in the Bullard Building are empty. They need clothes, paper products and other necessary items for Penelope House, Service Center and Women’s and Children’s Center.
Communion at Spring Hill. According to our Book of Order, around the Table of the Lord, God's people are in communion with Christ and with all who belong to Christ. Reconciliation with Christ compels reconciliation with one another. All the baptized faithful including baptized children, are welcome to the Table. Each time we gather at the Table the believing community is united with the Church in every place, and the whole Church is present and join with all the faithful in heaven and on earth in offering thanksgiving to the triune God. We also commit ourselves afresh to love and serve God, one another, and our neighbors in the world.
In our customary practice of celebrating Communion (which we will follow today), deacons and elders will pass the trays containing the bread. Please hold the tray as your neighbor takes the bread, then pass it to your neighbor, who will hold the tray for you so that you might take the bread. Please hold your piece of bread until everyone is served. At the prompting of the pastor, everyone eats the bread at the same time. The process is repeated with the juice.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OFFICERS – The time is here to r.ecommend persons for the Session, Diaconate and Trustee to serve for three years beginning January 2014. Please submit names to the Nominating Committee (Linda Parker, Bron Dixon, Chad Brown, Bill Layfield, Nancy Adams, Gaillard Hamilton and Amanda Dexter or use the tear off below. There is also a box is in the hallway for you to place your recommendations using the sheets provided in the hall.