Here's What's Happening in the Life of the Church
Just TEXT the word "check" to church phone number to let us know you are 'viewing' Worship services.
It's so easy! Some of us are attending in person but others still feel unsafe doing so.
After you watched the weekly message, use your smart phone to send a text message to the church phone # 352-683-2600. Text the word "CHECK" and send along, instantly you will be sent a link and if you follow that link you can check in yourself and any others in your household as having viewed the weekly message. This helps us stay connected to you and know that you are actively participating in the life of the church. Go ahead and save the number as a contact in your phone as there will be additional features available as well.
Please consider serving the Lord at your church, see link below!
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES for Children's Church and Kid's "Wednesdays at SpringLife":
Volunteer Assistant – works with a small group leader. Flexible schedules available
o Pre-K – Kindergarten
o First Grade – 3rd Grade
o Fourth and Fifth Grades
· Game Leader – plan, organize, and engage children in games from 10:00am arrival until 10:30am Worship.
Volunteer Assistants needed with Worship on Wednesday, our new children's program launching Sept 28th from 6-7 pm.
VOLUNTEER Requirements for Children's Church and Kid's "Wednesdays at SpringLife":
· Complete Background Check
· Training / Orientation
Prayer and Healing Ministry- New Participants are always Welcome!
The Tuesday morning Healing & Prayer meets 9 am in the Choir Room if you would like to attend this small but mighty gathering. All are welcome. We share in Holy Communion each week, as well as lift up the prayer requests that come into the office. About 60 Prayer Partners receive updates on all prayer requests via email, to pray over and intercede for requests each week. You may wish to be included as a prayer partner so call Lorenda in the office to add your email to the group.
One can submit prayer requests through our website or by calling the church office. Phone calls and weekly communications with the church family is vitally important for this ministry and results in finding needs for prayer. We celebrate our Praises and answers to prayer also.
Prayer requests, updates and praises are shared each week as the Prayer list is updated and sent to all in the Ministry weekly either via email or on the printed copy found in the lobby of the sanctuary each Sunday.
Tuesday Night Dinners
Dine In: 4:45-5:45pm and Drive Thru: 5-6pm
Reservations are required for this free meal and can be made through this website. We look forward to serving those in our community who need a free nutritious meal. We are moving forward with plans to offer only dine-in meals soon, as this is the best outreach format to fulfill our purpose.
Our Purpose: We serve in Jesus’ name to share the love and fellowship He has set before us, providing food for the body and spiritual support for the soul.
“I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me.” John 6:57 NLV
Please sign up through this Tuesday dinner link. We are limited in the number of drive-thru and dine-in reservations we can accommodate each week. Once they are full, it will not accept more reservations.
NextGen Ministries for Kids & Pre- Teens & Teens
Upon arrival at Kids’ Church (building A), your child will be welcomed, included in games, and interact with other children. At 10:30, the children experience a similar style worship service as you receive in “big” church. We begin our worship time welcoming them to Kids’ Church. During this time, we present our tithes, briefly discuss our lesson topic for the morning and then begin music, singing, and listening to the Bible story. We break out into small groups based on age/grade levels where the leaders expand on the lesson and the children engage in related activities. Finally, we rejoin the large group for closing music and prayer. ~Lynn Logue, Childrens Ministry volunteer
Kids’ Church is available for children ages 4 years through 6th grade.
Doors open 10:00 AM (building A)
Pick-Up Time – immediately following the end of church service.
FIRST TIME GUESTS:
Check your child into building A. You will be greeted when you arrive. We will collect your contact information as well as your child’s information to determine which grade he/she will be attending. Your child will be introduced to other children, and you will be on your way to participate in Worship. After the service, you return to pick-up your child.
We ask that you notify us of any allergies and/or other pertinent information we may need to know about your child.
Teen Ministry, grades 6-12
ATTENTION YOUTH AND PARENTS:
The program for teens is an exciting and full event. It includes fun, creativity, and a clear path of Spiritual growth in the Word, Worship, Prayer and on the horizon, service in Spring Hill.
The teens continue to meet each Sunday from 5-7 PM in Building A. ~Steve Saunders Teen Ministry Volunteer Leader
Tuesday Night Dinner, December M.O.M.
This Ministry started out as a Soup Kitchen idea with a $500 donation from a local business and has been serving a weekly meal to the hungry in our community ever since 2011. It operates strictly by donations and at it's highest peak we were able to serve was 160 meals during covid as Take Out dinners. We have reopened the Dine In, serving about 25 weekly and still serve about 80 clients through the Take out. Please consider making a donation to this worthy ministry during the month of December.
Men's Bible Studies...
The men's Tuesday Morning "Apologetics" Bible Study is at 8:30 a.m. in the Church library, building D. The class is now studying “The Case for Miracles” by Lee Strobel. Apologetics means making a defense of the faith, and that is what this study group is about.
The Men's Thursday study is now doing a video study on the Sermon on the Mount. It is a 12-lecture series taught by Dr. Sinclair Ferguson. We meet at 8:30 am in classroom S#3 Building D.
You do not need to be a member of the church to join either of these interactive studies to read and hear God's Word. Just have a love for God!
Other Bible Studies offered:
Sundays: 3 Adult Classes meet at 9 am, sanctuary buildling
Christianity Today in S# 4. We are walking through each chapter of the Book of Revelation with Middle East expert, author, pastor and theologian, Jay McCarl (via DVD instruction). Bring your bibles and come join us during this 12 week study!
Rock for All Ages in S# 2 all are welcome
New Life in S# 3, all are welcome
LampLighters II meets Tuesdays at 11 am in S#3. If you would like to join this group, please contact the office so we can order enough workbooks.A weekly Bible study for both ladies and men:
Mary Martha A ladies Bible study: meets the third Tuesday of each month at 1:30 pm in S#1 for a small but mighty group study . Dec. 20 is next date, new ladies welcome!
Small Group Ladies Study meets Tuesdays at 10 am in the Office Building, C. Studying Matthew. Bring your bible, we got the coffeee and join us!
United Methodist Men's Fellowship December 12 at 6 PM
Menu is Pulled Pork and the fixin's in Building B. Please RSVP, donation is $7. Our Program will be The Life Center of Hernando County, a worthy mission to unwed mothers.
Ladies in Faith Together- Special December Christmas Tea at 1 PM.
All Ladies are invited to Fellowship Together on Monday, December 12th at 1 PM. Buildling B. This is an afternoon Christmas Tea. In addition to the tea party we will have a Guess that Christmas Song activity and a "small" white elephant gift exchange. Please bring an inexpensive wrapped white elephant gift. All ladies of the church are invited and please bring a friend or guest for this lovely afternoon fellowship we have planned. Please RSVP by December 9th, use button below. Jackie Stout , President
Books of the Bible on video
At this time we offer a number of Old and New Testament Books of the Bible on our website. It is set up so you can choose which Book (even which chapters/verses of that book), you would like to view. This is great for those with limited sight or have difficulty reading. Each one lovingly recorded for your listening and viewing pleasure by members of SpringLife Church. All the New Testament books have been recorded.
Monthly Ministry Updates
Kairos Prison Ministry to the Incarcerated Women.
We are doing well getting acclimated in Lowell Correctional Institution in Gainesville, FL. We've been able to hold our monthly reunions at both the main prison and the work release area...all very well received. Plans continue for the 4 day weekend in March 2023.
The 13-session Grief Share will have their last session on Thursday, November 17th. The special Surviving the Holidays meeting is planned for Thursday, December 1st at 1 pm in classroom S#3. There will be a sign-up so we have enough workbooks to hand out.
Our Purpose: We serve in Jesus’ Name to share and fellowship all He has set before us, providing food for the body and spiritual support for the soul. As of November we have started serving about 123 meals a week between dine-in and drive through. Starting November 29 we are going to be serving up to one hundred meals in dine and less for the take out. . This will help fulfill our purpose of spiritual support. There will not be a Thanksgiving meal. Ministry is taking that week off. We could use a few more volunteers. ~Sincerely, Jan Griffioen
The small group leaders enjoyed implementing our new curriculum, The Gospel Project, adding an object-based lesson to reinforce the curriculum.
Each week begins with an interactive worship time in which the kids enjoy participating. We give our offering to Jesus and thank Him for all the things He does for us. We open with prayer, discussion of our key point, participate in music time and break into small groups for further exploration and study of the lesson. We come back together for a closing song and prayer before dismissal.
We welcomed a new child this month, who is attending church for the first time in her life. What a blessing that God led this child and her mom to our church.
Doors open at 10 am and pick up time is immediately following the service. Kids 4 years of age through 6th grade are welcome. We can’t wait to see you.. ~Lynn Logue
New Walk Ladies
Ladies, join us Friday November 18, 2022, at 7 pm in Building A (Lighthouse). Come and enjoy fellowship as Mariann Eckman and Diana O’Harra lead us in creating a beautiful, customized Thanksgiving table centerpiece. We will begin with a devotion, have some snacks, enjoy fun and creativity, close in prayer and leave with our very own Thanksgiving masterpiece. You don’t want to miss this awesome time together. ~Lynn Logue
Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer but don’t have a lot of extra time? I have the place for you. If you like books, then you will enjoy volunteering in the library. Volunteer rotation schedule: we are looking for someone to help on Tuesday mornings from 10 – noon, and Sunday mornings 10:00 – 10:30 and 11:30 – 11:45. Please contact Lynn Logue or the church office if you are interested. We will train you on the check in / check out process and feel certain you will enjoy your time serving. You can also visit with patrons as they stop in to look for specific items or just to say hello.
Library circulation has remained active this month. We continue to receive donations and evaluate them for cataloging into the library, to offer them on the “free shelf” or to donate to other entities depending on condition, topic, and if the item is currently available in the library.
The library is open whenever the church is open. If the librarian is not available, you can check out books by writing your name and the complete date on the card and leaving the card on the desk. You will find the card in the back of the book, CD, or DVD.
Thank you for your continued interest and support in the SpringLife Church Library.
Your pantry has relocated to the back out building. The number of clients, new and returns, is rising each month seeking help for nutritious food to put on their table, so they can also pay their mounting bills. God has truly blessed this ministry with volunteers eagerly willing to serve and with all the resources needed to meet this increasing community need. I personally want to thank everyone for their financial gifts, their hours of serving and all those many prayers offered for this ministry. Until next time, God Bless , ~Larry & Rose Milks
Reporting in as "that youth guy", the youth program is being rebuilt from it's former profile to an exciting and full event. Though in infancy... it shows structure, fun, creativity, and a clear path of Spiritual growth in the Word, Worship, Prayer and on the horizon, service in Spring Hill.
I have a current team of Nicole Bates, Rhonda Overman, and Diane when she's able, along with Mike Conway aka "Switch" who expressed great enthusiasm in becoming an essential piece to this puzzle as my Video and Sound development man. I am confident in the role out vision Holy Spirit has given and believe the current and growing team has been drawn together "for such a time as this".
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Our ministry is going good, some shawls are coming in and some being distributed. If you like to knit or crochet and have free time, we would like more attendees for the meetings (third Wednesday of the month at 10:30 am in classroom #1). If you would like to make a shawl, we have found these sizes to be best… For Baby Prayer Blankets: approximate size 29” by 29”. NO fringe please, and also solid soft colors are preferred. For Adult Prayer Shawls: 26” by 60” (no fringe), or 26” x 55” (with fringe). This adult size is very important—if they are too short, they don’t wrap around an adult comfortably. If they are too long and have extra fringe, they can get caught in the wheels of a wheelchair, or create a tripping hazard. Please bring completed Baby Blankets and Shawls to the office and Pastor Greg will bless them. ~Jackie Stout
Our concern is participation. It has drastically lowered since Covid. Attendance at November & December meetings will help us decide what direct we need to go in.
Congregational Care Report- Monthly Report
“Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galations 6:2
We currently have eight (9) active Care Companions. There are four (4) inactive Care Companions. Welcome to newest volunteer, Beverly Lewis.
We have not seen an increase in need in the past month and have a couple of Care Companions who could call on our members.
Casserole Ministry is back! You may pick up a frozen meal and take to a needy member by calling the church office to pick up during the week.
All our recipients have been blessed.
Ask the Administrator, Bob Coldwell
Here's a financial update for Sept 2022:
Anticipated Expenses: 772,200
Operating Giving: $617,123
Actual Expenses: $731,400
Mortgage Expenses: $81,513
There are exciting events getting ready that you should put on your calendar:
The UMM Flea Market, Beach Baptism Day, New Members Joining Day, and Trunk or Treat.
We are also considering our plans for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year as it falls on a Sunday.
The Leadership Teams are beginning to look into next year and discuss budgets and ministry initiatives for 2023.