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Hillwood PCUSA Worship for 28 June 2020

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Special thanks this week to guest musicians Noel Wardford (piano) & Brian Warford (vocals)!!!  

Please contact the church office or Pastor Jule by clicking here if you have any prayer concerns or needs to share for the week or call 615-352-6310

Feel free to share this email and link with others!  

If you would like to gather mid-week via a conference call or in the virtual world, please indicate by emailing here.  NEXT DATE: Wednesday 1 July 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Reminder:  June session meeting today, 28 June at 1 p.m.

Book Club via zoom Tuesday, 30 June 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Contact Pastor Jule for the zoom link. 

Blessings for Sunday!!!!!!
Pastor Jule
 

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Hillwood PCUSA Worship for 21 June 2020

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Special thanks this week to guest musicians Terri Corker (guitar/vocals) and Noel Wardford (piano)!!!  

Please contact the church office or Pastor Jule by clicking here if you have any prayer concerns or needs to share for the week or call 615-352-6310.  Feel free to share this email and link with others!  

If you would like to gather mid-week via a conference call or in the virtual world, please indicate by emailing here.  NEXT DATE: Tuesday 23 June 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Reminder:  items for June stated session meeting due via email to Pastor Jule today.  

Blessings for Sunday!!!!!
Pastor Jule

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Blessings to all for this week!!!

Here are a few things to celebrate this week leading into the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost!

Fathers’ Day!!!

Playcare students returned to school (prayers appreciated!)!

Beautiful weather!

Lectionary Bible Study Wednesday, 17 June at 2 p.m. (contact Pastor Jule for the link to the Zoom meeting).

Mid Week Connection for all on Thursday, 18 June from 6:00-6:30 p.m. (contact Pastor Jule for the link to the Zoom meeting).

Book Group coming next Tuesday (23 June 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.) — discussion of A Woman is No Man.

A call to pray for forgiveness, unity, and acceptance of all throughout the land.
 Peace to you and please let me know right away if you need anything in the weeks!

Pastor Jule 

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Hillwood PCUSA Worship for 14 June 2020

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Special thanks this week to guest musicians Noel Wardford (piano) & Brian Warford (vocals)!!!  Please contact the church office or Pastor Jule by clicking here if you have any prayer concerns or needs to share for the week or call 615-352-6310.  Feel free to share this email and link with others! 
Remember Pastor Jule will be out for vacation until 15 June.  Contact Clerk of Session Cynthia Palmer by clicking here to have the on call Pastor notified in the event of an emergency needing pastoral services.
If you would like to gather mid-week via a conference call or in the virtual world, please indicate by emailing here.  
NEXT DATE: Tuesday 16 June 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Blessings for Sunday!!!!!!
Pastor Jule
Worship for 14 June 2020 – Second Sunday after Pentecost
 
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Hillwood PCUSA Worship for 7 June 2020

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(Please email pics/videos by noon Wednesdays by
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Photos (or video clips) of what you see that reminds you of new life

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Special thanks this week to guest musicians Terri Corker & Noel Wardford (piano)!!!  

Please contact the church office or Pastor Jule by clicking here if you have any prayer concerns or needs to share for the week or call 615-352-6310.  Feel free to share this email and link with others! 

Remember Pastor Jule will be out for vacation until 15 June.  Contact Clerk of Session Cynthia Palmer by clicking here to have the on call Pastor notified in the event of an emergency needing pastoral services.

If you would like to gather mid-week via a conference call or in the virtual world, please indicate by emailing here.  NEXT DATE: Tuesday 16 June 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Blessings for Trinity Sunday!!!!!!

Pastor Jule

Worship for 7 June 2020 – Trinity Sunday
 

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This past week has been heart-wrenching.  As if keeping an eye on Metro re-opening phases (after so many people relaxed or flat-out ignored social distancing efforts over Memorial Day weekend) has not been concerning enough, the stories of protests over Mr. Floyd’s death turned to riots around the country can leave us feeling hopeless.  Unheard of violence along racial lines continues to happen in our nation.  How do we find a way forward in a world where too many lives are undervalued?  Where violence seems a first reaction?  Where hate is tolerated — ever?  

I recently was reminded that a culture’s origin myths and stories make a significant difference.  The stories we tell paint pictures of the possible, impact our views of one another, influence our actions.  It just might be the perfect time to turn to the stories of our God — the Christian traditions that paint the view of a Triune God:  One God, we have experienced in three persons or personas.  The God who creates.  The God who saves.  The God who sustains us every step.  Trinity Sunday celebrates the very nature of God — the One that outflows to the next, to the next, and again to the next.  One of the best images of this Triune God is a water wheel.  Have you ever seen one?  The water of one bucket pours out to the next, which in turn pours to the next, and on and on it goes.  Power is created by the force and continues to give more and more power to the next.  This is the essence of God:  One who continuously outflows.  Gives.  Is power flowing out for the other.  Love, we often hear this power named; the very essence of God — on exhibit in every move of Jesus, the Anointed Christ. 

This week would be a good week to read up on the life and work of Christ.  The lectionary readings will take us into the gospel of Matthew for the weeks after Pentecost that stretch ahead.  Consider reading two chapters a week — cover it all in the next 14 weeks!  

A dear friend of mine (who was a young man coming of age through Apartheid in South Africa) and I are joining together in praying for unity.  We are praying for the day when that which makes each unique is celebrated.  We are seeking forgiveness and asking for understanding to flow.  I hope we can listen to one another.  I hope our voices can be raised to create the kind of world for which we pray when we pray as Christ taught saying:  “thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth” O LORD.  If you are feeling hopeless, confused, angry, sad, apathetic, convicted; consider joining us in prayer.  If unity, celebration of uniqueness, forgiveness, and the outflow of understanding seem too much; consider calling upon the Triune God praying:  “Thy kingdom come, Triune God.  Thy will be done on earth, soon!  Amen.”


While plans are underway for Playcare to return to operations in the building, all Hillwood PC in person ministries remain on hold.  I hope to see you soon through virtual means!  


Peace to you and please let me know right away if you need anything in the weeks!

Pastor Jule 

The sanctuary porch of Hillwood PC has been the latest pop up UniCycle spot!  

To learn more about the mission of UniCycle, click on these links below:

Talk of the Town/News Channel 5
Ms. Cheap 
Ms. Cheap
Style Blueprint
UniCycle

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Worship for Pentecost Sunday – 31 May 2020

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Worship today (at the link above) includes the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper in celebration of Pentecost Sunday.  To participate, please be ready at home with elements of bread and the fruit of the vine — enough for each member of your household.  Consider worshiping together around a table — or moving to a table for that portion of worship.

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*photos (or video clips) for TRINITY SUNDAY — that which depicts the various aspects of God (Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer).
*photos (or video clips) of what you see that reminds you of new life

ANNOUNCEMENTS

*WEAR RED today!  And send pics to Pastor Jule of you in your Pentecost Red!
*Special thanks this week to guest musicians Noel Wardford (piano) and Brian Warford (vocals)!!!  
*Please contact the church office or Pastor Jule by clicking here if you have any prayer concerns or needs to share for the week or call 615-352-6310.  Feel free to share this email and link with others!
*If you would like to gather mid-week via a conference call or in the virtual world, please indicate by emailing here.  DATE THIS WEEK: Tuesday, 2 June 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Blessings for Pentecost Sunday!!!!!!
Pastor Jule

Worship for 31 May 2020 – Pentecost Sunday
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This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday!  The temps of Tennessee are warming up.  Memorial Day has come and gone.  While we won’t be gathering in person for worship yet; the virtual worship service this Sunday WILL include the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.  Please be prepared with your own elements of bread and the fruit of the vine when you click the worship link.  All also are encouraged to WEAR RED Sunday — not only for worship, but wherever you are that day! 

Two thoughts come as we enter into this season of Pentecost.  The first came up at our recent lectionary Bible Study.  Pentecost is when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and let’s face it:  Presbyterians tend to be a bit less familiar with this aspect of the Triune God!  If you are reading through Acts of the Apostles you will see the work of the Holy Spirit – the same work the Holy Spirit did in the life of Christ.  The Holy Spirit is the power within that allows us to fulfill Christ’s call:  to love others.  To share good news.  To forgive and live with inner peace.  We know about these things! So we CAN give great thanks to God!  Indeed the Spirit is living within!

As we approach Pentecost this year — as we’re living amid the pandemic of CoVid 19 — I wonder if you might take the time to learn more about the Spirit of God living in you?  Corrine Ware’s work around discovering how you best connect with God is called:  Discover your Spiritual Type.  You can read more about it by clicking here.  If you follow this link, it might be most helpful to click START to go through the Spirituality Type Indicator.  After learning more about your self from the STI, you then may want to return to the original page (the link above) to read more about the quadrants and preferences.  As with any type indicator, the Spirituality Type Indicator is a wheel showing general categories into which many people fall.  We grow spiritually first by knowing our preferred ways to connect with God, then by branching out to experience God beyond our preferred ways.  When we do this, beneficially, we also learn more about how others best connect with God.  Pentecost seems the perfect time to go a bit deeper.  Increase our own natural ways of connecting with God and reach beyond to see how God might come to us afresh.  

Blessings to you this week!  Get yourself all set to celebrate Pentecost:  the gift of God’s Spirit!!!
 Hope to see you soon through virtual means!  
Peace,
Pastor Jule 
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  • THIS WEEK’s Mid-Week Connection meeting, will be Wednesday, 27 May from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.   Contact the church office or Pastor Jule to be sent the link to Zoom. 

We STILL need your help in creating our worship experiences for the weeks ahead — (email them to Pastor Jule by end of the day Wednesdays)!

  1. Pics or videos for PENTECOST SUNDAY — that which depicts the fire of the Spirit for you; the winds of God’s Spirit moving among us all.  Click here to submit them.

Note cards to our community partners would be GREATLY appreciated! 

Peace to you and please let me know right away if you need anything in the weeks! 

Peace, Pastor Jule
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Worship for 24 May 2020 – Ascension of the Lord Sunday

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(Please email pics/videos by clicking here hillwoodpastor@outlook.com)

*photos (or video clips) for PENTECOST SUNDAY — that which depicts the fire of the Spirit for you; the winds of God’s Spirit moving among us all.

*photos (or video clips) of what you see that reminds you of new life

ANNOUNCEMENTS
*Special thanks this week to guest musicians Noel Wardford (piano), Noel Pittman & Krazy Kyle (organ), and Brian Warford (vocals)!!!  


*Please contact the church office or Pastor Jule by clicking here if you have any prayer concerns or needs to share for the week or call 615-352-6310. 

*Feel free to share this email and link with others!


*If you would like to gather mid-week via a conference call or in the virtual world, please indicate by emailing here.DATE THIS WEEK: Wednesday, 27 May 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

*Please remember the church staff will be off for the observation of Memorial Day.


*Blessings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter – Ascension of the Lord Sunday!!!!!!


Pastor Jule

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The session met on Sunday, 17 May and I hope you will join me in thanking them for their constant wisdom, compassionate leadership, and diligent discernment.  It’s not an easy time to be charged with such responsibility among a church.  Decisions are difficult, complex, and sometimes unpopular.  For as many people as their are in this world, there are as many thoughts about what CoVid 19 is all about and how we should proceed.  Because we are a congregation that deeply values one another, recognizes many of us are at extra risk due to health conditions and age, and because we are called by the Way of Christ — the way of love for all; we are being cautious and diligent for the sake of all.  According to what we have been learning from the medical leaders of Metro, while younger people are testing positive more in Metro, those over 65 have had a much higher death rate (e.g. 85% of those over 65 who have gotten CoVid have died).  Discerning through such realities for the spiritual life of a body of people is not at all easy or being taken lightly.  Each member of the session has stayed with it as we have discerned and has given the process their all!  I am grateful!  Know that on Sunday the session discussed at length, talked about needs in the weeks ahead, and came up with a plan for what we need in place before we can consider reopening any of our in person ministries.  I am proud of them — their patience to learn and listen, their willingness to give the best of their hearts and minds, their faithfulness in supporting what God is up to among us even amid CoVid 19.  If you find yourself bored or blue any moment this week, consider reaching out to one of your session members to thank them for their leadership — especially in these very challenging days!  Special thanks too to our church Treasurer Kathy who has gone above and beyond diligently, tirelessly, faithfully in giving her time and talents to ensure the financial offerings and expenditures of the church are being fully and properly taken care of these weeks!  THANK YOU KATHY!!!  I also appreciate her years of nursing experience and willingness to keep us briefed on the latest science regarding this disease among us.  Along with her knowledge and the information we are learning from the CDC, Metro Nashville Health Department and government office, the PCUSA, other official sources, and those of you who have been out working in essential services all through CoVid 19; the session set forth reopening metrics that are to be followed and must be reached as we work towards the day we all will be able to gather in person again.

HPC’s Metrics for reopen in person ministries:
1. We will follow the Phases established by Metro Nashville (found at https://www.asafenashville.org/).  
2.  We will have and follow an approved Protocol Plan including required cleaning procedures prepared by the session’s Reopening Team that will work with Pastor Jule to ensure we are ready to safely reopen when the session deems the Metro Phase that applies to the congregation has been reached.
3. We will ensure our continuing Supply Capacity of needed items (hand sanitizer, hand soap, masks, required sanitizing products for high touched surfaces, etc.).
4. We will have a process in place for responding when someone in the facility tests positive for CoVid 19.  

We are just beginning work on these metrics and we assure you we will do all we must for the health and safety of Hillwood PC members, friends, and staff so that when the day comes that we can reopen in person ministries; you can be assured we are doing all we can to reduce your risk.  Plans will include protocol to be followed for all our community partner building users and session will approve CoVid-related protocol policies Playcare will be required to follow when the Playcare Board approves and submits those to session. 

Just as our city is not yet at the point of full reopening, we are not.  We understand how tiring it can be to stay at home, social distance, not be able to just come together if even outside.  Perhaps you are missing each other.  Perhaps you are feeling spiritually parched.  Perhaps you are scared or bored or doubtful or sad or confused or angry or any one of these emotions and more depending on the moment of the day.  Almost everyone I talk to about my experience during these weeks reminds me it’s like that for them too and for others from whom they have heard.  These days are difficult and dragging on and are even more difficult for some because of the demands on us or the make up of our household or level of isolation we are experiencing.  Please be gracious with yourself.  Please be patient.  Please do not suffer alone in silence — reach out to me, another church member, a friend, a family member, a professional therapist, or doctor, and even to God!!!

Know that for now, all in person ministries on HPC’s property remain closed for the health and benefit of us all.  Weekly worship will continue through our YouTube channel (always available Sunday morning through our Mail Chimp email, or directly from the link on our website).  Session has requested we modify our Mid-Week Connection meetings for June in a effort to better meet needs; thus, beginning in June we will have two 30 minute Mid-Week Connection options (one noon-12:30 and one 6:00-6:30 p.m.)  Stay tuned for further details on June dates.  While we will NOT be including the Lord’s Supper every first Sunday of the month in our virtual worship experiences, we WILL have virtual Lord’s Supper according to the liturgical calendar on Pentecost (31 May) and other liturgical feast days.  We have begun a new Lectionary Bible Study the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. via Zoom and all are welcome.  With participant permission, we will make those meetings available as recordings within 24 hours of the live meeting.  We encourage Women of the Church and Men of the Church to consider Zoom or Conference Call virtual meetings over the summer to stay well connected for fellowship, service, and study.  


I am praying for you as is the session member assigned as your care elder right now.  Thank you for being safer at home and when you must go out for essential needs according to Metro’s Reopening Phases; please be sure you are respecting the health of others by wearing your face mask, staying at least 6 feet from others, coughing/sneezing into your elbow, washing/sanitizing your hands frequently and always after touching high touch surfaces, and following all precautions outlined for us by Metro Nashville.  

Hope to see you soon through virtual means!  
Peace,
Pastor Jule 

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  • TODAY’s Mid-Week Connection meeting, will be TONIGHT 20 May from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. (NOTE TIME CHANGE).  Contact Pastor Jule to be sent the link to Zoom on next week. 
  • MONDAY = MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY OBSERVED
  • TUESDAY 26 May — Book Club 6:30-7:30 p.m. Contact Pastor Jule for the Zoom link.  Beth C. leading (Book Woman of Troublesome Creek)
     

We STILL need your help in creating our worship experiences for the weeks ahead — especially for the celebration of these last weeks of the season of Easter!

  1. Pics or videos for Easter Season. Any photos reminding you of the Signs of New Life also are welcome and can be submitted here.  
  2. Pics or videos for PENTECOST SUNDAY — that which depicts the fire of the Spirit for you; the winds of God’s Spirit moving among us all.

Please remember our community partners and all now out working as essential workers and those of Phase 1.  Note cards to them all would be GREATLY appreciated!  (Addresses of community partners included below.)

ENCOURAGE HILLWOOD PC’s COMMUNITY PARTNERS TODAY!!!

  1. Write a card to our community partners working hard to provide for the needs of others:  Drew & the Crew of Trader Joe’s Belle Meade.  Mail notes of encouragement and thanks to Trader Joe’s Belle Meade 90 White Bridge Road, Nashville, TN  37205  Attn:  Drew Harris.  Be sure to sign your first name and Hillwood Presbyterian Church Community Partner.
  2. Send a note of thanks to the staff of H.G. Hill Middle School.  Mail to:  H.G. Hill Middle School 150 Davidson Rd. Nashville, TN  37205  Attn:  Maggie Dicks.  Be sure to sign your first name and Hillwood Presbyterian Church Community Partner.
  3. Send a note of thanks to the staff of Brookdale Belle Meade (esp. for good care of all residents, like Harold H!).  Mail to:  Brookdale Belle Meade 6767 Brookmont Terrace, Nashville, TN  37205 c/o Sheila Uselton.  Be sure to sign your first name and Hillwood Presbyterian Church Community Partner.
  4. Send a note of thanks to the staff of West Meade Place.  Mail to:  West Meade Place 1000 St. Luke Dr., Nashville, TN  37205.  Be sure to sign your first name and Hillwood Presbyterian Church Community Partner.
  5. Send a note of thanks to the staff of Mary Queen of Angels.  Mail to:  34 White Bridge Pike, Nashville, TN  37205.  Be sure to sign your first name and Hillwood Presbyterian Church Community Partner.
  6. Send a note of thanks to the staff of Hillwood High School.  Mail to:  Hillwood High School 400 Davidson Rd. Nashville, TN  37205  Attn:  Clif Mitchell.  Be sure to sign your first name and Hillwood Presbyterian Church Community Partner.
  7. If you get really bored or just want to check in on another HPC member or friend, call or send a note!  
  8. Got other ideas for how to support HPC Community Partners through this time of social distancing – especially  our building users like Playcare, ACA, BNI, NonViolent Communication Classes, Small World Yoga, and even those of our Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group?  CONTACT ME with ideas of what can be done and how YOU are ready and willing to help! 

Blessings Hillwood PC!  Stay safe — and find ways to spread the love of God right from your very own home!