Green Hill Presbyterian Church

We believe that we are here to worship and obey God, to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit so that people will come to know and trust Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, grow in obedience to Him, and become involved in service to the world.

Green Hill is a small, loving, and caring church family of active duty and retired military and non-military members from across the United States and the world. We are drawn together as one family in Christ to express the absolute joy and wonder of God’s love through worship, Christian education, fellowship activities and community outreach.

We minister to our permanent members and also take great pride and pleasure in providing a spiritual home for service members and their families while they are assigned to Fort Rucker. We welcome all who wish to join our family as we seek to know Christ and make Christ known.  

* 735 East Lee Street, Enterprise, AL, 36330 * Phone:  334-347-9530 *

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Green Hill Good News, May 2017

Green Hill Good News Online Edition for May 2017

Green Hill Youth attend the Journey to the Cross event

The Worst Thing About Moving

What do you think that might be? Saying good-by? Making note of those who didn’t say good-bye, and wondering why? Selling the house? Buying a house? Packing? The minimum of two nights spent sleeping on the floor; one after the furniture leaves, and one before it arrives? Leaving Texas? (That was a hard one. I LOVED being a Texan!) But none of those is the worst thing. The worst thing about moving is when you get to where you are going and have to get a new driver’s license. For example:

I walked into the DMV office in Pasadena, California and discovered several tables with all the material that one needed to obtain a new driver’s license, printed in fifteen or twenty different languages; none in English. So I was a little bit in the dark when I entered the line for a new license, the line that had more people in it than the number of languages represented on that table. When I got to the front of the line and explained to the Californian behind the desk why I was there, she asked me for my Connecticut license, put it in a machine that cancelled it by drilling a thousand holes in it, dropped it in a drawer, and handed me the test. THE TEST? I have to take a test? What if I fail the test, I asked? You just drilled a thousand holes in my old license. Don’t worry about it, says the Californian. Twenty five questions. Five wrong, (or less) you pass. Six wrong, (or more) you fail. I got six wrong. The Californian gives me the bad news. I ask, What do I do now? She tells me she’s going to give me the test again, and that I should study my old test. Study the old test? Study the old test. I study the old test, make my way to the front of the line. (I have now been at the DMV for about three hours.) She takes my old test and throws it out. She gives me a new test. After a minute or two I realize that all the questions are the same but in a different order. This time, I get five wrong. I pass.

BUT – my troubles with DMV are not over.

It went much better in Nebraska, but after four years I renewed my license and realized that they had me listed as an ‘F’ on the second license. I looked at my old one. I was an ‘F’ on that one too. This, despite the fact that my whole life, before, during and after Nebraska, I had been an ‘M’. (It’s on my birth certificate!) I asked them to correct their OBVIOUS mistake. They said they would. They said there would be the standard fee to do this; $13.50. I decided to remain a female.

In Texas, they insisted that I had a second name. One name just wouldn’t do. So since then, solely because of the Texas DMV, I am officially Timothy James. This leads to problems with banks and with mortgage brokers, as I want to be Timothy and they insist that I am Timothy James and am expected to sign my name, repeatedly, Timothy James.

Alabama went much better. I am an “M” here, but I am still Timothy James, and the whole process took two days.

The best thing about moving? The hands of God. Feeling the hands of God, directing me from where I was, to where He wants me to be. Feeling the hands of God, in the welcome extended by all you Green Hill folks. I am so thankful to God and to all of you. It’s a great blessing to be here. And I thank God, and I thank you too.

Timothy James Oleksy

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

On Thursday, May 4, at Noon, the city of Enterprise will participate in the National Day of Prayer with an event on the steps of the City Hall. The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Please join us as we pray for our country and worship our Lord.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN BIBLE STUDY

The Presbyterian Women Bible Study will be held on Thursday, May 11, at 11:00am. All women are invited. The Coordinating Team Meeting will be held just prior to the Bible Study, at 10am. All CT members, and anyone interested in being a part of the CT, is asked to attend.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN BIRTHDAY LUNCH

Immediately following the worship service on Sunday, May 7, a lunch celebrating the birthdays of everyone in the congregation will be served in the Fellowship Hall. At the luncheon, envelopes will be made available for donations to the PW Birthday Offering. This offering goes to projects that support the health, education, and economic needs of women and children around the world. The PW will provide the meat and the dessert for this meal. There is a sign-up sheet for side dishes posted in the kitchen. Please plan to bring your favorite dish to share!

HOMESCHOOL THEATER PERFORMANCE

The homeschool theater class is going to put on a show! On Monday, May 8, at 6pm, the Fellowship Hall will be transformed into a stage, complete with backdrops and costumes. The students of the theater classes will perform a play demonstrating what they have learned this past semester. The show is for the parents, but church members have been warmly invited to attend.

BOLL WEEVIL HOMESCHOOL CO-OP

The Boll Weevil Homeschool Co-op would like to thank Green Hill for allowing the use of the church building on Monday mornings. Thank you for helping to make the co-op’s school year such a success.

CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. LAWRENCE

On May 13, 2017, Dr. Walter Lawrence will graduate and be awarded the Commissioned Lay Pastor (CLP) Certificate in Congregational Leadership from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. This program consists of the eight core courses required of Presbyterian Commissioned Ruling Elders (CREs) in the Presbyterian Church (USA) “Book of Order.”

The courses are: Introduction to Old Testament; Introduction to New Testament; Pastoral Care; Presbyterian Polity (The Book of Order); Reformed Theology (The Book of Confessions); Introduction to Preaching; Foundations of Christian Education; Reformed Worship and Sacraments (The Book of Common Worship, Hymnal, and other resources); Online Learning Certification

Each class runs for 12 weeks. The work required in a single CLP/CRE course is equivalent to a one-credit college course. The standard for this would translate to: 300 – 500 pages of reading, 7 – 10 pages of writing assignments, 3 – 4 hours per week of class participation and preparation time

The overall goal of the “Education for the Laity” program of UDTS is to strengthen the church through quality theological education for lay persons. While the courses offered are particularly designed for lay pastor candidates, they will serve the needs of all lay persons who are contributing their gifts to the ministry of their local church. Church officers, Christian education leaders and teachers, and persons who wish to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith will discover a rich opportunity through this program.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017 GRADUATES!

High School
Rachel Humphrey
Alex McDonough
Andrew Whittington

College
William Seery

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the June/July Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Thursday, May 18. You can contact the office by email or by phone, or you can drop your news off in the basket on the door. We will not print a separate newsletter in July, so be sure to get us ALL of your summer news for this edition of the newsletter. Many thanks to those who contribute!

GIRL SCOUT SPAGHETTI DINNER

The Green Hill Girl Scouts (Kendall, Makyala, and Emma) would like to give back to their church family by hosting a spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, May 17, at 5:30pm. If you plan to attend, please fill out a reservation slip so we know how much food to prepare. Slips can be found in the pew racks and dropped it in the offering plate or in the basket on the office door. A donation basket will be available on the night of the dinner to help cover the cost of the food.

BOY SCOUT BOSTON BUTT FUNDRAISER

Boy Scout Troop #150 is having their annual Boston Butt Fundraising Sale. This sale helps offset the cost of summer camp, other camps, and troop equipment. The Butts will be cooked on May 26 and will be available for pickup on May 27 in the Green Hill parking lot between 9:00am and 1:30pm. The Boy Scouts are pre-selling tickets for $30. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact any member of Troop #150.

GREEN HILL VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Things are gearing up for this summer’s Vacation Bible School. This year we are using the Kickin’ It Old School program from the Go Fish Guys. VBS will be held from 9am to Noon, June 19 to 23. If you’d like to volunteer to help, you can write your name down on the sign-up board in the Fellowship Hall or see April Seery for more information.

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Sunday Scripture Reading, April 23, 2017

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What Unites? * Rev. Timothy Oleksy

Service begins at 11:00am * All are Welcome!

Hebrew Scripture:  Psalm 16

New Testament Scripture:  Acts 2:14a, 22-32

Gospel Reading:  John 20:19-31

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Weekly Announcements, April 20, 2017

FOOD PANTRY NEWS

A big thank you goes out to the members of Highpointe Church for their substantial contribution to the Green Hill Food Pantry. Each year at Easter Highpointe recognizes a Week of Generosity and holds a collection. The past two years they have given that collection to Green Hill. Their donation is much appreciated!

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

Since 1949 Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world. Your generous gifts to this Special Offering help provide relief for those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed. If you feel called to give, please use one of the special blue envelopes from the pew racks.

HEALING SERVICE

As part of the morning worship service on Sunday, April 30, there will be a brief Healing Service. Following the Pastor’s Sermon, people will be invited up to the front of the church to be anointed with oil and to be prayed over by the Pastor and the Elder Assistant. This service is for all who need spiritual and/or physical healing for themselves or on behalf of someone else.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN BIRTHDAY LUNCH

The Presbyterian Women Birthday Lunch has been moved to Sunday, May 7. Immediately following the morning worship service we will enjoy a lunch celebrating the birthdays of everyone in the congregation. The lunch will be served in the Fellowship Hall and envelopes will be made available for donations to the PW Birthday Offering. This offering goes to projects that support the health, education, and economic needs of women and children around the world.

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Winshape 2017 Scholarships Are Available

If you or someone you know would like to apply for a full or partial scholarship to this summer’s Winshape Camp, please go by St. Luke United Methodist Church, Monday to Thursday, from 9am to 3pm, to pick up an application.

If you have any questions, you can call the church at 334-347-9023.

Please help spread the word!  Winshape wants as many children as possible to attend the Best Week Ever!

 

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National Day of Prayer 2017, May 4 @ Noon

Come pray with us on Thursday, May 4, on the steps of the Enterprise City Hall, at Noon.

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Boy Scout Annual Boston Butts Fundraiser, 2017

The annual Troop #150 BBQ Boston Butts Fundraiser has been scheduled for Saturday, May 27.  Anyone interested in purchasing a Boston Butt should see any member of Troop #150 to purchase a ticket.  All proceeds will go to supporting the work of the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts at Green Hill.

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Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017

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The festival of the Resurrection of the Lord (or Easter Sunday) is the center of the Christian year. On this occasion the church joyfully proclaims the good news that is at the very heart of the gospel: that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.

It is sometimes said that every Sunday is a little Easter; liturgical theologian Laurence Stookey suggests that it might be more appropriate to say that every Easter is a great Sunday (Calendar: Christ’s Time for the Church, Abingdon Press, 1996, 158-161). Easter Sunday is the Lord’s Day writ large: a great annual celebration of Christ’s resurrection on the first day of the week. As such, the service should be centered around the typical and fundamental elements of Christian worship on the Lord’s Day: the proclamation of the Word and the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Easter Sunday is also an especially appropriate time for the sacrament of Baptism, if not celebrated during the Easter Vigil of the previous night.

Easter Sunday is something like the keystone of an arch — the top and center stone upon which all the other stones lean and depend — both in terms of its theological significance and its relation to other events in the Christian year. Theologically speaking, the faith we claim and the life we live depend on the affirmation, celebration and proclamation of Christ’s resurrection. In a chronological sense — since Easter is a “moveable feast,” taking place on a different date each year — all the other events of the Christian year (from the Transfiguration of the Lord and Ash Wednesday through Pentecost and Trinity Sunday) pivot around the date of Easter Sunday, shifting accordingly.

For Western Christians (Catholics and Protestants) the date of Easter is the first Sunday that comes after the first full moon that occurs on or after March 21 (the Spring Equinox) — occasionally shifted to the following Sunday, when the original date happens to coincide with the Jewish Passover. This computation means that Easter always occurs sometime between March 22 and April 25, inclusive. The Eastern Churches (Greek and Russian Orthodox, e.g.) use a different set of astronomical tables based on the Julian Calendar (instead of the Gregorian), which means that Orthodox Easter generally follows the Western date by one, four, or five weeks (sometimes occurring in early May).


RESSURECTION FAITH

An excerpt from the Companion to the Book of Common Worship (Geneva Press, 2003, 107-108)

Pascha [or Easter] is the central event, the time of transformation, of becoming a resurrected people, God’s new people. On this Sunday of all Sundays, Pascha, we celebrate our transformation as a new people. When Christ rose from the grave, death and all other “principalities and powers” that seek to entomb God’s will were forever defeated.

Easter is not simply the miracle of a dead person raised from the grave, but a celebration of power that can shatter death in order that people can freely serve the God of life. In the resurrection of Christ, God’s awesome purposes were on display, revealing a radically new world of peace and harmony and equality and mutuality, about which we can only dream. The Lord of the future has been disclosed to us. Both the incarnation at Christmas and the resurrection at Easter testify to the lordship of Christ. …

On Easter we glimpse a new landscape — the age to come — and experience a sense of holy awe at the significance of the resurrection for human life. The shape of the age to come reveals a new people of God, a new humanity.

When Christ was crucified, humanity died with him on Calvary. But on Easter morning, a new world was born — raised up with the crucified and risen Christ. Bursting the bonds of death, the first human being of a new human race, Jesus Christ, appeared among those who crucified him. In the midst of the old sin-struck world, God gave the world a new beginning, a new humanity. By faith the old guilt-ridden humanity was born again into the new forgiven humanity of Jesus Christ. Ever since, here and there, clusters of the new people of God live according to the new social order of the new age.

Therefore, Easter faith recalls the past, especially the awesome act of God in raising the crucified Christ from the grave. Easter hope looks to the promised future, to that which awaits us. Easter love celebrates the presence of the crucified and risen Christ who is now among us, reconciling us as one people. Resurrection faith asserts that by grace we are born again into the new humanity of Jesus Christ. We are called to new life for God and for neighbors. As representatives of the new humanity we walk in newness of life.

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