Green Hill Good News May 2012 (Online Edition)


From the desk of Pastor Dan

 “Good things come to those who wait.”  That’s not a biblical quote, but it’s all over the sacred writings: challenged with “good things” by the Serpent in the Garden, Eve and Adam couldn’t wait for the good things promised by God; Esau couldn’t wait for supper and gave up what he needed to wait years for (his inheritance); the Israelites couldn’t wait for God to do His thing at Mt. Sinai, and spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness for doing their thing;  David couldn’t wait for love permitted and blessed by God, and chose forbidden love with Bathsheba at a heavy cost: a life-time of regret and a kingdom soon shaken by civil war.  You get the idea.

 I believe Green Hill Church, and maybe many of us as individual members, are being tested.  Will we wait upon the Lord, for whatever it is we desire.  Will we wait for the Spirit of Christ to move, being careful not to confuse His Spirit with our impatient impulses?  The Psalmist famously said once, “and again I say, wait upon the Lord!”

 A chaplain friend of mine once shared a story with me a few years ago that speaks to the need for patience.  Back in the1960s a guy by the name of Walther Mischel from Stanford University made famous a study called the “Marshmallow Test.”

 Researchers gathered a group of four-year olds in a room and set a marshmallow in front of each kid. The kids were told that the researcher needed to run an errand. If the kid didn’t eat the marshmallow before the researcher got back, the kid would be given a second marshmallow. However, if the kid ate the marshmallow, he or she would not get another one. To no one’s surprise, some ate their marshmallow immediately and some had no problem resisting the temptation. Some turned their back on the marshmallow. Others sang a song or distracted themselves in some way. One kid even licked the table around the marshmallow!

 Fast-forward 14 years. Researchers discovered that, in general, the kids who had been able to resist the marshmallows were better adjusted and more dependable. They were more competent socially and more self-assertive. They were able to cope with frustration and stress much better. They embraced challenges rather than seeing them as obstacles. They even scored an average of 210 points higher on their SAT exams!

 Patience and delayed gratification are good indicators of both spiritual and emotional heath.

 Still Learning the Humbling Lessons of Waiting Upon the Lord,

Pastor Dan


  •  Welcomed Barbara Villarreal into full membership of the church by way of reaffirmation of faith and transfer from St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.
  • Received Jon and Amanda McMillan as new members by way of reaffirmation of faith.  Heard Asher McMillan’s profession of faith in Christ and approved him for baptism and church membership.
  • Approved infant baptism for Alivia McMillan, 2 year-old daughter of Jon and Amanda McMillan.
  • Discussed the necessity of a plan for supervision and secure care of the new Nursery.  Elder Voss will follow-up with the Nursery Committee
  • Approved Sunday May 20th as Heritage Sunday and the promotion of a more casual day of worship that will include the wearing of Green Hill polo shirts.  We will recognize our high school graduate, Hannah Lawrence, on that day as well.
  • The Christian Education Committee reported the line-up of teachers who had agreed to serve beginning in the Fall:
  • Approved Sunday, September 9 as Sunday School Rally Day.
  • Agreed to take this year’s Vacation Bible School on the road to Garden Oaks Apartments, a residential area not far from the church, Saturday, June 2nd.  Volunteers are needed for help with games, crafts, snacks, recreation, etc.  A sign- up board in the narthex may soon appear to advertise a variety of ways that adults may serve the children of Garden Oaks.
  • Approved the report of the New Sign Task Force.  A modern new sign will soon be constructed to complement the church’s picturesque setting and appeal to the increasing amount of traffic on Lee Street.
  • The treasurer reported that pledged offerings through the first quarter were coming in as promised.
  • The next meeting of the Session will be May 20th.  Summer scheduling of Session meetings will be called for on an “as needed” basis.  The first stated meeting following the Summer Break will be August 12th.
  • Approved August 10 and 11 for rehearsal and wedding dates of Jennifer Battles and Danny Drexler.  Jennifer is a granddaughter of Mary Bradford.


 Please mark Wednesday, May 2, on your calendar and plan to come to the Green Hill “Pasta & Praise” night.  Dinner will be served from 5pm to 6pm and will include spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, tea, water, and dessert.  At 5:45pm, praise songs will be sung.  Cost is $3/person or $5/couple or family.  Come enjoy a fabulous meal and enjoy the joyous praising of our Lord and Savior!


Please mark May 6 on your calendars!  On that day, following the worship service, the PW will be hosting a fantastic Birthday Luncheon.  The church will provide the meat; you can bring either a dessert, or a veggie, or a salad.  During the luncheon, envelopes will be made available for those who wish to make donations to the PW Birthday Offering.  Check the PW bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall for a list of the programs that the Green Hill offering will be supporting.


Green Hill has agreed to sponsor a table at this year’s Sunrise Rotary Club Charity Dinner.  The dinner, which will be held on the evening of May 10, will feature both live and silent auctions to benefit the Enterprise YMCA’s Scholarship Fund.

 We are looking for members to purchase tickets to the dinner.  At a minimum, we want to fill all eight places at our table.  If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please contact the church office.  Our tickets cost $30, which includes a $10 discount off of the non-table price.


On Sunday, May 20, Green Hill will celebrate Heritage Sunday.  On this day we will take a look back at the history of our church and also take a look forward to our future.  Casual dress is encouraged at the worship service and everyone is asked to wear green.


Pastor Dan has lined up some fantastic guest speakers for our upcoming Wednesday night programs, so mark your calendars now!

On May 9, Jeffrey Peacock from Gentiva Home Health and Hospice will be joining us.  Mr. Peacock, is a Bereavement Coordinator for Gentiva and a Senior Pastor at Grace Point Church.

On May 16, we will be visited by Ona Garwood from the Enterprise Garden Club.  Mrs. Garwood is a Master Gardener and she will be speaking on the Health Benefits of Gardening.

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