Green Hill Good News June/July 2013

(online edition)


From the desk of Pastor Dan:

A young Ensign is working late at the Pentagon one evening. As he gets ready to leave his office he passes the Admiral standing by the classified document shredder. The Admiral has a piece of paper in his hand and a puzzled look on his face.

“Do you know how to work this thing?” the Admiral asks. “My Secretary’s gone home and I don’t know how to run it.”

“Yes, sir,” says the young Ensign, who turns on the shredder, takes the paper from the Admiral, and feeds it in.

That’s when the Admiral says, “I just need one copy.”

There’s a Chinese Proverb that says, “If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.” Someone else once said, “I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” Finally, King Solomon proclaimed that “The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens….” (Proverbs 12:15)

This month, someone important to you will ask for “just one copy.” Prayerfully, you won’t disappoint. Being a good listener is crucial to gaining wisdom, enjoying a good marriage, accomplishing the mission. “Quiet Professionals” know that listening, and listening well, is not only a good idea, but defines the humble spirit of a true follower of Christ.

Pastor Dan


• Received Gunnar and Lesley Chambers into the fellowship of the church by reaffirmation of faith. The Chambers have been living in Enterprise for a year and expect Gunnar’s assignment at Ft. Rucker to run at least two more years. The Chambers have a son, Dale, who also a member of BSA troop 150.
• Welcomed the news of Jim Crawford’s wedding to be held this Fall at his new home church near Austin, Texas. All were thrilled with the announcement.
• Dr. Lawrence presented the Christian Education committee report that included a new vision for reaching current and new members with biblical teaching discipleship training. At the June meeting the Elders will be prepared to vote on the new “unified” curriculum approach.
• Discussed ways that the Session and members of the church might learn how to share their faith with others. The Billy Graham My Hope campaign and the PCUSA Engage program were evaluated. More to come later.
• June 23rd is the next regular meeting of the Session


The Alzheimer’s Support Group will continue to have regular meetings through the summer, on June 19 and July 17. The guest speaker for the June meeting will be Pastor Dan McMillan. His message will focus on not losing heart in these tough times. Linda Bauer will facilitate the July meeting. She will share some fantastic information she has gathered from the support group meetings in Troy.


The Outreach Committee is looking for people to host the Sunday morning Green Hill Café. Café time is not only a great time for church members to visit, it is also a time to make our visitors feel welcome. Hosting is easy, and it is a fantastic way to serve in the church. Sodas are kept in the kitchen and you will be reimbursed for any breakfast type food you purchase. To sign up, please put your name on the list in the kitchen. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Whittington.


June is ready to bust out all over it seems. There are many thanks we need to give for all your hard work done in May. Nancy Smith and I had a productive trip to work the Belk Charity Sale. Thanks to all that purchased ticket this year. Many thanks to all that participated in the great Birthday Offering Lunch on May 5th. The food was outstanding. The offering received for the Westminster Neighborhood Ministries was over $200 and the Healthy Women Healthy Families Mother’s day card offering was over $40.00.

The Bible Study on May 9th was the final lesson in this year’s outstanding Study of the General Epistles. Now we are making plans for next year’s study that will start in September.

It’s also time to start thinking about the AL/MS Conference. It will be July 17 –19 in Laurel, Mississippi. Janice Catron author of An Abiding hope- The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy will present the Bible Study. Various Workshops and tours will be available to choose from. See the posted info on our board for more information. Evelyn McNab has provided darling raggedy Ann and Andy dolls for the Gift Shop and some beautiful lap quilts. THANK YOU so much Evelyn.

Please mark your calendars for a spiritual trip to the Memorial Garden at First Baptist Church in Hartford, Al. on June 13th at 9:45AM. We will meet here at the church and go together. Hope you can join us as we are really looking forward to this trip. We have heard how beautiful the garden is.

Praying you have a wonderful summer. May the Lord bless and keep you till we meet again. In Service with you, for Him.

Moderator Betty Jo Bierbaum


Vacation Bible School is coming! In just over one month (July 8 to July 12), the halls of the church will be filled with children eager to learn about the Word of God. Do you feel called to help? Those of you who have participated in years past know what a joy VBS can be. Those of you who haven’t, don’t know what you are missing!

We are looking for people to set up decorations (on July 7), staff for the registration table, skit actors, snack hosts, Bible Study leaders and assistants, craft leader and assistants, Bible Verse leaders and assistants, small group leaders, and people to reset the church décor (on July 12). If you are interested in helping, please contact April Seery.


To all of our Green Hill students, congratulations on surviving another year, and to those of you who have received your diplomas…


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