From the desk of Pastor Dan:
Abraham Lincoln, historians generally agree, was a man who sought the Lord and His way with all of his heart. Following the death of his son he became even more resolved to follow God as faithfully and earnestly as he knew how. I was struck by the humility and haunting specifics of one of Lincoln’s prayers from March, 1863; haunting because it appears our nation needs to repent of the very same sins that our greatest President confessed 150 years ago.
“It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, and to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in Holy Scripture, and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord…. We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which has preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended power, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” [March 30, 1863]
Our special Sunday vesper services are in part a call to repentance. Vespers is fourth Sundays at 6:30p.
The next Session meeting will be held on September 15 @ 2pm.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR
The second annual Coffee County Emergency Preparedness Fair and Safety Day will be held on Saturday, September 7, from 10am to 2pm, at Johnny Henderson Park. There will be vendors, food, safety information, demonstrations, and emergency responders. This year’s theme is Resolve 2B Ready, focusing on taking simple, but life-saving steps to enhance preparedness.
This month’s Men’s Breakfast will be held on Sunday, September 8, at 8:30am. If you plan to attend, please sign up on the board in the kitchen serving area.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN NEWS
Where has our summer gone? It’s hard to believe but it’s time to get ready for our Fall Gathering, too. We are so excited to start another great year together with this journey through Exodus. The gathering will be held Saturday, September 14, 2013 here at Green Hill. If you can, come for coffee around 10:30am. Wear your dancing shoes as you will have the opportunity to join in song and dance and by 11:00am be ready for the introduction to the journey through Exodus with the Hebrew people.
Our guest speaker will be Nancy Jankowski who is the Religious Education Director at Ft Rucker. She will teach us about 3 of the Jewish Holidays that are celebrated. Please mark your calendars now and sign the list on our board in the fellowship hall because we need a count of those who will be here to experience some food at lunch the children might have had on their journey. If we haven’t heard from you we will try to contact you.
Don’t forget our Bible Study will begin in September. This year we will study, “An Abiding Hope, The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy”. Please read chapter 1 and 2 in Exodus before coming if you are able. It will be here before we know it.
God bless you all.
SUNDAY SCHOOL RALLY DAY
This year’s Sunday School Rally Day will be held on September 8. It’s time to find the Sunday School class for you! We have a class for young children, a class for teens, and two different classes for adults. All classes begin at 9:30am. Please join us!
Children’s Church will return on Sunday, September 8. During the morning Worship Service, just before the start of the Sermon, elementary school aged children will be dismissed to Children’s Church. There they will review their own lesson on the Bible. Children’s Church meets every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month, Communion Sunday.
The first Garden Club meeting of the new season will be held on Wednesday, September 10, at 9:30am. This club is open to both current gardeners and aspiring gardeners. Everyone is welcome.
The Enterprise Music Club will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, September 11, in the Green Hill Fellowship Hall.
Information for the October Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Tuesday, September 17. You can contact the office by email or by phone, or you can drop your news off in the basket on the door. Many thanks to those who contribute!
ALZHEIMERS CAREGIVERS SUPPORT MEETING
Every month our Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Support Meeting group is growing! Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or related dementia? This meeting is for you. We want all caregivers to understand the disease and to know that they are not alone. Please join us on Wednesday, September 18, at 10:00am.
SEE YOU AT THE POLE
Students! This message is for you! The annual day of prayer known as See You at the Pole is coming up. On Wednesday, September 25, all over the world, students will meet to pray at the flagpoles in front of their schools. This is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event, that will be held at all area schools. Mark your calendars now! For more information, please visit http://www.SYATP.com.
Time is running out to sign up for the Alabama Presbyterian Cursillo!
Cursillo, which means “short course,” is a three day retreat designed for Presbyterians who desire to renew their faith and develop a deeper understanding of their relationship with Christ. There are talks, opportunities to worship, fellowship, singing, and group discussions. Cursillo is a tool to assist participants in spiritual renewal and is directed at committed Christians who earnestly desire to grow in Christ.
This year’s Fall event will be held at the Beckwith Retreat and Conference Center from September 19 to September 22, 2013. Registration forms are available in the church office. If you have any questions, please contact Carl or Betty Bierbaum.
On the final Sunday of September, the 29th, Green Hill will have a brief Healing Prayer during the Morning Worship service. At an appointed time in the service, anyone who feels a need for prayer may come up to be anointed with oil and prayed for by the Pastor. Anyone who knows of someone not in attendance who needs prayer is welcome to come up in that person’s place.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.
Lyrics from the Hymn
Before the Throne of God Above