From the desk of Pastor Dan
This month I want to share some of my random thoughts as I write this mid-month of September. So here goes…
- Obamacare, the so called Affordable Care Act, will soon take effect. Already this misnamed work of Congress has had a negative effect on insurance provided for your pastor through the Board of Pensions. Next year the dues increase an entire 2% of the pastor’s effective salary.
- The hurricane forecasters at NOAA must be scratching their collective heads. Nothing yet and the season is getting late. Of course, by the time you read this there will probably be a monster storm headed our way!
- The Boy Scouts of America, following the lead of our own denomination, has forced our Session to spell out our core values as a church in light of changing policies at the national level. A special committee has been formed to recommend to the Session at their November meeting what our future association should be, if any, with the BSA.
- The last time the love bugs were this plentiful was 8 years ago, right after Katrina. I remember well. September 11, 2005 was my first Sunday at Green Hill.
- Sunday the 29th of September is Healing Service Sunday; it is also Readiness Sunday according to Homeland Security. Homeland Security has been buying beans and bullets and even armored Humvees. I wonder what our personal and church-wide readiness plans should really include?
- Heritage United Methodist Church on Rucker Blvd. is collecting canned vegetables, funds to purchase hams/turkeys, and the fix-in’s to distribute the Saturday before Thanksgiving. They have invited our participation and will put our church’s brochure in the dinner bags they put together. If you want to know more see me or check out the announcement on the bulletin board.
- ShaNaNa will be an Arts Alliance presentation on October 3rd. A sign up list for riding the church bus can be found on the bulletin board.
- October is a tough month for the stock market. History shows they tend to be more vulnerable to a crash. Whew! I hope not.
- I am particularly thankful for our Children’s Church leaders. They are providing, not only a needed service of worship for our children, but they are truly serving our families with children. Parents and grandparents and worshippers in general have more opportunity to focus upon their spiritual worship.
I hope you found at least a little good news in the above. God is at work…working all things together for good to those who are called…
• Heard Elder Lawrence’s Commissioner’s Report from Presbytery. Green Hill’s overture and resolution regarding the sacredness of human life passed by healthy margins.
• Treasurer Joel Mikuta reported the church’s finances were in good shape. The quarterly report will be available to the Session and congregation at the October Session meeting.
• Decided to form a special task force committee to evaluate current policies of the Boy Scouts of America and Trail Life USA and recommend to the Session action for future sponsorship of Troop and Pack 150 in time for the November Session meeting.
• Appointed Carol Whittington and Art Forehand to the Annual Nominating Committee. Sunday, September 29, following worship, the Session calls for a congregational meeting to select three members from the congregation.
• Approved purchase of a new commercial grade lawn mower.
• Agreed to host Murray Tilles of Light of Messiah Ministries for one Wednesday evening program, February 26, 2014. A love offering will be received for this unique outreach to those of Jewish heritage
• The church will continue to use the old Book of Order as part of the Church’s manual of operations.
• Donated $100 to Life Ministries in support of a medical trip to Haiti.
• Gave the Pastor personal leave to attend a retirement workshop offered by the Board of Pensions in Atlanta, October 29/30. This is the seminar he missed last year, something strongly recommended by the Board of Pensions before a clergy person reaches the age of 65; also gave the Pastor three days during Anita’s Fall break to get away to a place called Whitestone, Tennessee, for some rest, Oct 8-10.
Donations to the Green Hill Memorial Fund have been received by Stephen & Hilda Hagins in the names of Ellen Patterson and Jeannette Palmer.
The prayers and sympathy of the congregation are extended to our dear friend Marbe in the recent death of her father. Dennis Wood passed away on September 12, 2013, in Crystal River Florida. He was 73.
PRAISE & JOY
Praise to God and congratulations to Ida Aldrich on the new addition to her family. Her beautiful great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Anne Fenn, was born on September 4, 2013.
PASTA & PRAISE
Pasta & Praise will be held on Wednesday, October 2, at 5:30pm. To kick things off we will enjoy a pasta dinner, including spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, tea, water, and dessert. Then we will fire up the piano to sing songs of praise to our Lord. The cost for dinner is just $3 for adults, $1 for children, and Free for kids under 6 years old. If you plan to attend, please let the church office know. Reservation slips will be available in the pew racks.
CHURCH BEAUTIFICATION DAY
It’s that time of year again: time to clean up the church grounds for Fall. Please join us on Saturday, October 5, at 8am. Bring your favorite yard tool. Coffee will be hot and ready. We’ll try to get everything done by Noon.
SOUP & SALAD CELEBRATION
All are invited to attend a “Soup and Salad Celebration” on Sunday, October 13, immediately following the morning worship service. If you’re looking to learn more about Green Hill, this luncheon and time of informal fellowship is a great place to start. If you’re already part of the Green Hill family, either officially or just in spirit, please join us for this meal. If you’re just looking for something to eat after church, we want you to come too!
Information for the November Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Tuesday, October 15. 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
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, October 16, at 10:00am.
PIZZA & GAME NIGHT
Pizza & Game Night will be held on Wednesday, October 23 at 5:30pm. It’ll be an evening of eating pizza and playing games. Please bring your favorite board game to share with us. All ages are invited. The cost for dinner is just $3 for adults, $1 for children, and Free for kids under 6 years old. If you plan to attend, please let the church office know. Reservation slips will be available in the pew racks.
TACO & TALENT NIGHT
Calling all church members with talent! Dancers, singers, poetry readers, comics, and more are invited to our second annual Talent Night on Wednesday, November 6. You have a whole month to prepare your act, which should last five minutes or less. The event is open to all ages. There is a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall. Please contact Kimberli if you have any questions.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN NEWS
The Green Hill Fall Gathering was held Saturday, September 14, and twelve of our ladies (and two young ladies) attended this event. We had several visitors including our cluster Leader from Andalusia and her friend, Susan Underwood. There were four other visitors. Ann Reynolds played beautifully for us as we sang and danced. Pastor Dan opened our gathering with prayer. Nancy Jancoski, Religious Education Director at Fort Rucker, gave a wonderful presentation of the Jewish Feasts celebrated in the fall. Our own Nancy Smith told about the foods that she and Betty Bierbaum had brought that were eaten by the Jewish people at that time, and we sampled them during and after your lunch. If you were not there, you missed a treat and we missed you. On October 4 we will travel to Marianna, FL, to visit and tour an olive grove. If you can attend, please let me know. The cost is $5. There are many other events scheduled and if you attend Green Hill, you are a member of PW and are invited to any and all of these events.