From the desk of Pastor Dan:
What do you do about things that are inevitable? “Simply forget about it, it’s going to happen anyway?” “Worry about it, or try to put it off?” Taxes and dying are two things that are universally considered inevitable.
When I was a youngster growing up in the West Indies I heard about a man in a near-by village who lived by himself, never came out of his house (he was a rich man with trusted servants), and had his food specially cooked and sampled before he would eat. The rumor in town was that he was paranoid about something getting him, like a virus or a deadly infection, or being poisoned. He lived in such a way that death would be postponed as long as possible.
We thought he was weird. He tried so hard to keep from dying that he was missing out on living.
How weird, though, is the first answer given above? If you ignore it will it really just take care of itself?
There are folks who actually stay away from church, believe it or not, because they don’t want to be forced to think seriously about their life, to consider the relative brevity of life, or come face to face with unpleasant issues, especially about themselves.
We all need a reminder about a third and the most important inevitability that each of us face. It is called “the judgment,” referenced in Hebrews 9:27. Final Exam Day!
Should we simply say, “There’s nothing I can do. God will do what He is going to do.”?
One option, of course, is to “not believe” that God will grade using His holiness as the standard. This stance of non-belief is like saying “out of mind, therefore, not happening.” According to the Bible this would not be a wise choice.
The Bible has good news. God’s word promises a passing grade for those who give up trying to measure up, but instead live day to day sharing life with the Son…trusting Christ as a child trusts her Mom or Dad.
The Son, Jesus Christ has earned a waiver to be used on final exam day. Every day, and especially on exam day, our faith lays claim to being related to God’s Son by way of adoption. God’s Son passed the final exam for all who believe in Him some 2000 years ago on Calvary’s cross.
So, “Believe (and keep on believing) on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved, you and your entire household.” Acts 16: 31
Do not delay. Today is the day of salvation. Believe! John 3:16
Believing and Sharing the Greatest News of All Time,
• Designated November 24th as Stewardship Sunday when pledges to the 2014 church budget would be received from church members during the worship service.
• Received a status report from the BSA task force. They will have a recommendation by the next Session meeting, Nov 10.
• Approved use of a room at Green Hill for an association of Entrepreneurs in the Enterprise area called the Enterprise Networking Alliance. They want to meet weekly early every Tuesday morning. The Session agreed to a 3 month trial period. Jim McDonough is the sponsoring member.
• Pastor McMillan reported on last month’s meeting of the Mission Affinity Group of the Fellowship of Presbyterians in Pensacola. The topic was Evangelism. The next meeting will be a review of the annual narrative questions every Fellowship church must answer. This will be in early 2014.
• Accepted a request from Outreach Committee to purchase a DVD that stars Kirk Cameron, a movie that provides encouragement for those whose trust in Christ has been severely tested by tragedy or the unfairness of life. Stay tuned for the date when this movie will be shown. This will be an opportunity to invite friends to Green Hill.
• Committees were asked to submit their budget requests for 2014 by November 10th at the latest.
• The treasurer reported a balance between income and expenses through the first three quarters. Our members and others who faithfully attend at Green Hill are to be commended for their faithful giving.
Information for the December Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Tuesday, November 19. 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. The November 20th Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will focus on keeping the health and spirits up for the caregiver during the holiday season ahead. November through December is very hard on the heart and soul of the caregiver. Keeping spirits bright is difficult. Keeping healthy during the cold and flu season is important too. We meet 10 a.m. till noon.
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. Your act should last from three to five minutes. 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.
The church’s annual Stewardship Sunday is fast approaching. At this time, we ask each member, each family, and all our regular worshippers, to prayerfully examine their resources and to pledge a portion to God’s work. Soon everyone will receive a pledge card in the mail. On Stewardship Sunday, November 24, a special collection of the pledge cards will be held during the morning service. The cards may also be returned by mail to the church office. These pledges help the church plan our budget for the coming year.
E-MAIL ADDRESS CHANGE
The “official” email address of the church is now GreenHillPC@Gmail.com. If you need to contact the church office by computer, this is the best address to use.
WEDNESDAY EVENING YOUTH BIBLE STUDY
We’ve just completed our first month of the new evening Youth Bible Study and it has been a great success! While the adults are studying their lesson in the Fellowship Hall, we have been having fun using the What’s in the Bible? program, and playing a little bit of Ping Pong too. In November, we will have lessons on the 13th and the 20th, perhaps packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child one of those evenings.
Adults, don’t forget that we need you too! Sandi has been taking care of setting up and running most of the lessons, but she needs help, especially on days she can’t be there. Please see the sign-up sheet in the kitchen for information on how you can help out.
TWO NEW AFTERNOON YOUTH BIBLE STUDIES
Attention All Bible Scholars! We will be starting two new after-school Bible Studies this month for kids from 4th grade up to teens and we want you!
Monday we will be digging in to Becoming God’s Champion – an inductive Bible Study on 2 Timothy. Join Max, Molly, Sam and the rest of Team USA as they train for events, compete for medals, and learn:
• How we can be true champions for God.
• How we can pass the gospel on to others, just like a baton in a relay race.
• How we can press on in tough times and finish strong to win the race.
Tuesday we will tackle God Has Big Plans For You, Esther – an inductive Bible Study on the book of Esther. Max, Molly, and Sam are going to Washington D.C. to tour all the important places in the capital of the United States as well as explore a time in history when a young woman named Esther became queen and saved her people. Through her incredible life, we will uncover many truths that will help us know more about God and how we can serve Him, such as:
• God put us where we are for a reason.
• God has plans for each of us now and in the future.
• God will help us know what to do in every situation.
• God is always with us so we are never alone.
• God has given us each gifts so we can help people.
Each of these Bible Studies will meet from 3pm until 5pm on days when Enterprise has school. Contact April Seery to register at 334-494-2087.
Not a 4th grader up to teen age and still want to be a part of these exciting studies? We need an adult helper for our Monday class, people willing to substitute as helper on either of these two days and drivers to pick up kids that need a ride from school on both Monday and Tuesday. Contact the church office to let us know you can help or call April Seery at 334-494-2087.
BELK CHARITY DAY SALE
Tickets will be available soon for the next Belk Charity Day Sale! The sale will be held at the Dothan location on November 9, from 6am to 10am. To attend, you must purchase a $5 ticket from one of the members of the Presbyterian Women at Green Hill. This very special ticket will not only get you admission to the sale, but it also acts as a coupon to get you $5 off of your first purchase. That’s in addition to getting the already marked discounts of 20% to 70% off! And, that little ticket just keeps on working because the money for all of the tickets sold at Green Hill, stays at Green Hill. The Belk Charity Day Sale is a major contributor to the missions budget of the Presbyterian Women ministry.
The Green Hill annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Sunday, November 24, at 3pm. Please make a note of this earlier time. Reservation slips will be available in the pew racks as we get closer to the date. If you plan to attend, please fill one out so the ladies of the church can organize the food.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN NEWS
The women of Green Hill have had a fantastic month, and we are looking forward to even more excitement!
We have been studying An Abiding Hope, The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy in our Bible Study and we would like to remind the ladies of Green Hill that all women are invited to join us. Our November Bible Study will be held on Friday the 15th. Looking ahead, our December Bible Study will be held on Friday, the 13th.
Six of our ladies made a trip out to the Olive Grove in Marianna on the 4th of October. It was a wonderful experience! Anyone who has the opportunity to make the trip in the future should go.
In November and December, the PW will be holding a fundraiser in support of Living Waters for the World. We have CDs of Christmas music called Legacy Christmas that will be made available in exchange for donations to the charity. A $15 donation per CD is suggested. Please contact a member of the PW if you are interested in picking up a CD.
Christmas is still a couple of months away, but the PW will be setting the date for our annual Christmas party very soon. When we announce the date, please mark it on your calendar. This is an event you don’t want to miss.
ENTERPRISE GARDEN CLUB
The Azalea Garden Club Monthly meeting for November 8th, 2013, will be held at the Green Hill Presbyterian Church on Lee Street at 9:00 a.m. with Ilu Worley presenting a program on growing orchids. She will also show you how to re-pot an orchid plant. Please come and join us. We have refreshments from 9:00 to 9:30.
MORNING PRAYER TIME
During November and December, the Green Hill Sanctuary will be open for our members to come and participate in a special Morning Prayer time. Much like we did during the season of Lent, everyone will be welcome to come to the church on weekdays, from 9:00am to 10:00am, to pray. Suggested prayers will be made available. This will be a time of reflection, a time of praying for our church and country, and a time to focus on the message given to us by Billy Graham at the My Hope event. We hope that those of you who can join us will, even if you can only make it to a few of the days. This prayer time will begin on Friday, November 1.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
Don’t forget to change your clocks on Sunday, November the 3rd. This is the time of year we get to “Fall Back” which means everyone gets an extra hour of sleep. Or, those of you who don’t go to Sunday School could use this as an opportunity to make it to church one hour early and attend a class. We have several great classes to choose from, for children, teens, and adults. This may be the morning God is calling you to join us!
“It’s easy to get excited about your faith when things are going well in your life. But when your whole world comes crashing down on you, the questions start: ‘Where is God when I need him most? Why do bad things happen to good people?’ UNSTOPPABLE is a journey, based on a true story, that has become the most personal and transparent project I have ever made regarding my faith. Together…we will discover with our eyes wide open, that life is stronger than death, good is stronger than evil, and faith is stronger than doubt.”
Special Movie Showing:
Green Hill Presbyterian Church
Saturday, November 23 @ 7:00pm
On Thursday, November 7, at 6:00pm, the Green Hill Softball Team is getting together for fellowship and fun, and to watch the My Hope with Billy Graham special.
Were you on the team? Did you cheer them on? Did you follow their wins and losses? Did you forget that Green Hill had a team? It doesn’t matter. Everyone is welcome to this event. It will be a time of great food and great conversation. The Nursery will be open for the little ones.
If you plan to come, please contact the church office at 334-347-9530. We need to get a head count so we know how much food to prepare.
Remember, this event is open to everyone,
so let your friends know!