Green Hill Good News, December 2013

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From the desk of Pastor Dan:

I love hearing Pat Johnson’s “Grayson-isms” and “Makayla-isms”. These are short stories that happen as part of growing up at Grandma Pat’s house. They are wonderful, humorous, and especially insightful about how God wants to surprise us with joy (to use the title of a book by C.S. Lewis).

Little people have a way of revealing God’s presence. Anita and I are blessed to be around two such mediums: Livy and Asher.

Recently, Livy has been using a phrase that has reminded me about how amazingly wonderful the Lord is near to us. At some point this past week I was urging Livy to pick up some of her little toys, and of course she wasn’t finished playing with them, so she said, “Grandpa, that’s not nice to Jesus!”

Hmmm. From her perspective I was curtailing her fun and happiness. So that’s not nice to Jesus. Anita and others have been telling her, when she’s been fussy or naughty, that “it doesn’t please Jesus” when she acts like that; especially. Not sharing! So, we have a new Livy-ism to add to the list: “that’s not nice to Jesus”.

What if we considered our attitudes and desires based upon how Jesus might feel?

Actually, the new Livy-ism at the McMillan house is really straight out of the Bible. Colossians 3:17 says “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of (on behalf of) the Lord Jesus…” and likewise 3:23, “whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord….”

Whatever we do or think or say, we are to be mindful that the first one we should want to please is Jesus; not ourselves, not even our friends, or family members. Does it please Jesus; yes or no?

It pleased our heavenly Father to send Jesus to us two thousand years ago, born of Mary, to become son of a carpenter, and to grow up living to please his heavenly Father, and only Him.

Thank you Grayson and Makayla and Asher and Livy, and all of God’s children, for reminding us that life is really quite simple and joyful and filled with wonderful examples for how we are to trust and please our loving heavenly Father.

Giving and receiving gifts at Christmas always starts with a heart-check. May our giving be to please Jesus; and when we receive, let us please him with humble hearts filled with thanksgiving to Him from whom all blessings flow.

Pastor Dan

SESSION BRIEFS

• Accepted Task Force recommendation to renew the charter with the Boy Scouts of America and continue the Scouting programs of troop and pack 150.
• Called for a Congregational Meeting following worship on November 24 for the purpose of electing new elders and trustees.
• Approved a letter be sent to the Board of the Fellowship of Presbyterians requesting help in finding a concurring presbytery for Green Hill’s earlier overture that protested infanticide at abortion clinics, as well as to implore the Board Chairman to send a letter and issue a public statement to the Office of the General Assembly (PCUSA) warning of unimaginable harm to the denomination should a current push by the Covenant Network to change the definition of marriage succeed at the Assembly in Detroit next Summer.
• Agreed to change December’s Healing Service from the fifth to the fourth Sunday to accommodate the Pastor’s personal leave schedule.
• Approved the Pastor’s Thanksgiving holiday to be November 26 -29th and his Christmas break to run from December 26 – 31.
• Congratulated Charles Webb on being honored with the Spirit of Coffee County Award by the Coffee County Farm and City Association.
• Accepted the request of the Toys for Tots program to use the fellowship hall (and adjoining halls) to distribute toys to the needy through Family Services, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 17 and 18.

PRAYER LIST NAMES

Please note that on the first Sunday in January, the church office will start off the New Year with a new prayer list. We are going to remove everyone and start fresh. If you know of someone who should remain on the list, or of someone who needs to be added to the list, please contact the church office. Thank you.

ITEMS MISSING FROM THE KITCHEN

Following the Thanksgiving Dinner last week, the kitchen crew noticed that a few items were missing. If you happened to accidentally acquire an extra serving spoon or silverware when you took your plates home, please return them to the church. You will make the kitchen crew very happy. Thank you.

CONGRATULATIONS DR. LAWRENCE

Congratulations to Dr. Lawrence on the opening of his brand new medical office here in Enterprise! We wish Jim and Diana all of the best as they embark on this new adventure.

ALZHEIMERS CAREGIVERS SUPPORT MEETING

The Enterprise Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will meet on Wednesday, December 18, at 10:00am. We will meet for about an hour at the church and then head over to Po Folks for a little holiday celebration. Holidays can be both joyful and stressful. Come and have a little fun with us as we take in the Christmas Joy. We have reserved a table for our party. Anyone who wishes to eat lunch may order separately with the waitress. We look forward to seeing you there.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN NEWS

It’s a busy time of year for the Presbyterian Women! We just wrapped up both the annual Thank Offering and the offering for the Presbyterian Children’s Home. Thanks to your generosity, $540.00 was raised for the Thank Offering and $1503.00 for the Home. God is great, and you all are amazing. Thank you!

This year’s Presbyterian Women Christmas Party will be held on Thursday, December 12, at 6:00pm. Please bring a goody and a fun (inexpensive) gift to exchange that evening. ALL of the women in the church are invited, even if you don’t usually attend PW events.

We still have copies of the Legacy Christmas CD available. These CDs make great Christmas gifts, and they support a very worthy cause. The CDs are available for a $15 suggested donation. All money received will be divided between the PW Birthday Offering and to Living Waters for the World.

Operation Christmas Child was a HUGE success this year. The PW covered the shipping of the 14 boxes that were prepared by Wednesday night Youth Group. Donations came in from all over and each of the boxes was packed to the top, mostly with toys!

The PW Christmas Tree is up on the announcements board. Just like we did last year, the PW is sponsoring a senior through SARCOA’s Santa for Seniors program. Our senior has a list of items she would like to receive for Christmas. Most of them are necessities. If you would like to contribute to this project, please pull an ornament off of the tree to signal that you are taking care of that item. Please have all gifts into the church no later than Thursday, December 5. Thank you!

WEBBS RECOGNIZED FOR YEARS OF SERVICE

From the November 12 Enterprise Ledger: “Col. (ret.) Charles Webb received the Spirit of Coffee County Award from the Coffee County Farm City Committee. Webb served in the U.S. Army for more than 30 years and was the first director of the Coffee County Emergency Management Agency. In 1996, Webb undertook the task of creating the Coffee County Emergency Communications Board and the task of remapping the county and establishing the E-911 program. Since 2003, he has since continued his role as the unpaid chair of the CCEMB. He and wife, Gloria, are both active [in] the community, both in their dance club and at the Greenhill Presbyterian Church.”

Charles adds, “Gloria was my ‘right hand person,’ she made major contributions to both Emergency Management and E911, and continues to do so. She has served on the Board of Commissioners of E911 for 17 years.”

Congratulations to both Charles and Gloria!

THE SEASON OF ADVENT

On the first Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Hope. This candle is also referred to as the Prophecy Candle. It reminds us that Jesus’ coming was prophesied hundreds of years before He was born. The candle’s purple color represents Christ’s royalty as King of Kings.

On the second Sunday of Advent we light the candle of Peace. This candle is also referred to as the Bethlehem Candle. It reminds us that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. It too is purple, reminding us that it was a King who was born in a manger.

On the third Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Joy. This candle is also referred to as the Shepherd’s Candle. We are reminded that God sent the angels to proclaim His arrival to common man and that He still uses ordinary people today to spread the good news of Christ. The candle is pink or rose to represent God’s faithfulness.

On the fourth Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Love. This candle is also referred to as the Angel’s Candle. As we light this flame, we are reminded of the heavenly hosts that proclaimed Christ’s arrival. This candle is also purple, reminding us that it was a King’s birth the angels were announcing.

On Christmas Eve, we light the Christ Candle. We remember the birth of our Lord and Savior, which was foretold by the prophets, happened in Bethlehem, was revealed to the shepherds, and proclaimed by the angels. All month long we have been waiting and preparing. On this night we celebrate!

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