From the desk of Pastor Dan:
THE MANHATTAN DECLARATION, I believe, is one of the most important statements of evangelical Christians in the twenty-first century. I know our church newsletter and website will not reach the masses, but there are some of you who may not have signed this covenant of resistance to the currently imploding (morally speaking) and quickly crumbling western society in which we live. You can find the website for the Declaration by clicking: http://www.manhattandeclaration.org
SANCTITY OF LIFE – When you sign the Declaration you join thousands of other Evangelicals who will stand for life. From the website: A culture of death inevitably cheapens life in all its stages and conditions by promoting the belief that lives that are imperfect, immature or inconvenient are discard-able.
“Please don’t kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child and be loved by the child.” – MOTHER TERESA, NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST, 1994
DIGNITY OF MARRIAGE SIGNATORIES to the Declaration are also adamant in their defense of God-ordained marriage of a man and woman as the cornerstone for building healthy families: Again, from the website: The Union of one man and one woman. Marriage is the first institution of human society – indeed it is the institution on which all other human institutions have their foundation.
“When the family collapses, it is the children that are usually damaged. When it happens on a massive scale, the community itself is crippled.” – LYNDON B. JOHNSON
FREEDOM OF RELIGION The third leg of the Declaration’s “Here I stand” platform is the protection of Religious Faith and Expression in the public square. From the website: No one should be compelled to embrace any religion against his will, nor should persons of faith be forbidden to worship God according to the dictates of conscience or to express freely and publicly their deeply held religious convictions.
“Religious freedom, an essential requirement of the dignity of every person, is a cornerstone of the structure of human rights, and for this reason, an irreplaceable factor in the good of individuals and of the whole of society as well as of the personal fulfillment of each individual.” -POPE JOHN PAUL II
I SIGNED THE DECLARATION EARLY ON…SOME THREE YEARS AGO. The leaders of this movement continue to speak out against the darkness of death, the ruin of the nuclear family, and the surrender of religious liberty to those who despise the faith of our forefathers and foremothers.
WHAT SAY YOU? Take this seriously. The Declaration is a call to civil disobedience in the face of the current cultural and societal attack upon traditional values.
STANDING FIRM AND FAITHFUL,
• Examined and sustained the examination for ordination of Elder-elect David Aylesworth. Conducted David’s service of ordination and installation during the Morning worship service, December 8th. David Aylesworth fills a two year vacancy from the Class of 2015.
• Approved the Budget for 2014. It includes a 1.5% raise for the staff. A copy of the budget may be found on a table in the narthex.
• Bid farewell to four faithful Elders: Todd Ayer who resigned from the class of 2014 after service two very active years; Art Forehand, Joel Mikuta, and Carol Whittington rotated off after serving three years in the Class of 2013.
• Called for a Meeting of the Congregation for December 15th to act on the nomination of Art Forehand by the Annual Nominating Committee to fill the one-year Elder vacancy in the Class of 2014. The installation of Art Forehand, pending his election, will take place following the Sunday morning worship service.
• Discussed committee assignments for the new Session.
• Appointed Dr. Walter Lawrence to be Chartering Organization Representative for the Boy Scouts of America and the church troop and pack 150.
• Reviewed the method of greeting new visitors at worship.
• Discussed the appropriateness of an appearance of Santa Claus at the conclusion of a Wednesday Evening Fellowship Meal and Program.
PRAYER LIST NAMES
Please note that the church office is starting off the New Year with a new prayer list. Everyone who was on the 2013 list has been removed and we are adding names back as we receive requests. 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.
ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT MEETING
The next Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 15th. Many of us are caring for individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. Our meetings consist of education, guest speakers, sharing, and prayer. Let’s share caregiving approaches we’ve tried and discuss what works, what doesn’t, and how you can care for yourself during this challenging time. We want all caregivers to understand the disease and to know that they are not alone.
GREEN HILL CAFÉ VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Looking for an opportunity to serve? The Sunday morning Cafe Ministry needs you. Yes, it is a Ministry. This has developed into a wonderful time to gather and fellowship and has become so much a regular part of our Sunday morning we need help to keep it going. However, Outreach needs a firm commitment of your time and talent.
The Fougerons will take the first Sunday of the Month with the McMillan’s as an alternate. Jim McDonough will take the second (the same Sunday as men’s breakfast). That leaves the third and four with an occasional fifth Sunday to fill. We need at least six more couples or teams to commit to a Sunday or as an alternate to cover if someone cannot serve their Sunday. There will be supplies furnished and reimbursement of expenses.
The Session would like to thank the Ayers, the Whittington’s and Jim McDonough for being the foundation for the Cafe this last year. I know other have volunteered and thank you too. (Contact Kimberli or Pastor Dan)
On Wednesday, January 15, our regular Fellowship Supper will be set aside for a special Taco Fiesta! Please come and join us for an evening of fun. The cost for dinner is just $3 for Adults, $1 for Children, Free for kids 6 and under. If you plan to attend, please fill out a reservation slip, or contact the church office.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN NEWS
The SARCOA Santa for Seniors project was a huge success. Our needy recipient received all of her requested items as well as many extras, thanks to you. The annual Christmas party was held on December 12. It was small in numbers of Green Hill ladies, but large in fellowship, food, and fun. Those who missed it, missed a good time – and, we missed you.
Thank you to everyone who has made a donation in exchange for a Legacy Christmas CD. We are supporting two very worthy causes with this project: Living Waters for the Word, and the Presbyterian Women Birthday Offering. There are a few CDs left. We would love to sell out. They make fantastic last minute gifts! See a member of the PW or the church office staff if you are interested.
Have a wonderful, safe holiday and a blessed 2014.