Green Hill Good News February 2014
From the desk of Pastor Dan:
February 17th is President’s day this year. We might be tempted to offer a ho-hum and go about our business without much thought. We’ve had some great presidents, and others, not so great. We do need to be thankful for those who have courageously led our nation to stand fast to the guiding principles of our founders, no matter what the cost.
However, the heroic lives of those who serve on the front lines of freedom should receive the most acclaim, don’t you think? Maybe that’s why we ho-hum President’s Day. We intuitively realize who the real heroes are.
Our greatest presidents were humble men who thanked God for faithful and loving parents, teachers, police officers, farmers…and the thousands of civic leaders, business men and women, and the “little guys who live out liberty’s cause on the front lines every day.”
Instead of February 17th this year, I give you February 12th, a day no American can afford to forget. It was 41 years ago when C-141’s began to bring home some 600 American prisoners of war held by North Vietnam. The first flight of 40 U.S. prisoners of war left Hanoi in a C-141A named the “Hanoi Taxi.” Aboard this aircraft were men who had lived in rat infested cells, endured bone crushing torture, and ate food consisting of animal hooves, chicken heads, rotten fish, and meat covered with hair.
The longest held POW was an Army Ranger named Capt. Floyd J. “Jim” Thompson, commander of a Special Forces detachment. Capt. Thompson spent nearly nine years in captivity. Navy Capt. Jeremiah A. Denton was the senior officer of the 40 POWs who left Hanoi on Feb. 12, 1973. Once airborne, Denton calmly asked a flight attendant for a piece of paper. He thought for a moment and then scribbled the memorable words that he would utter as he and his comrades stepped off the airplane into the arms of freedom at Clark AB in the Philippines.
Capt. Denton said, “We are honored to have had the opportunity to serve our country under difficult circumstances. We are profoundly grateful to our Commander in Chief and to our nation for this day. God bless America.”
King David announced thousands of years ago to God’s people Israel, “My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge.” (Psalm 62:7)
In like manner, let us all be reminded that whatever we do for Christ, even though largely unnoticed or even unappreciated, if endured for our Commander in Chief, Jesus, it will bring eternal honor and glory to the One who has graciously called us into His service. To God be all glory, for He, and He alone, is worthy to receive our thanks and praise.
• Elected Joel Mikuta as Treasurer, and Gloria Webb and Betty Cully as Assistant Treasurers
• Elected Betty Cully as Clerk of Session, and Art Forehand as Assistant Clerk of Session
• Agreed to Committee chair positions for 2014 as follows: Worship, David Aylesworth; Outreach and Mission, Kimberli Fougeron; Congregational Care, Betty Cully; Christian Education, Jim Lawrence; Administration and Stewardship, Charles Webb
• Discussed at length answers for the Ten-Question Narrative required by the Fellowship of Presbyterians Mission Affinity Group. Our group consists of Green Hill, Westminster and Overlook in Mobile, and Euchee Valley in DeFuniak Springs, FL. These four churches will plan a gathering soon to discuss and hold one another responsible based upon the Narrative questions. A copy of the questions and answers from Green Hill is available in the church office.
• Elected Elder Jim Lawrence as Commissioner to the February meeting of Presbytery (7&8) at Westminster Church in Mobile; Betty Cully was elected as Alternate Commissioner
• Reimbursed the Pastor for auto expense in December. The pastor had exceeded the budgeted annual amount through November.
SIGN UP FOR THE SOFTBALL TEAM
The Enterprise Parks & Recreation Department is getting ready to hold team registration for their Spring Softball League, so it’s time to get our Green Hill Team together! If you were on last year’s team, we’d love to have you join us again. If you didn’t play last year, now is your opportunity to get started! The team is open to both men and women, and no previous softball experience is required.
A sign-up sheet has been posted on the board in the kitchen serving area. For more information, please see Pastor Dan. And, remember, if you’re not on the team, that means you’re available to come and cheer us on! Softball nights are all about Fun, Fellowship, and Family. We can’t wait to see you there!
ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT MEETING
The annual Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support meeting will be held on February 19. These monthly meetings are open to anyone who is dealing with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia in their family. We will get together, share our stories, and work on learning more about how to deal with these diseases.
PASTA & PRAISE
Pasta & Praise will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 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.
FOOD PANTRY & PASTOR’S FUND SUMMARY
The Food Closet Committee would like to thank everyone for your support in 2013. We fed, with your help, 46 families and 153 individuals. Most of the referrals came from Family Services (21), and the First United Methodist Church (17). There were also requests from Wal-Mart (2), DHR (2), HRDC (2) and the Episcopal Church. We also donated food to the Christian Mission, particularly items for their Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
Our mission is to serve Coffee County residents who are in need and referred by agencies or church members. We appreciate all that the members of Green Hill do for this community outreach program. The Food Closet Committee members are Rosemary Carter, Betty Cully, Carol Lynch, Bobbie Miller, and Helen Sapp. If anyone is interested in volunteering with us, please contact one of these ladies.
Currently the Food Closet is in need of Peanut Butter, Jam/Jelly (small jars), Mustard, Mayo, Catsup (small).
In 2013, the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund was used to assist 68 area households (197 individuals). Working with Coffee County Family Services and other area charities, we were able to pay up to the “Final $50” on each bill to help these families keep their utilities turned on. Many of the requests came with the freezing temperatures in the final month of the year. In total, the fund distributed $2526.49, money that had been donated by our church members. Thank you so much for continuing to support this very worthy mission of the church!
THE JEWISHNESS OF JESUS
On Wednesday, February 26, we will be joined by a very special guest speaker, Murray Tilles. Mr. Tilles is the director of “Light of Messiah Ministries.” He was born and raised in a traditional Conservative Jewish home and then he found Jesus, who he accepted as his Lord and Savior. On Wednesday, he will speak to us about “The Jewishness of Jesus.” Some of you may remember hearing Mr. Tilles speak at the church before. Hopefully he will bring his shofar and let us hear it!
Registration has begun for the Alabama Presbyterian Cursillo (APC), and you are all invited! 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 spring event will be held April 3 to April 6, 2014. To learn more, please see Carl or Betty Bierbaum.
BOY SCOUT SUNDAY
On Sunday, February 9, the Green Hill congregation will be joined at morning worship by the boys and the parents from Boy Scout Troop #150. Scout Sunday marks the founding of scouting in the United States. On this day, the troop will lead parts of the worship service, and special recognition will be given to the Eagle Scouts. Please join us to welcome our scouting families.
SOUPER BOWL OF CARING
More than 20 years ago, the Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group: “Lord, as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us to be mindful of those without even a bowl of soup to eat.” On Super Bowl Sunday Green Hill will take up our annual collection for the Souper Bowl of Caring. Financial donations and donations of non-perishable food will be collected in the Fellowship Hall. Everything donated will go to support our Green Hill Food Pantry.
MEN’S SWEETHEART BREAKFAST
On Sunday, February 16, at 8:30am, all of the ladies in the church are welcome to attend a Sweet Heart Breakfast hosted by the men of the church. Each year the men set up such a wonderful meal that is the perfect follow-up to Valentine’s Day. Please join us for breakfast.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN NEWS
The Presbyterian Women of Green Hill are looking for books! We need books for children to be used by Family Services when they go on home visitations. Books for very young children (board books) are preferred, but all books are appreciated. Donations may be dropped off in the box in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you very much for your support of this project!