FROM THE DESK OF PASTOR DAN
Long ago, a young boy named Patrick lived in the British Isles. In his mid-teens, Patrick was captured and taken as a slave to Ireland. He lived there for several years herding sheep. He was a religious boy and he prayed that he would someday return to his homeland.
Legend has it that one night while he was praying, a voice told him to escape and hike two hundred miles to a ship that would be waiting for him. Patrick got to the ship, and sailed back to Europe. At home, Patrick felt that he was called by God to perform an important mission. He believed it was his duty to go back to Ireland and convert the Celtic people to Christianity.
Patrick arrived in Ireland and became a missionary, traveling from village to village and talking about his faith. Once, several members of a tribe approached Patrick and told him that they found it difficult to understand and believe in the Holy Trinity. Patrick thought a moment, then stooped down and picked one of the shamrocks growing wild around Ireland. “Here are three leaves,” he said, “yet it is one plant. Imagine the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit as each of these leaves. Here they are, yet they are one plant.” The tribesmen understood. From that time on, the shamrock has been a revered symbol of Ireland.
It would be a stretch for most of us to call March 17th a religious holiday, so in honor of the “Irish” in us all, one more story:
Spanish singer Julio Iglesias was on television with British TV host Anne Diamond when he used the word mañana. Diamond asked him to explain what it meant. He said that the term means “maybe the job will be done tomorrow, maybe the next day, maybe the day after that. Perhaps next week, next month, next year. Who cares?” The host turned to Irishman Shay Brennan who was also on the show and asked him if there was an equivalent term in Irish. “No. In Ireland we don ‘t have a word to describe that degree of urgency” replied Brennan.
Loving the Irish in all of us!
• Received the church’s statistical report prepared for the Presbytery. It showed we lost two members and gained seven.
• Heard Elder Lawrence’s Commissioner’s Report. Presbytery was challenged to participate in the denomination’s “1001 new worshiping communities in ten years” campaign. New ministers for Spring Hill and Evergreen in Dothan were welcomed.
• Elder Art Forehand said building and grounds would like to have the Spring Work Day on Saturday morning, March 22nd with April 12th as a weather back-up.
• Worship Committee recommended 4th Sunday Vesper service be suspended for a time and that a 40 days of prayer during Lent be offered every week day morning in the sanctuary from 9-10am beginning March 6th, the day after Ash Wednesday.
• Reviewed the Elder Sponsor List and discussed notification procedures during emergencies
• Christian Education Committee continues to look for a teacher of the Junior and Senior High Youth.
• The pastor reported that the Ministers Association will conduct another crosswalk on Good Friday
ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT MEETING
The annual Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support meeting will be held on March 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.
PIZZA & GAMES
On Wednesday, March 12, from 5:30 to 7pm, we will set aside our regular Bible Study for a special Pizza & Game night. Bring your favorite games to play and to share. All ages are invited to this exciting event. Please fill out a reservation slip (found in the pew rack) or contact the church office so we know how much pizza to order. Cost is just $3 per adult, $1 per child, and Free for those six and under. Remember, this is a great time to invite your neighbors and friends to Green Hill Presbyterian Church.
Registration is still open 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.
GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY
On Sunday, March 9, the Green Hill congregation will be joined at morning worship by the girls and the parents from Girl Scout Troops #9296 and #9338. Girl Scout Sunday is designated as the day to commemorate the founding of the Girl Scouts of America in 1912 and to recognize the contributions Scouts make to their churches and their communities. All local scouts, both boys and girls, are welcome to attend, and are encouraged to wear their uniforms. Following the service cake and punch will be served in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us to welcome our scouting families.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN NEWS
On March 22, 2014 at 9:00 am our Annual Spring Gathering will be held at First Presbyterian, Foley, Alabama. This will be a very exciting day of fellowship, Bible Study and activities for all ladies. We hope you can attend. You will be sorry if you miss it! There is information on the PW board in the Fellowship Hall. If you plan to attend, we need to know no later than Wednesday, March the 12th. Thank you.
WE NEED ONE ANOTHER
We need one another when we mourn and would be comforted.
We need one another when we are in trouble and afraid.
We need one another when we are in despair, in temptation, and need to be recalled to our best selves again.
We need one another when we would accomplish some great purpose, and cannot do it alone.
We need one another in the hour of success, when we look for someone to share our thoughts.
We need one another in the hour of defeat, when with encouragement we might endure, and need again.
We need one another when we come to die, and would have gentle hands prepare us for the journey.
All our lives we are in need of others, and others are in need of us.
40 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR LENT
The 40 days of Lent that lead to Easter are the most sacred and spiritually powerful in the Christian calendar. From Ash Wednesday, through Good Friday, and on to Easter, Lent is a time when Christians are invited to examine their faith, and deepen the commitment to live the Christian life.
During this season of Lent, you are invited to join us in 40 days of prayer. Starting on Ash Wednesday, March 5, and running through Easter Sunday, April 20, we ask that all of the members of our congregation take some time each day to pray. You may make this part of your regular quiet time, or set aside another part of your day for these special prayers.
If you would like to pray along with other members of our congregation, please join us in the church Sanctuary. On Ash Wednesday, we will begin with a special evening prayer time during the Wednesday Bible Study.
For the remaining days of Lent, we will meet from 9am to 10am, Monday to Friday. To start we will light a candle and have an opening prayer. During the hour, you are welcome to come and leave at any time. Printouts of suggested prayers will be available.
It is our hope that this observance of Lent will give our members the opportunity to truly connect with God as we prepare to recognize the death and the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Please join us for prayer!