Green Hill Good News, April 2014

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Jordan & Daphne show off their Bible Study Completion certificates.

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From the desk of Pastor Dan:

Jesus, as he reflected upon his own death and the possibility of life abundant and free, said this: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone but if it dies it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24). The Apostle Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians clearly stated that the corruptible will put on incorruption; and mortality (vulnerable to extinction) does indeed have a pathway to immortal. (Chapter 15)

Dying and death are inevitable. The Fountain of youth has yet to be found. How exciting it must be in some laboratory somewhere as scientists tinker with the human genetic code. Hope springs eternal that nature’s encrypted code of longer life might soon be discovered.

Nevertheless, it remains true: Death is inevitable, even more so than taxes.

The Preacher of Ecclesiastes protested at this inevitability: “vanity, vanity, all is vanity.”

Some religions hold out the hope that the spirit or soul continues on in some reincarnated form. Reappearing in another form or at another time may appear to be more hopeful, I suppose, than simply saying, “ibity, ibity, ibity, that’s all folks.”

I don’t know. Reincarnation means you have to go through the dying process all over again…and again…and again. No, thank you.

Jesus proclaimed not only a life after death, but a life that would be NEW (youthful? Vital? Abundant? Full of energy and possibilities?) and IMMUNE to the dying process.

Jesus proved it. He arose from the dead; attested by hundreds, with twelve specially charged to declare God’s victory over death (to say nothing about sin!!)

The Apostle Paul said Jesus was the first fruit of a great harvest of life from the dead (Corinthians 15). Jesus lives (The Gospels). Those who have already died in faith…in Christ…are alive with Him and they will be raised first on the day the trump sounds and Christ raises His people to life, never to die again (1 Thessalonians chapter 4.)

Are you a believer? You can choose to believe many different explanations for the purpose of the life we now live, and the possibility of life after we die. Why not choose to believe what Christ offers those who decide to trust Him, to make this life count for Him…making Jesus your Lord and Master…right now?

Consider yourself dead except for who you are becoming in Christ. Determine to live for Christ. You, my friend, shall be alive, forever more.

Dying to live! Pastor Dan

SESSION BRIEFS

• Reviewed, on first reading, a proposed manual of operations for the Session and Congregation
• Transferred $200 from the Mission Committee’s miscellaneous fund, effectively amending the yearly budget line item for Christian Mission to read $1200.
• VBS has been scheduled for the week of June 23 – 27. April Seery will be the Director.
• Sunrise service this year will be at Lee Street Baptist April 20 at 6:30am.
• Among topics of discussion: Session vacancies and structure, concern for General Assembly deliberations this June, needs of our Sunday School and programs for youth
• Approved leave for the Pastor to coincide with Spring Break, March 25-28
• The next stated meeting of the Session is Sunday, April 27, at 2pm.

FAMILY SERVICES RUMMAGE SALE

Family Services is excited to announce that they are holding their 2nd annual Gigantic Rummage Sale on May 1, 2, and 3 at the old National Guard Armory in New Brockton. Last year’s sale was a great fund raiser and provided great bargains for many shoppers! Family Services is now picking up donations, so call (334) 393-8538 if you have furniture or other good used items that you want to have picked up. You will be provided with a tax certificate for anything that you donate. Many people who donated last year found that their tax advantage was greater than what they would have made by having a garage sale (but without the time and trouble).

LENTEN PRAYERS

We are calling all of our members to participate in 40 Days of Prayer for Lent. The Sanctuary will be open from 9am to 10am, Monday to Friday, for anyone who would like to come and pray at the church. Or, you may choose to pray at home, in a time that suits your schedule. Either way, we hope that everyone will set aside time to reflect on Jesus in this solemn time leading up to the joy of Easter on April 20.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT MEETING

The next Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support meeting will be held on April 16. 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.

CHRIST IN THE PASSOVER

Igor Barbanel of Jews for Jesus will speak at Green Hill Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, April 2, at 6:15pm. Pastor Dan McMillan invites all to attend. Jews for Jesus uses creative methods and contemporary issues to present the message that Jesus is the Messiah to Jewish people around the world.

Although Barbanel was raised in an atheist family in Odessa, Ukraine, he realized that his existence was no accident and wanted to learn more about his Creator. He came to faith in Jesus through the Jews for Jesus ministry in 1995. He came on their staff in 1997 and now serves as the deputy director for their five branches in Russia and the Ukraine. He and his wife, Galina, have two daughters, Olga and Susan.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

When it comes to our salvation, God did everything, which means that He gets all of the glory! Remarkably, the Bible speaks of crowns that will be given to those who shine for Jesus here on earth. One day we will have the honor of casting these crowns at the feet of our King!

This year’s Vacation Bible School will be held from June 23 to June 27, 9:00am to Noon. All children from 5 years old to 6th grade are invited. Registration forms are available at the church, on the website, or you can just call 334-347-9530. Adult volunteers are also needed. If interested, please contact April Seery.

MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE

The Maundy Thursday worship service will be held at 6pm on April the 17th. On this day we will commemorate the Last Supper Jesus had with the Apostles. This solemn service will include Communion.

EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE

This year’s Easter Sunrise Service will be held across the road with our neighbors at Lee Street Baptist Church. The service is scheduled to begin at 6:30am. A light breakfast will be served following the service.

GREETINGS FROM MAINE

Last month Green Hill received the following message from Diane Hugo, the Pastor of Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church up in Maine.

Hi! I’ve begun a sermon series on the 6 Great Ends of the Church and found your gorgeous stained glass windows via yahoo image search. May I please use the image for our website if I give credit to where it came from? …Thanks so much!! We are few but we are proud Presbyterians in Maine 🙂 Blessings upon your ministry, Diane

Of course we said Yes! It’s amazing who we reach with our website! You never know who is going to be reading about our church and our ministry!

ANGELS ON EARTH

The angels in heaven
Don’t get the blues;
They don’t have to bother
With clothing and shoes.
They use their wings
When they move around,
And their feet don’t ever
Touch the ground.
But here on earth
It’s a different story;
We have many around
And they don’t seek glory.
You don’t see their wings
When they move around;
They use their feet,
They walk on the ground.
It’s so very easy
To tell them apart;
Just look for that person
With the oversized heart.

–Martin Brignac, Sr.
We are blessed with so many angels in our Green Hill Family.

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