From the desk of Pastor Dan:
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant….” (Philippians 2: 4-7a, ESV)
This is how the gospel is to be understood, sifted and strained through the life of a servant:
A missionary went to a town in Mesopotamia to labor among the Syrians, Muslims, and others there. Thirteen long years he toiled among them before he had a single convert.
“Your words sound well,” they told him, “but we cannot understand them. Why should you come to us with these words? Why are you not content to leave us as we are?”
Then came cholera. Those who could, fled, leaving the sick to die uncared for. The missionary stayed. He went into home after home and cared for the stricken ones, ‘till at last, utterly spent with weariness, he succumbed to the disease. Those whom he had saved bore his body outside the city wall and tenderly buried it.
Long afterward, another missionary came to that city. He expected to find the work of his predecessor forgotten, but nine miles out from the city the people met him with great joy.
They took him to a grave outside the city and showed him a grave. “This is the grave of the man who died for us,” they told him. They understood now the words of the missionary, which he had spoken, and they built a fine, large, stone church and dedicated it to his memory and to the service of the God whom he served.
Green Hill, the secret to reaching others for Jesus’ sake, is found when we forget about what we want or prefer for ourselves, and look instead to the interests and needs of others. May our servant-minded Lord empower us to persevere past perceived failures and disappointments. Is it possible that our present mission to Enterprise and Ft. Rucker is to lay down our lives in preparation for a day yet future when faithful service to Christ bears finally bears the fruit we long to see today?
To God alone be the glory. Please, Lord, help us not to bury, but to give away the talent(s) you have given us. May we not be ashamed at your appearing!
Trusting the One who has given us the mind and enduring spirit of Christ,
• Elder Cully recounted valuable training for Clerks of Session given by Rev Samford Turner at recent training workshop; Minutes for the year 2013 were certified by Presbytery during the seminar.
• Pastor McMillan led the Session through a second reading and editing exercise of the proposed Manual of Operations for the Session. Elder Lawrence will incorporate edits and make available to the congregation this latest draft. Copies are to be placed on the table in the Narthex for easy access by all church members and feedback is requested. Responses can be directed to the Clerk of Session and returned to the church office before the June Session meeting.
• Approved an overnighter at the church. Sandi DeTora and Diana Lawrence are sponsors.
• Joel Mikuta gave the treasurer’s report for the first quarter. Pledges and expenses reflect the 2014 budget projections. Church members and Committees were commended for their faithful stewardship for the first part of the year.
• Agreed to hear a fund-raising proposal for the Presbyterian Children’s Home from Charles and Ruth Oliver at the June Session meeting.
• Called on the Annual Nominating Committee to nominate an elder to complete Elder David Aylesworth’s two-year term.
• Approved continuing to have the church sanctuary open in the mornings for members to come in and pray. This will be done Monday through Thursday, 9am to 10am, but not on Fridays.
FAMILY SERVICES RUMMAGE SALE
Come to the old National Guard Armory in New Brockton (across the street from Frogz Restaurant) to participate in the Second Annual Family Services Rummage Sale. Thursday presale 6-9, Friday and Saturday 9-4. Everything half price after 1 on Saturday. Family Services has survived for two years since the loss of all State funding and this fundraiser will provide them with “match” funding to apply for more grants. Last year’s sale was a great fund raiser and provided great bargains for many shoppers.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALEX!
Congratulations to Alex McDonough on being accepted to the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science (high school) down in Mobile, Alabama. Our church family has watched Alex over the years as she has grown from an amazing little girl into an incredible young woman. It seems too soon to say goodbye, but we know that this is an opportunity that can’t be missed, and we know that she is going to be doing wonderful things over the next four years.
First, a big thank you to all of the Coordinating Team for your hard, selfless (and often thankless) work. It has been a good year and we have been richly blessed. There are a few upcoming events that need to be mentioned.
1. Green Hill has been invited by Belks Department Store in Dothan to participate in their Charity Day Sale. The sale will be held on Saturday, May 3, from 6-10am. Entrance requires a ticket which costs $5. That $5 ticket turns into a $5 coupon that can be used on your first purchase. If you are interested and wish to help, please see Gloria or Betty Bierbaum for all details.
2. The annual PW Birthday Lunch will be held in the Fellowship Hall following the morning worship service on Sunday, May 4. Ham and Birthday Cake will be provided by the church. We need you to bring either a salad, a vegetable, a bread, or a casserole. If you plan to attend, please let the church office know. Reservation slips are available in the church pews. The Birthday Offering this year will benefit the Blue Corn Mothers Alliance. More info on this is contained on the POW Bulletin Board. Please plan to attend and support this worthwhile cause.
“The more we give, the more we get. For only what we give away, enriches us from day to day.” A Quote from Helen Steiner Rice.
Love to all, Gloria
ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT MEETING
The next Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support meeting will be held on May 21. 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.
END OF THE YEAR COOK OUT
On Wednesday, May 28, our regular fellowship supper and Bible Study are going to be replaced with an End of the Year Cook Out! Hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, soda, dessert, and more! Our Softball Team players will be our honored guests. Please, invite your friends. This will be a great night to show them what our church family is all about.
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.
MEN’S BREAKFAST ON MOTHER’S DAY
This month’s Men’s Breakfast will be held on Sunday, May 11, which is also Mother’s Day! Everyone is invited to join the men for a special breakfast honoring our mothers. Food will be served in the Fellowship Hall at 8:30am.
PRAYER IN THE SANCTUARY
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
During the month of May, and continuing through the Summer, the Sanctuary at Green Hill will be open for our members to come in and pray. From 9am to 10am, Monday through Thursday, the doors will be open, and a candle will be lit. Everyone is welcome to come and speak with God is this special space.