“Peace be with you”
Luke 24: 36-39
We need to understand that the disciples had heard this greeting a thousand times from Jesus. And more than likely they had used it as often. This was a normal everyday greeting.
But then something happened. On Easter evening after the disciples had hidden themselves away afraid and uncertain as to what their lives were to be and do, Jesus entered their midst and now this greeting took on new meaning.
It was “a trumpet blast of hope and a proclamation of victory” as Lloyd Ogilvy said in his book God’s Best for My Life. What we see in Luke is that God himself invaded that room, invaded their life and replaced their fear with HOPE. This is the Easter message the message we are to share with the world, Jesus and Jesus alone can bring peace to troubled hearts. These words are the first words Jesus spoke to them, a proclamation of what he gives, a summary of who he was. – the bringer of peace and reconciliation to all people especially to those who were dispossessed, lost, lonely, afraid and hurting.
We each need to face this truth. What dominates us, fear or hope? Does our life proclaim the hope we have in Jesus, the knowledge that Jesus is Lord and his first words to us after his resurrection is “Peace”, or are we allowing the fears of the day, the fears of uncertainty, of random acts of violence, or hatred and evil rule us?
Remember Christ is right here with you, right beside you, reaching to hold your hand. Can you hear him? Listen to what he says, “Peace be with you.” accept it, embrace it and discover the new life he gives in the peace.
Something to think about from “STEWARDSHIP NUGGET”
The Full Life
“The key of the selfish, unregenerate person is get. The key word of the dedicated Christian should be “give.” The Prodigal Son set off a series of negative events destined for failure when he said to his father, ‘Give me the portion of goods that falleth to me’ (Luke 15:12).” Our Lord’s command was, ‘Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over…’ (Luke 6:38). Yet it was more than a command. It was an invitation to glorious and abundant living. If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area of his life.” [Select Stewardship Sermons, Billy Graham]
SESSION BRIEFS – APRIL MEETING
The monthly stated meeting of the Session of Green Hill Presbyterian Church was held at the church at 2:00 PM on 19 April 2015.
1. Treasurer Joel. M. presented the First Quarter, CY 2015 Financial Report. He noted that although the church was slightly ahead of budget in pledges, those pledges fall slightly more than $21,000 short of expenses this year.
2. Teaching Elder White suggested the Session consider calling the Resolution Team from Presbytery back early to further determine items and issues that may need consideration should our church proceed to the Gracious Dismissal process.
3. The Resolution Team Committee and Study Group will meet again on Sunday, 26 April 2015 at 2:00 PM.
4. A letter from the Board of Pensions dated 1 April 2015 was reviewed in which it was noted that our church is listed with other churches declaring objection in the matter of benefits for qualified domestic partners of the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The vote was unanimous to continue to maintain our objection and remain on the list.
5. Letters of thanks for gifts from Green Hill were received from David Legters, the Presbyterian Home for Children, Christian Mission Centers, Inc., and the Board of Pensions (2014 Christmas Joy Offering).
6. Building and Grounds Committee reported that the recent church workday was a success. Phones in the kitchen and nursery have been upgraded. Repairs to the ceiling in the Sanctuary are completed. Pulpit and choir microphones have been replaced. The piano in the Sanctuary needs major repairs, and although playable, those repairs remain in progress.
7. VBS dates are 15-19 June 2015, 9:00 AM to Noon daily. The program will continue with the “Go Fish Guys.” Members of Pack 150 will be invited to participate.
8. Dates for upcoming events:
5/24 – William L. HS Graduation Reception (after worship)
5/27 – End of Year Hamburger/Hotdog Cook-out
9. An Usher list is being prepared. Contact the church office to volunteer.
10. Rev. Jamison will serve as supply pastor on 10 May 2015.
11. The next Healing Service will occur 31 May 2015.
12. Scout Dale Chambers’ Eagle Scout Project is progressing and receiving much publicity. 109 volunteers were swabbed for the “Be the Match” program!
13. The Troop 150 annual Boston Butt sale is scheduled for 23 May 2015, 11:00AM-1:00 PM. They have purchased 200 pork butts and will sell the tickets for them for $30 each. Final date for ticket sales is 18 May 2015.
14. The process of bequeaths, memorials, and donations is being reviewed. A new Memorial Fund Committee needs to be elected. Contact the church office or Elder Charles W. if you are interested.
15. New overtures are under development to the next General Assembly. They are available for review from the Elder Walter L., Clerk of Session.
16. A positional statement clarifying what Green Hill Presbyterian Church desires to represent to the community as its witness was unanimously approved. It is enclosed in the newsletter.
17. The next Session meeting is scheduled for 17 May 2015 at 2:00 PM.
Ruling Elder, GHPC
Clerk of Session
USHERS, WE NEED YOU!
On Sundays we need a team of two people to serve as ushers for the morning worship service. Ushers are needed to greet people, to pass out bulletins, to collect prayer requests, and to collect the offering. For our visitors, our ushers are the first people they meet, and we need to make them feel welcome.
Over the past several months, we have had trouble filling this slot. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered, especially those who were called into service at the last moment. We really appreciate you!
If you are available to serve as an usher, please sign up on the board in the kitchen. You can serve for as many or as few days as you would like. If you have any questions, please contact Sandi in the church office.
ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT MEETING
The next Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support meeting will be held on May 20. 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 27, 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
God provides everything we need to be close to Him. However, He does require a response – having faith means we Gotta Move! This year’s Vacation Bible School will give the children an amazing look at what it takes to put faith into action. We are using the Go Fish Guys “Gotta Move” program.
VBS will be held from June 15 to June 19, 9:00am to Noon. All children from 1st grade (7 years old) to 6th grade (12 years old) are invited to attend. 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 S.
CONGRATULATIONS TO WILLIAM!
Congratulations to William L. who will graduate from Enterprise High School in just a few weeks! Over the years we have watched William grow up from a wonderful little boy into an amazing man. After graduation William plans to enlist in the Air Force. We are going to miss him dearly!
On Sunday, May 24, following the morning worship service, the church will hold a graduation reception for William. Please join us as we celebrate and say goodbye.
FREE PHONE SYSTEM
FREE to good home – cordless phone system. Features two handsets and one base station/answering machine. Contact the church office for more information.
MEN’S BREAKFAST ON MOTHER’S DAY
This month’s Men’s Breakfast will be held on Sunday, May 10, 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.
A great event that happens every spring is our **Green Hill General Gathering** for the women. This year we welcomed our new pastor’s sweet wife, Susan. Her presentation was an inspiration to us all and we thank her very much. The lunch and fellowship was good too.
Your next year’s Women’s coordinating team (CT) was presented.
MODERATOR Gloria W.
SECRETARY Betty B.
TREASURER Nancy S.
HISTORIAN Olivia M.
CO-MODERATORS Missions Bobbie M. and Rosemary C.
MODERATOR of Search Committee Jean M.
MODERATOR of Spiritual Growth Sandi D.
SESSION REP Betty C.
CIRCLE Chairwomen Helen R.
This year’s CT has done a wonderful job and deserves a big thank you.
The ongoing Mission opportunities were presented. They included the Request for stamps; Healthy Women Health Family Cards; WEPS – Mother’s Day Fundraiser- “Thanks for life.” Due by (May 3); Belk’s Charity Day Sale – May 2, 2015. See last month’s newsletter for details of each.
Our AL/MS Conference will be in Greenville, MS. – July 15- 17, 2015.
Please don’t forget our annual PW Birthday Dinner on Sunday May 3rd that will be right after worship service. Meat, cake, and drinks will be provided and everyone else is asked to bring a vegetable or salad or dessert.
Our 2 Corinthian’s Bible Study on May 14th at 11:00 a. m. over Ch. 12 and 13 will conclude our study for this year. We will discuss Paul’s thorn and God’s grace and hear the final warning and benediction. We have enlarged our understanding of the benefits of suffering and challenge to go on, and strengthen our resolve to be supportive of Gods leaders. If there is real doctrinal error, it must be addressed lovingly but firmly. If it’s just a duck bite we must pray for them and the unity in the body of Christ.
May God continue to bless the study of his word, and care for us as we care for others.
His servant, Betty Jo B.