Green Hill Presbyterian Church

Green Hill Good News, June/July 2015

(online edition) – be sure to check out the printed/emailed version for more information

Congratulations to Jose Polanco!  He just received his Masters in Divinity at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He will be returning to teach at the seminary in Merida, Mexico, and he is going to preach in the community.

You may remember that Green Hill sponsored Jose for his undergraduate degree in Merida.  We are so proud of him!

MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR

An American in a bright red sports car screeched to a halt at a country crossroads, and calls out to an old man sitting on a bench, “Can you direct me to London, please?”

“No, I can’t,” he replied.

“Then which road to Oxford?” he asked.

“Can’t rightly say,” answered the old man.

“You don’t know much, do you?” asked the young man sarcastically.

“No, I don’t know much,” replied the uncommunicative local man. “But I’m not lost!”

We’ve all got crossroads in our lives, as individuals, and as a church.

Sometimes we just don’t have the information we need to know which way to go. The challenge I give to each of you is that summer isn’t a time to take off. Instead take time to study and worship so that when crossroads approach you will know which direction to go.

Shu

GREEN HILL STATUS UPDATE

Many of you have been asking what is going on with Green Hill and its relationship with the PCUSA. Specifically, you want to know if we are staying or if we are going. The short answer is that we don’t yet know. It is the hope of the Session that question will be answered this summer.

At the moment, Green Hill is a member of The Fellowship Community, a conservative group of like-minded churches within the PCUSA. These are churches who are not pleased with the recent changes made by the PCUSA but who have not felt called to leave the denomination.

Here at Green Hill, we have members who are in favor of continuing to stay, members who are in favor of leaving, and those who simply are not sure. The Session has been doing its best, through town halls, straw polls, and such, to educate the Congregation, to hear the members’ concerns, and to listen for the voice of God to guide us in what to do.

A Resolution Team (RT), made up of Elders and Deacons from nearby PCUSA churches, has met with the Session to discuss our issues with the PCUSA. It is the job of the RT to guide us through the resolution process. The ultimate goal is to help Green Hill to remain whole and active as a reformed worshiping community.

The Session has been researching denominations that Green Hill may be dismissed to should we decide to leave the PCUSA. The most promising options are the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO) and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC).

After the Session has fully studied the matter, and the Resolution Team has concluded all meetings with the Session and Congregation, and we have had the opportunity to interact with representatives from other denominations, a vote may be considered as to whether to stay in PCUSA or to move to another denomination. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask. The Session will continue to keep you informed and provide opportunities to participate in question and answer sessions.

It is the hope and prayer of the Session that, no matter the outcome of a vote, Green Hill continues to hold together as a family. There is no church in all of Enterprise that is as friendly as ours, and no matter what denomination we are a part of, we hope that will never change. Above all, we need to remember this is God’s church and we need to seek and submit to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in these deliberations.

Please continue to support Green Hill with your prayers.

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. 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.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

This year’s Presbyterian Women Alabama/ Mississippi Conference will be held July 15 to July17 at 1st Presbyterian Church in Greenville, Ms. Please see Gloria, Betty Jo or Nancy if you are interested in attending. The theme “Biblical stories of water “ will be the focus, using scripture text to tell our story of faith through water stories from Genesis to Revelations. We are looking forward to a great summer.

HAT DAY

Remember the days when ladies all wore hats to church? Well, we’re going to recreate that day on Sunday, June 28. This will be just for fun. Everyone, men and women, are asked to wear hats to the morning worship service. The type of hat is not important. We just think it’ll be fun if everyone participates.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT

The next Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support meeting will be held on June 17. On this day the group is going on a little fieldtrip to Dothan. The meeting in July will be held on the 15th.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

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.