GREEN HILL GOOD NEWS, February 2016
Dear friends, this is the last newsletter article for Green Hills that I am writing. By the time you read it my time will have finished. WOW! What a wonderful experience Susan and I have had. The joy and welcome was beyond imagining. As I have said this has been a whole year of celebration for Retirement. Yes we all have gone through some difficult times, and how we saw the future hasn’t always gone the way we thought it would go. But what I have learned that what is planned will be a blessing and joy. This is why I love the 23 Psalm. It reminds us that God walks with us through the trials and tribulations of life. But most importantly is that he has ALREADY set a table for us simply walking with us today HELPING us until we get there at his banqueting table. Our future is set in Christ.
So we walk in faith, that’s all we can do, but as we walk we look forward to the future…
So what are we to do today? As St Francis of Assisi is quoted to have said, Preach the gospel always and if necessary use words. Invite people to come and see the joy of Christ in your midst, in worship, during meals and for special programs. Always invite don’t grow tired and preach…
Shuford and I cannot express enough how much we’ve enjoyed our time with all of you at Green Hill. We were welcomed so warmly the first day and you continued over the year to embrace us with your love and compassion. When I shared my journey with the Presbyterian Women I said I felt like this was a time in my life to be sill and listen to God’s voice. That’s a hard thing for me but I do hear God telling me to not be anxious about Shuford’s retirement, but to trust in Him. In the same way with you at Green Hill it’s time to trust in what the Lord has for you and his church.
Together in Christ and Love,
Shuford and Susan
SESSION BRIEFS – NOVEMBER / DECEMBER / JANUARY
Pledges have been received. In spite of the departure of several families from the Green Hill Congregation, pledges were received in the amount of over $111,000, representing only a small drop from last year’s pledges.
The 2016 budget has been approved. The church did not have to tap into the contingency reserve fund for expenses in 2015.
The project to supply and upgrade fire extinguishers in the church buildings is completed.
New locks are installed on the external doors; all keys have been distributed.
The ice machine intermittently shuts down for unknown reasons. It can be restarted by pushing the “on” button and holding it in.
Emergency repairs on the plumbing situation are progressing very well. Special thanks were given to Jim Klein, Charles Webb, and Jim McDonough for their assistance.
The need for a Confirmation Class was identified. Elder Walter Lawrence will be developing and teaching the class later this Spring. Those interested in attending should contact Elder Lawrence.
A revised Elder Sponsor List is being prepared. Rev. White suggested that the sponsor lists be reviewed by each elder at each month’s session meeting to identify needs within our congregation.
Upcoming events at Green Hill:
- 1/31/16 – Rev. White’s retirement reception. This will be a Soup and Salad luncheon in honor of the White’s, which will be their last Sunday serving as the Interim Pastor.
- 2/3/16 – potluck supper.
- 2/14/16 – Valentine’s Day Breakfast, Boy Scout Sunday, and reception after worship.
- 3/27/16 – Easter sunrise service.
- TBD April 2016 – possible pizza and a game night.
- 5/25/16-final Wednesday night church wide cookout.
The final missions budget for 2016 has been completed. A copy is available in the church office.
A new book, No Place Left, has been received from Cody Watson of the Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship.
Cub Scout Pack 150 activities planned: Pinewood Derby, 1/30/16, Blue & Gold Banquet, 2/13/16, Scout Sunday, 2/14/16, Bowl-A-Thon Fundraiser, 2/28/16.
Boy Scout Troop 150 activities planned: Scout Sunday, 2/14/16.
Girl Scout Sunday is tentatively scheduled for 3/13/16. Two girls are to be recognized for achieving their Bronze Award.
A letter of support was approved by the Session and mailed to the Kiskiminetas Presbyters in Pennsylvania. They are in the process of preparing an overture to be presented to the General Assembly regarding the recent changes made to the Book of Order, revising the current recently adopted standards of marriage to a more conservative approach.
Joel Mikuta was elected to a one-year term as Treasurer.
Gloria Webb and Walter Lawrence were elected to one-year terms as Assistant Treasurers.
Denise Aylesworth was elected to a one-year term as Clerk of Session.
Walter J. Lawrence, M.D.
Outgoing Clerk of Session
The next Session meeting will be held on Sunday, February 21, at 1:30pm. Rev. Jamison will moderate the meeting.
GREEN HILL SESSION & TRUSTEES
CLERK OF SESSION
- Denise Aylesworth (c/o 2016)
- Kimberli Fougeron (c/o 2016)
- Betty Bierbaum (c/o 2016)
- Sandra DeTora (c/o 2017)
- Ron Seery (c/o 2017)
- Jim McDonough (c/o 2018)
- Diana Lawrence (c/o 2018)
- Gloria Webb (c/o 2016)
- Bob Gustafson (c/o 2017)
- Scott Smith (c/o 2018)
GREEN HILL FOOD CLOSET ANNUAL REPORT 2015
The Food Closet Committee would like to thank everyone for your support in 2015. We fed, with your help, 53 families and 17 individuals. The referrals came from Family Services (42), DHR (6), First United Methodist Church (2), HRDC (1), Walmart (1), and Green Hill (1). We also donated food to the Christian Mission, particularly items for their Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Our mission is to service Coffee County residents who are in need and referred by agencies our church members. We appreciate all that the members of Green Hill do for this community outreach program. We also appreciate Boy Scout Troop #150 for handling the food drive that provides our main source of canned and packaged foods. The food Closet Committee members are Rosemary Carter, Bobbie Miller, and Aimee McDonough. If anyone is interested in volunteering with us, please contact one of these ladies.
PASTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND REPORT 2015
In 2015, the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund was used to assist 87 area households (234 individuals). Working with Coffee County Family Services and other area charities, we were able to pay up to the “Final $50” on each bill to help these families keep their utilities turned on. Many of the requests came with the freezing temperatures in the final month of the year. Thank you so much for continuing to support this very worthy mission of the church!
THANK YOU TO OUR UPCOMING GUEST MINISTERS/SPEAKERS
- February 7th – Rev. Samford Turner (Communion)
- February 14th – Dr. Jim Lawrence (Boy Scout Sunday)
- February 21st – Rev. David Jamison
- February 28th – Rev. David Jamison
- March 6th – Rev. Shuford White (Communion)
- March 13th – Dee Koza (Girl Scout Sunday)
- March 20th – Rev. Louie Reynolds
The Chancel Choir will meet to practice on Wednesday, February 3, at 7:00pm.
SOUPER BOWL OF CARING
More than 20 years ago, the Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group: “Lord, as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us to be mindful of those without even a bowl of soup to eat.” On Super Bowl Sunday, February 7, Green Hill will take up our annual collection for the Souper Bowl of Caring. Financial donations and donations of non-perishable food will be collected in the Fellowship Hall. Everything donated will go to support our Green Hill Food Pantry.
NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY
It’s that time of year again, time to update the church directory, and the church office needs your help! If any of your contact information has changed over the past year, please let us know. You can get the info to us by email, by phone, by dropping a note in the basket, or by stopping by and telling us in person. Just make sure you get it to us no later than Sunday, February 7th.
UPCOMING PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN EVENTS
February 11 @ 10:00am – PW Coordinating Team
February 11 @ 11:00am – PW Bible Study
MEN’S SWEETHEART BREAKFAST
On Sunday, February 14, at 9:00am, all of the ladies in the church are invited to attend a Sweetheart Breakfast hosted by the men of the church. Each year the men set up such a wonderful meal that is the perfect way to start Valentine’s Day. Please join us for breakfast. The men who are cooking are asked to arrive at 8:30am.
BOY SCOUT SUNDAY
On Sunday, February 14, the Green Hill congregation will be joined at morning worship by the boys and the parents from Boy Scout Troop #150 and Cub Scout Pack #150. Scout Sunday marks the founding of scouting in the United States. On this day, the troop and the pack will lead parts of the worship service, and special recognition will be given to the Eagle Scouts. Please join us to welcome our scouting families.
ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT MEETING
The annual Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support meeting will be held on February 17. 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.
The deadline for submissions to the March Green Hill Good News is Thursday, February 18. You can contact the office by email or by phone, or you can drop your news off in the basket on the door. Each month the church office does its best to get the newsletter printed and distributed by the last Sunday of the month. Early submissions are appreciated.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN SPRING GATHERING
The Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Come join your Sisters-in-Christ for a day of learning, sharing, and worship. The title of this year’s gathering is “Traveling in Pairs: Are We Seeing the Presence of God?” There are three workshops to choose from, and you may pick two: Rachel and Leah, Sarah and Hagar, Mary and Elizabeth.
Registration forms may be picked up in the church office. Green Hill ladies, your registration fee will be covered by the church. Also, check in with the other ladies to see who is going so we can arrange a car pool. It’s going to be a lot of fun!
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES ARE HERE!
The 2016 Girl Scout Cookie Sale has begun, and the cookies are here! We all know that Girl Scout Cookies are made of ingredients that taste great, but there is so much more! With every box of cookies they sell, Girl Scouts are learning life skills that will help them to become leaders in their communities: Decision Making, Money Management, Goal Setting, People Skills, and Business Ethics.
If you’re looking for cookies, be sure to check with Kendall, Makayla, and Emma. Our Girl Scouts are selling cookies to raise money for their troop, #9338. We are very proud of our girls and we can’t wait to see what they do in the coming year.