Green Hill Good News May 2016
The Green Hill Session is looking for volunteers to help on committees. If you have any interest in Stewardship, Christian Education, Congregational Care, Missions, Worship, Buildings and Grounds, or Outreach, we have a job for you! Please check with any member of the Session for more information. Thank you!
We had a really, really good Bulletin from PFF and Cody Watson that we would like the congregation to be aware of. It is posted on the Missions board if you would like to read all of it. But I found this info very educational. It contains a great reflection on the refugee situation and one on the work in their Egypt Network. This network is centered around the largest Protestant church in the Middle East and is Presbyterian. In five years the number of followers of Jesus in Egypt went from 1,000,000 to 4,000,000. Also this info is enlightening.
New Projects in the Middle East:
Richard Haney and Dan McNerney traveled to the Middle East last fall. Two of their new projects deal with training leaders of underground movements in that part of the world. These are separate movements among both Shiites and Sunnis and not related to our partner in Egypt. But at the Egypt network meeting I learned this: 85% of the Muslim world is Sunni and 15% is Shite. A Sunni can live in a majority Shite country. Shites see Sunnis as just a sect of Islam. A Shite cannot live in a majority Sunni area because Sunnis see them as infidels. ISIS is Sunni in origin. This tension explains the uproar over Saudi Arabia’s executing 47 people January 2nd. One being prominent Shite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. As a result Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Iran after Iran’s condemnation. This helps explain our diplomatic mess in Syria/Iran. Syria’s President Assad is Alawi, a Shite sect, and ISIS is Sunni. Iran and Russia back Assad. ISIS is Sunni….complicated
Islam is undergoing an earthquake due to ISIS. That is the word from the Egyptian believers. Now is the time for the Muslim world. To quote the Egyptian leaders “God is intervening to restore the Muslim world to Himself.”
Time is ticking down for the Belk Charity Day Sale! If you receive this newsletter before April 30, you still have time to get in on some amazing deals. The sale will be held at the Dothan location on April 30, from 6am to 10am. To attend, you must purchase a $5 ticket from one of the members of the Presbyterian Women at Green Hill. This very special ticket will not only get you admission to the sale, but it also acts as a coupon to get you $5 off of your first purchase. That’s in addition to getting the already marked discounts of 20% to 70% off! The Belk Charity Day Sale is a major contributor to the missions budget of the Presbyterian Women ministry.
Immediately following the worship service on Sunday, May 1, a lunch celebrating the birthdays of everyone in the congregation will be served in the Fellowship Hall. At the luncheon, envelopes will be made available for donations to the PW Birthday Offering. This offering goes to projects that support the health, education, and economic needs of women and children around the world.
Information for the June/July Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Thursday, May 19. You can contact the office by email or by phone, or you can drop your news off in the basket on the door. We will not print a separate newsletter in July, so be sure to get us ALL of your summer news for this edition of the newsletter. Many thanks to those who contribute!
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
On Thursday, May 5, at Noon, the city of Enterprise will participate in the National Day of Prayer with an event on the steps of the City Hall. The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Please join us as we pray for our country and worship our Lord.
END OF YEAR COOK OUT
Please join us at 5:30pm on Wednesday, May 25, for our annual end of the year cook out. We’ll have hotdogs, hamburgers, and all sorts of picnic-type goodies. Stay tuned to your Sunday bulletin for more information.
The youth Confirmation Class had its very first meeting on Sunday, April 24. Dr. Lawrence is teaching the class, and he has four students. This class is expected to run eight weeks. At the end of the class the four girls will know all about the Presbyterian Church and its beliefs, and they will be prepared to make a decision on joining the church. As they go through this class, three of our girls will also be fulfilling the requirements to earn their “My Faith, My Promise” Girl Scout pins.
BOY SCOUT BOSTON BUTT SALE
Boy Scout Troop #150 is having their annual Boston Butt Fundraising Sale. This sale helps offset the cost of summer camp, other camps, and troop equipment. The Butts will be cooked on May 27 and will be available for pickup on May 28 in the Green Hill parking lot between 11:00am and 1:00pm. The Boy Scouts are pre-selling tickets for $30. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact any member of Troop #150.
FOOD CLOSET NEEDS
The Food Closet has been busier than usual, feeding 25 individuals so far in April. We have run out of some of our basic items and will appreciate your help in restocking These Items:
• Cornbread Mix (ex: Jiffy)
• Jam /Jelly (small size)
• Mustard (small size)
• Catsup (small size)
• Vegetable & vegetable beef soup
• Canned Tuna
• Tomato Soup
• Instant or Canned Potatoes
• Mixed Vegetables (canned)
• Pork & Beans
• Fruit Cocktail
Thanks to those who shared their paper bags, and to those who will help with this request.
BIG BEND WILDLIFE SANCTUARY EXPO & ART AUCTION
Bring the family out to Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday, May 14, from 2pm to 6pm for a wonderful wildlife filled afternoon!
• Silent Auction – Bid on your favorite pieces, created and donated by local artists!
• Facility Tours – Tour the grounds of the facility and learn about what we do at BBWS!
• Wildlife Presentations – Meet our Animal Ambassadors and learn how to properly care for injured and abandoned wildlife!
• Farmhouse Dining Set Auction – Bid on a beautifully handcrafted farmhouse table, complete with benches. Originally valued at $800!
Four of the Girl Scouts from Troop #9338, are helping out with this event as part of their Bronze Award project. If you have any questions, please ask Emma DeTora.