In the early 1800s the people of Reading, England, were deeply disturbed when suddenly there began appearing “strange signs and omens” on their loaves of bread. Some loaves had imprinted on their bottom a picture of the skull and crossbones; others said, “Rest in Peace or “Died on Christmas Day.”
The townspeople feared it was some terrible divine warning of impending judgement. The local constable decided to have a talk with the baker. At last the old man confessed. The baker had needed new stones for the floor of his huge oven, but couldn’t afford to buy any, so he had stolen the largest, flattest ones he could find, from the local graveyard.
Story borrowed from “Holy Humor” by Cal & Rose Samra
GUEST MINSITERS/SPEAKERS FOR OCTOBER
2nd – Rev. Shuford White
9th – Rev. David Jamison
16th – Rev. David Jamison
23rd – Dr. Walter J. Lawrence
30th – Mr. John Fergus
BIBLICAL HISTORY CENTER TRIP
Mark your calendars now! Green Hill is planning a field trip to the Biblical History Center in La Grange, Georgia. The trip will take place on Friday, October 28, 6am to 4pm. Enterprise City Schools are out that day, so it’s a fantastic time to get the whole family together. Adults will go on a tour of the Garden and the Gallery. Children will go on a shorter tour with a Kid’s Dig at the end. The cost is $15 per person, except for adults chaperoning on the Kid’s Dig, the cost is $10. Scholarships are available. Please contact April Seery for more information.
In order to make sure we can see everything the Biblical History Center has to offer, we need to get an early start on the day. The plan is to have everyone ready to go by 5:45am. Participants may drive their own cars, or ride in the church bus. Each bus rider is asked to contribute $5 to fuel costs. Everyone is also asked to pack a sack lunch to enjoy at the facility’s picnic area.
There is a sign-up sheet in the kitchen. The final day to sign up will be Thursday, October 20. On that day there will also be an informational meeting at 7pm to make sure everyone knows exactly what to bring, where to be, and what to do. Everyone going on the trip is asked to attend.
More details will be posted as we get closer to the trip. If you have any questions, please contact the church office, 334-347-9530.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW: CHURCH PICTURE DAY
It’s nearly time to take a new church family picture! Immediately following the morning worship service on Sunday, November 6, the entire congregation is asked to come out to the front steps of the church for a group photo. So please wear your Sunday best and bring your smile!
Don’t forget about these upcoming community events:
- October 3, 9am, Grand Opening of Hobby Lobby
- October 8, 9am-Noon, Pumpkin Day, Farmer’s Market
- October 29, 9am-3pm, Fall Festival, Downtown
Columbus Day falls on Monday, October 10. The church office will be closed, and no homeschool or after-school classes will be held. Enjoy your day off everyone!
WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2016
“All who eat and drink without discerning the body, eat and drink judgment against themselves.” (I Cor. 11:29)
The first Sunday in October is designated as World Communion Sunday, which celebrates our oneness in Christ with all our brothers and sisters around the world. Paul tells us that we are to “discern the body” when we partake of Holy Communion, mindful that we note our relationship to all our brothers and sisters in Christ in the celebration. One is not to go hungry while another is drunk! (I Cor. 11:21). This is scandalous behavior opposed to the Way of Christ.
The Presbyterian Women Fall Gathering is being held at Swift Presbyterian Church in Foley, Alabama, on Saturday, October 1. Ladies, early registration has ended, but there is still time to sign up to go! If you are interested in a last minute day trip, please contact Gloria Webb or Betty Bierbaum for registration and carpool information.
Plans are being made for this year’s Green Hill Presbyterian Women Bible Study. Stay tuned for more details. Our first lesson will be held in October, and we’d love it if every woman in the church could make it! All are invited.
HOMESCHOOL CO-OP CLASSES
The Enterprise Arts Homeschool Co-op starting holding their classes at Green Hill in mid-September, and it has been wonderful! Every Monday the local homeschool students and parents join together to learn about things like Military Life Skills, Art, Basic Sign Language, Design and Engineering, Intro to Theater, Girl Empowerment, and more. They are making very efficient use of limited space and time!
The church office staff has been known to sneak into some of the classes to watch from the back. It has been such a joy to hear the sounds of happy children filling the halls of the church!
The parents and students took up a love offering and presented it to Green Hill as a thank you for allowing them to use our facility for their classes. They are an amazing group of people and we are so glad to have them here.
We look forward to the evening of Monday, December 5, when the Theater Class will hold their end of semester performance in our Fellowship Hall. Green Hill members are welcome to attend.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
It’s time to start thinking about Operation Christmas Child. It may seem like it’s too early, but really it’s not. Green Hill will hold its annual packing party in early November, so now is the time to think about what might go in the shoeboxes. Look at all of the fantastic deals there are on school supplies! Stores are clearing them out to make room for the upcoming holidays. So, if you spot something you think might go well in a box, why not pick it up today? Think how nice it will be to cross some of your shopping off of your list super early this year!
NOTE: We do NOT need any shoeboxes. Thanks to April Seery we have a large collection of the pre-printed boxes. We just need the fun stuff to go inside!
FEAST OF THE TABERNACLES
On October 17-18, 2016, many people around the world, of both Jewish and Christian faiths, will celebrate the Feast of the Tabernacles, or Sukkot.
“During the time in history when the Temple stood in Jerusalem, Sukkot was one of the festivals when all of the men of Israel traveled to Jerusalem to keep this special appointment with God. There was music and dancing, ceremonies and sacrifices. Everyone stayed in temporary shelters for the duration of the festival, as a reminder of the years spent in the wilderness in temporary dwellings. At the Temple there were giant candelabra that lit up the city and could be seen from miles away. This festival was an expression of thankfulness for the harvest and the rain; a joyous celebration of God’s provision.” (Judaism 101)
Here at Green Hill, our Youth Bible Studies are going to get to experience a little bit of what this celebration is like. April Seery is going to build a Sukkot, or a booth, on the church playground. The children will eat their snack inside, and get to imagine what it would be like to live there during a festival.