‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE JESUS CAME
‘Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house
Not a creature was praying, not one in the house.
Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care
In hopes that Jesus would not come there.
The children were dressing to crawl into bed.
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.
When out of the East there arose such a clatter.
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray
I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!
The light of His face made me cover my head
It was Jesus! returning just like He had said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.
In the Book of Life which He held in His hand
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;
When He said “it’s not here” my head hung in shame.
The people whose names had been written with love
He gathered to take to His Father above.
With those who were ready He rose without a sound.
While all the rest were left standing around.
I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.
In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There’s only one life and when comes the last call
We’ll find that the Bible was true after all!
PRAYER LIST NAMES
Please note that on the first Sunday in January, the church office will start off the New Year with a new prayer list. We are going to remove everyone and start fresh. If you know of someone who should remain on the list, or of someone who needs to be added to the list, please contact the church office. Thank you.
GUEST MINISTERS/SPEAKERS FOR DECEMBER
4th – Rev. Shuford White (Communion)
11th – Rev. David Jamison
18th – Mr. John Fergus
24th –Rev. David Jamison (Candlelight Service)
25th –The Elders of Green Hill (Christmas Worship)
Information for the January Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Thursday, December 15. We need to get the newsletter complete before everyone disappears for the holiday! You can contact the office by email or by phone, or you can drop your news off in the basket on the door. Many thanks to those who contribute!
OFFICE DEPOT & OFFICE MAX REWARDS
Are you planning on doing any shopping at Office Depot or Office Max? You could be earning rewards for Green Hill! When you get to the register, just give the cashier the church’s phone number (334-347-9530) and the church will receive points for your purchase. These points add up to coupons, gift cards, and discounts that go a long way to stretching our office supply budget. Thank you to everyone who helps out. The office staff really appreciates it!
HOMESCHOOL CO-OP CONTINUES
We are pleased to announce that following the success of the very first semester of the Enterprise Arts Homeschool Co-op, the teachers are eagerly preparing for the spring semester. These plans may even include a special ceremony for a few of our graduating seniors! We are so pleased that we could be a part of helping these families reach their education goals.
HOMESCHOOL THEATER CLASS SHOW
The homeschool theater classes are going to put on a show! On Monday, December 5, at 6pm, the Fellowship Hall will be transformed into a stage, complete with backdrops and costumes. The students of the theater classes will perform in several short plays, demonstrating what they have learned this past semester. The show is for the parents, but church members have been warmly invited to attend.
If you plan to place a poinsettia in the Sanctuary for Christmas, please let the church office know no later than Monday, December 19. The names of those being remembered/honored will be printed in the Christmas Eve bulletin. Don’t forget to pick your poinsettias up following the Christmas Eve service.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN CHRISTMAS PARTY
This year’s Presbyterian Women Christmas Party will be held on Thursday, December 8, at 5:00pm. All of the women in the church are invited, even if you don’t usually attend PW events.
This year we are bringing back our notorious White Elephant Exchange. Everyone has at least one item in their house that they don’t want and can’t seem to get rid of. That’s a White Elephant. Wrap it up and bring it to the party to exchange. Who knows? Your trash may be someone else’s treasure!
SARCOA’S SANTA FOR SENIORS
The Presbyterian Women are sponsoring a Coffee County senior through the SARCOA’s Santa for Seniors program again this year. We are so excited about making a wonderful Christmas for a local woman who is in need. We hope that our gifts will improve her situation and bring her joy. If you can help, take an ornament from the PW Christmas tree to signal that you will get that item. Please have all gifts (NOT WRAPPED) to church no later than Thursday, December 8, the night of our Christmas Party.
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE
The Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service will be held on December 24 at 6:00pm. Everyone is welcome. Please invite your family and friends as we light the Christ Candle in the Advent Wreath in anticipation of the coming of our Lord.
CHRISTMAS MORNING WORSHIP
Christmas Day, December 25, is on Sunday this year, and we are going to celebrate! Instead of having a guest minister on this morning, the Green Hill Elders are taking over the service. Things are still in the planning stages, but we know that it is going to be a joyful service as we rejoice in the birth of our Savior. We don’t care what you wear, just join us!
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Thank you to everyone who packed a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child this year. Our seventeen shoeboxes were delivered to the drop off point at St. Luke’s United Methodist church. The volunteers carefully packed our shoeboxes into larger boxes for shipment, and then everyone prayed over the boxes. Part of the prayer was that the children receiving the shoeboxes would be open to the Gospel and would share it with their families. It is so exciting! In January we should get a report on which country received our boxes. Stay tuned to find out!
WEDNESDAY EVENING SCHEDULE
For the month of December, our regular Bible Study will be set aside for a series of special evenings. On the 7th, 14th, and 21st, our Pot Luck Supper will be followed by a Christmas-themed event. On the 28th, our Pot Luck will be replaced with a delivery of pizza. Be sure to mark your calendars now!
December 7 – Decorate the Chrismon Tree
December 14 – Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long
December 21 – Birthday Party for Jesus (with Cake & Bingo)
December 28 – Pizza & Game Night
TOYS FOR TOTS
Green Hill is proud to be supporting Toys for Tots once again this year. As with previous years, our building will be used as a distribution point for the families of Coffee County. The gifts will be delivered by the Marines, and then the staff from Family Services will take care of sorting and distribution. All families who receive toys have registered in advance at Family Services, and specific toys have been set aside for each of their children. Those of you who have had the opportunity to see the toys distributed know it can be just like Christmas morning, except on this day the smiles, and sometimes tears of joy, come from the parents. It is an amazing thing to see, and to be a part of.