Green Hill Good News, January 2017

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Makayla and Grayson lay a wreath on their great-grandfather’s grave at the Wreaths Across America event at Meadowlawn Cemetery

JUST FOR FUN: Church Squirrel Infestation

All five country churches in a small Texas town were having a terrible problem with squirrel infestations. Predictably, they all had different ways of dealing with the problem.

The Presbyterian Church called a meeting to decide what to do. After much prayer and consideration they determined that the squirrels were predestined to be there, and they shouldn’t interfere with God’s divine will.

In the Baptist Church, the squirrels had taken up habitation in the baptistery. The deacons met and decided to put a cover on the baptistery and drown the squirrels in it. The squirrels escaped somehow and there were twice as many there the next week.

The Methodist Church got together and decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God’s creation. So, they humanely trapped the squirrels and set them free a few miles outside of town. Three days later, the squirrels were back.

The Catholic Church came up with what they thought was the best and most effective solution: they baptized the squirrels and registered them as members of the church. Now they only see them on Christmas and Easter.

Still, the Jewish Synagogue beat them all: they took one squirrel and had a short service with him called a bris — and they haven’t seen a squirrel on the property since.

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.

TOYS FOR TOTS

The Toys for Tots distribution in Enterprise was a great success again this year. Family Services took over the Green Hill Fellowship Hall for two days in December, filling it with a truck load of toys that had been delivered by the Marines. Each family had been specially assigned a bag of toys, based on the number and ages of their children. Green Hill is very proud to be a part of this annual event.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the February Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Thursday, January 19. 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!

CONGRATULATIONS TO COURTNEY!

Congratulations to Courtney Leigh Peacock, granddaughter of Hugh and Evelyn McNab, on her graduation from Troy University School of Nursing – Cum Laude!

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

The news has come in from Operation Christmas Child and we now know that our shoeboxes have been shipped to three different countries: Mali, Burkina Faso, and Ghana. You may remember that we had shoeboxes go to Ghana in 2013, and we had shoeboxes go to Burkina Faso in 2015. How interesting that our boxes are going to those countries again!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project, either by packing a shoebox or by contributing to the shipping costs, or both. And thank you to everyone who has prayed for the continued success of Operation Christmas Child.

SOUPER BOWL OF CARING

The Super Bowl is just over a month away (February 5), which means the Souper Bowl of Caring is also just around the corner. On this day we will collect food and financial contributions to our Green Hill Food Pantry. Stay tuned for more details, and keep an eye out for Joel’s big Soup Pot!

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

The Presbyterian Women’s Coordinating Team will meet on Thursday, January 12, at 10:00am. The Women’s Bible Study will be held immediately following, at 11:00am. All women in the church are welcome to attend the Bible Study. We meet in the Session Room.

NO COMMITTEES IN HEAVEN

When God was creating the animals, a group of angels remarked that it looked like fun, so God let them form a committee and create one animal. The committee created the platypus – an animal with the bill of a duck, the fur of an otter, the tail of a beaver, and the feet of a frog.

“Enough!” said God, and ever since there have been no committees in heaven.

GENERATION JOSHUA CLUB

We are excited to announce that an Enterprise chapter of the Generation Joshua Club is being formed, and it will be meeting at Green Hill. The Vision of Generation Joshua is to assist parents to raise up the next generation of Christian leaders and citizens, equipped to positively influence the political processes of today and tomorrow. The first meeting will be held on Friday, January 13, at Noon. For more information please contact DeAnn Wallace through the Enterprise Homeschool Support Facebook Page.

ENTERPRISE ARTS HOMESCHOOL CO-OP

Last semester was such a success that we’re doing it again! The Enterprise Arts Homeschool Co-op has some amazing classes scheduled to start in January: Military Life Skills, Cosmetology, Sign Language, Intro. to Theater, Engineering, Girl Empowerment, Human Anatomy, and more. Registration for current students will be held on January 9. Space permitting, registration for new students will be held on January 23. Classes begin on January 30. Please see the Enterprise Arts Homeschool Co-op Facebook page for more information.

CHURCH OFFICE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

The church office will be closed on Monday, December 26, and also on Monday, January 2. The office will be open regular hours the rest of each week.

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

This year our Green Hill Youth, and several of our Green Hill adult members, had the opportunity to participate in the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony at Meadowlawn Cemetery.

Emma was honored to have a part in the opening ceremony, presenting a wreath to a solider. Kendall got very emotional as we read the names of the soldiers who were receiving wreaths and discussed their service. Makayla and Grayson were able to lay a wreath on the grave of their great-grandfather. You may have even seen Makayla being interviewed on television!

The mission of Wreaths Across America is “REMEMBER our fallen U.S. veterans. HONOR those who serve. TEACH your children the value of freedom.” On December 17 there were coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,100 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad. We look forward to being a part of this wonderful event next year.

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