Green Hill Good News Online Edition for February 2017
There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things in order, she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.
She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.
“There’s one more thing,” she said excitedly.
“What’s that?” came the Pastor’s reply.
“This is very important,” the young woman continued. “I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.”
The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.
“That surprises you, doesn’t it?” the young woman asked.
“Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,” said the Pastor.
The young woman explained. “My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, ‘Keep your fork.’ It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming…like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!”
So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder “What’s with the fork?” Then I want you to tell them: “Keep your fork…the best is yet to come.”
The Pastor’s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman goodbye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She knew that something better was coming.
At the funeral people were walking by the young woman’s casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, “What’s with the fork?” And over and over he smiled.
During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.
He was right. So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come.
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES ARE FOR SALE!
The Green Hill Girl Scouts (Kendall, Makayla, and Emma) are selling Girl Scout Cookies to support their group. If you are interested in buying any, please contact one of the girls or their moms (Sandi and Pat). Cookies are $4 a box and the Scouts have all of your favorite flavors, including the new S’mores Cookies! Thank you for supporting our youth.
WILDLIFE SANCTUARY ART AUCTION
Mark your calendars NOW for the annual Wildlife Art Auction to benefit the Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary. The event will be held at the Sanctuary, in Enterprise (take 84 out to Collins Engines and hang a left on 445), on Saturday, April 1, from 2pm to 6pm. There will be a silent auction as well as facility tours and special exhibitions. If you have any wildlife themed art you would like to donate, please see one of our Girl Scouts, Kendall, Makayla, or Emma. Thank you.
“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26
NEW WEBSITE ADDRESS
Green Hill has a new web address! We are now http://www.GreenHillPC.com. Take note of the last three letters. The old .org address will no longer lead you to the website. Update your internet favorites list today so you don’t miss any news! Those of you who follow us on FaceBook, Twitter, or Instagram should not notice any change.
FEBRUARY WORSHIP SCHEDULE
5th – Rev. Shuford White (Communion)
12th – Rev. Louie Reynolds (Boy Scout Sunday)
19th – Rev. David Jamison
26th – Dr. Walter J. Lawrence
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 5, 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 at Green Hill will stay at Green Hill to support our Food Pantry.
CARPET CLEANING DISCOUNT
As many of you know, Veterans Cleaning Solutions cleans several of the churches in town. What you may not know is that any member of any church they clean is eligible for a 15% discount. This discount applies to any cleaning service offered by the company. As members of Green Hill, you can take advantage of this discount. Contact Veterans Cleaning Solutions for more information.
GREEN HILL FOOD CLOSET ANNUAL REPORT 2016
The Food Closet Committee would like to thank everyone for your support in 2016. We fed, with your help, 56 families and 151 individuals. The referrals came from Family Services (53), DHR (2), Coffee County Health Department (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 serve Coffee County residents who are in need and referred by agencies or 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 2016
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund over the past year, especially to the Skelton Foundation for their donations. Over the past year Green Hill has assisted 78 households with just over $4000 dollars. The money was used to pay for water and power bills for our local residents who were in danger of having their services shut off. Our church works closely with Family Services to identify those who are in need. Thank you again to everyone who makes this mission of our church possible.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Mark your calendars now! The dates for Vacation Bible School at Green Hill have been set. June 19 to June 23 we will be back with the Go Fish Guys, learning about the Bible, and having tons of fun. Start thinking now about what role you might like to fill so you will be prepared when the volunteer list goes up. What is God calling you to do?
Amanda Lawrence is getting married! We wish her and her future husband, Nathan Baggett all of the best and we pray for them as they prepare for this next chapter in their lives. Amanda’s mother, Diana, is hosting a Bridal Shower here at the church on Saturday, February 18, from 1pm to 3pm. All ladies of the church are invited. Please see Diana for complete details.
• Co-op classes for the second semester are up and running. Classes meet on Mondays from 8am to Noon.
• The Generation Joshua Club has formed and is meeting at Green Hill on the 2nd Friday of each month.
• The Geography Club will continue holding meetings on the 3rd Friday of each month.
BOY SCOUT SUNDAY
On Sunday, February 12, Green Hill Presbyterian Church will celebrate Boy Scout Sunday during the morning worship service. Boy Scout Sunday is designated as the day to commemorate the founding of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910 and to recognize the contributions Scouts make to their churches and their communities. All local scouts, both boys and girls, are welcome to attend, and are encouraged to wear their uniforms.
WEDNEDAY NIGHT SCHEDULE
For the month of February our regular Wednesday evening Bible Study is being set aside for a special event and several guest speakers. We will kick off the month with a Valentine Evening. (Stay tuned for details.) After that we will get updates from organizations supported by our church.
February 1 – Valentine’s Evening
February 8 – Christian Mission
February 15 – Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship
February 22 – Family Services
March 1 – Homeschool Co-op