Green Hill Good News Online Edition for May 2017
The Worst Thing About Moving
What do you think that might be? Saying good-by? Making note of those who didn’t say good-bye, and wondering why? Selling the house? Buying a house? Packing? The minimum of two nights spent sleeping on the floor; one after the furniture leaves, and one before it arrives? Leaving Texas? (That was a hard one. I LOVED being a Texan!) But none of those is the worst thing. The worst thing about moving is when you get to where you are going and have to get a new driver’s license. For example:
I walked into the DMV office in Pasadena, California and discovered several tables with all the material that one needed to obtain a new driver’s license, printed in fifteen or twenty different languages; none in English. So I was a little bit in the dark when I entered the line for a new license, the line that had more people in it than the number of languages represented on that table. When I got to the front of the line and explained to the Californian behind the desk why I was there, she asked me for my Connecticut license, put it in a machine that cancelled it by drilling a thousand holes in it, dropped it in a drawer, and handed me the test. THE TEST? I have to take a test? What if I fail the test, I asked? You just drilled a thousand holes in my old license. Don’t worry about it, says the Californian. Twenty five questions. Five wrong, (or less) you pass. Six wrong, (or more) you fail. I got six wrong. The Californian gives me the bad news. I ask, What do I do now? She tells me she’s going to give me the test again, and that I should study my old test. Study the old test? Study the old test. I study the old test, make my way to the front of the line. (I have now been at the DMV for about three hours.) She takes my old test and throws it out. She gives me a new test. After a minute or two I realize that all the questions are the same but in a different order. This time, I get five wrong. I pass.
BUT – my troubles with DMV are not over.
It went much better in Nebraska, but after four years I renewed my license and realized that they had me listed as an ‘F’ on the second license. I looked at my old one. I was an ‘F’ on that one too. This, despite the fact that my whole life, before, during and after Nebraska, I had been an ‘M’. (It’s on my birth certificate!) I asked them to correct their OBVIOUS mistake. They said they would. They said there would be the standard fee to do this; $13.50. I decided to remain a female.
In Texas, they insisted that I had a second name. One name just wouldn’t do. So since then, solely because of the Texas DMV, I am officially Timothy James. This leads to problems with banks and with mortgage brokers, as I want to be Timothy and they insist that I am Timothy James and am expected to sign my name, repeatedly, Timothy James.
Alabama went much better. I am an “M” here, but I am still Timothy James, and the whole process took two days.
The best thing about moving? The hands of God. Feeling the hands of God, directing me from where I was, to where He wants me to be. Feeling the hands of God, in the welcome extended by all you Green Hill folks. I am so thankful to God and to all of you. It’s a great blessing to be here. And I thank God, and I thank you too.
Timothy James Oleksy
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
On Thursday, May 4, 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.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN BIBLE STUDY
The Presbyterian Women Bible Study will be held on Thursday, May 11, at 11:00am. All women are invited. The Coordinating Team Meeting will be held just prior to the Bible Study, at 10am. All CT members, and anyone interested in being a part of the CT, is asked to attend.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN BIRTHDAY LUNCH
Immediately following the worship service on Sunday, May 7, 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. The PW will provide the meat and the dessert for this meal. There is a sign-up sheet for side dishes posted in the kitchen. Please plan to bring your favorite dish to share!
HOMESCHOOL THEATER PERFORMANCE
The homeschool theater class is going to put on a show! On Monday, May 8, at 6pm, the Fellowship Hall will be transformed into a stage, complete with backdrops and costumes. The students of the theater classes will perform a play demonstrating what they have learned this past semester. The show is for the parents, but church members have been warmly invited to attend.
BOLL WEEVIL HOMESCHOOL CO-OP
The Boll Weevil Homeschool Co-op would like to thank Green Hill for allowing the use of the church building on Monday mornings. Thank you for helping to make the co-op’s school year such a success.
CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. LAWRENCE
On May 13, 2017, Dr. Walter Lawrence will graduate and be awarded the Commissioned Lay Pastor (CLP) Certificate in Congregational Leadership from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. This program consists of the eight core courses required of Presbyterian Commissioned Ruling Elders (CREs) in the Presbyterian Church (USA) “Book of Order.”
The courses are: Introduction to Old Testament; Introduction to New Testament; Pastoral Care; Presbyterian Polity (The Book of Order); Reformed Theology (The Book of Confessions); Introduction to Preaching; Foundations of Christian Education; Reformed Worship and Sacraments (The Book of Common Worship, Hymnal, and other resources); Online Learning Certification
Each class runs for 12 weeks. The work required in a single CLP/CRE course is equivalent to a one-credit college course. The standard for this would translate to: 300 – 500 pages of reading, 7 – 10 pages of writing assignments, 3 – 4 hours per week of class participation and preparation time
The overall goal of the “Education for the Laity” program of UDTS is to strengthen the church through quality theological education for lay persons. While the courses offered are particularly designed for lay pastor candidates, they will serve the needs of all lay persons who are contributing their gifts to the ministry of their local church. Church ofﬁcers, Christian education leaders and teachers, and persons who wish to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith will discover a rich opportunity through this program.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017 GRADUATES!
Information for the June/July Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Thursday, May 18. 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!
GIRL SCOUT SPAGHETTI DINNER
The Green Hill Girl Scouts (Kendall, Makyala, and Emma) would like to give back to their church family by hosting a spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, May 17, at 5:30pm. If you plan to attend, please fill out a reservation slip so we know how much food to prepare. Slips can be found in the pew racks and dropped it in the offering plate or in the basket on the office door. A donation basket will be available on the night of the dinner to help cover the cost of the food.
BOY SCOUT BOSTON BUTT FUNDRAISER
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 26 and will be available for pickup on May 27 in the Green Hill parking lot between 9:00am and 1:30pm. The Boy Scouts are pre-selling tickets for $30. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact any member of Troop #150.
GREEN HILL VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Things are gearing up for this summer’s Vacation Bible School. This year we are using the Kickin’ It Old School program from the Go Fish Guys. VBS will be held from 9am to Noon, June 19 to 23. If you’d like to volunteer to help, you can write your name down on the sign-up board in the Fellowship Hall or see April Seery for more information.