Green Hill Good News Online Edition for November 2017
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. Isaiah 40:8
Is That All There Is?
When I was in fourth grade my class went on a field trip to Plymouth Rock. At that age, 150 miles in a school bus seemed like going to the moon. When we finally got there, we were directed to a large marble pavilion, like the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Only the one in Plymouth had no floor. You look over a marble railing and about 20 feet below the railing sits a rock about the size of the desk in my office. It has the year “1620” carved into it; so I figured it must be the real thing, but still; I had thought that Plymouth Rock was going to be impressively huge, not something about the size of a very small, very compact car. So little Timmy goes up to a guy in uniform who looks like he’s got something to do with the rock, a ranger of some sort, and little Timmy asks the ranger: Is that all there is? Ranger looks puzzled, so little Timmy adds: The rock. I thought it would be much bigger. Didn’t the Pilgrims step on that thing when they got off the boat? Ranger explains: It used to be much bigger, but people kept chipping off pieces of the rock as souvenirs. When it got to be as small as it is now, that’s when we put it down in that hole, so nobody could get to it.
Now more than 50 years later, little Timmy is still pretty disillusioned about Plymouth Rock. And little Timmy’s brother David still calls him “Timmy.” But as disillusioned as I am about where it all began, I am not in any way disillusioned about Thanksgiving. The best of all holidays. The one that they invented not far from that rock. The one that we will enthusiastically celebrate in our home in New Brockton in about one month.
Laurie and David’s brother (that’s actually me), will be cooking together, eating together, drinking various wines that go with various elements of our meal (especially the turkey element), and not watching football. The football games used to be a part of our tradition, but we don’t watch a game where men kneel when the national anthem is played, instead of standing in thanksgiving for all that it means to be an American. Over the course of the day we speak with all of the children (including the granddaughters), by Skype. And after Laurie cleans it all up, and after turkey sandwiches for dinner, we usually go to bed early. This for us is Thanksgiving.
But we, as well, know the real reason for Thanksgiving. The giving of thanks. And not just one day a year, but every day. Thanks to God for all our blessings. And this year, thanks to all of you as well. To all y’all who brought us here from Texas, especially the PNC. And to those of you who sent cards while we were still in Texas. Because of you, we felt welcome long before we got here. And thanks to all of you who gave gifts. Like all of the food and supplies for our new house. And to the couple who gave the large bottle of chardonnay. And the Visa gift card. (You know who you are!) And the tomatoes. And the salsa. And the gift certificates to the Mexican restaurant. And the meals out, and the meals in your homes. And to you who have been my teachers, especially Scott.
To all of you who are the Green Hill Presbyterian Church. Many, many thanks! And Happy Thanksgiving!
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING, NOVEMBER 5
There will be a congregational meeting immediately following worship on November the 5th for the purpose of electing two (2) members to serve on the Congregational Nominating Committee for 2018.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS
Don’t forget to change your clocks before you go to bed on November 4. On Sunday morning, November 5, Daylight Savings Time ends, and we all get back that extra hour we gave up in the spring. We look forward to seeing you at church on Sunday morning, at the correct time.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN LUNCH, NOVEMBER 3
All of the ladies of Green Hill, and any friends you would like to bring along, are invited to attend a lunch at Green Hill on Friday, November 3. We will enjoy sandwiches and fellowship and share what has been going on in our lives since we were last able to get together. We will also discuss some pending business from the Coordinating Team. We hope you will be able to join us!
STUFF THE BUS FOOD DRIVE, NOVEMBER 4
The Boy Scouts from Troop #150 will hold their annual food drive on Saturday, November 4. They will be out in front of the Walmart in Enterprise, Alabama, with the Green Hill Church bus. The plan is to stuff the bus full of food that can be used to feed those in need in Coffee County. All food donated will go to the Green Hill Food Pantry. The Pantry is currently running low on all supplies, so everything donated will be appreciated and put to good use. Thank you to everyone for your continued support!
STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19
The church’s annual Stewardship Sunday is fast approaching. At this time, we ask each member, each family, and all our regular worshipers, to prayerfully examine their resources and to pledge a portion to God’s work. Soon everyone will receive a pledge card in the mail. On Stewardship Sunday, November 19, a special collection of the pledge cards will be held during the morning service. The cards may also be returned by mail to the church office. These pledges help the church plan our budget for the coming year.
ENTERPRISE VETERANS DAY PARADE
Veterans Day falls on Saturday, November 11, but the city of Enterprise is recognizing this special day a little early. Children will be out of school on Friday, and the annual Veterans Day Parade will be held on Main Street on Thursday, November 9, beginning at 5:00pm.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN THANK OFFERING
The Thank Offering has long been a tradition of Presbyterian Women. It has provided and continues to provide much-needed financial assistance to numerous worthwhile programs not included in ongoing General Assembly mission support. Each year, domestic and international projects are carefully and prayerfully selected by the Creative Ministries Offering Committee to help meet a crucial need. Forty percent (40%) of this offering is used to support hospitals and community health programs that place priority in helping the most-needy members of God’s community. The remaining sixty percent (60%) is used for new creative ideas for mission, un-designated in advance. The generosity of Presbyterian women and their families and congregations as demonstrated through their Thank Offering gifts help chosen recipients find real solutions for projects related to health, education, economic development, and needs of women and children. Green Hill members wishing to contribute to this annual Thank Offering may use one of the special envelopes located in the pew racks.
BELK CHARITY DAY SALE
Tickets are now available for the next Belk Charity Day Sale! The sale will be held at the Dothan location on November 4, from 6am to 10am. To attend, you must purchase a $5 ticket from one of the members of the Presbyterian Women at Green Hill. This very special ticket will not only get you admission to the sale, but it also acts as a coupon to get you $5 off of your first purchase. That’s in addition to getting the already marked discounts of 20% to 70% off! And, that ticket just keeps on working because the money for all of the tickets sold at Green Hill goes to support the mission budget of the Presbyterian Women of Green Hill.
Information for the December Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Monday, November 20. 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!