Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for February 2019
*Church members, check your e-mail and/or a printed copy for the complete newsletter.
The following message was written at Christmas by the Cowden Family and sent to the Green Hill last month.
This is a message we should keep in our hearts all year long.
This morning’s Daily Bread devotional centered on the Scripture verse, “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19
To ponder something is to concentrate and think deeply about it. After the events leading to the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, followed by the appearing of the angels and shepherds who came to see the Messiah, “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19) New Testament scholar W. E. Vine said that “ponder” means “to throw together, confer, to put one thing with another in considering circumstances.”
This Christmas, as the Cowden family is so very thankful for the protection we experienced and many blessings that have followed Hurricane Michael, such as the actions of first responders, and utility service people, and most importantly the outpouring of love from our family and friends, we wonder why this happened to us – What does our heavenly father want us to learn from this trial – What does the future hold for us?
When we struggle to understand the meaning of what’s happening in our lives, we have Mary’s wonderful example of what it means to seek God and His wisdom. Then as we, like her, accept the Lord’s leading and embrace his plan for our lives regardless of understanding, we have so many new things and relationships to treasure and ponder in our hearts. We love you and we thank you and pray Green Hill finds God’s new direction in 2019.
Joe, Gerry, & Jeremiah
PRAYER LIST NAMES
On the first Sunday in January the church office started off the New Year with a new prayer list. If you know of someone who needs to be added back on to the list, please contact the church office. Thank you.
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES ARE HERE!
Many of you have been asking when the Girl Scout Cookies will arrive. Well, they are here! Kendall, Makayla, and Emma will be happy to sell you a box if you just let them know which flavor(s) you want. All three girls earned their Silver Awards in September, and Kendall is already working on earning her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. Thank you for supporting our Girl Scouts.
Information for the March Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Monday, February 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! The goal of the church office is to have the newsletter printed and ready for pickup on the last Sunday of each month.
CHECK OUT THE CHURCH CALENDAR ONLINE
On the church’s website, http://www.GreenHillPC.com, you can see an interactive calendar of all church events, which includes a week, month, and agenda view, as well as the option to print. This calendar is always up-to-date with the latest information. If you have any questions about the calendar, or need to add an event to the calendar, please contact the church office at 334-347-9530.
SCOUTS BSA SUNDAY (formerly Boy Scout Sunday)
On Sunday, February 10, Green Hill will celebrate Scouts BSA Sunday during the morning worship service. Scouts BSA Sunday is designated as the day to commemorate the founding of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910 and to recognize the contributions BSA Scouts make to their churches and their communities. All local BSA Scouts are welcome to attend, and are encouraged to wear their uniforms.
(Girl Scout Sunday will be held next month, on March 10.)