Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for January 2020
*Online Edition: Church members, check your e-mail and/or a printed copy for the complete newsletter.
As we get ready to celebrate Christmas, we are aware that a new year is just around the corner. A new year with 365 days filled with…what? For some, it will be the same as yesterday; for others, pain—either for themselves or for loved ones and friends. But for some, it will be HOPE.
Our God is called “IMMANUEL”, meaning “God with us”. The comfort and hope that is contained in that phrase will carry us into the New Year and beyond. We know that God is with us in good times and bad. What a comfort! What hope we have! And God has sent a part of Godself in Jesus, the Christ, who dwelt among us and showed us God’s character of love and grace.
Be filled, then, with hope, for God is with us each day that is given us!
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.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
Our Christmas Eve service will begin on Tuesday at 5pm. Last month’s newsletter indicated that the service would start later, so be sure to check your calendar. All month long we have been preparing for the arrival of the Christ Child. Now is the time to celebrate and worship our Lord.
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES
It’s almost Girl Scout Cookie Time! Kendall, Makayla, and Emma will start taking pre-orders for cookies on December 26. The cookies will arrive in Enterprise on January 9. All three girls are working together to share sales, so an order placed with any one of them will benefit all three. Thank you to Green Hill for your continued support of our Girl Scouts!
Information for the February Green Hill Good News needs to be submitted to the church office by Tuesday, January 21. The newsletter will be ready for pickup by the last Sunday of the month, perhaps earlier.
ADVENT AND EPIPHANY
As you greet your friends and neighbors over the next couple of weeks, will you ask them if they HAD a nice Christmas, or will you ask them if they are HAVING a nice Christmas? It might seem like a silly question to ask, but one indicates that the holiday has passed for the year, and the other indicates that we are still in the middle of the Christmas season.
In December we celebrate Advent. For four Sundays we light the candles on the Advent wreath in anticipation of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. On Christmas Day the anticipation ends and we enter the season of Epiphany, which means divine manifestation.
The season of Epiphany is also known as the Twelve Days of Christmas. The season runs up to the Epiphany of the Lord on January 6. This is the day we celebrate the fact that God’s covenant of grace is extended to all who believe the good news of Christ Jesus.
As this year ends and a new one begins, be mindful of the season and enter the year with celebration. Praise God!