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FROM THE PASTOR’S CORNER
November, 2020: “Thanks-Living!”
The pumpkins are all around, Halloween is just around the corner and we are headed for November!
As citizens of this great Nation, the most important task for each of us is to cast our vote on or by Tuesday, November 3rd. This year’s national election is one of the most important in our nation’s history. We have the option of going to the polling place on the day, or arranging for an absentee ballot and voting now—but Go! Do!
November will be different for us at Green Hill. Although we will have our Annual Stewardship Drive and Congregational Meeting to elect new Elders and Trustees, we will not be having either our Breakfast for First Responders or our Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Both of these fall victim to Covid-19. We will, however, have one of our Sunday Services set aside to focus on our Presbyterian Home for Children, which we have faithfully supported over the years. And, under Tyler Worsley’s leadership, supporting our local Wiregrass Food Bank as it reaches out to feed our neighbors.
So, we are living thankfully, faithfully and lovingly, under God’s grace; and loving our neighbors as ourselves.
Information for the December newsletter should be turned in to the office no later than Thursday, November 19. The church office wants to have the newsletter ready for pickup at church on Sunday, November 22, the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
NOMINATING ELDERS AND TRUSTEES
All members of Green Hill are asked to attend our next scheduled Congregational Meeting on Sunday, November 29. At this meeting we will vote to elect new Elders to the Session as well vote on new Church Trustees. We are looking for any additional congregational members who want to volunteer to serve on the Nominating Committee to assist the chair, Ruth Oliver, and Elder David Carter in finding Elders and Trustees to serve.
The church’s annual Stewardship Sunday has been scheduled for Sunday, November 15. On that day, during the morning worship service, we will hold a special collection of pledge cards. These pledges help the church plan the budget for the coming year. Pledge cards can also be returned directly to the church office. Blank pledge cards have been mailed out to all church members.
NOTE: Some of the cards had a misprint indicating that they should be returned in 2019. These are the correct pledge cards. 🙂
CHRISTMAS FAIR & MARKET
On Saturday, November 14, from 10am to 3pm, our local homeschool students will hold a Christmas Fair and Market in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited to come and shop. For the students, this event isn’t about making money. This “entrepreneur fair” is an educational experience that will help them learn about running their own businesses. They have been working on their inventories of homemade Christmas crafts and they are looking forward to pitching sales to potential customers. Please come and be a part of local homeschool education.
CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR FOSTER CHILDREN
Coffee County Human Resources has requested help in giving foster children in Coffee County a memorable Christmas. They need sponsors and monetary donations. If you wish to be a sponsor of a child, contact Madison Hale at 334-348-2044 or MadisonHale(at)dhr.ablabama.gov by Oct 28. Contact forms are posted on Mission board in Fellowship Hall. During first week in November the Christmas Wish Lists for the children will be sent to you for distribution. WE ASK THAT ALL GIFTS BE DELIVERED TO DHR BY DECEMBER 11.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF BRIAN NORTH
Services were held last month at Highpointe Church for Brian North, son of our pianist, Sandy Griffin.
Brian was born August 19, 1968 in Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his father, A.W. North. Brian was a huge family man who loved Christ, his wife and son, who were the center of his life. He enjoyed traveling adventures and flying.
Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Kelly North of Enterprise, AL; son, Caleb North of Enterprise, AL; mother, Sandra Griffin of Enterprise, AL; sister, Alyson Bradford (Terry) of Baltimore, MD; brother, Marc North of Silver Springs, MD; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Timothy and Glenna Nicely of TN.
In lieu of flowers Brian’s request was for everyone to spend time and have an adventure with someone they love.
WIREGRASS AREA FOOD BANK
Green Hill Presbyterian is conducting a food drive for greater for the Wiregrass Area Food Bank in order to honor God by providing for those in need. Food is great but we will also take monetary donations to be held by the church. For every $1 raised the food bank can buy 9 meals because they get such a good deal on food. If you would like to contribute to this Food Drive, please bring your contributions to the church no later than Monday, November 16. Food donations can be left on the table in the Fellowship Hall. Financial donations can be dropped off in the offering plate on Sunday or in the church office with a note indicating that they should be used for the Food Bank.
GOLD GARDEN PROJECT
We are thrilled to announce that at the end of September Kendall DeTora’s proposal for her Gold Award Project, which includes transforming the rocky circle on the church lawn into a beautiful pollinator garden, was been approved! We are also thrilled to announce that a grant has been given to the church by the Skelton Foundation for the purpose of planting the garden. The new garden will be the centerpiece of Kendall’s project, which is an education program about the importance of planting pollinator gardens.
SCOUTS BSA & GIRL SCOUT RECRUITMENT TIME
During the month of October you probably saw a lot of recruitment advertisements around town from the Scouts BSA (aka Boy Scouts of America) and the Girl Scouts of the United States of America. This is the time of year when these two organizations look to add new youth to their ranks. Green Hill is proud to support both programs.
Our church is the chartering organization for:
• BSA Boy Troop 150
• BSA Girl Troop 150
• BSA Venture Crew 150
• BSA Cub Pack 150
Our church also serves as a meeting location for:
• Girl Scout Troop #9095
• Girl Scout Troop #9114
• Girl Scout Troop #9836
• Girl Scout Service Unit #923 Leaders
Anyone with questions about the local scouting programs can contact Sandra DeTora at the church office. Sandra is the Chartering Organization Representative for BSA 150 and member of Service Unit GSUSA #923.