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We believe that we are here to worship and obey God, to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit so that people will come to know and trust Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, grow in obedience to Him and become involved in service to the world. Green Hill is a small loving and caring church family of active duty and retired military and non-military members from across the United States and the world. We are drawn together as one family in Christ to express the absolute joy and wonder of God’s love through worship, Christian education, fellowship activities and community outreach. We minister to our permanent members and also take great pride and pleasure in providing a spiritual home for service members and their families while they are assigned to Fort Rucker. We welcome all who wish to join our family as we seek to know Christ and make Him known.

Sunday Scripture Reading, November 4, 2018


Rev. Dr. Timothy Oleksy

Sermon Title: It’s Like… Love

Service begins at 11:00am * All are Welcome!

Old Testament:  Ruth 1:1-18

Gospel:  Mark 12:28-34

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Toys for Tots Registration Begins November 5, 2018

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The Christian Year: All Saints’ Day

In early Christian tradition, saints’ days began as a way to mark the anniversary of a martyr’s death — his or her “birthday” as a saint. By the middle of the church’s first millennium, there were so many martyrs (particularly due to the persecution of Diocletian) that it was hard to give them all their due. All Saints’ Day was established as an opportunity to honor all the saints, known and unknown.

All Saints’ Day has a rather different focus in the Reformed tradition. While we may give thanks for the lives of particular luminaries of ages past, the emphasis is on the ongoing sanctification of the whole people of God. Rather than putting saints on pedestals as holy people set apart in glory, we give glory to God for the ordinary, holy lives of the believers in this and every age. This is an appropriate time to give thanks to members of the community of faith who have died in the past year. We also pray that we may be counted among the company of the faithful in God’s eternal realm.

All Saints’ Day has been celebrated on November 1 since the year 835. Previously it had been connected with the Easter season as a feast of all martyrs.

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Green Hill Church Calendar – November 2018


The church office is open 8am to Noon, Monday to Thursday.

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Presbyterian Women Thank Offering 2018

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.

In March 2018 eighty-three applications were submitted for grants from the 2017 Thank Offering. 16 of the projects were chosen for funding. 12 are ministries serving people in US and 4 are international. More than 40% of the projects are health ministries.

The entire list is posted on the Women’s Board in the fellowship fall. One of the projects funded from our Synod of Living Waters is in Lexington Kentucky. The grant will be used to purchase a refrigerated food truck so that Lighthouse Ministries (a partner agency with God’s Pantry and Feeding America) nonprofit and faith-based, may transport food from local grocery stores and restaurants safely and efficiently to impact the hunger community. The food transported will be shared with food insecure individuals and people who are homeless.

Our other project is an international project in the outskirts of Cairo Egypt. It is a health program that seeks to provide hope, dignity and security to women who are heads of household of destitute families. Health and nutrition education are the primary focus of the grant. Shelter and improved economic skills will provide households with long-term sustainability and improve families’ quality of life.

Please give generously to our Thank Offering every year and just as Eliza Clokey did many years ago, encourage others to do the same. Your support has made, and will continue to make this world a better place. Thank you.


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Just for Fun: A Halloween Poem


On the eve of All Saints Day,

Jack-O-Lanterns light the way.

God’s children need no longer fear,

the ghosts and goblins gathered here.

For evil ghouls with icy breath,

must bow to Him who conquered death.

-Author Unknown

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Green Hill Good News, November 2018

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for November 2018

*Check your e-mail and/or a printed copy for the complete newsletter.

The Thanksgiving we celebrate today is a combination of two very different New England traditions: the purely religious day of thankful prayer and the harvest feast. The harvest feast is still with us and so, in subtler ways, is the religious spirit.

The Sabbath, days of fasting and days of thanksgiving were the only religious holy days celebrated by the Pilgrims. A religious day of thanksgiving would be called only after the community had benefited from a single significant act of Divine Providence. The event we know as the “First Thanksgiving” was a secular harvest feast and not, as far as we know, an official religious day of thanksgiving. (NOTE: This does NOT mean that the Pilgrims did not give thanks to God; the Pilgrims were a deeply religious people and every activity in which they engaged was influenced by their deep reverence for Scripture.)

As a deeply religious people, the Pilgrims undoubtedly prayed at the 1621 harvest feast. Their prayers were spontaneous, however, and the exact words not known. A typical prayer might be:

O Lord our God and heavenly Father, which of Thy unspeakable mercy towards us, hast provided meat and drink for the nourishment of our weak bodies. Grant us peace to use them reverently, as from Thy hands, with thankful hearts: let Thy blessing rest upon these Thy good creatures, to our comfort and sustentation: and grant we humbly beseech Thee, good Lord, that as we do hunger and thirst for this food of our bodies, so our souls may earnestly long after the food of eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, Amen.

George Webb, “Short direction for the daily exercise of the Christian,” London 1625. Courtesy of Plimoth Plantation


From my years young in days of youth,
God did make known to me his truth,
And called me from my native place,
For to enjoy the means of grace.
In wilderness he did me guide,
And in strange lands for me provide.
In fears and wants, through weal and woe,
A pilgrim, passed I to and fro.

-William Bradford


Don’t forget to change your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday night. On Sunday morning, at 2:00am, 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.


Reservation slips for this year’s Thanksgiving Dinner are in the pew racks in the Sanctuary. If you plan to attend, please fill one out so the kitchen crew knows how much food to prepare. You can drop it in the offering plate or in the basket on the office door.


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 18, 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


Everyone who is able to make it is invited to participate in the annual “Greening of the Church,” also known as the “Hanging of the Greens.” This will include putting up the tree in the Sanctuary, setting up the Advent candles, hanging the wreaths, and more. Please join us in this annual tradition of preparing the church building for the Advent and Christmas Season. The “greening” will occur during the last week of November. The exact date and time will be announced in the Sunday bulletin.

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