Green Hill Good News

Church Newsletter, February 2020

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for February 2020

*Online Edition: Church members, check your e-mail and/or a printed copy for the complete newsletter.

PASTOR’S CORNER

“My, how time flies!”

LENT is just around the corner as we prepare to move from January to February; the last Wednesday of the month (26th) is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the new Season of Lent—the 40 days preceding Holy Week (April 5-11) and Easter Sunday (April 12th).

As we close out January, you can already see the days growing steadily longer. It is no longer dark at 5 p.m. and kids are already breaking out their bats and gloves for the new season, even as the weather gives us some Winter days!

February brings us other events as well. We will begin the month at the Communion Table on the first Sunday, February 2nd when we focus on Jesus’ only sermon which contains the essence of his teachings; the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 and following. We will celebrate our Troop 150 and Cub Pack 150 on Scout Sunday, February 9th. And Dee and I will swap pulpits on the 16th ahead of President’s Day (when we celebrate the combined birthdays of our Presidents).

So, let’s get ready, Green Hill! The New Year marches on!

Pastor David

IMPORTANT DATES IN FEBRUARY

9th – Scouts BSA Sunday
17th – Presidents’ Day
23rd – Transfiguration of the Lord Sunday
26th – Ash Wednesday
29th – Leap Year Day

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES

Girl Scout cookies are here! Kendall, Makayla, and Emma are ready to sell you a box today!  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!

SCOUTS BSA SUNDAY

On Sunday, February 9, 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 invited to attend, and are encouraged to wear their uniforms.

(Girl Scout Sunday for Girl Scouts of the United States of America will be held next month, on March 8.)

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Green Hill Good News, January 2020

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.

PASTOR’S CORNER

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!

David

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!

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

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!

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Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for December 2019

*Online Edition: Church members, check your e-mail and/or a printed copy for the complete newsletter.

PASTOR’S CORNER

As I write this, we are preparing to celebrate the last Sunday of the current Christian calendar, Christ the King Sunday, the end of Year C of the 3-year calendar. Just following Thanksgiving Day, we celebrate the first Sunday in the new Christian year, Year A, with the First Sunday in Advent.

Advent of what? Advent of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. The four Sunday’s preceding Christmas Day, the birth of our Saviour. These are days of preparation, and even as we prepare our homes, churches, workplaces and communities with trees and lights, we prepare our hearts to celebrate God’s decision to enter our world in a person, like ourselves—to come and dwell with us.

That event, called the Incarnation, sets our religion apart from all other faith communities—the fact that our God was willing to put a part of Godself into our world at a certain point in history to show us how much God loves us and to show us the way back to God. 

So, let us enter this sacred season with a welcome mat out! Let us explore the true joys of the season with worship and song.

David

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 JOY OFFERING

The purple Christmas Joy Offering envelopes will be in the pew racks beginning on the first Sunday in December for anyone who feels called to make a contribution to this fund. Donations will be used to support retired ministers and their families and for racial and ethnic religious programs at colleges.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the January Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Monday, December 23. 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!

STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE CARDS

If you have not already returned your 2020 pledge card to the church, please do so as soon as possible. Joel needs this information to get an accurate estimate of next year’s offerings. This information is a very important part of planning the 2020 church budget.

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

Join us on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, December 14 at Noon. Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.

One ceremony will be held at Meadowlawn Cemetery, in Enterprise. If you would like to contribute to the purchase of a wreath that will be placed on the grave of a service member, please visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org and be sure to specify Meadowlawn Memorial Park. This location is currently at only 4% of its goal, so we have a long way to go.

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

If you are going place a poinsettia in the Sanctuary for Christmas, Monday, December 23, is the last day to let the church office know. Please fill out one of the slips from the pew racks and drop it in the offering plate or in the basket on the office door. The names of everyone being honored/remembered will be printed in the Christmas Eve bulletin.

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Green Hill Good News, November 2019

*Online Edition: Church members, check your e-mail and/or a printed copy for the complete newsletter.

PASTOR’S CORNER

November is a month for “Thanks-LIVING”!

At Green Hill, it is a month where we will be pledging our tithes and offerings for the following year so that we can prepare proper budgets for the New Year. It is a month when the congregation affirms support for Elders who make up our governing body—the Session. It is a month where we gather for our Annual Thanksgiving Supper, this year honoring our commitment to the Presbyterian Children’s Home in Alabama.

And, this year, we will host two special events in November. The first will be our Annual Veteran’s Sunday Service, honoring our Veterans and Veterans organizations in our community, Sunday, November 10th.

The second is a new offering: A Pancake Breakfast honoring First Responders in the Enterprise Area. The organizers for this unique offering will be our newest members, Tyler and Addie Worsley, who have hosted a similar breakfast in their home church in Manhattan, Kansas.

Come, be with us, and give thanks!

Pastor David

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS

Don’t forget to change your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday night, November 2. On Sunday morning, November 3, 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 that Sunday.

VETERANS SUNDAY

On Sunday, November 10, we will have a special worship service in honor of our local veterans. Please mark your calendars now and stay tuned for details.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

On the morning of Saturday, November 16, Green Hill will host a special event to honor all of the first responders in our community. Tyler and Addie Worsley are all set to cook pancakes and serve up breakfast for our local police officers, fire fighters, and other emergency personnel.

SCOUTS BSA GIRL TROOP FOOD DRIVE

On Saturday, November 2, the girls of Troop 150 are going to hold a food drive in front of Walmart in Enterprise. They are collecting food to be used by our Green Hill Food Pantry. If you are out running errands on that day, be sure to stop by to say hello. These young women are some of the very first in the country to become part of the new Scouts BSA (formerly known as Boy Scouts) program.

STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY

Green Hill’s annual Stewardship Sunday is coming up. Each year in November we ask our members and our regular worshipers to prayerfully examine their resources and to pledge a portion to God’s work. It is important to remember that Stewardship includes contributions of not just money, but also of time, talent, and prayer.

For the purpose of planning the church’s annual budget, blank pledge cards will be mailed out to everyone the last week of October. Please write your financial pledge on a pledge card and return it to the church by dropping it in the offering plate no later than Sunday, November 17.

The returned pledge cards will only be seen by Joel. He will use the information to estimate the total amount of giving expected for 2020. This is the number the Session will use in planning next year’s budget.

THANKSGIVING DINNER

The annual church family Thanksgiving dinner will be held at Green Hill on Sunday, November 24. Please mark your calendars now and stay tuned for details.

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

Did you know that you can keep up with what’s happening at Green Hill by using Facebook? That’s right! Just visit our Facebook page and click “like” to have the latest news show up in your news feed. All of the articles posted on the church website are automatically posted to our page and many of the special events happening at Green Hill have their own “event” pages. It makes it really easy to put the church on your schedule, and to invite your friends to come to church with you. So please click “like” today!

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Do you want to pack a box for Operation Christmas Child? Now is the time! Empty boxes are available in the Fellowship Hall. This year we have the official boxes that can be folded into just the right size. Take your box home, fill it with stocking-stuffer type items, and return it to the church with a $9 check made out to Samaritan’s Purse. Complete instructions can be found on the table with the boxes. Please bring your box back no later than Sunday, November 17.

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Do you have a submission for the next newsletter? Please get it in to the church office by Monday, November 18. If you leave a note, please include your name so we can contact you if we have any questions. As always, the newsletter will be printed and ready for pickup by the last Sunday of the month, perhaps earlier.

EAGLE COURT OF HONOR

On Saturday, November 23, a very special celebration will be held at Green Hill. Garrett Bogart, of Green Hill’s Boy Scout Troop 150, and son of Gary & Stacy Bogart, will officially be recognized for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. This is the highest recognition that can be earned by a Boy Scout. We are very proud of this young man and all of the hard work he has put in to earning this achievement.

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 neediest members of God’s community. The remaining sixty percent (60%) is used for new creative ideas for mission. This year the project for our synod is “Katie Geneva Cannon Legacy Memorial Conference – Women and Gender Studies.”

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 blue envelopes located in the pew racks.

THANKSGIVING AT PLYMOUTH PLANTATION

Early American Thanksgiving celebrations reflected biblical feasts when people thanked God for deliverance, provision, bounty, and blessings. One of the earliest American feasts took place in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621.

Two years later, in 1623, Governor Bradford called the people together for a day of thanksgiving, with this proclamation:

“Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience.

Now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the daytime, on Thursday, November 29th, of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty three and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.”

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Green Hill Good News, October 2019

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for October 2019

*Online Edition: Church members, check your e-mail and/or a printed copy for the complete newsletter.

PASTOR’S CORNER

Green Hill is a Matthew 25 Church! The Session, in its July meeting, accepted the invitation from the PC(USA)’s Mission Agency to join a new movement in our denomination to follow Jesus’ teachings in Matthew 25:31-46 by becoming active disciples and making a difference both in our local community and in the world.

We signed a pledge to:

• Build congregational vitality by deepening and energizing our faith and growing as joyful leaders and disciples
• Fearlessly applying our faith to advocate and break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, and prejudice
• Acting on our beliefs and working to change policies and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor
We will hear more as we develop specific plans at Green Hill! Come join us!

Pastor David

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Do you have any special events happening in November or December? Do you have any information to add? Whatever news you have, please get it in to the church office by Monday, October 21. As always, the newsletter will be printed and ready for pickup by the last Sunday of the month, perhaps earlier.

CHURCH WEBSITE

Have you checked out the church website lately?

www.GreenHillPC.com

DOWNTOWN FALL FESTIVAL

On Saturday, October 19, Green Hill will have a booth at the Downtown Fall Festival. This is a great opportunity to get some exposure in the community and to share our love of God with others. We will need volunteers to help staff the booth. A sign-up form will be coming out soon.

RECENT SUNDAY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE

June Average: 22
July Average: 22
August Average: 22
September Average (so far): 27

2019 Average (so far): 25

Attendance numbers are based on the information recorded in the red books. Please remember to sign in every Sunday so that we may have an accurate record of church attendance.

CHOOSING A CHURCH TAGLINE

The Social Media Committee at Green Hill has been working on a plan to make our church more visible in the online community, which is where so many people spend their time these days. We are working on a “tagline” that can be used in online advertising, a few short words that sum up what Green Hill is all about.

Four of the taglines we are considering are:

Green Hill Presbyterian Church
Your Church Home

Green Hill Presbyterian Church
Rooted in Community, Growing in Faith

Green Hill Presbyterian Church
A Home for All

Green Hill Presbyterian Church
Know Christ, Know Your Neighbor

At some point in the near future we are going to be seeking the input from the congregation on which tagline you all think best describes Green Hill. So, take some time to look over the four taglines and be ready to tell us what you think, or to let us know if you have any tagline ideas of your own.

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