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Green Hill Good News Online Edition for July 2021

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

FROM THE PASTOR’S CORNER

Well, it is Summertime….”and the living is easy….”!

I’m not so sure about that, it is hot, we are weary with age, and it is not about to get better for a while. But, we are back together again with our Adult Sunday School meeting every week at 10 a.m. We are about to re-instate Café for those coming to Church (and not in Sunday School), this extends to just after Church reflections and fellowship.

We are a welcoming community of faithful followers, open to God’s leading for the immediate future. Our Session is looking for God’s leading regarding the proper stewardship of our church facilities. If you have ideas, suggestions, persons/groups to contact, please let us know.

But for now, we are a faithful group of disciples, serving God and our neighbors. See you Sunday!

David.

ORDINARY TIME VS TIME AFTER PENTECOST

Are we in Ordinary Time or are we in the Time After Pentecost? We are in both! The name “Ordinary Time” does not mean ordinary as we use the word. It comes from the word ordinal, an adjective denoting a numerical position of an object. It’s “first, second, third,” instead of “one, two, three.” Originally, all the Sundays that weren’t contained in the Advent/Christmas or Lent/Easter seasons were indicated by ordinal numbers, hence the designation. Ordinary Time is basically “counted time.”

IN-PERSON SUNDAY SCHOOL

Don’t forget that in-person Sunday School is back! Class starts at 10:00am in the Session Room, next to the Church Office. This is later than our pre-COVID meeting time of 9:30am. We are slowly returning to normal. Please join us to study the Word of God and then to Worship Him with joy!

If you would like to receive a Sunday School lesson book when the new books come out in the fall, please let Rev. Jamison know. He is working on a list for the office so we can place a single order for the books.

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 if you need to add an event to the calendar, please contact the church office at 334-347-9530.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF WILLIAM DENNIS JOHNSON

William Dennis Johnson, son-in-law of Bobbie Miller, has lost his battle with lung cancer. He was 60 years old. Please keep the Johnson and Miller families in your prayers.

POLLINATOR PRESENTATIONS

As part of Kendall’s Girl Scout Gold Award Project, she needs to educate the public about what she is doing and about the importance of supporting pollinator populations. Are you a member of the Rotary Club, Lions Club, or other organization that invites outside speakers? Please let Sandi know. Kendall has a (very short) presentation she can come and make to your club. She’s out of school for another month, so she’s available any time.

FAST FOOD DRINK HOLDERS

Kendall is also collecting fast-food drink holders, the kind you get at the drive-through at McDonalds. These drink holders are being turned into mini butterfly gardens with two types of pollen flowers and one type of milkweed. They also have a shallow water source. It’s everything a butterfly needs. Gardens don’t need to be huge. Even a small oasis like this can support butterfly populations. These mini gardens will be used to educate people about pollinators.

QUARTERLY GIVING RECORDS

The end of June brings an end to the 2nd quarter of the church financial calendar. The member quarterly giving records will be available at church on Sunday, July 4. Please pick up your copy so we won’t have to mail it to you.

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Green Hill Good News Online Edition for June 2021

FROM THE PASTOR’S CORNER

Sunday School is b-a-c-k!!

On the first Sunday (and the Sundays thereafter), we will return to our regular Adult Sunday School, held in the Session Room (next to the Office). We are amending the hour of our meeting to 10 a.m. (instead of 9:30). We will meet from 10:00 to 10:45, and have 15 minutes to join others in worship at 11 a.m. We may plan to have coffee and water, but for now, no Café between Sunday School and Church.

It will be great to have some real feedback on the lessons for the first time in a year as we move back to normal!

See you Sunday!

David

BABY BOTTLE FUNDRAISER

Please join us in celebrating and supporting mothers in our community with the Wiregrass Emergency Pregnancy Service (WEPS) annual Baby Bottle Fund-raiser. The process is simple: Just pick up a bottle at the church today, keep it at home over the next month to fill with your loose change, and then bring it back to the church on Father’s Day (June 20). Your support will help provide free testing, guidance, education, and material support for the mothers who are most in need.

CONGRATULATION GRADUATES!

Congratulations to the four Boy Scouts from BSA Troop 150 who are graduating from high school: Connor Bogart, Bryson Schmidt, Donovan Alford, and Joey Tarlavsky. Three of these young men, Connor, Bryson, and Joey, have also earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Donovan is on schedule to earn the rank of Eagle in early June.

PENTECOST OFFERING

According to the Christian calendar, we are now in the “Time after Pentecost” and that means it is time to take up the annual Pentecost Offering.

As you may recall, this special offering is something we collect one time a year, and the purpose of the offering is to benefit at-risk children, youth, and young adults. A portion of the offering is sent to PCUSA to be used for their national programs, but 40% of the money stays here, at Green Hill, to benefit youth in our area. Traditionally this money is used at the end of the summer to help needy families purchase school supplies for their children.

If you feel called to contribute to this offering, you can use one of the red envelopes found in the pew racks, or, you can simply write the word “Pentecost” on the memo line of your check. We will accept donations to this offering through the month of June. Thank you to everyone for supporting this very worthy mission of our church.

WHAT IS ORDINARY TIME?

Ordinary Time is the part of the liturgical calendar that falls outside the major seasons such as Advent, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter. Ordinary time begins with the passing of the Day of Pentecost and continues until the First Sunday of Advent, and is the longest season of the church year.

The term ordinary may be derived from “ordinal,” which means “counted,” though this is disputed. It may simply mean ordinary. This isn’t necessarily negative. It’s simply the time of the year when we are not commemorating the major events in the life of Jesus—such as his birth, death, and resurrection—but rather the things he said and did throughout his time on earth.

Most of the days of our lives are ordinary, of course—no birth or death, no epiphanies or miracles, time filled with the ordinary love and hope and fear common to daily life.

The liturgical color of this season is green, which is why it is sometimes called “the green season.” Green often symbolizes growth. During this season, the church delves deeper into scripture and the life of Jesus. We read his parables and remember how he changed the lives of everyone he interacted with, in ways big and small. This is a time when we explore what it means to live daily in faith, a time of growth as we explore everyday sacredness.

-Excerpt from the Voices of Trinity blog

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Green Hill Good News Online Edition for May 2021

Green Hill Good News Online Edition for May 2021

FROM THE PASTOR’S CORNER

Two special days propagate the merry month of May! Mother’s Day (9th) and Pentecost Sunday (23rd)

Mother’s Day honors the person who gave birth—and a whole lot more—to us over both our early years and later. Pentecost Sunday honors what we consider to be the birthday of the Christian Church and ushers into our Lectionary Calendar all of the Sundays until our Calendar turns over a new Christian Year beginning with the first Sunday in Advent.

Of interest to Green Hill members will be the establishment of our Pollinator Garden.

Come and join with us as we move from Springtime into early summer together!

David

SKELTON FOUNDATION DONATES TO ENTERPRISE PD

On behalf of the Edwin L. and Elizabeth L. Skelton Foundation, the Enterprise Police Department was recently awarded a grant from Charles and Gloria Webb and Don Pittman, representatives of the private foundation that was established in memory of the late couple.

Charles Webb said longtime Enterprise residents would remember Skelton as the first manager of the J.C. Penney in Enterprise and added that the civic-minded Skeltons would be happy to show support for the Enterprise Police Department by awarding the grant to be used to fill a need that would serve law enforcement and the community.

Mayor William E. Cooper and Police Chief Michael Moore thanked the Foundation, and Moore said the funds would be used for a worthy cause.

Article originally published in the Southeast Sun, April 15 

CONGRATULATIONS TO BSA SCOUT ABBY 

Congratulations to BSA Scout Abby H. who has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. She was officially recognized for her accomplishment at a Court of Honor on April 17. Eagle Scout is the highest rank that can be earned by youth members of the Scouts BSA program. The Scouts BSA program is run by the Boy Scouts of America.

Abby is a member of Troop 150G, an all-female troop chartered by Green Hill Presbyterian Church. Other Boy Scouts of America units chartered by Green Hill include BSA Troop 150B (all male), Venture Crew 150, and Cub Pack 150.

Boy Scouts of America first admitted female youth to its Scouts BSA program in 2019, exactly 50 years after it first admitted female youth to its Explorer program. Female youth can now participate in all programs run by the Boy Scouts of America and are eligible to earn the same awards.

POLLINATOR GARDEN PROGRESS

Kendall D. is hard at work on the requirements she has to complete to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award that can be earned by a Girl Scout. To satisfy one of those requirements, she is planting a pollinator garden at the church. The ground-breaking will literally begin on the pollinator garden on April 25. The rocks will be moved, the landscaping fabric will be ripped up, and the soil will be broken up to prepare it to receive plants. A beautiful Vitex Tree, also known as a Butterfly Tree, will be planted. We are looking forward to seeing this area transformed in the coming weeks.

OLD GREEN HILL SIGN PROJECT

The old Green Hill sign, the one that was replaced by our digital sign many years ago, has been rescued and will be given new life. As part of his Eagle Scout project, BSA Scout Donovan A. is going to install the sign at the SOS Animal Shelter in Enterprise. This sign is going to be a huge help to the shelter, making it easier for them to advertise their current needs. Donovan and his team have been cleaning and repairing the sign. Soon they will paint it and transport it down to the shelter where it will be bolted down to a new concrete pad they have poured. Donovan, who is a member of BSA Troop 150 and Venture Crew 150, has nearly completed all of the requirements for earning the rank of Eagle Scout.

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Green Hill Good News Online Edition for April 2021

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

FROM THE PASTOR’S CORNER

As I write this, we are in Springtime, having almost completed our Lenten Journey and on our way to Easter Sunday!

It has truly been a “long winter”—a year of Pandemic anxiety and disrupted schedules! We look forward to the “Springtime of Hope” as we get vaccinated, see new opportunities for being together and otherwise experience a “new normal”.

Our Session has scheduled our traditional Maundy Thursday Communion Service next week on April 1st at 6 p.m. We will also record this service of Scripture and Hymns on Facebook Live.

And, as the warmer days arrive, look for some activity on the front of our church property as the rock garden is transformed into a beautiful butterfly habitat!

See you Sunday!

David

NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY

The church office is working on a new directory. A “draft copy” has been printed and is sitting on the desk in the office. Please take a moment to review your listing to make sure all of your information is as it should be. In a couple of weeks a new directory will be published for the church members.

“IN CASE OF EMERGENCY” CARDS

In addition running the church directory, the church office is working on creating a set of “ICE” cards for all of our church members. ICE stands for “In Case of Emergency.” An ICE card contains any information a person thinks might be relevant in an emergency, and most importantly includes who to contact in case of an emergency.

POLLINATOR GARDEN UPDATE

Now that the weather is warming up, it is nearly time to start planting the pollinator garden. We expect to have the youth (Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts) out to the church one day in the next month to clear the ground and to prep for planting. The first major plant purchase has been made, a Vitex tree, that will be the centerpiece of the new garden. This type of tree will bloom from late spring to early fall. It attracts butterflies and bees. Next to go in will be plants like butterfly bushes, Salvia, and Gaura.

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Sunday, March 28, Palm Sunday
Worship Service at 11:00am

Thursday, April 1, Maundy Thursday
Communion Service at 6:00pm

Sunday, April 4, Easter Sunday
Worship Service at 11:00am

“SCOUTS BSA” BUS BARN TRANSFORMATION

The “Scouts BSA” troops have been hard at work transforming the old bus barn into classroom space for their meetings. The building has received official approval from the fire marshal and it was used for its very first meeting on Monday, March 22. The next project on the agenda is for them to renovate the existing Scout Hut.

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Green Hill Good News, March 2021

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for March 2021

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

FROM THE PASTOR’S CORNER

We are on our Lenten journey towards Easter Sunday, April 4th. Lent and Easter will be different, again, this year, but the journey—inward—remains the same. Jesus shows us the pattern in his own life: he moves from prayer and solitude before God to teaching and service within his community. He invites us to do the same.

March begins with the World Day of Prayer on Friday, the 5th, Communion Sunday on the 7th, Daylight Savings on the 14th, St. Patrick’s Day, Wednesday, the 17th, and Girl Scout Sunday, on the 21st (see special article on a special event scheduled for this day!).

And, welcome Springtime, Saturday, March 20th!  

See you next Sunday!

David

“MONUMENTAL” FILM SHOWING

Sunday, February 28, 12:30pm @ Green Hill

“Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure” is the story of America’s beginnings. Presented and produced by Kirk Cameron, the 90-minute true story follows this father of six across Europe and the U.S. as he meets with historians and experts in an effort to discover America’s true “national treasure” – the people, places, and principles that made America the freest, most prosperous, and generous nation the world has ever known.

What formula did they discover? What motivated them to come here in the first place? More importantly, how can we apply these same foundational truths today?

The National Monument to the Forefathers, formerly known as the Pilgrim Monument, commemorates the Mayflower Pilgrims. Dedicated on August 1, 1889, it honors their ideals as later generally embraced by the United States. It is thought to be the world’s largest solid granite monument.

“Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing and gives being to all things that are; and as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation; let the glorious name of Jehovah have all praise.”    -William Bradford

IN LOVING MEMORY OF ILU WORLEY

Iluminada H. Worley of Enterprise passed away Thursday, February 4, 2021. She was 98.

Iluminada was born November 29, 1922 in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba to the late Delfin and Severa Herrera. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of over 65 years, R. Paul Worley; brothers, Juanito Herrera, Avelino Herrera, René Herrera and Victor Herrera. She was voted Woman of the Year by the Enterprise Pilot Club, was a Master Gardener, a member of the Oscar Club, a former member of the Lions Club, the Rose Club and the Garden Club; Iluminada was a social butterfly that never met a stranger.

Survivors include her children, Raymond Worley (Sarah) of Mesa, AZ, Kathy Worley of Tallahassee, FL, and Wade Worley of Enterprise, AL; sister, Irene Cole of Huntsville, AL; grandchild, Tina Marie Worley; and several nieces and nephews.

WORLD’S SMALLEST ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

The World’s Smallest St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been a long-standing Enterprise tradition. Since 1993 Enterprise has celebrated the St. Patrick’s Day holiday with the only parade in the world centered on its only participant, the Grand Marshal. This year’s parade will be held downtown on Saturday, March 13, at Noon.

Green Hill has a very special connection to this parade as our very own Lucy Klein, and her friend Kathleen Sauer, were the two people who first came up with the idea for the parade and set things in motion with the Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Sauer was the very first Grand Marshal.

IMPORTANT DATES IN MARCH/APRIL

March 14 – Daylight Saving Time Begins
March 21 – Girl Scout Sunday/Pinwheels for Peace
March 28 – Palm Sunday
April 1 – Maundy Thursday
April 2 – Good Friday
April 4 – Easter Sunday/Communion Sunday

NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY

The church office is working on a new church directory. Very soon a “draft” copy of the directory will be available to view on the desk in the church office. When you get a chance, please stop by the office to verify that your information is correct. Once everyone has had a chance to look it over, copies will be printed in booklet form.

“IN CASE OF EMERGENCY” CARDS

In addition running the church directory, the church office is working on creating a set of “ICE” cards for all of our church members. ICE stands for “In Case of Emergency.” An ICE card contains any information a person thinks might be relevant in an emergency, and most importantly includes who to contact in case of an emergency.

Many people carry cards like this in their wallets, and it is becoming common for people to also have special ICE icons set up on their cell phones. We would like to have this information on file in the church office so that, in case of emergency, we would know who to contact.

GIRL SCOUT (GSUSA) SUNDAY

All area Girl Scouts are invited to attend the morning worship service at Green Hill Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 21.

The Worship Service begins at 11:00am. All girls are asked to wear their uniforms. At the beginning of the service our Girl Scouts will post the colors, lead the pledge of allegiance, as well as recite the Girl Scout Promise and Law. The Girl Scouts will be called upon to act as ushers and to take on other tasks in the service. Due to COVID we will not have our usual cake and refreshments following the service. That means next year everyone will be able to have TWO slices of cake to make up for it.

In March of each year, Girl Scouts take time to recognize the anniversary of the founding of the very first Girl Scout Troop. This year the Girl Scout organization is celebrating its 109th anniversary! Part of this annual celebration is Girl Scout Sunday which is a time for Girl Scouts to be recognized in their places of worship and for them to reflect on the importance of the words “To Serve God” in the Girl Scout Promise.

The mission of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. More than 50 million American women have participated in Girl Scouting, and that number continues to grow as Girl Scouts of the USA continues to inspire, challenge, and empower girls everywhere.

PINWHEELS FOR PEACE

This year for World Thinking Day, the Girl Scouts (GSUSA) of Enterprise are going to create a special “Pinwheels for Peace” display on the front lawn of Green Hill Presbyterian Church, and everyone in the community is invited to participate. The official date for “Pinwheels for Peace” is in September, but since this year’s World Thinking Day theme is Peace, we’re going to create our Pinwheels a little early.

All local Girl Scouts, their friends, families, and anyone who lives in or near Enterprise who would like to participate is invited to create a pinwheel and bring it to Green Hill to display on our lawn. Pinwheels can be dropped off at the church office in advance, or they can be placed in person on Sunday, March 21.

Instructions for creating a pinwheel can be found on the website: http://www.pinwheelsforpeace.com Supplies for building pinwheels will be made available in the Fellowship Hall for any church members who would like to participate. Each decorated pinwheel is an opportunity for a person to think about what peace means to them and how they will commit to being peacemakers in the future.

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