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Green Hill Good News, May 2019

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for May 2019

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


FROM THE PASTOR’S CORNER

“April Showers Bring May Flowers….”

I don’t know how relevant these old sayings are, given our Southern climate. We did not have a lot of April showers. We had a deluge or two, but really not a lot of April rain. On the other hand, we have already experienced a lot of floral colors on our yards, and now we are getting ready for the beginning of our summer, around the middle of May!

May is also a time of celebrating Mom’s Special Day, graduations of all kinds, a few early weddings and all kinds of alumni gatherings, as we in the church celebrate the days following Easter, leading up to the celebration of the birthday of the Church—Pentecost, in June.

So, Easter promises new life, renewed hope; for the land, for us all. Let us celebrate and give thanks to the Lord!

Rev. David Jamison


MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY OF HUGH MCNAB

The McNab, Peacock, Medley, and Miler families would like to thank everyone for the prayers, cards, calls, and food, during our time of loss. A special thanks to the ladies of the church for the luncheon. All was greatly appreciated.


NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER: May 2

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. This year the National Day of Prayer falls on Thursday, May 2. The City of Enterprise will host an event on the steps of City Hall, beginning at Noon. Everyone is invited to attend.


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


NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the June/July Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office no later than Monday, May 20. You can contact the office by email or by phone, or you can drop your news off in the basket on the door. We will not print a separate newsletter in July, so be sure to get us ALL of your summer news for this edition of the newsletter. Many thanks to those who contribute!


CARPET CLEANING

We will have our bi-annual carpet cleaning on Thursday, May 2. No events will be scheduled at the church this day to give the carpets time to fully dry. On Wednesday, May 1, if we could get some help moving the tables in the Fellowship Hall off of the carpets, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


SCHOOL IS ALMOST OUT FOR THE SUMMER!

Please pray for our youth (as well as their parents and teachers) as they take their final exams and at the end of this school year. Summer is almost here!


 

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Green Hill Good News, April 2019

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for April 2019

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PASTOR’S CORNER

As you read this, we are well into the liturgical season of Lent, culminating in Holy Week the third week of April, then Easter–a highlight of the entire Christian year. Lent comes from an Old English word for Spring (Lenten). It lasts for the 40 days before Easter, not counting Sundays. And, typically, we compare the timeline to the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness when he was tempted by the Evil One.

Now, most of us think of this season of Lent as a time of giving up something, because, traditionally, many of our Christian friends would give up something in order to become more sensitive to the cost of discipleship; to be more aware of the ultimate sacrifice that our Lord suffered on the cross for us. Going without a familiar food or snack would be a physical reminder of our Lord’s loving sacrifice.

However, an alternative approach would be to take on a new project or challenge during this season of Lent as a way of “living out” the loving spirit of our Lord through acts of kindness and charitable activity. This would seem to me to be a more positive way to become aware of the loving way our Lord lived his life in this world—teaching, healing and modeling both obedience and loving faithfulness.

There are any number of opportunities for loving service in this community where your volunteer time would be well received. In my travels, I have found volunteers in our local hospital, Christian Mission, as well as many other places.

So, my challenge to you is—if you have not already done so—find a place where you can use your talents to add something extra to some organization or ministry during this Lenten Season. Who knows, you may even grow your faith during this Lenten journey!

Rev. David Jamison


GREEN HILL CONGREGATION SURVEY

Included in this month’s newsletter is a survey. Every member is asked to take the survey and return it to the church office. We are in the process of trying to plan the church calendar for the next year, and we need to know what events you all would like the church to host and which events you would like to help with. Circling an event does not automatically lock you in to attending or to helping. We just want to get a sense of what you all would like to do so we know what to plan. The more feedback we get, the better. So please take the survey and turn it in. Thank you.


OUR DAILY BREAD

Have you been looking for a LARGE PRINT version of the Our Daily Bread booklets? You are in luck! Large print booklets for April/May/June are now available on the table in the Narthex. We have signed up for a subscription of these larger books so we should receive a new edition every three months. The regular size books for March/April/May are also available, as well as a special seasonal booklet titled “There is a Redeemer.” Grab one for yourself and one to share with a friend.


The following article was written by Rebecca Reed, one of the students in the Boll Weevil Homeschool Co-op.

The co-op’s students meet at Green Hill from 8am to Noon every Monday to take elective classes such as Military Life Skills, Cosmetology, Sign Language, Intro. to Theater, Engineering, Girl Empowerment, Human Anatomy, and more.

WHY I LIKE HOMESCHOOL

by Rebecca Reed

One could argue back and forth about the advantages and disadvantages of public school verses homeschool. Having a flexible schedule is an advantage that allows homeschoolers the opportunity to participate in more activities during the day. It also makes it much easier to take vacations or long weekends without having to catch up to others in a classroom. Moving at your own pace is a benefit that permits homeschoolers to focus on certain subjects for a longer or shorter amount of time. For instance, if you are struggling in a certain subject, you can slow down and focus on strengthening yourself in that area. A final advantage, choosing your curriculum, allows homeschoolers to pick certain materials to meet their specific needs. It helps preserve my Christian values, along with my belief that you can use your faith to help you achieve a good education. In conclusion, having a flexible schedule, moving at your own pace, and using curriculum of your choice, are several reasons why I like homeschool.

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Green Hill Good News, March 2019

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for March 2019

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NO COMPARISON

(from Our Daily Bread, 1st of March)

“One of these days I’m going to put it all on Facebook—not just the good stuff!”

My friend Sue’s comment—made casually over lunch with her husband—caused me to laugh out loud and also to think. Social media can be a good thing, helping us stay in touch with and pray for friends across the years and miles. But if we’re not careful, it can also create an unrealistic outlook on life. When much of what we see posted is a “highlight reel” of “the good stuff,” we can be misled into thinking others’ lives are without trouble, and wonder where our own went wrong.

Comparing ourselves with others is a sure recipe for unhappiness. When the disciples compared themselves to each other (see Luke 9:46; 22:24), Jesus quickly discouraged it. Soon after His resurrection, Jesus told Peter how he would suffer for his faith. Peter then turned to John and asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me” (John 21:21–22).

Jesus pointed Peter to the best remedy for unhealthy comparisons. When our minds are focused on God and all He’s done for us, self-focused thoughts fall gently away and we long to follow Him. In place of the world’s competitive strain and stress, He gives us His loving presence and peace. Nothing can compare with Him.

By James Banks

OUR DAILY BREAD

The new copies of Our Daily Bread for March/April/May are now available on the table in the Narthex. Please pick up a copy for yourself, and maybe pick up a second copy to share with a friend.

NEW WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY

A new weekly Bible Study will begin at Green Hill on Wednesday, March 13, and everyone is invited to attend. Whether you are a member of the church, you’ve been just a few times, or you’ve never set foot in the door before, you are warmly invited to join us to learn more about God’s Word. This new Bible Study, taught by Dr. Scott Smith, will focus on the Foundations of the Bible: What made it in to the Bible, what didn’t, and why? Bible Study will begin each Wednesday at 6:15pm and will run until 7:00pm. Prior to Bible Study, at 5:30pm, we will have a Pot Luck Supper in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited to attend Supper as well.

WOMEN’S SPRING GATHERING

The Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering is being held in Andalusia Presbyterian Church on Saturday March 23rd. Come and learn how we relate to Presbyterian Women all over the world. The speakers will be Jyung In Lee who is the past moderator of National Korean Presbyterian Women. This is the largest Presbyterian denomination in the world. She speaks Korean with a New Jersey accent.

The second speaker is Rev. Kathy Reeves, Retired Mission Associate. Kathy has worked with women in almost every country that has a Presbyterian partnership. Her experience is unsurpassed.

Registration from 9:30 – 10 AM with program at 10 AM. Registration received before March 10- $12.50 and after March 10 – $15.00 (includes lunch). Please come and go with us.

The Mission Challenge this year is Laundry Pods for First Presbyterian Andalusia to support their Laundry Love mission project.

If you are interested in attending please contact Betty Bierbaum or Gloria Webb for registration and transportation information.

GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY 2019

All area Girl Scouts are invited to attend the morning worship service at Green Hill Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 10. Coffee, soda, and light breakfast foods will be available in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 10:30am. The Worship Service begins at 11:00am. At Noon, we will have cake and soda in the Fellowship Hall. All girls are asked to wear their uniforms.

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 107th 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.

On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

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Green Hill Good News, February 2019

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for February 2019

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The following message was written at Christmas by the Cowden Family and sent to the Green Hill last month.
This is a message we should keep in our hearts all year long.

This morning’s Daily Bread devotional centered on the Scripture verse, “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19

To ponder something is to concentrate and think deeply about it. After the events leading to the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, followed by the appearing of the angels and shepherds who came to see the Messiah, “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19) New Testament scholar W. E. Vine said that “ponder” means “to throw together, confer, to put one thing with another in considering circumstances.”

This Christmas, as the Cowden family is so very thankful for the protection we experienced and many blessings that have followed Hurricane Michael, such as the actions of first responders, and utility service people, and most importantly the outpouring of love from our family and friends, we wonder why this happened to us – What does our heavenly father want us to learn from this trial – What does the future hold for us?

When we struggle to understand the meaning of what’s happening in our lives, we have Mary’s wonderful example of what it means to seek God and His wisdom. Then as we, like her, accept the Lord’s leading and embrace his plan for our lives regardless of understanding, we have so many new things and relationships to treasure and ponder in our hearts. We love you and we thank you and pray Green Hill finds God’s new direction in 2019.

Joe, Gerry, & Jeremiah

PRAYER LIST NAMES

On the first Sunday in January the church office started off the New Year with a new prayer list. If you know of someone who needs to be added back on to the list, please contact the church office. Thank you.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES ARE HERE!

Many of you have been asking when the Girl Scout Cookies will arrive. Well, they are here! Kendall, Makayla, and Emma will be happy to sell you a box if you just let them know which flavor(s) you want. All three girls earned their Silver Awards in September, and Kendall is already working on earning her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. Thank you for supporting our Girl Scouts.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the March Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Monday, February 19. 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! The goal of the church office is to have the newsletter printed and ready for pickup on the last Sunday of each month.

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

SCOUTS BSA SUNDAY (formerly Boy Scout Sunday)

On Sunday, February 10, 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 welcome to attend, and are encouraged to wear their uniforms.

(Girl Scout Sunday will be held next month, on March 10.)

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Green Hill Good News, Online Edition, January 2019

Due to the timing of Christmas and the New Year, the January 2019 calendar is coming to you a bit early this month.  Church members, check your email and/or your printed copy for the complete version of the newsletter.

Cleopatra, Galileo, Shakespeare, Elvis, Pelé. They are all so well known that they need only one name to be recognized. They have remained prominent in history because of who they were and what they did. But there is another name that stands far above these or any other name!

Before the Son of God was born into this world, the angel told Mary and Joseph to name Him Jesus because “he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21), and “he… will be called the Son of the Most High” (Luke 1:32). Jesus didn’t come as a celebrity but as a servant who humbled Himself and died on the cross so that anyone who receives Him can be forgiven and freed from the power of sin.

The apostle Paul wrote, “God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9–11).

In our times of greatest joy and our deepest need, the name we cling to is Jesus. He will never leave us, and His love will not fail.

–David C. McCasland

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.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the February Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Monday, January 22. 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!

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING, JANUARY 6, 2019

A congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, January 6, immediately following the morning worship service. The purpose of the meeting will be to elect two new Trustees and two new Elders. The Annual Nominating Committee will present its recommendations to the congregation. All members are asked to attend.

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Green Hill Good News, December 2018

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for December 2018

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ADVENT SEASON

On the first Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Hope. This candle is also referred to as the Prophecy Candle. It reminds us that Jesus’ coming was prophesied hundreds of years before He was born. The candle’s purple color represents Christ’s royalty as King of Kings.

On the second Sunday of Advent we light the candle of Peace. This candle is also referred to as the Bethlehem Candle. It reminds us that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. It too is purple, reminding us that it was a King who was born in a manger.

On the third Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Joy. This candle is also referred to as the Shepherd’s Candle. We are reminded that God sent the angels to proclaim His arrival to common man and that He still uses ordinary people today to spread the good news of Christ. The candle is pink or rose to represent God’s faithfulness.

On the fourth Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Love. This candle is also referred to as the Angel’s Candle. As we light this flame, we are reminded of the heavenly hosts that proclaimed Christ’s arrival. This candle is also purple, reminding us that it was a King’s birth the angels were announcing.

On Christmas Eve, we light the Christ candle. We remember the birth of our Lord and Savior, which was foretold by the prophets, happened in Bethlehem, was revealed to the shepherds, and proclaimed by the angels. All month long we have been waiting and preparing. On this night we celebrate!

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 are in the pew racks 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 18. 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!

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

Join us on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, December 15 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 1% 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 17, 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 2018

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for November 2018

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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

A POEM BY WILLIAM BRADFORD

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

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS

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.

THANKSGIVING DINNER

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.

STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY

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

GREENING OF THE CHURCH

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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