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FROM THE PASTOR’S CORNER
The month of June is characterized by weddings, Vacation Bible Schools, family reunion celebrations—and in our area, the introduction of summer heat!
But, a very special day this June is Pentecost Sunday, otherwise known as the birthday of the Church! On our Liturgical Calendars, Pentecost Sunday is celebrated on the 7th Sunday after Easter, completing Eastertide, the time between Easter and Pentecost. Pentecost, described in the Book of Acts (2:1-31), commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit—the third Person of the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), promised by Jesus to the Disciples and others.
The term “Pentecost” comes from the Greek word meaning “fiftieth.” It refers to the festival celebrated on the 50th day after Passover, also known as the “Feast of Weeks,” a harvest festival in the Jewish tradition.
The Sunday following Pentecost is Trinity Sunday, which features the Holy Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit, all present at creation, as the Gospel of John says in his Prologue. We then date the Sundays following Pentecost thru Summer and Fall leading up to the 1st Sunday in Advent, this year on December 1st.
So, welcome to June, welcome to summer, and welcome to the celebration of the birthday of the Christian Church! See you on Sunday! (Unless you want to be a part of our Lectionary Bible Study Wednesday evenings at 5:30 pm after a light supper!)
Rev. David Jamison
MESSAGE FROM ROSEMARY CARTER
Dear Green Hill Members,
I am humbled and deeply grateful for the delightful reception that you gave me for my retirement as organist. It was a very special occasion for me and my family, and we appreciate your honoring me. The food was delicious, and I thank all who helped organize, prepare, serve, and clean up for the event. I also appreciate the cards and gift cards, and I am especially honored to have the organ fund set up in my name. Most of all, I thank you for your presence and being here to enjoy the occasion with me and my family. I love this church and its people, and I will continue to serve in other ways.
With the peace and love of Christ,
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 in the Fellowship Hall, 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. Your support will help provide free testing, guidance, education, and material support for the mothers who are most in need.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE HYMN?
Do you have a familiar hymn you would like to sing? Or maybe a new hymn you would like to learn? Please let Sandy know! She is taking suggestions for hymns we will sing on Sundays. Just leave a note on the front pew by the piano and she will see about working your song in for us to sing during an upcoming worship service.
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.
WHAT IS ORDINARY TIME?
(Excerpt from the Voices of Trinity blog)
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.
GREEN HILL YOUTH ATTEND AWARDS CEREMONY
On April 27, three of our Green Hill youth, Kendall, Makayla, and Emma, traveled to Montgomery to be recognized for earning their Girl Scout Silver Awards. The Silver Award is the second highest award in Girl Scouting.
At the end of May, Makayla will “bridge” to the next level in Girl Scouting. She will officially become a Girl Scout Senior and will be eligible to begin the work to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
We are so proud of all three girls, and we can’t wait to see what they do next!
AUGUST NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
This newsletter is a double-edition, covering both June and July. Our next newsletter will be printed for August. If you have any information for the next newsletter, please let the church office know no later than Monday, July 22. Many thanks to all who contribute!
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