Green Hill Good News

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for October 2020

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

FROM THE PASTOR’S CORNER

Well, Fall is finally here! You can tell it by the way the air feels when you go outside, it is a different season.

How fortunate we are to have a change of seasons in this part of the country. And, even if our summers are warmer than other parts of the country, our winters are too!

Halloween, a very popular event will surely look different this year, as we navigate our way around a pandemic and the normal flu season!

But, here at Green Hill, we will “stay the course”—we will stay faithful to the One who showed us the way of loving. And, we will stay faithful to the democratic traditions that have kept this Nation strong these 250 years.

We are being tested in very real ways by disease, change, and disruptions of every kind. But our anchor is in the Word and in the faithfulness of God. We will not be swayed!

David

GREEN HILL SCOUTING NEWS

Our Girl Scouts and BSA Scouts have been very active in the community this past month. You may have seen pictures of them in the news and on social media. Both groups were involved in placing the flags for the 9/11 memorial at Henderson Park.

The BSA Scouts (Boy Troop, Girl Troop, Pack, and Crew) are hard at work transforming the old bus barn into classroom space for their groups to meet. A small army of youth and adults has been out there doing everything from hanging sheetrock to rewiring the electrical system.

Boy Troop 150 has welcomed three boys into the rank of Eagle Scout: Joey Tarlavsky, Connor Bogart, and Bryson Schmidt. This is the highest honor that can be earned by a BSA Scout.

Our own Kendall DeTora will travel to Montgomery on Sunday, September 27, to present her Pollinator Garden project proposal to the Gold Award Committee. This garden is part of Kendall’s plan for earning her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. #GoldGardenProject

NEW CONSTITUTION CLASSES STARTING SOON

Two new “Constitution Alive!” classes will be starting very soon. One class will take place online, and the other class will take place in-person at the church. Both versions of the class will cover the same material.

The online class will begin on October 6 and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. There will be six sessions of this class.

The in-person class will begin on October 11 and will be held on Sundays from 12:45pm to 4:00pm. There will be three sessions of this class.

For more information on the classes, and to register for the classes, contact Pat or Sheridan Smith.

BABY BOTTLE BOOMERANG

If you picked up a Baby Bottle to collect change for the fundraiser for Wiregrass Emergency Protection Services (WEPS) please return it to the church on Sunday October 18. If you haven’t yet picked up a bottle, there is still time.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN THANK OFFERING

It’s Thank Offering time again, a time we have a chance to show how thankful we are for God’s blessings. Since 1888, Presbyterian women have expressed their deep sense of gratitude for God’s blessings in their lives by giving back to people in their communities and around the world. Through the Thank Offering we can help fund programs that provide education, relief from disasters, safe housing, cooking instruction, training for justice, advocacy work, and much more. This year there are 18 ministries chosen for the Offering. An overview of the 2020 recipients is posted of the women’s board in the fellowship hall. You can turn your contribution in using one of the blue envelopes in the pew racks, or you can simply write “Thank Offering” on your check’s memo line. The final day to turn in contributions to this special offering is Sunday, November 29. Thank you for your continued support.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the November Green Hill Good News needs to be submitted to the church office no later than Tuesday, October 27. Many thanks to those who contribute!

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR FOSTER CHILDREN

Coffee County Human Resources has requested help in giving foster children in Coffee County a memorable Christmas. They need sponsors and monetary donations. If you wish to be a sponsor of a child, contact Madison Hale by Oct 28. Contact forms are posted on Mission board in Fellowship Hall. During first week in November the Christmas Wish Lists for the children will be sent to you for distribution. WE ASK THAT ALL GIFTS BE DELIVERED TO DHR BY DECEMBER 11.

CHURCH CALENDAR ONLINE

Did you know that you can find out what is going on at Green Hill just with a few clicks of your mouse? The online church calendar on the church website (www.greenhillpc.com) is continually updated with current events, from Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, to Homeschool Classes and Bible Studies, to, of course, Fellowship and Worship!

OCTOBER 4 – WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY

The first Sunday in October is designated as World Communion Sunday, which celebrates our oneness in Christ with all our brothers and sisters around the world.

OCTOBER 25 – REFORMATION SUNDAY

The Church celebrates Reformation Sunday on the last Sunday of October, commemorating a significant event in the history of the Reformed tradition. It was on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg.

NOVEMBER 1 – ALL SAINTS’ DAY

All Saints’ Day was established as an opportunity to honor all the saints, known and unknown. 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.

ORDINARY TIME / TIME AFTER PENTECOST

We are currently in the period of the Christian Calendar known as Ordinary Time or the Time after Pentecost. The next season of the church, Advent, will begin in November as we prepare for Christmas.

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Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for September 2020

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

FROM THE PASTOR’S CORNER

Can you believe that LABOR DAY is just 2 weeks away? Wow, how time passes!

We plan for Green Hill to have an active Fall Season, even though it is hard to say when things will be back anywhere close to “normal”. However, at present, we will continue our Worship Services at 11 am on Sundays, “live” and “virtual” on Facebook, and our Wednesday evening Bible Studies on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. In between we host our Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs on campus, as well as host our community Home School coordinators. And, perhaps this Fall, we will be the site of a Girl Scout Gold Project to create a butterfly garden on our front lawn!

We are also planning a “Blessing of the Animals” service in October as well as our, now-annual, “Breakfast ‘Thank You’ for 1st Responders” and, of course, our highlight of all of our military on Veteran’s Sunday in November.

Stay tuned! Green Hill is alive and well!

GREEN HILL POLLINATOR GARDEN

Kendall’s Gold Award Project proposal is progressing. She has received initial approval. On Sunday, September 27, she will travel up to Montgomery to present her proposal in person before the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee at the Council office. At that point she should receive the final approval she needs to begin work. Once her project is complete, not only should Green Hill have a beautiful garden on the front of the hill, but Kendall will have created an instruction manual for other churches to plant pollinator gardens on their properties as well as a lesson plan for children to learn how to plant their own smaller pollinator gardens at home.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF BILL DYESS

Bill Dyess went home to be with our Lord on the morning of Wednesday, August 19. Funeral arrangements are being coordinated with Searcy Funeral Home and will be announced as soon as they are set. Please keep Barbara and the rest of the family in your prayers as they go through this difficult time.

BABY BOTTLE BOOMERANG

The annual “Baby Bottle Boomerang” fundraiser usually held by the Wiregrass Emergency Pregnancy Services between Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day each year wasn’t able to happen because of COVID-19. So, they are holding the fundraiser now instead. Just like before, you can pick up a baby bottle on the table in the Fellowship Hall. Over the next couple of months, drop any loose change you have in your pockets at the end of each day into the bottle. Then, on October 18, bring the bottles back to the church. We will make sure the bottles get back to WEPS.

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Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for August 2020

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

PASTOR’S CORNER

We are going back to school!

August is the usual month for the kids to go back to school, although whether they do so or not is somewhat problematic at this writing. Stay tuned!

But WE are going back to school; that is those of us who care about our Nation’s Constitution and want to know more about it. Our newest members of Green Hill, Pat and Sheridan Smith are arranging for those who sign up to join them in a Zoom online conference that will be taught by a Constitutional expert. The class will begin on Tuesday, August 4th and run for 6 weeks of successive Tuesdays until September 8th. There is a flyer and sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall for more details.
This is a unique opportunity! Come and join us!

David

GREEN HILL POLLINATOR GARDEN

Kendall D. is ready to take on the final step of earning her Girl Scout Gold Award, and her plan is to build a pollinator garden on the front lawn of Green Hill. She wants to turn the rocky circle down by the digital sign into an area that will not only support our local bee and butterfly population, but will also serve as a beautiful focal point. Kendall has already received approval from the Green Hill Session for her project. In September she will go before the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee in Montgomery to defend her plan and receive final approval to use it for her Gold Award. Planting should begin once the weather turns cooler.

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

Enterprise City Schools are going back to class on Thursday, August 6. Students have the option of going back to the traditional classroom setting or going to school online, for at least the first 9 weeks. Please pray that all of our students, teachers, and their families, stay safe through this process. Going to school with the current COVID pandemic is going to be a difficult transition for many.

ONLINE CONSTITUTION CLASS

Pat and Sheridan S. will be hosting an online class on the US Constitution beginning Tuesday, August 4. The class will run for 6 weeks, ending on September 8. The classes will be held online, using Zoom, so you can participate from the comfort of your own home. See the flyer in the Fellowship Hall for more details.

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.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the September Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by August 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!

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Green Hill Good News, July 2020

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for July 2020

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

PASTOR’S CORNER

Two thoughts: Happy Fourth! Happy 244th birthday, United States of America!

Birthdays are important days, both for celebrating and for reflecting. Celebrating the birth of our great nation is the same. It is a time for looking back on those founding fathers and their vision for a democracy built on their experience elsewhere and their willingness to risk everything for it. It is a time of looking forward and asking ourselves just what we are doing to ensure that their vision and that of those whose blood has been spilled for freedom is supported and preserved while we live.

Secondly, I am so pleased at the commitment you all are showing to Green Hill Church during this trying time. You are not only coming to worship and Bible study, but helping to take care of the needs of others both in our congregation and community. I salute you, members of the Body of Christ!

David

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.

SCOUTS BSA CONSTRUCTION

The BSA Scouts at Green Hill are preparing to renovate the Scout Hut and the Bus Barn at the back of the church property. The Scout Hut will receive some much needed maintenance (Phase One) and the Bus Barn will be converted into a meeting space with classrooms (Phase Two).

Green Hill is the chartering organization for Boy Troop 150, Girl Troop 150, Cub Pack 150, and Venture Crew 150.

HOMESCHOOL 101

The homeschool community in Enterprise is strong, and we at Green Hill are proud to support homeschooling families by offering them a place to meet for their special events, like Spelling Bees, Science Fairs, and more.

With the uncertainty of public schooling due to the spread of the Coronavirus, there has been a surge in interest in homeschooling all over our country, and many families who have never homeschooled before are interested in learning more about how to do it.

Our local homeschool group, HEART of the Wiregrass, will hold a “Homeschool 101” class on Saturday, July 11. Anyone who wants to learn more about homeschooling in the Wiregrass area is welcome to attend. Please visit the group’s Facebook page for complete details:   https://www.facebook.com/HeartoftheWiregrass/

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Green Hill Good News Online Edition for June 2020

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

PASTOR’S CORNER

We’re back!

Wow! Even as I type these words, I marvel at their meaning! We have come back after a month or more of worshiping in front of a computer—or cellphone—linking us together. I have had to preach and teach looking at myself in a cellphone rather than with your faces in front of me.

But we are a resilient group, we Green Hill folk! And we will survive and thrive. Fortunately, our advantage as a small church is that given our numbers we can safely keep distances and still fit in our Sanctuary! But, it is at the expense of hugs and even hand-shakes.

It is going to take time to return to whatever the new normal will be, but God is with us and we can depend on the Covenant relationship to see us through this time. I look forward to our Wednesday Night Bible Studies and Sunday Worship

See you soon!

David

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.

TIME AFTER PENTECOST

Following our service on Sunday, May 31, which is Pentecost Sunday, we will enter the season known as “Ordinary Time,” aka “Time after Pentecost.”

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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