Green Hill Good News

Green Hill Good News, August 2019

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

FROM THE PASTOR’S CORNER

The “Dog Days of Summer!”

You have heard this old saw many times, but this year we got to live it! It has been hot, hot, hot, day after day, and week after week, with very high humidity and not a lot of rain. And now, our Northern neighbors are experiencing what we have been having since late May!

It is tempting to just seek the best air-conditioned place we can find and hunker down for the season, since we know it will last into September. But in our church life, we know that summer is a time to prepare for the upcoming season—that the life of the Body of Christ is year-round.

Our new Social Media Committee is hard at work looking for opportunities to promote our church and community. We are planning a “Fall Fest” for October, and our Annual Salute to Our Veterans in November. We are also looking for an appropriate slogan to promote our church. One we are considering is: “Find your home at Green Hill Church!” What do you think? Give us your ideas, and while you are at it, check our page on Facebook weekly for news and ideas.

And keep cool!

Rev. David Jamison

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

Have you ever wondered about the origin of the expression Dog Days of Summer? To find the answer we have to look, not at our furry friends here on earth, but instead we have to look at a dog in the sky:

The ancient Romans called the hottest, most humid days of summer “diēs caniculārēs” or “dog days.” The name came about because they associated the hottest days of summer with the star Sirius. Sirius was known as the “Dog Star” because it was the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). Sirius also happens to be the brightest star in the night sky.

Sirius is so bright that the ancient Romans thought it radiated extra heat toward Earth. During the summer, when Sirius rises and sets with the Sun, they thought Sirius added heat to the Sun’s heat to cause hotter summer temperatures.

(Excerpt from www.wonderopolis.org)

FALL FEST 2019

On Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, Green Hill will be hosting a Fall Fest on the Hill! There will be food, and games, and maybe even a s’more roasting station. We are in the early planning stages of this event, so stay tuned for details. Everyone is invited, so bring a friend and have fun!

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.

SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Do you have any special events happening in September or October? Do you have any information to add? Whatever news you have, please get it in to the church office by Monday, August 19. As always, the newsletter will be printed and ready for pickup by the last Sunday of the month, perhaps earlier.

SOCIAL MEDIA @GreenHillPC

Are you on Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? We are! In addition to having a very full website, the church also has accounts on other social media platforms. Please take a moment to Click, Follow, and Like to get all of the latest news. See you in cyberspace!

IMPORTANT DATES THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR

  • August 25 – Birthday Reception for David Carter
  • October 6 – World Communion Sunday
  • October 19 – Fall Fest @ Green Hill
  • October 27 – Reformation Sunday
  • November 3 – Daylight Savings Ends
  • November 10 – Veterans Sunday
  • November 16 – First Responders Pancake Breakfast
  • November 24 – Christ the King Sunday
  • December 1 – First Sunday of Advent
  • December 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHARLES WEBB!

Charles Webb, left, was awarded the Jerry B. Brunson award at the Enterprise Rotary Club meeting June 25. Webb is the club’s longest standing member demonstrating a lifetime commitment to Rotary service, said Enterprise Rotary Club President Trent Dillard, right, presenting the award named in honor of the late Jerry B. Brunson, a longtime Rotarian and civic leader.  (Excerpt from www.southeastsun.com)

OUR GIRLS SCOUTS ARE UN-BOLL-WEEV-ABLE!

On the front page of the July 17 edition of the Southeast Sun newspaper, our “Green Hill Girl Scouts” were recognized for receiving the “Boll Weevil Monument Patch.” To complete the requirements for this patch the girls had to visit local landmarks, research local history, and then share what they learned with others. Some of their past accomplishments, including earning the Girl Scout Bronze and Girl Scout Silver Awards, were mentioned. Also included in the article was the fact that all three girls are members of Green Hill Presbyterian Church. Can’t find a copy of the paper? You can read the article online at www.southeastsun.com.

BACK TO SCHOOL

It sure seems like we had a short summer! The public schools in Enterprise will start back up for the new school year on August 7. Our children are already getting their class schedules and lockers. Please pray for our children, their parents, and their teachers.

WINSHAPE WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!

Thank you to everyone who supported WinShape Camp last month, either through time volunteered, financial assistance, or especially with prayer. Over about 400 children participated in camp this year! This year’s theme was “Never-Changing” and the main Bible verse was Matthew 7:24, ““Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

We are so pleased that WinShape was able to return to Enterprise, to continue having an impact on the youth of our city. We look forward to them coming back next year! We have been given a sneak peek at next year’s camp theme and verse, “Life Giver” and John 10:10.

To view previous editions of the Green Hill Good News monthly newsletter, please click HERE.

 

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Green Hill Good News Online Edition for June/July 2019

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

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!)

Pastor David
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,

Rosemary

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!

SOCIAL MEDIA @GreenHillPC

Are you on Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? We are! In addition to having a very full website, the church also has accounts on other social media platforms. Please take a moment to Click, Follow, and Like to get all of the latest news. See you in cyberspace!

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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

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


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

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

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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