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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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Green Hill Good News, February 2021

FROM THE PASTOR’S CORNER

Lent comes earlier this year! February 17th, to be exact.

Lent is all about spiritual renewal. It is a sacred time of preparation for Easter (Sunday, April 4th) and a time to reflect on what God has done to redeem us and how we can live a whole and full life as a child of God.

Many of us see Lent as a season of penitence, fasting, service and contemplation — but at the top of our list should be a prayer for the acquisition of peace. Our Presbyterian Church has prepared a weekly series of devotionals which we will be sharing via social media to assist us in our journey to Easter. We invite you to reflect upon the gift of shalom, the Hebrew word with a host of meanings: peace, security, well-being, health, completeness. Our spiritual goal for our Lenten journey: exploring how can we receive this gift of shalom and, in turn, bestow it upon the world.

Will you join me on this journey?

David

SOUPER BOWL OF CARING

More than 20 years ago, the Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group: “Lord, as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us to be mindful of those without even a bowl of soup to eat.” On Super Bowl Sunday, February 7, Green Hill will take up our annual collection for the Souper Bowl of Caring. Financial donations and donations of non-perishable food will be collected in the Fellowship Hall. Everything donated will go to support our Green Hill Food Pantry.

IMPORTANT DAYS IN FEBRUARY

7th – Communion Sunday
14th – Transfiguration Sunday
17th – Ash Wednesday
21st – Boy Scouts of America Sunday

GOLD GARDEN PROJECT UPDATE

Progress on the Garden Project on the church’s front lawn is progressing. Kendall has been researching what plants will be best (look pretty, and be easy to care for) so that when the weather warms up we will be able to get them in the ground. She has been shopping for Butterfly Bushes and other plants that pollinators love. She is also working on an education lesson plan for youth that will spread the word about the importance of pollinators. To see the latest updates on her project, go to the church website (www.greenhillpc.com) and click on “Gold Garden Project” in the banner.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES

Thank you to everyone who purchased Girl Scout cookies from the Green Hill Girl Scouts (Kendall, Makayla, and Emma). They have officially sold their goal and are done for this year. They set a really low goal, just enough to cover their registrations for next year, and thankfully it didn’t take long to reach it.

Don’t be sad that our three are done selling, because the Girl Scout Cookie sale in our area is still running for several more weeks! Every box sold in our area supports our local council, and we encourage you to continue your support of Girl Scouts by buying those amazing cookies.

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA SUNDAY

On Sunday, February 21, Green Hill will recognize BSA Sunday. BSA Sunday is designated as the day to commemorate the founding of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910 and to recognize the contributions the members of BSA make to their churches and their communities. All local BSA members are invited to attend, and are encouraged to wear their uniforms.

BSA Sunday is usually recognized on the Sunday just prior to the official anniversary, February 8, but due to scheduling issues (Communion and a school holiday), Green Hill will hold the recognition on February 21.

Green Hill is the Chartered Organization for:

• Cub Scout Pack 150
• BSA Troop 150-B (Boy Troop)
• BSA Troop 150-G (Girl Troop)
• Venturing Crew 150

Girl Scout Sunday, for members of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA), will be held on Sunday, March 14.  March 21.

THE CHRISTIAN YEAR

The festivals and seasons of the Christian year (or liturgical calendar) offer a way to order the annual life of the church according to the life of Christ and the events of salvation history. The Revised Common Lectionary provides a set of Scripture readings from the Old and New Testaments that is both organized around the Christian year and attentive to the broad themes and narratives of the biblical story.

The Directory for Worship elaborates:

As God created and appointed days, God created a rhythm of time and appointed seasons for worship. In the Old Testament, people observed seasons of fasting and feasting as occasions for festival worship of God. Jesus kept these festivals. For the Church in the New Testament, the festivals were transformed in meaning and purpose by Jesus’ life and teaching, his death and resurrection, and by the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ birth, life, death, resurrection, ascension, and promised return give meaning to the seasons which order the annual rhythm of worship and guide the selection of lessons to be read and proclaimed in the life of the Church. (W-1.3013)

Through two millennia of Christian worship, a certain cycle of festivals and seasons has emerged and is now recognized and observed throughout the ecumenical church. Some of these events (Pentecost, Holy Week and Epiphany, e.g.) can be traced to the earliest centuries of Christian practice; others (Trinity Sunday and Christ the King, e.g.) developed later in the history of the church. The Directory for Worship provides a helpful outline of these festivals and seasons:

God’s work of redemption in Jesus Christ offers the Church a central pattern for ordering worship in relationship to significant occasions in the life of Jesus and of the people of God. (W-3.2002)

The liturgical colors in the Sanctuary always show the changing of the seasons in the Christian Year, but this year at Green Hill we will also indicate the changes with a “You Are Here” marker in the Narthex. So, the next time you enter the Sanctuary, take a moment to look at the bulletin board. You can see what is going on at Green Hill this week, this month, and where we are in the Christian Year.

A MESSAGE FROM TYLER W.

Christian Education – Green Hill Presbyterian Church

Greetings to you my brothers and sisters in Christ,

I am thankful for you and inspired by your faith daily, thank you. Our Christian Education theme this month is service to others.

As I considered service to others, 1 Peter 4:10 kept coming to mind, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” Peter is imploring early Christians to see whatever they have as a gift from God and to be good stewards of these gifts. We would be wise to follow this advice! Giving generously of the gifts we have been given, whether those gifts are spiritual or temporal, in service to others is practicing good stewardship.

Christ recognizes the importance of service in the gospel of Matthew (23:11) stating, “The greatest among you will be your servant.” Greatness in the eyes of God is not the same as greatness in the eyes of men. God cares not what car we drive but cares a great deal how we treat the poor and how we speak to one another. As we go about our lives, we must focus more on serving our fellow man and not on pleasing ourselves. We must focus on building a longer table not a higher wall. We must focus on loving one another and not on topics of division.

I challenge you to consider and write down some of the gifts God has given you this week and how you can use these gifts to serve your brothers and sisters in Christ. Please take some time this week to pay someone a compliment, to call someone stuck at home, to look for those in need and to give of your gifts. Peace be with you brothers and sisters. In honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I will leave you with this quote:

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’
-Martin Luther King Jr.

ONLINE SUNDAY SCHOOL AND WORSHIP SERVICE

We are still living with COVID and in this “new normal” Green Hill is continuing to hold our Sunday School classes online and also to broadcast our worship service online. The classes and the services and bulletins can be accessed by going to the church website (www.greenhillpc.com) and clicking “Online Worship Services” in the banner.

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Green Hill Good News, January 2021

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

FROM THE PASTOR’S CORNER

Happy New Year!

New Year, 2021, is just around the corner, and I believe that you and I are ready for a new beginning—anxious to put 2020 and all of its woes in the rear view mirror!

However, we don’t want to spend any time licking our wounds and lamenting what is in the past, because our Lord is leading us forward towards new beginnings, new opportunities for sharing the Good News and the love that comes from God. So, “buckle your seat belts”, a new year of opportunity awaits! Immanuel—God is with us!

Amen!

David

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.

COMMUNION & ELDER INSTALLATION

We will break with tradition for our first Communion Service of the New Year. Instead of offering Communion on the first Sunday of the month, the first Communion of 2021 will be held on January 10. This Sunday we will also ordain and install our three new Elders. The first Session meeting of the year will be held that afternoon.

ELDERS & TRUSTEES

Our Elders for 2021 are: Denise A., Betty Jo B., Gloria W., Sandy G., Pat S., and Tyler W.

Our Trustees for 2021 are: Sandra D., Tommy P., and Charles W.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES

It’s almost Girl Scout Cookie Time! Kendall, Makayla, and Emma will start taking pre-orders for cookies on December 27. The cookies will arrive in Enterprise in mid-January. Although Makayla is living Florida she has stayed registered as a Girl Scout in Alabama. All three girls are working together to share sales, so an order placed with any one of them will benefit all three. Thank you to Green Hill for your continued support of our Girl Scouts!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

This has been a crazy year, and we’ve almost made it through! “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) We don’t know what God’s plan is for 2021, but we will continue in our mission to faithfully serve God and to proclaim the Gospel.

ADVENT AND EPIPHANY

As you greet your friends and neighbors over the next couple of weeks, will you ask them if they HAD a nice Christmas, or will you ask them if they are HAVING a nice Christmas? It might seem like a silly question to ask, but one indicates that the holiday has passed for the year, and the other indicates that we are still in the middle of the Christmas season.

In December we celebrate Advent. For four Sundays we light the candles on the Advent wreath in anticipation of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. On Christmas Day the anticipation ends and we enter the season of Epiphany, which means divine manifestation.

The season of Epiphany is also known as the Twelve Days of Christmas. The season runs up to the Epiphany of the Lord on January 6. This is the day we celebrate the fact that God’s covenant of grace is extended to all who believe the good news of Christ Jesus.

As this year ends and a new one begins, be mindful of the season and enter the year with celebration. Praise God!

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