Green Hill Good News

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for December 2019

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

PASTOR’S CORNER

As I write this, we are preparing to celebrate the last Sunday of the current Christian calendar, Christ the King Sunday, the end of Year C of the 3-year calendar. Just following Thanksgiving Day, we celebrate the first Sunday in the new Christian year, Year A, with the First Sunday in Advent.

Advent of what? Advent of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. The four Sunday’s preceding Christmas Day, the birth of our Saviour. These are days of preparation, and even as we prepare our homes, churches, workplaces and communities with trees and lights, we prepare our hearts to celebrate God’s decision to enter our world in a person, like ourselves—to come and dwell with us.

That event, called the Incarnation, sets our religion apart from all other faith communities—the fact that our God was willing to put a part of Godself into our world at a certain point in history to show us how much God loves us and to show us the way back to God. 

So, let us enter this sacred season with a welcome mat out! Let us explore the true joys of the season with worship and song.

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.

CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING

The purple Christmas Joy Offering envelopes will be in the pew racks beginning on the first Sunday in December 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 23. 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!

STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE CARDS

If you have not already returned your 2020 pledge card to the church, please do so as soon as possible. Joel needs this information to get an accurate estimate of next year’s offerings. This information is a very important part of planning the 2020 church budget.

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

Join us on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, December 14 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 4% 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 23, 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 2019

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

PASTOR’S CORNER

November is a month for “Thanks-LIVING”!

At Green Hill, it is a month where we will be pledging our tithes and offerings for the following year so that we can prepare proper budgets for the New Year. It is a month when the congregation affirms support for Elders who make up our governing body—the Session. It is a month where we gather for our Annual Thanksgiving Supper, this year honoring our commitment to the Presbyterian Children’s Home in Alabama.

And, this year, we will host two special events in November. The first will be our Annual Veteran’s Sunday Service, honoring our Veterans and Veterans organizations in our community, Sunday, November 10th.

The second is a new offering: A Pancake Breakfast honoring First Responders in the Enterprise Area. The organizers for this unique offering will be our newest members, Tyler and Addie Worsley, who have hosted a similar breakfast in their home church in Manhattan, Kansas.

Come, be with us, and give thanks!

Pastor David

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS

Don’t forget to change your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday night, November 2. On Sunday morning, November 3, 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 that Sunday.

VETERANS SUNDAY

On Sunday, November 10, we will have a special worship service in honor of our local veterans. Please mark your calendars now and stay tuned for details.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

On the morning of Saturday, November 16, Green Hill will host a special event to honor all of the first responders in our community. Tyler and Addie Worsley are all set to cook pancakes and serve up breakfast for our local police officers, fire fighters, and other emergency personnel.

SCOUTS BSA GIRL TROOP FOOD DRIVE

On Saturday, November 2, the girls of Troop 150 are going to hold a food drive in front of Walmart in Enterprise. They are collecting food to be used by our Green Hill Food Pantry. If you are out running errands on that day, be sure to stop by to say hello. These young women are some of the very first in the country to become part of the new Scouts BSA (formerly known as Boy Scouts) program.

STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY

Green Hill’s annual Stewardship Sunday is coming up. Each year in November we ask our members and our regular worshipers to prayerfully examine their resources and to pledge a portion to God’s work. It is important to remember that Stewardship includes contributions of not just money, but also of time, talent, and prayer.

For the purpose of planning the church’s annual budget, blank pledge cards will be mailed out to everyone the last week of October. Please write your financial pledge on a pledge card and return it to the church by dropping it in the offering plate no later than Sunday, November 17.

The returned pledge cards will only be seen by Joel. He will use the information to estimate the total amount of giving expected for 2020. This is the number the Session will use in planning next year’s budget.

THANKSGIVING DINNER

The annual church family Thanksgiving dinner will be held at Green Hill on Sunday, November 24. Please mark your calendars now and stay tuned for details.

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

Did you know that you can keep up with what’s happening at Green Hill by using Facebook? That’s right! Just visit our Facebook page and click “like” to have the latest news show up in your news feed. All of the articles posted on the church website are automatically posted to our page and many of the special events happening at Green Hill have their own “event” pages. It makes it really easy to put the church on your schedule, and to invite your friends to come to church with you. So please click “like” today!

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Do you want to pack a box for Operation Christmas Child? Now is the time! Empty boxes are available in the Fellowship Hall. This year we have the official boxes that can be folded into just the right size. Take your box home, fill it with stocking-stuffer type items, and return it to the church with a $9 check made out to Samaritan’s Purse. Complete instructions can be found on the table with the boxes. Please bring your box back no later than Sunday, November 17.

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Do you have a submission for the next newsletter? Please get it in to the church office by Monday, November 18. If you leave a note, please include your name so we can contact you if we have any questions. As always, the newsletter will be printed and ready for pickup by the last Sunday of the month, perhaps earlier.

EAGLE COURT OF HONOR

On Saturday, November 23, a very special celebration will be held at Green Hill. Garrett Bogart, of Green Hill’s Boy Scout Troop 150, and son of Gary & Stacy Bogart, will officially be recognized for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. This is the highest recognition that can be earned by a Boy Scout. We are very proud of this young man and all of the hard work he has put in to earning this achievement.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN THANK OFFERING

The Thank Offering has long been a tradition of Presbyterian Women. It has provided and continues to provide much-needed financial assistance to numerous worthwhile programs not included in ongoing General Assembly mission support. Each year, domestic and international projects are carefully and prayerfully selected by the Creative Ministries Offering Committee to help meet a crucial need. Forty percent (40%) of this offering is used to support hospitals and community health programs that place priority in helping the neediest members of God’s community. The remaining sixty percent (60%) is used for new creative ideas for mission. This year the project for our synod is “Katie Geneva Cannon Legacy Memorial Conference – Women and Gender Studies.”

The generosity of Presbyterian women and their families and congregations as demonstrated through their Thank Offering gifts help chosen recipients find real solutions for projects related to health, education, economic development, and needs of women and children.

Green Hill members wishing to contribute to this annual Thank Offering may use one of the special blue envelopes located in the pew racks.

THANKSGIVING AT PLYMOUTH PLANTATION

Early American Thanksgiving celebrations reflected biblical feasts when people thanked God for deliverance, provision, bounty, and blessings. One of the earliest American feasts took place in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621.

Two years later, in 1623, Governor Bradford called the people together for a day of thanksgiving, with this proclamation:

“Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience.

Now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the daytime, on Thursday, November 29th, of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty three and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.”

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Green Hill Good News, October 2019

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for October 2019

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

PASTOR’S CORNER

Green Hill is a Matthew 25 Church! The Session, in its July meeting, accepted the invitation from the PC(USA)’s Mission Agency to join a new movement in our denomination to follow Jesus’ teachings in Matthew 25:31-46 by becoming active disciples and making a difference both in our local community and in the world.

We signed a pledge to:

• Build congregational vitality by deepening and energizing our faith and growing as joyful leaders and disciples
• Fearlessly applying our faith to advocate and break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, and prejudice
• Acting on our beliefs and working to change policies and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor
We will hear more as we develop specific plans at Green Hill! Come join us!

Pastor David

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Do you have any special events happening in November or December? Do you have any information to add? Whatever news you have, please get it in to the church office by Monday, October 21. As always, the newsletter will be printed and ready for pickup by the last Sunday of the month, perhaps earlier.

CHURCH WEBSITE

Have you checked out the church website lately?

www.GreenHillPC.com

DOWNTOWN FALL FESTIVAL

On Saturday, October 19, Green Hill will have a booth at the Downtown Fall Festival. This is a great opportunity to get some exposure in the community and to share our love of God with others. We will need volunteers to help staff the booth. A sign-up form will be coming out soon.

RECENT SUNDAY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE

June Average: 22
July Average: 22
August Average: 22
September Average (so far): 27

2019 Average (so far): 25

Attendance numbers are based on the information recorded in the red books. Please remember to sign in every Sunday so that we may have an accurate record of church attendance.

CHOOSING A CHURCH TAGLINE

The Social Media Committee at Green Hill has been working on a plan to make our church more visible in the online community, which is where so many people spend their time these days. We are working on a “tagline” that can be used in online advertising, a few short words that sum up what Green Hill is all about.

Four of the taglines we are considering are:

Green Hill Presbyterian Church
Your Church Home

Green Hill Presbyterian Church
Rooted in Community, Growing in Faith

Green Hill Presbyterian Church
A Home for All

Green Hill Presbyterian Church
Know Christ, Know Your Neighbor

At some point in the near future we are going to be seeking the input from the congregation on which tagline you all think best describes Green Hill. So, take some time to look over the four taglines and be ready to tell us what you think, or to let us know if you have any tagline ideas of your own.

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Church Newsletter, September 2019

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

PASTOR’S CORNER

Labor Day is just around the corner. Labor Day used to mark the official end of summer and “back to school” and work—along with a moderating of the summer heat! However, with the changes in the school year, kids are already into their Fall Season, and looking forward to the first Fall break!

It is comforting to be a part of a continuum in our Church Year. Our lectionary passages take no summer breaks and lead us through our Bible study year round, leading up to the end of the current Lectionary Year the last week in November (after Thanksgiving) and the beginning of the new year with the 1st Sunday in Advent, this year with Communion on December 1st.

Join us as we continue as Disciples on Sunday morning with Sunday School at 9:30 and Worship at 11am, and with a light supper and Bible Study on Wednesday at 5:30pm. And look for our special events sprinkled through the Fall Season.

Come and find your church home at Green Hill—and invite your friends to join you!

Pastor David

THE CHRISTIAN YEAR, FESTIVALS AND SEASONS

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. 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.

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Do you have any special events happening in October or November? Do you have any information to add? Whatever news you have, please get it in to the church office by Monday, September 23. As always, the newsletter will be printed and ready for pickup by the last Sunday of the month, perhaps earlier.

BOLL WEEVIL MONUMENT CELEBRATION EVENTS

SAVE THE DATE! Enterprise is gearing up for the 100th anniversary of the Boll Weevil Monument in a BIG way. There are a number of special events planned leading up to the celebration on December 11.

Please note the date of the Boll Weevil Fall Festival on October 19. This is the date Green Hill had originally picked to hold a Fall Festival at the church. Obviously this date will need to be changed and/or the event will need to be modified. Stay tuned for details.

  • September 14-15 — The Boll Weevil Arts Festival and Poster Contest
  • September 20 — Pre-Game Centennial Celebration at Wildcat Stadium
  • October, date to be announced — The Miss Centennial Pageant
  • October 19 — Boll Weevil Fall Festival
  • December 3 — “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” Parade
  • December 5 — City of Enterprise Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • December 11 — “A Monumental Celebration”

GIRL SCOUT TROOP #9123

The Girl Scouts of Troop #9123 have begun holding their meetings at Green Hill. Their request to meet at the church was approved by the Session and we are so happy to have the Girl Scouts here. Last April the Junior Girl Scouts in Troop #9123 earned their Girl Scout Bronze Awards with a project focused on Bicycle Safety. As part of their project they held a Bicycle Safety Rally that was open to all Elementary School students in town. We know these young ladies are going to continue doing amazing things in our community!

GREEN HILL GIRL SCOUTS UPDATE

As for our own Girl Scouts, Makayla and Kendall are wrapping up their pre-requisites to begin working on their Girl Scout Gold Awards. Makayla’s initial project idea has been approved. Kendall is still looking for a project. Emma will be ready to begin her Gold Award journey next year.

BOY SCOUTS (aka SCOUTS BSA)

The Boy Scouts continue to meet at Green Hill on Monday evenings. This includes Boy Troop #150, Girl Troop #150, Cub Pack #150, and Venture Crew #150. Green Hill has been a proud supporter of our local Boy Scouts for more than 40 years.

IMPORTANT DATES THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR

  • August 25 – Birthday Reception for David Carter
  • October 6 – World Communion Sunday
  • DATE CHANGE PENDING – 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
  • November 24 – Thanksgiving Dinner
  • December 1 – First Sunday of Advent
  • December 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

2019 CHURCH DIRECTORY

The 2019 Church Directory has been printed and is ready for pickup in the church office. If you find any errors/omissions in the directory, please let the office know so we can fix that information in the computer.

PRESBYTERIAN CELTIC CROSS AWARD

Congratulations to Sandra DeTora who has earned the Celtic Cross Award. This award, which is sponsored by the National Association of Presbyterian Scouters, is unique to the Presbyterian Church. It recognizes “adult leaders who have given exceptional service to children and youth.” Sandra was nominated for this award by the Session of Green Hill.

Some of the criteria for nomination for the Celtic Cross include being an active youth leader, supporting youth ministry, working directly with youth for a minimum of two years, and encouraging religious growth among youth. The award is typically earned by Girl Scout and Boy Scout volunteers, but it can also be earned by other members of the Presbyterian Church.

In addition to working with youth at Green Hill through things such as Vacation Bible School, Sandra has been a Girl Scout volunteer for nearly ten years. She organizes Girl Scout Sunday every year and she has led our church’s Girl Scouts through earning the My Promise My Faith Award.

The Celtic Cross will be officially presented to Sandra at an upcoming worship service. Please take a moment to congratulate her on this achievement and to thank her for her on-going service to our youth.

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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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