Green Hill Good News

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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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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