Green Hill Good News

Green Hill Good News, October 2018

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for October 2018

*Check your e-mail and/or a printed copy for the complete newsletter.

There is an old European story about a traveler who came upon a barn where the devil had stored seeds which he planned to sow in the hearts of people. There were bags of seeds variously marked “Hatred,” “Fear,” “Doubt,” “Despair,” “Un-forgiveness,” “Pride,” “Greed,” etc.

The devil appeared and struck up a conversation with the traveler. He gleefully told the traveler how easy the seeds he sowed sprouted in the hearts of men and women.

“Are there any hearts in which these seeds will not sprout?” the traveler asked.

A melancholy look appeared on the devil’s face. “These seeds will not sprout in the heart of a thankful and joyful person,” he confessed.

excerpt from the best of The Joyful Noiseletter
by Cal & Rose Samra


OCTOBER SERMONS & SCRIPTURE READINGS

OCTOBER 7: “Simplest is Bestest”
Job 1:1, 2:1-10 & Mark 10:2-16

OCTOBER 14: “We Are Him”
Job 23:1-9 & Mark 10:17-31

OCTOBER 21: “It’s Hard to Be Humble
When You’re as Good as I Am”
Job: 38:1-7, 34-41 & Mark 10:34-45

OCTOBER 28: “Me, You, Us, Them!”
Job 42:1-6, 10-17 & Mark 10:46-52


UPCOMING SPECIAL SUNDAYS

Sunday, September 30 – Healing & Worship Service

Sunday, October 7 – Communion & Worship Service


UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

Girls Night Out for Breast Cancer

Saturday, October 13, 4pm to 9pm

Join us for Girls Night Out to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness, Saturday October 13th, 4-9 pm, in Downtown Enterprise. Event will feature 21 GNO participating retailers, market vendors, FREE Swag Bag, live DJ, free refreshments, and MORE! Advanced Tickets are just $10 until October 7th and are available at Pink Ribbon Retailers downtown.

2018 Boll Weevil Fall Festival

Saturday, October 27, 9am to 3pm

The Boll Weevil Fall Festival will be held on October 27, 2018. There will be arts and crafts vendors, Halloween costume contest for children, entertainment and more. Free admission.


GIRL SCOUT SILVER AWARD

It is official! Kendall, Makayla, and Emma, are Silver Award Girl Scouts! With their Silver Award Project, called Whisper to Success, they have earned the second-highest award available in Girl Scouting. Way to go Girl Scouts!

As part of earning the Girl Scout Silver Award they built nearly 600 whisper phones and distributed them to the Kindergarten students at the Enterprise Early Education Center. Whisper phones are simple reading tools made out of PVC pipe. Each girl put in over 50 hours of work building the phones and spreading the word about the benefits of using whisper phones to help young children become more confident readers.

To learn more about their project, please visit their website: https://whispertosuccess.wordpress.com/

Thank you to everyone who has supported the girls in their project, especially the Skelton Foundation who made it possible to build a phone for every Kindergartener in town.

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Green Hill Good News Online Edition for August 2018

Green Hill Youth @ WinShape 2018


Fuad Could Not

I knew Fuad in 1992.  He slept rough.  That’s how the British describe someone who sleeps outside on the street or under a bridge.  He was an immigrant from Bangladesh.  He had long hair and a long beard and wore multiple layers of filthy clothing even in the summer.  Fuad always smelled.  Fuad hardly talked to anyone at St Botolph’s.  In all the time that I knew him, we only had two or three brief conversations.  He occasionally came in for a meal; on rare occasion for a shower.  But the oddest, most frightening thing about Fuad was that he smoked plastic bags.  Large, black, plastic bags.  He would “nick”, (British word for steal) he would nick them from the kitchen in the basement of the church.  He’d take one or two at a time.  Nobody tried to stop him because he usually had a look in his eyes like he might kill you if you did.  He’d take the plastic bag outside and roll it up into a cigar.  Then he’d light it and smoke it.

I’m not sure how long he had been doing this when I met him.  However, after a few months, the church received a large check, payable to Fuad, from Social Security.  (Well over 2000 pounds!)  It was Fuad’s “benefit”, that is; his back payment from the dole, or rather, welfare.  The Senior Pastor called me in when the check arrived and told me that Fuad’s ship had come in, and, (further) told me to go out and buy Fuad some cigars.  “Havanas”, to be precise.  Our belief was that he would change, that now that he had money, he would switch from plastic bags to something somewhat less toxic.

That same night Fuad came in for a meal.  I told him about the check, and further, that I had bought him a box of cigars.  He asked me why I did that.  I told him that now that he had money, he could stop smoking plastic bags and start smoking cigars.  He looked me in the eye, a long, hard look, and simply said that he’d stick to plastic bags.  And he did.  Fuad could not change.  About six months later, he died from the plastic bags, with more than 2000 pounds in the bank, less the amount I spent on the cigars.  He died, because he could not change.  (Twenty-six years later, I suspect that box of cigars is still somewhere in that church.  Still unopened.)

Fuad was not a Christian.  He didn’t like to hear about Jesus.  Jesus calls us all to change.  To change as individuals.  To change as a church.  To stop doing what we should not be doing.  To start doing what we should.  To rely on Him to help us; to show us the way.  His way!  He’ll even tell us what needs to be changed.  But we need to take Brother James’ advice when it comes to change.  To be hearers AND doers.  Fuad heard but didn’t do.  It killed him.

Pastor Tim

 

CHURCH CALENDAR

Do you have a meeting happening at the church? Don’t forget to let the church office know! We like to keep the main calendar as up-to-date as possible, and we like to know what events are coming up so we can make announcements in the bulletin and/or the newsletter. Thank you for keeping the office informed.

 

AFTER-SCHOOL BIBLE STUDY

School is starting up soon and so will after-school Bible Study – September 10th to be exact.  This year we will be offering 5 classes –

3 on Mondays:

“Boy, Have I Got Problems!” (a study on James)

“God Has Big Plans for You, Esther”

“How to Study Your Bible for Kids”

and 2 on Tuesdays:

“Cracking the Covenant Code”

“God, What’s Your Name?”

The James class on Monday is for 1st-3rd graders, the Esther class is for girls in grades 4th-8th, the How to Study the Bible is for boys in 4th-8th grades and the Tuesday classes are for 4th-8th graders.

These studies start at 3pm with snack time.  At 3:30pm the classes begin and at 5pm the classes finish up and the parents pick up the kids.

We have a great lineup of teachers who will be attending Leadership training on August 10th 6:30-8:30pm, August 11th 8:30am-2:30pm, August 17th 6:30-8:30pm, and August 18th 8:30am-2:30pm with Nancy Jankoski leading us in the Inductive Bible study called “Rising to the Call of Leadership” by Kay Arthur and David & BJ Lawson.  We still need lots of helpers, though.  If this sounds like a ministry where you’d to help, just let April Seery know.

Registration for After-School Bible Study will take place August 21st from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in Fellowship Hall.  Parents who want to sign up their kids for any of these classes must attend this meeting.

 

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 485 children participated in camp this year! This year’s theme was “The Shepherd” and the main Bible verse was Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.”  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!

 

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY

The Wednesday morning Bible Study is open to all members of the church. Everyone is welcome to join us at 8:00am in the Fellowship Hall as we study God’s Word. Bring your Bible, and feel free to bring your breakfast with you. This mid-week lesson is the perfect way to start off your morning.

 

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the September Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Monday, August 20. 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!

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL SUCCESS!

Thank you to everyone who helped out with this year’s Vacation Bible School.  We had an amazing time learning about the Gospel through the songs of the Go Fish Guys.  This year we changed things up a bit and invited the older children, our teens, to serve in leadership roles.  It was such a joy to see our young Christian leaders work on the skills they will need to do God’s work in the future.

 

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 6.  Our children are already getting their class schedules and lockers.  Please pray for our children, their parents, and their teachers.

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Green Hill Good News June/July 2018

Register Today for VBS! June 25 to June 29, 2018  Just click on the link at the top of the page.


Signs

When the sign man died, I presided at his funeral. For many years Bob Sr. made signs as a profession, and Bob Jr. inherited the business when Bob Sr. retired. Bob Jr. asked that we play the song “Signs”* at his father’s funeral. The Methodist minister wouldn’t allow it. And despite the fact that we lived amongst cowboys, he wouldn’t allow “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”** either. That was at somebody else’s funeral. I allowed both.

I believe in signs. I believe that God sends them to me. O He does plenty of talking, but sometimes He leaves a big fat sign for me, and expects me to work out the meaning. I don’t know why He does this. I don’t know why He saved a wretch*** like me either. God just does things. It’s His way.

The Lost Medication

I was diagnosed with diabetes in 1997. For many years I exclusively took oral medication, but for five years now I have used insulin to treat this disease. I was recently the guest of the Foreign Missions Club in Highbury, (London) England. Shortly after my long trip and my arrival, I was given room number 304 at the club, and I immediately took a nap. When I woke up from that nap I decided to go out and get something to eat. (Insulin is injected before every meal.) I had brought five insulin pens with me. No need to refrigerate the pens. It makes it convenient when you travel. So I unzipped my backpack and looked for the pens. Not there! I dumped out the backpack. Not there! I looked through all of the rest of my stuff. Not there! Then, in disbelief, I repeated the entire search. Not any-where! Then I remembered that I had taken them out at the airport after I arrived. I had bought a sandwich and took the insulin just prior to eating. I concluded that I had left the insulin on the seat next to mine when I ate that sandwich. This presented a big problem! There were a few remedies, but still, a big problem! I could go to National Health and get a prescription. I have a National Health number from the days when I worked in London. Then I could go to a pharmacy and get the prescription filled. This might take several hours, or maybe more than a day. I haven’t been seen at National Health since 1992. In the meantime, I would either have to fast or become a vegetarian. Neither of those alternatives seemed very appealing. On the other hand, I thought I might call my physician in Enterprise, and hopefully, he could call a pharmacy in London and replace the medication. I wasn’t sure that would even be possible, but when you are looking at becoming a vegetarian, you get desperate. The last alternative would be to combine a fast with being a vegetarian for the duration of my trip. (As comical as all this may sound, losing your medicine in a foreign country poses a BIG problem.) At that point, I thought I’d go out and get a salad and find a pharmacy, just in case I decided on either the National Health or the Enterprise physician alternatives. So I got dressed and went out the door of room number 304.

And there on the floor, across the hall, was the medication!

Dumbfounded, I picked up the box full of pen needles and went back into my room. After a lot of thought I came to realize that an angel had delivered that medicine from the airport. How else could it have gotten there? It couldn’t have fallen out of my backpack. It was zipped shut!

The Sign of the Lost Insulin

After much thought and prayer, I have come to conclude that God was sending me a sign; one with two messages. Both involve change. The first message is that I need to lose a considerable amount of weight, to allow Him and Him alone to help me with this, so that I can reduce or illuminate the amount of medication that I need to take. The second message is that I am an even bigger hypocrite than I ever suspected, because I preach a Gospel of change and refuse to change, (in terms of my health) myself. (What else would you expect from a wretch?) This is made even more obvious in light of the fact that I have outlined for the session five pages worth of change that I believe needs to be accomplished around here, and yet – have not changed in this significant way myself.

God Help Me

God help me as I respond to His sign. God help me. Amen.

Footnotes
* 1971 – Five Man Electrical Band
** 1979 – Willie Nelson
*** “Amazing Grace” John Newton (1725-1807)

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY

The Wednesday morning Bible Study is open to all members of the church. Everyone is welcome to join us at 8:00am in the Fellowship Hall as we study God’s Word. Bring your Bible, and feel free to bring your breakfast with you. This mid-week lesson is the perfect way to start off your morning.

EMPTY PAPER TOWEL TUBES

Please save your empty paper towel tubes. We need them for one of our Vacation Bible School crafts at the end of June. We need one for each child, so please start collecting now. Your empty tubes can be dropped off with Sandi in the office.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS

Vacation Bible School registration is under way, and we are looking for volunteers! We have a lot of our slots filled, but we are looking for a few more people. Do you feel called to teach the music, or maybe to be a group leader? We will provide all of the materials, we just need you! There is a sign up board in the Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions, please see Scott, Pat, or Sandi. Thank you to Sandy, Evelyn, Linda, Jerry, Pat, Nancy, Sandi, and Scott for signing up to help.

WIREGRASS EMERGENCY PREGNANCY SERVICES ANNUAL BABY BOTTLE EVENT

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 at the church, 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.

223rd GENERAL ASSEMBLY (2018)

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meets biennially in even-numbered years. It consists of commissioners elected by each of its 173 presbyteries. The GA is full of activities: business sessions, committee meetings, an exhibit hall, daily worship services, and mission tours sponsored by the Committee on Local Arrangements. The assembly acts on hundreds of items of business, which it receives through the reports and recommendations of various assembly entities, and through overtures from synods and presbyteries. The 223rd General Assembly (2018) will be held in St. Louis, Missouri – June 16 – 23.

GIRL SCOUT SILVER AWARD UPDATE

Kendall, Makayla, and Emma have been hard at work on their Silver Award Project. These young ladies are hoping to earn the second highest award in Girl Scouting, the Silver Award. Their focus is on providing support for early readers here in Enterprise. Specifically, they are building “whisper phones” for kindergarten and special needs children and designing a website to help parents of young readers with important reading skills. The girls should complete their project at the end of the summer, just in time for the start of the new school year.

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Green Hill Good News, May 2018

Green Hill Good News Online Edition for May 2018

The newest member of Green Hill.

Thank God for Mother’s Love

There is no love, like a mother’s love,
no stronger bond on earth…
like the precious bond that comes from God,
to a mother, when she gives birth.

A mother’s love is forever strong,
never changing for all time…
and when her children need her most,
a mother’s love will shine.

God bless these special mothers,
God bless them every one…
for all the tears and heartache,
and for the special work they’ve done.

When her days on earth are over,
a mother’s love lives on…
through many generations,
with God’s blessings on each one.

Be thankful for our mothers,
for they love with a higher love…
from the power God has given,
and the strength from up above.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the June/July Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office no later than Monday, May 21. 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!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Are you interested in helping out with this year’s Vacation Bible School? We will hold VBS the last week of June, the 25th to the 29th. We need volunteers to help with sign-up as the children come in, a teacher for the Bible lessons, a crafty person to help with projects, an active person to teach songs/choreography, someone to serve snacks, and more. Do any of these people sound like you? Keep an eye out for the sign up list.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, MAY 3

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 3. The City of Enterprise will host an event on the steps of City Hall, beginning at Noon. Everyone is invited to attend.

BELK CHARITY DAY SALE

Tickets are now available for the next Belk Charity Day Sale! The sale will be held at the Dothan location on May 5, from 6am to 10am. To attend, you must purchase a $5 ticket from one of the members of the Presbyterian Women at Green Hill. This very special ticket will not only get you admission to the sale, but it also acts as a coupon to get you $5 off of your first purchase. That’s in addition to getting the already marked discounts of 20% to 70% off! And, that little ticket just keeps on working because the money for all of the tickets sold at Green Hill goes to the Green Hill PW. The Belk Charity Day Sale is a major contributor to the mission budget of the Presbyterian Women ministry.

2018 WOMEN’S BIRTHDAY OFFERING

We are given many different opportunities for giving and sharing. Among those giving opportunities is one that’s right at hand. It is our 2018 “Welcome to This Place” – Birthday Offering. In the place of our birthday lunch this year we are asking you to use the yellow envelopes placed in the pews or simply notate on your check the amount you wish to give to this offering.

This offering is received in the spring and this year the three mission projects are:

• Cottage Village, a Tiny–house Community for Low-income rural Residents in Cottage Grove, Oregon.
• Village of Grace Center for Physical and Spiritual Health in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. It will offer international hospitality for retreats, workshops and mission teams from the Presbyterian Church, Solar under the Sun and Living Waters for the World Synods.
• Dwelling Place in Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota. It will purchase land where they will construct a multi-use building with spaces suitable for large and small group programming, one on one case management, safe living space and staff offices to serve women and children seeking-safety from violent partners.

We ask that you give as you have been blessed and as led by the Holy Spirit.

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 at the church on Mother’s Day, 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.

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Green Hill Good News, April 2018 (online edition)

Green Hill Good News Online Edition for April 2018

Thank you to Green Hill from the Girl Scouts of Service Unit 923 for helping us to recognize Girl Scout Sunday.

We Used To Go To Church with Pat Sajak

by Rev. Dr. Timothy Oleksy

I’m writing this on Palm Sunday night, and thinking about Easter and about Pat Sajak too. When we were Californians, we used to go to church with Pat Sajak. In fact, Pat (without Vanna) was in attendance at all three of our sons’ baptisms. Sadly, I was not. My Mom was having by-pass surgery the Sunday that Tom was to be baptized. I was in Connecticut. But Pat was in church that day along with Laurie and Tom, with Tom’s brothers, much of Laurie’s family, and my brother and sister-in-law. They are Tom’s Godparents. We could have postponed it, but we didn’t. Baptism has to do with the child and with the Holy Spirit. It would have been nice to be there, but the two key figures, those being Tom and the Spirit; they were there.

Thirty two years later, Tom and Renee, (Mrs. Tom) are bringing their one year old daughter, Eleanor Grace Oleksy to Enterprise for her baptism. It will take place on Resurrection Sunday. As joyful as Easter has always been for me, this Easter may be the most joyful day of my life.

I am usually the officiant at weddings and funerals in our family. When I married Tom and Renee two years ago in Massachusetts, I had to obtain written permission from the Secretary of State of the Socialist State of Massachusetts to perform the ceremony. Had I been an internet minister instead of a degreed, credentialed, ordained, Presbyterian minister, this would not have been necessary. (That’s socialism for you!) But I never dreamed I would ever baptize a grandchild. My old friend George McCall was always baptizing grandchildren. The older I got, the more I envied George that holy privilege.

So on Easter Sunday, Ellie and the Holy Spirit will be there. Pat Sajak won’t be. (I suppose we could have invited him.) I hope you will be there. (Or were there, if this arrives afterword.) Come and share the joy, that divine emotion that comes with a reminder called Easter every year as Lent comes to an end. The reminder that this is not the end; that the tomb was empty, and that eternal life awaits.

And share the joy that I will know, the extra joy, as Eleanor Grace Oleksy, by the grace of God, is sealed as Christ’s own forever.

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY

The Wednesday morning Bible Study is open to all members of the church. Everyone is welcome to join us at 8:00am in the Fellowship Hall as we study God’s Word. Bring your Bible, and feel free to bring your breakfast with you. This mid-week lesson is the perfect way to start off your morning.

BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION

During the month of April, Green Hill will be blessed as we take part in two very important events in two young Christian lives.

This month, Eleanor, the granddaughter of Rev. Dr. Tim & Laurie Oleksy, will be baptized during our morning worship service. We look forward to meeting the Oleksy family. After the service we will celebrate in the Fellowship Hall with cake.

This month, Grayson will be confirmed as a member of Green Hill Presbyterian Church. He has been working hard with Pastor Tim on special lessons about what it means to be a Christian and a Presbyterian. We can’t wait to officially welcome him into the Green Hill Family!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: June 25 to June 29

The Bible is filled with examples of God’s people shouting and cheering in response to His might acts of power. This summer we will invite our local children to do the same by remembering who God is, what He has done, and what He promises to do!

As a bit of a change this year, we are going to include our older children, our teens and tweens, in some leadership roles. VBS is not only for teaching young children about the Bible, it is also an opportunity for us to help mold the Christian leaders of tomorrow.

We have about three months to make this plan come together. Please pray for this VBS. God is going to use us to do amazing things at Green Hill this summer. If you feel called to serve in VBS this year, please contact Scott Smith.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the May Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Monday, April 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!

RECOGNITION OF OUR VETERANS

Each year in December, the national Wreaths Across America program places wreaths on the graves of Veterans all over the United States in honor and remembrance of their service to our country.

Here in the Wiregrass, the program is expanding to cover not only the major cemeteries, but many of the smaller ones as well. The American Legion and Civitan Club are trying to compile a master list of all Veterans buried in the area to make sure that every local Veteran is recognized in future ceremonies.

If you have a Veteran in your family who is buried locally, or if you know of a Veteran who is buried locally, please see Sandi in the church office. She has a clipboard for recording the names.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

Since 1949 Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world. Your generous gifts to this Special Offering help provide relief those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed. If you feel called to give, please use one of the special blue envelopes can be found in the pew racks. The final day this offering will be collected for 2018 will be Sunday, April 8.

CHICK-FIL-A 5K & 1 MILE FUN RUN

The 3rd Annual Mitchell Automotive Chick-fil-A 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run will be held Saturday, April 7th at Enterprise High School. So find your fanciest Cow running attire, and help us raise money for the WinShape Camp held each July at Enterprise High School. Last year, 500 children attended this premier day camp experience, and the vast majority of campers received some amount of scholarship assistance. The goal is to enroll as many kids in this camp as want to attend, and thank you for supporting this race and the children and families in our community. Visit http://www.itsyourrace.com for more information.

GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY

The Girl Scouts would like to thank Green Hill for hosting Girl Scout Sunday last month. It means a lot to us that you took the time to recognize us, and to feed us cake! Girl Scout Sunday is a time for girls to reflect on the words “to serve God” in the Girl Scout Promise. Thank you for helping us to do that.

Kendall, Makayla, Emma, Sandi, Pat & the Girl Scouts of Service Unit 923

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN SPRING GATHERING

The Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering for 2018 is being held at Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Dothan on April 14, 2018. Check-In begins at 9:30am. The program and service will begin at 10:00am. Attendees can choose to take two of three workshops: Welcoming God’s Presence (led by Dee Koza), Being God’s Presence (led by Betty Bierbaum), and/or God’s Artful Presence (led by Rev. Dr. Lynn Miller).

Registration forms are available in the Green Hill church office. The fee to attend is $12.50 if the form is submitted prior to April 4. After April 4 the fee increases to $17.50.

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Green Hill Good News, March 2018, Online Edition

Green Hill Youth, hard at work on a new Welcome Board for the church

Godly Change

I hardly recognize the world we live in anymore.  It’s changed so much.  A lot of it for the worse.  There was a time when schools were safe places for children.  Churches too.  Newspapers were full of news.  And politics, although always a cesspool, has never been a deeper, darker cesspool than it is now.  Has technology made life better, or just more sinful?

This all came to a head this morning when I heard that they are thinking about changing the sacred game again.  (I don’t use that word lightly.)  They are considering allowing any three batters, any three, even if they batted in the eighth inning, to lead off the ninth, if their team is losing.  This follows all of the other stupid changes that have been made to the sacred game over the years.  Designated hitter.  Inter-league play.  The non-pitch intentional walk.  To name just some of the carnage.

My analogy may seem trite, in comparison to killings in schools and churches.  But I think not.  Baseball is an American game; and I see it as a barometer for what has been going on in this country, at least since little Timmy could walk to school by himself, and then enjoy, (or not) a six hour school day that was both safe and peaceful.  And then, walk home by himself.

So little of what we know today is what it was then.  Change comes about, often, for no good reason.  Or for purely HUMAN reasons.  Like profit.  (True of baseball.)  And pleasure.  I suspect that many a shooter, before he undertook his rampage, either on a church or on a school, derived a lot of pleasure from video games like World of Warcraft and Mortal Combat.  An awful lot of profit has resulted from the sale of those games, and from the sale of tickets to movies that glorify gun violence.  We live what we see.  Especially children.   But much of what we see IS NOT the way that we should live.

This is why we need Lent.  Lots of it.  Not just for the 40 days that precede Easter.  All year round.  Because Lent reminds us of our NEED to change.  It reminds us, as well, of how change should be GODLY.  Much of life in America involves no God.  This is tragic, because the more that we know God, the better off we are.

Here are some Lenten opportunities that are meant to help us know God and His ways better.  And in those discoveries, we just might be led to Godly change, in our lives and in the life of this church.

There are 5 Sundays remaining in Lent.  Bible study takes place every Sunday beginning at 9.30 AM.  Worship, as usual, begins at 11.00 AM.  Palm Sunday is March 25th.  Maundy Thursday is March 29th.  Worship that night begins at 6 PM.  Good Friday is March 30th.  A brief Good Friday service will begin at 12 Noon.  On Sunday, April 1st we will celebrate the Resurrection!

Additionally, the Wednesday evening potluck during Lent will include a devotional based on the Passion of our Lord and Savior According to Mark.  Potluck at 5.30, devotional at 6.15.

Have a Holy Lent.  And a Happy Easter!

-Pastor Tim

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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS, MARCH 11

Don’t forget that Sunday, March 11, is the start of Daylight Savings. So, be sure to set your clocks AHEAD one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night. We want to see you at the right time!

 

GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY, MARCH 11

On Sunday, March 11, we will celebrate Girl Scout Sunday during the morning worship service. Girl Scout Sunday is designated as the day to commemorate the founding of the Girl Scouts of the USA in 1912 and to recognize the contributions Scouts make to their churches and their communities. All local scouts, both girls and boys, are welcome to attend, and are encouraged to wear their uniforms.  Cake will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the service.

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YOUTH BIBLE STUDY @ GREEN HILL

 

What’s Going On At Green Hill Monday Afternoons?

If you’ve ever stopped by church on Monday afternoons and were surprised to see a lot of cars and kids, you might wonder what’s going on…..

From around 2010, Green Hill has been having Inductive Bible Studies for kids after school.  It started with a class on Mondays of a few kids that wanted to go deeper in learning about what was in their Bible.  They wanted to study Revelation.

The Inductive Bible study method is great for kids because it makes them really think when they read the text and mark key words.  We call this step the Observation step.  In this step, after we have read the passage and marked the text, we ask the Who/What/When/Where/Why and How questions (5 W’s and an H) and make lists, timelines, draw pictures of what was described, and find clues to the context of the passage.  The purpose of the Observation step is to answer the question, “What does it say?”   The next step is the Interpretation step.  In this step, we look for things to help us figure out, “What does it mean?”  Since Scripture is the best interpreter of Scripture, we check there first.  We look up cross-references to the passage or we look up cross-references to better understand the meaning of the key words that we’ve been marking.  Our Discover4Yourself Study books give us great information on cultural, geographical and historical context to complete the picture. All of this work helps us to know for ourselves what God’s word says and what it means.  When we know what God’s word says and means, it’s time to apply it to our lives – this step is called the Application step. 

That one class has grown to four classes – three classes on Mondays and one on Tuesdays.  Monday is our biggest day with a total of 16 kids ranging in age from a 1st grader to an 8th grader in 8 families and 7-8 adults helping in various capacities.  So there you have it:  Inductive Bible Study is going on at Green Hill on Mondays from 3-5pm.

 

There is a new kind of Bible Study for kids on Tuesdays after-school. 

The Tuesday kids’ after-school Bible Study class that was studying John 17-21 finished on January 30th.  This was the third year that they had studied the gospel of John together. The kids were at the level that they could do Bible study on their own, so when they asked if they could do another study before the school year was out, we decided to do something different. Instead of doing everything together in class, they will come to class having done a week’s worth of lessons at home. 

The study we are doing is Lord, Teach Me To Pray For Kids.  They will have a lesson to do seven days a week for the next four weeks.  Each participant will also have a prayer partner to encourage them on the journey.  It is a fantastic study and I am so excited to learn alongside them and to see what God will teach us.  Our meetings together will start with fellowship and snacks, followed by review of the work, sharing specific action they took to apply what they learned that week, and answering any questions they had about what was covered. 

Kelly North and Jennifer Kelley will be helping in this great adventure as leaders for the girls’ and boys’ discussion groups respectively. 

Please pray for us and know that all are welcome to join us for the group’s graduation ceremony at 4:30p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

 

PRESBYTERIAN HOME FOR CHILDREN

Celebrating 150 Years of Discipleship!

My name is Linda Madsen and I am a member of First Presbyterian Church of Andalusia, Alabama.  Late last summer, I had the honor of being asked to join the Board of Trustees of the Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega, Alabama beginning in 2018.  On Monday, February 5, I drove to Talladega to attend the orientation session for new trustees.  As part of our orientation, we had a tour of the campus of the Presbyterian Home for Children and the Ascension Leadership Academy, which is located at First Presbyterian Church of Talladega. 

That evening, I also had the privilege of attending the installation service of Doug Marshall, the new President and CEO of the Presbyterian Home for Children (PHfC).  The very meaningful and joyful installation service took place at First Presbyterian Church of Talladega.

I spent that night in Talladega and attended my first PHfC Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, February 6.  At that meeting I met a lot of good women and men, from all walks of life, from all over the great state of Alabama.  We all came together that day with the unified goal of serving Christ by serving others in need.

This is a very special year for the Presbyterian Home for Children because it will be celebrating its 150th anniversary!  That’s right.  In 1868, the home first opened its doors to orphaned children in Alabama after the United States Civil War, at its original location in Tuskegee, Alabama. 

In 1892, as times changed and the need for the orphanage expanded, the home moved to its current, more central location in Talladega, Alabama.  PHfC has continued to adapt and expand its services to the changing needs of homeless children in Alabama throughout the last century.  

Since 1983, PHfC has operated as an agency within the physical boundaries of the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley and has its connection with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. through the three presbyteries within Alabama, including South Alabama Presbytery and North Alabama Presbytery. 

Skip to 2018. I am currently the Presbyterian Home for Children Trustee that lives the closet to your church.  As this year progresses, I will continue to tell you in more detail about the exciting and wonderful ways the Presbyterian Home for Children is currently serving the homeless, including children and their female caregivers, at-risk teens, young adults, the disabled, and struggling families not just in Talladega, but in other locations around Alabama.  I will also tell you about the different ways you may get involved in supporting the mission of the PHfC.

If you would like to visit the Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega, the home is offering some free group tours.  On Tuesday, March 20, a tour bus will leave from Dothan.  It will drive you to the home, provide you with lunch and a tour, and return you to Dothan later that same day.  There will also be other group tours leaving from Tuscaloosa on Tuesday, February 20 and Spanish Fort on Tuesday, March 13. To reserve a space or find out more about the group tours, you may contact Jacque Cordle at (256) 362-2114 X 1204.

To learn even more about the Presbyterian Home for Children, visit the website at http://www.phfc.org. 

Thank you for your continued support of the Presbyterian Home for Children.

Linda Madsen

Board of Trustees

Presbyterian Home for Children

Lindam143@hotmail.com

 

RECOGNITION OF OUR VETERANS

Each year in December, the national Wreaths Across America program places wreaths on the graves of Veterans all over the United States in honor and remembrance of their service to our country.

Here in the Wiregrass, the program is expanding to cover not only the major cemeteries, but many of the smaller ones as well. The American Legion and Civitan Club are trying to compile a master list of all Veterans buried in the area to make sure that every local Veteran is recognized in future ceremonies.

If you have a Veteran in your family who is buried locally, or if you know of a Veteran who is buried locally, please see Sandi in the church office. She has a clipboard for recording the names.

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL:  June 25 to June 29

The Bible is filled with examples of God’s people shouting and cheering in response to His might acts of power. This summer we will invite our local children to do the same by remembering who God is, what He has done, and what He promises to do!

As a bit of a change this year, we are going to include our older children, our teens and tweens, in some leadership roles. VBS is not only for teaching young children about the Bible, it is also an opportunity for us to help mold the Christian leaders of tomorrow.

We have about four months to make this plan come together. Please begin praying now. God is going to use us to do amazing things at Green Hill this summer.  If you feel called to serve in VBS this year, please contact Scott Smith.

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CHURCH WORK DAY

It’s that time of year again: time to clean up the church grounds for Spring. Please join us on Saturday, March 24, at 8am. Bring your favorite yard tool. Coffee will be hot and ready. We’ll try to get everything done by Noon.  If the weather is bad on the 24th, our backup work day is the 31st.

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Green Hill Good News, February 2018

Green Hill Good News Online Edition for February 2018

Girl Scout Cookie are here! See Makayla, Emma, or Kendall to get your box today!

A Lenten Vocabulary Test

Lent –  a. to loan something, like a power tool, as in;  I lent my drill to my brother  b. [past tense] to have leaned up against something, as in;  I lent up against the barn  c. provision of authority, as in; his bank account lent him much weight with the bail bondsman  d. a season in the church year; the one that precedes Easter

Ash Wednesday –  a. the Wednesday that my house burned down  b. the Wednesday that Mom hit me with her ash tray  c. the day Arthur Ashe was born; it must have been a Wednesday  d. the start of the Lenten season

Fast – a. Usain Bolt, the Olympic champion runner, (and me, before Mom caught me with that ash tray)  b. the speed at which my day off progresses  c. the way I was talking with the police, (talking fast) before I needed the bail bondsman  d. the act of “giving something up” as part of the Lenten discipline

Maundy – a. “Monday” for someone who cannot spell  b. a type of tree; a Maundy spruce  c.  how one feels when they drink too much bourbon  d. from Latin, mandatum, or mandate, as in the mandate that Jesus gave on night before He died, that we love one another [Jn 13.34]

Answers

All of the correct answers are d.!  So how did you do on the test?  I got 100%, despite the fact that I’ve been hit in the head with an ash tray.

The holy season of Lent, the forty days and nights that precede Easter, (not counting Sundays) begins this year on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. This is Ash Wednesday.  That day is also Valentine’s Day.  For me, it would be impossible to joyfully celebrate my love for Mrs. Oleksy on the solemn day that Lent begins.  We usually go out for Valentine’s Day on the day before anyway.  The reason for this is that there are too many couples out there on Valentine’s Day.

Lent begins with the imposition of ashes; a small cross-shaped smudge placed on one’s forehead by the minister.  This ancient sign speaks of the frailty and uncertainty of human life, and marks our need for penitence.  And the words!   Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.  Hard words.  Harder for me to say than they are for most to hear.  But they serve to help us begin the long, prayerful journey to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

You cannot have Easter without Lent.  And you cannot have Lent without Ash Wednesday.  The imposition of ashes, (at the very least) will be available in my office on Ash Wednesday from 9 AM until 12 noon, and then again after the Wednesday evening pot luck.  Please participate in this sacred rite of the Presbyterian Church. I did say Presbyterian, not Catholic.  (See page 227 of the Book of Common Worship.)

A holy Lent, as the prayer book notes, includes self-examination and penitence, prayer, fasting, works of love,  and reading and meditating on the Word of God.  “Fasting” need not necessarily mean abstaining from food.  It may mean, for you, fasting from certain behaviors.  The holiest Lents I have ever experienced were those when I unplugged my TV on Ash Wednesday, and did not plug it in again until the movie “The Ten Commandments” came on, on Easter night.  (When you fast, you create a void in your life that you can fill with Jesus.)

My hope for us all is this; a holy Lent!

Pastor Tim

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GIRL SCOUT COOKIES ARE HERE!

Many of you have been asking when the Girl Scout Cookies will arrive. Well, they are here! Kendall, Makayla, and Emma will be happy to sell you a box if you just let them know which flavor(s) you want.

The girls are earning money for their Silver Award Project, which is the highest award they can earn as Cadettes. They want to make “whisper phones” to donate to the Kindergarten and special needs students here in Enterprise to help the children learn how to read. Be sure to ask the girls about the project when you see them!

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SOUPER BOWL OF CARING

Nearly 30 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 4, 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.RECOGNITION OF OUR VETERANS

Each year in December, the national Wreaths Across America program places wreaths on the graves of Veterans all over the United States in honor and remembrance of their service to our country.

Here in the Wiregrass, the program is expanding to cover not only the major cemeteries, but many of the smaller ones as well. The American Legion and Civitan Club are trying to compile a master list of all Veterans buried in the area to make sure that every local Veteran is recognized in future ceremonies.

If you have a Veteran in your family who is buried locally, or if you know of a Veteran who is buried locally, please see Sandi in the church office. She has a clipboard for recording the names.

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FOOD PANTRY REPORT

The Food Closet Committee would like to thank everyone for your support in 2017. We fed, with your help, more than 50 families and more than 150 individuals.

The referrals came from Family Services (51), DHR (4), Coffee County Health Department (5), Enterprise City School System (10), and several individuals served on an emergency basis. We also donated food to Christian Mission (particularly items for their Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners), Hands Up, and the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany.

A few days before Christmas, we delivered ten bags of food to the Enterprise City School System to be used for helping homeless families. Our mission is to serve Coffee County residents who are in need and referred by agencies, church members, or individuals.

We appreciate all that the members of Green Hill do for this community outreach program. We also appreciate Boy Scout Troop 150 for handling the food drive that provides our main source of canned and packaged foods.

The Food Closet Committee members are Rosemary Carter, Bobbie Miller, and Laurie Oleksy. If anyone is interested in volunteering with us, please contact one of these ladies.

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

The Bible is filled with examples of God’s people shouting and cheering in response to His might acts of power. This summer we will invite our local children to do the same by remembering who God is, what He has done, and what He promises to do!

We don’t have the dates yet, but we have the beginnings of a plan. As a bit of a change this year, we are going to include our older children, our teens and tweens, in some leadership roles. VBS is not only for teaching young children about the Bible, it is also an opportunity for us to help mold the Christian leaders of tomorrow.

We have about six months to make this plan come together. Please begin praying now. God is going to use us to do amazing things at Green Hill this summer.

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BOY SCOUT SUNDAY

On Sunday, February 11, Green Hill will celebrate Boy Scout Sunday during the morning worship service. Boy Scout Sunday is designated as the day to commemorate the founding of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910 and to recognize the contributions Scouts make to their churches and their communities. All local scouts, both boys and girls, are welcome to attend, and are encouraged to wear their uniforms. (Girl Scout Sunday will be held next month, on March 11.)

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SEASON OF LENT (February 14 to March 29)

The season of Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and self-examination in preparation for the celebration of the resurrection of the Lord at Easter. It is a period of 40 days — like the flood of Genesis, Moses’ sojourn at Mount Sinai, Elijah’s journey to Mount Horeb, Jonah’s call to Ninevah to repent and Jesus’ time of testing in the wilderness. (The Sundays in Lent are not counted in this reckoning of the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter, as every Lord’s Day is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.) In the early church, Lent was a time of preparation for the celebration of baptism at the Easter Vigil. In many communities of faith it remains a time to equip and nurture candidates for baptism and confirmation and to reflect deeply on the theme of baptismal discipleship.

 

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