Green Hill Good News

Green Hill Good News Online Edition for April 2020

PASTOR’S CORNER

“April showers bring May Flowers…”, so the familiar ditty goes. And so, we officially end Winter and get ready for the Season that most of us enjoy the most!

This year, April begins with Easter week. Palm Sunday, Sandy Griffin and I have prepared a Service of Hymns and Readings. This is followed by Holy Week, where we will hold our traditional Maundy Thursday Communion Service and then Easter Sunday, April 12th.

All of this is in the very midst of closings and shut downs and guarding our health and wellness. We are believers that God is in charge. The Scriptural Verse for this time is:

“So, do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” –Isaiah 41:10

David


EASTER LILIES

If you are going to place a lily in the sanctuary for Easter, please let the church office know. The names of those being remembered and/or honored will be printed in the bulletin on Easter Sunday. Slips are available in the pew racks.


NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

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


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. 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.


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.

Through One Great Hour of Sharing, we become the household of God. We extend shelter to those who have no place to stay, offer compassion to those who have pain (be it physical, emotional, or spiritual) and we set a feast, with God, for those who lack access to enough food to eat. God’s household is filled with love and everyone is welcome.


GREEN HILL WORSHIPER SURVEY

PC(USA) Research Services is conducting a study of all congregations within the Presbytery of South Alabama. We have been asked to have every member of our church, and every person who attends worship at Green Hill, fill out a survey. This survey can be filled out on paper, or it can be filled out online.

The paper surveys are available on the desk in the office and can be picked up on Sunday. The paper surveys should be returned to the church office so they can all be mailed back to the Presbytery together.

A link to the online survey was emailed to all members who have their email addresses on file at the church office. If you did not receive a link to the online survey and would like one, please contact the church office.

“Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a long-time member, we want to hear your voice. Your thoughtful and prayerful responses will help this congregation get a better understanding of its worshipers. Your participation is voluntary and all answers are confidential. If you do not know the answer to a question, or it does not apply to you, or it makes you uncomfortable, skip it. Answer questions for this congregation as it exists currently.”


FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS

Have you been following the Footsteps of Jesus? Since Epiphany each Sunday bulletin cover has had a picture of a location in the Holy Land that tied into that day’s Gospel reading. The pictures show the probable locations of the baptism of Jesus, His days of ministry to the people, and more. If you missed any of the pictures, or if you’d like to take a second look, stop by the bulletin board at the entrance to the church. These photos will continue through to Trinity Sunday as we explore the life of Jesus and its meaning for us today.


A NOTE FROM THE SECRETARY

When I first started this project of putting pictures of the journey of Jesus on the Sunday bulletin covers, I didn’t realize that I would be going on a journey myself. Each week I take the Gospel reading and begin my research, looking into what Jesus was doing, where people think He was, and what that location is now. Finding the perfect picture and writing up a succinct description force me to dig into the text in a way I haven’t done in a long time. I now realize that it was God who inspired me to begin this project so that I could grow closer to Him. I hope that you have enjoyed the bulletins and I hope that through God blessing me I have been able to bless you.

Sandi


HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

April 5 – Palm Sunday
11:00am Worship Service

April 9 – Maundy Thursday
6:00pm Communion Service

April 10 – Good Friday
No Service

April 12 – Easter Sunday
11:00am Worship & Communion Service


JUST FOR FUN


Cartoon by Pastor Pete at http://www.christianslaughtoo.com/


THE LAST SUPPER

The Last Supper is a late 15th-century mural painting by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci housed by the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. It is one of the Western world’s most recognizable paintings.

Leonardo reportedly used the likenesses of people in and around Milan as inspiration for the painting’s figures. The convent’s prior complained to Sforza of Leonardo’s “laziness” as he wandered the streets to find a criminal to base Judas on. Leonardo responded that if he could find no one else, the prior would make a suitable model.

While the painting was being executed, Leonardo’s friend, the mathematician Luca Pacioli, called it “a symbol of man’s burning desire for salvation”.


JOY AT THE LAST SUPPER

What is the least-quoted saying of Jesus in the New Testament? Perhaps John 15:11 – “I have told you this so that My own joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” Somehow this saying doesn’t fit into the sorrow and solemnity of Good Friday.

But Jesus says this to his disciples at the Last Supper, when he knows that he will soon be cursed and flogged, tortured, humiliated, pierced, and crucified. Ironically, in the face of death, Jesus – even knowing that some of his own close friends doubted, denied, and betrayed him – talked about joy.

Who but the Messiah would talk about joy under such terrible circumstances? Jesus clearly knew what nobody else knew.

Years later, the Apostle Paul echoed Jesus when he declared that Christians, under all circumstances, should “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4.

We all have our pain, rejections, and sorrow, but Jesus taught us, by his example, to look upwards – not backwards – and to rejoice, whatever our circumstances.

From the May/June edition of the The Joyful Noiseletter

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Green Hill Good News, March 2020

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

PASTOR’S CORNER

The month of March, this year, encompasses most of the sacred Season of Lent, which begins on the last Wednesday of this month of February and ends with Holy Week, the first week of April.

But here in Enterprise, we celebrate a special day in March. In fact, according to the Chamber of Commerce, this celebration marks Enterprise on the map! We hold the “World’s Smallest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade!” It is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020 beginning at 12 noon.

St. Patty’s Day, formally celebrated on the day of his death, March 17th, is both a cultural and religious celebration of the foremost patron saint of Ireland (AD 385-461). It was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is widely observed by the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Lutheran Church. The Day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and is said to be celebrated in more countries around the globe than any other national festival. Patrick was an evangelistic priest and later Bishop, leading many to convert from paganism to Christianity in the 4th century.

David

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

A Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 23, immediately following the morning worship service. All Green Hill members are asked to attend.

ASH WEDNESDAY

On Wednesday, February 26, we will meet for Supper and Bible Study and then finish with a brief Ash Wednesday Service and Imposition of Ashes. Everyone is invited to participate.

FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS

Have you been following the Footsteps of Jesus? Since Epiphany, each Sunday bulletin cover has had a picture of a location in the Holy Land that tied into that day’s Gospel reading. The pictures show the probable locations of the baptism of Jesus, his days of ministry to the people, and more. If you missed any of the pictures, or if you’d like to take a second look, stop by the bulletin board at the entrance to the church. These photos will continue over the next few months as we explore the life of Jesus and its meaning for us today.

OUR DAILY BREAD

The new copies of “Our Daily Bread” for March/April/May are now available on the table in the Narthex. Please pick up a copy for yourself, and maybe pick up a second copy to share with a friend.

GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY

In March of each year, Girl Scouts take time to recognize the anniversary of the founding of the very first Girl Scout troop. This year the Girl Scout organization is celebrating its 108th birthday!

Part of this annual celebration is Girl Scout Sunday which is a time for Girl Scouts to be recognized in their places of worship and for them to reflect on the importance of the words “To Serve God” in the Girl Scout Promise. This year all area Girl Scouts are invited to attend the morning worship service at Green Hill on Sunday, March 8.

The mission of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. More than 50 million American women have participated in Girl Scouting, and that number continues to grow as Girl Scouts of the USA continues to inspire, challenge, and empower girls everywhere.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

Don’t forget that Daylight Saving Time will begin on Sunday, March 8. We lose an hour, but we should have more daylight in the evenings. Change your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday night and you’ll wake up in time to make it to church on Sunday.

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Church Newsletter, February 2020

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for February 2020

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

PASTOR’S CORNER

“My, how time flies!”

LENT is just around the corner as we prepare to move from January to February; the last Wednesday of the month (26th) is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the new Season of Lent—the 40 days preceding Holy Week (April 5-11) and Easter Sunday (April 12th).

As we close out January, you can already see the days growing steadily longer. It is no longer dark at 5 p.m. and kids are already breaking out their bats and gloves for the new season, even as the weather gives us some Winter days!

February brings us other events as well. We will begin the month at the Communion Table on the first Sunday, February 2nd when we focus on Jesus’ only sermon which contains the essence of his teachings; the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 and following. We will celebrate our Troop 150 and Cub Pack 150 on Scout Sunday, February 9th. And Dee and I will swap pulpits on the 16th ahead of President’s Day (when we celebrate the combined birthdays of our Presidents).

So, let’s get ready, Green Hill! The New Year marches on!

Pastor David

IMPORTANT DATES IN FEBRUARY

9th – Scouts BSA Sunday
17th – Presidents’ Day
23rd – Transfiguration of the Lord Sunday
26th – Ash Wednesday
29th – Leap Year Day

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES

Girl Scout cookies are here! Kendall, Makayla, and Emma are ready to sell you a box today!  All three girls are working together to share sales, so an order placed with any one of them will benefit all three. Thank you to Green Hill for your continued support of our Girl Scouts!

SCOUTS BSA SUNDAY

On Sunday, February 9, Green Hill will celebrate Scouts BSA Sunday during the morning worship service. Scouts BSA Sunday is designated as the day to commemorate the founding of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910 and to recognize the contributions BSA Scouts make to their churches and their communities. All local BSA Scouts are invited to attend, and are encouraged to wear their uniforms.

(Girl Scout Sunday for Girl Scouts of the United States of America will be held next month, on March 8.)

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Green Hill Good News, January 2020

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for January 2020

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

PASTOR’S CORNER

As we get ready to celebrate Christmas, we are aware that a new year is just around the corner. A new year with 365 days filled with…what? For some, it will be the same as yesterday; for others, pain—either for themselves or for loved ones and friends. But for some, it will be HOPE.

Our God is called “IMMANUEL”, meaning “God with us”. The comfort and hope that is contained in that phrase will carry us into the New Year and beyond. We know that God is with us in good times and bad. What a comfort! What hope we have! And God has sent a part of Godself in Jesus, the Christ, who dwelt among us and showed us God’s character of love and grace.

Be filled, then, with hope, for God is with us each day that is given us!

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 EVE SERVICE

Our Christmas Eve service will begin on Tuesday at 5pm. Last month’s newsletter indicated that the service would start later, so be sure to check your calendar. All month long we have been preparing for the arrival of the Christ Child. Now is the time to celebrate and worship our Lord.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES

It’s almost Girl Scout Cookie Time! Kendall, Makayla, and Emma will start taking pre-orders for cookies on December 26. The cookies will arrive in Enterprise on January 9. All three girls are working together to share sales, so an order placed with any one of them will benefit all three. Thank you to Green Hill for your continued support of our Girl Scouts!

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the February Green Hill Good News needs to be submitted to the church office by Tuesday, January 21. The newsletter will be ready for pickup by the last Sunday of the month, perhaps earlier.

ADVENT AND EPIPHANY

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

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

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

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

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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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