Green Hill Good News

Green Hill Good News, February 2017

Green Hill Good News Online Edition for February 2017


There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things in order, she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.

She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.

“There’s one more thing,” she said excitedly.

“What’s that?” came the Pastor’s reply.

“This is very important,” the young woman continued. “I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.”

The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.

“That surprises you, doesn’t it?” the young woman asked.

“Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,” said the Pastor.

The young woman explained. “My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, ‘Keep your fork.’ It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming…like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!”

So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder “What’s with the fork?” Then I want you to tell them: “Keep your fork…the best is yet to come.”

The Pastor’s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman goodbye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She knew that something better was coming.

At the funeral people were walking by the young woman’s casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, “What’s with the fork?” And over and over he smiled.

During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.

He was right. So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come.


The Green Hill Girl Scouts (Kendall, Makayla, and Emma) are selling Girl Scout Cookies to support their group. If you are interested in buying any, please contact one of the girls or their moms (Sandi and Pat). Cookies are $4 a box and the Scouts have all of your favorite flavors, including the new S’mores Cookies! Thank you for supporting our youth.


Mark your calendars NOW for the annual Wildlife Art Auction to benefit the Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary. The event will be held at the Sanctuary, in Enterprise (take 84 out to Collins Engines and hang a left on 445), on Saturday, April 1, from 2pm to 6pm. There will be a silent auction as well as facility tours and special exhibitions. If you have any wildlife themed art you would like to donate, please see one of our Girl Scouts, Kendall, Makayla, or Emma. Thank you.

“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26


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5th – Rev. Shuford White (Communion)
12th – Rev. Louie Reynolds (Boy Scout Sunday)
19th – Rev. David Jamison
26th – Dr. Walter J. Lawrence


More than 20 years ago, the Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group: “Lord, as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us to be mindful of those without even a bowl of soup to eat.” On Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, 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 at Green Hill will stay at Green Hill to support our Food Pantry.


As many of you know, Veterans Cleaning Solutions cleans several of the churches in town. What you may not know is that any member of any church they clean is eligible for a 15% discount. This discount applies to any cleaning service offered by the company. As members of Green Hill, you can take advantage of this discount. Contact Veterans Cleaning Solutions for more information.


The Food Closet Committee would like to thank everyone for your support in 2016. We fed, with your help, 56 families and 151 individuals. The referrals came from Family Services (53), DHR (2), Coffee County Health Department (1), and Green Hill (1). We also donated food to the Christian Mission, particularly items for their Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Our mission is to serve Coffee County residents who are in need and referred by agencies or church members. 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 Aimee McDonough. If anyone is interested in volunteering with us, please contact one of these ladies.


Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund over the past year, especially to the Skelton Foundation for their donations. Over the past year Green Hill has assisted 78 households with just over $4000 dollars. The money was used to pay for water and power bills for our local residents who were in danger of having their services shut off. Our church works closely with Family Services to identify those who are in need. Thank you again to everyone who makes this mission of our church possible.


Mark your calendars now! The dates for Vacation Bible School at Green Hill have been set. June 19 to June 23 we will be back with the Go Fish Guys, learning about the Bible, and having tons of fun. Start thinking now about what role you might like to fill so you will be prepared when the volunteer list goes up. What is God calling you to do?


Amanda Lawrence is getting married! We wish her and her future husband, Nathan Baggett all of the best and we pray for them as they prepare for this next chapter in their lives. Amanda’s mother, Diana, is hosting a Bridal Shower here at the church on Saturday, February 18, from 1pm to 3pm. All ladies of the church are invited. Please see Diana for complete details.


Co-op classes for the second semester are up and running. Classes meet on Mondays from 8am to Noon.
• The Generation Joshua Club has formed and is meeting at Green Hill on the 2nd Friday of each month.
• The Geography Club will continue holding meetings on the 3rd Friday of each month.


On Sunday, February 12, Green Hill Presbyterian Church 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.


For the month of February our regular Wednesday evening Bible Study is being set aside for a special event and several guest speakers. We will kick off the month with a Valentine Evening. (Stay tuned for details.) After that we will get updates from organizations supported by our church.

February 1 – Valentine’s Evening
February 8 – Christian Mission
February 15 – Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship
February 22 – Family Services
March 1 – Homeschool Co-op

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Green Hill Good News, January 2017


Makayla and Grayson lay a wreath on their great-grandfather’s grave at the Wreaths Across America event at Meadowlawn Cemetery

JUST FOR FUN: Church Squirrel Infestation

All five country churches in a small Texas town were having a terrible problem with squirrel infestations. Predictably, they all had different ways of dealing with the problem.

The Presbyterian Church called a meeting to decide what to do. After much prayer and consideration they determined that the squirrels were predestined to be there, and they shouldn’t interfere with God’s divine will.

In the Baptist Church, the squirrels had taken up habitation in the baptistery. The deacons met and decided to put a cover on the baptistery and drown the squirrels in it. The squirrels escaped somehow and there were twice as many there the next week.

The Methodist Church got together and decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God’s creation. So, they humanely trapped the squirrels and set them free a few miles outside of town. Three days later, the squirrels were back.

The Catholic Church came up with what they thought was the best and most effective solution: they baptized the squirrels and registered them as members of the church. Now they only see them on Christmas and Easter.

Still, the Jewish Synagogue beat them all: they took one squirrel and had a short service with him called a bris — and they haven’t seen a squirrel on the property since.


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.


The Toys for Tots distribution in Enterprise was a great success again this year. Family Services took over the Green Hill Fellowship Hall for two days in December, filling it with a truck load of toys that had been delivered by the Marines. Each family had been specially assigned a bag of toys, based on the number and ages of their children. Green Hill is very proud to be a part of this annual event.


Information for the February Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Thursday, January 19. 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!


Congratulations to Courtney Leigh Peacock, granddaughter of Hugh and Evelyn McNab, on her graduation from Troy University School of Nursing – Cum Laude!


The news has come in from Operation Christmas Child and we now know that our shoeboxes have been shipped to three different countries: Mali, Burkina Faso, and Ghana. You may remember that we had shoeboxes go to Ghana in 2013, and we had shoeboxes go to Burkina Faso in 2015. How interesting that our boxes are going to those countries again!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project, either by packing a shoebox or by contributing to the shipping costs, or both. And thank you to everyone who has prayed for the continued success of Operation Christmas Child.


The Super Bowl is just over a month away (February 5), which means the Souper Bowl of Caring is also just around the corner. On this day we will collect food and financial contributions to our Green Hill Food Pantry. Stay tuned for more details, and keep an eye out for Joel’s big Soup Pot!


The Presbyterian Women’s Coordinating Team will meet on Thursday, January 12, at 10:00am. The Women’s Bible Study will be held immediately following, at 11:00am. All women in the church are welcome to attend the Bible Study. We meet in the Session Room.


When God was creating the animals, a group of angels remarked that it looked like fun, so God let them form a committee and create one animal. The committee created the platypus – an animal with the bill of a duck, the fur of an otter, the tail of a beaver, and the feet of a frog.

“Enough!” said God, and ever since there have been no committees in heaven.


We are excited to announce that an Enterprise chapter of the Generation Joshua Club is being formed, and it will be meeting at Green Hill. The Vision of Generation Joshua is to assist parents to raise up the next generation of Christian leaders and citizens, equipped to positively influence the political processes of today and tomorrow. The first meeting will be held on Friday, January 13, at Noon. For more information please contact DeAnn Wallace through the Enterprise Homeschool Support Facebook Page.


Last semester was such a success that we’re doing it again! The Enterprise Arts Homeschool Co-op has some amazing classes scheduled to start in January: Military Life Skills, Cosmetology, Sign Language, Intro. to Theater, Engineering, Girl Empowerment, Human Anatomy, and more. Registration for current students will be held on January 9. Space permitting, registration for new students will be held on January 23. Classes begin on January 30. Please see the Enterprise Arts Homeschool Co-op Facebook page for more information.


The church office will be closed on Monday, December 26, and also on Monday, January 2. The office will be open regular hours the rest of each week.


This year our Green Hill Youth, and several of our Green Hill adult members, had the opportunity to participate in the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony at Meadowlawn Cemetery.

Emma was honored to have a part in the opening ceremony, presenting a wreath to a solider. Kendall got very emotional as we read the names of the soldiers who were receiving wreaths and discussed their service. Makayla and Grayson were able to lay a wreath on the grave of their great-grandfather. You may have even seen Makayla being interviewed on television!

The mission of Wreaths Across America is “REMEMBER our fallen U.S. veterans. HONOR those who serve. TEACH your children the value of freedom.” On December 17 there were coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,100 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad. We look forward to being a part of this wonderful event next year.

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Green Hill Good News, December 2016


Children’s Choir from the Presbyterian Home for Children


‘Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house
Not a creature was praying, not one in the house.
Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care
In hopes that Jesus would not come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed.
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

When out of the East there arose such a clatter.
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!

When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray
I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!

The light of His face made me cover my head
It was Jesus! returning just like He had said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life which He held in His hand
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;
When He said “it’s not here” my head hung in shame.

The people whose names had been written with love
He gathered to take to His Father above.
With those who were ready He rose without a sound.
While all the rest were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There’s only one life and when comes the last call
We’ll find that the Bible was true after all!
Author Unknown


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.


4th – Rev. Shuford White (Communion)
11th – Rev. David Jamison
18th – Mr. John Fergus
24th –Rev. David Jamison (Candlelight Service)
25th –The Elders of Green Hill (Christmas Worship)


Information for the January Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Thursday, December 15. We need to get the newsletter complete before everyone disappears for the holiday! 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!


Are you planning on doing any shopping at Office Depot or Office Max? You could be earning rewards for Green Hill! When you get to the register, just give the cashier the church’s phone number (334-347-9530) and the church will receive points for your purchase. These points add up to coupons, gift cards, and discounts that go a long way to stretching our office supply budget. Thank you to everyone who helps out. The office staff really appreciates it!


We are pleased to announce that following the success of the very first semester of the Enterprise Arts Homeschool Co-op, the teachers are eagerly preparing for the spring semester. These plans may even include a special ceremony for a few of our graduating seniors! We are so pleased that we could be a part of helping these families reach their education goals.


The homeschool theater classes are going to put on a show! On Monday, December 5, at 6pm, the Fellowship Hall will be transformed into a stage, complete with backdrops and costumes. The students of the theater classes will perform in several short plays, demonstrating what they have learned this past semester. The show is for the parents, but church members have been warmly invited to attend.


If you plan to place a poinsettia in the Sanctuary for Christmas, please let the church office know no later than Monday, December 19. The names of those being remembered/honored will be printed in the Christmas Eve bulletin. Don’t forget to pick your poinsettias up following the Christmas Eve service.


This year’s Presbyterian Women Christmas Party will be held on Thursday, December 8, at 5:00pm. All of the women in the church are invited, even if you don’t usually attend PW events.

This year we are bringing back our notorious White Elephant Exchange. Everyone has at least one item in their house that they don’t want and can’t seem to get rid of. That’s a White Elephant. Wrap it up and bring it to the party to exchange. Who knows? Your trash may be someone else’s treasure!


The Presbyterian Women are sponsoring a Coffee County senior through the SARCOA’s Santa for Seniors program again this year.  We are so excited about making a wonderful Christmas for a local woman who is in need. We hope that our gifts will improve her situation and bring her joy.  If you can help, take an ornament from the PW Christmas tree to signal that you will get that item.  Please have all gifts (NOT WRAPPED) to church no later than Thursday, December 8, the night of our Christmas Party.


The Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service will be held on December 24 at 6:00pm. Everyone is welcome. Please invite your family and friends as we light the Christ Candle in the Advent Wreath in anticipation of the coming of our Lord.


Christmas Day, December 25, is on Sunday this year, and we are going to celebrate! Instead of having a guest minister on this morning, the Green Hill Elders are taking over the service. Things are still in the planning stages, but we know that it is going to be a joyful service as we rejoice in the birth of our Savior. We don’t care what you wear, just join us!


Thank you to everyone who packed a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child this year. Our seventeen shoeboxes were delivered to the drop off point at St. Luke’s United Methodist church. The volunteers carefully packed our shoeboxes into larger boxes for shipment, and then everyone prayed over the boxes. Part of the prayer was that the children receiving the shoeboxes would be open to the Gospel and would share it with their families. It is so exciting! In January we should get a report on which country received our boxes. Stay tuned to find out!


For the month of December, our regular Bible Study will be set aside for a series of special evenings. On the 7th, 14th, and 21st, our Pot Luck Supper will be followed by a Christmas-themed event. On the 28th, our Pot Luck will be replaced with a delivery of pizza. Be sure to mark your calendars now!

December 7 – Decorate the Chrismon Tree
December 14 – Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long
December 21 – Birthday Party for Jesus (with Cake & Bingo)
December 28 – Pizza & Game Night


Green Hill is proud to be supporting Toys for Tots once again this year. As with previous years, our building will be used as a distribution point for the families of Coffee County. The gifts will be delivered by the Marines, and then the staff from Family Services will take care of sorting and distribution. All families who receive toys have registered in advance at Family Services, and specific toys have been set aside for each of their children. Those of you who have had the opportunity to see the toys distributed know it can be just like Christmas morning, except on this day the smiles, and sometimes tears of joy, come from the parents. It is an amazing thing to see, and to be a part of.

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Green Hill Good News November 2016

Harrand Creek Students on “Bring Your Bible to School Day”

A Churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of the newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.

“I’ve gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”

This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editor” column, much to the delight of the editor.

It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

“I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”


6TH – Rev. Shuford White
13th – Rev. David Jamison
20th – Mr. Mark Howard (Presbyterian Home for Children)
27th – Rev. David Jamison


It’s nearly time to take a new church family picture! Immediately following the morning worship service on Sunday, November 6, the entire congregation is asked to come out to the front steps of the church for a group photo. So please wear your Sunday best and bring your smile!


The Boy Scouts from Troop #150 in Enterprise will host a Food Drive on Saturday, October 29. The Drive will be held in front of Walmart and will run from 10:00am to 5:00pm. All contributions will be used by the Green Hill Food Pantry to take care of those in Enterprise who are in need.


The next Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 16. Many of us are caring for individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. Our meetings consist of education, guest speakers, sharing, and prayer. Let’s share caregiving approaches we’ve tried and discuss what works, what doesn’t, and how you can care for yourself during this challenge time. We want all caregivers to understand the disease and to know that they are not alone.


The Thank Offering has long been a tradition of Presbyterian Women. It has provided and continues to provide much-needed financial assistance to numerous worthwhile programs not included in ongoing General Assembly mission support. Each year, domestic and international projects are carefully and prayerfully selected by the Creative Ministries Offering Committee to help meet a crucial need. Forty percent (40%) of this offering is used to support hospitals and community health programs that place priority in helping the most-needy members of God’s community. The remaining sixty percent (60%) is used for new creative ideas for mission, un-designated in advance. The generosity of Presbyterian women and their families and congregations as demonstrated through their Thank Offering gifts help chosen recipients find real solutions for projects related to health, education, economic development, and needs of women and children.

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


The Green Hill annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Sunday, November 20, at 5pm. Reservation slips are in the pew racks in the Sanctuary. If you plan to attend, please fill one out so the kitchen crew knows how much food to prepare. You can drop it in the offering plate or in the basket on the office door.


Information for the November Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Thursday, November 17. 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!


The church’s annual Stewardship Sunday is fast approaching. At this time, we ask each member, each family, and all our regular worshippers, to prayerfully examine their resources and to pledge a portion to God’s work. Soon everyone will receive a pledge card in the mail. On Stewardship Sunday, November 20, a special collection of the pledge cards will be held during the morning service. The cards may also be returned by mail to the church office. These pledges help the church plan our budget for the coming year.


Don’t forget to change your clocks before you go to bed on November 5. On Sunday morning, November 6, Daylight Savings Time ends, and we all get back that extra hour we gave up in the spring. We look forward to seeing you at church on Sunday morning, at the correct time.


It’s that time of year again: time to clean up the church grounds and the church interior for fall. Please join us on Saturday, November 5, at 8am. Coffee will be hot and ready. We’ll try to get everything done by Noon. Men, women, children, everyone is welcome. Just show up and we will find a project for you to do. We appreciate all our congregation does to keep our church beautiful!


Tickets are now available for the next Belk Charity Day Sale! The sale will be held at the Dothan location on November 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 ticket just keeps on working because the money for all of the tickets sold at Green Hill goes to support the mission budget of the Presbyterian Women of Green Hill.


Although none of the members of the Dodson/Lindgren family have been official members of our Green Hill, over the years we have watched the boys, Phillip, William, and Larry grow up, and they are a part of our church family. Now they need our help.

Phillip Dodson, who is now 22 years old, has an aggressive and extremely rare form of cancer called spindle cell rhabdomyosarcoma. He has 5 tumors in his face and neck. He has lost a ton of weight and is disabled. The good news is that he has been accepted at Moffit Clinic in Tampa!

A yard sale is going to be held at the Enterprise YMCA on Saturday, November 12, to help with Phillip’s travel and other expenses. The Homeschool Group that meets at the church on Mondays is collecting items. A Go Fund Me page has also
been set up for donations:


Green Hill Presbyterian Church is inviting our community to join with us in celebrating the service and sacrifices that are special to our veterans and their families on November 13th, during a Red, White and Blue – Veteran Appreciation Service. Our congregation is deeply connected with Ft. Rucker, the Armed Services and the veterans in our community. This service is intended to bring all four together for a day of remembrance, reflection and fellowship.

The morning’s agenda:
• 10:30 – Early seating and slideshow begins
• 11:00 – Posting of the colors (DAV Color Guard)
• 11:05 – The service begins
• 12:00 – Cake and coffee social in Fellowship Hall
• 13:00 – Flag Retirement Service performed by Boy Scout Troop 150

We are requesting that you share a piece of your history with us. We will loop a slideshow that displays pictures that you send us to be shown in the sanctuary during the early seating period. Please list the names of those in your photos, location the picture was taken and year. The slideshow will be segmented into major campaigns. Please email pictures and details to: CW4(Ret) James McDonough, jpmav8r(at)

Bring your flags that need to be retired. Troop 150 will retire your flag following the service.

Please RSVP to Sandi at greenhillpc(at) so we can plan accordingly for refreshments. Please make note of any special concerns that we may need to be made aware of, such as wheel chairs.

Thanks and God bless, we hope you and members of your organizations will join us.

Any questions can be addressed by Jim McDonough 334-406-1632 or Sandi DeTora 334-347-9530.

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Green Hill Good News, October 2016


Green Hill Scouts at Tractor Supply

In the early 1800s the people of Reading, England, were deeply disturbed when suddenly there began appearing “strange signs and omens” on their loaves of bread.  Some loaves had imprinted on their bottom a picture of the skull and crossbones; others said, “Rest in Peace or “Died on Christmas Day.”

The townspeople feared it was some terrible divine warning of impending judgement.  The local constable decided to have a talk with the baker.  At last the old man confessed.  The baker had needed new stones for the floor of his huge oven, but couldn’t afford to buy any, so he had stolen the largest, flattest ones he could find, from the local graveyard.

Story borrowed from “Holy Humor” by Cal & Rose Samra


2nd – Rev. Shuford White

9th – Rev. David Jamison

16th – Rev. David Jamison

23rd – Dr. Walter J. Lawrence

30th – Mr. John Fergus


Mark your calendars now! Green Hill is planning a field trip to the Biblical History Center in La Grange, Georgia. The trip will take place on Friday, October 28, 6am to 4pm. Enterprise City Schools are out that day, so it’s a fantastic time to get the whole family together. Adults will go on a tour of the Garden and the Gallery. Children will go on a shorter tour with a Kid’s Dig at the end. The cost is $15 per person, except for adults chaperoning on the Kid’s Dig, the cost is $10.  Scholarships are available.  Please contact April Seery for more information.

In order to make sure we can see everything the Biblical History Center has to offer, we need to get an early start on the day. The plan is to have everyone ready to go by 5:45am. Participants may drive their own cars, or ride in the church bus. Each bus rider is asked to contribute $5 to fuel costs. Everyone is also asked to pack a sack lunch to enjoy at the facility’s picnic area.

There is a sign-up sheet in the kitchen.  The final day to sign up will be Thursday, October 20.  On that day there will also be an informational meeting at 7pm to make sure everyone knows exactly what to bring, where to be, and what to do.  Everyone going on the trip is asked to attend.

More details will be posted as we get closer to the trip. If you have any questions, please contact the church office, 334-347-9530.


It’s nearly time to take a new church family picture!  Immediately following the morning worship service on Sunday, November 6, the entire congregation is asked to come out to the front steps of the church for a group photo.  So please wear your Sunday best and bring your smile!


Don’t forget about these upcoming community events:

  • October 3, 9am, Grand Opening of Hobby Lobby
  • October 8, 9am-Noon, Pumpkin Day, Farmer’s Market
  • October 29, 9am-3pm, Fall Festival, Downtown


Columbus Day falls on Monday, October 10.  The church office will be closed, and no homeschool or after-school classes will be held.  Enjoy your day off everyone!


“All who eat and drink without discerning the body, eat and drink judgment against themselves.” (I Cor. 11:29)

The first Sunday in October is designated as World Communion Sunday, which celebrates our oneness in Christ with all our brothers and sisters around the world.  Paul tells us that we are to “discern the body” when we partake of Holy Communion, mindful that we note our relationship to all our brothers and sisters in Christ in the celebration.  One is not to go hungry while another is drunk! (I Cor. 11:21).  This is scandalous behavior opposed to the Way of Christ. 


The Presbyterian Women Fall Gathering is being held at Swift Presbyterian Church in Foley, Alabama, on Saturday, October 1.  Ladies, early registration has ended, but there is still time to sign up to go!  If you are interested in a last minute day trip, please contact Gloria Webb or Betty Bierbaum for registration and carpool information.

Plans are being made for this year’s Green Hill Presbyterian Women Bible Study.  Stay tuned for more details.  Our first lesson will be held in October, and we’d love it if every woman in the church could make it!  All are invited.


The Enterprise Arts Homeschool Co-op starting holding their classes at Green Hill in mid-September, and it has been wonderful!  Every Monday the local homeschool students and parents join together to learn about things like Military Life Skills, Art, Basic Sign Language, Design and Engineering, Intro to Theater, Girl Empowerment, and more.  They are making very efficient use of limited space and time! 

The church office staff has been known to sneak into some of the classes to watch from the back.  It has been such a joy to hear the sounds of happy children filling the halls of the church!

The parents and students took up a love offering and presented it to Green Hill as a thank you for allowing them to use our facility for their classes.  They are an amazing group of people and we are so glad to have them here.

We look forward to the evening of Monday, December 5, when the Theater Class will hold their end of semester performance in our Fellowship Hall.  Green Hill members are welcome to attend.


It’s time to start thinking about Operation Christmas Child.  It may seem like it’s too early, but really it’s not.  Green Hill will hold its annual packing party in early November, so now is the time to think about what might go in the shoeboxes.  Look at all of the fantastic deals there are on school supplies!  Stores are clearing them out to make room for the upcoming holidays.  So, if you spot something you think might go well in a box, why not pick it up today? Think how nice it will be to cross some of your shopping off of your list super early this year!

NOTE:  We do NOT need any shoeboxes.  Thanks to April Seery we have a large collection of the pre-printed boxes.  We just need the fun stuff to go inside!


On October 17-18, 2016, many people around the world, of both Jewish and Christian faiths, will celebrate the Feast of the Tabernacles, or Sukkot.

“During the time in history when the Temple stood in Jerusalem, Sukkot was one of the festivals when all of the men of Israel traveled to Jerusalem to keep this special appointment with God. There was music and dancing, ceremonies and sacrifices. Everyone stayed in temporary shelters for the duration of the festival, as a reminder of the years spent in the wilderness in temporary dwellings. At the Temple there were giant candelabra that lit up the city and could be seen from miles away. This festival was an expression of thankfulness for the harvest and the rain; a joyous celebration of God’s provision.”  (Judaism 101)

Here at Green Hill, our Youth Bible Studies are going to get to experience a little bit of what this celebration is like.  April Seery is going to build a Sukkot, or a booth, on the church playground.  The children will eat their snack inside, and get to imagine what it would be like to live there during a festival. 

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Green Hill Good News, September 2016



They say that prayer changes things, but does it REALLY change anything? Oh yes! It really does!

Does prayer change your present situation or sudden circumstances? No, not always, but it does change the way you look at those events.

Does prayer change your financial future? No, not always, but it does change Who you look to for meeting your daily needs.

Does prayer change shattered hearts or broken bodies? No, not always, but it will change your source of strength and comfort.

Does prayer change your wants and desires? No, not always, but it will change your wants into what God desires!

Does prayer change how you view the world? No, not always, but it will change whose eyes you see the world through.

Does prayer change your regrets from the past? No, not always, but it will change your hopes for the future!

Does prayer change the people around you? No, not always, but it will change you – the problem isn’t always in others.

Does prayer change your life in ways you can’t explain? Oh, yes, always! And it will change you from the inside out!

So, does prayer REALLY change ANYTHING? Yes! It REALLY does change EVERYTHHING!

-Teressa Vowell


Many of you have noticed a new addition to the parking lot here at Green Hill. We now have a box to collect old, weathered American flags. The box was installed last week by Andrew Whittington as part of his Eagle Scout Project. If you have a flag that is worn, torn, faded, or soiled, please drop it off in the box. Flags deposited in the box will be honorably retired by the Boy Scouts of Troop #150. Congratulations to Andrew and everyone who has supported him through his Eagle Project. Well done!


We’re getting ready for the 2016-2017 Youth Bible Study classes, and we are looking for some volunteers to help out. We need people to pick children up at school, to bring snacks and drinks, to help during Bible Study, and to fill in as substitutes when the regular teachers can’t be there. If you’d like to help, you can put your name on the sign-up board in the narthex, or you can contact April Seery directly. Thank you to all of our volunteers! Classes start on September 6.


Are you looking for an opportunity to serve? We need Café Hosts and Ushers! Even if you can just volunteer for one Sunday, you’ll be a big help. The sign-up sheet is located on the board in the kitchen.

Thank you to those who have already signed up. And, thank you to everyone who has volunteered to be an Usher or a Café Host over the past year, especially those who those who were called into service at the last moment. We really appreciate you!


September 4 – Rev. Shuford White
September 11 – Rev. David Jamison
September 18 – Mr. John Fergus
September 25 – Rev. David Jamison


The Presbyterian Women’s Bible Study for the new season will kick off on Thursday, September 8, at 11:00am. You do not need to be a member of the church to attend. All ladies are welcome.

Prior to the Bible Study, the Coordinating Team will have a meeting at 10:00am. It’s time to start planning our events for the new year!


On Wednesday, September 14, Denise Aylesworth will tell us all about her trip to Guatemala. She has some wonderful information and amazing pictures to share. The presentation will start about 6:15pm, following the potluck fellowship supper.


A congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, September 4, immediately following the morning worship service. The purpose of the meeting will be to select the members of the next Annual Nominating committee. The committee will be tasked with nominating members for the position of Elder and Trustee. All members are asked to attend.


It’s nearly time to take a new church family picture! Immediately following the morning worship service on Sunday, November 6, the entire congregation is asked to come out to the front steps of the church for a group photo. So please wear your Sunday best and bring your smile!


The course on “How We Got the Bible” will begin with a discussion of the Bible in English. It will focus on the translations from the time of John Wycliffe in the fourteenth century through the present. The course will be taught by Scott Smith, and it will continue through early December. The text for the course is “Formation of the Bible” by Lee Martin McDonald. The church will order copies. Approximate cost is $14.00. Ordering a book is NOT a prerequisite for attending the course. The course is open to all members and members of other churches as well. Come and invite your friends and neighbors to come too!

September 7 @ 6:15pm: Preview of the course
September 21 @ 6:15pm: First day of class


Get an early start on Christmas by ordering your holiday cards from the Presbyterian Home for Children – and make a donation to this worthwhile cause at the same time.

The Presbyterian Home is taking orders now through September 30 for Christmas cards to be delivered by the end of October. The artwork for this year’s card was painted by a student of Home Academy at the Home. All proceeds from the card sales will be used to support the programs of the Presbyterian Home.

By purchasing cards from the Presbyterian Home for Children, you will receive a high quality card at a reasonable price while supporting a valuable cause. Your cards will demonstrate your special interest in the Home and the proceeds will make a difference in many lives.

Cards may be ordered online at or paper order forms may be picked up in the church office.

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Green Hill Good News, August 2016


Green Hill Youth at WinShape 2016


In an ecumenical gesture, the Prime Minister of Israel challenged the Pope to a friendly game of golf. Not a golfer, the Pope called in a cardinal and asked him if he knew of a cardinal who could represent him in the game.

The cardinal said he knew of no cardinal who plays golf well, but “there is a famous American golfer who is a Catholic by the name of Jack Nicklaus. We can make him a cardinal, and he can play the Prime Minister of Israel as your personal representative.”

Nicklaus agreed to play and was appointed a cardinal. After the match, Nicklaus telephoned the Pope and said, “Your Holiness, I have some good and some bad news. The good news is that I played the best golf in my life. My drives were long and true, and my putting was splendid.”

“What’s the bad news?” the Pope asked.

“I lost to Rabbi Woods by three strokes,” Nicklaus replied.

Excerpt taken from More Holy Hilarity, by Cal and Rose Samra


The deadline for submissions to the September Green Hill Good News is Thursday, August 18. You can contact the office by email or by phone, or you can drop your news off in the basket on the door. Each month the church office does its best to get the newsletter printed and distributed by the last Sunday of the month. Early submissions are appreciated.


On Sundays we need a team of two people to serve as ushers for the morning worship service. Ushers are needed to greet people, to pass out bulletins, to collect prayer requests, and to collect the offering. For our
visitors, our ushers are the first people they meet, and we need to make them feel welcome.

Over the past several months, we have had trouble filling this need. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered, especially those who were called into service at the last moment. We really appreciate you!

If you are available to serve as an usher, please sign up on the board in the kitchen. You can serve for as many or as few days as you would like. If you have any questions, please contact Sandi in the church office.


The next Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support meeting will be held on August 17. These monthly meetings are open to anyone who is dealing with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia in their family. We will get together, share our stories, and work on learning more about how to deal with these diseases.


Green Hill Cafe is held every Sunday morning from 10:30am to 11:00am. Coffee, doughnuts, and other assorted breakfast foods are served in the Fellowship Hall in between Sunday School and the Worship Service. Green Hill Cafe is a time for Christian Fellowship with our Green Hill Family, and it is a time to welcome, and get to know, our visitors.

Are you looking for an opportunity to serve? We need Café Hosts! We need people to set up the food prior to Café and to clean up afterwards. Beverages are supplied by the church, and food expenses are reimbursed by the church. If you are interested, please contact either Ron Seery or the church office. The sign-up sheet is in the kitchen.


The Prayer Band at Green Hill is made up of church members who have answered God’s call to “pray without ceasing.” The members of the Prayer Band receive prayer requests from members and from friends of our church, and offer up prayers to the Lord on their behalf.

If there is a person or a situation you would like the Prayer Band to keep in prayer, please let us know. You may contact the church office to have a name added to the prayer list, or if immediate prayer is needed, contact one of the Prayer Band members directly. From 9am to 6pm, call Ida Aldrich. From 6pm to 9pm, call Gloria Webb.


The 2016-2017 classes will start on August 22! All children in 3rd grade through 8th grade are invited to participate in Green Hill’s Youth Bible Study. Parent Meeting/Student Registration: Tuesday, August 9 @ 7pm

Call the church office at 334-347-9530 with any questions

For 2016-2017 we are offering four different youth Bible studies:
*Mondays, 3pm-5pm, Jesus–Awesome Power, Awesome Love (John 11-16)
*Tuesdays, 3pm-5pm, Bible Prophecy for Kids (Revelation 1-7)
*Tuesdays, 3pm-5pm, God’s Amazing Creation (Genesis 1-2)
*Wednesdays, Noon-2pm, Jonah! (Jonah)

The Monday and Tuesday lessons will run from after-school to 5pm. Transportation from school to Green Hill may be provided upon request. The Wednesday lesson is for homeschool students.


We’re getting ready for the 2016-2017 Youth Bible Study classes, and we are looking for some volunteers to help out. We need people to pick children up at school, to bring snacks and drinks, to help during Bible Study, and to fill in as substitutes when the regular teachers can’t be there. If you’d like to help, you can put your name on the sign-up board in the narthex, or you can contact April Seery directly. Thank you to all of our volunteers!


Green Hill is pleased to welcome the Enterprise Arts Homeschool Co-op. This homeschool group has made arrangements to use some of our classrooms on Monday mornings (from mid-September to mid-December) for classes like Sign Language, Intro to Theater, and Intro to Art Mediums & Techniques. The classes are being taught by parents who are sharing their talents with the rest of the group. It will be fun extracurricular activities for the children to add to the core classes they do at home. We are pleased that the rooms that usually sit empty during the day will be filled with children and families.


As all of you have heard on the news, there is a new craze sweeping the nation called Pokemon Go. Pokemon Go is an “augmented reality” game that people play on their cell phones. Players use the cameras on their cell phones to see and capture Pokémon characters that are scattered through the city.

Green Hill has been selected as one of several PokeStops in town. Players who are on church property can collect items like PokeBalls that are used to collect Pokémon. So, if you see someone wandering around church property staring at his/her cell phone, don’t be worried. They’re just playing the game.


WinShape Camp is a community event and St. Luke United Methodist Church would like to thank our church partners. These churches have provided scholarship dollars, transportation, spiritual counselors, volunteers, and meals for the WinShape Staff: First Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, Green Hill Presbyterian Church, Hillcrest Baptist Church, and St. John’s Catholic Church.

I can’t think of a better way for God to transform children’s lives in our community than through His churches working together in service to Him!

In His Service,

Tracy Bullinger
Children’s Pastor, St. Luke UMC

I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life. -John 8:12.


The Gospel Sounds Trio is coming to Enterprise! On August 14 they will sing at Bethel Baptist Church at 10am and then they will be at Green Hill at 11am to sing with us during our service. The trio is made up of three ladies, Nancy, Peggy, and our very own Sandy! The Trio started singing together at

Cowan Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Sandy’s two friends are traveling all of the way from Tennessee to visit Enterprise. Everyone, please make plans to be at church to hear them!


Enterprise City Schools will return to class on Thursday, August 4. Please pray for our students, our teachers, our parents, and everyone involved in the education process. Especially pray for the young students we have here at Green Hill and the schools they will be attending.

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