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Green Hill Good News, May 2017

Green Hill Good News Online Edition for May 2017

Green Hill Youth attend the Journey to the Cross event

The Worst Thing About Moving

What do you think that might be? Saying good-by? Making note of those who didn’t say good-bye, and wondering why? Selling the house? Buying a house? Packing? The minimum of two nights spent sleeping on the floor; one after the furniture leaves, and one before it arrives? Leaving Texas? (That was a hard one. I LOVED being a Texan!) But none of those is the worst thing. The worst thing about moving is when you get to where you are going and have to get a new driver’s license. For example:

I walked into the DMV office in Pasadena, California and discovered several tables with all the material that one needed to obtain a new driver’s license, printed in fifteen or twenty different languages; none in English. So I was a little bit in the dark when I entered the line for a new license, the line that had more people in it than the number of languages represented on that table. When I got to the front of the line and explained to the Californian behind the desk why I was there, she asked me for my Connecticut license, put it in a machine that cancelled it by drilling a thousand holes in it, dropped it in a drawer, and handed me the test. THE TEST? I have to take a test? What if I fail the test, I asked? You just drilled a thousand holes in my old license. Don’t worry about it, says the Californian. Twenty five questions. Five wrong, (or less) you pass. Six wrong, (or more) you fail. I got six wrong. The Californian gives me the bad news. I ask, What do I do now? She tells me she’s going to give me the test again, and that I should study my old test. Study the old test? Study the old test. I study the old test, make my way to the front of the line. (I have now been at the DMV for about three hours.) She takes my old test and throws it out. She gives me a new test. After a minute or two I realize that all the questions are the same but in a different order. This time, I get five wrong. I pass.

BUT – my troubles with DMV are not over.

It went much better in Nebraska, but after four years I renewed my license and realized that they had me listed as an ‘F’ on the second license. I looked at my old one. I was an ‘F’ on that one too. This, despite the fact that my whole life, before, during and after Nebraska, I had been an ‘M’. (It’s on my birth certificate!) I asked them to correct their OBVIOUS mistake. They said they would. They said there would be the standard fee to do this; $13.50. I decided to remain a female.

In Texas, they insisted that I had a second name. One name just wouldn’t do. So since then, solely because of the Texas DMV, I am officially Timothy James. This leads to problems with banks and with mortgage brokers, as I want to be Timothy and they insist that I am Timothy James and am expected to sign my name, repeatedly, Timothy James.

Alabama went much better. I am an “M” here, but I am still Timothy James, and the whole process took two days.

The best thing about moving? The hands of God. Feeling the hands of God, directing me from where I was, to where He wants me to be. Feeling the hands of God, in the welcome extended by all you Green Hill folks. I am so thankful to God and to all of you. It’s a great blessing to be here. And I thank God, and I thank you too.

Timothy James Oleksy

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

On Thursday, May 4, at Noon, the city of Enterprise will participate in the National Day of Prayer with an event on the steps of the City Hall. 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. Please join us as we pray for our country and worship our Lord.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN BIBLE STUDY

The Presbyterian Women Bible Study will be held on Thursday, May 11, at 11:00am. All women are invited. The Coordinating Team Meeting will be held just prior to the Bible Study, at 10am. All CT members, and anyone interested in being a part of the CT, is asked to attend.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN BIRTHDAY LUNCH

Immediately following the worship service on Sunday, May 7, a lunch celebrating the birthdays of everyone in the congregation will be served in the Fellowship Hall. At the luncheon, envelopes will be made available for donations to the PW Birthday Offering. This offering goes to projects that support the health, education, and economic needs of women and children around the world. The PW will provide the meat and the dessert for this meal. There is a sign-up sheet for side dishes posted in the kitchen. Please plan to bring your favorite dish to share!

HOMESCHOOL THEATER PERFORMANCE

The homeschool theater class is going to put on a show! On Monday, May 8, at 6pm, the Fellowship Hall will be transformed into a stage, complete with backdrops and costumes. The students of the theater classes will perform a play demonstrating what they have learned this past semester. The show is for the parents, but church members have been warmly invited to attend.

BOLL WEEVIL HOMESCHOOL CO-OP

The Boll Weevil Homeschool Co-op would like to thank Green Hill for allowing the use of the church building on Monday mornings. Thank you for helping to make the co-op’s school year such a success.

CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. LAWRENCE

On May 13, 2017, Dr. Walter Lawrence will graduate and be awarded the Commissioned Lay Pastor (CLP) Certificate in Congregational Leadership from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. This program consists of the eight core courses required of Presbyterian Commissioned Ruling Elders (CREs) in the Presbyterian Church (USA) “Book of Order.”

The courses are: Introduction to Old Testament; Introduction to New Testament; Pastoral Care; Presbyterian Polity (The Book of Order); Reformed Theology (The Book of Confessions); Introduction to Preaching; Foundations of Christian Education; Reformed Worship and Sacraments (The Book of Common Worship, Hymnal, and other resources); Online Learning Certification

Each class runs for 12 weeks. The work required in a single CLP/CRE course is equivalent to a one-credit college course. The standard for this would translate to: 300 – 500 pages of reading, 7 – 10 pages of writing assignments, 3 – 4 hours per week of class participation and preparation time

The overall goal of the “Education for the Laity” program of UDTS is to strengthen the church through quality theological education for lay persons. While the courses offered are particularly designed for lay pastor candidates, they will serve the needs of all lay persons who are contributing their gifts to the ministry of their local church. Church officers, Christian education leaders and teachers, and persons who wish to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith will discover a rich opportunity through this program.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017 GRADUATES!

High School
Rachel Humphrey
Alex McDonough
Andrew Whittington

College
William Seery

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the June/July Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Thursday, May 18. 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!

GIRL SCOUT SPAGHETTI DINNER

The Green Hill Girl Scouts (Kendall, Makyala, and Emma) would like to give back to their church family by hosting a spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, May 17, at 5:30pm. If you plan to attend, please fill out a reservation slip so we know how much food to prepare. Slips can be found in the pew racks and dropped it in the offering plate or in the basket on the office door. A donation basket will be available on the night of the dinner to help cover the cost of the food.

BOY SCOUT BOSTON BUTT FUNDRAISER

Boy Scout Troop #150 is having their annual Boston Butt Fundraising Sale. This sale helps offset the cost of summer camp, other camps, and troop equipment. The Butts will be cooked on May 26 and will be available for pickup on May 27 in the Green Hill parking lot between 9:00am and 1:30pm. The Boy Scouts are pre-selling tickets for $30. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact any member of Troop #150.

GREEN HILL VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Things are gearing up for this summer’s Vacation Bible School. This year we are using the Kickin’ It Old School program from the Go Fish Guys. VBS will be held from 9am to Noon, June 19 to 23. If you’d like to volunteer to help, you can write your name down on the sign-up board in the Fellowship Hall or see April Seery for more information.

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Green Hill Good News April 2017

Green Hill Good News Online Edition for April 2017

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The Green Hill Juliette Girl Scouts with Rep. Barry Moore on Girl Scout Advocacy Day.

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU

There once was a rich man who was near death. He was very grieved because he had worked so hard for his money and he wanted to be able to take it with him to heaven. So he began to pray that he might be able to take some of his wealth with him.

An angel hears his plea and appears to him. “Sorry, but you can’t take your wealth with you.” The man implores the angel to speak to God to see if He might bend the rules.

The man continues to pray that his wealth could follow him. The angel reappears and informs the man that God has decided to allow him to take one suitcase with him. Overjoyed, the man gathers his largest suitcase and fills it with pure gold bars and places it beside his bed.

Soon afterward the man dies and shows up at the Gates of Heaven to greet St. Peter. St. Peter seeing the suitcase says, “Hold on, you can’t bring that in here!”

But, the man explains to St. Peter that he has permission and asks him to verify his story with the Lord. Sure enough, St. Peter checks and comes back saying, “You’re right. You are allowed one carry-on bag, but I’m supposed to check its contents before letting it through.”

St. Peter opens the suitcase to inspect the worldly items that the man found too precious to leave behind and exclaims, “You brought pavement?”

RECORDED COPIES OF GREEN HILL SERVICES

Did you know that all of the services here at Green Hill are recorded? That’s right! Every service at Green Hill is recorded on DVD and stored in the church office. Did you miss a service and want to catch up? Did you want to watch a sermon again? Just contact the church office to borrow a copy of the disc.

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

Mitchell Automotive & Chick-fil-A Enterprise will be hosting a 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run to benefit WinShape Camps Scholarships. The run will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Enterprise High School.

Family Fun Zone open 7:30am-10:00am
5K race starts at 8:00am
1Mile Fun Run starts at 9:00am
Award Ceremony begins at 9:30am

T-shirts will be given to each registered participant.

Awards Breakdown for 5K race:
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place medals for will be given to the top male and female participants in the following categories. Overall; Under 12 years old; 13-17; 18-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; & 60+

Go to https://cfaraceseries.com/ to register.

WILDLIFE SANCTUARY ART AUCTION

The annual art auction to support the Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary is just around the corner! Please plan to attend on Saturday, April 1. The event begins at 3pm and will run until 6pm. There will be a silent auction for wonderful animal-themed art as well as facility tours and special exhibitions. There will be food and music too! The event will be held at the Sanctuary, on the east side of Enterprise (take 84 out to Collins Engines and hang a left on 445).

Our Green Hill Girl Scouts made it their mission two years ago to make sure everyone in the city of Enterprise knows about the Sanctuary and all of the amazing work the volunteers do for the wildlife in our area. This art auction is the Sanctuary’s main fundraiser of the year, and they need to make enough money in this one day to support their efforts for the whole rest of the year! The girls hope to see you there!

“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

HOLY WEEK

April 9th – Palm Sunday, Worship @ 11:00am
April 13th – Maundy Thursday, Communion @ 6:00pm
April 14th – Good Friday, Worship @ Noon
April 16th – Easter Sunday, Worship/Cantata @ 11:00am

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN BIRTHDAY LUNCH

Immediately following the morning worship service on April 30, a lunch celebrating the birthdays of everyone in the congregation will be served in the Fellowship Hall. At the luncheon, envelopes will be made available for donations to the PW Birthday Offering. This offering goes to projects that support the health, education, and economic needs of women and children around the world.

WINSHAPE CAMP, JULY 17 TO 21

WinShape Camp is preparing for its third year in the city of Enterprise, and the Green Hill Youth are already counting down the days! For those of you who may not know, WinShape Camp is a day camp that was created by the founders of Chick-fil-A. This amazing camp blends Bible study and worship with sports, recreation, arts, and more. From introducing children to the Gospel to training our future Christian leaders of tomorrow, this adventure filled week is such a blessing to our community!

WinShape is looking for volunteers to help make this year’s camp happen. Even if you aren’t feeling adventurous, you can still help. People are needed to do everything from washing clothes and making lunches to taking registrations and passing out snacks. If you are interested in volunteering at Winshape, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Sonja Helms, 334-406-2649. Or, for more information, contact Sandra DeTora at 334-347-9530.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

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

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

In a world that is always searching for the “next big thing”, some things will never change and can never be improved upon. God, His Promises, His Word, and the Gospel are unchangeable, which is why Green Hill and the Go Fish Guys invite you to KICK IT OLD SCHOOL!

Who: Children, Completed 1st – 6th Grade
What: Vacation Bible School
When: June 19 to June 23 * 9:00am to Noon
Where: Green Hill Presbyterian Church

Registration is now open! Registration forms can be picked up at the church or can be downloaded off of the church website, HERE.

GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY

The Green Hill 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
and the Girl Scouts of Service Unit 923

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The congregation of Green Hill would like to welcome our new pastor and his wife, the Rev. Dr. Timothy Oleksy & Mrs. Laurie Oleksy. We are so happy that they are going to be part of our family.

WELCOMING REV. TIMOTHY & LAURIE OLEKSY

Rev. Timothy Oleksy and his wife Laurie are moving to Alabama the last week of March. Please pray for them as they make this big transition. The first Sunday of April will be our first Sunday with them, and we want to show them a big welcome. Please plan to attend the April 2 Communion service, and then plan to stay afterward for cake and punch and a time to visit.

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Green Hill Good News, March 2017

Green Hill Good News Online Edition for March 2017

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Jonah Youth Bible Study Graduation

LAYMAN’S TEN COMMANDMENTS

1. Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a “steering wheel” that directs the right path throughout the journey.
2. So why is a Car’s WINDSHIELD so large and the Rear View Mirror so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So Look Ahead, and Move on.
3. Friendship is like a BOOK: It takes a few minutes to burn, but it takes years to write.
4. All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don’t worry, they can’t last long either.
5. Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don’t forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!
6. Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, “Relax, Sweetheart, it’s just a bend…. Not the end!
7. When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn’t solve your problems, HE has faith in your abilities.
8. A blind person asked St. Anthony: “Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?” He replied: “Yes, losing your vision!”
9. When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them. And sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
10. WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES. It takes away today’s PEACE.

WE HAVE A NEW MINISTER!

We are so pleased that Rev. Dr. Timothy Oleksy and his wife Laurie are coming to Alabama to be part of our Green Hill Family. His official start date at the church is April 1 and his first Worship Service with us will be on April 2. We are looking forward to getting to know the both of them better and are working on a special welcome. Stay tuned for details.

A MESSAGE FROM TEXAS

“I just want the congregation to know that you are getting a wonderful pastor in Tim and his wife Laurie. I am so sad to see them leave Huntsville, but I know that they will be a blessing to you. Please know that part of my heart is going with them, so I shall lift your congregation in prayer as all of you work together to share Christ with the Community.

In Christ’s love,
Cynthia Cross
Director of Music Ministries
First Presbyterian, Huntsville, Texas”

NEW WEBSITE ADDRESS

Green Hill has a new web address! We are now http://www.GreenHillPC.com. Take note of the last three letters. The old .org address will no longer lead you to the website. Update your internet favorites list today so you don’t miss any news! Those of you who follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram should not notice any change.

MARCH WORSHIP SCHEDULE

5TH – Rev. Shuford White
12th – Rev. David Jamison (Girl Scout Sunday)
19th – Dr. Walter Lawrence
26th – Mr. John Fergus

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

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?

GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY

On Sunday, March 12, Green Hill Presbyterian Church 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. We will have cake and punch in the Fellowship Hall after the Worship Service.

THANK YOU FROM THE GREEN HILL GIRL SCOUTS

The Green Hill Girl Scouts (Kendall, Makayla, and Emma) would like to thank everyone who supported our group by buying cookies. Your purchases will help fund our special activities in the coming months. We have great things planned and we are glad our Green Hill Family can be a part of it.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS BEGINS

Don’t forget to change your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday night, March 11. On Sunday morning, March 12, Daylight Savings Time begins, and we will lose an hour. We look forward to seeing you at church on Sunday morning, at the correct time. 🙂

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

The Presbyterian Women will hold their monthly Coordinating Team meeting on Thursday, March 9, at 10:00am. The monthly Bible Study will follow at 11:00am. All women in the church are invited to attend both.

The PW of South Alabama Spring Gathering will be held on Saturday, March 25, at Government Street Presbyterian Church in Bay Minette. If you are interested in attending, please see the church office for the registration information.

A MESSAGE FROM ALEX McDONOUGH

“I know some people have been announcing where they are for sure going to college. I’ve been accepted to University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. After a lot of time, thought, and prayer, I will be attending University of Alabama in the fall!! I will be majoring in Psychology, minoring in Nutrition, and will be in Honors College. In the end, the feel of the campus and the opportunities I will have there won me over, as well as the scholarships. :)”

–Alex McDonough

WEDNESDAY NIGHT PRESENTATIONS

Our special Wednesday night presentations will continue for at least two more weeks in March. Pot luck will at 5:30pm and the presentation will begin at 6:15pm.

On March 1, Denise Aylesworth is going to tell us all about her recent amazing trip she made to the Holy Land. Those of you who are friends with her on Facebook have gotten a sneak peek at the beautiful pictures she took. Please join us on Wednesday to hear the complete story.

On March 8, we will be joined by some homeschoolers from the Monday morning Homeschool Co-op. The Ayer Family and others will share with us what it is like to homeschool in the state of Alabama and will tell us a bit about what the homeschoolers do here on Monday mornings.

NEWSLETTER SUBMISSION DEADLINE

The deadline for submissions to the April newsletter is Thursday, March 16. The deadline is a little bit earlier this month because we want to get the newsletter out before the start of Spring Break, which is the last week of March. So, if you have any news to share with the congregation, please get it in to the church office early. Thank you.

WORLD’S SMALLEST ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

It’s nearly time for St. Patrick’s Day, and that means it’s also time for the City of Enterprise to host the 25th Annual World’s Smallest St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

This year’s parade is scheduled for Friday, March 17. Promptly at Noon, the parade’s single marcher will start off at the courthouse, walk down College Street to the Boll Weevil Monument (the world’s only monument to a pest), and then return to the courthouse. Members of the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce will pass out treats to spectators on either side of the parade route.

So, come on down to Downtown Enterprise for some local fun. Who knows, you might even end up on the National News!

WINSHAPE CAMP IS COMING BACK!

Campers, Parents, Volunteers! Mark your calendars now!

• Camp Registration Opens Online, March 12
• Kick-Off Event @ Chick-fil-A, March 13, 5 to 7pm
• Winshape Camp @ Enterprise High School, July 14 to 21

The cost for camp this year is $209. Scholarships of $100 will be given to the first 200 campers to register, so register early!

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Green Hill Good News, February 2017

Green Hill Good News Online Edition for February 2017

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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.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES ARE FOR SALE!

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.

WILDLIFE SANCTUARY ART AUCTION

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

NEW WEBSITE ADDRESS

Green Hill has a new web address! We are now http://www.GreenHillPC.com. Take note of the last three letters. The old .org address will no longer lead you to the website. Update your internet favorites list today so you don’t miss any news! Those of you who follow us on FaceBook, Twitter, or Instagram should not notice any change.

FEBRUARY WORSHIP SCHEDULE

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

SOUPER BOWL OF CARING

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.

CARPET CLEANING DISCOUNT

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.

GREEN HILL FOOD CLOSET ANNUAL REPORT 2016

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.

PASTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND REPORT 2016

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.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

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?

BRIDAL SHOWER

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.

HOMESCHOOL NEWS

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.

BOY SCOUT SUNDAY

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.

WEDNEDAY NIGHT SCHEDULE

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

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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.

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.

TOYS FOR TOTS

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.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

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!

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

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

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.

SOUPER BOWL OF CARING

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!

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

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.

NO COMMITTEES IN HEAVEN

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.

GENERATION JOSHUA CLUB

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.

ENTERPRISE ARTS HOMESCHOOL CO-OP

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.

CHURCH OFFICE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

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.

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

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

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Children’s Choir from the Presbyterian Home for Children


‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE JESUS CAME

‘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


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.


GUEST MINISTERS/SPEAKERS FOR DECEMBER

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)


NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

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!


OFFICE DEPOT & OFFICE MAX REWARDS

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!


HOMESCHOOL CO-OP CONTINUES

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.


HOMESCHOOL THEATER CLASS SHOW

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.


CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

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.


PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN CHRISTMAS PARTY

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!


SARCOA’S SANTA FOR SENIORS

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.


CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

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 MORNING WORSHIP

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!


OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

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!


WEDNESDAY EVENING SCHEDULE

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


TOYS FOR TOTS

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!”


GUEST MINISTERS/SPEAKERS FOR NOVEMBER

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


MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW: CHURCH PICTURE DAY

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!


SCOUTING FOR FOOD

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.


ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP

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.


PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN THANK OFFERING

The Thank Offering has long been a tradition of Presbyterian Women. It has provided and continues to provide much-needed financial assistance to numerous worthwhile programs not included in ongoing General Assembly mission support. Each year, domestic and international projects are carefully and prayerfully selected by the Creative Ministries Offering Committee to help meet a crucial need. Forty percent (40%) of this offering is used to support hospitals and community health programs that place priority in helping the 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.


THANKSGIVING DINNER

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.


NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

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!


STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY

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.


DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS

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.


CHURCH WORK DAY

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!


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 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.


YARD SALE TO BENEFIT PHILLIP DODSON

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: https://www.gofundme.com/2ssvsjb7


VETERANS APPRECIATION SERVICE

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)yahoo.com

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

Please RSVP to Sandi at greenhillpc(at)gmail.com 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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