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Green Hill Good News, April 2016

Green Hill Good News April 2016

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Kendall & Emma passed out Green Hill balloons at this year’s World’s Smallest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

THE CLOWN’S PRAYER

“Lord, as I stumble through this life, help me to create more laughter than tears, dispense more happiness than gloom, spread more cheer than despair.  Never let me become so indifferent that I will fail to see the wonder in the eyes of a child or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged.  Never let me forget that my total effort is to cheer people, make them happy and forget at least for a moment all the unpleasant things in their lives.  And, Lord, in my final moment, may I hear You whisper:  ‘When you made My people smile you made Me smile.’”

This is the “The Clown’s Prayer” of Smiles Unlimited, a clown ministry to hospitals, nursing homes, and prisons, based in Indianapolis.


IN LOVING MEMORY OF JULIA MERCER

The prayers and sympathy of the congregation are extended to Ed Miller and his family in the loss of his sister.  Julia Mercer passed away in Tupelo, Mississippi on March 18.


GIRL SCOUT TROOP #9338

The members of Girl Scout Troop #9338 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, Audrey, Sandi, Debbie, & Pat


SESSION COMMITTEES

The Green Hill Session is looking for volunteers to help on committees.  If you have any interest in Stewardship, Christian Education, Congregational Care, Missions, Worship, Buildings and Grounds, or Outreach, we have a job for you!  Please check with any member of the Session for more information.  Thank you!


THANK YOU TO OUR UPCOMING GUEST MINISTERS

  • April 3 – Rev. Shuford White
  • April 10 – Rev. David Jamison
  • April 17 – Rev. David Jamison
  • April 24 – Dr. Walter Lawrence
  • May 1 – Rev. Shuford White
  • May 8 – Rev. David Jamison
  • May 22 – Dr. Walter Lawrence
  • May 29 – Rev. Shuford White
  • June 5 – Rev. Shuford White

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Betty, Nancy, and Gloria attended the South Alabama PW Spring Gathering at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 12.  The title was “Traveling in Pairs; Are We Seeing the Presence of God?”  We covered all three of the lessons, and learned, or re-learned, things about Mary and Elizabeth, Rachel and Leah, and Sarah and Hagar.  Wish you could have been there!

The Green Hill Spring Gathering will be held on Saturday, April 16.  Sonia Helms from St. Luke United Methodist Church will be our guest speaker.  She is going to talk about the Winshape camp that is returning to Enterprise in July.  Please plan to attend.  A light lunch will be served, and more information will follow.

The annual Presbyterian Women’s Birthday Luncheon will be held on Sunday, May 1.  A sign-up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board for members to sign up to bring a casserole, salad, and/or vegetable.  Meat, rolls, and a birthday cake will be provided.  Please plan to attend!

 


NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the May Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Thursday, April 14. 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!


HOMESCHOOL GEOGRAPHY CLUB

The Enterprise Homeschool Geography Club had a fantastic meeting in March. We learned a lot about Brazil! Our next meeting will be held on Friday, April 15, at Noon. The country of the month is Italy. Assignments will be handed out on the Enterprise Homeschool FaceBook page, so check there for more information. Bring your lunch to eat before we start the presentations. We are looking forward to another great meeting.

 


PINEY WOODS ARTS FESTIVAL

The season closes with the Piney Woods Arts Festival, April 2 (9 am – 5 pm) & April 3 (12 – 4 pm), on the grounds of Enterprise State Community College. One of the oldest juried arts and crafts show in the area, Piney Woods features original art and crafts by approximately 100 artists, a children’s fun center, food and entertainment. Special events include a Civil War Living Display and the Weevil City Cruisers Car and Truck Show. Admission is free.

 


MOVIE UNDER MOONLIGHT

Outdoor movie event sponsored by Navy Federal Credit Union. Friday, April 8 at Bates Memorial Stadium. Gates open at 5:30 and movie will begin at dark. Free admission! Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a night of family fun! Concessions will be available for sale and there will be bounce houses for kids. For more information, call (334) 348-2693.


GODSPELL AT ESCC

The Fine Arts Division of the Enterprise State Community College is holding a production of Godspell!  There are four scheduled shows:  April 7 @ 7:00pm, April 8 @ 7:00pm, April 9 @ 2:00pm, and April 9 @ 7:00pm.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by calling the ESCC Business Office at 334-347-2623.

The structure of the musical is that of a series of parables, mostly based on the Gospel of Matthew (three of the featured parables are recorded only in the Gospel of Luke). The parables are interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns, with the passion of Christ treated briefly near the end of the performance.

 


CHICK-FIL-A CONNECT RACE

Moo’ve it with your friends and family at the Chick-fil-A Connect 5K Race and 1-Mile Fun Run presented by Mitchell Automotive in Enterprise, AL on April 23, 2016. Proceeds from the race will benefit the mission of the WinShape Camp to help provide scholarships for children to attend week-long camp.

A FREE Family FunZone for children under 12 years of age will be located near the finish line of the race. The Family FunZone will be open from 7:00-10:00 AM on event day and will be filled with fun, free activities and inflatables!


ENTERPRISE MUSIC CLUB KIDS TALENT EVENT

The Enterprise Music Club is having a very special meeting on Wednesday, April 13. A select group of local youth have been invited to perform and show off their talents. We have singing, dancing, piano, and violin. You do NOT have to be a member of the Music Club to come and watch the show. Everyone is invited.


COME LEARN ABOUT WINSHAPE!

Men, women, children, everyone is invited to join us at Green Hill on Saturday, April 16, for our annual Spring Gathering. Sonia Helms from St. Luke’s United Methodist Church is our guest speaker. She will give a presentation on Winshape Camps and on the Winshape Foundation. Please come to learn more about this amazing organization, the things they do all over world, and especially what they are going to do in Enterprise this summer. Don’t forget that Winshape Camp will be held at Enterprise High School July 18 to 22. The time to register is now!

 


SPAGHETTI & FELLOWSHIP

Spaghetti & Fellowship, Pasta & Praise, whatever you want to call it, we’re having one on Wednesday, April 20.  Mark your calendars now and keep an eye on your Sunday bulletin for more information.  Be sure to bring your appetites and warm up your singing voices!


BIG BEND WILDLIFE SANCTUARY EXPO & ART AUCTION

The Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary is holding their 3rd annual art auction on Saturday, May 14.  This year the event will be held out at the Sanctuary, which is located on County Road 445, right between Enterprise and Level Plains.  Not only will you have the chance to bid on some amazing art, but you will also get a chance to tour the Sanctuary and to meet some of the education animals.  Please plan to attend!

Four of the Girl Scouts from Troop #9338, are helping out with this event as part of their Bronze Award project.  If you have any questions, please ask Kendall, Makayla, or Emma.


CONGREGATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE FOR THE PNC

The Pastor Nominating Committee is hard at work looking for a new pastor for our church.  As part of the process, our Presbytery has asked all of the members of our congregation to fill out a questionnaire to help match us with the best candidates.  The church office has printed the questionnaire on bright orange paper, so you can’t miss it.  Please fill one out and get it back into the church office no later than Sunday, April 10.  Thank you.

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Green Hill Good News, March 2016

 

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Boy Scout Sunday, 2016


 

JUST FOR FUN:  AS WE AGE, I REALIZE THAT…

  1. I talk to myself because sometimes I need expert advice.
  2. Sometimes I roll my eyes out loud.
  3. I don’t need anger management. I need people to stop ticking me off.
  4. My people skills are just fine. It’s my tolerance of idiots that needs work.
  5. The biggest like I tell myself is, “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”
  6. When I was a child I thought nap time was a punishment. Now it’s like a mini vacation.
  7. The day the world runs out of wine is just too terrible to think about.
  8. Even duct tape can’t fix stupid, but it can muffle the sound!
  9. Wouldn’t it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes; come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller.
  10. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would’ve put them on my knees.
  11. When the kids text me “plz” which is shorter than please. I text back “no” which is shorter than “yes.”
  12. At my age “getting lucky” means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for.

A MESSAGE FROM SHUFORD AND SUSAN

Words just do not express how much Shuford and I enjoyed his last service and meal. It was a very special day for us and you all made it even more special. Thank you for all that you did to make our day one to remember. May God bless each of you!

In Christ, Shuford and Susan


GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY

Sunday, March 13, is Girl Scout Sunday, the annual celebration of the founding of Girl Scouting in American over 100 Years ago.  It is also a time for Girl Scouts to be recognized in their places of worship and to focus on the meaning of “To Serve God” in the Girl Scout Promise.  The girls will also be recognized for their contributions to the community.  In the past year, three girls from Troop #9338 earned their Bronze Awards, and this year we have four more girls who are beginning their Bronze Project.  We are so proud of them all. 


ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

The annual World’s Smallest St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Thursday, March 17, at Noon. Did you know that Lucy Klein, Green Hill’s previous Church Secretary, is the one who got the whole thing going back in 1993? After relocating to Alabama from New York, she was distressed to see that the town didn’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. So, she went to Kathy Souer, the head of the Chamber of Commerce. The two of them decided since Enterprise is a small town it should host the World’s Smallest Parade. Kathy, who is of Irish decent, was the very first marcher. Lucy, who had to be out of town that day, was the Grand Marshal in absentia. She and Jim sent a telegram from their hotel in Chicago wishing everyone in Enterprise a very happy St. Patrick’s Day.


CHURCH WORK DAY

It’s that time of year again: time to clean up the church grounds for Spring.  Please join us on Saturday, March 12, at 8am. Bring your favorite yard tool.  Coffee will be hot and ready. We’ll try to get everything done by Noon.  We appreciate all our congregation does to keep our church beautiful!  If we get rained out, the alternate date is March 19.


EASTER LILIES

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


THANK YOU TO OUR UPCOMING GUEST MINISTERS

  • March 6 – Rev. Shuford White
  • March 13 – Rev. Dee Koza
  • March 20 – Rev. Louie Reynolds
  • March 24 – Rev. David Jamison
  • March 27 – Rev. David Jamison
  • April 3 – Rev. Shuford White
  • April 10 – Rev. David Jamison
  • April 17 – Rev. David Jamison

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

The ladies want to thank our men for the delicious valentine breakfast they served us on February 14th. Our boxes of chocolates were so good. It is wonderful to be reminded we are loved and your special valentines.

On Thursday, March 10 we will have our Coordinating Team meeting at 10:00am and our Bible Study at 11:00am.  All ladies in the church are welcome to join us as we learn more about God’s Word.

The Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016.  Come join your Sisters-in-Christ for a day of learning, sharing, and worship.  The title of this year’s gathering is “Traveling in Pairs: Are We Seeing the Presence of God?”  There are three workshops to choose from, and you may pick two: Rachel and Leah, Sarah and Hagar, Mary and Elizabeth.

Registration forms may picked up in the church office.  Green Hill ladies, your registration fee will be covered by the church.  Also, check in with the other ladies to see who is going so we can arrange a car pool.  It’s going to be a lot of fun!


HOMESCHOOL GEOGRAPHY CLUB

The Enterprise Homeschool Geography Club had a fantastic meeting in February. We learned a lot about Germany! Our next meeting will be held on Friday, March 18, at Noon. The country of the month is Brazil. Assignments will be handed out on the Enterprise Homeschool FaceBook page, so check there for more information. Bring your lunch to eat before we start the presentations. We are looking forward to another great meeting.


ALZHEIMERS CAREGIVERS SUPPORT MEETING

The next Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 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.


MAUNDY THURSDAY COMMUNION

On Thursday, March 24, we will hold a Maundy Thursday Communion service at Green Hill.  Rev. David Jamison will be with us as we celebrate the final supper Jesus shared with his disciples.  At the end of the service the stole on the cross will be changed from purple to black, and it will remain black on Good Friday.


EASTER WORSHIP SERVICE

On Sunday, March 27, we will hold our morning worship service as usual.  As we all know, this is the time of the year when those who don’t normally go to church on Sunday make the extra effort to come for Easter.  This is a wonderful day to invite your unchurched friends.  Also, be sure to keep an eye out for any visitors we might have.  Green Hill is known for being a close and friendly family church.  Let’s do our best to show that off!


ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

Since 1949 Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world. Your generous gifts to this Special Offering help provide relief those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed.

At Green Hill Presbyterian Church, we will take up our annual collection for the One Great Hour of Sharing on both Palm Sunday, March 20, and on Easter Sunday, March 27.  Special envelopes can be found in the pew racks.


SESSION COMMITTEES

The Green Hill Session is looking for volunteers to help on committees.  If you have any interest in Stewardship, Christian Education, Congregational Care, Missions, Worship, Buildings and Grounds, or Outreach, we have a job for you!  Please check with any member of the Session for more information.  Thank you!


NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

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


DAYLIGHT SAVINGS

Daylight Savings will begin on Sunday, March 13.  Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night.  You’ll lose an hour of sleep, but we still hope to see you at church on time on Sunday morning.  It’s Girl Scout Sunday!

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Green Hill Good News, February 2016

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Our New Elders, 2016

GREEN HILL GOOD NEWS, February 2016

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Dear friends, this is the last newsletter article for Green Hills that I am writing. By the time you read it my time will have finished. WOW! What a wonderful experience Susan and I have had. The joy and welcome was beyond imagining. As I have said this has been a whole year of celebration for Retirement. Yes we all have gone through some difficult times, and how we saw the future hasn’t always gone the way we thought it would go. But what I have learned that what is planned will be a blessing and joy. This is why I love the 23 Psalm. It reminds us that God walks with us through the trials and tribulations of life. But most importantly is that he has ALREADY set a table for us simply walking with us today HELPING us until we get there at his banqueting table. Our future is set in Christ.

So we walk in faith, that’s all we can do, but as we walk we look forward to the future…

So what are we to do today? As St Francis of Assisi is quoted to have said, Preach the gospel always and if necessary use words. Invite people to come and see the joy of Christ in your midst, in worship, during meals and for special programs. Always invite don’t grow tired and preach…

Shuford


Shuford and I cannot express enough how much we’ve enjoyed our time with all of you at Green Hill.  We were welcomed so warmly the first day and you continued over the year to embrace us with your love and compassion.  When I shared my journey with the Presbyterian Women I said I felt like this was a time in my life to be sill and listen to God’s voice.  That’s a hard thing for me but I do hear God telling me to not be anxious about Shuford’s retirement, but to trust in Him.  In the same way with you at Green Hill it’s time to trust in what the Lord has for you and his church.

Together in Christ and Love,

Shuford and Susan


SESSION BRIEFS – NOVEMBER / DECEMBER / JANUARY

Pledges have been received. In spite of the departure of several families from the Green Hill Congregation, pledges were received in the amount of over $111,000, representing only a small drop from last year’s pledges.

The 2016 budget has been approved. The church did not have to tap into the contingency reserve fund for expenses in 2015.

The project to supply and upgrade fire extinguishers in the church buildings is completed.

New locks are installed on the external doors; all keys have been distributed.

The ice machine intermittently shuts down for unknown reasons. It can be restarted by pushing the “on” button and holding it in.

Emergency repairs on the plumbing situation are progressing very well. Special thanks were given to Jim Klein, Charles Webb, and Jim McDonough for their assistance.

The need for a Confirmation Class was identified. Elder Walter Lawrence will be developing and teaching the class later this Spring. Those interested in attending should contact Elder Lawrence.

A revised Elder Sponsor List is being prepared. Rev. White suggested that the sponsor lists be reviewed by each elder at each month’s session meeting to identify needs within our congregation.

Upcoming events at Green Hill:

  • 1/31/16 – Rev. White’s retirement reception. This will be a Soup and Salad luncheon in honor of the White’s, which will be their last Sunday serving as the Interim Pastor.
  • 2/3/16 – potluck supper.
  • 2/14/16 – Valentine’s Day Breakfast, Boy Scout Sunday, and reception after worship.
  • 3/27/16 – Easter sunrise service.
  • TBD April 2016 – possible pizza and a game night.
  • 5/25/16-final Wednesday night church wide cookout.

The final missions budget for 2016 has been completed. A copy is available in the church office.

A new book, No Place Left, has been received from Cody Watson of the Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship.

Cub Scout Pack 150 activities planned: Pinewood Derby, 1/30/16, Blue & Gold Banquet, 2/13/16, Scout Sunday, 2/14/16, Bowl-A-Thon Fundraiser, 2/28/16.

Boy Scout Troop 150 activities planned: Scout Sunday, 2/14/16.

Girl Scout Sunday is tentatively scheduled for 3/13/16. Two girls are to be recognized for achieving their Bronze Award.

A letter of support was approved by the Session and mailed to the Kiskiminetas Presbyters in Pennsylvania. They are in the process of preparing an overture to be presented to the General Assembly regarding the recent changes made to the Book of Order, revising the current recently adopted standards of marriage to a more conservative approach.

Joel Mikuta was elected to a one-year term as Treasurer.

Gloria Webb and Walter Lawrence were elected to one-year terms as Assistant Treasurers.

Denise Aylesworth was elected to a one-year term as Clerk of Session.

Respectfully submitted,

Walter J. Lawrence, M.D.

Outgoing Clerk of Session


The next Session meeting will be held on Sunday, February 21, at 1:30pm.  Rev. Jamison will moderate the meeting.


GREEN HILL SESSION & TRUSTEES

CLERK OF SESSION

  • Denise Aylesworth (c/o 2016)

ELDERS

  • Kimberli Fougeron (c/o 2016)
  • Betty Bierbaum (c/o 2016)
  • Sandra DeTora (c/o 2017)
  • Ron Seery (c/o 2017)
  • Jim McDonough (c/o 2018)
  • Diana Lawrence (c/o 2018)

TRUSTEES

  • Gloria Webb (c/o 2016)
  • Bob Gustafson (c/o 2017)
  • Scott Smith (c/o 2018)

GREEN HILL FOOD CLOSET ANNUAL REPORT 2015

The Food Closet Committee would like to thank everyone for your support in 2015.  We fed, with your help, 53 families and 17 individuals.  The referrals came from Family Services (42), DHR (6), First United Methodist Church (2), HRDC (1), Walmart (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 service Coffee County residents who are in need and referred by agencies our 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 2015

In 2015, the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund was used to assist 87 area households (234 individuals). Working with Coffee County Family Services and other area charities, we were able to pay up to the “Final $50” on each bill to help these families keep their utilities turned on. Many of the requests came with the freezing temperatures in the final month of the year. Thank you so much for continuing to support this very worthy mission of the church!


THANK YOU TO OUR UPCOMING GUEST MINISTERS/SPEAKERS

  • February 7th – Rev. Samford Turner (Communion)
  • February 14th – Dr. Jim Lawrence (Boy Scout Sunday)
  • February 21st – Rev. David Jamison
  • February 28th – Rev. David Jamison
  • March 6th – Rev. Shuford White (Communion)
  • March 13th – Dee Koza (Girl Scout Sunday)
  • March 20th – Rev. Louie Reynolds

CHOIR NOTES

The Chancel Choir will meet to practice on Wednesday, February 3, at 7:00pm.


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 7, Green Hill will take up our annual collection for the Souper Bowl of Caring. Financial donations and donations of non-perishable food will be collected in the Fellowship Hall. Everything donated will go to support our Green Hill Food Pantry.


NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY

It’s that time of year again, time to update the church directory, and the church office needs your help! If any of your contact information has changed over the past year, please let us know. You can get the info to us by email, by phone, by dropping a note in the basket, or by stopping by and telling us in person. Just make sure you get it to us no later than Sunday, February 7th.


UPCOMING PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN EVENTS

February 11 @ 10:00am – PW Coordinating Team

February 11 @ 11:00am – PW Bible Study


MEN’S SWEETHEART BREAKFAST

On Sunday, February 14, at 9:00am, all of the ladies in the church are invited to attend a Sweetheart Breakfast hosted by the men of the church. Each year the men set up such a wonderful meal that is the perfect way to start Valentine’s Day. Please join us for breakfast.  The men who are cooking are asked to arrive at 8:30am.


BOY SCOUT SUNDAY

On Sunday, February 14, the Green Hill congregation will be joined at morning worship by the boys and the parents from Boy Scout Troop #150 and Cub Scout Pack #150. Scout Sunday marks the founding of scouting in the United States. On this day, the troop and the pack will lead parts of the worship service, and special recognition will be given to the Eagle Scouts. Please join us to welcome our scouting families.


ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT MEETING

The annual Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support meeting will be held on February 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.


NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

The deadline for submissions to the March Green Hill Good News is Thursday, February 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.


PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN SPRING GATHERING

The Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016.  Come join your Sisters-in-Christ for a day of learning, sharing, and worship.  The title of this year’s gathering is “Traveling in Pairs: Are We Seeing the Presence of God?”  There are three workshops to choose from, and you may pick two: Rachel and Leah, Sarah and Hagar, Mary and Elizabeth.

Registration forms may be picked up in the church office.  Green Hill ladies, your registration fee will be covered by the church.  Also, check in with the other ladies to see who is going so we can arrange a car pool.  It’s going to be a lot of fun!


GIRL SCOUT COOKIES ARE HERE!

The 2016 Girl Scout Cookie Sale has begun, and the cookies are here!  We all know that Girl Scout Cookies are made of ingredients that taste great, but there is so much more!  With every box of cookies they sell, Girl Scouts are learning life skills that will help them to become leaders in their communities:  Decision Making, Money Management, Goal Setting, People Skills, and Business Ethics.

If you’re looking for cookies, be sure to check with Kendall, Makayla, and Emma.  Our Girl Scouts are selling cookies to raise money for their troop, #9338.  We are very proud of our girls and we can’t wait to see what they do in the coming year.


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Green Hill Good News, January 2016

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Presbyterian Women Christmas Party, 2015


 “God is good!” “Yes He is good always!” Even when one seems to be in the valley of death, God is with you. I know for a fact. The darkest of times have never overcome the light of Christ. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year, since I came here to Green Hill. And what a wonderful year. When I came I wasn’t prepared for the time. Instead of helping you through a transition Susan and I have been blessed with such riches that I have told many that this year has been the BEST retirement celebration a person can ever have. A whole year of celebration!!! Darkness never had a chance.

As I move into the future I am now so excited. God’s grace will surely make the future a holy even just as he has today and this past year. My challenge for each of you this New Year is to keep your eyes open to the possibilities and remember that as you go forward, God himself has a holy time for you and the church.

Shuford

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.

CAFÉ HOSTS & USHERS

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to be a café host in January. We are happy to see that all of the slots have been claimed. We greatly appreciate your service to the church.

We are seeking volunteers to sign up to be ushers in January. We need a team of two people to greet visitors, pass out bulletins, and to collect the offering. The sign-up sheet is located in the kitchen serving area. Thank you to our volunteers!

BIBLE STUDY HELPERS NEEDED!

The afterschool Bible Study is looking for a helper for the Tuesday afternoon class. Beginning in January, we need someone to be at the church ready to help at 3pm and to stay until 5-5:15pm. We also need subs to fill in for the Monday and Tuesday classes, when the regular volunteers are not available. Please see April Seery for more information.

BRIDAL SHOWER FOR HANNAH

All of the ladies of the church are invited to a Bridal Shower for Hannah Lawrence on Saturday, January 16, at 2pm. Everyone is asked to bring finger food to share. If you have any suggestions for fun party games, please contact April Seery.

Hannah and her fiancé, Michael Hall, are getting married in Madison, AL, on February 6. Their wedding registry can be found at Bed Bath & Beyond.

GREEN HILL GIVING PLATE

The purpose of the plate is to share with our members, friends and family at a time when they need a lift and a reminder of God’s unending Love for us. Take it and leave a note at the office as to who is using it. The plate can be found in the kitchen. The person or persons receiving the Love gift of food may return the plate to Green Hill or the person using the plate so it can be used again. Spread God’s Love this holiday season.

GREEN HILL WOMEN

The SARCOA Santa for Seniors project was a huge success. Our needy recipient received all of her requested items as well as many extras, thanks to you.

The annual Christmas party was held on December 4. It was large in fellowship, food, and fun. Those who missed it, missed a good time – and, we missed you.

On January 14, 2015, the Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team will meet at 10:00am. The Bible Study will be held at 11:00am.

Have a wonderful, safe holiday and a blessed 2016.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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. In total, 190 families (nearly 600 children) were given toys. Green Hill is very proud to be a part of this annual event.

ENTERPRISE HOMESCHOOL “COUNTRY CLUB”

For January, the Enterprise Homeschool “Country Club” will feature Ireland. Please see the group Facebook page for date, time, and student assignments.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP

The next Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 20, at 10:00am. 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 challenging time. We want all caregivers to understand the disease and to know that they are not alone.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the February Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Thursday, January 21. 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!

CONGREGATIONAL CARE

Out with the old and in with the new…..Congregational Care is revamping and reforming for a new year and a new Green Hill. If you are a member of the Congregation or PW you are already on this committee. (Congregation Care is not for just the women it is a Christian Duty so men too.) First meeting is 4:30 p.m. January 6th. (just before the potluck dinner) We will go over new guidelines for Congregational Care. We need better communication to prevent overlapping of duties between other committees and CC. I am looking forward to a new Green Hill as we step into the future. –Kimberli

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
FOR THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

by Dr. Walter J. Lawrence

Genesis 17:7 “I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.”

The books of the Old Testament are a history of God’s involvement with His creation, concentrating upon the Hebrew people and the development of the nation of Israel. The books are a compilation of history, laws, prophecy, poetry, and wisdom that show God’s continued relationship with His chosen people, and how that relationship developed and flourished and is reflected in their culture. Throughout the Old Testament we repeatedly see evidence of God’s faithfulness and abiding love for His people, as well as His responsiveness to their needs and entreaties. An important aspect when studying God’s involvement with His people is to note that He is constantly involved with His people in a personal and direct way, regardless of their relationship to Him.

In the early chapters of the book of Genesis, we see how God created the world and placed mankind in that environment. However, mankind soon became dissatisfied with what they were given, and in Genesis 3, we see how sin entered in. God repeatedly tried to reestablish his initial relationship with his creation culminating in the purging of the earth in the Great Flood recorded in Genesis 6, but even after this event, mankind would not respond. God then reached out to His creation through Abram, when he declared to him, “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Abram had no children, but God promised to him, “… a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.… Look up at the sky and count the stars-if indeed you can count them… So shall your offspring be.” God entered into an everlasting covenant with Abram, now renamed Abraham. “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations.… I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside is a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.” From this point, we will look at examples of God’s continued faithfulness and abiding love for His chosen people.

God foretold of the enslavement of the Hebrew people for 400 years in Egypt at the time of the formation of the Abrahamic covenant. God sent Moses to deliver the Hebrew people from their bondage and slavery under Pharaoh. After a series of ten signs consisting of miraculous events and plagues upon Egypt, culminating with the Passover, Pharaoh relented and allowed the release of the Hebrew people. Pharaoh then sought to destroy the Hebrew people, but God provided for their safe passage by parting the waters of the Red Sea, and the subsequent destruction of Pharaoh’s army as the waters of the sea cascaded over that army. God then showed his continuing care for His people over the next 40 years as they wandered through the wilderness. He faithfully provided for their sustenance on a daily basis through the provision of manna. When they needed water, and cried out for it, God provided for ample water supplies. They did not require clothing, as their clothing to not wear out for the 40 years of their wanderings. God gave guidance to the development of the Hebrews as an emerging nation in the moral directives in the 10 Commandments and the foundation for their society in the 613 laws of the Mosaic Code.

Upon the death of Moses, Joshua became the new leader of the Hebrew people and led them across the divinely parted waters of the Jordan River. Under God’s direction, the Hebrews subdued other tribes inhabiting the land promised to them, thereby establishing the nation of Israel.

Although the leaders of Israel repeatedly encouraged their nation to remember God and commanded them to follow His laws, in the time after Joshua the people continued to follow their own desires rather than God. In turn, God would allow them to be punished for their sin and rebelliousness, but after a period of time would send a leader to restore the people in their theocracy, as recorded in the Book of Judges. Eventually, the Israelites clamored for a human king, like other nations had. The prophet Samuel tried to warn the Israelites and counseled them about the dangers inherent to human kings, but the Israelites refused to listen. God relented and directed Samuel to anoint Saul to be their King, thereby responding to the desires of the His people and allowing them to exist under a monarchy. As a monarchy continued under David, whom God promised in the Davidic covenant that his throne would be everlasting, who was then succeeded by his son Solomon, and Rehoboam, the structure of the monarchy eventually crumbled, and divided into two Hebrew kingdoms. Those kingdoms were then conquered by foreign powers, the Assyrians and the Babylonians, and the Hebrew people geographically and spiritually led away in exile from their nation of Israel. Still, God continued to watch over His people. Although the nation was taken in captivity, God continued to hear the cries of his people, eventually restoring them as a nation. Under the reigns of the foreign kings of Cyrus and Darius, He caused for His people to be reunified in Jerusalem and reunited into the nation of Israel. Under the guidance of the prophets Ezra and Nehemiah, He providing for rebuilding the temple, the city, and the wall surrounding Jerusalem.

During the phases of exile and reunification, we see the most intense amount of prophecy recorded. The prophets foretold the restoration of Israel, the defeat of their enemies, God’s punishment of Israel for their sins as well as their reconciliation to Him, and the coming of the long-awaited Messiah.

The New Testament concludes this phase in the history of Israel when God sends His son to redeem His people from their sins fulfilling the prophecy in the person of Jesus Christ, who is uniquely both divine and human. In Jesus Christ, we see the completion and fulfillment of the Mosaic Code of the Old Testament. Indeed, Jesus himself said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” He repeatedly demonstrated an expansion of the mosaic code by giving emphasis to those laws by applying them in the spirit of the law rather than in precise legalities and punishments.

The Old Testament is a precursor to the New Testament, and an appreciation for and an improved knowledge and understanding of its contents only adds to the depth of understanding in the writings of the New Testament, expanding our love and appreciation for Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The Old Testament serves as a written witness to God’s continued presence and involvement in our lives today.

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Green Hill Good News, December 2015

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Operation Christmas Child, 2015

Has Christmas happened to you? As the days get closer to the 25th are we preparing for the coming of Christ or for the feast of the family? Have you become so busy, so focused on getting ready for Christmas day that you don’t take the time to dwell in the Good News that Christ has come? Sadly too many have lost focus on the HOPE, PEACE and JOY that Christ brings, and worry about making sure all the responsibilities of gifts, food, parties, and such are met.

Matthew 2: 1-2; 9-11 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”…. After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

What so often happens during the Christmas holidays is that we fail to search for the Christ CHILD. We allow the activities of the season to become our focus instead of the promise given to us in his coming. The wise men when they saw the star finally fixed over a point rejoiced exceedingly with great joy…. because they had their priorities straight. Worship the promised one first and discover the HOPE, PEACE, and JOY in meeting him, then everything else will fall into place.

Shuford

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“It has increased our attendance 300 percent.”

SESSION BRIEFS

The Session Briefs from the November meeting will be included in the January newsletter.

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.

FELLOWSHIP COMMUNITY NEWS

The Fellowship Community’s 2015 Advent Devotional “To You Is the Song” is ready for download from our website. Find it now at http://www.fellowship.community/2015-advent-experience/. Check out all our great companion resources; Candle Lighting Supplement for church or home, Children’s Supplement for church or home, Small Group Supplement, and “Setting the Table,” ways to share Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany around your dinner table with family, friends, and neighbors who do not yet know the Savior. Also, you can sign up for daily emails from November 30-January 8!

THANK YOU…THANK YOU…THANK YOU…

Eighteen men and women of the church gave of their time on Saturday, November 14, to keep our church and grounds in the outstanding condition we all love. Volunteers keep up the maintenance, inside and out, saving the church thousands of dollars each year. Thanks again!!

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Thank you to everyone who packed a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child this year. Our twenty 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!

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.

WE NEED CAFÉ HOSTS & USHERS!

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.

On Sundays we also 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. If you are interested, please contact either Sandra DeTora or the church office. The sign-up sheet is in the kitchen.

There are many opportunities to serve between now and the start of the New Year. 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!

BIBLE STUDY HELPERS NEEDED!

The afterschool Bible Study is looking for a helper for the Tuesday afternoon class. Beginning in January, we need someone to be at the church ready to help at 3pm and to stay until 5-5:15pm. We also need subs to fill in for the Monday and Tuesday classes, when the regular volunteers are not available. Please see April Seery for more information.

GREEN HILL GIVING PLATE

The purpose of the plate is to share with our members, friends and family at a time when they need a lift and a reminder of God’s unending Love for us. Take it and leave a note at the office as to who is using it. The plate can be found in the kitchen. The person or persons receiving the Love gift of food may return the plate to Green Hill or the person using the plate so it can be used again. Spread God’s Love this holiday season.

SEASON OF ADVENT

During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.

• November 29 – 1st Sunday of Advent, The Candle of Hope
• December 6 – 2nd Sunday of Advent, The Candle of Peace
• December 13 – 3rd Sunday of Advent, The Candle of Joy
• December 20 – 4th Sunday of Advent, The Candle of Love
• December 24 – Christmas Eve, The Christ Candle

NEW KEYS AND LOCKS

After months of planning, the locks on the church are ready to be changed. On Tuesday, December 1, the doors will be re-keyed. The church office has the new keys. So, if you are in need of one of the new keys to the church, please contact Sandi.

GREENING OF THE CHURCH

Wednesday, December 2 is a very special day on the church calendar. It is the day we “green” the church for the Season of Advent. Following our regular fellowship supper at 5:30pm, everyone will be invited into the Sanctuary to help decorate the Chrismon Tree. Tradition says that a Chrismon Tree is not complete until someone comes to see it and has the story of Christ explained to them through the ornaments. Please join us as we continue this annual tradition.

CHOIR NOTES

The choir will meet to practice at 7:15pm on December 2.

GREEN HILL WOMEN

CHRISTMAS PARTY – This year’s Green Hill Women Christmas Party will be held on Friday, December 4, at 5:00pm. Please bring your favorite holiday snack to share with the group. All of the women in the church are invited, even if you don’t usually attend our 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!

SANTA FOR SENIORS – The Green Hill Women are once again participating in the SARCOA Santa for Seniors program. We have selected the “wish list” from a woman in need here in Coffee County. If you would like to help brighten her Christmas, please select an ornament from the felt tree in the kitchen. Removing the ornament indicates that you will take care of getting that item. All gifts (NOT WRAPPED) should be brought to the church no later than the date of the Women’s Christmas party (December 4). They may be dropped off earlier in the blue box in the kitchen.

STAMP MINISTRY – Hang on to your used Christmas stamps! The Green Hill Women are still collecting stamps for a very special ministry we are supporting. This ministry sells the stamps to collectors around the world and uses the income to support the preparation, publishing and distribution of a Spanish language curriculum for Sunday Schools in Latin America. Stamps may be dropped in the white collection box on the table next to the Green Hill Women bulletin board, in the Fellowship Hall.

POT LUCK, CHRISTMAS PARTY, AND BINGO!

On Wednesday, December 9, our regular pot luck supper will be transformed into a Christmas party, with Bingo! Please bring your favorite food to share, and if it has a holiday theme, even better. Sandi will bring out the Christmas-themed Bingo game, and we should all have a lot of fun.

ENTERPRISE HOMESCHOOL “COUNTRY CLUB”

The next Enterprise Homeschool “Country Club” meeting will be held on Friday, December 11. (Please note that this is the second Friday of the month instead of the third.) The featured country is Nicaragua. Assignments will be handed out on the Enterprise Homeschool FaceBook page, so check there for more information. We are looking forward to another great meeting.

We decided to have a Christmas party at the next Country Club. So instead of bringing your lunch, we will all bring a dish and have a pot-luck. We thought it would be a good idea to do finger type foods. Please see the Facebook page for the food sign-up list. For the gift exchange, each child is asked to bring a same gender gift with a $5.00 limit.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP

The next Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 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.

CHRISTMAS CAROL SING-A-LONG

This year we will be doing our Christmas caroling indoors. On Wednesday, December 16, following our pot luck supper, we will enjoy a time of fellowship and song. Rosemary will be there to play the piano to accompany us and we will get a chance to sing our favorite Christmas songs. This is a great night to bring a friend!

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the January Green Hill Good News Letter needs to be submitted to the church office by Thursday, December 17. We need to get the news in before everyone disappears for the Christmas 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!

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 21. 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.

CANDLE LIGHT SERVICE

Green Hill’s annual Candle Light Service will be held on Thursday, December 24, at 6:00pm. EVERYONE is invited to join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Following the service we will enjoy hot apple cider and have a cookie/candy exchange. So, please bring your favorite treat to share.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the church office staff,

Joel, Jim, & Sandi.

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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6

Categories: Green Hill, Green Hill Good News

Green Hill Good News, November 2015

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(online edition) 

No matter how difficult it is for some of us to understand, God has a plan. And we as God’s people are not the first to be confused and question God. Just ask Peter who cried Jesus as Lord and then immediately said YOUR PLAN isn’t what we want. What did Jesus do? Run him off? Tell him he was no longer a disciple? NO he simply told Peter to get behind Him. That is to follow Him, not the world, not Satan, not anyone but Him, even as it takes him to the cross with Jesus.

The vote on Sunday, October 25 for all was a difficult vote, and it knocked some to their knees. My question to each of you is, “What changed?” Has the church suddenly become a liberal bed of socialism? Has the church suddenly opened its doors to ordination or the marriage of anyone who so desires? Have the standards and confessions that we up hold been changed?

Today Green Hill is just the same as it was last week. Just as our God is the same today as He was yesterday and will be tomorrow. The church of Jesus Christ has been in conflict and division for centuries. And ALL THE TIME is has been because of people and what they want or believe, not because of God…

Each of you is needed to help the church, this particular church, to grow in the mission that God has called it to go. If you are thinking about leaving, rethink this decision and ask yourself, “why?”  Is it based on what has happened, or on what may happen?

For me, I believe that Green Hill is God’s called community in the midst of Enterprise to proclaim the gospel. What sets it apart from other denominations is one, our focus on GRACE and the Fathers healing and redemptive work in Jesus, the impossible, and two, its love for each other.

Please don’t abandon the family that loves so deeply it even embraces a sinner like me.

Shuford

SESSION BRIEFS – OCTOBER 11 & 25, 2015

The monthly stated meeting of the Session of Green Hill Presbyterian Church was held at the church at 1:30 PM on 11 October 2015. In addition, a called session meeting was held 25 October 2015 at 10:30 AM.

Treasurer’s Report:  Third quarter offerings were down slightly; however, the operating fund reserve has not yet been touched. We are projected to get through the fourth quarter of 2015 without problems.

Rev. White will be having surgery on his foot in Prattville, 13 November. Elder Lawrence will serve as pulpit supply on 15 November, while Rev. White recovers.

Rev. White was approved for leave 27 through 31 December 2015.

The Administration and Stewardship committee reported that the pledge letter will be distributed 1 November 2015; “Minute for Stewardship” presentations will be presented during worship service on 8 and 15 November, and pledges will be received formally during the 22 November 2015 worship service.

The Building and Grounds committee reported that:

  1. Church Work Day is scheduled for 14 November, rain date 21 November.
  2. Church locks will be changed and new keys distributed.
  3. New fire extinguisher has been installed in the hallway near the children’s classrooms.
  4. Church steeple cleaning and painting is moving forward.

The Congregational Care committee reported the following upcoming events:

  • Pizza and Bingo, 28 October 2015. There will be no charge.
  • Thanksgiving Meal, 22 November 2015, 4:00 PM. Details to follow.

The Missions committee reported supporting the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Event, 14 October 2015.

The Outreach committee reported that Sunday Morning Café volunteers are needed for the month of November.

 Scouting report:

  1. Pack 150 – Many events scheduled. Popcorn sales are beginning. Last year the pack was able to raise sufficient funding for their programs through this project.
  2. Troop 150 – At recent Court of Honor, Scout Dale Chambers (son of Gunnar and Leslie Chambers, church members), was recognized for having completed all requirements for Eagle Scout award while a member of Troop 150, prior to his family’s move to Wisconsin.

The Annual Congregational Meeting will be called on 22 November immediately after the morning worship service for the purpose of electing new elders and trustees and conducting the Annual Business Meeting.

Membership Roll changes:  Former member Barbara Villarreal united with Cool Springs Baptist Church. Scott and Suk Corzine were moved to “Friends of the Church” status by request.

Approval was given for the church office to apply for a church credit card.

Date of next Session meeting: 8 November 2015 at 1:30 P.M.

November Devotional and Elder of the Month: Elder Charles Webb

Respectfully submitted

by Walter J. Lawrence, M. D.,

Clerk of Session, GHPC

Minutes of the Called Special Congregational Meeting

Green Hill Presbyterian Church

25 October 2015

12:00 P.M. Sanctuary

 

Registration:

Prior to the start of the meeting, a by-name registration was accomplished by signing in on a current roster. Ballots were distributed to members upon registration.

Opening Prayer:  

At 12:08, Moderator David Jamison asked interim Pastor Reverend Shuford White to lead the Congregation in prayer to open the meeting.

Declaration of Quorum: 

Clerk of Session Lawrence noted that 54 of 75 active members were present. For this meeting, 50% of the membership (36 members) needed to be present to constitute a quorum. As 72% of the membership was present, a quorum was declared.                                                                                                                                                               

Moderator’s Guidance: 

Reverend Jamison led the Congregation in a responsive recitation and homily focusing on the words of the hymn, “The Church’s One Foundation.” He then explained the voting process.                                                                 

Elder Guidance to Congregation: 

  • Elder Cully spoke in favor of gracious dismissal to the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO).
  • Elder Fougeron charged everyone to remain faithful to their calling in Christ.
  • Elder Aylesworth encouraged everyone to vote as God spoke through their heart.
  • Elder Seery summarized strengths and weaknesses of each of the 3 denominations as they might impact upon Green Hill Church, and encouraged everyone to vote as they felt so led.
  • Elder Webb reaffirmed the sentiments expressed by Elder Fougeron.
  • Elder Lawrence offered thanks to God and the congregation for his time on the Session. He then spoke in favor of remaining in PC (USA).

Preliminary Vote: 

The preliminary vote on the Statement of Guidance regarding the preference of denomination, if Green Hill Church voted to be dismissed from the PC (USA) was taken.

Voting was conducted by secret ballot. The ballots were collected by Elders DeTora and Lawrence, then tabulated under the supervision of Rev. Jamison by Jim Kline, Susan White, with confirmatory counts by Elders DeTora and Lawrence. Confirmatory counts were the same as initial counts. Rev. White recorded the results. 32 votes recommended ECO, 22 votes recommended EPC. The results of the vote indicating a preference for ECO were then announced to the Congregation by Rev. Jamison.

Formal Vote: 

The formal vote on the following motion was then taken: Shall the members of Green Hill Presbyterian Church be dismissed from the PC (USA) to another Reformed denomination?

Voting was conducted by secret ballot. The ballots were collected by Elders DeTora and Lawrence, then tabulated under the supervision of Rev. Jamison by Jim Kline, Susan White, with confirmatory counts by Elders DeTora and Lawrence. Confirmatory counts were the same as initial counts. Rev. White recorded the results. 32 voted “Yes” in favor of dismissal, 22 voted “No” against dismissal. The motion required a 2/3 majority, or 36 votes, to carry. Only achieving 32 votes (59.3%), the motion for dismissal failed to be approved.  The results of the vote were then announced to the Congregation by Rev. Jamison.

Results:

Green Hill Presbyterian Church will remain in the Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination.

Hymn:  

Rev. Jamison invited the Congregation to join together in signing Hymn # 393, Blest Be the Tie That Binds.

Closing Prayer and Adjournment: 

The announced business of the meeting being concluded, Reverend David Jamison closed the meeting with prayer at 12:54 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted

by Walter J. Lawrence, M. D.,

Clerk of Session, GHPC

FOOD CLOSET NEEDS

The Green Hill Food Closet is in need of the following items:  jam/jelly, hot dog chili, canned fruit, apple sauce, Hamburger Helper, rice, saltine crackers, macaroni ‘n cheese, mustard, catsup, pork ‘n beans, spaghetti (small), spaghetti sauce, canned chicken, cornbread mix, chicken noodle soup, chicken ‘n rice soup, chicken ‘n stars soup, vegetable soup.  Thank you for your continued support of this mission of our church.

SCOUTING FOR FOOD

The Boy Scouts from Troop #150 in Enterprise will host a Food Drive on Saturday, October 31.  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 18. 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.

USHERS, WE NEED YOU!

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.

GREEN HILL CAFÉ

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.

ENTERPRISE HOMESCHOOL “COUNTRY CLUB”

The next Enterprise Homeschool “Country Club” meeting will be held on Friday, November 20.  The featured country is Papua New Guinea.  Assignments will be handed out on the Enterprise Homeschool FaceBook page, so check there for more information.  Bring your lunch to eat before we start the presentations.  We are looking forward to another great meeting.

Sneak Peek:  The DeTora girls are going to teach everyone how to sing a song in Pidgin English.  You don’t want to miss out!

THANKSGIVING DINNER

The Green Hill annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Sunday, November 22, at 4pm.  Reservation slips will be available in the pew racks as we get closer to the date. If you plan to attend, please fill one out so the kitchen crew knows how much food to prepare.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the November Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Tuesday, November 17. We need to get the news in before everyone disappears for the Thanksgiving 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!

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 22, 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 October 31. On Sunday morning, November 1, 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 14, 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!

NEW KEYS AND LOCKS

All of the exterior doors to the church are going to be re-keyed in mid-November.  After that point, the old keys will no longer work.  If you need a new key, please contact the church office to be put on the distribution list.  We would like to get an accurate count of how many are needed.  These are specially marked keys that can only be copied with authorization from the church office.

THE FELLOWSHIP COMMUNITY

In addition to being a PCUSA church, Green Hill is also a member of The Fellowship Community, a group of conservative churches within the PCUSA.  We have been a member of the Community since April 2012, and we proudly display the logo on our website and on our digital sign.  Yes, we are a PCUSA church, but we want everyone to know that we are so much more.

The beginnings of The Fellowship Community (TFC) date back to 1989, when a group called Presbyterians for Renewal (PFR) was formed.  There have been several mergers and name changes along the way, but the objective of the organization has stayed the same: to glorify God.

Statement from The Fellowship Community:

Human beings need an authentic community where we truly belong: where we can celebrate and where we can cry; where we can be challenged to be our very best and where we can be forgiven when we have been our very worst.

We need a community where we can be welcomed and accepted, no matter who we are, where we’ve been, or what we’ve done, where we can grow in our relationship with God and our relationship with one another.

We need a community where humility is genuine, radical life change is expected, spiritual growth and transformation is celebrated, and prayer and worship are central.

We need to be part of a community that is not about us except to help us be our best as we love, serve, and influence the world around us.

The Body of Christ, the Church, is intended to be this community.  But, for many of us, the contemporary “church” that we experience is tired, stressed, embattled, and afraid; a place of confusion, conflict, and fragmentation; a poor imitation of the broken world around it.

The Fellowship Community is a network of churches and leaders called together to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ by growing in Christ’s likeness, living by God’s word, and joining in God’s mission in the world.

To learn more about The Fellowship Community, and to read the Essential Tenets, please visit the website, http://www.fellowship.community/.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

The PW Coordinating Team met October 15, so we are off and running (or walking) for the New Year.  Missing projects from last year were discussed; some new ones were added and a few deleted.  If any Green Hill lady has a suggestion in this area, please let us know.  The biggest net gain financially for mission projects is from the Belk’s Charity Day Sale tickets.  The next sale will be held November 7 – don’t forget.  Bible Study this year also began on October 15, and seven ladies were present.  “Handle with Prayer” is something we all should do every day.  Please join us for the next meeting planned for November 12 and we’ll talk to God together.

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

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Green Hill Good News, October 2015

 

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The Power of the Cross:

Paul uses two powerful metaphors in Colossians 2:13-17 teaching us about the power of the cross and forgiveness, something that we all need to hear for ourselves again and again.

During Paul’s time it was customary to write a “Charge” list against a person, either a list of wrongs committed or debts owed. Now this list was displayed in the city, often in a place of commerce, where everyone could see it. Of course the purpose was to disgrace the individual it was written against.

Now think about God, Paul says. He has this “Charge List” against all of us. He holds it in his hands and there is NO WAY we could pay the debt of sin. Paul continues to explain to the Colossians, but this is the Grace of the Cross… the redemption through Christ is like wiping clean the charge list and nailing it to the cross. Parchment wasn’t as porous as paper is today. So to correct a mistake or wipe off the charge one simply took a damp cloth and wipe off the writing. Paul is emphasizing that in Christ’s death all our trespasses were wiped from our charge list.

But he doesn’t end it there. The metaphor slightly shifts from being wiped clean to now being nailed to the cross. At that time when a nail was driven through a displayed charge list, it was proof that the charges had been paid or canceled.

So not only are the charges of sin, that damn us, wiped clean but they have been paid in full. Paul was reminding them that because of Christ’s death on the cross, our past, our sins will never have any bearing on our future judgment.

During the worship service when I announce that your sins are forgiven, it is a pronouncement of truth. The sin no longer exist, yes there may be consequences but not the sin, not the judgment for that sin. It no longer exists.

So if God no longer holds sin against us, why do we hold it both against ourselves and others. Live the new life Christ has given you, nail your sins to the cross, don’t let your past haunt you, allow the future of Christ lead you. Amen.

Shuford

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“I will pass through this world but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show or any good thing I can do, let me do it now; let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again”

–Etienne De Grellet

SESSION BRIEFS – September 2015

Highlights from the monthly stated meeting of the GHPC Session, 13 September 2015:

1. Administration and Stewardship (Webb):
a. Annual Pledges: Pledge letters will be distributed 1 November 2015; “Minute for Stewardship” presentations will be presented during worship service on 8 and 15 November 2015; Pledges will be received formally during the 22 November 2015 worship service.
b. The committee would like to receive budget requests by mid-November 2015.
c. A “Media” subcommittee will be formed. This subcommittee will report to the Session on a regular basis. Elder DeTora volunteered to participate and assist in formulating the committee.

2. Building and Grounds (Seery):
a. The roof and steeple have been cleaned; the steeple is now ready for painting.
b. Floodlights were fixed.
c. Damage to playground equipment from mowing in the amount of appx. $100 was noted. The lawn mower was not damaged in the incident.

3. Outreach (Seery): More sponsors are needed for the Sunday Morning Café.

4. Scouting Programs (Lawrence):
a. Both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts continue to have heavily involved and heavily attended activity schedules.
b. Three members of Girl Scout Troop 9338 were recognized for attaining the Bronze Award.
c. Cubmaster Clifford Rakes, Pack 150, Committee Chairman Jay Guild, Sr. Troop 150, and Pack Committee Chairman /Assistant District Commission Armand Franco spoke to the Session in support of renewing the Annual Scouting Unit Charters. The Session voted to renew the charters for both Pack 150 and Troop 150 for another year.

5. On review of the membership roll, as outlined in the Book of Order, G-3.0204a., Chris Dempsey was removed from the active roll.
6. $600 will be allocated to enter the church financial records into the Power Church Plus program by 1 January 2016.

Walter J. Lawrence, M. D.
Clerk of Session, GHPC

CHOIR PRACTICE

Choir practice will be held on September 30 and on October 14, at 7:00pm.

SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE

Over the past month, we have added 16 new followers to our FaceBook page, and we have had 337 visitors to the church website! If you have some suggestions for either of these pages, please let the church office know. The fresher the content, the more interest we can generate on the web.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP

The Showing of “Still Alice” by the ALZ support group had 19 attend. I have the movie until the third Wednesday in October. If you would like to check it out from me to view at home, just call me, Kimberli. I will leave it at the church office for pick up and please return it there. Be sure to leave your name so I know who has it. I would also like to thank all the ladies that brought cookies for refreshments. I appreciate all the support. The next Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 21 at 10:00am.

ENTERPRISE HOMESCHOOL GEOGRAPHY CLUB

The Enterprise Homeschool Geography Club had a fantastic meeting in September. More than twenty students gave presentations about Belgium, and we learned a lot! Our next meeting will be held on Friday, October 16, at Noon. The country of the month is Romania. Assignments will be handed out on the Enterprise Homeschool FaceBook page, so check there for more information. Bring your lunch to eat before we start the presentations. We are looking forward to another great meeting.

CONGRATULATIONS GIRL SCOUTS!

As you may have heard, it is official! Sky, Makayla, and Kendall from Girl Scout Troop #9338 have been awarded their Bronze Awards. Their applications were approved by the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama and they received their certificates at a special ceremony held by the troop. We are so proud of these young ladies!

UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS

October 18 @ Noon, Green Hill Soup Luncheon

October 28 @ 5:30pm, Pizza & Bingo, with prizes!

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

The recent Presbyterian Women Gathering at Geneva Presbyterian Church was well attended by Green Hill. Eight of our ladies made the short trip. At the gathering there we got to see an overview of the new Horizon’s Bible Study for this year, “At the Water’s Edge.” We met new friends, and reconnected with those we had met before.

Our Bible Study here at Green Hill for the coming year is entitled “Handle with Prayer” and it was written by Dr. Charles Stanley. Our plans are to continue holding the Coordinating Team meeting and the Bible Study on the third Thursday of each month. Stay tuned for an announcement for the exact date and time of our first meetings. In the meantime, please pray for this Study, for each other, and for Green Hill.

“The things, good Lord, that I pray for, give me Thy grace to labour for.” -St. Thomas Morse (1478-1535)

PS: The Belk Charity Day Sale is coming up in early November. Remember, you need a $5 ticket to get in, and then you get that $5 back on your first purchase, which will already be on sale! See any member of the PW Coordinating Team for more information.

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