Green Hill Good News April 2016
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
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
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!
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.