Green Hill Good News

Green Hill Good News, October 2016

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Green Hill Scouts at Tractor Supply


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

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

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


GUEST MINSITERS/SPEAKERS FOR OCTOBER

2nd – Rev. Shuford White

9th – Rev. David Jamison

16th – Rev. David Jamison

23rd – Dr. Walter J. Lawrence

30th – Mr. John Fergus


BIBLICAL HISTORY CENTER TRIP

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

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

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

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


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!


COMMUNITY NEWS

Don’t forget about these upcoming community events:

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

COLUMBUS DAY

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


WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2016

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

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


PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

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

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


HOMESCHOOL CO-OP CLASSES

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

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

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

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


OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

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

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


FEAST OF THE TABERNACLES

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

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

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

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Green Hill Good News, September 2016

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DOES PRAYER CHANGE THINGS?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Teressa Vowell

RETIRE YOUR AMERICAN FLAGS WITH HONOR

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

YOUTH BIBLE STUDY VOLUNTEERS

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

WE NEED CAFÉ HOSTS & USHERS!

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

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

GUEST MINSITERS/SPEAKERS FOR SEPTEMBER

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

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

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

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

GUATEMALA PRESENTATION

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

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

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

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!

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY

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

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

PRESBYTERIAN HOME FOR CHILDREN CHRISTMAS CARDS

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

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

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

Cards may be ordered online at http://www.phfc.org or paper order forms may be picked up in the church office.

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Green Hill Good News, August 2016

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Green Hill Youth at WinShape 2016

JUST FOR FUN

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEWSLETTER SUBMISSION DEADLINE

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

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.

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

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

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT MEETING

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

GREEN HILL 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.

GREEN HILL PRAYER BAND

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

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

YOUTH BIBLE STUDY

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

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

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

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

YOUTH BIBLE STUDY VOLUNTEERS

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

ENTERPRISE ARTS HOMESCHOOL CO-OP

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

GREEN HILL IS A POKESTOP!

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

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

A MESSAGE FROM WINSHAPE

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

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

In His Service,

Tracy Bullinger
Children’s Pastor, St. Luke UMC

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

GOSPEL SOUNDS TRIO COMING TO ENTERPRISE

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

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

SCHOOL STARTS AUGUST 4

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

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Green Hill Good News, June/July 2016

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Green Hill Confirmation Class, 2016

GREEN HILL GOOD NEWS, JUNE & JULY 2016

“If you want to keep happy and healthy, try being an inverse paranoid,” says Dr. Rich Bimler, a Lutheran pastor and father.  “An inverse paranoid is someone who thinks everyone is out to make him happy.”

“Try it.  It works.  Just imagine everyone you meet is trying to bring happiness and joy to your life.  And then try to do the same for them.”

“You and I are called by God to be happy.  To be happy does not mean that everything has to go right, and that problems and frustrations disappear.  A happy person in the Lord is one who knows from where strength and comfort come.”

He advises Christians to “Live joyfully in the forgiveness that is yours each day.”

PASTOR NOMINATING COMMITTEE UPDATE

Since our re-organization, the PNC has continued to move forward in the PNC process. As of May 22, 2016, we have completed the draft CIF responses and are in the process of completing our final reviews before completion and submission of the Church Information Form (CIF)…Please continue to pray for the members of the PNC that God will lead us to the pastor that He has selected for Green Hill.

Members of the PNC

JEAN LEGTERS VISITING FROM MEXICO

Jean Legters and her son will be visiting from Merida, Mexico in June.  They will be in Enterprise on the evening of the 14th, and they would like to visit with anyone who remembers them.  For those of you who don’t know, Green Hill has been supporting this missionary family for many, many years.  We have had a very long relationship with Jean and her late husband.

Betty Cully is reserving a table at Po Folks that evening for those who would like to go out to eat and visit with the Legters.  If you plan to attend, please call her.  She needs to let the restaurant know how much space will be needed.

COFFEE COUNTY FAMILY SERVICES RUMMAGE SALE

At the Rawls Warehouse on North Main Street in Enterprise

  • PRESALE Thursday, June 2nd, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Ticket Required for presale – $10 per person
  • Friday, June 3rd, 9:00am to 4:00pm, no ticket required
  • Saturday, June 4th, 9:00am to Noon, no ticket required
  • Saturday, June 4th, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, no ticket required SATURDAY – HALF PRICE BLOWOUT!

Call 393-8538 for tickets and information.

GREEN HILL YOUTH ATTEND AWARDS CEREMONY

In the past year, three of our Green Hill youth have earned their Girl Scout Bronze Awards.  Kendall and Makayla completed their project over the summer, and Emma completed her project a few weeks ago.

On May 21 they all traveled to Montgomery to be recognized in a special awards ceremony along with other Girl Scouts in Southern Alabama who received their Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards.  The event was also a celebration of the Gold Award Centennial, 100 years since the Gold Award was introduced to the Girl Scouting program.  We are so proud of our Green Hill youth and we can’t wait to see what they do next!

GREEN HILL WOMEN

The Alabama/Mississippi Women’s Conference will be held July 13–15, 2016, at South Highland Presbyterian, Birmingham. Workshop presenters include Dee Koza, Lara Reddick, Ann Houston Kelly and Lynn Miller.

Several of our ladies have signed up to go.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Gloria Webb or Betty Bierbaum for more information. 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, JUNE 6 TO JUNE 10

Are you ready to go Backstage with the Bible?  We are!  Green Hill is preparing to host another amazing Vacation Bible School this summer.  The dates have been set, June 6 to June 10, so mark your calendars now!  As you may have guessed, we are using another Go Fish Guys program this year.  Why?  Because everyone really likes it!  How often do you find songs for kids that educate, entertain, and don’t annoy adults!  We promise that by the end of the week you’ll all be singing along to this music in the car, and you’ll actually enjoy it!

Your kids will have a great time learning the books of the Bible, the Ten Commandments, and how to be saved by grace through faith…and that’s all just in the first few minutes of singing each day! Our goal with this Vacation Bible School is to clearly present the gospel of Jesus Christ while having as much fun as humanly possible. It’s time to put the BIBLE back into Vacation Bible School!

CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. LAWRENCE

Congratulations to Dr. Lawrence, family, and staff, on the successful relocation of his office.  As many of you know, he recently moved further up the hill on Glover Avenue to Dr. Grimes’ old office.  After several months, under the supervision of Jim Klein, the building has been totally transformed and is now a beautiful place for Dr. Lawrence to see patients. 

AUGUST NEWSLETER DEADLINE

This newsletter is a double-edition, covering both June and July.  Our next newsletter will be printed for August.  If you have any information for the next newsletter, please let the church office know no later than Thursday, July 21.  Many thanks to all who contribute!

ENTERPRISE WINSHAPE CAMP, JULY 18 TO 22

Winshape is returning to Enterprise in July, and it is going to be the Best Week Ever!  Last year four of our Green Hill Youth attended the camp and they have been looking forward to this summer’s event all year.  From the moment the children arrive in the morning to when they leave in the evening, they have fun, and they learn about the Gospel.  It really is an incredible thing to see!

This year’s camp is going to be held at the Enterprise High School, for about 500 kids!  The event is hosted by Chick-fil-A and St. Luke’s United Methodist, but volunteers from all over the community are coming together to make the week a success.  If you have any questions about Winshape Camp, please contact Tracy Bullinger at 334-347-9023.

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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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