Green Hill Good News

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

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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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Green Hill Good News September 2015

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Being the church means being Christ. We too often talk about being like Christ, something similar, but in reality we are to be Christ, the one who called us, claimed us, saved in us and who dwells in us this day. Similarities are often flawed; copies are usually of much less value. Well, as I preached on August 23, I emphasized the reality of putting on Christ. That is to don the armor of Christ so that he will work through you.

So what do we need to do to be Christ?

First, don’t skimp. PUT on the whole armor daily, not just what suites you for that day.

Second, recognize that the real battle is spiritual, so let God do the fighting with you trusting in him. And how do you trust in him?

Third, put on the belt of truth, with the breastplate of righteousness, that is, stand firm in the truths of the Bible, don’t compromise, don’t excuse, don’t allow reason to sway you. BUT always remember that the Law is now fulfilled in Christ by grace. Remember God wants righteousness and justice to flow from us not sacrifices and rituals. That means we don’t judge and condemn but act in deed to bring things into wholeness.

Fourth, the boots you wear are the boots of peace. This is the foundation of who and what you are as a person of peace. All that we do is founded in the truth of God’s peace.

Fifth, wear the shield of Faith. Dr. James Fowler, a theologian and developmentalist, emphasizes that Faith is a verb. Faith is not waiting by for God to act but to act because God will empower the action. But notice that the action is defensive. As truths are being challenged you are to act, to stand for the truth of God’s word. Now I am going to say something here that many of you may take issue with. Please know these are my thoughts. If one believes that God’s word says that all life is sacred, and that life begins at conception, then this cannot be conditionalized. All abortion is sin. But remember also that the God we worship is the God of peace and forgiveness. Sin does not define us, God’s grace does. So any action we take, whether out of fear, anger, or hopelessness, does not define a person, God’s grace does.

Lastly, go forth in the knowledge that your life is in God’s hands. Put on the helmet of salvation, embrace this knowledge and know that in him no darkness or power or principality will separate you from his love and salvation.

As Paul concluded this letter, he was speaking from Prison. But the situation didn’t define him God’s grace and love did.

Shu

SESSION BRIEFS – August 2015

The monthly stated meeting of the Session of Green Hill Presbyterian Church was held at the church at 1:30 PM on 23 August 2015.

Resolution Team and Discernment Issues:

1. After discussion, it was the consensus of the Session that a vote of the congregation regarding the issue of leaving the PC (USA) denomination needs to occur. A motion was made that GHPC contact the Resolution Team to seek permission from the Committee on Ministry requesting a vote for dismissal. Motion: Cully, Second: Fougeron, unanimous.

“Green Hill Presbyterian Church contacts the Resolution Team to seek permission from the Committee on Ministry requesting a called congregational meeting to conduct a vote for dismissal from the PC (USA) to another reformed denomination.”

2. Elder Lawrence as Clerk of Session will contact Resolution Team Chairman Rev. David Jamison with this request, rather than waiting for the next meeting with the Resolution Team scheduled for 23 September.

3. Vigorous discussion followed regarding the format in which a vote would be taken. Among the options were (1) – to have two separate votes-one on whether to leave the PC (USA) or not, followed by a second vote to select a new denomination, (2) – a three-way ballot, or (3) – a single vote to dismiss to a specific denomination. It was moved by Elder Cully, and seconded that there be a preliminary vote by the congregation to select a denomination if the congregation does, in fact, vote to leave PC (USA). At the time of the formal vote, the congregation will then vote if they desire to be dismissed from PC (USA) to the selected denomination. This initial selection for the preferred denomination will occur prior to, but close to, the date that the COM conducts the formal vote on dismissal.

Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
• One new fire extinguisher has been placed in the back hall in the vicinity of the nursery.
• Hornet eradication is completed.
Christian Education:
• After-school program update – The after school youth education program started last week and is doing well. Monday had 7 students, Tuesday had 11 students. April Seery was recognized for her work in developing and sustaining this program.
Congregational Care:
• A 2015 Fall calendar of Congregational Care activities was distributed.
Outreach:
• The Alzheimer’s Care Giver Group will be having a showing of the movie Still Alice at their meeting on 16 September at 10 AM. The event is being publicized in the community.
Pastor Nominating Committee:
• The committee met two weeks ago and is now in a hold pattern pending results of the discernment process.
Old Business:
• Final reading of “A Brief Statement of Vision, Mission, and Essential Beliefs”:
• A final draft of the document was presented to the Session and approved (copies available on the table in the Narthex).
• Special Election of Elder to Elder McDonald’s position: The special election will occur at the same time as the annual election.
Annual Election of Elders:
• After discussion, it was approved that the size of the session be from 5 to 8 members.
• A total of 3 trustees are needed per the Rules of Incorporation.

New Business:

Report from Presbytery:
• Elder Lawrence presented his report as the GHPC Commissioner to the recent Presbytery meeting (copies available on the table in the Narthex).
Date of next Session meeting: 13 September 2015 at 1:30 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Happy New Year PW! We are getting off to a slow start on this PW year, but promise to try to stay on target. Your Coordinating Team (CT) will be meeting soon to plan for the coming year and we need your input. If there are things you would like to do, places you would like to see, or mission you would like supported, etc., please let us know. Ideas are welcome.

One thing that we should support in September is the Fall Gathering in Geneva on Saturday the 12th. Geneva is so close that we should have more than the three or four attendees we have had at past gatherings. The cost is $10 for breakfast, a snack, and lunch. They do ask that we bring school supplies for needy children in that city if we wish to do so.

God has richly blessed Green Hill and He will continue to do so as we journey through the next months—we need only to keep our eyes on Him and we will not fail. Grace, peace, and blessings to all. Amen.

THANK YOU FROM GIRL SCOUT TROOP #9338

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Thank you to everyone for your support of the Juniors of Troop #9338. Sky, Makayla, and Kendall, have been working very hard on earning their Bronze Awards, and thanks to your help, they are nearly there!

Over the past several months, the girls have been volunteering at the Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary, doing their part to raise awareness about the Sanctuary, and then running a Supply Drive for the Sanctuary. We were shocked at how many people came out to the Drive and at how generous everyone was! The owners/volunteers at the Sanctuary have been thrilled with the girls’ efforts. They look forward to putting the supplies we collected to good use.

The paperwork for the girls’ applications is nearly complete, and we will be sure to keep you updated on their Bronze Award status.

FOOD CLOSET NEEDS

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of our Green Hill Food Closet. The closet is in need of the following items:

• Canned Chicken
• Paper Grocery Bags
• Canned Tuna
• Tomato Soup
• Canned Fruit
• Jam
• Cereal
• Jelly
• Rice
• Mustard
• Hamburger Helper
• Catsup
• Saltine Crackers
• Instant Potatoes

ENTERPRISE HOMESCHOOL GEOGRAPHY CLUB

We are pleased to announce that the Enterprise Homeschool Geography Club (or “Country Club” as they like to be called) is going to begin holding their monthly meetings at Green Hill. Each month these children research a particular country and then make presentations to each other and their families. For September, the group will meet on Friday, the 18th, from Noon to 2pm, and the country of the month is Belgium.

SEE YOU AT THE POLE

On Wednesday, September 23, children all over the country are going to be meeting in front of their schools to pray. See You at the Pole is a global movement of prayer which is student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led. It revolves around students praying together on the fourth Wednesday in September, usually before school and usually at the school’s flag pole.

This year’s theme is UNITED, and it is based on Acts 4:14, “They all met together and were constantly united in prayer.” On this day, everyone is asked to pray for our students and our schools. Whether you are a student, a teacher, a parent, a grandparent, or just a person who cares, please take time to pray with us.

GREEN HILL ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP

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The Alzheimer’s Support Group of Green Hill Presbyterian Church invites you to a special free showing of

“STILL ALICE”

Wednesday, September 16

Green Hill Presbyterian Church
735 East Lee Street
Enterprise, AL 36330

10:00am to Noon

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.


Green Hill’s Alzheimer’s Support Group meets once a month in the Fellowship Hall. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, at 10:00am. Dr. Kimberli Fougeron Ph.D., the group facilitator, has been certified by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

For more information, please contact the church office at 334-347-9530.

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Green Hill Good News, August 2015

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Acts 9:1-4; Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.  As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.  He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

We’ve all had agendas by which we have followed and acted. But sometimes agendas take on a life of their own. Paul for example, before he encountered Jesus, the agenda he followed was one to protect the Jewish faith, to keep it pure, and in his dedication to this “agenda” he authorized or actually participated in the death of many people.

The emphasis in these verses is that God doesn’t need us to protect him, he can defend himself… We on the other hand are to be about the mission of the church. And that mission? To share the gospel and be a people who witness compassion and grace.

You know there are thousands of churches all over the nation that are standing empty or close to empty. Why? In most cases it is because they have forgotten why they exist. I have heard of a minister who has always wanted to build a church (facility) in a certain area. He is a member of a particular denomination that has several churches within that same area, but not on the road he wants. These other churches are struggling; some have great facilities but few members. This minister is spending hundreds of thousands if not millions on a facility that duplicates others just a few minutes’ drive away. Imagine if instead of having an agenda for a facility, they took over an existing facility and spent the money on a ministry of compassion and grace.

As we ponder the future let’s not forget that it isn’t denominations but us the body of Christ that makes ministry possible. It’s not denominations that define us but Christ.

Shu

SESSION BRIEFS:  JUNE 2015

The annual financial review for the period 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014 was completed by Small Business Solutions. All was in order, and the Church Treasurer was commended for the accuracy and orderliness of his work.

Vacation Bible school is scheduled for 15 to 19 June 2015. The building has been prepared and plans are coming together nicely. As of this date, 28 children are enrolled.

$565 for their work of the Gideon’s was collected during their morning worship presentation.

The second meeting between the Resolution Team of Presbytery and the Session occurred on Wednesday, 3 June. Minutes have been entered into the Church record.

Revised Emergency Data Cards have been sent out and are starting to come back in to the church office.

Membership: A request was received and approved from Mars Hill Presbyterian Church in Tennessee requesting the transfer of former member Anita McMillan to their congregation.

The church membership roll is scheduled to be reviewed by the session in August.

Special Election of Elder to Elder McDonald’s position – The current Annual Nominating Committee (ANC) will be reactivated to search for a candidate to fill Elder McDonald’s position.

Walter J. Lawrence, Ruling Elder, GHPC, Clerk of Session            

SESSION BRIEFS:  JULY 2015

Minutes from the meetings of the Resolution Team Committee and Study Group with representatives from the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO) on 15 June, the meeting with representatives of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) on 28 June, and the meeting of the Resolution Team and the GHPC Congregation of 15 July were entered into the record.

Treasurer Mikuta presented the financial report for the Second Quarter of 2015. He noted that most expenses were in line with budgeted amounts with the exceptions of Insurance and Maintenance and Choir and Music. It was noted that our total expenses still exceed income by approximately $21,000.

The Administration and Stewardship committee confirmed that there are three property deeds. Treasurer Mikuta has copies of all three deeds in the church office.

Piano repairs were completed, with a total cost of $420.

Two air-conditioning units went down last month. One unit was replaced and another unit was repaired.

We received a complaint of hornets in a tree by the playground.

One of the fans in the large Sunday School classroom is inoperable. Both will be replaced if indicated, as they are approximately 10 years old.

Elder Seery noted that the afterschool Bible study program will need drivers. The program occurs on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Drivers need to be available from 2:50 PM till 3:20 PM.

A revised Elder Sponsor List was published and distributed 6 July 2015.

On Sundays when there are no sponsors for Café, just drinks will be provided. More sponsors are needed and all are encouraged to sign up to host our Café.

The use of church facilities by scouting units was reviewed.  All scouting units will need to submit a request for use of facilities to the church office for each event.

Church Elders are covered under the current liability insurance plan as long as they are conducting church business in good faith.

Elder Webb is now serving as Chairman of the Memorial Fund Committee. He has recruited three members to the committee. Treasurer Mikuta also serves on the committee in an ex officio capacity. The committee will be revising the rules and submitting them to the Session for approval.

A document entitled “A Brief Statement of Vision, Mission, and Essential Beliefs” will be presented at the next Session meeting for final reading and approval. This document will help to define who we are as a church and chart the course for the future direction of Green Hill Presbyterian Church.

The next Town Hall Meeting with the Resolution Team is scheduled for 19 August.  Elder Cully will try to coordinate obtaining representatives from ECO and EPC to come and talk with our congregation in a Town Hall Meeting format before the next meeting with the Resolution Team, if possible. The Session will try to ensure the congregation has the opportunity to hear and question both denominations prior to a formal consideration of changing denominations.

A final determination has not been made as to the sequence of upcoming Congregational Meetings and how the Session may choose to vote and make a recommendation to the congregation.

Future Session meetings will start at 1:30 PM.

Upcoming events:

PLEASE NOTE: A Congregational Meeting will be called on Sunday, 9 August 2015 for the purpose of selecting the next Annual Nominating Committee. Three Ruling Elders and one Trustee position will need to be nominated for the Class of 2018.    

The next Session meeting will be 9 August 2015 at 1:30 PM    

PLEASE NOTE:  8/19/2015 – The next Congregation meeting with Resolution Team will be Wednesday, 19 August 2015. Potluck at 5:30 PM will be followed by the Town Hall Meeting at 6:15 PM.      

The Summer 2015 Meeting of the Presbytery of South Alabama is scheduled for 21-22 August 2015 at the Government Street Presbyterian Church in Mobile, Alabama. Elder Lawrence was selected as the primary Ruling Elder Commissioner; Elder Aylesworth was selected as alternate.        

Church Officer and Leadership Training (COLT) is scheduled for Saturday, 9 January 2016, at       Spring Hill Presbyterian Church, Mobile Alabama. The cost will be $15.

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

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING, AUGUST 9

A Congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, August 9, immediately following the morning worship service.  The purpose of this meeting is to elect church members to the Annual Nominating Committee.  That committee’s purpose will then be to nominate members for the next class of Elders, who will be voted on by the congregation at a later date.  Any nominations at the meeting on the 9th must have the prior concurrence of the nominee.

TOWN HALL MEETING, AUGUST 19

The Resolution Team from Presbytery will be at Green Hill on Wednesday, August 19, at 6:15pm to meet with the congregation.  Every active member of the church is asked to attend.  A pot luck supper will be held prior to the meeting, at 5:30pm.

As you may remember, the Resolution Team is made up Elders and Deacons from nearby PCUSA churches.  They have met with the Session to hear concerns about the recent changes within the PCUSA, and now they would like to speak directly with the members of the congregation.  At issue is whether or not Green Hill will remain in the PCUSA or move to another denomination.  The job of the Resolution Team is to guide us through this process, no matter the final outcome.  The ultimate goal is to help Green Hill remain whole and active as a reformed worshiping community.

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 slot.  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.

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.

EMERGENCY CONTACT CARDS

The cards are available on the table in the Narthex and should be turned into the church office. This confidential data will be kept in the church office. It will only be used in case of emergency. Each adult is asked to fill out a separate card. Please list minor children under “household members.”  Thank you!

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT MEETING

The next Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support meeting will be held on August 19. 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.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

The end of summer vacation is quickly drawing to an end so it looks like it is time to start planning some of the activities for the women’s coming year.  There will be a planning meeting of the CT on Thursday, August 13 at 10:00 am in the session room at Green Hill.   Your new slate of officers will be installed on Sunday August 16.

The exciting news is the South Alabama Fall Gathering is going to be held in Geneva Presbyterian Church on Saturday September 12, 2015 from 10AM – 2PM. Our own Dee Koza will lead us in sharing remembrances of “water’s edge experiences” recorded in our BIBLE.  It will be a day for learning, sharing, worshiping and wonderful fellowship with our sisters in Christ from around our Presbytery.  We need to register by September 1.  Registration is $10.00 which includes breakfast snack and lunch.  There will be transportation furnished from the church.

This is also an opportunity for us to donate art supplies for the after school program Dee conducts in Geneva. You’ll be hearing more about this again.  Anyway we are glad to have you aboard as we start our new year.

There is also a PW Mission Trip to the Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center near Little Rock, Arkansas.  This is the home of our own Presbyterian Disaster Assistance warehouse, Solar Under The Sun and the wonderful Ferncliff Summer Camp programs,  We will learn, work and experience many aspects of our Church’s work helping people in the US and around the world.

HURRY to register because there is only space for 20 participants (accommodations are limited).  The first 20 forms with checks get to go.  Judy Persons will be one of the trip leaders along with Karene Jones.  She is a delightful lady from Little Rock who just spent the weekend working on details for this trip.

YOUTH BIBLE STUDY

All children in 3rd grade through 8th grade are invited to participate in Green Hill’s After-School Bible Study.

This year we are offering two different lessons: Jesus in the Spotlight will meet on Mondays. How to Study the Bible Yourself will meet on Tuesdays. See below for descriptions of each.

Lessons will run from after-school to 5pm. Classes will meet on days that Enterprise City Schools are in session.  Transportation from school to Green Hill may be provided upon request.

To register, please contact the church office at 334-347-9530.

Jesus in the Spotlight, John 1-10

MONDAYS, Starting August 17, 2015

Lights…Camera…Action! In this Bible Study, you’ll pretend to be a film director who makes a movie about Jesus’ life. Your movie will be about the first ten chapters of John’s book, and it will be full of awesome adventures. As you read through the script, you’ll learn all about who Jesus’ friends were, why He came, what He did, where He went, and how you can really get to know Him. Are you ready? Let’s get the film rolling…Jesus in the Spotlight–take one!

How to Study Your Bible, For Kids

TUESDAYS, Starting August 18, 2015

Pssst! Wanna Solve A Mystery?! Climb up to the tree house of the M and M Detective Agency and let Max, Molly, and Sam the Beagle put you through a special six-week “inductive detective” training course. The agency has a big mystery to solve—the mystery of discovering for yourself what God’s Word says. Wow! Sounds like an adventure!

As part of the team, you’ll sharpen your skills so that you can know what the Bible says, understand what it means, and apply it to your life all on your own. Isn’t that awesome? So put on your detective hat, grab your magnifying glass, and get set to decode secret messages, solve puzzles to get clues, follow a suspect’s trail, and even talk to eyewitnesses!

DRIVERS NEEDED

Volunteers are needed to help with this year’s Youth Bible Study.  We need drivers to take children from area schools to the church.  Drivers will need to be available from about 2:50pm to 3:20pm.  Your support of this project of our church is greatly appreciated!  Please contact April Seery if you would like to volunteer.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

We had an AMAZING time at Vacation Bible School this summer.  What a joy it was to get to know all of the children and to teach them about the Word of God.  We were also blessed to get to spend time with the families at a wonderful hot-dog lunch.

Thank you to all of the volunteers and to the parents who made this week possible and thank you to God for all of the answered prayer.  We are truly a blessed church family.  We pray that everyone who attended VBS heard God’s voice and will be led by the Holy Spirit.

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GIRL SCOUT BRONZE AWARD PROJECT

Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary Supply Drive

Saturday, August 8 * 10:00am to 2:00pm

Tractor Supply, Enterprise, AL (1305 Boll Weevil Circle)

As part of their Bronze Award Project, the Juniors from Girl Scout Troop #9338, including our own Kendall and Makayla, are running a Supply Drive for the Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary. On Saturday, August 8, the girls will be in front of Tractor Supply in Enterprise to collect donations. We are looking for everything from newspapers (to line the bottom of cages), to tissue boxes (for opossums to hide in), old pillow cases and towels (for animals to sleep in), and more. Other items used by the Sanctuary, such as feed, toys, supplements, and assorted large animal care items, will be available for purchase at the front of the store.  Gift cards are also available.

Please come out to show support for our Troop and to support the Sanctuary!

For more information about the Sanctuary and the amazing work the volunteers do there, rehabilitating and releasing injured and orphaned animals, please visit their website:  BigBendWildlife.com

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Green Hill Good News, June/July 2015

(online edition) – be sure to check out the printed/emailed version for more information

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Congratulations to Jose Polanco!  He just received his Masters in Divinity at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He will be returning to teach at the seminary in Merida, Mexico, and he is going to preach in the community.

You may remember that Green Hill sponsored Jose for his undergraduate degree in Merida.  We are so proud of him!

MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR

An American in a bright red sports car screeched to a halt at a country crossroads, and calls out to an old man sitting on a bench, “Can you direct me to London, please?”

“No, I can’t,” he replied.

“Then which road to Oxford?” he asked.

“Can’t rightly say,” answered the old man.

“You don’t know much, do you?” asked the young man sarcastically.

“No, I don’t know much,” replied the uncommunicative local man. “But I’m not lost!”

We’ve all got crossroads in our lives, as individuals, and as a church.

Sometimes we just don’t have the information we need to know which way to go. The challenge I give to each of you is that summer isn’t a time to take off. Instead take time to study and worship so that when crossroads approach you will know which direction to go.

Shu

AHEAD

GREEN HILL STATUS UPDATE

Many of you have been asking what is going on with Green Hill and its relationship with the PCUSA. Specifically, you want to know if we are staying or if we are going. The short answer is that we don’t yet know. It is the hope of the Session that question will be answered this summer.

At the moment, Green Hill is a member of The Fellowship Community, a conservative group of like-minded churches within the PCUSA. These are churches who are not pleased with the recent changes made by the PCUSA but who have not felt called to leave the denomination.

Here at Green Hill, we have members who are in favor of continuing to stay, members who are in favor of leaving, and those who simply are not sure. The Session has been doing its best, through town halls, straw polls, and such, to educate the Congregation, to hear the members’ concerns, and to listen for the voice of God to guide us in what to do.

A Resolution Team (RT), made up of Elders and Deacons from nearby PCUSA churches, has met with the Session to discuss our issues with the PCUSA. It is the job of the RT to guide us through the resolution process. The ultimate goal is to help Green Hill to remain whole and active as a reformed worshiping community.

The Session has been researching denominations that Green Hill may be dismissed to should we decide to leave the PCUSA. The most promising options are the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO) and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC).

After the Session has fully studied the matter, and the Resolution Team has concluded all meetings with the Session and Congregation, and we have had the opportunity to interact with representatives from other denominations, a vote may be considered as to whether to stay in PCUSA or to move to another denomination. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask. The Session will continue to keep you informed and provide opportunities to participate in question and answer sessions.

It is the hope and prayer of the Session that, no matter the outcome of a vote, Green Hill continues to hold together as a family. There is no church in all of Enterprise that is as friendly as ours, and no matter what denomination we are a part of, we hope that will never change. Above all, we need to remember this is God’s church and we need to seek and submit to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in these deliberations.

Please continue to support Green Hill with your prayers.

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. 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.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

This year’s Presbyterian Women Alabama/ Mississippi Conference will be held July 15 to July17 at 1st Presbyterian Church in Greenville, Ms. Please see Gloria, Betty Jo or Nancy if you are interested in attending. The theme “Biblical stories of water “ will be the focus, using scripture text to tell our story of faith through water stories from Genesis to Revelations. We are looking forward to a great summer.

HAT DAY

Remember the days when ladies all wore hats to church? Well, we’re going to recreate that day on Sunday, June 28. This will be just for fun. Everyone, men and women, are asked to wear hats to the morning worship service. The type of hat is not important. We just think it’ll be fun if everyone participates.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT

The next Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support meeting will be held on June 17. On this day the group is going on a little fieldtrip to Dothan. The meeting in July will be held on the 15th.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

This year’s Vacation Bible School will give the children an amazing look at what it takes to put faith into action. We are using the Go Fish Guys “Gotta Move” program. VBS will be held from June 15 to June 19, 9:00am to Noon. All children from 1st grade (7 years old) to 6th grade (12 years old) are invited to attend. Registration forms are available at the church, on the website, or you can just call 334-347-9530. Adult volunteers are also needed. If interested, please contact April S.

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