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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

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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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Green Hill Good News, May 2015

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“Peace be with you”
Luke 24: 36-39

We need to understand that the disciples had heard this greeting a thousand times from Jesus. And more than likely they had used it as often. This was a normal everyday greeting.

But then something happened. On Easter evening after the disciples had hidden themselves away afraid and uncertain as to what their lives were to be and do, Jesus entered their midst and now this greeting took on new meaning.

It was “a trumpet blast of hope and a proclamation of victory” as Lloyd Ogilvy said in his book God’s Best for My Life. What we see in Luke is that God himself invaded that room, invaded their life and replaced their fear with HOPE. This is the Easter message the message we are to share with the world, Jesus and Jesus alone can bring peace to troubled hearts. These words are the first words Jesus spoke to them, a proclamation of what he gives, a summary of who he was. – the bringer of peace and reconciliation to all people especially to those who were dispossessed, lost, lonely, afraid and hurting.

We each need to face this truth. What dominates us, fear or hope? Does our life proclaim the hope we have in Jesus, the knowledge that Jesus is Lord and his first words to us after his resurrection is “Peace”, or are we allowing the fears of the day, the fears of uncertainty, of random acts of violence, or hatred and evil rule us?

Remember Christ is right here with you, right beside you, reaching to hold your hand. Can you hear him? Listen to what he says, “Peace be with you.” accept it, embrace it and discover the new life he gives in the peace.

Shu

Something to think about from “STEWARDSHIP NUGGET”

The Full Life

“The key of the selfish, unregenerate person is get. The key word of the dedicated Christian should be “give.” The Prodigal Son set off a series of negative events destined for failure when he said to his father, ‘Give me the portion of goods that falleth to me’ (Luke 15:12).” Our Lord’s command was, ‘Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over…’ (Luke 6:38). Yet it was more than a command. It was an invitation to glorious and abundant living. If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area of his life.” [Select Stewardship Sermons, Billy Graham]

SESSION BRIEFS – APRIL MEETING

The monthly stated meeting of the Session of Green Hill Presbyterian Church was held at the church at 2:00 PM on 19 April 2015.
1. Treasurer Joel. M. presented the First Quarter, CY 2015 Financial Report. He noted that although the church was slightly ahead of budget in pledges, those pledges fall slightly more than $21,000 short of expenses this year.
2. Teaching Elder White suggested the Session consider calling the Resolution Team from Presbytery back early to further determine items and issues that may need consideration should our church proceed to the Gracious Dismissal process.
3. The Resolution Team Committee and Study Group will meet again on Sunday, 26 April 2015 at 2:00 PM.
4. A letter from the Board of Pensions dated 1 April 2015 was reviewed in which it was noted that our church is listed with other churches declaring objection in the matter of benefits for qualified domestic partners of the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The vote was unanimous to continue to maintain our objection and remain on the list.
5. Letters of thanks for gifts from Green Hill were received from David Legters, the Presbyterian Home for Children, Christian Mission Centers, Inc., and the Board of Pensions (2014 Christmas Joy Offering).
6. Building and Grounds Committee reported that the recent church workday was a success. Phones in the kitchen and nursery have been upgraded. Repairs to the ceiling in the Sanctuary are completed. Pulpit and choir microphones have been replaced. The piano in the Sanctuary needs major repairs, and although playable, those repairs remain in progress.
7. VBS dates are 15-19 June 2015, 9:00 AM to Noon daily. The program will continue with the “Go Fish Guys.” Members of Pack 150 will be invited to participate.
8. Dates for upcoming events:
5/24 – William L. HS Graduation Reception (after worship)
5/27 – End of Year Hamburger/Hotdog Cook-out
9. An Usher list is being prepared. Contact the church office to volunteer.
10. Rev. Jamison will serve as supply pastor on 10 May 2015.
11. The next Healing Service will occur 31 May 2015.
12. Scout Dale Chambers’ Eagle Scout Project is progressing and receiving much publicity. 109 volunteers were swabbed for the “Be the Match” program!
13. The Troop 150 annual Boston Butt sale is scheduled for 23 May 2015, 11:00AM-1:00 PM. They have purchased 200 pork butts and will sell the tickets for them for $30 each. Final date for ticket sales is 18 May 2015.
14. The process of bequeaths, memorials, and donations is being reviewed. A new Memorial Fund Committee needs to be elected. Contact the church office or Elder Charles W. if you are interested.
15. New overtures are under development to the next General Assembly. They are available for review from the Elder Walter L., Clerk of Session.
16. A positional statement clarifying what Green Hill Presbyterian Church desires to represent to the community as its witness was unanimously approved. It is enclosed in the newsletter.
17. The next Session meeting is scheduled for 17 May 2015 at 2:00 PM.

Walter L.
Ruling Elder, GHPC
Clerk of Session

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.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT MEETING

The next Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support meeting will be held on May 20. 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.

END OF THE YEAR COOK OUT

On Wednesday, May 27, our regular fellowship supper and Bible Study are going to be replaced with an End of the Year Cook Out! Hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, soda, dessert, and more! Our Softball Team players will be our honored guests. Please, invite your friends. This will be a great night to show them what our church family is all about.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

God provides everything we need to be close to Him. However, He does require a response – having faith means we Gotta Move! 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.

CONGRATULATIONS TO WILLIAM!

Congratulations to William L. who will graduate from Enterprise High School in just a few weeks! Over the years we have watched William grow up from a wonderful little boy into an amazing man. After graduation William plans to enlist in the Air Force. We are going to miss him dearly!

On Sunday, May 24, following the morning worship service, the church will hold a graduation reception for William. Please join us as we celebrate and say goodbye.

FREE PHONE SYSTEM

FREE to good home – cordless phone system. Features two handsets and one base station/answering machine. Contact the church office for more information.

MEN’S BREAKFAST ON MOTHER’S DAY

This month’s Men’s Breakfast will be held on Sunday, May 10, which is also Mother’s Day! Everyone is invited to join the men for a special breakfast honoring our mothers. Food will be served in the Fellowship Hall at 8:30am.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

A great event that happens every spring is our **Green Hill General Gathering** for the women. This year we welcomed our new pastor’s sweet wife, Susan. Her presentation was an inspiration to us all and we thank her very much. The lunch and fellowship was good too.

Your next year’s Women’s coordinating team (CT) was presented.

MODERATOR Gloria W.
SECRETARY Betty B.
TREASURER Nancy S.
HISTORIAN Olivia M.
CO-MODERATORS Missions Bobbie M. and Rosemary C.
MODERATOR of Search Committee Jean M.
MODERATOR of Spiritual Growth Sandi D.
SESSION REP Betty C.
CIRCLE Chairwomen Helen R.

This year’s CT has done a wonderful job and deserves a big thank you.

The ongoing Mission opportunities were presented. They included the Request for stamps; Healthy Women Health Family Cards; WEPS – Mother’s Day Fundraiser- “Thanks for life.” Due by (May 3); Belk’s Charity Day Sale – May 2, 2015. See last month’s newsletter for details of each.

Our AL/MS Conference will be in Greenville, MS. – July 15- 17, 2015.

Please don’t forget our annual PW Birthday Dinner on Sunday May 3rd that will be right after worship service. Meat, cake, and drinks will be provided and everyone else is asked to bring a vegetable or salad or dessert.

Our 2 Corinthian’s Bible Study on May 14th at 11:00 a. m. over Ch. 12 and 13 will conclude our study for this year. We will discuss Paul’s thorn and God’s grace and hear the final warning and benediction. We have enlarged our understanding of the benefits of suffering and challenge to go on, and strengthen our resolve to be supportive of Gods leaders. If there is real doctrinal error, it must be addressed lovingly but firmly. If it’s just a duck bite we must pray for them and the unity in the body of Christ.

May God continue to bless the study of his word, and care for us as we care for others.

His servant, Betty Jo B.

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Green Hill Good News, April 2015

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Over the past couple of weeks I have led the Wednesday Evening pot luck in rediscovering who we are as a Reformed Church. I began by sharing some history emphasizing that the movement came from two sources:

First, it was a political movement where the powers to be wanted to get some control back from the Church, and so in the rebellion, took back land and institutional riches.

Second, it was the result of many feeling they could not follow the laws and dictates of the Catholic Church. In general the command was for the church to sell indulgences (forgiveness). The argument over indulgences led to the discovery of other theological differences.

We then looked at a couple of New Testament passages emphasizing both that from the very beginning of the church there were theological differences, and then I pointed out that the people of God were to focus on God and doing his will. When we get caught up on the differences, we miss the calling we have of witnessing, of introducing others to the Good News.

Now after Easter, we will start again with an evening of (no groans please) general theology. This will be followed by a look at why there seems to be such a disconnect between the local church and the national church. When we finish this we will begin the process of developing a mission/vision statement.

SO IF you haven’t come, please join us. 5:30 is the Pot Luck meal but if you prefer just come at 6:15 when we begin the discussion.

Shu

SESSION BRIEFS – MARCH MEETING

The monthly stated meeting of the Session of Green Hill Presbyterian Church was held at the church at 2:00 PM on 8 March 2015. All session members were present.

1) Rev. White encouraged us as we continue the discerning process, noting that the process begins with the foundation of first determining who we are.
2) Administration and Stewardship Committee is looking for one additional member.
3) It was recommended keeping the thermostat in the Sanctuary at a constant temperature, noting it would be more economical and minimize moisture concerns.
4) The piano in the Sanctuary needs tuning. A motion was approved providing up to $1000 for piano tuning and repair.
5) The carpet threshold at the entrance to the Sanctuary is repaired.
6) Dates for Vacation Bible School are needed as well as a Director.
7) Girl Scout Sunday was a success.
8) Elder L. filed a written report summarizing highlights of the Presbytery of South Alabama’s recent meeting.
9) Green Hill softball team practice has begun. They will be competing in a league with 12 to 14 teams. The first game was scheduled for 3/16/2015. League membership rules have changed to allow players from other churches on the team if approved by the Pastor and Session.
10) The Eagle Scout project to upgrade the playground has been terminated.
11) Pastor White’s Vacation Dates were approved.
12) The Church Office needs to know about ill parishioners. The Church Office will then contact the Elder sponsor.
13) Congregational Care Committee will be updating the Handy Helper List.
14) All members are encouraged to turn in and/or update their Emergency Contact and Relief Information Cards to the Church Office.
15) All special offerings, such as “Love Offerings,” must first be approved by the session.
16) Dates for upcoming events:
• 3/25 – Cody Watson/Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship Missions presentation
• 3/28 – Church Cleanup Day (weather make-up day)
• 4/22 – Potluck Salad Night
• 5/24 – William L. HS Graduation Reception (after worship)
• 5/27 – End of Year Hamburger/Hotdog Cook-out
17) Holy Week Activities: The following activities are tentatively scheduled:
a. Wednesday, 4/1 – 5:30 PM – Fellowship Hall – Seder meal;
b. Thursday, 4/2 – 6:00 PM – Sanctuary – Maundy Thursday Holy Communion, featuring “Sheep Will Be Scattered” program;
c. Sunday, 4/5 – 6:30 AM – Lee Street Baptist Church – Easter Sunrise Service;
d. Sunday, 4/5-11 AM – Sanctuary – Morning Worship Service with Holy Communion.
18) The next Session meeting is scheduled for 19 April 2015 at 2:00 PM.

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

SPECIAL FELLOWSHIP DINNER

Whether you normally come or not, plan on joining us on Wednesday, April 1, for a Seder Meal. It will be in the fellowship hall and begin at 5:30. If you haven’t heard of a Seder Meal maybe you’ve heard of the Passover. Passover is a special day combining the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the time of the Passover where the Jews were spared death of the first male child. Passover is also known by Christians as the time Jesus celebrated the Last Supper. The Seder Meal is a pot luck meal where we go through the Haggadah (order) of the Seder Meal. Come join us for a fun time, an informative time and a wonderful fellowship time.

MAUNDY THURSDAY COMMUNION

Thursday, April 2, is Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday. It is the day we remember the events of the Last Supper and the events leading up to the crucifixion. On Thursday at 6:00pm, everyone is welcome to join us for a very special communion service. This year we will be introduced to each of the disciples in a new way, through a sort of “living last supper.” We hope that every member of Green Hill will be able to attend this solemn service.

EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE

This year we will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord with our brothers and sisters across the street. The sunrise service will begin at 6:30am at Lee Street Baptist. Following the service, light breakfast foods will be available in their brand new fellowship hall. Please join us as we worship with our neighbors.

EASTER WORSHIP SERVICE

The Sunday morning worship service will begin as usual at 11:00am. As this is the first Sunday of the month, it will also be a communion service. As we all know, this is the time of 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!

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP

The next meeting of the Alzheimer’s Support Group will be held on Wednesday, April 15, at 10am. The focus of this meeting will be “Home Instead” and there will be a guest speaker. For more information, please contact the church office or Kimberli F.

SOFTBALL LEAGUE

It’s softball time! The Green Hill Softball Team plays every Monday at Donaldson Park, and everyone is welcome to come cheer them on. The games will continue through May and the championship games will be played in June.

EARTH DAY POT LUCK SALAD SUPPER

This year we celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day! Ok, maybe you weren’t planning to celebrate, but any reason is a good reason to join together in Christian fellowship, right? On Wednesday, April 22, our regular pot luck supper will be turned into a pot luck salad supper. So, bring your favorite salad to share and be prepared to learn more about Earth Day.

YOUTH BIBLE STUDY

Over the past several months, April S. has been leading two Bible Studies a week for our youth. The Monday group learned about the book of James, and the Tuesday group learned about the Covenants in the Bible. We are very proud of our youth and we are grateful to April for running the program.

Congratulations to out to those who have completed the Bible Studies. Each youth has been presented with a certificate of accomplishment.

BOOK OF JAMES

Meadow M.
Dawson M.
Noah N.
Jacob W.
Luke W.

COVENANTS CLASS

Daphne C.
Taliesin A.
Jacob W.
Luke W.
Jordan M.
Hannah K.

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PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

It seem spring really may be upon us once again. April brings a lot of opportunities to serve our Lord. I listed many things last month that will be happening in the coming month for you to put on your calendar.

At our **Green Hill General Gathering** we will welcome and get to know our new pastors sweet wife, Susan. She has been such a blessing to us already. On April 18, 2015 Susan will be our guest speaker as she shares some of her life story. The CT will provide a light lunch and time of fellowship so don’t miss this fellowship.

It is also time we elected your next year’s Women’s coordinating team (CT). A big Thank You goes to all this year’s Coordinating Team. They have been so faithful. Please let Linda B. or the search committee know if you will serve in any capacity this year. We need you.

We have been requested to participate in a stamp ministry that sell 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. All we do is cut off the corner of the envelope leaving a minimum ¼ inch border around the stamp. All stamps presorted/pre-cancelled and bulk rate are valid. Pre-printed and metered stamps are not included. In other words it must be a real stamp.

We thank all that donated to the Mission Challenge of cotton underpants to benefit Mission Haven. They will be collected at The South Alabama Spring Gathering, April 11, 2015 at Spring Hill Church in Mobile. If you can attend please contact Gloria Webb.

WEPS is having its Mother Day Fundraiser again. In the office Sandi has the list for you to submit the names of the women you would like to honor in the newspaper this Mother’s Day. It will be a donation of $5.00 per name to WEPS.

The tickets for the Belks Charity Day Sale on May 2, 2015 are here. Remember the money stays right here in our treasurer and you get a $5.00 discount on your first purchase.

Our annual PW Birthday Dinner on Sunday May 3rd will be right after worship service. Meat, cake, and drinks will be provided and everyone else is asked to bring a vegetable or salad.

Due to Cursillo our April Corinthian’s Bible Study has a date change to April 16th. Looking forward to our time together again this month on April 16th, 2015 at 11:00 a. m.

May God continue to bless and care for us as we care for others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for you sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. 2 Cor. 8:9.

His servant.

Betty B.

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Green Hill Good News March 2015

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From the desk of Rev. White:

Susan says that I don’t ask for directions when we travel. WRONG. I do ask for directions all the time, just ask SIRI on my phone or check my search on Google. The problem isn’t my asking but my timing. I often don’t ask until the midst of the journey when I can’t pay attention to what is being said or how I am directed. I am bad for simply starting off and then asking.

When I was asked to come I indicated that I would help the church in its journey to discern God’s will. For this to happen, I challenged the session to hit the pause button and begin a process of self-reflection and study. I also am going to need each of you to participate if we truly want to discern God’s will for Green Hill.

At times you will be asked to fill out cards. At other times it will be to come to a study. And then there may be a time when you will be asked to wait… whatever happens there will always be one constant, I/we need you to pray. Pray for the session, pray for guidance, and pray for each other.

And if you start feeling like you are in the dark do not hesitate to call me.

Rev. Shuford White

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MEETING BETWEEN
THE RESOLUTION TEAM AND THE SESSION OF GREEN HILL
28 January 2015

On January 28, 2015, a meeting was convened at Green Hill Presbyterian Church (GHPC) between the Session of GHPC and a Resolution Team formed by members of the Presbytery of South Alabama (PSA) to explore our concerns over recent actions of the 221st General Assembly (GA), PC (USA) and the direction the denomination appears to be heading.

Resolution Team Chairman Rev. David Jamison opened with prayer.

In attendance for the Resolution Team were: Rev. David J., Chairman, Rev. Bob M., Ruling Elders Buddy W., Barb M., and Bert H.. Rev. Samford T., Presbytery of South Alabama Presbyter, ex officio. The GHPC Session was in full attendance.

We reviewed the “Process for Pastoral Responsibility, Accountability and Gracious Witness to Congregations at Times of Division, Dismissal or Dissolution (G-3.0301).”

The concerns of GHPC were presented by the Session members. Our present concerns, as well as a history of issues and how they affected GHPC were offered. Although no one desires GHPC to be split, it was noted with regret that we are unlikely to retain 100% of the present membership regardless of what finally happens. A concern was raised of viability, in that if the church splits, would each new subsequent congregation be large enough to support itself?

The role of the Presbytery is to care for everybody, but there is no clear-cut path in these cases. The role of the Resolution Team is to help us understand our options as a congregation. We need to find ways of bringing the congregation together.

The issues surrounding the controversial Authoritative Interpretation (AI) were explored. Although the GA presently has the authority to issue an AI, the manner in which the 221st GA did so was inappropriate, and is believed a violation of our Constitution. At this time, two overtures are being prepared by Presbyters:

1) An overture will be presented to the GA in 2016 to invalidate the recent AI, based upon procedural rules.
2) An overture is also being prepared that will remove from the GA the ability to announce AI’s in the future.

Next, we discussed the place for and role of a conservative congregation within PC(USA). Many here love GHPC and don’t want something that someone else says elsewhere to control us. How can we remain in PC(USA) and hold the (conservative) line? We are all children of God and brothers and sisters in His church. PC(USA) needs the voice of the conservative churches. Whenever a conservative church leaves the denomination, the PC(USA) becomes proportionately more liberal. Liberal theology now outweighs conservative theology in the PC(USA), but the “slant” is really at the level of the individual Presbyteries; that is where delegates to the GA are selected. We cannot blame GA for who the commissioners are, as that decision comes from the individual presbyteries. The GA is a reflection of the combined voices of the presbyteries.

The issue of same gender marriages and attempting to re-define the Biblical definition of marriage was addressed next. The Book of Order and the Bible are both very clear on the definition of marriage. The Association of Stated Clerks reaffirms that “Scripture above all is firm on marriage between a man and a woman.” It was noted our Session can make a statement of the definition of marriage for GHPC. The Session is in charge of our church and decides who can get married. The pastor makes his decision to actually perform or not perform a service. No one can tell the pastor whom to marry; No one can force a pastor to perform same gender marriages. Regarding ordination, a church cannot be forced to have a homosexual pastor unless the congregation votes for it.

Following this, differing views on proposed divestiture from American companies doing business with Israel were presented.

We were encouraged by Rev. T. to remember that our one constant is that God has always been faithful to the church. God will continue to be the God who is faithful. Our hope has to be in God and Jesus Christ.

Our Session was asked to reflect and then tell the Resolution Team what we desired next. Many options were noted. At some point, there will be an opportunity for everyone in the congregation to speak. Our Session was asked to determine when the next meeting and with what group would occur.

The meeting was closed in prayer.

Walter J. L.
Clerk of Session, Green Hill Presbyterian Church

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SESSION HIGHLIGHTS
8 February 2015

After opening with prayer by the Moderator, specific prayer concerns were taken.

Elder Walter L. presented a devotion discussing the significance of the biblical genealogies of Christ.

Session minutes from 11 January 2015 were approved as amended.

Notes from the joint meeting between the resolution team from Presbytery and the session were reviewed and accepted. Those will be entered into a historical note book for availability to the congregation.

Teaching Elder Shuford White took the opportunity to offer his guidance for session meetings.

Rev. White requested leave … in order to take annual vacation with his brother. A supply pastor will be needed for that Sunday.

A thank you note to the staff of Green Hill Presbyterian Church was received from Mandy at Family Services for our assistance with food and utilities in 2014 as well as the Toys for Tots campaign. Additionally photographs were shown from articles that appeared in the Southeast Sun newspaper regarding this event.

A thank you card from the family of Edwin L. Fox was received.

Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
a. Elder M. presented an Eagle project submitted by Scout Gavin W. to enhance safety on the children’s playground. Session recommended allowing submission of the project to council, for review and approval to proceed, with the final approval of the Session pending clarifying specific materiel details of the project.
b. A loose threshold board at the entry to the sanctuary and a water leak in the main hallway were noted for repair.

Outreach:
a. Elder S. estimated 110 people attending the Boy Scout Sunday service and reception.
b. He is revising the Outreach Committee, and is hoping for five or six members.

Old Business:
1. A change to the Manual of Operations was approved clarifying eligibility to election as an Elder.
2. The following changes to Elder committee assignments were announced:
• Buildings and Grounds Committee will be shared by Elders M. and S.
• Outreach Committee will be shared by Elders M. and S.
• Elder F. currently is serving as an Elder-At-Large, but participates on several committees and heads the Alzheimer’s support group.
New Business:
1. Resolution Team Visit: Members of the Session will meet Sunday, 22 February, at 2:00 PM for open discussion about the recent visit from the resolution team and to select possible dates for the next meeting with the resolution team, participants, and topics.
2. South Alabama Presbytery Meeting: 27-28 February 2015 in Gulf Shores. Commissioners: Elders L. and A.
3. Easter Sunrise Service Plans – Rev. White will coordinate directly with the pastor of Lee St. Baptist Church for this event.
4. GHPC Softball Team: Elder M. will be coaching the softball team this year.
5. Elder A. expressed a strong interest in developing a Youth Ministry.

Date/Time of next Session meeting: Sunday, 8 March 2015 at 2:00 P.M.

March Elder of the Month: Charles W.

Moderator White led the session in prayer to close the meeting.

Walter J. L.
Clerk of Session

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PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

The ladies want to thank our men for the delicious valentine breakfast they served us on February 15th. Our boxes of chocolates were so good. It is wonderful to be reminded we are loved and your special valentines.

Please mark your calendars now for our Green Hill General Gathering as we will welcome and get to know our new pastor’s sweet wife, Susan. On April 18, 2015, Susan will be our guest speaker as she shares some of her live adventures here and abroad. The CT will provide a light lunch and time of fellowship. More details will follow.

The South Alabama Spring Gathering will be April 11, 2015, at Spring Hill Church in Mobile. If you can attend, please contact Gloria W. This is the time our Mission Challenge of cotton underpants to benefit Mission Haven will be collected.

It is that time of year when we elect your next year’s Women’s coordinating team (CT). A big Thank You goes to all this year’s Coordinating Team. They have been so faithful. Please let Linda B. or the search committee know if you will serve in any capacity this year.

Due to Cursillo our April Corinthians Bible Study has a date change to April 16th.

My heart has been touched by our women’s study of 2 Corinthians. Paul had complete faith and trust in God, no matter what difficulties and suffering came his way. He points out how we, as Gods coworkers, are ambassadors for Christ, no matter where we are. We are so blessed to be given this opportunity to serve our Lord.

Our annual PW Birthday Dinner on Sunday May 3rd right after worship service. Meat, cake, and drinks, will be provided, and everyone else is asked to bring a vegetable or salad.

Looking forward to our time together again this month, on March 12th, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. Please read 2 Corinthians 8 and 9. May God continue to bless and care for us.

Remember, only one life, it will soon be passed. Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Your fellow coworker for the Lord,

Betty Jo B.

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NEW BIBLE STUDY

April S. would like to invite anyone who is interested to her house for a Monday evening Bible Study on covenants (Covenant: God’s Enduring Promises) starting April 6th at 6:30-8:30pm. It will go for 9 weeks. It is a Lifeway Kay Arthur study that has 5 days of 1/2 hour homework between our group meetings. The workbooks are approximately $20 each. Though you get so much out of doing your homework, we will be easygoing about it. Each meeting will include group discussion time and viewing of a DVD of Kay Arthur’s teaching. If someone has to miss a session, the DVD will be available to them to check out. Please call April if you have any questions or if you’d like to come. April will order the books, so she would like to know how many to order by March 19th.

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GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY

Sunday, March 8, is Girl Scout Sunday, the annual celebration of the founding of Girl Scouting in America 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. Our Green Hill Girl Scouts, Kendall, Makayla, and Emma, will act as ushers. We hope that the other members of Troop #9338 will be able to join us.

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SURVEY CARDS

Included in this month’s printed version of the newsletter is a survey card that Rev. White would like each member of the church to fill out and return to the church office. It asks for information about why you came to Green Hill, why you stayed, what you like about Green Hill, and more.

If you don’t get a printed version of the newsletter, or if you lost your card, or need an extra card, there is a stack of cards available in the church narthex.

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

The annual World’s Smallest St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 14, 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.

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY FELLOWSHIP MEAL

If you are going to attend the St. Patrick’s Day Fellowship Meal on March 18, please let the church office know. Reservations slips will be available in the pew racks beginning on March 8. Slips can be dropped in either the offering plate or in the basket on the office door. Thank you.

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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 beginning on March 22.

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