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Green Hill Good News January 2015

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Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.

SESSION BRIEFS – December Meeting

1. Unanimously approved a request be sent to the Presbytery of South Alabama to form and send a Resolution Team to consult with our Session and our Congregation concerning issues of deviation from the Word of God within PCUSA and to effect healing of the various opinions currently expressed by the GH members.

2. Approved Enterprise Networking Alliance (ENA) for facilities usage effective 1 Jan 2015 – 31 Dec 2015.

3. Approved letter of transfer of membership from Carol L. to Denbigh United Presbyterian Church, Newport News, VA.

4. Received “thank you” letters from Christian Mission and Presbyterian Home for Children.

5. Made adjustments to 2015 budget; Session will officially approve in January 2015.

6. Approved negotiations to begin discussions for GH Interim Pastor position.

7. Approved moving Jon and Asher M. and the Thomas & Joanna S. off active roll to “Friends of the Church” as the families have moved from Enterprise.

8. Installation and Ordination of new Elders will be January 11 with Rev. David Jamison presiding.

GREEN HILL’S LETTER TO THE PRESBYTERY

The following letter was sent to our Presbytery last month for distribution to all of the other churches in the Presbytery.
It was signed by all of the members of the Green Hill Session.

To Our Leadership in the South Alabama Presbytery and Fellow Churches:

The recommended changes to church polity recently made by the commissioners to the 221st General Assembly, PC(USA), like no others recommended in the history of this denomination, threaten to create an irreparable schism in the unity of PC(USA).
We, the Session of Green Hill, have immediate concern with the following issues:

A) The usurping of the authority of the Book of Order and subordinate Presbyteries to determine policy by collective majority vote, through the unjustified application of Authoritative Interpretation;

B) Allowing for the ordination of openly homosexual and non-celibate leaders in the church;

C) Approving same gender marriages and attempting to redefine the Biblical definition of marriage;

D) Allowing ordained clergy to perform same sex marriages;

E) Repudiating the Biblical covenant established between God and Abraham that recognizes Israel as God’s people, through divestment in American corporations that do business with Israel while ignoring their concurrent business ties to Palestinian organizations;

F) Wasting precious church resources by involvement in civil issues extending beyond the purview of the church, such as gun control, revision of the tax code, and calling for a moratorium on the death penalty in capital cases; while

G) Denying the sanctity of life in the unborn; and

H) Refusing to even acknowledge the plight of unwanted children.

The proposed overture to change the definition of marriage has openly broken from God’s sovereign guidance and has already evidenced the deepening of divisions within our denomination. PC(USA) has experienced a tremendous drop in our membership over the last 10 years, and adoption of this new polity will lead to an even further decline. Adoption of these recommended changes will result in the PC(USA) forfeiting its role of serving as a faithful witness to God’s Word. Disobedience of God always results in His punishment. We must all humble ourselves before God and repent for our actions.

The Session of Green Hill Presbyterian Church calls upon our Presbyterian sisters and brothers in the Presbytery of South Alabama to initiate a period of personal and corporate prayer, discernment, and repentance from now until the next meeting of our Presbytery. We urge such a period to be devoted to the study of these issues listed above and the seeking of guidance from the Holy Spirit as to the manner in which to respond to these recommendations of the 221st General Assembly, PC(USA).

Together in Christ,

The Session of Green Hill

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.

GUEST MINISTERS

Thank you to Rev. David Jamison, Rev. Sid Leak, and Rev. Louie Reynolds, for being our Guest Ministers during the month of December. We look forward to seeing them again when they are able to join us.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the February Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Tuesday, January 20. 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!

BOARD GAME NIGHT

On Wednesday, January 21, our regular Fellowship Supper will be set aside for a special Chili, Grilled Cheese, and Board Game night. Stay tuned to the Sunday bulletin for more details.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP

The next Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 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.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

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

The annual Christmas party was held on December 2. It was large in fellowship, food, and fun. Those who missed it, missed a good time – and, we missed you.

Thank you to everyone who has made a donation in exchange for a Legacy Christmas CD. We are supporting two very worthy causes with this project: Living Waters for the Word, and the Presbyterian Women Birthday Offering. There are a few CDs left. We would love to sell out. They make fantastic last minute gifts! See a member of the PW or the church office staff if you are interested.

On January 8, 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 2015.

Merry Christmas

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A Christian girl, Rachel Whitaker (Jordan Trovillion) goes off to college for her freshman year and begins to be influenced by her popular Biology professor (Harry Anderson) who teaches that evolution is the answer to the origins of life. When Rachel’s father, Stephen Whitaker (Jay Pickett) senses something changing with his daughter, he begins to examine the situation and what he discovers catches him completely off guard. Now very concerned about Rachel drifting away from her Christian faith, he tries to do something about it!

Mark your calendars for the weekend of January 23-25 for “A Matter of Faith” to be shown at the College Cinema in Enterprise, Alabama.

To order advance tickets, please contact Carol Boylston at 334-477-3956. Stay tuned to your Sunday bulletin as we are planning to get a Green Hill group to all go to one show together.

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Green Hill Good News December 2014

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GIVE THANKS

A message from Make Way Partners

The Tlingit Native Americans, indigenous to Alaska, practice a giving tradition known as “potlatch” in their native tongue. Potlatch means “to give,” and it is where our word “pot luck,” as in pot-luck dinners, comes from.

Tlingits believe – and practice – that to give is the greatest honor in life. Therefore, they work really hard to out-give each other, acquiring more honor as they grow poorer. A potlatch is an event of giving in which the host – usually the chief or other prominent leader – literally gives away every single possession he has, including his clothes.

It all starts with the host announcing he is throwing a potlatch, and he invites a set number of people to attend. Everyone who is invited will definitely come; however, the host has no idea of how many people to expect because every person who is invited is allowed to bring along as many people as they want, sometimes dozens.

When everyone shows up, the host is responsible to feed, house, clothe and entertain the guests for as long as the guests decide to stay. The host does not decide when the potlatch is over, the guests do. Sometimes the potlatch lasts a few days, sometimes a few months!

At the end of the potlatch, the host must give a gift to every person who attended. And, he must give away everything he owns, including even personal items and family heirlooms. He can retain nothing.

Once the potlatch is finished, the chief is the poorest person in his tribe and the most honored. Everyone in the community then takes responsibility to care for this most honorable man. He is utterly dependent upon the gifts and kindness of his tribe. The chief is now not only the most honorable man of his people, he is also the most humble.

If we will but look, we will find Christ emerging in and through all cultures, and this tradition is one of the most beautiful reflections of Christ that I can possibly imagine. Christ, The Chief of all heaven and earth, pouring himself out, making himself nothing. Oh! What honor is due him!

This year, as we gather at our tables of plenty and pot-luck, let us consider just how honorable we desire to be.

Giving thanks on the journey,
Kimberly L. Smith
President, Make Way Partners

http://www.makewaypartners.org

SESSION BRIEFS – November Meeting

Session approved a recommendation to Presbytery written by Elder Jim L. requesting the initiation of a period of personal and corporate prayer, discernment, and repentance regarding polity decisions at the 221st General Assembly (PCUSA) until February’s Presbytery meeting.

Town Hall II had 45 in attendance. Elders Art F. and Kimberli F. facilitated: The Research Team provided material for a handout on denominational (PCUSA, ECO, EPC) comparisons, and Elder Denise A. orally presented this information in a Power Point format. Questions generated will be answered at Town Hall III on November 19th.

Elders are to personally contact those who they sponsor who have not attended Town Halls to apprise them of Green Hill’s current efforts. Handouts of Town Hall I and II will be given to these members.

November 16 – Congregational Meeting for Election of Elders. Clerk of Session, Betty C. will moderate. Rev. David Jamison will train Elders prior to installment and ordination

December 14 – Ordination and Installation of Elders – Rev. David Jamison

Church Roster: Anita M. was moved to “Friends of the Church” category, leaving a total of 87 active members.

Elder L. announced that the Boy Scouts will hold the annual Food Drive at Walmart on two successive week-ends in November. Their popcorn sale has gone well.

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.

GUEST MINISTERS

Thank you to Rev. David Jamison, Rev. Ken Locke, Rev. Louie Reynolds, and Rev. Shuford White, for being our Guest Ministers during the month of November. We look forward to seeing them again when they are able to join us.

DECEMBER CHOIR NOTES

The Chancel Choir will meet to practice on the 3rd, 10th, and 17th.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

November gave us many things for which we are thankful. Of whom you are one. Our Thanksgiving Dinner is always a special family time for all of us. It is great to have the President of the children’s home with us this year. We miss our Carla though. If you have not already made your Women’s Thank Offering gift please do so. The dead line is first of December.

Thank you for your donations to the Belk’s Charity Sale. We have received $75.00 from the ticket sales that will be used for our mission projects. A heart felt thank you goes to Gloria Webb, Nancy Smith and Jean Mikuta for working that morning at Belk’s.

Our Christmas Party has been changed to Tuesday December 2nd at 6:00 pm due to a conflict with the Boy Scouts for the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a goody and a “white elephant” gift to exchange.

We are sponsoring a Coffee County senior through the SARCOA’s Santa for Seniors program again this year. WE are so excited about making a wonderful Christmas for a grandmother and her 13 year old grandson this year. She lost her husband last year and has multiple health problems, including heart, high blood pressure and diabetes. She lost her home and truck and is in dire need. Posted are some suggestions for needed gifts. If you can help please sign the list and take an ornament from the PW Christmas tree to signal that you are taking care of that item. Please have all gifts to church no later than Tuesday December 2nd. Again please note our Christmas Party date change to Tuesday December 2nd at 6:00 pm.

We are also looking forward to the Church Wednesday night Christmas party. We will have a merry time celebrating Jesus birthday party a little early on December 10th.

Our Bible Study on the 4th Chapter of 2 Corinthians entitled Spiritual Pollution and its Solution will be on December 11th at 11:00 this month. Remember to keep your inner man renewed daily. See you there.

In His service with you.

Betty B., Moderator

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the January Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Tuesday, December 16. 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!

PASTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND

The balance in the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund is getting dangerously low. This is the fund we use to help those in need in our area. At this time of year, we mostly help those who are in danger of having their utilities shut off. Can you imagine spending Christmas with no water and no heat? If you feel called to give, please use one of the yellow envelopes from the pew racks.

SPECIAL EVENTS IN DECEMBER

Mark your calendar now for these special Wednesday events!

3rd – Fellowship Supper/Greening of the Church (Chrismon Tree)
10th – Fellowship Supper/Birthday Party for Jesus
17th – Fellowship Supper/Christmas Caroling (at the church)
24th – Christmas Eve Candle Light Service

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

The Green Hill Youth had a great time packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child this year. Thank you to everyone (too many to name!) who made donations to the project. We had so many toys that we had to pack boxes on two separate days! Special thanks go to April Seery who made all of the arrangements.

A total of 37 boxes were packed, that’s 10 more than last year! Each of the boxes was prayed over, and as we send them off to be shipped to children in other countries, it is our heart-felt prayer that each child who receives a box will be open to the Gospel of Christ.

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THE SEASON OF ADVENT

On the first Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Hope. This candle is also referred to as the Prophecy Candle. It reminds us that Jesus’ coming was prophesied hundreds of years before He was born. The candle’s purple color represents Christ’s royalty as King of Kings.

On the second Sunday of Advent we light the candle of Peace. This candle is also referred to as the Bethlehem Candle. It reminds us that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. It too is purple, reminding us that it was a King who was born in a manger.

On the third Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Joy. This candle is also referred to as the Shepherd’s Candle. We are reminded that God sent the angels to proclaim His arrival to common man and that He still uses ordinary people today to spread the good news of Christ. The candle is pink or rose to represent God’s faithfulness.

On the fourth Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Love. This candle is also referred to as the Angel’s Candle. As we light this flame, we are reminded of the heavenly hosts that proclaimed Christ’s arrival. This candle is also purple, reminding us that it was a King’s birth the angels were announcing.

On Christmas Eve, we light the Christ Candle. We remember the birth of our Lord and Savior, which was foretold by the prophets, happened in Bethlehem, was revealed to the shepherds, and proclaimed by the angels. All month long we have been waiting and preparing. On this night we celebrate!

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Green Hill Good News, November 2014

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HOLY HUMOR: Taking it With You

There once was a very rich man who “wanted to take it with him” when he died. He prayed and prayed until finally the Lord gave in, but on one condition – he could only bring one suitcase of his wealth.

The rich man then began to worry, “What kind of currency should I bring – the dollar, the pound, the yen, the mark?” He finally decided that the best thing to do was to turn it all into gold bullion.

The day came when God called him home. St. Peter greeted him, but told him he couldn’t bring his suitcase in with him.

“I have an agreement with god that I can take it with me,” the man explained.

“That’s unusual,” St. Peter said. “This has never happened before. Mid if I take a look?”

The man opened the suitcase to reveal the shining gold bullion.

“Pavement!” the amazed St. Peter exclaimed. “Why in the world would you bring pavement?”

Reprinted with permission from the Joyful Noiseletter

SESSION BRIEFS

• Pledge letters will go out to members by 1 November 2014 and committee budgets are due by 15 October.
• Approved formation of 7 member Research Team to study other Presbyterian denominations.
• Reviewed Church Roster and moved eight (8) inactive or “out of state” members to “Friends of the Church” category. Active members now total 88.
• Annual Nominating Committee will meet 10 October 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.
• Elder Jim L. will chair the Missions Committee.
• Boy Scout Food Drive will be Saturday, 1 November 2014.
• Session agreed to sign a letter composed by Elder Jim L. to be mailed to Presbytery and its churches protesting the actions taken at 221st General Assembly.
• Approved letter composed by Elder Art F. to inform Green Hill members of the importance of Town Hall attendance.
• Approved Elders Art F. and Kimberli F. as leaders of Town Hall II (29 October after 5:30 p.m. Fellowship Meal) with the Research Team doing the program on church comparisons.

GUEST MINISTERS

Thank you to Rev. David Jamison, Rev. Louie Reynolds, and Rev. Sid. Leak, for being our Guest Ministers during the month of October. We look forward to seeing them again when they are able to join us.

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 23, 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.

PATRIOT GUARD RIDERS

Thank you to the Patriot Guard Riders for their amazing show of respect at the memorial service for Edwin L. Fox. The time and care they took in remembering our loved one is greatly appreciated and will be remembered.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the November Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Tuesday, November 18. 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!

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 8, 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! This sale is the year’s largest fundraiser for the Green Hill Presbyterian Women’s Mission Fund.

LEGACY CHRISTMAS CD

The Legacy Christmas CDs have returned, and this year we have TWO different versions for you to choose from: Treasured Carols of the Kirk, which debuted last year, and Nativity Carols and Hymns, which is brand new this year. All proceeds generated by these CDs will be split between Living Waters for the World and the Presbyterian Women Birthday Offering. To pick up a CD, please see a member of the Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team, or stop by the church office. A $15 donation per CD is suggested. They make fantastic gifts!

TACO FIESTA

On Wednesday, November 12, our regular Fellowship Supper will be set aside for a special Taco Fiesta! Please come and join us for an evening of fun. The cost for dinner is just $3 for Adults, $1 for Children, Free for kids 6 and under. If you plan to attend, please fill out a reservation slip, or contact the church office.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

On Wednesday, November 12, immediately following the Taco Fiesta, we ask that everyone join us for a Packing Party! It’s that time of year again, when we pack up shoeboxes with small gifts to go to children around the world. As most of you know, this is an amazing outreach program of Samaritan’s Purse, who adds messages about Jesus to all of the boxes, and brings the Word of God to people who may have never heard.

What we need from you is the fun stuff. Think about the items you might put in a Christmas stocking: dolls, trucks, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, and especially hard candy or gum. If you feel called to contribute, please put your items in the blue collection box in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you for your support of this mission project.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS

Don’t forget to change your clocks before you go to bed on November 1. On Sunday morning, November 2, 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. 

TOWN HALL MEETING

On Wednesday, November 19, we will have our final Town Hall Meeting. The meeting will begin immediately following the potluck supper. The purpose of this meeting is for the Elders to educate the members about issues within the PCUSA and for the Elders to take questions and get input from the members. Some important decisions must be made by the Session before a new pastor can be hired. These town hall meetings are an important step in that process. We hope everyone will be able to attend.

THANKSGIVING DINNER

The Green Hill annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Sunday, November 23, at 4pm. Please make a note of this earlier time. 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 ladies of the church can organize the food.

ALZHEIMERS CAREGIVERS SUPPORT MEETING

The next Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 19. 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.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Our Women’s Bible Study is going well. There are still books and room for you so come for Lesson three on November 13th at 11:00 am to study about being a living bible for Christ. Our bodies are like jars of clay but we contain a priceless treasure to be shared with all people.

Our General Membership Gathering was a fun time of fellowship. It was a real treat to have Millie V. visit us as well as Joyce Henderson. Our dynamic speaker Susan Owens represented Vivian B Adams School with an excellent informative presentation. Sandi’s devotion about letting everyone know we belong to HIM was a great introduction to this month’s Bible lesson. Ruth O. gave a short introduction to the Champion of Children’s Home Program which was excellent.

Please don’t forget it’s Thank Offering time again. Our Thank Offering continues to be a critically needed source of financial support for health and development projects overseas. Please see Thank Offering News posted on the women’s board in the fellowship hall for a list of 2014 projects. Use your Thank Offering envelops or mark your check for PW Thank Offering. Gloria still has many tickets available for the Belk’s Charity Sale on November 3rd so pick yours up soon.

Don’t forget to mark December 8th 9th for our Christmas Party. We give thanks to HIM and praise his name for he is good and his love endures forever. Betty Jo

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Green Hill Good News, October 2014

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HOLY HUMOR – Finding the Perfect Pastor

The perfect pastor does indeed exist – you’ve never met them, but you know they are out there. This is a sure-fire way of guaranteeing that you will be served by the perfect pastor, should you have enough faith to do what is necessary. First, just in case you have never dreamed of the perfect pastor, he/she must be defined:

….The perfect pastor preaches exactly 10 minutes. The perfect pastor condemns sin roundly, but never hurts anyone’s feelings.

….The perfect pastor works from 8 a.m. until midnight, and is also the church janitor.

….The perfect pastor makes $100 a week, wears stylish clothes, drives a new car that reflects well on your church, buys ten excellent books each week, and donates $80 a week to the parish.

….The perfect pastor is 29 years old and has 40 years’ worth of experience.

…Above all, the perfect pastor is very attractive.

….The perfect pastor has a burning desire to work with teen-agers, and he/she spends most of his/her time with the senior citizens.

….The perfect pastor smiles all the time with a straight face because he/she has a sense of humor that keeps him/her seriously dedicated to the church.

….The perfect pastor makes 15 home visits a day and is always in the office to be handy when needed.

….The perfect pastor always has time for church council and all of its committees. He/she never misses the meeting of any church organization, and is always busy evangelizing the unchurched.

….The perfect pastor is broken enough to understand all people, but perfect in mental, emotional and physical health.

….The Perfect Pastor is always in the next county over where your friend attends church.

If your pastor does not measure up, simply send this notice to six other churches that are tired of their pastor too. Then bundle up your pastor and send him/her to the church at the top of your list. If everyone cooperates, in one week you will receive 1,643 pastors from which to choose. One of them should be perfect.

Have faith in this letter – it works. But beware! One church broke the chain and got its old pastor back in less than three months.

Reprinted with permission from the Joyful Noiseletter

SESSION BRIEFS

• Fall Work Day will be Saturday, October 18, 2014. Come early and be ready to spruce up the church grounds and so some tasks inside.
• Support for Iraqi Christians: Missions Committee will have a box in the narthex for several weeks for personal contributions for support of Iraqi Christians through the Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship.
• Town Hall Meetings – Town Hall Meetings will be held from 6:15pm – 6:45pm on the following Wednesday evenings following Fellowship Suppers: 24 September, 29 October, and 19 November. These are open discussions designed to educate members of our denomination and for Session to get direct input from members attending regarding Green Hill’s future. Two Session members will facilitate each meeting.
• Session Meetings – All Sessions meetings will be held at 1:30pm on monthly first Sundays with Rev. Jamison moderating.
• Elementary Sunday Teacher is needed – Please prayerfully consider volunteering.
• Adult Sunday School: Welcome back to Scott S. who is teaching the Adult Sunday School Class for this quarter.
• Pastor’s Nominating Committee: PNC is meeting with Presbyter Sanford Turner on September 8, 2014.
• Newcomers Welcome Luncheon: All families who are new to Green Hill since last October are invited to a “Soup and Dessert” dinner right after worship on October 5th.

GUEST MINISTERS

Thank you to Rev. David Jamison and Rev. Louie Reynolds for being our Guest Ministers during the month of September. We look forward to seeing both again when they are able to join us.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Please mark the date on your calendar now: Our Women’s fall gathering will be held Saturday, October 25, 2014, at Ryan’s Family Steak House Restaurant. Our guest speaker will be Susan Owens from the Vivian B. Adams School. She will update us on the good things that are going on at the school and tell us how we might help out.

With our program there will be a short business meeting where you will hear about the activities and mission projects that have been selected for this year and you can suggest others you would like for us to do.

Our Bible Study on II Corinthians – Treasures in Earthen Vessels began on September 11th. This first lesson covered II Corinthians, chapter 1. There is still room for you in the study. Our next lesson will be on Thursday, October 9th, at 11:00am, here at the church. If you are able, please read II Corinthians, chapters 2 and 3, before coming. Also, study sheets are available. We will have another great year together with this journey through II Corinthians.

God bless you all! We hope to see you October 9th for study and October 25th for our gathering.

-Betty Jo

PIZZA & GAME NIGHT

Pizza & Game Night will be held on Wednesday, October 8 at 5:30pm. It’ll be an evening of eating pizza and playing games. Please bring your favorite board game to share with us. All ages are invited.  The cost for dinner is just $3 for adults, $1 for children, and Free for kids under 6 years old. If you plan to attend, please let the church office know. Reservation slips are available in the pew racks.

CHOIR NOTES

The choir has two practices scheduled for October, on the 15th and the 29th, immediately following the Wednesday Bible Studies. The choir will NOT meet on the other Wednesdays. For more information, please contact Rosemary C.

ALZHEIMERS CAREGIVERS SUPPORT

The next Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support meeting will be held on October 15. 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.

CHURCH BEAUTIFICATION DAY

It’s that time of year again: time to clean up the church grounds for fall. Please join us on Saturday, October 18, at 8am. Bring your favorite yard tool. Coffee will be hot and ready. We’ll try to get everything done by Noon.

SOUP & DESSERT CELEBRATION

All are invited to attend a “Soup and Dessert Celebration” on Sunday, October 5, immediately following the morning worship service. If you’re looking to learn more about Green Hill, this luncheon and time of informal fellowship is a great place to start. If you’re already part of the Green Hill family, either officially or just in spirit, please join us for this meal. If you’re just looking for something to eat after church, we want you to come too!

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the November Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Tuesday, October 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!

PUMPKIN

Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin. God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. He opens you up, touches you deep inside, and scoops out all the yucky stuff…including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then, He carves you a smiling face and puts His Light inside you to shine for all the word to see. Are you sending His Light out to all of the pumpkins in your patch?

WEDNESDAY EVENING SCHEDULE

Plan ahead and mark your calendars now. The following special events will replace our regular Wednesday suppers in October, November, and December.

October 8th – Pizza & Games
November 12th – Taco Fiesta
November 26th – None, day before Thanksgiving
December 3rd – Chrismon Tree Decorating
December 10th – Christmas Party
December 17th – Christmas Caroling
December 24th – Christmas Eve, Communion Service

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Green Hill Good News, September 2014

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From the desk of Pastor Dan:

Two things to remember, always:

First, The Lord is always with you. You have His presence.

Our little granddaughter “prays the presence” of her grandfather often: “Grandpa, I want you to keep an eye on me.” She knows she gets to do something she wants to do if there’s an adult around. I come in handy for that. And I love to oblige.

I believe that’s the way it is with our heavenly Father. He wants to hear us ask Him for His presence. Of course, He’s going to be there anyway. But He wants us to desire His presence. He wants us to want Him…more and more, every day.

Secondly, the Lord wants you to know He loves you.

John 3:16 starts out with “God so loved the world”, but it’s really individual persons he has in mind. It’s a world of children, young people, adult, and elderly folks He loves. He loves each single person. John 3: 16 provides the real reason God loves the world….it’s because of all the “whosoevers” in that world…”that whosoever believes (puts their confidence) in God’s Son Jesus…shall have eternal life.
The entire Bible is about how much God personally loves human beings, and how He is with those who put their trust in Him.

God wants us to be aware every moment of our lives that He has his loving eye upon us. We need not be afraid. His loving presence is enough.

…Just as I have been with Moses I will be with you. I will not fail you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous….Only be strong and very courageous, be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you, do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go….Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua chapter 1, selected verses)

The above is what I’ve been hearing the Lord say to myself and Anita these last few days. I believe with all my heart God is saying something like this to each of you, my dear, dear friends at Green Hill

Fear not little flock…God’s eye is upon you; and the love of Jesus will see you through.

GLYASDI,

Pastor Dan

SESSION BRIEFS

• Called for a congregational meeting following worship Sunday, August 24th for the purpose of electing three members to the Annual Nominating Committee. The Session appointed Elders Betty C. and Kimberli F. to the ANC.
• Voted to enter negotiations with two prospective supply ministers for a three-month term while continuing to search for a full-time interim minister. Reverend David Jamison will conduct the Communion service the first Sunday of September. Elder Jim L. and Joel M. were appointed to the negotiate terms for the 3-month term.
• Agreed that Elders should contact the members on their “shepherd rosters” to assure everyone of continued pastoral care.
• Received Elder L.’s resignation as chairperson of the Christian Education Committee; Teacher vacancies in the adult classes, if any, will be handled by class members.
• Approved Building and Grounds proposal from Elder Art F. to accomplish the following projects as soon as possible: Electrical systems update for $6000; Parking Lot repair for $2150; steeple painting for $1650. Further research needed to accomplish updates for sound systems in the sanctuary and fellowship hall.
• Met with the Pastor Nominating Committee to explore ways the Session can appropriately support the mission of the committee.

NO ELECTRICITY, SEPTEMBER 15 & 16   SEPTEMBER 22 & 23

On Monday, September 15 and Tuesday September 16, September 22 & 23 all electricity to the church grounds will be turned off. This is being done so that the main power pole for the church can be replaced. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please contact the church office.

YOUTH BIBLE STUDY

Green Hill’s is still accepting students for the after-school Bible Study. We have two Bible Studies this year, one on Monday and one on Tuesday. Both run from 3:15pm to 5:00pm. All area children from 3rd grade to 8th grade are invited to attend. Transportation from all Enterprise schools will be provided. For more information, please contact the church office at 334-347-9530 or GreenHillPC@gmail.com.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

On November 12, Green Hill is hosting a Taco Fiesta! You all remember how much fun we had last year with the sombreros and the piñata. On that night we will also pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. It may seem like it is too early to start thinking about this, but it’s really not. Look at all of the fantastic deals there are on schools supplies right now! As we get closer to the packing date, we are going to be looking for items to put in the boxes. So, if you spot something you think might go well in a box, why not pick it up today? Think how nice it will be to cross some of your shopping off of your list super early this year.  🙂

INITIAL RESULTS OF CONGREGATIONAL SURVEY

Green Hill Presbyterian Church
13 August 2014

1. A survey was distributed at an evening meeting at Green Hill Presbyterian Church on 13 August 2014 to “take the temperature” of the congregation regarding their views on current actions undertaken by the General Assembly, PC (USA).
2. 90% of attendees responded (37/41). This represents 39% of church membership (37/95).
3. Not all of those surveyed answered every question. Allowing for errors in testing, sampling error is roughly estimated at 5 to 6%.
4. 30% of attendees also included written comments. Those are not posted in order to ensure anonymity. Comments will be reviewed for further consideration by the Session.
5. Survey results suggest the following:
a. A general dissatisfaction with current actions by the General Assembly;
b. A desire to maintain a biblical perspective on issues by the congregation of Green Hill;
c. A need for greater education, especially in the area of Presbytery and social witness policies;
d. A strong identification by respondents with the congregation of Green Hill as a whole.
6. A copy of numerical tabulated results is enclosed.*

Respectfully submitted,
Walter J. Lawrence, M.D
Elder, Green Hill Presbyterian Church

*The original letter and the numerical tabulated results have been posted on the announcement board in the fellowship hall.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Summer is gone and our church activities are beginning this month. Our Bible Study on 2 Corinthians – Treasures in Earthen Vessels will begin September 11th at 11:00 am. This first lesson covers 2 Corinthians 1. The study sheets will be ready the week before we meet.

We have not set the date for our fall membership meeting but on September 13th at Bay Minette, in lower Alabama, the officers’ training and fall retreat for the Presbytery of South Alabama will take place. From 9:30a.m. to 10:00a.m. There will be coffee and registration.

There will be a report on the Guatemala mission trip: officer presentations and questions. Lunch will be provided and we will close with worship and communion. The cost for lunch is $10.00. They will be collecting cleaning items and supplies and the earnings from the gift shop will all go to the Presbyterian Home for Children. We need to have our registration forms in by September 1.

If you are interested in going please let Gloria W., Nancy S. or Betty Jo know as soon as possible. We are looking forward to another wonderful year together.

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Green Hill Good News August 2014

(online edition)

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From the desk of Pastor Dan:

(Warning: Information disclosed below will force a life and death choice.)

A nation that no longer recognizes and defends its sovereign boundaries is no longer a nation.

A church that no longer recognizes and defends moral boundaries is no longer a church.

We are living in catastrophic times. It may not seem like it. Folks still go to work, fight traffic jams, take vacations, work hard to keep the house and lawn looking great, gather for family meals, go to sporting events….

It all seems normal where we live. But the world has changed disastrously right under our noses.

Proof? The nation will not defend its borders. It is being overwhelmed with children refugees and criminal elements from Central America and the Middle East.

Our national leaders’ response? Calls for compassionate care of the children, billions proposed to beef up an overloaded system of adjudication, requests to house the children in detention centers at military installations, extra funds for border patrol agents to baby-sit our new guests.

Some of our leaders propose securing the borders. But how? All of our leaders equivocate about closing the borders through use of arms and surveillance measures. Those who propose harsh measures for rounding up our illegal guests and transporting them home are called names like “racists” and “hate-mongers”
No, we no longer are citizens of a sovereign nation. State militias and private citizens are volunteering to close the borders themselves. They are trying to enforce federal law that national leaders refuse to enforce. They are accused of being lawless, taking the law into their own hands.

And what about a church without defined and defended boundaries?

I haven’t the space to explain. Two examples will suffice. First, an overture from Green Hill and approved by our Presbytery was voted on at General Assembly last month. Our proposal to the church at large was to simply study for two years the plight of unwanted children, both the born and unborn. It was a call to the church to open its collective eyes. It went down in flames, overwhelmingly defeated in committee and in the Assembly plenary session.

Our denomination won’t spend the time and effort to evaluate sacred boundaries of life created in the image of God. Think about that!

How can an individual believer in Christ, much less an entire congregation like Green Hill, contribute one penny to an enterprise that wilfully remains blind to camps of death where children are considered to be blobs of tissue or somehow less than human? If we remain silent we should be forced one day to apologize to the silent Germans of the 1930’s and 40’s.

Our denomination will not defend biblical holiness, but neither will it defend its own order and constitutional law. The worship directory in the current Book of Order clearly spells out that marriage is between a man and a woman. Blindly and foolishly the General Assembly voted to clarify the forever understanding of marriage and its own constitution by creating a new moral right of ministers to marry persons of the same gender in states that allow it.

The Presbyterian Church (USA) is no longer a church. It cannot abide by its own Constitution, much less God’s covenant law regarding human relationships. Churches like Green Hill have been cast aside. Our mission partners in foreign lands are aghast at a once great missionary-minded and bible-believing denomination.

What are we to do now that the boundaries have been removed?

Let us be like Joshua who declared the truth of God to ancient Israel. He not only declared the truth, but He took a firm non-negotiable stand when he said “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Exodus 24:15)

The time has come to declare the boundaries; but not only to declare them; we must take a stand as a church to defend them no matter what the cost.

A Spiritual Descendant of Joshua,

Pastor Dan

SESSION BRIEFS

• Sustained Denise A.’s Ordination Exam (areas of theology, church polity, and personal faith) and gave unanimous consent to her ordination as an Elder in the Class of 2015. She was ordained and installed during the June 29th worship service.
• Received Pastor Dan’s request that his tenure at Green Hill run through August 31st and that a meeting of the congregation be called to approve dissolution of the pastoral relationship so that he may seek retirement from the Presbyterian Church (USA); the congregation so acted in a meeting of the congregation on June 29th. Pastor Dan and Anita plan to retire in East Tennessee near Dayton, TN where Anita’s father lives.
• Requested Elder L. to be the Session’s liaison spokesperson with Presbytery and prospective candidates in a search for an interim minister.
• Worship Committee Chairperson Elder L. and Joel M. will work together to fill the Sunday pulpit (beginning Sept 7) until the Session finds an interim pastor
• At a called meeting of the Congregation, June 29th, the members of Green Hill elected a pastor nominating committee; they are: Ron S., Betty B., Helen S., Jim C., and Denise A.. The PNC mission is to find the next pastor for Green Hill. This task is likely to take a year or more. Earnest prayers are solicited for the PNC.
• The Session asked Executive Presbyter Samford Turner to meet with the Elders and interested members of Green Hill on Wednesday, July 23rd, 6:30pm, to ask him questions about implications for Green Hill following actions of the June General Assembly in Detroit.
• Treasurer Joel M. reported a balanced income/expense spreadsheet through the first half of the year. The latest report is available on the table in the narthex.
• Requested a meeting with the Presbytery’s Teaching Elder Commissioner to General Assembly, Dr. David Mauldin. The Session is hoping for a good turnout from our members at a 5:30pm Wednesday meeting at Green Hill August 13th. A meal catered by Po’ Folks will be provided by the Church; the Nursery will be available. Commissioner Mauldin will share his experience as an Advocate for the Green Hill overture, as well as his further observations of the Assembly actions in general. Time will be set aside for questions and answers and providing immediate feedback to the Session.
• A farewell dinner for Pastor Dan and Anita is planned for Wednesday, August 27th, at 5:30pm, in the Fellowship Hall.
• Elder L. gave a chartered organization representative report on Scouting. Essentially, both cub scouting and boy scouting have had an excellent year. Shaun M. is the new Cub Master who will take over from Tom B.. Cub Scouting at Green Hill expects to continue its growth in both numbers and vitality. Boy Scout Troop 150 continues to be a premier program led by highly qualified adult and youth leadership. Green Hill also provides its facilities for the Girl Scouts of America.
• Approved after four readings the Operational Manual for the Session. Special appreciation given to Elder L. for shepherding the meticulous editing task; and thanks to each elder and other members of the congregation for their input over the past six months.
• Elected Elder L. as Commissioner and Denise A. as Alternate to the Presbytery meeting at Evergreen in Dothan, August 22/23

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Betty B., Nancy S., and Gloria W. attended the 2014 AL/MS Conference held at the Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church on 16 and 17 July. We joined approximately 100 other Presbyterian Women from Al and MS, where we renewed friendships, made new friends, and attended Bible studies and workshops. Some of the workshops covered Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, how to get set up for Bible Study, ideas for mission endeavors, clever cross making, problems/solutions to growing older, etc. We also were reminded that the problems facing Presbyterian Churches today are similar to those faced by the churches in Paul’s Day. BUT, we know that there is no problem too large for our Savior to solve.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT MEETING

The August Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 20, at 10:00am. This monthly meeting provides much needed support to those in our area who are dealing with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. If you need help, or if you know of anyone who does, please consider coming to this meeting. For more information, please contact the church office at 334-347-9530.

WEDNESDAY BABYSITTER NEEDED

Green Hill needs to hire a babysitter for Wednesday night Fellowship Suppers, September through May. Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:05 p.m. Pay: $20. If you are interested, contact the office with your name, address, and cell phone number. We will need references and prefer applicants to be age 16 or older.

SPECIAL WEDNESDAYS

We have two very special Wednesday evening programs coming up in August. We hope everyone will be able to attend!

• Kick-off Fellowship Dinner on Wednesday night, August 13th, at 5:30 p.m., we’ll have guest speaker, Rev. David Mauldin from Mobile informing us of his perspective on General Assembly’s actions. Our meal will be catered by Po Folks. If you plan to attend, please let the church office know, so we know how much food to order. Reservation slips can be found in the pew racks and may be placed in the offering plate on Sunday. On the night of the event, there will be a basket for donations to help defray expenses.  Correction:  No donations will be taken, Green Hill is paying all.  Member’s only.
• The McMillan’s Retirement and Farewell Celebration will be held on August 27th, at 5:30pm. The details are still being worked out but the plan is for a super pot-luck supper, a real Green Hill Feast! Keep an eye on future church bulletins for more information.

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Green Hill Good News June/July 2014

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From the desk of Pastor Dan:

Historians agree that Abraham Lincoln was clearly a man seeking God. Following the death of his son, his search intensified. He grew in conviction that he and our nation needs a day set aside for prayer and fasting. President Lincoln thus proclaimed:

“It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, and to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in Holy Scripture, and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord….

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which has preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
“Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended power, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” [March 30, 1863]

“It behooves us,” Abraham Lincoln said some 150 years ago. I wonder what he would say today? What should we as a nation be saying about our nonchalant attitude toward the things of God.

Our nation is solidly secular; no longer Christian. We are living in a post-Christian world. Indeed, we have pockets of strong Christian witness in our land, but the politically correct leadership of our educational institutions, business enterprises, court system, and political institutions have, as Lincoln observed so long ago, become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”

Even the church finds itself plagued by ministers who no longer believe in the authority of the scriptures. God’s commandments are ignored or compromised. Just as lost as our secular leadership, they waiver on what the biblical text says, they compromise traditional values based upon long-held Judeo-Christian teachings. Our church leaders are leading from behind, not wanting to displease the secular authorities.

Is there no one to lead us to humble ourselves before the One we daily offend, to confess our national sins, to pray for forgiveness?

June 14th is flag day. Maybe the pledge should be changed after all: “I pledge allegiance to God under whom our flag used to wave….”

Distressed about what shall become of our nation,

Pastor Dan

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

This year’s Presbyterian Women Alabama/Mississippi Conference will be held July 16 to July 18 at Spanish Fort Presbyterian, in Daphne, Alabama. If you’ve never been to an AL/MS Conference, you are in for a real treat! Please see Gloria, Betty, or Nancy for more information.

Ladies, the PW also has a couple of special events planned for over the summer, one in June and one in July. Once the details have been worked out, more information will be posted on the announcement board and in upcoming bulletins.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT MEETING

Please join Green Hill Presbyterian Church for our monthly Alzheimer’s Support Group. On the third Wednesday of Each Month @ 10am

Many of us are caring for individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. Our meetings will 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.

Dr. Kimberli Fougeron Ph.D., the group facilitator, has also been certified by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. For more information, please contact the church office at 334-347-9530.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

When it comes to our salvation, God did everything, which means that He gets all of the glory! Remarkably, the Bible speaks of crowns that will be given to those who shine for Jesus here on earth. One day we will have the honor of casting these crowns at the feet of our King!

This year’s Vacation Bible School will be held from June 23 to June 27, 9:00am to Noon. All children from 5 years old to 6th grade are invited. 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 Seery.

PRAYER IN THE SANCTUARY

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

All through the summer, the Sanctuary at Green Hill will be open for our members to come in and pray. From 9am to 10am, Monday through Thursday, the doors will be open, and a candle will be lit. Everyone is welcome to come and speak with God in this special space, where He can be your only focus.

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