Green Hill Good News

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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Green Hill Good News February 2015

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MEET THE INTERIM

On Sunday, February 1, 2015 a significant development in the life of Green Hill Presbyterian Church will occur as Rev. Shuford White becomes our new Interim Pastor.

Rev. White is coming to us after serving over six years at the Galatia Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He has 26 years of experience as a Solo Pastor in small to medium churches, five years of experience as an Associate Pastor, five years in overseas ministry as a Solo Pastor in New Zealand, and one year as a Volunteer-In-Mission in South Korea.

Prior to his graduation from Columbia Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree and ordination in the Presbyterian Church in 1986, he graduated from Birmingham Southern College and subsequently earned a Master’s Degree at the University of Alabama Birmingham.

For the last six years he has served as chair of the Committee on Ministry-Central for the Coastal Carolina Presbytery and on the executive committee of that presbytery’s Committee on Ministry, which serves almost 200 churches. He has served as a planning team member of the Christian Life Conference in Montreat, North Carolina and is currently on the Development and Planning Team for Hope Conference, Montreat, North Carolina.  He has previously served as both Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Long Term Recovery Organization in Santa Rosa County, Florida, and has also been a member of the Commission for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

Shuford and his wife, Susan, have been married for 28 years. They have two children, three grandchildren, and two dogs. Growing up in Alabama, he was first a teacher and coach and then managed a chain of auto parts stores until recognizing the hand of God leading him to seminary. To this day, Shuford remains an avid “Roll Tide!” fan while Susan is a dedicated “War Eagle!” supporter.

The Whites will establish a residence here in Enterprise as well as in Milton, Florida, where they eventually hope to retire.

Green Hill Presbyterian Church welcomes the Whites. We are excited that God has led them here in and look forward to a wonderful and rewarding association with them. May God bless them as they minister to us!

SESSION UPDATE – JANUARY 2015

The monthly stated meeting of the Session of Green Hill Presbyterian Church was held Sunday, January 11, 2015. Rev. David Jamison served as moderator, all Ruling Elders were present, and Treasurer Joel M. was also in attendance.

Election of Session Officers: Joel M. was reelected to another year term as Treasurer, with Betty C. and Gloria W. approved as Assistant Treasurers. Walter L. was elected as Clerk of Session.

Treasures Report: Joel M. presented the Treasurer’s Report, noting a positive balance of funds of $5291.59 for the year. The 2015 Green Hill General Budget was submitted and approved.

Committee Reports: Building and Grounds reported a new microphone system was purchased. Congregational care distributed a revised 2015 elder sponsor list.

New committee chairman assignments are as follows:

  • Administration and Stewardship-Charles W.;
  • Building and Grounds-Chris M.;
  • Christian Education-Denise A.;
  • Congregational Care-Betty C.;
  • Missions-Walter L.;
  • Outreach-Ron S.;
  • Worship-Sandi D.;
  • Boy Scouts Chartered Organizational Representative-Walter L.

The Resolution Team from Presbytery is scheduled to initially meet with our Session on Wednesday, January 28 at 6 PM. The initial goals of the Resolution Team will be to hear the concerns of Green Hill Church and create a climate which allows the Holy Spirit to affect healing of the issues noted by our concerns.

The next meeting of the South Alabama Presbytery is scheduled for February 27 and 28, 2015 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Commissioners designated are Rev. Shuford White and Elders Denise A. and Walter L.

The session approved participation in the PCUSA Presbyterian panel. We are one of 500 churches randomly selected to offer our views on various issues.

Thanks were expressed to Rev. Jamison for his dedication and time during the last several months to the needs of green Hill church.

The next session meeting is scheduled for Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 2 P.M.

Walter J. L., Clerk of Session

RESOLUTION TEAM COMING TO GREEN HILL

The Session of Green Hill Presbyterian Church has requested the Presbytery of South Alabama form and send a Resolution Team to consult with our Session and our Congregation concerning perceived issues of deviation from the Word of God within our denomination, as highlighted by the recommendations made to change in polity at the 221st General Assembly, and to effect healing of the various opinions currently expressed by the membership of our Congregation. 

The team that has been formed is made up of Ruling and Teaching Elders from our Presbytery, including our dear friend Rev. David Jamison. As our congregation is divided in its wishes, calling a Resolution Team is the next logical step.

As of press time, the Session was scheduled to have its first meeting with the Resolution Team on Wednesday, January 28.

The purpose of the Resolution Team is to engage the congregation of Green Hill and its leaders in a prayerful discernment process seeking a mutual understanding of what God may will for the relationship between Green Hill and PCUSA. It is the intent of this process that all parties will seek an amicable and equitable agreement about how Green Hill may either remain in the PCUSA or be dismissed.

The Session of Green Hill Presbyterian Church calls upon all members to enter into a period of personal and corporate prayer, discernment, and repentance, in order to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit as to how to properly respond to the past actions of our General Assembly and future decisions regarding our denomination.

MISSIONS COMMITTEE UPDATE

The Missions Committee for Green Hill Presbyterian Church met on Sunday afternoon, October 26, 2014.

We briefly reviewed Christian mission efforts in America in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as an analysis of why programs succeeded or failed. The history of missions in the church was reviewed with biblical citations. The selection of missionaries and partnerships with missions was then discussed. It was noted that a church can either support many missionaries in small levels or support a few missionaries at high levels, there being a limit to how many missionaries a church can faithfully assist financially. It was noted that churches generally make a greater impact for the kingdom of God when they can target a few missions rather than pursue a broad and general approach.       

The committee then discussed the annual budget for missions. There was a strong and positive feeling among all members of the committee that since as individuals we are called to contribute a tithe of our income, and understanding the biblical importance given to missions, the church should endeavor to likewise contribute a tithe (10%) from its annual budget. Unfortunately, we will be unable to meet that goal this year, as projected contributions have decreased, and necessary funds are unavailable at present.

Criteria were established by which mission projects would be considered and selected.

  1. The mission must clearly demonstrate a Christian focus, that of seeking to spread Gospel.
  2. The mission must not be primarily supported by other secular agencies.
  3. The mission must not be self-sustaining.                      
  4. All alliances the mission forms with other agencies must be with Christ-based organizations.
  5. The mission must demonstrate a need.

The committee then chose to allocate distribution of mission funds between local/stateside and overseas projects, with 60% of funding going to local/stateside missions and 40% of funding to overseas missions.  All missions selected were rigorously reviewed in depth by the criteria established above from information available, including mission/vision statements, work conducted as evidenced from websites and experiences of committee members, and any other concerns.

 SOUPER BOWL OF CARING

More than 20 years ago, the Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group: “Lord, as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us to be mindful of those without even a bowl of soup to eat.” On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, Green Hill will take up our annual collection for the Souper Bowl of Caring. Financial donations and donations of non-perishable food will be collected in the Fellowship Hall. Everything donated will go to support our Green Hill Food Pantry.

FOOD CLOSET ANNUAL REPORT 2014

The Food Closet Committee would like to thank everyone for your support in 2014. We fed, with your help, 30 families and 101 individuals. The referrals came from Family Services (15), DHR (9), First United Methodist Church (3), along with requests from three individuals. We also donated food to the Christian Mission, particularly items for their Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Our mission is to serve Coffee County residents who are in need and referred by agencies or church members. We appreciate all that the members of Green Hill do for this community outreach program. The Food Closet committee members are Rosemary C., Betty C., Bobbie M., and Helen S. If anyone is interested in volunteering with us, please contact one of these ladies.

PASTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND ANNUAL REPORT 2014

In 2014, the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund was used to assist 98 area households (290 individuals). Working with Coffee County Family Services and other area charities, we were able to pay up to the “Final $50” on each bill to help these families keep their utilities turned on. Many of the requests came with the freezing temperatures in the final month of the year. Thank you so much for continuing to support this very worthy mission of the church!

BOY SCOUT SUNDAY

On Sunday, February 8, the Green Hill congregation will be joined at morning worship by the boys and the parents from Boy Scout Troop #150 and Cub Scout Pack #150. Scout Sunday marks the founding of scouting in the United States. On this day, the troop and the pack will lead parts of the worship service, and special recognition will be given to the Eagle Scouts. Please join us to welcome our scouting families.

MEN’S SWEETHEART BREAKFAST

On Sunday, February 15, at 8:30am, all of the ladies in the church are welcome to attend a Sweet Heart Breakfast hosted by the men of the church. Each year the men set up such a wonderful meal that is the perfect follow-up to Valentine’s Day. Please join us for breakfast.

UPCOMING PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN EVENTS

February 12 – 10:00am Coordinating Team

February 12 – 11:00am Bible Study

March 21 – Green Hill Spring Gathering

Mar 28 – South Alabama Gathering

May 3 – Green Hill Birthday Lunch

July 15 – Alabama/Mississippi Conference

LETTER FROM JOSE P.

As many of you know, our church sends support to a student at Calvin Seminary.  His name is Jose P.  He is finishing his Master of Theological Studies.  His goal is to become a pastor of a church and to teach at San Pablo Seminary part-time.

Dear Jim and Betty C., and Carl and Betty B.

I hope you are doing well.  As I have been doing in the past, I want to thank you for your prayers as I study at Calvin Seminary…So far my family and I are doing well, and we ask your prayers for our last semester in the United States. God willing, I will graduate in May, and we are preparing to return to Mexico this coming June.  May God bless you always.

Jose P.

WELCOME LUNCHEON FOR REV. SHUFORD WHITE

On Sunday, February 1, Rev. Shuford White will officially become the interim minister at Green Hill. To celebrate his and his wife’s arrival, we are going to have a Soup & Dessert Luncheon. This meal will take place immediately following the morning worship service. We hope that everyone will be able to attend.

GUEST MINISTERS

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

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The Christian movie, “A Matter of Faith” is premiering at College Cinema in Enterprise, AL, on Feb 6th. It will only be shown for about 1 1/2 weeks because of numerous secular movies premiering.

This movie is about Creation vs Evolution & is a MUST see for school age children & youth, but great movie for ALL ages.

We need your support, by coming to see this movie, in order to support future Christian movies coming to our area. “No demand, then no supply.”

Special matinees can be scheduled for large groups & advanced tickets for groups for regular scheduled showings are available by calling me at (334) 308-2082 (leave message if no answer & call will be returned).

–Carol Boylston

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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

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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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