Green Hill Good News

Green Hill Good News, October 2014

(online edition)


The lights are back on!

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


• 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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


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?


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

(online edition)


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.


Pastor Dan


• 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.


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.


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


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.  🙂


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.


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)


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


• 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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


“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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Green Hill Good News, May 2014

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From the desk of Pastor Dan:

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant….” (Philippians 2: 4-7a, ESV)
This is how the gospel is to be understood, sifted and strained through the life of a servant:

A missionary went to a town in Mesopotamia to labor among the Syrians, Muslims, and others there. Thirteen long years he toiled among them before he had a single convert.

“Your words sound well,” they told him, “but we cannot understand them. Why should you come to us with these words? Why are you not content to leave us as we are?”

Then came cholera. Those who could, fled, leaving the sick to die uncared for. The missionary stayed. He went into home after home and cared for the stricken ones, ‘till at last, utterly spent with weariness, he succumbed to the disease. Those whom he had saved bore his body outside the city wall and tenderly buried it.

Long afterward, another missionary came to that city. He expected to find the work of his predecessor forgotten, but nine miles out from the city the people met him with great joy.

They took him to a grave outside the city and showed him a grave. “This is the grave of the man who died for us,” they told him. They understood now the words of the missionary, which he had spoken, and they built a fine, large, stone church and dedicated it to his memory and to the service of the God whom he served.

Green Hill, the secret to reaching others for Jesus’ sake, is found when we forget about what we want or prefer for ourselves, and look instead to the interests and needs of others. May our servant-minded Lord empower us to persevere past perceived failures and disappointments. Is it possible that our present mission to Enterprise and Ft. Rucker is to lay down our lives in preparation for a day yet future when faithful service to Christ bears finally bears the fruit we long to see today?

To God alone be the glory. Please, Lord, help us not to bury, but to give away the talent(s) you have given us. May we not be ashamed at your appearing!

Trusting the One who has given us the mind and enduring spirit of Christ,

Pastor Dan


• Elder Cully recounted valuable training for Clerks of Session given by Rev Samford Turner at recent training workshop; Minutes for the year 2013 were certified by Presbytery during the seminar.
• Pastor McMillan led the Session through a second reading and editing exercise of the proposed Manual of Operations for the Session. Elder Lawrence will incorporate edits and make available to the congregation this latest draft. Copies are to be placed on the table in the Narthex for easy access by all church members and feedback is requested. Responses can be directed to the Clerk of Session and returned to the church office before the June Session meeting.
• Approved an overnighter at the church. Sandi DeTora and Diana Lawrence are sponsors.
• Joel Mikuta gave the treasurer’s report for the first quarter. Pledges and expenses reflect the 2014 budget projections. Church members and Committees were commended for their faithful stewardship for the first part of the year.
• Agreed to hear a fund-raising proposal for the Presbyterian Children’s Home from Charles and Ruth Oliver at the June Session meeting.
• Called on the Annual Nominating Committee to nominate an elder to complete Elder David Aylesworth’s two-year term.
• Approved continuing to have the church sanctuary open in the mornings for members to come in and pray. This will be done Monday through Thursday, 9am to 10am, but not on Fridays.


Come to the old National Guard Armory in New Brockton (across the street from Frogz Restaurant) to participate in the Second Annual Family Services Rummage Sale. Thursday presale 6-9, Friday and Saturday 9-4. Everything half price after 1 on Saturday. Family Services has survived for two years since the loss of all State funding and this fundraiser will provide them with “match” funding to apply for more grants. Last year’s sale was a great fund raiser and provided great bargains for many shoppers.


Congratulations to Alex McDonough on being accepted to the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science (high school) down in Mobile, Alabama. Our church family has watched Alex over the years as she has grown from an amazing little girl into an incredible young woman. It seems too soon to say goodbye, but we know that this is an opportunity that can’t be missed, and we know that she is going to be doing wonderful things over the next four years.


First, a big thank you to all of the Coordinating Team for your hard, selfless (and often thankless) work. It has been a good year and we have been richly blessed. There are a few upcoming events that need to be mentioned.

1. Green Hill has been invited by Belks Department Store in Dothan to participate in their Charity Day Sale. The sale will be held on Saturday, May 3, from 6-10am. Entrance requires a ticket which costs $5. That $5 ticket turns into a $5 coupon that can be used on your first purchase. If you are interested and wish to help, please see Gloria or Betty Bierbaum for all details.
2. The annual PW Birthday Lunch will be held in the Fellowship Hall following the morning worship service on Sunday, May 4. Ham and Birthday Cake will be provided by the church. We need you to bring either a salad, a vegetable, a bread, or a casserole. If you plan to attend, please let the church office know. Reservation slips are available in the church pews. The Birthday Offering this year will benefit the Blue Corn Mothers Alliance. More info on this is contained on the POW Bulletin Board. Please plan to attend and support this worthwhile cause.
“The more we give, the more we get. For only what we give away, enriches us from day to day.” A Quote from Helen Steiner Rice.

Love to all, Gloria


The next Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support meeting will be held on May 21. 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.


On Wednesday, May 28, 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.


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.


This month’s Men’s Breakfast will be held on Sunday, May 11, 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.


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

During the month of May, and continuing 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 is this special space.

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Green Hill Good News, April 2014

(online edition)


Jordan & Daphne show off their Bible Study Completion certificates.


From the desk of Pastor Dan:

Jesus, as he reflected upon his own death and the possibility of life abundant and free, said this: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone but if it dies it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24). The Apostle Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians clearly stated that the corruptible will put on incorruption; and mortality (vulnerable to extinction) does indeed have a pathway to immortal. (Chapter 15)

Dying and death are inevitable. The Fountain of youth has yet to be found. How exciting it must be in some laboratory somewhere as scientists tinker with the human genetic code. Hope springs eternal that nature’s encrypted code of longer life might soon be discovered.

Nevertheless, it remains true: Death is inevitable, even more so than taxes.

The Preacher of Ecclesiastes protested at this inevitability: “vanity, vanity, all is vanity.”

Some religions hold out the hope that the spirit or soul continues on in some reincarnated form. Reappearing in another form or at another time may appear to be more hopeful, I suppose, than simply saying, “ibity, ibity, ibity, that’s all folks.”

I don’t know. Reincarnation means you have to go through the dying process all over again…and again…and again. No, thank you.

Jesus proclaimed not only a life after death, but a life that would be NEW (youthful? Vital? Abundant? Full of energy and possibilities?) and IMMUNE to the dying process.

Jesus proved it. He arose from the dead; attested by hundreds, with twelve specially charged to declare God’s victory over death (to say nothing about sin!!)

The Apostle Paul said Jesus was the first fruit of a great harvest of life from the dead (Corinthians 15). Jesus lives (The Gospels). Those who have already died in faith…in Christ…are alive with Him and they will be raised first on the day the trump sounds and Christ raises His people to life, never to die again (1 Thessalonians chapter 4.)

Are you a believer? You can choose to believe many different explanations for the purpose of the life we now live, and the possibility of life after we die. Why not choose to believe what Christ offers those who decide to trust Him, to make this life count for Him…making Jesus your Lord and Master…right now?

Consider yourself dead except for who you are becoming in Christ. Determine to live for Christ. You, my friend, shall be alive, forever more.

Dying to live! Pastor Dan


• Reviewed, on first reading, a proposed manual of operations for the Session and Congregation
• Transferred $200 from the Mission Committee’s miscellaneous fund, effectively amending the yearly budget line item for Christian Mission to read $1200.
• VBS has been scheduled for the week of June 23 – 27. April Seery will be the Director.
• Sunrise service this year will be at Lee Street Baptist April 20 at 6:30am.
• Among topics of discussion: Session vacancies and structure, concern for General Assembly deliberations this June, needs of our Sunday School and programs for youth
• Approved leave for the Pastor to coincide with Spring Break, March 25-28
• The next stated meeting of the Session is Sunday, April 27, at 2pm.


Family Services is excited to announce that they are holding their 2nd annual Gigantic Rummage Sale on May 1, 2, and 3 at the old National Guard Armory in New Brockton. Last year’s sale was a great fund raiser and provided great bargains for many shoppers! Family Services is now picking up donations, so call (334) 393-8538 if you have furniture or other good used items that you want to have picked up. You will be provided with a tax certificate for anything that you donate. Many people who donated last year found that their tax advantage was greater than what they would have made by having a garage sale (but without the time and trouble).


We are calling all of our members to participate in 40 Days of Prayer for Lent. The Sanctuary will be open from 9am to 10am, Monday to Friday, for anyone who would like to come and pray at the church. Or, you may choose to pray at home, in a time that suits your schedule. Either way, we hope that everyone will set aside time to reflect on Jesus in this solemn time leading up to the joy of Easter on April 20.


The next Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support meeting will be held on April 16. 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.


Igor Barbanel of Jews for Jesus will speak at Green Hill Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, April 2, at 6:15pm. Pastor Dan McMillan invites all to attend. Jews for Jesus uses creative methods and contemporary issues to present the message that Jesus is the Messiah to Jewish people around the world.

Although Barbanel was raised in an atheist family in Odessa, Ukraine, he realized that his existence was no accident and wanted to learn more about his Creator. He came to faith in Jesus through the Jews for Jesus ministry in 1995. He came on their staff in 1997 and now serves as the deputy director for their five branches in Russia and the Ukraine. He and his wife, Galina, have two daughters, Olga and Susan.


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.


The Maundy Thursday worship service will be held at 6pm on April the 17th. On this day we will commemorate the Last Supper Jesus had with the Apostles. This solemn service will include Communion.


This year’s Easter Sunrise Service will be held across the road with our neighbors at Lee Street Baptist Church. The service is scheduled to begin at 6:30am. A light breakfast will be served following the service.


Last month Green Hill received the following message from Diane Hugo, the Pastor of Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church up in Maine.

Hi! I’ve begun a sermon series on the 6 Great Ends of the Church and found your gorgeous stained glass windows via yahoo image search. May I please use the image for our website if I give credit to where it came from? …Thanks so much!! We are few but we are proud Presbyterians in Maine 🙂 Blessings upon your ministry, Diane

Of course we said Yes! It’s amazing who we reach with our website! You never know who is going to be reading about our church and our ministry!


The angels in heaven
Don’t get the blues;
They don’t have to bother
With clothing and shoes.
They use their wings
When they move around,
And their feet don’t ever
Touch the ground.
But here on earth
It’s a different story;
We have many around
And they don’t seek glory.
You don’t see their wings
When they move around;
They use their feet,
They walk on the ground.
It’s so very easy
To tell them apart;
Just look for that person
With the oversized heart.

–Martin Brignac, Sr.
We are blessed with so many angels in our Green Hill Family.

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Green Hill Good News, March 2014

(online edition)



Long ago, a young boy named Patrick lived in the British Isles. In his mid-teens, Patrick was captured and taken as a slave to Ireland. He lived there for several years herding sheep. He was a religious boy and he prayed that he would someday return to his homeland.

Legend has it that one night while he was praying, a voice told him to escape and hike two hundred miles to a ship that would be waiting for him. Patrick got to the ship, and sailed back to Europe. At home, Patrick felt that he was called by God to perform an important mission. He believed it was his duty to go back to Ireland and convert the Celtic people to Christianity.

Patrick arrived in Ireland and became a missionary, traveling from village to village and talking about his faith. Once, several members of a tribe approached Patrick and told him that they found it difficult to understand and believe in the Holy Trinity. Patrick thought a moment, then stooped down and picked one of the shamrocks growing wild around Ireland. “Here are three leaves,” he said, “yet it is one plant. Imagine the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit as each of these leaves. Here they are, yet they are one plant.” The tribesmen understood. From that time on, the shamrock has been a revered symbol of Ireland.

It would be a stretch for most of us to call March 17th a religious holiday, so in honor of the “Irish” in us all, one more story:

Spanish singer Julio Iglesias was on television with British TV host Anne Diamond when he used the word mañana. Diamond asked him to explain what it meant. He said that the term means “maybe the job will be done tomorrow, maybe the next day, maybe the day after that. Perhaps next week, next month, next year. Who cares?” The host turned to Irishman Shay Brennan who was also on the show and asked him if there was an equivalent term in Irish. “No. In Ireland we don ‘t have a word to describe that degree of urgency” replied Brennan.

Loving the Irish in all of us!

Pastor Dan 



• Received the church’s statistical report prepared for the Presbytery. It showed we lost two members and gained seven.

• Heard Elder Lawrence’s Commissioner’s Report. Presbytery was challenged to participate in the denomination’s “1001 new worshiping communities in ten years” campaign. New ministers for Spring Hill and Evergreen in Dothan were welcomed.

• Elder Art Forehand said building and grounds would like to have the Spring Work Day on Saturday morning, March 22nd with April 12th as a weather back-up.

• Worship Committee recommended 4th Sunday Vesper service be suspended for a time and that a 40 days of prayer during Lent be offered every week day morning in the sanctuary from 9-10am beginning March 6th, the day after Ash Wednesday.

• Reviewed the Elder Sponsor List and discussed notification procedures during emergencies

• Christian Education Committee continues to look for a teacher of the Junior and Senior High Youth.

• The pastor reported that the Ministers Association will conduct another crosswalk on Good Friday


The annual Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support meeting will be held on March 19. These monthly meetings are open to anyone who is dealing with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia in their family. We will get together, share our stories, and work on learning more about how to deal with these diseases.


On Wednesday, March 12, from 5:30 to 7pm, we will set aside our regular Bible Study for a special Pizza & Game night. Bring your favorite games to play and to share. All ages are invited to this exciting event. Please fill out a reservation slip (found in the pew rack) or contact the church office so we know how much pizza to order. Cost is just $3 per adult, $1 per child, and Free for those six and under. Remember, this is a great time to invite your neighbors and friends to Green Hill Presbyterian Church.


Registration is still open for the Alabama Presbyterian Cursillo (APC), and you are all invited! Cursillo, which means “short course,” is a three day retreat designed for Presbyterians who desire to renew their faith and develop a deeper understanding of their relationship with Christ. There are talks, opportunities to worship, fellowship, singing, and group discussions. Cursillo is a tool to assist participants in spiritual renewal and is directed at committed Christians who earnestly desire to grow in Christ. This year’s spring event will be held April 3 to April 6, 2014. To learn more, please see Carl or Betty Bierbaum.


On Sunday, March 9, the Green Hill congregation will be joined at morning worship by the girls and the parents from Girl Scout Troops #9296 and #9338. Girl Scout Sunday is designated as the day to commemorate the founding of the Girl Scouts of America in 1912 and to recognize the contributions Scouts make to their churches and their communities. All local scouts, both boys and girls, are welcome to attend, and are encouraged to wear their uniforms. Following the service cake and punch will be served in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us to welcome our scouting families.


On March 22, 2014 at 9:00 am our Annual Spring Gathering will be held at First Presbyterian, Foley, Alabama. This will be a very exciting day of fellowship, Bible Study and activities for all ladies. We hope you can attend. You will be sorry if you miss it! There is information on the PW board in the Fellowship Hall. If you plan to attend, we need to know no later than Wednesday, March the 12th. Thank you.


We need one another when we mourn and would be comforted.

We need one another when we are in trouble and afraid.

We need one another when we are in despair, in temptation, and need to be recalled to our best selves again.

We need one another when we would accomplish some great purpose, and cannot do it alone.

We need one another in the hour of success, when we look for someone to share our thoughts.

We need one another in the hour of defeat, when with encouragement we might endure, and need again.

We need one another when we come to die, and would have gentle hands prepare us for the journey.

All our lives we are in need of others, and others are in need of us.

-Author Unknown.


The 40 days of Lent that lead to Easter are the most sacred and spiritually powerful in the Christian calendar. From Ash Wednesday, through Good Friday, and on to Easter, Lent is a time when Christians are invited to examine their faith, and deepen the commitment to live the Christian life.

During this season of Lent, you are invited to join us in 40 days of prayer. Starting on Ash Wednesday, March 5, and running through Easter Sunday, April 20, we ask that all of the members of our congregation take some time each day to pray. You may make this part of your regular quiet time, or set aside another part of your day for these special prayers.

If you would like to pray along with other members of our congregation, please join us in the church Sanctuary. On Ash Wednesday, we will begin with a special evening prayer time during the Wednesday Bible Study.

For the remaining days of Lent, we will meet from 9am to 10am, Monday to Friday. To start we will light a candle and have an opening prayer. During the hour, you are welcome to come and leave at any time. Printouts of suggested prayers will be available.

It is our hope that this observance of Lent will give our members the opportunity to truly connect with God as we prepare to recognize the death and the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Please join us for prayer!

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