Green Hill Good News

Green Hill Good News, February 2014

Green Hill Good News February 2014

(online edition)


From the desk of Pastor Dan:

February 17th is President’s day this year. We might be tempted to offer a ho-hum and go about our business without much thought. We’ve had some great presidents, and others, not so great. We do need to be thankful for those who have courageously led our nation to stand fast to the guiding principles of our founders, no matter what the cost.

However, the heroic lives of those who serve on the front lines of freedom should receive the most acclaim, don’t you think? Maybe that’s why we ho-hum President’s Day. We intuitively realize who the real heroes are.

Our greatest presidents were humble men who thanked God for faithful and loving parents, teachers, police officers, farmers…and the thousands of civic leaders, business men and women, and the “little guys who live out liberty’s cause on the front lines every day.”

Instead of February 17th this year, I give you February 12th, a day no American can afford to forget. It was 41 years ago when C-141’s began to bring home some 600 American prisoners of war held by North Vietnam. The first flight of 40 U.S. prisoners of war left Hanoi in a C-141A named the “Hanoi Taxi.” Aboard this aircraft were men who had lived in rat infested cells, endured bone crushing torture, and ate food consisting of animal hooves, chicken heads, rotten fish, and meat covered with hair.

The longest held POW was an Army Ranger named Capt. Floyd J. “Jim” Thompson, commander of a Special Forces detachment. Capt. Thompson spent nearly nine years in captivity. Navy Capt. Jeremiah A. Denton was the senior officer of the 40 POWs who left Hanoi on Feb. 12, 1973. Once airborne, Denton calmly asked a flight attendant for a piece of paper. He thought for a moment and then scribbled the memorable words that he would utter as he and his comrades stepped off the airplane into the arms of freedom at Clark AB in the Philippines.

Capt. Denton said, “We are honored to have had the opportunity to serve our country under difficult circumstances. We are profoundly grateful to our Commander in Chief and to our nation for this day. God bless America.”

King David announced thousands of years ago to God’s people Israel, “My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge.” (Psalm 62:7)

In like manner, let us all be reminded that whatever we do for Christ, even though largely unnoticed or even unappreciated, if endured for our Commander in Chief, Jesus, it will bring eternal honor and glory to the One who has graciously called us into His service. To God be all glory, for He, and He alone, is worthy to receive our thanks and praise.

Pastor Dan



• Elected Joel Mikuta as Treasurer, and Gloria Webb and Betty Cully as Assistant Treasurers
• Elected Betty Cully as Clerk of Session, and Art Forehand as Assistant Clerk of Session
• Agreed to Committee chair positions for 2014 as follows: Worship, David Aylesworth; Outreach and Mission, Kimberli Fougeron; Congregational Care, Betty Cully; Christian Education, Jim Lawrence; Administration and Stewardship, Charles Webb
• Discussed at length answers for the Ten-Question Narrative required by the Fellowship of Presbyterians Mission Affinity Group. Our group consists of Green Hill, Westminster and Overlook in Mobile, and Euchee Valley in DeFuniak Springs, FL. These four churches will plan a gathering soon to discuss and hold one another responsible based upon the Narrative questions. A copy of the questions and answers from Green Hill is available in the church office.
• Elected Elder Jim Lawrence as Commissioner to the February meeting of Presbytery (7&8) at Westminster Church in Mobile; Betty Cully was elected as Alternate Commissioner
• Reimbursed the Pastor for auto expense in December. The pastor had exceeded the budgeted annual amount through November.


The Enterprise Parks & Recreation Department is getting ready to hold team registration for their Spring Softball League, so it’s time to get our Green Hill Team together! If you were on last year’s team, we’d love to have you join us again. If you didn’t play last year, now is your opportunity to get started! The team is open to both men and women, and no previous softball experience is required.

A sign-up sheet has been posted on the board in the kitchen serving area. For more information, please see Pastor Dan. And, remember, if you’re not on the team, that means you’re available to come and cheer us on! Softball nights are all about Fun, Fellowship, and Family. We can’t wait to see you there!


The annual Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support meeting will be held on February 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.


Pasta & Praise will be held on Wednesday, February 12, at 5:30pm. To kick things off we will enjoy a pasta dinner, including spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, tea, water, and dessert. Then we will fire up the piano to sing songs of praise to our Lord. 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 will be available in the pew racks.


The Food Closet Committee would like to thank everyone for your support in 2013. We fed, with your help, 46 families and 153 individuals. Most of the referrals came from Family Services (21), and the First United Methodist Church (17). There were also requests from Wal-Mart (2), DHR (2), HRDC (2) and the Episcopal Church. 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 Carter, Betty Cully, Carol Lynch, Bobbie Miller, and Helen Sapp. If anyone is interested in volunteering with us, please contact one of these ladies.

Currently the Food Closet is in need of Peanut Butter, Jam/Jelly (small jars), Mustard, Mayo, Catsup (small).

In 2013, the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund was used to assist 68 area households (197 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. In total, the fund distributed $2526.49, money that had been donated by our church members. Thank you so much for continuing to support this very worthy mission of the church!


On Wednesday, February 26, we will be joined by a very special guest speaker, Murray Tilles. Mr. Tilles is the director of “Light of Messiah Ministries.” He was born and raised in a traditional Conservative Jewish home and then he found Jesus, who he accepted as his Lord and Savior. On Wednesday, he will speak to us about “The Jewishness of Jesus.” Some of you may remember hearing Mr. Tilles speak at the church before. Hopefully he will bring his shofar and let us hear it!


Registration has begun 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, February 9, the Green Hill congregation will be joined at morning worship by the boys and the parents from Boy Scout Troop #150. Scout Sunday marks the founding of scouting in the United States. On this day, the troop 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.


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 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.


On Sunday, February 16, 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.


The Presbyterian Women of Green Hill are looking for books! We need books for children to be used by Family Services when they go on home visitations. Books for very young children (board books) are preferred, but all books are appreciated. Donations may be dropped off in the box in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you very much for your support of this project!

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Green Hill Good News January 2014

(online edition)


From the desk of Pastor Dan:

THE MANHATTAN DECLARATION, I believe, is one of the most important statements of evangelical Christians in the twenty-first century. I know our church newsletter and website will not reach the masses, but there are some of you who may not have signed this covenant of resistance to the currently imploding (morally speaking) and quickly crumbling western society in which we live. You can find the website for the Declaration by clicking:

SANCTITY OF LIFE – When you sign the Declaration you join thousands of other Evangelicals who will stand for life. From the website: A culture of death inevitably cheapens life in all its stages and conditions by promoting the belief that lives that are imperfect, immature or inconvenient are discard-able.

“Please don’t kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child and be loved by the child.” – MOTHER TERESA, NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST, 1994

DIGNITY OF MARRIAGE SIGNATORIES to the Declaration are also adamant in their defense of God-ordained marriage of a man and woman as the cornerstone for building healthy families: Again, from the website: The Union of one man and one woman. Marriage is the first institution of human society – indeed it is the institution on which all other human institutions have their foundation.

“When the family collapses, it is the children that are usually damaged. When it happens on a massive scale, the community itself is crippled.” – LYNDON B. JOHNSON

FREEDOM OF RELIGION The third leg of the Declaration’s “Here I stand” platform is the protection of Religious Faith and Expression in the public square. From the website: No one should be compelled to embrace any religion against his will, nor should persons of faith be forbidden to worship God according to the dictates of conscience or to express freely and publicly their deeply held religious convictions.

“Religious freedom, an essential requirement of the dignity of every person, is a cornerstone of the structure of human rights, and for this reason, an irreplaceable factor in the good of individuals and of the whole of society as well as of the personal fulfillment of each individual.” -POPE JOHN PAUL II

I SIGNED THE DECLARATION EARLY ON…SOME THREE YEARS AGO. The leaders of this movement continue to speak out against the darkness of death, the ruin of the nuclear family, and the surrender of religious liberty to those who despise the faith of our forefathers and foremothers.

WHAT SAY YOU? Take this seriously. The Declaration is a call to civil disobedience in the face of the current cultural and societal attack upon traditional values.


Pastor Dan


• Examined and sustained the examination for ordination of Elder-elect David Aylesworth. Conducted David’s service of ordination and installation during the Morning worship service, December 8th. David Aylesworth fills a two year vacancy from the Class of 2015.
• Approved the Budget for 2014. It includes a 1.5% raise for the staff. A copy of the budget may be found on a table in the narthex.
• Bid farewell to four faithful Elders: Todd Ayer who resigned from the class of 2014 after service two very active years; Art Forehand, Joel Mikuta, and Carol Whittington rotated off after serving three years in the Class of 2013.
• Called for a Meeting of the Congregation for December 15th to act on the nomination of Art Forehand by the Annual Nominating Committee to fill the one-year Elder vacancy in the Class of 2014. The installation of Art Forehand, pending his election, will take place following the Sunday morning worship service.
• Discussed committee assignments for the new Session.
• Appointed Dr. Walter Lawrence to be Chartering Organization Representative for the Boy Scouts of America and the church troop and pack 150.
• Reviewed the method of greeting new visitors at worship.
• Discussed the appropriateness of an appearance of Santa Claus at the conclusion of a Wednesday Evening Fellowship Meal and Program.


Please note that the church office is starting off the New Year with a new prayer list. Everyone who was on the 2013 list has been removed and we are adding names back as we receive requests. 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.


The next Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 15th. 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.


Looking for an opportunity to serve? The Sunday morning Cafe Ministry needs you. Yes, it is a Ministry. This has developed into a wonderful time to gather and fellowship and has become so much a regular part of our Sunday morning we need help to keep it going. However, Outreach needs a firm commitment of your time and talent.

The Fougerons will take the first Sunday of the Month with the McMillan’s as an alternate. Jim McDonough will take the second (the same Sunday as men’s breakfast). That leaves the third and four with an occasional fifth Sunday to fill. We need at least six more couples or teams to commit to a Sunday or as an alternate to cover if someone cannot serve their Sunday. There will be supplies furnished and reimbursement of expenses.

The Session would like to thank the Ayers, the Whittington’s and Jim McDonough for being the foundation for the Cafe this last year. I know other have volunteered and thank you too. (Contact Kimberli or Pastor Dan)


On Wednesday, January 15, 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.


The SARCOA Santa for Seniors project was a huge success. Our needy recipient received all of her requested items as well as many extras, thanks to you. The annual Christmas party was held on December 12. It was small in numbers of Green Hill ladies, but 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.

Have a wonderful, safe holiday and a blessed 2014.


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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Green Hill Good News, December 2013

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From the desk of Pastor Dan:

I love hearing Pat Johnson’s “Grayson-isms” and “Makayla-isms”. These are short stories that happen as part of growing up at Grandma Pat’s house. They are wonderful, humorous, and especially insightful about how God wants to surprise us with joy (to use the title of a book by C.S. Lewis).

Little people have a way of revealing God’s presence. Anita and I are blessed to be around two such mediums: Livy and Asher.

Recently, Livy has been using a phrase that has reminded me about how amazingly wonderful the Lord is near to us. At some point this past week I was urging Livy to pick up some of her little toys, and of course she wasn’t finished playing with them, so she said, “Grandpa, that’s not nice to Jesus!”

Hmmm. From her perspective I was curtailing her fun and happiness. So that’s not nice to Jesus. Anita and others have been telling her, when she’s been fussy or naughty, that “it doesn’t please Jesus” when she acts like that; especially. Not sharing! So, we have a new Livy-ism to add to the list: “that’s not nice to Jesus”.

What if we considered our attitudes and desires based upon how Jesus might feel?

Actually, the new Livy-ism at the McMillan house is really straight out of the Bible. Colossians 3:17 says “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of (on behalf of) the Lord Jesus…” and likewise 3:23, “whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord….”

Whatever we do or think or say, we are to be mindful that the first one we should want to please is Jesus; not ourselves, not even our friends, or family members. Does it please Jesus; yes or no?

It pleased our heavenly Father to send Jesus to us two thousand years ago, born of Mary, to become son of a carpenter, and to grow up living to please his heavenly Father, and only Him.

Thank you Grayson and Makayla and Asher and Livy, and all of God’s children, for reminding us that life is really quite simple and joyful and filled with wonderful examples for how we are to trust and please our loving heavenly Father.

Giving and receiving gifts at Christmas always starts with a heart-check. May our giving be to please Jesus; and when we receive, let us please him with humble hearts filled with thanksgiving to Him from whom all blessings flow.

Pastor Dan


• Accepted Task Force recommendation to renew the charter with the Boy Scouts of America and continue the Scouting programs of troop and pack 150.
• Called for a Congregational Meeting following worship on November 24 for the purpose of electing new elders and trustees.
• Approved a letter be sent to the Board of the Fellowship of Presbyterians requesting help in finding a concurring presbytery for Green Hill’s earlier overture that protested infanticide at abortion clinics, as well as to implore the Board Chairman to send a letter and issue a public statement to the Office of the General Assembly (PCUSA) warning of unimaginable harm to the denomination should a current push by the Covenant Network to change the definition of marriage succeed at the Assembly in Detroit next Summer.
• Agreed to change December’s Healing Service from the fifth to the fourth Sunday to accommodate the Pastor’s personal leave schedule.
• Approved the Pastor’s Thanksgiving holiday to be November 26 -29th and his Christmas break to run from December 26 – 31.
• Congratulated Charles Webb on being honored with the Spirit of Coffee County Award by the Coffee County Farm and City Association.
• Accepted the request of the Toys for Tots program to use the fellowship hall (and adjoining halls) to distribute toys to the needy through Family Services, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 17 and 18.


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.


Following the Thanksgiving Dinner last week, the kitchen crew noticed that a few items were missing. If you happened to accidentally acquire an extra serving spoon or silverware when you took your plates home, please return them to the church. You will make the kitchen crew very happy. Thank you.


Congratulations to Dr. Lawrence on the opening of his brand new medical office here in Enterprise! We wish Jim and Diana all of the best as they embark on this new adventure.


The Enterprise Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will meet on Wednesday, December 18, at 10:00am. We will meet for about an hour at the church and then head over to Po Folks for a little holiday celebration. Holidays can be both joyful and stressful. Come and have a little fun with us as we take in the Christmas Joy. We have reserved a table for our party. Anyone who wishes to eat lunch may order separately with the waitress. We look forward to seeing you there.


It’s a busy time of year for the Presbyterian Women! We just wrapped up both the annual Thank Offering and the offering for the Presbyterian Children’s Home. Thanks to your generosity, $540.00 was raised for the Thank Offering and $1503.00 for the Home. God is great, and you all are amazing. Thank you!

This year’s Presbyterian Women Christmas Party will be held on Thursday, December 12, at 6:00pm. Please bring a goody and a fun (inexpensive) gift to exchange that evening. ALL of the women in the church are invited, even if you don’t usually attend PW events.

We still have copies of the Legacy Christmas CD available. These CDs make great Christmas gifts, and they support a very worthy cause. The CDs are available for a $15 suggested donation. All money received will be divided between the PW Birthday Offering and to Living Waters for the World.

Operation Christmas Child was a HUGE success this year. The PW covered the shipping of the 14 boxes that were prepared by Wednesday night Youth Group. Donations came in from all over and each of the boxes was packed to the top, mostly with toys!

The PW Christmas Tree is up on the announcements board. Just like we did last year, the PW is sponsoring a senior through SARCOA’s Santa for Seniors program. Our senior has a list of items she would like to receive for Christmas. Most of them are necessities. If you would like to contribute to this project, please pull an ornament off of the tree to signal that you are taking care of that item. Please have all gifts into the church no later than Thursday, December 5. Thank you!


From the November 12 Enterprise Ledger: “Col. (ret.) Charles Webb received the Spirit of Coffee County Award from the Coffee County Farm City Committee. Webb served in the U.S. Army for more than 30 years and was the first director of the Coffee County Emergency Management Agency. In 1996, Webb undertook the task of creating the Coffee County Emergency Communications Board and the task of remapping the county and establishing the E-911 program. Since 2003, he has since continued his role as the unpaid chair of the CCEMB. He and wife, Gloria, are both active [in] the community, both in their dance club and at the Greenhill Presbyterian Church.”

Charles adds, “Gloria was my ‘right hand person,’ she made major contributions to both Emergency Management and E911, and continues to do so. She has served on the Board of Commissioners of E911 for 17 years.”

Congratulations to both Charles and Gloria!


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 2013

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From the desk of Pastor Dan:

What do you do about things that are inevitable? “Simply forget about it, it’s going to happen anyway?” “Worry about it, or try to put it off?” Taxes and dying are two things that are universally considered inevitable.

When I was a youngster growing up in the West Indies I heard about a man in a near-by village who lived by himself, never came out of his house (he was a rich man with trusted servants), and had his food specially cooked and sampled before he would eat. The rumor in town was that he was paranoid about something getting him, like a virus or a deadly infection, or being poisoned. He lived in such a way that death would be postponed as long as possible.

We thought he was weird. He tried so hard to keep from dying that he was missing out on living.

How weird, though, is the first answer given above? If you ignore it will it really just take care of itself?

There are folks who actually stay away from church, believe it or not, because they don’t want to be forced to think seriously about their life, to consider the relative brevity of life, or come face to face with unpleasant issues, especially about themselves.
We all need a reminder about a third and the most important inevitability that each of us face. It is called “the judgment,” referenced in Hebrews 9:27. Final Exam Day!

Should we simply say, “There’s nothing I can do. God will do what He is going to do.”?

One option, of course, is to “not believe” that God will grade using His holiness as the standard. This stance of non-belief is like saying “out of mind, therefore, not happening.” According to the Bible this would not be a wise choice.

The Bible has good news. God’s word promises a passing grade for those who give up trying to measure up, but instead live day to day sharing life with the Son…trusting Christ as a child trusts her Mom or Dad.

The Son, Jesus Christ has earned a waiver to be used on final exam day. Every day, and especially on exam day, our faith lays claim to being related to God’s Son by way of adoption. God’s Son passed the final exam for all who believe in Him some 2000 years ago on Calvary’s cross.

So, “Believe (and keep on believing) on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved, you and your entire household.” Acts 16: 31
Do not delay. Today is the day of salvation. Believe! John 3:16
Believing and Sharing the Greatest News of All Time,

Pastor Dan


• Designated November 24th as Stewardship Sunday when pledges to the 2014 church budget would be received from church members during the worship service.
• Received a status report from the BSA task force. They will have a recommendation by the next Session meeting, Nov 10.
• Approved use of a room at Green Hill for an association of Entrepreneurs in the Enterprise area called the Enterprise Networking Alliance. They want to meet weekly early every Tuesday morning. The Session agreed to a 3 month trial period. Jim McDonough is the sponsoring member.
• Pastor McMillan reported on last month’s meeting of the Mission Affinity Group of the Fellowship of Presbyterians in Pensacola. The topic was Evangelism. The next meeting will be a review of the annual narrative questions every Fellowship church must answer. This will be in early 2014.
• Accepted a request from Outreach Committee to purchase a DVD that stars Kirk Cameron, a movie that provides encouragement for those whose trust in Christ has been severely tested by tragedy or the unfairness of life. Stay tuned for the date when this movie will be shown. This will be an opportunity to invite friends to Green Hill.
• Committees were asked to submit their budget requests for 2014 by November 10th at the latest.
• The treasurer reported a balance between income and expenses through the first three quarters. Our members and others who faithfully attend at Green Hill are to be commended for their faithful giving.


Information for the December Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Tuesday, November 19. 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!


Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or related dementia? This meeting is for you! We want all caregivers to understand the disease and to know that they are not alone. The November 20th Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will focus on keeping the health and spirits up for the caregiver during the holiday season ahead. November through December is very hard on the heart and soul of the caregiver. Keeping spirits bright is difficult. Keeping healthy during the cold and flu season is important too. We meet 10 a.m. till noon.


Calling all church members with talent! Dancers, singers, poetry readers, comics, and more are invited to our second annual Talent Night on Wednesday, November 6. Your act should last from three to five minutes. The event is open to all ages. There is a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall. Please contact Kimberli if you have any questions.


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 24, 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.


The “official” email address of the church is now If you need to contact the church office by computer, this is the best address to use.


We’ve just completed our first month of the new evening Youth Bible Study and it has been a great success! While the adults are studying their lesson in the Fellowship Hall, we have been having fun using the What’s in the Bible? program, and playing a little bit of Ping Pong too. In November, we will have lessons on the 13th and the 20th, perhaps packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child one of those evenings.

Adults, don’t forget that we need you too! Sandi has been taking care of setting up and running most of the lessons, but she needs help, especially on days she can’t be there. Please see the sign-up sheet in the kitchen for information on how you can help out.


Attention All Bible Scholars! We will be starting two new after-school Bible Studies this month for kids from 4th grade up to teens and we want you!

Monday we will be digging in to Becoming God’s Champion – an inductive Bible Study on 2 Timothy. Join Max, Molly, Sam and the rest of Team USA as they train for events, compete for medals, and learn:

• How we can be true champions for God.
• How we can pass the gospel on to others, just like a baton in a relay race.
• How we can press on in tough times and finish strong to win the race.

Tuesday we will tackle God Has Big Plans For You, Esther – an inductive Bible Study on the book of Esther. Max, Molly, and Sam are going to Washington D.C. to tour all the important places in the capital of the United States as well as explore a time in history when a young woman named Esther became queen and saved her people. Through her incredible life, we will uncover many truths that will help us know more about God and how we can serve Him, such as:

• God put us where we are for a reason.
• God has plans for each of us now and in the future.
• God will help us know what to do in every situation.
• God is always with us so we are never alone.
• God has given us each gifts so we can help people.

Each of these Bible Studies will meet from 3pm until 5pm on days when Enterprise has school. Contact April Seery to register at 334-494-2087.

Not a 4th grader up to teen age and still want to be a part of these exciting studies? We need an adult helper for our Monday class, people willing to substitute as helper on either of these two days and drivers to pick up kids that need a ride from school on both Monday and Tuesday. Contact the church office to let us know you can help or call April Seery at 334-494-2087.


Tickets will be available soon for the next Belk Charity Day Sale! The sale will be held at the Dothan location on November 9, from 6am to 10am. To attend, you must purchase a $5 ticket from one of the members of the Presbyterian Women at Green Hill. This very special ticket will not only get you admission to the sale, but it also acts as a coupon to get you $5 off of your first purchase. That’s in addition to getting the already marked discounts of 20% to 70% off! And, that little ticket just keeps on working because the money for all of the tickets sold at Green Hill, stays at Green Hill. The Belk Charity Day Sale is a major contributor to the missions budget of the Presbyterian Women ministry.


The Green Hill annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Sunday, November 24, at 3pm. 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.


The women of Green Hill have had a fantastic month, and we are looking forward to even more excitement!

We have been studying An Abiding Hope, The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy in our Bible Study and we would like to remind the ladies of Green Hill that all women are invited to join us. Our November Bible Study will be held on Friday the 15th. Looking ahead, our December Bible Study will be held on Friday, the 13th.

Six of our ladies made a trip out to the Olive Grove in Marianna on the 4th of October. It was a wonderful experience! Anyone who has the opportunity to make the trip in the future should go.

In November and December, the PW will be holding a fundraiser in support of Living Waters for the World. We have CDs of Christmas music called Legacy Christmas that will be made available in exchange for donations to the charity. A $15 donation per CD is suggested. Please contact a member of the PW if you are interested in picking up a CD.

Christmas is still a couple of months away, but the PW will be setting the date for our annual Christmas party very soon. When we announce the date, please mark it on your calendar. This is an event you don’t want to miss.


The Azalea Garden Club Monthly meeting for November 8th, 2013, will be held at the Green Hill Presbyterian Church on Lee Street at 9:00 a.m. with Ilu Worley presenting a program on growing orchids. She will also show you how to re-pot an orchid plant. Please come and join us. We have refreshments from 9:00 to 9:30.


During November and December, the Green Hill Sanctuary will be open for our members to come and participate in a special Morning Prayer time. Much like we did during the season of Lent, everyone will be welcome to come to the church on weekdays, from 9:00am to 10:00am, to pray. Suggested prayers will be made available. This will be a time of reflection, a time of praying for our church and country, and a time to focus on the message given to us by Billy Graham at the My Hope event. We hope that those of you who can join us will, even if you can only make it to a few of the days. This prayer time will begin on Friday, November 1.


Don’t forget to change your clocks on Sunday, November the 3rd. This is the time of year we get to “Fall Back” which means everyone gets an extra hour of sleep. Or, those of you who don’t go to Sunday School could use this as an opportunity to make it to church one hour early and attend a class. We have several great classes to choose from, for children, teens, and adults. This may be the morning God is calling you to join us!


“It’s easy to get excited about your faith when things are going well in your life. But when your whole world comes crashing down on you, the questions start: ‘Where is God when I need him most? Why do bad things happen to good people?’ UNSTOPPABLE is a journey, based on a true story, that has become the most personal and transparent project I have ever made regarding my faith. Together…we will discover with our eyes wide open, that life is stronger than death, good is stronger than evil, and faith is stronger than doubt.”
-Kirk Cameron

Special Movie Showing:

Green Hill Presbyterian Church

Saturday, November 23 @ 7:00pm


On Thursday, November 7, at 6:00pm, the Green Hill Softball Team is getting together for fellowship and fun, and to watch the My Hope with Billy Graham special.

Were you on the team? Did you cheer them on? Did you follow their wins and losses? Did you forget that Green Hill had a team? It doesn’t matter. Everyone is welcome to this event. It will be a time of great food and great conversation. The Nursery will be open for the little ones.

If you plan to come, please contact the church office at 334-347-9530. We need to get a head count so we know how much food to prepare.

Remember, this event is open to everyone,
so let your friends know!

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Green Hill Good News October 2013

(online edition)

PW Gathering

From the desk of Pastor Dan

This month I want to share some of my random thoughts as I write this mid-month of September. So here goes…

  1. Obamacare, the so called Affordable Care Act, will soon take effect. Already this misnamed work of Congress has had a negative effect on insurance provided for your pastor through the Board of Pensions. Next year the dues increase an entire 2% of the pastor’s effective salary.
  2. The hurricane forecasters at NOAA must be scratching their collective heads. Nothing yet and the season is getting late. Of course, by the time you read this there will probably be a monster storm headed our way!
  3. The Boy Scouts of America, following the lead of our own denomination, has forced our Session to spell out our core values as a church in light of changing policies at the national level. A special committee has been formed to recommend to the Session at their November meeting what our future association should be, if any, with the BSA.
  4. The last time the love bugs were this plentiful was 8 years ago, right after Katrina. I remember well. September 11, 2005 was my first Sunday at Green Hill.
  5. Sunday the 29th of September is Healing Service Sunday; it is also Readiness Sunday according to Homeland Security. Homeland Security has been buying beans and bullets and even armored Humvees. I wonder what our personal and church-wide readiness plans should really include?
  6. Heritage United Methodist Church on Rucker Blvd. is collecting canned vegetables, funds to purchase hams/turkeys, and the fix-in’s to distribute the Saturday before Thanksgiving. They have invited our participation and will put our church’s brochure in the dinner bags they put together. If you want to know more see me or check out the announcement on the bulletin board.
  7. ShaNaNa will be an Arts Alliance presentation on October 3rd. A sign up list for riding the church bus can be found on the bulletin board.
  8. October is a tough month for the stock market. History shows they tend to be more vulnerable to a crash. Whew! I hope not.
  9. I am particularly thankful for our Children’s Church leaders. They are providing, not only a needed service of worship for our children, but they are truly serving our families with children. Parents and grandparents and worshippers in general have more opportunity to focus upon their spiritual worship.

I hope you found at least a little good news in the above. God is at work…working all things together for good to those who are called…

Pastor Dan


• Heard Elder Lawrence’s Commissioner’s Report from Presbytery. Green Hill’s overture and resolution regarding the sacredness of human life passed by healthy margins.
• Treasurer Joel Mikuta reported the church’s finances were in good shape. The quarterly report will be available to the Session and congregation at the October Session meeting.
• Decided to form a special task force committee to evaluate current policies of the Boy Scouts of America and Trail Life USA and recommend to the Session action for future sponsorship of Troop and Pack 150 in time for the November Session meeting.
• Appointed Carol Whittington and Art Forehand to the Annual Nominating Committee. Sunday, September 29, following worship, the Session calls for a congregational meeting to select three members from the congregation.
• Approved purchase of a new commercial grade lawn mower.
• Agreed to host Murray Tilles of Light of Messiah Ministries for one Wednesday evening program, February 26, 2014. A love offering will be received for this unique outreach to those of Jewish heritage
• The church will continue to use the old Book of Order as part of the Church’s manual of operations.
• Donated $100 to Life Ministries in support of a medical trip to Haiti.
• Gave the Pastor personal leave to attend a retirement workshop offered by the Board of Pensions in Atlanta, October 29/30. This is the seminar he missed last year, something strongly recommended by the Board of Pensions before a clergy person reaches the age of 65; also gave the Pastor three days during Anita’s Fall break to get away to a place called Whitestone, Tennessee, for some rest, Oct 8-10.


Donations to the Green Hill Memorial Fund have been received by Stephen & Hilda Hagins in the names of Ellen Patterson and Jeannette Palmer.


The prayers and sympathy of the congregation are extended to our dear friend Marbe in the recent death of her father. Dennis Wood passed away on September 12, 2013, in Crystal River Florida. He was 73.


Praise to God and congratulations to Ida Aldrich on the new addition to her family. Her beautiful great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Anne Fenn, was born on September 4, 2013.


Pasta & Praise will be held on Wednesday, October 2, at 5:30pm. To kick things off we will enjoy a pasta dinner, including spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, tea, water, and dessert. Then we will fire up the piano to sing songs of praise to our Lord. 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 will be available in the pew racks.


It’s that time of year again: time to clean up the church grounds for Fall. Please join us on Saturday, October 5, 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 Salad Celebration” on Sunday, October 13, 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 15. 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!


Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or related dementia? This meeting is for you! We want all caregivers to understand the disease and to know that they are not alone. Please join us on Wednesday, October 16, at 10:00am.


Pizza & Game Night will be held on Wednesday, October 23 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 will be available in the pew racks.


Calling all church members with talent! Dancers, singers, poetry readers, comics, and more are invited to our second annual Talent Night on Wednesday, November 6. You have a whole month to prepare your act, which should last five minutes or less. The event is open to all ages. There is a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall. Please contact Kimberli if you have any questions.


The Green Hill Fall Gathering was held Saturday, September 14, and twelve of our ladies (and two young ladies) attended this event. We had several visitors including our cluster Leader from Andalusia and her friend, Susan Underwood. There were four other visitors. Ann Reynolds played beautifully for us as we sang and danced. Pastor Dan opened our gathering with prayer. Nancy Jancoski, Religious Education Director at Fort Rucker, gave a wonderful presentation of the Jewish Feasts celebrated in the fall. Our own Nancy Smith told about the foods that she and Betty Bierbaum had brought that were eaten by the Jewish people at that time, and we sampled them during and after your lunch. If you were not there, you missed a treat and we missed you. On October 4 we will travel to Marianna, FL, to visit and tour an olive grove. If you can attend, please let me know. The cost is $5. There are many other events scheduled and if you attend Green Hill, you are a member of PW and are invited to any and all of these events.

Gloria Webb

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Green Hill Good News September 2013

(online edition)


From the desk of Pastor Dan:

Abraham Lincoln, historians generally agree, was a man who sought the Lord and His way with all of his heart. Following the death of his son he became even more resolved to follow God as faithfully and earnestly as he knew how. I was struck by the humility and haunting specifics of one of Lincoln’s prayers from March, 1863; haunting because it appears our nation needs to repent of the very same sins that our greatest President confessed 150 years ago.

“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]

Our special Sunday vesper services are in part a call to repentance. Vespers is fourth Sundays at 6:30p.

Pastor Dan


The next Session meeting will be held on September 15 @ 2pm.


The second annual Coffee County Emergency Preparedness Fair and Safety Day will be held on Saturday, September 7, from 10am to 2pm, at Johnny Henderson Park. There will be vendors, food, safety information, demonstrations, and emergency responders. This year’s theme is Resolve 2B Ready, focusing on taking simple, but life-saving steps to enhance preparedness.


This month’s Men’s Breakfast will be held on Sunday, September 8, at 8:30am. If you plan to attend, please sign up on the board in the kitchen serving area.


Where has our summer gone? It’s hard to believe but it’s time to get ready for our Fall Gathering, too. We are so excited to start another great year together with this journey through Exodus. The gathering will be held Saturday, September 14, 2013 here at Green Hill. If you can, come for coffee around 10:30am. Wear your dancing shoes as you will have the opportunity to join in song and dance and by 11:00am be ready for the introduction to the journey through Exodus with the Hebrew people.

Our guest speaker will be Nancy Jankowski who is the Religious Education Director at Ft Rucker. She will teach us about 3 of the Jewish Holidays that are celebrated. Please mark your calendars now and sign the list on our board in the fellowship hall because we need a count of those who will be here to experience some food at lunch the children might have had on their journey. If we haven’t heard from you we will try to contact you.

Don’t forget our Bible Study will begin in September. This year we will study, “An Abiding Hope, The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy”. Please read chapter 1 and 2 in Exodus before coming if you are able. It will be here before we know it.

God bless you all.

Betty Bierbaum


This year’s Sunday School Rally Day will be held on September 8. It’s time to find the Sunday School class for you! We have a class for young children, a class for teens, and two different classes for adults. All classes begin at 9:30am. Please join us!


Children’s Church will return on Sunday, September 8. During the morning Worship Service, just before the start of the Sermon, elementary school aged children will be dismissed to Children’s Church. There they will review their own lesson on the Bible. Children’s Church meets every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month, Communion Sunday.


The first Garden Club meeting of the new season will be held on Wednesday, September 10, at 9:30am. This club is open to both current gardeners and aspiring gardeners. Everyone is welcome.


The Enterprise Music Club will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, September 11, in the Green Hill Fellowship Hall.


Information for the October Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Tuesday, September 17. 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!


Every month our Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Support Meeting group is growing! Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or related dementia? This meeting is for you. We want all caregivers to understand the disease and to know that they are not alone. Please join us on Wednesday, September 18, at 10:00am.


Students! This message is for you! The annual day of prayer known as See You at the Pole is coming up. On Wednesday, September 25, all over the world, students will meet to pray at the flagpoles in front of their schools. This is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event, that will be held at all area schools. Mark your calendars now! For more information, please visit


Time is running out to sign up for the Alabama Presbyterian Cursillo!

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 Fall event will be held at the Beckwith Retreat and Conference Center from September 19 to September 22, 2013. Registration forms are available in the church office. If you have any questions, please contact Carl or Betty Bierbaum.


On the final Sunday of September, the 29th, Green Hill will have a brief Healing Prayer during the Morning Worship service. At an appointed time in the service, anyone who feels a need for prayer may come up to be anointed with oil and prayed for by the Pastor. Anyone who knows of someone not in attendance who needs prayer is welcome to come up in that person’s place.


And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
-Philippians 4:7




Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.

My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

Lyrics from the Hymn
Before the Throne of God Above


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Green Hill Good News August 2013

(online edition)


From the desk of Pastor Dan:

The Elders came to a unanimous decision to send an Overture and a Resolution to Presbytery about the careless and even hostile regard for the lives of tiny babies at abortion clinics such as the one operated by Dr. Gosnell in Philadelphia, PA. The Resolution and Overture are both included with this month’s newsletter. (see Page 7 & Page 9)

The Session wants the congregation to become more aware of the plight of children at risk in the world we live in and to rediscover the obedient response of Christians to their desperate spiritual and physical needs (see James 1:27). The leaders of your church are calling you to attend a series of vesper services (brief evening worship services) when a call will be issued for repentance, confession of sin, and a new resolve to seek justice and salvation for God’s children. It will also be a time for devotion to God’s Holy Word, praise for God’s goodness and faithfulness, and prayer for God’s people, especially God’s little ones.

Will you join me and the leaders of Green Hill in these important services of evening devotion? More details will become known in the immediate days ahead. Pay particular attention to the church website and of course the Sunday bulletins for exact day and time. These services will occur one Sunday evening each month over the remainder of the year.

Another newsworthy note: Green Hill continues to seek the association of members of the Fellowship of Presbyterians in our area through a newly organized cluster called a mission affinity group. The group includes, along with Green Hill, the Westminster Church in Mobile, Euchee Valley Church in DeFuniak Springs, FL, and Overlook Church in Mobile. The next meeting of church leaders from these four churches is set for September 29th in Pensacola. Please talk with our Clerk of Session, Betty Cully, or myself, if you would like more information.

Here’s a good verse in line with the recent series of Sunday sermons on Salvation: “But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:22-23 NASB)

Pastor Dan


• Gave permission to Life Scout Andrew Whittington to proceed with his Eagle Scout project that involved the procurement and installation of a special drop-off box for American flags needing proper disposal. It will be placed near the U S mailbox.
• Unanimously approved an overture to General Assembly dealing with the denomination’s heretofore silence on the subject of unregulated abortion clinics and the killing of babies that escape abortion procedures. In addition, a resolution asking that Presbytery impress upon congregations the need to become more aware of the plight of children at risk, and to determine faithful responses in light of James 1:27, was approved with every Elder’s consent.
• The Treasurer reported that the first half of the year found the church in the black, offerings and pledges fully funding the mission of the church.
• Heard from Geoffrey Whittington, our scouting coordinator and representative with the Boy Scouts of America, on the status of our relationship with the national BSA in light of recent changes to their membership requirements.
• Elder Jim Lawrence presented a strategy for Christian Education over the next three years that calls for a comprehensive and coordinated approach to learning the Scriptures across all ages and involving all classes on Sundays and small group Bible studies. A curriculum will be proposed in the immediate future that accomplishes the goal of having the entire church membership studying the same scripture lessons every Sunday, eventually to include the scripture lessons for Sunday worship. The plan and strategy received unanimous approval.
• Gave permission to the Music Club to use the Fellowship Hall on 11 September 2013 and 14 May 2014.
• Dan and Robin Russell (pastor’s daughter) are new missionaries to Malaysia and will be here for a Wednesday night fellowship program on August 21st.
• Wednesday night fellowship meal and programs/Bible studies resume the second Wednesday of August (14th) at 5:30pm.
• Elected Kimberli Fougeron as Commissioner to Presbytery at Spanish Fort, August 23 and 24. Jim Lawrence was elected as alternate commissioner.
• The Session will not hold a regular meeting in August. The next scheduled meeting will be held on the 8th of September.


The 2013 AL/MS Women’s Conference was held at First-Trinity Presbyterian Church in Laurel, Ms. First a big thank you for letting Nancy Smith and myself attend as your representatives. Another big thank you goes to Evelyn McNab for the dolls and baby quilts, and to Nancy Smith for the cross stitch Christmas ornaments and table runner for the gift shop. The gift shop made $1,073 .00 for Living Waters for the World and The Little Light House, an early intervention program for special needs children. Evelyn’s items were the hit of the show. The offering taken for these ministries was $1,111.00.

The conference music was led by the outstanding conference music leader Althea Jerome who was the 2012 Recipient of a MS. Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and Derrick Meador, organist, that could make that organ really rock. The conference had 3 Hymns written for the conference by Inez Dunlap, Rachel Caldwell and P.L. Miller. A beautiful banner springing from the conference theme, “God is on the Journey,” was designed and constructed by Myra Hester. There were table hangings, and pulpit hangings showing ways God was present in the Exodus. The cloud and fire pulpits were created by Hardie Franel of Leland, Ms.

In addition to our 3 workshops we were divided into tribes to explore the Exodus through film, food, literature and Scripture. Each table decoration was an original creation representing one of the 12 tribes. The whole conference was truly unforgettable. Next year it will be at Alabama’s Spanish Fort Church on July 23 – 25th, 2014 so mark your calendars now and save those days so you may attend.


With the conference behind us we are turning our efforts to prepare for fall. Our Bible Study will begin Thursday, September 12. 2013 at 10:00 A.M. and will continue on the second Thursday of each month. This year we will study all of Genesis and a little of Deuteronomy. It is called “An Abiding Hope, The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy.” It was written by our own Janice Catron. She also wrote our 1979 study on Job if you can remember.

Green Hill’s Fall Gathering will be on September 14th. Plan to gather for coffee at 10:30 A.M. in our Fellowship Hall. Then we will begin our journey with the Hebrew children at 11:00 A.M. with joyous song. Maybe even a dance or two. Our guest speaker will be Nancy Jankowski who is the Religious Education Director at Ft Rucker. She will teach us about 3 of the Jewish Holidays that are celebrated. At Noon we will partake of some food from the Exodus. As you can tell we are so excited about what lies ahead on our journey this year. The biggest blessing of course is the promise that God is on the Journey with us.


The Community Bible Study at First Baptist Church will begin on Monday August 26th. The study meets from 10:00 – 12:00 A.M. on Mondays and we will be studying the book of John. Please come if you can. It also has a wonderful Bible program for children. Call if you need more information.

JUNE 2013


This unanimous recommendation calls for the Presbytery of South Alabama and its various congregations to give dedicated time and study to the plight of the most unprotected innocents of our time.
Recognizing that the blood of little children cries out to God and to Christ’s church for protection and justice, Green Hill Presbyterian Church calls on the Presbytery of South Alabama and member churches to join them for a season of reflection upon the plight of unwanted children, over the interim months between presbytery meetings, September 2013 until February 2014; that we as a presbytery seek to enter the purest worship of God by offering aid and comfort and the Gospel to siblings, parents, church and community leaders, the medical profession and all who are called to care for the least of God’s children in the face of such evil.
In addition, the Session of Green Hill calls on the committee that plans worship for the Winter 2014 meeting to order that time of worship and study around the theme of caring for all of God’s children, and that member churches be encouraged to conduct similar services of worship and devotion in their various congregations.


1. The recent news reports from around the USA that have revealed shocking life-ending procedures for babies born alive who had somehow escaped so-called partial birth abortions.
2. The now famous trial and conviction of an abortion doctor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that has placed Planned Parenthood and similar Abortion Clinics under suspicion for tolerating abuse of both mothers and infants (see
3. The fact that neither the PCUSA Stated Clerk in Louisville, nor the Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C. have called for minimal medical regulations (federal or state) for Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinics; and not one official representative of the Presbyterian Church USA has offered a single word of protest against the taking of innocent life at Planned Parenthood and similar abortion clinics.
4. The clear teaching of the Scriptures that human life is sacred to God primarily because human life is created in God’s image (Gen 1:27). The taking of life in the Old Testament required the perpetrator to forfeit his/her own life (Gen 9:6; Ex. 21:12, 14; Lev. 19:16b); ancient Israel was taught to value life while it was still in the womb (Ex 21:22-23); the glory of the Creator’s handiwork in the womb is profoundly revealed by the Psalmist (Psalm 139); Jesus taught God’s especially tender love for innocent and defenseless children (Mark 10:14-16; Matt 19: 13-15; Luke 18: 15-17); numerous Old Testament passages (Lev. 18:21; Jer. 19:4 and 32:35; Psalm 106: 37-39) clearly warn against offering children as sacrifices to please the god(s) of pagan culture (today, the gods of convenience and pleasure). The New Testament lifts up the plight of widows and orphans as an opportunity for offering what James calls pure and undefiled religion (James1:27).

Respectfully Submitted,

Betty Cully, Clerk of Session Dan McMillan, Moderator

23 JUNE 2013


The session of Green Hill Presbyterian Church, Enterprise, Alabama, overtures the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to:

1) Call for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and member congregations to enter a two-year season of reflection upon the plight of unwanted children, both born and not-yet born, and to purposefully seek to enter the pure worship of God by offering aid, comfort, and the Gospel to those responsible for the care of our most desperate orphans (including those who survive abortion procedures): parents, siblings, church and community leaders, and the medical profession;

2) Direct the Moderator of General Assembly and the Stated Clerk to issue statements that denounce the practice of killing babies born live following an abortion procedure, such as was revealed in the Dr. Kermit Gosnell clinic in Philadelphia;

3) Direct the Moderator to appoint a Special Committee on Abortion Review, carefully balanced with members representing both pro-life and pro-choice viewpoints, to:
a. Conduct a thorough assessment of the financial, in-kind, lodgment, publicity, and staff support that the PC(USA) provides to organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Presbyterians Affirming Reproductive Options, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and other abortion providers or pro-choice organizations. A similar review should be made of denominational support provided for pro-life organizations and pro-life crisis-pregnancy support centers.
b. Propose new policies that will more accurately represent the PC(USA) in its breadth of conviction about abortion, taking into account our churches’ desire to worship God in purest form (James 1:27). The policies shall incorporate more fully the voices of pro-life Presbyterians, who have to this point largely been kept silent in denominational advocacy.

Most, if not all, of the Special Committee meetings should be conducted in virtual conferences using appropriate audio-visual technology. The Special Committee on Abortion Review shall report its findings and recommendations to the 222nd General Assembly.


The blood of little children cries out to God and to Christ’s Church for protection and justice.

The 2013 trial and conviction of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell has placed Planned Parenthood abortion clinics and similar organizations under suspicion for tolerating medical abuse of both mothers and infants (see

Neither the PC(USA) Stated Clerk in Louisville nor the Presbyterian Church (USA) Washington Office has called for even minimal medical regulations (federal or state) for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, nor have our denominational representatives offered a single word of protest against the taking of innocent life at Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics.

The clear teaching of Scriptures reveals that human life is sacred to God primarily because human life is created in God’s image (Gen 1:27). Ancient Israel was taught to value life while it was still in the womb (Ex. 21: 22-23); the glory of the Creator’s handiwork in the womb is profoundly revealed by the Psalmist (Ps 139); Jesus taught God’s especially tender love for innocent and defenseless children (Mark 10:14-16 Matt 19:13-15; Luke 18: 15-17); numerous Old Testament passages (Lev. 18:21; Jer. 19:4 and 32:35; Psalm 106: 37-39) clearly warn against offering children as sacrifices to please the god(s) of pagan culture (today, the gods of convenience and pleasure).

The New Testament clearly teaches that the purest expression of religion in the sight of our God and Father is to care particularly for orphans (our society’s unwanted children surely qualify) and widows during their times of distress, and to keep ourselves unstained by the world (James 1:27).

Every Session of every congregation in the PCUSA is required to be proactive, “warning and bearing witness against error in doctrine and immorality in practice within the congregation and community” (G-3.0201c)

Prayerfully and Respectfully Submitted,

Betty Cully, Clerk of Session
Dan McMillan, Moderator

If you have any questions/concerns about either the Recommendation or the Overture, please contact Pastor Dan.





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