Green Hill Good News

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

SESSION BRIEFS

• 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.

MEMORIALS RECEIVED

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

SYMPATHY

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 & JOY

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

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.

CHURCH BEAUTIFICATION DAY

It’s that time of year again: time to clean up the church grounds for Fall. Please join us on Saturday, October 5, at 8am. Bring your favorite yard tool. Coffee will be hot and ready. We’ll try to get everything done by Noon.

SOUP & SALAD CELEBRATION

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!

 NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

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!

ALZHEIMERS CAREGIVERS SUPPORT MEETING

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

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.

TACO & TALENT NIGHT

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.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN NEWS

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

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Newsletter

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

SESSION BRIEFS

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

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR

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.

MEN’S BREAKFAST

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.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN NEWS

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

SUNDAY SCHOOL RALLY DAY

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

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.

GARDEN CLUB

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.

MUSIC CLUB

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

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

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!

ALZHEIMERS CAREGIVERS SUPPORT MEETING

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.

SEE YOU AT THE POLE

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 http://www.SYATP.com.

CURSILLO

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.

HEALING SERVICE

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.

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

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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)

Newsletter

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

SESSION BRIEFS

• 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.

AL/MS WOMEN’S CONFERENCE REPORT

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.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN NEWS

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.

COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY

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.

RECOMMENDATION FROM THE SESSION at
GREEN HILL PREBYTERIAN CHURCH, ENTERPRISE, ALABAMA
JUNE 2013

RECOMMENDATION:

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.

RATIONALE:

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 http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2013/05/30/nurses-describe-unsafe-conditions-at-delaware-abortion-clinic/).
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

OVERTURE TO 221ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA)
by the SESSION OF GREEN HILL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, ENTERPRISE, ALABAMA
23 JUNE 2013

RECOMMENDATION:

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.

RATIONALE:

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 http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2013/05/30/nurses-describe-unsafe-conditions-at-delaware-abortion-clinic/)

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.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2013

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Green Hill Good News June/July 2013

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Newsletter

From the desk of Pastor Dan:

A young Ensign is working late at the Pentagon one evening. As he gets ready to leave his office he passes the Admiral standing by the classified document shredder. The Admiral has a piece of paper in his hand and a puzzled look on his face.

“Do you know how to work this thing?” the Admiral asks. “My Secretary’s gone home and I don’t know how to run it.”

“Yes, sir,” says the young Ensign, who turns on the shredder, takes the paper from the Admiral, and feeds it in.

That’s when the Admiral says, “I just need one copy.”

There’s a Chinese Proverb that says, “If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.” Someone else once said, “I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” Finally, King Solomon proclaimed that “The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens….” (Proverbs 12:15)

This month, someone important to you will ask for “just one copy.” Prayerfully, you won’t disappoint. Being a good listener is crucial to gaining wisdom, enjoying a good marriage, accomplishing the mission. “Quiet Professionals” know that listening, and listening well, is not only a good idea, but defines the humble spirit of a true follower of Christ.

Pastor Dan

SESSION BRIEFS

• Received Gunnar and Lesley Chambers into the fellowship of the church by reaffirmation of faith. The Chambers have been living in Enterprise for a year and expect Gunnar’s assignment at Ft. Rucker to run at least two more years. The Chambers have a son, Dale, who also a member of BSA troop 150.
• Welcomed the news of Jim Crawford’s wedding to be held this Fall at his new home church near Austin, Texas. All were thrilled with the announcement.
• Dr. Lawrence presented the Christian Education committee report that included a new vision for reaching current and new members with biblical teaching discipleship training. At the June meeting the Elders will be prepared to vote on the new “unified” curriculum approach.
• Discussed ways that the Session and members of the church might learn how to share their faith with others. The Billy Graham My Hope campaign and the PCUSA Engage program were evaluated. More to come later.
• June 23rd is the next regular meeting of the Session

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP

The Alzheimer’s Support Group will continue to have regular meetings through the summer, on June 19 and July 17. The guest speaker for the June meeting will be Pastor Dan McMillan. His message will focus on not losing heart in these tough times. Linda Bauer will facilitate the July meeting. She will share some fantastic information she has gathered from the support group meetings in Troy.

GREEN HILL CAFÉ

The Outreach Committee is looking for people to host the Sunday morning Green Hill Café. Café time is not only a great time for church members to visit, it is also a time to make our visitors feel welcome. Hosting is easy, and it is a fantastic way to serve in the church. Sodas are kept in the kitchen and you will be reimbursed for any breakfast type food you purchase. To sign up, please put your name on the list in the kitchen. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Whittington.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

June is ready to bust out all over it seems. There are many thanks we need to give for all your hard work done in May. Nancy Smith and I had a productive trip to work the Belk Charity Sale. Thanks to all that purchased ticket this year. Many thanks to all that participated in the great Birthday Offering Lunch on May 5th. The food was outstanding. The offering received for the Westminster Neighborhood Ministries was over $200 and the Healthy Women Healthy Families Mother’s day card offering was over $40.00.

The Bible Study on May 9th was the final lesson in this year’s outstanding Study of the General Epistles. Now we are making plans for next year’s study that will start in September.

It’s also time to start thinking about the AL/MS Conference. It will be July 17 –19 in Laurel, Mississippi. Janice Catron author of An Abiding hope- The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy will present the Bible Study. Various Workshops and tours will be available to choose from. See the posted info on our board for more information. Evelyn McNab has provided darling raggedy Ann and Andy dolls for the Gift Shop and some beautiful lap quilts. THANK YOU so much Evelyn.

Please mark your calendars for a spiritual trip to the Memorial Garden at First Baptist Church in Hartford, Al. on June 13th at 9:45AM. We will meet here at the church and go together. Hope you can join us as we are really looking forward to this trip. We have heard how beautiful the garden is.
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Praying you have a wonderful summer. May the Lord bless and keep you till we meet again. In Service with you, for Him.

Moderator Betty Jo Bierbaum

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Vacation Bible School is coming! In just over one month (July 8 to July 12), the halls of the church will be filled with children eager to learn about the Word of God. Do you feel called to help? Those of you who have participated in years past know what a joy VBS can be. Those of you who haven’t, don’t know what you are missing!

We are looking for people to set up decorations (on July 7), staff for the registration table, skit actors, snack hosts, Bible Study leaders and assistants, craft leader and assistants, Bible Verse leaders and assistants, small group leaders, and people to reset the church décor (on July 12). If you are interested in helping, please contact April Seery.

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To all of our Green Hill students, congratulations on surviving another year, and to those of you who have received your diplomas…

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Green Hill Good News May 2013

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Newsletter

From the desk of Pastor Dan:

The Apostle Paul wrote two thousand years ago that “whatever is not of faith is sin.” Think about that; whatever we say, think, or do, if not first of all anchored by a sincere trust in Christ’s guiding word …is sin.

How should we evaluate our lives in terms of faithfulness?

The first requirement for being careful to live by faith is that we should be aware. A Christian has no excuse for ignoring the lives of those immediately around them: spouse, children, grandchildren, extended family members. We need to know what is going on in their lives spiritually, emotionally, physically, and so forth. We have been commanded to love one another. That means being aware of needs, especially spiritual needs.

To intentionally not know is to not care. This is not of faith. This is sin.

Members of our church, especially the circle of friends we are most connected with at church, they need our attention; we need theirs. We should care for one another as the Scriptures teach.

We must risk potential investment of our hearts and lives that often accompanies a new awareness of human need, whether right at our doorstep, or possibly many miles away…like an abortionist’s killing house in Philadelphia, PA.

You know, I wouldn’t have known much about an abortionist on trial for murdering babies that had survived unimaginable abortion procedures, without reading a compelling article by a liberal journalist for USA Today (Kirsten Powers). She wrote about a modern-day Hitler who apparently boasted that one of the babies he killed was so large she could have walked out of the clinic by herself.

To become aware and sit around and do/say nothing in the presence of evil is a sin. Where has the state of Pennsylvania been (no real regulation of these clinics and turning a blind eye to initial reports) but what about the Church of Jesus Christ as a whole? As late as the day of this article I have heard nothing from the leadership of the PCUSA; or from any mainline church for that matter.

We have turned a blind eye to the holocaust of innocents, to the silence of the lambs.

The media’s whistleblower came from outside the church while those who are called by the name of Christ, who have a specific command by the Lord to identify with the least of Christ’s brothers, have failed miserably to speak up. Making things worse, many in the church seem willfully ignorant or dismissive of such news reports.

We are reaping the whirlwind of a culture of death. A first step toward escaping the death-wish of our culture is to bravely face the facts of the massacre of innocent babies occurring under the direction of Planned Parenthood and similar clinics, and we must recognize what we see as the gross offense it is to the holiness of God our Creator.

May God have mercy on us all.

Pastor Dan

SESSION BRIEFS

• Tabled action on whether to participate in the Billy Graham My Hope outreach program until more information can be gathered.
• Approved offering the congregation an opportunity to support the Wiregrass Emergency Pregnancy Service (WEPS) by supporting their Mother’s Day ad campaign. For as little as $4 members of the congregation can have their name listed in the Mother’s Day ad as being supportive of the great service that WEPS offers individuals and families in our community. More information will be given in Sunday bulletins.
• Received news that Todd Ayer, for personal reasons, needs to step down as chair of Christian Education. Todd will, however, finish out his term as elder. Todd and Juleigh are looking forward to making a home for a pre-teen boy.
• Adopted a recommendation from the Worship Committee that the “meet and greet” moment during the opening of worship be eliminated.
• Approved personal leave time for the Pastor, 3-13 June.
• Approved the use of sanctuary and facilities for graduation and practice dates of the Kindergarten and High School of Enterprise Preparatory Academy; Anita McMillan is the sponsoring church member.

IN SYMPATHY

The prayers and sympathy of the congregation are extended to Greg Kroodsma in the death of his father, Gordon Kroodsma. Major Kroodsma, USMC (Retired), passed away in Pensacola, FL, on March 26. He was 91 years old.

BOLL WEEVIL 100

On Wednesday, May 3, following the Fellowship Supper, we will be joined by Conrad Stemple, director of the Wounded Veterans Project, and Maggie Amadei, operations senior manager Flight School XXI Simulation Services at CSC. They will be here to tell us all about the exciting things that are happening with this year’s Boll Weevil 100 event and with the Wounded Warriors Project.

On Saturday, May 11, Enterprise is going to host the 11th annual Boll Weevil 100. There will be bike rides ranging from 7 miles to 100 miles, and runs ranging from 3K to 10K. Proceeds from this event will be used to support the Wounded Veterans Project. Those interested in participating in or supporting the event should contact the Enterprise Lions Club.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Our Women’s CT will meet on May 3rd and Bible Study Circle will meet on May 9th at 10:00 a.m. to study lesson 9 – Viewing Our Present Reality Through God’s Future from the General Epistles. This will finish this set of lessons as we are reassured that Jesus Christ will return in glory to establish his kingdom and judge all human kind.

Be sure you have marked May 5th for the Birthday Picnic that will follow the worship service. The church will provide the ham and a birthday cake so you may bring either a veggie or salad. Envelopes will be available for those who wish to make donations to the Birthday Offering for the 2013 RECIPIENT-Westminster Neighborhood Ministries. It’s a Child, Family and Adult Education Connection of Indianapolis, Indiana. See next page for more info.

Don’t forget to pick up a Mother’s Day card to send to a special woman (or women) you would like to honor while you are helping to protect and restore the health of women and children in Africa on May 12th.

The deadline for early registration for the AL/MS Conference on July 17 -19 is May 30th. It will be held at First-Trinity PC in Laurel, MS.

May we continue to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Betty Bierbaum, Moderator

WESTMINSTER NEIGHBORHOOD MINISTRIES
2012 PW BIRTHDAY OFFERING

Westminster Neighborhood Ministries serves the basic needs of families who live in Near Eastside Indianapolis, where close to 34 percent of neighborhood families have incomes below the poverty level. Over the past 30 years, Westminster’s services have expanded rapidly; services must continue to expand to effectively meet the needs of additional clients.

From early childhood programs to youth programs and adult services, Westminster Neighborhood Ministries provides vital resources for area families. Westminster will use the Birthday Offering grant to expand its educational services, extending service to preschool-age children, expanding its basic adult education program, and providing financial counseling to families so that they can more effectively improve and sustain their standard of living.

Expanded adult services will include job skills training and résumé building, developing adult literacy and basic math skills, financial counseling and budget building, cooking and fitness training, post-secondary education preparation, and anger management classes. All these resources are offered to help create stable families in which parents cope with everyday stresses, participate in their children’s education and become better role models for the children in their care.

When families are supported, they are better able to turn outward and transform the community in which they live. Your gifts, in the form of a Birthday Offering grant, will enable the families served by Westminster Neighborhood Ministries to broaden their horizons, understand their options, make better choices, improve the quality of their family life and transform their community.

CONGRATULATIONS TO WILLIAM SEERY

Please join us on Sunday, May 26, following the morning Worship Service for a Graduation Reception for William Seery. William is graduating from the Alabama School of Math and Science in Mobile, Alabama. We are thrilled to report that he has been accepted to Emory University! Congratulations to William and to Ron and April, his proud parents.

END OF THE YEAR COOKOUT

On Wednesday, May 29, our regular Fellowship Supper will be replaced with a cookout! There will be hamburgers, chips, slaw, potato salad, and beans. There will also be a Make Your Own Sundae bar! Please bring your favorite Sundae topping to eat and to share. Also, bring your friends! This will be the perfect night to introduce them to Green Hill and to let them know what we are all about!

WEPS MOTHER’S DAY NEWSPAPER AD

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Thank You, Mom, For Life advertisement that was purchased by the Wiregrass Emergency Pregnancy Service. Your donation will support the WEPS as they continue their pro-life work of saving babies while caring for young women who are facing unplanned pregnancies. Be sure to keep an eye out for the ad in the Mother’s Day editions of the Southeast Sun and the Daleville Sun Courier.

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Green Hill Good News April 2013

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(online edition)

From the desk of Pastor Dan:

Question: WHAT is the Fellowship of Presbyterians and WHY has Green Hill joined?

Answer: The Fellowship of Presbyterians is an association of churches within the Presbyterian Church (USA) that remain true to traditional/biblical foundations of Christian faith, especially with respect to marriage and family. Green Hill has joined to be strengthened in its witness within the Presbytery of South Alabama, and provide encouragement for others to stand firm for gospel truth. In addition, the Fellowship of Presbyterians offers a new way of associating with other Presbyterians through mutual encouragement and being accountable to one another in Christ’s mission.

Question: What is a Mission Affinity Group? Is it separate from or a part of the Fellowship of Presbyterians (FoP)?

Answer: The FoP is made up of many smaller associations called Mission Affinity Groups (MAG). A MAG may have as few as three churches represented, or as many as five. At least one-third of the Session of these churches should participate when a MAG meets. MAGs meet together at least once a year for fellowship, worship, and times of study and mutual encouragement/accountability.

Question: Has a Mission Affinity Group been organized that includes Green Hill?

Answer: Yes; Green Hill belongs to a “Panhandle MAG” that currently includes Westminster PCUSA Church, Mobile; Euchee Valley PCUSA Church, DeFuniak Springs; and Green Hill. One and possibly two more churches will join soon.

Question: Are any of the churches in this MAG looking to leave the PCUSA?

Answer: No. The purpose of the FoP, again, is to seek “affinity” or a sense of unity with other Presbyterian Churches while remaining faithful and active members of their current Presbyteries.

Question: I thought the Fellowship of Presbyterians was a new denomination. What is ECO (Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians)?

Answer: ECO was birthed by the FoP last year because many traditional/conservative churches across the country were not satisfied with remaining in the PCUSA. The ECO provided a place for them to go: a denomination that holds firmly to essential tenets of the Reformed faith, promotes a united evangelical witness for Christ, fervently works for justice and relief for oppressed people, and is robustly inclusive of women in positions of leadership. ECO, however, although related to the FoP because of its similar core beliefs and mission, IS A SEPARATE ENTITY UNTO ITSELF.

Question: Isn’t belonging to the FoP and one of its MAGs simply a first step to belonging to ECO?

Answer: For some it may be. For Green Hill it is a way to remain uncompromised to tried and true biblical standards while remaining in a compromised denomination.

Question: Will Green Hill ever leave the PCUSA?

Answer: That is for future leaders and the members of Green Hill to determine. The current Session has committed Green Hill to a 3-year covenant with Westminster and DeFuniak Springs to learn the FoP’s new way of learning faithful discipleship and evangelical mission. The answer to this question probably lies more with the national General Assembly of the PCUSA. If the General Assembly ever changes the definition of marriage, I have to believe that Green Hill would be hard pressed to stay in the PCUSA. Currently, Green Hill is working within the PCUSA to call our denomination back to the foundations of our reformed faith.

Question: What can I do as a member of our congregation to help Green Hill through this time of change and transition?

Answer: Remain faithful in your support of your local congregation (Green Hill). The pastor and leaders of your church are “down-the-line” faithful believers. There’s no reason to do anything other than what the verse on the big wall in our Fellowship hall reads right now: “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as also you are doing” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Pastor Dan

SESSION BRIEFS

• Prior to business portion of the meeting, heard concerns from member Pat Johnson. Pat received warm words of encouragement from the Session.
• Approved request for use of church facilities on Saturday, March 16th by the Girl Scouts and a self-defense instructor from the Play it Safe organization.
• Approved request of church facilities on April 30th, 4-9pm, by Phi Sigma Beta.
• Tabled a request to approve support of annual Mother’s Day ad by the Wiregrass Emergency Pregnancy Service until more information can be gathered.
• Referred to the Worship committee ideas for streamlining and improving the order of worship at the beginning of Sunday service.
• Voted to commit to a three-year association with the new Mission Affinity Group (Fellowship of Presbyterians) for this area. Westminster of Mobile and Green Hill are the first two out of a potential cluster of five to make it official. The next meeting of the Mission Affinity Group is projected for this Summer
• Approved renewal of membership in the national Fellowship of Presbyterians organization.
• Received an extensive report from the Congregational Care Committee pertaining to latest plans for Wednesday Night Fellowship, Sunrise Breakfast on March 31st, and plans for a reception to honor our high school graduates. Also, a new group of Handy Helpers will be formed to help with simple matters such as providing transportation for doctor appointments.
• Received Commissioner Report about most recent Presbytery meeting. Betty Cully said this meeting of Presbytery was particularly uplifting. She reported that the Presbytery did approve a new translation of the Heidelberg Catechism that erased reference to homosexual behavior, but rejected an amendment to the constitution that would have required the concurrence of at least one other Presbytery to send an overture to General Assembly. The highlight of the Presbytery meeting was the evangelical presence and preaching of Dr. Ray Jones from the Louisville office of the PCUSA.
• Heard a report from Dr. Lawrence who attended an initial meeting of the Mission Affinity Group of the Fellowship of Presbyterians that met in Pensacola, Feb 1 7th. Mission Affinity Groups form the backbone of the Fellowship of Presbyterians, providing a network of support and a process of accountability and mutual responsibility for carrying out the evangelistic mission of the church.
• Reviewed and discussed the pastor’s goals and objectives for 2013 as presented at the January session meeting.
• The next meeting of the Session is April 14 at 2pm at the church.

PASTA & PRAISE NIGHT

Please join us on April 3 for Pasta & Praise night. It’ll be a great evening of fellowship and fun. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm. If you plan to attend, please turn in a reservation slip, which can be found in the pew rack. Cost is just $3 per individual or $5 per family. We can’t wait to see all of you there!

EMERGENCY CONTACT BOOK

Is your name in the Green Hill Emergency Contact Book? If so, is your information current? We need to keep these cards up to date in case of emergency. Please take some time to check the book and update any information as necessary. Remember, it is VERY important that we get an out-of-town contact number. If you need a card, or if you have any questions, please speak with Kimberli Fougeron.

ESCALANTE FAMILY

Wesley Escalante and his family (wife, Diana, and young daughter, Julieta) from Merida, Mexico, will be our guests for Pasta & Praise on April 3rd. Wesley will give us a brief talk about life in the Yucatan and a bit of history of his family’s involvement with our Mexican mission trips there. Please join us in welcoming this sweet young family to Green Hill.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN NEWS

We were very busy in March, but it was a good month! Can’t thank the women enough for making all the good food for our Spring Meeting and for preparing the Hygiene Kits for disaster victims.

Nearly 30 women attended our Green Hill Spring Meeting on March 1. Ann Reynolds and her twin sister Nell gave us a wonderful concert. Everyone enjoyed hearing the mission update from Rose Bergstrazer. Her native dress was interesting and educational. At the meeting the new slate of women officers was presented by Nancy Smith.

On Saturday, March 9, we had a great day at our Presbytery Spring Gathering in Fairhope at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Gloria Webb, Nancy Smith, and Betty Bierbaum made it in time for coffee. One of the best workshops I have attended was presented by Cindy Still on “Significant Women in Jesus’ Life.” At the Gathering we turned in 24 new Hygiene Kits.

Our Women’s Coordinating Team will meet on April 1, at 10am. The next Bible Study Circle will meet on April 11, at 10am, to study Lesson #8, “Stay Alert – Stay Alive” from the General Epistles.

We will participate in the Mother’s Day Project to help protect and restore the health of women and children in Africa on May 12. The Birthday Picnic will be held on May 5, so mark your calendars. The next Belk’s Charity Day sale fundraiser will be held on April 27. Tickets will be available soon.

Thank you again and may the good Lord provide us the strength and desire to continue to abide in and work for him.

Betty Bierbaum, Moderator

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN OFFICERS, 2013-2014

• Moderator: Gloria Webb
• Secretary: Betty Bierbaum
• Treasurer: Cris Dempsey
• Historian: Olivia MacMaster
• Moderator of Search Committee: Nancy Smith
• Moderator of Spiritual Growth: Sandra DeTora
• Special Events: the Coordinating Team
• Session Representative: Betty Cully
• Circle Chairwoman: Ida Aldrich
• PW Cluster 1 Leader: Caroline Picking (Andalusia, AL)

NEWS FROM THE WEBB FAMILY

Charles and Gloria’s Webb’s oldest daughter, Tammy, moved to rural Maine in January for a job change. She had been at the University of Georgia Health Center for over ten years, and was seeing an opportunity to treat a broader range of patients. She found it! On a recent day, her youngest patient was eight months, and her oldest eighty-eight years. She loves her new medical practice, but is ready for the snow and ice to go away. The Lincoln News, the local newspaper, published a nice article welcoming her to the area.

NEW EAGLE SCOUT

Congratulations go out to Jonathan Tyler (JT) Larr, son of Jon and Samantha Larr, on earning the rank of Eagle Scout. JT, who is a member of Troop #150, received official recognition in a ceremony at Green Hill on March 21.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America program and is only earned by about five percent of scouts. This is a tremendous accomplishment that demonstrates both leadership and a commitment to duty.

Congratulations to the Larr Family, and congratulations to Troop #150. JT is the troop’s 52nd Eagle Scout!

WE NEED HANDY HELPERS

The Congregational Care Committee is working on creating a list of Green Hill Handy Helpers, and we need you! A Handy Helper is a person who is willing to help out other members of the church with needs like cooking meals, driving to appointments, etc. We’d like to create a reference list of helpers who we can turn to as these needs may arise in the church.

During the month of April, Handy Helper cards will be placed in the pew racks in the Sanctuary. Please take some time to review the needs listed, and if you think you can help, please fill out a card and turn it in. Please note that by filling out a card you are not making any unknown commitments. This information will just let us know who we can call to ask if someone needs help.

SOFTBALL TEAM

Softball Season has begun! The Green Hill Softball Team has been practicing and is nearly ready for this season’s debut game on Monday, April 1, at 7:30pm. If you are interested in playing, there is still time to sign up for the team. Just contact Pastor Dan for more information.

If you aren’t on the team, that means you are available to come out and cheer! April’s schedule of games is shown below. All games are held at Donaldson Park near the National Guard Armory. We look forward to seeing you there!

• April 1 – 7:30pm
• April 8 – 7:30pm
• April 8 – 8:30pm
• April 15 – 6:30pm
• April 22 – 6:30pm
• April 22 – 8:30pm
• April 29 – 6:30pm

IN SYMPATHY

It is with a heavy heart that we must report on the passing of one of our missionaries. David Legters lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on March 22. The prayers and sympathy of the congregation are extended to David’s wife, Jean, and to the rest of the Legters family.

David and Jean began their mission work in Mexico back in 1967. Through God’s grace, they planted many churches, and even founded the San Pablo Seminary. David will be greatly missed.

GOD’S KIDS SAY THE FUNNIEST THINGS

A Sunday school teacher asked her class, “If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would I get into heaven?
“No!” the children all answered.
“If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard and kept everything neat and tidy, would I get into heaven?”
Again, the answer was “No!”
“Well, then how can I get into heaven?” she asked.
In the back of the room, a five-year-old by shouted, “You gotta be dead!”

PINEY WOODS ARTS FESTIVAL

April 6-7, 2013 9 am-5 pm (Saturday), 12-4 pm (Sunday)

The 39th annual Piney Woods Arts Festival takes place April 6 & 7, 2013, on the grounds of Enterprise State Community College (at the running track) in Enterprise. One of the oldest juried arts and crafts shows in the area, it features original art and crafts by approximately 100 artists, a children’s fun center, food and entertainment. Special events include a Civil War Living Display and the Weevil City Cruisers Car & Truck Show (Saturday only). Free admission.

For information, call 334-406-2787 or visit http://www.CoffeeCountyArtsAlliance.com.

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Green Hill Good News, March 2013

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From the desk of Pastor Dan:

Since my last article our church has lost three amazing members of the family of God: Bess Till, Paul Swindall, and Amanda McMillan. My heart is still reeling from the shock of losing Asher and Livy’s mother, so I’m taking advantage of this space to put some thoughts to paper (a bit of grief therapy for myself).

I shall remember Amanda for being one who learned to care deeply for others even while she herself needed friendship and understanding. Her young life was filled with many challenges, and her youthful Christian spirit had already faced too many disappointments. Yet, those fiery trials produced for God’s family a child of God who thirsted for the joy and zest of life through an extra-ordinary wit and a cheerful heart.

I will always remember Amanda for a genuinely thankful spirit and for being a mom extraordinaire, a mamma Grizzly who fiercely defended and nurtured her little cubs. Those two little cubs will benefit the rest of their lives, I pray, for having had a mother who so tenderly loved and prayed for them. Her daily desire for them was that they too might find life to be a truly creative enterprise, full of things to learn and enjoy.

We were all touched by her courageous fight to be there for her children and family for as far as God’s possibilities would stretch. Amanda’s thankful spirit provided the foundation for that fight, and she expressed her appreciation in unique ways, and at every opportunity available to her.

Two Sundays before she died, after a grueling week of treatment at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, and after receiving devastating news about leukemia showing up on her kidneys, she was nevertheless fully engaged with the Be The Match Foundation drive her friend Sandi coordinated in her honor. She hid her pain, the anguish of her heart, as she enjoyed precious moments with friends and even strangers who dropped in to wish her well.

Only three Sundays before she died, Amanda stood to her feet, turned around from her front pew to address the congregation at the beginning of worship. Although red-faced from a hellish week of chemo and other treatments at Northside Hospital, she eloquently gave a heart-felt thank you to the Green Hill church family. Many had given gifts of money to a fund; others had shown her friendship and been faithful to pray for her. She said thank you; I was so proud of her!

Along with possessing a thankful spirit, Amanda will always be to me a great believer in children and the awesome responsibility of parents and teachers and the church to help them reach their God-given potential. Her heart’s longing was to see little ones grow up to live and learn and play with joyful abandon. Amanda would bristle whenever she thought young lives were being stifled by careless or dismissive attitudes towards them.
Amanda, you have been an amazing blessing. Until Jesus comes back, we shall always remember these lessons and many others you bravely taught us…
Maranatha, Pastor Dan

THANK YOU FROM THE MCMILLAN FAMILY

On behalf of Amanda’s Jon, and the entire McMillan family, right up front I want to thank you, Green Hill family, for your tender care so beautifully provided during our “week that was”. Meals, kind thoughts and hugs, tearful sharing of memories, words of encouragement, monetary gifts to help with medical expenses and the upcoming short-term move of Jon’s little family back to our house …for all of this Anita and I say thank you…we are truly surrounded by loving people who know how to love others for Jesus’ sake.
Pastor Dan

THE FELLOWSHIP OF PRESBYTERIANS NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Green Hill is a member of the Fellowship of Presbyterians. The mission of the Fellowship of Presbyterians is to build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ. The Fellowship is an “umbrella organization” that includes members of the PC(USA), members of A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO), and brothers and sisters in Christ beyond these two denominations.

The Fellowship of Presbyterians and ECO (new denomination) met in Orlando at the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek Resort January 30- February 1 for its 2nd national gathering. Nearly 1200 Presbyterians from the US, Canada, and Africa were represented. Joel and Jean Mikuta, Jim and Betty Cully, and Pastor Dan attended.

We were uplifted and informed by the mix of plenary speakers who were as follows: Donna Petter, Associate Professor of Old Testament at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary; Kevin Ford, TAG Consulting; Leighton Ford, Leighton Ministries; Richard Gibbons, Pastor First Presbyterian (ECO), Greenville, SC; Sangyun Len, Pastor, Korean Community Presbyterian (PCUSA); Gary Haugen, Internal Justice Mission; Joseph Small, Ecumenist kicking off French Confession study; Marnie Crumpler, Pastor, Peachtree Presbyterian (PCUSA) in Atlanta; and Eric Jacobsen, Pastor, First Presbyterian (ECO)Tacoma, WA and Becci Curtis, Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian, Tacoma, WA.

We learned about the “How To’s” of a Mission Affinity Group which Green Hill has formed with several other FOP churches in the geographical area and with whom Pastor Dan and several Elders and spouses met February 17th in Pensacola, FL.

Conference break-out session topics ranged from building congregations, becoming missional churches, stepping out of our “safe” environment to reach more people, discerning God’s will together, reaching a new generation (the “Millennial”), a new FOP website called RightNow Resources for Pastors and Elders which lets us access training videos, webinars, conference speakers, and illustrations, a nine-week study of Calvin’s French Confession, and a multi-dimensional study guide for the Essential Tenets.
We came back renewed and excited about the future of FOP within PCUSA and ECO, the new denomination which will remain closely connected to FOP. A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO), a Reformed denomination that was birthed out of the Fellowship of Presbyterians has been growing this past year. This is an ECO update: 28 congregations have fully joined ECO, 48 more are in the process of transitioning into ECO, and another 75-100 congregations are in a congregational discernment process. The most recent congregation to join was the 1700 member First Presbyterian Church of Edmond, OK.

GREEN HILL CAFÉ

The Outreach Committee invites anyone who would like to host the Green Hill Café to sign up for a Sunday on the sheet in the Fellowship Hall. You can find soft drinks in the kitchen, and you will be reimbursed for any food you purchase. If you have any questions, please speak with a member of the Outreach Committee. Thank you for your support of this activity!

GREEN HILL FOOD PANTRY

The Green Hill Food Pantry is in need of the following items: saltine crackers, cornbread mix (like Jiffy), mustard, catsup, mayo, peanut butter, jam/jelly. Small sizes of the condiments are best. At this time there is no space for additional items. Thank you so much for your support of this mission of the church. The Food Pantry workers really appreciate your help!

PASTA & PRAISE NIGHT

Please join us on March 6 for Pasta & Praise night. It’ll be a great evening of fellowship and fun. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm. If you plan to attend, please turn in a reservation slip, which can be found in the pew rack. Cost is just $3 per individual or $5 per family. We can’t wait to see all of you there!

GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY

On Sunday, March 10, the Green Hill congregation will be joined at morning worship by the girls and the parents from Girl Scout Troop #9296. Girl Scout Sunday marks the beginning of Girl Scout Week. Following the service there will be a small reception in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us to welcome our scouting families.

EASTER LILIES

You are invited to place a lily in the sanctuary for Easter in honor or in remembrance of a loved one. If you plan to place a lily, please let the church office know by filling out one of the yellow slips in the pew racks. Please turn in your slip no later than March 27.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

One Great Hour of Sharing is an offering that makes the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world who suffer the effects of disaster, conflict, or severe economic hardship, and for those who serve them through gifts of money and time. Donations given to the One Great Hour of Sharing make disaster relief, refugee assistance, development aid and more possible. Here at Green Hill, we will take up a collection for the One Great Hour of Sharing on Sunday, March 31. Envelopes for donations to this mission will be available on both Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.

IT’S ALL SO OVIBUOS

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MISSION AFFINITY GROUP REPORT

On Sunday, 17 February 2013, pastors, elders, and members from six area churches met in Pensacola to discuss the formation of a Mission Affinity Group (MAG) within the Fellowship of Presbyterians (FOP). The purpose of the MAG is for a small cluster of like-minded churches to develop and strengthen spiritual ties, while working towards improving common goals of increased spiritual commitment, discipleship, responsibility, and accountability through the FOP. Participating churches would enter into a three-year covenant with one another.

Green Hill Presbyterian Church was represented by Pastor McMillan, Joel Mikuta, Betty and Jim Cully, and Diana and Jim Lawrence. The six local Presbyterian churches represented were Euchee Valley (Florida), Geneva (Geneva), Green Hill (Enterprise), Overlook (Mobile), Spring Hill (Mobile), and Westminster (Mobile).

Following an opening prayer by Pastor Mauldin (Westminster), Pastor McMillan explained to the gathering the purpose and goals of the MAG. Each church present then gave a brief descriptive presentation about their church location, size, and interest in the FOP. Elders and members from each church then addressed the group citing instances of how the Holy Spirit was evidenced in their congregation. After a period of fellowship among the attendees and supper, and overview of the recent FOP conference in Orlando was given by Pastor and Mrs. Hall (Spring Hill). Plans were then discussed for another meeting later this year, perhaps in an outdoor park setting.

There were many remarkable evidences of the activity of the Holy Spirit witnessed to by the attendees, ranging from individual transforming experiences to local church outreach projects. Three of the churches conducted “The Bible in 90 Days” study program and described their level of success. A major concern of all the churches was declining membership, and the FOP goal of “more baptisms than funerals by 2018” was discussed. While not all churches in attendance are members of, or plan on joining, the FOP, all of the churches present sought to increase their depth of commitment to their ministry to their members and the local community.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN NEWS

It seems like the Ides of March are upon us but after the storm the son shines. We are so blessed to have Ann Reynolds and her sister Nell to present our program for our General Membership Meeting on Saturday, March 2, 2013 in our fellowship hall at 11:00 a.m. Mark your calendars and don’t miss their music and the great fellowship with our ladies. Also we will have a short update on the happenings of missionary Rose Bergstrazer. Please bring a salad and a friend to share. There will also be a short business meeting to elect our 2013-14 leaders.

Our Bible Lesson on Sin was so encouraging. I am so blessed to be part of a group that is willing to abide with Christ and study Gods word together. Our March Lesson 7- Teachers; The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly will be on the 21st of March because of the Cursillo conflict and our baby sitter Chelsea will be gone. Please note the date change on your calendar.

We are also looking forward to March 9th at the 27th Annual Spring Gathering at Trinity PC in Fairhope, AL. Keynote Speaker, will be Candy Vernon. The 4 workshops to choose from will be – SIGNIFICANT WOMEN IN JESUS LIFE, USING YOUR GIFTS, PRAYING IN COLOR, AND MUSICAL PRAISE. The proceeds and offerings will support Mission Haven and the Presbyterian Home for Children. We will deliver our Hygiene Kits then. Please bring your hygiene kit supplies to our Green Hill general membership meeting so they can be assembled before we go on the 9th. Thank you all so much. May we continue to trust in the Lord and do good things and love others. With you in His service.
Betty Jo Bierbaum

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