Green Hill Good News

Green Hill Good News, November 2012

 (online edition)

From the desk of Pastor Dan:

Pastor’s Brief Report through the first 39 weeks of 2012

This year has been both exhilarating and cause for concern from your pastor’s perspective.   Exhilaration with the January conference of the Fellowship of Presbyterians in Orlando, probably the highlight of my year.  A close second would be the mission trip to Yucatan just prior to that.  It is thrilling to be on mission.  I believe the moments and events that involve us in outreach, whether here in Enterprise or in Mexico, be it seeking new associations in the Presbyterian world following last year’s depressive sense of abandonment within the PCUSA, or the new thing of taking our VBS on the road to/for kids who would not experience a day of Bible School fun otherwise….these are the moments we live for in between the rhythmic occurrence week by week of Sunday worship and teaching.

I’ve mentioned the high points for me.  The grind of ministry has occurred during monthly meetings of a Beta Group of conservatives and liberals seeking to find common ground at meetings held at Trinity Presbyterian in Pensacola; the challenge of each Presbytery meeting knowing I must now defend in every setting what I used to take for granted: the traditional interpretation of biblical faith; plotting a pathway for Green Hill that seeks unity in Christ without a breakup of our local congregation (the pain of losing three vital members of Green Hill is some of the fall-out so far); and of course on a personal level the discovery that the mother of our two sweet grandchildren who have lived with us for three years now must fight for her life while staying strong for her children and learning a new future with her husband, my son.

I am deeply grateful for how Green Hill has come around Amanda and Jon and Anita and myself as we pull together as a family for the days ahead.  There are some strong warriors here who have known the ravages of cancer and disease and sudden loss in their own personal lives.  We are in an exceptional place of care at this time.  Thank you, Green Hill.

Pastoral ministry continues apace.  I have been involved mostly in the care of the sick and shut-ins and those going through various stages of grief.  Hospital and home and phone and in-office consultations have kept me busy.  I have kept long hours at the office as well.  Some of those hours have been used for personal devotion and resourcing of work for the minister’s association, the Fellowship of Presbyterians contacts I have, duties and discussions within PresbyteryGeneral Assembly involvement, a few Rotary Club activities, and so forth.

I’ve left out of this periodic report many activities and enjoyable times of fellowship that have sustained me through this year.  I love being your pastor.  We do have some great challenges ahead.  As you can tell we are not growing much younger in average or median age.  We are losing at a pretty good clip strong and previously very active members of our church; nothing new here.  Churches across the land are experiencing the same.   We are most fortunate, however, to have added some very good members in 2012.

Thank you for the good spirit of mutual understanding and support that I have experienced among members of the Session and other key leaders in the church.  It makes all the difference in the world.  I am blessed to be your leader.

Pastor Dan


•          Approved Pat’s request to use church parking lot and Fellowship Hall for benefit yard sale (for Amanda’s bone marrow transplant) December 7 and 8.

•          Called for a meeting of the congregation following worship Sunday, Oct 28th, to hear report of Annual Nominating Committee and elect Elders and a Trustee to Class of 2015.

•          Discussed matters pertaining to new policy and fee scale of the Board of Pensions.

•          Received third quarter financial report.  Currently the budget is $5,314 in arrears.  Projected income is slightly short of what was expected ($119,590 or 72%) but actual expenses are right where expected ($124,903 or 75.28%).

•          Accepted Midge’s retirement as Choir Director after 25 years of faithful service.  Her leadership and talents will be sorely missed.

•          Worship Committee reported on interim plans for choral and special music at services through the remainder of the year.

•          Stewardship Committee will be sending a letter soon after Nov 1 to each member of the church asking for new pledges of support for the 2013 church budget.  Stewardship and Pledge Sunday is November 18.

•          Responded to request for input from the Fellowship of Presbyterians.  Green Hill will cluster with two or three other churches for mutual encouragement and accountability in the near future.  The next Fellowship of Presbyterian conference will be held in Orlando, Jan 29 – Feb 1.  If any member of the church would like to attend please speak with Pastor Dan or our Clerk, Betty.


America’s National Prayer Committee put out a call for everyone to pray for 40 days prior to the November election.  Green Hill has answered that call, and for the past several weeks our members have been meeting in our sanctuary to pray for our country.  We will continue to hold prayer time from 4pm to 5pm, seven days a week, until Tuesday, November 6.  If you can join us, please come.  If you can’t come, please pray along with us at home.  The United States is a nation in trouble, and believers need to pray as never before.


Calling all Musicians, Singers, Poets, and Actors.  November 7 is your night to use your gifts and talents to Praise God.  There is a sign-up sheet in the kitchen area for this night so we can schedule everyone.  We already have three signed up! Be sure to let Kimberli know what you plan to do and how much time is needed.  We can’t wait to see all of you there!


The deadline for submissions to the December 2012 church newsletter is Tuesday, November 20.  Items can be emailed to, or dropped off in the church office.  Many thanks to our contributors.


Dear Pastor Dan and Green Hill Presbyterian members,

I would like to express my family’s heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all of the kindness and support all of you at Green Hill have extended to us during the last few weeks as we have tried our best to cope with the sudden loss of our mother. 

I would especially like to thank Pastor Dan for all of the time and special effort he offered.  His thoughtful words and guidance were reassuring and helpful in our time of need.  I would also like to thank Sandi for the extra time and effort she volunteered as we prepared our mother’s service.  In addition, thank you to all who and a hand in providing the wonderful meal for our friends and family in the Fellowship hall.

Nothing will ever fill the void we are now faced with, but knowing that we have friends like you is comforting.  I now understand why my mother was so proud to be a member of Green Hill and why she always spoke so highly of all of yo

Thank you.

Anthony Lepore


It’s that time of year again.  You will soon be receiving your pledge letter and card.  Please don’t forget to return them by November 18, Stewardship Sunday.  Thank you.


Our thanks and appreciation go out to Carl B., Jim C., and Jim K. for handling repairs to the drainage system of our kitchen sinks and disposal.  They saved the church a great deal of expenses.


Need to know what’s going on at Green Hill?  Be sure to check out the church’s website,  Each week the site is updated with the latest information, including a current schedule of events.  Since the new site launched in mid-March, we have had over 4000 hits!


Do you have an idea for a message to run on our new digital sign?  We are currently accepting suggestions in the church office.


Thank you to everyone who donated to and/or shopped at the recent Coffee County Family Services Yard Sale.  The sale raised over $20,000 for the Center.  According to Judy Crowley, Executive Director, the funds will support the programs at the Center for another four months and will buy crucial time until more funding can be secured.


Last month the Boy Scouts of America, including Green Hill’s Troop/Pack #150, participated in the annual Scouting for Food program.  The scouts left notes at houses around town, letting residents know about the food drive.  People were asked to leave food donations for the needy on their porches and by their mailboxes.

On that Saturday morning, the Scouts and their leaders drove around to collect the food.  The group included 13 Scouts and 15 Adults from Troop 150 and 7 Cubs and 4 Adults from Pack 150.  Everyone assembled at Green Hill at 8am and began to pick up the bags just before 9am.  They had all of the food sorted by Noon.

All of the food collected by the Scouts will be used by the Green Hill Food Pantry.  Green Hill has joined forces with the Coffee County Family Services Center to distribute the food to those in need.  Many thanks go out to all of our supporters, both those who made donations today, and those who continue to help us throughout the year.


Our October Bible Study was well attended by 10 beautiful Green Hill ladies that studied about God is the foundation, on which our faith is built.  We want to thank Chelsea for keeping the nursery again.  In Lesson Three on November 8th we will learn about our chief corner stone who is Jesus Christ.

The Music for the whole church by the Frank brothers before the General Membership Gathering was a real blessing.  The love offering for the boy’s college scholarship fund was very generous and greatly appreciated. Also thank you to all who help with providing the supplies for the Presbyterian Children’s Home.  The huge box for them was so full we had to get a big bag and that was also full.  With the help of Charlie and Steve, Betty Sweet, the visiting moderator for the women of South Alabama, gathered them up to deliver them for us.  She raved about our church and really enjoyed her day with us.  She and everyone else loved the delicious soups and salad.  It was a grand celebration.

Now we are excited about our six and possibly nine ladies going to Panama City Beach for the overnight shopping trip and time together at the Smith’s beach cottage.  Gloria still has many tickets available for the Belk’s Charity Sale on November 3rd so pick yours up soon.

Please don’t forget it’s Thank Offering time again.  Our Thank Offering continues to be a critically needed source of financial support for health and development projects overseas.  Please see Thank Offering News posted on the women’s board in the fellowship hall for a list of 2012 projects. Use your Thank Offering envelops or mark your check for PW Thank Offering. We give thanks to HIM and praise his name for he is good and his love endures forever.

Betty Jo


Thank you so much for the pictures and the [article on] your church website.  You folks went all out to make us all feel so welcome.  Your congregation is so generous, also, we were blown away by your love offering to the boy’s college fund.  Thanks again for a great memory.


Steve, Susan, Jesse & Jack

Fundraiser for Amanda

As all of you know, one of our own, Amanda is in the fight of her life against Leukemia.  Amanda has been in and out of the hospital, had countless tests, and has undergone months of chemotherapy treatments.  She is now at the point where she, her doctors, and her family are preparing for the next step in this battle:  a bone marrow transplant in Atlanta.

Unfortunately, this extended fight has drained this young family’s financial resources.  Co-pays, rising gas prices, and more, have been a necessary evil of Amanda’s life-saving treatments.  Although it has seemed at times that their resources would be stretched past the breaking point, God has always provided.

Amanda’s friends and family have rallied behind her, none more so than those here at Green Hill and those in the Enterprise Police Department.  With a transplant on the horizon, the time has come for us all to get into fund-raising mode.

Things will kick off on December 8 with a HUGE yard sale at the church.  The sale is over a month away, and already a storage unit full of items has been collected.  Many of the items are new, or nearly new, and everything will be an amazing deal.  So, come out and shop with us.  You know you want to!

There are a number of other events planned for the coming months.  These include a T-Shirt Sale, Avon Sale, Boston Butts Sale, Cancer Bear Sale, and a Chili Cook Off.  Dates, times, locations, and final details are still pending, but keep an eye out for more information.

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Green Hill Good News October 2012

(online edition)

From the desk of Pastor Dan:

This month I lift up a kingdom principle that will remain true for all eternity: followers of Christ are nothing if they are not a self-consciously obedient servants.  Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.”  (John ch 15)

The Apostle Jude in a brief but terse letter to the early church warned pastors and elders that Jesus was both Master and Lord!

Master and Lord!  What does that make of every believer?  Like the Apostles Peter and James and John, we should probably consider ourselves “bond-servants” of Jesus Christ.

It may be more charitable to speak of Jesus as a friend or guide or even as a good shepherd.  There are times, however, when we need to be reminded that Jesus is in fact Master and Lord.  That’s what Jude felt he needed to do: “Although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.”  (Verse 3)

Jude described those who challenged the faith in his time as those who had “crept in unnoticed…who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ;” (verse 4)     A different gospel that allows for “sensuality” (read: “total freedom of sexual expression”) and a denial of Jesus as Master and Lord; sound familiar?

As the Apostle Paul once proposed rhetorically (my expansive paraphrase), “since God’s grace is limitless, should a Christian go ahead and do whatever seems to them to be right or beneficial as long as no one else gets hurt?”  Paul answered with a resounding “God forbid!”

God’s clear standards for what is truly loving and just should trump our views of what is right and beneficial, every time.

The Apostle Paul famously wondered aloud in Romans chapter six why followers of Christ, of all people, wanted to be enslaved again by former destructive life-styles:  “What then? Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?”

I am fairly confident that neither a plea of ignorance, nor a timid heart that fears the messiness of contending for the faith will pass muster at the judgment seat of Christ.  (2 Corinthians 5:10).

It is now our turn to keep the faith.  At Green Hill we will not shirk our common duty to love the Church of Jesus Christ and we will stand firm to defend the faith once delivered to the saints.

Standing Alert,

Pastor Dan


  • Heard the pastor’s report from the recent gathering of the Fellowship of Presbyterians in Atlanta.  The Summer Conference was more nuts and bolts about helping congregations and church leaders learn how to become vital communities of outreach and more authentic expressions of biblical faith.
  • Listened to members of the church who came to ask questions about the Fellowship of Presbyterians.  They heard the pastor’s report and sought answers about potential benefits Green Hill might expect from being associated with the Fellowship, a new evangelical network of churches within the Presbyterian Church (USA).
  • The Session decided to take initiative to find churches nearby in the Fellowship of Presbyterians.  This way we will begin to benefit from associating with churches of like mind through times of fellowship, study, and mission.
  • Reverend Louie Reynolds will fill the pulpit on two Sundays the pastor will be on personal leave, November 25 and December 30.
  • Agreed to allow the pastor to preach the stewardship message for Andalusia First Presbyterian Church, Sunday, November 18.  Pastor Dale Sallans of the Andalusia church will fill our pulpit the same Sunday.


America’s National Prayer Committee and its member organizations are putting out a call to pray 40 days prior to the November elections.  We are in desperate days as the spiritual, moral, and financial fabric of our nation is disintegrating around us. Believers need to pray as never before.  The United States is clearly a nation in trouble. A battered economy, political divisiveness, the culture wars, racial uneasiness, and a sidelined church, provide the dry tinder for an inflammatory national election. Many stake their hopes or fears on the outcome.

While believing in and encouraging the importance of exercising our right to vote, America’s National Prayer Committee also calls the Christian Church in America to do that which is even more critical in these days . . . to pray. The seriousness of our day requires an intensity of prayer that is unprecedented. Accordingly, the Committee calls for 40 days and nights of unrelenting intercession on behalf of our nation, immediately preceding the Nov. 6 election.

Beginning on September 28, and running through the election on November 6, Green Hill Presbyterian Church will participate in this call to prayer.  From 4pm to 5pm every evening, seven days a week, the church will be open for our members and friends to come in and pray together.  As members in the Body of Christ, we commit ourselves to prayer during these days of decision regarding the future of our nation.  Whether or at home or in person, please join us in this call.


Please mark Wednesday, October 3, on your calendar and plan to come to the Green Hill “Pasta & Praise” night.  Dinner will be served from 5pm to 6pm and will include spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, tea, water, and dessert.  At 5:45pm, praise songs will be sung.  Cost is $3/person or $5/couple or family.  Come enjoy a fabulous meal and enjoy the joyous praising of our Lord and Savior!


Dear Friends,

I would like to express my most heartfelt thanks to you for your donation to Family Services.  The $1,000.00 you gave us is helping us to continue serving the community until stable grand funding can be found.  We are so grateful to you for investing in this important work!

We are all grateful to you not only for this donation but for all the ways that you partner with us and assist the families who are most in need in our community.  I don’t think you will ever know just how many lives you have touched and how many children are safer today because of your generosity.

God is truly working miracles through your congregation.  May God continue to bless you and all the wonderful work that you do in His name.

Much Love To You All,

Judy Crowley, Executive Director

Coffee County Family Services Center.


The coordinating team has been busy laying out the activities for the coming year.  The requests for helping the Presbyterian Home for Children was for homemade goodies and cleaning supplies to be delivered at the Fall Spiritual Retreat on October 6th in Dothan Al.  There is a Box in fellowship Hall to receive the supplies. There will be a van going so jump on in.  Dee Koza and Candasu Vernon are the speakers.  They want registrations by Sept 26th.

Our Bible Study was off to a good start with 10 beautiful Green Hill ladies gathering to study on The General Epistles.  There was a nursery for children.  Lesson two will be on October 11th.

The next exciting thing will be on October 14th. – The General Membership Gathering.  At 1:30 it will kick off with Music for the whole church, provided by the Frank brothers. There will a love offering that goes toward the boys’ college scholarship fund.  More info to follow.  At 2:00pm the women will have their business meeting to approve the mission projects for the coming year.  So after lunch, come hear these gifted young men.

October 19th the ladies are off to Panama City for an overnight shopping trip and time together at the Smiths beach cottage.  And don’t forget to get your tickets from Gloria to sell for the Belk’s Charity Sale on November 2, 2012.

See website and women’s board in the fellowship hall for more information.


The kids at Bible Club will be packing shoeboxes again this year for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.  You can help by donating the following items before November 14th – the day that they will be packing the shoebox gifts:

  • small toys that would fit in a shoebox easily
  • colored pencils
  • crayons
  • wash cloths
  • soap
  • toothbrushes
  • small tubes of toothpaste
  • small coloring books
  • child friendly scissors
  • combs, hair accessories
  • hard candy(not chocolate)

Items can be dropped off in the Elementary Classroom or at the church office.  The kids really appreciate the support in their efforts to be “Santa” for kids who wouldn’t get a Christmas gift otherwise.  These shoeboxes are distributed throughout the world with the Gospel – our greatest gift!


The deadline for submissions to the November 2012 church newsletter is Tuesday, October 16.  Items can be emailed to, or dropped off in the church office.  Many thanks to our contributors.


As everyone has noticed by now, the new digital sign down by the street has been installed.  Thanks to the tireless work of everyone on the “sign team” everything is now hooked up and working properly!

It is our sincere hope that this new sign will not only increase the visibility of Green Hill in Enterprise, but that it can be a tool for sharing information, and that it will show God’s spirit to those who pass by the church each day.

Do you have an idea for a message to run on the sign?  Please contact the church office, or drop a note in the basket on the office door.  We look forward to hearing your suggestions.


The prayers and sympathy of the congregation are extended to the family of Marie Lepore who passed away last month.  She was a wonderful woman who will be dearly missed by her church family.


Yesterday’s high: 97°    Last night’s low: 75°

Dear Friends and Prayer Partners:

God’s Word says: “Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God.  Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me. … You have done such wonderful things.  Who can compare to you, O God?”  (Ps 71:18-19, NLT)

As we look back over 45 years of service here in Mexico, and celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary, we thank the Lord because He has preserved us, has not abandoned us, and has allowed us to proclaim His power and might to the next generation.  He has been faithful in our family and in the Seminary where we have served: in Yucatan for 30 years, and in Mexico City for 3.  As you can read in the attached resume of our ministry, the training of the future generations has been our goal since coming to Mexico in 1967.  We can now see how He prepared us and led us and has used us to further His Kingdom and help His church grow in this part of the world.

This being summer, our activities were different, although weekends were still marathon trips to many villages.  Daniel and family and a friend of Debbie’s, came in July to help with the wedding preparations.  The wedding itself had to wait an hour for the rain   to stop (it was held in a garden) but it turned out to be a lovely evening.  Debbie and Rolando live 5 minutes away, so they drop by every day.  Debbie is working in a private school, and also will be teaching English in the Seminary 2 evenings a week.

The theology school is trying out classes from 4 to 10 p.m.; the music school continues its classes in the day.  We thank the Lord, a real answer to prayer, for the 15 new theology students, and 13 new students in the music school.  This will be Dan Isaac’s last year (some of you have been helping to support him).  He will need $250 dollars per month for 11 months still.  He has done very well.  People in his home town are surprised at how well he plays.

Camp was wonderful this year.  Thanks to all who contributed for scholarships.  There were over 150 campers each week, first for children, and then the youth week.  Many decisions for the Lord were made, especially among the young people.  The leaders were rejoicing over one very special night of repentance and reconciliation.  Camp has been held at the present location 45 years now, but was begun some 70 years ago by Rev. Celis, a Merida pastor, and Dave’s parents.

On September 8 we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with a Thanksgiving musical.  We were glad our 3 children could be here for this event.  We say with the psalmist, “the boundary lines have fallen to us in pleasant places.  Surely we have a delightful inheritance.” (Ps 16:6)  Enclosed is our latest family photo. Left to right: (back row) Daniel, wife Debra, Debbie and Rolando, and Mark and wife Altia; (front row) Daniel’s three: Caleb, Owen and Alyssa; Jean and Dave, and Mark’s two: Johnny and Ellie.

We missed not seeing some of you this summer, but look forward to traveling to the States a year from now.  Thank you so much for your gifts and prayers.

Your servants for Jesus’ sake,

Jean and Dave Legters

P.S. Your gifts for our ministry may be sent to:

The Magi,   P.O. Box 43,       Byron Center, MI 49315

(make your check out to “The Magi”, add a note stating what it is for)

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Green Hill Good News September 2012

(online edition)

From the desk of Pastor Dan:

“So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed…   In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.” (Hebrews 5: 5, 7 ESV)

Humility, brokenness, and suffering to the point of loud cries and tears exemplified the life of our Savior.  Hebrews 5:8 goes on to say that Jesus learned obedience.  His teacher?  Life; or as the text puts it: Suffering.

Are life and suffering still gainfully employed in God’s school of obedience for us?

A thousand times the answer must be yes.  I hear from students enrolled in the Academy of Heaven on Earth all the time; they tell me that Heaven’s lessons are most difficult.   As a student myself, I must agree.

A prerequisite course is Faith 101: learning to live with eyes upon the pioneer of faith, Christ Jesus, Mercifully, he sits with students during life’s many examinations.    In that class you learn with trembling and amazement how the lifting of spiritual eyes to Jesus actually reveals Christ as master teacher.  He is a kindly mentor and encourages us by showing us his own scars under life’s cruelest testing.

It’s hard.  It is really hard to learn the kind of faith that looks away from self to trust God’s unfailing Word, because initially this exercise has the awful effect of exposing our complete inability to make the grade in Heaven’s Academy.   What can one do at the moment of realization that nothing more than failure is possible, no matter how valiant the fight against injustice, wickedness, and the many pains involved in life’s curriculum?

Well, grace steps in at that point.  Grace that only Christ can provide.  Again, Christ himself sits our exams with us.  His hands, his heart, his loving arms, and his own life of obedience provide “mercy and grace and help in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:11).

“And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him…” (Hebrews 5:9)

Have you enrolled in Heaven’s Academy? Not to enroll is to live without hope; and most certainly, without grace.

So, even though it is a difficult school, let us put our trust in Jesus anyway; and join others who confidently and joyfully have joined “The Humble, the Obedient, the Saved”.

Enlisted by God’s Grace,

Pastor Dan


  • Heard plans for VBS-styled Bible Club that begins Sept 19 and runs through March 20; Sunday School Rally Day is Sept 9th
  • Diane McQueen and Rosemary Carter briefed about emergency need for funding Family Services for the next two months; approved donation of $1,000 from Reserve funds.
  • Congregational Care presented a calendar of events through Christmas; Dr. Michael McQueen will present a special program Wednesday, Sept 5.
  • Outreach Committee announced the second Sunday of September (9th) will be promoted as “bring a friend/neighbor Sunday” in addition to it being Sunday School Rally day.
  • The pastor received personal leave for 2-6 October to coincide with Fall Break at EPA; 23-24 October for special Board of Pensions Workshop at Columbia Seminary in Atlanta; 20-21 and 24-25 November of Thanksgiving week.  Sunday November 25th will require a pulpit supply.
  • The focus for next meeting of Session will be to receive a report from the Fellowship of Presbyterians (FOP) and conduct a review of future plans for associating with the FOP.  The Elders would like for church members who may be interested to attend and ask questions at the September Session meeting, September 9th, at 2pm.  The Session will hear a report from the commissioners to the August Presbytery meeting at Spring Hill and welcomes questions from church members regarding current and projected plans for how Green Hill will relate to the Presbyterian Church (USA).


Registration is still open for the Alabama Presbyterian Cursillo, and you are all invited!  Cursillo is a three day retreat designed for Presbyterians who desire to renew their faith and develop a deeper understanding of their relationship with Christ.

This year’s event will be held at the Beckwith Retreat and Conference Center from September 20 to 23.  Please contact the church office at 334-347-9530 for more information.


The Green Hill Food Pantry is in need of the following items:  small boxes of rice, ketchup, mustard, jam/jelly, canned chicken, and canned fruit.  Financial donations are also appreciated as they are used to purchase fresh foods.  Thank you to everyone who contributes to this mission of our church.


Choir Practice is starting back for the new season.  The first practice will be held on Wednesday, September 5, at 7pm.  If you are interested in joining the choir, please speak with our choir director, Midge F.


Now that school is back in session, Children’s Church is set to begin meeting again.  On Sunday mornings, just prior to the pastor’s message, elementary school-aged children are dismissed from the worship service to their own Bible lesson.  Children’s Church will start back on Sunday, September 9.  Aimee M. and Sandra D. have agreed to continue teaching Children’s Church this year.  A sign-up sheet will be placed in the classroom for those who wish to take turns filling in on the open Sundays.


It’s time for the annual kickoff of our Sunday School program.  At 9:30am on Sunday, September 9, we will hold Rally Day.  If you haven’t been attending Sunday School at Green Hill, now is the perfect time start.  Do you have a friend you can bring along?  Even better!  Green Hill offers Bible-based education for all ages, from 5 years old to adult.  Classes meet every Sunday at 9:30am.


A Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, September 9, immediately following morning worship.  The purpose of this meeting is to elect three church members to the nominating committee to select the next class of Elders.


Your CT has met and the major activities for the coming year have been mapped out. Please mark the second Thursday of every month for our Bible Study.  Our books are in. Hope to see you September 13th at 10:00 am in the Adult Sunday school room. 

This year’s Study, Living Stones , concentrates on the God-built edifice of Christian people who are his church.  The architect and builder is God.  Stones and rocks are used over and over in scripture as metaphors for the faithfulness and durability of God and the firm foundation of Jesus Christ, the cornerstone.  God is creating his church in the world stone by stone, person by person, year in and year out.   These letters classed as the General Epistles – I & II Peter, I, II, & III John, and Jude, were written by, Peter, John, and Jude. These men were first hand witnesses of Jesus teaching and had personally watched him lay the foundation for his church.  They were written to the Jewish and Gentile Christians in order that they might understand they had been chosen and called by God to be “living stones,”  parts of God’s spiritual structure on earth.  They were to be with the other stones as they lived and grew and learned how to act out of God’s love one day at a time. These letters still built up the body of Christ on earth as we will see that we too are ‘living stones’, chosen by God and being shaped and fit together, with others, into this eternal fellowship – this cathedral of God’s people- whose cornerstone is Jesus Christ. 


The deadline for submissions to the October 2012 church newsletter is Tuesday, September 18.  Items can be emailed to, or dropped off in the church office.  Many thanks to our contributors.


Bible Club will be starting up September 19th!  Bible Club is a fun ministry to Elementary School-aged children.  Drivers pick the children up at their schools and bring them to the church for a snack, playtime, a Bible lesson and a craft or activity.  Parents pick them up at 5 pm.  They are encouraged to bring their Bibles and work on memory verses related to their lesson.  We will be learning about God’s faithfulness and provision to His chosen people Israel in the book of Exodus.  Registration forms are available in the church office, so call 347-9530 to sign up or see April S. on Sunday morning.

  • Help Needed: Scenery Painters – Anyone willing to paint scenery for Bible Club please call April S.
  • Help Needed: Skit Actors – Anyone willing to do a bit of skit acting for Bible Club this year, please call April S.  Actor needs will vary, so you will not be making an every Wednesday commitment.



Have you ever wanted to know more about the tabernacle?  Have you ever wondered why over 50 chapters in the Bible are devoted to a description of it and its related ministry?  Did you know that the tabernacle is first mentioned in Exodus 25 and last mentioned in Revelation 21:3?  In Hebrews 8:5 it says, “They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven.  This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: ‘See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.'”  Join April S. in studying the tabernacle in this 11 week long Bible Study.  She will be hosting it at her house Monday evenings from 7-9 pm starting September 10th and Tuesday mornings from 11:30 am-1:30 pm starting September 11th.  Please call April S. if you are interested in attending.


The Prayer Band at Green Hill is made up of church members who have answered God’s call to “pray without ceasing.”  The members of the Prayer Band receive prayer requests from members and from friends of our church, and offer up prayers to the Lord on their behalf.  If there is a person or a situation you would like the Prayer Band to keep in prayer, please let us know.  You may contact the church office (347-9530) to have a name added to the prayer list, or if immediate prayer is needed, contact one of the Prayer Band members directly.  From 9am to 6pm, call Diane M.  From 6pm to 9pm, call either Carl/Betty B. or Jim/Betty C.  Or, if you prefer, you may call Pastor Dan.


If you haven’t been participating in our Wednesday Night program, you’ve been missing out!  Wednesdays are a time for Christian Fellowship and Education, in a more casual setting.

Things start off with a Potluck Supper at 5:30pm, followed by a short time of Prayer at 6:00pm, and then either Bible Study or a special Program at 6:15pm.  Our songbirds hang around afterward for Choir Practice at 7:00pm.

  • 5:30pm – Potluck Supper
  • 6:00pm – Prayer Group
  • 6:15pm – Program/Bible Study
  • 7:00pm – Choir Practice

In addition to our regular Bible Study, from time to time we have a special program.  Here is a list of the events we have scheduled from now until the end of the year.

  • September 5:  Guest Speaker, Dr. Michael McQueen
  • October 3:  Pasta & Praise (starts at 5:00pm)
  • October 31:  Pizza & Games
  • November 7:  Pasta & Praise (starts at 5:00pm)
  • December 5:  Decorating the Chrismon Tree
  • December 12:  Christmas Party
  • December 19:  Christmas Caroling

Keep an eye on the schedule board in the Fellowship Hall for more details.  We’d love to have you join us!

Why should we be encouraged by

the story of Jonah and the whale?

Because Jonah was down in the mouth,

but came out all right.

Categories: Green Hill, Green Hill Good News

Green Hill Good News August 2012 (Online Edition)

Green Hill Good News August 2012

(online edition)

From the desk of Pastor Dan:

I am grateful for the opportunity I had to represent Green Hill and South Alabama Presbytery at General Assembly.  I was not a voting Commissioner.  I was an Overture Advocate.  I resourced the church orders committee (one of 21 committees) when they took up the following question: Should a Session or a Presbytery be allowed to publicize their views of scripture or ethical expectations of future church leaders in their operational manuals?

The Committee and the General Assembly gave a resounding “no” to the above question.  It was their collective wisdom that if our overture won the day the resulting call process might keep certain groups and individuals from fair consideration for church office.

The General Assembly in Pittsburgh decided many issues by simply “not taking a stand”, one way or the other.  The status quo became a safe stance.  Many on the left side of the church were disappointed.  Many on the right heaved a sigh of relief.  “No harm done” is a suitable tag-line to describe the 220th General Assembly.

The question remains, however; how safe are we, as Presbyterians, as a Church in the Reformed tradition, from a full-fledged surrender to 21st century cultural values?

I am looking forward to the Summer Gathering of the Fellowship of Presbyterians in Atlanta, August 22-24, at Peachtree Presbyterian Church.   In Atlanta there will be no exhausting fight for the survival of traditional Christianity.  I anticipate sweet worship with those of like mind (about the authority of scripture and unreserved acclaim for Jesus Christ as only Lord and Savior in this world).  It should be a time marked by 1) a concern for responsible and accountable shepherding of Christ’s Church, by Elders and Clergy alike; 2) promotion of an Evangelism that proclaims Christ as Savior as much as the promotion of social justice and works of righteousness, 3) a renewal of the church based upon an understanding of biblical theology and a new appreciation for the Confessions of the Church; and 4) inspiration to courageously and creatively become an effective witness for Christ in a clearly post-Christian world.

I wonder what the difference in energy and spirit and hope there will be, if any, between the two gatherings?

If you would like a more complete rundown of what actually took place in Pittsburgh, read the bulletin insert supplied recently at Sunday worship.  A copy is available on the table in the Narthex.

Pastor Dan


  • Joyfully received Harlie and Beth Dockens as newest members of the church by reaffirmation of their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The Dockens are most recently from Ft. Campbell, KY where they met Lisa and Travis McIntosh who enthusiastically recommended Green Hill to them.  The Dockens have three children: Brooke (rising 4th grader), Brandi (4 years old), and soon to be 2 year-old little Emily.
  • Received Brooke Dockens as a candidate for baptism and active membership pending her profession of faith to the Session.  Baptism tentatively set for July 29th.
  • Enthusiastically reactivated the membership of Linda Gordon, a vital member of Green Hill from the 80’s.
  • With sad regret accepted the resignation of long-time members and elders of the church, Jean and Buster Voss.
  • Unanimously approved a letter be sent to the Board of Pensions (USA) opposing the Board’s new plan to insure same-gender employees of PC(USA) churches.
  • Petitioned the Presbytery of South Alabama that our presbytery urge the Board of Pensions to seek relief of conscience for churches that oppose the Board’s new plan for insuring same-gender partners on moral/biblical grounds.
  • Approved request from Girl Scout Troop 9296 for use of two rooms on Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00pm
  • Donated the old church sign to the scout troop and cub pack; to be located near the scout hut.
  • Set September 9th following worship for a meeting of the congregation for purpose of electing three members of the annual nominating committee.
  • Received the following information from the Christian Education Committee: Sunday School Rally Day is September 9th, Bible Club resumes on Wednesdays beginning September 19th and will run through March 20th; Barbara Villarreal expects to start a new small group on basic biblical teachings using material from Campus Crusade for Christ (start date to be announced)
  • Congregational Care announced Wednesday Fellowship, Prayer, and Bible Study will resume August 1st
  • Budget requests from Session committees needed by September 30th
  • The next meeting of the Session is August 12th
  • Elder Kimberli Fougeron was elected as Commissioner to Presbytery for the August 17/18 meeting at Spring Hill, Mobile.


The Fellowship of Presbyterians Summer Gathering is nearly here!  Presbyterians from all over the South will meet in Atlanta, Georgia, from August 23 to 24.  This event will bring together those who are hearing and answering God’s call to a new way of being a church, through celebration, joyful theological exploration, and hope-inspired mission vision.  See for more information.


The deadline for submissions to the September 2012 church newsletter is Tuesday, August 21.  Items can be emailed to, or dropped off in the church office.  Many thanks to all of our contributors.


The Outreach Committee has assumed responsibility for providing refreshments each Sunday morning for Green Hill Café.  The Outreach Committee invites anyone who would like to host the Café to sign up for a Sunday on the sheet in the Fellowship Hall.  Thank you for your support of this activity which we hope will help grow our Green Hill Family.


Get an early start on Christmas by ordering your holiday cards from the Presbyterian Home for Children, and make a donation to this worthwhile cause at the same time.  The Presbyterian Home is taking orders now through August 15 for Christmas cards to be delivered in September.  This year’s card features a beautiful image of Mary, Jesus, and the Star.  See the Home’s website,, for more information.


He quit the mob to follow Jesus, and he has an offer you can’t refuse!  Former mafia boss Michael Franzese is now a man on a mission, determined to use the experiences of his former life for the benefit of others.  Franzese will be speaking at The Grace Place on August 17 & 18.  Call 334-347-5214 for tickets and more information.


The Community Bible Study at First Baptist Church will begin on Monday, August 20.  The study meets from 10am to Noon on Mondays and will be covering Colossians, Galatians, & Hebrews.  For more information, please call 334-494-2039.


Registration has begun for the Alabama Presbyterian Cursillo, and you are all invited!  Cursillo is a three day retreat designed for Presbyterians who desire to renew their faith and develop a deeper understanding of their relationship with Christ.  This year’s event will be held at the Beckwith Retreat and Conference Center from September 20 to 23.  Please contact the church office at 334-347-9530 for more information.


Hello ladies!  Are you ready for fall?  The PW is, and the Coordinating Team (CT) is already hard at work planning our events and missions for the coming year.  To kick things off, Bible Study will begin on Thursday, September 13, at 10am, and will continue on the second Thursday of each month.  This year we will study the General Epistles.  All ladies in the church are welcome to join us!


Please join the Green Hill Church Family on Saturday, August 18 at 4pm for Bowling Night.  Instead of bringing the bowlers to the alley, we’re bringing the alley to the bowlers!  That’s right!  It will be a night of virtual bowling, and other games, in the Fellowship Hall using Wii video game systems.  We have the food and the fun planned, we just need you!

Categories: Green Hill, Green Hill Good News

Green Hill Good News June/July 2012 (Online Edition)

 Green Hill Good News June/July 2012

 From the desk of Pastor Dan:

A frazzled young mother locked her sick toddler in the car while she ran into the pharmacy to pick up an emergency prescription. You can guess what happened: She left the keys in the ignition. It was late at night, she didn’t have a cell phone, and the pharmacy had locked its doors and pulled down its metal shutters by the time she realized what she’d done. She could see her daughter through the windows, and could hear the sound of her crying. It drove her nearly frantic and she tearfully prayed for help.

A few moments later, a young man walked past and turned to look at her in curiosity. “Can you help me?” she begged him desperately. “I’ve locked my keys in the car and my daughter is in there!” He nodded, and looked around the empty parking lot until he found an old coat hanger that he straightened.

She had never seen anything like it — it was simply amazing how easily he got into her car. A quick look at the door and window, a couple of twists of the coat hanger and bam! Just like that, the door was open.

 When she saw the door open she threw her arms around him. “Oh,” she said, “the Lord sent you! You’re such a good boy. You must be a man of faith!”

He stepped back and said, “No ma’am, I’m not a good boy. I just got out of prison yesterday.”

She jumped at him and hugged him again — fiercely. “Praise the Lord!” she cried. “He sent me a professional!”

The Apostle Paul once said, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)  A pretty good motto for the Church on a Hill this summer.

Keep Looking Up,

Pastor Dan


  • Joyfully received Cris Dempsey into active membership by way of reaffirmation of faith and transfer of her letter from Hempfield Presbyterian Church in Pennsylvania.
  • Approved a one-year subscription to Charity-Tracker, a web-based networking aid for local churches and agencies that help people in need.
  • Elder Art Forehand reported that directional outdoor signs for the church are ready to be installed.
  • Granted Elder Betty Cully and the Congregational Care Committee the authority to place inspirational decorations/hangings on a wall in Fellowship Hall.
  • Moved “First Sunday Communion” for July to the second Sunday (8th)
  • Approved three days of Continuing Education Leave for the Pastor, August 22-24, so that he may attend the Fellowship of Presbyterians Regional Conference in Atlanta.
  • The Pastor received personal leave of 11 days during the Summer: June 6-8; June 26 – July 5 (June 29-July 4 in Pittsburgh for General Assembly)
  • The next regular meeting of the Session is August 12th, 2pm


Wednesday Nights – Over the summer, we will NOT have a regular Wednesday program.  The Fellowship Supper, Bible Study, etc., will start back up in the fall.

July Communion – Due to Pastor Dan’s trip to the PCUSA General Assembly, Communion for July will be held on July 8 instead of July 1.


On Sunday, June 24, at Noon, we will have a Farewell Reception for Jim Crawford.  Jim is preparing to leave us and relocate to Texas.  Please join us following the Worship Service for cake and refreshments.


The Presbyterian Women just wrapped up a wonderful Bible Study series on “Being the Beatitudes.”  We’ll take a break for the summer and then start back up with a new study in the fall.  All women are welcome to attend!  Keep an eye on the church calendar for more information.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our recent special offerings.  Because of your generous donations, our church was able to contribute $220 to the Healthy Women/Healthy Families Project and $510 to the PW Birthday Offering.  Thank you again!

The 2012 AL/MS Women’s Conference is just around the corner!  This year’s event will be held in Huntsville, Alabama, from June 22 to 22. The theme of the conference is, “Dispatches to God’s Household:  The General Epistles.”  If you are interested in attending, please contact one of the PW Officers or the church office for a registration form and more information.

Speaking of officers, the following ladies have been elected for the next year.  Thank you to all of them for agreeing to serve!

  • MODERATOR:                                            Betty Bierbaum
  • SECRETARY:                                               Gloria Webb
  • TREASURER:                                               Cris Dempsey
  • MODERATOR OF MISSIONS:           Helen Ryan
  • HISTORIAN:                                                Olivia MacMaster


The deadline for submissions for the August 2012 church newsletter is Tuesday, July 17.  Items can be emailed to, or dropped off in the church office.  Many thanks to all of our contributors.


A big thank you goes out to Jim McDonough and his business partner John Cappadoro for the amazing job they did cleaning the church carpets last month.  We wish them all the best in their new Carpet Cleaning and Lawn Service business.


The Green Hill Food Closet is in need of the following items:  Cereal, Corn Bread Mix, Saltine Crackers, Spaghetti (8oz), Peanut Butter, Jelly, Vienna Sausages, Canned Chicken, Rice (small), Spaghettios/Ravioli/Lasagna, etc. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.  Thank you.


The Fellowship of Presbyterians is holding their Summer Gathering in Atlanta on August 23 and 24.  There will be speakers, workshops, fellowship, and more.  For more information, please visit the FOP website,, or contact the church office.


The Outreach Committee has assumed responsibility for providing refreshments each Sunday morning for Green Hill Café.  The Outreach Committee invites anyone who would like to host the Café to sign up for a Sunday on the sheet in the Fellowship Hall.  Thank you for your support of this activity which we hope will help grow our Green Hill Family.

Categories: Green Hill, Green Hill Good News

Green Hill Good News May 2012 (Online Edition)


From the desk of Pastor Dan

 “Good things come to those who wait.”  That’s not a biblical quote, but it’s all over the sacred writings: challenged with “good things” by the Serpent in the Garden, Eve and Adam couldn’t wait for the good things promised by God; Esau couldn’t wait for supper and gave up what he needed to wait years for (his inheritance); the Israelites couldn’t wait for God to do His thing at Mt. Sinai, and spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness for doing their thing;  David couldn’t wait for love permitted and blessed by God, and chose forbidden love with Bathsheba at a heavy cost: a life-time of regret and a kingdom soon shaken by civil war.  You get the idea.

 I believe Green Hill Church, and maybe many of us as individual members, are being tested.  Will we wait upon the Lord, for whatever it is we desire.  Will we wait for the Spirit of Christ to move, being careful not to confuse His Spirit with our impatient impulses?  The Psalmist famously said once, “and again I say, wait upon the Lord!”

 A chaplain friend of mine once shared a story with me a few years ago that speaks to the need for patience.  Back in the1960s a guy by the name of Walther Mischel from Stanford University made famous a study called the “Marshmallow Test.”

 Researchers gathered a group of four-year olds in a room and set a marshmallow in front of each kid. The kids were told that the researcher needed to run an errand. If the kid didn’t eat the marshmallow before the researcher got back, the kid would be given a second marshmallow. However, if the kid ate the marshmallow, he or she would not get another one. To no one’s surprise, some ate their marshmallow immediately and some had no problem resisting the temptation. Some turned their back on the marshmallow. Others sang a song or distracted themselves in some way. One kid even licked the table around the marshmallow!

 Fast-forward 14 years. Researchers discovered that, in general, the kids who had been able to resist the marshmallows were better adjusted and more dependable. They were more competent socially and more self-assertive. They were able to cope with frustration and stress much better. They embraced challenges rather than seeing them as obstacles. They even scored an average of 210 points higher on their SAT exams!

 Patience and delayed gratification are good indicators of both spiritual and emotional heath.

 Still Learning the Humbling Lessons of Waiting Upon the Lord,

Pastor Dan


  •  Welcomed Barbara Villarreal into full membership of the church by way of reaffirmation of faith and transfer from St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.
  • Received Jon and Amanda McMillan as new members by way of reaffirmation of faith.  Heard Asher McMillan’s profession of faith in Christ and approved him for baptism and church membership.
  • Approved infant baptism for Alivia McMillan, 2 year-old daughter of Jon and Amanda McMillan.
  • Discussed the necessity of a plan for supervision and secure care of the new Nursery.  Elder Voss will follow-up with the Nursery Committee
  • Approved Sunday May 20th as Heritage Sunday and the promotion of a more casual day of worship that will include the wearing of Green Hill polo shirts.  We will recognize our high school graduate, Hannah Lawrence, on that day as well.
  • The Christian Education Committee reported the line-up of teachers who had agreed to serve beginning in the Fall:
  • Approved Sunday, September 9 as Sunday School Rally Day.
  • Agreed to take this year’s Vacation Bible School on the road to Garden Oaks Apartments, a residential area not far from the church, Saturday, June 2nd.  Volunteers are needed for help with games, crafts, snacks, recreation, etc.  A sign- up board in the narthex may soon appear to advertise a variety of ways that adults may serve the children of Garden Oaks.
  • Approved the report of the New Sign Task Force.  A modern new sign will soon be constructed to complement the church’s picturesque setting and appeal to the increasing amount of traffic on Lee Street.
  • The treasurer reported that pledged offerings through the first quarter were coming in as promised.
  • The next meeting of the Session will be May 20th.  Summer scheduling of Session meetings will be called for on an “as needed” basis.  The first stated meeting following the Summer Break will be August 12th.
  • Approved August 10 and 11 for rehearsal and wedding dates of Jennifer Battles and Danny Drexler.  Jennifer is a granddaughter of Mary Bradford.


 Please mark Wednesday, May 2, on your calendar and plan to come to the Green Hill “Pasta & Praise” night.  Dinner will be served from 5pm to 6pm and will include spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, tea, water, and dessert.  At 5:45pm, praise songs will be sung.  Cost is $3/person or $5/couple or family.  Come enjoy a fabulous meal and enjoy the joyous praising of our Lord and Savior!


Please mark May 6 on your calendars!  On that day, following the worship service, the PW will be hosting a fantastic Birthday Luncheon.  The church will provide the meat; you can bring either a dessert, or a veggie, or a salad.  During the luncheon, envelopes will be made available for those who wish to make donations to the PW Birthday Offering.  Check the PW bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall for a list of the programs that the Green Hill offering will be supporting.


Green Hill has agreed to sponsor a table at this year’s Sunrise Rotary Club Charity Dinner.  The dinner, which will be held on the evening of May 10, will feature both live and silent auctions to benefit the Enterprise YMCA’s Scholarship Fund.

 We are looking for members to purchase tickets to the dinner.  At a minimum, we want to fill all eight places at our table.  If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please contact the church office.  Our tickets cost $30, which includes a $10 discount off of the non-table price.


On Sunday, May 20, Green Hill will celebrate Heritage Sunday.  On this day we will take a look back at the history of our church and also take a look forward to our future.  Casual dress is encouraged at the worship service and everyone is asked to wear green.


Pastor Dan has lined up some fantastic guest speakers for our upcoming Wednesday night programs, so mark your calendars now!

On May 9, Jeffrey Peacock from Gentiva Home Health and Hospice will be joining us.  Mr. Peacock, is a Bereavement Coordinator for Gentiva and a Senior Pastor at Grace Point Church.

On May 16, we will be visited by Ona Garwood from the Enterprise Garden Club.  Mrs. Garwood is a Master Gardener and she will be speaking on the Health Benefits of Gardening.

Categories: Green Hill, Green Hill Good News

Green Hill Good News April 2012 (Online Edition)

From the desk of Pastor Dan:

I am so very impressed with the Session of our church for taking the lead in our presbytery.  How so?  They are the first to join the new Fellowship of Presbyterians (FOP) organization, a PCUSA association of traditional/conservative congregations and church leaders who have decided to stand together in defense of the traditional biblical definition of marriage and singleness.

This (new) conservative organization is different from many in the past (like the Confessing Church Movement).  It is structured to help conservative churches throughout the PCUSA develop ministries based in vital and transformative mission to their communities with an unapologetic message of salvation through Christ alone.  Congregations and church leaders alike will form up in groups of three or four to keep one another accountable to Great Commission objectives (making healthy disciples for Christ).

Green Hill is a leader in this movement.   I recently saw brave leadership on display in nature on Green Hill.  Yes, I say, upon our very hillside!  One solitary dogwood tree announced a new season of life and vitality.  A picture of this leader-tree adorns the cover of this month’s newsletter.  Soon the other dogwoods appeared in symphonic chorus to proclaim “hallelujah to God the Creator and Savior of humankind” following yet another dreary winter.

Green Hill is that wonderful dogwood tree for our Presbytery and our denomination, I hope and pray.  Soon other trees will join us.  They are very much alive, though maybe not certain about timing, possibly a little timid in the face of uncomfortable cold and resistant winds; hesitant at first, they nevertheless are cheered on by a courageous leader.  You, Green Hill, are that visionary and brave leader!  Lead the way with praise and honor to our great King, Jesus the first-born of all Creation.

Glad to be part of the lead formation!

Pastor Dan


  • Amended the 2012 Budget to allow payment of final installment of the Acts 16:5 initiative ($720).
  • Heard from our Executive Presbyter, Rev Samford Turner, regarding his concerns about a new affinity group that has formed in the PCUSA called the Fellowship of Presbyterians.  He believes it will cater to larger churches and have very little to offer smaller churches like Green Hill.
  • After extensive discussion voted unanimously to join the Fellowship of Presbyterians for one year.  The annual monetary obligation is $250.  See the pastor’s article and other news in this month’s newsletter.
  •  Designated March 24 as Spring Work Day, 8-12am; March 31 is the back up day in case of bad weather.
  • Discussed plans for joint Sunrise service and Breakfast with Lee Street Baptist, April 7
  • Applauded the efforts of Congregational Care and Outreach Committees for a very successful launch of “Pasta and Praise” which drew over 80 the first Wednesday of March.


 The deadline for submissions for the May 2012 church newsletter is Tuesday, April 17.  Items can be emailed to  Many thanks to all of our contributors!


 Please mark Wednesday, April 4, on your calendar and plan to come to the Green Hill “Pasta & Praise” night.  Dinner will be served from 5pm to 6pm and will include spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, tea, water, and dessert.  At 5:45pm, praise songs will be sung.  Cost is $3/person or $5/couple or family.  Come enjoy a fabulous meal and enjoy the joyous praising of our Lord and Savior!


The women of Green Hill participated in two Spring Gatherings in March.  The first, at Swift Church, in Foley, AL, was held on March 10.  Four Green Hill ladies attended and had a wonderful day.  The second was held here at Green Hill on March 18.  Our speaker was Mr. Dan Fraley from Ephraim’s Arrow (, a ministry that was designed to show the unity between Jews and Christians.  Fifteen men and women were in attendance.  Mr. Fraley also played his dulcimer.  We are sorry that the whole church could not hear his message.

The date of the next Belks’ Charity Day Sale has been announced and tickets are on sale now!  The sale will be held on April 21 from 6am to 10am.  To attend, you must purchase a $5 ticket from one of the ladies at Green Hill.  Then, show that ticket to the cashier at Belks when you make your first purchase and get $5 off.  That’s in addition to getting discounts of 20% to 70% off!  The money from the tickets sold at Green Hill stays at Green Hill.  The Belk’s Sale is one of the largest fund-raisers for the budget of the PW ministry.


 Thank you to everyone who participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring on Super Bowl Sunday by making a donation to the Green Hill Food Pantry.  We collected $391.00!  The totals have come in from around the country, and on that day 8953 separate groups collected a total of $8,754,665.00 in dollars and food items to be used in their local communities.  It’s amazing what we can do when we all work together!


 Thank you to everyone who donated to this year’s Blanket Sunday collection, and thank you to Charles and Gloria Webb for putting on their entertaining demonstration.  It’s a church tradition!  We collected $500 for Church World Service, the organization that provides assistance to those in need as a result of disasters.


The following thank you notes were received by Green Hill this month.  One from Girl Scout Troop #9338 and the other from Sam Larr, parent of Ivan, Mariah, and JT Larr.

“Thank you so very much for allowing us the opportunity to be a part of your special church!  For some of our girls, Girl Scout Sunday was their 1st time in a church!  I am certain that celebrating together planted seeds for tomorrow!  Troop #9338” 

 “April, Thank you for all you do for my children!  Even if Ivan thinks he only comes to Bible Club for snacks, I know it’s much more than that.  J  Thanks again to you & Green Hill.  Have a blessed day.  Sam Larr.”


 Check out the new, colorful look of our Nursery and Preschool rooms!  In February, our Session approved a budget to start remodeling.  Thanks to all who have helped make the plan a reality so far with their time and talents: Buster Voss, Diane McQueen, and Ron & April Seery.


Thanks for all the willing teachers and helpers for Bible Club this year.  We couldn’t have done it without: our drivers, Sandi DeTora, Carl Bierbaum, Charlie Webb, Aimee McDonough, and Ron Seery, with subs Joel Mikuta and Jim Cully; our snacks provided by Donna Bigler with Ruth Oliver filling in as needed; Our teen group leaders, Alex McDonough, Joshua Whitkanack, and JT Larr; our station leaders – Pastor Dan, Amanda McMillan and Pat Johnson; our Kindergarten/1st grade teachers – Cris Dempsey and Carol Lynch; and, last but not least, our leader April Seery.  We’ve taught 15 kids about Genesis and God’s plan of salvation this year and our hope is that it will lay a foundation for each of them to come to a saving relationship with Jesus!


 Thanks to Carol Lynch, Cris Dempsey, and Ron & April Seery for their support in making the Revelation Bible Study a success.  We finished the first book of the Kay Arthur Discover 4 Yourself series “Bible Prophecy for Kids” covering Revelation 1-7.  Our group of 5 kids and 2 adults learned lots and had great fun!

On March 18, 2012, the Session of Green Hill voted unanimously to join the Fellowship of Presbyterians, an organization within the PCUSA.  The following letter was mailed to the Pastors and Clerks of Session at all of the churches in the Presbytery of South Alabama.

Dear Friends in Presbytery of South Alabama,

 The Session of Green Hill Presbyterian Church greets you in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It is the Love of God that compels us to obey an important Biblical mandate for leaders of Christ’s Church: fidelity in marriage and chastity in singleness.

 Therefore, we have decided at this time to join the Fellowship of Presbyterians so that we might seek closer fellowship, spiritual communion, and mission partnership with those of like-mind in our presbytery and our denomination.  The Fellowship of Presbyterians is an association of like-minded evangelical churches and ruling/teaching elders who believe Holy Scripture is the only source for knowing divine truth; further, the Scriptures contain sacred instructions for how the Church of Jesus Christ should live out the great commandment and the great commission.  For more information you may contact Green Hill Church or go to the website of the Fellowship of Presbyterians at

We invite others in our presbytery to join the Fellowship of Presbyterians so that a clearer and stronger voice might be heard in the midst of the current confusion.  We believe that the former Book of Order’s appraisal of the Holy bible is correct:  Scriptural truth is more than a trustworthy reference point; Biblical truth, rather, is to be sought and obeyed.

 It is our desire to remain active in the Presbytery of South Alabama in ways that would be helpful, not harmful.  We pray for plans to meet together with our sisters and brothers across the theological or cultural walls that separate us.  May the Lord help us all to discover a way forward that joyfully submits to the Lordship of Christ and His Word.

 In the Spirit of Seeking the Peace and Unity of Christ for the Church,

 Signed by the Pastor, Clerk of Session, and all Elders.


 April 1 – Palm Sunday, Worship @ 11am

April 5 – Maundy Thursday, Communion @ 6:30pm

April 7 – Easter Egg Hunt @ 1pm

April 8 – Sunrise Service & Breakfast @ 6:30am

April 8 – Easter Sunday, Worship @11am

Green Hill Bible Club children prepare for Easter by learning

about being Servants to All through the act of Foot Washing.

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