Green Hill Good News

Green Hill Good News June/July 2013

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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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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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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.

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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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Green Hill Good News, February 2013

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From the desk of Pastor Dan:

Out of the entire book of songs/prayers known as the Psalms there is one that stands out by how the composer began: with a benediction!

The first verse of the 67th psalm goes like this, “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us…” (English Standard Version)

Why would the ancient songwriter of Israel begin with an out of place statement of God’s favor?

Verse two provides the answer I believe. Immediately before getting to that second verse there is a surprising note to the musician and singers to pause, to take a breath. Why a rest so soon? The song has only begun. But there it is, a notation known as “selah”.

What follows the “selah,” in the middle of a sentence (most translations do not put a period to the first sentence of this psalm until the end of verse two), must be of utmost importance. Might this “selah” call for a pregnant pause, similar to the famous one at the end of Handel’s Messiah?

Verse two gives a climaxing crescendo at the beginning of this hymn; How strange, but how wonderfully instructive to God’s favored people. Are you ready for it? Hear the drums and cymbals and trumpets and all stringed instruments coming to an amazing conclusion at the beginning of a song?

“THAT YOUR WAY MAY BE KNOWN ON EARTH,
YOUR SAVING POWER AMONG ALL NATIONS!!!”

That’s our mission too, Green Hill! We’ve been blessed with God’s favor, we’ve experienced a “selah” under the Holy Spirit’s directing baton, now we must enthusiastically join Heaven’s cascading and eternal crescendo of praise to God by GOING INTO ALL OUR WORLD TO PROCLAIM GOD’S GOOD NEWS, SHOWING GOD’S SAVING POWER IN JESUS THE MESSIAH…

And behold, He is with us always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20)

Loving Heaven’s Symphony,

Pastor Dan

SESSION BRIEFS

• Approved the 2013 budget as amended (primarily to reflect new 1/2% increase in cost of the pastor’s medical insurance).
• The treasurer reported that the final 2012 budget reflected a small net gain of $224.54, reflecting an income for the year of $159,925.56 and expenditures of $159,701.02.
• Pastor Dan reported that membership held steady at 90 members. Green Hill welcomed 8 new members and reinstated 1 previous member. We lost 1 member through transfer, 3 through withdrawal, and 5 by death.
• The Pastor gave a “state of the church” report and his goals for 2013. Most of the goals related to outreach activities and enrichment of worship hour.
• Elder Joel Mikuta was elected Treasurer for 2013. His assistants are Betty Cully and Gloria Webb.
• Elder Betty Cully was elected as Clerk of Session for 2013.
• Scout Sunday is February 17th and is a special Sunday of outreach for the entire church to our Scout families.
• Elders Betty and Jim Cully were elected as Commissioners to the February meeting of Presbytery.
• Committee Assignments were accepted: Administration & Stewardship, Charles Webb; Christian Education, Todd Ayer; Congregational Care, Betty Cully; Missions, Kimberli Fougeron; Worship, Joel Mikuta, Jim Lawrence; Buildings & Grounds, Art Forehand; Outreach, Carol Whittington; Disaster Emergency Response, Kimberli Fougeron.
• Task Force groups proposed by the pastor but yet to be assigned and organized: Manual of Operations, and Vision Team (long-term planning)
• Approved the pastor’s request for personal leave: one day (Jan 24), and six days (Mar 23-28); and 4 days of study leave (Jan 29-Feb 1)
• The Pastor brought an update report regarding the Fellowship of Presbyterians (FoP) Conference in Orlando (Jan 30-Feb1) and the initial meeting of the panhandle mission affinity group of the FoP, Feb 17

GREEN HILL GOOD NEWS DEADLINE

The deadline for submissions to the February 2013 church newsletter is Tuesday, February 19. Items can be emailed to greenhillpc@gmail.com, or dropped off in the church office. Many thanks to our contributors.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN NEWS

What a great participation we had in January for our Bible Lesson on Holy Living. We were all challenged to abide or hangout with Jesus if we want to be more like him. Our February Lesson is Sin – Beware of Varmints in the Cracks. We have changed our meeting date from February 14th to the 21st because of Valentine’s Day. Please note the date change on your calendar.

Come one, come all to our Green Hill General membership meeting on Saturday, March 2, 2013, right here in our fellowship hall at 11:00 a.m. Please bring a Salad and a friend to share. There will also be a short business meeting to elect our 2013-14 leaders. Nancy Smith is searching for next year officers so please come forward and give your current leaders a much deserved rest. Prayerfully consider taking a PW leadership position for one year. Please let Nancy know soon.

Another treat is in store for us on Thursday March 9th at the 27th Annual Spring Gathering at Trinity PC in Fairhope, AL. There are always great workshops and a Gift Shop with homemade goodies. Watch our PW board for further information.

We have received a Challenge and An Invitation from PW Missions again this year. There will be a trip to the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, MD April 3-8th to help collect Hygiene Kits or Baby Kits. There have been many disasters this year so the supply has been depleted. They need help in supplying the new kits. The details of the kits are posted on the PW board. We will take our kits to Spring Gathering for Judy Persons to transport on up to New Windsor, MD.

Looking forward to our time together again this month. May God continue to bless and care for us. With you in His service.

FOOD PANTRY & PASTOR’S FUND SUMMARY

In 2012, the Green Hill Food Pantry provided bags of food to 53 families (167 individuals), and the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund gave nearly $2000 to 47 families. In all of these cases, the families were truly in need, and through our help, they were able to make ends meet.

A big thank you needs to go out to the ladies who run our food pantry. It is no small job to sort all of those food donations, go out and buy fresh food, to organize bags for the families, and more. Because of them, the pantry continues to be a meaningful ministry of Green Hill.

And, another thank you goes out to Astra Barkley, Judy Cowley, and the rest of the crew at Coffee County Family Services. We rely on them to sort through the requests for help and to determine where our assistance is needed the most. They continue to do an amazing job, and we are grateful.

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS COMMISSION

Are you part of Green Hill’s Disaster Preparedness Commission? Would you like to be? When it comes to preparing for disasters, sooner is better than later, and the Green Hill Commission wants to make sure that all of our church members are ready. Whether it’s having food stored, having an evacuation plan, or just having a disaster buddy, there is always more we can do.

The Commission’s next meeting is on Saturday, February 2, at 8:30am. All are welcome to attend.

SOUPER BOWL OF CARING

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

SUPER BOWL PARTY

Green Hill is hosting a Super Bowl party! This event is open to the members of Green Hill, members of the Scout Troops, members of the Softball Team, and their family and friends. This is a great time to invite your neighbors and friends to Green Hill.

Bring your tailgating chairs and favorite tailgate food. Snacks and drinks will be available throughout the game. If you plan to come, please fill out a reservation slip (from the pew rack) or contact the church office so we know how many people to expect.

WEDNESDAY MOVIE NIGHT

On Wednesday, February 6, we will set aside our regular Bible Study for a special movie night. Following the pot luck supper at 5:30pm, we will watch the movie Courageous. Please join us for a fun night!

SWEETHEART BREAKFAST

On Sunday, February 10, at 8:30am, all of the ladies in the church are welcome to attend a Sweet Heart Breakfast hosted by the men of the church. Each year the men set up such a wonderful meal that is the perfect lead-in to Valentine’s Day later in the week. Please join us for breakfast.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP

Please join Green Hill Presbyterian Church for our newly formed monthly Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group. Our very first meeting will be on Wednesday, February 20, at 10am. We will continue to meet on the third Wednesday of each month.

Many of us are caring for individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. Our meetings will consist of education, guest speakers, sharing, and prayer. Let’s share caregiving approaches we’ve tried and discuss what works, what doesn’t, and how you can care for yourself during this challenge time. We want all caregivers to understand the disease and to know that they are not alone.

If you have any questions, please contact either the church office or the group facilitator, Dr. Kimberli Fougeron Ph.D. Dr. Fougeron has been certified by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

SCOUT SUNDAY

On Sunday, February 17, the Green Hill congregation will be joined at morning worship by the boys and the parents from Boy Scout Troop #150. Scout Sunday marks the founding of scouting in the United States. On this day, the troop will lead parts of the worship service, and special recognition will be given to the Eagle Scouts. Please join us to welcome our scouting families.

CCAA SHOW ON THE 28

The Coffee County Arts Alliance is pleased to present TAP – the Show on February 28, 2013, at the Elba High School. The show will begin at 7:00pm. Thanks to our Boy Scouts, the Green Hill church bus is going to be making the trip up to the show for those who would rather ride than drive. To reserve your space on the bus, please put your name on the sign-up sheet in the kitchen.

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Green Hill Good News, January 2013

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From the desk of Pastor Dan:

Maybe this new year contains the “day before.”
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Have you heard that commercial from Homeland Security in which a voice boringly describes a day of arising to meet yet another day, riding the same bus to work, engaging in endless meetings at the office, returning from work by nightfall to a t.v. dinner, brushing one’s teeth, going to bed?
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The “day before” in the radio commercial is the day before the world turns upside down because of some horrific natural or man-caused disaster.
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The DHS commercial does a great job of warning the general public that the hypnotic state of complacency is a disaster itself; and inexcusable.
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So it is with the people of God.
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What if today is the “day before” our world gets turned upside down because we learn our mission should primarily be to/for those much poorer or less educated than we generally are?  What if we look back on 2012 as the relatively more peaceful/calmer “days before” our church is over-run by a younger generation with very different desires for singing and praising and learning about God?  What if today is the “day before”, God forbid, we lose a sizeable number of those who have kept the faith and kept the church going for most of Green Hill’s recent past?
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Complacency is a killer.  Putting our heads in the sand like an Ostrich is not an effective posture for accomplishing the Kingdom mission.
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Let’s at least get ready for more daring and different possibilities!  And if our complacent and routine ways get turned upside down, then, rejoice; God is up to something awesome!
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Our mission, at a minimum, involves resisting the comfort of a world right-side up.   Right-side up worlds are to be turned upside down for Jesus’ sake; that’s where the church of Jesus Christ not only survives, but thrives.  We must imitate the exploits of the church during the Apostle Paul’s early days (see Acts chapter 17, especially verse 6)
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Soli Deo Gloria,
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Pastor Dan

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SESSION BRIEFS

  • Approved a balanced budget for 2013 with expenditures of $158, 676.  This is a decrease of $7,000 from 2012.  Pledges are approximately $5,000 lower than last year.
  • Tabled for now, the purchase of a new riding lawn mower.
  • Tabled for now, the purchase of a new copier.
  • Reminded the Pastor that use of facilities by outside organizations must receive prior approval by the Session
  • The Pastor reported on the latest from the Fellowship of Presbyterians: an initial gathering of church leaders from 4 or 5 churches from the Mobile and Florida Panhandle area will gather in Pensacola, February 17th, for worship, shared study and fellowship, and a meal together.

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GREEN HILL GOOD NEWS DEADLINE

The deadline for submissions to the February 2013 church newsletter is Tuesday, January 15.  Items can be emailed to greenhillpc@gmail.com, or dropped off in the church office.  Many thanks to our contributors.

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MESSAGE FROM ILU

My dearest Green Hill friends and family, I want to thank you for taking the time to celebrate my birthday.  Do you know that beautiful cake was the first birthday cake I have ever had in my life?  I was so touched by your thoughtfulness.  It means so much to me that you would honor me in this way.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Gracias.
Ilu

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TEAM AMANDA YARD SALE

A HUGE thank you goes out to everyone who helped with the “Team Amanda” yard sale.  The Green Hill Family rallied together to make the sale a success.  On that one day we were able to raise over $2000 for Amanda’s family.  With the high cost of medical co-pays, and the high cost of gas for their travels back and forth to Atlanta, this money will be a great help in her recovery.  Special thanks go out to Mellow Mushroom, AAA Storage, Sessions Cleaners, Wildcat Storage, Domino’s Pizza, Natasha Chalker Photography, Po Folks, Cutt’s Restaurant, Troy Bank & Trust, Enterprise Leger, and Pizza Hut.

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AMANDA HAS A BONE MARROW DONOR!

In case you missed the news, Amanda has a bone marrow donor!  Because no one in her family was a match, her doctors had to turn to the national registry to find one for her.  The night before the yard sale, we received word that a match has been found!  If everything goes as planned, Amanda will travel to Atlanta in a couple of months to begin treatment.  We need to keep both Amanda and the Donor in our prayers.

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BONE MARROW REGISTRY DRIVE

On Sunday, January 27, from Noon to 4pm, Green Hill will host a Bone Marrow Registry Drive in our Fellowship Hall.  Originally we were going to hold this drive for Amanda, to find her a donor.  Now we will be holding the drive in her honor, for all of the patients out there who are still searching for a match.  To sign up to be a bone marrow donor, a person needs to be between the ages of 18 and 44, be willing to donate to any patient in need, and meet the heath guidelines (see  www.marrow.org for the exact guidelines).

Signing up for the registry is as simple as filling out some paperwork and getting a cheek swab.  If you are a match for someone who needs a bone marrow transplant, you will be called for further testing at a later date.

The technology of bone marrow transplants has seen massive improvements in recent years.  For nearly 80% of the marrow collections today, the process is similar to donating blood or platelets.  Don’t let what you may have seen on TV or in the movies scare you off.  That’s not real.  Get the real facts at www.marrow.org.

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BAKE SALE & HOTDOGS ON THE HILL

Along with the Bone Marrow Registry drive on the 27th, Green Hill will hold a bake sale to benefit the Be the Match Foundation.  (See below to learn more about the foundation.)  Our plan is to have both baked goods and more substantial lunch-type food available.  If we can create good traffic on our hill, we can get lots of donors for the registry, support the Foundation, and increase the visibility of our church in the town.  As we get closer to the sale, we will be asking our members to help out, with donations of food and time.  Keep an eye out for these announcements.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Sandi in the church office.  Thank you!

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BE THE MATCH FOUNDATION

For people with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma or other diseases, a cure exists. Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant.

It costs about $100 to add each potential donor to the registry. The more registry members, the greater the likelihood patients will find a marrow match. Your contribution could be someone’s cure.

A GIFT TO BE THE MATCH

…delivers tangible relief to patients struggling with thousands in uninsured costs.

In 2011, more than 1,700 patients received assistance, and more than $2.2 million was paid to qualifying patients through the Be The Match Foundation Patient Assistance Program. Their lives were changed because of patient assistance funds and the support and generosity of people like you.

…ignites hope for searching patients by adding donors to the marrow registry.

Your gift helps add more members to our registry and makes life-saving transplants a reality for all patients.

…turns the impossible into the achievable by investing in research discoveries.

Be The Match Foundation supports the NMDP, a leader in global research to help transplant patients. Together with our research arm, the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research® (CIBMTR), we are at the forefront of marrow and cord blood research. We are engaged in more than 250 active research studies, have data on more than 300,000 marrow transplant recipients and have published more than 500 journal articles.

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Merry Christmas

And

Happy New Year

To all of you

from the office staff…

Joel, Jim, Sandi, & Dan

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Green Hill Good News, December 2012

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From the desk of Pastor Dan:

Everyone knows that farmers work hard. And while they do their work, they have great faith in God’s work. Not only do they have great faith, they also have great expectation that the earth will produce the fruit of their labors and that the Lord will bless them with great crops.

Here’s the hard part. The farmer does not just sit back and wait. The farmer buys seed, tills the land, plants the seed, irrigates and weeds. After all that’s done, he waits and even expects that God will do His part.

The farmer knows that the outcome is in God’s hands. And, like a goalie in soccer, he knows he really can’t win the game but he can lose it. Faith tells us that the outcome of farming is God’s business. And while the farmer trusts God, he is not surprised that good planning, plowing, and pruning contribute to a good crop. Aware of this truth, a great Bishop once asked, “What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions?” (James 2:14)

Farming. Not a bad metaphor for understanding the way God’s blessings intersect with our responsibilities.

So what do you need to do to partner with God this Year? Read more? Forgive more? Give more? Faith, though it may look dormant as it waits upon the Lord, is never passive; it’s never idle; but it is the way of the cross of Christ.

Faith is the Victory,

Pastor Dan

SESSION BRIEFS

•          Approved the minutes of the congregational meeting that elected Charles Webb and Jim Lawrence as elders of the class of 2015; and Ron Seery as trustee of the class of 2015.

•          Gave approval to the Pierian Club to use kitchen and Fellowship Hall the afternoon of December 6th.

•          Granted permission for a Bone Marrow Registry Drive in Amanda McMillan’s name be conducted at Green Hill Presbyterian Church following worship on January 27th.  Sandi DeTora and the church office will provide point of contact.

•          Heard plans for reorganization of Bible Club from Christian Education committee; the afternoon youth club will now occur on Wednesday evenings during Adult Bible Study and/or programs.

•          The treasurer reported the largest deficit in the operating fund at this point in the year that he could remember.  The church awaits the reception of pledges and offerings to further evaluate the status for this year as well as the composition of the new 2013 budget.

•          The pastor reported on the latest news from the Fellowship of Presbyterians and plans for joining a cluster of three or four churches for joint worship, sharing of ministry resources, and accountability.  These plans are still in their initial stages.

•          Changed the dates for the next two fifth Sunday healing services to January 13th and March 24th respectively.

•          Made plans to hold the ordination and installation service of new elders and trustee on Sunday, December 23rd as part of the worship service.

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Dr. Jim Lawrence and Mr. Charles Webb who were elected to the Elder Class of 2015.  Congratulations to Mr. Ron Seery who was elected as the Trustee of the Class of 2015.  We know that they are all going to do a fantastic job!

GREEN HILL GOOD NEWS DEADLINE

The deadline for submissions to the January 2013 church newsletter is Tuesday, December 18.  Items can be emailed to greenhillpc@gmail.com or dropped off in the church office.  Many thanks to our contributors.

GREEN HILL WEBSITE

Have you been visiting the Green Hill website?  If so, you’re certainly not alone.  Since the site launched last spring, we’ve had nearly 5000 hits!  The majority of the clicks are from the USA, but the rest have come from 42 different countries around the world!  We’re getting visits from places like Pakistan, India, and the Republic of Korea!  It certainly is a small world!

“TEAM AMANDA” YARD SALE

As all of you know, Amanda McMillan is in the fight of her life against Leukemia.  This extended battle has drained her family’s financial resources.  On Saturday, December 8, Green Hill will host a HUGE yard sale here at the church to benefit her family.  Thanks to everyone’s generosity, an entire storage unit of items has been collected!  Many of the items are new, or nearly new, and everything is priced to be an amazing deal.  Come out and shop with us!  You know you want to!  If you have any items to donate, please contact the church office.

BONE MARROW REGISTRY DRIVE

On Sunday, January 27, Green Hill will host a Bone Marrow Registry Drive here at the church.  If you are between the ages of 18 and 44, and in good health, there are patients who need you!  Signing up to be on the registry is as simple as filling out some paperwork and getting a cheek swab.  There have been massive improvements in the technology of bone marrow transplants over the years.  For nearly 80% of donors, the process is lot like donating blood or platelets.  If you can sign up to donate, please do.  If you can’t, please help us get the word out about the drive.  Everyone has the ability to save a life.

ALFRED MALOY BROWN, SR

The prayers and sympathy of the congregation are extended to the family of Al Brown who passed away on November 21, 2012.

PRESBYTERIAN HOME FOR CHILDREN

A HUGE thank you goes out to everyone who contributed to this year’s Thanksgiving Offering.  It was a record year with $1,383 being collected for the Presbyterian Home for Children.  The Home is a Christian caring community for children and families in need.  Our offering will help them to continue this good work.

JOANNE SMITH LAWRENCE

The prayers and sympathy of the congregation are extended to the family of Joanne Lawrence who passed away on November 22, 2012.  Mrs. Lawrence is the mother of Dr. Jim Lawrence.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

The happiest time of the year is upon us. Merry Christmas !!!!!!!!!!!!!.   Our Bible Study will meet this month on December 13th. We will be studying Lesson 4 on The Word.

Thank you for your donations to the Belks Charity Sale.  We have received $145.00 from the ticket sales that will be used for our mission projects.  A great big thank you goes to Gloria Webb and Nancy Smith for going to work that morning with me.

This year your CT gave the $7.00 a box for the Blessing Boxes.  Thanks to Sandi and girls for delivering them and the great pictures.

A special thank you goes to Dianne McQueen for organizing the Thanksgiving Dinner and to all who helped make it so delicious.  This was a special family time for all of us.  The Presbyterian Children’s Home program was also a blessing.  Karla did a very great job of keeping us informed.

The CT agreed to try a service project this year.  On Friday December 7th we will go to SARCOA in Dothan and help organize and sort the many gifts that will be coming in for the Santa for Seniors program.  We will go at 11:00 am from church and after grabbing a bite to eat we will work from 12:30 to 3:00 pm.  Then come home. So please give the gift you picked from the felt Christmas Tree for our SARCOA Senior before the 7th so we can take them over. She is a poor lady.

Our Christmas Party will be Monday, December 10th at 6:00 pm in the Green Hill Fellowship Hall.  Please bring a goody and a fun gift to exchange that evening.

If you have not already made your Thank Offering please do so.  The dead line to send it in is the first part of December.  May God bless and keep us safe this holiday season.

Betty Jo

SAMARITAN’S PURSE

This year both the children’s Sunday School and Bible Club prepared boxes for the Operation Christmas Child project.  Each box was filled with toys, school supplies, personal items, and other gifts.  The boxes were delivered to Samaritan’s Purse who will ship them, along with hundreds of thousands of other boxes, to children in countries around the world.  In addition to the boxes, the children will also receive booklets in their own language about the life of Jesus.  Many will be given the opportunity to attend classes to learn more.  Between our two groups at Green Hill, 34 boxes were donated.

THE CANDY CANE

Look at the Candy Cane.

What do you see?

Stripes that are red,

Like the blood shed for me.

White for my Savior,

Who is sinless and pure.

“J” is for Jesus, My Lord,

That’s for sure!

Turn it around,

And a staff you will see.

Jesus my shepherd,

Is caring for me!

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