Green Hill Good News

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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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

SESSION BRIEFS

•          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.

40 DAYS OF PRAYER (THRU NOV. 6)

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.

PASTA & PRAISE NIGHT

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!

GREEN HILL GOOD NEWS DEADLINE

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

LETTER FROM MARIE LEPORE’S FAMILY

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

STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY

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.

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.

CHURCH WEBSITE

Need to know what’s going on at Green Hill?  Be sure to check out the church’s website, http://www.GreenHillPC.com.  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!

CHURCH DIGITAL SIGN

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

FAMILY SERVICES YARD SALE

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.

SCOUTING FOR FOOD

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.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

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

LETTER FROM “THE FIDDLE BOYS” FAMILY

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.

Sincerely,

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.

To view previous editions of the Green Hill Good News monthly newsletter, please click HERE.

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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

SESSION BRIEFS

  • 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.

40 DAYS OF PRAYER (SEPT. 28 TO NOV. 6)

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.

PASTA & PRAISE NIGHT

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!

LETTER FROM COFFEE COUNTY FAMILY SERVICES

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.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

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.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

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!

GREEN HILL GOOD NEWS DEADLINE

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

GREEN HILL HAS A NEW SIGN!

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.

MARIE LEPORE

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.

PRAYER LETTER FROM THE LEGTERS IN MEXICO

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

SESSION BRIEFS

  • 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).

ALABAMA PRESBYTERIAN CURSILLO

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.

GREEN HILL FOOD PANTRY

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

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.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH

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.

SUNDAY SCHOOL RALLY DAY

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.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

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.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

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. 

GREEN HILL GOOD NEWS DEADLINE

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

ATTENTION ALL KIDS IN K THROUGH 6TH GRADE

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.

BETH MOORE BIBLE STUDY:

A WOMAN’S HEART, GOD’S DWELLING PLACE

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.

GREEN HILL PRAYER BAND

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.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY AND MORE!

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.

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