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DeTora Receives Celtic Cross Award

The following article appeared in the P.R.A.Y. Update to Members of GSUSA for September 2019:


Sandra DeTora Receives Celtic Cross Award
Girl Scout Makayla J. Gives Inspiring Speech

“I am one of the Green Hill Girl Scouts, under the leadership of Ms. Sandi, and I want you all to know that I realize how lucky I am. Ms. Sandi has three of us, her two daughters and myself, but I truly believe that she sometimes forgets that we are not all hers, or she forgets which of us is not. She is an awesome role model and I have learned so much from her, but it is not all about Girl Scouts. She often shares her faith just by her actions, her love of Jesus with every good deed for fellow church members or anyone that needs it. She is the epitome of a Christian Mother and friend. When I have been in need of something, she always has it in her Mary Poppins bag or in the back of her car….When something goes wrong she is my first phone call….So [Ms. Sandi] is not just my Girl Scout leader….she is my friend, my confidant, my sometimes fill-in Mom, and most of all my mentor. I love Ms. Sandi and have never doubted that she loves me too, even when I make it hard. Thank you for all you do for me and with me and thank you Green Hill for recognizing this wonderful woman. I am so proud of you.”

This amazing speech was given by Makayla J. upon the presentation of the Celtic Cross award to her Girl Scout leader Sandra DeTora.

The Celtic Cross award is sponsored by the National Association of Presbyterian Scouters and recognizes “adult leaders who have given exceptional service to children and youth.” Sandra was nominated for this award by the Session of Green Hill Presbyterian Church. In addition to working with youth at Green Hill through such programs as Vacation Bible School, Sandra has been a Girl Scout volunteer for nearly ten years, organizing Girl Scout Sunday every year and teaching the My Promise My Faith Award. Receiving the Celtic Cross Award means a great deal to Sandra: “ I am a Girl Scout volunteer and I am a Christian. Those two parts of my life are intrinsically tied together. Raising girls of courage, confidence, and character, as Girl Scouts does, requires a focus on God. I am proud to wear the Celtic Cross, not because I have done anything special, but because the award represents the connection between Girl Scouting and Christianity. ” Sandra expressed her thanks to both the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, Service Unit 923 and Green Hill Presbyterian Church for their ongoing support.

Congratulations, Sandra, on this special achievement, and thank you for your ministry to young people!

For information on adult religious recognitions, click here.

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Green Hill Church Calendar – September 2019


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Sunday Scripture Reading, September 15, 2019

Rev. David Jamison

Sermon: A Word of Hope!

Service begins at 11:00am * All are Welcome!

Hebrew Scripture: Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28

Epistle Lesson: 1 Timothy 1:12-17

Gospel Lesson: Luke 15:1-10

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We are a Matthew 25 Church!


Matthew 25 in the PC(USA): A bold vision and invitation


We are a Matthew 25 church!

Our congregation has accepted the PC(USA)’s invitation to follow Jesus’ teachings in Matthew 25:31–46 by becoming active disciples and making a difference in our community and the world. As part of our Matthew 25 commitment, we pledge to embrace one or more of these three areas of focus:

  • Building congregational vitality by deepening and energizing our faith and growing as joyful leaders and disciples actively engaged with our community as we share the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed
  • Dismantling structural racism by fearlessly applying our faith to advocate and break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice and oppression of people of color
  • Eradicating systemic poverty by acting on our beliefs and working to change laws, policies, plans and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor

To learn more and for ideas on how to get involved and do your vital part as a member of a Matthew 25 church, please visit

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“The sermon is done?” asked the latecomer of the pastor at the church door.

“The sermon has been preached,” said the minister. “It remains to be done.”

After the pastor has preached, the work of the church begins. Our minds have been instructed, our souls have been nurtured, and our emotions have been stirred.

When we pass beyond the four walls of the church building, we face a different environment: we breathe a different air. We can then no longer be passive. We are called to act. And we should act in accordance with our knowledge of God’s will.

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