Green Hill

Sunday Scripture Reading, December 2, 2018


Rev. Dr. Timothy Oleksy

Sermon Title: Already There

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

Old Testament: Jeremiah 33:14-16

Gospel: Luke 21:25-36

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Green Hill Church Calendar – December 2018


The church office is open 8am to Noon, Monday to Thursday.

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Green Hill’s Chrismon Tree Tradition


Green Hill Chrismon Tree

A Chrismon Tree is a variation of the Christmas Tree developed in the 20th century. It is decorated with ornaments called Chrismons, or Christian Symbols.  The concept was developed in 1957 by Frances Kipps Spencer, a member of the Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, Virginia.  Mrs. Spencer wanted to create decorations appropriate for a church’s Christmas celebrations.

At Green Hill Presbyterian Church, we carry on the tradition of the Chrismon Tree.  All of our ornaments have been hand made by the ladies of the church, with some of the ornaments being over forty years old.  Each year the tree is decorated by our church family as part of the Greening of the Church.  Our tree is on display in the Sanctuary through the month of December.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the church last night to take part in decorating the tree.  Mrs. Spencer stated a tree was never finished until someone came to see it and had the story of Christ explained to them through the ornaments.  We are proud to continue this tradition.

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The Christian Year: Christ the King / Reign of Christ

At the conclusion of the Christian year, the church gives thanks and praise for sovereignty of Christ, who is Lord of all creation and is coming again in glory to reign (see Revelation 1:4-8).

This festival was established in 1925 by decree of Pope Pius XI. Originally it took place on the last Sunday in October, just prior to All Saints’ Day. Now it is celebrated on the last Sunday of the Christian year, a week before the season of Advent begins.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Green Hill Good News, December 2018

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for December 2018

*Check your e-mail and/or a printed copy for the complete newsletter.


On the first Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Hope. This candle is also referred to as the Prophecy Candle. It reminds us that Jesus’ coming was prophesied hundreds of years before He was born. The candle’s purple color represents Christ’s royalty as King of Kings.

On the second Sunday of Advent we light the candle of Peace. This candle is also referred to as the Bethlehem Candle. It reminds us that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. It too is purple, reminding us that it was a King who was born in a manger.

On the third Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Joy. This candle is also referred to as the Shepherd’s Candle. We are reminded that God sent the angels to proclaim His arrival to common man and that He still uses ordinary people today to spread the good news of Christ. The candle is pink or rose to represent God’s faithfulness.

On the fourth Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Love. This candle is also referred to as the Angel’s Candle. As we light this flame, we are reminded of the heavenly hosts that proclaimed Christ’s arrival. This candle is also purple, reminding us that it was a King’s birth the angels were announcing.

On Christmas Eve, we light the Christ candle. We remember the birth of our Lord and Savior, which was foretold by the prophets, happened in Bethlehem, was revealed to the shepherds, and proclaimed by the angels. All month long we have been waiting and preparing. On this night we celebrate!


Please note that on the first Sunday in January, the church office will start off the New Year with a new prayer list. We are going to remove everyone and start fresh. If you know of someone who should remain on the list, or of someone who needs to be added to the list, please contact the church office. Thank you.


The purple Christmas Joy Offering envelopes are in the pew racks for anyone who feels called to make a contribution to this fund. Donations will be used to support retired ministers and their families and for racial and ethnic religious programs at colleges.


Information for the January Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Monday, December 18. You can contact the office by email or by phone, or you can drop your news off in the basket on the door. Many thanks to those who contribute!


Join us on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, December 15 at Noon. Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.

One ceremony will be held at Meadowlawn Cemetery, in Enterprise. If you would like to contribute to the purchase of a wreath that will be placed on the grave of a service member, please visit and be sure to specify Meadowlawn Memorial Park. This location is currently at only 1% of its goal, so we have a long way to go.


If you are going place a poinsettia in the Sanctuary for Christmas, Monday, December 17, is the last day to let the church office know. Please fill out one of the slips from the pew racks and drop it in the offering plate or in the basket on the office door. The names of everyone being honored/remembered will be printed in the Christmas Eve bulletin.

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Weekly Announcements, November 20, 2018


The church office is beginning the process of creating a new church directory. If any of your contact information has changed, please let the office know. We want to get everything correct before we start printing. Thank you.


November 25 the last Sunday we will be accepting offerings for the annual Presbyterian Women Thank Offering. If you feel called to give to this special collection, please use one of the blue envelopes. Thank you.


The beginning of the Advent Season is just around the corner. During the month of December we will light the candles in the Advent Wreath, one by one, leading up to Christmas Eve. Please join us each Sunday as we prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of the Christ Child.

• December 2nd – The Candle of Hope
• December 9th – The Candle of Peace
• December 16th – The Candle of Joy
• December 23rd – The Candle of Love
• Christmas Eve – The Christ Candle


The Green Hill Good News for December 2018 has been printed and is ready to be picked up on the table in the Fellowship Hall. Please grab your copy today and save the office the cost of stamp. If the office has your correct email address on file, you should have received a copy of the newsletter already.

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