Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for October 2020
*Online Edition: Church members, check your e-mail and/or a printed copy for the complete newsletter.
FROM THE PASTOR’S CORNER
Well, Fall is finally here! You can tell it by the way the air feels when you go outside, it is a different season.
How fortunate we are to have a change of seasons in this part of the country. And, even if our summers are warmer than other parts of the country, our winters are too!
Halloween, a very popular event will surely look different this year, as we navigate our way around a pandemic and the normal flu season!
But, here at Green Hill, we will “stay the course”—we will stay faithful to the One who showed us the way of loving. And, we will stay faithful to the democratic traditions that have kept this Nation strong these 250 years.
We are being tested in very real ways by disease, change, and disruptions of every kind. But our anchor is in the Word and in the faithfulness of God. We will not be swayed!
GREEN HILL SCOUTING NEWS
Our Girl Scouts and BSA Scouts have been very active in the community this past month. You may have seen pictures of them in the news and on social media. Both groups were involved in placing the flags for the 9/11 memorial at Henderson Park.
The BSA Scouts (Boy Troop, Girl Troop, Pack, and Crew) are hard at work transforming the old bus barn into classroom space for their groups to meet. A small army of youth and adults has been out there doing everything from hanging sheetrock to rewiring the electrical system.
Boy Troop 150 has welcomed three boys into the rank of Eagle Scout: Joey Tarlavsky, Connor Bogart, and Bryson Schmidt. This is the highest honor that can be earned by a BSA Scout.
Our own Kendall DeTora will travel to Montgomery on Sunday, September 27, to present her Pollinator Garden project proposal to the Gold Award Committee. This garden is part of Kendall’s plan for earning her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. #GoldGardenProject
NEW CONSTITUTION CLASSES STARTING SOON
Two new “Constitution Alive!” classes will be starting very soon. One class will take place online, and the other class will take place in-person at the church. Both versions of the class will cover the same material.
The online class will begin on October 6 and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. There will be six sessions of this class.
The in-person class will begin on October 11 and will be held on Sundays from 12:45pm to 4:00pm. There will be three sessions of this class.
For more information on the classes, and to register for the classes, contact Pat or Sheridan Smith.
BABY BOTTLE BOOMERANG
If you picked up a Baby Bottle to collect change for the fundraiser for Wiregrass Emergency Protection Services (WEPS) please return it to the church on Sunday October 18. If you haven’t yet picked up a bottle, there is still time.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN THANK OFFERING
It’s Thank Offering time again, a time we have a chance to show how thankful we are for God’s blessings. Since 1888, Presbyterian women have expressed their deep sense of gratitude for God’s blessings in their lives by giving back to people in their communities and around the world. Through the Thank Offering we can help fund programs that provide education, relief from disasters, safe housing, cooking instruction, training for justice, advocacy work, and much more. This year there are 18 ministries chosen for the Offering. An overview of the 2020 recipients is posted of the women’s board in the fellowship hall. You can turn your contribution in using one of the blue envelopes in the pew racks, or you can simply write “Thank Offering” on your check’s memo line. The final day to turn in contributions to this special offering is Sunday, November 29. Thank you for your continued support.
Information for the November Green Hill Good News needs to be submitted to the church office no later than Tuesday, October 27. Many thanks to those who contribute!
CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR FOSTER CHILDREN
Coffee County Human Resources has requested help in giving foster children in Coffee County a memorable Christmas. They need sponsors and monetary donations. If you wish to be a sponsor of a child, contact Madison Hale by Oct 28. Contact forms are posted on Mission board in Fellowship Hall. During first week in November the Christmas Wish Lists for the children will be sent to you for distribution. WE ASK THAT ALL GIFTS BE DELIVERED TO DHR BY DECEMBER 11.
CHURCH CALENDAR ONLINE
Did you know that you can find out what is going on at Green Hill just with a few clicks of your mouse? The online church calendar on the church website (www.greenhillpc.com) is continually updated with current events, from Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, to Homeschool Classes and Bible Studies, to, of course, Fellowship and Worship!
OCTOBER 4 – WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
The first Sunday in October is designated as World Communion Sunday, which celebrates our oneness in Christ with all our brothers and sisters around the world.
OCTOBER 25 – REFORMATION SUNDAY
The Church celebrates Reformation Sunday on the last Sunday of October, commemorating a significant event in the history of the Reformed tradition. It was on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg.
NOVEMBER 1 – ALL SAINTS’ DAY
All Saints’ Day was established as an opportunity to honor all the saints, known and unknown. All Saints’ Day has been celebrated on November 1 since the year 835. Previously it had been connected with the Easter season as a feast of all martyrs.
ORDINARY TIME / TIME AFTER PENTECOST
We are currently in the period of the Christian Calendar known as Ordinary Time or the Time after Pentecost. The next season of the church, Advent, will begin in November as we prepare for Christmas.