Weekly Announcements, June 8, 2017

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL ORIENTATION

All Vacation Bible School volunteers are asked to come to a meeting on Sunday, June 11, at 3pm. We will have an orientation to make sure all of our ducks are in a row and that we are ready for VBS to start on June 19.

PENTECOST SPECIAL OFFERING

Last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday and Presbyterian churches everywhere took up a special offering to benefit at-risk children, youth, and young adults. If you would like to make a donation to this fund you still can. Please use one of the red envelopes from the pew racks. Forty percent of the offering collected at Green Hill will stay at Green Hill to be used in our community. Thank you for your contribution.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS

The start of VBS is just around the corner, and we are looking for a few more helpers: Small Group leader, Craft Station Leader, Morning Registration. These positions require no advance preparation. Contact April Seery for more information.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL SETUP

On Sunday, June 18, immediately following the morning worship service, the church is going to be transformed and prepared for the children to arrive on Monday morning. We need as many people as possible to stay after to help us move tables and hang decorations. There is some light work and there is some heavy work, but if we have lots of people helping, it should go very quickly!

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Today is Communion Sunday, June 4, 2017

 

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Holy Communion at Green Hill is open to all believers, all who trust Christ as their Lord and Savior. You do not need to be a member of Green Hill to receive Communion. You are warmly invited to share the Bread and the Cup from the Lord’s Table. Communion is offered at Green Hill on the 1st Sunday of each month.

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Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017

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On the Day of Pentecost we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit descending in a mighty rush of wind and flame to inspire the church’s proclamation of Christ’s rising and to empower its mission and ministry to the world. (See Acts 2:1-13; see also Joel 2:28-32.)

The notion of Easter as a season of 50 days ending at Pentecost is patterned after the ancient Jewish festival of seven weeks that extended from the beginning of the barley harvest (on the second day after the beginning of Passover) to the end of the wheat harvest at the Festival of Weeks or Shavuot (see Deuteronomy 16:9-12). The Festival of Weeks later came to be called Pentecost (“50th day”) by Greek speaking Jews. In Jewish tradition, Shavuot also marks the giving of the law to Moses at Sinai; this liturgical link may inform Paul’s discussions of the law and the Spirit (see Romans 8, 2 Corinthians 3 and Galatians 3).


PENTECOST IS NEW CREATION

An excerpt from the Companion to the Book of Common Worship (Geneva Press, 2003, 117-119)

According to the Day of Pentecost story in Acts 2:1-13, God gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to empower witnesses to the resurrection. Sounds from heaven, cosmic language, the rush of a mighty ruach (wind, spirit, breath) invaded the house in which the apostles gathered, and appeared to them as a burning fire. Tongues of fire touched their nerve centers. A power — the unseen power of God — moved among them and gripped them. The Holy Spirit is unseen, like the wind, which is why the Old Testament calls it ruach YHWH, “the wind, or breath, of God” (cf. John 3:8). The Spirit is the “unseenness of God” working among us.

According to Joel (2:28-29) the ruach is to open everybody to God’s future. People young and old will dream and will have visions of hope; they will be able to loose themselves from the way things are now, because God is establishing a whole new economy of creation. The Holy Spirit breaks us out of our preoccupation with ourselves and frees us to serve neighbors, loosens our grasp on possessions, and sets us to loving people. New creation is what Joel is talking about. Pentecost is new creation.

The book of Acts tells the story of the outcome of Pentecost’s new creation: people witness in word and in deed to the risen Christ. At the outset, the newborn church immediately tumbled out into the streets to witness to God’s mighty works in the languages of people all over the world. By the end of the story, a tiny, Spirit-filled community of faith that broke from its present order has spread across the continents with incredible power to bring new things into being. With the gift of the Spirit, all things are possible. …

Therefore, on the Day of Pentecost, we celebrate God’s gift of Holy Spirit which draws us together as one people, helps us to comprehend what God is doing in the world, and empowers us to proclaim, in word and in deed, God’s plan of reconciling all people in the name of Christ (Ephesians 1:10).

Without the gift of the Spirit, Christ’s church dries up and withers away, and we are left with only our broken selves. With the gift of the Spirit, all things are possible. A spirit-filled community of faith opens eyes to needs in the world and sees its missing as God’s new people. The Day of Pentecost is the climax of the Great Fifty Days of Easter, celebrating as it does the gift of the Spirit to the body of Christ — the church.

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Sunday Scripture Reading, June 4, 2017

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Church – Closed? * Rev. Timothy Oleksy

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

First Scripture Reading:  Ezekiel 37:1-4

Second Scripture Reading:  Acts 2:1-21

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Church Calendar – June 2017

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

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Vacation Bible School 2017, Register Today!

In a world that is always searching for the “next big thing”, some things will never change and can never be improved upon. God, His Promises, His Word, and the Gospel are unchangeable, which is why Green Hill and the Go Fish Guys invite you to KICK IT OLD SCHOOL!

Who: Children, Completed 1st – 6th Grade
What: Vacation Bible School
When: June 19 to June 23 * 9:00am to Noon
Where: Green Hill Presbyterian Church

Registration is open!  Registration forms can be picked up at the church or can be downloaded by clicking on THIS LINK.  We can’t wait to see you all there!

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Next Sunday We Celebrate Pentecost

Next Sunday, June 4, is Pentecost Sunday.  On this day, PCUSA churches everywhere take up a special offering that will benefit at-risk children, youth, and young adults.  FORTY PERCENT of the offering collected at Green Hill will stay at Green Hill, to be used by our congregation, in our community.

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