Green Hill Presbyterian Church

We believe that we are here to worship and obey God, to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit so that people will come to know and trust Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, grow in obedience to Him, and become involved in service to the world.

Green Hill is a small loving and caring church family of active duty and retired military and non-military members from across the United States and the world. We are drawn together as one family in Christ to express the absolute joy and wonder of God’s love through worship, Christian education, fellowship activities and community outreach.

We minister to our permanent members and also take great pride and pleasure in providing a spiritual home for service members and their families while they are assigned to Fort Rucker. We welcome all who wish to join our family as we seek to know Christ and make Christ known.

* 735 East Lee Street, Enterprise, AL, 36330 * Phone:  334-347-9530 *

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Green Hill Good News December 2014

(online edition)

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GIVE THANKS

A message from Make Way Partners

The Tlingit Native Americans, indigenous to Alaska, practice a giving tradition known as “potlatch” in their native tongue. Potlatch means “to give,” and it is where our word “pot luck,” as in pot-luck dinners, comes from.

Tlingits believe – and practice – that to give is the greatest honor in life. Therefore, they work really hard to out-give each other, acquiring more honor as they grow poorer. A potlatch is an event of giving in which the host – usually the chief or other prominent leader – literally gives away every single possession he has, including his clothes.

It all starts with the host announcing he is throwing a potlatch, and he invites a set number of people to attend. Everyone who is invited will definitely come; however, the host has no idea of how many people to expect because every person who is invited is allowed to bring along as many people as they want, sometimes dozens.

When everyone shows up, the host is responsible to feed, house, clothe and entertain the guests for as long as the guests decide to stay. The host does not decide when the potlatch is over, the guests do. Sometimes the potlatch lasts a few days, sometimes a few months!

At the end of the potlatch, the host must give a gift to every person who attended. And, he must give away everything he owns, including even personal items and family heirlooms. He can retain nothing.

Once the potlatch is finished, the chief is the poorest person in his tribe and the most honored. Everyone in the community then takes responsibility to care for this most honorable man. He is utterly dependent upon the gifts and kindness of his tribe. The chief is now not only the most honorable man of his people, he is also the most humble.

If we will but look, we will find Christ emerging in and through all cultures, and this tradition is one of the most beautiful reflections of Christ that I can possibly imagine. Christ, The Chief of all heaven and earth, pouring himself out, making himself nothing. Oh! What honor is due him!

This year, as we gather at our tables of plenty and pot-luck, let us consider just how honorable we desire to be.

Giving thanks on the journey,
Kimberly L. Smith
President, Make Way Partners

http://www.makewaypartners.org

SESSION BRIEFS – November Meeting

Session approved a recommendation to Presbytery written by Elder Jim L. requesting the initiation of a period of personal and corporate prayer, discernment, and repentance regarding polity decisions at the 221st General Assembly (PCUSA) until February’s Presbytery meeting.

Town Hall II had 45 in attendance. Elders Art F. and Kimberli F. facilitated: The Research Team provided material for a handout on denominational (PCUSA, ECO, EPC) comparisons, and Elder Denise A. orally presented this information in a Power Point format. Questions generated will be answered at Town Hall III on November 19th.

Elders are to personally contact those who they sponsor who have not attended Town Halls to apprise them of Green Hill’s current efforts. Handouts of Town Hall I and II will be given to these members.

November 16 – Congregational Meeting for Election of Elders. Clerk of Session, Betty C. will moderate. Rev. David Jamison will train Elders prior to installment and ordination

December 14 – Ordination and Installation of Elders – Rev. David Jamison

Church Roster: Anita M. was moved to “Friends of the Church” category, leaving a total of 87 active members.

Elder L. announced that the Boy Scouts will hold the annual Food Drive at Walmart on two successive week-ends in November. Their popcorn sale has gone well.

PRAYER LIST NAMES

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.

GUEST MINISTERS

Thank you to Rev. David Jamison, Rev. Ken Locke, Rev. Louie Reynolds, and Rev. Shuford White, for being our Guest Ministers during the month of November. We look forward to seeing them again when they are able to join us.

DECEMBER CHOIR NOTES

The Chancel Choir will meet to practice on the 3rd, 10th, and 17th.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

November gave us many things for which we are thankful. Of whom you are one. Our Thanksgiving Dinner is always a special family time for all of us. It is great to have the President of the children’s home with us this year. We miss our Carla though. If you have not already made your Women’s Thank Offering gift please do so. The dead line is first of December.

Thank you for your donations to the Belk’s Charity Sale. We have received $75.00 from the ticket sales that will be used for our mission projects. A heart felt thank you goes to Gloria Webb, Nancy Smith and Jean Mikuta for working that morning at Belk’s.

Our Christmas Party has been changed to Tuesday December 2nd at 6:00 pm due to a conflict with the Boy Scouts for the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a goody and a “white elephant” gift to exchange.

We are sponsoring a Coffee County senior through the SARCOA’s Santa for Seniors program again this year. WE are so excited about making a wonderful Christmas for a grandmother and her 13 year old grandson this year. She lost her husband last year and has multiple health problems, including heart, high blood pressure and diabetes. She lost her home and truck and is in dire need. Posted are some suggestions for needed gifts. If you can help please sign the list and take an ornament from the PW Christmas tree to signal that you are taking care of that item. Please have all gifts to church no later than Tuesday December 2nd. Again please note our Christmas Party date change to Tuesday December 2nd at 6:00 pm.

We are also looking forward to the Church Wednesday night Christmas party. We will have a merry time celebrating Jesus birthday party a little early on December 10th.

Our Bible Study on the 4th Chapter of 2 Corinthians entitled Spiritual Pollution and its Solution will be on December 11th at 11:00 this month. Remember to keep your inner man renewed daily. See you there.

In His service with you.

Betty B., Moderator

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the January Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Tuesday, December 16. 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!

PASTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND

The balance in the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund is getting dangerously low. This is the fund we use to help those in need in our area. At this time of year, we mostly help those who are in danger of having their utilities shut off. Can you imagine spending Christmas with no water and no heat? If you feel called to give, please use one of the yellow envelopes from the pew racks.

SPECIAL EVENTS IN DECEMBER

Mark your calendar now for these special Wednesday events!

3rd – Fellowship Supper/Greening of the Church (Chrismon Tree)
10th – Fellowship Supper/Birthday Party for Jesus
17th – Fellowship Supper/Christmas Caroling (at the church)
24th – Christmas Eve Candle Light Service

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

The Green Hill Youth had a great time packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child this year. Thank you to everyone (too many to name!) who made donations to the project. We had so many toys that we had to pack boxes on two separate days! Special thanks go to April Seery who made all of the arrangements.

A total of 37 boxes were packed, that’s 10 more than last year! Each of the boxes was prayed over, and as we send them off to be shipped to children in other countries, it is our heart-felt prayer that each child who receives a box will be open to the Gospel of Christ.

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THE SEASON OF ADVENT

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 angles 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 angles 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!

Categories: Community, Green Hill, Green Hill Good News, Holiday, Missions, Pastor Search, Presbyterian Women, Special Events, Special Offering, Youth

Weekly Announcements, 11/20

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THANKSGIVING DINNER

Green Hill’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be held Sunday afternoon at 4:00pm. Our guest speaker will be Mark Howard, the President of the Presbyterian Home for Children.  Green Hill Cafe on Sunday will be limited.  Coffee and a few snacks will be served inside the kitchen.

PRESBYTERIAN HOME FOR CHILDREN

At the church’s Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday afternoon, a special collection will be taken for the Presbyterian Home for Children. Our support ensures that children and families in need will receive services such as pediatric hospice care, temporary and long-term residential care, educational programs, family counseling, and more. Donation envelopes (white) for the Home can be found in the pew racks and they will also be available at the dinner tables this afternoon. Checks should be made payable to Green Hill.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN THANK OFFERING

The Thank Offering has long been a tradition of Presbyterian Women. It has provided and continues to provide much-needed financial assistance to numerous worthwhile programs not included in ongoing General Assembly mission support. Each year, domestic and international projects are carefully and prayerfully selected by the Creative Ministries Offering Committee to help meet a crucial need. If you feel called to contribute to this program, please use one of the blue donation envelopes which can be found in the pew racks.

PASTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND

The balance in the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund is getting dangerously low. This is the fund we use to help those in need in our area. At this time of year, we mostly help those who are in danger of having their utilities shut off. If you feel called to give, please use one of the yellow envelopes from the pew racks.

Categories: Green Hill, Holiday, Presbyterian Women, Special Offering, Weekly Announcements

Caught on Camera: Operation Christmas Child

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Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Operation Christmas Child project.  Here is a pic of the packing party on Wednesday and a pic of some of the boxes that were packed.  We had so many toys donated that we had to have a second packing party during Children’s Church on Sunday!  We ended up with a total of 37 boxes!  Each of these boxes will be sent to a child in another country, giving them joy on Christmas, and also giving them a chance to hear Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Categories: Green Hill, Special Events, Youth

Caught on Camera: Taco Fiesta

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Just a couple of shots of breaking the Pinata.  Candy for everyone, plus two ears and a tail for Grayson who defeated the bull with a single punch!

Categories: Green Hill, Just For Fun, Youth

Presbyterian Women Christmas Party

treeThe date of the Presbyterian Women Christmas Party has been changed.

This year’s Presbyterian Women Christmas Party will be held on Tuesday, December 2, at 6:00pm. All of the women in the church are invited, even if you don’t usually attend PW events.

This year we are bringing back our notorious White Elephant Exchange. Everyone has at least one item in their house that they don’t want and can’t seem to get rid of. That’s a White Elephant. Wrap it up and bring it to the party to exchange. Who knows? Your trash may be someone else’s treasure!

Categories: Green Hill, Holiday, Presbyterian Women, Special Events

Weekly Announcements, 11/13

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GUEST MINISTER

Rev. Louie Reynolds will be our guest minister this Sunday, November 16.  His sermon title is “Grasshoppers” and the scripture reading is Numbers 13:17-33.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

A Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, immediately following the morning’s worship service. The purpose of this meeting is to elect new Elders and a new Trustee. The Annual Nominating Committee will present its recommendations, and the floor will be open for nominations from the congregation. Any nominations from the floor must have the prior concurrence of the nominee.

TOWN HALL MEETING

On Wednesday, November 19, we will have our final Town Hall Meeting. The meeting will begin immediately following the potluck supper. The purpose of this meeting is for the Elders to educate the members about issues within the PCUSA and for the Elders to take questions and get input from the members. Some important decisions must be made by the Session before a new pastor can be hired. These town hall meetings are an important step in that process. We hope everyone will be able to attend.

THANKSGIVING DINNER

Our annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Sunday, November 23, at 4:00pm. If you plan to attend, please fill out one of the reservation slips, which can be found in the pew racks. Please let us know how many in your family will be attending and what side dish you are planning to bring. This will help the “Kitchen Crew” in making their preparations. Thank you.

Categories: Green Hill, Special Events, Weekly Announcements

Today We Remember and Celebrate our Veterans

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The Noble and the Brave:
A Veteran’s Day Tribute

When America had an urgent need,
These brave ones raised a hand;
No hesitation held them back;
They were proud to take a stand.

They left their friends and family;
They gave up normal life;
To serve their country and their God,
They plowed into the strife.

They fought for freedom and for peace
On strange and foreign shores;
Some lost new friends; some lost their lives
In long and brutal wars.

Other veterans answered a call
To support the ones who fought;
Their country had requirements for
The essential skills they brought.

We salute every one of them,
The noble and the brave,
The ones still with us here today,
And those who rest in a grave.

So here’s to our country’s heroes;
They’re a cut above the rest;
Let’s give the honor that is due
To our country’s very best.

By Joanna Fuchs

Categories: Green Hill, Holiday

Enterprise Ledger: Boy Scout Food Drive

The following article was published by the Enterprise Ledger on November 6, 2014.

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Boy Scouts of America troops from Enterprise plan to stuff a 28-seat bus full of non-perishable food to feed hungry people in the local region.

The Stuff the Bus event, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Enterprise Walmart, is a new twist on the Scout’s annual Scouting for Food Drive.

The food drive usually sent Scouts knocking on doors around the city.

But this year will be different, said Sonja Safadi, a committee member with Troop 150.

“This is the first time they’ve done this,” Safadi said. “Usually, we put fliers on doors, and then we collect the bags left on the steps.”

Some things won’t change, however.

“Any money or donations that we collect will stay in our community no matter what,” Safadi said. “Right now, we are helping Green Hill Presbyterian church and the Christian Mission.”

The group will be collecting non-perishable food items, including cereal, canned meats, fruits, vegetables, soups and beans, as well as peanut butter, jellies, jams and condiments, such as mustard and ketchup.

Anyone donating can bring food from home, or buy food at Walmart, which will have non-perishable items located at the front of the store, Safadi said.

Drivers can also drop off food without getting out of their cars, she said.

Categories: Boy Scouts, Green Hill, Special Events, Youth

Weekly Announcements, 11/6

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REV. KEN LOCKE

This Sunday, November 9, welcome to our pulpit Rev. Ken Locke. Born in Hong Kong to Southern Baptist Missionaries, he was raised in Texas and Arkansas. In his time, he has been a short-order cook, a soldier, a freight agent, and a campus minister. After 17 years of installed ministry, he is following God’s leading and seeking a position as an intentional interim minister. Ken lives in Nashville, TN with his wife, Elizabeth, and two basset hounds, Elsenore and Charlie.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

A Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 16, immediately following the morning worship service. The purpose of this meeting is to elect new Elders and a new Trustee. The Annual Nominating Committee will present its recommendations, and the floor will be open for nominations from the congregation. Any nominations from the floor must have the prior concurrence of the nominee.

TACO FIESTA & SHOE BOX PACKING

On Wednesday, November 12, our regular Fellowship Supper will be set aside for a special Taco Fiesta! Please come and join us for an evening of fun. If you plan to attend, please fill out a reservation slip, or contact the church office.

Immediately following the Taco Fiesta, we ask that everyone join us for a Packing Party! It’s that time of year again, when we pack up shoe boxes with small gifts to go to children around the world.

Categories: Green Hill, Missions, Special Events, Weekly Announcements, Youth

Just for Fun: How to Pack a Shoebox

Shoebox Packing Party

Wednesday, November 12

6:15pm (following the Taco Fiesta)

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If you have any items to donate for the boxes,

please drop them off in the blue container in the Fellowship Hall.

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Categories: Green Hill, Holiday, Missions, Special Events, Youth

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