Andrew Whittington working on his Eagle Scout Project
DOES PRAYER CHANGE THINGS?
They say that prayer changes things, but does it REALLY change anything? Oh yes! It really does!
Does prayer change your present situation or sudden circumstances? No, not always, but it does change the way you look at those events.
Does prayer change your financial future? No, not always, but it does change Who you look to for meeting your daily needs.
Does prayer change shattered hearts or broken bodies? No, not always, but it will change your source of strength and comfort.
Does prayer change your wants and desires? No, not always, but it will change your wants into what God desires!
Does prayer change how you view the world? No, not always, but it will change whose eyes you see the world through.
Does prayer change your regrets from the past? No, not always, but it will change your hopes for the future!
Does prayer change the people around you? No, not always, but it will change you – the problem isn’t always in others.
Does prayer change your life in ways you can’t explain? Oh, yes, always! And it will change you from the inside out!
So, does prayer REALLY change ANYTHING? Yes! It REALLY does change EVERYTHHING!
RETIRE YOUR AMERICAN FLAGS WITH HONOR
Many of you have noticed a new addition to the parking lot here at Green Hill. We now have a box to collect old, weathered American flags. The box was installed last week by Andrew Whittington as part of his Eagle Scout Project. If you have a flag that is worn, torn, faded, or soiled, please drop it off in the box. Flags deposited in the box will be honorably retired by the Boy Scouts of Troop #150. Congratulations to Andrew and everyone who has supported him through his Eagle Project. Well done!
YOUTH BIBLE STUDY VOLUNTEERS
We’re getting ready for the 2016-2017 Youth Bible Study classes, and we are looking for some volunteers to help out. We need people to pick children up at school, to bring snacks and drinks, to help during Bible Study, and to fill in as substitutes when the regular teachers can’t be there. If you’d like to help, you can put your name on the sign-up board in the narthex, or you can contact April Seery directly. Thank you to all of our volunteers! Classes start on September 6.
WE NEED CAFÉ HOSTS & USHERS!
Are you looking for an opportunity to serve? We need Café Hosts and Ushers! Even if you can just volunteer for one Sunday, you’ll be a big help. The sign-up sheet is located on the board in the kitchen.
Thank you to those who have already signed up. And, thank you to everyone who has volunteered to be an Usher or a Café Host over the past year, especially those who those who were called into service at the last moment. We really appreciate you!
GUEST MINSITERS/SPEAKERS FOR SEPTEMBER
September 4 – Rev. Shuford White
September 11 – Rev. David Jamison
September 18 – Mr. John Fergus
September 25 – Rev. David Jamison
The Presbyterian Women’s Bible Study for the new season will kick off on Thursday, September 8, at 11:00am. You do not need to be a member of the church to attend. All ladies are welcome.
Prior to the Bible Study, the Coordinating Team will have a meeting at 10:00am. It’s time to start planning our events for the new year!
On Wednesday, September 14, Denise Aylesworth will tell us all about her trip to Guatemala. She has some wonderful information and amazing pictures to share. The presentation will start about 6:15pm, following the potluck fellowship supper.
A congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, September 4, immediately following the morning worship service. The purpose of the meeting will be to select the members of the next Annual Nominating committee. The committee will be tasked with nominating members for the position of Elder and Trustee. All members are asked to attend.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW: CHURCH PICTURE DAY
It’s nearly time to take a new church family picture! Immediately following the morning worship service on Sunday, November 6, the entire congregation is asked to come out to the front steps of the church for a group photo. So please wear your Sunday best and bring your smile!
WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY
The course on “How We Got the Bible” will begin with a discussion of the Bible in English. It will focus on the translations from the time of John Wycliffe in the fourteenth century through the present. The course will be taught by Scott Smith, and it will continue through early December. The text for the course is “Formation of the Bible” by Lee Martin McDonald. The church will order copies. Approximate cost is $14.00. Ordering a book is NOT a prerequisite for attending the course. The course is open to all members and members of other churches as well. Come and invite your friends and neighbors to come too!
September 7 @ 6:15pm: Preview of the course
September 21 @ 6:15pm: First day of class
CALLING A NEW MINSTER
The Admin and Finance Committee is working on the budget for the next year, and a big part of that budget is funding the call of a new minster. The Committee is considering holding a special pledge drive, separate from the regular annual pledge. To determine whether or not such a pledge drive would have the support of a congregation, a letter is being sent out to every member. Please return the tear-off portion of the letter to the church office no later than September 25. Thank you.
PRESBYTERIAN HOME FOR CHILDREN CHRISTMAS CARDS
Get an early start on Christmas by ordering your holiday cards from the Presbyterian Home for Children – and make a donation to this worthwhile cause at the same time.
The Presbyterian Home is taking orders now through September 30 for Christmas cards to be delivered by the end of October. The artwork for this year’s card was painted by a student of Home Academy at the Home. All proceeds from the card sales will be used to support the programs of the Presbyterian Home.
By purchasing cards from the Presbyterian Home for Children, you will receive a high quality card at a reasonable price while supporting a valuable cause. Your cards will demonstrate your special interest in the Home and the proceeds will make a difference in many lives.
Cards may be ordered online at http://www.phfc.org or paper order forms may be picked up in the church office.