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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Youth Bible Study Outlines

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Parents, several of you have asked for copies of what your children are studying in our weekly Bible Studies so that you can review their lessons with them and help them work on their memory verses at home.  Ms. April has written up an outline for each class and it has been posted here on the church website.

These pages can also be accessed using the menu at the top of the website.  Each week the pages will be updated to reflect the most recent lessons.

Thank you so much for bringing your children to our Bible Study and for being involved in their lessons.  We appreciate our parents!

 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.  -Proverbs 22:6

Categories: Bible Study, Green Hill, Youth

Weekly Announcements, 8/27

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HEALING SERVICE

A brief healing service has been included in the morning’s order of worship for Sunday, August 30. This is a service that occurs whenever there is a 5th Sunday in a month. Following the Pastor’s sermon, those who are in need of spiritual and/or physical healing for themselves and/or someone else, will be invited to come to the front of the church to be anointed with oil and prayed over by the Pastor and Elder Assistant.

GREEN HILL GOOD NEWS

If you get a printed version of the church newsletter, don’t forget to pick up your September copy in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you to all of our contributors!

COFFEE COUNTY EMERGENCY PREP FAIR

This year’s Coffee County Annual Emergency Preparedness Fair will be held at the Enterprise Civic Center on Saturday, September 5. No one expects a hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake, or ice storm/blizzard to happen in their community, but these things do! A disaster stricken area is sometimes three months or longer with no power water, or other basic life sustaining supplies. Be ready to take care of yourself and your family!

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. If you feel called to give, please use one of the yellow envelopes from the pew racks.

Categories: Disaster Relief, Emergency Preparedness, Green Hill, Green Hill Good News, Healing Service

Green Hill Good News September 2015

(online edition) 

Presbyterian Women Officers for 2015-2016

Presbyterian Women Officers for 2015-2016

Being the church means being Christ. We too often talk about being like Christ, something similar, but in reality we are to be Christ, the one who called us, claimed us, saved in us and who dwells in us this day. Similarities are often flawed; copies are usually of much less value. Well, as I preached on August 23, I emphasized the reality of putting on Christ. That is to don the armor of Christ so that he will work through you.

So what do we need to do to be Christ?

First, don’t skimp. PUT on the whole armor daily, not just what suites you for that day.

Second, recognize that the real battle is spiritual, so let God do the fighting with you trusting in him. And how do you trust in him?

Third, put on the belt of truth, with the breastplate of righteousness, that is, stand firm in the truths of the Bible, don’t compromise, don’t excuse, don’t allow reason to sway you. BUT always remember that the Law is now fulfilled in Christ by grace. Remember God wants righteousness and justice to flow from us not sacrifices and rituals. That means we don’t judge and condemn but act in deed to bring things into wholeness.

Fourth, the boots you wear are the boots of peace. This is the foundation of who and what you are as a person of peace. All that we do is founded in the truth of God’s peace.

Fifth, wear the shield of Faith. Dr. James Fowler, a theologian and developmentalist, emphasizes that Faith is a verb. Faith is not waiting by for God to act but to act because God will empower the action. But notice that the action is defensive. As truths are being challenged you are to act, to stand for the truth of God’s word. Now I am going to say something here that many of you may take issue with. Please know these are my thoughts. If one believes that God’s word says that all life is sacred, and that life begins at conception, then this cannot be conditionalized. All abortion is sin. But remember also that the God we worship is the God of peace and forgiveness. Sin does not define us, God’s grace does. So any action we take, whether out of fear, anger, or hopelessness, does not define a person, God’s grace does.

Lastly, go forth in the knowledge that your life is in God’s hands. Put on the helmet of salvation, embrace this knowledge and know that in him no darkness or power or principality will separate you from his love and salvation.

As Paul concluded this letter, he was speaking from Prison. But the situation didn’t define him God’s grace and love did.

Shu

SESSION BRIEFS – August 2015

The monthly stated meeting of the Session of Green Hill Presbyterian Church was held at the church at 1:30 PM on 23 August 2015.

Resolution Team and Discernment Issues:

1. After discussion, it was the consensus of the Session that a vote of the congregation regarding the issue of leaving the PC (USA) denomination needs to occur. A motion was made that GHPC contact the Resolution Team to seek permission from the Committee on Ministry requesting a vote for dismissal. Motion: Cully, Second: Fougeron, unanimous.

“Green Hill Presbyterian Church contacts the Resolution Team to seek permission from the Committee on Ministry requesting a called congregational meeting to conduct a vote for dismissal from the PC (USA) to another reformed denomination.”

2. Elder Lawrence as Clerk of Session will contact Resolution Team Chairman Rev. David Jamison with this request, rather than waiting for the next meeting with the Resolution Team scheduled for 23 September.

3. Vigorous discussion followed regarding the format in which a vote would be taken. Among the options were (1) – to have two separate votes-one on whether to leave the PC (USA) or not, followed by a second vote to select a new denomination, (2) – a three-way ballot, or (3) – a single vote to dismiss to a specific denomination. It was moved by Elder Cully, and seconded that there be a preliminary vote by the congregation to select a denomination if the congregation does, in fact, vote to leave PC (USA). At the time of the formal vote, the congregation will then vote if they desire to be dismissed from PC (USA) to the selected denomination. This initial selection for the preferred denomination will occur prior to, but close to, the date that the COM conducts the formal vote on dismissal.

Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
• One new fire extinguisher has been placed in the back hall in the vicinity of the nursery.
• Hornet eradication is completed.
Christian Education:
• After-school program update – The after school youth education program started last week and is doing well. Monday had 7 students, Tuesday had 11 students. April Seery was recognized for her work in developing and sustaining this program.
Congregational Care:
• A 2015 Fall calendar of Congregational Care activities was distributed.
Outreach:
• The Alzheimer’s Care Giver Group will be having a showing of the movie Still Alice at their meeting on 16 September at 10 AM. The event is being publicized in the community.
Pastor Nominating Committee:
• The committee met two weeks ago and is now in a hold pattern pending results of the discernment process.
Old Business:
• Final reading of “A Brief Statement of Vision, Mission, and Essential Beliefs”:
• A final draft of the document was presented to the Session and approved (copies available on the table in the Narthex).
• Special Election of Elder to Elder McDonald’s position: The special election will occur at the same time as the annual election.
Annual Election of Elders:
• After discussion, it was approved that the size of the session be from 5 to 8 members.
• A total of 3 trustees are needed per the Rules of Incorporation.

New Business:

Report from Presbytery:
• Elder Lawrence presented his report as the GHPC Commissioner to the recent Presbytery meeting (copies available on the table in the Narthex).
Date of next Session meeting: 13 September 2015 at 1:30 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Walter J. Lawrence, M. D.
Clerk of Session
GHPC

GREEN HILL CAFÉ

Green Hill Cafe is held every Sunday morning from 10:30am to 11:00am. Coffee, doughnuts, and other assorted breakfast foods are served in the Fellowship Hall in between Sunday School and the Worship Service. Green Hill Cafe is a time for Christian Fellowship with our Green Hill Family, and it is a time to welcome, and get to know, our visitors.

Are you looking for an opportunity to serve? We need Café Hosts! We need people to set up the food prior to Café and to clean up afterwards. Beverages are supplied by the church, and food expenses are reimbursed by the church. If you are interested, please contact either Ron Seery or the church office. The sign-up sheet is in the kitchen.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

Happy New Year PW! We are getting off to a slow start on this PW year, but promise to try to stay on target. Your Coordinating Team (CT) will be meeting soon to plan for the coming year and we need your input. If there are things you would like to do, places you would like to see, or mission you would like supported, etc., please let us know. Ideas are welcome.

One thing that we should support in September is the Fall Gathering in Geneva on Saturday the 12th. Geneva is so close that we should have more than the three or four attendees we have had at past gatherings. The cost is $10 for breakfast, a snack, and lunch. They do ask that we bring school supplies for needy children in that city if we wish to do so.

God has richly blessed Green Hill and He will continue to do so as we journey through the next months—we need only to keep our eyes on Him and we will not fail. Grace, peace, and blessings to all. Amen.

THANK YOU FROM GIRL SCOUT TROOP #9338

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Thank you to everyone for your support of the Juniors of Troop #9338. Sky, Makayla, and Kendall, have been working very hard on earning their Bronze Awards, and thanks to your help, they are nearly there!

Over the past several months, the girls have been volunteering at the Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary, doing their part to raise awareness about the Sanctuary, and then running a Supply Drive for the Sanctuary. We were shocked at how many people came out to the Drive and at how generous everyone was! The owners/volunteers at the Sanctuary have been thrilled with the girls’ efforts. They look forward to putting the supplies we collected to good use.

The paperwork for the girls’ applications is nearly complete, and we will be sure to keep you updated on their Bronze Award status.

FOOD CLOSET NEEDS

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of our Green Hill Food Closet. The closet is in need of the following items:

• Canned Chicken
• Paper Grocery Bags
• Canned Tuna
• Tomato Soup
• Canned Fruit
• Jam
• Cereal
• Jelly
• Rice
• Mustard
• Hamburger Helper
• Catsup
• Saltine Crackers
• Instant Potatoes

ENTERPRISE HOMESCHOOL GEOGRAPHY CLUB

We are pleased to announce that the Enterprise Homeschool Geography Club (or “Country Club” as they like to be called) is going to begin holding their monthly meetings at Green Hill. Each month these children research a particular country and then make presentations to each other and their families. For September, the group will meet on Friday, the 18th, from Noon to 2pm, and the country of the month is Belgium.

SEE YOU AT THE POLE

On Wednesday, September 23, children all over the country are going to be meeting in front of their schools to pray. See You at the Pole is a global movement of prayer which is student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led. It revolves around students praying together on the fourth Wednesday in September, usually before school and usually at the school’s flag pole.

This year’s theme is UNITED, and it is based on Acts 4:14, “They all met together and were constantly united in prayer.” On this day, everyone is asked to pray for our students and our schools. Whether you are a student, a teacher, a parent, a grandparent, or just a person who cares, please take time to pray with us.

GREEN HILL ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP

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The Alzheimer’s Support Group of Green Hill Presbyterian Church invites you to a special free showing of

“STILL ALICE”

Wednesday, September 16

Green Hill Presbyterian Church
735 East Lee Street
Enterprise, AL 36330

10:00am to Noon

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.


Green Hill’s Alzheimer’s Support Group meets once a month in the Fellowship Hall. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, at 10:00am. Dr. Kimberli Fougeron Ph.D., the group facilitator, has been certified by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

For more information, please contact the church office at 334-347-9530.

Categories: Green Hill, Green Hill Good News, Special Events, Church Family Photos, Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Relief, Presbyterian Women, Food Pantry, Youth, Alzheimer's Support, Girl Scouts, Community, Session

Caught on Camera: Presbyterian Women Officer Installation

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Categories: Church Family Photos, Green Hill, Presbyterian Women

Sunday Sermon, 8/23

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1st Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 6:10-20

2nd Scripture Reading:  John 6:56-59

It’s Tough Being a Christian Today, Rev. Shuford White

Worship Service begins at 11:00am.  All are welcome.

Categories: Green Hill, Sunday Sermon

Special Showing of “Still Alice” on September 16

The Alzheimer’s Support Group of Green Hill Presbyterian Church invites you to a special free showing of

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STILL ALICE

Wednesday, September 16

Green Hill Presbyterian Church
735 East Lee Street
Enterprise, AL 36330

10:00am to Noon

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.

Green Hill’s Alzheimer’s Support Group meets once a month in the Fellowship Hall. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, at 10:00am. Dr. Kimberli Fougeron Ph.D., the group facilitator, has been certified by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Many of us are caring for individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. Our meetings consist of education, guest speakers, sharing, and prayer. We share caregiving approaches we’ve tried and discuss what works, what doesn’t, and how we can care for ourselves during these challenging times. We want all caregivers to understand the disease and to know that they are not alone.

For more information, please contact the church office at 334-347-9530.

Categories: Alzheimer's Support, Green Hill, Special Events

Weekly Announcements, 8/20

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SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB TRIVIA NIGHT

The Sunrise Rotary Club is holding its annual charity fundraiser on Tuesday, August 25. This year it is a Trivia Night which includes a silent auction, a raffle, and door prizes. Individual admission tickets may be purchased for just $5. Groups of five can reserve a table in advance and can get a discount on the purchase of raffle tickets. Please see Joel Mikuta for more information.

PW SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

The big blue tub is back in the Fellowship Hall, and it is hungry for school supplies! The Presbyterian Women are collecting pens, pencils, backpacks, paper, and more, for the children in Geneva County. Collected items will be distributed by the women at the Geneva Presbyterian Church. If you would like to contribute, please drop your items in the tub no later than Wednesday, September 9. Thank you!

HEALING SERVICE

On the last Sunday of the month, August 30, a brief Healing Service will be held during the morning worship service. Following the Pastor’s Sermon, people will be invited up to the front of the church to be anointed with oil and prayed over by the Pastor and the Elder Assistant. This service is for all who need spiritual and/or physical healing for themselves and/or someone else.

Categories: Community, Green Hill, Missions, Weekly Announcements, Youth

Presbyterian Women School Supply Drive

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The big blue tub is back in the Fellowship Hall, and it is hungry for school supplies!  The Presbyterian Women are collecting pens, pencils, backpacks, paper, and more, for the children in Geneva County.  Collected items will be distributed by the women at the Geneva Presbyterian Church.  If you would like to contribute, please drop your items in the tub no later than Wednesday, September 9.  Thank you!

Categories: Green Hill, Missions, Presbyterian Women

Newsletter Submission Deadline

BcaK7bBniThe submission deadline for the September 2015 newsletter has been extended by one week.  If you have any news to report, please contact the church office no later than Tuesday, August 25.  The newsletter will be printed on the 26th, in time to be distributed at the Wednesday night Bible Study.  Late submissions cannot be accepted.  The earlier the better!  Thank you.

Categories: Green Hill, Green Hill Good News

Caught on Camera: Green Hill Youth

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Girl Scout Troop #9338, including our Green Hill Youth, Working on their Bronze Award Project

Categories: Church Family Photos, Community, Girl Scouts, Green Hill, Youth

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