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 *

Categories: Green Hill

Today is Palm Sunday

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BETWEEN HOSANNA AND HALLELUJAH

An excerpt from the Companion to the Book of Common Worship (Geneva Press, 2003, 111-113)

The question is frequently asked, Why combine the passion and the palms?

First, it is in accord with historical tradition. Since at least the fourth century, the focus on the first day of Holy Week, or Great Week, has been the passion of Christ. After a palm processional, a Gospel passion narrative has been read. Western churches have kept the first day of Holy Week by concentrating on both the glory and the passion of Christ, recalling both the passion and the palms. …

Pastoral values result from combining the passion and the palms. Many people simply do not attend worship on Good Friday. The result is that, for them, there is a distortion in the story. A story that skips from Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem to Jesus’ resurrection from the dead evades the question, What happened in between? If we leap from Palm Sunday’s “Hosannas” to Easter Day’s “Hallelujahs” we overlook the pivotal event of Christ’s suffering and death on the cross. The journey to Jerusalem has the cross as its goal, and the cross needs to be kept in sight even during the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Where the long tradition of reading the whole passion narrative on Passion/Palm Sunday is appropriated, congregations have found the value of hearing the entire passion story. …

The most important reason for combining the passion and the psalms is the relationship between the death and the resurrection of Jesus. To understand the resurrection, we must contemplate the passion of Jesus. Long, careful meditation upon the mystery of the cross must precede the glorious message of Easter.

On the one hand, an oversimplified theology of glory can undervalue death by implying that it is merely a stepping-stone on the path to resurrection. Therefore, in order to experience resurrection, one simply dies, and on dying will automatically ascend from the grave to glory. On the other hand, an oversimplified theology of the cross can overvalue death as a “work,” by implying that resurrection is merely a consequence of the passion; therefore, if one suffers and dies for the faith, one will have earned resurrection. Instead, the cross and resurrection must be held together theologically. The extent to which we understand the resurrection of Jesus will be determined by our understanding of his passion.

Thus, the palm procession with ringing Hosannas symbolically foreshadows the Hallelujahs of God’s promised future when the risen Jesus will lead his people into a new Jerusalem. Interwoven with such liturgical experiences are the stories of the passion of Christ. Thus, the eight-day week from Passion/Palm Sunday to Easter Day is framed by resurrection and death on one side, and death and resurrection on the other.

The need to affirm, as Holy Week begins, the inseparable relationship between the death and the resurrection of Jesus is precisely the reason the passion of Christ and the palms are linked together as Passion/Palm Sunday.

Categories: Church Calendar, Green Hill

Palm Sunday Crosses

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, and as part of the morning worship service the children will distribute small palm crosses to everyone in the congregation.  This is an annual tradition at Green Hill and at many other churches.  Did you ever wonder where these crosses come from?  They travel all of the way from Africa, and they have an amazing story:

Crosses_in_LineAfrican Palms was founded in 1965 by Father Alan Talbot, an Anglican priest, who served for six years as a missionary in Tanzania. Father Talbot observed the poverty of the people and sought ways for them to increase their income. He encouraged the villagers to begin weaving palm crosses to sell to churches for use on Palm Sunday. In 1976, the Women of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Olney, Maryland, accepted the mission of distributing the palm crosses to churches throughout the United States, and African Palms USA was born. It has become the major outreach of the church, with net proceeds from the sale of crosses, and now totes, returned to Africa in the form of non-denominational, self-help grants. Since its inception, African Palms USA has awarded nearly $2 million to African communities to help meet basic human needs such as clean drinking water, HIV/AIDS education, fighting hunger, and farming ventures.

The crosses and totes are made throughout the year in villages near Masasi, Tanzania. This is a cottage industry performed by families at home or while guarding the nearby cashew crop from baboons. The villagers are subsistence farmers augmenting their income in order to purchase household supplies and family needs such as school fees for their children or bicycles for transportation.

African Palms USA provides palm crosses to churches as well as schools, hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, military facilities, bookstores, and church goods distributors for use on Palm Sunday and other special occasions, such as baptisms, mission trips, pastoral visits, and Vacation Bible School, or given as bookmarks, prayer reminders, and much more.

To learn more about the African Palms USA mission, please click HERE.

Categories: Green Hill, Missions, Special Events

TBT: Scott’s Machine Shop

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This week’s “Throw Back Thursday” photo shows how Green Hill Presbyterian Church looked back in 1960.  As you can see, this is not our brick building on Lee Street.  This is a photo of Scott’s Machine Shop on Damascus Road, where the founding members of our church originally held their church services.  To learn more about the roots of Green Hill, click HERE.

Categories: Church Family Photos, Green Hill, Just For Fun, TBT

Weekly Announcements, 3/26

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ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

Since 1949 Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world. Your generous gifts to this Special Offering help provide relief for those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed.

We will take up our annual collection for the One Great Hour of Sharing on Easter Sunday, April 5. If you wish to donate this Sunday, please use one of the special envelopes that can be found in the pew racks.

WEDNESDAY PASSOVER MEAL

This Wednesday, April 1, Green Hill will host a unique Fellowship Supper. In addition to our regular potluck, we will participate in a Passover Seder Meal. Passover is a special day that combines the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the time of the Passover, when the Jews were spared death of the first male child. Passover is also known by Christians as the time Jesus celebrated the Last Supper.

As we eat our Fellowship Supper, Rev. White will explain the Seder service, and we will take time to eat the special elements of the Seder Meal. Bring your favorite meal to share and come join us for a fun time, an informative time, and a wonderful fellowship time.

SPECIAL SERVICES

The Maundy Thursday service will be held on April 2 at 6:00pm.

The Easter Sunrise Service on April 5 will be held across the street at Lee Street Baptist. It will begin at 6:30am. Following the service, light breakfast foods will be available in their new Fellowship Hall.

Categories: Communion, Green Hill, Holiday, Missions, Special Events, Special Offering, Weekly Announcements

Green Hill Good News, April 2015

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Over the past couple of weeks I have led the Wednesday Evening pot luck in rediscovering who we are as a Reformed Church. I began by sharing some history emphasizing that the movement came from two sources:

First, it was a political movement where the powers to be wanted to get some control back from the Church, and so in the rebellion, took back land and institutional riches.

Second, it was the result of many feeling they could not follow the laws and dictates of the Catholic Church. In general the command was for the church to sell indulgences (forgiveness). The argument over indulgences led to the discovery of other theological differences.

We then looked at a couple of New Testament passages emphasizing both that from the very beginning of the church there were theological differences, and then I pointed out that the people of God were to focus on God and doing his will. When we get caught up on the differences, we miss the calling we have of witnessing, of introducing others to the Good News.

Now after Easter, we will start again with an evening of (no groans please) general theology. This will be followed by a look at why there seems to be such a disconnect between the local church and the national church. When we finish this we will begin the process of developing a mission/vision statement.

SO IF you haven’t come, please join us. 5:30 is the Pot Luck meal but if you prefer just come at 6:15 when we begin the discussion.

Shu

SESSION BRIEFS – MARCH MEETING

The monthly stated meeting of the Session of Green Hill Presbyterian Church was held at the church at 2:00 PM on 8 March 2015. All session members were present.

1) Rev. White encouraged us as we continue the discerning process, noting that the process begins with the foundation of first determining who we are.
2) Administration and Stewardship Committee is looking for one additional member.
3) It was recommended keeping the thermostat in the Sanctuary at a constant temperature, noting it would be more economical and minimize moisture concerns.
4) The piano in the Sanctuary needs tuning. A motion was approved providing up to $1000 for piano tuning and repair.
5) The carpet threshold at the entrance to the Sanctuary is repaired.
6) Dates for Vacation Bible School are needed as well as a Director.
7) Girl Scout Sunday was a success.
8) Elder L. filed a written report summarizing highlights of the Presbytery of South Alabama’s recent meeting.
9) Green Hill softball team practice has begun. They will be competing in a league with 12 to 14 teams. The first game was scheduled for 3/16/2015. League membership rules have changed to allow players from other churches on the team if approved by the Pastor and Session.
10) The Eagle Scout project to upgrade the playground has been terminated.
11) Pastor White’s Vacation Dates were approved.
12) The Church Office needs to know about ill parishioners. The Church Office will then contact the Elder sponsor.
13) Congregational Care Committee will be updating the Handy Helper List.
14) All members are encouraged to turn in and/or update their Emergency Contact and Relief Information Cards to the Church Office.
15) All special offerings, such as “Love Offerings,” must first be approved by the session.
16) Dates for upcoming events:
• 3/25 – Cody Watson/Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship Missions presentation
• 3/28 – Church Cleanup Day (weather make-up day)
• 4/22 – Potluck Salad Night
• 5/24 – William L. HS Graduation Reception (after worship)
• 5/27 – End of Year Hamburger/Hotdog Cook-out
17) Holy Week Activities: The following activities are tentatively scheduled:
a. Wednesday, 4/1 – 5:30 PM – Fellowship Hall – Seder meal;
b. Thursday, 4/2 – 6:00 PM – Sanctuary – Maundy Thursday Holy Communion, featuring “Sheep Will Be Scattered” program;
c. Sunday, 4/5 – 6:30 AM – Lee Street Baptist Church – Easter Sunrise Service;
d. Sunday, 4/5-11 AM – Sanctuary – Morning Worship Service with Holy Communion.
18) The next Session meeting is scheduled for 19 April 2015 at 2:00 PM.

Walter J. L.
Ruling Elder, GHPC
Clerk of Session

SPECIAL FELLOWSHIP DINNER

Whether you normally come or not, plan on joining us on Wednesday, April 1, for a Seder Meal. It will be in the fellowship hall and begin at 5:30. If you haven’t heard of a Seder Meal maybe you’ve heard of the Passover. Passover is a special day combining the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the time of the Passover where the Jews were spared death of the first male child. Passover is also known by Christians as the time Jesus celebrated the Last Supper. The Seder Meal is a pot luck meal where we go through the Haggadah (order) of the Seder Meal. Come join us for a fun time, an informative time and a wonderful fellowship time.

MAUNDY THURSDAY COMMUNION

Thursday, April 2, is Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday. It is the day we remember the events of the Last Supper and the events leading up to the crucifixion. On Thursday at 6:00pm, everyone is welcome to join us for a very special communion service. This year we will be introduced to each of the disciples in a new way, through a sort of “living last supper.” We hope that every member of Green Hill will be able to attend this solemn service.

EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE

This year we will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord with our brothers and sisters across the street. The sunrise service will begin at 6:30am at Lee Street Baptist. Following the service, light breakfast foods will be available in their brand new fellowship hall. Please join us as we worship with our neighbors.

EASTER WORSHIP SERVICE

The Sunday morning worship service will begin as usual at 11:00am. As this is the first Sunday of the month, it will also be a communion service. As we all know, this is the time of year when those who don’t normally go to church on Sunday make the extra effort to come for Easter. This is a wonderful day to invite your unchurched friends. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for any visitors we might have. Green Hill is known for being a close and friendly family church. Let’s do our best to show that off!

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP

The next meeting of the Alzheimer’s Support Group will be held on Wednesday, April 15, at 10am. The focus of this meeting will be “Home Instead” and there will be a guest speaker. For more information, please contact the church office or Kimberli F.

SOFTBALL LEAGUE

It’s softball time! The Green Hill Softball Team plays every Monday at Donaldson Park, and everyone is welcome to come cheer them on. The games will continue through May and the championship games will be played in June.

EARTH DAY POT LUCK SALAD SUPPER

This year we celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day! Ok, maybe you weren’t planning to celebrate, but any reason is a good reason to join together in Christian fellowship, right? On Wednesday, April 22, our regular pot luck supper will be turned into a pot luck salad supper. So, bring your favorite salad to share and be prepared to learn more about Earth Day.

YOUTH BIBLE STUDY

Over the past several months, April S. has been leading two Bible Studies a week for our youth. The Monday group learned about the book of James, and the Tuesday group learned about the Covenants in the Bible. We are very proud of our youth and we are grateful to April for running the program.

Congratulations to out to those who have completed the Bible Studies. Each youth has been presented with a certificate of accomplishment.

BOOK OF JAMES

Meadow M.
Dawson M.
Noah N.
Jacob W.
Luke W.

COVENANTS CLASS

Daphne C.
Taliesin A.
Jacob W.
Luke W.
Jordan M.
Hannah K.

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PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

It seem spring really may be upon us once again. April brings a lot of opportunities to serve our Lord. I listed many things last month that will be happening in the coming month for you to put on your calendar.

At our **Green Hill General Gathering** we will welcome and get to know our new pastors sweet wife, Susan. She has been such a blessing to us already. On April 18, 2015 Susan will be our guest speaker as she shares some of her life story. The CT will provide a light lunch and time of fellowship so don’t miss this fellowship.

It is also time we elected your next year’s Women’s coordinating team (CT). A big Thank You goes to all this year’s Coordinating Team. They have been so faithful. Please let Linda B. or the search committee know if you will serve in any capacity this year. We need you.

We have been requested to participate in a stamp ministry that sell the stamps to collectors around the world and uses the income to support the preparation, publishing and distribution of a Spanish language curriculum for Sunday Schools in Latin America. All we do is cut off the corner of the envelope leaving a minimum ¼ inch border around the stamp. All stamps presorted/pre-cancelled and bulk rate are valid. Pre-printed and metered stamps are not included. In other words it must be a real stamp.

We thank all that donated to the Mission Challenge of cotton underpants to benefit Mission Haven. They will be collected at The South Alabama Spring Gathering, April 11, 2015 at Spring Hill Church in Mobile. If you can attend please contact Gloria Webb.

WEPS is having its Mother Day Fundraiser again. In the office Sandi has the list for you to submit the names of the women you would like to honor in the newspaper this Mother’s Day. It will be a donation of $5.00 per name to WEPS.

The tickets for the Belks Charity Day Sale on May 2, 2015 are here. Remember the money stays right here in our treasurer and you get a $5.00 discount on your first purchase.

Our annual PW Birthday Dinner on Sunday May 3rd will be right after worship service. Meat, cake, and drinks will be provided and everyone else is asked to bring a vegetable or salad.

Due to Cursillo our April Corinthian’s Bible Study has a date change to April 16th. Looking forward to our time together again this month on April 16th, 2015 at 11:00 a. m.

May God continue to bless and care for us as we care for others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for you sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. 2 Cor. 8:9.

His servant.

Betty B.

Categories: Alzheimer's Support, Bible Study, Communion, Green Hill, Green Hill Good News, Holiday, Presbyterian Women, Softball, Special Events, Youth

One Great Hour of Sharing 2015

Since 1949 Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world. Your generous gifts to this Special Offering help provide relief those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed.

At Green Hill Presbyterian Church, we will take up our annual collection for the One Great Hour of Sharing on both Palm Sunday, March 29, and on Easter Sunday, April 5.  Special envelopes can be found in the pew racks.

To learn more about Special Offerings and about the One Great Hour of Sharing, please click HERE.

Categories: Community, Disaster Relief, Emergency Preparedness, Green Hill, Missions, Special Offering

Prayer Letter from the Legters Family, March 2015

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5802 Bob Bullock Loop 20

Building C 18-102

Laredo TX, 78041

March 16th, 2015

Dear Prayer Partners,

“There is a time for everything… a time to be born and a time to die… a time to weep and a time to laugh… He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the hearts of men.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

The Lord has brought happiness and new life into our family with the birth of Diego Andre, Debbie and Rolando’s first child, born January 1.  As you can imagine, grandchild #6 has changed life and routines for all of us in this house, but is dearly loved, a gift from the Lord.  Nearly all who see him comment on how much he looks like his grandpa Dave.  Although Dave has been with the Lord for two years, we now have his “representative” with us!

The seminary opened in January for students in the master’s degree extension program.  In February regular classes began and an international group of students working on doctorates in theology met here.  My first year piano students are working on their recital pieces and growing both in music skills and in their knowledge of God’s word.

In December I purchased a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo with low mileage, which has now covered many new miles.  With the arrival of Dr. Will and Nancy Ackles at the end of January (here to teach at the seminary), I have been able to visit many villages to encourage believers and to sell Bibles and Christian literature.  Most of these believers want the resources but have no access to them unless I can go to where they are because the distances and costs of getting to a Bible bookstore are just too great for them.  For example, in Carrillo Puerto in the state of Quintana Roo, where Dave lived 1947-1950, Will shared two studies on parables and I sold over $800 worth of books.  A lovely Maya couple there shared with us the way they came to faith in Christ.  There are now three Christian couples in their nearby town, a community that for the most part practices the old Maya ways.  In the town of Señor, a very dear old Maya believer had me play his church’s new keyboard while he sang and then prayed for us.

A visit with the believers in Chemax and Yalcobá was very rewarding for all, but I was saddened to learn that Rodolfo, who recently made his profession of faith, has fallen once again to the temptation of alcohol.  Please pray for this dear man.  In Chemax, God’s timing was perfect.  That week, Samuel Hoil, who pastors the smaller of the two churches, had a conversation with three young men who had never read the Bible before in their lives.  They accepted Samuel’s invitation to attend worship, and I was able to give each of them a Bible from the supply I carry.  Pray as the word bears fruit.

A youth retreat was held during Mardi Gras.  We began the Mardi Gras camp in 1968 to get young people out of the city’s often raucous celebrations and to reflect on a God-honoring way to live.  I can no longer get to the campground easily, but Will, Nancy and I were able to visit the camp one day and enjoyed a fresh caught dinner in a nearby fishing village.

March 16-23 my son Daniel and his family will be here.  We are hoping to have a complete family reunion on the island of Holbox March 20-22.  Even baby Diego will be present!  We hope to get an updated family photo for you then, before granddaughter Ellie leaves for the states and college this summer.

April 1-3 the Divino Salvador church choir which I accompany is making a tour to Tabasco, about ten hours away.  I am looking forward to it since I have many former students, whom I haven’t seen in years, serving the Lord there.

On June 19 I have an appointment in Raleigh, NC, with a macular degeneration specialist.  He has made special glasses enabling some patients to read again!  My plans are uncertain at this point but I will more than likely be in the states until mid-July.

I have opened a new gmail e-mail address and will probably close the Prodigy address in June.  Please take note of my new address: jeanlegter(at)gmail.com.  My fine vision is not clear enough to write e-mails, but my granddaughter and Debbie help me.  You may have to wait for a reply.  I’m sorry this letter was so long in coming but as you can see, life has been very full.  The Lord has blessed us abundantly, we are grateful for your gifts and prayers.

Your servant for Jesus’ sake,

Jean Legters (for the family)

P.S. Any gifts to the seminary, camp or our ministry may be sent to:

Son Raise Missionary Services*

P.O. Box 43

Byron Center, MI 49315

Please make your check out to Son Raise Missionary Services (or SRMS) and include a note on the memo section indicating the designation of your gift.

*This is the new name for The Magi ministry.

Categories: Green Hill, Missions

Easter Lilies for Easter Sunday

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If you are going to place a lily in the sanctuary for Easter, please let the church office know.  The names of those being remembered and/or honored will be printed in the bulletin on Easter Sunday.  Slips are available in the pew racks.

Categories: Green Hill

Sunday Sermon, 3/22

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Jeremiah 31:31-34

John 12:20-33

The Story Unfolds

Rev. Shuford White

Categories: Green Hill, Sunday Sermon

TBT: Vacation Bible School 2013

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Today’s Throw Back Thursday photo was taken during Vacation Bible School 2013.  The children are enjoying the Summer sunshine out on the Green Hill playground.

With the start of Spring just around the corner, it may seem too early to be thinking about Vacation Bible School for 2015, but the truth is that we are in the planning stages NOW.  Click HERE to go to our 2015 VBS page.

Categories: Green Hill, TBT, Vacation Bible School, Youth

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