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

Important Meetings Scheduled in August

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  • August 5 – Town Hall meeting with ECO (Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians)
  • August 12 – Town Hall meeting with EPC (Evangelical Presbyterian Church)
  • August 19 – Town Hall meeting with Resolution Team from PCUSA

All three Town Hall meetings will begin at 6:15pm.  Pot luck suppers will be held at 5:30pm.

Green Hill Presbyterian Church

Many of you have been asking what is going on with Green Hill and its relationship with the PCUSA. Specifically, you want to know if we are staying or if we are going. The short answer is that we don’t yet know. It is the hope of the Session that question will be answered in the coming months.

At the moment, Green Hill is a member of The Fellowship Community, a conservative group of like-minded churches within the PCUSA. These are churches who are not pleased with the recent changes made by the PCUSA but who have not felt called to leave the denomination.

Here at Green Hill, we have members who are in favor of continuing to stay, members who are in favor of leaving, and those who simply are not sure. The Session has been doing its best, through town halls, straw polls, and such, to educate the Congregation, to hear the members’ concerns, and to listen for the voice of God to guide us in what to do.

A Resolution Team (RT), made up of Elders and Deacons from nearby PCUSA churches, has met with the Session and with the Congregation to discuss our issues with the PCUSA. It is the job of the RT to guide us through the resolution process. The ultimate goal is to help Green Hill to remain whole and active as a reformed worshiping community.

The Session has been researching denominations that Green Hill may be dismissed to should we decide to leave the PCUSA. The most promising options are the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO)and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC).  Town Hall meetings have been set up in August for the Congregation to meet directly with representatives from both.

After the Session has fully studied the matter, and the Resolution Team has concluded all meetings with the Session and Congregation, and we have had the opportunity to interact with representatives from other denominations, a vote may be considered as to whether to stay in PCUSA or to move to another denomination. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask. The Session will continue to keep you informed and provide opportunities to participate in question and answer sessions.

It is the hope and prayer of the Session that, no matter the outcome of a vote, Green Hill continues to hold together as a family. There is no church in all of Enterprise that is as friendly as ours, and no matter what denomination we are a part of, we hope that will never change. Above all, we need to remember this is God’s church and we need to seek and submit to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in these deliberations.

Please continue to support Green Hill with your prayers.

Categories: Green Hill, Resolution Team, Session, Special Events

Sunday Sermon, 6/7

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Ephesians 3:14-21 & John 6:1-21

Christ, More than Enough

Rev. Shuford White

Categories: Green Hill, Sunday Sermon

In Loving Memory of Charles Thornton

Cross & Bible Clip ArtThe prayers and sympathy of the congregation are extended to Gloria Webb and her family in the loss of her brother.  Charles Thornton passed away in Dothan on Tuesday, July 21.  Funeral and burial services will be held on Friday, July 23 (see below).  The Webbs request that no flowers be sent.  Instead, they ask only for your prayers.

Charles Douglas Thornton, age 82, passed away, Tuesday, July 21, 2015 in a Dothan hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, July 24th at Searcy Funeral Home and Crematory Chapel with Rev. David Bradshaw officiating. Burial will follow in Meadowlawn Cemetery with Searcy Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, July 23rd at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Coffee Springs Baptist Church, 434 N. Railroad Street, Coffee Springs, AL 36318. Mr. Thornton dearly loved his family and he enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. He retired from the telephone company after 34 years service. While employed, he drove over one million miles without an accident. He was preceded in death by a son, Ronny Pete Thornton; his parents, Oscar and Vera Thornton; brothers, Elmer, Gilbert, Harvey, Bob and Raymond Thornton; sisters, Gladys Magnoli, Mary Brooks and Vivian Thornton. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Alma Cara; sons, Doug (Debra) Thornton; Kevin Thornton; daughter-in-law, Linda Thornton Giles; eight grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Gibbins; Gloria (Charlie) Webb; his dog, Nash. Searcy Funeral Home and Crematory 334-393-2273, is in charge of arrangements. Send condolences to the family at http://www.searcyfuneralhome.com. 

Categories: Green Hill, Memorial

Weekly Announcements, 7/23

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CONGREGATIONAL MEETING, AUGUST 9

A Congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, August 9, immediately following the morning worship service.  The purpose of this meeting is to elect church members to the Annual Nominating Committee.  That committee’s purpose will then be to nominate members for the next class of Elders, who will be voted on by the congregation at a later date.  Any nominations at the meeting on the 9th must have the prior concurrence of the nominee.

YOUTH BIBLE STUDY

All children in 3rd grade through 8th grade are invited to participate in Green Hill’s After-School Bible Study.  This year we are offering two different lessons: Jesus in the Spotlight will meet on Mondays. How to Study the Bible Yourself will meet on Tuesdays.  Lessons will run from after-school to 5pm. Classes will begin on August 17 and will meet on days that Enterprise City Schools are in session.  Transportation from school to Green Hill may be provided upon request.  Registration forms are located on the church website, HERE.

DRIVERS NEEDED

Volunteers are needed to help with this year’s Youth Bible Study.  We need drivers to take children from area schools to the church.  Drivers will need to be available from about 2:50pm to 3:20pm.  Your support of this project of our church is greatly appreciated!  For more information, please contact April Seery.

Categories: Bible Study, Community, Congregational Meeting, Green Hill, Special Events, Weekly Announcements, Youth

Green Hill Good News, August 2015

(online edition) 

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Green Hill Youth @ Winshape Camp

Acts 9:1-4; Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.  As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.  He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

We’ve all had agendas by which we have followed and acted. But sometimes agendas take on a life of their own. Paul for example, before he encountered Jesus, the agenda he followed was one to protect the Jewish faith, to keep it pure, and in his dedication to this “agenda” he authorized or actually participated in the death of many people.

The emphasis in these verses is that God doesn’t need us to protect him, he can defend himself… We on the other hand are to be about the mission of the church. And that mission? To share the gospel and be a people who witness compassion and grace.

You know there are thousands of churches all over the nation that are standing empty or close to empty. Why? In most cases it is because they have forgotten why they exist. I have heard of a minister who has always wanted to build a church (facility) in a certain area. He is a member of a particular denomination that has several churches within that same area, but not on the road he wants. These other churches are struggling; some have great facilities but few members. This minister is spending hundreds of thousands if not millions on a facility that duplicates others just a few minutes’ drive away. Imagine if instead of having an agenda for a facility, they took over an existing facility and spent the money on a ministry of compassion and grace.

As we ponder the future let’s not forget that it isn’t denominations but us the body of Christ that makes ministry possible. It’s not denominations that define us but Christ.

Shu

SESSION BRIEFS:  JUNE 2015

The annual financial review for the period 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014 was completed by Small Business Solutions. All was in order, and the Church Treasurer was commended for the accuracy and orderliness of his work.

Vacation Bible school is scheduled for 15 to 19 June 2015. The building has been prepared and plans are coming together nicely. As of this date, 28 children are enrolled.

$565 for their work of the Gideon’s was collected during their morning worship presentation.

The second meeting between the Resolution Team of Presbytery and the Session occurred on Wednesday, 3 June. Minutes have been entered into the Church record.

Revised Emergency Data Cards have been sent out and are starting to come back in to the church office.

Membership: A request was received and approved from Mars Hill Presbyterian Church in Tennessee requesting the transfer of former member Anita McMillan to their congregation.

The church membership roll is scheduled to be reviewed by the session in August.

Special Election of Elder to Elder McDonald’s position – The current Annual Nominating Committee (ANC) will be reactivated to search for a candidate to fill Elder McDonald’s position.

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

SESSION BRIEFS:  JULY 2015

Minutes from the meetings of the Resolution Team Committee and Study Group with representatives from the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO) on 15 June, the meeting with representatives of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) on 28 June, and the meeting of the Resolution Team and the GHPC Congregation of 15 July were entered into the record.

Treasurer Mikuta presented the financial report for the Second Quarter of 2015. He noted that most expenses were in line with budgeted amounts with the exceptions of Insurance and Maintenance and Choir and Music. It was noted that our total expenses still exceed income by approximately $21,000.

The Administration and Stewardship committee confirmed that there are three property deeds. Treasurer Mikuta has copies of all three deeds in the church office.

Piano repairs were completed, with a total cost of $420.

Two air-conditioning units went down last month. One unit was replaced and another unit was repaired.

We received a complaint of hornets in a tree by the playground.

One of the fans in the large Sunday School classroom is inoperable. Both will be replaced if indicated, as they are approximately 10 years old.

Elder Seery noted that the afterschool Bible study program will need drivers. The program occurs on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Drivers need to be available from 2:50 PM till 3:20 PM.

A revised Elder Sponsor List was published and distributed 6 July 2015.

On Sundays when there are no sponsors for Café, just drinks will be provided. More sponsors are needed and all are encouraged to sign up to host our Café.

The use of church facilities by scouting units was reviewed.  All scouting units will need to submit a request for use of facilities to the church office for each event.

Church Elders are covered under the current liability insurance plan as long as they are conducting church business in good faith.

Elder Webb is now serving as Chairman of the Memorial Fund Committee. He has recruited three members to the committee. Treasurer Mikuta also serves on the committee in an ex officio capacity. The committee will be revising the rules and submitting them to the Session for approval.

A document entitled “A Brief Statement of Vision, Mission, and Essential Beliefs” will be presented at the next Session meeting for final reading and approval. This document will help to define who we are as a church and chart the course for the future direction of Green Hill Presbyterian Church.

The next Town Hall Meeting with the Resolution Team is scheduled for 19 August.  Elder Cully will try to coordinate obtaining representatives from ECO and EPC to come and talk with our congregation in a Town Hall Meeting format before the next meeting with the Resolution Team, if possible. The Session will try to ensure the congregation has the opportunity to hear and question both denominations prior to a formal consideration of changing denominations.

A final determination has not been made as to the sequence of upcoming Congregational Meetings and how the Session may choose to vote and make a recommendation to the congregation.

Future Session meetings will start at 1:30 PM.

Upcoming events:

PLEASE NOTE: A Congregational Meeting will be called on Sunday, 9 August 2015 for the purpose of selecting the next Annual Nominating Committee. Three Ruling Elders and one Trustee position will need to be nominated for the Class of 2018.    

The next Session meeting will be 9 August 2015 at 1:30 PM    

PLEASE NOTE:  8/19/2015 – The next Congregation meeting with Resolution Team will be Wednesday, 19 August 2015. Potluck at 5:30 PM will be followed by the Town Hall Meeting at 6:15 PM.      

The Summer 2015 Meeting of the Presbytery of South Alabama is scheduled for 21-22 August 2015 at the Government Street Presbyterian Church in Mobile, Alabama. Elder Lawrence was selected as the primary Ruling Elder Commissioner; Elder Aylesworth was selected as alternate.        

Church Officer and Leadership Training (COLT) is scheduled for Saturday, 9 January 2016, at       Spring Hill Presbyterian Church, Mobile Alabama. The cost will be $15.

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

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING, AUGUST 9

A Congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, August 9, immediately following the morning worship service.  The purpose of this meeting is to elect church members to the Annual Nominating Committee.  That committee’s purpose will then be to nominate members for the next class of Elders, who will be voted on by the congregation at a later date.  Any nominations at the meeting on the 9th must have the prior concurrence of the nominee.

TOWN HALL MEETING, AUGUST 19

The Resolution Team from Presbytery will be at Green Hill on Wednesday, August 19, at 6:15pm to meet with the congregation.  Every active member of the church is asked to attend.  A pot luck supper will be held prior to the meeting, at 5:30pm.

As you may remember, the Resolution Team is made up Elders and Deacons from nearby PCUSA churches.  They have met with the Session to hear concerns about the recent changes within the PCUSA, and now they would like to speak directly with the members of the congregation.  At issue is whether or not Green Hill will remain in the PCUSA or move to another denomination.  The job of the Resolution Team is to guide us through this process, no matter the final outcome.  The ultimate goal is to help Green Hill remain whole and active as a reformed worshiping community.

USHERS, WE NEED YOU!

On Sundays we need a team of two people to serve as ushers for the morning worship service. Ushers are needed to greet people, to pass out bulletins, to collect prayer requests, and to collect the offering. For our visitors, our ushers are the first people they meet, and we need to make them feel welcome.

Over the past several months, we have had trouble filling this slot.  Thank you to everyone who has volunteered, especially those who were called into service at the last moment.  We really appreciate you! 

If you are available to serve as an usher, please sign up on the board in the kitchen. You can serve for as many or as few days as you would like. If you have any questions, please contact Sandi in the church office.

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.

EMERGENCY CONTACT CARDS

The cards are available on the table in the Narthex and should be turned into the church office. This confidential data will be kept in the church office. It will only be used in case of emergency. Each adult is asked to fill out a separate card. Please list minor children under “household members.”  Thank you!

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT MEETING

The next Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support meeting will be held on August 19. These monthly meetings are open to anyone who is dealing with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia in their family. We will get together, share our stories, and work on learning more about how to deal with these diseases.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

The end of summer vacation is quickly drawing to an end so it looks like it is time to start planning some of the activities for the women’s coming year.  There will be a planning meeting of the CT on Thursday, August 13 at 10:00 am in the session room at Green Hill.   Your new slate of officers will be installed on Sunday August 16.

The exciting news is the South Alabama Fall Gathering is going to be held in Geneva Presbyterian Church on Saturday September 12, 2015 from 10AM – 2PM. Our own Dee Koza will lead us in sharing remembrances of “water’s edge experiences” recorded in our BIBLE.  It will be a day for learning, sharing, worshiping and wonderful fellowship with our sisters in Christ from around our Presbytery.  We need to register by September 1.  Registration is $10.00 which includes breakfast snack and lunch.  There will be transportation furnished from the church.

This is also an opportunity for us to donate art supplies for the after school program Dee conducts in Geneva. You’ll be hearing more about this again.  Anyway we are glad to have you aboard as we start our new year.

There is also a PW Mission Trip to the Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center near Little Rock, Arkansas.  This is the home of our own Presbyterian Disaster Assistance warehouse, Solar Under The Sun and the wonderful Ferncliff Summer Camp programs,  We will learn, work and experience many aspects of our Church’s work helping people in the US and around the world.

HURRY to register because there is only space for 20 participants (accommodations are limited).  The first 20 forms with checks get to go.  Judy Persons will be one of the trip leaders along with Karene Jones.  She is a delightful lady from Little Rock who just spent the weekend working on details for this trip.

YOUTH BIBLE STUDY

All children in 3rd grade through 8th grade are invited to participate in Green Hill’s After-School Bible Study.

This year we are offering two different lessons: Jesus in the Spotlight will meet on Mondays. How to Study the Bible Yourself will meet on Tuesdays. See below for descriptions of each.

Lessons will run from after-school to 5pm. Classes will meet on days that Enterprise City Schools are in session.  Transportation from school to Green Hill may be provided upon request.

To register, please contact the church office at 334-347-9530.

Jesus in the Spotlight, John 1-10

MONDAYS, Starting August 17, 2015

Lights…Camera…Action! In this Bible Study, you’ll pretend to be a film director who makes a movie about Jesus’ life. Your movie will be about the first ten chapters of John’s book, and it will be full of awesome adventures. As you read through the script, you’ll learn all about who Jesus’ friends were, why He came, what He did, where He went, and how you can really get to know Him. Are you ready? Let’s get the film rolling…Jesus in the Spotlight–take one!

How to Study Your Bible, For Kids

TUESDAYS, Starting August 18, 2015

Pssst! Wanna Solve A Mystery?! Climb up to the tree house of the M and M Detective Agency and let Max, Molly, and Sam the Beagle put you through a special six-week “inductive detective” training course. The agency has a big mystery to solve—the mystery of discovering for yourself what God’s Word says. Wow! Sounds like an adventure!

As part of the team, you’ll sharpen your skills so that you can know what the Bible says, understand what it means, and apply it to your life all on your own. Isn’t that awesome? So put on your detective hat, grab your magnifying glass, and get set to decode secret messages, solve puzzles to get clues, follow a suspect’s trail, and even talk to eyewitnesses!

DRIVERS NEEDED

Volunteers are needed to help with this year’s Youth Bible Study.  We need drivers to take children from area schools to the church.  Drivers will need to be available from about 2:50pm to 3:20pm.  Your support of this project of our church is greatly appreciated!  Please contact April Seery if you would like to volunteer.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

We had an AMAZING time at Vacation Bible School this summer.  What a joy it was to get to know all of the children and to teach them about the Word of God.  We were also blessed to get to spend time with the families at a wonderful hot-dog lunch.

Thank you to all of the volunteers and to the parents who made this week possible and thank you to God for all of the answered prayer.  We are truly a blessed church family.  We pray that everyone who attended VBS heard God’s voice and will be led by the Holy Spirit.

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GIRL SCOUT BRONZE AWARD PROJECT

Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary Supply Drive

Saturday, August 8 * 10:00am to 2:00pm

Tractor Supply, Enterprise, AL (1305 Boll Weevil Circle)

As part of their Bronze Award Project, the Juniors from Girl Scout Troop #9338, including our own Kendall and Makayla, are running a Supply Drive for the Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary. On Saturday, August 8, the girls will be in front of Tractor Supply in Enterprise to collect donations. We are looking for everything from newspapers (to line the bottom of cages), to tissue boxes (for opossums to hide in), old pillow cases and towels (for animals to sleep in), and more. Other items used by the Sanctuary, such as feed, toys, supplements, and assorted large animal care items, will be available for purchase at the front of the store.  Gift cards are also available.

Please come out to show support for our Troop and to support the Sanctuary!

For more information about the Sanctuary and the amazing work the volunteers do there, rehabilitating and releasing injured and orphaned animals, please visit their website:  BigBendWildlife.com

Categories: Alzheimer's Support, Bible Study, Church Family Photos, Community, Congregational Meeting, Emergency Preparedness, Girl Scouts, Green Hill, Green Hill Good News, Presbyterian Women, Resolution Team, Session, Special Events, Vacation Bible School, Youth

Congregational Meeting, August 9

Calendar Clip ArtA Congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, August 9, immediately following the morning worship service.  The purpose of this meeting is to elect church members to the Annual Nominating Committee.  That committee’s purpose will then be to nominate members for the next class of Elders, who will be voted on by the congregation at a later date.  Any nominations at the meeting on the 9th must have the prior concurrence of the nominee.

 

Categories: Congregational Meeting, Green Hill, Session

Sunday Sermon, 7/19

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Ephesians 2:11-22Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Barriers

Rev. Shuford White

Categories: Green Hill, Sunday Sermon

Weekly Announcements, 7/16

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IN LOVING MEMORY OF LUCY KLEIN

The Memorial Service for Lucy Klein will be held on Sunday, July 26, at 2:00pm.  The service will be at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 302 Grubbs Street, Enterprise.

In lieu of flowers a Memorial can be sent to Nardin Academy, 135 Cleveland Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222 or Save the Turtles, Inc., 15412 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32413 (www.gulfworldmarineinstitute.org/).

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 S. or the church office.  The sign-up sheet is in the kitchen.

EMERGENCY CONTACT CARDS

The cards are available on the table in the Narthex and should be turned into the church office. This confidential data will be kept in the church office. It will only be used in case of emergency. Each adult is asked to fill out a separate card. Please list minor children under “household members.”  Thank you!

Categories: Emergency Preparedness, Green Hill, Memorial, Weekly Announcements

Town Hall Meeting Tonight @ 6:15pm

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The Resolution Team from Presbytery will be at Green Hill tonight at 6:15pm to meet with the congregation.  Every active member of the church is asked to attend.  A pot luck supper will be held prior to the meeting, at 5:30pm.

As you may remember, the Resolution Team is made up Elders and Deacons from nearby PCUSA churches.  They have met with the Session to hear concerns about the recent changes within the PCUSA, and now they would like to speak directly with the members of the congregation.  At issue is whether or not Green Hill will remain in the PCUSA or move to another denomination.  The job of the Resolution Team is to guide us through this process, no matter the final outcome.  The ultimate goal is to help Green Hill remain whole and active as a reformed worshiping community.

This is the first of two scheduled meetings.  The next meeting will be held on August 19.

Categories: Green Hill, Resolution Team, Special Events

Men’s Breakfast Dates, July & August

coffeeMen of the church, please note that the dates for the Men’s Breakfast in July and August have been changed.  The July breakfast will happen at 8:30am on Sunday, July 19 and the August breakfast will happen at 8:30am on Sunday, August 16.  The sign-up sheets are on the board in the kitchen.  See you there.  :)

Categories: Green Hill, Men in the Church

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