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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Weekly Announcements, 5/28

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GREEN HILL GOOD NEWS

If you get a printed version of the church newsletter, don’t forget to pick up your June/July copy in the Fellowship Hall.  It contains a lot more information than is available in the online version.

HEALING SERVICE

A brief healing service has been included in this Sunday’s order of worship. 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, are invited to come to the front of the church to be anointed with oil and prayed over by the Pastor and Elder Assistant.

PENTECOST SUNDAY OFFERING

Last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday. On that day we took up a special offering to benefit at-risk children, youth, and young adults. If you feel called to give to this mission of the church there is still time. Please use one of the red envelopes in the pew racks. Forty percent of the offering collected at Green Hill will stay at Green Hill, to be used by our congregation, in our community.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

There is still time for children to register for this year’s Vacation Bible School. Be sure to let your family, friends, and neighbors know! There are registration forms available on the table in the narthex, and there is an online registration form on the church website. We are going to learn about God and his promises for us as we rock out to the Go Fish Guys. It is going to be a lot of fun!

Categories: Green Hill, Weekly Announcements, Green Hill Good News, Special Events, Special Offering, Missions, Youth, Vacation Bible School, Holiday

Green Hill Good News, June/July 2015

(online edition) – be sure to check out the printed/emailed version for more information

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Congratulations to Jose Polanco!  He just received his Masters in Divinity at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He will be returning to teach at the seminary in Merida, Mexico, and he is going to preach in the community.

You may remember that Green Hill sponsored Jose for his undergraduate degree in Merida.  We are so proud of him!

MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR

An American in a bright red sports car screeched to a halt at a country crossroads, and calls out to an old man sitting on a bench, “Can you direct me to London, please?”

“No, I can’t,” he replied.

“Then which road to Oxford?” he asked.

“Can’t rightly say,” answered the old man.

“You don’t know much, do you?” asked the young man sarcastically.

“No, I don’t know much,” replied the uncommunicative local man. “But I’m not lost!”

We’ve all got crossroads in our lives, as individuals, and as a church.

Sometimes we just don’t have the information we need to know which way to go. The challenge I give to each of you is that summer isn’t a time to take off. Instead take time to study and worship so that when crossroads approach you will know which direction to go.

Shu

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GREEN HILL STATUS UPDATE

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 this summer.

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 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).

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.

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. 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.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

This year’s Presbyterian Women Alabama/ Mississippi Conference will be held July 15 to July17 at 1st Presbyterian Church in Greenville, Ms. Please see Gloria, Betty Jo or Nancy if you are interested in attending. The theme “Biblical stories of water “ will be the focus, using scripture text to tell our story of faith through water stories from Genesis to Revelations. We are looking forward to a great summer.

HAT DAY

Remember the days when ladies all wore hats to church? Well, we’re going to recreate that day on Sunday, June 28. This will be just for fun. Everyone, men and women, are asked to wear hats to the morning worship service. The type of hat is not important. We just think it’ll be fun if everyone participates.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT

The next Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support meeting will be held on June 17. On this day the group is going on a little fieldtrip to Dothan. The meeting in July will be held on the 15th.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

This year’s Vacation Bible School will give the children an amazing look at what it takes to put faith into action. We are using the Go Fish Guys “Gotta Move” program. VBS will be held from June 15 to June 19, 9:00am to Noon. All children from 1st grade (7 years old) to 6th grade (12 years old) are invited to attend. Registration forms are available at the church, on the website, or you can just call 334-347-9530. Adult volunteers are also needed. If interested, please contact April S.

Categories: Alzheimer's Support, Bible Study, Fellowship Community, Green Hill, Green Hill Good News, Just For Fun, Presbyterian Women, Resolution Team, Special Events, Vacation Bible School, Youth

A Memorial Day Tribute

Each year Ken Reed recites the Gettysburg Address at Green Hill.

This cell phone video was taken in 2014.

Categories: Green Hill, Holiday, Memorial, Special Events

Today is Memorial Day

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Categories: Green Hill, Holiday, Memorial

Today is Pentecost Sunday

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PENTECOST IS NEW CREATION

An excerpt from the Companion to the Book of Common Worship (Geneva Press, 2003, 117-119)

According to the Day of Pentecost story in Acts 2:1-13, God gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to empower witnesses to the resurrection. Sounds from heaven, cosmic language, the rush of a mighty ruach (wind, spirit, breath) invaded the house in which the apostles gathered, and appeared to them as a burning fire. Tongues of fire touched their nerve centers. A power — the unseen power of God — moved among them and gripped them. The Holy Spirit is unseen, like the wind, which is why the Old Testament calls it ruach YHWH, “the wind, or breath, of God” (cf. John 3:8). The Spirit is the “unseenness of God” working among us.

According to Joel (2:28-29) the ruach is to open everybody to God’s future. People young and old will dream and will have visions of hope; they will be able to loose themselves from the way things are now, because God is establishing a whole new economy of creation. The Holy Spirit breaks us out of our preoccupation with ourselves and frees us to serve neighbors, loosens our grasp on possessions, and sets us to loving people. New creation is what Joel is talking about. Pentecost is new creation.

The book of Acts tells the story of the outcome of Pentecost’s new creation: people witness in word and in deed to the risen Christ. At the outset, the newborn church immediately tumbled out into the streets to witness to God’s mighty works in the languages of people all over the world. By the end of the story, a tiny, Spirit-filled community of faith that broke from its present order has spread across the continents with incredible power to bring new things into being. With the gift of the Spirit, all things are possible. …

Therefore, on the Day of Pentecost, we celebrate God’s gift of Holy Spirit which draws us together as one people, helps us to comprehend what God is doing in the world, and empowers us to proclaim, in word and in deed, God’s plan of reconciling all people in the name of Christ (Ephesians 1:10).

Without the gift of the Spirit, Christ’s church dries up and withers away, and we are left with only our broken selves. With the gift of the Spirit, all things are possible. A spirit-filled community of faith opens eyes to needs in the world and sees its missing as God’s new people. The Day of Pentecost is the climax of the Great Fifty Days of Easter, celebrating as it does the gift of the Spirit to the body of Christ — the church.

Categories: Church Calendar, Green Hill

TBT: Vacation Bible School 2013

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Today’s Throw Back Thursday picture comes from Vacation Bible School 2013.  Here we have Dr. Lawrence being a very good sport by playing a role in the morning VBS skit.  His character is signing up to be a solder in the Army of the Lord.  Somewhere there is a video of his hilarious exchange with Pastor Dan, but for today you will have to settle for this still photo.

Don’t forget that VBS 2015 is just around the corner.  Registration forms can be submitted in person or online.  Click HERE to learn more.

Categories: Church Family Photos, Community, Green Hill, Special Events, TBT, Youth

Weekly Announcements, 5/21

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TROOP #150’S NEWEST EAGLE

Congratulations to Dale Chambers on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout! Dale is a member of Green Hill’s Troop #150. He is the son of Gunnar and Leslye Chambers. God bless you as we celebrate this great accomplishment with you.

Dale’s Eagle Scout Project was running a Bone Marrow Registry Drive in the name of 10-year-old Riley Bonner. At his drive over 100 potential donors were added to the registry, and over $350 was raised for Be The Match.

And, “perfect match” bone marrow donor has been found for Riley! A “back up match” has also been found. This is exciting news! Please pray for Riley and his family as they prepare for the bone marrow transplant. It is expected to happen mid-June.

PENTECOST SUNDAY

Sunday, May 24, is Pentecost Sunday. PCUSA churches everywhere are taking up a special offering that will benefit at-risk children, youth, and young adults. FORTY PERCENT of the offering collected at Green Hill will stay at Green Hill, to be used by our congregation, in our community. If you feel called to give to this special offering, please use one of the red envelopes from the pew racks.

Categories: Boy Scouts, Community, Green Hill, Special Offering, Weekly Announcements, Youth

Green Hill Status Update

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 this summer.

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 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).

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

Pack #150 Yard Sale, May 23

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

Sunday Sermon, 5/17

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1 John 5:9-13 & John 17:6-19

Where’s Jesus?

Rev. Shuford White

Categories: Green Hill, Sunday Sermon

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