Every year, close to Christmas, we enjoy what we call our “White Elephant” party: it’s a Dirty Santa game, but the gift each person totes in is not bought from the store. A “white elephant” is some useless thing lying around the house which a person wraps up, unmarked, and places under the Christmas tree in GreenTree’s main room. At least two Christmases in a row, a nice old set of golf clubs got fought over; I think Frank may have ended up with that one when push came to shove. Johnnie is too tenderhearted to yank somebody’s present away from them, even if it’s for a big laugh. He’d much rather raise his finger in the air and tell a funny story. But Chryl will go ahead and do what needs to be done, with a very kind “Sorry.” And nobody wanted the roll of toilet paper somebody had the genius to stuff into a pretty bag a couple of years ago.
When the time is over, everyone walks away with a chuckle in his throat, a smile on her face, and another useless thing to take home.
Come and have a goofy time with us, December 18th at 6pm, and bring your appetites and one wrapped-up “White Elephant,” on the one night of the year in which it’s okay to grab things from each other and get away with it.
Our Fall Festival was a fun and festive event as well as a wonderful opportunity to meet more members of our community. Some came back to spend time with us on Family Fun Night, and some even wanted to become involved as volunteers for future events.
Around Thanksgiving every year, Greentree members and friends enjoy a hearty potluck meal, Thanksgiving-style, with warm family conversation, laughter, sharing, and singing. But we don’t want to keep it to ourselves! This year, we are excited to begin opening this up to the community, consistent with our vision and mission. We’d love for you to come!
The meal starts at 5:00. Bring a friend if you’d like, bring a big appetite, and especially, bring your plain ol’ self. We like it that way.
We have decided to cancel Family Game Night for May. Chryl normally organizes this event, but she is moving this weekend. Additionally, we have seen very little community involvement in FGN which we had hoped would be an outreach tool. Perhaps it could be re-structured or advertised better to be more effective. We would like your ideas about FGN or other events that you believe people from our neighborhood would be motivated to attend.
THANK YOU. Many thanks to all of you who came out on Saturday morning to eat donuts and help with the much-needed work day. We cleaned and tilled and planted and moved and planned and patched. With all we accomplished, there are still things to be done. Speak with Pastor Tim or Kenny Long if you would like to help. Remember that Pastor Tim is the only employee we have. Everyone else is a volunteer!
For the month of April, we are combining Family Game Night with the Easter Egg Stuffing Party in preparation for the West Salem Egg Hunt the next Saturday. Try to come to FGN on Friday April 11 OR the Egg Hunt OR both!
Starting May 5 we will be running Financial Peace University for the third time at GreenTree. If you or someone you know would like to take the class, please speak with David or Ashley Mitchell or just show up for the preview class at 7:00 p.m. on April 21. The thirteen week class on personal finances is taught via video by nationally syndicated radio talk show host and author, Dave Ramsey. Spread the word about the class!!
It is hard to believe that it is the time of year again to start mowing and trimming grass and spraying weeds, etc. If you would be willing to help out with this fairly small task at GreenTree or at our cemetery on Jonestown Road, please see Kenny Long. Also, if you have flowers or other plants that you would like to donate and/or plant anywhere on the premises, please speak with Pastor Tim.
Last Sunday, Pastor Tim challenged us to begin thinking more as a community of people who help one another. He gave out a response form that allows you to reveal what you have that you would be willing to lend, give, trade or share. Please leave those completed forms on the back table where you can also find some blank forms.
Last week Pastor Tim begins a new sermon series entitled, Handling Negative Emotions. Hopefully, the sermons will be very helpful to you but if you feel that you need more personalized help, please contact Pastor Tim at 336-692-3237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Remember, God never intended for us to live the Christian life alone. We are supposed to bear one another’s burdens.
We had a wonderful time Friday at Family Game Night. I believe we had the greatest number of visitors so far. We look foward to having even more of you join us next month. Even if you hate having fun, please try to make it to the next FGN and suffer for Jesus’ sake. 🙂 Okay, I’m being a little sarcastic, but you get the point. I love you all and I believe if we work together, we can make a difference in Winston-Salem. FGN makes serving easy and fun!
Note from the Pastor:
I want to take this opportunity to tell you how much I appreciate your friendship. Of course, I haven’t known some of you long enough to call you more than an acquaintance, but I hope that will change. A few of you I haven’t gotten to know very well even though I have known you for a while. Most of you I can call friends of mine, and that makes me feel like a rich man.
Friendship is as ordinary as air, but like air it is very precious. Deep, satisfying friendships hardly ever just happen. Instead, they are developed with great effort over a long time. The older you get, the more you see how rare a truly good and loyal friend is. “A friend loves at all times…” Proverbs 17:17.
If you have a good friend, be sure to tell them how much they mean to you. Be sure to be loyal. And remember, a great friendship can start with, “Hi, my name is…what’s yours?”
Words like responsibility and commitment sometimes seem negative to us because it feels like so often we are being asked to take a responsibility or make a commitment. It can be overwhelming. In fact, sometimes others try to manipulate us into taking on responsibilities by making us feel guilty. Sometimes we over-commit and find ourselves in a rat race that is anything but fun. However, many responsibilities are linked to privileges. The ability to see the benefit of taking on a responsibility helps us become more willing to do so or to continue in an existing responsibility. In light of this, please consider the value of the Wednesday evening Growth Group. If you are being helped, then sign up on the back table to help with child care or food to allow the Wednesday Growth Group to continue to be a great ministry.
If you can help with the cleaning of our building, it would be greatly appreciated. Ben mostly does this thankless job by himself and it is about time for someone else to volunteer. Please sign up on the back table or talk to Ben to make arrangements. You don’t have to commit to cleaning the entire building just to offer to help.