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Guided by the Holy Spirit, our mission is to equip, support, and connect our congregations as they faithfully serve Jesus Christ in a changing world.

July 6, 2009                                                                                        Volume 5, Number 26

“Each of us has suffered or will suffer at some time in our lives. The Book of Job was a preview of what can happen to the most faithful and to the least faithful.  Yet, the greatest gift we can offer to one another is encouragement — encouragement through spoken or written word, through deeds however small or gracious, through intercessory prayer and through the kindness of recognition:  ‘I know this is a difficult time for you and I am holding you in daily prayer.’  God’s gift of life is truly amazing!

None of us knows how many days we will be granted. As you look into the mirror each and every day, take time to marvel that you have been created in the image of God.  Count your blessings often.  Smile more and frown less!  Tell those you love, how much you love them each and every day.  Share yourself abundantly with those who need encouragement, hope, and care.  Give thanks that with Christ all things are possible!  Keep that twinkle in your eye and help the world learn to laugh.”

William Ross Forbes, in a note to the church’s General Assembly in San Jose. Forbes passed away in the morning of June 30th after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Read the Letter from Board of Pensions President, Robert Maggs.

WELCOME!!!

Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church has called Dr. Jim Simpson as Pastor and Head of Staff to assume his duties July 1. Many know Jim because of his most recent position as Director of Church Relations at Presbyterian College and his work at various conferences at Montreat.  Read more about Jim on the church website.

Attention CLPs!  This Conference is for YOU!
Join other CLPS for a time of renewal and refreshment as you build your skills and knowledge in the area of prayer and worship at a continuing education event at Montreat just for CLPs. “The Place of Prayer in Reformed Worship” will be help Oct 21-23 at Montreat Conference Center.  More info: http://montreat.org/current/2009-continuing-education-for-commissioned-lay-pastors-preachers

Remember that Providence Presbytery has scholarship money available for lay people and church staff to attend continuing education events that will benefit your ministry in the local church.  Application: http://www.providencepres.org/Communications/forms/leadership%20scholarship.pdf

Central American Travelers Reunion

Calling all past Central American Travelers! You are invited to join us Thursday, July 16 at 7pm for a “Dutch Treat” meal at Lempira’s Restaurant (5906 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC) known for its authentic Honduran dishes. Bring your pictures and share experiences of Honduras!  Please RSVP by July 15 to Fred Powell so he knows how many places to reserve at the restaurant.

New Youth Ministry Opportunity Starting at Bethelwoods

Help the youth at your church become involved in a new youth ministry that several Providence Presbytery churches in York County along with Bethelwoods are working to create.  We are working on a once a month gathering on the first Sunday evening of the month beginning in October. This would be an opportunity to reach out to youth in the York County community who may or may not have a church home.  A planning meeting will be held Tuesday, July 14th at 5 pm at Bethelwoods.  Please contact Sam McGregor at mcgregorsk@comporium.net or 803-366-1302 if you have further questions or if you are interested but can’t make the meeting on the 14th.

Can you help ACPC with curriculum?

Allison Creek Presbyterian is looking for an Advent Rotation curriculum to use for four weeks with their elementary aged workshop rotation Sunday School.  If you have a rotation curriculum you would be willing to loan, please contact Kathryn McGregor at kmcgregor@providencepres.org or 800-922-1609, ext. 6.  Allison Creek has several PowerXpress Rotation units they would be willing to loan other churches as well.

Apply Now for the Leadership Initiative

Clergy and lay persons who are interested in becoming transformational, missional leaders in their congregations should apply for the Leadership Initiative. Offered by Mark Tidsworth, leader of our recent Providence Leadership Seminars, the 9-month-long program will provide 1 group coaching session per month, 1 one-on-one coaching session each month, and reading targeted to the LI goals.  LI runs from September 2009-May 2010.  Read more about the program online.

Spiritual Foundations for Fruitful Churches Workshop

Mark your calendar and join Providence Presbytery churches for the Spiritual Foundations for Fruitful Churches September 26 from 9:30AM-1PM for an exciting event.  Joan Gray, author of Spiritual Leadership for Church Officers and moderator for the 217th General Assembly, will lead this important workshop for our churches. Pastors, Elders and other church leaders are encouraged to attend. The workshop will be held at Grace Presbyterian in Lancaster and will include lunch.  Cost is $5 per participant.  Registration will be available online in August. Wondering if your church would benefit? Read the Spiritual Leadership article from PCNews.

Monthly Podcast to Promote Stimulating Conversation about Issues of Faith

WJK Radio with Dan and Jana is a new monthly podcast from Westminster John Knox Press (WJK) designed to promote honest and stimulating conversation about issues of faith. The podcasts feature conversations with some of today’s most respected authors addressing a variety of religious issues including the Bible, ethics, social justice, popular culture, the church, cultural and religious diversity, and the spiritual life in general. Sometimes moving, sometimes controversial, often provocative, and always enlightening, new shows are available on the last Monday of every month. Read the BLOG to Subscribe or find out more.

Opportunities to Serve

Pianist Needed

Doby’s Bridge Presbyterian Church is seeking a pianist to play for choir rehearsals on Wednesday evenings and for worship on Sunday mornings.  Any applicants may contact Edgar McCall at the church at 803-547-5240 or by email at edgar@dobysbridge.org.

Presbyterian Communities Seeking Chaplain

Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina is seeking a part-time Chaplain for our Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Florence, SC.  To learn more about us please visit www.preshomesc.org.  Please send your PIF/resume to the administrator at Florence, Walter Hickman, whickman@preshomesc.org.  Deadline for submissions is August 28th.

Around the Presbytery:

  • Carmel and Uriel announce Joint Service to Celebrate CalvinCarmel Presbyterian and Uriel Presbyterian, both of Chester, are planning a joint worship service on Sunday, July 12 at 10AM at Carmel Presbyterian to celebrate the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth.  Pastor Fred Powell, III will be the guest speaker. Join us for this exciting event!
  • Worship for YOUth: Mark your calendars NOW to bring the youth from your church to Providence Presbytery’s Youth events during the 2009-2010 school year.  We will kick off the year with our annual Youth Rally, which will feature our brand new worship 4 YOUth at Bethelwoods.  Three more youth worship services will be held on Sunday nights throughout the year.  We will join other youth from across the presbytery in some hands on mission work at our second annual Youth Mission Retreat to be held March 26-27, 2010 at Bethelwoods. Contact Kathryn McGregor or Kat Ward for more info.

Check out the events below on the Presbytery Calendar–for event details, click on the event!

This Week in Providence Presbytery

7/5                  Sunday Swim for all members of presbytery congregations—2-4PM (Bethelwoods)

Next Week

7/11-15           Presbyterian Women Churchwide Gathering (Louisville)

7/12                Carmel and Uriel Joint Worship to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Calvin’s Birth -10AM (Carmel)

7/12                Sunday Swim for all members of presbytery congregations—2-4PM (Bethelwoods)

7/13                Bethelwoods Ministry Team-6PM (Bethelwoods)

7/15                Educator Luncheon-1PM (Carlos’ Café, Rock Hill)

7/16                Central American Travelers Reunion-7PM (Lempiras Restaurant, Charlotte)

Mark your Calendar!

7/21                Third Tuesday Together-Catawba Queen Cruise-9:30AM (Bethelwoods)

7/22-26          Montreat Middle School Conference at PC

7/30               Second Harvest Partners Mobile Food Pantry (Unity Presbyterian, Fort Mill)

8/25               Second Harvest Partners Mobile Food Pantry (Oakdale Presbyterian, Clover)

9/26               Fruitful Churches Workshop 9:30-1PM (Grace-Lancaster)

9/27                Youth Rally and first Youth Worship Event (Bethelwoods)

Please submit articles for In the Know to Jill Wilson by Friday at 5 PM for the following Monday’s issue. Submit articles to jill@providencepres.org with In the Know and the date you would like your article to run in the subject line.

Jill Wilson

Communications Coordinator

Providence Presbytery

(803)429-0689

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