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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 13, 2009                                                                                                            Volume 5, Number 27


“If you’re a layperson in a congregation that’s experiencing decline, whether the congregation thrives is ultimately up to you and the other members. Your pastor can teach, guide, lead, support, inspire, even cajole. But in the end, congregational health is a function of how people in the congregation relate to one another, to God, and to their community.” 

Daniel P. Smith and Mary K. Sellon in A Place that Offers Life

The Resource Center has these authors’ new book entitled Pathway to Renewal.


Nominate Your Older Adult of the Year Today!

Older Adult of the Year Nominations are due by August 14. Talk with your session NOW about who you will nominate.  Please be sure and complete the section that indicates why you chose your nominee as this information is used to honor your nominee at the event!  Submit your Nomination Online or Print the form and mail it to the Presbytery Office. Don’t miss this opportunity to let your older members know they are appreciated!  The Annual Older Adult of the Year Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 15th at Bethelwoods.


Honduras Mission Partners Ask for Prayers for the People

Tim and Gloria Wheeler report that they are fine.  However, they are requesting prayers for the people of Honduras in this time of great difficulty.  Read the email.


Central American Travelers Reunion this Thursday!

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 Wednesday to Fred Powell so he knows how many places to reserve at the restaurant.


Global Mission Exchange Partner visited Providence Presbytery

Presbyterian Women are pleased to announce that Bethelwoods Camp and Conference Center was one of the sites Rev. Jirina Kovarova, our Global Mission Exchange Partner from the Czech Republic, visited during her tour through Synod of the South Atlantic last week. Her tour included many local mission outreach projects with special emphasis on projects supported by PW mission giving.   Read more about Presbyterian Women’s Global Mission Exchange and Rev. Jirina’s visit.


Fall Montreat Conference just for CLPs!
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


New Cooperative Youth Ministry Planning Meeting Tuesday Night!

Join 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.


Do You Want to Be a Missional Leader?  LI is for you!

Application Deadline is approaching for clergy and lay persons who are interested in becoming transformational, missional leaders in their congregations. You should apply for the Leadership Initiative today.  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.  


Elders, Church Leaders, Clergy will Enjoy Fruitful Churches Workshop

Mark your calendar and join Providence Presbytery churches for the Spiritual Foundations for Fruitful Churches Workshop September 26 from 9:30AM-1PM.  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? Click here to find out more about Gray’s program.

CTS Accepting Applications for Clergy Group Study Program

Group project applications are being accepted through September 28 for participation in Columbia Theological Seminary’s S3 (Sabbath, Study and Service) Project. S3 offers small, self-selected groups of clergy and other church professionals the opportunity to design and participate in learning projects that strengthen their practice of ministry. Groups will receive $500 per person to fund their self-directed group work. Participants must attend two retreats: February 2-4, 2010, at the beginning of their year-long project and another at the conclusion in February 2011. The application procedure requires a group proposal and individual applications for each group member. Information and application materials are available online, or by contacting Sarah Erickson at 404-687-4526 or ericksons@CTSnet.edu. Groups will be notified of acceptance by October 16. S3 is funded by the Lily Endowment.


Board of Pensions Update

In a July 10 email, Charles Simmons of the Board of Pensions announces there is no percentage dues increase for 2010 for medical. Read the Board of Pensions Summer Bulletin.


Grammy Award Winner Performing Free concert at Montreat!

Don’t miss what promises to be one of the best concerts ever in Montreat Conference Center’s Anderson Auditorium.  You’ve seen David Holt on television, you’ve heard him on radio, and you may have even caught a glimpse of him (always with the cocky white hat and the big, friendly smile) in the popular movie Oh Brother, Where Art Thou.  David, a Grammy award winning musician and master storyteller, will perform Saturday, July 18, 8:30pm, and his concert is a special gift from the Montreat Conference Center President’s Council to the whole community.  Please join us for a great evening of entertainment. For more information, contact pollyc@montreat.org.   For a current list of all of the events at Montreat this summer, visit www.Montreat.org.  When you plan your visit, don’t forget your home in the mountains…South Carolina Home at Montreat!  www.schomemontreat.org

The Challenge of World Mission – Partnership 
This year’s World Mission Challenge will focus on partnership – and it will put that idea into action in a new way.  As they travel from presbytery to presbytery Sept. 25-Oct. 18, some mission co-workers will be accompanied by International Peacemakers from the same country.  Our Presbytery will host Dr. Ingrid Reneau (Missionary) and Rev. Orozu Lokine Daky (Peacemaker) October 8-11.  Please contact Dot Killian for more information on  the World Mission Challenge visit to our presbytery.  To learn more, view the complete Presbyterian News Service article.


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.


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


This Week in Providence Presbytery

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

7/14                Cooperative Youth Ministry Planning Meeting-5PM (Bethelwoods)

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

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


Next Week

7/20               Glocal Committee-5:30PM (Presbytery Office)

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

7/22-26          Montreat Middle School Conference (Presbyterian College)

7/25                Prayer Fellowship-9:15AM (Presbytery Office)

7/26                Hunger Action Team-6:30PM (Presbytery Office)


Mark your Calendar!

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

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

9/10                Second Harvest Partners Mobile Food Pantry (Mt. Zion Baptist, McConnells)

9/15                Older Adult of the Year Luncheon-10:30AM (Bethelwoods)

9/17                Second Harvest Partners Mobile Food Pantry (Flint Hill Baptist, Rock Hill)

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

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

10/1                Second Harvest Partners Mobile Food Pantry (Union Baptist, Rock Hill)

10/27              Second Harvest Partners Mobile Food Pantry (Unity Presbyterian, Fort Mill)

11/5                 Second Harvest Partners Mobile Food Pantry (Hermon Presbyterian, Rock Hill)


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