Middle East Relations, News from Honduras, Older Adult of the Year Nominations


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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.

August 10, 2009                                                                                                      Volume 5, Number 30

“Keeping this in mind helps us recognize that while our various projects (economic and otherwise) of making the world look the way we want it to may be doomed, we need not succumb to the gloomy conclusion that there’s nothing for us to do and no way for us to move forward. We can train our desires because God has not abandoned us to the whirl.”

From “Mammon in the Maelstrom” by Mark Douglas

Read the entire article in www.atthispoint.net  an online publication of CTS

Welcome, Baby!

Mark and Frannie Verdery are thrilled to announce the birth of their granddaughter, Hattie, on July 30th. Hattie’s proud parents are Sok and Jenny.  We praise God with you for this beautiful addition to your family!

Visit with our Muslim Neighbors in Islamville

You have a unique opportunity to meet with our Muslim neighbors in Islamville (north of York) when we are invited to visit their community on Saturday, August 15. Plans include time to meet and talk with each other, to learn what Muslims prepare to observe Ramadan, which begins later in August, to visit their mosque and shrine, and to share some refreshments. The hours for this event are from 4 to 6 p.m. and modest dress will be appreciated. Please let Presbytery office know if you plan to attend (by phone 328-6269 or by e-mail <iglasgow@providencepres.org>) by August 12. Directions to Islamville are available at the Presbytery office. This event is sponsored by your Glocal Mission Committee.


Recent Communication from the Wheelers in Honduras

We have received an email from our Mission Partners in Honduras– The Wheelers. Read their thoughts and concerns about recent events in Honduras online at our Mission Blog, http://missionlive.wordpress.com


Nominations Committee Seeks Your Input

Called to serve in Providence Presbytery?  Or do you know someone who has the unique gifts required to serve on one of our Ministry Teams?  Go to www.providencepres.org and click on the Nominations Web Form to nominate someone from your church community to join Providence Presbytery’s leadership.


Older Adult of the Year Nominations due  THIS WEEK!

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.  


Summer Youth Camp ends this Week

Bethelwoods is thrilled to announce that they have had another wonderful summer of fun with young people from all over South Carolina and surrounding states.  With a record, 12, Camp-in-a-Vans and over 900 campers, your Bethelwoods has impacted the lives of many children this summer.  Bethelwoods’ Adventure Campers who traveled to Canada for mission work will return on Wednesday.  Thank you for your support this summer in helping us to follow God’s lead and create a great environment for God to work.


CMC Announces the 2010 Chaplains Grand Rounds schedule

The organizers are very excited about this up-coming series this year’s theme is “Mind over Matter: Beliefs and the Body”. This 9-part series is conducted in the Carolinas medical Center Auditorium from September through May, 12:00 pm to 1:00pm and are free and open to the public. See the schedule 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? Register Online Today!

Choir Workshop for Informal and Formal Choirs

Dr. Shannon Jeffreys is the Choral director at Erskine College and will be leading a workshop for volunteer choirs September 20th beginning at 2:30PM. Cost is $5 per person.  The focus of this workshop is to expand the toolbox of both the individual singer and the volunteer choir as a whole. Dr. Jeffreys will present simple tips that every singer can use to improve his/her sound, thoughts about what groups can do collectively to improve their sound, hints for leaders of singing groups, as well as other information and resources. More information and registration form is available online.


Rural Ministry conference, September 22-24 at Columbia Theological Seminary

Decatur, GA. Columbia Theological Seminary will host “Rural Ministry Today: Retooling the Toolbox” on the seminary campus September 22-24. Program registration is $165 and includes two lunches. Limited housing is available on campus. The conference will feature keynote speaker Betty Grit, program manager of the Worship Renewal Grants for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, MI., and a lecture by Rodger Nishioka, Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education at Columbia. Workshop leaders include Kimberly Bracken Long, assistant professor of worship and coordinator of worship resources for congregations, Columbia Theological Seminary; Trace Haythorn, president, The Fund for Theological Education;  Bonnie Orth, 2009 Rural Ministry Fellow; and Tom Tewell, executive director, Macedonian Ministries. Registration is due by August 22. More Information Online.


Don’t Miss the Music for Humanity Concert at Winthrop

Tickets are now available for the 2nd annual Music for Humanity benefit concert on September 5th at 7PM at Barnes Recital Hall, Winthrop University.  This year’s show will feature an evening of eclectic music and humor featuring various professional performers, all of whom have donated their time and services.  The proceeds will be divided evenly between Habitat for Humanity of York County and Music for Humanity.    Tickets are $12 and are available by emailing Penny Sheppard at habitatom@comporium.net  or by calling 803-328-1728.  They can also be picked up at Habitat’s ReStore located at 825 N Anderson Road, Rock Hill.


Honduras Medical Mission Trip Dates Announced

The 2010 Honduras Medical Mission Trip is scheduled for May 28-June 5, 2010.  Make plans now to join this team who will be conducting a dental and eye clinic for the impoverished people of rural Honduras.  Contact Fred Powell to find out more.


Around the Presbytery

Hermon Announces 4th Annual Friends and Family Carnival. A day filled with entertainment, food, give-a-ways, free school supplies and fellowship. There will be a 3 on 3 basketball tournament. You can register in advance or on that day.  Entertainment provided by J-Real, Christian Rapper from Durham, NC and the band Mellogroove from Rock Hill, SC. Waterslides, games and prizes will be available for children.  Local food, African art and clothing vendors will be there. If you would like to donate items to students in need, contact the organizers at 803-493-5893. They expect to serve 100 students this year.

Tirzah Presbyterian (York County) invites you to join them for a special event called “Hope in the Midst of Crisis.” It includes a panel discussion, a mission fair, and a brief worship service designed to raise awareness of how the economic crisis is affecting people in our communities and how the church and local outreach agencies are being called to respond. The event will be from 3:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, August 23. All churches in Providence Presbytery are invited to attend. Please call Jim Moss at 981-3764 for more information.


Opportunities to Serve

Pianist Needed: Doby’s Bridge Presbyterian Church for choir rehearsals on Wednesday evenings and worship on Sunday mornings. Contact Edgar McCall at 803-547-5240 or email at edgar@dobysbridge.org.   


Presbyterian Communities Seeking Chaplain, Florence: www.preshomesc.org

Send resume or PIF to whickman@preshomesc.org. Deadline 8/28/09.


PARISH-BASED CPE RESIDENCY POSITION. Stipend $40,000. Rural Parish with Recreation Ministry; Contracted with the South Carolina Department of Corrections and the Midlands Area Pastoral Counseling Services, Inc.  Accredited by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (January 4 – December 31, 2010).  Find application at www.cpsp.org. Inquire at Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church, Box 170, Liberty Hill, SC 29074; 803-273-9191; lhpc@comporium.net. Gene Rollins, Supervisor.


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


This Week in Providence Presbytery

8/10               NCD Committee at Faith NCD-6:30 (Faith NCD)

8/12                Educator Luncheon-1PM (The Station, Rock Hill)

8/12                Common Ground Cooperative Youth Program Planning Meeting-5:30(Bethelwoods)

8/13                Nurture the People of God—6:30 (Presbytery Office)


Coming in the Next Two Weeks

8/17                HAT Meeting –6:30PM (Presbytery Office)

8/22               Prayer Fellowship 9:15AM (Presbytery Office)


Mark your Calendar!

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)

10/18              Presbytery Meeting (Bethelwoods)

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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