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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 17, 2009 Volume 5, Number 31
“When hope is not pinned wriggling onto a shiny image or expectation, it sometimes floats forth and opens.”
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.
Register this week for Joan Gray Workshop! (Online Registration Available Here)
Register this week for 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. Questions? Contact Inez at the Presbytery Office 803-328-6269. Wondering if your church would benefit?
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. 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. More Information Online.
Support the Spiritual Development of Families
Become a part of the online parents’ community that Heartfelt is forming. It’s easy and it’s free! Just sign-up for your own Twitter account. Then follow Heartfelt at heartfeltparent. Once you do, you will get access to ideas and news from children’s ministry leaders and parents like you. We are forming a community to provide real-time support and ideas that meet your needs…when you need them.
Around the Presbytery
Don’t miss “Hope in the Midst of Crisis” Next Sunday! Tirzah Presbyterian (York County) invites you to join them for 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.
South Carolina Native joins Interfaith Peace Builder Delegation to Israel
David Matos from Aiken, SC was our contact for the slide presentation by photo journalist Skip Schiel entitled “Bethlehem the Holy”, which was co-sponsored by Providence Presbytery and OAPC in December 2008. Matos was part of the July 2009 delegation of Interfaith Peace Builders which considered “The U S Role in the Islaeli-Palestine Conflict” during their travels. Read more about the Interfaith Peace Builders or check out Matos’ Blog which includes his impressions from his visit to Israel.
Board of Pensions offers its Investment Midyear Review
“Some of the economic experts tell us that we have to settle for a “New Normal”, which seems to be shorthand for less money, less stuff, a lower level of spending and a higher level of savings. If it was not so painful to get to this new normal, it might not be all bad. We all can live better with fewer credit cards, no subprime debt and no alphabet soup of complex derivatives securities that we wrote about in our 2007 Midyear Investment Review” Read the BOP Midyear Review.
Archbishop of Galilee to speak at Montreat
Internationally acclaimed peace-maker, the Rev. Dr. Elias Chacour, will be the special guest of honor for dinner and a presentation Tuesday, September 22, 6:30 PM, in the Galax Dining Room at Montreat Conference Center’s Assembly Inn, Montreat, NC. “I am honored to invite the public to join me for this evening with Archbishop Chacour,” said conference center president Pete Peery. “Following dinner, the Archbishop will speak to us about his ministry through his schools as well as his unique perspective on the way of peace in his war-torn and conflicted part of the world.” More information available online.
PDA Now Allows 16 year-olds
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has now lowered the age of youth who may stay in the Presbyterian Volunteer Villages. They hope the new age limit will encourage renewed interest and participation in volunteer mission work teams. Port Neches, Texas is in desperate need of volunteers to help with recovery efforts from Hurricane Ike. You are asked to please consider them for you next mission destination.
Louisville Seminary offering sabbatical grants
Louisville Theological Seminary awarded 48 sabbatical grants to pastoral leaders in 2009. They are again offering the opportunity for those who are interested in obtaining assistance in taking sabbatical leaves. Grant applications are due by September 1, 2009 and the sabbatical must be taken between March 1, 2010 and August 31, 2010. Information is available at www.louisville-institute.org. In addition, study grants are also available. Those applications are due by September 15, 2009.
Opportunities to Serve
Presbyterian Communities Seeking Chaplain, Florence: www.preshomesc.org
Send resume or PIF to firstname.lastname@example.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; email@example.com. Gene Rollins, Supervisor.
Check out the events below on the Presbytery Calendar–for event details, click on the event!
This Week in Providence Presbytery
8/17 HAT Meeting –6:30PM (Presbytery Office)
8/22 Prayer Fellowship 9:15AM (Presbytery Office)
Coming in the Next Two Weeks
8/24 Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team–6PM(Grace, Lancaster)
8/25 Second Harvest Partners Mobile Food Pantry (Oakdale Presbyterian, Clover)
Mark your Calendar!
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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