In the Know -08-24-09


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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 24, 2009                                                                                                      Volume 5, Number 32


“Man is born broken.  He lives by mending.  The grace of God is glue.”

Eugene O’Neill, The Great God Brown, 1926 


Can You Help?

We have produced a DVD and need to duplicate it for each of our churches.  If you have access to a DVD duplicator, we would appreciate your help.  Contact Jill Wilson by email at or by phone at 803-429-0689, Ext. 8.


Faith Habitat Build is Complete

After Weeks of work by our construction committee and the volunteers from 12 participating churches, another home has been completed!  Please join us for refreshments and fellowship to celebrate homeownership with The White Family on Friday, August 28, 2009, 5:45 P.M. The White family home is located at 380 Softwinds Village Dr, Rock Hill 29730


Older Adult of the Year Nomination Deadline Extended

Sixteen congregations in Providence Presbytery have chosen to honor a deserving older person (or married couple) in their congregations by submitting the name of those persons for special recognition at the Older Adult Luncheon that will be held on September 15 at Bethelwoods Camp and Conference Center. This has been a very popular event since it was started a few years ago and we do not want any church to overlook this opportunity to participate. The Presbytery (through its Nurture of the People of God Ministry Team) pays for the costs for the honorees (lunch, certificate, and entertainment). The deadline for submitting your nominee has been extended to August 31. You may use the form on our website or you may respond to this email. We would like to have a few comments about the honored person to share at the luncheon.   

Register to Attend the Older Adult of the Year Luncheon

Don’t miss this wonderful annual event when the gifts of some of our presbytery’s older adults are celebrated.  With great food, music and fellowship, the Older Adult of the Year Luncheon is not to be missed.  The event will be held at Bethelwoods Camp and Conference Center on September 15th at 10:30AM. Reservations are required.  Contact Jackie at Bethelwoods 803-366-3722 or by e-mail at Deadline for registration is September 8th.


We’re Waiting For You at Your Home in the Mountains

South Carolina Home at Montreat has some availability during September, October and November.  Wouldn’t you like to visit your mountain get-away this fall? Available dates at press time: September 11-13 and 18-20 (4 apartments and the suite); October 9-11 (3rd floor is available); November 6-8 (House and 4 apartments are available).  Pastors, don’t forget you have 1 complimentary week per year at South Carolina Home. For more information


Conquering Climate Change Seminar

This second installment of the Environmental Policy Lecture Series to be held on September 1st, 9AM-3:30PM at South Carolina State University will provide an opportunity to explore the issues of new opportunities and economies associated with climate change in greater depth. Among the items to be discussed will be the faith community’s concern for good stewardship of the Earth. Elected officials, business leaders and entrepreneurs, leaders of the faith community, and conservationists: we can all be part of the climate solution.   There is no cost for the seminar. Find out more online.


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.


In Preparation for our World Mission Challenge Missionary

Dr. Ingrid Reneau will be visiting our presbytery in October as part of the PC(USA) World Mission Challenge.  Dr. Reneau is passionate about the plight of the people of Sudan. She has offered some reading materials for us to study in preparation for her visit.  She also recommends the UN’s Sudan Weekly Update website. More information to come on Dr. Reneau’s schedule during her visit in early October.


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  In addition, study grants are also available.  Those applications are due by September 15, 2009.


Around the Presbytery

Do you want to save money?

 Come learn all about clipping coupons and the secrets to saving money from Travise Smith, the “Coupon Mama”. Travise and her family have been featured in over 50 newspapers, and Dave Ramsey’s website and radio talk shows. & Please join us at Bethesda Presbyterian Church in York on Thursday August, 27th @ 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. $7.00/per person. Call Christine McCraven at 981-6811 with any questions.


Grace (Y) 10th Annual Yard Sale, BBQ, and Bake Sale Next Saturday


Saturday, August 29, we’ll have our 10th Annual Yard Sale, BBQ, and Bake Sale!  The Yard Sale will be from 7AM to 1PM.  The Bake Sale will begin at 7AM and the BBQ will be 11AM to 5PM.  The BBQ will feature Pork or Chicken BBQ plates with cole slaw, baked beans, roll, and tea or lemonade.  Adult plates are $8, children under 10 can eat for $4, and bbq pork can be purchased for $12 per pound. Tickets for BBQ plates are now available through the church office at (803)548-0800.


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


This Week in Providence Presbytery

8/24               Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team–6PM(Grace, Lancaster)

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


Coming Next Week

8/31                HAT Meeting—6:30PM (Providence Presbytery)


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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