PW Spiritual Retreat, Date Correction on Youth Events, Dimes for Hunger Kickoff Wednesdays…


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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.

September 14, 2009                                                                                                Volume 5, Number 35


Sometimes He calms the storm; and other times He calms His child.”

From Sometimes He Calms the Storm by Scott Krippayne


Dimes for Hunger Kickoff Wednesdays!

Don’t miss out on the Dimes for Hunger Kickoff Wednesday for your area.  Union County churches will meet at Mount Tabor at 6:30PM on 9/16. Three areas will meet on 9/23: Eastern York County churches will meet at Doby’s Bridge at 6:30PM; Kershaw County churches will meet at Camden 2nd at 6:30PM; Lancaster County churches will meet at Van Wyke at 6:30PM.  Two areas will meet on 9/30: Chester County churches will meet at Uriel at 6:30PM; Western York County churches will meet at Beth Shiloh at 6:30PM.


Are you a steward of the Earth?

Please join us for a free workshop entitled “Caring for Creation” at Riverbanks Zoo at the Nokia Lodge Sunday, November 1st from 2:30pm – 6:30pm. Learn what other congregations are doing to conserve our natural resources. Speakers will offer information on making the physical place of worship less consumptive and ways to make congregants better stewards of the Earth. Come and enjoy inspirational speakers, educational exhibits, refreshments and learn how YOU can make a difference in your community, home or place of worship. More information available online.


Need a place for a great Fall Retreat?

Bethelwoods has availability due to some cancellations on the weekends of October 8-11 and October 22-25.  If you are interested in bringing a group to camp for those or any other weekends, please call Jaquie at Bethelwoods (803)366-3722 or  To preview the camp facilities, check out their newly re-designed website at


Local Ministry Needs Help!

Catawba Care Coalition (CCC), the local HIV/AIDS service organization, has had a partnership with the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) for the past 9 years to provide a “pantry” for people living with HIV/AIDS.  This pantry provided things that food stamps wouldn’t pay for, such as cleaning supplies and toiletries.  RAIN recently informed us that they can no longer support this project due to budget cuts.  We, at CCC, do not have the staff capacity right now to take on coordination of this so we have been talking with some leaders within the faith community about helping with this ministry, but opening it to the entire community, not just CCC clients.  We are having a kick-off meeting on September 17th at 10:00 am at Catawba Care Coalition, located at 1151 Camden Avenue, Rock Hill to get this off the ground.  We are asking for representatives from the faith community who might be interested in sharing in this ministry to be present.  It might mean helping to stock the pantry once a month or making a monetary donation.  We would like to invite one representative from any interested church to join us for this.  For more information, please contact Anita Case at 803-909-6363 x221 or by email at  


It is About That Time…

October 3rd is the day for the Presbytery Quilt to be given away.  Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of this fund raising event.  The monies raised will go to the Capital Campaign for the benefit of Bethelwoods and Faith New Church Development.  If you would like to purchase an opportunity ticket, they are available at the Presbytery office, from Barbara Kurz, and from Harriet Brown.  If you need tickets to buy or sell to other church members, Email Harriet at and she will get them to you.  Thanks to everyone who has helped with this project so far.


Presbyterian Women’s Annual Spiritual Retreat October 3

Many Presbyterians would say that church wouldn’t be “church” without the Lord’s Prayer. Christians the world over begin their mornings or kneel before heading to bed repeating the prayer which they memorized during childhood.  At the Providence Presbytery Presbyterian Women’s Annual Spiritual Retreat, participants will encounter Matthew 6:9-13 through the senses of sight, sound and touch. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at Bethelwoods’ Horton Lodge.  Registration begins at 9:00AM.  All women church members in Providence Presbytery are invited to attend.  Lunch and a nursery will be provided at no cost.  Those desiring the nursery should contact Shirley Harris at 803-684-3733 by September 25. The Retreat leader will be Rev. Elizabeth McGregor Simmons (sister of Rev. Sam McGregor) who is the minister at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Davidson, North Carolina.  After lunch Ann Barnwell will conduct a workshop on Joshua, our new circle Bible study. 


Metrolina offers Adult, Youth and Children’s Ministry Tracks at October Workshop

Mark your calendars now for Thursday, Oct. 1 at Bethelwoods.  Three great tracks to choose from as we “Re-invision Christian Education.”  Flyer with online registration is available on the Providence Presbytery website. Please note the change in time.  We have tried to respond to the request by some of you to finish up a little earlier in the afternoon as well as utilize the lunch break as a time to process what we’ve learned so far and give an opportunity to ask more questions as we delve deeper after lunch. We are still using PayPal to collect credit card payment for preregistrations, but are doing it a little differently in an attempt to respond to problems in the past.  Please note that you will submit your registration to me online and I will send you a confirmation email with the link to pay on PayPal.  You are always welcome to mail a check made out to Providence Presbytery to my attention at the address below or call me with a credit card number. We look forward to seeing you on October 1!  


Did You Know …

Did you know that Providence Presbytery ranks 7th in Per Member Validated Mission Expenditures for 2008 among all of the presbyteries in the PC(USA)? Providence Presbytery has consistently ranked in the top 10 year after year.  We moved up two spots in the ranking from 9th in 2007 to 7th in 2008.


Oops! Correct the Dates on Youth Flyers

We sent out two flyers from the presbytery office for presbytery youth events by email and snail mail last week.  In our excitement to get these pieces to you, we inadvertently included incorrect dates.  You may access the correct flyers on our website at: Youth Rally & Youth Worship: and Common Ground: Please note that the Youth Rally is SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 from 4-7 pm and Common Ground will meet the first Sunday of Oct, Nov, Dec, & Feb, which makes the November date, Sunday, Nov. 1. We apologize for any confusion.  Please feel free to contact Kathryn McGregor with any further questions.  We are asking that you register your group with Kathryn for the Youth Rally this year so that we will have enough food.  Please email her your church name, adult advisor contact and estimated number of youth and adults by Sept. 22.


Fall into Art at Montreat

Cheryl Keefer, whose 4-week series of classes in oil and watercolor painting begins Wednesday, September 9, is an award-winning, experienced painter and teacher.  Well-known potter Martha Nelson will teach a series of beginning/intermediate wheel and hand-building pottery classes beginning Sunday, October 11. Fees for classes will vary. Find out more.


Make Plans now to Attend the Chaplain Grand Rounds for 2010

Mind over Matter: Beliefs and the Body” will be held on September 17, 2009 at Carolinas Medical Center Auditorium. Speaker will be Peggy Huddleston, author of “Mind Meets Body before Surgery.” More information is available online. See the entire season’s schedule.


Financial Solutions for Clergy Seminar

Offered by CMC’s Department of Pastoral Care and Education and the United Methodist Church, this free education seminar is designed to give pastors strategies for meeting their financial goals.  The event is scheduled for September 26, 10AM-2PM at St. Stephen’s United Methodist in Charlotte. Register by calling 704-355-2218.


CTS Decatur offers “Rediscovering Calvin the Pastor”

Elsie A. McKee will present the 2009 Smyth Lectures, October 13-15, at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA. Her lecture series is titled “Rediscovering Calvin the Pastor.”  The lectures, at 10:00 a.m. each day in the Harrington Center Chapel on the seminary campus, are free and open to the public.


Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry Scheduled for November 3-5, 2009

Join IYM at the Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC for the Forum on Youth Ministry November 3-5, 2009.  Participants will hear innovative lectures, experience inspiring worship, connect with other youth ministry leaders and learn ways to strengthen ministry.  For more information or to register, visit us online.


Imagine a Church that Looks Like God’s Kingdom!

Charlotte’s Regional Multicultural Conference & Festival is coming up this October 30 & 31, 2009. The two-day conference will take place at First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte. The Festival, to be held the afternoon of October 31st, will be at Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church, Charlotte. Great opportunities for all! Come take part in workshops and multicultural worship, and enjoy ethnic foods, music, dance, and more! Conference details are available online. Register before Sept. 23 for a lower price. If making hotel arrangements at the conference rate, these rooms must also be secured by September 23rd. Also available online is a flyer & volunteer form for the Multicultural Festival, just for the event on the afternoon of Oct. 31st. Join us!


Opportunities to Serve

Part Time Church Secretary needed at Purity Presbyterian. Computer skills and office experience required. 
Send resume to Purity Presbyterian Church, Attention: Personnel Committee, PO Box 278, Chester, SC 29706-0278.

Around the Presbytery

Hermon Presbyterian invites you to join us at our new Wednesday Night Live Worship service; a 90 minute life changing experience!  It will be an evening of fellowship, contemporary worship & praise with a relevant word. Doors open at 6:30pm – worship begins at 7:00pm.  Word of Inspiration given by Rev. Trevor Beauford, Youth Minister Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.  You won’t want to miss the food (Spaghetti Dinner!), fellowship, and fun as we proclaim God’s word to God’s people!

The Cane Creek Presbyterian Church will celebrate a 200th anniversary on Sunday September 27th. The service will begin at 11AM and dress will be causal. Dr. Tom Horton will preach. A nursery will be provided and a meal will follow the service. Cane Creek is located in the Santuc community about 9 miles south of Union overlooking highway 215.  


Pleasant Hill Presbyterian has a gently used pulpit and communion table for a congregation in need.  Do you know of anyone who has such a need?  They are welcome to come by and look at it before deciding. To find out more, contact Nancy Nutter.

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


This Week in Providence Presbytery

9/14                Mission and Outreach—6:30PM (Presbytery Office)

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

9/15                Education and Equipping Ministry Team—5:30PM (Rock Hill First)

9/17                Educator Gathering—10-noon (Oakland Ave.)

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

9/17                Presbytery Council Meeting—5:30PM (Presbytery Office)


Coming Next Week

9/21                Bethelwoods Ministry Team—5PM (Bethelwoods)

9/21                Resource Center Preschool Bookmobile—9AM (Lancaster 1st)

9/22               Administrative Ministry Team—5:30PM (Presbytery Office)

9/24               Resource Center Preschool Bookmobile—11AM (Allison Creek)

9/25                Second Harvest Partners Mobile Food Pantry (Oakdale)

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

9/27                Youth Rally and first Worship 4 YOUth Event—4-7 (Bethelwoods)


Mark your Calendar!

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

10/3                Presbyterian Women Spiritual Retreat (Bethelwoods)

10/11              World Mission Challenge Peacemaker speaks at Uriel (with Carmel) 9:30AM

10/11              World Mission Challenge Peacemaker speaks at Hermon (ecumenical worship)11:15AM

10/18              Presbytery Meeting –2:30PM(Bethelwoods)

10/27              Second Harvest Partners Mobile Food Pantry (Jerusalem Baptist, Fort Mill)

10/30-31        Regional Multicultural Event—Charlotte (More Info)

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


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Jill Wilson

Communications Coordinator

Providence Presbytery


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1 thought on “PW Spiritual Retreat, Date Correction on Youth Events, Dimes for Hunger Kickoff Wednesdays…

  1. would love a mention for the CTS YMLI (Youth Ministry Initiative) and our Beginning Retreat in October – for more info visitht

    We just had a Capstone Retreat with 12 new grads, including folks from Anderson SC and Durham NC…and 6 other states.

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