10-12-2009: Next Week’s Presbytery Meeting; Holiday Open House; Habitat Holiday Build

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October 12, 2009                                                                    Volume 5, Number 39

“People don’t get along because they fear each other. People fear each other because they don’t know each other. They don’t know each other because they have not properly communicated with each other.”

Martin Luther King


Our Condolences…

Please keep Russ Wimmer and his family in your prayers as his mother passed away on Sunday night.


Presbytery Meeting scheduled for October 18

Don’t miss the upcoming Presbytery Meeting on October 18 at Bethelwoods.  Registration begins at 1:30PM.  Parking is in the front field with shuttle service to Horton.  Handicapped parking is at Horton. You can find the Handbook online at www.providencepres.org  and click on the Quick Link to “Presbytery Meetings”.


Make Plans to Come to our Holiday Open House

The staff of Providence Presbytery cordially invites all members and friends of the churches of Providence Presbytery to its Open House on Tuesday, December 8, 2009, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at 515 Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill, SC Refreshments will be served. Please let us know by December 1st if you plan to attend.1-800-922-1609, 803-328-6269, iglasgow@providencepres.org


Be Part of the Presbytery’s Video Christmas Card

Youth Groups, Bible Study Groups, Men’s Groups…anyone! We invite you to join us as we create a Providence Presbytery video Christmas card for our website!  Any group in Providence Presbytery is invited to shoot a 30 to 45 second Christmas Card.  You can be as creative as you like to share your Christmas wishes or Christmas “commercials” with others in the Presbytery and beyond.  Submit your digital movie file (can be QuickTime, Windows Movie File, Flip video…whatever) to jill@kreashuns.com by Nov. 23.  In the email, please tell me the following: Subject: Your Church, Your Group Name—Video Christmas Card.  Contact person, Contact phone and Contact Email Address.  Submissions must be received by November 23rd to be included in the Video to debut at the Presbytery Christmas Open House on December 6 and added to the website.  If you have questions, contact Jill Wilson at jill@kreashuns.com or at the Presbytery office, Extension 8.


Habitat for Humanity Recruiting Volunteers for Holiday ’09 Build

Habitat is currently registering volunteers for their Home for the Holidays Build 2009 “HFH2009”. Register online at http://www.volunteerup.com/Login.asp?w=i&o=153 . You may register as a volunteer to work any Saturday on the calendar that is labeled “sign up”. The Habitat new administrative offices are located at 122 S. Confederate Ave, Rock Hill, SC 29730. They can be reached by phone at 803-328-1728. Their PO Box remains the same at PO Box: 4255, Rock Hill 29732. The ReStore is still located at 825 N Anderson Rd.


Join York County CROPWALK

Many in our community are hurting and more than ever people are needing food assistance.  25% of the money raised on the walk stays right here in our community and the other 75% goes all over the world.  The 75% is designated for Church World Service but if you would rather yours go to a Presbyterian outreach or Heifer International or something like that, you can do that as well.  On Wednesday, October 14th Barbara Thomas of the Charlotte area office will be speaking at 7 pm in Tillman Auditorium of Winthrop University.  There are two CROPWALKS in the area this year- one in York on October 18th and one in Rock Hill on October 25th.  If you would like more info on CROP, please contact Narcie Jeter at  winthropwesley@gmail.com or 803-327-5640.  T-shirts are $3.  For more information go to  http://www.winthropwesley.com/CROPWALK/CROPWALK.htm or www.cropwalk.org


College Conference at Montreat, January 2-5, 2010

Registration for this event is happening now, and you don’t want to miss out on one of the highlights of the conference season. Key leadership includes Eboo Patel, Cynthia Rigby, Anna Carter-Florence, Troy Bronsink, and Bruce Reyes-Chow. Visit http://www.montreat.org/current/2010-college-conference to watch a promotional video, learn more, and for full registration details.

Education Opportunities: Remember EEMT offers Leadership Development Scholarships for pastors, church staff and lay persons to attend most educational seminars!


2009 Commissioned Lay Pastors  & Preachers Conference: October 21-23 at Montreat, bringing together the leaders and resources needed by commissioned lay pastors and preachers to enhance and strengthen ministries. Find out more and register online.

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.  For more information or to register, visit us online.

 “Emergence NOW” event at Columbia Theological Seminary, January 26-29

“Emergence NOW,” Columbia Theological Seminary’s annual January Seminars, takes place January 26-28, 2010, on the seminary campus in Decatur, GA. Leaders include acclaimed editor, author, and lecturer Phyllis Tickle, along with pastor and moderator of the PC (USA) Bruce Reye-Chow, and author/ theologians Tony Jones and Philip Clayton Jones. Barbara Brown Taylor, renowned preacher and author, will lead worship on Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Offered by the Center for Lifelong Learning, “Emergence NOW” will feature plenary sessions, daily worship, and workshops. The $265 program fee includes two lunches. More information and online registration for the event and housing is available here. You may also register by calling 404.687.4587.


Around the Presbytery

Grace Presbyterian Church (York County) hosts their annual Pumpkin Patch Sat., Oct. 10 – Sat., Oct. 31. The Patch will be open Weekends 9am-6:30pm and Weekdays 2pm-6:30pm. If your church preschool or mothers’ morning out program is interested in coming to the Pumpkin Patch, groups are being scheduled from 9am-12pm on Oct. 26 – Oct. 30. Call (404) 451-4677 to schedule your group.  Grace is located in Fort Mill on Highway 160 just north of Gold Hill Road.

Tirzah Presbyterian (York County) invites you to their Fall Bazaar – October 17th, 8AM-3PM in the Fellowship Hall.  They will have crafts, vendors, baked goods, frozen foods, breakfast (provided by the Men of the Church) and lunch (provided by the Youth), an Opportunity to Win, and a Silent Auction. The event will feature 23 vendors and the congregation has been busy making crafts.   All funds go toward the church’s D.C. Mission Trip scheduled for June 2010.  Tirzah is located just off Highway 161 between Newport and York.   

Join First Presbyterian Church, York, SC and other Presbyterians of Providence, Western North Carolina and Charlotte Presbyteries to share fellowship and celebrate those we love who have gone to be with God and those here who work with one another at a service of thanksgiving and remembrance for all the saints, both here on Earth and in Heaven be held on All Saints Day, Sunday November 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, Gastonia, NC.  A collection of anthems for All Saints Day will be performed featuring the combined choirs of First Presbyterian Church, York, SC, First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC, and First Presbyterian Church, Gastonia, NC.  The Reverend Doctor, William P. Wood of First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte will deliver a brief homily.  The Prelude for the service will begin at 3:30 PM featuring organist, Tim Belk and a brass choir from the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.  Questions?  Contact Phillip Warren at pwarren@mbaj.com 

Opportunities to Serve

  • The Clover Presbyterian Church is looking for our next Director of Christian Education. We are committed to providing educational opportunities that are thoughtful and engaging, encouraging and challenging; programs that build up the Body of Christ, and strengthen the bonds of covenant faithfulness that make us Christ’s community of witness.  We are seeking a faithful, talented, and energetic person to lead our Educational Ministries.  If you think you might be that person review our position description here: http://www.cloverpres.org/f/docs/DCE-CloverPresbyterianChurch.pdf and submit your resume to our search committee (Attn: DCE Search Committee, 202 Kings Mountain Street, Clover, SC 29710).
  • Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church is looking for an Administrative Assistant to work 28 hours a week who is proficient in Word, Excel, Publisher and Power Point.  A working knowledge of ACS Church software is a plus.  This person would be responsible to answer phones, greet members/visitors, update prayer board, create brochures, assist with bulletins and monthly newsletter and be able to multitask.  Must have great people/communication skills and ready to start immediately. Please send resume to oapc@oapc.net.

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


This Week in Providence Presbytery

10/12              South Carolina Home at Montreat—5:30PM (Presbytery Office)

10/18              Presbytery Meeting—2:30PM (Bethelwoods)—Registration Begins 1:30


Coming Next Week

10/19              Presbytery Office Closed

10/21              Resource Center Bookmobile—11AM(Allison Creek)

10/24             Prayer Fellowship—9:15AM (Presbytery Office)


Mark your Calendar!

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

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

11/1                 Common Ground (A Youth Community) 5-7PM (Bethelwoods)

11/1-2             Presbytery Staff Retreat (Office Closed)

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

11/13-15         Lay School of Theology (White Oak Conference Center)

11/22              Worship 4 YOUth—5-7PM (Bethelwoods)

12/3                Second Harvest Partners 2010 Organizational Meeting—7PM (Location TBD)

12/6                Common Ground (A Youth Community)—5-7PM (Bethelwoods)

12/8                Presbytery Holiday Open House –11AM-3PM (Presbytery Office)


Please submit articles to jill@providencepres.org with In the Know and the date you would like your article to run in the subject line by Friday at 5 PM for the following Monday’s issue.

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