In the Know–10-29-1012

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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.

October 29, 2012                                                                         Volume 8, Number 44

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”

Dr. Billy Graham


November 4th :  New Cut, Lancaster, SC (104 members)

Prayer Request:  No specific request made.


E3 Worship Team Workshop

Worship that invites people to be fully engaged, with their whole selves, is rarely planned by one person. A team, brainstorming together, is much more likely to provide a congregation with services that invite people to participate in, rather than watch, worship. Register for E3 to participate in the workshop Worship: It’s not a One (Wo)man Show led by members of the worshipping planning team at Grace (Y) Presbyterian Church – Rev. Joanne Sizoo, Ken Lake, and Connie Bonebrake.  In this workshop, the pastor, music director and chair of the worship team from Grace (Y) will talk about how they plan worship as a team and will help you to think about how you can do it at your church.


Society of St Andrew Christmas Cards Available

Each year, a unique artwork is designed and donated to Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) for an Alternative Christmas Card program. This beautiful card is a meaningful way to honor friends and family while providing healthy food to those in need. Your $12 donation to the Alternative Christmas Card program provides about 600 servings of healthy good food that improves diets while reducing waste. SoSA will address and mail the cards for you, or send you the cards to personalize. Follow this link to get started:, or, or call 800-333-4597.


PW District Meeting Scheduled for November 3

The Presbyterian Women of Providence Presbytery will have a District meeting on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8:30 – 11:00 am at Beth Shiloh Presbyterian Church.  New ways to fulfill PW purpose will be offered as well as Information, Ideas, Sharing, New Mission Opportunities, and Fellowship.  Presbyterian Women’s officers from any of our churches are welcome to attend. See the flyer online.



Help us make this the BEST YOUTH DAY EVER! Join Us Saturday, November 10, 2012! Registration begins at Edmunds Hall at 9:00 am. The planning is well underway for us to celebrate the Outstanding Church Youth Leader Nominees, one of which will earn a $20,000 scholarship over four years at PC. First and Second runners up will receive a $10,000 scholarship over 4 years, and all nominees receive a $4,000 scholarship over 4 years. Activities, food, fun, fellowship, and football – all in one! Go to YouTube to watch our video from 2011. Go to Presbyterian College Youth Day website to nominate your church’s Outstanding Church Youth Leader and register for Youth Day.


Enjoy the Magic of Christmas at the Charlotte Symphony

Please join us as we share the joy of the Christmas season with Presbyterians in the Charlotte community. This year’s special performance of the Magic of Christmas will take place: Thursday, November 29, 7:30PM at Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte. Over the past five years, over $124,000 has been donated by the Foundation to churches whose members purchased tickets. This year, twenty dollars from each ticket sold will be donated to congregations based on the number of tickets purchased by their members. Tickets are available through the Foundation’s Charlotte office. Call Charles Austin at 704-379-7909. Order tickets early for the best seats. Please do not call the Symphony Box Office – special tickets for Thursday evening are only available through the Foundation. Ticket prices vary from $30 – $45 per ticket. Call early for the best seating!



Scholarship Money Available for Fall Conferences

The Education and Equipping Ministry Team of Providence Presbytery has Leadership Development Scholarship funds to assist members, Educators, Commissioned Ruling Elders, and Pastors of Providence Presbytery in attending continuing education events that will benefit the mission and ministry of their particular congregation.  Apply here to take advantage of 2012 funds before they are all gone!


Lay School Registration Information and Packet

Fall Lay School of Theology is scheduled for November 2-4, 2012. Find the Registration Information Packet Online.


Montreat Multicultural Institute to Inspire Clergy

The Third Annual Montreat Multicultural Institute, sponsored by the Presbyterian Multicultural Network (PMN) and the Office of Multicultural Congregational Support (OMCS), offers courses to enable and inspire clergy and laity in cultivating God’s biblical vision to gather people of diverse identities into inclusive communities of faith. The event will be held November 5-9 at Montreat Conference Center.  Find out more online.


DEADLINE  TO REGISTER  is November 14th

Rooms are filling up fast.  Reserve your Room at the Inn today for the Fall Minister/Educator/ Other Church Leaders Retreat  to be held this year at Montreat November 26-28. Phyllis Tickle will be our retreat leader this year. It will be challenging and engaging time well spent! Register early at Registration is on a first come, first served basis. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Mark Verdery.


Great Opportunity in Pastoral Care Study Group

Please be aware of a special continuing education event we are offering on our Charlotte campus early next year:  a pastoral care case study group for up to eight (8) participants, led by Susan Dunlap, PhD.  Susan is a teaching elder in the PCUSA and has taught at Duke Divinity School, Union Presbyterian Seminary, and at several other theological schools. Here is the basic information:  Date:  Fridays, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., January 11 – March 15, 2013: Location:  Our new campus in Charlotte: Registration:  $500, includes all ten sessions: CEUs:  2.0. For additional information, please use this link to a designated page for this event on our seminary website:


Disciple Making Conference Coming in January

Start the New Year by becoming a disciple making church, by engaging in the truth of the gospel that God is good and beautiful.  On January 21-25 in St.Pete Beach, Florida you can learn how to make disciples by engaging God’s story and your story in culture.  See the video and Download a brochure.



Drivers Needed

Bethelwoods is looking for drivers with a Commercial Drivers License who might be interested in driving the camp bus for any of the off-site Third Tuesday Together events throughout the year and/or any of our summer camper pickups to Charleston. If you are interested driving the bus please contact Bethelwoods at 803.366.3722 or


Children’s Ministry Director Needed

Unity Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) is seeking a Director of Children’s Ministry. This is a part time 20 hour/week position and salary will be commensurate with education, experience, and the Providence Presbytery recommended salary guidelines. Please see the Director of Children’s

Ministry position description online for more information about the job duties of the position.



The Pumpkin Patch at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 W. Hwy 160, Fort Mill, is now open!  We’re selling pumpkins of all sizes Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm and Sunday 12:30-7pm through October 31.  Forever Smiles Photography will be available for portraits October 21 & 28 for $10 per child.  For more information contact Joy Murphy at

Lancaster First Presbyterian will have our annual Kirkin of the Tartan service on Nov 4, at 11 AM. We will have a covered dish lunch immediately following the service. So bring some food, put on your Scottish attire, and come join us at 700 North Main St, Lancaster. Music will be furnished by 2 pipers, 1 drummer, and our organist. For information, call the church office 803 283 3329.


Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, Rock Hill, is pleased to announce the first event in our 2012-13 ‘Music at Oakland’ Concert Series. We will host a festival of local composers on Saturday, November 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. The program will include both professional and amateur composers who live and work in the Rock Hill area. Featured composers include: • Bruce Stevenson,  Ann Simpson, Dr. Donald Moe, Gina Garrett Jones,  Virginia S. Moe,  Tony Jones, James Kevin Gray. The program will consist of hymns, sacred, and secular works for chorus, hand bells, piano, organ and instruments.


Cancer Support Group. This group is led by survivors with a health care professional at every meeting. Open to anyone in our community, for men and women, participants can gain additional insight and strength to help physically, emotionally and spiritually. The group meets monthly at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave, Rock Hill.  Parking is in the rear of the church from Park Ave, use the main/rear entrance, then proceed to room 2108. The next meeting will be November 15 at 7:00 pm and is for cancer survivors, from diagnosis and thereafter.


Join us November 18th at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church for the Alternative Gift Fair.Purchasing alternative gifts is an opportunity to give back, make a difference near and far, and to honor your friends and loved ones at the same time.   The event starts at noon with a delicious lunch. Then you may browse and bid on a wide-range of gift baskets in the silent auction, shop at the popular Ten Thousand Villages, and/or talk to representatives from the different agencies.  There will be activities for children while you shop. All the money raised goes to the agencies that attend that day. Mark your calendar for this date and bring our friends to Oakland Ave. Presbyterian Church Activities Center,  504 Oakland Ave.  Rock Hill, SC 29730 on Sunday, November 18, 2012, Noon-3PM. Questions? Contact  Mary Anderson 803-328-9858 or  Tammy Winchip 803-327-2006  There is no admission fee and lunch is provided.



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


Coming This Week

11/1                 Board of Pensions Retirees’ Luncheon—Noon (City Club, Rock Hill)

11/1                 EEMT Meeting 10:30AM-Noon

11/3                Presbyterian Women’s District Meeting—8:30AM-11PM (Beth Shiloh Presbyterian)

11/2-4             Lay School of Theology (Presbyterian College)

11/4                Worship 4 YOUth–5-7PM


Next Week

11/8                Committee on Ministry—5:30PM (Presbytery Office)

11/8                Confirmation Cluster Planning Team—7-8PM (Presbytery Living Room)

11/9                Kids Night Out—5:30-10PM (Bethelwoods)

11/10              Presbyterian College Youth Day


Coming Soon!

11/20              37th Annual Citywide Interfaith Thanksgiving Service -7-8:30PM (Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Charlotte)

11/26-28        Minister/Educator Retreat – Phyllis Tickle (Montreat)

12/6                Christmas Luncheon—Noon (Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church)

1215-16           Christmas at Camp (Bethelwoods)

1/13                E3 Event—FREE Training for Volunteers and Staff (Oakland Avenue Pres)


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Jill Wilson, Communications Coordinator (Part Time): Providence Presbytery: 803-429-0689

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