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This Sunday's Worship

Join us this Sunday, September 17 at 10:00 AM

"The Gospel Truth"

Isaiah 52:7-10

Romans 1:16-17

In person: Sanctuary

Digitally: YouTube, Facebook, or John Knox App

Click here to access the Worship Bulletin.

Liturgist: Jeanne Peak

Audio Visual: Caroline Robertson

Ushers: Barbara Sparrow, Josh Ballard, Mike Ward, Bob Phillis and John Brumley (Head Usher)

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Pay Basketball Fee
  • Team Registration Deadline - Friday October 13th (no exceptions, can't add a team after this date)
  • Start of Practice - up to each Coach but at least by Oct 15th/22nd as this would give them 3 or 4 practices prior to the first game
  • Beginning Games Dates
  • I-mites, Mites, Minors, & Juniors (Ages K5 to Middle School) - Saturday Games - Nov 11th
  • Senior Highs - Monday Nights - Nov 13th

Young Adults at John Knox, 


Let's get together this fall! Over the next few months, you're invited to join us for a few events where we're doing one thing: getting to know each other. Whether it's around the dinner table or on the trail, my hope for this fall is for young adults at the church to spend time together and to share the gifts of good food and God's creation...and yes, even mind-bending trivia. So, if you're around/under 40 or just starting college, these events are for you. Bring the dog, bring the kids, bring a friend -- see you there!


Grace & peace,


Middle and high school students had a great (and late) night at the church this past weekend at the first church lock-in in a while! The middle schoolers fueled up with pizza and then had a scavenger hunt that took them all over the church looking for astronauts, murals of Jesus, a King James Version Bible, and more. The high schoolers began to trickle in around 10pm and from there it was manhunt madness around the church (be sure to ask high school students about the best spots to hide upstairs), and we took a quick break for ice cream sundaes at midnight. While sleep was minimal that night, we all had a great time! 


Thanks to Susan Felton and Sandra Moore for braving the evening with these students—and to all the parents who brought snacks, drinks, and breakfast to keep us moving! 


Grace & peace,


Seeking Your Support: Guatemala Scholarships

Our annual campaign to support young women in Guatemala is underway!


For several years a focus of our church’s commitment in Guatemala has been a community development initiative directed by Rob and Tara Cahill of Community Cloud Forest Conservation. The WALC Program (Women in Agroecology Leadership for Conservation) invites young women from villages surrounding Cobán to learn sustainable agricultural practices that they can take back to their families and villages. Additional learning includes health and wellness, life skills, and leadership development. In addition to the 25-day on-site training, students receive support for school attendance in the following academic year. In 2022, 167 young women from numerous villages participated in this program.


Please join our effort to equip a generation of female leaders in northern Guatemala through the WALC program (Women in Agroecology Leadership for Conservation). Each gift of $150 supports one student's participation.  You may pay by check to John Knox (memo: Guatemala), or electronically through the John Knox app. Thanks for your generosity!

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Side-by-Side Respite Ministry Seeks Director

Those attending the churchwide luncheon on September 10 heard about Side-by-Side, a forthcoming respite care ministry envisioned by John Knox leaders. With the care of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers, this ministry will provide social engagement, stimulating activities, and spiritual fellowship to dependent seniors, offering their family caregivers valuable time to rest and recharge.

We are now welcoming applications for a Director of Respite Ministry to implement and lead this new program, which we hope to open in early 2024. Please share this announcement with anyone who might be interested.

Director of Respite Ministry

Your John Knox Christian Mission and Outreach Committee (CMO) wants to thank you for your generous response to the Lake Forest School Supply Drive and to the Circle of Welcome requests for the Alhussein family who arrived in Greenville in late July. We appreciate your willingness to help!


Another way you can consciously serve our neighbors in need is through contributing items to the Greer Relief Food Pantry (see above the current list of both household and food items that are in short supply). We have collection bins for Greer Relief in the outer Narthex and in the church office or you can use the Amazon Wish List link provided. While the agency welcomes any non-perishable donations, the list above highlights current urgent needs. 


“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Matthew 25: 35

Click here to purchase through the Greer Relief Amazon Wishlist

United Ministries Housing Collection Drive

United Ministries is thrilled to announce that our Housing Program is expanding! This Fall we are adding 12 additional housing units for families with children who are experiencing homelessness in Greenville County.


You can help us by donating new items needed to make these units feel like home!

Please donate items directly to United Ministries or leave them in the Church Office by September 22.

What We Need:

Bathroom items: towels, shower curtains, bath mats, shower curtain rings, toilet brush + plunger, bathroom trash can

Kitchen Items: pots/pans, plates, cups, flatware + organizer, kitchen utensils, Chef knives or steak knives, mixing bowls, casserole dishes, baking sheet, cutting board, oven mitt, colander, measuring cup/spoons, kitchen trash can

Bedroom Items: zipper mattress protectors (all sizes), sheets (all sizes), comforters (all sizes), pillows

Cleaning products: vacuum, mop + bucket, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, glass cleaner, trash bags, multipurpose spray, bleach, broom, hand soap, toilet bowl cleaner + brush, laundry basket

United Ministries

606 Pendleton Street

Greenville, SC 29601

Lake Forest Elementary provides snacks for their students.

We have an opportunity to contribute to this effort!

 We will be collecting and delivering

snacks to LFE for the next



Individually wrapped snacks can be brought

to the Narthex and placed

beneath the Lake Forest sign.

John Knox is such a generous congregation!

Thank you all for your generosity!

 Clerk’s Report


The Session of John Knox Presbyterian Church met on Sunday, August 20, 2023 at 6:00 PM, in the Fellowship Hall for the Session’s monthly Stated Meeting. The following are some of the items discussed:



1.    Expenses were high for the month due to onetime annual charges. Revenues still exceed budget and expenses are under budget.

2.    PDO bookkeeper search is underway.

3.    PDO board will meet this month to adopt a new budget.

4.    The accountants have finished their annual audit of the Church’s finances.

Christian Education

1.    Lynn reviewed the available Adult CE opportunities.

2.    They are working on enriching personal prayer life and concentrating on class content over just form.

3.    Embark Sunday was a big success with a wonderful meal.

4.    Carter Rief is doing well with the Youth. Their Sunday School class will be at 9 AM in the Youth Center.

Christian Mission & Outreach

1.    The Lake Forest Elementary supply drive was a big success. They have a coat drive planned for late fall.

2.    Lutheran Refugee Services had the first family arrive from Syria on July 28. Both Lori and Peggy reported an amazing response from the Circle of Welcome.

3.    Other activities planned are Adopt-a-Highway, Sunday meals at Triune Mercy Center, Greer Relief donations, and Angel Tree.


1.    They are discussing ways to share our warm and welcoming spirit.

2.    The bulletin boards are a work in progress and looking great.

3.    The Committee is still working on the information packets and brochures. They are looking at adding text and QR codes for links.


1.    September events will include BBQ meal on Sunday, 9/10 after Church and WNS on 9/27.

2.    October events will include a meal after Church on 10/8 and WNS on 10/25.

3.    November events will include a possible Family Day at a Swamp Rabbits game on 11/12 and a meal following Hanging of the Greens.

Music and Worship

1.    They are reviewing options for the Sanctuary Tapestry relocation.

2.    The Session approved the proposed Lenten activities schedule.

3.    The Session approved hiring Josh Harrington as our new organist.

4.    A/V work is nearly complete, in the final testing phases.


1.    August 6 was the breakfast for our students heading off to college. Five students attended.

2.    They currently have four teams for In Home Communion.

3.    The next Serving Saturday is October 21.

4.    They have received a $10K grant for the Respite Care ministry.

5.    The Meals for Members program is up and running.

6.    The Care Companions are fully staffed and going well.

Property & Operations

1.    The HVAC on the Sunday School Hallway and Admin area are still waiting on parts after the lightning strike.

2.    There are lots of areas that were damaged by the hail storm. They are working with contractors and insurance adjusters.

3.    They are still working on the Sanctuary A/V system upgrades.

Childrens Ministry – Susan Felton

1.    There were 11 students downstairs for class this Sunday.

2.    Worship training classes for rising First Graders will run thru September.

3.    Seeds of Service is a new program to help teach the children about Mission and Outreach.

4.    The next 8 weeks of lesson plans will parallel this theme.

Dr. Gordon Turnbull

1.    Carter Rief is doing a great job. Summer trips went well.

2.    Justin is off to a good start. He’ll be working to help build a Stewardship Ministry Team.

3.    There were 14 people picking up trash yesterday as part of Adopt A Highway.

4.    God wants the Church to thrive to help redeem the world.


Dick Powers

Clerk of Session


Dear Church Family,

I just wanted to reach out and say thank for all your prayers for my grand-nephew, Brooks. He was born with his insides jumbled, kidney issues, and two holes in his heart.

He had his surgery this past Thursday and when the surgeon went in to start repairing, everything was good. He didn't need the extensive surgery and he was going to be in the hospital for a week, and he went home that same day. The surgeon said, "he was good, and we are just going to let God keep doing his miracles on Brooks."

So thank you again for all your prayers. I really appreciate it.

Tonya Haynes

In this season of concern, the Church’s witness of service and caring is more important than ever. John Knox is doing all we can to continue our ministry in ways that keep us connected to God and to each other. Please continue your offerings so that we can serve fully throughout this time of need.

Ways to give:
  • Mail your contributions to the church at 35 Shannon Dr., Greenville, SC 29615
  • Set up electronic payments through your financial institution
  • Use the John Knox app: click on “Give”

Thank you for prioritizing the ministry of Jesus Christ in your financial life.



14 - Jennifer Littrell, Brenda Rowe, Mary Carolyn Moore

15 - Guy Cloer, Grant Whatley

16 - Carol Hofmann, Walter Robinson, Malayna Fragoso

17 - Marilynn Ledford

18 - Julia Grant, Judy Adamson

19 - Randy Thompson

By the Numbers

Sunday, September 10

In Person: 152

Live Stream: 36

Weekly Offering Received: $6,126

Weekly Budgeted Offering: $16,601

YTD Offering Received: $593,407

YTD Budgeted Offering: $614,250

Please email all submissions for Steepletalk to mscott@johnknoxpres.org. For Thursday publication, information must be received by Tuesday at 12 PM.

Edited by Mandy Scott

John Knox Presbyterian Church

35 Shannon Dr.

Greenville, SC 29615



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