January 7, 2016


Stated Meetings
   The next
will be 
February 16
St. Giles Church
1021 Hudson Road, Greenville

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In This Issue
Women Clergy
Camp Buc Update
Spartanburg Ministers!
Ray Jones Workshops
SC5: COM CPM PJC training
CFO Forum
Smaller Churches
Interim Pastor Training
Senior High Retreat
YOUTH Rally!
Diana Butler Bass @ Central
FPCSptg Youth Event
SC5 Leader of Leaders
Stewardship Kaleidoscope
Presbyterian Youth Triennium
Board Univ Seminars
Employment Opportunities
Lay School of Theology
Resource Center
Upcoming Dates
Quick Links

Foothills Presbytery Office Hours
9:00am - 4:30pm
Monday - Thursday
Office Closed
on Friday.


Through abundant and generous gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing, Presbyterians have for many years faithfully heeded God's call to serve people seeking to reclaim and restore their lives.


Thornwell Home for Children

Keep the South Carolina Inn in mind when you start making your summer plans. If you plan to attend a conference at Montreat or just want some time away in the beautiful mountains, you can find room in the South Carolina Inn or the Kirk Apartments. Give Chuck a call to inquire about options and to make reservations - 828-669-7460 or cell phone 828-230-5171.


Stewardship of Creation Enabler Connections  

What's New:
Women Clergy Brunch

Inviting all women clergy!
Epiphany Brunch
Friday, January 8th
9:00  - 11:00 am
68 Round Pond Road, Greenville 29607
Hosted by Trish Gwinn and Jennifer Fouse Sheorn 

Update on Camp Buc
  • At the November 10th Presbytery meeting we voted to appoint an Administrative Commission to further explore long-term options for the Buc Outdoor Center.
  • At that same meeting Presbytery voted to extend the original October 31 deadline for the $220,000 needed funding, to December 31, 2015. That vote was with the understanding that if we reach a minimum of $150,000 by then, it would be a "good faith" promise toward the final goal of $220,000.
  • The goal of $150,00 by end of the year was met!
  • We can begin planning for camp summer 2016.
  • The Program Committee for Summer Camp 2016 is already at work. They are currently planning a summer program which includes 4-6 weeks on site at Buc. 
  • The Property Management Committee has been created to ensure that short term property needs and camp needs are met.
  • Camp still needs the final goal of $220,000 for us to offer a full camping program (including repairs to Lake Pickens). Please note the $220,000 goal does not include opening the Woods at Buc Cabins.
Spartanburg Ministers Lunch
Spartanburg area Ministers 
are invited 
to meet for lunch at
First Presbyterian Spartanburg
Thursday, January 14
12 noon 

$7 per person
Ray Jones Workshops!
*** SAVE THE DATE!! ***
The Mission Team and Equipping the Saints have invited

The Rev. Ray Jones 
from the General Assembly
Presbyterian Mission Agency's office of Evangelism

to Foothills Presbytery.  He has accepted our invitation and is preaching at Presbytery and presenting two workshops with a focus on church Evangelism in a time of great cultural shift within our religious landscape.
Rev. Jones will present the work and research behind the recently introduced Engage project/study.   Engage is about effective evangelism that is part of a disciple making church culture that emphasizes both the importance of social justice and faith sharing.  It begins with the Jesus question, "who do you say that I am?"

The workshops will explore this question by moving through three main components:
" Authentic and Engaging Evangelism"
         (Workshop following the 98th Stated Meeting at St. Giles)

" A Church Shift: Moving from Church Growth to Bearing Fruit"
           (The gathering with small churches/all churches interested)
TUESDAY NIGHT FEB 16, 2016             
6:15 pm at St. Giles Presbyterian Church

Click here for Full Brochure - More Information Coming Soon!
SC5:  COM CPM PJC Training
The Five Presbyteries Come Together for Training
Where:   White Oak Conference Ctr., 633 Mobley Highway, Winnsboro, SC 29180
When:   7:00  p.m. Friday, February 19 through 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 20, 2016
Cost*:   (covers overnight stay and two meals on Saturday)
$81- single room
$63- double room
$30- commuter  
*Your presbytery will reimburse you for one-half of the retreat cost.
For flier with retreat leaders, topics, schedule and registration information, click here.
 Deadline for registration is :
FRIDAY, January 15, 2016!

CFO Forum
Please mark your calendars 
for our first quarter 
Congregational Financial Officers' Forum!  
We will meet at noon on 
Tuesday, January 19th 
at the Fourth Presbyterian Church
A light lunch will be served,
and we will adjourn promptly at 1:30 p.m.
During this gathering, we will be addressing one of the items suggested for discussion during our previous forum, which related to gaining an increased understanding of the Presbyterian Foundation's service offerings. This discussion will include an overview of the variety of services offered by the Presbyterian Foundation and, as always, round table comments and best-practice sharing. 
Please consider inviting your pastor and other elders to join us as we learn from one another.  

Please kindly notify Warren Templeton in the Presbytery Office (   or 864/288-5774) of your plans to attend. 
We will appreciate receiving your RSVP by end-of-day, Wednesday, January 13.
Small Church
 A reminder! 

Small-Church Gathering 
Tuesday, January 19, at 6:15 
at the 
Piedmont Presbyterian Church  
There is no charge for this event, and a light supper 
will be served.  We welcome multiple representatives from each congregation.
The online registration system is available at
We look forward to seeing you on the 19!

**Check out our Smaller Church Resources 
Interim Pastor Training
The Georgia Cluster is hosting 
Interim Pastor Training, January 25 - 29 at Calvin Center (Atlanta). This event is perfect for quality individuals looking to expand their skill set. Please find the attached brochure (below) describing this information packed five day event.
The leadership team includes:
  • Rev. Joel Alvis
  • Rev. Tim Rogers-Martin 
Sr High Retreat!
Foothills Presbytery
Senior High Retreat
Montreat, N.C.
March 11-13, 2016
"Check Your Compass"

Rev. Laura Smith Conrad
Music: Sam Burchfield

Decisions, decisions, decisions. Many are made each day - some simple, some hard. As youth grow, they start to make more important decisions for themselves. In today's world, often the missing component of that process is their faith. At this retreat, we will focus on how important faith is in nurturing good decisions in life.

Deadline to Register is February 11!

YOUTH Rally - Feb 14!
Sunday, February 14, 2016
3:00 - 5:30 pm
for Middle School and Senior High Youth
Fountain Inn Presbyterian Church
307 North Main Street, Fountain Inn
"Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him". 1 John 3:18-19

*Snacks will be provided*

RSVP: by January 31, 2016
to Donna Templeton at
**PLEASE let us know if your church will participate and the number of participants - Middle school, High school & Adults.

Diana Butler Bass @ Central PC

FPC Spartanburg Youth Dinner/Fundraiser

On February 20th, the Youth of First Presbyterian Church Spartanburg  will be hosting a Sweetheart's Dinner from 5:30 - 7:30 in our Family Life Center's Fogartie Hall. 

The cost of this special dinner is $45 per couple and includes a fine Italian three-course meal, delightful musical ambiance as well as outstanding local musicians providing the evening's entertainment. In addition, child care is provided free of cost! 
All proceeds will help fund the 2016 Senior High International Mission Trip to the Bahamas with Next Step Ministries.
All are welcome!  Our church is located at 393 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302.  Please contact Shannon Stewart at 208-2133 or to sign up

SC5 Leader of Leaders Event!
Mark your calendar for the

Annual Leader of Leaders Event
Sponsored by the SC5 
(Foothills, Providence, New Harmony, Charleston Atlantic, 
and Trinity Presbyteries)

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast
Getting Real - Becoming the 21st Century Church
Featured Speaker: Jan Edmiston
Associate Exec Presbytery of Chicago and Founder of the Church for Starving Artist
Tuesday March 8, 2016
Forest Lake Presbyterian Church
Columbia SC
Cost $45.00
Each Presbytery has ten slots for the event
For more information contact  Debbie Foster
Stewardship Kaleidoscope

Who should attend?:
Pastors, lay leaders, presbytery staff, and anyone who
is looking to learn more about stewardship in today's
church context.
Conference Fee and Location:
$250 on or before February 1, 2016
$275 after Feburary 1, 2016
Hilton San Antonio Airport
Conference Room rate of $109/night
Conference includes:
Four plenary sessions
Four workshops (35+ to choose from)
Two worship services
Dinner Monday
Breakfast and lunch Tuesday & Wednesday

Presbyterian Youth Triennium
Are You Interested in Your High School Youth Attending the 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium?

What's Triennium, you may ask?  Triennium is a gathering of 6,000 Presbyterian Youth and their Adult Advisors from all around the world which takes place at Purdue University 
on July 17-23, 2016. 
Here is the link:

Board University Seminars
Board University - the educational program of the Board of Pensions - is pleased to partner with the Trinity Presbytery to offer two of our education seminars at its office in Lexington, SC in February 2016: (click on the links below)
If you have any general questions or concerns about the seminars, please feel free to contact  Board University . For registration assistance, individuals may call the Board weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., ET, and speak with the first available service representative at 800-PRESPLAN (800-773-7752).
Employment Opportunities
First Presbyterian Church, Laurens
Music Director
The Music Director is responsible for directing the Chancel Choir and developing and maintaining the music program including directing or supervising the children's choirs.
This is a part-time position and salary is negotiable, depending on qualifications, experience and involvement in the children's choirs.
This position is under the direct supervision of the Minister and the Music and Worship Committee. 
Correspondence and questions may be sent to email address
or call the Church office at 864-984-6561 and someone will return your call.   Full Job Description
Lay School of Theology
Lay School of Theology
The Lay School is an educational opportunity offered jointly by the five South Carolina presbyteries on two weekends a year, in spring and fall, held on the campus of Presbyterian College in Clinton.   The class instructors are highly qualified pastors and teachers of the PCUSA.  Overnight accommodations are provided at a discount at local hotels.  

The Lay Enrichment track is available for anyone who wants to delve more deeply onto the Presbyterian/Reformed faith.  The CRE track is for ruling elders who desire further training toward special service to the church as Commissioned Ruling Elders (lay pastors).  Course material is the same for both.  In the spring classes offered are Worship and Sacraments, Old Testament Survey, Church History, and Church Polity.  Fall classes are New Testament Survey, Reformed Theology, Pastoral Care, and Preaching.  Electives are also available in both spring and fall.  An information and registration packet is sent out electronically ahead of each Lay School session and will be available by a link from the Foothills Presbytery newsletter.

The next session of the Lay School 
will be April 15-17, 2016.
New in the Resource Center!

Foothills Presbytery  RESOURCE CENTER
Please take a minute and visit the new items list on the Resource Center website here!

Coming Up....
Mark your Calendars 
            Dates to Remember

January 7 -  Committee on Ministry meeting, Buc Summer Camp Program Committee meeting
January 8  - Women Clergy Brunch
January 12 - Unity & Community meeting, Mission Team meeting and Council meeting
January 14 - Spartanburg Area Ministers Luncheon
January 19 - Equipping the Saints Team meeting, Smaller Church Gathering & Congregational Financial Officers  meeting
January 21 - Examinations meeting
January 27 - Finance Team meeting
January 28 - Committee on Preparation meeting

**** To see all of the upcoming events with detailed information like time and location, OR to let us know about an event you would like us to share, check out the events page on our website: ****


The next FOOTHILLS PRESBYTERY STATED MEETING #98 will be Tuesday, February 16  at St. Giles, Greenville