October 6, 2016

Next Stated Presbytery Meeting
The next
Stated Meeting #101 
Tuesday, Nov.1 
First Presbyterian Church, Greer
100 School Street, Greer  
In This Issue
Hurricane Matthew response
PCUSA Speaker for Short Term Mission
Taste of Chiapas -First Greer
GA Proposed Amendments
Youth Ministry Cohort
SC Lay School
Small Church Gathering
Young Adult Volunteers
APCE Scholarships
Youth Leaders Round Table
Westside Comm Center fundraiser
James Carroll in Anderson
Alzheimers Program at EPC
Interim Pastor Training
Minister-Educator Retreat
Employment Opportunities
Resource Center
Upcoming Dates
Quick Links

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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:
Hurrican Matthew Disaster response
We are all aware of the storm that has already hit our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean and is getting ready to cause predicted damage as it hits the coastal areas of Florida, GA, SC, NC and beyond. Many areas are already evacuating.
St. Giles is offering to host/house those coming in the area that need a place to stay. They might house/place people in the church(gym/fellowship hall) or possibly relocate to members houses...please have anyone interested call the church at 864-244-4887.

We understand that many of our churches are  Red Cross emergency shelters and won't volunteer for anything that might conflict with that obligation. 

We have reached out to inquire how other churches in Foothills are responding.  If you would like for us to share/post any of that information please call or email the presbytery

PDA will be responding to Hurricane Matthew both internationally and domestically.   Click here for the link to the latest Hurricane Matthew response through PDA. 

And may we all remember the power of prayer. " Pray without ceasing.   2nd Thessalonians 5:17 encourages us to pray continually. Following a disaster, our best response is first to seek God's presence on behalf of those in need." 
PC(USA) speaker on Colombia, South America
Short Term Mission Volunteer
Available to Talk on
Presbyterian  Church Witness in Colombia, South America
On behalf of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, Presbyterian Church (USA), Jean Fontaine of Greenville spent the month of June accompanying human rights workers and displaced persons in Colombia, South America.  She will be happy to come to church groups and/or worship services to share word of our faithful, courageous sisters and brothers in Christ in a country long torn by internal violence.  She is available all weekdays, except Wednesday morning, and once a month on Sundays.
Jean may be reached by phone at 864-243-8517 or by email at .
Taste of Chiapas at First Greer!
Please join us for our Mission & Ministry Highlight Event following the November Presbytery meeting -
Frontera de Cristo and Cafe Justo put on "Taste of Chiapas" events for churches to help educate and promote the coffee ministry.  It is our hope that offering a Taste of Chiapas during lunch on November 1, following the Stated Meeting of Foothills Presbytery, will inspire other congregations to become involved.
JOIN us for a special lunch and sample some delicious Café Justo coffee.
HEAR the story of Café Justo, a message of hope and peace and justice.
FIND out how Café Justo is making an impact on local congregations.
DISCOVER how your congregation might become involved with Café Justo.
MEET those that are feeling the positive impact of this coffee co-operative that works in partnership with Frontera de Cristo, a PCUSA border ministry.
PURCHASE fair trade, organic, family grown Café Justo.

We also welcome folks to join us for lunch who may not be attending the Presbytery meeting. 

GA Proposed Amendments 
Please use the following link to read the Proposed Amendments to the Constitution that were approved by the 222nd General Assembly this past summer:

The Unity & Community Team is meeting to study these amendments and will make recommendations at the winter Foothills Presbytery Stated Meeting, February 21, 2017.

Please remember that the General Assembly no longer ships copies of Amendment Books like they did in the past.  This electronic link is for members to read and or print on their own. 
Youth Ministry Cohort 

If you're like most youth workers, you've got notebooks filled 
with pages and pages of notes and ideas from training 
events you've attended.  But sometimes you wonder if 
all that learning really made any difference in your ministry.  
If you'd like to see sustainable change in your own life and ministry, the youth ministry coaching cohort, co-sponsored by Foothills Presbytery and Ministry Architects, may be exactly what you need

SC Lay School of Theology
SC Lay School PC
October 14-16, 2016 at Presbyterian College

The  packet of registration information for the Fall Session of the SC Lay School of Theology is below. The deadline to register is SEPTEMBER 23 .

Small Church Gathering
A reminder that our next 
Small-Church gathering
will be on 
Thursday, October 20, 
at 6:15 
at the Piedmont Presbyterian 
Our focus will be  Narrative Budget & Stewardship in Smaller
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 hope you will join us!
Young Adult Volunteers
YAV application season

Application season for the 2017-18 Young Adult Volunteer year begins October 1st! Spread the word to young adults you know who would benefit from a transformational year of service and follow the YAV program on social media @yavprogram. 

2017 APCE Registration Open!
2017 APCE Annual Event 
(Association of Presbyterian Church Educators) .  

Registration is now available online at and we encourage you to do it now before the December 2 early bird registration deadline .   There will be 9 PYWA (Presbyterian Youth Workers Association) workshops for all who serve in youth ministry as an area of focus. 
You can apply for several Scholarships including Regional, Small Church, Retired Educator, etc. at

Additionally, some of you may qualify for the Martha May Holman Scholarship from the SOAP (South Atlantic & Puerto Rico) Region.  Click here for the application form   Deadline is October 30.  

Finally, c lick here for the Foothills APCE Scholarship .   The d eadline is Nov 14.   

Youth Ministry Leader's Roundtable

Youth Ministry Leader's ROUNDTABLE
will take off the month of November!
Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 5 
for a holiday gathering! 
More information coming...
Fundraiser for Westside Community Center
Fall Classic Golf Tournament
The Westside Community Center will host its 8th Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament. Please join us for food, fun, fellowship and physical activity:

  • Fundraiser that assists the Center to continue to provide programs/services that make a positive difference in the lives of community citizens--especially the underserved.
  • Entry fees: $60 (individual) and $240 (team)
  • Cash prizes: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will be awarded at end of tournament
  • Registration deadline: October 9, 2016. Contact Delores Green (864)224-5860 or Carolyn Patterson (864)260-1093 to register or for more information.
  • Sponsorship opportunity: Please show your support as a tournament sponsor. Have your church's name, your name or your business prominently displayed on a Hole Sign ($100) or a Hole Flag ($50).
  • Friday, November 4, 2016
  • 10:00 a.m.: Registration and lunch.  Tees/water/snacks will be provided
  • 11:00 a.m.: Shotgun Start.  Mulligans will be available
Saluda Valley Country Club
  • 598 Beaverdam Rd.,
    Williamston, SC  29697
James Carroll speaking in Anderson
Reimagining Christ 
for the Modern World 

October 16, 2016
St. John's United Methodist Church
515 S. McDuffie Street, Anderson , SC 29624

Alzheimers Program at EPC
Hosts an Educational Opportunity:
Alzheimer's and You
We will learn about the physiological reasons that people behave the way they do when they experience dementia.    We will take that knowledge and learn how to communicate and interact with people with dementia.  We will discuss the stages of the disease and lastly talk about caregiving and how we have to love ourselves as well as those we are caring for.

Sessions are: 
October 20, 27 and 
November 3, 10, 17
Each session will be 6:30-8:00 pm
or 864-284-0190

Eastminster Presbyterian Church
2240 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville, SC 29681

Presented by:  
Karen Nichols, RN, Executive Director of Foothills Retirement Community  

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 
Minister/Educator Retreat
Speaker: Carol Howard Merritt

Employment Opportunities
New Positions Available!  

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

October 6 Committee on Ministry meeting
October 13 CPM Scholarship Task Force meeting and Campus Ministry Task Force meeting  
October 14-16 Lay School at PC
October 19 PYC Task Force meeting
October 20 Examinations meeting and Small Church Gathering
October 21-23 PW Triennial Gathering 
October 22-23 Middle School Retreat
October 25 Finance Team meeting
October 27 Committee on Preparation meeting
November 1 Foothills Presbytery Stated Meeting #101

November 1 Presbytery Meeting #101, First Greer - We want to encourage interested persons to JOIN us for a special lunch and sample some delicious Café Justo coffee during our mission & ministry highlight event, a Taste of Chiapas!

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: