April 20, 2016

Stated Meetings
   The next
will be 
April 24
at 2 pm 
Eastminster Church
2240 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville 
(beside the Presbytery office)

Click here : 
Presbytery website
In This Issue
Reading of Session Minutes
Camp Buc
Minister-Educator Retreat
Glasses Donations needed
ARW Workshop
Board of Pensions
Outlook-Special GA Subscription
Face to Face
Glennon Melton - FPCSptg
Go Disciple Live Conf
Employment Opportunities
Resource Center
Upcoming Dates
Peace Pole - Covenant
Childrens Book- Pentecost
MDS Workshop
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:
Reading of Session Minutes - all dates are set!
Dear friends,
The time has come for the annual reading of session minutes.
The following session reading dates are confirmed:
Central Church, Anderson- Thursday, April 21 from 5 - 6:30pm

Pickens Church, Pickens -    Monday April 25 from 5 - 7 pm
Fourth Church, Greenville  - Thursday, April 28 from 12 - 2 pm
Click here to review the form we use to identify the actions reviewed and the pages in your minute books where those actions are found. Please begin now to do a self-review in order that your minutes are complete and up to date.
Please note that our Clerk's Vault, found on the Foothills Presbytery website under Resources, is a wonderful source for most information you need.  Many documents are password protected - the password is PCUSA2015
Thank you for your faithful work!
for the Governing Body Team,

Elizabeth Jones
Summer 2016 at Camp Buc!
Registration for Camp Buc Summer 2016  is now open!   Click here to register now!
BUC Camp Fair!!
Central Presbyterian Church
1404 North Boulevard, Anderson SC
Sunday, May 1
3:30 - 5pm
Experience a taste of what church camp will be like during the summer as the Summer Camp Buc Director Jordan Meggs leads us in fun activities including games, crafts, snacks, silly songs and more!
 Youth Leaders Round Table
Join us!
Youth Ministry Leader's 
Tuesday May 3
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
at  the Presbytery Office
   2242 Woodruff Rd,  Simpsonville, SC 29681 

We will check-in on the current celebrations and challenges of Ministry/Life and then talk about our  
Focus Topic: 
Sustainable Youth Ministry
Hoping, Wishing and Praying:
Beyond the Frantic Search for the Youth Ministry
(Sustainable Youth Ministry- Chapter 3 by Mark DeVries.  Rae Epps from Second Spartanburg will facilitate.)

***** We will provide Chick-fil-A sandwich & fries 
but we need to know you are coming!! 
Please reply to this email or email 
LeAnne at 

Mother's Day Offering
Remember the Mother's Day Offering

An important tradition will be renewed on Sunday, May 8, as Presbyterian churches all across SC collect the Mother's Day Offering for Presbyterian Communities of SC (PCSC).  This Offering is an important resource that allows PCSC to continue to care for residents who outlive their life's savings.  Collecting the Offering is an important commitment our churches make to this ministry that they founded over 60 years ago.  Please be sure that the cards and offering envelopes are available to worshippers on Mother's Day and encourage them to give generously.  If you have questions or need support, please call Franklin Fant at (803) 772-5885 or email him at

The mosaic pictured above was made by Presbyterian Communities residents at The Village at Summerville and won 1st Place at the 2015 SC State Fair in the Fine Arts category.
Minister/Educator Retreat
Speaker: Carol Howard Merritt

Medical Mission Glasses Donations needed

We are inviting 

churches in the Foothills Presbytery 

to collect eye glasses 

to be distributed to those who are the poorest of the poor. 

It isn't uncommon that a person would walk for hours through challenging terrain along the Amazon to receive what we consider "$1 reader" glasses.
 If you wish to help in this ministry out-reach project, please ask your congregation to donate glasses that they no longer use. Donate with the assurance that the glasses will make a huge difference to a person in the Amazon region. 

Please bring your donations to the upcoming Presbytery meeting on April 24th at Eastminster Presbyterian Church.  
Additionally any Over the Counter meds that you wish to donated would be greatly appreciated ~ think vitamins, allergy, nausea, diarrhea, antibiotic ointments/etc. 

ARW Workshop at Montreat
The Annual Recreation Workshop (ARW) is an experiential 5-day event focused on recreation, worship, community, creativity, and the arts. Leaders from all aspects of ministry are invited to come and take hands on workshops. "Unexpected! Unexplained?" is 2016's theme. Jesus' ministry was full of unexpected stories and actions. Not every story in scripture gets tied up with a perfect little bow on top.  You know that if you have ever tried to explain the Holy Spirit to an adult, much less a child?  So make plans to come for a week filled with opportunities to explore the Holy Spirit, through scripture and what that can mean for your faith, your church, and your world.  
ARW is designed for educators, youth workers, church volunteers, camp and conference professionals, pastors and ANYONE interested in developing more creative leadership skills. Each participant can select from courses in recreation leadership, worship design, ministries with all ages of people, music, creative arts and spirituality. Each course, along with the whole group worship and recreation events, will give those who come a myriad of resources to enhance their work. 
Visit  for more details and to register for the event held May 2-7, 2016 at Montreat.
Board of Pensions

After each regular meeting of the Board of Directors of The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Board of Pensions publishes The Board Bulletin, providing information on actions taken at the meeting. This Bulletin reports key information presented and actions taken at the spring 2016 meeting that affect plans and programs administered by the Board of Pensions.

Click here for the The Board Bulletin - Spring 2016 Publication

Outlook special GA subscription
As you make plans to prepare your commissioners and delegates for the 222nd General Assembly, I hope you will consider using the Presbyterian Outlook as one of your resources. We already have content on our website addressing the possible plans to restructure our denomination, articles both in favor and opposed to overtures that propose changes in how we operate on a General Assembly level, and information on the candidates for moderator and co-moderator. Please access these freely!
Additionally, we are planning print issues that will address the major topics coming before the 222nd GA. We strive to make sure our coverage is balanced and informed. We seek to have writers from a variety of perspectives and we encourage rich conversation through letters, email and social media.

Face to Face
Face to Face
Connect! Network! Discern!

The Church Leadership Connection (CLC), a ministry of the Office of the General Assembly will host a Face to Face Event June 17 - June 21, 2016, during the 222nd General Assembly (GA) in Portland, Oregon. The event will bring together call seekers and representatives of congregations and other calling organizations.  Face-to-Face is an opportunity to connect with those in the search process in one place over several days.  Additionally, it is an opportunity to be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit leading you to places and people you may have never imagined. The event will include call seeker's and PNC training, networking opportunities, vocational coaching, one-on-one PIF reviews, a panel discussion and other educational opportunities for call seeker's and calling organizations. All call seekers (teaching elders, candidates, ruling elders, and other lay professionals) may participate. You may attend a part or the entire five day event.  
Registration runs February 29 - May 27, 2016.

Glennon Melton -FPCSpartanburg
Glennon Melton at FPC Spartanburg - 
August 13
Buy your tickets now!

First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg is delighted to host Glennon Doyle Melton of  on Saturday, August 13 at 10 AM. For those who don't know her, Glennon is "the author of the inspiring and hilarious New York Times bestselling memoir, Carry On, Warrior, and the highly anticipated forthcoming memoir Love Warrior. She is the founder of, an on-line community where hundreds of thousands of readers meet daily to experience her shameless and laugh-out-loud funny essays about marriage, motherhood, faith, addiction, recovery, and serving the marginalized." These events often sell out quickly, so purchase your tickets today! Two ticket options are available, regular & sponsored.  The second "Sponsored" ticket pays for you and a scholarship ticket to be given to a woman in the community who would not otherwise be able to come.  It also includes a special meet and greet with Glennon before the event and front row seating. All tickets include a copy of Glennon Melton's upcoming book.

Join us to share in Glennon's unique message on love and happiness featuring her new book "Love Warrior" to be released in August! For questions concerning this event, please contact Dawn Bingham, Event Steering Committee Chair, at .

Go Disciple Live Conference- Pres Mission Agency
Make plans now to be at   TradeWinds Islands Resorts  in   St. Pete Beach, Florida, August 8-11, for a vibrant gathering of Presbyterians committed to disciple-making, that leads to authentic evangelism, effective church transformation, justice, and church planting-through 1001 new worshiping communities.  

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE  about our workshops and featured plenary speakers that include Mike Breen. One of the leading innovators in the disciple movement throughout Europe and the United States, Breen is in demand as a speaker across the U.S., Europe, and Australasia. Breen launched a team that began a movement in Europe that planted more than 1,400 churches in four years.  
Employment Opportunities
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

April 21  Christian Educators Meeting & Session Reading Minutes at Central Church
April 23 General Assembly Commissioner Training
April 24  Presbytery Meeting at Eastminster Church, Simpsonville
April 25  Campus Ministers meeting
April 26 GA Reform Group meeting
April 27 Finance Team
April 28 Committee on Preparation meeting
May 1 Buc Camp Fair-Central Church
May 3 Youth Leaders Roundtable
May 5 Committee on Ministry 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 #99 will be this Sunday, April 24  at 2:00 pm - Eastminster, Simpsonville 
(Registration - 1:30pm) 

Peace Pole at Covenant
Covenant Presbyterian Peace Pole

These photos show the new peace pole that the adults and youth from Covenant Church made. The pole is located in the front corner of the church lot so that those passing by can see it. Each side has painted the word peace in a different language and a symbol of peace.  (English, Scottish, Japanese and Hebrew) The lower section of the pole has a handprint of each youth who participated in the painting!  


to Salem Presbyterian Church, a 2016 recipient of this years DREAM Grant for their "Bridge" program!
The Developmental, Risky, Experimental, Adaptive Mission (DREAM) Grant, offered by the Presbyterian Mission Agency, encourages dreamers, risk-takers, pioneers and trailblazers. 

Salem Presbyterian Church, Anderson, is working on developing a ministry for the whole person- and adapting to a changing multi-ethnic neighborhood in an urban setting.  The 40-member congregation has strong relationships with four key partners in the neighborhood, who are,
  • Working on the construction of a holistic home ownership program
  • Providing services for ex-felons, health care; day care, library, and more,
  • Developing relationships and trust between citizens and law enforcement
  • Educating children at In His Image, an alternative K-12 school
  • Providing summer camp and after school programs
By bridging the gap between individuals in community and resources to help them develop community awareness, self-confidence, and needed skills, Salem believes life that God intended for them will emerge.

*A very SPECIAL thank you to Central Presbyterian Church for supporting Salem Presbyterian Church with an additional donation to this wonderful ministry!*
And to Good Hope Presbyterian Church and Piedmont Presbyterian Church who both received the Mary Hemphill Fund (Grant) for much needed church repairs!
The Mary Hemphill Fund was donated in 1835 by Mary's parents in memory of their young daughter.  The money was originally given to the Synod of South Carolina for small church renovation needs.  Now, as part of the Synod of South Atlantic, and in fulfillment of the donor's wishes, the smaller congregations in South Carolina are the recipients of the fund.

New - Childrens book about Pentecost!

MDS Emotional Intelligence Workshop

A Segment from the Resilient Ministry:
Leadership Effectiveness Series

Delivered by:

�� Served as a senior consultant for the Alban Institute for 31 years
�� Founder of the Center for Emotional Intelligence & Human

Relations Skills
�� Author of 17 books, with the latest being: Emotional  Intelligence of Jesus (relational smarts for religious leaders).

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 pm
Mt. Harmony Baptist Church
2817 Mt. Harmony Road,
Matthews, NC 28105
$155 per person | (704) 554-9222