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In This Issue
Welcome new pastors!
Future of BUC
GA Reform Update
Long-term Flood Relief
Young Adult Volunteer (YAV)
Respite Care in Anderson
PC Youth Day
Youth Min RoundTable
Stewardship Kaleidoscope
Presbyterian Youth Triennium
Employment Opportunities
Lay School of Theology
Bill Lancasters new book
Resource Center
Upcoming Dates
Quick Links








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What's New:
Welcome new pastors!
On behalf of Foothills Presbytery churches and members, a warm welcome to two of our newest pastors!

Rev. Gordon Turnbull 
is the new senior pastor at John Knox.  Gordon and his wife, Betsy, moved here from Holston Presbytery in Tennessee.

Rev. Leslie Lang
for the Validated  Ministry position, Mere  Christianity Forum, at Furman University.  She comes to us from Middle Tennessee Presbytery.

Welcome to the Upstate and to the Foothills Presbytery family!
Buc Outdoor Center update!
At Presbytery on Tuesday the Body approved a motion to extend the $220,000 Fund Raising for Camp Buc until December 31st, 2015.  The approved motion stated that if we achieved the $150,000 mark we will hold our Summer Outdoor Ministry program at the Buc Outdoor Center.  As of today, Presbytery has received $113,117.  Your Presbytery staff will keep you updated on the progress through a widget on the presbytery web site, the newsletter and the official presbytery FaceBook groups.

GA Reform Update
GA Reform Group Update

Foothills Overture #9 has passed and has been posted to the General Assembly.  We have news that a concurrence for it has already been received. The GA Reform Group will meet on December 1 to review and discuss concurring about overtures received from Santa Fe, St. Andrews and Arkansas Presbyteries. 
Long-term Flood Relief
How can you help with the long-term flood recovery efforts? 
Well, there are two training opportunities being offered by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) this coming Saturday, November 14, 2015. 
The registration deadline is Thursday, November 12, 2015. If you're interested in helping with the long-term flood recovery efforts,   register here now.
Clerk's Annual Questionnaire
The Clerk's Annual Questionnaire 2015-CAQ

The CAQ 2015 is now available and was emailed out to all clerks this week!  Here is the address for this web based survey:

Please use the live link above to read through the instructions carefully before you begin your survey. If you have any questions about the survey, please click here to email Research Services    or call them at 1-800-728-7228 ext. 2040 . The questionnaire is submitted electronically using the link to the form above.  It is not necessary to mail a paper copy.

PIN and Passwords are the same as they have been in the past but feel free to reply to this newsletter or call the Presbytery office (864-288-5774) if you need yours.  Thank you! 

Please remember the DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS NOVEMBER 16, 2015
Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) Program 
The Young Adult Volunteer Program Applications Due December 1!

The Young Adult Volunteer program (YAV) is a ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) which sends young adults, age 19-30, into a year of service at one of our 20 partner sites in the United States and around the world.  YAVs begin their service in late August, beginning with a week of Orientation, and return in late July or early August of the following year.  For more information, a list of service sites, or application, go to

Respite Care in Anderson
Respite for Caregivers,  
Activities for Persons With Dementia

Rhodes Respite Care has openings for participants with early stage Alzheimer's or related dementia at First Presbyterian Church in Anderson on Tuesday and Thursday.  The activities include brain games, art, music, puzzles, and socialization.  Inform family caregivers-church members and others in the community-about this opportunity to get a break from caregiving.   Prospective volunteers are also invited to call.   Contact Gail Marion, Director,  for more information.  245-1694.

Attention Educators!

It is time to register for the   2016 APCE (Association of Presbyterian Church Educators) Annual Event!!
January 27-30, 2016 in Chicago

Click here for the Foothills APCE Scholarship.
  The Equipping the Saints Team strives to pay as much of the registration fee as possible. 
There are, however, a limited about of funds available and the amount awarded will also on the number of scholarship requests.  The Deadline is Nov 16.  This is firm.


Please contact Debbie Foster if you have any questions at all!
PC - Youth Day!

Youth Ministry Roundtable
Youth Ministry Leader's ROUNDTABLE
 Tuesday December 1
Youth Directors/Ministers
are invited to
Celebrate Advent & Christmas together
at Debbie's House!

Details coming....
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:

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

The Foothills Retirement Community
Staff Development Coordinator
Person will be responsible for
-Staff Development and Education
-Management of infection control
-Wound Management
-Employee Health
in accord with our Mission Statement:
"We are a compassionate Christian ministry
Dedicated to enriching the quality of life
for seniors of all faiths."       Must be RN licensed in SC. At least 2 years experience in geriatric nursing preferred.   Apply in person at 205 Bud Nalley Drive, Easley, SC, Monday-Friday 9AM-4:30PM or
Send resume to
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 15-17 April 2016.
Starman, by Bill Lancaster
Bill Lancaster has published a second novel, Starman.
It is about marriage and divorce, and, as one Amazon reviewer points out, gives an inside view of manic depressive disease.
Bill says he originally wrote this novel in 1990 to explore if a marriage could survive a devastating affair. Now he is beginning to believe that dealing with manic depressive disease might be its greater contribution. He updated it and even changed the ending before publishing it through Amazon's CreateSpace in September, 2015.

Here is a link to Starman on Amazon
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!

Advent, Christmas, 
and Epiphany Resources
Please follow the link below to see both resources owned by Foothills Presbytery Resource Center and resources recommended by Presbyterian educators from across the country:  
Coming Up....
Mark your Calendars 
            Dates to Remember

November 14 Smaller Churches Workshop, McCarter
November 16 Mission Team meeting
November 17 Equipping the Saints meeting
November 19 Committee on Preparation meeting and Examinations meeting

Presbytery Office is Closed for Thanksgiving
We are thankful for our churches, our members, our friends and neighbors who serve together year after year. We hope and pray that you all enjoy this special time of year.
Happy Thanksgiving!
"I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart..."    Psalm 111:1

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