Newsletter

February 4, 2016

 

Stated Meetings
   The next
FOOTHILLS PRESBYTERY Stated Meeting #98 
will be 
Tuesday, 
February 16
at 9:30 - 
St. Giles Church
1021 Hudson Road, Greenville

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In This Issue
Ray Jones Workshops
Statistical Reports
Annual Terms of Call
Senior High Retreat
Diana Butler Bass @ Central
SC Flood Relief Update
Outlook-Special GA Subscription
FPCSptg Youth Event
SC5 Leader of Leaders
Stewardship Kaleidoscope
Bi-Vocational Ministry Workshops
Presbyterian Youth Triennium
Go Disciple Live Conf
Board Univ Seminars
Lay School of Theology
Camp Buc Update
Employment Opportunities
Resource Center
Upcoming Dates
MDS Workshops
Quick Links
  
  
  
  
  
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Monday - Thursday
Office Closed
on Friday.

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SOUTH CAROLINA INN AT MONTREAT

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.

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Stewardship of Creation Enabler Connections  


What's New:
Ray Jones Workshops!
Join Foothills Presbytery
as we 
ENGAGE
Gospel/Discipleship/Community
February 2016
       
With the Rev. Ray Jones 
from the General Assembly  Presbyterian Mission Agency's office of Evangelism

Ray is preaching at Presbytery and facilitating two gatherings (each with a little different twist) with a focus on the FUTURE CHURCH in a time of great cultural shift within our religious landscape. 
      
The gatherings will explore this question by moving through three main components:
A copy of "Engage the Gospel" curriculum will be given to each church in Foothills.



2015 Statistical Reports
2015 Statistical Reports!

There is still time to complete your  2015 Statistical Report.  The workbook for completing the Session Annual Statistical Report HERE
 
The Statistical Report can be completed at  (http://oga.pcusa.org/stats).  Please remember, the program works best using one of the following web browsers:  Firefox, Safari, or Chrome.  In addition, they have provided a link to Frequently Asked Questions: http://oga.pcusa.org/section/churchwide-ministries/stats/frequently-asked-questions/.
 
THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR ENTERING STATISTICS IS FEBRUARY 10, 2016.

Please remember - we are always available to help with any problems or concerns that you might have. Please don't hesitate to contact us at lwhite@foothillspresbytery.org or 864-288-5774.  .  
Annual Terms of Call Forms
To Clerks of Session, 
 
It is time to ask for the Annual Terms of Call form for all Foothills Presbytery Teaching Elders.
 
We have updated our format and the form is now on line (link below).  All personal information will be held in confidence.  
Please complete this form and 
submit it by February 28, 2016.
 
Sr High Retreat!
Foothills Presbytery
Senior High Retreat
Montreat, N.C.
 
March 11-13, 2016
"Check Your Compass"
 
Keynote:
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!


Diana Butler Bass @ Central PC
       
"Grounded: Finding God in the World"
 
Through a series of thoughtful and engaging lectures and Q&A sessions, Diana will take us through the process of understanding the transformative time we are in - taking us "across the bridge" from what has been to what will be.
 
Gather at Central Presbyterian Church: 1404 N. Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621
 
Fri. March 4  
     6:30pm-7:30pm
     Session I: God in a Post-Religious Time
     Coffee & Dessert to follow
 
Sat. March 5  
9:00am-12:00pm
Session II: The Rise of the Mystics
      Session III: Religion in America: Decline or Transformation?
                  
Lunch
     A limited number of lunches will be available for $10/each.
    ***** Reserve lunch today Here! *****
                  
 1:00pm-3:00pm
      Session IV: The Democratization of Religion
 
Learn more about Diana Butler Bass and her work by visiting her website: dianabutlerbass.com
 
Co-Sponsored by the Anderson School of Theology for Laypeople and Foothills Presbytery.   For more information: astlonline.org

SC Flood Relief Update

S. C. Flood Relief:  The SC5 Executive Forum reports that PDA continues to pdq work with Charleston-Atlantic, New Harmony and Trinity Presbyteries in relationship to the severe 2015 flooding.  They are still in the "Assessment Phase."  Below is the PDA contact information.  In the coming months there will be the need for "boots on the ground."  Please coordinate your congregation's efforts through the PDA Call Center listed below:

 
General PDA Information:
Pamela Burdine
(800) 728-7228 (ext.5830)
100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Email: pda@pcusa.org

Volunteer Information:
PDA Call Center
Eden Carroll
(866) 732-6121
 
Mailing Address for Donations:
Presbyterian Church (USA)
P. O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700
Outlook special GA subscription
As you know, the 222nd General Assembly meeting in Portland, Oregon, this summer is going to be an important one for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
 
Commissioners and delegates to GA will be tackling difficult and complicated issues. The Outlook is gearing up to help you understand everything coming to Portland - whether you are a delegate or commissioner yourself, involved in orienting and training your presbytery's commissioners to carry out their duties effectively, or following the assembly and interpreting the actions taken.
 
Last week at the Associated Presbyterian Church Educators conference, moderator of the 221st General Assembly said he anticipates "two hot button issues " in Portland: divestment from fossil fuels and the work of "the way forward" committee (which will include overtures on denominational structure from Foothills Presbytery and the possibility of a merger between the Presbyterian Mission Agency and the Office of the General Assembly). In addition, commissioners will be voting on a new moderator (or co-moderators), social policy, engagement with climate change and many other matters.....

FPC Spartanburg Youth Dinner/Fundraiser
On  February 20th , from 5:30 - 7:30,  the
Youth of First Presbyterian Church Spartanburg  will be hosting a romantic  Sweetheart's Dinner
 with a fine Italian three-course meal, as well as outstanding local musicians from Furman University providing the evenings entertainment.  

Tickets are $25 for singles and $45 for couples. Child care is provided free of cost. All proceeds will help fund the 2016 Senior High International Mission Trip to the Bahamas. Please contact Shannon Stewart in the Youth Office at 864-208-2133 or sstewart@fpcspartanburg.org to RSVP!
 
All are welcome!  Our church is located at 393 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302. 
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
9:00am-3:00pm
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

Bi-Vocational Ministry Conference
BI-VOCATIONAL MINISTRY IN THE 21st CENTURY CONFERENCE
April 15-16, 2016

WHAT?  Bi-vocational Ministry in the 21st Conference is an ecumenical sponsored event 
by the Professional Church Leadership in which the PC(USA) participates.

WHERE? Epworth By the Sea
100 Arthur J Moore Dr, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?  This event is geared both toward those serving or seeking to serve in a bi-vocational  ministry context as well as governing body or judicatory  leaders who work with ministers  who serve in such contexts.

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:
 

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.  
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).
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.
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.
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!

Lent & Easter Resources -- A link to this new "Pathfinder" (bibliography) of seasonal materials--including books, videos and Internet sites-has been added to the Resource Center's Home Page.  Click on any title for additional information about the content. Books and videos showing a call number and saying "Available in library" may be borrowed.
Internet sites and items which are currently on order will continue to be added during the next week. The date of the latest update to this Pathfinder will be listed.
Coming Up....
Mark your Calendars 
            Dates to Remember


February 4 - Committee on Ministry meeting
February 10 - Statistical Reports DUE!
February 11- - Sr High Retreat Registrations DUE!
February 14 - Youth Rally at Fountain Inn Church
February 15 - Rev. Ray Jones lunch with Pastors, Educators & Mission Leaders
February 16FOOTHILLS PRESBYTERY STATED MEETING #98  at 9:30 - St. Giles, Greenville followed by Ray Jones Workshop
February 18 - Christian Educators meeting and Examinations Team Meeting
February 19-21 COM, PJC, CPM Training-White Oak
February 20 - Notebook Brigade Workshop for Smaller Churches
February 25 - Committee on Preparation 

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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:
    

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The next FOOTHILLS PRESBYTERY STATED MEETING #98 will be Tuesday, February 16  at 9:30 - St. Giles, Greenville

MDS Workshops

MDS   WORKSHOPS
CONTINUING ED OPPORTUNITY



Get Plugged In, Not Tuned Out (MDS Youth Outreach)
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
 
Technology continues to evolve and shape the way that we live, and at the same time does not change some of the fundamentals of parenting and the family life cycle.
In this engaging presentation:
- Learn about the opportunities and challenges of digital parenting
- Get resources for engaging your whole family with technology
- Gain perspective on the necessary challenges of every period of parenting

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT  will be provided at event.

Cost is $25 for (1) adult $35 for (2) adults. Kids/Teens are free.  It will be held 6:00 - 8:00pm in the Sardis House (rear) 6100 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC  28270