|Ray Jones Workshops!
Join Foothills Presbytery
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
Senior High Retreat
March 11-13, 2016
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
Session I: God in a Post-Religious Time
Coffee & Dessert to follow
Sat. March 5
Session II: The Rise of the Mystics
Religion in America: Decline or Transformation?
A limited number of lunches will be available for $10/each.
Session IV: The Democratization of Religion
Co-Sponsored by the Anderson School of Theology for Laypeople and Foothills Presbytery.
For more information:
|SC Flood Relief Update
S. C. Flood Relief: The SC5 Executive Forum reports that PDA continues to 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:
(800) 728-7228 (ext.5830)
100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202
PDA Call Center
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
from 5:30 - 7:30,
Youth of First Presbyterian Church Spartanburg
will be hosting a romantic
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 email@example.com 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
Forest Lake Presbyterian Church
Each Presbytery has ten slots for the event
Who should attend?:
Pastors, lay leaders, presbytery staff, and anyone who
is looking to learn more about stewardship in today's
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
Four plenary sessions
Four workshops (35+ to choose from)
Two worship services
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
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
. 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.
|New in the 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.
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 16 -
FOOTHILLS 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
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:
FOOTHILLS PRESBYTERY STATED MEETING #98 will be Tuesday, February 16
at 9:30 - St. Giles, Greenville
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
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