February 18, 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
GA Reform Update
Welcome to Foothills!
Annual Terms of Call
Diana Butler Bass @ Central
Camp Buc Update
SC Flood Relief Update
Outlook-Special GA Subscription
FPCSptg Youth Event
InDwellings 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
Employment Opportunities
Resource Center
Upcoming Dates
Hospice- Baskets of Love
Quick Links

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Monday - Thursday
Office Closed
on Friday.


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Stewardship of Creation Enabler Connections  

What's New:
GA Reform Update
GA Reform Update

At the Stated Meeting #98 of Foothills Presbytery, Foothills voted to concur with overtures from Arkansas Presbytery (039) and St. Andrews Presbytery in Mississippi (020 & 022).   The GA Reform Group and the Unity and Community Team believe these overtures compliment our own work and will further help the General Assembly move towards reform, renewal, refreshment and modernization of the PC(USA).   I've sent out a national letter to all 171 presbyteries , 16 synods, and key leaders at the General Assembly offices to update them about our GA Reform efforts and to share a reflection about the meaning of this work. (see link below).   The next step for our GA Reform Group is planning for the presentation of our work at the 222nd General Assembly meeting in Portland, June 18-25 and they will be meeting after Easter .  We ask for your prayers for our commissioners and for the work of our General Assembly.


Rev. Gordon W. G. Raynal

GA Reform Update letter
Welcome to Foothills!

Rev. Cassandra (Cassie) Wolfe   
Cassie was ordained in 2012 as Teaching Elder in the Presbytery of the Western Reserve, and currently serves as a Resident Chaplain for the Greenville Health System.  Prior to accepting this position Cassie served her first call as Associate Chaplain and Hospice Spiritual Care Consultant at Breckenridge Village Presbyterian Retirement Community. Cassie has also served the church as the Director of Christian Education at Pioneer Memorial Church in Solon for seven years. Cassie's faith journey has taken her down many career paths including work in teaching, professional theatre and children's television.  Cassie received her BA in Theatre and Speech from Purdue University, and a MFA in Theatre Performance from Ohio University. She completed her M.Div. from Ashland Theological Seminary in 2010.

Rev. Jan Roberts Culpepper
In August of 2015, Jan returned to the Upstate area to work in the ministry as chaplain for Hospice of the Upstate in the Rainey Hospice House.
She was ordained as a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church USA in June of 1999. For the past sixteen years she served in two small churches: Landrum Presbyterian Church from 1999-2009 and Park Circle Presbyterian Church in North Charleston from 2009-2015. She has a heart for small church ministry and dearly loved the people with whom she ministered during those years.  The Upstate is home to Jan. She grew up in Anderson, was nurtured as a child and teen by Boulevard Baptist Church, graduated from Anderson College and Clemson University, and taught high school English before joining Good Hope Presbyterian Church and following her call to ministry. She graduated from Erskine Theological Seminary in 1999.
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.
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
      Session III: Religion in America: Decline or Transformation?
     A limited number of lunches will be available for $10/each.
    ***** Reserve lunch today Here! *****
      Session IV: The Democratization of Religion
Learn more about Diana Butler Bass and her work by visiting her website:
Co-Sponsored by the Anderson School of Theology for Laypeople and Foothills Presbytery.   For more information:

Camp Buc
The Buc Outdoor Center Administrative Commission, Summer 2016 Camp Program Committee and Property Management Committee are all  diligently at work!  

The program committee has met several times already to develop the programs and make preparations necessary to host our 2016 campers. Information about the 2016 Summer Program at Camp Buc can be found at

Foothills Presbytery BOC still needs to reach 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 as rentals.

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

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 to RSVP!
All are welcome!  Our church is located at 393 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302. 
InDwellings Event!

SC5 Leader of Leaders Event!
There are a few spaces left for the annual 

Getting Real- Becoming the 21st Century Church

Featured Speaker: Jan Edmiston
Tuesday March 8, 2016
9 am - 3  pm
Forest Lake Presbyterian Church
Jan is planning to lead us in the conversation around Adaptive Change in the world of church strategy as contrasted with the Technical Changes most churches default to in strategic planning. Conversation will include understanding your/our own unique culture context in the midst of change. 
The two books she is using for our conversations are Grounded by Diana Butler Bass and 
Rising Strong by Brene Brown. 
Each participant will receive a FREE copy of 
Grounded as a part of the workshop. 
RSVP Debbie Foster
*Foothills, Trinity, New Harmony, Charleston-Atlantic and Providence Presbyteries
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
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.
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 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 
February 29 - BOC Property Mngt Committee Meeting
March 3 - Committee on Ministry Meeting
March 4-5 - Diana Butler Bass Event

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 Sunday, April 24  at 2:00 pm - Eastminster, Simpsonville

Hospice- Baskets of Love