Foothills Presbytery Newsletter  
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)  

 864-288-5774                             July 9, 2015


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In This Issue
August Presbytery Meeting
GA Overture Forums
Foothills Faith Builders
Smaller Church Gathering
Smaller Church Workshops
Big Tent 2015
Used Book Sale
Seminary for a Day
Dr. Kings Unfinished Agenda
Bd of Pensions Retreat
Employment Opportunities
Resource Center
Upcoming Dates
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.







The next


will be Sunday, August 9

at Roberts Church

2716 Highway 187 South

in Anderson









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:
August Presbytery Meeting

The next



will be Sunday, August 9

at Roberts Church

2716 Highway 187 South

in Anderson

at 2pm 

(registration will begin at 1pm)

 GA Overture Forums                                

ENGAGE in GA Overture Reform Work:
Opening the conversation of reform

West Region:

Tuesday, July 28th at 5:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church Anderson

302 W. Whitner Street, Anderson


East Region:

Wednesday, July 29th at 5:30 p.m
First Presbyterian Church Spartanburg

393 East Main Street, Spartanburg


Central Region:

Wednesday, August 5 at 5:30 p.m.
Fourth Presbyterian Church in Greenville

703 E. Washington Street, Greenville


We encourage all those interested to attend one of these forums. An RSVP will be helpful and appreciated. Please respond via e-mail to LeAnne White at or call the office at 864-288-5774.

Foothills Faith Builders                

Foothills Faith Builders

Monday, July 13, 12-1:30pm


Focus for this gathering: Children's Ministry 


Who should come?

  • If you are new to Children's Ministry
  • If you have ever led/directed a Children's Ministry
  • If you are interested in starting and intentional Children's Ministry
  • If you have resources you can share about best practices in Children's ministry
  • If you are interested in staring a Children's Director/Minster roundtable
  • If you love to connect with other faith builders in foothills
  Smaller Church Gathering        
Small Church Gathering

Thursday July 23


at Piedmont Presbyterian

          4 Academy Street, Piedmont


At our last gathering we asked you,

"What will be most helpful for our next gathering?"  

Therefore, this month we will focus on: 

  • Sustainability in Ministry - Who is doing it? What works? What doesn't?
  • Rebirthing the Small(er) Church - How do we interrupt the usual life cycle and become a "two hump" church?

Light super served. Please RSVP by clicking here

Small Church Workshop!


Spiritual Formation/Christian  Education in the Small Church  
Workshop - 
August 15, 
9:30 am - 3 pm 
at McCarter Presbyterian Church

"The Notebook Brigade" 

topics for August 15, 2015:


  AM -- Teaching "A Few" Children and/or Youth 

  PM -- "Kicking Off" Your Programs for the New School Year

           Advent/Christmas/Epiphany Ideas/Resources


Bring your notebook with you! You will receive many more wonderful handouts to share with teachers/educational leaders back home. 

Click here for the UPDATED full brochure 

Please email our office administrator LeAnne White,   If you have 
questions , please contact Debbie Foster,  Associate Presbytery Pastor   or 864-288-5774.  
Spartanburg Area Gathering

Spartanburg Area Gathering

No Agenda!  This is just fun & fellowship!!

11:45 am

Wednesday, July 15

Monsoon Noodle House

129 W Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306



Casual eatery with booths & a communal table serving Pan-Asian noodle dishes and bubble tea


Order/Pay for your own food and join us at our reserved table


Questions?  Contact Christi O. Brown, 864-504-7865 or Debbie Foster,



 BIG TENT 2015   
Why Attend Big Tent 2015?


Is your church looking for ways to equip its leaders for discipleship and evangelism?

Does your congregation want to discern its particular mission and take action that makes a difference? Perhaps you want to become more effective in sharing God's love and reaching out through social media?

Find answers to these and other timely questions: Register now for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s fourth Big Tent conference. 


The all-inclusive fee of $395 includes accommodations, meals, workshops, and breakout sessions, along with registration. There will be activities for the whole family, including children's programming and other fun-filled family events. Fees for children and youth are no more than $150 each.


Tom Malone - Used Book Sale
Tom Malone is selling some of his books. Tom is not a "marker," so most books are in like-new, pristine condition. They are a real bargain at these prices. Click here for a list of the books currently on sale.  If you are interested in purchasing any of these items please contact Tom Malone,
Seminary for a Day-Union

Seminary for a Day began on the Richmond campus in 2012 as a bicentennial celebration event, designed to opening the seminary up to the church. Enjoy a full day of keynote addresses and workshops, connections with old friends and new, and a taste of what seminary education is like. The day features the faculty and staff of UPSem in Richmond. There will be workshops in the morning and afternoon; choose one workshop in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Read More



Event Location: Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, 3401 Brook Road

Registration: $25 includes refreshments and a box lunch on campus - Register by September 18 in order to ensure you will receive a lunch

CEUs:  0.5

For: Church leaders and members, clergy, and those interested in learning more about their faith


For more information and to register go to

Dr. King's Unfinished Agenda

Unfinished Agenda, a commemoration of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's 1965 address to the Christian Action Conference in Montreat, NC, will re-engage the church in questions that he posed over 50 years ago - for a nation still struggling to build bridges between races and still struggling to heal generations-old divisions.
JCSTS is offering a limited number of scholarships for African-American applicants!  Awarded scholarships will cover the applicants registration, room and board up to $175.00! (With a shared room, this covers registration, room and board in full!!!)  Click here to apply now! Use promo code JCSMITH!
JCSTS will also host a circle of fellowship wherein participants can share their strengths and experiences and how they may be used to strengthen the ongoing agenda of Montreat and JCSTS.
Your presence is important and your voice is needed.  We would love to have you there!  



If you have any questions, please contact Carlton Johnson at Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary for assistance!

Board of Pensions Retreat       

Over the years, Board University - the education program of the Board of Pensions - has received requests from plan members, employers, and mid councils asking us to find new ways to help prepare them for improved well-being and stewardship. We've listened to that feedback and are designing new offerings to complement our established seminars.


The first new offering is our upcoming Financial Well-Being Retreat on August 17 and 18 at Montreat Conference Center. Board University is pleased to partner with the Presbyterian Foundation on this inaugural event dedicated to helpingactive Benefits Plan members achieve better stewardship of personal and church finances. Read More

Employment Opportunities

John Knox Presbyterian Church

Interim Director of Children's Ministries

This individual will be responsible for working with the Christian Education Committee and pastoral staff on all aspects of Christian education and programming for children, ranging from infants through 5th grade. Current programs include both Sunday School and Wednesday night offerings.  Read More

Please send resumes and references to the following email address, indicating that you are applying for the Interim Director of Children's Ministries position:



St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Child Development Center

Floater/Substitute Teacher Position

Looking for a loving, Christian child care provider to assist teachers. A flexible nature is needed for this 'floater' position. A variety of duties are involved on a daily basis including, but not limited to, household cleaning, aiding classroom activities, giving staff breaks, and subbing for teachers. Daily shifts range between hours of 7 am and 6 pm. Candidate must be fully qualified through DSS or have a degree in a related field.

If you enjoy having a hand in many areas of the child care arena, love how every day brings new challenges, and feel rewarded by the knowledge that you play a vital role in the lives of children- this job's for you!

Send resumes/references to Tami
Wall, or call (864) 322-0090


St. Giles Presbyterian Church

Director of Youth Ministries

Position Purpose:

  In close coordination with the Youth Subcommittee of the Christian Education Committee and the pastoral staff, the Director of Youth Ministries shall coordinate youth programming for middle school youth (New Hopes - sixth through eighth grades) and high school youth (Joyonyas - ninth through twelfth grades). The Director of Youth Ministry shall seek to foster Christian community among our youth advisors, youth, youth families, and congregation that strengthens their commitment and growth in faith in Jesus Christ.

Full Job Description 




Trinity Presbyterian Church

Interim Director of Youth Job Description:

The purpose of the Youth Ministry at Trinity Presbyterian Church is to REACH, RELATE, REVEAL, and REPLICATE the Gospel of Jesus Christ to middle and high school age youth through worship, ministry, evangelism, fellowship and discipleship.  Full Job Description 



Eastminster Presbyterian Church

Church Nursery Assistant

EPC in Simpsonville is looking for a part-time Nursery Assistant who has a strong faith, loves children and is capable of planning activities for them.  Other skills necessary are good communication, organization, and administrative skills.  If interested, or know someone who may be, the job description and application form are available in the church office.  Completed applications may be returned to the church office or emailed to  Church office: 284-0190 (Mon-Thurs)

New in the Resource Center!

Resource Center highlight:


Foothills Presbytery Resource Center's  OPALS online catalog is currently featuring materials related to stewardship. From the Home Page click on any cover image on the bookshelf for a full description of that title


Unlike traditional library catalogs OPALS also allows us to create bibliographies which include descriptions of relevant materials the Resource Center does not own, such as books owned by congregational libraries within the Presbytery. 


The Stewardship bibliography (called a "Pathfinder" by OPALS) currently appears on the Home Page immediately beneath the Stewardship bookshelf.  In addition to books and videos, it includes links to relevant Internet sites.  It also includes a downloadable PDF version of the Pathfinder which includes summary descriptions of the titles in the Resource Center-helpful when you're looking at the printed copy instead of the online version.


What is OPALS That's the name of the OPen-source Automated Library Software used not only by Foothills Presbytery Resource Center but also by libraries at Westminster Greenville, First Spartanburg, and First Anderson. You'll hear us ask, "have you checked OPALS?" when referring to the Resource Center's catalog.


Coming Up....
Mark your Calendars 
            Dates to Remember

July 13 Foothills Faith Builders
July 15 Spartanburg Clergy Luncheon
July 16 Examinations Meeting & Discernment Task Force meeting
July 21 Equipping the Saints Team Meeting
July 23 Committee on Preparation Meeting & Small Church Gathering
July 28 Mission Team Meeting & GA Forum at First Anderson
July 29 GA Forum at First Spartanburg
July 30 Committee on Ministry Meeting

The next FOOTHILLS PRESBYTERY STATED MEETING #94 will be Sunday, August 9 at Roberts Church -

2716 Highway 187 South, Anderson