August 25, 2016

Next Stated Presbytery Meeting
The next
Stated Meeting #101 
Tuesday, Nov.1 
First Presbyterian Church, Greer
100 School Street, Greer  
In This Issue
CRE Drop-In
SC Lay School
International Peacemaker Visit
Youth Leaders Round Table
InDwellings Event
Benefit for AID Upstate
SHIFT- the 21st Century Church
PW Gathering
Interim Pastor Training
Our Brothers Keeper Golf Tour
Minister-Educator 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.


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:
A letter from Gordon Raynal
Moving Ahead
Dear Friends,
With the school buses rolling, the children in their classrooms and football season beginning the rush of the coming Fall Season is upon us.  In the midst of the present rush I'm writing you today to provide an overview of the life of Foothills Presbytery as we have now engaged in the new model of "being and doing" Presbytery.  To dig in and keep up with all that is happening, I want to encourage you to save the "Annotated Implementation Plan" (annotated notes for Motions 1 & 2 from Council) that we emailed out on July 21st and pages 7 to 35 of the main Docket Pack for the August meeting of Presbytery.  I hope you'll keep these before you as we enter this 2017 to 2019 engagement and experimentation period in our shared life.
Mission:  Let me begin by directing your attention to the Mission Statement that we adopted at the 100th Stated Meeting via the approval of "The First Reading" of Part I of the new Manual of Administrative Operations (see below and page 15 of the August 14 Docket Pack):   READ MORE  

Photos from Stated Meeting #100

CRE Drop-In
(Commissioned Ruling Elder) 
Drop In
  • Do you feel like you are being called to do something more with your church and the Foothills Presbytery? 
  • Are you interested in becoming a Lay minister? 
  • Want to know what a CRE is and does? 
Let us help you explore your options! 
Come to the drop in 
at the presbytery office 
this Sunday, August 28th at 2pm
We will discuss what a CRE is and how you can become one. If you are already a CRE or a CRE in training, we welcome you as well. We will talk about the upcoming Lay Theology School this fall and take some time to network with each other.
SC Lay School of Theology
SC Lay School PC

The fall session of the S.C. Lay School of Theology will be
October 14-16, 2016 at Presbyterian College.  Registration materials will be available in September and can be found on the Charleston Atlantic Presbytery website.

International Peacemaker - FP
International Peacemaker 
Gladys Lariba Mahama 
is coming to Foothills Presbytery 
Oct 19-23!
  • Fourth Presbyterian Church, Greenville, W ednesday, October 19.  Dinner is at 5:45 pm, followed by the program from 6:30 - 7:15 pm.  For more information about reservations for this event, please contact Fourth Presbyterian Church at 864-232-8123,
  • Presbytery Office, Thursday Oct 20, 12 noon.  RSVP by October 18 to: LeAnne White, 864-288-5774 or   **Box Lunch will be available at $10 per person, please indicate whether you will have lunch in your rsvp.**
  • Small Church Gathering Oct 20 
    at Piedmont Church at 6:15 pm -
    Gladys will be guest speaker
  • Annual Presbyterian Women's Retreat at Epworth by the Sea October 21-23 - Gladys will be attending with Foothills Presbyterian Women
She will be focusing on: 
  • Peacemaking in the PCUSA and the world
  • Highlights from her work with Women in Ghana
  • What drew her to peacemaking and why she thinks it makes a difference/impact for God's work in the world

To learn more about the Presbyterian Mission Agencies International Peacemaking program 
To learn more about Gladys 
PDA in Louisiana
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance 
is responding in Baton Rouge 
and the Gulf Coast

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. -Song of Solomon 8:7 

In response to catastrophic flooding in Baton Rouge, South Louisiana, and the Gulf states, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has responded in the Presbytery of South Louisiana and reached out to the Presbytery of Mississippi, offering assistance. 

Members of the National Response Team have been deployed to help the Presbyterian community assess needs and begin to organize a long-term response in affected communities. PDA has also responded to one congregation and one presbytery office that experienced significant damage in their facilities. 

Your gifts to DR000191 US flooding are urgently needed now to support these communities as more community needs are identified and the hard work of mucking out and rebuilding begins. 

Congregations and other partners in South Louisiana have already offered to host and supervise early work teams for cleanup. We are connecting potential volunteers with those partners, and work teams will soon be needed for the long-term recovery and rebuilding.

Middle School Retreat!

Rev. Matt Matthews, keynote
Sam Burchfield, music leader

 Youth Leaders Round Table
Join us!
Youth Ministry Leader's ROUNDTABLE
Tuesday September 6
Youth Directors/Ministers are i nvited to "talk shop"
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
at  the Presbytery Office
   2242 Woodruff Rd,  Simpsonville, SC 29681 ,  (864) 288-5774

***** We will provide Chick-fil-A sandwich 
& fries  but we need to know you are coming!! 

Chicken BBQ at Midway!
Midway Presbyterian Church
Chicken Barbecue
September 10, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p .m.
Church Fellowship Hall
(Eat-in or Carry-Out)
Menu: Chicken, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Chips, Rolls, Dessert, & Tea
Cost:  Adult:  $8.00   Children 10 & Under:  $4.00
Proceeds will go to provide large print Bibles and help with the cost of communion chairs in the new chapel at the Foothills Retirement Community in Easley.
Tickets can be purchased after Worship, from church members, or by calling the church office 226-1880.  Deadline for ordering tickets is September 4. 
The Blood Mobile will also be here on September 10, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for those who would like to donate blood.  A $1.00 refund off barbecue ticket will be provided to all who give.
Roberts Pasta for Pups!

Pasta for the Pups (a Dog Friendly Event)
When: Saturday, August 27, 2016, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Roberts Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall and grounds
Event Description: 
Help us build the Hyco's Run Dog Park with small and large dog areas!
Spaghetti Plates: $8, Children under 6 Free
Includes Spaghetti  with choice of meat or meatless sauce,  salad, bread, dessert, & beverage.
Outside seating available. Dogs Welcome!  
InDwellings Event!
2016 ID 
You're invited to Homecoming 2016!

It's an evening to benefit InDwellings - a local nonprofit providing
homes for adults with intellectual disabilities. 

Join us
at Larkin's Sawmill
on September 16
from 7 pm - 11 pm

Featuring the live music of Hot As A Pepper, dancing, auction fun, and heavy hors  d'oeuvres. Discounted, pre-sale tickets ($50) are on sale now from board members, by mail, at our  office, and at

For more information, or to purchase a table, please call

Benefit for AID Upstate!
"Dining with Friends to benefit AID Upstate!"  

Friday, Sept 16th
 at North Anderson Community Church Presbyterian 
from 6 until - 
Dinner provided by Pompous Pig, Entertainment, Raffles, Walk the Labyrinth and much more - 

Come join as we support those in our Upstate area 
impacted by AIDS.
SHIFT- 21st Century Church

Making the Shift: 
Three Big Moves 
for the 21st Century Church
Sat/Sun August 27-28, 2016
2:00-4.30pm each day
First Presbyterian Church, Anderson, SC
Fellowship Hall (Kirk)
302 West Whitner Street Anderson SC 29624

The world continues to change around us. How can we, as Christ followers and leaders, better understand those changes and how they impact the way we function as a church?

In an effort to equip, nurture and support Ministers, Church Officers and church leaders, First Church Anderson  is inviting you to an Anderson/Oconnee/Pickens Regional event.
Mark Tidsworth  of Pinnacle Leader Associates will lead an overview of his book  Shift:  Three Big Moves for the 21 st Century Church
  • Member to Disciple Identity
  • Attractional to Missional Church
  • Consumer Church to Sacred Partnering
All Foothills teaching elders/pastors, ruling elders, or church leaders are invited to join us. 

Cost: $25, which includes a copy of Shift, light refreshments

Presbyterian Women Gathering
Triennial Gathering of
Presbyterian Women in the Synod of South Atlantic
October 21 - 23, 2016  all-day

Epworth by the Sea
100 Arthur J Moore Dr
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
Molly McCarthy, 912-660-4969,

Scholarship Funds available!  Please contact Jane Frost for more information:
Interim Pastor Training

The Georgia Cluster is hosting
Interim Pastor Training, January 25 - 29 at Calvin Center (Atlanta). 

This event is perfect for quality individuals looking to expand their skill set. Please find the attached brochure (below) describing this information packed five day event.
The leadership team includes:
  • Rev. Joel Alvis
  • Rev. Tim Rogers-Martin 
Our Brothers Keeper Charity Golf Tournament
OUR BROTHERS KEEPER CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT has b e en d e v e loped to raise money for the Oconee Presbyterian Service F und (OPSF). The mission of OPSF has remained the same, to help individu a ls and families of Oconee County that a r e in financial crisis and cannot be helped by other agencies , public or private .

OPSF continues to be fund e d by the five founding Presbyterian Churches, Bethel , Richland , Seneca,  Walhalla and Westminster, along with Clemson and St . Mark United Methodist Churches .

Friday, September 9 at the Oconee Country Club

Minister/Educator Retreat
Speaker: Carol Howard Merritt

Employment Opportunities
New Positions Available!  

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

August 25 Committee on Preparation meeting
August 27-28 SHIFT at First Anderson Church
August 28 CRE Drop-In
September 1 Committee on Ministry meeting
September 6 Youth Leader Round Table
September 12 Governing Body Team meeting
September 15  Small Church Leaders meeting

Monday, September 5 - Office Closed

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: