|A letter from Gordon Raynal
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.
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):
|Photos from Stated Meeting #100
(Commissioned Ruling Elder)
- 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
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
Gladys Lariba Mahama
is coming to Foothills Presbytery
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.
| Youth Leaders Round Table
Youth Ministry Leader's ROUNDTABLE
Youth Directors/Ministers are i
nvited to "talk shop"
12:00 - 1:30 pm
at the Presbytery Office
2242 Woodruff Rd,
Simpsonville, SC 29681 ,
***** We will provide Chick-fil-A sandwich
but we need to know you are coming!!
|Chicken BBQ at Midway!
Midway Presbyterian Church
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)
Saturday, August 27, 2016, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Roberts Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall and grounds
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!
You're invited to
It's an evening to benefit InDwellings - a local nonprofit providing
homes for adults with intellectual disabilities.
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
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.
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
Epworth by the Sea
100 Arthur J Moore Dr
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
|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
loped to raise money for the Oconee Presbyterian Service
und (OPSF). The mission of OPSF has remained the same, to help individu
ls and families of Oconee County that a
e in financial crisis and cannot be helped by other agencies
public or private
OPSF continues to be fund
d by the five founding Presbyterian Churches, Bethel
Walhalla and Westminster, along with Clemson and St
Mark United Methodist Churches
Friday, September 9 at the Oconee Country Club
SAVE THE DATE!
MONTREAT CONFERENCE CENTER
Speaker: Carol Howard Merritt
|New in the Resource Center!
Please take a minute
and visit the new items list
Resource Center website here!
Mark your Calendars
Dates to Remember
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: