Caring, Empowering and Celebrating 

the churches in Foothills Presbytery



January 5, 2017

In This Issue
102nd Stated Meeting
Skye Jethani - EPC
Alzheimer's Clergy Conf
2017 FP Directory updates needed
CAQ 2016
Amy Jill Levine
CAQ 2016
Youth Leaders
Interim Pastor Training
Big Ten 2017
Next Church Gathering
Sr High Retreat
2018 PW Gathering
A Pastory's Theology of Risk Retreat
Employment Opportunities
Resource Center
Upcoming Dates
Next Stated Presbytery Meeting
The next
Stated Meeting #102 
February 21, 2017
First Presbyterian Church
393 East Main Street, Spartanburg
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:
102nd Stated Meeting 
Celebrating our Presbyterian History, Heritage and Identity
At the 102nd Stated Meeting of Foothills Presbytery on February 21st, we will be gathering to celebrate our reformation faith.  Five hundred years ago, as the story goes, Martin Luther nailed his "95 Theses" to the Whittenburg Church door and the Protestant Reformation was born!  On February 21, the  Rev. Dr. Charles E. Raynal,III and the Rev. Frank Colcough will be present to lead us in a program focusing on the history of the Presbyterian Church in the 20th Century
Rev. Dr. Richard Ray, Chair of the Presbyterian  Heritage Center, will be with us to lead a program about the Reformation 500 conference that will be held in Montreat this May.  The Rev. Tom Hay, GA Director of Assembly Operations, will speak to us about the work on the General Assembly.  
As we begin our shared lives in the new model "Being & Doing Presbytery", let us gather together in a spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving.
Grace and peace,
Rev. Gordon W. G. Raynal
Stated Clerk
Small(er) Churches
Our Next 
is Tuesday, January 24
at 6:15 pm
at Covenant Presbyterian Church
880 W. O. Ezell Blvd
Spartanburg 29301

Skye Jethani at Easley PC

Alzheimer's Clergy Conference

Seating will be limited, so we are asking anyone who is interested to register by, Monday, January 17th.For anyone that would like to learn more about the conference please have them call us at 1-800-272-3900.

2017 Foothills Presbytery Directory
Please make sure you and/or your church office confirms your contact information listed in the Foothills Presbytery Directory.  Changes may be emailed to  LeAnne White here.  We will upload the 2017 Foothills Presbytery Directory to our website (under Resources) by mid February.  This document is always current and password protected.  

Contact the Foothills Presbytery office at 864-288-5774 for the password.  (It is always the same) Thank you!
Clerk's Annual Questionnaire
The deadline for submission is Tuesday, January 17, 2017.
The biggest change in the CAQ 2016 is that no PIN or password is needed; however, please pay careful attention as to how you received the CAQ link.  

If you received the link to the CAQ in an email from Susan Barnett, PhD, Research Services, PCUSA, it is unique to your email address.  The CAQ was sent to all clerks for whom an email address was on file from the previous CAQ.  
If you received the link from the presbytery office, then it is a link that you can share with others.   Click here for that link.  
If you have any questions concerning the CAQ, please email to
Amy Jill Levine in Anderson
Amy Jill Levine Lectures
March 12, 2017
Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi
Lectures at 2:30 and 4:30 
Boulevard Baptist Church
700 Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621
For more information please visit:
Statistical Reporting


Please click here to access the workbook for completing the Session Annual Statistical Report


All clerks should have received their church ID and password last week.  


The Statistical Report can be completed at:


We urge you to complete your report by the END of JANUARY  to avoid long waiting times when you log on.
Thank you so much for working through this report and getting it completed on time.
 Youth Leaders Round Table
Join us!
Youth Ministry Leader's 
Tuesday January 10
Youth Directors/Ministers are  invited to "talk shop"
12:30 - 2:00 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!!   Please reply to this email or email LeAnne
 at **   
Interim Pastor Training 
The Georgia Cluster is hosting...

January 23 - 27, 2017  at the Calvin Center (Atlanta). You should have received a brochure in the mail by now.  This event is perfect for quality individuals looking to expand their skill set. Please find the attached brochure describing this information packed event.

The leadership team includes:   Rev. Joel Alvis &  Rev. Tim Rogers-Martin

Big Tent 2017

The PCUSA's  Big Tent is meeting in  St. Louis, July 6-8, 2017. Mark your calendar and join us for worship, workshops, and the opportunity to engage and connect with other Presbyterians.  More information coming soon!
Next Church Gathering 2017

Kansas City, Missouri ~ March 13-15, 2017

"Wells & Walls: Well-Being in a Thirsty World." Our guiding scripture is John 4:1-42 - the Samaritan woman at the well.  Click here to read more
E3 Workshops & Registration
Annually in January the Education and Equipping Ministry Team of Providence Presbytery sponsors a comprehensive training event for church leaders, staff, volunteers and members. 
E3 is known throughout the Presbytery as a wonderful opportunity to energize ministries. For information or to inquire about workshops, contact  the presbytery office. 

Sr High Retreat - Save the Date!
Senior High Retreat
March 17-19, 2017
Montreat Conference Center
Theme : "A Balancing Act"

Keynote: Rev. Andy Casto-Waters
Music Leader: Sam Burchfield  
2018 PW Gathering!
Save the date for the 2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women!
RETREAT: "A Pastor's Theology of Risk"
This January retreat will challenge pastors and other church leaders to expand their capacity for taking the boldest risks, maximizing creativity and recognizing the difference between a call and a gamble.  Participants will explore their personal fears and barriers to taking risks as a first step to envisioning a theology of risk. This retreat is about releasing the greatest potential for the most creative and spiritually balanced leadership. All ministry leadership involves some degree of risk, but it's one thing to admire those who take heroic, holy risks and it's quite another to be the one called to take the risks.
Monday, January 30, and Tuesday, January 31, 2017
St. Francis Springs Prayer Center
477 Grogan Road
Stoneville, NC 27048

**Limited to the first 18 people. Cost is $350,
which includes registration, lodging, meals and snacks. 
NOTE: If a member of the Western North Carolina Conference - UMC, pricing is $175* thanks to a leadership grant sponsored by the Western North Carolina Conference.
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

January 5 Committee on Ministry meeting
January 8 PYC meeting
January 10 Coordinating Council Meeting
January 16 FP Office will be closed in observance of the Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.
January 17 Committee on Shared Ministry meeting
January 18 FP Staff meeting
January 19 Examinations meeting
January 24 Small(er) Church Gathering
January 26 Committee on Preparation meeting
January 31 7% Lunch Group and Finance & Stewardship meeting

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: