|222nd General Assembly
Over 1,000 Presbyterians met for
General Assembly in Portland June 17-26. We elected Co-Moderators Jan Edmiston and Denise Anderson (the first ever co-moderators). We also elected a new Stated Clerk (the highest ecclesiastical and constitutional officer), J. Herbert Nelson, who is the first African-American to hold this office. We commissioned a new group of mission co-workers, adopted the Belhar Confession from South Africa as our 12th confession and created a 2020 Vision Team.
This General Assembly had a "Way Forward Committee". As a result of their work, the committee officially voted to thank Foothills and the presbyteries that concurred with our work for providing the push and the principles to move the church ahead. Foothills thanked them for their faithful work and the committee's affirmation of the foundational principles, which undergirded Foothills' overture work. The Assembly then voted to establish a Way Forward Committee to determine new denominational structures and their functions. We know that God will continue to grant vision and hope to the PCUSA, as we truly engage in reform, renewal, refreshment and modernization.
The assembly of almost 600 commissioners also addressed controversial issues on Israeli-Palestinian relations and fossil fuels divestiture. (See The Presbyterian Outlook GA 222 for more details.) The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy plans to come to Foothills Presbytery in 2017 and talk more with us about how "we do" social justice in the church.
Four commissioners, two overture advocates and one youth advisory delegate represented Foothills Presbytery. Pictured are the four commissioners: Ruling Elder Ted Morrison (St. Giles), Ruling Elder Leland Close (First Spartanburg), Teaching Elder Debbie Foster(Presbytery), Teaching Elder Mike Hoyt (Fourth Greenville) and our youth advisory delegate Alex Davis (St. Giles).
| Youth Leaders Round Table
Youth Ministry Leader's
Tuesday July 5
12:00 - 1:30 pm
at the Presbytery Office
2242 Woodruff Rd,
Simpsonville, SC 29681
Sustainable Youth Ministry
(Sustainable Youth Ministry,
Chapter 5 by Mark DeVries -
Stephen Price from
Anderson will facilitate)
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|Small Church Gathering
will be on
Tuesday, July 19
at the Piedmont Presbyterian Church
4 Academy Street, Piedmont
There is no charge for this event, and a light supper will be served.
We welcome multiple representatives from each congregation.
Kindly RSVP using our online system by clicking here:
We look forward to seeing you!
|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
|Grounded, book for sale
We have several copies of
by Diana Butler Bass for sale at the Presbytery office, $10 each.
|Transition Ministry Education
Dates & Locations of TMEC Events nearby:
August 28 to September 2, 2016
Weeks 1 and 2 and Spouse Track
Montreat Presbyterian Conference
Contact: Evelyn Coleman, 828-419-9834
October 24 to 28, 2016
Weeks 1 and 2
Princeton Theological Seminary
Contact: Princeton Seminary Continuing Education office; Marybeth Chapman, 800-622-6767, ext 7990
October 31 to November 4, 2016
Weeks 1 and 2
MALT - Synods of Mid-America and Lincoln Trails
St. Louis, MO
Contact: Synod of Lincoln Trails; 800-566-5996, email@example.com
November 14 to 18, 2016
Union Presbyterian Seminary
Contact: Marilyn Johns, 800-229-2990 ext 3830; firstname.lastname@example.org
|Glennon Melton -FPCSpartanburg
Glennon Melton at FPC Spartanburg -
Buy your tickets now!
First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg is delighted to host Glennon Doyle Melton of
on Saturday, August 13 at 10 AM. For those who don't know her, Glennon is "the author of the inspiring and hilarious New York Times bestselling memoir, Carry On, Warrior, and the highly anticipated forthcoming memoir Love Warrior. She is the founder of Momastery.com, an on-line community where hundreds of thousands of readers meet daily to experience her shameless and laugh-out-loud funny essays about marriage, motherhood, faith, addiction, recovery, and serving the marginalized." These events often sell out quickly, so purchase your tickets today! Two ticket options are available, regular & sponsored. The second "Sponsored" ticket pays for you and a scholarship ticket to be given to a woman in the community who would not otherwise be able to come. It also includes a special meet and greet with Glennon before the event and front row seating. All tickets include a copy of Glennon Melton's upcoming book.
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
Small Church Leaders meeting
July 4 Our office will be closed in observance of Independence Day!
July 5 Youth Leaders Round Table
July 12 Presbytery Council meeting
July 19 Equipping the Saints meeting & Small Church Gathering
July 28 Committee on Preparation 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: