June 30, 2016

Stated Meetings
   The next
will be 
August 14
at 2 pm 
Fourth Church
703 E Washington Street, Greenville

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Presbytery website
In This Issue
222nd GA Summary
Youth Leaders Roundtable
Small Church Gathering
SHIFT- the 21st Century Church
GROUNDED, for sale
Glennon Melton - FPCSptg
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:
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
Join us!
Youth Ministry Leader's  ROUNDTABLE
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 
Central Pres, 
Anderson will facilitate)
* 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 L ***
Small Church Gathering
Our next 
Small-Church Gathering 
will be on 
Tuesday, July 19
at 6:15 
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.
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

Grounded, book for sale
 We have several copies of Grounded by Diana Butler Bass for sale at the Presbytery office, $10 each.

Please contact  Debbie Foster if you are interested.
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
Montreat, NC
Contact: Evelyn Coleman, 828-419-9834
October 24 to 28, 2016
Weeks 1 and 2
Princeton Theological Seminary
Princeton, NJ
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,

November 14 to 18, 2016
Week 1
Union Presbyterian Seminary
Richmond, VA
Contact: Marilyn Johns, 800-229-2990 ext 3830;
Glennon Melton -FPCSpartanburg
Glennon Melton at FPC Spartanburg - 
August 13
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, 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.

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

June 30  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: