November 17, 2016

In This Issue
College Internship Ministry
Grief Share at FairPlay
Speaking Down Barriers
Big Ten 2017
Safe Harbor CARE Covenant
PDA Trip to Columbia
Next Church Gathering
Spartanburg Thanksgiving
SC Lay School
Trophy Case Donation
Christmas at SC Inn
Sr High Retreat
Youth Leaders Round Table
Nativity Scene Props needed!
Blue Organist Hymnal Needed
2018 PW Gathering
Employment Opportunities
Resource Center
Upcoming Dates
Carolina Bronze Concert
Chamber Singers
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:
Summer College Internship Ministry
Summer College Internship 
Ministry Expands with FTE Grant! 

Plans are moving forward for this ministry to expand in 2017!  This ministry will be called "Listening to the Sacred Voice of Vocation and Call" and will be a partnership shepherded by the Committee on Shared Ministry and coordinated by Foothills Retirement Community. 
This unique pilot project is being funded in part due to a grant from the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) for vocation discernment for college students.  Please click here for additional information in our brochure.
  • Expanding to 8 racially diverse college interns
  • Each congregation of Foothills Presbytery is asked to consider prayerfully hosting a college intern and providing a mentor.  Some congregations and non-profits  may partner in hosting an intern.  If interested in the possibility of being  a partner congregation and/or non-profit ministry, please notify Joseph Gaston immediately!    
  • Non-profit ministries are asked to consider hosting an intern also! 
  • The Partner church/ministry is asked to provide the $3000 stipend paid the intern for the 10 week internship.  If this is a challenge, please let us know! 
  • Please encourage your college students to consider applying.  Talk with them over Thanksgiving and Christmas!  Get them to contact us!    
  • February 1, 2017 - Intern Application Deadline
For more information, contact Joseph Gaston, Chaplain of Foothills Retirement Community (mobile 864-404-8427;
Grief Share at Fair Play
all are welcome to join us for
Surviving the Holidays
with Grief Share
Sunday, November 27
Fair Play Presbyterian Church
3 - 5:00 pm
For more information please contact Rev. Mel Davis, 864-972-5958 or
Speaking Down Barriers
Speaking Down Barriers
Ongoing Community Offerings

Every 4th Monday, Reading for Transformation Book Study
a book study that guides us towards a holistic understanding of the transformation that must take place within ourselves and the world around us
October's Book: Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt
Location: Hub City Bookshop, 186 W. Main St. Spartanburg


Every 1st Saturday, no words: meditate | create | be
space for meditation, creation, and simply being in the presence of sound healing music developed by
 Listening To Smile
November's Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg
11:00 AM-1:00 PM
$7 Donation Suggested     

Every 1st Monday, Community Gathering
potluck, poetry, and community dialogue for all
November's Location: First Presbyterian Church Spartanburg
6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Topic: Humanity, who has the right to exist?
Featuring spoken word from Benjamin Starr     
Every 2nd Monday beginning in November, Learning Us
space for white folk to engage white supremacy and whiteness
November/December's Location: Phillis Wheatley Community Center, Greenville
6:00 PM-8:00 PM     

Every 3rd Saturday resuming in November, Healing Us

space for black people of color and of the African diaspora to focus on unity, affirmation, and healing
November's Location: TBD
11:00 AM-1:00 PM     
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!
Safe Harbor CARE Covenant

Although Safe Harbor is not a faith-based organization, we support the efforts of a committed group of congregations and church leaders throughout the Upstate of SC who are striving to learn more about how to best respond to the issue of domestic abuse within their communities of faith. 

Please read and reflect on this CARE Covenant and consider joining this committed group of church leaders by signing the covenant below. Once you have signed this covenant, we'll keep in touch by sharing relevant educational resources and training opportunities to help your congregation to be equipped to recognize and respond to the issue of domestic abuse.  Click here to read more
PDA Trip to Columbia
On Saturday, November 5th nine of us set out early in the morning to travel to Columbia, SC to work on a home that needed repairs from the Oct. 2016 floods.  This particular home, owned by Ms. Davis, had been sitting empty for over a year.  Ms. Davis' basement flooded sending water up the walls to the living area causing mold and mildew to set in. 

A wonderful organization, St. Bernard's Project (SBP), works in several cities across the US, including Columbia, to help people rebuild their homes and lives from natural disasters. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) works with SBP to fill volunteers and complete projects.  SBP had been working on Ms. Davis home for a few weeks prior to our arrival. 
We had wonderful volunteers (lay people and ministers) from First Presbyterian Church in Simpsonville, Fourth and St. Giles Presbyterian churches.   We mainly worked in three rooms dry-walling walls and ceilings.  Everyone worked well together and enjoyed the fellowship as well as learning new skills.  After working all day, we met in Clinton at the Fatz CafĂ© to break bread together one more time and to share laughter from our time together.
If you have any interest in volunteering with SBP or PDA, please check them out at and

Next Church Gathering 2017

Kansas City, Missouri ~ March 13-15, 2017

The theme for the 2017 National Gathering is  "Wells & Walls: Well-Being in a Thirsty World." Our guiding scripture is John 4:1-42 - the Samaritan woman at the well. In John 4 we are told of Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, her encounter with her people, and Jesus' words to the disciples. In the person and story of Jesus Christ we see movement across barriers, new understanding, and life-giving transformation as a consistent pattern. 
As we look toward the 2017 National Gathering, as we invite local congregations and regional leadership to come together in the nation's heartland of Kansas City, we recognize there are many walls and wells that manifest in our lives. 
Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service

The Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service 
will be held on  Tuesday, November 22, at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg. This annual service provides an opportunity for the community to gather together to collectively give thanks. All proceeds collected by the offering will benefit the Spartanburg Interfaith Hospitality Network (SPIHN). 

The Spartanburg County Foundation matches the offering given, up to $5,000. A reception will be held immediately following the service.
SC Lay School 
The South Carolina Lay Theology School met at Presbyterian College Oct 14-16 and the Foothills was well represented. 

This fall we had 12 people and were the 3rd largest. Thank you to all who attended.  (Foothills usually has about 4-6 people attend and subsequently we have the smallest number of all the presbyteries.) 

The classes included- Pastoral Care, Preaching, Reformed Theology and the Old Testament book of Exodus. Tom Malone was the professor for the Exodus class and I believe we will be seeing him a bit more as a professor at the Lay Theology School. He has signed up to teach the book of Acts at our spring session.

The Spring session will meet at PC for the weekend of March 31-April 2. The classes offered will be Old Testament, Worship and Sacraments, Presbyterian Polity, Church History, Exegesis, and the book of Acts. Anyone is welcome to take these classes as they are wonderful for continuing education. The Presbyterian Polity class would be suggested for anyone who is a Ruling Elder.

If you have any questions or would like any information on the South Carolina Lay Theology School or the Commissioned Ruling Elder program please contact:
Sarah Cornell, 864-934-6845 email:
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. 

Trophy Case to be Donated!

Fourth Presbyterian Church needs to find a new home for this large trophy case.  There are glass shelves and the hardware to go with it as well.  Whoever takes it will need to be able to move and transport it.  If someone is really interested in measurements, they can call Jennifer Fouse Sheorn at 615-335-2505 or email  

We need it moved by Friday, Dec. 2nd or we'll take it to Salvation Army.  Thanks so much!  
Christmas - SC Inn Montreat
Christmas 2016
SC Inn at Montreat
While Santa is relaxing on our patio, he's not "dreaming of a white Christmas," he's thinking about what a nice spot the patio could be for meals, small group gatherings, or just a spot for our guests to enjoy being outside with a view of the mountains.
In his mind, Santa can picture a new wall with secure railings, improved stairs to the Inn, benches, flat space for picnic tables, and some nice landscaping.
The S.C. Board would like to encourage you, as you and Santa are planning for your Christmas giving, to include a special gift to the S.C. Inn designated for "patio improvement" so that we can make Santa's dream come true.  Click here to Read More!
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  
Youth Ministry Leader's Roundtable

Youth Ministry Leader's ROUNDTABLE
will take off the month of November!
Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 5 
for a holiday gathering
 at the home of 
Debbie Foster

More information coming...
Nativity Scene Props needed!
Nativity Scene Props & Costumes Needed!
Belton Presbyterian Church in Belton, SC is hoping to borrow nativity scene props and youth/kids costumes (4 toddler sheep, 3 Wise Men, at least 4 Shepards, David/Mary, etc.) for Sunday, December 18th.   
Please contact Bethany Wiley at if you have anything available for us to borrow. 

Blue Hymnal?  Organist version
Landrum Church is looking for an Organist Version of the blue Hymnal.   Since many  churches have moved to the new hymn book they are hoping there will be one available in our presbytery.  They are willing to pay  a bit. Please contact Gene Lassiter if you know of one that may be available,  Thank you!

2018 PW Gathering!

Save the date for the 2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women!
The 2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women will be held August 2-5, 2018, in Louisville, Kentucky. 2018 is also the year that PW celebrates its 30th anniversary. "Each month for 30 months (one for each year of PW), we'll be sending a Gathering update to help you prepare, promote and plan for the 2018 Gathering. This eighth update lands in your inbox 22 months from opening plenary (give or take a few days)!"

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

November 17 Committee on Preparation meeting
November 24
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  The Foothills Presbytery Office will be closed.
November 30 PYC Task Force meeting
December 1 Committee on Ministry meeting
December 6 Youth Ministry Round Table Gathering
December 8 Small Church Leaders meeting & Campus Ministry Task Force meeting
December 12-13 Office Closed - FP Staff Retreat
December 15 Committee on Preparation meeting & Examinations 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:
Carolina Bronze Concert
This Friday Night!!

Chamber Singers

Chamber Singers will be performing in several places this fall!!
  • Biltmore House on Sunday, November 20th for the Christmas Candle light tours. We begin singing at 5:30. 
  • Christmas concert "Tidings of Comfort and Joy," on Sunday evening, December 4th at 7:00. The concert is at the Chapman Cultural Arts Center in the David Reid theatre in Spartanburg. Tickets are $15.00 and proceeds go to benefit Mobile Meals. Tickets are available from FPC and Mobile Meals. This is our 4th Chapman concert.
  • Moravian Candle Love Feast on Sunday, December 18th at 4:00 and 6:00 in the Chapel of FPC. Chamber Singers provide the service music and members of the Palmetto Moravian Fellowship in Spartanburg help serve in the service.
Please checkout their new Facebook page, Chamber Singers, First Presbyterian Church, "Like" us and share our page with your friends.