Caring, Empowering and Celebrating the churches in Foothills Presbytery



December 15, 2016

In This Issue
Foothills Holiday Office Hours
CAQ 2016
Amy Jill Levine
CAQ 2016
Youth Leaders
Interim Pastor Training
Big Ten 2017
Next Church Gathering
Sr High Retreat
2018 PW Gathering
Employment Opportunities
Resource Center
Upcoming Dates
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:
Foothills Presbytery Office Hours
The Foothills Presbytery office will be closed next week for the holidays.
We will be reopen during  regular office hours Monday, January 2.  We will be checking email.

UKirk Furman
Many Thanks from UKirk Furman
            What an exciting year this has been for UKirk Furman! With the largest freshmen class in Furman's history arriving on campus this fall, the leadership team worked incredibly hard to get to know and welcome this freshmen class. After several fun events during orientation week, UKirk Furman welcomed over 26 students to our first Tuesday night gathering of the semester. Our moderator, Maddy Gentry, a senior education major and member of Westminster of Greenville, says that "It is sad to think that this is my last year as an active member of UKirk Furman, but I was really excited to welcome new freshmen in because I wanted to have a new base of students to pass this special group along to." We have been blessed by a dedicated and strong freshmen class and look forward to the many ways that they will grow and expand the ministry of UKirk Furman.              Throughout this year we have visited several congregations for worship, met weekly to share in fellowship, study, and prayer, and participated in once a month mission opportunities through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. We are currently counting down the days for Montreat College Conference in January. I am happy to share that we will be taking a group of 24 students to this weeklong conference-three times the number of students that attended last year from Furman! Of this group, 13 of these students are freshmen and for many of them it will be their first time through those sacred gates (despite many of them being members of PC(USA) congregations).
            I have been privileged this year to witness the growth of many college students, the growth of our ministry, and the growth of the Kingdom of God. Freshman Victoria Melin of Johns Creek Presbyterian in Georgia, says that "UKirk Furman is a group of unwavering, kind, inclusive, ready, and keen students who want to be apart of something bigger than themselves. For me, being in this campus ministry has truly strengthen my faith in ways I didn't know possible while I was beginning a new season of life,  and I am so overjoyed to share my highs and lows of the day with my new friends in Christ."
            I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as the Campus Minister to UKirk Furman and to work with our many partners throughout this presbytery. We appreciate your continued prayers, gifts and donations of snacks, and for sharing members of your congregation to serve on our support team! Thank you for your care, passion, and support of campus ministry. Together we are lovin g, equipping, and growing the Church.
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!
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

December 15 Committee on Preparation meeting 
December 16 Women Clergy Brunch
December 19  Office Closed for Christmas Holidays
January 2  Regular Office Hours
January 5 Committee on Ministry meeting
January 8 PYC meeting
January 10 Coordinating Council 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:
Chamber Singers
Chamber Singers will be performing in several places this fall!!
  • 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.