August 1, 2017
Northeast Georgia Presbytery Newsletter
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A Word from Hilary
Around the Presbytery
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations
Save the Date

End of Summer Blessings! I pray you have enjoyed a good and restful summer; and as it has been filled with opportunities for ministry and mission, I hope you have enjoyed much reward for your good labors! It has been a busy summer for your General Presbyter in our local churches: preaching, praying, and bene-dicting in Madison, Nacoochee, Monticello, Cleveland, and Milledgeville; training and working with Pastor and Associate Pastor Nominating Committees at Reid Memorial, Gainesville First, Clarkesville First, Athens First, and most recently, Greensboro First; working with interim pastors and Sessions at Belle Terrace and Cornelia First; and celebrating milestones for pastors and churches...more than I could attend! Also I observed a week of prayer, study, and personal retreat in solitude and silence, quieting my mind and heart through centering and contemplative prayer to be receptive to the Holy Spirit, opening myself to be a place where God may dwell. In the words of the Letter to the Ephesians, we are called "to be built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God" (2.22).
The Coordinating Team continues to work on various matters to ensure the smooth operation of Northeast Georgia Presbytery and has identified a need for more members on the Congregational Connections Ministry Team. If you, or someone you know, is interested in the youth of NEGAP, leadership development, connecting congregations in missions and camps and conference ministry, please contact Fred DiMaio (pastor at Clayton) who chairs the Nominating Committee and indicate your interest in the Congregational Connections Ministry Team.
As we look toward the 2017-18 school year and the return to familiar patterns of Fall in Northeast Georgia, pause and pray with me: For the days, weeks and months of this summer, we give you thanks, Eternal God. For the work in mission and ministry to which you have called us to participate with you, we praise you, Lord Jesus Christ. And for the energy, power, and love which bind us together with you and one another, we celebrate our fellowship and mutual love in the Holy Spirit. One God, Three persons: the mystery of the Trinity! As the days of summer wane, and the promise of the future gives us hope, we ask your grace to sustain and encourage us in our continuing journey of faith. Be with us and go before us, as we follow you. Alleluia! Amen.

piano_keyboard.jpg Around the Presbytery

The members of Calvary Presbyterian Church would like to donate a Baldwin Fantasia Organ to anyone that has a need - or want. If interested, please contact Lynda Farmer at

library.jpg Rev. G. Daniel McCall, Honorably Retired, is downsizing his library and would like to offer his books to a church or another institution. Interested persons would need to plan a visit to see. Please contact Dan at if you are interested.

calendarThe 2017-2018 Presbyterian Planning Calendar is now available.  You can order online at Presbyterians Today or call 1-800-524-2612 and reference ISBN 978-0-9858964-9-2

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations   
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Mrs. Carol Rees, mother of Rev. Ed Rees, pastor of Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church, passed away on August 26th. Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 5th at First Presbyterian Church in Waycross, Georgia at 12:00 noon. Please remember Ed and his family at this very difficult time.
Mr. Bryce Fowler, son-in-law to Rev. Stu Ritter, pastor at Covenant Church in Augusta, passed away on June 28 th from cancer. Please remember his wife Emily, son Dan, and the extended family in your prayers at this difficult time .

We. want to hear from you!!  Please share your prayer concerns and celebrations by calling the presbytery office at 706-353-2533 or email Linda Turner

Save the Date  

PCM Board of Directors Meeting, Presbyterian Student Center, 5:30 p.m., August 7
Committee on Ministry Team Meeting, Covenant Church, Athens, 10:00 a.m., August 10
Practical Peacemaking Partnership Meeting, Covenant Church, Athens, 1:00 p.m., August 10
Presbyterian Women Workshop, First Church, Cleveland, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., August 12
Northeast Georgia Presbytery Stated Meeting, First Church, Athens, 9:30 a.m., August 15
Personnel Action Team Meeting, presbytery office, 10:30 a.m., August 17
Practical Peacemaking Partnership Workshop, time and place tba, August 19
Labor Day Holiday, presbytery office closed, September 4
Practical Peacemaking Partnership Workshop, time and place tba in Augusta, September 9
Nominating Committee and Committee on Representation Meeting, presbytery office, 11:00 a.m., September 12
Practical Peacemaking Partnership Meeting, time and place tba, September 14
Committee on Preparation for Ministry Team Meeting, Jefferson Church, 9:00 a.m., September 19
Practical Peacemaking Partnership Workshop, time and place tba, September 19
Presbytery Meeting Action Team Meeting, presbytery office, 1:00 p.m., September 19
Coordinating Team Meeting, Friendship Church, Athens, 1:00 p.m., September 26

We believe Almighty God is calling Northeast Georgia Presbytery to become a Christ centered, inclusive community of faithful and healthy congregations.
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