November 15, 2022
Dear Presbytery Family,

This week we continue to share news, events, resources, and opportunities to participate in the life of the Presbytery of St. Augustine.
Lake Shore Church Update
With great respect and heartfelt gratitude for the congregation and its history of mission and ministry, the administrative commission appointed earlier this year shares that the church has begun the steps of closing. On January 15, 2023, the presbytery will hold a Service of Thanksgiving to which all are invited. Please keep the members of Lake Shore and the community that it has loved and served in your prayers.
Dawn Mayes To Be Installed at First Fernandina Beach
All are invited and welcome to be a part of the installation of the Rev. Dawn Mayes on Sunday, December 4, at 4:00 p.m., with a reception to follow. View the invite here.
Free Help Alert! Small Church Grants for Preserving Records
Each year, the Presbyterian Historical Society offers Heritage Preservation Grants to small PC(USA) congregations for up to $500 of free digitalization services. Apply for this year’s grant by December 31.
Presbytery Giving
Thanks to those churches who have already pledged their support for our common ministry together. If your church hasn’t yet made a commitment to our presbytery, please prayerfully consider your pledge. We are stronger together. 
News From Montgomery Center
Winter Gala, December 10 - Register Online Now!
Montgomery is celebrating 65 years of camp ministry! Join us for the 2nd Annual Gala Fundraiser on December 10 at 5:30 pm at Montgomery Center. 

Take a step back in time to the Roaring 20s. Hosting Jacksonville's Bold City Classics, this is sure to be a swingin' evening with superb food. Bill Elrod returns for this year's auction, featuring fantastic items and experiences. Take part in funding 2023 camper scholarships, continuing Dr. Mont's legacy in camp ministry to the next generation! Childcare is provided. Register and pay online here.

  • 3rd Friday Workday, November 18
  • Gala, Dec 10, 5:30pm
  • Spaghetti Dinner, December 16
  • Elf Run 5k and 1-mile youth run, Dec 17, 9am.
We need you! There are volunteer opportunities for all skills and abilities at every event!
More News From Around The Presbytery
Stated Clerk Position Posted (Applications Due by December 1)
View the posting for the next Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of St. Augustine here.
To apply, contact the search committee (Chair Steve Crowley) at [email protected].
Updates from the Presbyterian Women
From PW Moderator Daryl Mullee
  • Save the Date: The Annual Gathering - Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Montgomery which will be hosted by Riverside's PW.
  • Pastor needed to lead the worship service on January 28 followed by the business meeting, workshops and activities. 
  • New Moderator needed. Daryl will not be serving following the Annual Gathering.
  • Baskets Needed: Can you make a basket to auction off at the Montgomery Winter Gala on December 10? (you don't have to have a PW group to contribute).
Flagler College Youth Ministry Forum - February 10-11, 2023
Registration coming soon.
Keynoter Angela Gorrell will be speaking on the integrated nature of mental and spiritual health. This is a wonderful opportunity for youth ministers, youth volunteers, pastors, and anyone who is passionate about youth ministry.
Thanksgiving Resource Prompts for Creative Planning
Our Classifieds Page
Check position updates here.
Book of Amendments Ready for Review
Use this link to view the Book of Amendments from the 225th General Assembly, which is available in English, Korean, and Spanish. Our presbytery will vote on all amendments at the Winter Stated Meeting except for the amendments to the Rules of Discipline, which will be on the docket at the Spring Stated Meeting.
Christmas Joy and Other Special Offerings
This year’s information and materials for the Christmas Joy Offering can be found here.
Read about the impact of the Christmas Joy offering here.
What! Christmas Is On Sunday?!
We would love to share some great ideas for a joyful Christmas service on Sunday, December 25 this year. More than 10 years will go by until this happens again. Send your ideas for Christmas 2022 to [email protected] so that we can include them. Thank you!
Handy Lectionary Tool - Weekly and Daily
The PC(USA) has a lectionary tool for everyone to use? Check it out here.
PCUSA Calendars Are Still Available
$12 if mailed or $10 to pick up. Enjoy a liturgical calendar that has references to other resources! Order online
Conferences and Learning Opportunities
2023 APCE Conference
January 25-28, 2023 The Association for Partners in Christian Education's Annual Event. Check it out!

Association of Smaller Congregations Annual Conference
March 2-5, 2023 Epworth by the Sea. View registration information here.
Key Events
  • November 24 – Thanksgiving Day
  • November 27 – Advent Begins
  • December 10 Christmas Gala at Montgomery Center
  • December 16 Montgomery Spaghetti Dinner, 6:00 pm
  • December 17 Montgomery Elf Run 5k and 1-mile youth run, 9:00 am 
  • December 25 – Christmas Day
  • January 25-28, 2023 – APCE Annual Event, Birmingham, AL
  • January 28, 2023 – PW Annual Gathering at Montgomery Center
  • February 4 – Winter Stated Presbytery Meeting, Montgomery Center, 9:30 am
  • March 2-5, 2023 – Association of Smaller Congregations Annual Conference, Epworth by the Sea
  • May 2 Spring Stated Presbytery Meeting
Jerie Lukefahr, Moderator of the Presbytery
Sandra Hedrick, Stated Clerk
Joe Albright, Chair of Coordinating Council
On Behalf of the Coordinating Council
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