September 17, 2020
Foothills Newsletter
Book Study (virtual)
Pastors, Educators,
CREs, & Ministry Leaders

Led by the
Rev. Christi O. Brown & Marjy Marj
  • Marjy is the author of Same Elephants: a book about friendship, diversity and the importance of representation.
  • Christi is member-at-large in Foothills and a Professional & Personal Development Life Coach with Authentic Leadership Coaching LLC.

Wednesday, October 7
12:00 - 1:15 pm

SC5 Presbyteries Minister/Educator
Virtual Retreat (Zoom)

‘A Word in Its Season’: Effective Speech in the Bible and Our Fractured Political Moment

Rev. Samuel Adams, PhD
Oct 27 & 28
** There is no cost for the participants. **
Tuesday 2 Sessions (Morning & Afternoon)
Wednesday 1 Session (Morning)
This retreat will examine speech in the Bible, from the prophets to the sages to Jesus himself. We will look at different forms of speech and how the biblical authors discuss effective rhetoric, especially the prophets and ancient sages responsible for wisdom literature. Then we will consider our current moment of polarization and how church leaders might engage complex, difficult issues. A session will also be devoted to online speech and how one might be a faithful witness to the Gospel in the age of social media.

Session I – “Persuasive Speech in Wisdom Instructions, Prophetic Works, and Our Fractured Political Moment”
Session II – “The Invocation of the Bible in American Political Rhetoric”
Session III – “Effective Online Witness in the Era of Polarization (and Covid)”

Reading of 2019 Session Minutes

To: All Clerks and Pastors
Please drop off your 2019 minutes including the Clerk's Guidelines for Session Minutes Review Form & the Financial Review Form at the Presbytery office to be reviewed by a committee member beginning September 15th. A copy of the minutes will be acceptable this year if you would prefer not to leave your minutes' book at the office.

Leave the minutes, along with your name and contact information, on the counter inside the door during office hours, Monday-Thursday 9:30-4 pm. They will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours.
All minutes dropped off in a timely manner will be available for pick-up beginning October 19th. If you leave copies and would like for them to be shredded, please indicate this on a post-it attached to the minutes. A copy of the review sheet with comments, corrections and suggestions will also be available for pick-up at this time.
BE SURE to fill out the Clerks Guideline for Session Minutes Form in detail. Please include dates where check list items can be found to assist the reviewers. Tabs for each item are helpful and strongly suggested. Post-its work well as tabs.
Thank you for your faithful service!

Representation and Review Committee
FALL 2020 Session
SC Lay School of Theology
Sponsored by the Five Presbyteries of South Carolina
Things will look a little different this session! Since we were unable to meet at Presbyterian College because of restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the planning committee arranged for this session to be held at the newly renovated Charleston Atlantic Presbytery offices in North Charleston,SC, formerly Park Circle Presbyterian Church. This building will allow for plenty of social distancing and safe, comfortable classrooms for our fall semester.

We humbly request that you follow the North Charleston mandated guidelines and wear a mask at all times while inside, the exception being at meal times. We also ask that you refrain from participating in Lay School if you are not feeling well and/or have tested positive for the virus within 2 weeks of class. The refund restriction will be waived if you become ill with COVID after registering or the refund deadline has passed.

Lodging has been arranged at the Holiday Inn Express in North Charleston, less than 2 miles from the Presbytery complex. The Holiday Inn is offering a free shuttle service between the church and the hotel. We hope you will enjoy joining us in our new surroundings for study and fellowship in the name of our Lord.
Create a meaningful Advent plan for your ministry setting

Have you started
planning Advent?

Foothills Presbytery is offering a 5-week Cohort experience to help you design Advent for 2020.  

Each cohort of 8-10 participants will meet for 5 weeks during October creating tangible plans for the season of Advent. Cohort will determine best day and time for meetings.

 Each participant will come away with an individualized plan for Advent based on their ministry setting. The plans may include virtual, in-person, or hybrid worship as well as educational components. The experience also includes a 1:1 coaching with a Ministry Architects consultant.The total cost of this Continuing Education Cohort is $430 per person. Recognizing the financial burdens that some churches are facing at this time, Foothills Presbytery is pleased to offer investment option pricing for those interested.

  • Green Option– Name your price! Does your church have extra money for continuing education? Any amount above $430 will help support someone else.
  • Blue Option– $430 (This option covers the full price of the program)
  • Red Option– $250 (This option provides a discount for those who may not have as much in their 2020 continuing education budget)
  • Purple Option– $50 (This option provides a deep discount for churches that are facing significant financial burdens)
Virtual Worship Service
Available for your Church

A GIFT for YOU - The Committee on Shared Ministry, Worship Committee, and Music Directors Peer Ministry group have created a virtual worship service for any church in the presbytery that wants to provide a sabbath Sunday for their Minister, CRE or worship leadership.

The theme for the service is "Listening for the Word of God, " and is centered around Psalm 46.
This recorded Worship Service will be available by the end of September.

Click HERE for a list of important resources, updated weekly, or click below to go directly to one of our resource pages.

NEW Discoveries for VIRTUAL Adult Faith Formation - Interview (via Zoom) Roger Nishioka and LeeHinson-JHasty - Brought to us from the Theological Education Fund (PCUSA)

“LEADERSHIP … WHO’S IN CHARGE HERE?” ~ Synod Zoom Conference, Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 1:00 pm

We think of great leaders as famous people … and some are. Inspiring others to follow. There are however other ways to lead. What does it mean to be in charge? Look forward to sharing some ideas and engaging in conversation during this challenging season.

Ruling Elders & Teaching Elders in the Synod of South Atlantic are invited to register online (below).

The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants a few days out from the event.
REGISTER NOW for this special VIRTUAL retreat as we examine the weariness of the world and the move to REJOICING that comes through our faith and hope in God!

The retreat format will be hosted online for virtual and local gathering "pods" to allow flexibility for participants and our evolving situations.
Rev. Amos Disasa (FPC Dallas), Dr. Bill Brown (Columbia Seminary), Dr. Raj Nadella (Columbia Seminary), Rev. Dr. Kathryn Threadgill (Vital Congregations)
Rev. Dr. Danny Murphy (Trinity Presbytery), Rev. Debbie Foster (Foothills Presbytery)

PYC 2020 - 2021

Foothills Presbytery
Youth Council
is so excited to announce 
Virtual PYC Gatherings
Members of PYC will:
  • Come to your youth group gathering and lead the entire program, including energizers, keynote, small group and recreation 

  • Plan and lead an event for your youth group (or a combination of churches youth) for 1/2 day or full day including energizers, keynote, small group and recreation

All centered around the theme
“Beyond the Mask”
How do we live into who God calls us to be?
More information and details on how to schedule
one of these amazing events coming soon! 

At Foothills, we have traditionally had an annual recognition and celebration of the lives of ruling elders, teaching elders, and teaching elder spouses who have died during the last 12 months. A few years ago we moved this to our November presbytery meeting in honor of All Saints. 

We ask presbyters to give prayerful recognition of the life and service of those ruling elders, teaching elders, and teaching elder spouses whose lives on earth have ended.
If you know of any Ruling Elders, Teaching Elders, or Teaching Elder spouses that have passed from November 2019 until now and should be honored at our November 10, 2020 Presbytery Meeting, please notify us by email to
Join us!
Youth Ministry Leader's ROUNDTABLE
Tuesday, October 6
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
Zoom link will be emailed to the group.
The next gathering of Foothills

10:00 am
Wednesday, October 7
by Zoom
Anti-racism Training
What’s Essential: Discerning the Church’s Work Amid the Twin Pandemics of Structural Racism & COVID-19
October 23–25, 2020
This session is designed for: Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Child Life Specialists, Counselors, Educators, Psychologists, Hospice Personnel, Clergy, Chaplains, Ministers, and others who care for bereaved children, teens and their families.


DATES: October 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2020, at 7:30 p.m (ET)
VENUE: Virtual Online
This series is a combination of the planned WMI Conference and our annual McClure Lecture in World Mission and Evangelism, co-sponsored by Continuing Education at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

For more information and to REGISTER ,
This is a reminder that SEPTEMBER is PREPAREDNESS Month.

This is a great time to work on preparedness with your families, congregations and presbyteries. As disaster responders frequently say – communication is key to preparedness. I trust that during the past months of COVID-19 quarantine that you have instituted plans for staying in touch with members of your congregation and families as we have moved into virtual ministry. Probably many of you have been involved in the preparations for congregations to return to in-person worship. It is a difficult time, but also a time of opportunity!

Foothills Presbytery now has a trained, commissioned Disaster Preparedness Trainer in our midst. Earlier this month Rose Marie McDonald, a member of Fort Hill Presbyterian Church in Clemson, SC completed her training through the first ever Presbyterian Disaster Assistance virtual preparedness training event. Rose Marie completed all her online and offline requirements and now stands ready to help instruct congregations and others in successful disaster preparedness. If your group or congregation is interested in preparedness training, please contact Rose Marie at

A great online resource can be found at:


Rick Turner
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Interested in having a Zoom Video Conference Meeting,
but you don't have an account? The Presbytery can help!
If you have a request, please have your Pastor or Clerk of Session contact LeAnne White (via email) and include the following information:

  • Name of person making request
  • Church
  • Phone
  • Date for Zoom Meeting 
  • Time (begin and end) no more than 2 hours
  • Approx number of those attending

PW's Third-Quarter
News for
Presbyterian Women
now available for download HERE!
Reachable Reconciliation
5-month Cohort

In a cohort, we will invite you to address division, relationship, reparations and reconciliation in a way you have never discussed these things before!

This fall, Fred Oduyoye is facilitating cohorts to explore the issues that divide us and how to bridge those divisions.

Registration includes 5 live sessions with Fred, your facilitator for training and discussion as well as additional resources.

Leading from the Well
5-month Experience

The entire world has shifted since March and we are surrounded by change. What has not changed, however, is our deep need for sabbath rest and collegial support.

For 5 months, participants have access to:

  • “Abiding Together” – monthly, 30-minutes zoom-based sabbath moments that include music, scripture reading, and a time for reflection and connection and a blessing. (Third Thursday of each month at 1:00 PM Central.)
  • “A Sanctuary in Time” – two 4-hour guided spiritual retreats in November of 2020 and January of 2021. The November retreat will include a guided process for identifying goals for 2021, both personally and professionally. The January retreat will be designed to match the needs of our community in early 2021.

We’ve made Montreat@Home a balance of contemplation and creation. There are daily opportunities to listen and cultivate your faith as a community, even in the midst of social distancing.

Leaders will be given access to activities, guides, videos, and other resources that will equip them to lead an adjusted conference for their youth whenever they are able to gather together in whatever capacity they are able or allowed.

Learn more about Montreat@Home here
Contact Susie Burns, Director of Church Relations, at or 828.419.9814 with questions about the program.

Please join us for one of the two remaining sessions of Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI) that are scheduled before the end of this year: October 5-9 and November 16-20, 2020. This workshop equips participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. Given that this event will be conducted remotely, participants will need a device with both a camera and microphone in order to participate fully. For details and a registration form, please consult this MSTI Brochure. A complete list of our upcoming 90-minute webinars and our popular daylong workshops — including Conflict Transformation SkillsHealthy Congregations, and Leadership and Anxiety in the Church, which are perfect for groups — can be found on the LMPC Events Calendar. Questions? Call the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center at 630-627-0507, or email us at
Virtual Conference Registration is Open

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers they shall not overwhelm you. – Isaiah 43:1-2

Please join us in the Fall for three consecutive Tuesdays: September 22, September 29, and October 6 at 11:30 a.m. eastern/8:30 a.m. pacific. Each week we will hear theological, practical, and actionable perspectives. After the presentation a live Q&A session will follow – allowing additional time to share and learn further.
A link to participate in the weekly events will be emailed to registrants a few days prior to each program.

Register Here and see more at

By: Ashley Brown

I have a stack of Hebrew cards piled up on my desk at Austin Seminary. So, while not an expert in Hebrew, I am proudly able to read two words; manna and shalom. The latter is a result of a college tattoo session during my esteemed tenure at the University of South Carolina.

Manna means “What is it!?” in Hebrew. Did you know that? I absolutely, one hundred percent did not. Classes start in September, thank you very much.

So.. what could manna really be? Is it really bread from the heavens? Can God rain down some sourdough, please? Nerd out with me for a second…

Scientists and religious scholars have long wondered a theory that manna is actually a natural phenomenon that occurs in Middle Eastern deserts with a unlikely candidate- a simple beetle. This beetle, modernly named the Trehala Manna, may seem insignificant at first glance. Read More
Originally posted September 4, 2020 by The Presbyterian Outlook
Guest commentary Matthew J. Skolnik

This Sunday I held my 10-year-old nephew under my right arm as we live-streamed worship into our living room. While most of our family is white, my nephew happens to be black. He has been in our life for over nine years and I am so thankful that he is a member of our family.

As we worshipped, our pastor called the church to righteous indignation, and I held my nephew a little closer than I usually do. My nephew probably did not notice the difference, but I certainly did. I have feared for him before, but these days I lose sleep over him and others whom I love. Read More
Mark your Calendars for these Upcoming Events

17 Christian Educators Gathering (Zoom) and When Christian Education Goes the Distance (Zoom Event)
24 Finance & Stewardship meeting and Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM) meeting

1 Committee on Ministry meeting
6 Council meeting and Youth Roundtable
7 Music Ministry Leaders meeting
28 Investment Committee meeting

November 10 - ZOOM Meeting

February 16

May 15

Nov 9, 2021
9:00 am - 2:00 pm Foothills Presbytery Stated Meeting # 118
Resource Center of Foothills Presbytery