September 2, 2022

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Registration for both retreats due Monday, October 3, 2022!

Your State-Wide Campus Ministers

need your help!

Fall semester will start soon, so we are looking for ways to connect with your high school grads and other college students.

UKirk/PSA Campus Ministries want to be prepared to offer a place for our students to engage in fellowship, worship, inspiration, and service. (Note: we will not share this information with any other student groups or associations)

Please send the following information to the appropriate contacts below:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Home Address
  • Name of Home Church
  • Year in School

This will allow us to connect them with their local campus ministry group! 

Thank you for your help!
Rev. Erin Foster Farry
Furman UKirk Campus Minister


Rev. Colin Pettigrew
Associate Pastor for University Ministry


Rev. John Daniel DeBevoise
Associate Pastor for Youth & Campus Ministries

The Foothills Presbytery
Antiracism Ministry Team
Invites you to a
Screening of
“At the River”
Monday, September 12
6:00 pm
Fourth Presbyterian
703 Washington Street, Greenville, SC 29601

"At the River" Filmmaker, Carolyn Crowder will lead us in a discussion following the film.
“At The River” is a feature-length documentary about a certain time and place in the deep south. In the Civil Rights era of the 50s and 60s, most Presbyterian ministers stood on the banks of the cultural river of segregation and white supremacy. Some opted not to stir the waters in their congregations and communities by speaking out. However, a few young southern Presbyterian ministers braved those currents through their sermons, community organizing, and participating in marches and protests. They faced dangerous, hate-filled consequences for these actions. "At The River" chronicles their lives and their decisions, as well as director Carolyn Crowder’s firsthand experience as a young white southern girl from Montgomery, Alabama. During those mean and turbulent times these ministers, through their love and example, had a huge impact on her life in helping her overcome her southern racist brainwashing.
Register Here

Commissioned Ruling Elder (CRE)

Peer Group

Wednesday, September 7

at 12:30 pm

at Foothills Presbytery

Please bring your lunch. Dessert will be provided.

All current CREs and any Elders interested in the CRE program are invited.

Any questions, please contact Jeff Motes or Elizabeth Jones.

Music Ministry Leaders 

The Music Ministry Leader's
next meeting is
September 14, 9 am
by ZOOM.

Children's Educators

The next lunch gathering is

Monday, Sept 19, 12 noon

at Easley.

Young Clergy Lunch

Wednesday, September 21

12:00 pm


Willy Taco, Greenville


Youth Leaders Roundtable

Thursday, Oct 6

at 12 noon

Place TBD



The Nominating Committee prepares the slate of new committee members to present at our November Presbytery Meeting each year. We solicit suggestions for elders, pastors, and church leaders from our member churches.


A description can be found on the Nominations Committee Suggestions Form for each committee. Committee members are asked to serve at least one three-year term. Committees typically meet once a month. You do not have to make a suggestion for each committee.


Thank you!

When Faith Hurts: 

Empowering the Faith Community to Recognize and Respond to Child Abuse & Sexual Assault

A conference for members of faith communities and community partners

October 12-14, 2022, Furman University

The Julie Valentine Center is pleased to invite you to attend When Faith Hurts. We are excited to bring Victor Vieth, the Chief Program Officer for the Zero Abuse Project, to Greenville to conduct the training.

This training will prepare attendees to recognize and respond to cases of sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. We will discuss the prevalence of child abuse, the impact of abuse on spirituality, the interest offenders have in churches and faith-based camps and schools, and will offer suggestions for working to assist a child in coping with maltreatment. The training will also discuss ideal child protection policies for a faith based institution, including handling a situation in which a convicted sex offender seeks to join a congregation.

Please RSVP no later than October 3, by registering online at

For more information, please feel to contact Carrie Nettles, or call 864.331.0560 ext. 230.    Scholarships available upon request.

Connecting During Times of Crisis:
Sharing Stories of Support

To serve Presbyterians of South Carolina in the development and preparation of Presbyteries and congregations for manmade or natural disasters impacting our congregations by the connection of our stories.

Saturday, October 29, 2022
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
(registration and fellowship beginning at 9:00 am)

Cherokee Presbyterian Church
3622 August Highway, Gilbert, SC 29054
Church: 803.892.6740
Cost of attendance: $10.00 per participant.
Registration closing date: October 15, 2022
Wee Kirk Conference 2022
Bearing Much Fruit
October 17–19, 2022

The Wee Kirk conference aspires to provide Christ-centered opportunities for inspiration, encouragement, and community among leaders of small membership churches so they can do the same in their congregations and regions.

Around the world, more than 2.2 billion people do not have access to safe water. In many countries, women and children walk more than three miles to gather water for their families. Oftentimes, the water collected is unsafe to drink.

But there is hope.

Join us for the 2022 Walk for Water-Greenville. Together, we will raise funds and awareness to fight the global water crisis by building safe water solutions for people in need around the world.
We walk, so others don’t have to.

Grace Covenant Presbyterian is a sponsor for a Walk for Water for the Water Mission.  We will have a team walking from our church and there will be a team from John Knox walking also.
October 6-8, 2022 | Bloomington, MN
A Hybrid Event: Attend In-Person or Virtually
Up to 9 CEUs Available

Click below for more information about the PW Gathering in October at Epworth on St Simons Island.

Presbytery PW will have scholarships for those who attend. Women can contact Jane Frost if there are questions at
Registration & Information - OCT. 21-23, 2022 PLUG IN & RECHARGE
PW Synod of SA Newsletter
Introducing the

2022–2023 PW/Horizons Bible Study

The 2022–2023 PW/Horizons Bible study, Celebrating Sabbath: Accepting God’s Gift of Rest and Delight, by Carol M. Bechtel, is truly buzzworthy! That’s why this series of emails has taken flight! Don’t miss an update—check your inbox often. This is the third in the series!

POAMN is thrilled to offer this retreat at a significantly discounted rate! Your conference registration includes lodging, meals and retreat programming. Pastors, educators, volunteers and all of those that work with and among older adults are encouraged to attend this retreat.

  • Need a change of scenery?
  • Come hear the Good News!
  • Live in Hope!
  • Connect!
  • Love to Work with Older Adults?
  • This is the retreat for you!
  • All meals included
  • Single rooms $300 per person before Sept. 9
  • Double rooms $200 per person before Sept. 9
  • Commuters $150
  • Discounted rates for POAMN members

Registration is open for Stewardship Kaleidoscope, an annual conference offering outstanding plenary speakers, informative workshop leaders, provocative worship experiences and unparalleled networking opportunities for all who are passionate about stewardship and generosity.  Scheduled from Sept. 26-28, the in-person program of this year’s hybrid conference will be held in Savannah, Georgia.

Drawing leaders from across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and other ecumenical partners, Stewardship Kaleidoscope is designed to ignite generosity in faith-based communities, give practical tools for cultivating generosity in congregations, expand the leadership capacity of those who lead stewardship initiatives, and cultivate adaptive approaches for funding Christ’s mission.  

For more information, visit:
Considering a call to seminary?

Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA (next-door to Atlanta) is a PC(USA) seminary with a diverse and inclusive community that offers a robust education and full scholarship programs for all masters-level degree students. A seminary education can lead to careers to congregational ministry, chaplaincy, non-profit leadership, education, and so much more. All of our students share one essential characteristic: God has called each one to faithful discipleship and leadership in Christ’s Church.

If you’re interested in more information or a discernment conversation, please contact Sarah Kate Bumgarner at


January 25–28, 2023
 Birmingham, AL

Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)

Unity Church (Spartanburg) is in process of cleaning up their facilities. They have 25 adult choir robes and stoles in good condition. They also have binders that were used to hold the choir music, also in good condition.

Free to a good home!

Please contact Betsi Tuner for more information,
Mediation Skills Training Institute
or Church Leaders

You are invited to attend Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders, a 5-day event that helps participants deal more effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. The next in-person session is on November 14-18, 2022 at the beautiful Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, AZ. The next online session will be March 13-17, 2023. Registration is now underway at

We would also like to introduce our new one-day event called Restorative ConversationsDevon Miller, LMPC Associate Director and the author and facilitator of this course, describes it this way: Restorative conversations are useful when working through difficult or polarizing topics, processing shared painful experiences, building community, and dealing with certain levels of conflict in the church setting. The workshop will benefit all levels of leadership including pastors, lay leaders, youth leaders, and Sunday school teachers. Three sessions of this workshop have been scheduled for next year: Feb. 23, May 23, and Nov. 2, 2023.
Please contact the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (630-627-0507 or with questions about this or any of our outstanding workshops. 

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Townville Presbyterian Church Labyrinth Project
Aug 11, 2022

In 2021 Townville Presbyterian Church’s Isabel Moran was awarded one of the Foothills Presbytery Staying Connected Missional Grants. The goal of these grants was to assist our churches in faithfully responding to the COVID-19 climate as they join in God’s work in their respective communities and further the spread of the gospel. Isabel chose to build a community labyrinth as her project.
“I started thinking about the pandemic and the prior school shooting at the school just next door to us. I thought this could be a way to bring peace and healing to our community.”

The project took nearly a year to complete but has finally come to fruition as the Townville Community Labyrinth. Isabel, a 2022 graduate of St Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville, hopes to leave this as a legacy from the Townville Church family to the local community. She hopes that the labyrinth will be a place for people to find rest, peace, hope, joy, and gratitude in an increasingly troubled world.
The labyrinth is located at the rear of the church’s property on highway 24 in Townville, adjacent to the playground of Townville Elementary School, and appears listed on the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator. Thanks be to God for this wonderful gift!
Mark your Calendars for these Upcoming Events



1 Committee on Ministry meeting

5 Labor Day! (FP Office will be closed.)

7 CRE Peer Group meeting

8 Nominations Committee meeting and Committee on Shared Ministry - Zoom

11 PYC meeting

13 FP Staff Meeting

14 Music Leaders Gathering - Zoom

15 Examinations Committee meeting

Foothills Presbytery Calendar

2022 Foothills Presbytery Stated Meetings

November 01, 2022

10:00 am - 2:30 pm Foothills Presbytery Stated Meeting # 121

Trinity Presbyterian Church, Travelers Rest

February 21, 2023

10:00 am - 2:30 pm Foothills Presbytery Stated Meeting #122

Presbyterian Communities, Easley

May 20, 2023

10:00 am - 2:30 pm Foothills Presbytery Stated Meeting # 123

Location TBD

Resource Center of Foothills Presbytery