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SC5 Lay School of Theology 

Presbyterian College

October 14 - 15, 2022

Sponsored by the Five Presbyteries of South Carolina

Registration deadline: SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

FOR WHOM: Lay persons who wish to

1. Participate in an in-depth study of the Bible, Theology, or Church History.

2. Be trained as a Commissioned Teaching Elder.

3. Better prepare themselves to teach the Bible or Church School.

4. Serve as Directors of Christian Education.

5. Be certified by the Association of Presbyterian Administrators.

PLEASE NOTE: These courses are not for ministers, candidates for the ministry, or those considering changing denominations to the PC (U.S.A.).

Registration & Important Information
Middle School Retreat Registration & Information
High School Retreat Registration & Information

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

Over fifty people from across the Presbytery gathered on Monday, September 12 for the viewing of At the Rivera feature-length documentary about Presbyterian Ministers who lived in the deep south during the Civil Rights movement of the 50s and 60s. Director Carolyn Crowder led the participants in a reflection and discussion time following the film. The Antiracism Ministry Team plans to continue the conversation by offering more opportunities for people to engage in this important work.

If you missed the screening but still want to see the movie, we have another opportunity in Foothills:

Fort Hill Presbyterian is confirmed for our screening of 

At the River: Struggle and Grace in the Segregated South for

Monday, February 6th, 2023 at 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary.

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

at the Clemson PSA Building on the Fort Hill Church campus

Music Ministry Leaders 

The Music Ministry Leader's

next meeting is

October 12, 9 am

by ZOOM.

CRE Peer Group Gathering


November 15, 12:30 pm

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.



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!

October 6-8, 2022 | Bloomington, MN

A Hybrid Event: Attend In-Person or Virtually

Up to 9 CEUs Available


Practicing Inclusion

 A PC(USA) Leader Formation Webinar

October 13, 2022; 7 - 8:30 pm (eastern)

Registration Deadline: October 5, 2022

Register HERE


Diversity. Participation. Inclusion. These are not just socially of-the-moment words, but foundational values related to our openness to the work of the Holy Spirit within the PC(USA). Creating spaces where we can listen to all who are seeking God’s will together can help us discern where God is calling and leading us in mission and ministry, but how do we create and foster those spaces? What are some things that can get in the way? In this webinar, we will talk about the impact of implicit bias, why it’s important to consider and reduce implicit bias as Christians in the PC(USA), and some tools you can use to create spaces that invite and welcome full participation of a diverse group of people in the discernment processes and governance of the church.


This event is provided for free for participants and is funded through your per capita dollars. It does not come without cost, however. Knowing the diversity of language within the PC(USA), this webinar will be provided in several languages with interpretation based on requests made through the registration process. As a result, there is a registration deadline of October 5, 2022, in order to be able to have time to arrange for those services. This event will be recorded and will be available in English following the event. 


Register for the webinar by October 5, 2022, here.

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.

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.

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

A stable source of income for 15 families —

And right on time for National Sewing Machine Day!

National Sewing Machine Day was just last week and we’re highlighting one shining example of Presbyterian generosity set by the Presbyterian Women’s (PW) group at First Presbyterian Church, Batavia, NY — who honored the passions of a dearly departed friend with a gift through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog. 

This group has long dedicated their time to knitting and sewing items for those in need throughout their community. With the 2019 loss of their beloved — and most prolific knitter — Maureen, they were inspired to create the perfect memorial to her uplifting spirit.

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Plug In & Recharge at PW SOSA

Epworth Triennial Gathering

October 21-23, 2022

PW Foothills will give scholarships to everyone from Foothills who attends, payable after the Gathering

For more information, visit:
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.  

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)

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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Nazareth Presbyterian Church celebrates 250th Anniversary

Sep 8, 2022

Nazareth Presbyterian Church in Moore, S.C. celebrated 250 years of making disciples for Christ on May 21& 22, 2022! It was a two-day event attended by current and former members, pastors and pastors’ wives, Christian Educators and choir directors, and special dignitaries from the state.

Nazareth Presbyterian Church is the oldest active church in Spartanburg, and many important events in the history of upper South Carolina took place at this church and in the bounds of the congregation. Before there was a city of Spartanburg, or even a United States of America, there was a Nazareth Presbyterian church.

From 1755-1762 two groups of Presbyterian families settled in what is now Spartanburg County – one from Pennsylvania and the other from Charles Towne. In 1765, the two congregations decided to worship together, so one man from each group began walking towards each other from their own settlements. They met at the Meeting House Spring, which still exists today between two branches of the Tyger River and established the Tyger River Congregation. They met in homes until building a log cabin called the Meetinghouse, which became their place of worship. Read More

Mark your Calendars for these Upcoming Events



15 Examinations Committee meeting

20 Personnel Committee meeting and Worship Committee meeting

21 Young Clergy Gathering

22 Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM) meeting

26 Antiracism Committee meeting 

29 Finance & Stewardship committee meeting


4 Coordinating Council meeting

6 Nominations Committee meeting, Committee on Ministry (COM) meeting, & Youth Leaders Roundtable

9 PYC meeting

12 Music Ministry Leaders meeting by Zoom

13 Investment Committee meeting, Committee on Shared Ministry (CSM) meeting, and CRE Supervisory Committee meeting

14-15 Fall Lay School

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