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125th Stated Meeting of Foothills Presbytery

Tuesday, February 20

at Fountain Inn Presbyterian Church

307 North Main Street, Fountain Inn, 29644

We welcome the Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis, Co-Moderator of the 225th General Assembly, who will lead us in Worship. Shavon's message, "Unbound We Thrive," will center on Matthew 25: 31 - 46.

Registration begins at 9:30 am

Gathering begins at 10:00 am


Registration link below. Lunch and childcare are offered. Everyone planning to attend the meeting is asked to register.


You may find the Commissioner Handbook here.


Commissioner Orientation is Thursday, February 15, 5:30 pm via Zoom. More information is in your registration confirmation email.


We look forward to seeing you and your commissioner(s) on February 20th at the Fountain Inn Church.


You are invited to a conversation

exploring the Theology of Mission




Join Shelley Chapman, Global Worker with Living Learning Community for Leadership Development, and Erin Washington, Fourth Church, as they explore ways to engage in mission work in today's culture.

The event will be guided by these questions:

What does effective international missional partnerships look like?

How do we help without hurting?

What is the Living Learning Community and

how can we support their efforts?

To learn more, visit: wgm.org

Eidson, Kara. A Time to Grow: Lenten Lessons from the Garden to the Table. Westminster John Knox Press, 2022. (263.92 Eidson)

   From Eden to Gethsemane to the garden in which Jesus was buried and raised, our story of faith wanders through much fertile soil. But in our current world of fast food and to-go meals, we often do not make time to explore where our food comes from and how we break bread together. Journeying through the season of Lent with this in mind, A Time to Grow encourages readers to slow down, move through the painstaking process of growth, and end together with great feasting and celebration of the resurrection.

   Themes of soil, water, light, time, fasting, feasting, and more guide the way from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. Readers will explore the intricacies of how faith is required to produce food and how that faith can lead us all to feast at the table on Easter morning.

   Additional elements are included to enhance communal spiritual practice for small groups or the entire congregation during Lent. These elements include sermon prompts, liturgies with communal responses, altar art ideas for decorating worship spaces, and prompts for children's time in worship. 

Foothills Peer Ministry

Christian Educators Gathering

is February 12 at 12 noon

at Nazareth.

Music Ministry


next gathering is

Wedneday, February 14

at 9 am - Zoom.

Youth Leaders Roundtable

is Thursday, March 7,

12 noon at Tyger River

Validated Pastors Gathering & Lunch

Wednesday March 13

Noon, at Fourth


Dear Friends,


This is a reminder that it is now time to enter your 

2023 Statistical Report. 

The Statistical Report can be completed at (http://oga.pcusa.org/stats).

Please remember, the program works best using one of the following web browsers: Firefox, Safari, or Chrome. 

We urge you to complete your report by the FIRST of FEBRUARY

to avoid long waiting times when you log onto the Office of General Assembly site.



IS FEBRUARY 8, 2024.


User IDs and church passwords are the same as in previous years. Please email me or call me if you need log-on information for your church.


Thank you,

LeAnne White

Foothills Presbytery office

Please remember that the Presbytery office

has a new mailing address: 


Foothills Presbytery

PO Box 1118

Simpsonville, SC 29681-1118

2 Upcoming Opportunities:

#1 Fort Hill:


Mental Health

First Aid

Saturday, February 24

in the Den

at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church, Clemson

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Register Using the QR Code:

#2 sponsored by Foothills Presbytery at FPC Greer:

Mental Health

First Aid Training

Foothills Presbytery is excited to partner with MHFA and provide training for pastors, educators, youth leaders, elders, deacons, and volunteers.

Thursday, February 29

at First Presbyterian Greer




For the first time in the history of NRT Recruitment, we are accepting online applications. From now on, applications and references will be received through an online application portal. Any paper applications submitted prior to 2024 will be considered in the upcoming applicant pool. All applications to be considered for the 2024 discernment must be submitted by May 1st

In addition to the online application, we have a new discernment opportunity for prospective volunteers. We will be hosting virtual information sessions for prospective volunteers to learn more about what it means to be on the NRT. These sessions will take place on Thursday February 1st and Monday April 1st on zoom. To attend the online information sessions, prospective applicants must fill out this form to RSVP and receive the link via email. During the information sessions, folks will learn more about the NRT, ministry teams, and the application process. 

If you know of individuals who would be a good fit for the NRT, please invite them to apply and share the attached invitation to learn more about the team. Word of mouth has always been our strongest recruitment tool and we hope to continue that moving forward. Prospective applicants can visit the newly updated NRT Webpage to learn more about the team, RSVP for information sessions, and apply online.

Important Dates:

-             February 1st at 2pm EST: NRT Information Session for Prospective Applicants

-             April 1st at 7pm EST: NRT Information Session for Prospective Applicants

-             May 1st at 11:59pm EST: Application Deadline for 2024 Discernment

SC5 School of Theology

Equipping Ruling Elders and Church Leaders

SC5 School of Theology is sponsored by the five presbyteries in South Carolina: Charleston-Atlantic, Foothills, New Harmony, Providence, and Trinity.

2024 Spring Classes being offered

March 8 & 9

at Presbyterian College

Click here for more information

Click here for Spring 2024 Semester Details

Lots of wonderful offerings in 2024 to share from NEXT CHURCH:

Winter Workshop Burst 


Five timely topics for church leaders based on feedback we have received from individual conversations concerning the needs on the ground: 

 It’s only $29/person for all sessions or $25/person for each session. Our hope is that this low cost will provide access to as many leaders as possible.

Preaching for Change


We received a Lilly Grant to support our initiative, Preaching for Change, and are excited to launch our pilot program in 2024. Cohorts can be composed of leadership within a congregation or colleagues with a common goal. All participants will engage with our resources (Cultivated Ministry and Crossroads video series), receive 1:1 and group coaching quarterly, and attend the 2024 National Gathering.

National Gathering 


From April 8-11, 2024 we will gather in Falls Church, VA to move the needle in our contexts. Participants will engage with practitioners and coaches in one of six different areas:

  • Community Organizing
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Intersectionality/Embodying Welcome
  • Identity and Coalition Building for People of Color
  • The Preaching Moment
  • Leading Change

Visit Nextchurch.net for more information!

Presbyterian Planning Calendar Photos

The Presbyterian Planning Calendar, a beloved publication of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is once again seeking photo submissions from congregations and worshiping communities, mid councils, camps, conference centers and education centers for use in its 2024–25 edition. The deadline to submit photos for the upcoming Presbyterian Planning Calendar is February 14, 2024.

Images to be considered for the Presbyterian Planning Calendar should feature church members and friends engaged in activities including worship, mission service, creativity and the arts, and direct outreach. Calendar planners ask that staged photos of groups of people and photos of people sitting at conference or dining tables be avoided. For more details go here.



The Presbyterian Promise Scholarship is a commitment by Presbyterian College (PC) to recognize students for their merit and affiliation with the Presbyterian Church. PC seeks to develop students academically and spiritually in this signature scholarship. Students who are members of Presbyterian churches will receive a scholarship for a minimum of $20,000 per year for up to four years—that’s an $80,000 commitment to you. For more information and to apply visit our site: www.presby.edu/presbyterian-promise

Presbyterian College is excited to offer a new program focused on fundraising, philanthropy, stewardship, and other giving initiatives for congregations and other faith-related organizations. PC is proud to partner with the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (Indiana University) to offer the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF).

This unique partnership enables this outstanding course to be offered in the southeast region. The executive certificate program provides the research, tools, and customized training to meet the growing needs of leaders in religious communities and fundraisers of faith-based organizations. The focus of the ECRF is on the cultural, organizational, and philanthropic practices unique to religious institutions. These practices in turn enable donors motivated by spiritual and religious values to experience the joy of generous giving.

This would be an ideal program for clergy or other faith leaders as well as stewardship or advancement staff members in religious communities, schools, or service organizations. For PC(USA) pastors, there is also a scholarship offered through the Presbyterian Foundation to offset some of the costs of attendance.  

Program Dates: May 20-22, 2024 (3 hour online component afterwards)

Location: Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC

Sign Up
Presbyterian Foundation Scholarship Information




Click this link to view the December 

On the Road to GA226 Newsletter


‘Along the Road’ podcasts: recent and upcoming episodes

Spirited discussions about trauma-informed decision-making, GA student delegates, Robert’s Rules, the Road to Emmaus, and Presbyterian connections beyond the congregation

Five new “Along the Road” podcast episodes have been made available since November, three from the “Encounter” series for mid-council and church leaders and two “Nourish” episodes for deacons and ruling elders.

Listen to all Along the Road episodes directly from the Mid Council Ministries section of pcusa.org or from popular streaming services. 

Click here for more information

Ring in the New Year with a gift of love to your PW ministry!

Our joy, our delight as Presbyterian Women is serving a loving God through transformative ministries and relationships.

Together, we beautify God’s world as we live PW Purpose-ful lives!

As we look toward a new year of PW possibility and hope and love, please consider a year-end gift to support PW’s Annual Mission Fund (the Mission Pledge). The Annual Fund undergirds all we do as Presbyterian Women.

Give online: Visit presbyterianwomen.org/give and select “2023 Year-End Gift”

Reminders from

your Stated Clerk

  • Changes in Foothills Presbytery's Terms of Call for Pastors 
  • Changes to the Book of Order (PCUSA)
  • Changes in the PCUSA Board Pensions Health Care Plan for Retirees and Pastors

2024 Financial Forums

2024 is here! I am happy to announce that we will continue our quarterly financial gatherings of treasurers, finance committee chairs, pastors, and others (all are welcome). While we will not be meeting first quarter, we will be meeting on the following dates:

  • April 23
  • July 30
  • October 29

Please mark your calendars accordingly and spread the word! I am looking forward to seeing everyone at these gatherings, if not before. 


Olanda Carr, Jr.

Senior Ministry Relations Officer – East Region

Toll Free:1-888-711-1318

Get ready for an exhilarating experience as we extend a warm invitation to the much-anticipated 2024 Southeast Region Conference! This year's event promises to be an inspiring celebration of unity, collaboration, and the incredible diversity that makes our region truly special. Embrace the power of unity as we explore the richness that comes from our diversity. This year's theme, "One Body, Many Parts," emphasizes the strength we gain when we come together, each contributing our unique talents, perspectives, and experiences for the greater good.

Stay tuned for more details, including registration information, in the coming weeks. We can't wait to gather as one body with many parts, united for the greater good!


Questions? Contact registrarsc@bellsouth.net.

REGISTER HERE by February 23

St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church has a partner youth mission ministry called Camp RHINO. Camp RHINO is a week-long mission experience for youth. We partner with local non-profit organizations, so groups can do service projects with one or a variety of non-profits. In the past, Camp RHINO groups have built homes with Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together, packed food delivery boxes for Second Harvest Food Bank, assisted in homeless outreach and shelters, worked in community gardens, and volunteered with other programs.



  • WEEK ONE : JUNE 3-7 
  • WEEK TWO : JUNE 10-14
  • WEEK THREE : JUNE 17-21
  • WEEK FOUR : JULY 15-19


Interested Churches May Register at WWW.RHINONOLA.ORG, or schedule a phone call with our YAV RHINO Volunteer and recent Pittsburgh Theological Seminary graduate Steff Johnson at: rhino@scapc.org”  Steff’s Office Number : 504-897-0101 ex. 117

Opportunity for High School Youth

JULY 22-27, 2024


Join us for an enriching five-day gathering at Presbyterian College, Clinton, S.C., where rising high school juniors and seniors will come together to explore their callings and gifts for leadership in the church. 

Co-hosted by the Miller Summer Youth Institute at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the Office of Spiritual Life at Presbyterian College, this unique event offers students the chance to learn from experienced faculty and staff from both institutions, to delve into vocational discernment activities, and to engage in guided theological reflection. This gathering promises to be a transformative experience for those seeking to explore their callings and who want to learn more about what the path to leadership in the church might look like! 

Students can expect to engage in group discernment activities, enjoy downtime on the Presbyterian College campus and in the City of Greenville, and participate in worship. Room and board will be provided on the PC campus. 


Charleston Atlantic Presbytery BUS transportation to St. Louis!

Transportation—Kelly Tours:

• Trip to St. Louis, MO takes 12 hours & 37 minutes. Bus will depart August 7, 2024

• Bus seats 56 passengers, to be comfortable we are looking for 40 ladies to commit. Last time we picked up ladies in Columbia & Spartanburg.

• There will be a Relay Driver and regular driver due to regulations.

Read More Here

Apply for Montreat Summer Staff!

Do you know a young adult looking for a summer job? Montreat Conference Center is currently accepting applications for its 2024 Summer Staff season. All young adults who are at least one year out of high school are invited to apply.

Available positions cover a wide range of skills and interests such as A/V production, childhood education, marketing, environmental studies, hospitality, and more! All positions are paid and include the option to live on campus. Plus, certain positions may qualify for college credit.

This is a great opportunity to gain valuable job experience and enjoy life in our close-knit mountain community. If you think someone you know would be interested, please encourage them to apply at montreat.org/summer-staff!

2024 Offerings:

Leadership & Hybrid Ministry in the New Media Landscape with the Rev. Dr. Angela Gorrell

Zoom | January 8, 15, 22, and 29 | 11 am - 1 pm Eastern | 4 Sessions

Living in a new media landscape is as daunting as it is exhausting. You may be feeling fresh out of resilience, creativity, and agility. This course will help you to lean into your expertise while attending to what matters most for ministry in a new media landscape. 

The Sequel: Jesus Continued in the Book of Acts with the Rev. Dr. Allen Hilton

Zoom | Jan. 11 – Feb. 29 | 7:30 pm Eastern | 8 Sessions

Luke’s intro to the Book of Acts summarizes his whole 24-chapter Gospel — Jesus’ birth, childhood, teaching, preaching, wonder-working, passion, death, and resurrection — as "all that Jesus began to do and teach.” (Acts 1.1) 

Developing Your Praxis for Building Diverse Youth Communities with Dr. Brian Ragsdale, Ph.D.

Zoom | February 7 | 12 - 1:30 pm Eastern

In this interactive presentation and dialogue, we explore youth identity development from understanding the synergies between holding multiple identities, for example, Black, neurodivergent, LGBTQIA. Geared toward youth leaders, layperson, and youth ministers. 

Healthy Congregations

On March 5, 2024, we will be hosting our Healthy Congregations workshop in Fort Mill, SC. The training will be conducted from 9 am to 4 pm at Grace Presbyterian Church in Fort Mill. Here is a brief description of the workshop:

  • The Healthy Congregations workshop is designed to equip leaders to respond to the presence or potential threat of anxiety in a congregational system in ways that prevent destructive conflict and help the church stay focused on its unique mission and purpose. This workshop will help you:
  • Learn how you as a leader can influence the health of your congregation – how to detect and avoid unhealthy patterns of living together in community
  • Learn how to keep anxiety from becoming infectious
  • Gain confidence in responding to challenges and opportunities
  • Learn how to put limits on invasive behavior, manage reactivity, and overcome sabotage
  • Discover how leaders can function as the congregation’s immune system
  • Learn to focus on strengths, resources, options, and the future

Additional Training Opportunities:

Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches

Conflict is a normal part of life; unfortunately, the church is not exempt. This workshop will give participants the knowledge and skills necessary to manage conflicts within their congregations in a healthier manner.

Mediation Skills Training Institute

This 5-day event is designed to equip church leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. It also includes a component on congregational mediation and consultation, placed within the context of family systems theory.


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Available Jobs

on our website.

Full Time Chaplain

Position Available

Mark your Calendars for these Upcoming Events



1 Committee on Ministry (COM) meeting

3 Elder Refresh Workshop

8 Committee on Shared Ministry (CSM) meeting

12 Educators Gathering at Nazareth

13 FP Staff meeting

14 Music Ministry Leaders meeting - Zoom & Statistical Reports Due

20 125th Stated Meeting of Foothills Presbytery,

Tuesday, February 20, 2023

10:00 am

at Fountain Inn Presbyterian Church

22 Committee on Preparation (CPM) meeting

23-24 Statewide COM-CPM-PDA-PJC Retreat

27 Sexual Thics Committee meeting - Zoom

29 Mental Health First Aid Training

Foothills Presbytery Featured Events

Foothills Presbytery Calendar

2024 Foothills Presbytery Stated Meetings

  • February 20, 2024, at Fountain Inn
  • May 18, 2024, at Limestone
  • August 3, 2024 (Virtual)
  • November 12, 2024

Camp Fellowship

Resource Center of Foothills Presbytery

Stewardship of Creation Connections Nov - Dec, 2023 Newsletter