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121st Stated Meeting of Foothills Presbytery

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

9:30 am

at Trinity Presbyterian Church

  • We are honored to have the Reverend Dr. Victor Aloyo, the new President of Columbia Theological Seminary, bring the proclamation of the word.
  • We will celebrate the Great Cloud of Witnesses (Ministers and Elders) who entered the Church Triumphant last year.
  • We will welcome five new Ministers to Foothills, examine a Candidate for Ordination, offer gratitude to three retiring Ministers, and examine two seminary students to move into Candidacy in preparation for the Ministry process.
Register Here

The Foothills Presbytery Worship Committee will provide a recorded worship service that can be used on

Sunday, December 25 or Sunday, January 1. 

The service will tell the story of the birth of Jesus, including the visit from the three magi at Epiphany, through scripture, music, and prayer. The prayers come from the children’s book, “The Twelve Prayers of Christmas”.  

Service and resources will be available no later than December 12 and can be streamed through your own congregation's platform. (Resources include audio and visual links as well as the bulletin.) 

We hope this service will be a gift to all congregations this Christmas season.

Check out what's new 

in the Foothills Resource Center!

Daub, Tracy S. Holy Disruption: Discovering Advent in the Gospel of Mark. Westminster John Knox Press, c2022. (226.305 Daub)

  Where’s the baby? The Gospel of Mark doesn’t have a nativity story—so where’s the Advent message? It’s in every aspect of Jesus’ life, to his death and beyond. The Incarnation—God come to earth in human form to be baptized, teach, heal, eat, and die—is what we celebrate at Christmas, and Mark shows us just how radical and celebration-worthy it is! Holy Disruption presents a fresh understanding of the holiness of Christmas grounded, not in a conventional cozy Christmas message, but through Mark's disquieting gospel which invites its readers to experience God's disruptive but transformative love for us and our world.” --The Thoughtful Christian

Free downloadable extras for worship and study groups are available from the publisher.

About the New Initiative…

Fellowship Camp and Conference Center is expanding its impact to more people in our community. We are proud to announce the formation of the Lake Campus program through a new strategic program initiative beginning in partnership with Presbyterian College (Clinton, SC). This strategic partnership between Fellowship and Presbyterian College will open avenues for interaction and bring new program opportunities that increase Fellowship’s reach and impact with new activity, programs, and resources at the Camp Fellowship location on Lake Greenwood. READ MORE

This event will be hosted at Camp Fellowship on

Saturday, December 3, 2022.

Registration Fees:

$25 per person

Saturday Day of Training with lunch

$40 per person

Friday Overnight Stay with

breakfast and lunch on Saturday

Dutch Dinner Friday evening at Break on the Lake for anyone interested in gathering!

About the Training:

The event will focus on the four areas on which our Book of Order requires each

new officer to be examined

1) Personal Faith,

2) Reformed Doctrines and Beliefs,

3) Presbyterian Polity

4) Duties of the Office of Elder or Deacon

Having a copy of the PC(USA) Book of Order will be beneficial for attendees.

We will be utilizing a new officer training manual that Tom Malone has prepared,

entitled Being the Best You Can Be: a Notebook for Preparing Church Officers for Service. Each attending person will receive a copy of this notebook which contains the material we will be using that Saturday but also other material which will help you do some additional personal preparation.

Officers who have already been ordained but who would like additional training are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information, please contact info@campfellowship.org

Resources we have found challenging and inspirational:

If you missed the screening of At the River: Struggle and Grace in the Segregated South but still want to see the movie, we have another opportunity in Foothills:

Fort Hill Presbyterian will host a screening of 

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

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


January 25–28, 2023
 Birmingham, AL

Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex

Registration is now available online and we encourage you to do it now before the December 3 early bird registration deadline.   



Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all! 

Foothills Presbytery Office



Youth Leaders Roundtable

Thursday, November 3

at 12 noon

at Westminster Greenville

Music Ministry Leaders 

The Music Ministry Leader's

next meeting is

November 9,

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.

Christian Educators Gathering

No November meeting. 

Next Gathering is

December 5,  12:00

at First Spartanburg

Bring your best Lent ideas to share!

Call to Health ends November 11 — don’t miss out! Finish strong by completing activities to reach your goals and save on 2023 medical deductibles. Already answered the call?

Keep going to earn Tango gift cards. Visit pensions.org/calltohealth for details.


Download the Limeade app and enter code

boardofpensions. Or log on to calltohealth.org today!



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 of 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

Landrum Church is looking for 20-25 Hymnals.

If any church has Hymnals available to donate, please contact Beth Hoskins, revbhoskins@gmail.com.

Winter Camp is back!!

Registration Is Open!

Any questions can be sent

to katie@campfellowship.org


Check out our upcoming continuing education opportunities on the Richmond Campus


Interim/Transitional Ministry Training Week

led by Rev. Nancy Dolan, Rev. Laura Sherwood, Dr. Dorothee Tripodi

Monday-Friday Nov. 14-18

Registration: https://na.eventscloud.com/interim2022

Register today!

Creating Communities of Inclusion and Belonging for Youth with Disabilities with Dr. Erik Carter, Ph.D.

November 2nd; 12 - 1:30 pm ET

Many faith communities still struggle to welcome and weave youth with disabilities into the ministries and relationships that make up the life of their congregation. Yet we are called to be communities without asterisks. Dr. Carter will share a powerful framework for reflecting upon and fostering belonging within youth and other congregational ministries. Together, we will explore the implications of this work on the ways we support youth with disabilities and on the ways we spur our own churches to be more inclusive and welcoming.

Register at: Creating Communities of Inclusion and Belonging for Youth with Disabilities

Want the J&P calendar for the entire year?

Click here to download the PDF or visit the Justice and Peace webpage at presbyterianwomen.org/justice, where you can also find additional bits of help.

In Christ Supporting Ministries (ICSM) is pleased to offer the following virtual programs this fall (open to all who wish to attend without cost): 


Bedrock Gatherings on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life and Legacy: Four Turning Points. The life and legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer provides an important bellwether for dramatic changes in the Christian Church today. Four turning points in Bonhoeffer’s story raise vital questions for us, namely: When is the Gospel itself at risk? What holds the Christian community together when everything else is pulling it apart? What is responsible Christian action in the face of real threats? and Is Christ at the center of the World as well as the Church? We will explore these questions with historical vignettes, quotes, and group discussions over four monthly Zoom meetings from 7:00-8:30 pm on the following Thursday evenings: Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, and Dec. 1. Please note each session is a stand alone.


Bible Study on Galatians. ICSM’s interactive Bible Study starts with a direct translation from Paul’s Greek and relies on the Holy Spirit to open up fresh insights from the text in group discussion. Participants can choose either Tuesday evenings, 7:00-8:15 pm (Sept. 20, Oct. 4, 18, Nov. 1, 15, 29), Wednesday mornings, 8:30-9:45 am (Sept. 21, Oct. 5, 19, Nov. 2, 16, 30), or request to be on the invitation list for both Zoom groups.


The Well. This monthly meeting is for caregivers, family members, and church leaders who provide care and advocacy for individuals navigating mental illness. These gatherings offer a place to work through faith questions, reduce the veil of isolation, and find support within the body of Christ. The Well meets on Zoom once a month from 7:00-8:30 pm on the following Thursday evenings: Sept. 15, 

Oct. 13, Nov. 10, and Dec. 8.


Program Leaders: Rev. Sarah Kromer, Rev. Dee Smart, Rev. Catherine Taylor, and Dr. Merwyn Johnson. 


To learn more or register for any of these events, please visit ICSM’s website, 

www.InChristSupportingMinistries.org, or call 704-554-2490, ext. 308.


ICSM’s Mission: In a time of radical change for church and culture, the mission of In Christ Supporting Ministries is to reclaim the Gospel message that Jesus Christ is present and active with us in daily life, freeing us to participate in God’s work of ministry.

The Manna Retreat

A weekend for young adults

January 27–29, 2023

Hosted by Montreat Conference Center

According to The Defining Decade by psychologist Meg Jay, “eighty percent of life’s most defining moments take place by age thirty-five.” Translation: being a young adult is hard. In an effort to support both young adults navigating the messiness of this time in their lives, as well as to support young adult ministries at the local church, we have created The Manna Retreat. The Manna Retreat is three days, 100 young adults, one old hotel, and ten small groups dedicated to creating deeper faith and deeper relationships. If your faith could use a spark plug, if your spirit could use a deep laugh, if your heart could use some new friendships, or if your body could use a place to belong, then this is for you.

Click here for more information.

Registration Opening November 1st

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


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 BumgarnerS@ctsnet.edu.

The Friends of the Greenville County Library is looking for space to rent for housing/sorting donated books and holding public booksales to support the Library.  Optimally seeking around 4,000+ square feet, ideally climate-controlled. For more information, please contact Lee Turza, 864-270-8636; lturzasc@yahoo.com


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 https://lmpeacecenter.org/all-events/.

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 Admin@LMPeaceCenter.org) with questions about this or any of our outstanding workshops. 

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Mark your Calendars for these Upcoming Events



27 Committee on Preparation for Ministry meeting

31 Stewardship Task Force meeting, Childrens Educators Gathering & McCarter Admin Review


Nov 1: Foothills Presbytery Stated Meeting # 121- REGISTER HERE

9:30 am - 2:30 pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Travelers Rest

3 Committee on Ministry meeting and Youth Roundtable

9 Music Ministry Leaders meeting - Zoom

10 Committee on Shared Ministry meeting - Zoom

11-13 FP PYC Middle School Retreat

15 FP Staff meeting & CRE Cohort

17 Examinations Commission & Committee on Preparation for Ministry meeting

Foothills Presbytery Calendar

2022 Foothills Presbytery Stated Meetings

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Presbyterian Communities, Easley

May 20, 2023

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

Location TBD

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