Volume 24
April 2021
The Reverend. William (Bill) Biklé Anderson, age 96, entered the Church Triumphant on March 22, 2021, in Clinton, where he was a resident of Presbyterian Communities of SC (PCSC).
Rev. Anderson became an Honorably Retired Clergy Member of Trinity Presbytery in October of 2002. Prior to that, He and wife Lois, who preceded him in death, served as mission co-workers in Africa for 49 years (1951-2000), 37 of those years in Sudan and South Sudan. The couple also served for brief stints in Kenya and Uganda.
The Clinton Community of PCSC organized a memorial service for Rev. Anderson and First Presbyterian Church in Clinton will gather for a Service of Witness to the Resurrection and a celebration of Bill's life in the Fall due to Covid-19 and travel restrictions.
Read about the work and ministry of Rev. Anderson and his wife Lois in an article from the Outlook A Saint Has Gone Home to Heaven

Please be in prayer for the Rev. Dr. Danny Murphy, his wife Judy, and the entire Murphy family.
Dr. Murphy’s father, Elder Charlie Murphy, Jr., entered the Church Triumphant, at the age of 88,
on April 1, 2021, in Milwaukee, WI. As Dr. Murphy is on sabbatical leave through May 31 st , we
are requesting that cards and notes be sent to the Presbytery office (554 DaVega Drive,
Lexington, SC 29073), where we can forward them on to the family.

Click here to read Elder Murphy’s obituary
Forum for Pastors and Church Leaders

Leading the Church into the Post COVID World
Tuesday, April 27, 2021,
3:00 - 4:30 pm 

(Eastern Time via ZOOM)
Presented by Tod Bolsinger (MDiv, PhD), Associate Professor of Leadership Formation at Fuller Theological Seminary, author of Canoeing the Mountains and Tempered Resilience.

The Spring Stated Meeting of Trinity Presbytery will be held via Zoom on Saturday, May 8, 2021, beginning at 8:30 a.m. 
All participants must pre-register prior to the meeting.
Registration information will be sent to all clergy and clerks of session later this month.
The Commissioners’ Handbook will be available on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.
Please be sure that Trinity Presbytery office has the current clerk of session information, as the registration and handbook links will be sent to them.
Hodges Presbyterian Church
Bell Tower
Open House Displays
Hampton and Elaine Hunter
Hodges Presbyterian Church celebrated the rebuilding of the sanctuary and bell tower with a service of dedication during Worship on Sunday, April 11th.

(The church suffered substantial fire damage in August of 2019, when it was struck by lightning).

The congregation hosted an open house later that afternoon from 2-4 p.m. Visitors were greeted by the pastor, the Reverend Dr. Hampton Hunter, and his wife Elaine, and members of the congregation, as they toured the sanctuary. The fellowship hall was set up with displays of pictures, documents and artifacts depicting the church’s long, rich history. 
Vital Congregations in Trinity Presbytery
Remains Vital During Pandemic
From the time the Vital Congregations *Initiative began in Trinity Presbytery in 2018, it has served as a model and resource for other presbyteries and the Denomination. Under the leadership of Dr. Phyllis Sanders, Vital Congregations Coordinator for Trinity Presbytery, participant pastors and churches have allowed the Holy Spirit to lead them, as they continue to move and serve beyond the church walls, pursuing the 7 Marks of Vital Congregations.

We continue to hear and read inspiring stories at Presbytery meetings and in E-news from participant pastors and congregations, sharing how Vital Congregations has deeply impacted their lives and their ministries.
Read this story from pastor participant Rev. Jason Hammersley, from our South Aiken congregation.

*Initiative was used in the title during the pilot phase. Though either is correct, we usually refer to this ministry as Vital Congregations.
Please make plans to collect the Mother’s Day Offering at your church on Sunday, May 9.
For over 60 years, this offering has been an important act of support for this unique ministry of SC Presbyterians to older adults. The proceeds are used solely to support residents at Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina who have outlived their life savings through no fault of their own and now depend on the kindness of others.

Since many congregations are still worshipping in a hybrid format, digital materials are available on our website. There you will find links to download the 2021 Mother’s Day Offering Video, Ambassadors Guide, Minute for Mission, sample Newsletter Article, and more. If you are worshipping in person, please utilize the printed cards and offering envelopes sent to your church for the Mother’s Day Offering and encourage your congregation to give generously.

If you have questions or need support, please contact Jenn Paden Stanley at (803) 772-5885or Jenn.Stanley@PresComm.org

Digital Materials Available Here: Mother's Day Offering

Art by Mrs. Bev DeCoodt Long.
In This Issue:

  • Church Law & Tax Webinars
  • Presbyterian Foundations Online Giving Program
  • PCUSA Special Offerings

Click HERE to read the full article.
Worship & Music Conference at Montreat
In-Person Conference Dates:
Week 1: June 20 - 25, 2021
Week 2: June 27 - July 2, 2021

Online Conference Dates:
June 27 - July 2, 2021

2021 Migrant Ministry Program Canceled
The Migrant Ministry Program has been canceled again this year, as the host church, farm owners, workers and volunteers are still concerned about the spread of COVID.
Laura Jordan is a member of our Cherokee Church. She’s seeking to recruit persons from other congregations of Trinity Presbytery to serve along with her. Therefore, be sure ask if persons would like to serve on Trinity Presbytery Disaster Assistance Team to call Laura Jordan at (803) 466-8440 or to email her at laura@creativeeventsandmeetings.com.

Cherokee Presbyterian of Gilbert is conducting an extensive outreach mission in Lexington County June 20 - 26, 2021. We’ll be hosting a workcamp that consists of up to 400 young volunteers and their chaperones from all over the US to repair homes in the area for those unable to have them done for themselves – veterans, the medically challenged, the elderly and others.
The PC(USA) Store wants to help make 2021 a great year for you and your communities by providing free book chapters for group study and leaders, a month of free devotions from These Days, congregational resources for Lent, and Bible stories for children! Click here to learn more.

Ministry Resources- Navigating COVID-19
Connecting during social distancing: This week's resources for worship, study and navigating COVID-19.

Click the logo for more information!
The Presbytery Coordinating Team has gathered helpful, factual information, along with their recommendation for returning to buildings or in-person gatherings and provided it here for your guidance.
Here are the latest offerings from the Center for Lifelong Learning.
Please share with your pastors, leaders, congregations or peers.

Click the image above for more info.
Liability Issues to Consider on Returning to In-Person Worship 
The Presbytery office in Lexington will remain closed until further notice.

The staff is working remotely during summer business hours: 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday.

We continue to monitor the pandemic situation and follow all safety precautions recommended by the CDC and the State of South Carolina.

See the PCT’s Recommendation and Guidance for Returning to Buildings or In-person Gatherings (above).