Volume 21
October 2020
SAVE THE DATE! - for this special VIRTUAL retreat as we examine the weariness of the world and the move to REJOICING that comes through our faith and hope in God!

The retreat format will be hosted online for virtual and local gathering "pods" to allow flexibility for participants and our evolving situations.

RETREAT LEADERSHIP:
Rev. Amos Disasa (FPC Dallas), Dr. Bill Brown (Columbia Seminary), Dr. Raj Nadella (Columbia Seminary), Rev. Dr. Kathryn Threadgill (Vital Congregations)

WORSHIP LEADERS:
Rev. Dr. Danny Murphy (Trinity Presbytery), Rev. Debbie Foster (Foothills Presbytery)
Restoring Creation Loan from the PC, USA
The Presbytery of Western NC shared this video for those interested in Earth Care. The five-minute video is about the solar panel project recently completed by Unity Presbyterian Church, Denver, NC.

The church was able to obtain a lower interest Restoring Creation Loan through the PC(USA) Investment & Loan Program (PILP) for the project, while reducing the church’s energy costs by as much as 60%. 

The Restoring Creation Loan makes it easier for congregations to ensure our church buildings reflect who we are as a community of faith. Loans are available to qualifying congregations engaged in projects that render our buildings more energy efficient. By helping churches reduce their carbon footprint, collectively we can become better stewards of God’s Creation. Click on the link above to learn how.

Qualifying Projects:
  • High-efficiency HVAC systems
  • Energy efficient lighting systems
  • High-efficiency water heaters
  • Solar panels
  • Insulation
  • Energy efficient roofing systems
  • And much more

A message from
Elizabeth Little
Church Consultant
Board of Pensions
Mourning into Unity Project
The Mourning into Unity website is live: https://letsreimagine.org/unity.
Here you will learn more about the project and its reach across the nation, have access to resources to be used as you choose, and you may join others across the nation to Mourn into Unity this October.
 
Montreat Conference Center is partnering with Theology, Formation & Evangelism in the Presbyterian Mission Agency to offer an opportunity to Rethink Evangelism in October of 2020.
 
This online event, in partnership with Theology, Formation & Evangelism in the Presbyterian Mission Agency reconsiders what effective evangelism might look like in their particular neighborhoods and communities. Join leaders Ray Jones, Jerry Cannon, Ralph Watkins, and more. Register here.

Rates and Registration
 
Individual Registration:

·    $70 per person (subsidized)
·    $100 per person (unsubsidized)

Two or More Registrations per Group:

·    $60 per person (subsidized)
·    $100 per person (unsubsidized)
 
There are a limited number of subsidized registrations (made possible by the Presbyterian Mission Agency) of $70 for individual registrations, and $60 per person for each subsequent registration for groups of two or more. Participants who register after the subsidized threshold will pay the full rate of $100 per person.
 
Note: The resource portal for this conference will be be emailed to all registered participants approximately one week before the conference.
From Two-Nights to Two Hundred days -
The Imani Milele Choir is a talented group of children from Uganda, Africa, that tour the U.S. each year, raising awareness of the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children.
From Guests to Members of an Intentional Christian Community

September 17, 2020, was a day of celebration for Camp Fellowship and the Imani Milele Children’s Choir.

The choir arrived on March 17th for what was intended to be two-night stay at Camp Fellowship, while they were scheduled to perform at some of the area churches. The pandemic, and the Governor’s subsequent stay-at-home order, put a halt to their tour, but not to their ministry, or the ministry of Camp Fellowship and the individuals and churches that support it.

Read more and find out what else is happening at the Camp by reading this excerpt from the August 8, 2020 Presbytery meeting report from Camp Fellowship. 
Important Date Change- Please Note!
It is official! The Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) Annual Event, Circle of Faith: 50 years and beyond, is moving to February 9 - 12, 2022 in Chicago. We will celebrate our 50th anniversary in style!
For more information or to become a member of APCE, click the link below.
https://apcenet.org/2021-an
Your REGIONAL event is still being planned for November 4-6, 2021 at Epworth-by-the-Sea. We will provide updates with more information and any changes.
APCE exists to support, equip, and connect all Christian educators - whether they be ministry staff, volunteers, or parents/guardians in the home. Let us help you provide the tools needed to grow in faith!
Click the logo for more information.
Union Presbyterian Seminary Leadership Institute Announces 
Fall 2020 -- Pathways Online Courses
 What exactly is the Pathways Online Course Program?

Nine (9) online courses are offered over the academic year (September - May), led by faculty members of Union Presbyterian Seminary, and open to all interested adult learners.

No application or denomination affiliation is necessary; however, course registration is required. Participants can select to take one or multiple courses.
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Ministry Resources- Navigating COVID-19
Connecting during social distancing: This week's resources for worship, study and navigating COVID-19.


Click the logo below for more information!
TechSoup Products for Your Church
 
TechSoup supports nonprofits, charities, and libraries by providing access to donations and discounts on software, hardware, and services from major brands. As a nonprofit, your church is eligible to access TechSoup for greatly discounted software and hardware. Take a look at www.techsoup.org to see what products are available. If you set up a TechSoup account, you will be asked to provide a letter confirming your church’s tax-exempt status. If you don’t already have a letter, I will send you one from Presbytery upon request.
 
 
Board of Pensions- Deadline for Selecting Benefits for 2021

​​Employer Agreement is your annual opportunity to review, select, and change your benefits offerings for the following year. Log on to Benefits Connect from July 20 through October 9 to make your selections and review costs for 2021. The Board of Pensions is ready to serve you and your employees with more choices and new benefits for the coming year. After your Employer Agreement is made, your employees will receive information to participate in the open enrollment period for 2021 benefits through Board of Pensions. 
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.
The deadline for the Connectional Grant is December 31, 2020 or when the funding limit has been reached. Don't delay!
Liability Issues to Consider on Returning to In-Person Worship 
MINISTER/EDUCATOR RETREAT
October 26 – 28, 2020

"‘A Word in Its Season’: Effective Speech in the Bible and Our Fractured Political Moment”

This retreat will examine speech in the Bible, from the prophets to the sages to Jesus himself. We will look at different forms of speech and how the biblical authors discuss effective rhetoric, especially the prophets and ancient sages responsible for wisdom literature. Then we will consider our current moment of polarization and how church leaders might engage complex, difficult issues. A session will also be devoted to online speech and how one might be a faithful witness to the Gospel in the age of social media. Click here for more information.
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).