Volume 29
October 2021
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Urges Vaccination
Against COVID-19

Click the Link below fro a letter from
Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II,
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Lebanon Presbyterian Church will be hosting a Virtual African American Sunday Celebration on Sunday, October 17, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., via Zoom. event.

The African American Caucus of the Racial Ethnic Concerns Committee (RECC/AAC) of Trinity Presbytery is sponsoring this celebration, which benefits the Hudson Langford Scholarship Fund. Donations to this fund should be made from January through May of 2022.
Please announce the Virtual African American Sunday Celebration during your worship service on Sunday and share the Zoom meeting link.  

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Introducing a New Curriculum and Advent Materials
Advent in Plain Sight: A Devotion through Ten Objects
By: Jill J. Duffield

In this daily devotional for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, Jill J. Duffield draws readers’ attention to ten ordinary objects that appear in the biblical narratives of messianic prophesy and incarnation—objects we encounter in our own lives. Through objects such as gates, trees, cloth, light, and water, readers will find new meaning in the biblical account of Jesus’ coming. By connecting everyday objects with biblical texts, Advent in Plain Sight prompts readers to see the near kingdom of heaven on earth and ponder what that divine proximity enables and asks them to do and be. Each daily devotional features a Scripture reading, prayer, and reflection, reminding Christians that God still dwells among us, even in the most ordinary places.
We are hosting two Follow Me webinars in October! Join us as we give you the opportunity to learn more about our new curriculum Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living. Additionally, we are giving you the opportunity to meet one of the Follow Me editors and ask your questions. Finally, we will be sharing with you tips and tricks for using Follow Me in a hybrid or online setting. RSVP for these webinars by using the links below. 

Follow Me webinar October 14 noon EST https://fb.me/e/2IvkQTeDE

Follow Me webinar October 20 7 pm EST https://fb.me/e/RUCSMHuh

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News from the Discipleship Resource Team (DRT)
Trinity Presbytery Older Adult Ministry

If you are interested in Trinity Presbytery Older Adult Ministry, you’re invited to a virtual (Zoom) meeting on Thursday, 10/21/21 at 9 a.m. to learn more.
Contact the Rev. Caroline Dennis, Moderator of the DRT, for the Zoom meeting link.

Presbyterian Youth Triennium (PYT) 2022

Rev. Gordon Tubbs will be the registrar for Trinity Presbytery’s delegation to PYT 2022. Save the date; more information will available soon.

 Part-Time Bookkeeper
Full Time Chaplin
We have also added positions to the Trinity Presbytery website. Always check the link above (click the graphic) that is normally at the bottom of each e-newsletter.
Latest Board Connections
Rev. Dr. Danny Murphy, Sr.
NEW-Totally Virtual

Join other church educators in the APCE SOAP Region (SC, GA, FL, and Puerto Rica) for "Outside the Walls," our 2021 Regional Event, scheduled for November 4 - 6, 2021, live from the GNTV studio. We will begin our time together at 7:00pm on Thursday and end at 4:00pm on Friday.

We have made the difficult decision to meet virtually out of love for one another. While we are obviously disappointed that we won't all be together in St. Simon's Island, we will still have plenty of time for conversation, catching up with friends, and meeting new colleagues.

Our keynote speaker, Aisha Brooks-Johnson will equip and motivate us. ​Eric Nanz
will lead us in praise and worship

The cost for registration is $75.

CLICK HERE for more information about accommodations and meals as well as to register.

CLICK HERE to register.
Dear South Sudanese Friends and Friends of South Sudan:

Situation Report: The attached document entitled, "10 Years After Independence, South Sudan Faces Persistent Crisis" provides a succinct report with excellent illustrations addressing armed conflict, displacement and violent events, forced displacement and food insecurity. It is easy to understand why there has been a major reduction in the standard of living over the past ten years.
US Political Report: On September 23rd, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R- Idaho) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced a Senate Resolution calling for a review of U.S. policy toward South Sudan. Noting that there is persistent violence, continuing humanitarian crisis, corruption and a lack of political will by South Sudan's leaders to genuinely commit to peace and democracy and resolve continuing issues.  
Comment: U.S. policy has been vague, uncoordinated, inconsistent, and misguided for the last 8 years. Thus, this review is welcomed.
Ministry Report:
  • Education:  We continue to work toward providing secondary education for those who completed primary education successfully earlier this year. Kondako Primary School is in session with engaged students. The Shalom Education Program in Kakuma Refugee Camp has lost two students who left the refugee camp. The remaining students all are passing and are reported to have improved their studies in this the second term of the program. Some who have difficulty are struggling with two new languages, English and Kiswahili.
  • Theological Education/Peacemaking and Evangelism:  We continue supporting the two institutions that we have been for some time. We are encouraging trained pastors to work in their local areas toward evangelization, peacemaking and conflict resolution.  
  • Mission Trip: The group is planning a trip to South Sudan early next year. There have been changes in leadership both in our ministry and in our Presbyterian Church partners, so a significant goal is to meet and better understand each other and the objectives of the church. Hopefully by then the organizational issues among our church partners will be resolved. We also want to visit the Presbyterian Churches of South Sudan in Juba to distribute Talking Bibles, work with the children and Sunday School Teachers, meet the pastors, etc. There are other groups in Juba that we will want to meet with as well.  If the situation allows, we would like to visit friends in the Greater Upper Nile region.
Please pray for the people of South Sudan!
In His Service,
Elder Bill Andress
Trinity South Sudan Ministry

The National POAMN Conference for 2021 is going VIRTUAL!

October 26-28, 2021

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you”   (Isaiah 46:4a)
Ministry Resources- Navigating COVID-19
Connecting during social distancing: This week's resources for worship, study and navigating COVID-19.

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Here are the latest offerings from the Center for Lifelong Learning.
Please share with your pastors, leaders, congregations or peers.

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Mike Kirk
PC(USA) Legal Services and Risk Management
Trinity Presbytery Mission Highlights
Trinity Presbytery Connectional Church (TPCC) Grant Recipient, Chapel of Hope*
Chapel of Hope at Hanson Circle in Laurens, SC was established over seven years ago with a Sunday afternoon vesper service followed by dinner. Many in the community do not have transportation, so having a worship service close by has been very convenient. The Chapel has also helped to produce a sense of community for folks. A number of the participants have attended conferences in Montreat, NC, as well as at St. Simons Island, GA. The Chapel has sponsored flower garden competitions and participants have taken part in church plays. From time to time, the Chapel has received a community wide offering for Haiti; the Chapel has sponsored kids in Haiti for a number of years and has entertained guests from Haiti at Chapel services.
The grant received from Trinity Presbytery was applied towards the purchase of food distributed to the seventy-five units on a monthly basis during the pandemic and towards food needs in Haiti.
*TPCC Grant recipients were required to submit a written report (to be published) detailing how the grant was used, as well as what they learned and experienced.
  • Fall Presbytery Meeting

The Next Stated Meeting of Trinity Presbytery will be held virtually on Tuesday, November 9th, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Commissioners’ Handbook will be available Friday, October 29th. The Handbook will be sent to all Ministers of Word and Sacrament, Commissioned Pastors, Certified Christian Educators and Clerks of Session. It is the responsibility of the Clerks of Session to get the handbook to the Elder Commissioner(s) from their congregations.

  • Trinity Presbytery 2022 Budget Information

The proposed 2022 Budget for Trinity Presbytery was presented at the August 24 th Presbytery meeting, and will be presented for adoption at the November 9 th Presbytery meeting. Commitment forms and
quarterly reports will be mailed to the churches next week, along with a narrative budget, highlighting the proposed allocations for the 2022 Income and Expenditure Budget. Click here to see the narrative.

The Presbytery office has reopened. However, if you are planning on visiting the office, please call beforehand to be sure the staff member you need to see will be there.

All safety precautions continue to be observed.

The Presbytery Office Hours During COVID-19

9:00 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
9:00 a.m. -1 p.m. on Friday

Wednesday- open only for appointments, staff will be working remotely.

Please call ahead if you need to make an appointment for Wednesdays.