Volume 20
September 2020
In earlier editions of Trinity E-news, we introduced several new folks who were joining our presbytery. We are delighted to welcome two more.
Rev. Eliza Smith was introduced and examined at the August 8th Stated Meeting of Trinity Presbytery and was ordained on Sunday, August 16th at Shandon Presbyterian Church, her home church. Eliza will serve in the validated ministry of a one-year appointment to the chaplain residency program at Prisma Health in Greenville.
Mr. Lucas Jones was introduced and examined at the August 8th Stated Meeting of Trinity Presbytery. Mr. Jones will be ordained and installed later this year as associate pastor of our Downtown Church.

FALL ADULT RETREAT

October 15-17, 2020

As we look ahead to the future, we will continue to respond to the needs of our community as we provide camp and retreat ministry and support for faith formation with children, youth, and adults.  Already, we are working with Trinity Presbytery’s Older Adult Committee to plan a virtual retreat in the fall. Mark your calendars; more information to come!
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.
FREE Webinar
September 15 at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT
90-minute Presbyterian Outlook webinar
Presented by Kerry Connelly


  • Begin to understand and deconstruct white identity and how it operates in the world.
  • Understand the process of this deconstruction, and how it resembles the stages of grief.
  • Learn how to practice agency over embedded whiteness, unconscious bias and inherent racism.
  • Get practical tips on how to combat systemic racism.
  • Acquire language and tools to companion others in their process of deconstructing whiteness and other systems of dominance.
  • Learn how the church can be an agent of change and justice in the current racial divide.
PLANNING CALENDARS FOR SALE
The Presbytery Office has some extra Presbyterian planning calendars left.

The cost per calendar is $11.

You may e-mail the Presbytery office at trinitypresbytery@gmail.com to make arrangements to pick up the calendars. If they need to be mailed, you will be invoiced for those charges.
The 2020 conference will be held virtually on three days (Tuesdays): September 22 & 29 and October 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Find out more by visiting the website https://stewardshipkaleidoscope.org/.

Stewardship Kaleidoscope is an annual conference offering excellent plenary speakers, informative workshop leaders, provocative worship experiences, and incredible networking opportunities for all who are passionate about stewardship and generosity. 
Healthy Seminarians-Healthy Church's 2nd Annual Miles for Ministry Fundraiser! Family Promise of the Midlands will be one of three non-profits that HSHC will be contributing 10% of the proceeds to.

On Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, Healthy Seminarians-Healthy Church non-profit and validated ministry of Trinity Presbytery, SC, is going to be holding its 2nd annual "Miles for Ministry" fundraiser. The mission of HSHC is to equip seminarians, clergy, and church leaders to explore practical ways of living into greater health and wholeness through education, research, and advocacy.

While our goal is still the same (raise $15,000), our method is different. Last year, donors supported HSHC co-founders Karen and Travis Webster as they ran in a 50k trail ultra-marathon. This year, we are intentionally slowing things down! HSHC and a small group of seminarians and congregational members will be walking and praying for seminaries and faith communities in the Atlanta area and beyond. You are invited to show your support for their health and wholeness ministry in a variety of ways. 

For more information, and/or to donate, click here: https://www.healthyseminarians-healthychurch.org/miles-for-ministry-2020/

Click the logo above to read the most current newsletter from HSHC.
Adapting Fall Curriculum for Pandemic Times
The staff of The Thoughtful Christian is working on guides and special adaptations to make it easier for churches to do faith formation during this unprecedented time.
 
To find out more about Adapting Fall Curriculum for Pandemic Times, click here




*Presbyterians Organized in Nurture and Teaching, a network of educators who offer Christian education expertise and curriculum interpretation skills to churches in their presbytery, with an emphasis on denomination curriculum.
 
Andrea Paschal
Remember that Trinity Presbytery has a *POINT person. Andrea Paschal is a Certified Christian Educator, serving as the Director of Faith Formation at our Forest Lake Church. Contact Andrea for any questions, recommendations, samples, etc.
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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.


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Church Law and Tax Presents a Free Webinar:

Keeping Internal Controls in Check During a Pandemic. During these unprecedented times when so many of us are conducting business outside of our regular office, It is important to consider how to adjust and keep internal controls strong. View the webinar here.

Did you know?

The Board of Pensions Board University provides e-learning opportunities to members of the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) — at no additional cost. These modules address a variety of topics that promote wholeness in the four dimensions of well-being: spiritual, health, financial, and vocational. Find out more here.
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.
September 6 -
October 4, 2020
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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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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.
Please GIVE!
The Hunger Offering is collected during the worship service at two of the four Stated Meetings of Trinity Presbytery each year. The August 8th meeting was held virtually via Zoom, and a link to donate to the Hunger Offering online was distributed to all the participants. However, due to initial technical issues during the worship service, the information about the offering apparently was not heard by all. (Only one contribution was received).

If you wish to contribute to hunger issues in Trinity Presbytery, you’ll find by clicking the image to the right or by going to our website.

If you ‘d like, you may pay by check, made payable to Trinity Presbytery, and mailed to 554 DaVega Drive, Lexington, SC 29073.
Please write “Hunger Offering” on the memo line of the check.
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).