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Presbytery of New Harmony

The Mission of the Presbytery of New Harmony is to strengthen, nurture, and sustain its congregations and ministers, and to participate in the wider mission of the church through its higher governing bodies.

The Presbytery of New Harmony, a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is situated along the northeastern coast of South Carolina. We have 7,534 members across 12 counties in South Carolina. The presbytery office, located in Florence, supports 65 congregations and 80 resident ministers.

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Presbytery of New Harmony
2352 Presbyterian Road
Florence, SC 
Phone  843-662-8411



Digest of October 8, 2019 Fall Stated Meeting of the Presbytery   
The Presbytery of New Harmony…

  • October PresWelcomed first-time Ruling Elders, Corresponding Members and visitors.  Seated Corresponding members Rev. Peter Kaniah Kariuki and Rev. Rober Waihenya, Secretary General and Director of Mission of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, Rev. Lauren Scharstein, Newark [pictured on right, Rev. Josie Holler]; Rev. Joyce Lieberman, Synod Executive and Stated Clerk, St. Augustine; Rev. Franklin Fant, Presbyterian Communities of SC, Trinity; Rev. Herb Cottington, Trinity; and Rev. Jennifer Kottler, Disciples of Christ with standing in the United Church of Christ.   
  • Rev. Dr. Herb Cottington led worship, emphasizing clustering.  An offering of $1638 was taken and will be shared between the Caribbean Youth Network, Marsh Harbor, Bahamas and mission in the Presbyterian Church of East Africa.   
  • An omnibus motion was approved accepting reports from Transitional Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk (including a recommendation for commissioner parity); Guiding Council (including responsibilities and membership of Presbytery Disaster Assistance Commission, changing the name of Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center to Camp Pee Dee); Camping Ministry; Committee on Ministry; Committee on Preparation for Ministry (including a change in the repayment policy when a recipient chooses not to serve in the PCUSA); Administrative Commissions from Hopewell, John Calvin, and New Harvest Presbyterian Churches. 
  • The Presbytery moved into regional communities for the purpose of having conversations on clustering.  After lunch, the communities reported briefly to the presbytery.   
  • Received a report from Transitional Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk, Gavin Meek, which included information on Per Capita, Vital Congregations Initiative (8 congregations committed), session minute reviews, and anyone interested in joining conversations about racism and anti-racism work should contact Rev. Meek.   
  • Received a report from Guiding Council, which included approval on second reading of the Presbytery Design with Standing Rules (with the addition of two positions to Guiding Council, commissioners from the Black Caucus and Presbyterian Women); filling vacancies on Committee on Representation and Nominations with Ruling Elders Rachel Chandler, Mary Kendall Bittle, and Rev. Joan Yates (Class of 2022), Rev. Jim Clark (Class of 2020); receiving first reading of 2020 proposed budget of $1,072,670; approving presbytery meeting dates for 2020 and February 2021 (see “This Week in New Harmony” for dates and locations).     
  • Heard reports from Committee on Representation and Nominations (electing slate of nominees); Committee on Ministry (including welcoming Jim Burton and Linda Post to the Presbytery, bidding farewell to Annette Brewer and Lisa Culpepper, and approving minimum terms of call for 2020); Synod of South Atlantic Executive, Joyce Lieberman; Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina, Franklin Fant; and Board of Pensions, Elizabeth Little.   
  • Moderator, Rev. Josie Holler, expressed thanks, particularly to Melina Presbyterian Church for hosting the meeting, and adjourned the meeting with prayer.  

[The next Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of New Harmony will be Tuesday, February 22, 2020, at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church.] 


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