Welcome to the
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.

Please feel free to browse our website to find out more about us.

If you cannot find what you're looking for, please feel free to contact us at the addresses listed below.

Presbytery of New Harmony
2352 Presbyterian Road
Florence, SC 
29501
Phone  843-662-8411

office@newharmonypres.org

 

This Week in New Harmony
    Building Community Through Information

December 5, 2019

Upcoming Presbytery Meetings
 
February 22, 2020
Pawleys Island
Presbyterian Church.
 
May 15-16, 2020
Presbyterian College.
 
August 18, 2020
First Presbyterian Church, Cheraw.
 
November 14, 2020
Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, Dalzell.
 
February 20, 2021
First Presbyterian Church, Myrtle Beach.
Prayers for...
(Send request to presbyeducator@gmail.
com
.) 
 
Those who struggle with holidays.  May they find God's peace in their lives.
 
Our two churches for the week:
 
White Oak Presbyterian Church, Ruby,
Ray Howe,
Moderator of Session.
 
Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, Kingstree,
Don Muncie, Pastor.
 
Candidates
Fred "Tripp" Brogdon, III
(First, Sumter) Columbia Theological Seminary.
 
Marcy B. Carl (Georgetown) Dubuque Theological Seminary.

Inquirers
Caitlyn Hathaway (First, Hartsville)
Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond.
 
Joseph Jumper
(First Myrtle Beach)
Columbia Theological Seminary
 
Darren Wilson
(Friendship)
Union Presbyterian Seminary-Charlotte.

Flury Wilson
(Friendship)
Union Presbyterian Seminary-Charlotte.
Local Church Information
 
If your congregation is planning an event you would like to advertise, please submit  information, to Avery Dickson by Monday of the week you want it published.

Local Church Mission Information

If your congregation has participated in a mission project or trip recently, we would like to share it with our presbytery.  Please submit the information to Avery Dickson.

Important Links

Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center


Thornwell Home for Children
 

PCUSA

SC Inn (Montreat)

Montreat Conference Center
 

Presbytery Office Info
Address
2352 Presbyterian Road, Florence, SC 29501
 
 
Phone
(843) 662-8411
 
New This Week
Happening in New Harmony Presbytery
(Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the Presbytery office.) 
 
Presbytery Office will be closed
December 20 - January 3
for Christmas and New Years Holiday.
 
If a pastoral emergency, AS ALWAYS, you are to call Gavin or Julie on our cells or you call the office, select Gavin's extension which automatically and immediately sends you to his cell phone.
This Week in New Harmony will be published on December 11 and 18.  Deadline for information to be included will be December 10 and 17 respectively.  
 
This Week in New Harmony will not be published the weeks the Presbytery office is closed.
 
New Harmony Presbytery's 
Office Hours  Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm.
Parenting Conference at Montreat
Montreat Lake
 
Church leaders please help us promote this retreat to your parents with kids of all ages. This is a weekend our parents need to get away, build community, learn, grow, worship and be renewed together. Learn more and register HERE.
Gavin Meek to Again Offer Officer Training
 
All ruling elders and deacons are invited to participate in one of the four officer training events to be held over the next several months.  These training sessions are for you if...
  • You are soon to be ordained and installed as a ruling elder or deacon.
  • You are a newly ordained and installed elder or deacon.
  • You have served in the past and/or will be continuing to serve on Session or the Board of Deacons, yet would appreciate a refresher course or a bit more knowledge on the Constitutional questions.
The session will be held at the following locations. 
  • January 11, Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church.
  • January 18, Lake City Presbyterian Church. 
  • January 25, Second Presbyterian Church, Sumter.
All sessions are from 9 am - 1 pm.  Refreshments served at 8:30.  Please attend the most convenient.  PLEASE email office@newharmonypres.org to register.
 
For complete information, download the letter.
 
Cluster Lunches Cancelled for December
Call for Prayer for Cameroon
by the PCUSA Stated Clerk
PUCSA logo in circle
 
Dear Friends in Christ,
 
Deeply troubled by recent events in Cameroon, I would invite all Presbyterians to join me in praying for justice, peace, and security for the people of Cameroon.
 
I know that there are many in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who are painfully aware of the ongoing legacies of colonial rule in Cameroon, a modern nation created with regionally distinct French- and English-speaking communities. We have watched with alarm as initially peaceful protests by lawyers and teachers concerning the erosion of the Anglophone identity in the judicial and educational sectors were met with force. In the absence of dialogue, positions hardened and violence has intensified over the past three years with a call to create an independent nation and the formation of militias. [more] 
Save the Date for
Statewide "Alphabet Soup" Retreat
The Five SC Presbyteries announce the Statewide COM-CPM-PDA-PJC Retreat to be held at Seven Oaks Presbyterian in Columbia on February 29, 2020. If you are a member of Committee on Ministry, Committee on Preparation for Ministry, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, or Permanent Judicial Commission, this Retreat is for you.
 
More information to follow...
YMCo
 
Youth Mission Co is where mission, creativity, and transformation are happening with young people.
 
We understand mission as God's call in the lives of all people to seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly in faith.
 
We see creativity as a tool of understanding and growth because it gets us outside of ourselves and in connection with the Spirit.
 
We know transformation to be a lasting change- in a person, a group, a community, a world.  It's what God provides when we are open to new possibilities.
 
Youth Mission Co coordinates youth mission programs in Asheville and Raleigh, NC and Memphis, TN.
 
For more information on our youth mission programs and schedules in each city, visit:
 
 
Presbytery & Camp Pee Dee News
Thanks to Scott Jensen
During its meeting on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the Guiding Council, on behalf of New Harmony Presbytery, took an action to officially express its appreciation to Mr. Scott Jensen for serving as Interim Director of Camp Pee Dee during 2019.  
 
"We give thanks to God for Scott's immense love for children, camping ministry, his family, and God.  We are grateful for Scott's willingness to sojourn as a faithful Methodist "missionary" from the upper Midwest to serve as the Interim Director of Camp Pee Dee during 2019.  Scott has excelled at visiting congregations and sharing his love for camping ministry."
 
The covenant between Scott and NHP concludes on December 31, 2019.  Scott will return home to his beloved wife, Dyla, in late December, and our prayers and gratitude will go with him.  Godspeed and thank you!  
Letter from Gabe Swing, Caribbean Youth Network/Bahamas Youth Network
 
Good evening.  We are so grateful and appreciative of everything.  The needs here are overwhelming.  Literally, thousands of lives were devastated and continue to be in the wake of this storm.  
 
We are doing our best to help.  We are working in three areas:  1. Relief- as locals in the community we have been helping NGO's like Samaritan's Purse to locate and distribute aid to families who have remained or returned.  2.  Relocation- we have been helping families with the stresses, questions and financial needs of relocation.  For instance, we just bought two beds for a family that has been sleeping on air mattresses for 8 weeks, school supplies for children and etc.  3.  Restoration- we have helped families tarp their homes, recover personal items from destroyed houses.  We are preparing for future, specifically, skilled construction teams to come in mid to late spring, collecting construction materials and tools- preparing spaces for them to stay.  Most of these homes are not roof repairs they are total rebuilds, or in need of mold remediation.  
 
Please pay along our deep gratitude to those in the New Harmony Presbytery.  Their love and prayers have been deeply felt.  Please use the link below my signature to keep updated on facebook.  It's really the easiest way to update everyone.  Electricity has yet to be restored to Marsh Harbour and communication is limited.  
 
Thanks so much, 
 
Gabe 
-- 
Gabe Swing
242-577-4222 (Bahamas Cell)
Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center's Gift Opportunity List
Camp Pee Dee New Logo
The list is set up as a bulletin insert.  Please download the list and place it in your bulletin/newsletter to help Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center with some of its needs. 
PCUSA
Lenten Devotional
 
 
"Becoming a Beloved Community:  A Matthew 25 Journey to the Cross"
Empowering Commissioned
Pastors Conference
 
With the enthusiastic support and participation of our Co-Moderators, Vilmarie and Cindy, the Synod of the Sun Commissioned Pastors Network is sponsoring a conference for commissioned pastors (formerly known as commissioned lay pastors or commissioned ruling elders), to be held May 13-16, 2020, at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, Richardson, Texas.
 
You can help the conference planners as they finalize details, and assist the commissioned pastors in your presbytery and synod get connected, by passing this interest survey along to them. Expect registration to open on December 1.
 
Take the Interest Survey
Board of Pensions 
 
View the November edition of "The Board Bulletin" from the Board of Pensions. 
Discovering Renewal
Montreat Gate
New Montreat Conference
April 13-16, 2020
 
Discovering Renewal will focus on seeking respite in everyday experiences. 
 
For more information and to register, visit 
Synod of South Atlantic
2020 Per Capita and Mission Giving Information
 
Click here to view the specific adopted plan, which may be downloaded as a bulletin insert.
Mid-Council Relations News
New Mid-Council Relations News includes topics on Explaining Per Capita, Cybersecurity, Mid-Council Leadership Patterns, Moderator Conference, Family Leave Survey, Resources on Child Protection Policies, and other information of interest.  To access this news visit Mid-Council Relations News. 
Explore "InLighten Films"
 
"InLighten Films" is endorsed by various church leaders including Thomas Long, Will Willimon, others.  Click on the link below to explore how these films might help you in your ministry.
 
Mental Health Ministry
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mental Health Initiative for 2019-20    
To view the components and resources, click here.
Board of Pensions Webinars
 
Pastors, Church Workers, and employees of PC(USA) affiliated employers, who participate in the Benefits Plan may engage with Board of Pensions educators from the comfort of your office, home, or favorite coffee shop to learn about topics important to your well-being through Board University and you can receive 50 Call to Health points for participating. Our live webinars cover a topic in one of four areas of wholeness - spiritual, health, financial, or vocational well-being.  Find out more.
Synod of South Atlantic Per Capita and Mission Giving Bulletin Insert.
 
Association of Small Congregations Conference
Information and pricing and registration is available at ASC's website: www.presbyasc.org or you can contact the registrar Maurine Resch at (706)373-9480 or registrarasc@bellsouth.net.
Association of Smaller Congregations Grant
The Association of Smaller Congregations is reaching out for grant requests from small, SC congregations for the Mary Hemphill Grant, awarded in March of 2020.   The grant deadline is December 31, 2019.  The grant amount will be approximately $6,000 to $10,000.  A smaller congregation is defined as 100 or less.  
 
Last year, they just received 3 grants so would like to receive more.  See the attached application and the Grants available page that explains the purpose of the grant.  The amount listed is the total available, however there has not been a BFC decision yet as to the exact amount.  They will meet Sept 6 to make a decision.  As soon as that information is available, I will forward to you.
 
SC5 Leader of Leaders
 
"How do you nurture a culture of life-long faith formation?"
 
South Carolina Leader of Leaders
March 24, 2020
Forest Lake Presbyterian Church

John Roberto, Leader 
 
For more information, download the flyer.  
 Opportunities
 
If you have the need to advertise a job position or promote a church function, please send the relevant information to presbyeducator@gmail.com.
100 Women in White Program
 
Melina Presbyterian Church
December 29, 2019, 11:00 am
 
Speaker:  Mrs. Delcia Harper Baxter
 
Theme:  Women Walking in a Way That is Pleasing to God." - Proverbs 16:9.
 
Spread the Good News!!
Lake Murray Presbyterian Church Seeks DCE
 
Lake Murray Presbyterian Church in Chapin, SC is seeking a Director of Christian Education. The purpose of this position is to foster and nurture Christian faith and discipleship in visible, fruitful ways, focusing on the vision, leadership, administration, and supervision of the educational ministries of Lake Murray Presbyterian Church. This position would serve as a collaborative architect, able to lead and organize multiple people with various projects and programs, involving all ages in Christian instruction and growth in personal faith. Full time, competitive salary with benefits. Please send resume to LMPCDCESEARCH@gmail.com.  
First Presbyterian Church, Hartsville's
First Friday Concert Series
All Concerts at 12-12:30 in the Sanctrary.  They are free and open to the public.
 
December 6-Penny Rogers, flute; Tim Smoak, piano
January 3-Ronda McElveen & Tim Smoak, organ
February 7-Whitney Davis, soprano; Ronda McElveen, piano
March 6-FPC Chancel Choir & Celebration Ringers
April 3-Christopher Moore, tenor; Ronda McElveen, piano
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Surfside Beach is Searching for an Accompanist
 

 

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