Welcome to the Presbytery of New Harmony


Office Hours
Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

(If you want to see someone in particular, you will want to call ahead to see if that person is available)  

Telephone 843-662-8411 

Street and Mailing address
2352 Presbyterian Road
Florence, South Carolina 29501

Electronic mail
Email general requests here.
Email webmaster requests here.


Building Community Through Information - August 24, 2022
Happening in New Harmony Presbytery
(All meetings by ZOOM,
unless otherwise noted.)
Grand Strand Area Lunch - September 8, 12 pm, El Cerro Grande.
New Harmony Presbytery's Office Hours - Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm.
If you need to visit the office or meet with either Juanita or Gavin, it is best to contact them by the Presbytery office phone or by email. This will insure their availability.
for our two churches for the week:
Hebron Presbyterian Church, Sumter,
Jack Humphries,
Commissioned Pastor.
Indiantown Presbyterian Church, Jim Burton,
Interim Pastor.
Friends and family of Beth Cottingham, who died earlier this year. A memorial service will be held October 7, 2 pm, at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow in Grace Hall.
Victims of floods, fires, and other disasters.
for children, teachers, administrators, staff, and parents, as the new school year begins.
for the victims and families in all shootings.
of thanks for the Presbytery of New Harmony Executive Presbyter Nominating Committee.
for all persons and churches in transition.
Marcy B. Carl 
?Dubuque Theological Seminary.
Caitlyn Hathaway 
(First, Hartsville)
Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond.
Joseph Jumper
(First, Myrtle Beach)
Columbia Theological Seminary
Holly Bannan,
(Kingston Presbyterian Church)
Starts Union Presbyterian Seminary Charlotte in the Fall.
Randolph Green 
?(Congruity Presbyterian Church)
Darren Wilson
Union Presbyterian Seminary-Charlotte.
Flury Wilson
Union Presbyterian Seminary-Charlotte.
New Items
Robert Henry Commissioned
?to Serve Kentyre and Timmonsville Presbyterian Churches
Ruling Elder Robert Henry was Commissioned during the August 16 Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of New Harmony. Robert is a member of Marion Presbyterian Church.
Read Robert's Faith Journey and Statement of Faith.
Good News from our Congregations
One of the items on the agenda for meetings of New Harmony Presbytery is "Good News from our Congregations." During this time ruling elders may come to the microphone and tell the presbytery good news they might have experienced in their congregation. Some of those expressed in the recent Presbytery meeting were:
  • Kingston Presbyterian Church - welcome of Pastor, Robert Bannan and Director of Discipleship, Holly Bannan; energized conversation class; including youth in worship.
  • Westminster - held health fair with other churches and after school tutoring program.
  • Celebration - 20th anniversary coming up October 15-16.
  • First, Myrtle Beach - Disciples of Change, joint ventures with other churches, Thornwell Building Families, & Mental Health Program.
  • Melina - Prays for Rev. Sparks & thanks for Rev. Larry Hill, new members, & 7 baptisms.
  • Mount Pisgah - Puzzle and Pray night with Morton Presbyterian Church.
  • First, Sumter - 200th Anniversary upcoming and hosting Presbytery during that time.
Federal Grants for
Disaster Preparedness and Security Enhancements
The Department of Homeland Security has allocated $550 million for fiscal year 2022. Non-profits are included in organizations able to apply. This is one way you can fund your Disaster Preparedness efforts. Read about the funding allocation. Find out more about how to apply https://www.fema.gov/grants.
Evangelism Conference at Montreat
Scheduled for October.
Evangelism--Addressing Harm, Embracing Hope will be held October 30-November 1 at Montreat. In order to move into the future with a fresh understanding of the wholistic meaning of evangelism, we must repent of the wrong we have done in the name of evangelism and recognize the harm we have caused people and communities. We have a call upon our lives to share and live the good news of the love of God for people and Creation. The call of Jesus in Matthew 28 is to go and make disciples in the way he lived, served, and taught. The call of Jesus in Matthew 25 is to form disciples who care about people who are hungry and thirsty, people who are sick and in prison, and people in need of clothing and welcome. Scripture is clear that the gospel leads us into forming disciples who will bring justice, good news, and hope to our neighborhoods. This event will be held online and in-person at Montreat Conference Center. Everyone will join together for plenary and worship. A discounted conference fee of $70 is made possible by the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Register or Find out More online.
Board of Pensions Connect-Wholeness Edition.
Check out the latest BOP Connect--Wholeness Edition online. Find articles about insomnia, transition to college expense grants, rediscovering joy in difficult times, and more.
Items You Might Have Missed
Rev. Gavin Meek Chosen to as
Installed Presbytery Exec/Stated Clerk
By unanimous recommendation from the Executive Presbyter Nomination Committee, and by unanimous vote by the Presbytery of New Harmony, the Rev. Gavin Meek was chosen to be the installed Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk.
"Throughout the entire process our committee prayed for the Spirit of God to move us and lead us to whom God is calling to serve as our next EP/SC. It is Gavin’s energy and passion to serve God and NHP, as well as his ability to lead systemic change and address social issues with grace and conviction that confirmed in all of us that God is calling Gavin to be our next installed EP/SC. Gavin’s love for our
presbytery and his extensive experience will help us truly live into our mission and vision for the future of NHP." - Executive Presbyter Nominating Committee
[See the attached brochure for more information about Gavin and the EPNC process.]
Active Shooter, Active Threat Training
for All Congregations
Beginning on September 5th and continuing through October 26th, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, (SLED) will provide active shooter/Active threat training and facility assessment to NHP congregations. All of these are on a Wednesday and all 10am to 1pm. The schedule is as follows:
  • September 28th – Trinity, Surfside (2061 Glenns Bay Rd. Surfside Beach, SC 29575)
  • October 5th – John Calvin, Florence (2000 Marsh Ave. Florence, SC 29505)
  • October 19th – First, Cheraw (300 Market St. Cheraw, SC 29520)
  • October 26th – Goodwill, Mayesville (295 N. Brick Church Rd. Mayesville, SC 29102)
Congregations are requested to form safety committees to provide for safety and security in and around their churches. Advanced and basic training in various aspects of safety and security will be offered. Members of these safety committees are encouraged to attend in the aforementioned active shooter/active threat training as well as the pastor, members of Session and all members.
Twentieth Anniversary of
Celebration Presbyterian Church
Celebration Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will celebrate its 20th Anniversary on October 15-16, 2022. A special luncheon is planned for Saturday, October 15 for members, former members and friends of Celebration to share food, fellowship and highlights from our 20 years of mission and ministry in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Sunday, October 16, we will gather at 11:00 a.m. to continue our 20th-anniversary celebration in worship. The Rev. Dr. Charles Elliot will be our guest preacher sharing in worship leadership with our pastor the Rev. Dr. Tom Dendy. A reception and time of fellowship will follow worship. All are welcome!
The church is located at 2300 Carolina Forest Blvd. Myrtle Beach.
Our Building Families free 8-week parenting series starts August 23 and runs through October 8. Registration and details can be found HERE.
Connecting During Times of Crisis: 
?Sharing Stories of Support
To serve Presbyterians of South Carolina in the development and preparation of Presbyteries and congregations for manmade or natural disasters impacting our congregations by the connection of our stories.
Saturday, October 29, 2022
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
(registration and fellowship beginning at 9:00 am)
Cherokee Presbyterian Church
3622 August Highway, Gilbert, SC 29054
Church: 803.892.6740
Cost of attendance: $10.00 per participant.
Registration closing date: October 15, 2022
Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network is thrilled to offer this retreat at a significantly discounted rate! Your conference registration includes lodging, meals and retreat programming. Pastors, educators, volunteers and all of those that work with and among older adults are encouraged to attend this retreat.
  • Need a change of scenery?
  • Come hear the Good News!
  • Live in Hope!
  • Connect!
  • Love to Work with Older Adults?
  • This is the retreat for you!
  • All meals included
  • Single rooms $300 per person before Sept. 9
  • Double rooms $200 per person before Sept. 9
  • Commuters $150
  • Discounted rates for POAMN members
Christian Formation/Education Week
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) planning calendar recognizes a week of Christian Formation in churches and faith communities. This week begins the Sunday after Labor Day (September 11), but churches may choose different weeks depending on their particular calendars and practices. When considering all the ways in which formation happens in our faith communities, we can use this time to kick off a new program year for Christian education, commission faith formation leaders, and highlight and start ministries. Here are resources to help you plan for this celebration, including liturgy and activity resources. There are also ideas for back-to-school blessings and faith practices at home.
Presbyterian Youth Triennium Resources 
On the very days Presbyterian Youth Triennium was to be gathering in Indianapolis, Indiana before the highly anticipated event fell victim to COVIDthree online resource guides have been published so that youth and their leaders can participate in their own way and at their own pace. Check them out!
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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Work Team Opportunities
?It is clear that COVID will influence the way we live and do ministry for years to come. Yet in an adapting world, natural disasters continue to affect communities, who still rely on the generosity of volunteers to support the long-term recovery from floods, fires, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Individuals and families who have been marginalized in the past continue to be marginalized during disaster recovery.
Along with many other faith-based and non-profit groups, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) provides opportunities to step into the gap, walk with those
impacted, and work towards healing.
PDA currently has 7 host sites receiving volunteer teams witnessing to the healing love of Christ by supporting rebuilding efforts in areas that have been affected by natural disasters, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and fires. [more]
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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Emotional and Spiritual Care Offerings
Our programs are responsive to the recent and ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to the effects of natural disasters, the tragedy of mass shootings and other human caused disasters, and continuing issues of racial justice. In all of our programs, PDA team members facilitate discussions
and offer materials on maintaining self-care and building personal resilience through relationships, story telling and spiritual practices. Participants have the opportunity to share their experiences and wisdom with one another.
Please contact Kathy Riley, PDA national staff and Team Lead for Emotional and Spiritual Care at Kathryn.Riley@pcusa.org for more information or to schedule a program. Our programs are open to teaching elders, ruling elders, deacons and other congregational members. We also offer our programs to non faith-based organizations. For links to our pre-recorded programs and handouts, please go to
The Internal Revenue Service announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rate for the final 6 months of 2022. For the final 6 months of 2022, the standard mileage rate for business travel will be 62.5 cents per mile, up 4 cents from the rate effective at the start of the year.
?Join with Other PCUSA Members in Support of Urgent Needs in Ukraine and Beyond
Union Presbyterian Seminary Receives Grant to
Help Starting Pastors
?Union Presbyterian Seminary has been awarded a $50,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to plan and develop a program that focuses on nurturing and sustaining the preaching of pastors who are in the first seven years of their preaching ministries after graduation.
“We know that those who are early in their congregational ministries face a multitude of challenges and many do not last in congregational ministry beyond their first seven years. While we can’t address every ministry challenge, this grant will help us discern how we might come alongside early career ministers, developing opportunities to nurture their preaching in ways that account for 21st century contexts,” said the Rev. Dr. Rich Voelz, Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship at Union Presbyterian Seminary. [more]
The stories in this month’s newsletter reflect the Compassion, Peace & Justice ministries’ actions, working for peace, partnership and love for all people. As we approach the Season of Peace, please consider signing up for the four-week series of reflections that culminates in the Peace & Global Witness Offering in October. [more]
Learning - Connecting - Resourcing - Expanding
Here is how past attendee Rev. Jack Haberer describes the conference:
"The annual Stewardship Kaleidoscope Conference brings together a host of experts, seasoned practitioners and aspiring leaders-to-be to help one another explore the fresh ideas, newest technologies, proved strategies and ages-old theological brilliance that can help congregations fulfill their God-given callings and missions."
We all need opportunities to connect, share ideas, and get the inspiration we need to enliven our congregations - we hope to offer this in Savannah in September, and hope you will join us there (or online).
Scholarships and early-bird pricing are still available at StewardshipKaleidoscope.org.
Savannah Presbytery's
J. Richard Bass School of the Laity
Since 1988, the Savannah Presbytery has provided an in-depth program of study known as the School of the Laity. It was a vision of then Executive Presbyter Dr. J. Richard Bass, who saw the desire of laypersons to engage in serious study of scripture, theology, and ministry. Students can participate in three June sessions and two (each) October and March sessions to complete a two year program that includes: Introduction to the Bible, surveys of both Old and New Testaments, Introduction to Reformed Theology, History, Mission and Polity, Elements of Worship and Practical Ministries. Within our own presbytery over 320 laypeople accepted the two-year commitment and engaged in hours of class and preparation time to become graduates. 
In 2020, Savannah Presbytery moved our program online in response to the pandemic and has committed to continuing our online access ongoing. It is with this in mind, that we invite participants from other presbyteries to register for our October 1-2, 2022 Session. Please note- there are no pre-requisites to take these courses—we welcome first-time learners, folks considering a pathway to becoming a Commissioned Ruling Elder (CRE), and even pastors who may want to experience our program.
Interested in what they have to offer? Download the flyer with registration information.
PW Synod Gathering
October 21-23, 2022
Epworth by the Sea
St. Simons Island, GA
TWO registrations and payments are required: The Epworth registration for room and board is HERE. The SOSA REGISTRATION FORM must be printed and mailed to address on bottom.
Impersonator Strikes Again
It seems that Gavin's email has been hacked and someone is trying to impersonate him. This time the perpetrator has used his official email address. If you receive an email with Gavin's email address before that time, it is not he.
Church Preparation for an Active Shooter
SLED offers a course for churches which wish to know how to respond to the threat and actuality of an active shooter in their midst. Find more information HERE.
Check out these resources as well:
SC5 Minister/Educator Retreat Scheduled for October
DON'T JUST MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Register today for the October 24-26 Minister/Educator Retreat at Montreat. "Leadership Development Is Great And All That, And What I Really Need Is Some Time, Rest, Refresh, & Renew!" Is it possible to lead from a place of wholeness? Is there room for creativity, imagination, and play? How can you experience the fullness of life and living and leading? as Children of God? Find out more.
Synod of South Atlantic African American Clergy and Educators Virtual Retreats
Three Virtual Retreats for African American Clergy and Educators Scheduled for 2022. Synod of the South Atlantic African American Clergy and Educators Virtual Retreats have been scheduled. After much prayer and discernment for the need to remain connected, we will host a few more gatherings for African American Clergy and Educators. If you would like to receive information regarding these events, please submit your contact information at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6FJMFWR. After you register with this link, the Event Link and details will be sent closer to the date of the event. The date is October 28.
Coaching for New Harmony Presbytery
Pastors in Full-Time Calls
New Harmony Presbytery seeks to be of continued and greater assistance and support of our pastoral leaders! This new initiative was recommended to the presbytery by the Goal and Staff Design Recommended Team through the Guiding Council this past November. It was placed in the 2022 budget which was approved in February. The Committee on Ministry approved last week the attached policy guidelines. Please contact Gavin or Tony Larson, COM Moderator, if you have questions.
Benefits of Coaching for Pastors:
  • Help you feel inspired about your call and provide time to reflect on that call.
  • Learn new skills such as in the areas of communication, conflict-management, time-management and problem-solving.
  • Learn to stay on task.
  • Create better goals.
  • Improve productivity and feel more motivated.
  • Reflect on your values.
  • Overcome personal obstacles and become more confident.
For more information, click here.
Playology: Experiencing God Through the Art of Play
Sponsored by the South Atlantic Puerto Rico Region of APCE
We Love Playing. We Love Art. We Love God. Playology is a perfect storm of those three things, as well as a word made-up to capture our recreation-related workshops. Join us for a weekend chocked full of interactive training and practical resources to integrate recreation and play into your ministry.
Join others in our region (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico) who serve in educational ministry at Epworth by the Sea on St. Simon's Island, Georgia, November 3 - 5, 2022 as we experience God through the art of play.
Thankful Thursday Prayer
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we know the power of cooperative prayer. Thankful Thursday is a time for EVERYONE to thank God for ALL He has, is, and will do for us. Scriptures remind us of the importance of prayer. In Ephesians 6:18 we read: "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people."
Ruling Elder Delcia Harper-Baxter, Commissioned Pastor
Links of Interest
New Harmony Presbytery www.newharmonypres.org.
Synod of South Atlantic
Presbyterian Church, USA
Presbyterian Communities of S.C.
Montreat Conference Center
South Carolina Inn at Montreat
Job Opportunities
If you have the need to advertise a job position, please send the relevant information to me at
First Presbyterian Church, Cheraw, is seeking a part-time organist for one service a week, weekly choir practice and special services. The organ, Opus 104, was built by Gabriel Kney and Associates of London, Ontario, in 1986, and is designed to lead the congregation in glorious singing, accompany the choir and perform in recitals. For more details and contact information, please see position description. (View the complete job description)
First Presbyterian Church, Cheraw is in need of a pianist or an organist to substitute on Sunday mornings for the 11:00 worship service. Substitute organist pay is $150 per Sunday. If interested, please contact Christie McLeod at 843-910-4538.
?Summerton Presbyterian Church is in need of a pianist or organist to substitute on Sunday mornings from 10:30 am until noon. The pay is competitive. If interested, please call 803-485-4593. If no answer, leave a message.
John Calvin Presbyterian Church is searching for a Nursery Assistant for Sunday mornings (1.5-2.0 hrs. per week). If you are interested download the job description by clicking on the link below. John Calvin Nursery Assistant.


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