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 
Phone  843-662-8411



This Week in New Harmony
    Building Community Through Information

October 2,  2019

Upcoming Presbytery Meetings
October 8, 2019
Melina Presbyterian Church, Gable.
Prayers for...
(Send request to presbyeducator@gmail.
Our two churches for the week:
Ruby Presbyterian Church,
Beth Hutton-Muse temporary supply.
Salem Black River Presbyterian Church,
Mayesville, SC,
Nick Cheek,
stated supply.
Fred "Tripp" Brogdon, III
(First, Sumter) Columbia Theological Seminary.
Marcy B. Carl (Georgetown) Dubuque Theological Seminary.

Caitlyn Hathaway (First, Hartsville)
Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond.

Darren Wilson
Union Presbyterian Seminary-Charlotte.

Flury Wilson
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


SC Inn (Montreat)

Montreat Conference Center

Presbytery Office Info
(843) 662-8411
New This Week
Happening in New Harmony Presbytery
(Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the Presbytery office.) 
October 3, 4:30 pm, Outdoor Ministry Director Search, ZOOM.
October 8, 8:30 am, Presbytery of 
New Harmony Meeting, 
Melina Presbyterian Church.
October 9, 10:30 am, South Carolina Presbyteries 
Staff Gathering. 
October 10, 12 pm, Grand Strand Lunch, 
El Cerro Grande.
October 11-13, South Carolina Lay School, 
Presbyterian College.

New Harmony Presbytery's Office Hours 

Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm.
of the
Presbytery of New Harmony
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
9:30 a.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Melina Presbyterian Church
Pastor Survey Reminder
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All pastors are encouraged to participate in the Minister Survey 2019.  It is an ambitious effort to learn more about church leaders.  All PC(USA) ministers (retired or not) are asked to participate.
Here is the link to the survey: https://research-services.pcusa.org/.
"Lord, When Did We See You...?" A Message from the Office of Immigration Issues
The PC(USA) has mission co-workers who serve on the U.S.-Mexico border. We have churches along the U.S.-Mexico border. We have members who minister and volunteer along the U.S.-Mexico border. As our immigration enforcement policies make a migrant's journey more dangerous, we need to be aware of how that same danger extends to all on the border.
We have heard from multiple partners involved in ministries with migrants about the increased violence in northern Mexico that is targeting migrant shelter workers and migrants. We can do something about it by contacting members of Congress. The Office of Immigration Issues, in collaboration with our partners on the border and with the Office of Public Witness, created this action alert that can assist you.
The Presidential Determination for refugee admissions should happen any day. We are a church with a rich history in refugee resettlement. As we hear reports that admissions numbers will be drastically cut, we should be pushed to action. Call your members of Congress to demand that we support a robust refugee resettlement program. Church World Service, through their #GreaterAs1 campaign, provided this action alert to guide you.
Call today before President Trump makes his decision!
View other articles from the Mid-Council Relations News.
Apply for Our
Young Community Innovators Gathering
We wouldn't be here without the teachers and elders who have nurtured us along the way. We want to help provide that opportunity for the next generation of community innovators. So, in January, we'll welcome a small group of 21-27 year-olds to New York City to learn from one another and a series of wise community teachers.
If you know of a young community leader, please encourage them to apply through this application. A word of motivation from you could make all the difference!
We're looking for emerging religious leaders, artists, caretakers, entrepreneurs, activists, and innovators without any formal title who are committed to bringing people together in meaningful ways.
All the information and application is here. The deadline is October 15th.
Presbyterians for Peace & Justice News 
Beware of a Scam for Church Members
The Latest News from
the Board of Pensions
Plan Ahead for Disasters 

The Congregational Resource Guide
If your congregation is looking for help, this is the place to start. 
Latest News From PCUSA

News from Mid Council Relations
Florence Cluster Mission Report &
Ice Cream Social
The Florence Area Missional Cluster invites you to our annual ice cream social where you will hear reports of mission and service from cluster churches (and eat ice cream and cookies).  
Please join us for a blessing.
October 6, 4:00, John Calvin Presbyterian Church
Lay School of Theology
October 11-13, 2019
For more information and to register, click here.
Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center
All Camp Reunion!
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Friday, November 1st - 2nd, 2019

Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center
Registration will be 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

End by 4 p.m. on Saturday

Cost just $50/person

Bring your friends, see you then!
Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center's GO List
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Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center has developed a GO (Gift Opportunity) List.  On the list are items which Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center could use to enhance its ministry.  
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 & Montreat
Gift of the Small Church
Reformation Sunday - October 27
Presbyterians celebrate the tradition that grounds their faith on Reformation Sunday. It is always the last Sunday in October, marking the occasion in 1517 when Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. 
Presbyterian Historical Foundation has provided a bulletin insert for use on October 27.  You will find the insert here.
Board of Pensions Webinars
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.
Board University webinars are for pastors, church workers, and employees of PC(USA)-affiliated employers who participate in the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - at no cost to you.
Webinars last one hour and require a computer, internet access, and computer speakers or a telephone. 
Building God's Way Seminar
October 9, 2019, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm.
Charleston Southern University
Visit the webpage for more information and how to register.
November is Thornwell Emphasis Month
Thornwell Emphasis Month represents a long-standing tradition of faithful friends who so generously advocate for Thornwell and bring awareness to the needs that exist within our communities. Because you care, hearts are connected to our mission and an overflow of their giving brings hope and joy to children and families who have, perhaps, never tasted the goodness of the Lord. What a rich blessing to celebrate! We invite you to join us for Thornwell Emphasis Month 2019! You'll be equipped with a bundle of resources to tell the story of our Father and how He's leading us to care for the least of these. 
To participate, simply complete the form at https://thornwell.org/thanksgiving/. If your church prefers to celebrate Thornwell Emphasis Month during a month outside of November, we invite you to share that with us, too. We'll ensure the timely delivery of your package. 
Synod of South Atlantic Per Capita and Mission Giving Bulletin Insert.
Association of Small Congregations Conference
The 2020 Conference dates are March 13-15, 2020 at Epworth on St. Simons Island with a focus on Mission: Small Tents, Big Mission. Alonzo Johnson will be our keynoter. He is the head of the Committee on Self Development of People at the PC(USA) in Louisville since 2016. Prior to that he served on the Presbyterian Mission Agency with a program Turning Swords into Plowshares.
Also teaching will be Dr. Lisa Culpepper, Deb Tregaskis, and Dorothy and Gordon Gartrell. Dr. Lisa Culpepper, pastor at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, is very involved in international mission as well as local mission in Florence. Rev. Deb Bibler Tregaskis is Executive Presbyter at Flint River. Gordon and Dorothy Gartrell are fresh from their ongoing mission in Brazil.
We offer nuts and bolts workshops to help small churches realize they are not alone in their struggles. Other small churches have faced or are facing similar challenges. Our workshop leaders offer solutions and support and hope. Our annual Conference allows time for attendees to network with each other and our leaders for encouragement.

More 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.
2019 POAMN National Conference
October 15-18, 2019
Laws Lodge, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Registration and more information available here!
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.
Big Ideas in Youth Ministry Conference: Fearless Dialogues
cts sealNovember 5 - 7, 2019
Looking for a conference where you can explore the hard questions in youth ministry, learn how to foster fearless dialogues and connect with colleagues engaged in this challenging, rewarding work? This conference will take place at The Center for Lifelong Learning, Harrington Center, Columbia Theological Seminary Decatur, GA. Pre-conference social and supper at Sweet Melissa's on the Square in Decatur, GA.  For registration and housing information go HERE.
Find more information about the
Presbyterian Women's Synod Gathering HERE.
Seminary for a Day Event
Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond Campus
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Union Presbyterian Seminary offers Seminary for a Day Event. You are invited to join us Saturday, September 28, 2019, at the Richmond campus for Seminary for a Day.  Open to the entire community, the event consists of keynote addresses and workshops where participants can engage the faculty of Union Presbyterian Seminary at our Richmond campus across a wide range of relevant and practical theological topics. Use this link to view the full, robust line-up of workshops. 

Cost for the day is $25 and includes lunch provided by Jason's Deli. This is a full day of learning in a fun, engaging environment on the historic Richmond campus. Register Here
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.  
Registration for SOAP Event 
"The Art of Yes and... when church doesn't go according to plan"


WHEN:    November 14-16, 2019
WHERE:  St. Simons Island, GA-Epworth by the Sea                 http://epworthbythesea.org
Featured Speaker: Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana
(Author of God, Improv, and The Art of Living)

Worship and Music: Rev. Bill Carter (Presbybop Music)
Minister/Educator Retreat - Save the Date
October 26-28, 2019
Assembly Inn, 
Montreat Conference Center
Leader: Dr. Sam Adams, Old Testament Professor,                                                Union Presbyterian Seminary.

More information will be forthcoming.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
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So, You Want to Volunteer in a Disaster Area? Here's how:
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance offers one-stop shopping for scheduling mission trips, work and lodging HERE.
South Carolina Inn at Montreat
Brochure Available
Your "Home in the Mountains," South Carolina Inn at Montreat, has their 2019 Brochure available.  You may access the brochure here for the latest information. 
Visit South Carolina Inn for your housing needs in Montreat, whether for a conference, or to enjoy the mountains and explore the area.  
If you have the need to advertise a job position or promote a church function, please send the relevant information to presbyeducator@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.
October 4-Jim Money, baritone, guitar
November 1-Coker Singers
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
Grandview Annual Friends & Family Day
Grandview Presbyterian Church, located at 205 Mill Street in Chesterfield, SC., invites you to our Annual Friends and Family Day on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at 11:30 am.  Immediately after the benediction, you are invited to have dinner and fellowship with us at the Chesterfield YMCA Conference Center located on Highway 9 By-Pass in Chesterfield, SC.
We are looking forward to having you as our guest as we praise God during our morning worship service and enjoy a delicious meal and fellowship. 
First Presbyterian Church, Myrtle Beach Seeks Chancel Choir Director
First Presbyterian Church, Myrtle Beach,  is searching for a Chancel Choir Director.  
The successful candidate will:
  • Direct volunteer choir members in traditional and special Sunday worship services. 
  • Direct Wednesday evening and Sunday morning rehearsals. 
  • Work with Pastors and Worship Committee to select appropriate hymns, anthems, and special music
If you have an interest or know anyone with an interest, you may download the documents below.   
First Presbyterian Church, Sumter Seeks Parish Associate of Senior Adults
First Presbyterian Church (FPC) is blessed to have an involved, vibrant and faithful senior adult population. The Parish Associate of Senior Adults will provide pastoral presence, leadership and program coordination for our senior adults. This individual will collaborate with a Senior Adult Ministry Team to plan integral faith formation opportunities while focusing on our three core principles; to welcome all, care for all and reach out to a world in need. 
For more details, view the full document.
First Presbyterian Church, Sumter, Seeking a Director of Faith Formation
The Director of Faith Formation will lead a connectional, intergenerational and comprehensive team approach to ministries at First Presbyterian Church, Sumter. This person will incorporate creative and fresh opportunities that engage our congregation spiritually and academically in accordance with our core principles; to welcome all, care for all and reach out to a world in need.  
For more information, download the job description.
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Surfside Beach is Searching for an Accompanist
Trinity Presbyterian Church is looking for a part-time accompanist to play piano for the choir and play with the organist for four Sundays a month, plus special services when needed.  If interested, please contact Dr. Diane Scroggins, Director of Music and Arts, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Surfside Beach.  Phone: 843-650-0313.
Director of Connections
Harrison United Methodist Church (www.harrisonchurch.org) located in Pineville, NC, a suburb of Charlotte, is seeking a full-time Director of Connections. This person connects people to the church community to engage them in worship, spiritual growth, and service opportunities. The position is the primary liaison between the church staff and program ministries as the church seeks to "make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world" through worship, education, fellowship, service, and mission.


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