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.
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Happening in New Harmony Presbytery
(All meetings by ZOOM, unless otherwise noted.)
 
New Harmony Presbytery Clerk Training - February 27, 9 am.
 
Clarendon, Lee Sumter Lenten Service - March 3, 12 pm, .
 
Committee on Preparation for Ministry - March 8, 9:45 am.
 
Committee on Ministry - March 9, 2 pm.
 
Clarendon, Lee Sumter Lenten Service - March 10, 12 pm.
 
Grand Strand Lunch - March 11, 12 pm.
 
New Harmony Presbytery's Office Hours - Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm.
 
Some Presbytery Staff are working at the office and some at home. Therefore, it is best that you first contact them by way of the Presbytery number, choosing the appropriate extension or by emailing them.
 
Prayers for...
 
 
Ruling Elder Robert Johnson
(G. W. Long Presbyterian Church), a member of the Committee on Ministry, is hospitalized due to COVID. At last report he is improving.
 
Our Country in this time of leadership transition.
 
Equality and Unity in this time of political and racial unrest.
 
Churches of New Harmony and elsewhere as they continue to explore ways to do ministry in this era of Covid-19.
 
Wisdom and Guidance in striving to find a path to equality for all.
 
 
Our two churches for the week:
 
Summerton Presbyterian Church,
Vikki Brogdon, Pastor
 
First Presbyterian Church, Sumter, Nick Cheek, Pastor.
 
 
Candidates
 
Marcy B. Carl (Georgetown) Dubuque Theological Seminary.
Caitlyn Hathaway 
(First, Hartsville)
Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond.
 
Joseph Jumper
(First Myrtle Beach)
Columbia Theological Seminary
 
Inquirers
 
Randolph Green 
?(Congruity Presbyterian Church)
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Darren Wilson
(Friendship)
Union Presbyterian Seminary-Charlotte.
 
Flury Wilson
(Friendship)
Union Presbyterian Seminary-Charlotte.
 
Link to view Worship Service at Presbytery Meeting
 
The Reverend Denise Anderson is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and currently serves as Coordinator for Racial and Intercultural Justice with the Presbyterian Mission Agency in Louisville, Kentucky. She was Co-moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of the PC(USA). Denise serves on the Spiritual Leaders Cohort of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, the strategy team of NEXT Church, and on Union Presbyterian Seminary’s Syngman Rhee Global Mission Center Advisory Council. She preached during worship at the 100th Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of New Harmony. You may view that worship service here
 
A brief summary of the Presbytery meeting will be coming out shortly.
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PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN
SPIRITUAL RETREAT - PART 2
"WOMEN CONTINUING TO WALK IN THE SPIRIT"
 
You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 
When: Mar 6, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
 
Register in advance for this meeting:
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. YOU MUST REGISTER TO JOIN!
 
LET US COMPLETE THE PRAYING, LEARNING, AND SHARING
New Christian Education program coming this spring!
 
A new program from Union Presbyterian Seminary is being launched this spring. Titled PSCE (Presbyterians Supporting Christian Education), the program will continue the legacy of that great institution. This program invites educators to participate in monthly collaborative group meetings with the goal of strengthening Christian education across the church. There will be five cohorts of eight persons each plus a facilitator. 
 
Participation is open to educators -- professional and volunteer - - and ministers. The cohorts will meet monthly (May – April) for one year via ZOOM to provide collegiality, personal support, and professional development. In addition, a stipend of $500 will be provided each participant. Individuals are encouraged to apply to be in one of the cohorts through the Union Presbyterian Seminary website, www.upsem.edu/psce. Applications are being received February 1 – March 15 after which cohorts will be established.
Check out this month’s BOP Board Connections
 
This Lenten season consider joining the Lenten Discipline Call to Health challenge. This weekly challenge encourages you to take time for self-examination and spiritual growth. And as you work toward wholeness, you can share your reflections with colleagues on the Call to Health social feed. Read this article and more in this months Board Connection.
 
Regarding Ruling Elders: A Monthly Resource for Serving Faithfully
This month’s theme: Leader’s Pray by Rodger Nishioka 
 
…Understanding prayer not as a way to change God but as a way for me to become more and more in the likeness of Jesus helped me to view prayer in a different way. But I was still stuck with Paul’s call to pray without ceasing.  Read the full article here.
 
This article is the second in a 12-part series focusing on PC(USA) leader formation as a part of the “Year of Leader Formation: Investing in Ruling Elders and Deacons.” Additional resources are available at www.pcusa.org/leader-formation/.
 
 
Interactive Stewardship Education
March 2
 
Presbyterian Foundation is excited to offer a Day of Learning that will include three workshops with stewardship and church leaders in a casual, virtual setting. There will be time for questions and answers and an opportunity to see colleagues from across the country. Find out more and Register Here.
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Special Offerings and the
Presbyterian Giving Catalog:
 
In this time of COVID-19, One Great Hour of Sharing is more important than ever. Please encourage your congregations to join the One Great Hour of Sharing movement, whether the Offering is received on Easter Sunday, April 4, or on any day the year. Consider making One Great Hour of Sharing a designated offering of the presbytery this year.
 
Pentecost Sunday is May 23. Join us again in receiving and celebrating the Pentecost Offering, which supports ministries with children and youth, including the Youth Triennium, and the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program. Let's join together to ensure that our youth begin life with a solid foundation of faith.
 
And, of course, any time is the right time to make a gift to the increasingly popular Presbyterian Giving Catalog, now also available for the first time in Spanish and Korean.
 
Lastly, your congregations have just received the 2021 Action Kit, which features stories for each Special Offering highlighting congregations across the country, as well as details for each Offering, Four for Four information, resources, social media and more.
 
Eradicating systemic poverty video (Matthew 25)
The Presbyterian Mission Agency has created a 30-second social media video, which we encourage you to share on your social media channels. Its purpose is to start conversations and raise awareness around the systemic poverty facing people in all walks of life, especially with the additional impact of the pandemic. The video is available to download and share at https://vimeo.com/488969133.
 
Managing Educational Debt:
Now is the right time to learn more about the programs that the Presbyterian Mission Agency offers to PC(USA) pastors, volunteers and staff to help pay down educational debt.
 
 
"Leading the Church into the Post COVID World"
Forum April 27
 
Pastors and church leaders of the Synod of South Atlantic, save the date for an upcoming Church Leaders' Forum: Leading the Church into the Post COVID World Tuesday, April 27, 2021, Eastern time, 3:00 - 4:30 PM via ZOOM Presenter: Tod Bolsinger (MDiv, PhD), Associate Professor of Leadership Formation at Fuller Theological Seminary, author of Canoeing the Mountains and Tempered Resilience. More information to come.
 
Rescuing a Ripped-Up Republic: Tips on Ministry Among a
Polarized People
 
Doing ministry in the midst of political turmoil is difficult. In times such as these-a brutal presidential campaign, a contested election, a contentious Georgia senate race, and a riot at the U.S. Capitol-we are still called to be Christian and lead Christians. This upcoming webinar led by the Rev. Dr. Allen Hilton (MDiv '89), founder and leader of House United, will provide help for doing ministry in divisive political times. This event will be offered at no charge, but registration is required. Sign up now to be notified when course registration opens! 
 
 
Deadline to Order Eco-Palms is March 5
 
?With Palm Sunday just nine weeks away, churches are encouraged to turn their thoughts to Eco-Palms by March 5, the deadline to order fronds.
 
In 2020, more than 1,000 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations ordered Eco-Palms, an environmentally friendly product that benefits communities in Guatemala. The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) hopes demand will be strong this year, too.
 
 
Next Church Conference
 
BREAKING, BLESSING, BUILDING
A Call For The Common Good
A FREE Live-Streamed Gathering 
for ALL Church Leaders
March 5-7, 2021
 
Association of Smaller Congregations Upcoming Conference
March 19-21, 2021
 
The Association of Smaller Congregations (ASC) will be hosting the annual conference online on March 19-20, 2021. Keynote speaker will be Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana, writer, free-range pastor, speaker, and coach. Her most recent book is God, Improv, and the Art of Living blends Scripture, psychology, theology, and pop culture in a wise, funny, down-to-earth guide to improv as a practice for life. Conference registration is free if registering by January 31, using the code "COMMUNITY". After that it will be $80 per person. Register online at www.presbyacs.org. Contact registrar at (706) 373-9480 or email at registrarasc@bellsouth.net for further information. Please use this link to get to the special registration form.
 
 
 
?Weekly News from PCUSA
 
 
 
Latest COVID-19 Info on
New Harmony Website
 
 
Visit www.newharmonypres.org and click on the COVID-19 tab for more information. You will find helpful links, including churches with online worship services.
 
 
Job Opportunities
 
If you have the need to advertise a job position, please send the relevant information to presbyeducator@gmail.comClick on the links below for descriptions of positions. Once you fill or stop searching for the position, please notify presbyeducator@gmail.com
 
Lake City Presbyterian Church Looking for Part-Time Pastoral Leadership.  To learn more, please contact one of the following: Jane Player, worship chair, jane.player1@gmail.com; Corliss Bowman, Clerk, corlissb1@gmail.com; Gavin Meek, Transitional EP & Stated Clerk, Gavin@NewHarmonyPres.org

 

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