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

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



This Week in New Harmony
    Building Community Through Information

   May 29,  2019

Upcoming Presbytery Meetings
October 8, 2019
Melina Presbyterian Church, Gable.
Prayers for...
(Send request topresbyeducator@gmail.
Our two churches for the week:
Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Chuck Staggs, Jr., moderator of session.
Indiantown Presbyterian Church, Rebecca Kiser, temporary 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

New This Week
Happening in New Harmony Presbytery
(Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the Presbytery office.) 

May 31-June 1
  • 6:30 pm(May 31) - 
    3 pm(June 1), Camp Pee Dee Master Planning at Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center.

June 3
  • 10 am, Guiding Council.

June 6
  • 11 am, CORN (Committee on Representation and Nominations).

June 8
  • 10 am, Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team.

June 10
  • 9:30 am, Committee on Preparation for Ministry.
  • 12:30 pm, Sumter lunch, Willie Sue's.

June 11
  • 2 pm, Committee on Ministry.

June 13
  • 12 pm, Grand Strand lunch, El Cerro Grande.

New Harmony Presbytery's Office Hours 
Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm
South Carolina Inn Breakfast Update
South Carolina Inn
The South Carolina Inn board has received feedback that our recently enacted policy change concerning the cost of breakfast is unfair due to the timing of this change. We have heard you and so we are returning to our previous honor system with some modifications to our process and our pricing for the remainder of the 2019 season.

If you are staying, or planning to stay at South Carolina Inn, please review the entire letter.
If you are attending a conference in Montreat, want to have a retreat for a group, have a family gathering, or just get away.  South Carolina Inn is your home in the mountains.  Call Gail Thomason, (864) 286-3298 for more information and to make a reservation.  
First Presbyterian Church, Hartsville American Music Concert
First Presbyterian Church, Hartsville will present an American Music Concert on Sunday, June 30th at 4:00 PM in the sanctuary.
The program features Scottie Hill, mezzo-soprano, Dustin Moree, tenor, Ronda McElveen and Tim Smoak, organists.

Concert is free and the public is invited to attend!
YAV Application Deadline-June 1
Spread the word to young adults (ages 19-30) that JUNE 1 is the FINAL date to apply to the 2019-20 Young Adult Volunteer year! National sites are available. Learn more online and APPLY!!
Latest News From PCUSA

News from Mid Council Relations
Presbytery Office New Address
The Presbytery has not moved, but the address has been changed.   We are no longer using PO Box 4025.  The address to use is 2352 Presbyterian Road Florence, SC 29501.
Highlights of May 22 Meeting of NHP
The 95th Stated Presbytery of New Harmony meeting was highlighted by 
  • Inspiring worship led by Rev. Dr. Chris Denny and Vital Congregations Initiative Participants, 
  • Presentation of New Presbytery Design,
  • Celebrating the retirements of Financial Administrator, Elise Walker, Rev. Buddy Bach, and Rev. Rhett Talbert, and
  • a Report on the recent meeting of the Synod of South Atlantic.

Look of a more complete summary of the meeting in the near future.

Young Adult Advisory Delegate - 
224th General Assembly
The Committee on Representation and Nominations (CORN) of New Harmony Presbytery (NHP) is seeking suggestions from pastoral leaders and Clerk of Session for our Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD) to the 224th General Assembly in Baltimore, June 20-27, 2020. Nominees shall be 17-23 years of age at the time the GA convenes on June 20 and an active member of a NHP congregation. All expense, including travel, room and meals are covered by the PCUSA. 

A YAAD is able to speak on the floor of the GA, will serve on a committee and have voice and vote in committee meetings. If elected, responsibilities include: 
  • Attend the 8-day GA (June 20-27), plus the day-before orientation on June 19, and participate fully in committee work and during assembly; 
  • Attend the Commissioner and YAAD training on Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Columbia, SC; 
  • Attend a service of commissioning at the spring NHP meeting (date and location to be determined); 
  • Provide a report on General Assembly experiences at the fall NHP meeting (date and location to be determined); and 
  • If requested, be available to share your experience with other groups and congregations in NHP as time allows. 

Along with the name, Pastoral leaders and Clerk of Session are asked to share the reasons the person is being suggested, including involvement in the church, and an assessment of whether the person can and will fulfill fully the responsibilities of a YAAD. 

Please send to Gavin@NewHarmonyPres.org. The application deadline is June 1, 2019. 

Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center
Five F's of Camp
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  • FOOD- Great variety of delicious chooses  with plenty of fresh fruit, salads, s'mores one night, a cookout by the lake and more
  • FRIENDSHIP/FELLOWSHIP - planning for great cabin groups, lots of community building activities, wearing nametags, counselors that have training to help with any homesickness concerns or bullying
  • FUN - we have a new group building games like a maze, half pipe relay, spider web, the bridge, water toys, sand volleyball and much more
  • FAITH- a chaplain will be on hand each week - a leader in their own congregations who loves God and people, who will lead Bible studies, will be present at mealtimes, assist with planning our daily worship
SAFETY-we've established a specific phone that will be answered 24 hours a day
Hope you will check out your options at www.camppeedee.org to register. Discounts for siblings.  Bring a friend to camp gift and there are scholarships available. Come enjoy God's awesome creation.
Send Your Children to Camp Pee Dee
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Church camp experiences have molded many young women and men with the Christian community experience they provide.  Katie Bryant and Scott Jensen are working diligently to provided an exciting, fun-filled, Christian experience that will help deepen the faith of those who attend Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center this summer.  
If you want to provide an experience for your children that just might change their lives, consider sending your children, grandchildren, or children in your community to Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center.
To find out the exciting opportunities at Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center, download the Summer Camp brochure. Contact Kaiti or Scott with any questions.  
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. 
Meet Scott Jensen, Interim Camp Director for Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center
Scott Jensen, from Albert Lea, MN served as director at Storm Mountain Center, a United Methodist camp & conference center near Rapid City, SD for 17 years. Scott retired from that role in November 2017.  Scott, a U. S. Army veteran, has been working for the state of South Dakota's Department of Labor, dealing with military veterans employment issues, since his retirement from Storm Mountain Center.  

Scott has been married to Dyla for 31 years; they have a blended family of four sons.  Their sons are all married and live in Blue Ash, OH; Kansas City, MO; Portland, OR and Minneapolis, MN. Scott and Dyla have 7 wonderful grandchildren. 

Scott looks forward to assisting in moving Camp Pee Dee forward and working with all of New Harmony Presbytery.  Scott began as Interim Camp Director on January 1, 2019.    
PCUSA & Montreat
Get more information here.
Hope Will Not Disappoint Us
June 16, 2019

The SC Christian Action Council's Racial Justice Workgroup has developed resources Racial Justice Sunday June 16, 2019. You and your congregation are encouraged to raise Racial Justice as a matter of prayer and action. If another day or activity is better for your congregation, please use these resources as they best serve you.

In addition to the commentary, sample prayers, and sermons offered in previous years, we have added a discussion guide for older teens and adults, suggested music, and a story from South Carolina Episcopal history. Click here to go to the webpage.
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.
Ministers Stay Free at SC Inn at Montreat
South Carolina Inn
Ministers who are a member of one of the five presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in South Carolina may stay in the William Brearley Home for up to one week or seven consecutive days each year at no charge.
If the minister wishes to stay in one of the Kirk Apartments, the fee will be the difference between accommodations in the William Brearley Home and accommodations in the Kirk Apartments. 
Short-Term Mission
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Mission does not belong to us; it belongs to God.  God invites us to participate in God's global mission, across town and across the world.  Whether your congregation is planning to go on a short-term mission trip, study tour or partnership delegation, the new Short-Term Mission Trip Toolkit has resources to help trip leaders and participants prepare to engage in cross-cultural travel trips.  To learn more, visit pcusa.org/toolkits/short-term-mission.
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.  
Transitional Ministry 
Education Offerings-2019
PUCSA logo in circleWeek 1:  Introduction to Transitional Ministry
This course is for individuals who are considering ministry in temporary settings (as an interim, transitional or designated pastor) or are experiencing ministry in these transitional times. Materials presented will include the basics of transitional ministry and will be of value to all congregational pastors regardless of ministry setting.
Week 2:  The Practice of Transitional Ministry
This course is the second part of the transitional ministry education sequence and is tailored for those who want to go deeper, and who may already be serving in a temporary position. Prerequisites: Completion of Week 1, ordinarily between six months and six years prior (or by prior approval of the faculty team leader) and the completion of assignments provided upon registration.
Transitional Executive Education
This course is designed for experienced transitional leaders who are interested in serving in wider councils of the church.
Spouse Track
This course is designed for individuals whose spouse maybe considering or engaged in transitional ministry. Spouses learn in a retreat-like atmosphere with learning opportunities to understand transitional ministry and ample free time to hike, read and relax. 

For further information, dates, and places, click here and click on the pdf symbol in the middle of the page.
Save the Date 
"The Art of Yes and..."


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)
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, 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.
Presbyterian Communities 
Searching for Controller
Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina is a not for profit faith based organization that has six Life Plan Communities around the state, and currently has an opportunity for a Controller at its Management Services Office in Columbia.
The Controller position is a hands-on role responsible for supervising payroll, accounts payable and resident billing functions, and management of the monthly general ledger closing process, while assisting in routine financial reporting.
This position will report to the Chief Financial Officer.
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.
Financial Assistance
Financial Help for Worship & Spiritual Formation Conferences
If you need financial help to attend PCUSA worship and/or spiritual conference, scholarship help might be available.  Contact Julie Cox for more information.


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