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.


This Week in New Harmony
    Building Community Through Information 

January 13, 2021 

Upcoming Presbytery Meeting
February 20, 2021
Prayers for...
(Send request to presbyeducator@gmail.
Our Country in this time of leadership transition.
Happening in New Harmony Presbytery
(All meetings by ZOOM, unless otherwise noted.)
Grand Strand Lunch
January 14, 12 pm.
Goal and Staff Design Recommending Team
January 14, 4 pm.
Cheraw Lunch
January 21, 12 pm.
Sumter Lunch
January 25, 12:30 pm.
Personnel & Finance
January 27, 9 am.
Florence Lunch
January 27, 12 pm.
New Harmony Presbytery's Office Hours 
Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm.
Presbytery Staff is working from home.  You may contact them through the Presbytery phones and choosing the extension of the person you are trying to reach or by email.
A Prayer for Our Country
by Glen Bell 

Gracious and eternal God, in these moments of strife and discord, we pray for our country.

Call us to our better selves, that we may release all anger rooted in self-centeredness.

Remind us of our mutual responsibilities to live as a republic, as one people together, grounded on the freedoms and traditions of our constitution.

Free us from any desire to be first or foremost - or to get our own way, no matter the cost.  Instead, grant us strength and courage to listen wholeheartedly to voices long silenced, work together for justice and peace and govern collaboratively as one nation with others far different from ourselves, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Stated Clerk & Advocacy Director to Discuss Capitol Attack
The Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, and Associate Director of Advocacy, the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, will hold a discussion about the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol on Facebook Live Thursday.
Hawkins said the discussion with Nelson, who was his predecessor as coordinator of the PC(USA)'s Office of Public Witness on Capitol Hill before being elected Stated Clerk in 2016, will be a broad conversation ranging from the riot and insurrection at the Capitol to the roots of the incident in the rhetoric and policies of President Donald J. Trump. 
APCE 2021 Virtual Event
Registration Deadline Nears
Three very full days of equipping, enrichment, 
inspiration, and connection.
Wise and challenging speakers and preachers every day.
Loads of resources in the Marketplace, and opportunities to connect with those who create 
Terrific and useful workshops.
All of this would make participating in the APCE 2021 Virtual Event worth the investment of your continuing education time and funds.
Your registration entitles you to two components of the APCE Virtual Event 2021:
·    the live presentation on February 4-6, 2021, and
·    access to the recording of it later!
[For more information and to register, click here.]
New Harmony Presbyterian Women Spiritual Retreat
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"Women Continuing to Walk in the Spirit" 
Ephesians 6:18
Saturday, February 6, 2021 
Zoom Meeting ID: 837 9194 2817
Room opens: 9:30 am 
Virtual Retreat: 10:00am-12:00pm
Another SCAM Email!

Please do not ever respond to any emails purporting to be from anyone on staff at NHP... from Gavin, Julie, Juanita or Mary... using a gmail address. If you reply, you will be asked to help purchase gift cards for staff, for cancer patients, etc. IT'S A SCAM! 

NO ONE on NHP staff will ever request you to purchase a gift card!
NHP staff, including Gavin, Julie, Juanita and Mary will only email you from their work email which ends with 
Purchase a gift card for your church staff, as we have done so for all our NHP staff. Purchase a gift card for the homeless in your community. And don't take the time to email us that a scam email came to you as, unfortunately, it is happening all too often; take that time to call your grandchild to share a word of encouragement or someone you know who is lonely these days to share some love and companionship.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year!
God bless. Gavin
Year of Leader Formation
Investing in Ruling Elders
and Deacons

Join us throughout 2021 for resource, events, and activities supporting the ecclesial formation of PC(USA) ruling elders and deacons.

Read about the Year of Leader Formation here.
Resource Highlight
Coming Alive in Christ: Training for PC(USA) Ruling Elders and Deacons
based on the Constitutional Questions is now available through the Equip site. This resource digs deep into each of the questions asked and answered at the time of ordination/installation. Prepare for the new year by planning to study one question monthly throughout the Year of Leader Formation using the Monthly Leader Guide. The guide provides a framework for use in meetings of the session and the deacons. Additional resources, including a visual supplement, are all included within Equip.
Thornwell's Offer to You!
It is the first week of a brand new year.  The New Year brings with it a promise of hope, new beginnings, and an opportunity to change for the better.  However, for many children waiting for a loving home and a family to call their own, their outlook isn't so rosy.  
Together we can change that.  (Find out how
Presbyterian Will Be the First Woman to Serve as U.S. House Chaplain
Presbyterian will be the first woman to serve as U.S. House Chaplain. Retired Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben, a Presbyterian who served as chief of chaplains in the U.S. Navy and chaplain of the U.S. Marine Corps, was named Thursday by Speaker Nancy Pelosi as Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives. According to a news release from Pelosi's office, Kibben is the first woman to be named House Chaplain in the 231-year history of the position. She succeeds Father Pat Conroy, who is retiring. Read more
Online Workshop: Social Media Deep Dive for Churches
JANUARY 21, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Online Workshop: Social Media Deep Dive for Churches
Dates: Thursdays, Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, & 11 , 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. EST (Note: This online workshop is a four-part series).
Led by: Christen Kinard, Founder, Digital Congregations
Workshop Description: This 4-part workshop is designed for anyone who communicates-or wants to communicate-on behalf of a church via social media. It will demystify social media platforms and teach you how to use them most effectively in connecting with your congregation.
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.  
Presbyterian Justice and Peace News
South Carolina Inn Offers
Safe Place for Respite
The South Carolina Inn is pleased to share that we continue to provide a safe place for respite during these winter months. In fact, there are weekends when all of the very reasonably priced apartments are rented with individuals and families enjoying the beauty of the NC mountains. We invite you to come and visit us and stay in an apartment, in the suite, or in the house where you can easily social distance while taking in the view of God's wonderful creation. This continues to be your "Home in the Mountains." The Inn has a new website which should be up and running very soon. Check out http://www. scinnatmontreat.org/. You can also call us at 828-669-7460. Emily, Gene, and Jenny look forward to welcoming you!!
Synod's Quarterly Bulletin Insert
Please utilize the attached quarterly bulletin insert from our synod.
Next Church Conference
A Call For The Common Good
A FREE Live-Streamed Gathering 
for ALL Church Leaders
March 5-7, 2021
A New Earth: Thinking Theologically About Environmental Justice
Sunday, June 13 - Sunday, June 27, 2021
What does it mean to care for creation? 
Are Christians called to respond to climate change?
Is it possible to live sustainably for the benefit of future generations?
Theologically curious high school students are invited to apply before January 1, 2021 for the 2021 Lux Summer Theological Institute. Safety permitting, the program will be held in-person at Presbyterian-related Monmouth College (Monmouth, IL).
Funded by the Lilly Endowment, the Lux Institute is an opportunity for students to engage with a topic of global importance and participate in a living-learning community through study, worship, service, recreation, and vocational exploration.
Scholarships are available to cover all program expenses for the two-week program, with the exception of travel.
A free shuttle to/from Chicago airports is provided.
Weekly News from PCUSA
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 Job Opportunities
If you have the need to advertise a job position, please send the relevant information to presbyeducator@gmail.com.  Click 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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