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 7,644 members across 11 counties in South Carolina. The presbytery office, located in Florence, supports 66 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
PO Box 4025
Florence, SC
Phone  843-662-8411
Fax      843-665-1408


Contact staff:

This Week in New Harmony
    Building Community Through Information

February 7 2018

Prayers for...
(Send request to presbyeducator@gmail.
Presbytery of New Harmony Mission Team working on Long Island, Bahamas.

Our two churches for the week:
Hebron Presbyterian Church, Sumter.
Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Florence, Jim Burton, temporary supply. 
Fred "Tripp" Brogdon, III
(First, Sumter) Columbia Theological Seminary.
Marcy B. Carl (Georgetown) Dubuque Theological Seminary.

Caitlyn Hathaway (First, Hartsville)
to enter seminary in 2018.
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.

Employment Opportunities
Important Links

Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center

Thornwell Home for Children


SC Inn (Montreat)

Montreat Conference Center

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

Grand Strand area Minister & Educator lunch
February 8, 12 pm, Surf Diner, Surfside Beach.

Commissioner's Handbook Online
February 12.

Sumter area Minister & Educator lunch
February 12, 12:30 pm, Willie Sue's, Sumter.

Committee on Ministry
February 13, 2:30 pm.

Clarendon-Lee-Sumter Cluster Lenten Lunch
February 14, 12 pm, Second Presbyterian Church, Sumter.

Cheraw area Minister & Educator lunch
February 15, 12 pm, River's Edge.  

Presbytery Mission Workers                        

Our mission team is hard at work helping people in Long Island, Bahamas.  They departed on Saturday morning and arrived later in the day.  Sunday they worshipped and met with people.  On Monday the pictures indicated that they were hard at work on the roof of a house.



Please keep them in your prayers during this week.  We will have a fuller report, with more pictures upon their return.

Date Set for
Mission to Lesvos Greece to Serve Refugees
July 16-27, 2018
Take a step of faith that will change your life and the lives of others:  

Prayerfully consider taking part in this unique opportunity to serve "the least and the lost," who have left home and family seeking a new life. Come with us and bring the light of Christ to troubled hearts.
Interested or need information: contact Lisa Culpepper; Lisabculpepper@gmail.com843-229-0346.                       

National Association of Presbyterian Clergywomen Triennial 2018 

"Dragons, Frogs, & Other Fairy Tales of Women in Ministry" 
April 23-26, 2018
Montreat Conference Center
Keynote Preacher Rev. Floretta Barbee-Watkins
Worship Preacher is the Rev. Dr. Tracy Keenan
Scholarships are available...Childcare will be available
The invitation is also extended to Clergymen, CREs, Seminarians & Laity.
More information
JoAnne Sharp   revnapc@gmail.com  
Get Ready for Lent
Lent is a season of reflection and action.  During these 40 days we follow Jesus to Jerusalem, taking stock of where we willingly go and where we hesitate and turn back.  May these devotions be a helpful guide along the journey to the cross, grave and finally to the empty tomb. Download devotions in PDF form from Presbyterian Outlook. Five weeks of Lenten Devotions plus a bonus prayer for Holy Week are available for immediate download on Presbyterian Outlook site for $19.99. A preview is available for free from here.
                        Lay School of Theology
Presbyterian College
March 16-18, 2018
Sponsored by the Five Presbyteries of South Carolina
FOR WHOM: Lay persons who wish to
  1. Participate in an in-depth study of the Bible, Theology, or Church History.
  2. Be trained as a Commissioned Teaching Elder.
  3. Better prepare themselves to teach the Bible or Church School.
  4. Serve as Directors of Christian Education.
  5. Be certified by the Association of Presbyterian Administrators.

PLEASE NOTE: These courses are not for ministers, candidates for the ministry, or those considering changing denominations to the PC (U.S.A.).

Clarendon-Lee-Sumter Cluster
Lenten Luncheons
Begins February 14, 2018, 12 -  1 pm, Second Presbyterian Church, Sumter
Theme:  Lenten Exhortations - "Rekindle the Gift of God Within You"- 2 Timothy 1:6
Discount Offered for This Event
Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders
March 12-16, 2018
Forest Lake Presbyterian Church,   Columbia, SC
Register by February 9 for a  $200 discount.
This interdenominational event will be hosted at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, from March 12-16, 2018, and is sponsored by Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. The training is intended to equip church leaders with the skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. It also includes a component on congregational intervention and consultation, placed within the context of family systems theory. Upon completion, participants are eligible for 32 hours of Continuing Education credits. For more information, including a sample daily schedule and how to register, call LMPC at 630-627-0507 or visit https://www.lmpeacecenter.org/.
For more information, download the brochure.
Mission Opportunity: 
Hurricane Relief in Florida
The Florence Area Missional Cluster is sponsoring a mission trip to Florida.  Consider joining us in this effort.
April 30- May 4, 2018
 Rebuilding after Hurricane Irma
 Contact: Lisa Culpepper
Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center

2018 Summer Camp Registration is open. 
View the brochure
February Treasured Tuesday
February 20, 10:30 am
"Living in Retirement:  Making Your Money Last"
On Tuesday, February 20, Mr. Andy Hall, an Edward Jones Financial Advisor in Cheraw, SC, will lead a presentation on Living in Retirement: Making Your Money Last.   

"At some point, almost everyone asks, 'Will my money last?' And even though life doesn't hand out guarantees, you can feel more comfortable about your answer if you prepare."   
We hope you will join us as Mr. Hall takes us through the process of making your money last.   

We will begin at 10:30 a.m. with lunch at 11:45 am. Lunch is $10 per person. 

The Menu: Italian grilled chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable medley, tossed salad, dinner roll, and banana pudding 
Reservations are required.  Please register by Thursday, February 15. Contact Kelly Boone at (843) 479-3051 with any questions or to register.
Treasured Tuesdays is an Older Adult Ministry of Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center, a ministry of New Harmony Presbytery.
Work Days at
Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center
Camp Pee Dee's next work day is Wednesday, February 14
There are projects for all skill levels and age groups.  
We will be focusing on the following tasks: 
  • Replace missing and broken shingles on cabins 
    Tools needed: Ladder and hammer ?
  • Repair screen door at Craft Hut
    Tools needed: Battery powered drill and hammer ?
  • Repairing and cleaning signs 
    Tools needed: Battery powered drill  
We would be extremely grateful if you can join us for the day. A delicious lunch will be provided.   Please contact Jason Steen at (843) 479-3051 by February 7 to register. 
The next work day will be held on Saturday, March 10.  We hope many hands will join us on Saturday.  
  • Install concrete handicap ramp at dining hall 
    Tools needed: A concrete trial, a rake and shovel
  • Clean exterior windows and walls on cabins: 
    Tools needed: Broom, rags and window cleaner ?
  • Cutting and removing dead trees on entrance road
    Tools needed: Chain saw with protective equipment, weed eater, and gloves.   
 In order to plan accordingly, participants MUST register by February 28 so we will have the supplies needed to accomplish and complete many tasks. Should you have any questions, please contact Jason Steen at (843) 479-3051
Mark Your Calendars!
Upcoming Work Days: Saturday, March 10 
Wednesday, April 11
Saturday, May 12
Wednesday, September 12
Saturday, October 13
Wednesday, November 14  
Coming Events at
Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center
PCUSA & Montreat
Meet us in St. Louis  
September 24-26, 2018
Mark your calendar now 
for September 24-26, 2018 
so you don't miss this annual 
event offering plenary speakers, workshops, and worship experiences, with incredible networking  
opportunities among others passionate about stewardship and generosity.
"Your Heart's Desire"
April 16 - 19, 2018
Trent@Montreat is a conference for people in the beginning stages of ministry.  It's about honing in on those practical aspects of ministry that you just can't learn in seminary. Do you need help dealing with staff? Do you want to be able to jump into a strategic planning process without reading a million best practices that might not even work for your church? Do you want to focus on youth, young adults, social justice, or education? Do you just want to explore new paths with Paul Roberts? 

Come with a focus, leave with a plan - Trent@Montreat is built for you. Trent@Montreat participants choose a track when they register and focus on that topic the whole conference.
Welcome Home:
"Great Hospitality for Smaller Churches"
ASC Annual Conference and Retreat
Epworth-by-the-Sea, St. Simons Island, GA
March 16-18, 2018
Join us and re-energize with worship, relaxation, and prayer at our 31st Annual Conference & Retreat of Association of Smaller Congregations, Synod of the South Atlantic, Presbyterian Church(U.S.A.).

Keynote: Chris Walker, EvangelismCoach.org
Part-time Business Manager Position
Georgetown Presbyterian Church 
Georgetown Presbyterian Church has an opening for a part-time Business Manager (20 hours per week). This position works closely with the Senior Pastor in the day-to-day management of finance and operational areas to include: budget, disbursements, reports, and statements; property, equipment, data and information management (website, financial software). The successful candidate must have some financial management experience and be able to work effectively with church staff and volunteers. Some supervisory experience is preferred.
Director of Music Needed
Trinity Presbyterian (Surfside) is looking for a Director of Music who can begin April 1, 2018.  The Music program at Trinity includes chancel choir, hand bell choir, and organ/piano for all services of worship.  A full position description and directions on applying can be found at: http://www.trinitypresbychurch.com/page/
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.
Congregational Development Ministry offering grants for
positive and inspiring programs
The Congregation Development Ministry is one of the Program Ministries of New Harmony Presbytery and it is here to partner with your congregation. We stand ready to assist churches with their needs and requests. In recent history, many of these have been centered on emergencies, maintenance problems, salary shortfalls and other items that disrupt the mission and ministry of our congregations. In 2018, we are planning to offer assistance in other ways also. The CDM encourages you to apply for grants to do positive and inspiring programs in your church or community. These grants will typically be $2,000.00 each but we will consider any and all requests.


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