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
below.

Presbytery of New Harmony
PO Box 4025
Florence, SC
29502-4025
Phone  843-662-8411
Fax      843-665-1408

office@newharmonypres.org

Contact staff:
firstname@
newharmonypres.org 

This Week in New Harmony
   Building Community Through Information

November 15,   2017

Prayers for...
(Send request to presbyeducator@gmail.
com
.)
 
  
Our two churches for the week:
 
White Oak Presbyterian Church, Ruby.
 
Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, Kingstree, Don Muncie, 
interim pastor. 
 
 Candidate
Fred "Tripp" Brogdon, III
(First, Sumter) Columbia Theological Seminary.
 
Inquirer
Marcy B. Carl (Georgetown) Dubuque Theological Seminary.

Financial Help for 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.

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
 

PCUSA

SC Inn (Montreat)

Montreat Conference Center
 

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Happening This Week in New Harmony
  
Education & Nurture Ministry
November 15, 9:30 am
Presbytery office.

Cheraw area Minister & Educator Lunch
November 16, 12 pm
River's Edge, Cheraw.
 
Presbytery Office Closed
November 22, 12 pm - November 24
Thanksgiving Holiday.
 
Mission to Greece Cluster
November 28, 6 pm
Presbytery office.
 
Due to the Thanksgiving Holidays, "This Week in New Harmony" will not be published next week.  It will resume publication on November 29.
Retirement Celebration for Bruce Ford
Fraser Memorial 
       Presbyterian Church
December 9, 4 pm.
A Retirement Celebration for Bruce will be held at Fraser Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1746 S US 521 Hwy, Sumter, on Saturday, December 9, at 4:00 pm.
 
There will be Retirement Album given to Bruce and Genie. If you wish to include an acknowledgment of any kind please mail it to Ella Busby, P. O. Box 3324, Sumter, 29151 or email to efbusby@sc.rr.com by November 30.
Stated Clerk Issues Statement
on Texas Church Shooting
PUCSA logo in circle
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk, J. Herbert Nelson, II, issued the following statement today (November 8) on the mass murder of twenty-six worshipers at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, November 5.
 
Presbyterian Resources - 2017
A number of new resources for Presbyterians have been published this year! And even more are coming: two translations, Spanish and Korean, of The Presbyterian Deacon will come out later this month. You're sure to find something for you, your small group, or your congregation!  
Where Are You Hiding, God?
Where Are You Hiding, God? by Elisabeth Zartl is now available! In this new children's book from Westminster John Knox Press, described by Foreword Reviews as "sweetly profound," Elisabeth Zartl tells the story of a young girl who is trying to find God.  
 
College Conference at Montreat                    
Montreat Gate January 2-5, 2018
The theme of College Conference at Montreat 2018 is "Home."

Join us for worship, recreation, fellowship, and study at College Conference 2018 as we build a home of faith together. All are welcome!
 
Registration is open now! Check out this and other upcoming Montreat Conferences at  http://www.montreat.org/.
SCDMV - Important Message
An Important Message from the South Carolina
Department of Motor Vehicles
 
In an effort to reach South Carolinians, the SCDMV is interested in supplying faith-based communities and organizations with information on the changes coming to the state's driver's licenses and identification cards.
 
You may have heard about "REAL ID." This is a federal law that requires all states to adhere to the same set of standards when issuing driver's licenses and identification cards. While it's optional to change your current SC license or ID to a REAL ID license or ID, you must have a REAL ID license or identification card or another federally approved identification card to pass security at airports nationwide, enter secure federal buildings, and visit military installations in the future.
 
Latta P. C. Has Hymnals to Offer
Latta Presbyterian Church has 30 "blue" hymnals to offer to any church who can use them.  Any interested churches should call the Latta Presbyterian Church, (843) 752-5041. 
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/
job_opening__music_director
 
Confronting Our Racism
Monday, November 20, 2017
8:45-4:30, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
Whether you are just thinking about this issue for the first time or have been doing this work all of your life, you are invited to join us for a day long conversation about opposing racism.  We will be asking questions and talking about next steps in dealing with racism in our own local communities. 

Monday, November 20, 2017 8:45am - 4:30pm Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida Fox Hall and Wireman Chapel 4200 - 54th Avenue South St. Petersburg, Florida 33711 (727) 864-8587 
 
Our guests will be the Reverend Paul Roberts, President of Johnson C. Smith Seminary, and Professor Erin Cooley of Colgate University.  There is no cost to register for the conference.  You will be asked to pay $15 (cash or check) for lunch on the day of the conference.  To register for the conference, please visit the following Google link:  https://goo.gl/forms/4nPJrw7vauyFzKPr2.
 
For more information, download the flyer.  
Interested in
a Summer Mission to Greece?
There will be an informational meeting about a Summer mission to Moria Refugee Camp in Lesvos Greece.  If you are at all  interested, please plan to attend an informational  meeting on Tuesday, November 28, 6:00, the Presbytery office, Florence.  Please respond to  Lisa Culpepper, Lisabculpepper@gmail.com, 843-229-0346.  

Florence Area Missional Cluster

Has a Facebook Page

You may access it here.  
Staff Positions Available
First Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg, is searching for two staff positions.  These positions are:
  • Director of Youth Ministry
     
  • Evangelist for Communications 
    and Young Adults  
For more information on these positions, contact
Rev. Dr. Tom Evans, (864)978-5622, tevans@fpcspartanburg.org; or Mr. Grant L. Close, III. Chair of the Youth Director Search Committee,  GClose@fordharrison.com, (864)699-1158  
 Presbyterian College Youth Day
Come be a Blue Hose for a day! Presbyterian College Celtic Cross would love to host you for a day of fun, community, and growth as we explore the theme "Rivers & Roads."  Contact us (1-864-833-8476) or go online (simccar@presby.edu www.presby.edu/youthday to register
 
Keynote Speaker - David LaMotte
 
Schedule
9:15 a.m. - Registration & Recreation
10:00 a.m. - Worship Experience
11:30 a.m. - PC Scavenger Hunt
1:00 p.m. - Tailgate Lunch at Bailey Stadium
2:00 p.m. - Presbyterian College vs. Gardner-Webb
 
Cost is $20 per person.
This includes a t-shirt, lunch, and football tickets.
In Matthew 25:35, Christ says "I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me." In Louisville we will have the opportunity to explore this call to welcome all through unending hospitality.
 
The 2018 Annual Association of Presbyterian Church Educators Event theme "Deep & Wide: Boundless Hospitality" encourages you to open your heart, your mind, and your doors. In Louisville, you will:
  • experience interactive plenary sessions that will engage and challenge
  • worship with spirit and imagination
  • engage in two mini-plenaries focusing on aspects of hospitality within your context
  • participate in resource-filled workshops
  • be welcomed to a variety of pre-event options
  • explore a thriving and welcoming city
  • leave with resources galore! 
The conference will take place at the Galt House Hotel right along the beautiful Ohio River in the heart of downtown Louisville.
    
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 2017, 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.
 
We do not know where you might go with this help, but we want your congregation to do something that will bring honor to our Lord and people to His service. These grants may be the encouragement you need to begin a new ministry or undertake a new mission effort. We would love to be a part of these plans.
 
We promise to pray for you and your church and to stand with you as you move forward in ministry. It is our sincere hope that all of us can begin to think positively about our denomination, its mission, and its future. We pray that you will know the joy of a connected and responsive presbytery.
 
We have applications available for you to use so that you can communicate the information that we need. These applications may be found on the presbytery's website after the first of the new year. Please contact me, Johnny Dennis, or Julie Cox with questions or for additional information.
 
May Our Lord Bless You,
Johnny
John W. Dennis, Jr.
Moderator
Congregational Development Ministry
843-997-6804
Save the Date for
2018 Church-wide Gathering of Presbyterian Women!
The 2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women will be held August 2-5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. 2018 is also the year that PW celebrates its 30th anniversary! Follow this link for more information: http://pma.pcusa.org/ministries/pwgathering/.

 

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