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
PO Box 4025
Florence, SC
Phone  843-662-8411
Fax      843-665-1408


Contact staff:

This Week in New Harmony
    Building Community Through Information

October 10,  2018

Prayers for...
(Send request to presbyeducator@gmail.
All who are suffering from Hurricane Florence.
Our two churches for the week:
Jefferson Presbyterian Church,
David Bessinger, commissioned pastor.

John Calvin Presbyterian Church, Florence,
Rodney Foster, bridge pastor.

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 Wison
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


Make every effort to keep yourself and your loved ones safe during
Hurricane Michael!

Happening This Week in New Harmony
(Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the Presbytery office.)
Grand Strand Minister & Educator Lunch
October 11, 12 pm, Surf Diner, Surfside Beach.

Inquirers for 2019 Greece Mission Trip
October 11, 6 pm. Cancelled

Lay School of Theology
October 12-14, Presbyterian College, Clinton.

Presbytery of New Harmony Stated Meeting
October 16, 9:30 am, Indiantown Presbyterian Church.

SC 5 Leader of Leaders
Columbia, SC

Education & Nurture Ministry
October 17, 9:30 am.

Cheraw Area Minister & Educator Lunch
October 18, 12 pm, River's Edge, Cheraw.

New Harmony Presbytery's Office hours 
Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm
of the

Presbytery of New Harmony

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
10:00 a.m. (registration begins at 9:30 a.m.)
 Indiantown Presbyterian Church
4865 Hemingway Highway
Hemingway, South Carolina  29554
Greece Mission Inquirer Meeting Cancelled
Due to uncertain weather conditions, the October 11, 6:00  meeting for those interested in the 2019 Mission to Greece is cancelled.  A new date for the meeting will be set in the near future.  Please check "This Week in New Harmony" for the next scheduled date.

In the meantime, feel free to contact Lisa Culpepper at Lisabculpepper@gmail.com and let her know of your interest.  
Treasured Tuesday
(An Older Adult Ministry of Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center and The Presbytery of New Harmony)   
Camp Pee Dee New Logo
McLeod Farms  South Hwy.
151  McBee, SC 
10:45 am.   

On October 23, we will meet at 10:45 am, at McLeod Farms for a pumpkin picking, wagon riding, ice cream enjoying, market shopping, museum touring time.  We will enjoy a dutch lunch at Big's too! 
The cost is $7.50 per person.  To register, mail a check made payable to Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center:  

Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center 1201 Camp Pee Dee Road  Bennettsville, SC  29512 

Please be sure to include a note indicating your name and church.  Registrations must be received no later than October 9.  

We hope you will make plans to join us! Should you have any questions please contact Kaiti Bryant at (843) 479-3051.
Faith vs Fear - Summer Camp Reunion
Camp Pee Dee New Logo November 2-4, 2018

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. - Psalm 56:3

Registration begins: September 25, 2018.

Cost: $215 per person.

1201 Camp Pee Dee Road, Bennettsville, SC  

Contact Kaiti Bryant at (843) 479-3051 or camppeedeeoffice@newharmonypres.org with any questions. 

More information available at camppeedee.org.  
Work Day @ Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center
Camp Pee Dee New Logo
The next work day will be held on Saturday, October 27.  We hope many hands will join us on Saturday.

We will be focusing on the following tasks: 
  • Replace mattresses in cabins 1-12 ?
  • Cut down dead and leaning trees ?
  • Clean out culvert drain pipes ?
  • Remove debris from around cabins 5-8 and wood well
  • Clean roadways of dirt and debris ?
  • Paint outside doors on dining hall ?
  • Fasten down tin on horse arena barn ?
  • Pressure wash swimming pool apron ?
  • Clean and organize storage closets at pool house 
Equipment Required: 
  • Back pack leaf blowers ?
  • Chain saws ?
  • Rakes  ?
  • Weed eaters ?
  • Pitchforks  ?
  • Flat blade shovels .

All other equipment will be provided by Camp Pee Dee.  

In order to plan accordingly, participants MUST register by October 25  so we will have the supplies needed to accomplish and complete many tasks.  

Should you have any questions, please contact Kaiti Bryant at (843) 479-3051.  

Latest News From PCUSA
Hurricane Florence Response in
New Harmony Presbytery
PDA Logo
Even before the flood waters have receded, an outpouring of support from Presbyterians around the country has been flowing into New Harmony Presbytery.  Many are asking how to donate to relief efforts.  There are several ways. 

Monetary donations may be made directly to the Presbytery of New Harmony. If you wish, you can designate your donation to a specific member church or organization within the Presbytery.  Send checks to P.O. Box 4025, Florence, SC  29502-4025.
Or, you can donate through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance on-line by going to: pda.pcusa.ord/situation/hurricane-florence/.  Donations through PDA will be used throughout the disaster coverage area for Florence relief.
Florence Missional Cluster Sponsoring Cleanup Bucket Collection
The Florence Area Missional Cluster is sponsoring a Cleanup Bucket Collection through the churches in New Harmony Presbytery. We are encouraging each worshiping community to provide from 1-3 buckets which will be distributed through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to Hurricane Florence and Flood victims.  You may bring your buckets to the October 16  Stated Meeting of New Harmony at Indiantown Presbyterian Church or drop them off in the back room at the NHP Office. The collection will take place from October 16- November 15.

Cleanup Bucket should include
1 - 5-gallon bucket with re-sealable lid*(Value $75)
5 - scouring pads
7 - sponges, assorted sizes
1 - scrub brush
1 - pkg. cleaning towels (18 reusable, like Easy Wipes®)
1 - 50 oz. or two 25 oz. bottle(s) of liquid laundry detergent
1 - liquid concentrated household cleaner (like Lysol®), 12 oz.
1 - bottle liquid disinfectant dish soap (like Dawn®), 24-28 oz.
1 - 1 pkg. clothespins, 48-50 Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
5 - dust masks
2 pair - latex gloves (like Playtex®)
1 pair - work gloves
1 - 24 to 28 count roll heavy-duty trash bags (30-45 gallon, remove from carton)
1 - bottle insect repellant (pump, drops or lotion; not aerosol), 6-9 oz.
Please purchase all liquids in plastic bottles. Send only new, unopened materials. Put all items in the plastic bucket, packed securely to avoid damage during shipment, and seal lid with packing tape.

*Some local fast-food restaurants are willing to give pickle buckets (or other 5-gallon buckets with re-sealable lids) or offer them for a small fee. These can be washed out and used for the cleanup buckets.
Presbyterian Men Fall Conference
The Presbyterian Men of New Harmony Presbytery will have its Fall Conference on Sunday, October 21 at Mt. Pisgah Presbyterian Church, 340 Security Drive, Hartsville, S.C. The Conference will begin with registration at 3:00 P.M. This year's theme is FEASTING ON THE WORD will feature Rev. Gavin Meek as our Bible study leader. All men of the church and other interested persons are invited to attend. 

Download the Flyer to use in your congregation.
How God Accompanies Us
When We Are Grieving
A day-long event for the Presbytery of New Harmony

Sponsored by Education & Nurture Ministry

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church, Sumter   
Download the complete flyer, which includes schedule and registration information.
Workshops will include:  

Did Peter Grieve?  Unpacking Peter's walk with grief through words of Scripture, led by Cecelia Armstrong, who serves as Associate Pastor of St. James Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC.
Hidden Grief:  Discovery to Recovery   This workshop will assist participants in recognizing and commence healing from hidden grief (death, lost of health, life changes, & more) of all kinds, led by Ella Busby, HR, joyfully serving Second Presbyterian Church, Sumter.
God Gives Grief Goodness - Lament into Living  This workshop will show some of the biblical ABC's about grief, and how the Holy Spirit opens opportunity to those who face hard circumstances and wonder about how God will lead them forward, led by John Hoover Haney, who has served a 3-congregation parish in Virginia for 29 years.   

The Importance of Self-Care   As human beings, we are taught and groomed to care for others better than we care for ourselves.  We have to debunk the myth of self-care being a bad thing or even egotistical. Self-care is self preservation-period, led by Patricia Bligen Jones, who is a candidate under care of Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery.   

Finding Peace: One Breath at a Time   Your breath is one of the most powerful inner healing resources you have when coping with grief and loss. It has been proven to reduce anxiety, fear, anger, and depression; activate your immune system; increase your ability to concentrate; and release healing and "feel-good" hormones, such as serotonin and oxytocin. With gentle yoga postures and therapeutic breathing techniques, you will learn how to find peace within, led by Jamie Martell, who is a teacher & owner of Our Sacred Space Yoga Studio.   

Always Be Prepared   Practical ways to prepare in case of medical crisis or long-term illness, tangible ways to support others, and best practices for supporting each other in grief, along with intentional time for Q & A, led by Ashley-Anne Masters, who's served as an interfaith chaplain & manager of spiritual care & bereavement for Lurie Children's Hospital.    

It Ain't How It Used to Be... and maybe that's God's Doing   Being and doing "church" has changed and is changing, so has the church's place in society. Some are mourning that loss while others are celebrating new possibilities and opportunities which that presents for the realm of God and the cause of Christ - and there are those feeling a little of both. What might God be doing with this loss and mourning and how can we turn it into joy and dancing? (Psalm 30:11) Are we open to that working of the Spirit in these changing times?  This workshop will be led by Gavin Meek, who is the new Transitional Executive Presbyter/Stated Clerk for New Harmony Presbytery.
Mission Greece, Moria Refugee Camp, 2019
There will be an inquirer's meeting for the next mission trip to Greece on Thursday, October 11, 6:00 pm,  at the Presbytery Office.

If you are interested, vaguely, very or vehemently...please join us.

Lisa Culpepper

Supplies Needed at
Evans Correctional Facility

 Rev. Annette Brewer, Chaplain at Evans Correctional Facility in Marlboro County recently reached out to us with a list of items she could use for residence of the facility.  These items can be brought to the Presbytery office for Annette to pick up.  The list includes:


Office Supplies:  pens, pencils, legal pads, composition notebooks, file folders, 1 inch binders, and 3 inch binders.

Music and Sound Equipment:  drumsticks and microphone cables.

Personal Hygiene:  solid deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. 

Any help with these items will be appreciated. 

Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center
Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center
Camp Pee Dee New Logo

Work Day 
October 27, 2018 
Summer Camp Reunion
Faith vs. Fear
November 2-4, 2018

Treasure Tuesday
October 16, 2018

More information will be forthcoming!
PCUSA & Montreat
Columbia Theological Seminary Offers Advent Resources for 2018
Professor Emeritus, Rodger Nishioka, and Alumnus, Kelly Fitzgerald '10, will lead a webinar on ways to tell the Good News this Christmas season and beyond.  Want to explore new ways to connect your congregation to the Good News? Sign up at www.ctsnet.edu/advent to receive your free copy of Advent devotionals, a coloring page and an advent wreath activity for those in your congregation or home. 

Want inspiration for your preaching or Sunday school lesson?  Watch our professors delve into the lectionary texts for the four Sundays in Advent.  Give a friend an early gift by sharing this email with your ministry colleagues and church educators!
                        Big Tent, 2019
Baltimore, Maryland has been selected as the location for Big Tent 2019. The event will be held August 1-3 at the adjacent downtown Radisson and Lord Baltimore Hotels.  Additional event details will be published as they become available.  
Per Capita and Mission Giving
The Synod of South Atlantic has set its 2019 per capita at $1.50 per member and suggested mission giving at $1.00 per member. This amount has remained the same since 2015.  Attached you will find a letter to presbytery leaders and an interpretive bulletin insert to give folks a better understanding of the ministry of the Synod of South Atlantic.   Please share as broadly as you see appropriate.  As you know, in 2019 the Synod of South Atlantic will be considering its future ministry and purpose as it supports the ministry and mission of our presbyteries.  
College Conference at Montreat, 2019
Montreat Gate
 Every January, we start the new year in Montreat by welcoming over 1,000 college students to College Conference at Montreat!

This year, the theme is Compassionate Community and keynote speakers include Eboo Patel, Chaplain Carol Dalton, residents of the Swannanoa Valley Correctional Center, and Chaplain Sharon Spencer. Aisha Brooks-Lytle will be preaching. 2019 College Conference @ Montreat - Compassionate Community.
Presbyterian College Youth Day
Presbyterian College invites your youth to Youth Day Nov. 10. Youth Day is an excellent opportunity to get to know other youth groups from the southeast, enjoy a creative worship service, and a PC football game. The fabulous Rev. Marcia Mount Shoop will be the preacher this year, accompanied by Celtic Cross students.  The day costs $20 per person, which covers the cost of a t-shirt, lunch, and tickets to the game.  You can get more information and register at www.presby.edu/youthday  
Order Curriculum for Entire Year
Would you like to cross one task off your regular to-do list? Just in time for fall, here are three curriculum options to set up for an entire school year, or longer.
Feasting on the Word, a lectionary-based curriculum for
kindergarten through adult, is available in print or downloadable format. Sample sessions, scope and sequence, and more information available here

Growing in Grace & Gratitude children's curriculum is available in print or downloadable format. Sample sessions, scope and sequence, and more information available here.
The Present Word curriculum for adults is available in regular and large print, audio CD, and Braille. Worship leaflets are available as an additional purchase. The fall quarter begins with the book of Genesis.
For help ordering these, and other denominational resources, call customer service at 800-533-4371.
Curricula Available from Church Store
in a Variety of Formats
Feasting on the Word, a lectionary-based curriculum for kindergarten through adult, is available in print or downloadable format. Sample sessions, scope and sequence, and more information available here.

Growing in Grace & Gratitude children's curriculum is available in print or downloadable format. Sample sessions, scope and sequence, and more information available here.

The Present Word curriculum for adults is available in regular and large print, audio CD, and Braille. Worship leaflets are available as an additional purchase. The fall quarter begins with the book of Genesis. For help ordering these, and other denominational resources,call customer service at 800-533-4371.  
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, Hartsville
Those performing are Blade Boulware, Barbara Dickson, Beverly Hazelwood, Ronda McElveen, Denise Schweizer, and Tim Smoak.

Director of Christian Education &
Children's Ministries

The First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, located in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, is looking for a new Director of Christian Education and Children's Ministries.  If you or someone you know would be interested in learning more about the church and the position, please see the complete JOB DESCRIPTION. To apply, please submit any questions and your resume to fsdcesearch@first-scots.org  

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 Congregational 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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