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 

September 30, 2020 

Upcoming Presbytery Meetings
 
November 14, 2020
Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, Dalzell.
 
February 20, 2021
First Presbyterian Church, Myrtle Beach.
Prayers for...
(Send request to presbyeducator@gmail.
com
.) 
 
Churches of New Harmony and elsewhere as they endeavor to stay in touch with members.
 
Wisdom, guidance, and good health in this era of Covid-19.
 
Wisdom and Guidance in striving to find a path to equality for all.
 
Our two churches for the week:
 
Georgetown Presbyterian Church, Cory Ingold,
Pastor.
Goodwill Presbyterian Church,
Richard Dozier,
Interim Pastor.
 
Candidates
 Marcy B. Carl (Georgetown) Dubuque Theological Seminary.
 
Caitlyn Hathaway 
(First, Hartsville)
Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond.

Inquirers
Joseph Jumper
(First Myrtle Beach)
Columbia Theological Seminary
 
Darren Wilson
(Friendship)
Union Presbyterian Seminary-Charlotte.

Flury Wilson
(Friendship)
Union Presbyterian Seminary-Charlotte.
 
Randolph Green (Congruity Presbyterian Church)
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 
 

PCUSA

SC Inn (Montreat)

Montreat Conference Center
 

Presbytery Office Info
Address
2352 Presbyterian Road, Florence, SC 29501
 
 
Phone
(843) 662-8411
 
New This Week
Happening In New Harmony Presbytery
(Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be by ZOOM.)
 
Grand Strand Lunch - by Zoom
October 8, 12 pm.
 
Committee on Preparation for 
Ministry
October 12, 9:45 am.
 
Friendfield Administrative Commission
October 12, 2 pm.
 
Committee on Ministry
October 13, 2 pm.
 
South Carolina Executive Presbyters
October 14, 10:30 am.
 
Vital Congregations Initiative Cohorts-Grand 
Strand
October 14, 2 pm.
 
Cheraw Lunch
October 15, 12 pm.
 
Closing Worship dissolving Old Bethel 
Presbyterian Church
October 17, 11 am.
 
**All future meetings of committees will be by 
ZOOM until you are notified otherwise.**
 
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.
Union Theological Seminary 
Leadership Institute
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Union Theological Seminary Leadership Institute Offers Training this Fall. 
 
Pastoral Care During a Pandemic:  Wednesday, September 30, and Thursday, October 1, 1PM. - 2:30PM. EST (Note: This online workshop is a two part series). Many faith and church leaders continue to search for ways to connect with their parishioners in virtual, although creative and meaningful, ways. Likewise, the pandemic itself has heightened pastoral care concerns in a variety of ways. This online workshop will address some of those concerns. Find out more about this and other training available at Union Theological Seminary online.
Jesus Christ and the "Dividing Wall": Race and God's Mission 
 
This event is online Oct. 7, 14, 21, and 28 starting at 7:30 - 9:30 pm (see attachment). 
 
This would be good for a group from your congregation take part as the second hour is designed to be a conversation among congregants. However, if you're interested in joining Gavin, we can form a presbytery group for discussion. Please let Gavin know. 
Weekly News from PCUSA
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SCCAC 2020 Annual Meeting
 
The South Carolina Christian Action Council will hold its annual meeting online.  The meeting takes place Thursday, October 15, 10-11:30 am.  For more information, click here.
Virtual Minister and Educator Retreat
 
Virtual Minister and Educator Retreat Scheduled for October 27-28. Join this FREE Event. Utilizing the Theme: 'A Word in Its Season': Effective Speech in the Bible and Our Fractured Political Moment lead by Rev. Samuel Adams, PhD. will be held virtually October 27 & 28. 
 
This retreat will examine speech in the Bible, from the prophets to the sages to Jesus himself. We will look at different forms of speech and how the biblical authors discuss effective rhetoric, especially the prophets and ancient sages responsible for wisdom literature. 
 
Then we will consider our current moment of polarization and how church leaders might engage complex, difficult issues. 
 
A session will also be devoted to online speech and how one might be a faithful witness to the Gospel in the age of social media. 
  • Session I - "Persuasive Speech in Wisdom Instructions, Prophetic Works, and Our Fractured Political Moment";
  • Session II - "The Invocation of the Bible in American Political Rhetoric"; 
  • Session III - "Effective Online Witness in the Era of Polarization (and Covid)". 
At Home Worship Resources
 
Are you participating in worship remotely due to COVID-19? If so, learn more about resources that can help with at-home worship. 
Compassion, Peace, and Justice
 
APCE Annual Event Date Changed
 
It is official! The Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) Annual Event, 
Circle of Faith: 50 years and beyond, is moving to February 9 - 12, 2022
 in Chicago. We will celebrate our 50th anniversary in style!
 
For more information or to become a member of APCE, click the here. Your REGIONAL event is still being planned for November 4-6, 2021 at Epworth-by-the-Sea. We will provide updates with more information and any changes.
 
APCE exists to support, equip, and connect all Christian educators - whether they be ministry staff, volunteers, or parents/guardians in the home. Let us help you provide the tools needed to grow in faith!
Inspire Youth to Explore and
Live Out Their Faith
 
 
Whether you need a Bible study, confirmation curriculum, or small group study, Sparkhouse offers plenty of resources to keep students excited and engaged. Our youth curricula feature high-quality learner resources, user-friendly leader guides, and award-winning videos. 
 
SC Lay School of Theology
 
Things will look a little different this session! Since we were unable to meet at Presbyterian College due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the planning committee arranged for this session to be held at the newly renovated 
Charleston Atlantic Presbytery offices in North Charleston, SC, formerly Park Circle Presbyterian Church. This building will allow for plenty of social distancing and safe, comfortable classrooms for our fall semester. 
 
We request that you follow the North Charleston mandated guidelines and wear a mask at all times while inside, the exception being at meal times. We also ask that you refrain from participating in Layschool if you are not feeling well and/or have tested positive for the virus within 2 weeks of class. The refund restriction will be waived if you become ill with COVID after registering or the refund deadline has passed.
 
Lodging has been arranged at the Holiday Inn Express in North Charleston, less than 2 miles from the Presbytery complex. The Holiday Inn is offering a free shuttle service between the church and the hotel. We hope you will enjoy joining us in our new surroundings for study and fellowship in the name of our Lord. 
 
Learn more and register HERE.
Helpful Resources for In-Person
Worship & Activities
 
Download these helpful resources on COVID-19 for in-person worship and activities. Please review and/or forward them on to appropriate leaders in your congregation/s.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Continues to Work on Our Behalf
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Disasters seem to have become more and more prevalent, both in the United States and in recent times.  Currently Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is working in areas affected by Hurricane Laura, Iowa Derecho, Beirut Explosion, and Covid 19.  
 
If you would like to be a part of this great ministry of the PC(USA) visit their webpage to see how you may be a part of this great ministry.
Faith Practices Toolkit
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This recorded zoom session will talk about the toolkit and why practices matter. On the landing page you will find the Introduction, The Essential Practices and the BEGINNING of our 8 total ministry kits. Watch for the worship, young adult, adult and camp kits over the next couple weeks to get posted. All the pieces posted are for you to download and share widely. This project is thanks to dozens of educators, pastors and faith formation leaders across the denomination.
 
You may use the Zoom link and Faith Practices Webpage to get more information. 
New Curriculum From PC(USA) Store
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Faith Formation for Adults This Fall
 
If you have been thinking about how to use the resources you have for faith formation this fall, you are not alone. We have been thinking about how to best equip you to serve the adults in your congregation, knowing that your situation may change as things evolve with the pandemic. We've put together a webinar so that all of the products we offer are in one place. Check out the webinar and highlights for each curriculum series here.
It is Time!
It is almost time for review of your Employer Agreement on Benefits Connect and make benefits selections for 2021.  You may make changes for 2021 from July 20 - October 9.  
 
Look at you options and see what is new by clicking here.
Relevant Resources for Today
 
Here's a good article, The Coming Pastoral Crash, that also has some very helpful resources for you to utilize. Please read it.
 
Don't forget these relevant resources:
SCDHEC Resources for Your Church
 
SCDHEC Covid-19 Communication and Resources for Your Church. As SCDHEC continues its efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in our state, we recognize the importance of the faith-based community in reaching out to the residents of South Carolina. We're requesting your assistance to share messaging aimed at helping to stop the spread of this virus. Find Resources for Communication and Gathering. Included in this document is a CDC webpage specifically designed for faith communities
PCUSA Weekly News Briefing
 
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.  
Guiding Council Continues to Recommend Not Resuming In-Person Activities
 
Your Guiding Council met Thursday, June 27.  With the rising cases of the Coronavirus, they continue to strongly advise that in-person worship and activities NOT resume at this time. They know that resuming in-person worship and activities is a decision of the Session and not the presbytery or its council; they affirm this in our Presbyterian polity and Constitution. They also know that there are Sessions that have either resumed in-person worship and/or activities or have decided to do so in the near future, utilizing the Guidelines recently distributed; they would, of course, urge err on the side of more, rather than less, precautions and safeguards. Please let them know if there are ways that they can be of assistance and support.
Weekly Coronvirus Update 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
 
First Presbyterian Church, Hartsville, is seeking a part-time Financial Secretary.  If you are interested, contact Rev. Ashley Cheek at 213 Home Ave., Hartsville, SC 29550.
 
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. 
 
Part-Time Christian Educator/Youth Director, Kingston Presbyterian Church, Conway.  Contact Jim Burton (843)248-4200.
 
 
 

 

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