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               

 July 12,  2017

Prayers for...
(Send request to presbyeducator@gmail.
com
.)
 
Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center
staff and campers. 
 
Our two churches for the week:
 
Marion Presbyterian Church,
Tom Langston,
stated supply.

First Presbyterian Church, McColl,
Ray A. Howe, moderator of session.
 
Candidate

Fred "Tripp" Brogdon, III
(First, Sumter) Columbia Theological Seminary.
 
Inquirers
 
Marcy B. Carl (Georgetown) Dubuque Theological Seminary.

Sharon McCoy
(Ebenezer, Dalzell)
Lutheran Theological Seminary (Columbia) 
Calendar
(Next Week)
 
13
Grand Strand area Minister & Educator lunch,
Pickled Cucumber, Surfside Beach,
12 pm.

18
Personnel Committee, Presbytery office,
10 am.

20
Cheraw area Minister & Educator lunch, Rivers Edge,
12 pm.

Upcoming Events

 

Stewardship Kaleidoscope Conference 
(PCUSA)

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

or Lola Faye Craig for more information.

Local Church Information
 
If your congregation is planning an event you would like to advertise, please submit the  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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Conflict in the Church Workshop
September 29-30
Trinity Presbytery Office
Conflict in the Church Workshop to be Held in September. The Conflict in the Church workshop teaches some basic skills that will help participants manage conflicts within their congregations in a healthier manner. The Five Presbyteries of SC are offering this two day workshop Sept. 29-30 at the Trinity Presbytery Office. Check out the Brochure and Register today.  
A Gift from the PCUSA                       
PCUSA logo Here's a gift from the PCUSA: a FREE children's lesson on Martin Luther and the gospel of grace. Written in the format of Growing in Grace & Gratitude, this downloadable lesson and supplemental resources are all you need to include your children in your Reformation celebrations! Order this and other excellent resources for youth and adults to prepare for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation!
S. C. Lay School of Theology
The S.C. Lay School of Theology is for lay persons who wish to:
  • Participate in an in-depth study of the Bible, Theology, or Church History.
  • Be trained as a Commissioned Lay Pastor.
  • Better prepare themselves to teach the Bible or Church School.
  • Serve as Directors of Christian Education.
  • Be certified by the Association of Presbyterian Administrators.
Lay School is held over a weekend at Presbyterian College twice a year.  The next two sessions will be held October 13-15, 2017 and March 16-18, 2018.  The school has two tracks. The Lay Pastor (LP) Track is for ruling elders who would like to become eligible for lay preaching.  The Lay Enrichment (LE) Track is for any Presbyterian who wishes to learn more about theology, polity, Bible, Church History, etc.   
 
We will share the registration packet as soon as we receive it.
Greece Mission Prayer Guide
Dear Friends,
Six months ago an opportunity began for a mission to serve Syrian refugees in Lesvos Greece.  Our team of 5 is now one month away from departure. As ambassadors of Christ and members of New Harmony Presbytery, we covet your partnership through prayer. We have attached a prayer guide for you and would especially ask you to pray during our trip, July 17-28.  We thank you that your prayers will go with us.
 
Many Thanks,
Lesvos Team, Lisa, Sara, Rodney, Johnny and Frances  
APCE/SOAP Event
November 2-4, 2017
Epworth by the Sea,
St. Simons Island, GA
You are invited 
to join Ministers/ Educators/Youth Directors/church leaders
Thursday evening - Saturday afternoon 
as we ask:
 
* Why is innovation in ministry so important?
* How can our roots/heritage inform a creative ministry?
* How does the theology of risk teach and stretch us in ministry?
 
Early Bird Registration $80 by August 1st
Regular Registration $120 Due by October 12th
 
To register go to apcesoap.org.

PDA Affiliate Seeks Volunteers

PDA Logo A message from Deanne Russo, SC Disaster Assistance Coordinator, PDA. South Carolina  is still recovering from the 2015 Flood and Hurricane Matthew. Recovery efforts will be ongoing for years to come. Although we have devoted volunteers coming from all over the country, we also need to recruit SC volunteers. Click here to print a local volunteer recruitment poster from SBP, one of the organizations heading up recovery efforts in the Columbia area. If there are people in your church who want to get involved and volunteer for a day, a week or longer in the Columbia area, they should call SBP directly to find out how to help. Read more... 

Women's Connection
The Fullness of Life- Montreat Women's Connection will take place August 11-13.  This experience will provide space to: nurture mind and body; connect with a  community of old and new friends; and re-center your communal life and your individual self in God's good news.  Keynoter is Rachel Held Evans and the preacher is Sera Chung.  For more information and to register go to www.montreat.org/women
 
To stay at your "Home in the Mountains," South Carolina Inn, register for the conference only and visit www.scinnmontreat.org for housing options. 
Mission Trip - 2018                       
Spaces Available
The Presbytery of New Harmony Mission Trip to Long Island, Bahamas has expanded to two weeks.  Many from the 2017 Mission Trip are returning in 2018.  However, there are spaces available.
Week I - February 3-10, 2018.
Week II - February 10-17, 2018.

The final costs have not been determined, but the approximate cost between $1,500.00 - under $2000.00, including airfare, lodging, almost all meals, and program costs (including building materials).
 
The Mission Ministry has generously planned to offer some financial support to each participant.  There will be opportunities to gather and meet the team(s) before traveling. 
 
Questions should be addressed to Howard Barnard, barnardhoward3@gmail.com.
  
Interested potential participants should send an initial email to Julie Cox, Julie@newharmonypres.org.  
New Form and Information Online
A new Financial Request Form has been placed online.  Click the link above to access the form.  It is a form you can complete online and then print to submit.
 
Also, there is a Guide to the Preparation for Ministry Process, especially relevant inquirers, candidates, and their session liaisons.  
Super Simple Social Media
Led by Rev. Jill Isola, associate pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Hartsville, and assisted by Julie Cox.
 
Join us for a morning of exploring tweets, pins, facebook pages, and instagrammable images.
 
Learn some elementary tools for your own use and ideas about how to utilize free social media for your congregation. 
 
Saturday, September 23
Gathering/registration at 9:45 am                        Workshop begins@ 10:00 am
 
New Harmony Presbytery office
2352 Presbyterian Road, Florence, SC 29501 
 
$5 pre-registration by September 13,
$10 registration on-site
 
Please make checks payable to New Harmony Presbytery and include with the registration form.
Please contact: office@newharmonypres.org or call 843 662-8411 with any questions. 
 
Exploring the Book of Confessions
Beginning with the
Belhar Confession

Facilitated by New Harmony's commissioners to the 222nd (2016) General Assembly.

Explore and learn more about the PC(USA)'s newest confession.
 
Saturday, November 4,     
Gathering/registration at 9:45AM         
Workshop begins @ 10:00 am     

New Harmony Presbytery Office     
2352 Presbyterian Road, Florence, SC 29501 
 
$5 pre-registration prior to October 25,
$10 registration on-site  
 
Church Financial Grant
Leadership Program
The Presbyterian Foundation is accepting applications for a newly established Church Financial Leadership Grant. Grant applicants must be a pastor, commissioned lay pastor (CLP), or leader of a 1001 New Worshiping Community within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Funds are available for those pastoral leaders seeking to gain a better understanding of church financial vitality and management of their congregations.
 
The Church Financial Leadership grants are matching funds, and applicants must provide the source(s) for the other half of expenses. Eligible expenses include registration fees, transportation, lodging, meals and other expenses for approved church financial leadership events, training and continuing education opportunities. The application deadline is June 30, 2017. Grants will be awarded July 31. Applications are available at presbyterianfoundation.org/financialleadership.
  
Traveling Ministry Camp
Camp Pee Dee New Logo Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center's traveling ministry provides opportunities for children and youth (5K - 12th grade) to experience camp in their own backyard to connect with Christian role models and to discover the love of God through Bible stories, crafts, recreation games and more. 
 
This ministry is formatted with a three hour minimum which can run for an afternoon, a day, or a weekend.  The sky is the limit on what we can do.   
 
In addition, this ministry can be planned around lunch or dinner.  If you choose this option, Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center requests churches to provide the meal.  
 
We hope you will consider bringing camp to your back yard! 
 
Should you have any questions, need additional information or would like to inquire about the cost, please contact Program Director Kelly Boone Sloan at (843) 479-3051.  
Stewardship Kaleidoscope is an annual conference offering excellent plenary speakers, informative workshop leaders, provocative worship experiences, and incredible networking opportunities for all who are passionate about stewardship and generosity. Drawing leaders from across the Presbyterian Church USA and beyond, Stewardship Kaleidoscope is designed to help participants explore stewardship, in its many colorful dimensions!
 
For more information visit: http://stewardshipkaleidoscope.org/  
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/.

Goodwill Celebrates 150 years 

Goodwill Presbyterian Church is celebrating 150th Anniversary and Homecoming.  Please view the flyer for information on their activities

Job Opportunities

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