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 8,970 members across 11 counties in South Carolina. The presbytery office, located in Florence, supports 68 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               

 May 24,  2017

Prayers for...
(Send request to presbyeducator@gmail.
com
.)
 
 
Our two churches for the week:
 
Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Florence, Jim Burton, temporary supply.

Indiantown Presbyterian Church,
Erskine Clarke, temporary supply.
 
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)
 
May
 
24
Florence area Minister & Educator lunch, Stefano's,
12 pm.

29
Holiday,
Office Closed.

30
Camping Ministry Conference Call,
4 pm.

June
1
Camping Ministry,
Presbytery Office,
5 pm.

3
Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team,
Presbytery office,
10 am.

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
 

Join Our Mailing List
 
Introducing Tripp Brogdon
Candidate for Ordination, Columbia Theological Seminary.
My faith journey began in 1981, when I was born in Sumter, South Carolina. I grew up in a loving, Christian (and very Presbyterian) home. My family not only stressed the need for a personal relationship with God, but also a community-centered relationship with God's church. I had wonderful examples of faith and service in action. My grandmother, who is now in her 90s, has selflessly taught both the Children's and Shorter Catechisms to the youth of First Presbyterian Church in Sumter for over sixty years and continues to do so even today. My great grandfather, grandfather, and father have all served as Clerks of Session and in other capacities. Just as importantly, I have seen my mother and sister work tirelessly behind the scenes in less desirable jobs around the church with very little recognition. Following the examples set by my family, I came to learn from an early age that faith in God was not limited to a belief, but included authentic service as a response to God's goodness. 

I began to feel God's call to the ministry after high school, but I ignored it until I finished college. After college, I pushed it away, thinking I could just serve the church as many of my family members had before. I then became heavily involved in church life, eventually being ordained as a Deacon in 2009. I quickly became aware of the church in its entirety: the good, the bad, and the ugly. [read the complete faith journey]
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.  
Virtual Learning Session on
Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center

You are invited to a
 Virtual Learning Session on
Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center

Thursday, June 1st 12-12:30 PM
or
Tuesday, June 6th 7-7:30 PM.

All members of New Harmony Presbytery
and their friends are welcome.

Please log onto the meeting 5 minutes
prior, using the instructions below
.
 
Dial-in Number:(605) 472-5369  
Access Code: 713750

Online Meeting ID: cebevans
Note: Joining the link will
provide visibility to the presentation.

You will need to enter your email address
and your name.

Questions prior to the meeting contact: Cecilia Evans 843-520-6069 or cebevans@aol.com.
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  
 
Sarasota Statement Released
At its 2017 National Gathering, NEXT Church released a new confessional statement in response to the current state of the church and world. It's called the Sarasota Statement, and it was made possible by a partnership between NEXT Church and the Presbyterian Foundation. We hope you'll take the statement into your own life and context, using it as a tool to declare your own faith statement, proclaiming the light of Christ. Read it online.  
Pentecost Offering
PUCSA logo in circle
Help for children
and young people
A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children. 40% of the Pentecost offering can be retained by individual congregations wanting to make an impact in the lives of young people within their own community. The remaining 60% is used for children at risk, ministries with youth, and young adult volunteers.  For more information go HERE.  
The May issue of the Board Connections includes articles on Retirement Savings Plan, a Well-Being Retreat 2017, Call to Health, and Know Your Benefits.  You may view Board Connections online.
Julie Cox Sabbatical Letter
As some of you might be aware, Associate Presbytery/Stated Clerk, Julie Cox will be on Sabbatical from May 24 - August 16.  She will be engaged in professional development and spiritual enrichment.  Follow this link to her letter explaining how her time in sabbatical will be spent.
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.
  
Presbyterian Men Outing
The Annual Presbyterian Men's Golf Tournament and Picnic will take place June 10, 2017, at Crystal Lake Golf Course, Sumter.  Please get your golfers and heavy eaters to sign up. 
 
Women are encouraged to participate.  If a church is unable to get a team of four, those wishing to play will be paired with other golfers. 
 
Prizes will be awarded.  Join us for Christian fellowship, great food, and at a reasonable cost.
 
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/  

Big Tent Registration Now Open

July 6-8, 2017,  St. Louis, MO

Make plans now to join old friends and make new ones at this summer's Big Tent conference in St. Louis, July 6-8. The theme of this year's conference is Race, Reconciliation, and the Reformation. Through plenary events, Bible study, workshops, and worship, attendees will be challenged and renewed by the power of the gospel message to overcome our current realities of anxiety, division, and inequality. 


The three-day event, held on the beautiful campus of Washington University in St. Louis, will provide a variety of opportunities to engage with issues facing the church and society today. In addition to a selection of nearly 50 workshops on a variety of topics, participants can join in morning Bible study led by Dr. Eric Barreto of Princeton Theological Seminary and hear from local church leaders about the struggles the St. Louis community has faced around issues of inequality. PC(USA) Stated Clerk the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson will preach at the opening worship on Thursday, and the Rev. Dr. Christine Hong of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will preach at Saturday's closing worship. 

 

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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/.

Job Opportunities

(Jobs will be listed for four editions.  If you have not filled the position and want it to be listed for another series, please notify me.)

 

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