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
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Building Community Through Information - June 9, 2021
 
Happening in New Harmony Presbytery
(All meetings by ZOOM, unless otherwise noted.)
 
Committee on Preparation for Ministry -
June 14, 9:45 am.
 
Committee on Ministry - June 22, 2 pm.
 
?New Harmony Presbytery's Office Hours - Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm.
 
Some Presbytery Staff are working at the office and some at home. Therefore, it is best that you first contact them by way of the Presbytery number, choosing the appropriate extension or by emailing them.
 
Prayers...
 
 
 
for those traveling as the nation opens up from the pandemic.
 
for those who are struggling to recover from the effects of the pandemic, both spiritually, physically, and economically.
 
for our two churches for the week:
 
Indiantown Presbyterian Church, Rodney Foster, Interim Pastor.
 
Jefferson Presbyterian Church,
David Bessinger,
Commissioned Pastor.
 
Candidates
 
Marcy B. Carl (Georgetown) Dubuque Theological Seminary.
 
Caitlyn Hathaway 
(First, Hartsville)
Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond.
 
Joseph Jumper
(First Myrtle Beach)
Columbia Theological Seminary
 
Inquirers
 
Randolph Green 
?(Congruity Presbyterian Church)
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Darren Wilson
(Friendship)
Union Presbyterian Seminary-Charlotte.
 
Flury Wilson
(Friendship)
Union Presbyterian Seminary-Charlotte.
 
Faith Formation for the Future:
A Webinar Program for Designing Faith for 2021 and Beyond
 
The five presbyteries of South Carolina and SOAP (South Atlantic and Puerto Rico Region of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators) is offering the following webinars on the fourth Tuesday of June, July, August, and September from 12:00pm-1:30pm. The cost is $10/webinar or all four for $25. For more information and to register, go here 
 
Webinars offered:
 
Tuesday, June 22- Designing Hybrid Faith Formation for the Post-Pandemic World
 
Tuesday, July 27- Building community and Relationships in the Post-Pandemic World
 
Tuesday, August 24- Formation for Christian Living in a New World
 
Tuesday, September 28- Planning for 2022 and Beyond: A Faith Formation Planning Clinic
 
(The materials covered in these four webinars will be used to inform a one day in-person event with John Roberto on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. The event will be held at Westminster PCUSA, 1715 Broad River Rd, Columbia, SC 29210. More information will be available soon.) 
Montreat Lake
Women’s Connection 2021
Word Wise:
 
“Words are my first love, because they matter. Words actually change lives, move people, sustain us. They take us to another world when we need to go and bring us home when we need to come back. Whatever you need, words can deliver: laughter, solidarity, encouragement, thrill, courage, silliness, spirit. I have been a reader and writer my entire life, and every single day I marvel that I get to make a living with words. I hope to use them for beauty and Jesus and life. I hope to make them count.” – Jen Hatmaker
 
As people of faith who seek to be Jesus’ disciples, we are shaped by words and seek to understand them, hear them, and do them. The words of scripture will play a prominent role in this Women’s Connection as participants will engage in a dialogue with scripture.
 
August 13–15, 2021
 
Connections Lectionary for Preaching and Worship
 
All nine volumes are available. Click here for more information
Thornwell Offers Virtual Workshops
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Thornwell is offering free Virtual Workshops, which are available to any church member or members of the community. For more information and to register, click on the links below.
 
Virtual Parenting Workshops build your confidence as a parent and reduce stress in your home! You’ll walk away with practical parenting tips, coping strategies, and encouragement from licensed experts. 
 
In Parent & Child Interaction Workshops licensed therapist will lead you and your child through fun activities that are designed to teach skills, enhance connection, and build trust. You will leave the session with practical tips and ways to strengthen your family relationships – all while having fun!
Juneteenth - Saturday, June 19, 2021
 
Every year since 1865, there has been one day that most Black people have held as a celebratory occurrence. On June 19, 1865, the last of the Black Americans who were in the condition of chattel servitude were freed. Texas, the last state to hold out on the edict of the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln more than two years prior, had finally been forced into compliance. And so, it is this date in June that many Black Americans consider to be Independence Day and thus a cause for annual jubilation that we have titled Juneteenth.
 
However, was it really a cause for celebration? [more]
Board Connections - June 2
 
?In this issue of Board Connections, our President talks about how the Retirement Savings Plan can help prepare ministers and any employee for the future. Meet the Board's Director of Delivery and Administration, Sharon Castillo, and learn why she serves. Does your tax-advantaged account need a midyear checkup? Understand your prescription drug program's formulary. And be sure to register for Board University's next webinar, Caring for the Caregiver. 
 
South Carolina Inn at Montreat Updates
 
South Carolina Inn at Montreat has recently updated some facilities and is open for reservations all year. Make your plans to visit your "Home in the Mountains" soon.
 
Recent Renovations
Apartments – We have completed the Mold Remediation and Reconstruction of the 4 lower-level apartments and updated lighting.
 
We had a lovely work group come from First Presbyterian Church Cheraw who painted the back wall and did a great job of mulching the path and native plant garden…they made it fun. I hope to have more come!
 
The entire Inn has been deep cleaned and refreshed – we are very proud of the staff who have worked so hard to make the Inn a clean, safe and comfortable place to stay!
 
If your church would like to schedule a volunteer day at the Inn, we would love to host you! Lodging and Breakfast would be provided!
 
Reservations
The SC Inn is open year-round for any individual or group reservations.
We still have some openings this Summer for Montreat Youth Conferences and Montreat Music and Worship Weeks. Contact Emily Cameron (innscmontreat@aol.com or 828-669-7460) to book for your group.
Montreat Gate
New Evangelism Resource
8 Habits of Evangelism
 
?The Rev Dr. Ray Jones and the Rev. Dr. Kathryn Threadgill began praying about this new evangelism resource in November 2019. As they prayed and listened, they identified these “8 Habits of Evangelism”: Worship, Generosity, Justice, Radical Welcome, Sacraments, Teaching, Prayer, and Fellowship. Once Jones and Threadgill were convinced about the habits of evangelism, they began to pray about the voices in the church that would write about each habit. According to Jones, the resource places evangelism within a holistic understanding of the gospel. Jones and Threadgill are making plans now to form cohort groups to deeply study the 8 Habits together. They are also working on featuring a video conversation with each of the authors around the evangelism habit they wrote about. In the fall, in partnership with Montreat Conference Center, the PC(USA) Evangelism Conference will focus on these eight habits. You can find a language specific translation for “8 Habits of Evangelism” in English, Spanish or Korean here.
 
New Curriculum for the Whole Congregation
 
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living focuses on 36 practices, with at least four sessions devoted to each practice. Practices are defined as “what Jesus did, said and embodied, the things that Christians have routinely done over the centuries.” The first three practices to be released in July are Follow Jesus, Welcome All, and Confess. After that three additional practices will be rolled out each October, January April and July over the next three years. The practices can be explored in any order, in person or online, in Sunday school classrooms, coffee shops and from the pulpit. There are guides for young children, multiage children, youth and adults, as well as a congregational guide and adult reflection guide. Worship helps are also included, one for each session. Those can be worship activities, hymn selections — even symbols that can enhance the worship space. Guides help families practice the practice at home, with conversation starters. Pricing, which can be seen here, depends on which packages are purchased. A digital version for adults will be available via Amazon. Coming soon, will be a free preaching guide.
Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2022
 
Presbyterian Youth Triennium will feature a Matthew 25 framework, activities that will extend a full year following Triennium and enough innovation to send thousands of high schoolers and young adults scurrying to register — once registration goes live this winter. Notice the change in venue. There are also changes in the format such as all attendees will enjoy their meals together in a large assembly hall at the convention center. Meals together will also include Bible study, games — and one of PYT’s signature components, music. Attendees will explore Triennium themes as part of about 15 “Lens Labs.”  The cost for youth to attend is $515. Adults will pay $535. It is not too early to make your plans. For more details go here.
 
The Synod hosted a webinar on LEADING THE CHURCH INTO THE POST COVID WORLD. You can view the recorded webinar HERE (passcode: WL0ee&&d) as well as join in future events listed below: 
 
Tempered Resilience Book Discussion: Join with a small group of others for eight sessions, via Zoom, to read Tod Bolsinger’s latest book, Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change. Using the book’s Tempered Resilience Study Guide, groups will review the readings together, be encouraged to reflect on individual leadership practices and beliefs, and focus on spiritual and leadership practices.
 
Ministry Collaborative Cohort: In August, the Synod will be launching 6-month cohorts in partnership with the Ministry Collaborative (www.ministry.org). Much was changing for the Church prior to COVID. Much has changed this past year. Much more will change going forward. As we move into new unchartered space and time, we’ll be exploring together critical questions:
 
• What will we care most about as we move forward?
• What will be the consequences of that caring?
• Do you believe it’s God’s heartfelt wish to get everything back to normal?
 
Cohort members will participated in pairs of one Pastor and one Ruling Elder per congregation and we hope to have one congregation selected from each of our 16 presbyteries. Cost will be $500 per clergy-elder pair.
 
If you like to participate in the book discussion and/or would like more information on the cohort, contact the synod office:  lisa@synodsa.org.?
Montreat Gate
Montreat has Opportunities for YOU!
 
Looking for ways to connect with other Presbyterians as the pandemic eases? Check out all the opportunities that Montreat has to offer in 2021.
 
While you are at it. Check out the lodging opportunities at "Your Home in the Mountains," South Carolina Inn at Montreat. It is owned and operated by the five presbyteries in South Carolina.
 
The Presbyterian Giving Catalog Offers VBS Resources 
 
The Presbyterian Giving Catalog offers the Jerry Can Curriculum free to download or to order from the PC(USA) Store. Available in both one- and five-session units, this curriculum includes lessons on disaster response and activities that show how children can be involved with prayer and generosity to make a difference in the lives of people in need.
 
?The Womanist Leadership Institute
Year of Leader Formation Webinars
 
During the Year of Leader Formation, ruling elders and deacons will have an opportunity to join together in three webinars. Save the date.
 
"Parliamentary Procedure for Leaders"
July 14, 2021 at 7 pm (eastern) 
 
Registration will be available soon.  READ MORE
 
Christian Education Leadership Training Opportunity
 
?This link provides more detailed information.
 
Training for Ruling Elders and Deacons
Check out this opportunity on Equip, the church's online training site. Consider using it for a self-study or with a group using the provided leader guides.
 
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.
 
 
Links of Interest
 
New Harmony Presbytery www.newharmonypres.org.
 
Synod of South Atlantic
 
Presbyterian Church, USA
 
Thornwell
 
Presbyterian Communities of S.C.
 
Montreat Conference Center
 
South Carolina Inn at Montreat
 
Job Opportunities
 
If you have the need to advertise a job position, please send the relevant information to 
 
The Presbyterian Agency for the Developmentally Disabled (PADD) is seeking Residential Counselors to provide care and leadership for our residents. We are seeking people with a heart for service and a love for people. Applicants must be able to pass a background check, have a valid SC Drivers License, and pass a drug test.  For further information and an application contact Ms. Kimberly Tumbleson, Executive Director. Call or text 843-496-4049, or email kimberlytumbleson2014@yahoo.com. The PADD website at www.paddsc.org also has additional information, and a link to the Facebook page.
 
?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
 
Would you like to live near the beach and work with youth? Kingston Presbyterian Church in Conway, SC is seeking a full-time youth director. For more information, please contact jb406@live.com.
 

 

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