Category Archives: Events

Retiree Luncheons




The Board of Pensions in conjunction with the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina is pleased to announce the annual Retiree luncheons in the Presbytery. All retirees under the Board of Pensions and their spouse/caregiver are invited to attend one of these luncheons for fellowship and to hear an update on the Pension plan. Tuesday, June 9 … Continue reading Retiree Luncheons

Middle School Retreat ~ Register Now!




Registration is now open for the Middle School Retreat at Camp Kirkwood! The theme for the retreat is the Frozen Chosen. We are focusing on Christians being a people called to action. We are called to worship together in the pews, but we’re also called to get moving and work to bring more of Christ’s presence … Continue reading Middle School Retreat ~ Register Now!

Faithful Saint Nominations & Recognition 2015




Faithful Saint Nomination & Recognition 2015 The Committee for Christian Education invites each church to recommend one deserving member for recognition as an outstanding older adult who is an exemplary faithful saint in our midst. We ask that sessions focus on the volunteer work done in the later years of life, both in the church … Continue reading Faithful Saint Nominations & Recognition 2015

VBS Preview Event




VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2015 PREVIEW EVENT Come to the 2015 Vacation Bible School preview event at the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church. Make plans to attend the MARCH 7 Presbytery meeting. Representatives from Cokesbury and GROUP Publishing will be there to introduce their VBS programs (see below). Make connections to coordinate sharing materials and decorations with other … Continue reading VBS Preview Event

Holy Conversations on the Amendments




Presbytery Plans for Holy Conversations  Around Difficult Topics – the Amendments Pastors, churches, and our Presbytery all face important decisions about how to vote on the General Assembly’s actions regarding same-gender marriage. Before we debate and vote on the proposed amendments, our Presbytery wants to encourage a time of discernment through “holy conversations” – conversations … Continue reading Holy Conversations on the Amendments

Officer Training 2014




2014 Community Officer Training Events This training is for new and returning elders and deacons.  Interested church members may also attend if preregistered. Your registration is needed as we plan for handouts and food.  Register here online or by mailing a form and $12 check to the Presbytery Office, 807 W King Street, Elizabethtown, NC … Continue reading Officer Training 2014

Youth Events 2014-2015




Our youth council chose the theme “The Kingdom” for the coming year. In previous years our events have been inspired by a number of cultural influences. We have been inspired to find what God can say to us through a variety of works. Some of your older youth might remember events based on everything from … Continue reading Youth Events 2014-2015

PW Fall Gathering Highlights




The Fall Gathering of the Presbyterian Women Encourages Barium Springs Staff…. The 26th Presbyterian Women Fall Gathering was held Saturday, August 16th at Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church in Clinton.  They celebrated as approximately 190 women were in attendance from all over the Presbytery showing the great diversity of our Presbytery. They began with a Worship … Continue reading PW Fall Gathering Highlights

October 2014 Presbytery Meeting




The October 2014 Presbytery Meeting was held at Galatia Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, NC. Open the Summary (Bulletin Insert) here Registration opened at 8:45, the meeting was called to order at 9:30AM in the Sanctuary. Rev. Warren Lesane, Synod Executive will be the morning preacher. An offering will be received for the Minister’s Emergency Relief … Continue reading October 2014 Presbytery Meeting

Be a More Effective Church Leader




Training you need to make a difference for Jesus! The Presbyterian Church–like all churches in North America today– is undergoing massive changes. Tried and true methods of church growth and effective mission are less and less effective in the new cultures all around us. Still the church is blessed with many dedicated leaders who want to … Continue reading Be a More Effective Church Leader

Fall Faith & Fellowship Event




East Community churches are invited to gather on Saturday, September 6, for our fourth annual Fall Faith & Fellowship event.  This year’s event will be at Kirkwood Camp & Conference Center, located on Camp Kirkwood Road off of Hwy 117 between Burgaw and Wallace.  This is a time for folks in our churches to come … Continue reading Fall Faith & Fellowship Event

Annual CAAM Gathering

The overcast, cloudy, and scattered rainy conditions could not dampen the spirits within Bethany Presbyterian Church at the annual Committee for African American Ministry (CAAM) on Saturday, August 9th.  With the theme of “Transforming the Church: From the Inside Out”, the day was filled with inspiring messages from a variety of speakers, dancers, and singers.  There were so many people who contributed to the success of this gathering that I could not possibly name them all, but a special “Thank You” is extended to Bethany and Mount Pelier Presbyterian Churches for co-hosting this wonderful event.

(Please See the Photo Gallery at the bottom of this article)

Warm Welcome at the Annual Gathering of African American Churches

Elder Bob James, Chair of CAAM, was certainly correct in his opening remarks when he noted that, “…this is indeed a spirit-filled event”, and indeed it was.  After Rev. Clarence Page, pastor of Bethany and Panthersford Presbyterian Churches, gave a heartfelt welcome, the entire congregation of 200 joined in worship with the singing of “Victory Is Mine”.

Rev. Earnest Parish
Rev. Earnest Parish, Jr., pastor of Dothan and Wilson Chapel Presbyterian Churches and Secretary of CAAM

Following the joyful singing, Rev. Earnest Parish, Jr., pastor of Dothan and Wilson Chapel Presbyterian Churches and Secretary of CAAM, shared the reading of Romans 12:1-12 and Rev. Johnie Bennett, moderator of Silver Hill Presbyterian Church, lead the morning prayer.

All of our hearts were warmed by the powerful, spirit-filled, liturgical dance of the Mount Pelier Praise Dancers.  These gifted young ladies are truly using their talents to praise God.  See their Liturgical Dance on YouTube

Keynote by Rev. Dr. J Herbert Nelson

Elder Naomi Newton of Silver Hill Presbyterian Church had the honor of introducing our guest speaker, Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness (OPW) in Washington, DC. Dr. Nelson travels extensively nationally and internationally on behalf of the PC (U.S.A.) “speaking truth to power with love”, but on Saturday, August 9th, he reaffirmed that, “Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina”, and we were truly blessed to have him with us.

Dr. Nelson reminded us using Paul’s words to the Romans, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing our your minds…” (Rom. 12:2) He asserted that we must be “…grounded in education…”.  He spoke of the many issues of the day, including immigration control, gun control, voter apathy, and many more.  Drawing our attention to Romans 12:11, “Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.”, Dr. Nelson implored us to, “Get engaged and declare that faith has something to say!”  It is safe to say that every heart was touched by Dr. Nelson’s passionate message and strong words of encouragement. See his remarks here

Workshops and Celebrations
Children at CAAM Gathering
Children gather for fun and Bible lesson time

After the opening plenary, we all separated into our workshops based on our age; Pre-K-Grade 3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, young adults, and adults.

 

Youth preparing to enjoy their class
Youth preparing to enjoy their class

Following our workshops we all joined together for a wonderful meal.  The adults enjoyed a cool, fresh chicken salad on a bed of crisp lettuce accompanied by garden fresh tomatoes and fruit.  The youth enjoyed their favorite pizza as laughter and conversations filled the room.

With appetites satisfied we reconvened to celebrate the gifts of our youth as they presented the fruits of their workshops including skits, songs, and words of youthful wisdom.

Skits are performed by the Children
Skits are performed by the Children

Our churches are so blessed to have so many inspiring young people wanting to participate and be a part of the ministry of Jesus Christ.  Rochelle Snowden, a young adult from College Heights Presbyterian Church shared her enthusiasm and excitement as she proclaimed that she rearranges her schedule each year just to be able to attend this annual African American Church gathering.

Singing by CAAM Family
The sons of CAAM Vice-Chair, Joyce Peay. Majid, Taimine, Katif, and Solomon preparing to Sing

This spirit-filled day concluded with the gift of music from the sons of CAAM Vice-Chair, Joyce Peay.  Majid, Taimine, Katif, and Solomon shared their talents as they sang two selections that had all of us clapping and singing along.

Presbytery Moderator Marye Jeffries and Rev. Dr.  J Herbert Nelson
Presbytery Moderator Marye Jeffries and Rev. Dr. J Herbert Nelson

Dr. Nelson sent us on our way with a charge to “Go and make disciples…”.  He said, “Don’t text, don’t tweet, YOU GO!  GO!”  With these strong words he sent us out into the world to love and serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God.  Amen.




 

Video of J Herbert Nelson’s Keynote

If you wish to hear Rev. Dr. J Herbert Nelson’s Keynote address if can be found on YouTube Here


Pictures from the African American Church Gathering 2014 at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Lumberton, NC

 

East Community Lunch Gatherings




Join a lunch group for Collegial Fellowship In the East Community of Presbytery these lunch groups gather for fellowship, sharing of news and concerns, and prayer. All Presbyterian pastors, CREs, Non-Presbyterian Pastors supplying Presbyterian Churches and Educators are invited.  (Holidays and Summer may cause changes in the schedule. ) Please contact NancyGladden@presbycc.org to confirm time … Continue reading East Community Lunch Gatherings