Category Archives: Central Community News

Hurricane Matthew Update & Invitation




The Blessing of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in our Presbytery… Because of your generosity to PDA and the One Great Hour of Sharing, both the Long Term Recovery Committee of Fayetteville and of Lumberton have each been able to employ Executive Directors to manage and guide this unprecedented long term recovery process in these communities. $120,000 … Continue reading Hurricane Matthew Update & Invitation

NJ Mission Crew Helps In Lumberton




NEW JERSEY CHURCH MISSION CREW COMES TO LUMBERTON On January 8-13, 2017, a mission work crew of seven members from Manasquan Presbyterian Church, Manasquan, New Jersey, came to show support to the citizens of Lumberton who are affected by flood damage from Hurricane Matthew.  Ages of the work crew ranged from 60 to 80 years. … Continue reading NJ Mission Crew Helps In Lumberton

Central Community January Gathering




Central Missional Community (CMC) Winter Gathering Saturday, January 21, 2017 8:30 am is Registration, Meeting starts at 9am – 2:30 pm Peace Presbyterian Church, 3203 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301 Pre-Registration Online here: Now to January 18, 2017 Please see the images below promoting these exciting activities and/or open the Promotional Packet with Announcements Meeting … Continue reading Central Community January Gathering

Officer Training 2017




2016-2017 Community Officer Training Events Officer training is for new and returning ruling elders and deacons.  Interested church members may also attend if preregistered. Your pre-registration is needed as we plan for handouts and food.  Register here online and bringing a check, payable to the Presbytery, for your registration. Online registration: To Register please click … Continue reading Officer Training 2017

Disaster Response Information




Information about how can you or your congregation assist in disaster recovery, rebuilding and response following Hurricane Matthew…. DO NOT DONATE CLOTHING (Thank you for thinking of people but clothing is not needed at this time.) Printable flyer for use in Congregations and Session Meetings (this flyer was distributed at the Presbytery meeting) FEMA Information … Continue reading Disaster Response Information

Central Community Gathers in the Midst of a Zombie Apocalypse




The formal launch of the first gathering of one of the three Missional Communities of the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina was interrupted by the sudden appearance of masses of Zombies who tried their dead level best to keep things as they always were.         After all, as one of the living dead told … Continue reading Central Community Gathers in the Midst of a Zombie Apocalypse

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

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

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