Inviting All Presbyterian Young Ladies
All Girls Slumber Party 2017
PW T-Shirt Order Form (Due Aug 7)
Inviting all Presbyterian Young Men
All Guy Event
Hat orders due Aug 7
PW T-Shirt Order Form (Due Aug 7)
Hat orders due Aug 7
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 in the form of two grants has funded these positions. Now under the leadership of these new directors, these communities can move more smoothly to welcome volunteers, raise needed funding, properly report on the use of funds, coordinate the communication of the many agencies and churches aiding in disaster recovery.
In addition to funding these two positions, PDA has worked with Highland Presbyterian Church to enable them to host work groups. Arriving groups will be able to serve in both Fayetteville and Lumberton as needed.
When people call the PDA National Call Center, PDA ensures that the group’s skills and dates are in alignment with local rebuilding projects and opportunities. Highland Church will welcome partner churches to assist in welcoming hospitality for these arriving groups. Contact Rev. Bobby Newman to learn more about assisting with hospitality for incoming groups.
Groups are being scheduled now.
— Laura Lupton & Clarence Page
The storm lingered for about 20 hours, leaving behind over 18 inches of rain. When Hurricane Matthew finally left the area, October 8-9, 2016, it left an incredible amount of damage and devastation in Robeson County, particularly Lumberton. The continuous rain caused the Lumber
River to overflow and many homes, churches, and businesses, including two schools and the district office flooded. The electrical power went out for several days, and the city water had to be turned off as it too was contaminated. Many people left their homes feeling shocked, afraid, and very discouraged, and were placed in temporary shelters.
From that unexpected natural disaster, Robeson County Disaster Recovery Committee was organized.
Robeson County Disaster Recovery Committee has been actively involved in providing support to families in getting them back in their homes or in a place where they can call home. The Committee has employed a full time executive director, Cassandra Campbell, and four case managers to work closely with families. If you would like to know how you can help or make a donation, please see the information below:
— Clarence Page
Six families remain in hotels now, 9 months after the hurricane.
Can you imagine living in a hotel for 9 months?
Likely having no real kitchen to speak of, no refrigerator, no stove, no individual bedrooms, one bathroom for everyone, no room for books or toys, no privacy…. further away from your place of employment or your school… This kind of living is stressful, expensive, challenging, disruptive. In Lumberton the number of families still in hotels is much higher. This is why the rebuilding-recovery work remains urgent.
In addition to people in hotels many people are in temporary housing – rentals, trailers, living with extended family, etc. while homes and businesses are rebuilt.
The Long Term Recovery work provides not only mental health support for these stressful realities, it also provides case management to assist people in navigating the various sources of help needed to live in these challenging times. Our Long Term Recovery Groups speak with and on behalf of survivors to raise money and volunteers to get our neighbors back on their feet.
— Laura Lupton
Give to either Long term Recovery Group or to the Presbytery Of Coastal Carolina
Tested, effective resources for any pastor and any congregation. Offering one day seminars, ongoing training for pastors, guidance to sessions and support for leaders.
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The Thompsons were field consultants with the Alban Institute and have published several books, the most recent being Grace for the Journey: Practices and Possibilities for In-Between Times (2011) and Ready to Lead: Harnessing the Energy in You and Around You (2015). They now are engaged in this ministry as the full time coaches for Coastal Carolina Presbytery.
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For Presbyterian Women (USA) in Coastal Carolina Presbytery
Saturday, April 22, 2017
at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church,
1416 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
Visit the host-church website at:
Even if you are not an active member of a PW Circle, come anyway! You are a woman in the Presbyterian Church (USA), it will be a great day to mingle, meet, and greet your sisters in the faith and to hear what Presbyterian Women, Inc. is all about! No pressure. We are just the continuation of women in ministry that began over 100 years ago! There may even be some attendees who are 100 years old!
Women will be traveling hours, some staying overnight, to be together for this brief but important even.
Our gathering will be in the Easter season…
Come be part of the renewing of our friendships and meet women you might never otherwise have an opportunity to meet because we live so far from one another.
Let this be an intentional time of travel for the express purpose of reaffirming our unity in Christ Jesus and our commitment to spreading the gospel of Love in Christ!
LaVera is the minister at Antioch Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, NC. She enjoys singing and hiking. She enjoys reading so MUCH, it’s hard to pick her favorite! She also likes movies, including Little Women, Mary Poppins and the comedy adventure movie, The Princess Bride, (which, frankly, pegs her as an optimistic person who enjoys life!)
Find out more about LaVera, her ministry, and her mission at the following websites. On her church website is a link to hear audio recordings of her sermons and to read her blogs. Enjoy!
Antioch Presbyterian Church website http://antiochpresbyterian.weebly.com/
The Antioch Presbyterian Church Facebook page. You can catch a glimpse of LaVera in a photograph.
Our Pastor, LaVera Parato, was officially installed today!!! So glad to have her as our Preacher.
LaVera’s blog: Minister’s Musings http://pastorparato.blogspot.com/
Invite a friend and mention to the moderator at your church that you will be planning to attend.
We are pleased to have the opportunity to display paintings, fiber arts and photography for the Annual Spring Gathering of Presbyterian Women in Coastal Carolina Presbytery. The Gathering will include all the Presbyterian churches in the Coastal Carolina Presbytery and will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10 AM – 1:30 PM at St. Andrews Covenant Church, 1416 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401. It will be a wonderful day celebrating and worshiping with women and we hope all of the artists will not only bring their art work but enjoy this special time together on Saturday.
If you would like to share your original artwork or artwork you have perhaps inherited or acquired, then read the guidelines below. Once the church offices close on Friday afternoon, the building will be secured for the night. The doors will open at 8:15 AM on Saturday morning as attendees begin to arrive.
Guidelines for Art Display
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
We look forward to this day of fellowship, worship and celebration!
If you are a young person in grades 9-12 (or if you know one) and you have an interest in youth and church leadership, we need you! It’s that time of year again when we are taking applications for the Presbytery Youth Council.
The Presbytery of Coastal Carolina Youth Council is a unique opportunity for 9th – 12th graders to gain (and share) valuable leadership skills, learn more about the Presbyterian Church (USA), get to know other youth from the Presbytery, and serve the church in an important and challenging way.
Our Youth Council currently plans several events and there will be youth activities happening in each community.
A few things to make note of as you apply for Youth Council:
If you or someone you know would be a good fit for our Youth Council, please download the application below and return it by August 1, 2017.
If you have any questions, or if you are an adult wishing to serve on the Youth Council, please contact Erin Wehrmeister, email@example.com or (910) 578-7724 .
APPLY NOW TO BE PART OF YEAR END PLANNING EVENTS
The Peacemaking Committee of Coastal Carolina Presbytery
will offer two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors enrolling in college by the fall of 2017. All essays must be received by 5 p.m. on April 25.
1. The student must be a senior in high school.
2. The student must be active in a Presbyterian Church in Coastal Carolina Presbytery.
3. The student is asked to submit an essay in response to the following question:
What do you see as the most pressing peacemaking issue of our time,
and how wil you seek to address it through your studies and beyond?
4. Essay must be typed, properly referenced, not exceed 1,000 words and include the student’s name, contact information, home church, and college they are attending.
5. All essays must be received by 5 p.m. on April 25. *Email submission is preferred.*
6. The winners will be notified and then presented with their award at a regional presbytery meeting.
Rev. Whitney Wilkinson
Cameron Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 68
Cameron, NC 28326
or by email to
Contact Whitney Wilkinson by email or at (910) 245-7901
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.
They worked faithfully pulling up damaged floors, removing sheet-rock, insulation, window and door frames, and hauling debris outdoors onto large piles for collection. They gutted four houses on the south side of Lumberton. The tools and equipment they purchased to do their work were left with United Methodist Disaster Response to assist other relief groups on their mission trips there.
The Manasquan work crew distributed appropriate donations to churches and other groups actively working on rebuilding, stocking food banks, distributing clothing and necessary items, and providing outreach to the community. They also donated knitted items and coloring materials for children. Thanks to Bill Fury and his work crew for their dedication and faithfulness.
Thursday night before their departure, representatives from the Central Community and Stated Clerk, Bill Reinhold of Presbytery of Coastal Carolina honored them with an appreciation dinner. We are very grateful for the support we are receiving in the community.
If you would like to sponsor a mission group for recovery work or know someone who is interested, please contact: Clarence G. Page, Central Community Mission Coordinator, 910-301-1088.
Still Spots Available — Contact Erin ASAP
Initial registration and $150 deposit is due by March 28, 2017.
Full payment and all forms due by April 1, 2017.
For More information:
To be inspired.
To be encouraged.
To have renewed hope.
Pastors and leaders are invited to come and explore the possibilities as we discover together what it means to be a vibrant church and what the key ingredients of a vibrant church look like.
This day-long workshop is for you and those in your church who aspire to have a deeper and richer faith journey, for those who want to believe that there is still more..
Vera White of 1001 New Worshiping Communities will be facilitating, along with the Rev.’s George and Beverly Thompson, Transformation Coaches from our own presbytery. Together we will learn and discuss how we can bring new vibrancy to existing churches and birth new worshiping communities within our presbytery – and maybe we can even see how the two can intertwine and work together.
Our goal is to once again awaken our spiritual imaginations as we listen and discuss and learn how new vitality and vibrancy can be rekindled in our congregations. This kind of thinking and talking takes leaders to a new level of leadership. We want our leaders to be empowered to be able to share the vision of what the church can be!
We would love for you, and anyone in your church who you think has a heart or desire for seeing beyond what current situations say is possible, to join us to dream larger.
When: Saturday, February 18th, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Where: Highland Presbyterian Church, 111 Highland Ave., Fayetteville, NC
Lunch will be on your own – with an intriguing assignment!
Pre-registration is important, please call the presbytery office at 910-862-8300 x 1
More information will be forthcoming. For any questions you can contact Rev. Sally Henry at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 910-502-1033.
Please join us for this year’s Middle School Retreat, March 11-12, 2017 at Camp Kirkwood. The retreat will be led by youth and adults of our Presbytery and our Presbytery Youth Council. We will have keynotes, worship, music, and fun recreation options around the camp.
The retreat begins with registration Saturday morning between 9:00-10:00am followed by a Welcome and Keynote. We will conclude after worship Sunday morning no later than 11:30 AM.
This year we are offering the option of arriving on Friday evening. The program will not officially begin until Saturday morning, but realizing some of our groups have far to travel, we offer this opportunity.
The cost is $25 extra per person (for breakfast and housing) and we ask that you not arrive before 8 PM Friday night. We will have snacks available Friday night and a gathering space available. If you want to take advantage of the Friday evening option, you must register BEFORE FEBRUARY 20th.
About Camp Kirkwood:
Camp Kirkwood consists of 195 acres of pristine nature and is just outside of Watha, North Carolina. The camp has eight cabins (with heating/ac and indoor bath facilities) which are scattered though the camp and each is capable of sleeping 8-10 persons bunk style.
Near the main lodge, where we will have keynote and meals, there is an eight-acre lake which is canoe and kayak accessible. One highlight of the lake is its breathtaking Vesper Dell which seats approximately 150 people.
Camp Address: 2015 Camp Kirkwood Rd.; Watha, NC 28478
Erin Wehrmeister (“Wear-My-Stir”) email@example.com
Office (910)862-8300 or Mobile (910)578-7724
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
This is considered a Presbytery meeting for members of the Central Missional Community so those sessions unable to send a commissioner or pastors unable to attend should request an excused absence prior to January 19, 2017. Thank you.
8-Week Online Self-Care Seminar for Seminarians, Clergy, Pastors and Church Leaders (Begins Approximately the Week of January 23, 2017)
This project is supported by Presbytery of Coastal Carolina’s Stated Clerk; Chair of CPM; and Chair of COM.
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.
To Register please click on the appropriate online registration form below.
January 7 (Saturday) POSTPONED to Jan 21
at Mt Pisgah Presbyterian in Broadway (Sanford/Lillington area)
2300 Mt. Pisgah Church Rd, Broadway, NC 27505
Register by Tuesday, Jan 17
Register for this training by Clicking Here
Registration is $12/person. Checks are preferred.tions
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)
Any individual who has suffered loss or damages due to Hurricane Matthew is encouraged to register with FEMA for assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov , by downloading the FEMA mobile app, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), the number is also 1-800-621-3362. For people using TTY, the number is 1-800-462-7585. These toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. Operators are standing by to assist individuals in multiple languages. The registration deadline is December 9, 2016. There are several assistance programs available for the under insured, displaced persons, and more. If in doubt, please register.
Please use www.CrisisCleanUp.org to register your work group and find ongoing work sites where your particular skills are needed and welcome. This site helps you track volunteer hours and coordinate with other groups so that any particular site is not overloaded while another goes neglected.
Almost half of the Habitat for Humanity homes in Fayetteville were severely damaged by Hurricane Matthew’s floods Saturday. Of 154 homes built by the organization, 95 were affected and 66 are in “desperate need.” Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity said it needs donations and volunteers to help the homeowners rebuild. Contact Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
P. O. Box 3166 • 310 Green Street Fayetteville, NC 28302 (910) 483-0952 firstname.lastname@example.org As of 10/26 more volunteers are still needed for this work with the Habitat Homes.
Many groups are needing additional “walk-in” volunteers. Please go to NCVOAD (ncvoad.org) website to learn of opportunities.
Groups are calling Presbytery staff saying, “We want to send a work group on dates A to B, what church might host us for that week?” If your church is willing to host a group in a needed recovery area, please let Laura Lupton or Bill Reinhold know, we will put groups in touch with you directly. Groups could also be hosted in a vacant rental home or similar situation.
Long term recovery needs will grow over time and more opportunities will be announced and posted here and please go to NCVOAD Site listed below.
Most helpful are gift cards and financial support. This helps the local economy and people can purchase the exact items they need for recovery.
Urgent need in Lumberton and other hard hit areas for
CAUTION: Please only collect items that you KNOW ARE NEEDED (Ask) and for which you have a destination to receive the items collected. Do not just collect items that you assume are needed, call and ask first. Do not just drive somewhere and assume there will be a drop of point.
Shelter space is needed in the Robeson County Region. Apartments for rent, guest houses, etc.
Warehouse space is needed to receive deliveries of food and water and other supplies. BUT THIS IS A HUGE undertaking and not for the faint of heart. If you know of space, we may be able to locate people to manage it.
NOTE: Used Clothing donations CLOG the system, require huge amounts of storage space, ofen arrive dirty or with infestations and are not helpful except for New socks and New Underwear and diapers.
Urgent need to restock the Clean Up Buckets – this is a great congregational project:
Learn how to make clean up buckets at pda.pcusa.org/page/kits/
Financial Donations are needed for use in the region through these recipients:
Please report/share needs, available volunteers, and available material donations to these contact persons for coordination and assistance:
Pastoral prayer in storm and exile – Hurricane Matthew pres-outlook.org/2016/10/pastoral-prayer-storm-exile-hurricane-matthew/
Call to prayer in the wake of Hurricane Matthew
To add to this list or update information, please send complete details to LauraLupton@presbycc.org
Last Updated: 10/31 at 2:00PM
We are thrilled to open registration for our Fall Senior High Retreat, November 19-20, 2016. We will be enjoying some Sabbath time at Camp Kirkwood and sharing some group time with Rev. Whitney Fauntleroy from Chestnut Street Presbyterian in Wilmington, NC. We do have an option for groups to arrive on Friday night if it is more convenient. Please use the registration packet below to register. If you have any questions, please email or call Amy Hodges, email@example.com or 910-520-7934.
Peace is not just a reaction to conflict and war. Peace is the heart of the Gospel, and the heart of who we are as Presbyterians. Join us as we explore themes of peace and reconciliation, and our call to be peacemakers, in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Book of Confessions.
The Peacemaking Committee is delighted to share this resource with you and your faith community. It is our hope that this video and its accompanying discussion guide help you:
You may play the video as a whole to see the scope of peacemaking in all of our confessions, or do a more in-depth study of a few confessions at a time, pausing to discuss and engage with each one. Whether you use this video for small group study, for home reflection, as a powerful tool in worship, or listen to its peaceful call in your car, we pray that it is a blessing and call to action for you and your community.
Don’t miss the discussion guide.
May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
The Peacemaking Committee of the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina