PUSH Week 2017 – Matthew Recovery Work

Join PUSH Week – October 30 to Nov 4

Presbyterians Utilizing Servant Hands

to love our neighbor as ourselves
by pushing forward the restoration of flooded homes in time for the holidays.

We are calling all Coastal Carolina Presbyterians to PUSH yourself out to volunteer

  •  Can you Push a paint brush?
  •  Can you Push a mower?
  • Can you Push yourself?
  • Can you Push some siding up on the house?
  • Can you follow instructions?
  •  Will you?

Are you a Presbyterian ready to Utilize your Servant Hands to help neighbors rebuild? Then sign up now for a day of service to help get some families back home for the holidays.  Some Utilize your servant hands to help a family be home for the holidays.

Registration is still OPEN – More persons welcome on all days

Volunteers need to arrive by 9AM for orientation. The site address will be emailed to you closer to the work week.

Other ways to help PUSH :

  1. Registration volunteers are needed each morning from 8:30AM to 10AM. Contact Laura Lupton or Clarence Page to volunteer.
  2. Assistance providing lunch each day is welcome.
  3. a Photographer is needed on each site.

Volunteers will receive a free PDA t-shirt and lunch will be provided on site each day by a local Presbyterian Church.

Purpose of PUSH Week:

To engage Presbyterians in living our Christ inspired compassion and service by getting to know persons recovering from hurricane flood waters and meeting their needs. We do this by providing volunteers to work in assist in rebuilding the homes of survivors of Hurricane Matthew.

The Bulletin Insert is shown here and linked here:

Bulletin Insert Image

Work Day Supervision:

The work sites are run by UMCOR in Fayetteville and UMCOR or Baptists in Mission (Baptist Men) in Lumberton. Materials will be on site. Volunteers may bring personal tools.

Each person participating is asked to exercise caution aware that all constructions sites are dangerous. Participants will be asked to sign a liability release form indicating they both understand and assume all the risks of participation.

Youth age 16-17 MUST be accompanied by a chaperone or parent at a 5 to 1 ratio. Meaning for every 5 youth there must be at least 1 adult over age 25 accompanying them. NO YOUTH YOUNGER THAN 16 Please.

Funding & Donations:

  1. Participation is free.
  2. The Presbytery of Coastal Carolina is using designated donated funds to offset costs of material supplies.
  3. Donations from participating churches directly to the Cumberland Disaster Recovery Coalition, Presbytery or UMCOR are welcome and encouraged.

LUNCH – REFRESHMENTS during PUSH Week:

Each Day an area PCUSA church will be providing lunch and refreshments for the group. If participants have special dietary needs or restrictions, we ask them to please bring a bag lunch.

LUNCH Schedule in Fayetteville:
Monday is Galatia PC, Tuesday is Reilly Road PC, Wednesday is College Heights, Thursday is MacPherson, Friday is Bluff PC, Saturday is First PC – Fayetteville.

Pre-Registration is REQUIRED:

  •          To ensure that we have proper supplies each day.
  •          To ensure we have enough food for lunch and refreshments
  •          To know what skills people bring to the site.
  •          To ensure we have enough PDA t-shirts

PARTICIPANT INFORMATION:

  1. Pre-registration is required. No overnight lodging is provided.
  2. Participants may register for one or more days. Returning is encouraged!
  3. Every participant will receive a PDA t-shirt.
  4. Pre-Registration needed by Monday, October 16.
  5. Close toed shoes are required.
  6. Work gloves are strongly recommended.
  7. Sunscreen & hat are recommended for outdoor work.
  8. You may bring your own tools but we are not responsible for lost, broken or left behind tools.
  9. Participants must be 16 or older, Students ages 16 to 18 must have a chaperone or parent with them on site.

Open & Print the one page PUSH Week poster for your church here.

NOTE:

At the end of registration is a link to the release form. The link will be emailed to you again closer to PUSH Week along with the exact address of the work site.

Non-Presbyterians are welcome to come with you, if they are registered.

 

BONUS
10 – 10 – 10 Challenge from UMCOR

UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) in Fayetteville has a 10/10/10 Challenge Goal for you to consider…

Could 10 churches fill 10 weeks, with each group having 10 volunteers for Matthew Recovery work? If UMCOR had 10/10/10 so many people would feel the love of Christ and could get back in their homes. Maybe after PUSH week you will see the local need and inspire your church to be part of 10/10/10. If you need overnight accommodations call PDA and stay at Highland Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, for a very minimal cost.

If you want to be part of the 10/10/10 UMCOR Challenge, please contact Eden at the PDA National Call Center to book your overnight stay at Highland PC.  Eden can be reached at pda.callcenter@pcusa.org or 866.732.6121 .   She schedules and coordinates the groups to stay at Highland Presbyterian Church.

Youth Events- Fall 2017

Inviting All Presbyterian Youth

Senior High Retreat at Camp Kirkwood!

November 18-19.

Since a lot of us are delayed with Fall Fest/Halloween, I’m extending the RSVP deadline to Sunday, Nov. 5.

Registration Form Packet

The event is filling FAST. Please make sure you are getting the correct paperwork for all of your participants, and that you have sent payment into our Presbytery office.

some are bringing forms  on November 18. That’s fine, but if you can send early, please do! i need to know you  are coming.SH Retreat 2017 Info Packet pdf

Each youth needs an Emergency Form, Covenant/Likeness Waiver, and the Kirkwood Waiver (for zipline, canoes, etc).

Each Adult needs an Emergency Form, Covenant/Likeness Waiver, Background Cert. Form, and Receipt of Child Protection Policy Form. **Kirkwood Waiver Optional.

Montreat College Conference.

College Students, please send deposits and registration forms by November 13. I can mail hard copies, if needed.

ALSO

Raleigh Youth Mission

has sent some updated information about RYM and its program this summer. Their theme this Summer is “Living Our Faith!”  Below is a link promoting the Summer Theme – please feel free to share along with their director’s contact info of:

Rev. Linda Harding, Director Raleigh Youth Mission, 970-217-6325, linda@youthmissionco.org

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 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.

PDA Logo     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


Robeson County Since Hurricane Matthew

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:

  1. Keep the families and volunteers in prayer.
  2. Send skilled work teams (carpentry, plumbing, general helper, etc.)
  3. Adopt a family by assisting with unmet needs.
  4. Adopt a house by supplying building materials.
  5. Make a donation payable to:
    Robeson County United Way.
    Reference to: Robeson County Disaster Recovery Committee,
    ATTN: Chairman of RCDCC,
    2512-A Fayetteville,
    Lumberton, NC 28358.
  6. To learn more please come to any of the weekly meetings, held each Tuesday.

— Clarence Page


Fayetteville since Hurricane Matthew

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.

Paying both rent in temporary shelter while also paying a mortgage on a home you cannot use is a financial nightmare for so many survivors.

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.

  • We leverage grants,
  • we appeal to business,
  • we seek volunteers,
  • we raise awareness,
  • we care, we help,
  • we offer light in darkness. 
This rebuilding can only be truly done with your help.

Urgently NEEDED in Fayetteville:

  • Dressers (in like new condition)
  • The Fayetteville CDRC needs an accountant to review the books and bring the accounting policies up to date.
  • The Fayetteville CDRC needs the participation of community members to be on committees (this is not construction work!)
  • The CDRC meets every other Tuesday at 5:30PM. Visitors are welcome.
  • The Fayetteville UMCOR (United Methodist Group) is seeking funding ($40,000) to employ a construction manager or a volunteer construction manager. Job sites are waiting now. Also needed is a heavy duty construction level pick-up truck or $20,000 to secure one.

— Laura Lupton


To Schedule Lodging & Work Assignments

  • for an overnight group willing to work in Fayetteville or Lumberton, please contact Eden Roberts who is the Mission Specialist II for Hosting and Volunteer Management of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance at the National Call Center  1.866.732.6121 (toll-free) or
  • for working in Lumberton, Contact Camp Monroe in Laurel Hill who can also hosts groups after the summer camping season ends Aug 4, 910-276-1654. (The Monroe staff does not arrange work sites.)
  • To volunteer but not stay overnight, just contact CDRC or RCDRC  as listed below.

To learn about donations needed for long term disaster recovery work:

For  Fayetteville,
For Lumberton

Money is always needed both for
rebuilding supplies, materials and
overhead coordination expenses.

Give to either Long term Recovery Group or to the Presbytery Of Coastal Carolina

Thank you for Caring, Praying and Helping!

Meet the Coaches

 MEET OUR COACHES!

Tested, effective resources  for any pastor and any congregation. Offering one day seminars, ongoing training for pastors, guidance to sessions and support for leaders.

Some comments from pastors who have participated in coaching:

        “Wish I had known this sooner. . .”

             Relevant              Needed            Timely         Encouraging

           Helpful         Thoughtful            Emotionally  Supportive               

         Spiritual Strategic Planning              Academically Stimulating

           Challenging              Affirming                  Stretching

        Insightful                  “The Missing Piece … “

Presbytery of Coastal “Vibrant Congregations” Coaches

Beverly and George bring a unique set of experiences and skills to their ministry as coaches.

  • Beverly is a third-career pastor, a native of Atlanta, who served congregations in Atlanta and northeast Georgia and taught leadership and ministry practice in Atlanta.  She holds a D.Min. degree in spirituality from Columbia Theological Seminary.
  • George has served several congregations across the country and for 14 years was Professor of Leadership and Ministry Practice at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta.  He holds doctorates in spirituality, biblical interpretation, and theology and the human sciences.
Beverly and George Thompson
Beverly and George Thompson share ways for congregations to connect with their work on vibrant congregations.

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.

Learn more at the Thompson’s  website or contact them directly

For more information, call 404/731-3281 or email drbeverlythompson@gmail.com.

PW Spring Gathering April 22 in Wilmington

Come to the PW Spring Gathering

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:
http://sacpc.org/locations/brown-hall/

  • Doors will open at 8:15 AM
  • Morning Coffee/Tea & Tasty Refreshments in Brown Hall starting at 8:30ish AM
  • Registration (sign-in) opens in Brown Hall by 9:00 AM and closes at 9:45 AM
  • Arrive early to enjoy the visual art display and to visit mission & ministry display tables
  • Plenary begins at 10:00 AM in the Sanctuary
  • On offering will be taken during plenary for a ministry which will be announced in a following email.

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…

  • a time of renewal and rebirth,
  • a time to remember the women who came before us,
  • a time to learn of ministry and mission opportunities,
  • and a time to plan for the future.

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!

The speaker for the April 22, 2017 Presbyterian Women Annual Spring Gathering…

The Reverend LaVera Parato.

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.

Posted by Chris Raynor on Sunday, March 15, 2015

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.

 Display your visual arts creation at the PW Spring Gathering.

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

  • Bring 1 or 2 pieces of artwork for display to Brown Hall (the fellowship hall) at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian on Friday, April 21 between 2 – 4 PM, entering the church from 15th Street. (There will be signage)
  • Pick-up is Saturday, April 22 between 1 – 2 PM following Plenary. (storage is not available for keeping it longer)
  • Have work framed and ready to hang with a longer than usual wire on the back.
  • If you desire to have your piece displayed on an easel, please provide the easel as well.
  • Have a card with your name and phone number taped to the back of your work.
  • Thinking about how these visuals are a reflection of the love God has for us, for others we meet, and in our creativity, provide a Bible verse on a small card that reflects your artwork. We are planning to put the verse on display beside your piece.

Contact  kathyrbenson@juno.com if you have questions.

We look forward to this day of fellowship, worship and celebration!

Presbytery Youth Council Needs You!

 

Join Youth Council!

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:

  •  Each member is asked to serve a two year term. You may “renew” when your two year term is up, or you may rotate off after one year if necessary.
  •  All members must be present at the October Presbytery meeting where we as a council are installed.
  •  Members are asked to be present for at least two youth council events. This includes planning meetings before events. We will schedule those closer to our events.

Our Current PYC Schedule for the 2017-2018 year:

  1.  End-Of-Year Overnight (for incoming & outgoing PYC)  Friday, May 12- Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Little Chapel on the Boardwalk (Wrightsville Beach, NC)
  2. PYC Planning Retreat & Training THURSDAY, August 10 – FRIDAY, August 11, 2017 at Camp Monroe (Laurel Hill, NC)
  3.  Tentative “All-Girls Slumber Party”*  Friday, August 18 – Saturday, Aug. 19
  4. Presbytery Meeting, Saturday, October 14, 2017 in Fayetteville
  5.  Senior High Retreat,  November 18 – 20, 2017
  6.  Middle School Retreat,  March 10 – 12, 2018

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, presbyccyouth@gmail.com or (910) 578-7724 .

Youth Council Application 

APPLY NOW TO BE PART OF YEAR END PLANNING EVENTS

Peacemaking Scholarship Essay 2017

Seek and pursue peace it. Proverbs 34:14

The Mozell Howie 2017 Peacemaking Scholarship for High School Seniors

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.

Here is the Printable Flyer for use in your congregation. (PDF)

Rules for Scholarship Consideration:

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.

Scholarship Essays must be submitted to:

Rev. Whitney Wilkinson
Cameron Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 68
Cameron, NC 28326
or by email to
revwhitney@cameronpresbyterian.org

Questions?

Contact Whitney Wilkinson by email or at (910) 245-7901

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.

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.

Mission Team from NJ
members from Manasquan Presbyterian Church, Manasquan, NJ at work in Lumberton, NC

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.

Dinner with Misison Team
Representatives from the Central Community and Stated Clerk, Bill Reinhold of Presbytery of Coastal Carolina honored the team with an appreciation dinner.

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.

Montreat 2017

The Youth of the Presbytery are headed to
Montreat Youth Conference
in 2017 for Week 6

July 30-Aug 5, 2017 (link to Montreat Page)

More information here (2 pages)

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.

Montreat Youth Conference 2017 Theme

Montreat Youth Conference Leaders and Speakers:

For More information:

Erin Wehrmeister

Associate for Youth Ministries
Presbytery of Coastal Carolina, 807 West King Street,
Elizabethtown, NC 28337
Office (910)862-8300 or Mobile (910)578-7724
presbyccyouth@gmail.com

Vibrancy in the Old and Ideas for the New

The New Church Development  Committee

invites you…

To be inspired.
To dream.
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.

  •        Whether your church is already active and alive,
  •        Whether your church is barely staying afloat,
  •        Or whether your church is somewhere in-between…

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:  sallyahenry@me.com or call her at 910-502-1033.

Open the Printable Flyer

Middle School Retreat March 2017

Middle School Retreat March 11-12, 2017

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.

FRIDAY OPTION:
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

For More information please contact:

Erin Wehrmeister (“Wear-My-Stir”) presbyccyouth@gmail.com

Office (910)862-8300 or Mobile (910)578-7724

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 Packet and Agenda Click Here

Officer Training will be part of the gathering.
Contact:
Sandy Thomas, chcothomas@yahoo.com, 910-988-1369
Clarence Page ClarencePage@presbycc.org, 910-301-1088

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.

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Open publicity packet to see remaining announcements including:
  • Invitation to join a Mass Choir for the next central meeting.
  • Information about the recipients of the morning offering (HASM, Inc. and W.H. Knuckles Elementary of Lumberton)
  • Chilli Cookoff with prize money for Missions
  • Homemade dessert Bake off with prize money for Missions
  • Confirmation Retreat Feb 3-5, Central Community offering 20 Scholarships
  • Conf on Congregational Vitality and New Church Development Saturday, February 18, 2017, 9:00am – 3:00pm in Fayetteville
  • June 2017 Central Community Gathering at MacPherson
Volunteers Needed for Doctor of Ministry Project:

8-Week Online Self-Care Seminar for Seminarians, Clergy, Pastors and Church Leaders (Begins Approximately the Week of January 23, 2017)

Please see this flyer about this project. Contact: Sandy Thomas, chcothomas@yahoo.com

This project is supported by Presbytery of Coastal Carolina’s Stated Clerk; Chair of CPM; and Chair of COM.

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 on the appropriate online registration form below.

DATES & LOCATIONS—West Community

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

Central Community dates/Locations
  • January 21 as part of the Central Community Gathering in Fayetteville will be some officer training. Please see the promotional packet.
BOOKS/CALENDARS  Will NOT Be offered for sale.
  • Please order your Book of Order, Book of Confessions and Calendar through your church office or online at store.pcusa.org
  • Bring a Book or Order and a Book of Confessions with you.
    Please be sure it is dated 2013 or later.
For more information, contact a Mission Coordinator:
Central – ClarencePage@presbycc.org
West – LauraLupton@presbycc.org

If you are looking for training as a clerk of session, please check out our YouTube videos for Clerks.

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

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.

Opportunities for Volunteers

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  office@fayettevillenchabitat.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.
https://www.ncvoad.org/cms/opportunities#ob

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.

Supplies – Materials Donations

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

  • Baby wipes, Baby food, Diapers and formula
  • tooth brushes, tooth paste
  • Water and Gatorade type beverages,
  • Non-perishable food, Ready to eat meals
  • Laundry pods
  • Clean up buckets (Kits of the Heart) are in urgent demand.The “ingredients” are here: pda.pcusa.org/page/kits/ andcwskits.org/assemble-kits/emergency-cleanup-buckets/ has a handy shopping list to print out… and options on delivery/drop off.

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:

CleanUpBucketFullLearn how to make clean up buckets at pda.pcusa.org/page/kits/

Financial Donations are needed for use in the region through these recipients:

  • Presbytery of Coastal Carolina, 807 W King Street, Elizabethtown, NC 28337 “Disaster Relief” call the office to use credit cards for donations 910-862-8300 Funds donated to Presbytery will be distributed to churches offering aid and churches that are rebuilding.
    Churches simply need to contact Gayle to request funds.
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance welcomes donations online at
    presbyterianmission.org/ministries/compassion-peace-justice/pda/
  • Church World Service online donations at cwsglobal.org
For Information about regional responses from all aid groups
  • ncvoad.org this website will tell you “who is doing what where”…. they also have a daily coordinating Conference Call to enable groups to speak to each other about needs, donations, drop off sites, volunteer opportunities, etc.
  • nc211.org United Way’s 211 helps individuals find help
  • Dial 211 from any phone if you do not have internet.

Communication/Coordination:

Please report/share needs, available volunteers, and available material donations to these contact persons for coordination and assistance:

News From Haiti:

The heart of Haiti beats strong following Hurricane Matthew

 Pastoral Prayers:

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 
pda.pcusa.org/pda/resource/prayer-hurricane-matthew/

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To add to this list or update information, please send complete details to LauraLupton@presbycc.org

Last Updated: 10/31 at 2:00PM

2016 Fall Senior High Retreat

Senior High Retreat
Senior High Fall Retreat 2016

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, presbyccyouth@gmail.com or 910-520-7934.

Senior High Retreat Registration

PCC Youth Medical Form

PCC PYC Covenant and Photo Release