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:

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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

Confessing Peace

Confessing Peace

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:

  • More deeply engage with the PC(USA) Book of Confessions, and the call to peacemaking woven through each confession.
  • Intersect Presbyterian and Reformed theology with an ethic of peacemaking and reconciliation.
  • Critically engage with issues of peace and reconciliation in your own communities, our nation and our world.
  • Explore new and courageous ways to be a person of peace as a follower of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.

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

Proposed Amendments to the Constitution

Each time the General Assembly meets it receives suggestions for amending the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA). After study and debate some of these suggestions are sent to the Presbyteries for vote. Our Presbytery will debate and vote on these items at the March 4, 2017, Presbytery meeting at First Church, Morehead City.

This year the General Assembly has proposed:

  • one amendment to the Foundations of Presbyterian Polity,
  • 10 amendments to the Form of Government,
  • a complete rewrite of the Directory for Worship, and
  • two amendments to the Rules of Discipline.

All of these sections are found in the Book of Order. 

The Office of the General Assembly has prepared an online booklet listing all of these changes together with the rational offered by the Presbytery or Synod which proposed each item and the advice given to the General Assembly by the Advisory Committee on the Constitution. In previous years the Office of the General Assembly (OGA) printed copies of these booklets and sent to the presbyteries for distribution to minister members and commissioners from churches in the presbytery.

Now that so many presbyteries distribute their information electronically, the OGA has determined that the cost of printing and mailing these amendment booklets is prohibitive. The OGA can no longer afford to do that printing and mailing therefore those who desire to read to proposed amendments will need to read them online or download and print them.

Click on the link below to open the booklet.

Download the Proposed Amendments to the Constitution.

2-Cents-A-Meal Zomba School in Malawi Africa

The Zomba CCAP School in Malawi Africa receives support from the Two-Cents-A-Meal (CentsAbility) offering collected  throughout our presbytery. This report is from the Associate Pastor at St Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wilmington which recently visited the school.

Bryant Holmes is the chair of our hunger committee that oversees the fund disbursement. Learn more about our other recipients at
presbycc.org/2014/hungerinfo/  and how you can apply for a hunger grant.

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Zomba3You can learn more about how St Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC connects with the school at their webpage:
sacpc.org/tag/chuluchosema/

See also the recent update on the impact of these Two Cents a Meal funds in Haiti.  Thank you for your support.
presbycc.org/2016/2-cents-meal-work-matthew-28-project-update/

Even Small PEACES are Important…Calling All Peacemakers

Presbytery’s Resource Center wishes to share the following resources that can promote discussion about current moral issues and provide peacemaking guidance during the process. How does our religion impact our actions?

Please contact the Presbytery office (910-862-8300, ext. 5) if you’d like to borrow a resource or have a question.

Youth

1)      Peace DVD Especially for Youth – This DVD is designed to be used as a 6-session series of studies on peace for youth.  Youth will be encoPEACE DVDuraged to ask and answer the question, What can one person do to bring about peace in today’s world? Jesus’ sermon on the Mount is used as a guideline for the study. The study guide outlines for each session, including DVD segments, scripture passages, discussion questions, and an assignment.

2)      A Song of Peace – sung by the Zehnder brothers can be found on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXaOynkWi8Y&feature=youtu.be

 Adult

  • Reclaiming Civility in the Public Square by Cassandra Dahnke, Tomas Spath & Donna Bowling– This book explores 10 rules that promote civility in the public square.  10 Practical steps to help bring us into relationship with each other once again are shared in the book.  It explores a topic whose importance cannot be underestimated. As Lincoln said, “A nation divided cannot long endure”. The authors maintain that we can survive our division if they are handled with civility and respect. They are fully aware of the differences between groups that often lead to political friction and they offer constructive suggestions for all of us.

2)      Season of Peace Bible Study – free download at https://www.pcusa.org/resource/season-peace-bible-study-full/  .

Session 1: The Things that Make for Peace

Session 2: Finding Peace

Session 3: Practicing Peace

Session 4: Extending Peace

Session 5: Living Peace

 3) In Defense of Civility: How Religion Can Unite America on Seven MorIn Defense.bookal Issues That Divide Us, by James Calvin Davis. Book. From “the big four” (abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, and stem-cell research) to war, poverty, and the environment, this timely book considers religion’s impact on moral debates in America’s past and present. James Calvin Davis argues for religion’s potential to enrich both the content and the civility of public conversation. This book will interest all concerned citizens yearning for more careful thinking about the role of religion in public debate.

Click here to see a TV interview with James Calvin Davis.

4)      American Politics and Christian Responses (downloadable study at http://www.thethoughtfulchristian.com/Products/TC0519/civility.aspx

What happened to civility in public discourse? While civility has long been a factor of Christianity and even in American politics, more recently it seems that our society and many of its leaders suffer from an appalling lack of it. When everyone is screaming at each other it becomes difficult to conceive of a different, better way of thinking about politics and public debate. This three-session, adult study by James Calvin Davis considers ways to think about political discussion between people who disagree in light of the four virtues of civility and the principles of civility found in Christianity. Session three of the study provides guidelines and applications for practicing civility.

5)    The Things that Make for Peace – Bible study (free download) – https://www.pcusa.org/resource/things-make-peace-complete-bible-study/  – The Things That Make for Peace is a five-week adult study for small or large groups to be used during A Season of Peace or any time of the year. It focuses on the inner and outer path to peace as foundational to faithful discipleship. Each session has a “dig deeper” section for study through the week.

Download PDF

6)  Neighbor: Christian Encounters with “Illegal” Immigration by Ben Daniel – Book. Using a blend of travel narrative, interviews, theological insight, and biblical scholarship, Daniel tackles the controNeighbor.bookversial issues that surround undocumented migration in the United States by taking the reader to the spiritual, legal, and geographical front lines of the immigration debate. Here, the political becomes personal and talking points have a human face. The result of this journey is a compelling argument that encourages Christians to meet undocumented migrants as neighbors and as friends. Study questions are included.

To listen to Ben Daniel’s interview about this book on WJK Radio with Dan and Jana, click here.

Praying that you find the peace of Christ in every step! – Kaye Bledsoe

ARE THERE OTHER RESOURCES YOU’VE USED AND WOULD LIKE TO TELL OTHERS ABOUT?  LET ME KNOW!

Highlights from the 222nd GA (2016) Portland

Highlights from the
222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Held in Portland Oregon

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The following summary of GA222(2016) is available formatted as a bulletin insert for use in your congregation’s bulletin or newsletter.

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The Presbytery of Coastal Carolina sent nine commissioners to the 222nd General Assembly of the PC(USA) in Portland, Oregon from June 18th through June 25th.  This assembly proved to be very uplifting as we experienced a renewed Hope in our Calling.  This assembly celebrated our diversity as we discerned our way forward as a denomination.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

·         On the 60th anniversary of making women eligible to be pastors, and the 85th anniversary of ordaining its first woman elder, the PC(USA) made history again, electing two women as co-moderators for the first time.  Denise Anderson, a pastor from National Capital Presbytery, and Jan Edmiston, a presbytery executive from Chicago, were overwhelmingly elected Co-Moderators of the 222nd General Assembly.

Sunday, June 19, 2016
  • Nearly 2,500 participants in the GA spread out on Sunday to worship in about 30 congregations stretching from Vancouver, Washington, to Salem, Oregon.
Monday – Tuesday, June 20 & 21, 2016
  • The commissioners were busy in their various committees debating and voting on issues to bring before the assembly for approval.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
  • Fifty years after it was birthed in South Africa by the Dutch Reformed Mission Church during its battle against apartheid, the Confession of Belhar is now included in the Book of Confessions of the PC(USA).  After a four-year-long process of study and periodic votes, this assembly voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to make Belhar our denomination’s 12th recognized confession, the first originating in the global south.  The historic moment was greeted with tears of joy by many in the Oregon Convention Center, including Allan Boesak, a co-author of Belhar who was moderator of the DRMC when it was adopted.
  • A slimmer, less restrictive Directory for Worship for the PC(USA) was overwhelmingly approved Wednesday by GA222.  The directory, which is part of the Book of Order, now goes to the denomination’s 171 presbyteries, a majority of which must ratify it to be adopted.
  • Also on Wednesday, with tears and prayer – and a remarkable apology from Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons – GA222 unanimously passed a comprehensive policy to protect children, youth and vulnerable adults.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
  • Several recommendations that would have drastically changed the structure and operation of the PC(USA) were rejected Thursday by GA222.  Commissioners instead adopted a compromise plan that would create a vision team and a separate administrative commission to address those matters.  By a vote of 480-86, commissioners authorized the creation of a 12-member Way Forward Commission, which would have sweeping powers “to study and identify a vision for the structure and function of the General Assembly agencies.”
  • Declining a proposal to admit to and apologize for harming the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning community, commissioners to GA222 instead opted to express deep regret for ways that those minorities of “God’s beloved children” have been led to feel that they stand outside the grace of God and are unwelcome in the denomination.  At the same time, the resolution expresses the deep sorrow of all in the PC(USA) who have left the fellowship of the church, and expresses appreciation to those who have maintained relationships despite profound disagreement.  Calling for deeper conversations about theological differences, the resolution adopted by a 463-51 vote calls upon Presbyterians to seek reconciliation and to reach out to those who have been marginalized across the spectrum of theological understanding.
  • A decision two years ago that would have reconfigured and reduced the number of synods in the PC(USA) was rescinded by a 421-158 vote.
Friday, June 24, 2016
  • J. Herbert Nelson was overwhelmingly elected Stated Clerk of the PC(USA) in an historic vote, becoming the first African-American elected as the top ecclesial officer of the nation’s largest Reformed body.
  • The PC(USA) will continue its investment in fossil-fuel companies after overwhelmingly turning back an overture to begin divestment immediately.  Instead, it will continue the process of selective, phased, divestment that begins with full corporate engagement.
  • After several hours of debate, commissioners voted to send to presbyteries a proposed amendment to the Book of Order that would restore the previous nomenclature for ordered ministry.  If approved by a majority of the denomination’s 171 presbyteries, those now called teaching elders would become ministers of Word and Sacrament; ruling elders would be elders; and commissioned ruling elders would be commissioned lay pastors.  The vote was 320- 218 to return to language in use prior to 2012, when the new form of government was adopted.
  • After a debate that stretched over the dinner hour, GA222 approved a lengthy report containing a re-evaluation of the PC(USA)’s historic support of a two-state solution in Israel/Palestine.  The document, “Israel-Palestine: For Human Values in the Absence of a Just Peace,” says the PC(USA) “should advance those efforts that best accord with its values . . . including, but not limited to, that of two sovereign states—Israel and Palestine.”
  • After a six-year discernment process throughout the denomination, GA222 approved a lengthy report underscoring the centrality of peacemaking to Christian faith and promising to “practice boldly the things that make for peace.”
Summary Notes
  • During the assembly there was intentional Bible study, prayer, and worship that commissioners found life giving. There are numerous items not mentioned in this summary. The work of the assembly is exhausting but our commissioners are available to speak in your congregation about their experiences in Portland.

For more information on these items and other business conducted at the assembly, please see www.PC-Biz.org

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The commissioners from our Presbytery to General Assembly were:

TEACHING ELDERS:
East Community: John Causey, Pastor, Shallotte PC
Central Community: John Bryan, III, Stated Supply, Iona PC
West Community: Laura Lupton, West Mission Coordinator, PCC
At Large: LaVera Parato, Pastor, Antioch PC, Jacksonville

RULING ELDERS:
East Community: Mebane Boyd, Winter Park PC
Central Community: Rosia (Gerri) Freeman, Haymount PC
West Community: Naomi Newton, Silver Hill PC,
At Large: William Millar, St. Pauls PC

YOUTH ADVISORY DELEGATE:
Alex Fisher, Westminster PC, Fayetteville

 

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General Assembly Commissioners. Not Pictured Alex Fischer.

Our commissioners will be giving a formal report at the October Presbytery meeting in Fayetteville.

2 Cents-A-Meal at work: Matthew 28 Project Update

Update from the director of Matthew 28 Project in Haiti supported by Presbytery of Coastal Carolina’s 2-Cents-A-Meal contributions.  June 2016

Dear Friends of Matthew 28,

End of School Year Celebration

Friday was an exciting day. The children of Matthew 28 had long waited for it. Early in the morning they geared up for a day filled with games, a soccer tournament, and academics competition. There were two huge trophies waiting for the winners of the soccer tournament. Prizes for the other categories were waiting as well, all to celebrate the last day of school. For lunch there was a special meal complete with Coca-Cola’s and cookies. All of this nicely organized by the staff of the school under the leadership of the principal Mr. Chesnel.

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The children had a great time and were proud of the trophies but I am even more excited about yet another victory. And what a victory this is! A few days ago I asked LaLa, our school director, to summarize the achievements for the first year of school and her answer was: “OUR KIDS ARE READING!!!!”.

Matthew 28 School News

What an enormous step forward. In October last year we started school with only the oldest kids able to read somewhat. The majority of them had no reading abilities and certainly not enough to follow the schoolbooks. Now nine months later the world is standing open for them. They can read the almost 400 Creole books we have in the library, they can follow all the curriculum books in the classes and although they might not realize the most important step towards their education has been set.

This is the first chapter of a dream we have for our children and for Haiti. Of course besides the reading the kids have been learning all kinds of subjects. Math,  Science, Writing, Singing, Music, Bible study, Art , Geometry, History, Geography and if you will Home Economics where they learn how to plant a garden, bake bread, cook rice and all kinds of things that will help them in real life. Our new school has quickly earned a reputation in the community  from seeing the students walk in a group to the new school campus every day and I’m sure that come August they will be lining up to get their toddlers registered for the first pre-K class.

There will be careful screening to select the children that we want to accept, those with abilities but who lack a chance to ever go to a good school. The children will be tested and home visits will be made to determine whether the parents are really interested in good education or are just looking for a cheap opportunity. We have made the decision to start off with a three year preschool program at first. We know our teachers rock at that!.

We will decide in two years whether  to take the next step and only once we know everybody is prepared. To improve the teacher’s level we will, simultaneously with the school, operate a teaching school, during the morning. Interested persons from the community can apply for the teaching school as well. Of course all of this after they have been thoroughly tested.

At the home front we have a great group of people who are supporting the education effort. This includes people that teach education at college level, as well as two new board members for education, Lala and Andrea.

I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of these people and to be part of an effort of making education in the Bohoc area really great. I want to take this chance to thank everyone who is involved in the school for all their support.

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Matthew 28 Orphanage Update

At the orphanage, things are progressing real well.We have hired an additional person, Ms. Elienne, to oversee the spiritual upbringing of the children. In the last few months several projects have been accomplished such as the

  • rebuilding of the chapel,
  • construction of the playground, 
  • and the new building that contains a water filtration system which was a donation of Firefly missions.

Work has also started the improve the enclosure of the courtyard. We have also made some changes in the staff in order to improve the  care of the children. We are holding regular education classes for the employees, aimed at giving them more  abilities to deal with various situations. Liline has been stretched thin but has done a good job holding it all together.

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Matthew 28 Feeding Centers

Besides the orphanage she is also responsible for the feeding centers.

  • Until this month we had 14 centers but the Matthew 28 board has given approval
  • to increase his number to 19
  • provided we find the funding.
Severe Hunger Crisis in Haiti

You need to be aware that Haiti is facing the most severe food uncertainty in three decades.

This is the result of severe drought followed by severe rains.

  • The United Nations have issued a warning about the severity of malnutrition in certain areas and Bohoc is right in the middle of them.
  • In the month of May we have paid evaluation visits to several areas where the situation is dire.
  • In one of these villages the leaders told me that  on average they have three meals a week.
  • Potable water is only available  an hour and a half walk away crossing over a mountaintop. Can you imagine having to walk three hours for the 5 gallon bucket of water that will need to serve your entire family?

The situation in Haiti is certainly not getting any better at least not in the unserved area north of us. Thank God we receive additional food donations from two organizations called ” Feed My Starving Children” and” Love a Child”.

Check-Ups for the Children

Thanks to several doctors like Dr. Joe, Dr. Rodney and Dr. Scott, and other medical professionals we have been able to give the children in the feeding centers and our orphans, regular checkups. You will understand how important it is to address diseases before they become a problem.

Mission Partners & Visitors

Thanks to the willingness of almost 50 individuals who come to Haiti with me on a regular basis Matthew 28 continues to become a better place. All of them bring unspeakable joy to the children and  adults alike, and help us with the skills such as pastoring, teaching, construction and healthcare to name a few. Know that they look forward to seeing you again. You are part of their family; you are their aunts and uncles.

Thank you to our Supporters

Those of you who support us financially and/or in prayer we owe a lot of thanks to you as well. All of us together form the body of Christ operating to show His love to the least of His children and without you we would fail.

Although the summer seems to be time that things slow down and I’m sure your busy with many of your family activities, this is also the time that we need your support the most.

  • Please think of giving so that we can continue this task that God has entrusted to us.
  • Praise to God for His many blessings.

In His Service,
Hein V.
www.matthew28.org

Learn more about 2-Cents-Meal  at presbycc.org/2014/hungerinfo/

Copyright © 2016 Matthew Twenty Eight, inc, All rights reserved.
The mailing address is:
Matthew Twenty Eight, inc241 Willow Way, Warne, NC 28909

Sharing Together – Responding to God’s Grace

By Rev. Daniel Vigilante

Investing in the life and ministry of your church

Like most great ideas in life and ministry, we borrow from others what has worked for them and adapt those ideas to create something that works for us. We did that at the church I serve — and the results have transformed our annual stewardship campaign.

It all started when I went to hear a friend lead worship at another church. It was the fall and the congregation was in the midst of its stewardship drive. They had introduced a concept asking people to invest in shares in the church. A share was valued at giving $20 per week — or roughly $87 per month — or $1040 per year. They “sold” X number of shares in order to fund the annual budget. If the budget were $100,000 per year, they’d need to sell approximately 96 shares.

In some ways I thought this was enormously helpful as it broke down the total need into portions (shares) that seemed manageable. It facilitated thinking around peoples’ share in the church, not just their pledge to it (a subtle but significant distinction). I loved that they were asking folks to invest in the congregation’s life and future. “This is a great idea,” I thought! Soon after, we began talking about shares at our own finance committee meetings.

Thankfully, our team felt like we needed to try something new and was willing to experiment with the shares concept. We liked the simplicity of $20/87/1040 and thought offering a benchmark value might be useful for people planning their contributions to the church. While we knew even a single share would be a stretch for some, others could easily commit to two or five or even ten shares or more.

There were also several things we wanted to adapt for our own context. It was important for us to avoid words like “selling shares.” We’re not selling anything — we’re asking people to commit to, and invest their resources in, the life and ministry of our church (again, a subtle but significant distinction). In addition, we intentionally framed our campaign around a goal which wasn’t tied to our annual budget. Theologically speaking, it’s important for our folks to generously give as a response to God’s grace and love, and not because our church needs a certain total to meet next year’s budget.

We called our campaign, Sharing Together — which was a play on previous campaigns (Forward Together, Growing Together) and a way to incorporate the word “share.” We developed a campaign logo and produced materials to explain how this new concept would work.

The church I serve is small. During my first two years there our annual pledged income was around $85,000. During year three when we concluded our Sharing Together campaign, we had commitments for 122 shares or $126,880. We could hardly believe it! This year we saw our commitments bump to 149 shares, or almost $155,000.

Part of that increase (82%!) is certainly due to the fact that our congregation is growing. That said we’re still a small church, with just about 80 members. Our largest gift is 10 shares. We attribute most of our success to changing the language around stewardship.

In the age of the sharing economy we frame giving in such a way that emphasizes co-ownership and cooperation. Setting a value on what one’s commitment might look like is helpful for both newer folks and longtime members. And asking people to commit to a share (or more) in the life and ministry of our church communicates the role each of us plays in supporting God’s work in and through our congregation.

What’s exciting for me is that we don’t ask people to give out of our need — as if the campaign is a desperate plea to support the annual budget. Instead, we invite people to share in our life and ministry together and to invest in the church’s future.

Rev. Daniel Vigilante serves as Pastor of Grace-Trinity Community Church in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. He loves the work of congregational revitalization, as well as playing the piano, spending time with family and friends, and seeing the world.

Sharing image by Ryan Roberts; Creative Commons Image on Flickr.

Discover more in a rich database of stewardship resources at www.luthersem.edu/stewardship 

Central Community Gathers in the Midst of a Zombie Apocalypse

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Zombies take over the first meeting of the Central Community to insist on keeping things as they always have been – “It’s working so well – just like always!”

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.

Electing the same 4 elders.
One of the activities that the Zombie Presbyterians want to keep since they are working so well in our churches.

 

 

 

 

After all, as one of the living dead told this reporter, “We can’t imagine doing anything differently. It’s working so well for us now – just like it always has in the past.” This occurred during the first meeting of the Central Community held on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville.

Rev. Evan Harrision
Rev. Evan Harrison shares the morning message at the Central Missional Gathering on June 4th.

Following this amusing skit, Rev. Evan Harrison, pastor of Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, invited the capacity crowd gathered around tables in the fellowship hall to remember all that God has done for us and our churches in the past – and then to forget it! since, as Isaiah tells us, God is doing a new thing – a thing bigger even than the Exodus and the parting of the Red Sea! At the conclusion of her sermon Evan led those in attendance in the creation of an electronic directory of everyone who was there through the creative use of smart phone cameras.

Rev. Sally Henry
Rev. Sally Henry Leads in Worship

The rest of the worship service included praise music and hymns led by Revs. Sally Henry and Rick McDuffie and the Lord’s Supper led by Rev. Michael Garrett. An offering for the Fayetteville Habitat for Humanity produced $560.00 for their work.

 

 

Rev. Jordan Davis - Union Presbyterian Seminary
Rev. Jordan Davis from Union Presbyterian Seminary invites members of Central Community to “Union on the Move” at the Presbytery’s E-3 event on September 17th in Elizabethtown.

Rev. Jordan Davis of Union Presbyterian Seminary invited wide participation in “Union on the Move” when members of the faculty of the Seminary will present workshops at the Presbytery’s E3 Event on September 17th at the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church. Seminary President, Dr. Brian Blount, will be the keynote speaker. Registration materials were given out to each congregation represented.

Dr. Ernie Johnson
Rev. Ernie Johnson introduces George and Beverly Thompson, Presbytery’s missional transformation coaches.

Rev. Ernie Johnson, chair of the Strategic Planning and Organizational Review (SPOR) Committee reminded the gathering of the Listening, Learning, Dreaming – Together process that helped to lead to these Missional Communities in each of the three Presbytery’s three Communities and introduced Missional Transformation Coaches Beverley and George Thompson who encouraged pastors and congregations to take advantage of multiple ways to explore what God is up to in this new day for our congregations.

Lunch was served by members of the Launch Team and volunteers from Westminster and other Presbyterian churches. During Lunch attendees of the Gathering were able to visit mission displays brought by a number of congregations in the Community.

Steering Team
Members of the Central Community Steering Team being installed on June 4th. (l to r) Bebe Briggs, Cassandra Thomas, Jim Moran, Clarence Page, Becky Raynor, and Bonnie Barr.

After lunch the Missional Community re-gathered for a brief Presbytery business meeting which saw Rev. Clarence Page elected as moderator of the Central Community and CRE Bebe Briggs elected as clerk. Teaching and Ruling Elders who passed away in 2015 were remembered, the Community approved the matching fund for the bridge church through 2017, and received as first readings the 2017-2018 presbytery budget and minimum terms of call for pastors. Members of the Community’s Steering Team were elected and installed by Rev. Steuart Link, Mission Coordinator for the Central Community.

Beverly and George Thompson
Beverly and George Thompson share ways for congregations to connect with their work on vibrant congregations.

Following the business, the Thompsons returned to lead the group in table discussions about how we might imagine using their gifts and interests in increasing the spiritual energy or congregational vitality in the Community. In a short period of time those gathered there came up with a significant list of possible ways to increase the unity, vitality, and spiritual life of the Central Community including the following:

  • a Community Music Festival
  • a Multi-Church Book Club
  • a Game Night
  • Joint Church visits to Senior Homes
  • a Movie Night
  • Shared Cantatas
  • Joint Support Groups (grief, addiction, divorce, etc.)
  • Joint Prison Ministry
  • Joint Outdoor Events
  • Story Reading/Telling Sessions
  • and other ways to come together for Hands-On Ministries.
Registration for Central Gathering
Steuart Link and Becky Raynor sign people in before the first meeting of the Central Missional Community Gathering in Fayetteville.

Presbyterian Women of Coastal Carolina

Overview of The Presbyterian Women of Presbytery

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS 2016-2017:

In all the below listings, MODERATOR mailings are to be sent to:
Moderator Priscilla Brower, 306 Brower Road, Cameron, NC 28326;
TREASURER mailings are to be sent to:
Galatia Presbyterian Church, Attn: Debbie Dawson, PWCC Treasurer, 8800 Galatia Church Road, Fayetteville, NC 28304, ddawson2@nc.rr.com*.
Other recipients as noted. All “Forms” referenced are available for photocopying and use in the 2016-2017 Handbook for Moderators in the Congregation, at the page number(s) provided.

  • Due Jan. 31, 2017 – Annual Reports to Moderator [page 23];
  • Due Jan. 31, 2017 – 2016 Historian’s Questionnaire (only) to Acting Historian Jeanne Anderson,  P.O. Box 465, Olivia, NC 28368 [pages 30-31];
  • Due Jan. 31, 2017 – Completed 2016 Deceased Members Form to Facilitator of Spiritual Nurture, Joan Edson, 1362 Maryland Court, Sanford, NC 27332 [page 32].
  • February 13, 2017, LORENA CLARK PINER SCHOLARSHIP application deadline

We hope to send to each PW group a copy of the very helpful “Guidelines for Presbyterian Women… for submitting Church Histories to the Presbytery Historian.” In the meantime, you might consider joining with one or more other local churches to purchase a box of the required ‘acid-free’ or 100% cotton bond paper.

Additional items coming up soon are:

  1. Submission of Lorena Clark Pine Scholarship Nominee [pages 35-37];
  2. PW Honorary Life Membership Order Form [page 33].
  3. PWCC CT Treasurer, Debbie Dawson, reminds us all to allow ample time – 6-8 weeks – for processing and mailing of pin and presentation certificate. *Please correct email address [page 7]; and
  4. 2017 Annual Spring Gathering (April 2017).

The next scheduled meeting of the PWCC Coordinating Team is Saturday, February 11th in Elizabethtown. Please speak with or write your Regional Communicator with any ideas, comments or  concerns you’d like brought before the assembled Team.

REPORT FROM THE 2016 FALL GATHERING

Our first item is a sincere thank-you to the gracious hosting by the Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church, Lumberton, of our 2016 Fall Gathering. Through their commitment and effort, every needed detail of the day was met and exceeded.

Rev. Judy Yates Siker, author of 2016-2017 Horizons Bible Study, “Who is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes,” shared with the 187 or so women in attendance a behind-the-scenes view of the process begun in 2012 to bring this work to publication. As she shared her inspirations, she engaged the audience in contributing their thoughts and perspectives. All of which enhanced their abilities to lead their own circles in study.

Additionally, numerous workshops were offered in PW topics and Coordinating Team Facilitators set up displays and materials to further enhance the day’s experience. An offering for the designated “Wells for Ghana” project was received which totaled $1217, an amount sufficient to purchase a complete well set-up. God be praised!

Wishing you all Peace each Day,

Betty Robinson, Communicating Secretary for the PWCC Coordinating Team

For Upcoming Events and Announcements, please contact your Presbyterian Women Regional Communicator (open the roster above)

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PW Resources & Forms:
LINKS For Presbyterian Women
  1. General Information about Presbyterian Women: www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/pw/
  2. Information about Horizons Magazine and Bible studies: horizons.pcusa.org
  3. PW Honorary Lifetime Membership Information

Prepare to be a Commissioned Ruling Elder (CRE)

The Elder Ministries Committee of the Presbytery is pleased to announce a new program of training for persons interested in preparing to help local congregations as Ruling Elders Commissioned to Pastoral Ministry (CREs).

The same program can be taken by any member of the Presbytery for their own personal enrichment.

Beginning in September, 2016, Union Presbyterian Seminary will offer a two-year program designed to prepare students to be commissioned to pastoral ministry by their presbyteries. The four first year’s courses will all be entirely online. A streaming video lesson will be offered each Tuesday evening from 7 – 9 pm for 5 weeks. Students will also spend 2 hours per week in peer interaction online and 2 hours per seek in reading and preparation for a total of 30 hours per 5 week course. Click here to read more about the program.

The presbytery will appoint mentors to work alongside the students during each course.

In the second year each of the five courses will be online and will have a total of 18 hours of presentations, peer participation and reading and preparation. In addition there will be a total of 12 hours in face-to-face sessions. These session can either be at Union’s campus in Richmond and/or Charlotte or in the student’s presbytery guided by mentors who will partner with the Seminary to conduct the face to face meetings. Time and place for these gatherings will depend on where students are located.

Tuition for all the classes is $100 per course plus books, supplies, and travel and meals (when necessary).

The courses in the first year are:

  1. Biblical Interpretation with some Bible content, but primarily focused on how to interpret the Bible
  2. Reformed Theology and History
  3. Christian Life – worship, spiritual practices, ethics
  4. The Mission of the church – evangelism and mission

While completing the first year students interested in continuing in the program as candidates for commissioning to pastoral ministry would need to complete a psychological evaluation, get session endorsement, and meet with the Elder Ministries Committee of the Commission on Ministry of this Presbytery. Those who are taking the course for their own personal edification can take either the second year courses (Track A) or a more general program (Track B).

The second year courses are: (Track A for Commissioning)

  1. Preaching the Bible
  2. Teaching the Bible
  3. Pastoral Care – care of persons
  4. Administration – care of systems: leadership, polity, stewardship, redevelopment
  5. Worship and Sacraments

For those interested in a more general program, alternative courses may be offered as electives  for Track B.

Union Presbyterian Seminary will also develop some continuing education courses each year for those who complete this initial process.

If you are interested in this program please contact Bill Reinhold at BillReinhold@presbycc.org or call 910-862-8300.

E3 Learning Fair Sept 17, 2016

Come to Presbytery’s annual E3 Learning Fair Saturday, September 17 in Elizabethtown – Connect with good ideas to strengthen your service and participation in the church. The Learning Fair has a new plan this year welcoming faculty from Union Seminary to be our instructors. The E3 Learning Fair offers spiritual enrichment for all church participants.

KEYNOTE is by Rev. Dr. Brian Blount

—President and Professor of New Testament in the Walter W. Moore and Charles E.S. Kraemer Presidential Chairs

Topic— “Looking for the Truth? Space Matters”

REGISTER ONLINE CLICK HERE – Please Prepay ($25) by check or credit card—after Sept. 12, cost is $35 per person.

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E3 Learning Fair — NEW Schedule
10:00 A.M.—Registration, Refreshments & Displays
10:30 A.M.—Plenary (keynote & awards)
12 Noon A.M.—Lunch, Bookstore, Resource Center, Displays
1PM—Session#1 Workshops
2:15 P.M.—Session #2 Workshops
3:15 end of day

Location:
Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Broad St. Elizabethtown 28337
Online registration is open— $25 per person (includes lunch).

Don’t Miss Displays & Book Store…

  • PCUSA Congregational Ministries Bookstore,
  • Presbytery’s Resource Center, and more