June 15-20, 2014 We are taking a group of high school young people to the Raleigh Youth Mission Immersion. We will travel to Raleigh, NC and sleep at a local church. Our days will be spent in mission with the local community. Our evenings will be spent processing our days and looking for the places we see God at work in our lives.
July 27-Aug 2, 2014 It’s time for Montreat Youth Conference! We will be traveling to the mountaintop in western North Carolina for a week of fun and faith. This year’s theme is Rooted And Reaching. We can’t wait to see what’s going to happen!
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There is a March 23rd in every year. If you keep track of them, you will see that on any given year some events are more important than others, like a new born baby, a departed relative, a home, office, or work anniversary of any kind. No March 23rd goes without giving me something to think about it.
For us at “Fuente de Agua Viva” Church, it is a new born status. Just like new parents that do not know what to do with the new baby, we were afraid of not doing our best for this next era. In the same way that it is the custom in society, when a baby is announced, to have baby showers, gifts for the baby (and sometimes for the mother), clothing, furniture, special food, other needed things.
Well, we had have such excitement about this new beginning that we worked very hard to prepare all the activities;
- inviting all the people that we would like to see in our party,
- planning the worship service with the baptisms, the reception of members, the ordination and installation of Ruling Elders, the installation of the Organizing Pastor, the Communion,the chartering of the church, etc.
- preparing all the food after service, ufff!
- I know now why new mothers take 40 days after to recover.
Some babies are delivered on a marked date, others come when they want to come, but this one (our church) was expected for a long time. Soooo long… You see, We had been worshipping in another part of the County dying, not expecting much and wanting more, we wanted to be God’s church but we did not see any future there. Then it was announced that we could be renewed, and everything after that become the reality we wanted.
- We moved to Faison, not knowing what would happen;
- we started a covenant with a partner church, not knowing what to expect;
- we remodeled the house we were allowed to use, not expecting much for a very old house;
- we started a “new” church with the few “old” members we had, not knowing if the move would be a benefit;
- we starting receiving visitors, not knowing if they would stay.
- we initiated Confirmation Classes, really knowing what our Lord Jesus Christ wanted from us;
- we received new members, knowing that all of them wanted to worship with us for good;
- we talked about go to the next step, knowing we were ready to do so;
- we made plans, more plans, many plans;
- then there was a big decision to buy and we went to talk to Faison Presbyterian church about buying the house we were using for worshiping, not positive answer, oh boy, a set back!
Well, we started, again, talking more, but this time with our partners at Faison Presbyterian Church, we made two committees, one from each congregations to find answers about our need. Then it became clear that we needed a better place, but more than that, we needed to be a “CHARTERED CHURCH”. Somehow a frightening idea, because, even expecting that step, we thought it was very early to go for it.
Then the moment came, why don’t we go for it? It won’t hurt, will it?
Well everything else is History. We asked the Presbytery through the New Church Development Committee to consider organizing us as Church, the request went to the Presbytery in its next stated meeting, they said “YES”, we said “YES” and went for it.
What is the feeling along the last-first step of being a church?
- First- committed;
- Second- relieved; and
- Third- happy.
Happy because we already had taken the idea of accept we can be a CHURCH and know that we can go with it.
Relieved because we could go to other plans more from the Book (the Bible) and the other Book (of Order).
And committed because we know we have the whole Presbytery to teach us, to protect us and to guide us in the path of being and belong in this denomination we love.
Then 23rd of March has put its magic onto us.
It is the date when “Fuente de Agua Viva” became full grown but still a baby to go forward. Then we have to grow in number and in quality of faith. Then we have to have our Sanctuary and more places for the increasing numbers of attendants we have every Saturday. Then we have a memory to keep, the day we became more mature in God’s path to Heaven.
By the way March 23rd is for me, Rev. Eduardo Moreno, a special date also, because on that date in 1998 my family and I enter for the first time the USA heading to North Carolina and to this wonderful Presbytery.
I praise the Lord Jesus Christ for His love to all us the church.
Rev. Eduardo Moreno
Hispanic Evangelist and Pastor
Watch videos of the 2014 Revitalization Retreat at Camp Monroe as Beverly & George Thompson give congregations spiritual practices to discover the Holy Spirit’s leading in your congregation.
Click Here to watch these videos on YouTube.
2014-2015 Lorna Clark Piner Scholarship Recipients in the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina
- Theadoshia Hines – Peace Presbyterian Church
- Stephen Lapp – St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church
- Bryson Lapping-Community Presbyterian Church
- Cassidy Decker – Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church
- Heather Whistler – Laurinburg Presbyterian Church
- Jacob Smith – Olivia Presbyterian Church
At the Equipping the Saints event, Elder Jay Bender reviewed the many honors and responsibilities of serving as a Clerk of Session. He covers how to take good minutes, what records to keep, how to support and assist the pastor and proper order.
This video series reflects the 2013/2015 PCUSA Book of Order.
You can find the sequence of videos at this YouTube link.
Here is one sample video to get you started:
Presbytery’s FAITHFUL SAINTS LUNCHEONS
Saturday, May 3, 2014, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
At Two Locations:
First Presbyterian Church
1002 North Chestnut Street
Lumberton, NC 28359
St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church
1416 Market St.
Wilmington, NC 28401
The nominated Faithful Senior Citizen members of our churches will be recognized at the lunches.
Cost – $10 per person, Checks payable to Presbytery of Coastal Carolina
For more information, contact the Presbytery office: 910-862-8300 x202 or x200 or 1- 800-277-7479
Light Out of Darkness
The theme of light runs through the whole Bible like a shining thread that is sometimes dimmed and or even covered up, but never completely put out. From the dawn of creation (Genesis 1:3) to the New Jerusalem lit by the Lord God (Revelation 22:5) we are reminded that while God is the true light of the world, we are also called upon to bear witness to the light in a world of darkness. Last year I encouraged all of us to spend the whole year dwelling in the account of the Sending of the Seventy in Luke 10:1- 12.
In this new year I invite you to join me in pondering 2 Corinthians 4:1-12. During the year I will suggest some reflection questions around this text, but today I invite you to notice all of the references to light, sight (or blindness), and to making things clear found in this text.
- What is the character of God’s light for the world?
- How is the church called to share that light?
- What other biblical texts come to mind?
May God’s light always guide us toward him who is our only light!
2 Corinthians 4:1-12
Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God. 3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
5For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. 6For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. 8We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.
11For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. 12So death is at work in us, but life in you.
~ Bill Reinhold, General Presbyter/Stated Clerk Reflection
Enter the Peacemaking Essay $1,000 Scholarship Contest for High School Seniors
The Peacemaking Subcommittee will offer
two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors enrolling in college by the fall of 2016.
The Peacemaking Subcommittee of Coastal Carolina Presbytery
will offer two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors
enrolling in college by the fall of 2016.
Rules for Scholarship Consideration:
1. The student must be a senior in high school.
2. The student must be a member of a Presbyterian Church in Coastal Carolina Presbytery.
3. The student is asked to submit an essay in response to the following question:
How have you participated in God’s work of peacemaking in the past and what is your vision for participating in peacemaking in the future?
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 May 15. *Email submission is preferred.*
6. The scholarship winners will be notified and then presented with their award at a June community presbytery meeting.
Essays may be submitted to:
Rev. Whitney Wilkinson
Cameron Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 68
Cameron, NC 28326
Essays Due May 15, 2016
Contact Rev. Whitney Wilkinson, Cameron Presbyterian, for more information.
WHAT IS OUR PRESBYTERY DOING TO FIGHT HUNGER?
The Hunger Sub-committee of the Committee for Mission and Outreach is composed of Presbyterians from across the Presbytery. They meet quarterly to discuss hunger issues, to consider grant applications, and to disburse monies received through the Cents-Ability program of the PCUSA. Often called 2-Cents (or 5-Cents)-A-Meal programs, donations are collected in many of our churches and at Presbytery functions. Churches may keep 25% of their collection to help with local hunger projects, if they wish.
Of the money received by the Presbytery, these recipients have been selected:
- 70% is used for international mission,
- Haiti – Two Hunger Programs
- Matthew 28, Inc. (M28) (see Video below)
- Haiti Outreach Ministry
- Faith Ministries, Inc. Mexico – Learn More
- Malawi – Chuluchosema Feeding Program
- Haiti – Two Hunger Programs
- 25% is used for local area grants within the presbytery
- Apply for HungerFunds (click to open form)
- Applications are accepted year-round
- 5% is used for administrative expenses.
The Committee for African American Ministries (CAAM) has scheduled regular meetings for the first Saturday of each month. These meetings will be held in different African American churches throughout the presbytery. This practice will result in committee members becoming more familiar with church locations and with members of the various congregations, as host churches will be encouraged to have members participate in the meetings.
Inter-congregational cooperation and support will be further enhanced through the newly instituted practice of holding a CAAM-sponsored or CAAM-supported event at one member church each month. The first of these programs was held at Dothan Presbyterian Church on January 26, 2013.
- During 2013, CAAM contributed to the expenses of one member to attend the Big Tent and the National Black Presbyterian Caucus meeting.
Spice Award Applicants offer Great Ministry Ideas –
You can use these ideas to spice up your ministry:
See the applicants– get ideas for your church!
Look at these ideas for some spice in your ministry setting.
Contact the persons listed or Kaye Bledsoe for more information.
Are you interested in becoming an ordained Presbyterian minister? Then you have come to the right place. The process begins in your session and continues with the Presbytery. For more information, contact the chair of this committee or the General Presbyter. Meanwhile take a look at this helpful item, Discerning Your Call.
For continuing Inquirers and Candidates: Annual Consultations are in February each year. Contact your CPM liason for more information.
It is the responsibility of each inquirer or candidate to keep in touch with the committee and stay current on all paperwork and meetings. For Annual Consultations A completed Form 3 should be submitted in advance of the meeting.
The committee prefers to receive all forms by email
to Tim Beach Verhey at email@example.com
or they may be mailed
to CPM Moderator,
c/o Presbytery of Coastal Carolina,
807 W King St.,
Elizabethtown, NC 28337
Forms are available at www.presbyterianmissionagency.org
Latest news on Ordination Exams
Ministry Development Services For Preparation for Ministry Assessment
Presbyterian Samaritan Counseling Center
5203 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210
704-554-9222 FAX: 704-554-9956
Resources to Revitalize Your Congregation
- Remember that Revitalization is a deeply spiritual process. Pray often that God’s will be done in your congregation and ask specifically for help in revitalization. “Ask and it shall be given unto you, seek and ye shall find!”
- Consider working with our coaches, Beverly & George Thompson. They offer hands-on help to congregations in discovering who they are, who their neighbors are and what God is calling them to do. They won’t tell you the answers, but will guide the congregation in discovering God’s calling for themselves. (Learn more here)
- Know your context – God needs YOUR church to reach certain people who would otherwise not be reached. How is your congregation relevant to neighboring people who typically do not go to church?
- Eat the meat, throw away the bones. Enjoy the resources that make sense to you and work. Ignore the techniques that do not fit your context. Change and alter things to make them work for you.
- Use the forums tab to comment on YOUR “A Ha” moments from these resources or other books and let us know what is working in YOUR congregation.
- Try focusing on some of these areas:
1) Hospitality: make your church truly welcoming and visitor-friendly (signage, greeter training, etc…)
2) Sharing your faith with others
3) Community Engagement: help folks make a difference in their community
- Discern God’s new vision for your congregation
- Find ways to build bridges / open doors to groups of people outside your church’s walls
Chris Walker says to focus on:
3) Community Engagement
Presbytery’s CCRT Tips (Great for Pastors)
“HOW TO” Papers (AMAZING)
Share Your Faith – Presbyterian Style!
Looking for more resources? click here
The Committee for Mission and Outreach Congregational awarded these Grants for 2013.
- 2013 Grant Recipients for Mission Programs
a. Community Presbyterian Church, Pinehurst – $1,000 – Home Ramp/Repair Ministry
b. Pink Hill Presbyterian Church – $1,000 – School Books Initiative
c. Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church – $900 – Single Mother Oil Change Outreach
d. Beulaville Presbyterian Church – $1,000 – Summer Tutoring Program
In line with Presbytery’s five year plan to focus on our congregations. These grants were awarded to congregations who need seed money to implement a mission project or sustaining funds for an ongoing ministry.