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Today, September 11, is a day we will never forget. Let’s continue to pray for our nation!

A Note From The Moderator

My home church in French Camp Mississippi, is in the midst of a faith-stretching capital campaign and recently was offered a generous gift of stock shares. While we greatly appreciated the offer, non-cash gifts such as this or other securities are not contributions our church is able to handle easily. We don’t maintain a brokerage account, and there are specific guidelines for processing and tax receipting that are beyond the time and expertise of a volunteer treasurer.

I made a quick call to the ARP Foundation and was encouraged to learn Central Services would manage the entire process on our behalf – and at no charge. They received the stock transfer, sold the shares, deposited the proceeds directly to our building fund, receipted the donor, and notified us when the process was completed! I am pleased to share my new discovery as one of many no-cost financial services available to our churches from the General Synod.

I also will tell you that French Camp Presbyterian Church funds deposited with the ARP Investment Program are far surpassing the return we were getting previously from bank CDs. Contact Paul Bell at Central Services to learn more.

2015 SHORT-TERM MISSIONS

 timthumb.phpBe a face-to-face link to Christ!

World Witness offers opportunities for you to partner with missionaries and national believers by using your gifts to serve others in the body of Christ. We will help your church organize and carry out its own short-term mission trip, or we will coordinate individuals from different churches or Presbyteries to form a missions team.

For more information, please:

January – March – Individually planned mission trips for adults to partner with church-planting missionaries in Spain or construction projects and/or teaching English in Yucatan or Rio Verde, Mexico.

March – April – Spring break trips for high school and college groups—groups can do youth outreach programs and/or construction and evangelism in Mexico.

June – College students are invited to participate in a 2-month internship program in Wales, Germany or Spain, where they minister to children and youth.  Any church group is also invited to minister in Mexico or Spain through VBS, evangelistic ministries, or construction projects.

July – Annual Wales Mission – VBS, youth outreach, and community ministry in the beautiful Rhondda Valley of South Wales. This is an excellent opportunity for high school and college age groups.

August - College students and adults can assist German brothers and sisters in Christ with their annual Summer Camp in Berlin, Germany. There are opportunities to minister to children and youth in Spain as well.

Fall – Individually planned mission trips for adults to partner with church-planting missionaries in Spain or construction projects and/or teaching English in Yucatan or Rio Verde, Mexico.

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Update on the Iraqi Refugee Relief

Contributions continue to come in to World Witness for the Iraqi Refugee Relief. As of today, they have received over $50,000. The letter below is from Laurie Meberg on the details of what is going on currently in Turkey.

world72resRGBlayeredDear Partners in prayer,

Last night Erik left Denver, Colorado for South East Turkey.  He plans to be there for just over a week.   Erik hopes to encourage and minister to the fellowships who are reaching the refugees.  He also hopes to see how we all can be praying and supporting them during this time.

Praise the Lord, Erik was allowed into the country without any problems (as you know, we had to leave 2 years ago and are unable to live there).  

Pray that God would show Erik what He wants us to see.  Pray that the Lord would give Erik and the relief workers great wisdom in how to proceed.  Pray also for grace for the relief workers as they see and hear of many unimaginable atrocities. 

The churches in Southeast Turkey are small.  They are far outnumbered by the refugees coming in from Iraq.  But the churches have a big heart and a desire to see these people cared for and for the name of Jesus to be proclaimed to those coming across the border.

Refugee pic 1 - setting up tentsSo far, the churches have donated their tents that they use for the annual Southeast Family camp.  The churches sent a team along with the tents to set them up and provide available sleeping mats.

The youth and young adults have conducted children’s activities similar to backyard Bible schools – with activities, crafts, songs, and games.  Rather than a Bible story, they are able to share a drama or a story with a moral principle.  The youth have experience with running these “camps” with the kids in the neighborhood of the church and now have been able to do some of these activities in the shelters.Refugee pic 2 - kids program in shelter

 Through generous donations, churches have also purchased basic supplies – clothes, towels, diapers, baby formula and bottles, toiletries and feminine hygiene products, and distributed them among some of the refugees.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support in this time.  We are humbled by the opportunity to share this perspective with you all and so encouraged by your response.  Thank you for holding us – but more than that – for holding these fellowships in your hearts and prayers.

In His Grip,

Erik and Laurie Meberg 

Lower Long Cane Celebrates 243 Years

On September 21, 2014, Long Cane Church, Troy, SC, will celebrate 243 years since it was organized. Cedar Springs ARP Church will also be in attendance. Long Cane and Cedar Springs were sister congregations and formed one pastorate in the early 19th century. Rev. John Paul Marr, pastor of Troy ARP Church, will lead the service.

Congratulations

photo-29Congratulations to Kevin Owens, the winner of the iPad from the ARP Magazine. Kevin sent in three new subscriptions which allowed him to be entered into the drawing. Leland Beaudrot drew from the stack of names. Look for another opportunity to win soon.

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An update on the new Form of Government

Billy Barron, the chairman of the Committee to Revise the Form of Government has sent this update:

The committee is in the process of going through the document cleaning up editorial and other inadvertent errors. The revisions that are made cannot change the document. We appreciate all those who have pointed out to us such items. At the same time, we are constructing a parallel document to assist with the transition from the old to the new Form of Government.

In the meantime, the draft that was passed by the last two General Synods is online at ARPchurch.org.  The official copy will always be electronic and available on ARPchurch.org. This will guarantee that everyone has access to the latest version at any time.

Need an iPad for Your Ministry?

Get official denominational news in your hands and in the hands of your congregation. If you sign up five people to ARP News Update or three people with a new ARP Magazine subscription by August 31, you will be entered to win an iPad. The drawing will take place on Tuesday, September 2. Email mmiddleton@arpsynod.org with your entries.

Treble Makers

IMG_0405Bill and Gloria Gaither say it best with the words to their children’s song, “I am a Promise” because of God’s love and His command to care for orphans. Each child is given new security, new direction, love, care, and the chance to come to know Christ as their personal savior at Palmer Home. As the song says so beautifully, they are a “great big bundle of potentiality.”

As they grow and continue to learn that they do have new hope and that God loves them, many of the children begin to look for ways that they can share what God is doing in their lives. Treble Makers was formed for the children of Palmer Home to learn more about music and to have a special way to share their testimonies.

The choir travels to many churches, civic, and community events throughout the year. Sponsors, donors, churches, community supporters, and many others have the opportunity to see firsthand the children that are being ministered to by Palmer Home. Others who may not know about Palmer Home are given the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of Palmer Home and what they can do to help keep the ministry going.

If you would like to schedule the Treble Makers to sing for a worship service or community event please contact Denise Lee at 662-328-5704 ext. 143.

Palmer Home for Children, based in Columbus, MS, is one of the homes supported by Synod’s William H. Dunlap Orphanage Foundation. The choir has performed twice at Synod in recent years and during the Women’s Ministries Oasis.

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Remember Day of Prayer & Fasting

The Moderator asked that this link be shared as you prepare for a Synod-wide prayer focus Sunday, August 24, and a day of prayer and fasting on Monday, August 25, for the persecuted Christians around the world. Pray also for our missionaries who are having opportunities to minister to refugees.

Erskine College Welcomes Class of 2018

Today is move-in day at Erskine College for the Class of 2018. One of the many traditions that Erskine has is to help the freshmen move in. The upperclassmen, staff and volunteers unload cars as they pull up allowing new students to get acquainted with their surroundings. For more pictures click on the link below.

Update from Erskine: A Letter from Dr. Paul Kooistra

Dear Erskine Alumni and Friends:

Greetings from the president’s office at Erskine, where I am just beginning my third week on the job. My wife Sandi and I are pleased to be joining the Erskine family in the pursuit of Erskine’s historic mission of Christ-centered liberal arts and theological education. While I have had the privilege of meeting only a few of you so far, I’m looking forward to meeting more of you in the days ahead.

When I met with the Alumni Presidents Council, I promised them I would listen, and that I would be as frank with Erskine alumni as they were with me. I hope you find this letter to be in keeping with that promise.

As we approach Erskine’s 175th anniversary this fall, it is fitting that we celebrate a long and proud heritage. Yet, even as we do, Erskine faces significant challenges, many not unique to Erskine. The landscape of higher education is shifting in profound ways. Small Christian liberal arts colleges are perhaps feeling this more profoundly.

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images-26Moderator Calls for Synod-wide Day of Prayer and Fasting

Christians are being persecuted and killed by extremists in Iraq, Syria, and Nigeria. This is a Moderator’s call for a Synod-wide day of prayer and fasting for these brothers and sisters on Sunday, August 24. Please announce this in your churches on Sunday, August 17, and encourage participation. In the midst of great trial for family members, we can offer the support of our prayers for strength to endure and for evil to be thwarted.

Sunday, August 24, will be a day of special prayer focus in our churches for persecuted Christians around the world followed by a day of prayer and fasting for these brothers and sisters on Monday, August 25.

The letter below is from the Erik and Laurie Meberg, World Witness missionaries since 2003. They have served in Turkey for eight years and give first hand details of the situation and how we can help.

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In light of the horrific reports coming out of northern Iraq, many of us have been shocked at the astrocities that the Islamic State (IS) has perpetrated against the minority people groups of the area.  These groups are all too familiar with ethnic cleansing and violence.  The main victims are the Christians, the village Kurds, and the Yezidis – an ethnically Kurdish, but religiously Zoroastrian community.  All who have the means have fled – often with nothing but what they could carry with them.  While some have chosen to find refuge in the bigger Kurdish cities like Erbil, others have flooded across the border into southeastern Turkey.

Many of you have asked us how to send help to those directly affected by the violence.  We just received a request from the Evangelical Church in Diyarbakir, Turkey.  In their city, there are 170 family units of Yezidi refugees, and in another town in the Mardin province there are 90 family units of Kurdish refugees.  These numbers are only expected to swell in the near future.  This is the church we worked with while in Diyarbakir, who cared for us while we were in Mardin, and who continues to support the churches in southeast Turkey. Continue reading

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images-26Day of Prayer and Fasting

Christians are being persecuted and killed by extremists in Iraq, Syria, and Nigeria. This is a Moderator’s call for a Synod-wide day of prayer and fasting for these brothers and sisters on Sunday, August 24. Please announce this in your churches on Sunday, August 17, and encourage participation. In the midst of great trial for family members, we can offer the support of our prayers for strength to endure and for evil to be thwarted.

 

images-41arp365 Deadline

It is time to submit dates for meetings and events for arp365 (our online calendar for the denomination). While some dates later in 2015 may not be confirmed yet, we would appreciate receiving any dates you can confirm at this point.

Send information to Cindy Scott (cscott@arpsynod.org). Cindy will work with you if any dates for meetings or events overlap.

Full-time Houseparents Needed

Full-time houseparents (married couple – husband and wife) are needed at Calvary Home For Children. Send resumes to greg@calvaryhome.org.