ARP News Update

Help the Philippines

119614_story__phl1Any individuals or congregations wishing to make contributions for relief efforts in the wake of the typhoon that devastated  the Philippines may send donations to General Synod’s Good Samaritan Fund, One Cleveland Street, Greenville, SC 29601.  Donations will be accepted through December 5 and will be forwarded on to Samaritan’s Purse for distribution and action.

In December 2012, ARP’s contributed over $30,000 for Hurricane Sandy relief, and more recently over $14,000 for tornado and flood relief efforts in the American Midwest.

Regarding the typhoon, Samaritan’s Purse has issued the following plea:

“Could you imagine if every home in your town was damaged or destroyed, if every roof was missing, if all the power lines were down? Think if you saw hundreds of dead bodies in the streets. This is what is going on right now. And the misery factor is just going to increase.”Philippines Typhoon

“Samaritan’s Purse is responding. We have disaster relief specialists on the ground, including water and nutrition experts and medical personnel. We are working with church partners to deliver emergency supplies to those most in need.”

“One of the most urgent needs is shelter. We are sending a 747 this week filled with rolls of plastic for temporary shelters, as well as community water filtration systems, blankets, medical supplies, and hygiene kits. “

Please remember the people of the Philippines. The need is enormous. Your prayers and financial support are vital and appreciated. We will do all we can to help as many as we can and do it in the Name of Jesus Christ. Pray for God to use our team and ministry partners to share the hope of the Gospel as we work.”

Executive Board Meeting Highlights

Synod’s Executive Board met at Greenville ARP Church on October 24, 2013. Highlights of the meeting included:

  • A report from Synod Archivist, Edith Brawley, who announced that the Synod Archives at Erskine are now open and receiving materials.  Churches and presbyteries wishing to send materials to the archival holdings should contact Mrs. Brawley at 864-379-8763ebrawley@erskine.edu, or c/o McCain Library PO Box 188 Erskine College, Due West, SC 29639.   A reading room is also available at the library for those who wish to read any of the archived materials.
  • An update from Synod’s legal counsel, Dan Eller.  The board moved that the Moderator form a special committee to investigate and determine if Synod should adopt a policy on sexual abuse and misconduct and that the committee report back to the board in March 2014.
  • Approval of a recommendation to be presented to General Synod in June 2014 regarding a change in the Rules of Order.  The change would provide for the submission of reports to Synod in electronic format.
  • Vote to dissolve Pacific Presbytery, effective October 24, 2013, allowing any of the former Pacific Presbytery churches desiring membership in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church to be aligned with the nearest ARP Presbytery.

Bonclarken Board Meeting Highlights

images-43The Bonclarken Board of Trustees held its annual fall meeting October 24-25 at Bonclarken.  The Board welcomed five new members with Lou Ann Aheron  (Ebenezer), David Brunt (Chester) and David Vickery (Greenville) joining in the Class of 2019 along with Linda Katte (Sandy Plains) as the representative of Women’s Ministries and Reggie Ramsey as the President of the Bonclarken Property Owners Association.

The Board received a final report on the campaign to “Repair and Preserve” the Hotel.  The effort has been an overwhelming success, with the project finishing on-time and under budget.  The Board expressed thanks to the hundreds of donors that pledged over $500,000 to fund the work.  After so many years of discussion on action needed to save the Hotel, having this project completed is exciting for all who love Bonclarken.

The Board received a report from President Chip Sherer on guest attendance and noted the continuing trend of increases in adult attendance and decreases in youth attendance.  Since the opening of The Lodge in 2008, Bonclarken has seen a 29% increase in adult attendance.  However, youth attendance during that same period has decreased 20%.  The continued declines in youth attendance prompted the creation of a sub-committee to study the issue and bring recommendations at the January meeting.

Other action items included:

  • Asked Administration to investigate the costs of establishing internet connectivity for the entire Conference Center.  Administration asked to report findings at January Board meeting
  • Asked Administration to investigate the costs associated with implementing a plan to solve the HVAC issues in the Dining Room.  Administration asked to report findings at January Board meeting.
  • Revised the Bonclarken Property Owners Policies to create a process of action should a property owner fail to pay quarterly dues.
  • Authorized the President to sign, on behalf of the Board, the Agreement between the James L. Love Bonclarken Foundation and Bonclarken Conference Center, accepting the transfer of all of the Foundation’s assets to the Bonclarken Permanent Endowment with the income from the fund to be used in accord with the terms of the Agreement.

The meeting was concluded with a time of prayer and praise for the wonderful blessings God has bestowed on our conference center.  The next meeting is scheduled for January 24-25.

News from Erskine

A Note from Dr. Brad Christie, acting president

Dear Erskine Family,

I write to you with unhappy news.  Many of you likely know already that we are grieving the death of one of our college students over the weekend.  Dean Harris, a sophomore from Benoni, South Africa, died sometime Sunday morning in his room on campus.  Dean was a business major and, along with his brother and roommate, Jason, a member of our menís tennis team.

My purpose here is not to communicate the details of Deanís death.  Instead, out of respect for Jason, the rest of the Harris family, and their friends, I request your continuing prayers on behalf of the entire Erskine community.  This is the one constructive thing we can all do in these moments when so many things remain unclear.

Obviously, this situation is heartbreaking for our students, faculty, and staff.  At times like this we are most mindful of and grateful for the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.  In His strength, and through the support of our community, we will endure this trial.

The strength of the Erskine community has already been evident.  Last night, leaders of the student government association and student Christian association quickly organized an impromptu candlelight vigil.  Those of you who could not be there would have been encouraged by the spirit of respect and dignity displayed at this gathering.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 12, the Erskine community will gather again, at 11:00 a.m. at the Due West ARP Church, to remember Dean and to remember Godís faithfulness to us and our hope in Him.

Additionally, grief counseling and other support services are available to all of our students, faculty, and staff.  Any member of the Erskine community who seeks such support or counseling should contact the residence life staff or the office of student services.

Thanks to everyone who has offered support and let us know that you are keeping Erskine in mind during these difficult days.  Despite our communal sadness, we rejoice in hope, clinging to Godís promise that He will never leave nor forsake us.  And in light of that promise, we will continue equipping students to flourish as whole persons.

Faithfully yours,

N. Bradley Christie
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Acting President
Erskine College & Theological Seminary

ARP News Updates

You are Invited!

images-43The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church will host the 39th meeting of the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council (NAPARC) November 19-20 at Bonclarken Conference Center. You are invited to attend the evening meal on Tuesday the 19th, after which Dr. Mark Ross will give an address. Please contact Bonclarken to make meal or housing reservations for the evening. Observers are also welcome to attend the business meetings of the Council, which begin at 1:30 on Tuesday afternoon, and continue through Wednesday afternoon.

NAPARC is made up of twelve member churches that confess Jesus Christ as the only Savior and the Sovereign Lord over all of life, and are fully committed to the Bible in its entirety as the Word of God written, without error in all its parts, and to its teaching as set forth in the historic Reformed standards (the Three Forms of Unity and the Westminster Standards). The purpose of NAPARC is to facilitate discussion and consultation between member bodies on those issues and problems which divide them as well as on those which they face in common; promote the appointment of joint committees to study matters of common interest and concerns; exercise mutual concern in the perpetuation, retention, and propagation of the Reformed faith; promote cooperation wherever possible and feasible on the local and denominational level in such areas as missions, relief efforts, Christian schools, and church education.

Something new is coming!!!

images-41The 2014 ARP Plan Book has a new name arp365 

and is available on arp365.orgarpchurch.org and in The ARP Magazine.

Let us help with the transition from printed to electronic calendar:

  • If you rely on the directory pages of the Plan Book, did you know that the same information is located in the Minutes of Synod?
  • If you rely on the hard copy of the calendar to write on, you’ll be able to print it yourself from the website free (or) we’ll be happy to supply a printed copy of calendar pages with the dates of ARPC events. The printed copy (calendar pages only) will be available from the ARP Bookstore ($2 each plus shipping and handling). Contact CEM at 864-233-2491 or arpbookstore.com
  • If you rely on the information pages for more details about events or birthday listings, you only have to subscribe to The ARP Magazine (www.arpmagazine.org) or send us your email address to receive the ARP News Update. Contact Susan Tanner (stanner@arpsynod.org).

If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Scott cscott@arpsynod.org (or) 864-232-8297 ext. 221

The ARP Magazine is Hiring!

The ARP Magazine is hiring a part-time assistant editor starting January 2014.

Duties include but are not limited to proofreading articles, writing feature articles, covering events and handling correspondences with subscribers. They would also involve processing subscriptions, and providing administrative and clerical support to the editor.

Qualifications include computer proficiency, organizational skills, ability to manage multiple projects and to meet deadlines. The successful candidate must have strong proofreading, editing, and writing skills.

Please send your resume to Susan Tanner (stanner@arpsynod.org) by November 18.

It’s Time to Renew

Screen shot 2013-10-24 at 9.07.50 AMStay in touch with your church family through the ARP Magazine. It is our goal to keep ARPs informed about programs and events across our denomination. We hope to provide material that is informative, encouraging and enlightening.

We are excited about the changes for 2014.  There will be new pages for the whole family including a teen page which we will hear testimonies from teens all across our denomination. There is an ARPinterest page where you can get ideas and recipes from and a new prayer calendar which will guide you to read the Bible through in a year. We will continue to have exciting information from each ARP agency in the denomination such as Christian Education Ministries, World Witness, Bonclarken, and Outreach North America. Don’t forget about Women’s Ministries and Erskine.

The ARP magazine is striving to make the connection across the entire denomination. Please support your denomination by subscribing today. There are forms at your church, you can sign up on our website http://www.arpmagazine.org or you can contact Susan Tanner with any questions, stanner@arpsynod.org.

 

ARP News Update

Betty Sides Funeral Arrangements

Betty Sides, a member of New Sterling ARP Church, died Nov. 3, 2013.  She was the wife of David Sides, an elder at New Sterling, and a former moderator of Synod.  Visitation is tomorrow, Nov. 6, from 6-8 p.m.  The funeral is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7, at  2 p.m.  Both will be held at the church, 580 New Sterling Road, Stony Point, NC 28678. Please keep David and their daughters in your prayers.

 

ARP News flash

Death: Betty Sides

Betty Sides, the wife of David Sides, former moderator and an elder of New Sterling Church (NC), passed away quietly and very peacefully last night. Please keep the Sides family in your prayers. Funeral arrangements to follow.

ARP News Update

Screen shot 2013-11-01 at 3.54.29 PMSix Inducted to Flying Fleet Hall of Fame

DUE WEST – Erskine inducted six new members into the Erskine Flying Fleet Hall of Fame at this week’s homecoming activities. The six inductees are Chip Sherer ’89, Jeff Wiersma ’03, Blake Moore ’95, Casey Smith ’08, Chrissy Taylor Fleming ’06, and Randy Moore.

Bonclarken President Chip Sherer was a standout on the Erskine basketball team in the late 80′s while also playing on the Erskine golf team. Sherer is only one of two Erskine basketball players (Brandon Wright ’10) in the past 30 years to average 20 points a contest for a season. Following graduation from UNC-Chapel Hill graduate school, Sherer served as the school’s first and only full-time athletic director before leaving Erskine in 2004.

Jeff Wiersma ’03 graduated from Erskine as one of only two men’s basketball players to score over 1000 points and grab over a 1000 rebounds. Wiersma’s remarkable senior campaign was highlighted by Erskine’s 2003 quarterfinal upset win over No. 2 nationally ranked Queens University in the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Tournament. Queens went on to play in the national semi-finals in 2003. Wiersma was the 2003 Jake Todd Award winner.

Blake Moore ’95 earned his spot in the Flying Fleet Hall of Fame with a stellar golf career. Moore becomes only the 2nd golfer to enter the Hall of Fame, following Bob Thompson in 2007. Moore was the 1995 Jake Todd Award winner.

Chrissy Taylor Fleming ’06 becomes only the second women’s tennis player inducted into the Hall of Fame and the first in over 25 years. Mary Ann Devlin Sunbury was inducted in 1988. Fleming was at the starting point of Erskine’s conference dynasty in tennis. She led the Fleet to conference titles in 2005 and 2006 beginning a streak of nine conference championships. She was the 2006 Jake Todd Award winner.

Casey Smith ’08 set a new standard for Erskine baseball. In 2005, the Marietta GA, native was named Conference Carolinas “Athlete of the Year,” Southeast Region “Player of the Year,” NCAA Division II All-American, and NCAA Division II “Player of the Year.” Smith was drafted in the 9th round in 2005 by the San Diego Padres.

Aramark General Manager Randy Moore was inducted in the “special” category, due to his support and impact on Erskine Athletics for the past 15 years. Aramark provides the annual Erskine Athletics Banquet free of charge to the department and has devoted countless extra meals and support to Erskine teams.

ARP News Update

You are Invited

Reverend Rob Patrick, InterChurch Chairman, invites you to attend the 39th meeting of the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council (NAPARC), November 19-20, 2013 at Bonclarken Conference Center. Dr. Mark Ross will be the speaker following dinner.

NAPARC is made up of twelve member churches that confess Jesus Christ as the only Savior and the Sovereign Lord over all of life, and are fully committed to the Bible in its entirety as the Word of God written, without error in all its parts, and to its teaching as set forth in the historic Reformed standards (the Three Forms of Unity and the Westminster Standards). The purpose of NAPARC is to facilitate discussion and consultation between member bodies on those issues and problems which divide them as well as on those which they face in common; promote the appointment of joint committees to study matters of common interest and concerns; exercise mutual concern in the perpetuation, retention, and propagation of the Reformed faith; promote cooperation wherever possible and feasible on the local and denominational level in such areas as missions, relief efforts, Christian schools, and church education.

For dinner and/or housing reservations, contact Sheri Clarke sclarke@bonclarken.org or 828-692-2223.

ARPinterest

We have a new page for 2014 in The ARP Magazine. With your help, this page will include recipes from churches, activities, fundraisers and other ideas to make your ministry easier. Please pass this along to others and send your ideas to Susan Tanner, stanner@arpsynod.org.