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A Time of Prayer for Synod

Last year there was an informal call to prayer before the meeting of the General Synod. The Lord blessed us by answering our prayers. As we approach the Synod of 2014, again there is a grassroots effort by many to have a day of prayer for the denomination and especially the meeting of Synod.

This Friday, May 23, there will be five prayer groups meeting around the denomination:

Bartow, FL – Bartow ARP Church, 11:00AM
Greenville, SC – The ARP Center, 11:00AM 
Columbia, SC – Smith Chapel, 1st Presbyterian Church 7:00AM
Flat Rock, NC – Bonclarken Campground, 7:00AM
Charlotte, NC – A Building/Chapel, RTS-Charlotte 10:00AM

We would invite everyone who is close enough to attend one of these meetings to come and join brothers for prayer. For those at some distance from these sites, we would encourage you to pray where you are on this day.

Rev. Kyle E. Sims
First ARP Church
Lancaster, South Carolina

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News From Erskine College

images-25Dear Erskine Community:
Earlier this week, the Presidential Search Committee was informed that the candidate it had planned to present to the Board of Trustees at the May meeting had withdrawn from the search process. This is disappointing news to share with you; however, I am extremely grateful to the committee for their tremendous and admirable work over the past year. The Presidential Search Committee has been disbanded and a new committee will be appointed to begin a new search for Erskine’s sixteenth president.

I now reach out to the entire Erskine community for a season of prayer: (1) for the Board of Trustees, that its membership would be granted wisdom to assess and respond to financial and relationship issues and to achieve consensus on how best to achieve Erskine’s mission; (2) for the administration, faculty, staff, and students, that they would, in all things, delight in their unique opportunity to serve and further God’s kingdom at Erskine; (3) for the alumni, that they would engage with and support Erskine and her mission in ways that will transform the life and effectiveness of the institution; and (4) for all of us, that we would receive a complete transformation of the very motives of our hearts and become more aware of and grateful for God’s grace, sovereignty, and providence.

David Conner
Erskine Board of Trustees

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Update on A Day of Prayer for Synod

Join others throughout the denomination for a time of prayer.

There are now several locations that will be hosting prayer times. We are continuing to work on a prayer meeting in Virginia and possibly the Memphis area.

Bartow, Florida – Bartow ARP 11am Rob Patrick 

Charlotte, NC – RTS-Charlotte 10am Lee Shelnutt & Kyle E. Sims

Columbia, SC – First Presbyterian 7am David H. Lauten

Greenville, SC – ARP Center 11am Leland Beaudrot

Bonclarken – Campground Pavilion 7am Eric Lockamy

Submitted by Kyle E. Sims

Pre-Synod Conference

scattered2Be sure to register for the Pre-Synod conference. Dr. George Grant will speak to us about what it means to be the “Church Scattered” and being good news/gospel to the community. You can register on the ARP Church website

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A Time of Prayer for Synod

Submitted by Kyle Sims

Y93A1113Last year we had called the Synod to a day of prayer for the upcoming Synod. The Lord blessed us with a great meeting of the General Synod. We again want to seek the Lord as we prepare for the upcoming meeting and to give thanks for what He did last year. 

This year many of us will be gathering on May 23 to pray for our Synod. Lee Shelnutt and I will be hosting a prayer meeting at RTS-Charlotte in the A Building from 10am to 12pm.

The ARP Center is putting together a prayer meeting at the Center in Greenville. We are working on other prayer meetings around the Synod and will announce them as they materialize.

Q & A For Book of Discipline

Members of the Special Committee to Revise the Book of Discipline invite all interested Synod delegates to a Question and Answer Forum, Tuesday, June 10, during lunch in Dining Room B at Bonclarken.  The purpose of the forum is to discuss proposed changes to the Book of Discipline and to receive your comments, suggestions, and questions.

Lunch will begin at 12:30 PM, and the forum will conclude by 2:00 so that you may attend the Opening Worship Service for the Meeting of Synod.

We look forward to meeting with you.

Eric Ruschky, Committee Chairman

Alex Coblentz

Louis DiBiase

Patrich Malphrus

Kevin Carter

Notice of Good Samaritan Offering

images-13In the wake of tornadoes and storms earlier this week that caused damage and loss of life in several southern states, Synod has opened its Good Samaritan Offering for any individual or group who wishes to make a financial contribution for relief efforts.  At this point, we know of one community near Pottsville, Arkansas that was essentially destroyed.  ARP minister Howard  Wheeler has been involved in working with people in that community.

If you know of other needs in areas where ARPs can be of assistance, please contact the Office of Central Services at 864-232-8297.

Donations to the Good Samaritan Offering will be taken through May 31, 2014.  Please send contributions to:

ARP Central Services

One Cleveland Street

Greenville, SC 29610

Make checks payable to:  ARP Good Samaritan Offering.

In Christ,

Paul Bell

Executive Director, ARP Central Services

Old Brick Church Work Day

images-36Our clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, 24 May; assemble by 10 am. We welcome any help. Like last year, we plan to trim bushes and to “round-up” needed areas and the graveyard wall. Our main focus will be the limbs and logs that are on the ground on the outside of the graveyard on the east and south sides. This residue is from the trees we had taken down along the wall on April 2.
Equipment to bring: chain saw, bush/hedge trimmer, hand tools, weed-eater, sprayer, etc. I’ll bring my chain saw, hedge trimmers, shovel, pick, ax, rake. I have enough round-up concentrate to prepare a good 50 gallons. I am not anticipating that we’ll clean any stones, but that option is there. Our jug of cleaner and a couple of brushes are in the building.
Believe it was Napoleon who said, “an army travels on its stomach.” Please let me know by May 16  if anyone is accompanying you so I can get a head-count for box lunches.
We don’t have an inclement weather plan. We will just make a call as the day approaches.
Oliver Johnson

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images-26National Day of Prayer

“So that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Romans 15:6

Today is the National Day of Prayer. Take time today to pray for our nation, the leaders, your church and your community. Remember to pray for those affected by the recent storms.

The Countdown Begins

Screen shot 2013-12-19 at 4.41.20 PMThere are only six weeks left until the biggest ARP event of the year.  Check out the website for the updated schedule and make plans now to bring your church, friends and family.

Meet the missionaries in person that you have been supporting, learn about each agency in the denomination, enjoy free ice cream and listen to powerful break-out sessions. We promise to have something for all ages!

Senior highs can enjoy a “Come Free!” lock-in with breakout sessions that will challenge you! Check out the full schedule and be sure to register online to avoid long lines.

Come see God at Work!

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A New Look

You are in the correct spot. ARP News Update has a new look. I hope that this will be an easy to read format for you on your computer and any handheld device.

Prayer Request Update

Reverend Tony Grant, pastor of the York ARP Church, will begin radiation and chemotherapy. Please continue to pray for Tony and his family.

Pre-Synod Conference



The event will begin Monday, June 9, 5:30pm, in the Bonclarken Dining Hall. Registration is FREE and includes dinner, conference and resources. To register go to

Bonclarken’s Volunteer Work Week

photo 3Over 150 volunteers are at Bonclarken Conference Center this week for Volunteer Work Week to help get ready for summer. A variety of projects are completed including planting flowers, building bridges, and modifying the camp cabin bathhouse. The hotel is cleaned from top to bottom, rooms are inspected, closets organized, buildings are pressure washed, and the pool cover is taken off. The list goes on and on.


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Pray for Rev. Greg Conover’s Wife

Pray for the wife of Rev. Greg Conover, pastor of The Bridge, in Simpsonville, SC, who is having surgery
today ASAP to remove her gallbladder. This is on top of a bad UTI.

They were scheduled to go on their 30th wedding anniversary trip next Wednesday to Machu Picchu, in Peru. This weekend is also their grandson’s first birthday party.

photo-11A Letter From Franklin Graham

I wanted to write and express my gratitude for the very generous gift sent to Samaritan’s Purse from The General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church for our relief efforts in the Philippines. Your support and prayers are greatly appreciated.

Our Teams are on the ground in the Philippines working in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan to help as many as possible by providing water, food, shelter, and emergency medical care. Please continue to pray for the Filipino people who are suffering so much and for our staff and church partners as we reach out in Jesus’ Name.

Thank you again for your partnership in this ministry. May God richly bless you.


Franklin Graham

World Focus 2014

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Update on Rev. Tony Grant

Rev. Tony Grant, pastor of York ARP Church(SC), is scheduled for brain surgery to remove a tumor Thursday morning. A determination will be made following surgery as to whether he will have radiation and/or chemo. Please be in prayer for a successful surgery for Tony, for Beth and the family and for his surgeons that they will be able to use their skill to perform a successful surgery.

It’s a Boy!

Big Sister meets Baby JohnCongratulations to Rev. Mark & Anna Miller, pastor of Shiloh ARP Church in Lancaster, SC, on the birth of their son, John Henry Miller, III. He was born March 24 at 3:38pm weighing 7 lbs. 4oz.