ARP News Update

You Are Invited

images-36All congregations are invited to attend the upcoming worship service at the Old Brick Church (Ebenezer) near Monticello in Fairfield County on the afternoon of October 27 at 3:00 p.m. As most of you probably know, this church was established in 1788 and may be the oldest intact house of worship in upper South Carolina. It was the site of the formation of the Associate Reformed Synod of the Carolinas in 1803 and is considered the mother church of our denomination. The service will include psalm singing and a brief historical overview by Dr. Mark Ross. Rev. James McManus of Bethel A.R.P. Church in Winnsboro will deliver the message. Please also know that the Old Brick Church is now being administered by Catawba Presbytery. An offering dedicated to the church’s upkeep will be made during the service. Light refreshments will also be available on the church grounds. Plan to come early and spend time in the church cemetery and visiting with old (and new) friends.

With all good wishes,

Bryan F. McKown
bmckown1@sc.rr.com
(803) 782-4236

For directions to the Old Brick Church, please see the following link:

https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=Old+Brick+Church,+Jenkinsville,+Fairfield,+SC&ie=UTF-8&ei=lUurTLOuBYWBlAeQ54nrCA&oi=mode_link&ved=0CAkQ_A

Assistant Editor Position

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 11.

 

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 me with any questions stanner@arpsynod.org.

 

Published in: on October 24, 2013 at 9:16 am  Leave a Comment  

ARP News Update

Ruth Younts
1953-2013

Ruth Elizabeth (Long) Younts passed away Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Mrs. Younts was an employee of Outreach North America from 2003-2008.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday) at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 3890 Moore-Duncan Highway, Moore, SC 29369.  Please remember the Younts family in your prayers.

Published in: on October 21, 2013 at 11:32 am  Leave a Comment  

ARP News Update

Assistant Editor Position

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 11.

Published in: on October 18, 2013 at 10:29 am  Leave a Comment  

ARP News Update

You Are Invited

images-36All congregations are invited to attend the upcoming worship service at the Old Brick Church (Ebenezer) near Monticello in Fairfield County on the afternoon of October 27 at 3:00 p.m. As most of you probably know, this church was established in 1788 and may be the oldest intact house of worship in upper South Carolina. It was the site of the formation of the Associate Reformed Synod of the Carolinas in 1803 and is considered the mother church of our denomination. The service will include psalm singing and a brief historical overview by Dr. Mark Ross. Rev. James McManus of Bethel A.R.P. Church in Winnsboro will deliver the message. Please also know that the Old Brick Church is now being administered by Catawba Presbytery. An offering dedicated to the church’s upkeep will be made during the service. Light refreshments will also be available on the church grounds. Plan to come early and spend time in the church cemetery and visiting with old (and new) friends.

With all good wishes,

Bryan F. McKown
bmckown1@sc.rr.com
(803) 782-4236

For directions to the Old Brick Church, please see the following link:

https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=Old+Brick+Church,+Jenkinsville,+Fairfield,+SC&ie=UTF-8&ei=lUurTLOuBYWBlAeQ54nrCA&oi=mode_link&ved=0CAkQ_A

 

Something new is coming!!!

The 2014 ARP Plan Book has a new name arp365 

and is available on arp365.org, arpchurch.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 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

 

Published in: on October 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

ARP News Update

Board Highlights From Our Agencies

 Christian Education Ministries (Sept. 9,10)

  •  The board chairman will form a task force to develop and implement a long-range plan for Camp Joy. A new handbook for Camp Joy was approved, listing job descriptions and organizational structures.
  • Revisions to the CEM policy manual were approved.
  • The board directed Brent Turner to pursue incorporation of CEM.
  • The board approved moving from lesson plans developed by the National Council of Churches Committee on the Uniform Series (NCCCUS) in The Adult Quarterly to a new six-year study through the Bible, developed by Dr. Mark Ross. The new course will focus on expounding the message of the books of the Bible. Its goal is to provide a more comprehensive presentation of biblical teaching than may be achieved by a thematic study. The board looks forward to this new endeavor and is planning further enhancements to the teacher’s guide, and offering more suggestions and helps for teachers.
  • The board approved a slight increase in Quarterly cost in 2014 to make up for increases in printing cost.
  • Jim Klukow and Rick Phillips were approved as speakers for the 2014 Family Bible Conference.
  • The board discussed the many training events and was pleased that 80 percent of churches in the Virginia Presbytery were represented at a recent Disciplemakers Conference for that presbytery.

World Witness (Oct. 1,2)

  • Presentations:
    The Board heard from Rick Postma (Word & Deed, a diaconal outreach which combines the mercy ministries of several smaller Reformed denominations); Rev. Moner Shaded (pastor of the Good Shepherd Reformed Church in Warsaw, Poland); and Lanier Ellis (retired ARP pastor working with International Students at UNC Charlotte).
  • Missionaries and Candidates:
    (a) Approved James and Rachel Grant as missionaries to Asturias, Spain;
    (b) Approved Michael and Laura Cochran as pre-candidates to serve an internship in the US before going to Spain.
    (c) Approved Caitlin Munro as a cooperative missionary with Ignite, Wales (an inner city outreach ministry).
    (d) Approved Walker and Heather Suits and pre-candidates to serve an internship in the US before going to the field (Germany and Turkey are currently being explored); and Lanier and Karen Ellis as Volunteers in Mission with international students in Charlotte.
    (e) Received an encouraging update from the Allers who are on furlough in the US until the summer of 2014. (Note: the length of the Allers furlough is determined by US Social Security laws requiring missionaries to spend one year out of every five years outside certain foreign countries or else they risk losing their US benefits).
  • Strategy:
    (a) Mexico: The Board approved continued discussions about the future involvement of WW in the Yucatan International University in Cenotillo.
    (b) Pakistan: The Board endorsed the Mission and Vision of the Pak7 ministry (the use of internet and TV to reach Pakistan) in principle. Further exploration and practical steps will follow.
    (c) Pakistan alternate field: $2500 will be given towards the purchase of a house in High Wycombe, London, for World Harvest’s ministry to Pakistani Muslims.
    (d) WW will explore partnerships with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church as it seeks to reach Pakistan (currently through a teaching ministry located in Lahore).
    (e) WW ministries in Europe will be divided into two regions bounded by the following cities: Western Europe (Berlin, Madrid/Oviedo, Cardiff); and Eastern Europe (Vilnius, Warsaw, Kiev). These regions share common histories and/or methods of ministry, as well as geographical proximity that will allow missionaries to support one another.
  • Finance:
    (a) A partnership being developed with the Word & Deed Inter-denominational Diaconal Ministry was approved.
    (b) The administrative fee will be increased from 4.5% to 6% in 2014 to reflect past decreases in the Denominational Ministry Fund support.
    (c) A 2014 budget of $4,102,764 was approved.
    (d) A request for funds to improve/repair the CRES seminary building in Tampico, Mexico, was denied.
    (e) A request for funds to ensure the completion of Stage 1 of the Chitchawatni School project in Pakistan was approved.
  • General:
    Frank Van Dalen plans to step down as executive director in order to return to field ministry on Dec. 31, 2014. Although this date is 15 months away, the process for the new exec director search needs to begin soon. The goal is to have a replacement exec director appointed by the March Board meeting and in place by June, 2014, so there can be six months of overlap in the WW office. A search committee was appointed. Frank Van Dalen and Billy Barron will work on a job description; and the position will be advertised beginning Dec 1, 2013. From that point on, Billy Barron will be the staff liaison to the search committee.
Published in: on October 9, 2013 at 5:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

ARP News Update

Orientation at the ARP Center

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This week, the ARP Center hosted new ARP ministers and new ARP employees so they could become familiar with each agency of the denomination.

Front Row: Stephanie Brooks, Angie Hart, Won Bong Park, Jiseung Yu. Second Row: Mark Brooks, Philip Bunch, Gil Martin. Third Row: Ann-Marie Schell, Matthew Heathman, Alan, Gay, Jim Meek.

 

 

Update on Kingswood’s Son

Many of you have inquired on the status of Jeff Kingswood and family since their house fire.

We are happy to report that the doctors are pleased with their son’s progress.  Because of the skin grafts, Philip will be wearing pressure garments for about a year until the grafts are healed and normal. Jeff reports Philip is getting full use of his hand and was even playing the piano this morning! Their routine is getting back to normal since the repair work on their house is complete and they were able to move back home last week.

Jeff expresses gratitude for answered prayer and the encouragement that has been extended to them.

 

Announcements

The 2013 Minutes of Synod will be available in print in just a few weeks. The online version of the Minutes is available on our website http://www.arpchurch.org under Documents.

Also available on the website is the 2012 Manual of Authorities and Duties with 2013 Revisions. (Revisions include pages 25, 79-1, 79-2, 79-3, 79-4, 99, 100)

 

Correction

Catawba Presbytery will meet at 10am on October 8 at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC.

Published in: on September 25, 2013 at 5:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

Update on Ballston Center ARP Church

Here is the most recent and accurate information concerning our church fire (Ballston Center ARP Church, Ballston Spa, NY).

At approximately 6:30pm, EDT on Sept 11, 2013, severe thunderstorms passed through our area, causing a lightening strike on our church bell tower. Local volunteer fire fighters were on the scene immediately, and after several hours, they had the fire under control.

At this point we are still assessing the impact but it appears that damage was limited to the tower area and below and that no other part of the church’s structure was damaged. We intend, Lord willing, to proceed with our Lord’s Day services this Sunday.

Our congregation are very grateful for the prayers of our brothers and sisters across the Synod. Here is a link to our church Facebook page where you can view video and photo images:

Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church

 

Sincerely in Christ,

Rev Charles H Roberts,  Pastor

Ballston Center ARP Church

Ballston Spa, NY

Published in: on September 12, 2013 at 10:54 am  Leave a Comment  

ARP News Update

IMG_1873Please pray for Rev Charles Roberts and for the congregation of Ballston Center.  The church bell tower was struck by lightning this evening.  The fire seems to be confined to the bell tower, but the fire department is still working the fire.  Every time they think they have it under control, it breaks out again.

Published in: on September 12, 2013 at 12:40 am  Leave a Comment  

ARP News Update

Day of Prayer

images-26During Synod 2013, the motion was passed to mark September 11 as the annual Day of Prayer against Oppression. Each presbytery and congregation of the denomination is encouraged to participate. 

One example from an ARP congregation is the church will be open for 24 hours to allow church members and members of the community to join in the time of prayer. Reverend Patrick Malphrus, Devenger Road ARP Church (Greenville, SC) invites others to join them or do the same at your church.

Update on Kingswood’s Son

I would like to thank everyone for their prayers.  I have received countless emails, texts, and phone calls from our ARP family.  When Philip heard about all the people praying his comment was, “No wonder I’m so chill about all this!”  All of the staff, surgeons, nurses, physiotherapists, have commented on his attitude and he is quick to give thanks to Jesus Christ.  For that we are most thankful of all!

Jeff

Central Services Announcement

Information to assist church treasurers and diaconates in planning their 2014 budgets has been sent out to churches by email today.  Those whose email addresses are not on file in Central Services will receive the information through the postal service.

Published in: on September 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

ARP News Update

 

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Erskine College’s Freshman Class moved in today. It is tradition for upperclassmen and faculty to help the new students unload their vehicles. Pray for all the students, faculty and parents as the new semester begins September 3.

 

 

 

 

 

Screen shot 2013-08-27 at 12.47.30 PMFirst Gastonia ARP Church Will Not Renew Boy Scouts Charter

Countless churches have hiked in lockstep with the Boy Scouts of America through the years, supporting its mission of values-based youth development. But the scouting organization’s announcement earlier this year that it would no longer deny membership to gay people is prompting some houses of worship to walk a separate path.

One of those is First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, which announced Thursday it will not renew its longtime charter with the Boy Scouts on Jan. 1. Senior Pastor Matt Kuiken emailed a statement to The Gazette, on behalf of church leaders, saying the decision was made “with deep sadness.”

The statement is also included in the church’s September newsletter, which has been posted on its website. “While we welcome all in the name of Christ to worship and enjoy the ministries of First ARP Church, and while Troop #4 of the BSA has been a wonderful part of our history and ministry, and a great blessing to all who have participated in its activities, this change in policy by the BSA has compelled us to take action,” the statement read.

Before First ARP’s announcement Thursday, local Boy Scout leaders had heard rumors some churches were contemplating similar moves. Piedmont Council CEO Connie Bowes, who oversees Boy Scout troops in 11 counties, including Gaston and Cleveland, said two churches in Cleveland County informed him this month they are severing ties with the organization.

Bowes said he was unaware of any other Gaston County churches that planned to take the same action. And he declined to name the two Cleveland churches that are doing so. “We respect their decision. We’re a volunteer group and it’s their choice,” he said. “I think the best thing we can do is thank them for their years of service. I don’t want to single them out when they do so many other things for the community.”

Earlier this year, the Boy Scouts of America voted to remove a restriction that denied membership to openly gay youth. The decision also reinforced that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of scouting age is contrary to its virtues. The new policy will take effect Jan. 1.

For First ARP Church, that was the tipping point. “By this change in policy, the BSA has endorsed and condoned behavior that God’s Word clearly condemns as sinful,” the church says in its newsletter. The church plans to consider an alternative ministry to serve the community.

Ben Privett, district commissioner for the Boy Scout’s Battleground District in Cleveland County, said one Boy Scout troop and a Cub Scout pack in Boiling Springs have turned in their charters and will no longer have troops. Another unit in Kings Mountain is considering turning in its charter but is waiting on a response from the church sponsor, he said. “I’ve had at least three more to say they are waiting until Jan. 1 to see if any changes will be made,” he said. “I’ve had several adult folks to pull out because of the decision.”

Charter agreements dictate that Boy Scout troop sponsors, such as churches, provide a meeting place and help approve leadership for troops. When the organization lifted its ban on gay Scouts this year, Bowes said he feared a greater backlash.

“We’re in a very conservative area,” he said. “There was a lot of national media attention, but locally the impact has not been as strong as we thought it might be. I think when people really started looking at the policy and understood it better, they’ve seen it’s not as bad as they thought it was.”

The handful of churches refusing to renew their charters with the Boy Scouts represents less than 2 percent of the almost 400 churches and other organizations still actively involved in the Piedmont Council, Bowes said.

“In many respects, to have a few units to close their doors is not unusual for us,” he said. “Sometimes a church will get upset because the Scouts forgot to turn out the lights. Every year, somebody closes a door for some reason.”

Christ United Methodist Church in Gastonia is one of the many standing firm. Nora Jerzak, a retired Methodist pastor who now serves as the church’s administrative assistant, said even if some individual parishioners might have a problem with the Boy Scouts’ new policy, the church as a whole will continue to lend its support and host a troop. “We definitely are on board with supporting the Boy Scouts here,” she said. “They’ve always been good to us and we’re going to be good to them.”

Bowes said he might be more concerned if 10 or 15 percent of the Piedmont Council’s member organizations were jumping ship. “Our focus is not on the less than 2 percent that have chosen to end that partnership,” he said, “but rather is on the hundreds that are still with us.”

By Michael Barrett 
Published: Gastonia Gazette, Aug. 24, 2013

 

 

Published in: on August 28, 2013 at 3:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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