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SEEKING APPLICANTS  

ARP SealEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CENTRAL SERVICES

Employing Agency: Executive Board of the General Synod

Overall Responsibility: Manage the duties and responsibilities of the ARPC Central Services Offices, and support the ministry and mission of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARPC), its agencies, boards, committees, and commissions, in a team environment, with excellence and integrity, as directed by the Executive Board of the General Synod.

Personal Requirements:

  • Evangelical Christian, who professes faith in Christ, is active in the Church of Jesus Christ, and supports the Standards of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.
  • Academic accomplishment in higher education (graduate and post-graduate degrees preferred).
  • Experience in business administration (501(c)(3) non-profit preferred).
  • Experience in managing and developing human resources.
  • Experience in formulating and managing budgets.
  • Experience maintaining compliance with applicable laws.
  • Understands the unique nature and challenges of Christian ministry including, but not limited to, the local church, Christian education, and evangelism.
  • Personality, temperament, and experience that promotes the “unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” within the Church.

Location: Central Services of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Greenville SC.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and a comprehensive resume listing education, work history and at least three references. Other pertinent information may be included in the package. It is preferred that application be made by email to: pwilliams@arpsynod.org. Applications will also be accepted via US Mail by sending to Mr. Phil Williams, 6000 Deerhunter Lane, Lexington, NC 27295.

ARP News

Update from the Moderator

The Executive Board had a called meeting July 13 in regard to the Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage.  All seem concerned about the decision of the Supreme Court.  Synod’s legal counsel, Mr. Dan Eller, presented his take on the decision and expressed concern that our churches and institutions may be liable and therefore, the Synod needs to give advice and help to the the churches so the churches may take action to prepare.

A committee has been appointed to do this work and to report to the Executive Board as soon as possible.  It is possible that the committee will propose some recommendations for the churches to give guidance until a full report is ready.  This is new ground for the Church.  In addition to Mr. Eller, the committee includes Mr. Eric Rushky, Mr. Thomas Fortney, and Mr. Mark Miller.

Church in the News

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 9.37.05 AMA Presbyterian church in Lancaster says it is dropping its nearly 50-year association with the Boy Scouts after the organization agreed to allow gay leaders. First ARP Church sent a letter to 63 scouts in the troop sponsored by the church saying that it ended its sponsorship of the Boy Scouts on July 31. Church member Buddy Lever says it was a tough decision, but the Boy Scouts’ announcement that it would allow gay leaders doesn’t match the church’s beliefs on homosexuality. The scouts are being given an opportunity to join other troops. (Printed Associated Press)

To read the letter sent to the scouts click here.

ARP News

Bob Eugene Murdock, Sr

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 11.23.31 AMThe Rev. Mr. Bob Eugene Murdock, Sr. died peacefully on July 29, 2015, at Piedmont Medical Center at the age of 85 years. He is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Peggy Beard Murdock, his three children Kathleen Murdock (Mike) of Nicaragua and the Center for Development in Central America, Bob Murdock, Jr. (Robin), of Huntersville, NC and Roderick “Rod” Murdock (Cindy), of Rock Hill, SC, his nine grandchildren Gloria (Travis), Bob III, Jonathan (Marissa), Ashley, Coury, Daniel, Joseph, Thomas “Tiff” Jessica and his four great grandchildren Cadence, Anna, Charlotte and Elliot.

Rev. Murdock graduated from Erskine College in 1958 and Erskine Theological Seminary in 1961 while being husband and father to his family. After graduation he served as chaplain in the U.S. Army. After his service in the military he accepted a call to be the minister of two Presbyterian U.S. churches: Ridgecrest and Oakboro near Albemarle, NC, from 1963-1970.   While there he assisted in starting a volunteer fire department and served as its first fire chief.

From 1970 until 1992 he served the Glenwood Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Charlotte during which time he helped them construct and relocate into a new church facility. Glenwood became the first ARP church in the denomination to accept and integrate African Americans into membership since the Civil War.   The church also established a food program for those in need.

In 1992 Bob and Peggy accepted positions as professors in China at the Guangzhou International University of Foreign Trade and the Shandong University of Technology in Jinan where they taught English as a second language for almost five years. In 1994 Bob was named Teacher of Year.

After retiring Rev. Murdock supplied Hopewell ARP Church (Blackstock, SC) and contributed children’s sermons to Preaching/Word Witness. In 2003 he wrote a book of children’s sermons, Come on Down, to benefit the Protestant Seminary in Jinan, China and the Center for Development in Central America.

Rev. Murdock will be remembered by his congregations as a great storyteller who could make the stories of the Bible come alive and have meaning, as an easy-going visitor in their homes, as an understanding pastor in times of sickness and death, and as one who believed deeply in the Church’s acceptance of all people. He will be remembered by his friends as someone who could make them laugh, who crooned “White Christmas” and “Blue Christmas”, and lightened their hearts. He will be remembered by his family as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who was truly a one-of-a-kind gift from God.

Rev. Murdock was asked a month before he died what was the most fun thing he ever did. He replied, “Chasing my wife.” Peggy was his beloved, his cherished, and she will remember him as her own beloved and cherished.

A memorial service will be held at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, SC at 3:00 Sunday, August 2. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Center for Development in Central America (352 Carly Ln, Rock Hill, SC 29732) or to the First ARP Church in Rock Hill (201 White Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730).

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Bob Eugene Murdock

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 11.23.31 AMRev. Bob Murdock passed away July 29, 2015.  He was ordained at Bonclarken in 1961. He served as an Army Chaplain for two years. Rev. Murdock was pastor of Glenwood ARP Church in Charlotte, NC until his retirement in 1992. After retirement, he taught English in China. He also was the stated supply for Hopewell ARP Church. He served as Moderator of First Presbytery and on several committees. Information on arrangements will be sent out as soon as possible.

ARP Announcements

Called Meeting for Synod’s Executive Board

ARP SealModerator Jamie Hunt has called a meeting of Synod’s Executive Board, Monday, July 13, at 9:00 AM (Eastern Time) for the purpose of hearing from Synod’s legal counsel regarding a response to the US Supreme Court’s ruling on same sex marriage.  The meeting will be conducted by conference call, and information is being sent to members of the board.

Moderator Hunt requests that you pray for this meeting and ask God’s wisdom for the members of the Executive Board as they consider this matter.

Women’s Ministries 101st Annual Meeting

Make plans now to join Women’s Ministries on July 27, 2015 at 1pm in The Patrick Room, Bonclarken Conference Center. Guest speaker will be Suzanne Matthews who will lead us in applying lessons from Joshua to turning points in our own lives. She will challenge each of us to be strong and courageous women, with God’s guidance and help, while beginning another century of women’s ministries. Child care will be provided for children under the age of 10. Make plans now to attend!

ARP365

images-41Deadline: August 17, 2015

It’s time to submit dates for meetings and events for arp365 (our online calendar for the denomination).

While some dates later in 2016 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)

Where dates for meetings and events overlap, Cindy will contact you to find alternatives. If it becomes necessary for you to change dates, times, or venues after a date is submitted, please contact Cindy Scott to determine what dates and times are available. This will help us prevent any duplicates or conflicts.

Bonclarken Director of Facilities Maintenance

images-43 Open position for Director of Facilities Maintenance at Bonclarken Conference Center

 Start Date: December 7, 2015

Bonclarken Conference Center, Inc. is the conference center of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. As a 501(c)(3) ministry, our mission is to “provide and promote a Christian environment for inspiration and renewal.” Located in Flat Rock, NC, we provide facilities for worship, education, fellowship, and recreation for Christian and educational groups on a year-round basis.

Qualifications: The Director of Facilities Maintenance should have at least five years of supervisory experience in the area of facilities maintenance. This position reports directly to our Vice President for Finance and Facilities. Qualifications of the applicant will include, but are not limited to:

  • An evangelical Christian who has made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ.
  • Demonstrated commitment and passion for the mission of Bonclarken.
  • Manage the operation of facilities, including preventative maintenance and life safety.
  • Possess high working knowledge of plumbing, HVAC, electrical, mechanical, small engine repair, and carpentry.
  • Collaborative and flexible style, with a strong service mentality.
  • Effective communicator with strong oral, written, and computer skills.
  • Willingness to live on the grounds of Bonclarken in a Bonclarken-provided home.
  • Ensure a safe, comfortable, and pleasing environment for all guests, staff, and volunteers.

Please email cover letter and resume by September 1 to:    BonclarkenHR@gmail.com or mail by September 1 to: Wanda Neal, Director of Human Resources, Bonclarken Conference Center, 500 Pine Drive, Flat Rock, NC 28731

No phone calls please.

 

ARP News Update

John Eddie Hill

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 1.33.07 PMDr. John Hill passed away this morning. He transferred to First Presbytery of the ARP Church in 1982 and became the pastor of Craig Avenue Tabernacle Church now known as King’s Cross. Dr. Hill served on the Boards of Christian Education, Erskine College and Church Extension and on the Committees of Nominations, Theological and Social Concerns, Publications and Emphasis.

The funeral service will be held at 3pm on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 101 Colville Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207.  Their number is (704) 376-0751 and their website is www.westminstercharlotte.org.  A visitation will follow.

 

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ARP Announcements

Called Meeting for Synod’s Executive Board

ARP SealModerator Jamie Hunt has called a meeting of Synod’s Executive Board, Monday, July 13, at 9:00 AM (Eastern Time) for the purpose of hearing from Synod’s legal counsel regarding a response to the US Supreme Court’s ruling on same sex marriage.  The meeting will be conducted by conference call, and information is being sent to members of the board.

Moderator Hunt requests that you pray for this meeting and ask God’s wisdom for the members of the Executive Board as they consider this matter.

Nepal Relief Fund

The ARP Good Samaritan Offering collected $15,152.10 toward the relief of the earthquake victims in Nepal.

Erskine College Annual Fund tops $1.7 million 

images-24The Erskine Advancement Office announced today that giving to the Erskine Annual Fund in 2014-15 exceeded the goal by more than $100,000.  “People gave so generously, we not only met the goal, we greatly surpassed it,” said David Earle, vice president for advancement.   Click here for the whole story 

 

Announcement from The ARP Center

It is with mixed emotions that we announce Paul Bell, Executive Director of Central Services, has accepted a job as CEO of The Renaissance in Due West, SC beginning September 1. We pray for Paul and his family as they make this transition.

Women’s Ministries 101st Annual Meeting

Make plans now to join Women’s Ministries on July 27, 2015 at 1pm in The Patrick Room, Bonclarken Conference Center. Guest speaker will be Suzanne Matthews who will lead us in applying lessons from Joshua to turning points in our own lives. She will challenge each of us to be strong and courageous women, with God’s guidance and help, while beginning another century of women’s ministries. Child care will be provided for children under the age of 10. Make plans now to attend!