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!

 

ARP News Update

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 2.47.03 PMClick on the cover image to view the July/August ARP Magazine.

Be sure to click on the arrow on page 7 to hear the a capella Psalm singing. The print magazine has a flip to cover Synod 2015 through one section and articles and features in the other.

 

ARP News

We Need to Pray

images-26The Supreme Court on Friday ruled 5-4 that the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live and that states may no longer reserve the right only for heterosexual couples.

“First of all, the church should not panic. The Supreme Court can do many things, but the Supreme Court cannot get Jesus back in that tomb. Jesus of Nazareth is still alive. He is still calling the universe toward his kingdom,”said Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Read his article here.

Let’s join together and pray for our nation, leaders, pastors, churches, and neighbors.

ARP Assistance for Earthquake Victims in Nepal 

The ARP Good Samaritan Offering is open for individuals, church groups, and congregations wishing to make donations toward relief for earthquake victims in Nepal.  Contributions will be accepted through June 30, 2015 and any accumulated amounts will be sent to Samaritan’s Purse on May 30, June 15, and July 1.  To learn more about Samaritan’s Purse and its relief ministries to the people of Nepal: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/

Make checks payable to General Synod Good Samaritan Offering and mail to:

ARP Central Services
One Cleveland Street, Ste. 110
Greenville, SC 29601

 

ARP News Update

Death of Rev. Jerry Wolff

Rev. Jerry Wolff, former ARP Minister and recently pulpit supply for New Hope ARP Church, died on the evening of Friday, June 19.

Arrangements are:
Visitation, Monday, the 22nd, 6-8 pm in the Stephen Greene Baptist Church gym, Winnsboro, SC. Funeral, Tuesday, the 23rd, 11 am at Stephen Greene Baptist church, Winnsboro, SC

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying, Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. Blessed indeed, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them! “- Revelation 14:13

ARP News Update

Supreme Court unanimously rules for Arizona church’s free speech rights

unnamed-7A local ordinance that blocked an Arizona church from maintaining signs advertising its services was a violation of free speech, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Thursday.

The case involved Clyde Reed, pastor of the Good News Community Church, in Gilbert, Ariz. The town has an ordinance that places time restrictions on outdoor “directional signs” to events while allowing political and ideological signs to be posted longer. Good News Community Church’s Sunday services were held at different locations and the church had posted signs with the time and location of that week’s services. The church received a citation for exceeding the time limits for such signs and for failing to include an event date on the signs.

Justices concluded that this was, in effect, an unconstitutional content-based restriction on speech.

Writing the opinion of the court in Reed v. Gilbert, Justice Clarence Thomas argued that the rule wasn’t narrowly tailored enough, even accepting that a local government has a compelling interest in regulating public safety.

“The Town has offered no reason to believe that directional signs pose a greater threat to safety than do ideological or political signs,” Thomas wrote. “If anything, a sharply worded ideological sign seems more likely to distract a driver than a sign directing the public to a nearby church meeting.”

He concluded, “A sign ordinance narrowly tailored to the challenges of protecting the safety of pedestrians, drivers, and passengers—such as warning signs marking hazards on private property, signs directing traffic, or street numbers associated with private houses — well might survive strict scrutiny. The signs at issue in this case, including political and ideological signs and signs for events, are far removed from those purposes. As discussed above, they are facially content based and are neither justified by traditional safety concerns nor narrowly tailored.”

Article was printed on the Washington Examiner website by Philip Klein found here.

You can read the background story and original ARP News post from January 2015 here.

Ruby Osteen Fee

Fee250Ruby Osteen Fee passed away Saturday, June 13, 2015. She was the widow of former ARP minister, James Robert Fee. Funeral service for Mrs. Ruby Osteen Fee, age 84, of Hendersonville, TN, were conducted June 16 at 11 a.m. at the Fayetteville ARP Church with Rev. Bryan Bult officiating.

Mrs. Fee was a native of Brighton, TN, the daughter of the late Major and Elizabeth Osteen. She was a homemaker, minister’s wife, public relations at Lincoln Regional Hospital and member of the Fayetteville ARP Church.

Survivors include her daughters Jan Fee (Mike) Little of Old Hickory, TN, Cheri Fee of Nashville, TN, son Chris Fee of Hendersonville, TN, daughter-in-law Vickie Fee, grandchildren Jason Little, Lauren Little Rhodes, Sydney Fee, James Fee, Carly Fee, Hayley Fee, Macey Fee, sister Thomasine Jameson of Memphis, TN and 4 great grandchildren. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband James Robert Fee and son Scott Fee.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alive Hospice, 1710 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203 or the Fayetteville ARP Church, 1720 Huntsville Hwy., Fayetteville, TN 37334.

ARP News Update

Wednesday Update From General Synod

IMG_8073The morning session began with Psalm singing led by the RPCNA. The joint worship was by RPCNA delegate, Rev. Rick Gamble. Gamble tells us to “praise the good and punish the evil. The church has an important role to be certain what is good and what is evil.”

The business session began with Moderator Hunt providing two books by Joel Beeke as a gift to all participating in the morning worship time. (Developing Healthy Spiritual Growth and Encouragement for Today’s Pastors)

Paul Patrick shared an Erskine Campus Ministry/RUF reunion video followed by a time of prayer for Adam Lynn, a former Erskine student who is recovering from a severe brain injury just two weeks ago. Alex Pettett, Executive Director of World Witness, was able to give a brief report of their strategic future plans. Wes Spring, Chairman of Outreach North America, asked the floor of Synod challenging questions. “If your church closes today, would people miss it? What way can you reach the unreached in your community?”

Business moved on through each agency and board. Dr. Kooistra, President of Erskine College, had a chance to address the floor of Synod to share his primary focus and goals.

Rev. Andrew Shoger led the evening worship session from 2 Timothy 4. “God’s grace is sufficient for you. It is made perfect in our weakness. We need to declare the gospel and preach the word in all seasons.”

Joint Presentations

IMG_8080Wednesday afternoon was a time to hear from each ARP agency and the counterparts with the RPCNA. You can read more about these presentations in the next ARP Magazine.

 

Former Moderator Ed Cox

unnamed-8James Edward “Ed” Cox, age 86, passed away on June 9,2015. He is survived by his wife, Jean Wommack Cox, their three children, James E. Cox, Jr. (Brenda) of Greensboro, NC, Dottie Cox Stolzberg (John) of Peachtree Corners, GA, Susan Cox Sendt (Jeff) of Magnolia, TX. He was “Poppie” to his six grandchildren, Jamie Cheshire-Opp (Steve) of Long Beach, CA, Adam Cheshire of Peachtree Corners, GA, Jed Cox (Lindsay) of Greensboro, NC, Dana Sendt Nordlander (Rob) of Magnolia, TX, Rachel Russell (Doug) of Gilmer, TX, and Molly Milillo (Steve) of Houston, TX.
As an active member of Peachtree Corners, GA, he served the Lord as elder, Bible teacher, choir member, and Sunday School teacher for young people. He was privileged to serve a term as Moderator of Synod for the A.R.P. Church. For six years he was President of the Board of Bonclarken.
A Celebration of Ed’s life will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 11AM at Peachtree Corners Presbyterian Church, 5918 Spalding Dr., Peachtree Corners, GA, the Rev. Barry Dagenhart officiating.
The family requests no flowers, please. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ed’s beloved Bonclarken, 500 Pine St., Flat Rock, NC 28731.

ARP News Update

Synod Update

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Synod 2015 is off and running. The Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) started the week off by leading Pre-Synod in a joint a capella Psalm singing. Dr. Iain Duguid, professor and church planter, challenged attendees to reach out into the community to share the gospel. “God will do what He wishes through you and me. We are not saved by effectiveness or the size of our churches. We are saved because Christ died for us”. Pre-Synod ended with an ice cream social given by Erskine College.

Tuesday’s opening worship was led by Rev. Alex Coblentz from French Camp Presbyterian Church, MS. “The glory of the church is not to be found in the building, music, institutions, traditions, pastors or elders. It is found where the Lordship of Jesus Christ reigns. Is King Jesus standing in your congregation?” Rev. Lee Shelnutt, Vice-Moderator, and Rev. Coblentz served communion with assistance of elders from Mississippi Valley Presbytery and Pinecrest ARP Church.

Continue to pray for the Synod meetings as we move into more business sessions. Also, pray as the RPCNA and the ARP have joint presentation times with their counterparts Wednesday afternoon. For more information about Synod 2015, you can follow The ARP Magazine social media posts through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or for full coverage, you can read the July/August ARP Magazine.