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I hope you will join me in 2015 and read the Bible through in a year. On pages 19 and 20 of the ARP Magazine, you will find a prayer calendar featuring daily scriptures that follow a chronological reading of the Bible. You will also find ARP events listed and either a church, retired minister, or former Synod employee to pray for each day. I hope you will join me in this challenge to make 2015 the best yet. The ARP Magazine is available free online through this site and our website www.arpmagazine.org. Please share with your family and friends to let them know of this great resource. Happy New Year!

Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 4.15.54 PMHoly Land Tour

First ARP Church in Gastonia, NC is hosting a 10-day Holy Land Tour in 2015, just a few weeks before Palm Sunday and Easter.  This trip will be lead by a Christian Tour Guide, and Dr. Jeff Morrison (Associate Pastor at First ARP Church) will serve as the spiritual leader of this trip.  With a significant contingent from First ARP Church already committed to this trip, we would like to extend an invitation to our fellow ARPs to join us for this special spiritual journey.  On this tour, you will be able to walk in the footsteps of Jesus when he ministered in Israel some 2,000 years ago.  You will also find that the Bible will come alive as familiar names and places take on a new depth as you see them with your own eyes.  If interested, you need to reserve your space for this trip as soon as you can as the trip will probably close out during January.  Travelers can still be added, subject to seat availability and reasonable air fare.

To learn more about this exciting trip, see the accompanying flyer or contact Mike Foster (Elder at First ARP Church) at 704-460-5324.

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unnamed-6Pray for the People in Peshawar

All are grieved at the massacre of schoolchildren and staff in Peshawar, Pakistan. We are extremely thankful to God that our schools in and around Sahiwal are not directly affected. But all in Pakistan, and around the world, are suffering from this tragic and devastating act of violence. Some schools will be temporarily closed for security, while observing a nationwide 3-day period of mourning. Let us continue to pray for God’s grace and mercy to prevail even in this tragedy.

A Year-end Tax-Effective Gift Option

The ARP Foundation offers a simple, no cost, alternative to making cash gifts: By giving appreciated stocks, bonds or mutual funds, you can make a single gift through the ARP Foundation which will handle the sale and paperwork, then direct the proceeds to any combination of ministries you choose – 100% goes to ministry. Making a gift of appreciated securities also avoids capital gains taxes; you receive an immediate charitable deduction & protect your cash.

Gifts of appreciated securities can be transferred directly to the ARP Foundation brokerage account before December 31 (before they are sold): we handle the process and send you the tax deductible documentation. Since transfers can take several days, we encourage you to contact your investment firm before the Christmas holiday.

For information or immediate personal attention please call me at: (864) 326-5242.

Merry Christmas,

Steve Nichols

Director of Gift Planning, ARP Foundation

Bonclarken Motel Renovations

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A Letter from the Erskine Board Chairman

December 17, 2014

Dear Erskine Family:

The Erskine Board of Trustees held a special meeting on Tuesday, December 16th to hear a report from Dr. Kooistra and get an update on the progress of the financial stability plan. 

We as trustees understand this plan to ensure Erskine’s long-term financial stability has a significant impact on the campus community, and we continue to lift them up in prayer. We would further like to express our appreciation and gratitude to those who continue to serve Erskine sacrificially, especially the faculty and staff.

The Board recognizes the cuts and changes that have been made are painful. Yet amid the challenges in Dr. Kooistra’s report, we heard several things that cause us to celebrate God’s blessings on Erskine: Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from the 273 congregations and 12 countries represented by the ARP Church!

 

Ebenezer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Rock Hill, SC is seeking an experienced Senior Pastor. 

We are a generationally balanced congregation seeking to build a community in Christ to reach our community for Christ.  Our strong children’s, youth and adult programs enjoy a blended worship style of both contemporary and traditional music and activities. We strive to be both prayer and mission focused. For more information, please visit our website at ebenezerarp.org or contact us at searchcommittee@ebenezerarp.org.

Senior Pastoral Opportunity at First ARP Burlington

First ARP Burlington is seeking a Senior Pastor who can preach and teach the Gospel with passion and one who can graciously and professionally manage staff roles, delegate responsibility wisely, address and resolve conflicts, and communicate the vision and direction for the church.  Also he would love and shepherd all the people of this congregation and his interactions with them would reflect the love of Christ. Contact Bill Haynes, Chairman of the Pastoral Search Committee by email wwhjr@triad.rr.com.
 

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Announcement from Erskine College

December 2, 2014

Dear Erskine Students, Faculty, and Staff:

As you know, we have been working for several months on the details of a financial plan that will ensure the long-term quality and value of an Erskine education by addressing several immediate concerns related to accreditation and finances. 

In August I announced the first of several measures, which included a reduction in salaries and benefits for faculty and staff, as well as a mid-year tuition increase. Our Aramark partners were also able to make reductions and adjustments resulting in a savings of approximately $300,000. Combined, these actions will enable us to achieve our budgetary goals for 2014-15.

I also announced in August that we would review programs in both the college and seminary, including structure and personnel. The various faculty and administrative committees have completed their reviews and provided their input and recommendations to me.

Yesterday, I began implementing a series of actions that will address the needs for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Altogether, the reductions and adjustments across the various categories total approximately $875,000 ($400,000 in the seminary, and $475,000 in the college). Unless otherwise noted, these changes will take effect in the 2015-16 fiscal year, which starts July 2015.

First, salaries for the president and vice president members of the senior leadership team will be reduced by an additional three percent.

In the Seminary:

  • We will be eliminating three full-time faculty positions.
  • The remaining seminary faculty members will voluntarily take a 25 percent salary reduction.
  • We also anticipate an increase in seminary tuition revenue next year through expanded and new programs.

In the College:

  • Three professors have announced voluntary departures or retirements at the end of 2014-15 (June 2015).
  • Three professors will be on sabbatical for 2015-16 at reduced salaries for the year.
  • Two professors have voluntarily requested significant load reductions with commensurate salary reductions.
  • The department of Modern Languages will be discontinued, resulting in the elimination of all faculty positions in that department.
  • In addition to measures already taken internally, the athletic department budget will be further reduced by $75,000.

These changes will require adjustments to curricular and graduation requirements and scheduling. Students with majors, minors, or specific courses directly affected by these changes will be contacted directly.

I encourage us all to exercise patience and extend grace to one another as we deal with the details of these changes. Disruptive changes such as these are especially difficult because they affect Erskine family members whom we love. So I would also ask you as an Erskine family to pray with and for those who are affected.

These actions, together with those we have already taken, will position us to achieve our financial and accreditation objectives. As we do that, I am confident that Erskine will be able to maintain compliance with accreditation standards, continue to operate from a solid financial base, and establish a pattern of long-term financial stability within our targeted two-year horizon.

Sincerely in Christ,

Paul D. Kooistra

President, Erskine College & Theological Seminary

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A Note From the Moderator

images-70We celebrate and give thanks for God’s rich bounty both this month and next. As a nation we enjoy freedoms laid on the foundation of great sacrifice by those who pioneered this land and this republic. As a church we enjoy liberty laid on the foundation of great sacrifice by the Pioneer of our faith. Galatians 5:1 ​Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. I pray your family and church gatherings will bring encouragement and refreshing.

This time of year is a critical one on many fronts: for suffering families, for hurting congregations, for struggling denominational works and missions, for our floundering nation, and for the troubled world-at-large. My challenge and yours during the close of 2014 is not to be so self-absorbed that we fail to be generous with our prayers and resources to uplift others as the Spirit prompts and opportunity presents. This is a great time for us to make His imprint through hospitality and benevolence. Let healing words, helping hands, and humble prayers be many. To God be the glory, great things He has done.

Larry Littlejohn

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The Rev. Dr. Milton C. Fisher

Dr. Fisher was a long time active member of Northeast Presbytery in the 1980’s, 90’s and 2000’s.  He was instrumental in helping the Faith ARP Church of Scranton transfer from the Reformed Episcopal Church (REC) to Northeast Presbytery.  He was a very helpful member of the Credentials Team and assisted in many other ways during his time with Northeast Presbytery.  His obituary is written below.

The Reverend Dr. Milton C. Fisher, TH.M, Ph.D, D.D., Professor of O.T., Emeritus, 88, of the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, entered into rest on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Born in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late Edgar Wells and Ethel Lillian (Young) Fisher. He and his wife, Merilyn (DeMott) Fisher, had celebrated 63 years of marriage in August.

After graduating from high school, he went to Johns Hopkins University, and then Dr. Fisher went to seminary in Philadelphia. He married Merilyn and they moved to Pittsburgh, where he served as a pastor for three years. Following his time in Pittsburgh, he and his wife went to do missionary work in Ethiopia for the next 12 years, until 1966. Upon returning to the states, Dr. Fisher continued his education in Boston, where he received his Ph.D. He then returned to the Philadelphia area and served as a professor of the Old Testament for the next 27 years. Dr. Fisher served on the NIV Bible Translation Committee, where he and his wife had the opportunity to travel extensively.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Michael W. Fisher and his wife, Stacy of Forrest Hill, MD; a daughter, Marjie Huey of Fort Worth, TX and grandchildren: Becky Huey, Kyle Fisher and Russell Fisher, husband of Victoria. Dr. Fisher was preceded in death by a son, Martin L. Fisher, and brothers, Robert and Donald Fisher.

Traditional interment will be private in the Quarryville Cemetery. A Life Celebration service will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community’s Ellingsworth Auditorium, 625 Robert Fulton Hwy., Quarryville. Friends will have an opportunity to visit with the family immediately following the service. Kindly omit flowers; contributions may be made to the Q.P.R.C.’s Kingsman Fund at the above address.

Positions Available

Bartow ARP Church

Bartow ARP Church, FL is looking for a Director of Youth Ministry to lead and direct the Youth Ministry program towards its mission of making disciples who worship, evangelize, and serve as a covenant community through Christ-centered, Biblically-ordered ministry. For a detailed job description visit http://arpchurch.org/ministerial-opportunities/. All interested and qualified applicants should send a resume and letter of introduction to Rev. Andrew Shoger before January 15, 2015. andrew.shoger@bartowarp.org or 205 E. Stanford Street, Bartow, FL 33830

Ballston Center Church

Historic upstate New York Presbyterian Church seeking experienced pastor with a vision for church growth to shepherd our congregation of 150. Find church profile and job description at www.ballstoncenterchurch.org and send application information to www.search@ballstoncenterchurch.org.

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Daylight Savings Reminder

Don’t forget to change your clocks Saturday!

First Presbyterial Retreat

It is not too late to register for the First Presbyterial retreat, The Divine Grace of Forgiveness, November 7-8 at Bonclarken. Dot Hutelmyer, will be speaking. There are several seminars as well including “Forgiveness and Missions” with Shelia Osborne, “Hymns for Today” with Mittie Douglass and Laura Holley, “Tips for Teachers” with Judi Hodges and a Christmas craft with Lil Summerville. Register by clicking here or contacting Barbara Eichenberger, 828-863-2782 or bseichenberger@gmail.com.

Camp Joy Vision Dinner Florida

9013299994_5d6bf6baca_kDon’t miss the opportunity to learn more about Camp Joy. Christian Education Ministries is hosting a Vision Dinner in Winter Haven, FL on November 7. Hear what God is doing through Camp Joy ministries now and plans for the future! There will be a time of fellowship and sharing by Camp Joy staff, campers and others. To learn more and to register, visit www.campjoycem.com.

Pastoral Opportunities

Ballston Center Church

Historic upstate New York Presbyterian Church seeking experienced pastor with a vision for church growth to shepherd our congregation of 150. Find church profile and job description at www.ballstoncenterchurch.org and send application information to www.search@ballstoncenterchurch.org.

Coddle Creek ARP Church

Coddle Creek ARP Church, outside Mooresville, NC, is seeking an experienced Pastor. Our Church, founded 261 years ago, has 230 active members with an average attendance of approximately 130. We have enjoyed a traditional form of worship and strong youth, missions, and community outreach programs. For more information, please visit our website at www.coddlecreekarp.org. If interested in the position, please send your resume to the church: 2297 Coddle Creek Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28115.