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Good Samaritan Offering

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A disaster relief fund has been set up for the flood victims in South Carolina here.  Funds will be disbursed once the aftermath of the flooding has been accessed. If there are any churches that know of special needs within the ARP family that we need to address due to the disaster, please let us know. After examining the aftermath, we will disburse funds through Samaritan’s Purse which we have used before.

Ron Beard, Principal Clerk

 

Update From Catawba Presbytery

11113717_10153014992006809_3105259807997170545_oI have checked with a number of churches in Catawba Presbytery in the areas that are affected by the flood.  It appears that all the churches are fine.  While there has been some flooding in basements and other low places for the most part the churches escaped severe damage.  Please continue to pray for those in these areas as well as the service personnel who are working to restore utilities and infrastructure.

Guy H. Smith, D.D., Stated Clerk/Administrator, Catawba Presbytery

 

Online contributions

Online contributions can be made by clicking the link below. You may also mail your check to the ARP Center, 1 Cleveland St., Ste. 110, Greenville, SC 29601. Be sure to write in the memo line Good Samaritan Fund. We will collect financial contributions through November 15. All contributions will be sent to Samaritan’s Purse for use in South Carolina.

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Update on Turbeville

Rev. Dean Turbeville’s bypass surgery went well this morning.  He is now in recovery as the anesthesia wears off.  Continue to pray for a good recovery process and healing in the days ahead.
Ken McMullen
Stated Clerk, First Presbytery

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Executive Board

The Executive Board meeting of General Synod has been postponed. A date will be determined later in the fall or early 2016.

First Presbyterial Invitation

Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 4.18.36 PMThe Women of Pinecrest ARP Church invite The Women of First Presbyterial of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church to the 108th Annual Meeting of First Presbyterial on Saturday, October 17, 2015

Theme verse: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”     Joshua 1:9

Special Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Burns  and Mission Speaker: Victoria Andes

Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. Coffee and light refreshments available. Meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. Lunch – $8.00 per person.

RSVP by Monday, October 5, 2015 to: Barbara Eichenberger (828-863-2782) or bseichenberger@gmail.com

Executive 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.

Digital ARP Magazine

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The ARP Magazine digital version is available to view by clicking the magazine cover or clicking here.

 

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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.

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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.

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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).