ARP News Update

Have you registered for Synod?

Screen Shot 2015-05-06 at 4.27.42 PMDeadline to register online (arpchurch.org/meeting) is Wednesday, May 27.  After May 27, registration will be on Monday afternoon, June 8 and Tuesday morning June 9 at Bonclarken.  Synod packets go in the mail Monday, May 11 for all delegates registered as of Monday, May 4.  Reports will continue to be mailed as registrations are received up until May 27.

ARP Synod Executive Board Announcement

ARP Seal2015 Concurrent Synod Meeting of Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARPC) and Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) June 9-11, 2015

ARP Synod’s Executive Board would like to encourage everyone to pay close attention to the modified Synod meeting schedule.  In order to accommodate two combined worship services and the Wednesday afternoon agency presentations with the ARPC and RPCNA, it is likely that the business portion of the Synod meeting will continue into Thursday afternoon and potentially into Thursday evening.

Since we have had issues in past years with delegates leaving the meeting early when the meetings progressed into Thursday afternoon, we ask that you plan accordingly and commit to fulfilling your obligations as delegates by participating in the meeting until it is adjourned.

View the complete schedule, including Pre-Synod Conference June 8, 2015 (www.arpchurch.org/meeting).

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10.

To learn about the origin of Mother’s Day, please see page 26 of the recent ARP Magazine.198856_521372284590347_1173307659_n

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ARP Synod Executive Board Announcement

ARP Seal2015 Concurrent Synod Meeting of Associate Reformed Presbytery Church (ARPC) and Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) June 9-11, 2015

ARP Synod’s Executive Board would like to encourage everyone to pay close attention to the modified Synod meeting schedule.  In order to accommodate two combined worship services and the Wednesday afternoon agency presentations with the ARPC and RPCNA, it is likely that the business portion of the Synod meeting will continue into Thursday afternoon and potentially into Thursday evening.

Since we have had issues in past years with delegates leaving the meeting early when the meetings progressed into Thursday afternoon, we ask that you plan accordingly and commit to fulfilling your obligations as delegates by participating in the meeting until it is adjourned.

View the complete schedule, including Pre-Synod Conference June 8, 2015 (www.arpchurch.org/meeting).

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Adoption Update

IMG_0944Andrew and Kristin Shoger, from the Bartow ARP Church, Florida,  shared their adoption story with us in the January/February ARP Magazine. In their article, “Waiting for Sadie”, Kristin told of all the steps they are taking to adopt three year old Sadie Caroline along with all the prayers and waiting. On March 31, at 10am, the judge declared Sadie Caroline Shoger to be their daughter forever. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Born January 27, 2012. Adopted March 31, 2015. You can read the original article in The ARP Magazine by clicking here . You are invited to follow Kristin’s blog http://www.copycatrat.blogspot.com.

If you would like to support the Dunlap Adoption Fund please contact Paul Bell, pbell@arpsynod.org or 864-232-8297.

 

 

 

 

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Executive Board

IMG_7191The Executive Board met today in Greenville, SC. Let us continue to pray for this board as they make decisions for the denomination and prepare for Synod.

 

Bertha Johnson

Bertha (Bert) Johnson passed away Tuesday, March 24. She was the wife of former ARP pastor, Grant Johnson, who pastored First Gastonia, First Lancaster, Neely’s Creek, and organized Burlington ARP. There will be a memorial service at 1pm Saturday, March 28 at Pinecrest ARP Church in Flat Rock, NC and another service, at 5pm at Neely’s Creek ARP Church in Rock Hill, SC.

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A Note from the Moderator

0714 Littlejohn headshotLet us be found faithful! 

The current proliferation of misinformation regarding the Statement on Human Sexuality adopted a few weeks ago by the Erskine Board of Trustees should not surprise us. The one who is the enemy of all good uses deception and lies to divide and destroy as he has since the beginning of time. In the midst of darkness, thankfully we serve a God who is truth, goodness, and light.

Therefore, it is fitting that the Board affirms a position statement embodying the truth as presented in the Holy Scriptures. To do otherwise is cowardly in a day-and-age when boldness is needful. Only truth spoken in love sets one free. (See Ephesians 4:15)

As Erskine goes through this time of testing and sifting, pray for Dr. Kooistra’s opportunities to faithfully spread the light, for other staff and student leaders’ continuing dialog on campus and in the greater Erskine family, and for the evil one’s destructive efforts to be thwarted. Pray for liberty for the captives through the power of the gospel. (See Luke 4:18)

Erskine Board Chair Bill Cain reminds us at each meeting that prayer is not just a preliminary to the work; prayer is the work. We can support those on the front line. Let us be found faithful!

Julia Hardeman Rhodes Nominations Due

Julia Hardeman Rhodes was a passionate and tireless advocate of creating awareness and action in connecting ARP’s across the denomination. In her honor, this award is to be presented annually to a candidate who has demonstrated excellence in service and dedication in the ARP Church, reflecting the heart of Julia Hardeman Rhodes. Nominations for the 2015 Julia Hardeman Rhodes award are due by August 10. You can find the nomination form and other information in regards to the award on the Christian Education Ministries website by clicking here.

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News From Canada Presbytery

I am writing to you on behalf of the Canadian Presbytery to inform you of the passing away of the Rev. William Campbell (a member of our presbytery). Rev. Campbell is the father-in-law of our former moderator, Rev. Jeff Kingswood. He passed away on Friday morning, March 13, 2015 at Rev. Kingswood’s home where he resided. His daughter Joan was with him. He had been suffering from declining health over a number of years.

Rev. Campbell has faithfully served Christ’s church over many years. He began his ministry in the Presbyterian Church of Canada and was very involved with the establishment of the ARP in Canada in the 1980’s and 90’s. He is also the father-in-law of the the Rev. Dr. Jack C. Whytock. Rev. Kingswood’s daughter Rebecca is also married to Dr. Bill Van Doodewaard. The funeral is planned for Tuesday, March 17, 2015. More information will follow.

He has shed his earthly form which held him back and now stands before the throne of His Lord and Saviour singing the praises of He who is eternal and glorious. He is exactly where he has wanted to be for many years.

Please pray for the Kingswood, Whytock, Campbell and extended families as they mourn his passing.

Please let me know if there is any other information you will need.

In Christ,
Bill McKay
Stated Clerk
Canadian Presbytery