ARP News Update

Dr. Wilfred Bellamy Arrangements

Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 5.00.41 PMDr. Wilfred A Bellamy’s graveside service is planned for Saturday, June 6 at 11am. The service will be at Jewell Baptist Church on Hamburg State Park Rd. in Jewell, GA.

Special Synod Update

  • Link to the Synod schedule and Presbytery meeting locations can be found here.
  • The Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America (RPCNA) will be holding its General Synod at Bonclarken concurrently with our meeting. They expect approximately 180 delegates.
  • The RPCNA will be using The Lodge for its housing and its meeting.
  • Because The Lodge will be in use by the RPCNA, ARPC registration will be in the Jean White Room of Founders Hall.
  • Online registration has closed. Onsite registration will be Monday, June 8 from 2-5pm and Tuesday, June 9 from 9am-noon.
  • Parking will be at a premium and there will be a good bit more traffic. Please consider carpooling whenever possible. Shuttles will be available.
  • Erskine will not be hosting its usual barbecue lunch this year, but will be hosting an ice cream social on Monday evening following Pre-Synod, on the lawn of the hotel.
  • In order that we might know one another, ARPC representatives from Erskine, Christian Education Ministries, Outreach North America, and World Witness will be presenting the work of their agencies along with their RPCNA counterparts on Wednesday afternoon. Delegates will choose 3 of the 4 sessions to attend.
  • Because of the joint agency presentations on Wednesday afternoon, it is highly likely that our meeting will run into Thursday afternoon or evening. Please plan accordingly!

ARP News Update

Dr. Wilfred A. Bellamy

Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 5.00.41 PMWilf Bellamy passed away today at 3pm. Funeral arrangements have not been made yet. He had retired as Coordinator of General Synod in 2008. He served the Thomson Presbyterian Church, GA for two years. He was a teacher on a regular basis in the Christian Growth Institute with permission of the ARP Church Second Presbytery. The ARP Magazine had a recent article from him in the May/June issue titled “Be A Volunteer…Just Say “Yes.” Please pray for his family during this time. More information will be sent out as we receive it.

ARP News Update

Rev. Heiko Burklin to Join World Witness Staff

BurklinsC2Finding a person who is qualified to pastor, recruit and train missionaries, who has missions experience, understands the ARP denomination, can be a confidant for the director and has a servant’s heart, would seem impossible. Such a person, however, would move a mission organization to the next level.  We believe the Lord has shown us this person in Rev. Heiko Burklin, who will join World Witness as Mission Developer, in July 2015.

Heiko completed a B.A. at Taylor University, acquired a M.Div. and D.Min. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, served at two ARP churches for a total of 15 years, and is a veteran missionary of World Witness, having served over a decade in Berlin. He has celebrated 30 years of marriage with his wife, Kay, who is Director of Mercy Ministries for Mission to the World (the PCA mission agency). They have three sons – Stephan, Yannik and Micah. In recent years, Heiko and Kay have donated their time to pastoral-care ministry for a number of World Witness missionaries. Kay has generously accepted our request to aid Heiko in some of this pastoral-care work.

Heiko comes to World Witness from Neely’s Creek ARP, where he successfully served 6 years as senior pastor. Please pray for Neely’s Creek during this difficult time of releasing Heiko and for the Burklin family, as they make preparations to move to Greenville, SC.

ARP News

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 30June 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

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

ARP News Update

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).