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WALK IN THE STEPS OF JESUS IN AN OCTOBER 2018 TOUR OF ISRAEL

Making a journey to the Holy Land is one of the most rewarding and exhilarating experiences of a lifetime. It’s a special opportunity for bringing the gospel of Jesus to life. Join, Rev. Matt Kuiken, Senior Pastor of First Gastonia ARPC and one of the hosts for this tour of Israel in October 2018. The tour will follow in the footsteps of Jesus in the Holy Land. Dates of this tour are October 1-10, 2018 at $3879 from Charlotte, NC. For a detailed brochure and itinerary for this trip, email Pastor Matt at mkuiken@firstarpchurch.org or call the church office at 704-864-3468.

 

 

Thanksgiving Offering

A LONG-STANDING TRADITION of ARP’s showing their care and concern through their giving.

The ARP Church collects a special offering at Thanksgiving to support specific ministries of our denomination.

The Thanksgiving Offering is for the benefit of: Christmas Benevolent Fund, Outreach North America, Erskine Theological Seminary and The American Bible Society.

We are called to give sacrificially (over and above our tithe). So, these offerings provide an avenue for us to worship through giving and to support ministries of the ARP Church. To read more about this offering, see page 12 of the November/December ARP Magazine.

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Happy Reformation Day!

 

Florida Church Presented Good Samaritan Fund


Moderator Lee Shelnutt presented Rev. Ray Cameron, First Presbyterian Church Lake Placid, with a check during the Florida Presbytery meeting to help with damage to the church. The money was raised through donations from ARPs to the Good Samaritan Relief Fund.

 

 

November/December 2017 ARP Magazine

Click on the magazine cover on the left to read the November/December edition of The ARP Magazine.

We hope you will enjoy this issue. Please share it with your family and friends. The ARP Magazine makes a great gift to your Circle, shut-ins and college students. Contact our office if you would like to receive a complimentary print copy, subscribe or submit an article. arpeditor@arpsynod.org.

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The Good Samaritan Relief Fund

The Good Samaritan Fund has been set up an online with a giving link for Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief:
The link for Hurricane Harvey remains in effect. These will be accounted and dispersed separately. You may give online or by mailing a check to The ARP Center, 918 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Ste. 127, Greenville, SC 29607. If you have any questions, please contact the ARP Center 864-232-8297.
(To clarify a little about this fund, 100% of the funds collected will go to ARP Church needs if there are any major ones or 100% of the funds will go to an agency such as Samaritan’s Purse. There is an official Synod committee to make this decision. To date, over $20,000 has been donated to the fund.)

More Florida updates

Highland County was one of the hardest hit counties in Florida. This is the location of First Presbyterian Church Lake Placid. The church’s Genesis Center, which was built as a community outreach building, has been serving 1,000 meals daily.

Ray Cameron, pastor, said “God has been faithful and provided. Churches are coming together through this. We had worship Sunday and most were saying how thankful and blessed they are.”

Cameron went on to say how there was some damage to the Christian Ed Building and the Fellowship Hall roof but there wasn’t any water damage. They have had restaurants donating food that couldn’t last without power. The National Guard helped with shelter needs the first two nights. Their needs now are financial since most stores are opened back up.

Rev. Ed and Mary Anne Fleagle, retired minister, lost their roof due to a tornado. They live in Lake Placid as well. Mary Anne said, “We are stressed and in a war zone. The first tornado that came through took out our barn, the second took off our roof. We had to evacuate at 10pm.”

The Fleagle’s neighbors and church, Avon Park ARPC, helped with tarps so there isn’t water damage. Ed Fleagle traveled to South Carolina to purchase plywood and supplies so they could have a temporary roof.

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Hurricane Updates

Florida ARP Churches

North Creek ARPC. Quite a few in the church lost their power and some are still without. A number of folks evacuated and are making their way back. The church itself lost a large section of gutter and had a lot of tree damage, but otherwise seems to have come through without major problems. Mark Bolhofner

Christ ARPC. The church lost its sign out front. Greg Conover

Hope ARPC, Tampa, FL. We had some damage to the roof over hang and our office house/youth building did have some water come through the door, but nothing loss. The Church members have also done well with about half, including me, losing power for a few days. The Church had power the whole time. No major issues reported by any of our members. Tom Edwards

Faith, Merritt Island.  No major damage to homes or structures. Most of our members lost power and water since Sunday. Power has been restored to many, but still no water as there were numerous breaks in the line. All things considered we are in great shape, just minor inconveniences. Bobby Adams
Lake Wales ARPC. We had some trees down and lots of limbs, branches, and leaves in yards and on houses. Most people have spent the last two days cleaning up their yards. Many lost power, though some have had it restored already. There is no structural damage to the church building and everyone is safe. We are grateful to God for keeping folks safe. We are also pleased to see many of our people helping one another, their neighbors, and the community in general. Chad Reynolds
Trinity ARPC.  No building damage.  The Church lost one tree and several big branches from other trees.  14 people stayed in our Activity Center and had a good time – they only lost electricity for about 5 minutes!  The Chinese Church also reports no injuries or major damage in the storm. Jac Coad
Grace ARPC. Many of us are without power.  We are going on 72 hours with an estimate of all done by Sundayat 12.59pm.  The church has a huge downed oak and canopy damage that has some dangerous limbs in it.  The building is fine and has power.  We plan to have a service of thanksgiving for God’s mercy and blessings.  Kim Payne
Bartow ARPC. The church is stlll without power, as are many of our members.  We are preparing a contingency plan for worship in the event power is not restored by Sunday morning.  We lost the roof over our kitchen, including the roof mounted AC unit and the chimney over the hood vent.  We also lost many shingles off the roof of our fellowship hall and had leaks throughout our facility. Rob Patrick

Morning Star, Vero Beach, FL. All is well. No major damage to any of our flock’s houses. Church building came through without being touched. We only have one member still without power. Dennis Rupert

Georgia ARP Churches

Louisville ARPC, GA. Power is still out even today in some spots in Jefferson County but all of our members are safe.  Bill Cain
Peachtree Corners ARPC, GA. The church lost telephone service Monday and yesterday, but no power loss. Phil Porter
Hopewell ARPC, GA. At the church, we were merely inconvenienced by losing power for 10-12 hours & we suffered the loss of two tree limbs.  Tanner Cline
This is not a complete list of church updates from those effected by the Hurricanes but these are the ones we have heard from as of today.

The Good Samaritan Relief Fund

Group_2_hero_900x600The Good Samaritan Fund has been set up an online with a giving link for Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief:
The link for Hurricane Harvey remains in effect. These will be accounted and dispersed separately. You may give online or by mailing a check to The ARP Center, 918 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Ste. 127, Greenville, SC 29607. If you have any questions, please contact the ARP Center 864-232-8297.

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Hurricane Irma Updates

Please continue to pray for our Florida ARP churches along with others that may fall in the path of Hurricane Irma.

  • ONA Explorers Brooks & Amanda Pipher are evacuating to Orlando.
  • Stephen & Rachel Reynolds, Renew ARPC Church Plant, are staying in Naples.
  • Mark & Kathy Bolhofner, North Creek ARPC, are evacuating to St. Petersburg.
  • Tim & Barbara Sewell, Associate Pastor of Lake Placid, are staying in Lake Placid.
  • Ray & Clanell Cameron, Lake Placid ARPC, are staying in Lake Placid and working with Highlands County Emergency Mgt about using the Genesis Center as a staging operation or for housing for people after the storm if/as needed. They are not certified to be a shelter during the storm with the wind-ratings and generator. So this would be post-storm.
  • Kim & Becky Payne, Grace ARPC in Winter Springs, have cancelled their Sunday service.
  • Avon Park has offered their church to their members as needed for shelter.

We will post updates as we receive them.

The Good Samaritan Relief Fund

The Good Samaritan Fund has been set up an online with a giving link for Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief:
The link for Hurricane Harvey remains in effect. These will be accounted and dispersed separately. You may give online or by mailing a check to The ARP Center, 918 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Ste. 127, Greenville, SC 29607. If you have any questions, please contact the ARP Center 864-232-8297.

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Texas Updates

Continue to pray for Rev. Robert Ferguson, Faith Fellowship in Houston, Texas, as his house along with an Elder from the church’s house had major flooding.

I spoke with Rev. Jan Sattem, Good Shepherd ARPC in League City, Texas, yesterday. They didn’t have any damage to their home but couldn’t get out of their neighborhood due to flooding. It was the first time he didn’t have a church service in 35 years. They had 54 inches of rain in two days. Jan was thankful for a connected denomination. He had received many phone calls from folks getting an update on their status.

Sattem said it is great to see how hurricanes “knock down fences.” Not just real fences but the barriers that people put up on a day to day basis. When the power is out, neighbors get to know neighbors. They pull food from their fridge to put on another neighbor’s grill and do what they can to help each other.

The Good Samaritan Relief Fund

The Good Samaritan Relief Fund has been set up to help those in Texas. Here is the direct link:
You may mail donations to The ARP Center, 918 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Ste. 127, Greenville, SC 29607. Be sure to include TX Flood Relief in the memo. If you have any questions, please contact the ARP Center 864-232-8297.

Hurricane Irma

Please pray for the ARP Churches in the path of Hurricane Irma. The exact path is not known just yet. Pray for ONA Explorer, Brooks Pipher and his family who live close to Miami. Pray for Rev. Mark Bohfner and North Creek ARPC in Coconut Creek, FL as they are preparing for the storm.

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Hurricane Harvey Updates

We have received updates from our ARP pastors in Texas. Dr. Jan Sattam and Good Shepherd ARPC said, “the rain is easing up. It poured all evening. If the streets will allow they are going to attempt to check out the church building soon.

Dr. Robert Ferguson and Faith Fellowship currently has eight inches of rain in his home. Their subdivision is being evacuated and he will most likely be leaving by boat later today. Most families in their congregation are fine but they do know of one that has been evacuated. They have taken most of their things to the second story but can’t move their piano. This is a shock to the Fergusons since they are usually ‘high and dry’ at the 500 year flood mark.

Please continue to pray for those in Texas. We will update as we hear more news.

Texas Flood Relief

The Good Samaritan Relief Fund has been set up to help those in Texas. Here is the direct link:
You may mail donations to The ARP Center, 918 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Ste. 127, Greenville, SC 29607. Be sure to include TX Flood Relief in the memo. If you have any questions, please contact the ARP Center 864-232-8297.