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Celebrating 300 Years

January 15, 1717 marks the beginning of the Marrow Controversy. William Craig went before Presbytery in 1717; He was examined and licensed. In February he came back and said he could not subscribe to what is now known as the “Auchterarder Creed.” The Presbytery refused to give him a copy of his license since his answers to the examination question didn’t satisfy the Presbytery. His case was appealed to the General  Assembly and sparked a debate that led to division and the beginning of the Associate Presbyterian Church. The debate became known as the “Marrow Controversy .”

To read more, you can purchase a copy of “A History of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church” by Ray King from the CEM bookstore.  Another good source is a recent book “The Whole Christ ” by Sinclair Ferguson published by Crossway.

Synod 2017

Synod 2017 registration is now open!  More information is available on our website:

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Ruth Senneker

180605_20170103Mrs. Ruth Baas Senneker went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ early Monday morning, January 2nd, 2017. She was a faithful servant of the Lord, working with her husband wherever God sent them. (Serving/Ministering to over 20 Churches as far as Australia). She loved and served everyone she met, to bring glory to God. She now rejoices in God’s presence.

Her statement for her life was: “During my earthly life, I have received all that I needed and now I have all that I ever wanted!” Her favorite Bible verses have always been Proverbs 3: 5-6… “In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”

She leaves behind her husband, Jan, of 57 years; two daughters, Linda Butler (Don, Jr.) of Hamilton, Georgia and Valerie Wingo of Fort Mill, SC along with her beloved grandchildren, Mandy Nivens (Zach Morgan), Harlie Hardage (Charley), Grace Wingo and Brett Butler (Alyse). She also leaves behind one sister, Esther Feikema and her four brothers, John Baas (Arlene), Lee Baas (Carolyn), Marvin Baas (Betty) and Dennis Baas (Donna).

She was preceded in death by a son, Daniel and a daughter, Judith; her sister, Pearl Navis and her parents, Walter and Dena Baas.

Services for Mrs. Senneker will be 11:00 AM, Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Neely’s Creek ARP Church, 974 Neelys Creek Road, Rock Hill with Rev. Matt Joldersma, Rev. Don Butler, Jr., Rev. Boyce Wilson and Lee Baas officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 AM Thursday at the Church prior to the service.

Memorial may be made to “Walking in Their Shoes Missions”, 101 Washington Avenue, PMB Grand Haven, MI, 49417 or Gideon International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800, or The Village at Neelys Creek, 1001 Lyle Boyd Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730, or your local church.

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Ruth Senneker

 

Mrs. Ruth Senneker, wife of  Rev. Jan Senneker, died early this morning.  Jan is a retired minister who has been serving as supply for Hickory Grove and Smyrna Churches.  No arrangements have been made at this time.  Please be in prayer for the Senneker family. 

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Appalachia Mission Trip Update

 0916-teen-app-tirzahAs we look forward to 2017, one of the challenges CEM was facing in the new year was the future of the Appalachia outreach ministry. As you’ll remember, Lincoln Memorial University ended our longterm hosting relationship at the end of our time on campus in 2016.
I’m happy to report that after numerous trips and phone calls, a possible alternative site, Camp Jubilee, in Tazwell, Tennessee was found. The camp is available and can accommodate all 400 participants for housing and food. There is also an adequate worship facility for our evening programming. That’s all good news! Dates for this year’s Appalachia trip is July 1 – 7, 2017. Registration information will be sent out soon.
The important reality that we recognize and have communicated to a number of our regularly0916-teen-sims participating leaders is the camp is extremely rustic. The typical lodging is in a number of buildings with large rooms filled with multiple bunkbeds (some rooms sleep upwards of 44 people). At LMU campers stayed in dorm rooms, while at Camp Jubilee, the housing is likely better described as a barracks style. There is no doubt that it will be a departure from the creature comforts of a university campus, but the leaders we’ve polled are all willing to be there and join in this experiment in change. The camp is also open to allowing some groups to bring tents for camping if they bring adequate adult leadership to properly supervise the camping alternative.
0916-teen-appYou might ask why are we considering a rustic camp setting. The answer is that all of the research and searching has found that Camp Jubilee is the only alternative that exists in the area. So, it is Camp Jubilee or nothing when it comes to our choices. We are hoping to explore this option for a year and see if it meets our needs.
Many thanks to Brent Turner and Bob Elliot for the many hours of work that they put into finding an alternative site for Appalachia outreach.
You can visit the Camp Jubilee website at http://www.campjubileeinc.com. Please feel free to check with Dr. E. Brent Turner (bturner@arpsynod.org) or Bob Elliot (bob3edgemoorarp@gmail.com) if you should have any questions.
Have a Happy New Year !
Blessings,
Rev. Bob Whittet
CEM Board Chairman

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Appalachia Church Burns

leecountychurch3Rose Hill Christian Church in Rose Hill, VA burned on December 10. Due West ARP Church visits this church every summer to provide Vacation Bible School during the Appalachia mission trip. Please pray for the members of this church. They will meet in member’s homes until they find another building. They hope to rebuild in the future.

 

ARP Press Release-American Pastor Andrew Brunson formally charged in Turkey

unnamed-18Greenville, SC, December 21 — Andrew Brunson, a former ARP pastor, graduate of Erskine Seminary, and son of longtime Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church missionaries, has been charged in Turkey with membership in an armed terrorist organization and sent to prison by the officiating judge. Before being charged* Brunson had been held without charge in a detention center in Turkey since October 7. He was interrogated without notice on December 9 and imprisoned.

When he was originally detained, his activities were considered by the Turkish government to be “against national security,” but no other reason was given for Andrew’s incarceration and no formal charges had been filed against him.

As of December 8, he had been held without charges for 63 days. In more than two months of detention, Andrew has been permitted only two U.S. consular visits.

The U.S. State Department, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and other U.S. government officials have been working with leaders of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Brunson’s current church, to gain Brunson’s release. Leaders in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church have also sought to be of assistance during this time.

Brunson was raised as member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and was employed as a pastor of the ARP church, in Turkey, from 1993-2010. He now works as a pastor of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. At the time of his detention, the Brunsons had been trying for five months to renew their resident visas but had not received any response.

The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church joins the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in the firm belief that Andrew Brunson’s detention is unfounded. The Brunsons have absolutely no connection to any armed terrorist organization in the country where he has lived peacefully for 23 years and where they raised their three children.

Update: For more information and for an opportunity to participate in an online petition seeking Rev. Brunson’s release, please visit: www.aclj.org.

Rev. C. Ronald Beard

Principal Clerk, the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church

Mr. Phil Williams

Moderator

Rev. Lee Shelnutt

Moderator-Elect

 

For more information:

Rev. C. Ronald Beard

Principal Clerk, the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church

918 S. Pleasantburg Dr. #127

Greenville, SC 29607

1-864-232-8297

www.arpchurch.org

 

*The original release stated “sentenced.”

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arp-seal-newARP Press Release-American Pastor Andrew Brunson formally charged in Turkey

ORLANDO, FL, December 14 — Andrew Brunson, a former ARP pastor, graduate of Erskine Seminary, and son of longtime Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church missionaries, has been charged in Turkey with membership in an armed terrorist organization and sent to prison by the officiating judge. Before being sentenced Brunson had been held without charge in a detention center in Turkey since October 7. He was interrogated without notice on December 9 and imprisoned.

When he was originally detained, his activities were considered by the Turkish government to be “against national security,” but no other reason was given for Andrew’s incarceration and no formal charges had been filed against him.

As of December 8, he had been held without charges for 63 days. In more than two months of detention, Andrew has been permitted only two U.S. consular visits.

The U.S. State Department, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and other U.S. government officials have been working with leaders of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Brunson’s current church, to gain Brunson’s release. Leaders in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church have also sought to be of assistance during this time.

Brunson was raised as member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and was employed as a pastor of the ARP church, in Turkey, from 1993-2010. He now works as a pastor of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. At the time of his detention, the Brunsons had been trying for five months to renew their resident visas but had not received any response.

The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church joins the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in the firm belief that Andrew Brunson’s detention is unfounded. The Brunsons have absolutely no connection to any armed terrorist organization in the country where he has lived peacefully for 23 years and where they raised their three children.

Rev. C. Ronald Beard

Principal Clerk, the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church

 

Mr. Phil Williams

Moderator

 

Rev. Lee Shelnutt

Moderator-Elect

 

For more information:

Rev. C. Ronald Beard

Principal Clerk, the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church

918 S. Pleasantburg Dr. #127

Greenville, SC 29607

1-864-232-8297

www.arpchurch.org

 

 

 

 

 

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ARP Center Open House

img_0980You are cordially invited to an Open House in celebration of our new location on Thursday, December 15, 2016.

Drop in from 10 am until Noon.

918 S. Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC  29607

Please visit with us, enjoy some refreshments and see the new home of the ARP Center.

Please share this with your congregations.  If you have any questions, contact Cindy Scott (cscott@arpsynod.org) or Susan Tanner (stanner@arpsynod.org).