Rev. Harold Stonewall Mace, 87, a retired minister of First
Presbytery, passed away Tuesday, May 26 around 1 p.m. in a Gastonia hospital.
Funeral services will be held today, May 29, at 11 a.m., at the Linden ARP Church, 205 S. Myrtle School Road, Gastonia, NC.
A native of Lincoln County, Mr. Mace was ordained in 1954 as pastor of the
York, SC, Church.  He also served the Arsenal Hill Church, Columbia, SC,
and the Greenwood (SC) Church.  He became executive director of
Bonclarken Conference Center in 1968, and served there until 1981.  He
then was called to the Linden Church in Gastonia, and served there until
he retired in 1986.
He is survived by his wife, Edna Vashti Mace, whom he married in
1943, and two daughters.

Ken McArthur Update
Rev. Ken McArthur of Shepherd Road ARP Church, Lakeland, FL, mentioned in last week’s ARP News Update, is now having dialysis three times a week. He is very weak. Please continue to pray for Rev. McArthur and his wife, Nancy.

A Message from Trip McGill

a music and drama camp for children finished the 2nd grade through finished the 8th grade.  There are still openings and we would welcome any children in this age group to come to enjoy this great camp this summer.  Please go online to for an application or contact Ruth at the Bonclarken Office for an application – 828.692.2223.  If there are questions, please contact Trip McGill, Camp Director at: OR  This year’s musical is:  AMERIKIDS:  In God We Trust.  Come and enjoy a great week of camp with us this summer.

CAMP BONCLARKEN – Session One  – July 19 – 24, 2009  OR Session Two – July 26 – 31, 2009   two sessions of the same camp for ages finished the 2nd grade through finished the 8th grade.  WE HAVE A FEW SPOTS LEFT FOR THIS SUMMER.  Go to to get an application, or call Ruth at the Bonclarken office for an application 828.692.2223  If there are questions about Camp Bonclarken, please contact Trip McGill at: or  or Lynn Grimsley at:  We would love to have you with us this summer.  Get your applciation in to ensure your spot at one of these weeks of camp at Bonclarken.

The deadline for registration at the EARLY REGISTRATION RATE has been extended until June 15, 2009.  PLEASE take a look at your schedule and join us for a great week of Worship and Music at the 2009  Bonclarken Music Conference.  Our registration rates have remained the same for this year as last year, and we sure hope you can join us for this great week!  Contact Norma Jean Huffstetler for information or to register.   you may find information at also.

Richards Resigns
July 12 will be Jeff Richards’ last Sunday as supply pastor of New Covenant ARP Church in Charlotte, NC. He was called to serve as supply pastor at New Covenant December, 1998. Dr. Richards resigned effective May 16, 2009. In a letter to the Elder Board he wrote, “We have mixed emotions about the decision. We are very sad to leave our friends here, but we are excited about the Lord’s leading.”

Celebrating 100 Years
You are cordially invited to a surprise reception on Sunday, June 7 in the parlors of Bonclarken’s Heidelberg Hotel, celebrating Eva (Mrs. J.L.) Maloney’s 100th birthday. Please drop in between 2 and 5 p.m. to celebrate Mrs. Maloney’s healthy and dedicated life. Dress is casual.
Anyone not having sufficient opportunity to visit at the hotel is invited to stop by the Maloney cottage, 1151 West Blue Ridge Road, Flat Rock, NC – just past Bonclarken back gate on left.

Lucas Called to Reformation Church
Columbia First –  A congregational meeting will be held Sunday, May 31,  for the purpose of asking the congregation to concur with the request of Rev. Matt Lucas to dissolve the pastoral relationship between himself and First Presbyterian Church.  Mr. Lucas has accepted a call as the senior minister of Reformation Presbyterian Church (ARP) in Hendersonville NC.