ARP News Update

It’s Not Too Late for Camp This Summer!

music drama leaders 2014If you haven’t registered for the 2014 Bonclarken Music Conference, it still isn’t too late!  You may register onsite at Bonclarken THIS COMING SUNDAY at 3pm in the Jean White Room in Founders Hall!  There are still some spots available and you are welcome to come for this great week of worship and fellowship!  If you have questions, email Norma Jean Huffstetler at njhuffstetler@gmail.com

If you would like for your child to come to a session of Camp Bonclarken, there are a few spots left in certain age groups.  Please see the sessions and spots available below and call the Bonclarken Office to secure your child’s spot at Camp Bonclarken 2014! 828-692-2223.

Camp Bonclarken Session One – July 20 – 25, 2014music drama girls
We have room for 5 4th or 5th grade boys.
We have room for 6 4th or 5th grade girls.

music drama boysCamp Bonclarken Session Two – July 28 – August 1, 2014
We have room for 1 2nd grade boy.
We have room for 1 2nd or 3rd grade girls
We have room for 5 4th or 5th grade girls
We have room for 4 6th grade girls
We have room for 12 7th or 8th girls

Red Trinity Hymnals Needed

Travelers ARP Church, Travelers Rest, SC, is looking for the red Trinity Hymnals in good condition. If your church has any to give away, please contact Rev. Billy Barron, travelersarp@gmail.com or 864-420-8112.

RPCNA 2014RPCNA & ARP Synod to Meet in 2015

The Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) Synod voted overwhelmingly to accept the invitation of the ARP for the concurrent meeting at Bonclarken. The “negatives” that were expressed prior to the vote centered on the cost being (potentially) double our normal travel expense; otherwise the arguments were in favor of the proposal. This is a concurrent Synod which means we will meet jointly for worship, meals, prayer and a series of seminars presented by the parallel missions of our two churches. The actual meetings will be held separately.

RPCNA Interchurch report is copied below.

Concurrent Synod with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP) in 2015 

The most significant aspect of the work of the Interchurch Committee (IC) this year has been evaluating and preparing for the proposed concurrent Synod with the ARP in 2015 at their Bonclarken conference facility in Flat Rock, NC. The Business of Synod Committee and the IC have worked together along with the ARP IC and Bonclarken staff in order to evaluate and begin plans for this meeting. This has included the practical issues like travel and accommodations as well as maximizing the schedule so as to make use of the time together in a profitable way.

Recognizing this unique opportunity leads the IC to recommend that Synod approach the 2015 Synod with a focus on our relationship with the ARP. This would include modifying our normal business and schedule in order to accommodate the particular emphasis of church relations, similar to the pattern of Synod 2010 with its particular emphasis on the Seminary. The draft schedule includes times for joint worship, meals, and prayer, along with a series of seminars presented by the parallel missions of our two churches.

The IC proposes that these seminars be headed up by the Home Missions, Foreign Missions, Education/Seminaries, and Publications Committees of each church involving joint presentations and interaction. Delegates would have opportunity to learn of and learn from each denomination and their labors. And finally, given the hospitable nature of the ARP we anticipate the blessing of fruitful interaction that occurs during the “unplanned” portions of the schedule. Please be praying for this and taking the time to get to know our ARP brothers.

To be clear, this is not a proposal to join together blindly. Rather it is a serious call to pray for and draw close to this sister church who holds dear many of the same aspects of the reformed faith.

Discussion of greater communication and fellowship between the ARP and RPCNA began with our inter church committees in 2004. Let’s be in prayer as planning begins for Synod 2015.

Women’s Ministries Celebrates 100 Years!

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The 100th Women’s Ministries Annual Conference (formerly the Synodical Annual Meeting) will be held at Bonclarken on July 27-28. As always, this meeting is held the day before the Family Bible Conference begins.

We encourage all women at ARP churches to attend this event. Plans include a worship service led by Dr. Derek Thomas, and Ellie Lofaro as the main speaker. The full schedule and a brochure to download can be found ARPWM.org. Please contact Bonclarken at 828-692-2223 for housing arrangements.

Plan to stay on for Family Bible Conference. The speakers for FBC will be Jim Klukow and Richard Phillips.

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