The program will begin competition in 2020. Plans are in process to hire a head coach and two assistant coaches to begin recruiting within the next few months. The coaches will recruit student-athletes to enroll in the fall of 2019 for a redshirt season. During that time, student-athletes will prepare to play at the college level and allow the coaching staff to implement a system for the inaugural 2020 season.
The athletics department is committed to Erskine’s mission of equipping students to flourish by providing an excellent liberal arts education in a Christ-centered environment where learning and biblical truth are integrated to develop the whole person. The installation of football at Erskine is based upon the foundation of the institutional mission.
“This is a dramatic step for the college but one that opens doors in recruiting which allow us to expand our footprint in South Carolina and the Southeast Region,” Erskine Director of Athletics Mark Peeler said.”The critical next step is to identify a head coach who will be thoroughly committed to our mission,” he added.
“We will not compromise the college’s mission or ‘The Fleet Way’ with the addition of football. We will integrate all aspects of this program with our core values—first and foremost we are Christ-centered. This is dramatic, but it is also a very exciting time for Erskine and the Due West community. We have much work to do,” Peeler said.
Further information will be released next week regarding the football program and other athletic programs.
Reverend Jason Crenshaw, pastor of Ballston Center ARP Church in Ballston Spa, NY, was in a serious car accident on August 6, with his family on their way home from vacation in Pennsylvania.
Taffi, Jason’s wife, and five of the children went home to New York yesterday. Jason remains at the hospital with Jalaa, 11 years old, who is still in intensive care. Continue to pray for Jason and his family.
Reverend Jason Crenshaw, pastor of Ballston Center ARP Church in Ballston Spa, NY, was in a serious car accident Monday with his family. Rev. Crenshaw and son have been discharged and will stay in the Ronald McDonald House until the rest of his family can be released. Please pray for his wife and two of the children who sustained very serious injuries.
This is part of the message from Rev. Crenshaw :
Here is our request: “Beseech heaven with a godly annoyance.” (Lk 11:5-13)
Here is our message: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3–4 ESV)
News from World Witness
Today the ACLJ announced that Turkish authorities have agreed to allow Pastor Andrew Brunson to leave prison and return to his home in Turkey. For this we give God thanks and praise.
ACLJ Chief Counsel, Jay Sekulow, believes this to be a critical first step in securing Andrew’s ultimate release and return to the U.S. Sekulow also acknowledges the critical role President Trump is playing in securing Brunson’s freedom. For full report, click here.
Continue to pray for encouragement and strength for Andrew and his family and for his complete freedom from these false charges and his return to the U.S.
World Witness Update on Andrew Brunson
It is with heavy hearts that World Witness sends out this update. Let us co-suffer with Andrew and Norine in this dark hour and continue to give glory to God amidst the hardship.
“A court in the Aegean province of İzmir has ruled that Andrew Brunson, an American pastor being tried on terrorism and spying charges, will be kept in jail pending trial.
The Second High Penal Court in İzmir decided to continue listening to the testimonies of witnesses in the next hearing on Oct. 12.
Family Bible Conference
Family Bible Conference begins Monday, July 23. If you are not able to attend the entire week, Christian Education Ministries invites you to attend the ARP Showcase on Tuesday, July 24 from 2:30 – 4:30. On Wednesday, the Silver Tea, hosted by ARP Women’s Ministries, will be from 2:15-3:45 followed by Dr. Rosaria Butterfield’s seminar at 4pm in the Chapel.
Anyone attending for the day only will need to pay $30 for a conference fee. You may register online by clicking here or at the door.
The Reverend Troy Pritt, honorably retired minister in Mississippi Valley Presbytery, died late Sunday evening in Arkansas. He was 80 years old. The funeral has been set for Tuesday, July 17th, at the Hickory Springs ARP Church, with burial to follow in the Hickory Springs cemetery.
Here is a link to Rev. Pritt’s obituary:
The Appalachia missions trip is wrapping up today. “It has been a great week. All the teams are doing well and life at Camp Jubilee was great,” says Rev. Bob Elliott, one of the coordinators for the week. Please be in prayer for the last Vacation Bible School time this morning and as the teams travel home later today.
Andrew Brunson update
A report this week from CBN News quotes a Turkish newspaper (Hürriyet Daily News) article which offers hope that the Turkish government could possibly release Pastor Andrew Brunson at his next court hearing, July 18.
Noting how Andrew’s case has attracted enormous attention in the U.S. and has led to congressional actions of a negative nature against Turkey, the article hints at his possible release. Also noted in the article is the fact that the U.S. Senate stopped delivery of some fighter aircraft to Turkey.
In late June, U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jeanne Shaheen traveled to Turkey to discuss Brunson’s case with that country’s president. They were also able to visit Andrew in prison. Both expressed their concern that Brunson and other Americans are being unlawfully held in Turkey.
Please continue to pray for:
- God to intervene in Andrew’s behalf
- God’s strength, protection and provision for Andrew and his family
- God’s wisdom and favor for all those working in Andrew’s behalf
- Andrew’s release on July 18
Please be in prayer for Retired Minister Troy Pritt. He is in ICU in Little Rock, AR.
The July/August ARP magazine is available for viewing.
Be sure to read the cover story on page 13. General Synod coverage begins on page 3. Read more about the Moderator’s Challenge on page 4 from 1 Corinthians 16:13, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, and be strong.” There is a drawing contest on page 17. Please share with others in your family and church. There are lots of exciting news bits from each agency as well.
Christian Education Ministries Quest Conference, at Bonclarken Conference Center, for middle schoolers is wrapping up. Reverend Evan English is leading the teaching time. English teaches Bible at Westminster Schools in Augusta, GA. Prior to being a teacher, he was the pastor of Clover ARP Church in Clover, SC. Crossings Community Church, Columbia, SC is once again leading the worship time. With over 400 in attendance, it is the highest attendance at Quest. Please pray for all attending to be receptive to the Holy Spirit’s call.
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