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James (Jim) S. Kidd

James (Jim) Spray Kidd, who served as district attorney for more than two decades, passed away at his home on Friday (Sept. 28, 2018). He was 89.

He joined the Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church in 1933. He served as deacon, elder, clerk of the session, congregational chairman, moderator of the Tennessee-Alabama Presbytery and member of the choir at the Fayetteville ARP Church since 1960. He also served as an elder emeritus at the Lincoln ARP Church. From 1949 until 2014, Mr. Kidd was an active Sunday School teacher, except while stationed with his military assignments.  He served on the board of trustees for Erskine College, the executive board of Synod, board of William H. Dunlap Orphanage, Ecclesiastical Commission on Judiciary Affairs and the Board of World Witness.

Mr. Kidd loved the Lord, his church, the legal profession, his office, chocolate sauce, ice cream, tax deductions, no complications during calving season and making sure his children were up and working at 5:30 a.m. on Saturdays. His devout faith guided him to always “do some good”, and he took pride in his children’s professional accomplishments and their commitment to family. He also loved his “sweet, intelligent and faithful” wife who cared for him, their children and their home for many decades where, as he would say, “Every day is a good day.”

Mr. Kidd is survived by his wife of over 63 years, Roberta Wales Kidd; eight children, Martha Kidd Kelly (Gary ) of Fayetteville, Dr. William Kidd (Denise) of Fayetteville, Thomas Kidd (Teresa) of Lafayette, David Kidd (Luanne) of Fayetteville, Dr. Mary Kidd Barker (Reid) of Atlanta, Ga., Robert Kidd (Helen) of Atlanta, Ga., Dr. Sarah Kidd (Mike Ray) of McKenzie, Deborah Kidd Vear (Kevin) of Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Nancy Kidd Hall and Jessie Stewart McFerrin of Fayetteville; 19 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, September 30, at the Fayetteville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. A private burial was in Lebanon Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Fayetteville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church or Gideons International.

You can read the full obituary here.

John R. de Witt Service Details

We are thankful to the Lord for the well-lived and faithful life of Dr. John R. de Witt.

Dr. John R. de Witt, former Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church and former Moderator of  the Associate Reformed Presbyterian General Synod, passed into glory on Sunday, September 30.  The service will be held Wednesday, October 3 at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, 1324 Marion Street, Columbia, SC.  Burial will be in the churchyard followed by visitation in Jackson Hall.

Our prayers are with the de Witt family.

In His Grace,
David Lauten

Hurricane Florence

Charlie Phillips, Shem Creek Presbyterian Church, sons prepare for Hurricane Florence.

Please pray for the East coast as they prepare for Hurricane Florence. The exact path is not known just yet, but we do want to remember our ARP Churches near the coast:

Christ Coastal ARP Church in Southport, NC
Covenant ARP Church in Jacksonville, NC
Emmanuel ARP Church in Wilmington, NC
Scots Kirk Presbyterian Church, Summerville, SC
Shem Creek Presbyterian in Mount Pleasant, SC
Westminster Presbyterian Church in Conway, SC

“Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea– the LORD on high is mighty.” (Psalm 93:4)

September/October ARP Magazine

Read the latest copy of The ARP Magazine here!
Be sure to read the exciting news from Grace Reformed on page 2 along with a testimony from Charlie Edgar on page 25. You can read the Family Bible Conference top 10 on page 6 along with many other exciting interest stories such as the new Bonclarken Conference Center entrance and how Faith Presbyterian Church uses Uber. Contact our office if you would like to receive a complimentary print copy.

Erskine Bringing Back Football in 2020

Erskine College announced Friday afternoon the reinstatement of intercollegiate football to the campus effective immediately. The program was discontinued after the 1951 season.

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.