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The ARP Center is Moving

Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 3.09.38 PMA new property has been purchased for the ARP Center at 918 S. Pleasantburg Drive in Greenville, SC. Renovations will be performed prior to the move of the ARP Center with the move expected around mid-summer.   The new property is a larger and newer facility and is conveniently located near major highways in Greenville.

The existing ARP Center facility was sold last fall.  The increase in the value of the land in downtown Greenville along with a significant charitable contribution by the seller of the new property enabled the purchase of the new facility.

As the ARPC moves forward with our new facility, let us not forget the vision of C.R. Younts. It all began when Dr. Younts established, in Atlanta, the Office of Inter-Board Services that helped centralize the work of the denomination. Dr. Younts later supported and generously financed the move from Atlanta to Greenville and through the Camp-Younts Foundation provided the denomination with the current ARP Center.

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Volunteers at Work

IMG_1619The annual Bonclarken Conference Center Volunteer Work Week is in full swing. About 170 volunteers from all over the denomination help getIMG_1621 Bonclarken ready for the summer season. Some of the projects this year included building fences, repairing docks, clearing the underbrush, redoing the Faith Apartment back porches and replacing the floors in the camp cabins. IMG_1622

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William Edwin Kirkpatrick

Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 3.58.45 PMRev. Ed Kirkpatrick passed away today, March 18, 2016. Second Presbytery licensed him at the Highlands Church in 1977 and ordained him at Iva ARP Church, SC, in the same year. He was the pastor of Iva Church for over 25 years. He was a former bill clerk of Synod and had been on the boards of Erskine College and Christian Education Ministries.

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Louisiana Flooding

2016-03-10 16.22.15Calhoun Presbyterian Church is slowly drying out from the current flooding in Louisiana. Below is a note from their pastor, Blake Law.

You may have heard that our area has experienced some severe flooding. We have seen waters rising all around us and it has washed out several roads. Thankfully, none of our church members have suffered much damage or loss, though some have been stranded for a day or two while waiting for waters to recede. It seems the worst of it is over.

Unfortunately, our church building became flooded due to the torrents of water coming off a nearby embankment. The water was enough to seep under the doorways and completely soaked the carpet of the church. The Lord was very gracious to us, however, because we were able to 2016-03-10 17.29.15form a crew and do a great deal of clean-up today. We had to move everything in the church to “higher ground” in the Fellowship Hall while vacuuming out the water. Right now, we have blowers and fans running and things are looking good for a full restoration by the Lord’s Day. What an answer to prayer! We have also sandbagged part of the church exterior to prevent more runoff from infiltrating. 

This is the worst flood in these parts that anyone can remember. Pray for us and that the Lord would be faithful to show kindness to us and to our neighbors. Our church is slowly drying out. We continue to pray it will be ready for worship on the Lord’s Day and there will be no long-term damage. More than this, we pray for our neighbors in this area who have lost so much!

Blessings in Christ,

Blake 

 

2016-03-10 15.23.30Clerk of Session, Kensill Brewer, is washing off silt left from the flood waters.

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Spring Forward

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Don’t forget to change your clocks this weekend so you are not late for church.

Psalmfest

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First Presbyterian Church, Greenwood, SC is hosting a Psalmfest this Sunday, March 13 at 4pm. If you are in the area feel free to attend. It is free to the public.

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Prayers for Short-Term Mission Team

Please be in prayer for the short-term mission team in Spain. The group is helping with an English club in the Witte’s neighborhood. Nine out of the 15 have had to miss one or more days due to a stomach bug. Many will travel home on Saturday.

John L. Girardeau Lectures

Girardeau 2016 FPC sliderErskine Theological Seminary and First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, SC invite you to attend the Fourth Annual John L. Girardeau Lectures featuring Rev. H.B. Charles, Jr.

Topic: The Unchanging Christ

 
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
“Proclaiming Christ in a Changing Culture”
Jackson Hall, First Presbyterian Church
5:15 pm          Supper (optional) in Jackson Hall ($4)
6:15 pm          Lecture
7:15 pm          Q&A session
The event will end at 7:30.
 
Thursday, March 17, 2016
“A Christ-Centered View of Ministry”
Palmer Ministry Center, Classroom 301
First Presbyterian Church (1420 Lady St.)
6:00 pm  Lecture
For information, contact Crystal Tolbert at the ETS Columbia campus at 803-771-6180 or email Tolbert@erskine.edu.

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Happy 100th Birthday

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 5.12.04 PMRev. Nale Falls, the oldest ARP minister, turns 100 today, February 24. He was born in 1916 in Pottsville, AR. He graduated from Erskine College in 1939 and Erskine Seminary in 1941. He was licensed by Second Presbytery Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 5.12.30 PMon Oct. 23, 1940 and ordained in his home church of Pottsville on June 9, 1941. He served in the following congregations: Elsberry and Mt. Zion, Richland Church (TN), Statesville Avenue (NC), Westminster (NC), Crowders Creek (NC), Glenwood (NC), Cedar Springs and Bradley, Allen Hills (NC), Edwards Memorial (SC), Ebenezer (VA), and Wood Avenue (AR). He retired in 1983. Rev. Falls currently lives in Little Rock, AR.

March/April 2016 ARP Magazine

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Click on the magazine cover to the left to read the March/April edition of The ARP Magazine. Be sure to read the cover story on page 4 by Rev. Mark Miller.