February 21, 2017 – GA Amendments & History of Presbyterian Church in SC

I’m writing a reminder letter about two parts of our Winter Stated Meeting on Tuesday, February 21st at First Spartanburg.  The Docket Pack will be coming out in a couple of weeks, but I especially want to highlight these items:
  • We will vote on the General Assembly Amendments passed last Summer.  GA no longer prepares paper Amendment booklets, but rather gives us the website.  As this is a 40 plus page document, we are not going to print them either, except by special request.  Below you will see the link and see the analysis that was done by the Association of Stated Clerks.  Please make sure your Commissioners have read these prior to the meeting.
  • We will begin our life in the new model of Presbytery at the Winter Meeting.  Rev. Tom Hay, the General Assembly Associated Clerk for General Assembly Operations will be with us.  Rev. Dr. Charles E. Raynal, III and Rev. Dr. Frank Colcough will be with us to talk about our Reformed and Presbyterian Heritage in South Carolina, and Rev. Dr. Richard Ray from the Montreat Heritage Society will be with us to talk about the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  Below you will find the link to the recently published fourth volume of The History of the Presbyterian Church in South Carolina by Charles Raynal and Nancy Griffith. If you would like to get a copy for 50% for yourself or for your Church Library, please let Leanne White know by February 26th. 
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Gordon W. G. Raynal
Stated Clerk
Link to GA Amendments: 2016 Proposed BOA
Link to flyer of The History of the Presbyterian Church in South Carolina by Charles Raynal and Nancy Griffith: Presbyterians in South Carolina

Emanuel AME Letter

Emanuel AME Letter

Dream Letter

Dream Letter

The Developmental, Risky, Experimental, Adaptive Mission (DREAM) Grant is being offered by the Presbyterian Mission Agency in order to encourage dreamers, risk-takers, pioneers and trailblazers.  We need entrepreneurs, church planters and inventors.  We need to support people who are not afraid to fail and church cultures that will encourage people to risk failure in order to find new ways to succeed.

This grant is designed to encourage the birth of new ventures through congregations and presbyteries rather than to support the expansion of existing programs within congregations.  During 2014, preference was given to ministries that fall within the bounds of the Synods of Alaska-Northwest, Boriquén in Puerto Rico, Rocky Mountains and Southwest, but this year all synods are encouraged to consider making application.

Initiatives may ordinarily receive a one-time DREAM Grant of up to $10,000.  These grants are intended to support operating/program purposes such as salary and benefits, insurance, rent, educational materials, etc…

The application allows the writer to add typing space as needed. Photos and/or videos are welcome.  After obtaining appropriate partner congregation/ministry and presbytery approval, synod leaders should e-mail as a single attachment the completed proposal to the Office of Mission Program Grants.

Do not be alarmed if the timeframe seems to be short; there will be four cycles to this program: two in 2015 and two in 2016.  The program will then conclude, as all available funds will be expended.  For 2015 First Cycle, proposals received in your synod’s office by August 17, 2015 should be forwarded to the Office of Mission Program Grants by no later than August 24, 2015 and considered for funding in mid-September.  2015 Second Cycle proposals received in your synod’s office by November 15, 2015 should be forwarded to the Office of Mission Program Grants by no later than November 23, 2015 and considered for funding in mid-December.  Notification about the status of the application should occur within five weeks of receipt.

2015 DREAM Grant Application