Dear Church Family,
I have wonderful news to announce! Ann and Frank Pursley have donated $80,000 to our
building fund. It is designated for the elevator and given to the glory of God and in loving memory
of Ann’s parents, Martha and James Leslie. They are very excited to make this gift as they can see
our church’s need for better accessibility. We are, of course, most grateful for their generosity!!!
God, through this gift, plus all the others our members and friends have contributed, is provid-
ing the resources to make our vision of becoming a more welcoming church in a more welcoming
space come true. This whole venture has been about stepping out in faith. At every step God has
provided for us.
The Pursley’s gift arrived at a crucial time. We had just hit a snag and discovered that the esti-
mates for the project cost were too low. Even before we could become disheartened, we were
greatly encouraged by this major gift.
The revised cost of the total project is $481,000. As I write this, the contributions (counting
the Pursleys’) to the Building Fund total, in round numbers, $156,795. When we add to this the pro-
ceeds from the sale of the manse and the Graves’ bequest we get $442,795. That leaves a remainder
of $38,205 still to go. Whatever does not come in by the project’s completion (about four months
from now), we will borrow. It is our hope and prayer that this will be little or none.
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Building Fund. I know we all could find
other uses for this money. But by hearing God’s call and responding by giving, we each have stepped
out in faith. Our church has stepped out in faith. And God has not let us down!
Keep the faith–
Abbeville Presbyterian Church Place
PO Box 733 Stamp
301 North Main Street Here
Abbeville South Carolina 29620
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Go to our website to find sermons, the Steve Davis Russell & Tara Scott
Wonder-Filled Wednesdays schedule, the
nursery schedule, and information on Mary Alice Hall Monday Counters
other church activities. Lynette Lindell Jane Pitts, Charlotte Smith
Church Office 366-2677 Elder of the Month
E-mail email@example.com Scott White Barbara Freese
Pastor The Rev. Dr. Carol Strickland
Secretary Linda Sears
YouthChildren’s Director Frank Smith Flowers
Organist/Choir Director Joe Greer
Sunday School Super. Billy Fleming Aug 7 Susanne Greene
Clerk of Session Linda Arnold Aug 14 Morning Circle
Church Treasurer Wade Caldwell
Aug 21 Circle I
Presbyterian Women Mary Anne Tafta
Custodian Annie Chiles Aug 28 Circle II
OUR MISSION OUTREACH
Habitat for Humanity NURSERY HELPERS
HospiceCare of the Piedmont
Presbyterian Communities of SC Date Nursery Under 2 2-5 yr olds Alternate/Helper
Sudan’s Akobo Hospital
8/7 Lynette Lindell Andrea Dawson Jane Todd
Thornwell Home for Children
Turks’ Ministry in Madagascar 8/14 Laura Randall J & BA Randall Shirley Crawford
United Christian Ministries of Abbeville Co. 8/21 Suzie Sherard Abby Evans Tiffany Freese
Volunteers in Medical Missions-VIMM 8/28 Cassie Geer Lucia Bishop Rachel Geer
WELCOMING SPACE PROJECT REPORT
As of 7/24/11
Bldg Fund Donations $156,795 Project Goal $481,000
Graves Bequest 170,000 Funds Needed $ 38,205
Manse Proceeds 116,000
TOTAL AVAILABLE $442,795
Session Summary—June 2011 Meeting
The Session met on 6/19/11. A quorum was present. congregation during Minute for Ministry. Bids for funding
The minutes of the 5/15/11 stated meeting and the 5/22 up to $150,000 for our building renovation project were
and 6/12 called meetings were approved as written. reviewed. Participating banks were Commercial Bank, Pal-
Susanne Greene reported for the APC Foundation. metto Bank, and Capital Bank. F&A recommended that we
The committee is in the process of choosing a financial use Capital Bank to provide our funding. This passed
advisor. There is $130,000 left in the Foundation after unanimously. Because no other candidate came forward
manse money is moved for the renovation project. Al- to take the treasurer’s position, Wade offered his name for
though the Foundation is a separate entity, because it is treasurer. Motion was made and passed unanimously with
under the authority of Session that could be challenged. many thanks.
Brad Evans, Building and Grounds reported the prob- Barbara Freese, Missions, reported that Wes McAllister
lem with leaking water remains. Over 350 gallons of fuel will serve as liaison to help facilitate Erskine student out-
oil were removed from the underground tank. Abbeville reach. Plans were made for Missions Week (Sept 18-25).
Utilities and West Carolina are meeting to make decisions. This motion passed unanimously. The Missions Committee
New electric power lines will be installed. The goal is to will donate $100 for individual youth expenses related to
have no loss of air on Sundays. Air in the sanctuary will be the mission trip and $200 to help defray group expenses.
on at all times. There is a possibility of removing trees dur- The Committee will hold a blood drive in the fall. This
ing construction which can be replaced later. Two sanctu- passed unanimously. Merry Trask will serve on the Habitat
ary chairs have been reupholstered. Board. She has applied to participate in a medical mission
Sherry Thomas reported for the Christian Education trip to the Dominican Republic with VIMM in January. Bar-
Committee. Thurmond Bishop gave a copy of the sample bara and Hal will also be on this trip. Barbara will go to
Safe Church Policy for Elders to review; discussion will be Honduras in July with VIMM. Smitty is serving as volunteer
tabled until the next meeting. VBS leaders were Jennifer on select Fridays with UCMAC Food Pantry. He reports
Smith, Jacob Reyes, and Lisa Dornberg. Many other vol- the pantry is well supplied at this time due to U. S. Postal
unteers including Youth Group members assisted. We are Service food drive. The balance for missions in the Graves
making plans for Rally Day (9/11/11) and would like to Fund is $5,704.
have a commissioning service during worship. We dis- Steve Davis, Worship Committee: Average atten-
cussed possible candidates for Sunday School Superinten- dance for May 2011 was 102.4 (a decrease of 4.5% over
dant to replace Billy Fleming who will be stepping down. April). Average attendance for the year is 102.2. We will
We hope to have a Teacher Development Workshop in be adding scribbler pads to the pew racks for children to
August with Frank Smith securing a speaker through Er- use during the service.
skine contacts. Middle and high school youth will have a Calendar Review:
movie series available for viewing during the summer • Contemporary Worship Service-June 26
months. The WFW planning committee will meet in July. • Session meets-July 24, 2pm
Frank Smith will finalize plans for the Summer Son Fun New Business:
program when he returns from the Youth Mission trip. • Over 50 Adult retreat-Sept. 26-28 Camp Fellowship
Lynette Lindell, Congregational Care, reported they • Stated Presbytery meeting-Lake Murray Presbyterian in
are still checking on homebound members and sending Chapin
cards. Rufus Sherard continues to make appointments for The Session will meet next on 7/ 24/11. Dr. Strickland
Carol to visit members. closed our meeting with prayer.
Wade Caldwell, Finance and Administration, reviewed
the May financial report. We took in $2,625 more than we Respectfully submitted,
spent. Building Fund contributions were $25,000 as of Linda Arnold, Clerk
6/12/11. The Committee discussed methods by which
money could be transferred from an IRA directly to a chari-
table organization. George McKee will present this to the
Financial Report—June 2011
APC General Operating Funds Graves Bequest
Opening Balance $36,100 Capital Campaign Reserve $170,216
Income 43,972 Missions Committee 5,404
Expenses 20,471 B&G Committee 2,757
Ending Balance $59,601 Total Available Funds $178,377
News, Meetings, Events
Calling All Neckties! Calling All
We know you have neckties not
worn in years just gathering dust in Annual Gathering
the back of your closet! Now is the Sunday, August 14, 2011
time to let them have a new lease on life! 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Your Stewardship Committee has some crea- Bring a salad or sandwiches or a dessert to share
tive plans for the fall which will require LOTS and join us as we begin a new PW year
and LOTS of neckties. (No, men, you will not
have to wear them.)
So, please drop off at church those ties you SC Annual Meeting
will never wear again. The ties will be
“repurposed.” It’s a great, guilt-free to dispose The South Carolina gathering of Presbyterian
of all those Father’s Day gifts. And if you hap- Women will be held September 16-17, 2011,
pen by any yard sales or thrift shops and spot Mt Pleasant Presbyterian Church, Mt Pleasant, SC.
some great deals, buy those and bring them, The theme is, “Confessing the Beatitudes.” The
too. $60 registration fee is due before 8/1 (or $75
Wide ones, thin ones, wild ones -
Details are on the church bulletin boards
We’ll gladly take all kinds.
For additional information:
The Book Group
Fall Reading List—REVISED
Below is the REVISED reading list for this fall’s meetings. We meet September
through May on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 pm in the church
For those of you serving as host, please note that you are responsible for the hors d’oeurvres. Con-
tact Remle at 391-8928 if you have any questions.
Month Book Author Hosting
September The Confession John Grisham Susanne Greene/Mabel Hemminger
October The Lincoln Lawyer Michael Connelly Debbie Johnson/Lura Jean Chandler
November Eventide* Ken Haruf Jennifer Smith/Barbara Freese
December Holiday meeting**
January Winter Garden Kristin Hannah Rosemary Copeland/Suzanne Smith
February One Thousand Gifts Sue Voskamp Jill White
March As I Lay Dying William Faulkner Linda Arnold/Jane Todd
April Unbroken Laura Hillebrand Mary Alice Hall/Remle Johnson
May In Zanesville Jo Ann Beard
*Follow-up to Plainsong.
**Special meeting with poems, oral interpretation and Christmas story.
The Book Group is open to all Presbyterians and the public.
THE SPEAKERS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Bible Study Leader
•Dr.Robert A. Bryant
Associate Prof of Religion
Chair, Department of
Religion and Philosophy
Pastor, Downtown Church
•Rev.Dr. Alice Ridgill
New Faith Presbyterian Ch,
•Rev.Dr. Jeri Perkins
Dean of Religious Life
Director, Cornelson Center
Youth Mission Trip—Sea Island H4H
Cody shovels gravel.
Enjoying an afternoon at the beach the day before hard labor begins.
Jesse and Frank shovel gravel. Drew working hard while Frank supervises.
Lisa holds siding while an-
other youth cuts it.
“Praise the Lord…Let everything that breathes praise the Lord! Praise the
Lord.” -Psalm 150:1, 6
Can we ever praise the Lord enough? I don’t think so! As if we didn’t have enough
already to be thankful for, it seems like our Youth Group has really been blessed so
much this summer. This year’s mission trip may have been the best ever. We worked hard, getting
siding put up on two houses and working on several others. Not only did we get a lot of work
done, we had a great Bible study from the book of James. As an added blessing, our group
really got along well and worked together as a team. I can’t say enough about how proud
I was of how they represented APC.
Our youth praise band “Stained Glass” has performed numerous times, including
Relay for Life, taking a road trip to perform at Carowinds, and serving as the music for
the contemporary worship service trial run. This group has so much musical talent, I
am constantly amazed when we practice and play together.
That said, life hasn’t been perfect for the group. Everyone has had challenges and their own strug-
gles; but as we learned from James, these trials and challenges are opportunities for us to be patient,
to pray and listen to God, and to use wisdom to grow and mature. In the days ahead, I continue to
look for great things from the Youth Group. They each have been blessed with talents and abilities
and will continue to shine as they mature as Christians. Thanks be to God for placing them in the life
Abbeville Youth Week
Join us as we praise and worship God together Looking
with other Abbeville youth! Bring a canned good
for UCMAC each night if you can. Ahead…
Tues, Aug 2nd Grace United Methodist
• We’re still trying to get a rafting trip worked
Praise band, testimony, and pizza supper
out…stay tuned for details!
Wed, Aug 3rd Abbeville Presbyterian • We’ll also be having a back to school get to-
Praise band, games, hot dog supper gether this month…details coming soon.
Thurs, Aug 4th Main Street UMC • August 28th—Contemporary Worship Service
Mobile scavenger hunt, spaghetti supper
Starts promptly at 6pm each night. Check text, Facebook, and the bulletin.
Groundbreaking Ceremony—June 19, 2011
Children and youth take a turn digging.
Session members and Mark Hall, project supervisor, take the first dig.
1 Nancy Peeler
3 Lucia Bishop
6 Jennifer Smith
7 Nancy Morgan
8 Debra Cook
9 Lib Loftis
16 Hal Freese
18 Pat Corrigan
20 Carolyn Webb
22 Virginia Sides
24 Michael Morgan