Next Stated Meeting

The next Savannah Presbytery Stated Meeting will be Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church. Handbook will be published when available.

Foote Lecture Series Returns to First Savannah – Feb 10-11, 2018

Wm. G. Foote Lecture Series @ First Savannah
520 Washington Ave, Savannah
February 10 -11, 2018 (times and details below!)

“I Appeal to You, Brothers and Sisters: The Call of Reconciliation”
presented by Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, President of Columbia Theological Seminary

The Foote Lecture Series will focus on the deeply biblical call to reconciliation.  Two “windows” into reconciliation will be explored.  The first “window” is the call to unity that Jesus himself gave.  The second “window” is the gift of the sacraments which form and shape us. In today’s context of division and distrust, our deep call to reconciliation is more important than ever.

Saturday, February 10
Dinner at 6:00 p.m. and Program at 7:00 p.m.
“The Task and the Gift of Reconciliation”

The New Testament clearly calls the church to the path of reconciliation. This presentation will acknowledge the multiple layers of reconciliation to which we are called. It will also explore how reconciliation is both a task of the church and a gift of the Holy Spirit.

Sunday, February 11
Service of Worship at 11:00 a.m.
“God Goes On” based on Deuteronomy 34:1-12
and Revelation 22:1-7
Program at 4:00 p.m. and Reception at 5:00 p.m.
“The Lord’s Table and Reconciliation”
The sacraments are particular and unique places of God’s grace. This session will explore the Reformed tradition’s bold claims about the Lord’s Supper as a place of reconciliation.

The endowed series annually brings outstanding church leaders to Savannah and remembers the generosity of William Foote, whose bequest largely paid for the construction of the church building on Monterey Square in 1872.

Planting Peace: A Service of Prayer for Savannah

Please join Butler Memorial and First Savannah for a service of prayer for the city and tree planting on January 20th at 10:00 a.m. at Nathanael Greene Park (Bull & 56th). The service is a part of the Leaves of the Tree project, a ministry of Butler and First that seeks ways to faithfully respond to the issue of gun violence in Savannah.

The Interfaith/Interdenominational service will include prayers for the families who have lost loved ones to gun violence and for a lasting peace in Savannah.

 

Nursery Worker Wanted – Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church
12965 Highway 144, Richmond Hill, Georgia 31325

We are seeking a Part Time Nursery Attendant.  The primary hours for this job are Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Other special events and worship services will require assistance also and will be negotiated with the Nursery Attendant.

We are seeking a person of faith with both the love of and experience with infants and young children.  If you are interested in this position or know someone who is, please contact the church office by phone or email as listed below.  Also, you may send a resume to the address above.

Church Phone:   (912) 756-2339
Church Email:    Office@RhpChurch.com

It Won’t Happen to Me!

It’s not easy being a victim of flooding. Being a volunteer is easier. For years my husband and I went to Mississippi to help with Hurricane Katrina. We would talk to those that experienced the flooding and being misplaced from homes and love ones.  To hear about being trapped in homes with water rising and hoping someone would come and rescue them. You can watch the news channels and listen to their stories being told. But nothing can prepare you for the heartbreak that they endure. At times, I felt lost as what to say. “I’m sorry” was not the correct response. Each time we would return and hear more stories about flood victims restoring their home. One day, when my husband compared the destruction from Katrina to Vietnam, he said he felt that Katrina was worse. Each year we watch and see different parts of the U.S. being torn by floods, fire, etc. and yet, it still does not prepare you. Your heart breaks and you want to help.

Several years ago when the opportunity came to be a PW/PDA trainer, I know that was a calling, another part of being a volunteer. To help prepare those before something would happen. As I spread the word and would put questions in people’s heads, I felt that even if one person listened then I had done my job as a trainer.

Last year I became a victim during Hurricane Matthew. Yes, I was prepared, I thought. We had flood and home owners insurance, we safely evacuated with our family and pets. We called ourselves the “traveling zoo”! There were five adults, two teenagers, five cats and one dog. We had stops to feed the “humans”! We returned home once we knew that everything was safe and still standing (including having water and electric). We were sure that the roads were clear of power lines and water. As soon as I walked in our house I knew that we had experienced flooding in the house. Nothing could have been done to stop the water. This was a different experience for me. You think that this will never happen to you. But it can and no matter how much you think you’re prepared for something, it can be taken out of your hands. Yes, we were safe with our family and pets. And all that “stuff’ in our house can replaced, but not our family.

As we started our clean up and connecting with insurance companies to put our lives and house back in order, a new adventure began – a PW/PDA trainer seeing the other side –  as a home owner who has insurance, thank goodness. If we hadn’t, who knows what we would have done. Cleared out the damaged floors and rooms and moved on as we could. What happened next is something that no one needs to experience.

My husband had started the all the paperwork for the house and calling for quotes and bids to replace what was damaged. I went to our Synod Gathering at Epworth by the Sea, as a workshop trainer a few weeks after Matthew hit. We didn’t know if we were going to have the gathering, but thank goodness the retreat center had tree damage and a few other mishaps but we were able to hold our event. Returning from our PW event and moving forward on the house my husband passed away.

It took a lot of strength and support from not only my family, my church and my PW sisters in Christ to move forward. To go from being a volunteer, a trainer and then a victim of flooding, you think you’re prepared, but you’re not. Yes, I’m still putting the pieces back together in my life. My life will never be the same and neither will those that are victims of human or natural disasters. Pray and support when you can.

HOPE is the answer. Hear Our Prayers Everywhere

Molly McCarthy, Savannah PW Moderator, PW/PDA Trainer