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Savannah Presbytery Update

COVID-19/Coronavirus

          The Lord is my light and my salvation;

whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

of whom shall I be afraid?
—Psalm 27:1

Throughout history the Church of Jesus Christ has not only survived, but has thrived during periods of adversity.   Such is the case for many of the congregations within Savannah Presbytery.  We are learning new ways to be the Church.  Most congregations are adapting to being a virtual church; worshipping via YouTube, Facebook Live, Skype, or email links, and holding session meetings and having Bible Studies using Zoom.  With the Spirit’s guidance and the creativity available through technology and social media Savannah Presbytery continues to function during the challenging times presented by the spread of the Coronavirus.

In accordance with the Governor’s order to shelter-in-place to curb the Coronavirus, the Savannah Presbytery Office will remain closed through April 13, or until such time as the order is lifted.  Alan Baroody, Transitional General Presbyter, and Liz Richardson, Office Administrator, will be working from home.  Their contact information is listed below as are the names and email addresses of the Technology Task Group.  If any church is having difficulty with issues around virtual worship or meetings, the TTG are available to assist.  Many other COVID-19 resources for Church Leaders and Members can be found on the denomination’s website at http://www.pcusa.org.

May God’s grace and healing be with all who are suffering from the Coronavirus, or unemployed due to its spread, and may the comfort of the Holy Spirit be with all who are lonely or grieving.  As the Church of Jesus Christ we remain separate but together.

(During this time of social distancing and shelter-in-place during COVID-19, there will be a weekly Zoom meeting for all Savannah Presbytery Pastors on Wednesdays at 11:00 am.

If you are a pastor and do not receive an invitation to this meeting please contact Alan Baroody at abaroody@savannahpresbytery.org)

Staff:

Alan Baroody, Transitional General Presbyter:  (912) 270-4557; abaroody@savannahpresbytery.org

Liz Richardson, Business Administrator:  (800) 616-3671; mrichardson@savannahpresbytery.org

Eric Beene, Stated Clerk:  ericmbeene@gmail.com

Ann Henderson, Treasurer: annhenderson@bulloch.net

Marty Susie, Program Coordinator:  mamrbull@comcast.net

Technology Task Group:

Mark Giuliano, Chair –  Mark@MPCSavannah.com

Ada Owens – asa@sspres.org

Andrew Allen – andrewallen@georgiasouthern.edu

Ben  Beasley – benbeasley7@gmail.com

John Gary – gary.john@comcast.net

Matt Chase – matt.chase.fox@gmail.com

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Savannah Presbytery SOL

Savannah Presbytery invites all to experience our School of the Laity. Come with us to beautiful Epworth by the Sea on Saint Simons and stimulate your mind, fortify your soul and build relationships with other Presbyterians.

 There are no pre-requisites to taking a class, our June session provides an excellent opportunity to begin the full 2-year program which will change your faith journey!  Join others and grow together as a cohort-The Class of 2021! 

June 26th – 28th, 2020 “Intro to the Bible” *

Dr. Bob Bryant, Professor of Bible at Presbyterian College and favorite School of the Laity faculty member of many years, will be joining you for a survey of the entire Bible.  Together you will spend the weekend learning about the Bible, exploring where these texts came from, why these texts are included and other texts are not, what these texts have to say, and how these texts are meaningful for people of faith today.

Such an extended and focused period of time with the Bible in the company of others may be a new experience for some.  Regardless, it will be for all of us a time to grow in our relations with God and with one another.

*This course is a critical core class for those interested in the full 2-year School of the Laity program.  The 2-year program leads the students through seven weekend courses over a two-year period: Intro to the Bible, New & Old Testaments, Reformed Theology, Polity, Practical Ministry, and Worship & Sacraments.  Graduates are strengthening their congregations, the Presbytery, and the Presbyterian Church (USA).

 

Questions? Contact Marty Susie, SOL Registrar, at marbull@comcast.net, or (912) 228-1353.

 Savannah Presbytery invites all to experience our School of the Laity. Come with us to beautiful Epworth by the Sea on Saint Simons and stimulate your mind, fortify your soul and build relationships with other Presbyterians.

 There are no pre-requisites to taking a class—so you can come and “dip your toe” into the experience of the School of the Laity this March! Everyone is encouraged to participate. 

 

June 2020 Session Promo

June 2020 SOL Registration Form

2020 SOL Save the Dates Brochure

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Job Opening!

First Savannah is adding a new staff position of Communications Coordinator who will be responsible for website design and internet based communications.   Do you know a tech savvy person interested in part-time employment?  If so, here is the link to the job description: https://www.indeed.com/job/church-communications-coordinator-83885ef25cbfdda4

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An Important Message From Your Board of Pensions

We have recently opened registration for our Growing Into Tomorrow…Today retirement planning seminar and our Getting in Shape Fiscally seminar at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA on October 15-16 and October 17. Members in your presbytery within 4-hour driving distance will have already received email invitations to register for one or both of these seminars.

Please feel free to share information of the seminars with your members and join us in promoting the importance of holistic retirement planning and financial health.

Devin Johns
Program Administrator
PC USA Board of Pensions
For information:

GISF – Decatur ; GITT – Decatur

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