Rev. Tom Walker Retires from Palms Presbyterian Church
After 17 years as Pastor of Palms Presbyterian Church (Jacksonville Beach), the Rev. Tom Walker is retiring effective September 7. Tom and his wife, Jan, have relocated to St. Simons Island, GA, where they will “rest, renew, and maybe even find time to play a round of golf or two, enjoy long walks with our golden Obie, fish, and possibly write a book or two.” He will continue to serve at Columbia Seminary as board chair. Blessings on your retirement as the Palms community begins a new chapter in their life together as a congregation.
Rev. Bob Shettler Retires from First Presbyterian, Gainesville
First Presbyterian Church, Gainesville celebrated the ministry of Rev. Bob Shettler as he retired on August 25. After 14 years as Pastor, Bob and his wife Connie plan to enjoy their retirement in Gainesville. They are looking forward to spending time with their daughters and five school-age grandchildren. The presbytery wishes the Shettlers well in their retirement, as the congregation begins their search for their next pastor.
Rev. Larry Green Receives Doctorate and Expands Ministry as Clinical Director of Gainesville Community Counseling Center
Community Presbyterian Church Has a New Pastor
Over 100 participants gathered on a rainy Saturday at Montgomery Presbyterian Conference Center for the Presbyterian Women Summer Event. Together they spent time in fellowship, prepared 10 buckets full of disaster cleaning supplies to donate to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and listened as Rev. Joy Laughridge offered “a peek into the Word” of this year’s PW Bible study titled “Love Carved in Stone.” The Lakewood Players also shared a drama, titled “Flood Waters,” about what Presbyterian Women really do behind the scenes. Over $500 was collected for Montgomery. Thanks to all those who made this annual summer event such a success!
Save the date for the Winter Presbyterian Women Gathering on Saturday, January 25, 2020, which will be held at Montgomery and sponsored by the Presbyterian Women of Lakewood Presbyterian Church.
If you are interested in learning more or would be interested in having Edi speak in your community, please contact Eduart Demo directly at (206) 414-2502, or contact Becca Gillespie at (904) 583-8884 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The founder of the Illyricum Movement Albania, Eduart Demo (Edi) and his family are traveling to Florida in late September and early October, and are seeking out churches where they can share their incredible ministry of planting healthy and local Christian churches in Albania. Edi and his family (wife and 11 and 14 year old sons) are traveling on faith and would need accommodations.
The Illyricum Movement Albania was born out of the immediate need for planting and establishing healthy, local Christian churches among Albanians for the first time in history after more than 550 years of darkness. (Romans 15:19) Modern-day Albania is part of what was known as Illyricum during Bible times.
The Illyricum Movement Albania full-time staff is Albanian with a Muslim background before conversion. Their focus is to plant and establish healthy local churches among Muslims. After almost 6 centuries under Islam, then 50 years in communism, Christianity was re-established in 1991. Albanian Christians consider themselves first-generation Christians. The Christian church in Albania is dominated by young believers with the average age being 25 years old. The Church is young but growing and the mission philosophy and strategy is unique because they speak from a Muslim background. The country is open to hearing about Jesus and Edi has been able to plant five churches so far based on a seven-year model. He and his staff meet needs in a community building relationship and develop leadership from those relationships so that by the time the next church is ready to open, the previous one is self-sustaining.
Becca Gillespie’s church (Fuquay Varina Presbyterian Church in North Carolina) recently returned from a mission trip to Albania and witnessed firsthand the power of the ministry.
“Here’s My Heart” was a Triennium theme, explored each day using different scripture passages, music, activities, and spiritual reflection. In one activity, our presbytery group created acrostic poems using the first letters of the phrase, HERE’S MY HEART. Here is what they shared.
|He is Lord
Right where we need him.
Eager to love the
|Highest of highs
Muggy Jacksonville weather, with a
Youth fountain isn’t enough.
Helping the homeless.
|Here I am to praise God
Every single day
Reaching out with loving hands to
Son of God; mercy giver.
My home is the sunshine state with
Year-round tourists visiting
Hearing people’s problems
|Healing the hurt
Make the lost become found
You are O so Holy
Help the needy
Great job youth!
Presbytery Education Event
Saturday, November 2
at Montgomery Presbyterian Conference Center
On Saturday, November 2 we will host a day of education and worship at Montgomery Camp and Conference Center. As we finalize the topics to be offered that day, we invite you to provide some additional input, by completing the “Education Event Planning Survey” below.
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Save the Date and watch for details coming soon!
November 2, 2019
Montgomery Presbyterian Conference Center
The new PC(USA) Planning Calendars will be available in August.
The 16-month calendar (September 2019 – December 2020) is an
outstanding and well-loved resource for pastors, church leaders and
members interested in the life and mission of the church. You can order
copies through the presbytery office for a discounted rate of $10 –
Upcoming Services of Installation
It is with joy and thanksgiving that we invite you to participate in the upcoming Services of Installation for Jonathan Swanson, Don Johnson, and Michaele Wood. It is requested that teaching elders in attendance and ruling elders commissioned to pastoral service wear robes and red stoles and process in together if possible. Please meet fifteen minutes prior to the beginning of the service.
Sunday, July 28 at 3:00 p.m.
Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church,
4140 Hodges Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32224
Sunday, August 18 at 4:00 p.m.
Rev. Don Johnson
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church,
3026 Woodlawn Road, Jacksonville, FL 32209
Sunday, September 15 at 4:00 p.m.
Rev. Michaele Wood
Kanapaha Presbyterian Church,
6221 SW 75th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32608
We look forward to seeing you there!