Afterward – Thursday, June 21, 2018  Update from Commissioner Paige Porter-Buhl GA 223 was a whirlwind of conversation, new friends, earnest faces, and visionary ideas, beginning the moment I stepped into the baggage claim at the St. Louis airport.  There volunteers gathered newly arrived participants together and shepherding us into busses to the various hotels. My seatmate on the bus was a volunteer worker from the Gaza border, elsewhere on the bus was a missionary from… somewhere… but our conversation was cut short as we were hurried to our seats.  The days were unexpectedly grueling. Substantive ideas, both new and old, both interconnected and independent,Read More →

  Please mark your calendars for an overnight Women Pastors Retreat being organized for Monday, September 10 to Tuesday, September 11.   The retreat will begin and end with lunch each day.   Overnight accommodations will be available in local homes or shared hotel rooms for a modest fee.   For teaching elders, commissioned ruling elders, and certified ruling elders of the Presbytery of St. Augustine.    More details will be provided soon!   If you are interested in attending, please email Sandra Hedrick at   Relax in God’s care, creation, and community.Read More →

The Presbytery of St. Augustine has announced the hiring of the Rev. Chris Lieberman as its Relationship Coordination Director. In this new position, Lieberman will help promote the mission and shared values of the Presbytery while fostering relationships among congregations, teaching elders, and ruling elders. He is currently serving as interim pastor of Fort King Presbyterian Church and will begin this new call on August 1.  “We are privileged to have Chris come aboard as he brings a depth of knowledge, training and experience to the position,” said Jeff Welch, chair of Presbytery’s Coordinating Council. “Having literally served the denomination across the United States inRead More →

Our Mutual Mission Team is very excited to announce that First Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach will be hosting PC(USA) Mission coworkers Rev. David Cortes-Fuentes and his wife, Josefina (Josey) Saez, in the months of June and July.   Rev. Fuentes and Josefina, who serve in Cuba, will be traveling throughout the Southeastern U.S. with First Fernandina Beach serving as their home base. They are available to visit congregations throughout the Presbytery of St. Augustine to help spread the word about the Presbyterian church in Cuba.    Anyone who is interested in having them visit their church should contact Mutual Mission co-chair Diane Watkins.  She can beRead More →

by Rev. Jeff Welch In my sixty years of being a Christian and over thirty as a pastor I have discovered that some of the most profound experiences of grace in my life have come through situations that were not intentionally meant to produce an experience of grace. I have attended, lead, or participated in hundreds of worship services with hundreds of well-planned liturgies with the finest of music and preaching. I have attended gatherings of all types, each intended to produce grace-filled moments of holiness and wonder. There have been many experiences of grace in my life in the Church, but I have foundRead More →

The first issue of our newly designed newsletter, “The Connection,” has been published. The first issue features an Easter story of hope by Presbytery Moderator Mary T. Mickel, information about our commissioners, Young Adult Advisory Delegate and Theological Student Advisory Delegate headed to the 223rd General Assembly in June and so much more!  Check out our first issue!Read More →

The Presbytery of St. Augustine’s Mutual Mission Team returned from its eight day trip to Cuba on Feb. 23. Co-chairs Diane Watkins and Bob Bell report that eight people from our Presbytery took part in the trip along with one representative from our JEMM partners. While in Cuba, they visited 15 churches and learned the different ways each is helping serve their communities. See below photos from the trip! The Iglesia Presbiteriana Reformata en Cuba (IPRC) is made up of 33 congregations and 21 dependent congregations, divided into three Presbyteries. Read More →

The Presbytery of St. Augustine met on February 3, 2018 at South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church.  Over 130 persons attended, including members, commissioners, and guests.  The Lord graced us with nice weather and warm fellowship. Morning Worship Our morning preacher was the Rev. Joyce Lieberman, the Executive and Stated Clerk of the Synod of South Atlantic. With her sermon text of Matthew 28.1-10, she urged us not to live our lives in fear. Rev. Lieberman lifted up the example of the women at the empty tomb who “took their fear and ran with it,” proclaiming with joy, “He is risen!” If we truly believe that JesusRead More →

In advance of the closing of the sale of the Fleming Island property, a sale of the remaining contents will be held from Tuesday December 5 to Saturday, December 9. Beginning today until the official start of the sale, Presbytery of St. Augustine Churches can visit the sale by appointment. Please call Deborah Dell at 904-507-9520 to make an appointment. The sale will open exclusively for Presbytery of St. Augustine churches on Tuesday, December 5th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On that day a large group of items will be free to our congregations (educational materials, paraments, seasonal decorations, etc.).  Below are images ofRead More →