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.
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!
J. Herbert Nelson, PC(USA) Stated Clerk, Preaching at First, Fernandina Beach on August 11
The Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be a guest preacher at First Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach on Sunday, August 11 at the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services. The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson will be joined by his wife, the Rev. Gail Nelson. The visit is part of the Summer of Renewal Preaching Series at First Fernandina Beach while Pastor Wain Wesberry is on sabbatical.
Church, Coffee & Culture
Monday, August 5, 3-5 p.m.
Our presbytery family is invited to Church, Coffee & Culture with the Rev. Dr. Ary Fernandez-Alban and the Rev. Dr. Beidy Casas-Aragon, a dedicated clergy couple who serve in Matanzas, Cuba. Join us in celebrating our Cuban Connection on Monday, August 5, at 3:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 32 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. (Parking is available in the lot on the corner of Valencia and Sevilla Street.)
- Hear the couple share the exciting news of what is happening in the Cuban Presbyterian Churches
- Learn how your church can benefit from our presbytery’s partnership with Matanzas Presbytery in Cuba and explore partnerships with a Cuban church
- Learn how to make Cuban coffee and enjoy Cuban pastries
- Hear live Cuban guitar music with Dennis Fermin- Spanish Guitarist.
Visit the Memorial Presbyterian Church website for a map and directions.
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will meet in Baltimore next year from June 20-27, 2020. The commissioners come from every presbytery in the country to participate in worship, service, fellowship and business meetings. The Assembly is made up of equal numbers of teaching elders and ruling elders as well as advisory delegates (young adult, theological students, mission workers, and others). Serving our presbytery in this way is hard work but is rewarding and can be a life-changing experience. All expenses are paid for those who attend.
If you believe that God may be calling you to serve our presbytery this way, please let us know by filling out an application and sending it in no later than August 1. To be a commissioner, you must be a teaching elder or ruling elder (you do not have to be currently serving on your session). The requirements for serving as a young adult advisory delegate are on the application form.
If you have any questions, please contact: