Laura and I were in attendance at the 2016 ECO Synod meeting at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California. What a wonderful spiritual breath of fresh air for me as a commissioner! We were captivated by the main speakers and the work God is doing in all our churches.
The Charleston Presbyterian Church is now a part of a new presbytery: The Presbytery of the South. The change became official on January 27, 2016. We are united in ministry and mission with our sisters and brothers in the ECO from the states of South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. We are looking forward to our next Annual Synod Gathering in 2017. The next synod business will be conducted in 2018.
On Sunday, January 17th, we welcomed the 17 member Resonate! Prime Youth Choir from First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, SC. They sang a beautiful arrangement of the Slane melody and hymn, “Be Thou My Vision.”
On January 25, 2016, we welcome Rev. Tim Carriker who will bring us information on his ministry in Brazil. Tim and Marta have been
missionaries since 1977 primarily in Brazil. The Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil voted to end partnership with their previous denomination and has voted to welcome new church partners from the ECO. Tim’s mission is one of the five our Mission Ministry has selected to support this year.