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$1 Million Cash Bequest Impacts ARP Church


The late Robert Bowers, Jr. directed an astonishing cash distribution from his estate in August of 2012 totaling $1 million. The bequest further directs distributions to the ARP Foundation, World Witness, Christian Education, Outreach North America, Erskine Seminary and the Bonclarken Endowment.

These gift bequests are expected to have a profound impact on furthering virtually every aspect of the mission and message of the ARP Church – strategically strengthening the local church; new church plants and revitalization; and evangelism and discipleship at home and overseas.

“We are grateful for Mr. Bowers’ leadership and generosity that so concretely reflect the Lordship of Jesus Christ in his life, family and work. As a steward, his legacy will be eternal and measured by impact on the Kingdom of God by the changed lives of people,” Nichols said.

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Sarah May McFerrin — Passed April 27, 2012


Miss Sarah May McFerrin, 85, of Due West, SC, died peacefully this morning after a short battle with cancer.

Miss McFerrin was the only child of Rev. and Mrs. J. B. McFerrin, who served pastorates in Virginia, Arkansas, and South Carolina. Miss McFerrin was a member of Due West ARP Church, Due West, SC, where she was serving a second term as president of the Due West Foreign Missionary Society.

She had a great love for foreign mission work and corresponded frequently with numerous World Witness missionaries, praying for them and supporting them financially.

She was a retired guidance counselor with the Abbeville County (SC) Public School District, where she influenced generations of young people with her keen insights, her compassion, and her love for Christ.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday April 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM in the Due West ARP Church with the Rev. Calvin Draffin officiating. The burial will follow in the church cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Session at the Due West ARP Church.

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In Memory of Nellie B Harris

RAPHINE, VA — Nellie Brown Coyner Harris, 97, of Raphine passed away at her residence Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, William Martin Harris. She was born Jan. 4, 1915, in Waynesboro, daughter of the late David Joseph and Booker Brown Coyner. In her early years,…

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In Memoriam: Nellie Harris

Visitation for Mrs. Nellie Harris, mother of Rev Bill Harris, will be held Wednesday night, February 22, 2012, from 7-9 p.m. at Henry Funeral Home in Staunton, VA. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Old Providence ARP Church. Filed under: News http://arpc.wordpress.com

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Breaking News

ERSKINE COLLEGE & SEMINARY COMMUNICATIONS DUE WEST, S.C. — Trustees of Erskine College & Theological Seminary voted today not to alter its charter and bylaws to grant its sponsoring denomination authority to remove trustees. This action affirms the conclusions and recommendations of an ad hoc committee of the board formed last year to consider requests…

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Nellie Harris

Nellie Harris, mother of Rev. Bill Harris, Virginia Presbytery, passed away this morning. No arrangements for services are available at this time. Please keep Rev. Harris and his family in your prayers. Filed under: News http://arpc.wordpress.com

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Spring Retreat Reminders

High School Retreat (Catawba, First & Second Presbyteries) When: March 2-4 Where: Bonclarken Conference Center (Flat Rock, NC) Speaker: Rev. Matt Lucas (Reformation ARP Church) Music: Brandon Auten & the Worship Team (Crossings Community ARP Church) Info: www.bonclarkenretreats.com Register: bouncinb29@yahoo.com or call (770) 978-2414. Deadline Feb. 20 Free T-shirts if register by Feb. 20  …

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In Memorium: Mary Steele

Mary Harrington Steele, 97, of. Due West, SC, passed away Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at the Carlisle Nursing Center. Mrs. Steele was born in Lee County, NC, the daughter of Raymond and Dora Bell Black Harrington. Educated in Lee County schools in Sanford, NC, she was a graduate of Elon College and Florida Southern College.…

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Troy Pritt Update

Rev. Pritt had triple bypass surgery, and his Aortic and Mitral valves were replaced. His son, David Pritt says, “During the surgery, the surgeon used a vein and an artery from Dad’s leg to create a ‘Roman archway’ as it were. The one thing he is worried about is Dad’s Conduction System, and so, Dad…

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Church Searching for Book

The Lake Wales (FL) Church is looking for the book Leading in Worship by Terry Johnson.  If you have a copy you are willing to sell, please contact Maria Herman at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales.  863.676.0711 ext 101 or email maria.herman@firstpreslakewales.org. Filed under: News http://arpc.wordpress.com

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Mrs R B “Carrie” Wilson

Mrs. R. B. Wilson (Carrie) passed away Sunday morning, Dec. 18, in Gastonia, NC. She was the mother of Rev. Boyce Wilson (Ebenezer ARP, Rock Hill, SC) and Mary Lineberger (whose husband Mike is pastor of Linden ARP, Gastonia, NC). The memorial service will be Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. at First ARP Church,…

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Martha Emma Shannon

New Albany, MS – Martha Emma Shannon, 86, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Union County. She was born in Tippah County to Emma Lewellen Thurmond and Charlie Rooker Thurmond, Sr. She was a homemaker and a member of Cleveland Street ARP Church of New Albany. She was the widow of…

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PRAYER REQUEST

Rev. Troy Pritt will have a very serious heart surgery on December 19 at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. The retired ARP minister is scheduled to have a growth removed between two valves; one valve replaced; one valve repaired or replaced; and three bypasses. Please be in prayer for Rev. Pritt and his family.…

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TN/AL Presbytery Clerk Dies

Rev. Charles Bradley, pastor of Hopewell ARP Church in Culleoka, TN, died this afternoon of an apparent heart attack. Rev. Bradley was also the stated clerk of Tennessee-Alabama Presbytery. The son of Charles William and Margaret Bechtel Bradley, Rev. Bradley was born May 25, 1956, in Cochise County, AZ.  He received his early education in…

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Job posting: Sebring FL

First Presbyterian Church in Sebring, FL, is seeking a full-time Christian Education director. See www.fpc-sebring.org for details. Filed under: News http://arpc.wordpress.com

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Rev. William Franklin Mitchell Sr.

ROCK HILL – The Rev. William Franklin Mitchell Sr., 95, of 1611 Constitution Boulevard, passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at Harbor Chase of Rock Hill, SC. Burial will take place at the Neely’s Creek ARP Church cemetery in Rock Hill at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25.  A memorial service will be held at…

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First Columbia Welcomes R C Sproul

Annual Spiritual Life Conference We are excited about the prospect of welcoming Dr. R.C. Sproul as the speaker for our annual Spiritual Life Conference here at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, on February 10-11, and would like to encourage others to share in the ministry of these two days. No registration is required. It…

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Jane de Witt

Mrs. John R. (Jane) de Witt passed away suddenly during the night Friday night. Her funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7,  at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC.  Dr. John R. de Witt is a former moderator of Synod and former pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia. Please remember Dr. de Witt…

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