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Holy Habits

Read Through the Bible in a Year Have you ever tried to read the Bible from start to finish in one year? Have you ever wanted to embark on such a journey? Well, two members of EPC, Carol and May, accomplished this “bucket list item” in 2016 and they lived to tell about it! Carol and May used a book called Daily Walk Through the Bible they purchased at the local Christian bookstore. What they found most helpful were study helps at the beginning of each day’s reading and being accountable to one another. They would ask, “Did you do your reading?” and check in with each other from time to time. Carol and May also had a desire to know the story of the Bible better, and they have both grown in that knowledge and understanding. Carol even remarked that the daily habit of reading scripture was so much a part of her life she even read while on vacation! Today, many of us want quick, easy and cheap solutions, like we get with most anything else in our lives. But knowledge of scripture and integrating scripture into our lives is not quick, easy and cheap. We must invest ourselves, our time and our discipline. When we are spoon-fed, there is no integration, our faith can just snap, and it doesn’t sustain us through tough times. This is what we want to happen here at EPC. You can attend Equipping the Saints or Wednesday evening Bible study. You can join a Sunday school class, the Men’s Breakfast Bible study, or a Women’s Circle. Holy Habits certainly can change your life!


Service

Nathan’s Valentines

In January 2017, the members of EPW’s FROG (Fully Rely On God) Circle decided to collect Valentine’s cards and small gifts for a young boy named Nathan who has been diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer. Nathan and his family live next door to one of our church members and the ladies have been praying for his recovery for several months. Recognizing a great opportunity to share Christian love and offer support and joy, they invited other Circles to participate in this act of service. Additionally, they brought it up in their Sunday school classes and one church member even took it to his workplace thereby including hundreds of people in this project! There was such an amazing outpouring of love for this little boy. This seemingly small gesture led to more than 1000 cards, pieces of candy, stuffed animals, other toys, and homemade cookies for Nathan and his family. Overwhelmed by the gifts, Nathan’s father said they read every single card and delivered the good news that a recent MRI showed that his tumor has become smaller. Please keep praying for young Nathan and his family!


A Bead and a Prayer

Prayer

In March, 18 people attended a Prayer Bead workshop at EPC led by Kathy Lyles and Christie Gravely. Both children and adults made their own sets of prayer beads and then joined in a “Full Circle” prayer using the cross and each bead as prayer prompts. Many of you may be wondering: What are prayer beads? Why are they used? and Are they Presbyterian? The very word “bead” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word bede, which means “prayer”. Prayer is essential to the Christian life. Our souls cannot live without connection to the very source of our being—just as our bodies cannot live without oxygen. Sustaining our connection to God demands that we attend to prayer with mind, body, and soul. Yet, so many of us find it so difficult to keep our minds and bodies focused for very long. Think how quickly we can grow impatient: waiting on an internet search to pull up links, waiting on a stop-light to turn green, standing in line at the grocery store with ice cream melting in the cart. Being still and paying attention to God isn’t easy; but Christians throughout the centuries have found tools that help us enter the place of quietness and peace where we can commune with God, such as prayer beads. The earliest recorded use of prayer tools comes from the Old Testament. Following God’s instructions in Numbers 15:38-41 and Deuteronomy 22:12, the Israelites tied fringe from their robes into knots, called tzitzit. There was an art to tying these special knots which aided the people of God in remembering the Lord’s blessings upon them and His commandments. Prayer beads work in the same fashion. They can help us find our way back to God. Like the fringe of the Jews, prayer beads serve as a visual cue reminding us to pray and give us something tangible to grasp as we follow the path of the beads, around the circle and back. The Catholic church has always used prayer beads—called the Rosary—as tools for prayer. The Protestant prayer bead set is modeled after the Catholic Rosary, but has different symbols and suggestions for prayers. The Protestant format is in the picture to the right.


First Grade Worship Education by Ginna Lister

Worship

Beginning in January, five 1st graders; Caroline Stuckey, Brinkley Mueller, Anna Kate and Molly Sanders and Quinn Miller, joined with me each Sunday during the 9:00 am Service to learn what worship means, how we worship and why we do the things we do in preparation for them sitting through the entire service at the end of our 10 weeks together. We learned the essentials of worship like: the Gloria Patri, the Doxology, and the Lord’s Prayer. We also learned when to stand, sit, pray, and sing together. You might wonder why we welcome children into worship at such a young age when it is possible that they can’t fully grasp all that is going on. The truth is, they learn just by being there. They learn that they are part of the body of Christ and are welcomed there by sitting side by side by folks of all ages. They learn the importance of ritual by saying and praying the same things week after week. They learn as they look around and see the sacred symbols of cup, plate, table, Bible, cross and font. In Christianity Today, pastor Daniel Darling wrote this article titled: Boring Church Services Saved My Life where he said, God changed my life using routine worship services in which I sang hymns I didn’t quite understand and heard messages I didn’t quite grasp…. Because somewhere in your congregation are children singing words they don’t know, listening to Scripture they don’t understand, and fighting sleep during a sermon that doesn’t hold their interest. They don’t realize it yet, but the Spirit God is pressing the gospel message, through yet another “boring” church service, deep within their hearts.

This is what some of our parents had to say: Brinkley has a greater understanding of our worship services. He is so proud to follow along with the bulletin and gained confidence and excitement after he completed this class. He is doing great sitting in church and continues to ask great questions as he grows his faith. Thank you for all you do for the children in our church! Cassie Mueller, mother of Brinkley Molly & Anna Kate loved the classes you led to teach them about staying and participating in worship services. Their favorite part was learning the songs (Gloria Patri & the Doxology) and the Lord's Prayer. Our bedtime routine took a whole lot longer each night, as they had to take turns singing each song by themselves and then saying the Lord's Prayer! This past Sunday they were really proud when a church member sitting in front of us complemented them on how well they said the Lord's Prayer! Stacy Sanders, mother of Molly & Anna Kate


Children’s Musical by Robert Norris

On May 3, we closed out our Wonderful Wednesday season with a classic musical presented by our children’s choir — “It’s Cool in the Furnace.” Some things never grow old and never go out of fashion -- some things remain "cool" forever. Bible stories are timeless, and this tale of a godly young man named Daniel (Ezekiel Cruz), his three friends, Shadrach (Addie Sanders), Meshach

(Abigail Norris), and Abednego (Margaret Bishop), and a fiery furnace is about as cool as it gets. “It’s Cool in the Furnace” has been presented for over 40 years! The musical, by Buryl Red and Grace Hawthorne presents the story with humor, action, and spiritual heart. King Nebuchadnezzar (Mia Prins) captures the three Hebrew boys, along with many other Jews in Jerusalem, and brings them to Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar builds a huge statue of himself and demands that all


inhabitants of the land worship it. Those who don’t will be thrown into the fiery furnace, therefore everyone complies. Well, not everyone. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednago tell Nebuchadnezzar that they will not worship anyone except God, so the king ordered them thrown into the furnace. Even though the furnace is heated seven times hotter than normal, the three boys did not get burned at all. In fact, they begin to dance and praise God because “It’s Cool in the Furnace.”

Nebuchadnezzar finally takes down his statue and acknowledges that the Hebrew God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. Next time you’re facing troubles, put on your shades, trust in God and just be Coooool!


NONAGENARIANSby Wilma HONORED AT LUNCHEON Shealy The Congregational Care Committee hosted a luncheon on Saturday, April 29, at noon to honor the members of Easley Presbyterian Church who are ninety years old and above. Each nonagenarian was allowed to invite a guest. The luncheon was held in the Blue Room. Valet parking was provided by Mitch Greene and Wayne Prins. Our church is fortunate to have twenty-two members who fit in this category. Those appearing in the front from left to right seated are Kitty Garber, Chris Christopherson, and Rusty Ritter and those standing are Caroline Johnson, Bill Robinson, Jack Brock, John Moore, Frances Blakely, Hubert Bowick, Evelyn Watkins, Betty Melton, and Mary Ellen Layfield. Those not able to attend are Eleanor Barker, Kay Cowan, Dardie Dilly, Bill Ford, Virginia Gower, Deedie Hancock, Gladys Jamison, Ellen McDaniel, Jim Stuckey, and Harold Williams. Roger Levesque provided the entertainment. After the lunch, cake was served and each honoree was given a gift. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

GRAY HAIR AND WRINKLES ONLY ADD CHARACTER.


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YOUTH SUNDAY

his year’s Youth Sunday theme was hope. Eight high school seniors presented meditations on Romans 5:1-8, speaking on how God has given them hope in the good times and in the bad. Many of the other youth helped lead worship through prayer, confession, and liturgy. The youth orchestra, hand bells, and choir provided the music for the ser vice. It was a Sunday to rejoice in the grace and goodness of God. A time to reflect on the baptismal vows of raising and loving children through their life in the church. This was best summarized in one Senior’s reflection, “I may not know what college brings next year, but I am able to rest easy and comfor tably walk the path of life knowing that no matter what I do, Jesus loves me.”


EPCHigh @ Mini Montreat by Thomas Clanton

The Mini-Montreat youth conference was organized and hosted by the Presbyterian Youth Council of the Foothills Presbytery. Andy CastoWaters was the keynote speaker and the music leader was our very own Ali Riehm! Our High School youth, chaperoned by Pam Dillon, Scott Wilbanks, and Dennis Latham, joined other high school groups from other Foothills Presbytery churches. Clayton Graham, a high school senior, says he always enjoys this retreat. “MiniMontreat is one of my favorite weekends all year. It gives me a chance to connect with God and friends.�


EPCMiddle @ Bonclarken by Thomas Clanton

In April EPCMiddle took a short retreat to Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock, NC to learn more about the spiritual life. 26 middle school students and 5 adult volunteers spent Friday night learning how our occupations and preoccupations turn our attentions away from God. We learned that God calls us to put away the many things to focus on the one thing. Our main verse was Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.� The next morning, we learned about spiritual gifts and took an assessment to understand where we can best use them. That afternoon we had time to ride the zip line and the giant swing on the Bonclarken high ropes course! We had a great time connecting with God through nature, scripture, and prayer.


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Congratulations to the Confirmation Class of 2017!

This Spring Easley Presbyterian welcomed 16 new confirmands into the church. These confirmands completed a 30 week course where they learned about the Bible, church history, theology, church polity, and spiritual disciplines. Each confirmand had a mentor who helped guide them through the year. At the end of the course each confirmand, with the help of their mentors, presented their statement of faith to the session. Each statement was unique and spoke about how each confirmand had experienced God in their life and how they will trust in Him for the future. Congratulations to the confirmation class of 2017!

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or her mentor, his or her mentor, articulates what he or she believes about God, the the articulates what he or she believes about God, church, and the gospel. church, and the gospel.

They present these statements to the Session andand thenthen They present these statements to the Session

are are received as members of Easley Presbyterian Church. received as members of Easley Presbyterian Church.

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Baptisms

The Sacrament of Baptism was administered to Paul Harris Young on February 5, 2017. He is the son of Will and Ellen Young, the brother of Arlo, and the grandson of Paul and Pat Cook.

The Sacrament of Baptism was administered to Rhodes Christine Sheehan on April 9, 2017. She is the daughter of Coley and Kinsey Sheehan and the granddaughter of John and Karen Cooper.

The Sacrament of Baptism was administered to Lilly Burch Griese on March 12, 2017. She is the daughter of Bill and Joanna Griese and the sister of Emma Kate.


Congratulations! Congratulations to

Congratulations to

Megan Heil & Will Revson

Dottie Grantham & Gene Johnston

married on March 4, 2017

married on April 20, 2017

Dear friends of EPC, I wanted to drop a note of thanks to you for all of the acts of kindness you showed to me during my hospital stay and recovery. I appreciate all of the cards, calls, texts, emails and the hearfelt prayers. I am so blessed to have such a great group of friends! I cherish each of you. Blessings, Jonene Garrett

I would like to thank the church family for the cards, calls, hugs, and prayers after the death of my father. They meant so much to me and my family. It is so wonderful to belong to such a caring church family. Chuck Dawkins

On behalf of the Kairos team, I want to thank everyone who made cookies for our Kairos Weekend. A special thanks goes out to the youth who participated in the very successful Cookie Bake. I understand all of you were an important part of making things happen. I was unable to attend the weekend this time, but Sandy Hagood said all went well, and there were plenty of cookies for everyone at McCormick Correctional. Thank you again. In the Love of Christ, Tracy Barnes


You can be a vbs hero by volunteering and/or supporting any of our mission projects!

5th Grade UCM Mission Backpack M p roj e c t adness Ten Thousand Villages During the week of VBS, we will be collecting back packs, school supplies and even monetary donations for the United Christian Ministries Backpack Project. These backpacks enable more children in Pickens County to get off on the right foot when school starts back in August. 5th Grade Mission Madness will collect canned goods for UCM as part of their service projects for the week. Also, you can shop for fair-trade items during VBS week in the Ten Thousand Villages Shop located in the gym at FUMC.


SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL

Adult Sunday School Combined Classes in the Fellowship Hall June: Villains of the Bible led by Rev. Doug Vaughn Description: The class will look at some of the more notorious figures in the Bible. Titles include: The Good Book and Bad Characters, Some Wicked Women, Some Malicious Men and A Minor Character of Some Importance Rev. Doug Vaughn is a native of Virginia and was educated at Hampden-Sydney College , BA; Union Presbyterian Seminary, Master of Divinity; Columbia Theological Seminary, Master of Theology; San Francisco Theological Seminary, Doctor of the Science of Theology. Doug served as Pastor of Presbyterian churches in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Texas. On retirement, he was elected Pastor Emeritus of First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC. Doug is married to Martha, a visual artist and art educator. Doug and Martha have a son who lives in Taylors, SC.

July: The History of Christianity in America led by John DuBose Description: This four-week Sunday school class will explore the story of Christianity in America from early colonialism to the present day. In this class, we will attempt to understand how the church's past has informed its present. With that understanding, we will hopefully come away with a clearer view of God's call for the future of the church. John is a lifelong member of Easley Presbyterian Church. He is pursuing his M.Div. at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte under the care of EPC and Foothills Presbytery. He also works at GE in Greenville and lives with his wife, April, in Powdersville.

August: Life Together in Christian Community led by Rev. Joseph Gaston Description: This will be a three week exploration entitled “Life Together in Christian Community.” “Christianity means community through Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ,” according to the Lutheran pastor, theologian and martyr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. We will draw upon Bonhoeffer’s classic book, Life Together, which describes the gift of unique fellowship forged in an underground seminary during the Nazi years in Germany. Bonhoeffer offers practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups through Scripture and spiritual practices. Life Together has been described as “bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.” Joseph Gaston began last July as the Chaplain of the Foothills Retirement Community of Easley. As a child of a farm and the historic Fishing Creek Presbyterian Church in Chester County, SC, he describes himself as an “old farm boy pastor.” He has been a member of Foothills Presbytery for 12 years, having previously served as Associate Pastor at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Greenville. Joseph and his wife Karen are graduates of Clemson University, the parents of two adult children, and the grandparents of Emma Kate and anticipate the birth of their second grandchild in October. He is grateful for the long standing and significant partnership between Easley Presbyterian and the Foothills Community.


Summer Sunday School for Children: The Jesus Storybook Bible EPC. . . where Sunday School Never goes on vacation but, Summer Sunday School will look a bit different this year for the children. All ages (current K3-5th grades) will meet in the large room beside Ms. Ginna’s office. Here children will be introduced to an Old Testament story each week using a DVD clip from the Jesus Storybook Bible. After this introduction, children will break up into classes to get into the Bible story of the day. Now, we know that just because EPC doesn’t go on vacation, doesn’t mean that you don’t, so we are offering these beautifully crafted and illustrated Bibles for sale for families to read along on the Sundays you miss. The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to discover the one who is at the center of God’s great rescue story -- Jesus. From Noah to Moses to King David, every story whispers his name. Bibles will be on sale in Ginna’s office during the week and on Sundays for $9 each. Consider adding this wonderful family Bible to your family’s summer reading list!

WELCOME EPC SUMMER INTERN! Hello everyone! I'm Sarah Shetley, a sophomore at Presbyterian College majoring in Christian Education and minoring in English and Sociology. I am honored and excited to join you all at Easley Presbyterian this summer in your ministry. Thank you for providing me with this opportunity. I can't wait to get to know you all and see what this summer has in store!

Sarah’s first Sunday will be May 21, 2017!


The Preschool @ EPC 2016-2017 Recap: “The Preschool” has a fresh new “look” as well as a new colorful logo this year! We have been busy with our children learning through Music Class, Chapel time, Computer PALS, Spanish, Arts and Crafts, Circle Time and Zoo Phonics! Currently we are up to 27 Spanish vocabulary words! It’s just amazing! The Preschool had so many fun events this year such as: Fire Truck Day, a costume Halloween Party & Trunk or Treat, Picture Day, Family Thanksgiving Feast & Program, PJ’s and Pancakes Lunch, Christmas Program with Santa, EPCK Sunday, Valentine’s Day parties, Dr. Seuss Spirit Week, and our Easter Egg Hunt and Chick- Fil- A lunch party!


As we wrap up the school year the end of May, we look forward to our 5 Summer camps. Please sign your child up by May 19th! They must be K-1 thru K-4 completed. The camps are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00-1:00, and are $65 per session. Please bring a bag lunch. The dates are:

1. Carnival Week – June 13 & 15 2. Sweet summertime Treats- June 20 & 22 3. Bugs ’n Butterflies- July 11- 13 4. Christmas in July- July 25 & 27 5. Princesses & Pirates- August 8 & 10.

We are still enrolling for the 2017-2018 school year! Classes are filling up, so be sure to register your child to guarantee their spot for Fall! Contact Jen Willey, Preschool Director @ 859-0737 or jen@easleypresbyterian.org. Also, visit The Preschool on Facebook!


Amazing Grays Coming up this Summer... • May 18 - Pontoon Boat Ride & Lunch • June 15 - Carl Sandburg Home & Lunch @ Seasons • July 20 - Easley Area Museum with Chad Stewart • August 10- Flat Rock Playhouse

Amazing Grays

The Amazing Grays group enjoyed a tour of the Museum of the Cherokee in March and Clemson’s Botanical Gardens in April.


PW Easter Egg Tree for Thornwell Children’s Home Many thanks to all who donated to the Egg Tree for Thornwell Children’s Home. We were overwhelmed by your loving and generous response! The items have been delivered to Thornwell and will certainly help them equip several of their community programs as well as meet the needs of the children at Thornwell. Special thanks to Marcia Humbert and Carolyn Brice for all their dedication to the project.

Birthday Parties One of the missions of Easley Presbyterian Women is to celebrate the birthdays of the residents at Fleetwood Rehab & Healthcare Center in Easley. EPW circles take turns delivering snacks, lemonade, and birthday cards each month. Thank you to these ladies who help spread joy each month!


SUMMER SIZZLE 2017 • May 21, 11:00 am - Graduate Recognition • June 4-8, 5:30-8:30 pm - Vacation Bible School • June 11-16 - EPCMiddle Mission Trip to Asheville, NC • June 14, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Tubing in Helen, GA - 3rd-5th graders • June 20, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Crafts & Cones - K5-2nd graders • June 21, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm - Preschool Water Day • June 25-30 - EPCHigh Mission Trip to Washington, DC • June 26-29, 9:30 am- 12:00 pm - Basketball Camp - K4-7th graders • July 3-6 -

Camp

• July 9-14 - EPC week @ • July 12, 1:30-5:00 pm - Glazed in Clemson - K5-5th graders • July 9-15 - EPCHigh to Montreat • July 14, 7:00-9:00 pm - Family Pool Party @ YMCA • July 17-21, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Sprout Day Camp - K5-2nd graders • July 26, 5:30-7:30 pm - Preschool PJ Party • July 27- Mystery Destination! K5-5th graders • July 31-Aug 4, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - SOAR Day Camp - 3rd-5th graders • August 7-11 - Arts Camp @ Easley First Baptist Church • August 12 - Movin’ On Up Day @ the Lake - Rising 6th graders only • August 27, 3:00-7:00 pm Rally Day @ Arran Farms Visit www.easleypresbyterian.org for more information and to sign up

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