the good news
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD!
Psalm 150: 6
To Trust and Not Be Afraid
by Christie S. Gravely
Many years ago, when I was a sophomore at Presbyterian College, I volunteered at the local YMCA
teaching children from the Thornwell Home how to swim. My students were three and four year
olds—pure beginners—and not one of them had ever been in a pool before. Each Friday afternoon
they would march into the pool area and sit in a line along the edge of the indoor pool. Cold and a
little nervous, these children would clutch up and shiver—teeth chattering,
lips purpled, and jaws clenched.
It did not take long for me to realize that it is a law of nature that you cannot swim while cramping
your body and gnashing your teeth. I had to carefully cajole each anxious child to slip off the edge
of the pool and, holding them close, I would carry them gently into the water. As we went, we talked
quietly. I tried to make them smile and ease them into relaxation. Along the way, I would dip down
into the water, allowing them to feel the warmth of it and the flow of it across their skin. After a while,
maybe in the third or fourth venture with me into the deep, I would hold them less and less as they
began to feel the water buoying them up. Eventually, I could lay them on their backs and, holding my
hands beneath them, get them to relax their knees, let loose the muscles in their necks, and slowly
draw air into their lungs. When I would finally remove my hands they would panic, clutch up again,
and start to sink. But sooner or later they would get the feel of what it was like to float
and eventually roll over and start to swim.
The first priority in teaching children to swim is to enable them to trust the water. Somehow or
another they have to come to a specific kind of knowledge. In a deeply somatic, bodily way they
must come to know—on their own—the buoyancy of the water. You cannot explain to children, or
anyone else for that matter, buoyancy. Even the laws of physics cannot help us when learning to trust
the water to hold us up. For the sake of swimming, we have to come to know it personally.
So it is with the life of faith. At the heart of the Christian life there lies a deep, somatic, profoundly
personal but very real knowledge. It is the knowledge of the buoyancy of God. It is the knowledge
that, in struggle and in joy, in conflict and in peace—indeed, in every circumstance and condition
of life and in death—we are upheld by God’s own everlasting arms. It is a deep and profound
knowledge that infuses our minds and our hearts and even our bodies. It is knowledge that, as
we come to know it more and more deeply over many years, will give form and substance to our
entire lives, to our whole way of being in the world, to our very existence. It is the knowledge of the
overflowing abundance of the grace and mercy and love of God.
Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the Lord God is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.
Beginning June 8
we will be partnering with Habitat for
Humanity to build a house in Easley
Brought to you on behalf of the Mission Committee
Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in
his deeds toward the children of man. Psalm 66:5
But we need you!
Whether you are...
recruiting volunteers, reminding volunteers, painting, planting, plastering or
putting on a roof, there is something for everyone.
Dust off your work gloves and get ready for this exciting opportunity!
This exciting project kicks off Saturday, June 8, with a dedication service
on site, followed by the first day of work. The fun begins at 8:00 a.m.!!
The address of the house is 109 Baker Court. It is close to the hospital.
We will be working from 8:00 a.m. - Noon
every Saturday until the home is complete.
Anyone 16 years old and above is
encouraged to sign up!
Sign up in the glass hallway or on our church
website for the Saturday(s) that you would
like to work. If you have any questions, contact
Leigh McManus (859-4220 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sign Up Today!
Bible School Build!
If you are 16 or older and not otherwise busy during Vacation Bible School
plan to join us as we work on our Habitat House.
Sunday, June 9—Wednesday, June 12
We will work each night (Sunday—Wednesday) from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Join us for as
many evenings as you can. We will leave from the church, after dinner each
evening, or if you prefer, just meet us at the site. The address of the house is 109
Baker Court, 29640 (it is close to the hospital).
Come build with us
and help a family have a place to call home!
Summer Sunday School for Adults
All Adults are invited to attend the summer series,
The Six Marks of a Disciple, beginning June 23 in the
If you are not currently a member of a Sunday School
class, or have gotten out of the habit of coming
regularly, this summer would be a great time to start
again! Dr. Bill Seel and Rev. Christie Gravely will be
teaching from a book called The Disciple Making
Church and helping us discover the true marks of a
A Heart for Christ Alone
A Mind Transformed by the Word
Arms of Love
Knees for Prayer
A Voice to Speak the Good News
A Spirit of Servanthood & Stewardship
Welcome Leigh Ramsey as
Our Summer Intern!
We welcome Leigh to our staff this summer. She
is a rising sophomore at Presbyterian College,
majoring in Christian Education. Leigh grew up
in First Presbyterian Anderson and has been very
active there all of her life. Her office will be in the
Choir Room so stop by and visit her. Her email
address is email@example.com. So call, email or
stop by soon!
Easley Presbyterian Church Kindergarten is now
enrolling for the fall. Space is available for ages
K2-K5. Call Libby Dodson at 859-0737 for more
Vacation Bible School
VBS begins June 9 at 5:00 p.m.!!! All are welcome!
Come one, come all to the Everywhere Fun Fair! It is
not too late to register, so go online today (www.
easleypresbyterian.org) and register for a week full of
fun learning what it means to truly be a good neighbor!
Don’t miss out on this fun week. There are classes for all
ages (nursery through 5th grade).
If you are looking for another way to be involved, there
are several mission opportunities during the week of
VBS that all youth and adults are invited to participate
in. We have three very special mission opportunities to
• Samaritan Health Clinic: The clinic is practicing
being a good neighbor to those in need right here
in Easley. We will help to ease their burdens by
collecting items that they use every day.
Bring the following items the week of VBS:
Sunday: paper lunch bags
Tuesday: post-it notes
Thursday: glue sticks
Other items that are being collected in
the glass hallway during the month of June:
highlighters, pens, postage stamps, toilet paper,
antibacterial soap, Ziploc bags (quart and gallon size),
spiral notebooks, and copy paper
• Adult Service Projects: Habitat Build–If you are 16
years or older, meet in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00
p.m. each night to travel to the Habitat site to help
with some projects there. There will be a few other
projects around the church during the week of VBS
if construction is not your gift!
• Ten Thousand Villages: Support our neighbors
around the world by shopping each night at the Ten
Thousand Villages shop. All proceeds go directly
back into the hands of those who make each item.
This is a hit each year at VBS! Get a jump on your
Christmas shopping now!
Many thanks to our VBS Directors: Debra Gantt, Kelli
Burnett and Meredith Greene.
EASLEY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Sunday, June 9 th to
Thursday, June 13 th
A light supper will be served for $2 per person
All children K2 to 5th grade are welcome!
Volunteer and Participant Registration is online now at
On and off-site Mission Projects for both youth and adults
Mission Madness for 5th Grade only!
Learn firsthand about loving your neighbor by serving others in our
church and our community.
Our mission emphasis this year will be
to raise money for the Samaritan Health
Clinic of Pickens County.
Helping neighbors in our midst!
“Love the Lord your God.. and your neighbor as yourself. “ Luke 10:27
June 9-13: VBS “Everywhere Fun Fair”
Fun activities for all ages!
Time: 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Dinner will be served each night, only $2.00 per person.
Please register online at www.easleypresbyterian.org.
June 17-20: Crusader Basketball Camp at FUMC
We will join our neighbors at First United Methodist Church as they host Basketball Camp
in their gym this year. The camp will be led by Coach Chad Lister, Men’s basketball coach at North
Greenville University, along with assistant coaches and players.
Session 1- 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon with K4-2nd Grades Completed
Session 2- 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. with 3rd -6th Grades Completed
Cost: $55.00: Includes a skills instruction, a snack, and T-shirt
June 19: Family Drive-In Movie Night at EPC
All families of elementary children (K5-5th Grades) are invited to attend a movie under the
stars. Families are asked to bring their favorite dessert to share and a blanket or lawn chair to sit in.
Time: 8:00 p.m.-until
EPC Fun Days!
Come spend time with Leigh Ramsey, our summer intern as she leads the groups in some
fun games, a story, and a time of crafting.
Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
June 25: Preschool -- K2-K4 Completed
June 26: Elementary 1 -- K5-2nd Grades Completed
June 27: Elementary 2 -- 3rd -5th Grades Completed
From pigtails and playing in the dirt to
cap and gown with diploma in hand.
to our 2013 Graduates!
Pictured below L-R: Tanner Price, Carter
Norris, Jake Foster, Charles Simmons, Taylor
Davis, Turner Waddell, Chance Mahanes,
Pace Lowery & Alex Houck. Not Pictured:
Kate Heil & Alex Welborn
The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine
upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD lift up his countenance
upon you and give you peace.
High School Mission Trip
Our High School Mission team will be commissioned
during the 11:00 a.m. Worship Service on Sunday, June 9.
Trip Dates and Times:
We will leave from the church at 2:00 PM on Sunday,
June 16, and return early afternoon on Saturday, June 22.
Ekklesia Capital Campaign
Capital Improvements Committee
We are very grateful to the following, who compose our
Capital Improvements Committee, and who have been
responsible for defining the scope of the work we will
be undertaking through our Ekklesia Capital Campaign:
John Cutchin, Chair
If you have any questions about any of the specifics
of the Ekklesia project, please feel free to contact the
Committee Chair, John Cutchin (859-9314), or any other
member of the committee.
How to Pay Your Ekklesia Pledge
You can begin paying your Ekklesia Commitment right
away - in fact, the sooner the better! The three-year
giving period will run from May of this year until May of
2016. You can use your regular church envelopes if you
would like. Just be sure that you mark on the envelope,
“Ekklesia Capital Campaign,” and list the dollar amount.
If you are not using church envelopes, please mark the
check itself with that designation or enclose a note with
the check indicating the same information. If you are
giving stock, please contact our Financial Secretary,
Did you know...
In 2013 individuals, age 70½ and over, can donate up
to $100,000 directly from a traditional IRA to qualifying
charities, like Easley Presbyterian Church? This is
attractive to some, because the donation can be used
to satisfy required minimum distributions (RMDs) from
an IRA without having the distribution included in their
taxable income. Please contact our Finance Committee
Chair, David Mitchell, or your financial advisor for
How Great Thou Art
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Please join us at the Starving Artist Cafe for an art
lesson with Dale Stone. We will enjoy lunch first, then
have our lesson. Bring money for lunch and $10.00
for the lesson. Call Denise Rettberg at 878-6442 if you
have any questions.
Joan and Alan Groome wish to thank the
congregation for all the support: cards, calls, food
and most of all prayers during the recent illness
and passing of Joan’s mother. We are truly blessed
to be in such a loving congregation.
The Spring Camporee was held May 17-19, 2013, at
the Wesleyan Camp at Table Rock. Theme? Science
and Technology! One of the fascinating and fun
events was Bottle Rockets. Scouts would take a
two-liter bottle, put some fins on it, weight one end
with small gravel, stabilized with small pieces of loaf
bread, fill the bottle almost half full of water, mount
it on the launcher and hope their rocket would go
farther than the others. The launcher was built by
one of the Troops and had four launch pipes rigged
so that compressed air could be released suddenly
to trigger the launch. Much fun!
Michael Welborn, Jr.
Mary Katherine DuBose
Andrew & Ginger Colvin 01
Heath & Sara Galloway 01
Jeremy & Rebecca Parker 02
Don & Kathy Fowler 03
Farrell & Nelda Moss 03
Sonny & Susan Dockery 04
Chad & Ginna Lister 06
Dennis & Sharon Beard 07
L.C. & Bey Smith 07
Bill & Dorothy Wilson 07
Ronald & Janice Lippinco 08
J.B. & Dionne Merri 08
Jerry & Lynn Robertson 08
Lane & Marcene Cornwell 09
John & Jean Moore 09
Eric & Laura Anthony 10
Bill & Beth Hagood 10
Ryan & Amy Moore 11
Joe & April Foster 12
David & Nicole Prohaska 12
Rut & Dianne Galloway 14
Paul & Pat Cook 16
Will & Linda Giambalvo 16
John & Natalee French 17
Dexter & Patsy Rogers 18
Bill & Katherine Sco 18
John & Corinne Williams 18
Phil & Sue Barker 20
Eddie & Mary Criendon 20
Don & Frances King 21
Dial & Kathy DuBose 22
Bill & Anne Seel 22
Lucas & Ashley Durham 23
Brandon & Julie Essary 23
Hal & Mary Sullivan 24
Bill & Jo Ford 25
Hoyle & Treva Smith 25
Alan & Joan Groome 27
Johnny & Karen Cooper 28
Tony & Peggy Garrison 28
Bill & Sally Wilhelm 29
Skip & Pam Hendrix 30
Terry & Cheryl Ledford 30
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Easley Presbyterian Church
200 South 1 st Street
Easley, SC 29640
Worship: Sunday 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Sunday School: 10:00 a.m.
The mission of Easley Presbyterian Church is to
reach out and invite people to join in the life and
love of Jesus Christ, to nurture them in the Christian
faith within the tenets of Presbyterianism
and to send them into the world to serve.
Rev. Dr. Bill Seel
Rev. Christie S. Gravely
Director of Christian Education
Director of Youth & Missions
Director of Music
Dr. Ralph Boggess
Youth Choir Director
Youth Handbell Director
C. E. Secretary
Asst. Building Superintendent
Class of 2013 Class of 2014 Class of 2015
Nick Caldwell Carolyn Brice Stewart Bauknight
Eddie Crittendon John Cooper Scott Beane
John Cutchin Tracey Lake Karen Cooper
Sloan Emerson Dennis Latham Joel Ledbetter
Kim Furr Alfred Robinson Phil Lyles
Kathy Lyles Chris Robinson Monty Oxendine
Ruth Rice Dexter Rogers Carl Walsh
David Weaver Billy Waddell Scott Wilbanks
Elder Emeritus: Bill Robinson
Class of 2013 Class of 2014 Class of 2015
Hal Black Julie Bishop Linda Black
Jack Drawdy Gregg Branham Rick Gantt
Dottie Grantham Ronnie Colón Jennifer Graham
Greg Lucas Rachel Coon Meg Jewell
Jennifer McAlister Ann Houck Steve Lewis
David Mitchell Avannah Lewis Wilma Shealy
Dan Nunnery Richard Mintz Elizabeth Weaver
Charlie Syracuse Robert Sams David Whittemore
Jim Findley Jim Brice Hubert Bowick