June Newsletter.indd - Easley Presbyterian Church


June Newsletter.indd - Easley Presbyterian Church


June 2013

Presbyterian Church

a publication

of EPC

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.

Isaiah 12:2

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 leigh@easleypresbyterian.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

6:00—8:00 p.m.

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

Fellowship Hall.

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


June 23:

June 30:

July 7:

July 14:

July 21:

July 28:

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 lhramsey@presby.edu. So call, email or

stop by soon!

Now Enrolling

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

Monday: pencils

Tuesday: post-it notes

Wednesday: Kleenex

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.


Sunday, June 9 th to

Thursday, June 13 th

5:00-8:00 PM

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

Summer Sizzle

June Activities!

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

Cost: Free!

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

Cost: Free

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.

Numbers 6:24-26

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

Paul Cook

Mario DiPietro

Jack Drawdy



Rut Galloway

Dottie Grantham

Ruth Rice

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,

Nancy Cochran.

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

additional information.

Amazing Grays

How Great Thou Art

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

11:30 a.m.

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.

Thank You

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.

Scout News

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!


June 1

Caleb Lowdermilk

Michael Welborn, Jr.

June 2

Bret Galloway

Grady Jordan

June 3

Hagan Beach

Brice Ellison

Caroline Lucas

June 4

Nicholas Ard

Mary Katherine DuBose

Anita Nalley

Anderson Stener

June 5

Allison Miller

CatherineAshley Simpson

June 6

Julie Bishop

Cally Galloway

Marilyn Merri

Liz Thompson

June 7

Chrisne Cobb

Ma Nunnery

June 8

Bill Massingill

June 9

Anna Criendon

Cody Lamontagne

Roger Levesque

June 10

Cassie Mueller

Pam Rivard

June 11

Marcelle Brothers

McKenzie Dorsey

Chris LaFata

Mary Roberts

June 12

Mary Boggess

Susie Elsken

Jo Ford

Aurelia Mayer

Jamey Thompson

June 13

Amanda Fulcher

Trudy Prince

Natalie Turner

June 14

Hailey Gan

Kim Jordan

Amy Moore

May Williams

June 15

Beverly Carson

Joan DeLoache

Jeromy Ross

June 17

Mary Goodale

Anne Kilpatrick

Krissy LaFata

Chrisne Raisor

June 18

Meg Jewell

June 19

Alex Heil

June 20

Briney Bugar

Kerry Capps

June 21

Ryan Moore

June 22

Kim Moore

Buddy Thompson

June 23

Sherry DiPietro

Donn Johnson

June Mahaey

Clara Waddell

June 24

Leigh Beach

Ella Biege

Roddey Geys

Dexter Rogers

June 25

Rob LaFata

Max Ross

Robert Waters

June 26

Angela Simpson

June 27

Ralph Boggess

Edwin Furr

Andy Sullivan

Hannah Wilson

June 28

Frank Blackwelder

Sean Faulkner

Mike Jewell

June 29

Ashley Chapman

Adam Darity

Jo Moore

Ashley Riggins

June 30

Allison Collie

Rob Key

Eleanor Swillen

Carey York


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

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Easley Presbyterian Church

200 South 1 st Street

Easley, SC 29640


FAX 864.859.0212


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.

Church Staff


Rev. Dr. Bill Seel

Associate Pastor

Rev. Christie S. Gravely

Director of Christian Education

Ginna Lister

Director of Youth & Missions

Leigh McManus

Director of Music

Dr. Ralph Boggess

Youth Choir Director

Angela Weisner

Youth Handbell Director

Bunny Deener

Kindergarten Director

Libby Dodson

Church Secretary

Jonene Garrett

Financial Secretary

Nancy Cochran

C. E. Secretary

Carol Nicholson

Building Superintendent

Tony Brock

Asst. Building Superintendent

Mel Brock

Church Officers


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

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