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Erskine Board Action Regarding Seminary Among the important issues considered by the Erskine College Board of Trustees in its meeting Aug. 17, 2012, was the recent administrative restructuring at Erskine Theological Seminary. In view of some confusion regarding the intent of these changes, the board adopted a statement, “Affirming Erskine Theological Seminary.” Here, Erskine President […]

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Urgent Prayer Request A former ARP minister, Rev. Ray Lanning, is currently hospitalized with a form of encephalitis, likely with its roots in some other disease. The doctors are still working on a proper diagnosis, so the long-term picture is still uncertain. He’s sometimes lucid, but very weak. As you can imagine, it has taken […]

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Funeral Arrangements for Rev. Ron Bell Rev. Ron Bell, pastor of the Faith ARP Church,  Scranton, PA, died on Sunday, Aug. 5.  A memorial service for Rev. Bell will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Bradley Memorial Methodist Church, 106 Lincoln Street, Dickson City, PA  18519. You are invited to join […]

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Summer’s End By Delores McDonald As summer winds down, so do the many camps and conferences scheduled at Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock, NC. With school beginning this month for many students, families are now focusing on getting back into the routines and schedules of a new school year. Reflecting on a very busy […]

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Death: Patsy Ratchford Mrs. Patsy Ratchford passed away last night at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC, following a critical illness of several weeks. Mrs. Ratchford was a former president of the Woman’s Synodical Union (now ARP Women’s Ministries).  At the time of her death, she was serving on First Presbytery’s ARP Home Board of Directors […]

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Death of a Pastor Dr. Ron Bell, pastor of Faith Church in  Scranton, PA (Northeast Presbytery) has died. Clerk of Session John Domin says instructions are to donate his body to the Medical College of Scranton.  There will not be a viewing or a funeral service.  “Perhaps at some point in time a memorial service […]

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 Death: Dr. Harold L. Richardson WINONA, MS – Rev. Dr. Harold L. Richardson passed away on July 21, 2012, at his home after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Visitation was held on Sunday, July 22, at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Winona, followed by a funeral service at 4 p.m. officiated […]

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Death of Ray Barnes Elder Ray Barnes suffered a severe stroke on Wednesday and died Thursday at 9:15 p.m. He was an elder at the Sandy Plains ARP Church in Tryon, NC. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21 at the Bonclarken Chapel (Bonclarken Conference Center), Flat Rock. Please keep […]

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A Word From Your Principal Clerk General Synod 2012 by the numbers By C. Ronald Beard A few Synod statistics…it really doesn’t make for good reading. For General Synod 2012, the constituted roll contained 252 ministers and 127 ruling elders for a total attendance of 379. Here’s where the embarrassment begins. More than half of […]

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What is Synod’s Purpose? This year, in the ARP Magazine’s Moderator’s Corner, Moderator Steve Suits will reflect on why the ARP Church should have a Synod. He begins in the Sept/Oct issue by saying, “We need to keep in mind the Presbyterian principle that the smaller is subject to the larger, the larger to the […]

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