A Message From Our Minister


 . .Weekly Newsletter. .

May 24, 2015


           Hold That Thought...

A PERSONNEL UPDATE is the order of the day.  Please take a few moments to read these specific changes to our staff.  While we are blessed with dedicated people who serve us well, each person we call to First Presbyterian is vital to our mission.  Your prayers for these employees are an essential part of this process.

Music Search—The team that will recommend to the Session our next Director of Children, Youth, & Handbells (and possibly Early Sabbath Music) is hard at work.  To date they have interviewed Linda Downes, reviewed the job description, and posted the position on several sites.  Interesting applicants are responding, and interviews are pending.  If you would like to have any input into this process, please contact one of the team members: Medissa Cox, Debbie Jumper (Chair), Scott Limehouse, Bob Moore, Mary Kate Powell, Julie Schexnayder, Jim Ward, and Robbie Warner.

Education Search—In similar fashion, there is a team in place to lead us to our next Director of Christian Education.  Currently, this group is interviewing Marian Shelton and reviewing the job description.  In addition, they are letting the community know we are looking for the special person who will serve in this capacity.  If you know of someone you would like to recommend, please contact one of the team members: Audrey Bruner, John Buxton, Sherrie Gore, Jamie Kuykendall (Chair), Jeff Marlowe, Kristin Mayhew, Wendy McCrackin, Beth McNew, and Chris Richarson.

These two teams are most capable doing their jobs well.  We are so fortunate that these responsibilities are in their hands.  To work with them on a weekly basis to this end is a privilege for me as your minister.  Here are a few of updates that are related to individual staff members.

LuAnne Martini—With the completion of the Internship by Hannah Gordon, the Personnel Committee invited LuAnne to expand her role into a full-time position.  In addition to continuing her work with our smallest children, LuAnne is now responsible for staffing the office on our Kings Campus.  We are delighted that she has moved into this new ministry.

Frank Buono—At his request, the Personnel Committee has had further conversation with Frank concerning his tenure as Business Administrator.  We are pleased to tell you that Frank will continue in this capacity until at least the end of the year.

Finally, we are excited to share news concerning the music of Early Sabbath.  Dr. Jim Tully has agreed to organize this part of our Thursday night worship on a part-time, temporary basis.  His work will coincide with the Music Search mentioned above.  For the foreseeable future, Jim will serve us well.  As Director of Bands/Professor of Music at Coastal Carolina, Jim is most qualified for the job!




Dr. John C. Brearley

Senior Minister