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A Letter from the Editor Keep Connected to the Denomination. The start of a new year always makes me look back on the past year and all that has happened. I remember the good days and the rough days, but I know that each day, no matter the circumstances, God had His hand in it. I am starting my 10th year working for The Associate Reformed Presbyterian . It brings my heart joy when I reflect back on the things God did to prepare me for this job. As a lifetime ARP church member, an Erskine College graduate, a former Bonclarken staff member, and now Director of Communica -tions, I see God in every step. You can read more about my new duties on page 10. I am excited for a new year and the new challenges and adventures that go with it. Last year, I made the commitment to attend Wednesday night church regularly. We are involved on Sundays and for other events, but Wednesdays have been hard especially with my husband’s work schedule. So, we started our Wednesday night commitment at Greenville ARPC when the church was offering a great series in conjunction with the evangelistic organization, Christianity Explored. The series was excellent, but about halfway through the series after a long week, I was feeling drained and exhausted from the busyness of life. I wasn’t sure if I could keep going on Wednesday nights. When I picked up our daughter from her class, she was so excited to tell me all the things she had learned. She went on and on about David and Goliath. That was all I needed to hear to feel refreshed and to know we were going to keep going. God reaches out to us through some of the smallest things. This year, I am committing to connecting the denomination. As I mentioned earlier, I am the Director of Communications. The ARP Magazine will continue in print and online. I plan to add an APP for everyone to use to keep up with the latest news and to reach the younger generation. There are churches that feel disconnected from the denomination. I plan to pull those churches in and help them connect to someone else in their same place. There are so many wonderful resources for our churches that I want to share with everyone so that you can have them right at your fingertips. We are all busy in some way or another but never too busy for God’s work. To shine light on some of you who tirelessly do God’s work at your church, I want to highlight someone different in each maga-zine and even more on our website. If you know of someone in your church that goes above and beyond, please share with me. On the next page, you can read our first ARPC Member Spotlight written by Jackson Lyda. We are the ARP denomination. We may be Yes, I want The ARP Magazine ! Check the appropriate boxes below. small, but God is at work in big ways . I want Give to your church along with a check, or mail directly to The ARP Magazine . to share your stories and truly connect with Please renew/start my magazine subscription. each of you. Get ready, 2018, here we come! One year $20 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (Thessalonians 5:11). Two years $38 Three years $54 A gift subscription from _____________________________________________________ Please mail me a sample copy. I am undecided at this time. BILL ME CREDIT CARD (Pay online at www.arpmagazine.org) Name _________________________________________________________________________ Address _________________________________________________________________________ Email _________________________________________________________________________ Susan Tanner, Editor The ARP Magazine stanner@arpsynod.org 864-232-8441 Church _________________________________________________________________________ ARP Magazine • 918 S. Pleasantburg Drive • Greenville, SC 29607 2 The Associate Reformed Presbyterian

A Letter From The Editor

Susan Tanner

The start of a new year always makes me look back on the past year and all that has happened. I remember the good days and the rough days, but I know that each day, no matter the circumstances, God had His hand in it. I am starting my 10th year working for The Associate Reformed Presbyterian. It brings my heart joy when I reflect back on the things God did to prepare me for this job. As a lifetime ARP church member, an Erskine College graduate, a former Bonclarken staff member, and now Director of Communications, I see God in every step. You can read more about my new duties on page 10.<br /> <br /> I am excited for a new year and the new challenges and adventures that go with it. Last year, I made the commitment to attend Wednesday night church regularly. We are involved on Sundays and for other events, but Wednesdays have been hard especially with my husband’s work schedule. So, we started our Wednesday night commitment at Greenville ARPC when the church was offering a great series in conjunction with the evangelistic organization, Christianity Explored. The series was excellent, but about halfway through the series after a long week, I was feeling drained and exhausted from the busyness of life. I wasn’t sure if I could keep going on Wednesday nights. When I picked up our daughter from her class, she was so excited to tell me all the things she had learned. She went on and on about David and Goliath. That was all I needed to hear to feel refreshed and to know we were going to keep going. God reaches out to us through some of the smallest things.<br /> <br /> This year, I am committing to connecting the denomination. As I mentioned earlier, I am the Director of Communications. The ARP Magazine will continue in print and online. I plan to add an APP for everyone to use to keep up with the latest news and to reach the younger generation. There are churches that feel disconnected from the denomination. I plan to pull those churches in and help them connect to someone else in their same place. There are so many wonderful resources for our churches that I want to share with everyone so that you can have them right at your fingertips. We are all busy in some way or another but never too busy for God’s work.<br /> <br /> To shine light on some of you who tirelessly do God’s work at your church, I want to highlight someone different in each magazine and even more on our website. If you know of someone in your church that goes above and beyond, please share with me. On the next page, you can read our first ARPC Member Spotlight written by Jackson Lyda.<br /> <br /> We are the ARP denomination. We may be small, but God is at work in big ways. I want to share your stories and truly connect with each of you. Get ready, 2018, here we come!<br /> <br /> “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (Thessalonians 5:11).<br />

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