When a new church starts, it's an opportunity to go "back to basics", and discover again what it looks like to follow Jesus. When it's done right, light, grace, love, and truth can touch and transform lives in ways we didn't think were possible.
Are we living in a time when God wants to do this?
Do you want to know and enjoy God, simply, directly, without the "stuff" that can clutter churches that have been around for a long time?
Do you think God might want to do something new in Dutch Fork?
Our prayer is that God would do a new thing in Dutch Fork, and that he would be with us to speak, to heal, and to direct us in advancing his Kingdom.
Our hope is that those who already believe, would discover again what it looks like to follow Jesus, and that those who don't know Jesus would find gracious, loving, open space with us to ask, learn, and be loved.
Like the first disciples, we will start by meeting in homes. These small groups will do the three things every church must do, to be the church:
Connect with God and one another through worship, prayer, and study.
Grow in our walk with God, through encouragement and care.
Serve our neighbors and one another.
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Wednesday, August 15th, 6:00pm: We welcomed Pastor James - the evangelist for the new church - and his family! 134 members of LMPC joined them for a roast beef dinner, hosted by the Men of the church. The Nominating Committee introduced James, and he spoke about the Why, What, and How Long? of planting a church. Find more info about James, below!
Sunday, September 23rd, 8:30am and 10:30am: Come hear Pastor James preach at the Lake Murray Presbyterian Church!
Saturday, September 29th, 9:00am - 5:00pm: Come to the Okra Strut in Irmo. Stop by our booth and help us name the new church!
Sunday, October 21st, 8:30am and 10:30am: Come hear Pastor James preach at the Lake Murray Presbyterian Church
Sunday, October 28th, Rib Rally AND Trunk or Treat: The Rib Rally - scheduled for Saturday, September 22nd, at Lake Murray Presbyterian - has been moved to the same date as the Trunk or Treat, also hosted by Lake Murray Pres., on Sunday, October 28th! No finer way to eat some ribs, than in your Halloween costume!
Please click here to go to the secure site for online giving: Under "Additional Details", you can designate your gift for the "Daughter Church".
Lake Murray Presbyterian Church is excited to announce that we have called the Rev. James F. Cubie to serve as the evangelist to lead the team that will start the daughter church.
James is a native of Washington D.C., but has deep roots in the Carolinas: His mother's family is from Wilmington, North Carolina, and his father lives nearby in Bluffton.
James has been married to Tara for thirteen years, and they have a twelve year old daughter, Lina, and a one year old son, Jack.
James served at Leesburg Presbyterian Church, in Virginia, for the past four years, as their Associate for Discipleship. His ministry focused on children, youth, young adults and men, in addition to preaching once a month, and pastoral care.
James was assessed positively by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to lead a church plant in late 2013, and since that time, worked with the east coast team that focuses on creating New Worshiping Communities.
James worked on several teams that developed New Worshiping Communities, in Northern Virginia, and most recently with a team that successfully started a community now officially recognized by the PCUSA and National Capital Presbytery.
The focus of James' ministry at Leesburg Presbyterian was building disciple teams to do two things: Strengthen disciples in their identity as followers of Jesus, and train them to reach people who would not ordinarily come to church.
In both of these, James has an excellent track record: Their Sunday morning children's program grew to encompass over ten percent of the church's membership; their youth group tripled in size, with fully one third being youth whose parents did not go to church; and, he created a small groups culture, led by Youth; finally, he started a small groups ministry for adults, that included four groups of between ten and twelve participants, meeting twice a month in homes for fellowship and discipleship.
James loves to build teams for the Kingdom, and will bring this passion to his work in Dutch Fork, on behalf of Lake Murray.
James is an excellent preacher and teacher, and taught for The Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington, from 2011-18. He led several retreats for area churches, and taught seminars on theology and the history of the church.
James serves on the board of The Fellowship Community (formerly "The Fellowship of Presbyterians" and "Presbyterians for Renewal"), which Lake Murray Presbyterian is a member of, and which connects churches and pastors in the PCUSA through: pastoral accountability, missional practices (the things you do to start a new church), and generous, orthodox theology.
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