This Day In History Feb. 19 - 26, 2017
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On Feb. 19, 1747, the Rev. Samuel Davies was ordained as an evangelist by the Presbytery of Newcastle, which had licensed him on July 30, 1746. Davies was sent to Hanover, Virginia, in Spring 1747. Davies would go to head Princeton University (then known as the College of New Jersey).
On February 24, 1790, the Presbytery of the Carolinas and Georgia was formed for the Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) Church of America. Forming the Presbytery were 43 ARP churches including 14 North Carolina ARP churches: Hawfields, Eno, Goshen, Fourth Creek (now Statesville), Coddle Creek, New Hope, Gilead, Prosperity, Rock Springs, New Sterling, New Perth, Sardis, Providence and Waxhow; 22 South Carolina ARP churches: Ebenezer (in York county), Steel Creek (now Blackstock), Neely’s Creek, Ebvenezer (in Fairfeld county), Rocky Creek (now Hopewell), Rocky Creek Meeting House (now Union), Ebenezer (now New Hope), Indian Creek (now King’s Creek), Cannon’s Creek, Prosperity, Cedar Creek (now Cedar Springs), Long Cane, Little Run (now Little River in Abbeville county), Rocky Springs (in Abbeville county), Generostee, Duet’s Corner (now Due West Corner), Diamond Hill, Crystal Spring, Rocky Spring (in Abbeville county), Little River (in Laurens county), Warrior’s Creek (in Laurens county), and city Charleston; and 8 Georgia ARP churches: Queensborough, Back Head, Big Creek, Joppa, Popular Springs, Twenty-Six-Mile Creek, Eighteen-Mile Creek, and Rayburn’s Creek. The ARP records are housed in the Presbyterian Heritage Center in Montreat.
On Feb. 26, 1890, Rev.William Henry Sheppard, an African-American Presbyterian minister ordained in 1888 to serve at Zion Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, sailed on the Steamship Adriatic with white missionary Rev. Samuel Norris Lapsley. They were on their way to the Congo as Presbyterian missionaries. Reverends Sheppard and Lapsley were members of the Presbyterian Church (US).
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Reformation500 National Conference - May 5 - 6, 2017
An exciting look at the Reformation and its lasting impact on today’s Protestant churches will be the focus of the Reformation 500: A National Conference in Montreat on May 5 - 6, 2017, organized and sponsored by the Presbyterian Heritage Center.
Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, this conference offers outstanding speakers and panelists in both plenary sessions and breakout workshops covering such topics as: Pre-Reformation: The Beginning (The 150 Years before 1517), from Wycliffe, Lollards, Hus to Luther The Reformation: First 50 Years (1517 - 1567) from Luther to Calvin to Knox to the Counter-Reformation The Reformation: Conflict & Chaos (1568 – 1685) The Reformation Comes To America (1620 - 1760) Music of the Reformation How to Bring the Reformation Alive in your church’s
Bible study, Sunday School classes, youth groups; The Reformation’s Impact on Families The Next 100 Years: Future of the Reformation
Congo Mission Exhibit and Discovering Congo Art: The Role of Missionaries Exhibit are now both open at the Presbyterian Heritage Center. Come learn about the 125 history of the American Presbyterian Congo Mission its integrated pioneers during a time of American Jim Crow laws, its successfull campaign against King Leopold's atrocities on the native population, its trials and tribulations as well as how Congo Art influenced early 20th Century modern art.
The PHC's display of about 100 artifacts from Congo Kuba, Luba, Songye and Pende groups is just a small portion of what is a top 10 Congo Art collection located in the United States. See king statues, ceremonial weapons, decorated masks, everyday living implements.
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College Students Visit
More than 140 college students in five classes visited the PHC in January to view the Reformation500 Bible exhibit (below) and Congo Mission displays.
The Bible: The First 100 Years of the Protestant Reformation Exhibit is now open. See all major Bibles produced in the 16th Century from Tynedale's first translation in English, Luther's German Bible, Henry VIII's Great Bible, Queen Elizabeth's Bishops Bible, Geneva Bible, the first edition, first printing of the 1611 King James Bible and more!