Have you heard the term Small Group ministry and you are not sure what that means for you? Small Group Ministry is a movement to live in a community similar to the first churches that we read about in the book of Acts. These communities of believers lived as a family as they ate together, prayed together, sang together, laughed together, grieved together and encouraged one another. Basically, these groups shared everything — their processions, their time, and their love. They supported each other in the good and the bad. How could your life change if you had a place where you could totally be yourself and know that you were supported no matter what is going on in your life? How could your life change if you had a group that could pray with you when making tough decisions or choices, and could offer their advice and encouragement? The goal of Small Group Ministry is to provide the opportunity for communities of believers to organize and flourish. Over the next few weeks, you will have the opportunity to hear from several individuals and their past experiences with small groups. The first small group at Steele Creek will meet monthly beginning, Sunday, February 11 at 5:30 pm. There will be a brief Exploration Meeting, February 4 after the worship service. Attending this meeting will not obligate you to participate, but it will be a chance to get more information or to ask questions. In the meantime, if you would like more information, you can contact Sandi Lauerman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 803.370.0367.

Now is the time to begin planning a trip to camp for your child this summer! There are many date options open for camp; however, a group from Steele Creek will attend July 22-27. Steele Creek is an official Sustaining Congregation for Camp Grier and our code is 242016. You will need to enter this code when registering your child to receive the Sustaining Congregation discount. In addition to this discount, an additional $100 per camper will be provided by the church! You can register at Please let Lorie Lewis know when you register.

The evangelism team wants to encourage everyone in the congregation to consider attending the study "Just Walk Across the Room" by Bill Hybels. Bill Hybels is founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. This study will explore the natural and empowering approach to evangelism that Jesus modeled himself. Participants will be encouraged and equipped to step out of their comfort zone to develop friendships and extend care, compassion, inclusiveness to people living far from God. There will be two opportunities to take participate in this study:

Sunday mornings, January 21 - March 11, 9:30 am - 10:20 am, led by Cooper Lewis (Multi-Purpose Classroom)

Thursday evenings, January 18 - March 6, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, let by Pastor Jeff Pinkston (dinner will be served before this study as part of Faith and Family nights)

Let's begin the new year focusing on how to share the story of Jesus and his love with everyone!

The winter session of Faith and Family nights will run January 18 - March 8. Dinner will be served each week 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm followed by an adult’s study and activities for children. The adult study this session will be "Just Walk Across the Room" by Bill Hybels (see additional article for more information on the study). Dinner reservations will be due by noon on Tuesday each week. Look for dinner menus to be published soon.

It is the start of a new year and the Fun Bunch cooking team is planning a menu to bring good fortune to those who join us on our new date, Thursday, January 25, at noon. We will be serving a traditional new year feast of pork, black-eyed peas, greens and cornbread. Please try to be there for the food, fun and fellowship. How about a resolution to come all 12 months in 2018? Think how much fun we can have. As usual, call Frances Campbell (704-588-4686) or the church office (704-588-1290) to let us know you are coming. We don’t want to run out of peas and greens!

Our Annual Congregational Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 28, 2018, following the end of the Worship Service. The purpose of the meeting is to review the financial and statistical reports for 2017, to receive the 2018 Budget for information, to consider changes in terms of call for the pastor, to elect the Nominating Committee, to have a meeting of the Steele Creek Presbyterian Church Corporation, and any other business which may arise out of these matters.