VOLUME III NUMBER 27                                                                                                        July 5,   2017
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Thomas Merton on "Life in the Fast Lane"  -"There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful."Thomas Merton , Trappist Monk,  Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander  1968.  " To think he wrote this half a century ago.  What would he say now?  What would he think of computers, email, cell phones--technologies that were intended to make life easier, and can , when kept in balance, but in the end have made "the rush and pressure of modern life" worse than ever..." posted by  David Backes. Remember to "breathe!" - Sam Marshall
Presbytery Meetings

The calendar of 2017 Presbytery Meetings and their deadlines is online HERE.
Healthy Boundaries

Healthy Boundaries training will be offered on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 9:30 - 11:30am at the offices of Salem Presbytery. Register today!
Bryan McFarland Sabbatical

Rev. Bryan McFarland had a musical & reunion-filled sabbatical. Read about it HERE.
Clergy Couples Retreat

Salem Presbytery has numerous couples who are both in professional ministry. Click HERE for info about Called Together: A Retreat for Married Couples in Professional Ministry is a four day retreat focusing on relationships, renewal, and resources for couples who are both in professional ministry. clergycouples 
Make Your Presbytery Commitment of Support Here

Click HERE to make your 2017 Commitment of Support for Salem Presbytery and PC(USA). commitment
EQUIP Support Team News!

Look what's coming your way from the Equip Support Team: Resource Swap - August 12th. Bring some to Give or an empty bag to Get.  Click HERE for more information. equipteam
EQUIP Support Team Book Read

Equip's book read for the summer is "Inhabiting Eden" by Patricia K. Hill. Click HERE for more information on this book or you may connect with Beth Hayes in our Moravian Resource Center.  bookread
Presbyterian Women's Fall Gathering

Presbyterian Women's Fall GatheringSeptember 23rd at Thyatira Presbyterian Church, Salisbury. Keynote leader is Susan Jackson Dowd. More info to come on our webpage. 
St. James Celebrates 150 Years!

St. James Presbyterian in Greensboro celebrates 150 years! Click HERE for schedule of activities. If you are celebrating a significant anniversary (25, 50, 75, 100, etc.) please let the presbytery office know. stjames
Salem Presbytery Prayer List

The Salem Presbytery Prayer List is continually updated. Please notify Laurie Scott or Bryan McFarland if there are items you'd like to add/edit on our Prayer List presbyprayer
New Salem Presbytery Directory!

Access our  Salem Presbytery Directory with the following GLOBAL password:  clemmons3950 OR if your information is in the system you can follow the online steps to gateway in by your own passphrase. Please  help us by sending any corrections to support@salempresbytery.org.   directory
POAMN Conference

Look at what's ahead for OLDER ADULTS & Retired Clergy in our presbytery. POAMN (Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network) Regional Conference set for October 19th at Highland, WS will include a workshop for retired clergy called Retired Clergy: Asset or Liability. Set this day aside and look for registration information in the fall. Click HERE for more information.
Little Big Tent Coming this Fall

The Little Big Tent is coming this fall, October 28th. Our committees will offer workshops that will help us focus on and celebrate the 500th anniversary of The Reformation. See the FLYER for more information. littlebigtent 
Click HERE for the ALL-NEW 2017 Prayer Calendar
First - Mocksville
Cross Roads - Mebane
Second - Mocksville
July Prayers For

Don Saunders, President North Carolina Historical Society
PCUSA Matters

  • Presbyterian Men's summer conference information. Click HERE.
  • APCE Mid-Atlantic Region Fall Retreat. "WALK THROUGH THE HOLY " Laurel Ridge Conference Center, October 16th - 18th.  Click HERE for more info and to register. Early bird deadline is June 30th. Von Clemans will be the keynote speaker and will be sharing information about his most recent trip to Jerusalem. We will be gathering at the beautiful Laurel Ridge Conference Center October 16-18, 2017.  There will also be an APCE panel with three APCE Presidents: Our past president Von, our current president Holly Inglis, and our president elect Dr. Ken McFayden.  You won't want to miss this event! The early bird registration deadline is June 30.  So don't delay!  Register today HERE.
  • The 2017 Big Tent conference in St. Louis, July 6-8, 2017 with the theme: Race, Reconciliation, and the Reformation. Through plenary events, Bible study, workshops, and worship, attendees will be challenged and renewed by the power of the Gospel message to overcome our current realities of anxiety, division, and inequality.   
  • Click HERE for the latest news and announcements from the PCUSA
  • PRESBYTERY LIAISONS:  We are looking for individuals willing to serve as their Presbytery liaison. These volunteers would assist in building a local network of ecumenical partners, sharing ecumenical resources or information, and keeping CEIR and national staff informed of local efforts/resources.  The application can be found HERE and contains additional information.