VOLUME III NUMBER 45                                                                              November 8, 2017

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Sam's Pick 'o the Week

An invitation to a journey of a lifetime:   PCUSA 2018 Mosaic of Peace trip to the Holy Land.   Consider your first journey to Israel and Palestine for a face-to-face encounter with the Children of Abraham.

Presbytery Packet is now Online

Packet for the 116th meeting of Salem Presbytery at St. James Presbyterian Church is now online!

NC Council of Churches Resolution on Torture

Salem Presbytery's  Ecumenical and Interfaith Task Force seeks to inform Salem about the alleged  involvement of North Carolina public airports  being used to transport Federal detainees who may have been tortured outside the United States. Here is a request from our Ecumenical and Interfaith Task Force:

The North Carolina Council of Churches has brought  to the attention of Salem Presbytery that the State of North Carolina may have used public airports to participate in the rendition of Federal prisoners to other countries for the purpose of torture.  A proposed resolution co-sponsored by the Ecumenical & Interfaith Task Group and the Faith & Justice Task Force condemning torture and supporting public inquiry into the matter will be included in your upcoming Presbytery Stated Meeting packet.

Please take time to watch this 7-minute video before the presbytery meeting in preparation to consider action on this resolution.
Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

Shallowford Presbyterian Church has a direct connection to assisting the Cabo Rojo region of Puerto Rico. If you would like to help please contact Rev. Jeff Sockwell at sockwell@gmail.com The following is information they recently circulated: "We readied our first shipment this week and discovered that the cost of shipping is exorbitant.  We researched other options and determined that Amazon Prime was our best option.  We can send supplies directly to Camille's community, and still be eligible for free shipping. The session recently requested that we ask for monetary donations only going forward.  Checks should be made out to Shallowford Presbyterian Church for Puerto Rico relief. We are keeping a running list of items shipped which is displayed at the church."
Board of Pensions Call to Health

Time is running out for Medical Plan members and their covered spouses to complete Call to Health by November 17, 2017.  Visit the website (link below) to register, complete challenges, and earn points.

Heads up to Clerks of Session

TO CLERKS OF SESSION - ANNUAL "CLERK'S" QUESTIONNAIRE:   Just a heads up that you will soon receive the "Clerk's Annual Questionnaire" directly via email from the Presbyterian Mission Agency. While many of the questions in this annual survey do not pertain directly to the work of a Clerk of Session, this is the only Church-wide survey where all offices in six PC(USA) agencies can ask questions that are specific to the particular congregation - and the most reliable point-of-contact is, naturally, the Clerk of Session! These questions change almost every year; this year's survey will include questions that several pastors have asked about pledging. Please participate in this activity to the best of your ability. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance. 
David Vaughan, Stated Clerk
Statistical Reports

A reminder that the Annual Statistical Reports for 2017 and Salem Information Forms will be coming soon!
Medical Mission to Chiapas

INFO FOR UPCOMING MEDICAL MISSIONS TO CHIAPAS - Medical caravans are scheduled to the Manos de Cristo clinic in Ocosingo, Chiapas, Mexico, in late January & February 2018. Week 1 is 01/27/18 -  02/04/18; Week 2 is 02/03/17 - 02/11/18. Cost is $500/week plus airline cost. Medical care provided will be Primary Care. Participants needed are physicians, nurses willing to evaluate patients, PAs, Nurse Practitioners, Spanish translators and non-medical worker bees. Deadline for Jan/Feb 2018 is December 1st. Contact Bill Herring, MD Home# - 828.297.4604  Cell# - 828.265.8441.
Pathways to Learning and Leadership

Learn about Pathways to Learning & Leadership for CREs online through Union Presbyterian Seminary.

Pathways to Learning and Leadership Link
Hunger Action

Become a Hunger Action Congregation! Check the links below for more info.
Church Anniversaries

If your congregation is celebrating a significant anniversary (25, 50, 75, 100, etc.), please let the presbytery office know.
PYC Youth Spring Retreat

Salem Presbytery Youth Spring Retreat ON THE PATH - March 3-4, 2018 using Psalm 119: 1-3    Our leader for the event is Rev. Amy Cantrell, site coordinator for BeLoved House Asheville. Registration will be ready soon. Save the date and plan to join in the fun.
Help Needed: Famine Relief

YOUR HELP NEEDED TODAY!: Call your senators and request aid of  $1 billion dollars for famine relief in Africa. The money is to come from the 2017 Appropriations. The number to call is 800 826-3688.
Click HERE for the 
2017 Prayer Calendar
Covenant - Winston-Salem

Joyce - Stoneville

Cameron - Statesville

November Prayers for 

Eustacia Marshall - Presbyterian Foundation, Board Member
223rd General Assembly

The 223rd General Assembly (2018) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be held in St. Louis, Missouri -  June 16 - 23.The GA meets biennially in even-numbered years and consists of commissioners elected by each of its 173 presbyteries. The GA is full of activities: business sessions, committee meetings, an exhibit hall, daily worship services, and mission tours sponsored by the  Committee on Local Arrangements. The assembly acts on hundreds of items of business, which it receives through the reports and recommendations of various assembly entities, and through overtures from synods and presbyteries.

223rd General Assembly Info
PCUSA News and Announcements

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Board of Pensions Call to Health

Answer the 2017 Board of Pensions Call to Health. Click the link below.

Call to Health
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