Safety and Risk Management for Places of Worship - We are all aware of the enormous impact of gun violence and other hostile acts occurring in settings where people are gathered to worship. It is vital to manage risks and reduce the potential for violence and minimize the harm. Your church may be contemplating developing plans for safety - fire, storms, flooding and weapon/gun violence. Our insurance carrier Brotherhood Mutual has provided some healthy guidance for risk management and safety on their web site: Every church should have plans and people in place to handle crisis events. Talk to your local law enforcement and ask them to do a "safety" check of your property and procedures. Talk to your insurance carrier about safety. Start with the links below from Brotherhood Mutual.
Annual Statistical Reports for 2017 and Salem Reports
The PC(USA) Annual Statistical Report system is scheduled to be open for Clerks of Session on December 1, although you may need to wait until after December 31 to begin inputting your 2017 statistics. Instructions may be found HERE. Deadline for input is February 16, 2018; Sessions must approve the 2017 Statistical Report by this date.
Salem Presbytery Reports: Forms to submit to the Presbytery Office by Clerks of Session may be found HERE (bottom of page). These forms are due in the Presbytery Office on February 16, 2018. One document (Information Form-2018) reflects officers and staff for 2018; the second document (Necrology-2017) reflects ruling elders in your congregation who died during 2017.
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. Click below for more information. Also... Your help is needed supplying items for Salem Presbytery medical mission trips. Click below for a WISH LIST. Items can be dropped off at the offices of Salem Presbytery. If you have questions contact Ray Mims at email below.
Sarah McHenry - Representative to Synod Jubilee Fund Committee
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.