August 14, 2019
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Come to Presbytery This Saturday!: Notes in Transition

Salem Presbytery gathers this Saturday, August 17, at Jamestown Presbyterian Church. We hope all members of presbytery plan to attend, and we urge you to see that each of your churches is fully represented by elder commissioners too. Our participation is one of the ways we honor vows we take on the occasion of our ordination. We will worship, enjoy fellowship, welcomes candidates for ministry, receive new members, honor retiring ministers, and learn about important work committees of our presbytery are doing in mission on behalf of us all.

In addition we will consider a resolution from the session of Bethel Church in McLeansville regarding the church and the issue of abortion as referred by the executive council.

The Nominating Committee will present names for responsible posts, including, in nomination to be our next moderator, the Rev. Paul Sink.

The Implementation Team will report on progress it has made so far as the plan adopted by presbytery last February comes to fruition.

Please see the packet HERE.

We thank our host pastor, the Rev. Jay Smith, and all the members of the Jamestown Church who are already exerting themselves to make us welcome.

Grace and peace,

Steve Scott
Transitional General Presbyter
August Presbytery Meeting Preparations

The Presbytery Packet is online and is available through the link below.
An Addendum to the Presbytery Packet is also available through the link below.

Clerks of Session (and clergy) should ensure that elder commissioner(s) are elected prior to the August 17 meeting of Presbytery at Jamestown.

Open to New Ideas for Your Congregation?

Does your church sometimes feel stale? Are you looking for a little energy?
Salem's Church Growth and Transformation Committee has several solutions for what ails you!
1)      CG&T has prepared resources for "Elders on the Loose," a structured way for churches to look at themselves with fresh eyes by visiting other churches to find and bring back new ideas. Equipped with an easy-to-use worksheet, each church's Session is invited to give their elders a week off from worship to visit other area churches and view them from a newcomer's perspective. This can help inform how welcoming we really are. More information and forms will be available on the Presbytery website following Saturday's Presbytery meeting.

2)      Churches are also invited to participate in "Gospel on the Go," a presbytery-wide pulpit swap" on Sunday, September 29. Participating pastors are encouraged to offer messages of hope, vision, and transformation to their sister church for the day. Churches can be paired either by taking the initiative directly or by being paired through CG&T. Please contact Lee Zehmer to sign your church up or for more information.
Attention Clerks of Session

Good news and more good news! Presbyterian Mission Agency's Research Services group is abandoning the "Clerk's Annual Questionnaire" (CAQ)! You'll remember that the CAQ was the fall survey that asked questions like "what kind of Sunday school curriculum are you using" and "does your church have a committee that focuses some or all of its attention on world or international mission?" 

Instead of the CAQ, Research Services may periodically design a short survey on a targeted topic of interest and deliver that to you - in random fashion (not everyone will be asked to participate in every survey). In that vein, you might receive, directly from Research Services, a link to complete a short and easy-to-complete survey on the General Assembly and the Office of the General Assembly. Please make every effort to complete this survey. 

If you have any questions, please contact David Vaughan through the link below.To clarify: the Annual Statistical Report and the Salem forms (information and necrology) will still be required! Thank you for your important work!

Opportunities to Serve in Mission Continue on Carolina Coast

What would happen to your home if 40 inches of rain fell on it in 3 days?  Many people in Coastal Carolina Presbytery found out last fall during Hurricane Florence.  Water falling from above and rising from below put many people out of their homes, and many remain displaced, particularly in Pender County in southeast NC. 

Working through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington continues to offer housing for volunteer groups to help repair and rebuild these homes.  Our facility has 8 individual air-conditioned rooms with cots topped by 4-inch foam mattresses. We can accommodate groups of up to 25 volunteers. Volunteers with construction skills are especially needed, but anyone with a good back and a loving heart is valuable, too. 

We have some wonderful fall and winter dates open, and our work partner (NC Baptists on Mission) has a one-year waiting list of homes needing repair.  For more details contact Allison Cockrill at the link below. To schedule a trip, contact Eden Carroll at the link below. Thank you!

Concert Opportunity at Franklin Church

Franklin Presbyterian Church, in Salisbury, invites the Salem Presbytery family to join them to hear Reggie Saddler & Family Band in concert on Sunday, August 18, at 5:00 p.m., with a meal following the concert. Reggie Saddler is the former guitarist with Frankie Vallie; he traveled worldwide with the Bill Gaither Family. A love offering will be received. The church is located at 280 Franklin Church Drive, Salisbury. For more information call 704-633-2292.
Salem Online Resources

Have you acquainted yourself with our online directory? Please take advantage of this handy resource, to which you have access through the Salem Presbytery website. As our staff grows smaller, and as fewer are available to answer the phone, you will find this directory easier to use (password = clemmons3950) than calling the presbytery to get phone numbers and email addresses of committee members or others you want to be in touch with.

Healthy Boundaries Training

Learn about Healthy Boundaries events and click the link below for a listing of 2019 events with complete Registration links.

Nominations for 2020 General Assembly Commissioners

Salem's Committee on Representation is now receiving nominations for Commissioners to the 224th General Assembly, to take place June 20-27, 2020 in Baltimore. We anticipate sending four Minister commissioners and four Ruling Elder commissioners - and hope to identify a Young Adult Advisory Delegate as well. Nominating forms are on the Presbytery website through the link below. Forms must be submitted by October 1, 2019; early submissions are welcomed!

Click HERE for the 
2019 Prayer Calendar
August Prayers for:

Permanent Judicial Commission
Personnel Committee
Mebane First Presbyterian
Francisco - Westfield
Concord - Statesville
The Book of Common Worship, Flash Drive Edition

The Book of Common Worship, Flash Drive Edition (Single-User License)* is now available! $50.

This helpful resource contains electronic files from the Book of Common Worship to make worship planning and bulletin preparation easier and more effective. The flash drive contains a PDF file with extensive links to chapters, sections, and individual services that allow for easier reading, searching, and browsing. This edition also contains Microsoft Word files for each of the services and commentaries found in the Book of Common Worship. Services are arranged in separate files for the ease of bulletin creation and copying and pasting.

Mission Leaders In Salem Presbytery

Salem Presbytery is compiling a list of "Mission Leaders" in each of our congregations. We seek contact information for mission committee chairs, mission coordinators (staff or volunteer), or those excited about the mission of the church. Click the link below to add your info. 
Add Your Information Here
Become a Peace and Justice Church!

Become and Peace and Justice church! Let your Salem Presbytery Peace and Justice Task Force help, inspire, equip, and send you on a journey. Contact Frank Dew at the link below.
Email Frank Dew
2019 Prayer Calendar

Click the link below for the 2019 Prayer Calendar for Congregations and Ministries of Salem Presbytery.

Other Special Events

45th National Black Presbyterian Caucus Convention and Mid-Atlantic APCE Retreat are among the things you don't want to miss. Deadline to register is coming soon 

Are you hosting a special event *(concert, speaker, training, etc.) at a time OTHER than on Sunday morning worship? Submit your event through the link below to be included on our SPECIAL EVENTS Calendar.

Meeting Calendar Available

Don't forget to use our Calendar of Meetings for planning your 2019 monthly agenda. 

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.
Board of Pensions

Click below for Board Bulletin - Summer 2019

Board Bulletin
Board of Pensions Call to Health

Click the link below to join the Board of Pensions Call to Health.

Board of Pensions Call to Health
PCUSA News and Announcements

Click below for the latest news and announcements from the PCUSA.

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