July 1, 2020
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General Assembly Has Adjourned
The 224th General Assembly of the PC(USA) - perhaps the first national meeting of a Christian denomination held exclusively online - has adjourned, having addressed all the "critical items of business" that was asked of them. This was an unusual GA in that there was only one committee (Business Referral), and thus the GA met in plenary sessions on only three days. Commissioners elected new co-moderators of the GA: Ruling Elder Elona Street-Stewart (a Synod executive from Lakes and Prairies) and the Rev. Gregory Bentley (pastor, Fellowship PC, Huntsville, Alabama). They led the subsequent meetings effectively in spite of the virtual setting which caused some lag time - but we experienced only one glitch that was resolved in less-than three minutes by the technical crew! (We hope that at least one of the new co-moderators can ZOOM-in with us at our August 15, 2020 Presbytery meeting.) We are grateful for the service of our GA Commissioners and Young Adult Advisory Delegate:  Rev. Kaye Barrow-Ziglar, YAAD Nolan Chilton, Ruling Elder Jack Hartle, Ruling Elder Beth Hooten, Ruling Elder Cindy Ingle, Rev. Kim Priddy, and Rev. Paul Sink. As is our custom, the Presbytery will hear a brief report at our August 15, 2020 Presbytery meeting from Paul Sink - and a more thorough report from the commissioners/YAAD in November 2020.
The 224th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
In these unprecedented times, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) gathered virtually over three days last. As noted above, nearly all of the business slated to come before the assembly was tabled until the 2022 gathering. But business as attended as necessary. For a full overview of what happened, you can visit the official assembly web page:

For additional information, consider this informative article from the Presbyterian Outlook:

Following the assembly, there has been concerns raised about a lack of action or statements coming from the assembly regarding race relations - especially concerning the treatment of black women and girls in our society. Many of our former moderators and vice-moderators from previous assemblies issued a statement addressing those concerns. You can read their statement here:

Presbytery Office Sold
Sale of Presbytery Office
Sale of Presbytery Office
Presbytery Office Furnishings Available
Salem Presbytery Friends,

Last week's edition of Salem Matters contained a link for the contents inventory of the Presbytery office. There will be an updated list coming very soon. Thanks for all who have claimed items so far! I do need some assistance in staffing the pick-up dates of July 3, 10-3 and July 11, 10-2. Please let me know if you are able to assist me either of those days.
Additionally, I could use a bit of help early this Friday morning (8:30 or 9ish) setting out other misc office supplies and non-furniture items so that they are available to be picked through during the pick-up times.

Paul Sink

Presbytery Office Inventory List
Rally Against Racism
  • Organized by Black Justice United under the leadership of Rev. Richard Hughes, St. James Presbyterian Church.
  • Focus is on bringing black churches, white churches, and the community together to hear about concrete action that individuals and churches can take to promote racial equity and justice. 
  • Speakers from Pulpit Forum, Guilford County Schools, UNCG, and more.
  • Park at First Lutheran Church (3600 W. Friendly Ave. and walk two blocks to Westminster Presbyterian Church's (3906 W. Friendly Blvd) lower parking area and field, off of Westminster Ave. On street parking or drop off at Westminster for those who can't walk.
  • Participants to wear masks and practice social distancing 
  • WPC will provide water, extra masks, sound system, stage and access to bathrooms
  • Black Justice United seeking permit for a march after the rally to the Friendly Center and back to First Lutheran.
  • Endorsed by Salem Presbytery's Executive Council and Peace & Justice Task Force
Sister2Sister Update
The attached article gives us all an important update on how our Pennies for Hunger funds are being utilized for feeding programs in the Congo. 

WE REALIZE THE COLLECTING OUR PENNIES FOR HUNGER OFFERINGS DURING THIS TIME OF VIRTUAL WORSHIP IS DIFFICULT. Let us all think creatively about how these much-needed offerings can continue to be received. 

Yard Signs Available
Rev. Laura Spangler, pastor at Lloyd Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem offers these yard signs available for a donation. Laura can be contacted at the address below.

New Podcast Available
Ken Broman-Fulks, recently retired pastor/head of staff of High Point First Church, has started a podcast titled Pastors4Pastors whose mission is to support and celebrate all pastors in churches of all sizes and affiliations. You can access it by using the search window on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Google Podcasts, or with this link:

The first episode is a conversation with 8 Salem Presbytery pastors about their experiences pastoring in a pandemic. The next episode will include conversations about ways in which pastors can help redeem the tragedy of George Floyd's death by talking about the clear example of systemic racism around us in their congregations.

Share this new podcast with friends and colleagues.  Also, help Ken boost the visibility of Pastors4Pastors by: 1) listening; 2) subscribing; and, 3) giving a positive review.

To Teaching Elders and Commissioned Ruling Elders

From:  The Personnel Committee of Salem Presbytery

Date:  June 1,2020

Re:  Engagement Pastors

Per request of the Implementation Team, the Personnel Committee is now ready to begin seeking persons interested in being considered as an Engagement Pastor for one of the Five Salem parishes. You may recall that the role of an Engagement Pastor was born from the envisioning of a new design for the ministry and structure of Salem Presbytery developed and presented by the Dream Team in February, 2019. Enclosed is a job description for the role of an Engagement Pastor, a list of the five parishes and a map designating their location across the Salem Presbytery region. The annual compensation for this position is $2160.00. 

If you are interested, please submit the following information by June 15 th to the Presbytery Office  lscott@salempresbytery.org
Attn:  Engagement Pastor

  • A brief statement/cover letter e.g. 500 words or less stating the reason(s) for your interest in serving as an EP;
  • A copy of your resume;

For questions regarding the role of an EP, Please feel free to contact the Personnel Team Co-Moderator Rev. Kaye Barrow-Ziglar (kayeziglar@gmail.com).
Links of Interest
August Presbytery Meeting Will Be Virtual! Elect Commissioners Soon

The Executive Council of Salem Presbytery has ordered that the August 15, 2020 meeting be conducted virtually. At this point, the Presbytery Staff and Officers are recommending the use of the ZOOM technology, which will allow participation from computers, iPads or tablets, and even by telephone (as a final resort). Clerks of Session are reminded to have your governing body elect its commissioner(s) to this meeting, keeping in mind that electronic  means will be ideal in order to participate.
Online Opportunities for Worship in Salem Presbytery

Jamestown Presbyterian
Facebook Live, 10:00

Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church, Blowing Rock
Facebook Live, YouTube Live, 11:00

First Presbyterian, Burlington
Livestream, 10:00

Springwood Presbyterian, Burlington
Livestream, 11:00

Chapel in the Pines, Chapel Hill
Virtual Worship

Clemmons Presbyterian
YouTube, 10:00

Third Creek Presbyterian

Alamance Presbyterian
Streaming, 10:00

Fellowship Presbyterian, Greensboro
Facebook Live, 9:30

First Presbyterian, Greensboro
Livestream, 10:30

First Presbyterian, Statesville
Facebook and YouTube Live, 10:00

Guilford Park, Greensboro
Facebook Live, 11:00

Sedgefield, Greensboro

Westminster, Greensboro
Livestream, 9:30, 11:00
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Bethany Presbyterian, Graham
Zoom Worship, 11:00

Bethany Presbyterian, Statesville
Facebook Live, 11:00

Concord, Statesville
Livestream, 11:00

Graham Presbyterian
Streaming 10:30

Glendale Springs
Livestream, 9:00

Fellowship, Greensboro
Livestream, 9:30

First Presbyterian, High Point
Livestream, 11:00

Shallowford Presbyterian, Lewisville
Online Worship

New Hope Church, Lexington

North Wilkesboro / Wilkesboro Chapel
Livestream, 10:00

Oak Ridge
Facebook Live, 10:00

Parkway Presbyterian
Online Worship, 10:00

First Presbyterian, Mocksville
Facebook Live, 9:30

First Presbyterian, Salisbury
Livestream, 10:30

Sparta Presbyterian
Livestream, 11:00

John Calvin Presbyterian
Facebook Live, 11:00

Thyatira Presbyterian
Facebook Live, 11:00

Taylorsville Presbyterian, with neighbors
Facebook Live, 10:00

Mt. Jefferson Presbyterian, with neighbors
Livestream, 9:00

Highland, Winston-Salem
Online Worship, 8:00

Trinity Presbyterian, Winston-Salem
Facebook Live, 11:00
Frontporch Facebook Fellowship
Jill Crainshaw and Sheila Hunter
Thursday, 6:30 pm
The Creating a Culture of Generosity workshop will hold its initial meeting in September rather than the May 2nd date originally announced. Please follow the link below to register.

Provided by Church Campaign Services (CCS), this 18-month training process will improve the level, generosity, and financial stewardship among Salem Presbytery congregations and their members. Salem Presbytery's Church Growth and Transformation Committee will subsidize this training so that congregations can participate with a financial commitment of only $500 over two years!! Information and registration for this exciting training process is available at the link below.

Click HERE for the 
2020 Prayer Calendar
July Prayers for:

Peace and Justice Task Group
Stewardship Committee
Second Salisbury
Second Presbyterian - Salisbury
Community in Christ - Greensboro
Piedmont Presbyterian - Burlington
Barrie Kirby - Chaplain NC State Veterans Home Salisbury
2020 Prayer Calendar

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

Other Special Events

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.

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
Hunger Action

Become a Hunger Action Congregation! Check the links below for more info.
Board of Pensions

Click below for Board Connections - May 2020

Board Connections
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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