Salem Matters News of What Matters This Week
in Salem Presbytery
June 22, 2022 | Volume VIII, Number 25
Dogwood Acres Presbyterian - Asheboro
New Hope Presbyterian - Lexington
UKirk Wake Forest - Winston-Salem
General Assembly Elects New Co-Moderators on Opening Night
By a tally of 203-151 Saturday night, commissioners to the 225th General Assembly elected the Rev. Ruth Santana-Grace and the Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis as Co-Moderators. Together they’ll serve a two-year term, the fourth straight team of Co-Moderators to win election.

The two were immediately installed during a service led by their predecessors, Ruling Elder Elona Street-Stewart and the Rev. Gregory Bentley, as well as the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Santana-Grace, 69, is executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Philadelphia. Starling-Louis, 39, is pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Salem Presbytery's Teaching Elder Commissioner Wes Pitts is shown at work with the Theology, Worship and Education Committee at General Assembly meeting in Louisville.

Photo Credit: Johnathan Watson, The Presbyterian Outlook
Parish A is sharing 2 Glimpses of God this month: 

1) Hear an amazing story of two congregations connecting in the presbytery thanks to the youth of one Sunday School. 

2) Waiting for pigs to fly? We have one better: At Hawfields, even introverted Presbyterians are learning authentic evangelism! Let's join them.

SEE FULL STORY BELOW!

Black Church Summit Save the Date: July 23rd

It was a blessing to ZOOM into the National Black Presbyterian Caucus worship service on Sunday (June 12th) in anticipation of the beginning of General Assembly. Rev. Antonio Lawrence, delivered a powerful, hope infused message on whether Ezekiel’s dry bones can live again. Some of you will remember that Rev. Lawrence interned at St. James in Greensboro – and that he is now pastoring Faith Presbyterian Church in Goldsboro. “We must learn to talk to the bones differently…we cannot hold onto the past…this is our season of resurrection” Rev. Lawrence offered. And, most importantly, “We are going to be OK…we’re going to be better than ok...because God has called us for such a time as this…to go back to our valleys and go back to work.” 

To that end, please save the date for a Salem Presbytery Black Church Summit on July 23rd at First Presbyterian Church in Salisbury. Right now this is scheduled as an in-person gathering. Details are being ironed out with regard to the time, agenda, etc. All are welcome. This is a special invitation, though, to our nineteen Black churches with the objective of (re)visioning, re(imagining), re(creating) what the Black church agenda looks like today in Salem Presbytery. This will include defining and prioritizing issues of particular concern and interest – for example preacher shortages, declining attendance, rising facility costs, the role of the Black Caucus, etc. Please plan to be there – your attendance is crucial for “such a time as this.” 
Board of Pensions Offers THRIVE Retirement Planning Seminar

The THRIVE seminar takes a holistic approach to retirement planning. Participants are educated and engaged in personal financial planning as part of a larger exploration of identity, health, and vocation in retirement. THRIVE is available in two formats, as an e-learning series and an in-person seminar.

THRIVE has replaced the Growing into Tomorrow ... Today seminar.

Rooted in A Theology of Benefits, the Board’s retirement planning seminar addresses retirement preparation holistically. THRIVE — short for Thinking Retirement: Identity, Vocation, and Economics — covers subject matters such as financial planning and retirement healthcare options as part of a larger exploration of identity, health, and vocation in retirement.

THRIVE is taught by Board University educators and other experts throughout the country. It includes interactive and hands-on learning opportunities.

Who it’s for
The THRIVE seminar is designed for Benefits Plan members who are 10 or fewer years away from retirement, and their spouses or surviving spouses. This includes part-time employees who are enrolled in any benefit from the Benefits Plan.

What you’ll learn
In this seminar, you will
  • identify key questions for discernment in planning for retirement;
  • assess finances, including options for saving before retirement, and develop appropriate expectations for retirement living;
  • discuss spiritual, physical, and mental health issues related to aging;
  • create next steps in these areas essential to well-being —
  • identity
  • vocation
  • economics
  • discover tools and resources for do-it-yourself retirement preparation; and
  • acquire knowledge to confidently transition to, and ultimately thrive in, retirement.

The THRIVE seminar will be offered at the Montreat Conference Center, August 25-26, 2022. Registration opens on June 30th.

Click HERE for more information and to register.
IRS Increases Mileage Rate for Remainder of 2022

The Internal Revenue Service today announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rate for the final 6 months of 2022. Taxpayers may use the optional standard mileage rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and certain other purposes.

For the final 6 months of 2022, the standard mileage rate for business travel will be 62.5 cents per mile, up 4 cents from the rate effective at the start of the year. The new rate for deductible medical or moving expenses (available for active-duty members of the military) will be 22 cents for the remainder of 2022, up 4 cents from the rate effective at the start of 2022. These new rates become effective July 1, 2022. 
Update on Retirement of Beth Hayes at Resource Center

Due to contracting Covid-19 and the doctor recommended recuperation period, Beth Hayes, the Director of Congregational Ministries and Resources, will not be returning to our offices before her intended retirement date of July 31. We lament that she is unable to finish out her work as planned, due to illness, but her health and well-being are the top priority.

Beth’s passion for faith formation, dedication to the development of resources to enhance the work of congregations, lay and professional Christian Educators in the Moravian Church through her years of service has been a tremendous gift. She is irreplaceable. The lessons she has taught us throughout her tenure will continue on as we honor her legacy with commitments to faith formation training and support in our congregations and province. We are so grateful that she responded to God’s call to ministry and has served our church so faithfully for many years!

There will be an opportunity to celebrate Beth’s retirement but we are postponing any plans until a later date.

We invite you to consider giving a gift in Beth’s honor to build up a scholarship fund that supports lay and professional Christian Educators with continuing education funds! More information and how to give can be found here.
 
If you need help with curriculum information, resources, and had intended to talk with Beth this summer please send those requests to ccd@mcsp.org or call us at 336-722-8126.
We encourage you to check out these videos of Beth sharing resources suggestions that you may find helpful in your planning.

Extra Bed Available for Montreat Youth Conference!

Do you know a youth wanting to attend the Montreat Youth Conference? Guilford Park Presbyterian has an extra bed available at their house for the week of July 17-12. Contact Kim Row HERE for more information or to claim your spot!
Evangelism Conference - An Invitation from Kathryn Threadgill

Greetings to you all in the name of Jesus Christ. This year Theology, Formation, and Evangelism, in partnership with Montreat Conference Center, will be hosting a hybrid evangelism experience like never before. We will explore the true harms of evangelism and the church that people have experienced in their lives. We will offer hope to a new way of looking at and doing evangelism in 21st century contexts and communities. We will have practical ways for people to get involved and practice this lifestyle of faith through radical welcome and justice from the 8 Habits of Evangelism resource.

We would love to see so many of you there with us for this special event. More information around speakers, preachers, and leadership will be coming to you soon. Registration for this event opens June 1st. Please don’t wait! Make plans to join us today! We would love to see there!

Click HERE for more information.
Synod of Mid-Atlantic Men's Conference

For the first time in two years the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic Presbyterian Men will be meeting in person at Massanetta Springs. The attached brochure provides a schedule for the weekend and registration information. The weekend will begin focused on worship and fellowship as we reunite and continue with speakers and small groups to encourage our growth in faith.

Click HERE for more information and to register.
Salem Presbytery Updates Boundary Training Guidelines

Over the past several months the COM's Task Force on Policy, Compensation, Mediation, and Officer Development has been evaluating our current system of boundary training, known as Healthy Boundaries. The previous policy stated that all members of the presbytery must participate in the "core" Healthy Boundaries training every three years, plus participate in at least of the elective courses as well every three years.

Our research has shown that there are a significant number of members who are out of compliance with this policy. We realize that the onset of the pandemic has not helped in our mandate that all members be up-to-date with this training.

At the recent meeting of Salem Presbytery on February 15th, it was shared that moving forward, we will take advantage of an online option, using the CongregationU platform, and its module of "Clergy Ethics." A link to this site is below.

ALL MEMBERS OF THE PRESBYTERY MUST COMPLETE THIS TRAINING NO LATER THAN AUGUST 31, 2022.

The module takes about 2 hours to complete, and the cost is $22.00. If needed, you can begin the course, save your work, and return at a later time. The link below will take you to the page for the Clergy Ethics Course. You will need to create an account to sign up and pay for the course. Once the course is completed, you will receive a certificate, that should be forwarded to Christine at the presbytery office.

UPDATE: COMPLETING THE TRAINING THROUGH CONGREGATIONU WILL EARN YOU POINTS WITH CALL TO HEALTH. SEE THE LINK BELOW.

To sign up for the training, click HERE.
To enroll in Call to Health, click HERE.
Upcoming Ordination Anniversaries!

Please Pass along congratulations to the following who are celebrating anniversaries of their ordinations:

  • Evan Harrison - ordained June 22, 2010
  • Fred Horner - ordained June 24, 1962 (60th in 2022!)
  • David Cagle - ordained June 25, 1995
Upcoming Installations and Ordination

Please Pass along congratulations to the following who are being installed and/or ordained soon:
  • Rev. Keith Curl-Dove - to be installed at New Creation Community Church and Faith Presbyterian Church in Greensboro (service at Faith, 6309 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro) on Sunday, July 10th at 3:00 pm.
The Persistent Pandemic

How we wish we didn't need this!

COVID-19 Liability FAQ - Insurance Board

Guide to Gathering Virtually - Fund for Theological Education (It's not just for the pandemic anymore.)

Some other Insurance Board pandemic resources can be found HERE.

The Wisconsin Council of Churches has been a trusted source of advice throughout the pandemic. Their latest resources can be found HERE.
Links of Interest
Parish Matters
Parish A Engagement Pastor Evan Harrison shares this news from Parish A:

Parish A is sharing 2 Glimpses of God this month: 
1) Hear an amazing story of two congregations connecting in the presbytery thanks to the youth of one Sunday School. 
2) Waiting for pigs to fly? We have one better: At Hawfields, even introverted Presbyterians are learning authentic evangelism! Let's join them.

Story 1: 
Two Congregations Connect Thanks to Youth: 
In May, Darlene Chipman, Church Musician & Sunday School teacher at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church (Winston-Salem), heard about a tornado that went through Wentworth. She worked with the youth Sunday School Class from St. Andrews who all brought dollars and change to help out until the class could contribute $34 to that they have sent to Wentworth Presbyterian Church (in Parish A) so they can help out people in need in their community. In Ms. Chipman's words, "This $34 won't make anybody rich but I hope it's a lesson learned for the youth in St. Andrews of what compassion and helping a neighbor truly is. A neighbor doesn't have to be next-door, a neighbor can be in a neighboring county." 

What is one way God is calling your congregation to interact with another congregation in our presbytery?

Story 2: 
See flyer below.
Stewardship Matters
Each week in this space, we will highlight a video, website, or other content that is relevant to how we look at stewardship in the presbytery as well as in our local churches. Our focus this week is on our Campus Ministry.
Click on the graphic or HERE to visit and/or subscribe to Salem Presbytery's YouTube Channel.
Prayer Matters
June Prayers for:
Hunger Committee
Please Hold the Following in Your Prayers
  • All those who have been effected by gun violence across our country.

We will list these prayer requests for two weeks unless we are notified that they are to be continued. You may submit prayer requests through the link below.

PCUSA Matters
PCUSA Job Opportunities
Click below a list of positions available through the PCUSA - updated April, 2022

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

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