July 22, 2020
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Moving Into the Future: Notes in Transition

Moving Day came, and we did it!

Laurie Scott and I are now working from offices at home, and our part-time staff members, financial secretary Renee Carter and Peggy Trenchard, are working in a new office being donated by Clemmons Presbyterian Church. The mailing address remains the same as do phone numbers and extensions - you should be able to ring us up same as always. 

Again, we thank moderator Paul Sink, for overseeing the inventory and distribution of disposable property, and Kyle and Michelle Goodman, Katie and Mason Todd, and Albert Smith for taking so much away and seeing that what was at the office found new homes and could benefit campus ministry. (Some of what we disposed of went to a yard sale Alamance Presbyterian Church held to benefit UKirk Greensboro.)

The goal of having dispersed offices is intended to focus the work of staff members on the churches. We look forward to the day when that will be possible again as we return to normal or find what our new normal is going to be. A joy of serving in this role has been to represent Salem Presbytery in congregations, sometimes thanks to gracious invitations to preach in your churches. It has been nearly five months since I got to do that, almost that long since I worshiped anywhere in person (on Monday I found I could still tie a knot in a necktie, the first time I had needed to in a long time, because I led a graveside funeral). 

How do we describe the ministry of the church during this pandemic? I can't help but recall words of Paul -  "Now we see through a glass, darkly" (1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV) - and I wonder what it's going to be like when we're able to look back upon this experience. With confidence that we will see how God has been with us, let's trust that it's so even now, even if it's hard to see clearly. May God strengthen you and uphold you on this journey that continues.

Grace and Peace!

Steve Scott
Transitional General Presbyter
Healthy Boundaries Workshop Offered

August 18, 2020
10:00 A.M. until Noon
Jill Crainshaw will again lead us in another
Healthy Boundaries Workshop
on Tuesday August 18th from 10:A.M. until Noon.
It will be via ZOOM.
It will be a CORE workshop.
There is no charge for attending this workshop.
If you need this workshop, and are interested in attending,
you will find more information and a registration form 
on the Presbytery website, at the link below.
The contact information will be sent to each participant prior to the workshop.
This workshop has a maximum limit of 25.

Implementation Team Update

Implementation Team Report July 2020



Important Information from our Resource Center

Please take a look at the attached flyer and the upcoming deadline for ordering curriculum for the fall, and for standing orders. Many thanks to Beth Hayes for keeping on top of this and for providing these important resources for Salem Presbytery.

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 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
Task Force Encourages Caution in Worship Planning

The Executive Council of Salem Presbytery, taking seriously its responsibility for offering guidance to congregations, last week appointed a task force to review advice from a variety of sources and to offer a word to those making decisions for the lives of churches.

As we noted in  Salem Matters  recently, Governor Roy Cooper has announced that the state has entered Phase 2 of the Safer at Home mandate, lightening restrictions on public activity. Phase 2 will last until June 26 unless numbers of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations increase. If targets are not met, added restrictions may be reimposed. Latest figures show that the trend in North Carolina is flat, not yet decreasing. Even as the governor extended guidelines, a federal judge ruled that executive orders do not impede First Amendment religious freedom rights, including the right to gather for worship. Yet just because you can gather legally doesn't mean you should.

The consensus of Salem Presbytery's task force is that churches in our presbytery ought to continue to abide by guidelines offered by the governor, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control. According to those guidelines, gatherings of more than ten persons indoors are prohibited, and gatherings of more than twenty-five outdoors are prohibited. In addition those who are in at-risk categories because of their state of health or age continue to be encouraged to stay at home as much as possible except for absolutely necessary ventures outside to obtain food or health care or to take exercise.  Many members of our congregations, including some who are most faithful in worship attendance, are in these at-risk categories. The decision for each congregation belongs to its leaders, but we encourage you to continue to refrain from in person worship until further notice.  

We feel this is the faithful response for God's people to make during this season. It's not because we don't think worship is important; we do. We agree that worship is essential. We applaud and encourage the creative work of many congregations offering worship through YouTube, Facebook Live, and live streaming. We appreciate that some are finding short range FM transmitters useful for drive-in worship. Some are now choosing to gather outdoors, with social distancing, wearing masks. This too is a faithful response.
We encourage every session to appoint a task force to evaluate resources as they make recommendations, seeking the mind of Christ (as we are counseled in  The Book of Order), giving priority to our mutual care. We call your attention to guidelines offered by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): 

We continue to affirm not that the church has closed, but that the church is out of the building. We continue the ministry of Jesus Christ, exercising mutual care, offering nurture for members and neighbors, turning to God in prayer on behalf of the world. The Executive Council and the staff of Salem Presbytery continue to pray for our congregations, all those serving our churches, and our members.

The Executive Council Task Force: 

Lindsey Altvater Clifton
Kyle Goodman
Susan Moorefield
Steve Scott, Transitional General Presbyter
Paul Sink, Moderator of Salem Presbytery
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

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
Gulf Presbyterian
Gulf Presbyterian
Mount Tabor Presbyterian - Cleveland

Epiphany New Church Development
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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