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September 13, 2023 | Volume IX, Number 37

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Churches/Ministries of the Week

Sparta Presbyterian

St. Paul Presbyterian - Greensboro

First Presbyterian - Pilot Mountain

Presbytery Meeting Follow-Up

What a fabulous day we had last Saturday as we gathered in Burlington for our stated meeting of Salem Presbytery. There are so many people to thank for making the day what it was, and we're sure to miss someone, but we'll give it a shot anyway:

  • Our hosts: First Presbyterian in Burlington. From the staff: Transitional Pastor Stewart Rawson, Director of Music Ministries, Patrick Murphy, Parish Associate Carrie Tuttle, and Parish Associate John Johnson, to the myriad of volunteers who went above and beyond, to other staff members who all worked tirelessly to make sure the First Pres as a gracious host.
  • Presbytery staff: Barbara Smith (who we missed as she was mourning the death of her father that morning), David Vaughan, Christine Ratledge, Renee Carter, and John Johnson
  • Presbytery Moderator, Catrelia Hunter
  • And finally all the Ruling Elder and Teaching Elder Commissioners who gave part of their Saturday to tend to the business of the church

If you would like to view a video of the entire meeting, just click on the link below.

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Salem Presbytery Hunger Committee News

Grace magnifies grace. Just as Jesus took “the five loaves and two fishes and blessed and multiplied them” to create an abundance in Matthew’s Gospel, because of your time, talents, and generosity Salem Hunger Committee was able to collect pennies on the Second Sunday of every month from its members churches.

(this is the opening paragraph of a more detailed report and document. To read that document, click HERE.)

Sign Up for Peace & Justice Newsletter

The Peace and Justice Task Force invites you to sign up for their monthly newsletter addressing Peace and Justice issues and events. Click the link below to sign up.

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Employer Agreements Now Available—A message from the Board of Pensions

Employer Agreements are now available for church employers to review and submit by logging on to the Benefits Connect website through Friday, October 6. This is the annual opportunity to review, select, and change benefits offerings for the upcoming year.

Offering benefits that support well-being in four key areas—spiritual, health, financial, and vocational—enables church and presbytery staff members to bring their best gifts to their ministry and service. Explore the options available by reaching out to your Church Consultant or visiting the Board of Pensions website.
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At long last, we will gather to review Session minutes (2019-2023) in accordance with the schedule below. It's ideal for the Clerk of Session to bring the minutes for review, but if the clerk is not available, send your minutes by an elder colleague. These gatherings usually conclude within one hour.

  • 9/17 at 2pm: Westminster PC, Greensboro (Note date change)

Questions? Email David Vaughan!<>

Job Openings at Presbyterian Counseling Center

Presbyterian Counseling Center wants to expand the practice to surrounding counties to provide comprehensive mental health assessments and ongoing counseling for individuals, families and groups.  We strive to provide quality, affordable care for our patients, regardless of their socio-economic status.

Presbyterian Counseling Center Job Openings
First Presbyterian Salisbury Job Openings

First Presbyterian in Salisbury currently has three job openings and are seeking qualified applicants. Follow the links below for job descriptions and instructions on how to apply.
Director of Christian Formation & Discipleship
Director of Music
Contemporary Worship Team Leader
Presbyterian Women Fall Retreat
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Keep Awake Website
Planting Faith Growing Faith Workshop

  • On Thursday, November 2, 2023 the Commission on Ministry and the CCD will offer a course on Pastoral Care at Laurel Ridge. This may be especially helpful for staff members in congregations.  Register here
  • Dates: November 2, 2022 (beginning with registration and lunch on Thursday and ending with breakfast on Friday) or you can pair this workshop with Seminary in the South led by Rev. Dr. Riddick Weber about worship creation and writing liturgies, prayers and hymns) More Info Here:
  • Description: This course will offer tools and tips for pastoral care in congregational settings. As leaders in your congregations you encounter people who are in need of particular support, prayers and presence. This course will help you to build capacity around the practice of pastoral care and equip you with tools to help you feel more confident to care for your congregation.
  • Instructor: Emily Viverette, Director FaithHealth Education. Emily is a minister affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Emily is a graduate of Elon University (B.S.) and Vanderbilt Divinity School (M.Div.). Prior to seminary, Emily taught high school math. Emily served as the Director of CPE at Alamance Regional Medical Center before joining the faculty in 2009. Emily is Director of the Department of FaithHealth Education. She is married to Michael, and they have two children, Jack and Lily.
  • Lodging: We will be staying in Higgins Lodge at Laurel Ridge Camp and Conference Center. You can pay the lodging fees directly to Laurel Ridge by contacting Karen Eagle at If you would like to share a room please coordinate with your roommate and Karen for the adjusted costs.
  • Cost: $183.75 per participant for lodging and meals at Laurel Ridge
  • Hybrid Option: Please indicate if you would like to participate in a Hybrid option, if we can get a critical mass 4 or more for this we will make it happen.
  • Registration deadline: Monday, October 23, 2022
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Please Pass along congratulations to the following who are celebrating anniversaries of their ordinations:

Parish Matters
Prayer Matters
Click Here for the 2023 Prayer Calendar

September Prayers for:

 Presbyterian Women

Presbytery Youth Leadership Team

Please Hold the Following in Your Prayers
  • Rev. Barbara Smith, whose father passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2023
  • Rev. Marybeth Asher Lawson and husband Scott, who are mourning the death of Scott's father Allen Lawson on Monday, September 4th.

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.

Submit prayer request here.

PCUSA Matters
PCUSA Job Opportunities
The latest in Job Opportunities with the PCUSA, as of July 4, 2023

Board of Pensions Call to Health
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PCUSA News and Announcements
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