VOLUME V NUMBER 6
February 6, 2019
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Presbytery Packet

The packet for the Stated Meeting of Salem Presbytery on Tuesday, February 12th at Guilford Park Presbyterian Church in Greensboro is online now. It may be accessed through the link below.


 

We Gather Together: Notes in Transition

Dear friends,

We look forward to gathering next week, on Tuesday, February 12, for our winter stated meeting, which is being held at Guilford Park Presbyterian Church in Greensboro. We will worship together and enjoy fellowship renewed. Important matters lie before us, from the report of the Dream Team and a decision on its recommendations to the reception of new colleagues in ministry. A special guest will be Ray G. Jones III , Associate Director/ Acting Director of Theology, Formation and Evangelism for the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

We have big decisions before us. To borrow from something I wrote a few months ago, when I commented on questions before us, I counsel us to be careful in how we register feelings about some of these matters. It's a time when we will seek to be considerate even of those with whom we disagree. As the prayer attributed to St. Francis has it, "Grant that I may not seek to be understood as to understand."

For us to quote scripture to one another may seem presumptuous, but here goes (again): "We, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members of one another. ... Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor" [Rom. 12:5, 10]. May the Spirit of God be at work in our reflections, in our conversations, in our exchanges on the floor of presbytery - and in our decisions.
I am convinced that God has not given up on the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). I believe God has great things in store for Salem Presbytery. We hear God's call, and we have a commission from the Risen Christ to tell good news to the whole creation. Let us pray, and let us consider carefully how God is calling us to respond to opportunities and needs before us.

Grace and peace!

Steve
Stephen W. Scott
Transitional General Presbyter
Session Minutes Reviews

The Stated Clerk will meet with Clerks of Session to review Session Minutes on the following schedule. Bring any unreviewed minutes and come to the gathering that is most convenient for your schedule. The schedule can be found at the link below.


 

Reminder

REMINDER: Today, February 6th is the last day to reserve childcare for the Presbytery meeting on February 12. Don't count on arrangements for childcare if you don't make a reservation.  Email Laurie Scott at the link below with your request. Thank you.

Click HERE for the 
2019 Prayer Calendar
February Prayers for:

Church Growth and Transformation Committee
Commission on Ministry
Rumple Memorial - Blowing Rock
Unity - Woodleaf
Epiphany New Church Development - Greensboro

Healthy Boundaries

Learn about our Healthy Boundaries Events and click below for a listing of 2019 events with complete REGISTRATION links.

Statistical Season Has Begun

Clerks of Session should note that OGA's Statistics portal is now open for the recording of 2018 statistics. The Stated Clerk sent an email to clerks-of-Session this past Sunday. Information on the Annual Statistical Report and Salem Information Forms may be found on Salem's website at the link below.

Proposed Constitutional Amendments - For Study And Action

The 223rd General Assembly (2018) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has placed before the presbyteries of the church a number of proposed amendments to our constitution (Book of Order). The proposed amendments will be placed for action before Salem Presbytery at the February 2019 Presbytery meeting. Please begin to review these proposed amendments now. They may be found at the links below.

Installation of Rev. Kate Morrison

Salem Presbytery will install the Rev. Kate Morrison as Pastor of John Calvin Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm at John Calvin PC in Salisbury. Since the installation of a new pastor is an act of the Presbytery, members of Salem are cordially invited and encouraged to attend this service of worship.
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.

2019 PYC Spring Retreat

Special Announcement - Registration is now open for the 2019 PYC Youth Spring Retreat. Click the link below for more information and registration forms. 

Special Events

PW Spiritual Enrichment Day, and Older Adult Certification Courses are among the events you don't want to miss.

Check out our events page for these great events coming your way in 2019. Are you hosting a special event (concert, speaker, training, etc.) at a time OTHER than Sunday morning worship ? Submit your event 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. 

Ecumenical / Interfaith Liaison

An Ecumenical / Interfaith Liaison is needed to help our presbytery live into our common mission in the world with our brothers and sisters. Contact Dianna if interested.  

Email Dianna Wright
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 Connections!

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.

PCUSA News
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