September 25, 2019
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Remembering Carlton Eversley: Notes in Transition

The recent death of the Reverend Dr. Carlton Eversley, long time pastor of Dellabrook Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem,  shocked all who knew him. Though others who were closer to him could have done better, I was honored to say a word at his memorial service about what he meant to Salem Presbytery, sometimes as our conscience. The Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, stated clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), formerly of Salem Presbytery, gave testimony to his and Carlton's friendship and their work together (I was glad not to follow immediately on the stated clerk's heels). 

Carlton and J Herbert got to know each other after reunion, when, after careful discussion and negotiation, boundaries for new presbyteries were drawn. As new colleagues, J Herbert said Carlton and he agreed to speak at every presbytery meeting as Outsider and Insider - Carlton would say something outrageous to make everybody mad, and J Herbert would say something conciliatory and pour oil on troubled waters. 

We thank God for the life and ministry of Carlton Eversley. Salem Presbytery will miss him. 

We need sometimes to hear the voice of the Outsider, of an Amos, of a Jeremiah, of a Martin Luther King, Jr.,  and to be shaken up in the way we ordinarily look at things. Each of us now will need sometimes to consider whether that's to be our role, our call, when we see a status quo that needs to be challenged or, for that matter, hear a call for change that needs to be salted with compassion. Maybe it's a role for Salem Presbytery itself as we together share wisdom, seek vision, and invite congregations and neighbors to unite in challenging the way things are.

Grace and peace!

Steve Scott
Transitional General Presbyter

Update on Administrative Presbyter Search

Salem Presbytery has begun the search for an Administrative Presbyter as outlined in the Dream Team proposal approved in February.  We are receiving Professional Information Forms at this time, so if you sense a possible call to this very important position in the life and ministry of Salem Presbytery, you can review the Ministry Information Form by going to the Church Leadership Connection website at the link below. You can also access the MIF through the Salem Presbytery website at the link below. If your PIF is active on CLC, you can self-refer through that channel, or send your PIF directly to Randy Harris or Penny Hedrick (see links below), co-moderators of the search committee.  Cut-off date for receiving PIF's is October 27th.  If you do not feel called to this position but know of someone who might be, please let them know that now is the time to reach out to the search committee.

Administrative Presbyter MIF (on CLC)
Is Your Congregation Receiving the Peace & Global Witness Offering?

Many of our congregations receive this offering on World Communion Sunday, which this year is October 6. The offering supports a variety of ministries around the world as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) bears witness to the good news of Jesus Christ and to a vision of peace. Every congregation that receives the offering keeps 25% of receipts for its own peacemaking projects. 
See resources at the link below.

Peace and Global Witness Offering Info
Pastors at the River: Oral Histories of Faith and Courage
Wednesday, October 23rd / First Presbyterian Greensboro

Come and hear stories unknown to many of us about the faith and courage of Presbyterian pastors in the Deep South who took risky stances in confronting racial inequities and injustices from 1958 to 1968. Joining us will be Carolyn Crowder, a retired psychologist who grew up in Auburn, Ala., and now lives in Montreat. She is creating a documentary called "At the River," focused on 11 pastors who because of their faith and convictions stood up to injustices and were scorned or threatened.

Let us know if you plan to attend so that we can choose the best setting for the number attending. Come for one session or for all. 

Contact Debby Foster at the link below. or at 336.478.4702

John Kuykendall, former Davidson College president, and Wallace Alston

Lunch (provided with RSVP/on your own)

1:30-4 PM
Tom Engle; Sally Richardson, daughter of Dr. Richard Gillespie; Robert Miller; Bob Walkup; and Phil Noble

5 PM
Fellowship supper, Mullin Life Center. $8, RSVP

6-7:30 PM
Vernon Hunter & Eade Anderson, former FPC interim pastors, and Dick Harbison, whose witness in Canton, Miss., influenced our current interim, Danny Massie

International Peacemakers from Costa Rica Come to Chapel in the Pines September 26-30

Please Save the date,  Thursday, September 26, for a fellowship meal and presentation in the early evening by Erlinda Quesada and Karla Koll. All are invited.

The Mission and Service Committee of The Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill is excited to announce that they will host two international peacemakers from Costa Rica: Erlinda Quesada and Karla Koll.  While they are with us, we will share meals and laughter, learn about their work and concerns, worship together, and deepen our relationships. Erlinda Quesada has been an activist since her early twenties. In 2000, she and other activists became alarmed by the negative impacts of  the expanding pineapple plantations in the Caribbean region of Costa Rica. In 2004, she helped to found the National Front of Sectors Impacted by Pineapple Production (FRENASAPP). She is the coordinator and community promotor for FRENASAPP in the Carribbean region of Costa Rica. She served for ten years on the city council for the municipality of Guacima. Currently she serves as president of the Environmental Council for the Tortuguero Conservation Area. Karla Koll is a mission-coworker.

Karla Koll serves as a professor of history, mission and religion at the Latin American Biblical University (UBL), an ecumenical university located in San Jose, Costa Rica. UBL students come from throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and students and professors are from various Protestant traditions and Roman Catholic communities. The university's residential and distance programs in biblical studies and theology prepare church and community leaders to serve the church and to be agents of transformation in their communities and countries. Karla, a member of Pueblo Presbytery in southeastern Colorado, began her ministry as a theological educator in Latin America in 1986 when she accepted a PC(USA) mission appointment to Nicaragua.After eight years in Nicaragua, she returned to the United States to pursue doctoral studies in mission, ecumenics and the history of religions at Princeton Theological Seminary. As she was completing her doctorate, she re-entered mission service in 2000 and began work in Guatemala, where she served until June of 2013. Karla holds an undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and two master's degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York. 

We pray for their safe travels. Let us prepare to welcome them into our midst.  For more information, contact Karen Fisher, Mission and Service Committee, Chapel in the Pines,  at the link below.

Going to Wee Kirk?

The Wee Kirk Conference is at Montreat October 21 - 23. Good reviews always attend this conference with inspiration and ideas for those who serve and minister in smaller churches. Registration and meals cost $155. If you would like to take advantage of an offer of sponsored housing, contact Laura Spangler at 336.784.1293.

Salem Online Resources

Have you acquainted yourself with our online directory? Please take advantage of this handy resource, to which you have access through the Salem Presbytery website. As our staff grows smaller, and as fewer are available to answer the phone, you will find this directory easier to use (password = clemmons3950) than calling the presbytery to get phone numbers and email addresses of committee members or others you want to be in touch with.

Healthy Boundaries Training

Learn about Healthy Boundaries events and click the link below for a listing of 2019 events with complete Registration links.

Nominations for 2020 General Assembly Commissioners

Salem's Committee on Representation is now receiving nominations for Commissioners to the 224th General Assembly, to take place June 20-27, 2020 in Baltimore. We anticipate sending four Minister commissioners and four Ruling Elder commissioners - and hope to identify a Young Adult Advisory Delegate as well. Nominating forms are on the Presbytery website through the link below. Forms must be submitted by October 1, 2019; early submissions are welcomed!

Click HERE for the 
2019 Prayer Calendar
September Prayers for:

Presbyterian Women
Presbyterian Youth Leadership Team
Church of the Cross - Greensboro
Bethany - Statesville
John Senior - Faculty Wake Forest Divinity School Winston-Salem
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.

Other Special Events

45th National Black Presbyterian Caucus Convention and Mid-Atlantic APCE Retreat are among the things you don't want to miss. Deadline to register is coming soon 

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.

Meeting Calendar Available

Don't forget to use our Calendar of Meetings for planning your 2019 monthly agenda. 

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 - September 2019

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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