August 7, 2019
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Responding to Gun Violence - "How Long, O Lord": Notes in Transition

"How long, O Lord" is a cry of lament uttered by the psalmist and prophets of the Hebrew Bible. Maybe you've felt the words come to your mouth in the wake of the weekend's back-to-back massacres. To the suggestion that it was unseemly to talk so soon about taking action in the political arena, I could only respond that it's hard not to react when such mass shootings take place so often, too close together to allow a cooling period, too soon for shed blood to dry before the next such tragedy.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) through its General Assembly has urged congregations to consider the problem of gun violence in our communities and to address that problem (see the adopted study, "Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God's Call," at this linkOur church has urged the passage of laws that would threaten neither the second amendment nor individual gun ownership for self-defense or hunting but would restrict ownership of military-grade automatic weapons and regulate trade in weapons, taking means to prevent access to weapons by persons who might be a danger to others or to themselves. Meanwhile, we seek to be of support to those who survive gun violence and to those who grieve the murders of those lost. We pray for them, we pray for those inclined to violence, and we pray for those who have the power to make laws. Contact your senators and representatives. Pray for the peace of our communities - and work for it.

Grace and peace,

Steve Scott
Transitional General Presbyter
August Presbytery Meeting Preparations

Members of Presbytery, Clerks of Session, and moderators of Presbytery committees/commissions should observe the following calendar with regard to the upcoming meeting of Presbytery:
  • August 9:  Deadline for media to be submitted electronically to Laurie Scott
  • August 9:  Child care requests due to Laurie Scott
  • August 9:  Presbytery Packet online
Clerks of Session (and clergy) should ensure that elder commissioner(s) are elected prior to the August 17 meeting of Presbytery at Jamestown.

Opportunities to Serve in Mission Continue on Carolina Coast

What would happen to your home if 40 inches of rain fell on it in 3 days?  Many people in Coastal Carolina Presbytery found out last fall during Hurricane Florence.  Water falling from above and rising from below put many people out of their homes, and many remain displaced, particularly in Pender County in southeast NC. 

Working through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington continues to offer housing for volunteer groups to help repair and rebuild these homes.  Our facility has 8 individual air-conditioned rooms with cots topped by 4-inch foam mattresses. We can accommodate groups of up to 25 volunteers. Volunteers with construction skills are especially needed, but anyone with a good back and a loving heart is valuable, too. 

We have some wonderful fall and winter dates open, and our work partner (NC Baptists on Mission) has a one-year waiting list of homes needing repair.  For more details contact Allison Cockrill at the link below. To schedule a trip, contact Eden Carroll at the link below. Thank you!

Concert Opportunity at Franklin Church

Franklin Presbyterian Church, in Salisbury, invites the Salem Presbytery family to join them to hear Reggie Saddler & Family Band in concert on Sunday, August 18, at 5:00 p.m., with a meal following the concert. Reggie Saddler is the former guitarist with Frankie Vallie; he traveled worldwide with the Bill Gaither Family. A love offering will be received. The church is located at 280 Franklin Church Drive, Salisbury. For more information call 704-633-2292.
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!

Recent Deaths in Clergy Families

The staff and officers of Salem have learned of the following recent deaths in two of our clergy families. Please hold in prayer all those who grieve these deaths:
  • CRE Bill Bates (Love Valley) and wife, Pamela; Pamela's father died July 26th in Massachusetts
  • Rev. Ken Broman-Fulks and family: Ken's father died August 3rd in Florida
Click HERE for the 
2019 Prayer Calendar
August Prayers for:

Permanent Judicial Commission
Personnel Committee
Mebane First Presbyterian
Francisco - Westfield
Concord - Statesville
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 Bulletin - Summer 2019

Board Bulletin
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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