Salem Matters News of What Matters This Week

in Salem Presbytery

November 15, 2023 | Volume IX, Number 46

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Churches/Ministries of the Week

Sedgefield Presbyterian - Greensboro

St. Andrews Presbyterian - Winston-Salem

Acting on the enthusiastic recommendation of the General Presbyter Search Committee, commissioners to the 140th Stated Meeting of Salem Presbytery unanimously elected Tony de la Rosa as our new General Presbyter. See the article and links below for more information.

Presbytery News and Information

Salem Presbytery Enters a New Era

Commissioners to the 140th Meeting of Salem Presbytery gathered at Alamance Presbyterian Church in Greensboro on Tuesday, the 14th for what would be a glorious and uplifting day of business and celebration. Beginning with worship led by Rev. Jess Rigel and Rev. Vicki McCain with a powerful sermon offered by Rev. Kyle Goodman, commissioners were encouraged to challenge the "ghosts" that inhabit all of our churches. The talented musicians from Alamance led us in engaging worship which included the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.

The usual business of the presbytery followed with highlights including the viewing of a video celebrating the ministry and legacy of African-American churches, especially Catawba Presbytery; the adoption of the 2024 presbytery budget presented by Ronda Tatum; and the reception of Joelle Brummitt-Yale as a Certified Christian Educator.

The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the report of the General Presbyter Search Committee and its recommendation of Elder Tony de la Rosa as our new General Presbyter. Tony shared his Faith Statement with the body before the unanimous vote took place! Tony will begin his work with us on January 1, 2024.

Many, many thanks to Kyle and Jess and the staff and volunteers from Alamance Presbyterian, for the generous hospitality, warm welcome, and delicious lunch!

Follow the links below for more info about the meeting.

Click Below to View Full Video of Presbytery Meeting
Click Here for Tony's Bio and Search Committee Report
Click Here for Photo Gallery from Presbytery Meeting

The Seeds for Jubilee Foundation's "Oaks of Mamre" project resumes

and is receiving assistance applications now through December 24, 2023. This project's mission remains to help where help is not available to provide temporary bridge-funding so that longer term solutions can be accessed through other programs. For beneficiaries at risk of losing safe shelter and who are nominated by faith community leaders, this

short term assistance directly pays basic housing expenses (such as 1-2 month’s bills for rent/mortgage, electricity, heat, water and/or, by arranged purchase at a store in Greensboro, 1-2 weeks of groceries).

To learn more and find out how to apply for beneficiaries, faith leaders are encouraged to see the details at:

The Presbyterian Promise


The Presbyterian Promise Scholarship is a commitment by Presbyterian College (PC) to recognize students for their merit and affiliation with the Presbyterian Church. PC seeks to develop students academically and spiritually in this signature scholarship. Students who are members of Presbyterian churches will receive a scholarship for a minimum of $20,000 per year for up to four years—that’s an $80,000 commitment to you. For more information and to apply, visit our site:

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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Looking Ahead - Upcoming Events

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is a coalition of more than 30 national Church communions and organizations working to encourage U.S. policies that actively promote just, lasting, and comprehensive resolutions to conflicts in the Middle East. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is an active participant in CMEP and Ron Shive is the North Carolina Regional Coordinator.

A briefing on current news regarding the

Hamas and Israel War

Please join us on Zoom for a weekly briefing on current news regarding the

Hamas and Israel War.

Hear from CMEP Staff and other experts.


10:00 am - 10:30 am Eastern

Click Here to Register for these weekly briefings.
APCE Event Page and Registration Information
APCE 2024 Award Winners
More info and registration here

Association of Smaller Congregations

The 2024 conference of the Association of Smaller Congregations will be held February 29-March 3, 2024 at Epworth-by-the-Sea on St. Simons Island, GA. Click the link below for more information.

Association of Smaller Congregations Conference Info

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

November Prayers for:

 Transitional Ministry Network

Please Hold the Following in Your Prayers
  • All those affected by the hostilities in Israel, and other parts of the world.

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 October 10, 2023

Job Opportunities - English

Job Opportunities - Spanish

Job Opportunities - Korean

Board of Pensions Call to Health

Click the link below to join the Board of Pensions Information

Board of Pensions Call to Health

Board of Pensions Board Bulletin

PCUSA News and Announcements

Click below for the latest news and announcements from the PCUSA.

Quarterly Resource Preview - August 2023


PCUSA Website

Mid Council Relations Newsletter

Click HERE for Synod of Mid-Atlantic Assembly Highlights

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