September 4, 2019
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Salem Presbytery Looks to 2020 and Beyond: Notes in Transition

During this time of transition Salem Presbytery continues to offer resources to congregations and leaders. In most churches a season of stewardship emphasis draws near. "Creating a Culture of Generosity," a partnership program with Church Campaign Services, in which twenty churches have participated, meets for the last time this month. We look forward to reporting results - one church points to a 9%  increase in pledges for the current year. 

Meanwhile, we ask that every congregation remember the partnership in which we are engaged in Salem Presbytery as we look toward fully implementing the plan for the future we adopted, and as we begin to seek new leadership. Please be sure to include the mission of our presbytery in your congregation's budget, and consider an increase in support. 

In other transition news we can report that the Ministry Information Form for the new Presbyter for Administration, who will also serve as stated clerk, has been posted in the Church Leadership Connection of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).You are invited to bring the opportunity to the attention of others and to make recommendations to the able search committee moderated by Randy Harris and Penny Hedrick. Alfredo Miranda's service to the presbytery concluded at the end of August. The presbytery now has two full-time and two part-time staff members (the Stated Clerk, an officer of the presbytery, receives part-time compensation).

Grace and peace!

Steve Scott
Transitional General Presbyter
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.

El Buen Pastor Church and Latino Commuity Services No Longer at Same Location

El Buen Pastor Presbyterian Church (EBP PC) announces that after several years of
working together, Latino Community Services (LCS) (formerly El Buen Pastor Latino
Community Services) has moved and no longer shares building space with El Buen
Pastor Presbyterian Church.

EBP Church and LCS are two separate nonprofit (501c3) organizations, but their close
working relationship has sometimes created confusion. To make things easier for
everyone during this transition, please specifically include "Presbyterian Church" in all
mail sent to the church:

El Buen Pastor Presbyterian Church
4637 Tim Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Make checks payable to:
El Buen Pastor Presbyterian Church
ATTN: Rev. Jorge Vásquez (as necessary)

The loss of rental income from LCS represents approximately 10% of the church
budget. Please join us in prayer for both the Church and LCS as they move forward
* Correct mailing address for LCS not yet available
Interested in New Ideas for Stewardship

Take advantage of some of the best of denominational resources at Stewardship Kaleidoscope. The theme is "The Pulse of Generosity: Vital Signs of a Healthy Steward." The keynote, by the Rev. Dr. Eric H. F. Law, will ask, "How Can You Vitalize Your Ministry Through Holy Currencies?" Our own Diane Moffett, president and director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, will be worship leader. 

Dates: September 30 - October 2. Place: Catamaran Resort, San Diego.

Conference Flyer and Info
Open to New Ideas for Your Congregation?

Does your church sometimes feel stale? Are you looking for a little energy?
Salem's Church Growth and Transformation Committee has several solutions for what ails you!
1)      CG&T has prepared resources for "Elders on the Loose," a structured way for churches to look at themselves with fresh eyes by visiting other churches to find and bring back new ideas. Equipped with an easy-to-use worksheet, each church's Session is invited to give their elders a week off from worship to visit other area churches and view them from a newcomer's perspective. This can help inform how welcoming we really are. More information and forms will be available on the Presbytery website following Saturday's Presbytery meeting.

2)      Churches are also invited to participate in "Gospel on the Go," a presbytery-wide pulpit swap" on Sunday, September 29. Participating pastors are encouraged to offer messages of hope, vision, and transformation to their sister church for the day. Churches can be paired either by taking the initiative directly or by being paired through CG&T. Please contact Lee Zehmer to sign your church up or for more information.
Attention Clerks of Session

Good news and more good news! Presbyterian Mission Agency's Research Services group is abandoning the "Clerk's Annual Questionnaire" (CAQ)! You'll remember that the CAQ was the fall survey that asked questions like "what kind of Sunday school curriculum are you using" and "does your church have a committee that focuses some or all of its attention on world or international mission?" 

Instead of the CAQ, Research Services may periodically design a short survey on a targeted topic of interest and deliver that to you - in random fashion (not everyone will be asked to participate in every survey). In that vein, you might receive, directly from Research Services, a link to complete a short and easy-to-complete survey on the General Assembly and the Office of the General Assembly. Please make every effort to complete this survey. 

If you have any questions, please contact David Vaughan through the link below.To clarify: the Annual Statistical Report and the Salem forms (information and necrology) will still be required! Thank you for your important work!

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
Sparta Presbyterian
St. Paul - Greensboro
Pilot Mountain
Pilot Mountain
All those working in the area of 
Christian Education
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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