May 8, 2019
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A Welcome Message from 

Moderator Felicia Hoyle 

to the 122nd Stated Meeting of 
Salem Presbytery

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Taylorsville Presbyterian Church

"Please note that thanking and honoring our presbytery staff will be an important part of our meeting to happen in the morning. Please see Steve's message below, and I join him in offering my sincere appreciation for their service to the church and to Salem Presbytery."
- Felicia Hoyle, Moderator
Salem to Honor Departing Staff Leaders: Thoughts in Transition

Salem Presbytery, at its spring stated meeting next Tuesday, May 14, will honor and thank departing staff members for their ministry among us during the past many years:
  • Dianna Wright has served as associate presbyter, with responsibility for our Central Neighborhood, as advocate for African-American churches, and as staff to our EQUIP ministry. Under her leadership we have benefited from training events featuring such luminaries as Rodger Nishioka, and Salem youth have embraced one another, enjoying diversity at presbytery youth events. As she enjoys great respect in the PCUSA, at last summer's General Assembly she was moderator of the GA Procedures Committee, appearing at the podium perhaps more than anyone except the co-moderators. She also serves as moderator of the GA Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations. We celebrate, along with so many gifts, her spirit-filled worship leadership.
  • Bryan McFarland
    has served as associate presbyter, with responsibility for our Eastern Neighborhood, as Hunger Action Enabler, and as Communications Coordinator. He has long encouraged us, as we have broken meetings for lunch, to remember those who do not get to eat regularly and to work for justice "until all are fed." He has been conscientious in his ministry among pastors and congregations in the East Neighborhood. He has demonstrated adaptive leadership in communications as he has developed Salem Matters, this weekly email newsletter, as he has produced videos featuring our leaders, and as he has developed in-C, our valuable online database. We will continue to be grateful for his music, his poet's sensibility, and his art as a songmaker. 
  • Alfredo Miranda
    has served as Hispanic Mission Evangelist since 2001. As we had been accustomed to send mission workers to other lands, Alfredo kept before us that the world has come to us in the persons of immigrants from Spanish-speaking lands. He has such gifts of intellect that he was trained to be a medical doctor before he went to seminary and sought ordination as a minister. He has led our presbytery in developing immigrant churches and worshiping communities in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Siler City, he supported El Buen Pastor Church in Winston-Salem during its search for a new pastor, and he has represented Latino/a immigrants and Salem Presbytery in denominational councils. ¡Gracias, Alfredo!
Salem Presbytery adopted its plan to restructure staff and mission at the last stated meeting. Upon recommendations of the Implementation Team and the Personnel Committee and decision of the Executive Council, Dianna, Bryan, and Alfredo will conclude their work at the end of June. Looking toward the meeting, I encourage you to bring or send notes and cards expressing your own appreciation for their ministry among us and for their friendship.

I always encourage members of presbytery and ruling elders representing their congregations to attend every stated meeting. Please make sure your congregation is represented. I regard this meeting as more important than usual as we thank these faithful servants - other worthwhile concerns will need our attention too. Watch for the packet, which should be available online today or very soon.

Not least of all, we thank our hosts at Taylorsville Presbyterian Church and Paul Sink , our host pastor, for their kind invitation to meet there and for their hospitality.

Finally, I encourage pastors, elders, volunteer leaders, and church members alike to support Salem Presbytery with your gifts and your personal involvement. Our presbytery is not the office in Clemmons, and it's not the staff - it is a family of 138 churches and worshiping communities from the mountains to the eastern edge of the Piedmont. We are making new commitments to transformational ministry, thanks to the vision to which you have subscribed and the plan you have adopted. We ask that you make those commitments real and concrete. We are committed to support one another's ministries and the ministry we share.

Grace and peace!

Steve Scott
Transitional General Presbyter
Presbytery Meeting Deadlines

All are reminded of the upcoming deadlines for the Spring Presbytery meeting:
  • May 8 (Wednesday): All media due to Bryan McFarland in the Presbytery office;
  • May 8 (Wednesday): Childcare requests due to Laurie Scott in the Presbytery office;
  • Before May 14: Commissioners and minister members should study the proposed Constitutional amendments; see link elsewhere in this edition of Salem Matters;
  • May 14 (Tuesday): Presbytery meeting, hosted by Taylorsville Presbyterian Church
The Board of Pensions Supports Congregations and Pastors
Would Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations Be Right for You?

Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations draws enthusiastic response

The Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations program restores the financial health and wholeness of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) pastors, helping to revitalize our congregations. This innovative financial education program combines pastor and congregational leader training and awards grants of up to $10,000 to qualifying pastors.

Pastors and Congregations of Salem Presbytery Are Already Enjoying Benefit

Jeff Smith and First Church of Boone

'God show up' for pastor, through grant.

Patrick McElwaine and Clemmons Church

Clemmons Presbyterian Church rallies around associate pastor.

Healthy Boundaries

Learn about our Healthy Boundaries events and click 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!

Board of Pensions Benefits Connection

The Board of Pensions is sponsoring a regional Benefits Connections gathering on May 9 th at Davidson College Presbyterian Church.

If you are a church business administrator, office manager, clerk of session, personnel committee chair, pastor or mid-council leader, consider attending.

During this half-day session, you can
·          Learn about the theology that shapes the Benefits Plan of the PC(USA)
·          Gain a better understanding of the value and importance of employee benefits
·          Ask questions and share info with colleagues,
·          Network with colleagues from other churches

The event will be held at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church from 10a-3p, (registration begins at 9:30). Follow the links below for information and registration.

We hope to see you there!

Elizabeth Little
Church Consultant (NC and SC)

Benefits Connection Website
Click HERE for the 
2019 Prayer Calendar
May Prayers for:

Examinations Committee
Executive Council
First - Salisbury

Immanuel - China Grove
First - Greensboro

Proposed Constitutional Amendments - For Study And Action

Salem will vote on a number of proposed amendments to our constitution (the Book of Order) at the May 2019 meeting, which will give us more time for study and still ensure that our votes are received in Louisville by the June 2019 deadline. Please review these proposed amendments now.

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.

Special Events

Registration is now open for the   2019 Triennium, July 16th-20th. Click below for more information and registration forms.

Other Special Events

Day Retreat for Church Leaders is one of the events you don't want to miss. Check out our events page for these great events coming your way in 2019 and sign up today. 

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. 

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.

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