Salem Matters News of What Matters This Week
in Salem Presbytery
July 14, 2021 | Volume VII Number 28
Lansing Presbyterian
Siler City Presbyterian
Trinity Presbyterian Salisbury
Meet Your Engagement Pastors - Evan Harrison, Parish A

Meet Evan Harrison

Evan Harrison loves pastoring Pittsboro Presbyterian Church, where he has served since March, 2019. He and his college sweetheart, Emily, are delighted to be back in the Piedmont after spending time in Kentucky, Connecticut, and eastern NC. When not churching, Evan may tinker with fountain pens or go play music for impromptu dance parties with Emily and their two kids. If every available food must fit on a six-sided die, four of those sides should include pizza, nachos, veggies and chocolate. 

Deep Salem Presbytery Roots

Evan grew up attending First Presbyterian Church in Burlington. In the early 2000s, he went through the Inquirer and Candidate process with our Committee on Preparation for Ministry. Now, as an Engagement Pastor, he connects congregations in various ways, such as the Presbytery-wide catered Picnic & Talent Show 10am-noon Aug. 21st at Bethany Presbyterian's Recreation Area in Graham. Meeting new people and hearing what God's doing through sister churches can awaken new spiritual energy and imagination! 

Seeing the Gospel Come Alive 

Evan loves watching the gospel come alive in himself and others—both individually and at the congregation, community and presbytery levels. One sabbatical he enjoyed capturing some of these “Sacred Stories” on YouTube. He says, "The presbytery is more than a meeting…it's God at work in thousands of ways. Let’s share these stories and rediscover how we are all small but important parts of something much larger!"

Reading Recommendations

Evan highly recommends reading or listening to Howard Owen’s Willie Black mystery series, Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste, Resmaa Menakem’s My Grandmother’s Hands, and Richard Rohr’s Universal Christ. 
Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2021

Stewardship Kaleidoscope is an annual collaboration between the PC(USA) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to provide theological foundations and practical tools you and your congregations can use encouraging stewardship in a post-COVID church. Offered in a hybrid format September 13-15, either in person at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, KY (just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati) or online, speakers and leaders include the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk of the PC(USA), Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, Tod Bolsinger, Aimée Cole-Laramore, Brandi Casto-Waters, and others. For more information, contact the Mission Engagement Advisors listed below. Use the link below to register.

Attention Clerks and Moderators of Sessions

Now is the time to elect commissioners to the (Saturday) Aug 14, 2021 meeting of Presbytery - to be conducted on the ZOOM virtual platform! Registration information will be issued soon.
Commissioner Nominations for the 225th General Assembly in 2022

The 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) will convene on June 17, 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky, and online. Each presbytery in the denomination will send commissioners to the assembly, include Young Adult Advisory Delegates, Ruling Elder Commissioners, and Teaching Elder Commissioners. Please see the attached documents for information and for nominations. Contact the Stated Clerk if you have any questions.

Campus Ministries - UKirk Sunday Special Offering

The Campus Ministry Committee of Salem Presbytery invites and encourages congregations within our Presbytery to participate in the first annual UKirk Sunday Special Offering on August 8th. In these increasingly lean times, your financial support is vital to the health, success, and growth of campus ministry in our Presbytery and beyond. 

From the Salem Presbytery EQUIP Team
Returning to Normal: What Is That?

As we began talking about returning to in person ministry, I heard many people say, "I just want to get back to normal." I wondered and sometimes asked out loud, "What is normal after all of this?" 

I look around and everything I see, looks normal. The trees bloomed and turned green, causing my typical spring allergies. The weather is warm (and humid) again. The birds are nesting and singing in the morning. Our church building is still standing and still in need of maintenance. My office is still cluttered (a sign of a creative mind, I like to think) and my calendar is full. 

So I wonder, is everything "normal?"

From the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) Website:

Virtual Faith Formation Tips for This Week

Follow the link below for some creative suggestions and ideas for virtual faith formation.

Curriculum Ordering

See the attached document with links and information regarding ordering your fall curriculum through the Moravian/Salem Presbytery Resource Center

PCUSA Quarterly Resource Preview
Follow the link below to be sent to a website with information about available resources for us Presbyterians!

Quick Reminder:
The Presbytery mailing address remains the same at P.O. Box 1763, Clemmons, NC 27012, and the Presbytery phone number remains 336-766-3393. We no longer have an available fax number.
Links of Interest
Prayer Matters
July Prayers for: Peace and Justice Task Group
Please Hold the Following in Your Prayers
  • Doug Brinkley, as he deals with significant health issues.
  • Deborah Wilson, mother-in-law of Kevin Conley who suffered a broken leg after being hit by a car.

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.

More Matters
Other Special Events
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.

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. 

Become a Matthew 25 Church
Become and Matthew 25 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.

Hunger Action
Become a Hunger Action Congregation! Check the links below for more info.

PCUSA Matters
PCUSA Job Opportunities - Updated 07.07.21
Click below for Job Opportunities listed in Church Leadership Connection

Board of Pensions
Click below for Board Bulletin - Summer 2021

Board of Pensions Call to Health
Click the link below to join the Board of Pensions Call to Health.

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