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June 12, 2024 | Volume IX, Number 24

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Churches/Ministries of the Week

Presbyterian Church of the Covenant - Greensboro

Amanda Davee Lomax - UKirk Salem College (CM) - Winston-Salem

Cooleemee Presbyterian

June 11, 2024

 

Dear Friends:


           I want to provide you with some of the results of our recent gathering of members of Salem Presbytery’s Commission on Ministry with Elizabeth Little, our Regional Representative with the Board of Pensions. The gathering focused on securing a deeper understanding about the Board of Pensions’ plan re-design for 2025 and take preliminary steps as a presbytery to respond to the potential changes for coverage of pastors’ dependents.

 

           As an initial matter, Salem Presbytery has had in place specific policy that addresses the need for congregations to provide medical insurance coverage for family members of their pastors, among others. The policy, which preceded the development of the Board of Pensions’ plan re-design, states in relevant part:


It is the ethical duty of the church, and therefore all churches are mandated to provide 100 percent of the cost of health insurance for eligible Ministers of the Word and Sacrament and Certified Christian Educators and their family. This includes all installed positions and all temporary pastoral relationships contracted for 20 hours or more per week.


The full text of the policy can be found on the presbytery’s website at: https://tinyurl.com/37cet3wj. The Commission on Ministry has determined that it will not undertake any revisions to this policy at present, so the mandate to provide health insurance for pastors’ dependents will remain in place.


Read more below . . .

Presbytery News and Information

.... continued from above.


Nevertheless, the COM is sensitive to the ever-increasing cost pressures that the American health care system inflicts on our congregations and other church-based employers. To address this worsening situation, the COM is exploring options for the provision of health care coverage to pastors’ families and to non-pastor church employees separate from the offerings provided by the Board of Pensions. This effort is not designed to denigrate the efforts of the Board to continue to provide meaningful benefit packages for all who labor for our churches. Rather, the COM is seeking to explore additional cost-effective alternatives that provide comparable coverage to what the Board has offered so that congregations can continue to honor the Presbytery’s policy enshrining its commitment to church family health and well-being.  


Discussions are underway with health care benefits consultants based in North Carolina to determine if alternative health care coverage options exist that are both cost-effective and comparable. We balance this effort knowing that churches have been graced with a familiar plan and billing entity in the Board of Pensions, and we wish to make sure that any alternatives we uncover do not impose undue administrative burdens in their implementation nor lack of transparency in their cost structures. Because the Board’s rates for medical coverage for lay employees will not be released until August, COM hopes to take advantage of this window of opportunity to suggest additional medical insurance offerings available to our pastors’ families, congregations, and lay church employees when the benefits contracting season begins in the early fall. 


Until then, we shall keep you informed of our progress. We ask that you continue to hold in your prayers the COM Task Force on Policy, Compensation, and Benefits, et al., and its Moderator, Rev. Newton Cowan, as they undertake this important project in the life our Presbytery. COM Moderator Rev. Felicia Stewart Hoyle, Rev. Cowan, and I are available to try to answer any question or concerns in the interim. Thank you for your trust in us, and we shall report back what we learn.


In Christ, 


Tony De La Rosa,

Executive Presbyter

Click Here for the Digest of the May 14th Meeting of Salem Presbytery
Click Here for the Minutes from the May 14th Meeting of Salem Presbytery

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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Ministry Training and Education

Workshop for Clerks of Sessions


Second Presbyterian in Salisbury (732 Lincolnton Rd., Salisbury) is hosting a workshop for Clerks of Sessions, led by our Stated Clerk David Vaughan. The workshop will be held on Saturday, June 29th from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon. All Clerks of Sessions are invited, and reminded to bring your Book of Order when you come! Please RSVP to James Harley HERE.

ATTENTION ALL:


• Ministers of Word and Sacrament actively serving as pastors to congregations or otherwise engaged in a validated ministry within the bounds of Salem Presbytery;

• Commissioned Ruling Elders actively serving a congregation;

• Certified Christian Educators;

• Salem Presbytery Members-At-Large; and

• Presbytery Staff


In order to maintain good standing with Salem Presbytery (which is necessary to access and share your PDP on the new Church Leadership Connection system), completion of Racial Equity Equipping Training is mandatory.


Folks have until September 2025 to complete this training to remain in good standing, OR you must gain approval for an alternative training from the Peace and Justice Task Force.


Our next equipping event will be Tuesday, October 8th from 9-3:30 at North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church


Registration for the October event is now live at our Presbytery’s Racial Equity website here:https://www.salemracialequity.org/register


If you have questions, our facilitator contact information can be found on the Presbytery’s Racial Equity website (https://www.salemracialequity.org/home).

Ministry Opportunities

Salem Presbytery Stated Clerk Staff Position


Salem Presbytery seeks a Stated Clerk for a 3-year term to begin as soon as September 1. Ruling Elders and/or Ministers of Word and Sacrament are eligible to serve. This position is part-time (15 hours/week, on average). The Position Description can be found at the link below. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume through the link below no later than 5 PM ET on July 15. For questions, please contact Search Committee Chair Randy Harris at rharris@highlandpres.org. 

Click Here to view the Job Description
Click Here to submit Cover Letter and Resume

Position Opening at New Creation Community Church - Greensboro


New Creation Community Church is seeking a part-time Pastor/CRE. Click HERE for more information and a job description

Position Opening at Westminster Presbyterian - Greensboro


Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, NC is accepting PDP’s from interested parties for the position of Interim Pastor.


Follow the link below for the job description and/or to apply.

Westminster Presbyterian Transitional Pastor Job Description
Apply Here

Position Opening at Pleasant Grove Presbyterian


Pleasant Grove Presbyterian in Yanceyville is searching for a pianist for Sunday Worship and occasional services. Interested candidates should contact Pastor Steve Jordan at 336-380-1859 or 336-562-2215. 

Position Openings at First Presbyterian Salisbury


First Presbyterian Church in Salisbury is advertising an open position. See the link below for job description and information.

Contemporary Worship Team Leader

Position Opening at First Presbyterian High Point


First Presbyterian Church in High Point is advertising for the position of Next Gen Director. See the link below for job description and information.

Next Gen Director - First Presbyterian High Point

Position Opening in Montreat


Greetings from Montreat Conference Center. We have a full-time, exempt position open for a Director of Development Communications. Follow the links below to read a full job description and/or to apply.

Click Here for Job Description
Click Here to Apply

The Administrative Commission charged with closing Immanuel Presbyterian Church has 55 copies of The Celebration Hymnal: Songs and Hymns for Worship to share with a church or ministry that can use them. If interested, email John Brown at jbrownjr17@gmail.com.

Looking Ahead - Upcoming Events

Register for Bible and Church Music Conference 2024 today! Come listen to leaders and speakers like Rev. Dr. Brian Blount and Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner. For more information about BCMC 2024, please visit https://massanettasprings.org/programs/bcmc.

October 21-23, 2024 - Montreat Conference Center


Click HERE for more information and to register

Ordination Anniversaries


Please pass along congratulations to the following who are celebrating anniversaries of their ordinations:


  • Kent Berry ordained June 15, 1996
  • Jeffry Reynolds ordained June 16, 1993
  • Stacey Steck ordained June 18, 2000  
  • Steve Hannah ordained June 21, 1991
  • Evan Harrison ordained June 22, 2010  
  • Fred Horner ordained June 24, 1962
  • Bonita Quandt ordained June 29, 2004  (20th in 2024)
  • Joseph McCutchen ordained June 30, 1968
Prayer Matters
Click Here for the 2024 Prayer Calendar

June Prayers for:

 Hunger Task Groups

Please Hold the Following in Your Prayers
  • Salem Presbytery Designated Associate Presbyter, Rev. Jodi Lingan and family, who mourn the death of Jodi's father on June 2, 2024. More info will be shared soon.
  • The family of Rev. Charles Carter, HR, who passed away on May 27, 2024. Rev. Carter's widow Janice Carter who passed away on June 9, 2024.


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
Highlights from the 253rd Synod Assembly of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic
Read the Mid-Council Relations Newsletter Here - April 23, 2024
Read the PCUSA Quarterly Resource Preview Here - April 2024
PCUSA Job Opportunities

The latest in Job Opportunities with the PCUSA, as of March 25, 2024


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.


PCUSA News

PCUSA Website

Mid Council Relations Newsletter


Click HERE for Synod of Mid-Atlantic Assembly Highlights


North Carolina Historical Society Newsletter

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