All About Us
WHO WE ARE
Salem Presbyterian Church is a community of faith that seeks to share with others the grace, love, and joy that we receive from God. We are one of the more than 10,000 congregations and 1.7 million members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Together with others in the eastern region of Kentucky, we form the Presbytery of Transylvania.
We gather on Sunday mornings to worship the Triune God with our hearts, minds, and voices in praise, prayer, and song. We encourage and support one another in loving fellowship as friends and family. We seek to grow in faith and spirit, and we are nurtured through study and discussions where questions are welcomed. With our time and talents we reach out in service to those in our community and around the world.
We strive to speak to the needs of today's world by exploring the many ways we are called to be God's people. Sharing in ministry with others within and beyond the congregation, Salem Presbyterian Church is part of a connectional church that witnesses to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and gives glory to God. Church members are the ministers and the Rev. Karen McDonald Smith is the pastor. We invite you to come join us on the journey, as together we move into God's exciting future.
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Triune God is the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer of all. At the heart of our faith is the grace of God made known to all people through the person of Jesus Christ whose life, ministry, death, and resurrection eternally unite us with God in love.
God created all things good and continues to actively create today, calling humanity, created in God's image, to live in community and care for creation. We see God's love for us in the stories of scripture. The inspired scriptures tell the story of God’s relationship with people through the ages. When we tell these stories and witness to God’s work and blessing in our own lives, we give of ourselves and share the love of God with others. Over and over again in those stories and in our own lives, we see that when we sin against God and ask forgiveness, our merciful God forgives and loves us still.
We are disciples or followers of Jesus Christ, and we are called to be apostles who are sent into the world to continue the mission and ministry of service of Jesus. We seek to teach and preach the good news, to care for the poor, the oppressed, the sick and brokenhearted, and the hungry, to welcome all people, and to seek justice and peace for and among all people.
The Holy Spirit dwells in us and gives us the energy, intelligence, imagination, and love to live as Christ's disciples in the world. The Spirit claims us in the waters of baptism and feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation. The two sacraments in our denomination are Baptism and the Lord's Supper. The Spirit enables us to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances. (2 Thessalonians 5:16-17)
We respond to God's grace by living a life of gratitude, giving thanks to God for all we have received, and sharing ourselves and all that we have with others.