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Friday, October 31, 2014

Weekly News 10-31-14

BOO!

Happy Halloween! Do you know the history of Halloween and its relationship to November 1, which is All Saints Day? “All Hallows Eve” became shortened to “Halloween.” A no longer used name for All Saints Day is All Hallows Day. All Saints Day commemorates the departed faithful (the “hallows”), especially, but not only, those who suffered martyrdom. At some point in their history, Christians began using the eve of the day celebrating the departed saints to mock and to ridicule the power of death.

FALL BACK!

Remember to set your clocks back an hour for Sunday morning! Perhaps we should not remind you. If you do not set your clock back, you will be at church in plenty of time for Sunday School!

NOVEMBER 2

“Songs for a Midnight Hour” – based on Acts 16:25 – is Mark’s sermon title for this Sunday. The text puts us in prison once again. Those early Christians were always getting into trouble, it seems. Peter was in jail in last week’s reading; Paul and Silas are in jail in Philippi in this week’s reading. Our focus verse finds them singing at midnight. What did they have to sing about? How can we sing at our separate “midnights”?

“HOW CAN WE KEEP FROM SINGING?”

As if those little rascals knew what Mark was planning to preach about this Sunday, the Children’s Choir has decided to sing “How Can We Keep from Singing?” as their anthem for this week. Julie Sundby and Gary Nechvatal will offer a piece of special music. Its title is “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone).” The congregation will have a chance to sing “Faith of the Martyrs,” “Be Now My Vision,” and bits of “We Shall Overcome.” We have a pew reserved for you!

BABY SHOWER FOR IVY GROTELUESCHEN

The fellowship committee will be hosting a baby shower  this Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm for Ivy, Heidi and Brandon Grotelueschen. Ivy Ashleigh Charlotte was born the end of September. They are in need of clothing and Pampers Swaddler diapers N and size 1. Come and welcome the newest member of Salem UCC.

YOU HAVE TO WAIT A WEEK YET FOR THIS

We know you are ever so anxious to come to Salem’s Annual Congregational Meeting. It is not until next week, though: Sunday, November 9. We will start with a potluck supper at 5 and we hope to begin the meeting at 5:45.

MEN’S FELLOWSHIP

Bill Thiede will host Salem’s Men’s Fellowship at his house this Monday, November 3, at 7. All the men of the church are invited. These nights bring us much strength as we come together for conversation and comradery. Do come.

WOMEN’S GUILD

The November meeting of Salem’s Women’s Guild will take place this Thursday, November 6, at 1:30 in the afternoon. The program leader shall be Verlis Luchsinger; Anna May Rhiner and Gladean Zurbuchen will prepare the post-meeting fare of refreshments.

VOTE THIS TUESDAY

Voting is a hard-won and nearly-sacred privilege we are allowed to enjoy in this country. In some sense, exercising your right to vote is the highest act of patriotism. Please do not cast this gift aside. Vote proudly on November 4. We have many folks from our congregation who serve as poll workers. Watch for them at your polling place!

LOOKING AHEAD to Verona’s Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

Salem, St. James, St. Christopher, and Sugar River will join in a Community Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 25, at the Performing Arts Center in the High School. The service will begin at 7 PM. Helpers are needed for setting up before the service, tearing down after the service, and serving as ushers during the service. If you are able to help with one or more of these tasks, please let Mark Yurs or Dawn Lingard know at your earliest convenience. Thanks!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Salem Youth volunteers

In September, Sarah Pundt and a few of our seniors served the Sunday Night meal at the UW Crossing Campus Ministry.  If you see them in church, ask them about the great experience.






Weekly News 10-24-14

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26

You will want to be present for and participate in this Sunday’s service of worship. Here is what will be happening, in part. Mark will be preaching a sermon he is calling “God’s Help in Days of Need.” The sermon treats Acts 12:1-17 as a case study identifying how God helps us today. The Barry Robinson Chorus will lead us to God through their music. One of their selections will be “Every Time I Feel the Spirit.”

REFORMATION SUNDAY

October 26th is Reformation Sunday, a day set aside to commemorate the beginnings of the Protestant Church. We will mark Reformation Sunday at Salem in at least three ways:
The opening hymn for worship will be A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, a hymn written by Martin Luther.
Mark’s Pastoral Prayer on Sunday morning will be gathered around some of the themes of the Reformation, asking God to help us carry them through here. Some of those themes are the authority of scripture, the priesthood of the laity, and the idea of the church as present wherever the Word is rightly preached and heard and the Sacraments rightly administered.
The Adult Sunday School Class, meeting at 9 o’clock, will review the Reformation, the factors that led up to it and the outcomes of it.

THANKSGIVING BASKETS

Beginning this Sunday, Salem’s Mission Committee will have grocery bags and shopping lists available for those who would like to provide a Thanksgiving basket to the Verona Area Needs Network Food Pantry. Last year Salem supplied 71 bags of food! This year we are hoping for 80. A list of what to put in the grocery sack is stapled to the bag.

BOOK GROUP

The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty is up for discussion at Salem’s Book Group this month. The meeting will take place on Monday, beginning at 7 PM.

SALEM’S WEBSITE

The Membership Growth and Development Committee is in the process of reviewing our church’s website, evaluating it for potential changes and other upgrades. The committee would like your input! Send an email to Kelli Malueg at kellimalueg@yahoo.com to let the committee know your thoughts. Do you use our church website? If so, which parts? What do you find most useful? That sort of thing. Thanks.

INACTIVE LIST

The Church Council, in accordance with Salem’s Constitution, periodically reviews our membership roll and slides people over to an inactive or conditional membership list. Such a process is underway now. Often the people who fall into this category are the grown children of members; they are now adults and have moved away and no longer consider themselves part of Salem. Or they may be grown children who have stuck around the area but have become part of another church or are not interested in faith. If you have children or friends you think may fall into a category like this, would you mind talking with them about their continued interest in Salem and then letting the church office know? The standard set by Salem’s Constitution puts on a conditional list those who have not attended worship or contributed to the life of the congregation over a period of two years.

THE UCC AROUND THE WORLD

Interested in church related recaps and information of what is happening around the world? You can find pertinent information on such things as Ebola in Africa and other important topics at www.globalministries.com. This will help you know where the UCC is around the world, and what we are trying to do to help our brothers and sisters around the globe.

NOVEMBER 9

This is the night of Salem’s Annual Congregational Meeting. There will be a potluck at 5 PM to start things off, and the meeting itself will commence at 5:45. Do plan to be present and actively participate in this important event in the life of our congregation.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Weekly News 10-17-14

 

OCTOBER 19

“The Gospel According to Trouble” is Mark’s sermon title this week. The message is based on Acts 11:19-26. The early Christians were in trouble in Jerusalem, and many fled to Antioch. The hand of the Lord was upon them with blessing there, and they came to a new identity. That story will set us upon our way in thinking about “The Gospel According to Trouble.” You will take the trouble to attend worship this week, won’t you? The Bell Choir will lead us to God through their music. Among their selections will be “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” a hymn based on Psalm 46, which begins “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

REFORMATION SUNDAY

The last Sunday in October is Reformation Sunday, which celebrates the beginning and the heritage of the Protestant Church. The Adult Sunday School class will focus on the Reformation that morning, thinking about what the Reformation was, who was instrumental in it, and what lasting effect it has had. Do come to learn a bit about the heritage of our church. The class meets in the Conference Room.

THANKSGIVING BASKETS

Salem’s Mission Committee will have grocery bags and shopping lists available beginning October 26 for those who would like to provide a Thanksgiving basket to the Verona Area Needs Network Food Pantry. Last year Salem supplied 71 bags of food! This year we are hoping for 80. Watch for further details coming soon!

CHOIR

Choir Directory Emily Worzalla notes you are welcome to become part of our choir! “Don’t miss out,” she says, “on the fellowship and joy of music!” There is a spot for you, even if you cannot make rehearsal every week. Chancel Choir rehearsals are at 7 PM on Wednesdays. The BRC gathers for rehearsal at 6. To help lead someone to God through music is a tremendous gift you can give to someone, and it is a powerful and blessed way to worship God yourself and in community.

NOVEMBER 9

Be saving Sunday, November 9 on your calendars. This is the night of Salem’s Annual Congregational Meeting. There will be a potluck at 5 PM to start things off, and the meeting itself will commence at 5:45. Committee chairs and other leaders are preparing their annual reports detailing what has happened over the course of the year since we last met. We will think, too, about what we want as a future for our congregation. If you were to write an annual report about your church involvement over the year, what would you say? What goals would you set for yourself next year?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Weekly News 10-10-14

OCTOBER 12

The stories in the Bible are from long ago and far away. Does the old story from the Galilean shores and the Judean hillsides matter anymore? Does it really touch lives? Has it anything to say to life in these times with our lives such as they are and the daily news such as it is? That’s our theme for this coming Sunday morning: “The Relevance of the Gospel Today.” Mark will be in the pulpit. The Chancel Choir will sing. You will be in the pew, won’t you?

ADULT MISSION TRIP MEETING SUNDAY

Have you ever found yourself envying the youth their opportunities to go on exciting mission trips? Salem’s Mission Committee is looking into the possibility of an adult (or intergenerational) mission trip to Back Bay Mission in 2015 or 2016. There will be a brief meeting about this after worship on this Sunday. If this scratches your itch at all, come to the meeting to explore the possibility further. Can’t make the meeting? Contact Laura Kolden.

BRIDAL SHOWER

There will be a bridal shower for Laura Yurs at the church on Sunday afternoon at 3 pm. It will be hosted by Lena Yurs and the Caring Friends Small Group. Laura is engaged to be married to the Rev. Christopher Ross. The ceremony will be held here at Salem in November. The couple is registered at Kohls and Pottery Barn. Lena and the women of the Caring Friends group invite women of the church to the shower on the 12th to help wish Laura and Chris a long and happy marriage.

THEMES

Have you caught on to the number of themes in use among us this fall? At least three areas of Salem’s ministry have adopted themes to guide their work this year.
Road Trip is the theme for our Youth Ministry, and it has folks thinking about the lifelong journey of faith. The youth and their leaders are relflecting on the travels of Bible characters and, in light of those journeys, where God is leading them today.
Leading People to God through Music is the theme for the Music in Worship Committee, and here the idea is that sacred music is not simply for our enjoyment – though it is for our enjoyment – but carries us, as it were, into the presence of God where we can behold something of the beauty and strength of God.
Faith under Construction is the theme for our Board of Christian Education. Here the thought is that God is at work right now in the life of every individual and household and in the church as a whole. God is at work putting something in place in us, for us, and through us.

CHOIR

Choir Directory Emily Worzalla notes you are welcome to become part of our choir! “Don’t miss out,” she says, “on the fellowship and joy of music!” There is a spot for you, even if you cannot make rehearsal every week. Chancel Choir rehearsals are at 7 PM on Wednesdays. The BRC gathers for rehearsal at 6. To help lead someone to God through music is a tremendous gift you can give to someone, and it is a powerful and blessed way to worship God yourself and in community.

TATERS

Tomorrow – October 11 – the Verona Area Needs Network will be harvesting potatoes for the food pantry. Volunteers are needed. No digging will be involved. The spuds already will be out of the ground. But helpers are needed to pick them up and put them in boxes. This will take place at West Middleton Research Garden on Mineral Point Road. The plan, weather permitting, is to begin at 8:30. Willing to help? To volunteer or for more info, please contact Karen Fletcher: jkfletcher@tds.net or 513-6481.

LOOKING AHEAD

Begin saving Sunday, November 9 on your calendars. This will be the night for Salem’s annual Congregational Meeting. Committee chairs and other leaders are preparing their annual reports detailing what has happened over the course of the year since we last met. We will think, too, about what we want as a future for our congregation. If you were to write an annual report about your church involvement over the year, what would you say? What goals would you set for yourself next year?

THE CHURCH WANTS TO STAY IN TOUCH WHILE YOU’RE IN COLLEGE

If someone in your family is away at college this little weekly mailing would love to find its way to them every 7 days so they have a letter from home. Please give Mark an email address to use and give us this opportunity to stay connected with someone we love.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Weekly News 10-03-14

 

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY

This Sunday, October 5, marks World Communion Sunday. We will mark this special day in the church year with a service of Word, Sacrament, and music. We will hear a little bit about the Global Ministries Division of the United Church of Christ. We will sing hymns that draw from cultures other than our own. The Children’s Choir, Chancel Choir, and Barry Robinson Chorus will all help lead in worship. The service will culminate with the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

CONFERENCE MINISTER CANDIDATE

The Rev. Franz Riegert is the candidate the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ is presenting for election as Wisconsin’s new Conference Minister. Area churches – and all Salem’s people, too – are invited to a “meet and greet” with Rev. Riegert tomorrow, October 4, from 11 AM to noon. Our Women’s Guild will be serving refreshments.

YOUTH HAYRIDE

Craig Rhiner is building the bonfire and hooking up the tractor and wagon for one of his famous Youth Hayrides. The event will be this Sunday, from 5 to 9 pm. Check out the table in Fellowship Hall where you can find a signup sheet plus parental consent forms. Direct your questions to Laura Kolden.

MEN’S FELLOWSHIP

The Men’s Fellowship of Salem will be meeting this Tuesday, October 7, at 7 PM, at the home of Nathan Bahr. We gather for an evening of snacks, drinks, general conversation, and Bible study. It is a light-hearted gathering of friendship and encouragement. The meetings are open to the men of the church.

NEIGHBORS IN NEED

Offering envelopes for Neighbors in Need went out with the print version of the October newsletter. That newsletter also carried a brief description of Neighbors in Need. Some of the primary beneficiaries of the NIN offering include the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries and the UCC’s Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM). CAIM supports Native American UCC congregations on reservations as well as one that is in an urban setting. Justice and Witness Ministries helps the UCC respond to and think about some of the tough issues in society, such as immigration, health care, hate crimes, environmental matters, and so forth. It is a way we have being involved on important topics. To learn more, go to www.ucc.org/nin.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES

Confirmation classes for the year are underway! If you are in the 8th or the 9th grades, we have a spot ready and waiting for you. Wednesday nights. 6:30-7:15. Church Conference Room. It is edge-of-your-seat stuff.

BRIDAL SHOWER

There will be a bridal shower for Laura Yurs at the church on Sunday, October 12, at 3 pm. It will be hosted by Lena Yurs and the Caring Friends Small Group. Laura is engaged to be married to the Rev. Christopher Ross. The ceremony will be held here at Salem in November. The couple is registered at Kohls and Pottery Barn. Lena and the women of the Caring Friends group invite women of the church to the shower on the 12th to help wish Laura and Chris a long and happy marriage.

ADULT MISSION TRIP

Have you ever found yourself envying the youth their opportunities to go on exciting mission trips? Salem’s Mission Committee is looking into the possibility of an adult (or intergenerational) mission trip to Back Bay Mission in 2015 or 2016. There will be a brief meeting about this after worship on October 12. If this scratches your itch at all, come to the meeting to explore the possibility further. Can’t make the meeting? Contact Laura Kolden.

LOOKING AHEAD

Begin saving Sunday, November 9 on your calendars. This will be the night for Salem’s annual Congregational Meeting. Full details for this year’s event will follow in the coming days, but in the past we have shared a potluck supper at 5 and started the meeting around 6.

THE CHURCH WANTS TO STAY IN TOUCH WHILE YOU’RE IN COLLEGE

If someone in your family is away at college this little weekly mailing would love to find its way to them every 7 days so they have a letter from home. Please give Mark an email address to use and give us this opportunity to stay connected with someone we love.



 
 
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