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Thursday, December 29, 2016

WELCOME TO SALEM UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Thank you for visiting our website. We wish you a Happy New Year and share here a little bit about what is on Salem's mind and heart as 2017 begins.
LOOKING TO CHRIST IN A DISTRACTED WORLD
Mark’s sermons during the Season of Epiphany – the Sundays between January 6 and Ash Wednesday – will be based on the “I am” sayings of Jesus, which are all found in The Gospel According to John. We are encouraging worshipers to begin reading John, and, as further background, the third chapter of the Book of Exodus, which tells of Moses’ encounter with God at the burning bush, a passage which provides the foundation for the significance of the "I am" sayings.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – January 29, following worship
The church will be holding a specially called congregational meeting after worship on Sunday, January 29, 2017, for the purpose of considering the Open and Affirming covenant statement first circulated at the November Annual Meeting of the congregation. If the congregation votes to approve this statement, our church will be officially recognized as an Open an Affirming Congregation. Notice of this meeting and a copy of the statement will be mailed to the members of the congregation soon, either via the January newsletter or by way of a special mailing.
CONVERSATION OPPORTUNITIES
There will be two opportunities for question and conversation around the proposed Open and Affirming covenant statement to be presented at the January 29th congregational meeting. These opportunities will take place after worship, in the sanctuary, on January 15th and 22nd.
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY: A January Bible Study
No one in the church wants to go against biblical teaching. We do not want ours to be a church that disregards scripture. So in this study we look to the Bible for its guidance on a matter now before us. What does the Bible say about homosexuality? This Sunday morning class, led by the pastor, will meet at the 9 o’clock hour. After addressing some preliminary aspects of the Bible in general, the focus will be on Old and New Testament texts raised in opposition to homosexuality. The class will meet over the course of four Sundays: January 8, 15, 22, and 29.
LOVE OVER FEAR
A limited number of yard signs are available for purchase at $10 each.  This project is in conjunction with a number of Madison area UCC churches as well as some ecumenical partners.