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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Front Page News . . . July 1, 2015 edition
Thank you for your interest in Salem United Church of Christ. The holiday weekend means things are slower around the church, but here is a little bit about where our concentration is focused this week.
Our weekly worship service is at 9 o'clock on Sunday morning. It lasts about an hour. This week's sermon is the fourth in a series called "Summer Reading." This time the topic will be "A Volume of History," and it will think about a Bible book that speaks about a nation's past and its present day needs. The first three sermons in the series can be found here on the website, under the "Worship" tab.
Salem does its best to provide a safe environment for everyone in our care and for the leaders and volunteers who are helping teach, chaperone, and supervise. Background checks are performed on every person who volunteers to work with children and youth, and training sessions are offered periodically to keep volunteers abreast of our Safe Church guidelines. A training session will be offered following worship on Sunday, July 19. This session is designed to be a "refresher course" for persons who have been through the material before as well as an introduction for those who have not seen the material before. All who are interested in learning more are invited and encouraged to attend.
THE VERONA AREA NEEDS NETWORK . . . A Food Pantry and More
The local food pantry began at Salem in the 1980s and, until a few years ago, continued to operate under Salem's auspices, though not as a direct ministry of the church. In 2011, The Verona Area Needs Network came into being as a tax-exempt, non-profit organization overseeing the food pantry. While we are saddened at the poverty that exists in this area, we are proud to see the Verona Area Needs Network's growth and happy to help in its growth. VANN is expanding hours of operation this month, and that is creating a need for additional volunteers. We would like to help. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the church for further information or go to www.vanncares.org.
Our church's Men's Fellowship meets once a month at a member's home. The men enjoy conversation over beer or soft drinks and a light supper. A simple Bible study follows in which the men offer comments on a text in terms of life today. Contact the church to learn the location of this month's meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, July 7, at 6:30 pm.
Once every two years our denomination, the United Church of Christ, gathers representatives from across the country for a church-wide meeting called General Synod. This year's gathering was the 30th General Synod, and it took place in Cleveland, Ohio, from June 26-30. One of our members was present as a member of the Wisconsin Conference delegation. To learn more about the United Church of Christ in general and what happened at General Synod in particular, you can travel to www.ucc.org.
We run a Vacation Bible School (VBS) on four evenings in the summer. This year's VBS is scheduled for July 27, 28, 29, and 30, with a kick-off cook-out on July 26. Please contact us for more detailed information.
You may remember that the famous Liberty Bell was hidden for a time beginning in 1777 to keep it from being confiscated and melted down to make ammunition. It was hidden beneath the floorboards of a church. The church was Zion Reformed Church in Allentown, PA. Salem started out (in 1923) as Salem Reformed Church. We are the same denomination that helped save the Liberty Bell!