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Friday, December 19, 2014

Weekly News 12-19-14

THIS SUNDAY

The Fourth Sunday of Advent is this week. The Hand Bell Choir, the Barry Robinson Chorus, and the Chancel Choir will all lead in worship this Sunday. The scripture reading for the day tells of the Annunciation, the angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary (see Luke 1:26-38). Mark will focus on Gabriel’s note about Elizabeth (Lk. 1:36) and preach under the topic “The Christmas Witness of Our Elders.”

WE WILL CONTINUE THE DAY with CAROLING

Immediately following the coffee hour this Sunday, the Membership Growth and Development Committee will host a lunch of hot soup for anyone wishing to carol. Caroling will begin right after lunch, and the plan is to return to the church by 3 or 3:30. Do you want to feel appreciated? Do you want to do something that makes a difference? Many of us can attest to the fact that Christmas caroling affords a person those gifts. Come join us!

SUNDAY SCHOOL

There is no Sunday School scheduled for this week. But Mark will hold an adult class if there are people who care to come.

ADVENT 140

We are just shy – just – of reaching our Advent goal of 140 persons in worship for the 4 Sundays of Advent. With a strong attendance this week, we can more than make it! Here is your chance to help! Commit to attend yourself, and invite someone to join you. (It doesn’t have to be a stranger; you can even connect with a church member and encourage them to attend.)

CHRISTMAS EVE

Our Christmas Eve schedule is as follows:
            7:30 PM – Worship Service with Candlelight and Communion
            11:00 PM- Worship Service with Candlelight and Communion
These services are not identical, except toward the end with the celebration of the Sacrament and the Service of Lights. Otherwise, they are different: different liturgies, different sermons, different carols. The Chancel Choir is planning to sing at the 7:30 service

DECEMBER 28

Our worship service on December 28 will be at 10:15 as usual. Mark will preach on the topic “The Gospel at Year’s End.” There will be no Sunday School classes on December 28.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Weekly News 12-12-14

DECEMBER 14

The Third Sunday of Advent is this week at Salem. We will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion and enjoy music from the Barry Robinson Chorus will sing. The Bible reading for the week is John 1:6-8, 19-28, a passage about the life and ministry of John the Baptist. Mark’s sermon will focus on this bit from that reading: “Among you stands one whom you do not know. . . . .”

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

Our annual Christmas program will take place this Sunday afternoon, beginning at 3. The Sunday School children plus a number of adults have been hard at work preparing for their songs and parts. Please reward them with your presence, and let their wonderful ministry begin to lead you into the Christmas spirit.

CAROLING

An afternoon of Christmas caroling is being planned for Sunday, December 21. Here are the details we promised in last week’s mailing:  immediately following the coffee hour that morning, the Membership Growth and Development Committee will host a lunch of hot soup for anyone wishing to carol. Caroling will begin right after lunch, and the plan is to return to the church by 3 or 3:30. Do you want to feel appreciated? Do you want to do something that makes a difference? Many of us can attest to the fact that Christmas caroling affords a person those gifts. Come join us!

WE OVERSHOT 140!

Good for you! Last Sunday morning we surpassed our goal of having 140 persons present for worship. We were in the 150s! You’ll help us do it again this week, won’t you?

DIAPER SHOWER

The Mission Committee is hosting a diaper shower for Mary and baby Jesus to be held on the four Sundays of Advent. Please bring diapers and wipes beginning this Sunday, November 30. Place your gifts in the manger at the altar. All gifts to the newborn King will be donated in his name to the Verona Area Needs Network. Large sized diapers, especially size 5, are needed.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Weekly News 12-05-14

GUILD BAZAAR

The Annual Holiday Bazaar sponsored by the Women’s Guild will take place on Saturday, December 6, from 11 AM to 1 PM. Good food, good crafts and baked goods, plus good raffle prizes await you. All families of the church are asked to donate a pie, unless asked to bring a salad. Proceeds from Guild fund raisers have benefited youth SALT trips, camp scholarships, Christmas gifts to homebound members, the Southwest Wisconsin Association’s jail ministry, plus other mission causes here in Wisconsin and around the world.

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

December 7th marks the Second Sunday of Advent. Two candles on our Advent wreath will be lit. The Chancel Choir will sing, and Laura Kolden has arranged for the scripture reading to be done in a special and creative way. You will have to be here to see how we beget that. Hmm.

140

Staying with the “being here” theme for a minute, we did not quite reach our Advent goal of 140 attendees last week. Maybe we will this week. We’ll try. You’ll help, won’t you?

DIAPER SHOWER

The Mission Committee is hosting a diaper shower for Mary and baby Jesus to be held on the four Sundays of Advent. Please bring diapers and wipes beginning this Sunday, November 30. Place your gifts in the manger at the altar. All gifts to the newborn King will be donated in his name to the Verona Area Needs Network. Large sized diapers, especially size 5, are needed.

THANK YOU

Hearty thanks go out to the nearly 20 people who came last Saturday to help decorate the church for Advent and Christmas. Thanks to each one of you! There were a number of folks who commented upon how nice the church looks.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

Our annual Christmas program is set for Sunday afternoon, December 14, at 3 PM. Sunday School children and others are already hard at work learning their parts. Please do your part, too, and mark this date on your calendar and plan to attend.

CAROLING

An afternoon of caroling is being planned by our Membership Growth and Development Committee. Watch for further details, but the time and date are 3 PM on December 21. Do you want to feel appreciated? Do you want to do something that makes a difference? Many of us can attest to the fact that Christmas caroling affords a person those gifts. Come join us!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Salem's Liturgy of Totenfest 2014

Salem's worship service on November 23, the Sunday before the First Sunday of Advent, included the Liturgy of Totenfest, a ceremony in which we remembered those who have died over the course of the church year. This year we held the following people in sacred memory. We continue to hold their families in prayer.


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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Weekly News 11-28-14

DECORATING SATURDAY

Your help is needed and requested for decorating our church for Advent and Christmas. We will begin at 9 AM on Saturday, November 29. That’s tomorrow! We hope to see you then.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30 is the First Sunday of Advent

Worship on the First Sunday of Advent will key on the beginning of this important season in the church’s liturgical year. We will light the first of our Advent candles, and pray – by way of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel and Come, O Long-Expected Jesus – for the Advent of Jesus into our world today. We will hear Mark 13:24-27 and from another Mark, who will preach on the theme “What to Expect from Jesus When He Arrives.” Our Chancel Choir will sing.

AN ADVENT GOAL

Here’s hoping you will make attending worship every Sunday of Advent a personal goal this year. The last three years we have averaged fewer than 135 people in worship during Advent. Let’s make it to 140 this year! Set a personal attendance goal for yourself. This time aside each week will enhance your experience and appreciation of Christmas. See you Sunday.

PROUD OF SALEM

The Bible says somewhere in the Book of Proverbs that pride goes before a fall. Religious tradition names pride as one of the seven deadly sins. But we have reason to be proud of Salem. Did you look around you at the Community Thanksgiving Service? Not only did Dawn, Emily, and our choirs do a fine job, our church as a whole did a wonderful job when it came to attendance. We are not the biggest church in town, but, by one prideful pastor’s measure, we had the best attendance percentage-wise. Good for you!

MEN’S FELLOWSHIP

George Adams is hosting December’s Men’s Fellowship meeting. We will gather at 7 PM on Tuesday, December 2.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR

The Annual Holiday Bazaar sponsored by the Women’s Guild will take place on Saturday, December 6, from 11 AM to 1 PM. Good food, good crafts and baked goods, plus good raffle prizes await you. All families of the church are asked to donate a pie, unless asked to bring a salad.

DIAPER SHOWER

The Mission Committee is hosting a diaper shower for Mary and baby Jesus to be held on the four Sundays of Advent. Please bring diapers and wipes beginning this Sunday, November 30. Place your gifts in the manger at the altar. All gifts to the newborn King will be donated in his name to the Verona Area Needs Network. Large sized diapers, especially size 5, are needed.

SPEAKING OF VANN

The Verona Area Needs Network Food Pantry is selected for a nationwide Facebook contest to win $20,000. Your votes are needed to help VANN win. The Verona Area Needs Network (VANN) is one of only 150 food pantries nationwide to be selected to participate in Walmart’s 2014 “Food Pantry Holiday Makeover” Promotion. The contest requires that people vote for the pantry of their choice using their Facebook account between December 2 and December 12. The 75 food pantries with the most votes will receive $20,000 each. 
VOTING ELIGIBILITY: Voting is open to all legal residents of the United States of America aged 18 and older.  Voters must have Internet access and a valid Facebook account. 
HOW TO VOTE:  Vote EVERY DAY starting on Tuesday, Dec. 2 thru Friday, Dec 12.  
2. Search for us by Zip Code (53593) or name (Verona Area Needs Network)
3. Click on the “vote” button and log into your Facebook account to complete the voting process. 
Participants can vote once every 24 hours per Facebook account - voting resets twenty-four hours (24) from the time the participant last voted.  Please note that “liking” the Walmart Facebook page or clicking the “Like” button DOES NOT count as a vote. 
If VANN wins the Walmart contest, the organization will use the funds for refrigerators in the pantry store and a children's play area. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Weekly News 11-21-14

TOTENFEST THIS WEEK

This coming Sunday, which is the last Sunday in the church’s liturgical year, is the day set aside for our annual Totenfest ceremony. This special service remembers the people from our congregation who died over the last twelve months. We include, too, the names of all persons whose funerals Rev. Yurs conducted over this time. This year’s Totenfest roll includes Edna Wetternach, Ruth Moll, LaVerne Hagemann, Ferne Frederickson, Steve Larson, and Clarence Witt, Robert Gust, and Elaine Geiger. After this roll is called in worship, worshipers are invited to name aloud anyone whom they would like to remember.

HEBREWS 11:1, 8-16

This New Testament passage will be the focus of our worship service this week. Mark’s sermon, “Thoughts for an Immigrant People,” takes in cue from these words in the text: “They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth . . . seeking a homeland . . . a better country, that is, a heavenly one.” The sermon will thread together the themes of Totenfest and Thanksgiving. The Barry Robinson Chorus will offer some music and the congregation will sing some favorite hymns around the twin themes for the day. [Karen Steele promises to vouch that Mark had this sermon title in place long before the President announced he was to speak on immigration last night!]

COMMUNITY 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. Our choirs will be participating, Dawn Lingard will do all the accompanying, and Mark will offer the Pastoral Prayer at this service.

KNOCK KNOCK RETREAT for MIDDLE SCHOOLERS

Laura Kolden and Marisa Reniero will be on the annual Knock Knock Retreat next weekend, Friday through Sunday. This retreat is sponsored by the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ and is held at Pilgrim Center, or church camp on Green Lake.

POINSETTIAS and WREATHS

Would you like to sponsor a wreath or poinsettia as part of our church’s Advent and Christmas celebration? There will be an insert in this week’s bulletin offering that opportunity. You can also sign up to sponsor a wreath or poinsettia by sending a return email to myurs@salemchurchverona.org or ksteele@salemchurchverona.org. Poinsettias are $9.50 and wreaths (a Boy Scout fundraiser) are $27.00. The first Sunday of Advent in November 30.

DECORATING

Everyone is invited to help decorate our sanctuary and fellowship hall for the Advent and Christmas seasons. The decorating will take place on Saturday, November 27, beginning at 9 AM. Please come to help!

BOOK GROUP

The Book Discussion Group will gather Monday night, November 25, to discuss Holy Ghost Girl, by Donna M. Johnson. The meeting will begin at 7 PM.

COLLEGE CARE PARTNERS

Some of us can remember around mail-time hanging out near the mailboxes on our college campus or coming back from class and seeing a letter waiting to be read. It was good to be remembered. Ways of staying connected with our church’s students who are away at college have changed. The old snail mail system is still effective, and electronic means are on the scene, too. But the reason to stay connected – and the good feeling of being remembered – have not changed. College years are a time huge life decisions are made. How good it is for the church to be present in and with love at just such a time. We will be happy to connect you with a student. If you would like to get in on this important ministry, send an email to Laura Kolden at lkolden@salemchurchverona.org or contact her at the church. She’ll be happy to set you up.



 
 
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