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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.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Weekly News 09-26-14

SUNDAY MORNING

This Sunday morning at Salem will continue with some of the favorite hymns named two weeks ago. The Barry Robinson Chorus will also sing. Mark will deliver a sermon based on Acts 9, which tells of Paul’s conversion along the Damascus Road. The sermon topic is “A Plea for the Conversion of the Already Decided.”

BAPTISM

Halle Jane Borelli, daughter of Nick and Kelly (Blake) Borelli, will be baptized in worship this week. Halle was born in March.

SAFE CONDUCT TRAINING . . . This Sunday

This Sunday, at 11:45, Angie Shaw will conduct a training session in Salem’s safe ministry guidelines and procedures. This is for anyone new to one of our ministries working with children or youth and for anyone who is interested in a refresher course.

ISRAEL AND PALESTINE

By popular demand, the Mission Committee is having Karen and Dick Steele do an encore presentation on their Global Ministries sponsored trip to that region. They will present this Sunday evening, September 28, at 6:30. The Mission Committee will be serving dessert and beverage.

THE GOOD EARTH, BY PEARL S. BUCK

This classic novel set in the Far East is the book up for discussion at the next meeting of Salem’s book group. The gathering will be this Monday night, September 29, at 7.

THANK YOU!

Several people signed up last week to be helpers in the Sunday School, either as hallway shepherds or as substitute teachers. This spirit of volunteerism is wonderful to see. Thank you. If you missed the chance to sign on, or now regret that you did not sign on, there is good news! It is not too late. Julie Adams, our Sunday School coordinator will be happy to take your name.

THINK ABOUT THIS

Last Sunday two pictures from the worship service were posted on Facebook. They were in different posts by different people. As of this writing, a little line beneath one of them says it was seen by – get this! – 444 people. The sermon from last Sunday talked about Facebook (and the Internet in general) as one of the conditions that make this time now right for a new work of God. 444 people seeing something about Salem on Facebook put the proof in the pudding. We can magnify that number exponentially if more and more of our people upload similar posts. Inviting someone to church may be pushing your comfort zone a tad; so why not begin just by saying a little something about your church on Facebook or some such similar thing? There IS a hunger for this out there. People do want the gospel we have.

WISCONSIN CONFERENCE MINISTER CANDIDATE

The Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ announces that, after a year-long search, they present to the Conference a candidate for the office of Conference Minister. The candidate is The Rev. Franz Riegert, currently the pastor of our church in Grafton, WI. Salem has been selected as a site for a “meet and greet.” Area churches are invited here to meet Franz Riegert on Saturday, October 4, at 11:00 AM. All our members are welcome as well. Details of Rev. Riegert’s biography will appear in the October print newsletter.

MEAL TEAMS

Elisabeth Pankonin is now coordinating Salem’s Meal Teams. Lis notes we could use some additional team members. Being a team member meals that, on the occasions your team is asked to supply a meal to someone from our congregation, you may be asked to provide a dish, whether a casserole, a salad, or a dessert. Click “reply” and send a return email if you are interested or have questions!

EATING AGAIN, BUT IN A DIFFERENT CONTEXT

Sunday night meals: Our youth fellowship gathers on Sunday evenings for a meal, worship, and activities.  We welcome members of the congregation to prepare a simple meal for the group and join us at the dinner table.  It is a great way to get to know the youth of our church family. Sign up and details are on the Youth table in Fellowship Hall.

CROP WALK

There is no longer a local committee organizing a Verona CROP Walk. Salem’s Mission Committee hopes we can field a team of walkers to participate in the Madison CROP Walk like we did in other years before we started the local one. The Madison Walk is set for October 19, with registration beginning at 12:45, with the Walk itself starting at 1:30. First Congregational Church in Madison is the point of departure. We are particularly interested in learning if anyone is interested in being our team captain this year.

HERE’S A QUESTION . . .

What do Exodus 17:1-7, Genesis 6-11, and Psalms 104 and 114 have in common? Can you guess? They are all passages to be considered this next week by one of the three adult Bible studies now happening: the Adult Sunday School class, the Searchlight on Genesis, and the BLT on Psalms. It is not too late to sit in on one or all of these. Remember: Bible study is not about gaining information, cramming it into your head; it is about meeting with God and opening your soul.



 
 
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