Welcome to Salem United Church of Christ, and thank you for visiting our congregation's web page. Here is some indication of what is happening in our life these days.
SALEM WELCOMES TWO NEW STAFF MEMBERS
Vance Nelson joins Salem's staff as our Hand Bell Choir Director. Vance brings a wealth of experience to this role and he is eager to help us expand in our ministry of sharing the love of God through music. Our Bell Choir rehearses at 7 P.M. on Wednesdays, and you are welcome to join in on the ringing.
Sarah Pundt joins Salem's staff as our Director of Christian Education. This is a new position at our church, but Sarah is not new to our congregation. She and her family have been members of our congregation for a number of years. She brings excellent organizational and communication skills, and she is eager to help us expand our ministry of sharing the love of God through Christian education and nurture.
ENCOUNTERING GOD IN DAILY LIFE
Beginning Sunday, November 6, and continuing for the next six weeks, our pastor will lead a Sunday morning class on the theme “Encountering God in Daily Life.” The premise of this class is that our people believe in God but do not see that they have any experiences to substantiate that claim. In reality, our people do have experiences of God on a near daily basis. Using Bible passages and illustrations from life, these Sunday morning sessions will help us recognize the experiences of God we do have, and so they will help us grow in our faith. Set aside this time so you can discover “God is with you” is not an empty saying of the church but a living reality in your life.
LEARNING THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH WE WORSHIP AND SERVE
Salem's Mission Committee has been sponsoring a series of Monday night meetings designed to help us learn more about Verona. Salem has been in Verona since 1923 and we think we know it, and perhaps we do. But we know it only from our perspective. The Mission Committee has been using a series of Monday night discussions to help us learn about Verona from a variety of other perspectives. Guest speakers in this series include representatives from the Verona Police Department, the Verona Area School District, the Verona Area Senior Center, and Joining Forces for Families. Our aim is to seek out ways we can make a difference in terms of mission and service.
ECUMENICAL THANKSGIVING SERVICE
Salem will host this year's Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service. The service will take place in our sanctuary at 4 P.M. on Sunday, November 20. Participating churches include St. James Lutheran Church, St. Andrew's Church in the St. Christopher Parish of the Roman Catholic Church, and Sugar River United Methodist Church as well as Salem United Church of Christ.