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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.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Weekly News 11-14-14

THANKSGIVING BAGS

This Sunday, November 16, is the last day to contribute a Thanksgiving Bag for distribution through the Verona Area Needs Network Food Pantry.  The Mission Committee will be taking all the bags collected by Salem to the pantry Sunday afternoon. Our goal is 75. Can you help us reach it?

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 and next week’s bulletins 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.

KNOCK KNOCK RETREAT for MIDDLE SCHOOLERS

Laura Kolden and some of our Middle School people 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.

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.

THANKSGIVING VOLUNTEERS

Thanks go out to those who have volunteered to help set up, take down, or usher at the Community Thanksgiving Service. It is not too late to volunteer, if you would like to help as well. Just let Mark know. (We are in place as far as ushers are concerned; helpers will still be good for set up and take down at the PAC).

THANKSGIVING SERVICE BANNERS

Hey! Have you seen those beautiful outdoor banners announcing the Community Thanksgiving Service? Those are pretty impressive, aren’t they? They are the brainchild of John Bass in particular, but with the help of the others on our Membership Growth and Development Committee.

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.

ANNUAL REPORT BOOKLETS

Annual Report Booklets from last Sunday’s Congregational Meeting are available. If you would like to have one, please stop by the church office or send a return email.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Weekly News 11-07-14

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING THIS SUNDAY

It’s here! It’s here! The day you have been waiting for! It’s Congregational Meeting Sunday! A potluck supper will start us off at 5. The meeting is set to begin at 5:45.

MORNING WORSHIP on NOVEMBER 9

This Sunday’s service of worship will have a Congregational Meeting-y theme to it. Our hymns will be hymns about the church: The Church’s One Foundation, We Love Your Realm O Lord, and Forward Through the Ages. The Bell Choir will continue our spirit of prayer and follow The Lord’s Prayer with Precious Lord, Take My Hand. Using Acts 24:22-27, Mark will introduce us to the New Testament character Felix and speak on “Putting Off An Important Decision.” The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated.

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. Helpers are needed for setting up before the service, tearing down after the service, and serving as ushers during the service. If you are able to help with one or more of these tasks, please let Mark Yurs or Dawn Lingard know at your earliest convenience. Thanks!
(Feel free to stop reading at this point to send a return email, indicating your willingness to help with set-up, take-down, or ushering at the PAC on the 25th. The rest of this weekly mailing will be here waiting for you when you get back.)

TOTENFEST SERVICE on November 23

The special worship service known as Totenfest takes place every year on the Sunday preceding the first Sunday of Advent. That means this year’s Totenfest will be held on Nov. 23. Totenfest 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. After this roll is called in worship, worshipers are invited to name aloud anyone whom they would like to remember.

THANKSGIVING BASKETS

Salem’s Mission Committee continues to 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 75. A list of what to put in the grocery sack is stapled to the bag.

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.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Weekly News 10-31-14

BOO!

Happy Halloween! Do you know the history of Halloween and its relationship to November 1, which is All Saints Day? “All Hallows Eve” became shortened to “Halloween.” A no longer used name for All Saints Day is All Hallows Day. All Saints Day commemorates the departed faithful (the “hallows”), especially, but not only, those who suffered martyrdom. At some point in their history, Christians began using the eve of the day celebrating the departed saints to mock and to ridicule the power of death.

FALL BACK!

Remember to set your clocks back an hour for Sunday morning! Perhaps we should not remind you. If you do not set your clock back, you will be at church in plenty of time for Sunday School!

NOVEMBER 2

“Songs for a Midnight Hour” – based on Acts 16:25 – is Mark’s sermon title for this Sunday. The text puts us in prison once again. Those early Christians were always getting into trouble, it seems. Peter was in jail in last week’s reading; Paul and Silas are in jail in Philippi in this week’s reading. Our focus verse finds them singing at midnight. What did they have to sing about? How can we sing at our separate “midnights”?

“HOW CAN WE KEEP FROM SINGING?”

As if those little rascals knew what Mark was planning to preach about this Sunday, the Children’s Choir has decided to sing “How Can We Keep from Singing?” as their anthem for this week. Julie Sundby and Gary Nechvatal will offer a piece of special music. Its title is “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone).” The congregation will have a chance to sing “Faith of the Martyrs,” “Be Now My Vision,” and bits of “We Shall Overcome.” We have a pew reserved for you!

BABY SHOWER FOR IVY GROTELUESCHEN

The fellowship committee will be hosting a baby shower  this Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm for Ivy, Heidi and Brandon Grotelueschen. Ivy Ashleigh Charlotte was born the end of September. They are in need of clothing and Pampers Swaddler diapers N and size 1. Come and welcome the newest member of Salem UCC.

YOU HAVE TO WAIT A WEEK YET FOR THIS

We know you are ever so anxious to come to Salem’s Annual Congregational Meeting. It is not until next week, though: Sunday, November 9. We will start with a potluck supper at 5 and we hope to begin the meeting at 5:45.

MEN’S FELLOWSHIP

Bill Thiede will host Salem’s Men’s Fellowship at his house this Monday, November 3, at 7. All the men of the church are invited. These nights bring us much strength as we come together for conversation and comradery. Do come.

WOMEN’S GUILD

The November meeting of Salem’s Women’s Guild will take place this Thursday, November 6, at 1:30 in the afternoon. The program leader shall be Verlis Luchsinger; Anna May Rhiner and Gladean Zurbuchen will prepare the post-meeting fare of refreshments.

VOTE THIS TUESDAY

Voting is a hard-won and nearly-sacred privilege we are allowed to enjoy in this country. In some sense, exercising your right to vote is the highest act of patriotism. Please do not cast this gift aside. Vote proudly on November 4. We have many folks from our congregation who serve as poll workers. Watch for them at your polling place!

LOOKING AHEAD to Verona’s Ecumenical 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. Helpers are needed for setting up before the service, tearing down after the service, and serving as ushers during the service. If you are able to help with one or more of these tasks, please let Mark Yurs or Dawn Lingard know at your earliest convenience. Thanks!

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.



 
 
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