Welcome to Salem!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Thank you for your interest in Salem United Church of Christ. Here are some of the emphases we are working on at present.

Sunday morning worship at 10:15 is the highlight of our week here at Salem. This Sunday, May 24, is the Christian holiday known as Pentecost. It remembers the day God's Holy Spirit filled the first disciples, empowering them for mission. We are encouraging our members to wear red to worship this week. The pastor's sermon for the day is called "Why the Church Wears Red." The message has a kind of link to Memorial Day because the church's red on Pentecost Sunday relates to the Christian martyrs who gave their lives in service to the cause of Christ.

We move out into the community on Memorial Day. Verona's official commemoration of Memorial Day, sponsored by the local American Legion Post, will take place at 10 AM at the Verona Area High School. Rev. Yurs has been asked to be the Memorial Day speaker this year.

A number of our people will be working at Brat Fest in Madison. We do this to help our Youth raise money for their summer mission trips, which we call SALT experiences. SALT stands for Serving and Learning Trips. Our Senior High students will be traveling to West Virginia in June and our Middle School students will be involved in an immersion experience here in Madison.

Open and Affirming (ONA) is the official designation in the United Church of Christ for a congregation that is intentionally welcoming and affirming of persons in the LGBTQ community. Salem has long functioned in this way but has not yet gone through the official process to be listed as an ONA church. We are beginning that process now. An organizational meeting is scheduled to begin working out an appropriate structure for our use of the ONA process. Contact the church, either by phone or email, to learn of the time and location for that meeting. ONA will not be debated at this meeting; concentration will be given only to structuring our process.

SUMMER READING: A Sermon Series for Summer Sundays
Every year there are recommendations for summertime reading. Local libraries, newspapers, magazines, and online publications all provide reading lists. The assumption is the summer days are freer, the hours are more relaxing, and one can kick back and enjoy a good book at leisure. Why not look to the Bible for summertime reading? It is a well-stocked library with offerings from a variety of literary genres sure to please a wide array of reading interests. Dr. Yurs will offer a sermon series this summer that recommends six Bible books for your summer review. The book review sermons will explore a family saga (June 14), an adventure story (June 21), a social commentary (June 28), a love story (July 12), a book of verse (July 19), and a biography (July 26).