Welcome to Salem!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Thank you for visiting Salem’s website. We are an open and affirming congregation, and our mission is to witness to the word and work of Jesus so all people may know the welcome of God, worship with joy, grow as disciples, live as servants, and enjoy the strength of Christian fellowship. We value being faithful to God, relevant to today, open to all, and striving to improve. Here is a little taste of what will be happening here this fall.


Sunday School classes for all ages will be starting on Sunday, September 9. The day will feature a pot-luck breakfast at 9 A.M. Attendees are invited to bring a breakfast dish to pass; beverages and table service will be provided. The morning will include an introduction to our staff of Sunday School teachers and an unveiling of our new curriculum for the year: SHINE!


Our fall worship schedule returns on September 9. We will worship at 10:15 that morning. The pastor is beginning a set of sermons that will draw upon the Gospel According to Matthew and will help us think about Christian life in terms of today.


Who doesn’t feel pushed and pulled in several directions all at once? The pace of life is at times almost more than a person can handle, and many of us are left wondering where and how God can be found in the exhaustion brought on by crammed schedules and full calendars. Pastor Yurs will lead a Monday night class designed with that question in mind. It will use the Book of Exodus from the Old Testament as a template to help us see where God is present today. The class will take place on 6 Mondays at 7 PM and go for about an hour each night. The first will be Monday, September 10.  Participants do not have to be at all 6 to profit from the class.


Salem has several choirs, including our Chancel Choir, Barry Robinson Chorus, and Bell Choir. New singers and ringers are always welcome. Check the calendar page on the website to find rehearsal times for each group. Chancel Choir is an adult choir of men and women; the Barry Robinson Chorus is a men’s choir. The Bell Choir currently includes adults and high school students.


Don’t be shocked. We are talking about money in and around the congregation these days because are beginning to think about our church program for 2019. We are not wrangling people for cash, but we do believe we have some exciting ministries happening that people will want to support. Because we believe in this programing and this work, we ask for support unashamedly, and draw upon the biblical teaching that God loves the cheerful giver. Our financial drive this year is going by the name GLAD PRAISES!


New members are received into our church at various times, depending upon the schedules of interested persons and the church. You are invited to think about becoming a member of Salem. How do you go about that? Worship with us frequently, dive into our program and activities that are of interest, and get to know the flavor and personality of the church. Pray, asking if Salem is a right fit for you as a spiritual home. Then speak with the pastor to express your interest.