Tuesday, December 13, 2011

An Assortment of Activities During the Holiday Season

As the holy day of Christmas approaches, the amount of activity around Salem has been nonstop.  The pictures below offer a taste of what has been happening.  The first group of pictures show the youth making ornaments during Sunday School, with many teachers, parents, and volunteers lending a helping hand.  The second batch of pictures was taken at the holiday bazaar, which is an annual event held by the Women's Guild.  Finally, the Christmas Program and Concert was a combined event held on December 11th.  The Christmas story was presented by the youth with the Concert starting afterwards.  The Christmas Program and Concert featured nearly every musical assembly offered in Salem's Music Program: Children's Choir, Youth Bells, the Barry Robinson Chorus, Ladies Choir, and Adult Bells.  As a special treat, Pastor Mark captivated the audience with his solo in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bethel Horizons Retreat

In October, Laura Kolden arranged a retreat to Bethel Horizons for the Salem youth.  Passing along some words of gratitude from Laura:  "Thanks to Craig Fitzwilliams for the pictures, and to Craig, Sue Castle, and Jenny Schultz for driving and exploring with us."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sunday School and Youth Kickoff

Two of Salem's programs are off to a great start for 2011.  Sunday School opened with a pot luck breakfast.  Sunday School is available for all ages from Preschool to High School, as well as an adult class taught by Pastor Mark.  The Youth Program started with a kick off picnic.  The Youth Program is led by Laura Kolden and gives many opportunities for Middle and High School youth to get involved with the community, go on mission trips, and build lasting friendships.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Emily Bass's mission trip to Kenya

An amazing young woman from our congregation, Emily Bass, has returned home from Kenya once again.  Working with Christian Women Works of Charity for a second time, this remarkable mission trip spanned two months from June 21 through August 23.  The pictures below are just a sample of her experience.  Please take a look at her online journal to find out more.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Crop Walk 2011

Salem UCC has been participating annually in Crop Walk.  This year, the Verona Crop Walk will take place on October 2nd.  Signing up or donating can be done through this link:

Friday, August 5, 2011

Laura Yurs's Ordination Service

The following photos were taken at Laura Yurs's Ordination Service on July 24th.  Pastor Mark provided the sermon entitled "The Kind of Minister the Church Needs Today".

The first photo shows those participating in Laura's ordination.  From left to right are:  Charles Wolfe, Mark Yurs, Scott Matheney, Laura Yurs, Eliza Leatherberry, Jen Johnson, Jon Schultz, Robert Mutton, Laura Kolden, and Laura Stalder.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Vacation Bible School Starting Soon!

All children are invited to our Vacation Bible School, Shake It Up Cafe, where kids carry out God's recipe.  At Shake It Up Cafe, the little chefs will learn secret ingredients for living as followers of God.  Each day will offer several courses of fun.  The activities will include singing at Wok & Roll Hits, making projects at Tangy & Tart Arts, exploring science at Foodology Factory, games at Spork Sports, interactive storytelling at Kitchen a la King, and enjoying tasty snacks at teh Takeout Treatery.

Who:  Kids 3 years old through 5th grade
When: August 1-4 (Monday - Thursday)
Time: 9am - 11:30am
Where: Salem United Church of Christ, 502 Mark Drive, Verona

Thursday evening will feature a program and cookout.  You can find out more and download the Registration form on our Christian Education page.  Contact Julie Adams with any questions.