Friday, April 25, 2014


WORSHIP THIS WEEK

April 27th will have us continuing to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with faith and joy. Mark’s sermon topic, based on John 20:25, is “The Living Christ in Contemporary Experience.” We will think of ways in which the word of the disciples to Thomas is true also of us: “We have seen the Lord.” The Barry Robinson Chorus will have the introit and the anthem. And this week we move the Welcome and Announcements to the 10:15 slot, with the Prelude following. This should afford worshipers some time to dedicated quiet reflection while the Prelude leads us into worship. Come and worship!

BRIDAL SHOWER

The Fellowship Committee will host a bridal shower for Maggie Fitzwilliams this Sunday at 2 PM. Maggie and Derek Groshan will be married here at Salem on May 10. The couple is registered at Bed Bath and Beyond, J C Penney, and Target. Come join in the fun and fellowship and in wishing Maggie and Derek a long and happy marriage.

ECCLESIASTICAL COUNCIL SATURDAY

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 26, Salem will be the site for an Ecclesiastical Council for Clare Gromoll of First Congregational Church (Madison). The Division on Church and Ministry of the Southwest Wisconsin Association is moving to holding Ecclesiastical Councils away from the candidate’s home church. First Congregational will do all the hosting; we are simply providing the space. Clare recently graduated from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and is a candidate for ordination in the United Church of Christ. The Ecclesiastical Council will vote on whether she should be approved for ordination. Please come to be part of this important work of the church. The Council will at 1 PM.

BOOK DISCUSSION

The book up for discussion this month is Z, by Theresa Ann Fowler. The discussion group will meet at 7 o’clock this Monday evening.

GUILD SALAD LUNCHEON

The Guild’s Annual Spring Salad Luncheon will be held Thursday, May 1st, from 11:30 until 1:00.  The cost is $7.00, and includes assorted salads, beverage, dinner roll, and dessert. Your support of the Guild helps support camp scholarships, mission trip assistance, and various missions here in Wisconsin and around the world.

MEN’S FELLOWSHIP

The Men’s Fellowship will meet on Tuesday, May 6, at the home of Nathan Bahr. Note the new time. The men will gather at 7 PM rather than six, and for refreshments rather than a light supper. We hope the later hour will allow more to attend.

OUTDOOR CLEAN-UP DAY

Saturday, May 3, from 9 AM to 12 noon is the time set for outdoor clean-up projects around the church. Since it is too early to do much planting, the focus will be on basic yard clean-up, moving the unused stone, and other details aimed at making our grounds attractive and inviting. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

MUSIC SUNDAY – May 4

Our Music Department will hold its annual Music Sunday during the regular worship hour on May 4. Given the large amounts of music that were parts of our Maundy Thursday and Easter services, this year’s Music Sunday will be slightly “scaled back” [puns always intended (unfortunately)]. But, of course, there will be plenty to hear and much good reason to invite family and friends to be in attendance.

MAY THE FOURTH! . . . Youth Pie Auction!

Salem Youth are hosting their annual Pie Auction on Sunday, May 4th! There will be pies to bid on during live and silent auctions, and separate sales of pre-priced whole pies and, for smaller appetites, pre-priced pie pieces. The youth are inviting all pie-makers to donate pies for the auction, and all pie-buyers and bidders to get your appetites ready! There will be a sign-up in fellowship hall this Sunday (April 27) for those wishing to make and donate pies. The pie auction will be held following morning worship. Proceeds support the youth attending the Great Lakes Regional Youth Event. “May the Fourth be with you!”

ADVANCE NOTE ON VBS

The Board of Christian Education has set July 21, 22, 23, and 24 for this summer’s Vacation Bible School. The theme is “Babylon: Daniel’s Courage in Captivity.” The sessions will take place in the evening, beginning with a light meal at 5 for those who can attend. The program itself will begin at 6 and conclude at 8. Mark will lead an adult class on the VBS topic each of those nights. Save the dates and watch for registration materials.

SCOTLAND: April 28 – May 4

A generous grant is making it possible for Mark to spend nearly a full week in Edinburgh, Scotland, as part of a brief study leave. The printed newsletter for May contains a more detailed description of what he will be doing. His being away means there will be no weekly mailing for May 2.

CONFIRMATION CLASS: April 30

Due to Mark’s study leave in Scotland, the Confirmation class will not meet on Wednesday, April 30, as it normally would. However, Confirmands and parents should be watching for an email with instructions for a kind of “on-line” Confirmation class. A certain old dog may be learning a new trick. Anyway, there will be some trans-Atlantic Confirmation work happening and Mark hopes to be present in his absence.

 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014




GOOD FRIDAY

We will have a simple Good Friday service at 7 PM. By “simple” is meant that this order of worship is never as full as the Maundy Thursday service. Its emptiness, by contrast, can almost seem anti-climactic. Still, the starkness of Good Friday following the wealth of symbols and songs on Maundy Thursday is deeply moving in its own way.

EASTER MORNING

The Sunrise Service will be at 6:30 AM. Mark’s sermon for the early service is “The Power of the Resurrection.” It imagines that some of us might not be in an “Easter spirit” and it offers the Apostle Paul as a kindred spirit. Text: “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection” (Phil 3:10).

An Easter Breakfast will begin following the Sunrise Service. There will be quiche, oven French toast, fresh fruit, baked goods, coffee and juice. Donations of fruit or baked goods will be gladly accepted! Please have them in the church kitchen prior to the Sunrise Service. The Fellowship Committee is sponsoring this event.

The second Easter Worship Service will be at 10:15. Our music department will be in full force with the Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, and the Barry Robinson Chorus. A trumpeter will be on hand as well to help herald the good news of the day. Mark’s message for the second service is “The New Birth at Easter.” Text: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you . . .” (1 Pet. 1:3-4). Our thought will be that Easter does not just bring us something to believe; it gives us a new life to live.

THANK YOU

Thanks to all who made our Maundy Thursday Service meaningful and deep: Leo Van Asten for composing the cantata selections sung during the Tenebrae Service; Emily Worzalla, Dawn Lingard, and all the members of the Chancel Choir for the hours that went into learning Leo’s pieces; the late Frank Braudt, whose memorial helped underwrite the special music; and to the Tenebrae Readers: John Cashman, Joan Gering, Krista Nechvatal, Becky Schmidt, Judy Skupien, Dick Steele, Beth Yurs, Dale Yurs, and Dana Zurbuchen. And let’s not forget, too some folks behind the scenes: Gladys Behnke and Laura Kolden for setting up the chancel area; and Karen Steele and Becky Hagenston for readying Communion.

MORE THANKS

Palm Sunday morning was a splendid time around here, and we are full of thanks for that. Dawn Starr and her 11-month-old donkey Abel led the way on our annual Donkey Walk. The Board of Christian Education and the Membership Growth and Development Committee tag-teamed on the “Resurrection Egg” project, which was very successful.

BRIDAL SHOWER

The Fellowship Committee will host a bridal shower for Maggie Fitzwilliams on Sunday, April 27, at 2 PM. Maggie and Derek Groshan will be married here at Salem on May 10. The couple is registered at Bed Bath and Beyond, J C Penney, and Target. Come join in the fun and fellowship and in wishing Maggie and Derek a long and happy marriage.

ECCLESIASTICAL COUNCIL

Salem will be the site for an Ecclesiastical Council for Clare Gromoll of First Congregational Church (Madison). The Division on Church and Ministry of the Southwest Wisconsin Association is moving to holding Ecclesiastical Councils away from the candidate’s home church. First Congregational will do all the hosting; we are simply providing the space. Clare recently graduated from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and is a candidate for ordination in the United Church of Christ. The Ecclesiastical Council will vote on whether she should be approved for ordination. Please come to be part of this important work of the church. The Council will be Saturday, April 26, at 1 PM.