Friday, June 27, 2014

Weekly News 06-27-14

THIS SUNDAY

Rev. Laura L. Yurs will be leading worship and preaching this Sunday. A search committee from a Wisconsin congregation thinking of calling her to be their pastor will be here to consider Laura. The theme for Laura’s sermon is “What’s in a Name?” Special music will be offered by Ellen Bass, who will sing Pia Jesu.

DO YOU FEEL ANY OLDER?

On Wednesday, June 25, we passed the 57th anniversary of the formation of the United Church of Christ. How many of you remember the days of the merger that brought together the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches? Salem was an E&R Church prior to the merger. Your pastor even got in prior to the merger. He was baptized a Congregationalist just a year and a week before the merger happened. You can learn more about the UCC, its background, values, and current mission by traveling the Internet to www.ucc.org.

VBS IS FAST APPROACHING

Daily Vacation Bible School will be held at Salem on the evenings of July 21, July 22, July 23, and July 24. The theme is BABYLON: Daniel’s Courage in Captivity.
·         VBS helpers are needed. Did you get a chance to volunteer by way of the clipboard that circulated through half the sanctuary last Sunday? It’ll circulate again this week.
·         Mark is working up a VBS class in Daniel for adults. It will be held in conjunction with the classes for younger folks. Plan to be part of this conversation. Daniel is a rich and exciting book for these times.
·         VBS questions? Contact Julie Adams or call the church office.

BOOK GROUP

Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior is the book up for discussion at the book group’s next meeting. The gathering will be Monday, June 30, at 7 pm.

MEN’S FELLOWSHIP

Salem’s Men’s Fellowship will meet Tuesday, July 1 at 7 pm. We will meet at the home of Dale Yurs. Join us!

JULY 4

The church office will be closed Independence Day. Watch for next week’s Weekly Mailing to land in your inbox a day early.

THANKS!

A bit ago the Weekly Mailings asked for volunteers for candle maintenance and for chancel decorating. Mary Cutler has volunteered to take over from Gladys Behnke seeing to candle oil and such. Rosemarie Wieland volunteered to see about decorating the altar for the Concerts on the Hill summer sermon series. Thanks to both of you!

108

To be one of 108 is to be one of ten thousand times ten thousand.

SALEM’S CHOIR AT THE MALLARDS

Baseball fans and singing fans alike are invited to attend a Madison Mallard's baseball game on Wednesday, July 30th, at 7pm. Salem UCC choirs have been asked to sing the National Anthem at the start of the game, and Emily Worzalla warmly invites all interested singers to join. The more singers there are, the more rousing the Anthem will be! To prepare the National Anthem there will be one rehearsal during the week prior to the game, and singers will meet at the park at 6:30pm on game day. Tickets for the game are $27 each and checks should be made out to Salem UCC and given to Emily. Separate sign up sheets for singers and game tickets will be posted on the wall by the stairs near the main entrance, or send Emily an email: emilyworzalla@gmail.com. Hope you can make it!

SAFE CHURCH TRAINING (formerly “Safe Sanctuary”). . . July 20th

There will be a Safe Church Training after worship on Sunday, July 20. This is for any person interested in working with our children and youth, and it is a way of helping visitors know their family members are safe here and it is a way protecting our volunteers who care for children and guide youth. The training is not long, and those who have gone through the training before are welcome to attend as a kind of “refresher course.” New volunteers will be a asked to submit materials toward a background check, as will those whose most recent background check through the church is more than three years old. Safe Church is our new designation for what was previously called “Safe Sanctuary,” a title that is now copyrighted by others. (Geez!)

SAFE CHURCH COMMITTEE

Our Safe Church Committee is currently in need of volunteers. We are in particular need of a woman to serve. Please see Chris Worley or Angie Shaw if you have questions or interest. Thanks!

DO – RE – MI – FA – S0 – LA – TI – DO!

Join us this summer by sharing your musical gifts! The Salem Summer Music Program welcomes all who feel led to share their musical talent. Whether you’re a solo singer, instrumentalist, or would like to gather a few friends to join you, you’re JUST the person we’re looking for.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Weekly News 06-20-14

21

In case you are wondering, that is how many we were missing last week to meet the goal of 108. We aren’t scolding the 21! No. Scolding is harsh and unfriendly. And that’s not our style. We are issuing a challenge: the challenge is to discover the wonderful difference being 1 of 108 means to 7 days. The difference is there. It really is. Come; find out. We have a spot waiting for you. God is right beside it, saving it for you.

WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY

Mark is beginning the Concerts on the Hill summer sermon series. The first sermon in the set is “The Song That Starts the Singing.” Look into your Bibles and see if you can find the first song. When you do, you’ll have the text! Julia Irene Gintz, daughter of Greg and Mandy Gintz will be baptized this week.

LATER IN THE DAY . . . . Missionfest Potluck and Program

Karen and Dick Steele will present a program at 6:30 Sunday night. Their program draws upon their trip to Israel under the auspices of the Global Mission arm of the UCC in cooperation with the Disciples of Christ. The program features what is often not addressed in the news, particularly with regard to Palestinians. Dick and Karen will also help us learn about efforts at working toward peace. A potluck supper at 5:30 precedes the program. Salem’s Mission Committee is behind this work.
“Missionfest” is a German word and our forebears in the UCC used it when they wanted to celebrate mission work. We use it to name programs that feature the mission of the church.

MISSION OUTPOST

If you have not taken a look at the “Mission Outpost” in the fellowship hall, take a moment or three to do so this Sunday! This growing display area highlights numerous mission activities Salem is involved in, and these are all opportunities for you to get involved. And what a delight it has been to see that corner grow as the weeks progressed! An old Swiss theologian, Emil Brunner, said, “The church exists by mission as fire exists by burning.” The Mission Outpost is a vivid sign of our life.

TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES

The Membership Growth and Development committee would like to invite everyone to join them on Tuesday, June 24, to see the movie "The Fault in Our Stars".  Showtime is 6:30 pm at Marcus Cinema West.  TUESDAYS ARE $5 for any show.
"Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them - and us - on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all … Read morethe more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group."
Please contact Cari Bass at 212-3421 or caribass@tds.net if you are interested in going. 

DO – RE – MI – FA – S0 – LA – TI – DO!

Join us this summer by sharing your musical gifts! The Salem Summer Music Program welcomes all who feel led to share their musical talent. Whether you’re a solo singer, instrumentalist, or would like to gather a few friends to join you, you’re JUST the person we’re looking for.
If this sounds like something you’d like to do, please contact Dawn Lingard (Director of Music) at sunryzewi@gmail.com or 608.469.1400. She’ll help you gather music, accompany you and/or coordinate the right date for your debut! Sing joyfully to the Lord!

SALEM’S CHOIR AT THE MALLARDS

Baseball fans and singing fans alike are invited to attend a Madison Mallard's baseball game on Wednesday, July 30th, at 7pm. Salem UCC choirs have been asked to sing the National Anthem at the start of the game, and Emily Worzalla warmly invites all interested singers to join. The more singers there are, the more rousing the Anthem will be! To prepare the National Anthem there will be one rehearsal during the week prior to the game, and singers will meet at the park at 6:30pm on game day. Tickets for the game are $27 each and checks should be made out to Salem UCC and given to Emily. Separate sign up sheets for singers and game tickets will be posted on the wall by the stairs near the main entrance, or send Emily an email: emilyworzalla@gmail.com. Hope you can make it!

SAFE CHURCH TRAINING (formerly “Safe Sanctuary”). . . July 20th

There will be a Safe Church Training after worship on Sunday, July 20. This is for any person interested in working with our children and youth, and it is a way of helping visitors know their family members are safe here and it is a way protecting our volunteers who care for children and guide youth. The training is not long, and those who have gone through the training before are welcome to attend as a kind of “refresher course.” New volunteers will be a asked to submit materials toward a background check, as will those whose most recent background check through the church is more than three years old. Safe Church is our new designation for what was previously called “Safe Sanctuary,” a title that is now copyrighted by others. (Geez!)

SAFE CHURCH COMMITTEE

Our Safe Church Committee is currently in need of volunteers. We are in particular need of a woman to serve. Please see Chris Worley or Angie Shaw if you have questions or interest. Thanks!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Weekly News 06-13-14

FATHER’S DAY

The sermon this week will be couched in male language in honor of Father’s Day but it will not be limited in application to men or to fathers. The topic is “The Man Who Can Save a City.” Hmm. I wonder what Bible passage that will follow. Can you guess?

CONCERTS ON THE HILL

While downtown Madison will have “Concerts on the Square” and Verona will have “Concerts in the Park,” Salem will have inside “Concerts on the Hill.” That is the title for Mark’s summer sermon series this year. The hill is the one our church building sits on at the corner of Mark Drive and Barbara Street.  The concerts are in the preaching texts selected each week; all are songs from the Old Testament. The first “concert” in the series will be June 22. See June’s printed newsletter for a full list of songs in the program.

A LITTLE ALTAR FUN?

From time to time you have seen our altar in the chancel decorated according to a theme for a particular Sunday or season. What do you suppose the altar could have on it or next to it for the “Concerts on the Hill” series? Well, consider this an open invitation to make that happen! Let Mark know of your interest by way of a return email. If more than a couple of you volunteer to join in on the creative fun, he will put you in touch with each other so you can put your heads together.

AND SPEAKING OF THE ALTAR . . .  this time candles

From the time we first moved to using oil candles on the altar until now, Gladys Behnke has cared for the candles, seeing to it that the vials are full and the wicks are suitable. Gladys is no longer able to see to this. Is there someone who would like to take over? Gladys would be happy to show the new volunteer the ropes. To volunteer, send a return email. Thanks!

132

That was our worship attendance number last week. A well-attended Sunday like that goes a long way toward helping us meet our summer goal of matching or over-shooting the 2011 average of 108. See you in church! Sunday morning, nine o’clock!

NURSERY MEETING AND QUESTIONNAIRE

Does your family have nursery-aged children? We are looking for your input on or church nursery, both what we do well, and how we can strengthen our ministry to families with young children. There is a questionnaire available outside the door of the nursery for you to offer your comments and feedback. We will host a brief gathering following worship this Sunday, June 15, if you would prefer to share your thoughts and ideas that way. We look forward to hearing from you! Questions? Please contact Laura Kolden.

DO – RE – MI – FA – S0 – LA – TI – DO!

Join us this summer by sharing your musical gifts! The Salem Summer Music Program welcomes all who feel led to share their musical talent. Whether you’re a solo singer, instrumentalist, or would like to gather a few friends to join you, you’re JUST the person we’re looking for.
If this sounds like something you’d like to do, please contact Dawn Lingard (Director of Music) at sunryzewi@gmail.com or 608.469.1400. She’ll help you gather music, accompany you and/or coordinate the right date for your debut! Sing joyfully to the Lord!

POTLUCK AND PROGRAM

The evening of June 22 is set for a potluck supper and a program on Israel and Palestine. The potluck is scheduled for 5:30 and the program will begin around 6:30. Dick and Karen Steele will present on their recent trip to Israel, where they learned much about the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians, both in terms of those who are stirring up trouble and those who are working for justice and peace. (Note: the program will be different from the one presented at a Guild meeting earlier this year.)

MEMBERSHIP GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT TEAM

The Membership Growth and Development Committee is now back to full strength. Sarah Worley, Dana Zurbuchen, John Bass, and Cari Bass have joined on with Kelli Malueg, Lisa Hart, and Judy Skupien, bringing this committee back to its original size!

JUNE 29

The Pastoral Search Committee for another congregation in Wisconsin has requested to use Salem as a neutral pulpit so it can hear and consider a pastor it is thinking of calling. The pulpit will not be quite so neutral since the candidate the Search Committee wants to hear is Rev. Laura Yurs. Do save this day and plan to be in worship that morning.

O SAY HAVE YOU SEEN THIS? Better flag it!

Baseball fans and singing fans alike are invited to attend a Madison Mallard's baseball game on Wednesday, July 30th, at 7pm. Salem UCC choirs have been asked to sing the National Anthem at the start of the game, and Emily Worzalla warmly invites all interested singers to join. The more singers there are, the more rousing the Anthem will be! To prepare the National Anthem there will be one rehearsal during the week prior to the game, and singers will meet at the park at 6:30pm on game day. Tickets for the game are $27 each and checks should be made out to Salem UCC and given to Emily. Separate sign up sheets for singers and game tickets will be posted on the wall by the stairs near the main entrance, or send Emily an email: emilyworzalla@gmail.com. Hope you can make it!

SAFE CHURCH TRAINING (formerly “Safe Sanctuary”). . . July 20th

There will be a Safe Church Training after worship on Sunday, July 20. This is for any person interested in working with our children and youth, and it is a way of helping visitors know their family members are safe here and it is a way protecting our volunteers who care for children and guide youth. The training is not long, and those who have gone through the training before are welcome to attend as a kind of “refresher course.” New volunteers will be a asked to submit materials toward a background check, as will those whose most recent background check through the church is more than three years old. Safe Church is our new designation for what was previously called “Safe Sanctuary,” a title that is now copyrighted by others. (Geez!)

SAFE CHURCH COMMITTEE

Our Safe Church Committee is currently in need of volunteers. We are in particular need of a woman to serve. Please see Chris Worley or Angie Shaw if you have questions or interest. Thanks!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Weekly News 06-06-14

 

 COMMISSIONING SERVICE

The worship service officially authorizing Lisa Hart will take place this evening beginning at 6:45. The service is part of the Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ and will be held at the Green Lake Conference Center. Lisa is a member of the staff of the Wisconsin Conference. Congratulations, Lisa, and all the best! We are proud of you!

CONFERENCE MEETING DELEGATES

Speaking of the Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Conference, Dick and Karen Steele are attending the meeting as Salem’s official delegates. Thanks, you two, for representing us so well and faithfully!

STILL SPEAKING OF THE CONFERENCE MEETING

During one of the plenary sessions Saturday, the Wisconsin Conference will present Laura Kolden with a seminary scholarship. Laura, as you know, is one of the persons in discernment under the care of the Southwest Wisconsin Association of the United Church of Christ, meaning she is progressing along the way toward ordination in the United Church of Christ. Laura’s seminary is Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. Congrats to Laura on this award!

PENTECOST SUNDAY

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, the day commemorating the Holy Spirit’s descent upon the disciples in Jerusalem giving birth to the Church of Jesus Christ. The liturgical color for the day is red. One way to help the church celebrate Pentecost is to wear red to worship.

GRADUATE RECOGNITION

Salem will be recognizing Sunday the seniors from our congregation who will be graduating from Verona Area High School. Our graduates include Nicholas Curtin, Kaitlyn Hart, Kaitlyn Hopfensperger, Jackson Hopfensperger, Alivia Kleinfeldt, McKenzie Mahlik, Zach Nechvatal, and Zoe Shaw. Blessings abundant upon each one of you as you cross the stage and receive a diploma!

NURSERY MEETING AND QUESTIONNAIRE

Does your family have nursery-aged children? We are looking for your input on or church nursery, both what we do well, and how we can strengthen our ministry to families with young children. Beginning this Sunday, there will be a questionnaire available outside the door of the nursery for you to offer your comments and feedback. We will also be hosting a brief gathering following worship next Sunday, June 15, if you would prefer to share your thoughts and ideas that way. We look forward to hearing from you! Questions? Please contact Laura Kolden.

94

That is how many men, women, and children Mark counted at worship last Sunday. 'Tis better, of course, than the 90 we averaged in 2012 and 2013, but not quite the 108 we averaged in 2011. The very modest goal we are aiming for this summer is that 2011 figure. Please do all you can by way of your attendance and your prayers to help us reach it! We can do it.

IMPRESSIVE!

Those 94 were filled with the spirit of volunteerism. Israel Kwilinski, ushering Sunday, started a clipboard around the sanctuary while Mark announced a need for Fellowship Hour volunteers. The calendar – which extended through the summer – filled! Thanks, Israel, for starting the clipboard at what must have been just the right place, and thanks, all, who volunteered!

CHALKBOARD

The church has a chalkboard it no longer uses and is making it available should anyone wish to have it as their own. It is free standing and measures about 4 feet by 6 feet, give or take. It is free, we are giving it, and you can take it. Contact the church office if interested.

POTLUCK AND PROGRAM

The evening of June 22 is set for a potluck supper and a program on Israel and Palestine. The potluck is scheduled for 5:30 and the program will begin around 6:30. Dick and Karen Steele will present on their recent trip to Israel, where they learned much about the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians, both in terms of those who are stirring up trouble and those who are working for justice and peace. (Note: the program will be different from the one presented at a Guild meeting earlier this year.)

JUNE 29

The Pastoral Search Committee for another congregation in Wisconsin has requested to use Salem as a neutral pulpit so it can hear and consider a pastor it is thinking of calling. The pulpit will not be quite so neutral since the candidate the Search Committee wants to hear is Rev. Laura Yurs. Do save this day and plan to be in worship that morning.