Thursday, July 23, 2015

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Vacation Bible School has come and gone. Several Campers Young and Old had a GREAT Time.   Singing, Crafts, Learning and Growing and just plain FUN!!!

Thank you to the Board of Christian Education and all the wonderful volunteers for making VBS such a success.






















Wednesday, July 15, 2015

FRONT PAGE NEWS . . . July 15, 2015 edition
 
 
 
WELCOME
Thank you for your interest in Salem United Church of Christ. Here is a bit of what we are focusing on this midsummer.
 
 
WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY
We worship at 9 o'clock Sunday mornings. Poetry will be on our minds this week. The pastor has been preaching a sermon series this summer under the title "Summer Reading." Each sermon in the series selects a different literary genre and then promotes and summarizes a Bible book which uses that genre. On July 19th the genre will be "A Book of Verse."
 
 
FELLOWSHIP HOUR
Something we call "Fellowship Hour" follows worship every Sunday. Each week someone from our congregation volunteers to host an informal social time after worship. Treats of some sort are served, along with coffee and juice. The coffee is of a fair trade variety. Some folks stand and visit. Some sit and talk. Many talk with a few. A handful mingle around the room. If you come for worship, do plan to stay for the fellowship hour. We try to be welcoming, but, candidly, several of us are shy, so it may seem awkward at first.
 
 
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
We run a Vacation Bible School (VBS) on four evenings in the summer. This year's VBS is scheduled for July 27, 28, 29, and 30, with a kick-off cook-out on July 26. Please contact us for more detailed information.
 
 


SUMMER CHOIR
Music is a big part of our congregation's life. Our choirs take the summers off, but we are organizing a "Summer Choir" to sing two Sundays, one in July and one in August. Participants do not have to commit to both Sundays, and they do not have to have prior choir experience. The selections that will be sung are not complicated, but there will be two rehearsals, one for each of the singing Sundays. The first rehearsal is Wednesday, July 22, at 7 PM here at the church. You do not need to sign up to attend. You do not need anyone's prior permission. All you have to do is show up for the rehearsal!
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL SALT TRIP
SALT trips through Salem are youth mission trips. "SALT" stands for Serving And Learning Together. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 21 through 23, are set for a SALT trip for Middle School youth. The mission work and the recreation associated with this trip will take place in Madison. Contact the church for details on how to participate.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

FRONT PAGE NEWS . . . July 8, 2015 edition

 

WELCOME!

Thanks for your interest in Salem United Church of Christ. Summer tends to be slower and more easy-going for us, but there are some of our current activities and interests.

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE

Our Sunday morning worship service begins at 9 o'clock. The Pastor is preaching a sermon series this summer under the title SUMMER READING. Each sermon in the series summarizes a book of the Bible, and each sermon draws upon the imagery of a different literary genre. You can read the previous sermons in the series here under the "Worship" tab. This week the topic is "A Love Story." Romance novels are among the best-sellers. This week's sermon will talk about a love story in the Bible. Those of you who are not familiar with Salem or the United Church of Christ should know that we are not among those who interpret the Bible literally. We take the Bible seriously and do not disregard it, but we trend toward liberal interpretations. We have a place for you in our worship service. Come, and be part of worship here this week!

HOLY COMMUNION

The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be served during our worship service this Sunday, June 14. Communion at Salem is open to all. We turn no one away because we believe the invitation is extended to all to "taste and see how good the Lord is." In case you are wondering, here is how Communion works here. We have Pew Communion, meaning that the Bread and the Cup (individual cups) will come to you where you are seated. (This is a sign that the love of God comes to you before you even ask.) We wait until everyone is served before we eat the Bread and drink the Cup. (This is a sign that no one is more important in the eyes of God than anyone else.) We have only gluten-free, casein-free , nut-free bread, and our trays of cups include grape juice as well as wine.

SAFE CHURCH

Salem does its best to provide a safe environment for everyone in our care and for the leaders and volunteers who are helping teach, chaperone, and supervise. Background checks are performed on every person who volunteers to work with children and youth, and training sessions are offered periodically to keep volunteers abreast of our Safe Church guidelines. A training session will be offered following worship on Sunday, July 19. This session is designed to be a "refresher course" for persons who have been through the material before as well as an introduction for those who have not seen the material before. All who are interested in learning more are invited and encouraged to attend.
 

THE VERONA AREA NEEDS NETWORK . . . A Food Pantry and More

The local food pantry began at Salem in the 1980s and, until a few years ago, continued to operate under Salem's auspices, though not as a direct ministry of the church. In 2011, The Verona Area Needs Network came into being as a tax-exempt, non-profit organization overseeing the food pantry. While we are saddened at the poverty that exists in this area, we are proud to see the Verona Area Needs Network's growth and happy to help in its growth. VANN is expanding hours of operation this month, and that is creating a need for additional volunteers. We would like to help. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the church for further information or go to www.vanncares.org.

 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Front Page News . . . July 1, 2015 edition
 
 
WELCOME!
Thank you for your interest in Salem United Church of Christ. The holiday weekend means things are slower around the church, but here is a little bit about where our concentration is focused this week.
 
SUNDAY MORNING
Our weekly worship service is at 9 o'clock on Sunday morning. It lasts about an hour. This week's sermon is the fourth in a series called "Summer Reading." This time the topic will be "A Volume of History," and it will think about a Bible book that speaks about a nation's past and its present day needs. The first three sermons in the series can be found here on the website, under the "Worship" tab.
 
SAFE CHURCH
Salem does its best to provide a safe environment for everyone in our care and for the leaders and volunteers who are helping teach, chaperone, and supervise. Background checks are performed on every person who volunteers to work with children and youth, and training sessions are offered periodically to keep volunteers abreast of our Safe Church guidelines. A training session will be offered following worship on Sunday, July 19. This session is designed to be a "refresher course" for persons who have been through the material before as well as an introduction for those who have not seen the material before. All who are interested in learning more are invited and encouraged to attend.
 
THE VERONA AREA NEEDS NETWORK . . . A Food Pantry and More
The local food pantry began at Salem in the 1980s and, until a few years ago, continued to operate under Salem's auspices, though not as a direct ministry of the church. In 2011, The Verona Area Needs Network came into being as a tax-exempt, non-profit organization overseeing the food pantry. While we are saddened at the poverty that exists in this area, we are proud to see the Verona Area Needs Network's growth and happy to help in its growth. VANN is expanding hours of operation this month, and that is creating a need for additional volunteers. We would like to help. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the church for further information or go to www.vanncares.org.
 
MEN'S FELLOWSHIP
Our church's Men's Fellowship meets once a month at a member's home. The men enjoy conversation over beer or soft drinks and a light supper. A simple Bible study follows in which the men offer comments on a text in terms of life today. Contact the church to learn the location of this month's meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, July 7, at 6:30 pm.
 
THE BIG MEETING OF OUR DENOMINATION: General Synod
Once every two years our denomination, the United Church of Christ, gathers representatives from across the country for a church-wide meeting called General Synod. This year's gathering was the 30th General Synod, and it took place in Cleveland, Ohio, from June 26-30. One of our members was present as a member of the Wisconsin Conference delegation. To learn more about the United Church of Christ in general and what happened at General Synod in particular, you can travel to www.ucc.org.
 
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
We run a Vacation Bible School (VBS) on four evenings in the summer. This year's VBS is scheduled for July 27, 28, 29, and 30, with a kick-off cook-out on July 26. Please contact us for more detailed information.
 
FOURTH OF JULY TRIVIA
You may remember that the famous Liberty Bell was hidden for a time beginning in 1777 to keep it from being confiscated and melted down to make ammunition. It was hidden beneath the floorboards of a church. The church was Zion Reformed Church in Allentown, PA. Salem started out (in 1923) as Salem Reformed Church. We are the same denomination that helped save the Liberty Bell!