Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Welcome to Salem United Church of Christ. Here are two highlights we are anticipating this month.

April 3, 10, 17, 24
9:00 A.M.
Immigration is one of the key topics being discussed in our society today. What does the Christian faith have to say about this important subject? How are we informed by the immigration stories of our families of origin, and how are we informed by stories of mobility in the Bible? Drawing upon a curriculum resource prepared by the Wisconsin Council of Churches, Salem will host a four-session study and discussion hour on the four Sundays of April. The class is open to all, and will take place in the church's conference room beginning at 9 o'clock each Sunday morning in April.

April 17
10:15 A.M.
Salem's annual Music Sunday will be held April 17 during the worship hour. Music Sunday features all our choirs as well as congregational singing and blends music, scripture readings, and prayers in the worship of God. This year's Music Sunday theme is "All Nature Sings," and the music will help us think of our Christian duty to appreciate the natural world and care for our environment.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Welcome to Salem United Church of Christ. Here is a little bit about what we have going on at the church in March.

Salem's Youth will lead our worship service on March 13. The theme they have selected is "Faith Journey: We Can't Do It Alone." Their focus is on how we need each other in order to keep and to grow our faith.

There are informal worship services on the first three Wednesdays in March. This Lenten series, which began on Ash Wednesday (February 10), is using the Book of Job as a starting point. The title of the series is "From the Ash Heap to the Living Redeemer." The services are held in our Fellowship Hall. Upcoming topics are "The Value of Lament" (Mar. 2), "What Others Think of Your Religion" (Mar. 9), and "The Question of Life after Death" (Mar. 16).

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, March 20. We will hold a "Holy Week Pilgrimage" during the Sunday School hour (9 to 10). Various stations around the church will depict and interpret several of the events on Jesus' last week on earth. The first "station" is a walk - commemorating Palm Sunday - that begins at the U. W. Clinic and proceeds to the church. The Holy Week Pilgrimage is for all ages! Please join us.

On Maundy Thursday, March 24, we will hold a worship service at 7 o'clock in our sanctuary. In addition to a sermon by Pastor Yurs, this service will feature a good deal of music by our Chancel Choir, the Sacrament of Holy Communion, and the Office of Tenebrae. Tenebrae - the Latin word for shadows - features scripture readings and the extinguishing of candles until the sanctuary is in total darkness.

Good Friday evening, also at 7, we will have a simple service in the sanctuary, which will have been stripped of all its symbols. The mood of the service will be somber, befitting the day of our Lord's death. The Pastor's sermon for this evening is "Contending with the Absence of God."

Join us at 6:30 A.M. March 27 for a Sunrise Service. The sanctuary will be adorned with beautiful Easter lilies and filled with glad Easter hymns. Dr. Yurs will preach on "How to See More Than a Gardener," based on John 20:15.

Enjoy an Easter Breakfast at the church following the Sunrise Service. There is no charge for this breakfast of quiche, fruit, and morning breads, but a freewill offering is welcomed.

Salem's full Easter Service, complete with trumpet and choirs, is at 10:15 A.M. Pastor Yurs's message at 10:15 will be "Capturing the Vision of Easter Morning," a sermon exploring the contemporary ramifications of Matthew 28:7.