Tuesday, April 18, 2017

WELCOME!
Thank you for exploring Salem's website. We are glad you are here. Do let us know if you have any questions or would like more information, we would be happy to help as we can. In the meantime, here is an overview of what is happening at the church in May.

MUSIC SUNDAY
May 7th is our congregation's annual Music Sunday. The worship service that day is given over almost wholly to our various choirs and to congregational singing. Music is something of a signature piece in the life of this church, and Music Sunday gives us a chance to witness in a way we love. The theme for this year's Music Sunday is "Sharing the Love of God through Music." The Music Sunday worship service is at 10:15 A.M.

PIE AUCTION
Back by popular demand is Salem's annual Pie Auction, which is a fundraiser used to support the church's youth. A team of youth and adults from Salem will be traveling to Alamosa, Colorado, this summer for a Serving and Learning Together mission trip. The pie auction will help raise funds to make the trip possible. "What is a pie auction?" you ask. It is a fun event in which people bid on pies donated by bakers in the church; youth serve as the auctioneers, and a good time is had by all. In addition to live bidding, there is also a table with a silent auction for whole pies and another table where smaller portions can be purchased without bidding. This year's pie auction follows worship on May 7th.

SALAD LUNCHEON
Our Women's Guild will host their annual Salad Luncheon on Thursday, May 4, from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. The meal, priced at $7.00 per person, consists of assorted salads, beverage, dinner rolls and dessert. All the proceeds from this event benefit the various missions projects of our Women's Guild.

RITE OF CONFIRMATION
Several ninth graders from our congregation will be Confirmed in the Christian faith during worship on Sunday, May 21. The Rite of Confirmation takes place at Salem following a two-year period of study with the pastor. The Rite of Confirmation is integrally related to the Sacrament of Baptism and is a ceremony in which persons who were baptized as infants claim as their own the faith that was pledged for them at the time of baptism.

SUMMER SCHEDULE
Salem's summer schedule will begin on Sunday, June 4. This means that worship will begin at 9:00 A.M. starting on June 4. The summer schedule will continue through September 3.

OPEN AND AFFIRMING
Salem is an Open and Affirming Congregation. No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome at Salem United Church of Christ.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

An Open and Affirming Congregation

Faithful to God . . . Relevant to today . . . Open to all . . . Striving to improve


AUGUST 20

Mark will be back in the pulpit on Sunday. His sermon will offer a study in the biography of Ananias (Acts 9:10-19a) under the title “The Voice of God in the Call to a Difficult Task.”
Emily Worzalla will be recognized during worship. Emily, as many of you know, is stepping down as our Choir Director, and the congregation will have an opportunity this Sunday to thank her for her service to Salem. The Chancel Choir will participate in worship, singing Joyful, Joyful (from the movie Sister Act).
Blaise and Eden Westphal are providing special music Sunday. Eden and Blaise will do two pieces for the congregation.

REV. TRACI BLACKMON

Perhaps you have been seeing the Rev. Traci Blackmon on television in the aftermath of the demonstrations at Charlottesville. You may not be aware that Rev. Blackmon is part of the national staff of the United Church of Christ, headquartered in Cleveland. She is the Executive Minister in our Office of Justice and Witness Ministries. She was one of several clergypersons who stood peacefully against violent demonstrators.

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST STATEMENT

If you are interested in seeing a United Church of Christ response to the happenings in Virginia, you can find statements and articles on the denomination’s website: www.ucc.org. Much of this is on the front page of the website.

SALEM’S MEN’S FELLOWSHIP

Our men’s fellowship group will meet at the home of Bill Thiede at 6:30 PM on Thursday, August 24.

WONDERING WHEN OUR SUMMER SCHEDULE ENDS?

We will continue to worship at 9 AM through September 3. Our fall schedule resumes on September 10. We will have more information later on the fall kick-off Sunday, but it will involve a potluck breakfast at 9. Watch here and in our printed materials for further details.

CHOIR REHEARSALS RESUME AUGUST 30

The Chancel Choir, Barry Robinson Chorus, and the Handbell Choir will start rehearsing anew on Wednesday, August 30, and interested singers and ringers are welcome to be on hand. Questions? Dawn Lingard will direct the Chancel Choir until a new director is hired, and Julie Sundby will direct the BRC. Vance Nelson continues his leadership of the bells. Anyone of them would be happy to hear from you.

HANDBELLS 101 . . . August 24

Have an interest in handbell ringing? Vance will hold a one-hour session on Thursday at 7 PM in the bell room behind the choir loft. He will show and let you experience the basic techniques of handbell ringing.

MATERNITY LEAVE

Our Office Administrator, Cara Bahr, will be out on maternity leave sometime soon. Please be in touch with her if you are interested in helping out with any or all of her church work while she is away.

IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

·        Charlottesville, Virginia  and everyone and everything involved with the happening there
·        Barcelona, Spain and everyone and everything involved with the attack there
·        Laura Kolden and Sarah Pundt as they are both enjoying some vacation time