Saturday, August 19, 2017

HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORT

Those who wish to make a contribution to aid in the relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey may do so through the church. Contributions can be made directly through Salem; simply mark on your envelope (or otherwise indicate) “Hurricane Relief” and we will see that your contribution is sent off. Another avenue is to contribute directly through the Disaster Relief Ministries of the United Church of Christ. To do so, go to this address, http://wwwucc.org/disaster_hurricane_harvey where you will find a means toward making an online contribution, plus material on the UCC’s participation in the response to Harvey.

SUNDAY MORNING

This Sunday will be our last morning for 9 o’clock worship. Drawing upon verses from Mark 6, which tell of Jesus’ sending of the twelve and their return to him, Laura Kolden will speak on “Why We’re Here.” Dawn Lingard will be supplying special music for the service.

CHURCH SCHOOL begins SEPTEMBER 10

Sunday School will begin on September 10. That morning we will open our Church School year with a potluck breakfast at 9 AM. Bring a breakfast dish to pass, learn about our intended program for 2017-2018, meet this year’s teachers, and have an opportunity to register for Sunday School. We have classes for three-year-olds through adults. In these shaky times, few things, if any, are more important than the solid foundation of a good Christian education. Our church hopes to provide just that and in meaningful ways faithful to God, relevant to today, open to all, and striving to improve.

SEARCHLIGHT ON CHURCH AND STATE: OUR UNEASY TENSION

We in the United States speak of a separation between church and state. The phrase about separation is often heard in conversations at the church. But the phrase comes from the language of civics, not the realm of Christian theology, and that poses a danger for the church. If we keep to the language of civics in our thoughts and plans at the church we risk missing what God desires the church to be and to do. Using scripture and other resources, this six-week study led by the Pastor reflects on the proper relationship between church and state when viewed in biblical and theological perspective. The topics and dates are as follows, with each class beginning at 7 PM:
Sept 11:           The Sovereignty of God
                        Sept 18:           Secular Government in Biblical Perspective
                        Sept 25:           The Prophetic Role of Religion in Society
                        Oct 2:               The Phenomenon of American Civil Religion
                        Oct 9:               The Difference between Patriotism and Nationalism
                        Oct 16:             The American Flag as a Symbol at the Church