Monday, September 25, 2017

UPDATE on the FLAGPOLE and SIGN

The Church Council decided at its September meeting to proceed with a project to upgrade our sign and flagpole at the corner of Mark Drive and Barbara Street. The project is still in the design stage, but it will (a) retain the current stone structure which matches the building, (b) illuminate the flagpole, and (c) replace the current bulletin-board-style sign. That last bit is needed because the wiring inside the current sign is dangerous if not done for. The Council has asked a designer to explore possibilities for the new sign.

NEIGHBORS IN NEED (NIN)

Watch for Neighbors in Need (NIN) offering materials to begin showing up at the church in early October. Our officially designated Sunday for receiving NIN is October 22, but gifts can be made at any time. NIN is one of 5 offerings received by the United Church of Christ each year. Two-thirds of the contributions support the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries and one-third supports the Council on American Indian Ministries (CAIM). Your generosity will be appreciated.

FALL WORK DAY

Saturday, October 7, has been designated as a Fall work day at the church. Current plans are to make available before that a list of what needs doing, allowing people to chip away, perhaps, on something prior to the 7th if they are available. Otherwise, work will begin on the 7th at 9 A.M.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

SEPTEMBER 17

We begin the new week with the start of Sunday School classes and with worship. Sunday School classes with commence at 9 o’clock, and worship will be at 10:15. The Barry Robinson Chorus will provide music during the worship service, and Mark will lead us in thinking about “The Message the Church Brings to Town.” The key verse will be Paul’s word to the Corinthians in which he summarized his strategy with them: “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2). 
A special part of Sunday’s worship service will be a hymn gathering up our continuing prayers for hurricane victims. The hymn, to the tune of “Amazing Grace,” is “O God, We’ve Prayed in Wind and Rain.” Singing this together should be a moving experience.

WOMEN OF THE REFORMATION

The Women of the Reformation class, led by Laura Kolden, begins Sunday morning at 9 o’clock. The session will take place in the conference room in the office wing of the church.

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP GATHERING

Youth and parents are invited to a gathering this Sunday. The event will take place from 5:00 until 7:30, and will include a free, no fuss meal and an opportunity to envision what our youth ministry will entail in the year ahead. Please be in touch with Laura Kolden by way of lkolden@salemchurchverona.org to let us know how many in your family will be present. This will ensure we have plenty of food available.

SEARCHLIGHT ON CHURCH AND STATE

Our study of the uneasy tension between Church and State will continue at 7 PM on Monday, September 18. The focus of the last session was on the sovereignty of God. Monday’s session will begin to examine civil government in biblical perspective. What does God think about kings? What is the purpose of government?

CONFIRMATION CLASSES

Confirmation classes for 2017-2018 are set to begin Wednesday, September 20. This session will be an orientation session for parents and confirmands. It will begin at 7 o’clock and run for about thirty minutes. Confirmation classes themselves will start the following Wednesday at 6:30. Those sessions will run forty-five minutes. Our topics this year are Key Stories from the Old Testament and the Life of Jesus. 

RECEPTION OF MEMBERS SEPTEMBER 24

New members will be received into our church on Sunday, September 24, during our morning worship service. If you are interested in becoming a member of Salem, please contact Mark Yurs by way of myurs@salemchurchverona.org or 845-7315. If you know of someone who may be interested in joining this church, please share this information with them.

RIDES TO CHURCH

A small number of folks have responded to the request to be on our list of people willing to offer rides to church. We are grateful to them, and we hope the list can grow. If you are willing to offer someone a ride to church, please let Mark Yurs know and he will add your name to the list. We do not know if our how many times anyone will be called upon, but it is good to know in advance who might be willing to be called.