Sunday, October 29, 2017

SUNDAY MORNING

Ancient Corinth was a city enthralled with sports. Corinth hosted the Isthmian Games once every two years. These games featured races of all kinds and other track and field events. It is no wonder then that Paul, when writing to the Corinthians, put our faith in the terms of a race (9:24-27). This will be the theme for Mark’s sermon this Sunday. Worship is at 10:15; Sunday School begins at 9. We long to see you.

500th ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION

Martin Luther tacked 95 topics for discussion on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517. By long-standing tradition, church historians have marked this occasion as the start of the Protestant Reformation. Our call to worship and printed prayers this Sunday morning will mark the 500th anniversary of this landmark event in Christian history. 

CARRIE COENEN

Carrie Coenen supplies us with every indication she is a gift from God. Who is Carrie Coenen? She is part of Asbury United Methodist Church in Madison, where she is part of the handbell ministry. She was with that handbell choir when Vance Nelson directed it some years ago. One week ago Monday, she sent us an email at Salem, offering to lead our bell group, at least temporarily, so its music can continue in Vance’s absence. And how grateful we are! Carrie has already rehearsed with our handbell choir, and we look forward with gratitude and excitement.

AN EVENING WITH BOB LINDMEIER

Hurricanes, Wildfires & Climate Change is the title of an event to be held Thursday, November 9 at Sugar River United Methodist Church. The people of Sugar River have invited WKOW-TV meteorologist Bob Lindmeier to speak and lead a discussion on global warming. There will be light refreshments following the program, and child care will be available. The event is set for November 9 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

THANKSGIVING BAGS

We have started along the path of collecting 80 Thanksgiving bags for the Badger Prairie Needs Network. We hope you will be able to prepare one, or even more. When you have filled your grocery bag, please place it in the chancel at the front of the church. Gradually we will have a beautiful collection of 80 or more. The last day for collection is Sunday, November 12.
The shopping list differs this year from previous years. Here is what to include: One 13.8 oz can chicken or turkey gravy; two 15 oz cans of whole kernel corn; two 15 oz cans of green beans; two 15 oz cans of mandarin oranges; one 20 oz can of pineapple chunks; one 32 oz can of vegetable oil; one 15 oz canned pumpkin; one 12 oz evaporated milk, plus$15 for the purchase of a turkey and fresh produce (make checks payable to Salem United Church of Christ).

COME SING WITH US!

The BRC and Chancel Choir welcome all voices to join us as we prepare for the Advent and Christmas Seasons. The Barry Robinson Chorus rehearses on Wednesdays from 6 – 7 PM, and sings in worship on the third Sunday of each month; the Chancel Choir rehearses from 7 – 8 PM on Wednesdays, and sings in worship on the second and fourth Sunday.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

VANCE NELSON

Yesterday brought the very sad news that Vance Nelson, our Handbell Choir Director, died in his sleep sometime during the morning hours. As of this writing (Friday morning) we are awaiting the details concerning funeral arrangements. Should you like to send a card to Ann, Vance’s wife, the address to use is 3231 County P, Mt. Horeb 53572. Please keep our bell choir as well as Vance’s family in your prayers.

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP

Gather to praise God in the sanctuary this Sunday. Have in you the spirit of the psalmist who said, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’” (Ps. 122:1) The BRC will sing the wonderful hymn “It Is Well with My Soul.” Mark’s sermon will say it is well with the body, too. The current culture of body-shaming and bullying adds to the already too prevalent dissatisfaction people have about their appearance. That is the issue “Looking at Your Body in Christianity’s Mirror” will address.

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP

Salem’s youth will gather Sunday evening from 5 to 7:30 PM. It would be wonderful to have a couple of  parents - - or perhaps nonparents! - - who could lend a hand with the meal. If you can help, please be in touch with Laura Kolden.

COME SING WITH US!

The BRC and Chancel Choir welcome all voices to join us as we prepare for the Advent and Christmas Seasons. The Barry Robinson Chorus rehearses on Wednesdays from 6 – 7 PM, and sings in worship on the third Sunday of each month; the Chancel Choir rehearses from 7 – 8 PM on Wednesdays, and sings in worship on the second and fourth Sunday.

THANKSGIVING BAGS

Salem will again participate in the popular and important Thanksgiving Bag program supporting Badger Prairie Needs Network. Grocery bags together with a grocery list will be available as early as this Sunday. We will collect completed bags through November 12. The food pantry is following a slightly different plan this year, so the grocery list is different from the one supplied in previous years. Our goal is to gather 80 bags. Help us reach this goal. Help us reach out with the love of God.

NOMINATIONS

Salem’s Nominating Committee is under way with its work. Contact Doug Smith or Harlan Hall to express your interest in serving the church in some way. The Church Council not your thing? Serving on a committee not your cup of tea? Tell us what it is you feel as though God is calling you to do. It may be something we need around here but have not thought of, and God is using you to make it happen

Friday, October 6, 2017

CHURCH WORK DAY

There is a church work day set for tomorrow, October 7, at 9 AM. There is a list of chores to do and cleaning supplies on hand. If you could lend some time, that would be wonderful.

SUNDAY – OCTOBER 8

We will worship at 10:15. The Chancel Choir will sing and Mark will continue the course of sermons based on 1 Corinthians by helping us think about “Practicing the Art of Apostolic Imitation.” Text: 1 Cor. 4:16.

ALEXANDRA KATHERINE FLOOD

Alexandra Katherine Flood will be baptized during worship this Sunday morning. Alexandra is the daughter of Peter and Julie Flood, and the granddaughter of Charles and Diane Flood.

VERONA WARM WINTERS

Our church has been asked to be a collection site for Verona Warm Winters. This is a project coordinated by Kiwanis of Verona, the Verona Area School District, and the Badger Prairie Needs Network. You are asked to bring to the church between now and October 11 new or gently used and clean coats, snow pants, hats, gloves, scarves, and boots (infant through adult sizes). The items collected will be distributed to families in need in the Verona Area School District. A collection bin is in the fellowship hall, near the kiosk.

NEIGHBORS IN NEED (NIN)

Materials concerning the annual Neighbors in Need (NIN) offering will be available at the church on Sunday. NIN is one of five church-wide offerings in our denomination. Two-thirds of what is collected through NIN supports the UCC’s Justice and Witnesses Ministries division and one-third supports the Council of American Indian Ministries (CAIM) in our church. NIN is one way we work on behalf of justice in our nation for people and conditions in need. Won’t you help? NIN offering envelopes will be available Sunday. We will receive the NIN offering officially on October 22, but contributions can be made at any time.

ANNUAL MEETING – November 12

Salem’s Annual Meeting to elect officers and adopt a budget is set for Sunday, November 12. Save the date! If you have a report for the annual report booklet, please email it or drop it off at the church office.

NOMINATIONS

Salem’s Nominating Committee is under way with its work. Contact Doug Smith or Harlan Hall to express your interest in serving the church in some way. The Church Council not your thing? Serving on a committee not your cup of tea? Tell us what it is you feel as though God is calling you to do. It may be something we need around here but have not thought of, and God is using you to make it happen.