About the UCC

Salem holds to the United Church of Christ Statement of Faith, looking to this Statement as a testimony — not a test — of faith. That is to say, we hope to grow together as we confess:

We believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit, God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God, and to your deeds we testify:
      You call the worlds into being,
      create persons in your own image,
      and set before each one the ways of life and death.
You seek in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
You judge people and nations by your righteous will declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior,
      you have come to us
      and shared our common lot,
      conquering sin and death
      and reconciling the world to yourself.
You bestow upon us your Holy Spirit,
      creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ,
      binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
You call us into your church
      to accept the cost and joy of discipleship,
      to be your servants in the service of others,
      to proclaim the gospel to all the world
      and resist the powers of evil,
      to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table,
      to join him in his passion and victory.
You promise to all who trust you
      forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace,
      courage in the struggle for justice and peace,
      your presence in trial and rejoicing,
      and eternal life in your realm which has no end.
Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto you. Amen.

The Sacraments
Salem United Church of Christ, along with the other churches of our denomination, recognizes two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion is observed on the second Sunday of every month, with the exception of October, when it is held on the first Sunday so we can join in the annual observance of World Communion Sunday. The Lord's Supper is served also on Christmas Eve and Maundy Thursday. The pastor regularly takes Communion to shut-ins during Holy Week and the Christmas season. He will do so for others at any time upon request. At Salem, Communion is open to all who confess Jesus as the Christ and seek to follow Christ's way. Those who are under the age of Confirmation may take Communion at the discretion of their parents.

The Sacrament of Baptism is here extended to infants as well as adults. With only the rarest of exceptions, this sacrament is held during the course of a regular Sunday morning worship service and is limited to members of our congregation. Those who wish to apply for Baptism must make arrangements with the pastor.