News & Announcements

A Missionary's Thank You

Once again, Salem's generosity is truly amazing. The Free Will offering that was taken following the recent visit and presentation by Missionary Pam resulted in $709 being provided to her for her continuing work! She gives you all her deepest thanks and asks that you keep her in your prayers.

Exciting New Changes

The Fall of 2016 is a time of many changes for Salem! We just had the parking lot sealed and restriped -- and we added more handicap parking spaces closer to the back entry ramp. In October, we will begin renovating the front entrance, replacing the front doors and constructing new front steps with added handrails. And, we are beginning the process of searching for a new pastor. What does God have in mind for Salem's future? Come join us as we as we head into 2017 with anticipation and excitement!

The Lenten Journey

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a season marked reflection on our lives and the ways sin inhibits our relationship with God and one another. It is a time for stripping away the non-essential and the unimportant, and honestly reflecting on our own sinfulness. We stand before God humble, remorseful hearts, knowing our weakness and failings, the times when we have "missed the mark." Lent is a time of preparation as we walk with Jesus through the final days of his earthly life. Along the journey we are attuned to a renewed awareness of God's grace and the gift of forgiveness which comes through God's Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Repentance is an act of confession. Marcus Borg has written: "... repentance is not primarily about feeling guilty about our sins, or about doing penance (think of the common practice of “giving up” something during Lent - whether meat or chocolate or alcohol or shopping, and so forth). The biblical meanings of repenting are primarily twofold. On the one hand, it means to 'return' to God, to 'reconnect' with God. On the other hand, it means 'to go beyond the mind that we have' - minds shaped by our socialization and enculturation."* On Ash Wednesday we hear the words: "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return (Genesis 3:19)," and we are so marked with the dust of ashes. With humility the unimportant is removed - all our clothing, our possessions, our abilities - and we stand before the Lord as fully human beings. We are mortal. Our days are numbered. And what we do in the time God gives us matters. So take on a new spiritual discipline this season. Spend more time in meditation with God. Read a portion of scripture that you've never read before. Volunteer to help someone in need (Consider Clark County Community Services, the Clark County Homeless Coalition, Beacon of Hope, Habitat for Humanity, one of the many others). Contact someone from whom you've been estranged, forgive and try to reconcile with them. Join a community of faith in worship (Salem welcomes you!). Be kind to a stranger. Only when first we confess our sin can we be reconciled to God and one another. That is Paul's message in 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, and now is the time... the time to repent and to seek reconciliation with God and one another, trusting in the salvation that is ours in Jesus Christ. Lent is not an easy season, but only after we walk the path of penitence and reconciliation can we come on Easter morning with the assurance of God's forgiveness and the deep, joyous celebration that is ours in the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord! Lenten blessings. *Marcus Borg @ http://www.patheos.com/blogs/marcusborg/2014/03/ash-wednesday-death-and-repentance/

Ash Wednesday Service Cancelled

Due to the frigid temperatures and inclement weather, the Ash Wednesday Service scheduled for this evening, February 10, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. is cancelled. Please join us this Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. as together we begin the season of Lent.

January 24 Worship Service Cancelled

On Sunday morning January 24, 2016 our congregation will not gather for the 11 a.m. worship service because of the snow and cold temperatures. The Congregational Meeting following worship has been rescheduled for February 7. Please plan to join us for the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, January 31 when Rev. Janet will be preaching. Rev. Karen will be back in the pulpit on February 7. We will celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper during worship followed by the Congregational Meeting and our Valentine Potluck Lunch and Chili Cook-off. Bring your favorite chili, side dish, or dessert and join the food, fun, and fellowship. On these cold winter days, may God keep you warm and safe.

Game Day Afternoon Cancelled

Due to the inclement weather and predictions for more snow over the next couple of days, Game Day Afternoon on Saturday, January 23 at 2:00 p.m. is cancelled. Please watch for a rescheduled date and plan to join us for a fun afternoon!