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Holy Week Worship Schedule

Saturday, April 12 - Palm Sunday Worship, 5pm

Sunday, April 13 - Palm Sunday Worship, 8 & 10:30am
                              Celebration of First Communion, 10:30am

Thursday, April 17 - Maundy Thursday, 7pm

Friday, April 18 - Good Friday, 7pm

Saturday, April 19 - Easter Vigil, 5pm

Sunday, April 20 - Easter Festival Worship, 8 & 10:30am
                              Easter Breakfast, 9:15-10:15am

Donate Your Used Shoes Through April 17

Collection Dates:
Kickoff: Ash Wednesday, March 5 until we...
Tie It Up: Maundy Thursday, April 17

Salem's confirmation students invite you to donate your used shoes.  Simply drop off your gently worn or new shoes (any kind, any size) in the Welcome Center.  Your extra pair of shoes could be someone's first.  Please step up and help us reach our goal of 2300 pairs!  We'll complete this project by delivering donations to the Share Your Soles warehouse in Alsip, IL and volunteering there for a day.

Easter Sunday Breakfast April 20

Fellowship Hall
9:15-10:15am

Tickets ($6) are available from the office or between services on Sundays.  Food donations are welcome (see the list in the Welcome Center).  Proceeds to benefit Salem's Food Pantry.

Menu:

Egg Casserole (choice of bacon/sausage/vegetable)
Breakfast potato
Fresh fruit
Pastries/assorted muffins
Bagels & cream cheese
Coffee/milk/apple juice/orange juice/cranberry juice

GRACE Worship April 27

Sponsored by: kindergarten and 4th grade students

Salem monthly GRACE worship services are led by Sunday School classes and their families the third Sunday of each month at the 10:30 service from October through May. Participants prepare prayers, read scripture, lead the creed, share hospitality as ushers and greeters, and sometimes share music they have learned through private lessons or Sunday School.

GRACE worship is a marvelous opportunity for children and youth to grow in worship leadership. Come and experience the gifts they bring.

Thank you for your support of all young people leading worship.

Team Building Training April 27

Salem's Congregation Council is offering team development and team building training for all individuals, committees, and other groups at Salem.

These trainings are for all of Salem's disciples - whether a member of a committee, work group, confirmation guide, Sunday school teacher, or serve in any way to support Salem's programs and/or outreach as we do our best to "Live Christ's Love."

Team development, function, and responsibilities will be the focus of the trainings from 6-9pm on Monday, March 31 and 1-4pm on Sunday, April 6.  These dates will be the same training so choose the one most convenient for you to help to understand what makes a team effective in accomplishing its goals.

You are also urged to attend a team building workshop on Sunday, April 27, from 2-5pm.  This session is specifically designed to help the discipleship teams put into practice and build on the information learned in the first sessions.

These sessions will be led by Jim Dykehouse, who has done many of these trainings for the Illinois Education Association, for whom he works.  Jim provided team training to help our current Call Committee.

Please come, enjoy, and learn how we, as disciples at Salem might be able to function more effectively as we reach out to others and spread the Good News of Christ's love.

Grief Support Group April 27

People who have lost a loved one need a safe place to grieve.  The Grief Group is meeting Sunday, April 27, and May 18 from 3-4:30pm in Chapel Lounge.  Our discussions are confidential.

Our hope and prayer is that grieving people find comfort from being in the company of others who are also on a grief journey and who understand.  No registration, no cost.

All are welcome!

If you have any questions, please call Phyllis (815-895-3650), Carole (815-899-6116), or Judy (815-756-4205).

G.E.M.S. Noon Luncheon April 14

G.E.M.S. = Growing Every Member Spiritually
For those who are 50 years of age or better...spouses always welcome!

G.E.M.S. will be going over to the Sycamore Cafe for lunch at noon.  Sycamore Cafe is located across the street, to the south, from Salem Church.  Each person is responsible for paying for their own lunch choices.  It will be an afternoon of food and fellowship.  Call Carol Saidat (815-899-8383) so we will know how many spaces to reserve at the restaurant.

Celebration of First Communion April 13

Palm Sunday, April 13
9:15 Coffee Hour Reception
10:30 First Communion Worship Service

Salem's congregation and friends are invited to join in the welcome and celebration of our youth participating in their First Communion.

Easter Garden Orders Due April 7

Altar Guild is taking orders for potted seasonal flowers to place around the altar and on the Easter Cross for Easter Sunday.  Orders will be taken in the narthex before and after church services on March 29-30 and April 5-6.  To order a plant, please fill out an order form and give it to the Altar Guild member in the narthex on those dates, along with your payment.  Make checks payable to Glidden Florist.  You can also drop off or mail your order and payment to the church office any time before Monday, April 7.

If you would like to pick up the plant you ordered after Easter service be sure to fill out a card with your name and telephone number or you can donate your plant to a Salem shut-in.

"Making Sense of the Cross" Beginning April 6

Weekly adult study
Sundays @ 9:15am
Chapel Lounge
Beginning April 6

"Making Sense of the Cross" is written by David Lose and is used for the study.  The cost of the book (if able to pay) is $12.  Please bring your Bible also.  Come on any Sunday!

Sandwich Drive Thru March 29

On Saturday, March 29, Salem will host a Love INC "Deep Fried Turkey Sandwich" Drive Thru from noon-2pm.  Stop by and pick up several sandwiches on your way home!  No tickets are needed.

G.E.M.S. Noon Potluck March 17

G.E.M.S. = Growing Every Member Spiritually
For those who are 50 years of age or better...spouses always welcome

G.E.M.S. will hold a noon potluck in Salem's Fellowship Hall on Monday, March 17.  Please bring a dish to share.  Reuben sandwiches will be served by the committee.  Make your reservations in a timely manner.  Call Carol Saidat at 815-899-8383.  Don't forget to bring non-perishables for Salem's Food Pantry.  Hope to see you!

First Communion Class March 16

Fellowship Hall
2-5pm

We welcome children in 3rd grade and older to join us along with their parents or other special adult to grow in faith together as the children prepare for their First Communion.

If you are interested in your child attending class, please call the church office to register.  Salem asks that those who take communion be baptized.  If your child is not baptized, please speak with Pastor Rob.

Girl Scout Sunday March 16

March 16 is Girl Scout Sunday.  At our 10:30am service we will recognize and bless the Girl Scouts.  Salem's Girl Scouts will be participating in the service and hosting the 9:15 coffee hour on that day.  The Brownies will be singing some of their favorite Girl Scout songs during the coffee hour.  There will also be some awards presented that girls have recently earned.  There will be scrapbooks that will be displayed to show what the troop has done over the years.  The Girl Scouts will have a small number of Girl Scout cookies available for sale as well.  Danielle DuBois is the contact person (815-501-7370).

Sponsor a Soup Supper!

Would you like to raise funds for one of Salem's ministries?  Sponsor a Soup Supper this Lenten Season!

Salem Soup Suppers are scheduled for Wednesdays during Lent.  Ask a few people to join you and your family or your group in sponsoring a soup supper.

As a sponsor for a supper, you will provide 8-10 gallons of soup (varied kinds), beverages, and willing hands to clean up and serve (from 5:30-6:45pm) prior to the 7pm worship service.  A free-will offering is received and can be designated to the Salem ministry of your choice.  The people dining bring breads, crackers, or desserts to share.  Lent will soon be upon us!

Sign up in the Welcome Center or call the office to host a night.

"Are We There Yet?" March 8-9

Please join us for...
Are We There Yet?
The Story of Moses & the Exodus

March 8 - 5:00 worship
March 9 - 10:30 worship
The First Weekend of Lent

Brought to you by Salem Sunday School and Creative Arts Ministries

Songs:
Down in Egypt's Land
The Burning Bush
The Ten Plagues
The Red Sea Crossing
Song at the Seaside
The Whining Song
The Ten Commandments
A Golden Calf
Prayer of Moses
The Promised Land

Congregational Resourcing Event March 8

The 2014 Northern Illinois Synod Congregational Resourcing Event will be Saturday, March 8 at Kishwaukee Community College in Malta, IL.  Sponsored by the Northern Illinois Synod Congregational Life Committee, the Congregational Resourcing Event is one of this synod's finest yearly events.

Church council members, teachers, musicians, staff, volunteers, and leaders - just about everyone in a congregation - can take advantage of this learning event to strengthen skills, gather resources, network with others, and discover new ways to enhance congregational and individual ministries.  The Congregational Resourcing Event (CRE) will offer many varied educational workshop selections for you, your key congregational leaders, and other interested congregation members.  Many groups, agencies, and institutions will have displays.  During the CRE Worship, a special offering will be taken.

Supervised child care in Kishwaukee College's on-campus Early Childhood Center is provided with pre-registration.  A free-will offering will be accepted to cover child-care costs.  Kishwaukee College is handicap accessible.

There will be workshops under each of these categories:
* Administration/Council/Treasurers
* Education
* Evangelism/Outreach/Hospitality
* Global/Specialized Mission Trips
* Leadership
* Social Justice
* Spirituality/Prayer/Health & Wellness
* Stewardship
* Technology
* Volunteers
* Worship
* Youth/Family/Children

Registration deadline is February 25.  Lunch is provided.  Registrations can be made in Salem's office.  More information is available online at www.nisynod.org/cre.  You can also download a brochure listing the workshops.

Shrove Tuesday Dinner & Cake Auction March 4

Please plan to attend the annual Shrove Tuesday Dinner & Cake Auction, hosted by Salem's confirmation guides and students, on Tuesday, March 4 in Fellowship Hall.  Dinner begins at 6pm with pulled pork sandwiches, chips, veggies, and a drink.  The suggested donation for the meal is $7 a person.  The cake voting period ends at 6:45pm and the cake auction begins at 7pm.  You can also bid to pie someone: the options could be Pastor Rob, a guide...or someone else!  Funds raised this year will be split between:

Share Your Soles
Washington, Illinois Tornado Victims - Mission Trip

Cake theme categories are:
Living Christ's Love
God's Creatures
Share Your Soles
Love Your Neighbor
TV & Tech
Sports/Games
Salem's Favorites
Food for Thought

First Communion Class February 23

Sunday, February 23
Fellowship Hall, 2-5pm

We welcome children in third grade and older to join us along with their parents or other special adult to grow in faith together as the children prepare for their First Communion.

If you are interested in your child attending class, please call the church office to register.  Salem asks that those who take communion be baptized.  If your child is not baptized, please speak with Pastor Rob.

There will be a celebration of First Communion at the 10:30am service on March 2 and a welcome of our new Communicants at the 9:15am Fellowship.

Marriage Renewal February 8-9


"I'd Do It All Over Again!"
Saturday, February 8, 5pm
Sunday, February 9, 8 & 10:30am

Couples who have been married five years or longer are invited to renew their wedding vows at one of the three services the weekend of February 8-9.  To reserve your place in this celebration of Valentine's Day and marriage, please return/email the information (names, date of marriage, service you will be attending) to the church office by February 2.

Scout Sunday February 2

The Boy Scouts of America have designated February 2, 2014 as Scout Sunday, which is the primary date to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to scouting.  BSA Troop 2810 will participate in Scout Sunday at the 10:30am service on February 2, celebrating this special day at Salem.

Middle School/High School Ski Trip January 20

Middle School & High School Ski Trip
Monday, January 20
Chestnut Mountain, Galena

Leaving Salem at 6:30am, returning about 7pm
Costs: $45 for lift, lesson, rental of skis or board ($25 for lift only); $10 for lunch, $10 for dinner on the way home

Return permission form and/or contact Julie Grendahl by January 12
Additional adult drivers/chaperones are needed!  Please contact Julie! (Julie.Grendahl@gmail.com)

Annual Congregational Meeting January 19

The Annual Congregational Meeting of Salem Lutheran Church will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2014 in the Fellowship Hall.  (The following Sunday, January 26, will be the back up date in case of postponement.)  The meeting will start promptly at 12:30pm and will be preceded by a luncheon starting at noon.  The main course and drinks will be provided with members asked to bring salads or desserts.  There is a sign-up sheet in the Welcome Center to offer to bring either a salad or a dessert.  Child care will be provided during the time of our meeting.

Family Sunday School January 19

This Family Sunday School is not just for our Sunday School students and their families; everyone in our Salem family is invited.  Please come enjoy breakfast and family with us at 9:15am in Fellowship Hall.  After breakfast join us for Grace Service.

Epiphany Worship Services January 4-5

Come and worship in celebration!  Don't forget we collect new children's clothing for Hope Haven that weekend in remembrance of the gifts the Magi brought to baby Jesus.

Poinsettia Orders Due December 16

Altar Guild will be taking orders for poinsettias to be placed around the altar for Christmas services.  Orders will be taken in the narthex before and after church services on December 7-8 and 14-15.

To order a plant, please fill out an order form and give it to an Altar Guild member in the narthex on the above dates, along with your payment.  Make your checks payable to "Glidden Florist."  Orders must be received by Monday, December 16.

Good Deed Gift Opportunity Through December 15

Salem's tradition of giving Good Deed Gifts will continue this Christmas season.

The Good Deed Angel Tree will be in place on Sunday, November 24 and anyone wishing to participate can take from the tree an angel with the name of a client at Avancer, formerly known as Genesis House.  All of the residents there have special challenges, some physically, some developmentally.  All of them could use a little cheering up during the holiday season, especially because some of their own families have financial challenges.  And all of these group-home residents will be grateful for anything that Salem members can provide for them!

The angels this year will be a photograph album for the gift giver to keep.  Some members of Salem have a collection of these angel ornaments from each year that we've been providing gifts for community members who aren't as well off as we are.

We know that in the holiday rush, these angel tags can be misplaced, so there will be a sign-up sheet near the tree as a fail-safe measure.  Signed-for angel tags can be replaced if they slip away somewhere!  The sign-up list won't make the gifts less anonymous.

Individual lists of suggestions will be printed on sticky-back paper, which should be peeled off whole and adhered onto the top corner of the wrapped gift.  The suggestion list also will include sizes and toy ideas to make the gift appropriate for the person and with that person's functioning age, as many have a child-like attitude on life.

The gifts should be placed in a box and wrapped as prettily as you want and, when the Sticky Tag is affixed to the present securely, bring the gift back to Salem, where each house's gifts will be placed in a bag to be distributed by Avancer.  We've found that boxes ride better together in the big bags, which are much like Santa's sacks of gifts and presents.

If you should have more than one gift for a person, please make sure they're all tied together securely and labeled well so they get to your person.

All the gifts should be returned to Salem by December 15, and we thank you for carrying on this tradition!

"Life Lessons from Hebrews" Study Concludes December 15

"Life Lessons from Hebrews"
November 3 - December 15
Between the 8am and 10:30am Sunday worship services

This will be a group experience of discovery in terms of the connection between disciples of the 1st century Christian Church and 21st century disciples of Jesus in U.S. American culture through the lens of the Book of Hebrews.  This can be a life-giving encounter with the living Word as found in the New Testament writings from the developing Church.  You are invited to share scripture study, conversation, coffee, and prayer with brothers and sisters in the Faith Community of Salem.

Sunday School Christmas Program December 15

Salem Sunday School children grades Beginners through 5th are working hard learning and practicing for a Christmas Program they will be presenting on December 15 at the 10:30am Grace service.  Please mark your calendars and start inviting family and friends.  The children are excited and looking forward to sharing this special morning with you!

Peder Eide Christmas Concert December 8

Peder is bringing his Peder Eide Wondrous Love Christmas Tour 2013 to Salem on Sunday, December 8, at 7pm.  If you enjoyed his music at his last Salem appearance, or you saw him at confirmation retreats at LOMC or Youth Quake, you're sure to enjoy his Christmas Concert as well.  Please join us in welcoming Peder back to Salem.  No tickets necessary, a free will offering will be collected.  Partial funding provided by the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund and through generous private donations from Salem members and Shrove Tuesday participants.

Salem's Christmas Cantata December 7-8

What Sweeter Music - A Festival of Carols by Mark Hayes
Presented for Salem worship services:
Saturday, December 7 - 5pm
Sunday, December 8 - 10:30am

Christmas Cantatas employ scripture, thoughtful narration, and medleys of songs and carols new and old to tell the most beloved story of Jesus come to earth.  Singers of all ages combine with an instrumental ensemble to share this Good News.  Familiar titles include Angels We Have Heard on High, O Holy Night, We Three Kings, Good Christians All Rejoice, Joy to the World, and O Come All Ye Faithful as well as a Cradle Medley including Away in a Manger and Silent Night.  Some carol arrangements include the congregation.  The cantata is presented by Salem Creative Arts Ministry under the leadership of Ron and Carla Vanatta.

What Sweeter Music is a Singing Memorial gifted in memory of Doris Castenson by her family and friends and in memory of Martha Jeanne Vanatta by the Celebration Voices Choir, Jim & Edie Eklund, and Ron & Carla Vanatta.

Thanksgiving Eve Worship November 27

Worship Service - 7pm
Pie & Coffee in Fellowship Hall - 8pm

Personal care products (shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc) will be collected to share with the clients of our Food Pantry.  Come for an hour of festive praise and Holy Communion; enjoy a piece of pie after worship!  Sign up at the Welcome Center Table to bring a pie to share or to set up or clean up following the pie fellowship.  Thank you!

"Thanksgiving for Christians" Study Nov. 7, 14, 21

Thanksgiving for Christians Bible Study
First three Thursdays of November
November 7, 14, 21 - 7pm

"Every Day Is Thanksgiving for Christians" will be a Biblical journey of thanks in deed, in prayer, and in heaven.  The November 7 and 21 gatherings will be in Chapel Lounge.  The gathering on November 14 will be in Fellowship Hall.  Please sign up in the Welcome Center if you wish to attend.

If you have any questions, please call Judy Milroy at 815-751-3835.

Leadership Training Day November 16

The Salem Council would like to invite interested congregation members to attend a training day November 16 from 9am-1pm for leaders at Salem in our effort to unify Salem's ministries.  Our goal is to develop a well-functioning, integrated team of Salem ministry leaders.  For more information, contact any of the Executive Committee members: Larry Schlawin, Alice Freier, Ken Reinhardt, Jenny Ruff, or Pastor Kinnear.  Please respond by November 10 to the church office.

Make a Difference!

Make a difference with DKC Mobile Pack, hosted in Sycamore on November 14-15 and working through Feed My Starving Children.  FMSC meals reach starving children in nearly 70 countries around the globe.  Each meal packed costs just 22 cents and provides essential nutrients for a starving child.  Sign up this weekend before and after services.  Pray...donate...find out more! Go to www.makeadifferencedkc.com or contact Jim Sauber (815-761-5690, JimSauber@hotmail.com).

Grief Support Group Begins November 3

With the holidays coming, people who have lost a loved one need to have a safe place to grieve.  This could be a new grief, or it could be grief from a loss that happened a while ago.  This group is open to anyone whether a Salem church member or not.  Our goal is to help people get through the holidays and our discussions are confidential.  If you know someone who might benefit from this group, please invite them.  The Grief Group offers encouragement and support on the journey.

Come and join us every Sunday afternoon from 3:00 to 4:30 beginning November 3 through January 2014.  We will meet in the Chapel Lounge.  Your leaders will be Carole Lichty and Phyllis Castenson who have led grief groups before, and a new addition to the group, Judy Milroy.  If you have a question, you can reach Carole at 815-899-6116, Phyllis at 815-895-3650, or Judy at 815-756-4205.

All Saints' Candle-Lighting November 2-3

Saturday, November 2 - 5pm
Sunday, November 3 - 8/10:30am

Join us for worship All Saints' Weekend as we celebrate the lives of those who have died in Christ within the past year from our congregation and community, as well as those who remain close to our hearts from times past.  A candle will be carried in for each person honored as a bell is rung in their memory.  During the Hymn of the Day, the congregation will be invited to bring a lighted candle forward in memory of loved ones who have died.

Confirmation Pie Fundraiser

The annual Confirmation Pie Fundraiser is underway!  See any confirmation student to place an order.  Students will be in the Welcome Center on Saturday and Sunday before and after our worship times through the month of October.

Order now!  Delivery date is Saturday, November 23.  Questions: contact Paul Sheldon (815-558-2565) or Judy Waterfield (815-751-4062).

Coffee Hour October 20

Please join us for a Coffee Hour on Sunday, October 20 at 9:15am in Fellowship Hall as Ron and Pat Henning from Crystal Lake share the mission and ministry of the ELCA and Synod.  We will be having refreshments.

Love INC Fundraiser October 19

Love in the Name of Christ
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
October 19
5-7:30pm in Salem's Fellowship Hall

Pre-purchased tickets at $10 each are available in Salem's office.

Attend worship on Saturday and have a great dinner after!

Bring an Angel to Worship September 28-29

You're invited to bring a favorite representation of angels for display in celebration of St. Michael & All Angels, September 28-29.

Presentation of Bibles September 22

Third graders and 3-year-olds will receive Bibles geared toward their age level at the 10:30 worship service on Sunday, September 22.

In this gift we remember our promises when a child is baptized, as a congregation, to be involved along with parents in the teaching of our faith.  As we hand these Bibles to the parents, who in turn hand them to their child, we remember the parent's promise to place the Holy Scriptures into their child's hands.

Creative Arts Fall Schedule

Diggin' Up Praise...for Salem Creative Arts Fall 2013
Bless the Lord and Salem Church with your gift of praise!

Cherubs (singers 4 years old through 1st grade)
Wednesdays 4:30-5:15pm - Choir Room

Choristers (singers in 2nd-5th grades)
Wednesdays 6-6:45pm - Choir Room

Disciple Song (singers in 6th-12th grades)
Wednesdays 6-6:45pm - Chapel Lounge

Celebration Voices (adult or HS singers)
Wednesdays 7:15-8:30pm - Choir Room

Puppet Praise (Grade 5 and up youth and adult puppeteers)
Thursdays 6:15-7:15pm - Choir Room

Sounds of Grace Bells (Grade 6 and up youth and adult ringers)
Thursdays 7:30-8:30pm - Balcony

Salem Praise Team (adults and HS youth)
Saturdays 8:30-9:30am once a month - Sanctuary

"Evensong" Begins September 12

"Evensong"...Save the Dates

An invitation to take the Journey of your Life
Beginning Thursday, September 12, @ 6:46pm

Consider being a part of a fascinating 8-week series of gatherings.  Adults of all ages are welcome.  Participants will have the opportunity of sharing their life journey - viewed through the lenses of worship, sharing stories, and listening to one another.

There is no charge to be a part of this series and study materials will be provided.

For the initial gathering on September 12, participants are invited to bring a personal memento (object, picture, or writing) that holds special meaning for them.  This time of conversation will be a pleasant way to get to know one another.

Check the calendar today.  Gatherings will be on each Thursday beginning September 12 and concluding October 31.

This program is being offered by Salem's 2013 Diakonia graduates - Julie Grendahl, Betty Hampa, Judy Milroy, and Jenny Ruff.  Please contact the church office for further information.  Registration is limited to 15 and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please register early.

Salem Rally Day September 8

Put your hands together for Salem Rally Day and Spirit Sunday.  Help us celebrate 25 years of ELCA mission and ministry!

"God's Work: Our Hands"   Sunday, September 8

8am Worship - Blessing of new 6th grade confirmation students and backpacks and guides.

9:15 Celebration (Fellowship Hall):
* puppet skit
* songs
* Sunday School offering and collection of hand soaps
* craft
* register for Sunday School/confirmation/choirs/puppets
* snacks

10:30 Worship - Outdoor worship (West Yard) and blessing of Sunday School and creative arts leaders.  Bring a lawn chair if you'd like.

All services - blessing of hands to remind us that we are the hands and feet of Christ in this world and Holy Communion to give us the strength we need to serve!

Everyone welcome!

Sign up at the Welcome Center table to bring cookies to share for the snack.  Bring any kind of hand soap as a donation for Salem's Food Pantry.

Fair Trade Coffee Sale September 7-8

We will continue to sell coffee (at $7 each) and the chocolate bars (at $1.50 each), along with a few ButterBraids (get 'em while they last at $12 each).  After this September sale, we'll re-evaluate how we continue to "sell down" our final inventory.  Thanks to all for your support over the years - please know that many, many farmers and families have truly benefitted by your generous purchases to create a better way of life for themselves.

Wishing you God's peace,
The Global Missions Committee of Salem

Sound Techs Needed!

Would you be interested in a ministry that can be done from a comfortable chair?

Would you like to help members during the worship service and also our shut-ins?

Would you like to feel more involved during the worship service?

How about if you can do all that while sitting in the best chair in the church sanctuary?

Then consider joining Salem's Sound Team which is a fun and satisfying ministry.

A Sound Team member controls the microphones during the worship service.  The Team also records the 8:00 worship service on a CD and duplicates it for our shut-ins which are delivered to them by other volunteers.  Salem's Sound Team needs 3 more team members in order to cover all three weekend services.

If you can operate a CD player or a cell phone, you can operate Salem's sound system.  Scheduling is flexible and training is provided.  Please contact the church office or a Sound Team member (Larry Schlawin, Jeff Makosh, Dan Kuntz, Ken Reinhardt, Bill Gardner, John Welander) for further information.  Salem needs your help.

Sunday School Teachers Needed!

A new Sunday School year will be beginning soon.  Won't you consider being a Sunday School teacher?

You come to church each Sunday already, so why not help our youth learn more about their faith?  We understand you may be nervous about saying "yes," but there is no need to be; it's as easy as attending service.  Our goal is to have at least two teachers for each classroom.  Why not be a husband and wife team, or best friends team, or how about a father and daughter team, or mother and son team - or some other combination of a team!  If you are at least 18 years old we invite anyone who would like to know more about being a Sunday School teacher to contact April Olson (815-901-4801, blanesdino@aol.com) or Vicki Reed (815-508-6021, dvareed24@yahoo.com).

We have openings for 1st/2nd grade lead teacher, 5th grade helper, and 6/7/8 grade helpers and subs.

Blessing of Daily Labor August 31-September 1

Salem Labor Day Weekend Worship
"Blessing of Daily Labor"
5pm Saturday, August 31 and 8am/10:30am Sunday, September 1

Come to worship in your work clothes and bring a symbol of your occupation (tool, diaper, notepad, phone, plant, etc).

SCRIP Orders Due August 11

The High School Youth Group thanks everyone for your support through your orders of store gift cards.

The funds raised go into our Activity Fund and help us to attend events like National Youth Gathering!

The next SCRIP order is due August 11 with cards available for pick up August 18.

Please check the Welcome Table for updated order forms.