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Presentation of Bibles September 21

Dear Parents,

Salem's congregation promises to support you in the raising of your children in the Christian faith.  As part of this support, during worship, we will place in your hands Bibles, appropriate for your child's age, which you can give and share with your child.  Our prayer is that these Bibles will encourage you and your children to grow in faith together.

Parents of 3-Year-Olds:
Please come to Sunday School with your child on September 21.  We will introduce you to your new Bible and play Bible games with your children.

Parents of 3rd Grade Class:
Bible Workshop for you and your children is September 21 at 9:15 during Sunday School to introduce you to your new Bibles with games and activities!

All parents of 3-Year-Olds and 3rd Graders:
Please RSVP to church office with your child's name as you want it printed in the Bible (Sue@salemlutheransycamore.org).

Please contact Julie Grendahl with any questions regarding the Bible Presentation and Workshop (Julie.Grendahl@gmail.com).

Adult Study Begins September 21

A weekly Sunday Bible study discussing David Lose's book called Making Sense of the Cross will begin on Bring Your Bible Weekend, September 21, and last through mid-November.  Please bring your Bible.  The cost of the book (if able to pay) is $12.  Come on any Sunday!

St. Michael and All Angels September 27-28

Bring an angel to worship!

G.E.M.S. Picnic September 15

G.E.M.S.
Growing Every Member Spiritually
(for those who are 50 years of age or better)
Spouses always welcome!

Monday, September 15, 2014 - Picnic

* Noon
* Bring your own sack lunch
* Beverages and dessert will be provided
* We will meet at the Old North Grove School, off of Brickville Rd.
* Please make reservations by Sunday, September 14, so we can set up as needed.  Call Carol Saidat @ 815-899-8383.

Come and enjoy an afternoon of fellowship on the grounds of the Historic Old North Grove School, off Brickville Rd.  Carole Lichty will share the history/give tours of the historic school.  If there's a question about the weather that day, call Sue in the church office (815-895-9171)...she will tell you of any change to meet in Salem's Fellowship Hall.  We hope for a beautiful fall day to enjoy the out-of-doors and fellowship...an afternoon in the country.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Confirmation Service September 14

Reception for confirmands/confirmation photos - 9:15am

Confirmation service - 10:30am

"Mountains of Praise!" Begins September 10-11

Coming this fall...

"Mountains of Praise!"
2014-15 Salem Creative Arts Season

Choirs begin Wednesday, September 10
Puppets/Bells begin Thursday, September 11

Please share your gift of praise and register for Salem Creative Arts online at www.salemsycamore.org or at Salem's Lower Level Display this August.

New to puppets?
Intro to Puppets
Thursday, September 11, 5:30pm

New to bells?
Intro to Handbells
Thursday, September 11, 7pm


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

Choristers (singers in 2nd-5th grades)
Wednesdays, 6:00-6:45pm - Choir Room

Disciple Song (singers in 6th-12th grades)
Wednesdays, 6:15-6:45pm - Sanctuary

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

First Night of Confirmation September 10

Confirmation, a program of learning, fun, and service is starting up.  All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are welcome.  Please come on Rally Day to register.  Sixth graders will receive their backpacks then.  First night of Confirmation is September 10, 7-8:30pm, in Fellowship Hall.

Rally Day September 7

You're invited to Salem Rally Day festivities!

Sunday, September 7 - 9:15am, Fellowship Hall
Introducing Salem's 2014-2015 Sunday School theme: Bible FUN-damentals!

* Food
* Fun music by Bill and Brandon
* Puppets
* Registration for Sunday School, Confirmation, and Creative Arts
* Dedication of leaders
* Brief family worship

Children who have attained 3 years of age by September 1 and are potty trained are invited to Beginner Sunday School.  Classes are available for all children through 8th grade.

Please bring a gift of pastries, fruit, fruit juice, or milk to share - sign up sheets are on the Welcome Center Table - AND a special offering of toothbrushes and toothpaste from your family for Salem Food Pantry.  Thanks!

NOTE: 5pm and 8am Sept 6/7 worship will be traditional; 9:15 Rally Day festivities Sept 7 include simplified family worship, so there will be no 10:30 service.


Summer Choir August 31

Come be a part of Salem's summer choir this August!  Singers meet for a half-hour rehearsal in the Choir Room, 9:45-10:15 a.m., and sing for 10:30 worship on August 3 and August 31.  Thanks!  Your voice will be a welcome gift to God and Salem!

Blessing of Daily Labor August 30-31

Come to church in your work clothes and bring a symbol of your work to be blessed.

College Scholarship Applications Due August 15

Salem students who will be attending a Lutheran-affiliated college this upcoming school year may submit an application for a scholarship to the Trust Fund by August 15, 2014.  This scholarship is administered by the Trust Fund, but is made available by an endowment fund established by the former WELCA organization.  Students should submit a letter of request to the Trust Fund that includes the name of the college they will be attending, their class level in the fall, and a brief statement as to how this scholarship will help them.

It is anticipated the Trust Fund will review requests and then distribute scholarships proportionately based on the monies that are available for distribution.  Students should expect announcement of scholarships prior to September 1, 2014.

Special Congregational Meeting July 2


A Special Congregational Meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 for the purpose of voting on issuing a call to a candidate for the position of resident Pastor of Salem.

The Special Congregational Meeting will start promptly at 6:45pm in Fellowship Hall.  The Pastor and spouse will be introduced.  Following a time of devotion and dialogue with the Pastor, the congregation will vote on whether to issue a call to this pastor.

Preceding the meeting, there will be a meal at 6pm.  The entree and beverages will be provided.  Members of the congregation are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

All voting members of Salem are strongly encouraged to attend this important meeting on Wednesday, July 2.

All members of Salem Lutheran Church should have received a letter in the mail concerning the Special Congregational Meeting.

"Old" North Grove School Days Bake Sale Sign-Up June 28

Salem congregation has been asked to provide baked goods in light of our history with Old North Grove School.  Any kind of bar, cookie, pie, bread, or cake is welcome and may be packaged either whole or in individual servings and brought to the school at 26745 Brickville Rd., Sycamore around 10am Saturday, June 28.  Thank you!

NIS Assembly & Support for Nachusa Lutheran Home June 13-14

The 27th Annual Northern Illinois Synod Assembly will be held June 13-14, 2014 at Augustana College in Rock Island.  Special guests include Churchwide representative, The Rev. Linda Norman, ELCA treasurer; Bible study leader, The Rev. Dr. Kurt Hendel; and the well-loved band, Lost and Found.  Register online and find out more at nisynod.org/assembly.

Continuing the emphasis on supporting the needs of disadvantaged children in Illinois, this year's assembly in-kind offering will benefit the children receiving services at Nachusa Lutheran Home, a ministry of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois.  Items will be collected in the lobby of Centennial Hall at Augustana College during registration.  Nachusa Lutheran Home hosts two residential facilities.  Choices, an adolescent substance abuse program, assists youth who are struggling with drug-related issues and Youth Emergency Shelter, or YES, provides a temporary home to youth involved in the DCFS system who are awaiting permanent placement.

Items needed:
* Bath towels (preferably NOT white)
* Washcloths
* Twin sheets
* Pillows/cases
* Comforters

Salem delegates will gladly bring gifts of bedding and towels from the congregation's members to the Synod Assembly this June.  Simply bring any contributions to the church office before June 13.

Pentecost Celebration June 7-8

Pentecost is a day to celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the Birthday of the Church.  Pentecost will be celebrated at June 7-8 Salem worship services.

Congregation members are encouraged to wear red clothing, the color of the day, and bring red geraniums or bedding plants to decorate the sanctuary.  The flowers will then be planted on the grounds.  Please add your name to the sign-up sheet in the Welcome Center if you can bring bedding plants.

We're also inviting readers to share Acts 2:1-21 in several languages to give the impression of what it was like the Day of Pentecost when people began speaking in various tongues.  If you can read in another language and would like to participate, please sign up at the Welcome Center table for one or more services.  If you need the scripture translation provided, please indicate that as well.

Thank you!

High School Senior Recognition June 1

At the 10:30 service we recognize the milestone of moving from high school into a new phase of their life journey with a gift and blessing.  There will be refreshments in the Narthex following the service.

G.E.M.S. Noon Luncheon May 19

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 share a noon potluck lunch in Salem's Fellowship Hall on Monday, May 19.  Pork chops on the grill will be provided.  Please bring a dish to pass.  Don't forget to bring non-perishables for Salem's Food Pantry!  Call Carol Saidat at 815-899-8383.  We need your reservation so we can plan how many chops to prepare.  This will be our last gathering before the summer months.  Hope to see you!

Grief Support Group May 18

People who have lost a loved one need a safe place to grieve.  The Grief Group is meeting Sunday, 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).

GRACE Worship May 18

Sponsored by: all grades

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.

"Making Sense of the Cross" Beginning May 4

Weekly adult study
Sundays @ 9:15am
Chapel Lounge
Beginning May 4

"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!

50+ Year Member Recognition & Reception May 3-4

As Salem marked 144 years of ministry April 4, 2014, we give thanks for all God's servants and offer special recognition to those with 50 or more years of membership since their confirmation or transfer date.  They will be honored with a 9:15am Coffee and blessing at all worship services May 3-4.  Please join us to express your appreciation and support.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.