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The Salem Weekly Update Salem United Methodist Church Newsletter - Published Weekly October 9, 2019 Pastor The Rev. Benjamin Wolf Music Director Lynne Isley Caretaker Jerri Sharpe Sound/Video/Technology Ron Goras

PASTOR’S THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK Through Monday and Tuesday of this week, I have been at Duke for the Convocation and Pastors’ School, an annual conference that brings together pastors, especially Methodists from across the state. It’s a good opportunity to see colleagues from across the state and region and be challenged with how God may be calling me to grow in my leadership. It’s been about four years since I’ve attended and I wasn’t sure if I should go this year - after all, it’s a busy week here at Salem. However, this year’s theme really caught my attention: “Life that Really Is Life: Cultivating Thriving Communities.” What does it look like for our church not just to survive, but thrive? How then can we be a part of helping our community thrive - how can we be “catalysts, conveners, and curators” (to quote Dean Greg Jones) of God’s work in the community? I’ve heard many powerful ideas for what that could look like, but one image Monday stuck out to me. I was in a workshop called “Innovation in Rural Churches and Communities” hosted by Brad Thie, director of the Thriving Rural Communities initiative

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in the Divinity School. We were discussing the theology that undergirds the idea of wanting to see our communities reach their Godgiven potential, and we looked together at the creation story from the beginning of Genesis. When we look at the creation, we see the world perfect, at its fullest potential, as God intended it to be. The work of Jesus to begin a new creation in us and in all the world, begins the process of bringing us back to the Garden, remaking the world as God meant for it to be. As we discussed this theology, the workshop challenged us in making sure that our churches are helping shape the imaginations of our communities to see the potential of all aspects of our world redeemed. That is to say, are we as a church seriously considering what God intends for where we live, work, and go to school and working to achieve that reality? Can we look at this potential with hope and invite others into that hope? Is our church actively working to make sure all corners of our community see God’s redemption today? Are you, even in your work and home, making real what we ask God to help us do every time we pray the Lord’s Prayer: “on earth as it is in Heaven”? Continued on page 2


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(continued from page 1) I hope that’s something we can continue to wrestle with in the years to come: how can we, in every one of our lives, collectively and individually, work towards realizing God’s will? How can Salem be the catalyst for our community experiencing the fullness of joy that comes in God’s presence (Psalm 16:11)? Opportunities like this week’s Fall Festival are places where this sort of work can take place. We celebrate the funds that events like this help to produce, funds that help to maintain our facilities for the work of ministry. But this Festival is also a great chance to welcome members of our community from no church or another church within our walls. I hope that in the busyness of cooking, serving, and running to and fro, you can get to know some of those who will be joining us, laying the framework for an ongoing relationship. Days like Saturday also harken back to the legacy of how the church has historically been the place of community celebrations with events like harvest celebrations. Even with all that it will take to see heaps of ingredients become vats of stew, I hope we can all pause over these days to reflect back over the past year and thank God for the provision God has blessed us with. I believe our thankfulness can be an indicator of God’s abundance to those who will join us in the coming days. We celebrate all that God is doing in and around Salem, all the while anticipating that God has even more in store here. Let us be a sign of that hope and expectation in all that we do. Grace for the journey,

Pastor Ben

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UPCOMING WORSHIP & STUDY

Sunday, October 13th: Opening Assembly @ 9:15 am followed by Sunday School Classes for all ages at 9:30 am Sunday, October 13th: Worship Service @ 10:30 am


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CONTINUING OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE Worship Leaders for Sunday, October 13th: Leah Crutchfield (Liturgist); Wanda Andrews (Prayers of the People/Lord’s Prayer); Kai VandeVisser, Eli Crutchfield, Abbey Morrell (Acolytes) Lighthouse Kids Workers For October 13th : Diane Porterfield, Trudie Neal, Kari Neal Opening Assembly Leader for October 13th: Eddie Shambley Ushers for October: Gerald Paris, Dennis Cole, Jody Andrews, Brad Andrews Greeters for October: Eddie Shambley, Leah Crutchfield

Offering Counters for October: John Greeson & Joanne Morse Snack Pack Team for October: Paula Ellis & Rachel Paris/Pack; Richie Page/ Deliver

So, we have only received 4 responses to our call for volunteers for our 2020 Worship Leaders. Our Worship Services are truly blessed by the participation of our laity. We are especially blessed to see our Youth taking up the mantel of serving God through the use of their talents as they lead us in worship. Please consider signing up now to serve God by leading in our worship services. We need volunteers to serve as a liturgist, give the prayers of the people, be acolytes, and to help serve communion. A little apprehensive about this ? Don’t worry, Pastor Ben is there to help and as the picture denotes: God is always with you and will make sure your participation is a blessing. Please see either Pastor Ben or John Greeson (Lay Leader) to get on the list to help make our Worship Services are a true blessing to God!


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UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS

NOTE: there will be a Finance Committee meeting @ 3:00 pm on Sunday, 20 October to work on the 2020 Budget...we need to have all members present!

Tonight, Wednesday, October 9th: Fellowship Dinner @ 6:00 pm at Mebane Hursey’s

Thursday, October 10th: No Choir Practice tonight due to Fall Festival work day

Thursday & Friday: Fall Festival work days...8 am till done

Saturday, October 12th: Fall Festival! Come early and help make this a successful fund raiser for our buildings and maintenance fund!

Tuesday, October 15th: Lay Leadership meeting @ 5:30 pm in Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, October 16th: Youth Field of Faith @ SAHS Athletic Stadium @ 7:00 pm

Sunday, October 20th: Finance Committee Meeting @3:00 pm

Calling All Voices: we desperately need Bass, Tenors & Altos: COME JOIN OUR CHOIR! WE PRACTICE EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT AT 6:30 AND WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU JOIN US!! A Note from your Lay Leader: we continue to ask folks to step up and join the choir; our numbers are dwindling. For health reasons, we lost two of our guys, leaving just two. Us two guys are struggling and hate to even think of taking a Sunday off. We are also down to a couple of altos in the ladies section. I believe music is a very important component of our worship service. Lynne works very hard putting together our music and works diligently with the choir (especially the two guys) to make the music as joyful, pleasant and fulfilling as possible. Yes, one could argue that making a joyful noise to the lord is all that is important , but it does help if the sounds that surface are pleasant, in harmony and truly bring honor and glory to God. Lynne works hard at that and so does the choir. But we need an infusion of gifts. We’re not looking for virtuosos. We are simply looking for someone who is willing to spend an hour each week at practice (Thursdays from 6:30 to around 7:45 pm...and have some fun doing it. We have a lot of fun at choir practice and really enjoy the company. Please, consider coming out to join us...I think you will find it fun and rewarding. Peace in Christ, John


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A huge thanks to all those folks who have already stepped forward to make our Fall Festival happen. Too many names to mention and doing so would risk missing someone so you know who you are and our thanks go out to you. The next few days are critical to a successful fundraising event that is so vitally important to our church. How well we do in this effort affects how well we can maintain our facilities. Let’s all pray for a successful event and also for a fun and enjoyable time...but most of all, let’s pray that whatever we do will bring honor and glory to Christ. If you have noticed, a LOT of work has been done and is still being done around here. We desperately need to replenish our building and maintenance account! This Annual Fall Festival is our yearly opportunity to do so. But it takes the whole church to pull off! Whatever our opinion about the Festival, it is right now the single method available to raise these funds. But it is labor intensive. So, hope to see you there Thursday through Saturday as you are able to do so. There is still time to make a pre-order, call Debbie Stump at 336/264-9379 (she can accept a text at this number as well) or email her at: deborahstump24@gmailcom. You can also call John Greeson at 336380-7586 and let us know how any quarts of stew or pints of BBQ you would like to reserve. Stew goes for $8.50 per quart and BBQ for $7.00 per pint. Keep in mind that strew orders do not “roll over” year to year so be sure and contact Debbie to make sure you will get the stew you want.


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Is it a cold or is it the flu? Signs and symptoms

Cold

Flu

gradual

abrupt

Fever

rare

usual

Aches

slight

Symptoms on set

Fatigue/weakness

sometimes

fairly common usual

Sneezing

common

sometimes

Stuffy nose

common

sometimes

Sore throat

common

sometimes

Chest discomfort

mild to moderate

Headache

rare

common common

Cold symptoms can last 7-10 days. Flu symptoms can last several weeks. If you have a fever 101 degrees more than 24 hours seek medical treatment. If you have vomiting and or diarrhea seek medical treatment as this can cause dehydration. Wash hands frequently and keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Be sure to get your flu vaccine!!!! May you be blessed with good health. Love in Christ, Faith and the wellness committee.


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A kind word to us from Shaun Jenkins of Alexander Wilson who heads up the Snack Pack Program at the school: “First of all, I want to thank everyone for helping make the snack pack program run smoothly this first month! I think we have gotten into a groove and our numbers are balancing out each month!” That thanks is for all of YOU at Salem as who stepped up to support this ministry by providing the food for this first semester. Thank YOU!!!! Shaun also gave a request for anyone willing to contribute towards funding children who can’t afford to pay their way for the 5th grade field trip to DC. The cost of the trip is $230 per student and she said anyone wishing to help can donate as little as $5 or whatever you feel comfortable with. If you choose to write a check make the check out to Alexander Wilson Elementary and write a note at the bottom that says:“5th grade trip to DC” and get those checks or cash to me or Faith and we will take care of getting the monies to the school. If you have questions about this don’t hesitate to call either one of us. Thank You! Sheila B. Greeson 336-376-1133 and Faith Paris 336-376-8971

We are planning our next fun bus trip! White Star Tours is offering a Washington DC – Passport to the Embassies trip departing on Friday, May 1, 2020 and returning Sunday, May 3, 2020. The price is $429.00 per person (double occupancy, single room $568.00.) Please let me know if you are interested right away so I can get your name on the list. I need $25 from each traveler no later than January 15 th and the final payment is due Sunday March 8th 2020. Price includes: transportation, 2 nights lodging; 2 Breakfasts; 2 Full course dinners; visits to Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens, Passport DC-Embassy Open House Tour, Smithsonian Institutions Freer Gallery of Art & Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Guided tour of illuminated monuments including Air Force Memorial, Marie Corps Memorial/Iwo Jim Statue, Washington Monument, National World War II Memorial, and many more, George Washington’s Mount Vernon home; a Souvenir gift, luggage handling, taxes & meal gratuities. White Star also provides NTA Travel Protection Plan to protect your trip investment. To enroll go Online at http://nta.aontravelprotect.com and use the Tour Operator Location #386097. If you would rather you may call 1-800-388-1470. If you want a copy of the information they sent me ask and I can provide you a copy. Thank You, Sheila B. Greeson 336-376-1133 or 336-380-0233 or sgreeson9@triad.rr.com


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ALL YOUTH (GRADES 5 THROUGH 12) ARE INVITED TO COME TOGETHER FOR AN EXCITING YEAR OF FELLOWSHIP, LEARING AND SERVING TOGETHER! THE YOUTH GROUP USUALLY MEETS EVERY OTHER SUNDAY FROM 2:30 TO 4:00 PM; HOWEVER, KEEP CHECKING THIS PAGE FOR CHANGES (SEE BELOW). WE ARE SO PROUD OF WHAT THEY DO AND HOW THEY REPRESENT SALEM. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN JOINING THIS INSPIRING TEAM, PLEASE CONTACT ANY YOUTH OR YOUTH LEADER!

Here is a view of our Youth Group upcoming schedule of events:

Pilgrimage

Saturday Oct 12th – Fall Festival – Youth asked to help with Take-out and wherever needed Wednesday Oct 16th – Field of Faith @ SAHS athletic stadium. Pizza beginning @ 7pm & the program beginning @ 7:30pm. MYF Kick-Off at Salem - TBD Sunday Oct 27th – Decorate for Trunk or Treat (time TBD) Friday Nov 8th thru Sunday Nov 10th May 2020 – Youth pack Snack Packs

Lil’ Beamers

Small But Powerful!

Lil’ Beamers, our ministry for kids up through pre-kindergarten kicked off last Sunday (October 6th). There is a new class for these kids during the Sunday School hour and nursery and class available through the whole worship hour, all upstairs. Interested in being a teacher or assistant? Contact Debbie Stump!


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Salem Song Birds

Salem Songbirds Are Back Through participation in the Salem Songbirds your child will experience the joy of music through learning new songs and playing handbells. We are meeting on Sunday morning upstairs in the elementary class room from 9:15 until 9:30. Hopefully we will be performing a few songs in worship very soon. If you have any questions please contact Charlotte Rogers or Debbie Stump. We are very excited about this time with your children and we hope to see each and every one of them each Sunday morning at 9:15.


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2019-20 Children’s Ministry Events Every Sunday Salem Songbirds (Handbells) 9:15 am th Sunday School (Birth-12 Grade) 9:30 am Lil’ Beamers (Birth-PreK) 10:30 am th Lighthouse Kids (K-5 Grade) 10:30 am Special Events

Christmas Play Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Dec. 22, 2019 July 2020

The Children’s Ministry Team is working hard to make our church a fun and learning place for all our smaller Youth. Please take advantage of all these wonderful programs/events and don’t hesitate to pitch in and assist. Just contact Debbie Stump and let her know of your willingness to help. And don’t


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This week we lift up our prayers to God for:

This week we lift up our praises to God for:

• Birthdays: Mark Isley, Hope

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Turney (Sheila Greeson’s sister), Anitra Dodson, Roy Sharpe’s daughter Anniversaries: Jeff & Carroll Slaughter A visit to Kat Durham from little Tate Rogers - he got a great response out of her...already a ladies man! (have no idea where he got that) Visit this week of Ron Goras’ parents Youth Group’s great fellowship at Efland Rodeo and the blessing of a large group to show up Peace and safety for Darnell Hamby when attacked by a strange, large dog

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• “God knows what we are going through when we grieve, and He wants to assure us of His love and concern. He also wants us to turn to Him and bring our heartaches and burdens to Him.”

Billy Graham

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Christina Little (George Todd’s niece) Amy Erb (friend of Rene Lefler) - open heart surgery and only in her 30’s Ed Smith - another admission to the hospital for unknown reasons Jackie Sharpe (friend of Ann Slaughter) - surgery for broken surgery Monday Linda Marshall (Janie Page’s friend) - Cancer Vickie Hollar (Jackie Holt’s friend) - Cancer Taj Kagley (Jackie & Bobby Holt’s grandson) - Severe Asthma Family of Ruth Walker (Virginia Smith’s niece) Josh Owens (friend /former classmate of Jennifer Hunt) Cancer Erin Huffman (friend/former classmate of Jennifer Hunt) Breast Cancer

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