Sisters and brothers,
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Here is the link for the Salem Pastor YouTube page. This Sunday's service will be available Sunday morning. If you are unable to connect to any services on your computer let us know, and we can make a DVD or CD for you. You can also view previous services on this page. Online services and additional messages can be accessed via our website or Facebook.
Our church family misses you- Take a photo or video of yourself and tell us what you’ve been up to. Pastor Lee will add it to the weekly online worship service as a way to stay connected. You can email it to the church email@example.com.
Don't forget if you need pastoral care or anything else, the contact list is below. Please continue to communicate your needs to Pastor Lee and the Deacons.
Pastor Lee Saylor; 937-540-4533; firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Hissong, Board Chair 937-931-3099; Tanger15@aol.com
Randy Schaurer, Deacon Chair; 937-231-7627; email@example.com
You have an opportunity to continue the work of Salem in this community and the world with your voice and visioning by sharing through a congregational survey. Starting in 2018, Salem Church of the Brethren engaged on a journey of intentional conversation discern what our vision will be going forward. This work is not work that should be done quickly, but thoroughly. This survey is the next step as we draw closer to understanding our part in bringing God’s kingdom to our time. The survey will be used to help mold and shape the future of Salem Church of the Brethren. The future can be scary and exciting. You are being invited to participate in this survey by the 2020 Salem Church of the Brethren Church Board..." (from Pastor Lee) An email was sent out with more information. You can also see information on our website at https://www.salemcob.org/survey.html . If you need a hard copy of the survey, please contact Carrie in the office.
We have been gathering via Zoom on Wednesday evenings to just say hi and connect. You are invited to join us using this link each Wednesday from about 7:00-8:00pm.
Meeting ID: 851 4380 3031
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Joe B. is in need of some help in finishing some work in the Rec. Hall. If you’re available, please call Joe at 937-469-0075 to let him know that you are willing to help.
Carrie Smith is in the office from 9:00am-12:00noon, Monday-Friday. Don’t hesitate to call her if you need anything.
Salem Pandemic Quilt
Salem members and friends can help create a quilt to remember this time. The quilters will compile squares from members and friends representing this time in our lives. The square needs to be 10.5 inches with an additional inch border on all sides. The fabric does not have to be stitched. You can use markers, fabric paint or some other way to make a square to represent you or your family during this time. If you have any further questions, please reach out to Carol Shroyer.
The Chicken BBQ is postponed until further notice.
Offerings and tithes can still be mailed to the church or put in the church mailbox. Your offering supports the work of Salem in the community and world!
Much continues to be sent out via One Call. If you are not on One Call, have changed your number, need to add a number, or know of someone who needs to be added, please respond to this email or call the church office at 937-836-6145.
If you have a prayer request you’d like to go through the prayer chain, please call Deacon Sue Wampler at 937-286-4590. If she cannot be reached, please call Pastor Lee at 937-540-4533.
Leadership continues to be in conversation about when worship can move back into the building. Until then, please extend grace, patience, and prayers; and find ways to continue to connect to your church family.
Please be in prayer for Shirley C.. She has been in and out of the hospital with tests and such.
John E., Genevieve F., Bonnie L., Leon & Waneta M., Joy M., Phyllis W.
Long Term Needs: Elois C., Barbara C., Shirley C., Janet H., Bill L., Aaron M., Sam P., Chad P., Kasey S., Reta S.
Churches and more: Our district churches, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (Godiya Bitrus), Bethany Theological Seminary, for those struggling in various ways during this pandemic
Our shut-ins are grateful for letters and cards. Addresses can be found in our current directory or by emailing or calling Carrie in the office.
District Conference Request: see the letter below
Sue Edwards and I are your representatives, along with Pastor Lee, to the 2020 District Conference, "Christ's Ambassadors (from 2 Corinthians 5:20)." This will be held in a virtual online format, October 9 and 10.
The Program and Arrangements Committee is asking congregations to help by:
1) sharing stories of how our congregation has been an "ambassador for Christ in such a time as this." Examples: Camping, Deacon outreach, quilting/sewing, community service, etc. They would like us to send in our stories and/or photos. They would also like included video footage for some of the stories that we may have to share, and would have someone available to help with a video if needed.
2) musical gifts from our congregation can be shared virtually, also. Anyone interested in helping with this please let me know.
If any of you are interested in helping to represent our congregation with this please let me know. This needs to be responded to before July 31.
Please don't let the photos and video footage scare you away, the stories by themselves would be sufficient and appreciated.
John and Sue Edwards