Church News

NEW SERMON SERIES: “FEARLESS” 

“Imagine your life, wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? If you could hover a fear magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread, insecurity, or doubt, what would remain? Envision a day, just one day, where you could trust more and fear less. Can you imagine your life without fear?” — (“Fearless” by Max Lucado). Starting this October Pastor Warner will take us through this new sermon series as we discover what it truly means to live life “Fearless”

This sermon series based on book “Fearless” by Max Lucado
This series will take place from October 2019 – December 2019
Book is available on Amazon.com for ($10.79 ) or other retailers.

FILL THE ALTAR! FOOD COLLECTION!

Everyone in the church is encouraged to bring one or more non-perishable food item(s) each Sunday when you come to worship and place it at the altar.  This food will be donated to the local Food Bank here in Orwigsburg.  Our goal is to fill the entire altar area with as much non-perishable food items as possible during the months of October—November

Donating to local Food Banks is one way to ensure that everyone in your community feels the warmth this winter.  Please consider participating in this ministry through the next couple months. Let’s meet this challenge and take an altar full of food to the Food Bank!! Shelf stable and canned goods are the most essential items to consider bringing. Thank you for your help!

THURSDAY WOMEN’S SMALL GROUP: OUR FIRST MISSION PROJECT!

Good News! Great Joy! Thursday Women’s Small Group is doing our very first mission project!

We will be participating in “OPERATION Christmas Child” that is run through the Samaritan’s Purse. We will fill shoe boxes filled with toys and other fun items and they will be delivered to children in need around the world. We have a total of 26 shoe boxes to fill. Please see Barb Stein if you would like to join our group in this mission project. Contact Barb by calling or texting her at 570-449-6533. Consider helping in our project!

YOUTH COUNSELORS WANTED

Are you good with youth? Are you a natural born leader? We are looking for people to work along-side Youth Group Leader, Susan Carlson, when we start Youth Group this fall.  Can you help? 

Youth Group meets once a month on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 12:15 pm after second service.  Please contact Pastor Warner ([email protected]) if you are called and interested in working with the youth.  All adults interested in becoming a Youth  Counselor must have Safe Sanctuary clearances, Criminal Background Check and Child Abuse Clearance, completed and submitted to the  Office. If you need more information about how to obtain background clearances please contact the Church Office ([email protected]).

NEW GAGA COURT FOR CHURCH YOUTH

We’re going “Ga-Ga” for the NEW GaGa Court!

The church youth have requested a Gaga court.  Many of our youth have experienced playing on a GaGa court while at Confirmation Camp and Summer Camp. Gaga comes from the Hebrew term “touch touch.”  It is a form of Dodge ball that was played at Jewish summer camps in the 1970’s and has now become popular with youth today. We are happy to announce that Salem now has its very own portable GaGa Court! Special thank you to Dave Degler and Tom Siegfried for building the GaGa court.  The court made its debut Sunday, September 15th during the Youth Group Fall Kick-Off meeting.

2020 ALTAR FLOWER CALENDAR 

Yes next year is fast approaching! It’s nearly 2020!! The new altar flower calendar (2020) is up on the wall next to the current year’s calendar. You may start filling in your special dates now.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE HYMN? WE WANT TO KNOW!

Do have a favorite hymn you would like to sing during worship? Then email the office [email protected] or Pastor Warner [email protected] with a list of your favorite hymns.  We’ll add the hymns to worship during the months of October through December. We want you to get involved and sing out loud!

IT’S PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH!

October is Pastor Appreciation Month- If you signed up for a day, don’t forget to shower Pastor Warner that day. Thank you to all who signed up for this special time of showing Pastor Warner how much we appreciate all he does for SUMC.

YOU COULD BE FEATURED ON OUR SITE!

Did you attend an event at Salem and have family-fun-filled photos? Would you like to be a part of the Salem UMC Website?

Send us your photos and you could appear on the church’s webpage! All photos will be reviewed by the office before posting.  Please email the Church Office for all questions or to send your photos. You can send all pictures and articles to the church office at [email protected] We appreciate all your patience and support as we continue to update our website.

BACK TO SUNDAY SCHOOL

Back to school is upon us! Sunday school is as well! Sunday school for children in grades K-5 began in September. Sunday School meets on Sundays at 10:00 AM. Help is always needed and appreciated. Please contact Kathy Schaffer at (570)-366-3877or you can email Sue Bowitz at [email protected]  

CHURCH CLEANING HELPERS NEEDED

Our Trustees have been using volunteers for our weekly church cleaning. Its important to keep our church clean and nice for our community and all of our church goers. We need a few extra volunteers to help with this cleaning service. Remember, many hands make light work! Consider volunteering your time to keep our facilities and church clean. Please contact the church office if you can help. You can call the Church Office at (570.366.0201) or [email protected]. Thank you in advance for your help!