Church News


Would you like to know more about what we believe as United Methodist Christians? Do you want to learn more about what God is doing in and through Salem UMC?  Have you wondered what it means to be Methodist?  Are you interested in growing in your faith?

You are invited to take part in a New Member/Inquirer Class where we will explore each of these questions. The class will be held on Sunday February 23, 12:15-2:30 pm.  While the class is directed toward new folks who are considering membership here at Salem UMC, anyone is welcome to participate in this class. 

Please contact Pastor Warner at the church [email protected] to sign-up for the class.



We will have an initial set up meeting for VBS 2020 on Sunday January 12, 2020 right after second service at  12 noon. The purpose of the meeting is to assign leaders to specific sections. We will once again do a TEAM approach for VBS. WE NEED YOU!! If you would like to be part of VBS 2020, please come.

The theme is “Knights of North Castle”. Please contact the church office with any questions about joining TEAM VBS. You must have all  required background clearances to participate as a volunteer in Team VBS. You may contact the Office for more information regarding background clearances. Thank you!


We have the opportunity to attend a VBS workshop put on by a local church. The date for this workshop is Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 9 am to 12:30 PM at West Greentree Church of the Brethren in Mount Joy, PA. It is a little over an hour drive away and people can car pool for the event. The workshop will give us a chance to network and get ideas on how this year’s VBS theme will work. Please  contact Barb Stein or Pastor Stew if you would like to attend. We can register up to 10 people for the morning, so make sure to reserve your spot for this workshop! Also let us know if you would like to car pool to the workshop.


Welcome Children’s Time beginning Sunday, March 1st, 2020.  Children’s Time will replace the old Children’s Sunday School we had at 10 am between services.  Sunday School will no longer be offered after March 1st, 2020. We are launching a new special time for children during worship each Sunday.  Children’s Time will begin with the Children’s Sermon introducing the theme for the week. Then children will go downstairs for an interactive and exciting Bible lesson, led by two volunteers while adults continue to worship upstairs. Parents can pick up their children immediately following the end of worship.   Children’s Time will be offered during both 8:45 and 10:45 worship for children ages toddler through 5th grade.  There will be separate groups if kids are both younger and older.  Join us and bring a friend!


Lent begins on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 as we celebrate Ash Wednesday.  Be sure to watch for service announcements here and in future bulletin & newsletter updates for our full Lenten schedule coming soon. We hope to see you!

Community Lenten Supper and Worship 
ThemeFreedom in Christ: A walk through the book of Galatians

Lenten Wednesday’s Schedule 6 PM – Dinner,  7 PM – Worship
Date:  Host Church / Guest Preacher / Dinner / Service 

  • Covenant UMC, Schuylkill Haven, Rev. Bill Parrish
    215 E Main St, Schuylkill Haven, 17972   (570-385-1994)
  • First UMC, Schuylkill Haven, Rev. Dr. Chris Fisher
    420 Saylor St, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972  (570-385-3941)
  • Salem UMC, Orwigsburg, Rev. Steward Warner
    133 S. Liberty St, Orwigsburg, PA 17972  (570-366-0201)
  • St. John’s UCC, Orwigsburg, Mrs. Kay Jones
    232 E Market St, Orwigsburg, PA 17961   (570-366-2255)
  • St Paul’s Lutheran, Rev. Mike Petresky
    215 N Warren St, Orwigsburg, PA 17961  (570-366-2316)
  • Welcome UMC, Landingville, Pastor Tim Christman
    107 Main St, Landingville, PA 17972   (570-366-7764)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020Ash Wednesday / Each church will be on their own for this worship. 
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020 – St. John’s UCC / Rev. Chris Fisher/6 PM – Dinner,  7 PM – Worship
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – Welcome UMC / Rev. Bill Parrish /6 PM – Dinner,  7 PM – Worship
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – Covenant UMC Mrs. Kay Jones /6 PM – Dinner,  7 PM – Worship
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – First UMC / Rev. Steward Warner / 6 PM – Dinner,  7 PM – Worship
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020 – Salem UMC / Rev. Mike Petresky/6 PM – Dinner,  7 PM – Worship


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!


Leadership has set a goal for 2020 to upgrade our video and sound equipment in the church.  Our current equipment is more than 10 years old and is in need of updating.  We are looking to form a team of  tech-savvy folks to help us review and upgrade our equipment.  Please contact Pastor Warner by emailing him at [email protected] if you would like to help and be a part of this team. Thank you in advance for helping the church upgrade our equipment.