Church News


Salem’s Handbell Choir, The God Squad, is currently practicing for their “spring ring” on (Mother’s Day) Sunday, May 9th, 2021. The God Squad Handbell performance will be in person and live-streamed online! Join us at either worship service (8:45 AM / 10:45 AM) on Sunday, May 9th, 2021 to hear our handbells perform. We are incredibly fortunate to have a handbell choir here at Salem UMC.

Thank you for supporting our handbell choir. (The God Squad Director: Allison Wagner. The God Squad from Lowest Bell to Highest Bell: Pamela Setlock, Karen Travor, Debbie Shepler, Barbara Stein, Anna Wagner, Sarah Allison, Tracey Holler, Kathy Myers, Molly Spencer, Bonnie Coover, Terri Schneider.)


We will recognize our graduates on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at both morning worship services. We need your HELP! Please send in the names of any 2021 graduates to the Church Office. We will recognize all graduates within the community should their name(s) be submitted.  Email graduate names to [email protected] by April 30th. Please include your graduate’s full name, the school they are graduating from, graduation date/degree, and any of their future college plans or job plans. We will announce our graduates and their accomplishments during both morning worship services on Sunday, May 16th, 2021. Congratulations graduates!


We are now meeting as a group, in person or on Zoom, on the 3rd Monday of the month to share stories about Salem’s ministries and brainstorm ways we can continue our community outreach ministries in our “new normal.” This past Monday we heard from Sarah Allison, who heads up our Welcome Home Ministry for families with new babies by showering them with meals and baby gifts for the new arrival’s first few weeks home. In March we will hear about the Scripture Coloring Ministry, now in its third year, at Cake Pros on Wednesday mornings.

Our goal is to plan a welcoming presence at as many of the Town Square events and local festivals and craft fairs as we can in 2021, as well as to assist in the planning and execution of the outreach events held at Salem, like the Block Party and our other seasonal family events.

If you have an idea about how to share the love of Christ with others, especially to those new to our church or the “un-churched” living in our community, please join us on Monday evening, March 15, at 7 PM. Find out how you can get support for a new mission or ministry idea of your own, or join in one already working to transform lives through Christ. Information for Zoom will be in the bulletin the week prior to the meeting in case we cannot meet in person at the church. Contact Christ Servant Minister, Brenda Binns by emailing her at ([email protected]) at any time for ideas for Welcoming and Outreach ministries at Salem.