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LENT 2021: HOPE IN DIFFICULT TIMES

Click the dates listed to view our Sunday Lenten Services. Worship recordings will be available after they are livestreamed and uploaded the following week. You can view Sunday morning worship live on Facebook at 8:45 AM or 10:45 AM. Gather with us via Zoom each Wednesday of Lent for a time of reflection and prayer. The women’s Bible Study has put together devotions for Lent. This project was coordinated by Brenda Binns and began with the women’s Bible Study but expanded beyond their group, to include both men and women. Five of these Lenten devotions will be shared on Wednesdays of Lent with a different message each week followed by a brief discussion/sharing and prayer time. This is in place of the Lenten Community worship we typically have each year.  Lenten Wednesday Worship Schedule: 

Lenten Series 2021 – Hope in Difficult Times

 

 2/17 (Ash Wed)

Elijah

1 Kings 19:1-10

2/21 (Lent 1)

Joshua

Joshua 7:1-10

2/28 (Lent 2)

Esther

Esther 4:10-17

3/7 (Lent 3)

David

1 Samuel 19:1-10

3/14 (Lent 4)

Paul

Acts 21:27-36

3/21 (Lent 5)

Deborah

Judges 4:1-9

3/28 (Palm Sun)

Daniel

Daniel 1:1-8, 11-16

4/4 (Easter)

Peter

Luke 22:52-62

LENTEN DEVOTIONALS

Cover Art: Marguerite Guers Editors: Salem Women’s Group Publisher: Brenda Binns

DEVOTIONS FROM THE HEART (LENT 2021)

The members of Salem’s Women’s Small Group, with some help from family and friends, have prepared a devotional booklet to read during Lent. There are two or three readings, with Bible verses and prayers for each of the seven weeks of Lent. Devotions will be based on the weekly readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. Each contributor chose the passages for their devotions from the list of daily readings published for the United Methodist Church by the Vanderbilt Library.

Devotions are available in the traditional booklet form and may be picked up in the church lobby. Please call or email the office (570)-366-0201 or [email protected] if you have need printed booklets for yourself or others. Pastor Warner will videotape five of the pieces for use during the online Wednesday Lenten service. This is in place of the Lenten Community worship we typically have each year. You can view this week’s lenten worships and devotionals below. Or download the complete “Devotions from the Heart of Salem” Booklet. Thank you!

View This Week’s Devotion

View Devotions Booklet

SOUP AND BAKE SALE FUNDRAISER

Salem’s annual fundraiser “Soup & Bake Sale” is scheduled for February 20, from 9 am – 12 noon, on the porch of the church office. This fundraiser helps support the block party and other free community programs and missions. We’re looking for cooks to make the soup and baked goods, and for a few volunteers to man the sale on the 20th. Due to Covid-19, we are planning on doing the sale outside on the porch, instead of inside the church as we have done in the past. Please use the link below to sign up online for donating soup and/or baked goods. There are also sign up sheets on a clipboard in the church lobby. Please call or email Sharon Booher if you can volunteer to help us sell the goodies on February 20th.  Be sure to tell your friends and neighbors about the sale. The funds raised from this sale help us share Christ’s love with our community and beyond.

Click here to sign up: 2021 Soup.doc to make soup/baked goods for Salem’s annual fundraiser “Soup & Bake Sale”

Sharon Booher Contact Information
570-617-6993 or [email protected]

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP WORK SALE
9 AM – 10:30 AM AND 10:30 AM – 12 NOON

Women’s Group to Use North District Study for Lent 2021

On February 18, the Thursday morning women’s group will begin a new study, Character Matters, produced by the North District.  The videos for each session will be introduced by Rev. Steve Morton followed by a presentation by one of our district’s elders.

“This brand new study for the Season of Lent 2021, Character Matters, flows from the language of Proverbs 6:16-19. Study participants will journey through the “seven things the Lord hates,” moving each student toward a confession of the sinful practice/tendency… and challenging disciples toward a personal and corporate character that is far more holy! Intended to begin the week of Ash Wednesday, this study in seven sessions addresses the “seven things the Lord hates.” Session eight of the curriculum is a post-Easter word of encouragement from Bishop Peggy Johnson.” Excerpt from the North District Newsletter

Each week a volunteer facilitator from the group will introduce the theme and, following the video, lead the group in a discussion about the day’s Scripture and theme.  Facilitators include Brenda Binns, Sharon Booher, Pat Foster, Rose Galuska, and Debbie Shepler.

This study was chosen because of the timely themes as well as for the ease with which the group can switch from an in-person to a ZOOM format.  All the videos can be viewed by the participants from an online link should either the weather or the pandemic dictate that the group cannot meet in person for any or all of the scheduled lessons.  The study will continue through the week following Easter.  The Women’s Group meets on Thursday mornings from 10 to 11 am in the church hall.  Any woman in the church or community is welcome to join the group, and there is no fee for this study.  

Therefore, go…. Welcoming/Outreach Committee Meeting Seeking Ideas

Anticipating that we will be easing back into community activities during the spring and summer of 2021, the Welcoming/Outreach Committee will meet on Monday, February 21 at 7 PM.  We will be looking at how Salem can carry out meaningful community missions and ministries as we enter a “new normal.”

While some of the activities we have done in the past, like face painting on the Square, may not be feasible, other outreach programs and ministries may be safely substituted or adapted so that we retain our presence in the community, and fulfill our mission of Transforming Lives through by showing Christ’s love to others. An example of a new outreach is the “Freezer Ministry” that grew out of Kathy Schaeffer’s passion for cooking and Salem’s commitment to feeding families in need from the meals stored in the freezer. We have a Welcome Home ministry for families with new babies, but we also started providing meals for shut-ins and those in need of food.

The OBPA is planning to resume monthly activities on the square, and a drone flying contest has been added to the July kite festival for this year, and Salem can have a presence at each event.  Both the egg hunt and Halloween activities were transformed into covid-safe events for the community, with the BOO! serving our largest number of children to date for any activity.

If you have participated in a food ministry in the past, helped with an egg hunt, block party, the BOO! or advent workshop, we need your thoughts and ideas.  If you are feeling called to reach out to others in some new way, we need your input! Matthew 28:18-21

We will meet in person – and probably on ZOOM as well, at 7 PM on Monday evening, February 22, in the social hall. Everyone is invited – teens and tweens included! –  who has a passion for taking Jesus outside the walls, or for making Salem a place where all are welcome. If you want the agenda for the meeting and a ZOOM connection, or if you have ideas to share and can’t make the meeting, please call Hayley at the office (570-366-0201) or email Brenda ([email protected]) or Sharon ([email protected]).                        

2020 REFLECTION… Mission and Ministry Continues!

Our congregation has a Mission and Ministry Fund to provide help and support to people and our community. These Mission and Ministry Funds are used as a Pastor’s Discretionary Fund. Even though 2020 was challenging we did not let this pandemic slow our mission! Our congregation has been very generous in giving to this fund in 2020, more than in previous years. We give thanks how your kindness helped continue to help our community. Below is a list of ways we were able share the love of Jesus Christ in 2020.

  • $2,000 – toward the Orwigsburg Food Bank, in addition to… $5,000 given by Team Orwigsburg Mission Team
  • $1,500 – toward Bishop appeal to help four Christian UMC  summer camps struggling from Covid-19 closures
  • $500 – toward helping Gilberton churches with flood relief
  • $500 – toward the Orwigsburg Area Free Public Library
  • $250 – toward gifts to our High School & College graduates
  • $867 – toward helping 3 families with heat/electric/other relief