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A Love Story

The season of Lent has officially begun. While much of the country celebrated Valentine’s Day this past Wednesday, in the church, we also celebrated Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. I know, Valentine’s Day seems like more fun, but the truth is, Valentine’s Day, a day all about love, is a great day to also celebrate Ash Wednesday.

On Ash Wednesday, we are reminded of our own…

Real Reflections

Dear Salem Family,

Lent is just around the corner. Lent is a time for reflection.

Now, we are going to be in a very real place with this letter. I invite you to join me in the real. There are many changes happening for me in my personal and professional life, at this very moment. I am getting married in less than 20 days. I am looking for a job. I am going to have to make some…

​Strength to Serve

29As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. 32That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons.…

Honored to Serve

I was lucky enough to grow up going to church every Sunday. My dad was an Army officer and we moved every 1-3 years, so church was a place we could immediately be welcomed into a new community of friends everywhere we lived.

Interestingly, it was the years we lived farthest away that shaped my life the most. My dad was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany, for my 5th-7th grade…

A Decision to Follow

By now, I hope you have read through the letter Council sent out last Friday, January 12, 2018. If you haven’t yet had time to read it, please do so, because it is filled with information about our future and the decisions that we need to make as a congregation at our annual meeting. As you will see, your leadership has been forced to make some very tough decisions, such as eliminating…

​You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!

John 1:43-51

43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 46Nathanael said to him, “Can…

Not Prepared

Dear Salem Family,

We’ve talked a lot the last few weeks about waiting. Advent is the season of waiting. And as I wrote before, I’m no good at that. And apparently, I’m finding out, I’m also not great at — BAM — it’s here! Now, what do I mean by that? I mean, we wait and wait and wait and then all of sudden, what we were waiting for is here. It’s days away. It’s happening…

​They Knew He Was Coming

I have to admit, I’m pretty familiar with this week’s scripture because I’ve read it to my kids out of the big Spark Bible they were given at age 3. Otherwise it’s not really one of the big stories — when Jesus is consecrated at the temple as a baby— but I assume it’s included in the children’s Bible since it’s one of the rare stories of Jesus as a child. And really, it’s the…

Faith, Obedience, and Generosity …

I honestly cannot believe it is only a couple of days before Christmas. Christmas always sneaks up on me, and I never seem to be quite ready for it. As we learned this Advent season, though, the promise God makes to us to come and be with us will happen whether we are ready, or not.

This Sunday, December 24, when we gather in the morning for our Advent 4 worship service, we will not…

Waiting and Seeking

Dear Salem Family,

The season of Advent is about waiting and seeking. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty horrible at waiting. I’d like to think I’m good about seeking, or at least observing. But, like a lot of people, sometimes I need to be knocked over the head with something before I realize what’s happening.

I read this today and it spoke to me, so I wanted to share…

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