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Staff Trax

The Potholes of Life

Dear Mission Partners,

The news that Salem must find a new worship space effective Aug. 1 came as a shock to many of us. And while disappointing, the sense of urgency triggered by the impending end of our current building use agreement with Central Seminary has required us to pursue new opportunities and possibilities for ministry and mission moving forward. The active participation of so…

Keep Blooming Where You’re Planted

Confession: Sometimes I run out of time (or ideas) for my Staff Trax and go back to previous years to get inspiration. I’ve been reading through my writings from 2020 and was struck by what I wrote after our 135th anniversary celebration, which was also our last worship service in our old location. During the service we read a litany of thanksgiving, which did talk a little about buildings,…

A Father’s Role

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18. The role of a father originated with God, our Heavenly Father, and is both a role and a calling. It is an important one to love and care for children as God loves and cares for us.

Just as we look at God as our protector, we look at our father the same way.…

A Healing Touch

While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, for…

Giving Thanks

Giving thanks is what I do throughout my day, in my morning prayers as well as before I go to bed.

I thank the Lord for all He has given me — my health, my shelter, a loving family, friends ... the list goes on.

God has answered many prayers for me throughout my life and throughout each day. And He helps me get through my day.

Take a moment each day to thank our Lord…