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10 Random Things About Me

When I was in grade school, we used to play this game called “10 random things about me.” The idea was to write down 10 things that weren’t really secrets, just things your friends didn’t know. You got one point for each random thing no one knew. Since I am new to the Salem family, I thought I would play “10 random things about me” with you.

  1. I am the oldest of two children;…

My Gospel Playlist, Part 4

Hello, everyone! I want to take this opportunity not only to present to you three more songs in this series, but also to honor the lovely lady who helps us lift our voices and praises to God, our director of worship, Mrs. Heather Lewis. Myself, Sierra, and Matthew wish you a very happy birthday! We thank you so much for your presence and love each and every week! During this pandemic, we thank you…

All About Pentecost

This Sunday is Pentecost. We celebrate the birth of the church and wear red. But when I did a search on the internet for the word Pentecost, it was interesting to me that not only the Christian celebration came up, but also the Jewish one.

According to the book “Christianity for Dummies,” (yes, not the best title, but it…

Radical Inclusion

Something happened last week in our church that stopped me in my tracks. On May 8, Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer was elected as a bishop in the Sierra Pacific ELCA synod, becoming the first openly transgender person in our country to do so in any major Christian denomination. They will serve almost 200 congregations in California and Nevada.

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/09/995271758/megan-rohrer-elected-as-1st-openly-transgender-bishop-in-u-s-lutheran-church

Transitions

Transitions are never easy. Are they? Change is often unsettling. It disrupts what is familiar and comfortable. Transitions also involve a lot of work, particularly the heavy lifting required of any move and the emotional energy that we invest in the forging of new relationships. As the unpacking, organizing, and establishing new relationships continues to unfold, the verse from Ecclesiastes 3:1…

It's Springtime

It’s springtime! The winter seemed longer this year; I imagine it snowing last week didn't help either. The flowers and trees are blooming, lawns are being cut, and seeing people outdoors is always nice.

This week’s Gospel (John 15:1-8) is about taking care of the vine and its branches and keeping it healthy by pruning, removing dead branches so it can bear more fruit. It fits this…

My Gospel Playlist, Part 3

Here are this month’s songs that have meaning to me:

  1. “Order My Steps In Your Word” by GMWA Women of Worship” (https://youtu.be/dmzCyxHIYoI)
  2. “I Just Want to Praise You” by Maurette Brown Clark (https://youtu.be/sizxR098JRQ)
  3. “More Than…

Being Fed

Sunday’s Gospel reading is the story is when the risen Christ appears to the disciples. It is shortly after he appears on the road to Emmaus, and breaks and blesses bread with those he met on the road. Then he vanishes and appears near 11 of the disciples and their companions.

At first, the disciples are frightened, feeling like they have seen a ghost. Jesus comforts them by having them…

What is Our Easter Hope?

I can’t help but compare Easter 2020 to Easter 2021, and I am feeling hopeful.

We are still the church. We worship together, in person and online. We pray for each other and are helping our neighbors. Let me give you some examples:

  • Some of you may have seen the wonderful video and pictures of Salem volunteers working with HopeBUILDERS the day before Palm Sunday: together they…

How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
— John 13:34-35

I have served about 18 months as interim pastor for Salem Lutheran Church. I was excited when I began to be working with a staff of four! I was…

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