Welcome to Salem!

Saturday, October 14, 2017


Yesterday brought the very sad news that Vance Nelson, our Handbell Choir Director, died in his sleep sometime during the morning hours. As of this writing (Friday morning) we are awaiting the details concerning funeral arrangements. Should you like to send a card to Ann, Vance’s wife, the address to use is 3231 County P, Mt. Horeb 53572. Please keep our bell choir as well as Vance’s family in your prayers.


Gather to praise God in the sanctuary this Sunday. Have in you the spirit of the psalmist who said, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’” (Ps. 122:1) The BRC will sing the wonderful hymn “It Is Well with My Soul.” Mark’s sermon will say it is well with the body, too. The current culture of body-shaming and bullying adds to the already too prevalent dissatisfaction people have about their appearance. That is the issue “Looking at Your Body in Christianity’s Mirror” will address.


Salem’s youth will gather Sunday evening from 5 to 7:30 PM. It would be wonderful to have a couple of  parents - - or perhaps nonparents! - - who could lend a hand with the meal. If you can help, please be in touch with Laura Kolden.


The BRC and Chancel Choir welcome all voices to join us as we prepare for the Advent and Christmas Seasons. The Barry Robinson Chorus rehearses on Wednesdays from 6 – 7 PM, and sings in worship on the third Sunday of each month; the Chancel Choir rehearses from 7 – 8 PM on Wednesdays, and sings in worship on the second and fourth Sunday.


Salem will again participate in the popular and important Thanksgiving Bag program supporting Badger Prairie Needs Network. Grocery bags together with a grocery list will be available as early as this Sunday. We will collect completed bags through November 12. The food pantry is following a slightly different plan this year, so the grocery list is different from the one supplied in previous years. Our goal is to gather 80 bags. Help us reach this goal. Help us reach out with the love of God.


Salem’s Nominating Committee is under way with its work. Contact Doug Smith or Harlan Hall to express your interest in serving the church in some way. The Church Council not your thing? Serving on a committee not your cup of tea? Tell us what it is you feel as though God is calling you to do. It may be something we need around here but have not thought of, and God is using you to make it happen