Welcome to Salem!

Saturday, December 9, 2017


Mark’s sermon theme this Sunday is God’s Word of Advent Hope to a Broken Nation. The Chancel Choir will offer music, and Holy Communion will be served.


There will be a time for decorating gingerbread houses this Sunday, beginning at 1 PM. Cindy Remus is organizing the event, and she will be able to answer any questions you may have.


Join us for a time of Christmas caroling Sunday. Meet at the church at 4 PM and try to leave promptly so we can make all the stops on our list. We will only have about an hour availableto us for singing and driving. After our round of singing, please plan to be our guests for supper at Pizza Ranch. If possible, bring a dozen cookies with you, for we divide them into plates be left as gifts to the people to whom we go a-caroling.


The men’s group will meet Thursday, December 14, at 6:30 PM. This month’s meeting is at the home of Kevin Booth. For directions to Kevin’s house, please contact the church office.


“A Contemporary Christmas,” our 2017 Christmas program, featuring the children of the Sunday School and music from some of our choirs, will be held at 3 PM on Sunday, December 17. This annual program is one of the highlights of our year, and you will not want to miss it.


There will be a special congregational meeting after worship on Sunday, December 17. The purpose of the meeting will be to decide on a proposed renovation project for our church kitchen. See the plan on display on an easel in fellowship hall. Members of the kitchen committee can field any questions you may have. The members are Gary Aebly, Cara Bahr, Judy Hansen, Steve Sundby, Paul and Rosemarie Wieland, Karen Williams, Sherrol Yurs, and Gladean Zurbuchen. Doug Smith, who is currently away in New Zealand, also served on the committee.


The Mission Committee is collecting diapers and wipes this Advent season. You can place your gifts in the manger by the altar in the chancel. Our humble gifts will be donated to the Badger Prairie Needs Network in honor of the newborn King, who brings hope, joy, love, and peace. Larger sized diapers are especially needed.


The Crossing is asking for volunteers to help on Thursday, December 14, with its annual pancake breakfast for students preparing for finals. Some folks from Salem are signed up to help, but a few more are needed. The hours are between 9 and noon. There are shifts as short as an hour or as long as three, and volunteers are free to sign up for the length they prefer. Contact Laura Kolden by email at lkolden@salemchurchverona.org if you have interest.


Please look for the calendar on the kiosk in the fellowship hall to sign up to serve either as a welcomer some Sunday morning or a fellowship hour host. Welcomers are part of a team of four. The greet people at the door, distribute worship bulletins, collect the offering, and are available to answer questions worshipers may have. Fellowship hour hosts provide light refreshments following worship. Both these services are important pieces of our church’s ministry of hospitality and help us reach out to all with the love of God. 


One of our members shares this “Glimpse of God.” She reports she had a problem she had not shared with anyone. But the solution to her problem came to her as a result of a chance meeting with someone. The chance meeting occurred because all kinds of improbable intersections happened, bringing together what had no likelihood of coming together. Was this a chance meeting, or was it a glimpse of God?