The Lord is my light and my salvation... Psalm 27:1

Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church - Escanaba, Michigan

   Worship - 8:00 am
   Bible Class - 9:15 am
   Worship - 10:30 am
   Fellowship - 11:45 am
Worship - 6:30 pm
   Bible Class - 10:00 am

This Week


We welcome our guests in the Name of our Risen Savior. We are glad to have you worship with us.

Pentecost 8

August 03, 2014

First Lesson: Isa 55:10,11 Second Lesson: Ro 8:18-25
Psalm: 65 Gospel: Mt 13:1-9,18-23

Evangelism Thought for the Week:

The Lord told the Apostle Paul, "I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me." (Acts 26:17-18) We have been given the same message to turn people from Satan to God. Learn and share the message of Jesus, invite children and families to our VBS and Family Fun Day.

Special Mission Speaker:

On Sunday, July 27th, we will have a special speaker at both the 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. services. Pastor Arno Wolfgram, who has been helping his son in Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia, will be our guest speaker and presenter. He will have a special presentation during the Bible Class hour as well. We will have a special free will offering that Sunday for missions.

VBS Begins Monday:

This year's Vacation Bible School will be from Monday, July 28th through Thursday, July 31st with Family Fun Day on Sunday, August 3rd. Please set these dates aside and invite all who can come. This year's theme is: Gangway to Galilee: Amazing Grace Adventures. Times are from 6 to 8 p.m. with registration beginning at 5:30 p.m. All children preschool through 6th grades are welcome. Parents are welcome to stay if they would like, but it is not necessary unless you have a child that is real young and unsure of being in a group without a parent there.

Family Fun Day:

We will have the children sing their VBS songs at late worship next Sunday. After late worship everyone and their families and friends are welcome for food, fun, and activities outside behind the church. Please bring a guest or guests. Also if you like, dress casually for outdoor weather.

Setup For Family Fun Day:

We need volunteers, especially men to move tables, as we set up for our family fun day. Please meet Saturday, August 2nd at 10 a.m. The more we get, the more work we get done. Thank you so very much!

Pie Contest:

Next Sunday is our Family Fun Day here at Salem. All are invited and welcome. There will be free food, games, and activities for the kids. We continue to have a pie contest. Please bring your pies and they will be enjoyed by all.

Voters' Meeting:

The July Voters' Meeting was last Tuesday. The Voters' decided to go forward with the Anniversary Project of installing new doors on the outside of church as well as in the breezeway. The congregation is going to be taking out a loan so that the project can get done by the time of our Anniversary. The doors will have a button to push for those who may use a wheelchair or walker. The other reports are out on the cabinet in the hall. If you have any questions please ask our chairman, Todd Chouinard, or Pastor.

Attention Salem Teens:

All teens are invited for an afternoon of kayaking and swimming on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. We will provide the kayaks and life jackets. We will leave church at 11:30 a.m. and return by 4 p.m. We will have hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and Smores. Come and join us for an afternoon of fun and fellowship!

Please RSVP to Janice Gayan, 789-9096 or 280-0907 or by Sunday, August 17th.

Your Favorite Hymns:

This is the last weekend to turn in your sheets that list your favorite hymns. There is a gold sheet of paper on the cabinet in the hall for you to use.

Sunday Morning Bible Class:

Today we will have a presentation by Pastor Wolfgram on our mission work in Russia. Next week there is no Sunday Bible Class because of Family Fun Day.

Thursday Evening Bible Class:

There is no Thursday Bible Class on July 17th.

Special Choir For Anniversary Celebration:

A choir is being assembled to sing for our 125th Anniversary Service. Rehearsals will begin some time the second week of August. If you are interested in participating please see Carrie and let her know by July 27. A rehearsal schedule will be made when it is clear how many will be participating and in an effort to accommodate everyone's schedules. See Carrie with any questions. (786-7529,

Sound System:

The last bill for the sound system came and all that we have still to pay on it from funds we borrowed internally is $353.00. We thank the Lord for all the gifts that have been received in the past couple of years. May we rejoice in the blessings of our new sound system and work together to finish paying off this project that so many have said helps them hear in worship.

There is an audio loop installed with our new sound system. For all those who use hearing aids, please set them to the "T" setting for T-coil or telephone. This will help you focus on what is being said or read. If you don't have the T-coil setting, please speak to your audiologist. All newer hearing aids have it, but some need a software upgrade.

Anniversary Pictures:

We are looking for pictures from different events that have happened here at Salem over the years, especially pictures that were from the time of the old church. If you have such pictures, please label them as yours so that you can get them back, and please give them to Bob Chaillier who is in charge of putting together a video presentation of these pictures from our past for our Anniversary.

Anniversary Display:

As we prepare to celebrate our 125th Anniversary on September 21st, (Please set that day aside) we want to set up a historic display of items from Salem's history in addition to what is in the hall. So if you have old photos, bulletins, books (Sunday School, Catechism, hymnals, etc.) or anything else that is historic and connected to Salem, please contact Cam Blakeslee who will be in charge of our display. All items will be returned to their owners.


We still have cookbooks for purchase. They are now on the counter in the hallway under the Christian cards. Please see Kathy Grill if you have any questions.

Interested in Salem:

If you know someone that is interested in learning more about Salem, please give the contact information to our Evangelism Chairman, or Pastor Doletzky.

Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church
615 South 30th Street
Escanaba, MI 49829
(906) 786-0363

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Pastor Paul Doletzky