|Evangelism Thought for the Week:|
Today we heard, Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:20-21) We share the Word of God, because it is the power of God to call people from darkness to light.
|Lent Begins With Ash Wednesday:|
This year Lent begins on March 5th, Ash Wednesday. There will be Soup and Sandwiches served at 5:30 p.m. with a free will offering designated for our 125th Anniversary Celebration. Worship with Holy Communion will be at 6:30 p.m. This year's theme is: "To the Cross and Crown" There will be a Lenten preaching rotation this year. Pastor Doletzky will be here for Ash Wednesday and one other Wednesday.
|Sunday Morning Bible Class:|
Today we begin the book of Exodus and how the LORD raised up Moses to lead his people.
Please remember that if you get Thrivent Choice Dollars they need to be designated every three months or quarterly. We are so thankful for all those who have designated your Thrivent Choice Dollars to Salem. We received $1,146.00 extra dollars in December because Thrivent doubled all the choice dollars from October. You can look at the financial numbers for the end of the year in the bulletin and see that we received over $5,000.00 this year from Thrivent Choice Dollars. We thank the Lord for the willing hearts who designated these dollars as we are getting closer to having all that we need for a new sound system.
The installation of the new sound system began last Monday and won't be complete until Wednesday. The audio loop is not working yet, the camera for recording the service has not been installed, nor are the mics and speakers fine tuned. Many have asked about having screens for showing the WELS connection or something else. We currently are borrowing between $4,000.00 and $5,000.00 internally to finish the sound system. There was not enough at this time in the sound system fund. It will cost about $7,500.00 more for the video screens. It can be done at any later date when funds would be available. After the sound system is done, we are hoping to focus on our anniversary project, the new handicap accessible doors.
On Sunday, March 9th at 3:30 p.m. We will be hosting the Wisconsin Lutheran College Choir. This 67 person choir will present a concert for all in our congregation and community. This will be a neat way to kick off Lent in our anniversary year. We will need hosts to host male or female college students. Please think about this opportunity for one evening. A sign up sheet will be out at the beginning of February. We will be serving a supper after the concert in the fellowship hall for all the students and those who will be hosting students after the concert. Please mark this special concert and opportunity on your calendar and as it gets closer please invite others from the area. There will be a free will offering to help with the expenses of the choir.
|Sign Up to Host:|
There is a sign up sheet to host members of the Wisconsin Lutheran College Choir in the back of church. Please sign up if you are able to host two or more young women, or young men. There will be at least 67 choir members. It will be chance to get to know some of our young people from around the nation and "thank" them for coming to perform a concert here.
|Meal Items and Serving:|
There is a sign up in the hallway for food items that are needed to prepare the meal for the MLC choir. Please look it over and pick an item(s) that you would be able to donate. There is also a need for people to help serve the meal to the choir. If you would be able to help, please speak to Kathy Grill as soon as possible.
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.
|Proposed Anniversary Project:|
There is a display on the table in the hall describing the proposed 125th Anniversary Project. The project is new, handicap accessible front doors. The display gives an idea of how it would look and why it would be both practical and inviting.
We are planning to go tubing in Gladstone at the ski hill on Sunday, March 2nd. Everyone is invited and you can bring friends as well. Check Radio Results for discounts. The times will be announced soon.
|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.
|Flowers for Worship:|
We all have the opportunity to supply a fresh bouquet of flowers for the altar during a worship service. Whether in celebration, memory, or just for the many blessings we have received, please sign up for a Sunday on the flower chart in the entry hall. The bouquets are $16.00 for one and $23.95 for two. Please make your check out to the Women's Evening Service Group and everything else will be taken care of for you. Please speak to Nancy Juhl if you have any questions.
Thanks to all those who have served for the fellowship after the 10:30 services. There are several Sundays available for serving in the next couple of months. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex if you would like to host on a Sunday. If you would prefer to donate money for items to be purchased, you may do so. Or if you would like to make some snacks but have someone serve them, you may do that also. Please contact Jan Baker or Cam Blakeslee if you have any questions about serving.