|Our Guest Preacher:|
Our guest preacher today is Pastor Ethan Cherney. Pastor Cherney serves at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Please welcome him and his wife, Laura, and their family. It is a joy to have them with us and we pray the Lord bless him and his family and his service here this morning.
|Evangelism Thought for the Week:|
The Lord Jesus tells us, "Do not be afraid of them" (Matthew 10:26). Sometimes the biggest thing that keeps us from telling others about Jesus is fear. But Jesus drives out our fears and equips us to tell all to repent and believe the good news.
|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 is Coming:|
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 to come. This year's theme is: Gangway to Galilee: Amazing Grace Adventures. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Jake Bruce our evangelism chairman.
If you can help with VBS snacks by providing an item or two, it would be very much appreciated. There is a list on the table where you can sign up. Also, if you are able to help serve snacks for one or more of the sessions, please indicate that. Thank you!
|Your Favorite Hymns:|
Please help us compile a list of the favorite hymns of our members for our 125th Anniversary. There is a gold sheet of paper on the cabinet in the hall where you can list your favorite three hymns. As we rank them, your number 1 pick will hold more weight than your second or third picks, but they will all be used and Lord-willing will be used in worship beginning in September through the end of the year if possible. Please turn your selections in by June 30th.
|Sunday Morning Bible Class:|
Today Pastor Cherney will lead our Bible Class.
|Thursday Evening Bible Class:|
There is no Thursday Bible Class on July 17th.
In the newsletter for June-August, there was a list of all the leaders of the different groups in Salem. There were two youth leader names left off inadvertently. Apologies to Diane Johnson and Jake Bruce. We are all blessed to have 4 volunteers leading Salem's Youth Group. They are Janice Gayan, Julie Moker, Diane Johnson, and Jake Bruce. If you should need to contact any of them, please check the church directory for their phone numbers.
|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, carriedoletzky@Hotmail.com)
The last bill for the sound system came and all that we have still to pay on it from funds we borrowed internally is $560.00. 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.
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.
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. There is also a color handout for anyone who would like.
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.
|Old Confirmation Pictures:|
Pastor Doletzky received 4 confirmation pictures from the time of Pastor Leonard Kaspar. He served from July 9, 1899 until January 1910. The pictures are not labeled. If you might have some relatives that might have been confirmed during those years and could help identify anyone in those pictures, it would be greatly appreciated. The pictures will be out in the hall on a table. Please handle them carefully and let Pastor know if you can identify any of those in the pictures. Thank you.
|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 Mary Ann Thorsen 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 Kathy Grill or Cam Blakeslee if you have any questions about serving.