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Update for Salem June 19, 2020
Dear brothers and sisters in God’s Family at Salem,
I continue to pray you are all doing well. Every day I pray the Lord keeps each and every one of you safe and healthy. Please continue to pray for each other.
Once again we will have our streaming service at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 21st. Please note the different time for the stream only for this weekend. This is because we have three services this Sunday due to social distancing requirements. Please check our website, www.salemescanaba.org for a link to the streaming.
Last Sunday we had a Voters’ meeting after late worship on Sunday, June 14th to discuss and vote on getting an air sanitizing system in the sanctuary and hallways that would eliminate 99.9% of all bacteria, viruses, mold, mildew, and allergens in the air and on surfaces so that our people would be able to meet much more safely and greatly reduce the risk of anyone spreading any virus, especially as we would continue to keep some social distancing. Such a system would allow us to reduce some precautions and would allow us to sing in worship. The Voters’ voted to go forward with this system. Since there is a backlog from the seller, it will be at least 4-6 weeks before we get the units, and then they will need to be installed. We will send out word, once the system is installed and we have a safe environment for worship.
This weekend, June 21st in addition to being Father’s day, will be Confirmation Day this year. Since we still will have to follow social distancing, and we know at least 52 people will be attending for the families of the confirmands, we will be having THREE WORSHIP SERVICES on June 21st. We will have 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m and 10:45 a.m. We encourage everyone to come either to 8 a.m. or 9:15 a.m. This is so the families can all attend the confirmation service with social distancing and we wouldn’t have to move people too close to others or ask people to sit in the hall or fellowship hall. This year’s confirmands are Anna Boutilier, Nate Lanaville, Austin Solis, and Adria Vogel. A table will be out on the 21st. for gifts or cards for the confirmands this year, since there is no special fellowship this year. The confirmation service will be streamed.
MONDAY evening worship will begin this Monday at 6:30 p.m. There will not be any music until we can sing again.
If you are admitted to the hospital, I am now able to visit if you request or let me know. So please let me know if you or a loved one would appreciate God’s Word and the Sacrament.
Your shepherd, under the Good Shepherd,
Pastor Paul Doletzky
Pastor Doletzky welcomes you to come and hear and learn and grow. Do you have questions about God, life, eternity, what your purpose is, where is there strength and help for each day? Pastor Doletzky would be happy to meet with you and encourage you and equip you to face life with confidence and peace. You are always welcome to set up an appointment, join a Bible Class, attend a worship service, or just give him a phone call. His contact information is below. You are always welcome to grow here at Salem.
A Little Bit Of History on our Church
Though it’s roots are from a German background that served primarily German speaking immigrants settling in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. As English became the language of the nation and the area, English officially was adopted in 1922 in worship and instructions. The name of the congregation was changed also to its current name, Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church. Salem comes from the Hebrew word for peace.
For many years Salem was located at 502 S. 12th St. and the intersection of 4th Ave. South. They broke ground for a new facility at 615 S. 30th St. on September 9th, 1980. This is where we are currently located. Our current facility is much larger than the old facility and all areas of the building are handicap accessible.