8 am EARLY WORSHIP Service
10 am TRADITIONAL Service
11:30 am ALTERNATIVE Service

9 am Classes for all Ages

Announcements for Sunday, December 16, 2018

Prayer of Preparation

 Eternal God, you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for the coming of your Son. Grant us the wisdom to see your purpose and openness to hear your will, that we too may prepare the way for Christ who is coming in power and glory to establish his kingdom of peace and justice; through Jesus Christ our Judge and our Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.

Reprinted by permission from Book of Common Worship, © 1993 Westminster/John Knox Press.

WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP SERVICE—Is this your first time at Salem?  If so, welcome. We’re so glad to have you with us.  If you’d like for us to get to know you better you can use a connection card located in the seat pocket in front of you and drop it in the offering plate later in the service. Also, be sure to stop at the narthex on your way out for a gift from us. Thank you for coming!

TODAY’S SPECIAL BULLETINS are given in by Barb and Al Nussmeier in celebration of their wedding anniversary.

TODAY IS THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT.   Advent is a season of preparation for Christmas.  During these four Sundays Christians remember the long process God used to prepare his people for the coming of the savior.  We are reminded that the true meaning of Christmas comes only to those whose hearts have been made ready.

ADVENT BIBLE STUDY – Join us Tuesday, December 18th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in the adult Sunday school room as we finish our 3-session in-depth study of birth narratives.

THERE WILL BE NO 11:30am SERVICES DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER.  The praise band will be playing at the 10:00am services along with the traditional choir music.

ECHO ARTICLES ARE DUE on Monday, December 17th.

CHRISTMAS EVE — WE WILL HAVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICES AT 5:00pm & 7:00pm Once more we are offering 2 Christmas Eve services. Both will include the singing of carols, the reading of the Christmas story, sharing in the Lord’s supper, and the symbolic passing of the light of Christ.  The Salem Sanctuary Choir will be singing at the 7pm service and special music will be featured at the 5pm.  We look forward to sharing with you the celebration of the birth of our Lord.  Special Music is needed for the 5pm Service – please contact the church office if you would like to do special music.  Thank you.

POINSETTIA PLANTS may be picked up after the 7:00pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service if you purchased one.

THE CHURCH OFFICE will be closed on Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th for the Christmas holiday.

REMINDER:  THERE WILL BE NO SENIOR CENTER, CHOIR REHEARSAL, OR PRAYER GROUP on Wednesday, December 26th due to the Christmas holiday.

THE SENIOR YOUTH will have a lock-in at the church on the night of December 28th to the morning of December 29th.

THE SECRET SISTER BRUNCH will be held on Saturday, January 5th at 9:00am at the home of   Kimbra Parker, 4640 Huntington Place.  Secret Sisters should bring a final gift and a fresh fruit or a can of fruit to share in our Secret Sister fruit salad.  Please RSVP Kimbra at 812-499-0609 or kimbraparker@wowway.com by December 28th.

THE JUNIOR YOUTH WILL BE COLLECTING HATS AND MITTENS for children in need this year.  The collection will start on December 2nd, and the tree to place your donations is located near the elevator in the Fellowship Hall.  Sizes requested range from preschool through adult.  These will be distributed to school kids in need within the local EVSC.  The last day for collection will be December 23rd.  If you have any questions, please contact Kimbra Parker at 812-499-0609.

NOTICE ABOUT YOUR 2019 GIVING ENVELOPES:  Each of you or each family should have        received your 2019 tithing envelopes by now.  Please note: some of the boxes of envelopes were destroyed in the mail and had to be reordered.  If you have not received your envelopes yet, please come to the church office to see if your box is on the table.  If it is not in the office or if you have any questions at all, please call Lori Feil at 812-202-1063 or e-mail at salemdarmacct@gmail.com.  Thank you!

ALL TREASURER’S AND SECRETARY’S YEAR END REPORTS must be turned in to the church office by Wednesday, January 2nd – and anything sooner will be greatly appreciated.  This includes ALL of Salem’s organizations.  This will help me get the year end reports ready to be handed out as soon as possible so that they can be taken home for your review in plenty of time for the annual congregational meeting.  You may email them to salemdarmstadt@gmail.com, or place them in the secretary’s church mailbox.  Thanks!

LOST AND FOUND — A women’s ring was found in the parking lot last month.  If you’ve lost one, please call or stop by the church office to see if it’s yours.

SALEM CHURCH IS COLLECTING ITEMS for the Christian Life Center.  The items for December are peanut butter and jelly.  There is a collection box at the entrance to the Fellowship Hall.


70th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION:  Everyone is invited to share in the celebration of the 70th Wedding Anniversary for Donald and Sylvia Gross following 10:00AM worship on Sunday, December 30th.  Please join Don and Sylvia in the fellowship hall.  Cake and ice cream will be served.  No gifts please.


Advent Bible Study

ADVENT BIBLE STUDY – Join us each Tuesday in the weeks leading up to Christmas beginning      December 4th, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, in the adult Sunday school room.  Pastor David will be leading a 3 session in-depth study of birth narratives in Matthew and Luke’s gospels.  

Senior Citizens Program

Seniors from throughout the community meet each Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. in the Salem Fellowship Hall. The program begins with a chair exercise group beginning at 9:00 a.m. The exercises are geared for the senior population and are set to be done at your own pace. No special equipment is needed. At…

Pastor’s Bible Study

Currently, we’re doing an in-depth study of the biblical book of beginnings, Genesis.

Prayer Group

You are invited to the join the group at any time simply by coming to the church at 6:30 pm on Wednesday.  We meet in the adult Sunday School room, downstairs in the old Salem parish hall. The Wednesday prayer group meets every week to pray for the needs of the church and all the…

10 am TRADITIONAL Service

Salem’s classic traditional worship service, featuring organ music and a choir. Experience worship as it has been done for generations.

9 am Sunday School Classes – All Ages

Sunday school classes are available for all ages from Toddler (ages 2-3) through Adult. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until 9:45 a.m.  Each classroom follows a Bible-based curriculum specifically geared for that age group. Safe Church Policy Salem has instituted a safe church policy in order to create a safe environment in…