Announcements for Sunday, November 1, 2020
Prayer of Preparation
Eternal God, we bless you for the great company of all those who have kept the faith, finished their race, and who now rest from their labor. We praise you for those dear to us whom we name in our hearts before you. Especially we thank you for those we remember this day, whom you have now received into your presence. Help us to believe where we have not seen, trusting you to lead us through our years. Bring us at last with all your saints into the joy of your home, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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 in the Narthex. 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 memory of Bob Akin by Vanessa, Margie, Lauren, Chris, Lucas, and Vivian.
WELCOME TO COMMUNION—Regardless of church affiliation, we welcome all baptized Christians who have professed their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation to receive Holy Communion with us. Pre-packaged communion is available in the Narthex.
TODAY IS MEMORIAL SUNDAY. Memorial Sunday was established in 1816 by the Prussian Emperor Fredrick William III as a day to remember that nation’s soldiers who had died in the Prussian War. It became an important observance in the Evangelical Church in Prussia as a day to remember not only the war dead, but also church members who had died in the year that had past. Today, as we remember those who have died, we also remember Christ’s promise that though we die, yet shall we live (John 11:25).
THE BOARD OF CHRISTIAN ED will meet TODAY, November 1st at 12:45pm.
THERE WILL BE NO SENIOR CENTER OR WOMEN’S GUILD MEETING IN NOVEMBER OR DECEMBER.
CONFIRMATION PHOTOS are available in the Narthex for the families who ordered them.
NEW LISTENING OPTION FOR OUR INDOOR/OUTDOOR SERVICE at 8:00am on Sunday mornings. If you would like to park your car at the far end of the lot by the cemetery, you can tune your radio to 87.9FM and listen to the service. Or you can still bring your lawn chair to the west end of the Fellowship Hall by the cemetery and sit apart outside. The Fellowship Hall is also open for those who feel comfortable sitting inside. Pastor David conducts the service in the doorway between the two groups.
THE SALEM YOUTUBE CHANNEL is a quick and easy way to view all of our recent 10am worship services, as well as Pastor David’s Thursday night Bible studies. The web address is https://www.youtube.com/user/salemdarmstadt, and if you click on the Videos link, you can access all recent service and Bible study videos.
THE PRAYER GROUP is meeting at church in the new Conference Room at 6:30pm on Wednesdays (in the old Jr Church room). Social distancing is practiced and wearing a face mask is encouraged. The prayer group welcomes anyone who would like to join us in prayer. They will also be continuing the Messenger Rooms group as well for those who are not comfortable meeting in person. If you would like to be added to the group meeting online, please email Pastor David at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE-STREAM BIBLE STUDY is held on Thursdays at 6:30pm. The study is over the lectionary passage for that Sunday. The link is https://www.facebook.com/SalemChurchDarmstadt/.
THE UPPER ROOM for November and December is available in the Narthex.
YOUTH CHRISTMAS PLAY —Unlock the Joy and Rediscover the True Meaning of Christmas as the Children of Salem Church present A Living Advent Calendar at 10am on Sunday, December 13th (Pre-recorded and viewed on the big screen and live on Facebook) Each door of our Advent Calendar will be opened to reveal a character in the Christmas Story. What will we discover? A person, an animal, a star? (Or maybe even something silly?) Who knows what we will find? I still need 4 more children to make our Christmas Play as awesome as I know it can be. This year’s play will require minimal effort on your part, but will reap huge amounts of much-needed joy and encouragement for the whole congregation. All parts will be prerecorded on your smartphone and sent to me to be assembled into the final production. If you don’t have a way to record your child, I can meet you at the church and we can record there. No stage fright! No pressure! No masks! Call or text me if your child is interested. The deadline to let me know your child will participate is November 15th. Thank you, Sue Peterson
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – It is that time of year again and I would ask that each and every one of you would pray about putting a shoebox together for a needy child. This is a wonderful mission and it is easy and fun to do! NEW THIS YEAR: You can go online to samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/buildonline and build your shoebox for $25.00. It’s very easy to do, only takes a few minutes, & is a great option for those who don’t want to go shopping in stores. If you would like to put together a traditional shoebox, there are brochures in the narthex for you to pick up, which give detailed instructions on how to pack your shoebox, and don’t forget to also pick up your FREE box to put your items in. Please include $9.00 for shipping costs for each box you do (or you can pay the postage online and track your shoebox). Please leave your shoebox on the table by the choir room. The last Sunday for collection of the shoeboxes will be Sunday, November 15th. If you have any questions, call or email Kathy Day.
EVANSVILLE RESCUE MISSION– We are collecting boxed stuffing mix (like Stove Top) for ERM’s Thanksgiving baskets. Please drop your donations off on the table located in the Fellowship Hall foyer by Sunday, November 15th. It is their 98th Annual Gobbler Gathering Thanksgiving food giveaway. We are in need of 200 boxes. Thank you!
THE SALEM CHURCH TRUNK OR TREAT WAS A SMASHING SUCCESS! We were just blown away by the creativity of the trunks and the costumes! There were many people who attended this year’s event, and we think we made a lot of children very happy. The adults might have had just as much fun as the kids did! Children visited all the decorated trunks, had pictures taken in the photo area, ate Donut Bank cookies, and got some cool crafts to take home. We want to sincerely thank all the volunteers who brought their trunks, provided candy, and helped out with the Trunk or Treat in any way. We could not have done it without you! We also collected several boxes of food to help support local families in need. Thank you to everyone for a fun afternoon! Salem Board of Christian Education
Salem’s classic traditional worship service, featuring organ music and a choir. Experience worship as it has been done for generations.
A classic Protestant service accompanied by piano. This service is slightly less formal than our 10 am service but it still includes two Bible readings, sermon, unison prayers and affirmations of faith, and songs from the hymnal. The pastor wears a robe and the congregation sits in pews in a beautiful sanctuary.
An interactive and collaborative service featuring a worship band, a conversational message, member sharing, coffee, cookies and a very informal atmosphere. Meets in the Salem Fellowship Hall (Gym).
You are invited to the join the group at any time simply by coming to the church at 6:30 pm on Wednesday. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall. Social distancing will be practiced and face masks may be worn if one desires. The prayer group welcomes anyone who would like to join us in…
Join us on our Facebook page for our Thursday night live stream Bible study at 6:30pm. The link is https://www.facebook.com/SalemChurchDarmstadt/.