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

9 am Classes for all Ages

Announcements for Sunday, February 23, 2020

Prayer of Preparation

Holy God, mighty and immortal, you are beyond our knowing, yet we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ, whose compassion illumines the world. Transform us into the likeness of the love of Christ, who renewed our humanity through his life, death, and resurrection— the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reprinted by permission from The Worship Sourcebook, © 2004, CRC Publications.

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 IS TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY, the last Sunday after Epiphany.  During the season of Epiphany we focus on Christ’s making God known to us.  In the Transfiguration God speaks and says to us “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.   Listen to him!” (Matthew 17:5b NIV).  During the season of Epiphany we focus on Christ’s making God known to us by his words and deeds.  We celebrate the spread of this knowledge of God around the world.

TODAY WE WILL INSTALL OUR 2020 CHURCH COUNCIL in the 10:00am service.  They are:

Elders:      Council President, Elaine Daniels

                 Vice President, Jason Smith

                 1st Year Elder, Michael Lynn

Deacons:  Linda Epperson, Susan Straub, and Jean Baresic

Trustees:  Dave Lundy, Stewart Hall, and Karen Agee

                Please keep our church leaders in your prayers!

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE IS FEBRUARY 26th AT 7:00pm—Join us as we begin the season of spiritual renewal known as Lent.  During this service we reflect on the brevity of life and the call to receive Christ.  Ashes will be offered to those who desire this reminder of our mortality and communion will be served that we might draw near to the Lord.

THE WOMEN’S GUILD will meet on Tuesday, March 3rd at the North River Activity Room at 9:30am. 

JOIN US FOR SPECIAL LENTEN BIBLE STUDIES starting Tuesday, March 3rd.  Our class will meet in the adult Sunday school room from 6:30-7:30pm.  Pastor David will be leading the 4 session study about the passion of Christ every Tuesday night through March 31st (except March 10th).  All offering collected during Lenten special services (Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday) and Lenten Bible Study will be donated to the Tri-State Food Bank.  This charity was selected because it fits well with one of the spiritual disciplines of Lent: almsgiving, which means giving to people in need.

THE SENIOR YOUTH will meet on Sunday, March 8th from 6:30pm-8:00pm.

SALEM GAME NIGHT — May the luck of the Irish be with you for Game Night on Sunday, March 15th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall.  The Evangelism Committee will provide sandwiches and drinks, so bring a side or dessert and your favorite game.  This event is for all ages, so feel free to bring the whole family!

FUNERAL DINNERS MINISTRY UPDATE — We would love to update the Funeral Dinners list.  If you are interested on helping with or providing food for dinners held for the families after a funeral, please sign up on the list located on the Fellowship Hall doors.  If you can no longer help or provide food, cross off your name and initial it.  Thank you!

THE WOMEN’S GUILD WOULD LIKE TO HONOR those who are celebrating a 50th Wedding Anniversary and those who will have a 90th Birthday in the coming year with a flower or fruit arrangement.  Please email the church office at salemdarmstadt@gmail.com or let a Women’s Guild member know the month and day of the celebration.

THE BOARD OF CHRISTIAN ED is still looking for a few volunteers.  We would love to have one more person to help out in the nursery (about 6 times a year).  We are also getting more people involved in teaching Jr Church during the 10am service, so instead of teaching once a month, the time commitment would be about 4 times a year.  This is a wonderful time of sharing videos, stories, and crafts with the children.  If you would be interested in helping out with either one of these positions, please email Holly Pugh at hollyepugh@gmail.com.

FALL FESTIVAL CHAIRPERSON — We are looking for a volunteer or a team of volunteers to lead the Fall Festival booth fundraiser this year.  In 2019, the Fall Festival booth raised over $10,278.00 and gives us the opportunity to work together for a great cause (Salem Church and our charitable giving).  If you are interested, please contact Elaine Daniels at 812-455-2605 or elainedaniels1@outlook.com.  Per our congregational vote at the annual meeting, if no one steps up to lead, we will pursue selling the booth.

LOST AND FOUND — In the church office, we have one black glove (looks like a woman’s).  We also have a pair of reading glasses that was found after the Christmas Eve services.  We have a large keyring with many keys and a Purdue tag on it that has been in the office since November.  If you think any of these items are yours, please call the church office at  812-867-3142.

OUR DAILY BREAD for March, April, and May is available in the Narthex (regular print format).

SPECIAL MUSIC IS NEEDED FOR 2020 — You can sign up on the sheet outside the church office, email salemdarmstadt@gmail.com, or call the office at 812-867-3142.  We have an open date of April 26th.

SALEM CHURCH IS COLLECTING ITEMS for the Christian Life Center.  The items for February are spaghetti sauce and pasta.  There is a collection box at the entrance to the Fellowship Hall.


The Annual Smoked Pork & Smoked Chicken Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 2nd.  Please mark it on your calendar!


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.


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.

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…

11:30 am CONTEMPORARY Service

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).

Women’s Guild Meeting

The Women’s Guild will be meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at 9:30am in the adult Sunday School room. All women of the church are invited to attend.

Lenten Bible Study

JOIN US FOR SPECIAL LENTEN BIBLE STUDIES starting Tuesday, March 3rd.  Our class will meet in the adult Sunday school room from 6:30-7:30pm.  Pastor David will be leading the 4 session study every Tuesday night through March 31st (except March 10th), where we will be studying the passion of Christ. 

Senior Citizens Program

Seniors from throughout the community meet each Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Salem Church in Darmstadt. A Bible study begins at 10:00 a.m. for those who wish to participate. Others may play cards, walk indoors or out, play games or just enjoy conversation with other seniors. Lunch is served at 11:00 a.m.…

Pastor’s Bible Study

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