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Here’s what is happening at Salem

April 18, 2019

With nightfall today our Lenten observance comes to an end, and we gather with Christians around the world to celebrate the Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection. At the heart of the Maundy Thursday liturgy is Jesus’ commandment to love one another. As Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, we are called to follow his example as we humbly care for one another, especially the poor and the unloved. At the Lord’s table we remember Jesus’ sacrifice of his life, even as we are called to offer ourselves in love for the life of the world.

At the heart of the Good Friday liturgy is the passion story, which proclaims Jesus as a triumphant king who reigns from the cross. The ancient title for this day—the triumph of the cross—reminds us that the church gathers not to mourn this day but to celebrate Christ’s life-giving passion and to find strength and hope in the tree of life. In the ancient bidding prayer we offer petitions for all the world for whom Christ died.

This Sunday is Easter. Easter turns the world upside down. It defies our expectations with hiddenness and bluntness: Mary does not recognize the resurrected Jesus (John 20:14). The radical reversals prophesied in scripture and revealed in Christ’s life and ministry culminate in the good news we proclaim today: Christ, through death, has triumphed over death. “The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone”.

On this day the Lord has acted! On the first day of the week God began creation, transforming darkness into light. On this, the “eighth day” of the week, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. We celebrate this new creation in the waters of baptism and in the feast of victory. With great joy we celebrate this day of days, even as we begin the great fifty days of Easter. Filled with hope, we go forth to share the news that Christ is risen!

This Sunday worship service is at 9:30. At 8:00 is Easter breakfast followed by an Easter egg hunt at 9:00. This Sunday there is no Adult Forum or Sunday Night Alive Dinner Church.

Thursday, April 18
Music Theatre Thursday 4:30
MMT Meal 6:00
Maunday Thursday Worship 7:30
Choir 8:30

Friday, April 19
Good Friday Service 7:30

Saturday, April 20
Choir 9:00
Innerview Chat and Chew 11:00
1475 Noble Ave

Sunday, April 21
Easter Breakfast 8:00
Easter Egg Hunt 9:00
Worship 9:30
Coffee Hour 10:30
NO Adult Forum
NO SNAC Dinner church

Monday, April 22
Council 7:00
Scout Troop 103 7:30

Tuesday, April 23
Talk Tuesday at Brewport 7:00

Wednesday, April 24
Bible Study 9:30

Thursday, April 25
Food Pantry 4:00
Music Theatre Thursday 4:30
MMT Meal 6:00
Choir 7:30

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Food Pantry

When Salem’s Food Pantry first opened in October, 2015, barely a quarter of the parish hall was used for the shelves of food. Today almost half of the parish hall is being used for the shelves of food, tables full of fruits, vegetables, and bread products.
 
The pantry is open every 2nd & 4th Thursday from 4:00 – 6:30. Offering healthy and nutritious food items and everyday supplies. Fresh fruits and vegetables will also be available. Volunteers will be graciously accepted. Interested individuals should contact Joe Bales at joebales39@yahoo.com. Monetary contributions and food donations also graciously accepted. To view our Facebook page, click here.

 Youth ministry

We now have a special place on our website for our youth ministry. You can find it under Ministries on the menu bar at the top or by clicking here!

Aging & disability resource

We have added an aging and disability resource guide. You can find it under Resources above or by clicking here.