The Salem Tidings

From the Pastor’s Desk

A Note from Pastor Paola:

“Follow me, and I will make you fishers for people.”
Matthew 4:19
Jesus encounters four fishermen by the Sea of Galilee. He invites them to follow him and become fishers of people. Meeting Jesus, listening to his words, and being in his presence is so powerful that these men decide to radically change their lives and follow Him. They feel a Love they never felt before and decide to spend the rest of their lives sharing that Love with others.
With these words from the Scriptures, we opened Salem’s Layleadership retreat this past Saturday. Over 20 people: members of church council, the facility task force, and our marketing team gathered for an entire day under the awesome guidance of Chris Taylor, to dream, vision, and create goals for the future of Salem.
We honored our past by remembering how in 1853 a group of people felt so moved by God’s love that they decided to gather together in each other’s homes to worship. Salem was born. They eventually built a church downtown Waukesha and later a bigger building was built. Eventually in 1965, they built the facility where we are now, and 15 years ago the new narthex was built.
The reason why they did all of this, goes back to the very same call: “follow me and I will make you fishers of people”. At different points in time Salem recognized the need to find new ways to be fishers of people; they had to discover what to do and how to do it in order to share HIS LOVE to new people with new needs in a different situations.
We are now in one of those times. This is a time full of new opportunities. We feel the excitement, the calling, the challenge. We know the sale of the land will provide the chance to remodel the building and refocus our ministry. This is Kairos moment (an Ancient Greek word meaning the right, critical, or opportune moment). It is a time of decision and action. If we do not take initiative and let this time slip away, we will miss an opportunity to grow in spirit and number.
Salem’s Lay-leadership worked hard on Saturday, and very soon we will begin to share the goals and dreams that surfaced from the retreat. The first opportunity will be in worship later this month, and many other opportunities are on the way. The process will be led by Church Council, but everyone will have the chance to be involved and be part of this exciting process.
Can’t wait!!
Pastor Paola