The Salem Tidings

From the Pastor’s Desk

For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Dear Salem Family,
Click here for a letter from Pastor Paola addressing the United Methodist General Conference.

A Note from Pastor Paola:

How is it with your soul?
Time for our Yearly Check Up!
I was reading an article not long ago about how often people avoid going to the doctor. They avoid getting checkups to find out the status of their health. The craziest part is the number one reason people avoid going to the doctor is they are afraid that the doctor might tell them bad news. Of course this is not a very a good idea, and the consequences can be pretty devastating.
I think we actually make similar choices when it comes to our spiritual health. We put it on a back burner and, especially when we don’t feel our soul is doing very well, we avoid getting a check up. The consequences of this avoidance are very serious for our ourselves, our relationships, and the well-being of our body and spirit.
You may have already heard that John Wesley opened every small group meeting asking people to consider this question: “How is it with your soul?”
I am blessed to have people in my life who are not be afraid to ask me this very question every time they see me. Sometimes my answer is filled with joy, sometimes with fear and anxiety. Always though, this question requires me to stop, reflect on my life, and consider how close or far I am from God.  This question always leads me to discover how great is the need for God’s grace in all the spheres of my life in order for me to be well.
Lent is a perfect time to stop and answer in truth and honesty the question: “How is it with your soul?” During Lent, please make time daily to check in with God.  Also, come to worship! Each Sunday during Lent, we will be reflecting over one area of our life and bringing it to God.
Please invite a friend to worship with you. It may just be exactly what that person needs: a safe, loving, and grace-filled place where they can rediscover God’s Grace in their life. Have a blessed Lent!
Pastor Paola