The Salem Tidings

From the Pastor’s Desk


 Note from Pastor Paola:

I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will bless them and
multiply them, and will set my sanctuary among them forevermore. My dwelling place shall be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Ezekiel 37:26-27
At the beginning of this Scripture, the Sprit takes Ezekiel to a valley where millions of lifeless and dried bones are scattered everywhere. These dry bones are an image of grief and lack of hope during a devastating time in the life of Israel. But all of sudden, the bones come back to life; the winds breathe life into the restored beings. It is a new beginning filled with hope. God is breathing new life.  Signs of this new beginning are: God will bless us, multiply us and set his sanctuary among us. 
No Scripture can better describe what this past year has been for our country and around the world, but it is also showing us clearly the new beginning that God is bringing among us. As Easter is approaching, we can truly see God’s work of new life and resurrection blossoming.
This new beginning is more than ever visible at Salem. Our major remodeling is coming really close to being complete. We are getting ready to gradually and safely come back to an in-person worship and full ministry. As it stands now, Sunday May 16th will be our first day back to in-person service. Plans are being made for a special service of dedication of the new sanctuary this summer with the presence of the Bishop, and all those who have been instruments in the remodeling. We are beginning to plan a special Sunday to invite to Salem our new neighbors at New Perspective, as well as special events for families and children. 
It is indeed a new beginning. Salem is blossoming. This is very exciting! Together, let us ask God to continue to breathe His Spirit among us so we can receive his blessings, grow, multiply, and be the dwelling place of His presence among us. I can’t wait to see what God is doing at Salem! 
Have a blessed Easter, Salem Family
Pastor Paola