The Salem Tidings

From the Pastor’s Desk

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,  that whosoever believe on him should not perish, but have eternal life.”   John 3:16

A Note from Pastor Paola:

What is your most memorable Christmas gift? Perhaps it was something unexpected and out of the ordinary. Maybe something that touched your heart or a surprising gift from someone not very close to you. Or it was a very personal and thoughtful gift. Those memorable gifts remain with us forever and truly remind us of the love and the care of the gift-giver.
This is what Christmas is about: God giving us the most memorable gift, a history-changing gift. The biggest gift humanity has ever received: The gift of Jesus, God with us. He is a gift for us from the Father to defeat the ultimate fear and to give us hope in life eternal. What a gift!!! This gift will be at the center of our church life during this coming Advent and Christmas Eve.
   – Every Sunday morning, a new gift will be disclosed and brought to us during worship
   – The worship service on December 8th, led by our youth and children, will bring to us the gift of joy
   – Our Music Ministry will bring us gifts of music throughout the month in worship
   – We will have plenty of opportunities to become an image of The Giver by blessing others with our gifts
   – Gifts will be collected for children (Toy Drive) and also seniors & adults with disabilities (Walgreens, Pick n’ Save, Walmart, & McDonald’s gift cards, postage stamps). Also the “Reverse Advent Calendar” (collection of items for the Waukesha food pantry) 
   – Discover in this issue of Tidings all the opportunities we will have during this month to receive gifts and bring gifts to others
….And of course, remember that the best gift you can give to a friend, a neighbor or a relative is to invite them to come and worship with you at Salem during this blessed season. You may just transform his/her life and fill his/her life with joy and hope.  
Make this a memorable Christmas for you and for your family! See you in church!
Pastor Paola