The Salem Tidings

From the Pastor’s Desk

“Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”   Acts 2:2-4
 
 
 

A Note from Pastor Paola:

 

On Sunday, May 31, we are celebrating at Salem. We are celebrating Pentecost, the birthday of the church. We will have a Zoom service (live on the internet) at 9:00 AM. (We will email everyone the log-in information to access the Zoom service.) During the next few days, you should be receiving a note in the mail that includes a red balloon. For our Zoom service, wear a red shirt (you can wear your pajama pants, none will ever know!), blow up your red balloon, and join us with your computer or over the phone.  It will be a fun service filled with surprises!
 
The red balloons will remind us of the tongues of fire that came over the disciples on Pentecost, firing them up with passion, power, vision and purpose.  On that day, they received the gift of the Holy Spirit, and they start growing the Christian community around the world. Everyone from the youngest to the oldest, women and men, slave and free, together they became the body of Christ, all empowered by the Holy Spirit. 
 
We have a lot to celebrate at Salem. During the last two and half months, in the midst of fear and uncertainty, we have been caring for our community and each other in new awesome ways. We have been growing in generosity. We have been reaching out with our weekly worship beyond our walls like never before. Our Building Team decided to move forward with the remodeling plans and has been working hard toward a plan that will be presented to all of us at Salem. We continued, and even increased in numbers and frequency, small group meetings, thanks to technology. We truly have a lot to celebrate this Pentecost.
 
These words come to me from the apostle Paul to the church in Thessalonica who grew in spirit during the most challenging time: “We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.”   2 Thessalonians 1:3-4
 
Lets keep up the good work, Salem!

 
Blessings,
 
Pastor Paola