The Salem Tidings

From the Pastor’s Desk

Blessed are those who put their trust in the Lord.” Proverbs 16:20

A Note from Pastor Paola:

This month we are entering in the season of “Blessing Counting”, food eating, and community celebrating…. not just in our homes, but at Salem also. 
I can’t wait to enter in this season with you all… We have so many blessings to count and to be grateful for in our personal lives and at Salem this year!
First I would like to invite you to JOYFULLY RECEIVE God’s blessings. Remember that blessings start with God, not with us. Blessings are a gift to us all. God does not wait to give blessings out until somebody deserves them; they come just by grace. Embrace and celebrate God’s blessings in your life, because we cannot give anybody else what we do not have. We must come to see ourselves as richly blessed by God. 
An old song goes like this: “Count your blessings; name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done!”
Secondly, I invite you to JOYFULLY GIVE all the blessings you can give. Bless God back. Develop your blessing detector and live in gratitude for all those blessings. Bless the people you live with, the people you work with, the people you worship with.  Become a person through whom the blessings of God flow. Bless whoever God sends your way throughout the day. It will change your outlook on life!
November at Salem is a time to joyfully receive and joyfully give blessings. Please join us every Sunday as we gather in worship, count our blessings, and receive testimonies of how blessings change our lives.  
Be part of the “Dessert First” celebration as we learn to put first in our life The Giver of All.
Pastor Paola