The Salem Tidings

From the Pastor’s Desk

 
 
 

 Note from Pastor Paola:

 
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. –Matthew 18:20
 
This is what the Church is about. When we gather, Jesus is with us. That means when we are together, lives are changed; grace, forgiveness, and healing happen. You are not alone as you go through heartbreak or loss or illness or despair, because you can
always count on others praying for you. When Jesus is with us, we share life, and we can trust that God is using our generous gifts of time, money and talents to build his Kingdom on earth.
 
So much has changed and is changing in the world. The very institution of the church is changing. Nevertheless, the church is, more than ever, a community that everyday breaks isolation and builds hope for everyone, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, political beliefs, or color of their skin. Where Jesus is, everyone is welcome.
 
In a little over a week, we will celebrate Pentecost, the birthday of church. It will be indeed a celebration for us at Salem!! We will lift up all the new ministries since the pandemic, along with the great ways we have been blessed. We will also face our challenges and changes, because here we speak the truth in love without fear. There is no fear in God.
 
Our celebration will also include special decorations and of course refreshments! What a great time to invite a friend to worship with you.
 
Blessings.
 
Pastor Paola