SALEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH-BETHEL
January 2016 Monthly Newsletter
Interim Pastor Luther Routee
Church Phone: (717) 933-5451
Church e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Website: www.salemlutheran-bethel.org
Sunday School: 8:45 A.M.
Sunday Worship Service: 9:30 A.M.
Salem’s Mission Statement
From the Pastor’s Desk
A FEW DAYS AGO, ONE OF THE PARISHIONERS ASKED ME WHERE I WOULD WANT TO MOVE THE BAPTISMAL FONT. WELL, RIGHT AWAY, I THOUGHT OF BRINGING IT UP FRONT BY THE ALTAR, SO THAT WHEN FOLKS WOULD COME UP FOR COMMUNION THEY COULD DIP THEIR FINGER INTO THE FONT AND CROSS THEMSELVES WITH THE WATER FROM THE FONT TO REMIND THEM OF THEIR BAPTISM.
I HAVE SEEN THIS IN SOME ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCHES AND WHEN I SUGGESTED THAT WE SHOULD DO THAT IN ROBESON LUTHERAN CHURCH IN PLOWVILLE, PA., THEY HESITATED AND SAID THEY WERE NOT CATHOLICS. BUT THEY WERE STILL OPEN TO TRY IT, TO SEE HOW THE REST OF THE FOLKS WOULD REACT.
WELL, I EXPLAINED IT AS BEST I COULD, THAT REMINDING ONESELF OF YOUR BAPTISM HAS BENEFITS, BECAUSE WE HAVE TWO SACRAMENTS, BAPTISM AND COMMUNION AND REMINDING OURSELVES OF OUR BAPTISM HAS A BENEFIT IN LETTING OUR CHILDREN SEE US REMEMBERING OUR BAPTISM AS WE TAKE COMMUNION. AND AS FAR AS THE CATHOLIC THING GOES, WE ARE REFORMED CATHOLICS, ANYHOW. AND IF SOMETHING WORKS AND HIS HELPFUL TO OUR FAITH, WE SHOULD AT LEAST TRY IT AND SEE IF IT HAS VALUE.
THE WINDUP AT PLOW CHURCH WAS THAT SOME FOLKS USED IT AND SOME FOLKS DIDN'T AND NO ONE WAS OFFENDED BY THE FONT BEING THERE. THE ONLY PROBLEM WE HAD WAS THE ALTAR GUILD LADIES HAD TO REMEMBER TO PUT WATER IN THE FONT ON COMMUNION DAYS. BUT THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT THIS DISCUSSION IS WHEN I HAD THE CHILDREN'S MESSAGE LAST SUNDAY, WHEN I ASKED QUENTIN WHETHER HE REMEMBERED HIS BAPTISM, AND WE GOT INTO A DEEP DISCUSSION ABOUT THAT. HE WAS INTERESTED AND HE THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO REMEMBER HIS BAPTISM, SO I THINK HE WOULD NOT HAVE A PROBLEM DIPPING INTO THE WATER WHEN HE COMES UP FOR COMMUNION, AND YOU KNOW HE ENJOYS COMMUNION.
SO MAYBE WE SHOULD TRY IT DURING THE LENTEN SEASON AND SEE HOW IT FITS IN TO OUR STYLE OF WORSHIP AND THEN TAKE A VOTE ON IT.
Church Council News
Salem Lutheran Church Council Minutes
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
·Outreach–parents day out Sat Dec 12
·Property–Fitz Security fixed the alarm and office phone, post at entrance was run over needs to be fixed, Sound System needs to be changed due to being obsolete.
·Worship & Music–Ruth would like a song sung Christmas Eve with a choir–need volunteers, candles on Altar leak oil, they need to be replaced, Marlene is checking on prices.
·Learning Team–nothing to report
·Hospitality–nothing to report
·Stewardship–nothing to report
·Synod–Pastor Richter asked Ruth if we want a half Pastor or what do we want? We will continue to keep Pastor Routte. He will preach all Sundays in the month instead of a few.
·Council of Churches update–Thanksgiving Eve service collected $295, Rehrersburg Lions gave $100 toward Salem's community meals.
·Food Pantry–Every family got a turkey for Thanksgiving and will receive a ham for Christmas.
·Solar Panels–Council wants to get estimates, Kelly will do the research.
·If anyone needs to get in touch with Pastor Routte for anything they should call Rosemary.
·Snow schedule–Pastor needs to call Council President and discuss whether we should have Church. If not, they should call Marion and she will call WLBR radio.
·Ruth thanked all of Council for letting her be Council President for the year 2015
The next meeting is: Tuesday, January 12, 7:30 p.m.
Salem Prayer Chain
The purpose of the Prayer Chain is...
Lew & Jane Woodland
Gerald is currently at StoneRidge in Myerstown. The address there is:
440 E. Lincoln Avenue
Myerstown, PA 17067
If you are in need of a pastoral visit from Pastor Routte due to illness, hospitalization, nursing home, death in family, etc., please call Rosemary Routte at 484-338-3761.
Request for Cards!
Steve Long is in the Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon. His family is asking for his church family to send cards to help cheer him.
Please send cards to his home address: 11 Green Acres, Lebanon, PA 17046
Members Celebrating Birthdays in January
Members Celebrating Anniversaries in January
Worship Assistants – January
Children’s Story Time Helpers
Greeter - One is needed
Reader - Shirley Tallman
Ushers - Nikolaus Andrusiak, Marlene Eisenhour, Shirley Tallman, Kevin Strauss
COMMUNION ASSISTANT - Kelly Light
Salem’s Committee Members
The Property Committee - If any problems come up, please contact one of these people.
Outreach Committee Members
Worship & Music Team
Upcoming Events & Announcements:
Friday, January 15th at Salem. We pack beginning at 2:00 p.m. and distribute from 4 – 6:00 p.m.
FREE COMMUNITY MEAL
Our next community meal will be held Thursday, January 14th from 5 – 6:30 p.m. (the 2nd Thursday of each month). We are looking for volunteers to help and/or come out and sit, talk, and eat with the members of the community. Please mark your calendars!!!
Healing service will be held during worship on January 31, 2016.
Friday, December 18th at Salem. We pack beginning at 2:00 p.m. and distribute from 4 – 6:00 p.m.
Pastor Routee would like to start a Bible Study group to be held at a time that is convenient for the attendees. If you are interested, please see Ruth Stein or let Pastor Routte know.
For Snow Cancellations tune into WLBR 1270 AM.
As an extension of “God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday,” and our Sunday School focus this fall on the Good Samaritan, Salem’s Outreach Committee would like to begin to complete service projects to help “our neighbors.” Who are our neighbors? As we learn from the story of the Good Samaritan, all people are our neighbors. Do you have a need and would like some help? Do you know of anyone who could use help in any way? If you do, we ask that you please fill out a piece of paper information about what help is needed. If that person is not a member of Salem, please include contact information (either your own or for the person in need). Please drop the piece of paper in the service project box in the narthex.
“Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.”