The Reverend Doctor Nathan Corl Minnich, STS
Ordained Lutheran Pastor of the North American Lutheran Church
Grace and Peace be unto you, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Hallelujah! Christ is Risen!
Wow. There really is no way to explain the way this Easter feels, and I’m sure clergy and laity alike would agree. No sunrise gathering, no Easter breakfast fellowship, and empty churches on the holiest of days have made us all feel uneasy about this Easter season.
Each day, we are finding new ways to continue to stay connected and be a congregation of faithful witnesses to that Resurrection. Online viewing of the Mass is certainly bridging the gap for many, but there is so much more that we long for right now. We’ve begun regular Wednesday evening Vespers (Evening Prayer) with fellowship and discussion. Confirmation class has moved to Zoom. Sunday School (adult and youth) is at a standstill, and yet when we gather ‘digitally’ everyone seems to of good spirits.
Right now, we know nothing about lifted restrictions for larger gatherings. Rest assured, that when we do, the news will be spread far and wide! When we resume, hopefully while still in this Easter season of Sundays, we’ll have our Easter breakfast fellowship and a grand celebration of our Lord’s victory over death. For now, keep in contact with your friends and neighbors, and let the parish staff know if anyone is in need.
We’re planning to help our neighborhood with free food bags. On Saturday, May 9th from 12 noon-2pm we will distribute these bags from the parking lot here at Salem. Keep an eye on details on Facebook and our Website.
Deacon Ken will be receiving names by text/email for inclusion in the weekly prayers at Mass. Please send them along to be included as you normally do when here at worship. Until restrictions are lifted we will keep streaming the Mass on Sundays at 9am. Please assist me in thanking Deacon Ken, Wanda, and Jane for lending support to make this happen! I look forward to looking out from the pulpit and actually seeing faces soon!
Your support financially (and digitally) is noticed by the church council. Your regular giving by mail (and our new Tithe.ly app) is truly an amazing testament to the strength of our congregation and its future. That being said, we ARE in the same position as always to help others! Spread the word for our food bag pickup on the 9th, and share with us your ideas for helping those around YOU!
For the summer…we’re exploring new options for our summer congregational picnic. Stay tuned for news and updates for this important summer fellowship event!
Finally, as you participate in worship online, we’ve been emailing the weekly bulletin. If you don’t get it send the office an email now! Also, if you don’t have an LBW at home to sing along with hymns, just let us know. We can sit one at the sacristy door for you to pick up, or drop one off in your door! Look on this bright side, you can practice your hymn singing at home, and not have to worry about being in tune! Stay safe!
Christ is Risen…He is risen indeed!
Dear friends, now is the time to look to the future. Your council has requested a long term planning committee to compile our vision for the next 5 and 10 years. I urge you, brothers and sisters, to share your visions, concerns, hopes, and desires for Salem’s future. Take the time to respond, complete surveys, attend discussion sessions, or simply talk with these representatives. We are at a crucial time in our lives together. There are many serious decisions that we need to make. The future is full of uncertainty, but we can make better decisions if we look to the future with goals and plans to achieve those goals. The council wants to ensure that every voice is heard as we move forward.