The journey of faith gets more exciting the longer you’ve been on the road. There is so much to learn about and so much transformation to experience that most people are looking for some regular spiritual exercises and some friends to do the journey with.
In Salem’s ministries for adults, there are many options to grow your mind, heart and soul. Join the exciting adventure of becoming a stronger follower of Jesus.
Adult Ministries Overview
Adult Ministries at Salem has something for everyone.
Brochures with more details are available at the kiosk in the Narthex.
Adult Sunday School
Having the “mind of Christ” is a critical part of transformation. Join us on Sundays at 9:45 or 11:00 a.m. (September–May) for a chance to learn from and interact with gifted teachers on a variety of topics relevant to living faithfully in our world.
Come readers, one and all. Join us to read secular books and thoughtfully discuss them from a Christian perspective. We gather once a month on the third Thursday at 7:00 p.m. (September–May). Click HERE to see the reading list for 2017-2018.
JOURNEYS for adult 50+
We believe aging is an exciting adventure full of the most productive years of life. We help provide opportunities to connect with others in this age and stage of life to grow spiritually and intellectually; to explore healthy living; and to build friendships through mission, service and fun.
When men gather to grow in their faith in Jesus Christ through Bible study, outreach, prayer, and service, families, work places, and neighborhoods can change. Join us for connecting events which give men a chance to build each other up.
MOPS and MomsNext
Mothers Of Preschoolers gather each month with their children birth through kindergarten to experience care and acceptance as well as connection with other women at this stage of parenting. MomsNext is an extension of MOPS which is for mothers with children grades 1-12. We meet twice a month, generally on the second and fourth Fridays (September–May).
Nurturing a conversation with God in a busy world is critical for a growing faith life. Prayer events like the Advent service and the Seven Days of Prayer experience are held throughout the year. Join us on the first Tuesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. for a half hour of prayer with Pastors or join the Intercessory Prayer Team in praying for the needs of the Salem Community.
Women from all seasons of life are invited to gather for friendship and faith. Friday night events provide a space for women to get to know one another more deeply and be encouraged in their faith journey. Participating in service projects together invite the Salem Sisters to serve others in meaningful ways.
Senior Fellowship strives to meet the needs of Salem’s senior citizens through personal relationships, enjoyable programs, and creating a space and time for fellowship. We meet every third Friday of the month (September–May) for lunch and entertainment.
Committing to a Salem small group opens a space in each of our lives to connect with new friends, grow in our faith, and to go into our world with love and clarity. Our small group launches happen in September and January, offering a variety of topics and biblical studies.
Salem Book Club 2017-2018
The book selections are primarily secular and we will discuss them from our Christian perspective. We meet the third Thursday of the months listed at 7:00 p.m.
Killers of the Flower Moon:The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel by Dan Ephron
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid:A Memoir by Bill Bryson
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs
Traveling With Pomegranates: A Mother and Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey, and France by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor
The Great Influenza The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M. Barry
All the Light we Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande
Upcoming JOURNEYS Events
Bowling and Appetizers
Friday, January 19
St. Francis Bowling Center (650 Palace Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102)
Cost $7/person. Bring an appetizer (finger food) to share.
We will go to Pastor Jonna and Scott’s house for dessert after bowling.
Sign up at the table in the Narthex on Sundays!
Courageous and Respectful Conversation on Immigration
with Bill Woodson
Saturday, February 17
9:00-11:30 a.m. at Salem
Formal Dinner and Musicians
late Spring 2018
More details to come!
JOURNEYS for adults 50+
exists to provide connecting opportunities through a wholistic ministry
within and beyond the Salem community to strengthen spiritual growth, stimulate intellectual curiosity,
promote healthy living, and enrich social, community, and missional involvement.
The seeds for JOURNEYS were planted during the church’s strategic planning process initiated by the Leadership Team to discern what areas of focus would help the church increase effectiveness in fulfilling its mission.
The steps that have been taken to date on this journey are:
- Selecting a leader
- Sponsoring a Focus group
- Selecting a launch team
- A Retreat with Covenant leaders
- Cinnamon rolls and Surveys
A short survey was administered to the members of the congregation who are 50 years of age or older during June 2016. There were over 211 responses representing this demographic. Questions related to respondent demographics, the importance of various ministries for this age/season of life, and topics that the group is interested in learning more about. The goal is for the JOURNEYS Launch Team to use the results to plan for and develop programs starting in the fall, in addition to connecting with 50+ adults in ministries that already exist.
One of the unintended consequences of our cinnamon roll and survey Sundays was a demonstrated yearning for connection. Our hope based on that experience is that our launch event is full of fun and fellowship.
The SCC Prayer Team prays consistently for Salem and promotes prayer in the lives of those who are part of the community. Prayer events at Advent and to launch Lent help the church move into these special seasons with an ear tuned to hear from and experience God. The Intercessory Prayer Team, Prayer Line, and our monthly prayer gathering are all ways to grow in your life of prayer. Join us as we grow in our conversation with God.
Monthly Prayer Meetings First Tuesday of each month at 12:30 p.m.
Christmas Quiet Service First Wednesday of Advent
7 Days of Prayer During the first week in Lent
Sign up for Intercessory Prayer Team
Intercessory Prayer Team —Amazing things happen when God’s people pray.
“Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.” Ephesians 6:18-19
Paul spoke these words because he knew how important the prayers of his brothers and sisters were to his ministry. Through Lent, one hundred and eleven people committed themselves to pray regularly for Salem’s ministries. This Intercessory Prayer Team found great joy in lifting up the work of our church to God, who always hears our prayers and can do wonders when we are faithful. Twenty of those people have now extended their commitment and will continue to support Salem’s ministries on a daily basis—or every other day, or weekly—however they feel led. They receive regular updates via email (or the Postal Service, if they aren’t online) with reminders of upcoming events, and of challenges being faced by our various ministry teams. If you feel led to make this commitment too, please contact Kathy Sammartano by email or call 763-786-5307).
The second half of life is a rich and challenging time. SCC’s Senior Fellowship focuses in on enjoyable monthly programs where we can continue to learn, laugh, and fellowship together. If you are 55+ join in these connecting events with a variety of speakers and entertainers.
Explore Salem’s Senior Fellowship Ministry
We would like to CONNECT with you and GROW in this fellowship,
so we plan to GO forward with the following programs and lunches for January-May.
Our Next Senior Fellowship Gatherings
Friday, January 19 at 1:00 p.m. (note the time change)
Join us for an afternoon of popcorn and a movie, followed by cookies and coffee. Sign up at the bulletin board behind the Welcome Center.
Friday, February 16 at 12:00 p.m.
Program: Katie Luther: Here I Stand with Pati Kachel
Dressed in costume and with a German accent, Patti will present the story of Martin Luther’s wife.
Friday, March 16 at 12:00 p.m.
Ethnic Potluck: Bring your favorite dish of your heritage to share!
Since March is Food Shelf Month, we are suggesting a donation of your choice to the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. There will be envelopes on the tables for you to use. If you wish to write a check, make it payable to Salem Covenant, with Food Shelf in the memo line.
Entertainment: Gloryland Gospel Band
They will deliver a toe-tapping message of hope, comfort, and celebration as they sing and play familiar hymns and Gospel classics that will warm your heart and soothe your soul.
Friday, April 20 at 12:00 p.m.
Pizza Party: Cost: $8
Entertainment: Barbara Collings and Carol Moen
Barb and Carol’s musical selections are eclectic—everything from the Hallelujah Chorus to Alexander’s Ragtime Band. They enjoy sharing the love of music on two-piano numbers. We dedicate this program in memory of two special “music men,” Lloyd Collings and Gordon Howell.
Friday, May 18 at 12:00 p.m.
A Catered Lunch
This is a MUST Sign Up Event. Cost: 10
Program: Dr. Walter Sundberg
He will be speaking on his recent Reformation Tour to Germany.
Committing to a Salem Small Group opens a space in each of our lives to connect with new friends, to grow in our faith, and to go into our world with fresh energy and clarity. Brochures with more details, including locations and leader contact information, can be picked up at Salem. Please sign up at the table on Sunday or contact the Church Office.
Book Club: Journey Through the World of Narnia!
When: Sunday evenings (once a month) Starting October 15
In this year-long book club, we will share a potluck meal and discuss a book in the classic Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. Whether you are reading the books for the first time or rediscovering their magic, come ready to ask questions and dive into themes such as good and evil, courage, friendship, and trust. We will discuss The Magician’s Nephew on Sunday, October. 15. All are welcome, including families with children and youth
Men’s Breakfast, Prayer, and Bible Study
When: Monday, 7:30- 9:00 a.m. (weekly) Starting September 11
Book: Loving Justice by Bob Hunter and Carol Hunter (LifeGuide Bible Studies, IVP, 2004) Join 12-14 men for a time of fellowship, prayer, and a study of the significance of embracing justice. This topic is found in both the Old and New Testaments and is significant as we view ourselves in relation to others around us. In these challenging days in our country, it is appropriate to ask, “What is the role of a Christian in seeking justice?”
Evening Women’s Small Group
When: Monday, 8:00-9:30 p.m. Starting October 2
Are you finding it hard to make a small group because you are running all day? This small group is held later in the evening so you can eat dinner and get those other things done (like walking the dog or putting children to bed) without feeling super rushed. You can expect friendly conversation and an evening snack. Each week we will be discussing current events through the lens of faith, using things like podcasts or TedTalks to prime our discussion.
Women of the Word (WOW) Bible Study
When: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 6:45-8:45 p.m. Starting October 3
We will study Finding I Am by Lysa Terkeurst, president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and a best-selling author. During the 6 sessions, we will explore the seven “I Am” statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John.
Worth Repeating: Stories of Jesus Found in the Four Gospels
When: Wednesday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. (large group format), 6:45-8:00 p.m. ,Starting September 13
Each of the Gospel writers takes a unique look at the life and teachings of Jesus. Though there is a lot of variety, there are stories that are so pivotal to the story of Jesus that they show up in all four gospels. These key stories are worth comparing and exploring together to see what makes them so powerful and so worth repeating. This series will carry us through to December. Join us for part or all of this study. All are welcome.
Bible Art Journaling
When: 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Starting October 12
Explore a new, visual way to respond to Scripture. Members receive weekly verses to meditate on; then they create an art journal page based on those verses. At our monthly meetings, we share our pages and insights with one another. All are welcome.
Book Study Group: Same Kind of Different as Me
When: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Starting October 6
We welcome you to join us as we study the book, Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore (Thomas A. Nelson, 2007). This is an inspirational true story about friendship with and ministering to the homeless. All are welcome.
Afternoon Bible Study and Prayer Group
When: Thursday afternoons (starting date TBA)
A workbook guides us through a study and discussion of Acts. Participants prepare the lesson in advance. Meetings consist of fellowship and Bible study, sharing of prayer concerns and requests, and a time of prayer. All are welcome.
Ephesians Study Group
When: Saturday, 6:30 p.m. (once a month), Starting October 7
In our study of Ephesians, we will discuss what it looks like to be God’s adopted children. Ephesians reminds believers of all Christ has done to reconcile us to himself and what that means for how we should live. It provides practical instructions for relationships that honor God. All are welcome
Book Study Group: Mending the Divides
When: Saturday evenings (twice a month), Starting October 14
We will read and discuss the book Mending the Divides: Creative Love in a Conflicted World by Jon Huckins and Jer Swigart (InterVarsity Press, 2017). Using biblical and current-day illustrations of everyday peacemakers, it offers practical steps to wage peace and restore relationships and communities that have been torn apart by conflict, hatred, and injustice. All are welcome.
Men’s Evening Group
When: Thursday, 7:00 p.m.; twice a month, Starting date TBA
Small group for men seeking to grow in faith and knowledge of God’s Word, developing relationships to support and encourage one another through prayer and Bible study. The meetings will be devoted to books of the Bible or topical issues for discussion. The first session will focus on the Gospel of Luke. Men, age 20 and up.
Adult Sunday School
Sundays at 9:45 and 11:00 a.m.
January 7 – January 28
Introduction to the Apocrypha
W. Edward Glenny
February 4 – February 11
The Christian Family and Communication
February 18 – March 4
In Memory of Her: Biblical Women’s Voices
Music Ministry “Under His Wings”
March 18 – March 25
Attribute of the Strong: An Exploration of Forgiveness
No Adult Sunday School – Easter
Servant Leadership: The Importance of Christian Involvement
April 15 – April 22
Images of God in Church History
Using a Commentary: The Example of Hosea
May 6 – May 13
Predicament and Possibilities of the American Church