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 Event
Sign up at the table in the Narthex for the Fall Festival—apple pie, s’mores, games, and hayrides. Join other adults age 50+ for a fun evening together at Salem. Cost: $5
Book Launch Event
The Pietist Option: Hope for the Renewal of Christianity
with Mark Pattie and Chris Gehrz
(sponsored with the Leadership Team)
Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Salem
Pastor Mark’s book with Chris Gehrz hits shelves on October 3. Join others at Salem as we host a special book launch event for Chris and Pastor Mark, who will read excerpts from The Pietist Option and sign copies. You can preorder it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and InterVarsity Press. If you’d like a preview, look in the fall issue of The Covenant Companion for Chris’ article on Pietism and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
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.
Thursdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26
Join us on four nights to be trained in how to pray for others. This fun and lively training is packed with biblical teachings that are powerful and practical, and has experiential practice throughout. The sessions are led by the Prayer Ventures teaching team. Invest in your own knowledge and skills around prayer, and together let’s see what powerful things God will do at Salem. Register online HERE.
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.
Senior Fellowship Gathering
Friday, September 15, 12:00 p.m.
Baked Potato Lunch with toppings, salad, and dessert held in the Fellowship Hall
This is a MUST sign up event!
Entertainment: The Songmasters (Jerry and Ginger Dallin)
This husband and wife duo, known as the longest continuously southern Gospel singing group in the Midwest, began their career in 1959 on the Souls Harbor telecast. This year, they launch their 58th year of Gospel music ministry.