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 at Salem has something for everyone. Brochures with more details are available at the kiosk in the Narthex.
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.
Worship and Community Life Pastor
Adult Ministries Overview
Adult Ministries at Salem has something for everyone.
Brochures with more details are available at the kiosk in the Narthex.
Adult Christian Education Classes
Sunday Mornings at Salem are a rich resource of spiritual nurture. Along with two worship services, we have a Christian Education Classes for all ages from 10:10-10:50 a.m. Adults who want to grow their Christian thinking and community will find three experiences to choose from. Returning in its usual excellence our lecture-format Adult Sunday School will operate out of East Fellowship Hall. Also returning is our family-oriented Parenting with Spirit in the Lounge around tables processing the transforming work of parenting. Brand new this year is Faith 20/20, which will meet in West Fellowship Hall. Twenty minutes of information from local experts will be followed by 20 minutes of discussion in small groups on topics relevant to living out faith
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).
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.
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.
Small Groups and Bible Studies
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.
Bible Studies/Small Groups
Wednesday Bible Studies
The morning session is more teaching and question and answer format.
The evening session involves small group discussion and teaching.
Come for one or all sessions. Both study sessions are always open and each can stand alone.
9:45 a.m. Coffee and Fellowship
10:00-11:00 a.m. Prayer and Study
6:45-8:00 p.m. Prayer and Study
A Study of Temptation
Satan’s first and most frequent interaction with human beings is temptation. This luring away from God and corruption of our desires and wills has been his chief tool to undo humanity. Spend four weeks together looking at some famous temptation stories to learn how we can become wiser in our spiritual lives.
The Big Bang of Sin
Another One Bites the Dust
2 Samuel 11
The Beginning of the End
James 1:12-18, Hebrews 4:14-16, 1 Corinthians 10:12-14
October 16 (morning group only)
Lead us not into WHAT?
Adult Small Groups
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. More details and signup information can be found at the table in the Narthex on Sunday mornings, September 22, 29, and October 6.
Men’s Bible Study
Topic: Christian Beliefs
When: Monday, 8:00-9:15 a.m., Starting September 16
Coffee and sweets included!
Where: Hermundslie Lounge, Salem
What: Unlike most new Christians, we may have a fairly firm understanding of the basic tenets of our faith. However, there may be merit in taking time to more deeply understand how these basic tenets form the core of our faith in God’s redemptive work. Each of us has experienced varied events that have forged our core beliefs. In sharing some of our faith journey, we can encourage each other as well as deepen our understanding of our basic beliefs. We all could use some ‘Continuing Education’ credits.
Women of the Word (WOW)
Gideon by Priscilla Shirer
When: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 6:45-8:45 p.m., Starting October 1
Where: Salem Fellowship Hall (morning); Hermundslie Lounge (evening)
What: If you’ve ever struggled with insecurity or had trouble accepting your limitations, this study will help you see how God can use your weakness to unlock his strength. Gideon can attest that weakness is a gift.
Who: This study is open to all women, no childcare is provided.
It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand
When: Every other Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Starting October 1
What: This group will use a book club format to discuss the book, It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand by Megan Devine. Although this is not a faith-based book, we will integrate Scripture and examine how faith and grief intersect and how to more effectively deal with the realities of difficult loss.
Who: Open to all
When: Every other Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., beginning October 1
What: We will be reading and discussing the book Rethinking Incarceration by Dominique Gilliard. From the publisher: This book “explores the history and foundation of mass incarceration…and shows how Christians can pursue justice that restores and reconciles.” Dominique Gilliard is the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Love Mercy, Do Justice (LMDJ) mission priority of the Evangelical Covenant Church.
Who: Open to all
Bible Art Journaling
When: 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Starting October 3
What: Explore a new, visual way to respond to Scripture. I send out a weekly Bible verse every Friday. Participants meditate on this verse until they have a visual image (drawing, painting, collage, picture from a magazine, etc.) to add to their Bible art journal. At the monthly meetings, we share our pages and pray for one another.
Who: Open to all
You are One Step Away from the Adventure of Your Life
When: Every other Friday, 7:00 p.m., Starting September 27
What: Deep within you lies the same faith and longing that sent Peter walking across the wind-swept Sea of Galilee toward Jesus. In what ways is the Lord telling you, as he did Peter, “Come?”
Who: Open to all
When: Saturday mornings, 9:00-11:00 a.m., Starting October 5
Where: Caribou Coffee in Little Canada
What: Everyday Peacemakers seek to practice love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and community in a diverse world. How can we do this as a local church? Join us as we read and discuss the book A Fellowship of Differents by Scot McKnight.
Who: Open to all
Bible Study Basics: The Letters of John by Amy Jackson and Justin Marr
When: One Saturday evening a month (usually third, depending on attendance), Starting September 21
What: As time passed after Jesus’ death and resurrection, the believers had an increasingly difficult time remembering his actual teachings. Believers from different places were preaching different messages. As fewer and fewer people who had spent time with Jesus in the flesh were alive to share their experiences, John wrote these three letters.
Who: Open to all
Salem Book Club 2019-2020
The book selections are primarily secular and we will discuss them from our Christian perspective. We meet on the third Thursday of the months listed at 7:00 p.m.
The Final Race: The Incredible World War II Story of the Olympian Who Inspired Chariots of Fire
by Eric T. Eichinger
by Alexs D. Pate
by Michelle Obama
The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity
by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy
Here If You Need Me: A True Story by Kate Braestrup
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life
by David Brooks
The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo: A Child, an Elder, and the Light from an Ancient Sky
by Kent Nerburn
Educated: A Memoir
by Tara Westover
Christian Education Classes
Christian Education Classes for Adult
Sundays, 10:10-10:50 a.m.
Starting September 15 at 10:10 AM this year there will be three optional Christian Education Classes.
- Returning in its usual excellence our lecture-format Adult Sunday School will operate out of East Fellowship Hall.
- Also returning is our family-oriented Parenting with Spirit in the lounge around tables processing the transforming work of parenting.
- Brand new this year is Faith 20/20, which will meet in West Fellowship Hall. Twenty minutes of information from local experts will be followed by 20 minutes of discussion in small groups on topics relevant to living out faith.
Take a look below for information about the topics each class will be offering. Don’t miss this chance to deepen your Sunday Morning experience.
Adult Sunday School
The Adult Sunday School is a 40-minute lecture with a 10-minute question and answer option following. One of our guiding verses is I Peter 3:15, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” We have an exciting slate of speakers and classes scheduled for the 2019-2020 Adult Sunday School year.
- Walter Sundberg starts off our class offerings on September 15 with Christian Sacraments and Rites. Christian life is marked by familiar rituals that demonstrate the faith in communal acts: the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion; the rites of Confirmation, Confession, Marriage, and Christian Burial. This series will examine these acts according to Scripture and church tradition with a focus on the ways they witness to Christian identity in a secular world.
- Then on October 20, The Fifth Gospel will be presented by Jonna Fantz. Jonna’s recent trip to Israel will provide enrichment for this class. She will share with us how Pilgrimage to Palestine has been a practice that Christians have done for two thousand years. We will explore what pilgrimage is and some of the things that being in the place where the Bible was written can teach us.
- David Hawkinson returns to teach at Salem on November 10. His class starts with the words of Jesus “and he taught them saying” followed by seven more blessings, which introduce the great body of teaching from Jesus that we know as the Sermon on the Mount. The structure of the Sermon has been explored from many angles. In this brief series, we will look at how we may read the Sermon and the Beatitudes as a unified whole, in which the body of the Sermon carefully comments back onto each of the Beatitudes. Reading this way may awaken us to hear these very familiar words in a new way and to find fresh meaning and sources of reflection as we seek to live his teaching in our lives.
Parenting with Spirit
Join us for a new year of Parenting with Spirit! We are an adult community that focuses on deepening our faith and enriching our family life through studying various topics related to parenting. Whether you are a couple or a single parent, we welcome people at all stages of the parenting journey. Our format includes different types of teaching (video & guest speakers), followed by times of discussion.
- We are kicking off the new year on Sunday, September 15 with a series called The Hurried Family taught by Tim Kimmel, who helps us to focus in on what really matters to our families in the face of our busy schedules. We’ll spend September and October taking the time to discuss each teaching around tables to help apply our freshly-gained wisdom to our calendars.
- Children and Materialism is a four-week series that we use to guide our time in November. We will wrestle with the issue of materialism and entitlement which seems to pervade our culture, making parenting all the more challenging. Each week, we will look at how to model gratefulness, teach contentment, teach perspective, and model compassion to our children. Someone once said, “God created us to love people and use things, but sadly we live in a world where others use people and love things.” To raise a thankful child, we need to be intentional; it won’t just happen. Join us as we look at how to be intentional about guiding our children through the lie and lure of materialism in the world around us.
Faith 20/20 is a fresh venue for learning, connection, and transformation. Each 20/20 session opens space to connect with others around focused, well-presented, actionable topics aimed at answering the question “How can we flourish in our faith together?”
- September 15, 22, 29
Who Needs Theology?
Facilitator: Ben Rhodes
For many, theology is something overly academic and makes faith strange and complicated. Even the most intellectual can often get bogged down in the doctrines and dogma that have developed over the centuries. So, if theology serves to muddle our faith, who needs it? Yet, good theology is essential for healthy churches and a flourishing Christian life. This three-week study will explore what theology is (hint: it’s “thinking about God”), what constitutes “good” theology, how theology works, and why every believer is a theologian.
- October 6, 13, 20
Facilitator: Mark Blaede
For many, the phrase “mental health” has a negative connotation. In the church, if we talk about it, we tend to do so in hushed tones and vague terms. But have you ever wondered how science, spirituality, stigma, and Scriptures collide? This fall, it’s time to open both our heads and our hearts for an informative, earnest, and even humorous conversation about the intersection of mental health and our faith. Join us—your brain will thank you for it!
- October 27, November 3, 10
How to Step Outside Your Bubble
Facilitator: Kirk Livingston
We can get stuck when surrounded by like-minded people. When stuck, we hesitate to ask the sticky questions our culture asks. But what if talking through our fears and across our boundaries was the very thing God rewarded with insight, joy, and deepening connection with Him? What if talking outside our tribe—our bubble—was God’s plot for our growth and his map for reaching non-believers?
- November 17, 24, December 1
The Art of Forgiveness
Facilitator: Jonna Fantz
When it comes to forgiveness there are some things to know and some things to do. Come learn and practice forgiveness through teaching and imaginative prayer. This class will have extra power if you bring someone or something that you need to work on forgiving.
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.
Chili Cook-Off and Game Night
Tuesday, September 20, 6:30 p.m. at Salem
Oh Fer Fun
Indoor and Outdoor Activities
Friday, February 21, 2020 at Salem
This will be a whole-church event in collaboration with Children and Family Ministry.
Friday, June 12, 2020 at Salem
After a successful evening in June 2017, we will be enjoying our second salmon dinner together.
Grandparenting Seminar in collaboration with Children and Family Ministry
January 2020 at Salem
Pickleball for Adults in collaboration with Sports Ministry
Watch for more details.
- Trunk-or-Treat and Sing for the King
Sunday, October 27, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Salem
Decorate your trunk and hand out candy.
Volunteer to be a support person that night.
- work with a small group during Sing for the King in the Gym
- walk around and pray
- welcome folks into the Narthex and answer questions
- bring candy refills to the trunks
- help clean up afterward.
Donate candy and prizes. Thousands of prizes will be needed for the night.
- Thanksgiving Bags for Union Gospel Mission
Month of November
We will join the whole-church effort to fill bags to support needy families with food for Thanksgiving.
- Support Our Neighbors
Watch for more information.
Join others from the JOURNEYS group as they engage in existing Salem ministry opportunities.
- Assisting with AWANA
- Teaching Sunday School/Children’s Worship
- Serving with MOPS Kids
- Serving at Manna Market
- Serving with Loaves and Fishes
- Attend Adult Sunday School Classes
- Attend Wednesday Adult Bible Study
- Participate in a Small Group
- Participate in Music Ministries
MOPS (MOPS stands for Mothers Of Preschoolers)
MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers and is for every mom with children from birth through kindergarten. MomsNext, an extension of MOPS, exists to meet the needs of every mom with children in grades 1-12. MOPS and MomsNext groups provide an open, caring, and accepting atmosphere to grow and share your experiences with other women. No matter what your background or age, you will find support in MOPS and MomsNext as you try to be the best mom you can be! Come, join us! You are invited to attend the thriving group that meets at Salem on the second and fourth Fridays each month, 9:30-11:30 a.m., September-May.
What happens at a MOPS meeting?
The two-hour program at a MOPS meeting often includes speakers, discussion, sharing, snacks, and creative crafts. Many activities will be based on this year’s MOPS theme. Past guest speakers have addressed topics ranging from self-esteem to first aid, from organization to aromatherapy. Favorite activities have included making jewelry, assembling first aid kits, and taste-testing 15 kinds of chocolate! While you enjoy your time together with other moms, your children are cared for in a parallel program called MOPS Kids. Children under age two enjoy playing in a spacious nursery. Older children play, sing, read Bible stories, make crafts, and enjoy snacks together.
What is MOPS Kids?
While you enjoy your time together with other moms, your children (newborn through preschool-age) are cared for in a parallel program called MOPS Kids. Children under age 2 enjoy playing in a spacious nursery. Older children play, sing, read Bible stories, make crafts, and enjoy snacks together. We are not able to accommodate school-aged children in MOPS Kids.
What Does It Cost?
A $5 per month meeting fee pays for guest speakers, creative crafts, and two hours of childcare.
The annual registration fee is $31.95. Register online at mops.org/join and use the quick registration code: 9SDW. The Membership Kit includes a custom Giving Keys necklace, a print for your home or office, a lullaby CD from JJ Heller, and other tidbits of encouragement to usher in an incredible year ahead. (It matches our annual theme and is delivered right to your doorstep!). You will also have access to online resources including weekly videos, digital Collectives (6-week gatherings on a specific topic), and other tools to help you make this mothering season the most invigorating + redemptive + fun for you and your family.
MOPS and MomsNext Meetings for 2019-2020 at Salem Covenant Church
September 13 and 27, 2019
October 11 and 25
November 8 and 22
January 10 and 24, 2020
February 7 and 21
March 13 and 27
You are welcome to attend as many MOPS/MomsNext meetings as you can!
This Year’s Theme: To The Full
Are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life? Sometimes we need the reminder that life is meant to be lived to the full. That it is OK to enjoy ourselves, to let our hair down, to worry less, and to really suck the marrow out of life (who even says that? I guess we do now.) Because as far as we can tell, this is exactly how God intended for us to live—fully and abundantly.
It’s easy to forget what that feels like, though. One day we’re wide-eyed and the possibilities are endless, and then slowly, without even realizing it, we find ourselves dulled by the routines and disappointments that are a part of being human. We slowly start to lose our optimism and zest for life.
All that is about to change, because this next year is about the full life. Which means living grateful, joyful, and hopeful. It means being led by the Good Shepherd and trusting that everything is working out exactly as it should.
We’ll say farewell to auto pilot and regain our vitality. We’ll have more fun, get to know new people, stop fearing what could go wrong or being so afraid of what others think. We will enjoy our kids like never before, and someday, when they wonder what life to the full looks like, they will look no farther than how mom does it.
But here’s one important thing to remember: this idea of life to the full isn’t about striving for more. It’s not about striving at all. It is about recognizing that life isn’t a bunch of goals to achieve, or people to please; but an invitation to savor, delight, and enjoy your life just a little more.
If you have ever felt like you aren’t enough, if you have forgotten to have fun, or feel like you have lost your spark, then this is the fresh start you have been waiting for.
In order to live To the Full this year, let’s:
- Have More Fun: Fun is often the first thing to go when life gets hectic because it seems frivolous and extravagant. This year we are going to remember that we can still have fun even when life is hard. We are going to let the laundry wait and build a fort with our kids. We’ll stop waiting until everything on our to-do list is finished until we have fun, and do one thing a month just because it makes us happy. This is our year to remember what it feels like to enjoy ourselves.
- Fear Less: No more fearing what people might think or say. No more letting fear paralyze us or concern about the future rob us of the present. At any given moment, there is courage inside of each of us that may be lying dormant. This year we’ll bring it to life. We’ll change our ways of thinking, calm our anxiety, and surrender our need to control. This is the year of faith over fear, and abundance over scarcity.
- Find Our People: This year we’ll meet our neighbors, learn the name of the cashier at the grocery store, and invite our MOPS table over for dinner. We need our people, and they need us. Maybe it means asking someone we respect to be our mentor, or perhaps it means marching in a parade, throwing candy and inviting other moms to MOPS. Finding our people takes some vulnerability, but it will also mean being known, belonging, and helping others feel the same. Life to the full happens best with people by our side.
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
Seven Days of Prayer
During the Lenten Season
Individuals, couples, and families will be able to sign up for an hour to visit and pray in our prayer room which will be thoughtfully set up for a meaningful time between you and God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Look for more details early in 2020!
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).
We invite women from all seasons of life to join together in friendship and faith. Through collective prayer, fellowship, and service, we experience Christ’s love and participate in God’s redeeming work in the world.
Let’s get crafty on
Friday, October 11, 6:30 p.m.
Invite your friends and join your Salem Sisters for a night of creativity and service. You will create your own piece of seasonal art to enjoy and take home. Not a big crafter? How about using your hands and enjoying fellowship while crafting something to help others. We are looking forward to a relaxing evening creating works of art, works of service, and an opportunity to connect with friends, both old and new.
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.
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 September-May.
Friday, September 20, 12:00 p.m.
Baked Potato Lunch and Dessert
No charge; must sign up.
Entertainment: Saw Dusters
They are a group of men who do woodworking and decided to step out of the box with creating
a band. They are full of humor and songs.
Friday, October 18, 12:00 p.m.
Bring your favorite dish to share.
Program: Amy & Adams
Amy & Adams share an upbeat musical blend with an accompaniment of guitars, ukuleles, mandolin, keyboard, flutes, and stunning harmonies, that will bring a song to your lips and a hop to your step.
Friday, November 15, 12:00 p.m.
Must sign up and pay in advance.
Program: Jim Shannon
Retired Captain in the US Army Jim will present a patriotic-themed program by piano playing, singing, and sharing the history of the songs.
Friday, January 17, 1:00 p.m. (note time change)
Movie to be announced.
Popcorn, Cookies, and Beverages
Friday, February 21, 12:00 p.m.
Soup and Salad Lunch
(Provided by the Sr. Fellowship Committee)
Must sign up and pay in advance.
Program: Janet Hanson and Bev Solberg
Janet performs in local theaters and Bev has accompanied the Two Rivers Chorale along with 40+ years of experience in churches and schools.
Friday, March 20, 12:00 p.m.
Bring your favorite dish to share.
featuring Scott Dorff on soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone and Malcom Anderson
on piano and keyboard. A freewill offering
will be taken for CODA.
Friday, April 17, 12:00 p.m.
Relishes, Potato Salad, Dessert
No charge; must sign up.
Entertainment: Tim Hanson
featuring Swedish hymns and their history, including a sing-a-long.
Friday, May 15, 12:00 p.m.
Pizza, Salad, and Cookies
(Provided by the Sr. Fellowship Committee)
No charge. Sign up in advance.
Program: Synod Senior Band
60-85 piece band
A freewill offering will be taken for the band.