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
Adult Small Groups
Existing groups will meet virtually and in-person, as appropriate. These two groups have openings and will be starting up this fall.
Bible Art Journal Group—We invite students in middle school through adults to participate as we individually meditate on a Scripture and create an art journal page depicting what God has taught us—using pencils, paint, collage, etc. Together via Zoom on the second Thursday of every month, we will share our pages. Contact Kathy Sammartano (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up.
WOW Bible Study—first and third Tuesdays, starting in October. We will be using the video and discussion from One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land by Priscilla Shirer. Contact Cheryl Squires (612-819-6824) to sign up.
Recordings of this and other adult studies are available on Salem’s YouTube channel.
In June 2020, we looked at stories from the wilderness, a key lesson from that story, and a spiritual practice that could help us reap the benefits of the wilderness we find ourselves in. We began with a 30-minute large group teaching, then participants were placed into virtual small groups for further discussion. This class was led by Pastor Jonna Fantz and Outreach Director Shelli Streeper. Recorded sessions can be viewed on Salem’s YouTube channel Teaching and Learning Playlist.
Salem Book Club 2020-2021
The book selections are primarily secular and we will discuss them from our Christian perspective. Contact Sue Poston or the Church Office for details regarding our monthly meetings this year.
Educated: A Memoir
by Tara Westover
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II
by Sonia Purnell
My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton
by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey
by Candice Millard
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West
by David McCullough
The Dutch House: A Novel
by Ann Patchett
The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel
by Heather Morris
Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes
by Adam Hochschild
Christian Education Classes
Christian Education Classes for Adult
Salem offers two options for Christian Education Classes from October-May.
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.”
The Christian Church and Scientific Thought led by Dr. Dale Gentry
Sundays, October 18-November 1
Scientific research produces a better understanding of God’s creation, but can it also produce a better understanding of God? This four-week course will spend two weeks addressing the perceived conflict between science and Christian faith, highlighting solutions to work toward a harmonious coexistence, and two weeks considering what we can know about God through studying material creation.
Pilgrims and Puritans led by Dr. Walter Sundberg
Sundays, November 8-22
November means Thanksgiving, a quintessential American holiday that recalls in fact and myth the early settlers in New England, who came to a new land to revive their Christian faith and reform the church. This three-week series will tell the story of a number of the leaders among these settlers who helped shape Christian identity in America. These include the Pilgrim Father William Bradford, the Puritan leader John Winthrop, the religious rebels Anne Hutchison and Roger Williams, the revivalists Solomon Stoddard and Jonathan Edwards. Christian faith in America would not be the same without them. They help give meaning to Thanksgiving.
The Gospels as Stories led by Dr. Jeannine Brown
Sundays, November 29-December 20
Dr. Brown is an expert on the Gospels. Her book, “The Gospels as Stories,” will serve as the basis for this series. She will apply four key areas of narrative analysis and show how they bring the text to life, and how these tools offer a corrective to our tendency to read the Gospels one story at a time.
Deuteronomy’s Vision and the Christian Church led by Dr. Peter Vogt
Sundays, January 10-31, 2021
We live in a complex and ever-changing society. It can be challenging as followers of Jesus, to know how to live faithfully while still serving as witnesses to the world around us. Though often relegated to being a cure for insomnia, the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy offers insights for how to live in a faithful counter-cultural way that can have a profound impact on the world around us. This series will explore the overall message of Deuteronomy and consider how this ancient book is relevant for contemporary followers of Jesus.
Faith 20/20 is an interactive opportunity to learn—even from a distance. We continue with our twin goals of delivering thoughtful spiritual content (20 minutes) to be processed in intimate conversations (20 minutes). Each session is a bite-sized jump into deep topics with a side of getting to know some new people. This fall, we are live streaming via Zoom on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm. When possible, we will return to Sunday mornings, in-person, between the traditional and contemporary services.
A City on a Hill—Shining the Light of Christ in Our Community led by Laura Kozamchack
Wednesdays, October 14, 21, and 28
This three-week study will center on what the Gospel of Matthew teaches about becoming people who shine the light of Christ in the community. Through the study of selected passages in the Gospel of Matthew, we will take time to consider how we can shine our light in relationships, places of influence, and in the marketplace. We will discuss how our insights from these passages can inform us as we strive to truly love and bless our communities especially as we face challenges such as the COVID-era, seeking social justice, and election season.
A Holistic Well-being: Conversing with Christian Liberation Theologies led by Dr. Victor Ezigbo
Wednesdays, November 4, 11, 18, and 25
Human sufferings impede human well-being. What does the Christian faith, Christian theology in particular, say about the well-being of human beings? And what does Christian theology offer as a solution to the problem of human sufferings, especially those that are human-induced such as racism, oppressive economic structures, and caste-relations? To answer these questions, we will explore and dialogue with some versions of liberation theologies that have been developed by Christian theologians from India, Peru, and the United States of America.
Grief and Loss led by Laura Mortenson
Wednesdays, December 2, 9, and 16
This three-week study will explore grief and loss, including the non-death losses experienced during the pandemic, and healthy and compassionate ways to cope and to support each other.
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.
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!
We are finding creative ways to connect mothers of littles this fall while we strive to remain safe. Even though this year looks sooo different than we all expected or desire, we have an amazing semester of fellowship (in-person or virtual) for our dear mamas! Please contact Ashley Tramm (email@example.com) or Sarah Burt (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Our in-home table groups will be using content provided by MOPS International, which can only be accessed by registered members. To register, head over to mops.org/join and enter group code 9SDW to join the Salem group. Enter promo code EXPMIM21SEPT for $2 off your registration.
Email Heidi Anderson (Heidileeanderson@gmail.com) if you need to join a group! Email Sarah Burt (email@example.com) if you want to join the virtual group!
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).
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.
Please note that we are not meeting this fall due to COVID-19.