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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.

Jonna Fantz
Worship and Community Life Pastor
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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. Adult Sunday School will be livestreaming their lecture-format class on Sunday morning. A copy of their recent brochure can be found HERE. Faith 20/20, which includes a presentation from local experts followed by 20 minutes of discussion on topics relevant to living out faith will be held via Zoom meetings on Sunday mornings. Recordings of both classes are then available for viewing after the class on Salem’s YouTube channel.

Book Club
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.

Men’s Ministry
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.

Prayer Team
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.

Salem Sisters
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
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.
Below are the new groups starting in January/February 2021!

Questions? Contact:
Jonna Fantz—Worship and Community Life Pastor
jfantz@salem-covenant.church

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.

Monday

Sermon Discussion Group
When: Weekly on Mondays at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
What: Join us for an opportunity to dig deeper into the Word and into the sermon content each week. Our goal is to create a space for rich discussion and analytical questions where we can take the inspired messages that we hear each week and unpack them more fully.
Who: Open to all
Contact: Hannah Jacobson and Jane Hutchins-Peterson

Tuesday

Bible Study: The Gospel of Matthew taught by Pastor Jonna Fantz
When: Tuesdays, January 26, February 9, 23, March 9, 23, April 6, 20, May 4, 18, June 1 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
What: Jesus’ life, as told by his disciple Matthew, is a compelling call to believe. Mathew’s story is deeply Jewish as he reveals that Jesus is the One that all humanity is waiting for, and that his kingdom of heaven is where we all can thrive. Join in a bi-monthly, ten-session exploration of the first 16 chapters of the life of Jesus before it pivots toward the Cross in the book of Matthew. We will be using the ESV Scripture Journal from Crossway to spend time during the off-week to reflect on the text. Discussion and teaching from Pastor Jonna will help us dive more deeply into Jesus’ story for an hour and apply his life and teachings to our own daily walk.

Weekly Study:

  1. The Arrival in History of the Messiah (Matt. 1:1–2:23)
  2. John the Baptist Prepares for the Messianic Kingdom (Matt. 3:1–17)
  3. Jesus the Messiah Begins to Advance the Messianic Kingdom (Matt. 4:1–25)
  4. The Authoritative Message: Kingdom Life for His Disciples (Matt. 5:1–7:29)
  5. The Authoritative Power: Kingdom Power Demonstrated (Matt. 8:1–9:38)
  6. The Authoritative Mission of the Messiah’s Messengers (Matt. 10:1–42)
  7. Opposition to the Messiah Emerges (Matt. 11:1–12:50)
  8. Mysteries of the Messianic Kingdom Revealed in Parables (Matt. 13:1–53)
  9. The Identity of the Messiah Revealed (Matt. 13:54–16:20)
  10. The Suffering of the Messiah Revealed (Matt. 16:21–28)

Who: Everyone is welcome
Contact: Jonna Fantz

Wednesday

Alpha
When: Wednesdays January 20-March 31 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
What: Alpha is a series of open, honest, and informal discussions that explore the basics of the Christian faith. If you’ve ever wondered why you’re here, who Jesus is and why he died, how to pray and read the Bible, or why your faith matters, this class may help you find the answers.
Who: Open to all
Contact: Jeff and Shelli Streeper

Thursday

Bible Art Journaling
When: 2nd Thursday of the beginning January 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom until further notice. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
What: Explore a new, visual way to respond to Scripture. Verses are sent out every Friday. Members read them in context and meditate on them until they feel ready to create a page for their journal using any art form (pencils, crayons, paint, collage, etc.) At our monthly meetings we share our journal pages. We also share prayer requests and pray together.
Who: Open to all, age 12 and older.
Contact: Kathy Sammartano

God’s Blueprint for Marriage
When: Weekly on Thursday beginning February 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
What: Everyone wants their marriage to be fruitful and full of joy, but it’s a lot harder to get there than most people think. Come explore God’s blueprint for building a healthy marriage through trust, honesty, service, love, and God’s Word in this 6-week series.
Who:  Couples
Contact: David and Becky Green

Dialogues on Race
When: Thursdays February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11, 18 from 7:00 -8:15 p.m.
Where: Zoom After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
What: This seven-week series helps move us toward conversations that build bridges. Weekly topics range from the Black and Native American experiences to defining whiteness and what it means to be an “other.” Each week includes reflection on a Bible passage and questions about responding as Christ-followers—plus time to connect with other participants. Participants are encouraged to order the learner guide found here in advance.
Who: Open to teens and adults. If sign-up is large, we will split into smaller groups for discussion.
Contact: Kirk and Kris Livingston

Salem Book Club
When: Thursdays, January 21, February 18, March 18 at 7:00 p.m.
What: One book is discussed each month.
Where: Hybrid (10 individuals can meet at church and others can attend by Zoom). The February discussion will be 100% Zoom. Contact Sue for Zoom link: sueposton@comcast.net.

  • January—The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
  • February—The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough
  • March—The Dutch House: A Novel by Ann Patchett

Who: All Adults are welcome.
Contact: Sue Poston

Saturday

Book Study Reframation: Seeing God, People, and Mission Through Reenchanted Frames by Alan Hirsch and Mark Nelson
When: One Saturday evening a month (usually second or third, depending on attendance) Beginning January 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Members’ homes, on a volunteer basis. Zoom will be utilized until the group can safely meet. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
What: As Christians, we can often be starved of imagination, wary of paradox, and devoid of mystery. Reframation invites followers of Jesus to stretch our minds, expand our hearts, and awaken ourselves and those around us to the grand story of God. Rooted in Scripture, and drawing on poetry, literature, the arts, philosophy, and pop culture, this book calls us to experience and articulate the good news in ways that resonate with the spiritual hunger and longings of those in our contemporary culture. Scripture, sharing, and prayer is integral; no study guide will be used.
Who: We are open to anyone! We have some couples who have been regulars for years. Others, both singles and couples, old and young, are relatively new.
Contact: Ron Tungseth

 


 

Recordings of this and other adult studies are available on Salem’s YouTube channel.

Wilderness Wisdom

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.

Book Club

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.

September
Educated: A Memoir
by Tara Westover

October
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II
by Sonia Purnell

November
My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton
by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

January
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey
by Candice Millard

February
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West
by David McCullough

March
The Dutch House: A Novel
by Ann Patchett

April
The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel
by Heather Morris

May
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 Adults

Salem offers two options for Christian Education Classes from October-May.
View previous classes HERE.

Don’t miss this chance to deepen your Sunday Morning experience.

Adult Sunday School

The Adult Sunday School is a 40-minute lecture. 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.” A copy of their recent brochure can be found HERE.

View the livesteamed lecture HERE
Register to attend in-person 
HERE

Seven Hebrew Words Every Christian Should Know
May 2-16, 2021
Early Start 10:05 a.m.
Speaker: Rev. Jonna Fantz

Introduction:

The Hebrew language is rich, textured and notoriously difficult to translate into English.  When you explore the depth of the meaning of some Hebrew words, the text comes to life in a whole new way. We will have the chance to explore seven words that express key spiritual concepts and are repeated often in the Hebrew scriptures. Together we will explore the textures of the language and culture that can awaken us to the power and true meaning of words like hope, fear, prayer, faith, soul, mercy, and help.

Speaker Bio:

  • M.Div., Bethel Seminary.
  • Spiritual Direction Credentials:  Christos Renewal Center.
  • Ordained in Converge (the former Baptist General Conference) and the Evangelical Covenant Church.
  • Pastor for 21 years serving several congregations across denominations.

Additional Classes and Information can be found in the Adult Sunday School Brochure: HERE

Faith 20/20

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. 

Sabbath Presence: Christianity, Nationalism, and the Church of the 21st Century
April 25, May 2, May 9
10:10 a.m.
Facilitator: Joel Lawrence, Pastor/ Theologian

This series will reflect on the nature of the church’s call to be present in the world in light of the challenges of Christian nationalism and the ongoing societal political division that has taken root in the church. We will ask such questions as: How is the church to be engaged in the world? How are we to understand our relation to the state in light of the Biblical vision of the church without falling into the dangers of nationalism?

MOPS

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 (ashleytramm@gmail.com) or Sarah Burt (sarah.k.burt@gmail.com) 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 (sarah.k.burt@gmail.com) if you want to join the virtual group!

 

 

Prayer

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).

Senior Fellowship

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. 

 

 

Inspiring and equipping all generations.