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
These opportunities are virtual.
Sundays, June 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Each Sunday morning in June, we will be looking 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 will begin with a 30-minute large group teaching, then participants will be placed into virtual small groups for further discussion. Register to receive the Zoom information. This class will be led by Pastor Jonna Fantz and Outreach Director Shelli Streeper. Recorded sessions can be viewed on Salem’s YouTube channel Teaching and Learning Playlist.
- June 7: Exodus The Israelites might have understood their journey through the wilderness as moving to the promised land, but really they were moving toward God. Join us to explore how we can move toward God in our own lives through the ancient practice of Examen.
- June 14: Elijah The wilderness is demanding, and it demands that we surrender and rest in something bigger than us. Join us to explore how we can rest in God through Silent Retreat.
- June 21: David David felt stripped in the wilderness of all the promises of his calling to Kingship. His wilderness was actually his training ground where he needed to learn to wait. Join us to explore how we can learn to wait through Breath Prayer.
- June 28: John the Baptist John the Baptist got in trouble with the temple authorities because he declared that being a child of Abraham was not enough. His call to the wilderness was a call to dependence and to recognize our need for God to save us. Join us to explore how we can move deeper into our salvation through repentance.
Listening for the Word of God:
Lectio Divina– a prayerful practice for meeting with God in the Scriptures
Wednesdays, June 10, 17, and 24 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Register here to receive the Zoom meeting information.
Jesus often said, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” and we invite you to join Pastor Mark in doing just that through an ancient method of listening for the Word of God called Lectio Divina. For centuries, people have used this method both as individuals and in groups to meditate on the Scriptures and invite God to speak to and shape their hearts and minds. Join us as we gather in Zoom meetings on Wednesday evenings through the month of June to explore and experience this prayerful, powerful way of listening to God.
Join one or all of these Salem staff-led opportunities to learn, listen, process, and pray together as a church body. Please use the links below to register in advance for each session. Zoom information will be sent via email following registration.
- Sundays, June 10, 17, and 24, 10:00 a.m. Children and Family Ministry’s Flourish Class will teach a series called Created In His Image (via the link on Salem’s CFM Facebook page)
- Monday, June 15, 7:00 p.m. Listening and Processing Session led by Outreach Director Shelli Streeper. Register here.
- Monday, June 22, 7:00 p.m. Prayer Time of Confession and Lament led by Pastor Mark Pattie. Register here.
- Monday, June 29, 7:00 p.m. Intercessory Interconnected Prayer Exercise led by Pastor Jonna Fantz. Register here.
These opportunities are in-person and we hope to restart as guidelines allow us to do so safely.
Wednesday Bible Studies (September-May)
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.
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.
Salem Book Club 2020-2021
The book selections are primarily secular and we will discuss them from our Christian perspective. Enjoy this reading list and check back in August for updates regarding opportunities to meet and discuss the books.
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 three optional Christian Education Classes on Sundays, September-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.”
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 by 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.
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?” We start with 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.
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.
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.
You are welcome to attend as many MOPS/MomsNext meetings as you can!
This Year’s Theme: Decide To Rise
This year, we want to tell you two things that will change your life if you believe them.
First, you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
Second, because you are fearfully and wonderfully made, you have work to do; meaningful work that was built into your DNA before you were born. Work that you were made for. Sometimes, we believe that our motherhood is a constraint that limits what we can do in this life. We want to remind you that motherhood isn’t a constraint – it’s a catalyst. In fact, God appointed a woman named Deborah to be a judge over the nation of Israel. She was a leader, warrior and prophetess who ultimately helped an entire nation rediscover its identity and destiny as the people of God. And she declared that she accomplished it because she AROSE AS A MOTHER.
The villagers ceased in Israel; they ceased to be until I arose; I, Deborah, arose as a mother in Israel. Judges 5:7 (ESV)
Before God appointed Deborah, the inhabitants of Israel were distressed and had no fight left in them. Does this sound familiar? Is it possible that through this MOPS community of ours, each of us could reignite a sense of strength, joy and courage back into ourselves, our homes and our culture?
This is the year we arise as mothers to awaken a weary and sleeping world. The year to accept and believe that God will fulfill his promises to you, and to embrace your motherhood as a catalyst to his plans and promises for you.
Here are the three things we will do to remind ourselves of who God made us to be:
BE STRONG: Arise as a mother. This is your year to get strong physically and mentally. To own the body you’ve been given and build muscle and stamina so you can do all the things that God is calling you to do; important things like chase your kids around the backyard, carry groceries for your elderly neighbor or even build a mud house for a family in Rwanda. To embrace your own body’s abilities and build it up – whatever your physical ability may be. It also means being strong mentally. Sometimes our thought life needs a little tightening up. It might mean seeing a therapist who can give you tools for dealing with anxiety, or maybe developing mental stamina so you can endure the daily toddler meltdowns. Often we wait for all the right details to come into place before we act, but maybe this is the year God is saying, “Stop waiting and get to it.” Body and mind – this is the year we embrace the self that God gave us.
DO YOUR WORK: Doing your work happens in big and small, but always significant ways. It’s about persevering through the daily grind of essential but mundane tasks; and it’s also about making brave choices to do new things. Doing your work looks different for each of us, but everyone’s work will require some grit and courage. Maybe it’s choosing forgiveness, healing from past trauma, or making amends to those you’ve hurt. Maybe it’s sharing the secret you’ve been carrying for years, or unlearning harmful patterns of behavior. And when it comes to mothering … God gave those kids to you, Mama! You’ve been appointed and no one else can mother them like you. You are made of brave spirit. You’ll figure it out because you always have, and you have God and your MOPS sisters by your side.
CHASE JOY: Actively seeking out joy is how we fight discouragement and fear. It’s how we fight our tendency to complain, accuse or be offended. Joy is a decision, a really brave one, about how you will respond to life in all its circumstances. Joy is the most magnetic and contagious force in the universe, the type that people around you can’t help but notice – especially those looking up toward their mom. It is a gladness that’s not just reserved for happy moments, but particularly during the hardest days that come your way. Joy is the deep knowing that you were made for more than anxiety, depression and fear. This is your year to reclaim joy and share it with others!
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.
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.