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Worship +1 Opportunities

 

Check this page regularly as we add more opportunities
to connect with God and others at Salem.

The Spiritual Formation Team invites Salem Covenant Church to participate in our Worship +1 Challenge! Over the next 8 weeks, we want you to not only participate in our weekly worship services but to also engage in one more activity each week. We have developed a variety of opportunities that you can participate in virtually or safely in-person; there are one-time commitment-type activities or more regular, on-going commitments.

View the calendar of options HERE. More opportunities and details will be added in the coming weeks.
View the regular weekly Christian Education options and new small groups HERE.

 
 

 

View previous classes HERE.

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.

The Gospels as Stories led by Dr. Jeannine Brown
View the livesteamed lecture 
HERE
Register to attend in-person on January 31 
HERE
Sundays, February 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2021

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. Dr. Brown has taught at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul for over 20 years and is the Director of Online Programs and Instructor. She teaches in the areas of New Testament, hermeneutics, and Greek. She has published several books, and numerous journal articles, and book essays on the Gospels of Matthew and John, 1 Peter, and topics of hermeneutics. She is a member of the NIV translation team and is a part of the revision project for the NIV Study Bible.

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. 

Intersections of Faith and History
Register 
HERE to attend virtually via Zoom
Sundays, February 7 and 14

  • Facilitator: Kent Whitworth,  Director and CEO of the Minnesota Historical Society
  • As believers, we are called to pursue truth. When it comes to history, the “truth” we thought we knew continues to change. Is that political correctness, or is new evidence leading to a deeper understanding of the past and therefore to an expanded narrative? Christian historian, John Fea, writes “While the purpose of the church, of course, is to bring people into a closer relationship with God and others, it is also important that Christians understand the culture in which they hope to live out their faith.” Join us for a two-part conversation as we wrestle with the tensions of history and its intersection with our faith.

Upcoming Class:

Exploring Three Lenten Themes Using Biblical Texts and Art

  • Facilitator: Wayne Roosa, Professor of Art History, Bethel University
  • February 28, March 7, and 14
  • These three sessions will explore great artworks together with the Biblical texts inspiring them, for in-depth meditations during Lent. Three themes will be explored: Pilate’s words, Ecce Homo; the Crucifixion; and, somewhat unusually, The Prodigal Son.

 


 

 

Tune in via Zoom call on the first Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. as we think global and serve local! We will hear how God is moving around the world as we share updates from Salem supported missionaries and connect with leaders of local ministries. We will wrap up each call by providing focused prayer, service, and engagement opportunities for the month! 

Join us on March 3 at 4:00 p.m. Register and receive Zoom call details HERE.

  • Hear how Bridging is helping individuals and families in our community HERE (February Meeting). Salem is collecting Kitchen Packs for an organization called Bridging which provides individuals and families with essential home furnishings to help them transition towards a positive new start in life. Click here to access the directions for completing your Kitchen Pack and drop them off in the large gray bin located in the church lobby during the month of February.
  • Learn about Joni & Friends’ local and international disability ministry HERE (January Meeting)! 
  • Learn about Manna Market’s Food Pantry, a ministry of Fridley Covenant Church, HERE (December meeting).
  • Join the ministry of Union Gospel Mission and the challenge Josh Windham issues to Salem Covenant Church to create 100 Bags of Hope HERE (November meeting).
  • Greet the Clausons, Salem’s missionaries to Mexico, as they share with us the work God has done these past few years, during COVID, and now on furlough here in MN HERE (October meeting).
  • Learn how God is at work on the campus of Alaska Christian College (ACC) HERE (September’s meeting).

 

Shelli Streeper || Outreach Director
sstreeper@salem-covenant.church

 

 

 

Salem Covenant Church desires to be a church that provides immediate and on-going support as we work towards rebuilding and restoring what was destroyed, reconciling relationships, and transforming our hearts and minds to becoming more like Christ. Learn more HERE.

Book Discussion Opportunity

Sunday, February 28: 

  • 6:00-7:00 p.m. Youth Registration Link (register once for ANY youth book discussion session) – Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper is a story about a young black girl, Stella, who lives in the segregated south of North Carolina. She shares about her experience of discrimination and the evil power and destruction the KKK has on individuals and the community.
  • 7:00-8:00 p.m. Adult Registration Link (register once for ANY adult book discussion session) – the book Reading While Black by Esau McCaulley is the adult offering.

 

Shelli Streeper || Outreach Director
sstreeper@salem-covenant.church

 


 

Heart Hike and Scavenger Hunt
February 12-27, 2021

We have extended availability for this event. It will remain up through our Oh Fer Fun Event! 
Join us for Salem’s first annual Heart Hike and Scavenger Hunt anytime Friday through Sunday (during daylight hours)! Hidden in Salem’s backyard and trail will be 10 hearts with Bible verses. This self-guided scavenger hunt is an open event and registration is not required, but we do ask if you happen across another “hunting party” that you maintain physical distance and keep your masks on. This is an outdoor event and building hours will be observed so please note restrooms may not be available on site. Happy hunting! 

BINGO Night for all ages!
Friday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening of fun and connection as we play an all-time favorite game, BINGO! Our special edition BINGO will include a devotional in an exciting way! Register using the links below, access and print out any one of the BINGO boards and gather some place markers (like paper, M&Ms, mini marshmallows) to play the game. Gift card prizes will be mailed to the winners the next day!

FEBRUARY: Register in advance
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Print your BINGO card HERE!

 

 

 



O FER FUN!

Saturday, February 27, 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

It’s time to get together and play. Join us for an outdoor winter festival for all ages complete with sledding, carnival games, bags, snow angel painting, horse and wagon rides, Chik-fil-a sandwiches, boot hockey, hot chocolate, s’mores, and a free giveaway. You don’t want to miss this fun-packed snowy frolic. There is no cost to attend, but you need to register by clicking on this Link or call the church office and we’ll get you registered. Come enjoy some food, some friends, and celebrate what Minnesota does best:  winter! 

 

 


 

Yogadevotion Zoom Class
Tuesdays, February 23 – April 13 from
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Click on the link (https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctc-yqqTgtGtbBkcfcs5JuVQ7v-T53HalH) to register and make your payment. If you prefer making your payment by sending a check to Salem and registering with me, you can also do that. If you are sending a check, please write ‘Yogadevotion’ in the memo line. We hope and pray that as we bring in the new year with this next session, that 2021 will be filled with hope, peace, joy, health, and that we will be able to be together soon.

Walk in the Word
Wednesdays in January and February
Join Shelli Streeper at Silverwood Park on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. for a walk and discussion based on a short devotional. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing while together.

 

Check back for further details on the events in February.

Shelli Streeper || Outreach Director
sstreeper@salem-covenant.church

 


 

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

 

 


 

Children and Family Ministry (CFM)

Click HERE for registration links and to read the latest updates from Director Hannah Jacobson.
Join Salem’s CFM Facebook page!

Family Worship—Worshiping together as a family is a core part of a child’s spiritual development. We encourage our families to engage in worship and will provide tools to help families with in-person worship and resources and ideas to help families create a positive worship environment at home.

Awana Clubs 
Awana Online—students are given the opportunity to meet together in an online platform for small groups each Sunday night.
Awana At Home—students will go through their Awana content in a family guided plan that helps each student reach their individual goals.

 

Hannah Jacobson|| Children and Family Director
hjacobson@salem-covenant.church

 

 

 

Youth Ministry

Follow Salem’s Youth Group on Instagram and YouTube.

Exciting news! Beginning February 3, we will transition to our in-person/online hybrid model for youth group! We will be running youth group with the same precautions in place as we had this past fall. More information will be coming the first week of February to help prepare for re-entry. 

The Middle School youth group is Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and the High School youth group is Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:30 p.m. If you are a student in middle school or high school, email Luke Korthuis or Sue Pederson for links to join us!

Confirmation for all Middle School students will be online, hosted through Zoom. Details for each class will be mailed to Middle School families. Please contact Luke at the email below if you you have not yet registered or have questions.

High School Sunday School will have a delayed start. We hope to begin in-person in February.

 

Luke Korthuis || Youth and Young Adult Pastor
lkorthuis@salem-covenant.church

 

 


 

 

Salem Virtual Choir

This choir is open to anyone in the Salem community, high school age and up. All you need is a cell phone, a computer or tablet, a set of earbuds or headphones, and the ability to send an email. You can rehearse and sing on your own time. We will be keeping the technical part as simple as possible with lots of helpful hints and support. Let us know you are interested HERE and we’ll follow up with details. 

 

Jon Veenker || Sanctuary Choir Director
jveenker@salem-covenant.church

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