2022 STEWARDSHIP DRIVE – “GROWING IN GENEROSITY”
WE NEED YOUR PICTURES!
Salem has shown generosity to our members and our neighbors near and far spreading the love of Jesus. During October, we will continue to explore ways to continue growing our generosity. Look in your mail soon for further details of Salem’s stewardship drive. As part of this year’s theme, we would like to see how we have all grown. We would like everyone to share a picture of themselves in their youth along with a current picture. Please let us know if you’d like to make arrangements to have a current picture taken. We need all the pictures turned into the office by Sunday, October 9. Please contact Kay Tellekson if you have any questions. Thank you for participating!
LEARN MORE ABOUT SALEM AND CONSIDER BECOMING A MEMBER!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2022
10:45 AM – FIRESIDE ROOM
Have you wondered about ways to be involved, what goes on, or perhaps a potential membership? Please join in an informational/exploring potential membership gathering this Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 10:45 am in the Fireside Room.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2022 – 10:00 AM – FIRESIDE ROOM
The Elizabeth Circle will meet on Wednesday, October 5th at 10:00 am in the Fireside Room. All are welcome!
MINI FALL CLEAN-UP DAY
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2022
9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Everyone is invited to come to a mini fall clean-up on Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Most of the work will be cleaning of pews and windows in the Sanctuary and some other miscellaneous items. The more volunteers, the quicker the work is done!!! Thank you to all who participate!!!
FAITH FORMATION FOR ALL AGES!
BEGAN ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14!
We are excited about what lies ahead and look forward to serving you and your family on your faith journey! Salem and St. Stephen’s will work together to provide Faith Formation opportunities for our youth and families. THE GENERAL WEDNESDAY NIGHT SCHEDULE will be: 5:30-6:00 pm family dinner, 6:00-6:20 pm large group learning and singing, 6:25-7:00 pm small group learning (this includes an adult learning opportunity also!), 7:00 pm youth group for high school age. We strongly encourage you to make Wednesday night a family night—1 1/2 hours a week to begin or continue faith building with your family. A church can help to plant the faith seeds, but the faith seeds are nurtured and grown at home—we at Salem and St. Stephen’s want to help you be the strongest family you can be!
ACTIVITY NIGHT WEDNESDAYS AT SALEM! OCTOBER 19, 2022 – 5:30 PM – FELLOWSHIP HALL
The third Wednesday of each month for Faith Formation will be Activity Night at Salem! We are in need of volunteers to prepare and serve the meal to the participants! This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with and grow relationships with our youth and families! Please contact the church office if you are able to help. Thank you!
2022 TANZANIA & GUATEMALA SCHOLARSHIP CAMPAIGN – FINAL WEEK!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2022 AT 10:00 AM – FIRESIDE ROOM
Everyone is invited to join Pastor Aaron for lively and engaging conversations about the scriptures during our Tuesday Bible Study sessions. The group will now be meeting every Tuesday at 10:00 am in the Fireside Room. Masks are now optional.
THE DAKOTA GRAND SQUARES – SQUARE DANCING LESSONS AT SALEM
TUESDAYS – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
The Dakota Grand Squares have begun offering weekly Square Dance lessons on Tuesdays from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Salem in the Fellowship Hall. Lessons progress each week as new steps are taught, and previous steps reviewed until the complete series of figures is completed. Modern square dancing is a great social mixer, combining a healthy atmosphere and stimulating exercise to promote good fun and fellowship. Couples, singles and youth over the age of 10 are all welcome. No charge for members of the Salem Lutheran congregation. Pre-registration not required. For more information call (651) 454-2942 or email email@example.com
O.W.L.S. (OLDER WISER LUTHERANS AT SALEM)
The October O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Lutherans at Salem) event will be on Tuesday, October 18 at 1:00 pm. instead of Tuesday, October 11. The group will be going to see “Plowin’ Thru“, a musical comedy by “The Church Basement Ladies”. Tickets are $28.00 (handicap accessible tickets available as well). Please make your check out to Mary Lou Vining-Berg and give it to her by Saturday, October 1 so that she can make the group purchase. Please contact the church office if you need a ride to the event or if you have any questions. Anyone 55+ is welcome to attend!
MEN’S RENEWAL GROUP – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 – 8:00 AM – GALLAGHER’S IN WEST ST. PAUL
Pastor Aaron and other men from Salem have joined members and Pastors of St. Stephen’s for breakfast at Gallagher’s (888 Ohio Street, West St. Paul) every other Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. This group focuses on conversation and Bible discussions. All men are welcome – parishioners or non-parishioners. October meeting dates: 7th and 1st.
LIFE AT SALEM
Don’t forgot to visit the “LIFE AT SALEM” page on the website to see pictures of recent events!
Beginning this October, caregivers will have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with a DARTS Caregiver Consultant for resources and support in West St. Paul!
Since the 1990s, DARTS has offered caregiving support service in the Dakota County area. These services have grown to include caregiver coaching and counseling, resource connection, family meeting facilitation, support group facilitation, and volunteer one-on-one in home respite. Our individual respite program matches a trained volunteer with a caregiver and their family. The volunteer provides supervision and companionship in the home so that the caregiver can take a break for up to four hours. Beginning this fall, we are looking for volunteers to help to fill a need in our community through a group respite program!
Augustana Lutheran Church, in West St. Paul, is partnering with DARTS this fall for a group respite opportunity, The Breathing Space, and we need volunteers like YOU! These group respite sessions will take place at Augustana Lutheran Church on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month starting October 6, 2022, from 9 am-1 pm. Volunteers will be paired up with a care-receiver and enjoy arts and crafts, music, education, and much more! For more information or to become a volunteer, contact DARTS at 651-455-1560 or visit www.dartsconnects.org/volunteer. Volunteer orientation is happening soon, so apply now if you are interested. Your volunteer service and commitment to our community are so appreciated! Please use the links below to view the flyers and share with anyone who might be interested in participating!
Hello from the 2nd Half with Lyngblomsten team!
2nd Half with Lyngblomsten offers a variety of resources and opportunities for older adults to help them remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. Please use the link below to learn about several upcoming opportunities, including evidence-based wellness classes and health presentations. We hope to see you at one or several of them!
Blessings on your day!
GREAT NEIGHBORS’ DUCK RACES – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2022 – 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Quack, quack, the duck races are back!
Join us for the 15th annual Great Neighbors’ Duck Races on Saturday, October 1, during South St. Paul’s On The Road Again festival. How it works: rubber ducks will compete in a series of races to win prizes. Races will happen approximately every 15 minutes. Winners from each race will receive a prize and advance to compete in the final race for the grand prize. This year’s grand prize is $500! Ducks are $5 each. You can purchase rubber racing ducks at the event or buy them in advance (all advance entry forms must be received by noon on Friday, September 30, 2022). Participants do not need to be present to win. Proceeds support the essential needs programs and services at Neighbors. Thank you!
CHANCEL FLOWER ORDERS FOR 2022
Salem will be working with Hills Floral to give members the opportunity to order chancel flowers. We are also offering the option for members to provide their own flower arrangement. You must sign-up online for either option. Please use the link below and follow the instructions. Please contact the office if you need assistance or have any questions. The cost to have the flowers provided by Hills Floral is $40.00. Please write “chancel flowers” on the memo line of your check and make it out to Salem or include a note if you send in cash. If you provide your own arrangement, it must be brought to the sanctuary no later than 9:15 am for your chosen Sunday so that they can be placed on the stand prior to the start of the service. The diameter of the flower stand is 11 inches. Arrangements from a wedding or funeral are permissible provided they are still fresh and no banners or inserts other than greenery or flowers are included. Thank you!
Please use the link below to read about news and upcoming events through the St. Paul Area Synod:
DAKOTA COUNTY PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES
Please take a moment to look over these community resources shared with us from Dakota County! Please feel free to share with family and friends too.
Because of our partnerships in the ELCA, we can help those in need around the world. Checks or money orders can be sent to:
Lutheran Disaster Response
P.O. Box 1809
Merrifield, VA 22116-8009
Because we want to be sure that the money goes to where it’s intended and is used efficiently, this is a great option to give! Your gifts to this cause will be used in full (100%) to address the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and neighboring countries. No money goes toward advertising nor administration. Write “Eastern Europe Crisis Response” on your check memo line. You can watch this video from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton about the situation in Eastern Europe and the ELCA’s response.
FREE AT HOME COVID TESTS & INFORMATION ABOUT GETTING A SECOND BOOSTER SHOT
The website to request free COVID-19 tests is up and running! Please use the link below to place an order. Please use the second link to learn more about getting a second booster shot.
PLEASE NOTE: THE USE OF FACE MASKS IS NOW OPTIONAL FOR INDOOR GATHERINGS AT SALEM
The Covid-19 Task Force has met and decided that due to the sharp decline of Covid cases in our community and policy updates by the CDC and other governmental agencies, the use of masks is now optional at Salem. The COVID-19 Task Force will continue to monitor the pandemic and keep everyone updated on guidelines. If you have any questions, please contact a member of the committee: Debbie Lee, Judy Belland, Louise Nesdahl, Norma Johannsen and Jack Schlukebier. It is always our top priority to keep everyone in the Salem community as safe and healthy as possible. Please be aware of Health Screening Questions and review them before you come to church. We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.