11 Bernard St, West St. Paul, MN (651) 457-6661 Email Facebook
Sunday Morning Worship @ 9:30 am
Located in West St. Paul

Weekly Announcements

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE, JUNE 27, 2021 – 9:30 AM

Salem has re-opened the building for in-person worship!

Please note: The COVID-19 Task Force has updated the current guidelines and fully vaccinated persons are no longer required to wear a mask for indoor worship. Ushers will no longer be dismissing rows. Please stay home if you do not feel well. The services will continue to be live-streamed at 9:30 am Sunday mornings so you will be able to continue worshipping online if you are not able to attend in person.

The services will continue to be live-streamed at 9:30 am Sunday mornings so you will be able to continue worshipping online if you are not able to attend in person. Please use this link to watch the services ONLINE.


VIRTUAL VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2021!

Vacation Bible School will take place this year from Monday, July 12 through Friday, August 13th. Similar to last year, a new video will be posted every week for kids and their families to watch and enjoy! We will have craft kits available for families to either pick up at Salem or have delivered prior to the start of the program. Please use the sign-up link below to register your child (children). You can use the same link if you would like to sign up to be a VBS volunteer. If you have any questions, please contact Keith Olson at 651-274-4879. 

VBS – REGISTER NOW!


JOIN THE STREAM TEAM!

The team producing the live-stream video worship service needs a few more volunteers to help. Presently 4 people are operating the system. With new equipment we may be able to do it with 2-3 people. If someone gets sick or goes on vacation, we need others to step in.

We need people to operate camera, operate the sound board, work the computer that selects images and connects to live-stream/ YouTube. A short training session will be available. If interested, please contact Paul Wyatt (651) 336- 7223 or Jack Schlukebier (651) 224-9144.


SALEM ENDOWMENT FUND

Since 2008, Salem has maintained an investment fund through the ELCA. It’s mission is to promote responsible Christian stewardship of Salem’s legacy gifts and to enhance the outreach ministry of the church.

It’s the time of year for members to submit applications for funding. The fund allocates money to support the mission of Salem, the ELCA, the Saint Paul Area Synod, community outreach groups and agencies who help people in need, Salem’s Pastor’s Emergency Fund and to also to support Salem’s property needs and debt reduction.

If you have an idea for how we could use this money from 2021, please fill out an application form. They are available in the office, online (see link below) and in the back of the sanctuary. When you’ve completed the application, please put it in the Endowment Fund Committee mailbox in the hallway just outside of the office.

ENDOWMENT FUND APPLICATION
(APPLICATIONS ARE DUE TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2021!)

The fund has given money to many places and efforts. Below are examples of how the money was spent in the past:

Camperships • Art Committee

Debt Reduction •  Urban Ventures

Salem Gardens •  Sanctuary lights

Magome Travel •  Magome Supplies

Salem Hand bells • Urban Ventures

Pastor’s Emergency Fund

Use your imagination and come up with ways Salem can strengthen our ministry. This fund allows US to increase our ministry in new areas!


SEPTEMBER 1 – 4, 2021

There will be a Garage Sale again this year! It will take place Labor Day weekend: Wednesday, September 1st (congregation sale evening), Thursday, September 2, Friday, September 3 and Saturday, September 4. You can begin bring donations to the Choir Room on Sunday, June 27th. Sorting and pricing will begin the week of July 4th with times from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and also 6:00-9:00 pm during weekdays. We will be sending/posting a schedule soon. The number of tables in the Fellowship Hall will be reduced to allow more space for workers/shoppers to move during the sale.

THAT MEANS THAT WE WON’T ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

Sports Equipment
Outdoor Equipment
Pictures and Picture Frames
Suitcases
Electronics (TV’s, VCR tapes, CD’s, Electronic Equipment)

Please don’t bring any of those! Please help get the word out!


Michelle will be on vacation the week of June 27th. Volunteers will be available in the office 9-12 (Tuesday-Thursday) and 10-1 (Friday). Beginning on Tuesday, July 6th through Friday, November 12th, our new office hours will be in place. Volunteers will be available in the office and Michelle will be working both from home and in the office before and after classes. 

Volunteers in Office: Tuesday – Thursday (9-12), Friday (10-1)
Michelle in office: Monday (3:15 – 7:00), Tuesday (4:30 – 7:00) Wednesday (2:15 – 6:45), Thursday & Friday (3:15 – 7:00)


THURSDAY PRAYER SERVICES – ON PAUSE

The Thursday Prayer Services are “on pause” during the summer. We will evaluate viewership and decide if they will resume at a later time.


NEW WELCOME STATEMENT
Adopted at the 2021 Synod Assembly

A new welcome statement was adopted at this year’s Synod Assembly. Please read it below. An article highlighting some other important topics at the assembly will be included in the Summer/Fall newsletter that you will receive in July.

Centered in Christ Jesus, we welcome you to the Saint Paul Area Synod (ELCA), a network of congregations and other ministries. We are committed to the community around us and around the world. We support, empower and advocate for all, believing God’s love embraces all persons equally, no matter their age, ethnicity, race, abilities, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, citizen status, political leanings, religious expression, or any other boundaries the world uses to decide who is worthy and who is not. We are striving to be open and inclusive. We commit to loving YOU and caring for YOU by showing YOU the love of Jesus that we have been taught through the Great Commandment to love God wholeheartedly and to love one’s neighbor as oneself.


CHRIST IN OUR HOME DEVOTIONAL 
JULY – SEPTEMBER 2021

The July – September edition of the “Christ in Our Home” devotional is available at the lower level handicap access door (#3), in the office and in the Narthex. Please contact the church office if you would like one mailed to you or if you don’t have access to the building.


FROM THE COVID-19 TASK FORCE:
UPDATED GUIDELINES:

1. Fully vaccinated persons are no longer required to wear masks inside/outside of the church building during worship and all other events (meetings, fellowship groups, music rehearsals, baptisms, funerals, etc.).
2. Luncheons are permitted again following funeral services and baptisms.
3. Rows will no longer be dismissed by ushers at the end of Sunday services and/or other events.
4. Cleaning protocols will be adjusted accordingly and carried out by volunteers while our custodian is out on medical leave (non-covid related).


FROM DEB LEE, PARISH NURSE

The state of Minnesota has launched a new tool for all Minnesotans who have not yet been vaccinated. The COVID-19 Vaccine Connector website will notify you when you it’s your turn for a shot – whether you are eligible for a vaccine now or later. Please use the link below to learn more:

VACCINE CONNECTOR

Please use the link below for helpful information about the COVID-19 vaccines:

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT COVID-19 VACCINES


The 2021 Chancel Flower Calendar is now available online. Please use the link below to sign-up. Each arrangement is $20. Please complete the form and send in payment to the church office. If you send a check, please write “chancel flowers” in the memo line. If you send in cash, please include a note indicating “chancel flowers”. If you need help placing an order, please call the office at (651) 457-6661. Thank you!

CHANCEL FLOWER 2021 SIGN-UP CALENDAR