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Sunday Morning Worship @ 9:30 am
Located in West St. Paul

Weekly Announcements

Registration is now available for Summer Camp at Camp Wapo. Please use the link below to register by February 15, 2023. After that date, registration will be open to everyone and you may be placed on the wait list. Please note that there are only TWO SPOTS reserved for Salem. If you register before February 15 and are placed on the wait list, please contact the church office so we can work to get your camper into a spot before open registration begins.

REGISTER FOR CAMP WAPO HERE


BIBLE STUDY 
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2023 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 but recommended. 


ELIZABETH CIRCLE – NOW MEETING ON THE SECOND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
FEBRUARY 8, 2023 – 10:00 AM FIRESIDE ROOM

The Elizabeth Circle will now be meeting on the SECOND Wednesday of the month instead of the first. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 10:00 am in the Fireside Room. The group uses the Bible Studies from the “Gather” magazine. All are welcome!


O.W.L.S. (OLDER WISER LUTHERANS AT SALEM)
VALENTINE’S DAY CARD PARTY
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2023 – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – FELLOWSHIP HALL

Everyone 55+ is invited to the O.W.L.S. Valentine’s Day Card Party on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 1:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Join the group for a time of fellowship and creativity. Help to create Valentine’s Day cards for homebound members and/or join in a card game! We hope to see you there!


MEN’S RENEWAL GROUP – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 – 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. February meeting dates: 10th, 24th


NEW OFFICE HOURS 

Please note that effective Monday, January 16 the office hours listed below will be in effect through the end of April, 2023:

Monday – 9:00 am – 11:15 am
Tuesday – 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Wednesday – 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Thursday – 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Friday – 9:00 am – 2:30 pm


WE WISH EVERYONE A BLESSED, HAPPY AND SAFE NEW YEAR!!

Please use the link below to read the 2023 Winter/Spring edition of the quarterly newsletter:

2023 WINTER/SPRING NEWSLETTER


LETTERS FROM STUDENTS IN GUATEMALA

Please enjoy these letters from students that Salem sponsors in Guatemala!

Letter from Derik Mejia
Letter from Erika Jacinto
Letter from Fatima Morales
Letter from Glenda Salvador
Letter from Jose Poz
Letter from Linda Francisca
Letter from Mildred Castro
Letter from Nadia Castro
Letter from Oliver Ramadam
Letter from Omar Cosigua
Letter from Osman Garcia
Letter from Yeimi Tereta


Michelle, our Church Secretary, will be on vacation from Friday, February 10 through Wednesday, February 15. Volunteers will be available in the office from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on those dates.


CHANCEL FLOWER ORDERS FOR 2023

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!

CHANCEL FLOWER SIGN-UP CALENDAR 2023


LIFE AT SALEM

Don’t forgot to visit the “LIFE AT SALEM” page on the website to see pictures of recent events!


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 artjanota3@gmail.com


Greetings from 2nd Half with Lyngblomsten!

Register for our enrichment program for adults with early cognitive impairment
Do you know an adult living with mild cognitive impairment or who is experiencing early skill changes with memory, language, visual perception, or processing?  Our program, the Memory Collective, might be a great fit for them!  This eight-week online enrichment class will be held on Tuesdays or Thursdays from February 14–April 6.  Each session features a variety of educational topics and activities, plus time for participants to share life experiences and build a social group.  Cost: $175.  There may be an additional small fee to cover an in-person outing.  To register:  Contact Olivia Kuechle at (651) 632-5330 or okuechle@lyngblomsten.org.  For more information, visit www.lyngblomsten.org/MemoryCollective.  

The Caregiver Services team of 2nd Half with Lyngblomsten can help you on your caregiving journey
From support groups and coaching to education and access to resources, we offer a variety of services and programs to support you in your caregiving role.  Let us know your needs!  Give us a call at (651) 632-5320, email us at caregiving@lyngblomsten.orgor visit www.lyngblomsten.org/caregiving.  Our trained, experienced staff is here to listen and will help you take the next step on your journey.  

Lyngblomsten at Lino Lakes is taking reservations for assisted living, memory care, and independent apartments, as well as townhomes        
Lyngblomsten invites YOU to be part of our vibrant senior living community that’s expected to open this summer!  Our campus will include one-level detached rental townhomes, independent and assisted living apartments, memory care, and an abundance of amenities to enrich your life.  Reserve your new home today!  Contact Stacy Herink, Director of Resident Relations, at sherink@lyngblomsten.org or (651) 341-0483.  Or, visit www.MyLinoLakesHome.com.  

Tour the lively community at The Heritage at Lyngblomsten
Our new Housing Director, Cosmina Strain, would love to chat with you and give you a tour of The Heritage at Lyngblomsten, our assisted living apartment community for adults 55+ in St. Paul’s Como Park neighborhood.  Tenants enjoy personalized living without the worries of maintaining a home, plus opportunities for social activities and other services.  For more information, contact Cosmina at (651) 632-5428 or heritage@lyngblomsten.org.  

Our congregation is a member of Lyngblomsten, a Christian nonprofit organization providing healthcare, housing, and community-based services for older adults since 1906.


Please use the link below to read about news and upcoming events through the St. Paul Area Synod:

ST. PAUL AREA SYNOD: NEWS & EVENTS


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.

Dakota County Intake Phone Numbers

Dakota County Programs and Resources 

Children’s Mental Health Brochure

Adult Mental Health Services Brochure-Dakota County

Aging In Place Resource List

Aging in Place Self-Assessment Checklist


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.

https://www.covidtests.gov

GETTING A SECOND BOOSTER SHOT – LEARN MORE!


PLEASE NOTE: THE USE OF FACE MASKS IS NOT REQUIRED BUT RECOMMENDED.

Due to recent outbreaks of Covid, regardless of vaccination status, the COVID-19 Task Force is now recommending the use of face masks while in the church building.  Please note that they are not required. 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.