Volume 1, Issue 4
Can You Help?
Celebration of Pastor Jim and Joy’s
Diane Muise Concert
Description of Committees and other Church
Exciting News from PPRC
New Fulltime Pastor has Been Named to Serve our
North Salem Preschool
North Salem Sunday School
Plan a Family Vacation
Youth Group Schedule
Can you help by donating some paper? Sunday School
is in need of some white paper for projects. One side should be blank. 8 ½
X 11, 11 X 17 or larger.
Please join us in a celebration of Pastor Jim and
Joy’s ministry at North Salem. We will be holding a special celebration
service on Sunday May 20th. With a reception to follow. To allow Jim and
Joy to relax and spend time with the congregation, Keith Boucher will be
preaching and Jonathan Smith has graciously agreed to preach at Tenney.
Please see Diane Boucher (893-5953) to contribute food to the reception.
Jim’s last day preaching at North Salem will be on Father’s day June 17th.
Youth Confirmation Classes Confirmation classes
will begin soon. The 6th grade and up Sunday school Class will
participate. Topics will include: Jesus Christ Living as a United
Methodist Christian The Christian Year Spiritual Disciplines Upon
completion of the class the students will have the opportunity to decide
if they would like to become members of the North Salem U.M. Church. A
reception will be held to welcome them. The dates will be announced soon.
Please see Keith or Dawn for more information about this program.
classes for Dawn Trusty’s class begin on April 8th and will
continue for seven weeks (no class on Easter because of activities)
culminating in reception of these confirmands as members of our church on
The United Methodist Book of Discipline
calls for confirmation of youth in sixth grade with the desire to join the
church and illustrate publicly their acceptance of Christ. It has been a
number of years since we have had confirmation classes, but this is
planned to be a yearly ritual going forward. Please support this group of
young people with your prayers and words of encouragement as they seem to
officially join the community of Christ.
North Salem Women Will host a concert by Diane
Muise · Nashville Recording Artist · MCMA Gospel Artist of the Year! ·
Award-winning songwriter! On Wednesday evening May 2nd at 7 PM at North
Salem UM Church. Tickets are available for a donation of $5.00. All women
club members have tickets. Get your tickets now there is limited seating
and you will not want to miss this wonderful concert by this talented
artist, whose music ministry takes her all over the country.
In the last newsletter I listed the Committees and
job titles, now I would like to give you a little insight about these jobs
and committees. Maybe something will catch your eye and you may want to
get more involved with one of them we are always looking for volunteers.
Some of the leaders were asked to fill out a form regarding the jobs we
hold, describing what we do and why we do it. These were done to give the
youth of the church an idea of how the church works. I thought it would
also be worthwhile to let the whole congregation know because we have a
lot of new people who may not know what goes on behind the scenes to make
the church run.
Lay Leader – responsible for leading the congregation
in vision and growth.
Lay member – represents our church at the annual
Financial Secretary – Takes in all monies and keeps track
of what money was donated for, makes deposits and sends out
Treasurer – Pays the bills.
Membership Secretary – Keeps
track of the members, new members, baptisms, marriages, deaths,
Sunday School Superintendent – Responsible for the running
of the Sunday school, materials, projects, activities.
Administrative Council – Takes notes at monthly meetings so there will be
a record of items being worked on and what is voted on.
Council – Is made up of all the people listed above plus the Chairperson
of each committee. The Ad Council’s function is to Oversee administration,
initiate planning, review membership, provide ways to meet financial
needs, recommend to the charge conference salaries, review
recommendations, promote benevolences, help members of congregation,
foster understanding of the unity of the church, encourage understanding
Finance Committee – compiling of the budget, setting
financial goals, planning annual funding program, communicate with
congregation, keeping records and reporting to Ad Council, evaluation on a
Pastor/Parish Relations Committee – Interprets function
of ministry, counsels pastor and staff, evaluates effectiveness, confers
and consults pastoral appointments, enlists recruit persons into ordained
Nominations Committee – looks for people to assume various
jobs and serve on various committees and Makes recommendations to the
Trustees – custodian of deeds, plans maintenance, secures
insurance, oversees contracts, maintains church building, grounds,
parsonage, receives bequests, incorporate the church.
Why do people
volunteer for these jobs? Because we LOVE the LORD and want to serve him
using the talents that HE has provided us with.
by Merrianne McDonald
As we move ahead in the expansion of our church
facilities, the Pastor Parish Relations Committee has been working
diligently to meet the needs of the Pastor/Parish community. With this in
mind we wanted to brief you on upcoming changes that affect our church and
it’s existing partnerships.
As of July 1, Pastor Jim has accepted a new
appointment at Tenney U. M. Church and Pleasant Street U.M. Church. This
announcement was made in the Tenney newsletter last month. We all wish Jim
and Joy the very best as they move to a new 2 church charge during the
The PPRC and Finance committees have worked together with
Ed Claus and Paul Chang, our District Superintendents, to identify the
needs of our church and the opportunities that lie within a 5-mile radius
of our church. What we found essentially is a large unchurched population
and significant evidence for growth. With that in mind, the UMC Conference
has agreed to work with us to appoint a fulltime pastor effective July
This is exciting news for our church! Along with church expansion, a
fulltime pastor has been a vision for the last 10 years. We have worked
hard as a community of faith; but we must work even harder to spread the
Word of Christ and fill our church to overflow! Please keep our church and
church leaders in your prayers as we forge ahead and fulfill our mission
as Disciples of Christ.
New fulltime Pastor has been named to serve our
Church. Rev. Sang-Churl Bae will be our new pastor as of July 1st. Pastor
Bae is married to Haeyeon and have 2 children, John is 5 and Kristie is
The preschool is accepting
registrations for the fall 2001 school year.
by Dawn Trusty
All groups are enjoying more productive classes
since the addition of the Portable classroom. The younger groups have more
space to incorporate movement activities and small group games. The older
groups are settling into their new classrooms. They’re able to concentrate
on Bible readings in a quiet room and have discussions. The teachers enjoy
not having to “live out of a box” as they are able to use shelves to
organize their materials.
Our attendance has improved. We’ve welcomed
new faces into our classes.
The Sunday school students and teachers
would like to thank everyone Involved in making extra class space a
by Rev James Lundin
Joy and I agree that the vacations we enjoyed with
our children were among the smartest things we did with our Family. We
were severely limited financially, but annually we took time for
Joy’s parents lived in northern Vermont and mine were situated
along the Colorado-Kansas border. We traveled to the majestic Teatons and
Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon, the length of the California
coastline to San Francisco and L.A., the Great Smokies, to Washington,
D.C., Gettysburg, Niagra Falls, Acadia and dozens of other parks. We also
took children to New Orleans and even to Glacier National Park.
in their late teens and early twenties our children would choose to spend
several months on their own initative in Japan, England and Hungary.
limited budget nearly always added a degree of adventure and creativity to
everything we or they did.
Whenever I ask a member of our family to
list their favorite memory of our days together the vacations are listed
first. We never traveled to be entertained or to pursue rest and
relaxation. We always traveled to visit relatives and to walk amidst the
wonders of the world.Very soon, if you have a young Family, your
opportunity to enjoy such times together will be gone and will be totally
beyond your recovery. I fully recommend that you plan such times together.
You’ll be glad that you did.
When I was an eighth grader a Lutheran
Pastor invited me on a trip with his Family to British Columbia. In doing
so, he changed my life. Take an additional child along, and very possibly
change his or her life forever as well.
by Keith Boucher, Lay Leader
Never in the 165 years of our church has there
been a more exciting time to be part of the North Salem United Methodist
Church family. As you can see by the news in this issue of the Messenger,
there is so much going on in our church; so much to be thankful for.
portable classroom for Sunday School realized over the last 2 months and
over the next 4 months: the Phase 1 building addition, a fulltime Pastor
and the acquisition of a parsonage: all of this the culmination of a
Dreams keep us motivated to move ahead. However, to
realize these dreams careful planning and vision are required to execute
the steps to realize the vision. This needs to occur not only in our
church but in our community and as part of our United Methodist
Conference. We are part of one church body that through our unity in
Christ allows our presence wherever the need may be.
Over the last 10
years we have been fortunate to have outstanding leadership in our church,
complemented by the spiritual leadership of Pastors with many different
talents. As we move ahead into this new phase of our church life, let us
give thanks for all the blessings we have received thus far; and going
forward let us pray for our church. Let us pray for unity and openness of
mind and spirit as we enter this time of change and exciting period of
growth. Let us remember that WE are the church and HE leads us. Amen!
We need volunteers to help on the Palmer Gas
mailing, this is a fund raiser. Looking at working on it Saturday April
7th thru Saturday April 14th. For times contact Nancy Collier- Welch at
daytime 898-7986 or evenings at 893-2932.
See Youth Group Page or