Volume 1, Issue 3
Diane Muise Concert
Interesting Announcements from Church Bulletins
Meeting Dates & Times
North Salem Preschool
North Salem Sunday School
NSUMC Comittees for 2001
NSUMC Visible in the Conference
Unstable as Water
Youth Group Schedule
North Salem Women will host a concert
by Diane Muise, Nashville Recording Artist. MCMA Gospel Artist
of the Year! Award-winning songwriter! Wednesday evening May 2nd at 7 PM
at North Salem UM Church. Save the date for a wonderful concert, invite
your friends. Tickets will be available soon.
by Keith Boucher
February 25th we will show another visible sign of growth in our church:
the addition of new members. We will welcome four new members into
our church. Kathleen Petkiewich, Sally Younker, Martha and Bryan King. In
celebration we will have a special service, with a reception to
What is membership in the United Methodist Church? It’s a
number of things. It’s a confirmation that you accept Jesus Christ as your
savior. It’s a renunciation of sin and a profession of faith in the
scriptures of the Old and New Testament. Lastly, it’s an outward and
visible sign that you will be loyal to the United Methodist Church and
uphold it by your prayers, your presence, your gifts and your
New membership classes will be starting in early March. Please
see Keith for more information.
Youth who are completing sixth grade this year are welcomed
to participate in membership classes and be received in full church
membership. Please see Dawn or Keith.
There will be a meeting in the South and North
ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.
4:00 PM there will be an ice cream social. All ladies giving milk will
please come early.
See Events Calendar
The preschool is accepting registrations for the
fall 2001 school year. There are spaces in the 3 yr and 4 yr preschool.
Kindergarten spots are limited.
North Salem Preschool celebrated its 9th
Year Anniversary on February 3rd!!!!
by Dawn Trusty
Superintendent/Teacher Attendance has been good. The two middle classes
have needed volunteers.
Cindy Simms and Lisa Whiteneck have been
assisting on the Sundays when the classes are full.
For Valentine’s Day, the Sunday
school students will make one special valentine to give to another student
in the group. This is our yearly tradition to show we care. The spring
curriculum has been ordered and will arrive soon.
North Salem UMC recently hosted a Superintendency
meeting that featured Bishop Susan Hassinger and the newly announced
District Superintendent Paul Chang.
While at our church Bishop
Hassinger and Rev. Chang had the opportunity to see our expansion plans
and get a flavor for our vision of growth. They were very impressed and
pledged their support! More details are in the works on this…
know, Ed Claus will be retiring this year in June after serving our
District for the last 6 years. Ed has been a real blessing to our church
and has been very supportive over the last couple of years in our vision
of growth. I have had the distinct pleasure of building a real friendship
with Ed over the last 6 years and I’ll miss working with him one on one.
We will be celebrating Ed’s ministry in a special service and reception at
the Greenland UMC on June 3rd at 3 PM. More to come on this…
appointed DS, Rev. Paul Chang brings a new look to our district. Paul is
in his mid 30s, has 10 years experience, and has 2 girls: one 16 months
old, and the other 9 years old. He is a Korean-American and married to
Hikari (also a United Methodist pastor!) who is Japanese-American. They
currently reside in York, Maine and will be moving to the Salem, Derry,
Londonderry area in June.
Paul believes in our vision and has pledged his
active support to help us grow as a church! Please keep Paul and his
family in your prayers
By Bill Ermer
The first meeting of the year was
on Wednesday Jan 31, 2001, information packets were handed out discussing
the church mission and what the work of the Trustees is all about. We
welcome Harry Bovee and Larry Welch as they bring their talents to the
committee and we look forward to their help.
The first part of the
meeting was to elect members to positions and committees. Every member was
assigned a committee.
They are as follows:
Chairperson - Bill
Vice Chairperson - Gary Bulpitt
Secretary - Nancy
Treasurer (Church Treasurer) - Laurie Eldredge
Maintenance – Harry Bovee, Allen Eldredge, Janet Lavalle and Larry
Ground Maintenance – Robert Barber, Harry Bovee, Nancy Graichen,
Lisa Whiteneck, Larry Welch.
Parsonage – Harry Bovee, Janet Lavalle,
Art Richert, Lisa Whiteneck.
Equipment Maintenance & Inventory –
Art Richert, Larry Welch
You are encouraged to contact a Trustee if you
have questions or ideas. This will help us to service the needs of the
Discussion of the final game plan for the mobile
classroom was talked about. The classroom will be installed after the
Salem Planning Board Meeting, which is to be held on February 13th.
Workday is scheduled for February 17th (weather permitting). Anyone
wishing to help please see one of the Trustees.
Next project will be to
help the building committee with the first phase of the addition which
will be completed in the coming months.
These are exciting times for
our church and everyone who would like to help please let a Trustee
last item discussed was the Church’s investments with The United Methodist
Foundation of New England.
by Rev. James Lundin Jacob (Israel) describes
Reuben, his firstborn, as “unstable as water” (Genesis 49:4) Simple
outside temperature and pressure impacts whether water will remain liquid,
or quickly become steam or ice. As water it immediately takes the shape of
whichever container is holding it. And the same lack of stability
Reuben was unable to hold true to form whenever
life’s pressures pressed in upon him. Like water, he behaved differently
with each and every situation he found himself. Most likely, he blamed a
thousand other things for his instability. If only he didn’t have to deal
with so many “pressures” and “temptations”. James 1:5-8 says that, “a
double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” Jacob declared that Reuben
would “not excel”. Why so? Because Reuben lacked the necessary and
essential degree of stability needed for excellence. He too was easily
How easily are we thrown off-track when it comes to
worshipping God? How easily do we substitute something else in its place?
How faithful are we in leading our families by example? How seriously, of
late, have we been in studying God’s Holy Word?
Sunday is a great time
to encourage others in the maintenance of their faith. It is the rightful
time for setting other matters aside for one’s faith. It is an opportune
time to demonstrate one’s commitment to God’s plan.
It is the exact,
right time to excel. It’s one of the key qualities of a lively faith and
developing congregation…is stability of one’s actions.
Devotional Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus: Help me
to be stable in all my ways that I may reflect and more
enjoy excellence of faith in all my days. Amen.
See Youth Group page