Volume 1, Issue 5Exciting News
North Salem Sunday School
Does Heaven Have a Phone #?
Report From the Pastor Parish Relations
Movies/North Salem Youth Center
Dates to Remember
by Keith Boucher
North Salem is developing some new ministries to serve the local
communities. We recently applied for a Technology Access and Training
grant from the United Methodist Foundation. We will know around November
1st if we will receive any funding. Below is a description of the 3-phase
ministry we submitted to the foundation.
North Salem UMC is working to
become a regional church. With no United Methodist church in existence for
a radius North, East and West of the church. We are seeking to attract
members of neighboring communities by launching ministries that meet human
need as well as
1. Provide points of entry into the church
2. Illustrate that North Salem UMC and itís members are
Faithful to Godís mission and our calling to serve the community.
3. Manifest Godís love and caring.
To meet these needs
North Salem UMC is launching a multidimensional technology access and
training ministry focused upon serving the needs of the community on three
∑ A recently initiated Employment Support
Group serving individuals of all ages who are unemployed that includes
- Development of a talent pool database (available skills that people
- Creation of a job database and /or access to various public
- Provision of networking opportunities with people at our
church and in the community as well as creation of a safe environment
where people can openly speak of their personal challenges.
Periodic: resume writing clinics, interviewing skills classes, career
- Balancing of employment life with family and
- Computer and Internet access to research and apply
for employment on line.
∑ A soon to be launched after school
youth ministry focused on middle school and high school youth.
∑ A soon to be launched computer / internet access and training ministry
aimed at the elderly.
If you'd like to be involved with these great
programs, please see Keith Boucher.
from Rev. Sang-Churl Bae
In a study of 351 marriages which had lasted a minimum of 15 years,
both husbands and wives consistently listed these seven statements in the
identical order, with #1 being the most important:
1. My spouse
is my best friend.
2. I like my spouse as a person.
3. Marriage is a long-term commitment.
4. Marriage is sacred.
5. We agree on aims and goals.
6. My spouse has
grown more interesting.
7. I want the relationship to succeed.
I think that the above findings can be translated into our
relationship; between pastor and congregation as well. The following is an
adapted list that I hope it would become our testimony in no time. I hope
it is not myself alone daydreaming. (Also it is my hope to see my
relationship with our congregation in the same fashion)
pastor is my best friend.
2. I like my pastor as a person.
3. Being a partner with pastor in ministry and mission of
Christ is a long-term commitment.
4. This partnership is
5. We agree on aims and goals.
6. My pastor
has grown more interesting.
7. I want the partnership to
How about our relationship with one another as a people of
faith at North Salem United Methodist Church? Could we also make the above
statement into another for us as a church?
1. Our church family
folks are my best friends.
2. I like my church family as
3. Being in relationship in the church is a long-term
4. This relationship is sacred.
We agree on aims and goals.
6. Our church folks have grown more
7. I want the relationships to succeed.
seems that the most important statements or issues for the couple can also
be making sense to other relationships, especially our Christian
relationship in Christ. I praise and give thanks to God for bringing all
of us to be a church family. One of hymns from our hymnal rightly points
out that we are indeed a people of God and invites us to sing and
celebrate together. And let us continue to grow in the love and grace of
our God as we sing with joy and confidence
ď(Refrain) I am the church!
You are the church! We are the church together! All who follow Jesus, all
around the world! Yes, we are the church together!
The church is not a
building, the church is not a steeple, the church is not a resting place,
the church is a people!Ē
A quick update on the Employment Support Group (ESG) email list
started. We have 14 people involved as of 9/30.
We had a good
organizational meeting on 9/26.
Glenn Lavallee has agreed to draft our
mission statement, which he will share with us shortly.
applied for a grant and hope to set up a computer lab (4 networked
computers w/internet access) by January.
We need to continue to spread
the word. Please talk to your friends and family that either need a job or
want to help others who need a job and send information to:
If you need a job feel free to send your resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have job(s) please send your job descriptions and contact info
next meeting is planned for Wednesday October 10th at 7PM at North Salem
United Methodist Church.
Our meeting format:
- introductions (who
you are and why you're here; 30 minutes)
- Featured Topic / Speaker
- Networking opportunity and refreshments (30 minutes)
Our regular ESG meeting schedule will be the second and fourth
Wednesdays of each month.
By Dawn Trusty, Sunday School Superintendent/Teacher
The Sunday School enjoyed a fun kick-off event on September 9th.
Shriners' Clowns came to speak with the children about the different types
of clowns and what they do to help children. Balloon animals were made for
all the students. After church the students grades 6 and up assembled a
giant ice cream sundae for all to enjoy. We'd like to welcome Martha King
to our group of dedicated teachers. Martha will co-teach in the Grade 6-12
Salem Preschool opened for the fall session on September
4th. There are 23 students enrolled. The children will be taking their
first field trip this month to Apple Acres. The program still has openings
for children ages 3-6 years old.
Mommy went to Heaven, but I need her here today.
My tummy hurts and
I fell down, I need her right away.
Operator can you tell me how to
find her in this book?
Is heaven in the yellow part, I donít know
where to look.
I think my daddy needs her too, at night I hear him
I hear him call her name sometimes, but I really donít know why.
Maybe if I call her, she will hurry home to me.
Is heaven very far
away? Is it across the sea?
Sheís been gone a long long time, she
needs to come home now!
I really need to reach her, I simply donít
Help me find the number please, is it listed under ďHeavenĒ?
I canít read these big big words, I am only seven.
operator, I didnít mean to make you cry.
Is your tummy hurting too, or
is something in your eye?
If I call my church, maybe they will know.
Mommy said when we need help thatís where we should go.
the number to my church tacked up upon the wall.
Thank you operator,
Iíll give them a call.
by Merrianne McDonald
It has been a busy few months for all of us on PPRC as we work to make
small changes to forge ahead with our vision and mission for our church.
We have met several times with Pastor Bae and the Worship Committee to
go over changes he would like to do with our order of worship and also
things he would like to add, as time goes on, that would be beneficial to
all. PPRC and Pastor Bae would like any input to this endeavor. If you
have missed something within the worship service or would like to see
something special or different added, please see me, Noreen Nadeau, Nancy
Swank, Nancy Collier-Welch, Nancy Stickney or Pastor Bae with your ideas
and suggestions. We will make every effort to look at these carefully and
get back to you on results. All are welcome to participate.
addition now is being completed and the purchase of the property almost
complete, the trustees and PPRC will be asking for everyone's help
painting and cleaning both places. We look forward to Pastor Bae and Hae
Yeon being close to the church and more accessible for everyone.
time passes on and memories remain vivid in all our minds, we all should
remember to keep our country, our armed forces and leaders in our daily
prayers. They are fighting to preserve the freedoms we are accustomed to
for further generations to come. In God we Trust and into his hands with
move forth for freedom.
God Bless America!!
As a community of
faith, let us also continue to keep Susan Barber and her children in our
daily prayers for God's strength during this extremely difficult time in
God Bless you all.
by Bill Ermer
The Trustees held a meeting on September 10, 2001 and are in the
process of formulating a plan of action for the work needed to our new
Parsonage and the completion of the new addition. The parsonage will be
ours on October 15, 2001 and the addition should be done shortly after.
When the time comes the trustees will be asking for help to get the
parsonage ready for our Pastor and his family. The home is in great shape
except for the downstairs bathroom, which needs remodeling. There will be
some painting and general cleanup to do and this is where you can help. If
everyone could donate a little of his or her time it would be greatly
appreciated and our pastor can move in sooner.
When the addition is
done the trustees will also need help painting and staining. This will
save us $2,500.00.
This will be a great time of fellowship. This
project is so important and itís a great way to get to know one another
I would like to thank everyone who has helped make a
difference in the growth of our church. A special thanks to Tim Warnick,
he has given so much of his time and talents. His dedication is greatly
If you can help just let one of the trustees know.
The Trustees will sadly miss Robert Barber. He was a very faithful
servant and took charge of many projects. He will always be with us in
As we get closer to closing on the new parsonage on 10/15, we've been
thinking about how best to utilize the approximately 1000-sq. ft finished
area above the garage. Everyone seems excited about utilizing it as youth
space. So for the fun of it let's refer to this space as the North Salem
Youth Center (NSYC).
One of the first things we need to do is see how
best to equip this space. Rumor has it we have some good Ping-Pong players
(if you know of someone who has a table to donate please let us know); I
have also heard someone may be donating a pinball machine.
vision however will be a widescreen TV and a DVD player to show movies.
This has the youth very excited as well as Pastor Bae who is starting a
Movie night. Anyone out there have access to a movie style popcorn
One thing we are investigating is acquisition of some movie
seating. Rumor has it that Salem Tri-Cinema has been purchased by
Toys"R"US. Wouldn't it be great to get 30 seats to install as our own
private theatre? Wishes do come true....
Tuesdays 7 PM Choir Rehearsal
2nd Wednesday 7 PM Womanís Club
3rd Monday Building Committee
Last Thursday 7PM Ad Council Coming
10/21 North Salem Home Coming
Dedication of Addition
11/11 Commitment Sunday
11/18 Dedication of
12/2 Consecration Sunday