Rev. Ken Kramer 12-20-2012

GREETING FOR SALEM EVANGELICAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

QUINCY, ILLINOIS

  WEBSITE

A GREETING FROM THE PASTOR

Welcome to the website of God’s people known as Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ in Quincy, Illinois.  Within these sections you will find the story of Salem, it’s people and their long history of service to our God.    If you are a member or regular attender, you already know of the love expressed here in our worship to God.  And if you are a visitor to this site, I invite you to browse through our history, our beliefs and the photos of what our ministry is all about here as Salem Evangelical UCC!  Find out about our worship, educational opportunities and  fellowship from our Good News donations to help families at Christmas to the Saturday meals given here each week to help the hungry and homeless.

As a member of the United Church of Christ, we follow the belief , “that no matter who you are or wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.  And we also believe that we “we never place a period where God has place a comma”, for God is still speaking”.  So if you are looking for a place where your faith is testimony and not a test, and you can grow from where you are, this congregation is good place to start.  This church will love you for who you are and not for who they want you to become, allowing you bloom where wherever you are on your faith journey.

At this time, Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ is going through an Interim Ministry and in the future will begin a search process for a new pastor and  I serve the congregation as an Intentional Interim helping the church during this time of transition between pastors. My role is to help the congregation to stay strong and focused, giving the church time to find just the right person to lead them into, what I see, will be a great future, given by our God.,   I can feel the Holy Spirit moving in this in this congregation.   So glean what you can from the sections of the website and if after looking through it,  you have questions or would like to know more you can reach me either by calling 1-217-222-0601.

So check us out!  Stop by and visit!  We will look forward to meeting you!

In Christ’s service,

Jan Johnson

Intentional Interim Pastor

Salem Evangelical United Church Of Christ

Quincy, Illinois

Worship

Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ members today have been truly blessed by God and those who came before us. We worship in a beautiful sanctuary that was built by some of our members’ ancestors. There are many beautiful stained glass windows. There is a large one of Jesus speaking to the people on the mountain side.  The colors are vivid and Jesus stands out in the picture. I sing in the choir and look directly at that stain glass window which inspires me each time I worship.

Worship service is a time to be connected with our Creator in a fellowship that renews and refreshes us for what lies ahead in our lives.

We praise God with traditional and contemporary music. Everyone can take a part in worship by reading scripture, playing bells, singing in the choirs, skits, announcements, and various other means of worship.

The Lenten Season starts with Ash Wednesday on February 17th. Services are at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion will be offered at this service.

Come and join us!  All are welcome!

Unmet Needs

How does Salem participate in the Quincy community?

Salem is a member of Adams County Unmet Needs, an organization made up of several social organizations and many churches that help meet the needs of people in our community. It was started in 1993 during the big flood. They found it was so helpful to have all these organizations meet and work together. They help with everything from medicine and counseling, to repairing cars and minor things on homes. One of their main priorities is the children in the community. The churches give suggestions and supply money and needed things.

The Salem people are very generous in helping out with the needs of others.

Giving to God’s Work

Acts 20:35
“In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

Your giving to the Benevolence category on the offering envelopes goes to support community agencies reaching out to help God’s people.  This year’s benevolence offerings have been given to:

Our Church’s Wider Mission – UCC
Eden Seminary
Quincy Area Partnership for Unmet Needs
Walk to Emmaus
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Adams County
Quanada
Salem UCC Pastor’s Discretionary Fund
Chaddock
Madonna House

We encourage you to give generously to the work of God being done in these wonderful organizations.