June 26, 2019
This coming Sunday will be my last Sunday with you as interim pastor. It has been a joy to have been in ministry with you for both Linda and me.
I wish to commend you for the wonderful spirit that exists within the congregation, a spirit of openness and welcome, of love and of caring within the community of faith and beyond. On Children’s Sunday we sang “They will know we are Christians by our love.” That is what the church is all about. Jesus said, “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another as I have loved you.” To quote myself, the church is about relationships, relationship with Jesus Christ and relationships with one another. You evidence your faith in your relationships with one another and it is a good and powerful witness to the Spirit’s presence in your midst. North Salem United Methodist Church enters into a new phase in its life with the change of pastors. The Reverend James Mentzer will provide you with excellent pastoral leadership and care. I know that you will welcome him as you did me and pray with and for him.
It was Bob Hope (some of us older folks remember who he was) who popularized the song “Thanks for the Memories.” And so I say to you “Thanks for the memories.” It has been wonderful to be in ministry with you. May God’s blessings continue to be with you.
Grace and peace,
...but do you know about God's Week, God's seven day/seven thousand year Week? Consider what Peter wrote in his letter: 2 Peter, Chapter 3:3-4,8-9
"...scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, 'Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.' "
"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness..."
To read a series of essays on this fundamental and important doctrine of God's biblical 7000 year plan for mankind...
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Yep! That's right!. Every Saturday afternoon (the 7th day of the week) a Sabbath worship service is conducted in the Hope House of the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church located at 6 Pleasant Street right here in Salem.
This Sabbath worship service is open to all wishing to commemorate God's own Holy Day. And, to remember His Fourth Commandment that, like the other nine, was etched in stone as an "eternal" remembrance. So, let us so “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy."
(Ex. 20:8 NIV)
Please consider joining in Sabbath Day worship with other Methodist at the Hope House at 3:00 p.m. every Saturday afternoon. And, with that being said:
See you there?!
We have recently come across some interesting history of the North Salem United Methodist Church. To check out some milestone dates and a list of past and present pastors...
A new ministry has begun at the NSUMC. Two of our sisters-in-Christ, Judy Whitney and Bev Trusty, have embarked on a mission to bring fellowship and Communion to those home-bound; unable to venture out to take an active role in the everyday or week-to-week life of the Church.
Bev and Judy desire to visit with anyone so home-bound who wishes an opportunity to share in fellowship and/or in Holy Communion in the spirit of love and friendship.
Judy and Bev have received the blessing of the NSUMC and of our Pastor, Rev. David Svenson, in this ministry. And, they have been equipped with the Elements of Communion and in the understanding of Communion Offering.
If any, inside or outside of the NSUMC, would wish a home visitation with an opportunity, if desired, to share in Communion, Judy or Bev may be reached via this website, church phone at:
or by church email at: email@example.com.
If preferred, Judy or Bev, themselves, may be contacted directly at:
Judy: 603-893-1238 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bev: 603 661-3083
May God bless Bev and Judy in a mighty way as they minister to those in need and desire of home visitation!
June 29, 2019
With the recent passing of our friend and brother-in-Christ, Wally Stickney, many have shared with me some of their thoughts and memories about Wally. Below is a C-SPAN video that was sent to me by longtime friend and member of the NSUMC, Keith Boucher. The video is nearly an hour long featuring former Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Wally Stickney, in a 1992 interview focusing on the purpose and operations of FEMA. Wally is quite impressive in how he presented himself and FEMA. Without doubt, Wally was always a gentleman, a thoughtful thinker and a gentle speaker; all those traits were undeniably apparent in the C-SPAN interview.
The clip is presented below in memory and honor of our beloved friend and brother, Wally. And we send out our sincerest thanks to Keith Boucher for providing the NSUMC website with this "blast from the past." It is so, so good to see Wally being so Wally.
A 1992 C-SPAN Interview
Song of Moses
The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
That's right! We have a new ministry at the NSUMC. Due to the kindness, obedience and generosity of the North Salem United Methodist Church Council there now exists a Benevolence Ministry that has been blessed and charged with lending a helping hand to those in our community and to those of our fellowship here at the NSUMC when things might take an unexpected, unfortunate turn.
The mission of this ministry to provide assistance, as we might be able and as funds are available, to any who find themselves with an urgent need on an immediate, short-term basis and/or until bigger and more established charities can brought in to provide aid should a situation prove to be long term.
Of course, such a ministry is only as effective as the resources at its disposal. So with that, available funds are always an ongoing concern. That is where YOU can help make a difference in this new ministry at the NSUMC. Please consider making a donation from time to time to the NSUMC Benevolence Fund. A dollar here and a dollar there might be enough to help someone where there is no other immediate help available.
To make a donation of any amount to the Benevolence Fund, please see the NSUMC Lay Leader, Mark Johnson, the NSUMC Finance Secrectary, Noreen Nadeau, or drop an envelope into the collection basket with the words: "Benevolence Fund" written across it so our counters know where to direct it.
Please consider helping this new NSUMC ministry and let us all take part in fulfilling the directive of our Lord Jesus when He said:
"Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it (a kindness) to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’' (Matthew 25:40)
So, you know the Ten Commandments, right? But do you know which commandment is the lynchpin of them all? Do you know the one commandment that ties together all the other nine, and without its presence and position in the lineup, there exists a void and separation between the remaining nine other commandments?
If you would like to learn what that all important lynchpin commandment is, just...