~~ From Me To You ~~

Rev. Dr. James G. Mentzer

August 16, 2019                                                 

“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine
and puts them into practice is like a wise man who
built his house upon the rock. (Matthew 7:24)

This week we will hold the last of four community meetings at the home of Cindy Mattia.
(Thank you, Cindy!) One question we have asked at each gathering is: What are some of the things you love most about North Salem UMC? 

Your responses have been amazingly consistent:

  • “We are truly a church family.”

  • “We have a small church feel. People know each other and care for each other.”

  • “It has a family atmosphere, especially when you don’t have family of your own close by.”

How blessed we are to offer this level of caring to one another! There is a growing belief
among national church experts that bigger is not always better. It’s not the numerical size of a church’s congregation that dictates its ability to reach out to others – it’s the health and vitality of the faith community. And North Salem UMC is strong and healthy these days. In the weeks to come, we will talk more about what lies ahead for our faith community. But never forget that we are building on a firm base. Unlike the foolish one, we are building this community of faith on a solid foundation. Want to talk more about this topic or other matters, give me a call at 910-214-2914 or e-mail me at revmen949@comcast.net. I look forward to hearing your stories!

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Jim

​​​​It's not a secret...

...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.' "

And more:

"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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​The ​North Salem United Methodist Church

"View From The Pew" is here for you!  With this spot you, the user of this site, may write in to have posted a spiritual, social or biblical thought, an observation or an idea on just about any topic at all. The intent of this is to give voice to our membership - you.  Here it is hoped you will be encouraged to share your thoughts, feelings and/or understandings with us, your brethren.  An exchange of ideas and an understanding of the thoughts and views of others will undoubtedly edify and strengthen our church community.

To submit your thoughts, ideas or comments for publication in the "View From the Pew", fill out the from located on our "Contact Us"  page and then click "SUBMIT". (Pasting a message from a word processor is very convenient.) In a day or two your message will appear here on our Home Page following our pastor's published midweek message under, "From Me To You".​

A Bit of NSUMC History?!

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...

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A New NSUMC Ministry!

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)

A Wholly Methodist
Seventh Day Worship Service!

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?!

Sunday Sermon September 8, 2019​  

"9/11 Sounds of Silence"

(by Disturbed)

​The Lynchpin Commandment!

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...​

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Home Visitation and Communion!

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:                                            umc@northsalemumc.org.

If preferred, Judy or  Bev, themselves, may be contacted directly at:

Judy: 603-893-1238  bellamissy@comcast.net.

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!

View From The Pew​

July 26, 2019

Submitted by Mark Johnson


Some weeks ago and for some time, a video was available in this spot that dealt with the subject of Israel's return to its ancient homeland. It was a message by messianic rabbi Jonathn Cahn explaining just how miraculous it was that after nearly 2000 years of great tribulation, centuries of persecution, homelessness and murder God fulfilled His promise to one day return Israel to its homeland -- and for what purpose. Now, below, is another message from rabbi Cahn explaining the significance and importance of a tiny, rock strewn city that the whole world is obsessively focused upon. It is a message that all disciples of Christ should and need to hear for themselves.  Unfortunately, as with most things some will be offended or distracted by political or theological persuasion from hearing this message for what it is: a fulfillment of prophecy and a witness to the time in which we as Christians find ourselves. What is presented in rabbi Cahn's message does not need to be accepted as 100% accurate. For as Paul said to the Corinthians, "For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away." (1 Corinthians 13:9-10).  It is my hope here that all can overlook politics, personalities and theologies enough to hear the message that rabbi Cahn has to present. His message is not about politics or persons. It is about a Person, a very special Person! I hope this video will speak to you as it spoke to me. And may we all experience the Shalom that may be found in what awaits this world now and in the very near future.