Hey! Check it Out!  

We have a new Page!  It's a Movies Page and it's up and running right now.

Currently, the movies, "The Gospel of John" and "The Life Of Apostle Paul" are available to view.  This movies ar full-length HD movies of excellent content, and that is exactly what is hoped this new page will provide; quality movies of quality content for Christian understanding and encouragement.


So, when you have a chance, click on "Movies" in the menu above and you will be whisked away to view:


"The Gospel of John"

or

​"The Life Of Apostle Paul"


You will also find a brief review of the presented movies as well.  Comments from viewers are always encouraged.  So please, if you have a comment or two after the movie, we'd love to hear them!


Enjoy!

North Salem United Methodist Church

A View From the Pew?

"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, fill out the from below and 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 Pastor Moore's Weekly Devotional, "Thoughts From Our Pastor".























View From The Pew​



July 15, 2016


A Response to Bishop's July 8th Message

(See the Bishop's Message on this Page)


It upsets me that those policeman have been prejudged.  What is happening to the law of the land?  It seems that all the attention is moved away from a person who admitted he wanted to kill all white people.  We need to treat everyone equally and then and only then will there be peace.  I think it is a shame that our bishop has past  judgment on the law enforcement using his position of respect.


Mildred Gage 


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July 7, 2016


A Sabbath Confession


It has been said confession is good for the Soul.  And, of course, there is some truth in that.  Getting a matter off of one’s chest, so to speak, does go a long way in providing peace of mind and, sometimes, a sense of reconciliation or atonement.  And as it is, I have a confession to make, but neither reconciliation nor atonement figure into it.  It is a confession that has been impressed upon me to make so as to share a biblical truth with you, the reader of this essay and, hopefully, the essays to follow.

I have for some time now been engaging in a behavior actually frowned upon by many, and understood by only a few.  It is a behavior I marginally engaged in for a short time decades ago, but have returned to in the past year or so.  I am sure some who know me and have read a few of my previous essays or letters, by now suspect I might conduct myself a bit unusually for a present day Christian.  And, to be true, I want to be open and clear about the matter.  So, this is my confession: Every seventh day of the week (Saturday) beginning at sunset the evening prior, I keep God’s Holy Sabbath.  Yes, it is true - I keep The Seventh Day Sabbath.  

Keeping the seventh day Sabbath is not something a Methodist typically practices.  Of course, we Methodist inherited the tradition of keeping the first day of the week holy, as opposed to the biblically ordained seventh day Sabbath, from the Anglican Church.  And, the Anglican Church inherited Sunday worship from the Roman Church.  Where did the Roman Church acquire its particular practice of forsaking God’s Seventh Day Sabbath for the tradition of Sunday worship?  Well, the simple fact of the matter is the Roman Church inherited it from its pagan origins.  Yes, when the political Roman Empire “hijacked” Christianity, it, in time, simply legislated pagan Rome’s traditional day of worship (of the sun), Sun-day, as an old “new” day of worship for those under Roman authority.  The saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” speaks volumes to the current and centuries old tradition of worshiping on Sunday while actually suppressing God’s biblically sanctioned Seventh Day Sabbath.

I have frequently heard, sometimes with a chuckle sometimes with a sneer, that it does not matter what day we Christians keep as our day of worship as long as we keep a day.   And, I agree -- as regards Worship -- that every day and any day is a perfect day on which to Worship.  However, the day our God and heavenly Father gave, ordained, specified and made to be His Holy Sabbath was, is and will forever be, the seventh day.  Undoubtedly, as far as man is concerned, whatever day we ordain for worship is good enough.  Yet, it appears God wished, and still wishes, for a particular day, a day of His choosing, to be kept separate, kept holy -- and for a good number of His reasons, too.

It needs to be understood that God’s seventh day Sabbath, which He repeatedly declared as hallowed (to be set apart, separate and unique) and eternal, had, and has, a special purpose in God’s revealed, ongoing plan for mankind.  In fact, the Sabbath plays a number of roles in God’s divine effort concerning this earth, His people and our relationship with Him.

As mentioned, God repeatedly and explicitly admonishes His people to keep holy His Sabbath.  And, it should be noted here that as He declares the Sabbath to be His Sabbath, it simply is not ours to do with as we wish.  It is His Sabbath, and He wanted, and wants, His special people to keep it holy -- holy, meaning to set it apart, apart from the other six days, to be separate, and kept so for special attention.

It is interesting to note that in the Creation Narrative the Sabbath Day, contextually speaking, is there first set apart from the preceding six days. The first six days are completely encompassed in the first chapter of Genesis.  But, all Bible translations begin the second chapter of Genesis with the Sabbath narrative, the seventh day narrative. That is, instead of including it with the other six days closing out chapter one, the Sabbath narrative separately begins chapter two, standing apart and alone from the previous six days. This is just the first of many signs of the Sabbath’s unique standing in the plan of God.

To be true, I feel compelled to share with any wishing to understand the Sabbath my rationale for keeping what many consider an archaic, discontinued and useless practice.  So, therefore, in a series of future essays I will speak of more specific examples of the Sabbath's important and active place in the Plan of God.  And, I will address the New Testament Scriptures that have been used to justify the suppression of the seventh day Sabbath in favor of the Roman Church’s veneration of Sunday.  

From Genesis to Revelation the Sabbath is alive and relevant, and it is something far too few Christians understand.  But as the time of our Lord’s appearing draws closer and closer, it is my conviction more and more will come to understand and embrace that most special day -- The Sabbath -- God’s uniquely chosen holy day.


Mark Johnson

Lay Leader

North Salem United Methodist Church

Sunday Sermon July 17, 2016

July 8, 2016 ~

Click here to read a message from NEUMC Bishop Devadhar concerning recent events in Dallas, TX and other locations.

A Bit of 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...



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:




Link of the Month! (July)


Some of us may not fully understand all of the traditions and customs of the United Methodist Church.  Many may have questions about how or why certain practices are conducted or what days are of importance to the Church. To inform any seeking to know anything about our Tradition, Chuck, has all the answers.

Yes, Chuck Knows Church is an online video resource where inquiring minds may go to learn about the UMC.  Chuck attempts to teach the ins and outs of Methodism through humor and with the goal of teaching and making disciples for Christ.

Chuck Knows Church may not be for everyone, but it certainly is a good resource to find Methodist related information.


Check it out!




NSUMC Choir June 19, 2016

Thoughts From our Pastor

Rev. Carroll C. Moore



July 13, 2016


JOURNALING



 One way to deepen awareness of God in our lives is to journal. This is not the same as a diary but may be a means for us to be more conscious of how God is working around us. An idea for those of us who find writing difficult is to jot down the thoughts that come to us out of a period of contemplation. We may have one or two thoughts that keep emerging and are inviting us to pay attention. Here are few journal focal points we might use: a scripture word, “Love,” a flower in our garden; an event in the news; the thoughts brought up by the recent killings; a painting that speaks to us. We can spend time in quiet meditation with each of these and as images or thoughts come to us jot them down. We may discover out of that a pattern in our lives and it may be in this pattern an awareness of God emerges.

Happy Journaling
Carroll