November 18, 2018

By: Connie Iverson

RENEWING GOD’S HOUSE THROUGH LEARNING AND GROWING:  Matthew 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.  And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.


I find it personally hard to “go and make disciples of all the nations.”  I admire missionaries who can go into a foreign country, or even another area of the U.S., and evangelize.  I’m not afraid of foreign travel or even talking to people I don’t know. In fact, my children tease me that I talk to everyone.  But, I find it hard to talk to people who don’t already know God and Jesus. We also need to remember the second verse, “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Isn’t it comforting to know that God will be right there with you when you are afraid to put your faith out there for all to see and maybe reject?


If I am going to help Salem grow, I am going to have to learn to “go and make disciples.”  We can probably all be more intentional about sharing how God has worked in our lives, how He answers our prayers, and inviting people to join us in worship at Salem.  As with most things, it will get easier the more we do it. Especially if we remember that God is right there with us, loving and encouraging us.


Dear God, Please help me be better at sharing my journey to You with those who may be skeptical or disbelieving.  Help me to encourage them to come worship with us at Salem where You are doing such good things. Amen.

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In response to the recent Health Advisory issued by Peoria City/County Health Department describing rising levels of COVID cases and concerns, the planned outdoor worship service has been cancelled. Worship will still take place live at 6pm, but with worship leadership only. It will be recorded and available for viewing by 8am on Sunday, July 26.
This decision is not taken lightly but very seriously as we strive to follow health officials recommendations and cautions. We do this because we love one another and want what’s best for one another. In this time of pandemic, that means refraining from indoor as well as outdoor gatherings of larger sized groups.

The drive by farewell for Kristen will still take place on Sunday beginning at 10:30am as we will remain in our cars. Thank you for your cooperation. 

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Craig Swenson, Senior Pastor