The Salem Light Sept/Oct 2016

[Click on the masthead and council pics to read more easily.]




From the Pastor’s Desk –    pastors-desd

Greetings To All,

The season is changing again—we are now into fall with its activities. School is well underway for another year. The great thing for me is that the weather is cooling off a bit. I love the feel of Fall air especially after the hot humid weather of August.

Salem is holding its annual Fall Festival with crafts, kids’ activities, apple butter, bakery goodies and of course, all the great used “treasures.”   And most important, fellowship—working together.

Along with all our Fall activities, let us spend time with the Word of God. I suggest making it a discipline to read, pray and mediate over a Psalm each day. Begin with Psalm 1 and you have readings for over 150 days.   (You may want to read Psalm 119 in sections!)

The Psalms are the Bible’s prayer and song book. They have been the lifeblood for the Jewish people and for us Christians, memorized and read in daily prayer and worship. Although written over 2500 years ago, they speak to us just as poignantly today.

As we enjoy the beauty of the Fall, let us feel the assurance of God’s protection from Psalm 121.

I lift up my eyes to the hills — from where will my help come?

My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

God bless you during this beautiful Fall season.

Pastor Jeanne                                                                    bouquet

Sunday Worship Assistants: September-October

September 4, 2016                                       Communion

Ushers: Richard Newsome -Dennis Lukens

Acolyte:   Tim Lukens

Lector: Ruth Phoebus

Communion Assistants: Sharon Lukens – Jean Weimer

Tellers: Stearns, Bortmes

September 11, 2016                       Special 9/11 Service

Ushers: – Ned Cockey – Larry Dreyer

Acolyte: Ellie Maddox

Lector: Jennifer Maddox

Tellers: DeMey – Phoebus

September 18, 2016                                 Communion

Ushers:   Richard Newsome –Timothy Lukens


Lector: Mark Hoefler

Communion Assistants: Mark Hoefler – Carol Temple

Tellers: McAllister – Lukens

September 25, 2016                                 Communion

Ushers: Dennis Lukens-Sharon Lukens

Acolyte: Thomas Maddox

Lector: Carol Temple

Communion Assistants: Ned Cockey – Karen DeMey

Tellers: Newsome – Hoos

October 2, 2016                                      Communion

Ushers: Ned Cockey – Larry Dreyer


Lector: Karen DeMey

Communion Assistants:

Tellers: Stearns – Bortmes

October 9, 2016

Ushers:   Richard Newsome –Timothy Lukens

Acolyte: Thomas Maddox

Lector: Sandra Bell

Communion Assistants:

Tellers: DeMey – Phoebus

October 16, 2016                                   Communion

Ushers: Scott McAllister, Mike Whitacre

Acolytes: Kyle Niederberger

Lector: Betty Adams

Tellers: McAllister – Lukens

October 23, 2016                                    Healing

Ushers: Dennis Lukens-Sharon Lukens

Acolyte: Tessa Grove

Lector: Mike Whitacre

Communion Assistants

Tellers: Newsome – Hoos

October 30, 2016               Reformation Sunday Communion

Ushers: Ned Cockey – Larry Dreyer

Acolyte: Madeline DeMey

Lector: Ruth Phoebus

Tellers: Stearns – Bortmes


Worship and Event Schedule: September – October 2016

Thursday, September 1

  • 9:00 AM Stitchers
  • 7:00 PM Choir

Sunday, September 4

  • 9:00 AM Traditional Worship with communion

Thursday, September 8

  • 9:00 AM Stitchers
  • 7:00 PM Choir

Sunday, September 11

  • 9:00AM – Special 9/ 11 Memorial Service,
  • Covered dish potluck Luncheon at Jarrettsville
  • Volunteer Fire Dept. Fire House

Tuesday, September 13

  • 7:00 PM Committee Meeting
  • 7:30 PM Council Meeting

Thursday, September 15

  • 9:00 AM Stitchers
  • 7:00 PM Choir

Sunday, September 18                            

  • 9:00 AM Traditional Worship with communion
  • 9:20 AM Sunday School

Thursday, September 22

  • 9:00 AM Stitchers
  • 7:00 PM Choir

Sunday, September 25

  • 9:00 AM Traditional Worship with communion
  • 9:20 AM Sunday School
  • Coffee Hour Pie Sunday

Monday, September 26

  • 10:00 AM Bible study

Thursday, September 29

  • 9:00 AM Stitchers
  • 7:00 PM Choir

Saturday October 1 Annual Craft Fair and Flea Market

Sunday, October 2

  • 9:00 AM Traditional Worship with communion
  • 9:20 AM Sunday School

Monday, October 3

  • 10:00 AM Bible study

Thursday, October 6

  • 9:00 AM Stitchers
  • 7:00 PM Choir

Sunday, October 9

  • 9:00 AM Traditional Worship with communion
  • 9:20 AM Sunday School
  • 4:00 pm Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick Maryland — Installation of Delaware/MD Synod Bishop Rev. William Gohl, by Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop

Tuesday, October 11

  • 7:00 PM Committee Meeting
  • 7:30 PM Council Meeting

Thursday, October 13

  • 9:00 AM Stitchers
  • 7:00 PM Choir

Sunday, October 16

  • 9:00 AM Traditional Worship with communion
  • 9:20 AM Sunday School

Monday, October 17

  • 10:00 AM Bible study

Thursday, October 20

  • 9:00 AM Stitchers
  • 7:00 PM Choir

Sunday, October 23                                     Healing

  • 9:00 AM Traditional Worship Service
  • 9:20 AM Sunday School

Monday, October 24

  • 10:00 AM Bible Study

Thursday, October 27

  • 9:00 AM Stitchers
  • 7:00 PM Choir

Sunday, October 30                           Reformation Service

  • 9:00 AM Traditional Worship with Communion
  • 9:20 AM Sunday School


Worship and Event HIGHLIGHTS; September and October

September 11th – Special Worship Service


We are planning a Special worship service in remembrance of the 15 year anniversary of 9/11. The service will recognize and honor the service of first responders: fire fighters, police and others both active and retired. At this 9 AM service we welcome members of the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company and thank them for their contribution to our community.

Following the service there will be a brief coffee hour while the children (and maybe adults) can examine the fire truck. One will be at Salem unless called into action.

After the service and coffee time, we are invited to a covered dish potluck lunch at the fire house. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex indicating what you will bring. The Fire Company will supply chicken, rolls, drinks and dessert. Please see Ruth Phoebus if you have questions about the potluck.

Let us give the Fire Company a special thanks for all the selfless service they give to the community.

Note: Because of this special day, Sunday School will begin a week later this year. All school youths shouldn’t miss church and a chance to meet our firefighters and see their firetruck and all their special equipment.

 September 17thBlessing of the Animals


We will conclude our Summer Worship Series with our annual Blessing of the Animals. We give thanks to God for all God’s living creatures—dogs, cats, horses, fish, guinea pigs, birds, bees and more. We are reminded of all the animals mentioned in our Bible, and Saints associated with them—such as St. Francis and St. Ambrose.


Saint Ambrose, Patron Saint of bees, beekeepers and candle makers

As the blessing of our pets grows near, let us also remember the little things like our pollinators. May they be blessed by Saint Ambrose, Saint of bees, beekeepers, and candle makers. Our pollinators are in peril and many beekeepers pray their colonies survive, especially through these harsh winters.

Bees pollinate so much of our crops and produce in the Spring. Try leaving those annoying Dandelions we often see in early summer, as they are bees’ first diet as they emerge from their hives. Try planting honeybee friendly plants for them, supporting local farms and beekeepers, (or even take up bee keeping), as they pollinate over 70% of the food and fruits we consume.

Saint Ambrose


(contributed by Jennifer Everett)


 September 18th9:20 AM Sunday School begins


Come & Enjoy the First Day of Sunday School September 18th at 9:30 AM

Parents: Please join us after class for Crepes and a Chat!

What’s the buzz on this year’s Sunday In August School?   Kings and queens and animals, Oh My!  Come help us make these Bible stories come alive.  Kids and parents, we need your buzzz input!

 September 25th – Pie Sunday  


                 A Salem Tradition – Bring your favorite pie. If you want to share your recipe, give it to Lynn Cox, and she will make copies. Please sign up in the narthex.

 October 1 – A Favorite Event Here at last!           apple-for-festival

Our Annual Craft Fair, Flea Market, & Homemade Apple Butter Sale

Please volunteer or donate items from our


NEEDED: Helpers for Set-Up, Taking Down and working at the Craft Fair (Funnel Cakes, Scarecrow Stuffing, Games, Bake Table, Filling Apple Butter Jars & Labeling)  Also: Apple Butter Stirring.                  


5 lb. of FLOUR

5 lb. of SUGAR


1 dozen EGGS

1 Small Bottle of VANILLA

1 Large Jug of COOKING OIL

2 Gallon Jugs of APPLE CIDER





BAKED GOODS for the Day of the Fair:

1 Extra Large PUMPKIN for Guessing Contest

1 Large Jar of CANDY CORN for Guessing Contest

(See other Sign Up Sheets on Narthex Table, and See Lynn Cox with questions)

Start gathering your “FLEAS’ NOW!

Note: We have lost a couple of our helpers, due to moving, so if you want to have fun and fellowship and help with the pricing of items and sorting clothes we welcome you. The time you can give will be great and much appreciated. We price Monday thru Friday. I will have the church open at 7:00 each morning. Last day to drop items off is Wednesday.

Thank you, Doris Karoll


 Salem Stitchers  


If you like to sew, paint, or craft (or would like to learn) please join us Thursday mornings in the narthex from 9am to noon to work on items the Craft Fair!

Crafters, we still need to make or donate more items for our Fair!


Looking Ahead!   November and December

November 5Harford Conference Workshop “Disciples Together”

November 13Gather Together Sunday

November 23 Jarrettsville Area Joint Worship, Thanksgiving Eve, hosted by Salem

December 11 – Salem Choir Christmas Cantata


SLCC Corner


Summer was a wonderful time at SLCC. The children were visited by dinosaurs, played music with in world drum show, enjoyed a lot of Kona Ice snowballs, went swimming, and made their own ice cream at Turkey Hill.

We are sad that summer is almost over; however, we are very excited to start a new school year. We now have new fencing and playground equipment for our students to enjoy. Mr. Nathan Roland has joined our staff to keep our school in good repair! We are still having registration for the 2016-2017 school year. Many of our programs have waiting lists so please encourage anyone interested to call 410-557-6612 today!

SLCC Two Year Old Program

Our two-year-old program meets on Wednesdays at 9:30 AM. It is designed to expose children to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring through hands-on activities and meaningful play. The theme based curriculum gives children the opportunity to explore in a safe and loving environment. (The registration fee is waived for Salem members!!)
Elizabeth Smithson, Director,  Salem Lutheran Children Center

Please contact us at any time at or 410-557-6612.


Outreach at Salem      outreach

Our benevolence to the Delaware-Maryland Synod remains at 12.5% of our regular offerings. Of this amount, our synod passes on half to the national ELCA. These contributions are used to support struggling congregations, pastoral leaders and mission programs in our community, seminaries, campus ministries and so much more. Thanks to all at Salem for this effort.

August 25thChoir resumes rehearsals 7:00pm. Everyone who enjoys music, please join us! Special thanks to all who kept our Music Ministry going this summer—Mark and Cathy Hoefler (who gave Dot some summer respite as organist), Maddy DeMey, Lynn Larsen, Mike Whitacre, Mary Carol Wills, Tim and Tessa Grove, and others—— Our thanks for “making a joyful noise unto the Lord!”

August 28—We will bless our teachers and others involved in educating our children. We also bless our children and their back packs and wish them a great new school year.

Mason- Dixon Community Services

Salem members responded to the needs of the Mason-Dixon Community services clients in a big way. In just a two week period from July 17 to August 1, we were able to donate 117 school items, 6 backpacks, and 90 food items! Great job! Please continue to bring in items and place them in the box in the narthex. Items will be delivered to Mason-Dixon every two weeks.

Casseroles for Daily Bread

In August we donated 23 casseroles, each of which serves 8 needy people. Thanks to all who give to this wonderful cause. Please make a casserole for our next due date, Sept 12.

GriefShare Support Group

GriefShare is a 13 week-long Non-denominational support group for those who have lost loved ones to death. Each week includes a video and group discussion. Cost of materials is $10 for the 13 weeks. Beginning Tuesday, September 13, 2016, two once-a-week sessions will be held:

2:00pm at Norrisville United Methodist Church, 2811 W. Church Lane, White Hall, MD 21161

7:00pm at Salem Lutheran Church, 3825 Norrisville Road, MD 21084 (across from Jarrettsville Elementary)

For information and to register call Rev. Melissa McDade, 410-692-6179


Worship Notes from Pastor Dick: 


After the Prayer of the Day, our worship service enters the second section:


At the conclusion of the 1st & 2nd readings, we join in the song of praise using an ancient word from the people of Israel: Alleluia! [Maybe some of you pronounce it Hallelujah! – both pronunciations are correct, so take your choice!]. Alleluia literally means Praise God! As such we join with the people of faith of every age and nation shouting the praise of God for all the things that God has done for us.

The Alleluia is placed here at this point in the worship service because following this exclamation of praise; we turn to the fullest and clearest revelation of God: Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know what God is like, look to Jesus – who for the joy that we set before him endured the cross and grave and now sits at God’s right hand.

Also to mark the importance of the Gospel, we rise to show honor to Christ as we would hear his words or witness an event in his life. Also for the gospel reading it is bracketed by two responses from the congregation: Glory to you, O Lord – and – Praise to you, O Christ. For this is the most holy of moments: we center our attention to the fullest expression of God’s love for all people. Here we witness our Lord’s concern that all people be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth as he acts and speaks to the people of his day. His words still resound down to us so that our very lives might be transformed by the presence of Jesus Christ in our hearts

Truly, this is a holy moment – a special moment – in our Sunday gathering around God’s Word and Sacrament.

Next newsletter: the sermon.

Note:   Pastor Dick is currently filling in for a few months at Second English Lutheran Church in Baltimore. He assures us that he and Elfriede will stop in from time to time during his interim time there. We know that he will be a blessing to that congregation

Pulpit Exchange: Thanks to Pastor Barry Hidey who led our worship August 7th, while Pastor Jeanne led worship in his stead at William Waters and Ebebezer Methodist Churches.



  • For our new school Fencing and Playground Equipment new-fencenew-playground-equip
  • For our New Church and School signs (Catalog pictures of new playground equipment to be installed by the end of August.  Check it out soon!),
  • (and Mike Whitacre and Ned Cockey for painting and fixing posts and salvaging parts for future restorations)
  • To Karen and Maddie DeMey for Painting the “vintage” School sign for our side lawn


  • To Pastor Barry Hidey for coming to us for “Pulpit Exchange”pastor-hidey




Some Church Humor 

How to Get to Heaven

A teacher asked the children in her Sunday school class, “If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale, and gave all my money to church, would I get to heaven?”

“NO!” the children all answered.

“If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the lawn, and kept everything neat and tidy, would I get to go to heaven?”

Again the answer was “NO!”

“Well,” she continued, “then how can I get to heaven?”

In the back of the room, a five-year-old boy shouted, “You gotta be dead.”



[cartoon from “Inherit the Mirth” by Cuyler Black]