Ben Salem United Church of Christ
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As churches have begun to open for in person worship, they have begun the work of restarting many ministries and programs that had been halted due to Covid. As we at Ben Salem have started reactivating programs and ministries, we have also begun to undertake the task of restarting many administrative functions of the church as well. We are looking at initiating a church directory of names, addresses, phone numbers, cell numbers, and email addresses. The ways in which we communicate with each other have changed over the years and more communication happens electronically and so it is vitally important that we have accurate contact information readily available for each of our members. As such, attached to your newsletter is a “Church Directory Form”. We would ask that you complete a form for each member of your household and return it to Ben Salem by December 31st, 2022. We hope to have all the information compiled and ready to distribute by March 1st of 2023. Your help in completing this task in a timely manner would be greatly appreciated.
Of equal importance, the Pastoral Relations Committee has begun the task of reviewing the church rolls so that they accurately reflect the number of active members here at Ben Salem. Page A8 of Ben Salem’s policy manual states that the Financial Secretary shall annually file a report of those who have neither contributed financially to Ben Salem nor communed in the previous year. As such it has been brought to our attention that many people are not using communion cards when we celebrate Holy Communion. We need to have everyone fill out these cards so that we are able to fulfill the administrative obligation placed upon us by Ben Salem’s policy manual. As such we will begin to hand out communion cards at the door the first Sunday of each month, along with the bulletins beginning on November 6th, and at any additional services during which communion will be served. We would ask that you place your completed communion card in the pew in front of you. These will be collected following the service. Your help in correcting this situation will be greatly appreciated.
Church Directory Information
City _______________________ State _____ Zip Code_______
Telephone __________________Cell Phone________________
Email Address ________________________________________
Birth Date: Month/Day/Year____________
* Please put N/A if you do not have an email or cell phone number. If you do not wish to have
your information in the directory, please contact the church office with the information that
you want to be kept confidential
Volunteers Needed! If you would like to serve as a member of the Altar Guild, please call the Church Office at 570-386-3870.
If you or someone you know is going to be in the hospital for surgery, please let the church office know a day or two before the surgery. This way, the Pastor will make every effort to be there to visit and pray with the patient before the surgery.
We are in need of volunteers to help at our funeral luncheons. If you would like to be on a call list, please contact Elaine Snyder. This is a very important service we provide to our members during a very difficult time
Please help us keep up to date with changes of address, phone number, family info., etc. When moving or changing phone numbers, addresses & numbers should be submitted to the church office 570-386-3870 as soon as possible so we will have an accurate listing in the back of the pictorial directory.
$10.00 per week. Please sign the sheet in the narthex and contact Sue Messina or e-mail her with the information. Payment should be sent directly to Sue. Contact the church 570-386-3870 for contact information for Sue.
$30.00 Please sign the sheet in the narthex and call the church office. Send payment directly to Ben Salem UCC. Contact the church office for further information and additional questions 570-386-3870.
The Peaceful Knights group is looking for volunteers!
If you can help in any way, please contact 610-340-4786 or [email protected]
Volunteers are needed to stream the 9:30AM Worship Service. We would like to continue to offer the live streaming to the members of our congregation and as an outreach ministry. Please contact a member of the Worship Committee if you are able to help.
Prayer Shawl Committee – The Prayer Shawl Committee is in need of prayer shawl makers…If you can knit or crochet and would like to help, please contact the church office.
500 Prayer Shawls given at Ben Salem United Church of Christ
On Feb. 11, 2007 the Prayer Shawl Ministry started with a small group of people. During the month of February 2013, the prayer shawl ministry reached the total of 500 shawls made and given. That’s 500 times that the LOVE OF GOD and the prayers of people of Ben Salem have beenshared with others. Each shawl is a blend of prayers, talents, gifts and grace. A thank you to all who have given of their time, talent, prayers, gifts of yarn and those who have delivered them. We all have been blessed with this ministry. May we continue to share our prayers and talents with others. May God bless all. The Prayer Shawl Committee is in need of helpers to make the prayer shawls. If you can knit or crochet and would like to help, please the church office for more information.