October 2020 Newsletter!
We have assembled a number of different ministry and church updates from various staff members here at SEC. The common theme that you will see in this newsletter is that God is good and He continues to work in amazing and abundant ways. Be encouraged as you read!
– Josh Bray
Jim – Ministry Updates
- Operation Christmas Child – Since 1993 over 100 million children in 130 countries experienced God’s love through the power of a simple shoebox. Once again SEC is joining Samaritans Purse in reaching out to the children of the world seeking hope through Operation Christmas Child. Please check out Operation Christmas Child on SEC’s Website for ways to become involved.
- Bible Quizzing – Please be praying for SEC’s children and youth who are participating in quizzing this year that God will grow and mold them in to being warriors for the Kingdom. We look forward to seeing the spiritual growth as they build in a lifelong understanding of the Word.
- Wednesday Evening Sunday School – Families with children between preschool and high school are encouraged to attend Children and Youth Sunday School programing on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm. As a church we continue to encourage families to invest in the lives of their children in bringing a strong Biblical World view
- Sunday Evening Programs – After the Sunday service we have youth and children programing as well as prayer meeting at 6:15pm. This is a great time to have your children and youth both outreach and discipleship building. What a great time as adults to be in prayer for our families, the future of the church and the spiritual health of our nation
- After School Activities – Salem Evangelical is working to partner with “Satellite Gaming”, a program that is affiliated with Salem-Keizer School District, to connect with youth through internet gaming in bringing the Gospel to their lives. This after-school programing will take place M-Th from 3-5pm at church. This is a strong outreach focus in reaching the youth in our neighborhoods. For more information you can contact Pastor Daniel at Daniel@salemec.com.
- Pastor Justin’s Departing – Sr High Youth Pastor Justin is being called by God to a new chapter in his and McKenzie’s life. Justin’s last day will be October 31st with a reception for them taking place on November 1st at 7:00pm in the activity center. Please come and share a time of appreciation for Justin and McKenzie for the four years they have served the youth of Salem E.
- Life Chain – SEC is joining the nation in standing up for life for the unborn. Please join us between 2:30 – 3:30pm this Sunday by holding signs in front of the church supporting life.
Tanya – Fire Response Successes
As we’ve all seen and heard of the devastation caused by the wildfires in our state, most of us probably know someone affected. It’s easy to look at the loss and think, “There’s no hope,” BUT…we serve a BIG GOD and His desire is to bring hope and restoration to the lost. And we, the church, have the privilege of being His hands and feet to the communities around us, fulfilling our mission to Communicate Christ in Community.
For those who want to help, thank you for your heart to serve and your desire to see God bring comfort to those in need. We have created a page on our website dedicated to information on resources and ways you can help. It will be updated as we receive new information, so please check back regularly. Visit salemec.com/helping-our-community.
Jonathan – PESM Report
Four of your pastoral staff have enrolled in the Pacific Evangelical School of Ministry as full-time students. Josh Bray, Daniel Lee, Jonathan Maurer, and Carol Wright started their first intensive week of class during the fires – beginning with Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Survey. This program uses the cohort model of learning where students meet together all day for the better part of a week, every other month. In November they will be studying Church History and Christian Education.
Bonnie – Food Box
Our Food Box ministry has been running strong the past several months due to the “Drive-Thru” process we have been utilizing. It has enabled our 17+ volunteers to continue providing much needed food to the community, while keeping within the social distancing guidelines. An average of 83 food boxes are handed out every other Thursday, which feeds approximately 378 people. What a blessing it is to support our community in this way!
Randy – Oregon Youth Authority (O.Y.A.)
While all volunteers have been restricted from physically being with the youth, our classes and volunteers have been very active in supplying to these precious youth gifts of encouragement and love. So much has been given and so much love has gone with each gift. Our vans were requested and donated in case a particular facility needed to evacuate due to the fires. An evacuation did not take place but our relationship with O.Y.A. remains a strong relationship because of the working relationship we have with one another. Even next week, three more cases of Bibles along with backpacks are being delivered to O.Y.A. COVID-19 has not shut down generosity and love. Thanks so much for all you are doing for the incarcerated youth of Oregon. Be encouraged; S.E.C. is making a significant difference in the lives of young people. To God be the glory! Pastor Randy R. Butler
Rod – Pastor Parrish Progress
The Search Committee has received about 45 applications for the senior pastor position. We have conducted Zoom interviews with 3 candidates and determined that 2 did not meet the requirements for the position. We conducted a second, more intensive Zoom interview with the 3rd candidate and additional review of his qualifications is in progress. We continue to receive and review several new applications each week.
In the event that a new senior pastor cannot be in place by the first of the year, the Pastor Parish Committee is making plans for an interim pastor to bridge the gap until the arrival of our new pastor. We know that God’s timing is perfect and our desire is to trust and wait on Him. We are confident that the LORD will provide just the right man at just the right time.
Gwen – Girls’ Night Out
August 20th offered the opportunity for the women at Salem Evangelical Church to gather for an intimate time with the Lord in an evening of Praise & Worship together with a message from Andrea Maurer out of Ephesians, “Immeasurably More.” We look forward to wrapping the year up with four more praise and worship evenings scheduled for September 24th, October 22nd, November 19th, and December 17th.
We also have Bible studies:
- Tuesday at 6:30 pm/Wednesday at 10:00 am via Zoom, a 12-week study in Hebrews.
- Tuesday’s at 9:15 am via zoom a Precept study in Jeremiah.
- Tuesday’s at 9:40, Hermansen Center at church, a Beth Moore study titled “Breaking Free.”
Anyone interested in joining can call the church.