AN UPDATED MESSAGE FROM PASTOR GOODWIN...
March 24, 2020
Love Your Neighbor As Yourself
“And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he
answered them well, asked him, ‘Which commandment is the most important of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The most important is, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the
Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other
commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31
God’s peace be with you Salem family,
We live in an interesting time and the opportunity for God’s love and protection to shine brightly
through us in our world is here in many profound ways. Therefore, in the spirit of following the 4th commandment of our LORD which is honoring those who have been placed into positions of authority
over us, and the 5th commandment with its meaning as Luther explains ‘You Shall Not Murder’ also includes our responsibility to “help our neighbor in every physical need”, Salem is adjusting our many
Please view our website on a weekly basis as the effects of the current Pandemic
recommendations on our businesses and social gatherings are updated regularly.
For the rest of March into early April:
All of our In-Person Ministry Events are cancelled. Worship, Sunday School,
Bible Studies, Social Gatherings.
Over the next 2 weeks we are attempting to change from in-person group gatherings
to electronic gatherings using the app ZOOM GATHERINGS so that we will be honoring our government's request to practice “social distancing” out of a
profound love for our neighbor and their physical well-being. Loving our neighbor is not always easy nor convenient, however it is pleasing to our LORD Jesus.
The Ministry has not stopped at Salem; it has been modified by using new technologies that we have
been blessed with in our modern age.
Our WORSHIP services with be live streamed beginning this Sunday morning at 10:30 for all who
connect using ZOOM through their android or iOs (iphone)
Please allow us to give you a brief introduction into setting up an account for you and your family
Zoom Meetings allow up to 100 people to meet together with a host (Pastor & an Elder) who can
moderate and help control the experience. As the host, we will have full access to mute video or audio, allow individuals to join the group, and the group will end when we exit the meeting, 40
minutes. It is a safe way for our group to meet and allows for us to continue to build our community.
We recommend joining on a Phone :
Download the ZOOM Cloud Meetings app (iOS or Android). After opening the
app, click the Join Meeting button and enter the meeting i.d. 545-800-8732 to join our Salem Springville Live gatherings. This should lead you to the meeting and place you
in the Waiting Room until the host admits you into the video meeting.
All downloads are free whether on your Android or iPhone device. All you need is the meeting i.d.
(above) for the meeting. This same meeting i.d. will be used each time we meet (every Sunday at 10:30). Please make sure you DISABLE the audio on your device. You may need to manually adjust this in
the lower left of your screen.
2. We are working on
our Bible studies to be conducted over ZOOM GATHERINGS as well, in order to have
as much Christian support and interaction as we can during the Pandemic social distancing policy. The
studies include pastor’s studies:
* The Book of Daniel: Wednesdays at 1
* Discovering the Faith: Thursdays at 1 p.m.
* OPEN ZOOM APP, click the Join Meeting button
and enter the meeting i.d. 545-800-8732
Counseling sessions are by appointment only. Pastor has been conducting them over FACETIME when video is
desired. Phone Calls are always welcome if you would like to talk to
4. DAILY OPPORTUNITIES ON ZOOM with Pastor: OPEN ZOOM
APP, click the Join Meeting button and enter the meeting i.d.
“Morning Inspirations” - 7 a.m.
* “The Light of Jesus @ Noon” - 12
* “Bedtime Bible Stories” - 7 p.m.
5. President Chris Wicher from
our Eastern District of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod has established a weekly ZOOM
GATHERING for a time of Scripture, prayer, sharing concerns
and encouragements. The District Zoom information is different from our
church’s. Every Monday & Thursday from 11-12. Their meeting I.D. is ID: 160 165 369 Password: 025152
6. TITHING is critical during
this Pandemic for the survival of our church and its ministries. Without In-Person Worship we will be tempted to
forget that our OFFERINGS are the only source of revenue that keeps our church active
throughout the year.
We wanted you to be aware of the digital tools we are attempting to use during this unique time in
our world, so that we can all continue to build one another up in our joy and peace as the children of God through our faith in Jesus Christ the King of Kings!
Remember my friends, it is not out of a fear of the Devil or disease that we make these adjustments.
Instead, it is from a profound love for all our neighbors and doing all that we can to actively help prevent the Coronavirus infection from spreading needlessly through careless
God’s richest blessing my friends and remember Jesus' words after His resurrection on Easter
morning, “Peace be with you”! He is risen and reigning over our very life each day.
Pastor Eric Goodwin