Mission is not an option for church. Mission is the outward profession of the gospel.
Salem UMC has the privilege of serving the hungry at the Shalom Center Soup Kitchen every fifth Thursday of the month. We make soup, enough sandwiches for everyone to take home after dinner and serve a hot meal provided by the Shalom Center to as many as 125 people or even more sometimes. The whole process takes about 2 1/2 hours some time between 2:00 and 5:30 p.m. (depending on which you choose – soup or sandwiches or serving). There is no cleanup. The center handles that. That is a very tiny gift of your time to provide so much for so many. We also donate money to the Soup Kitchen for milk – just mark your contribution “MILK” and drop it in the collection plate. If you would like to help make an “Impact on Your Community” on January 31st sign up on the sheet found on the information board in the fellowship area – or call the church office at 843-2525 to get your name on the list.
We also collect food and clothing for the Sharing Center as part of our weekly offering.
Impact Community – 8,000 Hour Challenge. As a congregation we are challenged to do 8,000 hours of community service by the end of the year. If everyone can do at least 1 or 2 hours of volunteer service a week it will quickly add up. An Impact Community slip can be found each week in your bulletin. Impact Community slips can also be found on the SCRIP table in the fellowship area. Fill it out and drop it in the collection plate on Sunday or return to the church office. Check here for how we’re doing this year.
Aid Africa’s Children
See also our page on Aid Africa’s Children, an amazing organization co-founded by our own Debbie Gilliam. Our church partners with them as they not only raise funds for crucial living needs like water availability but also travel to African villages giving medical attention and supplies.