Committees

Worship and Music at Salem

 

Worship Is A Foundation of Faith For Everything We Do

Through God’s word, water, bread and prayer we are nurtured in faith and sent out into the world. Worship unites us in celebration, engages us in thoughtful dialogue and helps us grow in faith. It grounds us in our Christian and Lutheran roots, while demonstrating practical relevance for today’s world.

Central to our worship life is the presence of God through word and sacrament. The word proclaimed and the sacraments — both Holy Baptism and Holy Communion — are called the means of grace. We believe that Jesus Christ is present in these means through the power of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we describe worship as a “gathering around the means of grace.”

There is also a basic pattern for worship among Lutherans. We gather. We encounter God’s word. We share a meal at the Lord’s table. And we are sent into the world. But we do not think about worship so much in terms of what we do. Worship is fundamentally about what God is doing and our response to God’s action. Worship is an encounter with God, who saves us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Holy Communion is celebrated on the first, third and fifth Sundays of each month at Salem. Music is generally traditional with more contemporary music on the third Sunday.

Worship and Music Committee

The Worship & Music Committee guides the worship life of the congregation by striving to provide meaningful worship experiences. The committee does this by:

  • Evaluating and visioning worship practices to provide meaningful worship experiences for members and visitors
  • Facilitating and nurturing lay involvement in the worship life of those congregating
  • Setting policy regarding worship and music, including making recommendations to council

Sharing Our Gifts

All are invited to share the gifts God has given them by assisting in the worship of God in the following ministries:

Acolyte

  • Light candles
  • Process with cross and torches, as needed
  • Assist with the distribution of communion

Altar Guild

  • Care for and change paraments and banners
  • Set and clean up for communion
  • Clean and maintain brass
  • Replenish oil in the candles
  • Change the eternal candle weekly

Assisting Minister

  • Lead portions of the liturgy
  • Assist with communion

Bulletins and Worship Materials

  • Create leader and congregation bulletins in Microsoft Word

Cantor

  • Sing portions of the liturgy

Children’s Message

  • Lead a child friendly object lesson in worship prior to the sermon, based on the readings for the day

Choir

  • Sing the portions of the liturgy assigned to the choir
  • Support the singing of the congregation
  • Sing anthems and other selections

Communion Assistants

  • Serve bread and wine to those receiving communion

Greeter

  • Welcome those who come to worship
  • Assist visitors

Handbell Ensemble

  • Rehearsals weekly on Wednesday and provides music on the third Sunday of each month

Lay Reader

  • Read the Old and New Testament readings

Music Selection Committee

  • Assist the Pastor and Worship & Music Coordinator in selecting music for worship services

PowerPoint Presentations

  • Prepare PowerPoint Presentations for worship services

Projectionist

  • Run the PowerPoint presentation at worship services and funerals, as needed

Ring Bell

  • Toll the bell prior to each service

Sound Technician

  • Run the sound board for services, including weddings and funerals
  • Broadcast the service on local radio station, as needed
  • Set up microphones and sound equipment, as needed

Special Music

  • Vocalist and instrumentalists are welcome to share their talents at Sunday worship services and special events

Spirit and Truth

  • Leads contemporary music of the congregation
  • Vocalists, guitarists, and percussionists are needed

Ushers

  • Distribute bulletins
  • Collect the offering
  • Assist those attending worship

Video Technician

  • Record the services for playback on local cable
  • Assist with weddings and funerals, as needed

Volunteer Scheduling

  • Create the schedule of all volunteers related to worship on a monthly basis

Worship & Music Committee

  • Meets monthly to make recommendations to the Church Council on all aspects of worship and music ministries
  • Decorate for feasts and festivals
  • Order worship supplies

 

Portions of this content are adapted from www.elca.org

 


Christian Education

Sunday School

Rotational Sunday school is for children Pre-K to 6th grade.   Each Sunday the children hear the story and then rotate into a room to work on an activity in the form of,food,games.  Each room has a lesson and is hands on!We start our gathering time with all the children to praise,and pray.  Contact the office 402-721-6158 for additional information.

Vacation BibleSchool

VBS is our biggest event during the summer, held in June.  It is a cooperative event with other Fremont churches for children 1st-6th grade.  They will learn through hands-on experiences.  They will sing, dance, play games, make snacks, have an art project and learn about Jesus’ love.  Your summer just isn’t complete without it!  Planning begins in October.  Teens and Adults are welcome.  Contact the office 402-721-6158 for additional information.

Salem Confirmation Program
 
The Confirmation program is for those students in 7th and 8th grade.  It is led by Vicar Shari and  other lay members who assist with these instructions as well.  It is good for students to see how others in the faith community continue in their faith journey and relationship with God. 
 
The Students are required to attend worship and participate in it as acolytes, ushers and lesson readers.  They are also required to attend Sunday school classes, Wednesday night catechism classes, do service and outreach projects, faith life challenges and participate in the youth group.  We are using the Here We Stand curriculum for both Sunday morning and Wednesday confirmation classes.  Sunday School is at 9:45am and  Wednesday night confirmation class is at 6:30pm. 
 
We start the Confirmation program  each year in September. The Sunday School lessons teach them the stories of the Bible and how they can apply these teachings to their lives. The Wednesday night catechism classes teach them the basics of what we believe as Lutherans using Luther's Small Catechism. 
 
The 9th grade confirmation students are required to continue their attendance in worship and participate as Acolytes, Ushers, and lesson readers.  They will work on a confirmation project and write a paper on their faith journey so far and their relationship with God using what they have learned in the Sunday School and Confirmation classes.  Those students who complete these classes, reaffirm their baptism on Reformation Sunday in the fall of their 9th grade year. 
 
 

EVANGELISM COMMITTEE

The Evangelism Committee is responsible for bringing the Good News to the Fremont Community.  It seeks to do this via promotion of church events, participation in community events such as John C Fremont Days plus the maintenance of this website.  This committee also seeks to encourage Salem members to share the Good News with their friends and relatives.  New members and new ideas are always welcome to this committee.

 

 
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