Bah! Humbug!
“Bah! Humbug!” These two words are the trademark phrase of the hard-nosed, cold-hearted, tight-fisted, grouchy old man, Ebenezer Scrooge, in Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. It is the story of Scrooge’s startling encounter with a series of ghosts on Christmas Eve. The story barely covers 24 hours of Scrooge’s life, but that is enough time for him to be transformed and redeemed. Most of us have a little bit of “Scrooge” on the inside that could use some transformation. So join us this Christmas season at Salem UMC as we discover anew the healing power of God’s grace in Jesus Christ!

Upcoming Events
December 5 – Finance Committee
December 5 – Tabitha’s Hands to FCS
December 7-9 – East Lincoln Community Chorus
December 9 – Emmaus Christmas Party
December 10 – Messengers of Joy Cantata
December 12 – Church Council
December 17 – Children’s Gift-Making Workshop
December 24 – Messy Christmas Eve
December 24 – 11pm Christmas Eve Service
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 26 – Church Office Closed

Salem’s Stained Glass Windows to be Repaired
Our stained glass windows are in need of repair. The estimated cost is $15,000 to repair the windows and provide protection from the elements on the outside. If we don’t do this now, the cost will only increase as the windows continue to deteriorate. Salem’s Willing Workers are going to match the first $5000 in donations to help repair our stained glass windows. If you would like to donate to this worthwhile project to preserve Salem’s history, put your donation in an offering envelope marked “stained glass windows.” Thank you in advance!

Tabitha’s Hands UMW to Visit Florence Crittenton Services on December 5
If you would like to donate a gift for their annual baby shower at FCS, please see Elinor Heermans for details.

“Women of the Bible for Women of Today” Change of Dates
Did you know there are 188 named women of the Bible and many more unnamed women? Each week we examine the life and times of one of these women to better understand the role they played in the faith narrative and what her life can teach us about the faith journey today. Each lesson is a stand-alone lesson so you can join us any week as you are able. December’s women will be three ladies involved in the anticipation of the birth of Christ. Can you guess who they are?
We hope to see you December 6 & 13 at 10:00 am. We will not meet December 20.

Church Mailbox
The white church mailbox will be in the welcome center during the month of December for those who wish to give Christmas cards to members of the congregation.

You Are Invited to the Annual Christmas Open House at the Heermans Home
The Reverends Jan and Elinor Heermans cordially invite you to their annual open house on Saturday, December 23. Drop in anytime from 10am – 8pm at 195 Austin Lane, Stanley, for food and fellowship and to see their amazing collection of nativities from around the world!

Nursery Helpers – 11:00 Service
December 10 – Elise Fowler and Salem Fowler
December 17 – Angie Neill and Laney Hilton

Salem Ambassadors
December 10 – Janene Birdsong and Carol Duggins
December 17 – Diane Keeney and Barbara Yarbrough

December 10 – Susan McGinnis and Beth O’Brien
December 17 – Ellen Caldwell and Melissa Cipriano

Note from the Staff Parish Relations Committee
The Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee requests anyone that would like to make a Christmas love offering to our staff this year to please place it in the offering plate and designate it “Staff Love Offering.” This gives us each an opportunity to recognize our wonderful staff and thank them for all they do throughout the year. The last day to donate is Sunday, December 24.