September 2000 Volume 2.9

Sounds of Salem

Calling All Young Adults


Come join us in Sunday School this Fall as we begin an exciting new study by Philip Yancey.


We meet in the kitchen, and this Fall we will be using a video to talk about "The Jesus I Never Knew." This video, by Philip Yancey, an editor at Christianity Today, takes clips from various movie and media representations of Christ and puts them along side of Scripture as it challenges our views on Jesus and challenges us to experience Christ from new perspectives.


Lets explore our faith and understanding of Christ together. The only requirements are an open-mind and a willingness to explore your faith and understanding. Bring your babies and toddlers, there are plenty of toys and laps available.


(Note to "young adults at heart" who think this sounds interesting: the Adult Bible Study, which will start up again in October, will also be using this material.)



September Highlights


September 3, 2000

4 - 6:00 PM Gymanfa Supper

7:00 PM Gymanfa Ganu

September 10, 2000

6:30 PM Trustee Meeting

September 12, 2000

Alpha Kappa - dinner out

September 13, 2000

Junior Choir starts

September 17, 2000

7:00 PM Session Meeting

October Sounds of Salem


September 21, 2000

9:30 AM Women’s Assoc.


Pianist Wanted


We are looking for someone to play beautiful music each Wednesday we have junior choir from 4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and each Sunday the choir sings.


The salary is small but the appreciation is big. If you would like to volunteer, contact Wendy at 667-2408.

Gymanfa Ganu


On September 3rd, 2000, at 7:00 p.m., the annual Gymanfa Ganu will be held at Salem Presbyterian Church. Mr. Geraint Wilkes and Mr. Trevor Williams will be leading the Gymanfa. Mr. Wilkes will be the director and Mr. Williams is assisting with special music. Both are natives of Wales now living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


This will be an inspiring program of sacred Welsh music, glorifying god by singing praises to His name.


Mr. Wilkes is returning for his third appearance directing a Gymanfa Ganu in Venedocia. The music you hear coming from the church on September 3rd, 2000 will cause your heart to beat a little faster and your whole being to rejoice.


If you like to sing and participate in good music, come on September 3rd, 2000 and join in four part congregational singing, or if you just want to listen, come hear the inspiring music, sung in praise to God.


Prior to the Gymanfa, the Women’s Association will again serve a light supper in the church basement. A free will offering will be received for the supper, which will be served from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.



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Activities Page


Junior Choir


Junior choir is scheduled to start back up on Wednesday, September 13th, and we hope you and your friends will want to be part of the fun!


Junior choir meets from 4:00-5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the church, and includes a snack, recreation time, singing, and bell ringing. Most Lincolnview and Spencerville kids are able to get off the bus right at the church, which makes it easy to attend. If we need to provide alternate transportation for your child, we will contact you to make arrangements. We provide special music for worship about two times a month, beginning in October.


Parents and other supporters within the congregation sign-up to provide snacks and help with that portion of the program each week. The sign-up sheet for weekly helpers and snacks is posted in the north vestibule if you would like to sign-up. Children begin arriving at the church at 3:30 p.m., so you need to have your snacks to the church by 3:15 p.m. on the Wednesdays for which you are responsible. We also ask that the snacks be low in sugar so the children aren’t bouncing off the walls and the helpers can keep their sanity.



Junior Choir – continued

Cancellation Policy

In terms of weather cancellations, we have choir unless Lincolnview cancels school. If your kids get off the bus here on a day when choir has been canceled, have them come over to the manse (if I’m not at the church) and I will make appropriate arrangements for them. Choir is over at 5:30 each Wednesday. If you have any questions, call Dana at

667-4142. Wendy


*Three hour delays: Van Wert County Schools are instituting a 3 hour delay for fog this year, which will result in school dismissing one hour later. We will still have choir these days, and will still dismiss at 5:30 p.m.


Junior Choir Rules

On Sundays when your child plays bells, they must be at church at 8:45 a.m. for practice. If the child won’t be there, call Kathy McCollow at 667-3570 and let her know so she may assign the bell to someone else and they have a chance to practice with that bell.


On Sundays when your child sings, they must be at church at 9:00 a.m. for practice.


Beginning this year, children must come to 22 out of the 28 days junior choir meets to get a t-shirt at the end of the junior choir year. Also, there will be special recognition for perfect attendance along with our traditional junior choir certificate.


Alpha Kappa


Alpha Kappa Class meets Tuesday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m. for a dinner meeting at the "I Don’t Care Grill" in Van Wert.


Anyone wanting to join Alpha Kappa is very welcome.





Women’s Association


The Salem Women’s Association will meet on September 21st at 9:30 a.m. Devotions will be given by Audrey Burnett and Marvel Lloyd will have the topic. Hostesses will be Marian Morris and Betty Bolton. Roll call will be a "Thought for the Day." All women are welcome to join us in a time of prayer, devotions, study, and fellowship.


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Family & Friends


Thank You

Thank you for your kindness and the generous memorial to the American Heart Association. Alice M. Jones


We would like to thank everyone who brought meals to us. It was greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Don, Diana, Brian, Kayla


Thank you for your cards and prayers during my recovery.

Vicki Profit


I want to thank everyone for my 91st birthday cards. I appreciate every one of them.

Evelyn Dolbey


Thanks to everyone for the cards and prayers while I was in the hospital. They really meant a lot to me.

Rose Ann Eutsler


Thank you for all your kind expressions of sympathy for the loss of our Mother and Grandmother.

John, Mary Ellen, Jeff, Kelly, Jason and Chelsey Lloyd


Thank you for your prayers, cards, visits, and calls as we adjust to Lena’s diabetes. It is a blessing to be a part of such a supportive church family.

Wendy and Lena Pratt


Shut Ins



This information has been deleted from the internet version of this newsletter.


Prayer Concerns


Betty Breese

Jessie Davis

The Family of Marguerite Fissel

Irene Gross (grandmother of

Stacia Profit)

Helen Johnson (sister of Latimer


The Family of J. Paul Jones

The Family of Ruby Jones

The Family of Justin Lybold

Marjorie Louth

Albert O’Daffer (son-in-law of

Irene Ringwald)

Cindy Orman (cousin of Emma

Jean Thatcher)

Diana Owens

Lena Pratt

Irene Ringwald (Van Wert


Randy Ringwald (son of Irene

Ringwald-received lung


The Family of Elizabeth Ritchie

Peggy Stewart (sister-in-law of

Kim Coil-Breast cancer)

Ralph Stewart (Father of Kim





Sunday, August 20th, we celebrated the baptism of Madison Louise Pugh. Madison was born on February 12th, 2000. Her parents are Eric and Jenny Pugh.




Austin Tyler Kimmet was born to Sarah Foust and Jason Kimmet. Austin was born at 8:39 p.m. on August 20th, 2000.

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News Page

From the Session


Session has been looking at the ways in which we communicate, and is continually looking for ways to strengthen our communication. The last two months they have looked at the newsletter and the bulletin. The bulletin has been getting so long that there is a growing concern that it is not all read. Also, since not everybody is here every Sunday, there is a concern that those who are absent may miss important announcements.


To address these issues, session has decided that beginning in September, the bulletin will be limited to the following items: Order of Worship, Flower Information, Coming Week’s Calendar, Financial Update, and Prayer Concerns. All other news and information will be placed in the monthly newsletter. Our hope is that this will serve two purposes: it will make the bulletin a more manageable size, and it will assure that important information gets into every home, whether or not the family is present in worship on a particular Sunday.


If you have ideas or suggestions on ways to improve communication or strengthen the newsletter or bulletin, please speak to a member of session.


Ice Cream Social News


We would like to thank Kathy McCollow for ordering and giving us a road map to follow for the ice cream social. Thanks to Marjorie Rhoades for collecting all the donated pies and money to help pay for the ice cream and groceries. Thanks to David Hugh Evans who was always there for support, ideas and sharing the work where needed and for the advertisement.


Thanks to all who contributed pies and money, to all who helped prepare the food, we continue to receive compliments on the tasteful food, pies, cake and ice cream. Thanks to all the people who served and volunteered their services for the night. We are grateful to each of you for your support.


Thanks to Darlene Jones for the beautiful floral arrangements for the tables and serving area. Thanks to Paul Price who rearranged the wiring and ran new wires in the Lions Club building to eliminate any electrical problems.


Finally, to all members and friends of the church, we are grateful for your attendance to make the social a success for good food and fellowship as we continued forth. Most of all, thanks be to God.


Money received from the ice cream social was $1036 with all bills paid.



Salem Presbyterian Church’s Women’s Volleyball team won the division!



Looking Ahead


Coming in October


Sunday, October 1, 2000

World Communion &

Peacemaking Offering

Annual Golf outing and fish fry-

Watch the newsletter for



Confirmation Class Information (6th & 7th grade)


Youth Group Information


Adult Bible Study (using Philip Yancey’s "The Jesus I Never Knew")


Watch for more information in the October Sounds of Salem.




Marjorie and Roger Jones were married in Jonesborough, Tennessee on May 16, 2000. They reside at 7936 Bergner Road, Convoy, Ohio 45832.



Servants for September

September Hospitality Elder: Carolyn Girod

September Ushers: Bob Louth, Don Muter,

Dwight Rhoades, and Dave Taylor

September Acolyte: Bradan Taylor

Sunday, September 3, 2000

Special Music: David John Evans

Nursery: John & Anne Morris

Sunday, September 10, 2000

Special Music: Jean Owens

Nursery: Kent & Heather McClure

Jr. Church: To be announced

Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Jr. Choir Snacks: Betty Bolton




Sunday, September 17, 2000

Special Music: Carolyn Girod, Stephanie Kayser

Nursery: Jeff & Cindy Davis

Jr. Church: To be announced

Wednesday 20, 2000

Jr. Choir Snacks: Denise Pugh

Sunday, September 24, 2000

Special Music: To be announced

Nursery: Jeff & Kelly Lloyd

Jr. Church: To be announced

Wednesday, September 27, 2000

Jr. Choir Snacks: Liz Hobbs




Salem Presbyterian Church

P.O. Box 678

Venedocia, OH 45894