CRAFT FAIR SET FOR OCTOBER 28TH
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Salem Covenant’s annual Craft fair is set for Saturday, October 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This year, the Attic Treasure portion of the fair has a new venue providing more room … Read More

LAS VEGAS HORROR
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News is coming at us at such a rapid pace. 1…2…3… hurricanes and now the horror and tragedy out of Las Vegas. Difficult to comprehend the carnage of such an incident. Officials … Read More

Rally Day Set for Sunday, SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2018
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 AT 9:00 a.m. followed by worship at 10:00 a.m. marks the beginning of the 2017-18 programmatic year at Salem Covenant! This year’s theme is “Living the Mysteries” and celebrates not … Read More

Hurricane Harvey Relief
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CHICAGO, IL (August 28, 2017) – A special fund has been established for Covenanters to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. Following is a statement from the Love Mercy Do Justice mission priority: … Read More

LAST BBQ OF SUMMER – SUNDAY, AUGUST 20TH
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Join us for the last BBQ of the summer after worship on this Sunday – August 20. As usual, the church will provide burgers and hot dogs but this time we are asking … Read More

Salem Covenant Stands Against Racism and Violence – Stands Up for Justice and Love
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Saturday was a tragic day as hate groups ascended on Charlottesville, VA spreading their hate-filled message of violence, racism, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy. Many were injured and one person (Heather Heyer) was killed … Read More

MASTER SINGERS “SUMMER SING” Sing a Master Work with the Master Singers of Worcester!
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Join the Master Singers of Worcester in singing Gabriel Faure’s Requiem Op.48, conducted by their new Artistic Director Ed Tyler. This event is hosted by Salem Covenant Church and is open to … Read More

SALEM BBQ SUNDAY – SUNDAY JULY 23, 2017
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Join us for worship at 10:00 am on East Mountain St then hop in the car to go to Camp Charlton for a picnic and swim! For those who use GPS enter … Read More

WELCOME MASTER SINGERS
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Salem will be the new home for The Master Singers of Worcester hosting not only their weekly rehearsal schedule but their concert venue as well. Founded in 1976, The Master Singers of … Read More

Wednesday Worship to Start July 26
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Often people are away on weekends during the summer leaving us out of touch with one another for several weeks. “Wednesday Worship” is an opportunity to be community outside of Sunday’s gathering. Beginning … Read More

TITHING WEEK – SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2017
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Someone brought in a Swedish Ivy plant to the office with the instruction, “It will grow anywhere and anyone can do it.” This poor plant sat on the conference table for months … Read More

BLACK SEED FARMERS MARKET SET TO START JULY 15
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A final date has been set for the start of the Farmers Market we are hosting and participating in with MCL (Muslim Community Link). The grand opening will be on Saturday, July … Read More

TITHING SUNDAY – FATHER’S DAY – JUNE 18, 2017
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TITHING SUNDAY – JUNE 18, 2017! Lot’s of fun, right? First of all, what is tithing? Tithing in its simplest form is the biblical standard of giving back to God one dime … Read More

FIRST SUMMER SCC FAMILY BBQ & GRILL DEDICATION – SUNDAY JUNE 4
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Our first of three Summer BBQs will be this Sunday, June 4th after worship. We will have typical BBQ fare (Burgers, hot dogs, with dessert and ice cream for kids). We will … Read More

BLACK SEED FARMERS MARKET TO START
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The Black Seed Farmer’s Market is set to start in June and run through the month of October. This year, Salem Covenant will be joining with MCL (Muslim Community Link) in sponsoring … Read More

Diago McClain of PIF (Pay-It-Forward) Receives Award
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WORCESTER – A local basketball coach and community leader received an award at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation’s annual meeting Wednesday. T. Diago McClain, founder and CEO of Worcester Pay It Forward, … Read More

JUNE BIBLE STUDY PLANNED
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Having tackled both an overview of the New Testament and a focused study of the last week of Jesus’ life, we now turn to the most prolific writer in the NT, Paul … Read More

DELL’S EDIBLE CREATIONS IS BORN
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Saturday, April 29th was the inauguration and ribbon cutting ceremony of Dell’s Edible Creations. Savior (Dela) Adiakpor created DEC two years ago and has been marketing his plan ever since.  The genesis of … Read More

HOLY WEEK ART EXHIBIT
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From chalkings, to oil paint, photography to verse, the art exhibit hosted by Salem Covenant was a wonderful addition to an already robust Holy Week observance. Personal transformation was the theme of the … Read More

HOLY WEEK BEGINS
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With the advent of the Palm Sunday Parades, Holy Week is initiated and we join in the observation and participation in remembrance of the last week of Jesus’s life. Holy Week is the … Read More

LENTEN DINNER: FRANK KARTHEISER, DIR OF WORCESTER INTERFAITH
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Frank Kartheiser, long-time Dir of Worcester Interfaith will be our guest. We’ve asked Frank to comment on what he sees as the missional fronts in our city. Education, resettlement of refugees, developing … Read More

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY – THE LAST WEEK – Following Jesus day by day
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We tend to think of Jesus’ passion as the events of the cross and resurrection, or, Holy Week and Holy Week truncated down to just four days (Maundy-Thursday through Easter). But Jesus’ … Read More

EDUCATION – WHERE ARE WE?
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Perhaps the most important task of any community is educating its children and young adults. It seemed pretty straightforward: you simply plugged the child in and encouraged along the way. In reality, … Read More

Lenten Dinner 3/14 Cancelled – 3/22 Welcomes Asima Silva
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With the snow continuing to pile up in the Worcester County area, we will cancel our Dinner and Conversation for March 14 and reschedule for the following week March 22 at which … Read More

Immigration and You
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Our first Lenten Fellowship Dinner was an incredible event. After a wonderful meal together, we welcomed Val Fisk to speak and educate all of us on immigration issues. Val is a daughter of … Read More

IMMIGRATION CONVERSATION WITH ATTORNEY VAL FISK
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Join us for our first Lenten Conversation – an informal conversation with attorney Val Fisk. Val is a daughter of the church and has been practicing immigration law for well over a … Read More

CALLING ALL ARTISTS AND CRAFTSMEN
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One way of observing the season of Lent is to put your artistic and creative efforts to work through whatever medium you choose to depict some aspect of Christ’s journey to Jerusalem … Read More

2nd Half of Annual Meeting Postponed
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The 2nd Half of the Annual Meeting that was scheduled for this Sunday, February 26th, has been rescheduled to Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 11:15 a.m., immediately following Worship.

42+ Headed to “GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER?” Saturday Night!
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42 + will enjoy an evening together getting to know one another better. Designed to shuffle us up a bit and break some of our too routine couplings, we’ve randomly put folks … Read More

NEW BIBLE STUDY TO START – STORIES TO GROW BY
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Beginning February 9th, a new bible study will begin. Utilizing some of the same materials and methods that were found in our Community Bible Experience (Sept – Dec 2016), we will focus … Read More

Water: Jesus’ and Ours
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The beginning of the beginning. Sunday we begin a new season squeezed in between Christmas and Lent. We call it “Epiphany” and it is related to words like “reveal” and “revelation”, something … Read More

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
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January is the perfect time to have friends over and make a ton more. How many of us have attended our organizations for years but many of those faces we see each … Read More

Family Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
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Come and join in the celebration of Christmas Eve, the birth of the Christ child, a new start and beginning to all in need of renewal and to be made whole. The … Read More

Fall Stewardship Desserts
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Our Stewardship Campaign has taken shape with four Stewardship Dessert locations and times available for people to consider. The purpose of these desserts is four-fold: 1) To share a growing vision for … Read More

In Celebration of Thanksgiving
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The opportunity to share gratitude for God’s provision and presence in both our individual and corporate lives can be met by participating in two gatherings: the first is an interfaith Thanksgiving celebration on … Read More

Post-Election Blues – A Call for the Church
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We all knew the nation would crash. No entity can keep up that level of intensity without a nasty collision with everyday life. Either way, we all knew that Wednesday was going to … Read More

Craft Fair Set To Open
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For many weeks, the parking lot has been a whirlwind of cars in and out. Some don’t stay long, others put in a full day’s work. Owners of these cars don’t say … Read More

Installation and Welcome of New Members
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An incredible day (Installation Day, Oct 16)! The trees were at their peak color, the weather warm and inviting. Superintendent Howard Burgoyne installed Pastor Nilson as Senior Pastor of Salem Covenant Church. … Read More

October 16 is Installation Sunday
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On Sunday Oct 16 at the 10:00 am worship service, Mark Alan Nilson will be officially installed as Senior Pastor of Salem Covenant Church. Several special guests and dignitaries will be present along … Read More

Community Bible Experience to Begin
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Starting the week of Sept 25, Salem’s participation in the “Covenant Community Bible Study” will begin. At this time, two groups and time slots have been created:  Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm … Read More

Sunday School and Fall Programming Begins
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We’re off!  All new fall programming begins this Sunday, September 11 at 9:00 am. All ages are not only welcome but encouraged to come as we gather the entire church family. Our … Read More

Focus on the Fall
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The Leadership Team has settled on a theme for 2016-2017 – “One Table, Many Voices“. God’s robust inclusive nature invites all people to enjoy the mercy, grace and love of God through … Read More

Second BBQ a Success
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August 14th’s Salem Summer BBQ was a huge success. Early speculation spread through the congregation during worship that cook, Mark Nilson, had been replaced due to last month’s poor performance. Thus, we had … Read More

Interfaith Council Beggar’s Bowl Oct 19, 2016
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Begger’s Bowl, Oct 19, First Baptist Church, 111 Park St. Worcester. The Worcester Interfaith Council is the central post that gathers Worcester’s congregations in efforts to reduce violence, support social justice causes that directly … Read More

Salem Summer BBQ – August 14
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Let’s take away the pastor’s privilege as chef. Everyone would all feel better. Our next summer BBQ is scheduled for August 14 following worship. Please sign up in the narthex (or call the office … Read More

Worcester Interfaith Offers New College Courses for Free
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Worcester Interfaith is pleased to offer The Clemente Course in the Humanities beginning on September 27th. The Course, now entering its third year, is a unique program of free, college-level seminars in literature, U.S. … Read More

Tragedy in Nice, France
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For the fifth time in nine months, our bulletin cover will remember innocent victims caught in the wave of tragedy. Today we acknowledge and grieve with the world the loss of those … Read More

Salem Summers – First BBQ of the Season – Sunday July 17
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The grill arrives from Briarwood this morning, assignments have been made for purchasing hamburgers and hot dogs, buns, condiments, plates and flatware.  We’re just about ready for a BBQ!  This Sunday following … Read More

Superintendent Calls for a day of Fasting and Prayer – Wednesday July 13
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East Coast Conference Superintendent Howard Burgoyne has called for a day of fasting and prayer for Wednesday, July 13.  His call comes in response to the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile … Read More

BBQ Sunday July 17
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Sunday we debut our first “Salem Summer” event with a BBQ lunch to begin after worship (@11:30 am) this Sunday, July 17.  Church will provide meat for the meal (Hot dogs and hamburgers with … Read More

Black Seed Farmers Market Set to Begin Sunday
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Black Seed Farmers Market is set to begin this Sunday (July 10) from 10 am – 2 pm. Salemites have longed for a new farmers market to form following the market we … Read More

Inviting Dialogue
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The following letter appeared in this month’s issue of the Covenant Companion under the READERSWRITE heading. (Image from May/June issue. Letter from July/August issue. Current image was unavailable.) Inviting Dialogue We write … Read More

Peter Morgan (November 24, 1924 – June 16, 2016)
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Our good friend Peter Morgan died peacefully at Knollwood Care Center Thursday night, June 16. He will be missed as he was known as a good friend to many, a straight shooter … Read More

Online Giving
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Per goals set by the Stewardship and Finance Team for 2015 -2016, we are now offering an Online giving option for the members and friends of Salem Covenant Church. In previous years, … Read More

Covenant Women Ministries Picnic
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BFFs, new friends, guests, mothers, grandmothers, children, all things and people female met Tuesday night for a Spring Picnic. So good to hear people let loose in laughter and lively conversation. Fabric … Read More

Worcester Remembers Orlando
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About three hundred gathered at the front steps of City Hall last night to remember the victims of June 12’s mass shooting. While the focus was on the 49 victims of this … Read More

Orlando Tragedy
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As I write, I can hear the gun shots of the practice range for Worcester County Jail. It’s a sound we hear most days being so close to the facility. Unimaginable, thinking … Read More

Worcester Pay It Forward
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If you’ve come by church and found the parking lot full and an amazing group of kids practicing basketball…it’s probably Worcester PIF. Worcester PIF, Inc is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that … Read More

Read big. Read real. Read together.
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Sunday Sept 25, Read big. Read real. Read Together – Fall Bible Study Opportunity This fall the denomination will unroll its first denomination wide bible study. With tools provided through social media, … Read More

All Church Barbecue
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Sunday July 17 – “Salem Summers!” Please join us for our first All-Church Barbecue! We’ll be celebrating the gift of warm weather while looking forward to opportunities for good fellowship during the … Read More

Black Seed Farmers Market: Every Sunday through 10/2016
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The Farmer’s Market is back. On Sunday July 10, 2016, our little neighborhood will again have fresh vegetables, grass-fed beef and other organic materials for purchase. Salem used to be the site … Read More

Christian Education Kickoff
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September 11, 2016 will be our fall kick-off Sunday unrolling our new Christian Education program. We look forward to seeing you there.

Salem Stewards
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Many have already received the first edition of the Salem Stewards, a quarterly report of stewardship throughout our church community. This periodical is intended to be informative, educational, and inspiring as we … Read More

Confidently Wandering
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The back of a souped-up Jeep read, “Not everyone who wanders is lost.” It was a phrase from the “Life is Good” company who has been putting like slogans on T-shirts and … Read More