The Bake/Quilt/Craft/Fair Trade Sale: The Alternative gift market, Fair trade fair and the traditional Bake sale will be woven together to provide opportunities to purchase gifts in a socially conscious way. The money raised at this sale is used locally and internationally to make a difference in the lives of those in need. Your gifts of love help alleviate suffering, build livelihoods and promote human dignity.
Bake and Craft Sale -- We need your help providing baked goods, craft items and helping at the time of the sale. Sign-up forms will be in the November bulletins. We look forward to enjoying the wonderful breads, cookies, candies, pies, jams, jellies, ethnic treats and creative crafts that always characterize this special event.
Fair Trade Fair/Alternative Gift Market--Please join us during the bake sale and check out our selection of artisan handcrafts as well as chocolate and coffee from around the world. Being "Fair" Trade means the sale benefits the artisans. Not only that, this is a partnership between Lutheran Relief and SERRV (http://www.serrv.org). Many organizations/people will benefit from the sale.
Love Feast: Salem serves supper at the south campus of the First United Methodist Church on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 5-6:30pm, providing a simple meal to families who need a helping hand. New helpers are always needed & on the job training is provided.
Global Mission: Each year member and Parish Nurse Cindy Pennie leads a Synod-sponsored surgical mission trip to Tanzania, Several of our members have also gone, and we always get a fascinating report of their work and relationship with the hospital they work with while there. We sponsor ELCA missionary Pastor Carrie Ballenger who serves the English-speaking congregation in Jerusalem and is an Assistant to the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land. We support the OSU Engineers Without Borders, Young Adults in Global Mission, and Lutheran World Relief with offerings, projects, and even, sometimes, people. :)
Offering of Letters: This is an annual program from Bread for the World where we write letters to our representatives in Washington D.C. asking them to consider legislation that will help the hungry & poor.
School Supplies: For our summer/fall service project, we collected school supplies for 40 kits sent to Lutheran World Relief and 15 filled backpacks for local English as a Second Language students.
Fifth Sunday Offerings: On fifth Sundays we take a second offering for needs outside of our faith family. Recipients of 5th Sunday offerings have been Mobile Meals, Habitat for Humanity, Mission of Hope, Wings of Hope, Stillwater Community Health Center, our mission to Tanzania, and many others. Special Lent and Advent collections are directed to the ELCA World Hunger Initiative
Oaks Indian Mission: In the fall, Oaks Mission students are our guests at an OSU football game. There is also the opportunity to visit with the OSU Native American Student Association. We also provide the students at Oaks Mission with Christmas gifts with our annual Sharing Tree.
God's Work, Our Hands Sunday: Each year we join Lutherans across the country in serving our community on the Sunday after Labor Day weekend. The past couple of years we have worked at our local food bank, Our Daily Bread, and invited our friends at the Islamic Society to join us.