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March 1, 2019 by Terri Swan 0 comments

Terri Talk 2.27.19 - General Conference Review

I write to you today filled with many emotions. The last three days of General Conference were a painful experience, leaving me at a loss for words this morning. It will take me a few days to process all that has been decided by the larger body....Keep Reading

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February 19, 2019 by Terri Swan 0 comments

Terri Talk 10.17.18

The United Methodist Church has scheduled a special called General Conference in February of 2019 right here in St. Louis. People will be traveling from all over the world to gather and discuss an issue that has been debated for over 40 years. General Conference will be meeting specifically for one reason, to discuss and vote on “The Way Forward” related to LGBTQ inclusion. The Way Forward addresses our conversations of same-gender marriage, and the ordination of LGBTQ persons. ...Keep Reading

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February 19, 2019 by Terri Swan 0 comments

Terri Talk 2.15.19

As some may know, the eyes of the world will be upon St. Louis next week (Feb 23-26) as the special session of General Conference takes place for The United Methodist Church. Salem has no official role in General Conference, however, we have been called to pray and listen. On Friday, February 22, at 6:30 pm, Salem will hold a prayer service in the Sanctuary for all those who want to worship and to pray before General Conference begins. I hope you will join us as we lift up our hearts to God....Keep Reading

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April 6, 2018 by Terri Swan 0 comments

Easter Offering 2018

Each year Salem gives our entire Easter Offering outside the walls of the church in order to fulfill our vision of Connecting All People with God’s Extravagant Love. Our mission team, led by Kathy Farache, and several laity from both our worship sites, met this last week to consider the many opportunities before us to make a difference. After prayer and thoughtful consideration, the mission team chose Costa Rica Mission Projects (CRMP) for our 2018 Easter Offering. ...Keep Reading

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April 3, 2018 by Terri Swan 0 comments

Special Announcement

As you probably recall, last year Pastor Sheila Bouie-Sledge became an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. As expected, Bishop Farr is now calling upon Pastor Sheila to share her gifts in a new ministry role starting July 1, 2018. Pastor Sheila has been called by Bishop Farr to accept the appointment as Senior Pastor of North Park United Methodist Church here in St. Louis. ...Keep Reading

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November 8, 2017 by Terri Swan 0 comments

Praying for Sutherland Springs

As I heard the news of the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, my heart was sickened to learn of yet another senseless act of violence. As reported, by the end of the massacre...Keep Reading

Tags: Texas, pray, prayer, sutherland springs, church