Salem United Methodist Church
Serving our community for over 200 years making disciples for Christ

Serving our community for over 200 years making disciples for Christ

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church camp scholarships

Posted on April 26, 2021 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (12)

It's hard to believe that summer is just around the corner!!!
With that being said...
Summer camps will be here before we know it!!!

If you know of a deserving child who would like
to attend a summer church camp, there are FOUR scholarships
available to the youth here at Salem UMC...

Please let Pastor Thad Collier know if your child or grandchild
is interested in attending...

We want to hear from YOU

Posted on April 19, 2021 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Church friends & family...

Let’s face facts...

Life as we once knew is most likely not coming back...

Therefore we have to plan accordingly...

This is where YOU come in...

We want to hear from YOU...


Forget that we are a 200 year old church...

Forget that we are small in numbers...

Imagine that YOU have the opportunity to create the church of YOUR DREAMS from scratch...

What would that church look like???

Would it have one service on Sunday with Sunday school before / after???

What would that church do for the community???

We encourage you to think and let us know what this dream church would be like in your minds...

Drop us an email at

Thank you for your love and support over the past year and we look forward to hearing your thoughts...

Join us for our Easter service

Posted on April 3, 2021 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Church family and friends,
As we prepare to celebrate Easter, please remember that
this will be our first major celebration of the year and we must
proceed with caution...

With that being said...

WELOME to Salem UMC!!!

Our pews will be open - yet socially distanced.

If you can't find a pew to your liking you are invited
to sit in our Fellowship hall and watch on Facebook live...

You can sit in the parking lot and listen on the radio (FM 89.3)...

We look forward to seeing you!!!

Facebook live on TV

Posted on March 7, 2021 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Beginning next Sunday (3/14) we will be opening our
fellowship hall to those who may not feel comfortable
sitting in the sanctuary just yet...

We will have our service streaming via FACEBOOK LIVE
on our tv, so please come on in and enjoy our service
with a cup of coffee!!!

What a homecoming!!!

Posted on March 7, 2021 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Words can not express how THANKFUL we are for the
AWESOME homecoming we expreinced this morning (Sun. 3/7)

This was our first Sunday to worship together under one roof
in 2021 and it was so AWESOME to see everyone!!!

We could not have been any more grateful for all of the love and support
that our community has shown us during the past few months
during our SECOND shut down of this pandemic...

So THANK YOU and please feel free to visit us

You're invited

Posted on March 2, 2021 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Salem Church Family - Greetings in Christ!

Sunday’s worship service was a bit unusual. Almost as unusual as the previous Sunday’s Zoom service.

We lost electricity and wound up asking the folks in their cars to just come on in and worship in the Sanctuary together if they would feel safe doing that. There were seven of us, all spread out and wearing masks in the sanctuary for the first time in quite a while.

Well, we decided it would be as good a time as any to ask all of you if you would like to begin worshiping in the Sanctuary again.

So, if you would feel safe worshiping together, distancing and wearing masks, you are invited to come back to the sanctuary this Sunday, March 7, 2021 for our service beginning at 8:45am. We will still have worship on Facebook Live, Drive-in Radio service 89.3FM and on our Website.

This is Communion Sunday, please have Bread and Juice available for receiving Communion if you are worshiping at home.



Our 3rd Lenten Study will be 7:00 PM tomorrow, Wednesday night March 3, 2021 via Zoom. We will be finishing our quick study of Isaiah 53. Please reread that great Chapter and the last three verses of Isaiah 52.

Feel free to reach out to pastor Thad Collier via e-mail
to obtain your zoom invite:

Lenten Bible Study

Posted on February 23, 2021 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Salem Church Family,

How good it was to be with you on Ash Wednesday.
I think there were 17 Zoomers. And again, Sunday morning 17 of us Zoomed in to worship together.

Tomorrow night, Wednesday 24th, at 7:00, is our 2nd Lenten Bible Study.

Please read Isaiah 52:13-15 and Isaiah 53:1-12 in preparation for our study.

Isaiah 53 is quoted in the New Testament seven times as referring to Jesus:

Matthew 8:14-17 (Is.53:4); John 12:37-41(Is. 53:1); Luke 22:35-38 (Is.53:12); 1 Peter 2:22 (Is.53:9);
1 Peter 2:23-25 (Is.53:4,5,6);Acts 8:26-35 (Is. 53:7-8); Romans 10:11-21 vs.16 (Is. 53:1).

Isaiah 52:13-15 & 53:1-12 is a Gospel Presentation in Prophesy.
The Book of Isaiah was written around 700 before Jesus was born.

Resurrection Grace to you!


Please reach out to Thad Collier via e-mail or text for your ZOOM invite:



Has it been a year already???

Posted on February 21, 2021 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Church family & friends...

It's your online host with the most (Joel) here...

Being that we are not able to bring you FACEBOOK live this week

I am going thru our vault to bring you a classic sermon...

As I am searching for the perfect choice for this week, I realized this week is Thad's 1st anniversary as our pastor here at Salem!!!

(obviously, I posted his first "official sermon" today)


As the video editor for the church, you make my job EASY

despite your attempts at joke telling!!!


As you took to the pulpit last year on the 23rd of February, little did we know what the year would hold for us and our little place of worship...

Thank you for standing tall and willing to bring the Good Word to our church family during the trying times that 2020 became...

Here's to many, many more Sundays!!!
(and what ever it takes to spread the Word)


Information About the Lenten Season

Posted on February 9, 2021 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (5)

LENT 2021

Salem Church Family – Greetings and Resurrection Grace to you!

At this point we are still under caution and social distancing due to the positivity rate of Corona. So, our Ash Wednesday services for February 17 will be our drive -by service in the Church parking lot from 2:15-4:15 pm and a Zoom Ash Wednesday service
at 6:30 pm. Then please set aside the next six Wednesday evenings 6:30-7:15 pm for study and fellowship through Lent via Zoom.

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17,
and ends on Holy Saturday, April 3. Easter is on April 4 this year.

The English word “Lent” comes from the Anglo–Saxon word lencten, which means “lengthen” and refers to the lengthening days of "spring." In many other languages, the word used for this season refers to the 40-day length of the season (cuaresmain Spanish and Tagalog, carême in French, quaresima in Italian) or to the fasting that characterizes it (Fastenzeit in German, fastan in Swedish, paasto in Finnish, posta in Russian). The season is a preparation for celebrating Easter.

Historically, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts and then became a time for penance (repentance and contrition) by all Christians. The First Sunday describes Jesus' temptation by Satan; and the Sixth Sunday (Passion/Palm Sunday), Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem and his subsequent passion and death. The Scripture readings during Lent, until Passion/Palm Sunday, focus primarily on the meaning of baptism and discipleship, in continuity with the season’s original purpose. Because Sundays are always little Easters, the penitential spirit of Lent should be tempered with joyful expectation of the Resurrection.

Holy Week is the final week of Lent, beginning with Passion/Palm Sunday and concluding with Holy Saturday. It is during these days that the readings focus primarily on the last days and suffering and death of Jesus.

The Great Three Days—sometimes called the Triduum or Pasch—from sunset Holy Thursday through sunset Easter Day are the climax of Lent (and of the whole Christian year) and a bridge into the Easter Season. These days proclaim the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ's passion, death, and resurrection. (Pascal or Passover – the blood of the slain Passover lamb on the door posts and lintel at the entrance of the homes of the Israelites in Egypt was a symbol or “type” of Christ’s blood poured out as the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world).

During these days, the community journeys with Jesus from the upper room, to the cross, to the tomb, and to the garden. They should be seen as a great unified service beginning with a service of Holy Communion on Holy Thursday and concluding with the services of Easter Day. These services may be connected with a prayer vigil lasting from Holy Thursday evening (or Good Friday)
until the first service of Easter and may be accompanied by fasting.

Somber colors such as purple or ash gray and rough–textured cloth are most appropriate for paraments, stoles, and banners. Unbleached muslin cloth with red stitching is also appropriate. Remove all shiny objects from the worship area. Some may wish to omit flowers. Other visuals may include a large rough cross (possibly made from the trunk of the Chrismon tree) or a veil over the sanctuary cross.

Visuals for Holy Week may include red paraments, stoles, and banners, and symbols such as perfume, coins, a whip, a crown of thorns, a torn garment, nails, a spear, a sponge, or a broken reed. On Good Friday and Holy Saturday the church may be stripped bare of visuals.


Go Away Covid-19!!!

Posted on February 7, 2021 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Positivity Rate for Rutherford County is coming down!!!!
6 December 2020, Rutherford County was 29%, and today the rate is 10.3%.
Thursday the rate was 10.6% when the worship team met. When we get to 5% we will allow in-house worship again
(mask and social distancing).