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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A New Era

Posted on October 2, 2021 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (163)

Church family and friends...

Many of you have heard that I am stepping down from my duties
as the "social media guy" for Salem UMC...

This was NOT an easy decision to make and took alot of thought and prayer...

One year ago (October 13th to be exact) I began a new job and my schedule
has changed DRAMATICALLY and the time that I used to have to commit to this
ministry is no longer there...

My dad ALWAYS taught me that if I can't give my all then it's time to step aside
and let some else give THEIR all...

So that's what I'm doing...
I'm taking time off to recharge my batteries and spend quality time with my wife...

It is my hope and prayer that you all will be as kind to your new on line host
as you have been to me over the years...

It has been an honor to build this website and bring this ministry to you all...

God bless,
Joel Tompkins
( your on line host with the most)

The history of Labor Day

Posted on September 6, 2021 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (2)

As we celebrate Labor Day 2021
here is a history lesson on how this day
became what it is today...

May this day be filled with well deserved
rest and relaxation...

God bless our working folks!!!


Welcome Buddy McNabb

Posted on September 6, 2021 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

We hope you can join us 
next Sunday (9/12) as we welcome
Mr. Buddy McNabb from Waverly, TN...

Mr. McNabb will be with us to share
his testimony in faith in Christ...

"Through the recent flood in Waverly, God has
significantly impacted my testimony and the flood 
will be a part of it from now on."

Worship begins at 8:45.

Aanouncements from the bulletin Aug. 29th

Posted on August 29, 2021 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (95)


1. Protocol for Worship: We will continue to worship together in person for the immediate future. Masks are recommended but not required. Social Distancing is recommended. It is also recommended that all singers should have masks on while singing.

Our Fellowship Time is still at 8:15 with coffee and prepackaged drinks and pastries only.

2. Our Sunday School Class led by Rev. Gary Lee, in the Fellowship Hall will continue with our study in the Book of Revelation. Today we look at the final verses of chapter one and the beginning of chapter two. This verse-by-verse conversational study is inspiring us and helping us all learn the significance of this great Book of God’s Word.

3. Our Charge Conference is scheduled for October 19 at 6:00 here at SUMC. This will be a “Cluster Conference” with our church and four other churches. Two will meet at 6:00, then all five will join in for a worship service, then the final three will meet.

4. Sunday, September 12, Buddy McNabb, Brother Thad’s 90 year old friend from Waverly will be with us to share his testimony of faith in Christ. Buddy said, “The recent flood has significantly impacted my testimony and will be a part of it from now on.”


Worship Service Update

Posted on August 27, 2021 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (2)

Salem Church Family

After meeting with our congregation last Sunday after worship and listening to your feelings concerning worship. It is the recommendation of our Worship Team that we continue worship as we did last Sunday, i.e., still meeting inside, recommending masks but not requiring them and encouraging social distancing. Singing with a mask on is more strongly recommended. And if COVID gets more dangerous we can reconsider our worship choices. Also, for a while let's use pre-packaged snacks for our Fellowship time.


Waverly needs our help

Posted on August 23, 2021 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Salem Church Family,

Below is a statement from our District Superintendent Chip Hunter concerning the immediate response need for the people of Waverly TN.

As you see in point 2, items need to be at Antioch UMC between 9AM- Noon tomorrow.

If anyone would like to bring any items listed below to our Salem UMC Fellowship Hall tonight between 6:00-8:00 PM or between

7-9 A.M.tomorrow morning, I will deliver those items to Antioch UMC tomorrow.

Grace and Peace,




As you know, a few counties in the Red River and Harpeth River Districts were hit with a devastating flood this weekend. I spoke with the D.S. from the Red River District this morning. First Responders are still searching for people who are missing. They ask that we not send people into the area at this time, so that they can plan a coordinated effort. Below are three ways you and your church can help immediately. Our district strategy team is in communication with the conference response team, and I anticipate other opportunities to unfold as this staged effort continues. We will communicate those opportunities when we become aware of them.

1. Pray. Pray for those who have experienced loss of property and the loss of loved ones. Pray for the first responders, and pray for community leaders who are working around the clock.

2. Antioch First Collection Site: Tomorrow (Tuesday 9am-noon)

The churches in Waverly ask for certain items to help with the clean-up efforts. Antioch will collect those items tomorrow, load the items on a trailer and travel to the flood site. The address for Antioch UMC is:

41 Tusculum Rd

Antioch, TN 37013-3618

The list of items requested is below:

Baby diapers Non-personable food items Prepackaged snacks

Baby wipes Cleaning supplies Trash bags

Baby formula Clothes of all sizes and shoes Socks

Baby bottles/cups Hygiene Products Blankets

Baby Food Bottle waters

3. Money can be donated through a special PayPal account located on the website. Here is a link to that page: TNUMC Disaster Response Donations. You can take up an offering and/or share this information with your congregation for them to donate individually.

God Bless,

Chip Hunter


From the pastor - please read

Posted on August 20, 2021 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (102)

Salem Church Family,

Two important items:

1. Corona activity:

The Corona Delta Variant is filling emergency rooms.

Over the past 7 days for the State of Tennessee the positivity Rate has been 17.6%


Over the past 7 days in Rutherford County the Positivity Rate has been18.6%.


Our Congregation has a number of folks who are "at risk" and others who are elderly. All of us need to be very careful during these days.

Our Bishop McAlilly, in his latest blog,( recommended that churches continue to follow CDC guidelines for in person worship. This is not a requirement, just a recommendation. This would mean that we would return to "No in person Worship" for a while or at least return to Masking and Distancing during worship.

Our WorshipTeam met Wednesday night, 8-18-2021, via Zoom to discuss what our Church response might be considering these statistics. We decided that it would be a wise thing to ask you to speak to this decision.

So, at the close of our service the Sunday we'd like to have a time for conversation with you about which way to go. After listening to your concerns and wishes we will have another Worship Team Meeting to make a final decision.

At this point the WorshipTeam feels that the prudent thing to do is to return to "no in person worship in the sanctuary" during the present uprising of the Delta Variant. That means we are we will watch the daily Percentage Rates and return to "worship in person" when the Positivity Rate for Rutherford County reaches 5%.

We are asking that we all please wear masks at Church this Sunday and return to Social Distancing.

No one in our congregation likes the idea of all the back and forth activity about worship. We have to ask ourselves, "What's the risk and is it worth taking?"

2. Our Indoor Picnic scheduled for August 29 after church.

Due to the rise of the Delta Variant, the close fellowship and the proximity to open food, and in consultation with others, I feel it would be prudent to postpone our Indoor Picnic for a while.

I look forward to worshiping with you Sunday,

You are loved. Jesus is Lord.


5th Sunday Time Change

Posted on August 16, 2021 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (2)

Just an FYI...

Our 5th Sunday worship service will begin one hour 
later than usual...

Instead of our usual 8:45 worship time we will meet
at 9:45 in order to be closer to lunch time when we end 
the service...

There will be no sunday school that day.

5th Sunday Time Change

Posted on August 16, 2021 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Just an FYI...

Our 5th Sunday worship service will begin one hour 
later than usual...

Instead of our usual 8:45 worship time we will meet
at 9:45 in order to be closer to lunch time when we end 
the service...

There will be no sunday school that day.

5th Sunday Celebration

Posted on July 25, 2021 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (102)
We will be celebrating our FIRST 5th Sunday
on Sunday August 29th with a cookout!!!

Church family:
Please look for the sign up sheet and plan on bringing
a dish or two to share...

Church friends:
No need to wait for an invite...
Plan on being here and bring your appetite!!!

Festivities will commence right after Sunday School (11:00 am)


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