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Dismantling Racism

Posted on June 23, 2020 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

United Methodist Communications

Office of Public Information


June 16, 2020

Nashville, Tennessee: United Methodist Church leaders will launch a plan of action to galvanize church members and others to actively stand against racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd and protests across the U.S.

The “Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom” initiative is a multi-level effort throughout the church to initiate a sustained and coordinated effort to dismantle racism and promote collective action to work toward racial justice. The church-wide effort will kick off on June 19, 2020, to coincide with Juneteenth, the commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S. An announcement from members of the United Methodist Council of Bishops will be broadcast at 11:00 am CT on and Facebook.

Participating in the event will be Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey of the Louisiana Episcopal Area, president of the Council of Bishops and the first Hispanic woman to hold that post, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi of the Pittsburgh Episcopal Area, Bishop Bruce Ough of the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area, Bishop Gregory Palmer of the Ohio West Episcopal Area,
and Bishop Thomas Bickerton of the New York Episcopal Area.

"Words are great, words are important – but action is really important," said Bishop Harvey. "Pick up your pen, pick up your voice, pick up your feet, and do something."

A day of prayer and worship will follow on June 24, 2020, with an online service to be broadcast at noon CT on and Facebook. There will also be a denominational virtual town hall event on July 1.

Regional and local worship events and town hall meetings involving community partners will subsequently take place, either online or in keeping with social distancing protocols.

United Methodist Communications has launched a national advertising campaign on social media and news websites across the U.S., as well as digital billboards in Atlanta, Minneapolis, Houston, and Louisville. The ads direct viewers to a website,, where they can find resources to help them learn more and take action.

The United Methodist Council of Bishops has asked all United Methodists to join in prayer at 8:46 a.m. and p.m. for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the time the officer held his knee on George Floyd’s neck, for at least the next 30 days.

Advocacy and worship resources will seek to equip leaders, members, and the public to join in this important racial relations work. To encourage wide participation, a variety of materials will be made available in English, Korean, Spanish, French, and Portuguese translations.

The denomination has a long-standing history of advocating for justice. The Social Principles of The United Methodist Church recognize racism as a sin and commit to challenging unjust systems of power and access. Additional information and resources are available online at

Say it aint so!!!

Posted on June 14, 2020 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Church family & friends...

We are "cautiously optomistic" that
we will return to in person worship next Sunday...

This all depends on how the latest  COVID -19 trend goes...

Make sure you stay in touch with us this week either
here or any of our social media sites as we will make
the official announcement as soon as we can!!!

And speaking of our return...

We certainly understand if you are NOT comfortable coming inside...

If you would like to join us from your car...


Simply tune your car stereo to 89.3 and enjoy the service!!!

Admin Council To Meet IN SANCTUARY

Posted on May 30, 2020 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Salem Church Family

This Tuesday 2 June 2020, 6 pm, Administrative Council meeting will be held in our sanctuary.
For this first meeting together let's please observe social distancing,
wear masks and use hand sanitizer as we enter.

Seating distancing will be indicated on the church pews.

If you have agenda items you would like to bring to the Council, please email them to Beryl
so she can get them into her written agenda.

Please also email Beryl if you will be attending the Council meeting so we can plan for the adequate number
of seats with separation requirements.

Just as a clarification... everyone is invited to attend the Administrative Council meetings.


Our Cross: A Reminder of Memorial Day

Posted on May 25, 2020 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)




When I first thought about doing a story for Memorial Day
I had NO CLUE that the story I would share would have
the impact on me as this one has...

You see...
This story is about the small cross that stands
on our altar and how it came to be...

For those who may not know...
The Smith family has been a prominent fixture in our
tiny church family dating back to at least World War 2...
(maybe before, but I'm not certain)

On the back of the cross
it reads:

Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Smith
In memory of our son
Lt Roger Eastman Smith
Killed in the service of his country

Thanks to the help of Linda Treby and Charles Manning
we now know how this cross came to being and the importance
it holds especially as we enter Memorial Day weekend...

Being this is Memorial Day weekend, we felt it was best
to share the story of Lieutenant Roger Eastman Smith
and his bravery at the battle of Guam for which he lost
his life and the cross was dedicated to his name...

The Battle of Guam


(Taken from Britannica Encylopedia)

In the hours following the attack on Pearl Harbor 7 Dec.1941
the Japanese military stormed the island of Guam.

The original battle began 8 Dec and lasted until 10 Dec.
when the Japanese had taken full control of the island...

21 July - 10 Aug 1944

America Takes Back Guam

In Attacking Guam, U.S. forces were not just aqcuriing a fine harbor
and a number of airfields to use in future operations, but were also
liberating a U.S. Territory..

As elsewhere, Guam's Japanese garrison fought practically
to the last man...

American casualties included some 1,700 dead and 6,000 wounded...

Japanese deaths totaled some 18,000...

The Japanese forces on the island had built an elaborate network
of bunkers, artillery placements, and other fortifications (pillboxes).

In all, the number of Japanese defenders totaled 19,000...

The landing began on 21 July on the west coast of the island
and the landing force consisted of both Marine and Army units
from General Gieger's III Amphibious Corps, in all 55,000 strong.
They were soon established solidly ashore despite a series of fierce
night attacks by the Japanese over the first few days of the battle.

It took a week for the Americans to link their two beach heads, but
by then much of the Japanese strength had been dissipated and their
commanding general had been killed as well...

The surviving Japanese units fought on for another two weeks,
gradually retiring toward the North end of the island, before
organized resistance largely ended.

Even then Guam's mountainous terrain helped a few die hards
to hold out. Some small units fought on until after the war,
causing occasional U. S. casualties, and one solitary veteran
only emerged from the jungle to surrender and return
to Japan in 1972.

One Of Our Own

(The following came from Lt. Smith's military records)

Roger Eastman Smith volunteered on 27 August 1942
as a Private First Class.

Was called to active duty on 27 January 1943 as a
member of the Seventeenth Candidates Class,Marine Corps.
School, Quantico, Virginia, with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

Was subesequently promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Was killed in action on 21 July 1944.

Memorial services were held on 8 October 1944
at Salem Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, Rutherford County,
Tennessee. Dean N. C. Beasley and Mrs. Mary Dennell, each of
whom knew Lieutenant Smith spoke at these rights.

Smith - Rogers - Reeves VFW Post was named for three of the
Rutherford County young men who lost their lives during World War II.

Posthumous Awards:

1. Navy Cross -
Presented during chapel hour at MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN

2. - Purple Heart

3. Navy Unit Commendation with ribbon bar
Awarded the First Provisional Marine Brigade for service
on Guam in the Marianas Islands.

4. Asiatic - Pacific Campaign Medal

5. Vicory Medal - World War II

Awards Citation:

"For extraordinary heroism as Mortar Platoon Leader attached
to the First Battalion, Fourth Marine Reinforced, First Provisional
Marine Brigade, in action against enemy Japanese forces on
the island of Guam in the Marianas islands on 21 July 1944.
Moving his mortar platoon up from the beach in the rear of
advancing riflemen, First Lieutenant Smith obeserved a wounded
rifleman lying close to a hostile pillbox and, halting his men, fearlessly
advanced to the aid of the marine under a continuous barrage
of Japanese emplacement.

Engaging the enemy with rifle fire and hand grenades, he held
his position despite the fierce oppostion and attempted to neuteralize
the pillbox with a flame thrower, but failing in this he continued to move
up on the ememy while firing his rifle and, although mortally wounded
during the bitter hostilities, succeded in silencing the hostile gun - battery.

By his determined initiative, valiant fighting spirit, and resolute fortitude
in the face of terrific odds, First Lieutenant Smith contributed maerially
to the ultimate success of our forces in recapturing this vital strong - hold,
and his nwavering devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest
tradition of the United States Naval Service.

He gallantly gave his life for his country."

Something To Ponder:

As I prepared for this story SEVENTY FIVE YEARS after First Lieutenant Smith's death
I can't help but to wonder WHY he was never granted the Medal of Honor???

If you have time this weekend, I encourage you to re-read the above citation
and then visit the following website to read stories of those who were awarded
the medal during World War II.

You cand find that site here:

I brought this story to the website a few days earlier than planned because
I want those who attend church this weekend to SEE the cross and UNDERSTAND
that this small cross is just a tiny token for one man's bravery and a family's loss...

It's a small reminder that Memorial Day isn't about cookouts and three day weekends...
It's about those who gave their life so we can enjoy ours today...

Thank you sir for your service and sacrifice.


UPDATE from Bishop McAlilly

Posted on May 23, 2020 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Tentative Date for Return to In-Person Worship Extended into June

Blog post by Bishop McAlilly on 5/21/2020

The Apostle Paul begins his letters to the Philippians by reminding them that, even though they cannot gather, they are still able to “advance the gospel” (Philippians 1:12).

In a very abrupt way, COVID-19 altered many of the paths we were journeying and inspired us to examine and begin new ways of living and practicing our faith. I use the word inspired because through the creativity and flexibility I have witnessed in the churches and leaders of the Tennessee and Memphis Conferences of The United Methodist Church, I remain inspired.

On April 24, I announced that in-person worship and congregational gatherings would remain suspended until the end of May. After careful observation of the current trends and most recent data surrounding the spread of COVID-19, consultation with medical professionals, conferring with the COVID-19 response task team, and deep prayer, I have discerned that our tentative date for churches to begin coming back together for in-person worship will be June 21, 2020.

This date is not a mandate for which you must return to worship. Many of our churches will not be equipped and ready to safely engage in in-person worship. Rather, June 21 is a tentative date that will allow for in-person worship in an organized, phased manner where it is safe to do so. It is also a tentative date which is subject to revision based on current COVID-19 data at that time.

In this season, I have often been reminded of John Wesley’s General Rules, “Do No Harm, Do Good, and Stay In Love With God.” As we navigate our cautious and phased return to in-person worship amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been guided by these rules, particularly the first one, “Do no harm.”

Therefore, I ask you to observe the following:

• First, approach this transition with prayer, seeking wisdom and guidance as you move forward.

• Evaluate your local community and church context. What are the local, state, and federal guidelines? Is it safe to begin physically meeting again? Would it do harm?

• Have you assembled a local team to assist in guiding the congregation through the necessary steps to ensure you do no harm in coming back together?

• Do you have on hand, or a plan to obtain, an adequate amount of approved cleaners and disinfecting agents?

• Do you have face coverings available for those who may not have one?

• Do you have volunteers ready, and does your congregation know the protocols and plans your leadership has agreed to follow?

On May 9, I announced that I had named a task team to guide us through reopening in light of Wesley’s General Rules. This team, composed of laypeople, elders, deacons, local pastors, district staff, and current and former healthcare professionals from across our episcopal area, is diligently working to equip our ministries and local churches to come back together while being continually aware of our vow to do no harm.

Today I share the team’s initial guidance for coming back together while continuing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This guidance is compiled from the vetted resources of the CDC, HHS, OSHA, and state health departments.

Many of you have questions. I want to urge you to refrain from seeking out answers from sources that are unverified, unregulated, and unreliable. The task team I assembled was brought together to offer guidance and recommendation to assist me in guiding these Conferences. Please resist the urge to go to social media or other venues to solicit guidance and answers to your questions. Instead, contact your district office who can direct you toward the evidence and fact-based guidance vetted by our task team. I will remain vigilant in communicating this guidance to you with time to react on your local level.

As we anticipate returning to worship, I trust you are engaging in the best wisdom and guidance available. Worshiping our risen Lord is the highlight of our week. Our hope will always be to be together within our sacred places of worship. We can anticipate that our future worship will be unlike our past gatherings. It is likely that for the foreseeable future we will engage in adaptive worship practices that allow us to do no harm. Simply be mindful of those that are most fragile. We do not want one United Methodist to become ill because of our gathering to worship.

I remain grateful for all who have done their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 during this season. Stay calm, stay the course, and stay connected.

May the peace of Christ be with you all.

Bishop McAlilly






A Note From Our Pastor

Posted on March 26, 2020 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (1)

March 26, 2020


Salem Methodist Church Family - Sisters and Brothers.Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.
“They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”



Especially in times like this, when God’s entire creation is in pain, fear and distress,
we need to hold on to the truth of God’s Word.
That is the truth of God’s heart.


So we direct our prayers to God in line with His Word. “Heavenly Father, we ask You, in the mighty name of Jesus
that You destroy this virus which has enveloped Your creation. We thank You that You love us with an endless and powerful love
and that Your plans for us are for good and not disaster.


We thank You for Your love demonstrated in the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.


Thank You Lord Jesus for bearing all of our sins, sicknesses and diseases in Your body on the cross so that we may have healing physically, mentally and spiritually. We give you praise. We love you. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit and show us Your way. Thank You Father, in Jesus’ name. Amen.



Sunday, April 5, will be Palm Sunday and Communion Sunday. We will still be away from one another, but only physically. I would like for all of us to receive Communion together that morning in our homes. (more on that later).



All over Planet Earth the body of Christ must be in strong prayer during these days, not just for deliverance from the virus, but through this plague all people to be drawn closer to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ, God the Son.



Finally, let’s communicate through the technology of social media. Isolation can be greatly relieved by a phone call, a text, email, or other ways of touching base with folks who need a connection. This is an important ministry. Who do you know that could be uplifted by a call. It will also minister to you as you reach out to others.


You are loved, Jesus is Lord,



A message from the Admin Council

Posted on March 24, 2020 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Here is a message from our Admin. Council Chair

The church sanctuary and nursery have been cleaned and disinfected. The carpet and pew cushions were cleaned last Saturday. We will not meet this week to put the sanctuary “back together” due to the recommendations to stay home. I pray that all will comply with the recommendations to stay home and stay safe. Please let me or Brother Thad know if you need anything.



The normal community feeding program was cancelled this week. Because of a special request from our friends at Knight’s Inn, GROW is doing a modified feeding for them.



Please send me any updates that you would like to be passed on to the congregation. Pastor Thad will be contacting the newly formed worship committee to plan for our Easter service. The current members include: Erik Krusell, Linda Treby, Melonee Oatsvall, Laura Maas, Sylvia Gerhart and Brother Thad. Please let Thad know if you would like to serve on this committee.



God Bless,



And Now a Word From Thad Collier

Posted on March 22, 2020 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear friends - Brothers and Sisters of Salem.
I am Thad Collier, the interim pastor at Salem UMC.

Greetings and Grace in our mighty Redeemer, Jesus Christ!!

As you are aware we and many other churches are practicing “social distancing” during these days.
Our Bishop Billy McAlilly has asked us to refrain from worship gatherings through April 5 and perhaps beyond.
We miss being together in worship, but are blessed with “social media” for communication ministry.

If anyone is in need please let me (931-704-3710) or Beryl Pixley know so we can get you the help you need.
Phone calls are great ministry opportunities.

Our entire planet is reeling because Covid-19.
I have never witnessed such a world wide impact before.

Only in Christ is there reason for the fullness of joy and faith to overflow.

Easter is on the way, April 12 this year. The Lord of Life, Jesus covers us with His grace.
Here is our standard, our reason for strength, courage, hope and confidence as we look to the future. He is our sure foundation.
Through His passion and death for our sins, and resurrection for our salvation, He has brought hope to all who trust in Him.

Remember Psalm 23,
“though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me. Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.“

As we “hunker down” and stay to ourselves for a while, I’m appreciating my need to assemble together.

Being with others in worship who love the Lord is a precious blessing.
Social distancing is healthy for now, but is opposite to the call of the Spirit to assemble together.
So we walk in faith with the One who will never leave us or forsake us.

No one has ever experienced social distancing as did our Savior.
Whether it was in the wilderness temptation or prayer alone away from the crowd or in the Garden of Gethsemane
where He experienced agony even to the point of death.

“Father,” He prayed, “All things are possible for You. Take this cup from Me. Nevertheless, not My will, but Yours be done.”

While we may need to be alone for a season, we will never be ultimately alone or forsaken. Jesus was forsaken so that we would never be.
He bore our sin so we could be free. He received our loneliness and sorrow so we could know His joy and fullness.

We have never known love like the love of God for us.

I pray for you as we worship apart but together tomorrow. And I ask that you pray for me as well.
Let’s stay in the Word, in prayer and in the Spirit together.


Google reminds us to

“Do the Five”:

1. Hands: wash ‘em often.

2. Elbows: cough into them.

3. Face: Don’t touch it.

4. Space: Keep a safe distance.

5. Home: Stay if you can.

You are loved.

Jesus is Lord.



A message from Bro. Thad Collier

Posted on March 18, 2020 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Salem Sisters and Brothers:

Easter Sunday is April 12 this year. Only four more Sundays. One of our Scripture readings for Tuesday 3-17-20 is
1 Corinthians 10:1-4,(NIV) Warnings From Israel’s History “For I do not in want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.”


Through the wilderness the Israelites experienced many very difficult days.
But God was with them all the way encouraging, loving, often reprimanding, and disciplining them.

Paul is telling the Corinthians (and us)that even though we also go through tough times,
God is with us for we also walk with God through the fire and the sea.

But we eat the same spiritual food and drink the same spiritual drink as they did,
for we too drink from the same spiritual Rock which accompanies us.
That Rock is Christ.

Jesus is here for you as He was there for them. He is with you exactly right now. He will never leave you nor forsake you.
For you are greatly loved. Even though life sometimes is lonely and even fearful and tough Jesus is with us,
the Comforter, The Holy Spirit, is also with us.

Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you and empower you as you walk and wait and work and trust God our Heavenly Father.

You are a very important part of the body of Christ and you are greatly loved!!!

My phone # is 931-704-3710 if you ever need someone to talk to.

God Bless you. May you be filled with Resurrection Grace.

Bro. Thad

A message from the Admin. Council

Posted on March 16, 2020 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

A message from Beryl Pixley (Admin Council)

The church and Belew house need to be cleaned and disinfected as per CDC guidelines.
This will require soap and water and bleach (Clorox wipes), buckets, Lysol spray, and cleaning rags.
Dana, Twila and I will head up the cleaning/disinfection efforts and all are invited to participate as your health and commitments permit.
This will start Tuesday morning at 9 am and continue until the task is completed.

We will not be working late.

 As a final step, the carpet will be professionally cleaned and the ozonater will be used to clean the air.
The church will be clean and ready for use when we resume services.



All those who participate will be asked to keep your safe space bubble and not cluster.
I have not set up a sign up list because I expect there to be no more than 5-6 of us available at one time.
People will be coming and going as their schedule permits.
Please bring the cleaning supplies you have.
Brother Thad is in agreement with this plan.




God Bless,