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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This is where you will find all the up to date information on all things Salem UMC!!!
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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,



Church update

Posted on March 14, 2020 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

There is no way to sugar coat this...
The Coronavirus has reared it's ugly head here at Salem...

One of our members has been exposed to the virus within
the last 2 weeks and has been asked to self quarntine for 2 weeks...

Currently this individual is symptom free and doing fine...

The individual who has been exposed was at our last
worship service on March 8th...

Here is a message from the chair of our Admin. Council

The risk of exposure is minimal but it reinforces the need for vigilance and social distancing to contain the spread of this virus.
The Salem leadership had cancelled church services for at least 2 weeks (5/15/2020 and 3/22/2020).
Please use the website to learn the latest and we will also use text, phone calls, and emails to keep in touch.
The church will be closed for group activities until the public health concern has passed. This will allow the facility to be cleaned and stand uncontaminated for the recommended time to ensure that the germs are dead.

Monitor any symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, and flu-like symptoms.
Contact your health provider for additional instructions. We want everyone to remain healthy.

God Bless Our Church Family and our Nation.

Beryl K. Pixley, C. Administrative Council


Statement from Bishop McAlilly (Coronavirus)

Posted on March 13, 2020 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Guidance for Churches with Regard to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Statement from Bishop McAlilly on March 13, 2020

These are confusing, uncertain times.
Our Episcopal Area is still responding to devastating tornado damage and now we are advised to beware of our potential role in spreading a deadly disease.

After consulting with a number of leaders across the Area, I am convinced the faith community has a very important role to play in slowing the speed of COVID-19 disease transmission.

We must be proactive rather than reactive. Our action could avoid potentially disastrous consequences for our communities.Therefore, I am advising our churches to consider suspending worship and other large gatherings for at least two weeks in order to slow
the rate of transmission of the COVID-19 virus, also known as the coronavirus,
and to support the work of our medical community.

I ask that our churches find other ways to practice and sustain our faith.
Our witness and our example may save many lives, especially the lives
of those at risk in our own congregations.

Social distancing may seem to be an unnecessary reaction to those of you who are not sick, but medical professionals are telling us that if we wait until the need is obvious - it will be too late.

If we use social distancing now, patients will arrive at hospitals at a much slower rate, and life saving treatment for the critically ill will remain available.

Given that so many depend on our church ministries, we hope you will be mindful of the need to continue to support these ministries.

Our contexts differ across our Episcopal Area.
Please use your best judgment in continuing your outreach.
Be wise and use precautions recommended by the CDC.

We want to continue to love people well, but we also need to take care to do no harm.

My former bishop, Hope Morgan Ward framed it well. She wrote: “Your prayers, presence (in spirit), gifts (including financial support), service, and witness are still important and needed to sustain and strengthen our ongoing mission.”

We encourage congregations to continue to support local church ministry by using online giving or by simply putting a check in the mail and sending it to their church.

Many of our congregations will be offering online worship opportunities. If your church does not offer this, our conference website will provide a selection of avenues to participate in worship. Please encourage those in your community to take advantage of this United Methodist connection.

Our Wesleyan roots have always included the concern for those most vulnerable. The people called Methodist established some of the first hospitals in this country. Now is an especially important time to live out our calling to love one another and to take care of those around us.






Pastoral Visits

Posted on March 8, 2020 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Rev. Thad Collier has set aside Monday
afternoon for church visitation...

Of course, shut ins and hospitalized members
will be priority, however, he would like to visit
you and your family when the schedule allows...

There will be a sign up sheet so that you can
choose a Monday for Thad to visit...

A Storm Update From Rev. Chip Hunter

Posted on March 3, 2020 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Storm Update


I know you are praying for those impacted by last night’s storms. Please add to your list the folks at Dodson Chapel and East End. Preliminary reports indicate that both churches suffered significant damage. Bishop McAlilly and Cumberland River District Superintendent, Scott Aleridge are reaching out to the pastors of those churches today. I will update you when I receive more information.


I am thankful for your willingness to support our neighbors. Many of you have already called to ask how you can help. Government Officials ask that only those trained as first responders report to impacted areas at this time. In the days to come there will be opportunities to help in tangible ways and the Tennessee Annual Conference is already working on organizing those efforts. The chair of the Tennessee and Memphis disaster response ministry, Robert Craig, has met by phone with UMCOR and the communication team for the Tennessee Annual Conference. You will receive information later today on how your church can help. Robert Craig’s email address is and here is a link to our conference disaster response web-page. Tennessee Annual Conference Disaster Response Web-page.


Once again, thank you for your prayers and for your warm heart.
I look forward to witnessing all the ways God works through you to bless our neighbors.




Stuffed Animals For EMS Crews

Posted on March 2, 2020 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Salem UMC will be collecting
NEW or GENTLY USED stuffed animals
every Sunday during the month of March...

These stuffed animals will then be given
to our local Rutherford County EMS crews
who at some point will have a call that
involves a small child...

What better way to calm a distraught child???

If you can donate one (or a dozen)
the EMS crews would appreciate it...

You can simply leave them in your pew
and they will be collected after worship.

Thank you from our social media guy.

Posted on February 21, 2020 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

A message from the website staff:
(Joel Tompkins: Social media guy)


If you have been kind enough to follow
us on ANY of our social media sites
chances are pretty good that you have
heard us say that 2020 is going to be
a big year here at Salem UMC and you
might have seen this hash tag:


Just to give you an idea of what I'm talking
about, allow me to elaborate...


During the first two months of this year
we have seen an active increase in vistors
on this website compared to the same two
months (Jan. & Feb.) of last year...


In Janury of 2019 we saw 273 visitors
Comapred to 399 vistors we saw in January 
of this year..

In February of 2019 we saw 342 vistors
compared to the 350 visitors this year and we still
have ONE WEEK left in the month!!!

Church family and friends...
2020 is here...
The ride is about to leave the station...
I hope you will stick around and enjoy the ride and help us
spread the word of all the AWESOME things that will
be happening here at Salem UMC and it all starts
this Sunday with the introduction of our new
Pastoral Family!!!

Thank you for being a part of our online minisrty
and I hope you can come see us in person soon!!!

Have a great weekend and God Bless!!!

Come Meet Our Pastoral Family!!!

Posted on February 20, 2020 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We hope you can join us THIS SUNDAY
as we welcome our new pastoral family
Linda and Rev. Thad Collier!!!

There will be a reception right after 
our usual worship time...

That means Sunday School will be canceled.

Drive thru Ash Wednesday

Posted on February 20, 2020 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

2019 was the FIRST TIME that we tried this method of 
Ash Wednesday and it was a success...


We are doing it again this year!!!

Please stop by for a quick prayer and some ashes...

Welcome Minister Danai Chinoda

Posted on February 12, 2020 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

We are honored to announce that Minister Danai Chinoda
will join us this week and will be our final guest speaker...

Please join us as we welcome Danai and his family to
our historic place of worship!!!

The sermon title is:
God Is My Portion.

The scripture comes from:
Psalm 73:26

If you don't know who Danai is...
Here is a little bit about him...

Danai Chinoda was born in Nashville, TN.
At a young age he moved back to Zimbabwe, Africa where his family is from.

He returned to America at the age of 12.

Danai answered his call to preach on December 27, 2013.
He was licensed to preach May 18, 2014 at Lake Providence
Missionary Baptist Church
under Pastor H. Bruce Maxwell.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry from
Trevecca Nazarene University and is currently pursuing a
Masters in Organizational Leadership from the same university.

He is a humble and devoted servant of God.
He is dedicated to teaching God’s uncompromising word
to the body of Christ.

He is married to his wonderful wife TaNisha Chinoda.
They have 2 children Destin (12) and Laken (11).