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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 (9)

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).

Ash Wednesday is almost here!!!

Posted on February 7, 2021 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Ash Wednesday Drive-By will be done again in the church parking lot on 17 February 2021, 2:15-4:15 pm.
We will hand out snack bags (planning for 48) and looking for volunteers to get chips and crackers.
We have the water and cookies taken care of. Also need volunteers to help during the event.
Please let Beryl or Brother Thad know how you can help.

Ash Wednesday Program. We will kick off Lent with the Drive-by and a Zoom Program at 6:30 pm lead by Brother Thad.
This will start our weekly Lenten study. Set aside Wednesdays 6:30-7:15 for study and fellowship. More details to follow.


Planned Rucker Lane Expansion

Posted on January 25, 2021 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (4)

Taken From

Posted on: January 21, 2021

Phase 1 of Rucker Lane reconstruction set to be advertised for bidding Rucker Lane

A Section of Rucker Lane from near Muirwood Boulevard to Veterans Parkway will be advertised for bidding in January with reconstruction work projected to begin in Spring 2021. The roadway project will take about a year and a half to complete.

Phase 1 of the project is estimated at $5.1 million and will upgrade a one-mile section of Rucker Lane with a three-lane street section including curb and gutter and sidewalk.

Phase 2 of the Rucker Lane reconstruction will improve the road from Muirwood Boulevard to Franklin Road (Hwy 96) and is planned to begin near completion of Phase 1.

The Rucker Lane project was designed by Wiser Consultants and is funded by the City’s Community Investment Program (CIP).

For more information on the Rucker Lane project, contact Project Coordinator Joe Ehleben at or City Engineer Chris Griffith at or (615) 893-6441

Congratulations Trey Duke!!!

Posted on January 25, 2021 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (91)

Article taken from the DNJ

Salem Elementary Principal Trey Duke will be the next Murfreesboro City Schools director, the Board of Education decided Tuesday night.

"I'm just excited to work for the students and the teachers of Murfreesboro City Schools," Duke said after the 4-3 vote. "A strong public education system is key to a strong community, and I want Murfreesboro City to continue to be the best of the best."

Trey Duke

Duke will oversee a pre-K-6 district that had 8,361 students at 13 campuses as of Nov. 10. The board expects to approve his contract by Feb. 9 and for Duke to start April 5, Chairman Butch Campbell said.

Duke was one of five finalists for the job. The runner-up was Chris Treadway, principal at Poplar Grove Middle for Franklin Special School District. Treadway was principal at Rock Springs Middle principal in Smyrna from 2011-16 before leaving Rutherford County Schools for Franklin.

Duke will replace director Linda Gilbert, who died in May following a stroke. Interim Director Ralph Ringstaff has led the district since then in addition to his role in overseeing human resources for the system.

The board hired the Tennessee School Boards Association for $11,500 to conduct the search. Other finalists reccomended by TSBA were Tammy Garrett, principal of the city's Mitchell-Neilson Schools since 2019; Christina Harris, Wilson County Schools director of educator effectiveness since 2019; Kimberly Osborne, coordinator of data and assessment for Murfreesboro City Schools since 2018,
and former principal at Reeves-Rogers Elementary.

The four board members who voted for Duke are Wesley Ballard, Becky Goff, Jimmy Richardson III and Vice Chairman David Settles. Campbell, Roseann Barton and Amanda Moore backed Treadway in the final ballot.

Moore prior to the vote said all of the finalists were exceptional.

"There was no clear winner," said Moore, adding she had a hard time deciding who she thought was best for the job.
"This was incredibly difficult."

Before joining Murfreesboro City Schools, Duke was coordinator of federal programs and response to intervention for Rutherford County Schools (2017-19) and its coordinator of instructional technology (2013-17).

Duke's tenure at Rutherford County Schools includes being Smyrna Elementary principal (2011-2013) and assistant principal (2009-2011). He also taught fifth grade at Stewarts Creek Elementary (2007-2009) and fourth and fifth grades at David Youree Elementary(2003-2007),
both in Smyrna.

Christmas Eve Scripture

Posted on December 22, 2020 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Salem Church Family and Friends

Here are some Scriptures to consider as we prepare for our Christmas Eve Service together
on Zoom this Thursday evening at 6:30pm.

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

Isaiah 11:1-5;

Luke 2:1-20

Christmas Grace to you.



Christmas Eve Worship On Zoom

Posted on December 21, 2020 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Christmas Eve 2020 will be one like no other...
As you know by now we are not able to worship
in person so this year we will be worshiping
via ZOOM!!!

The service will begin at 6:30 and we will share
in holy communion...
(make sure to have bread & drink)

The service begins at 6:30 pm

To participate in this unique service please email
Thad Collier

Advent Study #3

Posted on December 14, 2020 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (1)

Salem Church Family -

Last Tuesday we had 15 folks who Zoomed in for Advent Study #2 on Mathew 1.

The study was great and the conversations were rich. It is so good to be with all of you on ZOOM!

Zoom!! Next Tuesday night 12-15-2020 at 6:30 will be our third Week of Advent Study.

This week let's take a look at some of the prophecies concerning the Advent of Messiah.

Here are some Scriptures we will consider:

Isaiah 9:1-7 Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace;

Isaiah 11:1-5 A shoot will come up from the branch of Jesse (and the entire chapter);

Isaiah 53:1-12

Daniel 7:13 “I was watching in the night visions, And with the clouds of the sky, one like a son of man was approaching.
He went up to the Ancient of Days and was escorted before him. 14 To him was given ruling authority, honor, and sovereignty.
All peoples, nations, and language groups were serving him.His authority is eternal and will not pass away.
His kingdom will not be destroyed.

Christmas Joy to you!


To participate in this study please email pastor Thad Collier: