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Serving Ministries

Service represents an important part of our mission at Salem, so there are many opportunities to serve each other and the community. Contact the church office  (717) 938-1928  or with any questions.

A sample of our service opportunities is below. 

Find the Etters' Help Guide, a guide to helpful services in the Etters' area, HERE.

 

FAMILY PROMISE HOST WEEKS

What:    The church provides sleeping quarters and meals for families experiencing homelessness.
How:     Setting up the living space, preparing meals, donating food, driving the van, sharing in a meal, reading a book to a preschooler, playing a game, staying overnight.
When:     Four weeks a year.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

What: Provide shawls for those in need of prayer.
How:  Crochet or knit shawls and pray for recipient.
When: Second Saturday of the month, 10 a.m.

Budget Inn Community Center

What: Salem began running a Community Center in a room at the local Budget Inn, when it was discovered that many individuals live at the hotel.
How: Those working with the BICC spend time with the residents, have holiday meals and parties, provide food packages, tutoring etc.
When:  The group meets regularly to plan, and meet with residents as needed.

COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY

What: Serve neighbors by completing simple home repairs or yard work.
How: Use repair skills to make simple home repairs, paint, or help with work around the yard.
When:  Typically twice a year.

COMMUNITY DINNERS

What: Free home-made, family style meal.
How: Cook, serve, set-up, clean-up, greet, assist with transportation.
When:  Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

MISSION OPPORTUNITIES

What: Opportunities to serves others through service at places like Red Bird Mission in Kentucky, and Port a Prince Au Prince, Haiti.
How:  Unique with each trip - home repairs, Vacation Bible School, medical assistance, orphanage care.
When: Summer 2017

Susan Schell Memorial SOUL FOOD Ministry & POWERPACS

What: Food provided to families and West Shore School District students .
How: Packing bags of shelf safe food for weekend meals .
When: During the school year

GIVING TREE

What:  Each Christmas, Salem provides needed items  to local individuals and families who need a little extra help with gifts around Christmas. 
How: Individuals purchase and wrap requested items.
When: Christmastime each year.
 

LICE KITS 

What: Helping to keep children in school.
How: Collection of monetary donations, purchasing of lice kits (at a reduced cost), and distributing the kits to the West Shore School District Nurses.
When: August of each year

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CLOSET

What: A free gift shop available to the community before Christmas.
How: Individuals bring in used household items, clothing, shoes, toys, books etc., help with clean up and set up.
When: Once a year before Christmas.