For the week of January 14, 2018

Tired of Being Cooped Up by This Week's Winter Storm?
Join us for warm fellowship and exciting worship
this Sunday at New Salem!
      This Sunday in our 10:45 AM service, our praise team and choir will lead us to celebrate Jesus with songs like “Have a Little Talk with Jesus”, “Hallelujah (Your Love is Amazing)”, and “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. Michelle Hineman will  bring some special music. Pastor Alan will continue his sermon series, “Pray Like You Mean It”.
       In our 6 PM service, we will continue to worship Jesus with some of our favorite hymns and choruses, and Pastor Alan will continue our study on “The Names of Jesus”, focusing this week on what it means for Jesus to be our “Wonderful Counselor.”
       Join us, and bring a friend!
Sportsman's Fish Fry Tickets Are Here!


     Tickets are now available for New Salem's annual Sportsmen's Fish Fry on March 17! Enjoy a fantastic meal, guest speak David Awtrey, live music, and door prizes. Tickets are $10 each, and are available at the Welcome Desk after each service, or through the church office. For more information, contact Mike Mayfield (423-718-5265) or Jamie Vetter (423-413-1003).

 Senior Adults, Have You Made Your Reservations Yet?

     All Senior Adults are invited to a Senior Adult Valentines Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 6 pm in the New Salem Unity Building. Free food and free entertainment! This banquet is being provided for our senior adults by New Salem's Student Ministry. Please reserve your plate by signing up at the Welcome Desk, or by calling the church office (423-842-3078).  For more information, contact New Salem's student pastor, Greg Sluder.

Time Is Running Out to Make Nominations for our Ministry Transition Team!
        At the December business meeting, New Salem Baptist Church voted to create a transition team tasked with developing a plan to implement Strategic Initiative #4, which our membership approved as part of our Strategic Plan last August.  Strategic Initiative #4 calls on New Salem to "Reinvent our ministry structure to be more flexible and responsive to the needs of our mission by transitioning from committee-led ministry to team-led ministry."
        Between January 7-28, you will have the opportunity to nominate fellow New Salem members to serve on this five-member team. Look for the nomination forms and the submission box in the main lobby beginning Sunday, January 7. The top five nominees will be submitted for approval at New Salem's February business meeting.
        The target for the transition team's recommendations is the April or May business meeting (with the option of giving them more time if necessary). Specifically, the transition team will look at:
  • Which committees should be transitioned to the team concept, and which should continue to operate under the present system.
  • How the new teams will work: their make-up, responsibilities, procedures and accountability structure.
  • What changes would need to be made to New Salem's by-laws to accommodate this new system.
        Why are we doing this?  As our Strategic Planning Team concluded, our present committee system is too rigid, too unresponsive to change, and requires a lot of personnel to maintain.  By transitioning key ministries away from committees towards smaller leadership teams, we hope to cut down on the number of people the Nominating Committee would need to recruit each year (and focus on people who have a passion for particular ministries), make it easier for leadership teams to adapt to changing conditions during the year, as well as making it easier to plug in new people to serve in areas of interest and giftedness.
        Of the give strategic initiatives recommended by our Strategic Planning Team, this transition has the possibility of being one of the most consequential for our church, as well as one of the most complicated. Therefore, we are committed to making sure we do it right. Please pray for those who will be nominated, and for the work they will be engaging in.
Get connected!
Click here for a directory of New Salem's Sunday School groups!
Click here to submit your prayer request!
Please pray for:
  • This Sunday's services
  • Our pastor and staff
  • Spiritual renewal in our lives, our church, and our nation
  • Nominations for the ministry transition team
  • Our worship leader search committee
  • Our middle & high students as they prepare for the upcoming SAW retreat in February
  • That the Lord would draw people around us to faith in Jesus, baptism, and discipleship
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