May 22, John Roth
John Roth is a professor of history at Goshen College in Indiana, editor of The Mennonite Quarterly Review, and director of the Mennonite Historical Library. In 2011, he became the founding director of the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism at Goshen College, and is currently focusing on several projects related to the global Anabaptist fellowship, including several assignments with Mennonite World Conference. He will share the Anabaptist story of the 21st century during worship at 10:30 a.m. and a special afternoon session beginning at 1 p.m. Join us for lunch around noon. Suggested donation $7 and a special event for chidlren. Please call or email the church to reserve lunch or place in the children's program.
July 24, Alan & Eleanor Kreider
Alan and Eleanor Kreider have been studying and teaching the early church for forty years. They are Mennonite missionaries, scholars, teachers, and pastors. For many years they served in England, where they discovered that early Christians have much to teach Christians in contemporary England and America. At the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary Alan taught church history and mission, and Eleanor taught worship. They like to teach the early church together, especially about its approach to mission, worship, peace, and a style of living that the Christians called “patience.” They will share about Patient Ferment: the Life of the Early Church during worship and a special afternoon session.
August 28, Perry Bush
Perry Bush is professor of history at Bluffton University, a short drive from Lima, Ohio, and is a local political activist. He received his Ph.D. in history from Carnegie Mellon University and is the author of three books, along with thirty articles and book reviews in both the academic and popular press. He will explore local and regional Mennonite stories and reflecting on the history of Salem during the Sunday school hour and worship time.
September 24-25, 175th Anniversary Celebration
We will host a wonderful celebration of Salem Mennonite Church’s 175th anniversary of becoming a congregation. Events will begin on Saturday evening with a cookout and a concert, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Join us for worship on Sunday morning under the tent for an old fashioned outdoor service. Followed by lunch and an afternoon full of activites for all ages.