Published 9:05 am Friday, November 19, 2010

The Salem Lutheran Executive Board, Albert Lea met on Nov. 1. The meeting was called to order by President Debbie Beighley. Devotions were given by Sharon Dilling, who also distributed the treasurer’s report. The dedication dinner profit to date is $665. The secretary’s report was read by Katherine DePoppe.

Thank yous were read from Good Earth Village for a donation from Sarah Circle and Women of ELCA for money received for World Hunger.

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SPIRE sponsored the Rev. John Koch at Trinity Lutheran Church on Nov. 4.

Central Lutheran Church, Christmas at The Lake is from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Cost is $20 per person. Meet at Slumberland and go to Clear Lake.

St. John’s is asking for servers for coffee hours. Salem will do two, one summer and one winter.

Nov. 5 was World Community Day at the Methodist Church in Albert Lea, sponsored by Church Women United, beginning with registration and coffee at 9:15 a.m.

Albert Lea elementary schools are accepting clothing for school children, sizes 5 to 10.

SPIRE asked for churches to serve snacks once a month at SPIRE meetings the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Crossroads Church.

S.O.S. (Salem Over Sixty) Christmas Party is on Dec. 9 at Salem Church. The noon meal will be catered. Everyone is asked to bring a white elephant gift for bingo.

Church groups wanting funds from Thrivent need to apply to the council soon.

Nov. 25 is the Thanksgiving Eve Service at Trinity Lutheran Church starting at 5:30 p.m. Those attending from Salem are asked to bring a salad or dessert.

WELCA Bake Sale and Soup and Pie Supper at Salem was Nov. 2.

The quilt for the raffle is almost complete.

There will be a catered dinner for Salem’s new pastor, Mark Niethammer today.

Committee reports:

Program Chairwoman Marianne Depoppe stated the annual Women’s Epiphany Tea will be held on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m.

Shut-in Chairwoman Pauline Hall stated 24 Salem shut-ins were called on in October.

Sew ’N Tell Chairwoman Laurel Herdina reported on meetings on Oct. 12 and 26. Fifty-six boxes were packed for Marie Sandvik Center, 26 boxes for Appalachia, five boxes for veterans and three quilts were made.

Circle duties for November were reviewed.

The meeting closed with the Lord’s Prayer. The next Women’s Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 7.