From Pastor Lori Harvey, Lead Pastor at Salem Grace UMC
Thank you for being a friend. Hard to say those words without singing the Golden Girl’s theme song. I am so grateful for the time that I have been in Salem and to be the pastor at Grace UMC. I am moving to Mahomet UMC, but I will continue to pray for you all. I will miss walking by the reservoir and seeing the deer. I will treasure the times spent in the prayer garden and sanctuary with the beautiful stained-glass windows. However, the biggest blessings are the people of my church and the people of the Salem community. A shout out to my McDonald’s friends. I am grateful for the Jr. high youth in my Sunday school class and their willingness to grow in faith. Thank you to the leadership at Grace and your vision of serving the community. I have been so blessed to have worked with the staff at Grace UMC. May you continue to be blessed as you minister down the street, around the corner and throughout the world.
We want to invite you to our drive-in and outside worship for the next few weeks. You may also access our worship through our website, graceumcsalem.org, under the worship video prompt or our Facebook page Grace Methodist Salem IL. As the church is working outside the walls of the building, we pray that today will bring a blessing. We are thankful for you and your care for one another. Rev. Mike Smith will be joining our staff on July 15. Please welcome him to Salem.