This page lists the Joys and Concerns submitted by our members and friends while the church is closed and we are holding “virtual services”. Feel free to submit your own Joy or Concern!


It's a joy to be back in Salem!

Joy entered by Jackie O'Malley (Main-Sorensen) on November 20, 2021

It is a JOY to be living back here in Salem.....after an equally JOYOUS 3 years in Vashon WA as a newly-wed aged-wife. Bernie is not a "church-goer" and teases me by asking if I will pray for him (knowing how I am an agnostic). No need. He is pretty darn perfect as he is.

My problem here is how do I engage in the church community with everyone keeping at arms length and masks on? I have seen a few old friends, but it is hard to have any getting-to-know-you conversations. (PS--we just put our German Shepherd to sleep---peaceful....noted that others here had to do similar with a beloved pet. I do miss her....but saw the peace come as the pain left.

Happy to only have minor injuries from my car accident!

Joy entered by Marie Brown on November 19, 2021

I was in a car accident earlier this month; one of the front tires of someone's Chevrolet Tahoe blew out and the SUV spun into my car. But other person involved and I both only had minor injuries. I'm very happy not to have been injured worse. My beautiful 2010 Prius with 77K miles was totaled, unfortunately, but I was able to buy another car and continue working. So that's my joy, that the outcome of the car accident for me was only more appointments with my chiropractor.

So glad I had my dermatology appointment!

Joy entered by Liz Asher on November 19, 2021

A recent skin check by my dermatologist revealed melanoma on my face, catching it very early. Now I have a scar but would much rather have that then not be here! Please make time to get yearly skin checks everyone.

Ready for new adventures!

Joy entered by Deborah Cordis Weaver on November 12, 2021

I am retiring after 25 years of self employment. I am ready for another adventure. I am open for your suggestions.

Grieving the loss of our family friend

Concern entered by Joel Martin on November 1, 2021

We are grieving over the death of our beloved miniature dachshund, Scout, this past week. He was a great part of our family, had wonderful personality. He was almost 17 years old. We knew he was aging but didn’t expect the end to come so soon.

Tragic accident for Deanna's great nephew

Concern entered by Deanna Lagrand Yeakle on October 26, 2021

My brother's grandson, Ayden was in a freak car accident. He and a friend were driving to an auto parts supply shop. His car rolled. Ayden somehow landed outside the car. He didn't realize that his clothes had gotten gasoline on them. The truck caught fire. His friend was still in the car. Ayden was able to pull his friend out of the car, saving his life. Tragically his cloths caught fire. There are many hero's in this story as people in a bar that witnessed it rushed to help put the fire that was burning Ayden out. He is now struggling for his life. He will likely be blind as he suffered from 4th degree burns on his face. It's going to be a long haul for him and everybody who loves him. Ayden is only 17 years old.

Priscilla Sturgis died October 22

Concern entered by Paul Sturges on October 22, 2021

My wife of thirty-nine years died early Friday morning as a result of age related disease and two separate bone fractures. Her burden has been lifted. Godspeed Priscilla.

Prayers requested for Jessie's neice

Concern entered by Jessie Wilson on October 21, 2021

Please pray and/or send positive thoughts for my niece, Lindsay, and her husband, Gregory. They got married in 2018. Since then she's had two miscarriages. They recently started fertility treatments, and while she didn't go into detail, it sounds like an ordeal. She told me they would appreciate prayers.

Congrats to Gloria and Alan's Granddaughter

Joy entered by Gloria and Alan Holland on October 16, 2021

We are proud to report that our granddaughter, Fiona, who is now 12 and in the 6th grade, was selected as a Student of the Month at Walker Middle School.

Positive thoughts for cancer recovery

Concern entered by Jessie Wilson on October 13, 2021

One of Emily's other grandmas, Tonya, just had surgery for breast cancer. This is her second occurrence of the disease. Please pray/or send positive thoughts that this surgery cures the cancer, that she heals well, and that it doesn't recur. Thank you.