Sunday, Aug. 11, the Historic Salem Church in rural Paynesville is hosting the annual Salem Fest beginning at 12:30 p.m. with an old-fashioned pot-luck picnic. This event has a long-standing tradition with friends and former members gathering to enjoy a potluck lunch. Please bring a dish to share and your own plates and utensils. Beverages will be provided.
At 2 p.m., the afternoon program will feature special music from the Bethlehem Church Ensemble, led by Brenda
Handel-Johnson. The group often plays at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud, and they will be playing and singing some favorite hymns from the past Salem gatherings. All are welcome to join in the afternoon of stories, fellowship, entertainment and hymn singing. The offering will go the Salem Restoration Fund to benefit the continued restoration of the church. After the program, ice cream sundaes will be served.
While the church has been closed for more than 45 years, former members and friends have taken the church through a restoration project. Beginning in 1997, the work on the church has included tuck-pointing the yellow brick exterior, refinishing the pews, repairing the basement, installation of 2 furnaces, and the repair of the two-story stained glass windows. Funds received each year go the Salem Restoration Fund to benefit the continued restoration of the church as it continues to be a “treasure” for visitors who come to see the historic church.
Directions: The Salem Church is located five miles north of Paynesville on 220 Street. Take Hwy 23 to Stearns County Road #33. North on Hwy #33 about
5 miles to 220 Street. Left on
220 Street, which is a gravel road, for one-half mile. Look for the church steeple. Call (320)
243-4005, or (320) 259-9556, for more information or direction