Fancy Newsletters

November 2022- With Thanksgiving!

                     gra-ti-tude – the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for, and return, kindness. By the time you read this, the mid-term elections will be over.  I don’t know whom all will have won or lost … but I suspect that tensions are...

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October 2022-The Power of Friendship

 Dwayne Hilty here, SLF’s CaN (Churches as Neighborhood) Centers Director.  I’ve worked with SLF since 2015, first as a West Salem Lightning Rod and, for the past year, leading the CaN Centers Network.  I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of you, but for those of...

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September 2022- What is a Lightning Rod, Anyway?

Hello neighbor, and greetings from the east side of town! Rian Rasubala here, your McKay-area Lightning Rod. In light of Sam’s sabbatical, I’ll be taking over the newsletter this month. And since I’m taking over, I decided to make a few changes. For those of you who...

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Summer 2022 – Interns

 SALUTING THE SLF SUMMER INTERNS.    Like many nonprofits and ministries, SLF has a summer-internship program to engage promising young professionals and provide meaningful work experience.  The program is facilitated by Rian Rasubala, our McKay-area Lightning Rod,...

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August 2022- Street Mural in Grant- “The Rest of the Story”

Thanks to extensive publicity in the newspapers and social media, it seems everyone’s heard about the “street-painting art project” in the Grant Neighborhood.  Over the July 4 weekend, a battalion of neighbors, young and old, converged at the intersection of Belmont...

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July 2022 – Fancy Friday edition

What a great feeling to be back in the Salem Convention Center June 24!  Our last live Fancy Friday was in 2019, and while the Lord met our needs via two online events during the pandemic, it was good to be in person! We had fun with our “building” theme, featuring...

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Sam’s Blog

November 2022- With Thanksgiving!

                     gra-ti-tude – the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for, and return, kindness. By the time you read this, the mid-term elections will be over.  I don’t know whom all will have won or lost … but I suspect that tensions are...

October 2022-The Power of Friendship

 Dwayne Hilty here, SLF’s CaN (Churches as Neighborhood) Centers Director.  I’ve worked with SLF since 2015, first as a West Salem Lightning Rod and, for the past year, leading the CaN Centers Network.  I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of you, but for those of...

September 2022- What is a Lightning Rod, Anyway?

Hello neighbor, and greetings from the east side of town! Rian Rasubala here, your McKay-area Lightning Rod. In light of Sam’s sabbatical, I’ll be taking over the newsletter this month. And since I’m taking over, I decided to make a few changes. For those of you who...

Summer 2022 – Interns

 SALUTING THE SLF SUMMER INTERNS.    Like many nonprofits and ministries, SLF has a summer-internship program to engage promising young professionals and provide meaningful work experience.  The program is facilitated by Rian Rasubala, our McKay-area Lightning Rod,...

August 2022- Street Mural in Grant- “The Rest of the Story”

Thanks to extensive publicity in the newspapers and social media, it seems everyone’s heard about the “street-painting art project” in the Grant Neighborhood.  Over the July 4 weekend, a battalion of neighbors, young and old, converged at the intersection of Belmont...

July 2022 – Fancy Friday edition

What a great feeling to be back in the Salem Convention Center June 24!  Our last live Fancy Friday was in 2019, and while the Lord met our needs via two online events during the pandemic, it was good to be in person! We had fun with our “building” theme, featuring...

June 2022 – Remembering Rev. Dick Lucco, Bridge-Builder

He wasn’t born in Salem and he didn’t die here ... but our community is eternally blessed because of Rev. Dick Lucco.  How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News.  Romans 10:15 In the 1990s, in the midst of an all-out community response to youth gangs,...

May 2022- Millard and Mike: In Memory of Great Mentors

men•tor – a trusted counselor or guide; a tutor or coach.   Merriam-Webster Dictionary Salem lost two giants last month.  A generation of students and athletes in various Salem-Keizer schools grew up under their tutelage.  Like many, I am a better person thanks to...

March 2022- Great Things Come from Small Tables

Great Things Come from Small Tables At SLF we love tables.  We even have a methodology built around tables.  It’s called Table Sitting, Table Setting, Table Serving.  The first one means we sit at the tables of community groups and organizations to listen and learn. ...

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