On most Sundays in the summer, the children will visit the Sunday school plot with Mary Jo in the community garden before worship.
Monday, August 21st, due to the Solar Eclipse the church office will not be open during our regularly scheduled hours in the morning. We aim to be in the office from 2:00-3:00 pm.
Sunday, September 10 at 9:15 am, Adult Education and youth Sunday school will resume.
Sunday, September 10 at 9:15 am, choir meets to practice.
TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE AUGUST 21, 2017
For the first time since 1979, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the contiguous United States. Beginning at 9:05 a.m. on August 21 in Salem, Oregon, the Moon will slowly begin to move in front of the Sun, eventually covering it completely at 10:18. Totality will last for approximately 1 minute, 54 seconds.
With current estimates of 1 million visitors in Oregon to view the eclipse, the state and local counties estimate that 250,000 to 500,000 of them could come to Salem and the surrounding area. Naturally, getting around could be challenging in the days leading up to, and through the August 21 eclipse. In Salem, the state and county are coordinating to mitigate and address anticipated congestion issues.
Staying home to view the eclipse?
If you plan on staying home to view the eclipse, stock up on glasses with which to view the eclipse, food, water, medication and fuel. Here is a list of things to expect during this time:
Cell phone signal may be degraded due to the number of people in the area
The air temperature could drop 10 degrees during the Moon’s transit across the disk of the sun according to Space.com
Once it gets dark, birds, naturally assume that night must be here and could stop chirping and head back to their nests.
You will see the Sun’s Corona when the eclipse in in totality. According to Eclipse2017.org it looks like, “…as if someone is smearing wispy-white cotton candy all around the impossibly black hole that’s been cut out of the fabric of the blue-black sky…”.
Heading out of town or to an eclipse viewing event?
Check out these tips:
Decide your destination before you go
Let friends and relatives know where you are going
Fuel up early-gasoline may become a scarce commodity
Take at least three days of food and water with you.
Make sure you include a first aid kit, medications, emergency contact information, a paper map of the area, and your cell phone with charger or extra battery.
Be aware that cell service though out the area may not be reliable with so many visitors
“Go” before you go. No one wants to stand in line waiting to use the bathroom.
Leave early and be prepared for prolonged travel times and heavy traffic.
Monitor traffic and travel by calling 511 or use tripcheck.com.
Stay awhile after the event and avoid some of the congestion
When you do leave, leave no trace (garbage, litter, etc.) Be patient and remember to have fun
The Most Important Tip of All…
Be safe and have fun! Use common sense and be patient. While there will probably be some inconvenient situations due to the crowds, advance planning will help you, your friends, and family make the most of this out-of-this-world experience.
Sourced from, and for more information go to salemareaeclipse.info