Historic Salem Church holds annual festival

This article submitted by Michael Jacobson on 8/4/99.

The Historic Salem Community Church in rural Stearns County near Paynesville is pleased to announce its Second Annual Ice Cream Social will be held on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. A traditional full meal of barbecue hamburgers, baked beans, and potato salad will be served, including homemade pies, ice cream, and root beer floats. You are encouraged to come early and walk around the church and grounds.

"Songs of Our Hearts," an evening of history and gospel hymn singing, will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Salem Church. The singing will be led by Michael Miller, a native of the Salem community, who was baptized and confirmed in the church.

At an early age, Miller began playing the piano by ear. From the age of 12 until leaving for college, he played weekly at the Salem Church. His gospel style developed from the weekly hymn singing at the church and from hearing the Salem Men's Quartet practice at home. Later influenced by African American gospel tradition, his style engages everyone. From old hymns to contemporary gospel songs, you will be drawn into this experience.

Currently, Miller is the senior pastor at Brunswick Methodist Church in Crystal, Minn.

On Sunday, Aug. 8, the traditional Salem Fest potluck lunch will be served at noon, followed by afternoon services at 2 p.m. with entertainment and singing.

The historic Salem Church is located five miles north of Paynesville on 220th Street. To get there, take Highway 23 to Stearns County Road #33 and go north on 33 for about five miles. Turn left on 220th Street. The church is located on a gravel road. Call 320-243-4005 for more information.

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