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Pastor John’s update regarding his sabbatical and weekend service times.

Greetings from Denise and I. We sure have missed YOU!

In case you didn’t know, the Fehlens have just wrapped up a 10-week pastoral sabbatical. Our church leadership graciously gave us the “gift of time” to be refreshed and renewed in spirit, soul, and body! I am happy to report that that indeed happened! God did many wonderful things in us during this last season. I, as your pastor, am moving into my 45th year of life, 25th year of ordained pastoral ministry, and 7th year of assignment in Salem with a confirmed sense of God’s presence and purpose.

I believe the word of the Lord to us in this season is precisely what King David said to his son Solomon:  “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you” (1 Chronicles 28:20).

Catch it:  be strong not afraid.  Be courageous not discouraged. How? Because the Lord God is with us.

This next season, like ALL of life, will be full of change and challenge, but God IS with us.

I want you to be aware of one particular aspect of change at West Salem Foursquare Church.  Over the summer months we interrupted our Saturday evening service and re-positioned all of our weekend services onto Sunday (8:30, 10:00 & 11:30). I, along with our team, have decided to continue on with this Sunday schedule as we move into the fall months. This shift has proven to be a much healthier Sabbath rhythm for our team and volunteers. I know this may present a challenge for some, albeit a small percentage of folks, that were only able to attend on Saturdays. I will be praying along with you for the Lord to open up the right doors of fellowship and spiritual growth. I can recommend some good churches that have varying service schedules, as well as invite you engage in other points of entry at West Salem Foursquare, such as:

• GroupLife:

• First Wednesday Prayer & Worship:

• Weekly Video & Audio Teachings:

Finally, Denise and I love you and are honored to be your pastors. We believe our best days are ahead!

Moving forward,


1 Comment

  1. Luis Molina on November 29, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Hi John, this is a follow up about sabbatical resources.