Inter-Faith Thanksgiving Service

I’m excited about the Inter-Faith Thanksgiving Service to be held at Temple Beth El on Sunday, Nov 24 at 3 PM. I understand from folks who have been around Salinas for a while that there used to be an Inter-faith clergy group that worked on such things together but it has not existed for a number of years until recently. 

Now we have a group of clergy that meets once a month and is working cooperatively on the Thanksgiving service and the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in January. So far, our group includes the Northminster Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, Lincoln Avenue Presbyterian Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Temple Beth El, East Salinas United Methodist Church, Salinas Friends Meeting, and Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. We are hoping to include Catholic Churches, and other faith expressions. 

I hope you will join us for the Thanksgiving Service. Please share this with a friend or family member. In these days of fragmentation it is important that groups come together in cooperation and love. 

In January, our Tuesday night book group will be reading and discussing a book called, “Finding Peace through Spiritual Practice: The Interfaith Amigos’ Guide to Personal, Social, and Environmental Healing.” This book is authored by Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon, and Imam Jamel Rahman. This will be a wonderful opportunity for us to discuss and experience spiritual practices from an inter-faith perspective. 

More information will be coming soon. Blessings,

Pastor Steve


November 17 — Church Conference

This is our yearly church meeting in which we review the year, elect officers, set the pastor’s compensation, and hear reports. We will meet after worship on the 17th for lunch. The meeting will begin around 12:15 PM and will be chaired by the Rev. Audrey Ward, pastor of First UMC Pacific Grove. All Church members are voting members of the Church Conference. 


All Saints Day

This Sunday, Nov 3, we celebrate All Saints Day. It is a day of remembrance for the saints, with the New Testament meaning of people of faith of all times and places. We celebrate the communion of saints as we remember the dead, both of the Church universal and First United Methodist Church in Salinas. You will be invited to light a candle in memory of someone who has been important to you. 
Sunday Nov 17 we will have our annual meeting (Church Conference) after lunch at about 12:15. At this meeting we celebrate the year in ministry, elect officers, celebrate new members, remember those who have died, and set the Pastor’s compensation for the next year. Chairing our Church Conference this year will be Rev. Audrey Ward. Audrey is the pastor of First United Methodist Church in Pacific Grove. All church members are voting members of the church conference. 
Sunday, Nov 24 you are invited to participate in an inter-faith Thanksgiving worship service at Temple Beth El at 3 PM. Temple Beth El is located at 1212 Riker Street in Salinas. Participating in this service will be Temple Beth El, First UMC, East Salinas UMC, Northminster Presbyterian Church, Lincoln Ave Presbyterian Church, Good Shepherd Episcopal church, and some from the Islamic tradition. This will be a beautiful time to join together in this great American holiday and to celebrate our religious freedom. I hope you will attend. 

Pastor Steve Lundin