Upcoming Salem Events

Ministry news & events taking place at Salem soon!





Social Ministry

Youth Activities

Keenagers (senior citizens)



Worship and Music


Regular Worship Times

We worship and celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday at 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. 


In September will have several guests coming to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  Dr. Javier Alanis will join us on Sunday, Sept. 15, and Pastor Pedro Suárez will join us in worship on Sunday, Sept. 22. 


On Salem Serving Day, Sept. 29, we will have only one service at 10:00 a.m.  We will not have worship services at 8:00 or 11:00 a.m. on Salem Serving Day.


Save Sunday, Oct. 6, at 4:00 p.m. for Blessing of the Animals!  Watch for more details coming soon.



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Studying the Story

Salem offers many opportunities for study and growth through adult education and classes for children.  All classes for children, youth and adults begin at 9:30 and end at 10:30 a.m.  You are invited to join any of the classes at any time during the year.


Morning Education for Children and Youth

Studying the Story is our Sunday morning educational time for children and youth. 


During the summer, children and youth meet together in the Parish Hall to learn a Bible study each Sunday morning.  Different groups of adults teach the Bible story each week, assisted by the middle school youth.  There are also activities to emphasize the week's lesson.


Adult Classes

Book of Faith Group Discussions:  The Book of Faith Initiative is a five-year effort of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to help people become more fluent in the first language of faith, the language of Scripture.  A group discussion is currently held each Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Garden Room.   All are welcome to to attend.

Download the  Book of Faith Reading Plan July-December 2013 (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)


Lectionary Class:  A lectionary is a list of scriptures readings assigned to be read on a particular day.  Many Christian churches around the world used the Revised Common Lectionary, a three-year cycle beginning in Advent.  Each year the Gospel of Matthew, Mark or Luke is read primarily with the Gospel of John interspersed throughout all three years.  The class studies the lessons of the day, how they are related and how they can impact us.  The class meets at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.


The Wednesday Morning Bible Study has finished it's study on Hebrews and will be on hiatus until the fall.  Make plans now to join Pastor Roschke beginning Sept. 11, 2013 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. as he begins a new study on the Gospel according to St. Matthew.


ELCA's Book of Faith Initiative at Salem

Salem is participating in the ELCA's five-year initiative, "The Book of Faith", which encourages Lutherans to "become more fluent in the first language of our faith, the Scriptures."  Salem's Book of Faith involvement includes a Daily Reading Plan with readings assigned for each day.  "Y.T.T.", or "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" reading is encouraged, whereby each passage is read three times.  This reading style allows for a more complete understanding of the context of each daily passage and a greater familiarity with the selected passages. 

Download the Book of Faith Reading Plan July-December 2013 (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)


Weekend of Theology

Salem offers a Weekend of Theology where a guest theologian is invited to our congregation.  The weekend serves as an opportunity for our membership to become acquainted with one of our ELCA theologians and to explore a specific topic or issue.  On February 10-12, 2012 we welcomed Pastor Michael Rinehart, Bishop of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod.  Bishop Rinehart explored the prophetic call for compassion and justice, the life of Jesus and the suffering servant and St. Paul's theology of love and humility.  Themes through the weekend included justice, humility and love. 


Confirmation Classes

Confirmation classes for all youth in 7th, 8th and 9th grades meet on Monday evenings during the school year.



The Salem library is small but has some excellent resources for study and devotion.  The library is located in the administrative wing, across the hall from the Church Office.




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Craft Guild

Bring your lunch and your project to the Garden Room on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m.  We have needle pointers, quilters and knitters and are looking for someone who crochets to help teach others.  If you don't have a project, come anyway and meet some new friends and greet some old friends!


Dinner & A Movie Group

Our Dinner & A Movie group meets monthly to discuss a current movie and have dinner together.  Participants view the movie on their own prior to the gathering.  The group will meet on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 4:30 p.m. at Chicken Kitchen (2516 Rice Blvd.) to  discuss "Fruitvale Station."  



Join us in the Parish Hall on Sunday, Aug. 11, at 4:00 p.m. for a fun afternoon of fellowship.  Bring along board games to share, or just come and join in!  Ice cream and toppings will be provided for build your own sundaes!



Join us on Sunday nights from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center for a few recreational volleyball games.  Currently children as young as nine years of age, as well as adults, play.



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Social Ministry


Blood Drive

Thank you to everyone who participated in last Blood Drive.  Please check back for our next drive and click on www.giveblood.org to sign up to donate, or sign up at the kiosk in the Fellowship Hall.  If you are able, please give the gift of life.


Grace Place Meal - Sept. 5!

Join us as we serve homeless teenagers in the Montrose area on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 6:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church.  If would you like to prepare or help serve the meal please contact the Church Office


Salem Serving Day - Sept. 29

Salem Serving Day is Sunday, Sept. 29, and it is time to start thinking how you can help!  Our mission of Salem Serving Day is:  A day for the WHOLE congregation to remember our commitment to serving as Christ disciples and serve in some way for one single afternoon.  We want to have activities for everyone, even those not able to leave the church premises.  Even if all you can do is send emails or make, we need that too.  Sign up for the project you want to help with at the bulletin board by the Fellowship Hall or contact the Church Office.





Youth Activities


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Building Program


Purchase Ruth Stewart "Sustained By Faith" CDs now!

Several members of our congregation have produced a CD of Scripture readings by our own Ruth Stewart.  The CD, Sustained by Faith, is now available for purchase.  Orders are now being taken and fulfilled; visit our How to Order page.  CDs are being sold for $15 each.  Profits from the sale of the CDs will to go our Building on Grace Fund for our new worship space construction.  




The Salem Keenagers is for anyone 55 years of age or older no matter his or her religious preference, so come, join us!  Keenagers take monthly bus trips, have monthly luncheon meetings with speakers, and enjoy monthly Game Days of dominoes.  For the current schedule, please see this month's Salem News or contact the Church Office.



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