Salem Lutheran Church

Weekly Announcements

Announcements for the week ending May 27, 2018

  • Church office closed — May 24 and May 28

    The church office will be closed on Thursday (05/24), as well as Monday (05/28), which is Memorial Day. We WILL be open on Friday morning (05/25).

  • Kansas City PrideFest Volunteer Meeting — May 30

    There will be a meeting for those who are helping at Kansas City PrideFest on Wednesday (05/30) at 7:00 p.m. in Koinonia Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Brown. For more information on the event, go to

  • Kansas City PrideFest — June 1-3

    Salem Lutheran Church and Lutheran Church of the Resurrection will host a booth at the Kansas City PrideFest, Friday-Sunday (06/01-06/03), at Berkley Riverfront Park (1298 East Riverfront Drive, Kansas City, MO). We need volunteers to hand out brochures and trinkets. For more information on the event, go to There will be a meeting for those helping on Wednesday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Koinonia Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Brown. Sign up to volunteer in our booth by clicking on the link below. Read more »

  • Men’s Breakfast — June 2

    All men are invited for fellowship and breakfast at a location TBA on Saturday (06/02) at 8:00 a.m. For location information, please contact Mike Kostroske at (913) 888-3233.

  • Taste of Hollis — June 2

    Taste of Hollis is back at Hollis Renewal Center (11414 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, KS) on Saturday (06/02) from 5:00-7:00 p.m. There will be an assortment of wines and craft beer brewed by 23rd Street Brewery. Light appetizers will be offered, as well. There will be lemonade for underage guests, as well as Hollis snack mix. Guests are welcome to explore over 5 miles of trails, listen to live music on the deck, visit with friends, or play yard games. Free will donations will be accepted at the door. Read more »

  • Brick Works at Hollis — June 6, July 11, Aug. 8

    Hollis Renewal Center (11414 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, KS) is hosting a Brick Works service hour on three Wednesdays this summer (06/06, 07/11, and 08/08) from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Attendees will sort through donated LEGO bricks and break apart already assembled LEGO pieces to be donated to the Giving Brick, which is a Kansas City-based non-profit that collects used LEGO bricks, repackages sets, and gives them to children served by CASA of Jackson County. At the conclusion of the hour, all will be treated to popsicles. All attendees are also welcome to bring sack lunches, and explore the trails and hills of Hollis, play a game of GAGA ball, or sand volleyball. All ages are welcome; this is a FREE kid-friendly, as well as a kid-at-heart, event. Please RSVP by clicking on the link below.Read more »

  • Salem Volleyball Team — June 6-Aug. 8

    Salem mission partners and friends are invited to sign up for a volleyball league. Games are Wednesdays at 7:45 p.m. at Shawnee Mission Beach Volleyball (19800 Johnson Drive, Shawnee). The league begins June 6 and runs through Aug. 8. The cost will be $20-$25 per/person, which includes a t-shirt. Contact Danielle at or (785) 249-335 with any questions or to sign up. Read more »

  • Alzheimer Support Group — June 8

    A support group for families caring with early to late stage Alzheimer's disease will meet Friday (06/08) at 10:00 a.m. in Koinonia Fellowship Hall. For more information or to participate, contact Courtney Goin at (913) 609-1891. The group typically meets on the second Friday of every month.

  • Thrivent Pancake Breakfast/Fundraiser — June 9

    Please join us at this CELEBRATE OLD GLORY & THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED event, hosted by your local Thrivent Community, on Saturday (06/09) from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at VFW Post #7397 (9550 Pflumm Road, Lenexa, KS). This event aids Heartland Honor Flight, and includes a free pancake breakfast, silent auction, and VFW car & bike show. Please feel free to bring guests. Read more »

  • Council and Mission Partners in Conversation — June 10, July 8, and Aug. 12

    Council members will be available for discussion following both worship services on the second Sunday of June, July, and August (06/10, 07/08, and 08/12). Conversations will take place in the Salem Café following the 8:00 a.m. service, and in the sanctuary following the 9:30 a.m. service. Let us engage and walk with one another as we move forward to the Aug. 19 Special Congregational Meeting and vote.

  • Hollis Crossings Summer Day Camp — June 11-15

    Hollis Crossings is a fun, active, and faith-filled week during the summer for children who have completed grades K-5. During the week of June 11-15, kids explore the outdoors and make new friends while experiencing God’s love for all. Registration is now open. Click on the link below for more information and/or to sign up. Read more »

  • MLM Summer Breakout — June 13

    Grab your family and friends for a fun evening of food trucks, live music, inflatables, locally-made chocolate, a wine and jewelry “pull,” art show, silent auction, and more! All proceeds benefit Metro Lutheran Ministry’s Christmas Store. Summer Breakout will be held on Wednesday (06/13) from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church (7851 W. 119th St., Overland Park). Read more »

  • Fellowship of the Stein — June 14

    The next Fellowship of the Stein will be at the Brew Lab (7925 Marty St., Overland Park) on Thursday (06/14) from 6:30-9:00 p.m. The group typically meets on the second Thursday of every month. Contact Rob Garza at for more information. All men are welcome to attend!

  • Women’s Book Club — June 19

    Please join us Tuesday (06/19) at 7:00 p.m. in the Koinonia Conference Room to discuss "Same Kind of Different as Me" by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. The July 17 book will be "Defending Jacob" by William Landay. Contact Kathy Kostroske (913-888-5051 or if you have any questions.

  • Happy Hour Hangout — June 22

    Join this new group of Salem friends to find the best happy hours the area has to offer. Enjoy appetizers, drinks, friends, conversation, and laughter as we celebrate the end of a week and the beginning of the weekend. Our first gathering will be at Chez Elle (1713 Summit St., Kansas City, MO), at 6:00 p.m. on Friday (06/22). This group will meet monthly, and everyone is welcome. Contact Tracy Anderson at if you have any questions.

  • Summer Musical Camp — July 16-20

    All Salem kids and their friends going into 1st – 6th grade are invited to participate in the musical "The Bigger They Are!". Join us as young David trusts that God is with him when he fights Goliath this summer in a fun musical camp: Monday through Friday, 9:00-10:30 a.m., July 16-20. We will perform this awesome musical during church on Sunday, July 22. Contact Music Director Heather Lewis at or (913) 485-2739 with any questions. Please RSVP by June 10. Read more »

  • VBS (Vacation Bible School) — July 23-26

    Save the date for a fun-filled week of Salem's VBS July 23-26. Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the program will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. There will be a VBS celebration at church on Sunday, July 29. Read more »

  • Pack our pantry packs with summer snacks!

    Hunger doesn’t take a summer break! With an end to school lunches, a greater burden is felt by those families we support with our pantry pack program. Again this summer, we will be adding additional snacks for hungry kids to our pantry packs. We need your help! Please consider donating nonperishable snacks such as granola bars, pudding cups, fruit cups, and crackers to our summer snack food drive! Please place your snacks in the Pantry Pack boxes, in the lower level of the church. Thank you for your support!

  • Summer Facility Plans

    We will again be reducing the utility and maintenance cost for Luther Hall during the summer by not operating the refrigerator, freezer, and air conditioner in the kitchen area. The time frame for this will be from May 21 until mid-August, when we begin to prepare the facility for Sunday School in the fall. The building is not closed for use if it is needed and our other two buildings are booked. If a member or organization wants to use the Luther Hall facility, the request should be communicated to the Salem office per the regular process, and a member of the Property Team will contact the requester to arrange use. Please note that the refrigerator and freezer cannot be used during this time due to the lengthy process to power the units on and off.

  • 2018 Children, Youth, and Family Summer Opportunities

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  • Congregational Meeting — Aug. 19

    At the May 20 congregational update, Council shared a recommendation to sell the properties and relocate. Mission Partners will be coming together to vote on this recommendation on Sunday (08/19) following the 9:30 a.m. service in the sanctuary.

  • Summer Sunday Morning Schedule — May 20-Sept. 2

    After Mother’s Day, our traditional service will remain at 8:00 a.m., but the contemporary service will move to 9:30 a.m. There will be no Sunday school or middle school/senior high school breakfast. The praise band will continue to meet, but the children’s choir and adult choir will be off for the summer.

  • The Mark 2018 Music Schedule

    ​The MARK is a youth center with programming and after-school activities for high-school age youth in the urban core of Kansas City, Missouri. The Mark Music Shows are designed to provide income for The Mark After School Programs and the local independent musicians. The show will usually occur on a day in the last week of the month at 7:30-9:30 p.m.Read more »

  • Salem is Officially an RIC Congregation!

    Salem Lutheran Church has been recognized by Reconciling Works (formerly Lutherans Concerned/North America) as the most recent Reconciling in Christ Congregation in Kansas. This comes after the congregation officially adopted the following public welcome statement in January of 2015. We, the members of Salem Lutheran Church, affirm the belief that we are all created in God’s image and are called to love one another as God loves us. We are a community that welcomes people of all ages, cultures, economic statuses, ethnic backgrounds, family blends, gender identities, physical and mental abilities, races, and sexual orientations. We seek to provide a safe and caring community where all people can grow in their faith. We encourage you to join us as we develop relationships with each other and discover the depth of God’s love for us all.