Salem Lutheran Church

Weekly Announcements

Announcements for the week ending November 23, 2017

  • Holiday Closings and Cancellations

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  • Children's Christmas Program — rehearsals begin Nov. 29

    All children 3 years through 6th grade are invited to participate in "Guess Who's Coming to Bethlehem?". Our children's Christmas program will be performed Sunday, Dec. 24 at 9:30 a.m. We will have two Saturday morning practices, Dec. 16 and 23, from 9:45-11:15 a.m. in the sanctuary, and Wednesday evening practices begin Nov. 29. CDs and lyric sheets are being passed out during Sunday school. Please contact Heather with questions at or (913) 485-2739. All are welcome!

  • Confirmation Parent-Student Forum — Nov. 29

    Our confirmation session on Wednesday (11/29) will be a parent-student forum at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church (7851 W. 119th St., Overland Park). A local Student Resource Officer from Johnson County will be in attendance, and we will learn and discuss the current technology trends that our middle schoolers are being exposed to and how we can keep them safe. Please meet at Holy Cross Lutheran (not Salem!) and bring a cell phone or tablet device for interactive opportunities. All parents and students are expected to attend. Please contact John Holt with any questions or conflicts.

  • The Mark Music Show — Nov. 30

    Joy Zimmerman and Jimmy Dykes will play in Allen Hall of St. Mark's Hope and Peace Church (3800 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO) on Thursday (11/30) at 7:00 p.m. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Admission to this event will be $20 cash at the door, and proceeds will be evenly split with the musicians and The Mark After School Program. Read more »

  • Men’s Breakfast — Dec. 2

    The Salem Men’s Group will gather for their monthly breakfast at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday (12/02) in Koinonia Fellowship Hall. After a hot homemade breakfast, they’ll be putting up the manger scene in front of Luther Hall. All men are welcome. Please contact Mike Kostroske at (913) 888-3233 for more information.

  • Hollis Winter Art Fair — Dec. 2-3

    The 8th Annual Hollis Winter Art Fair will be Dec. 2-3 at the Hollis Renewal Center lodge (11414 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, KS). Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday hours are noon to 5 p.m. ​Mediums include pottery, photography, handmade jewelry, hand-turned woodworking, and more. Fifteen percent of each sale benefits the mission of Hollis.Read more »

  • Commitment Sunday — Dec. 3

    Now is the Time for Growth! As we prepare to celebrate the beginning of the season of Advent and the beginning of the new church year on Sunday (12/03), please take the time to prayerfully consider how you might share your blessings here at Salem so we can continue to answer God’s call for our lives. Commitment Sunday is Dec. 3. Please bring your completed Time and Talent sheet and pledge cards and partake in the communal offering of our pledges for 2018. Now is the time for you to grow in faith with the Lord through your church community!

  • Midweek Advent Supper and Service — Begins Dec. 6

    Join us on Wednesday evenings beginning Dec. 6 at 6:00 p.m. for Advent supper and service. This year’s Advent offering will go toward Salem’s Pantry Pack. The Dec. 20 meal will be a potluck and packing of Pantry Pack Christmas boxes.

  • Alzheimer Support Group — Dec. 8

    A support group for families caring with early to late stage Alzheimer's disease will meet Friday (12/08) 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.

  • Pastor’s Discretionary Fund — please contribute by Dec. 10

    As the holidays quickly approach, we are once again reminded that, for many, these times are not filled with joy, but with angst and hardship. As a way to make the holidays a little brighter for a few families, we ask you to once again consider giving a small donation to our Pastor’s Discretionary Fund. Last year, we raised more than $1,250, which meant we were able to assist four different households in a significant way. Any amount you can offer will be much appreciated. If you are able to donate to this fund, we ask that you do so no later than Dec. 10 so the pastor has time to disburse the funds before the Christmas holiday. Please mark your donation “Pastor’s Discretionary Fund.”

  • Fellowship of the Stein — Dec. 14

    The next Fellowship of the Stein will be on Thursday (12/14) at a location TBA at 6:30 p.m. Bring friends and stop by for some good food, spirits, and fellowship. Contact Rob Garza at for more information. The group typically meets on the second Thursday of every month. All men are welcome to attend!

  • Let’s Decorate Salem for Christmas — Dec. 17

    All are welcome to join the Design Team in decorating our beautiful sanctuary for Christmas on Sunday (12/17) following the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

  • Sisters Book Club — Dec. 19

    Join us Tuesday (12/19) at 7:00 p.m. in the Koinonia Conference Room to discuss "The Christmas Shoppe" by Melody Carlson. The Jan. 16 book will be "The Mistletoe Secret" by Richard Paul Evans. Contact Kathy Kostroske (913-888-5051 or if you have any questions.

  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Services — Dec. 24

    Join us as we celebrate the birth of Christ with a family service at 5:00 p.m., traditional service at 7:30 p.m., and Starry Night service at 10:00 p.m.

  • Lessons & Carols — Dec. 31

    Join us on Sunday (12/31) for a special service of Lessons & Carols at 8:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.

  • Winter Calendar Highlights — November - January

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  • Adult Sunday School Schedule — 2017-2018

    Our Adult Sunday School meets at 9:15 a.m. in Koinonia Fellowship Hall. We plan to study a variety of things this year. Please join us! 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.