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Weekly Announcements

Announcements for the week ending October 24, 2021

  • Worship in person or online

    We worship at the Baugh-Marshall Chapel of the Central Seminary (6601 Monticello Road in Shawnee). Our traditional worship with organ is at 8:00 a.m., and our contemporary worship with praise band is at 10:30 a.m. We offer education and music for all ages between services at 9:15 a.m. Following updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, local health authorities, and Bishop Susan Candea, we are recommending the wearing of masks in all indoor gatherings regardless of one’s vaccination status. Click on the link below for more information. Services also are posted on our Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter pages. Links to those are at the top of this page. We encourage you to worship in the style and manner that is best for you and your family! Read more »

  • Ornaments in October — Oct. 3-31

    Salem’s Women's Ministry is collecting items to help fill the MLM Christmas Store from Oct. 3-31. Suggestions for the most needed items can be found hanging on the tree at the chapel, or click on the link below for a list. Please select an ornament with a gift idea from the tree, purchase the gift, and place the unwrapped gift near the tree or drop it off at the Salem office by Oct. 31. Contact Joyce Benedict with any questions at or (913) 219-7564. Read more »

  • Midweek adult education — starts Oct. 27

    Would you like to experience the Small Catechism in a new way this fall? If so, please consider joining Pastor Jon for an upcoming midweek adult Christian education series. Beginning on Wednesday (10/27) at Koinonia Hall, we will meet weekly from noon to 1:00 p.m. for this seven-session adult education series. Participants will receive a copy of the book, "By Heart: Conversations with Martin Luther's Small Catechism." This very readable guide is designed to foster engagement and conversation. If you plan to participate, contact Pastor Jon or the church office to register.

  • Reformation Sunday — Oct. 31

    Please wear red on Oct. 31 for Reformation Sunday. The color red represents the Holy Spirit and the martyrs of the Christian church.

  • Confirmation Reception — Oct. 31

    Join us in celebrating the Rite of Confirmation for two Salem youth following the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday (10/31).

  • Men's breakfast — Nov. 6

    All men are invited for fellowship and breakfast at The Big Biscuit (12276 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Shawnee) on Saturday (11/06) at 8:00 a.m. Please RSVP to Greg Beutel at so he can reserve a table. The men's breakfast typically meets on the first Saturday of every month.

  • All Saints Sunday — Nov. 7

    Salem will celebrate All Saints Sunday at both services on Sunday (11/07). If you have had a friend/family member who passed away between November 2020 and now and would like him/her mentioned at the service, please contact Shari in the church office or fill out the bulletin insert at worship.

  • Daylight Savings Time ends — Nov. 7

    Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday (11/07). Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night!

  • Children's Christmas program rehearsals begin Nov. 7

    All children 3 years through 5th grade are invited to participate in our children's Christmas program on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 5:00 p.m. We will begin practicing 9:00-9:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings on Nov. 7, and Wednesday evenings 6:30-6:45 p.m. beginning Dec. 4, both at the Baugh-Marshall Chapel. We will have two important Saturday rehearsals on Dec. 11 and 18 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the chapel. CDs and lyric sheets will be passed out during Sunday school. Please contact Heather Lewis with questions at

  • Alzheimer Support Group — Nov. 12

    A support group for families caring with early to late stage Alzheimer's disease will meet Friday (11/12) 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.

  • Christmas cantata rehearsals — Sundays, starting Nov. 14

    Do you love singing Christmas music? Our choir is singing a beautiful Christmas cantata in both services on Sunday, Dec. 12, and we'd love for you to join us! All teens and adults are welcome to sing with us. Please come to our rehearsals in the Baugh-Marshall Chapel from 9:15-10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. We will focus primarily on Christmas music beginning Nov. 14. We will also have an important Saturday morning rehearsal at the chapel from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. If you're interested, please pick up music and CDs from Heather Lewis, and contact her for more information at

  • Women’s Book Club — Nov. 16

    Please join us Tuesday (11/16) at 7:00 p.m. in Koinonia Fellowship Hall to discuss "Many Sparrows" by Lori Benton. The Dec. 21 book will be "A Christmas Beginning" by Anne Perry. Contact Kathy Kostroske (913-888-3233 or if you have any questions. Book Club typically meets on the third Tuesday of every month.

  • Christ the King Sunday — Nov. 21

    Christ the King Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday (11/21) in both worship services. On this Sunday we celebrate Jesus, who is Lord of all. It is also the final Sunday in the church calendar, as Advent starts the next week.

  • Holden Evening Prayer — Dec. 1, 8, 15

    Join us for our Holden Evening Prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays during Advent (Dec. 1, 8, and 15) at the Baugh-Marshall Chapel of the Central Seminary (6601 Monticello Road in Shawnee). It will be a time of prayer, worship, and praise. We will have fellowship time with desserts following the service each week.

  • Hollis Winter Art Fair — Dec. 4

    Come to Hollis Renewal Center (11414 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, KS) on Saturday (12/04) from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for their annual art fair. Enjoy baked goods, hot apple cider, and coffee while shopping for that unique gift! Mediums include pottery, photography, handmade jewelry, hand-turned woodworking, and more. Come from 4:00-6:00 p.m. for Sip & Shop Happy Hour, where there will be complimentary wine and cheese for guests over 21; enjoy a glass of wine and light appetizers while you shop! Prices range from $5-$250. There is something for everybody, and admission is free!

  • Christmas cantata — Dec. 12

    Be sure to join us on Sunday (12/12) at either worship service for our Christmas cantata. "Joy" tells the Christmas story through six dynamic choral settings. You'll hear Christmas carols like you've never heard before, all interspersed with scripture readings on the theme of joy. Please celebrate with us as we share the Word through music.

  • Nursery ministry

    Do you love working with children? We would love for you to assist Toni in our nursery this fall! Please let us know if you are age 14 to adult and are interested in sharing God’s love with our little ones.

  • Program Registration & Parent Consent Form

    The 2021-22 Children’s and Youth Program Registration and Consent Form is now available. Read more »

  • The Word in Season

    The October-November-December edition of "The Word in Season" has arrived at the church office. You may pick one up in the chapel entry near the bulletins or at the church office Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please contact the church office if you would like one mailed to you.

  • Children’s/Youth Bibles available

    We will be ordering Bibles for certain fall programming participants. Salem provides those at no cost to those children and youth, but if you would like to purchase one for yourself or a gift, please contact the church office. The cost of the Spark Story Bible and Spark Kids Bible is $23, and the cost of the Lutheran Study Bible is $28.

  • 2021 Directory Available

    The new church directory is now available. You can pick one up on the table in the entryway at Sunday worship or at the church office. If you have any changes or if you would like to submit a picture for our next printing, please notify Shari in the church office.

  • Offering counters needed

    Can you spare 30-40 minutes per month? The Finance Team is looking for volunteers to count the weekly offering and take the deposit to the bank. Training and keys to Koinonia Hall will be provided. Even though the SignUpGenius shows a Sunday date, this can be done early in that week at your convenience. We are looking for 4-6 (3 teams of 2) additional volunteers to make sure this vital function is covered for the near future. Please contact Joyce Benedict if you have any questions or concerns or you would like to be trained at Thanks in advance for your help! Read more »

  • Living a Generous Life

    It’s never too late! Your commitment can still be submitted. Please take the time to prayerfully seek out what living Salem’s mission means to you and further discern how you can support Salem’s ministries as part of living out your generous life.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.