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Weekly Announcements

Announcements for the week ending December 15, 2019

  • Midweek Advent supper and service — Dec. 11 and 18

    Join us on Wednesday evenings (12/11 and 12/18) at 6:00 p.m. for Advent supper and service. We will enjoy a meal and fellowship together at 6:00 p.m. in Luther Hall, then have a short worship service at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. All are welcome! This year’s Advent offering will go toward Salem’s Pantry Pack.

  • Fellowship of the Vine — Dec. 12

    The December Fellowship of the Vine will be on Thursday (12/12) at 6:00 p.m. in Koinonia Fellowship Hall. We plan to have a wrapped ornament exchange and play games (possibly Bunco), along with a cookie exchange. Please bring 3-4 dozen cookies, brownies, fudge, etc. and a snack and drink to share. Some wine and soda will be provided. Contact Chris Wise with any questions at Please sign up by clicking on the link below.Read more »

  • Alzheimer Support Group — Dec. 13

    A support group for families caring with early to late stage Alzheimer's disease will meet Friday (12/13) 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.

  • Children's Christmas program rehearsals have begun

    All children 3 years through 5th grade are invited to participate in our children's Christmas program on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 5:00 p.m. We will begin practicing 9:00-9:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings beginning on Nov. 17, and Wednesday evenings 6:30-6:45 p.m. beginning Dec. 4. We will have two important Saturday rehearsals on Dec. 14 and 21 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. CDs and lyric sheets will be passed out during Sunday school. Please contact Heather with questions at (913) 485-2739 or

  • Men’s group breakfast — Dec. 14

    The Salem Men’s Group will gather for their monthly breakfast at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday (12/14) in Koinonia Fellowship Hall. (Please note new date.) After breakfast they’ll be putting up the manger scene in front of Luther Hall. All men are welcome. Contact Mike at (913) 888-3233 for more information.

  • Adult Sunday school — Dec. 15 and Jan. 5, 12, 19

    Adult Sunday school will meet in Koinonia Fellowship Hall at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday (12/15 and 01/05, 01/12, 01/19) for a video study on generosity. In this six-session film series inspired by Diana Butler Bass's book, “Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks,” the author helps us untangle conflicting understandings of gratitude and sets the table for a renewed practice of giving thanks. Read more »

  • Christmas cantata — Dec. 15

    Be sure to join us on Sunday (12/15) at either worship service for our Christmas cantata. "The Heart of Christmas" tells the beautiful, timeless story from the hearts of those involved in the first Christmas. Please celebrate with us as we share the Word through music.

  • Women’s Book Club — Dec. 17

    Please join us Tuesday (12/17) at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Kathy Kostroske to discuss "The Christmas Train" by David Baldacci. The Jan. 21 book will be "Godwink Christmas Stories" by Squire D. Rushnell. We will resume meeting in the Koinonia Conference Room in January. Contact Kathy (913-888-3233 or if you have any questions. Book Club typically meets on the third Tuesday of every month.

  • Packing Christmas boxes for Pantry Pack — Dec. 18

    Our final Advent supper and service will be on Wednesday (12/18). Join us for dinner at 6:00 p.m., followed by our Advent service and packing of Pantry Pack Christmas boxes at 7:00 p.m.

  • Children's Christmas program — Dec. 22

    Watch the Salem children and friends perform "The Heart of the Story" on Sunday (12/22) at 5:00 p.m., followed by a cookie reception in Luther Hall. Please sign up to bring your favorite holiday goodies to share. Cookies can be dropped off in Luther Hall on Sunday morning or prior to the program on Sunday evening. Click on the link below to sign up to bring cookies. Read more »

  • Year-end staff appreciation — please contribute by Dec. 22

    As the year draws to a close we have traditionally collected for cash gifts to show our appreciation to Salem staff members. We will be accepting contributions for staff gifts through Sunday (12/22). Please include it with your offering, designating the amount for staff gifts. If you have questions, please speak to any council member.

  • 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. There will be a supervised nursery at the 5:00 p.m. service only. All are welcome!

  • Lessons & Carols — Dec. 29

    Join us on Sunday (12/29) for a special service of Lessons & Carols at 8:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Please contact Mikki (913-888-5051 or if you would like to read a lesson.

  • Finance note — 2019 contributions due by Dec. 31

    Salem's accounting books will close at noon on Tuesday (12/31). If you still wish to make a 2019 contribution, please submit payment to the office by then. The church office will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Also, ALL outstanding 2019 ministry team expenses need to be submitted by 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2; otherwise they will be included in 2020.

  • Men’s group breakfast — Jan. 4

    All men are invited for fellowship and breakfast on Saturday (01/04) at 8:00 a.m. in Koinonia Fellowship Hall. Following breakfast, they will be taking down the manger scene. All men are welcome! Please contact Mike at (913) 888-3233 for more information.

  • Women's Bible study resumes Jan. 9

    After a break for the holidays, the women’s Bible study will begin weekly meetings again on Thursday (01/09) at 9:30 a.m. in the Koinonia Conference Room. Contact Cheryl Padgett or Joyce Benedict with any questions.

  • Fellowship of the Vine — Jan. 9

    Salem women and friends are invited to The Melting Pot (450 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO) for a special fondue meal on Thursday (11/09). The cost is $21.95, and includes salad, cheese fondue, and chocolate fondue. If weather is decent those who would like to walk around the Plaza streets for a bit to see the lights can do so after dinner. If you want to carpool from Salem, please meet there at 5:30 p.m. Otherwise, meet at The Melting Pot at 6:00. Please indicate your preference when you sign up. Contact Chris Wise with any questions at Please sign up by clicking on the link below.Read more »

  • Happy Hour Hangout — Jan. 17

    This month's Happy Hour Hangout will be Friday (01/17) at a location TBA from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Enjoy appetizers, drinks, friends, conversation, and laughter as we celebrate the end of a week and the beginning of the weekend. Arrive as you are able, even if it’s not right at 5:00. The group typically meets on the third Friday of every month, and everyone is welcome. Contact Tracy Anderson at if you have any questions.

  • Women’s Book Club — Jan. 21

    Please join us Tuesday (01/21) at 7:00 p.m. in the Koinonia Conference Room to discuss "Godwink Christmas Stories" by Squire D. Rushnell. The Feb. 18 book will be "Ripple Effects" by Pam Tebow. Contact Kathy Kostroske (913-888-3233 or if you have any questions. Book Club typically meets on the third Tuesday of every month.

  • Craft Circle Ministry — Jan. 27

    The next meeting of the Craft Circle Ministry will be on Monday (01/27) at 7:00 p.m. in Koinonia Fellowship Hall. Contact Kathy Kostroske (913-888-3233 or if you have any questions. The Craft Circle Ministry typically meets on the fourth Monday of every month.

  • Salem Sunday school volunteers needed

    Sign up today for a short-volunteer opportunity in Sunday school for kids in preschool through 5th grade. We explore Bible stories through cooking, making art, living out stories through drama, playing games, exploring through videos and discussions, and experimenting with ideas through science.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.