Salem Lutheran Church

Weekly Announcements

Announcements for the week ending August 19, 2018

  • Happy Hour Hangout — Aug. 17

    The next Happy Hour Hangout will be Friday (08/17) at Saints Pub + Patio (Lenexa City Center, 16804 W. 89th St., Lenexa), at 5:00 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 tracyander815@gmail.com if you have any questions.

  • Congregational Update — Aug. 19

    Church Council leadership invites you to a Congregational Update on Sunday (08/19) following the 9:30 a.m. service in the sanctuary. Details around further opportunities regarding our properties will be shared.

  • Bible order deadline — Aug. 19

    Salem will be ordering Bibles for certain 2018 fall programming participants. Every fall, Salem provides the Spark Story Bible for 3-year-olds, the Spark Children’s Bible for 3rd graders, and the Lutheran Study Bible for the incoming confirmands (7th graders). Salem provides those at no cost to those children and youth, but if you would like to purchase one for yourself or a gift, the cost of the Spark Bibles is $23 and the cost of the Lutheran Study Bible is $28. If you would like to purchase one, please notify and pay the church office by Aug. 19.

  • Women’s Book Club — Aug. 21

    Please join us Tuesday (08/21) at 7:00 p.m. in the Koinonia Conference Room to discuss "Unbreakable" by Nancy Mehl. The Sept. 18 book will be "Fury" by Bill Bright and Jack Cavanaugh. Contact Kathy Kostroske (913-888-5051 or salem-secretary@salemlutheran-ks.org) if you have any questions.

  • Sebring Thrivent Builds Trips — register for October trip by Aug. 23

    Do you want to be part of rebuilding the lives of some hurricane victims? Join Thrivent Builds to work with Highlands County (Florida) Habitat for Humanity to help build new homes for people who lost their homes in the 2017 hurricanes. You can choose from 1 of 4 trips: Sept. 9-16, Oct. 7-14, Oct. 21-28, or Nov. 4-11. Cost is $350 for Thrivent benefit members and $650 for non-members. Registration and payment deadline is Aug. 23 for the October trip. Read more »

  • The MARK Music Show — Aug. 24

    Come to The MARK (3800 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO) for their monthly music show on Friday (08/24). This month will feature Eems, a ukulele loop artist blending styles from pop and dance to hip hop and folk to create lucid soundscapes that get you moving! This is a fundraiser for The MARK After School Project. Admission is $15 cash at the door. The MARK is a youth center with programming and after-school activities for high-school age youth in the urban core of Kansas City. 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.

  • Vikingpalooza Family Fun Fest — Aug. 25

    Pantry Pack will be hosting a table at Vikingpalooza at Shawnee Mission West High School (8800 W. 85th St., Overland Park) on Saturday (08/25). We’re hoping to get our name out there so people know about our services — as well as possibly recruit more volunteers. Read more »

  • 9th Grade Confirmation Orientation — Aug. 26

    Our Confirmation Faith Statement Class and 9th grade orientation will be Sunday (08/26) at 10:45 a.m. in Koinonia Fellowship Hall. All 9th grade confirmands are required to attend with at least one parent. Please contact Emily Nelson Dixon if you have a conflict or questions.

  • Blessings Abound Golf Benefit — Aug. 27

    The 2018 Blessings Abound Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday (08/27) from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Falcon Lakes Golf Club, 4605 Clubhouse Drive, Basehor, KS. Salem plans to have two or three teams. Every year, Hollis Renewal Center partners with Blessings Abound to host a golf tournament that raises awareness and money for the local Lutheran service agencies in the Kansas City area that work hard every day to end hunger, homelessness, and spiritual exhaustion.

  • Craft Circle Ministry — Aug. 27

    The next meeting of the Craft Circle Ministry will be on Monday (08/27) at 7:00 p.m. in Koinonia Fellowship Hall. Contact Kathy Kostroske (913-888-5051 or salem-secretary@salemlutheran-ks.org) if you have any questions. The Craft Circle Ministry meets on the fourth Monday of every month.

  • Men’s Breakfast — Sept. 1

    All men are invited for fellowship and breakfast at a location TBA on Saturday (09/01) at 8:00 a.m. For location information, please contact Mike Kostroske at (913) 888-3233.

  • Third-grade Bible class — starts Sept. 11 (RSVP by Sept. 4)

    When your child was baptized one of the promises you made was that you would place the Word of God in their hands. To prepare for the third-grade Bible presentation on Sept. 30, Pastor Dave will host a three-night class for third-grade students and parents, Sept. 11, 18, and 25 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Koinonia Fellowship Hall. This class will assist you in fulfilling that vow. Children will be shown how to use their Bible and highlight one key verse in EVERY book in the Bible. Childcare is available. Please sign up on the link below. Read more »

  • Outdoor Worship and Day of Service — Sept. 9

    Save the date for “God’s work. Our hands.”! Join us Sunday (09/09) for an outdoor service (weather permitting) at 9:00 a.m., followed by a light meal and sending to serve. We will have several projects from which to choose. This day is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

  • 7th and 8th Grade Confirmation Orientation — Sept. 12

    We are excited to gather our middle school youth and parents to kick off the 2018-19 confirmation program on Wednesday (09/12) at 6:30 p.m. in Koinonia Fellowship Hall! All parents and students are expected to attend the kick-off orientation. They will spend time getting to know each other and learning about our program and expectations. Please contact Emily Nelson Dixon if you have a conflict or questions.

  • Women’s Bible Study Resumes — Sept. 13

    The women’s Bible study will begin weekly meetings again on Thursday (09/13) at 9:30 a.m. in Koinonia Fellowship Hall. We will be studying The Armor of God. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you’re tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you. Contact Cheryl Padgett or Joyce Benedict with any questions. All women are welcome!

  • Fellowship of the Stein — Sept. 13

    The next Fellowship of the Stein will be at a location TBA on Thursday (09/13) from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Contact Rob Garza at robgarza43@gmail.com for more information. The group typically meets on the second Thursday of every month. All men are welcome to attend!

  • Alzheimer Support Group — Sept. 14

    A support group for families caring with early to late stage Alzheimer's disease will meet Friday (09/14) 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.

  • Youth Kickoff — Sept. 16

    Hey youth of Salem — we’re back! We are kicking off Sunday youth activities on Sunday (09/16). All 7th-12th grade students will start together for breakfast at 9:15 a.m. and then split between middle and high school for the remainder of our Sunday School time. Reminder — please sign up to bring breakfast for the group one or two times during the year. Our senior high kickoff event will be that night at 6:00 p.m. Be sure to put Sept. 16 on your calendar! We can’t wait to get back into the swing of youth events at Salem!

  • Youth-led Worship — Sept. 23

    All 7th-12th grade students are invited to plan and lead worship Sunday (09/23) at both services. There will be two planning meetings prior to that date. Watch your bulletin and website for announcement of those dates/times.

  • Three-year-old Bible distribution — Sept. 23

    All 3-year-olds starting Sunday School will receive a Spark Story bible during both services on Sunday (09/23).

  • The MARK Music Show — Sept. 29

    Come to The MARK (3800 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO) for their monthly music show on Saturday (09/29). This month will feature Calvin Arsenia. A mix of bizarre and experimental musings with swooping, hearty melodies, and raw acoustic emotion form the gentle, heartfelt style that defines his music. This is a fundraiser for The Mark After School Project. Admission is $15 cash at the door. The MARK is a youth center with programming and after-school activities for high-school age youth in the urban core of Kansas City. 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.

  • Dinner 4 Eight — sign up by Sept. 30

    Dinner 4 Eight is a great way to build new friendships or develop existing ones in our Salem community! Groups may consist of singles, couples, and/or families with children. We hope you sign up and get excited for some food, fun, and great fellowship. Groups will run from Oct. 2018-Aug. 2019. Please sign up by Sunday (09/30); groups will be formed and you will be notified with group members' names and contact information. Contact Danielle Atzeni with any questions at daniellengriggs@gmail.com. Read more »

  • Fall Community Picnic — Sept. 30

    Join us for a fun afternoon with a potluck picnic, softball, and other activities at Swarner Park (6220 Lackman Road, Shawnee) on Sunday (09/30) at 5:00 p.m. This is a Salem community event; whether you play softball, want to watch and eat good food, or just come hang out, we’d love to see you there! Sign up online to bring a main dish, side, or dessert. Read more »

  • Mission Partner Exploration Class — Oct. 7 (RSVP by Sept. 30)

    Are you interested in learning what it would mean to be a mission partner at Salem? Then join us for the Mission Partner Exploration Class on Sunday (10/07) at 11:45 a.m. in Koinonia Fellowship Hall. (Please note the revised date.) You will learn about what we believe is our call as a faith community in God’s mission in this world. A light lunch and child care will be offered. Please RSVP by Sept. 16 so we can ensure that we have enough materials and food. Read more »

  • Fellowship of the Vine — 2018-19

    We are looking for women to host the monthly Fellowship of the Vine. The hostess chooses the date and time that works best for her and the activity. If you would like to host a month, please click on the link below.Read more »

  • 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.