Salem Lutheran Church

Weekly Announcements

Announcements for the week ending December 23, 2018

  • Annual women's retreat — register ASAP

    All women are invited to the annual Salem women's retreat. We will be exploring the theme of “Women with Purpose” and focusing on outreach/advocacy. The retreat will be Friday, March 1-Saturday, March 2 at The Barn Bed & Breakfast Inn, 14910 Blue Mound Road, Valley Falls, KS. Please RSVP by clicking on the link below. The cost is $125 per person for a shared room. Dinner, breakfast, and lunch will be provided by the retreat center. Read more »

  • Women’s Book Club — Dec. 18

    Come meet Donna McGuire, the local author of the December book, “Santa’s Secret.” The book is the true story of the Kansas City secret Santa who handed out $100 bills each Christmas. We will meet on Tuesday (12/18) 7:00 p.m. at the home of Kathy Kostroske (9252 Woodstone Lane, Lenexa). The Jan. 15 book will be “Woman of God” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. Contact Kathy Kostroske (913-888-3233 or if you have any questions.

  • Advent supper, service, and packing Christmas boxes for Pantry Pack — Dec. 19

    Our final Advent supper and service will be on Wednesday (12/19). 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. All are welcome! This year’s Advent offering will go toward Salem’s Pantry Pack.

  • Let’s Decorate Salem for Christmas — Dec. 23

    All are welcome to join the Design Team in decorating our beautiful sanctuary for Christmas on Sunday (12/23) following the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

  • Children's Christmas program — Dec. 23

    All are welcome to the Salem children’s performance of "The REAL Christmas Story" at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, followed by a cookie reception in Luther Hall.

  • Cookie donations needed for children's program — Dec. 23

    A cookie reception will follow the children's Christmas program on Sunday (12/23) at 5:00 p.m. 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. Read more »

  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Service — 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. 30

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

  • Finance note — 2018 contributions due by Dec. 31

    Salem's accounting books will close at noon on Monday (12/31). If you still wish to make a 2018 contribution, please submit payment to the office by then. The church office will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Also, ALL outstanding 2018 ministry team expenses need to be submitted by 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2; otherwise they will be included in 2019.

  • Men’s Breakfast — Jan. 5

    All men are invited for fellowship and breakfast on Saturday (01/05) 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 Kostroske at (913) 888-3233 for more information.

  • Fellowship of the Stein — Jan. 10

    January's Fellowship of the Stein will be at Limitless Brewing (9765 Widmer Road, Lenexa) on Thursday (01/10) from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Contact Rob Garza at for more information. The group typically meets on the second Thursday of every month.

  • Alzheimer Support Group — Jan. 11

    A support group for families caring with early to late stage Alzheimer's disease will meet Friday (01/11) 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.

  • Narthex Vote — Jan. 13

    Council has called a special meeting for Sunday (01/13) immediately following our 10:30 a.m. service to revote on the sale of the sanctuary and Luther Hall to Narthex. Please plan on attending if you are a confirmed voting member.

  • Women’s Book Club — Jan. 15

    Please join us Tuesday (01/15) at 7:00 p.m. in the Koinonia Conference Room to discuss "Woman of God" by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. The Feb. 19 book will be"When Mockingbirds Sing" by Billy Coffey. Contact Kathy Kostroske (913-888-3233 or if you have any questions.

  • Happy Hour Hangout — Jan. 18

    The next Happy Hour Hangout will be Friday (01/18) at a location TBA from 5:00-7:00 p.m. (There is no hangout in December due to the holidays.) 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.

  • Town Hall Meeting — Jan. 20

    Join us Sunday (01/20) at 9:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. in Koinonia Fellowship Hall for information regarding the annual meeting topics.

  • Craft Circle Ministry — Jan. 22

    Our next meeting will be on Monday (01/22) 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 meets on the fourth Monday of every month; we will not meet in December.

  • Fellowship of the Vine — Jan. 24

    The January Fellowship of the Vine will be on Thursday (01/24) at 6:30 p.m. at Cinzetti's (7201 W. 91st St., Overland Park). Chefs prepare authentic pasta, pizza, salads, desserts, and more — right before your eyes! Enjoy a night of great food and fellowship with your Salem sisters!!! Please sign up by clicking on the link below.Read more »

  • Annual Congregational Meeting — Jan. 27

    Join us Sunday (01/27) at 11:45 a.m. in the sanctuary for our Annual Congregational Meeting.

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  • Explore the New Testament with our kids in Sunday school!

    Sign up today to lead a rotation in our Sunday school program. Commitments are only three weeks, and it is a fun and fabulous way to get to know our kids and share your faith and love of the Bible with them. Choose a rotation that interests you from among art, games, drama, science, cooking, music, or video. Click here to visit the signup page to choose the story that you love the most or the three-week session that fits your schedule best.Read more »

  • Fellowship of the Vine — 2019

    We are looking for women to host the monthly Fellowship of the Vine in 2019. 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 »

  • 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.