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Weekly Announcements

Announcements for the week ending March 1, 2020

  • Council/Staff/Ministry teams workshop — Feb. 29

    Save the date for the “Leap into Salem’s Future: We’re All In This Together" Council/Staff/Ministry teams workshop on Saturday (02/29) from 9:00 a.m. to noon in Koinonia Fellowship Hall. Anyone on a ministry team (or who would like to be) is welcome to attend! We’ll be discussing and planning for programming and events for the coming year. After the meeting we will walk over to Jerry’s Bait Shop for lunch, so be sure to bring some money for that.

  • It's not too late...

    If you were not able to submit your pledge toward the 2020 budget last week, there is still time! Please submit your pledge in the offering plate on Sunday, to the church office, or by email to the financial secretary at If you need a new pledge card, please notify the church office. Thank you for supporting Salem in your faith journey. Your pledges help guide leaders in the mission of Salem.

  • Discernment Discussions — Sundays in March and March 18

    Every Sunday in March we will host Discernment Discussions between services from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Koinonia Fellowship Hall. There will also be one on Wednesday (03/18) at 6:30 p.m. in Koinonia Fellowship Hall. Join us for open discussions on Salem's past and future. Come with an open heart and mind.

  • Brown Bag Lunch series — March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1

    Bring your lunch and join Pastor Cynthia in Koinonia Fellowship Hall at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesdays during Lent for a video study titled "A New Family: Opening the Doors of the Church". Through her writing and speaking, Rachel Held Evans' work opened a space for people to become involved with the evolution of their faith by example. She strived to be grace-full while admitting her imperfection. As she says in this series, her hope was to start more conversations than end them. Click on the link below for more information about the series. Read more »

  • Lenten Supper & Service — starts March 4

    All are invited to attend the Lenten supper and service every Wednesday starting March 4 through April 1. Dinner will be served in Luther Hall from 6:00-6:45 p.m., followed by the service at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. The dinner on March 4 will be a potluck, so please bring a dish to share. (Note: We will not meet on March 18 due to spring break.)

  • Lenten Supper & Service — March 4: Dave Mareske from Hollis Renewal Center

    Hollis Renewal Center, located in Kansas City, KS, provides a welcoming environment and experience for ​individuals and groups seeking spiritual growth and renewal. Outreach projects include building tiny cabins for retreats and BrickWorks, which collects used Lego bricks, repackages sets, and gives them to needy children. Please bring a donation of used Legos, paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning rags, hand soap (no antibacterial, please), office copy paper, and/or coffee filters. The meal this week will be a potluck; please bring a dish to share.

  • Men’s group breakfast — March 7

    All men are invited for fellowship and breakfast at a location TBA on Saturday (03/07) at 8:00 a.m. For location information, please contact Mike Kostroske at (913) 888-3233.

  • Lenten Supper & Service — March 11: Rev. William and Ann Say from Once We Were Refugees

    Once We Were Refugees, located at the Gathering Table, teaches vocational skills for refugees, such as computers and sewing, helping them to become self-sufficient. Please bring a donation of sewing notions, working sewing machines and computers, and/or new thread and fabric (washable pieces 1 yard or larger). The meal this week will be a taco bar.

  • Fellowship of the Vine — March 12

    Join your Salem sisters on Thursday (03/12) for Culture After Dark at The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park) from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Come enjoy the music of Woody Pines and the homeschool art exhibition in their creative commons, square dancing, adult open art studio, and visit the museum. There is also a food truck, so we can grab a bite to eat and head inside for more fun. There is a fee for some activities, so visit their website for more information: Please sign up on the link below so we know who is attending. Read more »

  • Alzheimer Support Group — March 13

    A support group for families caring with early to late stage Alzheimer's disease will meet Friday (03/13) 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.

  • First Communion Class — RSVP by March 15

    Salem kids and friends in second grade and older are invited to learn about communion in a series of three classes held by Pastor Cynthia on Mondays (03/23, 03/30, and 04/06) in Koinonia Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. The sessions are designed for a parent/other adult and child to attend together. There will be childcare provided for siblings. The participants will receive their First Communion on Maundy Thursday (04/09) at 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP to by March 15.

  • Women’s Book Club — March 17

    Please join us Tuesday (03/17) at 7:00 p.m. in the Koinonia Conference Room to discuss "Moloka'i" by Alan Brennert. The April 21 book will be "China Dolls" by Lisa See. Contact Kathy Kostroske (913-888-3233 or if you have any questions. Book Club typically meets on the third Tuesday of every month.

  • BrickWorks at Hollis — March 18

    Hollis Renewal Center (11414 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, KS) is hosting a BrickWorks sorting event on Wednesday (03/18) from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Hollis Lodge. Attendees will sort through donated LEGO bricks and break apart already assembled LEGO pieces to be donated to the Giving Brick, which is a Kansas City-based non-profit that collects used LEGO bricks, repackages sets, and gives them to children served by CASA of Jackson County. All attendees are also welcome to come early or stay late to explore the trails & hills of Hollis (weather permitting). All ages are welcome. You are welcome to drop in, but please pre-register to ensure enough supplies. Read more »

  • Happy Hour Hangout — March 20

    This month's Happy Hour Hangout will be Friday (03/20) at a location TBA from 5:30-7:30 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 5:30. The group typically meets on the third Friday of every month, and everyone is welcome. Contact Tracy Anderson at if you have any questions.

  • Serving at the Gathering Table — March 21

    Salem will be serving on Saturday (03/21) at the Gathering Table (5001 Independence Ave., Kansas City, MO). We need volunteers to help prepare and serve the meal to approximately 80 hungry souls. The meal will consist of macaroni and cheese with ham, dinner rolls, mixed vegetables, bananas, and dessert. If you can help, please sign up on the link below. Contact Lorel Brown by email at or call/text (913) 205-1599 for more information.Read more »

  • Stock Drive Fundraiser — March 22 & 29, April 5 & 12

    All are encouraged to purchase shares of stock in our students. Shares will be available for purchase between services near the sanctuary on 03/22, 03/29, 04/05, and 04/12. You can also purchase on our website by clicking on the ‘Giving’ tab, then click on ‘Make Online Payment’. Proceeds help fund all summer trips, activities, and special projects.

  • Financial Peace University — March 24 to May 19

    Salem is hosting a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University video seminar. Click on the link below for more information and/or to register: Read more »

  • Lenten Supper & Service — March 25: The Gathering Table

    Formerly Children's Memorial Lutheran Church, the Gathering Table offers meals, clothing, showers, and worship opportunities for people in need in northeast Kansas City. Salem provides and serves a meal at the Gathering Table six times per year. Donations to bring and the meal this week will be announced at a later date.

  • The MARK Music Show 4.3 — March 26

    Come to The MARK (3800 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO) for their monthly music on Thursday (03/26) at 7:00 p.m. This month The Mark welcomes Lost Cowgirl Records and the first Songwriter Showcase held in the four-year history of music shows at Marshall Hall. Three featured songwriters will be featured. Jenna Rae of Lost Cowgirl Records may sing a song or two and introduce the Songwriters. The Mark is proud to bring Betsey Mae, Nicki White, and Xaris Waltman to the Marshall stage. This is a fundraiser for The MARK Youth & Community Center project. Tickets for this event are $15+ fee with Eventbrite ticket in advance, or $20 cash at the door.Refreshments will be available for sale. Beer and wine are available by donation. Click on the link below for more information and to purchase tickets. Read more »

  • Lenten Supper & Service — April 1: Rev. Christyn Koschmann from Central States Synod (CSS)

    Rev. Christyn will share information about where our synod offerings go to support not just the ministry of Central States Synod but also to the worldwide ministry of the ELCA. Please bring a donation of paper products (paper towels, trash bags, napkins, and toilet paper) for Camp Tomah Shinga this week. The meal this week will be announced at a later date.

  • Palm Sunday Procession — April 5

    On Palm Sunday (04/05) all children and youth are invited to process down the aisle waving palms during the opening hymn. Please meet in the narthex 10 minutes before each service.

  • Annual Pictorial Directory Photos — April 5 and 12

    On Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday (04/05 and 04/12), you will have an opportunity to have your photo taken for the 2019 Salem Directory. Pictures will be taken immediately after each service on Palm Sunday, and between the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on Easter Sunday. They will be in the lower level of the sanctuary (in the Pantry Pack area) on Palm Sunday, and in the back of Luther Hall for Easter Sunday.

  • Maundy Thursday Service — April 9

    Join us for the Maundy Thursday service on Thursday (04/09) in the sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. There will be a reception honoring First Communion following the service in the Salem Café.

  • Good Friday tenebrae — April 10

    Join us for the Good Friday tenebrae service "Once Upon a Tree" on Friday (04/10) at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.

  • Easter Sunday — April 12

    Easter Sunday services will be at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. Easter breakfast will be served from 9:00-10:15 a.m. in Luther Fellowship Hall. Join us as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord!

  • Town Hall Meeting — April 19

    Join us Sunday (04/19) at 9:30 a.m. or 11:45 a.m. in Koinonia Fellowship Hall for a first quarter financial update. Contact any council member with any questions you might have.

  • The MARK Music Show 4.4 — April 25

    Come to The MARK (3800 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO) for their monthly music on Friday (04/25) at 7:30 p.m. This month will feature The Jubilee Mystics, a confederation of roots musicians based in Lawrence, Kansas, playing everything from folk, rockabilly, and country music to blues and even some rock and roll. This is a fundraiser for The MARK Youth & Community Center project. Tickets for this event are $15+ fee with Eventbrite ticket in advance, or $20 cash at the door.Refreshments will be available for sale. Beer and wine are available by donation. Click on the link below for more information and to purchase tickets.Read more »

  • 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.