Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Special Worship Music: Monte Leister and "The Situation"

Salem’s Saturday worship will host a special musical event on Saturday, June 13th at 5pm. Providing the music for worship will be Monte Leister and the Situation, a Christian rock group based in Westminster, Maryland. Monte will lead singing and provide musical reflection during the service, and offer a “mini-concert” at the close of worship, from 6-6:30pm.  

With guitar in hand and a passion for spreading the Gospel, Monte and his sons “The Situation” share the joy of Jesus Christ, and encourage families to be the hands and feet of God through engaging music, authentic worship, and stories of faith. Monte’s concerts will leave you singing, laughing, thinking and inspired to dig into God’s Word.

Monte has toured the Eastern U.S. with his music. His 10 previous studio projects include “The Jumpin’ Family Christmas Album”, “Be the Moon”, and “Jump for Jesus”. Learn more about his ministry at

Monte is excited to work alongside World Vision as an Artist Associate.  Through World Vision’s Child Sponsorship program and their many other ministries, Monte is blessed to match sponsors with children all over the world.
“I am blessed to give people an opportunity to directly be the hands a feet of Christ and literally save a child’s life for only $35 dollars a month”.

As always, we look forward to edifying worship where all are welcome and Jesus is at the center. Now would be a great time to try Saturday worship, and invite friends and neighbors along!

Sunday, December 14, 2014


Look, look, my heart, and let me peek. Whom in the manger do you seek?

Who is that lovely little one? The Baby Jesus, God’s own Son.”

“From Heaven High,” Martin Luther

We invite you to worship with us this Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.



5:00 p.m.   Christmas Pageant and the St. David’s Children’s Choir

8:30 p.m.     The Salem Ringers Handbell Choir

11:00 p.m.   The Salem Choir 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Cookie Kindness returns Sunday December 14

Salem's annual Cookie Kindness returns TOMORROW, December 14th after bnoth worship services while the cookies last. We are seeking both cookie bakers and cookie buyers to either donate cookies to be sold or to purchase cookies. Proceeds will benefit Lutheran World Relief.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Heart of Maryland Christmas Concert--December 12th

The Heart of Maryland at the 2011 Mid-Atlantic District Contest

The Heart of Maryland Barbershop Chorus returns again to the Salem stage in Reformation Hall TOMORROW, Friday, December 12th at 7:30pm. There is no ticket charge, but all proceeds from a free-will offering will benefit the water projects of the Delaware/Maryland Synod's Tanzanian task force.

Come enjoy some Christmas classics in the rich harmonies of the Barbershop style.

From the Heart of Maryland's website:

"The Heart of Maryland Chorus has been entertaining audiences in the Baltimore County and Howard County areas for over fifty years. We sing four part harmony in the barbershop style as a chorus and in quartets. The chorus sings a wide variety of music, from patriotic songs at Fort McHenry to Christmas carols at Baltimore's Harborplace. We have something for audiences of all ages."

Monday, November 24, 2014


4th Monday Bible Study: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. (Katie Luther Room)
Yoga: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Bethany Hall)

Chair Yoga: 5 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. (Bethany Hall)
Bell Choir: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Choir Room)
*Men’s Prayer Breakfast will not meet on Wednesday, November 26th
LWR Quilting: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (Katie Luther Room)
Salem wishes a safe and wonderful holiday season filled with peace
and joy for all family members and friends. Please join us for a
special evening worship service of Thanksgiving and Prayer on
Wednesday, November 26th at 7:30 p.m.
Office Closed
Office Closed
Mosaic Tile Project: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Bethany Hall)
Saturday Evening Worship - 5 p.m. (Sanctuary)
Isaiah 64: 1-9 I Corinthians 1: 3-9 Mark 13: 24-37

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

PRAYER TEAM, Saturday, Nov. 8, 10am

 Join Salem's Prayer Team

This Saturday--November 8 at 10am, here at church--is another chance for Salem members to gather and lift up one another, our church, and our world, into God's arms through prayer.

Why We Need to Pray Together
  In our busy schedules, when it's already hard to carve out the time to worship, why should we gather on a Saturday morning just for prayer? I can offer several reasons:

1. Prayer is a skill.
My mother taught piano. And although I was never one of her students, she told me she knew within the first five minutes of the lesson which of her students had touched a piano keyboard during the week, and which had not. It's partly because our lives are so full that talking to God does not come naturally to us. It's not unusual for us to feel like we're "not sure what to say" in prayer. Why would we? We almost never do it! Prayer is a skill we need to work on. We need to practice praying, out loud, for one another and for our world, or we will never get comfortable with it. 

2. Prayer is the responsibility of all Christians.
In our congregation, the pastors are tasked with writing and reading aloud the "prayers of the people." We also are asked to open and/or close committee meetings with prayer. But you don't have to be a pastor to pray. In fact, praying for others is the job of all Christians. In the book of Acts, it says the people "devoted themselves to prayer" (Acts 1:14). In 1 Peter, it says all Christians are a "royal priesthood". Again and again in the Bible, the faithful response to sickness, uncertainty, sadness, and even joy is to talk to God: to pray. It is right and good to do this privately, and I hope that if you have an email address that you check regularly, you are already on Salem's Prayer Tree and are praying for God's people privately when those messages come in. But what would you do if a close friend were going through a tough time and said, "would you pray for me?" Would you be comfortable doing what Christians are called to do, on behalf of a friend?

3. Sometimes it helps to hear your name. 
We don't just gather to pray for others: we also gather needing prayers of our own. We gather needing healing and comfort. We gather, often having tried our best to carry the burdens of others, only to realize we need some help carrying our own. No matter how many times a day we lift up our own concerns to God (and for me, I know it's not very many) there is tremendous power in having another person do that for you, in your hearing. To pray for you by name, and to join you in calling out to God. You're not in this alone.

I hope you'll think seriously about joining us for prayer this Saturday. We would be blessed by your presence.   

Tuesday, November 4, 2014



All sci-fi fans and enthusiasts (or those who aspire to be) are invited to participate in the Geeky Gospel group, which meets monthly at the homes of our group members, to discuss science fiction and its common themes with Christian spirituality.  

 This month’s topic is "Doctor Who" and Christian Ethics: When There Is No "Right Thing to Do.”   

This 50-year-old British TV series has made an awful lot of hay out of the theme of the Doctor (a centuries-old time traveling alien) being "God-like," but also flawed, benevolent and enlightened, yet with a dark side. It seems like the Doctor always has the perfect answer...but what about the times when there is no easy answer? And what about the times in our lives as Christians, when we're asking, "What would Jesus Do?" and we have to shrug our shoulders? Are there some ethical problems so difficult that even God is troubled about what to do?

The group will meet Tomorrow, November 5th at 7 p.m., at the residence of Scott and Irene Amoros.  For more information please see Salem’s Facebook page, or contact Pastor Tim.

Join us for a discussion that's sure to be "bigger on the inside."