Bulletin for worship service is on the the website:
Ministries Tab, Worship Opportunities
Congregational Meeting via Zoom Special congregation meeting on June 6 at 7:00 pm via Zoom and telephone conference to appoint a Call Committee for our Associate Pastor search.
See home page for more information
Salem now has an In-person Worship Service and a Drive-In Worship Service. Check out info on how to join on Salem web site:
Ministries Tab, Worship Opportunities
NEW HOURS at the FOOD PANTRY Starting: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 Tuesdays 9:00 – 11:45 am, same as the current schedule Wednesdays: 3:30 – 6:00 pm – new later hours!! We will NO longer be open morning hours on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
Regular hours at the FOOD PANTRY
Tuesdays 9:00 – 11:45 am,
Wednesdays: 3:30 – 6:00 pm
Lunch and Learn Lunch and Learn Meets Online
We certainly welcome people to join us. For more information go to
Resources - Events on this Website.
Look on the home page for more information and how you can be involved. Capital Campaign

Weekend Worship

In-Person Worship  Service

On Saturdays at 5:00 pm in person worship, live streamed for immediate or later viewing online.   

Effective Immediately: No reservations required for indoor worship

This whole year has been trial and error and I thank everyone for their patience and feedback. Immediate responses to the survey  indicate that making reservations has been a barrier to people attending indoor worship. Mostly people’s weekend plans are uncertain, and they are hesitant to sign up or commit so far in advance. I constantly monitor CDC and IDH recommendations and it is now unlikely that we would go over our capacity limit at the church, making reservations unnecessary.  Sign ups are still available for assisting ministers, greeters, and acolytes on sign up genius.

To view past services please click here or go to the Sermon page on the Website under Resources.

Drive In Worship

On Sundays at 9:30 a.m. (weather permitting).

Pile the family in the car, drive to the church, and tune the radio to 101.3 FM where we will be broadcasting.

The FM transmitter only has a limited mile radius, so you’ll have to be gathered at the church to hear. So even if it is chilly, you can stay in your car.  If you'd like to sit outside, that OK too. For best audio, I'd recommend bringing a little battery powered radio if you have one to listen.

If anyone would like to volunteer to set-up and break-down for this service or help people park, please contact Sue in the office.  This service will take a village to pull off! 

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Christ is the King        ELW Hymn 662

Text:  George K. A. Bell, 1883-1958, alt.   Music:  BEVERLY, Charles R. Anders, b. 1929 Text from Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, © Oxford University Press Music © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, admin. Augsburg Fortress Used by Permission  . . . OneLicense.net #A-708303

Praise to the One Who Breaks the Darkness     ELW Hymn 843

Text:  Rusty Edwards, b. 1955   Music:  NETTLETON, J. Wyeth, Repository of Sacred Music, Part II, 1813  Text © 1987 Hope Publishing Company  Used by Permission  . . . OneLicense.net #A-708303

Son of God, Eternal Savior     ELW Hymn 655

Text:  Somerset C. Lowry, 1855-1932  Music:  IN BABILONE, Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlities en Contradansen, 1710  Used by Permission  . . . OneLicense.net #A-708303      Public Domain

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Bulletin Cover Reprinted from Icon Four:  Visual Images for every Sunday © 2010 Augsburg Fortress.

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Streaming License No. 20749225

    Dear Salem Lutheran Church Members,

    It is my pleasure to invite you to a special congregation meeting on June 6 at 7:00 pm via Zoom and telephone conference to appoint a Call Committee for our Associate Pastor search.

    At the annual meetings in both 2020 and 2021 we voted to include an Associate Pastor in our budget as part of our staffing plans in the wake of the retirement of Ron Vanatta, our organist, and Deacon Carla Vanatta, who served as both a music program director and partner in pastoral care in her decades of service.  Since their retirement in August of 2020, the congregation has been staffed by only two full-time staff persons, Pastor Preston and Sue McMillan, and three part-time employees, Lynn Buckner, Connie Brown, and Nicole Judkins.   As we look toward a future of returning to full programming and further growth, it is imperative that we start the search for an Associate Pastor now.

    According to Salem’s constitution:
    C.13.05.  When a vacancy occurs in a position for which this congregation calls a rostered minister, a Call Committee of six voting members shall be elected by this Congregation

    We will need a quorum of 50 voting members to elect the Call Committee, so please make every effort to attend.  The Constitution allows for electronic voting in the case of a Call Committee.  Those calling in will be asked to make their intentions known by telephone, they may privately call or text the tellers.  A full list of those seeking election to the Call Committee will be presented as soon as the slate is completed.
    Please accept this as your notice of the special meeting and we look forward to your participation.
                                                                            Your servant in Christ,
                                                                            Pastor Preston Fields
    Meeting Information:
    Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 7:00 pm
    Join Zoom Meeting
    (link will also be in emails, on the website and Facebook)
    Or By Telephone
    +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
    Meeting ID:  216 590 032
    Passcode:  593537

    Take a moment to watch out Campaign Video! So many wonderful photos of our community, you are bound to see some familiar faces.

    Here is a link to the campaign website!  Check it out.


    Campaign Information

    Right now we are asking people to pray and volunteer! To volunteer for the campaign, please click this link to fill out our volunteer intent card: https://forms.gle/EgQPAuHtgVjmnCic9

    Volunteers are needed to be greeters/ushers, and acolytes, for the 5:00 p.m. In person worship and assisting ministers, and sound techs for the in person worship and the drive-in worship. Please use sign-up genius to sign-up to volunteer. https://goo.gl/YdCDBJ or you can call the office 815 895 9171.

    Those in need of Pastoral Care have two new options:

    1) Call Sue during business hours at the Salem Office

    2) Call or Text Salem's new Pastoral Care Line at 815-797-2441. Currently, this Google Voice number will call or text Pastor Preston's cell phone after hours. It may ask you to state your name before the call is connected, this will help weed out spam phone calls.

    In the future, this one number will ring/text either Pastor Preston's or our future Associate Pastor's cell phone depending who is on call for the evening.

    Non-emergency prayer requests may also be emailed to Pastor or at the Salem@slcsycamore.org address.

    Pastor Preston

    Welcome to Salem Lutheran Church

    Welcome to Salem where you can be part of a community to grow in faith and serve God.

    In this community of faith we value worship, hospitality, education, community outreach and service, diversity, and everyone’s faith journey.

    All are welcome. We embrace people of all ages, abilities, races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
    Whoever you are, there is a place for you here as a precious Child of God. You’re invited to worship and Salem activities as we seek
    to live Christ’s love together.
    Learn More

    Our Mission

    By Grace, Salem seeks to live Christ's love which nurtures and grows faithful people grounded in God's word.

    Our Vision

    Salem seeks to inspire engagement through Christ-centered programs, build enthusiasm for mission, and foster a joy-filled environment.

    Core Values

    • Community Outreach & Service
    • Faith Journey
    • Hospitality
    • Teaching the Faith
    • Welcoming Diversity
    • Worship


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    Worship With Us


    1145 DeKalb Avenue
    Sycamore, IL 60178


    Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.
    Sundays at 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.
    Education Hour: Sundays 9:15 a.m.


    Phone: 815-895-9171
    Fax: 815-895-6266
    Email Us


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    For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.Ephesians 2:8

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    Sunday School & Nursery

    Salem Lutheran Church Sunday School offers Sunday morning Christian education to 3-year-olds through 8th graders.
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    Youth Group

    The High School Youth Group will meet immediately following the second service (11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.) on March 8, and 22.
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    Confirmation Ministry is a partnership between Confirmation leaders, parents, and baptismal sponsors in the nurturing of the students as they grow in faith.
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    Creative Arts

    Salem Creative Arts/ Music Ministry offers a wide variety of worship support ensembles. Gifts of music and praise enrich and enhance services.
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