Adult or Intergenerational Studies

ELCA Foundation Estate Planning Luncheon

On Sunday, November 3 after the 10:30 service, everyone is invited to a luncheon with Tim Urnst, a representative of the ELCA Foundation, who will be conducting a Free Seminar on estate and financial planning and giving. This is a free service of the ELCA Foundation. Those who attend the meeting will be eligible to receive special recognition as a “Salem Legacy Builder” and will receive a special thank you from the church. Please sign-up in the narthex.

Faith Promise Weekend

Celebrate with us on the weekend of November 9/10, when each member will indicate how they plan to serve and give to God’s community at Salem in 2020. As we begin to imagine next year, and the next 150 years of Salem Lutheran Church, please know that every instance of sharing your time and treasure makes a huge impact. As you discern your own pledge for next year, I hope you understand how grateful we are that you are part of this community of faith. May you have the Grace to never sell yourself short!

Faith Journey Journal Workshop


This workshop is designed to help the participants deepen their spiritual journey by creating a faith journal. A faith journal can help you understand yourself in relationship with God. Using paper crafting, you will be guided to answer questions about your faith expressed with images, colors, words, and journaling.

You will be able to express your creativity and may find new insights into your faith. These meetings will include information on how to do the Faith Journey Journal. Also, at each class there will be time to share your journal page with the class if you’d like. During the sessions we will also discuss how this journal can be used to share your faith with family and close friends.

Meeting Times: Saturdays November 2, 16, December 7 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon this year and then we will resume meeting again in January 2020 (TBA). Please contact the church office if you would like to be a part of this group (and leave your name, phone number and e-mail).

Cost: $20.00 for supplies. Participants will also be asked to bring a journal to class to use. I will talk with each of you about this journal. If a person is unable to pay but is interested in the class, scholarships may be available.
Lynn Buckner will be leading the class and supplying other supplies.

Lunch and Learn Returns


{October 10, 17) Lunch and Learn is our weekly discussion group that meets in the Chapel Lounge, down the hall from the church offices. We meet each Thursday during the school year, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Our topic for the Thursdays of September, starting September 12, and the first three Thursdays in October will be “Christian Witness and Nationalism.”
We are seeing a rise of nationalistic sentiments all around the world. Pride and concern over one’s homeland can be a good thing. But when does it become too extreme and even dangerous? When does it spill over into destructive and violent fear and hatred for the “other” beyond and even within our borders? We will look at the Bible’s record of struggles with these very issues. Perhaps even more instructive will be a review of the struggles of theologians such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Confessing Church who took a stand against the nationalism of the Nazis. Finally, we will ask how the church should regain its voice in speaking truth to power in our nation, at a time when polls have shown a sharp deterioration in public trust in clergy.

Household Dedication to Jesus, the Good Shepherd

What is a household dedication to Jesus, the Good Shepherd? A household dedication is a ceremony in your home in which you ask Jesus to guide and protect your family in a special way. In other words, you invite Jesus to be the Shepherd of your home. Look for the Household Dedication to Jesus, the Good Shepherd insert in this newsletter. Pick up a copy of the dedication in the Narthex