Adult or Intergenerational Studies

We are happy to announce the 2nd Annual "After School Ash Wednesday Service" for the young and the young at heart at 4:30pm, February 22. This service grew out of a desire to make sure all of our young people can fully participate in the rituals and discipline of Lent - even those for whom a long 7 pm service is a little too late for a school night. This will be a short Service of the Word and will include burying the Alleluia, distribution of ashes, and explaining Lent to our young people.

Spring Learning Communities Program - Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago invite you to join us for an extraordinary 4-part series, sponsored by LSTC Learning Community series, that explores the topic, “Why We Should Care about Luther: Martin Luther on the Holy Spirit and Christian Life.”
Dr. Candace Kohli, assistant professor of Lutheran Systematic Theology and Global Lutheranism at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, will lead this dynamic course Sunday for 4 Sundays, beginning February 26 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Or you can join a facilitated session using Sunday’s session recording, beginning March 1 on Wednesdays from 7:00pm – 8:30pm.
As a Luther scholar and esteemed member of the LSTC faculty, Dr. Kohli is an enthusiastic fan of Martin Luther. As she tells her students, “Luther’s cool for multiple reasons. Unlike other theologians, he’s animated, and you get a sense of his personality. He’s rude, he’s bawdy, he talks about excrement and there’s something amusing about him. You get a sense of him as a person. His ideas are totally revolutionary, and they literally changed the world.”
Whether pastor, follower, or parishioner, join Dr. Kohli as she takes us on a journey to explore Luther’s ideals and ideas as they translate into today’s modern society, and you’ll discover … or rediscover, why we should all care about Luther.
Week 1 (Sunday February 26 OR Wednesday March 1): A Trinitarian Pneumatology: The Spirit as divine agent of the law and gift of the gospel
Week 2 (Sunday March 5 OR Wednesday March 8): Did you say “sanctification”? The Spirit as Christ’s healing medicine for the soul
Week 3 (Sunday March 12 OR Wednesday March 15): Fanning Spiritual Flames: The role of prayer in the Spirit-soul relation
Week 4 (Sunday March 19 OR Wednesday March 22): Christians Do Good Works! The role of the Spirit in supporting the Christian life 

Congregational Resourcing Event

March 4, 2023 9:15-3:30pm at Sauk Valley Community College

Join us for the 2023 CRE in person at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon. Cost is $25, Salem will reimburse for registration cost if needed.

For more information and to register:

Salem's Diversity Initiative Meets Via Zoom Sunday,  February 19

The aim of Salem's Diversity Initiative is to help our congregation make all people feel welcome, and to foster true peace and love between all people in our community. God made us different, and the difference is a blessing.

At Salem we maintain a lending library, alert people to events that foster mutual understanding, and offer worship experiences that strengthen unity with diversity.

You are invited to join our next Zoom planning meeting on Sunday, February 19, at 7:00 p.m. The Zoom link is:

Lunch & Learn Studies
Celtic Christian Spirituality

Enrich your own prayer life by            learning from the riches of Celtic  Christian Spirituality with other Salem Lunch and Learners.  Celtic spirituality is inspired by a long tradition of art and  worship from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and parts of France.

Lunch and Learn meets via Zoom each Thursday from 11:30 to about 12:30 p.m.  You are invited to join us any Thursday by using this Zoom link:

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. If you would like a copy of this please call the Church Office.  815 895-9171 

Study the Bible Online Each Monday with Salem Friends at NIOBS

The Northern Illinois Online Bible Study draws together a number of Salem members with others throughout Illinois and other states each Monday evening on Zoom, for an hour, starting at 7:00 PM Central Time.

This February the study focuses on the Psalms.  We pray the Psalms each worship service, as Christians and Jews have for thousands of years. But we all need to understand them more deeply.

In March, and all through Lent, we will study the Gospel of John, and better appreciate the several Johannine readings in the Lenten lectionary.

You can join us any Monday by using this Zoom link: