Ministries & Outreach

Salem provides volunteers and/or support to many ministries - both local and across the world. Here is a sampling: Hope Haven, Safe Passage, We Care Pregnancy Center, “Angel Tree” for Avancer House (Genoa), Meals On Wheels, Salem Food Pantry, Social Justice / Global Missions Team, Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, ELCA World Hunger, and Lutheran World Relief.

Proposed Salem Participation in Feed My Starving Children Make A Difference DKC Mobile Pack

What is Feed My Starving Children?

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit, Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. They’ve had a four-star rating (the highest rating given) from Charity Navigator for 14 years running. Children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished kids. The meals are shipped to mission partners for distribution in 100 countries around the world. FMSC volunteers like us are packing 999,110 meals a day and will continue push forward until all are fed.

What is MannaPack Rice?

With the input of food scientists, FMSC developed MannaPack Rice to create the nearly perfect food for starving kids. Each bag contains six meals and is designed to be extremely cost efficient, with simple and durable packaging that is economical to ship. The ingredients include:

  • Rice, the most widely accepted grain around the world.
  • Extruded soy nuggets, providing maximum protein at a low cost.
  • Vitamins, minerals and a vegetarian flavoring to give growing children the critical nutrition they need.
  • Dehydrated vegetables for flavor and, well, vegetables are good for you!
    What is our community Mobile Pack Event?
    Make A Difference DKC (DKC=DeKalb County) brings in all the ingredients and equipment necessary to pack the meals at The Suter Company on Bethany Road on November 14–November 17. Over these four days we plan to pack over 1,500,000 meals with the help of 6,000 volunteers. We’ll raise $330,000 to fund the ingredients with the generous help of God’s family. Sounds daunting? Consider we’ve packed and paid for 9.1 million meals since 2010. This is an event where the entire community comes together in a common, selfless purpose to get the job done!
    What can I do?
    Pray, give, and sign up to pack. We will have a participation table in the narthex after services on October 19 and October 20. If you will not be in attendance then, contact Jim Sauber for donations and to sign up. More Information … Church Office:, 815 895-9171,

Welcome to MOPS and MOMSnext!

We believe every mother should know that what she does matters and that she isn’t alone. At MOPS ( Moms of Preschoolers) and MOMSnext (Moms of school age kids), we come together as a community of moms and moms-to-be who seek authentic connections, support and personal growth.

MOPS is led by mothers of babies and preschoolers who are passionate about bringing women together to share in the joys and challenges that this season of motherhood brings. Our theme this year “To The Full” will help us focus on having more fun, fearing less, and finding our people.  We meet the 1st and 3rd Mondays of most months from 9:15 to 11:00 a.m. Childcare is provided. Come, just as you are, be refreshed and encouraged.

Meetings: September 23 / October 7 & 21 / November 4 & 18 / December 2 & 16 / January 6 / February 3 & 17 / March 2 & 16 / April 6 & 20 / May 4 & 18.

"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it."

(Hebrews 13:2)

Salem Food Pantry

Salem Food Pantry, founded in 2000, is open 9:00-11:45 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

It serves all DeKalb County residents.  Please bring a photo ID like a Driver's License
and a recent bill with your current address on it.

Volunteer opportunities are available and donations of food and paper products are always appreciated.
Through September 6, the pantry has had 2,297 family visits serving 7,783 people!

We are looking for help on a variety of tasks at the Pantry – from being a substitute pickup driver to deliver food from Jewel to help stocking our shelves. Available tasks vary depending on the day: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays.
Call the office at 815-895-9171


Items we can always use…
Peanut Butter
Canned Tuna or Chicken
Canned Stew/Hash
Instant potatoes
White Rice
Pasta – noods, short shapes, etc.

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 9:00-11:45 a.m.
Salem Food Pantry
1145 DeKalb Avenue
Liz Ezell, Director
Northern Illinois Food Bank
Jewel/Osco - Sycamore