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.

All of these activities have been postponed (except for the Food Pantry).
Please check back here for updates.

Sensory Friendly Worship

Who: This service is geared towards individuals with sensory needs, but all are welcome!
What: A service adapted to the needs of individuals with sensory differences. Accommodations include dimmed lights, soft music, and resources like fidgets and noise-cancelling headphones.
When: Sunday, March 29 – 2:00 p.m.
Future Dates: April 26, May 31, and June 28
For more information please contact Salem’s office 815/895-9171 or

Salem joins other NI Synod Lutheran and Episcopal churches in supporting a weekly Tuesday meal before worship at the NIU Grace Place Campus Ministry site.

Our next date for this spring is April 14th. We provide food for about 20 people; students are often food-insecure and love any leftovers. Favorites are lasagna, tacos, and fried chicken as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. We are asked to avoid pork products due to some student dietary restrictions and it helps to bring salads/veggies for a couple of vegan students. Often Salem purchases chicken from HyVee with financial gifts and then adds side dishes and dessert. Whatever part of the meal you can prepare or sponsor is a gift. A sign-up sheet on the narthex table will coming or send an email to, or indicate how you can help on the bulletin registration sheet. Thanks so much!

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 will be open Tuesday at its regular hours.

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.


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