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.

Sensory Friendly Worship

Come and Follow Me

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, January 26 – 2:00 p.m.

For more information please contact

Salem’s office 815/895-9171 or

DCCG Grow-mobile January Pop-Up Schedule

Waterman - January 7th - 4-6 pm Waterman Clinton Township Community Building, 160 W. Hwy 30

Kingston - January 11th - 8-10 am (new time) Kingston Friendship Center & Hand in Hand Community Project, 120 Main St.

DeKalb - January 21st - 4-6 pm University Village Community Center, 722 N. Annie Glidden Rd.

DeKalb - January 25th - 9:30 - 11:30 am Unitarian Welcome Essentials Pantry, 158 N. 4th St.

Sandwich - January 28th - 4-6 pm Sandwich St. Paul the Apostle Parish, 340 W. Arnold St.

-Food is free and available to all who come, no requirements
-To get Grow-mobile alerts, text @a34cg4 to 81010
-For more information visit;

February is Salem’s Meals on Wheels Month for the Voluntary Action Center. Salem furnishes volunteers for 3 Sycamore routes (West, Central and East) each weekday in February. It doesn’t take long to complete a route (usually 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) and your help is appreciated. Call Sue in Salem’s office to volunteer (815/895-9171)!

Salem is sponsoring the meal for Grace Place at NIU on Tuesday, February 11. They serve at 6:00 p.m. We provide a main dish, salads or veggies, fruit, rolls and desserts. Or, you may provide a monetary donation to buy a main dish. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex. Please drop your food off at Salem around 5:30 p.m. Salem will also be providing a meal on April 14.

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.


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