Pianist, Organist, & Choir Director Wanted

Position needed May 1, 2019.

For information, call Salem Lutheran Church Children’s Center at 410-557-6612.

Annual Ladies Tea at Salem Church

Poppins Party Invite    Please come and join us at our annual ladies tea in the Rainbow Room at Salem Church on May 7th at noon.  It will be a Mary Poppins theme.  Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children.  Rumor has it that Mary Poppins herself may drop in to visit us!!!

Salem Church Feeds Homeless People from Welcome One Homeless Shelter

On March 11th, members of our congregation provided a dinner and social hour for a group of 20 homeless people from the Welcome One Shelter.  We met at the Norrisville Methodist Church Social Hall and prepared the meal there.  The folks really seemed to enjoy and hot meal and the company.  This is a photo of us in the kitchen preparing a chicken casserole dinner for the group.

Meet Our New Synod Bishop Bill Gohl

Rev. Gohl was elected as our new Synod Bishop on June 4th of this year, and installed into Office at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Frederick, MD on October 9 by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.

Education:  He has a BA from Gettysburg College and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.  He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Congregations:       Peace Lutheran in Glen Burnie  2000-2007, Epiphany Lutheran in Baltimore 2007-2016

Family:    Married to Arwyn Gohl of Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Baltimore.  Children  Saliese age 16, David age 15, Andrew age 13 and Joyanne age 8.

Most Joyful Parts of Ministry:  Working with small groups of disciples in areas needing renewal and revival of ministries.   Celebrating the gift of baptism for children and young adults

Synod’s Greatest Strengths:   Strong Council Leadership, “Vision 2018”, Campus ministries, Lutheran Community Services, youth and family ministries,

Synod’s Challenges:    Congregational Health, fostering a sense of connection with our synod at large and ELCA.

Plans for First 100 Days in Office:    Shape 2017 agenda from planned visits with rostered leaders in the 11 conferences, October retreats with Synod Council, deans and rostered leaders, November calls for new staff leadership.

Bishop Gohl will be preaching at a workshop series on November 5th at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, MD.  The theme for this Saturday event is “Disciples Together”  Please come join with neighboring ELCA congregants to hear Bishop Gohl and participate in two of four offered workshops.

GriefShare Support Group

GriefShare is a 13 week long support group for people who have lost loved ones to death. Each week includes a video, small group discussion, and a workbook. It’s a place to find support and healing.

There will be two once-a-week 13-session classes, one on Tuesday afternoons and one on Tuesday evenings. Both will start on Tue, Sept. 13, 2016. A person may join either class at any time — also one may miss sessions due to conflicts in scheduling. In the event of inclement weather, please call Pastor Melissa (see below).

An afternoon session will be held at Norrisville United Methodist Church, at 2 p.m. (2811 W. Church Lane, White Hall, MD 21161; please call for directions – GPS is difficult).

An evening session will be held on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church, 3825 Norrisville Rd, MD 21084 (across from Jarrettsville Elementary).

This is a non-denominational group; you don’t have to be a member of a church to participate. Cost of materials is only $10 for the 13 weeks.

For information or to register, please call: Rev. Melissa McDade, 410-692-6179,

9/11 First Responders Sunday

Salem will hold a special worship service on Sunday, September 11 in remembrance of the 15 year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The service will recognize and honor the services of first responders: fire fighters, police and others both active and retired. At this 9 AM service we welcome members of the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company and thank them for their contribution to our community.

Following the service there will be a brief coffee hour while the children (and maybe adults) can examine the fire truck. One will be at Salem unless called into action.

After the service and coffee time, we are invited to a covered dish potluck lunch at the fire house. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex indicating what you will bring. The Fire Company will supply chicken, rolls, drinks and dessert. Please see Ruth Phoebus if you have questions about the potluck.

Let us give the Fire Company a special thanks for all the selfless service they give to the community.

El Salvador Mission Trips

Lynn Larsen from our congregation has participated in two mission trips to El Salvador in 2014 and one each in 2015 and 2016.

In February 2014, 2015 and 2016, he served with others from around the USA as a volunteer for Eye Care International.  A Facebook link to that organization is  The website is

Photos, left to right:  top row – Fitting prescription glasses, optician examination, Lynn with a near-vision screening patient; bottom row –  distance vision screening, registration line, cataract surgery.

In August 2014, he joined a delegation from the Metro-DC Synod on its “Accompaniment” journey to El Salvador to visit and worship with sister congregations in that country.  The Lutheran Church in El Salvador is a sister synod to the Metro-DC Synod.  The visit included participation with three other ELCA synods and congregations throughout El Salvador in an annual procession and ceremony to celebrate the anniversary (28th) of the Lutheran Church in El Salvador as a national church.  The delegation published a blog about their trip:

Photos:  top row left to right – chapel altar where Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated in 1980, chapel at the Univ. of Central Am. (UCA)  dedicated to Oscar Romero and near to the UCA residence where the 6 Jesuit priests were assassinated in 1989, youth group at one church we visited (Iglesia de Rios de Agua Viva); bottom – our delegation in the procession celebrating the 28th anniversary of the El Salvador Lutheran Church as a national body.

The featured image for this post is a worship service at Iglesia Nueva Esperanza.  Our delegation was seated on the porch of a congregation leader’s house, and the the local congregation was seated in the sunshine in the yard.


Snowmageddon at Salem

Here are a few pictures of Salem after the blizzard of Jan. 22-24.


Undisturbed parking lot – and huge drifts.

SLCC security

SLCC’s new front door security system – a 4 foot (? not actually measured!) snow drift.


Four feet doesn’t look quite so bad from a distance!


And here is Pastor Jeanne waiting at the door to greet parishioners to our late afternoon Sunday Worship Service.  Too bad only she and her husband could attend!

Pastor Dornbirer Visits

Salem’s first and founding pastor, Wayne Dornbirer, visited Salem and the Children’s Center on Wednesday, November 14, 2012.  Ms. Doged gave him a tour.  Afterwards, he stopped at the parsonage for a nice chat with Lynn Larsen.  (Unfortunately, Pastor Larsen was at a retreat.)  Pastor Dornbirer sends his best to all at Salem.