Rev. Bocko of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America visits Salem on May 4, 2014 to discuss our African National ministries.
Salem Lutheran Church painting by Charles Hirsch
Pastor Bonnie serves Holy Communion during a Service of Farewell as she retires and leaves Salem on Sunday, April 26, 2015, 
33 new members affirm their faith on February 28, 2016. Here they receive Holy Communion. Rev. Ruben Duran from the ELCA was among the guests attending.
These girls from Rwanda/Congo help Upendo Mmari reorganize the Clothing Bank on July 18, 2015.  Donations of gently used items are welcome.
Friends and members of Salem from Zimbabwe sing in their native Shona language on Reformation Sunday, October 26, 2014.  
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The Passion Story from the gospel of Matthew is read in English by Pastor Capers and in Swahili by Joseph Njuguna Muniu on Palm/Passion Sunday, April 9, 2017.
The Sunday Church School makes valentine cards. This is their first for two children who arrived from the Central African Repulbic. February 12, 2017.
Minister Douglas Mmari and Upendo Mmari sing a duet in Swahili as Salem celebrates the Day of Pentecost on Sunday, May 24, 2015.
Rachel is experiencing her first Christmas in this country.  She hangs a Crismon ornament on the Salem tree on December 20, 2015.
The choir sings our mission statement during Salem's 175th Anniversary worship with Bishop Bill Gafkjen on October 15, 2011. 
Goat was on the grill while a neighbor's chicken was getting this view of the Families Together picnic in Salem Park on Sunday, July 26, 2015.. 
Helping our students start the school year.  On July 31, 2016, they received free back packs from Shalom Health Care Center. .
Son and father, Kalamo and Adolphe, rake leaves during the fall workday on the Salem campus on November 18, 2015. They came to Indiana from the Congo.
Two Joe's grab a plate at the buffet of African and Mexican dishes during the annual International Harvest Festival in Salem Park on October 8, 2016.
33 new members commune
Pastor Bonnie's final service at Salem
Rachel adds an ornament on her first Christmas tree in the U.S.
Pastor Bonnie's final service at Salem
The Shona Choir

Free adult English classes 


ESL (English as a Second Language) Classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday in the Fellowship Hall building. A morning class meets 9:30 to 11:30 and the evening class meets 6:30 to 8:30.  Register at the classes. 

Minister Douglas Mmari has served as the developer of Shalom International Ministry, a parallel mission start of the ELCA and Indiana-Kentucky Synod.
 While he is Tanzania, Pastor James Capers serves as our Interim Pastor.
2016 backpacks
Adolphe and son Kalamo rake leaves during Salem fall work day.
Worship with Salem and Shalom Sunday mornings at 10:30.

Salem is a caring community of believers who offer an open invitation to join us in serving, communing, and growing in Jesus Christ.  Use the links on the yellow banner above to learn about SHALOM and our other ministries for African immigrants and refugees. 

Asante sana / Thank you to all who supported our annual International Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 30, 2017.  About 100 attended and particpated in this afternoon of sharing our cultures and learning what we have in common.  Thanks!
Palm Passion Sunday 2017
2017 children make valentines
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Salem Reformation Sunday 2014, Minister Mmari delivers the message.
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Mkinister Douglas Mmari
Dec 20, 2015.  Hanging of the Greens
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Minister Mmari leads the children to practice their lines for Chirsmas Eve 2015.
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Rev Bocko with Pastor Bonnie
June 29, 2014.  Photographer: Devoe Slisher
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Choir sings our mission statement Oct. 15, 2011
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