Rev. Joseph Bocko with Pastor Capers at the HARAMBE on May 19, 2018.  He is the program director of African National ministries with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America .
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.
The 2018 congregation council meets on Sunday, January 14, 2018.  The Raders are present on Skype from Arizona.
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 will meet every Tuesday and Thursday in the Fellowship Hall building. The morning class meets 9:30 to 11:30 am and the evening class 6:30 to 8:30 pm. No class Nov. 22. Dec 25, 27 and Jan. 1 and 3.

Pastor James Capers leads us as Interim Pastor.  He has served in that role since December of 2016. 

Learn more about SHALOM, Sister Barbara Collins and Joseph Muniu.   CLICK HERE.
2016 backpacks
Adolphe and son Kalamo rake leaves during Salem fall work day.
Worship with Salem and Shalom Sunday mornings at 10:30.        
A great sharing of stories, food and music on Sept. 15.  Click the facebook logo above for videos and pics.

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. 

We ring at the red kettles for the Salvation Army December 1 and 8.  Details on facebook. Sunday, December 16:  Advent III worship at 10:30 and Hanging of the Greens at 12:30. 
Bible Study on 1 Corinthians meets Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.  All are welcome.
Palm Passion Sunday 2017
2017 children make valentines
1940 Centennial Book
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 2018 harambe
Salem Reformation Sunday 2014, Minister Mmari delivers the message.
Salem rings for the Salvation Army.
Pastor Capers 2017
Dec 20, 2015.  Hanging of the Greens
Sister Barbara Collins
Minister Mmari leads the children to practice their lines for Chirsmas Eve 2015.
 2018 harvest fest
Rev Bocko with Pastor Bonnie
January 2018 counicil meeting.  Photographer: Devoe Slisher
July 2015
Choir sings our mission statement Oct. 15, 2011
Salem Lutheran Church, ELCA Indianapolis
 Fall Festival 2017