February 18

Handbell practice begins today at 6 p.m. and continues every Sunday at 6 p.m. through March 17. The Handbell choir will perform during the Palm Sunday and Easter worship services

February 11

Congregational Voters Meeting is next Sunday, Feb. 18, following the worship service. Please plan to attend.

February 4

During February, the Ladies Guild asks the congregation to join with them in gathering items for Swaddling Clothes. They need diapers, wipes, pull-ups, baby wash, 2T-5T clothing (new or gently used), socks and underwear. For your convenience, a shopping list is attached to the drop box in the narthex.

The Cookie Walk in December raised $2,456.25. The Ladies Guild will donate $600 to the Orphan Grain Train, Jacksonville Food Center, Swaddling Clothes and Salem Adopt-A-Student.

Handbell practice begins Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. and continues every Sunday at 6 p.m. through March 17. The Handbell choir will perform during the Palm Sunday and Easter worship services.

Congregational Voters Meeting is Sunday, Feb. 18, following the worship service. Please plan to attend.

January 21

We are looking for committees or members to assist with the Lenten suppers this year. Dates for Feb. 14, 21 28 and March 6, 13 and 20. Meal times are 5:30-6:30 p.m. Please contact the church office if you can provide a meal.

Work continues on our Capital Campaign. We are now at a LEAP balance of $540,475. Our goal is the be under $500,000 in the next 1-2 months. Serve the Lord with gladness and consider helping us reduce our debt.

Ladies Guild meeting postponed to Monday, Jan 22, at 3 p.m.

January 7

At the December 31 Congregational Voters Meeting, the congregation voted to extend a pastoral call to a seminary candidate. Candidates will be assigned in late April 2024.

The board of Elders recently elected officers for the 2024 year: Kevin Eckhoff, chairman; Paul Reither, vice-chairman; Danny Magelitz, treasurer; and Rodney Dolen, secretary.

Can you help clean snow from the church sidewalks? Please contact David Hannel, 217-491-0722.

The Evangelism committee needs Sunday greeters. Greeters should arrive by 8:30 a.m. If you can help, contact Paul Reither, 217-248-0550.

December 24

Please attend the Congregational Voters Meeting next Sunday following the 9 a.m. service. The Pastoral Call Committee will present their recommendation for next steps.

There are still nuts available from Lutherans for Life. Contact Ruth Werries, 217-473-6736, if you are interested.

If you can help remove snow from the church sidewalks, please contact David Hannel, 217-491-0722.

The Christmas Friendship Bible Class has been moved to 6 p.m. on January 3.

The Circuit Epiphany Service is 10 a.m. on Jan. 6 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Beardstown.

The 2024 offering envelopes are on the table in the narthex. They are in alphabetical order. Please don’t use the envelopes until 2024. If you don’t find your envelopes, please call the church office.

December 3

From Mike Krause, chair of the Call Committee: Rev. Meyer called me tonight and declined our call. He was complimentary of Salem and said we did everything right and that it was a difficult decision to make but that he felt the Lord telling him he had more to do at his present congregation. Thank you for all your help and prayers. The Call Committee will meet this Wednesday at 6 p.m. Please continue to pray that the Lord’s will be done and that he brings the right pastor to us.

The 2024 offering envelopes are on the table in the narthex. They are in alphabetical order. Please don’t use the envelopes until 2024. If you don’t find your envelopes, please call the church office.

The 2023 Advent booklets are in the narthex. Please take one.

November 11

Election of the Elders for the coming year was held last Sunday. Newly-elected elders include Paul Reither, Dennis Jarman, John Tomhave and Mike Krause.

The Evangelism Committee is seeking volunteers to be greeters before the Sunday morning worship. Volunteers will need to arrive by 8:30 a.m. If you can help, please contact Paul Reither, 217-248-0550.

November 4

Please join us as we welcome Rev. Ryan Meyer and his wife, Catherine, as they visit Salem on Tuesday, November 7, to consider our call to serve as pastor. The meet and greet runs from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Cafeteria.

The annual Cookie Walk is Friday, December 1, from 3-5 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Please consider donating a couple of dozen cookies, your favorite cake or pie or maybe your special homemade candy to the event. Call Elaine Jarman, 217-473-1503, if you want to make a donation.

Doorbell Dinner volunteers are needed for the week of December 4-8. Please call Rita Tendick, 217-473-5017, if you are willing to help. Volunteers pick up dinners at Jacksonville Memorial Hospital at 11:10 a.m. Delivery is typically completed by 12:45 p.m.

October 22

At today’s Congregational Voter’s Meeting, the congregation voted to extend a call to the Rev. Ryan Meyer from St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, St. Peter, IL. Please keep Rev. Ryan in your prayers as he considers this call.

Doorbell Dinner volunteers are needed for the week of December 4-8. Please call Rita Tendick, 217-473-5017, if you are willing to help. Volunteers pick up dinners at Jacksonville Memorial Hospital at 11:10 a.m. Delivery is typically completed by 12:45 p.m.

October 15

Please plan to attend the next Congregational Voter’s Meeting at 10:15 a.m. (following worship) on Sunday, Oct. 22. The purpose of the meeting is to call a new pastor. The biographies of the candidates are available for review in the church office.

The Evangelism Committee is seeking volunteers to be greeters before the Sunday morning worship. Volunteers will need to arrive by 8:30 a.m. If you can help, please contact Paul Reither, 217-248-0550.

The Jacksonville Circuit Reformation Service is 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bluffs. For more details, text Pastor Brian Lesemann, 309-256-6514, or email [email protected].

October 1

Please plan to attend the next Congregational Voter’s Meeting at 10:15 a.m. (following worship) on Sunday, Oct. 22. The purpose of the meeting is to call a new pastor.

The next Friendship Bible Class is Monday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m. here at Salem.

September 24

LWML Sunday is Oct. 1. Ladies, please bring your mite boxes to the service.

Zone 7 of the Lutheran Layman’s League will host Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arenzville. Proceeds benefit the radio ministry. Menu includes bratwurst, German potato salad, sauerkraut, red cabbage, root beer, pie and cake.

St. John’s Lutheran in rural Bath will host a German meal on Monday, Oct. 9, to help support the deaf ministry in the Central Illinois district and at Christ for the Deaf Lutheran Church in Jacksonville. The Google address is 13961 E CR 1100N, Bath, IL 62617). Menu inclues schnitzel, spaetzle, bratwurst, German potato salad, sauerkraut and root beer.

The Lutherans for Life annual Nut Sale is underway. Click here to download the order form. Return the completed form, along with your payment, to the church office. Proceeds benefit the local chapter of Lutherans for Life.

September 10

The Lutherans for Life annual Nut Sale is underway. Click here to download the order form. Return the completed form, along with your payment, to the church office. Proceeds benefit the local chapter of Lutherans for Life.

Help serve at Salem! We are in need of members to serve on various church committees. There is always something YOU can do to help. Contact David Hannel if you can devote your time and talents to ministry at Salem.

Be sure to check the calendar to see and participate in many upcoming events, including Friendship Bible Study, Oktoberfest, Pack the House at Leo’s, Swaddling Clothes, LFL Nut Sale, and more! Click here to view the calendar.

August 25

The Lutherans for Life annual Nut Sale is underway. Click here to download the order form. Return the completed form, along with your payment, to the church office. Proceeds benefit the local chapter of Lutherans for Life.

August 13

The next Congregational Voter’s Meeting is Sunday, August 27, at 10:30 a.m. in the church sanctuary. The Call Committee will have three recommendation to bring before the congregation. Please stop by the church office prior to the meeting to review the biographies of each candidate.

August 6

Rev. Philip Rigdon has returned the call to serve as pastor. The Call Committee is scheduled to meet Aug. 9 to plan next steps.

The school is looking for a good compact refrigerator. If you have one and would like to donate, please contact principal Joy Reitsma.

Want to help with our radio ministry? See Kevin Eckhoff, 217-473-0767, if you can contribute one Sunday a month to engineer/record the service. If you think you might be interested, you are welcome to observe during the service.

July 28

There will be no more Saturday evening services after July 29 due to availability of guest preachers. This change is temporary.

Paula Roach, our church and school secretary, is off on Fridays during the summer. She will also have a limited schedule during the rest of the week. Please call first if you plan to come in to the office.

July 17

The Voter’s Assembly elected to call Rev. Philip Rigdon to serve as the next pastor at Salem. Rev. Rigdon presently serves at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kendalville, Indiana. Call documents will be sent this week.

The Voter’s Assembly also voted to suspend the Saturday evening worship service, effective in August, until a new pastor arrives.

July 16

Voter’s Assembly is today at 1:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Please plan to attend as we will vote to call a new pastor to serve Salem.

Save the date: Friday, July 28, for a pork chop and sweet corn dinner from 5-7 p.m. in the cafeteria. Menu includes butterfly pork chop, sweet corn, baked beans, applesauce and desserts. Carry-outs will be available. The dinner will serve as a fundraiser for the school. A free will offering will be accepted.

July 3

The next Voter’s Assembly Meeting is 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, in the church sanctuary. The purpose of the meeting is to extend a call to a pastor to serve here at Salem. Please stop by the church office to review information on the three candidates.

Save the date: Friday, July 28, for a pork chop and sweet corn dinner from 5-7 p.m. in the cafeteria. The dinner will serve as a fundraiser for the school. More details coming soon.

Salem Church and School will have a booth at this year’s Morgan County Fair. Please call the church office if you can volunteer for a shift.

A school workday is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, to help prepare the school for the 2023-24 school year.

The Ladies Guild will have their annual Ladies Day Out at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, July 17, at the Village Tea Room, 3301 Robbins Road, Springfield. All women of the congregation are invited to attend. Call or text Vickie Austin, 217-361-9423, if you want to attend.

Salem has Doorbell Dinners, September 4-8. Call Rita Tendick, 217-473-5017, if you can assist.

June 24

LLL Ice Cream Social is 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, in the cafeteria. Menu includes ice cream, brats, chips, pie, cake and drinks. Proceeds support our radio broadcasts and materials for county fair booths.

Salem Church and School will have a booth at this year’s Morgan County Fair. Please call the church office if you can volunteer for a shift.

A school workday is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, to help prepare the school for the 2023-24 school year.

Salem has Doorbell Dinners, September 4-8. Call Rita Tendick, 217-473-5017, if you can assist.

The Ladies Guild will have their annual Ladies Day Out at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, July 17, at the Village Tea Room, 3301 Robbins Road, Springfield. All women of the congregation are invited to attend. Call or text Vickie Austin, 217-361-9423, if you want to attend.

June 11

Rev. Michael Meyer has declined the call to serve as pastor. The Call Committee will be meeting soon to determine next steps.

June 4

Congregational voter’s meeting today at 1:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

Free books from the school are available in the narthex. These are books that have been withdrawn from the school library.

LLL Ice Cream Social is 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, in the cafeteria. Menu includes ice cream, brats, chips, pie, cake and drinks. Proceeds support our radio broadcasts and materials for county fair booths.

Paula Roach, our church and school secretary, is off on Fridays during the summer. She will also have a limited schedule during the rest of the week. Please call first if you plan to come in to the office.

May 20

The Rev. Michael Meyer, who currently serves as manager of LCMS Disaster Response, will visit Salem this Wednesday, May 24. Please pray for Rev. Meyer as he considers his call to Salem.

The Camp CILCA 39th annual Memorial Day hog roast is Sunday, May 28, following the 10:30 a.m. outdoor chapel service. Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children.

May 14, 2023

This morning at the congregational meeting, the members of Salem voted to extend a call to the Rev. Michael Meyer from St. Louis. Rev. Meyer currently serves as manager of LCMS Disaster Response. Please pray for Rev. Meyer as he considers his call to Salem.

Please join us for the Acension Day service at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 18.

Next Sunday, May 21, is the church/school potluck at the Steinacher’s, 2629 Woodson Franklin Road in Franklin. Come any time after 3 p.m. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. The main dish, table service and drinks will be provided. Please bring a dish to share and your lawn chair. Questions? Call 217-370-0581.

May 7, 2023

There will be a congregational meeting next Sunday, May 14, at 10:30 a.m. to extend a call to a new pastor. Please plan to attend.

Congratulations to our new confirmands: Jack Bezler, Phoenix Dertz, Millie Schumacher and Kelly Turner.

Save the date: Sunday, May 21, is the next church/school potluck at the Steinacher’s, 2629 Woodson Franklin Road in Franklin. Come any time after 3 p.m. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. The main dish, table service and drinks will be provided. Please bring a dish to share and your lawn chair. Questions? Call 217-370-0581.

May 5, 2023

Rev. Adam Steinbrenner has informed us that he has declined his call to Salem. The Call Committee will meet next week to plan next steps. Please pray for Salem as we continue to work through the call process.

April 23, 2023

The congregation has extended a call to Rev. Adam Steinbrenner. Please pray for Rev. Steinbrenner as he considers his call to serve Salem.

The window replacement project is complete! Thank you to all who contributed to this project.

Salem is responsible for Doorbell Dinner delivery, May 1-5. Call Rita Tendick, 217-473-5017, if you can assist.

Confirmation Sunday is May 7. This year we have 4 confirmands. Jack Bezler, Phoenix Dertz, Millie Schumacher and Kelly Turner.

Summer Camp begins May 30. Click here to learn more and to register.

April 16, 2023

The congregational voter’s meeting to extend a pastoral call is today at 10:30 a.m. following the 9 a.m. worship service.

Donations for the replacement windows project stand at $12,117.50. The total cost is $23,000. Please consider donating to this project.

The annual Salem fundraiser auction is underway. Click here to review and bid on the auction items. Bidding ends April 29.

Save the date: Sunday, May 21, is the next church/school potluck at the Steinacher’s, 2629 Woodson Franklin Road in Franklin. Come any time after 3 p.m. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. The main dish, table service and drinks will be provided. Please bring a dish to share and your lawn chair.

April 9, 2023

Rev. Nathan Janssen has declined the call to serve at Salem. A congregational voter’s meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 16, in the church sanctuary, to determine the next steps. Please stop by the church office to review the bios on the three call candidates.

Lutheran Witness renewals are due by April 23. Cost is $19.20. Renew or start a new subscription by visiting the church office.

The annual Salem fundraiser auction is underway. Click here to review and bid on the auction items. Bidding ends April 29.

March 18, 2023

Rev. Nathan Janssen and his wife, Donna, will visit Salem Sunday, March 19, and Monday, March 20. All members are encouraged to attend a meet and greet from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, in the Annex. Refreshments will be served. Let’s give Rev. Janssen and his wife a big Salem welcome!

Jayden Upton will be headed home soon! He enjoys receiving cards. His address is Jayden Upton, 8615 Ridge Wood Road, Rock Island, IL 61201.

Easter breakfast is April 9. If you want to donate food items, such as sweets, milk, juice, etc., please have your donations in by Saturday, April 8. The tentative menu includes biscuits and gravy, sausage and pancakes. The breakfast begins following the service.

March 12, 2023

Salem School’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser starts April 5. Bidding ends April 29. An in person event with the theme, “Let’s Make a Deal,” is 4 to 7 p.m. on April 29. Live auction items will also be included. Drop off your donations in the church office.

Easter flowers this year will be lilies. Cost is $15 each. Orders are due by March 26. Contact the church office to order.

Please consider donating some of your time to assist with Doorbell Dinner delivery, April 3-7. Contact Rita Tendick, 217-473-5017, if you want to help.

March 5, 2023

Rev. Nathan Janssen called Pastor Brechbuhl this past week for about 30 minutes and indicated he was prayerfully considering Salem’s call. Rev. Janssen plans on visiting Salem sometime in mid-March.

Larry and Retha Vincent are celebrating their 80th birthdays in February and March. Their children are hosting an Open House at the Jacksonville Elks Club, 231 Morgan Street, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 18. The congregation is invited to attend. No gifts, please.

Please consider donating some of your time to assist with Doorbell Dinner delivery, April 3-7. Contact Rita Tendick, 217-473-5017, if you want to help.

It’s time for the remainder of the windows in the Annex to be replaced. Cost is $23,000. To date, we have received $10,340.50. We ask that you consider making a contribution to help pay the costs.

February 26, 2023

At the February 19 congregational voter’s meeting, the congregation voted to call Rev. Nathan Janssen to be the next pastor at Salem. Rev. Janssen currently serves as pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Martinsville, Indiana. All paperwork has been sent and we ask the Holy Spirit to give Rev. Janssen his wisdom as he prayerfully considers our call.

It’s time for the remainder of the windows in the Annex to be replaced. Cost is $23,000. We ask that you consider making a contribution to help pay the costs.

Salem Lutheran School is selling pizzas through March 10. Delivery is the second week of April. Find a student with an order form or stop by the office. Order forms will also be available in the narthex.

If you wish to contribute to the Jayden Upton Fund, please send your donations to Shelley Hannant, 863 W. Chambers, Jacksonville. If you want to send a card to Jayden, the address is Jayden Upton, in care of Jacey Upton, 929 Ryan Court, Iowa City, IA 52246.

February 20, 2023

At the February 19 congregational voter’s meeting, the congregation voted to call Rev. Nathan Janssen to be the next pastor at Salem. Rev. Janssen currently serves as pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Martinsville, Indiana.

January 29, 2023

February Voter’s Meeting

The February congregational voter’s meeting is very important to attend. The Call Committee has three names of candidates to be discussed and possibly issue a call. Registered voters can come to the office to view their information. Please try and make time to view their information before the February 19 meeting. The voter’s meeting begins at 1:30 p.m.

January 23, 2023

PTL Fundraiser

Planning a Super Bowl Party? Salem PTL has your snacks covered! They are selling a variety of dips and dippers to add to your menu. Order forms are available in the Narthex or church office. All orders are due by February 1. For questions, please contact Christina Antemate, 217-371-0442.

Ladies Guild-February Project

February in gathering this year will be donations for Swaddling Clothing.Items needed: clothes; diapers, size 3-5; Pullups 2t, 4t; baby bath; baby lotion; 2t-5t clothing (new or gently used); socks 6 month to 5t; toddler shoes. Place all donations in the Swaddling Clothes box in the narthex.

Easter Breakfast April 9

We are planning an Easter Breakfast on Sunday, April 9. If you want to donate items such as sweets, milk, juice, please have your donations in by noon on Saturday, April 8. Planned menu includes biscuits and gravy, sausage and pancakes and other items to be determined.

January 15, 2023

Ladies Guild Meeting

The Ladies Guild meeting will be Monday, January 16, at 3 p.m., in the Annex.

Pack the House Coming January 19Come socialize with your Salem family at Leo’s Pizza every third Thursday of the month. Mention Salem while dining in or carrying out and Salem receives 15 percent of all sales for the night.

Meet the Church Family

Wednesday, January 25, is Meet the Church Family for National Lutheran Schools Week. Have time to spend with our children? Play games, share a talent or craft? Call the office, 217-243-3419, if you can help.

Chili Cook Off

Have a great chili recipe? Enter our Chili Cook Off on Wednesday, January 26, from 5 to 9 p.m. Call the office with the name of your entry.

January 8, 2023

Ladies Guild Meeting

The Ladies Guild meeting will be Monday, January 16, at 3 p.m., in the Annex.

Pack the House Coming January 19

Come socialize with your Salem family at Leo’s Pizza every third Thursday of the month. Mention Salem while dining in or carrying out and Salem receives 15 percent of all sales for the night.

January 1, 2023

January 8 Adult Sunday School-Special Presentation

Ken and Marilyn Boehs will present a slide show and video of their trip this past fall to the Holy Land on Sunday, January 8, following the 9 a.m. service. The presentation will be in the church sanctuary.

Swaddling Clothes Update

Swaddling Clothes will open January 10. The program is now accepting donations of baby clothes (boys), diapers, wipes and any other baby care items. Volunteers are also needed. Please contact Linda Strubbe with any questions, or if you want to volunteer.

December 24, 2022

Show Your Support for Life!

Life Sunday is January 22, 2023, and the Illinois Valley Lutherans for Life will once again sponsor the signature page in the Journal-Courier. If you want to proclaim your support for the sanctity of human life, please send your name and phone number to Illinois Valley Lutherans for Life, P. O. Box 911, Jacksonville, IL 62650. Deadline is January 17. You may also contact Jeanne Strubbe at [email protected] or 217-408-8896 for more information. Cost is $5 per name.

Church/School Office Closed

The church/school office will be closed periodically Dec. 26-Jan. 2. Please call before stopping by to ensure someone is in the office. If you call and no one answers, please leave a message and Paula will get back to you as soon as possible.

December 17, 2022

Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who so generously contributed with baked goods, treats and time to the Cookie Walk. Proceeds will be divided among four groups: Orphan Grain Train, Salem’s Adopt-a-Student program, Jacksonville Salvation Army and Salem Church/School maintenance.

Come Early to Christmas Eve Service

Come early for a Christmas Music Prelude at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24, just prior to the 6 p.m. worship service.

Swaddling Clothes

We are now accepting donations! Donations may include diapers, wipes and any monetary contributions. Please contact Linda Strubbe with any questions.

December 4, 2022

Poinsettias

This Christmas season, we are offering a 6-inch poinsettia from All Occasions Flowers and Gifts. Price is $23.40. All orders need to be submitted by Monday, Dec. 12. Please remit payment with your order. Poinsettias will be delivered and placed on the altar on Dec. 21 and can be taken home after the Christmas Day service.

Advent Books

The 2022 Advent books are available in the narthex. Please take one.

Swaddling Clothes

We are now accepting donations! Donations may include diapers, wipes and any monetary contributions. Please contact Linda Strubbe with any questions.

Tendick Anniversary Reception

Randy and Rita Tendick celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 2. Their family is hosting a reception from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Annex. The congregation is invited to attend. No gifts, please.

Christmas Eve Service

Come early for a Christmas Music Prelude at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24, just prior to the 6 p.m. worship service.

Salem Families in Need

We have several families with children in our school who need tuition assistance. If you want to help, please put your donation in an envelope marked “Salem Families in Need” and place in the offering plate or bring it to the office.