Salem Lutheran has an variety of ministries and mission teams that reach out to spread the grace and love of Jesus Christ. Below is a brief description of each. Contact us for more details!
The Altar Committee prepares communion, places flowers (when available) on the altar each week for worship, hangs banners as appropriate for the church season, polishes brass candlestick holders and offering plates, and attends to the altar linens. Members of the committee are assigned to take care of communion preparation and cleanup each month.
Budget & Finance
The Budget and Finance Mission Team recommends an annual budget. The team also works on increasing our membership’s understanding of benevolence, how benevolence funds are used within the ELCA and options/ideas for estate planning.
The Salem Lutheran Cemetery Committee maintains a beautiful and affordable cemetery for Salem’s church members and others who choose Salem Cemetery as their final resting place. Each member of Salem Lutheran Church is granted a free plot in the Salem Cemetery. The only fee for a Salem member is a one-time $250 Perpetual Care charge to help with the cost of maintenance and improvements.
The Christian Education Mission Team oversees Christian education across all age groups. The team encourages the use of teaching and worship material deemed appropriate for the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Of primary focus, is providing Sunday school classes and programing for all ages. It is also ensures that a Confirmation program of instruction is in place.
The Communications Mission Team oversees Salem’s internal and public communication by reaching out to current and new members through the use of current technology and social media platforms.
The Confirmation Mission Team instructs and prepares seventh and eighth grade students for the rite of confirmation upon completion of their second year of instruction. The team is led by the Pastor.
The E-Team ministers to the Ponca community and Salem Lutheran members through outreach and special activities. Activities include visiting and delivering treats to Salem Lutheran members who are homebound or in the nursing home as well as anyone in the community who is in a time of need. The team coordinates parade floats, fundraisers, and other community activities, ensuring a very public Salem presence in the community.
The Global Mission Team studies, promotes and organizes opportunities to support local, state and world mission efforts.
The Membership Mission Team reaches out to inactive members in order to determine their membership status at Salem and maintain current information in the Shepherd’s Staff database.
The Mutual Ministry Mission Team meets on an needs basis to assist in the resolution of differences that may arise within the church body.
The Property Mission Team oversees the proper maintenance and protection of all church property and makes recommendations for property improvements.
The Senior Mission Team carries out Salem’s ministry with retired, elderly members and organizes church family activities.
The Stewardship Mission Team works to implement an effective and comprehensive stewardship program at Salem. To promote stewardship of time, talent and treasures, the team explores and studies current stewardship models and shares what they learn about successful models with the congregation.
The W/ECLA Mission Team became inactive at the end of 2017. Even though the ladies of this team will no longer be formally meeting on a regular basis, they continue to support the work of the church by organizing committees to provide food and serve at funerals.
Worship & Music
The Worship and Music Mission Team assists the Pastor in the planning of worship services both indoors and out. Team members select hymns for worship services. The team also assists in organizing special music that is provided throughout the year. The Team meets once a month to select appropriate hymns according to the church calendar and the message of the day. Music is chosen that appeals to all ages and preferences, being a blend of traditional and contemporary styles.
The purpose of the Salem Young Adult ministry is to provide faith formation and fellowship opportunities targeted to those in their 20's & 30's. The central focus of the group is a monthly gathering which includes a meal, Bible study, and prayer. Child care for each gathering time is organized in conjunction with other Mission Teams at Salem.
The Youth Mission Team positively influences our church and community by sharing God’s word and the impact He has on our lives through various group and community activities. The group includes youth in grades 7-12.