Our goal

Thoughtfully reaching out to our neighbors with the love of Christ and giving the people of Salem opportunities to grow in their life journey with our Lord is what missions is about.  Our Missions Board's purpose is: 

  • To prayerfully mobilize the community of Salem to “GO” into the local and global communities with the Gospel message as commanded by Christ.

  • To strive and pray for the transformation and redemption of individual lives and whole communities through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit

Desired Outcomes

  1. Targeted local and global communities see long-term transformation.  

  2. Achieve long-term spiritual and fiscal sustainability of our ministry partners.   

  3. Provide “hands on” activities and contact for members of our congregation.  

  4. Offer a choice of multiple “stepping stone” opportunities for different levels of commitment in missions ministry.

Opportunities to serve

Want to get involved in our community? Check out these fantastic Salem Missions sponsored opportunities to serve!

  • Serve the homeless - Join us as we partner with Charity on Wheels to feed and care for the homeless in our community on the last Wednesday of every month thereafter.  Click HERE to sign up!
  • Sponsor a child - We have 50 children from Malawi who need sponsorships. Email missions@salemorange.com today to learn more or to sponsor a child.
  • Become a classroom aide at Palmyra
  • Volunteer to attend Salem School events
  • Be a part of the Salem Car Show Committee
  • Volunteer to help with Vacation Bible School (VBS)
  • Be willing to mentor a new Salem School family

Ready to get involved?  Want more information on any of the above?  Email missions@salemorange.com today!

Missions partners

After studying survey results and listening to feedback from the congregation, Salem will be supporting the following missions, which will also include opportunities for YOU to be involved.


ARK (Acts of Random Kindness)

A ministry of Salem that helps our members and school families through difficult times.  Get involved in this ministry by making donations to this ministry - monetary, used automobiles, sponsoring needy families, and more.  Learn more about this amazing ministry by scrolling down.


Community

  • Villa Park/OPA - An opportunity to witness to our neighboring community through various events.
  • Charity on Wheels - Salem will be serving a meal to the homeless the last Wednesday of every month in conjunction with this fantastic ministry.  We will also be contributing $400 a month to their work.  Click HERE to learn more about this great organization.
  • Vacation Bible School (VBS) - Salem missions will offer financial support to promote this successful outreach opportunity for our community.  You can also get involved by volunteering at VBS (June 26-30th).  Contact Leigh Anne for more information on getting involved!
  • Operation Turkey Dinner - This fantastic outreach event offers mercy to many during the holiday season.  In 2016, 1,001 meals were prepared by over 200 volunteers!  Keep an eye out for more information on how you can get involved with collecting donations and preparing and delivering meals in November and December.  Learn more by clicking HERE.
  • Palmyra Elementary - Salem sponsors families at Christmas, provides backpacks for Kindergarteners, and helps provide teacher's aides in the classrooms.  Learn more about the school by clicking HERE.

Future Church Worker Scholarships

Salem offers financial support to encourage our young men and women to become full time Lutheran church workers.  To apply, submit your completed application to missions@salemorange.com.


Salem Lutheran School

Missions money will be offered to help support outreach opportunities and build relationships with our school families.


Salem Missionaries

Missions offers financial assistance to support our members who are interested in experiencing the joy of sharing the gospel.  Submit your completed application to missions@salemorange.com.


Worldwide Missions

Salem encourages our members to sponsor children in Malawi through Y-Malawi and participate in

self-funded mission trips.


If you would like to learn more about supporting missions, please email us at missions@salemorange.com.

ARk

ARK is a mission of Salem Lutheran Church that exists to help families and individuals who are experiencing some of life's challenges, by sharing Christ's love through financial, emotional, spiritual, and physical assistance. 


Salem's ARK ministry is based on Acts 2:42-47 - They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.


EXAMPLES OF ARK BLESSINGS

  • Provided school supplies
  • Provided housing, food, gas, & counseling
  • Helped offset funeral expenses
  • Assisted a family to keep a small business, which was their only source of income
  • Paid car payments and utility bills
  • Made rent payments
  • Provided aid for several homeless families via hotel, food and/or gas
  • Assisted with relocations, physically and financially
  • Provided tuition assistance that was not available through the school
  • Provided multiple families Christmas trees, decorations, food, and gift card wreaths
  • Provided items to complete 250 H.A.N.D. Bags for the homeless

EXAMPLES OF WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT THIS MINISTRY

  • Prayers
  • Target, Walmart, gas and/or grocery gift cards
  • Utility costs
  • Donations of gently used clothing
  • Providing dinners for those who are in need (i.e. those moving, who have had a new baby, a death in the family, who are recovering from surgery, etc)
  • Diapers, formula, & baby necessities
  • Holiday dinners / Christmas trees
  • Miscellaneous items as needs arise

*Please know that families in need remain anonymous


If you would like to help support ARK ministry, or if someone you know is in need of a gift through ARK,

please call the church office at (714) 633-2366.