This year, 2017, is a milestone for two important reasons.  First, the Lutheran Church will be celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation!  Here we recognize the nailing of the 95 theses on the Wittenburg church door by Martin Luther; thus beginning the church’s reform.  Lutherans all over the world have cause for celebration.

Secondly, our Lord has blessed our beloved Salem Lutheran Church to prosper and grow in this South Buffalo community for 100 years!  Thanks and praise to God!

We will be celebrating these two events throughout the year and culminate it in a banquet on Saturday, October 28, 2017; then a grand service of worship, praise, and thanksgiving on Sunday, October 29, 2017.

Salem's 100th Anniversary and the 500th Anniversary of
the Reformation Celebration Planning Update

Our committee and multiple smaller sub-committees have been actively planning these Anniversary celebrations. We do ask that the congregation pray for our efforts and success and also that the members of the congregation volunteer their time and skills when the committee asks for your help.

Project Agenda & Updates for May

1. Quilt Raffle – This beautiful quilt is finished and the raffle tickets will be sold beginning at the June 11th reception. The quilt will be displayed then. The tickets will cost $2 for one (1) ticket and $5 for three (3) tickets.
2. Organ Recital - Thanks to all who helped make our 100th Anniversary Organ Recital on May 7th a great success: including the Committee of Ruth Wurster, Barbara Bartholomew, Janet Overdorf, Lois Doll and Norrine Nagel.
3. Confirmands’ Reunion – June 11th – Please refer to an informational letter found elsewhere in the June Dove.
Thank you to those who helped with the Confirmation Reunion letter mailing: Lois Mudie, Maria Eitler, Karen Slike, Janet Overdorf, Claire Carlson, Marie Radtke, Sandy Mulvaney, Norrine Nagel and Elinor Jentsch.
4. 100th Anniversary Banquet – The Congregation will have a Celebration Banquet on Saturday, October 28th 2017 at Columns Banquet Hall (Alton’s) on Transit Road. Mark your Calendar!
5. Sweatshirts, Hoodies, T-Shirts, etc. Please watch for the display and order forms coming soon.
6. 2017 Calendar of Guest Ministers and Events::
   June 2017
     Guest Minister – Rev. Richard Blemaster – June 11th
     Event – Confirmands’ Reunion – June 11th
   July 2017
     Guest Minister – Rev. David Belasic – July 31st
     Event – Dining at Applebee’s - More information to follow.
   August 2017
     Guest Minister - Rev. Robert Volkert – August 27th
     Event – Peach Shortcake Social – More information to follow.
7. Sunday School Activities - Special thanks to Lois Doll for all the time and energy she spent to teach the Sunday School about the history and spiritual importance of Salem church. Please take time to view the photo gallery, which Lois has made and posted on the bulletin board, which located on the wall at the bottom stairs at the side entrance of the church.
8. Book Chat on “Luther’s Biography of a Reformer” scheduled for May 21st has been postponed until Sunday, September 17th.
Next Committee Meeting – Saturday, June 24th at 9:00 a.m.

Janet Overdorf 655-1929        Norrine Nagel 826-6745

Former Sunday School Teachers Honored in Anniversary Event




Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration

Salem's 100th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration was held on January 29, 2017 and a great time was had by all.  The congregation celebrated with a German-themed potluck luncheon and plenty of good fellowship. The main entrée featured roast pork with sauerkraut.

Much behind the scenes work and preparation helped make this event a great success!