100th Anniversary Church Picnic Held on August 27, 2017

Approximately 100 people attended the 100th Anniversary Church Picnic at the Lake Erie Italian Club in Lackawanna.  The weather was perfect and the facilities were excellent. A special thank you to Council President Paul Thomas and Vice President Catherine Nagel for arranging the facility, the food, the games and the prizes.  Also, thanks to Dave Carlson for his grill master duties.  The chicken donated by Dave and Corinne Malinkiewicz was also greatly appreciated. Thank you to those on the set up and cleanup crew.  Thanks to all who made the annual church picnic a great success including those who furnished the delicious side dishes and desserts.
A retirement party for our church secretary Ernelle Ponivas was held at this picnic. The following is an excerpt of her farewell speech:

“I’d like to thank all of you for this retirement party and for making the past 20 years very special and meaningful to me. I appreciate you putting up with some bulletin mistakes throughout the years. You all are a kind, caring congregation and for this I am thankful. Thanks for the memories. As the song I, the Lord of Sea and Sky says: “I will go Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.”  I’m also honored to work with the Pastors, some of which are here today including : Pastor Volkert, Pastor Sprehe, Pastor Wurster, Pastor Dom, and Pastor Pingel. Thank you all again!”


Living Nativity 2016 (click here) 

Living Nativity - 2014



Quilt of Valor

Salem Piecemaker quilting group present their first Quilt of Valor honoring
a Veteran of our church. This one is being presented to John McAlpine 

Trunk or Treat — 2014



Congregational Birthday Party — 2014

Easter Sunday 2014 at Salem


The Easter Bunny Visits During the Annual Egg Hunt at Salem

St. Nicholas Festival - 2013

Couples' Club Hold Costume Party

The Salem Couples' Club members had a great time at their Costume Party held in October.

Oktoberfest - 2013

Salem's Annual Oktoberfest, held on October 6, 2013, featured authentic German food and live entertainment.  Pictured (left to right):  Barb Bartholomew, Pastor John Pingel, and Terri Snider.

Groundbreaking for new ChristCare Prayer Gazebo

Roy Sheppard (center) digs the first shovelful of dirt for the new ChristCare Prayer Gazebo that is going to be built on the church grounds.  Pastor John Pingel (left) and Elinor Jentsch (right) looks on at this momentous event held on October 6, 2013.

Blessing of the Animals

Darlene Wilk gives her dog a treat, during Salem's Annual Blessing of the Animal's held on October 5, 2013, while Mike McNerney looks on.

Pastor John Pingel (right) bestowed the blessings on all the four-legged attendees at the annual Blessing of the Animals held at Salem.