Mercy and Justice Forum

July 28, 4:00 p.m. at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church

Recent changes in immigration law, the process for gaining permanent legal status, the legal meaning of “refugee” and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) will be covered in a forum at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4930 W. Bellfort Ave.

Immigration attorney Javier Rivera and Bishop Michael Rinehart of the Gulf Coast Synod of the ELCA will be joining us. Bishop Rinehart recently served on the board of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.

“Changes in Immigration” is part of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Mercy and Justice speaker series. The event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP

Season of Hope: Building Personal Care Kits for People Around the World

During Lent, we again join Lutheran World Relief’s Season of Hope appeal. Each week, we collect a different item that will be used to assemble Personal Care Kits that give people around the world tools to stay healthy in life’s most challenging situations.

Our Sunday collection schedule is below, but we will gratefully receive items every Sunday, especially towels.
When emergencies like natural disasters or conflict arise, many families must flee their homes, leaving their belongings behind. When they arrive in a refugee camp or other place of safety, they are scared, vulnerable and dirty from the travel. The simple items included in a Personal Care Kit allow them to wash away the dirt and sweat, with the fresh sent of soap and the softness of a towel as reminder of someone’s care and concern for them in their plight.

Our goal is to assemble 100 LWR Care Kits during Lent. Drop items off in the narthex or church office. Here’s our collection schedule:

  • April 14: Bars of Soap (each kit includes 2 bars of soap)

Everyone is invited to join the Luther League in assembling our Personal Care Kits after the Good Friday service on April 19.

Soup Suppers and Vespers

Come out for soup and fellowship on Wednesdays in Lent, March 27,  April 3 and 10. A delicious variety of homemade soups is offered from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m. served by members of the congregation. A freewill donation will support the work of missionaries Pastor David and Alicia Brondos in Mexico City.
Volunteers to help cook or serve are always welcome! Please contact Beverly Davis