Salem Lutheran Church is gathering online.
During this time of physical distancing, stay spiritually connected:
join Salem for worship online!
Check out our Facebook page for details.
We are working on final details to gather in person once again. See details below.
In Person Worship has returned
We have opened the doors for in person attendance. Seating will be extremely limited. Masks will be required by all, there will be socially distanced seating. The service will also be live on Zoom.
WHERE: 1530 Battery Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21230
When: Sunday at 10:30
OUR NEIGHBORHOOD: Salem is in the Riverside neighborhood in South Baltimore. You'll find the church at the northwest entrance to Leone-Riverside Park, at the intersection of Battery Avenue and East Randall Street.
We don't have a parking lot but there's free street parking available--leave yourself a few extra minutes to find a spot.
Sharing Faith, Hope, and
God's Love with YOU!
Serving the people of Riverside and South Baltimore since 1885.
Wondering what Salem has going on in coming months? - Click here!
What is Salem’s mission as a church?
Salem’s mission is to “share faith, hope, and God’s love with everyone.” We define this as follows: with Faith in Christ (Hebrews 11:1), joy in worship (Psalms 100:2), and a commitment to service (Luke 17:21), we are called to share faith, hope, and love (1 Corinthians 13:13) with our neighbors (Matthew 22:39). Salem does this in our worship, social activities, fundraising, and in our daily life as disciples of Jesus. Sharing faith, hope, and God’s love is not just a slogan to us; it is how we feel God is calling our congregation to serve our neighborhood, our community, and our city.
What kind of church is this?
Salem is a Lutheran church and a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, our national church body. However, our congregation is comprised of many folks who did not grow up Lutheran, so do not feel like you have to be in order to fit in! You can learn more about the ELCA by following this link.
Lutheran Christians believe that the story of God's steadfast love and mercy in Jesus is the heart and center of what the Scriptures have to say. We believe in a living God, who we name Holy Spirit, who calls us to live in love, seek kindness, and stand in solidarity with those on the margins of society.
What can I expect from worship?
We do a sort of "light traditional." Our service is very similar to Episcopalians and Catholics, but we keep it loose. Formal, but not too formal. You will hear people laughing and children playing. While we take God seriously, we like to have fun here and we find that a relaxed worship works best for us. You can follow along in the bulletin you receive when you enter; it's a step-by-step guide to our worship.
Please do not let the traditional atmosphere of "church" prevent you from feeling comfortable in worship. Wear what you like, come as you are.
Can I take Communion?
Yes! It is Salem's policy that all who seek a deeper relationship with Jesus may receive Communion, regardless of what your background is. If you feel uncomfortable partaking in Communion, you may come forward to receive a blessing instead if you so desire. You are also welcome to simply stay in your seat if that is your preference. There is no pressure and the choice is yours. If you've got questions about Communion (what is it, anyway?!) our pastor would be glad to chat with you one-on-one.
While we are operating under the restrictions caused by COVID-19, Communion and blessings will be at the end of service as you are leaving the building.
What about my children?
Bring 'em! Salem is welcoming and encouraging of all children. We are comfortable with children in worship, knowing their behavior will vary. During the service, they are invited to come up for the children's sermon, a brief learning time just for them, led by the pastor at the front of the church.
As a parent or guardian, we encourage you to be as present with your child as you prefer. We provide a small play area in the back of the sanctuary, and if you feel that they need to take a break from worship, you may take them downstairs to our fellowship hall, where there are restrooms and spaces to run around. Please note we can not offer the play areas as described while we are under the restrictions of COVID-19.
Is Salem LGBTQIA+ friendly?
Yes! It is our congregation’s practice to not only welcome folks of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions but to actively include all people in worship and ministry.
We are in the process of becoming a Reconciling in Christ congregation.
Salem Trivia is back!
Salem’s latest Virtual Trivia night of 2021 was held Friday April 30th and ended with Haas Avocados taking the trophy.
Second place went to the Von Trapped Family and Third place went to House of Cats.
Our next game is TBD .
Teams are 3 to 10 people so get some friends together (safely distanced of course). If you don't have a team but want to play, register and we'll put you on one of our existing teams.
Who will take the trophy next ?
Sign up HERE.
Renovations are being planned for the building adjacent to the church. This property has been the Pastor's residence for many years. It is in need of renovation; general cleanup, electrical, plumbing, drywall, painting plus HVAC work. Want to lend a hand? Call the church office 410-576-0487
What's Coming Up at Salem
A sampling of what we do and how to get involved!
Urban/Community Garden Ministry
Sharing Faith, Hope, and Veggies with You!
Thanks to as grant from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, our Urban Garden has been redone with raised boxes and additional native plants. This ministry, through members and friends of Salem, seeks to plant and tend to small gardens of vegetables and herbs. This ministry was initially developed to help meet the need of anyone who may be unable to afford fresh vegetables, but is available for anyone in the community who could benefit from or enjoy it.
Serving Our Community
Social Ministry has a long, rich history at Salem. Salem members have prepared and served a monthly meal for the men of the Baltimore Station, a residential treatment program supporting veterans transitioning through the cycle of poverty, addiction, and homelessness to self-sufficiency. Our work at Baltimore Station is on hold during the pandemic but we hope to return soon.
Young Adult Ministry
A Faith Network for Young Adults
Our Young Adult group (loosely interpreted as ages 25-35) gathers periodically for social events, discussion, and community. In the recent past, our Young Adult group read and discussed literature centered around faith, belief, and religious practice, such as Brian McLaren's We Make the Road by Walking, and gathered for social events like skeeball and Christmas Caroling. Upcoming events are in the works! For more information, please contact Diakonal Minister Sara Jane Bablitz at: email@example.com.
Ministry Through Song and Music
Each week, the Salem Singers, led by our Music Director, Marie Macklin Lacy, bless our Sunday worship with music and song. Their talents contribute to a truly special worship experience at Salem.
The Salem Singers are always looking for new members to share their talents. If you're interested, please contact our Church Office!
Blessing of the Animals
Ministering to Animals and Animal-Lovers
In recent years, Salem has hosted an annual Blessing of the Animals in Riverside Park. Anyone who would like their four legged friends (or their fish, lizard, whatever!) to receive a blessing is most welcome and invited. In 2019 we moved the event to the courtyard at the Church of the Redemption in Locust Point.
See what Salem's been up to!
We had a great turn out for our community garden planting. We have lots of vegetables planted for the season! Thank you to all who helped pluck weeds, rake leaves, move dirt and mulch, and plant some veggies!
Octoberfest Block Party
Celebrating the Grand Opening of Riverside Third Space
The weather didn't cooperate and everything had to be moved indoors but food and fun was in plentiful supply and it gave residents of Riverside an opportunity to see the updates to our downstairs hall.
Salem & Redemption held a Joint Blessing of the Animals October 6th
Thanks for joining us for this successful event!
The Blessing of the Animals was our first joint event with Redemption church in Locust Point. We held the service in the courtyard of Redemption. Members of both congregations attended along with many dogs and cats who received personal blessings from Pastor Lauren. The Rev. Dr. Amsalu Galeta will bring the word. Special music was featured as well.
Spring Cleaning 2017
Many hands make light work.
Ever wonder how Salem keeps that shiny glow? The church cleaning crew! Led by our altar guild, members and friends gathered in March 2017 for Salem's annual spring cleaning bonanza. There was plenty of Murphy's Wood Oil and laughter to go around.
Pay-It-Forward Nights at Captain Larry's
Continuing Collaboration with a Favorite Neighborhood Bar
Every few months, Salem is blessed to be hosted by Captain Larry's, a neighborhood restaurant and bar, for a Pay-It-Forward Night, with all tips going toward Salem's ministries. Salem's members and friends enjoy delicious food and drinks...and Salem is even represented behind the bar, with Pastor Lauren and church member Leif Blomster serving as guest bartenders!
Check out our upcoming events page for the next Pay-It-Forward Night!
Fall Revival 2016
Inspiration Through Music and Preaching
Salem hosted its annual Fall Revival on September 10, 2016. In addition to the many blessings of music provided and led by the Salem Singers, Salem was thrilled to have Bishop William Gohl, Jr. serve as its guest preacher. In addition, as part of the ELCA's effort to honor first responders in remembrance of the 15th anniversary of 9/11, Salem welcomed Pastor William Becerril, a former NYPD officer, who served that day and the year after at Ground Zero to speak about his experience and how it helped shape his faith.
Giving, Offerings, and Tithes
Jesus teaches us that "where your treasure is, your heart will also be" (Matthew 6:21). Salem's various ministries and community outreach have been made possible, and continue to be made possible, by the generous support of so many. We are blessed by all that has been given to us.
Don't forget your change! Salem collects loose or spare change every first Sunday of the month, led by the children in our congregation, during the offering at worship. We call it our "Noisy Collection."
If you would like to consider giving by mail, please send checks to:
Salem Lutheran Church
1530 Battery Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230
If you would like to consider giving online, we have switched from PayPal to Tithely. Tithely provides the option to either make a secure one-time donation or, by selecting "Recurring Giving", you can select the frequency and amount for a recurring donation.
To give to Salem Lutheran Church, click here or use the "Give" button, below.
If you would like to contribute to our neighborhood gathering/event space,
Riverside Third Space, click here.
Partners & Our Lutheran Community