• Salem Lutheran Church

    1530 Battery Avenue

    Baltimore, MD 21230

    Office Phone: (410) 576-0487

    Church Office E-Mail: churchofficesalem@gmail.com

    Pastor: Rev. A.J. Houseman

    Salem has been serving the people of the Riverside and South Baltimore communities since 1885. We seek to be a "Love Thy Neighbor" church, which to us means that all are welcome. We practice radical inclusivity, generous hospitality, strive for justice, and always seek to serve. Join us!
    Salem has said goodbye to Lauren Muratore who served as Interim Pastor and Pastor for almost 4 years. She has accepted a new call at a church in Washington DC. We thank Pastor Lauren for all her efforts, we are better for it.
    On November 29th, the first Sunday of Advent, Salem will officially welcome our new Pastor, A.J. Houseman. A.J. is quite familiar with Salem having lived at the Salem property for several months in 2017 and has filled in several times for Pastor Lauren. We're excited for the future of Salem.   

  • Salem Lutheran Church is gathering online.

    During this time of physical distancing, stay spiritually connected:

    join Salem for worship and bible study online!

    Check out our Facebook page for details.

    We are working on a plan to gather in person once again in the near future. We will follow all health mandated guidelines. Look for more details to follow.


    Information about the regular, in-person worship schedule can be found below.

    When and Where?

    WHEN: Normally we gather for worship, song, and community every Sunday at 10:30 AM but with the pandemic, we are holding a hybrid service with a live service in the backyard of the Pastor's home immediately adjacent to the church with a live feed on Zoom. Check our Facebook page for log in information.


    WHERE: 1530 Battery Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21230


    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 come forward to 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.

    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.

    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 final Virtual Trivia night of 2020 was held Wednesday December 30th with lots of holiday related questions.

    HAAS Avocados made it two wins in a row 12 points ahead of the Von Trap(ped) Family.

    Our next game will be Friday January 29th.

    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.

    Will the HAAS Avocados be able to keep their virtual trophy or will it go to your team?

    Sign up HERE.


  • What's Coming Up at Salem

  • Salem's Ministries

    A sampling of what we do and how to get involved!

    Urban/Community Garden Ministry

    Sharing Faith, Hope, and Veggies with You!

    Our Urban Garden is planted annually in the spring. 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.

    Social Ministry

    Serving Our Community

    Social Ministry has a long, rich history at Salem. Recently, 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. This spring, Salem members and friends donated canned goods for a local scout troop's "Scouting for Food" campaign. In the past, congregation members and friends have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, helped at a local food pantry, and assisted with Augsburg Lutheran Home.

    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: sjbaublitz@gmail.com.

    Salem Singers

    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!

    Advent Vespers

    Contemplative Worship

    For the past few years, Salem has hosted a weekly Vespers service on Wednesday nights in Advent, led by Deacon Sara Jane Baublitz. Vespers is a more low-key, reflection-based service that may appeal to even those who find the prospect of formal worship intimidating or overwhelming. Past vespers services were inspired by the Advent reflections of Reverend Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a famed Lutheran Pastor who was martyred for resisting the Nazis.

    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. This year we moved the event to the courtyard at the Church of the Redemption in Locust Point.

  • Recent Events

    See what Salem's been up to!

    2nd Annual Chili Cook Off

    Fellowship through food and sports

    A big THANK YOU to everyone who came to our annual Chili Cook-off and Ravens Watch Party! Thanks to a generously donated projector and screen we *may* have the best way to watch the game! Whose interested in joining us for a playoff game?

    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.

  • Salem's Sermons

    Click the links below to listen to or read sermons.

    You'll be uplifted, inspired, challenged, and encouraged!

    Luke 24:36-49 Luke 24:36-49 36 While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”[a] 37 They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in...
    Mark 16:1-8 The women went to the tomb to anoint his body. In the original Greek, it actually says, that Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome—these three courageous disciples—went to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ dead body.   Let’s be quite clear—Jesus was dead.   I mean, these very...
    Mark 1:9-15 To really understand this wilderness story, we have to go back just a little bit, to Jesus’ baptism. Picture this: A crowd has gathered. They stand on the bank of the Jordan River, buzzing with anticipation as John the Baptist leads Jesus into the water. Jesus goes down into the...
    Lent is my favorite season of the church year. It demands stillness, quiet, reflection, hard truth-telling. Things that I’m not always so good at if unprompted. In a culture that has grown so individualistic that anything goes as long as it’s what I want, Lent requires me to pause and consider...
    This is one of the stranger readings in the gospels, one of the stranger festival days in the church: the transfiguration of Jesus. To transfigure means, literally, to transform into something more beautiful. At least that’s what the internet says. And to be sure, Jesus is beautiful in today’s...
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  • 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.

  • Weddings

    Get married at Salem!

    We love weddings. Let's talk about yours!


    Partners & Our Lutheran Community

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    Faith-based articles and ELCA news.

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