Thank you for visiting the website of Salem Lutheran Church!
Founded in 1842, Salem is the oldest Lutheran Church in Toledo, Ohio. Today, Salem is a Mission Congregation for People Experiencing Poverty.
SALEM'S MISSION STATEMENT: Listening to God's call together, we are empowered to WITNESS and to WELCOME all into the Body of Christ.
Spiritual Opportunities at Salem
Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday Adult Bible Study: 4:15 p.m.
Tuesday Worship: 4:45 p.m.
Tuesdays: 5:30 p.m. - Agape Meal - Take out meal.
Doors open at 4:15 p.m.
Fridays: 9:30-10:30 a.m. - 2nd, 3rd and 4th Fridays Only
Feed Your Neighbor - a 3-day supply
of boxed and canned foods. Need picture ID,
Social Security numbers for family members, and
proof of residence in the 43604 zip code.
Saturdays: 8:30-10:30 a.m. - Just Pancakes - All Are Welcome
Program for Children, ages 5-14
@ 4:15 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Parish House, next door to the Church Building.
"Grow With Jesus" is an opportunity for the children of our neighborhood to gather together as a group, recieve an after-school snack, make crafts, and hear the Word, as one might in a Vacation Bible School program. "Grow With Jesus" takes place during the School Year. For more information, please feel free to contact the church office at 419-243-2345.
The TONY Program - an employment program that seeks to build up individuals and their job resumes through accompaniment and companionship at Salem. This program is for people who are looking to accomplish life and employment goals.
Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin' By World - a program with the Lucas County Family Council that empowers individuals through education and relationship in an equal, level, and "round-table" atmosphere.
1st Tuesday of the Month - 7:00 p.m. - Block Watch – neighbors working towards a safer and healthier community.
4th Monday of the Month - 6:00 p.m. - Citizen Circle - a support group for ex-offenders
Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you? Don’t these things happen among you just as they happened with Abraham? He believed God, and that act of belief was turned into a life that was right with God.
Is it not obvious to you that persons who put their trust in Christ (not persons who put their trust in the law!) are like Abraham: children of faith? It was all laid out beforehand in Scripture that God would set things right with non-Jews by faith. Scripture anticipated this in the promise to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed in you.”
So those now who live by faith are blessed along with Abraham, who lived by faith—this is no new doctrine! And that means that anyone who tries to live by his own effort, independent of God, is doomed to failure. Scripture backs this up: “Utterly cursed is every person who fails to carry out every detail written in the Book of the law.”
The obvious impossibility of carrying out such a moral program should make it plain that no one can sustain a relationship with God that way. The person who lives in right relationship with God does it by embracing what God arranges for him. Doing things for God is the opposite of entering into what God does for you. Habakkuk had it right: “The person who believes God, is set right by God—and that’s the real life.” Rule-keeping does not naturally evolve into living by faith, but only perpetuates itself in more and more rule-keeping, a fact observed in Scripture: “The one who does these things [rule-keeping] continues to live by them.”
Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself. Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”? That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the cross: He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse. And now, because of that, the air is cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too. We are all able to receive God’s life, his Spirit, in and with us by believing—just the way Abraham received it.