Welcome to New Salem Lutheran Church!

Whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on the journey of faith -- you are welcome here as you are.

New Salem is geared up to offer children, families and adults Christian education at ALL levels through worship services, milestone celebrations, “First Sunday” Sunday School, Confirmation, Wednesday Evening “Table Grace”, and Bible Study.   

Sunday Service: 9:30 AM


“First Sunday” Sunday School:  Please mark the first Sunday of each month on your calendar to include your children, ages PreK to Grade 6, in “First Sunday” Sunday School, which will follow the 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning worship service.   Children will learn of God’s love for them through Bible stories, fun activities, and caring relationships.  “First Sunday” Sunday School is  New Salem's response to the scheduling challenges families are facing.  Our teachers are excited about making each “First Sunday” Sunday School extra-meaningful for our youngsters just as we will make each third Wednesday "Table Grace" extra-meaningful for the households of our children (see below).

October 8th  will be the first day of Sunday School this year. During Sunday School the children will receive cardboard pig banks which they will assemble and then take home to tend. During the Sunday School year the students will learn about some of the many ways the ELCA works in the world to alleviate hunger. Specifically, they learned about how the gift of a pig can have short and long term benefits for families threatened by hunger. While learning this, the children also learn how to "feed" a pig,  not a real pig but one made of cardboard. Later, a Sunday will be declared as the day for "The Return of the Pigs."  On that morning the children should bring their "pigs" to church to be presented as an offering. The money collected from these pigs will be given to ELCA World Hunger to buy real pigs for families throughout the world. The congregation is encouraged to help our children "feed" their pigs, by  bringing  along loose change on this Sunday to add to the feed bucket .



Wednesday Evening “Table Grace”is an informal gathering over mealtime (5:30-7:30 p.m.) that focuses on equipping households with caring conversations, devotions, rituals and traditions that nurture and sustain faith formation at every age and life stage.  This is a monthly, cross-generational event for establishing faith relationships within and outside your household.  Resources for how parents can instill God’s love into their homes can also be found on our facebook page; for access to the resources, please contact the church office.



Monday Morning Bible Study(starts at 9:15 a.m.) delves into the Bible passages that will be presented in the subsequent Sunday worship service.  It invites participants to deepen their spiritual lives and live as disciples of Jesus Christ.


Tuesday Evening Bible Study(Tuesdays from 7:15-8:30 p.m.) Led by Brenda Finkenbinder.  

Resuming again this fall.

Thursday Morning Gather Bible Study! (Thursday mornings, 9:15-10:45 am).  Materials provided & nursery available for kids.


Sunday Morning 9:30 a.m. Worship Services bring us together again as a cross-generational, diverse, inclusive community of faith to give praise, pray, learn from God’s word, celebrate milestones (such as Blessing of the Backpacks and Presentation of Bibles to our 3rd Graders) and sacraments (such as communion and baptisms).  Included in each Sunday’s bulletin will be a take-home flyer for households that can serve as a resource for nurturing faith practices at home.


Just as Jesus called his first disciples, we too, invite you to “come and see” (John 1:39) here at New Salem.  All are welcome; get ready and just come!


New Salem is a place for children, youth and adults to hear the Bible story and to be reminded of their identity and belonging as God's child.  It is a place for us to grow in the knowledge of God's love.  It is a place where we use and discover our gifts as we learn how to be disciples of Jesus.  Please visit the "ministries" page where we share the opportunities available through New Salem's faith community.

We are guided by the Word and our Mission Statement and Guiding Principles.

We are located at 7491 Island View Drive NE, Turtle River, Minnesota.  To find us please use our map.  Our congregation is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA, Northwestern Minnesota ELCA Synod.  Our telephone number is 218-586-2262  email newsalem@paulbunyan.net