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.

Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: 4:30 p.m.

Christmas Morning Service: 9:30 a.m.


Fostering Vibrant Faith

Christmas Choir Cantata  Children's Worship

Sunday, December 18th at 9:30 a.m.

followed by farewell potluck and program for Pastor McCracken

“Table Grace”

Third Wednesday Family Faith Education

Wednesday, December 21st

5:30-7:00 p.m.

“For he is gracious and compassionate,  slow to become angry,
overflowing in gracious love.” Joel 2:13b


5:15 p.m.     Doors Open; Arrive Early

5:30 p.m.     Sandwich dinner/ Caring Conversations Meal Provided!

6:00 p.m.     Opening Music & Getting to Know You

6:10 p.m.     Christmas Caroling in the Community



Sign-up for side dishes & dessert available in church lobby.

218-586-2262 or newsalem@paulbunyan.net

(Free will donations will go towards New Salem’s Christian Education)



Monday Morning Bible Study!

With a focus on each week’s upcoming Sunday worship theme, get to know God better every Monday starting at 8:00 am.   Study guides provided.


Evening Bible Study!  

Please join us for the next series of Evening Bible Study!  On Wednesdays, January 11th, 18th, and 25th, from 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. at New Salem, we will cover verse by verse the richness of the New Testament Book of Galations.  Our in-depth study of Galations will engage us with the question, “How do I stand blameless and guiltless before a holy God?  Is it by faith, or by obeying the rules, or both?”  We will learn how to walk in the blessings of God’s promises, applying God’s work in our everyday lives.   Please email Brenda Finkenbinder at fnknbndr@gmail.comor call 206-227-3776 to reserve a study guide ($7/each).


New Salem’s Gather Bible Study!   Thursday mornings, 9:15-10:45 am.  Materials provided & nursery available for kids.

Sonia C. Solomonson, an award-winning writer, freelance editor and certified life coach, shares a devotional around the theme of Advent waiting: what wants to be born in you?  

Solomonson is an award-winning writer and editor, as well as a certified life coach.

Each December, Gather plans to feature a devotional that centers on some aspect of Advent or Christmas. (This could become a reader favorite. We received many positive comments from readers who enjoyed last year’s devotional, written by Women of the ELCA’s director of discipleship, Valora K Starr. We’re in good hands with Sonia to continue this tradition.)





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