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).


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.

(Our next TABLE GRACE will be May 17 beginning with a meal at 5:30 PM)


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.


Evening Bible Study(Tuesdays from 7:15-8:30 p.m.) Led by Brenda Finkenbinder.  Please join the Evening Bible Study group in its study of the Book of Job.  The group will meet for 6 weeks seeking to learn how losing everything precious affected Job's relationship with God, and how God responded to his questions. What can we say to God when He allows bad things to happen to good people?  Is it okay to ask why?  Will He forgive us if we are angry with Him?  Is He still the same good God, regardless of our circumstances?  For questions or to reserve a study guide ($7 each), contact Brenda Finkenbinder at fnknbndr@gmail.com In our lessons, we will engage with ordinary people doing extraordinary things as God empowers them.  We will also clearly see God’s love as He establishes His church.

New Salem’s 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