Everyone is welcome to worship with us at Salem Lutheran Church in Montevideo!
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, our Sunday morning worship services are at 10:00am on the Zoom online platform.
Our worship services are built on the liturgical tradition of the Lutheran Church, with a variety of music styles. Each Sunday we have Confession and Forgiveness, Scripture Readings, a Message, Prayers, and Singing. Twice a month we celebrate the Lord's Supper together and welcome any guests to join us. There is always something new and different to look forward to and there are many unique services throughout the year! With an average worship attendance of around 80 depending on the time of year, Salem is a place where you will get to know people, and they will get to know you. Please join us to worship our Lord and Savior Jesus together - you are always welcome here!
Salem Lutheran Church is part of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.5 million members in nearly 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and Carribean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands.", the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians, and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.
More information about the SWMN Synod is available at www.swmnelca.org.
Salem's history goes back to 1873 when the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sparta Township (rural Montevideo) was organized. Eventually this congregation of Swedish immigrants became Strombeck Lutheran Church.
In 1929, Strombeck Lutheran Church reached out to start a Swedish Lutheran church in nearby Montevideo, which became Salem Lutheran Church. Some years later, the members of the Strombeck congregation joined with Salem to become one congregation. The original Strombeck church building was purchased by a local family for use as a farm building.
Salem's original church building was located in the town of Montevideo, and when the new church was built in 1951, the old building was sold to the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) congregation in Montevideo. When the CRC built their new building, the old Salem building was moved to the Chippewa Village Museum in Montevideo for permanent display.
The Stombeck Cemetery is at the site of the original church. The cemetery is owned and cared for by Salem, and plots can still be purchased at this beautiful hillside location for a burial. For more information on the Strombeck Cemetery, select Member Resources and click on the link to Strombeck Cemetery.
The current building has been in use since 1951, with a new addition in 1993. A commercial kitchen was built to replace the original kitchen in 2011. Salem was originally part of the Lutheran Church in America (LCA), but became part of the ELCA when it was formed in 1988.