Salem is the Oldest Catonsville Church
Salem Church is one of the over 30 churches in Catonsville and is now the oldest continuing Christian congregation in Catonsville. Catonsville churches have a long history of being an important part of the community. In the 1980’s Christian congregations were instrumental in supporting the effort to create the Catonsville Emergency Food Ministry which is now called CEFM Network. For thirty years CEFM has been feeding the hungry and assisting the needy in our neighborhoods. Christian congregations in Catonsville came together to create Suburban Pastoral Counseling, a faith-based counseling center located on Rolling Road. And Catonsville churches have been at the forefront in helping the men at the Homeless Shelter in Catonsville. Christians formed the Lazarus Caucus which provides a variety of services to help homeless men achieve independence. Salem is grateful for our sisters and brothers in other Christian congregations who have joined together to help meet the needs of our community.
We believe that our relationship with God is determined not by our wisdom or even our goodness, but by His love for us which is beyond all our deserving. And that He calls us to faith, that we may live a life of peace, forgiveness, joy, service, and blessing. Whether you come for one Sunday, or to stay, we are glad for the opportunity to proclaim, contemplate and celebrate this gospel with you.
Salem Lutheran Church
A community gathered by the grace of God...
A community serving Christ in one another, and Christ in his world...
A family nourished, affirmed, challenged, blessed, and redeemed by the gospel of God's love beyond our deserving.
Salem strives to be a Christ-centered, caring community experiencing God’s grace and sharing God’s goodness with all people.
As our Lord welcomed all into his presence, so Salem congregation extends the hospitality of its worship and community life to all people, welcoming persons of any race, nationality, differing ability, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religious background, or personal history.
I am not sure if the Salem congregation has ever entertained angels. Who knows? But I do know this: visitors to our Sunday worship services tell me time and time again how warmly they were welcomed by Salem members. You take the initiative to extend hospitality to strangers and it is a powerful witness to our life in Christ. Visitors are made to feel that this is a community that welcomes them just as they are; with all of their gifts and needs, their anxieties and their hopes. Thank you for being so attentive to those who come to us. Maybe these folks are not angels but you can be certain the angels in heaven are smiling. ----Pastor Dave Asendorf