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Welcome To Salem United Methodist Church!

printable2-(17-of-26)This Congregation has been active in Council Bluffs, Iowa  for almost 150 years. Striving to honor our history today, the church offers a fresh vision for worship and service.  A desire for the future of God’s kingdom is leading Salem to discover to whom and to what we are uniquely called.  It is in the midst of this exciting time that we welcome YOU!

Take a moment to review Salem’s active ministries.  We also welcome and encourage you to walk the halls of this Salem and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you in prayer and offer yourself a new during a t ime of worhip.  Together let us consider if God has placed Salem UMC in the midst of you or your family’s path to the future.

Finding Salem & Parking

Salem offers four (4) worship times on Sunday morning. As you turn south off of US 92, it might feel like you are driving up to a building hidden by a lot of trees. However, as you enter the lot you will see the Main South Entrance that is on the site ribbon at the top of the page. The parking sometimes looks full, but you can almost always find space in the East lot or around the North and West side of the building. So come on in and find a place. You are free to enter almost any door, but the main three are the Main South Entry, the Main North Entry by the Chapel Garden, and the Education Door facing the East Parking Lot on the Lower Level.

Greeting & Facilities

As you enter you will most likely be greeted by a member who is ready to help you find your way to the name tags, the coffee, and the sanctuary (Not nessesarly in that order.) The handicap accesable restrooms are in the main entrance hallway and two more sets or restrooms are avaliable just off the fellowship across from the kitchen, and also in the lower level education hallway. There is also a childrens bathroom with a changing table in the nursery, which is located just down the East hallway from the kitchen. Check in with the nursery attendant if you would like to have your children under 4 yrs attend the nursery during the service.


What To Expect

  • Salem UMC offers 4 adult worship services. Tuesday at 6:00 p.m at Manna Campus, and 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 at main campus.  See Worship Services for details
  • Salem UMC offers a nursery for infants and toddlers as well as a children’s worship service for children 3 through 5th grade during the 9:30 Worship Service.
  • Youth programs are offered for both Junior high and Senior high youth
  • Services are casual and include both singing and praise.
  • We invite you sing along with us!
  • Dress is casual. Expect to see everything from jeans to dress. Just be yourself and relax

Welcome Cards and Prayer Slips

You will find a welcome card in your bulletin packet to fill out and place in the offering plate. This slip is our attendance and address tracker. We offer a time for your personal prayers in all three services through our prayer slips also found in your bulletin. We will gather all the prayer slips during the opening music. If you choose to give during the offering time, know that your gifts will be used to directly pay for the ministry you experience during the worship as well as help to fund many wonderful ministries in and beyond the Council Bluffs area community. Through a theologically diverse and informal style, our goal is to actually “worship God,” not just talk “about God.” In the midst of the journey, we also intend to have some fun already!

Fellowship Time

Coffee and Fellowship are important here at Salem UMC. The building flow works well for this and one of our goals is to continue to feel like a family even though we are growing. There will usually be some folks at tables highlighting a particular ministry or event in the fellowship hall. It is one of our ways of sharing how we can be involved in other ways of gathering in celebration, growing in discipleship, and going in service.