Salem Lutheran Church VBS 2020

Vacation Bible School - Concrete and Cranes Jesus Our Strong Foundation

I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  -Philippians 1:6

Salem has been filled with concrete and cranes, rivets and rebar, bulldozers and backhoes for many, many months.  It seems fitting to celebrate the completion of our Renewing God’s House project rediscovering ways to build our faith on Jesus as we uncover the truth that He who began a good work will be faithful to carry it on to completion!

The world as we know it has changed and we face many unknowns about our interactions in the coming months.  The Children, Youth and Family Team has decided to modify our annual VBS program, combining take home packets with multiple virtual opportunities for simple faith formation and fun.

Rather than expecting families to host one very full week of VBS in their homes, our daily themes will be presented as weekly themes starting July 5.  Families can walk through each theme at their own pace. The first week, each family will receive a CD of the theme music in their take home packets.  Weekly packs will include all supplies families need for a craft, service project, devotions, caring conversations and other theme related fun.  We will also create easy to access on-line faith building opportunities that support the theme each week.  We are very excited about the possibilities this year and hope you are too!


Grab your hard hat and safety vest and join us for five weeks of Vacation Bible School Fun! Each Sunday evening plan to pick-up your materials at Salem Lutheran Church (or if you selected home delivery -deliveries will be made Sundays between 4pm-6pm.)

Check your email for the link as there will be small group check-ins live on Zoom once a week.

Each week’s bag for Concrete and Cranes at Salem will have all materials included for:

• Bible story
• Craft
• Mission project
• Recreation

Adult Vacation Bible School - "Foundations"​


Watch your email for the Zoom link for Adult VBS or call the church office at 309-688-9212 to be added to the list.

Come join in faith and fun as Dave Griffith leads us in an adult Bible study, “Foundations,” as part of Concrete and Cranes Vacation Bible School.  This Bible Study is for adults of all ages and will build on the same solid themes and foundation the children will be learning during their virtual/at-home Vacation Bible School.  The class will meet on ZOOM on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm throughout Vacation Bible School. Please contact the church office (309-688-9212) if you wish to be added to this Bible Study.


“Concrete and Cranes” has special significance to the Salem Family this year as we are nearing the end of a major construction project. Adult Vacation Bible School is a new opportunity to give thanks for the foundation God has put before us and look forward to new relationships and ministry opportunities resulting from the Renewing God’s House project.  


Please join in this unique study on-line using Zoom.  Please call the church office (309-688-9212) if you have questions. 

Connect online!


Only those participants registered to Vacation Bible School will have access to the private Facebook Group (Salem Lutheran Church VBS 2020).

Concrete & Cranes Mission Project

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

A world where everyone has a decent place to live. 

Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.

Focus on shelter.

Advocate for affordable housing.

Promote dignity and hope.

Support sustainable and transformative development.

What is Habitat for Humanity?

Habitat for Humanity partners with people in your community, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families. Through our 2020 Strategic Plan, Habitat for Humanity will serve more people than ever before through decent and affordable housing.

Through our weekly on-line VBS resources, VBS families will have multiple opportunities to LEARN about Habitat for Humanity, PRAY for the work they do, GIVE to their organization, DO a variety of hospitality mission projects and ENCOURAGE others to do the same!

WEEK 5 PRAYER: Loving God, Transform our world and transform our hearts and minds. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Make us into one people, your people like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Amen.

To donate to Salem’s VBS Mission Project for Habitat, please make checks payable to:
Salem Lutheran Church and add “Habitat” to memo line.  You may mail checks to: 
Salem Lutheran Church; 1700 W. War Memorial Drive; Peoria, IL 61614
or drop your donation off if you pick up your VBS bags at church.

You may also make your donation on-line by clicking here.

Learn more about Habitat for Humanity at

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Salem Lutheran Church's Renewing God's House Together - Take a Tour!

Salem has been filled with concrete and cranes, rivets and rebar, and backhoes for many, many months. It seems fitting to celebrate the completion of our Renewing God’s House project rediscovering ways to build our faith on Jesus as we uncover the truth that He who began a good work will be faithful to carry it on to completion!

Take a tour with Council President Dave Rees of the project progress.

In response to the recent Health Advisory issued by Peoria City/County Health Department describing rising levels of COVID cases and concerns, the planned outdoor worship service has been cancelled. Worship will still take place live at 6pm, but with worship leadership only. It will be recorded and available for viewing by 8am on Sunday, July 26.
This decision is not taken lightly but very seriously as we strive to follow health officials recommendations and cautions. We do this because we love one another and want what’s best for one another. In this time of pandemic, that means refraining from indoor as well as outdoor gatherings of larger sized groups.

The drive by farewell for Kristen will still take place on Sunday beginning at 10:30am as we will remain in our cars. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Pastor Craig
Craig Swenson, Senior Pastor