About Us

About Salem UCC

Salem United Church of Christ of Rohrerstown is a small, friendly, Open and Affirming church in rural Lancaster, PA. We are welcoming to all who enter our doors and supportive of each other.

We demonstrate our love of music and fellowship during our coffee and social time each week before church service and with guest musicians participating before and during worship.

Community outreach is achieved through our focus on monthly mission projects and ongoing food collection for the local food bank.

Staff

Jonathan Paredes

Current Pastor

(Bridge Pastor)

Cathy Eckman

Council President

Sandy Pittenturf

Office Administrator

Mike Schober

Organist

Our Mission Statement

To live authentic spiritual lives in a changing world.

Our Vision

Embracing

each other, neighbors, and world community

Engaging

service, worship, and justice

Evolving

spiritually, socially, and individually

What does “Open & Affirming” mean?

Salem UCC (Rohrerstown) believes that all people are created in God’s image and thus are loved and blessed equally by God. We are a warm, welcoming congregation of imperfect people who invite and welcome to participate fully in the life of this church persons of every gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ability, race, nationality and social status, faith background, marital standing and family structure as we seek to grow together in a safe and nurturing community where we live out the belief that God is still speaking. We strive to show in all ways that “no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

Committees

Growing in Faith Team (GIFT)

This team plans activities for Sunday morning Children’s Church, our annual Easter Egg Hunt, Salem’s traditional Live Nativity, and some fun gatherings that we call Messy Church.

Finance Committee

This committee discusses all items related to Salem’s financials. They also maintain Salem’s budget, and weekly income/expenses.

Vitality Committee

Vitality committee meets to discuss the future of Salem. It aims to improve its impact inside the church and throughout the community.

Property/Facility Use

Property committee maintains the interior and exterior of all its buildings. Facility Use maintains relationships with all organizations that utilize Salem’s Buildings.

Social Justice and Social Action

This committee seeks to live out Salem’s ONA covenant and fulfill its requirement to be a peace church.

Bazaar Committee

Bazaar Committee works to create a successful Bazaar fundraiser each year. They do this through 30+ vendors, basket raffles, bake sales, and home made food.

Mission Outreach

Promote opportunities for Salem to benefit others in our community, nation, and world.

Worship and Music

This committee helps to plan meaningful, creative, worship services and maintain the choir, and bell choir.

Salem Servers/Fellowship

This committee works hard to provide home made food at each of Salem’s events.

Congregational Care

Congregational Care provides outreach to homebound, ill, and elderly members within the church or those related to them.

Our History

1825
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1825

A group of people from Lutheran and Reformed backgrounds met in a schoolhouse near the present site of Salem Church

1831
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1831

A frame church was built on this site and was called Zion Church.

1843
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1843

Reformed Congregation was formally organized.

1860
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1860

A new church was built of brick on the same site after the original building was destroyed in a fire. This new church was called Salem which in Hebrew means “Peace.”

1908
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1908

Construction of the present building was completed.

1927
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1927

Pipe organ installed (still in use).

1934
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1934

Salem’s official name became Salem Evangelical and Reformed Church of Rohrerstown.

1957
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1957

Salem’s official name became Salem United Church of Christ when four faith traditions, The Reformed Church, The Evangelical Church, The Congregation Church and The Christian Church, united under the biblical idea “That all may be one.”

1960
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1960

The Christian Education wing was added.

1973
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1973

The new parsonage was built to replace the previous parsonage which had been used since 1935.

1991
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1991

The sanctuary was upgraded and the new fellowship hall was added.

2018
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2018

Slate roof restoration on Main 1906 building.

2023
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2023

Exterior metal restoration and painting of bell tower and 1906 and 1927 building.

UCC Mission

Purpose Statement

(from the Gospel of Matthew)

To love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and our neighbor as ourselves.

Vision Statement

United in Christ’s love, a just world for all.

Mission statement

United in Spirit and inspired by God’s grace, we welcome all, love all, and seek justice for all.

What Community Partners utilize the property of Salem UCC?

Troop 71450 Girl Scouts of America

Pilot Club

Two Peas in a Pot, Caterer

Play and Learn Academy