Salem UCC - Who We Are...

Core Beliefs

  • We believe in the triune God
  • We believe that each person is unique and valuable
  • We believe that each person is on a spiritual journey
  • We believe that the persistent search for God produces an authentic relationship with God
  • We believe that all the baptized belong body and soul to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
  • We believe that all people of faith are invited to join Christ at Christ's table for the sacrament of Communion
  • We believe the UCC is called to be a united and uniting church
  • We believe that God calls us to be servants in the service of others and to be good stewards of the earth's resources
  • We believe that the UCC is called to be a prophetic church
  • We believe in the power of peace
  • We are a people of possibility

God is still speaking...


History of Salem UCC

1825: A group of people from Lutheran and Reformed backrounds met in a schoolhouse near the present site of Salem Church


1831: A frame church was built on this site and was called Zion Church.


1843: Reformed Congregation was formally organized.


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:  Construction of the present building was completed.


1934:  Salem’s official name became Salem Evangelical and Reformed Church of Rohrerstown.


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: The Christian Education wing was added.


1973: The new parsonage was built to replace the previous parsonage which had been used since 1935.


1991: The sanctuary was upgraded and the new fellowship hall was added.


In the ensuing years, the congregation of Salem UCC has accepted the challenge of being good stewards of the property. They have taken on and (nearly) retired the debt for major maintenance and renovations including but not limited to the following projects.

  • repaving the parking lot
  • painting the sanctuary
  • repairing the slate roof
  • remodeling the parlor
  • renovating the bell tower
  • stabilizing the masonry
  • updating the sound system



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