Salem Church Paynesville MN

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Welcome to our 2020 Christmas video!  We wish that you were with us in person for the annual Christmas pageant at Salem Church.  However due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the current health risks, the board of directors voted to cancel this year's event.  In this video (see below), created by a few Salem supporters, you will see our best efforts to illustrate why there is such support to preserve the Salem Church and all it stands for.  We share a brief history of Salem and the Salem Christmas Pageant. We hope that this will help to explain why the church and the pageant mean so much to so many people.  Merry Christmas to all!  


Thank you for your memorials and donations that help to maintain the Salem Church & Cemetery.  We count on two offerings a year (August Salem Fest & the Christmas Program) to pay annual expenses such as insurance, lawn mowing & utilities.  If you would like to make a donation, please mail a check made out to: Salem Historical Church, c/o Vicki Jenniges, 38444 512th Ave, Paynesville MN 56362.  Thank you! 

Another new feature can be found on the tab 'CEMETERY INFO'. Click on Cemetery Records and you will see Excel spreadsheets of the West and East side burials in Salem Cemetery complete with birth and death dates.    


Salem Church Paynesville MN
Salem Church Paynesville MN

On January 3, 1998, the name was officially changed to 'The Salem HistoricaChurch Cemetery Association, Inc'.  The non-profit corporation has IRS 501(c)(3) status. Donations made to the Salem Church are tax deductible. 

In 1997 after a 30 year absence, a Christmas program was held at Salem Church. Two new furnaces were installed and now an old-fashioned Christmas program can again be held each year.   People bring gifts of food for the local food shelf and enjoy creating new traditions with their families.


Salem Church Paynesville MN

Salem Church is visible to all for miles around. This photo was taken from the top of the Wegner's silo just a mile to the north. 

Salem Church was closed to regular Sunday worship services in 1968.  Many weddings are still held each year at the church and an occasional funeral.

The folks in this hot air balloon had a great view of Salem one fine September day.