About New Salem Lutheran Church

New Salem Lutheran Church welcomes Christians and those who seek to connect to Christianity in the Bellefontaine area.

We aim to make contact with and encourage others to join us in our life-changing Christian journey.

New Salem Lutheran Church in Bellefontaine, Ohio is a friendly Christian community where we welcome others to join us in our worship and service to God.

Our vision is to make an impact for God, here in Bellefontaine, Ohio by helping people understand the enriching messages of eternal hope given to us by Jesus Christ through His words and deeds.

Everyone is welcome, no matter your age, beliefs, or background. Come just as you are - we'd love to get to know you better.

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New Salem Lutheran Church
New Salem Lutheran Church
6646 State Route 540
Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311-9149
United States
Phone: (937) 468-2488
Fax: (937) 593-7193
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9:30 am Sunday

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History of New Salem Lutheran Church Bellefontaine OH

The New Salem Lutheran Church, 6646 E. State Route 540, is located just east of what was once a thriving rural agricultural village, New Jerusalem, and was founded in 1850 as a result of a prayer meeting at the local school house.

In 1851, the church purchased two acres of land for $15 and a church was constructed by the members using donated materials and labor.

A constitution was signed May 4, 1853, by the Rev. J.G. Shaefer, John Gable, John Hass, Daniel Arbegast, Jacob Wolf, Michael Unangst and Jacob Slonecker. These six and 48 others became the first membership.

In early years, women and girls sat on one side and men and boys on the other and collection baskets on long handles featured feathers on the end as a means to wake sleeping worshipers.

The first alter was built in 1945 and a basement was constructed west of the building in 1950. The church was then moved onto the basement. During that work, the sanctuary was extended and a porch and steps were added to the front of the building.

In 1961, Leroy Hostetler built a new alter and the pews were refinished. Two rooms were added upstairs and down in 1966 and in 1971, a well was drilled and restrooms were installed.

Most recently, the congregation was led by the Rev. Don Hare from 2008 until he retired in July 2013.

The church is linked in a charge with Philadelphia Lutheran Church, DeGraff, and currently is led by Ohio Lutheran Synod supply pastors for worship services beginning at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday.

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Lord Jesus, thou who art the way, the truth, and the life; hear us as we pray for the truth that shall make all free. Teach us that liberty is not only to be loved but also to be lived. Liberty is too precious a thing to be buried in books. It costs too much to be hoarded. Help us see that our liberty is not the right to do as we please, but the opportunity to please to do what is right.
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