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Salem Lutheran Church Deerwood MN – a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) – is a church alive with vibrant ministries, worship and a commitment to “love and serve God by loving and serving people.”  Come as you are, but know that the God of Jesus Christ loves you too much to leave you that way.  He wants to mold you, shape you, and use you, so that you can make a difference in his name. Come grow with us!  A good place to begin is worship on Sunday mornings.
 

It’s Great to be Alive in God’s Great Northwoods!” In August of 2014 Rev. David Lose, the former president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and the current Sr. pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, wrote “Thank God for Church Camps.” “Church camps are, in my opinion, one of the treasures of the church, a treasure that is simultaneously highly valued and grossly undervalued.  It’s valued by those thousands of persons who had their faith nurtured at camp, had their leadership skills strengthened at camp, and had their identity stretched and enriched at camp”. “At the same time, I don’t think outdoor ministries receive nearly the support they deserve from congregations or adjudicatories (synods, presbyteries, conferences, etc.) that they deserve.  I understand, of course, that there are numerous demands on the dwindling resources of church bodies, but I’d argue that we underfund camps at our peril”. “Why?  Not only because of the positive impact church camps have on those who attend them, but also because I think that camps offer a model of more effective and faithful congregational ministry in today’s world.  The counselors and camp pastors, you see, not only have as their goal to help campers – whether kids, young adults, or adults at family camp – grow in their faith, but they’ve also figured out that in order to help people grow in their faith, they – the counselors and pastors – often have to get out of the way.  That is, one of the huge reasons camp is so formative is that participants are invited to pray out loud and for each other, not just to listen to someone else pray.  Campers of all ages are invited to retell the biblical story through songs, stories, skits, and more, not simply listen as someone else teaches about the story.  Campers share their gifts in worship leadership rather than just watch as someone else “does it right,” which means each and every service both follows a recognizable pattern yet also is distinctly and wonderfully different because of the contributed gifts of those in attendance”. “Camp staff, in short, know that faith is caught, not taught, and that you learn best by doing. Which is why I think they provide an interesting model for those who are interested in nurturing a different kind of faith community in and through our congregations. Because if we want to create congregations where the people in attendance aren’t simply gratefully receiving the performance of the pastor, but instead are learning the key skills of living as a Christian themselves, then we have a lot to learn from our church camps.  So on this Tuesday, two days after spending some time this weekend with the great folks at Camp Calumet, an ELCA camp in Freedom, New Hampshire, I want to give thanks to God publically and loudly for the fantastic, formative ministry of church camps and pray that we’re both supporting them as we can and paying attention to what they’re doing.” We will get a little taste of what happens at camp during VBS June 24-28.  That week camp will come to Salem.  Three VLM counselors will lead VBS using the Day Camp model. You can still register for a week at camp this summer at vlmcamps.org.  All Salem members are eligible to receive a campership (1/2 the cost of camp) from Salem’s Memorial Team.  Don’t miss it.  As they say at VLM, “It’s great to be alive in God’s great Northwoods!”   Pastor Mike

 

Upcoming Events And Announcements

  PENTECOST SUNDAY is June 9th.  Wear red to worship as we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit.  
 
 

**Vacation Bible School Information has changed** PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE.    A message from Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry: “…after looking at every possible scenario, VLM just cannot adequately staff the Day Camp program in 2019 and therefore will need to cancel the program for the summer.” After hearing this disheartening news about the cancellation of our upcoming Day Camp (and each of the other 23 Day Camps that VLM would have hosted across MN this summer), the Salem Faith Formation team has decided to revert to our tradition format for Vacation Bible School this summer.  We hope that everyone can understand the reason for this change.  We feel that this is be best choice for us to provide the highest quality program for the kids attending.  VBS is what we know after allk The Dates Remain the same: Mon-Fri, June 24-28  The time has changed, we will be doing a half day program as we have traditionally done for our VBS:   9:00-noon Cost remains the same: $15/child for k-6th grade, $10 for preschool, $30/family Snacks will be provided by Salem, no need to bring a lunch. REGISTRATION FORM  We ask for patience as we navigate this news and the necessary adaptations. *If your forms are already in for the VLM Day Camp, there is no need to turn in a new form. For questions concerning VBS, or to volunteer (which we are in dire need of!), contact Pastor Mike or any member of the Faith Formation Team.  Thank you in advance for your understanding!!  The Faith Formation Team and many VBS volunteers will be working hard over the next month to plan a fun, and quality program which has been an important part of our Children’s Ministry throughout the years.

 
 
CHURCH CAMPING 2019 – Dear Church Family, Did you know that a bunch of us Salemites go camping together? We have been doing this for almost 20 years. We have trailers, motorhomes, RV’s and yes even tents. We used to go to Two Harbors, and the last several years we have been going to Trails RV north of Walker MN. We have several sites reserved for Sunday afternoon, June 16 -19th (check out 11:00 am). Think about joining us. You DO NOT have to be a member of our church to join us. Everyone is welcome. Bring along another camper too!  I have lots of details if you are interested. My phone number is 218-546-5794.  There are biking trails, golf courses, swimming pool, and a playground. Some of our men take fishing boats along for those of you who like to fish. We have some of the world’s best fisherman in our group!!! There are lots of shops & eating out is an option too. There is even a great greenhouse that some of have to check out each year. We do have cable TV and internet at the office for you that need that.  We try to have a pot luck meal (Tuesday evening) and also campfire/ sharing each evening, and/or bible study in the evenings for an hour or so. Pastor is planning on the study for Tuesday evening. We have even had members of our congregation come for the afternoon, stay for the pot luck and study. Some of just kick back and relax!!!  We strive to keep our units close together so if you are scheduled to go with us and cannot make it, please let me know ASAP. I will cancel all the sites we do not need. Remember our deadline for reservations/cancellations is Memorial Day Weekend. God Bless, Becky Guida
 
Well, 2019 is here and we all have new calendars.  This is the time for penciling in the dates of the 2019 men’s retreat to keep those days open for this annual event. Days are getting longer and soft water will be here before you know it.  This year’s Salem Men’s Retreat will take place July 15th through July 18. Our good friends at Kec’s Kove on beautiful Lake Kabetogama will host our group once again. Their hospitality has been unequaled for the past number of years and that keeps us coming back for more. If you have never gone to our retreat at Kab, you will be in for a great treat. Our evening bible discussions have been very casual and usually led by our pastor. I, for one, am inspired and blessed with new insights and inspirations after each trip.  As in the past, we encourage members to invite non Salem-ites to attend. The “Send” part of our Welcome, Equip and Send motto is evidenced when we take our faith into the community and promote the word to others.  So, mark your calendars with the dates July 15-18 filled in for Men’s Retreat. Registration forms will soon be available on line (for our snowbirds) and at the kiosk in the Narthex. Soft water is just around the corner. Until then, sweet dreams of walleye, northern, bass and perhaps a monster sturgeon bending your rods and stretching your six pound test lines. $50.00 will reserve your place on this much anticipated event.  If you are at all curious about this much anticipated time of fellowship and fishing, talk to any of our past retreat participants. They will be happy to share their experience.  Salem’s Retreat Committee
 

SALEM WOMEN’S RETREAT Mark your calendar for our SALEM WOMEN’S RETREAT on Church Island, Bay Lake this fall.  The retreat will be held October 11-13.  We have room for about 40 women.  The weekend is filled with fun, fellowship, and great food!  More information to come in July and August.  Questions? Contact Ellen Uglem (218-866-0012).

 
IN STITCHES meets on Tuesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. to knit or crochet prayer shawls or other items to be given in times of sickness or grief. Meeting times in the fellowship hall.
 
PIECEMAKERS quilt group meets each Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief, missions and people in need in our community.
 
QUILTING AT HEARTWOOD,  meets to make quilts at Heartwood.  
 
DIAPER MINISTRY meets June 12th at 9:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall.  You are welcome to come and help cut t-shirts to be made into diapers and other items.  
 
SALEM WOMEN’S CIRCLE will meet June 13th at 9:30 a.m.
 
KOFFEE KLATCH at Heartwood, meets Friday June 14th at 11:00 a.m.  Come for devotions and fellowship with Pastor Mike and friends.
 
NIFTY NINETIES  Back in the summer of 2018 when I had reached my  “milestone” birthday, I realized that several other Salem ladies had also reached that age. (I hadn’t wanted anyone to know”) When several of us attended Mina Nystrom’s 90th birthday celebration, I asked those present what they thought about forming a group of ladies that would meet once a month to reminisce and make new friends. Thus, this is what happened.  We became known as the “NIFTY NINETIES” and meet once a month, the first Thursday of each month at Heartwood at 1:00 p.m.
 
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDIES Wednesdays, 6:30 a.m. in the library Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. in the conference room.
 
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY – All men are welcome Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. in the conference room.
Salem Activities for the Kids!
 

**Vacation Bible School Information has changed** PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE A message from Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry: “…after looking at every possible scenario, VLM just cannot adequately staff the Day Camp program in 2019 and therefore will need to cancel the program for the summer.” After hearing this disheartening news about the cancellation of our upcoming Day Camp (and each of the other 23 Day Camps that VLM would have hosted across MN this summer), the Salem Faith Formation team has decided to revert to our tradition format for Vacation Bible School this summer.  We hope that everyone can understand the reason for this change.  We feel that this is be best choice for us to provide the highest quality program for the kids attending.  VBS is what we know after all! The Dates Remain the same: Mon-Fri, June 24-28  The time has changed, we will be doing a half day program as we have traditionally done for our VBS:   9:00-noon Cost remains the same: $15/child for k-6th grade, $10 for preschool, $30/family Snacks will be provided by Salem, no need to bring a lunch.   REGISTRATION FORM  We ask for patience as we navigate this news and the necessary adaptations. *If your forms are already in for the VLM Day Camp, there is no need to turn in a new form. For questions concerning VBS, or to volunteer (which we are in dire need of!), contact Pastor Mike or any member of the Faith Formation Team.  Thank you in advance for your understanding!!  The Faith Formation Team and many VBS volunteers will be working hard over the next month to plan a fun, and quality program which has been an important part of our Children’s Ministry throughout the years.

 

Sunday School

All children are welcome in our mixed age class, where we play games, do crafts, and learn about Jesus while having fun! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Salem Lutheran Church
21276 Archibald Road – PO Box 100 – Deerwood, MN 56444
Telephone:  (218) 534-3309   Email: office@salemdwd.org
 
Salem WEST
Telephone: (218) 534-4962    Email:  west@salemdwd.org    Website:  salemwestdwd.org
 
The Mustard Seed
Telephone: (218) 534-2945    Website:  salemwestdwd.org