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DECEMBER 5, 2021
Sunday Morning at 9:00 a.m
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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.


“For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.”
– II Corinthians 8:9
You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.”
– II Corinthians 9:11-12
We find our deepest joy when we give ourselves away – like our generous Lord did for us. It is how we express what it means to be created in God’s image.
Our congregation also exists to give itself away. The ministries we do together in Jesus’ name share our Lord’s generous love and blessing with the community and the world. This past year people I’d never met thanked me for the incredible experience their kids had at VBS. Single moms wept as they received household furnishings and Christmas gifts for their kids. Sick folks received communion and were lifted up in prayer. Grieving families were consoled and supported. These are just a few of the generous things you did in Jesus’ name. 
We’ve just completed a 3-year Capital Appeal for Salem’s Building Fund. Thank you for your gifts that will go to pay off Salem’s mortgage obligations. Now we turn our attention to our regular offerings which will fund Salem’s ministries in 2022.
Spend time the next 2 weeks reflecting on what God is calling us to do as a congregation next year. How will we achieve those ministry goals? Soon you’ll receive a 2022 Estimate of Giving Packet. Prayerfully consider how God is calling you to support Salem’s ministries. Then fill out the Estimate of Giving Form and bring it to worship on Commitment Sunday, November 14th. During that worship service we’ll all place our Estimates of Giving on the altar as part of our offering to God.
Thank you for your generosity and for all you do to serve our Lord. I look forward to all that God will do in and through us in the coming year!
– Pastor Mike


Children’s Christmas Program will be December 12th at 9:00 a.m.
Please put these meetings on your calendar!
1. Information Meeting for the congregation regarding the 2022 Proposed Budget will be held at 10am on Sunday, November 21st.
2. The ANNUAL MEETING of the Congregation will be December 5th following Worship (approx. 10am). Business will include budget approval and election of leaders.
On October 3rd the congregation voted unanimously to call Rev. Amanda Kempthorne to be a pastor at Salem. On Sunday October 17th we received word that she had accepted the call! Her last day at Lord of Life in North Pole, Alaska will be November 14th. Her boys’ last day of school will be December 6th, and then they’ll begin the long trek to Minnesota. Please keep Pastor Amanda and her family in your prayer as they say, “Good-bye” to their congregation and community, sell their home and many of their belongings, find a new home, pack and move. It’s a lot to do in a couple of months!  Pastor Amanda’s starting date will be January 1st. As we look forward to her arrival we remember the mutual relationship envisioned in her letter of call.
Additional Outreach News:
• Jason Kempthorne has accepted the position of Director of Outreach at Salem. Jason will begin his work on January 1, 2022.
• Salem WEST has a new employee – Lisa; they are washing clothes at full capacity with new washers – BUT THEY ARE IN NEED OF DRESSERS!


Salem’s Lil’ Free Pantry
Did you know that the Lil’ Free Pantry is heading into its second Minnesota winter? The pantry was begun by Salem Youth and is made of recycled material. This ministry is used by the community! Over $350.00 of groceries have been purchased and many donations of food have been given. THANK YOU to those who have donated and helped. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Kris Schmidt, 218-851-1362, or the Salem church office.
Do You Want to Make Memories to Last a Life Time?
Ask anyone who has attended the National Youth Gathering either as a student or a chaperone and they will tell you about the amazing experience and wonderful memories. Next summer (2022) the ELCA National Youth Gathering is being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There will be inspiring speakers, awesome music, opportunities to form friendships with others from all over the country, and so much more. If you want to share in this wonderful, faith-filled adventure, talk to Pastor Mike. You don’t have to spend days on a bus to reach the destination – it is right here in our state.


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.
DIAPER MINISTRY meets on 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 on the second Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at Salem.
KOFFEE KLATCH at Heartwood.  Come for devotions and fellowship with Pastor Mike and friends.
NIFTY NINETIES  “NIFTY NINETIES”  meet once a month, the first Thursday of each month at Heartwood at 1:00 p.m. 
Wednesdays, 6:30 a.m. in the library.  
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY – THE MEN’S BIBLE STUDY is meeting online by Zoom at 8:00 a.m. on Fridays. They’re studying
the weekly lectionary readings. All are
welcome. Contact Pastor Mike to receive a Zoom invitation.
FAITH FORMATION COMMITTEE – Meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
GRIEF GROUP – meets every 2nd Thursday at 12:30 p.m. 
Salem Activities 
for the Kids!
Salem Faith Formation Team –  Please contact Kris Schmidt if you are interested in joining us.  We are always looking for fresh ideas to build our youth and family ministry. Any and all brainstormers are welcome!

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:
Salem WEST
Telephone: (218) 534-4962    Email:    Website:
The Mustard Seed
Telephone: (218) 534-2945    Website: