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Sunday Mornings

At Salem

Traditional Worship – 8:15 a.m.
Contemporary Worship – 10:00 a.m.
Christian Education for Children
(Kids Own Worship) – 9:15 a.m. 
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.
“I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,…” – Ephesians 3:18-19a
Years ago, my bishop, Lowell Erdahl, wrote an article in the synod newsletter encouraging St. Paul Area Synod pastors and leaders to ponder the basics of their faith during Lent. Even though it’s kind of wonkish and dry, I kept it, and I find myself returning to it year after year because it helps me remember who I am and what I am to be about in this strange business called ministry. He wrote (quoting his book “Preaching for the People”):
“For us as Lutherans getting back to the basics involves a review of the distinction between the gospel and the law…
Concerning the Gospel
1. The preaching of the Gospel does not demand a response of faith. It creates a response of faith.
2. The Gospel does not demand anything. It is not a demand, but an offer.
3. The preaching of the Gospel does not command me to be active for God. It invites me to be passive toward
God and to let God act.
4. The Gospel does not tell me that God will love me if I repent and have faith. It tells me I can repent and
have faith because God loves me.
5. The Gospel does not tell me what to do to get God to love me. It tells me there is nothing I can do to get
God to stop loving me.
Concerning the Law
1. The law does not impose morality upon me. It exposes the immorality and mortality within me.
2. The law does not strengthen my defenses. It breaks them down and exposes my need of grace.
3. The law does not show me the way to God. It declares that there is no way from me to God.
4. The law does not contradict the Gospel. We preach the law in the context of the Gospel.
5. The law is not just for the pagan non-Christian. It is also for the non-Christian pagan within all Christians.
6. The preaching of the law is not to condemn, but to convict and correct. Persons in Christ are free from
the condemnation of the law but no one is free from the law’s conviction and correction.
God bless you on your Lenten pilgrimage! Let me know what you think as you ponder and pray over the meaning of gospel and law. Do you agree or disagree? Would you state some of his theses differently?  May grace abound among us as we live with and explore “the breadth and length and height and depth” of the good news this Lent and Easter season!
– Pastor Mike

Upcoming Events And Announcements

Maundy Thursday, March 29 – 6:30 p.m.
Good Friday, March 30 – 6:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 1 – 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday Suppers during Lent are hosted by Salem Youth from 5:00-6:15 p.m. in the fellowship hall.  All funds will be used for Youth events throughout the year.
First Communion Classes will be on Sundays at 11:15 a.m. March 4, 11 and 18.
Salem Youth are preparing to go to Houston for the 2018 National Youth Gathering this summer.  “Adopt a Mile” donation board is located in the hallway between the sanctuary and the fellowship hall.  On Sunday, February 18th, there will be an announcement telling us how this all works.  If you can’t be here on Sunday and would like to know more, contact Kris Schmidt or Dee Dee Frahm.
Kid’s Own Worship WILL NOT meet on Sundays during Lent!!
Watch for announcements
when it will resume!
FINK (Faith Inkubators) Confirmation for students in grades 7, 8 & 9.  Will not be held during Lent, students will instead be worshipping with their Faith Mentors on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
National Youth Gathering:  The youth will again be hosting the Lenten Suppers, which will begin on February 14, 2018. More information and a sign up for those wishing to provide the meal will be announced in the February Connection and posted in the information center.  Thank you to all who came to Super One to have your groceries bagged and support the group of kids and adults who will be heading down to Houston in July.
Men’s Fishing Retreat:  Now that we all have our 2018 calendars and are making summer plans, take time to flip the pages to July and pencil (only God writes in ink) in the dates for the 2018 men’s retreat. July 16th will be the day we depart Salem for four enjoyable days at Kec’s Cove resort on beautiful Kabetogama Lake. The friendly crew at Kec’s will once
again be providing us fine dining, comfortable cabins and a room for our evening discussions. Our retreat planners would like to have the same problem that we had in 2011 when we had more men signed up than
Kec’s had cabins/bed for. Some last minute situations arose and a few had to cancel which left us with the correct number of guys so I didn’t end up sleeping on my boat.  Reserve your space on this much anticipated annual event by getting your $50.00 deposit into the church office now while you are in the summer event planning stage.   Click here for registration form.
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, Thursday, March 1st at 6:30 p.m.
DIAPER MINISTRY We will gather to cut diapers on March 14th at 9am
LEGO CLUBfor children in grades K-6. Wednesdays, 5:15-6:00 p.m..
Salem Women’s Circle All women are welcome! Meeting March 8th at 9:30 am
PRAYER SHAWLS were blessed by Pastor Mike and will be available to anyone desiring to have one for themselves or for a loved one in need of comfort. They can be found above the coat racks in the narthex. Any questions, contact Laurie Ogard.  
MEALS ON WHEELS, the next date Salem will serve is on Thursday, March 1st at 11:15 a.m.
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KOFFEE KLATCH at Heartwood, Friday March 11, at
11:00 a.m. Come for devotions
and fellowship with Pastor
Mike and friends.
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.
LESSONS FOR LIFE is an informal evening Bible Study for adults and gatherings are Tuesday at 6pm. These studies last for exactly ONE HOUR and currently the group is studying the
Gospel text for the upcoming Sunday. Pastor Mike joins the group whenever possible. Come when you
can! Everyone is welcome.
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