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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.
 
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign.  Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.”
– Isaiah 7:14
 
The phone rang in my office. I picked it up and said “Hello.” “Mr. Briggs? This is Principal Anderson at the elementary school. I am calling about your son…”
 
Instantly my blood ran cold with dread. A thousand thoughts ran through my head before he even finished his sentence. “We’re new in town.  How could he be in trouble already?  With the principal, no less!  The kid’s only been in school for a few months.  I wonder what he did?  Everything seemed ok when I dropped him off this morning.  Maybe he’s sick… No, the principal wouldn’t call if he was sick. Just wait until I get home. I’m going to ground him for the rest of his life…”
 
“Mr. Briggs, I just called to say what a joy it has been to have your son in our school…” And everything changed.  All my dread turned to joy, and maybe even into a little inappropriate parental pride.  Principal Anderson’s word changed everything.
 
Advent – the season before Christ’s coming – is like that moment when you pick up the phone and hear the Principal’s voice.  Anticipation.  Dread.  Excitement.  You’re not sure what this will mean.  And you wait for the word that will change everything.
 
Advent is like the moment when the lights go out in the concert hall, and the conductor raises his baton, and the music is about to begin. Advent is like game day during the play-offs, the time between tailgating and the kick-off, when the whole crowd is electric with anticipation. Advent is like the time when the jury has come to a verdict, and passed their decision to the judge, just before she reads it aloud.
 
Advent is like the time in the deer stand just before dawn.  You feel like you can see, but you can’t really see yet.  Are those antlers or branches?  Is it moving?  And your heart is pounding as you wait for the light. Advent is a season of hope and anticipation, of waiting and watching and getting ready for the coming of God into our world. 
 
Our Lord came in tiny Bethlehem so long ago, and almost nobody noticed.  Our Lord came on Easter morning after that terrible Friday, and changed fugitives into apostles.  Our Lord comes again today in words spoken over our lives.  I wonder what will the advent of God be for you this year?
 
Finally our Lord comes with judgment, grace and mercy on the last day, to take us to himself, to make us and all of earth’s people his own.  Come Lord Jesus! ~ Pastor Mike

Upcoming Events And Announcements

FALL/WINTER MUSIC REHEARSALS

Salem Ringers practice on Mondays, at 7:15 pm. 

Salem Praise Team practice on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. 

Salem Choir practice on Wednesdays, at 6:00 pm

Kennedy, Noreen, Becky, and Kevin invite you to join us. We gladly welcome part-time participants.  Let’s make a joyful noise unto the Lord!  
 
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CANTATA
Salem Lutheran Church of Deerwood proudly presents its annual cantata on December 7TH and 8TH.  Entitled “Ceremony of Candles,” the cantata was composed by Joseph M. Martin and incorporates contemporary arrangements of classic carols, exciting original songs, and powerful poetic narration that celebrates the birth of Jesus.  The ecumenical cantata brings together over 30 area musicians of several denominations under the direction of Kennedy Niska. “Ceremony of Candles” will be performed at Salem on Saturday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 8th at 9:00 a.m. There will also be a performance at Heartwood on Sunday, December 8 at 1:00 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.  
 
THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION will be on Sunday, December 8th at 10:30 a.m.  Agenda items include, but are not limited to, adoption of a 2020 budget and election of Salem council and committee members and representatives.  Please plan to attend as we make decisions about the direction of Salem’s ministry in 2020.  
 
SALEM ADVENT LUNCHEON Sarah Circle will be hosting our annual Advent potluck luncheon on Wednesday, December 11th at noon at Salem.  Bring a dish to share and join with us as we remember the Advent Season.  Everyone is welcome!!  
 
SALEM KIDS CLUB Kids club will be having its 2nd annual Christmas Make and Take on Dec. 11th from 3:15 until 5:30.  The event is open to Kids and their families.  Bring your kids, grand kids or neighbors for a fun filled event.  A meal will be offered.  Volunteers are needed to help with a craft projects which will be set up at tables in the fellowship hall.  We can always use helpers to clean up as well.  Contact Raye or Karla if you are able to be a part of this fun event.  
 
CHRISTMAS EVE candle light services will be at Salem on December 24th at 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm.  
 
LESSONS & CAROLS will be on December 29th at the 9:00 am service.
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 December 11th 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 on Thursday, December 12th 9:30 a.m. at Salem.
 
KOFFEE KLATCH at Heartwood, meets Friday, December 27th at 1:00 p.m.  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. This month our meeting will be on December 5th.
 
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDIES
Wednesdays, 6:30 a.m. in the library.  
 
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY – All men are welcome Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. in the conference room.
Salem Activities for the Kids!
 

SALEM KIDS CLUB Kids club will be having its 2nd Annual Christmas Make and Take on Dec. 11th from 3:15 until 5:30.  The event is open to Kids and their families.  Bring your kids, grand-kids or neighbors for a fun filled event.  A meal will be offered.  Volunteers are needed to help with a craft projects which will be set up at tables in the fellowship hall.  We can always use helpers to clean up as well.  Contact Raye or Karla if you are able to be a part of this fun event.

 

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