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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.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”- Psalm 119:105
Willow Creek Community Church, a mega-church in Chicago, recently did a self study on the effectiveness of its ministry and programs. The report revealed that most of what they had been doing at Willow Creek for many years, and what they had taught literally millions of others to do, was not necessarily producing solid disciples of Jesus. Numbers, yes. Disciples, no.  They found that success was not determined by the size of the crowd, but by the transformation of lives. What they found to be most essential to mature discipleship is… wait for it… regular reading and study of scripture.
Bill Hybels, pastor at Willow Creek said, “We should have gotten people, taught people, how to read their Bible between services, how to do the spiritual practices much more aggressively on their own.”  About 100 years ago, a missionary in China urged missionaries planting churches in Korean to focus on adult Bible study programs.  One denomination did not adopt the missionary’s Bible study plan and today has 1.5 million members. Not bad. The Presbyterian Church did adopt the plan. Today it has 7.5 million members!  Choon Hyun Presbyterian Church,  a 30,000 member congregation in Seoul, still reminds worshippers in every Sunday bulletin that they are expected to read 3 chapters of the Bible every weekday and 5 chapters on Sundays.
Sometimes we try so hard to develop new things that we miss the tried and true practices that have nourished people of faith for thousands of years.  Salem’s 5 year plan calls all of us to engage in at least 2 “faith filled experiments” per year as we seek to learn effective new ways to “Welcome people to Jesus Christ, Equip people with a faith that works in their lives, and Send people out into the world in Jesus name.”  personal experiment I’d suggest for the new year is to try the Choon Hyun 3 chapters per day Bible reading plan. It only takes about 15 minutes a day, and you’ll get through the whole Bible in a year! There are many bible reading tools available. For example, will send you Bible readings by email or text message every day.  In addition, you might find a partner and talk about the daily readings over coffee or on the phone or online. I find that working with a friend helps to keep me on track – whether it’s daily exercise or reading and pondering God’s Word.
In 2018, find a way to get into the Bible that works for you, and bring a friend with you!  God bless your reading!   
Pastor Mike
P.S. Be sure to read and pray about the role you might play in Salem’s 5 Year Ministry Plan included in the January, 2018 newsletter. The plan was developed from the results of a retreat last February that about 40 Salem members attended. They prayed and read scripture and dreamed together about what God is calling Salem to do in the next 5 years. Thanks to all who attended, and to the “Dream Team” who condensed and focused the results into the 5 year plan.

Upcoming Events And Announcements

We would love to have you join our family here at Salem Lutheran Church.  New member orientation is Sunday January 21st at 11:15 a.m.  All who are interested in joining our Salem family are invited!  New members will be formally received during worship on January 28th.
Salem Movie Night!!!  Tuesday January 23rd.  More information coming.
Bible Camps Hiawatha or Vermilion for your children!  Sign them up now and take advantage of the early bird discount which ends February 15th.
Kid’s Own Worship will resume on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 9:15 a.m. ALL CHILDREN, age 3 through grade 6 are welcome!  We will be starting with Kids Own Worship again at 9:15 a.m. in the double classroom. We will be in the New Testament and learning about Jesus and his many stories. I hope to see all you kids there! I know Lucy, our silly pig, has missed seeing you too! Thank you for bringing your children on Sundays. It is so fun to hear their stories and share Jesus’ love with them. God bless and see you in 2018!
FINK (Faith Inkubators) Confirmation for students in grades 7, 8 & 9, has the following on the January Calendar: Wednesday, Jan 3, 17 and 31 —FINK Learning Event, 6:15-8pm.
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.

NO Quilting at Heartwood until March 1st at 6:30 p.m.
DIAPER MINISTRY We will gather to cut diapers on January 10th at 9am
LEGO CLUBfor children in grades K-6. Wednesdays, 5:15-6:00 p.m., will begin meeting again on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.
Salem Women’s Circle All women are welcome! 
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. 
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KOFFEE KLATCH at Heartwood, Friday, January 11, 2018 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 will resume on Tuesday,
January 9th 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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