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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.
I had a dead patch in my lawn so I threw some seed on it early this spring. I must not have been careful with my spreading. Grass came up in the dead patch as planned. It also came up in the mulched landscaping nearby and in the cracks between the paving stones in the sidewalk. I wouldn’t be surprised if it doesn’t start growing up through the blacktop!
I learned that seeds grow. I’m sure less than half of them survived – judging by my sloppy sowing – but now, two months later, there’s grass where there wasn’t grass before. I suppose I’ll have to pull out the Round Up to stop it from growing in places I didn’t want it.
When you’re sowing, you never know which particular seeds will grow and thrive. So my strategy has been to sow generously – just to make sure… And in spite of my sloppy sowing and intermittent watering, there is a “harvest.” The seeds grow and the lawn is lush and green.
This month we hear several parables about the sloppy and wonderful generosity of God. God is like a sower who throws seed everywhere – on the path, in the rocks, in the weed patch, and in the field. The sower’s sloppiness is rewarded with a breathtaking harvest – 30, 60, 100 times what was sown. God is like a farmer who allows wheat and weeds to grow together to avoid damaging the precious wheat before the harvest. The Kingdom of heaven is like a man who found treasure buried in a field. He re-buried it and in joy, sold all he had to buy that field.
God has been so generous with us. The seed of the Word has been planted in us, taken root and grown. It has been nurtured in spite of the weeds growing all around. And the treasure is, there is a harvest coming that is so good you’d gladly sell all you have to be part of it. The Parable of the Sower calls followers of Jesus to be just as generous with others. Sow the seed, the good news of God’s grace, generously. You never know which seeds will sprout and grow. The promise is, some will, and the harvest will not only surprise you, it will take your breath away.
Pastor Mike

Upcoming Events And Announcements

VBS Week of June 15th  –     See Pictures from VBS week here!

VBS – For ALL children
The Salem Faith Formation team is bringing BOLT, a backyard faith toward Jesus VBS program, to Salem. Bolt is an online VBS program that can be done in your home or backyard, using materials most of us have laying around the house. Bolt is easy to access with your smartphone or computer and we can make it available to children and families in the local area, or we can send it to your friends and grandchildren who may not be in the area. Don’t worry Moms and Dads, we are going to make this as easy as possible for you!  We will have families complete the 4 day curriculum in their homes. It takes about an hour to an hour and a half to complete each day, depending on how long your kids play the games or work on the activities. Written instructions and materials will be provided to local families. Instructions are also available online, once you are registered and we have sent you the link. We would like families to participate in VBS the week of June 15, and send us pictures of their children playing the games or activities. We’ll post the pictures on Salem’s website so you can see how all your friends participated as well. Of course, if that week doesn’t work for your family, you can do it at another time.

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Salem WEST will begin accepting drop-off donations on Monday, April 20th by appointment ONLY! No unscheduled drop-offs will be accepted. This is to ensure safety of our staff and keep social distancing guidelines in place. We are not picking up donations at this time.  We are especially in need of the following: couches, loveseats, kitchen table and chairs, dressers/chest of dressers, microwaves, toasters, crib sheets, and non-feather bed pillows. Please refer to our website for a complete list of items we cannot accept, as these will be refused at donation.
• Please arrive at your designated time.
• A mask or face covering will be required.
• A staff member will look through donations prior to directing to the proper unloading location.
• Please bring someone to help you if there is a large amount or large items to unload.
To discuss your donation and schedule a drop-off time, please call 218-534-4962.
Dee Dee
Manager, Salem WEST
(218) 534-4962
Campership applications Salem Lutheran Church Memorial Committee offers financial support to children/youth who are members of Salem and are registered for summer Bible Camp. Forms to apply for this campership are located in the Narthex on a podium next to the Welcome table.
MEN’S FISHING RETREAT July 13—16, 2020
at Kec’s Kove on beautiful Lake Kabetogama.  Attention: There is a place for YOU on the Retreat!  Don’t miss out on this unique time away for fishing, fellowship and faith! Men should sign up as soon as possible. If the retreat needs to be cancelled, the deposit
will be refunded or held for the next retreat.  Registration forms are available by clicking here.
THE INTRO TO THE BIBLE CLASS for those who are receiving their first Bibles and their parents will be held online on Zoom Sunday May 3rd at 10:30 a.m. Because we do not know when we will be able to gather for worship again, parents will place the scriptures in their child’s hands at the end of the class, thereby keeping the promise they made at their child’s baptism.
CONFIRMATION CLASSES have resumed online on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. They’re finishing up their study of the 10
Commandments. 9th Grade students will be completing their Faith Statements and doing final interviews. Please keep our young people in your prayers as they complete their work.
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, next meeting with be Friday, March 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. 
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. Call/text (715-410-5404) or
email ( 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 12:00 p.m.
Salem Activities 
for the Kids!
Virtual Vacation Bible School – June 2020 – For ALL children (see announcements above for more details).
The Salem Faith Formation Team meets again Tuesday June 2 at 6:30 via ZOOM. Please contact Kris Schmidt at or
218-851-1362 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
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