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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.
 

“See, I am making all things new…”                          – Revelation 21:5

It’s January 2020. A new year, a new decade, is upon us. Seems like just yesterday we were partying like it’s 1999, and we were all worried about Y2K and all of our computers crashing. The older I get the more time seems to accelerate. We’re 2 decades into the 21st century already, and to me it feels like it’s just begun.

I’m not thinking about resolutions too much this year. Lent is only a couple of months away. We’ll have forty days – plenty of time to make changes then. Instead I’m thinking about God’s promise of newness that is coming. Newness is good news to my creaky knees and achy hips. Especially Revelation 21:5 where our Lord says, “See, I am making all things new.” John sees a “New Jerusalem” coming down out of heaven to earth. In the biggest surprise of all, our Lord makes his home here, on earth, among mortals. Listen to Revelation 21: 1-5:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; and they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; and he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.’ And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’

John’s vision of heaven coming to earth shouldn’t be a surprise, I suppose. During these 12 days of Christmas we’ve welcomed and worshipped Emmanuel (God with us), the One who came down from heaven to this world that God so loves. In coming months we’ll hear the story of his ministry here, and how he gave everything he had for the love of this planet and its people.

John’s vision is the best news ever to those who mourn, to those whose dreams have been dashed, and to all who’d like to “turn the page” on the past towards a new beginning. Our Lord promises that one day he will make all things new.

A new year is upon us, full of promise and possibility, a gift from the One who makes all things new. We enter the new year with confidence because our Lord Emmanuel holds you and me, he holds this world he so loves, and he holds our past, present, and future in his hands.

Happy New Year. God’s blessings to you and yours in 2020 and beyond!   ~ Pastor Mike

Upcoming Events And Announcements

 
PASTOR MIKE WILL BE OUT OF THE OFFICE from January 8th through January 28th.  He is having hip surgery.  Pastor Ginia Garrett will be available for any emergencies.  She can be reached at 321-292-0543.
 
Join us this Sunday, January 12th at 9:00 am for worship with Central MN Adult and Teen Challenge Choir.  They will sing and share their stories about restoring hope and struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.  
 
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!  
 
SALEM KIDS CLUB Kids club will be meeting on January 22nd and January 29th.  We can always use helpers to clean up as well as help with crafts and activities.  Contact Raye or Karla if you are able to help on either of these dates..  
 
A KIDS CLUB COORDINATOR is needed to plan 13 Wednesday events from January to May, and work with 2nd-6th grade kids and adult volunteers.  Kids Club meets on Wednesdays from 3:00- 5:00 pm.  This is a paid position.  Please call Mark Carlson at 218-851-7235 for more information.
 
 
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 the second Tuesday of each month 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 the second Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at Salem.
 
KOFFEE KLATCH at Heartwood, next meeting with be Friday, February 28th 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. The next meeting will be on February 6th.
 
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 meet on January 22nd and January 29th. Volunteers are needed to help with 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