Join Us for a 4 Week Class – It’s Personal
You don't have to understand everything to believe in something...
This series is directed to people who want to improve their personal connection with God, but who have genuine questions, doubts, and concerns. We will utilize a video series by Andy Stanley who makes a case for the fact that adults don't become followers of Christ by getting all their questions answered. In most instances, something happens that impacts those questions. And that something is always personal. Each video will be followed by discussion to explore what it means to us.
Classes are offered Wednesday nights from 7:15 – 8:30, starting Wednesday, October 22 through Wednesday, November 19. (Note to Parents: This class was scheduled on Wednesdays as it is a night that is typically less scheduled with school and sports events.) We hope that you’ll join us!
I never tire of clouds – especially when I'm above them.
Thanks to the generous donation of some person or persons, I am in Chicago right now waiting for the first day of a three day "brush up" in public speaking. Actually, it's more like a "bath" – up in front, being videotaped and critiqued. Fun! ;-) But good. Seminars or not, every day is another day to learn.
And on the flight here, I saw some pretty stunning clouds from my window seat. Beautiful.
Last Easter we took a survey with one question: "If you could ask God anything, what would it be?" That’s “above the clouds” stuff, isn’t it? And we got some wonderful, thought-provoking answers. I wish we could respond to them all, but we will take a stab at the most popular ones, which fell into four categories. These four will be the themes for the Sundays of September 14 through October 5 – themes all picked by you! – entitled “BIG QUESTIONS”.
"Getting above the clouds" is important once in a while to try to get a sense of the "big picture." Saron leaders do this when they ask, “What is best for the common good of the people of Saron and their mission?” Recently they have been applying that to our worship experience and the answer they have come up with is: fill our music staff needs and make a change to our worship space.
So, first, staffing needs: as of August 18 we were in the process of interviewing candidates to fill two spots because, after "getting above the clouds", it became evident that each service needs someone dedicated to the unique styles and groups of people leading each of those services. Consequently, for the 8:45 service we are interviewing people to lead hymns and other music and accompany the choir. For the 10:30 service we are looking for someone to lead the Praise Band. Two distinct styles for one very unique and blessed congregation!
Second, space: “getting above the clouds” and looking at the big picture helped us see that more space was needed for the Senior Choir and the Praise Band. It has been difficult to, nearly every Sunday, set up and take down chairs and equipment in the transition between services. For this reason we will be opening up the space on the left side of the front of the sanctuary (by the baptismal font) so the Praise Band and equipment can move to that side. This will make it easier for both groups to do their jobs of leading us in worship. It will also, however, create a change in how we do communion. We will be going back to "stations" as the normal way of serving communion, rather than kneeling. Personally, I am going to miss offering kneeling because I know that it is meaningful to some. But when we take a moment to get "above the clouds" and see what will enhance our overall worship experience it made the most sense.
Most of all, “getting above the clouds” shows us that the struggles of our daily lives are not the whole picture, and opens up to us a view of God’s goodness and love – expressed most clearly on the cross – a love for which we will never grow tired.
Join us on Saturday, September 27, 2:00p - 4:00p as we pack nutritious meals for people around the world at Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids. Families are welcome to participate (min. age is 5) and anyone can ride with us on the bus. You can sign up in the narthex or at volunteer.fmsc.org using code 496181. Please indicate on the sheet in the narthex if you will be riding the bus.
Looking for 16 - 18 people aged 35 - 105 years old to play some co-ed softball on Sundays at the Big Lake High School softball field. Sunday September 21 - Sunday October 26 from 4:00p - 6:00p (6 sessions). Cost is $22 per person. Register at Community Education Big Lake by calling 763-262-2523 or contact Deb Johnson at 763-568-5558 for further information.
Volunteers are needed to help! Both people with sewing machines and those without!
Women's Small Group Study meets every Monday from 9:30-11:00 am. This study is open to women of all ages, each bringing a unique perspective and different experiences to the group that will enrich our lives and our time together.
This study will be based on books that will be chosen as a group. The book that was selected and will begin on August 25th is Unveiling Mary Magdalene: Discover the Truth About a Not-So-Bad Girl of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs.
Discover the Gospel truth about the most myth-understood woman of the New Testament. Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute? An adulteress? The wife of Jesus? An ancient goddess?
You can register online by clicking here.
Looking forward to our time together!
Register for the 2014 - 2015
Sunday School Year
Kingdom Keeper's, the Children's Ministry of Saron Lutheran Church is dedicated to building partnerships with children and their families to nurture a strong foundation of faith through experiencing and sharing God's love.
Our events and activities are centered around experiencing God's love and learning by spending time doing the Bible lesson, not just listening to it!
All of our activities, interactive worship, games, skits, and more are relevant and age appropriate for children in this fast paced ever changing world we live in!
Sunday School registration for the 2014-2015 school year has begun! Prices are $25 per child with a $60 family maximum after July 1st.
You can register in person Sunday mornings or online by clicking here.
Recipes Wanted! We are creating a God's Grub cookbook to commemorate our community of Saron! We have been celebrating our wonderful community and God's love through our monthly meals and we want to make a lasting memorial of our great get-togethers.
We are asking for anecdotes and memorable moments from God's Grub, favorite bible verses, your favorite God's Grub meal and of course, recipes....lots of recipes.
You can also contribute recipies and/or pre-order a God's Grub/Saron Cookbook at a table in the narthex. Pre-orders are $12 until October 12 and cookbooks will be delivered in early December. After October 12, the price increases to $15. Profits from the cookbook will go towards the Kitchen Fund and towards the purchase of some items for God's Grub.
The sale of Saron Kitchen Stock continues! Shares are $25 each with a goal of 2,000 shares sold, as of 7/20 we are at 534 shares sold! Shareholders will enjoy a "Stockholder's Dinner" when the kitchen is completed! Kitchen Stock envelopes are in the pews, and Saron office where you can go to pick up your stock certificate or if you have any questions need more info. Take ownership in the kitchen and be a shareholder!