Volunteers are needed to help! Both people with sewing machines and those without!
Spread the love of Jesus: Rather than a hand out, help give someone a hand UP!
This is for our neighbors. Thanks for your help!
May, June, into July...lots of rain! We may dry out a bit by the time you're reading this, but I've had 17.78" in my rain gauge from May 1 through July 12. (Yep, weather geek.) Two weeks after a rainfall? Mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are a part of life in Minnesota. We plan for them when we're going to be outdoors. We spend time and money on pesticides and sprays. Jokingly we refer to them as the state bird. Mostly we are very annoyed by them. We wonder why they had to be on Noah's passenger list. We think, "What is the purpose of the mosquito?" and "Do purple martins, swallows and bats need mosquitoes that much?"
Some people see the Church and wonder the same thing: like a mosquito -- blood-sucking and purposeless. So what is the "Church" and why do we exist?
It's US. "Here is the church, here is the steeple. Open it up and see all the people." Remember that? Except...you know that "the Church" is not the building, right? It's the people, believers in Jesus, whether they are inside a building or not. ("...wherever two or three are gathered..." Matthew 18:20.) That means the Church is also around your table in your kitchen and in your neighborhood and schools and businesses.
It's Jesus' body. WE are Jesus' body. This is weird because Jesus is in heaven, so how could He have "ascended into heaven" but still be here? This is the work of the Holy Spirit. Not that this is going to make any more sense, but Jesus enters into us through the Holy Spirit. Then the Holy Spirit in each of us knits us together as Christ's Body: Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it (1 Corinthians 12:27). Together as the Church we FUNCTION as Jesus in the world -- doing and saying what Jesus whould do and say: Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these... (John 14:12). We act as Christ's Body in conversation, over a cup of coffee, about parenting; in a meal prepared for an overwhelmed family; in offering to pray for someone.
It's an assembly. We cannot be "the Church" without the "getting together" (assembling). No Christian can be disconnected from other Christians. It's a package deal! And, like a family called to the bedside of someone in their last days or like superheroes summoned to battle some force of evil, when you are in Jesus and Jesus in you, you are automatically called (summoned) to get together with others: to sharpen each other, shape each other, strengthen each other, cherish each other, care for each other, work together and send each other out. When we fail to do that we fail Christ.
The purpose of all this, of the Church? We -- like Jesus -- serve. The Church does not exist for itself but, because of Christ on the cross, it exists for Jesus and for the sake of a lost world. That's it, nothing more. It's a beautiful adventure we're on together. We may seem like pests to some, but, rather than "blood-sucking", we actually carry in us the life-giving food they very much need: Jesus.
We have been busy this summer with Vacation Bible School, the Sale of Stuff and planning for the 2014-2015 Sunday School year!
Vacation Bible School went very well and we welcomed 117 children to Saron and had 92 volunteers! What a blessing! Check the Saron website to view a slideshow of some of the things we did at VBS!
There will be a few changes this fall for the families of Kingdom Keepers. The biggest change will be moving 6th grade students to Wednesday evenings. Instead of Sunday school for these tween students we will have a yet to be named group that I will teach. This group will dig deep and answer some of those tough questions kids are asking, teach them how to use their Bibles and prepare them for Confirmation the following year.
Wednesday evenings will begin at 6:30 with the optional (but you wouldn't want to miss it) First 30, a time of games and fellowship between students! Class will not begin until 7:00 and run until 8:30. The first hour will be with me (a blast of course) and the last 30 minutes will be with the Youth in the sanctuary for the close of the evening.
Students will participate in a few events with the Youth group over the year. Sixith grade students will still register through the Children's ministry so if you have already registered them for the fall you are good to go!
Will have been developing a Child Safety Policy this summer that will involve a new check-in procedure. There will be more details on this soon!
I hope you are all having a wonderful summer!
Need a mid-week pick-me-up? Or out of town on Sunday? Refresh your soul Wednesdays, June 11 through August 27, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. A video clip, scripture, prayer, conversation, good people and ice cream! What could be better? Theme – What Is Faith and How Do I Get It?
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 by picking up a registration form in the church office 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.