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Blessings Bears Is Back October 3rd!

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BIG Questions!

bigquestionsLast Easter, you were asked to finish the statement: “What does the Bible say about…___________?”  The response was overwhelming!  Thank you!

We took the top five answers and put it into a Sunday series called BIG QUESTIONS, September 20 through October 18.

 

The topics are (drum roll please) “What Does the Bible Say about…”:

  1. The End of the World
  2. Marriage
  3. Healing
  4. Parenting
  5. and… the last one is a surprise!  We’ll unveil that one the morning of October 18.

BIG topics!  God’s BIG heart will shine through.  Your questions answered for your life.

 

Also, do you know someone else that could benefit from this?  Recommend BIG QUESTIONS!

Take 'em Higher!

HigerYears ago I was facilitating some training of a bunch of high school student leaders.  We were taking a moment to get into scripture and pray and get our bearings before going on.  The Bible passage we were focusing on was in Matthew 4: “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil” and particularly “Then the devil took him [Jesus] to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.”

 

To get a sense of perspective, I had the bright idea to take the students up onto the roof of the large church building.  (Thinking back to the story, exactly what role was I playing there?  Hmmm… J)  I didn’t attempt to walk them up to the highest point.  I wasn’t that stupid.  But we did go to the edge of the roof, about 20 feet up, and sat on the ledge with our feet dangling and talked – talked about what Jesus might have seen, about why this was a temptation and about what was at stake.  As we talked suddenly a car pulled into the parking lot.  It was the senior pastor.  At the time I hadn’t thought I was doing anything wrong, but, nonetheless… BUSTED!

 

STILL… the objective was good – to do whatever it takes to give the young people perspective about Jesus.  All around us are people who need perspective, who need to see that Jesus is the only source of life and hope and peace and joy, for both now and forever, and that in love He offers it to them.  Without Jesus everyone is lost.  But we have Jesus – and when you have what people need in order to live… Do I need to say more?

 

As the people of Saron let’s do whatever it takes to give people that perspective.  No holding back.  Are you with me?

  1. First, keep your own perspective: In Jesus, God’s love for you knows no bounds!  Give thanks!  Trust God in everything.  Open your Bible.  Join a study.
  2. Shine and Share: share with others what God has done and is doing in your life.  A unique you for specific situations.  Shine!  Always love.  Share words when it’s right.
  3. Know someone that could use some perspective?  Recommend the Series!  The Sunday Series starting September 20 through October 18: BIG QUESTIONS.  More info elsewhere in the Scroll.  Recommend Saron!

And that’s just the start!  God bless you and Christ in you… and God bless the people of Saron.

AmazinGrace

amazingrace…let us run with perseverance the race set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

 

Rally Day

Sunday, September 13

 

9:00 a.m. – Worship!

 

10:30 a.m. – Amazing Race!  Led by our own Youth Director extraordinaire, Curtis R. Rieck!  This “relay race” has something for everyone!  From little kids to canes and walkers – you are needed!

 

Followed by delicious grilled pork (ala Dale and Sara), pot luck sides and desserts; the Farmer's Market; Games and Face Painting.  Dress comfortably for worship and Amazing Race!

 

Based on the first letter of your last name, please bring (Meat, chips, buns, beans and beverages will be provided):

 

A-E: A dessert

F-Z: A salad or side dish

 

Please bring food items to the Saron kitchen before the 9:00 a.m. service and please mark your serving dish with your last name for when you return to pick it up.

 

Thank you!  Celebrate!

21 Days of Prayer

pray togetherAugust 30 through September 12.  Join your hearts with the hearts of many others as we pray for each other and open our hearts to God’s heart.  Prayer changes things!  When you pray, you’re acknowledging the most important relationship in your life.  And God’s presence will never leave you the same.  You are invited to pray DAILY, at home or wherever, one voice united as the people of Saron.

  • Need healing?  Pray.
  • What is your biggest lie?  Lay it before God, before the cross.  Confess.  Turn away from the lies.  Believe in God's forgiveness!
  • Pray for God to fill your life with grace, joy and the love of Christ.
  • Pray for all the people of Saron -- that we would turn away from everything that gets in the way of God's work and presence in our lives.
  • Pray that God would shine powerfully through us in the Big Lake area and the world!

1,000+ hearts united in prayer with God's heart...  New life!  New hearts!  Powerful...

Special Gifts Ministry for Those With Unique Needs

happyhandsThe purpose of the Special Gifts Ministry at Saron Lutheran Church is to facilitate inclusion inside the life of the church for the individual with additional needs and for their family.

 

In support of our broader church mission, the goals of the Special Gifts Ministry is to lead families affected by unique needs into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

The objective(s) of the ministry are fulfilled through the ministry’s efforts:

 

  1. To create an accepting church environment for the family impacted by special needs or disability.
  2. To develop an appropriate accommodation plan for the individual with additional needs that benefits the individual while working within the policies and resources of the church.

 

The services of the Special Gifts Ministry may be requested by the family of the individual at any time.  We do require intake forms and a meeting with the ministry staff, the individual and their family prior to attending class so that we may get to know both the child and the family and how we can best meet their needs at least one week prior to starting in the ministry.

 

The term “Special Gifts” encompasses a broad range of unique needs, including but not limited to, learning differences, intellectual disability, neurological disorders, developmental delays, communication disorders, social skills deficit, physical disabilities, sensory needs, and medical conditions. Understanding why (diagnosis) a particular individual requires the services of the ministry is not as important as how the ministry is able to assist the individual to help them experience success in the church setting.

 

The Special Gifts Ministry does not provide therapy, behavior modification programs, or medical intervention.  To the best of abilities, our ministry partners will strive to follow guidance from, and utilize tools provide by parents. 

 

Please contact Molly at 763-263-2209 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more

information or to set up a meeting.

Be Strong!

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As annoying and frustrating as weeds or young trees breaking through the asphalt of my driveway can be, I have to admire how something so small and seemingly weak can break through such a barrier.  Amazing, isn’t it?  Early on in life we catch on to the importance of strength.  Even a small child knows: at a summer family gathering, as adults grab chairs to move them out of the sun and into the shade, a three-year-old picks up his smaller chair and says loud and proud, “I’m stwong!” to which we reply, “Yes you are!” and the little one beams.  Oh to have that confidence throughout life!

 

When we hit August we need a little extra strength.  August is a dual-purpose month – wrapping up summer activities and gearing up for fall, school and back to the “normal” grind.  Dual-purpose means a dual to-do list.  Strength is needed for the stress.

 

Be strong in the Lord and the strength of His might.

(Ephesians 6:10)

 

Here’s a good verse for any day.  Put it to memory and pull it out regularly!

 

Be = where everything starts.  It’s not something to achieve.  It’s not on your to-do list.  It is an acknowledgment of who you are at the core of your very being: a child of God created in God’s image; forgiven and cherished through Christ on the cross; empowered by God’s word and sisters and brothers in faith and the Holy Spirit within you; and set on a path of purpose.  Be what you are!

 

  • Be = where everything starts.  It’s not something to achieve.  It’s not on your to-do list.  It is an acknowledgment of who you are at the core of your very being: a child of God created in God’s image; forgiven and cherished through Christ on the cross; empowered by God’s word and sisters and brothers in faith and the Holy Spirit within you; and set on a path of purpose.  Be what you are!
  • Strong = determined, focused, persistent, undeterred, patient, passionate, compassionate, vulnerable, unwavering, confident, forgiving, trusting, flexible but standing firm…
  • In the Lord = Know your place!  True strength comes from living and being immersed in your Creator, Master and Savior – the King of kings and Lord of lords who died for you and who lives for you.  Move in and never leave.
  • And in the strength of His might = Not just position and place but potency!  You won’t find enough strength to truly live by digging deeper into yourself.  But in Christ Jesus is the strength to conquer, tackle and exceed the impossible – the strength that raised the dead!

 

August?  Not a problem.  Job challenges, relationships, health hurdles… whatever life throws at you might seem like a strong asphalt barrier, but doesn’t stand a chance against the strength of the Lord within you.  Break through!

Freedom!

freedomehandsWe long for freedom!  Since the day of our birth we seem to be looking for it around every next corner in our lives:

  • Learning to walk/run – “you can’t catch me!”
  • Riding a bike – except for that gravity thing…
  • Going to a friend's house – and a whole different set of rules
  • Driving – Go anywhere!  Almost.  And then there’s the cost of gas…
  • Off to college or moving out – You thought mom and dad were harsh?
  • A good job/income – a slave to "the man"
  • Retirement – how’s your health?

In all of that?  Still enslaved.

 

True FREEDOM is only found in a relationship with Jesus whose death and resurrection was to set you free!  True freedom is surrendering to and living in Jesus’ unconditional love and His ways of love.  Then just like that… freedom!  You cannot find true freedom anywhere else.  You are free from what holds you down or holds you back and free from what keeps you from being who you truly are as a child of God.  You are free to live life full and… free.

 

When we were baptized we were baptized into Christ’s death and we are no longer slaves “because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” (Romans 6:7)

 

We are no longer slaves to trying to be a better person or more religious because “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” (Galatians 5:1)

Only in that freedom can we live for Christ and follow in His ways of grace and love: “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)

 

Then you can say to whatever traps your life, “You can’t catch me!  I’m free!”

2015-2016 School Registration is open!

 

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2015-2016 Sunday School registration is open!  

Follow the links below to register your child!

  

Pre-School - 5th grade Sunday mornings at 10:30!

6th grade Wedensday evenings from 7-8:30!

 

Those interested in the Special Gifts ministry follow the Pre-School through 5th grade link and select the special gifts classroom, then contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up a meeting!

 

The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community


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"When faith communities begin connecting together, in and for the neighborhood, they learn to depend on God for strength to love, forgive and show grace like never before. . . . The gospel becomes so much more tangible and compelling when the local church is actually a part of the community, connected to the struggles of the people, and even the land itself."

Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight J. Friesen have seen―in cities, suburbs and small towns all over North America―how powerful the gospel can be when it takes root in the context of a place, at the intersection of geography, demography, economy and culture. This is not a new idea―the concept of a parish is as old as Paul's letters to the various communities of the ancient church. But in an age of dislocation and disengagement, the notion of a church that knows its place and gives itself to where it finds itself is like a breath of fresh air, like a sign of new life.

 

Join us For our new book, The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community Monday mornings from 9:30a - 11:00a beginning September 14th.

 

Contact Molly to sign up! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Volunteer child care is available upon request!

 

Cost is only the price of the book a which is only $11.56 for this study!

Kitchen Stock Sale

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WE ONLY NEED $12,000 TO FINISH THE KITCHEN 

 

The last two appliances have been purchased now only the Venting and Make up air unit needs installation. Help us finish the kitchen by purchasing Kitchen Stock.  Thanks to everyone that has already contributed. If you haven't received your stock certificate it can be picked up in the office.

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Big Lake, MN 55309  

763-263-2209