VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL IS COMING!
Believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about Vacation Bible School and this year will be wild & wacky!
We will begin set construction at 10:00 am on Saturday March 29th at one of our VBS partner churches, Brooklyn United Methodist Church at 7200 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center.
The Children's Ministry is selling Butter Braids March 2 through March 16 to raise funds for the Children's Ministry. Stop by the table in the narthex to pick out your favorites and order today. Delivery will be March 30, in time to use for Easter breakfast. Any kids who plan to go to Bible camp this year can use this sale as a fundraiser for camp.
As I write this I look out my front window and see the now shrinking piles of snow along my driveway – snow that had threatened to block my view of traffic as I backed out and gave me a sore back as each snowfall I had to shovel it higher and farther. I praise God for shrinking snow.
I also look out for a glimpse, a sign of spring. Any returning birds? Kids a little less bundled up headed for the bus?
When you look out your window, or look at your calendar ahead or into the vision of your future, what do you see? Really…stop. Close your eyes. What do you see for the months ahead? Spring? Warm weather recreation? Or maybe stress? Challenges and difficulties? Or maybe, finally, an end to a struggle, a major project or chapter in your life?
What do you think God sees for you?
March 5 is Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent. Lent is a season in the church year, like the seasons in our lives. It is a period of time with particular traditional themes. At Saron we are going to take a different approach and, rather than focus on the traditions, spend our time on the patterns of our daily lives that will literally CHANGE what you see for your future. That’s right, your future will look different and will BE different.
Where does God meet you in your day-to-day existence? Actually, God is already always there. Have you said hello? Have you heard God whisper His love? Have you been reminded that all the power you need for the day is provided for you by the Holy Spirit? Have you received your specific marching orders for being the hands and feet of Jesus? How does all that (and MORE!) happen? Come Sunday mornings March 9 – April 13 to find out! Theme:Routines that Make Your Life Extraordinary!
Wednesday evenings, come early for soup and sandwiches! Then…Lord, Teach Us to Pray. Do you want to pray but don’t know how? Do you think your prayers should be “different”? Do you only pray when you have a need or it’s an emergency? We’ll hear some stories and dig into prayer in real circumstances at the 7:00 Wednesday services, March 12 – April 9. You pray now, I know you do. Find out how to pray with power! What does God see for you? A stronger relationship with Him and new life. I praise God for what he sees in you!
P.S. I am so grateful for the people of Saron – grateful for your passion and care for each other and others in this community. The Senior Valentine’s luncheon is just one of many shining examples. Keep up the good work of Christ. Fight the GOOD fight. So often we fight out of the passion of anger. Love is much harder, but that is the GOOD fight. Thank you!
The sale of Kitchen stock has begun. Shares are $25.00 and our goal is the sale of 2,000 shares. Stockholders will enjoy a fabulous "Stockholder's Dinner" when the kitchen is completed. Kitchen stock envelopes are in the pews and available in the Saron office and there is a table in the narthex if you have any questions or would like more information. In addition, you can donate on-line by pressing the donate button under the Kitchen Stock thermometer on the right side of the page. Take ownership in the kitchen by becoming a shareholder.
Join us on Saturday, March 29th from 7:00p -9:00p as we pack nutritious meals for people around the world at Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids. Families are welcome to participate (minimum age 5). You can sign up in the narthex or volunteer at http://volunteer.fmsc.org using code number 447240. If you'd like to ride the bus, it will be leaving at 6:00p and returning around 10:00p. Please indicate on the signup sheet if you will be riding the bus. If you are not able to join us to pack meals, please consider a financial donation to help pay for the shipping costs. Look for information on the bulletin board.
We continue to collect snack food items to distribute to the students in need at the Big Lake Elementary Schools. Ideas include granola, cereal or fruit bars, juice boxes, crackers, fruit or applesauce bowls, etc. Place donations in the marked container in the entry way.
Baptisms are the first and third Sundays of the month. Instruction required. Call the Saron office (763-263-2209) for more information.
If you know someone who would benefit from receiving a prayer shawl, please let us know at 763-263-2209.
Living with Parkinson's under the age of 60. This group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30p - 8:00p. Please call Camille Johnson at 763-350-7401 for more information.