How do we live out our mission statement of "Teaching the Word,
Reaching the World?"
We will pursue our mission in this way:
Reaching the World?"
We will pursue our mission in this way:
- We are a congregation whose core values seek changed lives through the power of the Holy Spirit by forming and sustaining life-long personal faith in God through Christ Jesus.
- We implement this by engaging in cross-generational ministry and radical hospitality as it is revealed by God’s Word, connecting to others within our congregation, our community and the world.
SOME OF OUR MONTHLY STEWARDSHIP PRACTICES
Stewardship--the spiritual faith practice of applying our time, talent, and treasures toward God's mission of love and mercy in this world--is a SIGNIFICANT theme here at SSLC. Here are a couple of ways that we, for the sake of the world, practice good stewardship of what God has given us:
1st Sunday Food Pantry Offering
On the 1st Sunday of every month, we set out our Food Shelf collection box to receive the gifts from any and all who are willing and able to give. From here the donations go to the Becker Food Shelf located at City Hall.
4th Sunday Noisy Offering
Our 4th Sunday Noisy Offerings, something that you would have to experience to truly appreciate. Try to imagine, though, what a hundred dollars or more in change might SOUND like hitting the bottom of a metal paint can!! It is music to generous ears, and we believe it is music to God's ears too!!
Our Noisy Offerings are applied to other missions and ministries apart from South Santiago locally (within the Sherburne-Wright-Benton-Stearns County area), state- or nation-wide, and globally. Past recipients have included Minnesota Food Share, Lutheran Disaster Relief, and Becker Backpack Buddies.
Join us in constructing your own Noisy Offering box in whatever creative way you can dream up. Use it to collect your daily change. And because of God's overwhelming love revealed in the resurrection of Jesus, help us be CHANGE in our world!
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PATHFINDERS Christian Discipleship Ministry
Pathfinders is our Christian discipleship ministry that serves as a preparation for a variety of entry points into a fuller connection with our congregation, its ministries, and its purpose. This ministry of preparation...
...helps us answer the question, "How do I join the church?"
...helps us answer the question, "What do we need to do to be baptized or to have our children baptized?"
...helps us answer the question, "Can we get married at SSLC?"
But the pathways we are beginning to build also provide long-time members...
...a way of connecting with those newest to our congregation.
...a way of inviting those who are newest to our congregation to participate in activities and ministries.
...a way of being renewed in their knowledge of the Bible and basic Christian practices.
All of this means that if you are looking...
...to join the church or investigate that process;
...to be baptized or to have your children baptized;
...to be married at SSLC;
...to grow deeper in your understanding of the Bible and Christianity; or
...to renew a ministry in which you already participate in through SSLC.
Our next session of Pathfinders for investigating discipleship/membership (Walking Together) and pre-marriage preparation (Walking Side-by-Side) will convene in September.
Our pre-baptism preparation for families presenting their children for baptism (Walking Wet) will be scheduled over the summer (please contact the church office) and on a "trimester" basis September - March.
Here's our HOUSEHOLD FAITH PRACTICE TOOLKIT: FAMILY TIME PRAYERS that we've been using as part of our milestone ministry for first year of baptism. In it, you'll find table prayers, bedtime prayers, prayers for other occasions, and BLANK SPACE to add your own:
SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE:
SUNDAY--ONE SERVICE--AT 9 AM
WEDNESDAY EVENING AT 6:30 PM
(See our Dinner Church schedule below)
Martin Luther wrote and used a prayer for the service of Holy Baptism following the pattern in Scripture of God using water for life, for cleansing, for rebirth, and more. That prayer goes like this:
“…[I]n the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters and you created heaven and earth.
By the gift of water you nourish and sustain us and all living things.
By the waters of the flood you condemned the wicked and saved those whom you had chosen, Noah and his family.
You led Israel by the pillar of cloud and fire through the sea, out of slavery into the freedom of the promised land.
In the waters of the Jordan River your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Holy Spirit.
By the baptism of his own death and resurrection, your beloved Son has set us free from the bondage to sin and death, and has opened the way to the joy and freedom of everlasting life.
Jesus made water a sign of the kingdom and of cleansing and rebirth.
And so in obedience to his command, we make discples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. …” (LBW, p. 122).
(It can be kind of a fun activity with children to count how many times they hear “water” in this prayer.)
The point is: those images of water and the tangible things that water does in those images tell us about the promises, the blessings, and the benefits of baptism. “Create” … “nourish” … “sustain” … “saved” … “chosen” … “led” … “freedom” … and more—these are all words that describe what God not only did “in the story.” These are words that describe what God promises to YOU. Where is Jesus in your daily life?! Look at where the WATER is in your life!
Throughout the Bible, there are more than just the stories that Luther chose to include in his prayer, as well. Those stories no less continue to describe the promises in which we are invited to trust, as well. This summer we will be hearing not only the story of water from Luther’s Baptismal Prayer; we will also wade into some of the other images of water from the Bible. Be ready to be WET this summer in worship!
Sun., June 5 In the beginning... Genesis 1:1-13
Sun., June 12 Noah’s Ark Genesis 8:1-19, 9:8-17
Sun., June 19 Nile River Exodus 1:8-2:10
Sun., June 26 Red Sea Exodus 14:1-15:3
Sun., July 3 Water in the Desert Exodus 15:22-27, 17:1-7
Sun., July 10 5 Stones from a Brook 1 Samuel 17:1-50
Sun., July 17 Still & Raging Waters Psalms 23 & 46
Sun., July 24 Healing Waters 2 Kings 5:1-15b
Sun., July 31 Jonah and the Whale Jonah 1 & 2
Sun., Aug. 7 Baptism of Jesus Matthew 3:13-17
Sun., Aug. 14 Jesus Stills the Storm Mark 4:36-41
Sun., Aug. 21 Jesus Walks on Water Matthew 14:22-33
Sun. Aug. 28 The Water Spreads Acts 8:26-39
Sun., Sept. 4 River & Tree of Life Revelation 22:1-5
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