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.
MEMORIAL DAY PRAYER SERVICE
Following ourregular Sunday
service(9 AM for that one!) on May 29,
those who are so inclined are invited
to our cemetery for a brief
Memorial Day Prayer Service at 10:15 AM.
BECKER FREEDOM DAYS PARADE
SSLC is planning to have a float in the parade on June 18, at 11 am to promote our church and Vacation Bible School. We are looking for people to decorate the float, and for the use of a truck and a trailer for the parade.
If you are interested in being part of this event, please
contact the church office.
Calling All Aspiring Artists!!
The way we receive our weekly Bible readings is called "the
Narrative Lectionary." That is, beginning with Genesis, we read through the Bible following some broad themes on Sunday mornings and fill in the gaps with some weekly readings in between. We follow a broad, over-arching narrative or story within the Bible.
Like last year, we're going to keep track of that story through a visual time-line that YOU will help create with ONE PIECE OF ART PER SUNDAY!!
· ANY AGE and ANY LEVEL OF ARTISTRY.
· Individuals, confirmation small groups,
· 16 x 20 canvases provided ($5 per, would be helpful.)
· Please fill the whole canvas.
· Any medium--paints, markers, crayons, mixed media, photographs, etc.
· Submit by the Wednesday before it is to be displayed on Sunday
· Submit with the art: a title of the piece; the artist's name; the medium (acrylic, water color, crayon, etc.); a brief paragraph describing the piece and how/why you did what you did--i.e., how does this art connect to the Bible reading.
· To sign-up, go to our sign-up genius at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a49a4a922a6fa7-bible
For more information or questions, please contact the church office.
WEEKLY NARRATIVE LECTIONARY ART
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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SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE:
SUNDAY--ONE SERVICE--AT 9 AM
WEDNESDAY EVENING AT 6:30 PM
(See our Dinner Church schedule below)
Dinner Church to Start the Summer Schedule
_Is it dinner and THEN church? Or church and THEN dinner? Well, it's neither. Or both, depending on how you look at it!
Dinner church is our summer Wednesday worship pattern that includes BOTH worship AND a meal all mixed up together.
Being able to get away to the lake or camping or whatever it is that is a renewal of life in the summer time is certainly a gift from God. It is a matter of “recreation,” or RE-CREATION, of being made new! But our worship life and our communal life as a congregation is every bit as important, as well.
So if you’re anticipating being gone over the weekend and being absent from our regular worship service, come join us for a light supper and worship service, on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm.
The meal is a “Body of Christ Meal,” meaning, it only happens if we get responses that the Body of Christ (that’s YOU) will help provide the meal. The main part of the meal is usually provided--i.e., the baked potatoes for Potato Bar.
June 1 BBQ Beef on bun
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:
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.
Some of our publications:
Weekly Devotional Guide: Sharing God's Story at Home
Our weekly bulletin provides information