How do we live out our mission statement of "Teaching the Word, Reaching the World?"
We will pursue our mission in this way:
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.
Advent Concludes Dec. 21
Our last tree decorating ritual is...
Sun., Dec. 21: Families w/ last names R thru Z.
12th Night of Christmas Party
Sunday, Jan. 4
3 - 5:30 PM.
WHAT are you going to do with that dried up, dead, old Christmas tree? Why don't you bring it to the church for a bonfire?!
We know from the old Christmas carol that the celebration of Christmas is supposed to last 12 days. Well? Let's extend our celebration for a bit too!
Whenever you're ready to get rid of your tree, bring to the church and drag it out to the fire ring out by our outdoor worship chapel. Then on Sun., Jan. 4, from 3 - 5:30 PM, come join us for a "12th Night of Christmas Party." We'll have a bonfire of old Christmas trees, winter outdoor games and activities, a hot dog and marshmallow roast, and more! Invite your friends and family!!
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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!
DECEMBER WORSHIP SCHEDULE:
SUNDAY, DEC 21 - 9:30 AM
SUNDAY, DEC 21 - 7 PM HEALING PRAYER SERVICE
WED, DEC 24 - 4:30 , 9, 11 PM
SUNDAY, DEC 28 - 9:30 AM
Longest Night Prayer Service
Sunday, Dec. 21
ALL ARE WELCOME.
Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult. Whatever it may be, the feeling of pain often finds itself crossways with the constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends. Instead of joy... instead of peace... instead of hope, there can be a lingering reminder of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation - all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending.
For these reasons, we will be offering a special “Longest Night” service on, the actual longest night of the year, Sunday, Dec. 21, 7 PM at the church.
Come out, and join with us in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle - and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background is welcome.
The short service will be followed by a brief time for light refreshments and fellowship provided by Pastor Mike and Kari.
PATHFINDERS Christian Discipleship Ministry
Pathfinders is our new 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 WILL BE DECEMBER 7
South Santiago Fantasy Football League
Standings as of Tuesday, Nov. 11
Viking Goddess (Jane DuMonceaux) 5-4
Team Drayna (Todd & Dawn Drayna) 5-4
Temple High Priests (Pastor Mike) 4-5
I AM (Celina Gustafson) 4-5
Brandon's Crucifiers (Brandon Gustafson) 3-6
Big Lake Division
Team DuMonceaux1 (Ralph DuMonceaux) 9-1
Luther Legends (Jeremy Hallquist) 7-3
Team DuMoneceaux2 (Brady DuMonceaux) 6-4
Moses & the Wide RedSeavers (Allickson family) 5-5
The Promised (Jessica & Jay Johnson and family) 1-9
Wing and a Prayer (Joy & Zach Hurd) 6-3
Santiago Saints (Olsen Pancoast) 5-4
Carter's Crusader's (Carter Gustafson) 4-5
Touchdown Jesus (Jason Gustafson) 3-6
Hail Mary (Andy Rick) 3-6
We have $375 in entry fee money that the winner of the league will get to designate for a mission, ministry, or charity of his/her choice.
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Some of our publications:
Weekly Devotional Guide: Sharing God's Story at Home
Our weekly bulletin provides information