Salem Lutheran Church, Mahtowa · Home of the Holy Hootenanners
Mission: Energetic Christian community of all ages called to love, accept, and grow through Discipleship
Our vision at Salem Lutheran is to be a stable foundation and vibrant hub for disciples new and old.
Upcoming in Worship...
May 21st - Confirmation Service
May 28th - Camp Sunday! Special Offering for Bible Camp support
June 4 - Pentecost Service, Blessing of Graduates (please inform Pastor Beth of anyone graduating from any level of schooling this year so we can celebrate them)
June 11 - Outdoor Worship and Blessing of Pets with Pot-luck meal
June 18 - (Rain date for June 11)
Confirmation Project Presentations: The confirmation class has been working on faith projects for the last couple months. The 7th graders' faith art projects will be displayed in the church basement for the month of May. The 8th graders' faith statements will be shared at their confirmation.
An Invite from Mercy Hospital: We have a Community First Aid and CPR class May 18 from 6-10 pm for anyone in the community wanting or needing to take a CPR class. This class would be for anyone interested in learning basic first aid and CPR. If you know anyone that would be interested please pass along the information and have them contact the Education Department at 218-485-5572. The cost is $50.00.
Youth Group schedule: May 17 - Year End Party at Lekander’s
This book Designed to Pray does prayer with creativity. An 8-week long workbook with daily prayer activities. All ages invited to participate. For pre-reading and writing kids, their adults will need to make adaptations for at home.
· Gather for Community & Prayer · Monday Nights 7-8pm at Salem’s Mahtowa Hall · May 29 - July 24 ·
You do not need to attend all or any prayer gatherings to participate with the book. You do not need to have the book to participate in prayer together.
My Neighbor Is Muslim: A Study written by Lutheran Social Services - MN
May 31 - July 12 • 6-7pm Wednesday Evenings at Salem’s Mahtowa Hall (2702 1st St - Mahtowa)
Led by Reverend Beth Pottratz, Pastor at Salem in Mahtowa
“My Neighbor is Muslim” was written for Christian Churches to better understand our Muslim neighbors so that we can better live out our call as Christians to love and serve all people in the name of Jesus. Reflections from Muslim Scholars and Lutheran Scholars.
Building Project: Buy a Shingle - $100 per shingle square. Fill in squares on the painting as our funds are donated. Total needed $2100. This year we are shingling the north roof of the church (the south side was done last year)
Financial Progress Report:
2017 Salem General Budget: $101,247
Monthly Average Needed to meet our budget: $8437
Monthly Average Income - January to April: $8592
May 7: $1502
May 14: $810
Running May Total: $2312
God gives us the goal to give 10% of what we earn for the worship of our God. This can be a great challenge when we balance our income with all the demands on our money. If you’re not tithing 10% try to challenge yourself to give a little more than you did before.
Paying bills isn't sexy, but the general budget means that as a church we can pay our bills and fund our ministry to remain a places where people can come to experience God's grace and love in worship and in community.
May 21- 9:30am Confirmation Service
June 12 - 6:30pm Council meeting
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Pastoral Care and Visits: Reminder that Pastor Beth is available for pastoral care and visits: if you are sick, in the hospital, in jail, or otherwise just need a listening ear. If you wish to talk with her or have her visit you, let Pr. Beth know. If you don’t tell her, she won’t know! Don’t assume that Pr Beth will just find out or guess that you want to visit. You can contact her in case of emergency by calling. Otherwise, you can contact her via text message, phone call, or email and she will get back to you as soon as possible.