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Salem Lutheran Church
9655 Pioneer Trail Greenfield, MN 55357
Paul T. Schuler, Pastor (763)498-7281 (office) (920)284-0172 (cell)
Paul M. Kuehn, Pastor (763)486-3397 (cell)
Church Secretary Brenda Berkenes
(763)479-9161 (cell) church
School 9615 Pioneer Trail
Greenfield, MN 55357
Principal Ryan Randall
Tracy Schuler (763)498-7283 (office)
Ryan Randall (7 & 8)
Eric Hahn (5 & 6) Jodi Brandel (3 & 4)
Merry Leerssen (1 & 2) Rebekah Bohlmann (K) Lisa Charlson (PreK)
Shelley Kromschroeder Kari Paul (Band Director)
Volume 23, No. 11 November 2019
“Jesus, Savior, pilot me
over life’s tempestuous sea …
Chart and compass
come from thee:
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.” THE PILOT Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church and School Newsletter
The God of All Generations
Faith isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. Actually, it’s probably fairer to describe it as a marathon relay race. God uses His Word to strengthen our faith in Him and that faith urges us forward through life. As we progress farther along our earthly race, God helps us to look back along our course.
God helps us remember the blessings he has used to refresh us along the way. God reminds us of the challenges he has placed in our path, challenges through which God sustained us, through which God refined us. Trust in God grew. In times of blessing and happiness and times of hurt and challenge, God was always there, our constant companion.
Then we begin to look ahead and realize that the goal is gradually coming into view. Our earthly race will not last forever. Eventually we must cross the finish line and into eternity. Once again, we look for our companion. And there He stands as always. Our Savior urges us forward to trust that He will carry us safely through the finish line as well.
Then the relay race comes in. We begin to look at the other people in the race with us. Our children, our relatives, our neighbors, our friends. Some of them are further ahead of us in the race. Some of them have further to go, their finish line lies beyond our time. God has called us to share the Word with them, to pass on what we have learned about God and His faithfulness and
By Pastor Paul M. Kuehn
Salem Lutheran Church Pastor
“The God of All Generations” continued on page 3
The Pioneers met on Tuesday, October 8th at the Loretto Fire Station. The kids were allowed to try on the fire gear that the Fireman wear and see how heavy the clothing is. They looked around the trucks and learned about all the different tools and how they are used in different calls. If you were unable to join us for the October event, don’t worry there is still time to join Lutheran Pioneers! Pioneers next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 6:00pm in the Salem Gym.
Join the fun! By Tracy Gutknecht
Lutheran Pioneer Leader
Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
”Pioneers” continued on page 2
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Salem Lutheran Mission
Salem Lutheran Church exists to support, encourage and train God’s people in
Christian discipleship at every age level and ability.
Come - Connect - Serve!
Save the Date— Christmas Services
Take a break from the busyness of the season, and bring your family to Christmas for Family at Salem Lutheran School. This family-friendly event features bounce houses and games to help the kids burn off some energy in the middle of winter. There will be a special 10-minute video showing of the very first Christmas, to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The video will have showtimes playing throughout the event. There will also be light refreshments and a coloring contest! The event will take place at Salem Lutheran School, 9655 Pioneer Trail, Greenfield (just south of Hanover) from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, December 14.
By Liz Hackenmueller
Recruitment Planning Committee Member
Christmas for Family
Sunday, December 8 8:00 a.m. Worship
10:30 a.m. Worship with PreK-K (Salem
School & Sunday School) Christmas
Friday, December 20 8:00 a.m. Salem School Dress Rehearsal
Sunday, December 22 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Sunday School Christmas
Tuesday, December 24 5:00 p.m. Salem School (Grades 1-8)
7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight
Wednesday, December 25 9:00 a.m. Christmas Day Worship
Sunday, December 29 8:00 a.m. Worship
(No Family Bible Hour)
10:30 a.m. Worship
Tuesday, December 31 7:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Worship
(with Lord’s Supper)
We are looking for a volunteer or two (can be older youths ninth grade or older adults) to come and help out at the Lutheran Pioneer meetings. You would be helping guide the kids with the activities and crafts. If you are interested please reach out to Tracy Gutknecht for more information.
If you have any questions regarding the Pioneer Program, please contact the office or Tracy Gutknecht @ 763-682-2286 or Scott Anderson @ 612-418-3287.
Pioneers “Lutheran Pioneers” continued from page 1
Salem is a member of an association of congregations
supporting West Lutheran High School, located at 3350 Harbor
Lane North , Plymouth, MN. Salem has a number of students
attending West Lutheran. For more information, call
763-509-9378 or visit at www.wlhs.net
Salem is a part of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran
Run the Race of Faith “The God of All Generations” continued from page 1
place it firmly into their hands the same way a relay runner passes the baton.
Moses and his generation may have wondered how well they had passed the baton on to the next generation. Psalm 90 is the only psalm written in the book by Moses. Moses wrote it during the marathon 40 years that Israel spent wandering in the wilderness. Think how their earthly race had gone.
They had started fast out of the gate from Egypt, a strong start. They had the wonders God had displayed to the Egyptians and the path God had opened to them through the sea fresh in their minds. “God is on our side. God can be trusted.” Then they slowed down. They stumbled at Sinai and a couple more times on the way to the promised land. “Maybe God’s on our side? Has God brought us out here to help or harm us?” They were almost to the goal when they came to a complete stop. After spying out the strength of the people of Canaan, after all the challenges God had seen them through, they seem to have forgotten where they started. “God isn’t on our side. God can’t be trusted.” The odd thing is that God had never left them. Throughout their journey, God had shown himself in a very visible way as a constant companion. God hadn’t gone away. They had forgotten who they were running with.
The result? Their journey got longer. God told them their generation would finish their race in the wilderness. The next generation would finish their
race in the promised land. The things they had learned about God from their time in Egypt and beyond would need to be passed on to the next generation so that they would know what God had done. But how could they encourage the next generation to trust in God, when they could look back on their own race and see the times they had failed to do the same?
Moses offers such wonderful gospel comfort for all of us in his song, Psalm 90. Yes, there’s certainly Law. Moses reminds us of the death that every person deserves under God’s anger. But think of how Moses begins. Lord, you are and have been our dwelling place, our place of safety. And you have been that not just to us, you promise to be a constant companion to all generations. In fact, before all generations came into being, you were there. You created the world. You are in charge. You will protect. You can be trusted.
That knowledge leads to thanksgiving. Moses and his generation could rejoice, even though they had stumbled and almost dropped the baton, God had His hands on their trembling hands an