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JuneCaller2017 letter

Adult Ministries

Adult Ministries SPIRITUAL FITNESS BASICS Selah (Part 2) I wanted to write on the idea of “Selah” today, but the topic felt familiar so I checked back in my files and found a previous “Selah” message dated April 2013. Well, to keep my message fresh, yet keep my intentions for today’s message intact, I added “Part 2” to spice things up! FEMALE ASSAULT PREVENTION & DEFENSE TRAINING Wednesday, July 12 6:00-9:00pm at Mount Calvary Cost: $25 per person Open to all women of all ages (16 and up). Moms are strongly encouraged to attend with their daughters. This training will focus on the who, what, when, where and how of assaults. Participants will learn: to recognize the sequence of events that take place before an assault how to be safe in most environments how to stop the sequence how to escape if necessary. The class is taught by former Navy SEAL, Al Horner and his coinstructor, Karla Rapp. The training is based off his book, NOT ME! and will provide the information and tools to avoid dangerous situations and the handson training to escape from those that cannot be avoided. Selah is a word found in some of the Psalms of the Old Testament. I first noticed it in one of my favorites, Psalm 46. There have been many debates and studies about what the word means, but the general consensus is that the word is not directly translatable and doesn’t have a clear definition. But one generally accepted idea is that the word indicates a pause in the verse, a time of instruction possibly saying, hear this. The interpretation of the word that I like best came from a musician friend of mine; to pause and consider…. So I write to you today to join me in a Fit Spirit Exercise of Selah. I’m going to take some time this summer to pause and consider some changes in my ministry work. After 10 years of providing spiritual care to cops, firefighters and medics throughout Minnesota, I’ve decided to bring my work closer to home. I’m going to narrow my scope of services and start focusing on agencies within Hennepin County. That also includes more direct care work in the Excelsior area. Part of the ministry I’m going to spend some time considering is the idea of this spiritual fitness exercise. I currently use a pretty random approach to writing these exercises. I’ve given a lot of consideration to creating a more systematic approach to spiritual exercise, and with the help of one of my pastoral mentors, I think I’ve got a good plan. But I want to work out the kinks over the summer. So, I’m going to take the next couple months off from my random Fit Spirit writing, and be back in the fall. Enjoy your summer and don't forget to Selah! Take Care, Pastor Dan Carlson PRAYER SHAWL GROUP The Prayer Shawl group has been busy making prayer squares. A prayer square was made for every 8th grade confirmand plus two squares will be sent with each Bell Choir member going to Germany, one to keep and one to share with someone in Germany. Register at For more information about this program visit 10

Stewardship EXCITING DAYS ARE AHEAD! The Excelsior City Council has approved our parking lot expansion and beautification project! Additional parking spaces and easier traffic flow will be welcome improvements happening this summer. In late June, we will start the refreshment of our education wing, the securing of our preschool, and the relocation of restrooms off the atrium. The refreshment will be a blessing to the Preschool, Sunday school, Confirmation and adult gatherings. Already, Mission Forward has enhanced our communication and technology with a brand new website, wi-fi throughout the building, and a new server. Our $60,000 Haitian investment is supplying clean water to over 5,000 people. IN MEMORY Christian love and sympathy are extended to all who have suffered the loss of a family member or friend. Elizabeth (Betty) Batzli Nov. 13, 1922 – April 26, 2017 Evelyn E. Nickel July 7, 1920 – May 1, 2017 May Christ’s resurrection bring them hope and comfort. GRIEFSHARE Mondays, 11:00am-12:30pm July 31-October 9 (No meeting on Labor Day) Cost is: $25 GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. GriefShare sessions, over 10 weeks, will include new video messages from nationally-respected grief experts. Alexandra Wold, MA, LAMFT, will lead the sessions. She is a licensed mental health professional with a warm approach and deep understanding of life’s challenges. The group is open to all. Call Pat Kamerud to register at 952-474-8893, ext. 103. Public Safety Ministries has received $15,000 for Pastor Dan Carlson’s work delivering spiritual care to local police and public safety professionals. 11

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