June is an exciting month for me–exciting not only for personal reasons but for a few church related reasons as well. June marks my anniversary for my time serving as your pastor,so it’s always great to be able to say I’ve made it another year. It’s hard to believe that I will be entering into my fourth year serving at Salem and Siloa considering that it feels like half of myfirst three years has been filled by building constructions and COVID. Remarkably I’m still celebrating “firsts” in this call which doesn’t usually happen past the first year of ministrytogether. Next on the agenda for the month is to invite you to join me on some nature walks this summer! The fireside fellowship opportunities didn’t quite hit the mark last summer (or it wastoo hot to have them!) so I’m wanting to try something different to fellowship out in creation this summer. There just happen to be six county parks within the Isanti County borders, and I wouldlike to take a walk in each one of the parks throughout the summer and invite you to come with me. Twice a month I invite you to pack a morning snack, and come join me at one of the parks for a walk and then fellowship time over our snacks. I hope that by going in the morning we will be out before the heat and mosquitos. Pay attention to the bulletins and monthly newslettercalendars to see where we will be heading each month for these adventures. Another less physical adventure I’d like you to join me in this summer is to read through the Bible in 90 days. I did this with a group of folks at my first call in the summer of 2018, and Ithink it’s about time to go through the reading challenge again this summer. Some of you may have already read through your Bibles before, but I would still encourage you to try it again witha different translation. That’s my goal this time around–I’ve already ordered a Bible in a different translation than I’ve spent time in before to see how this translation speaks differentlyto me this time around. A 90 day reading guide is included in this newsletter if you’d like to partake as well. Work at your own pace, if you miss a day you can either make up that reading the next day or there are a couple of catch up days at the end you can use. If you want to start at the same time as me, I’ll be starting on June 3rd which will have me reaching day 90 on the last day of August. You will find the reading guide on the page "Read the Bible in 90 days" in the header of website. Finally, on a personal note, I’m excited to take a short vacation this month to go to Stitch-Con in Cincinatti, OH with some of my family members. As you might know, I got into cross stitching about a year ago and it has been a wonderful way to tend my soul and provide self care; and I can’t wait to be in a convention center with 300 other cross stitch lovers for a few days! Pr. Suzanne Begin will be filling in for me on Sunday, June 19th at both churches while I’m getting some much needed time away from the office. A change in season offers so much–especially when it means summer in Minnesota! I sure hope you have the opportunity to join me in one of these new endeavors in the coming months!
Pastor Mary Fielprmaryfiel@gmail.com (507) 525-3909 cell