Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Dalbo and Siloa Evangelical Lutheran Church of Maple Ridge Township announce the calling of Pastor Mary Fiel to serve at both parishes.
Fiel began her service to these congregations on June 3, 2019. She will be splitting her time between the congregations proportionately. She comes to them from a congregation in Carleton, Minnesota. Fiel and her family live in North Branch. She is looking forward to the opportunity to serve these two congregations.
These congregations have a rich history of sharing a pastor and working together from 1891-1983 when they decided that each congregation would be better served by having their own pastor and so a new era began. Now these congregations are again looking at new opportunities to share resources to keep their churches a vibrant resource in their communities.
Common goals that these two congregations have are to reach out to their communities to find ways to minister and reach out to members and neighbors by providing activities for youth, and visiting the homebound and hospitalized.
Currently, Salem Lutheran Church has a SPARKS program for youth beginning in October on the first and Third Wednesday from 6:15-7:30 p.m., Sunday School each Sunday which is held during the church service and Rally Sunday on Sept. 8. They are planning their annual Harvest Festival and Pie Auction on Oct. 26 and All Saints Service in November.
Siloa Lutheran Church is in the midst of adding on to the fellowship area of their church. Currently, Siloa is collecting funds to assist in the Food For Kids Backpack Program through the Braham Area School District, which is coordinated at the Braham Covenant Church. Siloa also reaches out to their community by volunteering and making donations to the Braham Food Shelf, working with Stanchfield Baptist Church to provide meals for the New Pathways Program-Path to Home, a transitional shelter program. They also volunteer at Braham Covenant Church in the memory care day program several times a year. They go Christmas caroling to seniors in the community and provide care bags as a small gift to our friends and neighbors. Every Wednesday the Men in Mission meet at the Park Cafe for breakfast and fellowship. The women meet the second Monday for breakfast at 9 a.m.
Salem and Siloa congregations join together for a book club which meets the fourth Tuesday at Salem and a mission quilting club, The Bobbin Feeders, which meets the second and fourth Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Salem. A women’s Bible Study is being planned to begin soon as well.
Both churches are looking for new ways to reach out to their communities and look forward to new thoughts and ideas.
Siloa Lutheran Church (2607 405th Ave. NW, Braham) currently has a 9 a.m. service and Salem Lutheran Church (4638 381st St. NW, Dalbo) has a 10:30 a.m. service. They are both excited about the new opportunities ahead. Come and visit them at your earliest convenience. Both churches have websites and Facebook to find their upcoming special events.