Numbered lists grab our attention. In the checkout aisle or on the internet, we gravitate toward headings such as “10 ways to lose weight by summer!” or “3 simple steps to acing that test!”

Ancient Jewish sages urged people to count out and speak at least 100 blessings, or statements of gratitude, each day. What would happen if we intentionally listed 100 blessings daily? Can you imagine?!

What if the first blessing we counted was simply the day itself? “Thank you, God, for this brand new day!” “Bless my use of this day, Lord, that I might glorify you.” Scripture encourages such awareness and promises an additional blessing in return: “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12, NIV).

—Heidi Mann

Longtime Solor Lutheran Church member, Carrie Young and her fiance, Richard are getting married at Solor on September 30th!!  Let’s rejoice with them and keep them in our prayers!

“Teach me, O LORD … give me understanding …” (Psalm 119:33-34). With a new school year underway, may we grow not only in knowledge and skills but in faith toward God and love for others. 

T-R-A-V-E-L
(Author Unknown)
Inmate Mitchell King had a visitor — his wife. King was serving a six-year jail term in Auckland, New Zealand for armed robbery. But his wife didn’t want to be away from him for that long. So they held hands. And they stuck. She’d rubbed her palms with Super Glue. Their new-found closeness was short-lived. And their separation painful. Her technique is not one I’d recommend for a closer relationship.
But if you want more closeness; if you desire relationships that are deeper and broader, more meaningful and longer-lasting, then remember the word “travel.”
T is for TRUST
Trust is the glue that holds people together (not Super Glue). A relationship will go nowhere without it.
R is for RESPECT
“Do not save your loving speeches for your friends till they are dead; do not write them on their tombstones, speak them rather now instead,” writes Anna Cummins. It’s about respecting others and letting them know that you value them.
A is for AFFECTION
Love – genuine love and care is a key.
V is for VULNERABILITY
Though we may feel afraid to let another too close, no relationship will go anywhere without risking vulnerability. Entrepreneur Jim Rohn says, “The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy.” And the love.
E is for EMOTIONAL INTIMACY
Learn to be open. Learn to communicate freely. What kinds of relationships you make are largely determined by how openly you have learned to communicate.
L is for LAUGHTER
Victor Borge got it right when he said, “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” It’s also the most enjoyable.
For relationships that can really go somewhere, just remember the word “travel.” Make sure the relationship is one that God wants for you. Then enjoy the trip!

Annual Meeting

Solor will have it’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 28th immediately following worship.
Be sure to mark your calendars!

PASTOR DAN'S INSTILLATION

Sunday, December 6th, Pastor Dan Dimick will be installed as Solor’s pastor! Pastor John Peterson from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Mankato will be performing the installation. Come one, come all! Let’s pack Solor for this event!

This music video by Vern Swedin was recorded at Solor in 2012.  He grew up in our church!

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