Lutheran Church
Big Lake, MN

Adult Ministries

Community is often the best place for spiritual growth. Through small group relationships with people from many different backgrounds, experiences and understandings, we can come together, challenge one another, and enrich each other’s lives.

As a church community, we often meet for events, bible studies, retreats, to meet needs in the community, and sometimes just to spend time together. Most of our groups are open to everyone, but we also offer separate Men’s and Women’s ministries to allow a space for conversations and support for some of the unique challenges that we all face.

Monday Morning Women's Book Study

We have begun, Crazy Love by Francis Chan. This study has a series of videos through Saron’s RightNow Media account, so if you miss a day you can still catch up! Volunteer childcare is available upon request. Contact Molly Schroeder at or 763-263-2209 to sign up!





Big Lake Backpack Buddies is back!

All are welcome for this fun and impactful event, where we will pack nonperishable food items for children and youth struggling with hunger.

Please join us in Shepherd’s Corner at Saron on Sunday, February 23rd between services (9:45a-10:30)  to help our little neighbors in need!

Bring a great attitude and be ready for a fast and fun affair!

For questions or to let us know you’ll be joining us, please email Ben and Jill Schaefbauer at or call/text 612-802-1057.






(Saron’s Active Seniors Staying Young)

For Saron-ites 55 or older. SASSY meetings will be the 2nd Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m.  A great group will be greater with you!

SASSY will not meet February, 13th.





People of Faith Book Club

If you are looking for a warm, friendly place to discuss great Christian books with friends, you will love our book club, People of Faith Book Club for Everyone.

We will meet once a month for coffee, tea and donuts and share lively discussion on Christian fiction and non-fiction books. The discussion will take place from 7-9 PM the third (3rd) Wednesday of each month at Saron Lutheran Church.

Each month we’ll share:

  • Discussions on the book and characters
  • How the content applies to your spiritual life
  • A fun freebie about the book (bookmarks, word searches, crossword puzzles, worksheets, and overviews, etc.)

We’ll also learn a little about the authors and many book selections will also include a study guide for deeper insight.  All activities are optional.

Books can be borrowed from a friend or the library or purchased.  When possible, we’ll offer discounts on the book selections.

The Discipline of Grace offers a clear and thorough explanation of the gospel and what it means to be a believer. Written by Navigator author Jerry Bridges, this book explores how the same grace that brings us to faith in Christ also disciplines us in Christ. In learning more about grace, you also will learn about God's character, His forgiveness, and the Holy Spirit. The product of much meditation upon Scripture and much self-examination, this book challenges the Christian with the simple but profound truth that “your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.” At its heart, The Discipline of Grace is a book examining the shared responsibility of God and the believer in the pursuit of holiness or the process of sanctification. Being transformed into the image of Christ is a long and difficult process and is not one that is done by God alone. Rather, God enables us to pursue holiness and helps us achieve it. The grace of God and personal discipline must go hand-in-hand. Where “discipline without direction is drudgery,” so also, we cannot depend only on God to sanctify us as if sanctification were an act rather than a process. There must be a balance. Bridges continually takes issue with the unbiblical view that the gospel is solely or even primarily for unbelievers. Rather, he says, the gospel must be the foundation not only of justification but also sanctification. The believer must preach the gospel to himself every day. “To preach the gospel to yourself, then, means that you continually face up to your own sinfulness and then flee to Jesus through faith in His shed blood and righteous life. It means that you appropriate, again by faith, the fact that Jesus fully satisfied the law of God, that He is your propitiation, and that God’s holy wrath is no longer directed toward you.” He later says, “This is the gospel by which we were saved, and it is the gospel by which we must live every day of our Christian lives…If you are not firmly rooted in the gospel and have not learned to preach it to yourself every day, you will soon become discouraged and will slack off in your pursuit of holiness.”

The heart of the book, chapters seven through thirteen, discusses how God matures us through obedience, dependence, commitment, convictions, choices, watching and adversity. Each topic is examined in light of Scripture. Bridges depends often on some of the church’s greatest teachers, quoting often from John Owen, Charles Hodge, John Murray and others. He clearly has a particular affection for the Puritans and often relies on their understanding of sin, repentance and mortification.

If you are interested in participating please contact Ardy Prekker at or

The book discussion will be on February 19th.


Men of Saron

(Men’s Group)

Will begin meeting again the last Sunday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

We’re in this together. You are welcome, wanted and needed!




Sisters of Saron

The Sisters of Saron, or SOS, is open to women of all ages. We meet on the last Sunday of every month at 6:00 p.m. We enjoy coming together for special events, bible studies, prayer, good food, crafts, retreats, and special activities.

Paul wrote the letter of 1st Corinthians to a divided and self-centered people to remind them to follow Jesus and only Jesus. In this twelve-part series, author and Bible teacher Jennie Allen walks into the messy lives of the Corinthians and takes us through Paul’s works to the conflicted church.




Lighten Up with Ken Davis

We have 18 people attending this sold out show! Please meet after second service, Sunday, January 26th to carpool to Country Inn & Suites East, 120 7th AVE SE in St. Cloud for lunch.The event will be held at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center at 2 p.m. Contact Mary Niklaus (612-964-0406 or or Kristen Vigoren (320-293-2867 or for questions.




WE WANT YOU to help support our troops! Troopons is a simple and fast way to get involved.Please help us help our troops by saving manufacturer coupons and dropping them in the basket in the Narthex. All manufacturer coupons are welcomed and can be current or expired within one month of the current date. We will continue collecting coupons year-round.

Please contract Jill Schaefbauer for more information or ways to get involved: 612-802-1057 or

Let’s give a little back to the soldiers and families that make our freedom possible!




♪♫♬  Joyful Noise Christian Event- June 12th-13th  ♬♫♪

Looking for a moving and magical way to enjoy great music and worship with other believers?  Check out Joyful Noise 2020!

Joyful noise is an annual concert, showcasing the most popular names in Christian music.  The 2019 event brought us Sanctus Real, Rend Collective, Crowder, Matthew West, the Newsboys, and many more!

The concert is held at the National Sports Center in Blaine, is open to all ages, and ticket prices are generally around $50.  Purchase your tickets online at .  Note: Tickets are basically general admission, and can be purchased individually or in bundles.

Please contact our very own Joyful Noise veteran for insider intel! Mary Niklaus: 612-964-0406 or

Watch for carpool details.