Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"Behind the Scenes "

Dear Members & Friends of Our Savior's Lutheran Church,
I just returned home from a family mission trip to Hamlin, West Virginia. It was a great experience to serve alongside the beautiful people that call the "hollers" of West Virginia their home. It is a special area of our country with rich history and tradition. Though poverty is the norm in much of West Virginia, the people's spirits and joy are rich. I am thankful for Pastors Gilo and Cassie who covered for me the past two Sundays. I pray they blessed you in worship as I was confident they would.
We are in the heart of Summer here in Minnesota, and it is great! We Minnesotans love our Summers, don't we? Time at the cabins, on vacations, at camps, in boats, fishing, swimming, hiking, and tanning. So much to do in such a short span of time before Fall and the seasons begin to change. I pray your Summer adventures are renewing to you and your family.
Churches notice the change in Seasons. For most churches, average weekly worship attendance and financial offerings tend to decline. We are noticing this to be true again this year at Our Savior's. I remind you that if you haven't made arrangements to have your financial offerings electronically sent to OSLC in the Summer months, to do so. Simply Giving and direct deposit options are perfect for this. Talk to Kathy Newton in the church office if you would like to begin electronic giving. A mid-year financial update meeting will be scheduled and announced in the coming weeks.
Despite the usual "Summer Slump" we are experiencing at Our Savior's, I want to remind you that there is much going on behind the scenes to prepare for the changing of the seasons. With the coming of Fall comes a change in programing and worship schedule. Other opportunities for mission, ministry, and community-building are also in the works. Some of what is being planned now include an Adult Education series beginning on Sunday, September 17 and going through December 17. Guest preachers/presenters are being scheduled, including Saint Paul Area Synod's own Bishop, Patricia Lull. Our Children's Ministry Director, Darla Goble, and her Children's Ministry Committee, have been working on some changes to the Faith Formation curriculum and weekly rotation schedule as well. These changes will provide opportunities for children and families to learn and worship together in new and creative ways. I'm thankful for Darla's leadership and creativity in thinking outside the box. Mission trips to both Guatemala and Tanzania are being planned for this Fall as well. Look for ways to support and be a part of these trips as we continue to build on our global mission partnerships.
Though it may seem like things slow down in the Summer at Our Savior's, we remain busy behind the scenes in order for our members to be spiritually renewed year-round.
Peace and rest,

Pastor Dale Stiles
Summer Worship & Music This Week
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Sermon by: Pastor Dale Stiles     

Summer Worship Times 8:00 & 9:30 am

8:00 am Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
(7:50 am Hymn Pick Prelude)  
Special Music: Kingdom Choir

9:30 am Worship on the Lawn 
(Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on)

  Childcare available at 9:30 am service     

Kingdom Choir Singing this Sunday!   

This Sunday only, be part of Kingdom Choir at the 8:00 am service! We will rehearse Sunday morning at 7:15 am. Current, past and first-time singers are welcome. Questions? Contact Michael at 651-335-1412. 
Worship on the Lawn at 9:30 am 

This Sunday, July 23, at the 9:30 am service we will again hold worship on the lawn behind the Community Life Center. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair to sit on. (If too hot or wet, we'll be in the CLC). 


More Parade Treats Needed!

We still need more treats to hand out during the Lumberjack Days Parade this Sunday, July 23. Our parade chairman would like to see another bin filled from what we currently have. If you can, please drop off candy, freeze sticks or cases of water at OSLC by the Welcome Desk this week. Thank you!

Then, watch for the OSLC Float in the Lumberjack Days Parade on Sunday,
July 23. We have 50+ people signed up to ride/walk with the float, live music, treats
& more to handout. Don't miss it! 
90th Birthday Celebration
The family of Bette Bealka would like to extend an invitation to her church family and friends to join them in a celebration of Bette's 90 th birthday. The open house will be held on July 23, from 1:30-4:30 pm here at Our Savior's Lutheran. 
Grocery Shopping for Seniors
Amy Sievers is volunteering to take seniors grocery shopping. She will
pick you up, shop with you and get you home and groceries unpacked. There is no fee for this service and all payment transactions at the store
will be handled by the senior. Amy is a bargain hunter and excited to provide this service to the OSLC senior community. Please contact Parish Nurse, Jean Pottratz or call 651-439-5704 ext. 24. The information will be passed on to Amy and she will contact the senior. Thank you Amy. 
Bible Study in the Park
Tuesday, August 8, is the next Bible Study in the Park. It will once again be held at Valley View Park at 9:30 am. Our Youth Director, Chad Larson, will lead this study which was written by Kelly Fryer. A description from the author - "Upending the tables - What is our responsibility when the very systems that have been put in place to protect people and make sure justice is done become tools to oppress? Do we just stand by and allow injustice to continue?" There will be a continental breakfast as well so bring a friend and join in for a good study and good fellowship.
Children, Youth & Family Ministry!

Vacation Bible School (VBS)  

We are looking for two people who would be interested in helping a special needs child during VBS week (July 31 - August 4, 9:00 am - noon).  Please contact Lori Olson or Darla Goble if you can assist. Thank you!

Ministry Opportunities!

Support Relay For Life 
On Sunday, July 23, Sandra Roslin will have a table in the Gathering Area for people to purchase luminaries and raffle tickets for Relay For Life. The mission of Relay For Life is to raise funds to improve cancer survival, decrease the incidence of cancer, and improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their caretakers. Please stop by on Sunday and help support this worthy cause. Thank you!
Request for Prayers and Support
Everyday joys and sorrows...Once in a lifetime joys and sorrows. Your brothers and sisters at Our Savior's want to support you. Email or call Pastor Dale Stiles or our Parish Nurse, Jean Pottratz, with any of your needs.  

Giving Opportunities

Simply Giving

A more convenient way to give! In a few short minutes, you can make a one-time gift or set up a donation that will process automatically on a recurring basis. Recurring donations are convenient and provide our church with much needed consistent support throughout the year.   To give online, visit our church's website and get set up!   
Stewardship is about love:
serving others through our time, talent, and treasure.