Tuesday, November 14, 2017

"Commitment Sunday"   

Dear Members & Friends of Our Savior's Lutheran Church,
We have so much to be thankful for at Our Savior's! I am thinking about the long life of Nethis Peterson, our oldest member of OSLC who just turned 100 this past June, who we laid to rest this afternoon. Nethis was committed to her Lord and to her church at Our Savior's. For all the years she was a member at OSLC her commitment remained strong and steady until the end of her life. Nethis always gave of her time, talents, and treasures in abundant and generous ways. She has left a legacy of generosity for her family and many friends to cherish and to live by. I am thankful for her example.
This Sunday, November 19, is our annual Commitment Sunday at Our Savior's. Over the past few weeks you have heard the message and call of Jesus' to "Go and Do" - to put our faith into action - to commit to the Lord with all of our being. You have heard from three members of Our Savior's as they shared their stories of how and why they have committed to sharing of their time, talents, and treasures. This is the Sunday when you now are asked to make your financial commitment to Our Savior's for 2018. It is important that you, you and your spouse, or you and your family, prayerfully think about, talk about, and consider the amount of money you will commit to the ministries of Our Savior's for 2018. Some of those gifts received go directly toward the day-to-day operations of our building, staffing, and programs, while some of it goes beyond our walls to make sure we are fulfilling Christ's Great Commission throughout the local and wider world.
The nice facility and solid staff and programming that Our Savior's provides is not possible without your financial commitments. Please understand this and make your commitment to making sure it continues into 2018. The fewer commitments that are turned in, the less programming and staffing we are able to provide. The number of financial commitments received from members of Our Savior's is directly proportional to what we as a congregation will be able to provide in 2018.
You should have received your commitment cards in the mail the week of October 23. If you have it, please bring it, completed, and ready to give during the offering on Sunday. If you can't find your card or never received one, cards will be available on Sunday and time will be allotted during the service to complete before turning it in during the offering.
Many are afraid of commitment. As Christians, it is part of our DNA - commitment is what Jesus invites us in to. Like the disciples, to drop their nets and follow him, or to pick up their cross and follow him. Commitment is an expectation of us as disciples of Christ. Don't be afraid, be generous, and trust in God to provide.
Pastor Dale  
Wednesday, November 15, 2017  
5:00 pm Dinner
Grilled Cheese Sandwich & Chicken Noodle Soup 
Cost $4/person 
5:30 pm All Worship Wednesday 
Message/skit by OSLC Youth 
6:10 pm Youth Group (Youth Room)
7:00 pm Confirmation (Grades 8 & 9)
7:00 pm Kingdom Choir
8:00 pm Good News! 

Sunday, November 19, 2017  

  8:00 am Worship in the Sanctuary
Sermon by: Pastor Dale Stiles
Special Music: Liturgical Singers
9:15 am Joyful Noise! Rehearsal (Elementary Choir) 
Adult Education 
10:30 am All Worship Sunday in the CLC  
Message/skit by OSLC Youth 
Special Music: Joyful Noise!  
   C hildcare available for the 10:30 am service.
11:45 am Evolve Youth Group (Grades 7-9)
1:00 pm Youth Bell Choir (Grades 6-9) 
5:00 pm Activate Youth Group (Grades 10-12) 
Commitment Sunday

This Sunday, November 19, is Commitment Sunday. Please remember to return your 2018 Intent of Giving Card. Cards will also be available in the bulletins and at the Welcome Desk.
Adult Education Schedule
Sunday, November 19, at 9:15 am in the Sanctuary
Topic: Union Gospel Mission (UMG) Guest Speaker: Barb Martenson 
Barb is a Development Advisor and the Grants Manager at the Union Gospel Mission. After 21 years serving on the mission field (in England, the West Bank, Cyprus and Egypt), she came to UGM first as a Major Donor Officer in 2007, and has since grown the grants department to help fund dental care for the poor, food for the hungry, late stage alcohol and drug recovery services for men and women, a broad range of capital projects to upgrade and improve over 14 buildings in 7 locations and many other programs. She also serves on the Executive Outreach Team of her church in Eden Prairie - a team that oversees 10 missionary families in the former Soviet bloc, the Far East, Africa and Central America. 
Sunday, November 26: The Missional Church (Part 1) 
Guest Speaker: Pastor Dale Stiles
A summary of Pastor Dale's doctoral dissertation and how his research can apply to congregations and OSLC specifically. 
Children, Youth & Family Ministry

Operation Christmas Child  
Our global Christmas outreach program this year will be Operation Christmas Child. There are still a few pre-assembled boxes on the table in the Gathering Area along with an instructional handout if you wish to participate in this outreach program. Kids love to help fill the boxes! Please bring your filled boxes back to church by Sunday, November 19. Stacy Meyer, OSLC Parish Nurse, will collect the boxes and bring them to the drop off site on Monday, November 20.

Gratitude Container Collection -- November 19  
Recently as we have turned on the news we have seen many tragic events, such as the damage of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and the wildfires in northern California. We may even know people who have suffered losses in these events. To help lighten the load that many are experiencing, it has been decided that all of the monies donated through the Gratitude Containers will be given to Lutheran Disaster Response to go toward recovery from these disasters. Our Gratitude Container collection will be Sunday, November 19th. Coins can remain in the container and placed in the offering plate. If checks are written, please write Gratitude Container in the memo line. And we thank you in advance for sharing those extra coins with others in need. Blessings to you all!
Thanksgiving Eve Worship & Pie Social!  
Thanksgiving is almost here, it's time to think about pie! Please co nsider bringing one of your favorite pies to share at the pie social following the Thanksgiving Eve service on Wednesday, November 22, at 7:00 pm.
Tanzania School Scholarships  
Payments for Mlafu Scholarships are due to the church office by Nov. 30.
Please make checks payable to Our Savior's and put "Mlafu Scholarship" in the memo line. A full scholarship is $450 and a haf scholarship is $225. Thank you.
3rd Annual Christmas Cookie Fundraiser
The Women's Team is now taking orders for their Christmas cookies. The cookies are sold in boxes of 10 dozen (6 each of 20 kinds) or 6 dozen (6 each of 12 kinds) for $40 or $25 respectively. Only 20 boxes of each size will be sold so please order early! The boxes will be ready for pickup on Friday, December 8, from 2-4 pm. The proceeds from this sale will go toward scholarships for our church women to attend retreats, educational events and conferences. Don't miss out! Contact Susan Fredricksen with questions or if you would like to place an order. 
ADvent eVENT Teas   
Sign-ups are currently in progress for the Women's ADvent eVENT teas that will be held the first week of December at various times and various places.  Stop by the table in the Gathering Area (Sundays) or the church office (week days) to reserve your spot at the time and place that best fits your schedule. Teas are limited in the number of attendees so not only will you be remembering the Advent Season but also sharing fellowship with other women and getting to know others in Our Savior's community.  Please join us and bring a friend.
PEP Christmas Buffet Lunch   
The PEP Christmas Buffet Lunch will be at the Lowell Inn on Tuesday, December 12 from 12-3 pm. Sign-up sheet is available on the PEP bulletin board (please note if you are looking for a ride or if you have dietary restrictions). The cost is $18.00 per person . Payment needs to be into the church office with check payable to Our Savior's by December 3
Ministry Opportunities

 November & December Ushers and Greeters Needed      

If you worship on Sundays, please consider signing up to serve as either an usher or greeter. Y ou can view the openings and sign up from our church website or Sign-up NOW! 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 Parish Nurse, Stacy Meyer, with any of your needs.  

Church Board
  Updates on the Ecumen Project  
  1. Zoning Text Amendment
    a. Planning Commission public hearing on zoning text amendment that allows Senior Living Facilities by Special Use Permit in the RA Zoning District (PASSED).

    b. City Council approval of first reading of the zoning text amendment (PASSED).

    c. City Council approval of second reading and adoption of zoning text amendment (PASSED).
  2. Concept Planned Unit Development
    a. Planning Commission public hearing on the Concept Planned Unit Development (PASSED)
    b. City Council hearing/vote on Concept Planned Unit Development. (8/2/2017 - City Council Voted to Approve Concept PUD)
  3. Neighborhood Meeting - Informational Meeting
    When: September 6, 2017
    Time:  5:00 - 6:00 pm
    Location:  Family Room at Our Savior's Lutheran Church
  4. Special Use Permit, Preliminary and Final Plat, Final Planned Unit Development at Council Chambers, City Hall
    a. Planning Commission holds public hearing on all of these requests at same time on October 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm (PASSED)
    b. City Council holds hearing on November 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm (PASSED)
  5. Building permit
    a. The building permit application
  6. Development Agreement
    a.City Council considers agreement.
  7. Preconstruction meeting
    a. As soon as development agreement is approved by City Council, the Ecumen engineers and development team could meet with the City Engineer.
  8. Site work
    a.Site work can begin after preconstruction meeting and payment of fees described in the Development Agreement.
    b.Work on the building itself has to wait until the building permit is issued
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.