Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Congregational Vote"     

Dear Members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church,
On behalf of your Board of Administration, I am pleased to announce that we have reached agreement for the sale of a portion of our property to Ecumen for the purpose of constructing senior housing.  Further, the board has approved bringing this purchase agreement before the Congregation for approval.  As your congregational president, I am excited for the possibilities of the partnership with Ecumen.  For this reason, I am asking you to attend the upcoming special congregational meeting on May 7, 2017 at 11:45 am and vote to approve the sale.
Like most of you, I didn't know about this proposal until just before our congregational meeting in January 2017 due to the confidentiality agreement with our radio station neighbors.  Still, the knowledgeable task force with both board and general membership representation has impressed me with their diligent work completed to date on behalf of the congregation. Joel Frost, Orv Johnson, and Pastor Dale have spent countless hours negotiating the partnership with Ecumen.  The task force has pulled in OSLC members with expertise in real estate, finance, city planning, business, and history of OSLC as they have been needed.  They have also consulted the Property and Grounds Committee, and have considered the long-range growth plans for the OSLC property as they have negotiated the purchase agreement.  An attorney has been actively engaged in writing the final contract. The Ecumen Task Force has left no stone unturned.
As a result of this tireless, due diligence work, the board believes that we have negotiated a contract that secures the short and long-term interests of our congregation while gaining a great neighbor and partner.  Through this whole process (that at times was give and take), the task force and board worked hard to keep the best interests of the congregation at the front of our minds. But now it's time for you to have your say on May 7th
Between now and May 7, the Ecumen Task Force will schedule multiple opportunities for members to learn details about the purchase agreement and partnership and ask questions.  It is also important to note that a vote to approve the sale does not guarantee the actual sale of the OSLC land. There are still a few more approvals from the city that might meet some community opposition along the way. There is a good likelihood that the project will be approved by the city council, but it's not a slam dunk.
In the end, we must ask what God would have us do. Personally, I feel excited for the opportunity to grow our community of faith and to help prepare a comfortable home for our community's seniors. It's the Gospel at work. I ask that you pray for discernment as you weigh your decision on May 7th.
In your service,
Ray Valley
Church Board President

Worship & Music This Week

Wednesday, April 19, 2017  
   Sermon by: Pastor Dale Stiles

5:00 pm Wednesday Dinner
Patty Sandwich with bacon, tomato and lettuce
Oven baked French fries
Garden Green Salad
5:30 pm Contemporary Worship
6:10 pm Faith Formation
7:00 pm Confirmation
7:00 pm Kingdom Choir
8:00 pm Liturgical Singers 

Sunday, April 23, 2017
Sermon by: Pastor Dale Stiles

8:00 am Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary  
9:15 am Adult Education
9:15 am Faith Formation
10:30 am Blended Worship in the CLC   
Special Music at 8:00 am: JuBellate   

Childcare available at all worship services

Congregation Information Meeting -- Property Sale 

An information meeting about the proposed senior housing project will be held on Wednesday, April 19, at 11:00 and again at 7 pm. This meeting will discuss the proposed purchase agreement terms. The Board wants our members to have the information needed to make an informed decision. Please plan on attending to learn more and to ask any questions you may have. There will be additional sessions in April or May if you are unable to attend. Questions? Please contact on of the following people:
Pastor Dale Stiles; Joel Frost, Board Member; Orv Johnson, OSLC Member  
Congregational Vote 

A formal meeting of our congregation for the purpose of voting on the sale of a portion of Our Savior's Lutheran Church property to Ecumen will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 11:45 am in the church sanctuary. All active and confirmed members of Our Savior's Lutheran are encouraged to attend and vote.

Children, Youth & Family

Faith Formation for Children -- Back to Regular Schedule!    
All children's Faith Formation programming resumes on Wednesday, April 19 and Sunday, April 23.  
6th Grade Lock-In FaithMarker   
  • Who:  All 6th graders and parents! Parents will come for the opening time from 7-8 pm. Childcare will be provided for younger siblings. Please RSVP for parent, student and if childcare is needed.
  • What:  We will have an information time with Chad and Darla for students and parents from 7-8 pm. Then students will enjoy an evening of fellowship, service learning and fun to celebrate their 6th grade Faithmarker. Students will also learn about the Jr High Evolve program.
  • When:  May 12 at 7 pm (eat dinner before you come) Parents pick up students by 8 am on May 13.
RSVP Deadline May 5: RSVP NOW!

What to Bring:
  •  Snack to share       *  Air mattress (optional)
  •  Sleeping bag          *  Any personal items needed
  •  Pillow
Questions: Please contact Darla or (church) 651-439-5704 ext 32
Spark Story Bible FaithMarker   
  • Who:  2 and 3 year old children and their families
  • What:  The Spark Story Bible FaithMarker is an opportunity for your family to learn together. "God's Story In My Life" and is designed to honor and build on the fact that 2 and 3 year old children love to have stories read to them. This passion for reading will help bring to life the stories in the SPARK Story Bible, which you will receive and explore at the FaithMarker. Children will also receive a tote bag for their new Bible.
  • When:  Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 9:15 am (during the Faith Formation hour)
  • Where:  Room 2
  • RSVP: Click here to register for this FaithMarker
Children will receive their FaithMarker blessing during the 8:00 or 10:30 am worship service. Please plan to attend one of the services that day. For questions, please contact Darla Goble. 
Faith Formation News for Grades 1-4    
The students are learning about Easter through various Rotation Stations.  We need parents to help in the Art Station and ask that you please plan to join your student for Faith Formation to assist them with a project.
We have our Large Group opening in the Children's Gathering Area from 9:15-9:30 and then we will go to stations from 9:30-10:10. Please plan to attend Large Group Opening and Faith Formation with your child as follows:
  • Sunday, April 23 - 1st and 2nd grade
  • Sunday, April 30 - 3rd & 4th grade
I am excited to have parents in Faith Formation with their children and hope you will enjoy this opportunity to be in class together! Questions? Please contact Darla Goble.
Grades 5/6 Boys Fishing Outing   
  • Who: 5/6 grade boys and a parent or grandparent
  • What: Chad and Darla will lead a time of fellowship and fishing. Dinner will be provided. Please bring fishing poles and dress appropriately for the weather. Adults will need a fishing license. Chad suggests a Conservation License if you don't plan to keep the fish you catch. We will provide bait.
  • When: Saturday, April 29, 2017- 3:30 pm
  • Where: Dave and Laverna Scholz' Home in Hugo, MN
  • RSVP by April 22, 2017: RSVP Now!
Ministry Opportunities!

What do I have to offer that God needs at Our Savior's?
Glad you asked! We are currently signing up Sunday greeters and ushers for the months of May and June. We need 24 people each month. There's plenty of room to join us!

Members and friends with last names beginning I - L are especially called upon for help during these 2 months, though anyone can sign up who enjoys serving in these capacities. We are trying very hard to involve as many people as we can to deepen Our Savior's hospitality ministry.

To view slots that are still open and to choose one, go to Sign-Up Genius. If you would prefer to contact me with the dates you are interested in, please email Kathy Frost.  If you are signing up for the first time as a greeter or an usher, on-the-job training can be provided. Thank you for helping us to share hospitality with all who enter our doors!
New Session Inspirational Yoga
On April 22 we will begin a new 8 week session of Inspirational Yoga
which goes to June 10th
from 9:00 to 10:00 am. We usually meet in the Gathering Area but will need to relocate to the Children's Gathering Area
or the Youth Room (which ever is available) when necessary. Cost is $72.00, payable to Lyne Seppala at our first practice. All ages, guys, gals, no experience needed, come and bring a friend and a yoga mat. For questions or to sign up for the new session contact Heidi Puckett.  
Meeting Updates
April Book of the Month Club will meet on Monday, April 24th at
1:00 pm to discuss Water for Elephants.

Mission Quilters has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 27th at
9:00 am.
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 our Pastor with any of your needs. Pastor Dale

Help Wanted!

We have plenty of Service Opportunities!
Check it out at: Sign Up to Serve! 
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.