Tuesday, January 2, 2018

"Everything Has Become New!"

Dear Members & Friends of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 
Paul says it best and I recall his words every new year that he wrote in his second letter to the Corinthian Church - "So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!" (2 Cor. 5:17)
Everything has become new! If you're like most, the beginning of a new calendar year provides an opportunity to start over or start anew. It is always like a blank slate of sorts or a blank canvas. The potential and the opportunities are limitless and left only to our imaginations.
As Christians - as Children of God - in the waters of our baptisms, every single day is like a blank slate or blank canvas - again, left only to our imaginations to fill in. We are truly and wholly forgiven and free every single morning. Each day provides limitless opportunities for us to make the most of and to honor God with.
We are quick to make new year's resolutions. Many of which are broken quickly. What if we made daily resolutions with the blank baptismal canvases that we have been given as a gift from God? Daily we can strive to serve, honor, and worship God more. Daily we can work to get to know God more closely. Daily we can seek out someone who has yet to hear of or know of God and share our faith with them. There is so much we can do daily as disciples of Christ that can make our world a better place. Why wait for a new year when we can just wait for tomorrow?
Someone said to me on New Year's Day this year, "I remember 2017 as if it were only yesterday!" Funny. It WAS only yesterday! Tomorrow too, is only a day away - a new day - a new start - a new opportunity.
I look forward to tomorrow, with you.
Pastor Dale  

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Sermon: Pastor Dale Stiles  
5:00 pm Dinner
Menu: Walking tacos     
5:30 pm Worship
6:10 pm Faith Formation & Youth Group
7:00 pm Confirmation
7:00 pm Kingdom Choir
All Worship Sunday, January 7, 2018
8:00 am Worship in the Sanctuary
Special Music: Kingdom Choir

9:15 am Elementary Children's Choir 
Adult Education

10:30 am Worship in the CLC
Special Music: Joyful Noise!, Youth Bell Choir

11:45 am Evolve Youth Group (Grades 7-9)

5:00 pm Activate Youth Group (Grades 10-12) 
Children, Youth & Family Ministry

Faith Formation
Wednesday Faith Formation will begin on January 3 with students in class with their teachers.
Sunday Faith Formation will begin on January 7 with ALL Worship at 10:30.
We still need Greeters, Ushers, Communion Servers and special music for All Worship on Wednesday, January 10. Please contact Darla Goble if you can help.

Youth Ministry

2018 Mission Trip Informational Meeting on Jan 9th at 7p
We are excited to announce that our 2018 Summer Mission Trip will be held in Lexington County, South Carolina! All students who are currently in 9th-12th grades are invited to attend. There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday Jan 9th at 7p in the youth room to go over the details of the trip. This is meeting to give students and parents the info needed to make an educated decision for participation. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Chad via email at chad@oslcstillwater.org or by cell phone at 425-281-8315. Get pumped!

Confirmation Parent and Student Night on Jan 10th at 7p
Hello Confirmation Parents! Just a reminder that our annual Confirmation Parent night is next week! Parents and students are invited to attend! We are excited to welcome Robin Sobczak as our speaker for the evening! Robin is a long-time member of OSLC and will be sharing on the accounts that unfolded on August 28th, 2012, when two of her children were involved in a car accident with a drunk driver. She will speak about how this event has impacted not only their lives as a family, but the waterfall effect of how it has affected the drunk driver's family as well. She will speak of the affirmation of strong faith in this situation and how it also helps in the healing process. Snacks and beverages will be served. We can't wait to see you then! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chad via email at chad@oslcstillwater.org or by cell phone at 425-281-8315.

Calling all 10th-12th Grade students and Adults!
We are excited to announce that we will be competing in a hockey game vs. Watermark Church as a part of the 3rd Annual Sticks in Stillwater Festival on Friday January 12th. This will be a great opportunity for OSLC to participate in a community event benefiting the Herb Brooks Foundation and Josh Gunderson Memorial. If you are interested in playing, please sign-up on the youth board outside the youth room or email Chad at chad@oslcstillwater.org to let him know you are in. This is a wonderful opportunity for Our Savior's to be present in our community! 
Preliminary Budget Meeting & Annual Meeting
A meeting to discuss the 2017 financial results and the proposed 2018 budget will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 9:15 a.m. in the sanctuary.

The annual congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 9:15 a.m. in the sanctuary.
Adult Education: Listen to stories from Tanzania & Guatemala
This Sunday, listen to those who traveled to Tanzania and Guatemala this fall share their stories about the people and the experiences they had on those trips.  Join them in the sanctuary at 9:15 a.m. for this special presentation!
Property & Grounds Meeting on January 8
This committee will meet on Monday, January 8 at 6 pm at church. We are in need of volunteers to serve on the P & G committee. If anyone is willing to help out with projects, even if they cannot attend meetings, please contact Shari & Bruce Ohland to be added to the group. 
Valley Outreach Food Shelf
Volunteers Needed. OSLC will be staffing the food shelf January 17 and 19, 2018. Volunteers are needed for a 3 hour shift (9:30 am -12:30 pm) to assist clients with their food needs and stocking shelves. Please consider this opportunity to help. A sign-up sheet is on the Welcome Desk. The food shelf is located at 1911 Curve Crest Blvd. W. next to the Gazette. 
If you ordered a poinsettia for our Christmas displays, please be sure to stop by and pick it up!  

Girls Night Out - COME PAINT WITH US!
The next Girls Night Out will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018, 6:30 - 9:00 pm with the theme:  COME PAINT WITH US! No Experience Necessary! Join Artist Sandy Danus from Cheerful Hearts Portable Paint Studio as she leads a simple & fun step-by-step group acrylic painting class. Everything provided: 12x12 canvas, all paints & brushes, easels & aprons. You can even choose your own colors to make your painting personal. Come away with your own finished masterpiece to hang or give as a gift!
Cost: $25/person; payable at the church by Wednesday, January 17th. Cash accepted, or checks written out to OSLC, with "women's painting class" written on the memo line.

Ministry Opportunities
Sunday Morning Volunteers Needed
There is a continuing need for Sunday morning volunteers to extend hospitality as Greeters, Welcome Desk Attendants, Ushers, Readers or Communion Servers. Members and friends with last names beginning E-H are especially called upon for help during January & February, though anyone can sign up who enjoys serving in these capacities. View open slotsThank 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 our Pastor Dale Stiles or Parish Nurse, Stacy Meyer, with any of your needs.
Board Updates
To view church board minutes, please Click Here!
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.