Tuesday, February 6, 2018

"Fear of Failure & Doubt"

Dear Members & Friends of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 
This coming Sunday at our 10:30 am All-Worship service we are continuing our year-long (somewhat) monthly series called "Fearless." This Sunday we hear about our fear of failure and doubt with Matthew 14:22-33 serving as our scriptural foundation. This is the story of Jesus calling Peter to step out of his boat in a storm and to walk toward him. In the midst of Peter's fear and doubt he begins to sink before Jesus rescues him. This will be a powerful story to consider as most of us experience failure and doubt throughout our lives, like Peter. For the most part, however, even though we may fear failure, we understand that it can help us accomplish something greater in the future.
Last Sunday all eyes and television sets were tuned into the US Bank Stadium right here in Minneapolis for "The Big Game" - Super Bowl 52. It was an exciting game from start to finish and what made it even more satisfying is that "the underdog" - the Philadelphia Eagles - won the game! Not many were expecting such an outcome, especially since the Eagles, due to an injury to their starting quarterback, were starting their backup, 2nd string quarterback, Nick Foles.
Here is an excerpt of Nick Foles' heartfelt reflection on his unexpected Super Bowl win, the next day:
"I think the big thing is don't be afraid to fail," Foles said. "In our society today, with Instagram and Twitter, it's a highlight. It's all the good things. When you look at it, you have a bad day, you think your life isn't as good, you're failing. Failure is a part of life. It's a part of building character and growing. Without failure, who would you be? I wouldn't be up here if I hadn't fallen thousands of times, made mistakes. We all are human. We all have weaknesses. Just being able to share that and be transparent. I know when people speak and share their weaknesses, I listen. Because I can resonate. I'm not perfect. I'm not Superman. We might be in the NFL and we might have just won the Super Bowl, but we all have daily struggles. That's where my faith comes in. That's where my family comes in. I think when you look at a struggle in your life, just know that it's an opportunity for your character to grow."
Click HERE to link to a video of his reflection. 
It's wonderful that Foles used his platform to speak such an important message of assurance and encouragement. We all need to be reminded of this message - that any doubt and/or failure we experience in our faith journey can be an avenue to grow in God's grace and faith. They can be tools to help us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus rather than pull us farther away.
Also, this Sunday at 8:00 am worship we will remember the Transfiguration of our Lord when Peter, James and John accompanied Jesus to the top of the mountain where He was transfigured before their very eyes while God announced to them Jesus was His Son.
We have much to be thankful for. I hope to see you in worship as, together, we give God our thanks and praise.
In the name and spirit of Jesus, 
Pastor Dale 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
    5:00 pm Dinner
Menu: Sloppy Joes & Chips
5:30 pm Worship
6:10 pm Faith Formation 
6:10 pm Youth Group 
7:00 pm Confirmation Mentor/Mentee Kick-off 
7:00 pm Kingdom Choir
8:00 pm Proclaim!  
Sunday, February 11, 2018
8:00 am Worship in the Sanctuary
Special Music: Proclaim!  
9:15 am Elementary Choir (Grades 1-6) 
Adult Education
10:30 am All Worship Sunday in the CLC 
11:45 am Evolve Youth Group (Grades 7-9)
5:00 pm Activate Youth Group (Grades 10-12)
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during a Sunday Worship Service!
Boy Scout Sunday

Boy Scout Troop 162 is celebrating Scout Sunday on February 11 at Our Saviors. We invite all current and former Scouts of all levels and affiliations to wear their uniforms to help us recognize the value this program brings to our lives and community. Members of Troop 162 will be ushering during the 8:00 am service in recognition of this occasion. 
Children, Youth & Family Ministry
First Communion Retreat

At Our Savior's, we have empowered parents to decide when their child is ready to receive instruction to receive Holy Communion.
Who:  1st - 6th graders and a parent / guardian 
Date:   Monday, March 26 from 6-8 pm (eat before you come) 
What to bring:   Your Bible 
RSVP by March 11:  RSVP NOW!
Sibling childcare will be available. Children will receive their First Communion in worship on Maundy Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, April 4 at 5:30 pm, or Sunday, April 8 at 8:00 or 10:30 am. Choose the service which works best for your family.
Tubing and Tailgating Reminder!
Reminder that we will meet in the Green Acres parking lot at 6 pm on Friday, February 9 to eat some brats, hot dogs and sip some warm hot chocolate! For those planning to tube, please make sure to turn in your release form and payment ASAP. Questions? Please contact Chad or Darla.    

Adult Education
Sunday, February 11 @ 9:15 am: Guest speaker Pastor Tim Coltvet from Luther Seminary, will give a talk titled "Equipping leaders and forming faith: The changing face of seminaries in the ELCA."  
Join the Orchestra for Easter!
Calling all experienced woodwind, brass and string players to join us in enhancing Easter worship at the 8:00 and 9:15 am services. We will begin rehearsing March 11. Please let Michael know if you are interested by February 28. If you play an instrument, why not play for God's glory?
Cookies Needed!
Our Savior's cooks will be filling the Thyme for Grace freezer with freshly made meals on February 15. We would like to put homemade cookies with those meals. Please contact Becky Maier or the church office if you can supply cookies for those meals.
Baby It's Cold Outside -- Blanket Drive!

Warm up from the inside out by donating your gently used or new blankets! Drop off your blankets between February 11-February 25 at OSLC and help a person in need stay warm this winter. Blankets will be delivered to Bridging, an organization helping people transition from homelessness. Bridging provides a blanket to over 240 individuals each week. They are expressing an immediate need for blankets! Any size is accepted including throw blankets. Please make sure blankets are clean and not damaged. Questions? Please contact Catherine Solheim or Stacy Meyer, Parish Nurse.  
Gratitude Containers
The women of Our Savior's Lutheran Church invite our church family members to share with others as we remember our own blessings and express gratitude when collecting coins throughout the year. On Sunday, February 11th, we will have some re-purposed and decorated cans available that you can take home for your collections. Or, use a special container that you have at home to collect that loose change. In November we will ask that you return your contributions to the church so that we can share with others in need. We thank you for your past donations and are grateful for your continued support of this annual opportunity. Last year's offerings of $739.67 were shared with Lutheran Disaster Relief to help others who have experienced significant losses from the many natural disasters that were experienced last year. "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever." - Psalm 136:1

Lenten Soup Suppers
People with servant hearts are needed to assist with our Lenten evening meals beginning Wednesday, February 14. Please sign-up on the poster in the Gathering Area or NOW online if you can bring a crock pot of
soup, dessert or if you are willing to help clean up. 
Lenten Worship Volunteers
Ushers and communion servers are needed during our evening mid-week services during Lent from February 14 (Ash Wed.) - March 30 (Good Friday). Please sign-up NOW online or let the church office know if you are able to help. Thank you!

Ministry Opportunities
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

Ecumen Update
Members of the Ecumen Task Force, Pastor Dale, and President Ray Valley had a conference call with Anne Stanefield and Julie Murray at Ecumen on Thursday, February 1, 2018 to discuss the status of the closing date for the OSLC land sale and timing of ground breaking for the project. Ecumen reaffirmed it's intentions to close on schedule on March 31st of this year.  However, ground breaking will not occur this spring as originally intended. Ecumen shared that they are currently engaged in a full project review and a reevaluation of the market in light of the current building project by the Goodman Group who is building senior living just west of OSLC by Rutherford Elementary. Further, Ecumen is evaluating whether codes and licensing will impact the project due to new Governor initiatives. Although Ecumen was not able to share many more details about groundbreaking timelines, they reaffirmed their commitment to the project. We agreed to convene again in a month to get another update. If you have any questions, please contact Joel Frost, T reasurer, Ray Valley, President, or Pastor Dale Stiles.
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.