Tuesday, October 3, 2017

"Fear or Faith?"    

Dear Members & Friends of Our Savior's Lutheran Church,
This coming Sunday we continue our series, "Fearless", as we consider the fear of not having enough. We will consider Luke's parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:13-34) who felt it necessary to tear down his barns only to build bigger ones to store all of his grains and crops in. We will be reminded again of God's promise to provide for all of our needs and we need only live in the moment and offer thanks and praise for this day and all that comes from God with it.
This is a timely reminder for us. To live in the moment and be grateful for all that we have is all the more important for us to consider in the wake of what happened in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Innocent lives of all ages were lost in another senseless act of gun-violence. These lives were people enjoying the moment, at a concert, with family and friends. What happened that night has the potential to inflict fear in our lives, changing perhaps, the way we go about our daily routines and how we choose to live our lives. We can't let this happen. This is yet another reminder why our "Fearless" theme is so important and so relevant to our daily living.  
As people of faith, we can live as fearless people of God. Events like what happened in Las Vegas, however, raise doubt in our minds, causing us to choose fear over faith and putting our trust in anything else, but God. I remind you, my friends, faith will always rise triumphant over fear. Christ showed us this on the cross and we are reminded of this promise every time we gather at the graveside of one of our loved ones. Death never has the last say! Paul boldly reminds us of this in his first letter to the Corinthian Church, "Death has been swallowed up in victory! Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? Thanks be to God who gives us victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ!" (15:55).
I realize the sting of death is real and that it is painful on those whose loved ones have gone before us. As people of faith, the promise of new life and resurrection is just as real, and it is equally hopeful for those whose loved ones have gone before us.
Trusting in that hope and promise.
Pastor Dale Stiles  
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 

5:00 pm Wednesday Dinner
Hamburgers, brats, chips & salad
$4/donation per person requested

5:30 pm Contemporary Worship
Sermon by: Pastor Dale Stiles
Service led by the Praise Band  

6:10 pm Faith Formation
Grades 1-6 (Classrooms)
Grades 7-12 (Youth Room)

Confirmation (Grades 8, 9 & 10), 7:00 pm
Sunday, October 8, 2017  
Sermon by: Pastor Dale Stiles
8:00 am Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
Special Music: JuBellate 
9:15 am Faith Formation (All Worship Sunday)  
Elementary Choir - Gr. 1-6 (Choir Room) 
Adult Education (Sanctuary)
10:30 am All Worship Sunday in the CLC
Service led by the Praise Band    
C hildcare available for the 10:30 am service.
  No Youth Groups (Gr 7-12) meeting this Sunday, Oct 8,
due to 10th Grade confirmation retreat!

Adult Education Schedule
Sunday, October 8, at 9:15 am in the sanctuary:  
Guest Speaker Kay Kuehn, Open Hands Ministry, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Paul Midway.
Sunday, October 15:  Church History 101 - Part 1 
Guest Speaker Dave Shaw, OSLC member. An overview of the events and personalities that formed the core doctrine of the Christian Church 

Prayers for Guatemala Team 
This coming Sunday Sandy Fabio and Becky Maier will be traveling to visit our brothers and sisters at our companion congregation in Zaculeu, Guatemala.  They will spend the week sharing worship, meals, activities and relationships.  Please pray for them as they bring the love of Our Savior's to Guatemala.

Valley Outreach -- Undies Donations   
REMINDER: Wednesday, October 4th is the last day to bring 'undies' donations supporting Valley Outreach.
Graduate Connection   
Our Savior's women like to remember our most recent high school
graduates as they go into the next phase of their lives.  If you would be willing to connect with just one graduate, please join us on Thursday,
Oct. 5, at 7:15 pm in the Family Room at church to learn more about
this special ministry. Or, if you are unable to attend, let the office know
of your interest, 651-439-5704, ext. 10 or
email .
"Red Carpet" Movie Event!   
On the evening of October 18 th , OSLC members and friends have the opportunity to attend a Red Carpet Premier for the release of a new movie "Same Kind of Different as Me." This is a story of homelessness, hunger, helping hands, and hope in today's society.  
As a red-carpet guest, you'll receive a complimentary popcorn and fountain drink as well as a swag bag with a special gift and a chance to register to win either an electric guitar or an acoustic guitar signed by famous Christian pop musicians.
The entire EMAGINE White Bear Theater will be showing only this movie at 7:00 pm on Wed., Oct. 18, 2017. (This is Education Minnesota week, so this is not a school night.) Screen One has been reserved for Our Savior's Lutheran Church. The theater is located at 1180 County Road J (West side of I-35E) in White Bear Township .  
To attend this exciting and inspirational event, you need to reserve tickets for you and your family by October 11 by putting your name on the sign-up list at the Welcome Desk or email the church office for tickets. 
New Session Inspirational Yoga   
We will begin a new session of Inspirational Yoga on Oct. 7, 2017 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. We will begin the first practice discussing how we want to move our practices forward during the next 7 months while Dr. Lyne Seppala will be gone. 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.
Meals from the Heart -- Meal Packing Event   
Sign-up to help pack meals at "Meals from the Heart" by Mano Amiga on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, from 4 to 6 pm at 5600 Memorial Ave which is located behind Stillwater Motors. We are looking for participants to donate 2 hours of their time and a donation of $10 per participant. People doing the meal packing event should dress in casual clothes...things that could get dirty/dusty and you must wear close-toed shoes . Sign-up sheet is located on the Welcome Desk in the Gathering Area. This is a great event for the entire family. Please considering giving to those in need! 
October Book of the Month   
The Book of the Month Club will meet on Monday, October 30th to discuss Animal Farm by George Orwell. A book bag kit consisting of ten copies of the book plus discussion questions has been checked out from the Stillwater Public Library for a period of six weeks. This gives participants ample time to read and be ready to discuss the title. The bag kit will be housed in the adult library in the cupboard under the book shelves. When you have finished reading Animal Farm, return it to the book bag kit. 
Mlafu Mission Trip   
We are in need of 3 large suitcases that can be left in Tanzania and 2018 wall calendars with photos of places in the U.S. Please leave at the Welcome Desk or in the office workroom. Pastor Dale, Cindy Gackle and Sue Hedlund will be taking these items to our Mlafu companion congregation in Tanzania October 23-November 3. Thank you for your support!   
Children, Youth & Family Ministry

All Worship Sunday at 10:30 am   
Just a reminder that next Sunday is All Worship Sunday! We will have families participating in the service. You can come to the 8:00 service or come for the All Worship Service at 10:30 am on October 8th. This is considered a part of our Faith Formation time and we hope you will plan to attend. There will not be any Faith Formation classes during the 9:15-10:30 am time slot. Please don't consider this a day off of Faith Formation - it will be a family friendly service and I know the kids will enjoy it!  
Our preschoolers will plan to sing on October 8 at the 10:30 service! Parents please make sure your preschooler is in the service to come up to sing!
Mark Your Calendar -- Harvest Festival   
On Sunday, October 29th from 5-7 pm we will be having our annual Harvest Festival. Come and enjoy carnival games, chili cook-off, bingo, pumpkin carving (bring your own pumpkin & tools); judging will take place at 6:15 pm, costume parade (all ages!), free food and cake walk! Feel free to invite your friends! 
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
    b. City Council holds hearing on November 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm
  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
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 with any of your needs.  

Community Announcement
The Sun Shines on Stillwater: Energy Conservation Event 
The Stillwater community will engage on the discussion of clean energy and energy conservation every other Sunday in October and November. These events are to share information with Stillwater area residents on where our energy comes from and how Minnesota can move on a path towards more renewable energy, as well as how homeowners and business owners can access programs for energy updates.
Guest speakers include J. Drake Hamilton from the Minnesota-based clean energy science and policy organization, Fresh Energy, speaking on October 15; Diana McKeown from Clean Energy Resource Teams, a partnership organization that helps with energy updates, speaking on October 29; and the final event in the series will be a panel of local business owners, residents, clergy members, and city officials speaking on their energy update success stories. Locations: October events are at Trinity Lutheran Church ( 115 4th St N); November event is at Ascension Episcopal Church ( 214 3rd St N)
Interested Stillwater residents are asked to RSVP/ask questions to Julie Drennen (612) 767-1569 or contact OSLC member Don Schuld (651-491-2078). 

Giving Opportunities

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serving others through our time, talent, and treasure.