Tuesday, October 31, 2017

"Go and Do"
Some Numbers & Challenges  

Dear Members & Friends of Our Savior's Lutheran Church,
I admit, I'm a numbers guy. It's my "Input" and "Context" strengths at work. Since my election to the board, I along with like-talented members (thank you Kathy Frost) have put them to work gathering information about member volunteer involvement. The data has confirmed some anecdotal suspicions but also revealed some interesting new insights.
First, the data confirm what is often typical in congregations: that is,
that a relatively few number of members do most of the volunteer work.  In 2016, about 5% of our 671 active members (youth included) were engaged in greater than or equal to 6 ministries/committees (for instance, greeter >3 times, member of a committee, faith formation leader...etc). Of this 5% volunteer number, 72% of them were women (c'mon guys, we can do better!). About 12% were engaged in greater than or equal to 3 ministries. The "Responsibility" strength seems to run strong in this group and we could not exist without them. Thank you! But a shadow of the Responsibility strength is that they can often over commit and so burnout is a concern.
As much as this data communicated a challenge for us as a congregation to do better, some hopeful information also came to light. Specifically, over 400 members (equivalent of 61% of the active congregation) do more than just attend worship and are involved in at least one other activity or ministry. This communicated to us that there may be some untapped volunteer potential and leaders who may be looking for additional opportunities.
This is why the board has been so eager to hear from you with the Time and Talent Survey. Not only are we looking to see boxes checked off of activities you currently do or would like to do, but also we are eager to learn more about your strengths, professional/educational training, and whether you have any capacity to do more or whether you need to pull back and refocus on other priorities. We've received approximately 72 responses thus far (an 11% response rate). Thank you to those who have filled out the survey. If you haven't filled out the survey, it's not too late and here's another opportunity - click here . The various committee leads, board members, pastor and staff will be reviewing your information in the days and weeks to come and may be in touch with you. Or, if the Spirit moves you, please reach out to any board member or  staff with ideas or interests.
May the "Go and Do" Stewardship theme summon the "Activator" strength in all of us!
In Christ,
Ray Valley
Church Board President 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017  
5:00 pm Dinner
Chicken Burgers, Chips, salad bar,
fruit, dessert, beverage
Cost $4/person 
5:30 pm Worship
Sermon by: Chad Larson
6:10 pm Family Activity 
Youth Group (meet in Youth Room)
7:00 pm Confirmation (Grades 8 & 9)
7:00 pm Kingdom Choir
8:00 pm Liturgical Singers 

All Saints Sunday, November 5, 2017  
Sermon by: Bishop Patricia Lull
8:00 am Worship in the Sanctuary
Special Music: Kingdom Choir
9:15 am Adult Education (Family Room)
10:30 am Worship in the CLC 
   C hildcare available for the 10:30 am service.
11:45 am Evolve Youth Group (Grades 7-9)
5:00 pm Activate Youth Group (Grades 10-12) 

Adult Education Schedule
Sunday, November 5, at 9:15 am in the Family Room. 
Guest Speaker: Bishop Patricia Lull. Discussion about global and local partnerships, as well as lessons learned from the Reformation.    
Sunday, November 12: Racism Workshop
Guest Speaker: Carolyn Farmer Sampson, has studied racism and racial justice at St. Catherine University and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her presentation will include insights gained through her experience as a white female business woman and suggestions for concrete actions every white person can take to be an effective ally with people of color.
Children, Youth & Family Ministry

Family Activity on Wednesday, November 1 at 6:10 pm
Families -- please bring a pumpkin and carving tools.    
Jr. High (Grades 7-9) Lock-in
Friday, November 3, students in grades 7-9 are invited to our Lock-in at OSLC! Students should bring a snack to share with the group, a sleeping bag, pillow and an air mattress if desired. We start at 8 pm and go until
8 am Saturday morning. For more information, please contact Chad Larson or 425-281-8315. Hope to see you there!
Grade 3 FaithMarker   
The 3rd Grade FaithMarker "Back-to-the-Bible is happening on Sunday, November 12 from 9:15-10:15 am. Your 3rd grader will be receiving the Connect Study Bible at this FaithMarker. Parents & guardians please attend with your child or another special adult is welcome to join us in your absence. Please RSVP to the church office if you plan to attend this FaithMarker.
All Worship Service Sign-ups   
Families, please sign up to help with "All Worship" services happening at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 15 and 10:30 am on Sunday, Nov. 19!
Elementary Christmas Program 

Stella wishes her good friend understood what Christmas really celebrates. This wish turns Stella and her friends Noel and Chris into hosts for a rush of unexpected guests. Into Stella's home come an intruding soldier, a demanding emperor, a surprised young woman, a worried young man, wayward travelers, an angry king, smelly farm workers, a runaway sheep, heavenly visitors, and a baby like no other.
Can this really be what Christmas is all about?
Students in grades 1 - 6 are invited to sign up between Oct. 22 and Nov. 5 to perform cast roles in this year's elementary Christmas program. Sign-up sheets are in the Gathering Area.
MUSICIAN SIGN-UP (Instrument and Vocal)
Students in grades 1 - 8 are invited to sign up between Oct. 22 and Nov. 5 to sing or play instruments (solo or small group) in the Christmas program.
Sign-up sheet is in the Gathering Area.
  • Sat. Nov. 11, 9 am - 11 am, Children's Gathering Area - (Cast)
  • Sat. Nov. 18, 9 am - 11 am, CLC (Cast)
  • Sat. Nov. 25 - NO REHEARSAL
  • Sat. Dec. 2, 9 am - 11 am and Costume Fitting (Cast)
  • Sat. Dec. 9, 1 pm - 3 pm (Cast)
  • Sat. Dec. 16, 9 am - Noon - Dress Rehearsal (Cast, Musicians)
  • Performance Day Sun. Dec. 17
    8:45 am Put on Costumes, Classroom Area (Cast)
    9:15 am Final Run-Through, CLC (Cast, Musicians)
    10:30 am - Performance in CLC (Cast, Musicians)
Middle School and Senior High students and adults are welcome to volunteer as rehearsal helpers, stage crew, costumers, and other behind-the-scene roles. Sign-up sheet is in the Gathering Area.
The Preschool Christmas Program will be rehearsed during Faith Formation time and will also be presented at the 10:30 am service on Sunday Dec. 17 in the CLC.

Quilters Boutique  
The OSLC Quilters' Boutique will again run this coming Sunday on Nov. 5. Be sure to check out the beautiful items crafted by the quilters in the Gathering Area following each service. Proceeds will be used to purchase supplies needed for graduate quilts and charitable gifts.
Girl's Time Out   
On November 3 Girl's Time Out will travel to Minneapolis to tour the beautiful and historic Wesley United Methodist Church. The Wesley Center is one of the oldest large-scale churches in Minneapolis with a most interesting history and a beautiful and interesting interior space. The group will enjoy lunch together in Minneapolis before returning to Stillwater. Cars will leave Our Savior's at 9:00 am. A sign up sheet can be found on the Welcome Desk.
Christmas Cookie Bakers Needed   
It's that time of year again! The Women's Team is looking for Christmas cookie bakers for our annual fundraiser. We will need 20-25 people to bake 10-20 dozen cookies each. You pick the cookie from our list, bake them and have them back to church by Friday, December 8th at 10 am. We will pack them in trays of 10 or 6 dozen to be sold for $40 or $25. Please sign up in the Gathering Area at church between services on October 29, November 5 and November 12. We will also be taking preorders for the trays. Don't miss out! Contact Susan Fredricksen with questions.
Advent Teas   
We know that Advent seems far away but it is time to begin planning for the  women's Advent Teas.  If you would be willing to host or lead a tea, please be in touch with Becky Maier or let the church office know.  Teas will be held the week of December 4-10.
OSLC Book Club  
The November meeting of the OSLC Book Club will be on Monday, Nov. 27, at 1:00 pm by the church library. The November book title is "The Memory Keepers Daughter" by Kim Edwards. The book is available to check out in the OSLC library. Please return after reading. We hope you can join us! 
Coffee Server Sign-up  
The sign-up sheet for making and serving coffee for November and December is posted on the kitchen door. Volunteers may sign up for setting up the coffee service from 9-9:45 am or cleaning up from 9:45-10:30 am. You may also sign up to provide treats. Training will be provided, if needed. Please consider helping out with this important ministry. Questions? Please contact Susan Fredricksen
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!
Ministry Opportunities

Union Gospel Mission -- Thanksgiving Bag Donations Needed   
Please include only the following items in each bag:     
  • 1 bag of white rice
  • 2 cans of peas
  • 2 cans of whole kernel corn
  • 2 cans of green beans
  • 1 can of cranberry sauce
  • 1 can of yams/sweet potatoes
  • 1 box of stuffing
  • 1 box of instant potatoes
  • 1 box of cake or brownie mix
This year Union Gospel Mission is also requesting $10.00 grocery store gift cards to purchase turkeys. Please drop all gift cards or checks made out to Union Gospel Mission in the drop box on the Welcome Desk or turn into the church office.
Please drop off your grocery bag(s) in the Gathering Area at Our Savior's Lutheran Church no later than Sunday, November 5. You can make a difference for an entire family. THANK YOU!
 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.  

Church Board
CAT Survey Update 
Thanks to all who have responded to the CAT survey! Through last Friday, just over 90 people have slogged through the 100 or so questions. We know that it was a chore, but your answers will help your Board of Administration understand where Our Savior's stands today and where you would like it to go in the future.
You might wonder what the point of this investigation is. Study of financial and demographic issues by the Board clearly show that OSLC is changing rapidly, perhaps even more quickly than other main line Protestant congregations. To assure that the church meets the needs, hopes, and dreams of the congregation, we need organizational intelligence - data - to make the choices that will assure our continued success. Some of the information we hope to obtain includes:
  • Measure the level of satisfaction and energy in the congregation.
  • Identifying the critical success factors for improving our organizational climate.
  • Pinpoint the strengths of the congregation's culture.
  • Discover where members would like to go in the future.
  • Gauge readiness for change.
  • Uncover potential resources we may be missing.
Again, thanks to the many who have completed this survey. If you have not yet done the survey, it can be completed on-line through Sunday, November 5 -- CAT Survey.
  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
  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

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Stewardship is about love:
serving others through our time, talent, and treasure.