Tuesday, June 26, 2018


"I Love to Tell the Story"
Dear Members & Friends of Our Savior's Lutheran Church,  
During my short time with you so far, I have heard many of your stories about your passions and your love for this church. Some of you have shared about the history and heritage of the congregation, both the glorious times and the more challenging times. Others of you have talked about your own personal experiences that were meaningful for you. And still others, your fears, but also your hopes and dreams for the future of this place.
First and foremost, the Transition Team is asking for your prayers as we go through the transition process. Next, part of the responsibilities of the Transition Team is to listen to your stories - your experiences at Our Saviors. Watch for several opportunities to engage in group story-telling.
Susan Beaumont is a consultant to congregations. She has noted 3 problematic story types that cause a congregation to stay stuck:
  1. The story that illustrates where things were wrong in the past and how the congregation will never recover from that event.
  2. The story that illustrates a triumphant moment in the past but memorializes that event in such a way that it limits the congregation moving forward.
  3. The story about being stuck in the present, casting the teller in a noble role and finding someone else to blame for the congregation's problems.
Susan Beaumont says the following questions, posed in a safe storytelling environment, can invite a congregation to become more conscious of its own story line:
  1. Reflecting on your entire experience of this congregation, tell about a time when you felt the most engaged, alive, and motivated. Who was involved? What did you do? How did it feel?
  2. Tell about a time when you were most proud of being a part of this congregation.
  3. Tell about a time when you felt sorry about something this congregation did.
  4. In everything that has led up to this moment in the life of this congregation, what is at the heart of the matter for you?
The Transition Team needs you! They need you to participate in these, or similar questions, so they get a rich collection of story themes and values. They then will look to see if these themes and values empower or restrict the ministry of the congregation. Finally, they will revisit your mission statement, and create a new vision statement and values statements that do not currently exist. Remember, God's story is our story. Sharing your own story and receiving the story of another is sacred and holy!
I love to tell the story, of Jesus and his love! ELW 661
You are in my prayers during this time of transition! Please keep me in yours! 
Pastor Christine Wenzel  
Sunday, July 1, 2018 
Message: Christine Wenzel, Interim Pastor 

8:50 am Hymn Sing Prelude
9:00 am Worship in the Sanctuary   
(Single service this Sunday) 
Special Music: Larry Schneider, Trumpet

7:30 pm AA  
Volunteers always needed to welcome worshipers,
read lessons, usher or serve communion.

Summer Worship Schedule

Summer Schedule -- Worship times at 8:00 & 9:30 am in the Sanctuary from June 3 - August 26.
Summer Holiday Weekends -- Single worship service at 9:00 am in the Sanctuary
  • Independence Day: Sunday, July 1
  • Labor Day Weekend: Sunday, September 2

Co-operative Senior Living
Ecumen is beginning the sales process for the new 60 unit co-operative (called Zvago Stillwater) to be built next door to Our Savior's. There will be an informational meeting on June 28th at 10 am in the sanctuary. The informational meeting will be approximately 45 minutes and will outline the project specifics of the Zvago Cooperative at Stillwater; including floor plans, pricing, lifestyle benefits, amenities and more. Reservations will be taken after the presentation is completed. Any questions, contact Joel Frost or 651-373-5920.
Women's Bible Study in the Park
Bible Study in the Park - All women are invited to the first Bible Study in the Park this summer which will be held Thursday, July 5, at 9:30 am at Valley View Park. A continental breakfast will be served. Chad Larson will lead our study "The Practices of Prayer."  Jesus taught us how to pray by way of the Lord's Prayer. But both in Scripture and in the Christian tradition, people of faith have developed a wide variety of ways to come before God. In this session, we'll look at different ways to pray, what each might offer and how knowing an array of prayer styles can enrich our devotional life. Bring a friend and join us!
Walk for Your Health! 
The Health and Caring Ministry Team is hosting 3 group walks this summer. They will be held on the 4th Monday of June, July and August. The first one will be on June 25 from 6:30 -7:30 pm. We will gather at the Browns Creek Trail head on Neal Avenue. You can walk at any pace and the walk will only be cancelled in case of lightning. We hope you take this opportunity to get some exercise and connect with other people. For more information, contact Sue Hedlund or Stacy Meyer.  
Mark Your Calendar! 

Our Savior's will again have a float for the Lumberjack Days Parade taking place on July 22 . We're seeking participants to bring candy, help build the float, ride along on the float, or walk and pass out candy during
t he parade. Mark your calendars and sign up NOW or at the OSLC Welcome Desk.    
Open Hands Midway Fundraiser - Applewood Hills Golf Course
Come enjoy a round of golf and stay for dinner to hear the story of Open Hands Midway ministry on Sunday, July 29.  
Date:  Sunday, July 29, 2018
Time:  1:00 pm -- shotgun Tee Off 
           5:30 pm -- Dinner   
           Applewood Hills 
           11840 60th Street N
           Stillwater, MN 55082
Cost:  $45.00 Golf
          $15.00 Dinner
RSVP:  Registration and payment due  
July 19.  Forms available on the Welcome Desk at OSLC.
Children, Youth & Family Ministry

Craft Needs
We are in need of 18 empty 2-liter pop bottles with lid and 50 plastic covers for a craft. The covers that work best are 4.5 inch in size similar to those found on sour cream or margarine containers. Please put covers in the bin at the Welcome Desk and the bottles behind the desk by July 11th. Thank you!
Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School

Registration: Please register for VBS
as soon as possible so we can prepare for your child.   
Dates:   August 6 - 10, 2018
Time:    9 am - 12 pm
Ages:    3 yrs. (by 6/1/18) to Grade 6
             (2017-18 school year)
Cost:     $35 per participant
Online registration closes July 26, 2018.
VBS Volunteers Needed: Please sign up NOW if you can help.
VBS Donations Needed! 
In the Gathering Area you will find tags on driftwood which describe items needed for VBS. Take a tag, purchase the item, and then return the item to OSLC by the date requested. Thank you in advance!
Looking Ahead to Fall! 
Students and adults, please contact Darla Goble if you are interested in helping with puppet shows, skits or other creative ideas we can use to share the message/sermon at our "All Worship" services next year.
Prayer Ministry
Stephens Ministry 
July 5 marks the beginning of 50 hours of training for 15 Our Savior's members who have committed themselves to learning the skills of caring ministry. The first week's training concerns "The Person of the Caregiver," and trainees will consider five foundational characteristics of a caregiver. These people are a blessing to Our Savior's and we wish God's blessing on them. Please keep them in your prayers.
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 Christine Wenzel or Parish Nurse, Stacy Meyer, with any of your needs.
Board Updates

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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! 
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serving others through our time, talent, and treasure.