Tuesday, March 6, 2018

"Just Wondering Jesus . . .
How Do I Serve You?"

Dear Members & Friends of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 
Our Lenten series, "Just Wondering, Jesus ... Questions from the Roadside" continues this week as we ask and consider the question, "Just Wondering, Jesus ... how do I serve you?" This question is not as simple as it may seem. The answer seems obvious to us, for we serve faithfully all the time at Our Savior's.

I think the question is inviting us to go deeper than the surface response or answer. The answer our book gives to the question is, "by entering the wilderness" similar to what John the Baptist and Jesus did. Our book further describes an imaginary wall that separates us from the wilderness and how there might be many important opportunities for service on the other side of the wall, if we are willing to go there.

This Wednesday we will explore further what it means to explore the wilderness and discover opportunities for service within it. Confirmation mentors, I pray and hope your conversations so far this Lenten season have been fruitful and full.
On Sunday we will consider the "gospel in a nutshell", John 3:16. It is a powerful verse among a powerful story of transformation, that has the power to transform still today. I look forward to exploring with you what led Nicodemus to ask his own heartfelt question from the roadside, "Just wondering, Jesus ... what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Lenten blessings, 
Pastor Dale


Wednesday, March 7, 2018
11:30 am Lenten Worship in sanctuary followed by lunch

5:15 - 6:15 pm Soup Supper
6:30 pm Lenten Worship in the sanctuary 
Special Music: Matthew Fjestad

Confirmation Mentors & Students meet  
7:15 pm Kingdom Choir
8:15 pm Good News  
Sunday, March 11, 2018
8:00 am Worship in the Sanctuary
Special Music: JuBellate  
9:15 am Faith Formation
Time for Parents
Adult Education
10:30 am Worship in the CLC

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

1:00 pm Youth Bells

5:00 pm Activate Youth Group (Grades 10-12)

7:30 pm AA 
Click HERE to sign-up and volunteer
during a Sunday Worship Service!

Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour this weekend for Daylight Savings Time!

  • I can make a crock of soup OR a dessert for Lenten Soup Suppers on Wednesdays.
  • I can usher OR serve communion at Lenten worship on Wednesdays.
  • I can greet, attend the welcome desk, usher, read OR serve communion on Sunday mornings.
  • I can do whatever God calls me to do to touch the lives of others and reflect God's love!
Sign up online to help with Soup Suppers, serve at Lenten worship,
or serve at Sunday worship. Or, you can call Kathy in the church office (651-439-5704) to sign up. Thank you!

Children, Youth & Family Ministry
First Communion Retreat (Last week to register!)

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. 


Women's Time Out on March 9 at 7 pm
Please join us at church for a free educational class on the use of essential oils. Marissa Jones will take us through the safe use of the top 10 essential oils. Bring your questions and share your experiences. Samples will be offered. Sign up at the Welcome Desk so we know how many to expect!
Reschedule of Property & Grounds Meeting
The Property & Grounds meeting has been rescheduled to Monday,
March 12, at 6 pm in the Family Room at church due to last evening's snow. 
Easter Memorial Garden

Help adorn our altar area with flowers on Easter Sunday. Stop by the information board in the Gathering Area to pick up an envelope in which to purchase a plant for our Easter Memorial Garden. Plant options are Tulips ($8.50), Lilies ($9.50), Chrysanthemums ($15.00), Azaleas ($17.50) and Hydrangeas ($19.00). Please put completed envelopes in the drop box on the Welcome Desk . Last day for placing orders is Sunday, March 18. Plants may be taken home after the last Easter Sunday worship service. Thank you!
Sunday Coffee Volunteers Needed!
You can now sign-up to volunteer to help with Sunday coffee service from our church website through our SignUpGenius link. We are looking for people to make and serve coffee, bring treats to share and clean up. Please consider signing up for this important social time for OSLC members, friends and visitors.
Fundraiser for ILAG!
Support our companions in the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG) on Friday, April 6 at the Guatemala Gala! This year's Gala will benefit the MILAGRO Women's Center, helping young women break the cycle of poverty, escape child marriage, and take hold of their future. The evening will include a Guatemalan dinner, silent & live auctions, fund-a-need, and much more! The Gala is 6:00 - 9:30 pm on Friday, April 6 at Southview Country Club (239 Mendota Road East, West St. Paul). Tickets are $75/each. For additional information or to purchase tickets, please contact Amy Wallace at  wallacea@comcast.net or 651-452-5354 or contact Becky Maier, Corinne Colburn or Sandy Fabio or let the church office know you are interested. 
Relay for Life
Relay for Life is June 22-23, 2018.  Look for more detailed information in April with opportunities to support this event. Questions should be directed to Sandy Roslin or Sue Ortman.
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

To view church board minutes, please
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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! 
Stewardship is about love:
serving others through our time, talent, and treasure.