Tuesday, March 20, 2018

 
"Just Wondering Jesus . . .
Why Do You Allow Free Will?"
    

Dear Members & Friends of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 
 
We are nearing the end of our Lenten journey through the wilderness. I pray your spiritual "spring training" is helping and preparing you for the celebration of the resurrection on Easter. Throughout our wilderness journey at Our Savior's this year we have been asking questions of Jesus. Deep questions. Honest questions. Important questions. These questions continue this week as we ask, "Just wondering, Jesus, why do you allow so much free will?"
 
This is a question which is perhaps at the core of so many other questions of faith and life. This question gets at the choices we make in faith and life. As a result of those choices we make, our lives can go any number of directions - for better or for worse. We will explore the experience and choices of Adam and Eve as well as Jesus' own choices while being tempted by Satan in the wilderness following his baptism. I believe the reasons for their choices have much to teach us about how we might go about making our own choices. Please join us again this week on Wednesday at either 11:30 am or 6:30 pm.
 
Also, this coming Sunday is Palm Sunday. It is the beginning of our week-long recognition and worship surrounding the passion of our Lord. It begins with the celebrative procession of Jesus into Jerusalem with shouts of "Hosanna!" and waving of palm branches. It continues to the remembering our Lord's great love for us in the washing of feet and sharing of communion with the disciples on Maundy Thursday and to his crucifixion on Mount Calvary on Good Friday. As we know, the story doesn't end there. Our week-long worship and remembrance will end the following Sunday on Easter with shouts of "Alleluia!" and "He is risen!" I look forward to seeing many of you joining with us in worship as we remember and rejoice.
 
If you're on Spring break this week, I wish you rest, renewal, and relaxation :)
 
Pastor Dale

WORSHIP & FAITH FORMATION SCHEDULE
 

Wednesday, March 21, 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   

Confirmation Mentors & Students meet  
 
7:15 pm Kingdom Choir
8:15 Liturgical Singers   
 
 
Sunday, March 25, 2018
 
8:00 am Palm Sunday Worship in the CLC 
Special Music: Kingdom Choir   
 
NO FAITH FORMATION OR YOUTH GROUPS

10:30 am Palm Sunday Worship in the CLC

11:45 am New Member Orientation

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


2018 Holy Week Services


Palm Sunday, March 25: The Passion Story 
Both 8:00 & 10:30 am services in the CLC. Families will participate in the Palm Parade. Communion served at both services.

Maundy Thursday, March 29
Worship at 11:30 am & 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. Communion at both services. First Communion will be offered for students who have partcipated in the First Communion Class.

Good Friday, March 30
Worship at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary.

Easter Sunday, April 1 
Worship services at 8:00, 9:15 & 10:30 am in the CLC
 
Easter Breakfast served between services throughout the morning.
All proceeds go towards sending our High School youth to
South Carolina for their summer mission trip!


Sunday Adult Forum Schedule

No sessions March 25, April 1 or April 8

April 15:  Burt Johnson, Lawyer for Carpenters Union 
"The national debate over immigration has dominated many news, community, and dinner table discussions. But who are the undocumented workers and who is employing them? What is it like to be an undocumented worker in a dangerous industry like construction?"

April 22:  Carol Swanson, retired teacher, missionary, scholar
Feminist Theology -- Looking at women in the Bible

April 29:  Fardosa Hassan, First Muslim student program associate at Augsburg University, Minneapolis
Fardosa will share about Islam and her personal experiences as a Muslim in today's world. She is a graduate of Augsburg and is now working in the office of the campus ministry. 

I CAN DO THAT!
  • I can make a crock of soup OR a dessert for Lenten Soup Suppers on Wednesday, March 21.
  • Serve communion at Lenten worship on Wednesday, March 21.
  • I can greet, attend the welcome desk, usher, read OR serve communion on Sunday mornings.
  • I can help with coffee fellowship on Sunday mornings by setting up/making coffee, cleaning up or providing treats.
  • 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, serve at Sunday worship or Sunday coffee. Or, you can call Kathy in the church office (651-439-5704) to sign up. Thank you!

Children, Youth & Family Ministry
 
No Faith Formation or Youth Groups meeting on
Sundays, March 25 or April 1.  
(Palm & Easter Sundays)


Spa Day for Girls Grades 5 & 6
 
We will have our 2nd annual Spa Day for 5/6 grade girls and their mothers on April 7 from 3-5 pm! Moms & daughters will give each other manicures and pedicures, make bath salts to bring home and enjoy a chocolate fountain for snacks.

RSVP to Darla Goble if you wish to attend. Also, indicate if you can bring pretzels, marshmallows, fruit, pound cake or anything else you would like to share to dip in the chocolate fountain. Spa supplies, punch & water will be provided. 
All Worship Wednesday, April 11
 
We are in need of Greeters, Ushers, Communion Servers and special music for All Worship Wednesday, April 11. Please contact Darla Goble if you can help.
2-Year-Old FaithMarker -- "God's Story in My Life"
 
ALL FAMILIES of children age 2 by September 1, 2017 are invited to attend the 2-year-old Family FaithMarker. The SPARK Story Bible FaithMarker, "God's Story in My Life" is designed to honor and build on the fact that children love to have stories read to them. This passion for reading will help bring to life the stories in the SPARK Story Bible, which you will receive and explore at the Family FaithMarker. Children will also make a tote bag for their new Bible.

Date:
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time: 9:15 am during the Faith Formation hour
Location: Room 2
Note: Children will receive their FaithMarker blessing during the 8:00 or 10:30 am worship service. Please plan to attend one of those services.
RSVP by April 8: Church Office (651-439-5704)
Summer 2018 -- Camp Wapo
 
Summer Camp dates at Lake Wapogasset are quickly filling. If you plan to attend with rest of the Our Savior's group, please register soon. Here are OSLC dates:

Seeds (Gr. 2-3):
June 23-24 
Youth (Gr. 4-8): June 24-29 
Sr. High (Gr. 9-12): June 24-29 

Announcements

Want to Join Our Savior's?
 
There will be a New Member orientation happening on Sunday, March 25, at 11:45 am at the church. If you would like to join but cannot attend on this date, please talk to Pastor Dale to schedule a different time. New member Sunday will be Sunday, April 8.
Senior Health and Faith Day
 
The St. Croix Valley Faith Community Nursing Program is excited to announce that the 13th annual Senior Faith and Health Day event
"Mental Health and Aging....Let's Talk About It" will be on Tuesday,
April 17, 2018 from 8:30-12:30 pm at Our Savior's Lutheran Church
in Stillwater. Sign-up sheet is located on the PEP bulletin board or contact the church office to RSVP you wish to attend!
Book of the Month Club
 
The Book of the Month Club will meet on Monday, March 26th at 1:00 pm to discuss Hillbilly Elegy. Hope to see you there.
Women's Retreat
 
The Women's Retreat at Mt Olivet Retreat Center is coming up on
April 27-28 and all women and friends of Our Savior's are invited to attend. Seaside Escape is the theme and will encourage us all to find rest and relaxation from the hustle and bustle of life while spending time with each other. The Bible study is based on the stories of Sarah and Hagar with the theme verse being "Be still and know that I am God" - Psalm 46:10. The cost for a double room is $110 and a single room $130. Registration forms can be found on the women's bulletin board across from the office work room. Join us for a great time!
YoungLives Fundraising Tea Party & Boutique   
 
Date:   Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm (Boutique opens at 11:00)
Place: Our Savior's Church, 1616 West Olive St, Stillwater, MN
RSVP: NOW!   

Childcare provided for infants to preschoolers. We welcome children to
join us for the Tea Party! Donations will provide the opportunity for teen moms and their children to attend Camp and support the YoungLives teen mom program in the St Croix Valley!

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

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Giving Opportunities

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