Tuesday, September 26, 2017

"October: A Busy Month"    

Dear Members & Friends of Our Savior's Lutheran Church,
This Sunday marks the beginning of October - and what a month of mission and ministry it will be for Our Savior's! Here are the highlights ...
  • This coming Sunday I will be in Moorhead at Concordia College celebrating my 25th class reunion. Pastor Keith Lentz will leading you in worship in my absence.
  • Board members, John Lasswell and Ray Valley will be sharing with you on Sunday more details about our October Church Assessment Tool (CAT) that we are encouraging all members to participate in. On-site opportunities for taking the online assessment will be available each Sunday in October and Board members will be available to assist as needed. I encourage you as well, to participate and let your voice be heard in regard to the present and future mission and ministries of OSLC.
  • October 8 (and Wednesday the 11th) will mark our first All-Family worship service at 10:30 am (and 5:30 pm on 10/11). This will be a noticeably different format of worship that is being planned and offered as an opportunity for family members of all ages to enjoy and actively engage in. We think our families will respond well to this and hope you can participate. Talk to Darla Goble or myself for more information.
  • Also on October 8, two OSLC members, Becky Maier and Sandy Fabio, will be leaving for our second visit to Zacaleu, Guatemala where we partner with a small congregation in mission and ministry. Please keep them in your prayers as they travel and build relationships on our behalf.
  • Our 10th graders continue to prepare for the Rite of Confirmation that will take place during the 10:30 am service on October 15. They are a wonderful group of young people and need your prayers as they turn this page of their journey of faith and begin living into their claimed baptismal promises.
  • Sunday, October 22, marks the beginning of our fall stewardship theme, "Come and See ... Go and Do!" This will conclude on Sunday, November 19 with Commitment Sunday, the day we turn in our giving response cards during worship. There will be more information sent out about this on October 23.
  • Monday, October 23, Sue Hedlund, Cindy Gackle and I will leave to visit our partner congregation in Mlafu, Tanzania. We will return home on November 3. Please keep our group also in your prayers as we prepare to represent OSLC during that visit.
  • Sunday, October 29 - Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. We will have identical festive worship services at both 8:00 am and 10:30 am. Guest pastor and preacher, Cassie Nault, will be with you this day as I will still be in Tanzania - preaching at Mlafu!
  • And to conclude the busy month of October, we can't forget our annual Harvest Festival, also on Sunday, October 29.
As I mentioned above, these are just a few highlights - there is certainly more going on. And it's all good. Check out the weekly eBlast and the calendar on our church website to make sure you and your family are in the know!
Thanks for all you do! See you in church.
Pastor Dale Stiles  
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 

5:00 pm Wednesday Dinner
Macaroni & Cheese, Hot Dogs, Green Salad

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

6:10 pm Faith Formation
Family Activity, parents & children (CLC)
Grades 7-12 (Youth Room)

New Member Orientation, 6:30 pm (Family Room)
Confirmation (Grades 8, 9 & 10), 7:00 pm
Kingdom Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 pm
Good News!, 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 1, 2017  
Sermon by: Pastor Keith Lentz
8:00 am Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
Special Music:
Good News! 
9:15 am Faith Formation 
Age 3 - Grade 6 (Classrooms) 
Adult Education (Sanctuary)
10:30 am Blended Worship in the CLC
Service led by the Praise Band    
C hildcare available for the 10:30 am service.
NO Evolve Youth Group (Grades 7-9)
Activate Youth Group (Grades 10-12), 5:00 pm  

Adult Education Schedule
Sunday, October 1:  
Looking back before looking forward: Review of 2013 OSLC Church Assessment Tool Survey in preparation for 2017 resurvey. Guest Speakers:  Ray Valley, OSLC President and John Lasswell, Board Member.
Sunday, October 8:
Guest Speaker Kay Kuehn, Open Hands Ministry, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Paul Midway.

New Member Orientation   
Interested in becoming a member at Our Savior's Lutheran Church?
Please attend a New Member Orientation session on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 pm. We will meet in the Family Room. New members will be received on Sunday, Oct. 8. 
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 .
Congregational Opportunity!   
On the evening of October 18 th , OSLC has 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. For this event, we will have an entire screen set aside just for OSLC at the White Bear Lake Cinema. Two days after the premier, the movie will be released nationally. This special premier is being sponsored by the Union Gospel Mission, Twin Cities. If you would like free tickets to attend, please sign-up at the welcome desk.
Support for the 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! 
Valley Outreach "Undie" Drive        
WOW!!   What an amazing response to the first week of the Valley Outreach 'Undies' campaign.  However, we are approximately 200 pairs short of last year's donation. New in the package undies and socks are needed.  Last day to accept donations is Wednesday, October 3 rd .  Please drop off your donations in the laundry baskets located in the Gathering Area.  Thank you.
Children, Youth & Family Ministry

Family Activity Day (Wednesday) 

Wednesday, Sept. 27, will be our first Wed. Family Activity Day. Parents and children of all ages will meet at 6:10 pm in the CLC. We will be doing two projects during the Family Activity. We will be making hand prints with paint on our new Parament to be used on the altar at our All Worship Wednesdays. We will also be using fabric crayons to draw pictures to be used on a banner for the CLC. I look forward to seeing all of our families at these important days of our Faith Formation curriculum this year! These Family Activity Days are meant to build community and support parents as they guide their children in their faith.  
Church Board

We Want To Know Your Story! 
As you may already know, the OSLC Board recently decided to move forward with HolyCow! Consulting to help us plan our future. The first step in this process is to conduct a congregational assessment. This assessment will provide a clear picture of who we are as a church and what directions are most important for our future. The tool we'll use is the Congregation Assessment Tool (CAT), which will provide key indicators of our congrega-tional health along with areas of challenge and potential growth. It will help us to collect and understand the range of views that exist at Our Savior's and the possibilities, willingness, capacity, and energy for moving our ministry into the future. Our Savior's previously conducted this survey in 2013, and we are repeating it to measure the progress we have made since that time.
The plan is to release the survey after the Sunday, October 1 services, and to close the survey on Monday, October 30. If you have provided us with a current email address, you will receive a unique web link to complete the assessment online. Paper surveys will be available for those unable to participate using the on-line process. Also, opportunities to complete the survey including assistance using the tool will be available between services and on Wednesday evenings during the month of October.
Each confirmed adult member of your household including all young adults living in your home should have an opportunity to complete the survey. INDIVIDUAL INPUT is key to our gaining insight into overall perceptions and experiences. All answers are anonymous. We have no way of matching any assessment to a particular person, so please feel free to candidly share your perceptions, opinions and experiences. Our future together is dependent on your participation and honest answers.
Thank you for your willingness to be a part of this congregational assessment and for helping to build Our Savior's future.
If you have questions, please contact Ray Valley, John Lasswell, or any other member of the Board.
Time and Talent Survey!  

A relative newcomer trying to find a place that "fits?"  **A professional skilled in your trade but looking for a way to apply those skills serving Christ and the church? **Recently retired and looking for new volunteer opportunities?  **Or, maybe you've been carrying a big volunteer load at OSLC already, and you need to pull back a bit.  **Wherever you are, we want to meet you there and offer you the best opportunity to serve. Please fill out a time & talent survey  .
OSLC is also moving to a more formal committee structure of governance. We will have 14 standing committees -- Art, Evangelism, Faith Formation and Development, Fellowship, Finance, Health and Caring, Giving Team, Legacy, Mission and Outreach, Personnel, Property and Grounds, Technology, Worship, & Women's Ministries. Please consider Signing Up to serve on a committee. We all have a role to play. Where is God calling you?
Peace ~ Ray Valley, OSLC President
Ministry Opportunities
Audio/Visual Technicians Needed!        
We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to assist running the sound booth and screens for the Sun. 10:30 pm or Wed. 5:00 pm worship service. Training will be provided. If interested, please contact Chad Larson  or Tony Urban . 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.  

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 or (612) 767-1569. 

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.