Tuesday, January 16, 2018

"The Gospel according to ... the Vikings?"

Dear Members & Friends of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 
For Minnesota Vikings fans, last Sunday was truly a holy day, and will forever be remembered as such. Even for non-football fans, the hearts and minds of many became caught up in the moment.
The Vikings won a nail-biter of a game with a play appropriately called "Seven Heaven." In walk-off fashion, as the game clock expired, the pass by quarterback Case Keenum, was thrown and caught by wide-receiver Stefon Diggs, for the game-winning touchdown. The decibel level inside USBank Stadium, at the moment, was measured at 120! That is similar to the sound of a thunderclap or a jet plane! "The loudest environment I've ever been in!" said Vikings coach, Mike Zimmer.
In a post-game interview, Diggs, after giving all glory and honor to God, said to the TV sports analyst, "It meant so much to me to see my quarterback believe in me the last play of the game." Keenum also, when interviewed post-game, listed the top three moments of his life as, "When I gave my life to Jesus, when I married my wife, and right now!" I like his priorities.
Both Keenum and Diggs helped shine light again on what I already knew, but was, surprisingly, reminded of during an NFL football game. That it means so much to me too, that my God believes in me day after day after day, and that when he is put first in my life, all else is given unto me according to his will and purpose. I was encouraged by the open sharing of faith by these two players and others, on both the Vikings and the New Orleans Saints.
It was amazing, in the midst of the joy and celebration (for us Vikings fans at least), that a witness of God and God's goodness was heard. I am grateful for opportunities like that, and that players are not afraid to speak out about their love for and commitment towards God.
I encourage you, if you watch football, to listen for how God speaks through Case Keenum and Stefon Diggs this week and in the upcoming game on Sunday in Philadelphia.
This is just another example of how God uses all of us, wherever we're at, to speak of His glory and goodness.
Skol! (and peace),
Pastor Dale 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
5:00 pm Dinner
Menu: Sub sandwich with fixings
chips, salad bar, beverage & dessert      
5:30 pm Worship
(No Faith Formation or Confirmation)  
7:00 pm Kingdom Choir
8:00 pm Proclaim!  
Sunday, January 21, 2018
8:00 am Worship in the Sanctuary
Special Music: Proclaim!
9:15 am Faith Formation
Time for Parents
Adult Education
10:30 am Worship in the CLC 
(No Youth Groups Meeting -- Chad Gone)
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during a Sunday Worship Service!
Children, Youth & Family Ministry

Faith Formation, Confirmation & Youth Groups

  Wednesday, January 17, no Faith Formation class, youth group or confirmation. Schedule resumes Wednesday, January 24.
Sunday, January 21, Faith Formation classes resume.  
No Youth Groups meeting Sunday, January 21. Schedule resumes Sunday, January 28.   
 Tubing and Tailgating for All Ages!
Whether you enjoy tubing or just hanging out with good friends, this is the event for you! We will meet in the Green Acres parking lot at 6 pm on February 9 to eat some brats, hot dogs and sip some warm hot chocolate! If you want to tube, you can do that too! Sign-up in the Gathering Area! If tubing, cost is $13/person if paid in advance . Otherwise, it is $15. Register by Sunday, February 4. Waivers and checks can be turned in at the drop box on the welcome desk. Please contact Chad or Darla if you would like to donate any items for this event (chips, hot cocoa, or desserts) or, if you can bring a propane heater. Make sure to bring a lawn chair if you would like to sit and hangout!

Adult Education
9:15 am Sunday, January 21: "Make It OK--Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness"  
Mental illnesses are as common as silver cars, as people with brown eyes and more common than being left-handed. Despite being one of the most common illnesses, there is still a stigma attached to mental illnesses and many people struggle with talking about them. Mental illnesses are biological conditions that can be treated, just like cancer and diabetes. They cannot be overcome through "will power" and are not related to a person's character or intelligence. Join Sue Hedlund and Stacy Meyer at Adult Education for a presentation designed to encourage people to talk more openly about mental illness and ask for help.
Annual congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 9:15 am in the sanctuary. There will be a card making activity for kids so parents can attend the meeting instead of the family activity that day.  
Girls Night Out - COME PAINT WITH US!
The next Girls Night Out will be held on Friday,
January 19 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm with the theme:  COME PAINT WITH US! No Experience Necessary! Join Artist Sandy Danus from Cheerful Hearts Portable Paint Studio as she leads a simple & fun step-by-step group acrylic painting class. Everything provided: 12x12 canvas, all paints & brushes, easels & aprons. You can even choose your own colors to make your painting personal. Come away with your own finished masterpiece to hang or give as a gift!
Cost: $25/person; payable to OSLC by Wednesday, January 17th. Cash or checks written out to OSLC, with "women's painting class" written on the memo line will be accepted. Please drop payment in the drop box at the Welcome Desk or in the church office. 
A Day for Making Comfort
Each January women throughout the Saint Paul Area Synod gather at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Stillwater to make comforters to go to both local and international charities. Many comforters can be completed in one day when many hands join together. On Saturday, January 27, we will gather at Our Savior's from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and individuals can spend the whole day or just come for an hour or two. No experience is needed as there are lots of "jobs" for everyone as well as lots of teachers. Bars and beverages will be provided but bring your own lunch. Everyone is invited and bring a friend or two. Join the fun! So many natural disasters around the world make the need greater than ever.
Quilter Donations Needed
The quilters are in need of donations of usable top sheets (flat sheet) of any size, color, pattern to be used at the "Day for Making Comfort" on January 27. Please drop off your donations to the church office. Questions? Please contact Audrey Reed.   
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

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.