Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"The Power of the Spirit "

Dear Members & Friends of Our Savior's Lutheran Church,
Just after our first service on Sunday morning, the skies darkened, the rain and hail fell, and the winds blew like crazy! I think most worshipers were able to make it to their cars before getting pelted by rain and hail, but I'm sure it was a white-knuckle drive home. The storm passed, and in its wake, plenty of debris and damage throughout the metro-area. I arrived home later that morning only to find our trampoline in a tree about a hundred yards from where it was! Once again, we were all reminded of the power of wind.
It was only two weeks ago when we celebrated the Pentecost and I spoke about the "rush of a violent wind" that describes the coming of the Holy Spirit in the second chapter of Acts. Seeing my trampoline in our tree reminded me again of how appropriate wind is as an analogy for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit may go unnoticed mostly in our day-to-day lives, but let's never underestimate the power it has and can express at its own will.
I want us to think again today about how the Holy Spirit has acted, or is acting, in our lives. How has it left an impression (like a trampoline in a tree) on your heart and in your mind? When has the power of the Holy Spirit caused you to stop in your tracks, stare, rub your eyes, and wonder if that trampoline really is in that tree?
Of course, as I shared on Pentecost, the Holy Spirit doesn't always act in such mighty and forceful ways, but it is always capable of mighty and forceful ways. Try to contemplate that today. Believe that today. Trust in that today.
This Sunday we hear more about our call to discipleship as Jesus reminds us that the harvest is plentiful and ready to gather, but the laborers are few. We are among the laborers called to gather the harvest. Come and see this Sunday what it looks like to be sent out to gather others to Jesus.
I remind you that we will worship outdoors on the back lawn of the church at our 9:30 am service. We will have some folding chairs available, but you are encouraged to bring your own more comfortable lawn or camping chairs or blankets.
See you in church! 
Pastor Dale Stiles 
Summer Worship & Music This Week
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Sermon by: Pastor Dale Stiles    

Summer Worship Times 8:00 & 9:30 am

8:00 am Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
(7:50 am Hymn Pick Prelude)

9:30 am Worship on the Lawn
(Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on)

Childcare available at 9:30 am service  

Summer Music Opportunities   

Might you share your musical gifts at Summer Worship? Special music opportunities available on Sundays at 8:00 and/or 9:30 am through September 3. Sign up at the Music Room Bulletin Board or email Jane Gay.

Summer Outdoor Worship Services   

Dates:  June 18, July 23 and August 27
Worship Time:  9:30 am

This summer we will again have one Sunday a month where we will worship on the lawn behind the Community Life Center. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair to sit on. (On days that are too hot or wet, we'll be in the CLC).  
Sunday July 2 -- Single Worship Service at 9:00 am    

Because it's the Sunday closest to Fourth of July, we will be having only one worship service July 2 at 9:00 am in the Sanctuary.

Children, Youth & Family Ministry!

Vacation Bible School

At Maker Fun Factory VBS, kids discover that God made them--and for a purpose! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God's love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they'll take home with them.
When: July 31 - August 4
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: $35.00
Eligible Participants: Age 3 - 6th Grade
Registration Deadline: July 16, 2017

Register Now!
Ministry Opportunities!

Inspirational Yoga
There is a new 8 week session of Inspirational Yoga on June 24 through August 12, 2017 from 9:00 to 10:00 am. We usually meet in the Gathering Area but will need to relocate to the Children's Gathering Area or the Youth Room (which ever is available) when necessary. Cost is $72.00, payable to Lyne Seppala at our first practice. All ages, guys, gals, no experience needed, come and bring a friend and a yoga mat. For questions or to sign up for the new session email  Heidi Puckett or call 651-439-9196 .
Valley Outreach
OSLC will be staffing the food shelf June 26, June 28 and June 30. Volunteers are needed for a 3 hour shift (9:30 am - 12:30 pm) to assist clients with their food needs and stocking shelves. Please consider this opportunity to help.  A sign-up sheet is on the Welcome Desk at the church or email the church office if you would like to sign up to work. The food shelf is located at 1911 Curve Crest Blvd. W. next to the Gazette. 
OSLC Float for Lumberjack Days Parade
Join us at the Lumberjack Days Parade - Our Saviors will participate with a float in the 2017 Lumberjack Days Parade which will be held on Sunday, July 23!  We are looking for members, of all ages, to ride the float and walk along side. If you are available, please sign up at the Welcome Desk.  Be sure to list your t-shirt size and email so we can follow up with details.  Even if you can't be there on parade day, you can participate by donating candy! We are looking for "parade candy" ... hard wrapped candy that can be thrown out along the parade route. Please drop off your donation in the "Candy Box" located near the Welcome Desk.  
Habitat for Humanity
Please mark your calendars for this year's Habitat for Humanity build 
July 24th through 28th. This build will again be at 14932 Generation Acres, Hugo, MN. Look for details and sign-up information at the Kiosk in the SE corner of the Gathering Area or contact Don Schuld at 651-491-2078 or donschuld@gmail.com
Summer Worship Volunteers Needed
Ushers and greeters are needed for the June - August summer services. Please sign-up on "Sign-up Genius" if you can help out this summer. Thank you!
Sunday Morning Coffee Volunteers
Enjoying a good cup of coffee while chatting with other OSLC members is a focal point of the hospitality time during worship services. Volunteers are needed to prepare coffee for this hospitality time. Please consider volunteering to help with this important ministry via the sign-up sheet on the Kitchen Door or online. 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 our Pastor with any of your needs. Pastor Dale

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.