Tuesday, April 10, 2018

  "Guest Pastor Peter Harrits"

Dear Members & Friends of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 
We are happy to introduce Rev. Peter Harrits as our guest preacher this Sunday. Peter currently serves as the Director of Bega Kwa Bega and an Assistant to the Bishop for the Saint Paul Area Synod. Meaning shoulder-to-shoulder in Swahili, Bega Kwa Bega (BKB) is the name of the companion relationship between the Saint Paul Area Synod and the Iringa Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.

Rev. Harrits divides his time between offices in Iringa and the synod offices in St. Paul helping to facilitate meaningful companion congregation relationships, supervising a team of cross-cultural volunteers, and serving as an ambassador for the Saint Paul Area Synod to their companions in central Tanzania. As an assistant to the Bishop, he is keenly interested in congregations' local and global partnerships as well as opportunities to meaningfully engage young adults who call the Twin Cities home.

Made one in Christ

Peter's connection to Tanzania formed over a decade ago as he was serving as youth director at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley. He led a group of youth and young adults to visit their companion congregation in Tungamalenga, Tanzania, a trip that changed his life.

In an article by the Saint Paul Area Synod, Harrits said:

"After two weeks of living together and sharing stories of our hopes and fears, loves and losses, and the God who abides with us through it all, we gathered together in closing worship. There, along the communion rail, I observed men and women, Americans and Tanzanians, Maasai and Hehe, all kneeling shoulder-to-shoulder, breaking bread, and sharing wine.

In that scene I witnessed a picture of what the church could be, of what the church should be, of what the church is -- a diverse multitude made one in Christ. In that moment I felt a stirring in my heart and began to discern a call to go and do likewise-to build connections across cultures and continents and to be part of knitting together the worldwide body of Christ. Following that call has taken me around the world and back again."

Since his first visit to Tanzania, Pastor Harrits has
  • Studied International Development, African Religions, Swahili, Globalization, Human Migration, and Christian Mission at Yale Divinity School,
  • Served as Country Coordinator for the ELCA's Young Adults in Global Mission program in Malaysia,
  • Developed an innate ability to use technology and social media to extend ministry and to share the stories of the gospel, and
  • Learned to speak Swahili, Malay, Indonesian, and Spanish.
We hope you will join us this Sunday at 8:00 or 10:30 am to welcome Rev. Peter Harrits!

  Wednesday, April 11, 2018
5:00 pm Dinner
Menu: Penne Pasta Bake  
5:30 pm All Worship  
6:10 pm Youth Group 
7:00 pm Confirmation  
7:00 pm Kingdom Choir
8:00 pm Liturgical Singers   

Sunday, April 15, 2018
Sermon by Rev. Peter Harrits 

8:00 am Worship in the Sanctuary  
Special Music: Kingdom Choir
9:15 am Faith Formation
Time for Parents
Adult Education  
 10:30 am Contemporary Worship in the CLC 
11:45 am Evolve Youth Group (Grades 7-9)
 5:00 pm Activate Youth Group (Grades 10-12)
7:30 pm AA

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during a Sunday Worship Service!

Sunday Adult Forum Schedule

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. 

Blood Pressure Checks

On Sunday, April 15, Parish Nurse, Stacy Meyer, will be doing blood pressure checks in her office at 9:00 am. Stop in if you would like your blood pressure checked.

Children, Youth & Family Ministry

Boys & Girls 5/6th Grade Fishing Outing

Who:   5/6 graders and an adult
  Chad and Darla will lead a time of fellowship and fishing. Dinner will be provided. Please bring fishing poles and dress appropriately for the weather. Adults will need a fishing license. Chad suggests a Conservation License if you don't plan to keep the fish you catch. We will provide bait.
When:  Saturday, April 28, 2018- 3:00 pm -weather permitting. Our alternate date is May 6 if the ice is still on the lake.
RSVP by April 21 -- sign-up NOW 
Where:   Dave and Laverna Scholz' Home- 12962 Keller Ave Hugo 55038 
Youth Donut Fundraiser

OSLC Youth will be selling donuts by the dozen between services on Sunday, April 22. Please stop and buy a dozen or two. To pre-order your donuts, please sign-up at the Welcome Desk. Cost is $5.00/dozen and come in plain, sugar or cinnamon sugar coating.
Age 2 FaithMarker Reminder!

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.

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.


April Book of the Month Club
The April Book of the Month Club will meet on Monday, April 30th at
1:00 pm to discuss "Be Frank With Me" by Johnson.
Pirates of the Cure-ibbean -- Relay for Life Team
Look for the table on Sunday, April 22nd, 9:15-10:30 am for more detailed information supporting this team.  Luminaries and Rose Floral Cards will be available for purchase.
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!
OSLC Phone Message System Update
The OSLC message system on our phones is not working. We currently can receive calls, make calls, but no messages can be left. Our technology committee is currently looking into replacing our current system. However, it will most likely be May before a new phone system will be installed. Please email staff or the church office if you are having difficulty getting through. Thank you!

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 Keith Lentz 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.