Tuesday, January 30, 2018

"Where Football and Faith Intersect"

Dear Members & Friends of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 
So I can't help myself - more football talk from your pastor. It's not just me though, is it? Every radio station is talking non-stop about the super bowl. Every television newscast leads off with live super bowl coverage from somewhere around the Twin Cities. News stories and videos are clogging up my social media timelines. The Super Bowl is in Minneapolis this year and there is no escaping it! I happen to enjoy all of the coverage. You may not. Regardless, I think there is a lesson in it for all of us as we continue to witness this local phenomenon throughout the rest of this week leading up to Super Bowl Sunday.
My family and I spent Saturday night walking around the Super Bowl Live Experience on Nicollet Mall. It was cold, but it was fun. Picture the State Fair in subzero temperatures. Loud live music, people everywhere, enjoying themselves, eating good food, and bumping into one another. The NFL really knows how to throw a party! There was big fanfare as the two competing football team's flights arrived in the Twin Cities. Of course, the Eagle's players were met with a chorus of "Boos" after defeating the Vikings so badly in our last game.
Signs of the NFL are all over our communities. But the headline that most caught my attention this week was this one: "Snoop Dogg to Perform at Bethel University"! I immediately thought it was "Fake News", but I was wrong. Snippets from the article included, "This event is sponsored by the NFL and will include Snoop Dogg and other artists such as Sheila E., Sounds of Blackness, Tye Tribbett, The Clark Sisters, and Faith Evans. The NFL Choir will also perform." I didn't even know there was an NFL Choir! The article went on to say, "Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will receive faith and inspiration awards while other active and retired NFL players will share their faith stories."
Now, for those wondering, like I was, Bethel's response is, "Bethel is the host site, not the sponsor of the event. The NFL is paying to use the space. The lineup was determined just last week - we had no say in who was performing." I say "Good for Bethel!" What a witness this event could potentially be and a beautiful venue for it.
I must say I am impressed with the NFL and how they are trying to connect faith with football. For those wondering what Snoop Dogg has to do with faith ... well, apparently, he has recently released a gospel album. He announced it last June on his Instagram thanking his mother for showing him "how to live and to spread the Word."
Churches across the country this Sunday are expecting lesser church attendance - why? The Super Bowl. Year after year, the NFL has successfully marketed the event in ways that people have reserved the entire Sunday for partying and festivities. We don't want to miss those commercials either, do we? In the midst of the hype and hoopla leading up to this Sunday, I pray that you will keep a proper perspective of faith and football. Enjoy the festivities. Enjoy the game. Celebrate friends, family, and community in whatever that might look like as the big game comes to town. It doesn't happen often :)
Now to decide whether or not to sing "On Eagle's Wings" this Sunday in worship :)
In the name and spirit of Jesus, 
Pastor Dale 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    5:00 pm Dinner
Menu: Pizza
5:30 pm Worship
6:10 pm Family Activity
6:10 pm Youth Group 
7:00 pm Confirmation 
7:00 pm Kingdom Choir
8:00 pm Proclaim!  
Sunday, February 4, 2018
8:00 am Worship in the Sanctuary
Special Music: Kingdom Choir  
9:15 am Faith Formation
Time for Parents
Adult Education
10:30 am Worship in the CLC 
11:45 am Evolve Youth Group (Grades 7-9)
5:00 pm Activate Youth Group (Grades 10-12)
Click HERE to sign-up and volunteer
during a Sunday Worship Service!
Children, Youth & Family Ministry
Tubing and Tailgating -- Last week to sign-up!

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.
All sign-ups, waivers and payments need to be submitted no later than Sunday, February 4.
Questions? Please contact Chad or Darla.   

Adult Education
Sunday, February 4 @ 9:15 am: Health and Caring Ministries - introduction to Stephen Ministries.  Join Stacy Meyer and others to learn more about Stephen Ministries! Stephen Ministries is a non-profit Christian organization for training laypeople to provide one-to-one care to hurting people in and around your congregation. 
Sunday Blood Pressure Check
Blood Pressure checks are back! We will be doing monthly checks the first Sunday of every month at 9:00 am in the parish nurse office! Stop in February 4 if interested.  
Building & Grounds  Committee
The next meeting for the Building and Grounds Committee is Monday, February 5 at 6:00 pm in the Family Room at church. All are welcome.  Come and See.
Graduate Connection
Care packages to our most recent high school graduates will go out on February 12. If you can supply homemade cookies (no nuts please), please let Becky Maier or the church office know.

Lenten Soup Suppers
People with servant hearts are needed to assist with our Lenten evening meals beginning Wednesday, February 14. Please sign-up on the poster in the Gathering Area or NOW online if you can bring a crock pot of
soup, dessert or if you are willing to help clean up (running the dishwasher, handwashing dishes unable to go through the dishwasher, and other tasks).  
Lenten Worship Volunteers
Ushers and communion servers are needed during our evening mid-week services during Lent from February 14 (Ash Wed.) - March 30 (Good Friday). Please sign-up NOW online or let the church office know if you are able to help. Thank you! 
St. Paul Area Synodical Women's Luncheon
All Our Savior's women are invited to attend the annual St. Paul Area Synodical Women's Organization Soup Luncheon here at church on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 10:30 am. Our speaker is J. Drake Hamilton, policy director at Fresh Energy. She will speak on renewable energy. Her talk will be followed by a soup luncheon. The luncheon is free to all participants.
Women's Retreat in April
The 2018 Women's Retreat is coming up on April 27-28 and will be held this year at Mount Olivet Retreat Center in Farmington. Seaside Escape is the theme and will focus on helping women find rest and relaxation from the hustle and bustle of life as we slow down and spend time with God and one another. The Bible Study will focus on Sarah and Hagar. The cost will be $110 for a double room and $130 for a single room.  Registration forms are on the women's bulletin board.  Please include a $25 deposit with your registration with the remainder due the week before the retreat.  Looking forward to spending time with our girlfriends!
Additional News!
OSLC Library. There are many new books available in our church library. Come and See!

February Book of the Month Club
Our next meeting will be on Monday, February 26, to discuss "The Florist's Daughter" by Patricia Hampl. Books will be available for checkout by Friday, February 2. Check the cupboard under the adult library book shelves. 

Need a Valentine card for your loved one?
Check out our card rack along the East wall of the Narthex area.

A Day for Making Comfort. A most successful day with 23 quilts completed to be given to those in need both locally and internationally.  Thirty women from seven churches participated, some for all 6 hours and others for as long as they were available. This annual event began 9 years ago and has completed over 150 quilts throughout the years. Many thanks to those who participated!  
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
To view church board minutes, please Click Here!
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.