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OSLC NEWSLETTER
                   OCTOBER 5, 2017


  

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Autumn activities have us all scrambling around again, but don't forget to take time out and enjoy the beauty God has given us in the Northwest this time of year. Warm, sunny days and cool, crisp nights are short lived, so stop and take it in!
Today we have all the timely happenings and latest  OSLC news from Mission Ministries , Fellowship/Physical & Spiritual Wellness, and other committee activities. Check out the links to this week's Scriptures, listen to the latest sermon replays, dig in to the Video Corner or enjoy photos from recent events. Thanks for reading and keeping up!

The Luther Seal or Luther Rose, the symbol of Lutheranism. This beautiful acrylic painting rendition was done by OSLC member Nancy Klein. More on history of the Luther Seal.

Sunday, October 8, 2017
The Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
"Reviving our True Authority...The Living Word"

8:45 a.m. - Traditional Service
10:00 a.m. - All-ages Education Hour
11:00 a.m. - Contemporary Service
11:00 a.m. - Kids' Activities

Scripture Readings (click the link to read the passage)
Psalms 119:5-12

The Gospel

Childcare available
*Communion Served


REMINDERS


Luke in the "pumpkin patch".

The annual Blessing of the Animals services are THIS SUNDAY,  October 8, at 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  You are invited to bring your pets to receive a blessing from the pastor. Pets of all sizes and types are welcome but they must be tethered or contained in a carrying case. Those not able to bring their pets may bring a stuffed animal as a stand-in for the blessing.


 
Celebrating the Reformation 
Sunday, October 29, will be a special day in the life of our church. Join us for a special service at 10:00 a.m., followed by a German flavored potluck.  As in recent potlucks the entrĂ©e will be provided.  We ask for you to bring salads and desserts to serve 10 to 12 people.  Sign-up sheets are in the Narthex/Lobby.  We will also need assistance in set-up and clean-up.  Join us for a wonderful fellowship time that was 500 years in the making!  For more information contact 
Carol Nordahl at  cnordahl@comcast.net.



Sun. Oct. 8 8:45 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Traditional Service - Sanctuary
All ages Education Hour 
Contemporary Service - Sanctuary
Kids' Activity Hour - Fireside Room
Hook Shepherd Group - Conf. Room
Fischer Shepherd Group - off site
Mon. Oct. 9 12:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Prayer Shawl Ministry - Conf. Room
Ellickson/Kitch Shep. Grp. - C. R.
Grace Circle - Ginny Michel's home

Tue.  Oct. 10 9:00 a.m.
6:15 p.m
7:30 p.m.

Ladies' Shepherd Group - CR
Women's Bible Study - Fireside Rm
Worship Team Rehearsal - Sanctuary
Wed. Oct. 11 1:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Gentle Yoga  - Fireside Room
Waluga Nghbhd Assn. - Fireside Rm.
Church Council Meeting - Conf. Rm.
Chancel Choir Rehearsal - Sanctuary

Thur. Oct. 12 8:00 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
6:30 p.m.
OSLC Foundation Meeting - CR
Preview & Planning SG Leaders - CR
Hawkins/Schenk Shp Grp -off-site Hamlow/McKnight Shp Grp - CR

Fri. Oct. 13 8:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
11:15 a.m.

Bull By the Horns (AA) - Conf. Room
Friday Fellowship - Conference Room
Shepherd Group - upstairs classrm


MISSIONS MINISTRIES




Class pictures are here!!!
If you are a Hope for Kidz sponsor, your students' class pictures and bio cards for the 2017-18 school year are ready to be picked up. They will be available in the narthex this Sunday. Please make a point to pick up your packet in person to help save on postage costs. Feel free to also pick up for a friend who can't do so in person. Once again, thank you so much for making a difference in the lives of 153 Haitian children and their families.

Blessings!
Marybeth Buck and Patti Ryall
Hope for Kidz co-coordinators




Good Samaritan Ministries' "Sam's Attic Thrift Store" is in need of volunteers. Help is needed at the cash register, pricing new donated items, shelving and displaying new items, cleaning, and many other small but important ways of serving. As of now, the store is open four days a week, but with more volunteers it could be open another day. Volunteers can set their own hours. Everything in the store has been donated and everyone is a volunteer, so after the store's rent and utilities, all proceeds go to help the 1,400 students at the Masaka School in Uganda. 
Sam's Attic Thrift Store is located across the Sellwood Bridge on the corner of SE 17th Ave and Tacoma St. Bob Stoll from our church works at the store on Wednesdays. Don & Lynda Wienk, and Ruth Baker work at the store on Thursdays. Sam's Attic is open Wednesday - Saturday.
Please contact Lynda or Don Wienk for more information l.donaca@comcast.net or 503-638-0761. Thanks!



Old Mother Hubbard isn't the only one with bare cupboards! The OSLC Food Pantry needs restocking to continue helping local individuals in need. When you're shopping this week please pick up an extra item for the pantry. Needed items include: peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, soups, corn, meaty stew, and fruit juice. Thanks for your support!




FELLOWSHIP/ PHYSICAL & SPIRITUAL WELLNESS


Have you witnessed others at OSLC in acts of kindness or service? Let us know! Share how you have seen others "being the church" by sending a note to jeffb@oursaviors.net.

 


Adult Small Group Ministry
Are you interested in meeting new friends, getting and giving encouragement, helping others, and growing spiritually?  If so, join one of our small groups. Adult small groups, better known as "Shepherd Groups", are just now getting started for the year.  Our first fall study is on the Parable of the Prodigal Son.  
For more info contact the church office at 503-635-4563 or oslc@oursaviors.net.




OSLC members, Larry and Linda Rauch have generously donated their upright piano to Our Savior's.  This piano will replace the one currently located in the Fireside Room.  If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in the old upright piano please contact Carol Nordahl at cnordahl@comcast.net.



The OSLC Decorating Committee is looking for new people to join their team! We are also creating new banners and need some people with sewing experience. Looking further ahead, we will be putting up our fall decorations on November 8, at 1:00 p.m., and Advent decorations on Saturday, December 2, at 9 a.m. If you would like to  join in the fun, please contact Nancy Klein at 503 636 0944 or Terry Robben at 503 635 9240.



The Grace Circle is meeting on Monday, October 9th, at 7:00 p.m. at Ginny Michel's home, 20 Greenridge Court, Lake Oswego.






Fall Bible Study: Fight Back With Joy

Through vulnerable storytelling, a difficult diagnosis, and a good dose of humor, Fight Back With Joy a 6-Session dynamic DVD Bible study, will help you expand your joy threshold by awakening to God's fierce love for you, escape fear and regret by applying biblical strategies to whatever crisis you're facing, overcome depression as you reignite your imagination for laughter and celebration, and rise above endless demands and become more winsome, cheerful, and thankful. Ranked one of the top 3 Bible studies of 2015 by Lifeway.

All women are invited to join in this 6 week bible study  Tuesdays, through October 31, meeting at 6:15 p.m. in the Fireside Room for a light dinner and fellowship.  The study will start at 7 p.m.  This is a fun Ecumenical group of women and we would love to include you. We are doing this study in honor of Mary DeBlois. Please contact Patti Ryall so we can order you a book!
rypatti@hotmail.com or 503-312-2040.

How can you find joy even during the most difficult times? The author and speaker shares her own painful, yet glorious, experiences.
How can you find joy even during the most difficult times? The author and speaker shares her own painful, yet glorious, experiences.




Inspirational Moment
 from the Prayer and Meditation Ministry 

Watch the Conductor 

Watching a gifted Conductor is fascinating.  Every eye observes and the slightest movement of hand or baton can prompt the most delicate or robust nuance in a beautiful piece of music.

The Disciples (and those who joined them) walked, observed, listened, questioned, marveled and acknowledged Jesus Christ for over three years.  After His resurrection, Jesus left the care and message in the hands of this little band with the admonition to, "go into the world spreading the Good News..."
You and I are given the privilege and responsibility to carry on this message.  Two of the many, many verses pertaining to who we are in Christ are given for your meditation this week.

SELAH [Pause and think on these things]
 
"Yet, my brothers, I do not consider myself to have "arrived", spiritually, nor do I consider myself already perfect. But I keep going on, grasping ever more firmly that purpose for which Christ grasped me. My brothers, I do not consider myself to have fully grasped it even now. But I do concentrate on this: I leave the past behind and with hands outstretched to whatever lies ahead I go straight for the goal-my reward the honor of being called by God in Christ." [Philippians 3:12-14 PHILLIPS]

Blessed and worthy of praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ,  just as [in His love] He chose us in Christ [actually selected us for Himself as His own] before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy [that is, consecrated, set apart for Him, purpose-driven] and blameless in His sight." [Ephesians 1:3-4 AMP]

Blessings,
Bernice Gustaff


September 14 - November 1, 2017
It's been some time since we have encouraged a commitment to set aside a specific time for prayer for all that is upon us these days.  It may be in support of our staff, programs and plans or it may be concern for all impacted by the fires, floods, hurricanes, and especially those on the front lines of support.  Maybe it is a time of personal enrichment.  There is a sign-up sheet available. Please consider making this commitment.  Want to know more about prayer at Our Savior's? Contact Bernice Gustaff, 
503 806 9439 or email btgspirit1@gmail.com.




Greetings to all participants who have attended a Respond to Racism meeting in the past months. Over the last three meetings, we have had more than a hundred people from the surrounding neighborhoods invest time and energy in this collective effort.
Although this work is often challenging, we are humbled by the wisdom and openness to learning that you all have brought to our sessions. While our direction and strategy are still forming, as we become a more cohesive group, we have enjoyed getting to know you all better and feeling out a path forward together.
We received positive feedback about gathering at 6:00 p.m. to share refreshments and chat with each other before the start of the meeting. We will continue this practice for our October meeting. If you are planning to share refreshments with the group please try to arrive as close to 6:00 p.m. as possible, but know that your treats will be valued whenever they arrive.
We look forward to seeing you at our next Respond to Racism Meeting on October 16th, at Lake Oswego United Church of Christ, 1111 Country Club Rd., Lake Oswego. Please take some time to register here.



Oregon & SW WA Fundraising Luncheon
Please join us in supporting Oregon & SW Washington Programs of Lutheran Community Services Northwest

Sunday, October 15, 2017
Social Hour: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Program: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Downtown Portland Marriott Hotel
1401 S.W. Naito Parkway, Portland, Oregon

There is no cost to attend, but you will be invited to make a gift or pledge in support of LCS programs.

RSVP by Friday, October 6th, 2017, online at www.lcsnw.org/RSVP or contact Pr. Kim at kimf@oursaviors.net.




Judy Stafford serves up a piece of cake she baked to honor Ferriel DeLap on her 100th birthday.













The OSLC Quilters gathered again on Tuesday this week and the get-together was a special one! Long-time member and quilter, Ferriel DeLap turns 100 years old on Friday, October 6, and the ladies feted her with a special party including a cake baked by Judy Stafford. Just think, Ferriel has seen the 400th anniversary of the Reformation and later this month, the 500th! Happy, happy birthday and Godspeed, Ferriel!

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES 




Peter Enns-The Sin of Certainty (trailer)
Peter Enns-The Sin of Certainty (trailer)
Perhaps you've experienced moments of doubt about your religious faith. Or maybe you're one of the people who find doubt to be a more frequent companion in your spiritual life. Either way, doubt can be unsettling and uncomfortable. Biblical scholar Peter Enns suggests that part of the problem is that many Christians have come to prize certainty as a hallmark of true faith in God. His new book is called "The Sin of Certainty."  Pr. Art leads a Book Study group that will study this topic. The group meets Sundays, at 10:00 a.m., in the Conference Room. All are welcome.


FROM THE OFFICE 

 
Room Reservations  -  Please remember it is important for insurance reasons that all church activities be included on the church calendar. This includes activities taking place at locatio ns other than the church.  If you need to check space ava ilability for an event you are planning pleas e contact Slobodan at  slobodanp@oursaviors.net .


Announcements - Send announcements  o inform ation   for the bulletin or weekly newsletter to our  communications specialist, 
Jeff Brosy at  jeffb@oursavi ors.net

Submission deadline for the bulletin and newsletter is Wednesdays by noon.

SERMON PODCASTS 

 
Listen to the latest sermons...
Sermon audio podcasts are replays of the Pastor's Sunday message. Each week we post the most recent sermons online for you to enjoy at your leisure. In addition, there is a vast library of spiritually inspiring and thought provoking messages for you to browse. Use your desktop, laptop or smart phone! Listen to Pr. Kim's recent message from October 1
"Doors That Change the World ".  Click here .
Have you started reading Martin Luther's 95 Theses as Pr. Kim asked us to do? If not, here's a link to get started! 


NEW ON FACEBOOK 


     Marcia Fisher (center), with new choir members Claudia and Jennifer.
There's always something  new on the   OSLC Facebook  p age!   If you have church related pics to share on the page email them to jeffb@oursaviors.net and we'll post them for you.  Also, remember to "like" the page to spread the word!

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Our Malaria Moment - $15 Million Goal Reached
Our Malaria Moment - $15 Million Goal Reached

Through the ELCA Malaria Campaign, ELCA members and congregations have given more than $15 million to fund the initiatives of our Lutheran companions and partners in Africa.
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