Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
I'm antsy. Well, I have always been a bit impatient and edgy, and they don't call me "Short Attention Span Steve" for nothing! But of late, I've been more antsy than usual. Maybe it's my dietary regimen; too much coffee and Diet Coke and not enough roughage! Maybe I need more sleep, or a vacation, or a different hobby. Whatever!
But if I am honest, I know the source of my angst; politics. I have been over stimulated, as have many of you, by the constant blitz of messages on television, radio, road signs, mailboxes, and sensitive conversations. I have grown weary of the bickering of the candidates, the hype of the constitutional amendments, and the proclamation of fear that undergirds all of it. "The sky is falling, the country will go to hell in a hand basket, the end is near, we're going off the cliff...unless you vote in a certain way!" I am offended by those who tell me how I should vote, and I have been disheartened by those who throw up their hands and say, "I'm just not even going to bother to vote!"
Let me share with you three bullet-points that seem to talk me down from the edge when I get this way.
- Voting is an enormously important privilege that we have in this democracy. To not vote is to be non-patriotic. To not vote should disqualify us from complaining when the results are decided.
- For those who have said, "This is the most important election ever!" I say that this is true of every election. The issues always change, and the elections are always important. Is 2012 more significant than 1865, when our nation voted to end slavery, or 1932 when Americans selected a President to lead them out of the Great Depression, or 1971, when the voting age was lowered to 18? This year is important. Period.
- God will still be God on November 7th. I don't know which candidates God wants to be elected, or what directions God wants our nation to go. I'm not even sure God has an opinion! But I do know that we are called to pray for our leaders whomever they turn out to be.
So I am left with Psalm 46 - Luther's psalm. "Be still...and know that I am God. Supreme among the nations, supreme over the whole earth." Steve, relax. Be still. God is with us, so take a breath...then go vote!
See you in Church,
|Worship & Music this Week|
Wednesday, October 24th - The Story...People of Faith
"Famous Dave" by Pastor Steve Molin
Text: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
5:00 pm Community dinner (suggested donation $3/person)
Menu: Pizza, salad, cottage cheese, fruit, dessert
5:30-6 pm Worship together in the Community Life Center
6-6:30 pm Faith Formation for ALL ages
Sunday, October 28th - Reformation Sunday
"Free is Good" by Pastor Steve Molin
Text: John 8:31-36
8:00 am Worship + Holy Communion
9:15 am Worship + Holy Communion
10:30 am "The Edge" Contemporary Worship + Holy Communion
Special Music: Kingdom Choir (8:00 & 9:15 services)
Family FaithMarker: Bibles for 3rd Graders
All Worship Sunday - No Faith Formation classes today.
Childcare available at all services.
|Wednesday Schedule Change for October 31st
Due to Halloween, there will be no worship or Faith Formation on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Be the light of Christ in your own communities and families on those days!
It's time for a new pictorial directory!
Appointments to have your picture taken for the church directory can be made online (click here) or sign-up sheets will be available on the following Sundays mornings: October 21, 28 & November 7. Pictures will be taken on Nov. 13-17 and Dec. 27-29.
Last chance to reserve your spot for the Reformation Dinner!
Sing Martin's greatest hit, "A Mighty Fortress" as you raise your stein in celebration at the Gasthaus on October 28th. Click here for details.
Deadline for the winter issue of The Stream is November 1stPlease send items for publication to email@example.com or drop them off in the church office.
New Yoga Devotion Session begins November 10thA new 8-week session of yoga will begin Nov. 10th - Dec. 29th. Classes are held in the Children's Gathering area and begin at 9 am. We need at least 10 prepaid participants. Cost is $55.00. Address payment to Our Savior's Lutheran Church and place in drop box by the Welcome Desk.
Thanksgiving Meals for Union Gospel Mission (UGM)Shopping bags UGM are now available for us to fill with a Thanksgiving meal. The list includes everything but the turkey, which will be added by UGM. Easy, affordable, and a "teachable moment" for our children. Bags must be returned no later than Sunday morning, November 4.
Thyme for Grace MinistryDo you know of anyone going through a hard time? Our Savior's Thyme For Grace Ministry keeps meals in the freezer for any member of the congregation to pick up and share. Meals can go to anyone you know and do not need to be members of Our Savior's. Share our love!
Book Donations for OSLC Library
We appreciate your donations to the OSLC Library. Please label any future donations. Thank you.
|Adult Faith Formation & Opportunities for Service|
|Hear the sermon and join the conversation!
Pastor Linda Friesen: "My Stuff-A Material Girl!
" Click here
Check out the conversation on The Talking Pew! Click here
Stillwater Cares for Kids needs YOU!Be a caring adult in the life of a Lily Lake Elementary child who needs a little extra help in school. Tutoring takes place on Wed. mornings from 9-11 am beginning Nov. 7. Training provided on Oct. 24 at 9:00 am. Contact Martha Kline (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pastor Linda.
Book of the Month Club on October 29th
For October, we are reading People of the Book
by Geraldine Brooks. Discussion date is October 29 at 1pm or 7pm in the Family Room. The reader's guide is available in the Library or online at click here
Fall Cluster Meeting on November 1st at 7 pm
Guest speaker is Teresa Forliti from Breaking Free. Click here
Girl's Night Out on November 2nd at 7 pm
Take a break and join us for movie night in the OSLC youth room as we view Enchanted April
about four women who rent a chateau on a remote Italian island to try to come to grips with their lives and relationships. Afterwards, share conversation about the movie.
Gratitude Cans in NovemberClick here
|Early Childhood/Children & Family Ministry News|
Monday, November 12 - "Gifts and Abilities" for 2nd graders
Just as it is important for your children to see you giving through your offering, it is important for children to have the opportunity to give too! We will begin collecting offering for the Lutheran Malaria Initiative at Sunday morning and Wednesday evening classes.
Upcoming Family FaithMarkers
Watch the mail for your invitation. Complete FaithMarker schedule on our website under Ministries/Children Youth and Family.
|Youth & Family Ministry News|
2013 Sr. High Mission Trip to New Orleans, LA!
We will be serving the people of New Orleans on July 20-28. An informational meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 15, at 7:00 pm in the Youth Room to cover important details of the trip. Maximum of 17 spots available for youth.
|Photography Day Host/Hostesses Needed
Greet families as they come to get photographed on Nov. 13-17 and Dec. 27-29. Weekday shifts are afternoon and evening. Saturday shifts are morning and afternoon. If you can help, please contact Glenda Borchardt at (651)430-3063 or email@example.com. Thank you!
Join others in the community to provide meals for the Sobczak family as they recover from the accident involving two of their children. Sign up for meals at www.oslcstillwater.org (under Serving Others/Volunteer Opportunities) or go directly to Meal Train Click Here.
Jr. High Youth Group Volunteers Needed
We have an amazing Jr. High Youth Group that meets on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am. We are looking for adults who would be willing to assist Chad in leading and also to sub. Please contact Chad by cell at 425-281-8315 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Provide meals for a family in need!
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