Tuesday, January 10, 2017

"Come and See!"

Dear Members and Friends of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 

Last Sunday in worship (and this coming Wednesday) the theme was the baptism of Jesus. We've now celebrated Jesus' birth and his baptism and this coming Sunday's preaching text picks up in the gospel of John (1:29-42).
According to John's gospel, the next day after the baptism of Jesus, John finds two of his own disciples and tells them about the Lamb of God. They meet Jesus and he immediately asks, "What are you looking for?" They then reply, "Where are you staying?" This odd response is met with a simple response by Jesus, "Come and see" (John 1:39). Then, after spending this brief time with Jesus, one of the men, Andrew, goes to his brother Simon to tell him about Jesus. In this short encounter, a chain reaction is begun and evangelism is born as people seek the Messiah and tell others about Him. Read ahead if you would like to see the verses that immediately follow this text (43-51). Philip uses that same invitation, "Come and see," to invite Nathanael to meet Jesus. Nathanael accepts the invitation and his life is changed as he meets Jesus and realizes that Jesus already knows him.
"Come and see." Such a short and simple invitation to a life that transforms.
From this story in Scripture we cannot underestimate the power of those simple three words. Has the chain reaction ended? Is it still going? Have you continued it in your life and with the enthusiasm of Andrew and Philip? Some are asking at Our Savior's how we can reach out and bring in more members? We jump quickly to lean on an evangelism committee, but in reality, we all are God's evangelism committee. It is up to each and everyone of us who call Our Savior's Lutheran their community of faith, to extend the invitation, "Come and see," to others in our schools, at our places of work, in our neighborhoods, in our families and throughout the communities we live in. If you love Our Savior's and want us to know it, experience it, and become a part of it like you and your family do and have, invite others. It's easy. Invite others and don't stop inviting. Why would we stop? We have such good news to share and such a great community of faith to learn about it and experience it within.
This coming Sunday we celebrate another baptism - little James Douglas. What a great day to invite others to "Come and see."
Blessed Epiphany!  
Pastor Dale
Worship & Music This Week

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Worship at 5:30 pm

 Sermon by: Pastor Dale Stiles

  5:00 pm Dinner  
Chicken Patty Sandwich with bacon, tomato and lettuce
Oven baked French fries and garden green salad

6:10 pm Faith Formation
7:00 pm Confirmation -- Parents & Students
7:00 pm Kingdom Choir

Sunday, January 15, 2017

8:00 am Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
9:00 am Blood Pressure Check
9:15 am Faith Formation
9:15 am Time for Parents
9:15 am Adult Education
10:30 am Blended Worship in the CLC
11:45 am Health and Caring Ministry Advisory
7:30 pm AA

Special Music at 8:00 am:  Kingdom Choir

Childcare available at all worship services

Children, Youth & Family

Confirmation Parent & Student Night on January 11!  
Just a reminder that this Wednesday is our Parent/Student night for Confirmation! Lots of fun on the way! ComedySportz Theater will be joining us for some fun and crazy entertainment accompanied with snacks and punch. We will start at 7 pm in the CLC with the show going for about an hour. We will also be handing out Confirmation Mentor Registration sheets so make sure you get one of those. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Chad Larson. It's going to be a blast!  
Colorado Mission Trip 2017 Informational Meeting  
If your student will be completing 9th-12th grade this school year, they are eligible to attend our 2017 Mission trip to Colorado next summer! On Thursday, January 12, at 7 pm we will be holding an Informational meeting where we will be explaining all the details of the trip. Whether you are positive your student will be attending or still on the fence, please attend this meeting! The sign-up deadline for this trip will be January 18. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Chad Larson. We hope to see you there!  
Living into Baptism Party     
At 10 am on January 21, 2017, we will have our Living Into Baptism Party! All children ages birth through 4th Grade and their parents and Godparents are invited to celebrate baptism.  If you haven't been baptized, come and learn more! Please RSVP by signing up in the Gathering Area or click here to sign-up!

Ministry Opportunities!

OSLC Annual Meeting -- Sunday, January 22 at 9:15 am

Our Savior's Lutheran Church Annual Congregational Meeting will take place on Sunday, January 22, at 9:15 am in the sanctuary. Copies of the Annual 
Report can be picked up on Sunday, January 15 at the Welcome Desk. Please limit one report per family. Thank you!
Hospitality Team News!

The Hospitality Team is in need of a Captain to organize the ushers and greeters for the two Sunday services for the month of March. This is a wonderful way to involve your family and friends at Our Savior's that takes very little time but plays an important role in service to all. If you are interested in helping out with this important ministry, please contact Don or Charlotte Schuld.
A Day for Making Comfort

On Saturday, January 28, we will gather at Our Savior's to make comforters to go to both local and international charities. Many comforters can be completed in one day when many hands join together. The hours are from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and individuals can spend the whole day or just come for an hour or two. No experience is needed as there are lots of "jobs" for everyone as well as lots of teachers. Bars and beverages will be provided, but bring your own lunch. Everyone is invited so bring a friend or two. Join the fun!
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 or the Parish Nurse with any of your needs.
Help Wanted!
Coffee & Conversation - January Volunteers Needed!

  • Oakridge Place, Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Oak Park Sr. Housing, Tuesday,  Jan 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Please contact Parish Nurse Becky Hulden if you can attend.

We have plenty of Service Opportunities!
Check it out at: Sign Up to Serve! 
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.