Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
It's something I've joked about for years, and I guess it's true what they say about humor: That there is always a thread of truth revealed in it. So I'll let you in on my little quandary today. Why do people like to sit in the back of church? Lutherans love the back row! I don't know about Methodists or Presbyterians, but you people are back-seat dwellers!
This is not so at a rock concert, is it? Buy a ticket for Lady Gaga or The Rolling Stones; the front three rows are considered the VIP section. In the church, the front three rows are a vast wasteland! I had a friend who was dating a young woman who also happened to be the organist at her church, and she invited him to worship one Sunday. He arrived early and, knowing he would have to sit alone, he took the seat in the back row on the aisle. He was the only one in the sanctuary when an older gentleman arrived and stood right beside him, looked down and said, "Excuse me, you're in my seat!"
My theories are many. You sit in the back because you want to get out of church as soon as possible to get a good booth at Joseph's. Or you are afraid that if you're up front, the pastor might ask you to do something, like usher or read the lessons. Or, if it's a sermon about money, you don't want to be close enough for the pastor to see tears in your eyes!
After doing this for 30 years now, I have come to two conclusions. The first is that, I'm never going to change you; I am never going to live long enough to get you all to move up into the VIP section. But the second conclusion is more valuable than the first; I'm just glad you're here! I am grateful for your faithfulness to come every Sunday, take your place in your seat, and join others in worshipping this God who loves us. In this regard, I suppose every seat is in the VIP section. Please be seated.
See you in the back row,
|Worship & Music this Week|
Wednesday, October 17th - The Story...People of Faith
No Worship or Faith Formation classes due to MEA.
Sunday, October 21st - Twentyfirst Sunday after Pentecost
"My Stuff - A Material Girl!" by Pastor Linda Friesen
Text: Luke 12:13-21
8:00 am Worship + Holy Communion
9:15 am Worship + Holy Communion
10:30 am "The Edge" Contemporary Worship
Special Music: Proclaim! (8:00 & 9:15 services)
No Faith Formation classes today.
Childcare available at all services.
|Wednesday/Sunday Schedule Changes for October
Due to MEA, there will be no worship or Faith Formation on Wednesday, Oct. 17 and no Faith Formation on Sunday, Oct. 21. 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.
Celebrate Reformation Sunday as Luther would have!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Union Gospel Mission Thanksgiving bagsProvide help and hope to a family in need! Fill a grocery bag with the specified items and return it to church. Bags and items lists will be available on Sundays, October 21, 28 and November 4. Bags need to be returned by 11:30 am on 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!
|Adult Faith Formation & Opportunities for Service|
|Hear the sermon and join the conversation!
Pastor Steve Molin: "Things Your Parents Never Told You" 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 (email@example.com) or Pastor Linda.
Mission Jamaica: A Vacation with a Purpose!
Join Pastor Linda and the mission team to Garland Hall Orphanage to care for a community in need (Jan. 30 - Feb. 6, 2013). Find out more at an informational meeting on October 21st at 11:30 am in the Family Room. There are 3 spots left! Cost is ~$1850- all inclusive.
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 1:00 pm or 7:00 pm. For more information, click here
Gratitude Cans in NovemberClick here
|Early Childhood/Children & Family Ministry News|
Upcoming Family FaithMarkers
Monday, October 22 - "The Bible" for 3rd graders
Watch the mail for your invitation. Complete FaithMarker schedule on our website under Ministries/Children Youth and Family.
|Youth & Family Ministry News|
Congratulations 2012 Confirmands!
As your youth director it was an honor for me to be a part of this celebration with you! I am truly proud of all of you! To see you confess your commitment to Christ's ministry in the church, your community, and the world, was uplifting and encouraging. I can't wait to see what God has planned for you here at OSLC in the future and I really look forward to seeing how you use your gifts as members of our congregation. Job Well Done (wait...I mean continued)!!!
In Christ, Chad Larson, Youth and Family Ministry Director
Sr. High Valley Scare/Lock-In Forms & Fees due Oct. 22nd!
A crazy night of thrills and chills starts at 6 pm on Friday, Oct. 26. Meet at church, head to Valleyfair, and return to church for the night. OSLC Trip Release form and $30 due by Oct. 22nd to hold your spot!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com!
Chaperones for Valley Scare/Lock-In on October 26th
For more information, please contact Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-281-8315.
Provide meals for a family in need!
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