Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"Extraordinary Love"

Dear Members and Friends of Our Savior's Lutheran Church,
We had a wonderful celebration of our Summer ministries last Sunday! Our Director of Youth & Family ministries, Chad Larson, delivered a powerful word about community, our children sang songs of praise, and one of our college students reflected on his role as a Bible camp counselor last summer. We are filled with blessings at Our Savior's and last Sunday was yet another reminder of that. For our Wednesday night worshipers this week we will be celebrating and looking forward to Summer ministries again. With the temps nearing 50 degrees this coming week, it begin to feel like Summer! Praise the Lord!
Between worship services last Sunday we also held our first informational meeting regarding the proposed senior housing project on the radio station property next door to Our Savior's. This meeting was well attended and many good questions were raised. The presentations from our Church Board, Ecumen, and Kaas Wilson architects were well prepared and insightful. Our Church Board is now considering the questions that were raised as we continue to move forward in prayer and discernment. Specifically the question of what approving this senior housing project/partnership with Ecumen might mean for OSLC and any future building expansion opportunities. The Board and I are seeking more information about this and will have some information to share at our next scheduled congregational meeting (date TBD). Thanks again to all who expressed their concern and their excitement for the potential possibility of this project! We'll keep you posted!
This coming Sunday we continue to study Jesus' words from His sermon on the mount in the fifth chapter of Matthew's gospel (5:38-48). In this sermon Jesus continues describe extraordinary love for our neighbors (including those we don't like or care for - even our enemies!). Questions to consider as you prepare to hear this Word on Sunday might be, "Think of a time when you witnessed the kind of extraordinary love Jesus is talking about? The kind of love even extended to an enemy. What did that look like? Jesus' words in this sermon are not facts to be memorized, but rather they are guidelines to live according to. These words call us to a radical way of living. We are expected to internalize the words in this sermon and become the disciples Jesus calls us to be - ones who love as Jesus loved. Think about what that kind of love might look like in today's political, social, and economic landscape. Other questions to consider might be, "What would need to change in your life in order to love as Jesus loved? What is the most challenging part of Jesus' sermon on the mount? What would our church, our community, our nation, or our world look like if every Christian would love as Jesus describes?
Peace and blessing to you this week - and remember to invite a friend to church!
Come and see!
Pastor Dale
Worship & Music This Week

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Worship at 5:30 pm

 Sermon by: Chad Larson, Youth Director

  5:00 pm Dinner
Angel Hair Pasta with Marinara or Alfredo Sauce
Italian Meatballs,Toasted Garlic Bread
Caesar Salad
  6:10 pm Faith Formation
7:00 pm Confirmation
7:00 pm Kingdom Choir
8:00 pm Liturgical Choir

Sunday, February 19, 2017

8:00 am Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
9:00 am Blood Pressure Check
9:15 am Adult Forum
10:30 am Blended Worship in the CLC

7:30 pm AA

Special Music at 10:30 am: Kingdom Choir

Childcare available at all worship services

The church offices will be closed on Monday, February 20, in observance of Presidents Day.   
Children, Youth & Family

First Communion Retreat    
At Our Savior's, we have empowered parents, as the primary nurturers of faith, to decide when their child is ready to receive instruction to receive Holy Communion.

Who:  1st - 6th graders and a parent / guardian 
Date:  March 27 at 6 pm (eat before you come) 
What to bring:  Your Bible 
RSVP by:  March 19 ( click here to RSVP)

Sibling childcare will be available. Children will receive their First Communion in worship on Sunday, April 2 at 8:00 or 10:30 am or Wednesday, April 5 at 5:30 pm. Choose which worship service works best for your family.
Music for Elementary Students!   
Exciting News! Natalie Larson will be singing with our Elementary students during Large Group twice a month! Hopeuflly our Elementary students will sing during the 10:30 service in the coming months. 
Faith Formation Station Leaders Needed!   
We are still in need of station leaders for March 26 and April 2 for Faith Formation! Please contact Darla Goble or go to the sign up genius to sign up! 
Club 56 Girls & Moms Spa Event!   
Girls Grades 5 & 6 and their moms are invited to attend a spa event held on February 25 from 3-5 pm at the church. We will be doing manicures, pedicures, getting mini chair massages and making bath salts to bring home. Feel free to invite a friend and their mom! Please RSVP to attend this event.
Thank you to all who joined in for the Tubing and Tailgating fun at Green Acres last Friday! Thank you to all who donated food items and supplies. Special thanks to Shmig's Landscaping and Dave and Laverna Scholz for the use of their trailers.

Ministry Opportunities!

Lenten Soup Suppers!   
Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent starts March 1. Lenten Soup Suppers are a wonderful way to try a variety of soups. We will offer a 'Soup of the Day', in addition to offering the soups that congregants share.   The 'Soup of the Day' will be published in the weekly e-blast and Sunday bulletin.  Sign-up sheets to bring soups and/or desserts are posted in the Gathering Area.  Please consider signing up to bring your favorite soup!  Thank you!
Your questions about the Sunday worship lessons will become the seeds for discussion in the weekly Adult Forum between services. The Adult Forum Committee is asking you to participate by looking at the upcoming Bible lessons in advance and submitting your questions about the lessons two weeks before they are used in worship. Pastor Dale may address your question as part of his sermon and will certainly discuss it during Adult Forum. Adult Forum meets at 9:15 am in the sanctuary on Sundays. 
A list of lessons will be published 4 weeks in advance so that everyone has time to read them and ask questions. Here are the lessons for March:
  • March 5, 2017: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 
  • March 12, 2017: Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17
  • March 19, 2017: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42
  • March 26, 2017: 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41
We all have questions about the Bible and our faith at times. Here's your chance to get answers from Pastor Dale and the other saints at Our Savior's. We hope you'll join in on this opportunity to expand your understanding of our faith.  
Please submit questions to Pastor Dale or the church office. Thank you! 
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 with any of your needs. Pastor Dale

Help Wanted!
Mission Jamaica Supply Donations

The Mission Jamaica Team going in March from Our Savior's is collecting supplies to bring to the West Haven Children's Home where they will be working. They are requesting that members donate items from the list posted in the Gathering Area. Items are needed by March 5 and can be placed in the marked box located in the Gathering Area. Thank you for your generosity in helping our partners in Jamaica to secure much needed supplies.

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.