Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
There is a Jewish idiom, perhaps borne out of the Holocaust, which says this:
We cannot laugh as long as just one brother is weeping.
Isn't that where compassion comes from? Isn't that the root of empathy? That if there is a need, or a tragedy, or hurt, or a heartbreak, we must not act as if the whole world is a party. In a challenging book entitled The Hole in the Gospel, Richard Stearns writes "Why don't we respond to other people's kids like they are our kids? Why don't we help starving people in Africa like we would if they were literally left on our doorstep?" I suppose the answer is, because we can't feed them all. Agreed. But today, I'd like to ask us to consider some. Not all. Some.
- Millions struggle today because of a storm called "Sandy"
- Our Anuak friend, Pastor Gilo, heard that his young daughter was beaten by a gang in Ethiopia
- Kalley and Marah Sobczak are still confined to wheelchairs following a Labor Day accident
- Someone, somewhere, is losing a job today
Can you speak a prayer for them? Can you share a smile with them? Can you at least think of them with compassion and caring? Because tomorrow they may be our children.
See you in Church,
|Worship & Music this Week|
Wednesday, October 31st - The Story...People of Faith
No Worship or Faith Formation classes due to Halloween.
Sunday, November 4th - All Saints Sunday
"Giving Back" by Pastor Steve Molin
Text: Matthew 5:1-12
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)
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!
Daylight Savings Time Ends on November 4th
Fall back 1 hour and enjoy the extra hour of sleep!
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 Sunday morning, November 4. Pictures will be taken on Nov. 13-17 and Dec. 27-29.
Deadline for the winter issue of The Stream is November 1st
Please send items for publication to email@example.com or drop them off in the church office.
Community Night on November 16th from 6-8 pm An event for all ages - make cards for our troops! Our troops are stationed throughout the world, some in very dangerous spots, and the last thing we want to do is forget about them. There will be snacks and music provided. Come ready to create! Contact Kayla for details.
Join the Choir for Christmas!The Kingdom Choir invites all interested adults to join us as we prepare for Christmas in Song (Dec. 9 at all services). We rehearse each Wednesday from 7-8 pm with a final rehearsal on Dec. 8. Previous choir experience is not necessary. Please contact Michael Bloem at firstname.lastname@example.org or (651) 335-1412; or stop by Wed. night.
Instrumentalists for Dec. 9 Christmas in Song
We seek to assemble an orchestra for the December 9 Christmas in Song with the Kingdom Choir. Experienced instrumentalists are encouraged to join us. We will rehearse on Sunday evenings with a final dress rehearsal on the morning of Saturday, December 8. Please contact Michael Bloem at email@example.com or (651) 335-1412 if you are interested.
Last Chance to Sign up for Yoga Devotion!A new 8-week session of yoga begins at 9 am on Saturday, Nov. 10. We need at least 10 prepaid participants (we only have 2). Cost is $55.00. Address payment to Our Savior's Lutheran Church and place in drop box by the Welcome Desk.
Children Youth and Family (CYF) NewsDo you want to keep up-to-date with all of the activities of our Children, Youth and Family Ministries? Sign up for the CYF eblast, an email update of all the CYF happenings that is sent out twice a month. Go to our website, click on "WEEKLY UPDATE / SIGN UP".
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 this Sunday morning, November 4.
|Adult Faith Formation & Opportunities for Service|
|Hear the sermon and join the conversation!
Check out the conversation on The Talking Pew! 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.
Book of the Month Club on November 12th
For November, we are reading A Redbird Christmas
by Fannie Flagg. Discussion date is November 12 at 1pm or 7pm in the Family Room.
Gratitude Cans in NovemberClick here
Give to the Max Day on November 15
Every donation you make on Thursday, November 15 gives your favorite organization the chance to win even more money. Help raise funds for your favorite non-profit organization by visiting givemn.org.
|Early Childhood/Children & Family Ministry News|
|CLUB 56 Thanksgiving Event on November 18th
Monday, November 12 - "Gifts and Abilities" for 2nd graders
At 11:30 am, we will travel to Cub to purchase meals for families after a time for discussion and planning. Then off to Valley Outreach to stock shelves and learn about their work. We return to church by 3:30 pm. Please RSVP to Kayla by Nov. 15th. Drivers needed also!
Elementary Christmas Program
Sign-ups and rehearsal information will be posted in the Gathering Area starting this Sunday, November 4th. For more info, click here.
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|
Sr High to Sky Zone on November 11th
Cost is $15. Money and forms due November 7. Click here for details.
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.
Provide meals for a family in need!
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