Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Wishing you a
Merry Christmas
and a
Blessed New Year
The staff at
Our Savior's Lutheran Church!
Wednesday Worship Schedule
No Dinner, Worship, or Faith Formation  
on Wednesday, December 27.  
Enjoy time with your families!
Sunday Worship Schedule 

New Years Eve, December 31, 2017 

9:00 am Worship of "Lessons & Carols" in the Sanctuary 
"Abundantly Blessed to Bless Abundantly"  

Dear Members & Friends of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 
As we approach the end of 2017, I want to express my appreciation for you and for all you do to make Our Savior's the community that it is. I hope and pray that you have a blessed Christmas celebration with family and friends. We have been busy this month preparing and offering opportunities for you to worship and experience Advent and Christmas in meaningful ways. I hope you have been blessed and renewed by these opportunities.  
I also want to extend a special word of appreciation to the members of our Church Board. They have worked hard this year to help engage and inform our congregation in order to make it the best and most effective community of faith that it can be. When you see any of them, please extend a word of appreciation to them.
On behalf of the Board, I would like to inform, encourage, and challenge you. As always, as we near the end of the year we are keeping a close eye on how our annual operating budget compared to income received, looks. It appears that we have received about 86% of our annual operating budgeted funds ($512,181 of $593,400) and are hopeful for the usual end-of-the-year push towards reaching our budget. Please prayerfully consider an extra gift towards meeting our budget, if you are able. The good news is that our staff has been very good at keeping expenses to a minimum in 2017. This is helpful, but moving forward it is always better to minister and provide programming out of our abundance than out of scarcity. We all have been abundantly blessed. Let's be abundant in our blessing.
There is much to look forward to in 2018. The Board and I will keep you informed as we proceed. We will need your help in determining a vision for our congregation that will then call on us to plan the route for how to get there.
Christmas blessings to you all,
Pastor Dale  

Faith Formation

Attention!  Faith Formation Update!
There will be no Faith Formation Classes, Jesus & Me or Time for Parents
on the following dates:
  • Wednesday, December 27, 2017
  • Sunday, December 31, 2017
We will return to our regular schedule on Wednesday, January 3 and Sunday, January 7, 2018. Have a blessed Christmas and New Years.
Valley Outreach Food Shelf
Volunteers Needed. OSLC will be staffing the food shelf January 17 and 19, 2018. Volunteers are needed for a 3 hour shift (9:30 am -12:30 pm) to assist clients with their food needs and stocking shelves. Please consider this opportunity to help. A sign-up sheet is on the Welcome Desk. The food shelf is located at 1911 Curve Crest Blvd. W. next to the Gazette. 
Mission Jamaica
Mary Anderson is headed to Jamaica again and will be traveling with a team from St. Andrews Lutheran Church. The team will be packing suitcases of donations for West Haven Children's Home on Sunday, January 7. Please consider an after-Christmas year-end donation for this worthy cause. A collection box for donations is placed behind the Welcome Desk. Donations need to be at OSLC no later than Saturday, January 6. Thank you!  
Suggested donations:  batteries (AA & AAA), non-sterile gloves (small, medium & large), petroleum jelly, towels, wash cloths, flat sheets (single or double), toothbrushes, sponges, crib sheets, mattress pads (single size, waterproof), underwear for children size 8 through medium adult, camisoles (girls & women), gently used clothing, baby bottles, nipples, bottle brushes and protein powder.  
Ministry Opportunities
January and February Volunteers 
Serve God by extending hospitality in a place filled with grace as a Greeter, Welcome Desk Attendant, Usher, Reader or Communion Server! Members and friends with last names beginning E-H are especially called upon for help during January & February, though anyone can sign up who enjoys serving in these capacities. Sign-up NOW! 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 or the Parish Nurse with any of your needs.
Board Updates
To view church board minutes, please Click Here!
Giving Opportunities

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.