Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

March 9, 2018

This Sunday 
OSLC Choir

Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, Tennessee, will offer two communion services and Sunday School. 

Traditional Service 9:00 AM

Sunday School 10:15 AM

Heartsong Service 11:15 AM

A nursery is provided.  

All are welcome. 
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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Traditional Worship 9:00 AM
Sunday School 10:15 AM
Heartsong Worship 11:15 AM 
Monday, March 12, 2018

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Council Meeting 6:30 PM

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Prayer Shawl 10:00 AM

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Underground Huddle 6:00 PM
Heartsong Band 6:30 PM
Choir Practice 7:00 PM

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Walk and Talk 11:00 AM
Yoga 6:30 PM

Friday, March 16, 2018

Chair Yoga 10:00 AM

"For God so loved..." (John 3:16)

What is it that God so loved? With what is He "in love?"

Is it His Church? Or, is it forgiven sinners? Or might it be for those He has especially chosen for salvation?

In this light, it is not about some pre-ordained plan; it is God's pure will to love. It is the only thing in our existence (as we know it) that has no beginning and will have no end. It is His unadulterated, unconditional gift. It is love and you cannot take it away from God as His gift to us.

This gift - this love - is with the world. He got the whole world, in His hands...(sing it if you want!)

Oh - you can shun this gift; you can ignore this gift. You can even disrespect this gift, freely given - with no strings attached. As a pastor in His Church, I do not (nor have I ever) encouraged that you do any of these things.   We do have the ability to jeopardize our lives with Christ. We can turn away.

 Again, my advice is - don't.

We live in an ironic world. It is both beautiful, and decadent. It is a place of freedom as well as bondage; we are set free to live the life we desire but we often do not choose the right direction to go (see Romans 7:15 to discover what I call "the human dilemma"). What does this mean? It means we cannot go this alone. When left to our own devices, we fail (see the story of Adam and Eve, chapters 2-3 of Genesis. It started there and has commenced ever since).

What can we do? Only one thing. Open our hearts to the one true way: the love of God through Christ Jesus. (See the promise in Romans 8:38-39).

And along this narrow and often difficult way, remember, for it is true...
God loves you and so do we!

Pastor Jim
For God So Loved The World

The OSLC Prayer List
Praying Hands

Please Pray for Members:
Helen & Barry Fetterolf, upon the death last Wednesday of their son, Bob); Ken Farst (now at NHC, Johnson City); Kasey Sorenson; Carolyn Parrish; Pat Keffer;  Irene Ackley (hip surgery this coming Wednesday); James McAllister; Carl & Brenda Snyder; Chuck Hudson; James McAllister;  Kathleen Lowry; Jim & Dorla Brunke; Lori Markstrom; Penny Van Hooser; Willie Weems; Otto & Prudy Zinser; Wendi Garrison;  everyone with the flu or other upper respiratory ailments.    All who must travel

Family Members and Friends:   
Russell Williamson, fiancĂ©e of Lisa Pritchett (home now);  Mike Murray, friend of David Herting; Sharon Good; Marshall Keen, Melissa Malenda's father;  Bill Smith, Jr.; Scott Anderson, Rose Klix's son; Jennifer Keegan, daughter of Karin McCoy; Bob Fetterolf;  Earlene Kerley, cousin of Susan Kirkland, hip replacement; Alice Sulkowski; Rev. Giles Van Wormer, friend of the Pattesons; Laura Gill, Sean Golden's Grandmother; Stephanie & Jacob Sams, daughter and son-in-law of Allan and Colette Forsman;  Debbie Garrison; Sharon Fuhrman, friend of Patty Neas; Family of Kress Sherrill, relative of Ann Cunningham; Abi Amato; Jim Robinson; Anthony Anaya; Trish Bradley; Russ Heck; Tom and Joyce Miller, friends of the Fetterolfs; Curtis Oerly; Kert Stokes; Emma Herrod; Trisha Domako; Cherry Smith; Howard Parsons; Judie Perdue; Rose White; Carey Outen; Josh & Alice Nunn; Bruce & Betsy Shine; Marsha Millhorn; Beth Neas; Jacob Dunlap

Military Service Members: 
Chance Johnson (Army); Nick Harris (Air Force)
Friends And Family: 
Lester E. McKinney, Airman 1st Class;   Andrew Acuna (Army), husband of Kandess Acuna and son-in-law of Shirley Boyle; Cade Hall (Navy) grandson of the Beckelhimers; Nick Hodge (Air Force) friend of the Flints; Chase Estep (Marines) brother of Clint Estep; David Guck (Marines) friend of Pat Wolf; Lester E. McKinney; Michael Hudson, Coast Guard, son of Chuck & Carol Hudson
Gospel Of The Week

14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness,  so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[a]   15 that everyone who believes  may have eternal life in him."[b] 

16 For God so loved  the world that he gave  his one and only Son,  that whoever believes  in him shall not perish but have eternal life.   17 For God did not send his Son into the world  to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned,but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.  19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.  21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

John 3:14-21


 Jon, Amy, Jackson, & Lauren Koeppen; Kathy Robinson

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Make disciples, and grow in grace.

Our Vision
We love God and neighbor, so that all people will be disciples.