Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

February 10, 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, February 11, 2018

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

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Cover Girls 10:00 AM
Council Meeting 6:30 PM

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Friends in Grief 10:00 AM
Prayer Shawl 10:00 AM

Wednesday, February 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, February 15, 2018

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

Friday, February 16, 2018

Chair Yoga 10:00 AM

"'Return to Me,' declares the Lord Almighty, 'and I will return to you.' says the Lord Almighty." (Zechariah 1:3)

180 degrees.

To repent means to turn and head in the opposite direction.
The "return" that God commands in the above passage is one of the same thing - turn around.

Do not confuse that with what Jonah did when God asked him to go and preach to the evil city of Ninevah.  Jonah turned and went the opposite direction, but that was not the direction He wanted Jonah to go!  Instead of heading to Ninevah, the man turned and went away from it - a direct opposite of the wishes of God Himself.

God calls all of us to "come back" to Him every day. 

 However, because of our inability to follow divine directions (it's called sin), we do not return as we should.

We have the perfect vehicle (however short term it is) to do this.  It's called "Lent."  Lent is a 40-day period for contemplation of the Passion of our Lord that led Him to save us upon the cross.  In past years, during Lent, people have refrained from certain things ("stuff" that we enjoy), but they are things that are not needful or necessarily helpful in our lives.  So, the true sacrifice of such a discipline isn't as inspiring or strengthening as it should be.  Often times we give up the "perks" of our lives-things that, for us, feel hard to give up but really aren't that difficult.  We often times take up new things in our lives:  prayer, reading, Bible study; we might take up a new regiment of exercise, or a change in dietary intake, etc.  The question remains:  does that truly help us "return to God"?

Place yourselves into the hands of God every day.  Pray morning, noon, suppertime, and at night.  Disciplines such as diets and exercise are good, but only if they can somehow help you better focus on God.  Fasting in the ancient days' primary purpose was to help one develop a frame of heart and mind that made you more receptive to God.  (It wasn't a discipline so that you can fit into that Easter outfit that you wore last year!)  So, with that in mind, what might help you along the way of Lent?

There are special services during Wednesdays of the season:  this Ash Wednesday (February 13), there is "Ashes-To-Go" at Panera Bread (on Peoples' Street in Johnson City) at 6;30 a,m., and then a brief service of Ashes and Communion at 12 noon in the nave of the church.  At 6:30 p.m., there will be a full [i]service of Holy Communion and the imposition of Ashes in the nave as well.  Let this set the stage for a newness in your life as you move forward in the Lenten season, finding ways in your own lives to become closer to God.

May His peace that so often passes us by, keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  Remember...
God loves you and so do we!

Pastor Jim
Transfiguration Of Jesus

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Please Pray for Members:
Dale & Joni Cannon, upon the death of his mother, Doris; Pat Keffer (Holston Valley Hospital, hopes to go home Sunday);  Irene Ackley (surgery on Feb. 22); Carl & Brenda Snyder; Chuck Hudson (home now); James McAllister;  Kathleen Lowry (home now); Jon Koeppen; Jim & Dorla Brunke; David Hamilos;  Lori Markstrom; Penny Van Hooser; Willie Weems; Otto & Prudy Zinser; Wendi Garrison;  everyone with the flu or other upper respiratory ailments

Family Members and Friends:   
Bob Fetterolf;  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

The Transfiguration  

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John  with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them.  His clothes became dazzling white,  whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.  And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi,  it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters-one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah."  (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud:  "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!" 
Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone  what they had seen until the Son of Man  had risen from the dead.

Mark 9:2-9


Famlies   Ralph & Pat Keffer; Christa Dison.

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Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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