Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
Have you ever been perplexed, as I have, by the terms "disciple" and "apostle"? Do they mean the same thing? I realize that you probably don't stay awake at night worrying about this, when there are so many other pressing issues to worry about (the Vikings' winning streak, the decline of "The Macarena" at wedding receptions, Starbucks or Dunn Brothers?, etc). But aren't you at least curious?
- To be a disciple means to be a follower; a student who is learning a way of living, a person who is dedicated to a belief system.
- To be an apostle means to be sent out. This would be a person who has been given a task, or a purpose, or a mission to be accomplished.
Can you be both? Can you be a disciple at the same time as you are an apostle? The 12 friends of Jesus certainly were. For three years they journeyed with Jesus, soaking up everything he said and did, and seeking to apply it to their lives. But Jesus also called them to reach out to others in mission...even as they were still learning the ropes of discipleship. Sometimes, he would even send them out for a day trip, and they would gather at night, with Jesus asking "So...how'd it go?" And the teaching would resume.
How about us? Do we see ourselves as disciples; learning a way of living, dedicated to following a person or a practice? Do we see ourselves as apostles; sent to help a neighbor or a stranger in need? Are we a servant or a leader? Are we both? Are we neither?
This Sunday I want to talk about what it means to be a servant-leader. In a world where people are one or the other, I believe Christians are called to be both. I hope you'll join us Rally Sunday! Our worship times return to fall routine (8:00, 9:15 & 10:30), and our children return to discipleship classes. What are you returning to?
See you in Church!
PS - Long live "The Chicken Dance" at wedding receptions!
|Worship & Music this Week|
Sunday, September 16th - Rally Sunday
"The Peter Principle" by Pastor Steve Molin
Text: Mark 8:27-38
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.
|Rally Sunday on September 16th
Parents may register their children, ages 2 years through 12th grade, for Sundays at 9:15 a.m. or Wednesday evenings. Register Now We return to three worship services at 8:00, 9:15, and 10:30 am.
Faith Formation classes begin on Sunday!
Roof for the Ages is about complete!
We thank God for cooperative weather, safety for the crew, and generous contributions from our Our Savior's family. The project encountered some unforeseen change orders, and the final number will be higher than anticipated. Your gifts continue to be welcome and necessary. Thank you.
A Note from Joshua RauIt is with great sadness that I must inform you that I will be leaving Our Saviors Lutheran, effective September 23. After much thought, and conversation with family and Pastor Steve, I have decided to take a position of Ambulance Director in Lamoure, ND. This is a move that will be beneficial for me and my family. I have come to know many of you and call you my family. I have been honored to direct wonderful groups here and I will dearly miss this congregation. ~ Joshua Rau
(As we prepare to bid farewell to Joshua Rau, the position of Choir Director in now open. Position descriptions are available by contacting Pastor Steve at email@example.com.)
Tie Dye Community Night coming September 21st!Come for a night full of color as we tie-dye! The dye and instructions will be provided. Just bring yourself and something that is 100% cotton to tie dye. Join us at 6 pm. We will be done by 8 pm. For more information, please contact Kayla Billings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Adult Faith Formation & Opportunities for Service|
|Hear the sermon and join the conversation!
Dawn Alitz, Diaconal Minister: "First Things First" Click here
Where are you at the table? Are you excited and do you feel connected to all that Jesus has to offer? Check out the conversation on The Talking Pew! Click here
Girl's Night Out on September 14th
Take an evening and enjoy time with girlfriends (and meet some new girlfriends). On this first of four Girl's Night Out, we will watch the movie Chocolat, a 2001 award winning movie about a woman and her daughter who open a chocolate shop in a small French village and shake up the rigid morality of that community. After the movie, we will share conversation about it. We will begin at 7:00 pm here in Our Savior's youth room. Mark your calendar, put on your most comfortable clothes and take a break!
We are reading Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. Join us at church for discussion! For discussion guide, click here
Book of the Month Club on September 17th at 1 pm or 7 pm
Cruise the St Croix River on October 7th
The Guatemala Task Force of the Saint Paul Area Synod will be hosting a fund raiser for the Lutheran Church in Guatemala. Tickets are $100 for one or $150 for two and can be purchased by contacting Becky Maier.
|Early Childhood/Children & Family Ministry News|
Faith Formation classes start September 16th!
If your children will be taking part in faith formation classes this fall, please Sign Up Now!
Teachers & Leaders for Preschool / Elementary Classes
The Faith Formation team still needs leaders for our fantastic fall programming. Do you have a heart for children, organization, or any other gift that God is calling you to share? Teacher Training is scheduled for September 11 at 7 pm. To volunteer or for additional information, contact Dawn Alitz at 651-439-5704 ext. 23 or email@example.com.
FaithMarker for 2 yr old children on September 16th All families of two-year-old children are invited to attend the Family FaithMarker held during the regular Sunday morning education time at 9:15 am. We will begin our time together in the classroom and end in worship for a FaithMarker Blessing at the end of the service.
Hey CLUB 56er's! On Sunday, Sept. 23rd, we will be gathering at Doug and Susan Smith's house for an afternoon full of fun and catching up. There will be rides to the Smith's following the 9:15 service and continuing through the 10:30 service. Participate in a fun scavenger hunt, have lunch, catch up on summer, and more depending on weather. The fun ends at 4 pm and we ask parents pick up your child at the house. Please RSVP to Kayla no later than Sept. 20 at Kayla@oslcstillwater.org or 651-439-5704, ext. 33. See you soon!
Openings available in our Families First classes! LADC believes very strongly that the parent is the first and most important teacher! "Our Families First" is a weekly child/parent program that gives parents the opportunity to enjoy classroom activities with their child, in addition to meeting with a Parent Facilitator for a parenting class. During the parent meeting, teachers provide class time with the children, in a schedule similar to ECFE (early-childhood family education). Discussion subjects cover a variety of topics, including faith formation in the home, behavior management, parenting styles and more! Contact Dawn Alitz for more information.
Upcoming Family FaithMarkers September 16 - "God's Story in My Life" for 2 yr olds
September 23 - "My Church Family" for 3 yr olds
September 30 - "Prayer" for 4 yr olds
Watch the mail for your invitation. Complete FaithMarker schedule on our website under Ministries/Children Youth and Family/Family FaithMarkers.
|Youth & Family Ministry News|
MEA Getaway is coming soon!
On October 18-21, 2012, Jr. and Sr. High Youth will head to Camp Castaway for a crazy fun weekend! There are only 20 spots available for the weekend so make sure to sign up on the youth board or with Chad if you want to go! Information is provided outside the youth room about the weekend.
Faith Formation classes start September 16th!
If your youth will be taking part in faith formation classes, confirmation, or youth groups this fall, please Sign Up Now!
|Would you like to be part of our e-mail prayer chain?
We are looking for a few people to assist our Wednesday Meal Coordinator with cooking and serving our Wednesday Meals from 4:30-6:00 pm. For more information, contact Dawn at 651-439-5704, ext 23 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of this prayer chain receive requests for prayers and commit to respond to them promptly and confidentially. To be included in this group, send an email to email@example.com.
Provide meals for a family in need!
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 on our website www.oslcstillwater.org (under Serving Others/Volunteer Opportunities) or go directly to Meal Train Click Here. Thank you!
Looking for clean soup and vegetable cans
The 14.6 oz size is best. Will be used for a Sunday School project so appreciate no sharp edges. A donation box will be outside of Kayla's office in the narthex.
Wednesday Meal Assistants
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