Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
I grew up in the construction business; specifically, the concrete business. It used to bewilder me when my dad said that "Concrete comes with a three-part guarantee: It's going to turn white, it's going to get hard, and it's going to crack!" Years later I would come to realize that my dad was covering his backside! When customers called and said, "My sidewalk has a crack in it", he could remind them about the guarantee.
Over the past summer months, a Long Range Planning Task Force gathered with the purpose of imagining what Our Savior's Lutheran Church would look like on Rally Sunday, 2017. That's five years from now! And while nobody in this world has a crystal ball to tell us such things, the Task Force was comprised of eleven people who knew this church well, loved this church deeply, and were willing to prayerfully consider our purpose. The result of our work is now available in a document entitled "On the Road to 2017". It is being released today, after having been discussed by the Board in September. You'll be able to find it at www.oslcstillwater.org by clicking on "About Us" and then choosing "Our Long Range Plan" (or click here
). It is the Board's wish and my desire that we can set aside two Open Forums in January to talk about this document.
Allow me to give you a heads-up as to what the document SAYS and what it DOES NOT SAY. It has no guarantees, no certainties, and no ultimatum proposals. What it does say is that WE BELIEVE that Our Savior's Lutheran Church will grow in size, grow in depth, and grow in faith and in wisdom. Oh, it also says that we're not sure a new sanctuary will be built, and that we'd like a driveway to Myrtle Street, and maybe a small fellowship hall and some additional classrooms. But in the end, it is up to the members of this church to make these - and other - important decisions.
What I know for sure is this: I am both pleased and proud to share this journey with you. God knows the plans he has for us; we have been called and gathered to ensure their reality.
See you in Church!
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Wednesday, October 3rd - The Story...People of Faith
"Called by the Burning Bush" by Dawn Alitz, Diaconal Minister
Text: Exodus 3:1-15
5:00 pm Community dinner (suggested donation $3/person)
Menu: taco night, salad, cottage cheese, fruit, dessert
5:30-6 pm Worship together in the Community Life Center
6-6:30 pm Faith Formation for ALL ages
Sunday, October 7th - Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
"Success Starts Here" by Pastor Steve Molin
Text: Genesis 2:18-24
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)
Family FaithMarker: "The Lord's Prayer" for 5 yrs / Kindergarten
Childcare available at all services.
We will join together at church for a movie night with our favorite vegetables. That's right, we will be learning about incredible vegetables and how to handle fear as we watch The League of Incredible Vegetables. We will have popcorn and lemonade. Footie pajamas, stuffed animals, and blankets are all welcome. The fun begins at 6 PM and we hope to see you there! If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact Kayla (email@example.com).
New Choir Director
We are pleased to announce that Michael Bloem has accepted the position of Choir Director at Our Savior's. Michael and Leah are both St. Olaf graduates, where they sang in the choir, and both are also school music teachers. Together with their one-year-old son, Thomas, the Bloems worship at Our Savior's. Michael will begin his work among us on October 1st. If you see him, please welcome him to this position!
Community Night at the Movies on October 12th
Movie & Fellowship Night on October 13thAll adults (single, married, parents and non-parents) are invited to view "Courageous". The movie tells the story about four policemen who face danger on the job each day but find that at the end of the day, being a father was more of a challenge. We will be meeting in the homes of our small group members. To help plan for numbers, please RSVP to Luke and Barb Schlosser at 651-439-8432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PEP Cruises the St. Croix on October 15th
The PEP group will be taking a luncheon cruise on the St. Croix aboard the Andiamo on Monday, October 15th, from 11 AM until 1 PM. The cost is $20 per person. We will meet at church at 10 AM to drive downtown. Boarding begins at 10:30. There is a sign up sheet in the gathering area and payment can be made to OSLC (att: PEP Andiamo trip) Please join us.
Celebrate Reformation Sunday as Luther would have! Sing Martin's greatest hit, "A Mighty Fortress" as you raise your stein in celebration. Join in other hymns of our Lutheran heritage! On the evening of Reformation Sunday (October 28) at 6:30 PM, we have reserved the reception room at Gastaus Bavarian Hunter restaurant for an old fashioned German Oktoberfest Dinner. A buffet dinner with seven different menu selections will be served. The cost is $22 per person, tax and gratuity included. Soda, coffee and beer will be available at additional expense. A maximum number of 100 guests will be accommodated. Reservation forms and envelopes are set on the Welcome Center Desk. The OSLC Childcare Center will be open, staff by adults. Proceeds from this child care will be used as a fundraiser by Club 56. Danke schon!
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Stillwater Cares for Kids needs YOU!Be a caring adult in the life of a Lily Lake Elementary child who needs a little extra help in school. Tutoring takes place on Wed. mornings from 9-11 am beginning Nov. 7. Training provided on Oct. 24 at 9:00 am. For more information, contact Martha Kline (email@example.com) or Pastor Linda.
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.
A Day for Making Comfort on October 13th
Join women from all around St. Paul and spend the day in service and fellowship completing as much "warmth" as is possible to make in one day. Completed comforters go to individuals and families both locally and internationally. There are jobs for all skill levels. Come to Our Savior's any time between 9 am - 3 pm for as long as you can stay. Bring a sandwich for lunch. Beverages and snacks will be provided.
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CLUB 56's Pumpkin Fun and More on October 14th
We will gather at church to carve/decorate pumpkins, have pizza and treats, and watch a Halloween movie. The fun will begin at 11:30ish in the gathering area and should wrap up about 3 pm. The cost is $6. Please RSVP to Kayla (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 11th so we can have enough pumpkins for all to enjoy. If you have any questions or concerns, also contact Kayla.
Calling all Elementary Parents! We just wanted to let you know that the Bible Challenge is in full swing. Please encourage your children to remember their Bibles each week. We have also started the Memory Verse Challenge. Grades 1st through 4th received their packets last Sunday and Wednesday. If you need one or have questions, contact Kayla. Finally, Sunday's Faith Formation classes are collecting money for Malaria Nets through the Lutheran Malaria Initiative. This is where the offering money is going this year. One net costs $10. So far we have 2 nets and are looking forward to seeing where we can go! Again, if you have any questions, please contact Kayla (email@example.com).
Upcoming Family FaithMarkers October 7 - "The Lord's Prayer" for 5 yr olds/Kindergarteners
October 22 - "The Bible" for 3rd graders
Watch the mail for your invitation. Complete FaithMarker schedule on our website under Ministries/Children Youth and Family/Family FaithMarkers.
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Sr. High Valley Scare and Lock-In on October 26th!
We will be meeting at the church at 6p to start a crazy night of thrills and chills. We will be heading out to Valleyfair then coming back to the church for the rest of the night. The cost is $30 (for Valleyfair) and scholarships are available. Sign up on the youth board or with Chad asap!
|Highway Clean Up on October 6th
Please join us as we spiff up our stretch of Stonebridge Trail on Saturday, October 6 at 9:00 am, for about an hour. Meet at Otto Berg Park.
Thrivent Financial - County Board Member
Thrivent Financial is looking for volunteers to serve on the Washington County Chapter Board. The board's mission to educate and facilitate Thrivent's fraternal relationship with the community. There will be a recruiting event on October 23rd. Please contact Lisa Thiets 430-2357.
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!
Provide meals for a family in need!
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