Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
Labor Day began as an official holiday in the U.S. 130 years ago, as a way of recognizing the economic and social contributions of workers. It seems ironic to me that on a day called "labor day" we cease our labors! But I'll enjoy the holiday next Monday, as will you.
But do labors ever cease? People in our country are working well into their retirement years today; some because they want to, others because they have to. And in retirement, many find meaningful ways to use their gifts without being paid for it. I think President Jimmy Carter helped redefine retirement through the example of his tireless efforts with Habitat for Humanity. Pastor Keith Lentz would be another shining example, who - though he retired 13 years ago this month - continues to use his gifts among us, and will again this Sunday, by preaching at both worship services.
The concept of "doing nothing" after a life of work seems to be a myth. I love what Billy Graham once said regarding retirement: "I've studied the bible and I can't find one example of a prophet ever retiring!" It begs the question: Do we work to live, or do we live to work?
So, whatever you do to occupy your time these days - in an office, at a business, in the home, school or patrol car - whatever you do, do it well! And when the times come to rest, rest well.
See you in Church,
PS - I'm not taking vacation on Sunday! I'll be pleased to be preaching at Bay Lake Camp near Brainerd.
|Worship & Music this Week|
Sunday, September 2 - Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
"It's An Inside Job!" by Pastor Keith Lentz
Text: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
8:00 am Worship + Holy Communion
9:30 am Worship + Holy Communion
Special Music: Greg Schell (8:00 service)
Childcare available at all services.
|"Welcome Back Sunday" on September 9th
Registration continues for Faith Formation classes. Parents may register their children, ages 2 years through 12th grade, for Sundays at 9:15 am or Wednesday evenings. Classes start September 16th.
Summer worship times: 8:00 and 9:30 am
Mission and Ministry Fair: Energy! Excitement! Excellence! We grow spiritually as we find a place to serve.
All Congregation photo: Come to the CLC at 9:00 am and be in the photo for the cover of the new pictorial directory!
"Rally Sunday" on September 16th
We return to three worship services at 8:00, 9:15, and 10:30 am.
Faith Formation classes begin!
Register for Sunday School, Confirmation and Youth Groups!
Please register online at www.oslcstillwater.org. Register Now
Yoga Devotion Deadline is September 10thA new eight week session of yoga will begin Saturday, September 15 through November 3. Classes are held in the Children's Gathering area and begin at 9 am. We need at least 10 prepaid participants (we have 7 registered as of today). Cost is $55.00. Address payment to Our Savior's Lutheran Church and place in drop box by the Welcome Desk.
Rough Roof!The roof repair is well underway...and good thing, too! Wet rotting insulation was found beneath the rubber membrane, and that insulation had to be replaced. When our roof is complete, the risk of rotting, leaks, and mold will be eliminated...for the next 30 years! Haven't had a chance to give to the roof yet? Pledge cards are available at the Welcome Desk.
|Adult Faith Formation & Opportunities for Service|
|Hear the sermon and join the conversation!
Read the sermon from August 26th by Pastor Steve Molin. "Fork in the Road" Click here
Check out the conversation on The Talking Pew! Click here
Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University starts Sept. 13th
We all need a plan for our money. Dave's class will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more. Classes will run on Thursdays from Sept. 13 - Nov. 15 and will be offered at two times on those days, 1-2:30 pm and 6:30-8 pm. Cost is $89/household. To register, sign up at the Welcome Desk or call 651-439-5704 by September 1st to ensure that a membership kit is ready for your household. For more information, please contact Pastor Linda.
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Youth & Family Ministry News|
MEA Getaway is Only 2 Months Away!
On October 20th-23rd, 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.
September 9th is Confirmation Student Recognition Sunday!
To all of our 8th grade students entering into confirmation this fall, this is your day! We simply ask that you and your family be here for either the 8 am or 9:30 am service so we are able to recognize you as you enter into our confirmation program. Please let me know if you have any questions or need more information! See you then!
Painting the Youth Room!
As most of you may already know, we have started to give the youth room a bit of a facelift in preparation for this fall. Our next item on the list is to paint the room! If you would like to help paint, please tell Chad your availability to do so.
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!
Still Need Confirmation Small Group Leaders!
New to leading? Returning leader? We want you to use your gifts in our program! We will be meeting on September 6th at 7 pm in the Youth Room to prepare for the coming year. Questions? Please contact Chad by email at email@example.com or by cell phone at 425-281-8315.
|Looking for clean soup and vegetable cans
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.
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
Household items needed for refugee familiesLooking for gently-used household items for refugee families that are coming from Nepali refugee camps. Especially needed are kitchen furnishings, pots, pans, dishes, glasses, serving pieces as well as bedding items. For clothing, men's small with 28" waist, women's size 2 or 8, male child, size 12-14. For these or other donations, please contact Susan McCarthy at 651-439-2644 or Dawn Alitz at the church office.
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