Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Investing in Our Future  
(Part 1 of a Multi-part Series)
Ecumen Update
On Sunday September 23rd, the board hosted an informational meeting for the congregation to share a proposal for wise expenditure of $300,000 due soon from Ecumen for the sale of some of Our Savior's property earlier this summer. Treasurer, Joel Frost, presented a proposal outlining a potential breakdown that covered:  
  1. Mission and Outreach ("first fruits" - $30,000)
  2. Facility Upgrades (furnace replacement, security, lighting, other deferred maintenance costs - $75,000)
  3. Mortgage reduction ($75,000)
  4. Reserves/Unallocated future investments ($120,000). 
A very good discussion ensued among the approximately 50 in attendance with many sharing very thoughtful perspectives on the pragmatic needs for the church as well as dreams that this money might be able to do for our church's new future. Despite a few members communicating the importance of allocating much of the money toward mortgage reduction, a much larger number of members seemed to be in favor of reducing the amount dedicated to mortgage reduction and increasing the amount going into reserves for future investments. Most were in favor of the presented proposal for Mission and Outreach and facility upgrade funds (New 95% efficient furnaces are in our future!).   
If you would like a copy of the notes taken at the meeting, please contact Ray Valley or Joel Frost and we will forward you a scanned copy. We are awaiting last minute plat approvals by the City and County, but the funds from Ecumen should be hitting our bank account soon. We are not going to rush to spend these funds, so if you have additional feedback for the board, please contact Joel or myself.
I am continually amazed and inspired by our congregation. There is so much good happening now and for which to be thankful. The board looks forward to sharing much more good news in the coming weeks.
In Christ,
Ray Valley 
Board President

This Week at Worship
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
5:00 pm Dinner
Menu: Pizza, Salad & Dessert 
5:30 pm Worship in the CLC
(No Faith Formation, Youth Group, or Confirmation)
 Sunday, October 21, 2018 
Message: Christine Wenzel, Interim Pastor    
8:00 am Worship in the Sanctuary      
 Special Music: Kingdom Choir 
9:15 am Faith Formation
Adult Forum  
(No "Time for Parents" this week) 
10:30 am Worship in the CLC
11:45 am Jr. High Evolve Youth Group
1:00 pm Youth Bells
4:30 pm Sr. High Activate Youth Group 
  7:30 pm AA 
Volunteers always needed to welcome worshipers,
read lessons, usher or serve communion.

Adult Forum -- October 21         
Join us at 9:15 am on Sunday, October 21 in the sanctuary
for a "Mission, Vision, Values discussion - next step for
calling a new pastor."
The Transition Team, Board and Staff recently completed an all-day work session to consider feedback from members and identify Mission, Vision and Values statements for OSLC. We'll present the draft statements during adult education hour. Please join us on Sunday if you can. For those who cannot make it, we'll leave hard copies of the presentation in the Transition Room across the hall from the church office and post the draft statements on the Transition page of the OSLC website next week. Questions? Send an email to the transition team.  
Children, Youth & Family Ministry

Mom's Night Out       
Hey Moms! We will be meeting for Mom's Night Out on Thursday,
October 18
from 6:30-8:00 pm at Darla Goble's house. Please contact Darla to get her address. Please bring an appetizer or something to share. Weather permitting we will have a bonfire. Please bring a lawn chair and dress for the weather.      
Harvest Festival      
Join us for the Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 28 from 5:00-7:00 pm.
Come and enjoy carnival games, chili cook-off, bingo, pumpkin carving (bring your own pumpkin & tools); judging will take place at 6:15 pm, costume parade (all ages!), free food and cake walk! This is an event for ALL ages. Feel free to invite your friends! 
Yes! I can help with the Harvest Festival on October 28th!   
  • Set up in CLC - Carnival games
    11:30 am-12:30 pm on October 28
  • Clean up crew for CLC - 7:00-8:00 pm
  • Clean up crew for kitchen - 7:00-8:00 pm
  • Clean up Crew for Chili Cook-off - 7:00-8:00 pm
  • Bake cupcakes for cake walk (Need a variety of cupcakes including Gluten Free) - Drop off on 10/27 or before 3:00 pm on 10/28. Please mark your name and if cupcakes are gluten free on your cupcakes.
  • Candy donations (no hard candy) or prizes
  • Food stand helpers - make hotdogs, lemonade, cider, popcorn - 3:00-7:00 pm
Please contact Darla Goble if you can assist in any of these areas. Thank you!   
Graduate Connection Care Packages      
Cookies are needs for our first care packages going to our 2018 high school graduates on Oct 24. If you can make cookies for these care packages, please let Becky Maier or Nancy Fjestad know. Thank you! 
Women's East Central Cluster Meeting     
Thursday, October 25, is the date for the Women's East Central Cluster meeting. It will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 609 S. 5th Street in Stillwater, with registration ($5) and dessert at 6:30 pm and the program at 7:00 pm.  
Andree Aronson, the development director of Youth Service Bureau, will speak about "Homeless Teens in the St. Croix Valley." She will lead us in a discussion about:
  1. Raising awareness of this increasing problem
  2. Discussing what services are available
  3. Identifying needs yet to be addressed. 
The monetary offering will go to the Youth Service Bureau and to the synodical women's organization. Material items are travel size personal care items, snack size bags of chips, dried fruit, cookies, crackers, nuts/trail mix, socks, $5 gift cards to McDonalds or Taco Bell, and $5-$10 gas gift cards to Holiday or Super America. Bring a friend and learn about how we can help address this concern!
Support a Mlafu Student! 
We are now recruiting scholarship sponsors for the 2019 school year in Tanzania. A full scholarship is $450 and a half-scholarship is $225. If you are interested in joining this important ministry, please contact Sue Hedlund or 651-303-8322 for more information. Verbal commitments are needed by October 29.
Inspirational Yoga    
Join us Saturday mornings from 9:00 - 10:00 am in the gathering area for Inspirational Yoga. All ages, all levels; beginners welcome! The cost is $72.00 for each 8 week session. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Questions? Contact Summer Seidenkranz, or 651-331-9940.
Book of the Month Club    
The Book of the Month Club will meet on Monday, October 29th at 1:00 pm to discuss Radium Girls by Kate Moore.  Hope to see you there!
OSLC Celebration Sunday Dinner!     
Date: November 11, 2018                                      Think Generously
Place: OSLC Community Life Center                        Practice Generosity
Time: 5:30 pm                                                      Live Courageously
Who: All members and friends of OSLC
What: Dinner, Entertainment, and Special Guest Speaker
Why: Because you belong to God, and we are grateful for you! Our role as God's stewards is one of many dimensions - grateful, responsible, self-sacrificing, willing, sharing, proportionate, committed, regular, genuine, and challenged. By generously giving of ourselves, we discover joy in Christ. 
Please let the church office know your household name and number attending if you can join us!
Women's Advent Teas    
It's hard to think about Advent yet, but women's ministry is looking for women willing to open their homes or be a leader for our Advent Teas that will be happening the first week of December. If you would be able to do either of these, please let Marlene Lentz or Becky Maier know.  
Valley Outreach Undie Campaign!     
Last year, OSLC collected 1,365 pieces of undies; as of Wednesday, October 10 th , the undies count was 900. In 2017, Valley Outreach received more
than 6,800 undies/socks. This year they anticipate they will give out 15,000 undies/socks. Your donations of new, in-the-package socks and underwear will help Valley Outreach attain their goal.
Last day to donate is Wednesday, October 17 (new date). We are vying to keep our "undies" trophy for the 3rd straight year. Help us to finish strong serving those in need in our community!
Meals from the Heart Event! 
You're invited to OSLC's fourth annual meal packing event on Saturday,
November 3, from 4 - 6 pm. The Evangelism and Mission & Outreach Committees are partnering with Meals from the Heart to pack meals to feed struggling families in Minnesota and Eastern Wisconsin. Thanks to subsidies from the OSLC Mission & Outreach Committee, the fee is reduced to $10  per person, which covers food supply and packing material costs. We are looking for 80 volunteers this year. Children are welcome to participate. Any kids under age 11 must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up and drop your payment in the Drop Box at the Welcome Desk by Sunday, October 28.  
Final Affairs Conference    
Lakeview Hospital (Homecare & Hospice) will be presenting a free Final Affairs Conference for the Stillwater area on Friday, November 2, from
8:30 am-3:00 pm at Our Savior's Lutheran Church
for community residents and their families. The conference is designed to provide information and resources that seniors, caregivers and adult children need to face. Attendees will obtain knowledge, communication techniques, helpful materials and local contacts to proactively coordinate life's final affairs. Space is limited! Register now by calling 651-430-5826.
Ministry Opportunities
Request for Prayers and Support
Everyday joys and sorrows...Once in a lifetime joys and sorrows. Your brothers and sisters at Our Savior's want to support you. Email or call Pastor Christine Wenzel or Parish Nurse, Stacy Meyer, with any of your needs.
Board Updates

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Giving Opportunities

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