Sept. 30,  2019 
Our Savior Lutheran Ministries
Ministry Messenger
October Edition

Our Ministry Vision   
Rooted in Grace.  
Growing in Faith.  
Serving with Joy!

Message from OSLM Leadership
Launch Sunday and Labor Day are both behind us and our schools and other ministries are off to a great start. However, Our Savior Lutheran Ministries never runs on autopilot; instead, God gives us professional and lay servant-leaders; He blesses us with faithful professional staff who lead and serve us, and they pour their heart and soul into these ministries. Less obvious, perhaps, are the lay leaders. Who are these people, and how do they serve?

Navigate to "leadership" on OSLM's web pages and you will find portraits of our Board of Directors and our Board of Elders. Photos of these servants will help you recognize them in chapel, Bible studies, worship services, classrooms, or maybe even out around town. In addition, our Sunday Bulletin and Ministry Messenger often list our Directors and Elders and provide contact information. But what do these people do? They serve our congregation, schools, and other ministries in many ways. Directors manage, oversee, plan, and administer the operations of OSLM, including budgets, organizations, and strategies. In turn, Elders support, encourage, and nurture the spiritual life of OSLM, including efforts to build disciples, provide spiritual leadership, and assimilate newcomers into our ministry family.
Now that you know a little more about Directors and Elders and what they do, how can you ask questions or offer suggestions? Contact the Directors or Elders by email or phone, or in person, at the soon to be launched, "Bagels with Board Members" forum during fellowship time, after Sunday morning worship and before Bible class. We would love to have you help us serve Our Savior.
In His Service and yours,
Rev. Kevin  Austin Angela  Westphal Jesse Yow
Senior Pastor Chair, Board of Directors Chair, Board of Elders

Organizational Update
Recent changes to our Ministry Team:
  • Jill Santos rejoined our staff and is gradually reintegrating into her role responsible for overall communications and serving as Administrative Assistant to Pastor Kevin and Karen Schroeder.  Jill now resides in the same office with Carla Gomes. 
  • After serving as our Business Administrator for almost 7 years, Jane Phillips has decided to explore other opportunities and will be leaving as of Oct. 9th.  Among other contributions, Jane served us faithfully throughout our entire pastoral vacancy period as one of the constant threads helping keep our ministry running and we are extremely thankful for her years of service.  Transition of her responsibilities has begun.  Her current responsibilities will be shared by Carla, Don, and Diana Sehmsdorf.  We wish Jane all the best as she pursues the next chapter of her career.
  • Diana converted to a regular employee and continues as office receptionist and provides administrative support to Don and Sara Agee.  Jenn Burrus rounds out our Office Support Team, with primary responsibilities being school registration/admissions process and serving as Julie Knight's Administrative Assistant.  Our goal for and commitment from our office support team is to work as a unified ministry team, supporting and backing up each other in order to better serve our school and church members. 
We want to extend a big THANK YOU to Karen Poppe who filled in so willingly and admirably during Jill's absence and has taken on so many different roles over the past 6 months, helping out wherever needed.  Karen has enthusiastically stepped into her new role, primarily supporting the school as grade school librarian, resource aid, and general school support.  Karen will start her days in the office as attendance clerk and provide limited office coverage as needed. 

--Don Young, Executive Director
Trunk-or-Treat Coming Up!
Trunk or Treat is coming Friday, October 25th from 6:00 - 8:30pm. This is a fun and festive event for all our school families, church members and their guests. This year's carnival-styled activities includes a cake walk, photo booth, caricature artist, arts and crafts, music and trunk or treating.

Admission is just $5 per child. Those two and under and adults are free. A complete dinner is served between 6:00 - 7:30 pm for $10 through advance purchase benefiting 8th grade fundraising for travel to Washington D.C.

Candy donations for the children and hosted trunks are the foundation to a successful event and are appreciated. Candy can be dropped off at the back of the church, office or preschool.

Information regarding the event, trunk hosting and admissions/dinner can be found as an insert to upcoming Sunday service programs. Candy donations, trunk hosting and admissions/dinner responses by Oct. 17th is appreciated.     We look forward to seeing you there.

Collette Gray
Holiday Boutique, November 2
Holiday Boutique, November 2, 10am-3pm

On Saturday, November 2, we're hosting our annual Holiday Boutique.  This is a great place to shop for a hostess gift, stocking stuffer, special gifts for friends, and much more.   With so many clever handcrafted items from which to choose, you might be able to take care of your entire Christmas list!  Vendors include:  stained glass, specialty kitchen crafts, home d├ęcor, awesome jewelry, Terra skin care products and so much more.  

Fundraising will also be a part of this event.     Some very special jewelry creations produced by Bill Even will be raffled off to benefit the Endowment Fund.  Two special quilts produced by the OSLM quilting crew will also be raffled, plus a snack bar run by our school will offer breakfast and lunch items for purchase.  Proceeds from the quilt raffle and snack bar sales will go toward our 8th grade students' annual trip to Washington, DC.

Come on out and support this great event!
Preschool News
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" and calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, "Truly, I way to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.   (Matthew 18: 1-4)

Immaturity is not an endearing characteristic. However, in God's kingdom, child-likeness truly is! What a wonderful thought. It is a wonderful to be a part of the ministry that gets to learn daily from the children how to help up a friend when they fall and to dance at chapel with such enthusiasm. We had a fun month learning our colors and shapes and how God made our wonderful world. It is our prayer that you take time to worship Jesus like a child and truly enjoy singing for Him and listening to His word.         

-- Sara Hall, Preschool Director
Hope through Stephen Ministry
For those who have special needs, if you are experiencing sadness due to extreme illness, loneliness and depression, or loss of loved one. We have good news for you.    You are not alone. There is help close at hand. If you would like to find a caring person who can give you hope in your hour of need, Stephen Ministers are here to give you Christian Care, Hope and Christian Love.
Please please reach out to request help. Our Stephens Referral Coordinator is Jann Cheim. You may reach her at 925-642-7269.
We would like to help you. You will get the special help you desire. We hope that we can bring you happiness through our special Ministry.
May God grant you many blessings always.
--The Stephen Leadership Team
Sharing Your Faith

Board of Directors Meeting Information
Click here to read Minutes from the August Lay Governing Board Meeting. Click the following links to read the attachments to the Minutes.

Contact Kim Brandt, Lay Governing Board Secretary, a with any questions.
2019-2020 Ministry Leadership
Board of Directors: Elders:
Angela Westphal, Chair
Jesse Yow, Chair
Chris Korsak, Vice-Chair
Norm Back
Kim Brandt, Secretary
Randy Brandt
Linda Futral
Scott Futral
Mark Klins
Ken Gong
John Honig
Bob Greenwalt
Katrina Owens
Jim Moeller

Joe Ryno