July 2, 2019 
  Our Savior Lutheran Ministries
Ministry Messenger
July Edition

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

Pastor Kevin's Letter
One of the verses that has been on my mind a lot lately are these words of Paul from Philippians 1:
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
I've been drawn to these words as I know that I and we as God's people at Our Savior have so much to be thankful for.
I give thanks to God for:
  • A great first year at Our Savior.
  • A group of people that God has gathered at Our Savior that love God, desire to grow in Him, and love to share this place with other people.
  • The incredible leaders that have a passion for making sure the ministry of this place continues to move forward. I especially give thanks for Diane Schildbach and John Phillips who are coming off the Lay Governing Board after many years of faithful service. I'm also thankful for our incoming directors Mark Klins, Katrina Owens, and Chris Korsak for answering God's call to faithfully serve.
  • The godly men who are our elders who provide spiritual leadership for our congregation and meet monthly as a group and weekly with me to cover this place with prayer.
  • All of the many people that made VBS possible. What an incredible opportunity to shares the message of the Gospel with 170 kids.
  • Incredible Sunday School and Bible Study leaders for kids and adults, men and women. People who have a passion for making God's Word come alive and take root in the lives of others.
  • The many volunteers of this place. WOW! We couldn't do it without you. From music to sound, school to preschool, facilities to the office, so many people give tirelessly of themselves to make this place go.
  • An incredible staff that is a phenomenal team to work with. God has blessed Our Savior with so many talented people who have a heart for this place and are here because this is where they want to be and believe strongly in what we are trying to do.
This list is by no means complete, but is a snapshot of the many and various people that I pray and give thanks to God for on a continual basis.
As I reflect on our life together and these words of Paul, I am brought back to the importance of gratitude in our lives. It is so easy to get to the point that what we have is normal or ordinary, mundane even expected. And yet the reality that we get to see as Christians is that the people around us and the blessings around us are not there by accident. Each is the work of God. Each is the living embodiment of God's grace. And so my encouragement to myself and you this summer is to take a moment to stop and give thanks to God for the things that are obvious and not so obvious. I leave you with the great words of Paul from Colossians 2:6-7:
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
May our lives be lives that are abounding, overflowing with thankfulness.
Summer Sunday School and Bible Study

Children ages 3 through 5th grade are going on a Wild Adventure this summer at Sunday School. Remaining dates are July 14, July 21,  July 28, and August 4. We will be in Room 14.
Middle School and High School students meet with Sara and Mr. Gong in the youth room to learn about other religions and Christian denominations.
Adult Bible study meets with Kayla Marchini teaching a class on     .
LWML Retreat
Save the date - August 23- 25, 2019 - for the LWML CNH Retreat!
It will be held at the Episcopal Conference Center in  Oakhurst, CA,
    off Highway 41, toward the south entrance to Yosemite. 
  Featured speaker: Jane Hoffmann, on Gleanings from the book of Ruth. 
Musician is Harpist Linda Dunn. 
We will do a servant event with Lutheran Braille workers. 
This might be the best way,
            to get refreshed to follow the Lord in the fall.
OSLM Office has registration forms
Plan to register by July 8 to save money. 
Call for info:   Susan Contreras 925-462-3753
Altar Guild
One function of Altar Guild is to prepare communion for worship.  This is a very special activity in the church, and it is vital that we have more help. 
It is not a difficult job and you will be blessed by participating.
About once every 5 weeks (or longer with more helpers), you would  set up Communion on a Saturday and clean up on Sunday .  That's probably less than 1 hour each day.  
To help with your decision,   I can show you  what the work entails .   Scheduling is based on dates you have available.   Prayerfully consider this opportunity and ca ll Susan Contreras with questions. 925-462-3753
Where does your money go?
LWML Mites were collected Sunday, June 30. Bring your coins to support Grant # 11 - Worker Wellness for Chaplain families, a LCMS ministry to the Armed Forces - for $3000. This will help Chaplain wives to attend the Wellness Retreat with their husbands. 
Mite boxes are available in the back of church and the next collection date is September 29.
Quilting continues in July, each Wednesday from 1-5 pm,
in Room 19.
Fall LWML Rally coming September 7. Save the date!

Lay Governing Board
  Click here to read Minutes from the May Lay Governing Board Meeting. Click the following links to read the attachments to the Minutes.

Contact Kim Brandt, Lay Governing Board Secretary, a kimberlybrandt1@sbcglobal.net with any questions.
CNH District Featured Prayer Request 
"Pray for Pastor David Chan and the people of Faith Lutheran Church, a new youthful Cantonese-speaking congregation in South San Francisco. Pray for health for Pastor Chan, and for boldness and responsive heart to the leading of God's mission for the people of Faith."
Campus Clean-Up Day
On Saturday, August 10th, church and school families are encouraged to participate in our annual clean-up day in preparation for the new school year.  
In order to plan appropriately and to increase participation, we will be asking folks to sign up.  We will have:
  • morning (9 am - 11:30 am), 
  • lunch (11:30 am - 12:30 pm) and 
  • afternoon sessions (12:30 pm - 3:00 pm).  
Pastries, fruit, refreshments and lunch will be served.  Specific tasks will be assigned based on need and your expertise/interest. 
You can work from part of a shift to the whole day.  Sign up for the times that work best for you.

Please sign up by phone, email or in person. 
447-1246 ext. 224
Any questions, contact Don Young (dyoung@oslm.net).  Thanks!
Box Tops Goes Digital
Box Tops for Education (BTFE) is going digital!  

Unexpired traditional clipped Box Tops are fine until they are no longer on packaging.  Then, no more cutting out anything or carrying the tops around until remembering to turn them in. 

To go digital, get a (BTFE) app in June that will allow the scanning to begin.  Getting the 10 cents per purchase will continue to add up and be money in the bank!
To earn credit for PTO, you will now scan your grocery receipts whenever you purchase a participating BTFE product and the cash will instantly be added to our account.  So easy!  Receipts can be from any store, but they must be scanned within 14 days of the purchase in order for the purchase to be eligible.
Again, please keep bringing in unexpired pink Box Tops whenever you have them and we'll get them submitted.  Thank you to everyone for your continued support of this easy fundraiser!
Brain Injury Support Group
Brain Injury Support Group meets Wednesday, July 24, 7:30 pm at 5725 West Las Positas, Stanford ValleyCare medical building.
This group meets regularly on the fourth Wednesday of each month. 
Caregivers and survivors are welcome.  
Call Jo Ann Swift 925-443-4366 for more information.
Upcoming Women's Bible Studies
Explaining All The Scary Stuff in Revelation
Beginning Friday, August 2, we're doing a 4-week study of the numbers and symbolism of Revelation using a Lutheran Hour video-based curriculum.  Please join us in the Conference Room from 9:30am - 11am as we ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten us through His Word.  The Bible study workbook will be available at the first class, or from Beth Young during Sunday fellowship.  
Cost: about $2, (copy cost tbd).
To Live Is Christ by Beth Moore
Looking ahead, on Sept. 20, we'll begin our 31-week study of Paul, his missionary journeys and his servant heart.  Join us in the Conference room each Friday morning (9:30-11am) for coffee, fellowship, prayer and study of His Word.  
Workbook cost is about $20.  Please sign-up with Beth Young ( bethanylyoung@gmail.com) to reserve your workbook.
Greeter  Coordinator
Wondering why you haven't been asked to greet?  Contact  Karen Poppe with a date you'd like to do it and you are in.

Thank you Georgette Huber for volunteering to start coordinating gree ters  part way  through August.  
For questions p lease contact kpoppe@oslm .net 
2018-19 Theme Verse
"You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you 
so that you migh t go  and bear fruit- fruit that will last-
and so that whatever you ask in My name the Father will give you."  
John 15:16