Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

May 10, 2019

This Sunday 
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Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, Tennessee, will offer two communion services. 

Confirmation Service 10:15 AM

Reception 11:15 AM

A nursery is provided.  

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Saturday, May 11, 2019
 
Loaves And Fishes - Main Street Church
Confirmand & Sponsor Rehearsal 10:00 AM 
 
Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sunday School 9:00 AM
Confirmation/Mother's Day Service 10:15 AM
WELCA Tea For Confirmands 11:15 AM 
 
Monday, May 13, 2019

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Cover Girls 10:00 AM
Council Meeting 6:30 PM 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Friends In Grief 10:00 AM
Prayer Shawl 10:00 AM
Bible Study 6:30 PM
W&M Meeting 7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Underground Huddle 6:00 PM
Heartsong Band 6:30 PM
Choir Practice 7:00 PM 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Walk and Talk 11:00 AM
Yoga 6:30 PM 

Friday, May 17, 2019

Chair Yoga 10:00 AM

"No More."
"They shall hunger no more, and thirst no more..." (Revelation 7:16)

Mr. Riley Howell was laid to rest last week. Kendrick Castillo is laid to rest this week. They both were the brave young men who authorities credit for being heroes in the recent shootings in Charlotte, North Carolina and Highland Ranch, Colorado. It is a sad day for us all as these shootings keep rolling in.

It must be terribly sad for their families, friends, and high school/college community where they attended school.

But for Riley and Kendrick - believe it or not - both celebrate life in a way we cannot fathom.

For them, there is no more pain; no more sorrow; no more hunger; no more thirst. No more need to forgive or be forgiven; God holds both in His arms - comfort and peace is all they now know.

I think it must be hard for loved ones to grasp this at first. Initially, for many people in these kinds of situations, it must be nearly impossible to find any solace in much of anything. To some degree, one must simply grieve and nothing else. We are taught that everyone grieves in their own way. We should, in our attempts to console, allow room for healing and grief.

But eventually - I am convinced - people of faith will come to terms with what we believe happens after death. I am convinced that our understanding of peace that comes (via heaven) does help us put the pieces of our lives back together again, even though some of those pieces are gone from us for a time. (We will be reacquainted!)

In the meantime, let us try to console those who seek consolation; let us offer comfort where those who need it are ready for it. And let us trust the Holy Spirit to guide those in grief through this sometimes long and sometimes short journey to a kind of peace here on earth. It won't be like that of Revelation 7:16, but it will be enough, thanks to a loving God who comforts us in His own way.

Last Sunday, we offered special prayers for Frank Lau (February), Kathleen Lowry (April), and John Willis (May), who were members at OSLC and who passed away. At our Healing Service at 3 p.m., we gave them a special send off in prayer and commendation as we would during a funeral service. We are grateful for each one of them, knowing that they know full well the comfort and peace of which we have spoken in this little note. Peace to their families.

And, in all your personal thoughts, prayers, and meditations, recall-as God did for Frank, Kathleen, and John: God loves you and so do we!

Pastor Jim

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Special notice: This Sunday, May 12, 2019 - there is one service of Holy Communion (which includes the service of Affirmation of Baptism) at 10:15 a.m. We celebrate of confirmation class of 2019 at this service which is followed by a reception in their honor in the fellowship hall. Sunday School meets at 9 a.m. this Sunday. God bless Ella, Tate, Bailey, and Cameron!

Jesus The Good Shepherd


The OSLC Prayer List
Praying Hands

Special Prayers -
Ella Estep, Tate Myers, Bailey Patrick, and Cameron Wilcox - who will Affirm their Baptisms (Rite of Confirmation) this Sunday, May 12, at one service set at 10:15 a.m.


Please Pray for Members:
Ken Diehl (JCMCH); Brian Patteson (hip surgery May 16); Jason Patrick; Barbara Hovey, recover from knee surgery; Berla Smith; David Grazier; Kay & Chuck Scheurer; Carl Snyder; Annabelle Mason; Barbara Diehl; Ken & Phyliss Farst; John Paul Neas; Frank Cunningham; Debbie Garrison; Larry & Janet Ecklund; Barbara Gish; Jean Loveday; Irene Ackley; Charles Hudson; Kasey Sorenson; Pat Keffer; Mary King; Penny Van Hooser; Wendi Garrison.


Family Members and Friends:   
Mary Lou Hawk; Vernon Crawford; David Kirkland; Jeff Cornelius; Betty Essmann, Becky Hamilos' mother; Alice Sulkowski; Beth Neas; Craig Roberts; Todd Parker, cancer; Ada Bareika, Jackie Stamm's mother, Neil Bass, Paul's brother; Dustin, Marnie, and Mallory Rose Peeks; Nancy Wilde, friend of Julia Luabach; Andrew Reagan; Doug Buda; Scott Anderson, Rose Klix's son; Ryan Nesseth; Rev. Giles Van Wormer;; Chedel Beck; Marlene Eisen

Military Service Members: 
Chance Johnson (Army); Nick Harris (Air Force)
 
Friends And Family: 
Lester E. McKinney, Airman 1st Class;   Andrew Acuna (Army), husband of Kandess Acuna and son-in-law of Shirley Boyle; Cade Hall (Navy) grandson of the Beckelhimers; Nick Hodge (Air Force) friend of the Flints; Chase Estep (Marines) brother of Clint Estep; David Guck (Marines) friend of Pat Wolf; Lester E. McKinney; Michael Hudson, Coast Guard, son of Chuck & Carol Hudson
Gospel Of The Week

Further Conflict Over Jesus' Claims

22 Then came the Festival of Dedication[a] at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon's Colonnade.  24 The Jews  who were there gathered around him, saying, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly." 
25 Jesus answered, "I did tell you,  but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father's name testify about me,   26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.   27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them,  and they follow me.   28 I give them eternal life,  and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.  29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[b]; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand.  30 I and the Father are one."

John 10:22-30

 
 



Famlies   Shane, Sharon, Aiden, & Emma Barger; David and Betty Chalkley.


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