Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

December 16,2016

This Sunday 
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Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, Tennessee, will offer Holy Communion Service 9:00 AM, Sunday School at 10:00 AM and Heartsong at 11:00 AM.
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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Light Dinner 6:00 AM
Advent Holden Prayer Service 6:45 AM
Traditional Worship 9:00 AM
Blood Pressure Clinic 10:00 AM
Congregational Meeting 10:00 AM
Sunday School 10:00 AM
Heartsong Worship 11:00 AM

Monday, December 19, 2016

Hannah Circle 1:00 AM
Cover Girls 10:00 AM

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Underground Huddle 6:00 PM
Heartsong Band 6:30 PM
Chancel Choir 7:00 PM

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Yoga 6:30 PM

Friday, December 23, 2016

Walk/Talk 10:00 AM

"...Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife..."  (Matthew 1:20)

The KJ version of the Bible says that there are 29 places where it says "do not be afraid."  The NA Bible includes the phrases "do not fear" 57 times and "do not be afraid" 46 times. Some argue that "fear not" and similar phrases are present in the bible 365 times. (with thanks for this info from

Three times we hear of this "don't be afraid" phraseology in the CHRISTmas story.  Once when Gabriel appears to Mary to tell her she is going to be pregnant (Luke 1:30); then another time when Joseph, in a dream about taking Mary as his wife is scared (Matthew 1:20); and thirdly, the scene of  the "terrified" shepherds in Luke 2:9.
It seems that everywhere God goes, terror and fear reigns.

The disciples were terrified at the Transfiguration experience (Luke 9:34) and the soldiers guarding Jesus' tomb at Easter were so terrified of the angel who appeared that they "fell down like dead men" (Matthew 28:4).  Matthew writes that before they passed out they all "shook with fear."  Wow!  Good, strong military-trained men trembling and fainting?  Must have been a sight to behold!

How can such a "fearful God" be projected as such "an approachable Christ" as we often say in our sermons and Sunday School lessons?  Where does all this fear come from?  Why are some of the best believers so afraid?

Well, for one thing, meeting God in this way isn't an everyday affair.  Yes, we can meet Christ on every road or direction we take each day-true-but I mean, in a Cecil B. DeMille/George Lucas kind of a way (spectacular): a biblical proportioned way filled with miracle and divinely inspired special effects!

It really doesn't seem to happen very much these days, but when it does, watch out.  And also think about this:  when these biblically miraculous things have happened, they aren't usually exposed to masses of people (with the exception of the feeding of the 4,000 and 5,000); most miracles, especially at the first CHRISTmas, were shown to only a handful of people (Mary, Joseph, a couple/handful of shepherds, and maybe [according to legend], the innkeeper's wife).  The wisemen, according to precise interpretation of scripture, don't show up CHRISTmas night but maybe days, months, even a possible year or two later (we don't really know how long Mary, Joseph, and Jesus remained in Bethlehem)-so-the three wise guys aren't even in the picture yet.

Christ is born, He is revealed to a handful of folks, the world turns on its axis, and humanity is set for a new dawn.

Think about this:   Maybe fear is more natural than phenomenon.  When we aren't sure, or, something seems surreal, we cannot comprehend it with our little brains and often that inability to decipher gets translated into fear and terror.  "I can't figure this out so it must be really bad!" we think in our hearts. With that observation, we tremble, shake, and faint dead away.  Faith has seemed to dessert us.  Jesus asks often in His three-year mission, "Where is your faith?"  Especially when His buddies are in a boat with Him somewhere and a storm approaches-they all literally lose it! (Faith, that is!)

All we can do is realize that we do lose faith sometimes; we crack up and lose control of the situation (and believe me, we do NOT like to lose control of anything in our lives).  That's when-with fear and trembling-we need to recall that God is with us, not away from us-that we are never alone.  Hold onto that in the midst of our fear, and God will guide us through that frightful time.

Sometimes, that is the only way to remember that...
God loves you and so do we!
Pastor Jim
Angel Appears To Joseph
Coming Up at OSLC   
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Parish Nurse "Ministries in Motion":
 Thursdays @ 6:30 pm, Yoga in Youth Room, please bring your own mat; Fridays @ 10 am, Walk/Talk with prayer, devotion, and "Chair Yoga."

This Saturday, December 17, from 1-3 p.m. the Outreach Ministry of OSLC will be handing out hot chocolate and coffee to those who stop by in the front of the church as they do their CHRISTmas shopping.  The Heartsong Band will be on the front steps of the church leading CHRISTmas carols!  Stop by and join us!

Please take note of our schedule for Holy Communion and Candlelight worships on CHRISTmas weekend:  "The Heart of CHRISTmas" family service is set for 4 p.m. while the tradition Communion and Candlelight worship is set for 7 p.m.  All are welcome!  CHRISTmas morning - at 11 a.m. we will offer a service of "Lessons, Carols, and Communion" with a blessing of the gifts and toys for the children.
BLESSINGS to all who will be traveling next week!           
The OSLC Prayer List
Praying Hands

Please Pray for:
Orville and Marilyn Proffitt, upon the death of his sister two weeks ago, Lee Rolman; Penny Van Hooser (currently hospitalized at JCMCH 6221); Carl and Brenda Snyder (Carl having knee surgery this coming Wednesday); Ann Smith; Barbara Gish; Pat Tomita; Julie Witham; Berla Smith; Bill Brooks; Mary King; Phoebe Sand; Dennis Hamm; Mary Ostermeyer (now at NHC on Bristol Hwy); Pat Keffer; Otto Zinser; David & Martha Herting; Janet Ecklund; John Stafford; Kay & Chuck Scheurer; John Paul Neas; Irene Ackley; Janice Knipp; Jennifer Stafford; Wendi Garrison; Lori Markstrom, Chuck Hudson

Family Members and Friends:   
Jeff Marshall, Tom & Susan's brother-heart surgery in Nashville this week; Bill Vicars, Selma's husband; Dr. James Robinson, friend of the Chalkleys; Eugene Ohler, Sylvia and Fred's daughter's father-in-law; Sue Ellen Page Johnson; Stephen Acuna, brother-in-law of Kandess Boyles Acuna; Evelyn Hinson, Pam Alexander's mother; Sara Riggins, friend of Jenny Everheart; Shirley Harris, mother of Jimmy Guinn; Beverly VanRiel; Shannon Arias; Joyce Sweeney; Justin Keffer, Debbie Garrison; Jeremy Downes;Doug Davidson;Gus Johnson; Steve Baline; Brad Whitson; Graham Hurter; Bill Reese; Roger Rundbaken; Albert Sunderwirth;Alice Sulkowski; Jason Rakel; Carey Outen; Sharon Neuhaus; Willis Bowers; Josh & Alice Nunn; Ann Carter; Bruce & Betsy Shine; Mark Mullinex; Linda Linden; Taylor Miller; Jim Ackley; Preston Burke; Robin Barnett; Eve Hargrave; Mark Singleton; Bob Fetterolf; Chris Toft; Marsha Millhorn; Jessica Mowell; Beth Neas; Karen Winter; Al Rudolph; Jim Simpson; Jim Aderhold; Richard Williams; Mable Randolph. 

Military Service Members: 
Chance Johnson (Army); Nick Harris (Air Force).
Friends And Family: 
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

 to Janice and Ben Garrison donating for the Chrismon tree in the narthex, and for everyone who helped decorate it on Saturday, December 3rd.

 to everyone who has made extra monetary gifts to OSLC to help our SE Synod Disaster Team being prepared to help the people of Gatlinburg and the surrounding area.  If you still want to donate, make checks out to OSLC but earmark them to (SESDT).  If you use an envelope and place cash in it, just write the letters "SESDT" on the outside of it.  Thank you very much!
Thought for the Month
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him." ~ Psalm 34:8

in the traditional service, given to the glory of God and in honor of their wedding anniversaries by Ken & Barbara                         Diehl and Pastor Jim and Mary Alice Nipper; in the Heartsong service, given to the glory of God by Shane and Sharon Barger

Tom, Jean, and Ken Loveday; Larry & Debbie Seifert
Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

Our Vision
We love God and neighbor, so that all people will be disciples.