Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

October 8,2016

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, October 9, 2016

Traditional Worship 9:00 AM
Sunday School 10:00 AM
Heartsong Service 11:00 AM

Monday, October 10, 2016

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Cover Girls 10:00 AM
Prayer Shawl 2:00 PM
Council Meeting 6:30 PM

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Grief Class 10:00 AM 
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Grief Class 10:00 AM
Yoga 6:30 PM

Friday, October 14, 2016

Walk/Talk 10:00 AM

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Youth Bowling 3:00 PM

What does it mean to "be well"?

"Then Jesus said to the one leper, 'Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well." (Luke 17:19)

When it's time for our annual check-up, and we pass all the tests, we think that we "are well."  When we test our stamina by running or walking a 5K race, and we complete the course, we have a sense that we "are alright!"  When we finish the final exam in our hardest subject in school, turn in the paper and feel good about all our study habits, we think, "I'm gonna be just fine."

In the Gospel story for this weekend, Jesus heals ten lepers, tells them to go show themselves to the priests (which was what Jewish law of the day required).  As they went toward the priest's quarters, they were completely healed.  One turned from his task and returned to Jesus to give Him thanks.  After remarking to whomever might be listening about the fact that there were ten who were healed, He said to the one grateful man - "your faith has made you well."

Thinking it through, the rebel Jesus is at it again.  He told the ten to go through the proper channels of purity, and so nine of them were doing exactly what Jesus commanded they do.  The only one who disobeyed the Lord's simple word was the one who gets the divine praise. But, what does it mean to "be well"?  How does faith fit into the prescription of healing from a deadly disease to complete wellness?

Jesus once said to His disciples: "If someone tells you to go one mile with him, go two." (Mt. 5:41) At another time, He said to His friends, "If someone asks you for something, give it to them and don't expect it back." (Lk 6:30)

The law exists to give us peace and order and a guide for daily life.  It helps protect the innocent and convict the guilty.  God gave us the law to follow, and, as Christians, it is the first thing we must do to live a good life.  But it is not just the law that gives life that is good.
Jesus always expected more.  No matter what we give, God loves us; no matter how hard we work at being good, Jesus' love never ends.  God's love is a given.  You cannot shake it.  You can ignore it or refuse it.  But as long as you have the least bit of sense in your head, you'll know your heart is held fast by God only because He loves you undeniably.

To say thanks is a big deal to Jesus.  It's not simply because the man came back to the Lord-but because he went beyond the norm-that Jesus considered his action as an extraordinary thing.  He turned back in faith, and remembered the origin of his healing, the center of his new life.  There is a great gift of wholeness in this act.  God loves us completely as we just said, but when we turn back to Him, we ourselves sense a greater wellness than we have ever known. 
Thus - "faith" does makes one well.  It helps fill in all the crevices of our heart, soul, and mind (where all those uncertainties about God, life, and humanity like to hang out).

It the reason we "go" to church on Sundays.  We don't go because it makes God happy (although I'm pretty sure He smiles when He sees us there); we go so God can be with us and we with Him.  We go as a way to let our faith grow as He wants it to.  It's there in the worship of God that we are "made well."  Please throw all the statistics we like to pitch around about our wonderful attendance out the window and realize the real reason pastors encourage "church going" is so that we might really understand what Jesus means when He says to the one healed gentleman:  "Your faith has made you well."

When we praise, share, or reach out - in essence - love God and neighbor as self, we seek the truth of wellness.  We experience this wellness every time we go outside of ourselves.  Oh, I suppose we feel good about ourselves every once in a while (and God allows us to that from time to time), but when we let faith take the lead we will know the wholeness of God and His love once again.

Don't just "go one, go two."  God is with us the whole way.  Open your heads and hearts to His grace and know that you have done well, good and faithful servant.  Then you and I can know of this "wellness" of which our Lord speaks!

Know this because it's true,
God loves you and so do we!

Pastor Jim
Update on Ashley Nipper:

Ashley completed the next-to-last pre-treatment for her reconstructive surgery this past week.  It creates a few days of "uncomfortableness" for her, so she has to rest a lot.  It was even more so difficult for her this past week because she did take a trip with us to the Knoxville Zoo to meet all the grandchildren last Wednesday; it really wore her down.  But, she is quite the trooper and she is on the mend again, only to experience her last treatment next week.  After this, she will have a respite from the treatments so that she can rest up for her November 8 hysterectomy and permanent reconstructive surgery at the same time. 

Taylor and Lennon are doing great! David continues to work hard but does have time to spend with Ashley and the children.  Our presence does create some alone time (particularly Sunday afternoons), which is good for them.

We are - as always - so grateful for your thoughts and prayers!  They mean so much to Mary Alice and me, as for our whole family! 
God bless you!

Pastor Jim & Mary Alice
Jesus Heals Leper
Coming Up at OSLC   
Monday and Wednesday - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cover Girls: 
Monday, 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall

Prayer Shawl Ministry: 
Monday, 2 p.m., Library

Congregation Council Meeting:  
Monday, 6:30 p.m., Library

Monday, 7 p.m., Fellowship Hall

Memorial Service for (former OSLC member) Bea Baron: 
9:30 a.m., Nave.

Grief Class: 
Tuesday, 10 a.m. Library.

Melting Pot: 
Wednesday,  11 a.m. Munsey United Methodist

The Underground Huddle: 
(Grades 6-12) meets this Wednesday, at 6 p.m.

Heartsong Practice:  
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. - Fellowship Hall

Choir Practice: 
Wednesday, 7 p.m. Choir Room.

Next Sunday:  
October 16 - "New Member Sunday" - speak to Pastor Ed before or after worship if you would like to join, or, call him at 282-2313.  This is a great place to serve together!

Parish Nurse "Ministries In Motion":
Thursdays, Yoga - 6:30 p.m. Downstairs Youth Room (please bring your own mat); Fridays, "Walk and Talk" - prayer devotion and "Chair Yoga."

"We Are One Church Together":
Copies of the OSLC Vision plan are available in the Narthex and Fellowship Hall for your viewing.  Please be sure to pick up your copy.

Acolyte Sign up:  
Please sign up for acolyte using the sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway. Thank you! 

Nursery Helpers:  
Remember that we can always use nursery volunteers each week!  Sign up on the bulletin board in the nursery hallway.  Thanks!

Time and Talents Forms:
have been mailed out.  Please return them to the church ASAP!  Thanks!

Up and coming event!:
Marsh Blood Drive, Wednesday, October 19, 4-8 p.m. OSLC.  Sign up today!
The OSLC Prayer List
Praying Hands

Please Pray for:
Barbara Gish, Pat Tomita; Julie Witham; Berla Smith; Sharon Raye; Bill Brooks; Mary King; Rev. Dennis Hamm; Mary Ostermeyer; Pat Keffer; Otto Zinser; David & Martha Herting; Penny Van Hooser; Janet Ecklund; John Stafford; Kay Scheurer; John Paul Neas; Irene Ackley; Phoebe Sand; Janice Knipp; Jennifer Stafford; Wendi Garrison; Lori Markstrom

Family Members and Friends:   
 Thad Efird; Lee Rolman (Orville Proffitt's sister); 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; David Stauffer; Bill Reese; Dr. Roger Rundbaken; Rev. Albert Sunderwirth; Alice Sulkowski; Jason Rakel; Carey Outen; Sharon Neuhaus; Haskel Sykes; Reese Creasy; Rev. Willis Bowers; Josh & Alice Nunn; Ann Carter; Bruce & Betsy Shine; Mark Mullinex; Linda Linden; Bonita Martin; Taylor Miller; Jim Ackley; Preston Burke; Robin Barnett; Eve Hargrave; Mark Singleton; Bob Fetterolf; Betty Essmann; Chris Toft; Marsha Millhorn; Carmen Yoder; Jessica Mowell; Beth Neas; Karen Winter; Al Rudolph; Rev. Jim Simpson; Jim Aderhold; Richard Williams; Mable Randolph; Ashley & David Nipper

Military Service -  Friends and family:
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; Adam Beier (Army) nephew of Carolynn Bailey.

Thought for the Month
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him." ~ Psalm 34:8


Marilyn and Orville Proffitt; Martha Montgomery
Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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