Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

September 2,2016

This Sunday 
OSLC Choir

Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, Tennessee, will offer three Holy Communion service at 9:30 and Heartsong at 10:45.
A nursery is provided.  

All are welcome. 
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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Men's Prayer Breakfast 8:00 AM

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Traditional Service 9:30 AM
Heartsong Service 10:45 AM

Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Health/Wellness meeting 7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Primetimers @ Habachi Grill 11:00 AM
Underground Huddle 6:00 PM
Heartsong Band 6:30 PM
Chancel Choir 7:00 PM
Property meeting 7:00 PM

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Reunion Group 6:00 PM
Yoga 6:30 PM

Friday, September 9, 2016


"Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother...."  (Luke 14:26)

The Lord of Love said this quite plainly.  He doesn't mince words here.  He leaves no stone unturned as far as what He means as He talks to those who are following Him.

Jesus ends His talk by saying another harsh sounding thing:  "So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions." (vs. 33)  In the idea of "possessions," I interpret He means every gift He has ever given you to the point of even very close personal relationships.

The Lord of Love is just that, one of great love and compassion; but, there is another side to God.  The Bible says that there is a jealous side to the Lord. (see Exodus 20:5; Deuteronomy 6:15; to name just two).    What this means to me is that there are expectations God has of His children.  And, what that means is He wants us to be of service to Him and to His other children. 

The word "hate" is a strong word, but it's meant to be a strong word.  For me, to hate others and love God is what we call in the English department a hyperbole.  Jesus goes out on a limb to make a very important point.  God hates no one - at least in the way that we use the idea of hate.  It's a concept that means God comes first, in all situations.

As we are challenged to take up our cross and follow the Lord in this Sunday's Gospel lesson, remember what Jesus did for us.  He gave His all; He put us first in His plan of salvation - in so doing He sacrificed His life for ours.  We are called to mirror (as much as is humanly possible) this act of sacrifice and service to others.

No matter the relationship, God must always be first.  He desires our love, in fact, He is "jealous" for it.  He has done the ultimate act of love for us. 

Shouldn't we do the best we can in our love for Him and others?  I think so too.

How did we fill these expectations of God this past week?  During this coming Labor Day weekend, how shall we serve God and neighbor

As always, remember - God   loves you and so do we!

Pastor Jim
Humble Thy Self Before The Lord
Coming Up at OSLC   
Church Office: 
is closed on Monday, Labor Day.

Health and Wellness Committee : 
Tuesday, September 6 at 7 p.m. in the library.

P.D.O .:
Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. downstairs - OSLC

Wednesday, September 7, at 11 a.m. in the Library.
The Underground Huddle : meets this Wednesday, September 7 at 6 p.m.

Property Meeting:  
Wednesday, 7 p.m. Library

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

Ronald McDonald House:  
see the newsletter for items needed.  Boxes are in the hallway at church.  Thanks!

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

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."

Upcoming Events:  
Rally Day, September 18 at 10 a.m. in the nave of the church; also that day, the annual Church Picnic at the Lion's Field Pavilion beginning at 4 p.m.
The OSLC Prayer List
Praying Hands

Please Pray for:
Berla Smith (had surgery for broken bones from a fall); Bill Brooks (recovering from open heart surgery); Sharon Raye; Mary King; John Stafford; Rev. Dennis Hamm; Mary Ostermeyer; Pat Keffer; Otto and Prudy Zinser; David & Martha Herting; Penny Van Hooser; Janet Ecklund; Anne Godsey; Kay Scheurer; John Paul Neas; Irene Ackley; Truman Billings; Janice Knipp; Jennifer Stafford; Wendi Garrison; Lori Markstrom; Phoebe Sand

Family Members and Friends:   
Bill Pine; Gus Johnson; Steve Baline; Brad Whitson; Shelly Faling, Doris & Barry Schnabel's daughter; Jon-Bradley Ratliff, Melissa Melinda's son; Alice Sulkowski; David Stauffer, friend of Pat Wolf; Bill Reese; Dr. Roger Rundbaken, and Rev.Albert Sunderwirth, friends of Barry & Helen Fetterolf; Jason Rakel; Carey Outen; Sharon Neuhaus; Haskel Sykes; Reese Creasy; Rev. Willis Bowers; Josh Nunn; Ann  Carter; Bruce & Betsy Shine; Glenn Nutter; Mark Mullinex; Linda Linden; Bonita Martin; Tylor Miller; Jim Ackley; Preston Burke; Robin Barnett; Angie & Amber Frazier; Eve Hargrave; Mark Singleton; Bob Fetterolf; Eric & Chrissy Essmann; Chris Toft; Ben Ivey; Marsha Millhorn; Camden Yoder; Jessica Mowell; Beth Neas; Karen Winter; Al Rudolph; Rev. Jim Simpson; Jim Aderhold; Richard Williams; Mable Randolph, Mandy Hoyle's grandmother; David & Ashley Nipper

Military Service - Members:
Chance Johnson (Army); Nick Harris (Air Force); 

Military Service -  Friends and family:
Nick Hodge (Air Force), friend of the Flints; Chase Estep (Marines) brother of Clint Estep; David Guck (Marines) friend of Pat Wolf; Jeremy Downes (Navy) cousin of Joni Cannon; 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

the greenery in the nave is given to the glory of God.

Don & Barbara Clemons; Jenny & Jimmy Everhart
Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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