Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

September 10,2016

This Sunday 
OSLC Choir

Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, Tennessee, will offer Combined Holy Communion Service 10:00 AM.
A nursery is provided.  

All are welcome. 
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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Combined Service 10:00 AM

Monday, September 12, 2016

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

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Grief Class 10:00 AM
Thrivent @ Bethlemen 6:00 PM

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Yoga 6:30 PM

Friday, September 16, 2016

Walk/Talk 10:00 AM

But what about the ninety-nine?
"...leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost..."  (Luke 15:4)

They're everywhere in Jesus' stories and life. 
In the story of the healing of the ten lepers where only one returned to give Jesus thanks, where were the other nine?  What becomes of the significance for gratitude?

In the story that follows the one mentioned above, the woman loses one of her ten silver coins and turns the whole house upside down until the one is found.  But what about the value of the other nine coins? 

What about the dutiful son in the "Prodigal Son" story?  He has done everything the father ever wanted while the younger son squandered his inheritance.  What about the integrity of the older boy who seems more faithful?

The list goes on and on.

And, while we're at it-where do each of us fit in these stories?  Are we the "good guys" or the "bad guys"?  Are we the ones who do what is right or don't do enough (at least according to the Bible)?
Even today, when the press talks about certain colors that matter, it appears that the minority in each situation is who is important while everyone else doesn't add up.

In Daniel Erlander's book, "A Place For You," the First Communion book we use at OSLC to teach first graders about Holy Communion, the book is filled with illustrations of all kinds of people-different shapes and sizes, all age groups and abilities, and yes, all colors and nationalities - all welcome at the Lord's Table. 

There are many points made throughout the book, but the main point for these children to take home with them is the fact that "Jesus loves everybody!"  It's pretty simple.  There is no one that God will turn away.  I certainly believe that myself.

If we want to play math with God's work, His parables, and His real life situations, we will fail and be very disappointed in His decisions.  But - if we are willing to believe that "Jesus loves everybody" like we teach our children, then we cannot fail in our attitudes of others.  Whether or not we are one out of ten or even one out of ninety-nine, (or the other way around) it doesn't matter.  God cares deeply for each of us.

Remember this thought as you face each new day.  Remember God's love knows no boundaries and holds no prejudices.

So what if you feel left behind while God goes after the one that is lost; maybe it means He trusts you to hold things together, to love one another, and care for those around you while He's doing His thing.  He'll come back; He won't forget you.  Why?  Because...

God loves you and so do we!
Pastor Jim

Update on Ashley Nipper - Ashley had two very good visits with her doctors this week.  Even though she is still very restricted to what she can and cannot do, she is feeling stronger every day.  She and David appreciate the prayers, thoughts, and cards that everyone continues to send to them. Mary Alice and I do as well.  JWN
Parable Of The Lost Sheep
Coming Up at OSLC   
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.

Time and Talents Forms:
have been mailed out.  Please return them to the church asap!
Sunday Unity Service:  
10 a.m. on behalf of the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001.

 Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. downstairs - OSLC

Cover Girls:  
Monday, 10 a.m., Fellowship Hall

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

NAMI Meeting: 
Monday, 7 p.m., Fellowship Hall

Grief Class:  
Tuesday, 10 a.m. Library

Thrivent Meeting:  
Tuesday, 6 p.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Melting Pot: 
Wednesday, 11 a.m.

The Underground Huddle: 
meets this Wednesday, September 7 at 6 p.m.

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!
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); Janet Ecklund; Sharon Raye; Mary King; John Stafford; Rev. Dennis Hamm; Mary Ostermeyer; Pat Keffer; Otto and Prudy Zinser; David & Martha Herting; Penny Van Hooser; 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

in the nave is given to the glory of God by Ken and Marcia Peters

AMandy, Caleb & Grady Hoyle; Parnell & Dee Freeman

Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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