Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

August 20,2016

This Sunday 
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Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, Tennessee, will offer three Holy Communion service at 9:30 and Heartsong at 10:45.
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

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

Monday, August 22, 2016

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Cover Girls 10:00 AM

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lunch for Grief Class 11:45 AM

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Yoga 6:30 PM

"There is a season for everything and a time for every matter under the heavens."  (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Time. Time is one of a multitude of gifts given us by God; He loves it when we use it wisely!

In one year, there are 8,765.82 hours.  That averages out to 730.485 hours per month, and 168 hours per week.  How many hours does one sleep? In an average lifespan (74.1 years), one sleeps around 194,821 hours.  That's 2,632.7 hours a year, and 219 hours per month.

According to the "American Time Use Survey," an average worker works 8.9 hours a day.  You can figure the rest of the formula out for yourself.

How much time (hours) do we offer to God?  Let's simplify things for a minute:  out of the 168 hours in a week, how much "God time" do we usually give?  For many, it will vary from week to week.  For some, it may be more during times of joy and less in times of stress.

How many hours to we give toward prayer?  

Bible reading? Helping our neighbor or community?  

How many hours to we offer to Christ's Church?

I'm proud to say that there are many who give a great number of hours during their work week for the betterment of God's Kingdom. 
 Reality shows, I'm afraid, that there's also a contingent who don't think much about God except that hour or so on Sunday mornings.  Ouch!

Out of 168 hours in a week, we have interpreted through the years that God requires 1-2 hours of that amount.  I'm not sure where that idea came from because it really doesn't suggest that at all anywhere in the Bible.  Sundays ("Sabbath in most of the Bible; "the first day of the week" for us New Testament Christians) are set aside "to cease" or "to stop," meaning, to cease from the regular schedules of the rest of the week for a special rest.  The third commandment for us Lutherans is "Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy." (p. 1160, the Evangelical Lutheran Worship).  A way to keep it holy is to worship-that is sure, but that's not what it says.  Martin Luther would say on more than one occasion when he was questioned about the importance of the concept of the Sabbath, he would say that everyday should be considered a day unto the Lord, thus, everyday is a Sabbath!  I kinda like what ol' Dr. Luther had to say about the understanding of "Sabbath."

I like to think that our Sundays are set aside for holiness.  The best way for me and Dr. Luther is to enter into worship in a church building where the Word of God is correctly preached and the sacraments are rightly administered.  That simple practice helps set the stage for the whole week for me and my family! 

Soon we will move to a new schedule on the Sabbath.  Thank you all for being understanding because of my family's needs that will carry Mary Alice and me out of town for a while.  This is the best schedule your leaders could come up with.  I know it will be different for all to move to a different "time slot," but join us for the coming Sundays (beginning  September 18) and not only take that one hour out of the 168 for the week for worship, but consider an extra hour (again, out of that 168) and join us for Sunday School. (Rally Day is the 18th)   We have the best Christian Education program around!

And - Time and Talent forms will be going out soon.  As you prayerfully ponder your commitments for 2017, think in terms of time that you might want to be willing to give - in service to Jesus Christ, His Church, and the community in which we live.  Think and pray about this gift of time.  Every hour counts.  There's work for God to be done!  Join us, won't you?

And what shall it be to inspire us to sharing our time?  The knowledge that...

...God loves you and so do we!

Pastor Jim
Jesus Heals Woman On The Sabbath
Coming Up at OSLC   
LWR Relief Kits and Quilts: thanks to everyone who helped purchase, put them together, an d ship them to LWR!

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!

is looking for someone to volunteer to help lunch dishes (Monday and Wednesday) after the lunch hour.  Please speak to Cat Hopper.

The Underground Huddle: 
meets this Wednesday, August 24th at 6 p.m.  

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."

Updating E-Mail Address at OSLC:
 We're in the process of updating our e-mail addresses on our members and regular visitors!  More correspondence will be sent via e-mail in the future; please e-mail your current e-mail address to - so you are in the system and note the changes of the staff addresses:  Cindy Watkins (office):  Pastor Jim is:  Pastor Ed is:   Carolynn Bailey is Tony Mowell is   Melissa Malenda is   
The OSLC Prayer List
Praying Hands

Please Pray for:
Don & Mary Ann McGaughey, upon the death of her brother, Tom Auvinen; Sharon Raye (knee surgery on Wednesday); Bill Brooks; 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:   
Gus Johnson, Tony Mowell's father-in-law;  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 & AshleyNipper

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

are given to the glory of God by 
Carolynn Bailey and in honor of Jenny Bailey Owenby's birthday.

Wayne & Chris Epperson; Joan Parker
Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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