Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

November 12,2016

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.
A nursery is provided.  

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Council Meeting 6:30 PM
Sunday, November 13, 2016

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

Monday, November 14, 2016

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Cover Girls 10:00 AM
Hannah Circle 1:00 PM
Council Meeting 6:30 PM

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Yoga 6:30 PM

Friday, November 18, 2016

Walk/Talk 10:00 AM

A Lutheran Look at Sin
"...for all sin and fall short of the glory of God..."  (Romans 3:23)

The last few weeks with our children and grandchildren in Nashville, I noticed something about the youngest of our clan.  Taylor Lane Nipper, who just turned nine months old, has really begun to "move around."  It's not actually what I would call a crawl; it's more like a crawl and slide move with one leg remaining under her leg, but she can get around quite fast these days!  She also is at that stage where she would rather stand up (with someone's support, of course) that sit.

I've also noticed, especially when she gets up in the morning, as we put her down on the floor to play, if not right away it's pretty soon, that she heads either for: the green plant next to the chair, or the door bumper that "boings" when you grab it and let go, or to the sewing machine that Ashley uses quite often that otherwise sits safely behind a chest and another chair - all of which she is told constantly "no, no, no" as she approaches each.  These things have clearly been off limits for her.

Yet, being told time and time again, she still consistently heads to them just about every morning.  Sure, she's nine months old and cannot begin to have a sense of right and wrong as we adults should have, but still, she sure knows and recalls lots and lots of other things about her toys and how to make them work.  At nine months, she knows a lot of stuff.

Yet, it's human nature to be taught, more than once, what is right and what is not.  It's also human nature that even after we're taught what's good, helpful, safe, and acceptable, that for some reason we still do what we should not.

Adam and Eve are good examples of this dilemma.  Even the great and bold apostle Paul shares his struggles with the whole problem.  In Romans, chapter 7, Paul writes:  For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do." (vs. 19)

Even though scripture may share what's right and wrong, or, a wise person in our lives that we trust dearly may give us sage advice, it's a good chance we will end up not following what we are taught.

Paul states (read above) that we are all sinners.  We all cannot measure up on our own.  If left to our own devices, we would surely die.  But, Paul says, grace is given to us as a gift, and, through this gift we are justified by Jesus Christ who died for us.  It's hard to imagine that anyone would continue to love us even though we sin.  In the court system, if you break the law you will pay the penalty.  In an athletic event, if you commit a foul you will be penalized. In baseball, you have three swings, and if you are imperfect in those swings, you're out.  If you miss too many on an exam, you risk failing.  And yet, the Bible says that even though we are imperfect, sinful beings, God's love outlasts all the mistakes we can possible make.

If one has faith (Jesus says it doesn't take too much - Matthew 17:20), God's love is recognized in its graceful form with salvation as the gift!

In business, in sports, in academics, (the list goes on and on), if you fail, you do suffer in some way.  And, in religion, sin does sting but it doesn't sting forever. 

Why? Because...
God loves you, and so do we.  (It's just that simple)

Pastor Jim
Update On Ashley

Thanks be to God that Ashley has completed her surgeries!  This past Tuesday, she did have the final breast reconstruction and also a hysterectomy and is now home resting comfortably. She has two follow up doctor's appointments next week.  She is feeling better with still some abdominal pain (which is to be expected).  She is back unable to pick up anything over 5 pounds or drive herself anywhere, but doing well.

The children are doing well.  Mary Alice and I are too.  A surprising thing happened...while picking up some meds for myself this week, I happened to run into my old football coach and had a very nice time reminiscing.  It was really great to see him. 

Ashley has received nice notes for folks (as have Mary Alice and I) and it so lifts our spirits!  Your prayers go such a long way too!  Please know we are very grateful for them all!  You are too kind.

Pastor Jim and Mary Alice
Sermon On The Mount 
Coming Up at OSLC   
Please remember:
 the baby shower for Katie Stacy on Nov. 13 at 2 pm in the Fellowship Hall of OSLC.

Hannah Circle:
 meets on November 14 at 1:00 pm at Sharon Good's home, 222 Town & Country Drive, Jonesborough. Chapters 5 and 6 will be covered. Debbie Seifert brings the refreshments.

Attention Sunday School Parents: 
Our Christmas program rehearsals begin in earnest this week. Our first rehearsal is scheduled for Saturday, December 3 from 11-1ish followed by a second rehearsal during Sunday school the next day. We will provide the kids with a light lunch on Saturday. It will be very helpful if you have your children listen to the song CDs as well as practice their lines this week. Any questions, contact Marcy Aaroen.

The Underground Huddle:
 (grades 6-12) meets each Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm.
Anyone interested in membership, please see Pastor Ed after the service.

Acolyte Sign-up: 
The sign-up sheet for acolytes is on the bulletin board in the hallway. Thank you!

Please keep:
 the church doors locked at all times. Thank you.

Guest Wi-Fi:
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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."
The OSLC Prayer List
Praying Hands

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

All of our veterans.  God bless you and thank you for your service to our great country!

Family Members and Friends:   
Stephen Acuna, bother-in-law of Kandess Boyles Acuna; Lee Rolman, Orville Proffitt's sister; 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; Haskel Sykes; 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; Ashley & David Nipper

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; 

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

   Given to the glory of God.

Brian and Stephanie Patteson, Whitney Collins.
Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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