Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

November 5,2016

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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Sunday, November 6, 2016

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

Monday, November 7, 2016

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

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Grief Class 10:00 AM
Prayer Shawl 10:00 AM

Wednesday, November 9, 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 10, 2016

Yoga 6:30 PM

Friday, November 11, 2016

Walk/Talk 10:00 AM

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Council Meeting 6:30 PM

For All the Saints...

When I was younger, I would walk into a hospital room and people who didn't know me very well would ask:  "Are you even old enough to be a pastor?"

They don't ask that anymore.


Recently my wife and I went into a grocery store.  We didn't know that it was "Senior Citizen's Discount Day," which was 5% off of your total bill. This store was filled with a very kind and thoughtful staff.  It showed in their help to us at the check-out line; but the impression we got from the staff why we were there was because of the discount, and, because we were senior citizens.

I never really felt older or even thought about the subject before in this setting...until that day.

And, not being their fault (because we were convinced that they were just really, really nice people), it still felt a little condescending.
"Sir, let me help you with that pumpkin. You certainly can't lift that!"
"Thanks but no," I was thinking to myself, "how do you think it got into and then out of the basket in the first place?"

"Here, sir, ma'am, let me push your cart outside for you..." (with a smile)

Again - I thought -"How old do you think we are?" (I admit I wasn't smiling.)

Granted - I often cannot hop up out of a normal lawn chair like I used to when someone greets me at one of our grandchildren's ballgames, or, quickly get up off the floor when I'm with those grandchildren - having to get over on all fours like some ancient dog - but - I can still push a cart out the door to our car.

I had never thought about it before, but I did that day:  "I really am getting older."


I received a text from a loving family from the church about a week or so ago.  They have a very young child who attends quite regularly on Sundays but also attends our Parents' Day Out ministry during the week.  Pastor Ed and I take turns leading the chapel each week, but I have been absent for some time, as you well know.

The little girl asked her mother one day, "Mom, Pastor Jim hasn't been at school.  He is so funny.  I miss him.  Did he die?"

The mother reassured her that I hadn't died and that we were away helping a family member who was in need of our care.  What a sweet note it was!

I wrote back to offer my reassurance that I wasn't dead either.  It's kinda' nice to write such a note to reassure yourself sometimes.
I've never considered the idea of "being dead" - until now.

While in Nashville, where I grew up, I've been made keenly aware that there's lots of high school friends - some younger than me - who have died. Some of them have been gone for years.  We've all lost good friends and family members in the past year.  You cannot take for granted a single day when you look at life in this fragile way.


Just last week, our grandson, Lennon and I were watching the movie, "Up."  Long story short, after about halfway through the movie, Lennon pointed at the main character, Carl, (who happened to wear black rimmed glasses, had gray hair, and moved around rather methodically) and said, "Hey Grandad, that's you!"  I didn't see it, but he sure did.  The views of children are always honest...sometimes too honest, huh?


This Sunday is All Saints' Day.  It is a Sunday out of the year where, in the midst of lifting up the saving grace of God through Jesus Christ, we do remember those who have gone before us in the past year. 

Many of you know this feeling:  This year, I became an "parentless child," "an orphaned adult."  I am now the patriarch of our family.  Wowsers.  That should-in certain ways-scare all of my children!

So, no longer thought to be young, no longer thought to be able as I once was, and now "the next in line" when it comes to the family line, no longer to be the black-haired, contact-wearing young fellow, I'm humbled by it all.  But, I'm also blessed to be terribly grateful for it all as well. It would be easy to throw my hands up and quote psalm 71:9 - "...and now in my old age, don't set me aside..." but instead I will follow Isaiah's strong feelings (46:4) - "And God will still be carrying you when you are old.  Your hair will turn gray, and I will still carry you."

When I still may feel a bit down, I'll remember the 4th stanza of that great hymn, "For All The Saints," which reads:

"And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,

steals on the ear the distant triumph song,

and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong. 

Alleluia! Alleluia."

Thank You, Father, for carrying me, as I thank You for carrying those who have gone before us all this year.  Help me remember every day of my life what we always say at the end of this little letter...

God loves you, and so do we.

Pastor Jim


Update On Ashley

It started out as another "uneventful week" for Ashley, with no doctor's appointments set up, but she has had to see a chiropractor for two of three treatments so far this week for a very stiff neck and painful upper back.  She has struggled to sleep at night, and, Mary Alice and I try to take up the slack for her to get some rest during the day.  It doesn't seem to be anything that should postpone her surgery, set for next Tuesday, November 8. (Hysterectomy and reconstruction surgery) She is just very uncomfortable at the moment.

Halloween was fun for everyone.  Ashley, David, Lennon, and Taylor took the Trick or Treat walk around their neighborhood while Mary Alice and I stayed behind to hand out candy to the neighborhood children.  It was in the upper 70's that evening so it was a very pleasant time!

We're all trying to get some rest for Ashley's big day next week.  Mary Alice and I will be on a little different schedule with Ashley in the hospital and the days to follow.  Usually - David and Ashley take care of Taylor when she wakes up at night, and we handle the children by day.  We will be handling all the duties so "Mom and Dad" can try and get some much needed sleep.  It's all good, as they say!
We cannot thank you all enough for your prayers and cards and thoughts.  They are so helpful.  We love you and appreciate you all so much!  Say special ones, though, on "election day," which is also Ashley's surgery day.

Pastor Jim and Mary Alice
Sermon On The Mount 
Coming Up at OSLC   
Don't forget:
 this Saturday before going to bed:  "Fall back" one hour.  Get that extra hour of sleep Saturday with the time change!

Thanks to the Reformation: Reception Committee consisting of Ann Smith, Patty Sorenson, Ken and Barbara Diehl, Betty and David Chalkley, Janice Miller, Rhonda Keffer, Katie Stacy, Patty Neas and Brenda Whitson for an outstanding reception.

 after the Heartsong service there will be a celebration lunch for Tony Mowell and his one-year anniversary at OSLC.

Prayer Shawl:
 meets at 10 am on November 8.

Melting Pot:
 meets on Wednesday, November 9.

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:
Nancy Beuttel, broken ribs; Richard Koepper, death of father-in-law; 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 & Chuck Scheurer; John Paul Neas; Irene Ackley; Janice Knipp; Jennifer Stafford; Wendi Garrison; Lori Markstrom

Family Members and Friends:   
Lee Rolman, Orville Proffitt's sister; Evelyn Hinson, Pam Alexander's mother; Sara Riggins, friend of Jenny Everheart; David Howard, friend of Tedd Stephens; 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; Rev. 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; Rev. 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

for Heartsong this week, given by Pastor Jim & Mary Alice Nipper, 
in memory of all those of Our Saviour who have entered the Church Triumphant. 
Along with all our friends and family members.
Seth, Kelly, Taylor, Ryan, and Connor Hall; Savannah Church
Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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