Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

December 9,2016

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.
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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Traditional Worship 9:00 AM
Sunday School 10:00 AM
Heartsong Worship 11:00 AM
Children's play/reception 4:00 PM

Monday, December 12, 2016

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Council Meeting 6:30 PM

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Yoga 6:30 PM

Friday, December 16, 2016

Walk/Talk 10:00 AM

"Go and Tell" (Matthew 11:4)

When we were all in elementary school, there were days when we were allowed to bring something to school for a time known as "Show and Tell."  It was always exciting because you would bring something very special to you and share it (along with its story) with your class.
In Sunday's Advent Gospel, John the Baptist has been put into prison by King Herod.  In the last days of his life, John begins to ask, essentially, if Jesus really is the Messiah, or, should they be looking for someone else.

When John's friends come to Jesus and ask Him this question, Jesus says:  "Go and tell John what you hear and see..." And what had been happening all around them at this point in time was that Jesus was healing the blind, the lame are walking again, and lepers are completely cleansed.  He said that the deaf could hear now and even the dead are being raised.  Finally, Jesus told them, even the poor of the world are receiving good news about life with God!

A little later (in Matthew's 16th chapter), Jesus would put a similar question to His best friends:  "As you travel around, who do you say that I am?"  What do you think I am all about?  Did they have doubts like John?  By their responses to his question (read Matthew 16 and see for yourself), they didn't seem too anxious in giving the answer Jesus was looking for, until-of course-good ol' Peter stepped up and shared his inner most feelings about Him being "...the Christ, the Son of the Living God!..." (Mt. 16:16)

Jesus was always trying to get His disciples to share what they believed.  It was the one, single way that others would come to know that God's wonderful plan of salvation was coming through Him.  Ever since that day, it has been the primary task of the Church to do this very thing.  Go and Tell. 

Soon we will sing the CHRISTmas carol, "Go Tell It on the Mountain."  It, too, is about the importance of sharing the story of Jesus Christ with everyone.  Shout it from the highest point in your life if you have to!  You don't have to be a biblical scholar or a great speaker:  just share the story as you know it!  Share from your heart.

Our Sunday School youth and children are going to share the story this Sunday (December 11) at 4 p.m.  "M is for Manger" will be a wonderful way to learn about Jesus Christ and His birth into our world.  If the children can do it, why can't we adults?

Go and tell.  It's a story that, like when we were young and having "Show and Tell," we should all be excited about!  It's a story that is very special to us, and, we should want to share it!

Go and tell.  Jesus will be here soon at CHRISTmas!  But it's not too early nor is it too late!  Go and tell - by telling the story from Luke 2, or, by loving your neighbor as Jesus commanded.  Both ways show the honest love of God.  For, its true...

God loves you and so do we!
Pastor Jim
Jesus Acclaims John The Baptist

Coming Up at OSLC   
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.

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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:
Orville and Marilyn Proffitt, upon the death of his sister, Lee Rolman; Penny Van Hooser; Carl and Brenda Snyder; Ann Smith; Barbara Gish; Pat Tomita; Julie Witham; Berla Smith; Bill Brooks; Mary King; Phoebe Sand; Dennis Hamm; Mary Ostermeyer; Pat Keffer; Otto Zinser; David & Martha Herting; Janet Ecklund; John Stafford; Kay & Chuck Scheurer; John Paul Neas; Irene Ackley; Janice Knipp; Jennifer Stafford; Wendi Garrison; Lori Markstrom.

Family Members and Friends:   
Jeff Marshall, Tom & Susan's brother-heart surgery in Nashville this week; Bill Vicars, Selma's husband; Dr. James Robinson, friend of the Chalkleys; Eugene Ohler, Sylvia and Fred's daughter's father-in-law; Sue Ellen Page Johnson; Stephen Acuna, brother-in-law of Kandess Boyles Acuna; 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; 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

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

for everyone continuing to be affected by the wildfires in the southeast.

 to Janice and Ben Garrison donating for the Chrismon tree in the narthex, and for everyone who helped decorate it on Saturday, December 3rd.

to everyone who has made extra monetary gifts to OSLC to help our SE Synod Disaster Team be prepared to help the people of Gatlinburg and the surrounding area.  If you still want to donate, make checks out to OSLC but earmark them to (SESDT).  If you use an envelope and place cash in it, just write the letters "SESDT" on the outside of it.  Thank you very much!
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 traditional service, given to the glory of God by Larry and Karin McCoy.

Bob & Patti Hembre; Frances Boudreau.
Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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