Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

August 5,2016

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.
A nursery is provided.  

All are welcome. 
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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Men's Prayer Breakfast 8:00 AM
Thrivent sponsored JC Cardinals game 7:00 PM

Sunday, August 7, 2016

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

Monday, August 8, 2016

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

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Grief class 10:00 AM

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Yoga 6:30 PM
Luther an Student Movement 7:30 PM 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Walk / Talk 10:00 AM

"...Do not be afraid, little flock..." (Luke 12:32)

Today, people seem to be looking away from God and not toward Him.  At least, to me it appears to be that way.  I would love to know that I have an incorrect assumption about this view of the world turning toward other inspirations other than the Almighty.  Such a thought is quite the challenge to our idea of God and His relationship with His children of the world.

I think part of why people have become disillusioned about God is that their theology is all wrong.  Somehow, somewhere, humanity has been given the idea that God works for us.  Somehow-and-at some time in the history of the world, people have grown to believe that God responds to our works and then often rewards us. So, when people are not rewarded as they feel they should, they become frustrated and cynical; they are disappointed because their homemade faith has failed them.

God's grace is not built or measured in any form of quantity or physical sense at all:  it's not about what we have amassed or gained in our lives. 

God's grace comes alive and gives this sought-out pleasure in this life a place to dwell.  When we put aside all our belongings and prejudices and everything else that tends to weigh us down in respect to our relationship with God, only then do we begin to see with clear eyes what is the truth of the matter.  The physical of this life was meant to be shared among all.  No one owns anything; all belongs to, and comes from, the Lord.

Jesus is teaching in the 12th chapter of Luke about a deep trust in God that allows us to give of ourselves to the world, i.e., to others.  This trust causes us to recognize true love and respect which has nothing to do with wealth and prestige of any type.  In essence, we see God's work, (the cross and the tomb) and respond to it by serving all.

"Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also," Jesus says this Sunday.  What is it that we treasure the most?  The temptation is to put our trust in "things" - material things - jobs, money, popularity, and prestige.  God is not a "thing" to be handled, traded, or purchased; God is to be loved as we have first been loved by Him. And the best way to show our love of God-is what? To share what we have in very loving and respectful ways!

Trust in the Lord always,  He never steers us wrong.  Put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins, was raised from the dead, and sits at the right hand of God to complete the great circle of life and grace that begins and ends with God!  His work is to love you; our task is to respond with the gifts He first gave us.

When someone ridicules God for not "following His promises," remind them that we work for God and not the other way around.  It is privilege to live on this planet; it's a privilege to have the opportunities to serve our fellowship of humanity.

And remember-no matter what:  God loves you and so do we!

Pastor Jim
Parable Of The Rich Fool
Coming Up at OSLC   
Metings this week:  
Stewardship Committee (newly formed) Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. in the Library (all are welcome); A meeting is set for the Adult Sunday School Class that meets regularly in the library, for planning for the fall.   Thursday, 6:30 p.m. in the library - all are welcome to attend!

Social Ministry: 
THANK YOU everyone!  We raised almost $2,000  for the book bag project for Good Samaritan Ministries!  THANKS too for Thrivent Financial for their matching gifts of $350!

Ronald McDonald House:  
see the newsletter for items needed.  Boxes are in the hallway at church.  Thanks!

Nursery help:  
Miss Tammy is away on August 21st; we need volunteers for both services on that day!  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.

Thrivent Night Out:
 with the Cardinals will be on Saturday, August 6, at 7 p.m.  We are out of tickets but you can still come!  Tickets are av
ailable at the gate!  Come on out to the ballgame!

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:
 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:   
Tom Auvinen, Mary Ann McGaughey's brother; 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; Virgil 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

Special Prayers: 
for our ELCA Triennial Assembly in New Orleans, LA "Freed & Renewed in Christ - (500 Years of God's Grace in Action)," August 8-13, 2016.
Thought for the Month
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him." ~ Psalm 34:8

the greenery in the nave is dedicated to the glory of God.

Kenneth & Sharon Schooley; Steve & Karen Mears.
Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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