Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

November 26,2016

This Sunday 
OSLC Choir

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.  

All are welcome. 
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Sunday, November 27, 2016

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

Monday, November 28, 2016

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

Wednesday, November 30, 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 1, 2016

Yoga 6:30 PM

Friday, December 2, 2016

Walk/Talk 10:00 AM

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Men's Prayer Breakfast 8:00 AM

"Gospel of Terrible News?"

"No one knows...two will be in the field and one will be left....two grinding will be taken and one will be left." (Matthew 24:36, 40-41)

This Sunday is the first Sunday of the season of Advent.  It is actually the first Sunday of a new church year!  One might think it would be a time of great celebration, much like New Year's Eve/Day.

When you read the Gospel for this coming Sunday, it sounds pretty terrible.  No one knows when "the time when the Lord is coming."  It can appear to paint a scary scenario of how unprepared we might be when He does choose to return (to do what, Matthew doesn't say). 
These words are not written to frighten you or me.  God doesn't work that way.  If He had wanted to scare us He would have done some other pretty scary things to get our attention.  There's many who would say that God is sending us messages everyday about the doom of our world.  Who is to say who is right?

We are here on this earth to be the caretakers of this planet (that's what it means to "have dominion" over the earth as it is written in Genesis 2:28.  It means to be good stewards of it all) as well as compassionate partners with all of our neighbors (see Mark 12:31).  This comes from a simple foundation of love and respect for God of the heavens and earth.

If we could follow this three-fold plan (God-neighbor-self), the world would be a better place, AND, we wouldn't have to worry about being in a field with another and then all of the sudden we are left behind (what a terrible image).

If we would take time to prepare ourselves for each day, by loving God by loving our neighbor, then, what comes will come, and, it will okay.

It's not rocket science and it is not some dark and foreboding secret that God has to "keep us in line."  Again, God doesn't work that way.
Pray. Love. Care.  Do these things and you will live... and forevermore.

Remember - God loves you and so do we!
Pastor Jim
Update On Ashley

Ashley has done well this week.  She is getting stronger by the day. We all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday together and will celebrate our grandson's (Lennon) third birthday on Sunday.  We are decorating for CHRISTmas and have actually done a little shopping along the way too!

We have about two weeks to go and then we will be coming home!  Your patience, prayers, love, and care for all of us has made a world of difference!  God's peace be with you at the beginning of the Advent time.

Again, we thank you so much!

Pastor Jim and Mary Alice

Coming Up at OSLC   
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.

Acolyte Sign-up: 
The sign-up sheet for acolytes is on the bulletin board in the hallway. 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:
Penny Van Hooser; Carl and Brenda Snyder; Ann Smith; Nancy Beuttel; 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:   
: 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; 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; 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; Jeff Coppinger, Pastor Jim & Mary Alice Nipper's brother-in-law; 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.

Travis and Janeen Pennell; John Garrison
Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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