Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

July 29,2016

This Sunday 
OSLC Choir

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, July 30, 2016

PDO Orientation 10:00 AM
Youth / Families to JC Cardinals Game 6:00 PM

Sunday, July 31, 2016

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

Monday, August 1, 2016

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

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Yoga 6:30 PM
Lutheran Student Movement 7:30 PM

Friday, August 5, 2016

Walk / Talk 10:00 AM


"...for one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions..."  (Luke 12:15)

Jesus was never rich by any means, in terms of monetary values.  It's clear that His parents - Mary and Joseph - lived by simple means.  Mary has always been considered a "lowly handmaiden" (Luke 1:48) and Joseph, a carpenter (Matthew 13:55). Carpentry, according to historians, was a needful service in the community, but not one where you might make a great deal of money.

When Jesus was crucified, it is strongly suggested that the only possession He had was a "garment," (John 19:23), seamless, that the soldiers gambled over.

In Luke 9:58, Jesus admits to an "almost homeless" situation: "...but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head..."  Maybe this is why He is so able to describe His evangelistic ministry to His disciples when He teaches them:  "Whatever city or village you go into, find somebody in it who is worthy and stay there until you go on your way." (Matthew 10:11)  Our Lord knew how to "live off the land."  His life was simple.  He wasn't overwhelmed with "things" that might have otherwise weighed Him down unnecessarily.

I have found-throughout the years-that the more our monthly income was committed to bills and otherwise, we have gotten along much better!  We have felt more secure with life and ministry when we had less to worry about! 

The abundance a Christian should be celebrating daily is the gift of life itself.  Every morning our prayer should contain great thanks for the gift of each new day.  Maybe the second sentence in that prayer is to seek God's guidance of how we can be open to the privilege of service in the world, how we can use this gift of time and a new day to the best of our abilities (and use it without an abundance of physical gifts).

Seize the day.  Do not worry about tomorrow or next week or next year (Matthew 6:34).  Take what God has given us:  love, mercy, forgiveness, and compassion.  Then use those simple gifts and be kind to all you meet in this one day.

Then, relax in the evening. In the morning, repeat.  You'll be glad that you did!

Just remember:  God loves you and so do we!
Pastor Jim
Parable Of The Rich Fool
Coming Up at OSLC   
Social Ministry: 
is asking for your support this month to help Good Samaritan Ministries Book Bag and School Supplies Project!  Monetary donations - as well as school supplies (see newsletter for the list) are very much appreciated.  Please make checks out to OSLC and in the subject line write:  "Book Bag Project."  There are collection boxes in the church for supplies purchased!

Worship & Music Meeting:  
1:30 p.m., Sunday, Juy 31, in the library.

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 available 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

Mary King; John Stafford; Rev. Dennis Hamm; Mary Ostermeyer; Beverly Van Camp; Pat Keffer; Otto and Prudy Zinser; David & Martha Herting; Penny Van Hooser; Tom Loveday; Janet Ecklund; Anne Godsey; Kay Scheurer; John Paul Neas; Betty Marshall; Irene Ackley; Truman Billings; Janice Knipp; Jennifer Stafford; Wendi Garrison; Lori Markstrom; Phoebe Sand

Family Members and Friends:   
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
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 Heartsong, given to the glory of God and in honor what would have been Jim & Maggie's  39th wedding anniversary, given by Maggie Flint

Nathan, Melodie, Jayce, & Chance Trent; Justin Starr
Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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