Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

November 20,2016

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 20, 2016

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

Monday, November 21, 2016

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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

Friday, November 25, 2016

Walk/Talk 10:00 AM

"How Jesus Deals with Political Correctness"

"If you are the king of the Jews..."  (Luke 23:37)

According to Luke's Gospel, as our Lord Jesus is being led to His crucifixion (read this week's Christ the King Gospel, Luke 23:32-43), people are sharing their "honest" opinions of Him.  Here it is:

Verse 35 - "church leaders" scoffed at Jesus making fun by saying "If He is the Messiah, God's chosen, He should be able to save Himself!"

Verse 36 - the soldiers mocked Him "save yourself, if you are the king of the Jews!"

Verse 39 - even one of the two criminals who were crucified with Him "derided" Him saying:  "Aren't You the Messiah? If so- save Yourself....and us!"

It's expressed in all four Gospels that the crowds as well jeered at Him, spit on Him, and did all kinds of horrible things to Him while He suffered.

So, what did Jesus say to all this politically correct opinions of Him?
He actually did respond, twice.  We could learn a thing or two from Jesus in this day of political and personal jeering about Presidents, Popes, and common people:

First, He said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."

And second, He responded to the benevolent criminal on the cross next to Him:

"Truly, today, you will be with Me in paradise."

Our Lord Christ responds and retaliates for sure, only, His retaliation is full of grace and love.  He never bites back or speaks inconsistently or with a single mean bone in His body.

We all could learn yet another lesson from Jesus Christ today, couldn't we?

Don't forget - we all want to experience "paradise," (whatever that may mean to you) and we can reach that point of realization.  Jesus taught us that it is achieved only through the kind gift of forgiveness.

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

Ashley has done well this week after her surgery.  She did have a follow up visit with her doctors and her oncologist and all is looking very well.  She continues to not be able to drive or pick up anything over 5 pounds, but other than that, she improves day to day!  Now it's time for her to take it easy and let her body heal as God intends!
The family all are doing well, fighting a little bit of a cold, but doing well.  We are getting ready for our own Thanksgiving celebration, just the six of us.  (Seven if you want to include Ollie the dog.)

We hope everyone of you have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday and a safe one at that.  Know that we pray for all of you as you have been doing so faithfully for us these past twelve weeks.  Thank you all for your faith and service and love.

Pastor Jim and Mary Alice
Jesus And The Good Thief

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!

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:
Carl & Brenda Snyder; Ann Smith; Nancy Beuttel; Barbara Gish; Pat Tomita; Julie Witham; Berla Smith; Sharon Raye; Bill Brooks; Mary King; 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

All of our veterans.  God bless you and thank you for your service to our great country!

Family Members and Friends:   
Stephen Acuna, bother-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; Haskel Sykes; 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; 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.

Brian and Stephanie Patteson, Whitney Collins
Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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