Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

August 13,2016

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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Sunday, August 14, 2016

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

Monday, August 15, 2016

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Blood Drive 4:00 PM
Underground Huddle 6:00 PM
Heartsong Band 6:30 PM
Chancel Choir 7:00 PM

Thursday, August 18, 2016

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

Friday, August 19, 2016

Walk / Talk 10:00 AM

"...since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses..." (Hebrews 12:1)

Its days like these when one comes to understand the imagery of Hebrews 12:1.  With the death of my father, Virgil E. Nipper, Sr., my family saw a lot of people during the day of visitation and the funeral, as well as "saw" others through the notes and cards of sympathy that showered in upon us.  It was wonderful.

But, what also came from these experiences-as I personally saw folks I hadn't seen in decades-were the memories that those conversations brought back.  It brought back images of many others-grandparents and aunts and uncles, and yes, even cousins, who have gone before us. 

I'm surprised annually to learn of others of my graduating class of high school and college who have passed away.  This past week, I felt their presence.  What "so great a cloud of witnesses"!
God finds ways to bring comfort to us, and, this is one of those ways.  I truly felt my Mom's presence and, seeing my D ad in his final resting place, I saw his Dad ("Daddy Nip") for the first time in 45 years.  Looking at pictures to choose for the video that the funeral home did this for us, it brought back a swarm of thoughts I hadn't had in a long, long time.

All of this is somewhat overwhelming but comforting all in the same vein.  And, it is okay.  All of this is a great help.  All of it is a great peace, these "great 
cloud of witnesses," for each one of you were a part of that for us - your prayers and thoughts this past week - they were felt!  Mary Alice and I (and our whole family) love you for that, very, very much.  God's peace is with us, and with you...always remember:

 God loves you and so do we!
Pastor Jim
A House Divided
Coming Up at OSLC   
LWR Relief Kits and Quilts: 
will be blessed today before sending them to their destination.  If you would like to make a donation to offset the shipping cost or to purchase a quilt, please see Berla Smith.

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 W ednesday) after the lunch hour.  Please speak to Cat Hopper.

The Underground Huddle: 
meets this Wednesday, August 17 at 6 p.m.  

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     
Thank You

Thanks to OSLC
: for the lovely tropical plant that was delivered to us for our Dad's funeral.  Thank you so much!
The OSLC Prayer List
Praying Hands

Please Pray for:
Bill Brooks (heart cath this week); 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:   
Gus Johnson, Tony Mowell's father-in-law; Tom Auvinen; 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; David & AshleyNipper. 

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

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

Sean, Kristie, and Aubrey Golden; Barbara Rupert.
Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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