Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

July 9,2016

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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Sunday, July 10, 2016

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

Monday, July 11, 2016

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

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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

Thursday, July 14, 2016

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

Friday, July 15, 2016

Walk / Talk

" God knows"
"So Sarah laughed to herself..." (Genesis 18:12a)

A child always thinks he or she can get away with things.  If they can somehow hide the markers, Mom or Dad won't really notice the writing on the wall; maybe if I am strong enough to move the chest of drawers just about a foot to the left, they will never know what's on the wall behind it!   As teenagers, if we can get the parents to talk about something else - maybe - just maybe - they will never get around to asking me about my latest report card!  Or, maybe by being extra good and attentive and helpful around the house - they won't notice the dent in the back fender of the car.

I am convinced that my parents, at least, somehow really did "have eyes in the backs of their heads."  How they knew my brother and my every move - and sometimes even before we had made the move - well, it was beyond me!

Believe it or not, God has always been that way.  When Jesus talked with the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4), the Lord asked her to call out to her husband.  When she admitted that at the moment she did not have a husband, Jesus agreed because He knew that she had had five husbands!  Certainly she must have wondered, "How did He know such a thing?"  Being omniscient and omnipresent, God must also-like our parents-have "eyes in the back of His holy head!" You can't get anything past God!

In Genesis 18, God comes to Abraham with two angels and announces that Abraham and Sarah will have a child, even though they were very old.  In verse 12, Sarah, who is eavesdropping, "laughs to herself" about the fact that it did sound a little silly that she would have a baby at such a ripe, old age!  She laughed to herself.  It was probably meant for only her ears to hear.  It probably wasn't meant to spite God's words or doubt His intentions, but nonetheless, God heard her little chuckle.  She probably didn't mean for God to hear!

God hears.  He sees.  He knows.  He knows the intent of our hearts long before we may even know ourselves.  And - even when our intent isn't always for the best, He is willing to go with us, love us, and lead us through even our worst of mistakes.  It's all about love.  It's about love of God, and of all neighbors - no matter who they may be!

And remember, God does love you, no matter what - and, so do we!

Pastor Jim
Parable Of The Good Samaritan
Products of the Month
Family Promise

For the next two months, we have designated Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) our agency to donations. Promise sponsors a network of churches, volunteers and community members to assist homeless familie with children. Through Family Promise, families can remain together while addressing the challenges confronting them to obtain housing. Families receive counseling and assistance to address their particular needs. Visit their website at:

When a family leaves the program and goes to an apartment or a house, they need products to clean and "fix up" their new home. They also need personal items such as deodorant, soap, tooth paste, toilet paper, etc. As the OSLO family, let's put together 3 laundry baskets filled with items to start their homes. Two baskets will be in the narthex and one in the fellowship hall. Let's see if we can give three families a boost and love with a gift from OSLC.

Coming Up at OSLC   
 A Women's Self-Defense Class  
is schedule for Wednesday, July 20 from 9 am. Until noon.  This is taught by Washington County Sheriff's Department.  Space is limited and reservations must be in by July 18.  Please call Melissa Malenda at276-210-4670 or the office aqt 423-282-2313. There is a $5 lunch fee, if you want to eat afterwards.

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!

The Cover Girls:
meet at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 11 in the Fellowship Hall.

Prayer Shawl Ministry:
meets on Monday, July 11 in the Fellowship Hall at 2 p.m.

Friends In Grief Group: 
will meet Tuesday, July 12 in the library at 10 a.m.

Thrivent Night Out:
 with the Cardinals will be on Saturday, August 6, at 7 p.m. We meet at the game and sit in a group if you like, but you don't have to.  It is also "Bobblehead Night" so there is incentive to get there early if you want one! Gates open at 6 p.m.  Tickets include a voucher for a free meal  -- see either Tom or Betty Marshall.

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."

WELCA Opportunity: 
The SE Synod WELCA Annual Convention is being held in Atlanta on September 16-18.  If interested in attending, please pick up an application on the WELCA Bulletin Board.  Contact Judi Boebel with any questions.

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

Steve Sharar; Pat Wolf; Mary King; John Stafford; Joan Blackmer; Rev. Dennis Hamm; Travis Pennell; Barbara Gish; Mary Ostermeyer; Beverly Van Camp; Pat Keffer; Otto 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:   
Graham Hurter, Alan Chapman's grandson; Nancy & John Beuttel upon the death of John's daughter, Lauren in an auto accident; 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; bi Amato; Ashton Drinnon; 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; Matthew Sibenaller (Army) godson of Ed Wolff; David Guck (Marines) friend of the Pat Wolf; Jeremy Downes (Navy) cousin of Joni Cannon; Adam Beier (Army) nephew of Carolynn Bailey

National Women's Health Week was celebrated May 8 - 14. Since I am writing for the June E-news, I went to the National Health Observances list for June and found that National Men's health Week is June 13 - 19. The purpose of both of these weeks is to increase awareness of preventable health problems and to encourage early detection, treatment and participation in lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of a variety of health issues.
Dr. Nancy Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, states that science is always changing but the basics of caring for our health never changes. A few simple steps adapted to age and ability for both women and men can guide us in day to day activities ensuring that we are doing the best that we can to keep ourselves healthy. These steps include the following:

Know what you are eating. Focus on foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean protein. Read labels and know that the healthiest foods do not come in wrappers. Choose smaller plates making the bigger portion on your plate foods with lots of color; vegetables usually fill this description. Choose whole fruits instead of fruit juice and skip other sugary drinks and sodas. Save sweets and desserts for special occasions. Use mealtime as a time to teach children the basics of a healthy diet.

Kick the sedentary lifestyle. A sedentary lifestyle can set the stage for weight gain and major health problems. You do not have to go to the gym to get your daily recommended 30 minutes of physical activity. You also do not need to do all of the 30 minutes of daily activity at one time.  Think of ways that will work with your lifestyle to get moving. Increase your steps by parking further away from work or a store entrance. Take advantage of nice days during your lunch hour and walk outside. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Team up with a family member, neighbor, or friend to walk, run or bike several days a week. Walking the dog several times a day can quickly give you the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity.

Reduce your stress. Stress is a big part of our everyday lives. It is how we respond to the stress that affects our health. Long-term stress can increase an individual's risk for depression and anxiety, obesity, heart disease, cancer and many other health problems. Improving nutrition and exercising are great starters for reducing stress. Getting a good night's sleep - recommended 7 - 8 hours for adults - can also help in reducing stress. Some changes that might aid in better sleep could include winding down an hour before bedtime. Replacing electronic devices with a good book at least an hour before bedtime can help you do this. A bedtime that allows you to get the recommended amount of sleep can help you to be more resilient and better able to cope with life's stressors.

Seek assistance from the medical community. Schedule a well visit with your physician insuring that you have received the appropriate age related screenings and vaccines. Share with you physician concerns about your health and ask for referrals for health related problems that he/she is unable to provide when needed.

Make smart decisions. Even what seems to be a small decision can make a big impact on your health. In addition to what has been discussed above, not wearing seat belts and talking on the phone or texting while driving are decisions that could cost you your life or the life of another person. A helmet when biking could save you from life threatening brain trauma.

May and June have been designated nationally as months to focus on the health of women and men. If you have not already done so, pledge to take steps to be the healthiest that you can be throughout 2016.

Lee, Nancy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women, Office of Women's Health, U. S. Office of Health and Human Services, Back to Basics, June 12, 2016,

National Men's Health Week,

Connie Pearson, Chair
Health Ministries Task Force
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 today to the glory of God by

Jason, Jessica, Payton, and Moly Green; Diana and Norman Duncan.

Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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