Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

July 23,2016

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 24, 2016

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

Monday, July 25, 2016

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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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

Thursday, July 28, 2016

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

Friday, July 29, 2016

Walk / Talk 10:00 AM

"...because of his persistence..."  (Luke 11:8)

This Sunday, we have Luke's version of the Lord's Prayer.  It's not quite the same as what is used in our Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) that we pray for traditional worship.   Actually it's a little closer to the modern version of the prayer that we use in Heartsong.

Luke goes on to quote Jesus teaching about prayer; He tells a brief parable about a friend visiting a neighbor at midnight, asking for bread to feed someone who has interrupted his night as well.  The man refuses because, after all, it's midnight.  God-fearing people in those days didn't open their doors at midnight; it was pretty unheard of. However, the man outside persisted, and, the man in bed got up and helped him.

Jesus said in verse 8 that because the man persisted at his asking and knocking, he finally received what he needed most. 

This is where we get that other famous quote of our Lord about "Ask, Seek, and Knock." Jesus assures His listeners that in your persistence of God in prayer, you will eventually get what you need.

I'm afraid it doesn't work if you pray to God to win the lottery, or for a new car, or for some newfound success.  If your "asking, searching, and knocking" doesn't have at the top of its intent to somehow glorify God, it's just not going to happen.  Through my life-long discipline of praying, I'm a great example of this fact.  I've asked for many things that I have never received.

Jesus says that we should - while in prayer - seek "good gifts" (vs. 13).   To me, "good gifts" are gifts that lift up the name and person of God Himself.  If somehow our requests will help make this a better world in which to live (which is one way to glorify God), somehow, it will be granted.

Again, it doesn't mean that with prayer you can get a clear-cut vision of who to vote for in November, or, how to better your bank account.  What prayer does do is help us realize the greatest needs of ourselves and the world around us, and, prayer helps us focus on how to accomplish these wonderful, life-giving goals ourselves.

Remember - "...ask, search, and knock..." are all action verbs.  When you pray, be ready for a divine response, -and-expect a personal, earthly one as well.  What I mean by this is: when we ask God for something, get ready to go to work.  It's just the way it is.

In the meantime, remember:
God loves you and so do we!

Pastor Jim
Jesus Teaches The Lords Prayer
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!

Youth-sponsored night with the JC Cardinals:  
this Saturday, 6 p.m., July 29th!  All welcome!  Reserve your spot by contacting Pastor Ed or Patty Wessner.  Your $7.50 per ticket gets you: a reserved seat and a meal of a hot dog and chips (for $1 more you can get a hamburger instead of the hot dog).  Take me (and your family!) out to the ballgame!

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

Twila Sharar and her family, upon the death of her husband, Steve; Mary King, who is having pacemaker surgery on Monday; 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:   
Ashton Drinnon (Carolynn Bailey's niece) upon the birth of a baby girl, Gracelynn Joy Drinnon, this week; 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; 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
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 on the altar in the nave is to the glory of God!

Jed & Lori Seehorn; Burleigh & Julia Witham
Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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