Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

July 15,2016

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.
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Sunday, July 17, 2016

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

Monday, July 18, 2016

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

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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

Thursday, July 21, 2016

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

Friday, July 22, 2016

Walk / Talk 10:00 AM

Finding Home Again"
"...provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith..." (Colossians 1:23)

Once again, we are pummeled with the sad and terrible news of yet another attack upon humanity. In Nice, France, so many more innocent people have died for no good reason.  Words like "senseless" and "pointless" and "horrendous" are what ring true in our hearts and minds these days.

Have you noticed, too, that the American flag has been at half-staff for quite a long time.  Why do you think that is?  I think there's a good reason for that.

Someone suggested on Face Book that we need to go to war.
That's not my suggestion only because I believe we already are at war.

Social Media has saturated us with everyone's point of view.  The sad thing is most points are so derogatory and rude, stating a personal opinion that quite frankly I think should be kept to themselves; but hey, it's become the "American way" to share your opinion even when it is detrimental to others.  With Social Media, I beg to differ.  It's out of control.

We ARE at war.  And, the war we need to be in is not with ISIS, or other terrorist groups; it's not with the rhetoric of the world - from US politics to internationa l economics; it's not with the color of our skin or the customs of our ancestors.

It's within ourselves.

Paul's letter to the Colossians, our second lesson for Sunday, is one of encouragement.  The Colossians, like most people of the world then and now, have followed Jesus Christ all for good reason.  But, as happens throughout human history, the good people of God fall away; they leave the grace and goodness of God and follow their own hearts.  That is the most dangerous thing a human being can ever do.

Paul writes how the people of Colossae have learned to turn away from their selfish and evil thinking ways; they have been "reconciled in Christ's body through death (meaning the cross)." The cross is the one symbol for humanity that offers the peace that often we do not recognize.  It's not a perfect peace because, after all, we're human and we will fall away from God time and time again.  But, it is a peace that can and will help us through the good and bad days of life.
The war within ourselves is a clear turning away from God in today's society.  We are bordering on anarchy (if not already there) and the moral decay of the foundations we call life in this world.  When we somehow have come to terms with the fact that a contingent of people think it is okay to kill others in order to protect their own conscience, call, movement, or philosophy,  we are in dire straits to be sure.  We are in serious trouble.  There is no doubt about it.
We need a return to some form of "securely established and steadfastness" in our faith in God.  If not, we will die as a people, and, as a nation.

The Church needs to wake up and take back the seriousness of teaching our parishes what it means to be a Christian in this modern world and how grace and mercy must be at the top of the list.  Grace and mercy, to me, are a lot harder to share than food and medicine, for our prejudices have grown out of proportion compared to trust and compassion.

With the "Year of the Reformation" upon us (2016-17 is the 500th anniversary of the "Ninety Five Theses" of the Reformation Era), I think this would be a great chance to rejoin the faith in a new and vibrant way!  We come to church, some of us anyway, on a regular basis.  But do we know what we believe?

Do you know what your faith believes?  Do we really believe that we are "justified by grace through faith in God"?  A fairly recent poll done in America among Lutherans (of all people) was done where a majority of the people said they really didn't believe in this theological statement. There lies the problem.  We don't know what we believe anymore.  People - that is the basis of the Lutheran perspective of faith in God.

Pick up that Bible for starters.  Read it.  Read it all the way through.  Martin Luther tended to  read through his a few times each year....can you imagine what could happen if we could do just half of that regiment of reading?

Pray.  Don't say, "I'm prayin' for you" and then maybe get around to it later, maybe.  Do it.  Pray without ceasing (I Thess. 5:16-18). Pray everywhere.  Just look around you. Whether you're at the mall or the grocery store, or church, or school, or on the ball diamond or soccer field - pray. It does and will make a difference.

That's for starters.  I'll have more for next week. Until then, remember...

God loves you and so do we!
Pastor Jim
Jesus Visits Mary And Martha
Coming Up at OSLC   
Blood Pressures taken:  
Sunday in the smaller narthex of the nave.

 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 at 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!

CPR Classes :
 from 8 a.m. until noon - Saturday, July 23.  Talk to Melissa Malenda for info.

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."

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:   
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; 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; Terry Myers, Pastor Ed's father; 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

given today to the glory of God 
and in honor of David's 28th birthday by Pastor Jim and Mary Alice Nipper.

Linda & Gene Maddox; Lori Markstrom.

Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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