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We embrace the teaching of Jesus to love one another as we are first loved by God: wholly and abundantly. We want all people to know that they are worthy of God's unconditional love and grace.
 
Whoever you are- we want you here.
Whatever your gender identity- we want you here.
Wherever you're from- we want you here.
Whatever your status- we want you here.
Whatever your sexual orientation- we want you here.
Whomever you love- we want you here.
Whatever you look like- we want you here.
Whatever your abilities- we want you here.
Whatever you bring to Christ's table- we want you here.
 
You are wanted here.
 
As we all move forward with the work of being God's love for all people, we commit ourselves to making God's justice, healing, grace and inclusivity a reality in this congregation and throughout the world.
Faith+Talk
Transfiguration Sunday brings the season of Epiphany to a close each year. We stop on the Sunday before Lent notice that with God, everything is transformed. Jesus is God’s son showing us how God’s plan for creation is movement, newness and transformation. With Jesus, nothing is the same and nothing stays the same. Each day, each encounter with God is an opportunity to see Jesus’s love, mercy and redemption at work in the world and in our lives. Like Peter, we might not know what do say or what to do as it may be terrifying, but the promise is that Jesus will always remain.

In Lent, our format for gathering for worship will continue to be a mixture of what we have been experiencing with a look forward to something new. On Sundays, we will offer the pre-recorded YouTube services as well as Zoom at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Ash Wednesday service will be 7 p.m. on Zoom and we will have Wednesday evening vespers worship at 7 p.m. until Holy Week. Households will be receiving a “Lenten Packet” with ashes, a devotional booklet, daily Lenten word of the day cards, an Ash Wednesday home liturgy and for families with young children,
a sticker for each child.

For Holy Week, the Worship and Music ministry team is planning a self-guided Stations of the Cross in the building. Households will sign up for a time slot to experience the Stations of the Cross. Look for more information to come. We will hold Maundy Thursday and Good Friday worship services on Zoom at 7 p.m. each evening. Easter Sunday (weather providing) will be outdoors in person on our west lawn at 10 a.m. Bring a mask, a chair, a coat and some bread and juice for Holy Communion. We hope to gather outdoors each Sunday morning in person going forward. We will livestream the service and record the live stream for YouTube, but we will cease pre-recording at that time (as of now this is the plan). We know that no matter where we are, or how we worship, Jesus will be there.
See you Sunday!

Pastor Brigette
Contact Pastor Brigette if you or someone
you know is in need of pastoral care:

(720) 202-8212
Multiple ways to connect with OSLC!
There are variety of opportunities to connect with your friends at OSLC. Take a look at the information below for worship and community information.

You can also call the office with any questions. The best way to reach us for any reason is by email at office@oslcslc.org or pastor@oslcslc.org. Or call Pastor Brigette.
Online Worship
Worship online by visiting the OSLC YouTube channel. Search for "Our Saviour's Lutheran Church SLC" on YouTube.com or click here.

Online bulletins are available at oslcslc.org to help you follow along with the service. Check the OSLC Facebook page for announcements, daily devotionals and updates.


OSLC Meetings via ZOOM
There are multiple opportunities for people of all ages to connect with OSLC friends using Zoom teleconferencing! You can also join Zoom conferences by telephone. Click here for a full list with connection details, or click on the links in the calendar below.


Prayer Request Opportunities
We are a vibrant community of prayer that encourages opportunities to share prayer requests with each other!
 
  • Prayers of the People: Click here or email pastor@oslcslc.org by 12:00 PM on Friday if you would like a prayer read during online worship.

  • OSLC Prayer Chain: Email office@oslcslc.org or call (801) 278-1412 during regular office hours.

  • Urgent prayer requests: If you desire immediate prayer support, please contact your friends or small group. You may also text or call Connie (801) 558-6158 or Cathy (801) 557-2032 to contact appropriate pray-ers.

(Permission should be received beforehand from prayer recipients.)

 Please pray this week for:

Denny, Katsy, Alan, Charmaine, Janice, Adam, Betty, Pat, Evelyn, John, Marty, James, Sam, Zoe, Lisa, Kathy, Phil, Sharon, Margaret, Melanie


Wednesday and Sunday Worship Services

We are pausing in-person, outdoor gathering due to rising cases of COVID-19 infection in our county and state. We will communicate our plans as we move forward. Thank you for your prayers, support and patience!
Stephen Ministers & Visiting Angels

OSLC has Stephen Ministers and Visiting Angels available to offer a listening ear, share a prayer, or engage in friendly conversation.

Contact Connie at (801) 558-6158, or Cathy (801) 557-2032 if you would like to receive a phone call.
Upcoming Events

  • We will hold an Ash Wednesday worship on Zoom at 7:00 pm.

  • We will hold Wednesday evening vespers worship at 7:00 p.m on Zoom each week in Lent (Feb. 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24).
OSLC Calendar: February 14-21, 2021

* Online via zoom.us/join. Click here for a video tutorial on joining a Zoom meeting.
Full information for each online meeting can be found at oslcslc.org.

Sunday, February 14
8:45 AM Sunday Adult Education (Meeting ID: 835 9769 0693, Pass: 103179)*
10:00 AM Zoom Worship (Meeting ID: 884 9649 2489, Pass: 332882)
Visit oslcslc.org or the OSLC YouTube page for recorded worship.
11:00 AM Social Ministry Meeting (Meeting ID: 869 1895 9368, Pass: 995803)
12:30 PM OSLC Council Meeting

Monday, February 15
9:00 AM Staff Meeting*
1:30 PM Monday Bible Study (Meeting ID: 734 218 050, Pass: 373710)*
7:00 PM Women’s Bible Study (Meeting ID: 869 1323 0346, Pass: 169932)*
 
Tuesday, February 16
11:00 AM Utah Clergy Conference Meeting*

Wednesday, February 17
7:00 PM Ash Wednesday Service (Meeting ID: 878 8759 6284, Pass: 797987)*
             Please have your ashes and Holy Communion supplies handy.

Thursday, February 18
7:00 PM Soc. Justice and Advocacy Ministry Meeting (Meeting ID: 872 2681 7888, Pass: 840313)*
 
Friday, February 19
6:30 AM Men’s Bible Study (Meeting ID: 447 821 327)*
Worship Recording (email prayers to pastor@oslcslc.org by 12:00 PM Friday.)
 
Saturday, February 20


Sunday, February 21
8:45 AM Sunday Adult Education (Meeting ID: 835 9769 0693, Pass: 103179)*
10:00 AM Zoom Worship (Meeting ID: 884 9649 2489, Pass: 332882)*
Visit oslcslc.org or the OSLC YouTube page for recorded worship.
February Birthdays
Austin McDowell
Darcy Ruth Alleman
Carly Alleman
Olivia Hermanson
Ana Hsia
Diana Baker
Tessa Tempfer
Marko McDowell
Ben Hagen
Stephi Namburi
Sara Solaimanian
Diane Dykman
January 1
February 4
February 7
February7
February 8
February 12
February 15
February 19
February 21
February 21
February 21
February 27
OSLC Announcements
Enews Article submissions must be made by 12:00 PM each Tuesday for the Wednesday publication. Announcements should be short, include a contact for more information, and will run for two weeks unless otherwise specified by the submitter.
In compliance with physical distancing guidelines and recommendations from the Rocky Mountain Synod, the OSLC building will remain closed for the time being. No one should access the building at this time, staff will be working from home as much as possible, and in-person outdoor gatherings are paused indefinitely due to Utah Department of Health guidelines limiting gatherings to 10 people.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.We know that we are called to continue to BE the church in this time and place no matter how we gather! We are still offering our YouTube services and our worship, and music ministry is dreaming of other ways for us to connect and worship.

The latest information about COVID-19 is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and local authorities by visiting cdc.gov or coronavirus.utah.gov.
*UPCOMING* Ash Wednesday & Lent Worship

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday February 17. Our Lenten theme is “Again and Again” from the worship resource Sanctified Art. We will delve into the mystery that God again and again invites to reconciliation, mercy and forgiveness. How do we need to offer this in all aspects of our lives individually and together?

We will hold an Ash Wednesday worship at 7:00 PM. We will be mailing packets to all households at OSLC which include a portion of ash, Ash Wednesday home liturgy, a Lenten devotional booklet, daily devotional cards, and cross stickers for children.

We will also hold Wednesday evening vespers worship at 7:00 PM on Zoom each week in Lent (Feb. 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24).

Click here or visit zoom.us/join to join us.

Meeting ID: 878 8759 6284
Passcode: 797987

You can also join by phone.

+1(253) 215-8782 (Tacoma)
+1(346) 248-7799 (Houston)
*NEW* Social Ministry Team Meeting, February 14

Social Ministry Team meeting THIS Sunday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. Please join us on Zoom!

Click here to join the meeting.

Meeting ID: 869 1895 9368
Passcode: 995803

You can also join by phone:

+1(253) 215-8782 (Tacoma)
+1(346) 248-7799 (Houston)
*NEW* Generosity Ministry Team Update

The three initiatives for 2021 are: 

Playground Implementation:


The Playground Feasibility Team reported that it is indeed achievable to build a playground, consequently, we are developing a Playground Implementation Team to identify a contractor and obtain bids.


Restroom Remodeling:

The restrooms are not ADA compliant, therefore, a feasibility study needs to be done, looking at what it would entail to achieve compliance. Like we did with the playground, we are establishing a Restroom Update Feasibility Team.


Digital Presence:

Finally, while experiencing a pandemic year, it became obvious that our digital presence had to be updated. There have been numerous people who have helped with the endeavor, but we need to continue to improve our digital presence. 


If you are interested in being a member of any one of these three teams (Playground, Restrooms or Digital Presence), please contact Mary Bowman (Generosity Committee Chair) or Marion Lennberg (Generosity Ministry Council Liaison). 
We, as a Ministry, are committed to update the congregation monthly about the progress (or lack of progress) of each team. We need your help! 
*NEW* Senior Spotlight: Rod Wendt

As part of the ministry that supports senior luncheons, a new series of member profiles will introduce us to those who attend these monthly gatherings to better connect us all in a time of compassionate distancing.

Q: Where were you born?
I was born on a farm near Jamestown, North Dakota.

Q: Before retirement, how did you spend your time?

I worked as a farmer growing up. I served in the U.S. Army and in Korea. When I came home, it was not farming season, and a cousin suggested I come to Minneapolis for a job at a computer company, so I did. My career was designing and developing computers. I was involved in the design, development and an inventor of the personal computer in 1968. I also was involved with designing the military computer that was used on the USS Kennedy aircraft carrier.
I enjoyed fishing and hunting with my buddies on weekends.

Q: What’s one fact that people are always surprised to learn about you?

When I came to Utah, there was no ice fishing, and I was involved in getting ice fishing started in 1972.

Q: How did you find OSLC? How long have you been a member? What do you love about the community here?

My job was relocating to SLC. My two Lutheran co-workers and I decided to check out OSLC. I have been a member since 1970. What I love about the community here is the friendliness of everyone, and everyone talks to each other.

Q: You’ve been a long time attendee of the senior luncheons. What do you enjoy about this activity?

I like the menu and the theme of food highlighting different countries.I also like that the programs are very interesting and educational. I enjoy learning new things.

Q: How have you kept in touch with family and friends during this unusual COVID-19 pandemic? What has kept you going during quarantine? Have you picked up any new hobbies or spent your time in new and different ways?

I keep in touch with family and friends by phone calls. My twin daughters who live nearby call me every day. Every Monday, they both come to my home and they bring lunch and stay for a few hours. What has kept me going is the love from my family -- 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.

My new hobbies are adult coloring books using colored pencils, and 1000 piece puzzles. I still enjoy reading and listening to my CDs of classical, semi-classical and jazz music.
Millcreek Elementary Partnership

Mill Creek Elementary supports a diverse, multi-ethnic population of 350 students (35% Latinx, 30% white, 35% other ethnicity) speaking 24 different languages and dialects. Due to state budget constraints, Mill Creek Elementary does not receive any subsidized funding for assistance feeding the children. 60% of the students are on free or reduced lunch and the pantry at Mill Creek Elementary feeds 40-50 families each week.

Pastor Brigette met with Principal Ann Kane last week and we are excited to support one another! Here are some of the ways you can be involved:

Read to the children!

They are looking for reading buddies over Zoom!
Contact Sarah Waddoups at swaddoups@graniteschools.org or (385) 646-4912.


Help buy books for Read Across America Month.

Let's help cover the third grade!


Stock the food pantry!

Most needed items:

Canned fruit
Canned vegetables
Ranch Dressing (yes really! Kids love it!)
Shampoo
Bread
Peanut butter
Healthy cereal
New coats
New clothes
New shoes/boots
Thank you for your care and generosity! Once we can be in person, there will be opportunities to volunteer at the school as well. For more information contact Pastor Brigette (pastor@oslcslc.org).
Wine Women and Wonder

Wine Women and Wonder is zooming on Friday, February 26 at 6:30pm. Back by popular demand, we’ll have another scavenger hunt .

Jenny will be the MC. If you didn’t join us last time, we want you to join us this time. Invite a friend. The zoom link will be sent out before this fun event. 

Giving & Service Opportunities
OSLC COVID 19 Community Support Initiative

We are supporting our Salt Lake City community in this time of pandemic through our Community Support Initiative. Click here for more information on oslcslc.org.
Social Justice and Advocacy Ministry Community Updates

The Social Justice and Advocacy Ministry is a new ministry at OSLC committed to seeking strategies for human flourishing. A key component is information on what is happening to our siblings in Christ in our midst. We will be offering important information about once a month so that we can all be aware of the needs in our community. Here is some information on housing in the Salt Lake Valley.

Did you know…


Crossroads is operating with limited hours and locations to protect the safety of the community. Masks are required and available at both locations.
We still need food donations, particularly nonperishable food items that do not require cooking since most of the people we are serving during this crisis are homeless. To learn how to safely make a donation call (801) 364-7765, Monday-Friday between 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

Downtown Food Pantry
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM-3:00 PM
347 South 400 East, SLC 84111
Drop-in. All services provided outside.

Westside Food Pantry
Tuesday & Thursday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
1358 West Indiana Avenue, SLC 84104
Drop-in. All services provided outside.

Crossroads Thrift Store
Tuesday-Friday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
1358 West Indiana Avenue, SLC 84104
Limited number of people allowed in building simultaneously.
The Coalition of Religious Communities

St. Paul wrote to the church at Corinth:

"See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!" (NRSV)

And now is the time for our caring community at OSLC to show we care about those experiencing homelessness.

The Coalition of Religious Communities (CORC) -- a social advocacy project of Crossroads Urban Center -- offers that opportunity during the 2021 Utah Legislature Session. CORC has weekly "Hunger & Homelessness Updates" and many other opportunities to learn and have our voices heard by elected officials about hunger and homelessness in Utah. "God's Work - Our Hands"... And Voices!

More information at:


There are a variety of ways to donate food or make monetary contributions to the Utah Food Bank:
 



1.   Drop off food at the Utah Food Bank:
 
3150 South 900 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
(East side of building.)
 
Monday-Thursday 
8:00 AM -6:00 PM 
 
Friday
8:00 AM -5:00 PM

Saturday
8:00 AM -2:00 PM 
 
2.   Drop off your donations at Harmons Grocery stores:
 
Harmons stores have a drop-off barrel at the entrance. Click here for a list of locations. 
 
3.    Donate money or cash directly to the Utah Food Bank:
 
For every $1 donated, $7.66 of food or services are provided. To donate online, click the "Donate Now" button on the right side of the page or select "Give Money".  
 
4.    Virtual Shopping:
 
You can virtually shop for items to donate at utahfoodbank.org. Click "Give Food", scroll down to the section titled "Virtual Food Drive" and click "Get Started". 
 
Click the red "Donate" button on the right of the screen, then "Browse Store" on the next page. Add the items you would like to donate to your shopping cart and click "Check Out" to complete your donation.
 

You're also welcome to bring your food items to OSLC and it will be dropped
off at the Utah Food Bank when sufficient quantity has been collected.    
Contact office@oslcslc.org with any questions. 

You can also contact the Utah Food bank Food Drive Specialist directly at
(801) 887-1266 or fooddrive@utahfoodbank.org
The project is still in full swing. No, we don't meet for blanket making day. Yes, we do make blankets constantly and we are ready to distribute 175 blankets next week to those children who need a blanket hug (even though we can't physically be close to them).  
 
Blanketeers have been busy working at home. I have been shopping on-line for materials that have been delivered. I have been dropping off fabric and yarn to my workers' front porches and have been picking up finished blankets from their porches. We are careful not to be too close physically - but are in touch regularly.
The work goes on!
 
~ Millie

What can you do to support and contribute to Project Linus? Our volunteers hand-make new blankets for children from birth to 18 years old. The blankets are given to children who are ill, or in other ways need of a security blanket hug. Blankets can be flannel, fleece crochet edges, quilts, knit, crochet, or fleece fringe (made by specific pattern). Child friendly patterns and colors are preferred. Also, cash donations can be made directly to OSLC. To find out what to contribute and see blanket patterns visit slcprojectlinus.blogspot.com
Please collect the "pop-tops" from cans and save them at home. When the church re-opens, they can be added to the jar in the Round Room. Dorothy Purdie will then take them to the Ronald McDonald House .

Contact us at office@oslcslc.org or (801) 278-1412