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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.
We will continue our pause for in person outdoor gathering until October 18 due to rising cases of COVID-19 infection in our county and state. We will communicate our plan going forward after that date. Thank you for your prayers, support and patience!

  • NO Sunday gathering October 4, 11, 18.
  • NO Wednesday gathering October 7 or 14.

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson has issued a special message regarding the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic and our role in mitigating elevated infection rates. Please click here to read the message.

In compliance with physical distancing guidelines, and recommendations from the Rocky Mountain Synod, the OSLC building will remain closed. Staff will be working from home as much as possible and no one should access the building at this time. We will provide more information as it becomes available. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

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.
Faith+Talk
I pray that this week finds you well! I am taking a sabbath week and I am grateful for this break. I pray that all of you have a wonderful week! We will be communicating about when we can safely restart in person, outdoor worship. If it is not this week, on Oct. 18 I will do a FB live devotion on the texts. Look for information below in the Enews or in subsequent communications.

May this week be a blessing to you!

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 ahead of time from the person for whom we will be praying.)

 Please pray this week for:

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


Wednesday and Sunday Worship Services
OSLC is holding weekly brief worship services on Wednesdays and Sunday mornings. Visit oslcslc.org or click here for details.

Each service will require physical distancing and masks. We will provide chairs, and will not meet during inclement weather. If you cannot attend in person, these services will also be streamed live on the Our Saviour's Lutheran Church Facebook page at their respective times.

We will continue our pause for in person outdoor gathering until October 18 due to rising cases of COVID-19 infection in our county and state. We will communicate our plan going forward after that date. Thank you for your prayers, support and patience!

  • NO Sunday gathering October 4, 11, 18.
  • NO Wednesday gathering October 7 or 14.
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. The article below, "Focusing on God's Promises... Not our problems." is also a helpful resource.
Upcoming Events
Click on any of the blue links to access the online meeting room.
Full information for each online meeting can be found here, or visit oslcslc.org.

OSLC Calendar: October 18 - October 25, 2020

* Online via Zoom.us

No in-person gathering through October 18 due to rising COVID-19 cases in our county and state.

Pastor Brigette taking a week off for sabbath rest October 10-16.

Wednesday, October 14
3:30 PM Rocky Mountain Synod Congregational Leader (Clergy and lay)*

Thursday, October 15


Friday, October 16

Saturday, October 17


Sunday, October 18
You are invited to join St. Matthews, Taylorsville for their recorded worship.
8:45 AM Sunday Adult Education (Meeting ID: 835 9769 0693, Pass: 103179)*

Monday, October 19
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, October 20
4:30 PM Tea Time (Meeting ID: 890 9873 7114, Pass: 619594)*
7:00 PM Conversations on Holy Ground (Meeting ID: 874 6551 3107)*

Wednesday, October 21
6:00 PM
Confirmation (Meeting ID: 858 2503 7133, Pass: 878551)*

Thursday, October 22
7:00 PM OSLC Choir Meet-Up (via Zoom, contact Judy England for details.)*
7:00 PM Social Justice & Advocacy Ministry Meeting (ID: 826 0561 4634, Pass: 019219)*
 
Friday, October 23
Worship Recording (Email prayers to pastor@oslcslc.org by 12:00 PM, Friday.)
 

Saturday, October 24


Sunday, October 25
Visit oslcslc.org and the OSLC YouTube page for worship.
8:45 AM Sunday Adult Education (Meeting ID: 835 9769 0693, Pass: 103179)*
September Birthdays
Cathy Ricci
Wade Frischknecht
Steve Baker
Andrew Hermanson
Lori Bishop
Leonard McDowell
Irene Nordbrock
Millie Martensen
Harper Abbott
Sylvia Kattekola
Dorothy Purdie
Kevin Brosten
Rick Hoffman
Sara Brosten
October 3
October 5
October 7
October 7
October 8
October 8
October 8
October 9
October 13
October 15
October 16
October 23
October 29
October 30
OSLC Announcements
Enews Article submissions must be made by Tuesday at noon each week for the Wednesday publication. 
 
Please note that announcements should be short, include a contact for more information, and will run for two weeks unless otherwise specified by the submitter.
No In-Person Gatherings October 4-18

We will continue our pause for in person outdoor gathering until October 18 due to rising cases of COVID-19 infection in our county and state. We will communicate our plan going forward after that date. Thank you for your prayers, support and patience!

  • NO Sunday gathering October 4, 11, 18.
  • NO Wednesday gathering October 7 or 14.
Pastor Brigette Away October 10-16

Pastor Brigette will be taking a week of Sabbath rest October 10-16. For the weekend of October 18, you are invited to join St. Matthew in Taylorsville for their recorded worship. Pastor Christine will be on call for pastoral emergencies while I am out. Please contact Darren in the office if you need Pastor Christine.
*NEW* OSLC Advent Devotional

We are creating an OSLC Advent Devotional! We would love to have you write or draw a devotional to be shared with our congregation for the season of Advent. We will be sharing this electronically, on FaceBook as well as printing it for those who would like a paper copy.

Our Theme is: Gifts Outside These Walls. Children are welcome to participate! Please let Doni Ricci know if you are interested in contributing by October 25, submissions will be due by November 15. Here are some ideas: (If writing please keep it to 150-200 words.)

  • Favorite scripture/hymn/song and why it is important to you
  • How you have seen God's gifts manifested in your life in 2020
  • How you have served God's gifts to others in 2020
  • How your experience of what church means to you has transformed in 2020
  • What you hope the future will bring
Senior Spotlight: Meet Linda Kesler

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.
 
Linda Kesler found Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church through a weekend retreat at Vio De Cristo, a weekend retreat designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people and bring them to a new awareness of living in God's grace. Via de Cristo is a Spanish phrase meaning "Way of Christ” —and in meeting some of the congregants from Our Saviour’s at the event, she decided to see if the church would be a fit for her.
 
Several years later, Linda has made many friends and is an active participant of church activities. A registered nurse whose career spanned 30 years, Linda is a regular at monthly senior luncheons, a gathering where volunteers provide meals for senior members of the congregation.
 
In this Q&A, we learn more about Linda and her connection to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.

Q: Where were you born?
A: I was born in Bingham Canyon in Utah. I am a native Utahn.
 
Q: How did you find Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church? How long have you been a member? What do you love most about the community here?
A: I found OSLC through Via De Cristo.It is a weekend where several Lutheran churches get together  to spend a weekend without any outside world communication. And listen to God's word. I have been a member since November 2011. I enjoy the loving people and the friendliness (of the community).
 
Q: You’ve been a longtime attendee of the senior luncheons. What do you enjoy about this activity??
A: I enjoy senior lunch spending time with all the church members. And the great food.
 
Q: You’re active in a number of other Our Saviour’s activities (choir, bible study, etc.). What advice do you have for newer and younger members of the congregation about how to get more involved in parish life?
A: New members just need to come and meet people from both services. 

Q: What’s one fact that people are always surprised to learn about you?
A: A surprising fact about me I am a daughter of a pioneer who came into this place in 1851. My great great great grandfather was a millwright. He designed the Chase Mill in Liberty Park.
 
Q: How have you kept in touch with family and friends during this unusual COVID-19 pandemic? What has kept you going during quarantine?
A: Keeping in touch with friends and family through Zoom, Duo, Phone calls and letters and text messaging.
Generosity Team Series

Our Generosity Team is hard at work! Beginning October 25 we will have a four week worship focus on “Rooted in the Past, Embracing Our Future: Celebrating 60 years of ministry!” We will culminate on November 15 with our Generosity Sunday where you will be invited to participate in our ministry for the upcoming year. Look for a letter and a brochure in your mail at the end of the month for more exciting ministry updates!
New furnaces being installed.
The beginnings of the OSLC Little Library.
OSLC Generosity

"We have much to celebrate! Thanks to you and your faithful support of our ministry at OSLC we are continuing to step forward into God's work!

Our new furnaces for the South Wing were installed this week, thanks to your generosity and vision for OSLC. AND the beginnings of our new Little Library were started this week outside of the west wing as well.

Thanks to George Schleidt and again, your generosity, OSLC will have a community Little Library up and running within the next couple of weeks. Thank you all again for being God's people in this time and place. You matter, OSLC matters and our community matters." 
Social Justice and Advocacy Ministry Meeting

Social Justice and Advocacy Ministry will gather on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. We will look at the Rocky Mountain Synod document “Living Faith: Church in Society.” No preparation is necessary! All are welcome!

We will continue our pause for in person outdoor gathering until Oct. 18. We will communicate our plan going forward after that date. Thank you for your prayers, support and patience!

Click here to join the meeting.

Enter the Meeting ID or Passcode when prompted:
Meeting ID: 826 0561 4634
Passcode: 019219

You can also join the meeting by phone using either number below.

+1(253) 215-8782 (Tacoma)
+1(346) 248-7799 (Houston)
New Word in Season Available

The new Fall edition of The Word in Season is now available. Please contact the OSLC office at office@oslcslc.org or (801) 278-1412 if you would like a copy mailed to you.
Volunteers Needed for October 31

If you can assist with setting up and tearing down chairs and other equipment for a small outdoor wedding on Oct. 31 in the early afternoon, please let Pastor Brigette know.
Sunday Morning Outdoor Worship: "Help Wanted"

As our Sunday morning outdoor worship evolves (we have added sound system, etc.) a little help with set up and clean up is needed. Setting up our speakers and microphones, setting out some chairs and or place markers for people bringing their own chairs for physical distancing, a sanitation station, entails our set up. If you can assist, please contact Pr. Brigette for more information. Thank you!
Coordinators Needed for OSLC Family Promise Team:

Our OSLC Family Promise Planning Team is in the process of restructuring responsibilities. We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to help with on-going organization for our hosting weeks four times a year. If you are interested in coordinating facility, food, or supplies, please contact Cathy at cathy@riccifamily.com /(801) 557-2032 or Arleen Barrell at barrellda@gmail.com/(801) 694-1283. We would be happy to give you more details and explore how you might help.
Volunteer Needed to Deliver Family Promise Donations:

Please contact Cathy at cathy@riccifamily.com or (801) 557-2032 if you would like to help deliver donations from OSLC to Family Promise.
Focusing on God's Promises... Not our problems.

Excerpts from Unshakable HOPE, Building our lives on the Promises of God by Max Lucado:

  • Faith is the deeply held belief that God will keep his promises.

  • God is a promise maker and a promise keeper…what he says, happens.

  • Let’s be what we were made to be: People of the Promise who pray the promises of God:

  • When fearful, lay claim to the nearness of God: Judges 6:12 The Lord is with you.
  • When the world feels out of control, declare this promise: Romans 8:28 (NKJV) All things work together for good.
  • When we see dark clouds, remember: In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world John 16:33.
  • Nothing lifts the weary soul like the promises of God!

  • We can ponder our problems, or remember the promise…we can choose anxiety, or choose hope.

  • Be a wise builder and choose a foundation of hope and grace in Jesus, the “rock”.
  • We are building our lives on the promises of God. Because his Word is unbreakable, our hope is unshakable. We do not stand on the problems of life or the pain in life. We stand on the great and precious promises of God.
 
God’s promises are like the stars: the darker the night, the brighter they shine. (From a Dayspring Daily Calendar)
 
You may contact Pastor (720) 202-8212, Connie (801) 558-6158, or Cathy at
(801) 557-2032 if you need support.
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 or search for the "Community Support Initiative" tab on oslcslc.org.


FAMILY PROMISE SALT LAKE DONATIONS LIST:
 
If you would like to help Family Promise assist families as they prepare for colder months:

  • new socks and underwear
  • coats and jackets
  • jeans and warm clothing
  • winter boots and shoes
  • blankets (twin, full and queen)

Donations may be left outside the West door of the OSLC Round Room, clearly marked “for Family Promise” on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. You can also drop items at the Day Center. Masks are required for donation drop-offs.

Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
814 West 800 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84104

For more information about donations, contact Cathy Ricci:

The Family Promise Day Center can be reached directly at

Thank you for your generosity!

Crossroads is operating with limited hours and locations to protect the safety of the community. Masks are required at both locations (masks available).

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.

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.

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 save the "pop-top" from any cans and leave them in the jar on the table in the Round Room. Dorothy Purdie will bring them to Ronald McDonald House.

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