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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.
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
There’s been much ink spilled and tongues worn out on the topic of leadership in the past several months. We often have more to say when we disagree with a leader and their leadership decisions than when we think life is running along as it should. Leadership in the 21st century has changed for many and what we even expect out of leaders has shifted. We tend to want leaders to make us comfortable, happy, meet our needs and expectations. We want leaders who lead us to safety and prosperity. When that doesn’t happen…well, it’s rough to say the least. The challenge comes in that what makes me comfortable may not make you comfortable. What my needs are may not be your needs. Most leaders default to trying to make everyone happy, kowtowing to the loudest voice or the deepest pockets, or the most threatening. In the end, no one is happy. This sort of leader leads us all to despair.

This Christ the King Sunday, we are offered a different kind of leader in Jesus. Jesus is clear that he isn’t concerned about your happiness or comfort. Jesus’ leadership leads us straight into the tension of life together. Jesus leads us to the places where the world says we shouldn’t go, to the people we shouldn’t see, to do the things that we shouldn’t do. Jesus’ leadership leads us to see, care for and demand justice for the “least of these,” that is the people who others say are trying to get out of working, don’t deserve safety and freedom, whose deeds render them untouchable. Jesus’ leadership leads us to each other, fully, as connected and beloved. Jesus as king, gives away his power to us, so that we can give away our power for the sake of others flourishing. Jesus’ leadership leads us to abundant life for us all!

Don’t forget that we will have Zoom church THIS Sunday at 10 a.m. See you there in your square!

Blessings!

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

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!

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.
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
OSLC Calendar: November 18-29, 2020

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.

* Online via Zoom.us

Wednesday, November 18
6:00 PM Confirmation (Meeting ID: 858 2503 7133, Pass: 878551)*

Thursday, November 19
7:00 PM OSLC Choir Meet-Up (via Zoom, contact Judy England for details.)*
7:00 PM Christian Education & Faith Formation (Meeting ID: 829 4821 0965, Pass: 050538)

Friday, November 20
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, November 21


Sunday, November 22
Visit oslcslc.org and the OSLC YouTube page for worship.
8:45 AM Sunday Adult Education (Meeting ID: 835 9769 0693, Pass: 103179)*
11:00 AM Social Ministry Meeting (Meeting ID: 828 5952 2100, Pass: 481436)*

Monday, November 23
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, November 24
11:00 AM Utah Clergy Conference
 
Wednesday, November 25
 
Thursday, November 26
Thanksgiving

Friday, November 27
Worship Recording (Email prayers to pastor@oslcslc.org by 12:00 PM, Friday.)

Saturday, November 28


Sunday, November 29
Visit oslcslc.org and the OSLC YouTube page for worship.
8:45 AM Sunday Adult Education (Meeting ID: 835 9769 0693, Pass: 103179)*
November Birthdays
Dorothy Darnell
Bob Joffs
Bill Hooper
Bob Mueller
Michael Ricci
Barb Mueller
Linda Frischknecht
Janice Orme
Melinda Rogers
Connor Bishop
Chris Johanson
Paul Pearson
November 1
November 2
November 10
November 11
November 11
November 16
November 18
November 22
November 27
November 27
November 29
November 29
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.
In person outdoor gatherings are paused indefinitely due to the Utah Department of Health limiting gatherings to 10 people. 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.
*SUNDAY* Christ the King Sunday Live Online Worship, November 22

Let’s try something new! We will gather at 10:00 AM on Christ the King Sunday for a Zoom worship with Holy Communion. The bulletin will be similar to the recorded worship for that week, but Judy will be playing some hymns for us.

We ask that you remain muted for the worship, and we will have a brief fellowship time following. We will be recording the worship to put on our YouTube for those who missed it. *We will also have a recorded worship that week.

Click here to join.

Meeting ID: 811 9073 1796
Passcode: 690384

You can also join by phone:

+1(669) 900-6833 (San Jose)
+1(253) 215-8782 (Tacoma)
*SUNDAY* Interfaith Thanksgiving Livestream

OSLC is hosting the Holladay Interfaith Thanksgiving worship! Cathy Ricci will be speaking about our partnership with Family Promise and Pr. Brigette will give the invocation. Tune in for a wonderful interfaith opportunity!
*NEW* Advent Devotionals

Advent Devotions will be available soon! Several people from OSLC have contributed to an Advent Devotional themed: Gifts Beyond Our Walls. We will be offering it in a twice weekly email, on FB (please share it!) and in paper form. If you would like a printed copy, please contact Darren at office@oslcslc.org. Thank you to Doni Ricci for coordinating this effort!
*NEW* Home Advent Wreath Kits

Home Advent wreath kits are available! If you did not make a home Advent wreath with us last year, we still have some of the supplies left. If you would like a kit, please contact Pr. Brigette
*NEW* Family Promise Salt Lake Updated Donation Info

Isaiah 58:10a encourages us to “Feed the hungry and help those in trouble.” If you would like to contribute to Family Promise-Salt Lake’s support of families experiencing homelessness, please go to familypromisesaltlake.org and select the “donate now” button at the top, right of the home page. During these unprecedented times, this is one valuable way that we can help others.
*NEW* Social Ministry Meeting

Social Ministry will meet THIS Sunday at 11 a.m. after worship on Zoom to discuss how we can support our community in Advent and Christmas seasons.

Click here to join the meeting.

Meeting ID: 828 5952 2100
Passcode: 481436

You can also join by phone:

+1(253) 215-8782 (Tacoma)
+1(346) 248-7799 (Houston)
*NEW* Christian Education & Faith Formation Meeting

Christian Education/Faith Formation will have a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Please come and as we seek to form and be disciples of Jesus!
Click here to join the meeting.

Meeting ID: 829 4821 0965
Passcode: 050538

You can also join by phone:

+1(253) 215-8782 (Tacoma)
+1(346) 248-7799 (Houston)
*NEW* Social Justice And Advocacy Meeting

Social Justice and Advocacy Ministry will meet on Thursday Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.

Click here to join the meeting.

Meeting ID: 872 2681 7888
Passcode: 840313

You can also join by phone:

+1(669) 900-6833 (San Jose)
+1(346) 248-7799 (Houston)
OSLC Mandala Project

Thank you to Nona, Connie and Lea, for the work on the congregational mandala project! And thank you to all who participated! It’s a beautiful expression of God’s blessings!
Financial Secretary Needed

Financial secretary for OSLC is needed. This position oversees the offering counting process, recording giving information into our database, as well as collaborating with our finance ministry team. For more information please contact Tristan Abbott.
Online Advent Retreat

What is beauty if not stillness?
What is stillness if not sight?
What is sight if not an awakening?
What is an awakening if not now?

~Terry Tempest Williams from her beautiful book, Erosion
 

Please join us for Advent Awakening, a virtual Advent retreat offered by Rachel Bass Guennewig and DanaLee Simon, that runs from November 29th to December 25th, 2020. We will gather by ZOOM on 4 Sunday nights at 5:30 p.m. Mountain time/6:30 Central time, to explore the theme of the week (Delighting, Sistering, Hoping, and Magnifying). You will also receive an e-mail, Monday thru Saturday, with a 5-10 minute practice to help deepen your awareness and experience of this Season.   
 
To register for Advent Awakening, please follow this link. The retreat cost is a sliding scale of $30-50. We will be donating 15% of our proceeds to
Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp in CO, where we both worked as camp counselors, and that has been significantly impacted by the Cameron Peak fire, in Colorado. Please pay what feels right for you via DanaLee’s Venmo account (@DanaLee-Simon), or by mailing a check to DanaLee Simon at 1184 s 1500 e, Salt Lake City, UT 84105.  
 
***If using Venmo, please write your mailing address in the comments.***
We will be sending you an Advent Awakening booklet for you to use alongside the online offering. 
 
A little bit about us. Rachel lives in Champaign-Urbana, IL and leads yoga classes (via ZOOM) and retreats through Daily Bread Yoga. DanaLee is a Pastor, Spiritual Director and self-compassion teacher, and lives in Salt Lake City, UT. Both of us are in the thick of raising elementary school aged children. We met (eons ago) at Valparaiso University and have been serendipitously accompanying each other through both the messes and joys of life ever since. It would be a sincere delight to have you join us this Advent. And please pass this invitation on to anyone you think might be interested. If you have questions or concerns please be in touch with us! DanaLee (sagehillwisdom@gmail.com) or Rachel (dailybreadyoga@gmail.com).
Senior Spotlight: Meet Margaret Schleidt

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.
 
Some carrots from the Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church garden is what drew Margaret Schleidt to the church initially. A friend had told her about the garden space behind the church, so Margaret decided to plant in the space a few years back. Eventually, she decided to attend services and found a welcoming community to call home. In this Q&A, we learn more about Margaret and her connection to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.

Q: Where were you born?
A: Eschwege, Germany

Q: Before retirement, how did you spend your time?
A: I worked for Social Security Disability Determinations as a claims examiner.

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: A friend of my husband’s brought us some carrots from his garden. While talking to him about gardening, we discovered that we had something else in common, we were both Lutherans. He told me that he had a place in the church garden for me if I wanted it, and the next spring I planted a box. While I was working there, Pastor Jeff came out and talked with me a few times, inviting me to come and worship. It had been a few years since I had been to any church, so I decided to try it. And I liked what I saw, it felt like coming home. I attended for a few months and then decided to become a member of the congregation and I have been there ever since 2013.
I like the fellowship at this congregation, a lot of wonderful, caring people. At church I am involved in Project Linus, Social Ministry (meals for sick or people who just need one) Bible Study and the garden. I got involved in Senior Lunch when I was asked to give a presentation about the Oktoberfest and ended up talking at great length about Germany.

Q: You’ve been a longtime attendee of the senior luncheons. What do you enjoy about this activity?
A: All the friends there and the programs.

Q: What’s one fact that people are always surprised to learn about you?
A: That I have a big collection of antique dolls and I am a “dolly doctor”.

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? 
A: Most of my German family keeps in touch by phoning and Facetime, my American family comes to see us, at first wearing masks and standing out on the lawn, but now they do come inside, but wearing their masks. I have been tagging all of my dolls (it’s a big job) so that they have the maker and the model number etc. attached to them) while unable to go out, I read, garden and waste time on the computer.
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)
 
Contact Pastor Brigette (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.

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