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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
Whose voice do you let into your life? Brene Brown, professor, researcher and author, in one of her books “Daring Greatly” writes about there are certain people who should not have a say in your life. The voice of the critic, the voice of the one from what she calls the “cheap seats,” the voice of the one who isn’t willing to risk anything, the voice of the one who doesn’t have your back. So, if those voices don’t have a say for us or have any influence on us, who should? It’s not that we want to ignore voices that are saying hard things, or things that we don’t want to hear, but we should listen to voices who tell us the truth, good, bad and ugly, truth. People who have risked and lost, and then won, people who have stood where you now stand, people who will be beside you no matter what.

In some ways, our gospel text on Jesus’ baptism and our Genesis and Acts passages, are about who’s voice matters. Over and over again in the Bible we hear God’s voice speaking: at creation, through the prophets, announcing Jesus’ as God’s own beloved son, at Pentecost through the Holy Spirit, and countless other times in scripture and in our lives. God’s voice booms into our lives and the earth with words that create order from chaos, love from division and life from death. As we begin our new year, we are called to discern whose voice will matter in our lives. May it be God’s voice of life and love, from wherever or whomever it originates, that you will hear.

See you in church!

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 from the person for whom we will be praying beforehand.)

 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!
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: December 10-17, 2021

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

Sunday, Janaury 10
Visit oslcslc.org or the OSLC YouTube page for recorded worship.
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)*
11:00 AM 2021 Budget Overview Meeting (Meeting ID: 835 1704 8287, Pass: 878513)*
12:30 PM OSLC Council Meeting

Monday, Janaury 11
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, Janaury 12
11:00 AM Utah Clergy Conference Meeting*
7:00 PM Worship & Music Meeting (Meeting ID: 89122512614)

Wednesday, Janaury 13

Thursday, Janaury 14
7:00 PM OSLC Choir Meet-Up (Contact Judy England for details.)

Friday, January 15
6:30 AM Men’s Bible Study (Meeting ID: 447 821 327)*
OSLC Worship Recording (Email prayers to pastor@oslcslc.org by 12:00 PM Friday.)

Saturday, January 16


Sunday, January 17
Visit oslcslc.org or the OSLC YouTube page for recorded worship.
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)*
January Birthdays
Sandie Isakson
Mary Bottomly
Chris Entzel
Sten Hoidal
Rod Wendt
Mary Olson
Judy England
Rachel Brewer
Aileen Johanson
Alli Erickson
Sophie Pearson-Terry
Crosby Pearson-Terry
John Hoidal
Larry Holmes
Patricia Pollitz
Nadine Snyder
January 1
January 2
January 3
January 3
January 4
January 7
January 8
January 15
January 15
January 21
January 23
January 22
January 24
January 26
January 27
January 27
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.
*TODAY* Epiphany Family Worship

Join us for a family friendly Epiphany Zoom gathering on January 6 at 7:00 PM!
We’ll tell the story with a participatory skit, sing songs and have some fun!

Click here to join the meeting.
 
Meeting ID: 885 8223 1602
Passcode: 112065

You can also join by phone:

+1(253) 215-8782 (Tacoma)
+1(346) 248-7799 (Houston)
*UPCOMING* 2021 Budget Overview Meeting

There will be a 2021 Budget Overview with OSLC Treasurer, Bob Ricci this Sunday, January 10 at 11:00 a.m. Please plan to attend if you have questions on the budget for the new year. Zoom link:

Click here to join the meeting.

Meeting ID: 835 1704 8287
Passcode: 878513

You can also join by phone:

+1(346) 248-7799 (Houston)
+1(669) 900-6833 (San Jose)
*UPCOMING* OSLC Annual Meeting

The OSLC Annual meeting will be held via Zoom on January 24 at 11:00 a.m., after Zoom worship. Look for more details to come. The annual report, agenda and budget will be available on oslcslc.org soon.
*UPCOMING* Worship & Music Ministry Meeting

Worship and Music ministry team will meet on Tuesday, January 12 at 7:00 p.m. Click here to join the meeting.
*UPCOMING* Social Justice and Advocacy Meeting

Social Justice and Advocacy ministry will meet on January 21 at 7:00 p.m. via zoom.
Click here to join the meeting.

Meeting ID: 872 2681 7888
Passcode: 840313

You can also join by phone.

+1(346) 248-7799 (Houston)
+1(669) 900-6833 (San Jose)
*NEW* YouTube Recorded Worship Resumes

YouTube recorded worship will resume this week. We will also worship on Sunday morning via Zoom. See you there!
*NEW* Senior Spotlight: Meet Millie Martensen

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.
 
You might know Millie Martensen as “the blanket lady.” It’s an apt nickname for someone who routinely takes the lead on making and organizing the collection of hundreds of blankets for Project Linus, a non-profit organization that provides new handmade blankets to children in need. She currently serves as Salt Lake County’s chapter coordinator for the initiative.
 
But long before she became known in the Our Saviour’s Lutheran church community for her sewing skills, Martensen served as a dedicated educator and administrator with the Granite School District. She spent years in the classroom, earning a BA, MA, EdS, and PhD along the way, preparing her for her career to teach in the classroom and eventually move into education administration. She began attending Our Saviour’s after marrying OSLC member Dean Martensen at age 64.
 
In this Q&A, we learn more about Millie and her connection to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.
 
Q: Where were you born?

A: I was born in Dansville, New York. 
 
 Q: Before retirement, how did you spend your time?

A: I spent 32 years in public education with the Granite School District. 12 years teaching High School English, then moving on to Junior High Asst. Principal, then moving on to Elementary Principal, then on to Curriculum Director at district level, then on to High School Principal (Olympus) then on to Director of High Schools. 
I raised a daughter, rode horses, skied, played golf, played tennis, biked all over the place. Still doing that last part long after career retirement at age 58. 
 
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: At age 64 I married Dean Martensen who was a long time member of OSLC - Pastor Roger Anderson married us on the hillside at Zion Park. I actually still belong to Christ's Methodist Church. Though I attend only at OSLC I have never officially "joined." Add all that up and it comes out being 82 years old. 
 
I love the church building itself. I like the fact that the members are so service oriented. I love that they invite everyone regardless of color or creed without reservation and exclude no one. 
   
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: To keep in touch, I use phone, texts, zoom, email, Marco Polo, US Mail, OSLC services on you tube, porch pick-ups for deliveries of blankets. Before Covid 19- I traveled more. During Covid 19- I read more.
January Diaper & Feminine Hygiene Drive

For the month of January, we will be collecting diapers of all sizes (but larger sizes are preferred) and feminine hygiene products for Family Promise. We will have bins outside the north and west doors for drop off. Thank you for caring for our neighbors!
OSLC Council Volunteers

OSLC Council needs you! Yes you! Council is a wonderful and important way to serve at OSLC! Contact Tristan Abbott for more information on this vital ministry!
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…

OSLC Generosity Campaign & Intent Cards

OSLC is waiting to finalize the budget for 2021 so we can continue to be a Spirit filled community, reaching out and caring for all. We are “waiting” for all 2021 pledge cards to be returned. 
 
If you have returned your statement of intent, thank you! If you have misplaced it (easy to do this time of the year) and need a new one, please contact Darren in the office (office@oslcslc.org or 801-278-1214) and he will mail one to you. Also, it is on our website, visit oslcslc.org/give click here to download the form. Help us to continue Our Mission! 
 
Your Generosity Ministry Team
Family Promise: Christmas Giving

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who has contributed to the rebuilding of Family Promise-Salt Lake! From joining the board to donating money, many have stepped up to reach out to families experiencing homelessness. If you would like to make a donation, please go to familypromisesaltlake.org and select the “donate now” button (at the top, right of the home page). A diaper drive will be organized in January. Watch for future updates.
 
Your continuing support is greatly appreciated!
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 and available at both locations.

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