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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 for the time being.
No one should access the building and staff will be working from home as much as possible.

In-person, outdoor worship will begin April 4 at 10:00 a.m. This worship will be live streamed and recorded for our YouTube channel.


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.

OSLC has established a series of criteria to help determine when it may be safe to re-open the building for worship and events. You can find this information at oslcslc.org.

Faith+Talk
We enter now into the mystery of the Triduum, or the Three Days. Three days that change everything. We journey from the peaceful protest of people shouting to Jesus to save them now, to Jesus spending that last night of his earthly life with his friends: the beloved, the denier, the betrayer, and those will abandon. We come to the foot of the cross, where the pain, suffering and despair of the world are hung for all to see. And we wait. We sit in the unknown of Holy Saturday, the grief, the disorientation, and the fear. And the third day…well, we have to wait a bit more. But let us not rush too quickly to the glory of the tomb and miss the promise of Jesus eating with us, washing us, praying for us, and forgiving us. Let us walk step by step with God this week as we sink deeply into the story that changes everything.

Blessed Holy Week.

Pastor Brigette
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.
In-Person Worship

In Person Outdoor Worship will begin April 4 at 10:00 AM, Easter Morning! Bring your communion elements (bread and juice) and a mask. We will have a modified (no singing) worship with instrumental music, including our Chimes Choir on Easter and other musicians.This will be our format going forward until we can be inside!

This worship will also be available live and recorded on our YouTube channel. In case of inclement weather we will send an email alert and livestream worship from the sanctuary directly to YouTube. Online bulletins are available at oslcslc.org to help you follow along with the service.


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, Karen

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.
Stephen Leaders:

Connie Degn
(801) 558-6158

Cathy Ricci
(801) 557-2032

Pastor Brigette
(720) 202-8212
Upcoming Events
  • Stations of the Cross (March 28-April 3 - Schedule & Registration)
OSLC Calendar: March 31 - April 11, 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.


Wednesday, March 31
7:00 PM Bake Bread With Pastor Brigette (Meeting ID: 85010358763, Pass: 914274)*

Thursday, April 1
7:00 PM Maundy Thursday Worship (Meeting ID: 843 4151 6966, Pass: 836868)
 
Friday, April 2
6:30 AM Men's Bible Study (Meeting ID: 447 821 327)*
7:00 PM Good Friday Worship (Meeting ID: 843 1310 3805, Pass: 596919)*

Saturday, April 3
12:00 PM Tone Chimes Rehearsal

Sunday, April 4
Easter Sunday
8:30 AM Sunday Adult Education (Meeting ID: 835 9769 0693, Pass: 103179)*
10:00 In-Person Outdoor Worship (Visit the OSLC YouTube page for streamed video.)
12:20 PM OSLC Executive Council Meeting*
 
Monday, April 5
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: 86913230346, Pass: 169932)*
 
Tuesday, April 6
11:00 AM Utah Clergy Conference Meeting*
 
Wednesday, April 7
12:30 PM WELCA (Meeting ID: 81268151509, Pass: 917124)*
 
Thursday, April 8
7:00 PM OSLC Choir Meet-Up (Contact Judy England for details.)*

Friday, April 9


Saturday, April 10
 

Sunday, April 11
8:30 AM Sunday Adult Education (Meeting ID: 835 9769 0693, Pass: 103179)*
10:00 In-Person Outdoor Worship (Visit the OSLC YouTube page for streamed video.)
12:30 PM OSLC Council Meeting*
March Birthdays
Carol Holmes
Linda Kesler
Marty Neutzel
Sue Hagen
James LaDue
Wendy Erickson
Tristan Abbott
Amanda Bishop
Connie Degn
March 10
March 14
March 15
March 26
March 28
March 29
March 30
March 30
March 30
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.
Holy Week Worship Schedule:


*TONIGHT* Wednesday, March 31 @ 7:00 PM:

Bake bread with Pastor Brigette. She will share her favorite communion bread recipe for your home, Maundy Thursday worship, or for Easter Sunday.

For the recipe you will need:

  • Whole Wheat Flour (or GF flour-Bob's Red Mill is excellent)
  • White Flour (Or GF flour)
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Honey
  • Molasses

Click here to join the meeting.

Meeting ID: 850 1035 8763
Passcode: 914274

You can also join by phone:
+1(669) 900-6833 (San Jose)
+1(253) 215-8782 (Tacoma)


Maundy Thursday, April 1 @ 7:00 PM:

Please add a candle to your communion set up for the stripping of our home altars. If you have more items that you use for worship, please include those.

Click here to join the meeting.

Meeting ID: 843 4151 6966
Passcode: 836868

You can also join by phone:
+1(346) 248-7799 (Houston)
+1(669) 900-6833 (San Jose)


Good Friday, April 2 @ 7:00 PM:

If you would like to participate in extinguishing candles during worship, please have on hand seven candles.


Click here to join the meeting.

Meeting ID: 843 1310 3805
Passcode: 596919

You can also join by phone:
+1(253) 215-8782 (Tacoma)
+1(346) 248-7799 (Houston)


April 4 @ 10:00 AM (Easter Sunday):

On the West lawn in person and live on YouTube. Bring a chair, holy communion elements, and joy! Easter Egg Hunt following worship for children and youth!


Holy Week Stations of the Cross:

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church will be hosting a Stations of the Cross walk March 28-April 3. Visitors are encouraged to register for 30 minute sessions during this time. Use the link below to sign up for a time which will work for you.

*UPCOMING* In-Person Outdoor Worship

In Person Outdoor Worship will begin April 4 at 10:00 AM, Easter Morning! Bring your communion elements (bread and juice) and a mask. We will have a modified (no singing) worship with instrumental music, including our Chimes Choir on Easter and other musicians.This will be our format going forward until we can be inside!

This worship will also be available live and recorded on our YouTube channel. In case of inclement weather we will send an email alert and livestream worship from the sanctuary directly to YouTube.
*NEW* Adult Sunday School

Adult Sunday School will be at 8:30 a.m. on Zoom beginning April 4.

Click here to join the meeting.

Meeting ID: 835 9769 0693
Pass: 103179
*UPCOMING* Pastor Brigette Out April 7-25

Pastor Brigette will be out April 7-25 due to a minor surgery. She will return part-time for three weeks from April 26-May 17. While she is out in April, if you have a pastoral emergency, please contact Darren in the office (801) 278-1412 to be connected to a pastoral colleague. Supply preachers for April 11, 18 and 25 will lead worship. We will still meet outside on the west lawn. Prayers are appreciated!
*NEW* Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance Presentation

OSLC will be hosting a presentation from the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance on April 28 at 7:00 PM. We hope to virtually see you there. Be sure to invite a friend!

Spanning craggy mountain peaks in the Basin and Range province, the high plateaus and deeply incised mesas of Utah’s central uplands, and the world-famous redrock canyon country of the Colorado Plateau, the lands proposed for wilderness designation in America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act have long been recognized as some of the most extraordinary wild landscapes on the planet.

There are many reasons to protect these lands: their stunning beauty, astonishing abundance of archaeological and Native American ancestral sites, world-class recreational opportunities, and important ecological values. This makes it our moral and spiritual duty to protect these lands for the benefit of all living, including future generations.
Click here to join the meeting.
Easter Season Worship Series: Faith in Public Life

We will be pairing an ELCA Social Statement or Social Message with the reading from Acts each Sunday in the season of Easter. As part of worship, we will have time to discuss in small groups how our faith informs and matters in our daily lives. The conversations will be family friendly and open to all perspectives. If you would like to read the social statement or message ahead of time, please see the date and the link below.

 
(Rev. Brian Diggs, Executive Director for Family Promise SLC)






New Word In Season Available

A new edition of the Word In Season is available. Copies are available in the OSLC Little Library near the West entrance or email office@oslcslc.org if you would like a copy mailed to you.
Senior Spotlight: Sandie Isakson

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.

Sandie has lived in Salt Lake City from 1970-1990, then moved back to Minnesota for 12 years and then back to SLC in 2002. Sandie now lives in a condo at the Old Farms Complex and loves it.

Q: Where were you born?

I was born on a farm in Winthrop, Minn. My family consisted of my parents, one brother, and five sisters growing up. I was the youngest sibling. We lived on a dairy farm with pigs, chickens, and cows. I started driving a tractor and learned how to use a clutch when I was 9 years old. 

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

I was married for 32 years, then divorced. We raised two children: a daughter, Sheila, and a son Todd. They both live in the SLC area. I worked at McDonalds as a manager for 15 years and at Kmart for 12 years as a cashier.

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

I was married twice, two days apart to the same man. Are you curious, ask me why.

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

We moved to SLC in August 1970 and started looking at churches. We found OSLC in August and joined in September 1970. What I love about OSLC is the friendliness of the people and the activities.

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

I enjoy this activity because of the good food and the programs.

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 and visits from my family and friends. What has kept me going is getting out and driving to the grocery store, where I can shop and walk. I also enjoy walking in my neighborhood.
I haven't picked up any new hobbies, but I enjoy reading and doing word search and visits with family and girlfriends.
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.
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.

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).
OSLC Social Ministry: Road Home Assistance

OSCL is focusing on Homelessness this year. Did you know…


One way to help is to volunteer or donate to the Road Home which assists individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Salt Lake County and along the Wasatch Front. Information can be found at theroadhome.org

There are many needs. Please see the link below, browse the website for ideas, or Click on the "Give" or "In-kind donations". There you can find a list of current needs and addresses of the 3 shelters. They take slightly used items. If you are unable to deliver items contact Arleen Barrell at (801) 694-1283.

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