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January 2018

Regular Worship times and Sunday School resume January 7:
9 am Traditional Worship
10:15 am Sunday School
11 am FLOW Contemporary Service

Thank you for spreading the joy of Christmas! 

Our Saviour spread Christmas cheer to our neighbors in need this season! The Social Ministry prepared gift bags for our shut-ins. OSLC also packed 30 food baskets for Christmas for Moore. Thank you to everyone who supported these programs this year!

Volunteer with Matthew 25 Ministries

Matthew 25:35 for I was hungry and you gave me food.....

Matthew 25 Ministry was started at Our Saviour three years ago under the  leadership of Jennifer Karlowicz. During the past three years this ministry has  provided 100 bag lunches each Tuesday to those in need in Robbins. We are truly  grateful for our OSLC volunteers who pick-up unused baked goods from Panera  Bread on Friday nights, obtain food donations from Food Lion, shop for food and  supplies, initiate food preparation on Monday evenings, and complete and deliver  lunches on Tuesday mornings. Our 40 plus OSLC volunteers have benefited from  meeting and working with new friends. Laughter is a common sound coming  from the kitchen as we prepare for each week's delivery.

This past year the Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Robbins opened its  fellowship hall on Tuesday mornings to provide a welcoming environment for our  lunches to be distributed. This congregation supplies a prayer, beverages, and a  place for people to sit and enjoy their food as well as each others' company. We  are grateful to the Tabernacle volunteers assisting us with our feeding ministry.

We are in the process of scheduling volunteers for 2018. There are opportunities for additional volunteers for Monday evening and Tuesday morning meal preparation, Tuesday morning van drivers, Food Lion and Panera pick-ups. 

Monday evening workers meet at 4:30 pm, and Tuesday morning workers meet at  9:30 am; both activities require about one hour of time. Van drivers arrive at OSLC  at 10:15 am and return at approximately 11:45 am each Tuesday. Panera  volunteers pick up food donations from Panera at 8:45 pm on Friday nights and  bring food to the OSLC Upper Room. Food Lion volunteers pick up food from  Food Lion on Highway 5 on Saturday mornings before 10:00 am and bring it to the  OSLC kitchen (requires strong back and pickup truck or SUV). Come join the fun  and be a part of this important ministry by serving on a weekly team or as a walk-  in or substitute volunteer. If you have questions or would like to join Matthew 25  Ministry, please contact Amy Hill at or 910-695- 5754.

Preschool Christmas Program

Well over 200 members of Our Saviour Church and Preschool family came out to support our little ones on December 10 for the Dinner and a Show. Donations were raised for both Matthew 25 and Our Saviour Preschool and fun was had by all! To learn more about how you can be involved in either of these ministries, please call the church office. 

Youth Spring Semester Plans

High School Youth
This spring, our high school youth will continue to get together with Evan Clayton and  Rachel Drew on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.  We are also going to the LYO Assembly retreat in  Greensboro on February  23 - 25.  Stay tuned for the exciting things we have planned!

Please save the following Sunday dates for our youth group gatherings: 
  • January 7 and 21
  • February 4 and 18
  • *LYO Retreat (Feb. 23-25)
  • March 4 and 18
  • April 15
  • May 6 and 20

For our spring semester we will be tackling some of the tougher questions about our
life of faith.  Some of these questions include: "Why should I pray when God doesn't answer all my prayers? Can I be a  Christian without going to church? Why does God let bad things happen? and What if my friends aren't  Christian?" We will continue to meet twice a month at the church - please check your confirmation calendar for  our gathering dates.

Kids on Fire (3rd-5th grade youth)
During the second half of the year, our 3rd-5th graders will continue to meet with Lynn Antil and Karen Margolis on the second Sunday of the month from 2 - 4pm for service projects, fellowship and devotions.  

Please save these dates for our get togethers: 
  • January 14
  • February 11
  • March 11
  • April 8

Do you have pictures or information to share in the next newsletter? 
Please email your items to
by the 20th of the month.

Prayers & Cares

FRIENDS AND FAMILY - All Military Flood, Earthquake and Fire Victims, Ruth Adkin, Bonnie Bischof, Jim Constantino, Ann Fuhrmann, Tami Gonzalez, Mary Lou Kenna, Diane Lewis, Linda Boles Parke, Shawn Plotz, Shawn Quigley, Jeff Santos, Sandy Scholl's son-in-law, Jim Seibold, Fran Starke, Pat Streicker, Holly Wohlfert

AT HOME- Eloise Anderson, Richard Barnes, Pat Bock, Shirley Braisted, Cris Crisafulli, Dorothy Cullen, Jack and Sue Diffily, Leatha Ferebee, Dianne Forsberg, Gunter Fuhrmannek (Wisconsin), Ed and Nadine Garrett, Ellen Klingener, Florence McCormick, Catherine Sigmon-Mitchell, Joan Nelson, Marian Oswalt, Marilyn Quintana, Barbara Reid, Jean Sherrill, Dale Streicker, Rosanne Thein, Bill Weber, Pat Williams

IN EXTENDED CARE- Penick Village Skilled Care: Grace Bergstedt, Ken Sparke; Pinehurst Rehab: John Loeser, Peggy Smith, Quail Haven Rehab: Bill Bradley, Florence Ward, Mary McNabb

IN SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY- Sean Barnes, Jon Drew, Luke Erickson, Pastor Linn Fisher, Mark Jennings, Michael Karlowicz, Ian Lilyquist, Jon Kempenich, Mark Ochoa, Matt Prairie, Amy Ramirez, Sean Ramirez

OUR MISSION PARTNER - Water of Life Lutheran, Wilmington


EXPECTING PARENTS- Amy and Sean Ramirez ; Eric and Pastor Meghan Richter

Please note any prayer requests you have on your Welcome Card at Sunday morning worship or email the 

January Worship Assistant Schedule
Thank you for serving this month!

Financial Update

At this wonderful time of the year, we are so grateful for the most generous bequest of $213,774.00 given from Ann Wilckens.   Ann loved her church. We were blessed by her ministry while she was with us, and we are thankful for all she continues to do even while she is gone.

Anniversaries & Birthdays

January Birthdays
Happy Birthday to....

Charlie Leib
Evelyn Brassie
Sarah Peterson
Florence Ward
Sydney Higgerson
Beth Mataxis
Doug Stalls
Vernon Crumpler
Karen Mussetter
Paul Sachtleben
Rachel Drew
Halden Levin
Jim Peeples
John Strohmenger
Kirsten Benson
Todd Steingraber
Chris Crisafulli
Billy Van O'Linda

Caroline Antil
Tracy Merchant
Jean Wolf
Charles McGee
Bob Springer
Juliana Paris
Joan Zielsdorf
Terinda McGuire
Rosi Tucek
Gay Wittenstrom
Steve Cochran
Pat Manning
Terry Hill
Brooke Erickson
Jenijoy Fisher
Dana Ignoffo
Audrey Raasch
Lynn Antil

January Anniversaries
Happy Anniversary to....

John & Janet Baumeister
Ashley & Addie Holzmann
Pat & Kathy Mondock
Jerry & Carole Gaskill
60 years
08 years
35 years
56 years

Gifts in Honorarium

To the General Fund
In honor of Charlie and Ann Leib 
Doug Leib

Thank you for supporting the many ministries of Our Saviour through your financial contributions!

New Member Class
Sunday, January 28, 12 - 2 p.m.

Do you have an interest in joining our great fellowship here at Our Saviour? We are excited about your possible decision, and we want you to know we stand ready to help guide you through the process. A new member's class will be held on Sunday, January 28 from 12- 2 pm. Please fill out our Sunday Welcome Card with your information or contact  Pastor Linn  at or call the church office at 692-2662 ext 702.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and talents to our Christian Education programs this fall! Thank you to our Sunday School teachers for both kids and adults, our youth group leaders, and Pastor Meghan for her continuing leadership. We would like to  especially thank Rachel Board, who volunteered her time every Sunday morning this fall to teach our 1st through 5th grade Sunday School group - what a blessing you have been to our kids!

-The Faith Formations Team

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