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November 2017

Thank you to all who joined us last Sunday for the special Reformation service celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Church. We enjoyed a German fare lunch afterwards, including some bratwurst prepared by these amazing chefs!

Christmas for Moore 

Register to Adopt a family for Christmas
Brighten the Christmas holiday for those in need in our community through the annual Christmas for Moore program, a community-wide effort that provides Christmas gifts and a food basket for families in need in our area.

You will receive the name and gift suggestions for your adopted family or individual by November 26 or before depending when your form is turned in. 

Help us fill food baskets  through  Christmas for Moore!

The Social Ministry's Annual Food Drive has begun. The food we collect together will be used to provide Christmas dinner for 30 families which OSLC has "adopted" through Christmas for Moore.
Here are the items needed:
  • Canned fruit of any kind
  • Canned green beans, corn and peas
  • Canned sweet potatoes
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Cranberry sauce
  • 46 oz. canned fruit juices
  • Box Cereal
  • Powdered milk
  • Dessert (such as instant pudding, cake mixes, or boxed cookies)
Thank you for picking up the items you can, together we will fill these Christmas baskets!  You may leave your donations in the food chest by the Fellowship Hall any time through Wednesday, December 13. 

The Social Ministry Committee is also collecting monetary donations with hopes to purchase a ham for each family this year. We appreciate your continued support of this outreach to our neighbors in need. Thank you!!

Greening of the Church

November 25 at 9 am
Join us in greening the church for the Advent and Christmas Seasons! We can use many helpers to hang garland and wreaths, string lights and decorate our Chrismon Tree. Questions? Contact Holly in the church office at 910-692-2662.

"Kenny and I would like to thank all those who came to our aid on Sunday, September 24 when Kenny had a mis-step at the altar. 
Your care and concern was greatly appreciated.  We would like to thank our "house" doctor, Peter Benson, who made Kenny's 
entrance to the EMS ambulance and hospital emergency ward much smoother.  Also, thank you to Pastor Linn, Tom Adams, Bill 
Blake and Sean Ramirez.  Thank you to all who called to see how Kenny was doing - OK, by the way.  All your prayers were also
greatly appreciated."  - Dottie Sparke

Youth News

Kids on Fire

This month, our 3rd-5th grade youth group got a new name.  They are now"Kids on Fire!" (If you see a 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade youth at church - ask them how they came up with their group name.  Hint: It has something to do with fire ants!)  

We had a blas t completing a scavenger hunt that took us throughout the church.  We used Bible verses as clues for each location, and at each spot, the kid s had a group challenge to complete. They rocked all of them, and we loved to see the kids work together and  encourage each other.  This month "Kids on Fire" will meet on  November 12  from  2 - 4 pm  at the church for another fun afternoon together!

Ropes Course Adventures

Our high school youth group met on October 15th and headed down to Camp Agape to do their low ropes challenge course. Evan Clayton who is one of our 
youth advisors was also a camp counselor at Agape for several summers, and he got us "in" for a fun afternoon at camp.  Completing the course with a small group was definitely a challenge, but our high school kids communicated their way through each obstacle.  It turns out - communication with each other and with God is a pretty important thing for growing a healthy youth group!

This month, the high school youth will meet on  November 5 to see the new Thor movie and have a discussion afterwards, and they will also meet on November 19 for a service project.  More information will be coming soon over email, and for any questions, please contact Pastor Meghan.

Please mark your calendars for our Chick-fil-A Spirit Nights. The preschool received $100 from the September Spirit Night. What an easy way to support our preschool. All you have to do is feed the family and the preschool receives a portion! A big thank you to all of you that came!

Tuesday, November 21st anytime from 5pm-7pm
Tuesday, December 19th anytime from 5pm-7pm

A Note from our Preschool Board

It's already November, and Our Saviour Preschool has a lot to be thankful for:
  • Thank you to Pastor Larry Wolff for leading chapel for our littlest Lutherans every Tuesday morning.
  • Thank you to Jim Peeples for mowing the grass on the preschool playground all year long.
  • Thank you to the Ramirez family for your generous donation of a drying rack for our artwork.


We would like to invite the congregation to a family dinner and Christmas Program on Sunday, December 10 at 5 pm.  Please join us for dinner and fellowship, and the Christmas story portrayed by preschoolers!  You don't want to miss these cute shepherds, angels, stable animals, and Wise Men.


Dinner will be catered and donations will be accepted as we try to raise money to send our teachers to a professional development workshop on handwriting and letter formation - skills that we feel are very important to help our little ones get ready for kindergarten.
Registration for 2018-2019 begins in December!  Church members can register their children online at starting on  December 25.
Our wish list:
  • Professional Development Workshop on Handwriting ($385 per teacher)
  • Easel ($250)
  • Classroom rug ($400)
  • Play Table and Chairs ($200)
  • Play kitchen ($300)
  • Classroom tables ($200)
We would be very thankful for your donations and prayers! We are so thankful for the recent donation of a drying rack.

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

AT HOME - Travis Alfrey, Eloise Anderson, Richard Barnes, Pat Bock, Bill and Phyllis Bradley, Shirley Braisted, Cris Crisafulli, Dorothy Cullen, Jack and Sue Diffily, Leatha Ferebee, Gunter Fuhrmannek (Wisconsin), Ed and Nadine Garrett, Florence McCormick, Catherine Sigmon-Mitchell, Flo Moore, Joan Nelson, Marian Oswalt, Marilyn Quintana, Barbara Reid, Carol Rushforth, Jean Sherrill, Rosanne Thein, Irmi Wahner, Pat Williams

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

IN SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY - Sean Barnes, John Dorsch, Jon Drew, Luke Erickson, Pastor Linn Fisher, Shane Flack, 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

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

October Worship Assistant Schedule
Thank you for serving this month!

Financial Update

Anniversaries & Birthdays

November Birthdays
Happy Birthday to....

Leah Higgerson 
Bob Landaas 
Dean Smith 
Krissy Yoder 
Tatum Gast 
Joan Horn 
Trystan LaForge 
Roberta Danielson 
Susan Gribben 
Kathy Kuhasz 
Flo Moore
Ben Peterson
Marianne Yoder 
Janice Biegger 
Carole Carter 
Lou Fink 
Chris Masar 
Evan Clayton 
Connie Hopkins 
Addie Holzmann 
Mike Antil 
Mackenzie Dorsch 
Madeline Dorsch 


Cathie Nichols 
Monica Dorsch 
Ruth Seevers 
Joshua Martinez 
Dick Zimmer 
Larry Mack 
Scarlet Rotting
Trudy Blake 
Gretchen Nelms 
Emerson Blakely 
Frances Clayton 
Lauren Masar 
Anders Benson 
Erik Benson 
Sam Johnson
Sammy Mello 
Violet Blakely 
Heather Lussier
Pat Stephenson 
Amanda Erickson 
Zach Fee 
Nick Klug 
Caryl Moak

November Anniversaries
Happy Anniversary to....


Charlie & Ann Leib 
Jim & Fran Currey
Joseph & Andrea Ernst
Jerry & Joan Horn
Dick & Pat Bock 
Vernon & Pam Crumpler
Harry & Pam Luntz
70 years
34 years
26 years
34 years
64 years
51 years
13 years

Advent Sunday School Class
Nov. 5 & 12, Dec. 3 &10
Youth Wing | 10:15 am

All adults, middle school and high school youth are invited to attend a four session Advent Study.  Based on the Advent scriptures readings, each week includes a discussion on the theme and  reflection questions:

Beginning at the end: suffering and hope 
Nov 5 - Mark 13:24-37

Our baptismal calling
Nov 12 - Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8

Movers and shakers
Dec 3 - John 1:6-8, 19-28

The world is about to turn
Dec 10 - Luke 1:26-38


On September 29 and 30, The Sew Special Quilters sponsored a Quilt-a-thon to aid the victims of Hurricane  Harvey in the Woodlands, Texas area. In just two days, over 20 quilts were completed! In addition to these, 3 quilts  were donated to be sent and 20 more quilts were pieced together to be sewn at a later time. Many thanks to all women  who aided in this worthwhile cause!

Serve with Family Promise!

Serve with us during Family Promise this month on November 13 - 16. Volunteers from Our Saviour will help as overnight hosts, serve meals and more! Stop by the Welcome Center to learn more and sign up to help. 

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