October 2019
What's happening this month
Sunday October 27th. It's Reformation Sunday and OKTOBERFEST!

We'll be
~Eating some great German food

~Dressing up for contests
Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora look-alike contest
Best German Chocolate cake contest
Best Yodeling
Best chicken dance
Just to name a few!

~Listening to some Oom-pa music

~Visiting the beer garden

Tiffaney Flack needs help! Volunteer sign-up coming soon, but if you'd like to reach out to her and get involved click HERE to email her.
Saturday, October 26th from 5-7 PM. We need your help! From trunk decorators, to bake sale donations, to candy.... SIGN UP HERE
Tuesday, October 8th from 6:30-8:30 PM - Sly Fox Pub . Childcare provided! Join us for some fellowship, community, Bible study and good food and drinks! Come for the entire event or just part-very casual! Let us know you are coming so we know how many seats to hold! 

We also need to know if you are bringing your kids to childcare-names and ages. Drop off is between 6-6:30 and pick-up between 8:30 and 9 at the front entrance of the church. Please be sure to sign them in when arriving.

RSVP HERE or sign up on the form at the welcome center desk.
Join us after worship for a special coffee sponsored by the Concert Committee.
Monday, October 28th
9 AM in the Fellowship Hall

Call or email Rita Cioppi at RandClar1225@nc.rr.com or 910-684-8741.
Saturday, October 5, 2019
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

OSLC will have a table-come pay us a visit!

Downtown Park
145 SE Broad St.
Southern Pines, NC

Thank you so much for those of you that helped with the block party or came out to support two wonderful ministries of Our Saviour Lutheran Church; Matthew 25 and Our Saviour Preschool! The preschool families had a blast!! The preschool teachers and I had a ball painting faces and giving tattoos! What a wonderful way to fellowship with everyone involved at Our Saviour! Can't wait for next years!!


Thank you to everyone who volunteered, donated to the silent auction, bid on the silent auction and attended the event. We raised approximately $2465 which is being split between Matthew 25 and the OSLC Preschool.

Block party expenses were graciously provided by Thrivent Charitable Donation.

Why do we give? Is it simply because God commands us to? Or is there more to it? To be sure, the instruction and Word of God in the Bible says we should give, and this is sufficient to encourage us to give (Luke 6:38; Acts 20:35; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 8:7; Gal 6:6).
But there’s more to it than just obligation. We’re not just trying to fulfill a work of the Law. We are bearing fruits of the Spirit given to us by our Father in heaven through His Son our Lord Jesus Christ. In other words, we’re not just doing what our Father said, we’re also doing what He did.
Children emulate their parents. When they grow up they often carry many of the same mannerisms and characteristics as their parents, but there is more to it than that. Children copy their parents even on a more mundane level. They watch how their parents cross their legs, how they fold their hands, how they stand and sit and walk, how they do and say most everything.
And children try to copy it, which can be quite humorous when parents wish they wouldn’t. It can be uncomfortable and embarrassing if a child copies or repeats something less than polite that they learned from a parent. Sitcoms thrive on these situations. It only happens because children emulate their parents because they want to be like them.
We are the children of God, by grace, through faith. In Holy Baptism, God the Father declares of us what He declared of Jesus at His Baptism in the Jordan: “You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” God the Father claims us as His own. He takes away all our sins, and in exchange He gives us His righteousness, His purity, His holiness, and His Spirit, by which we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
We are born again, born from above, born of water and the Spirit, to a new life in Christ as His children. We are sons and daughters of God in Christ, through Baptism. And since we are His children we are heirs – heirs who share in the glory of the Son of God. The inheritance is ours because of the Father’s grace and mercy, His generosity in sending His Son in time to save us for all eternity.
And this is why we give generously of our income to the work of the church. We want to be like our heavenly Father. We want to emulate His generosity by being generous ourselves. We give to the work of the Church because we have witnessed the generous giving of our Father in heaven.
More than that, we are recipients of it. It is because we have received God our Father’s gifts that we desire to give ourselves. And His gifts are not just spiritual. They are temporal and earthly as well. As the Small Catechism teaches in the Fourth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer:
“Give us this day our daily bread.” What does this mean? God certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our prayers, but we pray in this petition that God would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving. What is meant by daily bread? Daily bread includes everything that has to do with the support and needs of the body, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, land, animals, money, goods, a devout husband or wife, devout children, devout workers, devout and faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, self-control, good reputation, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.”
In other words, God gives us everything we need for the care of both body and soul. His generosity knows no bounds. Therefore, we sit down at the beginning of the year, the beginning of the month, or the beginning of the week to set aside a generous portion of God’s daily bread for His work in the Church.
We don’t do this simply because He has commanded us so to do; it is because we, as His children by grace, want to emulate His generosity in our own lives. He is our Father; we are His children. And children want to be like their parents.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Linn
I've only been home an hour, and I'm already missing you! What a wonderful time Lanie and I had after church this morning. Your kind words, beautiful gifts, heartfelt hugs and personal cards will always remind me of what special people you are. You thanked me for a wonderful fourteen months; I'm the one who should thank you! OSLC holds a special place in my mind and heart, because of the kind and thoughtful people of God who you are. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Thank you all for your participation in the Listening Sessions lead by CCH and your careful review of the recommendations made by Beth Kennett for our Congregation that were presented September 15.

In order to continue with the process of growth within our Congregation and implementation of the recommendations of CCH, Council has voted to called two Special Meetings of the Congregation in the coming weeks.

First, the Congregation is invited to consider voting for or against the implementation of the recommendations of CCH at a Special Meeting to occur October 20, 2019 immediately after Worship . As I said during our June Special Meeting, the consulting process will not be a quick fix and will require the participation and work of all members of the Congregation. Implementation of the recommendation is the next step in this process.

Second, should you, the Congregation, vote to implement the recommendations of CCH, it will be necessary to receive nominations and elect the Leadership Team outlined in CCH’s report. Therefore, a second Special Meeting will be held November 3, 2019 immediately after Worship . The Leadership Team will be tasked with those items addressed in CCH’s recommendations. Members of the Leadership Team should represent a diverse subset of our Congregations demographics. Nominations for the Leadership Team are anticipated to begin October 20, 2019 and continue until affirmative vote of the Congregation on November 3, 2019.

I will write you all with more information on the process of nomination and selection of the Leadership Team in a coming mailing formally notifying you of the two Special Meetings and upcoming Annual Meeting.

Third, please also make yourselves available for a Budget Retreat October 5, 2019 from 9:30 until 12 to be held in Classrooms 1 & 2 . This discussion will involve selecting priorities for the coming year’s spending plan based upon Biblical principles and discussion of the realities of the regular contributions made to OSLC.

Lastly, please mark your calendars for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation to be held November 17, 2019 immediately after Worship . The purpose of this meeting is to elect Council members for next year and to consider a proposed Spending Plan. Please contact me or any other member of Council if you would like to be considered for membership on Council. Furthermore, even if you do not have a pressing desire to serve on Council next year, please prayerfully consider those who you believe should and invite them to contact me.

Yours in Christ,
Bill Van O’Linda
Adult Bible Study

Starts October 27th
Everyone is welcome! If interested, speak with Peggy Benson.
Sundays at 9:20 in classrooms 1 & 2. No cost and no commitment-come when you can!

We are still accepting donations towards Bible Study materials. If you would be interested in donating towards costs, please see Peggy Benson or mark on your donation (Adult Bible Study Supplies). Thank you!

5-Roland & Barbara Skora, 51 years
7- Dean & Kelly Thompson, 15 years
10- Jerry & Kathy Constantino, 33 years
11-Jim & Ruth Seevers, 67 years
14- Bill & Trudy Blake, 47 years
18- Tim & Kari Gulovich, 22 years
25- Bob & Ruth Stolting, 32 years
26- Artie & Linda Messbauer, 51 years
31- Wendell & Nancy O'Brien, 27 years

1- Carol Marsh
1- Dean Thompson
3- Cheryl Zielsdorf
4- Jay Pittard
5- Evelyn Brassie
6- Paul Halm
6- Mary Smith
8- Bill Van O'Linda
8- Taylor McGuire
10- Gunter Fuhrmannek
10- Katie Van O'Linda
13- Gary Tucek
13- Randy Zielsdorf
13- Andy Paris
14- Jon Paris
15- Kathryn LaForge
17- David Antil
18- Kari Gulovich
20- Kathleen Nerenz
25- Peter Benson
26- Meg Lindenberger
26- Ben Garbark
26- Nick Garbark
27- Faith Hinds
28- Amy Paris
29- Rachel Board
30- Amy Ramirez
31- Kim Lindenberger

Prayers & Cares

Friends and Relatives

All Military, All who suffer illnesses, Flood, Earthquake, Volcano Victims,
Cancer Patients, Bruce Arrendale, Chelsea Boet, Christine, Barbara Dice, Dale and Dan Gillis, Pam Grupp, Phillip Hause, Tim Locke, Gail Lussier, Joanne Lussier, Jennifer and Scott, Daris Jones, Diane Lewis, Bill Lindau, Drew Morgan, John Murray, Lloyd Paris, Phillip Paris, Danielle Stefanik, and Paul Zanewski.

As a community of faith, we join together in prayer for the needs, concerns, joys and sorrows that we share. Please pray for God’s grace and strength to surround those listed below.
 HOME —   Eloise Anderson, Rick Barnes, Polly Bethea, Shirley Braisted, Chuck Crum, Vernon Crumpler, Jack and Sue Diffily, Leatha Ferebee, Jerry Kolster, Kathy Kuhasz, Florence McCormick, John Murray, Leonard Nagel, Joan Nelson, Barbara Reid, Jim Seevers, Jean Sherrill, Elaine Stefanik
In Extended Care Pinehurst Rehab: Peggy Smith, Quail Haven Rehab: Paul Halm, Mary McNabb, Elmcroft Rehab : Barbara and Bernie Taubersmith Fox Hollow Rehab: Harris Skinner, Bob Springer, Magnolia Gardens Rehab: Pat Wiggins The Greens of Pinehurst Rehab: Dorothy Cullen
In Service To Our Country — Sean Barnes, Jon Drew, Pastor Linn Fisher, Ben Flanick, Matthew Hinds, Mark Jennings, Matt Prairie, Amy Ramirez and Sean Ramirez
Our Missionary in Costa Rica —  Pastor Stephen Deal.
PRAYERS OF CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY TO   Paul Sachtleben on the death of his mother, Helen Sachtleben Schmidt, on September 16, 2019. Please keep Paul and his family in your prayers.


To Tree of Remembrance
In memory of Carol Aitken
by Bill, Meg & Kimberly Lindenberger

To Tree of Remembrance
In memory of Dorothy Meier
by Bill, Meg & Kimberly Lindenberger

To Debt Retirement
In memory of Pat Bock
by Jim & Patty Peeples

To Tree of Remembrance
In Dorothy Meier
by Jim & Patty Peeples

To General Fund
In memory of Carol Aitken & Dorothy Meier
by Karyn Kline

OSLC has a mobile app! Use the links above to download it on your phone. Access upcoming events, notifications, prayer requests, past sermon notes and so much more! Keep OSLC at your fingertips when you are on the go!
Laptops needed!

If anyone has a laptop they no longer use and would donate to the church or would be interested in donating towards a laptop, we are looking for 2 for the church. One will be for the Youth/Confirmation class and one for the welcome center to share information to the congregation.

If donations are made online or on Sunday, please note laptop in description line.

If you have a laptop you'd like to donate, please contact keri johnson at kjohnson@oslcsp.org.

Thank you for your help!
To submit items to be included in the monthly newsletter or on social media, please email Keri Johnson or visit the church social media/communications office across from the welcome desk. All submissions are due by the 20th of the month and are based on approval by the Pastor.

Please email photos from events and church activities to kjohnson@oslcsp.org.