Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Meditation Moment
 
From the Pastor ....
 
     
Hello Our Savior's,                                                                                                                       
Thanks tremendously for your patience as the Resurrection Team created a pandemic preparedness plan. Over the past month, this team met regularly to focus on caring for the congregation as well as science & safety considerations. We would like to thank our members who serve on these teams:
 
Science & Safety Branch:
  1. Sue Hedland
  2. Jenise Howard
  3. Kathy Newton
  4. Mark Olson                                                                    
Caring Branch:
  1. Pastor Keith Lentz
  2. Dr. Janice Nadeau
  3. Andrea Valley
Here are updates on each team's work:
 
Caring Branch:
  1. Dr. Janice Nadeau and Pastor Karna shared a conversation (found on our website, YouTube and our Facebook page) on "Mental Health in a Time of Global Pandemic." You may also view this video here at this link:

    Mental health in a time of a global pandemic.
    Mental health in a time of a global pandemic.
     
  2. Caring Tree: In the next couple of weeks, you will receive a phone call from a member of our caring tree. We thank the 40 volunteers that are in the process of checking in on each household.
  3. Worship on DVD: For our households that are unable to access the worship services online or using the dial in, Our Savior's will provide a DVD along with bulletins of worship services we've offered. If you do not have a DVD player, let us know. We want all of our members to have access to worship. (Contact Office Administrator Kathy Newton or call 651-439-0834 if interested in receiving these materials.)
Science & Safety Branch:
 
The Science & Safety Branch did a tremendous job preparing the Preparedness Plan on what a staged/phased re-gathering will entail, and the Board approved that Plan. Note that this is also a living document as virus infection rates may change. It is possible to move onto the next stage, but we must be prepared for a return to a previous stage depending on infection rates in our area.
 
The full Preparedness Plan is found on our website. We also have a summary that offers guidance on what ministry opportunities can happen under each of the five stages. Here are the links to both of those documents:
 

In summary, we are entering into stage 3 of 5. This means that we will now be offering a drive-up parking lot service on Wednesdays in addition to our online prerecorded service on Sundays. Our drive-up worship will begin on Wednesday, July 15th at 6:30 PM and our online service will continue on Sundays at 9 AM.  
 
We look forward to entering into this new stage of ministry opportunities in July. God is with us always. We are so grateful for all of you!
 
Blessings,
 
Pastor Karna Moskalik                   President Greg Otsuka
 
This Week at Worship

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

No Wednesday worship on July 1 or July 8, 2020
Watch for LIVE worship beginning Wednesday, July 15  


Sunday, July 5, 2020 at 9:00 am (Communion) online    
  Message: Pastor Karna Moskalik     
Special Music: Matthew Fjestad 
 
Online services found on Facebook or at  
Missed a Live streamed service?  
Watch it later from our website under
"Sermons"    
 
 
Christ in Our Home Devotional Books 
 
The July, August & September "Christ in Our Home" devotional books have arrived and will be placed in the Little Free Library located in the circle round of the west parking lot for those wishing to pick one up. Books will be available beginning July 1.  
 
 
Care of Creation Tip
In gratitude, caring for God's Air, Water, and Land

Idle Hand and Cars . . .
These days, many of us are finding ourselves waiting in cars in drive up, take out, and curbside pickup lines. When vehicles sit idling, they cause just as much air pollution as when they are driving. If you are waiting for more than 10 second, turn off the car. Ten seconds of idling uses more gas than restarting. It's estimated that 6 billion gallons of fuel are wasted each year by idling vehicles, so instead of adding to the problem, do your part to reduce it.
 
A lot of "just one persons" working together can accomplish mighty things. ~ A message from your OSLC Care of Creation team.    
 
Announcements
 
Summer Book Discussion 
 
As summertime is a great opportunity for reading, I'm inviting OSLC friends to join me in hearing the story of a woman named Debby Irving who wrote the book "Waking up White." She always wanted to love her neighbors and build bridges between racial divides, but she found this to be insurmountable. This is a story of her growing awareness of how she could effectively and authentically bring a healing to the brokenness in our world and lessen this divide we find ourselves living in.
 
As a church we can demonstrate God's love to our neighbors by providing a space for conversation about race relations. Join me in reading "Waking up White" this summer during a 6-week book study.  
 
We will meet on Sundays at 4 PM at Pioneer Park starting on July 12th. Bring your own chair, mask and snack. In case of rain, we will meet on zoom.
 
Women's Outdoor Bible Study 
 
The women's Bible Study in the Park will have a new look this year.  Our first study will be led by Pastor Karna on July 9 (rain date of July 16).  It will be held in the yard of Becky Maier, 663 S. Broadway in Stillwater, and all women and friends of OSLC are invited to attend. Everyone will need to bring a mask and those attending will be seated apart.  No food will be served but individuals are encouraged to bring her own beverage and eats.   
 
The theme is "Just Love" in the Community: From Tree to We
(Luke 19:1-10).  The lesson views the story of Zacchaeus through the lens of restorative justice.  What does it mean to make amends for the harm we have caused?  How does Jesus invite us into healing relationships that reconnect us to the communities from which we have been alienated?  It all begins at 9:30 am.  We will see you there!  The offering that morning will go to Bethlehem in the  Midway for their work with the St. Paul neighborhood damaged by the recent looting and fires.
Coffee with Pastor Karna 
 
Do you miss coffee hour at church? If so, join Pastor Karna on Sundays at 10 am through a "zoom coffee hour."  Enjoy coffee and goodies in the comfort of your home while re-connecting with church friends online. To join us, simply e-mail karna@oslcstillwater.org for the zoom link or call in number.
Sunday Virtual Worship Volunteer Opportunities 
 
Vocalists and Instrumentalists  
Thank you to the many musicians who have blessed OSLC's Online Worship from our beginning in March! If you are a Vocalist or Instrumentalist who might sing or play for the Sunday Worship, please contact Jane Gay . Blessings and Thanks!  
 
Readers
If you would be willing to read the Gospel text for our Online Worship on Sundays, please contact Pastor Karna. Thank you.  
Stuff the Bus  
 
With the cost of sending a child back to school being so high, Community Thread and United Way of Washington County - East recognize the importance of helping all kids succeed by providing them with the basic tools needed to start the year off right; whether that be in-class or through distance learning. Click on the link below to find details on how you can help students in the Stillwater Area School District have a great start to the school year.
Children, Youth & Family Ministry

Mom's Night Out

Join us for an outdoor Mom's Night Out on July 10 at 6:30 pm at Jess Diana's backyard. Please bring your own beverage, snack and chair. The Resurrection Team recommends wearing masks but it is not mandatory. We will follow 6 foot social distancing.  
 
Please contact Darla Goble for the address if you are able to attend. Hope to see you there!
2020 VBS at Home -- Fruit of the Spirit
 
The "2020 VBS at Home -- Fruit of the Spirit" lesson plans, printable activities and the lesson readings are now available. Each lesson has the following:
  • A reading from the Jesus Storybook Bible that you can view on our website under the For Kids section at
    https://oslcstillwater.org/livestream-worship/
    or I have also given you an alternate reading from the Spark Bible that might be better for younger children (see the Fruit of the Spirit Lesson Reading document). Older students can read the story from their Connect Bibles.
  • A hands-on activity with an object lesson
  • An art or creative activity
  • A snack recipe
  • A family activity to do together
Please let me know if you have questions or need any of the supplies to do the lessons. I can print and deliver a hard copy of the lesson plan to you as it is a lot to print.
 
Darla Goble
Children & Family Ministry Director
darla@oslcstillwater.org, 651-308-8641
 
 
Mission Partners
 
Guatemala Update 
 
While we have all been doing church virtually, our ministry in Guatemala has continued. In May, our Mission and Outreach committee allocated $3,000 to our partners in Guatemala. These dollars were a part of the $95,000 that was raised at the May 7 virtual Guatemala Gala, a fund raiser for the ILAG (Lutheran Church in Guatemala). Part of the $3,000 ($1,000) went to our own partners in Zaculeu. The church in Zaculeu is using these dollars to help the members of their church community remain quarantined during this COVID pandemic. Medical care in Guatemala is not as good as it is here in the U.S. so it is especially important that they remain quarantined.

The remaining $2,000 is helping the new ILAG primary school in Guatemala City get up and running. (The previous location was literally about to fall into a ravine.) The poor children in that neighborhood would not be able to attend school if not for this ILAG school. In addition, three of the ILAG men have loaded a truck with food and other supplies and delivered them to all of the rural ILAG communities. The good news is that none of the members of the ILAG congregations have contracted the Corona Virus! Our friends in Zaculeu thank us! Our Savior's plans to travel to Guatemala from June 9-17, 2021. We hope you will plan to join us!

If you are interested in learning more about the trip to Guatemala next summer, please feel free to contact Becky Maier, Andrea Valley or Sandy Fabio."
Tanzania Letter  
 
June 17, 2020
 
Greetings to Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Stillwater from the BKB office in Iringa. I am pleased to pass on to you these greetings from your partner parish, received today by Pastor Msigwa. Blessings on your continued partnership. - April
 
Hi friends,

We greet you in the name of Jesus Christ. Thank you for your prayers especially during this hard time with Corona virus. Beside of taking precautions, we thank God who is protecting us, until now as Mlafu parish no one has died from Corona. Thanks be to God. From the president announcement, all students will be back to schools from July 29, 2020.

It is our prayers and hope that you are doing fine. We would like to know what is going on in your parish because we have heard that you are no longer gathering for worship as we do here. May God bless and guide you (Rum. 8:37-38)

Rev. Daison Mpesa    
 
Prayer
 
Request for Prayers and Support
 
Everyday joys and sorrows...Once in a lifetime joys and sorrows. Your brothers and sisters at Our Savior's want to support you. Email or call Pastor Karna Moskalik with any of your needs.
Board Updates
 
To view church board minutes, please Click Here!
 
Giving Opportunities
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By registering on the Our Savior's Giving Page, downloading the GivePlus+ mobile app, or texting 833-970-0714, you can make a one-time gift or set up a donation that will process automatically on a recurring basis. Recurring donations are convenient for you and provide our church with much needed consistent support throughout the year. We work with Vanco Payment Solutions to provide you a secure platform to manage your giving.
 
 
 
     
"Giving is not a debt you owe; it is a seed you sow." -Unknown