Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Meditation Moment
 
From the Pastor ....
 
"For I am the Lord, your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
(Isaiah 41:13)
   
In the past month, my husband Brian and I were delighted to discover beautiful nature paths just a few blocks from our home. We enjoy going on daily walks and exploring new places in town. This past weekend, I shared with Brian that there was a stunning view at a place called Pioneer Park and that I'd love to walk further so that he could also take in this beautiful scenery.
 
 
As we ventured out on this walk, it was twice as long (round trip) as our average walks. During the heat of the afternoon, Brian and I wondered if we should pause at Nelson's ice cream. Brian easily overheats and we did not have a water bottle with us. Instead, we persevered without ice cream. Eventually, we made our way to this park that overlooks Stillwater. Brian was simply in awe as he took this picture. We sat on a bench, pausing in peace, and reflecting on the goodness of God. As we enjoyed this long journey, we are now venturing forth equipped with water bottles on our daily walks. We can't wait for the chance to explore and walk each day together on new paths around town.
 
This longer walk to Pioneer Park reminds me of this long and unknown journey of a pandemic world. Thankfully, we don't travel alone. Jesus promises to be by our side at all times. Jesus paves the pathway before us offering reassurance. Jesus also offers us all that we need this particular day. When we are thirsty, he is the living water that quenches our spiritual needs. When we are discouraged, Jesus reassures us that we can pause and rest on a bench. Other days, we may be just eager to journey with Jesus. The good news is that we are always walking with our Lord, the Good Shepherd, who promises to lead us in the right direction. May you trust and know that God is with you on your journey. You are not alone.
         
Faithfully,
 
Pastor Karna
 
This Week at Worship

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Communion)  
Message: Pastor Karna Moskalik  

Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 9:00 am (Communion)   
  Message: Pastor Karna Moskalik     
Special Music: Charlotte Schuld 
 
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Care of Creation Tip
In gratitude, caring for God's Air, Water, and Land

Two Degrees of Separation
As we enter hotter weather and air-conditioning season, our electricity use increases and so does the air pollution that's created when producing it. You can help reduce this air pollution by turning your thermostat two degrees warmer for the summer. You won't notice the difference, but the environment will.
 
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.  
 
Children, Youth & Family Ministry

Park Day  
 
Darla will be at Washington Park from 9:30-11:00 am on June 24 weather permitting! Let's gather to play and connect with each other! Please bring your own beverage and snack. See the link for   guidelines for gathering together. Please contact Darla Goble if you have questions.
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
 
 
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
 
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Giving Opportunities
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"Giving is not a debt you owe; it is a seed you sow." -Unknown